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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231318/effects-of-na-channel-blockers-on-the-restitution-of-refractory-period-conduction-time-and-excitation-wavelength-in-perfused-guinea-pig-heart
#1
Oleg E Osadchii
Na+ channel blockers flecainide and quinidine can increase propensity to ventricular tachyarrhythmia, whereas lidocaine and mexiletine are recognized as safe antiarrhythmics. Clinically, ventricular fibrillation is often precipitated by transient tachycardia that reduces action potential duration, suggesting that a critical shortening of the excitation wavelength (EW) may contribute to the arrhythmic substrate. This study examined whether different INa blockers can produce contrasting effects on the rate adaptation of the EW, which would explain the difference in their safety profile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229241/acquired-prolongation-of-qt-interval-as-a-risk-factor-for-torsade-de-pointes-ventricular-tachycardia-a-narrative-review-for-the-anesthesiologist-and-intensivist
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REVIEW
Arsen Uvelin, Jasmina Pejaković, Vesna Mijatović
More than 70% of intensive care unit (ICU) patients experience heart rhythm disturbances, and these patients have correspondingly higher mortality rates. Consequently, one of the standards of care in ICUs is continuous electrocardiography monitoring. One of the potentially preventable dysrhythmic events is the occurrence of torsade de pointes ventricular tachycardia in the setting of acquired prolonged QT interval. This type of ventricular tachycardia can be malignant because it often progresses to ventricular fibrillation...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227692/current-distribution-in-tissues-with-conducted-electrical-weapons-operated-in-drive-stun-mode
#3
Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave, Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave, Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave
INTRODUCTION: The TASER® conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is best known for delivering electrical pulses that can temporarily incapacitate subjects by overriding normal motor control. The alternative drive-stun mode is less understood and the goal of this paper is to analyze the distribution of currents in tissues when the CEW is operated in this mode. METHODS AND RESULTS: Finite element modeling (FEM) was used to approximate current density in tissues with boundary electrical sources placed 40 mm apart...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226990/validity-of-the-small-swine-model-for-human-electrical-safety-risks
#4
Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave
Small swine are the most common model now used for electrical safety studies. Because of the significant anatomical and electrophysiological differences and the effect of animal size on the ventricular fibrillation (VF) threshold, there are concerns that these differences may exaggerate the risks of electrical devices to humans. We chose, as an illustrative and relevant example, swine studies of the TASER(®) conducted electrical weapon (CEW) as it has numerous published VF studies. We reviewed the published electrical swine safety studies for CEWs and compared them to finite element modeling studies, electrical safety standards, and epidemiological experience from field usage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224871/-a-patient-with-severe-digoxin-toxicity
#5
K P van Rhee, R van Bentum, K van Keulen, M I Kuypers, M B Haak
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is frequently prescribed in atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Symptoms such as nausea, hyperkalaemia, cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac arrest are seen in digoxin toxicity. The treatment focuses on reduction of digoxin absorption, prevention of hypokalaemia and hyperkalaemia, treatment of symptoms and, in severe toxicity, administration of digoxin antibodies. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 73-year-old man with a history of extensive cardiac disease was seen 45 minutes after ingesting 20 mg of digoxin...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220232/targeted-temperature-management-after-intraoperative-cardiac-arrest-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
#6
Anne-Laure Constant, Nicolas Mongardon, Quentin Morelot, Nicolas Pichon, David Grimaldi, Lauriane Bordenave, Alexis Soummer, Bertrand Sauneuf, Sybille Merceron, Sylvie Ricome, Benoit Misset, Cedric Bruel, David Schnell, Julie Boisramé-Helms, Etienne Dubuisson, Jennifer Brunet, Sigismond Lasocki, Pierrick Cronier, Belaid Bouhemad, Serge Carreira, Emmanuelle Begot, Benoit Vandenbunder, Gilles Dhonneur, Philippe Jullien, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Claire Montlahuc, Stephane Legriel
PURPOSE: Few outcome data are available about temperature management after intraoperative cardiac arrest (IOCA). We describe targeted temperature management (TTM) (32-34 °C) modalities, adverse events, and association with 1-year functional outcome in patients with IOCA. METHODS: Patients admitted to 11 ICUs after IOCA in 2008-2013 were studied retrospectively. The main outcome measure was 1-year functional outcome. RESULTS: Of the 101 patients [35 women and 66 men; median age, 62 years (interquartile range, 42-72)], 68 (67...
February 20, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220073/enhanced-late-na-and-ca-currents-as-effective-antiarrhythmic-drug-targets
#7
REVIEW
Hrayr S Karagueuzian, Arash Pezhouman, Marina Angelini, Riccardo Olcese
While recent advances clarified the molecular and cellular modes of action of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs), their link to suppression of dynamical arrhythmia mechanisms remains only partially understood. The current classifications of AADs (Classes I, III, and IV) rely on blocking peak Na, K and L-type calcium currents (ICa,L), with Class II with dominant beta receptor blocking activity and Class V including drugs with diverse classes of actions. The discovery that the calcium and redox sensor, cardiac Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) enhances both the late Na (INa-L) and the late ICa,L in patients at high risk of VT/VF provided a new and a rational AAD target...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217927/hypertension-induced-remodelling-on-the-interactions-of-cardiac-risk-factors
#8
Jakub Tomek, Gil Bub
Hypertension induces considerable cardiac remodelling, such as hypertrophy, interstitial fibrosis, and abnormal activity of cardiac sympathetic nervous system, which are established risk factors in several highly dangerous heart diseases, such as ventricular fibrillation and congestive heart failure. All these risk factors and heart diseases are studied extensively in isolation, but to our knowledge, there is no comprehensive review of their interactions. At the same time, there is growing evidence suggesting that such interactions are numerous and that a successful therapy against a particular condition may have unexpectedly weak effects on mortality, as treated patients may die of a different cause exacerbated by the therapy...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217234/inappropriate-shocks-from-a-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-due-to-oversensing-during-periods-of-rate-related-bundle-branch-block
#9
Maria João Sousa, Tim Betts
The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is a novel technology with proven efficacy in sudden cardiac death prevention; however, there is a lack of long-term safety data. We describe the case of a 55-year-old female patient implanted with an S-ICD due to idiopathic ventricular fibrillation, who subsequently presented with inappropriate shocks leading to ventricular fibrillation that was successfully terminated by another shock. Inappropriate shocks were due to intermittent T wave oversensing during periods of rate-dependent right bundle branch block...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215591/the-effect-of-resuscitation-position-on-cerebral-and-coronary-perfusion-pressure-during-mechanical-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-porcine-cardiac-arrest-model
#10
Taeyun Kim, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Yong Joo Park, Hyun Ho Ryu, Guillaume Debaty, Keith Lurie, Ki Jeong Hong
OBJECTIVE: Automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) devices can be used during transport in a small spaces (e.g. an elevator) to reduce the length of stretcher and via body position change. It is unknown whether patient position is associated with the optimal cerebral (CePP) and coronary (CoPP) perfusion pressure. METHODS: This study utilized a randomized experimental design and anesthetized, intubated and paralyzed female pigs (n=12) (mean 42, SD 3kg) on a customized tilt table...
February 16, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214538/contemporary-animal-models-of-cardiac-arrest-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mikael Vognsen, Bjørn K Fabian-Jessing, Niels Secher, Bo Løfgren, Cameron Dezfulian, Lars W Andersen, Asger Granfeldt
AIM OF THE STUDY: Animal models are widely used in cardiac arrest research. This systematic review aimed to provide an overview of contemporary animal models of cardiac arrest. METHODS: Using a comprehensive research strategy, we searched PubMed and EMBASE from March 8, 2011 to March 8, 2016 for cardiac arrest animal models. Two investigators reviewed titles and abstracts for full text inclusions from which data were extracted according to pre-defined definitions...
February 15, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213506/role-of-apamin-sensitive-calcium-activated-small-conductance-potassium-currents-on-the-mechanisms-of-ventricular-fibrillation-in-pacing-induced-failing-rabbit-hearts
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Dechun Yin, Yu-Cheng Hsieh, Wei-Chung Tsai, Adonis Zhi-Yang Wu, Zhaolei Jiang, Yi-Hsin Chan, Dongzhu Xu, Na Yang, Changyu Shen, Zhenhui Chen, Shien-Fong Lin, Peng-Sheng Chen, Thomas H Everett
BACKGROUND: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) during heart failure is characterized by stable reentrant spiral waves (rotors). Apamin-sensitive small-conductance calcium-activated potassium currents (IKAS) are heterogeneously upregulated in failing hearts. We hypothesized that IKAS influences the location and stability of rotors during VF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Optical mapping was performed on 9 rabbit hearts with pacing-induced heart failure. The epicardial right ventricular and left ventricular surfaces were simultaneously mapped in a Langendorff preparation...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211185/a-comparison-of-goldmann-iii-v-and-spatially-equated-test-stimuli-in-visual-field-testing-the-importance-of-complete-and-partial-spatial-summation
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Jack Phu, Sieu K Khuu, Barbara Zangerl, Michael Kalloniatis
PURPOSE: Goldmann size V (GV) test stimuli are less variable with a greater dynamic range and have been proposed for measuring contrast sensitivity instead of size III (GIII). Since GIII and GV operate within partial summation, we hypothesise that actual GV (aGV) thresholds could predict GIII (pGIII) thresholds, facilitating comparisons between actual GIII (aGIII) thresholds with pGIII thresholds derived from smaller GV variances. We test the suitability of GV for detecting visual field (VF) loss in patients with early glaucoma, and examine eccentricity-dependent effects of number and depth of defects...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207659/evaluation-of-dti-parameter-ratios-and-diffusion-tensor-tractography-grading-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-prediction-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Kun Wang, Zhi Chen, Fan Zhang, Qingxin Song, Canglong Hou, Yixing Tang, Jun Wang, Shiyue Chen, Yun Bian, Qiang Hao, Hongxing Shen
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort. OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlations between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) ratios and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) grading with clinical symptoms and outcomes of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In addition to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography, DTI may be useful in understanding pathophysiology of spinal cord in earlier stages of the CSM but it may be confounded by age and cervical level, and previous studies had small sample sizes...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206671/surgery-for-cataracts-in-people-with-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
REVIEW
Heather Casparis, Kristina Lindsley, Irene C Kuo, Shameema Sikder, Neil M Bressler
BACKGROUND: Cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are common causes of decreased vision that often occur simultaneously in people over age 50. Although cataract surgery is an effective treatment for cataract-induced visual loss, some clinicians suspect that such an intervention may increase the risk of worsening of underlying AMD and thus have deleterious effects on vision. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of cataract surgery compared with no surgery in eyes with AMD...
February 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205216/the-diagnostic-value-of-quantitative-assessment-of-diatom-test-for-drowning-an-analysis-of-128-water-related-death-cases-using-microwave-digestion-vacuum-filtration-automated-scanning-electron-microscopy
#16
Jian Zhao, Chao Liu, Adham Sameer A Bardeesi, Yeda Wu, Yanbing Ma, Sunlin Hu, He Shi, Jianding Cheng
The value of diatom test for the diagnosis of drowning remains controversial. The conventional forensic diatom test with low sensitivity is not a useful tool to provide accurate information about diatom in the tissues and organs. To improve the sensitivity of the diatom test, we developed a novel method called the Microwave Digestion-Vacuum Filtration-Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy (MD-VF-Auto SEM) method which resulted in a high recovery of diatoms. In this article, we analyzed 128 water-related death cases...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202293/therapeutic-hypothermia-attenuates-brain-edema-in-a-pig-model-of-cardiac-arrest-possible-role-of-the-angiopoietin-tie-2-system
#17
Jiebin Li, ChunSheng Li, Wei Yuan, JunYuan Wu, Jie Li, ZhenHua Li, YongZhen Zhao
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to clarify whether therapeutic hypothermia protects against cerebral edema following cardiac arrest (CA) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a porcine model via regulating the angiopoietin-Tie-2 ligand-receptor system. METHODS: Male pigs were randomized into the therapeutic hypothermia group, the normothermia group or the sham control group. CA was induced in pigs by untreated ventricular fibrillation for 8min. Brain edema was determined by measuring the cerebral cortical water content at 24h after the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198788/high-rates-of-baseline-drug-resistance-and-virologic-failure-among-art-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-children-in-mali
#18
Claudia S Crowell, Almoustapha I Maiga, Mariam Sylla, Babafemi Taiwo, Niaboula Kone, Assaf P Oron, Robert L Murphy, Anne-Geneviève Marcelin, Ban Traore, Djeneba B Fofana, Gilles Peytavin, Ellen G Chadwick
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on drug resistance and antiretroviral treatment (ART) outcomes in HIV-1 infected children in West Africa. We determined the prevalence of baseline resistance and correlates of virologic failure (VF) in a cohort of ART naïve HIV-1 infected children <10 years of age initiating ART in Mali. METHODS: Reverse transcriptase and protease genes were sequenced at baseline (before ART) and at 6 months. Resistance was defined according to the Stanford HIV Genotypic Resistance database...
February 13, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196732/peripapillary-and-macular-vessel-density-in-patients-with-glaucoma-and-single-hemifield-visual-field-defect
#19
Adeleh Yarmohammadi, Linda M Zangwill, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Luke J Saunders, Min Hee Suh, Zhichao Wu, Patricia Isabel C Manalastas, Tadamichi Akagi, Felipe A Medeiros, Robert N Weinreb
PURPOSE: To compare hemifield differences in the vessel density of the peripapillary and macula in open-angle glaucoma eyes with visual field (VF) defect confined to one hemifield using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 58 eyes of 58 patients with glaucoma with VF loss confined to a single hemifield and 28 healthy eyes. METHODS: Retinal vasculature information was summarized as circumpapillary vessel density (cpVD) and perifoveal vessel density (pfVD)...
February 10, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193508/renal-sympathetic-stimulation-and-ablation-affect-ventricular-arrhythmia-by-modulating-autonomic-activity-in-a-cesium-induced-long-qt-canine-model
#20
Lilei Yu, Bing Huang, Xiaoya Zhou, Songyun Wang, Zhuo Wang, Menglong Wang, Xuefei Li, Liping Zhou, Guannan Meng, Shenxu Yuan, Yuhong Wang, Hong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies have shown that renal sympathetic stimulation (RS) may facilitate ischemic ventricular arrhythmia (VA) by increasing left stellate ganglion (LSG) nerve activity, while renal sympathetic ablation (RA) may suppress VA. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate whether renal sympathetic interventions could also affect VA by modulating LSG activity in a cesium-induced long QT canine model. METHODS: Twenty-four dogs were randomly divided into RS group (n=8), RA group (n=8), and control group (n=8)...
February 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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