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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534025/atrial-fibrillation-dynamics-and-ionic-block-effects-in-six-heterogeneous-human-3d-virtual-atria-with-distinct-repolarization-dynamics
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Carlos Sánchez, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Esther Pueyo, Blanca Rodríguez
Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually manifests as reentrant circuits propagating through the whole atria creating chaotic activation patterns. Little is yet known about how differences in electrophysiological and ionic properties between patients modulate reentrant patterns in AF. The goal of this study is to quantify how variability in action potential duration (APD) at different stages of repolarization determines AF dynamics and their modulation by ionic block using a set of virtual whole-atria human models...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527865/mechanism-of-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-study-using-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Kazato Ito, Yukio Abe, Yosuke Takahashi, Yoshihisa Shimada, Hitoshi Fukumoto, Yoshiki Matsumura, Takahiko Naruko, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama, Junichi Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) despite having preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function. This MR is known as atrial functional MR. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of atrial functional MR using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). METHODS: Sixty patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 3DTEE: 16 patients with AF and significant non-organic MR and preserved LV ejection fraction (>50%) constituted the AF-MR group, 20 patients with AF and no significant MR formed the AF-NSMR group, and 24 normal subjects comprised the control group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525608/surgical-resection-for-advanced-lung-cancer-using-the-hemi-clamshell-approach
#3
Yasushi Shintani, Ryu Kanzaki, Tomohiro Kawamura, Soichiro Funaki, Masato Minami, Meinoshin Okumura, Eiji Okura, Yoshihisa Kadota, Mitsunori Ohta
OBJECTIVES: The hemi-clamshell (HCS) approach consists of partial sternotomy with antero-lateral thoracotomy. This study evaluated the utilities and outcomes of the HCS approach in advanced lung cancer patients. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated 45 patients who underwent surgery for advanced lung cancer via the HCS procedure between 2000 and 2014, the indications for surgery being tumour invasion extending to the aorta arch in 5, descending aorta in 9, main pulmonary artery in 5, superior vena cava in 6, right or left atrium in 4, apical thoracic dome in 7 patients and mediastinal lymphadenopathy for left-sided lung cancer in 12...
May 19, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525455/18f-fdg-pet-ct-of-malignant-angiomyolipoma-with-tumor-thrombus
#4
Andrew Griffin
Renal angiomyolipomas are the most common renal mesenchymal tumors. While classic angiomyolipomas are benign, there are a number of other subtypes. Epithelioid variants are potentially malignant and may be indistinguishable from renal cell carcinoma on imaging. We present a 52-year-old woman who underwent left nephrectomy for an aggressive-appearing malignant renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma. At 6 months postoperatively, restaging FDG PET/CT demonstrated a hypermetabolic left adrenal mass extending to the left adrenal vein, left renal vein, inferior vena cava, and right atrium (SUVmax = 12)...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523594/the-relationship-between-coronary-artery-calcium-scores-and-left-atrium-size-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Ismail Baloglu, Kultigin Turkmen, H Zeki Tonbul, N Yılmaz Selcuk
PURPOSE: Hemodialysis patients have extremely increased cardiovascular mortality. The coronary artery calcification score (CACS) in uremic patients receiving hemodialysis reflects the severity of atherosclerotic vascular disease and predicts the cardiovascular events. In cardiac conditions, left atrial (LA) size has a prognostic importance. In this study, relationship between coronary artery calcification and left atrial size was investigated. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study involving 32 hemodialysis patients (16 females, 16 males; mean age, 52...
May 18, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523471/quantification-of-left-atrial-volume-and-phasic-function-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-of-biplane-area-length-method-and-simpson-s-method
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Laura Kristin Wandelt, Johannes Tammo Kowallick, Andreas Schuster, Rolf Wachter, Thomas Stümpfig, Christina Unterberg-Buchwald, Michael Steinmetz, Christian Oliver Ritter, Joachim Lotz, Wieland Staab
Left atrial (LA) enlargement and dysfunction are markers of chronic diastolic dysfunction and an important predictor of adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes. Accordingly, accurate quantification of left atrial volume (LAV) and function is needed. In routine clinical cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging the biplane area-length method (Bi-ALM) is frequently applied due to time-saving image acquisition and analysis. However, given the varying anatomy of the LA we hypothesized that the diagnostic accuracy of the Bi-ALM is not sufficient and that results would be different from a precise volumetric assessment of transversal multi-slice cine images using Simpson's method...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523023/surgical-repair-of-partial-atrioventricular-septal-defect
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Tariq Waqar, Muhammad Usman Riaz, Muhammad Shuaib
OBJECTIVE: To review the results of surgical correction of partial atrioventricular septal defect and associated cardiac comorbidities. METHODS: Retrospective case analysis of electronic database of department of paediatrics cardiac surgery, CPEIC, Multan was done. Forty consecutive patients operated for partial atrioventricular septal defect repair from September 2011 to October 2016 were included. Mean age was 14.67±7.96 years. 60% (24) patients were male. Regarding echocardiographic findings, pre-operatively 40% (n=16) had mild, 47...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515751/malignant-triton-tumor-of-the-lung-infiltrating-the-left-atrium-and-left-ventricle-with-metastasis-to-the-small-intestine
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Dariusz Tomaszewski, Sebastian Beta, Jan A Rogowski
Malignant triton tumors are a rare subtype of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors showing rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation. We report the case of a 33-year-old patient who underwent an excision of such a tumor by thoracic and cardiac surgery. He was reoperated on 1 month later because of a tumor of the small intestine and received adjuvant radiation.
March 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514878/anticoagulant-cessation-following-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-limits-of-the-ecg-guided-approach
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Matteo Anselmino, Chiara Rovera, Giovanni Marchetto, Federico Ferraris, Davide Castagno, Fiorenzo Gaita
Long-term cessation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) following successful catheter or surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is debated. Usually, in the presence of sinus rhythm at serial ECG recordings, the CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc, and HAS-BLED scores are adopted to guide decision regarding OAC management. Areas covered: The safety of OAC cessation in patients without recurrent AF but with historically elevated risk for thromboembolism remains largely unknown. Taking the cue from two clinical cases, we provide an updated summary of the latest evidence regarding how to manage OAC after a successful atrial fibrillation ablation...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513211/image-quality-of-low-radiation-dose-left-atrial-ct-using-filtered-back-projection-and-an-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-intra-individual-comparison-in-unselected-patients-undergoing-pulmonary-vein-isolation
#10
Ute Lina Fahlenkamp, Ivan Diaz Ramirez, Moritz Wagner, Carsten Schwenke, Alexander Huppertz, Bernd Hamm, Alexander Lembcke
Background Computed tomography (CT) of the left atrium (LA) is performed prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) to improve success of circumferential ablation for atrial fibrillation. The ablation procedure itself exposes patients to substantial radiation doses, therefore radiation dose reduction in pre-ablational imaging is of concern. Purpose To assess and compare diagnostic performance of low-radiation dose preprocedural CT in patients scheduled for PVI using two types of reconstruction algorithms. Material and Methods Forty-six patients (61 ± 10 years) scheduled for PVI were enrolled in this study irrespective of body-mass-index or cardiac rhythm at examination...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513114/when-cardioversion-may-be-complicated
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Eli Peleg, Therese Fuchs, Ziad Gabara, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: In recent years cardioversion of atrial fibrillation has become a routine procedure, enabling symptomatic functional improvement in most cases. However, some patients develop complications after cardioversion. Identifying these individuals is an important step toward improving patient outcome. OBJECTIVES: To characterize those patients who may not benefit from cardioversion or who may develop complications following cardioversion. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 186 episodes of cardioversion in 163 patients with atrial fibrillation who were admitted to our cardiology department between 2008 and 2013 based on their clinical and echocardiographic data...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512751/giant-torturous-left-circumflex-artery-draining-to-the-right-atrium
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Lenka Eremiasova, Petr Kuchynka, Lukas Lambert, Tomas Palecek
Coronary artery anomalies represent a diverse group of congenital disorders characterized by abnormalities of coronary arteries anatomy. We describe an extremely rare case of giant torturous left circumflex artery draining to the right atrium manifesting by palpitations and atrial fibrillation.
May 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507833/does-hemodynamic-guided-heart-failure-management-reduce-hospitalization-a-systematic-review
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Abdul M Minhas, Saba Ahmed, Muhammad S Khan, Kaneez Fatima, Muhammad N Anwar, Jonathan Constantin
Heart failure (HF) is a pressing health concern as the expense of hospitalization financially burdens the health care system. Hemodynamic monitoring has the potential to detect increases in intracardiac filling pressures weeks before clinical deterioration; hence, preliminary findings of volume overload with the use of these devices may prevent the progression of disease and lead to a reduction in HF-associated hospitalizations. We extensively searched PubMed, Ovid SP, Embase, and Cochrane databases to identify all the possible studies that assess the effect of hemodynamic monitoring on hospitalizations in HF patients...
April 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506917/atrial-antitachycardia-pacing-and-atrial-remodeling-a-substudy-of-the-international-randomized-minerva-trial
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Giuseppe Boriani, Raymond Tukkie, Mauro Biffi, Lluis Mont, Renato Ricci, Helmut Pürerfellner, Giovanni Luca Botto, Antonis S Manolis, Maurizio Landolina, Michele Gulizia, J Harrison Hudnall, Lorenza Mangoni, Andrea Grammatico, Luigi Padeletti
BACKGROUND: Atrial tachycardia (AT) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are common in pacemaker patients and are associated with bad prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate atrial antitachycardia pacing impact on AT/AF induced atrial remodeling, measured by early recurrence of AT/AF (ERAF) and by change in left atrium diameter (LAD). To evaluate impact of AT/AF duration on ERAF incidence. METHODS: Pacemaker patients were randomized to dual-chamber pacing (Control DDDR-385 patients), managed ventricular pacing (MVP-398 patients) or atrial antitachycardia pacing plus MVP (DDDRP+MVP-383 patients)...
May 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506323/transcatheter-correction-of-scimitar-syndrome-occlusion-of-abnormal-pulmonary-venous-drainage-and-vascular-supply-in-an-infant
#15
Levent Saltik, Sezen Ugan Atik, Helen Bornaun
Treatment of Scimitar syndrome is usually surgical; however, if there is "dual drainage" - that is, one to the inferior caval vein and the other to the left atrium - it is possible to successfully treat this anomaly via a less-invasive transcatheter approach. We report a case of Scimitar syndrome in a 21-month-old, male infant successfully treated with transcatheter embolisation.
May 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503552/impact-of-isolated-tricuspid-valve-repair-on-right-ventricular-remodelling-in-an-adult-congenital-heart-disease-population
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Roberto Marsico, Vito Domenico Bruno, Pierpaolo Chivasso, Anna Baritussio, Filippo Rapetto, Gustavo A Guida, Umberto Benedetto, Massimo Caputo
BACKGROUND: Surgical repair of isolated congenital tricuspid valve (TV) disease is rare with no well-defined indication and outcomes. Moreover, the role of right ventricle (RV) in this context has not yet been investigated. OBJECTIVES: We sought to assess the impact of congenital TV repair on cardiac remodelling and clinical-functional status and the importance of the RV function in an adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) population. METHODS AND RESULTS: From January 2005 to December 2015, 304 patients underwent TV surgery in our centre...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501825/maternal-bradycardia-occurring-prior-to-onset-of-hellp-syndrome-in-a-woman-with-pre-eclampsia
#17
Ami Hosokawa, Takeshi Umazume, Takahiro Yamada, Hisanori Minakami
A 36-year-old nulliparous woman developed pre-eclampsia at gestational week (GW) 28(-6/7) Cardiac status was checked regularly. Heart rate of 93 beats per minute (bpm) with left atrial diameter (LAD) of 35 mm, left ventricular hypertrophy and inferior vena cava diameter (IVCD) of 8 mm at GW 32(-0/7) decreased to 48 bpm with an expanded IVCD to 25 mm, dilated left atrium (LAD to 39 mm), increased pulmonary arterial pressure, increased systemic vascular resistance (approximate 3000  dyn s/cm(5)) and biphasic intrarenal venous flow pattern 3...
May 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499654/hybrid-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-using-avalon-elite-double-lumen-cannula-ensures-adequate-heart-brain-oxygen-supply
#18
Ju Zhao, Dongfang Wang, Cherry Ballard-Croft, Jingkun Wang, Po-Lin Hsu, Matthew Bacchetta, Joseph B Zwischenberger
BACKGROUND: Differential hypoxia exists in peripheral venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients with compromised lungs, causing hypoxic damage to heart or brain. We proposed an Avalon Elite (Maquet, Rastatt, Germany) double lumen cannula-based hybrid ECMO to add a venovenous (VV) blood flow into the pulmonary circulation onto the existing VA ECMO circuit to increase oxygen saturation in the left ventricle and ascending aorta, mitigating heart/brain hypoxia...
May 9, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499385/target-organ-damage-and-incident-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-the-strong-heart-study
#19
Giovanni de Simone, Wenyu Wang, Lyle G Best, Fawn Yeh, Raffaele Izzo, Costantino Mancusi, Mary J Roman, Elisa T Lee, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux
BACKGROUND: Recent analyses in a registry of hypertensive patients suggested that preceding left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH) and/or carotid atherosclerosis are associated with incident type 2 diabetes, independent of confounders. We assess the relation between prevalent cardio-renal target organ damage (TOD) and subsequent incident type 2 diabetes in a population-based study with high prevalence of obesity. METHODS: We selected 2887 non-diabetic participants from two cohorts of the Strong Heart Study (SHS)...
May 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497556/mitral-arcade-a-rare-case-presenting-with-fatigue-and-cough
#20
Derya Aydın Sahin, Ozben Ceylan
An 11-year-old girl was admitted to pediatric emergency unit with complaints of fatigue and cough. The patient had no previous complaints. There was no history of rheumatic heart disease. The height and duration of the P-wave was 4 mm and 0.16 seconds, respectively (p mitrale). Echocardiography showed enlarged left atrium (51×61 mm in diameter). Both the anterolateral and posteromedial papillary muscles were directly attached to the anterior and posterior mitral valve leaflets without tendinous chords. The patient was diagnosed with mitral arcade, severe mitral stenosis, and mitral regurgitation...
May 12, 2017: Echocardiography
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