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Joseph M Bumgarner, Cameron T Lambert, Ayman A Hussein, Daniel J Cantillon, Bryan Baranowski, Kathy Wolski, Bruce D Lindsay, Oussama M Wazni, Khaldoun G Tarakji
BACKGROUND: The Kardia Band (KB) is a novel technology that enables patients to record a rhythm strip using an Apple smartwatch. The band is paired with an app providing automated detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the KB could accurately differentiate sinus rhythm (SR) from AF compared to physician-interpreted 12-lead ECGs and KB recordings. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AF presenting for cardioversion (CV) were enrolled...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Guy Rozen, Jeena Vaid, Seyed Mohammadreza Hosseini, M Ihsan Kaadan, Allon Rafael, Attila Roka, Yukkee C Poh, Ming-Zher Poh, Edwin Kevin Heist, Jeremy Neil Ruskin
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in adults, associated with significant morbidity, increased mortality, and rising health-care costs. Simple and available tools for the accurate detection of arrhythmia recurrence in patients after electrical cardioversion (CV) or ablation procedures for AF can help to guide therapeutic decisions. We conducted a prospective, single-center study to evaluate the accuracy of Cardiio Rhythm Mobile Application (CRMA) for AF detection. Patients >18 years of age who were scheduled for elective CV for AF were enrolled in the study...
February 13, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Joshua James Oliver, Matthew Jay Streitz, Jessica Marie Hyams, Richard Michael Wood, Yevgeniy Mikhaylovich Maksimenko, Brit Long, Robert Michael Barnwell, Michael David April
The impact of an outpatient disposition strategy for patients with HEART score 0-3 (HEART pathway) on HEART score prognostic accuracy is unclear. Our objective is to perform an external validation the HEART score in the setting of recent implementation of the HEART pathway. We conducted an external validation study of the HEART pathway among patients presenting to our ED with chest pain 6 weeks after institutional implementation of a HEART pathway outpatient disposition pathway. We reviewed the charts of 625 consecutive patients with chest pain...
March 6, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Valérie Tikhonoff, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Lutgarde Thijs, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Katarzyna Stolarz-Skrzypek, Jitka Seidlerová, Sofia Malyutina, Natasza Gilis-Malinowska, Ewa Swierblewska, Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Jan Filipovský, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Gregory Y H Lip, Edoardo Casiglia, Jan A Staessen
OBJECTIVE: Data on the contribution of ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) components to the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) are limited. We prospectively tested the hypothesis that ABP may represent a potentially modifiable risk factor for the development of AF in a European population study. METHODS: We recorded daytime blood pressure (BP) in 3956 subjects randomly recruited from the general population in five European countries. Of these participants, 2776 (70...
February 9, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
H J C Ravensbergen, M L Walsh, A V Krassioukov, V E Claydon
There is a typographical error in the formula presented for QTVI. While the formula was correctly applied to the data presented, the description of the formula has an incorrectly placed parenthesis. It should read.
February 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Mohamed Marwan, Stephan Achenbach, Grigorios Korosoglou, Axel Schmermund, Steffen Schneider, Oliver Bruder, Jörg Hausleiter, Stephen Schroeder, Sebastian Barth, Sebastian Kerber, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Jochen Senges
Cardiac computed tomography permits quantification of coronary calcification as well as detection of coronary artery stenoses after contrast enhancement. Moreover, cardiac CT offers high-resolution morphologic and functional imaging of cardiac structures which is valuable for various structural heart disease interventions and electrophysiology procedures. So far, only limited data exist regarding the spectrum of indications, image acquisition parameters as well as results and clinical consequences of cardiac CT examinations using state-of-the-art CT systems in experienced centers...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Benjamin D Boudreaux, Edward P Hebert, Daniel B Hollander, Brian M Williams, Corinne L Cormier, Mildred R Naquin, Wynn W Gillan, Emily E Gusew, Robert R Kraemer
INTRODUCTION: The use of wearable activity monitors has seen rapid growth; however, the mode and intensity of exercise could affect the validity of heart rate (HR) and caloric (energy) expenditure (EE) readings. There is a lack of data regarding the validity of wearable activity monitors during graded cycling regimen and a standard resistance exercise. The present study determined the validity of eight monitors for HR compared with an ECG and seven monitors for EE compared with a metabolic analyzer during graded cycling and resistance exercise...
March 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Mohamed A Abdelhamid, Mazen T Ghanem, Ayman M Abdelmotaleb
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an effective treatment for patients with advanced heart failure (HF). Nearly 30% of candidates are inadequate responders. The benefit of patients with right sided heart failure from CRT is still a matter of debate. We examined the effect of CRT on right ventricular (RV) dimensions and overall systolic function and whether RV function prior to CRT could have an impact on CRT response. METHODS: 94 patients with a mean age of 53...
November 2017: Indian Heart Journal
Alejandro Barbagelata, Charles F Bethea, Harry W Severance, Robert J Mentz, David Albert, Gregory W Barsness, Viet T Le, Jeffrey L Anderson, T Jared Bunch, Frank Yanowitz, Benjamin Chisum, Brianna S Ronnow, Joseph B Muhlestein
In patients experiencing an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), rapid diagnosis and immediate access to reperfusion therapy leads to optimal clinical outcomes. The rate-limiting step in STEMI diagnosis is the availability and performance of a 12-lead ECG. Recent technology has provided access to a reliable means of obtaining an ECG reading through a smartphone application (app) that works with an attachment providing all 12-leads of a standard ECG system. The ST LEUIS study was designed to validate the smartphone ECG app and its ability to accurately assess the presence or absence of STEMI in patients presenting with chest pain compared with the gold standard 12-lead ECG...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
Francesca Romana Parente, Marco Santonico, Alessandro Zompanti, Mario Benassai, Giuseppe Ferri, Arnaldo D'Amico, Giorgio Pennazza
The aim of this work is the development of a contactless capacitive sensory system for the detection of (Electrocardiographic) ECG-like signals. The acquisition approach is based on a capacitive coupling with the patient body performed by electrodes integrated in a front-end circuit. The proposed system is able to detect changes in the electric charge related to the heart activity. Due to the target signal weakness and to the presence of other undesired signals, suitable amplification stages and analogue filters are required...
October 28, 2017: Sensors
T O Omóbòwálé, P I Otuh, O A Adejumobi, J O Abiola, T Adebiyi, B N Ogunro, A O Adeogun
Electrocardiographic and blood pressure measurements are extremely valuable diagnostic tools in the evaluationof the cardiovascular system of living animals. In this study, 6-lead electrocardiograms were recorded from five male captiveAfrican lions (Panthera leo). Also, blood pressure measurements were recorded and compared from three different sites;fore limb, hind limb and the tail, were recorded. Immobilization was done with a combination of Ketamine Hydrochloride(10mg/kg) and Xylazine (3mg/kg). Measurements were recorded as mean ± standard deviation...
June 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Augustine N Odili, Lutgarde Thijs, Wen-Yi Yang, John O Ogedengbe, Maxwell M Nwegbu, Lotte Jacobs, Fang-Fei Wei, Ying-Mei Feng, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Tim S Nawrot, Jan A Staessen
BACKGROUND: The association of electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy (ECG-LVH) with blood pressure (BP) in Blacks living in sub-Saharan Africa remains poorly documented. METHODS: In 225 Black Nigerians and 729 White Flemish, we analyzed QRS voltages and voltage-duration products and 12 criteria diagnostic of ECG-LVH in relation to office BP (mean of 5 consecutive readings) and home BP (duplicate morning and evening readings averaged over 1 week). RESULTS: In multivariable analyses, QRS voltage and voltage-duration indexes were generally higher in Blacks than Whites...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
Evan Avraham Alpert, Uri Amit, Larisa Guranda, Rafea Mahagna, Shamai A Grossman, Ariel Bentancur
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine the utility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to identify and guide treatment of tamponade or clinically significant pericardial effusions in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of non-trauma patients who were diagnosed with large pericardial effusions or tamponade by the ED physician using POCUS. The control group was composed of those patients later diagnosed on the medical wards or incidentally in the ED by other means such as a computed tomography...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
Tomohiro Nishina, Shunji Takahashi, Ryota Iwasawa, Hidehisa Noguchi, Masayuki Aoki, Toshihiko Doi
Introduction This phase 1, open-label, multicenter, single-arm, dose-escalation study aimed to evaluate safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics of erdafitinib (JNJ-42756493), an oral selective pan-fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, and to determine the recommended phase 2 dose in Japanese patients with advanced or refractory solid tumors. Methods Three to 6 patients were enrolled into sequentially escalating dose cohorts (erdafitinib 2, 4, or 6 mg) with a daily dosing schedule of 21-day cycles or a 7 days-on/7 days-off intermittent schedule (erdafitinib 10 mg or 12 mg) of 28-day cycles...
September 30, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
Luis Serratosa-Fernández, Domingo Pascual-Figal, María Dolores Masiá-Mondéjar, María Sanz-de la Garza, Zigor Madaria-Marijuan, Juan Ramón Gimeno-Blanes, Carmen Adamuz
Sudden cardiac death is the most common medical cause of death during the practice of sports. Several structural and electrical cardiac conditions are associated with sudden cardiac death in athletes, most of them showing abnormal findings on resting electrocardiogram (ECG). However, because of the similarity between some ECG findings associated with physiological adaptations to exercise training and those of certain cardiac conditions, ECG interpretation in athletes is often challenging. Other factors related to ECG findings are race, age, sex, sports discipline, training intensity, and athletic background...
November 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Jarmo Teuho, Eero Lehtonen, Antti Saraste, Mikko Pänkäälä, Tero Koivisto, Mika Teräs
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a non-invasive imaging technique which may be considered as the state of art for the examination of cardiac inflammation due to atherosclerosis. A fundamental limitation of PET is that cardiac and respiratory motions reduce the quality of the achieved images. Current approaches for motion compensation involve gating the PET data based on the timing of quiescent periods of cardiac and respiratory cycles. In this study, we present a novel gating method called microelectromechanical (MEMS) dual gating which relies on joint non-electrical sensors, i...
October 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Bo Wang, Rui-Qi Guo, Jing Wang, Fan Yang, Lei Zuo, Ying Liu, Hong Shao, Yan Ju, Chao Sun, Lei Xu, Yan-Min Zhang, Li-Feng Wang, Li-Wen Liu
AIMS: We investigated the pathogenesis of MYH7-V878A and CACNA1C-A1594V mutations in a Chinese family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Clinical, electrocardiographic (ECG), echocardiographic, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) examinations of members of a Chinese family were followed by exon and boarding intron analyses of 96 genes in the proband using second-generation sequencing. We confirmed the mutations by bidirectional Sanger sequencing in the members and in 300 healthy controls...
September 2, 2017: Cardiology
Jürg Schläpfer, Hein J Wellens
Computerized interpretation of the electrocardiogram (CIE) was introduced to improve the correct interpretation of the electrocardiogram (ECG), facilitating health care decision making and reducing costs. Worldwide, millions of ECGs are recorded annually, with the majority automatically analyzed, followed by an immediate interpretation. Limitations in the diagnostic accuracy of CIE were soon recognized and still persist, despite ongoing improvement in ECG algorithms. Unfortunately, inexperienced physicians ordering the ECG may fail to recognize interpretation mistakes and accept the automated diagnosis without criticism...
August 29, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Joseph Wiesel, Thomas J Salomone
Early detection of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) provides an opportunity to treat patients to reduce their risk of stroke. Long-term residents of skilled nursing facilities frequently have multiple risk factors for strokes due to AF and may benefit from screening for AF. Patients in a skilled nursing facility 65 years and older, without a history of AF and without a pacemaker or defibrillator, were evaluated using a Microlife WatchBP Home A automatic blood pressure monitor that can detect AF when set to a triple reading mode...
October 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
Peter Fritsch, Robert Dalla Pozza, Doris Ehringer-Schetitska, Eero Jokinen, Vesna Herceg, Erzsebet Hidvegi, Renate Oberhoffer, Andreas Petropoulos
Sudden death in young competitive athletes can be avoided by implementation of pre-participation screening programmes. A screening programme should be performed only by trained physicians and should include the athlete's personal and family history, physical examination results, and the readings from a 12-lead-electrocardiogram. The athlete should undergo this screening programme every second year to detect progressive diseases. In addition, the programme should include detailed instructions to the athletes to pause training during infections in order to prevent sudden death due to myocarditis...
November 2017: Cardiology in the Young
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