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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445682/atrial-fibrillation-diagnostic-accuracy-of-coronary-ct-angiography-performed-with-a-whole-heart-230-%C3%A2%C2%B5m-spatial-resolution-ct-scanner
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Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Saima Mushtaq, Edoardo Conte, Marco Perchinunno, Marco Guglielmo, Valentina Volpato, Andrea Annoni, Andrea Baggiano, Alberto Formenti, Maria Elisabetta Mancini, Virginia Beltrama, Valentina Ditali, Alessandro Campari, Cesare Fiorentini, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
Purpose To assess image quality, interpretability, diagnostic accuracy, and radiation exposure of a computed tomography (CT) scanner with 16-cm coverage and 230-µm spatial resolution at coronary artery evaluation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) by using invasive coronary angiography (ICA) as the reference method and to compare the results with those obtained in patients with sinus rhythm (SR). Materials and Methods Written informed consent and institutional ethics committee approval were obtained...
April 26, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445598/dabigatran-enhances-platelet-reactivity-and-platelet-thrombin-receptor-expression-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-reply
#2
Alina Achilles, Annemarie Mohring, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Amin Polzin
Firstly, we would like to thank Bonello et al. for their comment on our recent publication. We completely agree that until now, data were contradicting regarding the impact of dabigatran on platelet reactivity. Additionally, we completely agree that during the last year, different groups have clearly shown enhanced platelet aggregation and platelet adhesion in dabigatran treated patients. [1-3] Furthermore, two different mechanisms have been described (enhanced platelet adhesion to the endothelium mediated by GPIb-α by Petzold et al...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444964/randomized-clinical-trial-of-landiolol-hydrochloride-for-the-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-postoperative-complications-after-oesophagectomy-for-cancer
#3
T Ojima, M Nakamori, M Nakamura, M Katsuda, K Hayata, T Kato, J Kitadani, H Tabata, A Takeuchi, H Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is common after oesophageal surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether landiolol hydrochloride was effective and safe in the prevention of atrial fibrillation after oesophagectomy, and to see whether a reduction in incidence of atrial fibrillation would reduce other postoperative complications. METHODS: This single-centre study enrolled patients scheduled for transthoracic oesophagectomy in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial between March 2013 and January 2016...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444773/mechanical-dispersion-and-global-longitudinal-strain-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predictors-of-appropriate-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-therapy-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ozkan Candan, Cetin Gecmen, Emrah Bayam, Ahmet Guner, Mehmet Celik, Cem Doğan
PURPOSE: In this study, we investigated whether mechanical dispersion which reflects electrical abnormality and other echocardiographic and clinic parameters predict appropriate ICD shock in patients undergone ICD implantation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Sixty-three patients who received ICD implantation for primary or secondary prevention were included in the study. Patients' clinical, electrocardiographic, 2D classic, and speckle tracking echocardiographic data were collected...
April 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444455/prevalence-predictors-and-prognostic-implications-of-residual-impairment-of-functional-capacity-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#5
Mohammad Abdelghani, Rafael Cavalcante, Yosuke Miyazaki, Robbert J de Winter, Rogério Sarmento-Leite, José A Mangione, Alexandre Abizaid, Pedro A Lemos, Patrick W Serruys, Fabio S de Brito
BACKGROUND: Patients with degenerative aortic stenosis (AS) referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) typically have advanced cardiac and vascular adverse remodeling and multiple comorbidities and, therefore, might not recover a normal functional capacity after valve replacement. We sought to investigate the prevalence, the predictors, and the prognostic impact of residual impairment of functional capacity after TAVI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Out of 790 patients undergoing TAVI with impaired functional capacity (NYHA II-IV) at baseline, NYHA functional class improved in 592 (86...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444307/left-atrial-volume-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-radiofrequency-ablation-a-meta-analysis
#6
Augustine Njoku, Munish Kannabhiran, Rishi Arora, Pratap Reddy, Rakesh Gopinathannair, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, Paari Dominic
Aims: Left atrial (LA) diameter is a predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence following radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA). However, LA volume (LAV) is more accurate in assessing LA size. Studies evaluating LAV as a predictor of AF recurrence are contradictory; therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to assess whether LAV is an independent predictor of AF recurrence following RFA. Methods and results: All studies reporting LAV/LAV index (LAVi) as a predictor of AF recurrence following RFA were included...
April 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444228/improved-outcome-and-cost-effectiveness-in-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-under-general-anaesthetic
#7
Claire A Martin, James P Curtain, Parag R Gajendragadkar, David A Begley, Simon P Fynn, Andrew A Grace, Patrick M Heck, Kiran Salaunkey, Munmohan S Virdee, Sharad Agarwal
Aims: Outcome of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation remains suboptimal. Techniques employed to reduce arrhythmia recurrence rate are more likely to be embraced if cost-effectiveness can be demonstrated. A single-centre observational study assessed whether use of general anaesthesia (GA) in persistent AF ablation improved outcome and was cost-effective. Methods and results: Two hundred and ninety two patients undergoing first ablation procedures for persistent AF under conscious sedation or GA were followed...
April 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444176/-j-waves-induced-after-short-coupling-intervals-a-manifestations-of-latent-depolarization-abnormality
#8
Yoshifusa Aizawa, Masafumi Nakayama, Masahito Sato, Masaaki Okabe, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Seiji Takatsuki, Keiichi Fukuda
Aims: To confirm the presence of tachycardia-induced slur or notch in the terminal portion of the QRS complexes in a general patient population. Methods and results: A tachycardia-induced J wave was defined as a slur or notch in the terminal portion of the QRS complexes newly induced at short RR intervals during atrial premature contractions (APCs) or atrial electrical stimulation in the electrophysiological study (EPS). Twenty-three out of 2000 patients with general diseases were involved...
April 24, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443594/diastolic-electrocardiographic-parameters-predict-implantable-device-detected-asymptomatic-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Ahmet İlker Tekkeşin, Yalçın Velibey, Ceyhan Türkkan, Ahmet Taha Alper, Yasin Çakıllı, Tolga Sinan Güvenç, Ozan Tanık, Adnan Kaya, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Nazmiye Özbilgin, Özge Güzelburç, Ahmet Öz, Regayip Zehir, Kadir Gürkan
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common clinically significant arrhythmia. It is now established that atrial high rate episodes (AHRE) correlate highly with AF. AIMS: Present study aimed to investigate the relation between diastolic electrocardiographic parameters and subclinical AF detected by cardiac implantable electronic devices. STUDY DESIGN: This study was cross-sectional study that included a total of 203 patients who had a DDDR pacemaker due to sinus node dysfunction...
April 6, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442234/impact-of-restrictive-lung-disorder-on-cardiovascular-mortality-in-a-general-population-the-yamagata-takahata-study
#10
Yuki Honda, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoko Shibata, Yoichiro Otaki, Shinpei Kadowaki, Taro Narumi, Tetsuya Takahashi, Daisuke Kinoshita, Miyuki Yokoyama, Satoshi Nishiyama, Hiroki Takahashi, Takanori Arimoto, Tetsuro Shishido, Sumito Inoue, Takuya Miyamoto, Tsuneo Konta, Ryo Kawasaki, Makoto Daimon, Takeo Kato, Yoshiyuki Ueno, Takamasa Kayama, Isao Kubota
BACKGROUND: Obstructive lung disorder (OLD) is known to be associated with cardiovascular disease. However, the impact of restrictive lung disorder (RLD) on cardiovascular mortality has not been fully investigated in the apparently healthy general population. OBJECTIVES: To clarify whether RLD is associated with cardiovascular mortality in the general population. METHODS AND RESULTS: This community-based cohort study included 3247 subjects who participated in an annual health check in Takahata...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442233/the-chads2-and-cha2ds2-vasc-scores-predict-atrial-fibrillation-in-dyslipidemic-individuals-role-of-incorporating-low-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-levels
#11
Fotios Barkas, Moses Elisaf, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Stavroula Tsiara, Evangelos Liberopoulos
AIM: To investigate the value of CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores in predicting atrial fibrillation (AF) among dyslipidemic individuals and assess the additional value of incorporating low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). METHODS: This observational study included 1241 individuals attending a lipid clinic. Models including clinical and laboratory parameters were constructed to test the predictive value of CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores as well as low HDL-C levels for incident AF...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441850/-clinical-application-of-one-stage-operation-of-epicardial-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-and-cardiac-surgery
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C L Ren, S L Jiang, C S Xiao, R Wang, C Q Gao
Objective: To summarize the results and clinical application experience of one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. Methods: From November 2014 to July 2016, 15 patients (9 males and 6 females) with ages ranging from 50 to 73 (63.5±6.2) years requiring cardiac surgery with bradycardia underwent one-stage operation of epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. All operations were performed under general anesthesia with chest median incision approach...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440600/impact-of-atrial-fibrillation-detected-by-extended-monitoring-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Mathias C Busch, Stefan Gross, Dietrich Alte, Jan A Kors, Henry Völzke, Till Ittermann, André Werner, Anne Krüger, Raila Busch, Marcus Dörr, Stephan B Felix
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of extended monitoring of AF in the general population is unclear. The study evaluated the detection of AF using transtelephonic electrocardiography and the clinical relevance of additional AF findings, especially with regard to stroke risk and mortality. METHODS: The data of 1678 volunteers participating in the tele-ECG-subproject of the Study of Health in Pomerania was evaluated. Occurrence of AF as revealed by tele-ECG and conventional ECG was evaluated...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440455/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-mediated-enhanced-inducibility-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-canine-system-inflammation-model
#14
Ying-Ying Chen, Ze-Wei Sun, Jian-Ping Jiang, Xiao-Dong Kang, Lin-Lin Wang, Yue-Liang Shen, Xu-Dong Xie, Liang-Rong Zheng
The exact mechanism associated with inflammation and atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the roles of connexin 43 (Cx43) and a1‑adrenergic receptor (α1‑AR) activation in the pathogenesis of system inflammation‑induced AF. A canine model of chronic low‑grade system inflammation was established by administrating a low dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.1 µg/kg) for 2 weeks. Programmed stimulation was applied on the right atrial appendage to determine the effective refractory periods (ERP) and the window of vulnerability (WOV)...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439778/dabigatran-etexilate-appropriate-use-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-in-the-elderly-patients
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Mauro Molteni, Mario Bo, Giovanni Di Minno, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Simonetta Genovesi, Danilo Toni, Paolo Verdecchia
Dabigatran etexilate (DE) is a direct thrombin inhibitor, which has been approved for the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Despite large randomized clinical trials and independent observational studies providing robust data concerning DE safety and efficacy, some physicians still perceive mild-to-moderate renal impairment and old age as a relative contraindication to its use. In this article, we review the available scientific evidence supporting the use of DE in these clinical situations...
April 24, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439660/catheter-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-results-of-circumferential-pulmonary-vein-ablation-in-combination-with-a-linear-lesion-at-the-roof-of-the-left-atrium
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Klaus Kettering, Dag-Hau Yim, Caroline Albert, Felix Gramley
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has become the first line of therapy in patients with symptomatic, recurrent, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. However, catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation is still a challenge. Various relatively complex ablation strategies exist and their results are not very favorable. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate a well-defined reasonable approach to catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation. The strategy consisted of a circumferential pulmonary vein ablation in combination with a linear lesion at the roof of the left atrium...
April 24, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439618/-radiofrequency-current-or-cryoballoon-for-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-hot-or-cold
#17
B Reissmann, K-H Kuck, A Metzner
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. The aim of therapy in symptomatic patients is the establishment of a stable sinus rhythm (SR). Catheter ablation with isolation of the pulmonary veins is the essential component of all forms of ablation therapy and provides the most effective treatment option. The most frequently used technologies for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) are radiofrequency current (RFC)-based and cryoballoon (CB)-guided ablation. Irrespective of the simplification of PVI, CB ablation is characterized by a short learning curve and short procedural times and demonstrated non-inferiority with respect to safety and efficacy when directly compared to RFC ablation for the treatment of patients with paroxysmal AF; however, the clinical outcome in patients with persistent AF is often insufficient when performing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone for stabilization of SR...
April 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439617/-stroke-prophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation-when-how-and-for-whom
#18
T Maurer, C Sohns
In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), modern antithrombotic therapy and anticoagulation strategies should be individualized based on shared decision making including patient preferences and the absolute and relative risks of stroke and bleeding. Estimation of the individual risk for stroke is still based on the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Based on the most recent guidelines for the management of AF, oral anticoagulation therapy should be considered for men with a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 and women with a score ≥2, balancing the expected stroke reduction, risk of bleeding and patient preference...
April 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438735/comparative-effectiveness-and-safety-of-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#19
Chao-Lun Lai, Ho-Min Chen, Min-Tsun Liao, Ting-Tse Lin, K Arnold Chan
BACKGROUND: We aimed to examine the comparative effectiveness and safety between dabigatran and rivaroxaban in atrial fibrillation patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based, retrospective, new-user cohort study based on the National Health Insurance claims database in Taiwan. Adult atrial fibrillation patients who initiated dabigatran (N=10 625) or rivaroxaban (N=4609) between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2014 were identified as the overall population...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438723/long-term-outcomes-of-minimally-invasive-surgical-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-experience
#20
Aditya Saini, Yuhning L Hu, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Frederick T Han, Muhammad Z Khan, Luke Wolfe, Sampath Gunda, Jayanthi N Koneru, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgical AF ablation delivers RF energy via a thoracoscopic approach to perform pulmonary vein isolation and LA ganglionic plexi ablation. Data on long term outcomes of MISAA is lacking. OBJECTIVE: We report 5 year follow-up data from a prospective cohort of patients who underwent MISAA at a single center. METHODS: One hundred nine consecutive patients (60 paroxysmal, 49 persistent, mean age 62.7±9.3 years) underwent MISAA with left atrial appendage exclusion by a single surgeon between 2006 and 2012...
April 21, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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