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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219794/atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-turning-point-towards-increased-morbidity-and-mortality
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Thomas Zegkos, Georgios K Efthimiadis, Despoina G Parcharidou, Thomas D Gossios, Georgios Giannakoulas, Dimitris Ntelios, Antonis Ziakas, Stelios Paraskevaidis, Haralambos I Karvounis
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmic event in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The aim of this study was to identify the clinical and the prognostic impact of the arrhythmia on a large cohort of patients with HCM. METHODS: The echocardiographic and clinical correlates, the predictors of AF and thromboembolic stroke and the prognostic significance of the arrhythmia were evaluated in 509 patients with an established diagnosis of HCM...
February 17, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218213/surgical-treatment-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-complicated-by-pulmonary-hypertension
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Qing-Yu Wu, Dong-Hai Li, Hong-Yin Li, Ming-Kui Zhang, Zhong-Hua Xu, Hui Xue
BACKGROUND: Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a group of complex congenital heart abnormalities. Preoperative pulmonary hypertension (PH) is considered an important risk factor for early death during the surgical treatment of DORV. The aim of this study was to report our experience on surgical treatment of DORV complicated by PH. METHODS: From June 2004 to November 2016, 61 patients (36 males and 25 females) aged 2 weeks to 26 years (median: 0.67 years and interquartile range: 0...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217615/type-1-brugada-pattern-electrocardiogram-induced-by-hypokalemia
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Thein Swe, Muhammad Hassan Dogar
Coved-type ST-segment elevation in the right precordial leads are the characteristics of Brugada syndrome, an inherited arrhythmogenic ion channel disease, which could lead to ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death. Hypokalemia alone may induce Type 1 Brugada pattern electrocardiogram (EKG), and the association has rarely been reported. We describe a patient with hypokalemia 2.9 mmol/L and the appearance of new right bundle branch block pattern with coved ST-segment elevations with inverted T wave in leads V1-V2...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217430/giant-left-atrial-myxoma-cause-for-position-dependent-nocturnal-dyspnea-and-cardiac-murmur
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Julia Hillebrand, Sven Martens, Andreas Hoffmeier
Primary tumors of the heart are rare. The majority of them are benign, the left atrial myxoma being the most frequent one. Clinical appearance varies from unapparent to life-threatening complications such as stroke, acute heart failure, or even sudden death. Diagnosis and consecutive surgical treatment strongly depend on the clinical symptoms, but their extent does not correlate with the risk for serious complications. Therefore, patients with variable clinical presentation can be especially endangered. Consequent diagnostic and immediate operative therapy is essential...
January 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217067/septo-optic-dysplasia-de-morsier-s-syndrome
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Pedro Reis, Joana Mourão
Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD)/de Morsier's syndrome is characterized by optic nerve hypoplasia, pituitary endocrine dysfunction, and midline brain abnormalities. Hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, and adrenal insufficiency can lead to severe hypoglycemia, adrenal crisis, seizures, and sudden death. Anesthetic management of SOD was associated with high perioperative mortality. A 9-year-old male child proposed for dental treatments/extractions. Medical history of SOD with hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, and delayed psychomotor development was observed...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
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José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213867/re-establishment-of-rigor-mortis-evidence-for-a-considerably-longer-post-mortem-time-span
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Chiara Crostack, Susanne Sehner, Tobias Raupach, Sven Anders
Re-establishment of rigor mortis following mechanical loosening is used as part of the complex method for the forensic estimation of the time since death in human bodies and has formerly been reported to occur up to 8-12 h post-mortem (hpm). We recently described our observation of the phenomenon in up to 19 hpm in cases with in-hospital death. Due to the case selection (preceding illness, immobilisation), transfer of these results to forensic cases might be limited. We therefore examined 67 out-of-hospital cases of sudden death with known time points of death...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212919/thrombus-composition-in-sudden-cardiac-death-from-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Johanne Silvain, Jean-Philippe Collet, Paul Guedeney, Olivier Varenne, Chandrasekaran Nagaswami, Carole Maupain, Jean-Philippe Empana, Chantal Boulanger, Muriel Tafflet, Stephane Manzo-Silberman, Mathieu Kerneis, Delphine Brugier, Nicolas Vignolles, John W Weisel, Xavier Jouven, Gilles Montalescot, Christian Spaulding
BACKGROUND AND AIM: It was hypothesized that the pattern of coronary occlusion (thrombus composition) might contribute to the onset of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death (SCD) in myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: The TIDE (Thrombus and Inflammation in sudden DEath) study included patients with angiographically-proven acute coronary occlusion as the cause of a ST elevation MI (STEMI) complicated by Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD group) or not (STEMI group)...
February 14, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209216/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-left%C3%A2-ventricular-apical-aneurysm-implications-for-risk-stratification-and-management
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Ethan J Rowin, Barry J Maron, Tammy S Haas, Ross F Garberich, Weijia Wang, Mark S Link, Martin S Maron
BACKGROUND: A previously under-recognized subset of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with left ventricular (LV) apical aneurysms is being identified with increasing frequency. However, risks associated with this subgroup are unknown. OBJECTIVES: The authors aimed to clarify clinical course and prognosis of a large cohort of HCM patients with LV apical aneurysms over long-term follow-up. METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed 1,940 consecutive HCM patients at 2 centers, 93 of which (4...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209206/rethinking-the-role-of-alpha-toxin-in-clostridium-perfringens-associated-enteric-diseases-a-review-on-bovine-necro-haemorrhagic-enteritis
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Evy Goossens, Bonnie R Valgaeren, Bart Pardon, Freddy Haesebrouck, Richard Ducatelle, Piet R Deprez, Filip Van Immerseel
Bovine necro-haemorrhagic enteritis is an economically important disease caused by Clostridium perfringens type A strains. The disease mainly affects calves under intensive rearing conditions and is characterized by sudden death associated with small intestinal haemorrhage, necrosis and mucosal neutrophil infiltration. The common assumption that, when causing intestinal disease, C. perfringens relies upon specific, plasmid-encoded toxins, was recently challenged by the finding that alpha toxin, which is produced by all C...
February 16, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206818/sudden-death-due-to-aortic-dissection-in-early-pregnancy-a-case-report
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Akshith Rs Shetty, Y P Girish Chandra, S Praveen, Somusekhar Gajula
Forensic pathologists come across many deaths due to natural causes which are sudden. Sudden natural deaths in females who are pregnant warrant thorough investigation and a medico-legal autopsy to rule out any foul play. Here, we report a case of 21-year-old primigravida in her first trimester who suddenly complained of severe chest pain and was brought dead to the hospital with no history suggestive of prior natural disease. At autopsy, the death was attributed to dissection of ascending aorta.
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202881/the-exercise-paradox-may-be-solved-by-measuring-the-overall-thrombotic-state-using-native-blood
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Hideo Ikarugi, Junichiro Yamamoto
While exercise is widely believed to prevent atherothrombotic diseases, it occasionally causes sudden death. This exercise paradox may be due to the inadequate testing of the thrombotic and thrombolytic status. A recently developed shear-induced thrombosis/endogenous fibrinolysis test performed with non-anticoagulated blood samples allows the assessment of the thrombotic state of an individual both at rest and after exercise. This sensitive and physiologically relevant test may help to solve the aforementioned exercise paradox...
February 14, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202427/the-insula-lobe-and-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-a-hypothesis
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Jia Li, Qianwen Ming, Weihong Lin
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of death in patients with refractory epilepsy, particularly those with chronic epilepsy. The physiopathological mechanisms underlying SUDEP have not been elucidated. Autonomic dysregulation of cardiac or respiratory function is thought to underlie SUDEP. Here, we present a summary of available evidence on the involvement of the insular lobe in the regulation of cardiorespiratory function. Ictal discharge that originates in the cortex can, primarily or secondarily, involve the insula lobe through epileptogenic signal networks, leading to cardiorespiratory dysfunction, central apnoea, arrhythmias, and sudden death in patients with epilepsy...
February 15, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201546/incidence-and-predictors-of-sudden-death-major-conduction-defects-and-sustained-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-1388-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Karim Wahbi, Dominique Babuty, Vincent Probst, Ludivine Wissocque, Fabien Labombarda, Raphaël Porcher, Henri Marc Bécane, Arnaud Lazarus, Anthony Béhin, Pascal Laforêt, Tanya Stojkovic, Nicolas Clementy, Aurélie Pattier Dussauge, Jean Baptiste Gourraud, Yann Pereon, Arnaud Lacour, Françoise Chapon, Paul Milliez, Didier Klug, Bruno Eymard, Denis Duboc
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December 9, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198528/the-expression-of-inhibitor-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-kinase-epsilon-ikk%C3%AE%C2%B5-in-human-aortic-aneurysm
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Leiyang Zhang, Lei Wang, Wen Chen, Yueyue Xu, Liming Wang, Reinard Iskandar, Yifei Wang, Xin Chen
BACKGROUND: Aortic aneurysm (AA) is one of the most common causes of sudden death among elderly people. Although AA can be detected by non-invasive imaging techniques, there are no pharmacological treatments currently available to prevent progression at any stage of the disease. In this study we will explore the expression of IKKε in AA and its potential underlying molecular mechanism in AA. Material s and methods: Human aortic tissue was taken from 14 patients who underwent surgical repair of AA for the AA group and another 11 patients with normal aorta who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery for the control group...
February 15, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196901/novel-variant-in-the-ank2-membrane-binding-domain-is-associated-with-ankyrin-b-syndrome-and-structural-heart-disease-in-a-first-nations-population-with-a-high-rate-of-long-qt-syndrome
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Leigh Anne Swayne, Nathaniel P Murphy, Sirisha Asuri, Lena Chen, Xiaoxue Xu, Sarah McIntosh, Chao Wang, Peter J Lancione, Jason D Roberts, Charles Kerr, Shubhayan Sanatani, Elizabeth Sherwin, Crystal F Kline, Mingjie Zhang, Peter J Mohler, Laura T Arbour
BACKGROUND: Long QT syndrome confers susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia, predisposing to syncope, seizures, and sudden death. While rare globally, long QT syndrome is ≈15× more common in First Nations of Northern British Columbia largely because of a known mutation in KCNQ1. However, 2 large multigenerational families were affected, but negative for the known mutation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Long QT syndrome panel testing was carried out in the index case of each family, and clinical information was collected...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195256/two-cases-of-sudden-death-due-to-pulmonary-tumor-thrombotic-microangiopathy-caused-by-occult-gastric-carcinoma
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M Ben Khelil, Y Chkirbene, H Azzouz, S Haouet, M Hamdoun
We present two cases of occult gastric carcinoma associated to a large pulmonary tumors thrombosis microangiopathy (PTTM). The first case is a 28 years-old man. He was dead due to a respiratory failure. Autopsy showed a whitish indurated mass invading the stomach wall. Histological findings showed a primary "signet ring" gastric adenocarcinoma with pulmonary carcinomatosis and multiple PTTM and a heart metastasis. The second case is a 24 years-old pregnant woman. The main symptoms were nausea and stomach discomfort and they were seen as pregnancy signs...
December 2016: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190824/morphometric-changes-in-the-aortic-arch-with-advancing-age-in-fetal-to-mature-thoroughbred-horses
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Chihiro Endoh, Kazuya Matsuda, Minoru Okamoto, Nobuo Tsunoda, Hiroyuki Taniyama
Aortic rupture is a well recognized cause of sudden death in thoroughbred horses. Some microscopic lesions, such as those caused by cystic medial necrosis and medionecrosis, can lead to aortic rupture. However, these microscopic lesions are also observed in normal horses. On the other hand, a previous study of aortic rupture suggested that underlying elastin and collagen deposition disorders might be associated with aortic rupture. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the structural components of the tunica media of the aortic arch, which is composed of elastin, collagen, smooth muscle cells and mucopolysaccharides (MPS), in fetal to mature thoroughbred horses...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190577/dilated-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Robert G Weintraub, Christopher Semsarian, Peter Macdonald
Dilated cardiomyopathy is defined by the presence of left ventricular dilatation and contractile dysfunction. Genetic mutations involving genes that encode cytoskeletal, sarcomere, and nuclear envelope proteins, among others, account for up to 35% of cases. Acquired causes include myocarditis and exposure to alcohol, drugs and toxins, and metabolic and endocrine disturbances. The most common presenting symptoms relate to congestive heart failure, but can also include circulatory collapse, arrhythmias, and thromboembolic events...
February 9, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187864/relation-of-household-income-to-incidence-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-wake-county-north-carolina
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Louisa A Mounsey, Feng-Chang Lin, Irion Pursell, Golsa Joodi, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Anthony Nwosu, Chani Hodonsky, Ross J Simpson, J Paul Mounsey
The incidence of out-of-hospital sudden unexpected death (OHSUD) in a racially and socioeconomically diverse population has been inadequately studied. We collated all OHSUDs over a 24-month period among 18- to 64-year olds in Wake County, North Carolina, to investigate geographic and socioeconomic disparity in incidence of OHSUD. An electronic query of Wake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) identified all EMS attended out-of-hospital deaths. After excluding trauma, expected deaths, and deaths occurring in non-free-living subjects, medical records and medical examiner's reports were reviewed by a committee of cardiologists to make the determination of OHSUD...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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