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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315324/a-novel-biomarker-for-prediction-of-atrial-fibrillation-susceptibility-in-patients-with-celiac-disease
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Selcuk Kucukseymen, Ayhan Hilmi Cekin, Nermin Bayar, Sakir Arslan, Elif Uygur Kucukseymen, Tanju Mercan, Semir Ozdemir
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD), a serious autoimmune disorder that occurs in people who are genetically predisposed, is induced by dietary gluten intake and affects primarily the small intestine. Many studies have identified an increased risk of cardiovascular problems in patients with CD. Moreover, these patients are susceptible to certain liver diseases, as well as fibrosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the presence of fibrosis using the De Ritis ratio, determining its effect on the electromechanical features of the left atrium and its susceptibility to atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with CD...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290021/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-reduces-atrial-fibrillation-susceptibility-by-inhibiting-atrial-structural-remodeling-in-rats-with-heart-failure
#2
Huiliang Qiu, Huanlin Wu, Jin Ma, Haiming Cao, Lihua Huang, Wencong Qiu, Ying Peng, Chunhua Ding
Agents against atrial structural remodeling (ASR) are thought to block the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of DL-3-n-butylphthalide (NBP) on ASR and AF formation in rats with heart failure (HF) induced by myocardial infarction. The heart failure rats established 1 week after ligating left anterior descending coronary artery were randomly treated with vehicle (HF group, n = 24), or treated with DL-3-n-butylphthalide (100 mg/kg body weight) (NBP group, n = 26) for 4 weeks...
December 30, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287900/galectin-3-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-and-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Qi Kang, XiaoLong Li, Mengyun Yang, Taniya Fernando, Zheng Wan
OBJECTIVE: To observe the change of the inflammatory factor Galectin-3 in patients with coronary heart disease, and the correlation between Galectin-3 and the severity of the disease. To observe changes of Galectin-3 in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) before and after radiofrequency ablation, and the changes of Galectin-3 before and after an interim treatment with a high dose of atorvastatin on patients with acute myocardial infarction(AMI). METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation having normal heart function were selected, among them, the patients with AMI were given a short term treatment of 80mg atorvastatin before PCI, and patients with atrial fibrillation underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation...
December 27, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282401/recurrent-vitreous-hemorrhage-from-an-optic-nerve-retinal-arterial-macroaneurysm
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Jessica F Yang, Kamal Kishore
Objective: To report a case of recurrent vitreous hemorrhage from an optic nerve retinal arterial macroaneurysm (ONRAM) successfully treated with intraoperative endolaser. Patient and Methods: A 92-year-old woman on oral aspirin and warfarin anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation developed three episodes of dense vitreous hemorrhage from an ONRAM. Due to failure of the vitreous hemorrhage to clear spontaneously, a total of three pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) procedures were performed along with a 1...
September 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275886/the-extent-of-left-atrial-low-voltage-areas-included-in-pulmonary-vein-isolation-is-associated-with-freedom-from-recurrent-atrial-arrhythmia
#5
Dong Huang, Jing-Bo Li, Tarek Zghaib, Esra Gucuk Ipek, Muhammad Balouch, David D Spragg, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Harikrishna Tandri, Sunil K Sinha, Joseph E Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian
BACKGROUND: The extent of left atrial (LA) baseline low-voltage areas (LVA-B), which may be a surrogate for fibrosis, is associated with recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the extent of LVA-B isolated by ablation (LVA-I) and AF recurrence. METHODS: The study cohort included 159 consecutive patients with drug-refractory AF who underwent an initial AF ablation with LA voltage mapping during sinus rhythm...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250240/towards-a-mechanistic-understanding-and-treatment-of-a-progressive-disease-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Felix Yang, Joseph Tiano, Suneet Mittal, Mintu Turakhia, Israel Jacobowitz, Yisachar Greenberg
Atrial fibrosis appears to be a key factor in the genesis and/or perpetuation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The pathological distribution of atrial fibrosis is geographically consistent with the attachments between the posterior left atrium and the pericardium along the reflections where wall stiffness is increased and structural changes are found. While there is a wide range of complex etiological factors and electrophysiological mechanisms in AF, there is evidence for a common pathophysiological pathway that could account for deliberate substrate formation and progression of AF...
October 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250226/scar-homogenization-in-af-ablation-evolution-and-practice
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REVIEW
Minglong Chen
Laboratory studies, histology studies, image studies and the clinical studies all prove the positive correlation between atrial fibrillation and atrial fibrosis from different perspectives. Atrial fibrosis, by separating myocardial cell coupling, diminishing conduction velocity and promoting anisotropic conduction, produce the substrate to sustain atrial fibrillation (AF). These fibrotic areas can be translated into signal abnormalities (low voltage and complex electrgram), and be depicted by electroanatomic high density map...
June 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245016/preferential-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-cardiac-mesenchymal-progenitor-cells-in-the-presence-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Elisa Gambini, Gianluca Lorenzo Perrucci, Beatrice Bassetti, Gabriella Spaltro, Giulia Campostrini, Maria Chiara Lionetti, Alberto Pilozzi, Federico Martinelli, Andrea Faruggia, Dario DiFrancesco, Andrea Barbuti, Giulio Pompilio
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is characterized by electrical, contractile, and structural remodeling mediated by interstitial fibrosis. It has been shown that human cardiac mesenchymal progenitor cells (CMPCs) can be differentiated into endothelial, smooth muscle, and fibroblast cells. Here, we have investigated, for the first time, the contribution of CMPCs in the fibrotic process occurring in AF. As expected, right auricolae samples displayed significantly higher fibrosis in AF vs control (CTR) patients. In tissue samples of AF patients only, double staining for c-kit and the myofibroblast marker α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) was detected...
November 27, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233682/potential-role-of-mg53-in-the-regulation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-induced-atrial-fibrosis-and-vulnerability-to-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Jingwen Guo, Fengpeng Jia, Yingjiu Jiang, Qiang Li, Yucheng Yang, Minghan Xiao, Hua Xiao
Atrial fibrosis plays a critical role in atrial fibrillation (AF) by the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1/Smad pathway. The disordered differentiation, proliferation, migration and collagen deposition of atrial fibroblasts play significant roles in atrial fibrosis. Mitsugumin (MG)53 is predominantly expressed in myocardium of rodents and has multiple biological functions. However, the role of MG53 in cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. This study provided clinical and experimental evidence for the involvement of MG53 in atrial fibrosis in humans and atrial fibrosis phenotype in cultured rat atrial fibroblasts...
December 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233648/left-atrial-dysfunction-in-light-chain-cardiac-amyloidosis-and-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-comparative-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiographic-analysis-from-the-magyar-path-study
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Dóra Földeák, Árpád Kormányos, Péter Domsik, Anita Kalapos, Györgyike Á Piros, Nóra Ambrus, Zénó Ajtay, Róbert Sepp, Zita Borbényi, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
INTRODUCTION: While cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is a rare systemic disease characterized by extracellular deposition of protein-derived fibrils, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is histopathologically characterized by myocyte hypertrophy and disarray, interstitial fibrosis, and small intramural coronary arteriole dysplasia. The aim of the present study was to compare left atrial (LA) volumetric and functional characteristics between light-chain (AL) CA and HCM by three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE)...
December 9, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216985/eplerenone-reduces-atrial-fibrillation-burden-without-preventing-atrial%C3%A2-electrical-remodeling
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Yoshio Takemoto, Rafael J Ramirez, Kuljeet Kaur, Oscar Salvador-Montañés, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Steven R Ennis, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Omer Berenfeld, José Jalife
BACKGROUND: The aldosterone inhibitor eplerenone (EPL) has been shown to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with systolic heart failure, but the mechanism is unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that by reducing atrial dilation and fibrosis in the absence of heart failure, EPL also reduces AF burden and prevents AF perpetuation. METHODS: The authors conducted a randomized controlled study in 34 sheep that were atrially tachypaced (13 ± 1 week)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215718/involvement-of-smad3-pathway-in-atrial-fibrosis-induced-by-elevated-hydrostatic-pressure
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Wei Wei, Fang Rao, Fangzhou Liu, Yumei Xue, Chunyu Deng, Zhaoyu Wang, Jiening Zhu, Hui Yang, Xin Li, Mengzhen Zhang, Yongheng Fu, Wensi Zhu, Zhixin Shan, Shulin Wu
Hypertension is a main risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but the direct effects of hydrostatic pressure on the atrial fibrosis are still unknown. The present study investigated whether hydrostatic pressure is responsible for atrial fibrosis, and addressed a potential role of the Smad pathway in this pathology. Biochemical assays were used to study regulation and expression of fibrotic factors in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and Wistar rats, and in cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) cultured under standard (0 mmHg) and elevated (20, 40 mmHg) hydrostatic pressure...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214421/interpreting-activation-mapping-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-hybrid-computational-physiological-study
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Francisco Sahli Costabal, Junaid A B Zaman, Ellen Kuhl, Sanjiv M Narayan
Atrial fibrillation is the most common rhythm disorder of the heart associated with a rapid and irregular beating of the upper chambers. Activation mapping remains the gold standard to diagnose and interpret atrial fibrillation. However, fibrillatory activation maps are highly sensitive to far-field effects, and often disagree with other optical mapping modalities. Here we show that computational modeling can identify spurious non-local components of atrial fibrillation electrograms and improve activation mapping...
December 6, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206857/z-disc-protein-chapb-induces-cardiomyopathy-and-contractile-dysfunction-in-the-postnatal-heart
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Willemijn van Eldik, Brigit den Adel, Jantine Monshouwer-Kloots, Daniela Salvatori, Saskia Maas, Ingeborg van der Made, Esther E Creemers, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey, Nicky Boontje, Jolanda van der Velden, Paul Steendijk, Christine Mummery, Robert Passier, Abdelaziz Beqqali
AIMS: The Z-disc is a crucial structure of the sarcomere and is implicated in mechanosensation/transduction. Dysregulation of Z-disc proteins often result in cardiomyopathy. We have previously shown that the Z-disc protein Cytoskeletal Heart-enriched Actin-associated Protein (CHAP) is essential for cardiac and skeletal muscle development. Furthermore, the CHAP gene has been associated with atrial fibrillation in humans. Here, we studied the misregulated expression of CHAP isoforms in heart disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187667/strategy-and-outcome-of-catheter-ablation-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation%C3%A3-impact-of-progress-in-the-mapping-and-ablation-technologies
#15
Hideharu Okamatsu, Ken Okumura
Pulmonary vein (PV) antrum isolation (PVAI) is effective in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) but is less so for persistent AF. A recent randomized study on the ablation strategies for persistent AF demonstrated that 2 common atrial substrate modifications, creation of linear lesions in the left atrium and ablation of complex fractionated electrogram sites, in addition to PVAI did not improve the outcome compared with stand-alone PVAI, suggesting the necessity of a more individualized, selective approach to persistent AF...
November 30, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181725/association-between-left-atrial-phasic-conduit-function-and-early-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-patients-undergoing-electrical-cardioversion
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Anna Degiovanni, Enrico Boggio, Eleonora Prenna, Chiara Sartori, Federica De Vecchi, Paolo N Marino
BACKGROUND: Diastolic dysfunction promotes atrial fibrillation (AF) inducing left atrial (LA) remodeling, with chamber dilation and fibrosis. Predominance of LA phasic conduit (LAC) function should reflect not only chamber alterations but also underlying left ventricular (LV) filling impairment. Thus, LAC was tested as possible predictor of early AF relapse after electrical cardioversion (EC). METHODS: 96 consecutive patients, who underwent EC for persistent non-valvular AF, were prospectively enrolled...
November 27, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159313/fibrosis-and-atrial-fibrillation-computerized-and-optical-mapping-a-view-into-the-human-atria-at-submillimeter-resolution
#17
Brian J Hansen, Jichao Zhao, Vadim V Fedorov
Recent studies strongly suggest that the majority of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with diagnosed or subclinical cardiac diseases have established or even pre-existing fibrotic structural remodeling, which may lead to conduction abnormalities and reentrant activity that sustain AF. As conventional treatments fail to treat AF in far too many cases, an urgent need exists to identify specific structural arrhythmogenic fibrosis patterns, which may maintain AF, in order to identify effective ablation targets for AF treatment...
June 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155027/serum-level-of-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-is-associated-with-left-atrial-voltage-in-patients-with-chronic-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Shilu Zhao, Mingfang Li, Weizhu Ju, Lingyun Gu, Fengxiang Zhang, Hongwu Chen, Kai Gu, Bing Yang, Minglong Chen
BACKGROUND: Atrial tissue fibrosis can cause electrical or structural remodeling in patients with atrial fibrillation. Transforming growth factor beta 1(TGF-β1) signaling acts as a central role in fibroblast activation. In this report, we aimed to investigate the relationship between serum level of TGF-β1 and mean left atrial voltage in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF). METHODS: A total of 16 consecutive adult patients with CAF who underwent catheter ablation were enrolled...
November 15, 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131288/mechanisms-of-cardioembolic-stroke-revisited-atrial-cardiopathy
#19
Justyna Mączyńska, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska, Rafał Dąbrowski
There has been only moderate progress in our understanding of potential relation between atrial arrhythmia and stroke over years. Current approach is still based on a hypothesis that atrial contractile dysfunction due to fibrillation causes blood stasis, which accompanied by other factors acting together as Virchow's triad produces thrombus and embolism to the brain. In this review we would like to discuss a relatively new concept of atrial cardiopathy. It assumes that risk of thromboembolism is increased regardless of atrial rhythm, being largely driven by atrial tissue abnormalities, such as fibrosis, endothelial and myocytes dysfunction and atrial dilatation...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104737/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-which-information-is-useful-for-the-arrhythmologist
#20
REVIEW
Elia De Maria, Annachiara Aldrovandi, Ambra Borghi, Letizia Modonesi, Stefano Cappelli
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is a non-invasive, non-ionizing, diagnostic technique that uses magnetic fields, radio waves and field gradients to generate images with high spatial and temporal resolution. After administration of contrast media (e.g., gadolinium chelate), it is also possible to acquire late images, which make possible the identification and quantification of myocardial areas with scar/fibrosis (late gadolinium enhancement, LGE). CMR is currently a useful instrument in clinical cardiovascular practice for the assessment of several pathological conditions, including ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies and congenital heart disease...
October 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
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