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Clinical electrocardiography

Georgeta D Vaidean, Marta Manczuk, Jared W Magnani
OBJECTIVE: Obesity and hypertension often coexist and represent risk factors for atrial fibrillation. This study hypothesized that their single and joint effects on atrial remodeling would be reflected in the PR interval and P-wave durations on electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis of a community-based study included 11,308 men and women age 45-64. Atrial indices were obtained from digital standard 12-lead resting ECG. Analyses were adjusted for traditional cardiovascular risk factors...
October 18, 2016: Obesity
Kyung Sik Kang, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyoung Chul Cha, Hyun Kim, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang, Yong Sung Cha
OBJECTIVE: Adverse cardiovascular events (ACVEs) account for a large proportion of the morbidities and mortalities associated with drug overdose emergencies. However, there are no published reports regarding outcomes of ACVEs associated with acute dapsone poisoning. Here, the authors retrospectively analyzed ACVEs reported within 48 hours of treatment in patients with acute dapsone poisoning and assessed the significance of ACVEs as early predictors of mortality. METHODS: Sixty-one consecutive cases of acute dapsone poisoning that were diagnosed and treated at a regional emergency center between 2006 and 2014 were included in the study...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Nikolai Blanik, Konrad Heimann, Carina Pereira, Michael Paul, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Steffen Leonhardt
Vital parameter monitoring of term and preterm infants during incubator care with self-adhesive electrodes or sensors directly positioned on the skin [e.g. photoplethysmography (PPG) for oxygen saturation or electrocardiography (ECG)] is an essential part of daily routine care in neonatal intensive care units. For various reasons, this kind of monitoring contains a lot of stress for the infants. Therefore, there is a need to measure vital parameters (for instance respiration, temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation) without mechanical or conductive contact...
October 15, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Adedoyin Dosunmu, Akinsegun Akinbami, Ebele Uche, Adewumi Adediran, Sarah John-Olabode
Background. This study sought to identify the pattern of electrocardiographic changes in steady state adult sickle cell anaemia. Methods. A case-control, cross-sectional study was conducted amongst sickle cell patients attending the sickle cell clinic of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, and HbAA controls. All consenting participants had haemoglobin electrophoresis done and were subjected to electrocardiography (ECG). The descriptive data were given as means ± standard deviation (SD). The differences were considered to be statistically significant when the p value obtained was <0...
2016: Journal of Tropical Medicine
Azhar Mohamed Nomair, Mona Mohamed Kamal ElDeeb, Dalia Aly Maharem
INTRODUCTION: Over the past three decades, the number of people with diabetes mellitus (DM) has more than doubled globally, making it one of the most important public health challenges to all nations. Aldose reductase (AR) is a rate-limiting enzyme in the polyol pathway, which has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic microvascular complications; however, the association of the AR gene with diabetic macrovascular complications has rarely been investigated. AIM: The study aimed to identify the possible association between C(-106) T polymorphism of the AR gene and diabetic macroangiopathy in a cohort of Egyptian patients with type 2 DM...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Carlos Scherr, Antonio Carlos de Carvalho, Luciano Juaçaba Belem, Luiz Henrique Loyola, Renata Leborato Guerra, Fernanda Blanco, Claudio Mangia
BACKGROUND: The increasing use of conducted electronic weapons (CEW) cause concern regarding its secure application, specially regarding the implications in the cardiovascular system. METHODS: The objective was to determine Spark CEW safety through cardiovascular parameters analysis of healthy volunteers subjected to its use. RESULTS: Volunteers over 18years without cardiovascular disease or recent use of illegal drugs were submitted, before and after being affected with Spark CEW, to clinical evaluation; blood collection for serum laboratory tests; transthoracic electrocardiography at rest, transthoracic echodopplercardiogram and 24hour Holter...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Kyyak Hryhoriy
INTRODUCTION: type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most important medical and social problems in the world. Patients with diabetes are prone to coronary artery disease, in particular acute coronary syndrome, with atypical clinical signs and susceptibility to tachycardia. Elevated heart rate is an important factor of premature mortality in all patients with acute coronary syndrome. The aim of the investigation was to reveal the heart rate peculiarities in unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction patients suffering from diabetes mellitus type 2 for more effective treatment of these patients...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Robin A Ducas, Christopher Labos, David Allen, Mehrdad Golian, Maya Jeyaraman, Justin Lys, Amrinder Mann, Leslie Copstein, Sherri Vokey, Rasheda Rabbani, Ryan Zarychanski, Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Alan H Menkis
BACKGROUND: Delays in reperfusion for patients with myocardial ischemia leads to increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of this review was to identify, evaluate, and critically appraise the evidence on whether pre-hospital electrocardiography (ECG) reduces patient mortality and improves post-ST-segment myocardial infarction patient-oriented outcomes. METHODS: We searched PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library (1990-2015) for controlled clinical studies...
June 14, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Gary Tse, Bryan P Yan
Sudden cardiac death, frequently due to ventricular arrhythmias, is a significant problem globally. Most affected individuals do not arrive at hospital in time for medical treatment. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify the most-at-risk patients for insertion of prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Clinical risk markers derived from electrocardiography are important for this purpose. They can be based on repolarization, including corrected QT (QTc) interval, QT dispersion (QTD), interval from the peak to the end of the T-wave (Tpeak - Tend), (Tpeak - Tend)/QT, T-wave alternans (TWA), and microvolt TWA...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Paolo Bifulco, Gaetano Dario Gargiulo, Maria Romano, Mario Cesarelli
Reliable detection of pacemaker pulses is getting more and more important in electrocardiography (ECG) diagnosis. Many studies recommend ECG amplifiers with higher bandwidth to prevent errors. In the past, few pilot studies showed that analysis of pacemaker pulses waveform can enhance diagnosis (eg, lead failure and fractured wire), but they were carried out with inadequate instrumentations for clinical practice. Typically, pacemaker pulses last hundreds of microseconds, edges of pulses elapse in few microseconds, and amplitude may exhibit large variations from few millivolts to volts...
2016: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, João Batista Masson-Silva, Lays Silva Ribeiro, Marcus Barreto Conde, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: COPD, a systemic illness associated with the impairment of different organs, affects patient prognosis and quality of life. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between right ventricle (RV) function, the BODE (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity) index (a multifunctional scale for the assessment of mortality risk), and quality of life in patients with COPD. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 107 outpatients presenting with stable COPD who underwent clinical assessment, spirometry, arterial blood gas analyses, a 6-minute walk test, electrocardiography, and echocardiogram and who responded to the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ)...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Chest pain accounts for 10% of emergency department (ED) visits annually, and many of these patients are admitted because of potentially life-threatening conditions. A substantial percentage of patients with chest pain are at low risk for a major cardiac adverse event (MACE). OBJECTIVE: We investigated controversies in the evaluation of patients with low-risk chest pain, including clinical scores, decision pathways, and shared decision-making. DISCUSSION: ED patients with chest pain who have negative biomarker results and nonischemic electrocardiograms are at low risk for MACE...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Foroogh Sabzghabaei, Seyed Alireza Heydariezade, Rashin S Joodat
INTRODUCTION: Hemodialysis (HD) has impact on the cardiovascular system by inducing changes in the characteristics of body fluids such as PH, temperature and electrolyte concentrations. In the previous studies, prolongation of the QT interval and increase of QT dispersion have been reported during HD sessions. These changes were more significant while using solutions with less potassium and higher bicarbonate during dialysis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of different potassium and bicarbonate concentrations on electrocardiography (ECG) parameters and the electrochemical balance of cell membranes...
2016: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
T Vezzosi, C Buralli, F Marchesotti, F Porporato, R Tognetti, E Zini, O Domenech
The diagnostic accuracy of a smartphone electrocardiograph (ECG) in evaluating heart rhythm and ECG measurements was evaluated in 166 dogs. A standard 6-lead ECG was acquired for 1 min in each dog. A smartphone ECG tracing was simultaneously recorded using a single-lead bipolar ECG recorder. All ECGs were reviewed by one blinded operator, who judged if tracings were acceptable for interpretation and assigned an electrocardiographic diagnosis. Agreement between smartphone and standard ECG in the interpretation of tracings was evaluated...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Sung-Ji Park, Seungmin Chung, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Jin-Ho Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESEcho) is sufficiently sensitive and has high enough specificity for the clinical detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women. However, there was little data about the ability of ESEcho to detect CAD and predict clinical outcomes in female patients with chest pain and low global cardiovascular (CV) risks. The purposes of this study were (1) to determine the diagnostic accuracy of ESEcho, (2) to evaluate the clinical outcomes of major cardiovascular outcome (MACE), and (3) to assess the incremental prognostic value of ESEcho for the prediction of MACE in Korean female patients with low CV risks...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
Michael Esser, Sergios Gatidis, Matthias Teufel, Inés Ketelsen, Konstantin Nikolaou, Jürgen F Schäfer, Ilias Tsiflikas
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare image quality of anatomical cardiac details without electrocardiography triggering, sedation, or heart rate-regulating drugs in contrast-enhanced pediatric chest computed tomography (CT), using high-pitch CT (HPCT) versus conventional pitch-mode technique (multidetector CT [MDCT]). METHODS: After written informed consent, 55 patients (median age, 11 years; range, 3-17 years) were prospectively included in this institutional review board-approved study...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Jong-Woo Jeong, Changsun Yu, Jong-Hwa Lee, Kyoung-Sik Moon, Eunhee Kim, Sung-Eun Yoo, Tae-Sung Koo
KR33493, a newly developed FAS-associated factor 1 (FAF1) inhibitor for Parkinson's disease, is being evaluated in a Phase I clinical trial. In the present study, the subchronic toxicity of KR33493 in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats and beagle dogs was investigated at various oral doses for 28 and 14 days, respectively. During the study, food consumption, body weights, organ weights, gross findings, and mortality were examined; and ophthalmoscopy, electrocardiography, hematology, serum biochemistry, urinalysis, histopathology, and toxicokinetics were performed...
September 21, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Paul Wexberg, Marion Avanzini, Julia Mascherbauer, Stefan Pfaffenberger, Birgit Freudenthaler, Reginald Bittner, Günther Bernert, Franz Weidinger
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease that occurs in males leading to immobility and death in early adulthood. Female carriers of DMD are generally asymptomatic, yet frequently develop dilated cardiomyopathy. This study aims to detect early cardiac manifestation in DMD using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and to evaluate its association with clinical symptoms. METHODS: Clinical assessment of DMD carriers included six minutes walk tests (6MWT), blood analysis, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and CMR using FLASH sequences to detect late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Giuseppe Di Gioia, Antonio Creta, Cosimo Marco Campanale, Mario Fittipaldi, Riccardo Giorgino, Fabio Quintarelli, Umberto Satriano, Alessandro Cruciani, Vincenzo Antinolfi, Stefano Di Berardino, Davide Costanzo, Ranieri Bettini, Giuseppe Mangiameli, Marco Caricato, Giovanni Mottini
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a marker of pediatric hypertension and predicts development of cardiovascular events. Electrocardiography (ECG) screening is used in pediatrics to detect LVH thanks to major accessibility, reproducibility and easy to use compared to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), that remains the standard technique. Several diseases were previously investigated, but no data exists regarding our study population. The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship between electrocardiographic and echocardiographic criteria of LVH in normotensive African children...
2016: PeerJ
Zheng-Li Wang, Li-Zhong Du, Yi-Yu Chen, Lu-Quan Li, Qi Lu, Ying Liu, Lu-Ying Cao, Yu He, Jia-Lin Yu
BACKGROUND: Critical value reporting has been widely adopted by hospitals throughout the world, but there were few reports about neonatal critical values. This study aimed to analyze characteristics of the neonatal critical values considered at our center and to provide information on improving neonatal intensive care. METHODS: A retrospective study of critical values at a newborn tertiary center in China was conducted to assess neonatal critical values according to test, distribution, reporting time, patient outcome and the impact to the therapy...
September 20, 2016: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
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