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Sahan P Semasinghe Bandaralage, Selvanayagam Nirthanan, Selvanayagam Niranjan
Despite proven effectiveness in treating tachyarrhythmias, sotalol is proarrhythmic and can cause torsades de pointes. Given the emergence of studies that show no benefit from rhythm control strategies in managing atrial fibrillation, as well as the introduction of nonpharmacological approaches to treating arrhythmias, we felt it necessary to ascertain if there was any role for sotalol given its side effects. Review of the literature regarding sotalol use in the prevention and treatment of supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias seems to show that more effective and safer agents and nonpharmacological alternatives are currently available...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
Juliana Filgueiras Medeiros, Fábio Martins Nardo-Botelho, Lara Cristina Felix-Bernardes, Lucas Hollanda-Oliveira, Lucas Bassolli de Oliveira-Alves, Ênia Lúcia-Coutinho, Cristiano Dietrich, Adriano Caixeta, Jose Marconi Almeida-de-Sousa, Ântonio Carlos-Carvalho, Cláudio Cirenza, Ângelo Amato Vicenzo-de-Paola
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is the most common form of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) whose diagnosis can be strongly suspected based on the surface eletrocardiogram alone. The purpose of this study is to determine the diagnostic accuracy of several electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria for the prediction of AVNRT. METHODS: Between November 2010 and January 2014, a total of 256 patients who underwent electrophysiological testing (EP) with regular, paroxysmal and narrow QRS complex tachycardia were prospectively enrolled...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
V Mendes, C Diguisto, J Poinsot, F Perrotin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Priccila Zuchinali, Gabriela C Souza, Maurício Pimentel, Diego Chemello, André Zimerman, Vanessa Giaretta, Joyce Salamoni, Bianca Fracasso, Leandro I Zimerman, Luis E Rohde
Importance: The presumed proarrhythmic action of caffeine is controversial. Few studies have assessed the effect of high doses of caffeine in patients with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction at high risk for ventricular arrhythmias. Objective: To compare the effect of high-dose caffeine or placebo on the frequency of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, both at rest and during a symptom-limited exercise test. Design, Setting, and Participants: Double-blinded randomized clinical trial with a crossover design conducted at the heart failure and cardiac transplant clinic of a tertiary-care university hospital...
October 17, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
S Gibiino, A Trappoli, B Balzarro, A R Atti, D De Ronchi
A 71-year-old man developed coma with severe respiratory failure, hypotension, and tachycardia induced by the intentional ingestion of quetiapine fumarate extended release (XR) 20 g. At the time, he had been treated for bipolar depression with venlafaxine 75 mg/day, lamotrigine 100 mg/day, pregabalin 75 mg/day, and quetiapine XR 400 mg/day for approximately 1 year. Comorbidities were hypertension treated with metoprolol, diabetes mellitus type 2 treated with metformin, and benign prostatic hyperplasia treated with silodosin...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Alessandro Giamberti, Francesca R Pluchinotta, Massimo Chessa, Alessandro Varrica, Raffaele Vitale, Alessandro Frigiola, Carlo Pappone, Marco Ranucci
AIMS: Supraventricular arrhythmias are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Intraoperative ablation offers an alternative for patients who failed ablation procedures or are requiring concomitant surgical intervention. We present our long-term results with the surgical treatment of arrhythmias in adults with CHD (ACHD) undergoing elective cardiac surgery and the clinical predictors for arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2002 and 2013, 80 consecutive patients with CHD, mean age of 39 years, underwent intraoperative ablation with monopolar irrigated radiofrequency during cardiac surgery procedures...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
George A Carberry, Elisabetta Nocerino, Peter J Mason, Denise J Schwahn, Scott Hetzel, Alyssa M Turnquist, Fred T Lee, Christopher L Brace
Purpose To determine how close to the heart pulmonary microwave ablation can be performed without causing cardiac tissue injury or significant arrhythmia. Materials and Methods The study was performed with approval from the institutional animal care and use committee. Computed tomographic fluoroscopically guided microwave ablation of the lung was performed in 12 swine. Antennas were randomized to either parallel (180° ± 20°) or perpendicular (90° ± 20°) orientation relative to the heart surface and to distances of 0-10 mm from the heart...
October 12, 2016: Radiology
Sharma R S
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
M Braun, C Siauw, J Schirrmeister, J Wirbelauer
We report a male newborn who became symptomatic with supraventricular tachycardia on the first day of life. Neither adenosine nor electric cardioversion could terminate the tachycardia, therefore intravenous esmolol (β-receptor blocker) was initiated. Inspite of subsequent administration of various antiarrhythmic medications in increasingly higher doses, repeated supraventricular tachycardic episodes occurred. The electrocardiogram showed typical findings of a multifocal atrial tachycardia as the underlying cause...
October 10, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Sutapa Basu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
C Schwarzwald
Heart murmurs and arrhythmias are common in horses. Assessment of their clinical relevance concerning health, performance, safety and longevity of sports horses is of highest importance. A comprehensive cardiovascular examination is crucial for diagnosis and assessment of the severity of disease. Recently, an expert panel of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) developed a consensus statement containing recommendations for sports horses with heart disease...
October 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Anthony C Gordon, Gavin D Perkins, Mervyn Singer, Daniel F McAuley, Robert M L Orme, Shalini Santhakumaran, Alexina J Mason, Mary Cross, Farah Al-Beidh, Janis Best-Lane, David Brealey, Christopher L Nutt, James J McNamee, Henrik Reschreiter, Andrew Breen, Kathleen D Liu, Deborah Ashby
Background Levosimendan is a calcium-sensitizing drug with inotropic and other properties that may improve outcomes in patients with sepsis. Methods We conducted a double-blind, randomized clinical trial to investigate whether levosimendan reduces the severity of organ dysfunction in adults with sepsis. Patients were randomly assigned to receive a blinded infusion of levosimendan (at a dose of 0.05 to 0.2 μg per kilogram of body weight per minute) for 24 hours or placebo in addition to standard care. The primary outcome was the mean daily Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score in the intensive care unit up to day 28 (scores for each of five systems range from 0 to 4, with higher scores indicating more severe dysfunction; maximum score, 20)...
October 5, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Siegfried Lang, Uzair Ansari, Michael Behnes, Dennis Hillenbrand, Katja Schramm, Christian Fastner, Xiaobo Zhou, Verena Bill, Ursula Hoffmann, Theano Papavassiliu, Elif Elmas, Darius Haghi, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
AIMS: Previous studies revealed that patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) have a higher mortality rate than the general population. Supraventricular tachycardia is a well-known complication of TTC. This study was performed to determine the short- and long-term prognostic impact of atrial fibrillation associated with TTC patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our institutional database constituted a collective of 114 patients diagnosed with TTC from 2003 to 2015...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Eduardo Verde, Armando Pérez de Prado, Juan M López-Gómez, Borja Quiroga, Marian Goicoechea, Ana García-Prieto, Esther Torres, Javier Reque, José Luño
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Supraventricular arrhythmias are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, this condition has received little attention in patients on hemodialysis. The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence of intradialysis supraventricular arrhythmia and its long-term prognostic value. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We designed an observational and prospective study in a cohort of patients on hemodialysis with a 10-year follow-up period...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Emilia Szafran, Artur Baszko, Anna Bukowska-Posadzy, Tomasz Moszura, Bożena Werner, Aldona Siwińska, Maciej Banach, Jarosław Walkowiak, Waldemar Bobkowski
INTRODUCTION: There are only a few available studies evaluating quality of life (QoL) in pediatric patients with cardiac arrhythmia. The aim of the study was to evaluate medical and psychological parameters of the QoL in children with a diagnosed supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVT) and to compare the obtained data with a group of healthy children (HC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Inclusion criteria: children aged 7-18 with SVT, treated at Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Department of Pediatric Cardiology...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Antonello D'Andrea, Eduardo Bossone, Juri Radmilovic, Lucia Riegler, Enrica Pezzullo, Raffaella Scarafile, Maria Giovanna Russo, Maurizio Galderisi, Raffaele Calabrò
Cardiac changes in athletes involve the left ventricle and atrium. Mild left atrial enlargement is common among competitive athletes, possibly a physiologic adaptation to exercise conditioning. The prevalence of this remodeling and the association with supraventricular arrhythmias has not been systematically addressed. Echocardiography screens for patients with disease involving the left atrium. New techniques like speckle tracking can recognize early atrial dysfunction and assess left atrial myocardial function in patients with either physiologic or pathologic left ventricular hypertrophy...
November 2016: Cardiology Clinics
L Y Qian, H Zou, X D Che, L H Wang, X X Cen, Q Xu, B M Qu
Objective: To compare the therapeutic efficiency and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia (PSVT) guided by three-dimensional navigation with X-ray. Methods: One hundred and seventy-six patients with PSVT hospitalized in Department of Cardiology, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital between January 2013 and December 2014 were enrolled in this study. RFCA was performed on 95 patients (Group A) guided by the three dimensional electric-field navigation system (NavX) and the procedures were done with the spatial localization method, unless X-ray was needed in some cases...
September 20, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Patricia E Thomas, Scott L Macicek
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has been used to manage supraventricular arrhythmia in children since 1990. This article reviews the history of catheter ablation used to treat arrhythmia in children and discusses new frontiers in the field. We also address ablation in adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease (CHD) that was diagnosed and initially treated in childhood. METHODS: We conducted an evidence-based literature review to gather available data on ablation for supraventricular tachycardia in children and adult patients with CHD...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Wesley T O'Neal, Elsayed Z Soliman, Jimmy T Efird, Suzanne E Judd, Virginia J Howard, George Howard, Leslie A McClure
Several reports have suggested that particulate matter (PM) exposure increases the risk for atrial arrhythmias. However, data from large-scale epidemiologic studies supporting this hypothesis are lacking. We examined the association of PM <2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5) concentration with premature atrial contractions (PACs) in 26,609 (mean age=65±9.4 years; 55% female; 41% black) participants from the REGARDS (REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke) study. Estimates of short- (2 weeks) and long-term (1 year) PM2...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
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