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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079145/galectin-3-as-a-marker-of-interstitial-atrial-remodelling-involved-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Diana Hernández-Romero, Juan Antonio Vílchez, Álvaro Lahoz, Ana I Romero-Aniorte, Eva Jover, Arcadio García-Alberola, Rubén Jara-Rubio, Carlos M Martínez, Mariano Valdés, Francisco Marín
Remodelling in the atria could appear as a result of hypertension, diabetes or ischaemic heart disease. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a mediator of profibrotic pathways and a potential biomarker of cardiac remodelling. We prospectively recruited consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. Preoperative Gal-3 levels were determined from serum samples, and the presence of fibrosis was assessed from atrial appendage tissue samples obtained during cardiac surgery. We included 100 patients with aortic valve or ischaemic heart diseases and 15 controls with permanent AF...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062142/aldosterone-pathway-blockade-to-prevent-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
J Neefs, N W E van den Berg, J Limpens, W R Berger, S M Boekholdt, P Sanders, J R de Groot
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in therapeutic interventions AF remains a progressive and symptomatic disease. Therefore, novel therapeutic interventions targeting the underlying arrhythmogenic substrate for AF is needed. Atrial fibrosis is an important component of the arrhythmogenic substrate of AF and may be initiated by aldosterone binding to the mineralocorticoid receptor. We hypothesized that aldosterone pathway blockade with mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRA) reduces atrial fibrosis, and thus AF...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057790/novel-risk-markers-and-risk-assessments-for-cardiovascular-disease
#3
REVIEW
Mark R Thomas, Gregory Y H Lip
The use of risk markers has transformed cardiovascular medicine, exemplified by the routine assessment of troponin, for both diagnosis and assessment of prognosis in patients with chest pain. Clinical risk factors form the basis for risk assessment of cardiovascular disease and the addition of biochemical, cellular, and imaging parameters offers further refinement. Identifying novel risk factors may allow greater risk stratification and a steady, but gradual progression toward precision medicine. Indeed, the generation of data in this area of research is explosive and when combined with new technologies and techniques provides the potential for more refined, targeted approaches to cardiovascular medicine...
January 6, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054377/left-atrial-substrate-modification-targeting-low-voltage-areas-for-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
REVIEW
Alessandro Blandino, Francesca Bianchi, Stefano Grossi, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Maria Rosa Conte, Luca Gaido, Fiorenzo Gaita, Marco Scaglione, Francesco Rametta
BACKGROUND: This meta-analysis aims to assess the impact of a voltage-guided substrate modification by targeting low-voltage area (LVA) in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane Library and references reporting AF ablation and 'voltage* OR substrate* OR fibrosis OR fibrotic area* were screened and studies included if matching inclusion and exclusion criteria...
January 5, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039211/long-term-follow-up-of-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-and-severe-left-atrial-scarring-comparison-between-pulmonary-vein-antrum-isolation-only-or-pulmonary-vein-isolation-combined-with-either-scar-homogenization-or-trigger-ablation
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Sanghamitra Mohanty, Prasant Mohanty, Luigi Di Biase, Chintan Trivedi, Eli Hamilton Morris, Carola Gianni, Pasquale Santangeli, Rong Bai, Javier E Sanchez, Patrick Hranitzky, G Joseph Gallinghouse, Amin Al-Ahmad, Rodney P Horton, Richard Hongo, Salwa Beheiry, Claude S Elayi, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, Yaruva Madhu Reddy, Juan F Viles Gonzalez, J David Burkhardt, Andrea Natale
AIMS: Left atrial (LA) scarring, a consequence of cardiac fibrosis is a powerful predictor of procedure-outcome in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing catheter ablation. We sought to compare the long-term outcome in patients with paroxysmal AF (PAF) and severe LA scarring identified by 3D mapping, undergoing pulmonary vein isolation (PVAI) only or PVAI and the entire scar areas (scar homogenization) or PVAI+ ablation of the non-PV triggers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Totally, 177 consecutive patients with PAF and severe LA scarring were included...
December 29, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011843/histological-evidence-of-inflammatory-reaction-associated-with-fibrosis-in-the-atrial-and-ventricular-walls-in-a-case-control-study-of-patients-with-history-of-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Lubov B Mitrofanova, Victoria Orshanskaya, Siew Yen Ho, Pyotr G Platonov
AIMS: Chronic inflammation in the atrial myocardium was shown to play an important role in the development of atrial fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is not clear to what extent atrial inflammatory reaction associated with AF extends on the ventricular myocardium. Our aim was to assess the extent of fibrosis and lymphomononuclear infiltration in human ventricular myocardium and explore its association with AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Medical records from consecutive autopsies were checked for presence of AF...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011842/modelling-methodology-of-atrial-fibrosis-affects-rotor-dynamics-and-electrograms
#7
Caroline H Roney, Jason D Bayer, Sohail Zahid, Marianna Meo, Patrick M J Boyle, Natalia A Trayanova, Michel Haïssaguerre, Rémi Dubois, Hubert Cochet, Edward J Vigmond
AIMS: Catheter ablation is an effective technique for terminating atrial arrhythmia. However, given a high atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence rate, optimal ablation strategies have yet to be defined. Computer modelling can be a powerful aid but modelling of fibrosis, a major factor associated with AF, is an open question. Several groups have proposed methodologies based on imaging data, but no comparison to determine which methodology best corroborates clinically observed reentrant behaviour has been performed...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006695/role-of-atrial-endothelial-cells-in-the-development-of-atrial-fibrosis-and-fibrillation-in-response-to-pressure-overload
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Osamu Kume, Yasushi Teshima, Ichitaro Abe, Yuki Ikebe, Takahiro Oniki, Hidekazu Kondo, Shotaro Saito, Akira Fukui, Kunio Yufu, Masahiro Miura, Tatsuo Shimada, Naohiko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1)-mediated inflammatory mechanisms have been shown to play a crucial role in atrial fibrosis induced by pressure overload. In the present study, we investigated whether left atrial endothelial cells would quickly respond structurally and functionally to pressure overload to trigger atrial fibrosis and fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Six-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent suprarenal abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) or a sham operation...
December 15, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940935/left-atrial-fibrosis-quantification-by-late-gadolinium-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-a-new-method-to-standardize-the-thresholds-for-reproducibility
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Eva M Benito, Alicia Carlosena-Remirez, Eduard Guasch, Susana Prat-González, Rosario J Perea, Rosa Figueras, Roger Borràs, David Andreu, Elena Arbelo, J Maria Tolosana, Felipe Bisbal, Josep Brugada, Antonio Berruezo, Lluis Mont
AIMS: Identification of left atrial (LA) fibrosis through late gadolinium-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) remains controversial due to the heterogeneity and lack of reproducibility of proposed methods. Our aim is to describe a normalized, reproducible, standardized method to evaluate LA fibrosis through LGE-CMR. METHODS AND RESULTS: Electrocardiogram- and respiratory-gated 3-Tesla LGE-CMR was performed in 10 healthy young volunteers and 30 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF): 10 with paroxysmal AF, 10 with persistent AF, and 10 with a previous AF ablation procedure...
December 8, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938856/endothelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Takeshi Kato, Akiko Sekiguchi, Koichi Sagara, Hiroaki Tanabe, Masayuki Takamura, Shuichi Kaneko, Tadanori Aizawa, Long-Tai Fu, Takeshi Yamashita
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrosis is a hallmark of atrial structural remodeling leading to the persistence of atrial fibrillation. Although fibroblasts play a major role in atrial fibrosis, their source in the adult atrium is unclear. We tested the hypothesis that endothelial cells contribute to fibroblast accumulation through an endothelial-mesenchymal transition in the atrium of patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study group consisted of patients with atrial fibrillation and valvular disease or atrial septal defect who underwent left atrial appendectomy during cardiac surgery (n=38)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932425/scn2b-deletion-in-mice-results-in-ventricular-and-atrial-arrhythmias
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Yangyang Bao, B Cicero Willis, Chad R Frasier, Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Xianming Lin, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, David S Auerbach, Chunling Chen, Zhenxun Wang, Justus Anumonwo, Héctor H Valdivia, Mario Delmar, José Jalife, Lori L Isom
BACKGROUND: Mutations in SCN2B, encoding voltage-gated sodium channel β2-subunits, are associated with human cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. Because of this, we propose that β2-subunits play critical roles in the establishment or maintenance of normal cardiac electric activity in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: To understand the pathophysiological roles of β2 in the heart, we investigated the cardiac phenotype of Scn2b null mice...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924760/p-wave-dispersion-an-update
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REVIEW
Andrés Ricardo Pérez-Riera, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, José Grindler, Acácio Fernandes-Cardoso, Adrian Baranchuk
P-wave dispersion (PWD, Pd or Pdis) is a noninvasive electrocardiographic (ECG) marker for atrial remodeling and predictor for atrial fibrillation (AF). PWD is defined as the difference between the widest and the narrowest P-wave duration recorded from the 12 ECG leads. Increased P-wave duration and PWD reflect prolongation of intraatrial and interatrial conduction time with lack of a well-coordinated conduction system within the atrial muscles, with inhomogeneous, asynchronic, pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effect mediated by interleukin-6 (IL-6) in patients with the CG + GG genotype IL-6 -634C/G polymorphism [1] and discontinuous propagation of sinus impulses mainly between the left and right atria, interstitial/extracellular fibroblast activation and collagen deposition with fibrosis (via TGF-β) in atrial tissue, insufficient blood supply, significant not isotropic myoelectric activity, and thin wall thickness and consequent expansion tendency all well-known electrophysiological characteristics in patients with atrial arrhythmias and especially paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) [2]...
July 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917818/galectin-3-a-biochemical-marker-to-detect-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#13
Yusuf Selcoki, H İbrahim Aydin, Tugrul H Celik, Ahmet Isleyen, Ali Erayman, M Bora Demircelik, Hilmi Demirin, Aydin Kosus, Beyhan Eryonucu
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of arrhythmia. AF leads to electrical remodelling and fibrosis of the atria; however, the mechanism(s) remain poorly understood. Galectin-3 is a potential mediator of cardiac fibrosis. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between serum galectin-3 levels and paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Forty-six patients with paroxysmal AF and preserved left ventricular systolic function, and 38 age- and gender-matched control subjects, were involved in the study...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903390/-current-status-of-antiarrhythmic-drug-use-and-safety-assessment-in-chinese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#14
R He, X Du, S W Liu, L J Sun, Y Li, H Zeng, Y Y Li, C Sun, Y Zhang, C S Ma, W Gao
Objective: To investigate the current status of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) use in Chinese patients with atrial fibrillation(AF) and assess the safety of AADs in this patient cohort. Methods: From January 2011 to December 2013, a total of 4 008 AF patients treated with AADs was enrolled in this study and patients were followed up for 24 months. Detailed information of prescribed drug, the causes of drug discontinuation and side effects were recorded. Results: Amiodarone was prescribed to 64.3%(2 579 cases) and propafenone to 31...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875475/scar-based-catheter-ablation-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Pablo B Nery, Rebecca Thornhill, Girish M Nair, Elena Pena, Calum J Redpath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Percutaneous catheter ablation can be an effective treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. However, catheter ablation for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation is associated with success rates of 45-50% at 1 year. To address the challenge of ablating patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, several approaches have been proposed. Atrial scar-based catheter ablation is a promising strategy for ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830772/diagnosis-pathophysiology-and-management-of-exercise-induced-arrhythmias
#16
REVIEW
Eduard Guasch, Lluís Mont
The cardiovascular benefits of physical activity are indisputable. Nevertheless, growing evidence suggests that both atrial fibrillation and right ventricular arrhythmia can be caused by intense exercise in some individuals. Exercise-induced atrial fibrillation is most commonly diagnosed in middle-aged, otherwise healthy men who have been engaged in endurance training for >10 years, and is mediated by atrial dilatation, parasympathetic enhancement, and possibly atrial fibrosis. Cardiac ablation is evolving as a first-line tool for athletes with exercise-induced arrhythmia who are eager to remain active...
November 10, 2016: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826248/slow-conduction-in-the-border-zones-of-patchy-fibrosis-stabilizes-the-drivers-for-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-multi-scale-human-atrial-modeling
#17
Ross Morgan, Michael A Colman, Henry Chubb, Gunnar Seemann, Oleg V Aslanidi
Introduction: The genesis of atrial fibrillation (AF) and success of AF ablation therapy have been strongly linked with atrial fibrosis. Increasing evidence suggests that patient-specific distributions of fibrosis may determine the locations of electrical drivers (rotors) sustaining AF, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. This study aims to elucidate a missing mechanistic link between patient-specific fibrosis distributions and AF drivers. Methods: 3D atrial models integrated human atrial geometry, rule-based fiber orientation, region-specific electrophysiology, and AF-induced ionic remodeling...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811208/application-of-biomarkers-for-risk-stratification-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
REVIEW
Ziad Hijazi, Jonas Oldgren, Agneta Siegbahn, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia and an important contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Several strategies have been proposed for prediction of outcomes and individualization of treatments to better balance the benefits of stroke prevention and risks of bleeding during anticoagulation. CONTENT: The availability of analytically more specific and sensitive methods to measure circulating biomarkers of cellular and organ stress and dysfunction has led to testing of their utility in several cardiovascular conditions...
January 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780555/relation-of-left-atrial-size-to-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-aged-%C3%A2-22%C3%A2-years
#19
Douglas Y Mah, Divya Shakti, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Steven D Colan, Mark E Alexander, Dominic J Abrams, David W Brown
Left atrial (LA) dilation has been shown to be associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) in the adult population, with some studies indicating that larger LAs are more prone to AF recurrence. The relation of LA size to AF in the pediatric and young adult population has not been investigated. In this study, all pediatric patients (aged ≤22 years) who presented to Boston Children's Hospital from January 2002 to December 2012 with AF were reviewed. Patients with significant congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, proven channelopathies, previous cardiac surgery, end-stage renal disease, or severe lung disease/cystic fibrosis were excluded...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766317/myocardial-architecture-and-patient-variability-in-clinical-patterns-of-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Kishan A Manani, Kim Christensen, Nicholas S Peters
Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke by a factor of 4-5 and is the most common abnormal heart rhythm. The progression of AF with age, from short self-terminating episodes to persistence, varies between individuals and is poorly understood. An inability to understand and predict variation in AF progression has resulted in less patient-specific therapy. Likewise, it has been a challenge to relate the microstructural features of heart muscle tissue (myocardial architecture) with the emergent temporal clinical patterns of AF...
October 2016: Physical Review. E
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