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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323847/role-of-the-mapks-tgf-%C3%AE-1-traf6-signaling-pathway-in-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
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Daoliang Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Qian Wang, Shaohui Wu, Yue Zheng, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway and atrial fibrosis in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and its role in atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery on the basis of our previous animal study of the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway in atrial fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 57 patients with RHD without a history of AF consented to left atrial biopsy. Histopathology quantified the percentage of fibrosis, and real-time PCR and western blot assessed the mRNA and protein expression of TGF-β1, TRAF6, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320863/rac1-gtpase-regulates-11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2-and-fibrotic-remodeling
#2
Daniel Lavall, Pia Schuster, Nadine Jacobs, Andrey Kazakov, Michael Böhm, Ulrich Laufs
The aim of the study was to characterize the role of Rac1 GTPase for the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediated pro-fibrotic remodeling. Transgenic mice with cardiac overexpression of constitutively active Rac1 (RacET) develop an age-dependent phenotype with atrial dilatation, fibrosis and atrial fibrillation. Expression of MR was similar in RacET and wild-type (WT) mice. The expression of 11β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) was age-dependently upregulated in the atria and the left ventricles of RacET mice on mRNA and protein level...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318874/metabolic-profile-provides-prognostic-value-better-than-galectin-3-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#3
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/28316992/a-combined-random-forests-and-active-contour-model-approach-for-fully-automatic-segmentation-of-the-left-atrium-in-volumetric-mri
#4
Chao Ma, Gongning Luo, Kuanquan Wang
Segmentation of the left atrium (LA) from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets is of great importance for image guided atrial fibrillation ablation, LA fibrosis quantification, and cardiac biophysical modelling. However, automated LA segmentation from cardiac MRI is challenging due to limited image resolution, considerable variability in anatomical structures across subjects, and dynamic motion of the heart. In this work, we propose a combined random forests (RFs) and active contour model (ACM) approach for fully automatic segmentation of the LA from cardiac volumetric MRI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315199/hiv-infection-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-beyond-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
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/28291708/transvenous-electrical-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-two-dogs
#6
S W Jung, D K Newhard, K Harrelson
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by uncoordinated electrical activation of the atria that leads to the loss of atrial mechanical function and atrial fibrosis as a substrate promoting maintenance of rhythm abnormality. Transvenous electrical cardioversion has not been previously reported in the dog. The authors demonstrate the use of this technique for successful cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in two dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy.
March 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290846/-galectin-3-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-and-metabolic-syndrome
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V A A, E L Zaslavskaya, A V Soboleva, E I Baranova, O V Listopad, S E Nifontov, A O Nrady, E V Shlyakhto
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate serum galectin 3 and to determine the potential clinical value of this parameter in patients with atrial fibrillation - AF (paroxysmal and persistent) and metabolic syndrome (MS). DESIGN AND METHODS: We examined 100 patients with MS (50 with paroxysmal or persistent AF and 50 without arrhythmia) and 50 healthy persons. Serum galectin 3 measured by ELISA method, ECHO cardiography was performed to all examined persons. RESULTS: Galectin 3 in patients with MS and AF was higher, than in patients with MS without arrhythmia and much more higher than galectin 3 in healthy persons 0,72 (0,44;1,36), 0,44 (0,42;1,22) and 0,32 (0,28;0,42) ng/ml (<0,01)...
June 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290548/atrial-structure-function-and-arrhythmogenesis-in-aged-and-frail-mice
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Hailey J Jansen, Motahareh Moghtadaei, Martin Mackasey, Sara A Rafferty, Oleg Bogachev, John L Sapp, Susan E Howlett, Robert A Rose
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is prevalent in aging populations; however not all individuals age at the same rate. Instead, individuals of the same chronological age can vary in health status from fit to frail. Our objective was to determine the impacts of age and frailty on atrial function and arrhythmogenesis in mice using a frailty index (FI). Aged mice were more frail and demonstrated longer lasting AF compared to young mice. Consistent with this, aged mice showed longer P wave duration and PR intervals; however, both parameters showed substantial variability suggesting differences in health status among mice of similar chronological age...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288202/presence-of-atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-liver-stiffness-in-an-elderly-finnish-population
#9
Aki Juhani Käräjämäki, Olli Kettunen, Samuli Lepojärvi, Olli-Pekka Koivurova, Y Antero Kesäniemi, Heikki Huikuri, Olavi Ukkola
BACKGROUND: Chronic liver injury from different etiologies drives liver fibrosis. However, little is known about the associated factors, systemic factors in particular. Recently, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and atrial fibrillation have been shown to be associated with each other. Thereby, we aimed to study the association between atrial fibrillation and liver stiffness. STUDY: Extensive clinical measurements including echocardiography of the heart, transient elastography (TE) of the liver and the presence of atrial fibrillation were determined in elderly Finnish study subjects (n = 76, mean age 73 years) from OPERA (Oulu Project Elucidating the Risk of Atherosclerosis) study cohort...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284503/renal-denervation-regulates-the-atrial-arrhythmogenic-substrates-through-reverse-structural-remodeling-in-heart-failure-rabbit-model
#10
Shinya Yamada, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Hui Chou, Wei-Lun Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) causes atrial remodeling and increases the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF). Renal denervation (RDN) has been shown to decrease the development of AF. This study aimed to identify the effects of RDN on the atrial arrhythmogenic substrates in HF. METHODS: Rabbits were classified into four groups: control (n=9), RDN (n=10), HF (n=6) and HF-RDN (n=9). Surgical and chemical RDN was approached through bilateral retroperitoneal flank incisions in RDN and HF-RDN...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282592/development-of-an-automaton-model-of-rotational-activity-driving-atrial-fibrillation
#11
E J Ciaccio, A B Biviano, E Y Wan, N S Peters, H Garan
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is difficult to treat effectively, owing to uncertainty in where to best ablate to eliminate arrhythmogenic substrate. A model providing insight into the electrical activation events would be useful to guide catheter ablation strategy. Method A two-dimensional, 576×576 node automaton was developed to simulate atrial electrical activity. The substrate field was altered by the presence of differing refractory period at varying locations. Fibrosis was added in the form of short, randomly positioned lines of conduction block...
March 2, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274110/the-role-of-myocardial-fibrosis-in-determining-the-success-rate-of-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Subothini Selvendran, Nikhil Aggarwal, Justin Li, Gary Tse, Vassilios S Vassiliou
Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and with an aging population its prevalence will increase. In addition to appropriate anticoagulation to reduce the thromboembolic risk, there has been an increasing need for a personalised approach in identifying which patients are likely to benefit more from atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. This review will discuss the role of myocardial fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation, its mechanistic role, association with biomarkers and how this could potentially be of use in the development of a risk score identifying the success of maintaining sinus rhythm following an electrophysiological ablation...
March 7, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271726/molecular-mechanisms-of-atrial-fibrosis-implications-for-the-clinic
#13
Shivshankar Thanigaimani, Dennis H Lau, Thomas Agbaedeng, Adrian D Elliott, Rajiv Mahajan, Prashanthan Sanders
Recent research has unravelled an increasing list of cardiac conditions and risk factors that may be responsible for the abnormal underlying atrial substrate that predisposes to atrial fibrillation (AF). Atrial fibrosis has been demonstrated as the pivotal structural abnormality underpinning conduction disturbances that promote AF in different disease models. Despite the advancement in our discoveries of the molecular mechanisms involved in the profibrotic milieu, targeted therapeutics against atrial fibrosis remain lacking...
March 8, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267962/relation-of-prolonged-p-wave-duration-to-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-the-general-population-from-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
#14
Ankit Maheshwari, Faye L Norby, Elsayed Z Soliman, M Chadi Alraies, Selcuk Adabag, Wesley T O'Neal, Alvaro Alonso, Lin Y Chen
Prolonged P-wave duration, a marker of left atrial abnormality, is associated with myocardial fibrosis, atrial fibrillation, and all-cause death. It is not known if prolonged P-wave duration is associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the general population. We aimed to evaluate whether prolonged P-wave duration is independently associated with SCD risk in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, a community-based prospective cohort study. We included 15,321 participants in our analysis (age 54.2 ± 5...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267896/treatment-of-supraventricular-tachycardia-in-a-horse
#15
Dorothy D Whelchel, Brett S Tennent-Brown, Amanda E Coleman, Gregg S Rapoport, Uriel Blas-Machado, Herbert W Maisenbacher, Brenton C Credille, Steeve Giguère
OBJECTIVE: To describe the treatment of persistent supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in a young horse in endurance training. CASE SUMMARY: A 6-year-old Arab gelding in endurance training presented for a dysrhythmia and decreased performance. SVT was diagnosed and conversion to a normal sinus rhythm was achieved following administration of a constant rate infusion of amiodarone. However, reversion to SVT occurred shortly after initiation of ridden exercise. A second attempt to convert the dysrhythmia with amiodarone failed, but normal sinus rhythm was achieved with transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257569/hyperleptinemia-exacerbates-high-fat-diet-mediated-atrial-fibrosis-and-fibrillation
#16
Akira Fukui, Yuki Ikebe-Ebata, Hidekazu Kondo, Shotaro Saito, Kohei Aoki, Naoya Fukunaga, Tetsuji Shinohara, Takayuki Masaki, Yasushi Teshima, Naohiko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Obesity including metabolic syndrome is an independent risk factor of atrial fibrillation (AF). Although hyperleptinemia is usually a characteristic of obese subjects, the relationship with atrial fibrosis and AF is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hyperleptinemia exacerbates atrial fibrosis and AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eight-week-old male C57BL/6 (WT) and leptin-deficient ob/ob (Ob) mice were treated with a normal-fat diet (NFD) or 60% HFD...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215065/application-of-computer-models-on-atrial-fibrillation-research
#17
Michela Masè
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a multifactorial and multiscale disease, where electrical, structural, anatomical and genetic factors contribute to the emergence of a complex and dynamic macroscopic phenotype. The incomplete understanding of AF mechanisms and the diversity and multiplicity of factors promoting the arrhythmia in humans have hampered the development of effective therapeutic approaches. Computer models and simulation of atrial arrhythmias may represent an unique allied to investigate AF mechanisms and direct therapeutic strategies, being able to merge and provide interpretation for multiscale data from cellular to entire organ scale levels...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#18
Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204916/-remodeling-of-the-aging-heart-sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Jörg Weirich
The incidence of both sinus node dysfunction (SND) and atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age. SND and AF frequently coexist. Likewise, they are often associated with cardiovascular diseases. Both arrhythmias share similar pathomechanisms such as structural and functional remodeling, i. e., degenerative fibrosis and altered Ca(2+) handling, respectively. A growing body of evidence suggests an important role for the CamKII (Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) in structural as well as in functional remodeling...
February 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191635/the-role-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-cardiac-biology-classic-concepts-and-emerging-roles
#20
Alexios S Antonopoulos, Charalambos Antoniades
Classic concepts about the role of epicardial adipose tissue (EpAT) in heart physiology include its role in cardiac metabolism, the mechanical protection of coronaries, the innervation and possibly cryoprotection of the heart too. Nevertheless, recent evidence has revealed that epicardial adipose tissue regulates multiple aspects of cardiac biology including myocardial redox state, intracellular Ca(2+) cycling, the electrophysiological (EP) and contractile properties of cardiomyocytes, cardiac fibrosis as well as coronary atherosclerosis progression...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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