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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938531/premature-senescence-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-and-atrial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Jun Xie, Yuhan Chen, Chuanxian Hu, Quanhua Pan, Bingjian Wang, Xueling Li, Jin Geng, Biao Xu
Premature senescence is associated with atrial fibrosis and has an antifibrotic effect in mice. However, the role of senescence in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unclear. Here, we investigated the association of premature senescence with fibrosis and also determined the role of senescence in the recurrence of AF after surgery ablation. Western blot, Sirius red staining, SA-β-gal staining and immunohistochemistry were performed to detect the degree of atrial fibrosis ,the expression of TGF-β and collagens, and also the senescence markers in 72 tissue specimens of left atrial appendage in this study...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938309/successful-treatment-with-dabigatran-for-consumptive-coagulopathy-associated-with-extensive-vascular-malformations
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Atsushi Yasumoto, Ryohei Ishiura, Mitsunaga Narushima, Yutaka Yatomi
: Vascular malformation is occasionally complicated by consumptive coagulopathy, known as localized intravascular coagulopathy (LIC), which is characterized by a reduced fibrinogen level, an elevated D-dimer level and a normal platelet count. We report the case of a 17-year-old Japanese girl who presented with LIC secondary to extensive vascular malformations, whose condition had progressed to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). She suddenly presented with severe anaemia, despite the absence of obvious bleeding, and she began to require regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions...
September 21, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935034/persistence-with-dabigatran-therapy-at-2%C3%A2-years-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Miney Paquette, Lionel Riou França, Christine Teutsch, Hans-Christoph Diener, Shihai Lu, Sergio J Dubner, Chang Sheng Ma, Kenneth J Rothman, Kristina Zint, Jonathan L Halperin, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Robby Nieuwlaat
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend long-term oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Treatment discontinuation rates in vitamin K antagonist (VKA)-treated patients are high but may be lower with non-VKA oral anticoagulant agents. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to describe and explore predictors of dabigatran etexilate persistence in patients with newly diagnosed AF over 2 years of follow-up. METHODS: Consecutive patients newly diagnosed with AF and ≥1 stroke risk factor were followed up for 2 years...
September 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922154/atrial-fibrillation-is-independently-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-after-ischemic-stroke
#4
Russell Jude Chander, Levinia Lim, Sagarika Handa, Shaun Hiu, Angeline Choong, Xuling Lin, Rajinder Singh, Daniel Oh, Nagaendran Kandiah
BACKGROUND: While atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important risk factor for ischemic strokes and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Alzheimer's disease, the association between AF and post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI), and the factors mediating this association, is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of AF in PSCI, especially in relation to other markers of cerebrovascular disease. METHODS: 445 subjects with mild ischemic stroke without pre-stroke cognitive decline were assessed 3-6 months post-stroke for cognitive deficits...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921386/midterm-outcomes-of-two-staged-hybrid-ablation-of-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-using-the-versapolar-epicardial-surgical-device-and-subsequent-catheter-ablation
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Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, Jana Zdarska, David Talavera, Anna Mala, Radka Prochazkova, Zbynek Straka
PURPOSE: Hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a promising treatment strategy for patients with non-paroxysmal AF, although, data regarding mid-term outcomes are limited. METHODS: Patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF were enrolled. Initially, a thoracoscopic, right-sided, epicardial ablation was performed, with a goal of creating a box lesion on the posterior wall of the left atrium; a novel versapolar radiofrequency (RF) catheter was used...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918444/left-atrial-volume-computed-by-3d-rotational-angiography-best-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-circumferential-pulmonary-vein-isolation
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Teresa Strisciuglio, Giuseppe Di Gioia, Sofia Chatzikyriakou, Etel Silva Garcia, Emanuele Barbato, Peter Geelen, Tom De Potter
Left atrium (LA) size is a well-studied predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Yet, there is still little agreement on the best imaging technique to size the LA, and on the most appropriate sizing parameter. Volumetric assessment of LA with three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA LA volume index) might be a valid alternative to the commonly used transthoracic echocardiography (TTE LA volume index). The aim of our study was to investigate whether LA volume by 3DRA at the time of PVI is able to predict the risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916640/clinical-profile-and-consequences-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#7
Ethan J Rowin, Anais Hausvater, Mark S Link, Patrick Abt, William Gionfriddo, Wendy Wang, Hassan Rastegar, N A Mark Estes, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
Background -Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained arrhythmia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is capable of producing symptoms that impact quality of life and is associated with risk for embolic stroke. However, the influence of AF on clinical course and outcome in HCM remains incompletely resolved. Methods -Records were accessed of 1558 consecutive patients followed at the Tufts Medical Center Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Institute for 4.8 ± 3.4 years, from 2004 to 2014. Results -Of the 1558 HCM patients, 304 (20%) had episodes of AF, of which 226 (74%) were confined to symptomatic paroxysmal AF (PAF; average 5 ± 5; range 1 to > 20), while 78 (26%) developed permanent AF, preceded by 7 ± 6 PAF episodes...
September 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916528/the-impact-of-cryoballoon-versus-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-on-healthcare-utilization-and-costs-an-economic-analysis-from-the-fire-and-ice-trial
#8
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914213/-medical-treatment-of-people-with-dementia-requires-dealing-with-uncertainty
#9
J P J Slaets
Here we report on a number of medical dilemmas during the final 6 years of life of a 78-year-old woman with dementia. Questions concerning both diagnostic procedures and treatment options are discussed. The first dilemma concerns mild symptoms leading to the diagnosis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and the requirement for anticoagulation; the second dilemma concerns vague symptoms of tiredness with anaemia leading to the diagnosis of colon cancer and the requirement for surgery. The conclusion is that there are no protocols that can be used to solve questions of this nature, and we need careful reflection with colleagues, the patient and important people in the patient's life in order to make decisions in the best interest of the quality of life as experienced by the patient...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904084/relevance-of-supraventricular-runs-detected-after-cerebral-ischemia
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Mark Weber-Krüger, Constanze Lutz, Antonia Zapf, Raoul Stahrenberg, Joachim Seegers, Janin Witzenhausen, Katrin Wasser, Gerd Hasenfuß, Klaus Gröschel, Rolf Wachter
OBJECTIVE: Prolonged ECG monitoring after stroke frequently reveals short paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) and supraventricular (SV) runs. The minimal duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) required to induce cardioembolism, the relevance of SV runs, and whether short pAF results from cerebral damage itself are currently being debated. We aimed to study the relevance of SV runs and short pAF detected by prolonged Holter ECG after cerebral ischemia during long-term follow-up. METHODS: Analysis is from the prospective Find-AF trial (ISRCTN46104198)...
September 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892174/a-quantitative-comparison-of-the-electrical-and-anatomical-definition-of-the-pulmonary-vein-ostium
#11
Florian Spies, Michael Kühne, Tobias Reichlin, Stefan Osswald, Christian Sticherling, Sven Knecht
BACKGROUND: Anatomically guided pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. However, the position where to confirm electrical isolation is ill-defined. The aim of the current study was to quantify the relationship between the anatomical and electrical definition of the pulmonary vein ostium. METHODS: We analyzed 20 patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing PVI using radiofrequency energy and an electroanatomical mapping system...
September 11, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887742/efficacy-of-ganglionated-plexi-ablation-in-addition-to-pulmonary-vein-isolation-for-paroxysmal-versus-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-clinical-trials
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Polydoros N Kampaktsis, Evangelos K Oikonomou, Daniel Y Choi, Jim W Cheung
PURPOSE: Adjunctive ganglionated plexi (GP) ablation may improve success rates for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) when combined with pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. Existing meta-analyses on GP ablation have included observational studies and have not incorporated more recent randomized clinical trial data. Moreover, the impact of AF subtype (paroxysmal vs. persistent) on outcomes of GP ablation has not been well established. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing GP ablation + pulmonary vein (PV) isolation versus PV isolation alone according to the subtype of AF...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885992/ursodiol-associated-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Harika Balagoni, Kalpit Devani, Jennifer Phemister, Mark F Young
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884923/low-voltage-areas-detected-by-high-density-electroanatomical-mapping-predict-recurrence-after-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Konstantinos Vlachos, Michael Efremidis, Konstantinos P Letsas, George Bazoukis, Ruairidh Martin, Maria Kalafateli, Louiza Lioni, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Athanasios Saplaouras, Theodore Efremidis, Tong Liu, Kosmas Valkanas, Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Dimitrios Asvestas, Antonios Sideris
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate the extent of atrial fibrosis in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and the correlation with ablation outcomes after pulmonary vein antral isolation (PVΑI) using a mapping system with high-resolution and high-spatial sampling. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled 80 consecutive patients (45 males, median age 60.26 years) with symptomatic paroxysmal AF who were scheduled for PVAI. Prior to PVAI, high-density bipolar voltage mapping (median number of 2,485 points) was carried out during sinus rhythm in all patients...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884653/smartphone-electrographic-monitoring-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack
#15
Hans T Tu, Ziyuan Chen, Corey Swift, Leonid Churilov, Ruibing Guo, Xinfeng Liu, Jim Jannes, Vincent Mok, Ben Freedman, Stephen M Davis, Bernard Yan
Rationale Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is a common and preventable cause of devastating strokes. However, currently available monitoring methods, including Holter monitoring, cardiac telemetry and event loop recorders, have drawbacks that restrict their application in the general stroke population. AliveCor™ heart monitor, a novel device that embeds miniaturized electrocardiography (ECG) in a smartphone case coupled with an application to record and diagnose the ECG, has recently been shown to provide an accurate and sensitive single lead ECG diagnosis of atrial fibrillation...
October 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880943/non-pulmonary-vein-mediated-atrial-fibrillation-a-novel-sub-phenotype
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Maureen Farrell, Zachary Yoneda, Jay Montgomery, Diane Crawford, Lauren Lee Wray, Meng Xu, Matthew J Kolek, Travis Richardson, Ricardo Lugo, Mohamed Metawee, Greg Michaud, Juan Carlos Estrada, Pablo Saavedra, Sharon Shen, Arvindh Kanagasundram, Christopher R Ellis, George Crossley, Dan Roden, M Benjamin Shoemaker
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a mechanistically heterogeneous disorder, and the ability to identify sub-phenotypes ("endophenotypes") of AF would assist in the delivery of personalized medicine. We used the clinical response to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) to identify a sub-group of patients with non-PV mediated AF and sought to define the clinical associations. METHODS: Subjects enrolled in the Vanderbilt AF Ablation Registry who underwent a repeat AF ablation due to arrhythmia recurrence were analyzed on the basis of PV reconnection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867157/-fine-tuning-of-antithrombotic-therapy-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-the-afinva-register
#17
Daniela Dubois Marques, Vicente Mora Llabata, Julián Pacheco Arroyo, Salvador Gasull Insertis, Manuela Vicente Cañizares, Ildefonso Roldán Torres
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether antithrombotic treatment (ATT) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in a health area complies with the recommendations of current clinical guidelines. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. LOCATION: Primary Health Care Centres and Cardiology Department of a Health Department of the Valencian Community, Spain. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 505 patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation were included in the study...
August 31, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865890/natriuretic-propeptides-as-markers-of-atrial-fibrillation-burden-and-recurrence-from-the-amio-cat-trial
#18
Stine Darkner, Jens Peter Goetze, Xu Chen, Kristoffer Henningsen, Steen Pehrson, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen
Natriuretic peptides are established plasma markers of systolic heart failure, but their usefulness for the evaluation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is unknown. We examined mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients undergoing ablation for AF. A subpopulation of 102 patients (median age 60 [52;65], 82% male) from the AMIO-CAT trial (Recurrence of arrhythmia following short-term oral AMIOdarone after CATheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study) undergoing ablation for paroxysmal (n = 55) or persistent (n = 47) AF was studied...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862932/atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-us-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-and-the-potential-for-uptake-of-catheter-ablation-an-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-ncdr-%C3%A2-research-to-practice-r2p-project
#19
Jehu S Mathew, Lucas N Marzec, Kevin F Kennedy, Philip G Jones, Paul D Varosy, Frederick A Masoudi, Thomas M Maddox, Larry A Allen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction frequently coexist. The AATAC (Ablation versus Amiodarone for Treatment of persistent Atrial fibrillation in patients with Congestive heart failure and an implantable device) trial suggests that catheter ablation may benefit these patients. However, applicability to contemporary ambulatory cardiology practice is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the outpatient National Cardiovascular Data Registry(®) Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry, we identified participants meeting AATAC enrollment criteria between 2013 and 2014...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858739/spontaneous-non-traumatic-mediastinal-hematoma-associated-with-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Masashi Mikubo, Dai Sonoda, Hirotsugu Yamazaki, Masahito Naito, Yoshio Matsui, Kazu Shiomi, Yukitoshi Satoh
INTRODUCTION: Mediastinal hematoma is usually caused by thoracic trauma or a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Spontaneous non-traumatic mediastinal hematomas are rare but potentially life-threatening conditions that can occur in patients taking anticoagulants. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of 72-year-old man with a massive mediastinal hematoma associated with anticoagulant therapy. He had complained of acute chest discomfort and subsequent tarry diarrhea. Because he had been taking warfarin for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, an upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage was initially suspected, but no bleeding was detected by upper endoscopy...
August 23, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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