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Zhiwei Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Lei Meng, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests that thiazolidinediones (TZDs) may exert protective effects in atrial fibrillation (AF). The present meta-analysis investigated the association between TZD use and the incidence of AF in diabetic patients. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched until December 2016. Of the 346 initially identified records, 3 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and 4 observational studies with 130,854 diabetic patients were included in the final analysis...
April 5, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Wenwei Qi, Nixiao Zhang, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Min Cheng, Fusheng Di, Gary Tse, Tong Liu, Guangping Li
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a long-term measure of glucose control. Although recent studies demonstrated a potential association between HbA1c levels and the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), the results have been inconsistent. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the utility of HbA1c level in predicting AF. METHODS: PubMed and the Cochrane Library databases were searched for relevant studies up to March 2016. Prospective cohort studies and retrospective case-control studies were included...
2017: PloS One
Georgios Giannopoulos, Charalampos Kossyvakis, Vasiliki Panagopoulou, Dimitrios Tsiachris, Konstantinos Doudoumis, Maria Mavri, Dimitrios Vrachatis, Konstantinos Letsas, Michael Efremidis, Apostolos Katsivas, John Lekakis, Spyridon Deftereos
BACKGROUND: Syncope is a common problem in the elderly, and a permanent pacemaker is a therapeutic option when a bradycardic etiology is revealed. However, the benefit of pacing when no association of symptoms to bradycardia has been shown is not clear, especially in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pacing on syncope-free mortality in patients aged 80 years or older with unexplained syncope and "positive" invasive electrophysiologic testing (EPT)...
May 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Stamatis Georgopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Tong Liu, Maria Kalafateli, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Gerd Bürkle, Konstantinos Vlachos, Georgios Giannopoulos, Michael Efremidis, Spyridon Deftereos, Antonios Sideris, Masahiko Takagi, Gan-Xin Yan, Joachim R Ehrlich
AIMS: The early repolarization (ER) pattern has been linked to an increased risk for arrhythmic death in various clinical settings. There are limited and conflicting data regarding the prognostic significance of ER pattern in Brugada syndrome (BS). The aim of this meta-analysis was to provide a detailed analysis of the currently available studies regarding the arrhythmic risk in patients with BS and ER pattern. METHODS AND RESULTS: Current databases were searched until May 2015...
January 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Konstantinos P Letsas, Michael Efremidis, Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Athanasios Saplaouras, Sotirios Xydonas, Kosmas Valkanas, Antonios Sideris
Data regarding catheter ablation of anteroseptal accessory pathways through the aortic cusps are limited. We describe two cases of true para-Hisian accessory pathways successfully ablated from the aortic cusps (right coronary cusp and non-coronary cusp, respectively) along with a review of the current literature. Due to the close proximity to the atrioventricular node and the high risk of complication, mapping of the aortic cusps should always be considered in the case of anteroseptal accessory pathways. Anteroseptal accessory pathways can be safely and effectively ablated from the aortic cusps with good long-term outcomes...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Konstantinos P Letsas Md Fesc, Stamatis Georgopoulos Md, Konstantinos Vlachos Md, Nikolaos Karamichalakis Md, Ioannis Liatakis Md, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos Md PhD, Tong Liu Md PhD, Michael Efremidis Md, Antonios Sideris Md
The Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an arrhythmogenic disease associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. The risk stratification and management of BrS patients, particularly of asymptomatic ones, still remains challenging. A previous history of aborted sudden cardiac death or arrhythmic syncope in the presence of spontaneous type 1 ECG pattern of BrS phenotype appear to be the most reliable predictors of future arrhythmic events. Several other ECG parameters have been proposed for risk stratification...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Konstantinos Vlachos, Ioannis Liatakis, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris, Konstantinos P Letsas
Atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism (VTE) are common disorders associated with maleficent thrombotic events, particularly in the elderly patients. Polypharmacy, co-morbidities, and altered pharmacokinetics, often present in these patients, render the use of anticoagulants quite challenging. Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have recently emerged as alternatives to Vitamin K Antagonists (VKAs) and are gradually increasing their popularity mainly because of their fewer drug and food interactions and ease of use...
August 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Brenda Anna Kwambana-Adams, Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Badu Sarkodie, Osei Kuffour Afreh, George Khumalo Kuma, Godfred Owusu-Okyere, Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko, Sally-Ann Ohene, Charles Okot, Archibald Kwame Worwui, Catherine Okoi, Madikay Senghore, Jacob Kweku Otu, Chinelo Ebruke, Richard Bannerman, Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, David Opare, Gemma Kay, Timothy Letsa, Owen Kaluwa, Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Victor Bampoe, Syed M A Zaman, Mark J Pallen, Umberto D'Alessandro, Jason M Mwenda, Martin Antonio
BACKGROUND: An outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis among non-infant children and adults occurred in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana between December 2015 and April 2016 despite the recent nationwide implementation of a vaccination programme for infants with the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were collected from patients with suspected meningitis in the Brong-Ahafo region. CSF specimens were subjected to Gram staining, culture and rapid antigen testing...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Mengqi Gong, Zhiwei Zhang, Nikolaos Fragakis, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Guangping Li, Gan-Xin Yan, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the use of ranolazine (RN) for prevention and cardioversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) have yielded conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of RCTs to examine the potential role of RN in the prevention and cardioversion of AF. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE were searched until June 2016. Of 484 initially identified studies, 8 RCTs were finally analyzed...
January 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Michael Efremidis, Konstantinos P Letsas, Louiza Lioni, Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Athanasios Saplaouras, Eleni Geladari, George Giannopoulos, Tong Liu, Spyridon Deftereos, Antonios Sideris
OBJECTIVES: The prognostic significance of adenosine-mediated pulmonary vein (PV) dormant conduction and whether such conduction should be eliminated still remain controversial. This randomized study aimed to investigate whether adenosine-guided ablation of the reconnection gaps improves the long-term outcomes of pulmonary vein antral isolation (PVAI) for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF were randomly assigned to undergo (n = 80, group 1) or not (n = 81, group 2) adenosine testing following PVAI...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Konstantinos Vlachos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Tong Liu, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Athanasios Bakalakos, Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Sotirios Xydonas, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice. Several conventional and novel predictors of AF development and progression (from paroxysmal to persistent and permanent types) have been reported. The most important predictor of AF progression is possibly the arrhythmia itself. The electrical, mechanical and structural remodeling determines the perpetuation of AF and the progression from paroxysmal to persistent and permanent forms. Common clinical scores such as the hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, transient ischemic attack or stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart failure and the congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke/transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, sex category scores as well as biomarkers related to inflammation may also add important information on this topic...
March 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Zhiwei Zhang, Konstantinos P Letsas, Nixiao Zhang, Michael Efremidis, Gang Xu, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
Previous studies have given conflicting data regarding the long-term adjunctive efficacy of linear lesions (LLs) on top of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) as an ablation strategy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this meta-analysis was to provide a detailed analysis of the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding the efficacy of LL following PVI in AF patients. Current databases were searched until October 2015. The primary outcome end point of the meta-analysis was recurrence of any symptomatic or documented episode of AF or atrial tachycardia after a single ablation procedure with or without the use of antiarrhythmic drugs...
June 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Jianping Zhao, Tong Liu, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Enyuan Zhang, Yajuan Yang, Zhiwei Zhang, Jiuchun Qiu, Jiao Li, Guangping Li
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February 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Konstantinos P Letsas, Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Athanasios Bakalakos, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia affecting elderly patients. Management and treatment of AF in this rapidly growing population of older patients involve a comprehensive assessment that includes comorbidities, functional, and social status. The cornerstone in therapy of AF is thromboembolic protection. Anticoagulation therapy has evolved, using conventional or newer medications. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is a new invasive procedure evolving as an alternative to systematic anticoagulation therapy...
2015: Vascular Health and Risk Management
Konstantinos P Letsas, Michael Efremidis, Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Sotirios Xydonas, Kosmas Valkanas, Antonios Sideris
Catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias arising from the distal great cardiac vein represents a great challenge. We report data regarding the electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic characteristics in two patients with ventricular arrhythmias arising from the distal great cardiac vein. The technical difficulties to advance and navigate the ablation catheter within the coronary venous system as well as the close proximity to the major coronary vessels are discussed.
March 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Zhiwei Zhang, Konstantinos P Letsas, Yajuan Yang, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Guangping Li, Gan-Xin Yan, Tong Liu
The aim of this of this meta-analysis was to examine the potential association between certain early repolarization (ER) characteristics and ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTAs) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We searched PubMed, Embase and Web of Science databases for records published until December 2014. Of the 658 initially identified records, 7 studies with a total of 1,565 patients (299 with ER and 1,266 without ER) were finally analyzed. Overall, patients with ER displayed a higher risk of VTAs following AMI compared to patients without ER [odds ratio (OR): 3...
2015: Scientific Reports
Konstantinos Vlachos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Tong Liu, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris
Atrioventricular junction ablation with permanent pacemaker implantation is a highly effective treatment approach in patients with atrial fibrillation and high ventricular rates resistant to other treatment modalities, especially in the elderly or those with severe comorbidities. Compared with pharmacological therapy alone, the so-called "ablate and pace" approach offers the potential for more robust control of ventricular rate. Atrioventricular junction ablation and pacing strategy is associated with improvement in symptoms, quality of life, and exercise capacity...
September 2015: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris, Konstantinos P Letsas
A variety of drugs, either anti-arrhythmics or non-antiarrhythmics, have been associated with drug-induced arrhythmias. Drug-induced arrhythmias are usually observed in the presence of long QT interval or Brugada electrocardiographic pattern. Clinical risk factors, such as female gender, structural heart disease, metabolic and electrolyte abnormalities, bradycardia and conduction disease, increased drug bioavailability, and silent channelopathies act as ''effect amplifiers'' which can make an otherwise relatively safe drug dangerous with regard to risk for polymorphic ventricular tachycardia in the setting of QT interval prolongation...
2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Michael Efremidis, Konstantinos Vlachos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Georgios Giannopoulos, Louiza Lioni, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Maria Vadiaka, Spyridon Deftereos, Antonios Sideris
BACKGROUND: Left atrial ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a transiently increased risk of thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events. We tested the hypothesis that the low dose dabigatran [110mg twice a day (bid)] can be safely used as an alternative to uninterrupted acenocoumarol for periprocedural anticoagulation in left atrial ablation procedures. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 149 consecutive patients undergoing pulmonary vein antral isolation for AF were included; 64 patients were on low dose dabigatran (110mg bid) and 85 patients were on acenocoumarol with therapeutic international normalized ratios...
September 2015: Journal of Electrocardiology
Kallirhoe Kalinderi, Nikolaos Fragakis, Konstantinos C Koskinas, Demosthenes Katritsis, Konstantinos Letsas, Michalis Efremidis, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos Rossios, Efstathios Pagourelias, Pinelopi Giannakopoulou, Melaxrini Mavroudi, Panagiota Kyriakou, Vassileios Skeberis, Paraschos Geleris, Vassileios Vassilikos, Liana Fidani
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia with evidence of genetic susceptibility. The rs2200733 single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a non-coding region on chromosome 4q25 has been associated with AF. The purpose of this case-control study was to examine the possible association of the rs2200733 polymorphism with AF in the Greek population. METHODS: A total of 295 individuals, 167 AF patients and 128 controls, were genotyped for the presence of the rs2200733 polymorphism using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLPs) method...
May 2015: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
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