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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231325/cardiovascular-exercise-and-burden-of-arrhythmia-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ane Katrine Skielboe, Thomas Quaade Bandholm, Stine Hakmann, Malene Mourier, Thomas Kallemose, Ulrik Dixen
BACKGROUND: Physical activity at moderate-high intensity is recommended to prevent lifestyle diseases. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at risk of a sedentary lifestyle due to fear of exercise-induced episodes of atrial fibrillation. The burden of arrhythmia can be reduced by physical exercise. The effect of exercise intensity on burden of atrial fibrillation needs to be studied further. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a 12-week randomized controlled trial, 76 patients with paroxysmal/persistent atrial fibrillation were allocated to perform exercise at either low intensity or high intensity (50% and 80% of maximal perceived exertion, respectively)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229021/the-preventive-effect-of-dexmedetomidine-on-paroxysmal-sympathetic-hyperactivity-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-who-have-undergone-surgery-a-retrospective-study
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Qilin Tang, Xiang Wu, Weiji Weng, Hongpeng Li, Junfeng Feng, Qing Mao, Guoyi Gao, Jiyao Jiang
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH) results and aggravates in secondary brain injury, which seriously affects the prognosis of severe traumatic brain injury patients. Although several studies have focused on the treatment of PSH, few have concentrated on its prevention. METHODS: Ninety post-operation (post-op) severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) patients admitted from October 2014 to April 2016 were chosen to participate in this study. Fifty of the post-op sTBI patients were sedated with dexmedetomidine and were referred as the "dexmedetomidine group" (admitted from May 2015 to April 2016)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228305/clinical-presentation-management-and-outcomes-in-the-indian-heart-rhythm-society-atrial-fibrillation-ihrs-af-registry
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A Vora, A Kapoor, M Nair, Y Lokhandwala, C Narsimhan, A G Ravikishore, S K Dwivedi, N Namboodiri, R Hygriv, A Saxena, A Nabar, S Garg, N Bardoloi, R Yadav, A Nambiar, U Pandurangi, D Jhala, A Naik, Nagmallesh, S Rajagopal, R Selvaraj, V Arora, A Thachil, J Thomas, G Panicker
AIM: A national atrial fibrillation (AF) registry was conducted under the aegis of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society (IHRS), to capture epidemiological data-type of AF, clinical presentation and comorbidities, current treatment practices, and 1-year follow-up outcomes. METHODS: A total of 1537 patients were enrolled from 24 sites in India in the IHRS-AF registry from July 2011 to August 2012. Their baseline characteristics and follow-up data were recorded in case report forms and subsequently analyzed...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227480/detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-seismocardiography
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Mikko Pankaala, Tero Koivisto, Olli Lahdenoja, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Juhani Airaksinen, Mikko Pankaala, Tero Koivisto, Olli Lahdenoja, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Juhani Airaksinen, Tero Koivisto, Olli Lahdenoja, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mikko Pankaala, Juhani Airaksinen
In this paper we study the feasibility of seismocardiography (SCG) for the detection of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). In this preclinical study, data acquired from one patient having paroxysmal AF (no other heart diseases) is used to introduce specific changes in SCG signal due to AF. Observed changes and phenomena create a foundation for the development of SCG-based AF detection algorithms. SCG data was recorded from the sternum of an AF patient in dorso-ventral direction while at rest in a supine position using a three-axis high precision MEMS accelerometer simultaneously with a one-lead ECG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227392/structural-and-functional-changes-during-epileptogenesis-in-the-mouse-model-of-medial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Yvan Dietrich, Pierre-Antoine Eliat, Gabriel Dieuset, Herve Saint-Jalmes, Charles Pineau, Fabrice Wendling, Benoit Martin, Yvan Dietrich, Pierre-Antoine Eliat, Gabriel Dieuset, Herve Saint-Jalmes, Charles Pineau, Fabrice Wendling, Benoit Martin, Pierre-Antoine Eliat, Charles Pineau, Benoit Martin, Gabriel Dieuset, Yvan Dietrich, Herve Saint-Jalmes, Fabrice Wendling
An important issue in epilepsy research is to understand the structural and functional modifications leading to chronic epilepsy, characterized by spontaneous recurrent seizures, after initial brain insult. To address this issue, we recorded and analyzed electroencephalography (EEG) and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data during epileptogenesis in the in vivo mouse model of Medial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (MTLE, kainate). Besides, this model of epilepsy is a particular form of drug-resistant epilepsy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226668/gaussian-mixture-model-for-the-identification-of-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures-using-a-wearable-accelerometer-sensor
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Shitanshu Kusmakar, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Bernard Yan, Terence J O'Brien, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Shitanshu Kusmakar, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Bernard Yan, Terence J O'Brien, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Terence J O'Brien, Shitanshu Kusmakar, Bernard Yan, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Marimuthu Palaniswami
Any abnormal hypersynchronus activity of neurons can be characterized as an epileptic seizure (ES). A broad class of non-epileptic seizures is comprised of Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). PNES are paroxysmal events, which mimics epileptic seizures and pose a diagnostic challenge with epileptic seizures due to their clinical similarities. The diagnosis of PNES is done using video-electroencephalography (VEM) monitoring. VEM being a resource intensive process calls for alternative methods for detection of PNES...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226544/kurtosis-as-a-statistical-approach-to-identify-the-pivot-point-of-the-rotor
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Shivaram P Arunachalam, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Paul A Friedman, Elena G Tolkacheva, Shivaram P Arunachalam, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Paul A Friedman, Elena G Tolkacheva, Elena G Tolkacheva, Paul A Friedman, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Shivaram P Arunachalam
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia that causes stroke affecting more than 2.3 million people in the US. Catheter ablation to terminate AF is successful for paroxysmal AF but suffers limitations with persistent AF patients as current mapping methods cannot identify AF active substrates outside of pulmonary vein region. In this work, we developed a novel Kurtosis based mapping technique that can accurately identify pivot points of the rotors that were induced in ex-vivo isolated rabbit heart...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226202/predictors-of-acute-myocarditis-in-complicated-scrub-typhus-an-endemic-province-in-the-republic-of-korea
#9
Jung Yeon Chin, Ki-Woon Kang, Kyung Min Moon, Jongwoo Kim, Yu Jeong Choi
Background/Aims: Scrub typhus is known as a self-limited infectious disease. Cardiac complication is uncommon and usually not life-threatening. Until now, few cases of fulminant myocarditis by scrub typhus have been reported. So, we investigated incidence and predictors of acute myocarditis in severe scrub typhus. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 89 patients among 91 scrub typhus confirmed patients who examined an echocardiogram and cardiac biomarkers from 2005 to 2015 in the intensive care unit at our hospital...
February 23, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222692/hashimoto-s-encephalitis-associated-with-ampar2-antibodies-a-case-report
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Mingqin Zhu, Xuefan Yu, Caiyun Liu, Chenchen Duan, Chunxiao Li, Jie Zhu, Ying Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is a rare neurological complication of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), while limbic encephalitis (LE) is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder frequently associated with anti-neuronal antibodies. The glutamate receptor α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid receptor (AMPAR) is important for synaptic transmission, memory, and learning. The etiology of HE remains unclear. We present a case of HE with antibodies to AMPAR2 both in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
February 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220291/efficacy-of-mastoid-oscillation-and-the-gufoni-maneuver-for-treating-apogeotropic-horizontal-benign-positional-vertigo-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Hyun Ah Kim, Sang-Won Park, Jungil Kim, Bong-Gu Kang, Jun Lee, Byung In Han, Jung Im Seok, Eun-Ji Chung, Jaeyoung Kim, Hyung Lee
: To determine the immediate and short-term efficacies of mastoid oscillation vs. Gufoni maneuver in treating the apogeotropic type of horizontal canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (HC-BPPV), we designed a randomized, prospective, sham-controlled study. In eight dizziness clinics in Korea, 209 consecutive patients with apogeotropic HC-BPPV were enrolled. The patients were randomly assigned to receive a single application of Gufoni (n = 70), mastoid oscillation (n = 67), or sham maneuver (n = 72)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219978/a-mutation-in-the-g-protein-gene-gnb2-causes-familial-sinus-node-and-atrioventricular-conduction-dysfunction
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Birgit Stallmeyer, Johanna Kuß, Stefan Kotthoff, Sven Zumhagen, Kirsty S Vowinkel, Susanne Rinne, Lina A Matschke, Corinna Friedrich, Ellen Schulze-Bahr, Stephan Rust, Guiscard Seebohm, Niels Decher, Eric Schulze-Bahr
Rationale: Familial sinus node and atrioventricular (AV) conduction dysfunction is a rare disorder that leads to paroxysmal dizziness, fatigue and syncope due to a temporarily or permanent reduced heart rate. To date, only a few genes for familial sinus and/or AV conduction dysfunction are known and the majority of cases remain etiologically unresolved. Objective: We aim to identify the disease gene in a large three-generation family (n=25) with autosomal dominant sinus node dysfunction (SND) and AV block (AVB) and to characterise the mutation-related pathomechanisms in familial SND+AVB...
February 20, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218460/oculogyric-crises-a-review-of-phenomenology-etiology-pathogenesis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Elizabeth J Slow, Anthony E Lang
Oculogyric crises are a rare movement disorder characterized by paroxysmal, conjugate, tonic, usually upwards, deviation of the eyes. Causes for oculogyric crises are limited and include complications of dopamine-receptor blocking medications and neurometabolic disorders affecting dopamine metabolism, suggesting that an underlying hypodopaminergic state is important to the pathogenesis. Mimickers of oculogyric crises exist, and we propose diagnostic criteria to distinguish true oculogyric crises. Recognition of oculogyric crises is important for the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of rare disorders, and an approach to investigations in oculogyric crises is proposed...
February 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218443/atrial-entrainment-during-posterior-fascicular-ventricular-tachycardia
#14
Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Narayanan Namboodiri, Anees Thajudeen, Krishna Chaitanya, Sreevilasam Pushpangadhan Abhilash, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
A 20-year-old gentleman underwent electrophysiology study for paroxysmal palpitation. The surface electrocardiogram during sinus rhythm did not show any preexcitation. Echocardiogram was normal.  Basal intervals including AH and HV intervals were 115 ms and 42 ms, respectively. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217229/evaluation-of-the-characteristics-of-rotational-activation-at-high-dominant-frequency-and-complex-fractionated-atrial-electrogram-sites-during-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Koji Kumagai, Kentaro Minami, Daisuke Kutsuzawa, Shigeru Oshima
BACKGROUND: High-dominant frequency (DF) and continuous complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) sites as surrogates for localized sources maintaining atrial fibrillation (AF) are potential AF ablation targets. This study aimed to evaluate the characteristics of a rotational activation at high-DF and continuous CFAE sites in AF patients. METHODS: Thirty-two consecutive AF patients (5 paroxysmal and 27 non-paroxysmal) underwent ablation using the NavX system...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216515/particular-morphology-of-inferior-pulmonary-veins-and-difficulty-of-cryoballoon-ablation-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Ryobun Yasuoka, Takashi Kurita, Yasuhito Kotake, Naotaka Hashiguchi, Koichiro Motoki, Kazuhiro Kobuke, Yoshitaka Iwanaga, Shunichi Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: The CRYO-Japan PMS study indicated that cryoballoon ablation (Cryo-Abl) has a lower acute success rate of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for the right and left inferior PVs (RIPV and LIPV, respectively) than for the superior PVs. This study aimed to determine if the orientation and position of the inferior PVs are related to the difficulty of acute success of PVI.Methods and Results:We investigated 30 consecutive patients who underwent Cryo-Abl. A "difficult PV" was defined as the requirement for >2 cooling applications and/or touch-up ablation to achieve PVI...
February 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215731/complementopathies
#17
REVIEW
Andrea C Baines, Robert A Brodsky
The complement system is an essential part of the innate immune system that requires careful regulation to ensure responses are appropriately directed against harmful pathogens, while preventing collateral damage to normal host cells and tissues. While deficiency in some components of the complement pathway is associated with increased susceptibility to certain infections, it has also become clear that inappropriate activation of complement is an important contributor to human disease. A number of hematologic disorders are driven by complement, and these disorders may be termed "complementopathies"...
February 6, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215570/the-cardiac-electrophysiology-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Michael Manogue, David S Hirsh, Michael Lloyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a clinical syndrome encountered frequently in trauma centers and is accompanied by both acute and chronic heart rhythm abnormalities. The injury is characterized by sympathetic nervous system (SNS) impairment with preservation of parasympathetic output via the vagus nerve. Severe bradycardia in the form of life-threatening sinus arrest or complete heart block may be observed in the acute recovery phase. Therapy for arrhythmias in the acute phase includes atropine, intravenous chronotropes, methylxanthines for prevention of episodic bradycardia, and pacemaker implantation in severe cases...
February 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215568/reduction-in-radiation-dose-for-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-over-time-a-12-year-single-centre-experience-of-2-344-patients
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Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Elana S Kalman, Yonatan Savicky, Paul B Sparks, Joseph B Morton, Geoffrey Lee, Peter M Kistler, Jonathan M Kalman
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a well-established treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF), with contact force-sensing catheters joining 3D-mapping systems and image integration as technological advancements over the last decade. OBJECTIVE: To analyze trends in radiation exposure at our centre for AF ablation over the last 12 years. METHODS: We reviewed prospectively collected data of 2,344 consecutive PVI procedures for either paroxysmal or persistent AF between 1/2004 - 12/2015...
February 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215479/lessons-from-individualized-cryoballoon-sizing-is-there-a-role-for-the-small-balloon
#20
Stefan Hartl, Uwe Dorwarth, Benedikt Bunz, Michael Wankerl, Ullrich Ebersberger, Ellen Hoffmann, Florian Straube
BACKGROUND: Cryoablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is well established. The single-big-balloon strategy has been preferred for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using the second generation cryoballoon (CBG2). Individual PV-morphologies raise the question if an individualized anatomic approach using the 23-mm or 28-mm CB is reasonable. METHODS: Consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled in the non-randomized single-center study. Patients were treated with the 28-mm CB, if any PV was >21mm, the 23-mm CB, if all PV were ≤21mm, or both sizes, if PVI was difficult...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
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