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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351227/differential-association-of-cx37-and-cx40-genetic-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-and-without-underlying-structural-heart-disease
#1
Sebastian Carballo, Anna Pfenniger, David Carballo, Nicolas Garin, Richard W James, François Mach, Dipen Shah, Brenda R Kwak
Atrial fibrillation (AF) appears in the presence or absence of structural heart disease. The majority of foci causing AF are located near the ostia of pulmonary veins (PVs), where cardiomyocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells interdigitate. Connexins (Cx) form gap junction channels and participate in action potential propagation. Genetic variants in genes encoding Cx40 and Cx37 affect their expression or function and may contribute to PV arrhythmogenicity. DNA was obtained from 196 patients with drug-resistant, symptomatic AF with and without structural heart disease, who were referred for percutaneous catheter ablation...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350433/amino-group-of-salicylic-acid-exhibits-enhanced-inhibitory-potential-against-insulin-amyloid-fibrillation-with-protective-aptitude-toward-amyloid-induced-cytotoxicity
#2
Masihuz Zaman, Mohsin Vahid Khan, Syed Mohammad Zakariya, Saima Nusrat, Syed Mustapha Meeran, Parvez Alam, Mohammad Rehan Ajmal, Wahiduzzaman Wahiduzzaman, Yasser E Shahein, Amira M Abouelella, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Protein misfolding and aggregation lead to amyloid generation that in turn may induce cell membrane disruption and leads to cell apoptosis. In an effort to prevent or treat amyloidogenesis, large number of studies has been paying attention on breakthrough of amyloid inhibitors. In the present work, we aim to access the effect of two drugs, that is, acetylsalicylic acid and 5-amino salicylic acid on insulin amyloids by using various biophysical, imaging, cell viability assay, and computational approaches. We established that both drugs reduce the turbidity, light scattering and fluorescence intensity of amyloid indicator dye thioflavin T...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350391/-polish-single-center-follow-up-of-s-icd-systems-implanted-for-the-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#3
Maciej Kempa, Szymon Budrejko, Grzegorz Sławiński, Tomasz Królak, Ewa Lewicka, Grzegorz Raczak
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is an effective and modern tool used to protect patients at risk of sudden cardiac death from potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. The first S-ICD systems were implanted in Poland in 2014, but since that time the national experience with that therapy has been limited. Our analysis summarizes the single-center experience at the Department of Cardiology and Electrotherapy of the Medical University of Gdansk with the use of S-ICD from the year 2014 to 2017...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#4
Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350386/comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-real-life-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-results-from-the-craft-study
#5
Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350378/eq-5d-studies-in-cardiovascular-diseases-in-eight-central-and-eastern-european-countries-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#6
Paulina Batóg, Fanni Rencz, Márta Péntek, László Gulácsi, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Judit Simon, Valentin Brodszky, Petra Baji, Jakub Závada, Guenka Petrova, Alexandru Rotar, Dominik Golicki
BACKGROUND: The measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by validated generic instruments, such as EQ-5D, becomes an increasingly important tool for the assessment of health care in a wide range of different diagnoses. AIM: To systematically review EQ-5D literature generated in cardiovascular diseases in eight selected Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, CINAHL, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and the EuroQol website up to November 2016...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349888/distal-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-fragments-template-amyloid-assembly
#7
Thanh D Do, Smriti Sangwan, Natália E C de Almeida, Alexandre I Ilitchev, Maxwell Giammona, Michael R Sawaya, Steven K Buratto, David S Eisenberg, Michael T Bowers
Amyloid formation is associated with devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Type-2 diabetes. The large amyloid deposits found in patients suffering from these diseases have remained difficult to probe by structural means. Recent NMR models also predict heterotypic interactions from distinct peptide fragments but limited evidence of heterotypic packed sheets is observed in solution. Here we characterize two segments of the protein amyloid β (Aβ) known to form fibrils in Alzheimer's disease patients...
January 19, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349803/assessment-of-mitral-annulus-and-mitral-leaflet-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-various-degrees-of-mitral-regurgitation-real-time-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography
#8
Yongjuan Luo, Yanbo Zhu, Xin Guan, Yunjia Lin
AIM: To study the changes of mitral valve (MV) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related mitral regurgitation (MR) and the relationship between MV parameters and the enlarged left atrium (LA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 43 patients with NVAF were divided into two groups: (1) the MR1 group with mild MR and (2) the MR2 group with moderate-to-severe MR. Real time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to detect the structure of MV...
January 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349596/concomitant-use-of-antiplatelets-and-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-and-atrial-fibrillation-what-do-recent-clinical-trials-teach-us
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REVIEW
David H Lam, Sean M Bell, Ravi S Hira
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary heart disease (CHD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are among the most common cardiovascular diseases. A significant proportion of patients have both CHD and AF and are at increased risk for thrombotic complications. Current therapy for CHD and AF includes antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications, respectively. Patients with concurrent CHD and AF may be prescribed dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in addition to anticoagulation, which increases their bleeding risk...
January 19, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349560/effect-of-fibrillatory-wave-amplitude-on-coronary-blood-flow-as-assessed-by-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-frame-count-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Yoji Sumimoto, Satoshi Kurisu, Kazuhiro Hitta, Hiroki Ikenaga, Ken Ishibashi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yukiko Nakano, Yasuki Kihara
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, characterized by a lack of atrial contraction and an irregular ventricular rhythm. We assessed the effect of fibrillatory wave amplitude on coronary blood flow in patients with AF using the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count. Sixty-one patients with AF persisting for longer than 30 days were included. For controls, 61 age- and sex-matched patients with sinus rhythm were selected. Coarse AF was defined as any fibrillatory wave ≥ 1 mm and fine AF as any fibrillatory wave < 1 mm...
January 18, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349296/unlocking-data-sets-by-calibrating-populations-of-models-to-data-density-a-study-in-atrial-electrophysiology
#11
Brodie A J Lawson, Christopher C Drovandi, Nicole Cusimano, Pamela Burrage, Blanca Rodriguez, Kevin Burrage
The understanding of complex physical or biological systems nearly always requires a characterization of the variability that underpins these processes. In addition, the data used to calibrate these models may also often exhibit considerable variability. A recent approach to deal with these issues has been to calibrate populations of models (POMs), multiple copies of a single mathematical model but with different parameter values, in response to experimental data. To date, this calibration has been largely limited to selecting models that produce outputs that fall within the ranges of the data set, ignoring any trends that might be present in the data...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348993/delayed-presentation-of-cerebral-air-embolism-from-a-left-atrial-esophageal-fistula-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Catherine Peterson, Clay Elswick, Vicki Diaz, R Shane Tubbs, Marc Moisi
Air embolism developing from an atrial-esophageal fistula that was created as a complication from an atrial ablation procedure is a rare, yet usually fatal diagnosis. Neurologic manifestations such as meningitis, altered mental status, seizures, strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), psychiatric changes, and coma can ensue. Imaging of the brain might reveal infarcts, cerebral edema, as well as signs of pneumocephalus. This case describes a 42-year-old male with recent cardiac ablation procedure at an outside hospital for refractory atrial fibrillation (A-fib) who presented with altered mental status, dyspnea and diaphoresis...
November 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348918/safety-and-timing-of-resuming-dabigatran-after-major-gastrointestinal-bleeding-reversed-by-idarucizumab
#13
Gian Galeazzo Riario Sforza, Francesco Gentile, Fabio Stock, Francesco Caggiano, Enrica Chiocca, Cristoforo Incorvaia
The recent introduction of direct oral anticoagulants, including rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban, and edoxaban, for the acute treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism and in atrial fibrillation has been shown to provide greater clinical benefit than oral vitamin K antagonists. However, direct oral anticoagulants are associated with adverse events, the most common being major bleeding; such events require the reversal of the anticoagulant effects by specific agents. In this case report, we describe an 87-year-old female with atrial fibrillation treated with dabigatran who had massive rectal bleeding...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348857/influenza-vaccination-might-reduce-the-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-population-based-cohort-study
#14
Pai-Feng Kao, Ju-Chi Liu, Yi-Ping Hsu, Li-Chin Sung, Tsung-Yeh Yang, Wen-Rui Hao, Ying-Chin Lin, Szu-Yuan Wu
Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, regardless of the administration of appropriate antithrombotic prophylaxis. This study investigated whether influenza vaccination is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, to determine a solution to reduce this risk in patients with AF. Methods: We used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The study cohort comprised all patients diagnosed as having AF (n = 14 454) before January 1, 2005; these patients were followed until December 31, 2012...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348618/epigallocatechin-gallate-egcg-reduces-the-intensity-of-pancreatic-amyloid-fibrils-in-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-hiapp-transgenic-mice
#15
Andras Franko, Diana C Rodriguez Camargo, Annett Böddrich, Divita Garg, Andres Rodriguez Camargo, Birgit Rathkolb, Dirk Janik, Michaela Aichler, Annette Feuchtinger, Frauke Neff, Helmut Fuchs, Erich E Wanker, Bernd Reif, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Andreas Peter, Martin Hrabě de Angelis
The formation of amyloid fibrils by human islet amyloid polypeptide protein (hIAPP) has been implicated in pancreas dysfunction and diabetes. However, efficient treatment options to reduce amyloid fibrils in vivo are still lacking. Therefore, we tested the effect of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on fibril formation in vitro and in vivo. To determine the binding of hIAPP and EGCG, in vitro interaction studies were performed. To inhibit amyloid plaque formation in vivo, homozygous (tg/tg), hemizygous (wt/tg), and control mice (wt/wt) were treated with EGCG...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348423/a-tissue-mimetic-nano-fibrillar-hybrid-injectable-hydrogel-for-potential-soft-tissue-engineering-applications
#16
Neda Latifi, Meisam Asgari, Hojatollah Vali, Luc Mongeau
While collagen type I (Col-I) is commonly used as a structural component of biomaterials, collagen type III (Col-III), another fibril forming collagen ubiquitous in many soft tissues, has not previously been used. In the present study, the novel concept of an injectable hydrogel with semi-interpenetrating polymeric networks of heterotypic collagen fibrils, with tissue-specific Col-III to Col-I ratios, in a glycol-chitosan matrix was investigated. Col-III was introduced as a component of the novel hydrogel, inspired by its co-presence with Col-I in many soft tissues, its influence on the Col-I fibrillogenesis in terms of diameter and mechanics, and its established role in regulating scar formation...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348255/hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation-doubts-and-certainties-from-basic-and-clinical-studies
#17
REVIEW
Paolo Verdecchia, Fabio Angeli, Gianpaolo Reboldi
Hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF) are 2 important public health priorities. Their prevalence is increasing worldwide, and the 2 conditions often coexist in the same patient. Hypertension and AF are strikingly related to an excess risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Hypertension ultimately increases the risk of AF, and because of its high prevalence in the population, it accounts for more cases of AF than other risk factors. Among patients with established AF, hypertension is present in about 60% to 80% of individuals...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348012/coronary-embolus-an-underappreciated-cause-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
#18
REVIEW
Claire E Raphael, John A Heit, Guy S Reeder, Melanie C Bois, Joseph J Maleszewski, R Thomas Tilbury, David R Holmes
Coronary embolism is the underlying cause of 3% of acute coronary syndromes but is often not considered in the differential of acute coronary syndromes. It should be suspected in the case of high thrombus burden despite a relatively normal underlying vessel or recurrent coronary thrombus. Coronary embolism may be direct (from the aortic valve or left atrial appendage), paroxysmal (from the venous circulation through a patent foramen ovale), or iatrogenic (following cardiac intervention). Investigations include transesophageal echocardiography to assess the left atrial appendage and atrial septum and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring to assess for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348004/predictors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-next-day-discharge-after-minimalist-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve%C3%A2-replacement
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Norihiko Kamioka, John Wells, Patricia Keegan, Stamatios Lerakis, Jose Binongo, Frank Corrigan, Jose Condado, Ateet Patel, Jessica Forcillo, Leslie Ogburn, Andy Dong, Hope Caughron, Amy Simone, Bradley Leshnower, Chandan Devireddy, Kreton Mavromatis, Robert Guyton, James Stewart, Vinod Thourani, Peter C Block, Vasilis Babaliaros
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate predictors and safety of next-day discharge (NDD) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). BACKGROUND: Information about predictors and safety of NDD after TAVR is limited. METHODS: The study reviewed 663 consecutive patients who underwent elective balloon-expandable TAVR (from July 2014 to July 2016) at our institution. We first determined predictors of NDD in patients who underwent minimalist transfemoral TAVR...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347748/asymmetric-couplings-enhance-the-transition-from-chimera-state-to-synchronization
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Changhai Tian, Hongjie Bi, Xiyun Zhang, Shuguang Guan, Zonghua Liu
Chimera state has been well studied recently, but little attention has been paid to its transition to synchronization. We study this topic here by considering two groups of adaptively coupled Kuramoto oscillators. By searching the final states of different initial conditions, we find that the system can easily show a chimera state with robustness to initial conditions, in contrast to the sensitive dependence of chimera state on initial conditions in previous studies. Further, we show that, in the case of symmetric couplings, the behaviors of the two groups are always complementary to each other, i...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
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