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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422654/novel-mri-technique-enables-non-invasive-measurement-of-atrial-wall-thickness
#1
Marta Varela, Ross Morgan, Adeline Theron, Desmond Dillon-Murphy, Henry Chubb, John Whitaker, Markus Henningsson, Paul Aljabar, Tobias Schaeffter, Christoph Kolbitsch, Oleg V Aslanidi
Knowledge of atrial wall thickness (AWT) has the potential to provide important information for patient stratification and the planning of interventions in atrial arrhythmias. To date, information about AWT has only been acquired in post-mortem or poor-contrast CT studies, providing limited coverage and highly variable estimates of AWT. We present a novel contrast agent-free MRI sequence for imaging AWT and use it to create personalized AWT maps and a biatrial atlas. A novel black-blood phase-sensitive inversion recovery protocol was used to image 10 volunteers and 2 atrial fibrillation patients, as proof of concept...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408329/highest-dominant-frequency-and-rotor-positions-are-robust-markers-of-driver-location-during-non-invasive-mapping-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-computational-study
#2
Miguel Rodrigo, Andreu M Climent, Alejandro Liberos, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Omer Berenfeld, Felipe Atienza, Maria S Guillem
BACKGROUND: Dominant Frequency (DF) and rotor mapping have been proposed as non-invasive techniques to guide localization of drivers maintaining atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the robustness of both techniques in identifying atrial drivers non-invasively under the effect of electrical noise or model uncertainties. METHODS: Inverse-computed DFs and phase maps were obtained on 30 different mathematical AF simulations. Epicardial Highest DF (HDF) regions and rotor location were compared with the same inverse-computed measurements after addition of noise to the ECG, size variations of the atria and linear or angular deviations in the atrial location inside the thorax...
April 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400367/health-literacy-and-awareness-of-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Stephanie R Reading, Alan S Go, Margaret C Fang, Daniel E Singer, In-Lu Amy Liu, Mary Helen Black, Natalia Udaltsova, Kristi Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common clinically significant arrhythmia in adults and a major risk factor for ischemic stroke. Nonetheless, previous research suggests that many individuals diagnosed with AF lack awareness about their diagnosis and inadequate health literacy may be an important contributing factor to this finding. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined the association between health literacy and awareness of an AF diagnosis in a large, ethnically diverse cohort of Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern California adults diagnosed with AF between January 1, 2006 and June 30, 2009...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387822/differences-in-the-structural-characteristics-and-distribution-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-between-left-and-right-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Hideyuki Hasebe, Kentaro Yoshida, Masataka Iida, Naoki Hatano, Toshiro Muramatsu, Akihiko Nogami, Kazutaka Aonuma
Aims: Right atrial (RA) fibrillation (RAF) was previously characterized by initiation from RA ectopies, presence of a right-to-left dominant frequency gradient during atrial fibrillation (AF), and augmentation of the gradient by adenosine triphosphate infusion. We investigated structural characteristics of the bi-atria and epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume in patients with RAF. Methods and results: By using multidetector computed tomography, RA, left atrial (LA), right and LA appendage (RAA and LAA, respectively) volumes, pulmonary vein (PV) sizes, and EAT volumes were compared between the RAF group (n = 8) and LA fibrillation (LAF) group (n = 32)...
April 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363682/twelve-month-outcome-of-patients-with-an-established-indication-for-oral-anticoagulation-undergoing-coronary-artery-stenting-and-stratified-by-the-baseline-risk-of-bleeding-insights-from-the-warfarin-and-coronary-stenting-war-stent-registry
#5
Andrea Rubboli, Francesco Saia, Alessandro Sciahbasi, Antonio M Leone, Cataldo Palmieri, Maria Letizia Bacchi-Reggiani, Paolo Calabrò, Barbara Bordoni, Giacomo Piccalò, Nicoletta Franco, Annamaria Nicolino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Luigi Vignali, Stefano Mameli, Michele Dallago, Stefano Maggiolini, Luigi Steffanon, Giancarlo Piovaccari, Giuseppe Di Pasquale
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcome of patients with an established indication for oral anticoagulation (OAC) undergoing coronary stent implantation (PCI-S) and stratified by the baseline risk of bleeding. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The database of the prospective, multicentre, observational WAR-STENT registry (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00722319) was analyzed and patients with atrial fibrillation and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2, mechanical heart valve, prior cardiac embolism, intra-cardiac thrombus and recent venous thromboembolism who were treated with either triple (warfarin, aspirin and clopidogrel) or dual (warfarin and clopidogrel) or dual antiplatelet (aspirin and clopidogrel) therapy, identified...
March 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345131/effect-of-botulinum-toxin-on-inducibility-and-maintenance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-ovine-myocardial-tissue
#6
Alireza Nazeri, Anand V Ganapathy, Ali Massumi, Mehran Massumi, Egemen Tuzun, Raymond Stainback, Ana-Maria Segura, Macarthur A Elayda, Mehdi Razavi
BACKGROUND: Aberrant vagal stimulation may promote the generation and propagation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Researchers have suggested that botulinum toxin (BTX), a neurotoxin that decreases neural vagal stimulation, may decrease the incidence of postoperative AF. The exact electrophysiologic mechanism underlying the observations and histopathologic alterations associated with BTX are unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the electrophysiologic, functional, and histopathologic effects of BTX on fibrillation induction in ovine atria...
March 27, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343787/relationship-between-rotors-and-complex-fractionated-electrograms-in-atrial-fibrillation-using-a-novel-computational-analysis
#7
Pedro Adragão, Pedro Carmo, Diogo Cavaco, João Carmo, António Ferreira, Francisco Moscoso Costa, Maria Salomé Carvalho, João Mesquita, Rita Quaresma, Francisco Belo Morgado, Miguel Mendes
INTRODUCTION: Rotors and complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) have been suggested as possible therapeutic targets in ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between rotors and CFAEs in patients with AF. METHODS: We studied 18 patients with AF (mean age 69±8 years, 33% female) who underwent rotor ablation and pulmonary vein isolation. Endocardial mapping was performed with a basket catheter to identify the presence, number and location of rotors and CFAEs...
April 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328743/acetylcholine-atropine-interactions-paradoxical-effects-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility
#8
Yu Liu, Benjamin J Scherlag, Youqi Fan, Wenfang Xia, He Huang, Sunny S Po
Atropine (ATr) is well known as a cholinergic antagonist, however, at low concentrations ATr could paradoxically accentuate the parasympathetic actions of acetylcholine (ACh). In 22 pentobarbital anesthetized dogs, via a left and right thoracotomy, a leak proof barrier was attached to isolate the atrial appendages (AAs) from the rest of the atria. In Group 1(Ach+ATr+Ach), ACh, 100 mM, was placed on the AA followed by the application of ATr, 2mg/cc. The average AFdur was 17±7 minutes. After ATr was applied to the AA and ACh again tested, the AFdur was markedly attenuated (2±2 minutes, p<0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322838/effect-of-antiarrhythmic-drugs-on-small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels
#9
Rafel Simó-Vicens, Daniel R P Sauter, Morten Grunnet, Jonas G Diness, Bo H Bentzen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. Current pharmacological treatment for AF is moderately effective and/or increases the risk of serious ventricular adverse effects. To avoid ventricular adverse effects, a new target has been considered, the small conductance calcium-activated K(+) channels (KCa2.X, SK channels). In the heart, KCa2.X channels are functionally more important in atria compared to ventricles, and pharmacological inhibition of the channel confers atrial selective prolongation of the cardiac action potential and converts AF to sinus rhythm in animal models of AF...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320863/rac1-gtpase-regulates-11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2-and-fibrotic-remodeling
#10
Daniel Lavall, Pia Schuster, Nadine Jacobs, Andrey Kazakov, Michael Böhm, Ulrich Laufs
The aim of the study was to characterize the role of Rac1 GTPase for the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediated pro-fibrotic remodeling. Transgenic mice with cardiac overexpression of constitutively active Rac1 (RacET) develop an age-dependent phenotype with atrial dilatation, fibrosis and atrial fibrillation. Expression of MR was similar in RacET and wild-type (WT) mice. The expression of 11β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) was age-dependently upregulated in the atria and the left ventricles of RacET mice on mRNA and protein level...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
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Simon Antoine Sarr, Abdou Majib Gaye, Fatou Aw, Jean de Dieu Nzambaza, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Mouhamadou Bamba Ndiaye, Adama Kane, Maboury Diao, Serigne Abdou Ba
BACKGROUND Cardiac lymphoma is a rare entity, defined by the non-extra cardiac location at diagnosis. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 32-year-old female with no particular medical history, who presented with right heart failure with recurrent ascites and pleural effusion. There was a progressive worsening exertional dyspnea. On admission, examination revealed an irregular tachycardia at 170 beats per minute (bpm) and congestive heart failure. The electrocardiogram scored full tachyarrhythmia by atrial fibrillation with an average ventricular rate of 179 cycles per minute...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315567/a-practical-guide-for-building-a-highway-between-atria-during-transseptal-puncture-without-radiation
#12
Yuan Yuan, Deyong Long, Caihua Sang, Ling Tao, Jianzeng Dong, Changsheng Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether switching the ablation catheter between the right and left atria through transseptal puncture site can be accurately performed without fluoroscopy. METHODS: Forty patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (mean age, 60.2±7.4 years; 65% males) got "2C3L" approach were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to undergo either crossing interatrial septum guided by fluoroscopy (trackless group) or crossing septum guided by track image that was mapped by Carto3 system (track group)...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314801/characterization-of-foci-and-breakthrough-sites-during-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-studies-using-high-density-510-512-electrodes-biatrial-epicardial-mapping
#13
Seungyup Lee, Jayakumar Sahadevan, Celeen M Khrestian, Alan Markowitz, Albert L Waldo
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation is maintained by activation emanating from foci and breakthrough sites of different cycle lengths (CLs). The purpose of this study was to characterize the behavior of focal and nonrandom breakthrough activation identified during high-density mapping of atrial fibrillation in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: During open heart surgery, we recorded activation from both atria simultaneously using 510 to 512 epicardial electrodes along with ECG lead II in 12 patients with persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291708/transvenous-electrical-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-two-dogs
#14
S W Jung, D K Newhard, K Harrelson
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by uncoordinated electrical activation of the atria that leads to the loss of atrial mechanical function and atrial fibrosis as a substrate promoting maintenance of rhythm abnormality. Transvenous electrical cardioversion has not been previously reported in the dog. The authors demonstrate the use of this technique for successful cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in two dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy.
March 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290802/-electroimpedance-methods-of-investigation-of-cardiac-activity
#15
A I Malakhov, A N Tikhomirov, S I Shchukin, I A Kudashov, A V Kobelev, Yu N Belenkov, G A Shakaryants, M V Kozhevnikova, V Yu Kaplunova
of the present work was assessment of possibility to use modern electroimpedace methods for the study of activity of the heart. Electroimpemdace methods of measurement for many years remained in the shadow of other diagnostic methods because of low accuracy in evaluation of various parameters. At present, there are technologies of measurement which allow to carry out electroimpedance investigations of cardiac activity dynamically and with acceptable accuracy. In this article, we present methods of electroimpedace measurements created in Institute of Biomedical Equipment of N...
December 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290788/-the-myocardial-sleeves-of-the-pulmonary-veins-potential-implications-for-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Y V Egorov, L V Rozenshtrauh
Pulmonary veins (PVs) are thought to play an important role in the initiation of atrial fibrillation. However, systematic microelectrode studies from different regions of the left atria and PV myocardium remain limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 2-microelectrode technique was used to characterize electrophysiological properties of rat left atrial and PV myocardium, at baseline and during electrical stimulation. PV myocardium was characterized by prolonged action potential duration (APD) (74+/-2 ms in the PV mouth vs...
February 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290548/atrial-structure-function-and-arrhythmogenesis-in-aged-and-frail-mice
#17
Hailey J Jansen, Motahareh Moghtadaei, Martin Mackasey, Sara A Rafferty, Oleg Bogachev, John L Sapp, Susan E Howlett, Robert A Rose
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is prevalent in aging populations; however not all individuals age at the same rate. Instead, individuals of the same chronological age can vary in health status from fit to frail. Our objective was to determine the impacts of age and frailty on atrial function and arrhythmogenesis in mice using a frailty index (FI). Aged mice were more frail and demonstrated longer lasting AF compared to young mice. Consistent with this, aged mice showed longer P wave duration and PR intervals; however, both parameters showed substantial variability suggesting differences in health status among mice of similar chronological age...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274566/postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-the-role-of-the-inflammatory-response
#18
Yosuke Ishii, Richard B Schuessler, Sydney L Gaynor, Kiyomi Hames, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: Abnormal atrial conduction has been shown to be a substrate for postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). This study aimed to determine the relationship between the location of the atrial reentry responsible for POAF, and degree of atrial inflammation. METHODS: Normal mongrel dogs (n = 18) were divided into 3 groups: anesthesia alone (anesthesia), lateral right atriotomy (atriotomy), and lateral right atriotomy with anti-inflammatory therapy (steroid)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268378/development-of-a-novel-probabilistic-algorithm-for-localization-of-rotors-during-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Prasanth Ganesan, Anthony Salmin, Elizabeth M Cherry, Behnaz Ghoraani
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications. Catheter ablation has been commonly used to destroy triggering sources of AF in the atria and consequently terminate the arrhythmia. However, efficient and accurate localization of the AF sustaining sources known as rotors is a major challenge in catheter ablation. In this paper, we developed a novel probabilistic algorithm that can adaptively guide a Lasso diagnostic catheter to locate the center of a rotor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255079/frequency-gradient-within-coronary-sinus-predicts-the-long-term-outcome-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation
#20
Xiaomeng Yin, Ziming Zhao, Lianjun Gao, Dong Chang, Xianjie Xiao, Rongfeng Zhang, Qi Chen, Jie Cheng, Yanzong Yang, Yutao Xi, Yunlong Xia
BACKGROUND: The coronary sinus (CS), as a junction of the atria, contributes to atrial fibrillation (AF) by developing unstable reentry, and isolating the atria by ablation at the CS could terminate AF. The present study evaluated whether AF activities at the CS in a subset of patients contributed to AF maintenance and predicted clinical outcome of ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 122 consecutive patients who had a first-time radiofrequency ablation for persistent AF...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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