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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549243/australian-football-players-experiencing-groin-pain-exhibit-reduced-subscale-scores-of-activities-of-daily-living-and-sport-and-recreation-on-the-hagos-questionnaire-a-case-control-study
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Michael K Drew, Gregory Lovell, Thorvaldur S Palsson, Pauline E Chiarelli, Peter G Osmotherly
OBJECTIVES: To report normative responses to the HAGOS questionnaire for Australian football players and to determine whether any of the HAGOS questionnaire sub scales can differentiate players with and without groin pain. DESIGN: Case-control. SETTING: Clinical setting. PARTICIPANTS: Professional (n = 66) and semi-professional (n = 9) Australian football (AF) players with current groin pain (n = 16) and controls (n = 57) without current groin pain...
April 20, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548218/gene-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure
#2
R Arora
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in an aging population. Unfortunately, current treatments for AF are suboptimal, in large part because the molecular mechanisms underlying AF are not well understood. Recent advances in our understanding of the AF disease state have led to the preclinical development of gene-based therapies that are targeted to key molecular mechanisms involved in the genesis and maintenance of AF.
May 26, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547036/circulating-microrna-1a-is-a-biomarker-of-graves-disease-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Fang Wang, Sheng-Jie Zhang, Xuan Yao, Dong-Mei Tian, Ke-Qin Zhang, Dun-Min She, Fei-Fan Guo, Qi-Wei Zhai, Hao Ying, Ying Xue
PURPOSE: It has been increasingly suggested that specific microRNAs expression profiles in the circulation and atrial tissue are associated with the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation. Nonetheless, the role of circulating microRNAs in Graves' disease patients with atrial fibrillation has not yet been well described. The objective of the study was to identify the role of circulating microRNAs as specific biomarkers for the diagnosis of Graves' disease with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: The expression profiles of eight serum microRNAs, which are found to be critical in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation, were determined in patients with Graves' disease with or without atrial fibrillation...
May 25, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547004/ocular-arterial-occlusive-disorders-and-carotid-artery-disease
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Sohan Singh Hayreh, M Bridget Zimmerman
OBJECTIVE: To compare prevalence of carotid artery disease and its various types of lesions in different types of ocular arterial occlusive disorders. DESIGN: Cohort study. SUBJECTS: 614 consecutive patients (728 eyes) with ocular arterial occlusive disorders. METHODS: At first visit, all patients had a detailed ophthalmic and medical history, comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation, and carotid artery evaluation (by Doppler/angiography) on the side of ocular arterial occlusion, and echocardiography...
January 2017: Ophthalmol Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546529/the-safety-of-electrical-cardioversion-under-the-control-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-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 (AF) requires adequate oral anticoagulation (OAC) prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    Assessment of risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of DCC under transesophageal echocardiography control (TEE) in patients with inadequate anticoagulation. PATIENTS AND METHODS    From the cohort of 316 patients admitted for DCC, 139 (age 63...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546098/altered-long-non-coding-rna-expression-profile-in-rabbit-atria-with-atrial-fibrillation-tcons_00075467-modulates-atrial-electrical-remodeling-by-sponging-mir-328-to-regulate-cacna1c
#6
Zhan Li, Ximin Wang, Weizong Wang, Juanjuan Du, Jinqiu Wei, Yong Zhang, Jiangrong Wang, Yinglong Hou
Electrical remodeling has been reported to play a major role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been increasingly recognized as contributors to the pathology of heart diseases. However, the roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs in electrical remodeling during AF remain unknown. In this study, the lncRNA expression profiles of right atria were investigated in AF and non-AF rabbit models by using RNA sequencing technique and validated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546006/atrial-myofibroblast-activation-and-connective-tissue-formation-in-a-porcine-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-reduced-left-ventricular-function
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Patrick Lugenbiel, Fabian Wenz, Katharina Govorov, Pascal Syren, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with fibrosis that slows electrical conduction and causes perpetuation of the arrhythmia. The molecular characterization of AF pathophysiology may provide novel therapeutic options. This study was designed to elucidate profibrotic signaling and myofibroblast activation in a porcine model of atrial tachypacing-induced AF and reduced left ventricular function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten domestic pigs were randomized to sinus rhythm (SR) or AF groups...
May 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545407/cryoballoon-vs-open-irrigated-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-freezeaf-outcomes
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Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser, Claus Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy for electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Herein, we provide long-term data regarding the efficacy of CB ablation in comparison to RF. METHODS: FreezeAF was a randomised non-inferiority study comparing CB ablation with RF ablation for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544698/the-use-of-antifibrinolytics-in-pediatric-patients-with-hypoproliferative-thrombocytopenia
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Meghan Delaney, Dana C Matthews, Terry B Gernsheimer
Despite the use of evidence-based platelet transfusion therapy during periods of hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia, a large proportion of pediatric hematology/oncology patients continue to suffer from clinically significant bleeding. Antifibrinolytic (AF) drugs have been shown in certain surgical and trauma settings to decrease bleeding, blood transfusion, and improve survival. We conducted a retrospective assessment of the safety of using AF drugs in pediatric patients with hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia at our center as well as the impact on bleeding occurrence and severity...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544489/thromboembolic-and-bleeding-complications-during-oral-anticoagulation-therapy-in-cancer-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-danish-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#10
Anne G Ording, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Kasper Adelborg, Lars Pedersen, Paolo Prandoni, Henrik T Sørensen
Coexisting cancer in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has been associated with thromboembolism and bleeding. We used Danish population-based medical databases to conduct a population-based cohort study that included all AF patients who redeemed a prescription for vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or non-VKA oral anticoagulant (NOAC) between July 2004 and December 2013. We characterized these patients according to the presence (N = 11,855) or absence (N = 56,264) of a cancer diagnosis before redemption of their oral anticoagulant prescription, and then examined their 1-year risk of thromboembolic or bleeding complications or death...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544422/assessment-of-clinically-relevant-bleeding-as-a-surrogate-outcome-for-major-bleeding-validation-by-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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S Laporte, C Chapelle, L Bertoletti, E Ollier, P Zufferey, J-C Lega, A Merah, H Décousus, S Schulman, G Meyer, M Cucherat, P Mismetti
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant bleeding (CRB), comprising major bleeding and clinically relevant non-major bleeding, has been used as a surrogate for major bleeding in most anticoagulant trials, but its validity for estimating compromise between thrombotic and bleeding events has never been assessed. METHODS: We systematically reviewed randomized phase III trials comparing new anticoagulants with standard of care for venous thromboembolism prevention following major orthopedic surgery, venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment, or stroke and systemic embolism prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), and reporting both major bleeding and CRB rates...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544362/cxcl10-and-il-6-markers-of-two-different-forms-of-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-preterm-labor
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Roberto Romero, Piya Chaemsaithong, Noppadol Chaiyasit, Nikolina Docheva, Zhong Dong, Chong Jai Kim, Yeon Mee Kim, Jung-Sun Kim, Faisal Qureshi, Suzanne M Jacques, Bo Hyun Yoon, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Lami Yeo, Sonia S Hassan, Offer Erez, Steven J Korzeniewski
PROBLEM: To determine whether amniotic fluid (AF) CXCL10 concentration is associated with histologic chronic chorioamnionitis in patients with preterm labor (PTL) and preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (PROM). METHOD OF STUDY: This study included 168 women who had an episode of PTL or preterm PROM. AF interleukin (IL)-6 and CXCL10 concentrations were determined by immunoassay. RESULTS: (i) Increased AF CXCL10 concentration was associated with chronic (OR: 4...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543401/oral-anticoagulation-management-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-implantation
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Eric Black-Maier, Sunghee Kim, Benjamin A Steinberg, Gregg C Fonarow, James V Freeman, Peter R Kowey, Jack Ansell, Bernard J Gersh, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Gerald Naccarelli, Elaine M Hylek, Alan S Go, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy is associated with increased periprocedural risks after cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation. Patterns of anticoagulation management involving non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have not been characterized. HYPOTHESIS: Anticoagulation strategies and outcomes differ by anticoagulant type in patients undergoing CIED implantation. METHODS: Using the nationwide Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, we assessed how atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing CIED implantation were cared for and their subsequent outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543388/environmental-constraints-on-the-compositional-and-phylogenetic-beta-diversity-of-tropical-forest-snake-assemblages
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Mario R Moura, Henrique C Costa, Antônio J S Argôlo, Walter Jetz
The ongoing biodiversity crisis increases the importance and urgency of studies addressing the role of environmental variation on the composition and evolutionary history of species assemblages, but especially the tropics and ectotherms remain understudied. In regions with rainy summers, coexistence of ectothermic species may be determined by the partitioning of the climatic niche, since ectotherms can rely on water availability and thermoregulatory behaviour to buffer constraints along their climatic niche...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543286/impact-of-treatment-crossovers-on-clinical-outcomes-in-the-rate-and-rhythm-control-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-the-affirm-atrial-fibrillation-follow-up-investigation-of-rhythm-management-trial
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Abhishek Maan, Zheng Zhang, Ziling Qin, Yanbing Wang, Samuel Dudley, Kaustubh Dabhadakar, Marwan Refaat, Moussa Mansour, Jeremy N Ruskin, E Kevin Heist
We investigated the rates and reasons for crossover to alternative treatment strategies and its impact on mortality in patients who were enrolled in the AFFIRM trial. Over a mean follow-up period of 3.5 years, 842 patients underwent crossover to the alternative treatment arms in AFFIRM. The rate of crossover from rhythm to rate control (594/2033, 29.2%) was more frequent than the rate of crossover from rate to rhythm control (248/2027, 12.2%, p < 0.0001). The leading reasons for crossover from rhythm to rate control were failure to achieve or maintain sinus rhythm (272/594, 45...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542844/the-inward-rectifier-current-inhibitor-pa-6-terminates-atrial-fibrillation-and-does-not-cause-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-dedicated-goat-and-dog-models
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Yuan Ji, Rosanne Varkevisser, Dragan Opacic, Alexandre Bossu, Marion Kuiper, Jet D M Beekman, Sihyung Yang, Azinwi Phina Khan, Dobromir Dobrev, Niels Voigt, Michael Zhuo Wang, Sander Verheule, Marc A Vos, Marcel A G Van der Heyden
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inward rectifier current (IK1 ) density increases in atrial fibrillation (AF), shortening effective refractory period and thus promotes atrial reentry. Pentamidine-Analogue 6 (PA-6) is a selective and potent IK1 inhibitor. We tested PA-6 for anti-AF efficacy and potential proarrhythmia, in established large animal models. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: PA-6 was applied i.v. in anaesthetized goats with rapid pacing induced AF and anaesthetized chronic AV block dogs...
May 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542605/voxelwise-distribution-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-lesions-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-trigger-of-arrhythmia-or-only-target-of-embolism
#17
Timolaos Rizos, Andreas J Bartsch, Timothy D Johnson, Felix Dittgen, Thomas E Nichols, Uwe Malzahn, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is frequently detected after ischemic stroke for the first time, and brain regions involved in autonomic control have been suspected to trigger AF. We examined whether specific brain regions are associated with newly detected AF after ischemic stroke. METHODS: Patients with acute cerebral infarctions on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging were included in this lesion mapping study. Lesions were mapped and modeled voxelwise using Bayesian Spatial Generalised Linear Mixed Modeling to determine differences in infarct locations between stroke patients with new AF, without AF and with AF already known before the stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542316/antithrombotic-therapy-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-discharged-after-major-non-cardiac-surgery-1-year-follow-up-sub-analysis-of-prague-14-study
#18
Martina Ondrakova, Zuzana Motovska, Petr Waldauf, Jiri Knot, Lukas Havluj, Lukas Bittner, Radek Bartoska, Robert Gűrlich, Martin Krbec, Valer Dzupa, Robert Grill, Petr Widimsky
BACKGROUND: The study investigated the discharge antithrombotic medication in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) after major non-cardiac surgery and the impact on one-year outcomes. METHODS: A subgroup of 366 patients (mean age 75.9±10.5 years, women 42.3%, acute surgery 42.9%) undergoing major non-cardiac surgery and having any form of AF (30.6% of the total population enrolled in the PRAGUE-14 study) was followed for 1 year. RESULTS: Antithrombotics (interrupted due to surgery) were resumed until discharge in 51...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542098/comparison-of-oxygen-consumption-rates-of-nondegenerate-and-degenerate-human-ivd-cells
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Sarah E Cisewski, Yongren Wu, Brooke J Damon, Barton L Sachs, Michael J Kern, Hai Yao
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro measurements of the oxygen consumption rates (OCR) of human intervertebral disc (IVD) cells. OBJECTIVE: To determine the differences in the OCR of nondegenerate and degenerate human annulus fibrosus (AF), nucleus pulposus (NP), and cartilage endplate (CEP) cells at different glucose concentrations. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The avascular nature of the IVD creates a delicate balance between rate of nutrient transport through the matrix and rate of disc cell consumption necessary to maintain tissue health...
May 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541896/solving-inaccuracies-in-anatomical-models-for-electrocardiographic-inverse-problem-resolution-by-maximizing-reconstruction-quality
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Miguel Rodrigo, Andreu Climent, Alejandro Liberos, Ismael Hernandez-Romero, Angel Arenal, Javier Bermejo, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Felipe Atienza, Maria Guillem
Electrocardiographic Imaging (ECGI) has become an increasingly used technique for non-invasive diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, although the need for medical imaging technology to determine the anatomy hinders its introduction in the clinical practice. This work explores the ability of a new metric based on the inverse reconstruction quality for the location and orientation of the atrial surface inside the torso. Body surface electrical signals from 31 realistic mathematical models and four AF patients were used to estimate the optimal position of the atria inside the torso...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
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