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Shumpei Mori, Justin T Tretter, Takayoshi Toba, Yu Izawa, Natsuko Tahara, Tatsuya Nishii, Shinsuke Shimoyama, Hidekazu Tanaka, Toshiro Shinke, Ken-Ichi Hirata, Diane E Spicer, Farhood Saremi, Robert H Anderson
Introduction Knowledge of the anatomy of the membranous septum, as a surrogate to the location of the atrioventricular conduction axis, is a prerequisite for those undertaking transcatheter implantation of the aortic valve (TAVI). Equally important is its relationship of the virtual basal ring. This feature, however, has yet to be adequately described in the living heart. Materials and Methods We analyzed computed tomographic angiographic datasets from 107 candidates (84.1 ± 5.2 years, 68% women) for TAVI...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Anatomy
Nazmi Narin, Ozge Pamukcu, Aydin Tuncay, Ali Baykan, Suleyman Sunkak, Onur Tasci, Kazim Uzum, Levent Saltık
Untreated ventricular septal defect (VSD) is an important cause of congestive heart failure in early infancy. Growth is impaired in this population, and surgical closure is challenging because of congestion in the lungs, making infants prone to respiratory infection, and because of their poor nutritional status. The aim of this study is to share our experience with percutaneous VSD closure in patients under 1 year of age. Patients with hemodynamically significant left-to-right shunt, less than 1 year of age, and with VSD diameter ≤ 6 mm were retrospectively included in the study between December 2014 and January 2017...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Belén Prados, Paula Gómez-Apiñániz, Tania Papoutsi, Guillermo Luxán, Stephane Zaffran, José María Pérez-Pomares, José Luis de la Pompa
During mammalian heart development, restricted myocardial Bmp2 expression is a key patterning signal for atrioventricular canal specification and the epithelial-mesenchyme transition that gives rise to the valves. Using a mouse transgenic line conditionally expressing Bmp2, we show that widespread Bmp2 expression in the myocardium leads to valve and chamber dysmorphogenesis and embryonic death by E15.5. Transgenic embryos show thickened valves, ventricular septal defect, enlarged trabeculae and dilated ventricles, with an endocardium able to undergo EMT both in vivo and in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Kentaro Ando, Yuji Nakamura, Mihoko Hagiwara-Nagasawa, Hiroyuki Harada, Hiroyoshi Miyamoto, Naoki Inamura, Kan Takagi, Ai Goto, Koki Chiba, Nur Jaharat Lubna, Hiroko Izumi-Nakaseko, Atsuhiko T Naito, Atsushi Sugiyama
In order to better understand the variability of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic profiles of terfenadine between the previous studies as well as to qualitatively and quantitatively examine the proarrhythmic potential of its major active metabolite fexofenadine in comparison with that of terfenadine, we directly compared their electropharmacological effects with halothane-anesthetized dogs (n = 3). For this purpose, we adopted a cross-over design, which can directly compare the effects of terfenadine and fexofenadine under the identical metabolic condition...
2018: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Demosthenes G Katritsis, Roy M John, Rakesh Latchamsetty, Rahul G Muthalaly, Theodoros Zografos, George D Katritsis, William G Stevenson, Igor R Efimov, Fred Morady
BACKGROUND: Immunohistochemistry studies suggest that the anatomic substrate of the slow pathway in atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is the left inferior nodal extension. We hypothesized that slow pathway ablation from the left septum is an effective alternative to right-sided ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed our databases of AVNRT in search of cases that had used slow pathway ablation from the left septum because of failure of right septal ablation, and then prospectively subjected consenting patients to a left septal-only procedure...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Simon Mifsud, Emma Louise Schembri, Matthew Mercieca Balbi, Mark Gruppetta, James Clark
The authors report a case of a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with an irreversible second-degree atrioventricular (AV) Mobitz II 2:1 block temporally associated with profound hyponatraemia. The cause of the hyponatraemia was beer potomania. The co-occurrence of reversible first, second and third-degree heart blocks and hyponatraemia has been described in a few published case reports. However, this case is noteworthy as the AV block persisted, despite correction of serum sodium concentration as opposed to other published cases, which meant that the patient required a permanent pacemaker...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Juanjuan Zhao, Mathilda T M Mommersteeg
The Slit ligands and their Robo receptors are well-known for their roles during axon guidance in the central nervous system, but are still relatively unknown in the cardiac field. However, data from different animal models suggest a broad involvement of the pathway in many aspects of heart development, from cardiac cell migration and alignment, lumen formation, chamber formation, to the formation of the ventricular septum, semilunar and atrioventricular valves, caval veins and pericardium. Absence of one or more of the genes in the pathway results in defects ranging from bicuspid aortic valves to ventricular septal defects and abnormal venous connections to the heart...
March 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Huan Wang, Xiaoru Che
INTRODUCTION: Differentiation of wide QRS complex tachycardia required repeated electrophysiological stimuli and mapping. However, instability of tachycardia would increase the difficulty in differential diagnosis. SYMPTOMS AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: In this paper, we reported a wide QRS tachycardia following ablation of an atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia participated by a poster-septal accessory pathway. Limited differentiation strategy was performed because the wide QRS tachycardia was self-limited and with unstable hemodynamics...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
M Marin-Gracia, D Cantero-Lozano, E Garces-Anton, A Lopez-Bravo, A Garrido-Fernandez, M P Navarro-Perez, S Santos-Lasaosa, M Garces-Redondo
INTRODUCTION: Lacosamide is an antiepileptic drug whose exact mechanism of action remains unknown. It acts by increasing the slow inactivation of the voltage-dependent sodium channels of the cell membranes. It is indicated in the treatment of focal seizures with or without secondary generalisation and is occasionally used as adjunct treatment in neuropathic pain. Although the most frequent side effects are mild (dizziness, diplopia, blurred vision, headache, tremor, etc.), others such as supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, changes in repolarisation, atrioventricular blocks and even cardiac arrest or sudden death have been reported...
March 16, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Masao Takahashi, Nicolas Badenco, Jacques Monteau, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Fabrice Extramiana, Marina Urena, Nicole Karam, Eloi Marijon, Vincent Algalarrondo, Emmanuel Teiger, Nicolas Lellouche
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the impact of pacemaker mode programming on clinical outcomes in patients with high-degree atrioventricular conduction disturbance (AVCD) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: Although high-degree AVCD after TAVI can receive pacemaker, recovery of the AVCD is often observed. Specific pacemaker algorithms (AAI-DDD mode switch) are available which favor spontaneous atrioventricular conduction. METHODS: Of 1,621 consecutive multi-center TAVI patients, 269 (16...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Rajkumar Doshi, Dean H Decter, Perwaiz Meraj
BACKGROUND: This study sought to analyze in-hospital outcomes associated with pre-existing and newly implanted Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) in patients who underwent Transcatheter Aortic Valvular Replacement (TAVR). PPM implantation following the development of conduction abnormalities is a common adverse event following TAVR. Furthermore, PPM implantation rates are higher in TAVR patients compared to the surgical alternative, thus we have analyzed the predictors of pacing post-TAVR. METHODS: The study population was identified from the National Inpatient Sample Database between 2012 and 2014...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Ali Ayaon Albarrán, José Antonio Blázquez González, Ulises Ramírez Valdiris, José María Mesa García
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Alessandro Proclemer, Massimo Zecchin, Antonio D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Boriani, Domenico Facchin, Luca Rebellato, Marco Ghidina, Giulia Bianco, Emanuela Bernardelli, Elsa Pucher, Dario Gregori
BACKGROUND: The pacemaker (PM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) registry of the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC) monitors the main epidemiological data in real-world practice. The survey for the 2016 activity collects information about demographics, clinical characteristics, main indications for PM/ICD therapy and device types from the Italian collaborating centers. METHODS: The registry collects prospectively national PM and ICD implantation activity on the basis of European cards...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Unzue Leire, García Eulogio, Rodríguez Rodrigo Francisco José, Parra Jiménez Francisco Javier, Medina Peralta Juan, Díaz-Antón Belen, Rodríguez Del Río Miguel, Fontenla Adolfo, Teijeiro Rodrigo, Rubio-Alonso Belén
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to describe electrocardiographic changes and conduction abnormalities in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS: 76 patients who underwent TAVI using Edwards Sapien 3 prosthesis were included, comparing electrocardiographic registries at admission, post-procedure and before discharge. RESULTS: Patients after TAVI presented a longer PR interval, a wider QRS, and a longer corrected QT, with a left deviation of QRS axis and T waves; reversible changes that tended to correct in the following days after TAVI...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Muhammad Yasin, Noman Lateef, Mohammad Hassan Pervaiz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
Natasha L Lopez, Charitha Gowda, Carl H Backes, Deipanjan Nandi, Holly Miller-Tate, Samantha Fichtner, Robin Allen, Jamie Stewart, Clifford L Cua
INTRODUCTION: Neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) are at increased risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Initial hospital outcomes are well described, but minimal midterm data exist. Goal of this study was to compare outcomes of HLHS infants with NEC (HLHS-NEC) to HLHS without NEC (HLHS-nNEC) during the interstage period. METHODS: Data were reviewed from 55 centers using the NPC-QIC database. Case-control study with one HLHS-NEC matched to HLHS-nNEC neonates in a 1:3 ratio based on institutional site, type of surgical repair, and gestational age ±1 week was performed...
March 9, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Ji Yan, Shu Zhang, Dejia Huang, Xiaolin Xue, Jing Xu, Qianmin Tao, Weize Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Wei Hua, Yanchun Liang, Baopeng Tang, Wei Xu, Geng Xu, Xuejun Ren, Jingfeng Wang, Tao Guo, Shaobin Jia, Yugang Dong, Hong Jiang, Guosheng Fu, Liguang Zhu, Lin Chen, Fuli Tian, Feng Ling, Jianmei Li, Xiaoyong Qi, Yinglu Hao, Yutang Wang, Liangrong Zheng, Xiaoqun Pu, Farong Shen, Guangping Li, Hui Li, Fang Peng
In this trial, long-term therapeutic effects and clinical improvements in Chinese chronic heart failure patients optimized by QuickOpt or echocardiography were compared for atrioventricular (AV) and interventricular (VV) delay optimizations after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with pacing (CRT-P) or with pacing and defibrillator (CRT-D) therapy. One hundred and ninety-six subjects (50%) had dilated cardiomyopathy, 108 (27.6%) had ischemic heart disease and 112 (28.6%) were hypertensive and were randomized into QuickOpt (198) or echocardiographic optimization (control) (194) groups at ≤2-weeks post-implantation...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yalcin Velibey, Baris Yaylak, Tolga Sinan Guvenc, Goksel Cinier, Koray Kalenderoglu, Ozge Guzelburc, Ozlem Yildirimturk
BACKGROUND: Temporary transvenous pacemaker implantation is an important and critical procedure for emergency physicians. Traditionally, temporary pacemakers are inserted by electrocardiography (ECG) guidance in the emergency department because fluoroscopy at the bedside in an unstable patient can be limited by time and equipment availability. However, in the presence of atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, and patent foramen ovale, the pacemaker lead can be implanted inadvertently into the left ventricle or directly into the coronary sinus instead of right ventricle...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Elisabeth M J P Mouws, Eva A H Lanters, Christophe P Teuwen, Lisette J M E van der Does, Charles Kik, Paul Knops, Ameeta Yaksh, Jos A Bekkers, Ad J J C Bogers, Natasja M S de Groot
BACKGROUND: The influence of underlying heart disease or presence of atrial fibrillation (AF) on atrial excitation during sinus rhythm (SR) is unknown. We investigated atrial activation patterns and total activation times of the entire atrial epicardial surface during SR in patients with ischemic and/or valvular heart disease with or without AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Intraoperative epicardial mapping (N=128/192 electrodes, interelectrode distances: 2 mm) of the right atrium, Bachmann's bundle (BB), left atrioventricular groove, and pulmonary vein area was performed during SR in 253 patients (186 male [74%], age 66±11 years) with ischemic heart disease (N=132, 52%) or ischemic valvular heart disease (N=121, 48%)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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