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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816774/practitioner-gender-and-quality-of-care-in-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-practice-innovation-and-clinical-excellence-pinnacle-registry
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Dipti Gupta, Fengming Tang, Frederick A Masoudi, Philip G Jones, Paul S Chan, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Some studies suggest that female practitioners are more likely to provide guideline-concordant care than male practitioners; however, little is known about the role of practitioner gender in cardiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to measure the association between practitioner gender and adherence to the cardiovascular performance measures in the American College of Cardiology's ambulatory Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799998/use-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-hiv-a-review
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Timothy A West, Jacinta Perram, Cameron J Holloway
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Atrial fibrillation is increasingly common in the ageing population. Patients with atrial fibrillation and HIV have a higher stroke risk, with guidelines recommending anticoagulation in the majority. Whilst anticoagulation options have diversified in the last decade for the general population, there is limited evidence for the safety and efficacy of these medications when used concurrently with antiretroviral therapy. We review the potential for patients with HIV on antiretroviral therapy to have direct-acting oral anticoagulations (DOACs)...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799449/the-impact-of-the-latest-echocardiographic-chamber-quantification-recommendations-on-the-prediction-of-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-presence-by-transthoracic-echocardiography
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Karolina Kupczynska, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak, Blazej W Michalski, Dawid L Miskowiec, Piotr Lipiec
INTRODUCTION: The latest recommendations for echocardiographic chamber quantification have implemented updated normal values for all cardiac chambers. PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of normal and abnormal values of routine echocardiographic parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left atrial volume indexed to body surface area (LAVi) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine the influence of LVEF and LAVi reclassification on the prediction of LAAT by transthoracic echocardiography...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795299/adherence-to-optimal-heart-rate-control-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-insight-from-a-survey-of-heart-rate-in-heart-failure-in-sweden-hr-hf-study
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M Fu, U Ahrenmark, S Berglund, C J Lindholm, A Lehto, A Månsson Broberg, G Tasevska-Dinevska, G Wikstrom, A Ågard, B Andersson
INTRODUCTION: Despite that heart rate (HR) control is one of the guideline-recommended treatment goals for heart failure (HF) patients, implementation has been painstakingly slow. Therefore, it would be important to identify patients who have not yet achieved their target heart rates and assess possible underlying reasons as to why the target rates are not met. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The survey of HR in patients with HF in Sweden (HR-HF survey) is an investigator-initiated, prospective, multicenter, observational longitudinal study designed to investigate the state of the art in the control of HR in HF and to explore potential underlying mechanisms for suboptimal HR control with focus on awareness of and adherence to guidelines for HR control among physicians who focus on the contributing role of beta-blockers (BBs)...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781025/changes-in-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Endalkachew Admassie, Leanne Chalmers, Luke R Bereznicki
Suboptimal guideline adherence and underuse of anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have been reported worldwide. This study aimed to compare anticoagulation practice in Australia during the pre- and postdirect oral anticoagulant (DOAC) eras. Between January 2011 and July 2015, patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF) admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia, were retrospectively reviewed. The pre- and post-DOAC era cohorts included admissions from January 2011 to July 2013 and August 2013 to July 2015, respectively...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765771/2017-consensus-of-the-asia-pacific-heart-rhythm-society-on-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Chern-En Chiang, Ken Okumura, Shu Zhang, Tze-Fan Chao, Chung-Wah Siu, Toon Wei Lim, Anil Saxena, Yoshihide Takahashi, Wee Siong Teo
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, causing a 2-fold increase in mortality and a 5-fold increase in stroke. The Asian population is rapidly aging, and in 2050, the estimated population with AF will reach 72 million, of whom 2.9 million may suffer from AF-associated stroke. Therefore, stroke prevention in AF is an urgent issue in Asia. Many innovative advances in the management of AF-associated stroke have emerged recently, including new scoring systems for predicting stroke and bleeding risks, the development of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), knowledge of their special benefits in Asians, and new techniques...
August 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765760/study-design-of-general-general-practitioners-and-embolism-prevention-in-nvaf-patients-treated-with-rivaroxaban-real-life-evidence-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study-in-primary-care-physicians-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-and-safety-of-rivaroxaban-in
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Kengo Kusano, Masaharu Akao, Hikari Tsuji, Kunihiko Matsui, Shinya Hiramitsu, Yutaka Hatori, Hironori Odakura
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban, a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC), has become available for stroke prevention in patients with non-valular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). However, little is known about its effectiveness and safety when prescribed by general practitioners in real-life settings. METHODS: GENERAL is a multicenter, prospective, non-interventional observational study of patients receiving rivaroxaban for NVAF in daily clinical practice prescribed specifically by general practitioners...
August 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760871/should-we-perform-catheter-ablation-for-asymptomatic-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, Raphael Rosso, Hugh Calkins
Since the original description of atrial fibrillation ablation, numerous studies have demonstrated the superiority of catheter ablation over pharmacological therapy for maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation. However, to date, no randomized studies have been powered to demonstrate a mortality or stroke reduction benefit of rhythm control with catheter ablation over a rate control strategy. The results of such ongoing studies are not expected until 2018 or 2019...
August 1, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760211/implantable-cardiac-monitors-in-high-risk-post-infarction-patients-with-cardiac-autonomic-dysfunction-and-moderately-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-design-and-rationale-of-the-smart-mi-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Wolfgang Hamm, Konstantinos D Rizas, Lukas von Stülpnagel, Nikolay Vdovin, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Axel Bauer
BACKGROUND: Most deaths after myocardial infarction (MI) occur in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >35%, for whom no specific prophylactic strategies exist. Deceleration capacity (DC) of heart rate and periodic repolarization dynamics (PRD) are noninvasive electrophysiological markers depending on the vagal and sympathetic tone. The combination of abnormal DC and/or PRD identifies a new high-risk group among postinfarction patients with LVEF 36%-50%. This new high-risk group has similar characteristics with respect to prognosis and patient numbers to those of the established high-risk group identified by LVEF ≤ 35%...
August 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756578/design-and-application-of-a-medication-assessment-tool-for-secondary-prevention-of-stroke
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Marise Gauci, Francesca Wirth, Liberato Camilleri, Lilian M Azzopardi, Anthony Serracino-Inglott
Background Optimisation of drug therapy is essential in the care of older persons and may be facilitated by application of medication assessment tools (MATs). Objective To design, psychometrically evaluate and apply an innovative MAT for secondary prevention of ischaemic stroke with particular relevance to older persons. Method Review criteria were selected from clinical practice guidelines and MAT-CVA was developed, validated and tested for reliability and feasibility. MAT-CVA was applied to 150 patients with a diagnosis of ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack admitted to a rehabilitation hospital...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754397/contemporary-atrial-fibrillation-management-a-comparison-of-the-current-aha-acc-hrs-ccs-and-esc-guidelines
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REVIEW
Jason G Andrade, Laurent Macle, Stanley Nattel, Atul Verma, John Cairns
In this article we compare and contrast the current recommendations, and highlight the important differences, in the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society, European Society of Cardiology, and Canadian Cardiovascular Society atrial fibrillation (AF) guidelines. Although many of the recommendations of the various societies are similar, there are important differences in the methodologies underlying their development and the specific content. Specifically, key differences can be observed in: (1) the definition of nonvalvular AF, which subsequently affects anticoagulation choices and candidacy for non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants; (2) the symptom score used to guide management decisions and longitudinal patient profiling; (3) the stroke risk stratification algorithm used to determine indications for oral anticoagulant therapy; (4) the role of acetylsalicylic acid in stroke prevention in AF; (5) the antithrombotic regimens used in the context of coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndromes, and percutaneous coronary intervention; (6) the rate control target and medications recommended to achieve the target; and (7) the role of "first-line" catheter ablation, open surgical ablation, and left atrial appendage exclusion...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751436/a-striking-image-of-spontaneous-echo-contrast-in-severe-mitral-stenosis-in-a-patient-with-good-international-normalised-ratio-inr-control
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Daniel A Jeffery, Guy Lloyd, Arjun K Ghosh
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September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747034/impact-of-peak-provoked-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-gradients-on-clinical-outcomes-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Dai-Yin Lu, Bereketeab Hailesealassie, Ioannis Ventoulis, Hongyun Liu, Hsin-Yueh Liang, Alexandra Nowbar, Iraklis Pozios, Marco Canepa, Kenneth Cresswell, Hong-Chang Luo, M Roselle Abraham, Theodore P Abraham
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is traditionally classified based on a left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) pressure gradient of 30mmHg at rest or with provocation. There are no data on whether 30mmHg is the most informative cut-off value and whether provoked gradients offer any information regarding outcomes. METHODS: Resting and provoked peak LVOT pressure gradients were measured by Doppler echocardiography in patients fulfilling guidelines criteria for HCM...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725326/comparison-of-clopidogrel-with-prasugrel-and-ticagrelor-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-clinical-outcomes-from-the-national-cardiovascular-database-action-registry
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Mohamed Khayata, Joseph N Gabra, M Farhan Nasser, George I Litman, Shyam Bhakta, Rupesh Raina
BACKGROUND: We aimed to compare the clinical outcomes of clopidogrel, prasugrel, and ticagrelor in clinical practice using the National Cardiovascular Database ACTION Registry(®). Treatment guidelines for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention recommend dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for 12 months. Few clinical trials have compared the safety and efficacy of clopidogrel with that of newer antiplatelet therapies. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients hospitalized for ACS at Cleveland Clinic Akron General was conducted...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698895/using-anatomical-landmark-to-avoid-phrenic-nerve-injury-during-balloon-based-procedures-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Nicolina M Smith, Larry Segars, Travis Kauffman, Anthony B Olinger
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia which affects as many as 2.7 million Americans. AF should be treated, because it can lead to a four-to-fivefold increased risk of experiencing a stroke. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for the treatment of drug refractory and symptomatic paroxysmal AF denote catheter ablation as the standard of care. The newest ablation treatment, cryoballoon, uses a cold balloon tip. The biggest risk factor associated with the cryoballoon ablation is phrenic nerve injury (PNI)...
July 11, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694186/the-role-of-exercise-in-atrial-fibrillation-prevention-and-promotion-finding-optimal-ranges-for-health
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Adrian D Elliott, Benjamin Maatman, Michael S Emery, Prashanthan Sanders
The cardiovascular benefits of regular exercise have been well described, including a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality for those meeting recommended guidelines. Yet the impact of physical activity on the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been less clear. This review seeks to define the optimal dose and duration for the prevention and treatment of AF. In doing so, we review the evidence that supports a decline in AF risk for those who achieve a weekly physical activity dose slightly above the current recommended guidelines...
July 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692548/comparison-of-vernakalant-and-ranolazine-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Gerrit Frommeyer, Magdalena Sterneberg, Dirk G Dechering, Simon Kochhäuser, Nils Bögeholz, Michael Fehr, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend vernakalant for pharmacologic cardioversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation. However, this drug is not established as chronic therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 15 rabbit hearts were Langendorff-perfused. A burst pacing protocol-induced atrial fibrillation in 7 of 15 hearts at baseline (10 episodes). Subsequently, a combination of acetylcholine and isoproterenol (ACH/ISO) has been administered to increase occurrence of atrial fibrillation resulting in a reduction of atrial action potential duration (-25 ms, P < 0...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692216/-digoxin-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-2016
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Sarah Théone, Sebastian Carballo, David Carballo, Christophe Marti
Various properties of digoxin have been exploited for decades, amongst which are its positive inotropy used in the treatment of heart failure, and its vagotonic effect used to slow ventricular response to atrial fibrillation. Pharmacologic properties of digoxin are however characterised by a narrow therapeutic interval, and recent observational studies suggest a potential association with increased mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation. As a result and because of available alternative therapeutic strategies, current guidelines do not recommend digoxin as first line treatment of atrial fibrillation...
October 19, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
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