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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144514/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-population
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Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl, Marek Sramko, Robert Cihak, Bashar Aldhoon, Dan Wichterle
Background: Although elderly patients have been included in published series of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), clinical benefit and safety remain still less defined in this population. A retrospective analysis of the results of catheter ablation for AF in a large volume center focused on comparison of elderly patients with the rest of the patient cohort was conducted in this study. Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF between January 2001 and December 2016 were analysed...
September 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144513/predictors-of-heart-rhythm-disturbances-in-hypertensive-obese-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Lyudmila Sergeevna Korostovtseva, Nadezhda Edvinovna Zvartau, Oxana Petrovna Rotar, Yurii Vladimirovich Sviryaev, Aleksandra Olegovna Konradi
Objective: To assess the incidence and predictors of heart rhythm and conduction disturbances in hypertensive obese patients with and without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Methods: This is an open, cohort, prospective study. Out of 493 screened patients, we selected 279 hypertensive, obese individuals without severe concomitant diseases: 75 patients without sleep-disordered breathing (non-SDB group), and 204 patients with OSA (OSA group). At baseline, all patients underwent examination, including ECG, Holter ECG monitoring, and sleep study...
September 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142816/unilateral-pulmonary-edema-in-a-patient-with-worsening-tricuspid-valve-regurgitation-a-secret-inside-pulmonary-veins
#3
Elvira Resciniti, Ilaria Caso, Iside Scarfò, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Giovanni La Canna
We present the case of a 69-year-old patient who was referred to the Department of Echocardiography for surgical treatment of severe tricuspid valve regurgitation (TVR) with advanced congestive heart failure. In 2013 the patient underwent unsuccessful percutaneous ablation for permanent atrial fibrillation. In 2015, following numerous episodes of atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure with left pleural effusion, the patient was admitted to another center. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed severe TVR and moderate precapillary pulmonary hypertension, confirmed at right cardiac catheterization...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141873/a-new-predictor-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-hatch-score
#4
Mithat Selvi, Hasan Gungor, Cemil Zencir, Sevil Gulasti, Ufuk Eryilmaz, Cagdas Akgullu, Selim Durmaz
The aim of this study was to investigate the association between HATCH score and atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. 369 patients (103 patients with AF and 266 patients without AF) undergoing isolated CABG surgery were analyzed. Complete medical records were retrospectively collected to investigate HATCH score. The median age of patients with AF was significantly higher than the median age of non-AF group (60.8±10.0 years vs 67.8±9.5 years, P<0.001). HATCH score was significantly higher in patients who developed AF after CABG surgery than the non-AF group (P=0...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131295/the-intracardiac-concentrations-of-the-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-nt-probnp-and-the-determinants-of-its-secretion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Magdalena Szymała, Aleksandra Woźniak, Tomasz Podolecki, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: N-terminal-pro Brain Natriuretic Peptide (NT-proBNP) is elevated not only in heart failure (HF) but also in atrial fibrillation (AF). The role and secretion pattern of NT-proBNP in AF is still undetermined. AIM: The study aimed to assess NT-proBNP concentrations in patients with and without preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF) depending on the type of AF. It was also intended to define the main source of NT-proBNP production within the heart...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129575/cardiovascular-events-and-target-organ-damage-in-primary-aldosteronism-compared-with-essential-hypertension-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Silvia Monticone, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Claudio Moretti, Tracy Ann Williams, Franco Veglio, Fiorenzo Gaita, Paolo Mulatero
BACKGROUND: There is conflicting evidence, relying on heterogeneous studies, as to whether aldosterone excess is responsible for an increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications in patients with primary aldosteronism. We aimed to assess the association between primary aldosteronism and adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events, target organ damage, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, compared with the association of essential hypertension and these cardiovascular and end organ events, by integrating results of previous studies...
November 9, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128866/association-of-atrial-fibrillation-clinical-phenotypes-with-treatment-patterns-and-outcomes-a-multicenter-registry-study
#7
Taku Inohara, Peter Shrader, Karen Pieper, Rosalia G Blanco, Laine Thomas, Daniel E Singer, James V Freeman, Larry A Allen, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard Gersh, Michael D Ezekowitz, Peter R Kowey, James A Reiffel, Gerald V Naccarelli, Paul S Chan, Benjamin A Steinberg, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
Importance: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is usually classified on the basis of the disease subtype. However, this characterization does not capture the full heterogeneity of AF, and a data-driven cluster analysis reveals different possible classifications of patients. Objective: To characterize patients with AF based on a cluster analysis and to evaluate the association between these phenotypes, treatment, and clinical outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cluster analysis used data from an observational cohort that included 9749 patients with AF who had been admitted to 174 US sites participating in the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT-AF) registry...
November 12, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128265/atrial-flutter-has-less-left-atrial-spontaneous-contrast-and-higher-left-atrial-appendage-emptying-velocity-compared-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Jennifer J Huang, Sridhar Reddy, Tam H Truong, Prakash Suryanarayana, Joseph S Alpert
BACKGROUND: The risk of stroke and thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation is established. There are clear guidelines in anticoagulation management of patient's with atrial fibrillation, however, the evidence surrounding the risk of thromboembolism in patients with atrial flutter is not as clear. We hypothesized that atrial flutter would have indicators of less risk for thromboembolism compared with atrial fibrillation on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE); thereby possibly leading to a lower stroke risk...
November 8, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127864/assessment-of-the-quality-of-anticoagulation-management-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Tamara Roldan, Elena Villamañán, Juan J Rios, Aaron B Waxman
BACKGROUND: Studies assessing the quality of anticoagulation therapy in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have not been conducted. OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of anticoagulation management, the rate of anticoagulation-related complications in patients with PAH, and to identify risk factors for poor anticoagulation. METHODS: This observational, retrospective cohort study included patients with confirmed PAH taking a regimen of oral anticoagulants from two centers: Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid from January 2009 to August 2015...
November 2, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126549/predicting-new-onset-post-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-atrial-fibrillation-with-existing-risk-scores
#10
Benjamin D Pollock, Giovanni Filardo, Briget da Graca, Teresa K Phan, Gorav Ailawadi, Vinod Thourani, Ralph J Damiano, James R Edgerton
BACKGROUND: New-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) operation is associated with poorer survival. Blanket prophylaxis efforts have not appreciably decreased incidence, making targeted prevention for high-risk patients desirable. We compared predictive abilities of existing scores developed/used to predict adverse CABG outcomes (Society of Thoracic Surgeons' [STS] risk of mortality) or AF not associated with cardiac operation (the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology [CHARGE]-AF score, the CHA2DS2-VASc score), and a risk model for predicting postoperative AF following cardiac operations (POAF score), with age (the most consistently identified post-CABG AF risk factor)...
November 7, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123868/cardiocerebral-and-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-2017-update
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REVIEW
Gordon A Ewy
Sudden cardiac arrest is a major public health problem in the industrialized nations of the world. Yet, in spite of recurrent updates of the guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care, many areas have suboptimal survival rates. Cardiocerebral resuscitation, a non-guidelines approach to therapy of primary cardiac arrest based on our animal research, was instituted in Tucson (AZ, USA) in 2002 and subsequently adopted in other areas of the USA. Survival rates of patients with primary cardiac arrest and a shockable rhythm significantly improved wherever it was adopted...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123849/a-case-report-of-systemic-embolic-events-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation
#12
Hidehiko Nakano, Hiroshi Yamagami, Hisashi Ofuchi
Case: An 82-year-old woman who had atrial fibrillation was found unconscious and was brought to the emergency department by ambulance. Her Glasgow Coma Scale score was 3, and an electrocardiogram showed ST segment elevation in V3 and V4. Cardiac ultrasonography showed left ventricular asynergy in the anterior wall, septum, and apex. Although dissection of the aorta was suspected, contrast computed tomography showed multiple arterial thromboses, including bilateral common carotid arteries and poor contrast in the left ventricle...
January 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118378/the-association-between-galectin-3-and-hs-crp-and-the-clinical-outcome-after-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-with-preexisting-atrial-fibrillation
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Milan Pavlović, Svetlana Apostolović, Dragana Stokanović, Stefan Momčilović, Tatjana Jevtović-Stoimenov, Snezana Ćirić Zdravković, Sonja Šalinger Martinović, Nebojsa Krstić, Goran Koraćević, Danijela Djordjevic, Vladan Ćosić, Valentina N Nikolic
Increased galectin-3 plasma concentration has been linked to an unfavorable outcome in patients with heart failure or atrial fibrillation (AF). There are no published data about the prognostic utility of galectin-3 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) for long-term clinical outcome in the Non-ST elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients with preexisting AF. Thirty-two patients with the first acute NSTEMI and preexisting AF and 22 patients without preexisting AF, were prospectively followed for fifteen months...
November 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117962/lower-cardiac-index-levels-relate-to-lower-cerebral-blood-flow-in-older-adults
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Angela L Jefferson, Dandan Liu, Deepak K Gupta, Kimberly R Pechman, Jennifer M Watchmaker, Elizabeth A Gordon, Swati Rane, Susan P Bell, Lisa A Mendes, L Taylor Davis, Katherine A Gifford, Timothy J Hohman, Thomas J Wang, Manus J Donahue
OBJECTIVE: To assess cross-sectionally whether lower cardiac index relates to lower resting cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) among older adults. METHODS: Vanderbilt Memory & Aging Project participants free of stroke, dementia, and heart failure were studied (n = 314, age 73 ± 7 years, 59% male, 39% with mild cognitive impairment). Cardiac index (liters per minute per meter squared) was quantified from echocardiography. Resting CBF (milliliters per 100 grams per minute) and hypercapnia-induced CVR were quantified from pseudo-continuous arterial spin-labeling MRI...
November 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111018/embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-the-role-of-the-nonstenotic-carotid-plaque
#15
Zachary Bulwa, Ajay Gupta
Cryptogenic stroke, or stroke of undetermined cause, presents a remarkably challenging dilemma for the treating physician as there are limited therapeutic options to prevent recurrence. Roughly one third of transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) and ischemic strokes are classified as cryptogenic, with an even greater proportion in young patients. While classification systems have been successfully used in trials to refine therapeutic approaches specific to subtype, there has been little progress made in secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109881/hypothermia-with-extreme-bradycardia-following-spinal-cord-infarction-of-septic-origin
#16
Philippe Hantson, Thierry Duprez
Among other autonomic dysfunctions complicating acute spinal cord injury, deep hypothermia is rare but may induce serious cardiovascular complications. There are few pharmacological options to influence hypothermia. A 66-year-old woman was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) for serious cardiac arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and asystole) in the context of a deep hypothermia (axillary temperature below 32°C). She had been admitted to the hospital two months before for an acute L4-L5 infectious spondylodiscitis without any initial neurological deficit...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106835/impact-of-mitral-annular-calcium-on-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Marco B Ancona, Francesco Giannini, Antonio Mangieri, Damiano Regazzoli, Richard J Jabbour, Akihito Tanaka, Luca Testa, Vittorio Romano, Matteo Longoni, Manuela Giglio, Francesca Besana, Michele Cacucci, Eustachio Agricola, Alaide Chieffo, Ottavio Alfieri, Matteo Montorfano, Antonio Colombo, Azeem Latib
A high prevalence of mitral annular calcium (MAC) is expected in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); however, data regarding the prevalence of MAC and impact on risk of cardiovascular events are lacking. To determine the prevalence of MAC and its association with clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TAVI, we retrospectively analyzed 424 patients who underwent transfemoral TAVI from 2007 to 2015 and whose preoperative computed tomography images were available for assessment of MAC...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106829/-sudden-cardiac-death-and-coronary-thrombus
#18
C Spaulding, N Karam
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is most often due to an acute coronary artery occlusion. The cause of coronary thrombosis in cardiac arrest is debated. Plaque erosion could be a trigger leading to immediate thrombus formation followed by ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia. Coronary artery spasm is frequent: spasm provocation tests should be performed in survivors with normal coronary arteries. Use of drugs such as cocaine can lead to sudden death and blood sampling at arrival is recommended in survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
October 26, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103932/incidence-and-prognostic-factors-related-to-major-adverse-cerebrovascular-events-in-patients-with-complex-aortic-diseases-treated-by-the-chimney-technique
#19
Michel J Bosiers, Kenneth Tran, Jason T Lee, Konstantinos P Donas, Frank J Veith, Giovanni Torsello, Felice Pecoraro, Konstantinos Stavroulakis
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) with the chimney technique (ch-EVAR) has been used for the treatment of aortic aneurysms as an alternative approach to fenestrated endografting or open repair. Nonetheless, the need for an upper extremity arterial access may contribute to a higher risk for periprocedural cerebrovascular events. This study reports on the perioperative cerebral and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) after ch-EVAR. METHODS: The PERICLES registry (PERformance of the chImney technique for the treatment of Complex aortic pathoLogiES) is an international, retrospective multicenter study evaluating the performance of ch-EVAR for the treatment of complex aortic pathologies...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102348/coronary-venous-dissection-from-left-ventricular-lead-placement-during-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-defibrillator-implantation-and-associated-in-hospital-adverse-events-from-the-ncdr-icd-registry
#20
Jonathan C Hsu, Paul D Varosy, Haikun Bao, Thomas A Dewland, Jeptha P Curtis, Gregory M Marcus
Coronary venous dissection is a known complication of left ventricular lead placement during implantation of a cardiac resynchronization with defibrillator (CRT-D) system. A large-scale evaluation of the prevalence of coronary venous dissection and associated in-hospital clinical outcomes has not been performed. We sought to identify predictors of coronary venous dissection and evaluate subsequent in-hospital adverse events in those with the complication. We studied 140,991 first-time CRT-D recipients in the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) Registry implanted between 2006 and 2011...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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