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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912181/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-genetics-pathogenesis-clinical-manifestations-diagnosis-and-therapy
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Ali J Marian, Eugene Braunwald
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disorder that is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy unexplained by secondary causes and a nondilated left ventricle with preserved or increased ejection fraction. It is commonly asymmetrical with the most severe hypertrophy involving the basal interventricular septum. Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction is present at rest in about one third of the patients and can be provoked in another third. The histological features of HCM include myocyte hypertrophy and disarray, as well as interstitial fibrosis...
September 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904308/aging-modulates-the-substrate-and-triggers-remodeling-in-atrial-fibrillation
#2
Yung-Kuo Lin, Yi-Ann Chen, Ting-I Lee, Yao-Chang Chen, Shih-Ann Chen, Yi-Jen Chen
Aging plays a critical role in the genesis of atrial fibrillation (AF) and also increases the risks of cardiac dysfunction and stroke in AF patients. AF is caused by increased AF triggering from abnormalities of the thoracic vein and/or modulated substrate (atrial) with enhancement of AF maintenance. Clinical and laboratory evidence indicates that aging is significant in the creation of atrial electrical and structural remodeling that leads to increased susceptibility to AF occurrence. Aging is commonly associated with cardiovascular comorbidities, oxidative stress, calcium dysregulation, atrial myopathy with apoptosis, and fibrosis, which all contribute to the genesis of AF...
September 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901395/role-of-matrix-metalloproteinase%C3%A2-7-and-apoptosis%C3%A2-associated-gene-expression-levels-in-the-pathogenesis-of-atrial-fibrosis-in-a-beagle-dog-model
#3
Min Jia, Zai-Bo Li, Lin Li, Hong-Tao Chu, Zhuang-Zhuang Li
The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential role of matrix metalloproteinase‑7 (MMP‑7) and apoptosis‑associated genes [TIMP metallopeptidase inhibitor 2(TIMP‑2), BCL2 associated X, apoptosis regulator (BAX) and BCL2, apoptosis regulator (BCL‑2)] in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in a Beagle dog model. A total of 20 adult male Beagle dogs were randomly assigned into the AF group (n=10; Beagle dogs were treated by Burst stimulation to induce AF) and the control group (n=10; healthy Beagle dogs)...
August 31, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884923/low-voltage-areas-detected-by-high-density-electroanatomical-mapping-predict-recurrence-after-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#4
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/28882227/left-atrial-fibrosis-and-risk-of-cerebrovascular-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation
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Jordan B King, Peyman N Azadani, Promporn Suksaranjit, Adam P Bress, Daniel M Witt, Frederick T Han, Mihail G Chelu, Michelle A Silver, Joseph Biskupiak, Brent D Wilson, Alan K Morris, Eugene G Kholmovski, Nassir Marrouche
BACKGROUND: Severity of left atrial (LA) fibrosis is a strong predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation success and has been associated with a history of stroke, hypertension, and heart failure (HF). However, it is unclear whether more severe LA fibrosis independently increases the risk of major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) among those with AF. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to evaluate the occurrence and frequency of MACCE by strata of LA fibrosis severity in patients with AF...
September 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881845/gender-differences-in-fibrosis-remodeling-in-patients-with-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Zhi Li, Zengwei Wang, Zongtao Yin, Yuji Zhang, Xiaodong Xue, Jinsong Han, Yan Zhu, Jian Zhang, Maximilian Y Emmert, Huishan Wang
The success rate of catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to be lower in females than in males. However, while the exact mechanism for this phenomenon remains to be elucidated, tissue fibrosis may play an important role in this regard. It has been shown that fibrosis promotes AF and its recurrence, thereby substantially reducing the efficacy of catheter ablation in AF patients. Thus, we hypothesized that fibrosis may contribute to gender differences in the outcomes of AF catheter ablation. Here we systematically assessed pulmonary vein sleeves obtained from 166 patients with and without long-standing persistent-AF (LSP-AF) in order to identify gender-specific mechanistic differences in fibrosis remodeling of AF patients...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875838/biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
#7
Evangelos Oikonomou, Theodoros Zografos, Georgios-Angelos Papamikroulis, Gerasimos Siasos, Georgia Vogiatzi, Panagiotis Theofilis, Alexandros Briasoulis, Spyridon Papaioannou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Vasiliki Gennimata, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice and an important contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although the exact mechanisms behind AF are not completely elucidated, the underlying pathophysiological changes have been well described. Predisposal factors for AF include the older age, the increased left atrial size, the decreased left atrial function, the presence of heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction and the presence of coronary heart disease or pulmonary or mitral valve disease...
August 29, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873427/computational-assessment-of-the-functional-role-of-sinoatrial-node-exit-pathways-in-the-human-heart
#8
Sanjay R Kharche, Edward Vigmond, Igor R Efimov, Halina Dobrzynski
AIM: The human right atrium and sinoatrial node (SAN) anatomy is complex. Optical mapping experiments suggest that the SAN is functionally insulated from atrial tissue except at discrete SAN-atrial electrical junctions called SAN exit pathways, SEPs. Additionally, histological imaging suggests the presence of a secondary pacemaker close to the SAN. We hypothesise that a) an insulating border-SEP anatomical configuration is related to SAN arrhythmia; and b) a secondary pacemaker, the paranodal area, is an alternate pacemaker but accentuates tachycardia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871329/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-mediated-cd44-stat3-signaling-contributes-to-the-development-of-atrial-fibrosis-and-fibrillation
#9
Shang-Hung Chang, Yung-Hsin Yeh, Jia-Lin Lee, Yu-Juei Hsu, Chi-Tai Kuo, Wei-Jan Chen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with atrial fibrosis. Inhibition of atrial fibrosis might be a plausible approach for AF prevention and therapy. This study is designed to evaluate the potential role of CD44, a membrane receptor known to regulate fibrosis, and its related signaling in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrosis and AF. Treatment of cultured rat atrial fibroblasts with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β, a key mediator of atrial fibrosis) led to a higher expression of hyaluronan (HA), CD44, STAT3, and collagen (a principal marker of fibrosis) than that of ventricular fibroblasts...
September 4, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862969/three-dimensional-integrated-functional-structural-and-computational-mapping-to-define-the-structural-fingerprints-of-heart-specific-atrial-fibrillation-drivers-in-human-heart-ex-vivo
#10
Jichao Zhao, Brian J Hansen, Yufeng Wang, Thomas A Csepe, Lidiya V Sul, Alan Tang, Yiming Yuan, Ning Li, Anna Bratasz, Kimerly A Powell, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen, Raul Weiss, Orlando P Simonetti, John D Hummel, Vadim V Fedorov
BACKGROUND: Structural remodeling of human atria plays a key role in sustaining atrial fibrillation (AF), but insufficient quantitative analysis of human atrial structure impedes the treatment of AF. We aimed to develop a novel 3-dimensional (3D) structural and computational simulation analysis tool that could reveal the structural contributors to human reentrant AF drivers. METHODS AND RESULTS: High-resolution panoramic epicardial optical mapping of the coronary-perfused explanted intact human atria (63-year-old woman, chronic hypertension, heart weight 608 g) was conducted during sinus rhythm and sustained AF maintained by spatially stable reentrant AF drivers in the left and right atrium...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860555/chloride-channels-are-involved-in-the-development-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-study
#11
Yi-Yao Jiang, Hai-Tao Hou, Qin Yang, Xiao-Cheng Liu, Guo-Wei He
Electrical and structural remodeling processes are contributors to the self-perpetuating nature of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, their correlation has not been clarified. In this study, human atrial tissues from the patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease in either sinus rhythm or persistent AF were analyzed using a combined transcriptomic and proteomic approach. An up-regulation in chloride intracellular channel (CLIC) 1, 4, 5 and a rise in type IV collagen were revealed. Combined with the results from immunohistochemistry and electron microscope analysis, the distribution of type IV collagen and effects of fibrosis on myocyte membrane indicated the possible interaction between CLIC and type IV collagen, confirmed by protein structure prediction and co-immunoprecipitation...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855115/catheter-ablation-versus-medical-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-systolic-dysfunction-camera-mri
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Sandeep Prabhu, Andrew J Taylor, Ben T Costello, David M Kaye, Alex Aj McLellan, Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Hariharan Sugumar, Siobhan M Lockwood, Michael B Stokes, Bhupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Sarah Gutman, Geoffrey Lee, Jamie Layland, Justin A Mariani, Liang-Han Ling, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) frequently co-exist despite adequate rate-control. Existing randomized studies of AF and LVSD of varying etiologies have demonstrated modest benefits with a rhythm control strategy. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether catheter ablation (CA) for AF could improve LVSD compared to medical rate-control (MRC) where the etiology of the LVSD was unexplained, apart from the presence of AF...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845908/eplerenone-might-affect-atrial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-hypertension
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Masato Kawasaki, Takahisa Yamada, Yuji Okuyama, Takashi Morita, Yoshio Furukawa, Shunsuke Tamaki, Yusuke Iwasaki, Atsushi Kikuchi, Yasushi Sakata, Masatake Fukunami
BACKGROUND: Eplerenone is reported to reduce the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of eplerenone for AF prevention from the viewpoint of P wave morphology, which is reported to correlate with atrial fibrosis. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with hypertension, who were randomized to receive eplerenone (n = 16) or amlodipine (n = 19) for 1 year, were evaluated. P wave signal-averaged electrocardiography (P-SAECG) was recorded at baseline and 1 year after entry, and P wave duration (Ad) and P wave dispersion (P-disp) were obtained...
August 28, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797677/emergence-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentry-tachycardia-after-surgical-or-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-are-we-creating-the-arrhythmia-substrate
#14
Jorge Romero, Saurabh Kumar, Fujii Akira, David F Briceño, Usha B Tedrow, Laurence Epstein, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) is common in adults and often involves reentry through ≥2 atrioventricular nodal-atrial connections. Although AVNRT can be a trigger for atrial fibrillation (AF), we have observed new-onset AVNRT after AF ablation procedures. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether ablation involving the septum or proximal coronary sinus (CS) during AF ablation may create a substrate favorable for AVNRT...
August 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794867/rapid-onset-of-amiodarone-induced-pulmonary-toxicity-after-lung-lobe-resection-a-case-report-and-review-of-recent-literature
#15
Heiko Baumann, Phillip Fichtenkamm, Thomas Schneider, Jürgen Biscoping, Michael Henrich
Amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity (APT) is a severe side effect that can lead to lung fibrosis or fatal respiratory failure. Usually APT occurs during long term therapy after administration of prolonged loading doses or high cumulative doses. We present the case of a 58 year old woman who underwent thoracic surgery with lobe resection. She developed atrial fibrillation with hemodynamic-instability on the first post-operative day. We initiated amiodarone therapy and four days later she developed respiratory failure...
September 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791992/-morphological-features-of-the-myocardium-of-the-atrial-appendages-in-patients-with-different-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation
#16
T V Sukhacheva, V A Vaskovsky, A Sh Revishvili, R A Serov
AIM: to analyze the morphological features of the myocardium of the atrial appendages in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to compare the findings with the clinical parameters of patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Light and electron microscopies were used to examine the myocardium of the atrial appendages in adult patients with paroxysmal (PAF), persistent (PrAF), or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPAF) and in comparison group patients with sinus rhythm without history of AF...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790104/first-in-man-analysis-of-the-relationship-between-electrical-rotors-from-noninvasive-panoramic-mapping-and-atrial-fibrosis-from-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Christian Sohns, Christine Lemes, Andreas Metzner, Thomas Fink, Mikhail Chmelevsky, Tilman Maurer, Margarita Budanova, Vladislav Solntsev, Walther H W Schulze, Wieland Staab, Shibu Mathew, Christian Heeger, Bruno Reißmann, Eugene Kholmovski, Dietmar Kivelitz, Feifan Ouyang, Karl-Heinz Kuck
BACKGROUND: Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging can be used to evaluate characteristics of atrial fibrosis. The novel noninvasive epicardial and endocardial electrophysiology system (NEEES) allows for the identification of sources with rotor activity. This study describes a new technique to examine the relationship between rotors and LGE signal intensity in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (PERS) scheduled for ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten consecutive patients underwent pulmonary vein isolation for persistent atrial fibrillation...
August 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763800/linking-atrial-fibrillation-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-potential-common-therapeutic-targets
#18
REVIEW
Ya-Hui Ding, Yuan Ma, Lin-Yan Qian, Qiang Xu, Li-Hong Wang, Dong-Sheng Huang, Hai Zou
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are common chronic non-infectious diseases with rising incidences. NAFLD is an independent risk factor for the onset of AF, after adjusting potentially related factors. The pathogenesis of these diseases share several mechanisms including reduced adiponectin level, insulin resistance, and renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) activation, in addition to activation of common disease pathways that promote inflammation, oxidative stress, and fibrosis...
July 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760133/surface-ecg-interatrial-block-guided-treatment-for-stroke-prevention-rationale-for-an-attractive-hypothesis
#19
Antoni Bayés de Luna, Manuel Martínez-Sellés, Antoni Bayés-Genís, Roberto Elosua, Adrian Baranchuk
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with stroke, cognitive impairment, and cardiovascular death. Some predisposing factors - as aging, diabetes, hypertension - induce and maintain electrophysiological and ultrastructural remodeling that usually includes fibrosis. Interatrial conduction disturbances play a crucial role in the initiation of atrial fibrosis and in its associated complications. The diagnosis of interatrial blocks (IABs) is easy to perform using the surface ECG...
July 31, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752208/micrornas-in-atrial-fibrillation-from-expression-signatures-to-functional-implications
#20
REVIEW
Nicoline W E van den Berg, Makiri Kawasaki, Wouter R Berger, Jolien Neefs, Eva Meulendijks, Anke J Tijsen, Joris R de Groot
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with pronounced morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence, expected to further increase for the forthcoming years, and associated frequent hospitalizations turn AF into a major health problem. Structural and electrical atrial remodelling underlie the substrate for AF, but the exact mechanisms driving this remodelling remain incompletely understood. Recent studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNA), short non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression, may be involved in the pathophysiology of AF...
July 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
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