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atrial fibrillation fibrosis

Flemming Javier Olsen, Litten Bertelsen, Martina Chantal de Knegt, Thomas Emil Christensen, Niels Vejlstrup, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Jan Skov Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
Several cardiac imaging modalities are able to visualize the left atrium (LA) and, therefore, allow for quantification of both structural and functional properties of this cardiac chamber. In echocardiography, only the maximal LA volume is included in the assessment of diastolic function at the current moment. Numerous studies, however, have shown that functional measures may be superior to the maximal LA volume in several aspects and to possess clinical value even in the absence of structural abnormalities...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Eduard Shantsila, Ronnie Haynes, Melanie Calvert, James Fisher, Paulus Kirchhof, Paramjit S Gill, Gregory Y H Lip
INTRODUCTION: Patients with atrial fibrillation frequently suffer from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. At present there is no proven therapy to improve physical capacity and quality of life in participants with permanent atrial fibrillation with preserved left ventricular contractility. OBJECTIVE: The single-centre IMproved exercise tolerance In heart failure With PReserved Ejection fraction by Spironolactone On myocardial fibrosiS In Atrial Fibrillation (IMPRESS-AF) trial aims to establish whether treatment with spironolactone as compared with placebo improves exercise tolerance (cardiopulmonary exercise testing), quality of life and diastolic function in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Anna M May, David R Van Wagoner, Reena Mehra
A surge of data has reproducibly identified strong associations of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cardiac arrhythmias. As an extension of epidemiologic and clinic-based findings, experimental investigations have made strides in advancing our understanding of the putative OSA and cardiac arrhythmogenesis mechanistic underpinnings. While most studies have focused on the links between OSA and atrial fibrillation (AF), relationships with ventricular arrhythmias have also been characterized. Key findings implicate OSA-related autonomic nervous system fluctuations typified by enhanced parasympathetic activation during and sympathetic surges subsequent to respiratory events which contribute to augmented arrhythmic propensity...
September 29, 2016: Chest
Liselotte C R Hensen, Victoria Delgado, Suzanne E van Wijngaarden, Melissa Leung, Mihaly K de Bie, Maurits S Buiten, Martin J Schalij, Jos J Van de Kerkhof, Ton J Rabelink, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is relatively high. The present study evaluated the association between left atrial (LA) remodelling, including an increased size and myocardial fibrosis, and slow LA conduction and the occurrence of AF. METHODS: In 171 ESRD patients enrolled in the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Dialysis patients (ICD2) trial, the LA dimensions, LA conduction delay [as reflected by the time difference between P-wave onset on surface electrocardiogram and A'-wave on tissue Doppler imaging (PA-TDI)] and LA function were compared between patients who exhibited AF versus patients without AF...
September 29, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Nicolas Clementy, Nazih Benhenda, Eric Piver, Bertrand Pierre, Anne Bernard, Laurent Fauchier, Jean-Christophe Pages, Dominique Babuty
Galectin-3 is a biomarker of fibrosis and atrial remodeling, involved in the mechanisms of initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). We sought to study the accuracy of galectin-3 level in predicting recurrences of AF after ablation. Serum concentrations of galectin-3 were determined in a consecutive series of patients addressed for AF ablation in our center. After a 3-month blanking period, recurrences of atrial arrhythmias were collected during the first year in all patients, using Holter monitoring at 3, 6 months and 12 months...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xinjun Chen, Jing Xu, Baozhou Jiang, Danping Liu
BACKGROUND This aim of this study was to investigate the expression of BMP-7 in atrial fibrillation and illuminate the role of BMP-7 and TGF-β/Smads signaling in myocardial fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fibrosis of myocardial fibroblasts was induced by TGF-β1 and the optimal condition was determined by the MTT assay. Cells with TGF-β1 treatment were sub-divided into 4 groups: TGF-β1 group, TGF-β1 + Smad3 siRNA group, TGF-β1 + BMP-7 group, and TGF-β1 + BMP-7 + Smad1/5 siRNA group. Cells were then analyzed by detecting the expression of epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin), collagen I, alpha smooth muscle cell actin (α-SMA), and activated Smads using Western blot...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Céline Jumeau, Alain Rupin, Pauline Chieng-Yane, Nathalie Mougenot, Noël Zahr, Monique David-Dufilho, Stéphane N Hatem
The present study tested the hypothesis that thrombin participates in formation of left atrial remodeling and that direct oral anticoagulants, such as direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs), can prevent its progression. In a rat model of heart failure associated with left atrial dilation, we found that chronic treatment with DTIs reduces the atrial remodeling and the duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes induced by burst pacing by inhibiting myocardial hypertrophy and fibrosis. In addition to the prevention of thromboembolism complicating AF, DTIs may be of interest to slow down the progression of the arrhythmogenic substrate...
August 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Gordon A Begg, Gregory Y H Lip, Sven Plein, Muzahir H Tayebjee
INTRODUCTION: External direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is an established treatment for AF but is associated with procedural risk and high AF recurrence rates. Cardiac fibrosis has been associated with AF, and circulating biomarkers have been suggested as a method of its assessment, but which biomarkers are suitable is yet to be determined. This study examines the differences between levels of procollagen type III N terminal peptide (PIIINP), type I collagen carboxyl telopeptide (ICTP), galectin-3 (gal-3) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) in DCCV patients, and disease-and-age-matched controls...
September 10, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Samantha Britton, Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Bryce Alexander, Adrian Baranchuk
Progressive interatrial block is a clinically significant condition that has previously been reported in various patient populations. It is a manifestation of progressive fibrosis affecting the Bachmann region. This report presents a case of progressive interatrial block associated with atrial fibrillation in the context of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
September 11, 2016: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Jason D Roberts, Jingkun Yang, Rachel A Gladstone, James Longoria, Isaac R Whitman, Thomas A Dewland, Caroline Miller, Anatalia Robles, Annie Poon, Beverly Seiler, William A Laframboise, Jeffrey E Olgin, Pui-Yan Kwok, Gregory M Marcus
INTRODUCTION: Genome wide association studies have identified several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), but the mechanisms underlying these relationships have not yet been elucidated. Inflammation and fibrosis have been posited as important mechanisms responsible for AF. We sought to investigate the impact of SNP carrier status on inflammation and fibrosis in left atrial appendage tissue. METHODS AND RESULTS: Carrier status of 10 AF-associated SNPs was evaluated on DNA extracted from left atrial appendage tissue in 176 individuals (120 with AF)...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Junbeom Park, Seung Hyun Lee, Jihei Sara Lee, Jae Hyung Park, Boyoung Joung, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Byung-Chul Chang, Hui-Nam Pak
BACKGROUND: Hemodynamic burden is thought to play a role in valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), but the detailed pathophysiology is unclear. We hypothesized that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) tissue levels and amyloid deposits in the left atrial appendage (LAA) were associated with the pre-operative hemodynamic status and post-operative rhythm outcome in patients undergoing a concomitant mitral valve and maze surgery. METHODS: We quantified the fibrosis, atrial amyloid deposits, ANP tissue levels, and multiple biomarker proteins (Western blot) in LAA tissues taken from 26 patients (53...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Yung-Hsin Yeh, Lung-An Hsu, Ying-Hwa Chen, Chi-Tai Kuo, Gwo-Jyh Chang, Wei-Jan Chen
Structural and electrical remodeling in the atrium constitutes the main feature of atrial fibrillation (AF), which is characterized by increased oxidative stress. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a potent anti-oxidant system that may provide protection against various oxidative stress-related diseases. The aim of this study is to investigate whether HO-1 has a protective effect on AF-related remodeling. Cultured atrium-derived myocytes (HL-1 cell line) were used to evaluate tachypacing-induced oxidative stress, structural, and electrical remodeling...
September 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Adam S Budzikowski, Granit Veseli
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August 26, 2016: Cardiology
Nazem Akoum
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is directly implicated in embolic stroke and suspected in a large proportion of cryptogenic stroke. The current stroke-prevention strategy in embolic and cryptogenic stroke starts with arrhythmia detection, followed by risk stratification and treatment for those deemed to be at increased risk. This approach is practical and widespread; however, more recent findings have questioned its validity. Arrhythmia detection is dependent on the length and fidelity of monitoring. Long-term monitoring using implanted recorders improves arrhythmia detection in patients with cryptogenic stroke...
August 24, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Javier Barallobre-Barreiro, Shashi K Gupta, Anna Zoccarato, Rika Kitazume-Taneike, Marika Fava, Xiaoke Yin, Tessa Werner, Marc N Hirt, Anna Zampetaki, Alessandro Viviano, Mei Chong, Marshall Bern, Antonios Kourliouros, Nieves Domenech, Peter Willeit, Ajay M Shah, Marjan Jahangiri, Liliana Schaefer, Jens W Fischer, Renato V Iozzo, Rosa Viner, Thomas Thum, Joerg Heineke, Antoine Kichler, Kinya Otsu, Manuel Mayr
BACKGROUND: Myocardial fibrosis is a feature of many cardiac diseases. We used proteomics to profile glycoproteins in the human cardiac extracellular matrix (ECM). METHODS: Atrial specimens were analyzed by mass spectrometry after extraction of ECM proteins and enrichment for glycoproteins or glycopeptides. RESULTS: ECM-related glycoproteins were identified in left and right atrial appendages from the same patients. Several known glycosylation sites were confirmed...
September 13, 2016: Circulation
Svetlana I Sazonova, Julia N Ilyushenkova, Yuri B Lishmanov, Roman E Batalov, Alexey E Sazonov, Ludmila A Larionova, Evgeniy A Nesterov, Natalia V Varlamova, Julia V Rogovskaya, Tatyana A Shelkovnikova, Sergey V Popov
OBJECTIVE: Aim was to study the performance of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with (99m)Tc-pyrophosphate ((99m)Tc-PYP) in diagnostics of chronic latent inflammation in myocardium of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: The research included 70 patients (the average age of 49.3 ± 10.2 years) with persistent form of idiopathic AF. All patients underwent myocardium SPECT with (99m)Tc-PYP and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) before the ablation...
August 24, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
Uğur Canpolat, Kudret Aytemir, Tuncay Hazirolan, Necla Özer, Ali Oto
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) fibrosis is known as the hallmark for arrhythmogenic substrate in atrial fibrillation (AF). Quantification of LA fibrosis by using delayed-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) in AF patients is a pioneering noninvasive technique. Vitamin D (vitD) negatively regulates the renin-angiotensin system, binds to vitD receptors on cardiac myocytes, and has antioxidant properties that may ameliorate the inflammation and proarrhythmic substrate formation. However, its role in LA fibrosis is unclear...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Zhiqiang Zhao, Yao Wang, Yan Chen, Xinghua Wang, Jian Li, Meng Yuan, Tong Liu, Guangping Li
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice. Atrial structural remodeling (ASR), particularly atrial fibrosis, is an important contributor to the AF substrate. This study aimed to investigate the preventive effects of the phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor cilostazol on ASR and its potential molecular mechanisms in a canine model of rapid atrial pacing (RAP). METHODS: Thirty dogs were assigned to sham (Sham), paced/ no treatment (Paced) and paced + cilostazol 5 mg/kg/day (Paced + cilo) groups, with 10 dogs in each group...
August 18, 2016: Cardiology
Yong Wei, Juan Xu, Genqing Zhou, Songwen Chen, Ping Ouyang, Shaowen Liu
Renal denervation (RD) was reported to reduce the susceptibility of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying mechanism has not been well understood. This study was performed to investigate the effect of RD on the inducibility of AF in a rabbit model for atrial fibrosis and to explore the potential mechanisms. Thirty-five rabbits were randomly assigned into sham-operated group (n = 12), abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) group (n = 12) and AAC with RD (AAC-RD) group (n = 11). The incidence of AF induced by burst pacing in atriums was determined...
2016: PloS One
Adéla Matějková, Ivo Šteiner
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. For long time it was considered as pure functional disorder, but in recent years, there were identified atrial locations, which are involved in the initiation and maintenance of this arrhythmia. These structural changes, so called remodelation, start at electric level and later they affect contractility and morphology. In this study we attempted to find a possible relation between morphological (scarring, amyloidosis, left atrial (LA) enlargement) and electrophysiological (ECG features) changes in patients with AF...
2016: Acta Medica (Hradec Králové)
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