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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088306/ventricular-fibrillation-occurring-after-atrioventricular-node-ablation-despite-minimal-difference-between-pre-and-post-ablation-heart-rates
#1
F Squara, G Theodore, D Scarlatti, E Ferrari
We report the case of an 82-year-old man presenting with ventricular fibrillation (VF) occurring acutely after atrioventricular node (AVN) ablation. This patient had severe valvular cardiomyopathy, chronic atrial fibrillation (AF), and underwent prior to the AVN ablation a biventricular implantable cardiac defibrillator positioning. The VF was successfully cardioverted with one external electrical shock. What makes this presentation original is that the pre-ablation spontaneous heart rate in AF was slow (84 bpm), and that VF occurred after ablation despite a minimal heart rate drop of only 14 bpm...
January 11, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080919/restrictive-cardiomyopathy-and-secondary-congestive-heart-failure-in-a-mcdowell-s-carpet-python-morelia-spilota-mcdowelli
#2
Lionel Schilliger, Valérie Chetboul, Cécile Damoiseaux, Alexandra Nicolier
Echocardiography is an established and noninvasive diagnostic tool used in herpetologic cardiology. Various cardiac lesions have been previously described in reptiles with the exception of restrictive cardiomyopathy. In this case report, restrictive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure associated with left atrial and sinus venosus dilation were diagnosed in a 2-yr-old captive lethargic McDowell's carpet python ( Morelia spilota mcdowelli), based on echocardiographic, Doppler, and histopathologic examinations...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079110/left-ventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-cardiac-neuromuscular-and-genetic-factors
#3
REVIEW
Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger, Jeffrey A Towbin
Left ventricular hypertrabeculation (LVHT) or noncompaction is a myocardial abnormality of unknown aetiology, frequently associated with monogenic disorders, particularly neuromuscular disorders, or with chromosomal defects. LVHT is diagnosed usually by echocardiography by the presence of a bilayered myocardium consisting of a thick, spongy, noncompacted endocardial layer and a thin, compacted, epicardial layer. The pathogenesis of LVHT is unsolved, and the diagnostic criteria, prognosis, and optimal treatment of patients with LVHT are under debate...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056232/-analysis-of-cardiac-troponin-c-gene-tnnc1-c-g175c-mutation-in-a-chinese-pedigree-with-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-the-correlation-between-genotype-and-phenotype
#4
X B Xing, F S Liu, F Wang, L Song, W N Zhao, J Liu, K C Zhang, Y Z Zhu, X F Shang, R Li, Y Liang
Objective: To investigate the genotype-phenotype correlation in Chinese familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM )focusing on the cardiac troponin C gene TNNC1 c. G175C mutation. Methods: All family members of a Chinese pedigree with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy admitted in Third People's Hospital of Qingdao in February 2005 and 200 healthy volunteers were included in this study. The coding exons of 30 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated genes were identified by whole exons amplification and high-throughput sequencing in the proband, and the identified mutation were further detected through bi-directional Sanger sequencing in all family members and 200 healthy volunteers...
December 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056230/-prevalence-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy-a-case-control-study
#5
X Wu, H Cui, M H Xiao, J Lu, C S Zhu, S Y Wang, X H Huang
Objective: To explore the clinical characteristics and risk factors of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). Methods: A total of 301 patients admitted in Fuwai Hospital and diagnosed with HOCM were included in our study. Incidence rate and severity of PH were depicted. The study population was divided into two groups (PH group and control group), and the differences in clinical profile were elucidated. Risk factors of PH in patients with HOCM were assessed by multivariate logistic regression analysis...
December 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039126/are-olympic-athletes-free-from-cardiovascular-diseases-systematic-investigation-in-2352-participants-from-athens-2004-to-sochi-2014
#6
Antonio Pelliccia, Paolo Emilio Adami, Filippo Quattrini, Maria Rosaria Squeo, Stefano Caselli, Luisa Verdile, Viviana Maestrini, Fernando Di Paolo, Cataldo Pisicchio, Roberto Ciardo, Antonio Spataro
CONTEXT: Olympic athletes represent model of success in our society, by enduring strenuous conditioning programmes and achieving astonishing performances. They also raise scientific and clinical interest, with regard to medical care and prevalence of cardiovascular (CV) abnormalities. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the prevalence and type of CV abnormalities in this selected athlete's cohort. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 2352 Olympic athletes, mean age 25±6, 64% men, competing in 31 summer or 15 winter sports, were examined with history, physical examination, 12-lead and exercise ECG and echocardiography...
December 30, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029361/comparison-of-outcomes-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-reduced-versus-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#7
Mina M Benjamin, Ashish Chaddha, Emmanuel Sampene, Michael E Field, Peter S Rahko
Patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) and a rapid ventricular response may present with a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). We compared long-term outcomes of these patients with those with preserved LVEF. This retrospective cohort study included 385 consecutive adults with newly diagnosed AF with rapid ventricular response, presenting to a single medical center from January 2006 to August 2014. Patients with a history of coronary artery disease or known cardiomyopathy were excluded...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011840/cardiac-mri-anatomy-and-function-as-a-substrate-for-arrhythmias
#8
Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Anna Baritussi, Angelo Auricchio
The use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has been implemented in the diagnostic work-up of patients with cardiomyopathies by providing an accurate assessment of biventricular volumes and function and a detailed myocardial tissue characterization in a one-stop-shop multi-parametric imaging technique. Its unique capability to perform an accurate tissue characterization of the myocardium, which is superior to other imaging modalities, has prompt its use in the analysis of myocardial arrhythmic substrates and in the prognostic risk stratification of patients...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011759/-end-stage-heart-failure-therapy-potential-lessons-from-congenital-heart-disease-from-pulmonary-artery-banding-and-interatrial-communication-to-parallel-circulation
#9
REVIEW
Dietmar Schranz, Hakan Akintuerk, Norbert F Voelkel
The final therapy of 'end-stage heart failure' is orthotopic heart, lung or heart-lung transplantation. However, these options are not available for many patients worldwide. Therefore, novel therapeutical strategies are needed. Based on pathophysiological insights regarding (1) the long-term impact of an obstructive pulmonary outflow tract in neonates with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, (2) the importance of a restrictive versus a non-restrictive atrial septum in neonates born with a borderline left ventricle and (3) the significance of both, a patent foramen ovale and/or open ductus arteriosus for survival of newborns with persistent pulmonary hypertension, the current review introduces some therapeutical strategies that may be applicable to selected patients with heart failure...
December 23, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003648/cardiac-structural-remodeling-in-hypertensive-cardiomyopathy
#10
Si-Jia Sun, Jia-Lu Yao, Lang-Biao Xu, Qing Rui, Nan-Nan Zhang, Min Chen, Yu-Feng Jiang, Hua-Jia Yang, Ya-Feng Zhou
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which is a primary driver of morbidity and mortality, accounts for approximately half of all heart failure cases. Therefore, it is essential to develop preclinical animal models for HFpEF pharmacological treatment strategies. We created a porcine model of severe hypertension and hyperlipidemia by using a combination of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA, 100 mg kg(-1)), Western diet (WD) and angiotensin II infusion. Systolic blood pressure, echocardiography and invasive pressure-volume loop were assessed at baseline, 12 weeks and 18 weeks...
December 22, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993408/antithrombotic-treatment-and-characteristics-of-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-hospitalized-at-internal-medicine-departments-nonavasc-registry
#11
Alejandra Gullón, Carmen Suárez, Jesús Díez-Manglano, Francesc Formiga, José María Cepeda, Antonio Pose, Miguel Camafort, Jesús Castiella, Eduardo Rovira, José María Mostaza
BACKGROUND AND OBJETIVES: The prevalence of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) increases with the patient's age and is associated with high morbi-mortality rates. The main goal of this study was to describe the characteristics of hospitalized elderly patients with NVAF and to identify the clinical and functional factors which determine the use of different antithrombotic strategies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Observational, prospective, multicentre study carried out on patients with NVAF over the age of 75, who had been admitted for any medical condition to Internal Medicine departments...
December 16, 2016: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989789/very-high-rate-programming-in-primary-prevention-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-implanted-with-a-defibrillator-results-from-a-large-multicenter-controlled-study
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Nicolas Clementy, Farid Challal, Eloi Marijon, Serge Boveda, Pascal Defaye, Christophe Leclercq, Jean-Claude Deharo, Nicolas Sadoul, Didier Klug, Olivier Piot, Daniel Gras, Pierre Bordachar, Vincent Algalarrondo, Laurent Fauchier, Dominique Babuty
BACKGROUND: Programming implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) with a high-rate therapy strategy has proven to be effective in reducing shocks, and is associated with a reduced mortality. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the impact of a very-high-rate cutoff programming strategy on outcomes in patients with a primary indication for an ICD due to reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: Using data from the French multicenter DAI-PP registry, this cohort-controlled study compared outcomes in 500 patients programmed with a very-high-rate cutoff (VH-RATE group: monitor zone 170-219 beats per minute, VF zone ≥220 beats per minute with 13±4 detection intervals) with 1,500 matched control patients programmed with 1 or 2 therapy zone...
October 28, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980745/a-case-of-new-onset-cardiomyopathy-and-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-patient-receiving-ibrutinib-for-relapsed-mantle-cell-lymphoma
#13
Natalie Wallace, Ellice Wong, Dennis Cooper, Herta Chao
Ibrutinib is a first-in-class inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase, which is approved for use in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma, and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. Although ibrutinib has been linked to an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation, this is the first report of an association with nonischemic cardiomyopathy and ventricular arrhythmia.
December 2016: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974976/sinus-venosus-atrial-septal-defect-complicated-by-eisenmenger-syndrome-and-the-role-of-vasodilator-therapy
#14
Amornpol Anuwatworn, Maheedhar Gedela, Edgard Bendaly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Jimmy Yee, Richard Clark, Orvar Jonsson
Sinus venosus atrial septal defect is a rare congenital, interatrial communication defect at the junction of the right atrium and the vena cava. It accounts for 5-10% of cases of all atrial septal defects. Due to the rare prevalence and anatomical complexity, diagnosing sinus venous atrial septal defects poses clinical challenges which may delay diagnosis and treatment. Advanced cardiac imaging studies are useful tools to diagnose this clinical entity and to delineate the anatomy and any associated communications...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939050/impaired-left-atrial-function-in-fabry-disease-a-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
#15
Maxime Pichette, Karim Serri, Maude Pagé, Lu Zhao Di, Daniel G Bichet, Frédéric Poulin
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is characterized by the accumulation of sphingolipids in multiple organs, including the left atrium. It is uncertain if the left atrial (LA) reservoir, conduit, and contractile functions evaluated by speckle-tracking echocardiography are affected in Fabry cardiomyopathy and whether enzyme replacement therapy can improve LA function. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, LA strain, strain rates, and phasic LA volumes were studied in 50 patients with FD and compared with values in 50 healthy control subjects...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938454/cardiac-manifestations-of-congenital-lmna-related-muscular-dystrophy-in-children-three-case-reports-and-recommendations-for-care
#16
Felice Heller, Ivana Dabaj, Jean K Mah, Jean Bergounioux, Aben Essid, Carsten G Bönnemann, Anne Rutkowski, Gisèle Bonne, Susana Quijano-Roy, Karim Wahbi
Skeletal and cardiac muscle laminopathies, caused by mutations in the lamin A/C gene, have a clinical spectrum from congenital LMNA-related muscular dystrophy to later-onset Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, limb girdle muscular dystrophy, and dilated cardiomyopathy. Although cardiac involvement is observed at all ages, it has only been well described in adults. We present the evolution of cardiac disease in three children with congenital muscular dystrophy presentation of LMNA-related muscular dystrophy. In this series, atrial arrhythmia was the presenting cardiac finding in all three patients...
December 12, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931611/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-clinical-course-and-predictors-of-arrhythmic-risk
#17
Andrea Mazzanti, Kevin Ng, Alessandro Faragli, Riccardo Maragna, Elena Chiodaroli, Nicoletta Orphanou, Nicola Monteforte, Mirella Memmi, Patrick Gambelli, Valeria Novelli, Raffaella Bloise, Oronzo Catalano, Guido Moro, Valentina Tibollo, Massimo Morini, Riccardo Bellazzi, Carlo Napolitano, Vincenzo Bagnardi, Silvia G Priori
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death, but its progression over time and predictors of arrhythmias are still being defined. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe the clinical course of ARVC and occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmic events (LAE) and cardiovascular mortality; identify risk factors associated with increased LAE risk; and define the response to therapy. METHODS: We determined the clinical course of 301 consecutive patients with ARVC using the Kaplan-Meier method adjusted to avoid the bias of delayed entry...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931223/pattern-and-prognostic-value-of-cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease-a-comprehensive-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach
#18
Matthias Boentert, Anca Florian, Bianca Dräger, Peter Young, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the lysosomal α-1,4-glucosidase leading to accumulation of glycogen in target tissues with progressive organ failure. While the early infantile-onset form is characterized by early severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with cardiac and respiratory failure, clinically relevant cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon in patients with late-onset Pompe disease, and the prevalence and nature of myocardial abnormalities are still to be clarified...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#19
REVIEW
Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 30, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909515/myocardial-biopsy-in-idiopathic%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation-and-other-arrhythmias-nosological-diagnosis-clinical-and-morphological-parallels-and-treatment
#20
O V Blagova, A V Nedostup, E A Kogan, V A Sulimov, S A Abugov, A G Kupriyanova, V A Zaydenov, A E Donnikov, E V Zaklyazminskaya, E A Okisheva
BACKGROUND: The nosological nature of "idiopathic" arrhythmias and the effect of etiotropic and pathogenetic treatment are often unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: 19 patients (42.6±11.3 years, 9 women) with atrial fibrillation (n = 16), supraventricular (n = 10) and ventricular (n = 4) premature beats, supraventricular (n = 2) and ventricular tachycardia (n = 1), left bundle branch block (n= 2), AV block (n = 2) without structural heart changes. Viruses were identified (polymerase chain reaction, PCR) along with measurement of anti-heart antibodies (AHA) and endomyocardial biopsy (EMB)...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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