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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452989/prognostic-role-of-cardiac-calcifications-in-primary-prevention-a-powerful-marker-of-adverse-outcome-highly-dependent-on-underlying-cardiac-rhythm
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Carmine Mazzone, Gianni Cioffi, Concetta Di Nora, Giulia Barbati, Federica Guidetti, Pompilio Faggiano, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giorgio Faganello, Endria Casanova Borca, Andrea Di Lenarda
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence exists regarding calcium detected in aortic cusps and/or mitral annulus (AOC_MAC) at transthoracic echocardiogram as a predictor of cardiovascular (CV) events and mortality. PURPOSE: To verify whether AOC_MAC has a prognostic role in the setting of primary prevention independently of the presence of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: All subjects consecutively referred from January 2011 to October 2014 to the Cardiovascular Centre for CV risk assessment in primary prevention were selected...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407081/major-bleeding-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-risk-prediction-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-attention-to-modifiable-bleeding-risk-factors-or-use-of-a-bleeding-risk-stratification-score-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Tze-Fan Chao, Gregory Y H Lip, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: While modifiable bleeding risks should be addressed in all patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), use of a bleeding risk score enables clinicians to 'flag up' those at risk of bleeding for more regular patient contact reviews. We compared a risk assessment strategy for major bleeding and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) based on modifiable bleeding risk factors (referred to as a 'MBR factors' score) against established bleeding risk stratification scores (HEMORR 2 HAGES, HAS-BLED, ATRIA, ORBIT)...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402528/influence-of-chronic-volume-overload-induced-atrial-remodeling-on-electrophysiological-responses-to-cholinergic-receptor-stimulation-in-the-isolated-rat-atria
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Xin Cao, Megumi Aimoto, Marie Fukumoto, Yoshinobu Nagasawa, Hikaru Tanaka, Akira Takahara
Whereas molecular mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) have been widely investigated, there is limited information regarding interrelation between chronic volume overload and parasympathetic nervous system in the pathophysiology of AF. In this study, we investigated the influence of abdominal aorto-venocaval shunt (AVS)-induced atrial remodeling on electrophysiological responses to cholinergic receptor stimulation in the isolated rat atria. Interstitial fibrosis, cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and atrial enlargement, known as structural arrhythmogenic substrates for AF, took place after one month of AVS operation...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378361/assessment-of-thrombotic-risk-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-ultrasound-molecular-imaging-of-p-selectin
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Yuanwen Jing, Yinlan Hu, Hairui Li, Junfen Wang, Xiaoyun Si, Hao Zheng, Jian Liu, Wangjun Liao, Yulin Liao, Jianping Bin
Molecular imaging of inflammatory mediators in atria may contribute to thrombotic risk assessment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We investigated the feasibility of ultrasound molecular imaging (UMI) targeted to P-selectin to assess thrombotic risk in AF. Rat AF models were established with rapid atrial pacing. Microbubbles targeted to P-selectin were injected into the rats, followed by left atrial (LA) UMI examination. Furthermore, P-selectin, platelets (PLTs), fibrin and tissue factor (TF) of LA were detected by histopathology and scanning electron microscopy...
February 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352041/stress-signaling-jnk2-crosstalk-with-camkii-underlies-enhanced-atrial-arrhythmogenesis
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Jiajie Yan, Weiwei Zhao, Justin K Thomson, Xianlong Gao, Dominic M DeMarco, Elena Carrillo, Biyi Chen, Xiaomin Wu, Kenneth S Ginsburg, Mamdouh Bakhos, Donald M Bers, Mark E Anderson, Long-Sheng Song, Michael Fill, Xun Ai
Rationale: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and advanced age is an inevitable and predominant AF risk factor. However, the mechanisms that couple aging and AF propensity remain unclear, making targeted therapeutic interventions unattainable. Objective: To explore the functional role of an important stress-response c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ handling and consequently Ca2+-mediated atrial arrhythmias. Methods and Results: We employed a series of cutting-edge electrophysiological and molecular techniques, exploited the power of transgenic mouse models to detail the molecular mechanism, and verified its clinical applicability in parallel studies on donor human hearts...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324261/platelet-toll-like-receptor-and-its-ligand-hmgb-1-expression-is-increased-in-the-left-atrium-of-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Kadri Murat Gurses, Duygu Kocyigit, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Banu Evranos, Ugur Canpolat, Hikmet Yorgun, Levent Sahiner, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation(AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Its most feared sequelae are stroke and peripheral thromboembolism due to atrial thrombi formation. Mechanisms underlying the relationship between platelet activation and left atrial thrombi have not been clearly elucidated yet. We aimed to investigate whether immune-mediated platelet activation occurred in AF patients in this cross-sectional study. METHODS: Persistent and paroxysmal AF patients who underwent cryoballoon-based AF ablation between March 2015 and July 2016 were included as the patient group...
January 8, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318371/proteomics-and-transcriptomics-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Marc Sühling, Carmen Wolke, Christian Scharf, Uwe Lendeckel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common tachyarrhythmia. AF, due to substantial remodeling processes initiated in the atria, is a typically self-sustaining and progressive disease. Atrial remodeling has been intensively investigated at the molecular level in recent decades. Although the application of "omics" technologies has already significantly contributed to our current understanding of the pathophysiology of AF, the complexity of the latter and the large heterogeneity of AF patients remained a major limitation...
January 9, 2018: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274754/the-has-bled-atria-and-orbit-bleeding-scores-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-using-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
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Gregory Y H Lip, Flemming Skjøth, Peter Brønnum Nielsen, Jette Nordstrøm Kjældgaard, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen
BACKGROUND: Various bleeding risk scores have been proposed to assess the risk of bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) taking oral anticoagulants (OAC). Limited data are available with these scores, in users of non-Vitamin K antagonist OACs (NOACs). METHODS: Using the Danish registries we evaluated and compared the risk classification properties of the HAS-BLED, ATRIA and ORBIT scores for predicting major bleeding in 57,930 atrial fibrillation patients (44...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250296/focal-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-superior-vena-cava
#9
Andres Enriquez, Jackson J Liang, Pasquale Santangeli, Francis E Marchlinski, Michael P Riley
We report the case of a 66 year-old male who underwent catheter ablation for drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) at our institution. Radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed using a three-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system. During ablation of the pulmonary veins (PV), right atrial ectopics were noted to repeatedly trigger AF and atrial tachycardia (AT). After PV isolation, mapping of the right atrium revealed that the superior vena cava (SVC) was in AF, while both atria were in an organized AT...
April 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250264/comparison-of-initial-la-patterns-as-the-road-to-successful-endocardial-box-lesion-ablation
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Aleksei S Kovalev, Leo A Bockeria, Andrey G Filatov
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in the population. Still there is no unity in understanding of mechanisms and their influence on catheter ablation results. In our study we tried to evaluate accurate initial quantitative indicators of electromechanical remodeling that can border patients from expected good to expected poor results of catheter ablation. We performed electroanatomical mapping and ablation procedures in 94 patient (45 female) in 2012 with 3-year follow-up period. The target points were left atria surface area, complex fragmentation atrial electrograms (CFAE) duration and surface area...
February 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250221/sinus-rhythm-restoration-after-radiofrequency-ablation-improves-survival-in-patients-undergoing-mitral-valve-surgery-a-eight-year-single-center-study
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Carlo Rostagno, Irene Capecchi, Sandro Gelsomino, Enrico Carone, Pier Luigi Stefàno
Background: The usefulness of radiofrequency (RF) ablation in restoring sinus rhythm in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing surgery for mitral valve has been demonstrated. But whether sinus rhythm recovery affects long-term survival is less clear. Methods: This study included 301 consecutive patients (126 men and 175 women, age 69±6 years) undergoing radiofrequency ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation along with mitral valve surgery...
June 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223114/regional-conduction-velocity-calculation-from-clinical-multichannel-electrograms-in-human-atria
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Bhawna Verma, Tobias Oesterlein, Axel Loewe, Armin Luik, Claus Schmitt, Olaf Dössel
BACKGROUND: During atrial fibrillation, heterogeneities and anisotropies result in a chaotic propagation of the depolarization wavefront. The electrophysiological parameter called conduction velocity (CV) influences the propagation pattern over the atrium. We present a method that determines the regional CV for deformed catheter shapes, which result due to the catheter movement and changing wall contact. METHODS: The algorithm selects stable catheter positions, finds the local activation times (LAT), considers the wall contact and calculates all CV estimates within the area covered by the catheter...
November 26, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218016/synergistic-anti-arrhythmic-effects-in-human-atria-with-combined-use-of-sodium-blockers-and-acacetin
#13
Haibo Ni, Dominic G Whittaker, Wei Wang, Wayne R Giles, Sanjiv M Narayan, Henggui Zhang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Developing effective and safe anti-AF drugs remains an unmet challenge. Simultaneous block of both atrial-specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier potassium (K+) current (IKur) and the Na+ current (INa) has been hypothesized to be anti-AF, without inducing significant QT prolongation and ventricular side effects. However, the antiarrhythmic advantage of simultaneously blocking these two channels vs. individual block in the setting of AF-induced electrical remodeling remains to be documented...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216985/eplerenone-reduces-atrial-fibrillation-burden-without-preventing-atrial%C3%A2-electrical-remodeling
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Yoshio Takemoto, Rafael J Ramirez, Kuljeet Kaur, Oscar Salvador-Montañés, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Steven R Ennis, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Omer Berenfeld, José Jalife
BACKGROUND: The aldosterone inhibitor eplerenone (EPL) has been shown to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with systolic heart failure, but the mechanism is unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that by reducing atrial dilation and fibrosis in the absence of heart failure, EPL also reduces AF burden and prevents AF perpetuation. METHODS: The authors conducted a randomized controlled study in 34 sheep that were atrially tachypaced (13 ± 1 week)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174249/low-interatrial-septal-pacing-a-simple-method
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Asit Das, Dhiman Kahali, Shibananda Dutta
BACKGROUND: Sinus node disease is associated with widespread structural and electrophysiological changes in the atria in addition to abnormalities at the sinus node. The atrial conduction disorder in patients with atrial pacing results in higher incidence of atrial fibrillation. Studies have shown that low interatrial septal pacing is superior to right atrial appendage pacing in preventing persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation in these patients. However, implantation of active fixation lead in low interatrial septal position is difficult and time consuming with conventional stylet, inhibiting application of this method in routine practice...
November 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166718/-value-of-two-left-atrium-and-pulmonary-vein-stereoscopic-imaging-reconstruction-methods-on-guiding-radiofrequency-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Y Tian, S Zhou, Y H Yin, Y X Zheng, R P Wang, X Q Liu, Z Q Liu, Q F Liu, W Liu, J Pang, Z Jiang, L H Tian, J Huang, L Yang
Objective: To compare the value of two 3D imaging reconstruction methods for left atria and pulmonary vein on guiding the catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: From January 2014 to January 2017, a total of 100 drug refractory paroxysmal AF patients were divided into left atria direct angiography group (n=50), and indirect angiography group (n=50). 3D CARTO system was applied for mapping and guiding the ablation procedure. Patients assigned to direct angiography group were treated as follows: intraoperative puncture of atrial septum, inject contrast agent directly into the left atrium, conduct left atrial and pulmonary venous rotation angiography, reconstruct three-dimensional image, integrate the image into real-time X-ray system to facilitate circumferential pulmonary vein isolation...
November 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163179/in-silico-assessment-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-ikur-inhibitors-in-chronic-atrial-fibrillation-role-of-kinetics-and-state-dependence-of-drug-binding
#17
Nicholas Ellinwood, Dobromir Dobrev, Stefano Morotti, Eleonora Grandi
Current pharmacological therapy against atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is limited by moderate efficacy and adverse side effects including ventricular proarrhythmia and organ toxicity. One way to circumvent the former is to target ion channels that are predominantly expressed in atria vs. ventricles, such as KV1.5, carrying the ultra-rapid delayed-rectifier K+ current (IKur). Recently, we used an in silico strategy to define optimal KV1.5-targeting drug characteristics, including kinetics and state-dependent binding, that maximize AF-selectivity in human atrial cardiomyocytes in normal sinus rhythm (nSR)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159313/fibrosis-and-atrial-fibrillation-computerized-and-optical-mapping-a-view-into-the-human-atria-at-submillimeter-resolution
#18
Brian J Hansen, Jichao Zhao, Vadim V Fedorov
Recent studies strongly suggest that the majority of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with diagnosed or subclinical cardiac diseases have established or even pre-existing fibrotic structural remodeling, which may lead to conduction abnormalities and reentrant activity that sustain AF. As conventional treatments fail to treat AF in far too many cases, an urgent need exists to identify specific structural arrhythmogenic fibrosis patterns, which may maintain AF, in order to identify effective ablation targets for AF treatment...
June 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146482/impaired-left-atrial-strain-as-a-predictor-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-aortic-valve-replacement-independently-of-left-atrial-size
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Guilherme Pessoa-Amorim, Jennifer Mancio, Luís Vouga, José Ribeiro, Vasco Gama, Nuno Bettencourt, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Left atrial dysfunction in aortic stenosis may precede atrial enlargement and predict the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). To test this hypothesis, we assessed left atrial function and determined its impact on the incidence of AF after aortic valve replacement. METHODS: A total of 149 severe aortic stenosis patients (74±8.6 years, 51% men) with no prior AF were assessed using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Left atrial function was evaluated using peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), peak atrial contraction strain (PACS), and phasic left atrial volumes...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146153/the-stress-kinase-jnk-regulates-gap-junction-cx43-gene-expression-and-promotes-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-aged-heart
#20
Jiajie Yan, Justin K Thomson, Weiwei Zhao, Xiaomin Wu, Xianlong Gao, Dominic DeMarco, Wei Kong, Min Tong, Jun Sun, Mamdouh Bakhos, Vladimir G Fast, Qingrong Liang, Sumanth D Prabhu, Xun Ai
BACKGROUND: The stress kinase c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) is critical in the pathogenesis of cardiac diseases associated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia in the elderly. We recently discovered that JNK activation is linked to the loss of gap junction connexin43 (Cx43) and enhanced atrial arrhythmogenicity. However, direct evidence for JNK-mediated impairment of intercellular coupling (cell-cell communication) in the intact aged atrium is lacking, as is evidence for whether and how JNK suppresses Cx43 in the aged human atrium...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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