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Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Carme Perez-Quilis, Giuseppe Lippi, Gianfranco Cervellin, Roman Leischik, Herbert Löllgen, Enrique Serrano-Ostáriz, Alejandro Lucia
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart arrhythmia, the risk of which typically increases with age. This condition is commonly associated with major cardiovascular diseases and structural heart damage, while it is rarely observed in healthy young people. However, increasing evidence indicates that paroxysmal AF can also onset in young or middle-aged and otherwise healthy endurance athletes (e.g., cyclists, runners and cross-country skiers). Here we review the topic of AF associated with strenuous endurance exercise (SEE), for example cycling, running and cross-country skiing, especially at a competitive level, and we propose the definition of a new syndrome based on the accumulating data in the literature: SEE-related AF under the acronym of 'PAFIYAMA' ('paroxysmal AF in young and middle-aged athletes')...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Florent Xavier Smit, Jurriaan A Luiken, Peter G Bolhuis
We performed replica exchange molecular dynamics and forward flux sampling simulations of hexapeptide VQIINK and VQIVYK systems, also known as, respectively, fragments PHF6* and PHF6 from tau protein. Part of the microtubule binding region, these fragments are known to be aggregation prone, and at least one of them is a prerequisite for fibril formation of the tau protein. Using a coarse-grained force field, we establish the phase behavior of both fragments, and investigate the nucleation kinetics for the conversion into a β-sheet fibril...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Dong-Hyun Choi, Seong-Ho Kang, Heesang Song
Platelets are essential for progression of atherosclerotic lesions, plaque destabilization, and thrombosis. They secrete and express many substances that are crucial mediators of coagulation, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a precise measure of platelet size, and is routinely reported during complete blood count analysis. Emerging evidence supports the use of MPV as a biomarker predicting the risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, and as a guide for prescription of anticoagulation and rhythm-control therapy...
October 24, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Zhe Wang, Fuwu Zhang, Zhantong Wang, Xiao Fu, Albert Jin, Bryant C Yung, Jing Fan, Xiangyu Yang, Gang Niu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Molecular design of biomaterials with unique features reca-pitulating nature's niche to influence biological activities has been a prolific area of investigation in chemistry and material science. The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a wealth of bioactive molecules in supporting cell proliferation, migra-tion and differentiation. The well-patterned fibril and inter-twining architecture of the ECM profoundly influences cell behavior and development. Inspired by those features from the ECM, we attempted to integrate essential biological fac-tors from the ECM to design bioactive molecules to construct artificial self-supportive ECM mimics to advance stem cell culture...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jedrzej Kosiuk, Romina Milani, Laura Ueberham, Tobias Uhe, Clara Stegmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has been studied in models of different cardiovascular entities. Recently, a beneficial effect of RIPC on incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in postsurgical patients has been suggested. However, the potential impact of RIPC on electrophysiological- and thrombogenesis-related parameters in the setting of paroxysmal nonvalvular AF has not been investigated. The aim of the study is to answer the following questions: (1) Does RIPC have impact on inducibility of AF in patients with known paroxysmal AF? If yes, what are the direct electrophysiological mechanisms of this phenomenon, and could RIPC be implemented to reduce AF burden? (2) Does RIPC have the potential to minimize thrombogenic effects of simulated episodes of AF? If so, what are inhibited components of thrombogenesis and can this be used to reduce thromboembolic risk related to paroxysmal AF? The presented study is a 2-arm, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, single-center trial in a cohort of 146 patients with paroxysmal AF referred for AF ablation in sinus rhythm...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
R-C Zhao, W Han, J Han, J Yu, J Guo, J-L Fu, Z Li, R-Z Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: By retrospective analysis, we summarize 720 cases, where patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in our hospital were treated with RFCA from February 2010 to October 2014. Among the cases, 425 were diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 295 with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (including persistent atrial fibrillation and permanent atrial fibrillation)...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Wenjun Jia, Xin Qi, Qi Li
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia affected by multiple cardiovascular risk factors. It is reported that caveolin-1 gene (CAV1) rs3807989 polymorphism might be associated with AF risk. The goal of this meta-analysis was to confirm the association between CAV1 rs3807989 polymorphism and susceptibility to AF. MATERIAL AND METHODS We carried out a comprehensive literature search through the electronic databases PubMed, MEDLIN, and Web of Science. We performed a meta-analysis of all selected studies based on CAV1 rs3807989 polymorphism genotypes, including 3758 cases and 6126 controls...
October 24, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Christian Helbing, Robert Stößel, Dominik A Hering, Matthias Michael Lothar Arras, Jörg Bossert, Klaus D Jandt
Nanostructured surfaces have the potential to influence the assembly as well as the orientation of adsorbed proteins and may, thus, strongly influence the biomaterials performance. For the class of polymeric (bio)materials a reproducible and well characterized nanostructure is the ordered chain folded surface of a polyethylene single crystal (PE-SC). We tested the hypothesis that the trinodal-rod shaped protein human plasma fibrinogen (HPF) adsorbs on the (001) surface of PE-SCs along specific crystallographic directions...
October 24, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Line Lisbeth Olesen, Andreas Andersen
AIMS: Due to the demographic development there is an increasing number of senior citizens with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), defined as ejection fraction (EF) < 40%. Unfortunately there are under-diagnosis and under-treatment in the elderly of this serious condition. Echocardiography is the gold standard to diagnose LVSD, but access is limited. Simple screening methods may ensure reduction of undetected cases, and this study investigates if electrocardiogram (ECG) can be used to screen for LVSD in the geriatric population...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Pupalan Iyngkaran, Samia R Toukhsati, Merlin C Thomas, Michael V Jelinek, David L Hare, John D Horowitz
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers (BBs) are the mainstay prognostic medication for all stages of chronic heart failure (CHF). There are many classes of BBs, each of which has varying levels of evidence to support its efficacy in CHF. However, most CHF patients have one or more comorbid conditions such as diabetes, renal impairment, and/or atrial fibrillation. Patient enrollment to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) often excludes those with certain comorbidities, particularly if the symptoms are severe...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
Ravi B Patel, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Sanjiv J Shah, Javed Butler
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) often coexist, and the outcomes of patients who have both AF and HF are considerably worse than those with either condition in isolation. Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a heterogeneous clinical entity and accounts for approximately one-half of current HF. At least one-third of patients with HFpEF are burdened by comorbid AF. The current understanding of the relationship between AF and HFpEF is limited, but the clinical implications are potentially important...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lasse Skibsbye, Thomas Jespersen, Torsten Christ, Mary M Maleckar, Jonas van den Brink, Pasi Tavi, Jussi T Koivumäki
BACKGROUND: Refractoriness of cardiac cells limits maximum frequency of electrical activity and protects the heart from tonic contractions. Short refractory periods support major arrhythmogenic substrates and augmentation of refractoriness is therefore seen as a main mechanism of antiarrhythmic drugs. Cardiomyocyte excitability depends on availability of sodium channels, which involves both time- and voltage-dependent recovery from inactivation. This study therefore aims to characterise how sodium channel inactivation affects refractoriness in human atria...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
L A Pérula-de Torres, V González-Blanco V, R Luque-Montilla, E Martín-Rioboó, M A Martínez-Adell, J Ruiz-de Castroviejo
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent arrhythmia in clinical practice and has important prognostic implications. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the validity and the reliability of taking the arterial pulse (TAP) in patients over 65 years for detecting in AF and other rhythm disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive, observational, multicentre study to validate a diagnostic test within in a controlled clinical trial. SETTING: 39 Primary Care Centres in the Spanish National Health Service...
October 20, 2016: Semergen
Asit Das, Suvro Banerjee, S C Mandal
BACKGROUND: Pacing in the Bachmann's bundle (BB) area (upper atrial septum) appears superior to right atrial appendage or free wall stimulation for the prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients with atrial conduction delay. However, insertion of active fixation lead in the upper atrial septal position is difficult and time consuming with conventional stylet, inhibiting application of this pacing method in routine practice. METHODS: The technique of positioning the atrial lead in BB with hand-made stylet is presented with emphasis on electrocardiographic P-wave pattern and fluoroscopic landmarks...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Vinoth Kumar Vilvanathan, Budunur C Srinivas Prabhavathi Bhat, Manjunath Cholenahally Nanjappa, Bharathi Pandian, Vithal Bagi, Sridhar Kasturi, Shiva Kumar Bandimida
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This study was conducted to determine the maintenance of sinus rhythm with amiodarone therapy following DC cardioversion (DCCV), early after successful balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV). METHODS: Patients were randomized to amiodarone group and placebo group and their baseline characteristics were recorded. DCCV was done 48h after BMV. After cardioversion, oral amiodarone was started initially 200mg three times a day for 2 weeks, then 200mg twice daily for two weeks followed by 200mg once daily for 12 months...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
C Narasimhan, Jagmohan Singh Verma, A G Ravi Kishore, Balbir Singh, Sameer Dani, Kamaldeep Chawala, Azizul Haque, Aftab Khan, Mohan Nair, Amit Vora, V Rajasekhar, Joy M Thomas, Anoop Gupta, Ajay Naik, V S Prakash, Lisa Naditch, P Gabriel Steg
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia with high risk for many cardiovascular (CV) complications. Adherence to recommended management guidelines is important to avoid complications. In India, there is little knowledge on how AF is managed in real world. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of patients in India enrolled in RealiseAF survey between February 2010 and March 2010 with a diagnosis of AF within the last 12 months...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Gopalan Nair Rajesh, Pradeep Sreekumar, Vellani Haridasan, C G Sajeev, Cicy Bastian, D Vinayakumar, P Kadermuneer, Dolly Mathew, Biju George, M N Krishnan
AIM: Mitral stenosis (MS) is found to produce left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in some studies. We sought to study the left ventricular function in patients with rheumatic MS undergoing balloon mitral valvotomy (BMV). Ours is the first study to analyze effect of BMV on mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE), and to quantify prevalence of longitudinal left ventricular dysfunction in rheumatic MS. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, we included 43 patients with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis undergoing BMV...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Xiu-Li Yang, Yerim Kim, Tae Jung Kim, Seunguk Jung, Chi Kyung Kim, Seung-Hoon Lee
BACKGROUND: Although high uric acid levels have been reported to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke, the relationship between serum uric acid (SUA) levels and cardioembolic stroke (CES) has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we sought to investigate the relationship between the risk of CES and SUA levels. We hypothesized that SUA concentrations are associated with CES. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2350 patients with acute ischemic stroke who were admitted to the Seoul National University Hospital between 2002 and 2010...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Judson A Moore, Antonio G Cabrera, Jeffrey J Kim, Santiago O Valdés, Caridad de la Uz, Christina Y Miyake
Follow-up data and correlation of arrhythmias, electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, and cardiac function in anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery have not been previously studied. This is a retrospective single-center review of 44 anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery patients diagnosed between 1992 and 2014, at a median age of 3 months (3 days to 13 years). Clinical history, ECG, Holter, and echocardiogram data were reviewed. ECGs were reviewed for contiguous Q-or T-wave inversions, hypertrophy, bundle branch block, and axis deviation...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Ju Mei, Nan Ma, Zhaolei Jiang, Dongfang Zhao, Chunrong Bao, Fangbao Ding
Atrial fibrillation ablation with bipolar clamp has proved to be effective for patients with valvular atrial fibrillation. However, left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy was considered difficult or impossible. In this report, we described a novel technique of performing concomitant Maze IV ablation procedure entirely by bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy. Left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp was performed through an established channel and a natural space...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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