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L A Pérula-de Torres, V González-Blanco V, R Luque-Montilla, E Martín-Rioboó, M A Martínez-Adell, J Ruiz-de Castroviejo
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent arrhythmia in clinical practice and has important prognostic implications. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the validity and the reliability of taking the arterial pulse (TAP) in patients over 65 years for detecting in AF and other rhythm disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive, observational, multicentre study to validate a diagnostic test within in a controlled clinical trial. SETTING: 39 Primary Care Centres in the Spanish National Health Service...
October 20, 2016: Semergen
Torsten Schröder
Basic haemodynamic monitoring is an essential part of the anaesthesia work place. This includes Monitoring of ECG, blood pressure and pulse oximetry. For early assessement of perioperative complications every patient should have a basic haemodynamic monitoring, independant of current health status or the type of anaesthesia applied. Knowledge of function, principles and limitations ais necessary for proper interpretation of the measured values. Here, we describe the function and application of ECG, non - invasive intermittent blood pressure and pulse oximetry in the perioperative setting...
October 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Minoru Horie
In 1992, the Brugada syndrome (BrS) was recognized as a disease responsible for sudden cardiac death, characterized by a right bundle-branch block with ST segment elevation in the leads V1 and V2. This syndrome is highly associated with sudden cardiac death, especially in young males. BrS is currently diagnosed in patients with ST-segment elevation showing type 1 morphology ≥ 2 mm in ≥1 leads among the right precordial leads V1 or V2 positioned in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th intercostal space, and occurring either spontaneously or after a provocative drug test by the intravenous administration of Class I antiarrhythmic drugs...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Giacomo Veronese, Federico Germini, Stella Ingrassia, Ombretta Cutuli, Valeria Donati, Luca Bonacchini, Maura Marcucci, Andrea Fabbri
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation is widely performed by emergency physicians. We aimed to determine the accuracy of interpretation of potential ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) ECGs by emergency physicians. METHODS: Thirty-six ECGs resulted in putative STEMI diagnoses were selected. Participants were asked to focus on whether or not the ECG in question met the diagnostic criteria for an acutely blocked coronary artery causing a STEMI...
October 19, 2016: Acute Cardiac Care
S Grautoff
The ECG is a very important diagnostic tool if an acute coronary syndrome is suspected. It should be performed immediately when medical staff contacts the patient. If an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is diagnosed, immediate reperfusion of the occluded vessel should be the primary goal. Therefore, even subtle signs of an anterior wall infarction diagnosed by the ECG which lead to suspicion of complete occlusion of a coronary artery should be known and diagnosed by all physicians who may have contact with these types of patients...
October 18, 2016: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
Courtney N Gleason, Deanna L Kerkhof, Elizabeth A Cilia, Maria A Lanyi, Jonathan Finnoff, Dai Sugimoto, Gianmichel D Corrado
OBJECTIVE: The traditional history and physical (H&P) is a poor screening modality to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death. Although better than H&P alone, electrocardiograms (ECG) have also been found to have high false-positive rates. A limited portable ECG by a frontline physician (PEFP) performed during preparticipation physical examination (PPE) allows for direct measurements of the heart to more accurately identify athletes with structural abnormalities. Therefore, it is worthwhile to assess the feasibility of incorporating limited PEFP as part of PPEs...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Andrzej Wojtarowicz, Zdzisława Kornacewicz-Jach
BACKGROUND: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a method of treatment in obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM), but there is little data on the long-term results of ASA and the natural course after treatment. The aim of the study was to evaluate the results of ASA in HOCM in multiannual observation, and its impact on patient survival, exercise capacity, electrical complications, and changes in the anatomy and function of the heart. METHODS: The study evaluated 47 patients with HOCM with a high left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT gradient) treated between 1997 and 2014 with ASA...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Syed Anas Imtiaz, James Mardell, Siavash Saremi-Yarahmadi, Esther Rodriguez-Villegas
Continuous patient monitoring systems acquire enormous amounts of data that is either manually analysed by doctors or automatically processed using intelligent algorithms. Sections of data acquired over long period of time can be corrupted with artefacts due to patient movement, sensor placement and interference from other sources. Owing to the large volume of data these artefacts need to be automatically identified so that the analysis systems and doctors are aware of them while making medical diagnosis. Three important factors are explored that must be considered and quantified for the design and evaluation of automatic artefact identification algorithms: signal quality, interpretation quality and computational complexity...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Angira Patel, Gregory Webster, Kendra Ward, John Lantos
: Aim The aim of the present study was to determine general paediatrician knowledge, practices, and attitudes towards electrocardiogram (ECG) screening in school athletes during pre-participation screening exam (PPSE). METHODS: Paediatricians affiliated with a tertiary children's hospital completed a survey about ECGs for PPSE. RESULTS: In total, 205/498 (41%) responded; 92% of the paediatricians did not include an ECG as part of PPSE; 56% were aware of a case in which a student athlete in their own community had died of sudden unexplained death; 4% had an athlete in their practice die...
October 10, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
O Nallet, G Gouffran, Y Lavie Badie
Cardiac troponins are the most sensitive and specific markers of myocardial injury. Cardiac troponin elevation are common in many diseases and do not necessarily indicate the presence of a thrombotic acute coronary syndrome. In clinical practice, interpretation of dynamic changes of troponin may be challenging. Troponin evaluation should be performed only if clinically indicated and must be interpreted in the context of clinical presentation, ECG changes, troponin level and kinetic. In the absence of thrombotic acute coronary syndrom, troponin retains a prognostic value...
September 29, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
O Nallet, N Ketata, N Ferrier, X Marcaggi
Acute chest pain is a common reason of consultation in the emergency department. The difficulty lies in discriminating patients with acute coronary syndrome or other life-threatening conditions from those non-cardiovascular, non-life-threatening chest pain. Only 15 to 25 % of patients with acute chest pain actually have acute coronary syndrome. Algorithms using high sensitivity troponin at admission and a second assessment 1 or 3hours later are validated to "rule in" or "rule out" the diagnosis of non ST-elevation myocardial infarction...
September 29, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Hélder Dores, Aneil Malhotra, Nabeel Sheikh, Lynne Millar, Harshil Dhutia, Rajay Narain, Ahmed Merghani, Michael Papadakis, Sanjay Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Athletes can exhibit abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) phenotypes that require further evaluation prior to competition. These are apparently more prevalent in high-intensity endurance sports. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between ECG findings in athletes and intensity of sport and level of competition. METHODS: A cohort of 3423 competitive athletes had their ECGs assessed according to the Seattle criteria (SC). The presence of abnormal ECGs was correlated with: (1) intensity of sport (low/moderate vs...
September 29, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Tee Joo Yeo, Sanjay Sharma
This article summarizes the role of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) for the clinical care of athletes, with particular reference to the influence of age, gender, ethnicity, and type of sport on the appearance of the ECG, and its role in differentiating physiologic exercise-related changes from pathologic conditions implicated in sudden cardiac death (SCD). The article also explores the potential role of the ECG in detecting athletes at risk of SCD. In addition, the article reviews the evolution of ECG interpretation criteria and emphasizes the limitations of the ECG as well as the potential for future research...
November 2016: Cardiology Clinics
T Vezzosi, C Buralli, F Marchesotti, F Porporato, R Tognetti, E Zini, O Domenech
The diagnostic accuracy of a smartphone electrocardiograph (ECG) in evaluating heart rhythm and ECG measurements was evaluated in 166 dogs. A standard 6-lead ECG was acquired for 1 min in each dog. A smartphone ECG tracing was simultaneously recorded using a single-lead bipolar ECG recorder. All ECGs were reviewed by one blinded operator, who judged if tracings were acceptable for interpretation and assigned an electrocardiographic diagnosis. Agreement between smartphone and standard ECG in the interpretation of tracings was evaluated...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Andrew W Cairns, Raymond R Bond, Dewar D Finlay, Cathal Breen, Daniel Guldenring, Robert Gaffney, Anthony G Gallagher, Aaron J Peace, Pat Henn
INTRODUCTION: The 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) presents a plethora of information and demands extensive knowledge and a high cognitive workload to interpret. Whilst the ECG is an important clinical tool, it is frequently incorrectly interpreted. Even expert clinicians are known to impulsively provide a diagnosis based on their first impression and often miss co-abnormalities. Given it is widely reported that there is a lack of competency in ECG interpretation, it is imperative to optimise the interpretation process...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Michael J Daly, Dewar D Finlay, Daniel Guldenring, Raymond R Bond, Aaron J McCann, Peter J Scott, Jennifer A Adgey, Mark T Harbinson
INTRODUCTION: Epicardial potentials (EPs) derived from the body surface potential map (BSPM) improve acute myocardial infarction (AMI) diagnosis. In this study, we compared EPs derived from the 80-lead BSPM using a standard thoracic volume conductor model (TVCM) with those derived using a patient-specific torso model (PSTM) based on body mass index (BMI). METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting to both the emergency department and pre-hospital coronary care unit between August 2009 and August 2011 with acute ischaemic-type chest pain at rest were enrolled...
September 26, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Daniel H Lee, Brooks Walsh, Stephen W Smith
BACKGROUND: Early repolarization (ER) and acute left anterior descending artery occlusion (LADO) may be difficult to distinguish. Terminal QRS distortion (TQRSD), defined by the absence of both an S wave and J wave in either of leads V2 or V3, is often present in anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. We hypothesized that this finding would always be absent in ER. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of electrocardiograms (ECGs) of consecutive patients who presented to the emergency department with ischemic symptoms and had a cardiologist interpretation of "benign ER" on the initial emergency department ECG...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Nicholas D Hartman, Natasha B Wheaton, Kelly Williamson, Erin N Quattromani, Jeremy B Branzetti, Amer Z Aldeen
BACKGROUND: Reading emergent electrocardiograms (ECGs) is one of the emergency physician's most crucial tasks, yet no well-validated tool exists to measure resident competence in this skill. OBJECTIVES: To assess validity of a novel tool measuring emergency medicine resident competency for interpreting, and responding to, critical ECGs. In addition, we aim to observe trends in this skill for resident physicians at different levels of training. METHODS: This is a multi-center, prospective study of postgraduate year (PGY) 1-4 residents at five emergency medicine (EM) residency programs in the United States...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dimitrios Poulikakos, Marek Malik
Patients on hemodialysis (HD) suffer from high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to high rates of coronary artery disease and arrhythmias. Electrocardiography (ECG) is often performed in the dialysis units as part of routine clinical assessment. However, fluid and electrolyte changes have been shown to affect all ECG morphologies and intervals. ECG interpretation thus depends on the time of the recording in relation to the HD session. In addition, arrhythmias during HD are common, and dialysis-related ECG artifacts mimicking arrhythmias have been reported...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Acácio Fernandes-Cardoso, Gabriel Afonso Dutra-Kreling, José Grindler, Andrés Ricardo Pérez-Riera
Supernormal conduction is defined as better-than-expected conduction in patients with depressed conduction during a short interval in the ventricular cycle. It is mainly observed in long-duration electrocardiogram (ECG) assessments. Its occurrence during 12-lead ECG is uncommon and its interpretation demands knowledge on electrophysiological alterations that are hard to understand. By reporting this case we aim to propose a rationale sequence that should be considered when facing an ECG with these same features, which would enable a greater accuracy to make a definitive diagnosis...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
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