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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759774/assessment-of-left-atrial-fibrosis-by-late-gadolinium-enhancement-magnetic-resonance-imaging-methodology-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Johannes Siebermair, Eugene G Kholmovski, Nassir Marrouche
Recently, studies using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify structural changes of atrial tissue have contributed significantly to understanding the pathophysiology and progression of atrial fibrillation (AF). Moreover, imaging of atrial fibrosis using MRI has evolved to be a tool to improve clinical outcome of AF ablation procedures by allowing a patient-specific individualized management approach. LGE-MRI has been shown to predict AF ablation outcome based on pre-procedural imaging to define the extent of atrial fibrosis...
August 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669504/atrial-fibrillation-in-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases-from-the-pathogenesis-to-the-treatment
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Giuseppe Ciconte, Manuel Conti, Martina Evangelista, Carlo Pappone
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in the general population and is associated with an increased number of adverse outcomes. The onset and maintenance of this arrhythmia requires a trigger event and the presence of a predisposing substrate. Atrial fibrosis, a major characteristic of AF-related structural remodeling, represents a process closely related to inflammation as demonstrated by emerging evidence. Aim of this article is to review the evidence linking AF to systemic autoimmune diseases...
April 17, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29587379/galectin-3-in-atrial-fibrillation-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Nicolas Clementy, Eric Piver, Arnaud Bisson, Clémentine Andre, Anne Bernard, Bertrand Pierre, Laurent Fauchier, Dominique Babuty
Maintenance of atrial fibrillation is a complex mechanism, including extensive electrical and structural remodeling of the atria which involves progressive fibrogenesis. Galectin-3 is a biomarker of fibrosis, and, thus, may be involved in atrial remodeling in atrial fibrillation patients. We review the role of galectin-3 in AF mechanisms and its potential therapeutic implications.
March 25, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411287/mechanisms-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-athletes-what-we-know-and-what-we-do-not-know
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E Guasch, L Mont, M Sitges
Exercise is an emerging cause of atrial fibrillation (AF) in young individuals without coexisting cardiovascular risk factors. The causes of exercise-induced atrial fibrillation remain largely unknown, and conclusions are jeopardised by apparently conflicting data. Some components of the athlete's heart are known to be arrhythmogenic in other settings. Bradycardia, atrial dilatation and, possibly, atrial premature beats are therefore biologically plausible contributors to exercise-induced AF. Challenging findings in an animal model suggest that exercise might also prompt the development of atrial fibrosis, possibly due to cumulative minor structural damage after each exercise bout...
March 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404472/clinical-burden-of-liver-disease-from-hemochromatosis-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Sergio A Sánchez-Luna, Kyle E Brown
Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) can cause cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the frequency of these complications is controversial. To address this question, we reviewed the experience with HH at an academic medical center that is the sole liver transplantation center in a state with a population that is >90% Caucasian. The records of all subjects with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, code 275, "disorders of iron metabolism" seen at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2014 were reviewed, and HFE C282Y homozygotes and C282Y/H63D compound heterozygotes were identified...
July 2017: Hepatology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392412/cardiac-fibroblasts-active-players-in-atrial-electrophysiology
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REVIEW
Alexander Klesen, Dorothee Jakob, Ramona Emig, Peter Kohl, Ursula Ravens, Rémi Peyronnet
Fibrotic areas in cardiac muscle-be it in ventricular or atrial tissue-are considered as obstacles for conduction of the excitatory wave and can therefore facilitate re-entry, which may contribute to the sustenance of cardiac arrhythmias. Persistence of one of the most frequent arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation (AF), is accompanied by enhanced atrial fibrosis. Any kind of myocardial perturbation, whether via mechanical stress or ischemic damage, inflammation, or irregular and high-frequency electrical activity, activates fibroblasts...
March 2018: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159313/fibrosis-and-atrial-fibrillation-computerized-and-optical-mapping-a-view-into-the-human-atria-at-submillimeter-resolution
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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/29131288/mechanisms-of-cardioembolic-stroke-revisited-atrial-cardiopathy
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Justyna Mączyńska, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska, Rafał Dąbrowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104737/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-which-information-is-useful-for-the-arrhythmologist
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038991/pathophysiological-and-therapeutic-implications-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Felix Hohendanner, F R Heinzel, F Blaschke, B M Pieske, W Haverkamp, H L Boldt, A S Parwani
Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are common and responsible for significant mortality of patients. Both share the same risk factors like hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arteriosclerosis, and age. A variety of microscopic and macroscopic changes favor the genesis of atrial fibrillation in patients with preexisting heart failure, altered subcellular Ca2+ homeostasis leading to increased cellular automaticity as well as concomitant fibrosis that are induced by pressure/volume overload and altered neurohumoral states...
January 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990508/biomarkers-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertension
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Costas Tsioufis, Dimitrios Konstantinidis, Elias Nikolakopoulos, Evi Vemou, Theodoros Kalos, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Nikos Vogiatzakis, Aristos Ifantis, Konstantinos Konstantinou, V Gennimata, Dimitris Tousoulis
It is well known that atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia worldwide and substantially increases the risk for thromboembolic disease. One of the main problems is that it remains undiagnosed (about 20% of all cases of AF). On the other hand, hypertension amplifies the risk for both AF occurrences through hemodynamic and non-hemodynamic mechanisms and cerebrovascular ischemia. Under this prism, prompt diagnosis of undetected AF in hypertensive patients is of pivotal importance. Biomarkers could be used in AF diagnosis as well as in predicting the transition of paroxysmal AF to sustained AF...
October 6, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925871/biomarkers-associated-with-atrial-fibrosis-and-remodeling
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Polychronis Dilaveris, Christos-Konstantinos Antoniou, Panagiota Manolakou, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation is the most common rhythm disturbance encountered in clinical practice. Although often considered as solely arrhythmic in nature, current evidence has established that atrial myopathy constitutes both the substrate and the outcome of atrial fibrillation, thus initiating a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle. This myopathy is triggered by stress-induced (including pressure/volume overload, inflammation, oxidative stress) responses of atrial tissue, which in the long term become maladaptive, and combines elements of both structural, especially fibrosis, and electrical remodeling, with contemporary approaches yielding potentially useful biomarkers of these processes...
September 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904308/aging-modulates-the-substrate-and-triggers-remodeling-in-atrial-fibrillation
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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/28875838/biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
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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/28797677/emergence-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentry-tachycardia-after-surgical-or-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-are-we-creating-the-arrhythmia-substrate
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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...
November 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
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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/28752208/micrornas-in-atrial-fibrillation-from-expression-signatures-to-functional-implications
#17
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...
June 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748766/atrial-fibrillation-biomarkers-determining-prognosis
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Savas Mazaris, Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Vicky Tsigkou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Eleni Kokkou, Marina Zaromitidou, Georgios-Angelos Papamikroulis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Spyridon Papaioannou, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, George Latsios, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia known to incite increased thromboembolic and mortality risks, especially among patients not under anticoagulant therapy when that is indicated. Several routine scores exist to help stratify AF patients, such as the CHAD2DS2-VASc score and upon which physicians are based to decide whether to administer anticoagulant therapy. Being that anticoagulant regimen is a double-edged situation with both benefits and risks, decision-making process demands a definite and reliable, evidence-based set of data to rely on...
July 27, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748762/post-cardiovascular-surgery-atrial-fibrillation-biomarkers-determining-prognosis
#19
Olivia Manfrini, Edina Cenko, Beatrice Ricci, Raffaele Bugiardini
New onset of atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiovascular surgery is associated with increased risk of complications and length of hospital stay. Identification of patients at high risk of post cardiovascular surgery AF may help to act with preventive strategies having clinical and economic relevance. Many factors such as cardiac remodelling, changes in atrial pressure, surgery trauma, inflammation, oxidative stress, and sympathetic/parasympathetic activation have been implicated in the development of post cardiovascular surgery...
July 27, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
#20
REVIEW
Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
August 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
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