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#1
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
#2
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
#3
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/28196902/hyaluronidase-2-deficiency-causes-increased-mesenchymal-cells-congenital-heart-defects-and-heart-failure
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Biswajit Chowdhury, Bo Xiang, Michelle Liu, Richard Hemming, Vernon W Dolinsky, Barbara Triggs-Raine
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronan (HA) is required for endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition and normal heart development in the mouse. Heart abnormalities in hyaluronidase 2 (HYAL2)-deficient (Hyal2(-)(/-) ) mice and humans suggested removal of HA is also important for normal heart development. We have performed longitudinal studies of heart structure and function in Hyal2(-/-) mice to determine when, and how, HYAL2 deficiency leads to these abnormalities. METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography revealed atrial enlargement, atrial tissue masses, and valvular thickening at 4 weeks of age, as well as diastolic dysfunction that progressed with age, in Hyal2(-/-) mice...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191635/the-role-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-cardiac-biology-classic-concepts-and-emerging-roles
#5
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183791/appearance-of-qrs-fragmentation-late-after-mustard-senning-repair-is-associated-with-adverse-outcome
#6
Frederik Helsen, Bert Vandenberk, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Els Troost, Marc Gewillig, Bart Meyns, Rik Willems, Werner Budts
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if development of fragmented QRS (fQRS) complexes, a marker of inhomogeneous ventricular activation due to myocardial fibrosis, is associated with adverse outcome in adults after Mustard/Senning repair for d-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA). METHODS: Adults with atrial switch repair for d-TGA were selected from the database of a tertiary care hospital. Exclusion criteria were systemic right ventricular (RV) assist device or heart transplantation (HTx) before the age of 16, or fQRS already present at first visit to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinic...
February 9, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169950/update-about-atrial-fibrillation-genetics
#7
Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Oscar Campuzano, Ramon Brugada
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Atrial fibrillation is an important cause of morbidity in the aging population. The mechanisms responsible for the triggering and maintenance of the chaotic atrial rhythm are still poorly understood. In this review, we will focus on the genetic aspects of atrial fibrillation, to understand causality, with special emphasis on recent studies published in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Diseases such as hypertension, valvular heart disease, and heart failure may induce atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke and sudden cardiac death...
February 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155995/sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-reversible-phenomenon
#8
REVIEW
Larry R Jackson Ii, Bharath Rathakrishnan, Kristen Campbell, Kevin L Thomas, Jonathan P Piccini, Tristram Bahnson, Jonathan A Stiber, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic sinus node dysfunction (SND) consists of a variety of manifestations including tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is commonly associated with SND, which complicates the management of both conditions. This paper reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical trial data investigating therapeutic approaches for treatment of patients with both SND and AF. METHODS: The authors reviewed articles published in English describing the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic approaches for patients with SND and AF...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150280/galectin-3-is-associated-with-coronary-plaque-burden-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-severity
#9
Hamdi Pusuroglu, Umut Somuncu, Ismail Bolat, Ozgur Akgul, Vesile Ornek, Hayriye Ak Yıldırım, Emre Akkaya, Huseyin Karakurt, Aydın Yıldırım, Ayfer Utku Savaş
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is reported to be associated with hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. Galectin-3 plays an important role in the regulation of inflammation, development of cardiac fibrosis and remodeling. A significant relationship between galectin-3 and the total number of coronary plaques and the macrocalcified plaque structures of patients with type 2 DM has been reported. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between galectin-3 level and coronary plaque burden as well as OSAS severity in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome...
February 2, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148779/adverse-left-ventricular-remodeling-by-glycoprotein-nonmetastatic-melanoma-protein-b-in-myocardial-infarction
#10
Anne Järve, Silke Mühlstedt, Fatimunnisa Qadri, Bernadette Nickl, Herbert Schulz, Norbert Hübner, Cemil Özcelik, Michael Bader
Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death. Available treatment approaches are not sufficient to reverse persistent cardiac damage after injury; thus, the search for new therapeutic targets is essential. Our microarray-based screening in rat hearts 24 h after myocardial infarction (MI) yielded glycoprotein nonmetastatic melanoma protein B (GPNMB), which is known to be involved in inflammation and fibrosis after tissue injury. However, its role in the heart was elusive. We found increased cardiac expression levels of GPNMB in rats and mice after MI...
February 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127812/the-impact-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-level-on-outcome-after-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Hideyuki Kishima, Takanao Mine, Satoshi Takahashi, Kenki Ashida, Masaharu Ishihara, Tohru Masuyama
INTRODUCTION: Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1 ) is an important factor that induces atrial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to evaluated the association between TGF-β1 level and clinical factors before catheter ablation (CA), and to investigated the impact of TGF-β1 level on the outcome after CA for AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: This prospective study included 151 patients (persistent AF [PeAF] group: n = 59, paroxysmal AF [PAF] group: n = 54, control group, n = 38)...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109316/adenosine-induced-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-structurally-normal-heart-a-case-report
#12
Christopher A Rajkumar, Norman Qureshi, Fu Siong Ng, Vasileios F Panoulas, Phang Boon Lim
BACKGROUND: Adenosine is the first-line pharmacotherapy for termination of supraventricular tachycardia through its action on the atrioventricular node. However, pro-arrhythmic effects of adenosine are also recognised, most notably in the presence of pre-excited atrial fibrillation. In this case report, we describe the induction of ventricular fibrillation in a patient with no demonstrable accessory pathway, nor any other structural heart disease. This rare, idiosyncratic reaction has never previously been reported and is of relevance given the widespread and routine use of adenosine in clinical practice...
January 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106017/relationship-between-serum-osteopontin-level-and-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation
#13
Hacı Murat Güneş, Gamze Babur Güler, Ekrem Güler, Gültekin Günhan Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak Yılmaz, Mehmet Onur Omaygenç, Ayşe İstanbullu Tosun, Taylan Akgün, Bilal Boztosun, Fethi Kılıçarslan
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrosis augments recurrence rate following AF catheter ablation. Osteopontin is a multifunctional molecule involved in several pathophysiological pathways, including fibrosis. Presently described is investigation of relationship between serum osteopontin level and AF recurrence after AF cryoablation. METHODS: The study was designed to be prospective and observational; 60 patients with paroxysmal (n=47) and persistent (n=13) AF were included...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091404/left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-aortic-stiffness-in-middle-aged-patients-with-the-first-episode-of-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Alev Kilicgedik, Suleyman Ç Efe, Ahmet S Gürbüz, Emrah Acar, Mehmet F Yılmaz, Aslan Erdoğan, Gökhan Kahveci, Ibrahim A Izgi, Cevat Kirma
BACKGROUND: In the early stages of atrial remodeling, aortic stiffness might be an indication of an atrial myopathy, in particular, atrial fibrosis. This study aimed to investigate the association between left atrial (LA) mechanical function, assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, and aortic stiffness in middle-aged patients with the first episode of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This prospective study included 34 consecutive patients with the first episode of AF, who were admitted to Kartal Koşuyolu Research and Training Hospital between May 2013 and October 2015, and 31 age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087602/novel-application-of-3d-contrast-enhanced-cmr-to-define-fibrotic-structure-of-the-human-sinoatrial-node-in-vivo
#15
Thomas A Csepe, Jichao Zhao, Lidiya V Sul, Yufeng Wang, Brian J Hansen, Ning Li, Anthony J Ignozzi, Anna Bratasz, Kimerly A Powell, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen, John D Hummel, Orlando P Simonetti, Vadim V Fedorov
AIMS: The adult human sinoatrial node (SAN) has a specialized fibrotic intramural structure (35-55% fibrotic tissue) that provides mechanical and electrical protection from the surrounding atria. We hypothesize that late gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) can be applied to define the fibrotic human SAN structure in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: LGE-CMR atrial scans of healthy volunteers (n olu, 23-52 y.o.) using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system with a spatial resolution of 1...
January 13, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079145/galectin-3-as-a-marker-of-interstitial-atrial-remodelling-involved-in-atrial-fibrillation
#16
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/28075624/use-of-preprocedural-mdct-for-cardiac-implantable-electric-device-lead-extraction-frequency-of-findings-that-change-management
#17
Wendy L Ehieli, Daniel T Boll, Daniele Marin, Robert Lewis, Jonathan P Piccini, Lynne M Hurwitz
OBJECTIVE: Five percent of cardiac implantable electric devices (CIEDs) are removed each year. Percutaneous extraction is preferred but can be complicated if the leads adhere to the vasculature or perforate. The goal of this study is to assess the frequency of findings on dedicated MDCT that alter preprocedural planning for percutaneous CIED extraction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred patients with CIEDs who underwent MDCT before percutaneous lead extraction were analyzed...
January 11, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064364/significance-of-right-atrial-tension-for-the-development-of-complications-in-patients-after-atriopulmonary-connection-fontan-procedure-potential-indicator-for-fontan-conversion
#18
Gaku Izumi, Hideaki Senzaki, Atsuhito Takeda, Hirokuni Yamazawa, Kohta Takei, Takuo Furukawa, Kei Inai, Tokuko Shinohara, Toshio Nakanishi
Elevated right atrial (RA) pressure and progressive RA dilation are thought to play pivotal roles in the development of late complications after atriopulmonary connection (APC) Fontan surgery. However, no clear cut-off value for RA pressure or RA volume has been determined for stratifying the risk of developing Fontan complications. We hypothesized that RA tension, which incorporates information about both RA pressure and volume, might help predict the risk of developing complications. We retrospectively studied 51 consecutive APC Fontan patients (median postoperative period 14 years)...
January 7, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062142/aldosterone-pathway-blockade-to-prevent-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
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...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057790/novel-risk-markers-and-risk-assessments-for-cardiovascular-disease
#20
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
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