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  1. Acute atrial fibrillation during dengue hemorrhagic fever

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    Veloso Henrique Horta

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Cardiac rhythm disorders, such as atrioventricular blocks and ventricular ectopic beats, appear during infection and are attributed to viral myocarditis. However, supraventricular arrhythmias have not been reported. We present a case of acute atrial fibrillation, with a rapid ventricular rate, successfully treated with intravenous amiodarone, in a 62-year-old man with dengue hemorrhagic fever, who had no structural heart disease.

  2. Atrial Ectopics Precipitating Atrial Fibrillation

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    Johnson Francis

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Holter monitor tracing showing blocked atrial ectopics and atrial ectopic precipitating atrial fibrillation is being demonstrated. Initially it was coarse atrial fibrillation, which rapidly degenerated into fine atrial fibrillation.

  3. Atrial fibrillation

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    Objective: Atrial fibrillation is the commonest chronic arrhythmia and the etiology is widely varied. The aim of this study was to determine the etiology, clinical characteristics and treatment offered to adult patients with atrial fibrillation managed in a referral hospital in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria. Methods:A retrospective ...

  4. Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... A-Z Clinical Trials Publications and Resources Health Education and Awareness The Science Science Home Blood Disorders ... heart's two upper chambers—called the atria (AY-tree-uh)—to fibrillate. The ... a difficult decision concerning surgery for patients with atrial fibrillation, the ...

  5. The occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter following acute myocardial infarction. TRACE Study group. TRAndolapril Cardiac Evalution

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    Pedersen, O D; Bagger, H; Køber, L

    1999-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate the occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter following acute myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS: The occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter were studied in 6676 consecutive patients with acute myocardial in...

  6. Changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block and new-onset of atrial fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Di Bella, Gianluca

    2009-03-06

    Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is considered a frequent complication of acute myocardial infarction.It has been rarely reported alternating right and left bundle branch block associated with atrial fibrillation. It has also been rarely reported changing axis deviation with left bundle branch block also during atrial fibrillation and acute myocardial infarction. We present a case of changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block and new-onset of atrial fibrillation in a 96-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction.

  7. Clinical course of acute atrial fibrillation treated with rapid digitalization.

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    Weiner, P; Bassan, M M; Jarchovsky, J; Iusim, S; Plavnick, L

    1983-02-01

    Forty-seven episodes of acute atrial fibrillation (AF) in 45 patients were examined prospectively to determine the course of the disorder treated with rapid digitalization. Patients received 1.5 mg of digoxin intravenously over 12 hours. In 40 of the 47 attacks, reversion to sinus rhythm occurred with no additional therapy at 1 to 96 hours (median 4 hours) after beginning digoxin. In thirty-two patients, conversion occurred within 8 hours; only one patient showed important ventricular slowing before conversion. Thus, if digoxin facilitates conversion, it does not do so by slowing the ventricular response. Of the 11 patients still in AF at 16 hours, conversion subsequently occurred in only four who were receiving digoxin alone. We conclude that the prognosis for quick reversion to sinus rhythm in patients with acute AF treated with rapid digitalization alone is excellent. If reversion does not occur by 16 to 24 hours, additional measures to restore sinus rhythm are indicated.

  8. Atrial fibrillation with left bundle branch block and intermittent right axis deviation during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Di Bella, Gianluca

    2008-06-23

    Rarely the ECG shows an LBBB with changing QRS morphology and changing axis deviation. The intermittent positive aspect of the neglected lead aVR indicates an intermittent right axis deviation in the presence of complete LBBB. An additional left posterior fascicular block accompanying predivisional LBBB is the possible explanation. We describe the case of a 78-year-old Italian woman admitted to the Cardiology Unit with acute myocardial infarction and permanent atrial fibrillation. Electrocardiographic changes were observed. The ECG showed atrial fibrillation and LBBB with intermittent left axis deviation or atrial fibrillation and LBBB with intermittent right axis deviation.

  9. Detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in acute stroke patients

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    Rizos, T.; Rasch, C.; Jenetzky, E.; Hametner, C.; Kathoefer, S.; Reinhardt, R.; Hepp, T.; Hacke, W.; Veltkamp, R.

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent cause of stroke, but detecting paroxysmal AF (pAF) poses a challenge. We investigated whether continuous bedside ECG monitoring in a stroke unit detects pAF more sensitively than 24-hour Holter ECG, and tested whether examining RR interval dynamics on

  10. Osteoprotegerin and TRAIL in Acute Onset of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Krzysztof Rewiuk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. There is a growing amount of evidence that inflammatory processes are involved in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF and its complications. We decided to investigate the behavior of osteoprotegerin (OPG and TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL in terms of acute onset of AF. Methods and Results. We included 60 patients with acute onset of AF, candidates for pharmacological cardioversion. The presence of cardiovascular comorbidities was connected with higher concentration of OPG and lower level of TRAIL right from the first hours of AF paroxysm. The initial TRAIL level correlated also positively with left ventricle ejection fraction and negatively with left atrium diameter. We found subsequent increase of OPG in subgroups selected on the basis of CHA2DS2-VASc scoring. Although basal concentrations of studied markers did not allow prediction of the restoration of sinus rhythm, we observed important increase of TRAIL concentration in subgroup with sinus rhythm maintenance (94.11 ± 29.46 versus 111.39 ± 30.23 pg/mL; p=0.002. Conclusions. OPG and TRAIL are associated with the underlying cardiovascular damage in AF, but their balance is modulated by the fact of sinus rhythm restoration. Determining the suitability of OPG and TRAIL as predictive markers in AF requires further prospective studies.

  11. Osteoprotegerin and TRAIL in Acute Onset of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Rewiuk, Krzysztof; Grodzicki, Tomasz

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing amount of evidence that inflammatory processes are involved in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) and its complications. We decided to investigate the behavior of osteoprotegerin (OPG) and TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) in terms of acute onset of AF. We included 60 patients with acute onset of AF, candidates for pharmacological cardioversion. The presence of cardiovascular comorbidities was connected with higher concentration of OPG and lower level of TRAIL right from the first hours of AF paroxysm. The initial TRAIL level correlated also positively with left ventricle ejection fraction and negatively with left atrium diameter. We found subsequent increase of OPG in subgroups selected on the basis of CHA2DS2-VASc scoring. Although basal concentrations of studied markers did not allow prediction of the restoration of sinus rhythm, we observed important increase of TRAIL concentration in subgroup with sinus rhythm maintenance (94.11 ± 29.46 versus 111.39 ± 30.23 pg/mL; p = 0.002). OPG and TRAIL are associated with the underlying cardiovascular damage in AF, but their balance is modulated by the fact of sinus rhythm restoration. Determining the suitability of OPG and TRAIL as predictive markers in AF requires further prospective studies.

  12. Global longitudinal strain predicts incident atrial fibrillation and stroke occurrence after acute myocardial infarction

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    Olsen, Flemming Javier; Pedersen, Sune; Jensen, Jan Skov

    2016-01-01

    Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. We aimed to evaluate whether speckle tracking echocardiography improves risk stratification for atrial fibrillation in these patients.The study comprised of 373 patients with ST-segment elevation...... myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients had an echocardiogram performed at a median of 2 days after their STEMI. The echocardiograms consisted of conventional measurements and myocardial strain analysis by speckle tracking from 3 apical projections...

  13. Reduced occurrence of atrial fibrillation in acute myocardial infarction treated with streptokinase

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    Nielsen, F E; Sørensen, H T; Christensen, J H

    1991-01-01

    In a historical follow-up study of 152 hospital patients with acute myocardial infarction, the frequency of life-threatening arrhythmias (ventricular fibrillation, sustained ventricular tachycardia, 3rd degree AV-block, 2nd degree AV-block (Mobitz type II), and asystole) and atrial fibrillation...... in 76 patients treated with streptokinase was compared with their frequency in 76 patients who did not receive a thrombolytic therapy. Among those treated with streptokinase two patients (3%) developed atrial fibrillation, compared with 12 (16%) in the control group (P = 0.009). Life...

  14. D-dimer levels and stroke progression in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation

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    Krarup, L-H; Sandset, E C; Sandset, P M

    2011-01-01

    Krarup L-H, Sandset EC, Sandset PM, Berge E. D-dimer levels and stroke progression in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation. Acta Neurol Scand: 2011: 124: 40-44. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Background -  Patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation...... progression was defined as a ≥3-point worsening on the Scandinavian Stroke Scale during the first 48 h after randomization. Blood samples were analyzed for D-dimer, prothrombin fragment 1 + 2, soluble fibrin monomer, and C-reactive protein. Results -  A total of 382 patients were included in the analyses...

  15. The occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter following acute myocardial infarction. TRACE Study group. TRAndolapril Cardiac Evalution.

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    Pedersen, O D; Bagger, H; Køber, L; Torp-Pedersen, C

    1999-05-01

    To investigate the occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter following acute myocardial infarction. The occurrence and prognostic significance of atrial fibrillation/-flutter were studied in 6676 consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction screened in 27 centres in Denmark for inclusion into the TRAndolapril Cardiac Evaluation (TRACE) study. Information about occurrence of atrial fibrillation/-flutter during hospitalization was prospectively collected for the following three periods: day 1-2, day 3-4 and from day 5 until discharge. A total of 1395 patients (21%) suffered from atrial fibrillation/-flutter in one or more of the specified periods during hospitalization. Patients with atrial fibrillation/-flutter were significantly older, a significantly greater proportion were women, left ventricular systolic dysfunction was more extensive, thrombolytic therapy was received less frequently, and anterior Q wave myocardial infarction was experienced more frequently than patients without atrial fibrillation/-flutter. History of acute myocardial infarction and/or angina pectoris was similar in patients with and without atrial fibrillation/-flutter, whereas significantly more patients with atrial fibrillation/-flutter had a history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, pulmonary disease and stroke. The unadjusted in-hospital mortality rate was significantly higher in patients with atrial fibrillation/-flutter in one or more of the specified periods during hospitalization (18%) than in patients without atrial fibrillation/-flutter (9%), P<0.001. After adjustment for baseline characteristics, the presence of atrial fibrillation/-flutter was still associated with increased in-hospital mortality; odds ratio=1.5 (95% Cl: 1.2-1.8), P<0.001. In patients surviving hospitalization, the unadjusted 5-year mortality rate was also significantly higher in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation/-flutter (56%) than in

  16. Verapamil versus digoxin and acute versus routine serial cardioversion for the improvement of rhythm control for persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Hemels, Martin E. W.; Van Noord, Trudeke; Crijns, Harry J. G. M.; Van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Veeger, Nic J. G. M.; Bosker, Hans A.; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Van den Berg, Maarten P.; Ranchor, Adelita V.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVES The VERDICT (Verapamil Versus Digoxin and Acute Versus Routine Serial Cardioversion Trial) is a prospective, randomized study to investigate whether: 1) acutely repeated serial electrical cardioversions (ECVs) after a relapse of atrial fibrillation (AF); and 2) prevention of intracellular

  17. Acute hospital, community, and indirect costs of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation: population-based study.

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    Hannon, Niamh

    2014-10-30

    No economic data from population-based studies exist on acute or late hospital, community, and indirect costs of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation (AF-stroke). Such data are essential for policy development, service planning, and cost-effectiveness analysis of new therapeutic agents.

  18. Acute clenbuterol overdose resulting in supraventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

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    Daubert, G Patrick; Mabasa, Vincent H; Leung, Vivian W Y; Aaron, Cynthia

    2007-06-01

    We are presenting a case illustrating the complex metabolic and rhythm disturbances associated with acute clenbuterol intoxication. Clenbuterol is a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist primarily used in veterinary medicine in the United States. It has become a common drug of abuse by body builders because of its reported anabolic and lipolytic properties. In this case report, a body builder using veterinary clenbuterol developed significant electrolyte and cardiac manifestations. A 31-year-old man presented to the emergency department approximately 30 minutes after ingesting 1.5 ml (a tenfold dosing error) of Ventipulmin syrup (72.5 mcg/ml clenbuterol HCl). The product was brought to the emergency department (ED) by the patient. He reported no current use of anabolic steroids. He presented in an anxious state with complaints of palpitations and shortness of breath. Vital signs upon examination were as follows: BP, 122/77 mmHg (16.3/10.3 kPa); HR 254 bpm; RR, 22 bpm; Temperature, 97.1 degrees F (36 degrees C); and oxygen saturation, 100% on ambient air. His electrocardiogram (ECG) demonstrated supraventricular tachycardia with a ventricular rate of 254 bpm. Esmolol was recommended for rate control after the unsuccessful use of adenosine and diltiazem. Laboratory studies showed potassium, 2.1 mmol/L; magnesium, 1.3 mg/dL (0.54 mmol/L); phosphorus, 1.0 mg/dL (0.32 mmol/L); serum glucose, 209 mg/dL (11.6 mmol/L); creatinine, 0.8 mg/dL (70.7 micromol/L); AST, 20 U/L; ALT, 55 U/L; hemoglobin, 12.6 g/dL (126 g/L); CPK total, 87 U/L; and troponin I, 0.23 mug/L. The patient's urine was negative for any drugs of abuse. Clenbuterol levels were not obtained. A second ECG, 16 hours post ingestion, reflected atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate of 125 to 147 bpm. On hospital day 3, he was electively cardioverted to sinus rhythm; heart rate and rhythm returned to normal, and he was discharged with oral metoprolol. Clenbuterol is approved for use in countries outside the U

  19. Use and Outcomes of Triple Therapy Among Older Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Hess, Connie N; Peterson, Eric D; Peng, S Andrew

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic therapy for acute myocardial infarction (MI) with atrial fibrillation (AF) among higher risk older patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine appropriate antithrombotic therapy for acute MI...... patients with AF treated with PCI. METHODS: We examined 4,959 patients ≥65 years of age with acute MI and AF who underwent coronary stenting (Acute Coronary Treatment and Intervention Outcomes Network Registry-Get With the Guidelines). The primary effectiveness outcome was 2-year major adverse cardiac...

  20. [Atrial fibrillation and stroke].

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    Aamodt, Anne Hege; Sandset, Per Morten; Atar, Dan; Tveit, Arnljot; Russell, David

    2013-08-06

    More than 70,000 Norwegians have atrial fibrillation, which is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke. A large proportion of ischemic strokes caused by atrial fibrillation could be prevented if patients receive optimal prophylactic treatment. This article describes the risk for ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, and discusses who should receive prophylactic treatment and which therapy provides the best prevention. The article is based on recently published European, American and Canadian guidelines, a search in PubMed and the authors' own clinical experience. The new risk score CHA2DS2-VASc is better than the CHADS2 score for identifying patients with atrial fibrillation who have a truly low risk of ischemic stroke and are not in need of antithrombotic treatment. Oral anticoagulation therapy is recommended for patients with two or more risk factors for thromboembolism in addition to atrial fibrillation (CHA2DS2-VASc ≥ 2). Patients with atrial fibrillation and a single additional risk factor (CHA2DS2-VASc =1) an individual assessment should be made as to who should receive oral anticoagulants, and for patients with CHA2DS2-VASc = 0 antithrombotic treatment is not recommended. New oral anticoagulants are at least as effective as warfarin for preventing ischemic stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, they carry a lower risk of cerebral haemorrhage, especially intracranial haemorrhage and are more practical in use. Platelet inhibitors have a minimal role in stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Risks stratifying patients using the CHA2DS2-VASc score is a better method for assessing which patients with atrial fibrillation who should receive oral anticoagulation. The introduction of new oral anticoagulants will simplify preventive treatment and hopefully lead to a more efficient anticoagulation treatment in a larger number of patients with atrial fibrillation.

  1. Anaesthetic Management of Parturient with Acute Atrial Fibrillation for Emergency Caesarean Section

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    Madhu Gupta

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 31-year-antenatal lady with critical mitral stenosis presented for emergency caesarean section with fetal distress. She had acute onset atrial fibrillation. She was given a combined spinal epidural (CSE anaesthesia and her arrhythmia was successfully managed after delivery of the baby with intravenous calcium channel blocker. Mitral stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease complicating pregnancy in developing countries. The physiological changes during pregnancy may exacerbate their cardiac symptoms. They may present with complications like congestive cardiac failure, atrial fibrillation, or pulmonary thromboembolism during the antenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum period. Here we discuss the management of parturient woman with high maternal and fetal risk presenting for emergency caesarean. The merits of regional anaesthesia and the importance of invasive monitoring are also discussed.

  2. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

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    ... faulty heart valves, lung disease, and stimulant or alcohol abuse. Some people will have no identifiable cause for their AF. × Definition Atrial fibrillation (AF) describes the rapid, irregular beating ...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation and Hyperthyroidism

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    Jayaprasad N

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation occurs in 10 – 15% of patients with hyperthyroidism. Low serum thyrotropin concentration is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation. Thyroid hormone contributes to arrythmogenic activity by altering the electrophysiological characteristics of atrial myocytes by shortening the action potential duration, enhancing automaticity and triggered activity in the pulmonary vein cardio myocytes. Hyperthyroidism results in excess mortality from increased incidence of circulatory diseases and dysrhythmias. Incidence of cerebral embolism is more in hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation, especially in the elderly and anti-coagulation is indicated in them. Treatment of hyperthyroidism results in conversion to sinus rhythm in up to two-third of patients. Beta-blockers reduce left ventricular hypertrophy and atrial and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with hyperthyroidism. Treatment of sub clinical hyperthyroidism is controversial. Optimizing dose of thyroxine treatment in those with replacement therapy and beta-blockers is useful in exogenous subclinical hyperthyroidism.

  4. Intravenous amiodarone for acute pharmacological conversion of atrial fibrillation in the emergency department.

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    Slavik, Richard S

    2002-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). Pharmacological conversion of atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm (NSR) may be a feasible management strategy in selected patients. Recent guidelines have recommended intravenous amiodarone, a class III antiarrhythmic agent, for the conversion of AF to NSR. The purpose of this review is to examine the published evidence for the efficacy of IV amiodarone for the acute conversion of AF to NSR in the ED. Currently available data from 11 randomized, controlled trials and 3 meta analyses do not support the use of conventional doses of IV amiodarone for acute conversion in the ED. High dose IV or combined IV and oral administration may be effective as early as 8 hours in patients with recent-onset AF of amiodarone for acute conversion in patients with an ejection fraction of clinical heart failure, so its use in these scenarios should be limited to symptomatic patients who are refractory to electrical conversion. More well-designed studies are required to determine the role of IV amiodarone for the acute conversion of AF in the ED.

  5. Antithrombotic therapy after acute ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    McGrath, Emer R; Kapral, Moira K; Fang, Jiming; Eikelboom, John W; Conghaile, Aengus ó; Conghaile, Aengus O; Canavan, Michelle; O'Donnell, Martin J

    2014-12-01

    For patients with atrial fibrillation and ischemic stroke (IS), current guidelines recommend oral anticoagulation (OAC) alone for secondary prevention of IS. In a large prospective cohort of patients with acute IS and atrial fibrillation, we determine the association between antithrombotic regimen on discharge and risk of major vascular events. Prospective cohort of consecutive patients included in the Ontario Stroke Registry. Multivariable Cox proportional hazard models were used to determine the association between antithrombotic regimen on discharge and time to death or admission for recurrent IS, myocardial infarction, or major bleeding. Two thousand one hundred sixty-two patients were hospitalized atrial fibrillation and acute IS. At discharge, 8.0% were prescribed no antithrombotic therapy, 21.6% antiplatelet therapy alone, 39.3% OAC (warfarin) alone, and 31.1% combination OAC and antiplatelet therapy. Compared with OAC alone (hazard ratio [HR], 1.0), no antithrombotic therapy (HR, 1.51; 95% confidence interval, 1.23-1.86) and antiplatelet therapy (HR, 1.31; 95% confidence interval, 1.14-1.50) were associated with an increased risk of the primary composite outcome, whereas combination OAC and antiplatelet therapy was associated with a trend toward a reduced risk (HR, 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.80-1.04 overall and HR, 0.79; 95% confidence interval, 0.61-1.02 in those with coronary heart disease). Results were consistent in those with severe stroke: HR 1.58 (95% CI, 1.21-2.06), 1.34 (95% CI, 1.09-1.63), and 0.91 (95% CI, 0.74-1.11), respectively. Contrary to current guidelines, 30% of patients with atrial fibrillation and recent IS are not prescribed any OAC therapy on discharge, whereas a further 30% are prescribed combination OAC and antiplatelet therapy. Combination OAC and antiplatelet therapy in patients at high cardiovascular risk requires evaluation in clinical trials, particularly with the newer OACs, given their more favorable risk-benefit ratio

  6. Amiodarone and mortality among elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction with atrial fibrillation.

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    Kilborn, Michael J; Rathore, Saif S; Gersh, Bernard J; Oetgen, William J; Solomon, Allen J

    2002-12-01

    Amiodarone has been shown to be safe in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) who are at risk for sudden cardiac death. However, there is limited data concerning the safety of amiodarone in patients who experience AMI complicated by atrial fibrillation. To determine the safety of amiodarone therapy, we conducted a retrospective analysis of elderly patients hospitalized with AMI who experienced atrial fibrillation and had survived to hospital discharge (n = 17,597). Amiodarone prescribed at discharge was evaluated for its association with short-term and long-term mortality in crude and adjusted analyses employing propensity score methods. Of the 17,597 patients, 550 patients (3.1%) were prescribed amiodarone, 2317 patients (13.2%) were prescribed other antiarrhythmic agents (excluded from analysis), and 14,730 (83.7%) were prescribed no antiarrhythmic medication at discharge. Thirty-day mortality rates were similar for patients prescribed amiodarone and those not prescribed amiodarone (6.8% amiodarone vs 5.4% no amiodarone, P =.21), but mortality at 1 year was higher among patients prescribed amiodarone (35.6% vs 31.6%, P =.001). However, amiodarone was not associated with mortality at 30 days (odds ratio 0.80, 95% CI 0.53-1.20) or at long-term follow-up (mean duration 612 days, hazard ratio 1.04, 95% CI 0.92-1.18) after multivariable modeling. Amiodarone was not independently associated with short-term or long-term mortality in elderly patients discharged after a hospitalization for AMI complicated by atrial fibrillation. Although our data suggest that amiodarone may be safe to use in this population, randomized controlled trial data are needed to confirm this finding.

  7. Acute dronedarone is inferior to amiodarone in terminating and preventing atrial fibrillation in canine atria

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    Burashnikov, Alexander; Belardinelli, Luiz; Antzelevitch, Charles

    2010-01-01

    Background Dronedarone is FDA approved for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) as a safe alternative to amiodarone. There are no full-length published papers describing the effectiveness of acute dronedarone against AF in experimental or clinical studies. Methods We determined the effect of acute dronedarone and amiodarone on electrophysiological parameters, and their anti-AF efficacy in canine isolated arterially-perfused right atria. Transmembrane action potentials and pseudo-ECGs were recorded. Acetylcholine (ACh, 1.0 μM) was used to induce persistent AF. Results Amiodarone-induced changes were much more pronounced than those of dronedarone on a) action potential duration (ΔAPD90, +51±17 vs. 4±6 ms, p>0.01), b) effective refractory period (ΔERP +84±23 vs. 18±9 ms, pamiodarone terminated AF in 1/7 and 4/5 atria, respectively. Persistent ACh-mediated AF was induced in 5/6 and 0/5 atria pretreated with dronedarone and amiodarone, respectively. Conclusions The electrophysiological effects and anti-AF efficacy of acute dronedarone are much weaker than those of amiodarone in a canine model of AF. The efficacy of acute dronedarone to prevent induction of acetylcholine-mediated AF as well as to terminate persistent AF in canine right atria is relatively poor. Our data suggest that acute dronedarone is a poor substitute for amiodarone for acute cardioversion of AF or prevention of AF recurrence. PMID:20478403

  8. HYPERTHYROIDISM AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    I. M. Marusenko

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Review on a problem of the development of atrial fibrillation in patients with thyrotoxicosis is presented. Thyrotoxicosis is one of the most frequent endocrine diseases, conceding only to a diabetes mellitus. The most frequent reasons of hyperthyroidism are Graves’ disease and functional thyroid autonomy. The authors give an analysis of data on the cardiac effects of thyrotoxicosis, features of heart remodeling under the influence of thyroid hyperfunction, prevalence of atrial fibrillation in thyrotoxicosis, depending on age, as well as the possibility of restoring sinus rhythm in the combination of these diseases. Particular attention is paid to the effect on the heart of subclinical thyrotoxicosis, which is defined as a dysfunction of the thyroid gland, characterized by low serum concentration of thyrotropin, normal values of free thyroxine and free triiodothyronine. Subclinical hyperthyroidism is also capable of causing heart remodeling and diastolic dysfunction.Prevalence of thyrotoxicosis in elderly people is higher in areas of iodine deficiency; it is relevant for our country due to the large territory of iodine deficiency. In elderly patients, the cardiac effects of thyrotoxicosis prevail in the clinical picture, that makes it difficult to diagnose endocrine disorders, and correction of thyrotoxicosis is critically important for the successful control of the heart rhythm. The article also discusses the problem of thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy, caused by the toxic effect of excess thyroid hormones: features of this heart disorder, factors affecting its formation, clinical significance and contribution to the development of rhythm disturbances. The greatest significance is the development of atrial fibrillation as a result of thyrotox-icosis in older patients who already have various cardiovascular diseases.Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent heart rhythm disorder in thyrotoxicosis. The main cause of arrhythmia in hyperthyroidism is the

  9. Pharmacological Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Kaoru Sugi, MD PhD

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Pharmacological treatment for atrial fibrillation has a variety of purposes, such as pharmacological defibrillation, maintenance of sinus rhythm, heart rate control to prevent congestive heart failure and prevention of both cerebral infarction and atrial remodeling. Sodium channel blockers are superior to potassium channel blockers for atrial defibrillation, while both sodium and potassium channel blockers are effective in the maintenance of sinus rhythm. In general, digitalis or Ca antagonists are used to control heart rate during atrial fibrillation to prevent congestive heart failure, while amiodarone or bepridil also reduce heart rates during atrial fibrillation. Anticoagulant therapy with warfarin is recommended to prevent cerebral infarction and angiotensin converting enzyme antagonists or angiotensin II receptor blockers are also used to prevent atrial remodeling. One should select appropriate drugs for treatment of atrial fibrillation according to the patient's condition.

  10. A comparison of amiodarone and digoxin in the treatment of atrial fibrillation complicating suspected acute myocardial infarction.

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    Cowan, J C; Gardiner, P; Reid, D S; Newell, D J; Campbell, R W

    1986-01-01

    Thirty-four patients with atrial fibrillation complicating suspected acute myocardial infarction were randomised to treatment with intravenous amiodarone (n = 18) or intravenous digoxin (n = 16). After 24 h, similar proportions of patients in each group had reverted to sinus rhythm. However, there was a tendency towards earlier reversion with amiodarone. At 4 h, 72% of the amiodarone group had reverted to sinus rhythm, compared with 31% of the digoxin group (p less than 0.1). This tendency was more marked in patients with definite infarction (at 4 h, amiodarone 75% reversion, digoxin 10% reversion). Neither drug had a significant effect on blood pressure. Atrial fibrillation may cause serious haemodynamic deterioration in acute myocardial infarction. In comparison with digoxin, amiodarone offers more rapid control of the ventricular response rate and may, in addition, restore sinus rhythm more rapidly.

  11. Atrial fibrillation: inflammation in disguise?

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    Lappegard, K.T.; Hovland, A.; Pop, G.A.M.; Mollnes, T.E.

    2013-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is highly prevalent, and affected patients are at an increased risk of a number of complications, including heart failure and thrombo-embolism. Over the past years, there has been increasing interest in the role of inflammatory processes in atrial fibrillation, from the first

  12. Atrial fibrillation and female sex.

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    Anselmino, Matteo; Battaglia, Alberto; Gallo, Cristina; Gili, Sebastiano; Matta, Mario; Castagno, Davide; Ferraris, Federico; Giustetto, Carla; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    2015-12-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common supraventricular arrhythmia. Its prevalence increases with age and preferentially affects male patients. Over 75 years of age, however, female patients being more prevalent, the absolute number of patients affected is similar between sexes. Despite this, few data are available in the literature concerning sex-related differences in atrial fibrillation patients. The present systematic review therefore considers comorbidities, referring symptoms, quality of life, pharmacological approaches and trans-catheter ablation in female rather than in male atrial fibrillation patients in search of parameters that may have an impact on the treatment outcome. In brief, female atrial fibrillation patients more commonly present comorbidities, leading to a higher prevalence of persistent atrial fibrillation; moreover, they refer to hospital care later and with a longer disease history. Atrial fibrillation symptoms relate to low quality of life in female patients; in fact, atrial fibrillation paroxysm usually presents higher heart rate, leading to preferentially adopt a rate rather than a rhythm-control strategy. Female atrial fibrillation patients present an increased risk of stroke, worsened by the lower oral anticoagulant prescription rate related to the concomitant higher haemorrhagic risk profile. Trans-catheter ablation is under-used in female patients and, on the contrary, they are more commonly affected by anti-arrhythmic drug side effects.

  13. Acute Chest Pain and Broad Complex Tachycardia. A Non-typical Case of Pre-excited Atrial Fibrillation

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    Arias, Ramon Suarez; Villanueva, Nuria Perez; Cubero, Gustavo Iglesias; Lopez, Jose Rubin

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    Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a common condition in the emergency department. A case is presented of a 76-year-old patient with acute chest pain and broad complex tachycardia. Despite the fact that previous and post cardioversion ECG tracings in sinus rhythm showed no signs of pre-excitation, the characteristic pattern of pre-excited atrial fibrillation (AF) is recognized and after successful DC cardioversion the patient is referred for catheter ablation of the accessory pathway. This cas...

  14. Acute fatal pulmonary vein occlusion after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter radiofrequency isolation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) has proved to be highly successful. There have been several case reports regarding PV stenosis, however none of these have reported a fatal outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 31-year-o...

  15. Antiarrhythmic and electrophysiologic effects of flecainide on acutely induced atrial fibrillation in healthy horses

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    Haugaard, Maria Mathilde; Pehrson, S.; Carstensen, Helena

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Only few pharmacologic compounds have been validated for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) in horses. Studies investigating the utility and safety of flecainide to treat AF in horses have produced conflicting results, and the antiarrhythmic mechanisms of flecainide are not fully u...

  16. Dementia and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Pastori, Daniele; Miyazawa, Kazuo; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2018-01-01

    The risk of developing dementia is increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), with the incidence of both conditions increasing with aging. Patients with dementia frequently do not receiving adequate thrombo-prophylaxis, because of the inability to monitor INR and/or to achieve...... in therapeutic range during VKAs therapy, the assessment of cognitive impairment may help identify those patients who may benefit from switching to NOACs. In conclusion, patients with AF and dementia benefit from anticoagulation and should not be denied receiving adequate stroke prevention. Cognitive function...

  17. Management of atrial fibrillation in the emergency department and following acute myocardial infarction.

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    Heilbron, Brett; Klein, George J; Talajic, Mario; Guerra, Peter G

    2005-09-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia managed by emergency physicians and there is increasing evidence that selected patients with acute AF can be safely managed in the emergency department without the need for hospital admission. The principles of management are identification and treatment of precipitating or underlying causes, hemodynamic stabilization/rate control, reduction of thromboembolism risk and the conversion/maintenance of sinus rhythm. A strategy of rate or rhythm control should be chosen based on the patient's clinical status, the duration of AF, the experience of the treating physician and the status of anticoagulation. Before either electric or pharmacological cardioversion, anticoagulation should be considered. Most patients should be given heparin or low molecular weight heparin while preparing for cardioversion. All patients should be considered for long-term anticoagulation based on their thromboembolic risk and bleeding risk from antithrombotic therapy. Following restoration of sinus rhythm, a decision regarding the use of antiarrhyhmic drugs should be made based on the estimated frequency of recurrence and degree of symptoms. In the setting of acute myocardial infarction, beta-blockers should be administered whenever possible. If beta-blockers are contraindicated, the rate can be slowed with digoxin or amiodarone. Cardioversion should be performed if the patient is hemodynamically unstable. Class IC antiarrhythmic drugs should not be administered in this setting.

  18. Acute hospital, community, and indirect costs of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation: population-based study.

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    Hannon, Niamh; Daly, Leslie; Murphy, Sean; Smith, Samantha; Hayden, Derek; Ní Chróinín, Danielle; Callaly, Elizabeth; Horgan, Gillian; Sheehan, Orla; Honari, Bahman; Duggan, Joseph; Kyne, Lorraine; Dolan, Eamon; Williams, David; Wiley, Miriam; Kelly, Peter J

    2014-12-01

    No economic data from population-based studies exist on acute or late hospital, community, and indirect costs of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation (AF-stroke). Such data are essential for policy development, service planning, and cost-effectiveness analysis of new therapeutic agents. In a population-based prospective study of incident and recurrent stroke treated in hospital and community settings, we investigated direct (healthcare related) and indirect costs for a 2-year period. Survival, disability, poststroke residence, and healthcare use were determined at 90 days, 1 year, and 2 years. Acute hospital cost was determined using a case-mix approach, and other costs using a bottom-up approach (2007 prices). In 568 patients ascertained in 1 year (2006), the total estimated 2-year cost was $33.84 million. In the overall sample, AF-stroke accounted for 31% (177) of patients, but a higher proportion of costs (40.5% of total and 45% of nursing home costs). On a per-patient basis compared with non-AF-stroke, AF-stroke was associated with higher total (P<0.001) and acute hospital costs (P<0.001), and greater nursing home (P=0.001) and general practitioner (P<0.001) costs among 90-day survivors. After stratification by stroke severity in survivors, AF was associated with 2-fold increase in costs in patients with mild-moderate (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, 0-15) stroke (P<0.001) but not in severe stroke (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale ≥16; P=0.7). In our population study, AF-stroke was associated with substantially higher total, acute hospital, nursing home, and general practitioner costs per patient. Targeted programs to identify AF and prevent AF-stroke may have significant economic benefits, in addition to health benefits. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  19. Pretreatment with ACE inhibitors improves acute outcome of electrical cardioversion in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Van Veldhuisen Dirk J

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Persistent atrial fibrillation (AF is difficult to treat. In the absence of class I or III antiarrhythmic drugs sinus rhythm is maintained in only 30% of patients during the first year after electrical cardioversion (ECV. One of the remodeling processes induced by AF is fibrosis, which relates to inducibility and maintenance of AF. The renin-angiotensin system may play a important role in this. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE inhibitor use on efficacy of ECV, and occurrence of subacute recurrences. Methods One hundred-seven consecutive patients with persistent AF underwent ECV. In twenty-eight (26% patients ACE inhibitors had been started before initiation of the present episode of AF ('pre-treated' patients. Results ECV was successful in 96% of patients who were on ACE inhibitors before start of the present episode of AF compared to 80% of the patients not pre-treated (p = 0.04. After 1 month of follow-up 49% of the pre-treated patients and 50% of those not pre-treated with ACE inhibition were still in sinus rhythm (p=ns. Multivariate analysis showed that pre-treatment with ACE inhibitors and a smaller left atrial size were independent predictors of successful ECV (OR = 5.8, C.I. 1.3–26.1, and OR = 5.6, C.I. 1.2–25.3, respectively. Conclusions Pre-treatment with ACE inhibitors may improve acute success of ECV but does not prevend AF recurrences.

  20. Detection of acute atrial thrombus in a porcine model with atrial fibrillation with tc 99m-apcitide.

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    DeHoyos, Maj Jose C; Rubal, Bernard J; Bradley, Maj Yong C

    2004-04-01

    Technetium-99m apcitide (AcuTect) is a peptide with high affinity and specificity for glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptors on platelets and is currently approved for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis. This study evaluates the use of Tc-99m apcitide for detecting intracardiac thrombus in an animal model with atrial fibrillation. Thrombogenic material (0.23+/- 0.03 g) was implanted within the left atrium of 5 swine with induced atrial fibrillation. Scintigraphy was performed with a small field of view gamma camera (minimum of 400000 counts) 1 hour after implantation at 10, 60, and 120 minutes after the injection of the Tc-99m apcitide. Animals were then euthanized and a postmortem examination performed to confirm thrombus formation. : In all animals, thrombi and microthrombi were confirmed within the left atrial appendage. The average wet weight of the thrombus was 1.4 +/- 0.2 g. Tc-99m apcitide detected left atrial thrombus in all animals. This study suggests that AcuTect may prove useful for detecting intracardiac thrombus in future clinical studies in man.

  1. Intravenous amiodarone decreases the duration of atrial fibrillation associated with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kontoyannis, D A; Anastasiou-Nana, M I; Kontoyannis, S A; Zaga, A K; Nanas, J N

    2001-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a fairly common complication of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The aim of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of intravenous amiodarone in converting AF associated with AMI. Seventy patients with AMI complicated with AF were prospectively divided into 3 groups: a) In group D (n = 26), 0.75 mg digoxin was administered intravenously and thereafter as needed, b) In group AM (n = 16), 300 mg of amiodarone was infused over 2 hours followed by 44 mg/hour for up to 60 hours or until sinus rhythm was restored, c) In group D + AM (n = 28), 0.75 mg of digoxin was administered (as in group D) for the initial 2 hours followed by amiodarone infusion as in group AM. Sinus rhythm was restored: a) by the end of the 2nd hour in 9/26 patients from group D, 4/16 from group AM, and 10/28 from group D + AM (p = NS), b) by the end of the 96th hour, in 18/26 patients from group D, and in all patients from group AM and groupd D + AM. The corresponding duration of AF was 51 +/- 34 hours, 17 +/- 15 hours and 9 +/- 13 hours, respectively (F = 15.4, p digoxin was superior to amiodarone alone in restoring sinus rhythm faster, maintaining sinus rhythm longer, and allowing the use of a lower cumulative amount of amiodarone.

  2. Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in the Course of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Clinical Significance and Impact on Prognosis

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    Krajewska, Agnieszka; Kiluk, Izabela; Kosacka, Urszula; Krajewski, Jacek; Musial, Wlodzimierz Jerzy

    2017-01-01

    The relationship and clinical implications of atrial fibrillation (AF) in acute pulmonary embolism (PE) are poorly investigated. We aimed to analyze clinical characteristics and prognosis in PE patients with paroxysmal AF episode. Methods. From the 391 patients with PE 31 subjects with paroxysmal AF were selected. This group was compared with patients with PE and sinus rhythm (SR) and 32 patients with PE and permanent AF. Results. Paroxysmal AF patients were the oldest. Concomitant DVT varies between groups: paroxysmal AF 32.3%, SR 49.5%, and permanent AF 28.1% (p = 0.02). The stroke history frequency was 4.6% SR, 12.9% paroxysmal AF, and 21.9% permanent AF (p < 0.001). Paroxysmal AF comparing to permanent AF and SR individuals had higher estimated SPAP (56 versus 48 versus 47 mmHg, p = 0.01) and shorter ACT (58 versus 65 versus 70 ms, p = 0.04). Patients with AF were more often classified into high-risk group according to revised Geneva score and sPESI than SR patients. In-hospital mortality was lower in SR (5%) and paroxysmal AF (6.5%) compared to permanent AF group (25%) (p < 0.001). Conclusions. Patients with PE-associated paroxysmal AF constitute a separate population. More severe impairment of the parameters reflecting RV afterload may indicate relation between PE severity and paroxysmal AF episode. Paroxysmal AF has no impact on short-term mortality. PMID:28280732

  3. Incidence and prognostic significance of new onset atrial fibrillation/flutter in acute pericarditis.

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    Imazio, Massimo; Lazaros, George; Picardi, Elisa; Vasileiou, Panagiotis; Orlando, Fabrizio; Carraro, Mara; Tsiachris, Dimitris; Vlachopoulos, Charalambos; Georgiopoulos, George; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; Belli, Riccardo; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    2015-09-01

    Data on the incidence of new onset atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF/f) in patients with acute pericarditis are limited. We sought to determine the incidence and prognostic significance of AF/f in this setting. Between January 2006 and June 2014, consecutive new cases of acute pericarditis were included in two urban referral centres for pericardial diseases. All new cases of AF/f defined as episodes lasting ≥30 s were recorded. Events considered during follow-up consisted of AF/f and pericarditis recurrence, cardiac tamponade, pericardial constriction and death. 822 consecutive new cases of acute pericarditis (mean age 53±15 years, 444 men) were analysed. AF/f was detected in 35 patients (4.3%, mean age 66.5±11.3 years, 18 men). Patients with AF/f were significantly older (p=0.017) and presented more frequently with pericardial effusion (ppericarditis onset in 91.4% of cases, lasted >24 h in 25.7% and spontaneously converted in 74.3% of patients. Underlying structural heart disease was present in 17% of AF/f cases. In a 30-month follow-up, patients with history of AF/f at the initial episode had a higher rate of arrhythmia occurrence (34.3% vs 0.9%, ppericarditis identifies a predisposed population to AF/f with a high recurrence risk (about 35%): in these patients, pericarditis may act as an arrhythmic trigger and oral anticoagulation should be seriously considered according to guidelines. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  4. Platelet function and microparticle levels in atrial fibrillation: Changes during the acute episode.

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    Pourtau, Line; Sellal, Jean Marc; Lacroix, Romaric; Poncelet, Philippe; Bernus, Olivier; Clofent-Sanchez, Gisèle; Hocini, Mélèze; Haïssaguerre, Michel; Dignat-George, Françoise; Sacher, Frédéric; Nurden, Paquita

    2017-09-15

    Thrombotic risk constitutes a major complication of atrial fibrillation (AF). Platelets and microparticles (MPs) are important for hemostasis and thrombosis, however their participation during AF is not well known. The aim of this study was to characterize platelet function and MPs procoagulant and fibrinolytic activity in AF patients and to determine the effects of an acute-AF episode. Blood was collected from paroxysmal (21) and persistent (16) AF patients referred for AF catheter ablation. Ten patients in sinus rhythm for 10days were induced in AF allowing comparisons of left atrium samples before and after induction. Platelet aggregation with ADP, TRAP, collagen, and ristocetin was studied. Platelet surface expression of PAR-1, αIIbβ3, GPIb and P-selectin were evaluated by flow cytometry, and MPs-associated procoagulant and fibrinolytic activity levels were determined by functional assays. A specific reduction in platelet aggregation to TRAP, activating the thrombin receptor PAR-1, was found in all AF patients. No differences in platelet receptor expression were found. Yet, after acute-induced AF, the platelet response was improved. Furthermore, a significant decrease of left atrium tissue factor-dependent procoagulant activity of MPs was observed. Acute episodes of AF results in a decrease in MPs-associated tissue factor activity, possibly corresponding to consumption, which in turn favors coagulation and the local production of thrombin. A decreased platelet basal aggregation to TRAP may result from PAR1 desensitization, whereas the improved response after an induced episode of AF suggests activation of coagulation and PAR1 re-sensitization. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Stroke as the First Manifestation of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Jaakkola, Jussi; Mustonen, Pirjo; Kiviniemi, Tuomas; Hartikainen, Juha E K; Palomäki, Antti; Hartikainen, Päivi; Nuotio, Ilpo; Ylitalo, Antti; Airaksinen, K E Juhani

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation may remain undiagnosed until an ischemic stroke occurs. In this retrospective cohort study we assessed the prevalence of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack as the first manifestation of atrial fibrillation in 3,623 patients treated for their first ever stroke or transient ischemic attack during 2003-2012. Two groups were formed: patients with a history of atrial fibrillation and patients with new atrial fibrillation diagnosed during hospitalization for stroke or transient ischemic attack. A control group of 781 patients with intracranial hemorrhage was compiled similarly to explore causality between new atrial fibrillation and stroke. The median age of the patients was 78.3 [13.0] years and 2,009 (55.5%) were women. New atrial fibrillation was diagnosed in 753 (20.8%) patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack, compared to 15 (1.9%) with intracranial hemorrhage. Younger age and no history of coronary artery disease or other vascular diseases, heart failure, or hypertension were the independent predictors of new atrial fibrillation detected concomitantly with an ischemic event. Thus, ischemic stroke was the first clinical manifestation of atrial fibrillation in 37% of younger (<75 years) patients with no history of cardiovascular diseases. In conclusion, atrial fibrillation is too often diagnosed only after an ischemic stroke has occurred, especially in middle-aged healthy individuals. New atrial fibrillation seems to be predominantly the cause of the ischemic stroke and not triggered by the acute cerebrovascular event.

  6. Safety and efficacy of vernakalant for acute cardioversion of atrial fibrillation: an update

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    Dobrev D

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Yukiomi Tsuji,1 Dobromir Dobrev1–3 1Institute of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, 2Division of Experimental Cardiology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, 3Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forshcung [German Center for Cardiovascular Research], partner site Heidelberg/Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany Abstract: Intravenous vernakalant has recently been approved in Europe as an atrial-selective antiarrhythmic drug for the conversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation (AF. It inhibits atrial-selective K+ currents (IK,ACh and IKur and causes rate-dependent atrial-predominant Na+ channel block, with only a small inhibitory effect on the rapid delayed rectifier K+ current (IKr in the ventricle. Due to its atrial-selective properties, vernakalant prolongs the effective refractory period of the atria with minimal effects on the ventricles, being associated with a low proarrhythmic risk for torsades de pointes arrhythmias. Five pivotal clinical trials consistently demonstrated that vernakalant rapidly terminates AF with stable maintenance of sinus rhythm for up to 24 hours. A head-to-head comparative trial showed that the 90-minute conversion rate of vernakalant was substantially higher than that of amiodarone. Initially, a longer-acting oral formulation of vernakalant was shown to be effective and safe in preventing AF recurrence after cardioversion in a Phase IIb study. However, the clinical studies testing oral vernakalant for maintenance of sinus rhythm after AF cardioversion were prematurely halted for undisclosed reasons. This review article provides an update on the safety and efficacy of intravenous vernakalant for the rapid cardioversion of AF. Keywords: atrial fibrillation, antiarrhythmic drug, atrial-selective K+ currents, Na+ channel block, ventricles

  7. New insights into symptomatic or silent atrial fibrillation complicating acute myocardial infarction.

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    Stamboul, Karim; Fauchier, Laurent; Gudjoncik, Aurelie; Buffet, Philippe; Garnier, Fabien; Lorgis, Luc; Beer, Jean Claude; Touzery, Claude; Cottin, Yves

    2015-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent heart rhythm disorder in the general population and contributes not only to a major deterioration in quality of life but also to an increase in cardiovascular morbimortality. The onset of AF in the acute phase of myocardial infarction (MI) is a major event that can jeopardize the prognosis of patients in the short-, medium- and long-term, and is a powerful predictor of a poor prognosis after MI. The suspected mechanism underlying the excess mortality is the drop in coronary flow linked to the acceleration and arrhythmic nature of the left ventricular contractions, which reduce the left ventricular ejection fraction. The principal causes of AF-associated death after MI are linked to heart failure. Moreover, the excess risk of death in these heart failure patients has also been associated with the onset of sudden death. Whatever its form, AF has a major negative effect on patient prognosis. In recent studies, symptomatic AF was associated with inhospital mortality of 17.8%, to which can be added mortality at 1year of 18.8%. Surprisingly, silent AF also has a negative effect on the prognosis, as it is associated with an inhospital mortality rate of 10.4%, which remains high at 5.7% at 1year. Moreover, both forms of AF are independent predictors of mortality beyond traditional risk factors. The frequency and seriousness of silent AF in the short- and long-term, which were until recently rarely studied, raises the question of systematically screening for it in the acute phase of MI. Consequently, the use of continuous ECG monitoring could be a simple, effective and inexpensive solution to improve screening for AF, even though studies are still necessary to validate this strategy. Finally, complementary studies also effect of oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction, which seem to play a major role in triggering this rhythm disorder. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. Screening for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Freedman, Ben; Camm, A. John; Calkins, Hugh

    2017-01-01

    in September 2015 to promote discussion and research about AF screening as a strategy to reduce stroke and death and to provide advocacy for implementation of country-specific AF screening programs. During 2016, 60 expert members of AF-SCREEN, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health......Approximately 10% of ischemic strokes are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) first diagnosed at the time of stroke. Detecting asymptomatic AF would provide an opportunity to prevent these strokes by instituting appropriate anticoagulation. The AF-SCREEN international collaboration was formed...... or by intermittent ECG recordings over 2 weeks is not a benign condition and, with additional stroke factors, carries sufficient risk of stroke to justify consideration of anticoagulation. With regard to the methods of mass screening, handheld ECG devices have the advantage of providing a verifiable ECG trace...

  9. Deglutition induced atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

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    Kanjwal, Yousuf; Imran, Naser; Grubb, Blair

    2007-12-01

    Deglutition induced supraventricular tachycardia is an uncommon condition postulated to be a vagally mediated phenomenon due to mechanical stimulation. Patients usually present with mild symptoms or may have severe debilitating symptoms. Treatment with Class I agents, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, amiodarone and radiofrquency catheter ablation has shown to be successful in the majority of reported cases. We report the case of a 46-year-old healthy woman presenting with palpitations on swallowing that was documented to be transient atrial tachycardia with aberrant ventricular conduction as well as transient atrial fibrillation. She was successfully treated with propafenone with no induction of swallowing-induced tachycardia after treatment. This is also the first case to show swallowing-induced atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation in the same patient.

  10. Safety and efficacy of vernakalant for acute cardioversion of atrial fibrillation: an update.

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    Tsuji, Yukiomi; Dobrev, Dobromir

    2013-01-01

    Intravenous vernakalant has recently been approved in Europe as an atrial-selective antiarrhythmic drug for the conversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation (AF). It inhibits atrial-selective K(+) currents (I(K,ACh) and I(Kur)) and causes rate-dependent atrial-predominant Na(+) channel block, with only a small inhibitory effect on the rapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (I(Kr)) in the ventricle. Due to its atrial-selective properties, vernakalant prolongs the effective refractory period of the atria with minimal effects on the ventricles, being associated with a low proarrhythmic risk for torsades de pointes arrhythmias. Five pivotal clinical trials consistently demonstrated that vernakalant rapidly terminates AF with stable maintenance of sinus rhythm for up to 24 hours. A head-to-head comparative trial showed that the 90-minute conversion rate of vernakalant was substantially higher than that of amiodarone. Initially, a longer-acting oral formulation of vernakalant was shown to be effective and safe in preventing AF recurrence after cardioversion in a Phase IIb study. However, the clinical studies testing oral vernakalant for maintenance of sinus rhythm after AF cardioversion were prematurely halted for undisclosed reasons. This review article provides an update on the safety and efficacy of intravenous vernakalant for the rapid cardioversion of AF.

  11. Atrial fibrillation: prevalence and management in an acute general medical unit.

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    Stewart, F M; Singh, Y; Persson, S; Gamble, G D; Braatvedt, G D

    1999-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common comorbid condition in patients admitted to hospital. In managing patients with AF, recent research has highlighted the importance of heart rate control, cardioversion, maintenance of sinus rhythm and anticoagulation for the prevention of thromboembolism. To determine the prevalence of AF in patients admitted acutely to the general medical service at Auckland Hospital and to assess the adequacy of heart rate control, the number cardioverted and the use of warfarin to prevent thromboembolism. Prospective review of all acute admissions to the general medical service over a 12 week period. Information was collected from hospital notes on the patients' present and past medical conditions, admission and discharge cardiac medication and the use of investigations, particularly thyroid function tests and echocardiography. The heart rate on discharge, number cardioverted either during the admission or after discharge and the number given warfarin and aspirin were recorded. One hundred and forty-seven patients (aged 38-96, mean age 76 years and 52% male) were admitted in AF 165 times out of the 1637 admissions over the study period (a prevalence of 10.4%, 95% CI 8.6-11.5%). The main causes of admission were heart failure (23%), pneumonia or sepsis (17%), cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) (14%) and ischaemic heart disease (11%). Past medical history included hypertension (46%), ischaemic heart disease (39%), congestive heart failure (58%), valvular heart disease (12%), chronic obstructive airways disease (24%), CVA, TIA or thromboembolic event (24%) and diabetes (17%). Thyroid function tests were performed in 50% of patients and echocardiograms in 38%. Heart rate control at discharge could not be assessed, as this was not recorded prior to any patient's discharge. Seventy-eight per cent of patients were discharged on digoxin but only 29% on drugs that control the heart rate with exercise. Five patients out

  12. Preadmission oral anticoagulant therapy and clinical outcome in patients hospitalised with acute stroke and atrial fibrillation

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    Ottosen, Tobias Pilgaard; Svendsen, Marie Louise; Hansen, Morten Lock

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Information about the effect of preadmission oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) on stroke outcome in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is scarce. A systematic review was done of the existing data on the association between preadmission OAT and stroke outcome in patients with AF....... METHOD: We performed a systematic search in the PubMed Database, the Embase Database and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews identifying 13 studies that met the inclusion criteria. RESULTS: The studies included a total of 18,523 patients with AF and admission with stroke. Of these, 1,169 had...

  13. Atrial fibrillation in KCNE1-null mice

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    Temple, Joel; Frias, Patricio; Rottman, Jeffrey; Yang, Tao; Wu, Yuejin; Verheijck, E. Etienne; Zhang, Wei; Siprachanh, Chanthaphaychith; Kanki, Hideaki; Atkinson, James B.; King, Paul; Anderson, Mark E.; Kupershmidt, Sabina; Roden, Dan M.

    2005-01-01

    Although atrial fibrillation is the most common serious cardiac arrhythmia, the fundamental molecular pathways remain undefined. Mutations in KCNQ1, one component of a sympathetically activated cardiac potassium channel complex, cause familial atrial fibrillation, although the mechanisms in vivo are

  14. A report of acute atrial fibrillation induced by misapplication of epinephrine

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    Yu-Jang Su

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Urticaria is a systemic allergic reaction leading to wheal formation with skin itching. Occasionally we come across some intractable cases, in which we may administrate epinephrine infusion besides steroid and anti-histamine. A 19 year-old man suffered from intractable urticaria for 2 days, although anti-histamine and steroids were used. Titration of adrenaline was considered in the treatment of intractable urticaria. He was administrated 1 mg epinephrine intravenous bolus due to mis-dilution by the nurse. Transient atrial fibrillation with cardiac ischemia occurred. After 12.5 mg labetalol i.v., and 11-hour observation in the emergency room, he gradually recovered to normal sinus rhythm without ST-T change. In the past, ventricular tachycardia, hypertension, chest pain, pulmonary edema, the need to intubate, renal failure requiring renal transplant, coronary artery spasm, myocardial ischemia/infarction and hypokalemia have been reported after mis-diluted or excessive doses of epinephrine in treating anaphylaxis. To our knowledge, our case is the first worldwide to describe transient atrial fibrillation after epinephrine overdose, and the patient was successfully resuscitated by 12.5 mg labetalol. It is important to know how to rescue accidental epinephrine intravenous injection patients.

  15. Atrial fibrillation and vascular disease-a bad combination

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    Bjerring Olesen, Jonas; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar; Torp-Pedersen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    This article provides an overview of (i) the risk of stroke associated with vascular disease (acute coronary syndromes and peripheral artery disease) in patients with atrial fibrillation, (ii) the frequent coexistence of vascular disease in patients with atrial fibrillation and, (iii......) the cardiovascular risk associated with the coexisting of the two diseases. The literature on this topic is relatively sparse, and we discuss results from both clinical trials and observational studies. There is a clear indication of an increased stroke risk associated with vascular disease in patients with atrial...... fibrillation. Indeed, patients with atrial fibrillation often had coexisting vascular disease (around 18%), and the combination of the two diseases substantially increases the risk of future cardiovascular events. The increased risk associated with peripheral artery disease in atrial fibrillation is even more...

  16. Atrial natriuretic peptide in patients with heart failure and chronic atrial fibrillation : Role of duration of at atrial fibrillation

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    Van Den Berg, MP; Crijns, HJGM; Van Veldhuisen, DJ; Van Gelder, IC; De Kam, PJ; Lie, KI

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the determinants of atrial natriuretic peptide level in patients with congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. In particular, the duration of atrial fibrillation was analyzed because atrial fibrillation per se might have a specific effect on atrial

  17. Who Is at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib)?

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    ... Anyone with heart disease, including valve problems , hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , acute coronary syndrome , Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and history of heart attack . Additionally, atrial fibrillation is the most common complication after heart surgery. Drinking alcohol Binge drinking (having ...

  18. Diastolic dysfunction predicts new-onset atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular events in patients with acute myocardial infarction and depressed left ventricular systolic function: a CARISMA substudy

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    Jons, Christian; Joergensen, Rikke Moerch; Hassager, Christian

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the association between diastolic dysfunction and long-term occurrence of new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) and cardiac events in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction....

  19. Atrial fibrillation and delayed gastric emptying.

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    Isadora C Botwinick

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation and delayed gastric emptying (DGE are common after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Our aim was to investigate a potential relationship between atrial fibrillation and DGE, which we defined as failure to tolerate a regular diet by the 7(th postoperative day. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 249 patients who underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy at our institution between 2000 and 2009. Data was analyzed with Fisher exact test for categorical variables and Mann-Whitney U or unpaired T-test for continuous variables. RESULTS: Approximately 5% of the 249 patients included in the analysis experienced at least one episode of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Median age of patients with atrial fibrillation was 74 years, compared with 66 years in patients without atrial fibrillation (p = 0.0005. Patients with atrial fibrillation were more likely to have a history of atrial fibrillation (p = 0.03. 92% of the patients with atrial fibrillation suffered from DGE, compared to 46% of patients without atrial fibrillation (p = 0.0007. This association held true when controlling for age. CONCLUSION: Patients with postoperative atrial fibrillation are more likely to experience delayed gastric emptying. Interventions to manage delayed gastric function might be prudent in patients at high risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation.

  20. Acutely Onset Amiodarone-Induced Angioedema in a Patient with New Atrial Fibrillation

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    Hossein Vakili

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 50-year-old man was admitted to our emergency department due to new episode of palpitation. He had history of angioplasty of right coronary artery (RCA with drug eluting stent 2 years ago. His electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation (AF. Intravenous amiodarone 150 mg during 10 minutes and then 1 mg/min infusion were started to achieve rate control and pharmacologic conversion to sinus rhythm. After 60 minutes of starting amiodarone infusion, he developed swelling of the skin around his mouth and eyes, and also mucosa of the mouth, eyes and tongue. To conclude, angioedema should be considered a rare side effect of amiodarone which is used broadly in cardiovascular field.

  1. Pre-admission warfarin use in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation: The appropriate use and barriers to oral anticoagulant therapy.

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    Partington, Sara L; Abid, Simona; Teo, Koon; Oczkowski, Wesley; O'Donnell, Martin J

    2007-01-01

    Warfarin reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Despite strong guideline recommendations, studies continue to demonstrate the under-use of warfarin in clinical practice. To determine the prevalence and predictors of warfarin use in patients presenting with atrial fibrillation and acute ischemic stroke who do not have a documented contraindication to anticoagulants. We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients admitted to the Hamilton General Hospital with a primary diagnosis of ischemic stroke and a coded diagnosis of atrial fibrillation between 1999 and 2004. Using a standardized data abstraction form, the following variables were recorded: baseline demographics, past medical history including risk factors for stroke and major bleeding and known predictors of warfarin under-use. In cases where warfarin was not prescribed, charts were also reviewed for documented contraindications to warfarin use. The following were considered valid contraindications to warfarin: patient refusal, non-compliance with INR monitoring, bleeding diathesis, history of major bleeding or significant alcohol consumption. In total, 196 patients with ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation were identified. Of these patients, 106 were considered to be appropriate candidates for anticoagulation after excluding patients with no known diagnosis of atrial fibrillation prior to admission (N=59), a valid contraindication to warfarin use (N=18), a CHADS2 score heart failure (OR 3.2; 95% CI 1.1-9.0) were associated with an increased odds of warfarin use in patients without a contraindication to warfarin. While 75% of patients 85 years were prescribed warfarin on admission to hospital. early half of all patients presenting with atrial fibrillation and acute ischemic stroke who were suitable candidates for anticoagulation were not prescribed warfarin. In patients not prescribed warfarin, very few had a documented contraindication. Advanced age appears to be the

  2. Personalized management of atrial fibrillation

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Günter; Aliot, Etienne

    2013-01-01

    The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has seen marked changes in past years, with the introduction of new oral anticoagulants, new antiarrhythmic drugs, and the emergence of catheter ablation as a common intervention for rhythm control. Furthermore, new technologies enhance our ability to de...

  3. Genetic aspects of atrial fibrillation

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    Wiesfeld, ACP; Hemels, MEW; Van Tintelen, JP; Van den Berg, MP; Van Veldhuisen, DJ; Van Gelder, IC

    2005-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs predominantly in the elderly and is commonly associated with underlying cardiac diseases. A significant number of patients, however, have early onset AF that is not associated with any underlying disease. At present, it is unknown how often this form of AF is familial

  4. Deglutition-Induced Atrial Fibrillation

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    Malik, Amyn; Ali, Syed Sohail; Rahmatullah, Amin

    2005-01-01

    We present the case of 38-year-old woman who experienced palpitations on swallowing, which were later found to be atrial fibrillation. Her symptoms improved on treatment with disopyramide and verapamil. Within 9 months, she was weaned from both medications without recurrence of symptoms. PMID:16429915

  5. Can catheter-directed thrombolysis be applied to acute lower extremity artery embolism after recent cerebral embolism from atrial fibrillation?

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    Si, T.-G. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China); Guo, Z. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China)], E-mail: dr.guozhi@yahoo.com.cn; Hao, X.-S. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China)

    2008-10-15

    Purpose: To assess the feasibility and efficacy of catheter-directed thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute limb embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism due to atrial fibrillation. Materials and methods: Eight patients (six men, two women; mean age 63.5 years) with acute embolic occlusion of two left common iliac arteries, four femoral arteries (three left; one right), and two right popliteal arteries were treated. All patients had a history of recent cerebral embolism (mean 6 days, range 5-15 days) and all had a history of atrial fibrillation (duration 5-10 years). Catheter-directed thrombolysis started a few hours (mean 6.2 h; range 3-10 h) after the onset of arterial embolism. Two 5 mg boluses of rt-PA were injected into the proximal clot through a 5 F end-hole catheter and, subsequently, two additional boluses of 5 mg rt-PA were injected into the emboli. In patients with residual emboli, infusion with rt-PA (1 mg/h) was continued. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed in three patients, and a stent was deployed in one patient. Results: Technical success was achieved in all patients. Clinical success rate was 87.5% (7/8). The one clinical failure was secondary to chronic occlusion of outflow runoff vessels. The mean duration of continuous rt-PA infusion was 3.6 h, the mean total dose of rt-PA administered was 23.6 mg (range 20-28 mg). There was no significant change in stroke scale scores during thrombolysis and no intracerebral haemorrhage was found at computed tomography (CT) after thrombolysis. Minor complications included haematomata at puncture sites (6/8), bleeding around the vascular sheath (2/8), and haematuria (1/8). During the follow-up period of 3-6 months, one patient suffered from recurrent cerebral embolism and died. Conclusions: Catheter-directed thrombolysis with rt-PA is an option for acute lower extremity arterial embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism and a history of

  6. Changing axis deviation, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and elevation of prostate-specific antigen during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Di Bella, Gianluca; Ciccarello, Giuseppe

    2009-10-02

    It has been rarely reported left bundle branch block with changing axis deviation also during acute myocardial infarction. It has also been rarely reported changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block during acute myocardial infarction. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an established tool in detecting prostate cancer. Immediately after 15 min of exercise on a bicycle ergometer, serum PSA concentrations increased by as much as threefold. Apparently spurious result has been reported in a work about mean serum PSA concentration during acute myocardial infarction with mean serum PSA concentration significantly lower on day 2 than either day 1 or day 3 and it has been reported that these preliminary results could reflect several factors, such as antiinfarctual treatment, reduced physical activity or an acute-phase response. We present a case of changing axis deviation with onset of atrial fibrillation and elevation of serum PSA concentration in an 88-year-old Italian man during acute myocardial infarction. Our report confirms previous findings and extends the evaluation of PSA during acute myocardial infarction.

  7. Acute Chest Pain and Broad Complex Tachycardia. A Non-typical Case of Pre-excited Atrial Fibrillation

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    Arias, Ramon Suarez; Villanueva, Nuria Perez; Cubero, Gustavo Iglesias; Lopez, Jose Rubin

    2011-01-01

    Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a common condition in the emergency department. A case is presented of a 76-year-old patient with acute chest pain and broad complex tachycardia. Despite the fact that previous and post cardioversion ECG tracings in sinus rhythm showed no signs of pre-excitation, the characteristic pattern of pre-excited atrial fibrillation (AF) is recognized and after successful DC cardioversion the patient is referred for catheter ablation of the accessory pathway. This case illustrates a non-typical presentation of the WPW syndrome, with an older patient than usual with slight signs of pre-excitation. We highlight the need for high grades of suspicion for the early recognition of pre-excited AF when attending patients with tachycardia and the obligation to know the distinctive aspects of its management for this potentially life-threatening arrhythmia. PMID:28352389

  8. Atrial fibrillation - discharge

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    Auricular fibrillation - discharge; A-fib - discharge; AF - discharge; Afib - discharge ... Avoid salty and fatty foods. Stay away from fast-food restaurants. ... how to check your pulse, and check it every day. It is better ...

  9. Impact of Variations in Kidney Function on Nonvitamin K Oral Anticoagulant Dosing in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Recent Acute Heart Failure.

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    Andreu-Cayuelas, José M; Pastor-Pérez, Francisco J; Puche, Carmen M; Mateo-Martínez, Alicia; García-Alberola, Arcadio; Flores-Blanco, Pedro J; Valdés, Mariano; Lip, Gregory Y H; Roldán, Vanessa; Manzano-Fernández, Sergio

    2016-02-01

    Renal impairment and fluctuations in renal function are common in patients recently hospitalized for acute heart failure and in those with atrial fibrillation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the hypothetical need for dosage adjustment (based on fluctuations in kidney function) of dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban during the first 6 months after hospital discharge in patients with concomitant atrial fibrillation and heart failure. An observational study was conducted in 162 patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation after hospitalization for acute decompensated heart failure who underwent creatinine determinations during follow-up. The hypothetical recommended dosage of dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban according to renal function was determined at discharge. Variations in serum creatinine and creatinine clearance and consequent changes in the recommended dosage of these drugs were identified during 6 months of follow-up. Among the overall study population, 44% of patients would have needed dabigatran dosage adjustment during follow-up, 35% would have needed rivaroxaban adjustment, and 29% would have needed apixaban dosage adjustment. A higher proportion of patients with creatinine clearance renal impairment. Further studies are needed to clarify the clinical importance of these needs for drug dosing adjustment and the ideal renal function monitoring regime in heart failure and other subgroups of patients with atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. High-voltage zones within the pulmonary vein antra: Major determinants of acute pulmonary vein reconnections after atrial fibrillation ablation.

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    Nagashima, Koichi; Watanabe, Ichiro; Okumura, Yasuo; Iso, Kazuki; Takahashi, Keiko; Watanabe, Ryuta; Arai, Masaru; Kurokawa, Sayaka; Nakai, Toshiko; Ohkubo, Kimie; Yoda, Shunichi; Hirayama, Atsushi

    2017-08-01

    Recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is mainly due to PV reconnections. Patient-specific tissue characteristics that may contribute remain unidentified. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the bipolar electrogram voltage amplitudes recorded from the PV-left atrial (LA) junction and acute PV reconnection sites. Three-dimensional LA voltage maps created before an extensive encircling PVI in 47 AF patients (31 men; mean age 62 ± 11 years) were examined for an association between the EGM voltage amplitude recorded from the PV-LA junction and acute post-PVI PV reconnections (spontaneous PV reconnections and/or ATP-provoked dormant PV conduction). Acute PV reconnections were observed in 17 patients (36%) and in 24 (3%) of the 748 PV segments (16 segments per patient) and were associated with relatively high bipolar voltage amplitudes (3.26 ± 0.85 vs. 1.79 ± 1.15 mV, p voltage (137 [106, 166] vs. 295 [193, 498] gs/mV, p voltage and FTI/PV-LA bipolar voltage for acute PV reconnections (areas under the curve: 0.86 and 0.89, respectively); the best cutoff values were >2.12 mV and ≤183 gs/mV, respectively. The PV-LA voltage on the PV-encircling ablation line and FTI/PV-LA voltage were related to the acute post-PVI PV reconnections. A more durable ablation strategy is warranted for high-voltage zones.

  11. Acute Renal Infarction Presenting with Acute Abdominal Pain Secondary to Newly Discovered Atrial Fibrillation: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Sherif Ali Eltawansy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report an 85-year-old female with known history of recurrent diverticulitis presented with abdominal pain. It was believed that the patient again needed to be treated for another diverticulitis and was started on the routine treatment. The initial CT scan of abdomen showed renal infarcts bilaterally that were confirmed by a CT with and without intravenous contrast secondary to unknown cause. An ECG found accidentally that the patient was in atrial fibrillation, which was the attributed factor to the renal infarctions. Subsequently, the patient was started on the appropriate anticoagulation and discharged.

  12. STRATEGIES OF PROPHYLAXIS AND MANAGEMENT OF POSTOPERATIVE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    This article analyses different strategies of prophylaxis and management of postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at different periods after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It examines the efficacy of early administration of beta-adrenergic blocking agents (metoprolol) and amiodarone (in prophylactic doses) in the diminution of the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation in different groups of patients. The article also discerns t...

  13. Increased amount of atrial fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation secondary to mitral valve disease

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    Geuzebroek, Guillaume S. C.; van Amersfoorth, Shirley C. M.; Hoogendijk, Mark G.; Kelder, Johannes C.; van Hemel, Norbert M.; de Bakker, Jacques M. T.; Coronel, Ruben

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Atrial fibrosis is related to atrial fibrillation but may differ in patients with mitral valve disease or lone atrial fibrillation. Therefore, we studied atrial fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation + mitral valve disease or with lone atrial fibrillation and compared it with

  14. Electrophysiology of the electrocardiographic changes of atrial fibrillation.

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    Childers, Rory

    2006-10-01

    The history of atrial fibrillation is described in terms of its electrocardiographic delineation, characteristics and clinical associations. The variant configurations are described and their relationship to rhythm duration and cardioversion success. The inter-relationship of fibrillation with flutter and their diagnostic differences are reviewed. The electrophysiologic basis of atrial remodeling is exemplified, together with its relationship to failure of rate adaptation of the atrial refractory period. Electric countershock causes an acute abbreviation of the atrial refractory period as does the induction of hyperthyroidism in the experimental animal. Current theories of the mechanism of fibrillation and the issue of originating pulmonary venous foci are reviewed. The lack of protection from ventricular fibrillation that exists with preexcitation via an accessory pathway is discussed in terms of the teleological role of orthograde downstream refractory periods.

  15. Serum D-dimer Levels Are Proportionally Associated with Left Atrial Enlargement in Patients with an Acute Ischemic Stroke due to Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Kim, Tae-Won; Song, In-Uk; Chung, Sung-Woo; Kim, Joong-Seok; Koo, Jaseong; Lee, Kwang-Soo

    2016-01-01

    Objective Left atrial enlargement (LAE) may predispose individuals to blood stasis in atrial fibrillation (AF), and thus play a crucial role in thrombogenesis. The D-dimer level is one of the surrogate markers for a hypercoagulable state and reflects thrombus formation in AF. Since the D-dimer level reflects hypercoagulability as well as thrombus and fibrin burdens, LAE could be associated with a D-dimer elevation. However, no studies have explored this association or which factors contribute to increases in the D-dimer levels in patients with AF. Therefore, we assessed whether the serum D-dimer levels are related to the left atrial volume index (LAVI) or other vascular risk factors and also evaluated the association between the D-dimer levels and the initial stroke severity. Methods Ninety-eight consecutive patients with an acute ischemic stroke and non-valvular AF (NVAF) who were anticoagulation-naïve were enrolled, and all patients were stratified into moderate-to-severe and mild neurologic deficit groups using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale on admission. The association between the initial serum D-dimer levels and the LAVI was evaluated in all enrolled patients, and the serum D-dimer levels were compared between the two groups. Results The patients were classified into two groups according to the severity of the neurologic deficit. In a partial correlation coefficient analysis adjusted for confounding factors, an increase in the initial serum D-dimer levels was significantly associated with LAVI (r=0.286; p=0.027). A linear regression analysis showed that a history of peripheral artery disease was the factor most strongly associated with the serum D-dimer level (t=3.90, pacute ischemic stroke and NVAF.

  16. How to enhance acute outcome of electrical cardioversion by drug therapy : Importance of immediate reinitiation of atrial fibrillation

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    Van Noord, T; Van Gelder, IC; Crijns, HJGM

    Electrical Cardioversion. Introduction: In almost 20% of patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), electrical cardioversion is unsuccessful because of shock failure (i.e., no single sinus beat) or immediate reinitiation of AF (IRAF; recurrence within 2 min). Relative prevalence of shock

  17. Semi-automatic software based detection of atrial fibrillation in acute ischaemic stroke and transient ischaemic attack

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    Nickelsen, M N; Snoer, A; Ali, A M

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic and increases the risk of ischaemic stroke. Detection of PAF is challenging but crucial because a change of treatment decreases the risk of ischaemic stroke. Post-stroke investigations recommend at least 24-h...

  18. Atrial fibrillation in patients with ischemic stroke

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    Thygesen, Sandra Kruchov; Frost, Lars; Eagle, Kim A

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke. However, the prognostic impact of atrial fibrillation among patients with stroke is not fully clarified. We compared patient characteristics, including severity of stroke and comorbidity, quality of in-hospital care and o...

  19. Genetics Home Reference: familial atrial fibrillation

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    ... to be associated with familial atrial fibrillation was KCNQ1 , which provides instructions for making a channel that ... atrial fibrillation ABCC9 GJA5 KCNA5 KCNE2 KCNH2 KCNJ2 KCNQ1 LMNA MYL4 NKX2-5 NPPA NUP155 PRKAG2 RYR2 ...

  20. Cetirizine-Induced atrial fibrillation

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    Altuğ Osken

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common observed arrhythmia in clinical practice. In the literature, AF events associated with drug induction are available. Cetirizine is a second-generation histamine antagonist used in the treatment of allergies, angioedema, and urticaria. We wish to present an atypical case who took cetirizine medication for relieving symptoms of upper tract respiratory system infection, experienced rapid ventricular response AF and treated successfully. To best of our knowledge, this is the first case of cetirizine-induced AF.

  1. Atrial Fibrillation after Robotic Cardiac Surgery

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    LEONARDO CANALE; STEPHANIE MICK; RAVI NAIR; TOMISLAV MIHALJEVIC; JOHANNES BONATTI

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    Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia after conventional open heart surgery. A minimally invasive robotic approach has the potential to lower its occurrence. We sought to review the literature on the incidence of post operative atrial fibrillation in robotic heart surgery and compare it to the incidence in conventional cardiac surgery. The types of operation investigated were: coronary artery bypass surgery, mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect closure and myxoma excision. Operation...

  2. Practical regimen for amiodarone use in preventing postoperative atrial fibrillation.

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    Zebis, Lars R; Christensen, Thomas D; Thomsen, Henrik F; Mikkelsen, Martin M; Folkersen, Lars; Sørensen, Henrik T; Hjortdal, Vibeke E

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    Postoperative atrial fibrillation occurs in 5% to 65% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Although postoperative atrial fibrillation is often regarded as a temporary, benign, operation-related problem, it is associated with a twofold to threefold increase in risk of adverse events, including permanent or transient stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and death. This randomized, controlled, double-blinded trial included 250 eligible consecutively enrolled patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). They received 300 mg of amiodarone/placebo administered intravenously over 20 minutes on the first postoperative day and an oral dose of 600 mg of amiodarone or placebo twice daily for the first 5 postoperative days. The patients in amiodarone prophylaxis experienced a reduction in risk of atrial fibrillation of 14% (95% confidence interval [CI], 5.0% to 24%), with the number needed to treat at 6.9 (95% CI, 4.2 to 20), and the results for symptomatic atrial fibrillation showed a risk reduction of 18% (95% CI, 9.4% to 26), with the number needed to treat at 5.7 (95% CI, 3.9 to 11). Of the patients who developed atrial fibrillation in the placebo group, 84% experienced a symptomatic attack versus only 43% in the amiodarone group. Postoperative prophylaxis with a high dose of oral amiodarone after an intravenous bolus infusion is a safe, practical, feasible, and effective regimen for CABG patients. It significantly diminishes the occurrence of postoperative atrial fibrillation.

  3. Effects of beta-blockade on atrial and atrioventricular nodal refractoriness, and atrial fibrillatory rate during atrial fibrillation in pigs

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    van den Berg, MP; van de Ven, LLM; Witting, W; Crijns, JGM; Haaksma, J; Bel, KJ; de Langen, CDJ; Lie, KI

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    Despite their widespread use in atrial fibrillation, the effects of beta-adrenoceptor blockers on atrial and atrioventricular (AV) nodal refractoriness, and atrial fibrillatory rate during atrial fibrillation have been incompletely characterised. In particular, it is unknown whether additional

  4. Serum Potassium Levels Inversely Correlate with D-Dimer In Patients with Acute-Onset Atrial Fibrillation

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    Cervellin, Gianfranco, E-mail: gcervellin@ao.pr.it; Bonfanti, Laura; Picanza, Alessandra; Lippi, Giuseppe [1Academic Hospital of Parma (Italy)

    2015-03-15

    D-dimer values are frequently increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to subjects in sinus rhythm. Hypokalemia plays a role in several cardiovascular diseases, but little is known about the association with AF. D-dimer values are frequently increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with subjects in sinus rhythm. Hypokalemia plays a role in several cardiovascular diseases, but little is known about the association with AF. The aim of this study was to investigate correlations between D-dimer and serum potassium in acute-onset AF (AAF). To investigate the potential correlation between the values of serum potassium and D-dimer in patients with AAF, we retrospectively reviewed clinical and laboratory data of all emergency department visits for AAF in 2013. Among 271 consecutive AAF patients with D-dimer assessments, those with hypokalemia (n = 98) had significantly higher D-dimer values than normokalemic patients (139 versus 114 ng/mL, p = 0.004). The rate of patients with D-dimer values exceeding the diagnostic cut-off was higher in the group of patients with hypokalemia than in those with normal serum potassium (26.5% versus 16.2%; p = 0.029). An inverse and highly significant correlation was found between serum potassium and D-dimer (r = −0.21; p < 0.001), even after adjustments for age and sex (beta coefficient −94.8; p = 0.001). The relative risk for a positive D-dimer value attributed to hypokalemia was 1.64 (95% CI, 1.02 to 2.63; p = 0.040). The correlation remained statistically significant in patients free from antihypertensive drugs (r = −0.25; p = 0.018), but not in those taking angiotensin-receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or diuretics. The inverse correlation between values of potassium and D-dimer in patients with AAF provides important and complementary information about the thromboembolic risk of these patients.

  5. Unilateral atrial fibrillation - how common is atrial divorce?

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    Ker, J

    2017-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common pathologic supraventricular tachycardia. It has many causes, is an expensive disease, impairs quality of life and leads to an increased risk of death. Atrial dissociation is characterised by the presence of two independent sets of P-waves. This peculiar abnormality may give rise to the scenario where one atrium is in atrial fibrillation while the other is in sinus rhythm. This is the first published case of atrial dissociation where the phenomenon is demonstrated by transmitral and transtricuspid pulsed wave Doppler.

  6. Semi-automatic software based detection of atrial fibrillation in acute ischaemic stroke and transient ischaemic attack.

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    Nickelsen, M N; Snoer, A; Ali, A M; Wienecke, T

    2017-02-01

    Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic and increases the risk of ischaemic stroke. Detection of PAF is challenging but crucial because a change of treatment decreases the risk of ischaemic stroke. Post-stroke investigations recommend at least 24-h continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring. Extended monitoring detects more PAF but is limited by costs due to manual analysis. Interpretive software might be a reasonable screening tool. The aim was to validate the performance and utility of Pathfinder SL software compared to manual analysis. In all, 135 ischaemic stroke patients with no prior history of PAF or atrial fibrillation and who had done a 7-day continuous electrocardiogram monitoring (Holter) were included. Manual analysis was compared with Pathfinder SL software including a systematic control of registered events. Seventeen (12.6%) patients were diagnosed with PAF (atrial fibrillation > 30 s). Pathfinder SL software including a systematic control of events registered 16 (94.1%) patients with PAF. Manually 15 (88.2%) patients were detected with PAF. Pathfinder SL had a negative predictive value of 99% and sensitivity of 94%. Pathfinder SL software including a systematic evaluation of events is an acceptable alternative compared to manual analysis in PAF detection following ischaemic stroke. It is less time consuming and therefore a reliable, cheaper alternative compared to manual analysis. © 2016 EAN.

  7. Psychosomatic correlations in atrial fibrillations

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    Vladimir Ernstovich Medvedev

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Patients with atrial fibrillations (AF and comorbid mental disorders were examined. Two patient groups differing in the structure of psychosomatic ratios were identified. Group 1 comprised patients with AF and signs of reactivity lability that manifested itself as psychopathological reactions to the primary manifestations of AF; Group 2 included those who had developed mental disorders mainly in end-stage cardiovascular disease (predominantly a permanent form of AF in the presence of such events as chronic heart failure (CHF. The results of the study suggest that the patients with AF have frequently anxiety and hypochondriacal disorders, which agrees with the data available in the literature. In addition, end-stage AF is marked by depressive syndromes caused by the severe course of cardiovascular diseases resulting in CHF.

  8. Dronedarone for atrial fibrillation therapy.

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    Marzocchi, Michele; Lombardi, Federico

    2011-06-01

    Dronedarone is a new benzofuran derivative that has been developed as an antiarrhythmic agent on the basis of the amiodarone molecular structure with the intent of maintaining the same pharmacological effects while reducing thyroid and pulmonary toxicity. The drug is a multichannel blocker with antiadrenergic properties: it reduces heart rate and prolongs the action potential duration. Dronedarone is primarily metabolized by cytochrome P450; its half-life is much shorter than that of amiodarone because of a lower lipophilicity. As a consequence, only 7 days are needed to reach steady-state plasma levels. It has been tested in clinical trials both for rate and rhythm control and, even if its antiarrhythmic efficacy seems to be somehow lower than that of amiodarone, dronedarone is less often discontinued due to adverse reactions or organic toxicity. For these reasons, dronedarone can be very useful in long-term treatment of atrial fibrillation, by reducing hospitalizations and mortality.

  9. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Tolstrup, Janne Schurmann; Wium-Andersen, Marie Kim; Ørsted, David Dynnes

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that alcohol consumption, both observational (self-reported) and estimated by genetic instruments, is associated with a risk of atrial fibrillation and to determine whether people with high cardiovascular risk are more sensitive towards...... register. As a measure of alcohol exposure, both self-reported consumption and genetic variations in alcohol metabolizing genes (ADH1B/ADH1C) were used as instrumental variables. The endpoint was admission to hospital for atrial fibrillation as recorded in a validated hospital register. RESULTS: A total...... of 3493 cases of atrial fibrillation occurred during follow-up. High alcohol consumption was associated with a risk of atrial fibrillation among men, but not among women. Among the men who drank 28-35 and 35+ drinks/week, the hazards ratios were 1.40 (95% confidence interval 1.09-1.80) and 1.62 (95...

  10. [Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation - an update].

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    Antz, Matthias; Hullmann, Bettina; Neufert, Christian; Vocke, Wolfgang

    2008-12-01

    The correct anticoagulation regimen for prevention of thromboembolic events is essential in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, only a minority of patients receives anticoagulation according to the guidelines. The current guidelines are intended to make the indication for anticoagulation more simple and are summarized in the present article. This includes recommendations for chronic anticoagulation, prevention of thromboembolic events after cardioversion and in ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  11. Occlusion of left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    О. Н. Ганеева

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The article reviews a new method of prophylaxis of thromboembolitic complications, specifically occlusion of left atrial appendage, in patients with atrial fibrillation. Indications and contraindications for the procedure, as well as a step-by-step process of the intervention itself are described. Special emphasis is placed on the up-to-date evidence and the review of clinical trials.

  12. RR-Interval variance of electrocardiogram for atrial fibrillation detection

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    Nuryani, N.; Solikhah, M.; Nugoho, A. S.; Afdala, A.; Anzihory, E.

    2016-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a serious heart problem originated from the upper chamber of the heart. The common indication of atrial fibrillation is irregularity of R peak-to-R-peak time interval, which is shortly called RR interval. The irregularity could be represented using variance or spread of RR interval. This article presents a system to detect atrial fibrillation using variances. Using clinical data of patients with atrial fibrillation attack, it is shown that the variance of electrocardiographic RR interval are higher during atrial fibrillation, compared to the normal one. Utilizing a simple detection technique and variances of RR intervals, we find a good performance of atrial fibrillation detection.

  13. POSTOPERATIVE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION – AN UPDATE

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    Johnson Francis

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most common perioperative cardiac arrhythmia. Sympathetic overactivity, inflammatory state and oxidative stress are important contributors to the genesis of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Advancing age and mitral valve disease along with left atrial size are important parameters in noted in multivariate prediction model. Genetic predisposition has also been noted. Preventive strategies tried include beta blockers, statins, posterior pericardiotomy, carperitide infusion and thoracic epidural analgesia. Treatment options include rate and rhythm control along with anticoagulation if it persists more than 48 hours with high CHADS2 score. Some of the therapeutic modalities which have been found to be NOT useful in preventing post operative atrial fibrillation are dexamethasone, magnesium infusion and concomitant pulmonary vein isolation.

  14. Risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Lindhardsen, Jesper; Ahlehoff, Ole; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar

    2012-01-01

    To determine if patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke.......To determine if patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke....

  15. Significance of atrial fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction, and its current management: insights from the GUSTO-3 trial.

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    Wong, Cheuk-Kit; White, Harvey D; Wilcox, Robert G; Criger, Douglas A; Califf, Robert M; Topol, Eric J; Ohman, E Magnus

    2003-09-01

    The Global Use of Strategies to Open Occluded Coronary Arteries (GUSTO)-3 atrial fibrillation (AF) substudy assessed the prognostic significance of AF during acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the use of antiarrhythmic therapies, and whether different antiarrhythmic therapies were associated with different outcomes. The timing of the onset of AF relative to other post-AMI complications was recorded in the study. Of the 13,858 patients who were in sinus rhythm at the time of enrolment into GUSTO-3, 906 (6.5%) developed AF and 12,952 did not. Worsening heart failure, hypotension, third-degree heart block, and ventricular fibrillation were independent predictors of new-onset AF. The risks of 30-day and 1-year mortality were increased among patients with AF versus patients without AF before (odds ratio [OR] 2.74, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.56-3.34; and OR 2.93, 95% CI 2.48-3.46, respectively) and after adjustment for baseline factors and pre-AF complications (OR 1.49, 95% CI 1.17-1.89; and OR 1.64, 95% CI 1.35-2.01, respectively). A total of 1,138 patients had data available on the management of their AF, including 117 with a history of paroxysmal AF and 138 with chronic AF prior to AMI. Of these 1,138 patients, 317 (28%) received antiarrhythmic therapies: class I antiarrhythmic drugs in 12%, sotalol in 5% and amiodarone in 15%. Electrical cardioversion was attempted in 116 patients (10%). Sinus rhythm was restored in 72% of patients given class I drugs, 67% of those given sotalol, 79% of those given amiodarone, and 64% of those who underwent electrical cardioversion. After adjustment for baseline characteristics and pre-AF complications, none of the specific antiarrhythmic therapies was associated with a higher chance of having sinus rhythm at discharge or before deterioration to in-hospital death. However, the use of class I antiarrhythmic drugs or sotalol was associated with lower unadjusted 30-day and 1-year mortality rates. After adjustment for baseline

  16. Atrial fibrillation in elite athletes.

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    Furlanello, F; Bertoldi, A; Dallago, M; Galassi, A; Fernando, F; Biffi, A; Mazzone, P; Pappone, C; Chierchia, S

    1998-08-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a rare event in people younger than 25 years of age, but is probably more frequent in competitive athletes. We analyzed the presence of AF, paroxysmal or chronic, in a population of young elite athletes, including previous Olympic and World champions, who were studied for arrhythmias that endangered their athletic careers. From 1974 to June 1977, 1,772 athletes identified with arrhythmias (1,464 males and 308 females; mean age 21 years) underwent individualized work-ups. Among these, 146 (122 males and 24 females; mean age 24 years) were young elite athletes. They were studied from 1985 to 1997, with a mean follow-up of 62 months. Of the 146 young elite athletes, 13 (9%) had AF (paroxysmal in 11 and chronic in 2); all were male. The paroxysmal AF occurred during effort (n = 7), after effort (n = 1), or at rest (n = 3) and was reinduced by transesophageal pacing or endocavitary electrophysiologic testing under the same clinical circumstances. AF was the cause of symptoms in 13 (40%) of 22 young elite athletes with long-lasting palpitations. Five young elite athletes had a substrate for AF: Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) in 3, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) in 1, healed myocarditis in 1, and was considered idiopathic in 8. All elite athletes are alive with a mean follow-up of 62 months and 7 continue in their sports: 3 after radiofrequency catheter ablation (of WPW in 2 and AF with maze-type nonfluoroscopic approach in 1) and 4 after a period of de-training. AF, occurring in young elite athletes and affecting only males, is one of the most frequent causes of prolonged palpitations and is reproduced easily by transesophageal atrial pacing or electrophysiologic testing. AF may be a cause of disqualification from sports eligibility, but may disappear if the athletic activity is stopped for an adequate period of time, if trigger mechanisms are corrected (i.e., WPW), or if the substrate is modified.

  17. Effect of age on stroke prevention therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation: the atrial fibrillation investigators

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    van Walraven, Carl; Hart, Robert G; Connolly, Stuart

    2009-01-01

    on the relative efficacy of oral anticoagulants (OAC) and antiplatelet (AP) therapy (including acetylsalicylic acid and triflusal) on ischemic stroke, serious bleeding, and vascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: This is an analysis of the Atrial Fibrillation Investigators database, which...... contains patient level-data from randomized trials of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. We used Cox regression models with age as a continuous variable that controlled for sex, year of randomization, and history of cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure...

  18. Antihypertensive treatment and risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Marott, Sarah C W; Nielsen, Sune F; Benn, Marianne

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: To examine the associations between antihypertensive treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), β-blockers, diuretics, or calcium-antagonists, and risk of atrial fibrillation. We examined these associations using the entire Danish......, and hyperthyroidism at baseline and none received any other antihypertensive medication. We studied risk of atrial fibrillation, and used risk of stroke, influenced by lowering blood pressure rather than renin-angiotensin system blockade per se, as an indicator of the importance of blood pressure lowering per se...... of stroke did not differ among the five antihypertensive medications. CONCLUSION: Use of ACEis and ARBs compared with β-blockers and diuretics associates with a reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, but not stroke, within the limitations of a retrospective study reporting associations. This suggests...

  19. Atrioverter : An implantable device for the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Wellens, HJJ; Lau, CP; Luderitz, B; Akhtar, M; Waldo, AL; Camm, AJ; Timmermans, C; Tse, HF; Jung, W; Jordaens, L; Ayers, G

    1998-01-01

    Background-During atrial fibrillation, electrophysiological changes occur in atrial tissue that favor the maintenance of the arrhythmia and facilitate recurrence after conversion to sinus rhythm. An implantable defibrillator connected to right atrial and coronary sinus defibrillation leads allows

  20. Right bundle branch block with revelation of changing axis deviation at the end of atrial fibrillation.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Sturiale, Mauro

    2009-11-12

    Changing axis deviation has been reported also during atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Changing axis deviation has been also reported during acute myocardial infarction associated with atrial fibrillation too or at the end of atrial fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction. Left bundle branch block is usually associated with normal or left axis deviation. Rarely the ECG shows a left bundle branch block with changing QRS morphology and changing axis deviation. There are several possible explanations for the intermittent shift in the QRS axis in the presence of complete left bundle branch block. The most plausible explanation is the coexistence of left posterior hemiblock and predivisional left bundle branch block. Intermittent right axis deviation has been rarely reported in the presence of left bundle branch block also during atrial fibrillation and with acute myocardial infarction too. Isolated left posterior hemiblock is a very rare finding and transient right axis deviation associated with a left posterior hemiblock pattern has been also rarely described associated with acute myocardial infarction. Changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block and new-onset of atrial fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction has been also reported. Changing axis deviation with intermittent right bundle branch block in a patient admitted with acute myocardial infarction has been also described. We present a case of a right bundle branch block with revelation of changing axis deviation at the end of atrial fibrillation in a 68-year-old Italian man.

  1. Cryoballoon Catheter Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Cevher Ozcan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary vein isolation with catheter ablation is an effective treatment in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory or intolerant to antiarrhythmic medications. The cryoballoon catheter was recently approved for this procedure. In this paper, the basics of cryothermal energy ablation are reviewed including its ability of creating homogenous lesion formation, minimal destruction to surrounding vasculature, preserved tissue integrity, and lower risk of thrombus formation. Also summarized here are the publications describing the clinical experience with the cryoballoon catheter ablation in both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation, its safety and efficacy, and discussions on the technical aspect of the cryoballoon ablation procedure.

  2. Serum Potassium Levels Inversely Correlate with D-Dimer In Patients with Acute-Onset Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Cervellin, Gianfranco; Bonfanti, Laura; Picanza, Alessandra; Lippi, Giuseppe

    2014-12-09

    Background: D-dimer values are frequently increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to subjects in sinus rhythm. Hypokalemia plays a role in several cardiovascular diseases, but little is known about the association with AF. Objective: D-dimer values are frequently increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with subjects in sinus rhythm. Hypokalemia plays a role in several cardiovascular diseases, but little is known about the association with AF. The aim of this study was to investigate correlations between D-dimer and serum potassium in acute-onset AF (AAF). Methods: To investigate the potential correlation between the values of serum potassium and D-dimer in patients with AAF, we retrospectively reviewed clinical and laboratory data of all emergency department visits for AAF in 2013. Results: Among 271 consecutive AAF patients with D-dimer assessments, those with hypokalemia (n = 98) had significantly higher D-dimer values than normokalemic patients (139 versus 114 ng/mL, p = 0.004). The rate of patients with D-dimer values exceeding the diagnostic cut-off was higher in the group of patients with hypokalemia than in those with normal serum potassium (26.5% versus 16.2%; p = 0.029). An inverse and highly significant correlation was found between serum potassium and D-dimer (r = -0.21; p papel em várias doenças cardiovasculares, mas pouco se sabe sobre a associação com FA. Objetivo: As concentrações de D-dímero encontram-se frequentemente aumentadas em pacientes com FA, quando comparados com indivíduos em ritmo sinusal. A hipopotassemia desempenha um papel importante nas doenças cardiovasculares, porém, pouco é conhecido sobre sua associação com a FA. O objetivo deste estudo foi investigar a correlação entre os níveis séricos de D-dímero e potássio na FA aguda (FAA). Métodos: Para investigar a existência de uma potencial correlação entre os níveis séricos de potássio e D-dímero em pacientes com FAA

  3. New risk factors for atrial fibrillation : causes of 'not-so-lone atrial fibrillation'

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    Schoonderwoerd, Bas A.; Smit, Marcelle D.; Pen, Lucas; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a prevalent arrhythmia in patients with cardiovascular disease. The classical risk factors for developing AF include hypertension, valvular disease, (ischaemic) cardiomyopathy, diabetes mellitus, and thyroid disease. In some patients with AF, no underlying

  4. Management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation in the diabetic patient

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    Pallisgaard, Jannik Langtved; Lindhardt, Tommi Bo; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring

    2015-01-01

    The global burden of atrial fibrillation and diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is considerable, and prevalence rates are increasing. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation; however, diabetes also influences the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation...... and outcomes of heart failure and the success rates of both ablation and cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients with diabetes. Finally, this article describes the association of HbA1c levels with the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation patients........ In the following article, the authors describe the association between diabetes and atrial fibrillation; specifically, the significance of diabetes on the risk of atrial fibrillation, ischemic stroke and bleeding complications associated with anticoagulation. In addition, the authors evaluate the risks...

  5. Genetic aspects of lone atrial fibrillation

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    Andreasen, Laura; Nielsen, Jonas B; Olesen, Morten S

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. A subgroup of patients presents with AF without traditional risk factors and is diagnosed before the age of 60 years. Such patients are commonly referred as having "lone AF" and comprise 10-20% of all cases. A number of studies have ...

  6. Genetic Risk Prediction of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lubitz, Steven A; Yin, Xiaoyan; Lin, Henry; Kolek, Matthew; Smith, J Gustav; Trompet, Stella; Rienstra, Michiel; Rost, Natalia S; Teixeira, Pedro; Almgren, Peter; Anderson, Christopher D; Chen, Lin Y; Engström, Gunnar; Ford, Ian; Furie, Karen L; Guo, Xiuqing; Larson, Martin G; Lunetta, Kathryn; Macfarlane, Peter W; Psaty, Bruce M; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Sotoodehnia, Nona; Stott, David J; Taylor, Kent D; Weng, Lu-Chen; Yao, Jie; Geelhoed, Bastiaan; Verweij, Niek; Siland, Joylene E; Kathiresan, Sekar; Roselli, Carolina; Roden, Dan M; van der Harst, Pim; Darbar, Dawood; Jukema, J Wouter; Melander, Olle; Rosand, Jonathan; Rotter, Jerome I; Heckbert, Susan R; Ellinor, Patrick T; Alonso, Alvaro; Benjamin, Emelia J

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    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) has a substantial genetic basis. Identification of individuals at greatest AF risk could minimize the incidence of cardioembolic stroke. METHODS: To determine whether genetic data can stratify risk for development of AF, we examined associations between AF

  7. Risk of atrial fibrillation in diabetes mellitus

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    Pallisgaard, Jannik L; Schjerning, Anne-Marie; Lindhardt, Tommi B

    2016-01-01

    .81-8.98) and 20.0 (19.9-20.2) in the background population and 0.13 (0.09-0.20), 2.10 (2.00-2.20), 8.41 (8.10-8.74) and 20.1 (19.4-20.8) in the diabetes group, respectively. The adjusted incidence rate ratios in the diabetes group with the background population as reference were 2.34 (1.52-3.60), 1.52 (1......AIM: Diabetes has been associated with atrial fibrillation but the current evidence is conflicting. In particular knowledge regarding young diabetes patients and the risk of developing atrial fibrillation is sparse. The aim of our study was to investigate the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients...... with diabetes compared to the background population in Denmark. METHODS AND RESULTS: Through Danish nationwide registries we included persons above 18 years of age and without prior atrial fibrillation and/or diabetes from 1996 to 2012. The study cohort was divided into a background population without diabetes...

  8. Atrial fibrillation: non cardiologist physicians approach

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    Forero-Gómez, Julián Eduardo

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent arrhythmia. Its classification according to pattern and clinical type allows to decide the therapeutic strategy to use, that most include control of symptoms and prevention of cardioembolic events. The election of the treatment depends on the presence of triggering events, risk factors for thromboembolism, risk factors for bleeding, cardiac function, patient funcionality, medication costoefectiveness and health care access. The type of anticoagulant has to be supported on the type of atrial fibrillation and the presence of contraindications, documented ineffective anticoagulation or high risk of failure to warfarin. In case of contraindications for anticoagulation this could still be used in high bleeding risk patients, when risk factors are controllable or corrected; leaving left atrial appendage closure as an option for patients that remain in high risk for bleeding events.

  9. Red Wine, Resveratrol and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Laura Siga Stephan

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Excessive alcohol intake is a well-known risk factor for AF, but this correlation is less clear with light and moderate drinking. Besides, low doses of red wine may acutely prolong repolarization and slow cardiac conduction. Resveratrol, a bioactive polyphenol found in grapes and red wine, has been linked to antiarrhythmic properties and may act as an inhibitor of both intracellular calcium release and pathological signaling cascades in AF, eliminating calcium overload and preserving the cardiomyocyte contractile function. However, there are still no clinical trials at all that prove that resveratrol supplementation leads to improved outcomes. Besides, no observational study supports a beneficial effect of light or moderate alcohol intake and a lower risk of AF. The purpose of this review is to briefly describe possible beneficial effects of red wine and resveratrol in AF, and also present studies conducted in humans regarding chronic red wine consumption, resveratrol, and AF.

  10. Hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation: current approaches and future directions.

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    Bisleri, Gianluigi; Glover, Benedict

    2017-01-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation has rapidly evolved during the past decade: although the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation via a transcatheter approach has been consistently successful, persistent and long-standing atrial fibrillation still represents a major clinical challenge with less favorable outcomes to date. Because novel, minimally invasive surgical approaches have been developed for atrial fibrillation ablation, the aim of the present review is to analyze the current evidence surrounding the integration of surgical and transcatheter strategies in a hybrid fashion for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Long-standing persistent, atrial fibrillation requires further understanding. Wide antral circumferential ablation of the pulmonary veins represents the cornerstone of any ablation therapy. Additional linear lesions and/or targeting complex fractionated atrial electrograms may also be considered. One of the limitations is achieving a transmural lesion. The combined endocardial and epicardial approach may represent a superior approach. Hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation represents a novel therapeutic strategy for the treatment of complex scenarios, such as long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. A specialized team including dedicated surgeons and cardiologists appears to be crucial in order to achieve durable and satisfactory outcomes following hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  11. Multimorbidity in Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Chen, Michael A

    2016-05-01

    Older adults with atrial fibrillation often have multiple comorbid conditions, including common geriatric syndromes. Pharmacologic therapy, whether for rate control or rhythm control, can result in complications related to polypharmacy in patients who are often on multiple medications for other conditions. Because of uncertainty about the relative risks and benefits of rate versus rhythm control (including antiarrhythmic or ablation therapy), anticoagulation, and procedural treatments (eg, ablation, left atrial appendage closure, pacemaker placement) in older patients with multimorbidity, shared decision-making is essential. However, this may be challenging in patients with cognitive dysfunction, high fall risk, or advanced comorbidity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Left Atrial Linear Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Guided by Three-dimensional Electroanatomical System

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    Zhang, Dai-Fu; Li, Ying; Qi, Wei-Gang

    2005-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and efficacy of Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system. Methods 29 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in this study. A nonfluoroscopic mapping system was used to generate a 3D......±15. After a follow-up of 6.0 months, 24 patients maintained sinus rhythm. 3 patients suffered from less frequent paroxysmal atrial fibrillation during the first 3.0 months after the ablation and remained Af free after 6 months. I patient had atrial fibrillation episodes and I patient had atrial fibrillation...... attacks unchanged. No pulmonary vein narrowing was observed. Conclusion Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system was safe and effective....

  13. Atrial Fibrillation During an Exploration Class Mission

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    Lipset, Mark A.; Lemery, Jay; Polk, J. D.; Hamilton, Douglas R.

    2010-01-01

    Background: A long-duration exploration class mission is fraught with numerous medical contingency plans. Herein, we explore the challenges of symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) occurring during an exploration class mission. The actions and resources required to ameliorate the situation, including the availability of appropriate pharmaceuticals, monitoring devices, treatment modalities, and communication protocols will be investigated. Challenges of Atrial Fibrillation during an Exploration Mission: Numerous etiologies are responsible for the initiation of AF. On Earth, we have the time and medical resources to evaluate and determine the causative situation for most cases of AF and initiate therapy accordingly. During a long-duration exploration class mission resources will be severely restricted. How is one to determine if new onset AF is due to recent myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, fluid overload, thyrotoxicosis, cardiac structural abnormalities, or CO poisoning? Which pharmaceutical therapy should be initiated and what potential side effects can be expected? Should anti-coagulation therapy be initiated? How would one monitor the therapeutic treatment of AF in microgravity? What training would medical officers require, and which communication strategies should be developed to enable the best, safest therapeutic options for treatment of AF during a long-duration exploration class mission? Summary: These questions will be investigated with expert opinion on disease elucidation, efficient pharmacology, therapeutic monitoring, telecommunication strategies, and mission cost parameters with emphasis on atrial fibrillation being just one illustration of the tremendous challenges that face a long-duration exploration mission. The limited crew training time, medical hardware, and drugs manifested to deal with such an event predicate that aggressive primary and secondary prevention strategies be developed to protect a multibillion-dollar asset like the

  14. The use of warfarin in veterans with atrial fibrillation

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    Rosenbeck Karen

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Warfarin therapy is effective for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, warfarin therapy is underutilized even among ideal anticoagulation candidates. The purpose of this study was to examine the use of warfarin in both inpatients and outpatients with atrial fibrillation within a Veterans Affairs (VA hospital system. Methods This retrospective medical record review included outpatients and inpatients with atrial fibrillation. The outpatient cohort included all patients seen in the outpatient clinics of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System during June 2000 with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. The inpatient cohort included all patients discharged from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Medical Center with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation during October 1999 – March 2000. The outcome measure was the rate of warfarin prescription in patients with atrial fibrillation. Results A total of 538 outpatients had a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and 73 of these had a documented contraindication to anticoagulation. Among the 465 eligible outpatients, 455 (98% were prescribed warfarin. For the inpatients, a total of 212 individual patients were discharged with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and 97 were not eligible for warfarin therapy. Among the 115 eligible inpatients, 106 (92% were discharged on warfarin. Conclusions Ideal anticoagulation candidates with atrial fibrillation are being prescribed warfarin at very high rates within one VA system, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings; we found warfarin use within our VA was much higher than that observed for Medicare beneficiaries in our state.

  15. Atrial Fibrillation in Eight New World Camelids.

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    Bozorgmanesh, R; Magdesian, K G; Estell, K E; Stern, J A; Swain, E A; Griffiths, L G

    2016-01-01

    There is limited information on the incidence of clinical signs, concurrent illness and treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF) in New World Camelids (NWC). Describe clinical signs and outcome of AF in NWC. Eight New World Camelids admitted with AF. A retrospective observational study of camelids diagnosed with AF based on characteristic findings on electrocardiogram (ECG). All animals had an irregularly irregular heart rhythm detected on physical examination and 4 cases had obtunded mentation on admission. Three camelids were diagnosed with AF secondary to oleander intoxication, 3 animals had underlying cardiovascular disease, 1 was diagnosed with lone AF and 1 had AF diagnosed on examination for a urethral obstruction. Five of eight animals survived to discharge and nonsurvivors consisted of animals which died or were euthanized as a result of cardiovascular disease (2/8) or extra-cardiac disease unrelated to the AF (1/8). Atrial fibrillation occurs in NWC in association with cardiovascular disease, extra-cardiac disease or as lone AF. Amiodarone and transthoracic cardioversion were attempted in one llama with lone AF, but were unsuccessful. Atrial fibrillation was recorded in 0.1% of admissions. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  16. Autonomic dysfunction and new-onset atrial fibrillation in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction: a CARISMA substudy

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    Jøns, Christian; Raatikainen, Pekka; Gang, Uffe J

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases morbidity and mortality in patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to identify patients with a high risk for new-onset AF in this population using invasive and noninvasive electrophysi...

  17. Incidence of atrial fibrillation in patients with either heart failure or acute myocardial infarction and left ventricular dysfunction: a cohort study

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    Schmiegelow, Michelle D; Pedersen, Ole D; Køber, Lars

    2011-01-01

    We examined the incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Patients either had a recent myocardial infarction (with or without clinical heart failure) or symptomatic heart failure (without a recent MI). Patients were with and without treatment with t...... with the class III antiarrhythmic drug dofetilide over 36 months....

  18. Potassium channel gene mutations rarely cause atrial fibrillation

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    Nam Edwin G

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mutations in several potassium channel subunits have been associated with rare forms of atrial fibrillation. In order to explore the role of potassium channels in inherited typical forms of the arrhythmia, we have screened a cohort of patients from a referral clinic for mutations in the channel subunit genes implicated in the arrhythmia. We sought to determine if mutations in KCNJ2 and KCNE1-5 are a common cause of atrial fibrillation. Methods Serial patients with lone atrial fibrillation or atrial fibrillation with hypertension were enrolled between June 1, 2001 and January 6, 2005. Each patient underwent a standardized interview and physical examination. An electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and blood sample for genetic analysis were also obtained. Patients with a family history of AF were screened for mutations in KCNJ2 and KCNE1-5 using automated sequencing. Results 96 patients with familial atrial fibrillation were enrolled. Eighty-three patients had lone atrial fibrillation and 13 had atrial fibrillation and hypertension. Patients had a mean age of 56 years at enrollment and 46 years at onset of atrial fibrillation. Eighty-one percent of patients had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation at enrollment. Unlike patients with an activating mutation in KCNQ1, the patients had a normal QTc interval with a mean of 412 ± 42 ms. Echocardiography revealed a normal mean ejection fraction of 62.0 ± 7.2 % and mean left atrial dimension of 39.9 ± 7.0 mm. A number of common polymorphisms in KCNJ2 and KCNE1-5 were identified, but no mutations were detected. Conclusion Mutations in KCNJ2 and KCNE1-5 rarely cause typical atrial fibrillation in a referral clinic population.

  19. Atrial fibrillation in an adolescent--the agony of ecstasy.

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    Madhok, Ashish; Boxer, Robert; Chowdhury, Devyani

    2003-10-01

    Ecstasy (MDMA), a popular drug of abuse among teenagers, is thought to be "relatively" safe. A case of atrial fibrillation following the ingestion of ecstasy in a previously well adolescent is presented. Emergency room physicians should consider ecstasy abuse in the differential diagnosis of young patients presenting with atrial fibrillation.

  20. Oral antiarrhythmic drugs in converting recent onset atrial fibrillation

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    Deneer, Vera H. M.; Borgh, Marieke B. I.; Kingma, J. Herre; Lie-A-Huen, Loraine; Brouwers, Jacobus R. B. J.

    2004-01-01

    AIM: This article reviews clinical studies on oral antiarrhythmic drugs in converting recent onset atrial fibrillation. An oral loading dose of an antiarrhythmic drug for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation could be an option, due to its simplicity, both for patients admitted to outpatient

  1. Radiofrequency ablation as initial therapy in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Cosedis Nielsen, Jens; Johannessen, Arne; Raatikainen, Pekka

    2012-01-01

    There are limited data comparing radiofrequency catheter ablation with antiarrhythmic drug therapy as first-line treatment in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.......There are limited data comparing radiofrequency catheter ablation with antiarrhythmic drug therapy as first-line treatment in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation....

  2. Does Myocardial Infarction Beget Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Fibrillation Beget Myocardial Infarction?

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    Vermond, Rob A.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Crijns, Harry J.; Rienstra, Michiel

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects millions of people worldwide.(1) It is already known several decades that AF is not a benign condition, and it's associated with a 5-fold increased risk of stroke, 3-fold increased risk of heart failure, and doubling of risk of dementia and death.(2-4) Myocardial

  3. Pathogenic Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation in Obesity

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    O. M. Drapkina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is one of the most common arrhythmias. It reduces quality of life and its duration due to thromboembolic complications. Obesity contributes to the structural and electrical remodeling of atrial myocardium. This leads to occurrence of ectopic foci in the mouths of the pulmonary veins and the disruption of normal electrical conduction in the atria. Systemic inflammation, myocardial fibrosis, cardiomyocyte overload by Na+ and Ca2+ ions, accumulation in the cells of unoxidized metabolic products, imbalance of the autonomic regulation are considered as the main mechanisms of arrhythmogenic substrate formation. Hypertension, insulin resistance, and obstructive sleep apnea, associated with obesity, increase the risk of development and progression of the arrhythmia. Study of pathogenetic mechanisms of AF in obesity is necessary to develop new strategies for its prevention and the creation of more effective methods of treatment of these patients.

  4. Progression of atrial fibrillation in the REgistry on Cardiac rhythm disORDers assessing the control of Atrial Fibrillation cohort

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    De Vos, Cees B; Breithardt, Günter; Camm, A John

    2012-01-01

    Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) may progress to persistent AF. We studied the clinical correlates and the effect of rhythm-control strategy on AF progression.......Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) may progress to persistent AF. We studied the clinical correlates and the effect of rhythm-control strategy on AF progression....

  5. Integrating new approaches to atrial fibrillation management

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    Kotecha, Dipak; Breithardt, Günter; Camm, A John

    2018-01-01

    cardiovascular events. New approaches to AF management, including the use of novel technologies and structured, integrated care, have the potential to enhance clinical phenotyping or result in better treatment selection and stratified therapy. Here, we report the outcomes of the 6th Consensus Conference...... of the Atrial Fibrillation Network (AFNET) and the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), held at the European Society of Cardiology Heart House in Sophia Antipolis, France, 17-19 January 2017. Sixty-two global specialists in AF and 13 industry partners met to develop innovative solutions based on new...

  6. Concomitant atrial fibrillation surgery: worth the effort?

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    Nashef, Samer A M; Abu-Omar, Yasir

    2017-12-08

    Concomitant surgery for atrial fibrillation is a conceptually and clinically difficult area of cardiac surgical decision making. This review introduces the pathophysiological background, provides insight and guidance for cardiac surgeons on some of the conflicting evidence and claims, and explores the fields in which further research may help elucidate a cardiac surgical clinical strategy for tackling this common and potentially lethal form of arrhythmia. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  7. Current approaches in atrial fibrillation treatment

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    Cenk Sarı

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. Its incidence increases with age. AF is classified into subtypes according to the duration and/or able to provide sinus rhytym. İnitially, patients should be evaluated for rhythm or rate control for appropriate treatment. Second stage of strategy aimed to investigate the feasibility of anticoagulation therapy. Recently, due to the progress made in treatment with rhythm control and anticoagulation therapy, either American or European guidelines have been renovated. These developments have taken place in the newly published guide. In this article, the current change in the management of AF is discussed.

  8. Asymmetrical dimethylarginine level in atrial fibrillation.

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    Cengel, Atiye; Sahinarslan, Asife; Biberoğlu, Gursel; Hasanoğlu, Alev; Tavil, Yusuf; Tulmaç, Murat; Ozdemir, Murat

    2008-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is known to be related with increased risk of thromboembolic events. Asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA), which is an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), can cause endothelial dysfunction by decreasing nitric oxide (NO) and lead to increased risk of thrombosis. In the present study our aim was to compare plasma levels of ADMA in patients with acute onset ( 1 year) to determine the risk of thrombosis. 17 patients with the first detected attack of AF within the first 24 hours of presentation (group 1), 25 patients who had permanent chronic AF lasting at least 1 year or more (group II) and 18 healthy persons as the control group (group III) were included in the study. For each patient the plasma ADMA, L-arginine, symmetrical dimethylarginine (SDMA) concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography in venous blood samples collected before cardioversion. We compared the plasma ADMA, L-arginine and SDMA concentrations between the groups. Plasma L-arginine (78.18 +/- 28.29 vs. 73.14 +/- 14.11 vs. 71.03 +/- 21.31, P = 0.549) and plasma SDMA concentrations (0.38 +/-0.18 vs. 0.42 +/- 0.21 vs. 0.32 +/- 0.24, P = 0.224) were similar in all groups. There was a significant difference between plasma ADMA concentrations (0.76 +/- 0.27 vs. 0.50 +/- 0.26 vs. 0.36 +/- 0.20, P < 0.001) among the groups. When we compared plasma ADMA levels between the subgroups, we also found a significant difference (P = 0.002 when comparing group I and group II, P < 0.001 when comparing of group I and group III, P = 0.042 when compareng of group II and group III). ADMA levels in patients with acute onset AF were significantly increased when compared with patients with chronic AF and the healthy control group indicating the presence of endothelial dysfunction and a prothrombotic state even in a very early phase of AF.

  9. Left ventricular ejection fraction and left atrium diameter related to new-onset atrial fibrillation following acute myocardial infarction: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Zeng, Rui-Xiang; Chen, Mao-Sheng; Lian, Bao-Tao; Liao, Peng-Da; Zhang, Min-Zhou

    2017-10-06

    New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) occurs frequently in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and is associated with increased subsequent cardiovascular mortality. However, only a few studies directly evaluated the relationship of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) or left atrium diameter (LAD) and NOAF following AMI. MEDLINE ® , EMBASE ® and the Cochrane Library were carried out to find studies until January 2017. Pooled mean difference (MD) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated to evaluate the value of LVEF and LAD in the prediction of NOAF after AMI. We performed sensitivity analyses to explore the potential sources of heterogeneity. Statistical analyses were carried out using the Revman 5.3. We included 10 qualifying studies comprising a total of 708 patients with NOAF and 6785 controls. Overall, decreased LVEF and increased LAD levels had a significant positive association with NOAF in patients with AMI. The MD in the LVEF levels between the patients with and those without NOAF was -4.91 units (95% Cl: -5.70 to -4.12), test for overall effect z-score = 12.18 ( p < 0.00001, I 2 = 35%). Moreover, in a subgroup analysis, the MD for LAD and NOAF was 2.55 units (95% Cl: 1.91 to 3.19), test for overall effect z-score = 7.80 ( p < 0.00001, I 2 = 57%). Our meta-analysis demonstrated that both decreased LVEF and increased LAD levels were associated with greater risk of NOAF following AMI.

  10. Early administration of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants for acute ischemic stroke patients with atrial fibrillation in comparison with warfarin mostly combined with heparin.

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    Nomura, Eiichi; Ohshita, Tomohiko; Imamura, Eiji; Wakabayashi, Shinichi; Kajikawa, Hiroshi; Hosomi, Naohisa; Matsumoto, Masayasu

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated the rates of new lesions on diffusion-weighted images (DWIs) of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and hemorrhagic transformation (HT) during 2 weeks after acute ischemic stroke (AIS) in patients with atrial fibrillation (Af) who were given one of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs); this was then compared with those who were given warfarin. Consecutive AIS patients with Af were enrolled between January 2008 and June 2013, and those selected were patients who had a MRI that included DWIs both on admission and after 2 weeks, and those given only wafrarin (warfarin group) or only one of the NOACs (NOAC group) within 2 weeks of admission. Of all 257 enrolled patients, 50 patients were selected for the NOAC group (median age of 80.0 years) and 125 patients for the warfarin group (median age of 80.0 years). Both NOAC and warfarin were started at a median of the second day after admission. There was no significant difference in the rates of new lesions on DWIs (26.0% vs. 28.0%, P=0.7888) and HT (30.0% vs. 39.2%, P=0.2536) between the NOAC and warfarin groups. The NOAC group had a lower rate of concomitant use of heparin (44.0% vs. 92.8%, P<0.0001) than the warfarin group. This study suggests that NOACs are suitable for AIS patients with Af, perhaps even better than warfarin, given their simplicity.

  11. Atrial remodeling and atrial fibrillation: recent advances and translational perspectives.

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    Nattel, Stanley; Harada, Masahide

    2014-06-10

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice. AF and its complications are responsible for important population morbidity and mortality. Presently available therapeutic approaches have limited efficacy and nontrivial potential to cause adverse effects. Thus, new mechanistic knowledge is essential for therapeutic innovation. Atrial arrhythmogenic remodeling, defined as any change in atrial structure or function that promotes atrial arrhythmias, is central to AF. Remodeling can be due to underlying cardiac conditions, systemic processes and conditions such as aging, or AF itself. Recent work has underlined the importance of remodeling in AF, provided new insights into basic mechanisms, and identified new biomarker/imaging approaches to follow remodeling processes. The importance of intracellular Ca(2+) handling abnormalities has been highlighted, both for the induction of triggered ectopic activity and for the activation of Ca(2+)-related cell signaling that mediates profibrillatory remodeling. The importance of microRNAs, which are a new class of small noncoding sequences that regulate gene expression, has emerged in both electrical and structural remodeling. Remodeling related to aging, cardiac disease, and AF itself is believed to underlie the progressive nature of the arrhythmia, which contributes to the complexities of long-term management. New tools that are being developed to quantify remodeling processes and monitor their progression include novel biomarkers, imaging modalities to quantify/localize fibrosis, and noninvasive monitoring/mapping to better characterize the burden of AF and identify arrhythmic sources. This report reviews recent advances in the understanding of the basic pathophysiology of atrial remodeling and potential therapeutic implications. Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. [Identification of patients with atrial fibrillation using HRV parameters].

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    Kikillus, Nicole; Hammer, Gerd; Bolz, Armin

    2008-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disturbance. One of the most drastic complications is embolism, particularly stroke. Patients with atrial fibrillation have to be identified. This can lead to early therapy and thus avoiding strokes. The algorithm presented here detects atrial fibrillation securely and reliably. It is based on a single-channel ECG, which takes 60 min. First, the R-peaks are detected from the ECG and the RR interval is calculated. To be independent from pulse variations, the RR interval is normalized to 60 bpm. A parameter of heart rate variability is calculated in time domain (SDSD) and the so-called Poincaré plot is generated. The image analysis of the figures of the Poincaré plot is made automatically. The results from analysis in time domain, as well as image analysis, yield a risk level, which indicates the probability for the occurrence of atrial fibrillation. Even if there is no atrial fibrillation in the ECG while analyzing, it is possible to identify patients with atrial fibrillation. The sensitivity depends on the burden of atrial fibrillation. Even if a burden of 0% is assumed, the results still prove satisfactory (sensitivity of nearly 83%).

  13. The mechanisms of atrial fibrillation in hyperthyroidism

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    Bielecka-Dabrowa Agata

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF is a complex condition with several possible contributing factors. The rapid and irregular heartbeat produced by AF increases the risk of blood clot formation inside the heart. These clots may eventually become dislodged, causing embolism, stroke and other disorders. AF occurs in up to 15% of patients with hyperthyroidism compared to 4% of people in the general population and is more common in men and in patients with triiodothyronine (T3 toxicosis. The incidence of AF increases with advancing age. Also, subclinical hyperthyroidism is a risk factor associated with a 3-fold increase in development of AF. Thyrotoxicosis exerts marked influences on electrical impulse generation (chronotropic effect and conduction (dromotropic effect. Several potential mechanisms could be invoked for the effect of thyroid hormones on AF risk, including elevation of left atrial pressure secondary to increased left ventricular mass and impaired ventricular relaxation, ischemia resulting from increased resting heart rate, and increased atrial eopic activity. Reentry has been postulated as one of the main mechanisms leading to AF. AF is more likely if effective refractory periods are short and conduction is slow. Hyperthyroidism is associated with shortening of action potential duration which may also contribute to AF.

  14. Clinical characteristics, management, and control of permanent vs. nonpermanent atrial fibrillation: insights from the RealiseAF survey.

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    Murin, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation can be categorized into nonpermanent and permanent atrial fibrillation. There is less information on permanent than on nonpermanent atrial fibrillation patients. This analysis aimed to describe the characteristics and current management, including the proportion of patients with successful atrial fibrillation control, of these atrial fibrillation subsets in a large, geographically diverse contemporary sample.

  15. A roadmap to improve the quality of atrial fibrillation management : proceedings from the fifth Atrial Fibrillation Network/European Heart Rhythm Association consensus conference

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    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Guenter; Bax, Jeroen; Benninger, Gerlinde; Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Carina; Boriani, Giuseppe; Brandes, Axel; Brown, Helen; Brueckmann, Martina; Calkins, Hugh; Calvert, Melanie; Christoffels, Vincent; Crijns, Harry; Dobrev, Dobromir; Ellinor, Patrick; Fabritz, Larissa; Fetsch, Thomas; Freedman, S. Ben; Gerth, Andrea; Goette, Andreas; Guasch, Eduard; Hack, Guido; Haegeli, Laurent; Hatem, Stephane; Haeusler, Karl Georg; Heidbuechel, Hein; Heinrich-Nols, Jutta; Hidden-Lucet, Francoise; Hindricks, Gerd; Juul-Moeller, Steen; Kaeaeb, Stefan; Kappenberger, Lukas; Kespohl, Stefanie; Kotecha, Dipak; Lane, Deirdre A.; Leute, Angelika; Lewalter, Thorsten; Meyer, Ralf; Mont, Lluis; Muenzel, Felix; Nabauer, Michael; Nielsen, Jens C.; Oeff, Michael; Oldgren, Jonas; Oto, Ali; Piccini, Jonathan P.; Pilmeyer, Art; Potpara, Tatjana; Ravens, Ursula; Reinecke, Holger; Rostock, Thomas; Rustige, Joerg; Savelieva, Irene; Schnabel, Renate; Schotten, Ulrich; Schwichtenberg, Lars; Sinner, Moritz F.; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Stoll, Monika; Tavazzi, Luigi; Themistoclakis, Sakis; Tse, Hung Fat; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Vardas, Panagiotis E.; Varpula, Timo; Vincent, Alphons; Werring, David; Willems, Stephan; Ziegler, Andre; Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Camm, A. John

    2016-01-01

    At least 30 million people worldwide carry a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), and many more suffer from undiagnosed, subclinical, or 'silent' AF. Atrial fibrillation-related cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular deaths, heart failure, stroke, and hospitalizations,

  16. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation occurs often in cryptogenic ischaemic stroke

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    Christensen, L M; Krieger, D W; Højberg, S

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke fourfold and is associated with a poor clinical outcome. Despite work-up in compliance with guidelines, up to one-third of patients have cryptogenic stroke (CS). The prevalence of asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrilla......BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke fourfold and is associated with a poor clinical outcome. Despite work-up in compliance with guidelines, up to one-third of patients have cryptogenic stroke (CS). The prevalence of asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial...

  17. Dronedarone for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

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    Maund, E; McKenna, C; Sarowar, M; Fox, D; Stevenson, M; Pepper, C; Palmer, S; Woolacott, N

    2010-10-01

    This paper presents a summary of the evidence review group (ERG) report on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of dronedarone for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter based upon a review of the manufacturer's submission to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as part of the single technology appraisal process. The population considered in the submission were adult clinically stable patients with a recent history of or current non-permanent AF. Comparators were the current available anti-arrhythmic drugs: class 1c agents (flecainide and propafenone), sotalol and amiodarone. Outcomes were AF recurrence, all-cause mortality, stroke, treatment discontinuations (due to any cause or due to adverse events) and serious adverse events. The main evidence came from four phase III randomised controlled trials, direct and indirect meta-analyses from a systematic review, and a synthesis of the direct and indirect evidence using a mixed-treatment comparison. Overall, the results from the different synthesis approaches showed that the odds of AF recurrence appeared statistically significantly lower with dronedarone and other anti-arrhythmic drugs than with non-active control, and that the odds of AF recurrence are statistically significantly higher for dronedarone than for amiodarone. However, the results for outcomes of all-cause mortality, stroke and treatment discontinuations and serious adverse events were all uncertain. A discrete event simulation model was used to evaluate dronedarone versus antiarrhythmic drugs and standard therapy alone. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of dronedarone was relatively robust and less than 20,000 pounds per quality-adjusted life-year. Exploratory work undertaken by the ERG identified that the main drivers of cost-effectiveness were the benefits assigned to dronedarone for all-cause mortality and stroke. Dronedarone is not cost-effective relative to its comparators when

  18. Advances in Imaging for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Andrew D'Silva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the last fifteen years, our understanding of the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF has paved the way for ablation to be utilized as an effective treatment option. With the aim of gaining more detailed anatomical representation, advances have been made using various imaging modalities, both before and during the ablation procedure, in planning and execution. Options have flourished from procedural fluoroscopy, electroanatomic mapping systems, preprocedural computed tomography (CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, ultrasound, and combinations of these technologies. Exciting work is underway in an effort to allow the electrophysiologist to assess scar formation in real time. One advantage would be to lessen the learning curve for what are very complex procedures. The hope of these developments is to improve the likelihood of a successful ablation procedure and to allow more patients access to this treatment.

  19. Attitudes Towards Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Vadmann, Henrik; Pedersen, Susanne S; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important but expensive procedure that is the subject of some debate. Physicians´ attitudes towards catheter ablation may influence promotion and patient acceptance. This is the first study to examine the attitudes of Danish...... cardiologists towards catheter ablation for AF, using a nationwide survey. METHODS AND RESULTS: We developed a purpose-designed questionnaire to evaluate attitudes towards catheter ablation for AF that was sent to all Danish cardiologists (n = 401; response n = 272 (67.8%)). There was no association between...... attitudes towards ablation and the experience or age of the cardiologist with respect to patients with recurrent AF episodes with a duration of 7 days and/or need for cardioversion. The majority (69%) expected a recurrence of AF after catheter ablation in more than 30% of the cases...

  20. Yield of atrial fibrillation detection with Textile Wearable Holter from the acute phase of stroke: Pilot study of Crypto-AF registry.

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    Pagola, Jorge; Juega, Jesus; Francisco-Pascual, Jaume; Moya, Angel; Sanchis, Mireia; Bustamante, Alejandro; Penalba, Anna; Usero, Maria; Cortijo, Elisa; Arenillas, Juan F; Calleja, Ana I; Sandin-Fuentes, Maria; Rubio, Jeronimo; Mancha, Fernando; Escudero-Martinez, Irene; Moniche, Francisco; de Torres, Reyes; Pérez-Sánchez, Soledad; González-Matos, Carlos E; Vega, Ángela; Pedrote, Alonso A; Arana-Rueda, Eduardo; Montaner, Joan; Molina, Carlos A

    2018-01-15

    We describe the feasibility of monitoring with a Textile Wearable Holter (TWH) in patients included in Crypto AF registry. We monitored cryptogenic stroke patients from stroke onset (<3days) continuously during 28days. We employed a TWH composed by a garment and a recorder. We compared two garments (Lead and Vest) to assess rate of undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation (AF) detection, monitoring compliance, comfortability (1 to 5 points), skin lesions, and time analyzed. We describe the timing of AF detection in three periods (0-3, 4-15 and 16-28days). The rate of undiagnosed AF detection with TWH was 21.9% (32 out of 146 patients who completed the monitoring). Global time compliance was 90% of the time expected (583/644h). The level of comfortability was 4 points (IQR 3-5). We detected reversible skin lesions in 5.47% (8/146). The comfortability was similar but time compliance (in hours) was longer in Vest group 591 (IQR [521-639]) vs. Lead 566 (IQR [397-620]) (p=0.025). Also, time analyzed was more prolonged in Vest group 497 (IQR [419-557]) vs. Lead (336h (IQR [140-520]) (p=0.001)). The incidence of AF increases from 5.6% (at 3days) to 17.5% (at 15th day) and up to 20.9% (at 28th day). The percentage of AF episodes detected only in each period was 12.5% (0-3days); 21.7% (4-15days) and 19% (16-28days). 28days Holter monitoring from the acute phase of the stroke was feasible with TWH. Following our protocol, only five patients were needed to screen to detected one case of AF. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Atrial defibrillation threshold in humans minutes after atrial fibrillation induction; "A stitch in time saves nine".

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    Vardas, P E; Manios, E G; Kanoupakis, E M; Dermitzaki, D N; Mavrakis, H E; Kallergis, E M

    2001-09-01

    To assess the effects of atrial fibrillation duration on the defibrillation threshold in atrial fibrillation patients seconds or minutes after initiation of the arrhythmia. Nineteen patients with recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation were evaluated. After programmed induction of atrial fibrillation, the defibrillation threshold was assessed after two sequential periods of arrhythmia in the same patient: an "ultrashort" period of 30 s duration and a "short" period, which lasted 10 min. After the specified period, internal cardioversion was attempted using a balloon-guided catheter that allows the delivery of biphasic shocks between one electrode array placed in the left pulmonary artery and a proximal electrode array on the lateral right atrial wall. The defibrillation threshold was assessed with energy steps of 0.5 J with a starting level of 0.5 J. Mean time from induction to successful defibrillation was 92+/-30 s after the "ultrashort" period of atrial fibrillation and 910+/-86 s after the short period. The defibrillation threshold was significantly greater after 10 min of atrial fibrillation than after 30 s of arrhythmia (2.32+/-0.61 J vs 1.31+/-0.66 J, Pdefibrillation threshold. Prolongation of atrial fibrillation over minutes in patients with paroxysmal arrhythmia increases the energy requirements for successful defibrillation. Copyright 2001 The European Society of Cardiology.

  2. Dronedarone in high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Connolly, Stuart J; Camm, A John; Halperin, Jonathan L

    2011-01-01

    Dronedarone restores sinus rhythm and reduces hospitalization or death in intermittent atrial fibrillation. It also lowers heart rate and blood pressure and has antiadrenergic and potential ventricular antiarrhythmic effects. We hypothesized that dronedarone would reduce major vascular events in ...

  3. Caffeine and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter

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    Frost, Lars; Vestergaard, Peter

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It is not known whether the consumption of caffeine is associated with excess risk of atrial fibrillation. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter in association with daily consumption of caffeine from coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, and chocolate. DESIGN: We...... prospectively examined the association between the amount of caffeine consumed per day and the risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter among 47 949 participants (x age: 56 y) in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study. Subjects were followed in the Danish National Registry of Patients and in the Danish Civil...... Registration System. The consumption of caffeine was analyzed by quintiles with Cox proportional-hazard models. RESULTS: During follow-up (x: 5.7 y), atrial fibrillation or flutter developed in 555 subjects (373 men and 182 women). When the lowest quintile of caffeine consumption was used as a reference...

  4. Dabigatran use in Danish atrial fibrillation patients in 2011

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    Sørensen, Rikke; Gislason, Gunnar; Torp-Pedersen, Christian Tobias

    2013-01-01

    Objective: Dabigatran was recently approved for anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF); data regarding real-world use, comparative effectiveness and safety are sparse. Design: Pharmacoepidemiological cohort study. Methods/settings: From nationwide registers, we identified patie...

  5. Dronedarone in high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Connolly, Stuart J; Camm, A John; Halperin, Jonathan L

    2011-01-01

    Dronedarone restores sinus rhythm and reduces hospitalization or death in intermittent atrial fibrillation. It also lowers heart rate and blood pressure and has antiadrenergic and potential ventricular antiarrhythmic effects. We hypothesized that dronedarone would reduce major vascular events...

  6. YKL-40 levels and atrial fibrillation in the general population

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    Marott, Sarah C W; Benn, Marianne; Johansen, Julia S

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is associated with inflammation. In contrast to inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen produced in the liver, YKL-40 is produced at the site of inflammation including in the myocardium. We hypothesized that elevated plasma YKL-40 levels a...... individuals from the cross-sectional Copenhagen General Population Study including 337 cases with atrial fibrillation. A YKL-40 level >95% percentile (>204μg/L) versus 95% percentile versus...... associate with increased risk of atrial fibrillation. METHOD AND RESULTS: We measured plasma YKL-40 in 8731 participants from the prospective Copenhagen City Heart Study including 896 individuals who developed atrial fibrillation during up to 18years of follow-up. Additionally, we measured YKL-40 in 6621...

  7. Postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients with left atrial myxoma.

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    Sahin, Muslum; Tigen, Kursat; Dundar, Cihan; Ozben, Beste; Alici, Gokhan; Demir, Serdar; Kalkan, Mehmet Emin; Ozkan, Birol

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the factors associated with postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with left atrial (LA) myxoma. Thirty-six consecutive patients with LA myxoma (10 men, mean age: 49.3 ± 15.7 years), who were operated on between March 2010 and July 2012, were included in this retrospective study. Pre-operative electrocardiograms and echocardiographic examinations of each patient were reviewed. Postoperative AF developed in 10 patients, whereas there was no evidence of paroxysmal AF after resection of the LA myxoma in the remaining 26 patients. The patients who developed AF postoperatively were significantly older than those who did not develop AF (median: 61.5 vs 46 years; p = 0.009). Among the electrocardiographic parameters, only P-wave dispersion differed significantly between postoperative AF and non-AF patients (median: 57.6 vs 39.8 ms, p = 0.004). Logistic regression analysis revealed P- wave dispersion (OR: 1.11, 95% CI: 1.003-1.224, p = 0.043) and age (OR: 1.13, 95% CI: 1.001-1.278, p = 0.048) as independent predictors of postoperative AF in our cohort of patients. P-wave dispersion is a simple and useful parameter for the prediction of postoperative AF in patients with LA myxoma.

  8. Vascular disease and stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

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    Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Lane, Deirdre A

    2012-01-01

    Vascular disease (including myocardial infarction and peripheral artery disease) has been proposed as a less well-validated risk factor for stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. We investigated whether vascular disease is an independent risk factor of stroke/thromboembolism in atrial fibri...... fibrillation and whether adding vascular disease improves Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age 75 years, Diabetes, previous Stroke (CHADS(2)) risk stratification....

  9. Stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation with chronic kidney disease

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    Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Kamper, Anne-Lise

    2012-01-01

    Both atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease increase the risk of stroke and systemic thromboembolism. However, these risks, and the effects of antithrombotic treatment, have not been thoroughly investigated in patients with both conditions.......Both atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease increase the risk of stroke and systemic thromboembolism. However, these risks, and the effects of antithrombotic treatment, have not been thoroughly investigated in patients with both conditions....

  10. Comparative study of atrial fibrillation and AV conduction in mammals

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    Meijler, F L; van der Tweel, I

    1987-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is one ofthe most common cardiac arrhythmias in humans. It a1so occurs quite frequent1y in dogs and horses. Comparative study of this arrhythmia may contribute to better understanding of the pathophysiologica1 mechanisms involved. In this study, we present a quantitative analysis of atrial fibrillation in humans, dogs, horses, and in a kangaroo, making use of histograms and serial autocorrelograms of the ventricular rhythm with and without digitalis medication. Increase in...

  11. ANTITHROMBOTIC THERAPY IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: NEW DATA AND NEW HORIZONS

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    M. Yu. Gilyarov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available New data and perspectives of antithrombotic therapy are highlighted in patients with atrial fibrillation. Factors of warfarin therapy efficacy, as well as the possibility of new antithrombotic drugs are considered. Special attention are paid to the direct thrombin inhibitors — dabigatran. Possibilities and usage prospects of dabigatran in patients with atrial fibrillation are discussed in detail in the light of new results of RE-LY trial.

  12. ANTITHROMBOTIC THERAPY IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: NEW DATA AND NEW HORIZONS

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    M. Yu. Gilyarov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available New data and perspectives of antithrombotic therapy are highlighted in patients with atrial fibrillation. Factors of warfarin therapy efficacy, as well as the possibility of new antithrombotic drugs are considered. Special attention are paid to the direct thrombin inhibitors — dabigatran. Possibilities and usage prospects of dabigatran in patients with atrial fibrillation are discussed in detail in the light of new results of RE-LY trial.

  13. Relation of porphyria to atrial fibrillation.

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    Dhoble, Abhijeet; Patel, Mehul B; Abdelmoneim, Sahar S; Puttarajappa, Chethan; Abela, George S; Bhatt, Deepak L; Thakur, Ranjan K

    2009-08-01

    Porphyrias are a group of inherited disorders affecting enzymes in the heme biosynthesis pathway, leading to overproduction and/or accumulation of porphyrin or its precursors. Porphyrias have been associated with autonomic dysfunction, which in turn can develop atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to characterize the prevalence of AF and atrial flutter (AFl) in patients with porphyrias. A single-center retrospective cohort study was designed using data from chart reviews of patients who were admitted to the hospital from January 2000 to June 2008. Fifty-six distinct cases were found with a discharge diagnosis of porphyria including all its subtypes. From the same database, age- and gender-matched controls were identified using computer-generated random numbers. We selected 1 age- and gender-matched control for each case. Electrocardiograms and echocardiograms were reviewed by 2 independent reviewers. Only patients with available 12-lead electrocardiograms that showed AF/AFl were labeled with that diagnosis. All patients with a diagnosis of porphyria were included in the study irrespective of their age. Seven of 56 patients with porphyria met inclusion criteria, yielding a prevalence of AF/AFl of 12.5%. This association was significant (p = 0.028, relative risk 7.45, 95% confidence interval 1.01 to 66.14) compared with the age- and gender-matched control group (2%). In conclusion, our observations suggest that porphyria may be significantly associated with AF/AFl.

  14. Atrial Fibrillation Predictors: Importance of the Electrocardiogram.

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    German, David M; Kabir, Muammar M; Dewland, Thomas A; Henrikson, Charles A; Tereshchenko, Larisa G

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in adults and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Substantial interest has developed in the primary prevention of AF, and thus the identification of individuals at risk for developing AF. The electrocardiogram (ECG) provides a wealth of information, which is of value in predicting incident AF. The PR interval and P wave indices (including P wave duration, P wave terminal force, P wave axis, and other measures of P wave morphology) are discussed with regard to their ability to predict and characterize AF risk in the general population. The predictive value of the QT interval, ECG criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy, and findings of atrial and ventricular ectopy are also discussed. Efforts are underway to develop models that predict AF incidence in the general population; however, at present, little information from the ECG is included in these models. The ECG provides a great deal of information on AF risk and has the potential to contribute substantially to AF risk estimation, but more research is needed. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Atrial fibrillation decision support tool: Population perspective.

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    Eckman, Mark H; Costea, Alexandru; Attari, Mehran; Munjal, Jitender; Wise, Ruth E; Knochelmann, Carol; Flaherty, Matthew L; Baker, Pete; Ireton, Robert; Harnett, Brett M; Leonard, Anthony C; Steen, Dylan; Rose, Adam; Kues, John

    2017-12-01

    Appropriate thromboprophylaxis for patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter (AF) remains a national challenge. The recent availability of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) with comparable efficacy and improved safety compared with warfarin alters the balance between risk factors for stroke and benefit of anticoagulation. Our objective was to examine the impact of DOACs as an alternative to warfarin on the net benefit of oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) in a real-world population of AF patients. This is a retrospective cohort study of patients with paroxysmal or persistent nonvalvular AF. We updated an Atrial Fibrillation Decision Support Tool (AFDST) to include DOACs as treatment options. The tool generates patient-specific recommendations based upon individual patient risk factor profiles for stroke and major bleeding using quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) calculated for each treatment strategy by a decision analytic model. The setting included inpatient and ambulatory sites in an academic health center in the midwestern United States. The study involved 5,121 adults with nonvalvular AF seen for any ambulatory visit or inpatient hospitalization over the 1-year period (January through December 2016). Outcome measure was net clinical benefit in QALYs. When DOACs are a therapeutic option, the AFDST recommends OAT for 4,134 (81%) patients and no antithrombotic therapy or aspirin for 489 (9%). A strong recommendation for OAT could not be made in 498 (10%) patients. When warfarin is the only option, OAT is recommended for 3,228 (63%) patients and no antithrombotic therapy or aspirin for 973 (19%). A strong recommendation for OAT could not be made in 920 (18%) patients. In total, 1,508 QALYs could be gained if treatment were changed to that recommended by the AFDST. Availability of DOACs increases the proportion of patients for whom oral anticoagulation therapy is recommended in a real-world cohort of AF patients and increased projected QALYs by more than

  16. Amiodarone significantly decreases atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer.

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    Riber, Lars P; Christensen, Thomas D; Jensen, Henrik K; Hoejsgaard, Anette; Pilegaard, Hans K

    2012-08-01

    Postoperative atrial fibrillation occurs in 5% to 65% of patients undergoing thoracic surgery. Although postoperative atrial fibrillation often is regarded as a temporary, benign, operation-related problem, it is associated with a twofold to threefold increase in risk of adverse events, including transient or permanent stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and death. A total of 254 consecutively eligible enrolled patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer were included in this randomized, controlled, double-blinded trial. Patients received 300 mg of amiodarone or placebo intravenously over 20 minutes immediately after surgery and an oral dose of 600 mg of amiodarone or placebo twice daily during the first 5 postoperative days. The patients in the amiodarone prophylaxis group had a reduction in the risk of atrial fibrillation of 23% (12 to 31); number needed to treat was 4.4 (3.1 to 7.8). A total of 38 in the control group and 11 in the amiodarone group experienced atrial fibrillation (pamiodarone after an intravenous bolus infusion is a safe, practical, feasible, and effective regimen for patients with lung cancer undergoing surgery. It significantly reduced the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Remote magnetic catheter navigation versus conventional ablation in atrial fibrillation ablation: Fluoroscopy reduction

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    Paul Chun Yih Lim

    2017-06-01

    Conclusions: In radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation, RMN appears to significantly reduce fluoroscopy time compared with conventional MAN ablation, though at a cost of increased total procedural time, with comparable acute success rates and safety profile. A reduction in procedure and fluoroscopy times is possible with gaining experience.

  18. Cardiac ion channels and mechanisms for protection against atrial fibrillation

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    Grunnet, Morten; Bentzen, Bo Hjorth; Sørensen, Ulrik S

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is recognised as the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice. Ongoing drug development is aiming at obtaining atrial specific effects in order to prevent pro-arrhythmic, devastating ventricular effects. In principle, this is possible due to a different...

  19. Dabigatran versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Warfarin reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation but increases the risk of hemorrhage and is difficult to use. Dabigatran is a new oral direct thrombin inhibitor. METHODS: In this noninferiority trial, we randomly assigned 18,113 patients who had atrial

  20. Atrial Fibrillation in Embolic Stroke: Anticoagulant Therapy at UNTH ...

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    Objective: The decision to commence anticoagulation in a patient with embolic stroke and atrial fibrillation (AF) is often a difficult one for many clinicians. The result can have significant impact on the patient. This study was therefore undertaken to review the use of anticoagulation in embolic stroke in the setting of atrial ...

  1. New antiarrhythmic drugs for treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Dobrev, Dobromir; Nattel, Stanley

    2010-04-03

    Inadequacies in current therapies for atrial fibrillation have made new drug development crucial. Conventional antiarrhythmic drugs increase the risk of ventricular proarrhythmia. In drug development, the focus has been on favourable multichannel-blocking profiles, atrial-specific ion-channels, and novel non-channel targets (upstream therapy). Molecular modification of the highly effective multichannel blocker, amiodarone, to improve safety and tolerability has produced promising analogues such as dronedarone, although this drug seems less effective than does amiodarone. Vernakalant, an atrial-selective drug with reduced proarrhythmic risk, might be useful for cardioversion in atrial fibrillation. Ranolazine, another atrial-selective agent initially developed as an antianginal, has efficacy for atrial fibrillation and is being tested in prospective clinical trials. So-called upstream therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme and angiotensin-receptor inhibitors, statins, or omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil that target atrial remodelling could be effective, but need further clinical validation. We focus on the basic and clinical pharmacology of newly emerging antiarrhythmic drugs and non-traditional approaches such as upstream therapy for atrial fibrillation. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. A randomized, placebo-controlled study of vernakalant (oral) for the prevention of atrial fibrillation recurrence after cardioversion

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    Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Raev, Dimitar H; Dickinson, Garth

    2011-01-01

    Vernakalant, a relatively atrial-selective antiarrhythmic drug, has previously demonstrated efficacy for the acute conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm. This study was designed to determine the most appropriate oral dose of vernakalant for the prevention of AF recurrence...

  3. Atrial Na,K-ATPase increase and potassium dysregulation accentuate the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation

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    Tran, Cao Thach; Schmidt, Thomas Andersen; Christensen, John Brochorst

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation is a common complication to cardiac surgery. Na,K-ATPase is of major importance for the resting membrane potential and action potential. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the importance of Na,K-ATPase concentrations in human atrial...... biopsies and plasma potassium concentrations for the development of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Atrial myocardial biopsies were obtained from 67 patients undergoing open chest cardiac surgery. Na,K-ATPase was quantified using vanadate-facilitated 3H-ouabain binding. Plasma potassium concentration...... with postoperative atrial fibrillation. CONCLUSIONS: The present study supports the increasing evidence of dysregulation of the potassium homeostasis as an important factor in the development of cardiac arrhythmias. High atrial Na,K-ATPase and sudden plasma potassium concentration increase may contribute...

  4. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for adults with atrial fibrillation

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    Risom, Signe S.; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe; Johansen, Pernille P.

    2017-01-01

    Background: Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation may benefit adults with atrial fibrillation or those who had been treated for atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is caused by multiple micro re-entry circuits within the atrial tissue, which result in chaotic rapid activity in the atria....... Objectives: To assess the benefits and harms of exercise-based rehabilitation programmes, alone or with another intervention, compared with no-exercise training controls in adults who currently have AF, or have been treated for AF. Search methods: We searched the following electronic databases; CENTRAL...... and the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) in the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE Ovid, Embase Ovid, PsycINFO Ovid, Web of Science Core Collection Thomson Reuters, CINAHL EBSCO, LILACS Bireme, and three clinical trial registers on 14 July 2016. We also checked the bibliographies of relevant...

  5. Dronedarone: an emerging therapy for atrial fibrillation.

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    Rosei, Enrico Agabiti; Salvetti, Massimo

    2010-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia, with a prevalence ranging from 0.1% to 9.0% at different ages, and is associated with increased cardiovascular events and mortality. A significant increase in the prevalence of the disease is expected to occur in the coming years as a consequence of the aging of the population and advances in the management of coronary artery disease and heart failure. Effective rhythm control may be difficult to obtain in a significant proportion of patients with AF. The limited efficacy and the possible adverse effects of antiarrhythmic drugs has led researchers to focus their attention on new molecules, in a search of compounds with antiarrhythmic efficacy and a more favourable safety profile. Among several new drugs developed for the management of AF, dronedarone, a benzofuran derivative that shares many of the antiarrhythmic properties of amiodarone, but with a more favourable safety profile, seems particularly promising. The drug is noniodinated, has less lipophilicity, reaches therapeutic concentrations over a shorter period of time and has lower tissue accumulation. Dronedarone, similarly to amiodarone, exhibits electrophysiologic characteristics of all 4 Vaughan Williams classes. Clinical studies have shown that dronedarone effectively reduces ventricular rate, may prevent or delay the recurrence of AF, and may reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with AF or atrial flutter. The drug has an overall good safety profile, in particular with low pulmonary and thyroid toxicity. An important exception is represented by patients with unstable haemodynamic conditions, in which the use of dronedarone has been found to be associated with an increase in mortality. Dronedarone has been recently approved for clinical use by the Food and Drug Administration and by the European Medicines Agency. Further results from trials and clinical use will better define the efficacy and safety profile of dronedarone in AF compared

  6. Calcium signalling silencing in atrial fibrillation.

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    Greiser, Maura

    2017-06-15

    Subcellular calcium signalling silencing is a novel and distinct cellular and molecular adaptive response to rapid cardiac activation. Calcium signalling silencing develops during short-term sustained rapid atrial activation as seen clinically during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). It is the first 'anti-arrhythmic' adaptive response in the setting of AF and appears to counteract the maladaptive changes that lead to intracellular Ca(2+) signalling instability and Ca(2+) -based arrhythmogenicity. Calcium signalling silencing results in a failed propagation of the [Ca(2+) ]i signal to the myocyte centre both in patients with AF and in a rabbit model. This adaptive mechanism leads to a substantial reduction in the expression levels of calcium release channels (ryanodine receptors, RyR2) in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, and the frequency of Ca(2+) sparks and arrhythmogenic Ca(2+) waves remains low. Less Ca(2+) release per [Ca(2+) ]i transient, increased fast Ca(2+) buffering strength, shortened action potentials and reduced L-type Ca(2+) current contribute to a substantial reduction of intracellular [Na(+) ]. These features of Ca(2+) signalling silencing are distinct and in contrast to the changes attributed to Ca(2+) -based arrhythmogenicity. Some features of Ca(2+) signalling silencing prevail in human AF suggesting that the Ca(2+) signalling 'phenotype' in AF is a sum of Ca(2+) stabilizing (Ca(2+) signalling silencing) and Ca(2+) destabilizing (arrhythmogenic unstable Ca(2+) signalling) factors. Calcium signalling silencing is a part of the mechanisms that contribute to the natural progression of AF and may limit the role of Ca(2+) -based arrhythmogenicity after the onset of AF. © 2017 The Authors. The Journal of Physiology © 2017 The Physiological Society.

  7. β-Blockers on Discharge From Acute Atrial Fibrillation Are Associated With Decreased Mortality and Lower Cerebrovascular Accidents in Patients With Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction.

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    Abi Khalil, Charbel; Zubaid, Mohammad; Asaad, Nidal; Rashed, Wafa A; Hamad, Adel Khalifa; Singh, Rajvir; Al Suwaidi, Jassim

    2017-01-01

    The benefits of β-blockers in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are controversial. The Gulf Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Events was a prospective, multinational, observational registry of consecutive patients with AF recruited from the emergency department (ED). We studied the incidence of 6- and 12-month mortality, hospitalization for HF or AF, and stroke/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients with HFrEF, in relation to β-blockers on discharge from the ED or the subsequent hospital stay. Of the 344 patients with HFrEF and AF in the GULF-SAFE, 177 patients (53%) were discharged on β-blockers. Mortality was lower in those patients compared with the non-β-blockers group at 6 and 12 months (odds ratios [ORs] 0.31, 95% CI [0.16-0.61]; OR 0.30, 95% CI [0.16-0.55]; P = .001 for both, respectively), so was the risk of stroke/TIAs. However, hospitalizations for AF increased in the β-blockers group. Even after adjustment for several risk variables in 2 different models, the beneficial effect of β-blockers on mortality persisted, at the cost of more hospitalization for AF.

  8. Atrial fibrillation ablation using simultaneous multielectrode application of radiofrequeney energy.

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    Almeida, Sofia; Cavaco, Diogo; Adragao, Pedro; Candeias, Rui; Vieira, António Pinheiro; Santos, Katya Reis; Morgado, Francisco; Calé, Rita; Roque, Carla; Dionísio, Teresa; Bernardo, Ricardo; Silva, J Aniceto

    2010-01-01

    Despite technological advances in equipment for ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), conventional pulmonary vein (PV) isolation with point-by-point radiofrequency application encircling the PV ostia remains a complex procedure requiring a high degree of operator skill and experience. Novel multielectrode catheters have been developed that deliver duty-cycled bipolar and unipolar radiofrequency energy, designed for PV electrical isolation and for ablation of complex fractionated electrograms in the left atrium. Initial studies suggest good results, reducing procedure time and with safety and efficacy equivalent to the conventional method. We describe the first four cases of AF ablation in our center using this method, with acute success in two patients: one with paroxysmal AF and the other with chronic AF.

  9. Active Atrial Function and Atrial Scar Burden After Multiple Catheter Ablations of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Nührich, Jana M; Geisler, Anne C; Steven, Daniel; Hoffmann, Boris A; Schäffer, Benjamin; Lund, Gunnar; Stehning, Christian; Radunski, Ulf K; Sultan, Arian; Schwarzl, Michael; Adam, Gerhard; Willems, Stephan; Muellerleile, Kai

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    Extensive and repeated substrate modification (SM) is frequently performed as an ablation strategy in persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF). The effect of these extended ablation strategies on atrial function has not been investigated sufficiently so far. The purpose was to assess atrial function by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and its association with left atrial (LA) scar burden by electroanatomical voltage-mapping after multiple persAF ablation procedures. We included 16 persAF patients who had ≥2 SM procedures and a control group (CG) of 21 persAF patients without prior ablation. CMR was performed in sinus rhythm at least 4 weeks after the last cardioversion. Active left and right (RA) atrial emptying fractions (AEF) as well as peak active left atrial appendage (LAA) emptying velocities were obtained by CMR flow measurements. Furthermore, LA scar burden was quantified on electroanatomical voltage maps by the portion of points with local voltage amplitude scar burden to be higher (40 [20-68] vs nine [3-18] %, P scar burden after multiple extensive persAF ablations. ©2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Risk of Incident Atrial Fibrillation

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    Monrad, Maria; Sajadieh, Ahmad; Christensen, Jeppe Schultz

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia and associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The few studies conducted on short-term effects of air pollution on episodes of atrial fibrillation indicates a positive association, though not consistently...

  11. Clustering of RR intervals predicts effective electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

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    Van den Berg, MP; Van Noord, T; Brouwer, J; Haaksma, J; Van Veldhuisen, DJ; Crijns, HJGM; Van Gelder, IC

    Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation. Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is characterized by an irregularly irregular ("random") heart beat. However, controversy exists whether the ventricular rhythm in AF is truly random. We investigated randomness by constructing three-dimensional

  12. ERA OF NEW ANTICOAGULANTS IN THE TREATMENT OF NON-VALVULAR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

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    Z. M. Safiullina; S. V. Shalaev

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    ... (rivaroxaban, apixaban), in the treatment of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are presented. Effects of these drugs on cardiovascular events in atrial fibrillation are analyzed based on the results of various studies...

  13. ERA OF NEW ANTICOAGULANTS IN THE TREATMENT OF NON-VALVULAR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

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    Z. M. Safiullina; S. V. Shalaev

    2015-01-01

    ... (rivaroxaban, apixaban), in the treatment of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are presented. Effects of these drugs on cardiovascular events in atrial fibrillation are analyzed based on the results of various studies...

  14. Atrial Fibrillation: When the heart is not in rhythm | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

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    ... JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: When the heart is not in rhythm Past Issues / Winter ... problem. What were your first thoughts upon getting the diagnosis? At first I didn't think there ...

  15. Continuous vs episodic prophylactic treatment with amiodarone for the prevention of atrial fibrillation : a randomized trial

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    Ahmed, Sheba; Rienstra, Michiel; Crijns, Harry J. G. M.; Links, Thera P.; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Hillege, Hans L.; Bosker, Hans A.; Lok, Dirk J. A.; Van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

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    Context Amiodarone effectively suppresses atrial fibrillation but causes many adverse events. Objective To compare major events in patients randomized to receive episodic amiodarone treatment with those who received continuous amiodarone treatment while still aiming to prevent atrial fibrillation.

  16. Impaired autonomic function predicts dizziness at onset of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    van den Berg, MP; Hassink, RJ; Tuinenburg, AE; Lefrandt, JD; de Kam, PJ; Crijns, HJGM

    2001-01-01

    Background: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is associated with various symptoms, including dizziness, which presumably reflects hemodynamic deterioration. Given the importance of the autonomic nervous system in mitigating the hemodynamic effect of atrial fibrillation, we hypothesized that autonomic

  17. Radiofrequency catheter ablation maintains its efficacy better than antiarrhythmic medication in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Raatikainen, M J Pekka; Hakalahti, Antti; Uusimaa, Paavo

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The Medical ANtiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (MANTRA-PAF) is a randomized trial comparing radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) to antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) as first-line treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). In order...

  18. Long-term efficacy of catheter ablation as first-line therapy for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Johannessen, Arne; Raatikainen, Pekka

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    OBJECTIVE: The Medical ANtiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (MANTRA-PAF) trial compared radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) with antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) as first-line treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Endpoint...

  19. Atrial fibrillation and risk of stroke

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    Christiansen, Christine Benn; Gerds, Thomas A.; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring

    2016-01-01

    AIM: Although the relation between stroke risk factors and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has been extensively examined, only few studies have explored the association of AF and the risk of ischaemic stroke/systemic thromboembolism/transient ischaemic attack (stroke....../TE/TIA) in the presence of concomitant stroke risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: From nationwide registries, all persons who turned 50, 60, 70, or 80 from 1997 to 2011 were identified. Persons receiving warfarin were excluded. The absolute risk of stroke/TE/TIA was reported for a 5-year period, as was the absolute risk...... ratios for AF vs. no AF according to prior stroke and the number of additional risk factors. The study cohort comprised of 3 076 355 persons without AF and 48 189 with AF. For men aged 50 years, with no risk factors, the 5-year risk of stroke was 1.1% (95% confidence interval 1.1-1.1); with AF alone 2...

  20. Ranolazine for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Rosa, Gian Marco; Dorighi, Ulrico; Ferrero, Simone; Brunacci, Michele; Bertero, Giovanni; Brunelli, Claudio

    2015-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent occurrence with advancing age and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, the currently available AF therapies have a great deal of side effects. In this review, the authors discuss the evidence upon which the use of Ranolazine as an anti-arrhythmic drug is based. Specifically, the authors review the Phase I-III trials that studied ranolazine as potential treatment for AF. They also discuss the efficacy, safety, tolerability and side effects and compare the MERLIN TIMI 36, HARMONY and ROLE trials. Although ranolazine is considered an anti-angina drug, it may also be, according to the available data, used in patients with AF. Ranolazine has anti-AF efficacy, both alone or in combination with other drugs such as amiodarone and dronedarone. Indeed, its efficacy has been demonstrated in various settings such as the termination of paroxysmal AF, the facilitation of AF electrical cardioversion, and postoperative AF prevention. Although there is a great deal of evidence from pioneering experimental studies, the clinical evidence of the AF-suppressing effect of ranolazine is derived from studies with small sample size or from secondary analyses. A better understanding of the role of ranolazine as an anti-AF drug will be obtained through larger, prospective, placebo-controlled clinical trials in different populations.

  1. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, GD Rotterdam (Netherlands); Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia); Dill, Thorsten [Kerckhoff-Heart Center, Department of Cardiology, Bad Nauheim (Germany); Ristic, Arsen D.; Seferovic, Petar M. [Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia)

    2006-11-15

    Percutaneous ablation for electrical disconnection of the arrhythmogenic foci using various forms of energy has become a well-established technique for treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Success rate in preventing recurrence of AF episodes is high although associated with a significant incidence of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis and other rare complications. Clinical workup of AF patients includes imaging before and after ablative treatment using different noninvasive and invasive techniques such as conventional angiography, transoesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which offer different information with variable diagnostic accuracy. Evaluation before percutaneous ablation involves assessment of PVs (PV pattern, branching pattern, orientation and ostial size) to facilitate position and size of catheters and reduce procedure time as well as examining the left atrium (presence of thrombi, dimensions and volumes). Imaging after the percutaneous ablation is important for assessment of overall success of the procedure and revealing potential complications. Therefore, imaging methods enable depiction of PVs and the anatomy of surrounding structures essential for preprocedural management and early detection of PV stenosis and other ablation-related procedures, as well as long-term follow-up of these patients. (orig.)

  2. Chronic Atrial Fibrillation Ablation with Harmonic Scalpel during Mitral Valve Surgery

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    Alexandre Visconti Brick

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To evaluate surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with ultrasound in patients with mitral valve disease, considering preoperative clinical characteristics of patients undergoing surgical procedure and follow-up in the immediate postoperative period, in hospital and up to 60 months after discharge. Methods: We studied 100 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease who underwent surgical treatment using ultrasound ablation. Patient data were reviewed by consulting the control reports, including signs and symptoms, underlying disease, functional class, hospital stay, surgical procedure time, ablation time, immediate complications, and complications at discharged and up to 60 months later. Actuarial curve (Kaplan-Meier was used for the study of permanence without recurrence after 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 months. Results: 86% of the patients had rheumatic mitral valve disease, 14% had degeneration of the mitral valve, 40% had mitral regurgitation, and 36% had mitral stenosis. Main symptoms included palpitations related to tachycardia by chronic atrial fibrillation (70%, congestive heart failure (70%, and previous episodes of acute pulmonary edema (27%. Early results showed that 94% of the patients undergoing ultrasound ablation reversed the rate of chronic atrial fibrillation, 86% being in sinus rhythm and 8% in atrioventricular block. At hospital discharge, maintenance of sinus rhythm was observed in 86% of patients and there was recurrence of chronic atrial fibrillation in 8% of patients. At follow-up after 60 months, 83.8% of patients maintained the sinus rhythm. Conclusion: Surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with ultrasound concomitant with mitral valve surgery is feasible and satisfactory, with maintenance of sinus rhythm in most patients (83.8% after 60 months of follow-up.

  3. Excessive supraventricular ectopic activity and increased risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke

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    Binici, Zeynep; Intzilakis, Theodoros; Wendelboe Nielsen, Olav

    2010-01-01

    Prediction of stroke and atrial fibrillation in healthy individuals is challenging. We examined whether excessive supraventricular ectopic activity (ESVEA) correlates with risk of stroke, death, and atrial fibrillation in subjects without previous stroke or heart disease.......Prediction of stroke and atrial fibrillation in healthy individuals is challenging. We examined whether excessive supraventricular ectopic activity (ESVEA) correlates with risk of stroke, death, and atrial fibrillation in subjects without previous stroke or heart disease....

  4. Newer Anticoagulants for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

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    Joseph M. Harburger

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is a recognized risk factor for stroke and systemic embolism. It has been clearly established that warfarin reduces the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in persons with atrial fibrillation and additional risk factors for stroke. The use of warfarin, however, requires frequent monitoring, and there is great variability in patient response to warfarin. Warfarin interacts with several medications and foods. In addition, warfarin use portends a significant risk of bleeding. For these reasons, warfarin is frequently not prescribed to persons for whom the drug would provide a clear benefit. Over the past decade, attempts have been made to develop drugs that are at least as safe and effective as warfarin for the treatment of atrial fibrillation that do not require monitoring nor have as many interactions. Initial studies of compounds in this regard ultimately failed due to safety concerns, but over the past two years two novel agents have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Association for anticoagulation in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, another drug is under review, and additional compounds are being studied. This article will review the use of warfarin and these new agents in the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

  5. Atrial Fibrillation, Neurocognitive Decline and Gene Expression After Cardiopulmonary Bypass.

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    Dalal, Rahul S; Sabe, Ashraf A; Elmadhun, Nassrene Y; Ramlawi, Basel; Sellke, Frank W

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation and neurocognitive decline are common complications after cardiopulmonary bypass. By utilizing genomic microarrays we investigate whether gene expression is associated with postoperative atrial fibrillation and neurocognitive decline. Twenty one cardiac surgery patients were prospectively matched and underwent neurocognitive assessments pre-operatively and four days postoperatively. The whole blood collected in the pre-cardiopulmonary bypass, 6 hours after-cardiopulmonary bypass, and on the 4th postoperative day was hybridized to Affymetrix Gene Chip U133 Plus 2.0 Microarrays. Gene expression in patients who developed postoperative atrial fibrillation and neurocognitive decline (n=6; POAF+NCD) was compared with gene expression in patients with postoperative atrial fibrillation and normal cognitive function (n=5; POAF+NORM) and patients with sinus rhythm and normal cognitive function (n=10; SR+NORM). Regulated genes were identified using JMP Genomics 4.0 with a false discovery rate of 0.05 and fold change of >1.5 or cardiopulmonary bypass, and 34 named genes four days postoperatively (Pcardiopulmonary bypass may have differential genomic responses compared to normal patients and patients with only postoperative atrial fibrillation, suggesting common pathophysiology for these conditions. Further exploration of these genes may provide insight into the etiology and improvements of these morbid outcomes.

  6. Hybrid therapy in the management of atrial fibrillation.

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    Starek, Zdenk; Lehar, Frantisek; Jez, Jiri; Wolf, Jiri; Novák, Miroslav

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Because of the sub-optimal outcomes and associated risks of medical therapy as well as the recent advances in non-pharmacologic strategies, a multitude of combined (hybrid) algorithms have been introduced that improve efficacy of standalone therapies while maintaining a high safety profile. Antiarrhythmic administration enhances success rate of electrical cardioversion. Catheter ablation of antiarrhythmic drug-induced typical atrial flutter may prevent recurrent atrial fibrillation. Through simple ablation in the right atrium, suppression of atrial fibrillation may be achieved in patients with previously ineffective antiarrhythmic therapy. Efficacy of complex catheter ablation in the left atrium is improved with antiarrhythmic drugs. Catheter ablation followed by permanent pacemaker implantation is an effective and safe treatment option for selected patients. Additional strategies include pacing therapies such as atrial pacing with permanent pacemakers, preventive pacing algorithms, and/or implantable dual-chamber defibrillators are available. Modern hybrid strategies combining both epicardial and endocardial approaches in order to create a complex set of radiofrequency lesions in the left atrium have demonstrated a high rate of success and warrant further research. Hybrid therapy for atrial fibrillation reviews history of development of non-pharmacological treatment strategies and outlines avenues of ongoing research in this field.

  7. Dronedarone: an amiodarone analog for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

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    Dale, Krista M; White, C Michael

    2007-04-01

    To review the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy, and safety profile of dronedarone for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. A literature search was conducted using the search terms dronedarone, SR 33589, atrial fibrillation, and antiarrhythmic medication in MEDLINE (1966-February 2007), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970-February 2007), and EMBASE (1990-February 2007). References from the identified trials and selected review articles were evaluated. Additional information, including abstracts and posters, was obtained from Sanofi-Aventis. Published studies and meeting abstracts evaluating the effects of dronedarone in humans and animals were reviewed. Dronedarone is a novel antiarrhythmic medication to treat atrial fibrillation. Dronedarone has a multifaceted mechanism of action similar to that of amiodarone. Dronedarone works by blocking potassium, sodium, and calcium channels and exhibits antiadrenergic properties. The drug has been evaluated at doses of 400, 600, and 800 mg twice daily. It prolonged the time to atrial fibrillation recurrence to 60-158 days compared with 5-59 days with placebo and decreased heart rate during atrial fibrillation by 12-25 beats/min in clinical trials. Major adverse events include gastrointestinal side effects and risk of proarrhythmia. Dronedarone may increase the risk of mortality in patients with congestive heart failure. Dronedarone is a new antiarrhythmic agent for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Further studies are needed to better define dronedarone's safety profile and place in therapy.

  8. Atrial fibrillation associated with a thyroid stimulating hormone-secreting adenoma of the pituitary gland leading to a presentation of acute cardiac decompensation: A case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Hyperthyroidism is a well established cause of atrial fibrillation (AF. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone-secreting pituitary tumours are rare causes of pituitary hyperthyroidism. Whilst pituitary causes of hyperthyroidism are much less common than primary thyroid pathology, establishing a clear aetiology is critical in minimising complications and providing appropriate treatment. Measuring Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH alone to screen for hyperthyroidism may be insufficient to appropriately evaluate the thyroid status in such cases. Case presentation A 63-year-old Caucasian man, previously fit and well, presented with a five-day history of shortness of breath associated with wheeze and dry cough. He denied symptoms of hyperthyroidism and his family, social and past history were unremarkable. Initial investigation was in keeping with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF with fast ventricular response leading to cardiac decompensation. TSH 6.2 (Normal Range = 0.40 – 4.00 mU/L, Free T3 of 12.5 (4.00 – 6.8 pmol/L and Free T4 51(10–30 pmol/L. Heterophilic antibodies were ruled out. Testosterone was elevated at 43.10 (Normal range: 10.00 – 31.00 nmol/L with an elevated FSH, 18.1 (1.0–7.0 U/L and elevated LH, 12.4 (1.0–8.0 U/L. Growth Hormone, IGF-1 and prolactin were normal. MRI showed a 2.4 cm pituitary macroadenoma. Visual field tests showed a right inferotemporal defect. While awaiting neurosurgical removal of the tumour, the patient was commenced on antithyroid medication (carbimazole and maintained on this until successful trans-sphenoidal excision of the macroadenoma had been performed. AF persisted post-operatively, but was electrically cardioverted subsequently and he remains in sinus rhythm at twelve months follow-up off all treatment. Conclusion This case reiterates the need to evaluate thyroid function in all patients presenting with atrial fibrillation. TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas must be considered

  9. Determinants of Left Atrial Volume in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Full Text Available Left atrial (LA enlargement is an important risk factor for incident stroke and a key determinant for the success of rhythm control strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF. However, factors associated with LA volume in AF patients remain poorly understood.Patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were enrolled in this study. Real time 3-D echocardiography was performed in all participants and analyzed offline in a standardized manner. We performed stepwise backward linear regression analyses using a broad set of clinical parameters to determine independent correlates for 3-D LA volume.We included 210 patients (70.9% male, mean age 61±11years. Paroxysmal and persistent AF were present in 95 (45% and 115 (55% patients, respectively. Overall, 115 (55% had hypertension, 11 (5% had diabetes, and 18 (9% had ischemic heart disease. Mean indexed LA volume was 36±12ml/m2. In multivariable models, significant associations were found for female sex (β coefficient -10.51 (95% confidence interval (CI -17.85;-3.16, p = 0.0053, undergoing cardioversion (β 11.95 (CI 5.15; 18.74, p = 0.0006, diabetes (β 14.23 (CI 2.36; 26.10, p = 0.019, body surface area (BSA (β 34.21 (CI 19.30; 49.12, p<0.0001, glomerular filtration rate (β -0.21 (CI -0.36; -0.06, p = 0.0064 and plasma levels of NT-pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP (β 6.79 (CI 4.05; 9.52, p<0.0001, but not age (p = 0.59 or hypertension (p = 0.42. Our final model explained 52% of the LA volume variability.In patients with AF, the most important correlates with LA volume are sex, BSA, diabetes, renal function and NT-proBNP, but not age or hypertension. These results may help to refine rhythm control strategies in AF patients.

  10. Longstanding atrial fibrillation causes depletion of atrial natriuretic peptide in patients with advanced congestive heart failure

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    van den Berg, MP; de Kam, PJ; Boomsma, F; Crijns, HJGM; van Veldhuisen, DJ

    Background: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is characterized by neurohormonal activation, including increased plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and N-terminal ANP (N-ANP). Onset of atrial fibrillation (AF) further increases these peptides, but it may be hypothesized that

  11. The effects of rhythm control strategies versus rate control strategies for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

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    Sethi, Naqash J; Feinberg, Joshua; Nielsen, Emil E

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    strategies versus rate control strategies for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, Web of Science, BIOSIS, Google Scholar, clinicaltrials.gov, TRIP, EU-CTR, Chi-CTR, and ICTRP for eligible trials comparing any rhythm control strategy with any rate...

  12. Left Atrial Sphericity Index Predicts Early Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation After Direct-Current Cardioversion

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    Osmanagic, Armin; Möller, Sören; Osmanagic, Azra

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    BACKGROUND: Attempts to achieve rhythm control using direct-current cardioversion (DCC) are common in those with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Although often successful, AF recurs within 1 month in as many as 57% of patients. The aim of this study was to assess whether a baseline left atrial...

  13. Distinct increase in hematocrit associated with paroxysm of atrial fibrillation.

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    Okuno, S; Ashida, T; Ebihara, A; Sugiyama, T; Fujii, J

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    In a previous study we found that hemoconcentration, which was identified by an increase in hematocrit, occured during a paroxysm of atrial fibrillation. In the present study we investigated the changes in hematocrit from sinus rhythm to paroxysm in 10 patients who had multiple paroxysms of atrial fibrillation in order to assess the ranges of the changes in hematocrit among the paroxysms. In these patients hematocrit was measured simultaneously with electrocardiographic recording during 3 or more paroxysms and sinus rhythm just before each paroxysm. The changes in hematocrit varied among the paroxysms. The maximum increase in hematocrit in each patient ranged from 3.5 to 8.0 points with an average of 5.1 points. Such a distinct increase in hematocrit which abruptly develops with a paroxysm of atrial fibrillation may be a potential risk for thrombus formation.

  14. Impact of dronedarone in atrial fibrillation and flutter on stroke reduction

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    Christiansen, Christine Benn; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Køber, Lars

    2010-01-01

    Dronedarone has been developed for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL). It is an amiodarone analogue but noniodinized and without the same adverse effects as amiodarone.......Dronedarone has been developed for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL). It is an amiodarone analogue but noniodinized and without the same adverse effects as amiodarone....

  15. Aberrant sodium influx causes cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation in mice.

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    Wan, Elaine; Abrams, Jeffrey; Weinberg, Richard L; Katchman, Alexander N; Bayne, Joseph; Zakharov, Sergey I; Yang, Lin; Morrow, John P; Garan, Hasan; Marx, Steven O

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    Increased sodium influx via incomplete inactivation of the major cardiac sodium channel Na(V)1.5 is correlated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in humans. Here, we sought to determine whether increased sodium entry is sufficient to cause the structural and electrophysiological perturbations that are required to initiate and sustain AF. We used mice expressing a human Na(V)1.5 variant with a mutation in the anesthetic-binding site (F1759A-Na(V)1.5) and demonstrated that incomplete Na+ channel inactivation is sufficient to drive structural alterations, including atrial and ventricular enlargement, myofibril disarray, fibrosis and mitochondrial injury, and electrophysiological dysfunctions that together lead to spontaneous and prolonged episodes of AF in these mice. Using this model, we determined that the increase in a persistent sodium current causes heterogeneously prolonged action potential duration and rotors, as well as wave and wavelets in the atria, and thereby mimics mechanistic theories that have been proposed for AF in humans. Acute inhibition of the sodium-calcium exchanger, which targets the downstream effects of enhanced sodium entry, markedly reduced the burden of AF and ventricular arrhythmias in this model, suggesting a potential therapeutic approach for AF. Together, our results indicate that these mice will be important for assessing the cellular mechanisms and potential effectiveness of antiarrhythmic therapies.

  16. Increasing Prevalence of Atrial Fibrillation and Permanent Atrial Arrhythmias in Congenital Heart Disease.

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    Labombarda, Fabien; Hamilton, Robert; Shohoudi, Azadeh; Aboulhosn, Jamil; Broberg, Craig S; Chaix, Marie A; Cohen, Scott; Cook, Stephen; Dore, Annie; Fernandes, Susan M; Fournier, Anne; Kay, Joseph; Macle, Laurent; Mondésert, Blandine; Mongeon, François-Pierre; Opotowsky, Alexander R; Proietti, Anna; Rivard, Lena; Ting, Jennifer; Thibault, Bernard; Zaidi, Ali; Khairy, Paul

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    Atrial arrhythmias are the most common complication encountered in the growing and aging population with congenital heart disease. This study sought to assess the types and patterns of atrial arrhythmias, associated factors, and age-related trends. A multicenter cohort study enrolled 482 patients with congenital heart disease and atrial arrhythmias, age 32.0 ± 18.0 years, 45.2% female, from 12 North American centers. Qualifying arrhythmias were classified by a blinded adjudicating committee. The most common presenting arrhythmia was intra-atrial re-entrant tachycardia (IART) (61.6%), followed by atrial fibrillation (28.8%), and focal atrial tachycardia (9.5%). The proportion of arrhythmias due to IART increased with congenital heart disease complexity from 47.2% to 62.1% to 67.0% in patients with simple, moderate, and complex defects, respectively (p = 0.0013). Atrial fibrillation increased with age to surpass IART as the most common arrhythmia in those ≥50 years of age (51.2% vs. 44.2%; p heart disease, with a predominantly paroxysmal pattern. However, atrial fibrillation increases in prevalence and atrial arrhythmias progressively become permanent as the population ages. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Aortic stiffness in lone atrial fibrillation: a novel risk factor for arrhythmia recurrence.

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    Dennis H Lau

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Recent community-based research has linked aortic stiffness to the development of atrial fibrillation. We posit that aortic stiffness contributes to adverse atrial remodeling leading to the persistence of atrial fibrillation following catheter ablation in lone atrial fibrillation patients, despite the absence of apparent structural heart disease. Here, we aim to evaluate aortic stiffness in lone atrial fibrillation patients and determine its association with arrhythmia recurrence following radio-frequency catheter ablation. METHODS: We studied 68 consecutive lone atrial fibrillation patients who underwent catheter ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation and 50 healthy age- and sex-matched community controls. We performed radial artery applanation tonometry to obtain central measures of aortic stiffness: pulse pressure, augmentation pressure and augmentation index. Following ablation, arrhythmia recurrence was monitored at months 3, 6, 9, 12 and 6 monthly thereafter. RESULTS: Compared to healthy controls, lone atrial fibrillation patients had significantly elevated peripheral pulse pressure, central pulse pressure, augmentation pressure and larger left atrial dimensions (all P<0.05. During a mean follow-up of 2.9±1.4 years, 38 of the 68 lone atrial fibrillation patients had atrial fibrillation recurrence after initial catheter ablation procedure. Neither blood pressure nor aortic stiffness indices differed between patients with and without atrial fibrillation recurrence. However, patients with highest levels (≥75(th percentile of peripheral pulse pressure, central pulse pressure and augmentation pressure had higher atrial fibrillation recurrence rates (all P<0.05. Only central aortic stiffness indices were associated with lower survival free from atrial fibrillation using Kaplan-Meier analysis. CONCLUSION: Aortic stiffness is an important risk factor in patients with lone atrial fibrillation and contributes to higher atrial

  18. Atrial fibrillation after taser exposure in a previously healthy adolescent.

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    Multerer, Sara; Berkenbosch, John W; Das, Bibhuti; Johnsrude, Christopher

    2009-12-01

    We are reporting a previously healthy adolescent who developed atrial fibrillation after being tased. He has a structurally normal heart on echocardiogram, normal electrolyte level and thyroid function test results, and a urine toxicology screen positive for marijuana. The patient ultimately required external defibrillation to convert his cardiac rhythm to normal sinus rhythm and has had no recurrent arrhythmias since hospital discharge (approximately 1 year). This is the first reported case of atrial fibrillation developing after a Taser shot, occurring in an adolescent without other risk factors. This case illustrates the arrhythmogenic potential of a Taser in otherwise healthy young individuals, and further study of occurrence of Taser-induced arrhythmias is warranted.

  19. Depression in atrial fibrillation in the general population.

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    Renate B Schnabel

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Initial evidence suggests that depressive symptoms are more frequent in patients with atrial fibrillation. Data from the general population are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 10,000 individuals (mean age 56±11 years, 49.4% women of the population-based Gutenberg Health Study we assessed depression by the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9 and a history of depression in relation to manifest atrial fibrillation (n = 309 cases. The median (25th/75th percentile PHQ-9 score of depressive symptoms was 4 (2/6 in atrial fibrillation individuals versus 3 (2/6 individuals without atrial fibrillation, P(X2-Test = 0.32. Multivariable regression analyses of the severity of depressive symptoms in relation to atrial fibrillation in cardiovascular risk factor adjusted models revealed a relation of PHQ-9 values and atrial fibrillation (odds ratio (OR 1.04, 95% confidence interval (CI 1.01-1.08; P = 0.023. The association was stronger for the somatic symptom dimension of depression (OR 1.08, 95% CI 1.02-1.15; P = 0.0085 than for cognitive symptoms (OR 1.05, 95% CI 0.98-1.11; P = 0.15. Results did not change markedly after additional adjustment for heart failure, partnership status or the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein. Both, self-reported physical health status, very good/good versus fair/bad, (OR 0.54, 95% CI 0.41-0.70; P<0.001 and mental health status (OR 0.61 (0.46-0.82; P = 0.0012 were associated with atrial fibrillation in multivariable-adjusted models. CONCLUSIONS: In a population-based sample we observed a higher burden of depressive symptoms driven by somatic symptom dimensions in individuals with atrial fibrillation. Depression was associated with a worse perception of physical or mental health status. Whether screening and treatment of depressive symptoms modulates disease progression and outcome needs to be shown.

  20. Managing atrial fibrillation in the elderly: critical appraisal of dronedarone

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Paula Trigo, Gregory W FischerDepartment of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USAAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly seen arrhythmia in the geriatric population and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Treatment of the elderly with atrial fibrillation remains challenging for physicians, because this unique subpopulation is characterized by multiple comorbidities requiring chronic use of numerous medications, which can potentially lead to severe drug interactions. Furthermore, age-related changes in the cardiovascular system as well as other physiological changes result in altered drug pharmacokinetics. Dronedarone is a new drug recently approved for the treatment of arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter. Dronedarone is a benzofuran amiodarone analog which lacks the iodine moiety and contains a methane sulfonyl group that decreases its lipophilicity. These differences in chemical structure are responsible for making dronedarone less toxic than amiodarone which, in turn, results in fewer side effects. Adverse events for dronedarone include gastrointestinal side effects and rash. No dosage adjustments are required for patients with renal impairment. However, the use of dronedarone is contraindicated in the presence of severe hepatic dysfunction.Keywords: atrial fibrillation, elderly, antiarrhythmic agents, amiodarone, dronedarone

  1. Dronedarone for atrial fibrillation: How does it compare with amiodarone?

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    Penugonda, Neelima; Mohmand-Borkowski, Adam; Burke, James F

    2011-03-01

    Dronedarone (Multaq), an analogue of amiodarone (Cordarone), was designed to cause fewer adverse effects than the parent compound. Studies have indeed shown dronedarone to be safer than amiodarone, but less effective. Its official indication is to reduce the risk of hospitalization in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter and other cardiovascular risk factors, reflecting the parameters of its effectiveness in clinical trials.

  2. Hybrid Therapy in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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    St?rek, Zden?k; Lehar, Franti?ek; Je?, Ji??; Wolf, Ji??; Nov?k, Miroslav

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Because of the sub-optimal outcomes and associated risks of medical therapy as well as the recent advances in non-pharmacologic strategies, a multitude of combined (hybrid) algorithms have been introduced that improve efficacy of standalone therapies while maintaining a high safety profile. Antiarrhythmic administration enhances success rate of electrical cardioversion. Catheter ablation of antiarrhythmic drug-induced typical atrial...

  3. Effect of Early Direct Current Cardioversion on the Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

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    Osmanagic, Armin; Möller, Sören; Osmanagic, Azra

    2015-01-01

    In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), the sinus rhythm (SR) can be restored by direct current cardioversion (DCC), although the recurrence of AF after successful DCC is common. We examined whether transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided early DCC, compared with the conventio......In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), the sinus rhythm (SR) can be restored by direct current cardioversion (DCC), although the recurrence of AF after successful DCC is common. We examined whether transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided early DCC, compared...

  4. Recent advances in the molecular pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation

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    Wakili, Reza; Voigt, Niels; Kääb, Stefan; Dobrev, Dobromir; Nattel, Stanley

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an extremely common cardiac rhythm disorder that causes substantial morbidity and contributes to mortality. The mechanisms underlying AF are complex, involving both increased spontaneous ectopic firing of atrial cells and impulse reentry through atrial tissue. Over the past ten years, there has been enormous progress in understanding the underlying molecular pathobiology. This article reviews the basic mechanisms and molecular processes causing AF. We discuss the ways in which cardiac disease states, extracardiac factors, and abnormal genetic control lead to the arrhythmia. We conclude with a discussion of the potential therapeutic implications that might arise from an improved mechanistic understanding. PMID:21804195

  5. Atrial and ventricular volume and function in persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation, a magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Therkelsen, Susette Krohn; Groenning, Bjoern Aaris; Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup

    2005-01-01

    Left atrial size is independently related to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and atrial fibrillation (AF) is strongly associated with atrial size. Our aims were to report atrial and ventricular dimensions in patients with AF evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to assess t...

  6. Apixaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Granger, C.B.; Alexander, J.H.; McMurray, J.J.; Lopes, R.D.; Hylek, E.M.; Hanna, M.; Al-Khalidi, H.R.; Ansell, J.; Atar, D.; Avezum, A.; Bahit, M.C.; Diaz, R.; Easton, J.D.; Ezekowitz, J.A.; Flaker, G.; Garcia, D.; Geraldes, M.; Gersh, B.J.; Golitsyn, S.; Goto, S.; Hermosillo, A.G.; Hohnloser, S.H.; Horowitz, J.; Mohan, P.; Jansky, P.; Lewis, B.S.; Lopez-Sendon, J.L.; Pais, P.; Parkhomenko, A.; Verheugt, F.W.A.; Zhu, J.; Wallentin, L.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Vitamin K antagonists are highly effective in preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation but have several limitations. Apixaban is a novel oral direct factor Xa inhibitor that has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke in a similar population in comparison with aspirin.

  7. Postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients on statins undergoing ...

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    Conclusion: Although this meta-analysis suggests that chronic statin therapy did not prevent postoperative AF in unselected valvular heart surgical patients, the heterogeneity indicates that this outcome should be viewed with caution and further research is recommended. Keywords: atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, statins ...

  8. Atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery: Possibilities of prevention

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    Obrenović-Kirćanski Biljana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation occurs as a frequent complication after cardiac interventions. It can be found in 5% of all surgical patients, and it is far more common in cardiac (10% - 65% of patients than in non-cardiac procedures. In a number of patients it remains asymptomatic, but may be accompanied by very severe symptoms of hypotension, heart failure, syncope, systemic or pulmonary embolism, perioperative myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular insult and increased operative mortality. Patients whose postoperative course is complicated by atrial fibrillation require longer hospitalization. Possible predisposing factors of this arrhythmia are numerous and are associated with surgery, extensive coronary heart disease and revascularization, and preoperative diseases. According to the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology orally applied beta-blocker, amiodarone and sotalol can be used for prophylaxis of atrial fibrillation. Following the recommendations, treatment of postoperative atrial fibrillation should include beta-blockers, amiodarone, and in patients with heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction, digoxin. Due to the increased risk of stroke, an anticoagulant protection is necessary. Many studies have been conducted with results supporting the prophylactic use of amiodarone and beta-blockers, while the treatment with new agents such as magnesium, statins, omega-3 fatty acids and inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is still being investigated.

  9. Lenient versus Strict Rate Control in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Groenveld, Hessel F.; Crijns, Harry J. G. M.; Tuininga, Ype S.; Tijssen, Jan G. P.; Alings, A. Marco; Hillege, Hans L.; Bergsma-Kadijk, Johanna A.; Cornel, Jan H.; Kamp, Otto; Tukkie, Raymond; Bosker, Hans A.; Van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Van den Berg, Maarten P.

    2010-01-01

    Background: Rate control is often the therapy of choice for atrial fibrillation. Guidelines recommend strict rate control, but this is not based on clinical evidence. We hypothesized that lenient rate control is not inferior to strict rate control for preventing cardiovascular morbidity and

  10. Ventricular rate control of atrial fibrillation in heart failure

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    Rienstra, Michiel; Van Gelder, Isabelle C

    2013-01-01

    In the last few years, there has been a major shift in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the setting of hear failure (HF), from rhythm to ventricular rate control in most patients with both conditions. In this article, the authors focus on ventricular rate control and discuss the

  11. Atrial fibrillation: An analysis of etiology and management pattern in ...

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    Hypertensive heart disease was the diagnosis in forty patients [58.82%], dilated cardiomyopathy in thirteen [19.2%], rheumatic heart disease in ten [14.71%], thyrotoxicosis in three [4.41%], one each due to endomyocardial fibrosis [EMF] and Cor pulmonale. Ten patients (14.71%) had valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) while most ...

  12. Comparative study of atrial fibrillation and AV conduction in mammals

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    Meijler, F.L.; Tweel, I. van der

    1987-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is one ofthe most common cardiac arrhythmias in humans. It a1so occurs quite frequent1y in dogs and horses. Comparative study of this arrhythmia may contribute to better understanding of the pathophysiologica1 mechanisms involved. In this study, we present a quantitative

  13. Edoxaban versus Warfarin in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    2013-01-01

    BackgroundEdoxaban is a direct oral factor Xa inhibitor with proven antithrombotic effects. The long-term efficacy and safety of edoxaban as compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation is not known. MethodsWe conducted a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trial comparing two

  14. Management of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure

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    Neuberger, Hans-Ruprecht; Mewis, Christian; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Schotten, Ulrich; van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Allessie, Maurits A.; Boehm, Michael

    2007-01-01

    Atrial. fibrillation (AF) and chronic heart failure (CHF) are two major and even growing cardiovascular conditions that often coexist. However, few data are available to guide treatment of AF in patients with CHF. This review summarizes current literature concerning the following topics: (i)

  15. Prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation in asymptomatic aortic stenosis

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    Greve, Anders; Gerdts, Eva; Boman, Kurt

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The frequency and prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic mild-to-moderate aortic stenosis (AS) has not been well described. METHODS: Clinical examination, electrocardiography and echocardiography were obtained in asymptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate A...

  16. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    H. Lin (Honghuang); M. Mueller-Nurasyid; A.V. Smith (Albert Vernon); D.E. Arking (Dan); J. Barnard (John); T.M. Bartz (Traci M.); K.L. Lunetta (Kathryn); K. Lohman (Kurt); M.E. Kleber (Marcus); S.A. Lubitz (Steven); Geelhoed, B. (Bastiaan); S. Trompet (Stella); M.N. Niemeijer (Maartje); T. Kacprowski (Tim); D.I. Chasman (Daniel); Klarin, D. (Derek); M.F. Sinner (Moritz); M. Waldenberger (Melanie); T. Meitinger (Thomas); T.B. Harris (Tamara); L.J. Launer (Lenore); E.Z. Soliman (Elsayed Z.); L. Chen (Lin); J.D. Smith (Jonathan); D.R. van Wagoner (David); Rotter, J.I. (Jerome I.); B.M. Psaty (Bruce); Xie, Z. (Zhijun); A.E. Hendricks (Audrey E.); Ding, J. (Jingzhong); G.E. Delgado (Graciela E.); N. Verweij (Niek); P. van der Harst (Pim); P.W. MacFarlane (Peter); I. Ford (Ian); A. Hofman (Albert); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); J. Heeringa (Jan); O.H. Franco (Oscar); J.A. Kors (Jan); Weiss, S. (Stefan); H. Völzke (Henry); L.M. Rose (Lynda); Natarajan, P. (Pradeep); S. Kathiresan (Sekar); S. Kääb (Stefan); V. Gudnason (Vilmundur); A. Alonso (Alvaro); M.K. Chung (Mina); S.R. Heckbert (Susan); E.J. Benjamin (Emelia); Y. Liu (Yongmei); W. März (Winfried); S.A. Rienstra; J.W. Jukema (Jan Wouter); B.H.Ch. Stricker (Bruno); M. Dörr (Marcus); C.M. Albert (Christine); P.T. Ellinor (Patrick)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractAtrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility.

  17. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lin, Honghuang; Mueller-Nurasyid, Martina; Smith, Albert V.; Arking, Dan E.; Barnard, John; Bartz, Traci M.; Lunetta, Kathryn L.; Lohman, Kurt; Kleber, Marcus E.; Lubitz, Steven A.; Geelhoed, Bastiaan; Trompet, Stella; Niemeijer, Maartje N.; Kacprowski, Tim; Chasman, Daniel I.; Klarin, Derek; Sinner, Moritz F.; Waldenberger, Melanie; Meitinger, Thomas; Harris, Tamara B.; Launer, Lenore J.; Soliman, Elsayed Z.; Chen, Lin Y.; Smith, Jonathan D.; Van Wagoner, David R.; Rotter, Jerome I.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Xie, Zhijun; Hendricks, Audrey E.; Ding, Jingzhong; Delgado, Graciela E.; Verweij, Niek; van der Harst, Pim; Macfarlane, Peter W.; Ford, Ian; Hofman, Albert; Uitterlinden, Andre; Heeringa, Jan; Franco, Oscar H.; Kors, Jan A.; Weiss, Stefan; Volzke, Henry; Rose, Lynda M.; Natarajan, Pradeep; Kathiresan, Sekar; Kaab, Stefan; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Alonso, Alvaro; Chung, Mina K.; Heckbert, Susan R.; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Liu, Yongmei; Marz, Winfried; Rienstra, Michiel; Jukema, J. Wouter; Stricker, Bruno H.; Dorr, Marcus; Albert, Christine M.; Ellinor, Patrick T.

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility. We performed

  18. Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Using Energy Sources.

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    Brick, Alexandre Visconti; Braile, Domingo Marcolino

    2015-01-01

    Surgical ablation, concomitant with other operations, is an option for treatment in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation. The aim of this study is to present a literature review on surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, considering energy sources and return to sinus rhythm. A comprehensive survey was performed in the literature on surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation considering energy sources, sample size, study type, outcome (early and late), and return to sinus rhythm. Analyzing studies with immediate results (n=5), the percentage of return to sinus rhythm ranged from 73% to 96%, while those with long-term results (n=20) (from 12 months on) ranged from 62% to 97.7%. In both of them, there was subsequent clinical improvement of patients who underwent ablation, regardless of the energy source used. Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation is essential for the treatment of this arrhythmia. With current technology, it may be minimally invasive, making it mandatory to perform a procedure in an attempt to revert to sinus rhythm in patients requiring heart surgery.

  19. Outcomes Associated With Familial Versus Nonfamilial Atrial Fibrillation

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    Gundlund, A.; Olesen, J. B.; Staerk, L.

    2016-01-01

    Background-We examined all-cause mortality and long-term thromboembolic risk (ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, systemic thromboembolism) in patients with and without familial atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods and Results-Using Danish nationwide registry data, we identified all patients...

  20. MRI screening for chronic anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

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    Mark eFisher

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Anticoagulation is highly effective in preventing stroke due to atrial fibrillation, but numerous studies have demonstrated low utilization of anticoagulation for these patients. Assessment of clinicians’ attitudes on this topic indicate that fear of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH, rather than appreciation of anticoagulant benefits, largely drives clinical decision-making for treatment with anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation. Risk stratification strategies have been used for anticoagulation benefits and hemorrhage risk, but ICH is not specifically addressed in the commonly used hemorrhage risk stratification systems. Cerebral microbleeds are cerebral microscopic hemorrhages demonstrable by brain MRI, indicative of prior microhemorrhages, and predictive of future risk of ICH. Prevalence of cerebral microbleeds increases with age; and cross-sectional and limited prospective studies generally indicate that microbleeds confer substantial risk of ICH in patients treated with chronic anticoagulation. MRI thus is a readily available and appealing modality that can directly assess risk of future ICH in patients receiving anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation. Incorporation of MRI into routine practice is, however, fraught with difficulties, including the uncertain relationship between number and location of microbleeds and ICH risk, as well as cost-effectiveness of MRI. A proposed algorithm is provided, and relevant advantages and disadvantages are discussed. At present, MRI screening appears most appropriate for a subset of atrial fibrillation patients, such as those with intermediate stroke risk, and may provide reassurance for clinicians whose concerns for ICH tend to outweigh benefits of anticoagulation.

  1. Outcomes Associated With Familial Versus Nonfamilial Atrial Fibrillation

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    Gundlund, Anna; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring; Staerk, Laila

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We examined all-cause mortality and long-term thromboembolic risk (ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, systemic thromboembolism) in patients with and without familial atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Using Danish nationwide registry data, we identified all patients...

  2. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, quality of life and neuroticism

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    van den Berg, Maarten; Ranchor, A.V.; van Sonderen, F.L.; van Gelder, I.C.; van Veldhuisen, D.J.

    Background: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with significant impairment of quality of life (QoL), which is to a large extent independent of objective measures of disease severity. We sought to investigate the potential role of neuroticism in the impairment of QoL in patients with

  3. Radiofrequency ablation as initial therapy in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Walfridsson, H; Walfridsson, U; Nielsen, J Cosedis

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: The Medical ANtiarrhythmic Treatment or Radiofrequency Ablation in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (MANTRA-PAF) trial assessed the long-term efficacy of an initial strategy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) vs. antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) as first-line treatment for patients with PAF...

  4. Exposure-Based Therapy for Symptom Preoccupation in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Särnholm, Josefin; Skúladóttir, Helga; Rück, Christian

    2017-01-01

    with symptomatic paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial fibrillation who were assessed pre- and posttreatment and at 6-month follow-up. The CBT lasted 10 weeks and included exposure to physical sensations similar to AF symptoms, exposure to avoided situations or activities, and behavioral activation. We observed large...

  5. Quantifying Time in Atrial Fibrillation and the Need for Anticoagulation

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    Miyazawa, Kazuo; Pastori, Daniele; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the major cardiovascular diseases, and the number of patients with AF is predicted to increase markedly in the coming years. Despite recent advance in management of patients with AF, AF remains one of the main causes of stroke or systemic embolism. Application o...

  6. Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation associated with valvular heart disease

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Collet, Jean Philippe; Caterina, Raffaele de

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major worldwide public health problem, and AF in association with valvular heart disease (VHD) is also common. However, management strategies for this group of patients have been less informed by randomized trials, which have largely focused on 'non-valvular AF' pati...

  7. Effects on atrial fibrillation in aged hypertensive rats by Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel inhibition

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    Diness, Jonas Goldin; Skibsbye, Lasse; Jespersen, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    hypertensive rats were more vulnerable to AF induction both by S2 stimulation and burst pacing. Vehicle affected neither the atrial effective refractory period nor AF duration. SK channel inhibition with NS8593 and UCL1684 significantly increased the atrial effective refractory period and decreased AF duration......We have shown previously that inhibition of small conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK) channels is antiarrhythmic in models of acutely induced atrial fibrillation (AF). These models, however, do not take into account that AF derives from a wide range of predisposing factors, the most prevalent...... being hypertension. In this study we assessed the effects of two different SK channel inhibitors, NS8593 and UCL1684, in aging, spontaneously hypertensive rats to examine their antiarrhythmic properties in a setting of hypertension-induced atrial remodeling. Male spontaneously hypertensive rats...

  8. [Left atrial appendage in rheumatic mitral valve disease: The main source of embolism in atrial fibrillation].

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    García-Villarreal, Ovidio A; Heredia-Delgado, José A

    To demonstrate that surgical removal of the left atrial appendage in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation decreases the possibility of stroke. This also removes the need for long-term oral anticoagulation after surgery. A descriptive, prospective, observational study was conducted on 27 adult patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation, who had undergone mitral valve surgery and surgical removal of the left atrial appendage. Oral anticoagulation was stopped in the third month after surgery. The end-point was the absence of embolic stroke. An assessment was also made of postoperative embolism formation in the left atrium using transthoracic echocardiography. None of the patients showed embolic stroke after the third post-operative month. Only one patient exhibited transient ischaemic attack on warfarin therapy within the three postoperative months. Left atrial thrombi were also found in 11 (40.7%) cases during surgery. Of these, 6 (54.5%) had had embolic stroke, with no statistical significance (P=.703). This study suggests there might be signs that the left atrial appendage may be the main source of emboli in rheumatic mitral valve disease, and its resection could eliminate the risk of stroke in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2016 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  9. Cost-effectiveness of a specialized atrial fibrillation clinic vs. usual care in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Hendriks, Jeroen; Tomini, Florian; van Asselt, Thea; Crijns, Harry; Vrijhoef, Hubertus

    AIMS: A recent randomized controlled trial demonstrated significant reductions in cardiovascular hospitalizations and deaths with a nurse-led integrated chronic care approach in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with usual care. The aim of the present study is to assess

  10. Cost-effectiveness of a specialized atrial fibrillation clinic vs. usual care in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Hendriks, J.M.L.; Tomini, F.; van Asselt, A.D.I.; Crijns, H.J.G.M.; Vrijhoef, H.J.M.

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    Aims A recent randomized controlled trial demonstrated significant reductions in cardiovascular hospitalizations and deaths with a nurse-led integrated chronic care approach in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with usual care. The aim of the present study is to assess

  11. Structural and functional characteristics of myocard in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation

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    L. I. Vasilyeva

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To study structural and functional characteristics of myocard in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent arrhythmia in clinical practice. Atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease: the duration of paroxysms increases over time and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation transforms to persistent, the last one becomes refractory to pharmacological and electrical cardioversion in time and transforms to permanent. So assessment of myocardial remodeling in patients with persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation is very actual. Methods and results. According to the aim of the study 133 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and 100 patients with permanent atrial fibrillation were included into the study. Echocardiographic parameters of left and right atria function were studied. Conclusion. It was found that patients with persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation are characterized with both left and right atrias remodeling. Remodeling of the atrias is less pronounced in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation in comparison with persistent atrial fibrillation patients and arrhythmia recurrence.

  12. 'What else can I do?': Insights from atrial fibrillation patient communication online.

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    Redman, Kirsten; Thorne, Sally; Lauck, Sandra B; Taverner, Tarnia

    2017-03-01

    Many patients with atrial fibrillation experience uncertainty and psychological distress. Internet support groups for atrial fibrillation have yet to be studied. To determine the content and dialogue on an online message board for atrial fibrillation with the purpose of elucidating information and support needs from patient perspectives. Interpretative description methodology was undertaken to explore conversation from a publicly available website for atrial fibrillation over a 3-month period. Individuals interacted with the message board to make sense of their atrial fibrillation events by sharing experiences with medications, complementary and alternative medicine, trigger avoidance and ablation. The opinions of lay experts on the message board, anecdotal stories and hyperlinked Internet data were all highly valued sources of information in the messages. Using the learning gained from the board, individuals proceeded with strategies to treat their atrial fibrillation, often in a trial and error fashion. Throughout the process, individuals came back to the board, to update on their progress and gain assistance from others. The studied atrial fibrillation population had unmet needs for education regarding non-pharmacological approaches to treat atrial fibrillation. In the absence of opportunity to discuss these needs with healthcare professionals, patients may be vulnerable to unproved approaches advocated by Internet peers. Further research is suggested to examine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use in the atrial fibrillation population and to understand better how social media can be utilised to support atrial fibrillation patients.

  13. Acute treatment of recent-onset atrial fibrillation and flutter with a tailored dosing regimen of intravenous amiodarone. A randomized, digoxin-controlled study.

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    Hou, Z Y; Chang, M S; Chen, C Y; Tu, M S; Lin, S L; Chiang, H T; Woosley, R L

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    A 24 h intravenous dosing regimen of amiodarone was designed to reach a peak plasma concentration at 1 h and to maintain the concentration above a certain level during the infusion period. A randomized, open-label, digoxin-controlled study was undertaken to observe the efficacy and safety of the dosing regimen of amiodarone in treating recent-onset, persistent, atrial fibrillation and flutter with ventricular rates above 130 beats.min-1. Fifty patients with a mean age of 70 +/- 7 (SD) years were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive either amiodarone intravenously (n = 26) or digoxin (n = 24). Amiodarone HCl was infused over 24 h according to the following regimen: 5 mg.min-1, 3 mg.min-1, 1 mg.min-1 and 0.5 mg.min-1 for 1, 3, 6 and 14 h, respectively, for a 70-kg subject. Digoxin (0.013 mg.kg-1) was infused in three divided doses, each dose 2 h apart and infused over 30 min. The mean heart rates in the amiodarone group decreased significantly from 157 +/- 20 beats.min-1 to 122 +/- 25 beats.min-1 after 1 h (P rates, compared to the amiodarone group, in the first 8 h (P amiodarone infusion was prematurely aborted in two patients due to severe bradycardia and death after conversion in one patient and aggravation of heart failure in the other.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  14. [Low energy transcatheter atrial defibrillation in one patient with refractory atrial fibrillation].

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    Asenjo, R; Morris, R; Llancaqueo, M; Lopetegui, M; Marín, G; Morales, P

    1998-03-01

    Most cases of atrial fibrillation are converted with antiarrhythmic medications or external electric defibrillation. However, in some refractory patients, an internal transcatheter defibrillation must be attempted. We report a 50 years old male with an atrial fibrillation of one year duration that was refractory to pharmacological treatment and in whom external cardioversion was unsuccessful. After the application of a bifasic shock of 10 joules between a catheter in the right atrium and another one located at the coronary sinus, the patient was converted to sinus rhythm. At two months of follow up, the patient continues in sinus rhythm.

  15. Time to implement fitness and reduction of fatness in atrial fibrillation therapy

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    Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Hobbelt, Anne H.; Brugemann, Johan; Rienstra, Michiel

    This editorial refers to ‘Self-reported physical activity and major adverse events in patients with atrial fibrillation: a report from the EURObservational Research Programme Pilot Survey on Atrial Fibrillation (EORP-AF) General Registry’ by M. Proietti et al. , doi:10.1093/europace/euw150. Atrial

  16. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Guided by a Novel Nonfluoroscopic Navigation System.

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    Ballesteros, Gabriel; Ramos, Pablo; Neglia, Renzo; Menéndez, Diego; García-Bolao, Ignacio

    2017-09-01

    Rhythmia is a new nonfluoroscopic navigation system that is able to create high-density electroanatomic maps. The aim of this study was to describe the acute outcomes of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation guided by this system, to analyze the volume provided by its electroanatomic map, and to describe its ability to locate pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection gaps in redo procedures. This observational study included 62 patients who underwent AF ablation with Rhythmia compared with a retrospective cohort who underwent AF ablation with a conventional nonfluoroscopic navigation system (Ensite Velocity). The number of surface electrograms per map was significantly higher in Rhythmia procedures (12 125 ± 2826 vs 133 ± 21 with Velocity; P mapping in 99.5% of PV (95.61% in the control group with a conventional circular mapping catheter; P = .04). There were no significant differences in the percentage of PV isolation between the 2 groups. In redo procedures, an ablation gap could be identified on the activation map in 67% of the reconnected PV (40% in the control group; P = .042). The measured left atrial volume was lower than that calculated by computed tomography (109.3 v 15.2 and 129.9 ± 13.2 mL, respectively; P navigation systems. In redo procedures, it appears to be more effective in identifying reconnected PV conduction gaps. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Antiarrhythmics for maintaining sinus rhythm after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.

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    Lafuente-Lafuente, Carmelo; Valembois, Lucie; Bergmann, Jean-François; Belmin, Joël

    2015-03-28

    Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent sustained arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation frequently recurs after restoration of normal sinus rhythm. Antiarrhythmic drugs have been widely used to prevent recurrence, but the effect of these drugs on mortality and other clinical outcomes is unclear. This is an update of a review previously published in 2008 and 2012. To determine in patients who have recovered sinus rhythm after having atrial fibrillation, the effects of long-term treatment with antiarrhythmic drugs on death, stroke, embolism, drug adverse effects and recurrence of atrial fibrillation. We updated the searches of CENTRAL in The Cochrane Library (2013, Issue 12 of 12), MEDLINE (to January 2014) and EMBASE (to January 2014). The reference lists of retrieved articles, recent reviews and meta-analyses were checked. Two independent authors selected randomised controlled trials comparing any antiarrhythmic drug with a control (no treatment, placebo, drugs for rate control) or with another antiarrhythmic drug in adults who had atrial fibrillation and in whom sinus rhythm was restored. Post-operative atrial fibrillation was excluded. Two authors independently assessed quality and extracted data. Studies were pooled, if appropriate, using Peto odds ratio (OR). All results were calculated at one year of follow-up. In this update three new studies, with 534 patients, were included making a total of 59 included studies comprising 21,305 patients. All included studies were randomised controlled trials. Allocation concealment was adequate in 17 trials, it was unclear in the remaining 42 trials. Risk of bias was assessed in all domains only in the trials included in this update.Compared with controls, class IA drugs quinidine and disopyramide (OR 2.39, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.03 to 5.59, number needed to treat to harm (NNTH) 109, 95% CI 34 to 4985) and sotalol (OR 2.23, 95% CI 1.1 to 4.50, NNTH 169, 95% CI 60 to 2068) were associated with increased all

  18. Very early-onset lone atrial fibrillation patients have a high prevalence of rare variants in genes previously associated with atrial fibrillation

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    Olesen, Morten S; Andreasen, Laura; Jabbari, Javad

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Currently, 14 genes important for ion channel function, intercellular signalling, and homeostatic control have been associated with AF.......Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Currently, 14 genes important for ion channel function, intercellular signalling, and homeostatic control have been associated with AF....

  19. Atrial fibrillation in pure rheumatic mitral valvular disease is expression of an atrial histological change.

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    Alessandri, N; Tufano, F; Petrassi, M; Alessandri, C; Di Cristofano, C; Della Rocca, C; Gallo, P

    2009-01-01

    Some of theories try to explain the insurgence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with acute articular rheumatism (AAR). These theories remind the close relation between AF and left atrium, or with valvular vitium degree, or monophasic action potential and histological cardiac structure. In 15 years of work in the academic Department of Heart and Big Vessels in Rome, the Authors studied 243 patients with mitral valvular disease post AAR before and after surgical manoeuvres. Patients were divided in order to monitor atrium and ventricle morphological and functional modifications of the valve according to cardiac rhythm. Patients classification was based on surgical therapy adopted, kind of mitral disease and cardiac rhythm. An histological examination was performed, only in patients treated with valvular replacement. During the operation an histological examination in an atrial tissue fragment was performed. 243 patients with mitral valvular disease post AAR with indication in valvular adjustment were studied. The whole population was treated with mitral transcutaneous valvuloplasty (Group B--130 patients) or with mitral valve replacement surgery (Group A--113 patients). These two groups were divided: in Gr.A in Gr.A1 and Gr.A2, and Gr.B in Gr.B1 and Gr.B2, according to cardiac rhythm (sinus rhythm iSR, AF). These subgroups were also divided in Gr.A1SR, Gr.A1AF; Gr.A2SR, Gr.A2AF; Gr.A3SR, Gr.A3AF, according to mitralic disease's kind (stenosis, stenosis/regurgitation, regurgitation). A complex screening were exerted to all patients using echocardio-doppler technology. Morphological parameters of atrium and ventricle, and functional parameters of mitral valve, aorta and tricuspid were evaluated. In Gr.A group patients during the operation were execute a bioptic sampling from left atrium and a consecutive histological valuation. In Gr.A1 mitral valve area (MtVA) arises smaller (p0.05). Left atrium volume arises elder in patients in AF than in patients in SR

  20. [Effect of oral cordarone in reversing persistent atrial fibrillation].

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    Zhao, Fu; Feng, Shao-xian; Zhao, Ping; Ma, Hong

    2006-04-01

    To observe the efficacy and safety of oral cordarone dir reversing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS; Eighty-two symptomatic chronic AF out-patients without history of acute diseases or severe hepatic/thyroid dysfunction were given oral cordarone at the loading dose of 200 mg thrice a day for 1-4 weeks followed by a twice-daily administration for another 1-4 weeks, with the maintenance dose of 200 or 100 mg once a day. The incidence of stroke and cardiac events and the mortality rate were compared between 43 patients with restored rhythm on cordarone and 39 patients on digoxin and/or betaloc for ventricular rhythm control. Among the 82 patients, sinus rhythm restoration was achieved in 43, with a successful rate of 52%. In 18 patients, the ejection fraction increased from (32+/-8)% to (46+/-10)%, left atrium diameter decreased from (4.6+/-1.1) cm to (4.1+/-0.8) cm. Except for slight T4 increase, QT prolongation and bradycardia in 3 cases, severe side effects were not observed in this study. Only one patient with restored sinus rhythm required rehospitalization after half a year for worsened heart failure, but in patients with controlled ventricular rhythm, 1 developed stroke, 1 experienced heart attack and 1 died of heart failure with bleeding. For patients with symptomatic reversible persistent AF, active treatment with cordarone can be convenient, effective and safe for sinus rhythm restoration.

  1. Impact of Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation on the Presentation of Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Pak Hei Chan

    Full Text Available Little is known about whether atrial fibrillation is a presentation of coronary disease. There is a paucity of knowledge about their causal relationship and also the impact of different antithrombotic strategies on the subsequent presentation of symptomatic coronary disease.We studied 7,526 Chinese patients diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and no documented history of coronary artery disease. The primary endpoint was the new occurrence of coronary artery disease--either stable coronary artery disease or acute coronary syndrome. After a mean follow-up of 3.2±3.5 years (24,071 patient-years, a primary endpoint occurred in 987 patients (13.1%. The overall annual incidence of coronary artery disease was 4.10%/year. No significant differences in age, sex, and mean CHA2DS2-VASc score were observed between patients with and without the primary endpoint. When stratified according to the antithrombotic strategies applied for stroke prevention, the annual incidence of coronary artery disease was 5.49%/year, 4.45%/year and 2.16%/year respectively in those prescribed no antithrombotic therapy, aspirin, and warfarin. Similar trends were observed in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Diabetes mellitus, smoking history and renal failure requiring dialysis were predictors for primary endpoint in all antithrombotic therapies.In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, there is a modest association with coronary artery disease. Patients prescribed warfarin had the lowest risk of new onset coronary artery disease.

  2. Sex Differences in Outcomes among Stroke Survivors with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation in China.

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    Hong, Yan; Yang, Xun; Zhao, Wenjuan; Zhang, Xianghui; Zhao, Junli; Yang, Yuanju; Ning, Xianjia; Wang, Jinghua; An, Zhongping

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) significantly increases the risk of stroke and disease burden and is an established predictor of poor outcomes after stroke. However, data regarding sex differences in long-term outcomes following stroke in patients with AF are scarce. We thus aimed to assess these differences. We recruited 951 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) treated at three hospitals in Tianjin, China, from January 2006 to September 2014. Information regarding stroke subtype, severity, risk factors, and outcomes (mortality, dependency, and recurrence) at 3, 12, and 36 months after stroke was recorded. The prevalence of NVAF was 8.4% overall, with a higher frequency in women than in men (11.3 vs. 6.9%, P  disease burden in women.

  3. [New class III antiarrhythmic drugs for treatment of atrial fibrillation].

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    Maĭkov, E B

    2012-01-01

    Last two decades have been dedicated to intensive search for new class III antiarrhythmic drugs, especially for atrial fibrillation. Here we present a review of the status this problem. Influence on transmembranous ion currents and mechanisms of antiarrhythmic action are described. Results of experimental and clinical studies are reviewed. Possible perspectives of newest atrial-selective medications are discussed. Russia's class III antiarrhythmic drugs are of special interest of the article. First data on efficacy and safety of newest agent niferidil are presented. This drug undergoes clinical testing at present time.

  4. Variable use of amiodarone is associated with a greater risk of recurrence of atrial fibrillation in the critically ill.

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    Mitrić, Goran; Udy, Andrew; Bandeshe, Hiran; Clement, Pierre; Boots, Rob

    2016-04-02

    Atrial fibrillation is a common rhythm disturbance in the general medical-surgical intensive care unit. Amiodarone is a popular drug in this setting but evidence to inform clinical practice remains scarce. We aimed to identify whether variation in the clinical use of amiodarone was associated with recurrent atrial fibrillation. This was a retrospective audit of 177 critically ill patients who developed new-onset atrial fibrillation after admission to a tertiary level medical-surgical trauma intensive care unit. Patterns of amiodarone prescription (including dosage schedule and duration) were assessed in relation to recurrence of atrial fibrillation during the intensive care unit stay. Known recurrence risk factors, such as inotrope administration, cardiac disease indices, Charlson Comorbidity Index, magnesium concentrations, fluid balance, and potassium concentrations, were also included in adjusted analysis using forward stepwise logistic regression modelling. The cohort had a median (interquartile range) age of 69 years (60-75), Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evalution II score of 22 (17-28) and Charlson Comorbidity Index of 2 (1-4). A bolus dose of amiodarone followed by infusion (P = 0.02), in addition to continuing amiodarone infusion through to discharge from the intensive care unit (P amiodarone while an inotrope infusion continued (P Amiodarone should be administered as a bolus dose followed immediately with an infusion when treating atrial fibrillation in the medical-surgical intensive care unit. Consideration should be given to continuing amiodarone infusions in patients on inotropes until they are ceased.

  5. Abnormal atrial activation in young patients with lone atrial fibrillation

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    Holmqvist, Fredrik; Olesen, Morten S; Tveit, Arnljot

    2011-01-01

    -wave morphology distribution was seen between patients with early-onset, lone paroxysmal AF and age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects. This finding indicates that alterations in atrial electrophysiology are common in the early stage of the arrhythmia, and since it occurs in young patients without co...

  6. Predictive factors of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting.

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    Folla, Cynthia de Oliveira; Melo, Cinthia Cristina de Santana; Silva, Rita de Cassia Gengo E

    2016-01-01

    To analyze predictive demographic and perioperative variables of postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients who underwent exclusively coronary artery bypass grafting. This was a retrospective cohort. We randomly selected 105 medical records of patients who underwent exclusively coronary artery bypass grafting in 2014. Demographic, clinical (preoperative and immediate postoperative) data and related with surgical procedure were collected from medical records. The occurrence of postoperative atrial fibrillation was considered until the third day after the surgery. Variables were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. To identify predictive factors of postoperative atrial fibrillation we used a decision tree model with Classification and Regression Trees algorithm. Atrial fibrillation incidence was 19.0% (n=20). Patients with left atrial >40.5mm and aged >64.5 years were more likely to develop the arrhythmia during the post-surgical period. Left atrial diameter and advanced age were predictive factors of atrial fibrillation in patients who underwent exclusively coronary artery bypass grafting. Analisar as variáveis demográficas e perioperatórias preditivas de fibrilação atrial pós-operatória em pacientes brasileiros submetidos exclusivamente à cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio. Trata-se de coorte retrospectiva. A amostra foi constituída de 105 prontuários de pacientes submetidos exclusivamente à revascularização do miocárdio no ano de 2014, selecionados aleatoriamente. Dados demográficos, clínicos (préoperatórios e do pós-operatório imediato) e relacionados ao procedimento cirúrgico foram coletados por meio de consulta ao prontuário. A ocorrência de fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório foi considerada até o terceiro dia após a cirurgia. As variáveis foram analisadas por estatística descritiva e inferencial. Para identificar os fatores preditivos de fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório, utilizou-se um

  7. Treatment of atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation and simultaneous multipolar mapping of the pulmonary veins

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    Rocha Neto Almino C.; Farias Roberto Lima; Paola Angelo A. V. de

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous catheterization and mapping of the 4 pulmonary veins for ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Ten patients, 8 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 with persistent atrial fibrillation, refractory to at least 2 antiarrhythmic drugs and without structural cardiopathy, were consecutively studied. Through the transseptal insertion of 2 long sheaths, 4 pulmonary veins were simultaneously catheterized with octapolar micro...

  8. Assessment of left atrial volume and function in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Agner, Bue F Ross; Kühl, Jørgen Tobias; Linde, Jesper James

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. AF is associated with enlargement of the left atrium (LA), and the LA volume has important prognostic implications for the disease. The objective of the study was to determine how...

  9. Late Sodium Current in Human Atrial Cardiomyocytes from Patients in Sinus Rhythm and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Poulet, Claire; Wettwer, Erich; Grunnet, Morten

    2015-01-01

    Slowly inactivating Na+ channels conducting "late" Na+ current (INa,late) contribute to ventricular arrhythmogenesis under pathological conditions. INa,late was also reported to play a role in chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). The objective of this study was to investigate INa,late in human right...

  10. Left atrial and left atrial appendage function in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Erdei, T; Erdei, Tamás; Dénes, M; Kardos, A; Földesi, C; Földesi, A; Temesvári, A; Temesvári, M; Lengyel, M

    2011-06-01

    In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) little information is available about left atrial (LA)function, and there is less information about LA appendage (LAA) function, and about their relations. 46 patients were selected for catheter ablation (CA) because of nonvalvular PAF.Transthoracic, tissue Doppler and transoesophageal echocardiography was performed before CA. LA volumes and volume index (LAVI) were calculated. LA function was assessed by LA filling fraction (LAFF), LA emptying fraction (LAEF), systolic fraction of pulmonary venous flow (PVSF) and late diastolic velocities of mitral annulus(Aa,, A5at) LAA function was assessed by peak LAA emptying flow velocity (PLAAEFV). Diastolic dysfunction(DD) was also assessed. Dilated LAVI in 32, LA dysfunction in 20, DD with elevated LV filling pressure in 19 patients was found. Aa,at and Aa,p correlated with LAFF (r:0.53; p<0.001 and r:0.43; p<0.05), LAEF (r:0.51;p<0.001 and r:0.63; p<0.001), PVSF (r:0.49; p<0.001 and r:0.46; p<0.005) and PLAAEFV (r:0.58; p<0.001 and r:0.45; p<0.01). In PAF patients Aa velocity is useful to assess LA function and correlates positively with other TTE derived LA functional parameters and LAA function by TEE derived PLAAEFV.

  11. Clinical Differences between Subtypes of Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter: Cross-Sectional Registry of 407 Patients

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    Almeida, Eduardo Dytz; Guimarães, Raphael Boesche; Stephan, Laura Siga; Medeiros, Alexandre Kreling; Foltz, Katia; Santanna, Roberto Tofani; Pires, Leonardo Martins; Kruse, Marcelo Lapa; de Lima, Gustavo Glotz; Leiria, Tiago Luiz Luz

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter account for one third of hospitalizations due to arrhythmias, determining great social and economic impacts. In Brazil, data on hospital care of these patients is scarce. Objective To investigate the arrhythmia subtype of atrial fibrillation and flutter patients in the emergency setting and compare the clinical profile, thromboembolic risk and anticoagulants use. Methods Cross-sectional retrospective study, with data collection from medical records of every patient treated for atrial fibrillation and flutter in the emergency department of Instituto de Cardiologia do Rio Grande do Sul during the first trimester of 2012. Results We included 407 patients (356 had atrial fibrillation and 51 had flutter). Patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were in average 5 years younger than those with persistent atrial fibrillation. Compared to paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients, those with persistent atrial fibrillation and flutter had larger atrial diameter (48.6 ± 7.2 vs. 47.2 ± 6.2 vs. 42.3 ± 6.4; p < 0.01) and lower left ventricular ejection fraction (66.8 ± 11 vs. 53.9 ± 17 vs. 57.4 ± 16; p < 0.01). The prevalence of stroke and heart failure was higher in persistent atrial fibrillation and flutter patients. Those with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and flutter had higher prevalence of CHADS2 score of zero when compared to those with persistent atrial fibrillation (27.8% vs. 18% vs. 4.9%; p < 0.01). The prevalence of anticoagulation in patients with CHA2DS2-Vasc ≤ 2 was 40%. Conclusions The population in our registry was similar in its comorbidities and demographic profile to those of North American and European registries. Despite the high thromboembolic risk, the use of anticoagulants was low, revealing difficulties for incorporating guideline recommendations. Public health strategies should be adopted in order to improve these rates. PMID:26016782

  12. Dynamical mechanism of atrial fibrillation: A topological approach

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    Marcotte, Christopher D.; Grigoriev, Roman O.

    2017-09-01

    While spiral wave breakup has been implicated in the emergence of atrial fibrillation, its role in maintaining this complex type of cardiac arrhythmia is less clear. We used the Karma model of cardiac excitation to investigate the dynamical mechanisms that sustain atrial fibrillation once it has been established. The results of our numerical study show that spatiotemporally chaotic dynamics in this regime can be described as a dynamical equilibrium between topologically distinct types of transitions that increase or decrease the number of wavelets, in general agreement with the multiple wavelets' hypothesis. Surprisingly, we found that the process of continuous excitation waves breaking up into discontinuous pieces plays no role whatsoever in maintaining spatiotemporal complexity. Instead, this complexity is maintained as a dynamical balance between wave coalescence—a unique, previously unidentified, topological process that increases the number of wavelets—and wave collapse—a different topological process that decreases their number.

  13. Effect of dronedarone on cardiovascular events in atrial fibrillation

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    Hohnloser, Stefan H; Crijns, Harry J G M; van Eickels, Martin

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Dronedarone is a new antiarrhythmic drug that is being developed for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter trial to evaluate the use of dronedarone in 4628 patients with atrial fibrillation who had additional risk factors for death....... Patients were randomly assigned to receive dronedarone, 400 mg twice a day, or placebo. The primary outcome was the first hospitalization due to cardiovascular events or death. Secondary outcomes were death from any cause, death from cardiovascular causes, and hospitalization due to cardiovascular events....... RESULTS: The mean follow-up period was 21+/-5 months, with the study drug discontinued prematurely in 696 of the 2301 patients (30.2%) receiving dronedarone and in 716 of the 2327 patients (30.8%) receiving placebo, mostly because of adverse events. The primary outcome occurred in 734 patients (31...

  14. Unexpected guest: Atrial fibrillation due to electrical shock

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    Mehmet Zihni Bilik

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    Full Text Available Cardiac arrhythmias due to electrical injuries are rare among emergency service admittances. A 35 year-old female patient was admitted to emergency service with palpitation after electrical injury as a result of contact with a domestic low-voltage source. Electrocardiography (ECG showed atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response. Transthoracic echocardiography findings were normal. Atrial fibrillation spontaneously converted to normal sinus rhythm after rate limiting treatment with beta-blocker. The patient was discharged without any complication on the third day of hospitalization. Although cardiac arrhythmias rarely occur after electrical injury, cardiac monitoring is recommended for all patients with documented rhythm disorder, loss of consciousness, or abnormal ECG at admission.

  15. [Novel anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation].

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    Baumhäkel, M; Schirmer, S H; Böhm, M

    2010-11-01

    The most frequent cardiac arrhythmia and main cause for cardio-embolic stroke is atrial fibrillation. Prophylaxis for thrombembolic events is performed regarding individual risk of patients with either ASS or vitamin-K-antagonists. Efficacy and safety of oral anticoagulation is limited by a narrow therapeutical range as well as by inter- and intraindividual variability of INR-values due to genetic disposition, differences in alimentation, dosage errors, rare control of INR-levels and drug-interactions. New oral anticoagulants with different mechanisms of action may be a promising therapeutic option in future. This review addresses the new anticoagulants Apixaban, Rivaroxban and Dabigatranetexilat with the design and as available the results of the corresponding phase-III-trials in atrial fibrillation (ARISTOTLE, ROCKET-AF, RE-LY). © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  16. Association Between Left Atrial Compression And Atrial Fibrillation: A Case Presentation And A Short Review Of Literature.

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    Ahmed, Niloy; Carlos, Morales-Mangual; Moshe, Gunsburg; Yitzhak, Rosen

    2016-01-01

    This case report describes a patient who developed palpitations and chest pain and was found to be in atrial fibrillation, which was likely due to the presence of an extra-cardiac mass. This was compressing the left atrium. The mass was related to small cell carcinoma, which decreased significantly in size after chemotherapy. Resolution of the atrial fibrillation correlated temporally with reduction in the size of the mass and alleviation of the left atrial compression.

  17. Atrial-selective K+ channel blockers: potential antiarrhythmic drugs in atrial fibrillation?

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    Ravens, Ursula

    2017-11-01

    In the wake of demographic change in Western countries, atrial fibrillation has reached an epidemiological scale, yet current strategies for drug treatment of the arrhythmia lack sufficient efficacy and safety. In search of novel medications, atrial-selective drugs that specifically target atrial over other cardiac functions have been developed. Here, I will address drugs acting on potassium (K+) channels that are either predominantly expressed in atria or possess electrophysiological properties distinct in atria from ventricles. These channels include the ultra-rapidly activating, delayed outward-rectifying Kv1.5 channel conducting IKur, the acetylcholine-activated inward-rectifying Kir3.1/Kir3.4 channel conducting IK,ACh, the Ca2+-activated K+ channels of small conductance (SK) conducting ISK, and the two-pore domain K+ (K2P) channels (tandem of P domains, weak inward-rectifying K+ channels (TWIK-1), TWIK-related acid-sensitive K+ channels (TASK-1 and TASK-3)) that are responsible for voltage-independent background currents ITWIK-1, ITASK-1, and ITASK-3. Direct drug effects on these channels are described and their putative value in treatment of atrial fibrillation is discussed. Although many potential drug targets have emerged in the process of unravelling details of the pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for atrial fibrillation, we do not know whether novel antiarrhythmic drugs will be more successful when modulating many targets or a single specific one. The answer to this riddle can only be solved in a clinical context.

  18. Increased susceptibility to atrial fibrillation secondary to atrial fibrosis in transgenic goats expressing transforming growth factor - B1

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in people with significant morbidity and mortality. There is a strong association between atrial fibrosis and AF. Transforming growth factor B1 (TGF-B1) is an essential mediator of atrial fibrosis in animal models and human pat...

  19. Fibrosis and electrophysiological characteristics of the atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation and structural heart disease

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    Brakel, T.J. van; Krieken, T. van der; Westra, S.W.; Laak, J.A.W.M. van der; Smeets, J.L.R.M.; Swieten, H.A. van

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    PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the degree of fibrosis in atrial appendages of patients with and without atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery. In addition, we hypothesized that areas of atrial fibrosis can be identified by electrogram fractionation and low voltage for

  20. Risk of atrial fibrillation with high-dose corticosteroids.

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    Chiappini, Bruno; El Khoury, Gebrine

    2006-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia observed in clinical practice. Some drugs have been associated with the onset of AF, but knowledge about the role of drugs in the development of AF is scarce. High-dose corticosteroid therapy has been associated with the development of AF, but this is mainly based on case reports. Therefore, the authors review the available data in the international literature about the cause-effect relationship between corticosteroid therapy and the onset of AF.

  1. Sotalol versus Amiodarone in Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    John Somberg, MD; Janos Molnar, MD

    2016-01-01

    The availability of intravenous (IV) Sotalol has equalized the treatment options since both amiodarone and sotalol are available in both IV and oral formulations. A review of the efficacy of sotalol as compared to amiodarone both for conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) and maintenance of normal sinus rhythm (NSR) following cardiac surgery was undertaken. Standard methods of meta-analysis were employed. Full text publications of clinical trials written in English that compared the efficacy ...

  2. Intrapericardial Amiodarone for the Prevention of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Habbab, Louay M; Chu, F Victor

    2016-04-01

    Despite probably being the most effective prophylactic drug for postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF), amiodarone is reserved as a second-line agent because of its potential systemic side effects. Herein, we review the available experimental and clinical trials examining the effectiveness of intrapericardial (IPC) amiodarone administration in preventing POAF which, if confirmed by future studies, can have a significant impact on cardiac surgery practice. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Atrial fibrillation in heart failure: The sword of Damocles revisited.

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    Khan, Muhammad A.; Ahmed, Fozia; Neyses, Ludwig; Mamas, Mamas A.

    2013-01-01

    Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and have emerged as major cardiovascular epidemics. There is growing evidence that AF is an independent prognostic marker in HF and affects patients with both reduced as well as preserved LV systolic function. There has been a general move in clinical practice from a rhythm control to a rate control strategy in HF patients with AF, although recent data suggests that rhythm control strategies may provide better outcomes in sele...

  4. The definition of success in atrial fibrillation ablation surgery

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    Hunter, Steven

    2014-01-01

    In spite of recent attempts to define and clarify the treatment endpoints in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation surgery, the definition of success has remained blurred. It is of importance to address the burden of AF in the non-symptomatic population. Thromboembolic events invariably blight the outcomes, therefore freedom from stroke must be incorporated into any definition of success and guidelines. It is essential to meticulously study the long-term outcomes of an unsuccessful treatment as a...

  5. Adherence and Coagulation Assays in Dabigatran-treated Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

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    Atrial Fibrillation; Medication Adherence; Blood Coagulation Tests; Anticoagulants; Circulating, Hemorrhagic Disorder; Drug Effect; Drug Use; Drug Toxicity; Drug Intolerance; Blood Clot; Blood Coagulation Disorder; Laboratory Problem; Bleeding; Thrombosis

  6. Management of Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation in an Outpatient Clinic Setting

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    Thrysoee, Lars; Strömberg, Anna; Brandes, Axel

    2018-01-01

    AIMS: To gain in-depth knowledge of patients' experiences of the consultation processes at a multidisciplinary atrial fibrillation outpatient clinic in a university hospital in Denmark. BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia associated with morbidity and mortality...... on what AF was before as well as after their consultation. The communication was concentrated on the medical aspects of atrial fibrillation and visiting the clinic was an overwhelming experience for the patients. They had difficulty understanding what atrial fibrillation was, why they were treated...

  7. Management of atrial fibrillation in heart failure in the elderly.

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    Abi Nasr, Imad; Mansencal, Nicolas; Dubourg, Olivier

    2008-04-10

    In elderly patients, atrial fibrillation prevalence exceeds 10% and is commonly associated with heart failure rendering their management even more challenging. Therapies to be considered for heart failure related atrial fibrillation include appropriate treatment of underlying disease, prevention of thromboembolism, rate or rhythm control. The debate regarding rate versus rhythm control in the management of this group of patients has yet to be resolved. For old patients, the management requires an individual approach, which largely depends on comorbid conditions, underlying cardiac disease, and patient and physician preferences. Use of antiarrhythmic drug therapy for maintenance of sinus rhythm carries concerns of risk and limited efficacy. Catheter ablation for rhythm control is feasible for some patients, but further studies are needed to define the risks and benefits especially in older patients. Atrioventricular nodal ablation associated with pacing therapy is an effective non-pharmacological therapy in selected patients with medically refractory permanent high heart rate atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Several studies are ongoing and will provide more insight into the management of such patients.

  8. Complications associated with catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Dhruvakumar, S; Gerstenfeld, E P

    2007-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common clinical arrhythmia, affecting millions of people worldwide and utilizing billions of dollars annually in heath care costs associated with the disease. Catheter based ablation, centering around the electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins, has emerged as a viable treatment option for patients with symptomatic paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation. Because of the complex nature of the procedure, there are a number of potential complications which can occur which are related to problems with vascular access, mechanical complications resulting from catheter manipulation within the heart, cardioembolic complications, and complications arising from the effects of radiofrequency ablations in the left atrium. The most frequent complications arise from pseudoaneurysms, arterio-venous fistulas, hematomas, neurologic events (stroke and transient ischemic attacks), and pericardial effusion/tamponade. An evolving understanding of the risks of the procedure have helped to minimize complications by changing ablation strategies to avoid lesion delivery within the veins, emphasizing careful attention during the procedure to anticoagulation, utilizing intracardiac ultrasound and electroanatomic mapping systems for better visualization of intracardiac structures, and recognizing complications promptly during and after the procedure. Hopefully, improved techniques in the future will help to further improve the safety of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation to allow for continued growth of this procedure.

  9. Clinical Benefit of Ablating Localized Sources for Human Atrial Fibrillation: The Indiana University FIRM Registry.

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    Miller, John M; Kalra, Vikas; Das, Mithilesh K; Jain, Rahul; Garlie, Jason B; Brewster, Jordan A; Dandamudi, Gopi

    2017-03-14

    Mounting evidence shows that localized sources maintain atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is unclear in unselected "real-world" patients if sources drive persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF), long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPeAF), or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF); if right atrial sites are important; and what the long-term success of source ablation is. The aim of this study was to analyze the role of rotors and focal sources in a large academic registry of consecutive patients undergoing source mapping for AF. One hundred seventy consecutive patients (mean age 59 ± 12 years, 79% men) with PAF (37%), PeAF (31%), or LPeAF (32%). Of these, 73 (43%) had undergone at least 1 prior ablation attempt (mean 1.9 ± 0.8; range: 1 to 4). Focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM) with an endocardial basket catheter was used in all cases. FIRM analysis revealed sources in the right atrium in 85% of patients (1.8 ± 1.3) and in the left atrium in 90% of patients (2.0 ± 1.3). FIRM ablation terminated AF to sinus rhythm or atrial flutter or tachycardia in 59% (PAF), 37% (PeAF), and 19% (LPeAF) of patients, with 15 of 67 terminations due to right atrial ablation. On follow-up, freedom from AF after a single FIRM procedure for the entire series was 95% (PAF), 83% (PeAF), and 82% (LPeAF) at 1 year and freedom from all atrial arrhythmias was 77% (PAF), 75% (PeAF), and 57% (LPeAF). In the Indiana University FIRM registry, FIRM-guided ablation produced high single-procedure success, mostly in patients with nonparoxysmal AF. Data from mapping, acute terminations, and outcomes strongly support the mechanistic role of biatrial rotors and focal sources in maintaining AF in diverse populations. Randomized trials of FIRM-guided ablation and mechanistic studies to determine how rotors form, progress, and regress are needed. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Left atrial appendage closure devices for cardiovascular risk reduction in atrial fibrillation patients

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez,* Juan Carlos Rama-Merchan,* Javier Rodriguez-Collado, Javier Martin-Moreiras, Alejandro Diego-Nieto, Antonio Arribas-Jimenez, Pedro Luís SanchezDepartment of Cardiology, University Hospital of Cardiology and IBSAL, Salamanca, Spain *Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Rama-Merchan have contributed equally to this work and should be considered co-first authors Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice. AF is associated with a 4–5-fold increased risk of stroke and systemic embolism. Oral anticoagulant is the first-line therapy for this purpose, but it has various limitations and is often contraindicated or underutilized. Autopsy and surgical data have suggested that 90% of atrial thrombi in nonvalvular AF patients originate from the left atrial appendage, leading to the development of percutaneous closure for thromboembolic prevention. This paper examines the current evidence on left atrial appendage closure devices for cardiovascular risk reduction in AF patients. Keywords: atrial fibrillation, left atrial appendage, stroke, oral anticoagulant, percutaneous closure, thromboembolic prevention

  11. Does perceived stress increase the risk of atrial fibrillation? A population-based cohort study in Denmark

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    Graff, Simon; Prior, Anders; Fenger-Grøn, Morten

    2017-01-01

    Background Psychological stress is associated with increased risk of acute cardiovascular diseases, as myocardial infarction. We recently found a higher risk of atrial fibrillation following an acute stressful life event, but it remains unknown whether this also applies to common and less acute...... fibrillation compared with persons in the lowest perceived stress quintile. However, the association disappeared when adjusting for comorbidities, socioeconomic status and lifestyle factors; HR was 1.01 (95% CI, 0.88-1.16) when comparing persons in the highest and the lowest perceived stress quintile...

  12. Digoxin in atrial fibrillation: report from the Stockholm Cohort study of Atrial Fibrillation (SCAF).

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    Friberg, L; Hammar, N; Rosenqvist, M

    2010-02-01

    Recent studies of patients with heart failure and of patients receiving intensive care indicate that digoxin may increase mortality if the patient has atrial fibrillation (AF). Objective To study which patients receive digoxin treatment for AF and what the prognosis is for patients given this treatment. 2824 patients with AF were studied prospectively for a mean of 4.6 years. Information about medication was obtained from the local hospital registry. Information about diagnoses, hospitalisations and deaths was obtained from national registries. Propensity score matching and Cox regression was used to account for confounding. Factors associated with digoxin use were permanent AF (hazard ratio (HR) = 3.2, confidence interval (CI) 2.7 to 3.9), absence of pacemaker (HR = 2.3, CI 1.6 to 3.2), history of heart failure (HR = 2.0, CI 1.7 to 2.5), treatment in an internal medicine ward rather than a cardiology ward (HR = 1.6, CI 1.3 to 2.0), female sex (HR = 1.6, CI 1.3 to 1.9) and age >or=80 years (HR = 1.4, CI 1.1 to 1.7). More patients with than without digoxin died (51% vs 31%, pdigoxin use could be found for all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, time to readmission to hospital or days at hospital/year at risk. The only end point significantly associated with digoxin use was pacemaker implantations, which were more common in digoxin-treated patients (HR = 2.0, CI 1.2 to 3.4). Digoxin is mainly given to an elderly and frailer subset of patients with AF and is thus associated with an increased mortality. When differences in patient characteristics are accounted for digoxin use seems to have a neutral effect on mortality and major cardiovascular events in patients with AF.

  13. Impact of left atrial size reduction on chronic atrial fibrillation in mitral valve surgery.

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    Scherer, Mirela; Dzemali, Omer; Aybek, Tayfun; Wimmer-Greinecker, Gerhard; Moritz, Anton

    2003-07-01

    Left atrial enlargement is a risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). Large atrial size increases thromboembolic risk and reduces the success rate of cardioversion. The study aim was to evaluate if left atrial size reduction affects cardiac rhythm in patients with chronic AF undergoing mitral valve surgery. Twenty-seven patients were analyzed prospectively. The left atrial incision was extended to the left inferior pulmonary vein. Left atrial size reduction was achieved by closure of the left atrial appendage from inside with a double running suture. The same suture plicated the left lateral atrial wall to the roof of the left pulmonary vein inflow and the inferior atrial wall. The atrial septum was plicated by placing stitches of the closing suture line across the fossa ovalis. Rhythm, neurological complications, cardioversion, anticoagulation and anti-arrhythmic medication were evaluated at one year postoperatively and at recent follow up (mean 40 +/- 15 months). At discharge, five patients (19%) were in sinus rhythm (SR). At one year postoperatively, SR was restored in 17 patients (63%), but five (19%) reported episodes of arrhythmia and AF persisted in 10 (37%). At recent follow up, four patients had died and three were lost to follow up. Among 20 patients examined, 13 (65%) had SR but six reported episodes of arrhythmia and AF persisted in seven (35%). LA diameter was significantly reduced, from 60.2 +/- 9.8 mm preoperatively to 44.5 +/- 7.0 mm at one year after surgery. The addition of left atrial size reduction to mitral valve surgery is technically simple, and was effective in 63% of patients with chronic AF, restoring predominant SR. In order to influence pathogenetic factors other than size, additional ablative steps may further increase the SR conversion rate. Size reduction may also improve the outcome of other ablative approaches.

  14. Risk of Ischemic Stroke after Intracranial Hemorrhage in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Michael P Lerario

    Full Text Available We aimed to estimate the risk of ischemic stroke after intracranial hemorrhage in patients with atrial fibrillation.Using discharge data from all nonfederal acute care hospitals and emergency departments in California, Florida, and New York from 2005 to 2012, we identified patients at the time of a first-recorded encounter with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage were identified using validated diagnosis codes. Kaplan-Meier survival statistics and Cox proportional hazard analyses were used to evaluate cumulative rates of ischemic stroke and the relationship between incident intracranial hemorrhage and subsequent stroke.Among 2,084,735 patients with atrial fibrillation, 50,468 (2.4% developed intracranial hemorrhage and 89,594 (4.3% developed ischemic stroke during a mean follow-up period of 3.2 years. The 1-year cumulative rate of stroke was 8.1% (95% CI, 7.5-8.7% after intracerebral hemorrhage, 3.9% (95% CI, 3.5-4.3% after subdural hemorrhage, and 2.0% (95% CI, 2.0-2.1% in those without intracranial hemorrhage. After adjustment for the CHA2DS2-VASc score, stroke risk was elevated after both intracerebral hemorrhage (hazard ratio [HR], 2.8; 95% CI, 2.6-2.9 and subdural hemorrhage (HR, 1.6; 95% CI, 1.5-1.7. Cumulative 1-year rates of stroke ranged from 0.9% in those with subdural hemorrhage and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0, to 33.3% in those with intracerebral hemorrhage and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 9.In a large, heterogeneous cohort, patients with atrial fibrillation faced a substantially heightened risk of ischemic stroke after intracranial hemorrhage. The risk was most marked in those with intracerebral hemorrhage and high CHA2DS2-VASc scores.

  15. Left atrial size in patients with cryptogenic stroke as a predictor of occurrence of atrial fibrillation

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    Antonio Cruz Culebras

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    Full Text Available Objective: To determine whether the left atrial size can predict the development of atrial fibrillation (AF in patients with embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS. Methods: Patients with ischemic stroke were included prospectively (January 2015-July 2015 when ESUS was suspected. Clinical and cardiac imaging data were recorded. Patients with cardiac failure were excluded. Results: a total of 55 patients were included. Medium age was 71 years. The proportion of patients who developed AF during the follow-up (1 year was 23, 63%. 10 % of patients did not have any vascular risk factor. Basal ECG was normal in 98% of cases. The left atrial size volume was 36, 08 ml in patients who developed AF and 27, 14 ml in patients who did not. Conclusions: In patients with ESUS, left atrial size dimensions do not predict the occurrence of AF.

  16. Confidence in the Use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Acute Phase of Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation-Related Ischemic Stroke Over the Years: A Real-World Single-Center Study.

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    Moroni, Federico; Masotti, Luca; Vannucchi, Vieri; Chiarelli, Raffaella; Seravalle, Cristiana; Pesci, Alessandra; Pallini, Francesca; Puliti, Silvia; Cimolato, Barbara; Fattorini, Lamberto; Scerra, Cornelia; Ristori, Francesca; Imbalzano, Maria Letizia; Spolveri, Stefano; Landini, Giancarlo; Grifoni, Elisa; Paciaroni, Maurizio

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    The use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is controversial. The aims of our study were to analyze physicians' confidence in prescribing DOACs in NVAF-related AIS, the characteristics of patients receiving DOACs, and their 90-day prognosis. Clinical records of consecutive patients admitted to our wards for NVAF-related AIS over the years 2014-2016 were reviewed. One hundred forty-seven patients, 72.7% females, mean age ± standard deviation 83.4 ± 8.8 years, were admitted to our ward for atrial fibrillation (AF)-related AIS (38 in 2014, 47 in 2015, 62 in 2016). Of these patients, 141 had NVAF-related AIS. Median length of hospital stay was 8 days (interquartile range [IQR], 6-11). In-hospital mortality was 10.8%. Ninety-eight patients (69.5%) received DOACs for secondary prevention, with increasing percentages from 2014 (62.5%) to 2016 (88%). In 88% of them, DOACs were started during hospital stay, whereas in 12% DOACs were started during ambulatory follow-up. The median time for starting DOACs was 5 days (IQR, 3-8). In patients receiving DOACs, the median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score was 6 (IQR, 3-12), and large ischemic lesions were present in 48%; the median modified Rankin Scale score at hospital discharge was 3 (IQR, 1-4), whereas the score at 90 days was 2 (IQR, 1-3). At the 90-day follow-up, in patients receiving DOACs, overall mortality was 3.0%, stroke recurrence was 1%, and no patients had major intracranial or extracranial bleedings. Our study suggests that physicians are becoming increasingly confident in the use of DOACs in NVAF-related AIS. The use of DOACs seems effective and safe even when started in the acute phase of stroke. Copyright © 2018 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation : importance of new-onset atrial fibrillation and total atrial conduction time

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    Buck, Sandra; Rienstra, Michiel; Maass, Alexander H.; Nieuwland, Wybe; Van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

    AIMS: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established therapy for patients with heart failure and sinus rhythm (SR), but its value in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unclear. Furthermore, response to CRT may be difficult to predict in these patients. The aim of our study was to

  18. Expression of platelet-bound stromal cell-derived factor-1 in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and ischemic heart disease.

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    Stellos, Konstantinos; Rahmann, A; Kilias, A; Ruf, M; Sopova, K; Stamatelopoulos, K; Jorbenadze, R; Weretka, S; Geisler, T; Gawaz, M; Weig, H-J; Bigalke, B

    2012-01-01

    Blood cell infiltration and inflammation are involved in atrial remodelling during atrial fibrillation (AF) although the exact mechanisms of inflammatory cell recruitment remain poorly understood. Platelet-bound stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) is increased in cases of ischemic myocardium and regulates recruitment of CXCR4(+) cells on the vascular wall. Whether platelet-bound SDF-1 expression is differentially influenced by non-valvular paroxysmal or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS) has not been reported so far. A total of 1291 consecutive patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing coronary angiography were recruited. Among the patients with SAP, platelet-bound-SDF-1 is increased in patients with paroxysmal AF compared with SR or to persistent/permanent AF (P disease. Further in vivo studies are required to elucidate the role of SDF-1 in atrial remodeling and the atrial fibrillation course.

  19. Ablation for atrial fibrillation: an evidence-based analysis.

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    To review the effectiveness, safety, and costing of ablation methods to manage atrial fibrillation (AF). The ablation methods reviewed were catheter ablation and surgical ablation. Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular, usually rapid, heart rate that limits the ability of the atria to pump blood effectively to the ventricles. Atrial fibrillation can be a primary diagnosis or it may be associated with other diseases, such as high blood pressure, abnormal heart muscle function, chronic lung diseases, and coronary heart disease. The most common symptom of AF is palpitations. Symptoms caused by decreased blood flow include dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some patients with AF do not experience any symptoms. According to United States data, the incidence of AF increases with age, with a prevalence of 1 per 200 people aged between 50 and 60 years, and 1 per 10 people aged over 80 years. In 2004, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) estimated that the rate of hospitalization for AF in Canada was 582.7 per 100,000 population. They also reported that of the patients discharged alive, 2.7% were readmitted within 1 year for stroke. One United States prevalence study of AF indicated that the overall prevalence of AF was 0.95%. When the results of this study were extrapolated to the population of Ontario, the prevalence of AF in Ontario is 98,758 for residents aged over 20 years. Currently, the first-line therapy for AF is medical therapy with antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs). There are several AADs available, because there is no one AAD that is effective for all patients. The AADs have critical adverse effects that can aggravate existing arrhythmias. The drug selection process frequently involves trial and error until the patient's symptoms subside. Ablation has been frequently described as a "cure" for AF, compared with drug therapy, which controls AF but does not cure it. Ablation involves directing an energy source at cardiac tissue

  20. Atrial Fibrillation Genetic Risk and Ischemic Stroke Mechanisms.

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    Lubitz, Steven A; Parsons, Owen E; Anderson, Christopher D; Benjamin, Emelia J; Malik, Rainer; Weng, Lu-Chen; Dichgans, Martin; Sudlow, Cathie L; Rothwell, Peter M; Rosand, Jonathan; Ellinor, Patrick T; Markus, Hugh S; Traylor, Matthew

    2017-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a leading cause of cardioembolic stroke, but the relationship between AF and noncardioembolic stroke subtypes are unclear. Because AF may be unrecognized, and because AF has a substantial genetic basis, we assessed for predisposition to AF across ischemic stroke subtypes. We examined associations between AF genetic risk and Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment stroke subtypes in 2374 ambulatory individuals with ischemic stroke and 5175 without from the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium 2 using logistic regression. We calculated AF genetic risk scores using single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with AF in a previous independent analysis across a range of preselected significance thresholds. There were 460 (19.4%) individuals with cardioembolic stroke, 498 (21.0%) with large vessel, 474 (20.0%) with small vessel, and 814 (32.3%) individuals with strokes of undetermined cause. Most AF genetic risk scores were associated with stroke, with the strongest association ( P =6×10 - 4 ) attributed to scores of 944 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (each associated with AF at P stroke were enriched in the cardioembolic stroke subset (strongest P =1.2×10 - 9 , 944 single-nucleotide polymorphism score). In contrast, AF genetic risk was not significantly associated with noncardioembolic stroke subtypes. Comprehensive AF genetic risk scores were specific for cardioembolic stroke. Incomplete workups and subtype misclassification may have limited the power to detect associations with strokes of undetermined pathogenesis. Future studies are warranted to determine whether AF genetic risk is a useful biomarker to enhance clinical discrimination of stroke pathogeneses. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Effects of chronic atrial fibrillation on active and passive force generation in human atrial myofibrils.

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    Belus, Alexandra; Piroddi, Nicoletta; Ferrantini, Cecilia; Tesi, Chiara; Cazorla, Olivier; Toniolo, Luana; Drost, Maurice; Mearini, Giulia; Carrier, Lucie; Rossi, Alessandra; Mugelli, Alessandro; Cerbai, Elisabetta; van der Velden, Jolanda; Poggesi, Corrado

    2010-07-09

    Chronic atrial fibrillation (cAF) is associated with atrial contractile dysfunction. Sarcomere remodeling may contribute to this contractile disorder. Here, we use single atrial myofibrils and fast solution switching techniques to directly investigate the impact of cAF on myofilament mechanical function eliminating changes induced by the arrhythmia in atrial myocytes membranes and extracellular components. Remodeling of sarcomere proteins potentially related to the observed mechanical changes is also investigated. Myofibrils were isolated from atrial samples of 15 patients in sinus rhythm and 16 patients with cAF. Active tension changes following fast increase and decrease in [Ca(2+)] and the sarcomere length-passive tension relation were determined in the 2 groups of myofibrils. Compared to sinus rhythm myofibrils, cAF myofibrils showed (1) a reduction in maximum tension and in the rates of tension activation and relaxation; (2) an increase in myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity; (3) a reduction in myofibril passive tension. The slow beta-myosin heavy chain isoform and the more compliant titin isoform N2BA were up regulated in cAF myofibrils. Phosphorylation of multiple myofilament proteins was increased in cAF as compared to sinus rhythm atrial myocardium. Alterations in active and passive tension generation at the sarcomere level, explained by translational and post-translational changes of multiple myofilament proteins, are part of the contractile dysfunction of human cAF and may contribute to the self-perpetuation of the arrhythmia and the development of atrial dilatation.

  2. Increased left atrial pressure in non-heart failure patients with subclinical hypothyroidism and atrial fibrillation

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    Akinori Sairaku

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background The impact of subclinical hypothyroidism on the cardiovascular risk is still debated. We aimed to measure the relationship between subclinical hypothyroidism and the left atrial (LA pressure. Methods The LA pressures and thyroid function were measured in consecutive patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF ablation, who did not have any known heart failure, structural heart disease, or overt thyroid disease. Results Subclinical hypothyroidism (4.5≤ thyroid-stimulating hormone 18 mmHg (odds ratio 3.94, 95% CI 1.28 11.2; P = 0.02. Conclusions Subclinical hypothyroidism may increase the LA pressure in AF patients.

  3. Profound sedation with propofol modifies atrial fibrillation dynamics.

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    Cervigón, Raquel; Moreno, Javier; Pérez-Villacastín, Julián; Castells, Francisco

    2013-09-01

    During atrial fibrillation (AF), multiple wandering propagation wavelets at high rates drift around both atria under controversial hierarchical models. Antiarrhythmic drugs modify the cardiac ionic currents supporting the fibrillation process within the atria, and can alter AF propagation dynamics and even terminate the arrhythmia. However, some other drugs, theoretically nonantiarrhythmic, may slightly block particular cardiac ionic currents through uncertain mechanisms in such a subtle way at regular heart rates that may have been pharmacologically overlooked. These potential effects might be better exposed at much higher activation rates as in AF, where atrial cells depolarize over 400 times per second. In this review, we aimed to compile and discuss results from several studies evaluating the net effect of profound sedation with propofol on atrial cells and atrioventricular (AV) conduction. Propofol is a very commonly used anesthetic agent, and its possible effect on AF dynamics has systematically not been taken into account in the myriad of clinical studies dealing with AF intracardiac recordings. The possible effect of sedation with propofol on AF was evaluated through the analysis of AF propagation patterns before and after its infusion in a series of patients submitted to pulmonary vein ablation. Effect on AV conduction will be discussed as well. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Intracardiac Echocardiography during Catheter-Based Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Biermann, Jürgen; Bode, Christoph; Asbach, Stefan

    2012-01-01

    Accurate delineation of the variable left atrial anatomy is of utmost importance during anatomically based ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation targeting the pulmonary veins and possibly other structures of the atria. Intracardiac echocardiography allows real-time visualisation of the left atrium and adjacent structures and thus facilitates precise guidance of catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation. In patients with abnormal anatomy of the atria and/or the interatrial septum, intracardiac ultrasound might be especially valuable to guide transseptal access. Software algorithms like CARTOSound (Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, USA) offer the opportunity to reconstruct multiple two-dimensional ultrasound fans generated by intracardiac echocardiography to a three-dimensional object which can be merged to a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction of the left atrium. Intracardiac ultrasound reduces dwell time of catheters in the left atrium, fluoroscopy, and procedural time and is invaluable concerning early identification of potential adverse events. The application of intracardiac echocardiography has the great capability to improve success rates of catheter-based ablation procedures.

  5. Intracardiac Echocardiography during Catheter-Based Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jürgen Biermann

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate delineation of the variable left atrial anatomy is of utmost importance during anatomically based ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation targeting the pulmonary veins and possibly other structures of the atria. Intracardiac echocardiography allows real-time visualisation of the left atrium and adjacent structures and thus facilitates precise guidance of catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation. In patients with abnormal anatomy of the atria and/or the interatrial septum, intracardiac ultrasound might be especially valuable to guide transseptal access. Software algorithms like CARTOSound (Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, USA offer the opportunity to reconstruct multiple two-dimensional ultrasound fans generated by intracardiac echocardiography to a three-dimensional object which can be merged to a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction of the left atrium. Intracardiac ultrasound reduces dwell time of catheters in the left atrium, fluoroscopy, and procedural time and is invaluable concerning early identification of potential adverse events. The application of intracardiac echocardiography has the great capability to improve success rates of catheter-based ablation procedures.

  6. Clinical review : Treatment of new-onset atrial fibrillation in medical intensive care patients - a clinical framework

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    Sleeswijk, Mengalvio E.; Van Noord, Trudeke; Tulleken, Jaap E.; Ligtenberg, Jack J. M.; Girbes, Armand R. J.; Zijlstra, Jan G.

    2007-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation occurs frequently in medical intensive care unit patients. Most intensivists tend to treat this rhythm disorder because they believe it is detrimental. Whether atrial fibrillation contributes to morbidity and/or mortality and whether atrial fibrillation is an epiphenomenon of

  7. Impact of atrial fibrillation on mortality in patients with chronic heart failure

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    van den Berg, MP; van Gelder, IC; van Veldhuisen, DJ

    2002-01-01

    Chronic heart failure and atrial fibrillation often occur together. The aim of the study is to review the available literature on the impact of atrial fibrillation on mortality in patients with heart failure. Using MEDLINE six full papers were identified. In the studies with severe heart failure

  8. Alteration of peripheral vasodilatory reserve capacity after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation

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    Gosselink, ATM; Smit, AJ; Crijns, HJGM; Hillege, HH; Lie, KI

    In atrial fibrillation, exercise capacity is often reduced. This is usually ascribed to a decreased cardiac output as coin compared with sinus rhythm. Very few studies, however, have focused oil changes in the peripheral blood flow during atrial fibrillation as a potential mechanism for exercise

  9. Effects of Computerized Decision Support Systems on Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Scoping Review

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    Sheibani, Reza; Nabovati, Ehsan; Sheibani, Mehdi; Abu-Hanna, Ameen; Heidari-Bakavoli, Alireza; Eslami, Saeid

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    Potential role of computerized decision support system on management of atrial fibrillation is not well understood. To systematically review studies that evaluate the effects of computerized decision support systems and decision aids on aspects pertaining to atrial fibrillation. We searched Medline,

  10. The Role of Thyroid Hormones in the Development of Atrial Fibrillation in Thyroid Pathology

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    Full Text Available The article describes the effects of thyroid hormones on the cardiovascular system, their role in the development of cardiac arrhythmias and, particularly, atrial fibrillation. The clinical manifestations and current guidelines for the treatment of thyroid diseases in combination with atrial fibrillation are provided.

  11. J-shaped association between QTc interval duration and the risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Nielsen, Jonas Bille; Graff, Claus; Pietersen, Adrian

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the heart rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval on the electrocardiogram (ECG) is associated with the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF).......The aim of this study was to investigate whether the heart rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval on the electrocardiogram (ECG) is associated with the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF)....

  12. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is uncommon in outpatients with chronic heart failure

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    Corell, Pernille; Gustafsson, Finn; Mehlsen, Jesper

    2008-01-01

    The objective was to evaluate the prevalence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in patients with heart failure (HF) due to systolic dysfunction.......The objective was to evaluate the prevalence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in patients with heart failure (HF) due to systolic dysfunction....

  13. The Complexity of the Patient Perspective of Living with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Høgh, Vibeke; Riahi, Sam; Delmar, Charlotte

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    ’ perspective of living with atrial fibrillation by combining qualitative and quantitative data sources and methods. Related to a one-year patient journey of living with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation it is here illustrated how scores from questionnaires can be explored by supporting the scores with qualitative...

  14. ERA OF NEW ANTICOAGULANTS IN THE TREATMENT OF NON-VALVULAR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

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    Full Text Available Studies data on new anticoagulants, direct oral thrombin inhibitor (dabigatran and direct inhibitors of coagulation factor Xa (rivaroxaban, apixaban, in the treatment of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are presented. Effects of these drugs on cardiovascular events in atrial fibrillation are analyzed based on the results of various studies. Prospects for further research are discussed.

  15. ERA OF NEW ANTICOAGULANTS IN THE TREATMENT OF NON-VALVULAR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

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    Full Text Available Studies data on new anticoagulants, direct oral thrombin inhibitor (dabigatran and direct inhibitors of coagulation factor Xa (rivaroxaban, apixaban, in the treatment of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are presented. Effects of these drugs on cardiovascular events in atrial fibrillation are analyzed based on the results of various studies. Prospects for further research are discussed.

  16. Could successful cryoballoon ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation prevent progressive left atrial remodeling?

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    Erdei, Tamás; Dénes, Mónika; Kardos, Attila; Mihálcz, Attila; Földesi, Csaba; Temesvári, András; Lengyel, Mária

    2012-03-19

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been proved to be effective and to prevent progressive left atrial (LA) remodeling. Cryoballoon catheter ablation (CCA), using a different energy source, was developed to simplify the ablation procedure. Our hypothesis was that successful CCA can also prevent progressive LA remodeling. 36 patients selected for their first CCA because of nonvalvular paroxysmal AF had echocardiography before and 3, 6 and 12 months after CCA. LA diameters, volumes (LAV) and LA volume index (LAVI) were evaluated. LA function was assessed by: early diastolic velocities of the mitral annulus (Aa(sept), Aa(lat)), LA filling fraction (LAFF), LA emptying fraction (LAEF) and the systolic fraction of pulmonary venous flow (PVSF). Detailed left ventricular diastolic function assessment was also performed. Excluding recurrences in the first 3-month blanking period, the clinical success rate was 64%. During one-year of follow-up, recurrent atrial arrhythmia was found in 21 patients (58%). In the recurrent group at 12 months after ablation, minimal LAV (38 ± 19 to 44 ± 20 ml; p < 0.05), maximal LAV (73 ± 23 to 81 ± 24 ml; p < 0.05), LAVI (35 ± 10 to 39 ± 11 ml/m2; p = 0.01) and the maximal LA longitudinal diameter (55 ± 5 to 59 ± 6 mm; p < 0.01) had all increased. PVSF (58 ± 9 to 50 ± 10%; p = 0.01) and LAFF (36 ± 7 to 33 ± 8%; p = 0.03) had decreased. In contrast, after successful cryoballoon ablation LA size had not increased and LA function had not declined. In the recurrent group LAEF was significantly lower at baseline and at follow-up visits. In patients whose paroxysmal atrial fibrillation recurred within one year after cryoballoon catheter ablation left atrial size had increased and left atrial function had declined. In contrast, successful cryoballoon catheter ablation prevented progressive left atrial remodeling.

  17. Could successful cryoballoon ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation prevent progressive left atrial remodeling?

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    Erdei Tamás

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF has been proved to be effective and to prevent progressive left atrial (LA remodeling. Cryoballoon catheter ablation (CCA, using a different energy source, was developed to simplify the ablation procedure. Our hypothesis was that successful CCA can also prevent progressive LA remodeling. Methods 36 patients selected for their first CCA because of nonvalvular paroxysmal AF had echocardiography before and 3, 6 and 12 months after CCA. LA diameters, volumes (LAV and LA volume index (LAVI were evaluated. LA function was assessed by: early diastolic velocities of the mitral annulus (Aasept, Aalat, LA filling fraction (LAFF, LA emptying fraction (LAEF and the systolic fraction of pulmonary venous flow (PVSF. Detailed left ventricular diastolic function assessment was also performed. Results Excluding recurrences in the first 3-month blanking period, the clinical success rate was 64%. During one-year of follow-up, recurrent atrial arrhythmia was found in 21 patients (58%. In the recurrent group at 12 months after ablation, minimal LAV (38 ± 19 to 44 ± 20 ml; p p 2; p = 0.01 and the maximal LA longitudinal diameter (55 ± 5 to 59 ± 6 mm; p p = 0.01 and LAFF (36 ± 7 to 33 ± 8%; p = 0.03 had decreased. In contrast, after successful cryoballoon ablation LA size had not increased and LA function had not declined. In the recurrent group LAEF was significantly lower at baseline and at follow-up visits. Conclusions In patients whose paroxysmal atrial fibrillation recurred within one year after cryoballoon catheter ablation left atrial size had increased and left atrial function had declined. In contrast, successful cryoballoon catheter ablation prevented progressive left atrial remodeling.

  18. Digoxin use and risk of mortality in hypertensive patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Okin, Peter M; Hille, Darcy A; Wachtell, Kristian

    2015-01-01

    , diabetes, history of ischemic heart disease, stroke, or heart failure, baseline Cornell product, QRS duration, heart rate, serum glucose, creatinine and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and a propensity score for digoxin use entered as standard covariates, and for in-treatment heart rate, pulse......BACKGROUND: Digoxin is widely used for rate control of atrial fibrillation. However, recent studies have reported conflicting results on the association of digoxin with mortality when used in patients with atrial fibrillation. Moreover, the relationship of digoxin use to mortality in hypertensive...... patients with atrial fibrillation has not been examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: All-cause mortality was examined in relation to in-treatment digoxin use in 937 hypertensive patients with ECG left ventricular hypertrophy in atrial fibrillation at baseline (n = 134) or who developed atrial fibrillation during...

  19. Ablation Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation: "Freeze it or Buzz it; Just do it and Cure it"

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    Patwardhan AM

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Patients in normal sinus rhythm have lesser stroke rate, better functional class and quality of life than those in atrial fibrillation. Adding a surgical procedure to cure atrial fibrillation in patients needing correction of structural heart disease has been shown to be a safe option, which benefits the majority in restoration of sinus rhythm. Age is no bar to implement this option. The same does not hold true for lone atrial fibrillation. The affirm trial has shown that there is need for improved treatment strategies for patients in atrial fibrillation, although young patients were not represented in sizable proportion. There is need to develop curative treatment for patients with lone atrial fibrillation. And there are technological advances in the form of ablative energy sources and hardware for applying these with minimal invasion. “Between tomorrow’s dream and yesterday’s regret is today’s opportunity”. Let’s make the best of it!

  20. Atrial ectopy predicts late recurrence of atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation

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    Gang, Uffe J O; Nalliah, Chrishan J; Lim, Toon Wei

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after radiofrequency ablation remains significant. Asymptomatic recurrence poses a difficult clinical problem as it is associated with an equally increased risk of stroke and death compared with symptomatic AF events. Meta-analyses reveal th...... with a significantly increased risk of late AF recurrence. These results could have important clinical implications for the design of post-PVI follow-up. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: http://www.anzctr.org.au. Unique identifier: ACRTN12606000467538....

  1. Living with Atrial Fibrillation: An Analysis of Patients' Perspectives.

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    Altiok, Meral; Yilmaz, Mualla; Rencüsoğullari, Ibrahim

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the perceptions of patients with atrial fibrillation regarding the disease, to reveal their feelings, thoughts and wishes, and to investigate their perspectives and coping behaviors towards their condition. Phenomenological methodology was used. The study population consisted of a total of 225 patients treated by the cardiology department of a university hospital, while the study sample consisted of 32 patients who met the inclusion criteria. A semistructured interview addressed perceptions of patients with atrial fibrillation regarding the disease. Data were collected by asking the participants the three questions on the In-depth Individual Interview Form. Data were analyzed using the continuous comparative method of Colaizzi. In the study sample, 50.0% of participants were female, 69.0% were married, and the mean age was 66.90 years (± 7.90 years). As a result of the content analysis, four main themes and 15 subthemes were identified: patient's mental status regarding the disease, patient's social status regarding the disease, patient's physical condition regarding the disease, and disease management and coping with the disease. The study found that individuals with atrial fibrillation faced major limitations in their daily living activities and social lives due to the disease symptoms and warfarin use. Patients need to be provided with relevant individual training and counselling so that they lead more satisfactory lives. In addition, appropriate health appointment and monitoring systems should be developed for patients to reduce the problems associated with frequent follow-up appointments. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Current Strategies and Recommendations

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    Gerald V. Naccarelli, MD

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Stroke is the most common complication of atrial fibrillation (AF. Guidelines recommend anticoagulant treatment in patients with CHA2DS2VASc scores of >2. Registry data suggests that almost half of patients who should be on therapeutic anticoagulation for stroke prevention in AF (SPAF are not. Warfarin and more recently developed agents, the “novel anticoagulants” (NOACs reduce the risk of embolic strokes. In addition, the NOACs also reduce intracranial hemorrhage (ICH by over 50% compared to warfarin. Anticoagulation and bridging strategies involving cardioversion, catheter ablation, and invasive/surgical procedures are reviewed. The development of reversal agents for NOACs and the introduction of left atrial appendage occluding devices will evolve the use of newer strategies for preventing stroke in high risk AF patients.

  3. Strategies in the Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Leanne Harling

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and economic burden and confers a lifetime risk of up to 25%. Current medical management involves thromboembolism prevention, rate, and rhythm control. An increased understanding of AF pathophysiology has led to enhanced pharmacological and medical therapies; however this is often limited by toxicity, variable symptom control, and inability to modulate the atrial substrate. Surgical AF ablation has been available since the original description of the Cox Maze procedure, either as a standalone or concomitant intervention. Advances in novel energy delivery systems have allowed the development of less technically demanding procedures potentially eliminating the need for median sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass. Variations in the definition, duration, and reporting of AF have produced methodological limitations impacting on the validity of interstudy comparisons. Standardization of these parameters may, in future, allow us to further evaluate clinical endpoints and establish the efficacy of these techniques.

  4. Atrial Tachycardias Arising from Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Proarrhythmic Bump or an Antiarrhythmic Turn?

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    Ashok J. Shah

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The occurrence of atrial tachycardias (AT is a direct function of the volume of atrial tissue ablated in the patients with atrial fibrillation (AF. Thus, the incidence of AT is highest in persistent AF patients undergoing stepwise ablation using the strategic combination of pulmonary vein isolation, electrogram based ablation and left atrial linear ablation. Using deductive mapping strategy, AT can be divided into three clinical categories viz. the macroreentry, the focal and the newly described localized reentry all of which are amenable to catheter ablation with success rate of 95%. Perimitral, roof dependent and cavotricuspid isthmus dependent AT involve large reentrant circuits which can be successfully ablated at the left mitral isthmus, left atrial roof and tricuspid isthmus respectively. Complete bidirectional block across the sites of linear ablation is a necessary endpoint. Focal and localized reentrant AT commonly originate from but are not limited to the septum, posteroinferior left atrium, venous ostia, base of the left atrial appendage and left mitral isthmus and they respond quickly to focal ablation. AT not only represents ablation-induced proarrhythmia but also forms a bridge between AF and sinus rhythm in longstanding AF patients treated successfully with catheter ablation.

  5. miRNAs as biomarkers of atrial fibrillation.

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    Gomes da Silva, Ananília Medeiros; Silbiger, Vivian Nogueira

    2014-12-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a highly prevalent arrhythmia with pronounced morbidity and mortality. Genetics analysis has established electrophysiological substrates, which determine individual vulnerability to AF occurrence and maintenance. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) found in virtually all organisms function as negative regulators of protein-coding genes. Several studies have suggested a role for miRNAs in the regulation of cardiac excitability and arrhythmogenesis. This review is based on 18 studies conducted between 2009 and 2013 to investigate the association of miRNAs with AF. miRNAs are discussed here as candidate biomarkers for AF in blood and cardiac tissues and as potential targets for AF therapy.

  6. Managing atrial fibrillation in active patients and athletes.

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    Reiss, R A

    1999-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation in young or middle-aged active patients can often be managed with medication. Evaluation should address associated conditions and predisposing factors such as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, congenital heart disease, hyperthyroidism, excess alcohol or other drug use, and exercise-induced catecholamine release. Diagnostic studies may include an ECG, 24-hour Holter or event monitoring, exercise treadmill testing, stress echocardiography, electrophysiologic studies, and laboratory testing. Electrocardioversion provides rapid, predictable treatment, but ablation therapy is sometimes needed.

  7. Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation

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    Kivimäki, Mika; Nyberg, Solja T.; Batty, G. David

    2017-01-01

    .003). There was no significant heterogeneity between the cohort-specific effect estimates (I2=0%, P = 0.66) and the finding remained after excluding participants with coronary heart disease or stroke at baseline or during the follow-up (N= 2006, hazard ratio= 1.36, 95% CI= 1.05-1.76, P = 0.0180). Adjustment for potential...... confounding factors, such as obesity, risky alcohol use and high blood pressure, had little impact on this association. Conclusion Individuals who worked long hours were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those working standard hours....

  8. Management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation in diabetic patients

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    Fumagalli, Stefano; Said, Salah A; Laroche, Cecile

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    of DM was 20.6%. Diabetics were older (71±9 vs. 68±12 years, p Quality of life amongst DM patients was significantly worse (AF-QoL score...... had significantly higher all-cause (11.9 vs. 4.9%, p quality of life. After one year, all-cause, CV and non......Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical correlates of DM, including management and outcomes, in the EURObservational Research Programme (EORP) - Atrial Fibrillation (AF) General Pilot (EORP...

  9. Brugada syndrome risk loci seem protective against atrial fibrillation

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    Andreasen, Laura; Nielsen, Jonas B; Darkner, Stine

    2014-01-01

    Several studies have shown an overlap between genes involved in the pathophysiological mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and Brugada Syndrome (BrS). We investigated whether three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs11708996; G>C located intronic to SCN5A, rs10428132; T>G located in SCN...... associated with BrS was lower in AF patients than in patients free of AF, suggesting a protective role of these loci in developing AF.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 26 March 2014; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2014.46....

  10. Novel oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Bongiorni, Maria Grazia; Dobreanu, Dan

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) survey was to assess clinical practice in relation to stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), particularly into the use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention, among members of the EHRA electrophysiology (EP......) research network. In this EP Wire survey, we have provided some insights into current practice in Europe for the use of NOACs for stroke prevention in AF. There were clear practice differences evident, and also the need for greater adherence to the guidelines, especially since guideline adherent management...

  11. Usefulness of vernakalant hydrochloride injection for rapid conversion of atrial fibrillation

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    Pratt, Craig M; Roy, Denis; Torp-Pedersen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to assess the safety and effectiveness of vernakalant hydrochloride injection (RSD1235), a novel antiarrhythmic drug, for the conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter to sinus rhythm (SR). Patients with either AF or atrial flutter were...

  12. Facilitating internal cardioversion of chronic atrial fibrillation with ibutilide--predictors of atrial defibrillation-threshold decrease.

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    Efremidis, Michalis; Sideris, Antonis; Batra, Ravinder; Manolatos, Dimitrios; Xidonas, Sotirios; Kardara, Dimitra; Ekonomou, Dimitrios; Evagelou, Dimitrios; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Kardaras, Fotios

    2004-06-01

    Internal atrial cardioversion has been successfully used in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The object of this study was to depict the effect of ibutilide on sinus rhythm restoration and internal atrial defibrillation threshold in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation. Twenty-four patients (14 men and 10 women, mean age 63.16+/-8.55 years) with chronic atrial fibrillation were cardioverted using a single-lead system. The distal coil of the defibrillator catheter was placed in the coronary sinus and the proximal coil at the junction of the superior vena cava and the high right atrium. Synchronized biphasic shocks were applied using a step-up protocol from 1 to 30 joules until sinus rhythm was restored. In all patients with successful cardioversion, atrial fibrillation was reinduced and second cardioversion was attempted after intravenous administration of 1 mg ibutilide. Successful internal cardioversion was achieved in 22 (91.6%) and 23 (95.83%) patients before and after ibutilide administration, respectively. The amount of energy given was reduced from 13.89+/-11.44 to 8.28+/-9.64 joules (p=0.0001). Variables associated with the reduction of the defibrillation threshold after ibutilide administration were: duration of the last episode of atrial fibrillation (p=0.008), time since the first episode of atrial fibrillation (p=0.002), body mass index (p=0.01), ejection fraction (p=0.025), male gender (p=0.001), and diameter of the left atrium (p=0.028). Internal atrial defibrillation after ibutilide administration is a safe and effective method for sinus rhythm restoration, with concurrent significant reduction of the atrial defibrillation threshold.

  13. New Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Valvular Heart Disease

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    Naser Safaie

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available "nPatients with valvular heart disease suffer from atrial fibrillation for more than 12 months after valve surgery and have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm. We performed an intra-operative procedure similar to surgical maze ІІІ procedure for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. We did this study to evaluate the efficacy of this procedure to restore the sinus rhythm in patients with valvular heart disease. 28 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent different combinations of valve surgery and concomitant reduction of left and right atrial size and resection of both atrial auricles in Shahid Madani cardiothoracic center from September 2004 to October 2008. The procedure for atrial fibrillation treatment was performed with cardiopulmonary bypass and after mitral valve replacement. There was one in-hospital death postoperatively because of respiratory failure, but no other complication till 6 months after the operation. Out of 28 patients, 23 were in sinus rhythm one week after the operation, one patient had junctional rhythm after the operation that restored to sinus rhythm and 4 patients had persistent atrial fibrillation. During the 12-month follow up, atrial fibrillation was corrected in 82.14%. Doppler echocardiography in these patients with sinus rhythm demonstrated good atrial contractility. This procedure on both atria is effective and less invasive than the original maze procedure to eliminate the atrial fibrillation, and can be performed in patients with valvular heart disease without increasing the risk of operation.

  14. Use of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation after Stroke

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    Jespersen, Stine Funder; Christensen, Louisa M; Christensen, Anders

    2013-01-01

    Background. The knowledge is still sparse about patient related factors, influencing oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC) rates, in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Aims. To assess the use of OAC in ischemic stroke patients diagnosed with AF and to identify patient related factors inf...... were positive predictors of OAC, while excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and institutionalization were negative predictors of OAC (P values......Background. The knowledge is still sparse about patient related factors, influencing oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC) rates, in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Aims. To assess the use of OAC in ischemic stroke patients diagnosed with AF and to identify patient related factors...... predictors of OAC. Results. 17.1% (n = 9,482) of ischemic stroke patients had AF. OAC prescription rates were increasing, and in 2011 46.6% were prescribed OAC, 42.5% had a contraindication, and 3.7% were not prescribed OAC without a stated contraindication. Younger age, less severe stroke, and male gender...

  15. Edoxaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Giugliano, Robert P; Ruff, Christian T; Braunwald, Eugene

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Edoxaban is a direct oral factor Xa inhibitor with proven antithrombotic effects. The long-term efficacy and safety of edoxaban as compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation is not known. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trial comparing two...... once-daily regimens of edoxaban with warfarin in 21,105 patients with moderate-to-high-risk atrial fibrillation (median follow-up, 2.8 years). The primary efficacy end point was stroke or systemic embolism. Each edoxaban regimen was tested for noninferiority to warfarin during the treatment period....... The principal safety end point was major bleeding. RESULTS: The annualized rate of the primary end point during treatment was 1.50% with warfarin (median time in the therapeutic range, 68.4%), as compared with 1.18% with high-dose edoxaban (hazard ratio, 0.79; 97.5% confidence interval [CI], 0.63 to 0.99; P

  16. Sotalol versus Amiodarone in Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Somberg, John; Molnar, Janos

    2016-01-01

    The availability of intravenous (IV) Sotalol has equalized the treatment options since both amiodarone and sotalol are available in both IV and oral formulations. A review of the efficacy of sotalol as compared to amiodarone both for conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) and maintenance of normal sinus rhythm (NSR) following cardiac surgery was undertaken. Standard methods of meta-analysis were employed. Full text publications of clinical trials written in English that compared the efficacy of sotalol to amiodarone were included in the analysis. For the conversion of AF to NSR, five studies were found eligible for the analysis. Two studies clinically compared sotalol to amiodarone for the maintenance of NSR after cardiac surgery. The common relative success of sotalol was 0.947 (95Cl: 0.837 to 1.071, P = 0.385), revealing essentially no differences in efficacy for conversion between amiodarone and sotalol. The average conversion rate was 47% with sotalol and 52% with amiodarone. The conversion rates were lower for persistent AF (sotalol 22% and amiodarone 27%), while greatest for recent onset AF (88% sotalol and 77% for amiodarone). The risk of developing post-operative atrial fibrillation was practically the same in both regimes, relative risk = 1.214 (95% CI: 0.815-1.808, p=0.339). In summary, sotalol and amiodarone are equally effective in AF conversion and maintenance of NSR post-cardiac surgery.

  17. What patients want and need to know about atrial fibrillation

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    Full Text Available Pamela J McCabe Saint Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Abstract: Clinicians in a variety of settings are called upon to care for patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF, a common chronic condition that affects up to 3 million people in the USA. Evidence-based guidelines provide clinicians with direction for treatment of AF, but recommended content for educating patients and counseling about self-management of AF is not included in published guidelines. When patients believe they have a good understanding of AF they report fewer symptoms, perceive greater control over AF, and attribute less emotional distress to AF. Thus, providing patients with information about AF and how to manage it is important for promoting positive outcomes. The purpose of this article is to offer evidence-based recommendations for content to include in self-management education and counseling for patients with AF. Approaches for educating and counseling patients related to AF pathophysiology, the nature of AF (its cause, consequences, and trajectory, treatments, action plans, and symptom management, and managing the psychosocial challenges of living with AF, are discussed. Keywords: atrial fibrillation, patient education, self-management education, counseling

  18. Catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: segmental pulmonary vein ostial ablation versus left atrial ablation.

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    Oral, Hakan; Scharf, Christoph; Chugh, Aman; Hall, Burr; Cheung, Peter; Good, Eric; Veerareddy, Srikar; Pelosi, Frank; Morady, Fred

    2003-11-11

    Segmental ostial catheter ablation (SOCA) to isolate the pulmonary veins (PVs) and left atrial catheter ablation (LACA) to encircle the PVs both may eliminate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). The relative efficacy of these 2 techniques has not been directly compared. Of 80 consecutive patients with symptomatic PAF (age, 52+/-10 years), 40 patients underwent PV isolation by SOCA and 40 patients underwent LACA to encircle the PVs. During SOCA, ostial PV potentials recorded with a ring catheter were targeted. LACA was performed by encircling the left- and right-sided PVs 1 to 2 cm from the ostia and was guided by an electroanatomic mapping system; ablation lines also were created in the mitral isthmus and posterior left atrium. The mean procedure and fluoroscopy times were 156+/-45 and 50+/-17 minutes for SOCA and 149+/-33 and 39+/-12 minutes for LACA, respectively. At 6 months, 67% of patients who underwent SOCA and 88% of patients who underwent LACA were free of symptomatic PAF when not taking antiarrhythmic drug therapy (P=0.02). Among the variables of age, sex, duration and frequency of PAF, ejection fraction, left atrial size, structural heart disease, and the ablation technique, only an increased left atrial size and the SOCA technique were independent predictors of recurrent PAF. The only complication was left atrial flutter in a patient who underwent LACA. In patients undergoing catheter ablation for PAF, LACA to encircle the PVs is more effective than SOCA.

  19. Frequency and significance of right atrial appendage thrombi in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.

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    Cresti, Alberto; García-Fernández, Miguel Angel; Miracapillo, Gennaro; Picchi, Andrea; Cesareo, Francesca; Guerrini, Francesco; Severi, Silva

    2014-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL) are strong atrial thrombosis (THR) risk factors. In recent-onset tachyarrhythmias, the incidence of left atrial appendage (LAA) THR, detected by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), has been widely studied, ranging from 6% to 18% (AF) and 4% to 11% (AFL). On the contrary, few studies have assessed right atrial appendage (RAA) THR, and there is no information on the relation between the RAA flow characteristics and the presence of RAA THR. The aims of this study were to evaluate the incidence of RAA THR in a population of patients undergoing TEE-guided cardioversion for recent-onset atrial tachyarrhythmias and to analyze RAA Doppler flow and its relation to thrombus formation. From 1998 to 2012, patients admitted to the emergency department for persistent, non-self-terminating atrial tachyarrhythmia lasting >2 days who gave informed consent for TEE-guided cardioversion were prospectively enrolled in the study. Among 1,042 patients, complete anatomic and functional studies of the LAA and RAA were feasible in 983 (AF, n = 810 [23%]; AFL, n = 173 [5%]). The presence of RAA and LAA THR, appendage emptying velocities, and the presence of severe spontaneous echocardiographic contrast were studied. The overall incidence of atrial THR was 9.7% (96 of 983). The incidence of THR was 9.3% (91 of 983) in the LAA and 0.73% (seven of 983) in the RAA (P thrombi are significantly less frequent than LAA thrombi but may reach large dimensions. Multiplane TEE allows RAA morphologic and functional assessment. Before TEE-guided cardioversion, both the LAA and the RAA must be routinely studied. Copyright © 2014 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Indexed left atrial volume predicts the recurrence of non-valvular atrial fibrillation after successful cardioversion.

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    Marchese, Procolo; Bursi, Francesca; Delle Donne, Grazia; Malavasi, Vincenzo; Casali, Edoardo; Barbieri, Andrea; Melandri, Francesco; Modena, Maria Grazia

    2011-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) induces remodelling of the left atrium (LA). Indexed LA volume (iLAV) as more accurate measure of LA size has not been evaluated as predictor of recurrence of AFib after cardioversion. We identified 411 adults (mean age 64.1 ± 11.4 years, 34.5% women) who underwent successful cardioversion and with no history of other atrial arrhythmia, stroke, congenital heart disease, valvular dysfunction, surgery, thyroid dysfunction, acute or chronic inflammatory disease, and pacemaker. All echocardiographic data were retrieved from the laboratory database. iLAV was measured off-line using Simpson's method. Clinical characteristics and recurrence of clinical AFib were determined by review of medical records. Patients with scheduled follow-up of at least 6 months were included. About 250 patients (60.8%) developed AFib recurrence after a median (25th-75th percentile) follow-up of 345.0 (210.0-540.0) days. Patients with AFib recurrence had significantly greater iLAV than patients without AFib recurrence (39.7 ± 8.4 vs. 31.4 ± 4.6, P < 0.001). Each mL/m(2) increase in iLAV was associated with a 30% increased risk of AFib recurrence [odds ratio (OR) 1.30, confidence interval (CI) 1.23-1.38, P < 0.001]. In a multivariable model, each mL/m(2) increase in iLAV was independently associated with a 21% increase in the risk of AFib recurrence (OR 1.21, CI 1.11-1.30, P < 0.001). The areas under receiver operating characteristic curves, generated to compare LA diameter and iLAV as predictors of AFib recurrence, were 0.59 ± 0.3 and 0.85 ± 0.2, respectively (P < 0.001). The present study is the first to show that larger iLAV before cardioversion, as a more accurate measure of LA remodelling than LA diameter, is strongly and independently associated with higher risks of AFib recurrence.

  1. Impact of atrial fibrillation on the accuracy of oscillometric blood pressure monitoring.

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    Pagonas, Nikolaos; Schmidt, Sven; Eysel, Jörg; Compton, Friederike; Hoffmann, Clemens; Seibert, Felix; Hilpert, Justus; Tschöpe, Carsten; Zidek, Walter; Westhoff, Timm H

    2013-09-01

    The introduction of automated oscillometric blood pressure monitors was the basis for today's widespread use of blood pressure self-measurement. However, in atrial fibrillation, there is a controversial debate on the use of oscillometry because there is a high variability of heart rate and stroke volume. To date, the accuracy of oscillometric blood pressure monitoring in atrial fibrillation has only been investigated using auscultatory sphygmomanometry as reference method, which may be biased by arrhythmia as well. We performed a cross-sectional study in 102 patients (52 sinus rhythm, 50 atrial fibrillation) assessing the accuracy of an automated and validated oscillometric upper arm (M5 Professional, Omron) and wrist device (R5 Professional, Omron) to invasively assessed arterial pressure. Blood pressure values were calculated as the mean of 3 consecutive measurements. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure did not significantly differ in patients with sinus rhythm and atrial fibrillation, independent of the method of measurement (P>0.05 each). The within-subject variability of the oscillometric measurements was higher in patients with atrial fibrillation compared with sinus rhythm (Pblood pressure, however, did not significantly differ in presence or absence of atrial fibrillation in Bland-Altmann analysis (P>0.05 each). In conclusion, atrial fibrillation did not significantly affect the accuracy of oscillometric measurements, if 3 repeated measurements were performed.

  2. Atrial fibrillation-linked germline GJA5/connexin40 mutants showed an increased hemichannel function.

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    Yiguo Sun

    Full Text Available Mutations in GJA5 encoding the gap junction protein connexin40 (Cx40 have been linked to lone atrial fibrillation. Some of these mutants result in impaired gap junction function due to either abnormal connexin localization or impaired gap junction channels, which may play a role in promoting atrial fibrillation. However, the effects of the atrial fibrillation-linked Cx40 mutants on hemichannel function have not been studied. Here we investigated two atrial fibrillation-linked germline Cx40 mutants, V85I and L221I. These two mutants formed putative gap junction plaques at cell-cell interfaces, with similar gap junction coupling conductance as that of wild-type Cx40. Connexin deficient HeLa cells expressing either one of these two mutants displayed prominent propidium iodide-uptake distinct from cells expressing wild-type Cx40 or other atrial fibrillation-linked Cx40 mutants, I75F, L229M, and Q49X. Propidium iodide-uptake was sensitive to [Ca2+]o and the hemichannel blockers, carbenoxolone, flufenamic acid and mefloquine, but was not affected by the pannexin 1 channel blocking agent, probenecid, indicating that uptake is most likely mediated via connexin hemichannels. A gain-of-hemichannel function in these two atrial fibrillation-linked Cx40 mutants may provide a novel mechanism underlying the etiology of atrial fibrillation.

  3. Pathophysiological and therapeutic implications in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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    Hohendanner, Felix; Heinzel, F R; Blaschke, F; Pieske, B M; Haverkamp, W; Boldt, H L; Parwani, A S

    2017-10-16

    Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are common and responsible for significant mortality of patients. Both share the same risk factors like hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arteriosclerosis, and age. A variety of microscopic and macroscopic changes favor the genesis of atrial fibrillation in patients with preexisting heart failure, altered subcellular Ca(2+) homeostasis leading to increased cellular automaticity as well as concomitant fibrosis that are induced by pressure/volume overload and altered neurohumoral states. Atrial fibrillation itself promotes clinical deterioration of patients with preexisting heart failure as atrial contraction significantly contributes to ventricular filling. In addition, atrial fibrillation induced tachycardia can even further compromise ventricular function by inducing tachycardiomyopathy. Even though evidence has been provided that atrial functions significantly and independently of confounding ventricular pathologies, correlate with mortality of heart failure patients, rate and rhythm controls have been shown to be of equal effectiveness in improving mortality. Yet, it also has been shown that cohorts of patients with heart failure benefit from a rhythm control concept regarding symptom control and hospitalization. To date, amiodarone is the most feasible approach to restore sinus rhythm, yet its use is limited by its extensive side-effect profile. In addition, other therapies like catheter-based pulmonary vein isolation are of increasing importance. A wide range of heart failure-specific therapies are available with mixed impact on new onset or perpetuation of atrial fibrillation. This review highlights pathophysiological concepts and possible therapeutic approaches to treat patients with heart failure at risk for or with atrial fibrillation.

  4. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism increase atrial fibrillation inducibility in rats.

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    Zhang, Youhua; Dedkov, Eduard I; Teplitsky, Diana; Weltman, Nathan Y; Pol, Christine J; Rajagopalan, Viswanathan; Lee, Bianca; Gerdes, A Martin

    2013-10-01

    Evidence indicates that cardiac hypothyroidism may contribute to heart failure progression. It is also known that heart failure is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Although it is established that hyperthyroidism increases AF incidence, the effect of hypothyroidism on AF is unclear. This study investigated the effects of different thyroid hormone levels, ranging from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism on AF inducibility in thyroidectomized rats. Thyroidectomized rats with serum-confirmed hypothyroidism 1 month after surgery were randomized into hypothyroid (N=9), euthyroid (N=9), and hyperthyroid (N=9) groups. Rats received placebo, 3.3-mg l-thyroxine (T4), or 20-mg T4 pellets (60-day release form) for 2 months, respectively. At the end of treatment, hypothyroid, euthyroid, and hyperthyroid status was confirmed. Hypothyroid animals showed cardiac atrophy and reduced cardiac systolic and diastolic functions, whereas hyperthyroid rats exhibited cardiac hypertrophy and increased cardiac function. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism produced opposite electrophysiological changes in heart rates and atrial effective refractory period, but both significantly increased AF susceptibility. AF incidence was 78% in hypothyroid, 67% in hyperthyroid, and the duration of induced AF was also longer, compared with 11% in the euthyroid group (all PHypothyroidism increased atrial interstitial fibrosis, but connexin 43 was not affected. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism lead to increased AF vulnerability in a rat thyroidectomy model. Our results stress that normal thyroid hormone levels are required to maintain normal cardiac electrophysiology and to prevent cardiac arrhythmias and AF.

  5. [New antiarrhythmic drugs for the treatment of atrial fibrillation].

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    Botto, Giovanni Luca; Russo, Giovanni; Mariconti, Barbara; Pentimalli, Francesco; Campana, Carlo

    2012-10-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice and a difficult-to-treat arrhythmia. Conventional antiarrhythmic drugs, including flecainide, propafenone, sotalol and amiodarone, have several limitations in terms of efficacy and tolerability, and have made new drug development crucial. In the last decade, intensive research was undertaken to find new pharmacological options for the treatment of AF, and two new drugs are now available. Vernakalant is an atrial-selective drug specifically designed to block sodium channels at the atrial level, and its intravenous formulation has recently been recommended for approval by the Food and Drug Administration for pharmacological conversion of AF. Dronedarone is a chemical derivative of amiodarone (though having a significantly different clinical profile) with effects on multiple ion channels that proved effective in reducing the rate of the combined endpoint of death from any cause and cardiovascular hospitalization in patients with non-permanent AF enrolled in the ATHENA study. The available evidence on the efficacy of dronedarone has led to approval for recommendation in many clinical situations in which rhythm control is desirable. The complexity of the mechanisms underlying AF and the large variability of associated comorbidities render the AF patient a unique entity, making the identification of patients who may benefit from these novel approaches challenging.

  6. Antithrombotic treatment and characteristics of elderly patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation hospitalized at Internal Medicine departments. NONAVASC registry.

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    Gullón, Alejandra; Suárez, Carmen; Díez-Manglano, Jesús; Formiga, Francesc; Cepeda, José María; Pose, Antonio; Camafort, Miguel; Castiella, Jesús; Rovira, Eduardo; Mostaza, José María

    2017-03-03

    The prevalence of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) increases with the patient's age and is associated with high morbi-mortality rates. The main goal of this study was to describe the characteristics of hospitalized elderly patients with NVAF and to identify the clinical and functional factors which determine the use of different antithrombotic strategies. Observational, prospective, multicentre study carried out on patients with NVAF over the age of 75, who had been admitted for any medical condition to Internal Medicine departments. We evaluated 804 patients with a mean age of 85 years (range 75-101), of which 53.9% were females. The prevalence of risk factors and cardiovascular disease was high: hypertension (87.6%), heart failure (65.4%), ischemic cardiomyopathy (24.4%), cerebrovascular disease (22.4%) and chronic kidney disease (45%). Among those cases with previous diagnoses of NVAF, antithrombotic treatment was prescribed in 86.2% of patients: anticoagulants (59.7%), antiplatelet medication (17.8%) and double therapy (8.7%). The factors associated with the use of antithrombotic treatment were history of acute coronary syndrome and atrial fibrillation progression longer than one year. Older age, atrial fibrillation for less than one year, higher HAS-BLED scores and severe cognitive impairment were associated with the use of anti-platelet drugs. Permanent atrial fibrillation favoured the use of anticoagulants. Hospitalized patients older than 75 years old with NVAF showed numerous comorbidities. The percentage of anticoagulation was small and 18% received only anti-platelet therapy. The patient's age, atrial fibrillation's progression time and the severity of the cognitive impairment influenced this therapy choice. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  7. Use of amiodarone for atrial fibrillation in patients with preexisting pulmonary disease in the AFFIRM study.

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    Olshansky, Brian; Sami, Magdi; Rubin, Andrew; Kostis, John; Shorofsky, Stephen; Slee, April; Greene, H Leon

    2005-02-01

    In the Atrial Fibrillation Follow-up Investigation of Rhythm Management study, preexisting pulmonary disease did not preclude the use of amiodarone. Preexisting pulmonary disease was associated with a higher risk of pulmonary death and had a higher risk of diagnosed amiodarone pulmonary toxicity. However, use of amiodarone in the presence of preexisting pulmonary disease did not increase pulmonary death and all-cause mortality rates. Cautious use of amiodarone to treat atrial fibrillation appears acceptable in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation, even if preexisting pulmonary disease is present.

  8. Cardiovascular exercise and burden of arrhythmia in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Skielboe, Ane Katrine; Bandholm, Thomas Quaade; Hakmann, Stine

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Physical activity at moderate-high intensity is recommended to prevent lifestyle diseases. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at risk of a sedentary lifestyle due to fear of exercise-induced episodes of atrial fibrillation. The burden of arrhythmia can be reduced by physical exercise...... intensity physical exercise was not superior to low intensity physical exercise in reducing burden of atrial fibrillation. HI exercise was well tolerated; no evidence of an increased risk was found for HI compared to LI exercise. Larger studies are required to further prove our findings. TRIAL REGISTRATION...

  9. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Systolic Dysfunction: Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

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    Tasso Julio Lobo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AF often coexist in a deleterious cycle. Objective: To evaluate the clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction and AF treated with radiofrequency (RF ablation. Methods: Patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction [ejection fraction (EF <50%] and AF refractory to drug therapy underwent stepwise RF ablation in the same session with pulmonary vein isolation, ablation of AF nests and of residual atrial tachycardia, named "background tachycardia". Clinical (NYHA functional class and echocardiographic (EF, left atrial diameter data were compared (McNemar test and t test before and after ablation. Results: 31 patients (6 women, 25 men, aged 37 to 77 years (mean, 59.8±10.6, underwent RF ablation. The etiology was mainly idiopathic (19 p, 61%. During a mean follow-up of 20.3±17 months, 24 patients (77% were in sinus rhythm, 11 (35% being on amiodarone. Eight patients (26% underwent more than one procedure (6 underwent 2 procedures, and 2 underwent 3 procedures. Significant NYHA functional class improvement was observed (pre-ablation: 2.23±0.56; postablation: 1.13±0.35; p<0.0001. The echocardiographic outcome also showed significant ventricular function improvement (EF pre: 44.68%±6.02%, post: 59%±13.2%, p=0.0005 and a significant left atrial diameter reduction (pre: 46.61±7.3 mm; post: 43.59±6.6 mm; p=0.026. No major complications occurred. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that AF ablation in patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction is a safe and highly effective procedure. Arrhythmia control has a great impact on ventricular function recovery and functional class improvement.

  10. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Systolic Dysfunction: Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

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    Lobo, Tasso Julio; Pachon, Carlos Thiene; Pachon, Jose Carlos; Pachon, Enrique Indalecio; Pachon, Maria Zelia; Pachon, Juan Carlos; Santillana, Tomas Guillermo; Zerpa, Juan Carlos; Albornoz, Remy Nelson; Jatene, Adib Domingos

    2015-01-01

    Background Heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AF) often coexist in a deleterious cycle. Objective To evaluate the clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction and AF treated with radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Methods Patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction [ejection fraction (EF) <50%] and AF refractory to drug therapy underwent stepwise RF ablation in the same session with pulmonary vein isolation, ablation of AF nests and of residual atrial tachycardia, named "background tachycardia". Clinical (NYHA functional class) and echocardiographic (EF, left atrial diameter) data were compared (McNemar test and t test) before and after ablation. Results 31 patients (6 women, 25 men), aged 37 to 77 years (mean, 59.8±10.6), underwent RF ablation. The etiology was mainly idiopathic (19 p, 61%). During a mean follow-up of 20.3±17 months, 24 patients (77%) were in sinus rhythm, 11 (35%) being on amiodarone. Eight patients (26%) underwent more than one procedure (6 underwent 2 procedures, and 2 underwent 3 procedures). Significant NYHA functional class improvement was observed (pre-ablation: 2.23±0.56; postablation: 1.13±0.35; p<0.0001). The echocardiographic outcome also showed significant ventricular function improvement (EF pre: 44.68%±6.02%, post: 59%±13.2%, p=0.0005) and a significant left atrial diameter reduction (pre: 46.61±7.3 mm; post: 43.59±6.6 mm; p=0.026). No major complications occurred. Conclusion Our findings suggest that AF ablation in patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction is a safe and highly effective procedure. Arrhythmia control has a great impact on ventricular function recovery and functional class improvement. PMID:25387404

  11. [Maze operation for chronic atrial fibrillation with valvular heart diseases].

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    Abe, T; Kukawi, K; Mawatari, T; Sakata, J; Komatsu, K; Urita, R; Komatsu, S

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    Between July 1994 and August 1995, 14 patients underwent combined modified maze procedure and valvular surgery including 5 patients having reoperation. Associated procedures were performed with mitral valve operation (n = 13), tricuspid annuloplasty or valve replacement (n = 9) and aortic valve replacement (n = 4). Duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) varied from 1 to 18 years (mean 8.0 +/- 5.8 year), the f-wave voltage ranged from 0.05 to 0.5 mV (0.21 +/- 0.13 mV), left atrial dimension (LAD) ranged from 35.6 to 66.3 mm (49.0 +/- 9.3). One patient died 2 months after undergoing combined maze procedure and MVR + TAP due to pulmonary infection and sepsis, but the other 13 patients survived. Nine patients (69%) regained atrial rhythm, two patients (15%) had junctional rhythm and another two (15%) remained in AF at follow-up periods between 1 to 11.5 months (6.3 +/- 3.1). The nine patients who recovered to normal sinus rhythm had preoperative f-wave for a significant higher voltage than the patients with AF and JR (0.27 +/- 0.12 vs 0.13 +/- 0.05 mV, p < 0.05) and a smaller left atrial dimension (44.5 +/- 0.7 vs 54.8 +/- 6.9 mm, p < 0.05). These data suggest that the maze operation is effective and should be considered for patients with chronic AF indicated for surgical valvular diseases.

  12. Combined percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty and left atrial appendage occlusion device implantation for rheumatic mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation

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    Murdoch, Dale, E-mail: dale_murdoch@health.qld.gov.au [The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (Australia); The University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia); McAulay, Laura [The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (Australia); Walters, Darren L. [The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (Australia); The University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia)

    2014-11-15

    Rheumatic heart disease is a common cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide, mostly in developing countries. Mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation often coexist, related to both structural and inflammatory changes of the mitral valve and left atrium. Both predispose to left atrial thrombus formation, commonly involving the left atrial appendage. Thromboembolism can occur, with devastating consequences. We report the case of a 62 year old woman with rheumatic heart disease resulting in mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation. Previous treatment with warfarin resulted in life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding and she refused further anticoagulant therapy. A combined procedure was performed, including percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty and left atrial appendage occlusion device implantation with the Atritech® Watchman® device. No thromboembolic or bleeding complications were encountered at one year follow-up. Long-term follow-up in a cohort of patients will be required to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this strategy.

  13. Analysis of immune cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with atrial fibrillation or sinus rhythm.

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    Smorodinova, Natalia; Bláha, Martin; Melenovský, Vojtěch; Rozsívalová, Karolína; Přidal, Jaromír; Ďurišová, Mária; Pirk, Jan; Kautzner, Josef; Kučera, Tomáš

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and despite obvious clinical importance remains its pathogenesis only partially explained. A relation between inflammation and AF has been suggested by findings of increased inflammatory markers in AF patients. The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally CD45-positive inflammatory cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with AF as compared to sinus rhythm (SR). We examined 46 subjects (19 with AF, and 27 in SR) undergoing coronary bypass or valve surgery. Peroperative bioptic samples of the left and the right atrial tissue were examined using immunohistochemistry. The number of CD3+ T-lymphocytes and CD68-KP1+ cells were elevated in the left atrial myocardium of patients with AF compared to those in SR. Immune cell infiltration of LA was related to the rhythm, but not to age, body size, LA size, mitral regurgitation grade, type of surgery, systemic markers of inflammation or presence of diabetes or hypertension. Most of CD68-KP1+ cells corresponded to dendritic cell population based on their morphology and immunoreactivity for DC-SIGN. The numbers of mast cells and CD20+ B-lymphocytes did not differ between AF and SR patients. No foci of inflammation were detected in any sample. An immunohistochemical analysis of samples from patients undergoing open heart surgery showed moderate and site-specific increase of inflammatory cells in the atrial myocardium of patients with AF compared to those in SR, with prevailing population of monocyte-macrophage lineage. These cells and their cytokine products may play a role in atrial remodeling and AF persistence.

  14. Analysis of immune cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with atrial fibrillation or sinus rhythm.

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    Natalia Smorodinova

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common arrhythmia and despite obvious clinical importance remains its pathogenesis only partially explained. A relation between inflammation and AF has been suggested by findings of increased inflammatory markers in AF patients.The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally CD45-positive inflammatory cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with AF as compared to sinus rhythm (SR.We examined 46 subjects (19 with AF, and 27 in SR undergoing coronary bypass or valve surgery. Peroperative bioptic samples of the left and the right atrial tissue were examined using immunohistochemistry.The number of CD3+ T-lymphocytes and CD68-KP1+ cells were elevated in the left atrial myocardium of patients with AF compared to those in SR. Immune cell infiltration of LA was related to the rhythm, but not to age, body size, LA size, mitral regurgitation grade, type of surgery, systemic markers of inflammation or presence of diabetes or hypertension. Most of CD68-KP1+ cells corresponded to dendritic cell population based on their morphology and immunoreactivity for DC-SIGN. The numbers of mast cells and CD20+ B-lymphocytes did not differ between AF and SR patients. No foci of inflammation were detected in any sample.An immunohistochemical analysis of samples from patients undergoing open heart surgery showed moderate and site-specific increase of inflammatory cells in the atrial myocardium of patients with AF compared to those in SR, with prevailing population of monocyte-macrophage lineage. These cells and their cytokine products may play a role in atrial remodeling and AF persistence.

  15. Atrial fibrillation and thrombosis: immunohistochemical differences between in situ and embolized thrombi.

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    Wysokinski, W E; Owen, W G; Fass, D N; Patrzalek, D D; Murphy, L; McBane, R D

    2004-09-01

    Thromboembolism secondary to atrial fibrillation accounts for approximately one-fourth of all strokes. Although considerable resources have been targeted to pharmacologic prophylaxis, neither the cellular nor the biochemical composition of atrial thrombi is known. Quantitative immunohistochemistry was undertaken to define the composition of atrial thrombi and to explore morphological differences between atrial appendage thrombi and those that embolize. Serial sections of thrombi obtained during valve replacement surgery or embolectomy from 22 patients with atrial fibrillation were stained with antibodies against fibrin, integrin beta3, or tissue factor and analyzed with NIH-image. Thrombi showed distinct regions staining for either fibrin or platelets and on average, the fibrin-rich regions predominated (P thrombi was nearly twice that of atrial thrombi (P = 0.02). Non-staining amorphous material comprised nearly half of atrial thrombi in situ, but was rare in embolized thrombi (P thrombi suggest directions for investigating propensity for embolization.

  16. Impact of dronedarone on hospitalization burden in patients with atrial fibrillation: results from the ATHENA study.

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    Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Crijns, Harry J G M; Gaudin, Christophe; Page, Richard L; Connolly, Stuart J; Hohnloser, Stefan H

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    Cardiovascular (CV) hospitalization is a predictor of CV mortality and has a negative impact on patients' quality of life. The primary endpoint of A placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-arm Trial to assess the efficacy of dronedarone 400 mg bid for the prevention of cardiovascular Hospitalization or death from any cause in patiENTs with Atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (ATHENA), a composite of first CV hospitalization or death from any cause, was significantly reduced by dronedarone. This post hoc analysis evaluated the secondary endpoint of CV hospitalization and the clinical benefit of dronedarone on the number and duration of CV hospitalizations in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). ATHENA was a double-blind, parallel group study in 4628 patients with a history of paroxysmal/persistent AF and additional risk factors, treated with placebo or dronedarone. Dronedarone treatment significantly reduced the risk of first CV hospitalization (P < 0.0001 vs. placebo), while the risk of first non-CV hospitalization was similar in both groups (P = 0.77). About half of the CV hospitalizations were AF-related, with a median duration of hospital stay of four nights. The risk of any hospitalization for AF [hazard ratio (95% confidence interval) 0.626 (0.546-0.719)] and duration of hospital stay were significantly reduced by dronedarone (P < 0.0001 vs. placebo). Dronedarone treatment reduced total hospitalizations for acute coronary syndrome (P = 0.0105) and the time between the first AF/atrial flutter recurrence and CV hospitalization/death (P = 0.0048). Hospitalization burden was significantly reduced across all levels of care (P < 0.05). Cumulative incidence data indicated that the effects of dronedarone persisted for at least 24 months. Dronedarone reduced the risk for CV hospitalization and the total hospitalization burden in this patient group. The trial is registered under ClinicalTrials.gov #NCT 00174785.

  17. Dynamic and dual-site atrial pacing in the prevention of atrial fibrillation: The STimolazione Atrial DInamica Multisito (STADIM) Study.

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    De Simone, Antonio; Senatore, Gaetano; Donnici, Giovanni; Turco, Pietro; Romano, Enrico; Gazzola, Carlo; Stabile, G

    2007-01-01

    The impact of new algorithms to consistently pace the atrium on the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unclear. Our randomized, crossover study compared the efficacy of single- and dual-site atrial pacing, with versus without dynamic atrial overdrive pacing in preventing AF. We studied 72 patients (mean age = 69.6 +/- 6.5 years, 34 men) with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) and paroxysmal or persistent AF, who received dual-chamber pacemakers (PM) equipped with an AF prevention algorithm and two atrial leads placed in the right atrial appendage (RAA), by passive fixation, and in the coronary sinus ostium (CS), by active fixation, respectively. At implant, the patients were randomly assigned to unipolar CS versus RAA pacing. The PM was programmed in DDDR mode 1 month after implant. Each patient underwent four study phases of equal duration: (1) unipolar, single site (CS or RAA) pacing with the AF algorithm ON (atrial lower rate = 0 ppm); (2) unipolar, single site pacing with the AF algorithm OFF (atrial lower rate = 70 bpm); (3) bipolar, dual-site pacing with AF algorithm ON; (4) bipolar, dual-site pacing with the AF algorithm OFF. Among 40 patients (56%), who completed the follow-up (15 +/- 4 months) no difference was observed in the mean number of automatic mode switch (AMS) corrected for the duration of follow-up, in unipolar (5.6 +/- 22.8 vs 2.6 +/- 5.5) or bipolar mode (3.3 +/- 12.7 vs 2.1 +/- 4.9) with, respectively, the algorithm OFF or ON. With the AF prevention algorithm ON, the percentage of atrial pacing increased significantly from 78.7 +/- 22.1% to 92.4 +/- 4.9% (P < 0.001), while the average ventricular heart rate was significantly lower with the algorithm ON (62.4 +/- 17.5 vs 79.9 +/- 3 bpm (P < 0.001). The AF prevention algorithm increased the percentage of atrial pacing significantly, regardless of the atrial pulse configuration and pacing site, while maintaining a slower ventricular heart rate. It had no impact on the number of AMS in the

  18. Large-scale analyses of common and rare variants identify 12 new loci associated with atrial fibrillation

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    Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million people worldwide and increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death(1,2). Fourteen genetic loci have been associated with atrial fibrillation in European and Asian ancestry groups(3-7). To further define the genetic basis of atrial

  19. Diet and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation: Epidemiologic and Clinical Evidence

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    Gronroos, Noelle N.; Alonso, Alvaro

    2010-01-01

    Dietary factors might affect the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), but available studies have provided inconsistent results. In a review of published observational studies and randomized trials, we identified four dietary exposures that had been investigated regarding AF risk: alcohol, fish-derived n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, caffeine, and ascorbic acid. Though studies were highly heterogeneous in their design and results, they showed a consistently increased risk of AF in heavy alcohol drinkers, but no risk associated with moderate alcohol intake. High coffee intake was not clearly associated with an increased risk of AF, and a potential U-shaped association (lower AF risk in moderate drinkers) could exist. High intake of fish-derived n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from diet or supplements might prevent AF episodes following cardiovascular events, but no consistent evidence supports an effect in primary prevention. Additional large, well-conducted randomized experiments are necessary to address the role of diet in AF prevention. PMID:20838006

  20. Prolonged atrial fibrillation following generalised tonic-clonic seizures

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    Surges, Rainer; Moskau, Susanna; Viebahn, Bettina; Schoene-Bake, Jan-Christoph; Schwab, Joerg O.; Elger, Christian E.

    2014-01-01

    We describe two male patients with focal epilepsy in whom transitory episodes of atrial fibrillation (AF) lasting for up to 25 hours were detected in the context of generalised tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). In five of seven previously published cases of transitory AF associated with epileptic seizures, AF was also associated with GTCS, suggesting a pathophysiological link via GTCS-related increase in sympathetic tone and release of catecholamines. Importantly, AF increases the risk of thromboembolic cerebral ischemia, prompting the question of whether antithrombotic preventive treatment should be initiated in people with pharmacoresistant epilepsy and prolonged peri-ictal AF. Furthermore, AF can considerably impair cardiac output and may, via this mechanism, contribute to the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy following GTCS. PMID:22698381

  1. APPROACHES TO ANTITHROMBOTIC THERAPY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    E. A. Ushkalova

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Advanced age is the most important and independent risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF. The proportion of patients with AF at the age of 65-85 years reaches 70%, and average age of patients with AF is 75 years. Antithrombotic therapy of AF in the elderly is challenging for several reasons. On the one hand, elderly patients are at an increased risk of systemic embolism and stroke and fatal outcomes of stroke are higher in the elderly compared with these in the younger patients. On the other hand, elderlies are at an increased risk of bleeding. In addition, they have important comorbidities and are treated with drugs that can interact with antithrombotic agents. The article discusses tools used to assess risks of thromboembolic and hemorrhagic complications and general approaches to antithrombotic treatment of elderly patients.

  2. Hospitalisation patterns change over time in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Fristrup Qvist, Janne; Høgh Sørensen, Pernille; Dixen, Ulrik

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac epidemic. In this study, we aimed to describe the causes of hospital-isation in an AF population over time and to study how different AF treatment strategies affected hospitalization. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was an observational study in which...... long-term follow-up data were collected from hospital records, discharge papers and diagnostic codes. The study population (n = 156) was observed over a total period of ten years which was divided into two successive observation periods (OP), OP1 and OP2. Fourteen endpoints of cardiovascular...... hospitalisations were evaluated. RESULTS: The causes of hospitalisation shifted over time. We observed a lower proportion of admissions due to AF in OP2 (63%) than in OP1 (87%) and a higher proportion of admissions due to congestive heart failure (16% versus 3%) and of days of inpatient care due to ischaemic...

  3. Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in Asia and the world

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    Eitaro Kodani

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common arrhythmia in persons of advanced age, and it is a potent risk factor for cardiogenic ischemic stroke. The overall prevalence of AF is less than 1%, but in people aged 80 years or older the rate is approximately 7–14% in Western countries and 2–3% in Japan. The number of people with AF has been increasing worldwide as the population has aged, and continued increases in the prevalence and incidence of AF are expected with the aging of society. It is predicted that 5–16 million in the United States and more than 1 million in Japan will be affected by 2050. Therefore, AF is one of important diseases that needs to be managed because it is a common disease in aged populations.

  4. Prolonged atrial fibrillation following generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

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    Surges, Rainer; Moskau, Susanna; Viebahn, Bettina; Schoene-Bake, Jan-Christoph; Schwab, Joerg O; Elger, Christian E

    2012-10-01

    We describe two male patients with focal epilepsy in whom transitory episodes of atrial fibrillation (AF) lasting for up to 25h were detected in the context of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCSs). In five of seven previously published cases of transitory AF associated with epileptic seizures, AF was also associated with GTCS, suggesting a pathophysiological link via GTCS-related increase in sympathetic tone and release of catecholamines. Importantly, AF increases the risk of thromboembolic cerebral ischemia, prompting the question of whether antithrombotic preventive treatment should be initiated in people with pharmacoresistant epilepsy and prolonged peri-ictal AF. Furthermore, AF can considerably impair cardiac output and may, via this mechanism, contribute to the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy following GTCS. Copyright © 2012 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Anticoagulant treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation and ischemic stroke

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    Brunner-Frandsen, Nicole; Dammann Andersen, Andreas; Ashournia, Hamoun

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, with a lifetime risk of 25%, and it is a well-known independent risk factor for ischemic stroke. Over the last 15 years, efforts have been made to initiate relevant treatment in patients with AF. A retrospective study....... RESULTS: A total of 4134 patients were included in the study. Overall, the yearly proportion of patients with known AF varied between 9% and 18%. No significant change was observed (P = .511). The proportion of patients with known AF treated with anticoagulants at the time of the stroke and the proportion...... was observed. An explanation could be an increase in the prevalence of AF in the general population, leaving the proportion of patients admitted with ischemic stroke unchanged. Other risk factors have been sought reduced as well with the implementation of national guidelines regarding hypertension...

  6. Antithrombotic treatment in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Suárez Fernández, C; Camafort, M; Cepeda Rodrigo, J M; Díez-Manglano, J; Formiga, F; Pose Reino, A; Tiberio, G; Mostaza, J M

    2015-04-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) in the elderly is a complex condition due to the high number of frequently associated comorbidities, such as cardiovascular and kidney disease, cognitive disorders, falls and polypharmacy. Except when contraindicated, anticoagulation is necessary for preventing thromboembolic events in this population. Both vitamin K antagonists and direct oral anticoagulants (dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban) are indicated in this context. Renal function should be closely monitored for this age group when these drugs are used. In recent years, various clinical practice guidelines have been published on patients with AF. The majority of these guidelines make specific recommendations on the clinical characteristics and treatment of elderly patients. In this update, we review the specific comments on the recommendations concerning antithrombotic treatment in elderly patients with nonvalvular AF. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  7. [Oral anticoagulation in chronic kidney disease with atrial fibrillation].

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    Expósito, Víctor; Seras, Miguel; Fernández-Fresnedo, Gema

    2015-05-21

    Atrial fibrillation is a common finding in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which increases markedly the embolism risk. The CHADS2 and HAS-BLED scales, used in the general population to assess the risk/benefit of oral anticoagulation (OAC), underestimate respectively the risk of embolism and haemorrhage in CKD, making it difficult to decide whether to use OAC or not. Based on the available evidence, it seems indicated to use OAC in stage 3 CKD, while it is controversial in advanced stages. New OAC such as dabigatran and rivaroxaban have been approved in stage 3 CKD but their role is still somewhat uncertain. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  8. The role of common genetic variants in atrial fibrillation

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    Paludan-Muller, Christian; Svendsen, Jesper H.; Olesen, Morten S.

    2016-01-01

    This review focuses on the genetic basis of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the role of variants in the susceptibility of developing the disease. AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1-2% of the general population. Studies in the last decade have demonstrated that AF, and in particular....... The pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for AF are still far from completely understood, and it is assumed that this arrhythmia represents a complex interplay of genetic predispositions, arrhythmogenic contributors such as electrolytes and inflammatory stimuli as well as contributions from concomitant cardiac...... lone AF, has a substantial genetic component. A number of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have indicated that common genetic variants, more precisely the so called single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are associated with AF. Presently more than 10 genomic regions have been identified using...

  9. Current practice for diagnosis and management of silent atrial fibrillation

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    Dobreanu, Dan; Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Lewalter, Thorsten

    2013-01-01

    Although it is well known that silent atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with morbidity and mortality rates similar to those of symptomatic AF, no specific strategy for screening and management of this form of AF has been advocated. The purpose of this survey was to identify current practices...... for the diagnosis and management of silent AF. This survey is based on an electronic questionnaire sent to the European Heart Rhythm Association Research Network partners. Responses were received from 33 centres in 16 countries. The preferred screening methods for silent AF in patients with rhythm control...... by pharmacological therapy was 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) at outpatient visits (31.3%) and periodical 24 h Holter ECG recordings (34.4%), while after pulmonary vein isolation the corresponding figures were 6.3 and 65.6%, respectively. No consensus has been reached concerning the therapeutic approach...

  10. Sudden death in a young patient with atrial fibrillation

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    María Tamargo

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Sudden cardiac death (SCD in young patients without structural heart disease is frequently due to inherited channelopathies such as long QT syndrome (LQTS, Brugada syndrome or Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Accordingly, the addition of genetic testing to clinical data may be useful to identify the cause of the sudden death in this population. Mutations in the KCNQ1 encoded Kv7.1 channel are related to type 1 LQTS, familial atrial fibrillation (AF, short QT syndrome, and SCD. We present a clinical case where the presence of AF after resuscitation in a young man with cardiac arrest was the key clinical data to suspect an inherited disorder and genetic testing was the main determinant for identifying the cause of the cardiac arrest. The KCNQ1 p.Arg231His mutation explained the combined phenotype of AF and susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmias. The case highlights the importance of continued research in genetics and molecular mechanisms of channelopathies.

  11. A Simple Model for Identifying Critical Structures in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Christensen, Kim; Peters, Nicholas S

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm and the single biggest cause of stroke. Ablation, destroying regions of the atria, is applied largely empirically and can be curative but with a disappointing clinical success rate. We design a simple model of activation wavefront propagation on a structure mimicking the branching network architecture of heart muscle and show how AF emerges spontaneously as age-related parameters change. We identify regions responsible for the initiation and maintenance of AF, the ablation of which terminates AF. The simplicity of the model allows us to calculate analytically the risk of arrhythmia. This analytical result allows us to locate the transition in parameter space and highlights that the transition from regular to fibrillatory behaviour is a finite-size effect present in systems of any size. These clinically testable predictions might inform ablation therapies and arrhythmic risk assessment.

  12. ANTIPLATELET THERAPY OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: FOCUS ON THE ELDERLY

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Current guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF recommend using anticoagulants as first-line drugs for stroke prevention, but in real medical practice antiplatelet drugs are often prescribed to elderly patients. Review of clinical and pharmacoepidemiological studies allows us to conclude that  risk associated with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA use in patients ≥75 years can overweigh its potential benefit. Other antiplatelet drugs are poorly studied in patients with AF. Dual antiplatelet therapy (ASA + clopidogrel can be prescribed to elderly patients with cardiovascular comorbidity who are deemed unsuitable candidates for anticoagulant therapy for reasons other  than  bleeding risk or those  who refuse to take oral anticoagulants. Combined therapy of antiplatelet drugs with warfarin or new oral anticoagulants results in no reduction in stroke rate compared with anticoagulant monotherapy but is associated with increased risk of bleeding and can’t be recommended.

  13. Improving antithrombotic management in patients with atrial fibrillation: current status and perspectives

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    Levi, Marcel; Hobbs, F D Richard; Jacobson, Alan K

    2009-01-01

    Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of risk-adjusted oral anticoagulation on stroke reduction in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), there is still considerable undertreatment. A multidisciplinary expert group was formed to discuss issues surrounding anticoagulant treatment of patie...

  14. Work related physical activity and risk of a hospital discharge diagnosis of atrial fibrillation or flutter

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    Frost, L; Frost, P; Vestergaard, P

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Excessive sporting activities have been associated with risk of atrial fibrillation. To study if work related physical activity also confers risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter, the association between work related physical strain and the risk of a hospital discharge......, Cancer, and Health Study. The physical strain during working hours was categorised as sedentary, light, or heavy, and analysed using proportional hazard models. Subjects were followed up in the Danish National Registry of Patients and in the Danish Civil Registration System. RESULTS: During follow up...... of atrial fibrillation or flutter associated with sedentary work in a standing position, light workload, or heavy workload in men or women. CONCLUSION: No evidence was found of an association between physical activities during working hours and risk of a hospital discharge diagnosis of atrial fibrillation...

  15. Improved late survival and disability after stroke with therapeutic anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation: a population study.

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    Hannon, Niamh

    2011-09-01

    Although therapeutic anticoagulation improves early (within 1 month) outcomes after ischemic stroke in hospital-admitted patients with atrial fibrillation, no information exists on late outcomes in unselected population-based studies, including patients with all stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic).

  16. Stroke and recurrent haemorrhage associated with antithrombotic treatment after gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Staerk, Laila; Lip, Gregory Y H; Olesen, Jonas B

    2015-01-01

    STUDY QUESTION: What are the risks of all cause mortality, thromboembolism, major bleeding, and recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding associated with restarting antithrombotic treatment after gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation? METHODS: This Danish cohort study (1996-201...

  17. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation in men and women: the Copenhagen City Heart Study

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    Mukamal, KJ; Tolstrup, JS; Friberg, J

    2005-01-01

    with a hazard ratio of 1.45 (95% CI 1.02 to 2.04); few women consumed this amount of alcohol. Approximately 5% of cases of atrial fibrillation among men were attributable to heavy alcohol use. Further adjustment for blood pressure and incident coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure did...... not attenuate the association (hazard ratio 1.63; 95% CI 1.15 to 2.31). CONCLUSIONS: Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, at least among men. This relationship does not appear to be related to the adverse effects of heavy drinking on coronary heart disease or blood...... and incident atrial fibrillation among 16,415 women and men enrolled in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. We ascertained use of beer, wine, and spirits individually at up to 3 study visits with a structured questionnaire. We identified cases of atrial fibrillation by routine study ECGs and a validated...

  18. Antiarrhythmic effect of statin therapy and atrial fibrillation a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

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    Fauchier, Laurent; Pierre, Bertrand; de Labriolle, Axel; Grimard, Caroline; Zannad, Noura; Babuty, Dominique

    2008-01-01

    To improve the evaluation of the possible antiarrhythmic effect of statins, we performed a meta-analysis of randomized trials with statins on the end point of incidence or recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF...

  19. Effect of lipid lowering on new-onset atrial fibrillation in patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis

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    Bang, Casper N; Greve, Anders M; Boman, Kurt

    2012-01-01

    Lipid-lowering drugs, particularly statins, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may prevent atrial fibrillation (AF). This effect has not been investigated on new-onset AF in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS)....

  20. Is treatment of atrial fibrillation in primary care based on thromboembolic risk assessment?

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    Rutten, F.H.; Hak, E.; Stalman, W.A.B.; Verheij, T.J.M.; Hoes, A.W.

    2003-01-01

    Background. Antithrombotic treatment in atrial fibrillation should be guided by the risk of thromboembolic events. Although practice studies have shown underutilization of antithrombotics, it is not clear whether physicians make use of thromboembolic risk stratification in their treatment decisions,

  1. Mini-maze suffices as adjunct to mitral valve surgery in patients with preoperative atrial fibrillation

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    Tuinenburg, AE; Van Gelder, IC; Tieleman, RG; Grandjean, JG; Huet, RCG; Van der Maaten, JMAA; Pieper, EG; De Kam, PJ; Ebels, MSCT; Crijns, HJGM

    Mini-Maze and Mitral Valve Surgery. Introduction: After mitral valve (MV) surgery, preoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) often recurs while cardioversion therapy generally fails. Additional Cox maze surgery improves postoperative arrhythmia outcome, but the extensive nature of such an approach

  2. Novel genetic markers associate with atrial fibrillation risk in Europeans and Japanese

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    S.A. Lubitz (Steven); K.L. Lunetta (Kathryn); H. Lin (Honghuang); D.E. Arking (Dan); S. Trompet (Stella); G. Li (Guo); B.P. Krijthe (Bouwe); D.I. Chasman (Daniel); J. Barnard (John); M.E. Kleber (Marcus); M. Dörr (Marcus); Y. Ozaki (Yukio); G.D. Smith; M. Müller-Nurasyid (Martina); S. Walter (Stefan); S.K. Agarwal (Sunil); J.C. Bis (Joshua); J. Brody (Jennifer); L. Chen (Lin); B.M. Everett (Brendan); I. Ford (Ian); O.H. Franco (Oscar); T.B. Harris (Tamara); A. Hofman (Albert); S. Kääb (Stefan); S. Mahida (Saagar); S. Kathiresan (Sekar); M. Kubo (Michiaki); L.J. Launer (Lenore); P.W. MacFarlane (Peter); J.W. Magnani (Jared); B. McKnight (Barbara); D.D. McManus (David); A. Peters (Annette); B.M. Psaty (Bruce); L.M. Rose (Lynda); J.I. Rotter (Jerome); G. Silbernagel (Günther); J.D. Smith (Jonathan); N. Sotoodehnia (Nona); D.J. Stott (David. J.); K.D. Taylor (Kent); A. Tomaschitz (Andreas); T. Tsunoda (Tatsuhiko); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); D.R. van Wagoner (David); U. Völker (Uwe); H. Völzke (Henry); J. Murabito (Joanne); M.F. Sinner (Moritz); V. Gudnason (Vilmundur); S.B. Felix (Stephan); W. März (Winfried); M.K. Chung (Mina); C.M. Albert (Christine); B.H.Ch. Stricker (Bruno); T. Tanaka (Toshihiro); S.R. Heckbert (Susan); J.W. Jukema (Jan Wouter); A. Alonso (Alvaro); E.J. Benjamin (Emelia); P.T. Ellinor (Patrick)

    2014-01-01

    textabstractObjectives This study sought to identify nonredundant atrial fibrillation (AF) genetic susceptibility signals and examine their cumulative relations with AF risk. Background AF-associated loci span broad genomic regions that may contain multiple susceptibility signals. Whether multiple

  3. 77 FR 11121 - Scientific Information Request on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    2012-02-24

    ... HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Scientific Information Request on Treatment of... Scientific Information Submissions. SUMMARY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions from manufacturers of atrial fibrillation medical devices. Scientific...

  4. Prevention of atrial fibrillation by Renin-Angiotensin system inhibition a meta-analysis

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    Schneider, Markus; Hua, Tsushung A; Böhm, Michael

    2010-01-01

    The authors reviewed published clinical trial data on the effects of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibition for the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF), aiming to define when RAS inhibition is most effective....

  5. Genetic Modifier of the QTc Interval Associated With Early-Onset Atrial Fibrillation

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    Andreasen, Laura; Nielsen, Jonas B; Christophersen, Ingrid E

    2013-01-01

    Both shortening and prolongation of the QTc interval have been associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). We investigated whether 8 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at loci previously shown to affect QTc interval duration were associated with lone AF....

  6. [ESC guidelines on atrial fibrillation 2016 : Summary of the most relevant recommendations and modifications].

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    Eckardt, L; Häusler, K G; Ravens, U; Borggrefe, M; Kirchhof, P

    2016-12-01

    The first European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on atrial fibrillation (AF) developed in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) were published in August 2016. These guidelines replace the revised guidelines from 2012 and contain some interesting new aspects. The topics range from the pathophysiology through diagnostics, therapy and stroke prevention up to special clinical situations, such as atrial fibrillation in cardiopathy, sport and pregnancy. Early screening, patient informed consent, individualized therapy and the modification of factors promoting atrial fibrillation are of particular importance. The guidelines recommend the establishment of AF heart teams, containing specialists from various disciplines. The guidelines also underline the importance of non-vitamin K‑dependent oral anticoagulants (NOAC) for stroke prevention compared to standard anticoagulants with vitamin K antagonists. For symptomatic and especially paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, the guidelines emphasize the importance of an antiarrhythmic treatment with catheter ablation and/or pharmaceutical antiarrhythmic therapy in addition to a frequency regulating therapy.

  7. Intravenous amiodarone for cardioversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation.

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    Cybulski, Jacek; Kułakowski, Piotr; Budaj, Andrzej; Danielewicz, Henryk; Maciejewicz, Janusz; Kawka-Urbanek, Teresa; Ceremuzyński, Leszek

    2003-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common causes of hospital admission, with a prevalence of up to 5% of the population, increasing with advancing age. Emergency direct current cardioversion is the therapy of choice when arrhythmia leads to hemodynamic compromise, but in patients who are hemodynamically stable, antiarrhythmic drugs are usually given to restore sinus rhythm. The study was undertaken to assess the efficacy of intravenous amiodarone in cardioversion of recent-onset paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). No standard antiarrhythmic therapy has been accepted for pharmacologic cardioversion of AF. Amiodarone seems to be a promising candidate, but only few randomized trials are available and the results are inconsistent. In all, 160 patients with AF lasting amiodarone group (n = 106) receiving 5 mg/kg as a 30 min intravenous (i.v.) infusion, followed by i.v. infusion of 10 mg/kg during 20 h diluted in 1000 ml of 10% glucose with 20 IU of rapid-action insulin, 80 mEq of potassium chloride, and 8 g of magnesium sulphate (GIKM), or to the control group (n = 54) receiving 1000 ml of GIKM alone. Treatment was continued up to 20 h independent of sinus rhythm restoration. Sinus rhythm was restored 20 h after initiation of therapy in 88 (83%) patients in the amiodarone group and in 24 (44%) patients in the control group (p amiodarone administered until sinus rhythm restoration was 740 +/- 296 mg. The presence and the type of underlying heart disease did not influence the conversion rate in either group. In two patients (1.8%) treated with amiodarone, the return of sinus rhythm was preceded by asystole. Amiodarone is effective in the termination of AF lasting < 24 h. It may be particularly useful in patients with organic heart disease in whom class I antiarrhythmic agents may be contraindicated. During treatment, the heart rhythm should be monitored continuously.

  8. Digoxin: A systematic review in atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and post myocardial infarction.

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    Virgadamo, Sebastiano; Charnigo, Richard; Darrat, Yousef; Morales, Gustavo; Elayi, Claude S

    2015-11-26

    To review digoxin use in systolic congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and after myocardial infarction. A comprehensive PubMed search was performed using the key words "digoxin and congestive heart failure", "digoxin and atrial fibrillation", "digoxin, atrial fibrillation and systolic congestive heart failure", and "digoxin and myocardial infarction". Only articles written in English were included in this study. We retained studies originating from randomized controlled trials, registries and included at least 500 patients. The studies included patients with atrial fibrillation or heart failure or myocardial infarction and had a significant proportion of patients (at least 5%) on digoxin. A table reviewing the different hazard ratios was developed based on the articles selected. Our primary endpoint was the overall mortality in the patients on digoxin vs those without digoxin, among patients with atrial fibrillation and also among patients with atrial fibrillation and systolic heart failure. We reviewed the most recent international guidelines to discuss current recommendations. A total of 18 studies were found that evaluated digoxin and overall mortality in different clinical settings including systolic congestive heart failure and normal sinus rhythm (n = 5), atrial fibrillation with and without systolic congestive heart failure (n = 9), and myocardial infarction (n = 4). Overall, patients with systolic congestive heart failure with normal sinus rhythm, digoxin appears to have a neutral effect on mortality especially if close digoxin level monitoring is employed. However, most of the observational studies evaluating digoxin use in atrial fibrillation without systolic congestive heart failure showed an increase in overall mortality when taking digoxin. In the studies evaluated in this systematic review, the data among patients with atrial fibrillation and systolic congestive heart failure, as well as post myocardial infarction were more controversial

  9. Obesity, metabolic syndrome and risk of atrial fibrillation: a Swedish, prospective cohort study.

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    Petter K Nyström

    Full Text Available We aimed to investigate whether different measures of obesity could similarly predict atrial fibrillation, and whether the atrial fibrillation risk associated with obesity is dependent on presence of metabolic syndrome.We performed our study in a population-based longitudinal cardiovascular study, comprising 1 924 men and 2 097 women, aged 60 years, from Stockholm. Body mass index, waist circumference, sagittal abdominal diameter and components of metabolic syndrome (systolic- and diastolic blood pressure, fasting glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol were recorded at baseline. Participants were classified by their body mass index (normal weight, overweight or obese, waist circumference (normal, semi-elevated or elevated, and according to presence of metabolic syndrome. Atrial fibrillation risk was estimated by Cox proportional hazards regression models, adjusted for common atrial fibrillation risk factors, expressed as HR and 95% CI.During a mean follow-up of 13.6 years, 285 incident atrial fibrillation cases were recorded. One standard deviation increment of each obesity measure was associated with increased atrial fibrillation risk as: body mass index 1.25 (1.12 - 1.40, waist circumference 1.35 (1.19 - 1.54 and sagittal abdominal diameter 1.28 (1.14 - 1.44. Compared to normal weight subjects without metabolic syndrome, increased atrial fibrillation risk was noted for overweight subjects with metabolic syndrome, 1.67 (1.16 - 2.41, obese subjects without metabolic syndrome, 1.75 (1.11 - 2.74 and obese subjects with metabolic syndrome, 1.92 (1.34 - 2.74. Compared to subjects with normal waist circumference without metabolic syndrome, subjects with elevated waist circumference and metabolic syndrome suffered increased atrial fibrillation risk, 2.03 (1.44 - 2.87.Body mass index, waist circumference and sagittal abdominal diameter could similarly predict atrial fibrillation. Obesity was associated with an increased atrial

  10. Obesity, metabolic syndrome and risk of atrial fibrillation: a Swedish, prospective cohort study.

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    Nyström, Petter K; Carlsson, Axel C; Leander, Karin; de Faire, Ulf; Hellenius, Mai-Lis; Gigante, Bruna

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to investigate whether different measures of obesity could similarly predict atrial fibrillation, and whether the atrial fibrillation risk associated with obesity is dependent on presence of metabolic syndrome. We performed our study in a population-based longitudinal cardiovascular study, comprising 1 924 men and 2 097 women, aged 60 years, from Stockholm. Body mass index, waist circumference, sagittal abdominal diameter and components of metabolic syndrome (systolic- and diastolic blood pressure, fasting glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol) were recorded at baseline. Participants were classified by their body mass index (normal weight, overweight or obese), waist circumference (normal, semi-elevated or elevated), and according to presence of metabolic syndrome. Atrial fibrillation risk was estimated by Cox proportional hazards regression models, adjusted for common atrial fibrillation risk factors, expressed as HR and 95% CI. During a mean follow-up of 13.6 years, 285 incident atrial fibrillation cases were recorded. One standard deviation increment of each obesity measure was associated with increased atrial fibrillation risk as: body mass index 1.25 (1.12 - 1.40), waist circumference 1.35 (1.19 - 1.54) and sagittal abdominal diameter 1.28 (1.14 - 1.44). Compared to normal weight subjects without metabolic syndrome, increased atrial fibrillation risk was noted for overweight subjects with metabolic syndrome, 1.67 (1.16 - 2.41), obese subjects without metabolic syndrome, 1.75 (1.11 - 2.74) and obese subjects with metabolic syndrome, 1.92 (1.34 - 2.74). Compared to subjects with normal waist circumference without metabolic syndrome, subjects with elevated waist circumference and metabolic syndrome suffered increased atrial fibrillation risk, 2.03 (1.44 - 2.87). Body mass index, waist circumference and sagittal abdominal diameter could similarly predict atrial fibrillation. Obesity was associated with an increased atrial

  11. Circulating microRNA-1a is a biomarker of Graves' disease patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Wang, Fang; Zhang, Sheng-Jie; Yao, Xuan; Tian, Dong-Mei; Zhang, Ke-Qin; She, Dun-Min; Guo, Fei-Fan; Zhai, Qi-Wei; Ying, Hao; Xue, Ying

    2017-07-01

    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. 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. MicroRNA expression analysis was performed by real-time PCR in normal control subjects (NC; n = 17), patients with Graves' disease without atrial fibrillation (GD; n = 29), patients with Graves' disease with atrial fibrillation (GD + AF; n = 14), and euthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation (AF; n = 22). Three of the eight serum microRNAs,i.e., miR-1a, miR-26a, and miR-133, had significantly different expression profiles among the four groups. Spearman's correlation analysis showed that the relative expression level of miR-1a was positively correlated with free triiodothyronine (FT3) and free thyroxine (FT4), and negatively related to thyroid stimulating hormone. Spearman's correlations analysis also revealed that the level of miR-1a was negatively correlated with a critical echocardiographic parameter (left atrial diameter), which was dramatically increased in GD + AF group compared to GD group. Furthermore, the receiver-operating characteristic curve analysis indicated that, among the eight microRNAs, miR-1a had the largest area under the receiver-operating characteristic curves not only for discriminating between individuals with and without Graves' disease, but also for predicting the presence of atrial fibrillation in patients with Graves' disease. Our findings

  12. Atrial Conduction Slows Immediately Before the Onset of Human Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lalani, Gautam G.; Schricker, Amir; Gibson, Michael; Rostamian, Armand; Krummen, David E.; Narayan, Sanjiv M.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to determine whether onset sites of human atrial fibrillation (AF) exhibit conduction slowing, reduced amplitude, and/or prolonged duration of signals (i.e., fractionation) immediately before AF onset. Background Few studies have identified functional determinants of AF initiation. Because conduction slowing is required for reentry, we hypothesized that AF from pulmonary vein triggers might initiate at sites exhibiting rate-dependent slowing in conduction velocity (CV restitution) or local slowing evidenced by signal fractionation. Methods In 28 patients with AF (left atrial size 43 ± 5 mm; n = 13 persistent) and 3 control subjects (no AF) at electrophysiological study, we measured bi-atrial conduction time (CT) electrogram fractionation at 64 or 128 electrodes with baskets in left (n = 17) or both (n = 14) atria during superior pulmonary vein pacing at cycle lengths (CL) accelerating from 500 ms (120 beats/min) to AF onset. Results Atrial fibrillation initiated in 19 of 28 AF patients and no control subjects. During rate acceleration, conduction slowed in 23 of 28 AF patients (vs. no control subjects, p = 0.01) at the site of AF initiation (15 of 19) or latest activated site (20 of 28). The CT lengthened from 79 ± 23 ms to 107 ± 39 ms (p < 0.001) on acceleration, in a spectrum from persistent AF (greatest slowing) to control subjects (least slowing; p < 0.05). Three patterns of CV restitution were observed: 1) broad (gradual CT prolongation, 37% patients); 2) steep (abrupt prolongation, at CL 266 ± 62 ms, 42%); and 3) flat (no prolongation, 21% AF patients, all control subjects). The AF initiation was more prevalent in patients with CV restitution (17 of 23 vs. 2 of 8; p = 0.03) and immediately followed abrupt reorientation of the activation vector in patients with broad but not steep CV restitution (p < 0.01). Patients with broad CV restitution had larger atria (p = 0.03) and were more likely to have persistent AF (p = 0

  13. Lumbar Discectomy of a Patient of Mitral Stenosis with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation Under Epidural Anaesthesia

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    Vinaya R Kulkarni

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A 60-year-old female patient posted for discectomy of lumbar region L 3 -L 4 was accidently diagnosed to have chronic atrial fibrillation of rheumatic aetiology.This is a case report of this patient of critical mitral stenosis with mild mitral regurgitation with chronic atrial fibrillation managed successfully under lower thoracic epidural anaesthesia,in prone position without any compli-cation.

  14. Obesity is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation among fertile young women

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    Karasoy, Deniz; Jensen, Thomas Bo; Hansen, Morten Lock

    2013-01-01

    Obesity has been associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), but whether this risk is also prevalent in younger individuals is unknown. We therefore investigated the risk of AF in relation to body mass index (BMI) among young fertile women.......Obesity has been associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), but whether this risk is also prevalent in younger individuals is unknown. We therefore investigated the risk of AF in relation to body mass index (BMI) among young fertile women....

  15. Novel Anti-arrhythmic Medications in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Saklani, Pradyot; Skanes, Allan

    2012-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a prevalent condition particularly amongst the elderly, which contributes to both morbidity and mortality. The burden of disease has lead to significant increases in health care utilization and cost in recent years. Treatment of Atrial fibrillation consists of either a rate or rhythm control strategy. Rhythm control is achieved using medical management and/or catheter ablation. In spite of major strides in catheter ablation, this procedure remains a second line tre...

  16. Low prevalence of connexin-40 gene variants in atrial tissues and blood from atrial fibrillation subjects

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    Tchou Gregory D

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The atrial gap junction protein connexin-40 (Cx40 has been implicated to play an important role in atrial conduction and development of atrial fibrillation (AF. However, the frequency of Cx40 mutations in AF populations and their impact on Cx40 expression remains unclear. In this study, we sought to identify polymorphisms in the Cx40 gene GJA5, investigate the potential functional role of these polymorphisms, and determine their allelic frequencies. The prevalence of nonsynonymous Cx40 mutations in blood and atrial tissue was also compared to mutation frequencies reported in prior studies. Methods We conducted direct sequencing of the GJA5 coding and 3′ UTR regions in blood samples from 91 lone AF subjects and 67 atrial tissue-derived samples from a lone cohort, a mixed AF cohort, and several transplant donors. Reporter gene transfection and tissue allelic expression imbalance assays were used to assess the effects of a common insertion/deletion polymorphism on Cx40 mRNA stability and expression. Results We identified one novel synonymous SNP in blood-derived DNA from a lone AF subject. In atrial tissue-derived DNA from lone and mixed AF subjects, we observed one novel nonsynonymous SNP, one rare previously reported synonymous SNP, and one novel 3′ UTR SNP. A previously noted 25 bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the 3′ UTR was found to be common (minor allele frequency = 0.45 but had no effect on Cx40 mRNA stability and expression. The observed prevalence of nonsynonymous Cx40 mutations in atrial tissues derived from lone AF subjects differed significantly (p = 0.03 from a prior atrial tissue study reporting a high mutation frequency in a group of highly selected young lone AF subjects. Conclusions Our results suggest that Cx40 coding SNPs are uncommon in AF populations, although rare mutations in this gene may certainly lead to AF pathogenesis. Furthermore, a common insertion/deletion polymorphism in the Cx40 3

  17. Multiple biomarkers and atrial fibrillation in the general population.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Different biological pathways have been related to atrial fibrillation (AF. Novel biomarkers capturing inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurohumoral activation have not been investigated comprehensively in AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the population-based Gutenberg Health Study (n = 5000, mean age 56 ± 11 years, 51% males, we measured ten biomarkers representing inflammation (C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, cardiac and vascular function (midregional pro adrenomedullin [MR-proADM], midregional pro atrial natriuretic peptide [MR-proANP], N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide [Nt-proBNP], sensitive troponin I ultra [TnI ultra], copeptin, and C-terminal pro endothelin-1, and oxidative stress (glutathioneperoxidase-1, myeloperoxidase in relation to manifest AF (n = 161 cases. Individuals with AF were older, mean age 64.9 ± 8.3, and more often males, 71.4%. In Bonferroni-adjusted multivariable regression analyses strongest associations per standard deviation increase in biomarker concentrations were observed for the natriuretic peptides Nt-proBNP (odds ratio [OR] 2.89, 99.5% confidence interval [CI] 2.14-3.90; P13%. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, in our large, population-based study, we identified novel biomarkers reflecting vascular function, MR-proADM, inflammation, and myocardial damage, TnI ultra, as related to AF; the strong association of natriuretic peptides was confirmed. Prospective studies need to examine whether risk prediction of AF can be enhanced beyond clinical risk factors using these biomarkers.

  18. Concomitant atrial fibrillation surgery for people undergoing cardiac surgery

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    Huffman, Mark D; Karmali, Kunal N; Berendsen, Mark A; Andrei, Adin-Cristian; Kruse, Jane; McCarthy, Patrick M; Malaisrie, S C

    2016-01-01

    Background People with atrial fibrillation (AF) often undergo cardiac surgery for other underlying reasons and are frequently offered concomitant AF surgery to reduce the frequency of short- and long-term AF and improve short- and long-term outcomes. Objectives To assess the effects of concomitant AF surgery among people with AF who are undergoing cardiac surgery on short-term and long-term (12 months or greater) health-related outcomes, health-related quality of life, and costs. Search methods Starting from the year when the first “maze” AF surgery was reported (1987), we searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in the Cochrane Library (March 2016), MEDLINE Ovid (March 2016), Embase Ovid (March 2016), Web of Science (March 2016), the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE, April 2015), and Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA, March 2016). We searched trial registers in April 2016. We used no language restrictions. Selection criteria We included randomised controlled trials evaluating the effect of any concomitant AF surgery compared with no AF surgery among adults with preoperative AF, regardless of symptoms, who were undergoing cardiac surgery for another indication. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently selected studies and extracted data. We evaluated the risk of bias using the Cochrane ‘Risk of bias’ tool. We included outcome data on all-cause and cardiovascular-specific mortality, freedom from atrial fibrillation, flutter, or tachycardia off antiarrhythmic medications, as measured by patient electrocardiographic monitoring greater than three months after the procedure, procedural safety, 30-day rehospitalisation, need for post-discharge direct current cardioversion, health-related quality of life, and direct costs. We calculated risk ratios (RR) for dichotomous data with 95% confidence intervals (CI) using a fixed-effect model when heterogeneity was low (I2 ≤ 50%) and random

  19. Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Critically Ill Patients

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    Mattia Arrigo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is common in ICU patients and is associated with a two- to fivefold increase in mortality. This paper provides a reappraisal of the management of AF with a special focus on critically ill patients with haemodynamic instability. AF can cause hypotension and heart failure with subsequent organ dysfunction. The underlying mechanisms are the loss of atrial contraction and the high ventricular rate. In unstable patients, sinus rhythm must be rapidly restored by synchronised electrical cardioversion (ECV. If pharmacological treatment is indicated, clinicians can choose between the rate control and the rhythm control strategy. The optimal substance should be selected depending on its potential adverse effects. A beta-1 antagonist with a very short half-life (e.g., esmolol is an advantage for ICU patients because the effect of beta-blockade on cardiovascular stability is unpredictable in those patients. Amiodarone is commonly used in the ICU setting but has potentially severe cardiac and noncardiac side effects. Digoxin controls the ventricular response at rest, but its benefit decreases in the presence of adrenergic stress. Vernakalant converts new-onset AF to sinus rhythm in approximately 50% of patients, but data on its efficacy and safety in critically ill patients are lacking.

  20. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and atrial fibrillation: An unknown relationship.

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    Goudis, Christos A

    2017-05-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is independently associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Decreased oxygenation, hypercapnia, pulmonary hypertension, diastolic dysfunction, oxidative stress, inflammation, changes in atrial size by altered respiratory physiology, increased arrhythmogenicity from nonpulmonary vein foci commonly located in the right atrium, and respiratory drugs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of AF in COPD. The understanding of the relationship between COPD and AF is of particular importance, as the presence of the arrhythmia has significant impact on mortality, especially in COPD exacerbations. On the other hand, COPD in AF is associated with AF progression, success of cardioversion, recurrence of AF after catheter ablation, and increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Treatment of the underlying pulmonary disease and correction of hypoxia and acid-base imbalance represents first-line therapy for COPD patients who develop AF. Cardioselective β-blockers are safe and can be routinely used in COPD. In addition, AF ablation was proved to be efficient and safe, and improves quality of life in these patients. This review presents the association between COPD and AF, describes the pathophysiological mechanisms implicated in AF development in COPD, underlines the prognostic significance of AF in COPD patients and vice versa, and highlights emerging therapeutic approaches in this setting. Copyright © 2017 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Atrial fibrillation in heart failure: The sword of Damocles revisited.

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    Khan, Muhammad A; Ahmed, Fozia; Neyses, Ludwig; Mamas, Mamas A

    2013-07-26

    Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and have emerged as major cardiovascular epidemics. There is growing evidence that AF is an independent prognostic marker in HF and affects patients with both reduced as well as preserved LV systolic function. There has been a general move in clinical practice from a rhythm control to a rate control strategy in HF patients with AF, although recent data suggests that rhythm control strategies may provide better outcomes in selected subgroups of HF patients. Furthermore, various therapeutic modalities including pace and ablate strategies with cardiac resynchronisation or radiofrequency ablation have become increasingly adopted, although their role in the management of AF in patients with HF remains uncertain. This article presents an overview of the multidimensional impact of AF in patients with HF. Relevant literature is highlighted and the effect of various therapeutic modalities on prognosis is discussed. Finally, while novel anticoagulants usher in a new era in thromboprophylaxis, research continues in a variety of new pathways including selective atrial anti-arrhythmic agents and genomic polymorphisms in AF with HF.

  2. Application of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Yan Dong

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, which is related to many cardiac and cerebral vascular diseases, especially stroke. It can therefore increase cardiovascular mortality and all-cause death. The current treatments of AF remain to be western drugs and radiofrequency ablation which are limited by the tolerance of patients, adverse side effects, and high recurrence rate, especially for the elderly. On the contrary, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM with long history of use involves various treatment methods, including Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs or bioactive ingredients, Chinese patent medicines, acupuncture, Qigong, and Tai Chi Chuan. With more and more researches reported, the active roles of TCM in AF management have been discovered. Then it is likely that TCM would be effective preventive means and valuable additional remedy for AF. The potential mechanisms further found by numerous experimental studies showed the distinct characteristics of TCM. Some CHMs or bioactive ingredients are atrial-selective, while others are multichannel and multifunctional. Therefore, in this review we summarized the treatment strategies reported in TCM, with the purpose of providing novel ideas and directions for AF management.

  3. Both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism Increase Atrial Fibrillation Inducibility in Rats

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    Zhang, Youhua; Dedkov, Eduard I.; Teplitsky, Diana; Weltman, Nathan Y.; Pol, Christine J.; Rajagopalan, Viswanathan; Lee, Bianca; Gerdes, A. Martin

    2014-01-01

    Background Evidence indicates that cardiac hypothyroidism may contribute to heart failure (HF) progression. It is also known that HF is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). While it is established that hyperthyroidism increases AF incidence, the effect of hypothyroidism on AF is unclear. This study investigated the effects of different thyroid hormone levels, ranging from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism on AF inducibility in thyroidectomized rats. Methods and Results Thyroidectomized rats with serum confirmed hypothyroidism 1 month after surgery were randomized into hypothyroid (n=9), euthyroid (n=9) and hyperthyroid (n=9) groups. Rats received placebo, 3.3mg L-thyroxine (T4), or 20 mg T4 pellets (60 day release form) for 2 months, respectively. At the end of treatment, hypothyroid, euthyroid and hyperthyroid status was confirmed. Hypothyroid animals showed cardiac atrophy and reduced cardiac systolic and diastolic function, while hyperthyroid rats exhibited cardiac hypertrophy and increased cardiac function. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism produced opposite electrophysiological changes in heart rates and atrial effective refractory period, but both significantly increased AF susceptibility. AF incidence was 78% in hypothyroid, 67% in hyperthyroid, and the duration of induced AF was also longer, compared with 11% in the euthyroid group (all phyperthyroidism lead to increased AF vulnerability in a rat thyroidectomy model. Our results stress that normal thyroid hormone levels are required to maintain normal cardiac electrophysiology and prevent cardiac arrhythmias and AF. PMID:24036190

  4. Pharmacologic Therapy in the Elderly with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Shih-Huang Lee

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia, and its prevalence significantly increases with age. Morphologic changes in the atrial myocardium associated with AF may result from underlying cardiovascular disease and/or physiologic aging processes. Congestive heart failure, tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy and thromboembolic events resulting from AF are more common in elderly patients. It is important to assess any comorbidity and potential triggers of AF before considering pharmacologic therapy for AF. Proper rate control should include control in response to exercise, together with an avoidance of bradycardias and symptomatic pauses in patients with AF. Digoxin, β-blockers and calcium channel blockers can all be effective in controlling ventricular rate in elderly patients with AF. In the elderly, amiodarone is probably the safest drug for short-term administration to exert chemical cardioversion, facilitate electrical cardioversion, and prevent recurrence of AF. Warfarin has been shown to be highly effective in preventing stroke in the elderly with AF; however, many studies also have documented underuse of warfarin, may be because of the increased risk of warfarin-induced hemorrhage in such patients. These findings have raised concerns regarding quality of care, physician adherence to guidelines, and translation of clinical trial results into real-world practice in anticoagulation therapy in the elderly with AF. [International Journal of Gerontology 2008; 2(1: 1–6

  5. Cost-effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Chan, Paul S; Vijan, Sandeep; Morady, Fred; Oral, Hakan

    2006-06-20

    We sought to compare the cost-effectiveness of left atrial catheter ablation (LACA), amiodarone, and rate control therapy in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). Left atrial catheter ablation has been performed to eliminate AF, but its cost-effectiveness is unknown. We developed a decision-analytic model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of LACA in 55- and 65-year-old cohorts with AF at moderate and low stroke risk. Costs, health utilities, and transition probabilities were derived from published literature and Medicare data. We performed primary threshold analyses to determine the minimum level of LACA efficacy and stroke risk reduction needed to make LACA cost-effective at 50,000 dollars and 100,000 dollars per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) thresholds. In 65-year-old subjects with AF at moderate stroke risk, relative reduction in stroke risk with an 80% LACA efficacy rate for sinus rhythm restoration would need to be > or =42% and > or =11% to yield incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) LACA efficacy rates would require correspondingly lower and higher stroke risk reduction for equivalent ICER thresholds. In the 55-year-old moderate stroke risk cohort, lower LACA efficacy rates or stroke risk reduction would be needed for the same ICER thresholds. In patients at low stroke risk, LACA was unlikely to be cost-effective. The use of LACA may be cost-effective in patients with AF at moderate risk for stroke, but it is not cost-effective in low-risk patients. Our threshold analyses may provide a framework for the design of future clinical trials by providing effect size estimates for LACA efficacy needed.

  6. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation without the use of fluoroscopy.

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    Reddy, Vivek Y; Morales, Gustavo; Ahmed, Humera; Neuzil, Petr; Dukkipati, Srinivas; Kim, Steve; Clemens, Janet; D'Avila, Andre

    2010-11-01

    In performing catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), the advent of electroanatomical mapping (EAM) has significantly reduced fluoroscopy time. Recent advances in the ability of EAM systems to simultaneously visualize multiple catheters have allowed some operators to perform certain procedures, such as catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardias, with zero fluoroscopy use. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of pulmonary vein (PV) isolation with zero fluoroscopy use, using a combination of three-dimensional EAM and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE). Using the NavX EAM system, the right atrial (RA) and coronary sinus (CS) geometries were created without fluoroscopy. Fluoroless transseptal puncture was performed under ICE guidance. Using a deflectable sheath and a multipolar catheter, the left atrial (LA) and PV anatomies were rendered and, in select cases, integrated with a three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) image. Irrigated radiofrequency ablation was performed to encircle each pair of ipsilateral PVs. This series included 20 consecutive PAF patients. RA/CS mapping required 5.5 ± 2.6 minutes. In all patients, single (n = 18) or dual (n = 2) transseptal access was successfully achieved. The LA-PV anatomy was rendered using either a circular (14 patients) or penta-array (six patients) catheter in 22 ± 10 minutes; CT image integration was used in 11 patients. Using 49 ± 18 ablation lesions/patient, electrical isolation was achieved in 38/39 ipsilateral PV isolating lesion sets (97%). The procedure time was 244 ± 75 minutes. There were no complications. Completely fluoroless catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF is safely feasible using a combination of ICE and EAM. Copyright © 2010 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Phrenic Nerve Injury After Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jacques Clementy

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Phrenic Nerve Injury (PNI has been well studied by cardiac surgeons. More recently it has been recognized as a potential complication of catheter ablation with a prevalence of 0.11 to 0.48 % after atrial fibrillation (AF ablation. This review will focus on PNI after AF ablation. Anatomical studies have shown a close relationship between the right phrenic nerve and it's proximity to the superior vena cava (SVC, and the antero-inferior part of the right superior pulmonary vein (RSPV. In addition, the proximity of the left phrenic nerve to the left atrial appendage has been well established. Independent of the type of ablation catheter (4mm, 8 mm, irrigated tip, balloon or energy source used (radiofrequency (RF, ultrasound, cryothermia, and laser; the risk of PNI exists during ablation at the critical areas listed above. Although up to thirty-one percent of patients with PNI after AF ablation remain asymptomatic, dyspnea remain the cardinal symptom and is present in all symptomatic patients. Despite the theoretical risk for significant adverse effect on functional status and quality of life, short-term outcomes from published studies appear favorable with 81% of patients with PNI having a complete recovery after 7 ± 7 months.Conclusion: Existing studies have described PNI as an uncommon but avoidable complication in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation for AF. Prior to ablation at the SVC, antero-inferior RSPV ostium or the left atrial appendage, pacing should be performed before energy delivery. If phrenic nerve capture is documented, energy delivery should be avoided at this site. Electrophysiologist's vigilance as well as pacing prior to ablation at high risk sites in close proximity to the phrenic nerve are the currently available tools to avoid the complication of PNI.

  8. Algorithm for identifying patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation without appearance on the ECG.

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    Kikillus, Nicole; Hammer, Gerd; Wieland, Steven; Bolz, Armin

    2007-01-01

    Although atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disturbance, it remains under-diagnosed. One of the most drastic complications is embolism, and strokes in particular. Patients having atrial fibrillation must be identified in order to reduce the number of strokes. The algorithm presented detects atrial fibrillation, even without it being indicated in the analyzed ECG. Based on parameters of heart rate variability, only a 60-minute single channel ECG is required. At first, all R peaks are detected and all RR intervals are calculated. After normalizing the RR intervals, the time domain parameter SDSD is calculated and the so-called Poincaré Plot is generated. The image and the time domain analysis assess a risk level, which determines whether the patient is suffering from atrial fibrillation. The resulting sensitivity calculated for ECG recordings from the MIT-BIH Atrial Fibrillation Database is 91.5% and the specificity determined for the ECG recordings from the MIT-BIH Normal Sinus Rhythm Database is 96.9%. The sensitivity depends on the atrial fibrillation burden. Even if a burden of 0 % is assumed, the results still prove satisfactory (sensitivity nearly 83%).

  9. Surgical Radiofrequency MAZE III Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation During Open Heart Surgery

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    Fariborz Akbarzadeh

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic mitral and other valve diseases who are candidates for valve repair surgeries. Conversion of rhythm to sinus has positive effects on quality of life and lower use of medications. The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the radiofrequency ablation Maze III procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease. Methods: We applied a modified Cox III Maze procedure using radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease and evaluated the outcome of 20 patients of atrial fibrillation associated rheumatic valve disease who underwent radiofrequency ablation Maze III procedure plus heart valve surgery. Demographic, echocardiographic, Electrocardiographic and Doppler study data were calculated before surgery, six month and one year after surgery.. Results: No perioperative deaths occurred in the study group. Duration of additional time for doing radiofrequency ablation was about 22 minutes. Freedom from atrial fibrillation was 85% and 75% at six months and one year follow-up respectively... Conclusions: The addition of the radiofrequency ablation Maze procedure to heart valve surgery is safe and effective in the treatment of atrial fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart valve disease.

  10. Anticoagulation therapy in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation: results from the Registry of Atrial Fibrillation To Investigate the Implementation of New Guidelines (RAFTING).

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    Pipilis, Athanasios; Farmakis, Dimitrios; Kaliambakos, Sotirios; Goudevenos, John; Lekakis, John

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    Patients with atrial fibrillation aged 75 years or older have a CHA2DS2VASc score that dictates oral anticoagulants. We recorded physicians' anticoagulation attitudes in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation and assessed the impact of stroke and bleeding risk. Atrial Fibrillation To Investigate the Implementation of New Guidelines , a countrywide prospective registry performed in Greece during 2010, a period when only vitamin-K antagonists (VKA) were available, enrolled 1127 patients with atrial fibrillation diagnosis during Emergency Departments visit in 31 representative hospitals; 807 patients had known atrial fibrillation and of those, 342 aged 75 years or older. We recorded preadmission anticoagulation treatment and associated it with clinical characteristics and stroke/bleeding risk. Patients on VKA (n = 207; 61%) were younger (81 ± 4 vs. 83 ± 5; P 4) or modified HASBLED (low: 0-2, high: >2) scores. VKA were prescribed in 65% of patients with very high CHA2DS2VASc score as compared with 55% of those with high score (P = 0.065). VKA were used equally in low or high-modified HASBLED score (61% vs. 59%; P = 0.78). The interaction between CHA2DS2VASc and HASBLED was significant (P < 0.001) in patients on VKA; in patients with low HASBLED, VKA use was similar in high versus very high CHA2DS2VASc score (58 vs. 64%), whereas in patients with high HASBLED, VKA use tended to be higher in very high versus high CHA2DS2VASc score (66 vs. 43%). In this countrywide atrial fibrillation registry, 61% of elderly patients received VKA, a decision driven mainly by stroke risk. VKA use was not higher in patients with low bleeding risk.

  11. Current overview of the genetic background of atrial fibrillation: Possible therapeutic gene targets for the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Tetsushi Furukawa, MD, PhD

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common arrhythmia. Although AF is known to develop during the course of various cardiac pathological conditions, including valvular heart diseases, congestive heart failure, and hypertension, recent clinical data implicate the additional contribution of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of AF. A familial form of AF has been noted, and 8 loci and 6 responsible genes have been identified. In non-familial AF, genetic risks were originally investigated by the candidate gene approach, and recently by genome-wide association studies (GWASs. GWASs executed in other countries have identified 3 loci: 4q25 near Pitx2, 1q21 in KCNN3, and 16q22 in ZFHX3. Several AF-associated SNPs in 4q25 are also associated with the recurrence rate of AF after catheter pulmonary vein isolation. This review will discuss the genetic underpinnings of AF, in both familial AF and non-familial AF.

  12. Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Rheumatic Valve Disease

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    Chavez, Ernesto Koehler; Colafranceschi, Alexandre Siciliano; Monteiro, Andrey José de Oliveira; Canale, Leonardo Secchin; Mesquita, Evandro Tinoco; Weksler, Clara; Barbosa, Odilon Nogueira; Oliveira, Anderson

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    Objective To assess heart rhythm and predictive factors associated with sinus rhythm after one year in patients with rheumatic valve disease undergoing concomitant surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Operative mortality, survival and occurrence of stroke after one year were also evaluated. Methods Retrospective longitudinal observational study of 103 patients undergoing rheumatic mitral valve surgery and ablation of atrial fibrillation using uni- or bipolar radiofrequency between January 2013 and December 2014. Age, gender, functional class (NYHA), type of atrial fibrillation, EuroSCORE, duration of atrial fibrillation, stroke, left atrial size, left ventricular ejection fraction, cardiopulmonary bypass time, myocardial ischemia time and type of radiofrequency were investigated. Results After one year, 66.3% of patients were in sinus rhythm. Sinus rhythm at hospital discharge, lower left atrial size in the preoperative period and bipolar radiofrequency were associated with a greater chance of sinus rhythm after one year. Operative mortality was 7.7%. Survival rate after one year was 92.3% and occurrence of stroke was 1%. Conclusion Atrial fibrillation ablation surgery with surgical approach of rheumatic mitral valve resulted in 63.1% patients in sinus rhythm after one year. Discharge from hospital in sinus rhythm was a predictor of maintenance of this rhythm. Increased left atrium and use of unipolar radiofrequency were associated with lower chance of sinus rhythm. Operative mortality rate of 7.7% and survival and stroke-free survival contribute to excellent care results for this approach. PMID:28832799

  13. Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Rheumatic Valve Disease

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    Ernesto Koehler Chavez

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective: To assess heart rhythm and predictive factors associated with sinus rhythm after one year in patients with rheumatic valve disease undergoing concomitant surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Operative mortality, survival and occurrence of stroke after one year were also evaluated. Methods: Retrospective longitudinal observational study of 103 patients undergoing rheumatic mitral valve surgery and ablation of atrial fibrillation using uni- or bipolar radiofrequency between January 2013 and December 2014. Age, gender, functional class (NYHA, type of atrial fibrillation, EuroSCORE, duration of atrial fibrillation, stroke, left atrial size, left ventricular ejection fraction, cardiopulmonary bypass time, myocardial ischemia time and type of radiofrequency were investigated. Results: After one year, 66.3% of patients were in sinus rhythm. Sinus rhythm at hospital discharge, lower left atrial size in the preoperative period and bipolar radiofrequency were associated with a greater chance of sinus rhythm after one year. Operative mortality was 7.7%. Survival rate after one year was 92.3% and occurrence of stroke was 1%. Conclusion: Atrial fibrillation ablation surgery with surgical approach of rheumatic mitral valve resulted in 63.1% patients in sinus rhythm after one year. Discharge from hospital in sinus rhythm was a predictor of maintenance of this rhythm. Increased left atrium and use of unipolar radiofrequency were associated with lower chance of sinus rhythm. Operative mortality rate of 7.7% and survival and stroke-free survival contribute to excellent care results for this approach.

  14. Visualisation during ablation of atrial fibrillation - stimulating the patient's own resources: Patients' experiences in relation to pain and anxiety during an intervention of visualisation.

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    Nørgaard, Marianne W; Pedersen, Preben U; Bjerrum, Merete

    2015-12-01

    Going through ablation of atrial fibrillation can be accompanied by pain and discomfort when a light, conscious sedation is used. Visualisation has been shown to reduce the patients' perception of pain and anxiety during invasive procedures, when it is used together with the usual pain management. The purpose of this study was to investigate patients' experiences with visualisation in relation to pain and anxiety during an intervention consisting of visualisation, when undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 14 patients from a study population of a clinical controlled study with 147 patients. The transcribed interviews were analysed according to qualitative methodology of inductive content analysis. Four categories emerged from the interviews: 'approach to visualisation'; 'strategies of managing pain'; 'strategies of managing anxiety' and 'benefits of visualisation'. The transversal analyses revealed two overall themes which highlight the experiences of being guided in visualisation during ablation of atrial fibrillation: 'stimulation of the patients' own resources' and 'being satisfied without complete analgesia' Visualisation used during ablation of atrial fibrillation was reported as a positive experience with no serious inconvenience: It seemed that visualisation did not produce complete analgesia but the patients expressed that it provided some pain relief and supported their individual strategies in managing pain and anxiety. Our findings indicate that visualisation for acute pain during ablation of atrial fibrillation was associated not only with a decrease in experience of pain but also with high levels of treatment satisfaction and other non-pain-related benefits. © The European Society of Cardiology 2014.

  15. Novel K+ Channel Targets in Atrial Fibrillation Drug Development--Where Are We?

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    El-Haou, Said; Ford, John W; Milnes, James T

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    There is a clear unmet medical need for new pharmacologic therapies with improved efficacy and safety for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Considerable research efforts have been undertaken to discover and develop new safe and effective antiarrhythmic drugs that specifically target atrial K(+) channels. To realize the full value of these novel atrial-specific therapeutic drug targets, demonstration of clinical efficacy and safety is required for a new breed of atrial-selective antiarrhythmic drugs. The reward for demonstrating this in a pivotal phase III trial, on regulatory approval, will be "first-in-class" status. This article reviews the development status of new and novel K channel inhibitors currently in drug development as atrial-selective antiarrhythmics for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

  16. Angiotensin II blockade, YKL-40 and maintenance of sinus rhythm after electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

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    Tveit, Arnljot; Seljeflot, Ingebjørg; Smith, Pal

    2013-01-01

    High levels of the novel inflammatory marker YKL-40 have been demonstrated in inflammatory environments and in remodeling of the extracellular matrix. Both are key components in atrial wall remodeling in atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied the relation between rhythm outcome after electrical...

  17. Impact of dronedarone on hospitalization burden in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Crijns, Harry J G M; Gaudin, Christophe

    2011-01-01

    Hospitalization or death from any cause in patiENTs with Atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (ATHENA), a composite of first CV hospitalization or death from any cause, was significantly reduced by dronedarone. This post hoc analysis evaluated the secondary endpoint of CV hospitalization and the clinical benefit...

  18. Pharmacologic versus direct-current electrical cardioversion of atrial flutter and fibrillation

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    Van Gelder, IC; Tuinenburg, AE; Schoonderwoerd, BS; Tieleman, RG; Crijns, HJGM

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    Conversion of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation (AF) can be achieved by either pharmacologic or direct-current (DC) electrical cardioversion. DC electrical cardioversion is more effective and restores sinus rhythm instantaneously; however, general anesthesia is necessary, which can cause severe

  19. Spontaneous Localized Persistent Atrial Fibrillation with an Exit Block Mimicking Atrial Tachycardia at the Left Posterior Wall

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    Shoichi Kubota, MD

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a 37-year-old man with spontaneous localized atrial fibrillation (AF with an exit block at the posterior wall of the left atrium (LA. The 12-lead ECG exhibited an atrial tachycardia-like pattern, with distinctive P waves and an isoelectric baseline between the P waves. The cycle length of the P waves ranged from 320 to 500 msec. While the fractionated and rapid deflections were recorded from the posterior wall of the LA, the rest of the atria and the coronary sinus exhibited discrete atrial potentials with irregular intervals. Radiofrequency energy applications to the surrounding tissue created complete isolation of the localized AF area, and the AF was terminated. Fibrillatory activation in the posterior wall of the LA can act as a driver as well as an initiator of atrial fibrillation.

  20. Trends in quantitative methods used for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia analyses

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    Full Text Available Background: Improved quantitative and computational research efforts would be useful for better and more accurate analysis of heart arrhythmias, and to target catheter ablation sites. To pinpoint useful and leading-edge quantitative methods, research trends of articles published in peer-reviewed journals were identified. Methods: The MEDLINE search tool and an in-house developed software program were used to detect quantitative trends in arrhythmia research. The main keywords used were ‘atrial fibrillation’ and ‘ventricular tachycardia’, which were searched in combination with commonly associated quantitative keywords for signal and imaging data. The search period used was 1960–2013. The linear regression trend over the search period was calculated, and the slope and regression coefficient was tabulated along with the onset year of the trend. Results: In 1960, ‘atrial fibrillation’ and ‘ventricular tachycardia’ appeared in the title or abstract of less than 20 peer-reviewed articles each. A sharp increase in ventricular tachycardia publications occurred from 1975 to 1992 to a peak of over 600 publications; since 1992 the number of ventricular tachycardia studies has leveled. However, the number of atrial fibrillation papers has increased sharply since 1978, surpassing ventricular tachycardia studies in 1993, to over 3500 studies in 2013. From 1960 to 2013, the fraction of ventricular tachycardia papers associated with any particular quantitative keyword, versus the total number of ventricular tachycardia publications, was often greater than the fraction of atrial fibrillation papers associated with the same quantitative keyword, versus the total number of atrial fibrillation publications. Studies published in the bioengineering and bioinformatics literature comprise approximately 10% of all quantitative biomedical studies published on atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Conclusions: The

  1. Pathophysiology and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Detected after Ischemic Stroke (PARADISE): A Translational, Integrated, and Transdisciplinary Approach.

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    Paquet, Maryse; Cerasuolo, Joshua O; Thorburn, Victoria; Fridman, Sebastian; Alsubaie, Rasha; Lopes, Renato D; Cipriano, Lauren E; Salamone, Paula; Melling, C W James; Khan, Ali R; Sedeño, Lucas; Fang, Jiming; Drangova, Maria; Montero-Odasso, Manuel; Mandzia, Jennifer; Khaw, Alexander V; Racosta, Juan M; Paturel, Justin; Samoilov, Lucy; Stirling, Devin; Balint, Brittany; Jaremek, Victoria; Koschinsky, Marlys L; Boffa, Michael B; Summers, Kelly; Ibañez, Agustín; Mrkobrada, Marko; Saposnik, Gustavo; Kimpinski, Kurt; Whitehead, Shawn N; Sposato, Luciano A

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    It has been hypothesized that ischemic stroke can cause atrial fibrillation. By elucidating the mechanisms of neurogenically mediated paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, novel therapeutic strategies could be developed to prevent atrial fibrillation occurrence and perpetuation after stroke. This could result in fewer recurrent strokes and deaths, a reduction or delay in dementia onset, and in the lessening of the functional, structural, and metabolic consequences of atrial fibrillation on the heart. The Pathophysiology and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Detected after Ischemic Stroke (PARADISE) study is an investigator-driven, translational, integrated, and transdisciplinary initiative. It comprises 3 complementary research streams that focus on atrial fibrillation detected after stroke: experimental, clinical, and epidemiological. The experimental stream will assess pre- and poststroke electrocardiographic, autonomic, anatomic (brain and heart pathology), and inflammatory trajectories in an animal model of selective insular cortex ischemic stroke. The clinical stream will prospectively investigate autonomic, inflammatory, and neurocognitive changes among patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation detected after stroke by employing comprehensive and validated instruments. The epidemiological stream will focus on the demographics, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of atrial fibrillation detected after stroke at the population level by means of the Ontario Stroke Registry, a prospective clinical database that comprises over 23,000 patients with ischemic stroke. PARADISE is a translational research initiative comprising experimental, clinical, and epidemiological research aimed at characterizing clinical features, the pathophysiology, and outcomes of neurogenic atrial fibrillation detected after stroke. Copyright © 2018 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Prevention of atrial fibrillation with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers: a meta-analysis

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    Healey, Jeff S; Baranchuk, Adrian; Crystal, Eugene; Morillo, Carlos A; Garfinkle, Michael; Yusuf, Salim; Connolly, Stuart J

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    This study was designed to identify all randomized clinical trial data evaluating angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers for the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF...

  3. Cardiac rehabilitation versus usual care for patients treated with catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Risom, Signe S; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe; Rasmussen, Trine Bernholdt

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: To assess the effects of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation compared with usual care on physical activity and mental health for patients treated with catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. METHODS: The patients were randomized 1:1 stratified by paroxysmal or persistent atrial...... questionnaire. Exploratory outcomes were collected. RESULTS: 210 patients were included (mean age: 59 years, 74% men), 72% had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation prior to ablation. Compared with usual care, the cardiac rehabilitation group had a beneficial effect on Vo2 peak at four months (24.3mL kg(-1) min(-1...

  4. Efficacy and safety of novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation with pulmonary vein isolation in sustained atrial fibrillation.

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    Jiang, Zhaolei; Yin, Hang; He, Yi; Ma, Nan; Tang, Min; Liu, Hao; Ding, Fangbao; Mei, Ju

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    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of this novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation (CLAA) with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in sustained atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty domestic pigs were divided equally into 3 groups: AF without ablation (AF group), AF with PVI (PVI group), and AF with CLAA and PVI (CLAA + PVI group). AF was induced by rapid atrial pacing. After AF was induced, CLAA and PVI were performed for pigs in CLAA + PVI group, and PVI was performed for pigs in PVI group. AF vulnerability, AF duration, and histology were performed in all groups. All pigs developed sustained AF after 6.27 ± 0.69 weeks of rapid atrial pacing. All pigs successfully underwent isolated PVI or CLAA with PVI on the beating heart in PVI group or CLAA + PVI group. Isolated PVI terminated AF in 3 of 20 pigs (15 %), and CLAA with PVI terminated AF in 5 of 8 pigs (62.5 %, P = 0.022). Compared with AF group (10/10), the incidence of sustained AF by burst pacing was significantly decreased in PVI group (3/10, P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (0/10, P CLAA + PVI group (P = 0.211). AF duration was significantly decreased in CLAA + PVI group (734.70 ± 177.81 s, 95 % CI 607.51-861.89) compared with PVI group (1217.90 ± 444.10 s, 95 % CI 900.21-1535.59, P = 0.008). Also, AF duration was significantly decreased in PVI group (P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (P CLAA could ablate the left atrial roof and posterior wall together safely and reliably. Compared with PVI alone, CLAA with PVI may be able to improve the rate of acute termination of persistent AF. It may be useful in selecting the best ablation approaches for patients with persistent AF.

  5. The Atrial Fibrillation Health Literacy Information Technology System: Pilot Assessment.

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    Magnani, Jared W; Schlusser, Courtney L; Kimani, Everlyne; Rollman, Bruce L; Paasche-Orlow, Michael K; Bickmore, Timothy W

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a highly prevalent heart rhythm condition that has significant associated morbidity and requires chronic treatment. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies have the potential to enhance multiple aspects of AF care, including education, monitoring of symptoms, and encouraging and tracking medication adherence. We have previously implemented and tested relational agents to improve outcomes in chronic disease and sought to develop a smartphone-based relational agent for improving patient-centered outcomes in AF. The objective of this study was to pilot a smartphone-based relational agent as preparation for a randomized clinical trial, the Atrial Fibrillation Health Literacy Information Technology Trial (AF-LITT). We developed the relational agent for use by a smartphone consistent with our prior approaches. We programmed the relational agent as a computer-animated agent to simulate a face-to-face conversation and to serve as a health counselor or coach specific to AF. Relational agent's dialogue content, informed by a review of literature, focused on patient-centered domains and qualitative interviews with patients with AF, encompassed AF education, common symptoms, adherence challenges, and patient activation. We established that the content was accessible to individuals with limited health or computer literacy. Relational agent content coordinated with use of the smartphone AliveCor Kardia heart rate and rhythm monitor. Participants (N=31) were recruited as a convenience cohort from ambulatory clinical sites and instructed to use the relational agent and Kardia for 30 days. We collected demographic, social, and clinical characteristics and conducted baseline and 30-day assessments of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) with the Atrial Fibrillation Effect on Quality of life (AFEQT) measure; self-reported medication adherence with the Morisky 8-item Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8); and patient activation with the Patient Activation

  6. The clinical efficacy of dabigatran etexilate for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation patients

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    Full Text Available Christopher R Ellis, Daniel W KaiserVanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville, TN, USAAbstract: The use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs for stroke and systemic embolism prevention in the setting of specifically non valvular atrial fibrillation has provided clinicians with a realistic treatment alternative to the traditional dose-adjusted, warfarin-based anticoagulation that is targeted to a therapeutic international normalized ratio range of 2.0–3.0. We discuss the use of dabigatran in the setting of mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or left atrial catheter ablation procedures, reversal of the drug in the setting of adverse bleeding events, and background on the molecular biology and development of this novel treatment for stroke reduction.Keywords: NOACs, systemic embolism, atrial fibrillation, stroke, dabigatran etexilate

  7. Rapid slowing of the atrial fibrillatory rate after administration of AZD7009 predicts conversion of atrial fibrillation

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    Aunes, Maria; Egstrup, Kenneth; Frison, Lars

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Effects on the atrial fibrillatory rate (AFR) were studied during infusion with the combined potassium and sodium channel blocker AZD7009. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) were randomized to AZD7009 or placebo. Thirty-five patients converted to si...... fpm (p=0.02), and at 10 min, -133 vs. -111 fpm (p=0.048). The AFR-SD and the exponential decay decreased. A small left atrial area was the only baseline predictor of conversion to SR. CONCLUSIONS: AZD7009 produced a significantly more rapid decrease of the AFR in converters than in non...

  8. Zoledronic acid and atrial fibrillation in cancer patients.

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    Arslan, Cagatay; Aksoy, Sercan; Dizdar, Omer; Dede, Didem S; Harputluoglu, Hakan; Altundag, Kadri

    2011-03-01

    Treatment with a bisphosphonate was found to be associated with a significantly increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AF) in a few studies. A recent study showed that once-yearly infusions of intravenous zoledronic acid (ZA) significantly increased the risk of serious AF in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of atrial fibrillation among cancer patients receiving the standard treatment of ZA. Patients with bone metastases who presented to our outpatient clinic for any reason (routine control, chemotherapy, or ZA administration) were included in the study. All patients had been receiving 4 mg ZA at 4-week intervals, with each dose administered over 15 min. A short survey was completed and standard 12-lead ECG recordings were obtained. One hundred and twenty-four cancer patients with documented bone metastases were evaluated. Mean age of the patients was 55 ± 13.0 years, 60% of the patients were female. Forty-one percent of the patients had breast cancer, 18% had non-small cell lung cancer, and the remainder had other solid tumors. Mean duration of ZA administration was 13.4  ± 15.0 months. Mean total cumulative dose was 54  ± 15.0 mg per patient. Sixty patients (48%) had previously been treated with anthracycline-containing regimens, and 37 (30%) had received chest radiotherapy that might affect the heart. Twenty-three percent of the patients had hypertension, 10% had diabetes mellitus, 3.7% had myocardial infarction history, 1.9% had congestive heart failure, and 1% had valvular disease; 10.5% were current smokers and 32% ex-smokers. On ECG evaluation, we observed normal sinus rhythm in 58%, sinus tachycardia in 15%, sinus bradicardia in 3.2%, and ventricular extrasystole in 5.7% of the patients. There was no AF in any of the cases. There was no increase in the risk of AF frequency in cancer patients who were treated with intravenous ZA, although most of the patients had additional risk factors

  9. Critical phase transitions during ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Iravanian, Shahriar; Langberg, Jonathan J.

    2017-09-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia with significant morbidity and mortality. Pharmacological agents are not very effective in the management of AF. Therefore, ablation procedures have become the mainstay of AF management. The irregular and seemingly chaotic atrial activity in AF is caused by one or more meandering spiral waves. Previously, we have shown the presence of sudden rhythm organization during ablation of persistent AF. We hypothesize that the observed transitions from a disorganized to an organized rhythm is a critical phase transition. Here, we explore this hypothesis by simulating ablation in an anatomically-correct 3D AF model. In 722 out of 2160 simulated ablation, at least one sudden transition from AF to an organized rhythm (flutter) was noted (33%). They were marked by a sudden decrease in the cycle length entropy and increase in the mean cycle length. At the same time, the number of reentrant wavelets decreased from 2.99 ± 0.06 in AF to 1.76 ± 0.05 during flutter, and the correlation length scale increased from 13.3 ± 1.0 mm to 196.5 ± 86.6 mm (both P < 0.0001). These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that transitions from AF to an anatomical flutter behave as phase transitions in complex non-equilibrium dynamical systems with flutter acting as an absorbing state. Clinically, the facilitation of phase transition should be considered a novel mechanism of ablation and may help to design effective ablation strategies.

  10. Atrial fibrillation does not affect ankle-brachial index measured using the Doppler method.

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    Dąbrowski, Michał; Lewandowski, Jacek; Abramczyk, Piotr; Łoń, Izabela; Gaciong, Zbigniew; Siński, Maciej

    2017-11-02

    Atrial fibrillation may affect blood pressure measurements. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a ratio of systolic blood pressure measured on the lower and upper limbs that may also be affected by arrhythmia. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether atrial fibrillation influenced ABI results. Ninety-nine patients (age 66.6±11 years, 63 males and 36 females) who underwent electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation were investigated. ABI measurements using the Doppler method were performed on both lower extremities before and after electrical cardioversion. Measurements were repeated three times and then averaged. The ABI using both lower limbs was lower before electrical cardioversion than after restoration to sinus rhythm (right side: 1.132 (1.065-1.210) during atrial fibrillation vs. 1.179 (1.080-1.242) in sinus rhythm, P=0.019; left side: 1.142 (1.075-1.222) during atrial fibrillation vs. 1.170 (1.098-1.255) in sinus rhythm, P=0.011). However, the upper 95% confidence interval (CI) margins for the median differences in ABI were 0.045 and 0.040 for right and left, respectively, suggesting that the observed difference was clinically insignificant. There was a significant correlation between measurements obtained before and after electrical cardioversion on both lower limbs (r=0.61, P<0.001 and r=0.67, P<0.001). The Bland-Altman plot showed good agreement between measurements performed using the Doppler method during atrial fibrillation and sinus rhythm. Study results showed that atrial fibrillation did not have a clinically important effect on ABI measurements.Hypertension Research advance online publication, 2 November 2017; doi:10.1038/hr.2017.89.

  11. Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation: a multi-cohort study.

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    Kivimäki, Mika; Nyberg, Solja T; Batty, G David; Kawachi, Ichiro; Jokela, Markus; Alfredsson, Lars; Bjorner, Jakob B; Borritz, Marianne; Burr, Hermann; Dragano, Nico; Fransson, Eleonor I; Heikkilä, Katriina; Knutsson, Anders; Koskenvuo, Markku; Kumari, Meena; Madsen, Ida E H; Nielsen, Martin L; Nordin, Maria; Oksanen, Tuula; Pejtersen, Jan H; Pentti, Jaana; Rugulies, Reiner; Salo, Paula; Shipley, Martin J; Suominen, Sakari; Theorell, Töres; Vahtera, Jussi; Westerholm, Peter; Westerlund, Hugo; Steptoe, Andrew; Singh-Manoux, Archana; Hamer, Mark; Ferrie, Jane E; Virtanen, Marianna; Tabak, Adam G

    2017-09-07

    Studies suggest that people who work long hours are at increased risk of stroke, but the association of long working hours with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a risk factor for stroke, is unknown. We examined the risk of atrial fibrillation in individuals working long hours (≥55 per week) and those working standard 35-40 h/week. In this prospective multi-cohort study from the Individual-Participant-Data Meta-analysis in Working Populations (IPD-Work) Consortium, the study population was 85 494 working men and women (mean age 43.4 years) with no recorded atrial fibrillation. Working hours were assessed at study baseline (1991-2004). Mean follow-up for incident atrial fibrillation was 10 years and cases were defined using data on electrocardiograms, hospital records, drug reimbursement registers, and death certificates. We identified 1061 new cases of atrial fibrillation (10-year cumulative incidence 12.4 per 1000). After adjustment for age, sex and socioeconomic status, individuals working long hours had a 1.4-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with those working standard hours (hazard ratio = 1.42, 95% CI = 1.13-1.80, P = 0.003). There was no significant heterogeneity between the cohort-specific effect estimates (I2 = 0%, P = 0.66) and the finding remained after excluding participants with coronary heart disease or stroke at baseline or during the follow-up (N = 2006, hazard ratio = 1.36, 95% CI = 1.05-1.76, P = 0.0180). Adjustment for potential confounding factors, such as obesity, risky alcohol use and high blood pressure, had little impact on this association. Individuals who worked long hours were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those working standard hours.

  12. High beat-to-beat blood pressure variability in atrial fibrillation compared to sinus rhythm.

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    Olbers, Joakim; Gille, Adam; Ljungman, Petter; Rosenqvist, Mårten; Östergren, Jan; Witt, Nils

    2018-02-07

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, not entirely explained by thromboembolism. The underlying mechanisms for this association are largely unknown. Similarly, high blood pressure (BP) increases the risk for cardiovascular events. Despite this the interplay between AF and BP is insufficiently studied. The purpose of this study was to examine and quantify the beat-to-beat blood pressure variability in patients with AF in comparison to a control group of patients with sinus rhythm. We studied 33 patients - 21 in atrial fibrillation and 12 in sinus rhythm - undergoing routine coronary angiography. Invasive blood pressure was recorded at three locations: radial artery, brachial artery and ascending aorta. Blood pressure variability, defined as average beat-to-beat blood pressure difference, was calculated for systolic and diastolic blood pressure at each site. We observed a significant difference (p blood pressure variability between the atrial fibrillation and sinus rhythm groups at all locations. Systolic blood pressure variability roughly doubled in the atrial fibrillation group compared to the sinus rhythm group (4.9 and 2.4 mmHg respectively). Diastolic beat-to-beat blood pressure variability was approximately 6 times as high in the atrial fibrillation group compared to the sinus rhythm group (7.5 and 1.2 mmHg respectively). No significant difference in blood pressure variability was seen between measurement locations. Beat-to-beat blood pressure variability in patients with atrial fibrillation was substantially higher than in patients with sinus rhythm. Hemodynamic effects of this beat-to-beat variation in blood pressure may negatively affect vascular structure and function, which may contribute to the increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality seen in patients with atrial fibrillation.

  13. Burden of disease and cost of illness of atrial fibrillation in Portugal.

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    Gouveia, Miguel; Costa, João; Alarcão, Joana; Augusto, Margarida; Caldeira, Daniel; Pinheiro, Luís; Vaz Carneiro, António; Borges, Margarida

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia. This paper estimates the burden and cost of illness attributable to atrial fibrillation in Portugal based on demographic and health statistics. Mortality data by cause of death came from the European Detailed Mortality Database of the World Health Organization (WHO). Hospital data were taken from the Portuguese diagnosis-related groups database. The burden of disease was measured using DALYs (disability-adjusted life years), a metric adopted by the WHO. Costs studied included resource use and lost productivity. The burden and cost of illness are those attributable to atrial fibrillation and its main complication, ischemic stroke. In Portugal, 4070 deaths were attributable to atrial fibrillation in 2010, corresponding to 3.8% of all deaths. In total, the burden of disease attributable to atrial fibrillation was estimated at 23,084 DALYs: 10,521 resulting from premature deaths (1.7% of the total DALYs due to death in 2010 in Portugal), and 12,563 resulting from disability. The total estimated direct costs attributable to atrial fibrillation at 2013 prices were €115 million: €34 million for inpatient care and €81 million for outpatient care. Indirect costs resulting from lost production due to disability were estimated at €25 million. Atrial fibrillation has an important social impact in Portugal due to its associated mortality and morbidity, and was responsible in 2013 for a total cost of €140 million, about 0.08% of gross domestic product. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier España.

  14. The Left Atrial Appendage: Target for Stroke Reduction in Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Abu Saleh, Walid K; Edgerton, James

    2015-01-01

    A patient with atrial fibrillation (AF) has a greater than 5% annual risk of major stroke, a 5-fold increase compared to the general population. While anticoagulation remains the standard stroke prevention strategy, the nature of lifelong anticoagulation inevitably carries an increased risk of bleeding, increased stroke during periods of interruption, increased cost, and significant lifestyle modification. Many patients with atrial fibrillation have had their left atrial appendage (LAA) ligated or excised by surgeons during cardiac surgery, a decision based largely on intuition and with no clear evidence of efficacy in stroke risk reduction. The observation that 90% of the thrombi found in nonvalvular AF patients and 57% found in valvular AF are in the LAA, triggered significant interest in the LAA as a potential therapeutic target. Until recently, the results were inconsistent, and high rates of incomplete occlusions precluded the medical community from confirming a definite relationship between LAA and stroke. As a result, anticoagulation is still the recommended first-line stroke risk reduction in AF, and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend LAA exclusion only with surgical ablation of AF or in the context of concomitant mitral valve surgery. A handful of devices have been developed for LAA exclusion. This includes percutaneous options such as WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device (Boston Scientific Corporation, Marlborough, MA), hybrid epicardial devices such as the LARIAT Suture Delivery Device (SentreHEART, Inc., Redwood City, CA), and epicardial surgical devices such as AtriClip® LAA Occlusion System (AtriCure, Inc., West Chester, OH). Studies of the Watchman device have shown noninferiority to Warfarin in stroke prevention and this device has recently gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following lengthy delays due to safety concerns. The Lariat device, which received 510

  15. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in seven dogs with presumed neurally-mediated syncope.

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    Porteiro Vázquez, D M; Perego, M; Santos, L; Gerou-Ferriani, M; Martin, M W S; Santilli, R A

    2016-03-01

    To document the electrocardiographic findings of vagally-induced paroxysmal atrial fibrillation following a presumed reflex syncopal episode in the dog. Seven dogs with a syncopal episode followed by a paroxysm of atrial fibrillation recorded on a 24-hour Holter. Twenty-four hour Holter monitors were retrospectively reviewed, analysing the cardiac rhythm associated with syncopal events. Each recording was analysed from 10 min before the syncopal episode to until 10 min after a normal sinus rhythm had returned. Nine episodes were recorded in seven dogs, with one patient experiencing three events during one Holter recording. Five of the seven dogs presented with underlying structural heart disease. In two the syncopal episodes occurred following exercise, two associated with coughing and three were during a period of rest. All dogs had documented on the Holter recording a rhythm abnormality during syncope. The most common finding leading up to the syncopal event was development of a progressive sinus bradycardia, followed by sinus arrest interrupted by a ventricular escape rhythm and then ventricular arrest. This was then followed by an atrial fibrillation. The atrial fibrillation was paroxysmal in seven recordings and persistent in two. In two dogs, the atrial fibrillation reorganised into self-limiting runs of atypical atrial flutter. This combination of electrocardiographic arrhythmias are probably caused by an inappropriate parasympathetic stimulation initiating a reflex or neurally-mediated syncope, with abnormal automaticity of the sinus node and of the subsidiary pacemaker cells and changes in the electrophysiological properties of the atrial muscle, which promoted the paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Higher burden of supraventricular ectopic complexes early after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with increased risk of recurrent atrial fibrillation

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    Alhede, Christina; Johannessen, Arne; Dixen, Ulrik

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Early identification of patients who could benefit from early re-intervention after catheter ablation is highly warranted. Our aim was to investigate the association between post-procedural burden of supraventricular ectopic complexes (SVEC) and the risk of long-term atrial fibrillation (AF...

  17. Low-energy multistage atrial defibrillation therapy terminates atrial fibrillation with less energy than a single shock.

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    Li, Wenwen; Janardhan, Ajit H; Fedorov, Vadim V; Sha, Qun; Schuessler, Richard B; Efimov, Igor R

    2011-12-01

    Implantable device therapy of atrial fibrillation (AF) is limited by pain from high-energy shocks. We developed a low-energy multistage defibrillation therapy and tested it in a canine model of AF. AF was induced by burst pacing during vagus nerve stimulation. Our novel defibrillation therapy consisted of 3 stages: stage (ST) 1 (1-4 low-energy biphasic [BP] shocks), ST2 (6-10 ultralow-energy monophasic [MP] shocks), and ST3 (antitachycardia pacing). First, ST1 testing compared single or multiple MP and BP shocks. Second, several multistage therapies were tested: ST1 versus ST1+ST3 versus ST1+ST2+ST3. Third, 3 shock vectors were compared: superior vena cava to distal coronary sinus, proximal coronary sinus to left atrial appendage, and right atrial appendage to left atrial appendage. The atrial defibrillation threshold (DFT) of 1 BP shock was defibrillation at or below the pain threshold.

  18. Early recurrences of atrial fibrillation after electrical cardioversion : A result of fibrillation-induced electrical remodeling of the atria?

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    Tieleman, RG; Van Gelder, IC; Crijns, HJGM; De Kam, PJ; Van den Berg, MP; Haaksma, J; Van der Woude, HJ; Allessie, MA

    Objectives, We sought to investigate whether, in humans, the timing and incidence of a relapse of atrial fibrillation (AF) during the first month after cardioversion indicates the presence of electrical remodeling and whether this could be influenced by prevention of intracellular calcium overload

  19. [Echocardiographic factors predictive of restoration and maintenance of sinus rhythm after reduction of atrial fibrillation].

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    Ben Khalfallah, A; Sanaa, I

    2007-09-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. While the arrhythmia was initially thought to be little more than a nuisance, it is now clear that AF has a significant negative impact on quality of life and a corresponding increase in both morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to identify Doppler echographic patterns that allow prediction of atrial fibrillation reduction and maintenance of sinus rhythm within 12 months. One hundred and thirty patients having permanent atrial fibrillation, recent (51) or chronic (79) are included in the study, excepting those with valvular heart disease or thyroid dysfunction. The mean age was 63.5 +/- 11.3 years. Both transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography was performed using a Philips SONOS 5500 Echograph, before cardioversion. Were studied: end diastolic and systolic left ventricular diameters, left ventricular ejectionnal fraction, left atrial area (LAA), left atrial diameter, left atrial appendage area and peak emptying velocities of the left atrial appendage (PeV). Sinus rhythm was re-established in 102 patients (44 having recent and 58 chronic atrial fibrillation). Sinus rhythm was maintained for 12 months in 79 patients. Within the echographic parameters studied, the left atrial area (LAA) and peak emptying velocities of left atrial appendage (PeV) before cardioversion were the best predictors of restoration of sinus rhythm. On monovariate analysis, SOG is significantly lower and PicV is significantly higher in patients whose sinus rhythm had been restored in comparison with those with permanent atrial fibrillation. (Mean SOG: 27.7 +/- 7.62 vs. 34 +/- 7,6 cm2, ppredict on mono and multivariate analysis (p=0.05, OR=0.5, IC=0.36 à 3.56), re-establishing of sinus rhythm whereas in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation, peak emptying velocity of left atrial appendage predict better re-establishing of sinus rhythm (p=0.04, OR=1.29, IC=0.12 à 4.23). The threshold values of LAA and Pe

  20. The heart is a representation of life: an exploration of illness beliefs in couples living with atrial fibrillation.

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    Dalteg, Tomas; Sandberg, Jonas; Malm, Dan; Sandgren, Anna; Benzein, Eva

    2017-11-01

    To explore illness beliefs in couples where one spouse has atrial fibrillation. Beliefs are the lenses through which we view the world, guiding our behaviour and constructing our lives. Couples evolve an ecology of beliefs from their interaction whereby their actions and choices arise from their beliefs. Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia that has implications for both patients and partners. A couple's illness beliefs play an important role in convalescence and illness management, and no previous studies have explored illness beliefs in couples living with atrial fibrillation. A qualitative hermeneutic design. Data collection constituted in-depth interviews with nine couples (patient and partner together). Hermeneutic philosophy as described by Gadamer was used to interpret and to understand illness beliefs in couples living with atrial fibrillation. The findings revealed both core illness beliefs and secondary illness beliefs. From the core illness belief 'The heart is a representation of life', two secondary illness beliefs were derived: atrial fibrillation is a threat to life and atrial fibrillation can and must be explained. From the core illness belief 'Change is an integral part of life', two secondary illness beliefs were derived: atrial fibrillation is a disruption in our lives and atrial fibrillation will not interfere with our lives. Finally, from the core illness belief 'Adaptation is fundamental in life', two secondary illness beliefs were derived: atrial fibrillation entails adjustment in daily life and atrial fibrillation entails confidence in and adherence to professional care. Couples' interaction has developed mutual illness beliefs regarding atrial fibrillation that guide them in their daily lives and influence their decisions. The adoption of a family-centred perspective in cardiovascular care settings is warranted. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Cardiovascular risk factors, nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and retinal vein occlusion.

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    Lisa Gracia, M; Córdoba Alonso, A; Hernández Hernández, J L; Pérez Montes, R; Napal Lecumberri, J J

    2017-05-01

    To analyse the importance of cardiovascular risk factors, ultrasound findings in the supra-aortic trunk and the presence of anticoagulated nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in patients with retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and in a control group. A cross-sectional study was conducted of all patients with RVO consecutively referred to the office of internal medicine, comparing them with a control group. We analysed clinical, electrocardiographic and ultrasound variables. We studied 212 patients (114 men and 98 women) with RVO and 212 controls (95 men and 117 women) of similar ages. Arterial hypertension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes mellitus were significantly more prevalent in the patients with RVO than in the controls (73.6 vs. 50%, 64.6 vs. 48.6% and 27.8 vs. 12.3%, respectively). We observed arteriosclerotic lesions in the supra-aortic trunk in 55% of the patients with RVO. The patients with RVO and NVAF had a greater burden of cardiovascular risk factors than the controls with NVAF. There were no differences in terms of the international normalised ratio or in the use of direct anticoagulants between the cases and controls with NVAF. Cardiovascular risk factors (especially arterial hypertension) and arteriosclerotic involvement of the supra-aortic trunk are highly prevalent in RVO. Anticoagulation does not appear to be effective in preventing RVO. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  2. Atrial Fibrillation Detection via Accelerometer and Gyroscope of a Smartphone.

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    Lahdenoja, Olli; Hurnanen, Tero; Iftikhar, Zuhair; Nieminen, Sami; Knuutila, Timo; Saraste, Antti; Kiviniemi, Tuomas; Vasankari, Tuija; Airaksinen, Juhani; Pankaala, Mikko; Koivisto, Tero

    2018-01-01

    We present a smartphone-only solution for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AFib), which utilizes the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope sensors [inertial measurement unit, (IMU)] in the detection. Depending on the patient's situation, it is possible to use the developed smartphone application either regularly or occasionally for making a measurement of the subject. The smartphone is placed on the chest of the patient who is adviced to lay down and perform a noninvasive recording, while no external sensors are needed. After that, the application determines whether the patient suffers from AFib or not. The presented method has high potential to detect paroxysmal ("silent") AFib from large masses. In this paper, we present the preprocessing, feature extraction, feature analysis, and classification results of the envisioned AFib detection system based on clinical data acquired with a standard mobile phone equipped with Google Android OS. Test data was gathered from 16 AFib patients (validated against ECG), as well as a control group of 23 healthy individuals with no diagnosed heart diseases. We obtained an accuracy of 97.4% in AFib versus healthy classification (a sensitivity of 93.8% and a specificity of 100%). Due to the wide availability of smart devices/sensors with embedded IMU, the proposed methods could potentially also scale to other domains such as embedded body-sensor networks.

  3. Hundred years of atrial fibrillation: Current knowledge and perspectives

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    Potpara Tatjana

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common sustained arrhythmia in general population. AF in humans was first described in 1903. Gradually, it has been well appreciated that AF is not just an acceptable alternative for normal rhythm but rather a serious threat, related to increased mortality and cardiovascular morbidity. AF can precipitate or worsen pre-existing heart failure, may cause the development of tachycardiomyopathy and is an independent risk factor for thromboembolic events, most frequently stroke. It has long been believed that rhythm control is the best therapy for AF. Nowadays there is a clear scientific proof that rhythm control offers no benefit over frequency control, at least for older patients, even with advanced left ventricular dysfunction. However, optimal treatment for younger, highly symptomatic, otherwise healthy AF patients has not been designed. Available antiarrhythmics have considerable proarrhythmic potential or organ toxicity, and new safer drugs are under investigation. Nonpharmacological approaches, namely RF-catheter ablation, are rapidly developing. Prevention of thromboembolism is imperative, and new safer oral anticoagulants have been intensively investigated. Recent randomized studies (PIAF, RACE, STAF, AFFIRM, HOT-CAFE did not solve the issue of optimal arrhythmia treatment, but they emphasized the prevention of thromboembolism based on risk factors, and not on AF type, mainly because asymptomatic episodes of AF may not be clinically recognized.

  4. Detecting atrial fibrillation by deep convolutional neural networks.

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    Xia, Yong; Wulan, Naren; Wang, Kuanquan; Zhang, Henggui

    2018-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. The incidence of AF increases with age, causing high risks of stroke and increased morbidity and mortality. Efficient and accurate diagnosis of AF based on the ECG is valuable in clinical settings and remains challenging. In this paper, we proposed a novel method with high reliability and accuracy for AF detection via deep learning. The short-term Fourier transform (STFT) and stationary wavelet transform (SWT) were used to analyze ECG segments to obtain two-dimensional (2-D) matrix input suitable for deep convolutional neural networks. Then, two different deep convolutional neural network models corresponding to STFT output and SWT output were developed. Our new method did not require detection of P or R peaks, nor feature designs for classification, in contrast to existing algorithms. Finally, the performances of the two models were evaluated and compared with those of existing algorithms. Our proposed method demonstrated favorable performances on ECG segments as short as 5 s. The deep convolutional neural network using input generated by STFT, presented a sensitivity of 98.34%, specificity of 98.24% and accuracy of 98.29%. For the deep convolutional neural network using input generated by SWT, a sensitivity of 98.79%, specificity of 97.87% and accuracy of 98.63% was achieved. The proposed method using deep convolutional neural networks shows high sensitivity, specificity and accuracy, and, therefore, is a valuable tool for AF detection. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Atrial Fibrillation and Non-cardiovascular Diseases: A Systematic Review

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    Ferreira, Cátia, E-mail: catiaspferreira@hotmail.com; Providência, Rui; Ferreira, Maria João; Gonçalves, Lino Manuel [Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal); Serviço de Cardiologia - Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)

    2015-11-15

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with an unfavorable prognosis, increasing the risk of stroke and death. Although traditionally associated with cardiovascular diseases, there is increasing evidence of high incidence of AF in patients with highly prevalent noncardiovascular diseases, such as cancer, sepsis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic kidney disease. Therefore, considerable number of patients has been affected by these comorbidities, leading to an increased risk of adverse outcomes. The authors performed a systematic review of the literature aiming to better elucidate the interaction between these conditions. Several mechanisms seem to contribute to the concomitant presence of AF and noncardiovascular diseases. Comorbidities, advanced age, autonomic dysfunction, electrolyte disturbance and inflammation are common to these conditions and may predispose to AF. The treatment of AF in these patients represents a clinical challenge, especially in terms of antithrombotic therapy, since the scores for stratification of thromboembolic risk, such as the CHADS{sub 2} and CHA{sub 2}DS{sub 2}VASc scores, and the scores for hemorrhagic risk, like the HAS-BLED score have limitations when applied in these conditions. The evidence in this area is still scarce and further investigations to elucidate aspects like epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of AF in noncardiovascular diseases are still needed.

  6. Atrial Fibrillation and Non-cardiovascular Diseases: A Systematic Review

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    Cátia Ferreira

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with an unfavorable prognosis, increasing the risk of stroke and death. Although traditionally associated with cardiovascular diseases, there is increasing evidence of high incidence of AF in patients with highly prevalent noncardiovascular diseases, such as cancer, sepsis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic kidney disease. Therefore, considerable number of patients has been affected by these comorbidities, leading to an increased risk of adverse outcomes.The authors performed a systematic review of the literature aiming to better elucidate the interaction between these conditions.Several mechanisms seem to contribute to the concomitant presence of AF and noncardiovascular diseases. Comorbidities, advanced age, autonomic dysfunction, electrolyte disturbance and inflammation are common to these conditions and may predispose to AF.The treatment of AF in these patients represents a clinical challenge, especially in terms of antithrombotic therapy, since the scores for stratification of thromboembolic risk, such as the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scores, and the scores for hemorrhagic risk, like the HAS-BLED score have limitations when applied in these conditions.The evidence in this area is still scarce and further investigations to elucidate aspects like epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of AF in noncardiovascular diseases are still needed.

  7. [Hundred years of atrial fibrillation: current knowledge and perspectives].

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    Potpara, Tatjana; Grujić, Miodrag

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in general population. AF in humans was first described in 1903. Gradually, it has been well appreciated that AF is notjust an acceptable alternative for normal rhythm but rather a serious threat, related to increased mortality and cardiovascular morbidity. AF can precipitate or worsen pre-existing heart failure, may cause the development of tachycardiomyopathy and is an independent risk factor for thromboembolic events, most frequently stroke. It has long been believed that rhythm control is the best therapy for AF. Nowadays there is a clear scientific proof that rhythm control offers no benefit over frequency control, at least for older patients, even with advanced left ventricular dysfunction. However, optimal treatment for younger, highly symptomatic, otherwise healthy AF patients has not been designed. Available antiarrhythmics have considerable proarrhythmic potential or organ toxicity, and new safer drugs are under investigation. Nonpharmacological approaches, namely RF-catheter ablation, are rapidly developing. Prevention of thromboembolism is imperative, and new safer oral anticoagulants have been intensively investigated. Recent randomized studies (PIAF, RACE, STAF, AFFIRM, HOT-CAFE) did not solve the issue of optimal arrhythmia treatment, but they emphasized the prevention of thromboembolism based on risk factors, and not on AF type, mainly because asymptomatic episodes of AF may not be clinically recognised.

  8. Novel biomarkers in cardiology: MicroRNAs in atrial fibrillation.

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    Orenes-Piñero, Esteban; Quintana-Giner, Miriam; Romero-Aniorte, Ana I; Valdés, Mariano; Marín, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained chronic cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice, which increases the risk of stroke and thromboembolism and is an independent predictor of mortality. The underlying mechanisms involved in the development of AF have yet to be fully elucidated. However, once initiated, AF tends to self-perpetuate, owing to structural and electrical remodeling in the atria. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent a sizable sub-group of small non-coding RNAs, which degrades or inhibits the translation of their target mRNAs, thus regulating gene expression and playing an important role in a wide range of biologic processes. Clinically, there is increasing evidence of the potential diagnostic role of miRNAs as biomarkers, representing a novel therapeutic target in AF. The aim of this review is to provide an exhaustive overview of the role of miRNAs in AF and to discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of miRNAs in this arrhythmia. Copyright © 2014 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  9. Lone atrial fibrillation is associated with pectus excavatum.

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    Tran, Nicole T; Larry Klein, J; Paul Mounsey, J; Chung, Eugene H; Schwartz, Jennifer D; Pursell, Irion; Gehi, Anil K

    2013-09-01

    Pectus excavatum is a skeletal abnormality that may have cardiac manifestations. To determine whether pectus excavatum is associated with lone atrial fibrillation (AF). The pectus severity index (PSI) is the ratio of the lateral diameter of the chest to the distance between the sternum and the spine on computed tomography scan. A normal PSI is ≤2.5 whereas patients with severe pectus excavatum have a PSI >3.25. We calculated the PSI of 220 consecutive patients with AF who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation from September 2008 to 2012 and compared this to the PSI of 225 controls without a history of AF undergoing chest computed tomography. Mean PSI was higher in patients with lone AF (2.72 ± 0.07) compared to patients with nonlone AF (2.25 ± 0.03) or controls (2.26 ± 0.03) (P pectus excavatum was higher in patients with lone AF compared to patients with nonlone AF and controls (P pectus excavatum compared to patients with nonlone AF or controls (P pectus excavatum and 17% have severe pectus, which is significantly higher than in patients with nonlone AF or controls. This association suggests a potential genetic or mechanical abnormality may be common to the 2 disorders. Our study may provide insight into the pathogenesis of lone AF. Copyright © 2013 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Drug safety evaluation of dronedarone in atrial fibrillation.

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    De Ferrari, Gaetano M; Dusi, Veronica

    2012-11-01

    Dronedarone was developed with the intent of replicating the antiarrhythmic effects of amiodarone, while minimizing its side effects. Side effects reported in eight randomized clinical trials are discussed, comparing dronedarone and placebo (DAFNE, EURIDIS, ADONIS, ERATO, ANDROMEDA, ATHENA, PALLAS, total number of patients treated with dronedarone 5347), or dronedarone and amiodarone (DIONYSOS, total number of patients treated with dronedarone 249). The results of the first trials, including ATHENA, set high expectations by suggesting that dronedarone may decrease the risk of hospitalization (and even cardiovascular mortality) among patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), and that it could be regarded as an easy-to-use drug that could be prescribed by general practitioners; unfortunately, dronedarone has not met these expectations. Dronedarone may increase mortality and heart failure hospitalization in patients with advanced NYHA class and in patients with permanent AF, preventing its use in these settings. In addition to gastrointestinal side effects that may lead to discontinuation in 5 - 10% of patients, dronedarone may induce very rare but severe liver and lung toxicity. Despite these limitations and its relatively limited antiarrhythmic potency, dronedarone may still be a useful drug for well-selected patients.

  11. Cryoballoon ablation versus radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Reissmann, Bruno; Metzner, Andreas; Kuck, Karl-Heinz

    2017-05-01

    Catheter ablation (CA) provides the most effective treatment option for patients suffering from symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). The procedural cornerstone of all ablation strategies and for all entities of AF is the electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins (PV). CA with the use of radiofrequency (RF) in conjunction with a 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system is the most established ablation approach, but it demands a long learning curve and recurrences of AF are commonly the result of recovered PV conduction. As a consequence, novel ablation systems such as the Cryoballoon (CB) have been evolved aiming at facilitation and increased efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). CB ablation is characterized by a short learning curve as well as short procedure times and demonstrated non-inferiority with regard to safety and efficacy when being directly compared to RF ablation for treatment of paroxysmal AF. However, RF ablation is first choice for treatment of persistent AF, in particular when expanded ablation strategies beyond PVI are intended in order to improve clinical outcomes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Energy Drinks and atrial fibrillation in young adults.

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    Mattioli, Anna Vittoria; Pennella, Sonia; Farinetti, Alberto; Manenti, Antonio

    2017-05-06

    The present paper evaluates the association between Energy Drinks (EDs) and occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in young people. Data from three clinical cases of AF after EDs consumption are reported. All patients presented with palpitations, nausea and anxiety. ECG showed AF with high ventricular response (135-170 bpm range frequency). Anamnestic record reported a high consumption of EDs during the previous 8 h from the onset of AF. In one case ED was associated with a moderate quantity of alcohol. Patients were successfully cardioverted both spontaneously and after pharmacological treatment. After cardioversion: the ECG and echocardiogram appeared normal in all patients; the toxicological tests and the laboratory analyses resulted negative. Our experience suggests that larger consumption of EDs, especially when combined with alcoholic beverages, could act as a trigger in the development of AF in young patients. This action may be caused by the synergic effect of caffeine and other substances present in EDs. Following the increasing consumption of EDs in young people, we suggest a careful attention to cardiac complications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved.

  13. Atrial Fibrillation and Fibrosis: Beyond the Cardiomyocyte Centric View

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    Miragoli, Michele; Glukhov, Alexey V.

    2015-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) associated with fibrosis is characterized by the appearance of interstitial myofibroblasts. These cells are responsible for the uncontrolled deposition of the extracellular matrix, which pathologically separate cardiomyocyte bundles. The enhanced fibrosis is thought to contribute to arrhythmias “indirectly” because a collagenous septum is a passive substrate for propagation, resulting in impulse conduction block and/or zigzag conduction. However, the emerging results demonstrate that myofibroblasts in vitro also promote arrhythmogenesis due to direct implications upon cardiomyocyte electrophysiology. This electrical interference may be considered beneficial as it resolves any conduction blocks; however, the passive properties of myofibroblasts might cause a delay in impulse propagation, thus promoting AF due to discontinuous slow conduction. Moreover, low-polarized myofibroblasts reduce, via cell-density dependence, the fast driving inward current for cardiac impulse conduction, therefore resulting in arrhythmogenic uniformly slow propagation. Critically, the subsequent reduction in cardiomyocytes resting membrane potential in vitro significantly increases the likelihood of ectopic activity. Myofibroblast densities and the degree of coupling at cellular border zones also impact upon this likelihood. By considering future in vivo studies, which identify myofibroblasts “per se” as a novel targets for cardiac arrhythmias, this review aims to describe the implications of noncardiomyocyte view in the context of AF. PMID:26229964

  14. P-wave duration and the risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Nielsen, Jonas B; Kühl, Jørgen T; Pietersen, Adrian

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Results on the association between P-wave duration and the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) are conflicting. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain a detailed description of the relationship between P-wave duration and the risk of AF. METHODS: Using computerized analysis...... of electrocardiograms from a large primary care population, we evaluated the association between P-wave duration and the risk of AF. Secondary end-points were death from cardiovascular causes and putative ischemic stroke. Data on drug use, comorbidity, and outcomes were collected from administrative registries. RESULTS......] 1.41-1.81), intermediate (112-119 ms; HR 1.22, 95% CI 1.13-1.31), long (120-129 ms; HR 1.50, 95% CI 1.39-1.62), and very long P-wave duration (≥130 ms; HR 2.06, 95% CI 1.89-2.23) had an increased risk of incident AF. With respect to death from cardiovascular causes, we found an increased risk...

  15. Addressing Disparities in Stroke Prevention for Atrial Fibrillation: Educational Opportunities.

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    Karcher, Rachel; Berman, Adam E; Gross, Hartmut; Hess, David C; Jauch, Edward C; Viser, Paul E; Solenski, Nina J; Wolf, Andrew M D

    2016-07-01

    Disparities in atrial fibrillation (AF)-related stroke and mortality persist, especially racial disparities, within the US "Stroke Belt." This study identified barriers to optimal stroke prevention to develop a framework for clinician education. A comprehensive educational needs assessment was developed focusing on clinicians within the Stroke Belt. The mixed qualitative-quantitative approach included regional surveys and one-on-one clinician interviews. Identified contributors to disparities included implicit racial biases, lack of awareness of racial disparities in AF stroke risk, and lack of effective multicultural awareness and training. Additional barriers affecting disparities included patient medical mistrust and clinician-patient communication challenges. General barriers included lack of consistency in assessing stroke and anticoagulant-related bleeding risk, underuse of standardized risk assessment tools, discomfort with novel anticoagulants, and patient education deficiencies. Effective cultural competency training is one strategy to reduce disparities in AF-related stroke and mortality by improving implicit clinician bias, addressing medical mistrust, and improving clinician-patient communication. © The Author(s) 2015.

  16. Sleep, sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation: Questions and answers.

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    Kwon, Younghoon; Koene, Ryan J; Johnson, Alan D; Lin, Gen-Min; Ferguson, John D

    2017-09-04

    Sleep apnea (SA) is a common sleep disorder increasingly recognized as a risk for cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. An increasing number of investigations in recent years have linked SA to AF. In this review, we aim to provide a critical overview of the existing evidence in a question and answer format by addressing the following: What is the prevalent association between the two conditions (separating nocturnally detected AF episodes from AF as a prevalent condition)? Is SA a risk factor for incident AF? Is SA a risk factor for recurrence of AF following cardioversion/catheter-based ablation? What is the association between SA and AF in patients with heart failure? Are there signature electrocardiographic markers of AF found in patients with SA? Are there electrophysiology-based studies supporting the link between SA and AF? What other sleep characteristics (beyond SA) are found in patients with AF? What is the impact of SA treatment on AF? What is the effect of AF treatment on sleep? Finally, we address unsolved questions and suggest future directions to enhance our understanding of the AF-SA relationship. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Role of neural modulation in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation

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    Shailesh Male

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial-fibrillation (AF is the most common clinically encountered arrhythmia affecting over 1 per cent of population in the United States and its prevalence seems to be moving only in forward direction. A recent systemic review estimates global prevalence of AF to be 596.2 and 373.1 per 100,000 population in males and females respectively. Multiple mechanisms have been put forward in the pathogenesis of AF, however; multiple wavelet hypothesis is the most accepted theory so far. Similar to the conduction system of the heart, a neural network exists which surrounds the heart and plays an important role in formation of the substrate of AF and when a trigger is originated, usually from pulmonary vein sleeves, AF occurs. This neural network includes ganglionated plexi (GP located adjacent to pulmonary vein ostia which are under control of higher centers in normal people. When these GP become hyperactive owing to loss of inhibition from higher centers e.g. in elderly, AF can occur. We can control these hyperactive GP either by stimulating higher centers and their connections, e.g. vagus nerve stimulation or simply by ablating these GP. This review provides detailed information about the different proposed mechanisms underlying AF, the exact role of autonomic neural tone in the pathogenesis of AF and the possible role of neural modulation in the treatment of AF.

  18. Multielectrode Pulmonary Vein Isolation Versus Single Tip Wide Area Catheter Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: A Multinational Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial.

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    Boersma, Lucas V; van der Voort, Pepijn; Debruyne, Pilippe; Dekker, Lukas; Simmers, Tim; Rossenbacker, Tom; Balt, Jippe; Wijffels, Maurits; Degreef, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Single-shot ablation techniques may facilitate safe and simple pulmonary vein isolation to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Multielectrode pulmonary vein isolation versus single tip wide area catheter ablation-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is the first multinational, multicenter, prospective, noninferiority randomized clinical trial comparing multielectrode-phased radiofrequency ablation (MEA) to standard focal irrigated radiofrequency ablation (STA) using 3-dimensional navigation. Patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were randomized to MEA (61 patients) or STA (59 patients). Preprocedure transesophageal echocardiogram and computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (also 6-month postprocedure) were performed. Mean age was 57 years, 25% female sex, BMI was 28, CHA2DS2-VASc score was 0 to 1 in 82%, 8% had previous right atrial ablation, whereas all had at least 1 antiarrhythmic drug failure. The MEA group had significantly shorter mean procedure time (96±36 versus 166±46 minutes, P50%. Freedom of atrial fibrillation for MEA and STA was 86.4% and 89.7% at 6 months, dropping to 76.3% and 81.0% at 12 months. In this multicenter, randomized clinical trial, MEA and STA had similar rates of single-procedure acute pulmonary vein isolation without serious adverse events in the first 30 days. MEA had slightly lower long-term arrhythmia freedom, but showed marked and significantly shorter procedure, fluoroscopy, and radiofrequency energy times. URL: www.clinicaltrials.gov; Unique identifier: NCT01696136. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  19. The predictive role of E/e' on ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation in Japanese patients without atrial fibrillation.

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    Arai, Riku; Suzuki, Shinya; Semba, Hiroaki; Arita, Takuto; Yagi, Naoharu; Otsuka, Takayuki; Sagara, Koichi; Sasaki, Kenichi; Kano, Hiroto; Matsuno, Shunsuke; Kato, Yuko; Uejima, Tokuhisa; Oikawa, Yuji; Kunihara, Takashi; Yajima, Junji; Yamashita, Takeshi

    2018-02-13

    The predictive role of E/e' on ischemic stroke (IS) and atrial fibrillation (AF) in Japanese patients without AF are unclear. Shinken database includes all the new patients visiting the Cardiovascular Institute Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. E/e' has been routinely measured since 2007. Patients without AF for whom E/e' was measured at the initial visit between 2007 and 2014 (n=11 477, mean age 57.2 years old, men 59.5%) were divided into E/e' tertiles (11.00). During the mean follow-up period of 1.8 years, 58 IS and 140 new appearances of AF were observed. High E/e' tertile was associated with more prevalence of atherothrombotic risks. The cumulative incidence of IS events and new appearance of AF at 6 years in low, middle, and high E/e' tertiles were 0.5%, 1.4%, and 3.0%/year (log-rank test, pE/e' tertile was independently associated with IS (HR, 2.857, 95%CI 1.257-6.495, p=0.012). Although high E/e' tertile was independently associated with new appearance of AF when adjusted for coexistence of atherothrombotic risk factors (HR, 1.694, 95%CI, 1.097-2.616, p=0.017), the association was attenuated after adjustment for left atrial dimension. E/e' was significantly associated with incidence of IS and new appearance of AF in non-AF patients. Copyright © 2018 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Alcohol consumption and the risk of incident atrial fibrillation among people with cardiovascular disease

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    Liang, Yan; Mente, Andrew; Yusuf, Salim; Gao, Peggy; Sleight, Peter; Zhu, Jun; Fagard, Robert; Lonn, Eva; Teo, Koon K.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Moderate alcohol consumption may reduce cardiovascular events, but little is known about its effect on atrial fibrillation in people at high risk of such events. We examined the association between moderate alcohol consumption and the risk of incident atrial fibrillation among older adults with existing cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Methods: We analyzed data for 30 433 adults who participated in 2 large antihypertensive drug treatment trials and who had no atrial fibrillation at baseline. The patients were 55 years or older and had a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes with end-organ damage. We classified levels of alcohol consumption according to median cut-off values for low, moderate and high intake based on guidelines used in various countries, and we defined binge drinking as more than 5 drinks a day. The primary outcome measure was incident atrial fibrillation. Results: A total of 2093 patients had incident atrial fibrillation. The age- and sex-standardized incidence rate per 1000 person-years was 14.5 among those with a low level of alcohol consumption, 17.3 among those with a moderate level and 20.8 among those with a high level. Compared with participants who had a low level of consumption, those with higher levels had an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] 1.14, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04–1.26, for moderate consumption; 1.32, 95% CI 0.97–1.80, for high consumption). Results were similar after we excluded binge drinkers. Among those with moderate alcohol consumption, binge drinkers had an increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with non–binge drinkers (adjusted HR 1.29, 95% CI 1.02–1.62). Interpretation: Moderate to high alcohol intake was associated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation among people aged 55 or older with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Among moderate drinkers, the effect of binge drinking on the risk of atrial fibrillation was similar

  1. Pulmonary vein isolation as an end point for left atrial circumferential ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Lemola, Kristina; Oral, Hakan; Chugh, Aman; Hall, Burr; Cheung, Peter; Han, Jihn; Tamirisa, Kamala; Good, Eric; Bogun, Frank; Pelosi, Frank; Morady, Fred

    2005-09-20

    We sought to determine whether elimination of pulmonary vein (PV) arrhythmogenicity is necessary for the efficacy of left atrial circumferential ablation (LACA) for atrial fibrillation (AF). The PVs often provide triggers or drivers of AF. It has been shown that LACA is more effective than PV isolation in eliminating paroxysmal AF. However, it is not clear whether complete PV isolation is necessary for the efficacy of LACA. In 60 consecutive patients with paroxysmal (n = 39) or chronic (n = 21) AF (mean age 53 +/- 12 years), LACA to encircle the left- and right-sided PVs, with additional lines in the posterior left atrium and along the mitral isthmus, was performed under the guidance of an electroanatomic navigation system. The PVs were mapped with a decapolar ring catheter before and after LACA. If PV isolation was incomplete, no attempts at complete isolation were made. After LACA, there was incomplete electrical isolation of one or more PVs in 48 (80%) of the 60 patients. The prevalence of PV tachycardias was 82% before and 8% after LACA (p LACA.

  2. Granger Causality and Jensen–Shannon Divergence to Determine Dominant Atrial Area in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Raquel Cervigón

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is already the most commonly occurring arrhythmia. Catheter pulmonary vein ablation has emerged as a treatment that is able to make the arrhythmia disappear; nevertheless, recurrence to arrhythmia is very frequent. In this study, it is proposed to perform an analysis of the electrical signals recorded from bipolar catheters at three locations, pulmonary veins and the right and left atria, before to and during the ablation procedure. Principal Component Analysis (PCA was applied to reduce data dimension and Granger causality and divergence techniques were applied to analyse connectivity along the atria, in three main regions: pulmonary veins, left atrium (LA and right atrium (RA. The results showed that, before the procedure, patients with recurrence in the arrhythmia had greater connectivity between atrial areas. Moreover, during the ablation procedure, in patients with recurrence in the arrhythmial both atria were more connected than in patients that maintained sinus rhythms. These results can be helpful for procedures designing to end AF.

  3. Effect of mitral regurgitation on cerebrovascular accidents in patients with atrial fibrillation and left atrial thrombus.

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    Nair, Chandra K; Aronow, Wilbert S; Shen, Xuedong; Anand, Kishlay; Holmberg, Mark J; Esterbrooks, Dennis J

    2009-11-01

    The effect of mitral regurgitation (MR) on the incidence of new cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and left atrial thrombus (LAT) is unknown. To investigate the effect of MR in patients with AF and LAT on new CVA and mortality. Eighty nine consecutive patients, mean age 71 years, with AF and LAT documented by transesophageal echocardiography were investigated to determine the prevalence and severity of MR and the association of the severity of MR with new cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) and mortality at 34-mo follow-up. Of 89 patients, 1 + MR was present in 23 patients (26%), 2 + MR in 44 patients (50%), 3 + MR in 17 patients (19%), and 4 + MR in 3 patients (4%). Mean follow-up was 34 +/- 28 mo. The Cox proportional hazards model showed that the severity of increased MR did not significantly increase new CVA or mortality at 34-mo follow-up. The only variable predictive of mortality was left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and with every unit increase in LVEF, the risk decreased by 3%. MR occurred in 87 of 89 patients (98%) with AF and LAT. There was no association between the severity of MR and the incidence of CVA or mortality.

  4. Comparison of Left Atrial Voltage between Sinus Rhythm and Atrial Fibrillation in Association with Electrogram Waveform.

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    Masuda, Masaharu; Fujita, Masashi; Iida, Osamu; Okamoto, Shin; Ishihara, Takayuki; Nanto, Kiyonori; Kanda, Takashi; Sunaga, Akihiro; Tsujimura, Takuya; Matsuda, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Takuya; Uematsu, Masaaki

    2017-05-01

    The efficacy of low-voltage-guided ablation in addition to pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has been reported with voltage mapping being performed during sinus rhythm (SR) or AF. The study aimed to compare the left atrial voltage between SR and AF in association with the electrogram waveform. This prospective observational study included 30 consecutive patients with persistent AF. After completion of PV isolation, electrogram points were taken during both SR and AF at the identical locations evenly throughout the left atrium. Electrograms were divided into two types: normal (sharp electrogram with ≤3 peaks or duration 3 peaks and duration ≥50 ms). During SR, 14 (47%) patients had low-voltage (0.5 mV) substrate with an area of 6.8 ± 4.5 cm 2 . In a total of 1,063 point pairs, 135 (13%) demonstrated a fractionated electrogram during SR and 483 (45%) during AF. The locations with fractionated electrograms during AF more frequently showed fractionation during SR compared to those with normal electrograms during AF (23% vs 5%, P voltage and fractionation degree may exist between SR and AF at the same locations in patients with persistent AF. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Left atrial appendage occlusion versus standard medical care in patients with atrial fibrillation and intracerebral hemorrhage

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    Nielsen-Kudsk, Jens Erik; Johnsen, Søren Paaske; Wester, Per

    2017-01-01

    of the composite outcome as compared to patients treated with standard medical care (events/1,000 years [95% confidence interval]: 53.3 [44.3-64.1] vs. 366.7 [298.2-450.9]; hazard ratio 0.16 [0.07-0.37]). CONCLUSIONS: LAAO is suggested to be of major clinical benefit in AF patients having sustained an ICH......AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognosis in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) having a left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) versus patients receiving standard medical therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 151 patients from the Nordic...... countries with AF and previous ICH who underwent LAAO using the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug or the AMPLATZER AMULET were compared to a propensity score-matched group of 151 patients receiving standard medical therapy. The two groups were matched so that their risks for stroke and bleeding were similar (CHA2DS2...

  6. [New method for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: circumferential cryoballoon ablation of the pulmonary vein].

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    Földesi, Csaba; Kardos, Attila; Mihálcz, Attila; Som, Zoltán; Hódi, Gabriella; Andréka, Péter; Szili-Török, Tamás

    2008-09-21

    Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent arrhythmia with increasing prevalence. Given a limited success rate of drug therapy for atrial fibrillation, interventional treatment options have been developed during the last years. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (until recently the mostly used energy source was radiofrequency energy) has been established as an important therapeutic alternative. Depending on interpersonal (both on patient and operator side) and technical variabilities using radiofrequency energy potentially life-threatening complications such as pulmonary vein stenosis or atrio-esophageal fistulas may occur. Cryoenergy is a novel energy source for transcatheter ablation eliminating the arrhythmia substrate by freezing. The cornerstone of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. During cryoballoon ablation the targeted pulmonary vein transiently occluded by the inflated balloon catheter and using this method a circumferential lesion is created. The success rate of cryoballoon ablation is comparable with the radiofrequency ablation with increased safety. We performed the first cryoballoon ablations for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in Hungary. On this occasion we review the potential advantages of this technique which may serve as basis for its widespread use in the future.

  7. Treatment of atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation and simultaneous multipolar mapping of the pulmonary veins.

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    Rocha Neto, A C; Farias, R L; de Paola, A A

    2001-11-01

    To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous catheterization and mapping of the 4 pulmonary veins for ablation of atrial fibrillation. Ten patients, 8 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 with persistent atrial fibrillation, refractory to at least 2 antiarrhythmic drugs and without structural cardiopathy, were consecutively studied. Through the transseptal insertion of 2 long sheaths, 4 pulmonary veins were simultaneously catheterized with octapolar microcatheters. After identification of arrhythmogenic foci radiofrequency was applied under angiographic or ultrasonographic control. During 17 procedures, 40 pulmonary veins were mapped, 16 of which had local ectopic activity, related or not with the triggering of atrial fibrillation paroxysms. At the end of each procedure, suppression of arrhythmias was obtained in 8 patients, and elimination of pulmonary vein potentials was accomplished in 4. During the clinical follow-up of 9.6+/-3 months, 7 patients remained in sinus rhythm, 5 of whom were using antiarrhythmic drugs that had previously been ineffective. None of the patients had pulmonary hypertension or evidence of stenosis in the pulmonary veins. Selective and simultaneous catheterization of the 4 pulmonary veins with microcatheters for simultaneous recording of their electrical activity is a feasible and safe procedure that may help ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  8. Treatment of atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation and simultaneous multipolar mapping of the pulmonary veins

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    Rocha Neto Almino C.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous catheterization and mapping of the 4 pulmonary veins for ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Ten patients, 8 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 with persistent atrial fibrillation, refractory to at least 2 antiarrhythmic drugs and without structural cardiopathy, were consecutively studied. Through the transseptal insertion of 2 long sheaths, 4 pulmonary veins were simultaneously catheterized with octapolar microcatheters. After identification of arrhythmogenic foci radiofrequency was applied under angiographic or ultrasonographic control. RESULTS: During 17 procedures, 40 pulmonary veins were mapped, 16 of which had local ectopic activity, related or not with the triggering of atrial fibrillation paroxysms. At the end of each procedure, suppression of arrhythmias was obtained in 8 patients, and elimination of pulmonary vein potentials was accomplished in 4. During the clinical follow-up of 9.6±3 months, 7 patients remained in sinus rhythm, 5 of whom were using antiarrhythmic drugs that had previously been ineffective. None of the patients had pulmonary hypertension or evidence of stenosis in the pulmonary veins. CONCLUSION: Selective and simultaneous catheterization of the 4 pulmonary veins with microcatheters for simultaneous recording of their electrical activity is a feasible and safe procedure that may help ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  9. Angiotensinogen and ACE gene polymorphisms and risk of atrial fibrillation in the general population

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    Ravn, Lasse S; Benn, Marianne; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The renin-angiotensin system may play a role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation, and renin-angiotensin system blockers reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that polymorphisms in the angiotensinogen and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genes encoding...... in the ACE gene; rare allele frequencies were 0.16, 0.40, 0.12, 0.41, and 0.49, respectively. Participants had sinus rhythm at inclusion. During 26 years of follow-up, 968 individuals developed atrial fibrillation. Multifactorially adjusted hazard ratios for atrial fibrillation for a-20c ac and cc versus aa...... genotype were 1.1(95% confidence interval: 1.0-1.3; P=0.05) and 1.5(1.1-2.1; P=0.01). Compared with double noncarriers (angiotensinogen -20aa and ACE II), double heterozygotes (ac-I/D genotype), and double homozygotes (cc-DD) had hazard ratios for atrial fibrillation of 1.2(0.9-1.6; P=0.06) and 2...

  10. The caregiver role in thromboprophylaxis management in atrial fibrillation: a literature review.

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    Ferguson, Caleb; Inglis, Sally C; Newton, Phillip J; Middleton, Sandy; Macdonald, Peter S; Davidson, Patricia M

    2015-04-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia and a risk factor for adverse events including stroke. People living with atrial fibrillation are commonly elderly and have multiple comorbidities. The role of a caregiver in supporting the individual to manage a chronic and complex condition has received limited attention. This review aims to summarize available information on the caregiver role in atrial fibrillation, specifically in promoting adherence to thromboprophylaxis and evidence for strategies to support and enable the caregiver. A review of electronic databases and search engines was undertaken including Medline, Scopus and CINAHL. The search terms 'atrial fibrillation', 'anticoagulation', 'carer', 'caregiver', 'family support' were used. Dates searched were from January 1990 to November 2012. The review found limited original clinical research studies. The majority of the literature identified in the initial search included review papers and work which recommends the inclusion of the caregiver in the care of patients with atrial fibrillation but limited empirical evidence. Caregivers have an essential role to play in advocacy, family centred care and shared decision-making. This may influence thromboprophylaxis treatment choices and potentially adherence. Assessment of caregiver needs and support should be central to patient assessment and care planning. There is a need for clinical intervention studies which more target and address the caregiver role. © The European Society of Cardiology 2014.

  11. Predictive value of various Doppler-derived parameters of atrial conduction time for successful atrial fibrillation ablation.

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    Shanks, Miriam; Valtuille, Lucas; Choy, Jonathan B; Becher, Harald

    2015-12-01

    Various Doppler-derived parameters of left atrial electrical remodeling have been demonstrated to predict recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after AF ablation. The aim of this study was to compare three Doppler-derived measures of atrial conduction time in patients undergoing AF ablation, and to investigate their predictive value for successful procedure. In 32 prospectively enrolled patients undergoing the first AF ablation, atrial conduction time was estimated by measuring the time delay between the onset of P-wave on the surface ECG to the peak of the a'-wave on the pulsed-wave Doppler and color-coded tissue Doppler imaging of the left atrial lateral wall, and to the peak of the A-wave on the pulsed-wave Doppler of the mitral inflow. There was a significant difference in the baseline atrial conduction time measured by different echocardiographic techniques. Most (88%) patients had normal or only mildly dilated left atrium. At 6 months, 12 patients (38%) had recurrent AF/atrial tachycardia. The duration of history of AF was the only predictor of AF/atrial tachycardia recurrence following the first AF ablation (P=0.024; OR 1.023, CI 1.003-1.044). A combination of normal left atrial volume and history of paroxysmal AF of ≤48 months was associated with the best outcome. Predictive value of the Doppler derived parameters of atrial conduction time may be reduced in the early stages of left atrial remodeling. Future studies may determine which echocardiographic parameter correlates best with the extent of left atrial remodeling and is most predictive of successful AF ablation.

  12. Effect of vitamin C supplementation in the prevention of atrial fibrillation

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    Jalal Moludi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Recently, the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF after cardiac surgery has been emphasized. Vitamin C as an antioxidant important role in reducing the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation. This study aimed to investigate, administration of vitamin C, as a way to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation after coronary bypass surgery. Methods: In this double-blind clinical study, 290 patients in Rajaee Heart Center, from March 2013 to December 2014 who underwent coronary artery bypass surgery were randomly divided into intervention and control groups to receive vitamin C and placebo. The intervention group before the surgery in the operating room received 2 grams of vitamin C intravenously then one gram per day for four days prior to surgery. After the operation, the two groups were compared in terms of the following: Atrial and ventricular arrhythmias after surgery, ICU stay and hospital stay and duration of intubation. Results: 113 cases and 177 controls (191 men and 99 women with a mean age of 55.40±14.40 years in both groups (vitamin C and placebo were enrolled. The incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation was 55% in the placebo group to 35% in the vitamin C group decreased (P= 0.001. Duration of intubation in the intervention group 11.8 and the control group was 14.14 hours (P= 0.004. The amount of drainage was lower in vitamin C group (P= 0.003. Vitamin C had no effect on the rates of hospital and ICU stay (P= 0.075. There was no significant reduction in threatening arrhythmia (VT and VF in this period (P= 0.159. Conclusion: Vitamin C supplements may reduce atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery also can improve conditions such as reducing the duration of intubation. With regard to the safety, these supplements can be recommended for the prevention of atrial fibrillation before coronary artery bypass surgery.

  13. Risk of Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter Associated with Periodontitis: A Nationwide, Population-Based, Cohort Study.

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    Der-Yuan Chen

    Full Text Available To investigate the risk of atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter in patients with periodontitis (PD in comparison with individuals without PD.We used the 1999-2010 Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to identify cases of PD in the year 2000 matching (1:1 with persons without PD during 1999-2000 according to sex and individual age as the control group. Using Cox proportional regression analysis adjusting for potential confounders, including age, sex, and comorbidities at baseline, and average annual number of ambulatory visits and dental scaling frequency during the follow-up period, we estimated hazard ratios (HRs with 95% confidence intervals (CIs to examine the risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter in PD patients in comparison with the control group. Subgroup analyses according to age, gender, or comorbidities were conducted to study the robustness of the association and investigate possible interaction effects.We enrolled 393,745 patients with PD and 393,745 non-PD individuals. The incidence rates of atrial fibrillation or flutter were 200 per 105 years among the PD group and 181 per 105 years in the non-PD group (incidence rate ratio, 1.10; 95% CI, 1.06-1.14. After adjusting for potential confounders, we found an increased risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter in the PD group compared with the non-PD group (HR, 1.31; 95% CI, 1.25-1.36. The greater risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter in the PD group remained significant across all disease subgroups except hyperthyroidism and sleep apnea.The present study results indicate an increased risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter in patients with PD. Lack of individual information about alcohol consumption, obesity, and tobacco use was a major limitation.

  14. [New Treatment for Vascular Thrombosis Prevention in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion].

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    Lin, Chen-Wei; Wang, Shiao-Pei

    2017-06-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common type of arrhythmia that increases significantly the risk of blood clots in the heart and of stroke. Therefore, stroke prevention is a key goal of AF treatment. In the past, patients were required to take anticoagulants for the remainder of their life, to regularly the monitor international normalized ratio (INR) of prothrombin time (PT), and to avoid possible negative interactions with various drugs and foods. Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), a novel device and technique, was thus developed for AF patients with contraindications to anticoagulants and a high risk of bleeding. When using this technique, the occluder is placed on the left atrial appendage in order to effectively prevent blood stasis and thrombi accumulation. Transesophageal echocardiogram and computed tomography are conducted prior to the LAAO procedure, which is similar to the procedure used for cardiac catheterization. After the LAAO procedure, the patient remains in the intensive care unit (ICU), where vital signs, bleeding at the puncture site, and pericardial tamponade complications are monitored. Health education on daily activities, anticoagulant use, and regular follow-up should be given prior to hospital discharge. While LAAO may not reduce the incidence of stroke, the benefits of this procedure include a significant reduction in bleeding complications as compared to procedures that use oral anticoagulants. Further studies including long-term follow up and in-depth examinations of this procedure are necessary. The present article offers a reference for clinical staffs who are responsible for the care of patients treated using the LAAO procedure.

  15. Atrial tachycardia caused by a superior vena cava fibrillation with conduction block

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    Masatsugu Nozoe, MD, PhD

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available AT caused by SVC fibrillation: Here, we report a case of a 62-year-old man with a history of incessant atrial tachycardia (AT for several years. An electrophysiological study revealed rapid and irregular activity in the superior vena cava (SVC, but the surface 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG exhibited a relatively regular AT (atrial cycle length=240 ms. CARTO mapping of the right atrium (RA demonstrated that the earliest atrial activation occurred at the posterior septum of the upper RA (the SVC–RA junction. Intravenous administration of 20 mg adenosine triphosphate (ATP led to an acceleration of the SVC–RA conduction up to 1:1 conduction, and the atrial cycle length decreased, consequently converting the AT to transient atrial fibrillation (AF. Application of single radiofrequency energy at the earliest atrial activation site during tachycardia terminated the AT and achieved isolation of the SVC from the RA, despite the continued presence of fibrillation in the SVC. We speculated that SVC fibrillation with spontaneous conduction block at the SVC–RA junction was the cause of this AT.

  16. INTRAOPERATIVE RADIOFREQUENCY AND CRYOABLATION FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN PATIENTS WITH VALVULAR HEART DISEASE

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    N. Maghamipour N. Safaie

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Patients with valvular heart disease and suffering atrial fibrillation of more than 12 months duration have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm after valve surgery alone. We performed intra-operative radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation as an alternative to surgical maze ІІІ procedure to create linear lesion lines for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. A total of 30 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent different combinations of valve surgery and concomitant maze procedure with radiofrequency or cryo probes. These patients aged 48.10 ± 9.84 years in radiofrequency ablation group and 51.10 ± 13.93 years in cryoablation group. Both atrial ablation with radiofrequency probes, needed 26.15 ± 3.67 min extra ischemic time and ablation by mean of cryo-probes needed an extra ischemic time of 29.62 ± 4.27 min. There was one in hospital death postoperatively because of respiratory failure but no other complication. 6 months after the operation, among 30 patients with both atrial ablations, 25 patients were in sinus rhythm, no patient had junctional rhythm and 5 patients had persistent atrial fibrillation. At 12 months follow up, freedom from atrial fibrillation was 85% in radiofrequency group and 80% in cryo group. Doppler echocardiography in these patients demonstrated atrial contractility in 70% of the patients. Intraoperative radiofrequency or cryo-ablation of both atriums are effective and less invasive alternatives for the original maze procedure to eliminate the atrial fibrillation, and can be done in patients with valvular heart disease without increasing the risk of operation.

  17. Left atrial reverse remodeling and prevention of progression of atrial fibrillation with atrial resynchronization device therapy utilizing dual-site right atrial pacing in patients with atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs or catheter ablation.

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    Nagarakanti, Rangadham; Slee, April; Saksena, Sanjeev

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    Dual-site right atrial pacing (DAP) produces electrical atrial resynchronization but its long-term effect on the atrial mechanical function in patients with refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) has not been studied. Drug-refractory paroxysmal (PAF) and persistent AF (PRAF) patients previously implanted with a dual-site right atrial pacemaker (DAP) with minimal ventricular pacing modes (AAIR or DDDR mode with long AV delay) were studied. Echocardiographic structural (left atrial diameter [LAD] and left ventricular [LV] end diastolic diameter [EDD], end systolic diameter [ESD]) and functional (ejection fraction [EF]) parameters were serially assessed prior to, after medium-term (n = 39) and long-term (n = 34) exposure to DAP. During medium-term follow-up (n = 4.5 months), there was improvement in left atrial function. Mean peak A wave flow velocity increased with DAP as compared to baseline (75 ± 19 vs. 63 ± 23 cm/s, p = 0.003). The long-term impact of DAP was studied with baseline findings being compared with last follow-up data with a mean interval of 37 ± 25 (range 7-145) months. Mean LAD declined from 45 ± 5 mm at baseline to 42 ± 7 mm (p = 0.003). Mean LVEF was unchanged from 52 ± 9 % at baseline and 54 ± 6 % at last follow-up (p = 0.3). There was no significant change in LV dimensions with mean LVEDD being 51 ± 6 mm at baseline and 53 ± 5 mm at last follow-up (p = 0.3). Mean LVESD also remained unchanged from 35 ± 6 mm at baseline to 33 ± 6 mm at last follow-up (p = 0.47). During long-term follow-up, 30 patients (89 %) remained in sinus or atrial paced rhythm as assessed by device diagnostics at 3 years. DAP can achieve long-term atrial reverse remodeling and preserve LV systolic function. DAP when added to antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) and/or catheter ablation (ABL) maintains long-term rhythm control and prevents AF progression in elderly refractory AF patients

  18. Vitamin C in prevention of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass graft: double blind randomized clinical trial

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    Mahmoodreza Sarzaeem

    2014-03-01

    Conclusion: Vitamin C is relatively safe, inexpensive, well tolerated and has a low complication. According to the 44% reduction in the incidence of atrial fibrillation in vitamin C patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, this drug can be prescribed as a prophylaxis for prevention of post-CABG atrial fibrillation.

  19. Low dose Colchicine in prevention of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass graft: a double blind clinical trial

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    Mahmoodreza Sarzaeem

    2014-06-01

    Conclusion: Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory medication and has very few side effects at low doses. According to the 48% reduction in the incidence of atrial fibrillation in Colchicine patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, this drug can be prescribed as a prophylaxis for prevention of post-CABG atrial fibrillation.

  20. Angiotensinogen and ACE gene polymorphisms and risk of atrial fibrillation in the general population

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    Ravn, Lasse Steen; Benn, Marianne; Nordestgaard, Børge

    2008-01-01

    Objectives The renin-angiotensin system may play a role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation, and renin-angiotensin system blockers reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that polymorphisms in the angiotensinogen and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genes encoding protei...

  1. Effect of antihypertensive agents on risk of atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis of large-scale randomized trials.

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    Emdin, Connor A; Callender, Tom; Cao, Jun; Rahimi, Kazem

    2015-05-01

    High blood pressure is known to be associated with future risk of atrial fibrillation. Whether such risks can be reduced with antihypertensive therapy is less clear. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of large-scale randomized trials that have reported the effect of antihypertensive agents on atrial fibrillation. MEDLINE was searched for randomized trials published between 1966 and February 2014. Randomized, controlled trials were eligible for inclusion if they tested an antihypertensive agent and reported atrial fibrillation as an outcome. Atrial fibrillation, reported as trial outcome or adverse event, and study characteristics were extracted by investigators. In 27 trials with 214 763 randomized participants and 9929 events of atrial fibrillation, pooled using inverse-variance weighted fixed effects meta-analysis, antihypertensive therapy reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation by 10% [risk ratio (RR) 0.90; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.86, 0.94]. However, the proportional effects differed significantly between trials (P classes of medication were compared against each other, no significant differences in effects on atrial fibrillation were observed. Antihypertensive therapy reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation modestly but benefits appear to be larger in patients with heart failure, with no clear evidence of benefit in patients without heart failure. Previous suggestions of class-specific effects could not be confirmed in this more comprehensive analysis. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  2. Hormone replacement therapy and risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation after myocardial infarction - a nationwide cohort study

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    Bretler, Ditte-Marie; Hansen, Peter Riis; Lindhardsen, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    Our aim was to assess the association between use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after myocardial infarction.......Our aim was to assess the association between use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after myocardial infarction....

  3. Quality of life in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and its predictors : importance of the autonomic nervous system

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    van den Berg, M.P; Hassink, R.J; Tuinenburg, A.E; van Sonderen, E.; Lefrandt, J.D; Kam, P.J; van Gelder, Isabelle; Smit, A.J; Sanderman, R.; Crijns, H.J G M

    Aims To determine the impact of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation on quality of life and to determine the predictors of quality of life, particularly the role of symptomatology and autonomic function. Methods and Results The study group comprised 73 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (mean

  4. Physician stated atrial fibrillation management in light of treatment guidelines: data from an international, observational prospective survey

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    Kowey, Peter R; Breithardt, Günter; Camm, John

    2010-01-01

    The Registry on Cardiac Rhythm Disorders Assessing the Control of Atrial Fibrillation (RecordAF) study is the first worldwide, prospective, survey of real-life management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in recently diagnosed patients (n = 5604) with a 1-year follow-up....

  5. Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and N-terminal probrain sodium-uretic peptid level in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Dzyak G.V.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In our study 100 consecutive non-valvular permanent atrial fibrillation patients with NYHA I – III heart failure, 43 - 86 years old (65 men and 35 women were examined. Control group consisted of 30 patients with arterial hypertension and coronary artery disease matched by age, sex with basic group. Relationship of NT-proBNP with echocardiographic parameters of left heart were studied. Transthoracic echocardiography with tissue doppler measurements were performed on echocardiograph “SONOS 7500”. For left ventricular filling pressure assessment ratio Em/Ea was used due to its diagnostic value in atrial fibrillation (regardless of left ventricular ejection fraction. Mean left ventricular filling pressure was increased in patients with heart failure: in atrial fibrillation group and controls as well. In comparison with controls atrial fibrillation group was more likely to have higher both systolic and diastolic left atrial square and volume. According to Em/Ea in 95% of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation high left ventricular filling pressure was observed, this testifies to diastolic dysfunction. This parameter correlated well with left atrial square and volume during systole and diastole. Correlation between NT pro-BNP level and NYHA class of heart failure, left ventricular filling pressure was determined in patients with atrial fibrillation. Tissue doppler echocardiography makes it possible to diagnose left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in atrial fibrillation patients.

  6. Association of left atrial function and left atrial enhancement in patients with atrial fibrillation: cardiac magnetic resonance study.

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    Habibi, Mohammadali; Lima, Joao A C; Khurram, Irfan M; Zimmerman, Stefan L; Zipunnikov, Vadim; Fukumoto, Kotaro; Spragg, David; Ashikaga, Hiroshi; Rickard, John; Marine, Joseph E; Calkins, Hugh; Nazarian, Saman

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with left atrial (LA) structural and functional changes. Cardiac magnetic resonance late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and feature-tracking are capable of noninvasive quantification of LA fibrosis and myocardial motion, respectively. We sought to examine the association of phasic LA function with LA enhancement in patients with AF. LA structure and function was measured in 90 patients with AF (age 61±10 years; 76% men) referred for ablation and 14 healthy volunteers. Peak global longitudinal LA strain, LA systolic strain rate, and early and late diastolic strain rates were measured using cine-cardiac magnetic resonance images acquired during sinus rhythm. The degree of LGE was quantified. Compared with patients with paroxysmal AF (60% of cohort), those with persistent AF had larger maximum LA volume index (56±17 versus 49±13 mL/m(2); P=0.036), and increased LGE (27.1±11.7% versus 36.8±14.8%; Prate, early diastolic strain rate, and late diastolic strain rate) were lower in patients with persistent AF (Prate, early diastolic strain rate, and late diastolic strain rate (Pmeasurement of LA function using feature-tracking cardiac magnetic resonance may add important information about the physiological importance of LA fibrosis. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Visualisation during ablation of atrial fibrillation - stimulating the patient's own resources

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    Nørgaard, Marianne W.; Pedersen, Preben Ulrich; Bjerrum, Merete

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Going through ablation of atrial fibrillation can be accompanied by pain and discomfort when a light, conscious sedation is used. Visualisation has been shown to reduce the patients' perception of pain and anxiety during invasive procedures, when it is used together with the usual pain...... management. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate patients' experiences with visualisation in relation to pain and anxiety during an intervention consisting of visualisation, when undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 14 patients from...... of managing anxiety' and 'benefits of visualisation'. The transversal analyses revealed two overall themes which highlight the experiences of being guided in visualisation during ablation of atrial fibrillation: 'stimulation of the patients' own resources' and 'being satisfied without complete analgesia...

  8. n-3 Fatty acids consumed from fish and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter

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    Frost, Lars; Vestergaard, Peter

    2005-01-01

    of 47 949 participants (mean age: 56 y) in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study, we investigated the relation between the consumption of n-3 fatty acids from fish estimated from a detailed semiquantitative food questionnaire and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter. The subjects were followed up......BACKGROUND: Experimental studies have shown that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish may have antiarrhythmic properties. OBJECTIVE: We examined the association between consumption of n-3 fatty acids from fish and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter. DESIGN: In a prospective cohort study...... in the Danish National Registry of Patients for the occurrence of atrial fibrillation or flutter and in the Danish Civil Registration System (vital status and emigration). The consumption of n-3 fatty acids from fish was analyzed as sex-specific quintiles with the use of Cox proportional hazards models. RESULTS...

  9. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation in men and women: the Copenhagen City Heart Study

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    Mukamal, Kenneth J; Tolstrup, Janne S; Friberg, Jens

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The relationship of the full range of alcohol consumption with risk of incident atrial fibrillation has been inconsistent in previous, mainly case-control studies. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a prospective cohort study, we studied the association between self-reported alcohol use...... nationwide registry of all hospitalizations. A total of 1071 cases occurred during follow-up. Among both women and men, alcohol consumption throughout the moderate range was not associated with risk of atrial fibrillation. However, consumption of 35 or more drinks per week among men was associated...... not attenuate the association (hazard ratio 1.63; 95% CI 1.15 to 2.31). CONCLUSIONS: Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, at least among men. This relationship does not appear to be related to the adverse effects of heavy drinking on coronary heart disease or blood...

  10. Development of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction and Atrial Fibrillation after an Electrical Injury

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    Erdal Gursul

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrical energy is a type of energy that is commonly used in daily life. Ventricular premature beats, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, atrial tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, bundle branch blocks, and AV block are arrhythmic complications that are encountered in case of electric shocks. Myocardial infarction is one of the rarely seen complications of electric shocks yet it has fatal outcomes. Coronary arteries were detected to be normal in most of the patients who had myocardial infarction following an electric shock. So, etiology of myocardial infarction is thought to be unrelated to coronary atherosclerosis in these cases. Coronary artery vasospasm is thought to be the primary etiological cause. In our case report, we presented a patient who developed ST elevation MI with atrial fibrillation after an electric shock.

  11. CHA2DS2-VASc Score for Identifying Truly Low-Risk Atrial Fibrillation for Stroke

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    Kim, Tae-Hoon; Yang, Pil-Sung; Kim, Daehoon

    2017-01-01

    -risk patients toward initially identifying patients with a truly low risk of ischemic stroke, who do not need antithrombotic therapy. We tested the predictive ability of the congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (doubled; CHADS2......), congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 (doubled), diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (doubled), vascular disease, age 65 to 74, female (CHA2DS2-VASc), and Anticoagulation and Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation (ATRIA) risk stratification schemes in oral anticoagulants...... naive patients with atrial fibrillation in a Korean nationwide sample cohort. METHODS: From January 2002 to December 2008, a total of 5855 oral anticoagulant naive patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation aged ≥20 years were enrolled from Korea National Health Insurance Service-Sample Cohort...

  12. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation in men and women: the Copenhagen City Heart Study

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    Mukamal, KJ; Tolstrup, JS; Friberg, J

    2005-01-01

    nationwide registry of all hospitalizations. A total of 1071 cases occurred during follow-up. Among both women and men, alcohol consumption throughout the moderate range was not associated with risk of atrial fibrillation. However, consumption of 35 or more drinks per week among men was associated......BACKGROUND: The relationship of the full range of alcohol consumption with risk of incident atrial fibrillation has been inconsistent in previous, mainly case-control studies. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a prospective cohort study, we studied the association between self-reported alcohol use...... not attenuate the association (hazard ratio 1.63; 95% CI 1.15 to 2.31). CONCLUSIONS: Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, at least among men. This relationship does not appear to be related to the adverse effects of heavy drinking on coronary heart disease or blood...

  13. Psoriasis is associated with subsequent atrial fibrillation in hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy

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    Bang, Casper N; Okin, Peter M; Køber, Lars

    2014-01-01

    ); higher hemoglobin (6.3 ± 2.2 vs. 6.0 ± 2.7 mmol/l) and prevalence of diabetes (20.6 vs. 12.8%, P ≤ 0.004) than patients without psoriasis. In multivariable Cox analysis, adjusting for age, sex, hemoglobin, diabetes, time-varying SBP, heart rate, study treatment and Sokolow-Lyon hypertrophy, psoriasis...... has a similar prevalence in hypertensive patients as in the general population. Psoriasis independently predicted new-onset atrial fibrillation despite lower age and electrocardiographic LVH in psoriasis patients than in patients without psoriasis.......BACKGROUND: Inflammation contributes to the pathogenesis of psoriasis as well as atrial fibrillation. The impact of psoriasis and its association with new-onset atrial fibrillation was assessed in hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). METHODS: The predictive value...

  14. Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Safety and Effectiveness of a Contact Force-Sensing Irrigated Catheter for Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: Results of the TactiCath Contact Force Ablation Catheter Study for Atrial Fibrillation (TOCCASTAR) Study.

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    Reddy, Vivek Y; Dukkipati, Srinivas R; Neuzil, Petr; Natale, Andrea; Albenque, Jean-Paul; Kautzner, Josef; Shah, Dipen; Michaud, Gregory; Wharton, Marcus; Harari, David; Mahapatra, Srijoy; Lambert, Hendrik; Mansour, Moussa

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    Contact force (CF) is a major determinant of lesion size and transmurality and has the potential to improve efficacy of atrial fibrillation ablation. This study sought to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a novel irrigated radiofrequency ablation catheter that measures real-time CF in the treatment of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. A total of 300 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were enrolled in a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial and randomized to radiofrequency ablation with either a novel CF-sensing catheter or a non-CF catheter (control). The primary effectiveness end point consisted of acute electrical isolation of all pulmonary veins and freedom from recurrent symptomatic atrial arrhythmia off all antiarrhythmic drugs at 12 months. The primary safety end point included device-related serious adverse events. End points were powered to show noninferiority. All pulmonary veins were isolated in both groups. Effectiveness was achieved in 67.8% and 69.4% of subjects in the CF and control arms, respectively (absolute difference, -1.6%; lower limit of 1-sided 95% confidence interval, -10.7%; P=0.0073 for noninferiority). When the CF arm was stratified into optimal CF (≥90% ablations with ≥10 g) and nonoptimal CF groups, effectiveness was achieved in 75.9% versus 58.1%, respectively (P=0.018). The primary safety end point occurred in 1.97% and 1.40% of CF patients and control subjects, respectively (absolute difference, 0.57%; upper limit of 1-sided 95% confidence interval, 3.61%; P=0.0004 for noninferiority). The CF ablation catheter met the primary safety and effectiveness end points. Additionally, optimal CF was associated with improved effectiveness. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01278953. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  15. Descripción de resultados clínicos con una dosis modificada de amiodarona para la conversión de la fibrilación auricular aguda a ritmo sinusal Description of the clinical outcomes with an amiodarone modified dose for the conversion of acute atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm

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    William Uribe

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la fibrilación auricular es el disturbio del ritmo cardiaco sostenido más común. La amiodarona es un antiarrítmico que se usa para la conversión a ritmo sinusal, y la dosis que más se emplea reporta una tasa de éxito de 45% a 85% en las primeras veinticuatro horas; sin embargo, no hay consenso en cuanto a la dosis óptima para el tratamiento de la fibrilación auricular. Objetivo: evaluar la eficacia de amiodarona intravenosa durante las primeras setenta y dos horas en la conversión a ritmo sinusal de pacientes con episodios agudos de fibrilación auricular utilizando una modificación de la dosis recomendada. Métodos: estudio descriptivo-retrospectivo de un grupo de pacientes con episodio agudo de fibrilación auricular durante enero de 2000 a junio de 2006, tratados con la dosis propuesta de amiodarona intra-venosa. Resultado: se evaluaron las historias clínicas de 152 pacientes. La edad promedio fue 61,8 ± 16,9 años; 63,2% de los pacientes era de género masculino. La tasa de conversión a ritmo sinusal fue de 70,5%; de éstos, 81,3% lo hicieron en las primeras veinticuatro horas. La presencia de cardiopatía dilatada y fibrilación auricular permanente, y la respuesta ventricular lenta se asociaron al fracaso de conversión a ritmo sinusal, OR 4,7; 11,5 y 10,2 respectivamente (p Introduction: atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic used for conversion to sinus rhythm. A success rate of 45 to 85% in the first 24 hours is reported for the most commonly used dose. However, there is no consensus as to the optimal dose for treatment of atrial fibrillation. Objetive: to evaluate the efficacy of IV amiodarone during the first 72 hours for conversion to sinus rhythm in patients with acute episodes of atrial fibrillation using a modification of the recommended dose. Methods: descriptive and retrospective study of all patients presenting with acute atrial

  16. ANTIARRHYTHMIC EFFICACY OF PROPAFENONE IN PATIENTS WITH PERSISTENT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To assess propafenone antiarrhythmic efficacy and optimal timing of the drug administration for relief of persistent atrial fibrillation (PAF. Material and methods. 24 patients (19 men, 5 women, aged 53,8±13,3 with PAF (duration is more than 7 days were included in the study. PAF was confirmed clinically as well as by ECG and daily ECG monitoring. Indications for sinus rhythm recovery by propafenone were defined in according to the ACC/AHA/ESC recommendations (2006. 12-lead ECG was performed before the fist administration and 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 hours and some next days after propafenone therapy start. Echocardiography and thyroid hormone tests were also performed. Propafenone was administered additionally to standard treatment of the underlying disease and oral anticoagulants. The first dose of propafenone was 300 mg, after 4 hours patients received next dose of 300 mg if atrial fibrillation persisted and no side effects were observed, then doses of 300 mg were administered every 6-8 hours (but not more than 900-1200 mg per day during 5 days. Maintenance propafenone dose of 450-600 mg daily was used in case of sinus rhythm recovery. Results. Sinus rhythm was restored in 41,6% of patients taking propafenone, and time of sinus rhythm recovery was 53,1±28,9 hours after therapy start. Propafenone antiarrhythmic efficacy in the loading dose (300 mg was 4,2%. Propafenone efficacy during the first 24 hours (dose of 700±282,8 mg was 12,5%. The maximum rate of sinus rhythm recovery was observed during the first 2-3 days of propafenone receiving (60% of all patients with rhythm recovery. Patients with unrecovered sinus rhythm had longer duration of PAF in comparison with this in effectively treated patients, 105,8±89,0 vs 39,7±38,9 days (p<0,05, respectively, as well as the more prominent basal pulse deficit, 24,6±15,0 vs 13,56±5,7 beats per minute (p<0,05, respectively. Cardiac and transient noncardiac side effects were registered in 8,6 and 4

  17. Effects of Computerized Decision Support Systems on Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Scoping Review.

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    Sheibani, Reza; Nabovati, Ehsan; Sheibani, Mehdi; Abu-Hanna, Ameen; Heidari-Bakavoli, Alireza; Eslami, Saeid

    2017-01-01

    Potential role of computerized decision support system on management of atrial fibrillation is not well understood. To systematically review studies that evaluate the effects of computerized decision support systems and decision aids on aspects pertaining to atrial fibrillation. We searched Medline, Scopus and Cochrane database. Last date of search was 2016, January 10. Computerized decision support systems that help manage atrial fibrillation and decision aids that provide useful knowledge for patients with atrial fibrillation and help them to self-care. Two reviewers extracted data and summarized findings. Due to heterogeneity, meta-analysis was not feasible; mean differences of outcomes and confidence intervals for a difference between two Means were reported. Seven eligible studies were included in the final review. There was one observational study without controls, three observational studies with controls, one Non-Randomized Controlled Trial and two Randomized Controlled Trials. The interventions were three decision aids that were used by patients and four computerized decision support systems. Main outcomes of studies were: stroke events and major bleeding (one article), Changing doctor-nurse behavior (three articles), Time in therapeutic International Normalized Ratio range (one article), decision conflict scale (two articles), patient knowledge and anxiety about stroke and bleeding (two articles). A computerized decision support system may decrease decision conflict and increase knowledge of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) about risks of AF and AF treatments. Effect of computerized decision support system on outcomes such as changing doctor-nurse behavior, anxiety about stroke and bleeding and stroke events could not be shown.We need more studies to evaluate the role of computerized decision support system in patients with atrial fibrillation.

  18. Pathophysiological determinants of worse stroke outcome in atrial fibrillation.

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    Tu, Hans T H; Campbell, Bruce C V; Christensen, Soren; Collins, Marnie; De Silva, Deidre A; Butcher, Kenneth S; Parsons, Mark W; Desmond, Patricia M; Barber, P Alan; Levi, Christopher R; Bladin, Christopher F; Donnan, Geoffrey A; Davis, Stephen M

    2010-01-01

    The reasons for worse outcome following ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) remain unclear. We aimed to elucidate the pathophysiological determinants of poorer stroke outcome in patients with AF using systematic MRI data from the Echoplanar Imaging Thrombolytic Evaluation Trial (EPITHET). Comparisons of infarct size, hypoperfusion volume, infarct growth, arterial occlusion, recanalization, reperfusion, hemorrhagic transformation and stroke severity were made between patients with and without AF enrolled in the EPITHET study. AF was present in 42 of 101 patients. At baseline, AF patients were older (79 vs. 73 years, p = 0.02), had more severe neurological impairment (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score 16 vs. 11, p = 0.006), larger infarcts (29 vs. 15 ml, p = 0.04) and greater volumes of more severe hypoperfusion (T(max) > or =8 s, perfusion-weighted imaging volume 70 vs. 43 ml, p = 0.01) compared to patients without AF. There were no significant differences in arterial occlusion site, infarct growth, recanalization or reperfusion. At outcome, AF patients had larger infarcts (52 vs. 16 ml, p = 0.05), more severe hemorrhagic transformation (29 vs. 5%, p = 0.002 for parenchymal hematomas), greater disability (modified Rankin Scale score 4 vs. 3, p = 0.03) and higher mortality rates (31 vs. 12%, p = 0.04). AF was an independent predictor of parenchymal hematoma (OR = 6.90, 95% CI = 1.57-30.25), but not mortality (OR = 2.56, 95% CI = 0.83-7.85). Patients with AF have worse clinical and imaging outcomes following ischemic stroke. This study suggests that the adverse effect of AF is due to greater volumes of more severely hypoperfused tissue, leading to larger infarct size and greater risk of severe hemorrhagic transformation. Copyright (c) 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  19. Atrial Fibrillation and Colonic Neoplasia in African Americans.

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    Mehdi Nouraie

    Full Text Available Colorectal cancer (CRC and atrial fibrillation/flutter (AF share several risk factors including increasing age and obesity. However, the association between CRC and AF has not been thoroughly examined, especially in African Americans. In this study we aimed to assess the prevalence of AF and its risk factors in colorectal neoplasia in an African American.We reviewed records of 527 African American patients diagnosed with CRC and 1008 patients diagnosed with benign colonic lesions at Howard University Hospital from January 2000 to December 2012. A control group of 731 hospitalized patients without any cancer or colonic lesion were randomly selected from the same time and age range, excluding patients who had diagnosis of both CRC and/or adenoma. The presence or absence of AF was based upon ICD-9 code documentation. The prevalence of AF in these three groups was compared by multivariate logistic regression.The prevalence of AF was highest among CRC patients (10% followed by adenoma patients (7.2% then the control group (5.4%, P for trend = 0.002. In the three groups of participants, older age (P<0.008 and heart failure (P<0.001 were significantly associated with higher risk of AF. After adjusting for these risk factors, CRC (OR: 1.4(95%CI:0.9-2.2, P = 0.2 and adenoma (OR: 1.1(95%CI:0.7-1.6, P = 0.7 were not significantly associated AF compared to control group.AF is highly prevalent among CRC patients; 1 in 10 patients had AF in our study. The predictors of AF in CRC was similar to that in adenoma and other patients after adjustment for potential confounders suggesting that the increased AF risk in CRC is explained by higher prevalence of AF risk factors.

  20. Electrocardiographic evidence of ventricular repolarization remodelling during atrial fibrillation.

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    Tan, Hanno L; Smits, Jeroen P P; Loef, Arjan; Tanck, Michael W T; Hardziyenka, Maxim; Campian, Maria E

    2008-01-01

    Some atrial fibrillation (AF) patients develop excessive QTc prolongation and torsade de pointes when they take QTc-prolonging antiarrhythmic drugs (class IA/III) immediately after termination of AF. We hypothesized that this is caused by changes in ventricular repolarization during AF. We aimed to establish whether such 'ventricular repolarization remodelling' occurs. We studied all patients who visited our cardiac emergency room with AF and converted to sinus rhythm (SR) in a 30 months' period. We defined four groups: (i) no antiarrhythmic drugs, electrical cardioversion (n = 30), (ii) no antiarrhythmic drugs, spontaneous AF termination (n = 19), (iii) antiarrhythmic drugs, electrical cardioversion (n = 29), and (iv) antiarrhythmic drugs, spontaneous AF termination (n = 9). We studied QTc duration at SR before AF (SR(baseline)), immediately after termination of AF (SR(postAF)), and at follow-up (SR(followup): > or =7 days after SR(postAF)). Moreover, we studied determinants of QTc prolongation at SR(postAF). We found that, in all groups, QTc at SR(postAF) was significantly and transiently prolonged compared with SR(baseline). Although of limited magnitude on average (approximately 5%), the increase was substantial (approximately 15%) in some individuals. The only independent predictor of the magnitude of QTc prolongation was QTc duration at SR(baseline); this relation had a negative correlation. AF causes ventricular repolarization remodelling, resulting in QTc prolongation. QTc prolongation is substantial in some patients and may render these patients vulnerable to pro-arrhythmia from class IA/III antiarrhythmic drugs immediately after termination of AF.

  1. Permanent atrial fibrillation ablation surgery in patients with advanced age

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    Stephan Geidel

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    Full Text Available Background: Even if permanent atrial fibrillation (pAF is a frequent concomitant problem in patients undergoing open heart surgery and particularly in those with advanced age, data of pAF ablation surgery in older aged patients are scarce. This study was performed to assess early and late results of combined open heart surgery and pAF ablation procedures in patients with advanced aged, compared to young patients. Material and Methods: A selective group of 126 patients (Group A: age ≥70 [76.4±4.8] years, n=70; Group B: age <70 [62.0±6.2] years: n=56 with pAF (≥6 months underwent either monopolar (Group A, B: n=51 vs. n=44 or bipolar (Group A, B: n=19 vs. n=12 radiofrequency (RF ablation procedures concomitant to open heart surgery. Regular follow-up was performed 3 to 36 months after surgery to assess survival, New York Heart Association (NYHA class and conversion rate to stable sinus rhythm (SR. Results: Early mortality (<30 days was 2.9% in Group A (Group B: 0%, cumulative survival at long-term follow up was 0.78 vs. 0.98 (p=0.03 and NYHA-class improved significantly in both groups, particularly in cases with stable SR. At 12-months follow-up 73% of Group A patients were in stable SR (Group B 78%. Conclusions: Concomitant mono- and bipolar RF ablation surgery represents a safe option to cure pAF during open heart surgery with a very low risk, even in patients with advanced age.

  2. Factors associated with 'caregiver burden' for atrial fibrillation patients.

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    Coleman, C I; Coleman, S M; Vanderpoel, J; Nelson, W; Colby, J A; Scholle, J M; Kluger, J

    2012-10-01

    The burden on caregivers providing support to atrial fibrillation (AF) patients has not been evaluated. To examine the interrelationship between unpaid caregiver, patient and thromboprophylaxis characteristics and caregiver burden in AF. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study of AF patient-caregiver dyads recruited from cardiology clinics at an urban teaching hospital. Eligible patients had a diagnosis of AF, received thromboprophylaxis to prevent stroke, lived in the community and had an adult, unpaid, English-speaking caregiver. Hierarchical multivariate regression was used to evaluate the association between caregiver, patient and thromboprophylaxis characteristics and caregiver burden as measured by the 'Caregiver Reaction Assessment' (CRA). Eighty patient-caregiver dyads were surveyed. The mean ± standard deviation scores for each CRA domain were 'Disrupted schedule' (2.4 ± 1.0), 'Financial problems' (2.1 ± 0.8), 'Lack of family support' (1.9 ± 0.7), 'Health problems' (1.9 ± 0.7) and 'Self-esteem' (0.9 ± 0.5). Significantly greater caregiver burden due to 'Disrupted schedule' was seen in those spending > 4 h/week providing care and when caring for frail, sick or disabled patients, with higher CHADS2 scores and requiring help with their medications. 'Financial problems' burden scores were significantly associated with caring for frail patients and those requiring more frequent office follow-up. 'Lack of family support' scores were inversely associated with having somebody else to help provide care and increased as patients CHADS2 score increased. Lower 'Health problem' burden scores were associated with female gender and higher scores with the need to spend > 4 h/week providing care. The greatest burden to caregivers of AF patients occurs due to schedule disruption. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  3. Benefit of Anticoagulation Therapy in Hyperthyroidism-Related Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Chan, Pak-Hei; Hai, Jojo; Yeung, Chun-Yip; Lip, Gregory Y H; Lam, Karen Siu-Ling; Tse, Hung-Fat; Siu, Chung-Wah

    2015-08-01

    Existing data on the risk of ischemic stroke in hyperthyroidism-related atrial fibrillation (AF) and the impact of long-term anticoagulation in these patients, particularly those with self-limiting AF, remain inconclusive. Risk of stroke in hyperthyroidism-related AF is the same as nonhyperthyroid counterparts. This was a single-center observational study of 9727 Chinese patients with nonvalvular AF from July 1997 to December 2011. Patients with AF diagnosed concomitantly with hyperthyroidism were identified. Primary and secondary endpoints were defined as hospitalization with ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage in the first 2 years. Patient characteristics, duration of AF, and choice of antithrombotic therapy were recorded. Self-limiting AF was defined as hyperthyroidism and AF at diagnosis. For stroke prevention, 136 and 243 patients (21.1% and 37.9%) were prescribed warfarin and aspirin, respectively, whereas the remaining patients (41.0%) received no therapy. Ischemic stroke occurred in 50 patients (7.8%), and no patient developed hemorrhagic stroke. Patients with CHA2 DS2 -VASc of 0 did not develop stroke. Warfarin effectively reduced the incidence of stroke compared with aspirin or no therapy in patients with CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥1 and non-self-limiting AF, but not in those with self-limiting AF or CHA2 DS2 -VASc of 0. Presence of hyperthyroidism did not confer additional risk of ischemic stroke compared with nonhyperthyroid AF. Patients with hyperthyroidism-related AF are at high risk of stroke (3.9% per year). Warfarin confers stroke prevention in patients with CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥1 and non-self-limiting AF. Overall stroke risk was lower in hyperthyroid non-self-limiting AF patients compared with nonhyperthyroid counterparts. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Atrial Fibrillation and Colonic Neoplasia in African Americans.

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    Nouraie, Mehdi; Kansal, Vandana; Belfonte, Cassius; Ghazvini, Mohammad; Haidari, Tahmineh; Shahnazi, Anahita; Brim, Hassan; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Ashktorab, Hassan

    2015-01-01

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) and atrial fibrillation/flutter (AF) share several risk factors including increasing age and obesity. However, the association between CRC and AF has not been thoroughly examined, especially in African Americans. In this study we aimed to assess the prevalence of AF and its risk factors in colorectal neoplasia in an African American. We reviewed records of 527 African American patients diagnosed with CRC and 1008 patients diagnosed with benign colonic lesions at Howard University Hospital from January 2000 to December 2012. A control group of 731 hospitalized patients without any cancer or colonic lesion were randomly selected from the same time and age range, excluding patients who had diagnosis of both CRC and/or adenoma. The presence or absence of AF was based upon ICD-9 code documentation. The prevalence of AF in these three groups was compared by multivariate logistic regression. The prevalence of AF was highest among CRC patients (10%) followed by adenoma patients (7.2%) then the control group (5.4%, P for trend = 0.002). In the three groups of participants, older age (PCRC (OR: 1.4(95%CI):0.9-2.2, P = 0.2) and adenoma (OR: 1.1(95%CI):0.7-1.6, P = 0.7) were not significantly associated AF compared to control group. AF is highly prevalent among CRC patients; 1 in 10 patients had AF in our study. The predictors of AF in C