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Marek Sramko, Dan Wichterle, Josef Kautzner
This study evaluated hemodynamic feasibility and reproducibility of a new method for in vivo simulation of human atrial fibrillation (AF). The method was tested during sinus rhythm in 10 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF. A simple electronic device was assembled that allowed triggering a cardiac stimulator by predefined series of RR intervals. Irregular RR interval sequences with a mean heart rate of 90/min and 130/min were obtained from ECG recordings of another patients with AF. Simultaneous atrioventricular pacing was delivered by catheters placed inside the coronary sinus and at the His bundle region...
2016: PloS One
Michael Bennardo, Faisal J Alibhai, Elena V Tsimakouridze, Nirmala Chinnappareddy, Peter Podobed, Cristine J Reitz, W Glen Pyle, Jeremy A Simpson, Tami A Martino
Diurnal or circadian rhythms are fundamentally important for healthy cardiovascular physiology, and play a role in timing of onset and tolerance to myocardial infarction (MI) in patients. Whether time of day of MI triggers different molecular and cellular responses that can influence myocardial remodelling is not known. This study was designed to test whether time of day of MI triggers different gene expression, humoral, and innate inflammatory responses that contribute to cardiac repair after MI. Mice were infarcted by left anterior descending coronary artery ligation (MI model) within a 2 hour time window either shortly after lights on or lights off, and the early remodelling responses at 8 hours post infarction were examined...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Zhaoye Zhou, Qi Jin, Long Yu, Liqun Wu, Bin He
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of atrial electrophysiological properties is crucial for clinical intervention of atrial arrhythmias and the investigation of the underlying mechanism. This study aims to evaluate the feasibility of a novel noninvasive cardiac electrical imaging technique in imaging bi-atrial activation sequences from body surface potential maps (BSPMs). METHODS: The study includes 7 subjects, with 3 atrial flutter patients, and 4 healthy subjects with normal atrial activations...
2016: PloS One
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
Christian Steinberg, Zachary W M Laksman, Andrew D Krahn
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is still among the leading causes of death in women and men, accounting for over 50% of all fatal cardiovascular events in the United States. Two arrhythmia mechanisms of SCD can be distinguished as follows: shockable rhythms (ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia) and non-shockable rhythms including asystole or pulseless electrical activity. The overall prognosis of cardiac arrest due to shockable rhythms is significantly better. While the majority of SCDs is attributed to coronary artery disease or other structural heart disease, no obvious cause can be identified in 5% of all events, and those events are labeled as sudden unexplained deaths (SUD)...
November 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Mahmoud A Abdelsalam, Jeffrey B Geske
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 77-year-old female was referred for evaluation of an episode of syncope while eating breakfast. There was no history of fall, syncope, prodrome, dyspnoea, chest discomfort or palpitations. Medical history was notable for hyperlipidaemia and treated hypertension. Blood pressure was 140/90 mm Hg, pulse 85  beats per minute (BPM). No murmurs were present on cardiac examination. ECG revealed normal sinus rhythm with left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (see online supplementary figure S1)...
September 23, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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
Fabio Zampieri, Alberto Zanatta, Cristina Basso, Gaetano Thiene
The most significant cardiovascular anatomoclinical observations from Morgagni's masterpiece De sedibus et causis morborum per anatomen indagatis (1761) are herein reported, divided into the current taxonomy according to cardiac structure: (a) aorta and pulmonary artery, (b) pericardium, (c) coronary arteries, (d) myocardium, (e) endocardium, (f) congenital heart defects, and (g) heart rhythm disorders. Morgagni's interpretations in cardiovascular pathology were strictly related with the most advanced theories of his time, such as those of blood circulation and iatromechanics; nevertheless, he remained close to the empirical description of clinical and pathological anatomy phenomena with their individual specificity...
July 25, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Fady Dawoud, Karl H Schuleri, David D Spragg, B Milan Horáček, Ronald D Berger, Henry R Halperin, Albert C Lardo
INTRODUCTION: The interplay between electrical activation and mechanical contraction patterns is hypothesized to be central to reduced effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Furthermore, complex scar substrates render CRT less effective. We used novel cardiac computed tomography (CT) and noninvasive electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) techniques in an ischemic dyssynchronous heart failure (DHF) animal model to evaluate electrical and mechanical coupling of cardiac function, tissue viability, and venous accessibility of target pacing regions...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Deborah Lamont, Deborah J Shuman
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence indicates the effectiveness of surgical ablation confined to the left atrium, especially with short duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) and smaller left atrial (LA) size. This study examined rhythm status and predictors of failure in this group of patients. METHODS: Of 800 patients who underwent concomitant surgical ablation (2005 to 2015), 110 had LA-only ablation. Rhythm status was defined according to Heart Rhythm Society guidelines: sinus rhythm (SR) without class I/III antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs)...
August 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
S Pankuweit
The association between alcohol consumption and the etiology and prognosis of cardiovascular diseases has been the focus of attention and also the subject of controversial discussions for many years. This is particularly true for heart failure, which can be induced by coronary artery disease (CAD), arterial hypertension, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. Acute effects of high doses of alcohol can lead to impairment of the cardiac contraction strength with rhythm disturbances (holiday heart syndrome), transient ischemic attacks and in rare cases to sudden cardiac death...
September 2016: Herz
Tor Biering-Sørensen
BACKGROUND: The preservation of normal cardiac time intervals is intimately related to normal cardiac physiology and function. In the ailing myocardium, the cardiac time intervals will change during disease progression. As left ventricular (LV) systolic function deteriorates, the time it takes for myocardial myocytes to achieve an LV pressure equal to that of aorta increases, resulting in a prolongation of the isovolumic contraction time (IVCT). Furthermore, the ability of myocardial myocytes to maintain the LV pressure decreases, resulting in reduction in the ejection time (ET)...
August 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Mei Gao, Jianzhong Sun, Nilas Young, Douglas Boyd, Zane Atkins, Zhongmin Li, Qian Ding, James Diehl, Hong Liu
OBJECTIVES: Body mass index (BMI) commonly is used in obesity classification as a surrogate measure, and obesity is associated with a cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of BMI on short-term outcomes after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. SETTING: University teaching hospital, 2 centers. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 4,740 patients who underwent cardiac surgery at 2 hospitals-from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2013, in 1 hospital and from September 1, 2003, to August 31, 2014, in a second hospital...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Golukhova E Z, Gromova O I, Shomahov R A, Bulaeva N I, Bockeria L A
The abrupt cessation of effective cardiac function that is generally due to heart rhythm disorders can cause sudden and unexpected death at any age and is referred to as a syndrome called "sudden cardiac death" (SCD). Annually, about 400,000 cases of SCD occur in the United States alone. Less than 5% of the resuscitation techniques are effective. The prevalence of SCD in a population rises with age according to the prevalence of coronary artery disease, which is the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest...
April 2016: Acta Naturae
Tanush Gupta, Dhaval Kolte, Divyanshu Mohananey, Sahil Khera, Kashish Goel, Pratik Mondal, Wilbert S Aronow, Diwakar Jain, Howard A Cooper, Sei Iwai, William H Frishman, Deepak L Bhatt, Gregg C Fonarow, Julio A Panza
Previous studies have shown that obesity is paradoxically associated with improved outcomes in many cardiovascular (CV) disease states; however, whether obesity affects survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) has not been well examined. We queried the 2003 to 2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample databases to identify all patients aged ≥18 years who underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation for IHCA. Obese patients were identified using the co-morbidity variable for obesity, as defined in Nationwide Inpatient Sample databases...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
F Keshtkar, O T Dale, W O Bennett, C E Hall
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy has been associated with the use of catecholamines; however, its development after the use of nebulised adrenaline for the management of acute airway obstruction has not previously been described. CASE REPORT: A 66-year-old man with squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx, with tumour-node-metastasis staging of T3N2cM0, confirmed by biopsy and computed tomography, presented to the emergency department with acute airway obstruction...
September 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Wei Zhang, Weiling Liu, Sophia T H Chew, Liang Shen, Lian Kah Ti
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and resource utilization. Current prediction models for postoperative AF are based primarily on Western populations. In this study, we sought to develop a clinical prediction rule for postcardiac surgery AF for a multiethnic Asian population. METHODS: Two thousand one hundred sixty-eight patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft or valve surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were prospectively enrolled in this observational study between August 2008 and July 2012 at Singapore's 2 national heart centers...
August 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Samet Yilmaz, Fatih Sen, Mehmet K Akboga, Kevser G Balci, Dursun Aras, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydogdu
We investigated the relationship between resting heart rate (HR) and The Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with Taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) score in patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD). A total of 420 patients who were admitted to our outpatient clinic for stable angina pectoris with sinus rhythm and had at least 50% narrowing in at least 1 coronary artery after coronary angiography were included in the study. Patients were divided into 3 tertiles based on the resting HR: HR of tertile 1 was ≤65 (n = 138), tertile 2 was between 66 and 76 (n = 139), and tertile 3 was ≥77 beats/min (n = 143)...
May 13, 2016: Angiology
G V Skuladottir, A Cohen, D O Arnar, D M Hougaard, B Torfason, R Palsson, O S Indridason
Low circulating levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) have been associated with an increased risk of adverse effects after cardiac surgery. The metabolites, 25(OH)D2 and 25(OH)D3, provide a good index of vitamin D status. In this study, we examined the association between preoperative plasma levels of total 25(OH)D, 25(OH)D2 and 25(OH)D3 and the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) following open heart surgery. The levels of plasma 25(OH)D2 and 25(OH)D3 in 118 patients, who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valvular surgery, were measured immediately prior to surgery and on postoperative day 3 by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science
Akif Serhat Balcıoğlu, Sinan Akıncı, Davran Çiçek, Ali Çoner, Uğur Abbas Bal, İbrahim Haldun Müderrisoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac autonomic nervous dysfunction (CAND), a severe complication of diabetes, has also been shown to affect prediabetic patients. The role of isolated impaired fasting plasma glucose (IFG), a subtype of prediabetes, is not clear in the pathogenesis of CAND. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between isolated IFG and cardiac autonomic function using heart rate variability (HRV) and heart rate turbulence (HRT) indices derived from 24-h Holter electrocardiogram recordings...
March 23, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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