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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719551/annulus-fibrosus-repair-using-high-density-collagen-gel-an-in-vivo-ovine-model
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Brenton Pennicooke, Ibrahim Hussain, Connor Berlin, Stephen R Sloan, Brandon Borde, Yu Moriguchi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Jonathan Cheetham, Lawrence J Bonassar, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: Ovine in vivo study. OBJECTIVE: To perform lateral approach lumbar surgery in an ovine model to administer an injectable riboflavin (RF) cross-linked high-density collagen (HDC) gel and to assess its ability to mitigate intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration after induced annulus fibrosus (AF) injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Biological-based injectable gels have shown efficacy in restoring biomechanical, radiographic, and histological parameters in IVD-injured animal models...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719150/can-principles-of-the-surface-potential-be-combined-with-knowledge-of-natural-products-to-reduce-atrial-rhythm-disturbances
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EDITORIAL
H Ni, K Narsingani, H Zhang, W R Giles
Long lasting or chronic electrophysiological abnormalities in human atria are significant contributors to morbidity during healthy aging. Although both paroxysmal (brief) and chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) were considered to be benign; the notable association between maintained AF and stroke has resulted in AF now being a target for surgical intervention (ablation) and/or drug therapy. An interesting, forward looking paper from the Elinder Group(1) in this issue of Acta Physiologica reveals novel pharmacological agents and principles that could be the basis for more effective antiarrhythmic therapies for AF...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718039/a%C3%A2-decade-of-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-shifts-in-patient-characteristics-and-procedural-outcomes
#3
C Teunissen, N Clappers, R J Hassink, J F van der Heijden, F H Wittkampf, P Loh
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) has evolved into a frequently performed procedure. The aim of this study was to monitor changes in patient characteristics, procedural characteristics, outcomes and complications over the past 10 years. METHODS: All consecutive patients who underwent primary RFCA treatment of AF in the University Medical Center Utrecht from 2005-2015 were included. In all patients, the primary ablation strategy was pulmonary vein (PV) antrum isolation without additional substrate modification...
July 17, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716216/1-4-times-increase-in-atrial-fibrillation-related-ischemic-stroke-and-tia-over-12years-in-a-stroke-center
#4
Qiong Yang, Leonid Churilov, Dongsheng Fan, Stephen Davis, Bernard Yan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has quadrupled in the past 50years in the general population. However, there is uncertainty regarding prevalence of AF over time in ischemic stroke patients given the aging population and enhanced surveillance of AF. We aimed to explore the changing prevalence of AF as well as other risk factors, stroke subtypes, investigations and pre-stroke medications among ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from a prospective database of consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and TIA from 2004 to 2015...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715812/free-fatty-acid-is-associated-with-thrombogenicity-in-cardioembolic-stroke
#5
Woo-Keun Seo, Jin-Man Jung, Ji Hyun Kim, Seong-Beom Koh, Oh Young Bang, Kyungmi Oh
BACKGROUND: Recently, the role of free fatty acids (FFAs) in thromboembolism has re-emerged in the context of cardioembolic stroke. Therefore, we attempted to determine the role of FFAs in embolic risk in various potential sources of cardioembolism (PSCE). We hypothesized that if elevated FFA levels in stroke patients are associated with thrombogenesis, then patients with a well-known high risk of embolic sources would have high FFA levels. METHODS: Data collected from 2 hospital-based stroke registries were analyzed to investigate the association between FFA and PSCE...
July 18, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715667/spectral-and-spatiotemporal-variability-ecg-parameters-linked-to-catheter-ablation-outcome-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Antonio R Hidalgo-Muñoz, Decebal G Latcu, Marianna Meo, Olivier Meste, Irina Popescu, Nadir Saoudi, Vicente Zarzoso
With the increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), there is a strong clinical interest in determining whether a patient suffering from persistent AF will benefit from catheter ablation (CA) therapy at long term. This work presents several regression models based on noninvasive measures automatically computed from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) such as AF dominant frequency (DF), spectral concentration and spatiotemporal variability (STV). Sixty-two AF patients referred to CA were enrolled in this study...
July 4, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715071/the-influence-of-ablation-power-reduction-associated-with-esophagus-location-on-pulmonary-veins-isolation-results-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-six-month-follow-up
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Piotr Buchta, Krzysztof Myrda, Michał Skrzypek, Adam Wojtaszczyk, Barbara Budzyn, Mariusz Gąsior
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) could be associated with a thermal esophageal (EO) injury. To avoid this complication intraluminal esophageal temperature monitoring and ablation power reduction at the areas with excessive heating could be used. However, the reduced energy could limit the ablation lesion depth, without creation of consist transmural scar and influence on long-term ablation results. AIM: The primary goal was to evaluate the homogeneity of forced ablation power reduction due to excessive EO heating in different parts of left atrium...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714739/relationships-between-model-predicted-and-actual-match-performance-in-professional-australian-footballers-during-an-in-season-training-macrocycle
#8
Stuart R Graham, Stuart Cormack, Gaynor Parfitt, Roger Eston
PURPOSE: To assess and compare the validity of internal and external Australian Football (AF) training load measures for predicting match exercise intensity (MEI.min(-1)) and player rank score (PR(Score)) using a variable dose-response model. METHODS: 25 professional AF players (23 ± 3 y, 188.3 ± 7.2 cm and 87.7 ± 8.4 kg) completed a 24-week in-season macrocycle. In-season internal training and match load was quantified using session-RPE (sRPE) and external load from satellite and accelerometer data...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714617/-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-for-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Marco Roberto, Amir-Ali Fassa, Edoardo De Benedetti
Embolic stroke is the most dangerous complication of atrial fibrillation (AF). Oral anticoagulation represents the treatment of choice for thromboembolic (TE) prophylaxis in patients with a CHADS2VASc score ≥ 1 but is associated with a significant increase in haemorrhagic events. Almost 90 % of thrombi originate in the left atrial appendage. Registries have shown that percutaneous occlusion of this appendage reduces embolic risk and may be considered for TE prophylaxis in patients with a high TE (CHADS2VASc score ≥ 2) and haemorrhagic (HAS-BLED score ≥ 3) risk...
March 1, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714523/echocardiographic-parameters-versus-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-prediction-of-overall-cardiac-events-heart-failure-and-stroke-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#10
Li-Tan Yang, Wei-Chuan Tsai, Ho-Ming Su
BACKGROUND: Apart from stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with higher mortality and heart failure (HF), in which risk stratification scheme is lacking. Therefore this investigation examined the prognostic value of echocardiographic predictors against CHA₂DS₂-VASc score in permanent non-valvular AF (NVAF). METHOD: In 252 asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic consecutive patients with NVAF, comprehensive echocardiography was performed. Left atrial deformation parameters were also obtained by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography...
July 17, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713823/intracardiac-hemostasis-and-fibrinolysis-parameters-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Noémi Klára Tóth, Zoltán Csanádi, Orsolya Hajas, Alexandra Kiss, Edina Nagy-Baló, Kitti Bernadett Kovács, Ferenc Sarkady, László Muszbek, Zsuzsanna Bereczky, László Csiba, Zsuzsa Bagoly
AIMS: To identify intracardiac hemostasis or fibrinolysis abnormalities, which are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and increase the risk of thromboembolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient group consisted of 24 patients with AF and control group included 14 individuals with other supraventricular tachycardia undergoing transcatheter radiofrequency ablation. Blood samples were drawn from the femoral vein (FV), left atrium (LA), and left atrial appendage (LAA) before the ablation procedure...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712900/surgical-treatment-of-segmental-spinal-dysgenesis-selection-of-an-optimal-type-of-fusion
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Olga M Pavlova, Sergey O Ryabykh, Danil A Kozyrev, Alexander V Gubin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to select optimal fusion type for segmental spinal dysgenesis (SSD). METHODS: We analyzed 45 patients with SSD (37 from the literature and eight from our institution). Each case was evaluated for specific clinical and radiological criteria, types and results of the treatment. RESULT: Anterior fusion (AF) was perfomed in two patients (4.4%), posterior fusion (PF) in 11 patients (24.4%) and antero-posterior fusion (APF) in 33 patients (73...
July 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712522/comparison-of-the-origin-and-coupling-interval-between-ectopy-with-and-without-atrial-fibrillation-initiation
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Takashi Kanda, Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Shin Okamoto, Takayuki Ishihara, Kiyonori Nanto, Akihiro Sunaga, Takuya Tsujimura, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takuya Ohashi, Masaaki Uematsu
BACKGROUND: Differentiation of atrial fibrillation (AF) trigger ectopy from other ectopy is often difficult. The purpose of this study was to compare the origin and coupling intervals (CI) between AF-trigger and non-AF-trigger ectopy. METHODS: This study consisted of 120 patients with AF who underwent an initial ablation. Isoproterenol was infused up to 20μg/min to provoke ectopy and AF. We measured the CI of all ectopy provoked by an isoproterenol infusion. The %CI was calculated as the CI of the ectopy/P-P interval of the preceding 2 beats...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711969/hyperuricemia-is-associated-with-an-increased-prevalence-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-referred-for-clinically-indicated-24-h-holter-monitoring
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A Mantovani, R Rigolon, A Civettini, B Bolzan, G Morani, S Bonapace, C Dugo, G Zoppini, E Bonora, G Targher
PURPOSE: Several studies have reported an association between hyperuricemia and increased risk of permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Currently, no published data are available on the relationship between hyperuricemia and risk of paroxysmal AF. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 245 T2DM outpatients without pre-existing AF, cancer, cirrhosis and end-stage renal disease, who underwent a 24-h ECG-Holter monitoring for various clinical indications...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711451/atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-mid-range-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#15
Ulrik Sartipy, Ulf Dahlström, Michael Fu, Lars H Lund
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to assess the independent risk factors for, consequences of, and outcomes with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR) in heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) versus HF with mid-range ejection fraction (HFmrEF) versus HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). BACKGROUND: AF is common in HF, but most data are from HFrEF. The importance of AF in HFpEF and MFmrEF is less well known. METHODS: In patients from 2000 to 2012 in the SwedeHF (Swedish Heart Failure Registry) registry, enriched with patient-level data from national health care registries, the authors assessed prevalence of, associations with and prognostic impact of AF in HFpEF versus HFmrEF versus HFrEF...
July 6, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711260/short-communication-effects-of-an-immunomodulatory-feed-additive-on-phagocytic-capacity-of-neutrophils-and-relative-gene-expression-in-circulating-white-blood-cells-of-transition-holstein-cows
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Z H Wu, Y Yu, G M Alugongo, J X Xiao, J H Li, Y X Li, Y J Wang, S L Li, Z J Cao
High-producing dairy cows typically experience immunosuppression with dysregulated neutrophil function (e.g., compromised phagocytosis) during the transition period (3 wk before to 3 wk after parturition), which is causally associated with increased risk of infections. Enhanced neutrophil immune competence has significant bearing with the wellbeing of transition dairy cattle. In the current study, we investigated the effect of OmniGen-AF (OG; Phibro Animal Health, Quincy, IL) and its dose in modulation of neutrophil function of transition cows...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711067/pa-6-inhibits-inward-rectifier-currents-carried-by-v93i-and-d172n-gain-of-function-kir2-1-channels-but-increases-channel-protein-expression
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Yuan Ji, Marlieke G Veldhuis, Jantien Zandvoort, Fee L Romunde, Marien J C Houtman, Karen Duran, Gijs van Haaften, Eva-Maria Zangerl-Plessl, Hiroki Takanari, Anna Stary-Weinzinger, Marcel A G van der Heyden
BACKGROUND: The inward rectifier potassium current IK1 contributes to a stable resting membrane potential and phase 3 repolarization of the cardiac action potential. KCNJ2 gain-of-function mutations V93I and D172N associate with increased IK1, short QT syndrome type 3 and congenital atrial fibrillation. Pentamidine-Analogue 6 (PA-6) is an efficient (IC50 = 14 nM with inside-out patch clamp methodology) and specific IK1 inhibitor that interacts with the cytoplasmic pore region of the KIR2...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710707/prescription-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-across-indications-and-factors-associated-with-their-increased-prescribing-in-atrial-fibrillation-between-2012-2015-a-study-from-the-norwegian-prescription-database
#18
Anna Maria Urbaniak, Bjørn Oddvar Strøm, Randi Krontveit, Kristin Helene Svanqvist
OBJECTIVE: We studied prescription patterns for non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in Norway between 2012 and 2015, and compared NOAC and warfarin patient characteristics such as age, gender and cardiovascular (CV) co-medications across reimbursed indications. Factors associated with NOAC prescribing in atrial fibrillation (AF) were also analysed. METHODS: All Norwegian patients (N = 156,124) who received at least one dispensed NOAC or warfarin prescription within the indications of AF, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT_PE) or prevention of venous thromboembolic events after a hip or knee surgery (VTE_surg) between 2012 and 2015 were included in the study...
July 14, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710248/microrna-9-regulates-fetal-alcohol-induced-changes-in-d2-receptor-to-promote-prolactin-production
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Omkaram Gangisetty, Shaima Jabbar, Olivia Wynne, Dk K Sarkar
Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) is known to increase prolactin (PRL) secretion from the pituitary lactotropes. In this study we determined whether microRNAs (miRs) are involved in FAE induced alteration in PRL release. We employed a rat animal model of FAE involving feeding pregnant Fisher 344 rats with a liquid diet containing 6.7% alcohol between gestational day 7 to 21 (AF). Both cyclic and estradiol implanted FAE females showed increased levels of plasma PRL and pituitary PRL mRNA but reduced levels of pituitary dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) and its short spliced form (D2S)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709762/prevalence-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-population-assessed-by-continuous-24-hour-monitoring
#20
João Primo, Helena Gonçalves, Ana Macedo, Paula Russo, Telma Monteiro, João Guimarães, Ovídio Costa
INTRODUCTION: A trial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice and a major cause of morbidity, due to the associated risk of stroke. However, since it is often paroxysmal, it is commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in patients aged 40 and above in a population who underwent continuous 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring...
July 11, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
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