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Serdar Demir, Abdulkadir Uslu, Ahmet Guner, Sabahattin Gunduz, Muzaffer Kahyaoglu, Ayhan Kup, Mehmet Celik, Ozge Akgun, Munevver Sarı, Taylan Akgun
Malignant ventricular arrhythmias are challenging to manage, requiring a multidisciplinary approach. The mechanism, which triggers ventricular fibrillation (VF) associated with ventricular extrasystoles has not been clarified yet, however, abolishing ventricular extrasystoles may stop ventricular fibrillation in these patients. By this case presentation, we aimed to present a successful treatment of an electrical storm (ES), which developed after an acute myocardial infarction, by catheter ablation.
February 24, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Gabriele Dell'Era, Matteo Ziacchi, Eleonora Prenna, Igor Diemberger, Marco Varalda, Cristian Martignani, Federico Guerra, Mauro Biffi, Eraldo Occhetta
BACKGROUND: The management of patients explanted for implantable defibrillator (ICD) infections may be complex when anti-bradycardia pacing and tachyarrhythmia protection are needed. We aimed to test the efficacy and safety of a conventional ICD externally connected to a transvenous dual-coil lead as bridging therapy before the re-implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled seven patients explanted for ICD infections and needing prolonged antibiotic therapy in two high-volume hospitals in Italy and treated them with a passive can external ICD for a mean of 13 (4-30) days before re-implant...
March 8, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Michele Ochsner, Elizabeth G Marshall, Daniel Lefkowitz
BACKGROUND: Given predictions that climate change will lead to an increase in severe storms, it is important to more fully understand the risks experienced by workers charged with the cleanup and removal of storm damaged trees. These hazards have received little attention in the occupational safety and health literature. METHODS: This paper is based on semi-structured interviews with 23 stakeholders involved in the Hurricane Sandy cleanup effort. RESULTS: Interview participants identified at risk sectors, gaps in training and preparedness, and raised particular concerns about storm downed trees, electrical hazards, and fatigue and suggested steps to reduce these hazards...
March 8, 2018: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Brody Wehman, Michael Mazzeffi, Robert Chow, A Claire Watkins, Brittany Aicher, Si Pham, Whitney Burrows, Bradley Taylor
We report a patient with refractory electrical storm after coronary artery bypass grafting who was successfully treated with thoracoscopic sympathectomy. Cardiac arrest with ventricular tachycardia occurred on postoperative day 2, and the patient required emergency support with venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Frequent episodes of ventricular tachycardia prevented cardiac recovery and weaning from mechanical circulatory support. A percutaneous left stellate ganglion block initially demonstrated successful prevention of ventricular tachycardia, and definitive sympathetic denervation was achieved by a left thoracoscopic sympathectomy...
March 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Dominik Linz, Mathias Hohl, Adrian D Elliott, Dennis H Lau, Felix Mahfoud, Murray D Esler, Prashanthan Sanders, Michael Böhm
Renal afferent and efferent sympathetic nerves are involved in the regulation of blood pressure and have a pathophysiological role in hypertension. Additionally, several conditions that frequently coexist with hypertension, such as heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, renal dysfunction, and metabolic syndrome, demonstrate enhanced sympathetic activity. Renal denervation (RDN) is an approach to reduce renal and whole body sympathetic activation. Experimental models indicate that RDN has the potential to lower blood pressure and prevent cardio-renal remodeling in chronic diseases associated with enhanced sympathetic activation...
February 10, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Takashi Noda, Takashi Kurita, Takashi Nitta, Yasutaka Chiba, Hiroshi Furushima, Naoki Matsumoto, Takeshi Toyoshima, Akihiko Shimizu, Hideo Mitamura, Ken Okumura, Tohru Ohe, Yoshifusa Aizawa
BACKGROUND: Electrical storm (E-Storm), defined as multiple episodes of ventricular arrhythmias within a short period of time, is an important clinical problem in patients with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) including cardiac resynchronization therapy devices capable of defibrillation. The detailed clinical aspects of E-Storm in large populations especially for non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), however, remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to elucidate the detailed clinical aspects of E-Storm, such as its predictors and prevalence among patients with structural heart disease including DCM...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Yukiomi Tsuji, Dobromir Dobrev
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March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Alexander Fürnkranz, Hisaki Makimoto
Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia: Frequent monomorphic premature ventricular contractions or non-sustained ventricular tachycardia without underlying structural heart disease is not a rare condition and may cause significant symptoms. A subgroup of patients develops IVT-associated cardiomyopathy. Current ESC guidelines recommend primary catheter ablation in symptomatic patients with right ventricular outflow tract IVT. Catheter ablation is also recommended in symptomatic patients with a left ventricular outflow tract (or other rare) origin, if antiarrhythmic drugs are ineffective or not desired...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Lourdes Vicent, Miriam Juárez, Irene Martín, Jorge García, Hugo González-Saldívar, Vanesa Bruña, Carolina Devesa, Iago Sousa-Casasnovas, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Manuel Martínez-Sellés
OBJECTIVES: Sacubitril/valsartan was approved recently for the treatment of patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. We present 6 cases of ventricular arrhythmia, that occurred shortly after sacubitril/valsartan initiation, that required drug withdrawal. Other potential triggering factors of electrical storm were ruled out and, from the arrhythmic perspective, all of the patients were stable in the previous year. Our aim is to describe the possible association of sacubitril/valsartan with arrhythmic storm...
2018: Cardiology
Advithi Rangaraju, Shuba Krishnan, G Aparna, Satish Sankaran, Ashraf U Mannan, B Hygriv Rao
Electrical storm (ES) is a life threatening clinical situation. Though a few clinical pointers exist, the occurrence of ES in a patient with remote myocardial infarction (MI) is generally unpredictable. Genetic markers for this entity have not been studied. In the present study, we carried out genetic screening in patients with remote myocardial infarction presenting with ES by next generation sequencing and identified 25 rare variants in 19 genes predominantly in RYR2, SCN5A, KCNJ11, KCNE1 and KCNH2, CACNA1B, CACNA1C, CACNA1D and desmosomal genes - DSP and DSG2 that could potentially be implicated in electrical storm...
January 30, 2018: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Dirk Prochnau, Matthias Hoyme
Electrical storm (ES) represents a critical state of electrical instability. We describe a patient with coronary artery disease, mechanical aortic valve replacement, and reduced left ventricular function with recurrent ICD shocks. Despite medical treatment with beta-blocker and amiodarone, and after successful ablation of different VT morphologies in combination with substrate modification, ES could not be controlled. We performed renal denervation (RDN) to reduce arrhythmic burden. Thereafter, patient remained free from sustained and non-sustained VTs at 6-month follow-up...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
M Cecilia Gonzalez Corcia, Juan Sieira, Gudrun Pappaert, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian Battista Chierchia, Mark La Meir, Andrea Sarkozy, Pedro Brugada
BACKGROUND: Young patients presenting with symptomatic Brugada syndrome have very high risks for ventricular arrhythmias and should be carefully considered for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement. However, this therapy is associated with high rates of inappropriate shocks and device-related complications. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated clinical features, management, and long-term follow-up of young patients with Brugada syndrome and ICD. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with Brugada syndrome, who underwent implantation of an ICD at an age of ≤20 years, were studied...
January 16, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Santiago Montero, Nadia Aissaoui, Jean-Marc Tadié, Philippe Bizouarn, Vincent Scherrer, Romain Persichini, Clément Delmas, Florence Rolle, Emmanuel Besnier, Alexandre Le Guyader, Alain Combes, Matthieu Schmidt
AIMS: Giant-cell myocarditis (GCM) is a rare and often fatal form of myocarditis. Only a few reports have focused on fulminant forms. We describe the clinical characteristics, management and outcomes of GCM patients rescued by mechanical circulatory support (MCS). METHODS AND RESULTS: The clinical features, diagnoses, treatments and outcomes of MCS-treated patients in refractory cardiogenic shock secondary to fulminant GCM admitted to eight French intensive care units (2002-2016) were analysed...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Tatiana Guimarães, Miguel Nobre Menezes, Diogo Cruz, Sónia do Vale, Armando Bordalo, Arminda Veiga, Fausto J Pinto, Dulce Brito
Hypercalcemia is a known cause of heart rhythm disorders, however its association with ventricular arrhythmias is rare. The authors present a case of a fifty-three years old male patient with a ischemic and ethanolic dilated cardiomyopathy, and severely reduced ejection fraction, carrier of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), admitted in the emergency department with an electrical storm, with multiple appropriated ICD shocks, refractory to antiarrhythmic therapy. In the etiological investigation was documented severe hypercalcemia secondary to primary hyperparathyroidism undiagnosed until then...
December 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Jerome Corre, François Picard, Rodrigue Garcia, Adlane Zemmoura, Nicolas Derval, Arnaud Denis, Antoine Romen, Karine Nubret, Pierre Jais, Michel Haissaguerre, Pierre Dos Santos, Laurent Barandon, Frederic Sacher
BACKGROUND: Ventricular arrhythmia is common after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, especially in the early postoperative phase (<30 days). AIM: To identify the incidence of and risk factors for electrical storm (ES) occurring within 30 days of HeartMate®  II implantation. METHODS: We reviewed data from all consecutive patients undergoing HeartMate® II device implantation at our institution from January 2008 to December 2014...
December 4, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Sofia Chatzidou, Evangelos Repasos, Sotiris Plastiras, Christos Kontogiannis, Marinos Kosmopoulos, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Ioannis Paraskevaidis, Stelios Rokas
Early repolarization syndrome (ERS) was originally considered a normal variant with benign outcome. However, recent studies have demonstrated that it can be linked to a considerable risk of life-threatening arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. We report a case with an extraordinary, extremely malignant clinical expression of ERS refractory to all antiarrhythmic drugs including quinidine. This case demonstrates real-time changes of dynamic electrocardiogram (ECG) preceding a polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT)-ventricular fibrillation (VF) and possible external factors triggering arrhythmia onset...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
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Living in rural Maine, Jeffrey Hall's own rhythm has been thrown upside down after he received a very unexpected call one morning on the award of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Together with Michael Rosbash and Mike Young, they were recognized "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm." Cell editor Marta Koch caught up with Jeff on a calm Sunday morning, when electricity at his house had just returned after recent storms. Annotated excerpts from their chat about behavior, misbehavior, and the challenges and joys of working with fruit flies, are presented below...
November 30, 2017: Cell
Ricardo Teixeira Leal, Gabriel Costa Monteiro, Antônio da Silva Menezes Júnior
BACKGROUND: The incidence of electrical storm (ES) has been increasing with the rise of the indicated uses of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). It is estimated that 20% of patients will evolve to have this complication. Ablative therapy stands out as the treatment for this condition when it is refractory to antiarrhythmic treatment. The objective was to define the current role of catheter ablation in the treatment of electrical storm. METHODS: An integrative literature review was performed using the PubMed and BVS databases...
September 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Rajesh Singh, Ajeet K Maurya, Olivier Chanrion, Torsten Neubert, Steven A Cummer, Janusz Mlynarczyk, Morris B Cohen, Devendraa Siingh, Sushil Kumar
Gigantic Jets are electric discharges from thunderstorm cloud tops to the bottom of ionosphere at ~90 km altitude and electrically connect the troposphere and lower ionosphere. Since their first report in 2002, sporadic observations have been reported from ground and space based observations. Here we report first observations of Gigantic Jets in Indian subcontinent over the Indo-Gangetic plains during the monsoon season. Two storms each produced two jets with characteristics not documented so far. Jets propagated ~37 km up remarkably in ~5 ms with velocity of ~7...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Charles Antzelevitch, Sami Viskin
The substrate for both early repolarization syndrome (ERS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS), the so-called J wave syndromes, has been shown to develop as a consequence of genetic variants causing a loss of function of inward currents such sodium (INa ) and calcium (ICa ) channel currents or a gain of function in outward currents such as the transient outward current (Ito ). These changes in ion channel function result in an outward shift of the balance of currents active during the early phases of the epicardial action potential in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of the heart in the case BrS and in the inferior left ventricle in the case of ERS...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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