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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432724/fluorescent-aerolysin-flaer-based-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-pnh-screening-a-single-center-experience-from-india
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K Rahman, R Gupta, G Yadav, N Husein, M K Singh, S Nityanand
BACKGROUND: Fluorescent aerolysin (FLAER) has been recommended as an important part of antibody panel used for flow cytometric detection of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) clone. This study was aimed to observe the frequency of PNH-positive clones and their sizes in patients screened for various indications. METHOD: A retrospective analysis of 624 patients screened over a period of 30 months. Frequency and size of clone sizes noted, and laboratory parameters were compared among different groups of patient being screened...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431610/duration-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-cryptogenic-stroke-is-not-associated-with-stroke-severity-and-early-outcomes
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Chrissoula Liantinioti, Konstantinos Tympas, Aristeidis H Katsanos, John Parissis, Maria Chondrogianni, Christina Zompola, Georgios Papadimitropoulos, Michael Ioakeimidis, Sokratis Triantafyllou, Andromaxi Roussopoulou, Konstantinos Voumvourakis, John Lekakis, Gerasimos Filippatos, Leonidas Stefanis, Georgios Tsivgoulis
The current definition of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) requires an arbitrary cut-off of >30s, but in clinical practice cryptogenic stroke (CS) patients with PAF duration of ≤30s are not usually excluded from anticoagulation therapy. We sought to evaluate the clinical relevance of short-duration (≤30s) PAF in CS. Consecutive CS patients with no prior AF history and sinus-rhythm on baseline electrocardiography (ECG) were prospectively evaluated over a three-year period. Baseline stroke severity was assessed by NIHSS-scores...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431068/self-reported-physical-activity-and-major-adverse-events-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-report-from-the-eurobservational-research-programme-pilot-survey-on-atrial-fibrillation-eorp-af-general-registry
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Marco Proietti, Giuseppe Boriani, Cécile Laroche, Igor Diemberger, Mircea I Popescu, Lars H Rasmussen, Gianfranco Sinagra, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Aldo P Maggioni, Luigi Tavazzi, Deirdre A Lane, Gregory Y H Lip
Aims: Physical activity is protective against cardiovascular (CV) events, both in general population and in high-risk CV cohorts. However, the relationship between physical activity with major adverse outcomes in atrial fibrillation (AF) is not well-established. Our aim was to analyse this relationship in a 'real-world' AF population. Second, we investigated the influence of physical activity on arrhythmia progression. Methods and Results: We studied all patients enrolled in the EURObservational Research Programme on AF (EORP-AF) Pilot Survey...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
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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...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431065/cha2ds2-vasc-score-and-blood-biomarkers-to-identify-patients-with-atrial-high-rate-episodes-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paulina Wakula, Benjamin Neumann, Jens Kienemund, Eva Thon-Gutschi, Tatjana Stojakovic, Martin Manninger, Daniel Scherr, Hubert Scharnagl, Martin Kapl, Burkert Pieske, Frank R Heinzel
Aims: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic but nonetheless harmful. We evaluated the performance of disease-related blood biomarkers and CHA2DS2-VASc score to discriminate for PAF in patients with continuous rhythm monitoring. Methods and Results: Clinical data and blood samples were obtained from patients with dual-chamber pacemakers selected according to the absence (no_AHRE) or presence of Atrial High-Rate Episodes (AHRE) >6 min in recent device history (case-control approach)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430117/fluvastatin-therapy-could-not-decrease-progression-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-non-valvular-disease-patients
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Qiang Tan, Shuangyue Zhang, Xiaoyi Zou, Jun Zhao, Jia Hao, Qian Sun
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate whether fluvastatin therapy could decrease the probability of atrial fibrillation (AF) progression from paroxysmal AF to permanent AF and decrease the recurrence frequency of AF. METHODS: Analyses were performed using two-tailed Student's t test or Mann-Whitney U tests. Categorical variables were compared with the χ2 statistics or Fisher's exact test. Patients with paroxysmal AF were randomized case-control, prospective into either the fluvastatin group (n=61) or control group (n=57)...
April 10, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430116/ghrelin-expression-and-significance-in-92-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Tianyi Ma, Yujiang Su, Shijuan Lu, Moshui Chen, Jianghua Zhong, Zhihong Zhou, Dingjun Sun, Hui Yang, Xue Ao
OBJECTIVE: Ghrelin is a polypeptide that is closely associated with many cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. This article aims to understand the expression of ghrelin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: A total of 182 patients with non-valvular heart diseases were recruited, among whom 92 had AF and 90 had sinus arrhythmia (SA). The serum ghrelin amount was tested by the ELASA method. Moreover, blood sugar, lipids, liver function, and renal function were tested...
April 10, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429702/case-images-successful-ablation-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-originating-in-left-atrial-appendage-with-single-shot-cryoballoon-technique
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Uğur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Nihan Bahadır, Hikmet Yorgun, Kudret Aytemir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429295/idiopathic-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-in-the-elderly-a-long-term-follow-up-study
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Seong-Chul Yeo, Seong-Ki Ahn, Ho Joong Lee, Hyun-Jin Cho, Sang-Wook Kim, Seung Hoon Woo, Sea-Yuong Jeon, Yeon-Hee Joo, Dong Gu Hur, Jung Je Park
BACKGROUND: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of peripheral-type vertigo in the elderly. While some studies have investigated BPPV among the elderly, no study has focused on the isolated idiopathic BPPV (iBPPV) in the elderly. AIMS: To investigate the clinical features and recurrence rate in elderly patients diagnosed with iBPPV. METHODS: The authors prospectively reviewed the medical records of 627 patients diagnosed with BPPV, and a total of 370 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria...
April 20, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427852/circumferential-pulmonary-vein-isolation-with-second-generation-multipolar-catheter-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-or-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-procedural-and-one-year-follow-up-results
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Stefan G Spitzer, Patrick Leitz, Anke Langbein, Laszlo Karolyi, Frank Scharfe, Thomas Weinmann, Carola Rämmler, Christian Pott, Gerold Mönnig, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of procedural and follow-up data on pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with the second-generation pulmonary vein ablation catheter® (PVAC Gold) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). This study provides data on PVI procedures and 1-year follow-up results with PVAC Gold in patients with AF treated in clinical practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three hundred and eighty four patients with documented symptomatic paroxysmal (n=198) or persistent (n=186) AF were included in a non-randomized prospectively designed database...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427735/comparison-of-frequency-and-characteristics-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-having-ablation-with-versus-without-coronary-narrowing-%C3%A2-50-by-angiography
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Toshiro Tomomatsu, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Yoshihiro Ikai, Naoki Shibata, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
Atrial fibrillation (AF) shares background comorbidities with coronary artery disease (CAD), including hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The aim of the study is to evaluate the prevalence, risk factors, and prognostic significance of CAD among patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF. In 544 consecutive registered patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF (CHADS2 score 1.2 ± 1.1, paroxysmal AF 57%), quantitative coronary angiography was used to detect CAD, defined as luminal narrowing of ≥50% in diameter...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427706/neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-related-tonic-spasms-responsive-to-lacosamide
#12
A Baheerathan, W J Brownlee, F Rugg-Gunn, D T Chard, S A Trip
Paroxysmal tonic spasms [PTS] are common in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD).1 2 In patients with demyelinating disease, PTS can significantly reduce the quality of life, limit activities of daily living and the rehabilitative process following an acute relapse 3. As in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), paroxysmal tonic spasms in NMOSD usually respond well to treatment with carbamazepine.2 However, the optimal treatment in patients where carbamazepine is contraindicated or poorly tolerated is unclear...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427022/stereotypy-of-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures
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Moshe Herskovitz
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are defined as paroxysmal episodes in which epileptic semiology features are manifested, without the characteristic concomitant electrical discharges seen in epileptic seizures. Although many studies have dealt with semiologic classification of PNES, most of the studies did not raise the question of consistency of PNES in the same patient. The aim of this study was to measure the degree of consistency of PNES among individual patients. We retrospectively reviewed medical records and video- EEG records of all adult patients who underwent monitoring in our center from August 1st 2013 to May 31st 2015...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426914/recommended-dose-of-idarucizumab-may-not-always-be-sufficient-for-sustained-reversal-of-dabigatran
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Alexander Simon, Hans Domanovits, Cihan Ay, Gürkan Sengölge, Jerrold H Lewy, Alexander O Spiel
Idarucizumab is a monoclonal antibody fragment designed for reversing the anticoagulant effects of dabigatran. Administration is recommended as two intravenous boluses of 2.5 g within 15 minutes of each other or as a single 5 g bolus. However, in certain situations a second dose of the drug could be necessary. We report the case of a 77-year old man, treated with dabigatran for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. He presented at our department with acute renal failure, concomitant massive dabigatran accumulation, and subsequent acute gastrointestinal bleeding...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423234/pulmonary-vein-isolation-with%C3%A2-concomitant%C3%A2-renal-artery-denervation%C3%A2-is-associated-with-reduction-of-both-arterial-blood-pressure-and-atrial-fibrillation-burden-data-from-implantable-cardiac-monitor
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Alexander Romanov, Evgeny Pokushalov, Dmitry Ponomarev, Artem Strelnikov, Vitaliy Shabanov, Denis Losik, Alexander Karaskov, Jonathan S Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Renal artery denervation (RDN) has provided incremental atrial fibrillation (AF) suppression after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with AF in the setting of drug-resistant hypertension. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between changes of mean blood pressure (BP) and AF recurrences/AF burden after PVI combined with RDN. METHODS: All patients from two randomized studies with symptomatic paroxysmal AF and/or persistent AF and resistant hypertension who underwent PVI only (n=37) or PVI with RDN (n=39), and implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) implantation, were eligible for this study...
April 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422368/safety-and-efficacy-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-using-a-surround-flow-catheter-with-contact-force-measurement-capabilities-a-multicenter-registry
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Giuseppe Stabile, Paolo Di Donna, Vincenzo Schillaci, Antonio Di Monaco, Assunta Iuliano, Domenico Caponi, Francesco Urraro, Francesco Solimene, Massimo Grimaldi, Marco Scaglione
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is the cornerstone of catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Surround flow and contact force (CF) measurement capabilities might enhance procedure efficacy and safety. We report on the safety and mid-term efficacy of a novel ablation catheter for PV isolation in patients with AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred thirty-three consecutive patients (57±11 years, 76% males, 51% with structural heart disease) referred for paroxysmal (157) or persistent (76) AF, underwent PV isolation by a surround flow catheter with CF measurement capability in 4 centers...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421588/takotsubo-syndrome-after-pericardial-tamponade-following-cryoballoon-ablation-of-pulmonary-veins-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-and-complicated-by-right-coronary-artery-thrombosis
#17
Jarosław Hiczkiewicz, Edward Koźluk, Katarzyna Łojewska, Jan Budzianowski, Rafał Zimoląg, Łukasz Grydz, Robert Sabiniewicz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420984/potential-roles-of-serum-caveolin-3-levels-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Ling-Yue Sun, Xiang Qu, Ling-Zhi Chen, Gao-Shu Zheng, Xin-Lei Wu, Xing-Xing Chen, Wei-Jian Huang, Hao Zhou
Objective: To explore serum caveolin-3 (Cav-3) levels in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and to evaluate the role of Cav-3 as a biomarker for AF and incident heart failure (HF). Methods: Three hundred and five patients were enrolled in the study and divided into three groups: sinus rhythm (Group SR), paroxysmal AF (Group paAF), and persistent AF (Group peAF). Serum Cav-3 concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay at baseline. Clinical characteristics, and laboratory data were collected during hospitalization, and a follow-up of 12-months was carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419605/radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-electrical-modification-suggesting-transmurality-is-faster-achieved-with-remote-magnetic-catheter-in-comparison-with-contact-force-use
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Sok-Sithikun Bun, Anis Ayari, Decebal Gabriel Latcu, Abdelkarim Errahmouni, Nadir Saoudi
BACKGROUND: Remote magnetic navigation (RMN) and contact force (CF) sensing catheters are available technologies for radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Our purpose was to compare time to electrogram (EGM) modification suggesting transmural lesions between RMN and CF-guided AF ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: 1008 RF applications were analyzed in 21 patients undergoing RMN (n = 11) or CF-guided ablation (n = 10) for paroxysmal AF. All procedures were performed in sinus rhythm during general anaesthesia...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418189/epileptic-manifestations-in-stroke-patients-treated-with-intravenous-alteplase
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C Bentes, H Martins, A R Peralta, C Morgado, C Casimiro, A C Franco, A C Fonseca, R Geraldes, P Canhão, T Pinho E Melo, T Paiva, J M Ferro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous alteplase (rtPA) may be associated with seizures and epileptic activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG). The aim of this work was to compare the frequency of seizures and EEG abnormalities between stroke patients treated and not treated with rtPA. METHODS: This was a prospective study of consecutive acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, with 1-year follow-up. Patients were previously independent, had an admission National Institute of Health Stroke Scale score ≥4, an acute ischaemic lesion and no previous seizures...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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