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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340049/cardiac-troponin-i-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-patients-with-first-episode-acute-atrial-fibrillation
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Mohammad E Naffaa, Roni Nasser, Elias Manassa, Maha Younis, Zaher S Azzam, Doron Aronson
Background: Recent-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent cause for presentation to the emergency department. Recent studies proposed that the addition of biomarker information might improve the prediction of clinical outcomes by enabling identification of patients at high risk. Aim: We aimed to examine the role of cardiac troponin I as a predictor of clinical outcome in patients with first episode acute atrial fibrillation. Design: : Patients, 18 years or older, presenting to our hospital with a primary diagnosis of first episode acute atrial fibrillation were included in this retrospective study...
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339554/efficacy-and-safety-of-antazoline-in-the-rapid-cardioversion-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-the-anpaf-study
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Aleksander Maciag, Michal M Farkowski, Tomasz Chwyczko, Maciej Beckowski, Pawel Syska, Ilona Kowalik, Mariusz Pytkowski, Jacek Wozniak, Rafal Dabrowski, Hanna Szwed
Aims: The aim of the study was to assess the clinical efficacy of antazoline, a first-generation anti-histaminic agent, in the rapid conversion of paroxysmal non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm in patients without heart failure. Methods and results: This study was a single center, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, superiority clinical trial. We enrolled patients with an AF episode lasting less than 43 h, in stable cardiopulmonary condition...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331926/cessation-of-oral-anticoagulation-is-an-important-risk-factor-for-stroke-and-mortality-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective preventing stroke and mortality in AF, but withdrawal is common in the elderly, when high bleeding risk and when are difficulties achieving an optimal time in therapeutic range (TTR). We analysed the rate of OAC cessation, predisposing factors to cessation and the relation to clinical outcomes in a large 'real world' cohort of AF patients over a long follow-up period. Consecutive non-valvular AF outpatients clinically stables for six months were recruited. Rates of cardiovascular events, major bleeding and mortality were recorded and related to OAC cessation...
March 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329380/subclinical-thyroid-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-diseases-2016-update
#4
Carmen Floriani, Baris Gencer, Tinh-Hai Collet, Nicolas Rodondi
Subclinical thyroid dysfunction comprises subclinical hypothyroidism (SHypo), defined as elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by normal free thyroxine (FT4), and subclinical hyperthyroidism (SHyper) with decreased or undetectable TSH and normal FT4. Up to 10% of the elderly have SHypo, which is usually asymptomatic. Individual participant data (IPD) analyses of prospective cohort studies from the international Thyroid Studies Collaboration show that SHypo is associated with increased coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality [hazard ratio (HR) 1,58 for TSH ≥ 10 mIU/L, 95% CI 1...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329248/clinical-characteristics-of-wild-type-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-disproving-myths
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Esther González-López, Christian Gagliardi, Fernando Dominguez, Cristina Candida Quarta, F Javier de Haro-Del Moral, Agnese Milandri, Clara Salas, Mario Cinelli, Marta Cobo-Marcos, Massimiliano Lorenzini, Enrique Lara-Pezzi, Serena Foffi, Luis Alonso-Pulpon, Claudio Rapezzi, Pablo Garcia-Pavia
Aims: Wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTRwt) is mostly considered a disease predominantly of elderly male, characterized by concentric LV hypertrophy, preserved LVEF, and low QRS voltages. We sought to describe the characteristics of a large cohort of ATTRwt patients to better define the disease. Methods and results: Clinical findings of consecutive ATTRwt patients diagnosed at 2 centres were reviewed. ATTRwt was diagnosed histologically or non-invasively (LV hypertrophy ≥12 mm, intense cardiac uptake at 99mTc-DPD scintigraphy and AL exclusion)...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328711/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-secondary-analysis-of-electronic-health-record-data
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Ari Moskowitz, Kenneth P Chen, Avraham Z Cooper, Abdullah Chahin, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Leo Anthony Celi
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response (RVR) is common during critical illness. In this study, we explore the comparative effectiveness of three commonly used drugs (metoprolol, diltiazem, and amiodarone) in the management of atrial fibrillation with RVR in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Data pertaining to the first ICU admission were extracted from the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) III database. Patients who received one of the above pharmacologic agents while their heart rate was > 110bpm and had atrial fibrillation documented in the clinical chart were included...
March 21, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324597/the-burden-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-care-in-italy
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Carlo Piccinni, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Monica Simonetti, Marco Giovanni Mennuni, Damiano Parretti, Claudio Cricelli, Delia Colombo, Mihaela Nica, Iacopo Cricelli, Francesco Lapi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major public health concern. From a public health perspective, the epidemiology of CHF needs to be distinguished from that of its related acute form. Data stemming from primary care are crucial to better know and update the prevalence and incidence rates of CHF. AIM: To update the epidemiology of CHF in an Italian primary care setting and to describe socio-demographic, lifestyle, and clinical characteristics of these patients...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323173/outcomes-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patients-with-intermittent-atrial-fibrillation-or-atrial-flutter-in-the-companion-trial
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Matthew M Kalscheur, Leslie A Saxon, Byron K Lee, Jonathan S Steinberg, Chaoqun Mei, Kevin A Buhr, David L DeMets, Michael R Bristow, Steven N Singh
BACKGROUND: Controlled clinical trial data are lacking for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure (HF) from reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) and intermittent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF/AFL). OBJECTIVE: To describe CRT outcomes in patients with intermittent AF/AFL and advanced HF. METHODS: HF outcomes in patients from the COMPANION trial with NYHA Class III or IV HFrEF, LVEF ≤ 0...
March 17, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320990/comorbidities-and-complications-in-nonagenarians-undergoing-coronary-angiography-and-intervention
#10
Mohamed Gayed, Nour Yadak, Waad Qamhia, Yunis Daralammouri, Marc-Alexander Ohlow
Elderly people represent the fastest growing portion of cardiovascular patients. We aimed to analyze the clinical presentation, risk factors, co-morbidities, complications, and mortality in patients 90 years or more who underwent coronary angiography and intervention.We retrospectively studied 108 (0.25% of 43,385) consecutive patients ≥ 90 years undergoing cardiac catheterization and/or intervention in a tertiary specialist hospital between 2003 and 2014.Most patients (68.5%) were introduced on an emergency basis, especially with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (63...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320744/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-are-associated-with-improved-outcome-but-do-not-prevent-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Gorav Batra, Lars Lindhagen, Pontus Andell, David Erlinge, Stefan James, Jonas Spaak, Jonas Oldgren
BACKGROUND: Treatment with renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors might restrain the structural/electrical remodeling associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Limited evidence exists regarding the potential benefits of RAS inhibition post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with AF. This study sought to assess the association between RAS inhibition and all-cause mortality and new-onset AF in patients with/without congestive heart failure (CHF) post-AMI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients hospitalized for AMI between 2006 and 2012 were identified in Swedish registries...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318955/calcified-amorphous-tumor-causing-shower-embolism-to-the-brain-a-case-report-with-serial-echocardiographic-and-neuroradiologic-images-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Takaomi Singu, Yuichiro Inatomi, Toshiro Yonehara, Yukio Ando
An 89-year-old woman with chronic atrial fibrillation, hypertension, chronic heart failure, and dementia was admitted to our hospital due to multiple small cerebral and cerebellar infarctions. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a floating calcified mass lesion arising from the endocardium of the posterior portion of the mitral annulus with mitral annular calcification. Furthermore, the mass had a heterogeneity of the echogenicity. The mass was diagnosed as a calcified amorphous tumor based on specific echocardiographic features...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318874/metabolic-profile-provides-prognostic-value-better-than-galectin-3-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Chao-Hung Wang, Mei-Ling Cheng, Min-Hui Liu, Li-Tang Kuo, Ming-Shi Shiao
BACKGROUND: Metabolic profiles have been shown to provide prognostic information in patients with heart failure (HF). Galectin-3 (Gal-3), indicating cardiac fibrosis, is a documented biomarker of prognosis in HF. It is unknown whether metabolic profiles provide prognostic value better than Gal-3. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study analyzed 212 hospitalized HF patients, measuring metabolic score (composed by butyrylcarnitine, dimethylarginine/arginine ratio, spermidine, and total essential amino acids) and Gal-3...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318656/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-patients-admitted-for-heart-failure-a-5-year-retrospective-study-of-african-patients
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Kwadwo Osei Bonsu, Isaac Kofi Owusu, Kwame Ohene Buabeng, Daniel D Reidpath, Amudha Kadirvelu
BACKGROUND: Mortality associated with heart failure (HF) remains high. There are limited clinical data on mortality among HF patients from African populations. We examined the clinical characteristics, long-term outcomes, and prognostic factors of African HF patients with preserved, mid-range or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective longitudinal cohort study of individuals aged ≥18years discharged from first HF admission between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 from the Cardiac Clinic, Directorate of Medicine of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
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Simon Antoine Sarr, Abdou Majib Gaye, Fatou Aw, Jean de Dieu Nzambaza, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Mouhamadou Bamba Ndiaye, Adama Kane, Maboury Diao, Serigne Abdou Ba
BACKGROUND Cardiac lymphoma is a rare entity, defined by the non-extra cardiac location at diagnosis. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 32-year-old female with no particular medical history, who presented with right heart failure with recurrent ascites and pleural effusion. There was a progressive worsening exertional dyspnea. On admission, examination revealed an irregular tachycardia at 170 beats per minute (bpm) and congestive heart failure. The electrocardiogram scored full tachyarrhythmia by atrial fibrillation with an average ventricular rate of 179 cycles per minute...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315199/hiv-infection-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-beyond-coronary-artery-disease
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Revery P Barnes, John Charles A Lacson, Hossein Bahrami
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) increasingly afflicts people living with HIV (PLWH) in the contemporary era of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most widely studied cardiovascular problem in PLWH; however, less is known about other clinically relevant subtypes of CVD such as heart failure (HF), cerebrovascular disease, sudden cardiac death, pericardial diseases, and pulmonary hypertension. This paper reviews evidence of other subtypes of CVD as emerging issues in the post-ART era...
May 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306170/impact-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-platelet-gene-expression
#17
Waldemar E Wysokinski, Alfonso Tafur, Naser Ammash, Samuel J Asirvatham, Yanhong Wu, Izabella Gosk-Bierska, Diane E Grill, Joshua P Slusser, Jozef Mruk, Robert D McBane
AIMS: Platelets retain cytoplasmic messenger RNA and are capable of protein biosynthesis. Several diseases are known to impact the platelet transcriptome but the effect of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) on platelet RNA transcript is essentially unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of NVAF on platelet RNA transcript by measuring platelet genes expression in consecutive NVAF patients before and 3-4 months after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and compared to normal sinus rhythm controls (NSR)...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302715/late-thrombosis-of-a-mitral-bioprosthetic-valve-with-associated-massive-left-atrial-thrombus
#18
Preetham Muskula, Rigoberto Ramirez, A Michael Borkon, Michael L Main
An 84-year-old man presented 5 years following bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with three months of worsening dyspnea on exertion. A new mitral stenosis murmur was noted on physical examination, and an electrocardiogram revealed newly recognized atrial fibrillation. Severe mitral stenosis (mean gradient = 13 mmHg) was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed markedly thickened mitral bioprosthetic leaflets with limited mobility, and a massive left atrial thrombus (> 4 cm in diameter) (see Figures 1A-D, and video files 1-4)...
March 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302546/rheumatic-heart-disease-epidemiology-and-health-systems-barriers-and-facilitators-a-systematic-review-of-studies-from-uganda-and-tanzania
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Annesinah H Moloi, Sumaya Mall, Mark E Engel, Renae Stafford, Zhang Wan Zhu, Liesl J Zuhlke, David A Watkins
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an important and preventable cause of cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVES: As part of a recent RHD initiative in Uganda and Tanzania, we systematically reviewed group A streptococcal disease (GAS), acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and RHD in these countries. METHODS: Using a systematic review and meta-analysis/meta-synthesis, we searched PubMed, Embase, and grey literature for quantitative and qualitative studies conducted in Uganda and Tanzania that included individuals affected by GAS, ARF, and RHD...
March 14, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301912/potential-causes-and-implications-of-low-target-therapeutic-ratio-in-warfarin-treated-patients-for-thrombosis-prophylaxis
#20
Halil Atas, Ahmet Anıl Sahin, Dilek Barutçu Atas, Murat Sunbul, Alper Kepez, Mehmet Agirbasli
Time in therapeutic range (TTR) of international normalized ratio is crucial for the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation with warfarin and it is influenced by many factors. There are limited data about the quality of warfarin therapy and its effects on clinical outcomes in Turkey. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the quality of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin and evaluate the parameters that affect the quality of warfarin therapy. A total of 170 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF; mean age: 62...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
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