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Pacemaker syndrome

Xingqun Liang, Sylvia M Evans, Yunfu Sun
The sinoatrial node (SAN) is the dominant pacemaker of the heart. Abnormalities in SAN formation and function can cause sinus arrhythmia, including sick sinus syndrome and sudden death. A better understanding of genes and signaling pathways that regulate SAN development and function is essential to develop more effective treatment to sinus arrhythmia, including biological pacemakers. In this review, we briefly summarize the key processes of SAN morphogenesis during development, and focus on the transcriptional network that drives SAN development...
October 21, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Lois Choy, Jie Ming Yeo, Vivian Tse, Shing Po Chan, Gary Tse
The mouse is the second mammalian species, after the human, in which substantial amount of the genomic information has been analyzed. With advances in transgenic technology, mutagenesis is now much easier to carry out in mice. Consequently, an increasing number of transgenic mouse systems have been generated for the study of cardiac arrhythmias in ion channelopathies and cardiomyopathies. Mouse hearts are also amenable to physical manipulation such as coronary artery ligation and transverse aortic constriction to induce heart failure, radiofrequency ablation of the AV node to model complete AV block and even implantation of a miniature pacemaker to induce cardiac dyssynchrony...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Takamichi Miyamoto, Takamasa Iwai, Junji Yamaguchi, Sadahiro Hijikata, Ryoichi Miyazaki, Naoyuki Miwa, Masahiro Sekigawa, Nobuhiro Hara, Yasutoshi Nagata, Toshihiro Nozato, Yasuteru Yamauchi, Toru Obayashi, Mitsuaki Isobe
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of super-elderly patients (age≥85 years) who undergo bradycardia pacemaker (PM) implantation remains unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 868 patients (men 49.0%, 76.6±10.6 years) who could walk unassisted and whose expected life expectancy was more than 1 year, receiving their first bradycardia PM implantation between January 1, 2006, and June 30, 2013. Clinical outcomes were compared between super-elderly patients (n=201, mean age 88...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Hilma Holm, Patrick Sulem, Gisli Masson, Asmundur Oddsson, Olafur Th Magnusson, Jona Saemundsdottir, Hafdis Th Helgadottir, Hannes Helgason, Hrefna Johannsdottir, Solveig Gretarsdottir, Sigurjon A Gudjonsson, Inger Njølstad, Maja-Lisa Løchen, Larry Baum, Ronald C W Ma, Gunnlaugur Sigfusson, Augustine Kong, Guðmundur Thorgeirsson, Jon Th Sverrisson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Kari Stefansson, David O Arnar
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in man, causing substantial morbidity and mortality with a major worldwide public health impact. It is increasingly recognized as a highly heritable condition. This study aimed to determine genetic risk factors for early-onset AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We sequenced the whole genomes of 8453 Icelanders and imputed genotypes of the 25.5 million sequence variants we discovered into 1799 Icelanders with early-onset AF (diagnosed before 60 years of age) and 337 453 controls...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Zijo Begic, Edin Begic, Senka Mesihovic-Dinarevic, Izet Masic, Senad Pesto, Mirza Halimic, Almira Kadic, Amra Dobraca
OBJECTIVE: To show the place and role of continuous electrocardiographic twenty-four-hour ECG monitoring in daily clinical practice of pediatric cardiologists. METHODS: According to protocol, 2753 patients underwent dynamic continuous ECG Holter monitoring (data collected from the "Register of ECG Holter monitoring" of Pediatric Clinic, UCC Sarajevo in period April 2003- April 2015). RESULTS: There were 50,5% boys and 49,5% girls, aged from birth to 19 years (1,63% - neonates and infants, 2,6% - toddlers, 9,95% - preschool children, 35,5% - gradeschoolers and 50,3% children in puberty and adolescence)...
July 16, 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
W Amara, S Naccache, C Akret, S Cheggour, S M'Zoughi, G Galuscan, A Dompnier
INTRODUCTION: Management of antiplatelet therapy at the time of device implantation remains controversial. This study aimed to assess the risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving ticagrelor at the time of cardiac device surgery. METHODS: We performed a multicentre (n=4), retrospective study from January 2015 to January 2016. The survey included all patients (pts) treated with ticagrelor before undergoing pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation or generator replacement...
September 29, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Charlien Gabriels, Julie De Backer, Agnes Pasquet, Bernard P Paelinck, Marielle Morissens, Frederik Helsen, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Werner Budts
OBJECTIVES: Studies evaluating the long-term outcome of adults with ventricular septal defect (VSD) are important to inform patients about prognosis. This study investigated the long-term outcome of patients with perimembranous VSD (pmVSD) followed in the Belgian Registry on Adult Congenital Heart Disease. METHODS: All pmVSD patients in the registry were analyzed. RESULTS: Two hundred and sixty-six patients were studied. Fifteen patients had Eisenmenger syndrome...
September 21, 2016: Cardiology
Hans-Joachim Trappe
Consciousness disorders may have many causes, mainly cardiac arrhythmias. The incidence of bradyarrhythmias (BA) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is 0.3-18 % and caused by sinus node dysfunction (SND), high degree atrioventricular (AV) block or bundle branch blocks. SND are sinus bradycardia or sinus arrest. 1st degree AV-block occurs in 4-13 % of patients with ACS caused by rhythm disturbances in atrium, AV node, bundle of His or the Tawara system. 1st or 2nd degree AV block is seen very frequently within 24 hours after beginning of ACS and these arrhythmias are frequently transient and no more present after 72 hours...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Christoforos Tsantoulas, Elizabeth R Mooney, Peter A McNaughton
Nociception - the ability to detect painful stimuli - is an invaluable sense that warns against present or imminent damage. In patients with chronic pain, however, this warning signal persists in the absence of any genuine threat and affects all aspects of everyday life. Neuropathic pain, a form of chronic pain caused by damage to sensory nerves themselves, is dishearteningly refractory to drugs that may work in other types of pain and is a major unmet medical need begging for novel analgesics. Hyperpolarisation-activated cyclic nucleotide (HCN)-modulated ion channels are best known for their fundamental pacemaker role in the heart; here, we review data demonstrating that the HCN2 isoform acts in an analogous way as a 'pacemaker for pain', in that its activity in nociceptive neurons is critical for the maintenance of electrical activity and for the sensation of chronic pain in pathological pain states...
September 15, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Miho Kawaida, Tokiya Abe, Toshio Nakanishi, Yoko Miyahara, Hiroyuki Yamagishi, Michiie Sakamoto, Taketo Yamada
Timothy syndrome (TS) is a congenital long QT syndrome that is associated with syndactyly and mutations in CACNA1C, encoding an L-type voltage-dependent calcium channel, Cav1.2. Recently, TS has been associated with autism and other psychological disorders. This case indicated bradycardia by prenatal screening and was diagnosed as TS by the occurrence of syndactyly and QT prolongation at birth. Despite therapy with anti-arrhythmia reagents and a pacemaker, the patient died 2 months after birth and was autopsied...
October 2016: Pathology International
Ursula Müller-Werdan, Roland Prondzinsky, Karl Werdan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory mediators can interfere with cardiovascular system. This article describes some recent findings in this field. RECENT FINDINGS: In septic cardiomyopathy, direct and indirect interactions of endotoxin with the pacemaker current contribute to cardiac autonomic dysfunction and inadequately high heart rate, worsening prognosis. In myocardial infarction, inflammatory blood cells correlate with impaired coronary microvascular reperfusion...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Agnieszka Mlynarska, Rafal Mlynarski, Krzysztof S Golba
AIM: To assess the prevalence of frailty syndrome in patients with heart rhythm disorders that qualified for pacemaker implantation. METHODS: The study included 171 patients (83 women, aged 73.9 ± 6.7 years) who qualified for pacemaker implantation as a result of sinus node dysfunction (81 patients) or atrio-ventricular blocks (AVB; 90 patients). A total of 60 patients (25 women, aged 72.40 ± 7.09 years) without heart rhythm disorders were included in the control group...
August 25, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Yanhui Li, Mathew D Olson, Jian-Ming Li
A 79-year-old man received a dual-chamber pacemaker (Evia DR-T, Biotronik GmbH, Berlin, Germany) for syncope and sick sinus syndrome with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. His past medical history included systemic hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus type II, obstructive sleep apnea, diffuse lung disease, diastolic congestive heart failure with preserved systolic function. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
August 24, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Stephanie Biel, Marco Aquila, Brigitte Hertel, Anne Berthold, Thomas Neumann, Dario DiFrancesco, Anna Moroni, Gerhard Thiel, Silke Kauferstein
Diseases such as the sick sinus and the Brugada syndrome are cardiac abnormalities, which can be caused by a number of genetic aberrances. Among them are mutations in HCN4, a gene, which encodes the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel 4; this pacemaker channel is responsible for the spontaneous activity of the sinoatrial node. The present genetic screening of patients with suspected or diagnosed Brugada or sick sinus syndrome identified in 1 out of 62 samples the novel mutation V492F...
October 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Alexander Kypta, Hermann Blessberger, Michael Lichtenauer, Thomas Lambert, Juergen Kammler, Clemens Steinwender
A 65-year-old man was scheduled for pacemaker implantation for symptomatic sick-sinus-syndrome (SSS). He suffered from multiple drug-allergies and allergies to several metals like quicksilver and titanium. Gold-coated pacemaker generators and polyurethane leads are effective in avoiding allergic reactions to pacing system components. Therefore, we decided to implant a custom-made gold-coated DDDR-pacemaker generator and polyurethane leads.
November 2015: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Andreas Früh, Geir Siem, Henrik Holmström, Gaute Døhlen, Kristina H Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Patients with Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome (JLNS) exhibit severe phenotypes that are characterized by congenital deafness, very long QT-intervals and a high risk of life-threatening arrhythmias. Current treatment strategies include high doses of ß-blocker medication, left cardiac sympathetic denervation (LCSD), and ICD implantation which is challenging in young children. Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and effect of pacing in addition to ß-blocker treatment in children with JLNS...
July 20, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Pedro Freitas, Miguel Borges Santos, Mariana Faria, Gustavo Rodrigues, Nélson Vale, Rui Campante Teles, Manuel Almeida, Miguel Mendes
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In patients with right ventricular pacing, the ECG shows a left bundle branch block (LBBB) pattern. There are several criteria to diagnose ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in patients with LBBB. The aim of this study was to validate and compare Sgarbossa's with two new scores - Selvester's and Smith's - in this context. METHODS: We identified pacemaker patients submitted to coronary angiography due to acute coronary syndrome. ECGs were analyzed by 2 blinded cardiologists...
September 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Alpana Singh, Poonam Verma, Gillela Balaji, Supriti Samantaray, Kochupurackal P Mohanakumar
Parkinson's disease (PD), the most common progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder, results from loss of dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra pars compacta. These neurons exhibit Cav1.3 channel-dependent pacemaking activity. Epidemiological studies suggest reduced risk for PD in population under long-term antihypertensive therapy with L-type calcium channel antagonists. These prompted us to investigate nimodipine, an L-type calcium channel blocker for neuroprotective effect in cellular and animal models of PD...
October 2016: Neurochemistry International
Ozgur Haki Yuksel, Ahmet Urkmez, Ayhan Verit
Types of prostatitis can be defined as groups of syndromes in adult men associated with infectious and noninfectious causes characterized frequently by lower abdominal and perineal signs and diverse clinical symptoms and complications. Etiopathogenesis of chronic prostatitis is not well defined. Moreover, its treatment outcomes are not satisfactory. Presence of c-kit positive interstitial cells in human prostate is already known. It has been demonstrated that these cells can be pacemaker cells which trigger spontaneous slow-wave electrical activity in the prostate and can be responsible for the transport of glandular secretion from acinar cells into major and minor prostatic ducts and finally into urethra...
2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Pietro Mesirca, Isabelle Bidaud, Matteo E Mangoni
Pacemaker activity of the sino-atrial generates the heart rate. Disease of the sinus node and impairment of atrioventricular conduction induce an excessively low ventricular rate (bradycardia), which cannot meet the needs of the organism. Bradycardia accounts for about half of the total workload of clinical cardiologists. The "sick sinus" syndrome (SSS) is characterized by sinus bradycardia and periods of intermittent atrial fibrillation. Several genetic or acquired risk factors or pathologies can lead to SSS...
July 4, 2016: Journal of Physiology
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