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Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Guangli Yin, Ruiqin Xie, Ling You, Hongning Yin, Yucui Sun, Jinglan Wu, Yansha Zhao, Xue Geng, Yanan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm is associated with transient dysfunction of the left atrium (LA). This study aimed to investigate the time course of LA function and inflammation after radiofrequency (RF) ablation for paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Fifty-three patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing RF ablation were recruited. White blood cells were counted and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrinogen, and D-dimer levels were measured...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Tomonori Watanabe, Shinsuke Miyazaki, Takatsugu Kajiyama, Sadamitsu Ichijo, Takamitsu Takagi, Miyako Igarashi, Hiroaki Nakamura, Hiroshi Taniguchi, Hitoshi Hachiya, Yoshito Iesaka
Persistent iatrogenic atrial septal defects (iASDs) can be observed after intervention requiring a left atria (LA) access, including pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) of atrial fibrillation (AF). We investigated the incidence of iASDs post-second-generation cryoballoon ablation and the pre-procedural predictors. Eighty-three paroxysmal AF patients underwent PVI using second-generation cryoballoons. The LA was accessed with single 15-Fr steerable sheaths following a radiofrequency transseptal puncture, and the iASD was evaluated with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), a median of 9...
March 17, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Renate B Schnabel, Ladislav Pecen, Daniel Engler, Markus Lucerna, Jean Marc Sellal, Francisco M Ojeda, Raffaele De Caterina, Paulus Kirchhof
OBJECTIVES: Determinants of atrial fibrillation (AF) patterns and of progression of earlier forms to permanent AF, and their relationship with outcome are still poorly understood. METHODS: We examined AF patterns (paroxysmal, persistent and permanent), rate and predictors of AF progression, and outcomes in the PREFER (PREvention oF thromboembolic events-European Registry) in AF. The primary analysis was performed in the PREFER in AF prolongation dataset (n=3223 patients with AF with a complete 1-year follow-up, mean age 72±9 years, 40% women)...
March 17, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Janusz Bednarski, Paweł Balsam, Agata Tymińska, Krzysztof Ozierański, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Anna Praska-Oginska, Inna Zaboyska, Grzegorz Opolski
INTRODUCTION Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. Non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC) are the first line drugs in stroke prevention in AF patients. The oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC) therapy may differ between medical centres. OBJECTIVES The study aimed to compare the clinical characteristic of AF patients treated with OAC between district and academic hospitals. PATIENTS AND METHODS This analysis consisted of 3528 patients from the multicentre, retrospective CRAFT study (NCT02987062): 2666 patients from academic hospital (Group A) and 862 patients from district hospital (Group B)...
March 17, 2018: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
Kang An, Hang Yin, Ju Mei, Jiaquan Zhu, Min Tang
OBJECTIVES: We retrospectively analysed data from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Our purpose was to explore the atrial endocardial expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and thrombomodulin (TM) and their association with rhythm results after the procedure. METHODS: From January 2014 to May 2015, 60 patients underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Left atrial appendage samples were obtained during the procedure and immunohistochemistry for endocardial markers including vWF and TM was performed and semi-quantitatively graded...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
William F McIntyre, David Conen, Brian Olshansky, Jonathan L Halperin, Emil Hayek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Shihai Lu, Jeff S Healey
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic prophylaxis with oral anticoagulation (OAC) substantially reduces stroke and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Analysis of data in GLORIA-AF, an international, observational registry of patients with newly-diagnosed AF, can identify factors associated with treatment decisions and outcomes. METHODS: Multivariable regression identified patient, physician, and temporal factors associated with OAC prescription, versus management with antiplatelet drugs or no antithrombotic drugs in North American patients enrolled between November 2011 and February 2014...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Sanghamitra Mohanty, Prasant Mohanty, Chintan Trivedi, Carola Gianni, Domenico G Della Rocca, Luigi Di Biase, Andrea Natale
BACKGROUND: This meta-analysis systematically evaluated the outcome of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with and without focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM) ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Extensive literature search was performed for studies reporting outcomes of PVI alone and PVI+FIRM procedures. For PVI alone, only randomized trials conducted in the past 3 years reporting single-procedure off-antiarrhythmic drugs success rate at ≥12-month follow-up were included...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Michał Orczykowski, Karolina Borowiec, Elzbieta Biernacka, Robert Bodalski, Piotr Urbanek, Pawel Derejko, Katarzyna Kodziszewska, Olgierd Wozniak, Aneta Fronczak, Kamil Marcinkiewicz, Krystyna Guzek, Agnieszka Fil, Grzegorz Warminski, Piotr Hoffman, Maria Bilinska, Lukasz Szumowski
BACKGROUND: After the surgical correction of Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), surgical scars and natural obstacles form pathways capable of supporting an atrial tachyarrhythmia (AT). Radiofrequency ablation is effective, although the few studies to date on this topic had relatively short follow-up periods. AIM: The aims of the study were to evaluate the acute and long-term effects of RF ablation of AT and examine the characteristics of arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS: Tetralogy of Fallot patients (N 16, age 44...
March 14, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Yang Liu, Xiao-Hui Niu, Xiaomeng Yin, Yue-Jian Liu, Chao Han, Jie Yang, Xin Huang, Xiaohong Yu, Lianjun Gao, Yan-Zong Yang, Yun-Long Xia, Hui-Hua Li
BACKGROUND: In atrial fibrillation (AF), a more extensively fibrotic left atrium (LA) provides a substrate for arrhythmias and increases risk of relapse following ablation. Fibrocytes are bone marrow-derived circulating mesenchymal progenitors that have been identified in the atrium of patients with AF who have valvular diseases. The present study investigates the associations between circulating fibrocytes and LA fibrosis or the prevalence of recurrence after ablation in patients with persistent AF...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Nika Karimi, Marta Kelava, Perin Kothari, Nicole M Zimmerman, A Marc Gillinov, Andra E Duncan
BACKGROUND: Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience intermittent hypoxia, hypercarbia, and sympathetic activation during sleep, which increases risk for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. Whether patients with OSA experience increased episodes of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery is unclear. We examined whether patients at increased risk for OSA, assessed by the STOP-BANG (snoring, tired during the day, observed stop breathing during sleep, high blood pressure, body mass index more than 35 kg/m, age more than 50 years, neck circumference more than 40 cm, and male gender) questionnaire, had a higher incidence of new-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Bo Wen, Lei Xu, Junfu Liang, Zhanming Fan, Zhonghua Sun
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography using a 256-row detector CT scanner in a single cardiac cycle in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Seventy consecutive patients (41 men and 29 women; age range was from 37 to 84 years, mean age was 61.7 ± 10.2 years; body mass index range was from 15.08 to 36.45 kg/m, mean body mass index was 25.9 ± 3.5 kg/m) with persistent or paroxysmal AF during acquisition, who were not receiving any medications for heart rate (HR) regulation, were imaged with a 256-row detector CT scanner (Revolution CT, GE healthcare)...
March 2018: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Takashi Komatsu, Fusanori Kunugita, Mahito Ozawa, Yoshihiro Satoh, Reisuke Yoshizawa, Shingen Owada, Youhei Sawa, Yoshihiro Morino, Motoyuki Nakamura
Background and methods There is little information concerning the influence of the heart rhythm on the vascular endothelial function in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with studies concerning sinus rhythm (SR). The present study included paroxysmal (n=184) or chronic (n=53) AF patients without heart failure and control subjects with SR (n=79) matched for age, gender and the CHA2 DS2 -VASc score. Paroxysmal AF was defined as episodes that terminated spontaneously within 7 days, while chronic AF was defined as longstanding AF that was refractory to cardioversion for 12 months or longer...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Yoshinari Enomoto, Go Hashimoto, Naohiko Sahara, Hikari Hashimoto, Hiroki Niikura, Keijiro Nakamura, Raisuke Iijima, Hidehiko Hara, Makoto Suzuki, Mahito Noro, Masao Moroi, Kaoru Sugi, Masato Nakamura
A 70-years-old male with a history of hypertension and drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented to our hospital for catheter ablation to his symptomatic AF. He had no prior surgical or percutaneous procedure to close or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA). A transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to rule out intra-cardiac thrombus prior to the ablation procedure. Although the TEE imaging at multiple acquisition angles was obtained, the LAA could not be visualized and an absence of the LAA was suspected...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Vincenzo Russo, Andrea Antonio Papa, Anna Rago, Carmine Ciardiello Eng, Gerardo Nigro
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common finding in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) population. Pacemakers may facilitate the diagnosis and management of frequent subclinical asymptomatic AF episodes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of minimal ventricular pacing (MVP) on paroxysmal AF incidence in DM1 patients during a 24-month follow-up period. METHODS: We enrolled 70 DM1 patients (age 43.4 ± 13.8; 39 F) who underwent dual chamber pacemaker implantation...
March 7, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Ruben R De With, Ernaldo G Marcos, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Michiel Rienstra
Aims: Clinicians increasingly encounter patients with young-onset atrial fibrillation (AF). Aim is to study clinical profile, AF progression, and outcome of patients with young-onset AF. Methods and results: A total of 468 patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF starting <60 years of age were included. Clinical profile, AF progression, defined as development of permanent AF, and cardiovascular events were prospectively collected. Onset of AF was at 46 ± 10 years, 354 (76%) were men, 329 (70%) had paroxysmal AF, 50 (11%) had AF without risk factors or comorbidities, and 118 (25%) had familial AF...
March 6, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Khola Tahir, Andy Kiser, Thomas Caranasos, J Paul Mounsey, Anil Gehi
WHO SHOULD UNDERGO HYBRID AF ABLATION?: Patients with symptomatic persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation refractory to pharmacological or routine catheter ablation can be considered for hybrid epicardial-endocardial AF ablation. Although it seems clear that patient selection should be important when considering hybrid AF ablation for optimal results, unfortunately, available data on the outcomes of hybrid epicardial-endocardial ablation is limited. Hybrid ablation is rarely compared to stand-alone catheter ablation, the surgical approach (access site, lesion set, ablation tool) is inconsistent, and the patient population studied is often suitable for a catheter ablation approach (paroxysmal AF, minimal structural heart disease)...
March 8, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Muhammed Keskin, Dilek Ural, Servet Altay, Onur Argan, Edibe Betül Börklü, Ömer Kozan
OBJECTIVE: Iron deficiency (ID) is the most common nutritional deficiency, and iron metabolism becomes further deteriorated in the presence of certain conditions, such as heart failure (HF). Atrial fibrillation (AF) has many similarities to HF, including a chronic inflammatory pathophysiology; however, the prevalence of ID and other hematinic deficiencies in AF patients have not been determined. METHODS: In this study, the prevalence of iron (serum ferritin <100 µg/L or ferritin 100-299 µg/L with transferrin saturation <20%), vitamin B12 (<200 pg/mL), and folate deficiency (<4...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
João Mesquita, Diogo Cavaco, António Miguel Ferreira, Francisco Moscoso Costa, Pedro Carmo, Francisco Morgado, Miguel Mendes, Pedro Adragão
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of AF ablation, but its long-term clinical outcomes, predictors of relapse, and optimal pharmacological treatment remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this paper were to (1) assess very long-term AF recurrence, (2) identify predictors of relapse, and (3) evaluate the impact of continued antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) treatment after ablation. METHODS: Multicenter observational registry including all consecutive patients with drug-resistant AF who underwent a first PVI between 2006 and 2008 (n = 253 (age 55 years (IQR 48-63)), 80% males, 64% with paroxysmal AF...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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