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Surgical Cardiac Ablation

Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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
Patryk Kambakamba, John M Bonvini, Michael Glenck, Liliana Castrezana López, Thomas Pfammatter, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Michelle L DeOliveira
BACKGROUND: Irreversible electroporation is increasingly used for treatment of solid tumors, but safety data remain scarce. This study aimed to describe intraoperative adverse events associated with irreversible electroporation in patients undergoing solid tumor ablation. METHODS: We analyzed demographic and intraoperative data for patients (n = 43) undergoing irreversible electroporation for hepato-pancreato-biliary and retroperitoneal malignancies (2012 to 2015)...
October 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Hyung Yoon Kim, Shin Yi Jang, Ju Ryoung Moon, Eun Kyoung Kim, Sung A Chang, Jinyoung Song, June Huh, I Seok Kang, Ji Hyuk Yang, Tae Gook Jun, Seung Woo Park
The objectives of this study were to assess the clinical outcomes of adults with Ebstein Anomaly (EA) according to their treatment modalities. All adult EA patients diagnosed between October 1994 and October 2014 were retrospectively evaluated by medical record review. Total 60 patients were categorized into 3 groups according to their treatment strategy, i.e. non-operative treatment (Group I, n = 23), immediate operative treatment (Group II, n = 27), and delayed operative treatment (Group III, n = 10). A composite of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and factors associated with MACCE were assessed in each treatment group...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
R Liu, S B Qiao, F H Hu, W X Yang, J S Yuan, J G Cui
Objective: To observe the long-term prognosis and related outcome predictors for hypertrophic obstructive cadiomyopathy (HOCM) patients underwent alcohol septal ablation (ASA). Methods: A total of 227 consecutive patients(age: (47.8±11.7) years) treated by ASA from September 2005 to December 2013 in our hospital were included and followed-up for 4.42 years(range: ( 1.17-9.93) years). Follow up rate is 97.4%(221/227). General information, medical history, data of ASA and complications during hospitalization were obtained through access to medical records of patients...
September 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Hao Cao, Qi Zhang, Yanzhong He, Xiaodong Feng, Zhongmin Liu
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. METHODS: We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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
Mindy Vroomen, Laurent Pison
PURPOSE: Hybrid ablation for AF is performed in a growing number of centers. Due to absence of guidelines, operative approaches and perioperative care differ per center. In this review, an overview of findings from published studies on hybrid ablations is given, and related topics are discussed (e.g., one- and two-stage approaches, lesion sets, and patient management). METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in the PubMed and Embase databases. All identified articles were screened and checked for eligibility by the two authors...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Vinuta Mohan, Robert Lind
Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. If left untreated, patients may have multiple systemic complications such as cardiac, reproductive, and skeletal disease. Thionamides, such as methimazole and propylthiouracil, and I(131) iodine ablation are the most commonly prescribed treatment for Graves' disease. Total thyroidectomy is often overlooked for treatment and is usually only offered if the other options have failed. In our case, we discuss a patient who was admitted to our medical center with symptomatic hyperthyroidism secondary to long-standing Graves' disease...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Imran A Siddiqui, Eduardo L Latouche, Matthew R DeWitt, Jacob H Swet, Russell C Kirks, Erin H Baker, David A Iannitti, Dionisios Vrochides, Rafael V Davalos, Iain H McKillop
INTRODUCTION: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) offers an alternative to thermal tissue ablation in situ. High-frequency IRE (H-FIRE), employing ultra-short bipolar electrical pulses, may overcome limitations associated with existing IRE technology to create rapid, reproducible liver ablations in vivo. METHODS: IRE electrodes (1.5 cm spacing) were inserted into the hepatic parenchyma of swine (n = 3) under surgical anesthesia. In the absence of paralytics or cardiac synchronization five independent H-FIRE ablations were performed per liver using 100, 200, or 300 pulses (2250 V, 2-5-2 μs configuration)...
September 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Daniel A Gil, Luther M Swift, Huda Asfour, Narine Muselimyan, Marco A Mercader, Narine A Sarvazyan
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a widely used treatment for atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Here, we explore autofluorescence hyperspectral imaging (aHSI) as a method to visualize RFA lesions and interlesional gaps in the highly collagenous left atrium. RFA lesions made on the endocardial surface of freshly excised porcine left atrial tissue were illuminated by UV light (365 nm), and hyperspectral datacubes were acquired over the visible range (420-720 nm). Linear unmixing was used to delineate RFA lesions from surrounding tissue, and lesion diameters derived from unmixed component images were quantitatively compared to gross pathology...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Deborah Lamont, Deborah J Shuman
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence indicates the effectiveness of surgical ablation confined to the left atrium, especially with short duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) and smaller left atrial (LA) size. This study examined rhythm status and predictors of failure in this group of patients. METHODS: Of 800 patients who underwent concomitant surgical ablation (2005 to 2015), 110 had LA-only ablation. Rhythm status was defined according to Heart Rhythm Society guidelines: sinus rhythm (SR) without class I/III antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs)...
August 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
André Viveiros Monteiro, António Fiarresga, Duarte Cacela, Lídia de Sousa, Ruben Ramos, Ana Galrinho, Luísa Branco, Rui Cruz Ferreira
Acromegaly is a rare disease, mostly caused by a growth hormone (GH)-secreting benign pituitary tumor, with an increased production of GH and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Cardiovascular complications are common and are associated with cardiomyocyte apoptosis and concentric cardiac hypertrophy. Suppression of GH and IGF-1 appears to improve cardiac function only in the short term, with little or no decrease in left ventricular mass or improvement in cardiac function after prolonged treatment. Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) has emerged as a minimally invasive alternative to septal myectomy, with significant improvement in symptoms, gradients and left ventricular remodeling...
September 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Lorenzo Gigli, Gian M Rosa, Maria I Tagliasacchi, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Fabrizio Montecucco, Federico Carbone, Giovanni Bertero, Claudio Brunelli
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac arrhythmia caused by various mechanisms, such as multiple re-entering wavelets, high frequency activity, and rotor sources. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: This narrative review was based on papers found on PubMed and MEDLINE up to May 2016. The search terms were "atrial fibrillation" in combination with "catheter ablation, pathophysiology, antiarrhythmic drugs". EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Antiarrhythmic drugs are the cornerstone of therapy in AF, but their efficacy and safety might have to be improved...
July 19, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Akira Mizukami, Makoto Suzuki, Rena Nakamura, Shunsuke Kuroda, Maki Ono, Yuya Matsue, Ryota Iwatsuka, Taishi Yonetsu, Akihiko Matsumura, Yuji Hashimoto
A 26-year-old woman in her first pregnancy presented with persistent atrial tachycardia (AT). AT was resistant to medications, cardioversions, and the first attempt of catheter ablation. Two months after delivery she developed severe systolic dysfunction and circulatory collapse. Emergent catheter ablation was performed with the support of percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass and intraaortic balloon pump. The AT originated in the apex of the right atrial appendage (RAA). Repeated attempts at ablation were unsuccessful, prompting surgical RAA resection, which terminated the tachycardia and improved the cardiac function...
June 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Mukund A Prabhu, Srinivas B V Prasad, S P Abhilash, Anees Thajudeen, Balasubramoniam K R, Narayanan Namboodiri
PURPOSE: Left sympathetic cardiac denervation (LSCD) may be beneficial in treating electrical storm (ES) of varied aetiologies. The present study analyse the outcome and long term follow up of LSCD in treating ES. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients with ES who underwent LSCD. RESULTS: Nine patients (majority males (88.89 %), median age 52 years, IQR 50.5-56.5) underwent LSCD. Coronary artery disease was the commonest substrate (7 (77...
June 18, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Manoj Thangam, Sriram Nathan, Biswajit Kar, Marija Petrovic, Manish Patel, Pranav Loyalka, L Maximilian Buja, Igor D Gregoric
We discuss the case of a 38-year-old black man who presented at our hospital with his first episode of syncope, recently developed atrial arrhythmias refractory to pharmacologic therapy, and a left atrial thrombus. He was diagnosed with primary cardiac sarcoidosis characterized by predominant involvement of the epicardium that caused atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Histologic analysis of his epicardial lesions yielded a diagnosis of sarcoidosis. This patient's atrial arrhythmia was successfully treated with a hybrid operation that involved resection of his atrial appendage, an Epicor maze procedure, and radiofrequency ablation during a catheter-based electrophysiologic study...
June 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
AIMS: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
June 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
J Hebe
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) based on congenital substrates, such as accessory pathways or dual atrioventricular nodal properties, occur with an increased probability linked to specific congenital heart defects (CHDs). In the literature, the association of Ebstein's anomaly with accessory pathways and with Mahaim fibers is most prominent. Compared with patients with otherwise normal hearts, the clinical relevance of SVT is typically more severe and therefore antiarrhythmia treatment is a necessity in many cases...
June 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
G Hessling
During the last few decades, the management of cardiac arrhythmias in adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) has undergone a significant change from a conservative, mainly pharmacological approach, to interventional techniques such as catheter ablation or device implantation (pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators [ICD]). The long-term efficacy of these strategies is as dependent on the hemodynamic status of the patient and the type of arrhythmia as it is on the underlying heart defect and any preceding surgery...
June 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
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