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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#1
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330394/changes-in-cardiovascular-risk-factors-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
#2
Tetsuya Ohira, Hironori Nakano, Masato Nagai, Yui Yumiya, Wen Zhang, Mayu Uemura, Akira Sakai, Shigeatsu Hashimoto
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, and was followed by a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The government ordered a mandatory evacuation from the high radioactive concentration area in Fukushima. This evacuation may have forced many evacuees to change specific aspects of their lifestyles such as diet and physical activity, which in turn may lead to future incidence of lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). To address this concern, the association between the evacuation and changes in CVD risk factors before and after the disaster was examined in the Fukushima Health Management Survey...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#3
Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318656/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-patients-admitted-for-heart-failure-a-5-year-retrospective-study-of-african-patients
#4
Kwadwo Osei Bonsu, Isaac Kofi Owusu, Kwame Ohene Buabeng, Daniel D Reidpath, Amudha Kadirvelu
BACKGROUND: Mortality associated with heart failure (HF) remains high. There are limited clinical data on mortality among HF patients from African populations. We examined the clinical characteristics, long-term outcomes, and prognostic factors of African HF patients with preserved, mid-range or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective longitudinal cohort study of individuals aged ≥18years discharged from first HF admission between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 from the Cardiac Clinic, Directorate of Medicine of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306170/impact-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-platelet-gene-expression
#5
Waldemar E Wysokinski, Alfonso Tafur, Naser Ammash, Samuel J Asirvatham, Yanhong Wu, Izabella Gosk-Bierska, Diane E Grill, Joshua P Slusser, Jozef Mruk, Robert D McBane
AIMS: Platelets retain cytoplasmic messenger RNA and are capable of protein biosynthesis. Several diseases are known to impact the platelet transcriptome but the effect of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) on platelet RNA transcript is essentially unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of NVAF on platelet RNA transcript by measuring platelet genes expression in consecutive NVAF patients before and 3-4 months after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and compared to normal sinus rhythm controls (NSR)...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297123/embolization-of-watchman-device-following-a-hybrid-radiofrequency-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-watchman-implantation-procedure
#6
James Gabriels, Stuart Beldner, Mohammad Khan, Jonah Zeitlin, Ram Jadonath, Apoor Patel
A 24-year-old man with a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus, an ischemic left middle cerebral artery stroke and atrial flutter with a prior ablation was found to have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) on an implantable loop recorder. He was encouraged to continue anticoagulation with apixaban (CHA2 DS2 -VASc: 3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289069/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-fish-oil-supplementation-and-the-prevention-of-clinical-cardiovascular-disease-a-science-advisory-from-the-american-heart-association
#7
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David S Siscovick, Thomas A Barringer, Amanda M Fretts, Jason H Y Wu, Alice H Lichtenstein, Rebecca B Costello, Penny M Kris-Etherton, Terry A Jacobson, Mary B Engler, Heather M Alger, Lawrence J Appel, Dariush Mozaffarian
Multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have assessed the effects of supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid plus docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, commonly called fish oils) on the occurrence of clinical cardiovascular diseases. Although the effects of supplementation for the primary prevention of clinical cardiovascular events in the general population have not been examined, RCTs have assessed the role of supplementation in secondary prevention among patients with diabetes mellitus and prediabetes, patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, and those with prevalent coronary heart disease...
March 13, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273786/influence-of-statin-therapy-at-time-of-stroke-onset-on-functional-outcome-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Darae Ko, Jonathan L Thigpen, James A Otis, Kristen Forster, Lori Henault, Emily Quinn, Yorghos Tripodis, Peter B Berger, Nita Limdi, Elaine M Hylek
BACKGROUND: Statin pretreatment has been associated with reduced infarct volume in nonlacunar strokes. The effect of statins on functional outcomes of strokes related to atrial fibrillation (AF) is unknown. We aimed to define the influence of prestroke statin use on functional outcome in AF. METHODS: We assembled a cohort of consecutive ischemic stroke patients from 2006 to 2010. All patients underwent CT or MRI and were adjudicated by site investigators. AF was confirmed by electrocardiogram in 100% of patients...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259228/cha2ds2-vasc-score-a-predictor-of-thromboembolic-events-and-mortality-in-patients-with-an-implantable-monitoring-device-without-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Christine Parsons, Salma I Patel, Stephen Cha, Win-Kuang Shen, Santosh Desai, Alanna M Chamberlain, Sushil Allen Luis, Maria I Aguilar, Bart M Demaerschalk, Farouk Mookadam, Fadi Shamoun
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the CHA2DS2-VASc score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke or transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, sex category) predicts thromboembolism and death in patients without atrial fibrillation in a population with implantable cardiac monitoring devices. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review utilizing the Rochester Epidemiology Project research infrastructure was conducted to evaluate the CHA2DS2-VASc tool as a predictor of mortality and ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or systemic embolism in patients without atrial fibrillation...
March 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253498/brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-a-powerful-predictor-of-outcome-in-stroke-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation%C3%A2
#10
Kenji Maruyama, Shinichiro Uchiyama, Tsuyoshi Shiga, Mutsumi Iijima, Kentaro Ishizuka, Takao Hoshino, Kazuo Kitagawa
BACKGROUND: Since stroke patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) have poor outcomes in general, the prediction of outcomes following discharge is of utmost concern for these patients. We previously reported that brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels were significantly higher in NVAF patients with larger infarcts, higher modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score, and higher CHADS2 score. In the present study, we evaluated an array of variables, including BNP, in order to determine significant predictors for functional outcome in patients with NVAF after acute ischemic stroke (AIS)...
March 2, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242081/long-term-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-after-the-cox-maze-iii-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Anders Albåge, Ulrik Sartipy, Göran Kennebäck, Birgitta Johansson, Henrik Scherstén, Lena Jidéus
BACKGROUND: The long-term risk of stroke after surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation is not well known. We performed an observational cohort study with long follow-up after the "cut-and-sew" Cox-maze III procedure (CM-III), including left atrial appendage excision. The aim was to analyze the incidence of stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) and the association to preoperative CHA2DS2-VASc (age in years, sex, congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, stroke/TIA, thromboembolism history, vascular disease history, diabetes mellitus) score...
February 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224930/incidence-of-severe-renal-dysfunction-among-individuals-taking-warfarin-and-implications-for-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants
#12
Christina L Fanola, Deirdre Mooney, Andrew J Cowan, Darae Ko, Emily K Sisson, Lori E Henault, Yorghos Tripodis, Elaine M Hylek
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to assess incidence and risk factors for severe renal dysfunction in patients requiring oral anticoagulation to help guide initial drug choice and provide a rational basis for interval monitoring of renal function for patients prescribed non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants. METHODS: Patients on warfarin for atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism were consecutively enrolled from January 2007 to December 2010. Baseline kidney function was assessed, and patients were followed to their first decline of kidney function to creatinine clearance<30 mL/min...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216549/role-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-and-diabetes-mellitus-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-response-of-patients-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation-and-heart-failure-after-mitraclip
#13
Hidehiro Kaneko, Michael Neuss, Jens Weissenborn, Christian Butter
MitraClip (MC) is an alternative therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) who are at high surgical risk. Most candidates for MC have severe heart failure (HF) with increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) levels. We sought to clarify the response of NT-pro BNP after MC and to identify the determinants of NT-pro BNP nonresponders. Among 136 consecutive patients successfully treated with MC, we excluded 20 patients due to low baseline NT-pro BNP levels and therefore examined 116 patients...
February 20, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215423/chads2-score-predicts-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-elective-pulmonary-lobectomy
#14
Svetlana Kotova, Mansen Wang, Katie Lothrop, Gary Grunkemeier, Heather E Merry, John R Handy
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (PAF) affects 12% to 17% of patients undergoing lobectomy and is associated with increased morbidity. CHADS2 (congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus history, and stroke or transient ischemic attack symptoms previously) is used to predict stroke risk in patients with existing AF. It also has been shown also to predict new-onset PAF. Our objective was to determine whether CHADS2 can predict PAF in patients undergoing lobectomy...
February 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#15
Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209218/the-changing-landscape-for-stroke%C3%A2-prevention-in-af-findings-from-the-gloria-af-registry-phase-2
#16
Menno V Huisman, Kenneth J Rothman, Miney Paquette, Christine Teutsch, Hans-Christoph Diener, Sergio J Dubner, Jonathan L Halperin, Chang Sheng Ma, Kristina Zint, Amelie Elsaesser, Dorothee B Bartels, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: GLORIA-AF (Global Registry on Long-Term Oral Antithrombotic Treatment in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation) is a prospective, global registry program describing antithrombotic treatment patterns in patients with newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke. Phase 2 began when dabigatran, the first non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC), became available. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe phase 2 baseline data and compare these with the pre-NOAC era collected during phase 1...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202628/effects-of-upgrade-versus-de-novo-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-on-clinical-response-and-long-term-survival-results-from-a-multicenter-study
#17
Mate Vamos, Julia W Erath, Zsolt Bari, Denes Vagany, Sven P Linzbach, Tatsiana Burmistrava, Carsten W Israel, Gabor Z Duray, Stefan H Hohnloser
BACKGROUND: Benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on morbidity and mortality in selected patients are well known. Although the number of upgrade procedures from single- or dual-chamber devices to CRT is increasing, there are only sparse data on the outcomes of upgrade procedures compared with de novo CRT. This study aimed to evaluate clinical response and survival in patients receiving de novo versus upgrade CRT defibrillator therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: Prospectively collected outcome data were compared in patients undergoing de novo or upgrade CRT defibrillator implantation at 3 implant centers in Germany and Hungary...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196797/left-atrial-structure-in-relationship-to-age-sex-ethnicity-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-mesa-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#18
Filip Zemrak, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Gabriella Captur, Jonathan Chrispin, Ela Chamera, Mohammadali Habibi, Saman Nazarian, Saidi A Mohiddin, James C Moon, Steffen E Petersen, João A C Lima, David A Bluemke
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) size is a marker of diastolic function and is associated with atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular outcomes. However, there are no large population studies measuring LA structure. The relationship of demographics and cardiovascular risk factors to LA size is largely unknown. This study aimed to determine associations of LA size with demographic factors, cardiac structure and function, and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: LA volume indexed to body surface area was measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance steady-state free precession and fast gradient echo cine long- and short-axis images in 2576 asymptomatic participants of MESA ([Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis] 68...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191906/intracardiac-echocardiography-for-verification-for-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-presence-detected-by-transesophageal-echocardiography-the-actionice-ii-study
#19
Jakub Baran, Beata Zaborska, Roman Piotrowski, Malgorzata Sikora-Frąc, Ewa Pilichowska-Paszkiet, Piotr Kułakowski
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) remains the gold standard for exclusion of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus in patients scheduled for direct electrical cardioversion (DEC) or atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Recently, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) of the pulmonary artery (PA) has been shown to provide excellent LAA images and to be useful in verification of equivocal TEE findings. HYPOTHESIS: ICE of the PA may have a role in detecting false-positive TEE results...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183844/association-between-posterior-left-atrial-adipose-tissue-mass-and-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Alexander R van Rosendael, Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Philippe J van Rosendael, Melissa Leung, Jeff M Smit, Antti Saraste, Juhani Knuuti, Rob J van der Geest, Britt W H van der Arend, Erik W van Zwet, Arthur J Scholte, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue located close to the atrial wall can change the electric conduction of the left atrium, potentially leading to atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to assess whether an increased atrial adipose tissue mass posterior to the left atrium is related to AF independent of demographical and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred patients with AF and 200 patients without AF who underwent computed tomographic angiography were included...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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