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  1. Uso das diretrizes para tratamento da úlcera por pressão por enfermeiros de um hospital geral

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    Elaine Maria Leite Rangel

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou identificar a freqüência do uso das diretrizes para o tratamento da úlcera por pressão(UP por enfermeiros de um hospital geral no interior do estado de São Paulo. É transversal de caráterdescritivo com análise quantitativa de dados. Amostra de 25 enfermeiros. Para a coleta de dados utilizou-se uminstrumento, construído a partir das diretrizes para o tratamento da UP. As questões foram relacionadas aostipos de intervenções usadas pelos enfermeiros para o tratamento da UP em estágio I, II, com necrose e comtecido de granulação. Para UP em estágio I, 24 (96% enfermeiros sempre realizavam a mudança de decúbito.Nas úlceras em estágio II a utilização de óleos vegetais na ferida era realizada sempre por 10 (40%enfermeiros e o curativo de hidrocolóide nunca era utilizado por 12 (57,1% enfermeiros. Em UP com necrose alimpeza com povidine era realizada por 4 (17,4% enfermeiros às vezes. Para o desbridamento, 16 (64% àsvezes utilizavam papaína e 15 (71,4% às vezes utilizavam colagenase. Em úlceras com tecido de granulaçãosempre era utilizado o soro fisiológico por 25 (100% enfermeiros. Houve variação nas práticas para otratamento da UP e falta de adesão às diretrizes.

  2. ANÁLISE DAS DIRETRIZES CURRICULARES NACIONAIS DO CURSO DE GRADUAÇÃO EM FARMÁCIA

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    Fernanda Quaresma de Araújo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Analisam-se as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais dos cursos de graduação em Farmácia e seus respectivos referenciais teóricos fundadores. Apresentar-se-á uma breve discussão conceitual do currículo e seus determinantes históricos. Pretende-se estabelecer críticas sobre as teorias de currículo elencadas e seus pressupostos norteadores, a partir do paradigma linear tyleriano até o multiculturalismo. Tenciona-se relacioná-las com a aplicabilidade das Diretrizes Curriculares no ensino farmacêutico contemporâneo. Faz-se um paralelo entre a concepção tecnicista, presente nas abordagens tradicionais, e a generalista, proposta para o ensino farmacêutico atual. Considera-se que a demonstração dessas concepções está submetida às várias perspectivas teóricas, como também aos diferentes momentos histórico-culturais.

  3. Entre sentidos e significados da tradução das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais de Pedagogia (DCNS em MT

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    Silvana Alencar Silva

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Nesse artigo problematizamos a tradução das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais de Pedagogia de 2006 (DCNs, realizada em três cursos de Licenciatura em Pedagogia, em Instituições de Ensino Superior (IES do Estado de Mato Grosso. O objetivo é compreender o processo de tradução produzido nestes cursos, os sentidos e significados dados ao elaborarem seus próprios projetos de currículo considerando as DCNs. Em termos teórico-metodológicos, desenvolvemos uma análise que recorre à noção de tradução da Teoria do Discurso, das contribuições de Hall (2003, de apropriações desta noção para o campo do currículo e do entendimento de currículo como política cultural. Trata-se de uma pesquisa de natureza qualitativa, articulada à consideração do Ciclo de Políticas (BOWE; BALL, 1992, que toma como fonte de dados os Projetos Pedagógicos de Curso (PPC. Dessa pesquisa conclui-se que a tradução das DCNs nos cursos de Licenciatura em Pedagogia em MT se caracterizou como um processo de negociação, marcado por dissensos e acordos provisórios, pois os cursos estabelecem diálogo entre sua identidade originária e a identidade proposta para a pedagogia nas DCNs. Esse processo de tradução indica que os dissensos e a instabilidade de sentidos que o configuram dão corpo ao caráter híbrido dos PPCs. A tradução constrói a identidade profissional num movimento agonístico à medida que nunca se completa, pois sua característica é a indecidibilidade, a impossibilidade constante de acessar o “real” significado das DCNs.   Palavras-chave: Pedagogia. Diretrizes Curriculares. Tradução.

  4. Aplicação da liderança situacional no desenvolvimento de líderes que utilizam o gerenciamento da rotina a partir das diretrizes

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    Vieira Maia, Mauricio

    2010-01-01

    O presente trabalho tem como objetivo identificar e propor ações para o desenvolvimento de líderes à motivação no uso do gerenciamento da rotina a partir das diretrizes nas empresas, partindo da premissa de que o gerenciamento da rotina só é alcançado, por líderes competentes e motivados, dispostos a receber reforços, comprometidos e disciplinados no cumprimento das atividades do PDCA no seu cotidiano. Através de uma análise entre diversos modelos de liderança e motivação nas ...

  5. De pedagogos a professores: balanço de uma década das Diretrizes Curriculares dos Cursos de Pedagogia no Brasil

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    Aline Daiane Nunes Mascarenhas

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available As diretrizes curriculares nacionais que normatizam os cursos de Pedagogia no Brasil, acabam de completar uma década. Considerando-se os embates que precederam a efetivação de tais diretrizes, as incongruências epistemológicas percebidas por muitos pesquisadores, pergunta-se neste trabalho: quais os rebatimentos da nova estrutura curricular imposta pelas diretrizes, sobre os processos de formação de pedagogos? Como a dubiedade epistemológica da Pedagogia, entre ser bacharelado ou ser licenciatura, foi vivenciada na organização curricular dos referidos cursos? Para esse estudo, foi realizada uma meta-análise a partir de pesquisa de autoria de Mascarenhas (2015, em que se utilizou de questionários, de grupo focal e de análise documental, em triangulação com outras pesquisas já publicadas ,com base em trabalhos de Pimenta (1998; 2002, 2004, Libâneo (2000; 2006; 2010 e Franco (2008 que denunciam, a problemática em torno de um currículo fragmentado e a defesa do campo teórico da Pedagogia como a base da formação e da atuação profissional do pedagogo. Foi possível constatar a insuficiência da carga horária para formar perfis de diferentes profissionais em um único curso; bem como a descaracterização da figura do Pedagogo e de sua identidade profissional. Os dados sugerem a necessidade de uma reestruturação das referidas diretrizes, e a organização de dois trajetos formativos nos cursos de Pedagogia: um focado na licenciatura, com vistas a uma densa formação do professor das séries iniciais e educação infantil e outro, no bacharelado, para administração, coordenação e gestão escolar. 

  6. Formação profissional ética: um compromisso a partir das diretrizes curriculares? Ethical professional education: a commitment based on the curricular guidelines?

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    Mirelle Finkler

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Esta reflexão problematiza o discurso e a prática que se estabelecem em torno do tema da formação ética dos profissionais da saúde e, mais particularmente, do cirurgião-dentista, situando o atual momento de implantação das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais no ensino superior brasileiro. Procura-se, desta forma, indicar alguns limites e possibilidades para uma formação ética condizente com o novo perfil profissional almejado.This reflection questions the discourse and practice surrounding the ethical education of health professionals and, more particularly, of dentists, situating the current state of deployment of the National Curriculum Guidelines in Brazilian Higher Education. The goal is to point to a few limits and possibilities for an ethical education in line with the new professional profile that is sought.

  7. Práticas docentes no ensino odontológico: aproximações e distanciamentos das diretrizes curriculares nacionais

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    Simone Maria Ávila Reis

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, cobra-se do ensino de graduação em Odontologia a sua adequação às Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a área, como de resto vem ocorrendo com toda a educação superior brasileira. No caso da formação odontológica, as transformações no perfil profissional do egresso são desejadas, seja para atender às diretrizes, seja para responder ao esgotamento do seu atual modelo, voltado à clínica privada em um mercado cada vez mais saturado para os consultórios particulares. Urge enfrentar o paradoxo de uma profissão tão técnica e cientificamente evoluída quanto elitizada, mas com pífios resultados na abrangência social de sua cobertura. Este artigo apresenta os resultados parciais de uma pesquisa de doutorado, do tipo estudo de caso, realizada com professores do Curso de Odontologia de uma universidade federal brasileira. O objetivo foi analisar as aproximações e os distanciamentos das práticas desenvolvidas pelos docentes em relação à formação preconizada pelas diretrizes, que defendem a formação de profissionais capazes de suprir as demandas por saúde bucal de toda a população, e não apenas daquela parcela que pode pagar pelos serviços. Os resultados demonstraram a persistência da ênfase na formação técnico-científica, da precariedade na humanização profissional e da tendência à especialização precoce, características que distanciam o perfil do egresso do compromisso com as populações economicamente desfavorecidas. Diante disso, reciclagem profunda e adaptações indispensáveis serão necessárias para que o corpo docente dos cursos de Odontologia deixe de ensinar como foi ensinado e consiga se transformar no conjunto de educadores capazes de formar profissionais com perfis distintos dos seus próprios.

  8. Alinhamento das atividades de pesquisa científica e tecnológica realizadas pelas IES federais de Minas Gerais e as diretrizes da – PITCE

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    Karina Pereira Vieira

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available It is argued in this paper the possible alignment between scientific activities and technological research carried out by universities and the guidelines of public policies on science and technology in Brazil. As a way of delimiting the field of analysis, without compromising the scope of this paper, we restricted our focus on the federal public universities in Minas Gerais State and we checked the possible convergence with the Industrial Policy and Foreign Trade (PITCE. More than that, it is argued as essential the function of universities as generators of knowledge within an innovation system and a closer university-industry-state relation should be pursued as proposed by the ‘Triple helix’.Discute-se, nesse trabalho, o possível alinhamento entre atividades de pesquisa científica e tecnológica realizadas por instituições de ensino superior – IES e as diretrizes das políticas públicas de ciência e tecnologia do país. Como forma de delimitar o campo de análise, sem comprometer o escopo do trabalho, optou-se pela avaliação das áreas de pesquisa das IES federais mineiras e sua convergência com a Política Industrial e de Comércio Exterior – PITCE. Mais do que isso, defende-se como essencial a função das IES enquanto geradoras de conhecimento dentro de um Sistema de Inovação, bem como um estreitamento das relações universidade-Estado-empresa como propõe a “hélice tríplice”.

  9. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI: uma análise da adesão as diretrizes pelas empresas listadas no novo mercado sob a perspectiva das teorias institucional e da legitimidade

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    Gabriela Dias da Silva

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available O estudo se propõe analisar, sob a perspectiva das Teorias Institucional e da Legitimidade, quais companhias do Novo Mercado da BM&FBovespa aderiram às diretrizes da Global Reporting Initiative (GRI e identificar qual a versão das diretrizes GRI adotadas. O estudo é descritivo, qualitativo e documental. Os dados foram analisados por meio da técnica de análise de conteúdo e se referem ao período de 2011 a 2013. Percebe-se que, das 133 companhias da amostra, 67 não possuem ou não foram encontrados os relatórios de sustentabilidade no período analisado. Das 66 empresas que publicaram o relatório de sustentabilidade no período de 2011 a 2013, somente 17 empresas não divulgaram as informações socioambientais conforme as diretrizes da GRI. Os resultados revelam que as empresas divulgam práticas de sustentabilidade nos relatórios para reafirmar sua legitimidade perante a sociedade. Além disso, utilizam práticas de divulgação com base em outras empresas modelos, como é o caso da adesão às diretrizes da GRI, o que se pode relacionar com a Teoria Institucional com base no isomorfismo mimético. Sobre as práticas socioambientais, essas são institucionalizadas nas empresas, e a mudança de versão da G3 para G4 possibilita a ampliação do disclosure pelos indicadores propostos.

  10. Análise crítica das diretrizes de pesquisa em medicina chinesa A critical analysis of research guidelines in Chinese medicine

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    Eduardo Frederico Alexander Amaral de Souza

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A aculturação da medicina chinesa nos países ocidentais a partir da década de 1970 tem criado questionamentos sobre sua eficácia, validade e possibilidades de atuação. A pesquisa em medicina chinesa é um desafio metodológico que tem sido fundamentado em ensaios clínicos estatísticos. Neste artigo, elabora-se uma análise crítica dos problemas resultantes da aplicação de metodologias científicas comuns à biomedicina na pesquisa em medicina chinesa, propondo reorientações em suas diretrizes. A análise de textos é a metodologia principal e aborda-se o objeto a partir de referenciais teóricos das ciências sociais aplicadas à saúde.The acculturation of Chinese medicine by the West since the 1970s has raised questions about the efficacy, validity, and potential of this form of medicine. Researchers in the field have agreed that studies on Chinese medicine present a methodological challenge. Research conducted in recent decades has focused basically on statistical clinical trials. This article offers a critical analysis of the problems encountered when applying to Chinese medicine the scientific methods common to biomedicine and also suggests new directions for such research guidelines. Relying primarily on the method of text analysis, the issue is approached by applying theoretical references from the social sciences to health.

  11. New guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of insomnia Novas diretrizes no diagnóstico e tratamento das insônias

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    Luciano Ribeiro Pinto Jr

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian Sleep Association brought together specialists in sleep medicine, in order to develop new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of insomnias. The following subjects were discussed: concepts, clinical and psychosocial evaluations, recommendations for polysomnography, pharmacological treatment, behavioral and cognitive therapy, comorbidities and insomnia in children. Four levels of evidence were envisaged: standard, recommended, optional and not recommended. For diagnosing of insomnia, psychosocial and polysomnographic investigation were recommended. For non-pharmacological treatment, cognitive behavioral treatment was considered to be standard, while for pharmacological treatment, zolpidem was indicated as the standard drug because of its hypnotic profile, while zopiclone, trazodone and doxepin were recommended.A Associação Brasileira de Sono reuniu especialistas em medicina do sono com o objetivo de desenvolver novas diretrizes no diagnóstico e tratamento das insônias. Nós consideramos quatro níveis de evidência: padrão, recomendado, opcional e não recomendado. Os tópicos abordados foram: conceito, avaliação clínica e psicossocial, indicação da polissonografia, tratamento farmacológico, terapia comportamental cognitiva, comorbidades e insônia na infância. Para o diagnóstico da insônia, foi recomendada uma avaliação psicossocial e a realização da polissonografia, enquanto que no que se refere ao tratamento, foi estabelecido como padrão a indicação da terapia comportamental cognitiva, e, quanto ao tratamento farmacológico, foi indicado o uso do zolpidem como hipnótico padrão, e sendo recomendado o zopiclone, a trazodona e a doxepina.

  12. Panorama dos cursos de Graduação em Enfermagem no Brasil na década das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais

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    Elizabeth Teixeira

    Full Text Available O estudo teve o objetivo de construir um panorama dos cursos de Graduação em Enfermagem no Brasil, na década das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Graduação em Enfermagem, período 2001 a 2011. Trata-se de pesquisa exploratória, descritiva, com base em dados do e-MEC, Censo da Educação Superior, ENADE. Os resultados evidenciaram: privatização do ensino de Graduação em Enfermagem; excesso de oferta de cursos e vagas diurnas e noturnas; acentuada expansão do número de vagas de ensino à distância, não atendendo a critérios mínimos de qualidade avaliados pelo ENADE; dentre outros aspectos. Recomenda-se a definição de estratégias para regulação da expansão já instalada, além da revisão dos indicadores do Formulário Único do INEP, atendendo especificidades da Enfermagem, particularmente quanto a número de vagas, integração com o sistema local e regional de saúde e o SUS, ensino na área de saúde, atividades práticas de ensino, regime de trabalho e experiência profissional do corpo docente do curso. Recomenda-se, ainda, a intervenção imediata do MEC nos pólos de Educação à Distância, suspendendo a formação de enfermeiros nessa modalidade.

  13. Avaliação das diretrizes e ações do Plano de Mobilidade da cidade de Passo Fundo de acordo com a Lei n° 12.587/2012

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    Paola Pol Saraiva

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available O agravamento dos problemas relacionados à mobilidade urbana traz à tona uma série de desafios para pensadores e corpo técnico das cidades. É de fundamental importância analisar, refletir e avaliar a consistência das políticas públicas voltadas à mobilidade, a fim de mensurar sua efetividade e aplicabilidade, bem como a coerência entre as políticas nacionais e as locais. Neste contexto, desde o ano de 2014 a cidade de Passo Fundo possui um Plano de Mobilidade, focado em ações e estratégias de curto, médio e longo prazo para melhoria da mobilidade local. Sendo assim, o presente estudo tem como objetivo principal analisar as diretrizes e ações do Plano de Mobilidade Urbana da cidade de Passo Fundo, a fim de avaliar sua compatibilidade com os princípios, diretrizes e objetivos da Lei Nacional n° 12.587/2012- Lei de Mobilidade Urbana, bem como compreender como as ações em nível local são influenciadas pelas políticas nacionais. Além disso, objetiva-se compreender como o processo de urbanização influenciou na mobilidade da cidade de Passo Fundo. A metodologia utilizada foi o levantamento documental de leis e regulamentos oficiais dedicados à mobilidade urbana das escalas nacional até a local bem como o estudo de caso da cidade analisada. Os resultados mostraram que há conformidade entre a Lei Nacional 12.587/2012 e o Plano Municipal de Mobilidade, com algumas lacunas, como a ausência de diretrizes voltadas ao uso de energias mais limpas. Nota-se, porém, que há uma grande distância entre boa parte das diretrizes locais e a aplicabilidade das mesmas na cidade, já que algumas requerem grandes investimentos.

  14. Em torno das "Diretrizes curriculares nacionais para a educação das relações étnico-raciais e para o ensino de história e cultura afro-brasileira e africana": uma conversa com historiadores

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    Martha Abreu

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A partir do crescimento do interesse de professores e secretarias de educação na organização de políticas de combate ao racismo, este artigo procura discutir e apresentar alguns subsídios para a implementação das "Diretrizes curriculares nacionais para o ensino das relações étnico-raciais e de história e cultura afro-brasileira e africana", aprovadas em 2004. Entendemos as "Diretrizes" como uma importante estratégia pedagógica para levar à escola, pela primeira vez, a discussão das relações raciais no Brasil, tantas vezes silenciada ou desqualificada pelas avaliações de que o Brasil era uma democracia racial. Demos especial atenção aos limites e possibilidades de trabalho com os conceitos de cultura afro-brasileira e identidade negra.

  15. A HISTÓRIA DA ÁFRICA E DA CULTURA AFROBRASILEIRA NAS ESCOLAS MUNICIPAIS DA CIDADE DE PALMAS – TOCANTINS: REPERCUSSÕES E TENSÕES DA LEI E DAS DIRETRIZES

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    Ana Lúcia Pereira

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A Lei nº 10.639/03 tornou obrigatória a inclusão de história da África e da cultura afro-brasileira nos currículos escolares. As Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a Educação das Relações Étnico-Raciais e para o ensino de história e cultura afro-brasileira e africana, dela derivada, motivou um movimento pela busca de formação dos professores e pela reformulação e/ou adaptação dos projetos políticos pedagógicos das escolas. O objetivo do texto é o de refletir sobre esse impacto ou as possíveis mudanças no projeto político-pedagógico, bem como os materiais disponibilizados nas bibliotecas e as questões ligadas às religiões de matriz africana nas escolas municipais de ensino fundamental, da cidade de Palmas/TO.

  16. Fórum nacional de discussão das diretrizes do KDIGO para o distúrbio mineral e ósseo da doença renal crônica (DMO-DRC: uma análise crítica frente à relidade Brasileira KDIGO CKD-MBD Discussion forum: the Brazilian perspective

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    Rosa Maria Affonso Moysés

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available No dia 14 de novembro de 2009, a Sociedade Brasileira de Nefrologia promoveu um fórum de discussão das novas diretrizes do KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes. O objetivo desse encontro, onde estiveram presentes 64 participantes, foi discutir estas novas diretrizes diante da realidade brasileira. Esse encontro teve o patrocínio da Empresa de Biotecnologia Genzyme, que não teve acesso à sala de discussão e tampouco aos temas tratados durante o evento. Este artigo traz um resumo das diretrizes do KDIGO e das discussões realizadas pelos participantes.On November 14th, 2009, the Brazilian Society of Nephrology coordinated the Brazilian Discussion Meeting on the new KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes guidelines. The purpose of this meeting, which was attended by 64 nephrologists, was to discuss these new guidelines from the Brazilian perspective. This meeting was supported by an unrestricted grant of the biotechnology company Genzyme, which did not have access to the meeting room or to the discussion sections. This article brings a summary of the KDIGO guidelines and of the discussions by the attendees.

  17. CONCEPÇÕES SOBRE IMPLEMENTAÇÃO DAS DIRETRIZES DA POLÍTICA NACIONAL DE HUMANIZAÇÃO DA GESTÃO E ATENÇÃO À SAÚDE: COM A PALAVRA, GESTORES DE SAÚDE DE MUNICÍPIOS DA 13ª COORDENADORIA REGIONAL DE SAÚDE

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    Janice Bringmann

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo objetivou desvelar os meios utilizados pelos gestores de saúde para a implementação das diretrizes da Política Nacional de Humanização da Gestão e Atenção de Saúde. Para a obtenção dos resultados, foram realizadas entrevistas com cinco gestores de saúde da 13ª Coordenadoria Regional de Saúde/RS, seguindo, metodologicamente, a trajetória qualitativa. A organização e a análise dos dados foram realizadas sob o enfoque da Análise de Conteúdo (Bardin, 1977. Destacou-se que a humanização em saúde para os entrevistados significa atender bem aos pacientes, sabendo ouvi-los nas suas necessidades e informando os demais membros da equipe da sua situação. Citou-se, também, a prioridade ao atendimento dos casos mais graves e aos idosos, assim como a diminuição das filas e do tempo de espera para atendimento. Como meios para implementar as diretrizes, foram referidas a triagem, a agilidade no atendimento e no agendamento de consultas, a distribuição das fichas com horários para atendimento e a melhoria do espaço físico das unidades. Com base nesses levantamentos, sugere-se a elaboração de grupos de discussões como espaços de articulação dos atores para subsidiar a implementação da Humanização da Gestão e Atenção da Saúde nos serviços, contribuindo, dessa forma, para a efetivação das diretrizes do Sistema Único de Saúde.

  18. Avaliação das diretrizes curriculares conforme a perspectiva biopsicossocial da organização mundial de saúde Evaluation of curriculum guidelines acording to the biopsychosocial perspective of the world health organization (WHO

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    Peterson Marco de Oliveira Andrade

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available As Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN envolvem as competências que cada curso deve desenvolver durante a formação dos acadêmicos. Porém, não há uma ferramenta para avaliar sistematicamente a atuação dos futuros egressos. Objetivo: Desenvolver uma checklist de avaliação dos estagiários de fisioterapia. Métodos: As regras de linking foram utilizadas para relacionar o conteúdo das DCN com a CIF. Em seguida foi definido um consenso entre os pesquisadores para a checklist de avaliação. Resultados: Foram selecionadas 13 subcategorias dos capítulos de atividade e participação relacionados com a aprendizagem e aplicação do conhecimento, tarefas e demandas gerais, comunicação, relações interpessoais e vida comunitária, social e cívica. Considerações Finais: O resultado do linking oferece uma fundamentação para avaliação conforme as exigências do MEC e a abordagem biopsicossocial preconizada pela OMS. Estudos são necessários para validar o instrumento desenvolvido e verificar a sua aplicabilidade e viabilidade em diferentes áreas da saúde e em diferentes populações.The National Curriculum Guidelines (NCG involve the skills that each program should develop during the training of scholars. However, there is no tool to systematically assess the performance of future graduates. Objective: Develop a checklist for evaluating the trainees in physiotherapy. Methods: The rules of linking were used to relate the content of the NCG with ICF. Then a consensus was established among researchers for the evaluation checklist. Results: We selected 13 sub-chapters of activity and participation related to the learning and application of knowledge, general tasks and demands, communication, interpersonal relationships and community, social and civic life. Final Considerations: The results of linking provide a rationale for evaluation in accordance with the requirements of MEC and the biopsychosocial approach advocated by WHO

  19. Revisão das diretrizes da Associação Médica Brasileira para o tratamento da depressão (Versão integral Review of the guidelines of the Brazilian Medical Association for the treatment of depression (Full version

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    José Alberto Del Porto

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A depressão é uma condição freqüente, em geral recorrente e de curso crônico, associada com níveis altos de incapacitação funcional. A Associação Médica Brasileira, por meio do projeto "Diretrizes", buscou desenvolver guias para diagnóstico e tratamento das doenças mais comuns. O objetivo deste trabalho é o de atualizar as Diretrizes desenvolvidas em 2003, incorporando novas evidências e recomendações. MÉTODO: A metodologia utilizada foi a proposta pela Associação Médica Brasileira para o projeto Diretrizes. Assim, o trabalho foi baseado em diretrizes desenvolvidas em outros países aliadas a artigos de revisão sistemáticos, ensaios clínicos randomizados e, na ausência destes, estudos observacionais e recomendações de grupo de experts. A atualização foi realizada a partir de novas diretrizes internacionais publicadas a partir de 2003. RESULTADOS: São apresentados dados referentes a prevalência, demografia, incapacitação, diagnóstico e subdiagnóstico de depressão. Em relação ao tratamento, são mostrados dados sobre a eficácia do tratamento medicamentoso e psicoterápico das depressões, além do perfil de custos e de efeitos colaterais das diferentes classes de medicamentos disponíveis no Brasil, além do planejamento das diferentes fases do tratamento. CONCLUSÃO: As diretrizes têm como objetivo servir de orientação para a tomada de decisões clínicas baseada nas evidências científicas da literatura disponível.OBJECTIVE: Depression is a frequent, recurrent and chronic condition with high levels of functional disability. The Brazilian Medical Association Guidelines project proposed guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of the most common medical disorders. The objective of this paper is to present a review of the Guidelines Published in 2003 incorporating new evidence and recommendations. METHOD: This review was based on guidelines developed in other countries and systematic reviews

  20. Diretrizes 2010 para a ressuscitação cardiopulmonar

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    Reginaldo Passoni dos Santos

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo descreve as atualizações para as diretrizes 2010 da Ressuscitação Cardiopulmonar em comemoração ao quinquagésimo aniversário da Ressuscitação Cardiopulmonar moderna, lembrado por meio da publicação das diretrizes americanas. Tais diretrizes admitem, dentre outras, a alteração na sequência de Suporte Básico de Vida de “A - B - C” para “C - A - B”, e sequência 30 x 2 (compressões x ventilação por minuto. A partir da simplificação do algoritmo, mais socorristas leigos poderão fornecer ressuscitação cardiopulmonar de alta qualidade. Os cuidados pós ressuscitação devem ser empregados de forma holística para que as taxas de sobrevivência sejam aumentadas e se erradiquem as sequelas neurológicas, ou estas sejam minimizadas.

  1. O processo de constituição histórica das diretrizes curriculares na formação de professores de Educação Física The process of historical constitution of curriculum guidelines in the formation of Physical Education teachers

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    Larissa Cerignoni Benites

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Os processos históricos que permeiam as diretrizes curriculares possibilitaram enxergar quais são as idéias e as preocupações para com a formação de professores no âmbito da Educação Física. Dentro desse contexto, o objetivo foi averiguar, nas políticas públicas de formação de professor dessa disciplina, como ocorreu o processo de qualificação e certificação, buscando entender as justificativas que orientaram a regulamentação dos normativos legais de 1939 a 2004. Portanto, trata-se de um estudo descritivo, de análise qualitativa, tendo como fonte primária as Diretrizes Curriculares veiculada pela imprensa oficial. As novas Diretrizes Curriculares (Resoluções CNE/CP 01/2002, 02/2002 e 7/2004 apontaram perspectivas na formação de um professor mais qualificado para o seu campo de atuação, priorizando a questão da dimensão política da profissão, das competências e do corpo de conhecimento da área. Embora haja progressos em relação aos normativos anteriores, chama-se atenção para a necessidade de que as propostas em construção façam a mediação entre a proposta atual, o percurso histórico do próprio curso e a relação teoria-prática, visando o equilíbrio na formação. A proposta das novas diretrizes não deixa de evidenciar avanços significativos no horizonte da profissionalidade docente e da identidade profissional docente. Da mesma forma, para o leitor ou estudioso atento, não deixa de causar preocupação o excesso de competências técnicas colocadas, passando-se a impressão de que agora o que vale é o primado do "saber fazer".The historical processes that permeate curriculum guidelines made it possible to see what are the ideas and concerns in the formation of teachers of Physical Education. In this context, the objective here was of investigating how the qualification and certification processes were developed in the public policies for the education of these teachers, in an attempt to

  2. Diretrizes da World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP para tratamento biológico de transtornos depressivos unipolares, 2ª parte: tratamento de manutenção do transtorno depressivo maior e tratamento dos transtornos depressivos crônicos e das depressões subliminares World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP Guidelines for biological treatment of unipolar depressive disorders, part 2: maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder and treatment of chronic depressive disorders and subthreshold depressions

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    Michael Bauer

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Estas diretrizes práticas para o tratamento biológico de transtornos depressivos unipolares foram desenvolvidas por uma Força-Tarefa internacional da Federação Mundial de Sociedades de Psiquiatria Biológica (WFSBP. O objetivo ao desenvolver tais diretrizes foi rever sistematicamente todas as evidências existentes referentes ao tratamento de transtornos depressivos unipolares e produzir uma série de recomendações práticas com significado clínico e científico, baseadas nas evidências existentes. Têm como objetivo seu uso por todos os médicos que atendam e tratem pacientes com essas afecções. Os dados usados para o desenvolvimento das diretrizes foram extraídos primariamente de várias diretrizes e painéis nacionais de tratamento para transtornos depressivos, bem como de metanálises e revisões sobre a eficácia dos antidepressivos e outras intervenções de tratamento biológico identificadas por uma busca no banco de dados MEDLINE e Cochrane Library. A literatura identificada foi avaliada quanto à força das evidências sobre sua eficácia e, então, categorizada em quatro níveis de evidências (A a D. Esta primeira parte das diretrizes abrange definição, classificação, epidemiologia e evolução dos transtornos depressivos unipolares, bem como tratamento das fases aguda e de manutenção. As diretrizes se referem primariamente ao tratamento biológico (incluindo antidepressivos, outros medicamentos psicofarmacológicos e hormonais, eletroconvulsoterapia, fototerapia, estratégias terapêuticas complementares e novas de adultos jovens e também, embora em menor grau, de crianças, adolescentes e adultos idosos.These practice guidelines for the biological treatment of unipolar depressive disorders were developed by an international Task Force of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP. The goal for developing these guidelines was to systematically review all available evidence pertaining to the

  3. Educação permanente em saúde e as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para Educação das relações étnico-raciais e para ensino de História e Cultura Afro-Brasileira e Africana

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    Rosana Batista Monteiro

    Full Text Available Resumo Este texto é um ensaio sobre algumas contribuições que o curso de especialização em Saúde da Mulher Negra pode ter produzido para a abordagem dos conteúdos relacionados nas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a Educação das Relações Étnico-raciais e para o Ensino de História e Cultura Afro-brasileira e Africana, bem como em atenção à Política Nacional de Saúde Integral da População Negra, com destaque para a educação permanente. A partir de breve contextualização sobre o debate no campo das relações raciais e ações afirmativas no Brasil passamos a apresentar a organização e funcionamento do curso, destacando seus objetivos, conteúdos, estratégias. Com foco nos profissionais da saúde, o curso contou com significativa presença de profissionais da educação básica pública, municipal e estadual, das cidades de São Luís e Pinheiro, no Maranhão, implicando a discussão do tema saúde da população negra (especialmente da mulher negra no âmbito da escola. O curso propiciou a elaboração de projetos de pesquisa relacionados diretamente com o atendimento à saúde de mulheres negras e sua relação com processos formativos de profissionais da área da saúde, bem como educação escolar e saúde de mulheres negras. Pode-se concluir, ainda que provisoriamente, que o curso, na perspectiva da educação permanente, resultou em estratégia eficaz para o desenvolvimento de conteúdos relacionados às DCNERER e, especialmente, de viabilização de implementação da Política Nacional de Saúde Integral da População Negra, realizadas ou desencadeadas nos serviços de saúde pelos cursistas.

  4. Multiculturalismo, pesquisa e formação de professores: o caso das Diretrizes Curriculares para a Formação Docente Multiculturalismo, pesquisa y formación de profesores: el caso de las directrices curriculares para la formación docente Multiculturalism, research and teacher training: the case of teacher education

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    Ana Canen

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo discute possibilidades de articulação de uma perspectiva multicultural ao componente de pesquisa na formação docente, analisando implicações de tal articulação e discutindo a extensão em que está presente no discurso das Diretrizes Curriculares de Formação de Professores (BRASIL, 2000b. Em um primeiro momento, discute o multiculturalismo e a pesquisa, como componentes da formação de professores, levantando tensões e possibilidades em sua articulação; em seguida, relata o contexto em que emergem as recentes políticas educacionais e analisa ênfases e silêncios das diretrizes curriculares nacionais de formação de professores, com relação ao papel da pesquisa e do multiculturalismo em suas formulações. Conclui, indicando a necessidade de se concretizar estratégias multiculturais na formação docente que permitam superar binômios tais como o que separa pesquisa acadêmica de pesquisa prática nessa formação.Este artículo discute las posibilidades de articulación de la perspectiva multicultural al componente de pesquisa en la formación docente, analizando implicaciones de tal articulación y discutiendo la extensión en que está presente en el discurso de las Directrices Curriculares de Formación de Profesores (BRASIL, 2000b. En un primer momento, discute el multiculturalismo y la pesquisa, como componentes de la formación de profesores, levantando tensiones y posibilidades en su articulación; a continuación, relata el contexto en que emergen las recientes políticas educativas y analiza énfasis y silencios de las directrices curriculares nacionales de formación de profesores, con relación al papel de la pesquisa y del multiculturalismo en sus formulaciones. Concluye, señalando la necesidad de concretizar estrategias multiculturales en la formación docente que permitan superar binomios tales como el que separa la pesquisa académica de la pesquisa práctica en esta formación.The present

  5. Diretrizes para o desenvolvimento e a avaliação de blogs de biblioteca

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    Laura Akie Saito Inafuko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Os blogs se popularizam pela facilidade de uso e publicação, influenciando no aumento de ambientes informacionais digitais. Considera-se necessário estudos que otimizem a organização das informações contidas em blogs, para contribuir no seu desenvolvimento. A partir de observação direta não-participativa, analisou-se em 6 blogs de bibliotecas universitárias elementos de AI (MORVILLE; ROSENFELD, 2006 e diretrizes de Usabilidade (NIELSEN, 2005, identificando-se os elementos fundamentais e opcionais para o desenvolvimento estrutural de um blog. Além disso, foram elaboradas diretrizes de planejamento, um modelo de avaliação, e foram propostos elementos de AI específicos para blogs, contribuindo para os estudos da AI Digital.

  6. Estudo transversal das estratégias de tratamento clínico na fibrilação atrial

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    Lucas Hollanda Oliveira

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A despeito de elevada prevalência e importância clínica da Fibrilação Atrial (FA, não existem até o momento publicações brasileiras informando o perfil clínico e a estratégia de tratamento (controle de ritmo vs. controle de frequência cardíaca mais utilizada nesse universo de pacientes. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a estratégia de tratamento mais empregada na FA em ambulatório especializado no manejo dessa doença. Secundariamente, procurou-se descrever o perfil clínico dessa população. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal que avaliou sequencialmente, em 167 portadores de FA, a estratégia de tratamento mais empregada, bem como o perfil clínico desses pacientes. Utilizou-se questionário padronizado para coleta de dados. A análise estatística foi realizada por meio do software SPSS® versão 13.0. RESULTADOS: Nessa população de alto risco para eventos tromboembólicos (61% com score CHADS2 > 2, em que 54% dos indivíduos apresentavam fibrilação atrial paroxística ou persistente, 96,6% utilizavam antagonistas da vitamina K ou AAS, e 76,6% faziam uso de betabloqueador (81,2% frequência x 58,8% ritmo, p 2 (60,5% x 39,5%; p = 0,07 e valvopatias (25,8% x 11,8%; p = 0,08 no segmento de controle da frequência. CONCLUSÃO: Nessa população de alto risco para eventos tromboembólicos, a estratégia de controle de frequência cardíaca foi a mais empregada.

  7. Leitura rapida do KDIGO 2012: Diretrizes para avaliacao e manuseio da doenca renal cronica na pratica clinica

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    Gianna Mastroianni Kirsztajn

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Os autores desta "leitura rápida" apresentam os dados que consideraram mais relevantes na versão 2012 do KDIGO referente à avaliação e manuseio da doença renal crônica. Não se trata da opinião dos autores, mas sim de uma apresentação mais concisa das diretrizes, que podem ser úteis na prática clínica.

  8. DIRETRIZES PARA A GESTÃO DE PROJETOS INDUSTRIAIS

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    Tássia Farssura Lima da Silva

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A crescente demanda por rapidez na construção, menores custos e maior controle da qualidade geram uma complexidade na gestão do processo de projeto. Estudos voltados aos projetos industriais ou obras por encomenda ainda são em minoria, ou seja, há poucos trabalhos desenvolvidos e publicados sobre este tema. Além disso, especificamente no segmento escolhido, a complexidade e a diversidade dos projetos, associadas às inúmeras exigências de mercado, demandam melhorias das práticas de gestão de projetos.O trabalho tem como objetivo identificar, por meio de estudos de caso, as ações de gestão utilizadas em projetos industriais (obras por encomenda, caracterizar o processo de projeto, assim como analisar a atuação dos gestores de projeto e suas dificuldades.A pesquisa em questão compõe-se de três fases que se sobrepõem: a primeira fase contempla uma revisão bibliográfica de conceitos relevantes para o estudo; a segunda corresponde à apresentação e discussão de estudos de caso, visando caracterizar a gestão do processo de projeto no segmento dos projetos industriais; a terceira e última fase corresponde à reflexão sobre os principais pontos críticos identificados nos estudos de caso. Como resultado, será possível propor diretrizes aos agentes envolvidos, visando à melhoria contínua e a potencializar o sucesso da gestão de projetos industriais.

  9. Aula de Língua Portuguesa: entre as diretrizes oficiais e seus efeitos em sala de aula

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    João de Deus Leite

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Como o foco deste artigo está circunscrito ao professor, traçamos, como objetivo, problematizar a relação discursiva que ele é levado a construir com o seu objeto de trabalho, no caso a Língua Portuguesa, e com as diretrizes oficiais do ensino dessa Língua, considerando a instância da aula. Essas diretrizes se apresentam, como referencial importante, tanto para o professor participante da pesquisa quanto para a escola em que ele trabalha. Ao apostarmos na perspectiva da relação com o saber, é preciso dimensionar que a relação do professor com o seu objeto de trabalho e com as diretrizes oficiais não é pressuposta nem plena e bem-sucedida. Como defendemos, neste artigo, há uma posição discursivo-enunciativa a ser construída e exercida pelo professor para que ele, de seu objeto de trabalho e das diretrizes, possa (se enunciar. Por meio do diálogo conceitual entre os campos da Análise de Discurso francesa peuchetiana, da Linguística da Enunciação benvenistiana e da Psicanálise freudo-lacaniana, vamos fundamentar, tendo duas Cenas Enunciativas, como materialidade, o modo como o exercício da posição discursivo-enunciativa é exercido, sobretudo as possíveis implicações desse exercício para as aulas de Língua Portuguesa.Como o foco deste artigo está circunscrito ao professor, traçamos, como objetivo, problematizar a relação discursiva que ele é levado a construir com o seu objeto de trabalho, no caso a Língua Portuguesa, e com as diretrizes oficiais do ensino dessa Língua, considerando a instância da aula. Essas diretrizes se apresentam, como referencial importante, tanto para o professor participante da pesquisa quanto para a escola em que ele trabalha. Ao apostarmos na perspectiva da relação com o saber, é preciso dimensionar que a relação do professor com o seu objeto de trabalho e com as diretrizes oficiais não é pressuposta nem plena e bem-sucedida. Como defendemos, neste artigo, há uma posi

  10. ANÁLISE DO PROCESSO DE USO E OCUPAÇÃO DA ORLA DA PRAIA DO AREIÃO (ILHA DE MOSQUEIRO-PA, TENDO EM VISTA O CUPRIMENTO DAS DIRETRIZES DO PLANO NACIONAL DE GERENCIAMENTO COSTEIRO (LEI 7.661/88./ Analysis of using and occupation process of Areião Beach Edge

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    Ivan Gomes Viana

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Ao longo do processo de integração da ilha de Mosqueiro à região metropolitana de Belém, grande parte da população concentrou-se na zona costeira. Essa atração populacional se deu, sobretudo, devido às potencialidades turísticas da ilha. Segundo o Plano Nacional de Gerenciamento Costeiro, por estar localizada em um estuário, a orla de Mosqueiro está dentro da área de abrangência da zona costeira brasileira, bem como, é amparada por uma legislação específica para estes espaços. Na extensão da praia do Areião são identificadas distintas formas de uso e ocupação que interagem com a dinâmica natural da praia, podendo ser caracterizados 4 setores na praia. Estes setores apresentam particularidades com relação ao cumprimento de algumas diretrizes estabelecidas pela legislação que ordena o uso e a ocupação da zona costeira.

  11. Fornecimento de medicamento investigacional após o fim da pesquisa clínica: revisão da literatura e das diretrizes nacionais e internacionais Provision of investigational drug after clinical research: review of literature, national and international guidelines

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    Sonia Mansoldo Dainesi

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A continuidade do tratamento com os medicamentos investigacionais após a conclusão de uma pesquisa clínica vem sendo discutida desde o final dos anos 1980, inicialmente em associação a estudos na área da Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida e, particularmente, em países em desenvolvimento, onde a vulnerabilidade dos participantes de pesquisa é maior. Diretrizes nacionais e internacionais fazem referência ao tema do acesso pós-pesquisa; entretanto, a complexidade do assunto não é facilmente endereçada e usualmente demanda discussões adicionais e específicas. A decisão sobre o fornecimento do medicamento após a pesquisa deve passar, no mínimo, por avaliações de eficácia e segurança, considerando tratar-se de um medicamento ainda experimental. Cada pesquisa deve ter avaliação própria, levando-se em consideração a doença em questão, assim como a população do estudo e suas necessidades. Desta forma, a natureza da obrigação pós-pesquisa não pode ser considerada a mesma em todas as situações e contextos, mas deve-se assegurar que a relação criada entre pesquisadores e pacientes durante uma pesquisa clínica seja sempre terminada com responsabilidade e respeito.The post-trial access to investigational drugs has been the object of discussion since the late 1980s at least, initially linked to trials carried out in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and, particularly, in developing countries, where the concern with patient vulnerability is more important. National and international guidelines do mention the subject; however, the complexity of the issue is not easily addressed and usually requires additional and specific discussions. The decision on providing the investigational drug after the trial shall rest on at least two dimensions: efficacy and safety assessments, as the new drug is still on the experimental phase. Each clinical trial shall have its own assessment, taking into account the disease being

  12. Diretrizes para um centro de triagem de materiais recicláveis quanto ao ambiente construído em relação à segurança e saúde no trabalho

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    Piaskowi, Evelyn Joice Albizu

    2011-01-01

    Resumo: A presente dissertação trata da formulação de diretrizes para serem aplicadas em Centro de Triagem de Material Reciclável com o objetivo de adequá-lo às condições de segurança e saúde no trabalho. O conjunto de tais diretrizes busca prevenir os acidentes de trabalho e doenças ocupacionais decorrentes das atividades realizadas por catadores de material reciclável que trabalham também como triadores nestes Centros de Triagem. Estas diretrizes buscam a redução dos riscos de degradação a ...

  13. Reforma do Ensino supeiror: Diretrizes curriculares em Educação Física

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    Full Text Available Neste texto tecemos algumas considerações sobre o contexto em que ocorrem os debates acerca das Diretrizes Curriculares para o ensino superior brasileiro, especialmente aquelas referentes à área de Educação Física. Sugerimos que as Diretrizes Curriculares de Educação Física, formuladas pela comissão de especialistas, designada pelo MEC, têm sido referenciadas em confronto com as perspectivas apontada para a universidade brasileira atualmente, em particular para a formação de professores. Relatamos as contribuições da FEF/UFG para este debate, bem como justificamos os pontos essenciais de um documento anterior, não publicado, em que se apresentam posições sobre currículo e formação de professores de Educação Física na atualidade. Basicamente nos opomos aos projetos do Banco Mundial, FMI e MEC/FHC e seus interesses mercadológicos e de preparação restrita para ao mercado de trabalho, por entendermos que a formação de professores deve ocorrer no âmbito da universidade pública, gratuita e de qualidade social, e onde demandas sociais relevantes se constituam no maior foco de interesse. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Educação Física, Diretrizes Curriculares, formação de professores. In this paper e make considerations about the curriculum diretrixes for universities, mainly those related to Physical Education. We believe that the diretrixes, established by a commission of experts, need discussion. We oppose to Worsd-Wide Bank, IMF and MEC due to their merchandising interests. We understand that the formation of teachers needs to take place in a public, free and socially qualified university. This paper also presents FEF’s contrubutions to this discussion, extracted from a document (not published yet. Our points of view concerning curriculum and tracher’s graduation are discussed in detail.

  14. Proposta de diretrizes para processo criativo para o design virtual de embalagens

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    Suzana Funk

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta a sistematização do design virtual de embalagens, utilizando softwares de modelagem 3D como ferramentas de apoio à criação. Com os recursos tecnológicos disponíveis, a criação das embalagens normalmente é feita com o auxílio de softwares, mas com pouca ou sem sistematização do processo criativo. Em virtude disso, apresenta-se um estudo sobre os aspectos teóricos que abordam o processo criativo virtual de embalagens e uma pesquisa com profissionais que possuem experiência em modelagem 3D. É feita uma análise qualitativa e interligação destes dados e, em seguida, são propostas dez diretrizes, organizadas dentro de uma metodologia. O seu diferencial, em relação às demais, está nas fases Criar e Apresentar, que envolvem a criação e apresentação de embalagens utilizando as possibilidades de softwares de modelagem 3D. Para exemplificar a metodologia, faz-se o design de um frasco de perfume. O mesmo é apresentado com foco na geração de alternativas utilizando software. Pode-se observar que as diretrizes contribuem para conduzir as atividades, até a apresentação final do trabalho. A sistematização da criação, utilizando softwares 3D, pode potencializar o design de embalagens, diminuindo o tempo de criação e os custos com a criação de protótipos, além de aperfeiçoar a visualização final do produto.

  15. Diretrizes para implantação coletiva e semipresencial de sistemas certificáveis de gestão

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    Fábio Roberto Izeppe

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo sistematizar diretrizes para implantação coletiva e semipresencial, situação em que não há participação ativa de um consultor ou especialista diretamente na empresa, de sistemas certificáveis de gestão, tais como a ISO 9001, ISO 14001 e OHSAS 18001. Este artigo é de cunho teórico-conceitual e, para seu desenvolvimento, foram estudadas mais diretamente quatro experiências práticas provenientes da teoria, de implantação coletiva e semipresencial de sistemas que, em conjunto com o referencial teórico geral, forneceram subsídios para a sistematização das diretrizes. Essas diretrizes estão estruturadas com base nos seguintes itens: seleção das empresas; sensibilização; diagnóstico; planejamento; treinamentos; implementação; verificação e correção.

  16. Acerca de diretrizes curriculares e projetos pedagógicos: um início de reflexão

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    Dagmar Estermann Meyer

    Full Text Available O texto apresenta algumas reflexões com as quais se pretende subsidiar discussões decorrentes da necessidade de implementar as Diretrizes Curriculares nos cursos de graduação em Enfermagem, no Brasil. Tomando como referências autores e autoras que tematizam o currículo desde as perspectivas pós-críticas em Educação, o texto propõe mudanças de foco para desenvolver estas reflexões, quais sejam: das respostas paras as perguntas, da certeza para a dúvida, da prescrição para a problematização. Desde esse lugar, sugerimos que as diretrizes curriculares podem ter a finalidade de fornecer referências para a formulação de projetos político-pedagógicos que se articulem tanto às demandas políticas e sociais da sociedade mais ampla quanto às necessidades e interesses locais, sem colar-se ou subsumir-nos nelas.

  17. Acerca de diretrizes curriculares e projetos pedagógicos: um início de reflexão

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    Dagmar Estermann Meyer

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available O texto apresenta algumas reflexões com as quais se pretende subsidiar discussões decorrentes da necessidade de implementar as Diretrizes Curriculares nos cursos de graduação em Enfermagem, no Brasil. Tomando como referências autores e autoras que tematizam o currículo desde as perspectivas pós-críticas em Educação, o texto propõe mudanças de foco para desenvolver estas reflexões, quais sejam: das respostas paras as perguntas, da certeza para a dúvida, da prescrição para a problematização. Desde esse lugar, sugerimos que as diretrizes curriculares podem ter a finalidade de fornecer referências para a formulação de projetos político-pedagógicos que se articulem tanto às demandas políticas e sociais da sociedade mais ampla quanto às necessidades e interesses locais, sem colar-se ou subsumir-nos nelas.

  18. Atrial Fibrillation

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    Staerk, Laila; Sherer, Jason A; Ko, Darae

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    The past 3 decades have been characterized by an exponential growth in knowledge and advances in the clinical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). It is now known that AF genesis requires a vulnerable atrial substrate and that the formation and composition of this substrate may vary depending...... on comorbid conditions, genetics, sex, and other factors. Population-based studies have identified numerous factors that modify the atrial substrate and increase AF susceptibility. To date, genetic studies have reported 17 independent signals for AF at 14 genomic regions. Studies have established...

  19. Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents ... of your body's cells and organs. Read More "Atrial Fibrillation" Articles Atrial Fibrillation / Who Is at Risk for ...

  20. ATRIAL FLUTTER*

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    Jan 2, 1971 ... Athero- sclerotic cardiovascular disease was present in 23 patients, of whom 3 had ... primum defect, atrial flutter was precipitated by cardiac catheterization. ..... Heart J., 70, 505. UNDERSTANDING REACTIVE DEPRESSION*

  1. Atrial fibrillation

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    Mean blood pressures were 126.03± ... optimal. Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, thrombosis, CHADS2 Score, stroke risk, hypertensive heart disease, ... general population and the average age group ... Appendix 1) to stratify the stroke risk and we.

  2. Psicologia, diretrizes curriculares e processos educativos na Amazônia: um estudo da formação de psicólogos

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    Tânia Suely Azevedo Brasileiro

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetiva analisar a formação de psicólogos frente às Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para os Cursos de Psicologia no que tange aos processos educativos. Realizamos revisão da literatura pertinente ao tema, pesquisa documental e empírica com alunos, professores e coordenador de curso, utilizando questionário, entrevistas e adotando a estratégia de triangulação a partir das categorias: perfil sociocultural; nível de conhecimento acerca das mudanças oriundas das Diretrizes para o curso de Psicologia; percepção na qualidade da prática docente; nível de satisfação com relação à própria formação universitária, tomando como referência os conhecimentos, habilidades e competências adquiridas. Apresenta contribuições para a compreensão da formação de psicólogos no campo da educação na Amazônia no Ensino Superior, centrada na construção de um profissional de pensamento e prática críticos, capaz de analisar as transformações nos vários contextos educacionais e escolares, utilizando referenciais que permitam a compreensão do fenômeno educativo na sua complexidade.

  3. Medida da pressão arterial em crianças e adolescentes: recomendações das diretrizes de hipertensão arterial e prática médica atual Blood pressure measurement in children and adolescents: guidelines of high blood pressure recommendations and current clinical practice

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    Maria Alayde Mendonça da Silva

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar, em crianças e adolescentes (7 a 17 anos, rede pública e privada de ensino, a freqüência de indivíduos já submetidos à medida da pressão arterial (MPA, o número de vezes, os locais em que foi realizada a aferição e o resultado informado. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal. Amostragem por conglomerados em 40 escolas, nível fundamental e médio, sorteadas. Cálculo da amostra baseado na prevalência esperada de HAS em crianças e adolescentes. Protocolo: questionário sobre realização prévia de MPA (em caso afirmativo, quantas vezes, quando foi a última medida, o local e o resultado da medida e duas MPA. Variáveis independentes: sexo, faixa etária, classe econômica, escola pública ou privada. RESULTADOS: Amostra constituída de 1253 estudantes 1215 responderam ao questionário (97% 531 do sexo masculino média de 12,4 ± 3 anos. Prevalência de HAS: 7,7% 348 estudantes (29% já haviam medido a PA (54% 1 vez 35% 2 a 4 vezes 11% 5 ou mais 53% há menos de 1 ano. Posto de Saúde, residência, hospital e consultório foram os locais mais mencionados (27%, 16%, 15% e 14%, respectivamente. Houve associação significante entre prévia MPA com faixa etária de 15 a 17 anos, classes econômicas A e B e ser estudante de escola privada. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar das recomendações, há baixa freqüência de MPA (29% em crianças e adolescentes, demonstrando que a mesma não foi ainda incorporada na prática clínica.OBJECTIVE: To determine, in a school-based sample of children and adolescents, aged from 7 to 17 years, of both gender, in public and private schools, the frequency of students already submitted to blood pressure measure. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out, sampling from a population pool of elementary and middle schools, randomly selected. The sample was calculated based on the expected prevalence of hypertension for the age group. Data were collected through a questionnaire. Blood pressure was

  4. Cuidado Paliativo e Diretrizes Curriculares: Inclusão Necessária

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    Paula Pereira Pineli

    Full Text Available RESUMO Cuidado Paliativo (CP é uma abordagem multiprofissional que visa à qualidade de vida de pacientes com doenças ameaçadoras de vida e de seus familiares. Com o avanço das doenças crônico-degenerativas, estima-se que mais de 20 milhões de pacientes no mundo têm necessidade deste perfil de cuidado. No que tange à formação médica direcionada a essa demanda crescente, há escassa menção nas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Graduação em Medicina. Contudo, ao se avaliar o texto oficial, observam-se diversas congruências das orientações gerais com os princípios do CP, como: formação humanística, priorização de pacientes em vulnerabilidade, valorização da dignidade humana, bioética, respeito à autonomia do paciente, abordagem centrada na pessoa, trabalho em equipe, abordagem familiar, comunicação, condutas baseadas em evidência. O estudo destes pontos em comum evidencia o CP como potencial espaço formador para aquisição de habilidades e competências requeridas pelas orientações oficiais. Neste sentido, a inserção na graduação ampliará a formação profissional de futuros médicos, podendo contribuir ainda com a garantia de uma assistência de qualidade a pacientes com doenças graves, em especial na fase final de vida.

  5. Uma década de Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a Graduação em Enfermagem: avanços e desafios

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    Josicelia Dumêt Fernandes

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available As Diretrizes Curriculares do Curso de Graduação em Enfermagem são referenciais para o fortalecimento das mudanças na formação de profissionais competentes, críticos e comprometidos com a saúde da população. Buscando identificar essas mudanças, este estudo teve como objetivo analisar os avanços e desafios de uma década dessas Diretrizes. Trata-se de uma pesquisa documental, em que foram analisadas a Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional, a Resolução CNE/CES nº 03/2001 e a produção intelectual brasileira sobre a temática, na década 2001 a 2011. Essa produção foi buscada em periódicos científicos da área, através das bases BDENF, SciELO e LILACS. A análise ancorou-se no referencial metodológico da dialética que proporcionou o estudo do tema na sua dinamicidade, contradições e totalidade de sua inserção nas políticas públicas. Os resultados apontaram avanços no fortalecimento da mudança na educação em enfermagem, em sintonia com as políticas de educação e saúde.

  6. A pedagogia nos cursos de pedagogia : desvelando os aspectos teórico-científicos e prático-organizacionais pós-diretrizes curriculares nacionais

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    Esta tese insere-se no campo das discussões da Linha do PPGEDU – Universidade: teoria e prática e do Grupo de Estudos sobre Universidade/Inovação e Pesquisa (GEU/Ipesq: Educação Superior, Pedagogia e Mudança). A pesquisa aborda os desdobramentos caracterizados pela implantação das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para o Curso de Pedagogia (DCNCP) – Resolução do Conselho Nacional de Educação/Conselho Pleno (CNE/CP), n. 1/06 (BRASIL, 2006). Delimita como objeto de investigação a Pedagogia nos ...

  7. Atrial fibrillation

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    Olesen, Morten S; Nielsen, Morten W; Haunsø, Stig

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1-2% of the general population. A number of studies have demonstrated that AF, and in particular lone AF, has a substantial genetic component. Monogenic mutations in lone and familial AF, although rare, have been recognized...

  8. [Atrial fibrillation].

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    Spinar, J; Vítovec, J

    2003-09-01

    Atrial fibrilation is the most frequent arrhythmia, the occurrence increasing with age and associated diseases. The incidence at the age below 60 years is markedly lower than one per cent, whereas in persons above 80 years of age it exceeds six per cent. The occurrence in patients with heart failure is from 10% (NYHA II) up to 50% (NYHA IV). Atrial fibrillation is classified into that observed for the first time and permanent, respectively, while transient forms include paroxyzmal and persistent atrial fibrillation. The diagnosis is based on ECG recording, while echocardiography is most significant. The therapy includes two basic questions--anticoagulant or anti-aggregation treatment and the control of rhythm or frequency. The anticoagulant therapy should be introduced in all patients, where contraindications are not present, being necessary before every cardioversion, provided atrial fibrillation lasts more than two days. In patients without any heart disease and with a physiological echocardiogram it is possible to administer only anti-aggregation treatment. Cardioversion (the control of rhythm) is recommended to all symptomatic patients, in other cases and especially in older persons the control of frequency is safer and of more advantage. Electrical cardioversion is more effective that a pharmacological treatment, the sinus rhythm is preferably controlled by dofetilid, ibutilid, propafenon and amiodaron. For the control of heart rate beta-blockers, diltiazem, verapamil and digitalis are recommended.

  9. Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents Treatment for atrial fibrillation depends on how often you have symptoms, how ...

  10. Diretrizes para a implementação de fluxo contínuo em obras de edificações

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    Iamara Rossi Bulhões

    Full Text Available A variabilidade na produção e a falta de sincronização entre os processos são dois importantes fatores que podem provocar as interrupções no fluxo de trabalho, aumentando a parcela de atividades que não agregam valor e a quantidade de estoques de produtos inacabados. A aplicação do princípio do fluxo contínuo na manufatura busca eliminar esses estoques através da produção unitária, sem interrupção entre os diversos sub-processos produtivos. O presente trabalho investiga a aplicação do fluxo contínuo no ambiente da construção civil. Seu objetivo principal é propor diretrizes para a implementação de fluxo contínuo na construção civil, com base nos conceitos e ferramentas da Mentalidade Enxuta (ME. A estratégia de pesquisa adotada foi a pesquisa-ação, sendo realizados dois estudos empíricos em obras de edificações. Entre as contribuições desta pesquisa destaca-se um conjunto de diretrizes para implementar fluxo contínuo, vinculadas às etapas de diagnóstico, criação de condições iniciais, e Planejamento e Controle da Produção (PCP. Através destas diretrizes propõe-se o uso combinado das ferramentas tradicionais da ME com ferramentas de PCP adequadas ao ambiente da construção civil.

  11. Estudo transversal das estratégias de tratamento clínico na fibrilação atrial Estudio transversal de las estrategias de tratamiento clínico en la fibrilación atrial Cross-sectional study of treatment strategies on atrial fibrillation

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    Lucas Hollanda Oliveira

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A despeito de elevada prevalência e importância clínica da Fibrilação Atrial (FA, não existem até o momento publicações brasileiras informando o perfil clínico e a estratégia de tratamento (controle de ritmo vs. controle de frequência cardíaca mais utilizada nesse universo de pacientes. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a estratégia de tratamento mais empregada na FA em ambulatório especializado no manejo dessa doença. Secundariamente, procurou-se descrever o perfil clínico dessa população. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal que avaliou sequencialmente, em 167 portadores de FA, a estratégia de tratamento mais empregada, bem como o perfil clínico desses pacientes. Utilizou-se questionário padronizado para coleta de dados. A análise estatística foi realizada por meio do software SPSS® versão 13.0. RESULTADOS: Nessa população de alto risco para eventos tromboembólicos (61% com score CHADS2 > 2, em que 54% dos indivíduos apresentavam fibrilação atrial paroxística ou persistente, 96,6% utilizavam antagonistas da vitamina K ou AAS, e 76,6% faziam uso de betabloqueador (81,2% frequência x 58,8% ritmo, p 2 (60,5% x 39,5%; p = 0,07 e valvopatias (25,8% x 11,8%; p = 0,08 no segmento de controle da frequência. CONCLUSÃO: Nessa população de alto risco para eventos tromboembólicos, a estratégia de controle de frequência cardíaca foi a mais empregada.FUNDAMENTO: A despecho de la elevada prevalencia y importancia clínica de la Fibrilación Atrial (FA, no existen hasta el momento publicaciones brasileñas informando el perfil clínico y la estrategia de tratamiento (control de ritmo vs. control de frecuencia cardíaca más utilizada en ese universo de pacientes. OBJETIVO: Evaluar la estrategia de tratamiento más empleada en la FA en ambulatorio especializado en el manejo de esa enfermedad. Secundariamente, se buscó describir el perfil clínico de esa población. MÉTODOS: Estudio transversal que evaluó secuencialmente, en 167

  12. Conhecimento e Diretrizes curriculares para o curso de Pedagogia no Brasil

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    Olinda Evangelista

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-795x.2008v26n2p551 Trata-se o presente texto de uma reflexão em torno das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para o Curso de Pedagogia (DCNP que dá nova ordenação ao curso de Pedagogia no Brasil. O objetivo central foi verificar que relações se estabelecem entre formação para a docência – principal função da futura Licenciatura em Pedagogia – e produção de conhecimento, o lugar reservado para a pesquisa nas DCNP e o seu escopo na formação do professor. Para tanto, examinamos dois documentos fundamentais: o Parecer CNE/CP nº. 5/2005 (BRASIL, 2005 e a Resolução CNE/CP nº. 1/2006 (BRASIL, 2006. Em ambos verificamos a concepção de conhecimento presente e, com base em literatura específica, avançamos uma crítica que evidencia a produção do conhecimento na Licenciatura em Pedagogia como função subalternizada à gestão escolar. A secundarização da pesquisa na formação do Licenciado em Pedagogia concorre para o esvaziamento teórico da área da educação, vinculando-a a uma abordagem fortemente instrumental. Concluímos que, mais do que o abandono da razão, presenciamos o recuo da inteligência nacional em relação à perspectiva histórico-crítica pela adesão a um pensamento gelatinoso, pragmático e relativista. Estamos em presença da proliferação de intelectuais que investem na civilização das elites e catalisa mentes para a crença de que, se não é possível – e talvez nem desejável – mudar o capital, humanizemo-lo.

  13. Diretrizes curriculares da Educação Física: reformismo e subordinação ao mercado no processo de formação

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    Luiz Fernando Camargo Veronez

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    Full Text Available As reformas educacionais ocorridas na década de 1990 objetivaram intervir na formação dos trabalhadores para torná-los aptos às demandas da mundialização do capital. Na área da Educação Física, as novas diretrizes curriculares são o resultado dessas reformas, assumindo o papel de mediar as relações entre a formação e a intervenção do professor. Este artigo, extrato de uma pesquisa bibliográfica e documental fundada no Materialismo Histórico-Dialético, analisou o processo de elaboração das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para os cursos de graduação em Educação Física. Assinala-se que esses documentos legais, além de legitimar os interesses da classe social ideologicamente identificada com o capital, tendem a subsumir a formação do trabalhador em Educação Física a essa lógica.

  14. Diretrizes para desenvolvimento coletivo de melhoria contínua em arranjos produtivos locais Guidelines for collective development of continuous improvement in local productive arrangements

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    Ariana Martins Vieira

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    Full Text Available Em um cenário dinâmico e competitivo como o atual, a melhoria contínua passou a ser um requisito básico da gestão que visa potencializar o desempenho de empresas e dos possíveis Arranjos Produtivos Locais em que estejam inseridas, sobretudo no caso daquelas de menor porte. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar diretrizes para desenvolvimento coletivo de melhoria contínua em Micro, Pequenas e Médias Empresas industriais que atuem neste tipo de arranjo. A proposta foi desenvolvida a partir do referencial teórico e validada por um estudo de caso. As diretrizes estão estruturadas em seis etapas principais: Preparação, Diagnóstico do Arranjo, Diagnóstico das empresas, Implantação, Auditoria e Avaliação.In the current dynamic and competitive environment, continuous improvement has become a basic management requirement aiming to increase performance of firms and local productive arrangements. The objective of this study is to present guidelines for collective development of continuous improvement in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises that operate in this type of arrangement. The proposal was formulated based on the theoretical concept and validated by a case study. The guidelines are composed of six main stages: Preparation, Array Diagnosis, Company Diagnostics, Implementation, Audit, and Evaluation.

  15. Aderência dos cursos de Fisioterapia da região Norte às Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Após a aprovação das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para os cursos de Fisioterapia (DCN/Fisio, houve um expressivo aumento no número de cursos de graduação em Fisioterapia. A região Norte apresentou a maior taxa de crescimento desses cursos, entre 1999 e 2004, existindo atualmente 27 cursos nessa região. A DCN/FISIO trouxe uma mudança no paradigma de formação desse profissional, passando-se a buscar um perfil de egresso generalista, humanista, crítico e reflexivo. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Com a finalidade de analisarmos a aderência dos cursos de fisioterapia da região Norte às DCN/Fisio, realizamos uma análise crítica dos projetos pedagógicos (PPC de dez cursos de Fisioterapia da região, com base na mesma metodologia utilizada pelo Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais Anísio Teixeira (Inep em 2006, em estudo semelhante com os cursos de Enfermagem, Medicina e Odontologia. RESULTADOS: A aderência média dos PPC às DCN/Fisio foi de 74%. Encontramos como pontos fortes: a construção coletiva dos projetos pedagógicos, matriz curricular interdisciplinar ou a utilização de metodologias que propiciam essa prática, a integração entre teoria e prática, a presença de mecanismos de controle do Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso, maior abrangência das áreas de atuação profissional durante o estágio supervisionado, o incentivo à produção científica, o equilíbrio entre as cargas horárias dos conteúdos essenciais e a presença de regulamento das atividades complementares. Por sua vez, encontramos como fragilidades: o projeto pedagógico construído por grupos restritos, a transcrição literal de elementos das DCN/Fisio no PPC, metodologias de ensino não condizentes com a perspectiva de formação das DCN/Fisio.

  16. Diretrizes curriculares para o curso de pedagogia: trajetória longa e inconclusa Curricular guindelines for the pedagogy course: long and unfinished trajectory

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    Leda Scheibe

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda as discussões e embates acerca da definição das diretrizes curriculares para o Curso de Pedagogia, ocorridos após a aprovação da Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional de 1996. Focaliza o processo de mobilização e resistência das entidades do campo educacional no sentido de assegurar a docência como base para esse curso e a superação da dicotomia entre licenciatura e bacharelado no seu interior. A análise aponta como cerne do embate a contraposição ao modelo de formação dos Institutos Superiores de Educação e de Cursos Normais Superiores, veiculado pela reforma educacional da década de 1990, o qual se insere em um contexto de políticas neoliberais. Indica ainda que a recente aprovação de diretrizes curriculares para o Curso de Pedagogia (Parecer CNE/CP 5/2005 e Resolução CNE/CP 1/2006 e sua definição como uma licenciatura que forma unificadamente o professor para a educação infantil e anos iniciais do ensino fundamental, constitui uma solução negociada entre as entidades e o Conselho Nacional de Educação.This article addresses the discussions about the definition of curricular guidelines for the Pedagogy Course, as well as the oppositions to them, which occurred after the passage of the National Educational Guidelines and Framework Law of 1996. It focuses the process of mobilization and resistance of the institutions in the educational area in order to ensure teaching as the basis for this course and the overcoming of the dichotomy between teacher certification (licenciatura and bachelor degree in its interior. The analysis indicates that the central issue is the opposition to the education model of Higher Education Institutes and Higher Basic Education Teacher Education Programs, created by the education reform in the 1990s, which is inserted in a context of neoliberal policies. It also shows that the recent passage of the curricular guidelines for the Pedagogy Course (Official

  17. Elementos para a formulação de diretrizes curriculares para cursos de pedagogia Elements for the formulation of pedagogy ourse curriccular guidelines

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    Maria Amélia Santoro Franco

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available O debate nacional em torno do sistema de formação profissional de educadores, dos dispositivos legais e das diretrizes curriculares continua em aberto. A recente homologação da Resolução do Conselho Nacional de Educação - CNE - sobre as diretrizes curriculares nacionais para os Cursos de Pedagogia trouxe mais problemas que soluções. Leis e dispositivos normativos, pela sua natureza, cumprem a tarefa de ordenar ações e formas de funcionamento de instituições considerando necessidades e demandas da realidade; baseiam-se, no entanto, em saberes teóricos e práticos constituídos, decorrentes da reflexão, do estudo e da investigação. Este artigo discute esses elementos teóricos e práticos que devem figurar como pressupostos para emissão das leis, regulamentos e diretrizes que se proponham a normatizar questões educacionais, especificamente, questões de organização curricular de cursos de formação de educadores. Adicionalmente, submete a recente Resolução do CNE à crítica em face dos elementos assinalados.The national debate around the educators' professional training system, the legal provisions and the curricular guidelines remains open. The recent homologation of the Resolution of the National Council of Education CNE about the national curricular guidelines for the Pedagogy courses brought about more problems than solutions. Laws and regulatory provisions, by their nature, fulfill the task of ordering actions and functioning ways of institutions taking into account real-world demands and necessities; however, they are based on established theoretical and practical knowledge, resulting from reflection, study and investigation. This article discusses these theoretical and practical elements which must function as assumptions for the issuance of laws, rules and guidelines that are meant to regulate educational issues, specifically, curricular organization issues of educators' training courses. Besides that, it puts the

  18. Diretrizes para o ensino na atenção primária à saúde na graduação em medicina

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    Marcelo Marcos Piva Demarzo

    Full Text Available O presente documento traz diretrizes construídas conjuntamente pela Associação Brasileira de Educação Médica (ABEM e a Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade (SBMFC com a intenção de apoiar as escolas médicas de forma objetiva e prática, na elaboração de projetos político-pedagógicos no contexto da Atenção Primária à Saúde. Um marco reconhecido na política educacional brasileira é a publicação das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais, as quais flexibilizam as organizações curriculares, possibilitando a construção de projetos político-pedagógicos contemporâneos e consonantes com o Sistema Único de Saúde brasileiro. A Atenção Primária à Saúde é o ponto de convergência entre estas duas políticas, descentralizando o ensino da Medicina dos hospitais para toda a rede de saúde no Brasil. Destaca-se a imperiosidade de que o ensino na Atenção Primária à Saúde esteja presente longitudinalmente, ao longo de todo o curso, de preferência com inserções significativas (de aprendizado real e a partir do trabalho, mas que, sobretudo, deva fazer parte do núcleo de ensino da prática clínica do futuro médico.

  19. Digoxin for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

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    Sethi, Naqash J; Nielsen, Emil E; Safi, Sanam

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: During recent years, systematic reviews of observational studies have compared digoxin to no digoxin in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, and the results of these reviews suggested that digoxin seems to increase the risk of all-cause mortality regardless...... of concomitant heart failure. Our objective was to assess the benefits and harms of digoxin for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter based on randomized clinical trials. METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, SCI-Expanded, BIOSIS for eligible trials comparing digoxin versus placebo......, no intervention, or other medical interventions in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter in October 2016. Our primary outcomes were all-cause mortality, serious adverse events, and quality of life. Our secondary outcomes were heart failure, stroke, heart rate control, and conversion to sinus rhythm...

  20. Atrial fibrillation or flutter

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000184.htm Atrial fibrillation or flutter To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a common type of abnormal ...

  1. Atrial fibrillation - discharge

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000237.htm Atrial fibrillation - discharge To use the sharing features on this ... have been in the hospital because you have atrial fibrillation . This condition occurs when your heart beats faster ...

  2. Atrial Fibrillation - Multiple Languages

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    ... Are Here: Home → Multiple Languages → All Health Topics → Atrial Fibrillation URL of this page: https://medlineplus.gov/languages/ ... V W XYZ List of All Topics All Atrial Fibrillation - Multiple Languages To use the sharing features on ...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation: Complications

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: Complications Past Issues / Winter 2015 Table of Contents ... has two major complications—stroke and heart failure. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Click to enlarge image This illustration ...

  4. Diretrizes para avaliação de sistemas de gestão de Poka-yoke

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    Gabriel Vidor

    2010-01-01

    Este trabalho propõe diretrizes para avaliar sistemas de gestão de poka-yokes (SGPK). As diretrizes foram desenvolvidas após revisão da literatura e estudos de caso destinados à identificação de boas práticas em organizações do ramo metalúrgico, metal-mecânico e automotivo. Em seguida, as diretrizes foram refinadas por meio de um estudo de caso no qual elas foram aplicadas para a avaliação de sete sistemas poka-yokes em uma empresa que utiliza práticas de produção enxuta (PE). As diretrizes p...

  5. Atrial fibrillation.

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    Bang, Casper N

    2013-10-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common complication after myocardial infarction (MI) and new-onset AF has been demonstrated to be associated with adverse outcome and a large excess risk of death in both MI and aortic stenosis (AS) patients. Prevention of new-onset AF is therefore a potential therapeutic target in AS and MI patients. Lipid-lowering drugs, particularly statins, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may prevent AF. Accordingly, statins are recommended as a class IIa recommendation for prevention of new-onset AF after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, this preventive effect has not been investigated on new-onset AF in asymptomatic patients with AS or a large scale first-time MI patient sample and data in patients not undergoing invasive cardiac interventions are limited. This PhD thesis was conducted at the Heart Centre, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, with the aim to investigate the three aforementioned questions and to add to the existing evidence of AF prevention with statins. This was done using three different settings: 1) a randomized patients sample of 1,873 from the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis (SEAS) study, 2) a register patient sample of 97,499 with first-time MI, and 3) all published studies until beginning of June 2011 examining statin treatment on new-onset and recurrent AF in patients not undergoing cardiac surgery. This thesis revealed that statins did not lower the incidence or the time to new-onset AF in patients with asymptomatic AS. However, statin treatment showed an independently preventive effect on new-onset AF, including type-dependent effect and a trend to dosage-dependent effect. In addition, this thesis showed that good compliance to statin treatment was important to prevent new-onset AF. Finally, the meta-analysis in this PhD thesis showed a preventive effect in the observational studies although this effect was absent in the randomized controlled trials. Based on this PhD thesis

  6. Surgery for atrial fibrillation.

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    Viganò, M; Graffigna, A; Ressia, L; Minzioni, G; Pagani, F; Aiello, M; Gazzoli, F

    1996-01-01

    The mechanisms of atrial fibrillation arc multiple reentry circuits spinning around the atrial surface, and these baffle any attempt to direct surgical interruption. The purpose of this article is to report the surgical experience in the treatment of isolated and concomitant atrial fibrillation at the Cardiac Surgical Institute of the University of Pavia. In cases of atrial fibrillation secondary to mitral/valve disease, surgical isolation of the left atrium at the time of mitral valve surgery can prevent atrial fibrillation from involving the right atrium, which can exert its diastolic pump function on the right ventricle. Left atrial isolation was performed on 205 patients at the time of mitral valve surgery. Atrial partitioning ("maze operation") creates straight and blind atrial alleys so that non-recentry circuits can take place. Five patients underwent this procedure. In eight-cases of atrial fibrillation secondary to atrial septal defect, the adult patients with atrial septal defect and chronic or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent surgical isolation of the right atrium associated which surgical correction of the defect, in order to let sinus rhythm govern the left atrium and the ventricles. "Lone" atrial fibrillation occurs in hearts with no detectable organic disease. Bi-atrial isolation with creation of an atrial septal internodal "corridor" was performed on 14 patients. In cases of atrial fibrillation secondary to mitral valve disease, left atrial isolation was performed on 205 patients at the time of mitral valve surgery with an overall sinus rhythm recovery of 44%. In the same period, sinus rhythm was recovered and persisted in only 19% of 252 patients who underwent mitral valve replacement along (P < 0.001). Sinus rhythm was less likely to recover in patients with right atriomegaly requiring tricuspid valve annuloplasty: 59% vs 84% (P < 0.001). Restoration of the right atrial function raised the cardiac index from 2.25 +/- 0.55 1/min per m2

  7. Organized Atrial Tachycardias after Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    Castrejón-Castrejón, Sergio; Ortega, Marta; Pérez-Silva, Armando; Doiny, David; Estrada, Alejandro; Filgueiras, David; López-Sendón, José L.; Merino, José L.

    2011-01-01

    The efficacy of catheter-based ablation techniques to treat atrial fibrillation is limited not only by recurrences of this arrhythmia but also, and not less importantly, by new-onset organized atrial tachycardias. The incidence of such tachycardias depends on the type and duration of the baseline atrial fibrillation and specially on the ablation technique which was used during the index procedure. It has been repeatedly reported that the more extensive the left atrial surface ablated, the higher the incidence of organized atrial tachycardias. The exact origin of the pathologic substrate of these trachycardias is not fully understood and may result from the interaction between preexistent regions with abnormal electrical properties and the new ones resultant from radiofrequency delivery. From a clinical point of view these atrial tachycardias tend to remit after a variable time but in some cases are responsible for significant symptoms. A precise knowledge of the most frequent types of these arrhythmias, of their mechanisms and components is necessary for a thorough electrophysiologic characterization if a new ablation procedure is required. PMID:21941669

  8. Right atrial isolation associated with atrial septal closure in patients with atrial septal defect and chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Minzioni, G; Graffigna, A; Pagani, F; Vigano, M

    1993-12-01

    To restore sinus rhythm in the remaining heart chambers of six adult patients with atrial septal defect and chronic or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, electrical, right atrial isolation associated with surgical correction of the defect was performed. All but one patient was free from atrial fibrillation without medication 2-25 months after operation. The isolated right atrial appendages showed intrinsic rhythmical activity in five patients and no electrical activity in one. Right atrial isolation is a safe and effective procedure that abolishes atrial fibrillation in patients with arrhythmia after surgical correction of atrial septal defect.

  9. Diretrizes curriculares para a formação de profissionais de saúde: competências ou práxis?

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    Ingrid D'avilla Freire Pereira

    Full Text Available Este estudo analisa os referenciais teóricos e epistemológicos da educação que constam das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN relativas à formação profissional em saúde no Brasil. Para tanto, resgata a historicidade da relação educação, saúde e sociedade e as reformas do ensino médico; descreve o movimento de instituição das DCN para a área da saúde no país; e discute as relações entre o referencial da pedagogia das competências, que alicerça as DCN, e a concepção de direito à saúde formulada pela VIII Conferência Nacional de Saúde. Os resultados desta investigação sugerem a hipótese de que, para formar profissionais de saúde comprometidos com os princípios da VIII Conferência Nacional de Saúde e com a compreensão da saúde como direito, é necessário questionar os limites da pedagogia das competências adotada pelas DCN, bem como construir uma proposta de formação que dialogue com o pressuposto da transformação social, de modo que a sua didática possibilite aos estudantes evoluírem criticamente da práxis individual e comum para a práxis histórica.

  10. Kalyan Das

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education. Kalyan Das. Articles written in Resonance – Journal of Science Education. Volume 5 Issue 12 December 2000 pp 76-76 Book Review. Linear Algebra and Linear Models · Kalyan Das · More Details Fulltext PDF ...

  11. S Das

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. S Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 25 Issue 6 November 2002 pp 557-560. 3-D mapping with ellipsometrically determined physical thickness/refractive index of spin coated sol–gel silica layer · S Das P Pal S Roy S Chakraboarty P K Biswas.

  12. Diretrizes para um Programa de Recolhimento de Medicamentos Vencidos no Brasil

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    Falqueto,Elda; Kligerman,Débora Cynamon

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    O objetivo deste artigo é apontar e discutir diretrizes fundamentais para um programa de recolhimento de medicamentos vencidos para o Brasil e evidenciar a importância de campanhas de conscientização da população para seu sucesso. Este é um trabalho de revisão descritiva de base documental que analisa documentos oficiais, técnicos e normativos, de Portugal, México, Canadá e Colômbia, onde existem recolhimento de medicamentos vencidos em diferentes estágios de implementação, alguns já consolid...

  13. Atrial Fibrillation and Hyperthyroidism

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    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.

  14. Consenso expandido do BCTRIMS para o tratamento da esclerose múltipla: III. Diretrizes baseadas em evidências e recomendações

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    Lana-Peixoto Marco Aurélio

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    Full Text Available Em razão dos avanços no conhecimento da esclerose múltipla (EM, dos novos critérios diagnósticos e ensaios terapêuticos publicados, a atualização e expansão das diretrizes para orientação do neurologista brasileiro em relação ao tratamento da EM se tornam necessárias. O Consenso Expandido do BCTRIMS enfatiza a individualização do tratamento a critério do neurologista, e a necessidade de informação do paciente quanto aos potenciais benefícios e riscos das drogas, assim como do Consentimento Informado e compromisso de realização de controles periódicos. Na ausência de evidências científicas favorecendo uma determinada droga o médico deve considerar o custo diferencial dos imunomoduladores ao fazer sua opção terapêutica. As várias situações clínicas e os diferentes agentes modificadores da doença, assim como as outras intervenções terapêuticas de eficácia no tratamento são consideradas à luz das classes de evidências científicas e dos tipos de recomendação, aceitos pela comunidade científica internacional. O Consenso Expandido do BCTRIMS pode servir de modelo para outros países em desenvolvimento.

  15. Os médicos brasileiros seguem as diretrizes brasileiras de hipertensão? Do Brazilian physicians follow the Brazilian guidelines on hypertension?

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    Décio Mion Junior

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os procedimentos adotados pelos médicos brasileiros para o diagnóstico e tratamento da hipertensão em relação aos preconizados pelas IV Diretrizes Brasileiras de Hipertensão. MÉTODOS: Questionário aplicado por entrevista telefônica a médicos brasileiros, buscando levantar recebimento e adesão às diretrizes, bem como avaliar vários aspectos relacionados ao manejo do paciente hipertenso. RESULTADOS: 68,3% dos médicos receberam às diretrizes e responderam completamente o questionário, perfazendo uma amostra de 483 médicos, sendo 47% cardiologistas, 31,7% clínicos e 21,3% nefrologistas. A adesão a certos pontos das diretrizes é alta, tais como à utilização de mais de uma medida em ocasiões diferentes para o diagnóstico de hipertensão (94,0% e orientação quanto a mudanças no estilo de vida como estratégia terapêutica. Quanto aos valores utilizados para diagnóstico e alvo-terapêutico, o seguimento as recomendações não é uniforme, com uma nítida preferência por valores inferiores aos preconizados, particularmente para pacientes com co-morbidades. A procura por fatores de risco cardiovascular também se mostrou baixa, com apenas 64,7% e 56,4% dos médicos referindo pesquisar, respectivamente, a presença de diabetes e dislipidemia. Os diuréticos são a classe de droga preferencialmente citada (59,3% como tratamento medicamentoso inicial da hipertensão. CONCLUSÃO: O seguimento as diretrizes é apenas parcial. Questões como uma melhor distribuição do documento, normatização de valores para diagnóstico e alvo-terapêutico e formas de abordar o paciente hipertenso dentro de seu risco cardiovascular global deverão ser mais bem abordadas quando da confecção de futuras diretrizes.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether procedures adopted by Brazilian physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension are in compliance with those advocated by the IV Brazilian Hypertension Guidelines. METHOD

  16. O PERFIL DO PROFISSIONAL DE HOTELARIA: UM ESTUDO A PARTIR DAS DIRETRIZES CURRICULARES NACIONAIS DO ENSINO SUPERIOR EM HOTELARIA

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    Com oferta crescente e concorrência acirrada, o setor hoteleiro vive em constante preocupação com o desenvolvimento de estratégias que o torne mais competitivo. Desponta nessa área uma profissão em total ascensão. Trata se da profissão de hotelaria. Faz-se necessário superar o enfoque tradicional enraizado na educação profissional com olhar exclusivo ao treinamento e capacitação técnica de ostos de trabalho. Aprender a fazer não é mais suficiente. A ação profissional deverá embasar-se em sóli...

  17. Diretrizes nacionais para biorrepositório e biobanco de material biológico humano Brazilian guidelines for biorepositories and biobanks of human biological material

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    Gabriela Marodin

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Caracterizar a construção participativa e democrática das Diretrizes Nacionais para Biorrepositório e Biobanco de Material Biológico Humano com Finalidade de Pesquisa, baseada nos princípios éticos da dignidade humana, da autonomia, da beneficência, da justiça e da precaução. MÉTODOS: Para a elaboração do documento formou-se um grupo de trabalho interdisciplinar Bioética considerando os seguintes critérios: experiência na operacionalização de biobancos, Biobancos representatividade regional, tipo de material biológico acondicionado e especialistas em Biorrepositório bioética. Participaram, também, membros da Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária Diretrizes - Anvisa, pela competência regulatória e da Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa - Conep, enquanto controle social. RESULTADOS: O documento, baseado nos preceitos éticos, legais e técnicos, apresenta os conceitos, as atividades, finalidades e diferenças entre biorrepositórios e biobancos, as formas de consentimento do sujeito, além de outros aspectos permeados pela preocupação do uso adequado da informação. As Diretrizes Nacionais para Biorrepositório e Biobanco de Material Biológico Humano com Finalidade de Pesquisa contém 39 artigos, dispostos em cinco capítulos. CONCLUSÃO: A importância de uma regulamentação surge da reflexão ética, considerando a moral, e tendo como norteador os aspectos legais, os quais se traduzem em um documento que não se esgota em si mesmo. A dinamicidade da ciência sempre nos remete à mudança de paradigmas, que podem ir além das legislações existentes.OBJECTIVE: To characterize the participatory and democratic creation of the Brazilian guidelines for biorepositories and biobanks of human biological material with the purpose of research based on the ethical principles of human dignity, autonomy, beneficence, justice, and precaution. METHODS: An interdisciplinary work group was constituted to

  18. Internacionalização de serviços pelo sistema de franquias: diretrizes para uma empresa de desenvolvimento de software [doi: 10.5329/RECADM.20111002010

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    Full Text Available INTERNACIONALIZAÇÃO DE SERVIÇOS PELO SISTEMA DE FRANQUIAS: DIRETRIZES PARA UMA EMPRESA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE SOFTWARE RESUMO A globalização e a internacionalização dos mercados têm afetado organizações de diferentes setores, incluindo as empresas prestadoras de serviços. Analisando a literatura da área, foi possível constatar que a franquia representa uma das maiores forças propulsoras no processo de globalização das empresas de serviços, surgindo como uma alternativa estratégica para a internacionalização dessas organizações. Nesse sentido, este artigo tem como objetivo apresentar um modelo teórico que contribui com diretrizes para o processo de internacionalização de serviços pelo sistema de franquias. O modelo proposto foi testado por meio de um estudo de caso em uma empresa de desenvolvimento de software, em que foram sugeridas maneiras pelas quais essas diretrizes poderiam ser aplicadas para a internacionalização desta empresa pelo sistema de franquias. As técnicas de coleta de dados adotadas foram a entrevista semiestruturada e a observação passiva. A partir dos dados coletados, pôde-se sugerir para a organização objeto de estudo: (i o tipo de franquia que melhor atende às suas especificidades; (ii os parâmetros necessários para o sucesso competitivo por meio da franquia; e, (iii os aspectos que devem ser considerados na elaboração do contrato da franquia.   Palavras-Chave Internacionalização; Franquias; Operações de serviços.     SERVICE INTERNATIONALIZATION THROUGH FRANCHISING: GUIDELINES FOR A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY   ABSTRACT Globalization and internationalization of markets have affected organizations in different sectors, including service providers. Reviewing the literature about the subject, it was identified that the franchise represents one of the major driving forces in globalization of service firms, emerging as a strategic alternative to the internationalization of these

  19. Diretrizes curriculares nacionais para os cursos de nutrição: avanços, lacunas, ambiguidades e perspectivas Curricular guidelines for nutrition courses: advances, ambiguities, omissions and perspectives

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    Nadia Tavares Soares

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    Full Text Available As orientações curriculares e pedagógicas para a formação do profissional de nutrição receberam influência da dinâmica das transformações do ensino superior no Brasil. Em 2001, o Ministério da Educação instituiu as diretrizes curriculares nacionais para os cursos de graduação da área da saúde, em consonância com a Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação. As diretrizes curriculares conformam uma nova baliza para o ensino em saúde a partir da extinção do currículo mínimo, considerado demasiadamente teórico, rígido e inflexível, não atendendo às exigências particulares de cada região, instituição ou curso, bem como às demandas sociais. As diretrizes curriculares representam ainda o desejo de superação da hegemonia do modelo biomédico e do ensino centrado no professor. O objetivo deste artigo é analisar criticamente os conteúdos das diretrizes curriculares para a graduação em nutrição e refletir sobre avanços, ambiguidades e lacunas, na perspectiva de uma implementação participativa e de avaliações constantes. O texto discute perfil do egresso, competências e habilidades e conteúdos de estudo, apontando para novas discussões sobre o que está proposto, fomentando possíveis cenários para o aperfeiçoamento do processo da formação em nutrição.The curricular and pedagogical guidelines for the formation of dieticians were influenced by the dynamic changes that occurred in higher education in Brazil. In 2001, the Ministry of Education instituted the national curricular guidelines for undergraduate health-related courses, in agreement with the Law of Education Guidelines and Fundamentals. These guidelines represented a new landmark for health-related education since it abolished the minimum curricular requirements, which were considered excessively theoretical and inflexible and did not meet the specific requirements of each region, institution or course, and the social demands. The curricular

  20. Modelos e Diretrizes para uma Educação Inclusiva: Revisão de Literatura

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    Maria das Graças Soares Siqueira

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1984686X16058Apesar da inclusão escolar ser uma realidade na legislação brasileira, verifica-se no cotidiano das instituições de ensino regular, particulares e públicas, certa dificuldade em lidar com a adequação às demandas dos alunos especiais. Assim, o objetivo desse trabalho foi identificar pesquisas contendo diretrizes e modelos para promoção da inclusão escolar, que abarcassem a ação do psicólogo. Para tanto, realizou-se busca sistemática nas bases de dados da Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (BVS-Psi, especificamente Lilacs, Scielo e Pepsic. Utilizando-se a palavra-chave inclusão escolar, obteve-se 390, 39 e 22 artigos, respectivamente. Como um número considerável de títulos fugia ao objetivo do trabalho, optou-se por restringir a busca com as palavras-chaves intervenção e inclusão escolar, resultando um total de 55 artigos. A partir da leitura de seus títulos e resumos, foram excluídos os trabalhos com temática em desacordo aos interesses da pesquisa (31 e em duplicidade (09, totalizando 15 artigos para análise. Como resultado verificou-se que de 2005 para cá houve uma crescente produção de trabalhos interventivos voltados para educação inclusiva, predominantemente na área da Psicologia, porém mais publicados em revistas de Educação Especial ou de Educação. Em sua maioria, dedicaram-se a um público etário de 04 a 16 anos, e as intervenções foram mais direcionadas a deficiências específicas ou não identificadas. Mas são raros os relatos de procedimentos e recomendações mais abrangentes, que sirvam de norteadores à prática nesse campo. Tais resultados sugerem lacunas na produção científica voltadas à apresentação de modelos inclusivos mais amplos, com a participação do psicólogo.   Palavras-Chave: Inclusão escolar; Intervenção; Psicologia.  

  1. Antiarrhythmic properties of atrial pacing.

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    Kliś, Magdalena; Sławuta, Agnieszka; Gajek, Jacek

    2017-01-01

    Bradycardia, atrial stretch and dilatation, autonomic nervous system disorders, and the presence of triggers such as atrial premature contractions, are factors which predispose a person to paroxysmal AF. Atrial pacing not only eliminates bradycardia but also prevents atrial premature contractions and dispersion of refractoriness, which are a substrate for atrial fibrillation. As the prolonged duration of atrial activation during pacing, especially from locations changing the physiological pattern of this activation (right atrium lateral wall, right atrium appendage), negatively influences both a mechanical and an electrical function of the atria, the atrial pacing site affects an atrial arrhythmogenesis. A conventional atrial lead location in the right atrium appendage causes non-physiological activation propagation, resulting in a prolongation of the activation time of both atria. This location is optimal according to a passive fixation of the atrial lead but the available contemporary active fixation leads could potentially be located in any area of the atrium. There is growing evidence of the benefit of pacing, imitating the physiological propagation of impulses within the atria. It seems that the Bachmann's bundle pacing is the best pacing site within the atria, not only positively influencing the atrial mechanical function but also best fulfilling the so-called atrial resynchronization function, in particular in patients with interatrial conduction delay. It can be effectively achieved using only one atrial electrode, and the slight shortening of atrioventricular conduction provides an additional benefit of this atrial pacing site.

  2. O CURSO DE PEDAGOGIA E AS NOVAS DIRETRIZES CURRICULARES: ANÁLISE CRÍTICA DE UM CURRÍCULO ESCRITO

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    Antonio Pereira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O texto descreve uma análise do currículo escrito do curso de pedagogia da Universidade do Estado da Bahia, fruto de um processo (descontínuo de reformulação curricular, buscando explicitar as contradições e possibilidades desse documento a partir dos elementos constitutivos que organizam o currículo, como os eixos temáticos, a concepção formativa, o perfil profissiográfico que se deseja para o/a pedagogo/a, os princípios educativos e a matriz curricular. Nesse percurso, busca-se conceituar currículo escrito e praticado, bem como revisar, resumidamente, o contexto social das reformas neoliberais e seus reflexos na educação, particularmente no curso de pedagogia, quando da imposição de uma reformulação para flexibilizá-lo, imposição essa verificada nas novas legislações educacionais, como a LDBN 9394/96 e as Diretrizes Curriculares de Pedagogia, Resolução CNE/CP 01/2006.

  3. What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

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    ANSWERS by heart Cardiovascular Conditions What Is Atrial Fibrillation? Your heart has a natural pacemaker, called the “sinus node,” that makes electrical signals. These signals cause the heart to contract and pump ...

  4. Atrial therapies reduce atrial arrhythmia burden in defibrillator patients.

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    Friedman, P A; Dijkman, B; Warman, E N; Xia, H A; Mehra, R; Stanton, M S; Hammill, S C

    2001-08-28

    Approximately 25% of patients who receive an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to treat ventricular tachyarrhythmias have documented atrial tachyarrhythmias before implantation. This study assessed the ability of device-based prevention and termination therapies to reduce the burden of spontaneous atrial tachyarrhythmias. Patients with a standard indication for the implantation of an ICD and 2 episodes of atrial tachyarrhythmias in the preceding year received a dual-chamber ICD (Medtronic 7250 Jewel AF) that uses pacing and shock therapies for prevention and/or termination of atrial tachyarrhythmias. In a multicenter trial, patients were randomized to 3-month periods with atrial therapies "on" or "off" and subsequently crossed over. Analysis was performed on the 52 of 269 patients who had episodes of atrial tachyarrhythmia and had >/=30 days of follow-up with atrial therapies on and off. The atrial therapies resulted in a reduction of atrial tachyarrhythmia burden from a mean of 58.5 to 7.8 h/mo. A paired analysis (Wilcoxon signed-rank test) showed that the median difference in burden (1.1 h/mo) was highly significant (P=0.007). When the subgroup of 41 patients treated only with atrial pacing therapies was analyzed, the reduction in burden persisted (P=0.01). In this study, patients with a standard ICD indication and atrial tachyarrhythmias had a significant reduction in atrial tachyarrhythmia burden with use of atrial pacing and shock therapies.

  5. Imagens urbanas: diretrizes de planejamento e desenho urbano baseadas na leitura popular de espaços públicos Urban images: guidelines to urban planning and design based in the popular reading of public spaces

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo surgiu a partir do questionamento de como seria possível compreender e aplicar o imaginário coletivo no processo de planejamento e desenho urbanos. O objetivo principal, então, é o de demonstrar como se deu a aplicação prática do cruzamento de métodos de leitura de imagens mentais, numa tentativa de instrumentalizar a leitura popular. Por meio de pesquisa com o público usuário do Largo da Ordem, em Curitiba, PR, nos anos de 2004 e 2005, e com base em pesquisa documental, entrevistas e desenhos feitos pela comunidade, os autores obtiveram material necessário para aplicar o método de mapas cognitivos e criar arborescências, das quais puderam ser extraídas diretrizes para um planejamento e desenho urbanos mais próximos à realidade dos usuários da cidade, tentando ratificar a leitura comunitária preconizada por um planejamento urbano participativo. A partir de pesquisa qualitativa, puderam ser delineadas diretrizes de re-dinamização sócio-espacial para tal recorte, com respaldo tanto na bibliografia estudada quanto no material obtido com a comunidade, ratificando que, ao instrumentalizar a comunidade, é possível abrir um caminho para o diálogo entre o técnico e o cidadão (que também inclui os técnicos, pois esses habitam a cidade.

  6. Construindo diretrizes curriculares para Educação Física - II

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    Clarice Fonseca Maurer

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    Full Text Available Este relato visa divulgar os trabalhos que vêm sendo desenvolvidos no âmbito do Grupo de Estudos Aplicados – GEA, parceria formada em 1993 entre o Núcleo de Estudos Pedagógicos da Educação Física – NEPEF/UFSC, e a secretaria Municipal de Educação da Prefeitura de Florianópolis/SC, com o fim de subsidiar a discussão de uma proposta de diretrizes curriculares para a Educação Física escolar e oportunizar um programa de formação continuada dos docentes da rede municipal de ensino.

  7. Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation

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    B.P. Krijthe (Bouwe)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractAtrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is characterized by rapid disorganized atrial electrical activity resulting in absence of atrial contractions. It is diagnosed on the basis of typical findings on an electrocardiogram (ECG). The characteristic ECG findings are

  8. Left atrial appendage occlusion

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    Ahmad Mirdamadi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Left atrial appendage (LAA occlusion is a treatment strategy to prevent blood clot formation in atrial appendage. Although, LAA occlusion usually was done by catheter-based techniques, especially percutaneous trans-luminal mitral commissurotomy (PTMC, it can be done during closed and open mitral valve commissurotomy (CMVC, OMVC and mitral valve replacement (MVR too. Nowadays, PTMC is performed as an optimal management of severe mitral stenosis (MS and many patients currently are treated by PTMC instead of previous surgical methods. One of the most important contraindications of PTMC is presence of clot in LAA. So, each patient who suffers of severe MS is evaluated by Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram to rule out thrombus in LAA before PTMC. At open heart surgery, replacement of the mitral valve was performed for 49-year-old woman. Also, left atrial appendage occlusion was done during surgery. Immediately after surgery, echocardiography demonstrates an echo imitated the presence of a thrombus in left atrial appendage area, although there was not any evidence of thrombus in pre-pump TEE. We can conclude from this case report that when we suspect of thrombus of left atrial, we should obtain exact history of previous surgery of mitral valve to avoid misdiagnosis clotted LAA, instead of obliterated LAA. Consequently, it can prevent additional evaluations and treatments such as oral anticoagulation and exclusion or postponing surgeries including PTMC.

  9. Recurrent atrial myxoma.

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    Macarie, C; Stoica, E; Chioncel, O; Carp, A; Gherghiceanu, D; Stiru, O; Zarma, L; Herlea, V

    2004-01-01

    We have chosen this case of sporadic atrial myxoma for our presentation because it had a particular evolution, with recurrence at 8 years after surgical excision (echocardiography was performed every year) and a particular diagnostic means - at echocardiographic follow-up, the patient being asymptomatic. This presentation, together with a review of literature included in the article, emphasizes the importance of a careful postoperative follow-up of the patients and the existence of some particular aspects of the evolution and symptomatology of recurrent atrial myxoma.

  10. Thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation.

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    Parmar, Malvinder S

    2005-01-04

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac complication of hyperthyroidism and occurs in 15% of patients with hyperthyroidism. It is associated with a higher risk of thromboembolism that often involves the central nervous system. Oral anticoagulation is important in the majority of these patients to prevent thromboembolic complications. These patients require adjustment in the dose of various rate-controlling agents because of increased clearance associated with hyperthyroidism and a decrease in warfarin dosage because of increased clearance of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. The management of thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is summarized in this clinical review.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Atenção primária à saúde: diretrizes, desafios e recomendações. Revisão de bibliografia internacional Primary health care: guidelines, challenges and recommendations. A review of international literature

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    Luiz Gustavo Silva Souza

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos uma revisão de bibliografia internacional que teve por objetivo identificar e analisar a diversidade de temas associados à Atenção Primária à Saúde, especialmente o cotidiano de trabalho de seus profissionais, suas diretrizes e seus desafios políticos e clínicos. Analisamos os resumos de 105 artigos publicados entre 1999 e 2009. Selecionamos, para análise, 34 artigos identificados de acordo com critérios específicos. Criamos categorias temáticas e comparamos os dados com certa literatura brasileira sobre o tema. Os artigos centram-se no profissional de medicina e enfatizam a noção de medicina baseada em evidências. Abordam principalmente a implementação de diretrizes na Atenção Primária e as relações entre profissionais e usuários. Admitem a complexidade da Atenção Primária e a importância de aproximação à realidade dos pacientes. Entretanto, não abordam a intersetorialidade, não questionam radicalmente o especialismo curativista e não mencionam a promoção de cidadania, autonomia e cogestão junto aos usuários. Falam da necessidade de abordar problemas "humanos" nos níveis de implementação de diretrizes, encontro clínico etc., mas se mostram distanciados das ciências humanas.We present a review of international literature, aiming at identifying and analyzing the diversity of themes associated to Primary Health Care. We focused on the characteristics of the work of health care personnel, its guidelines and its political and clinical challenges. We analyzed the abstracts of 105 articles published between 1999 and 2009. Then, we integrally read and analyzed 34 articles, creating thematic categories. We compared data to Brazilian literature on the subject. The articles focus on physician's work and emphasize the notion of evidence-based medicine. They mainly approach the implementation of guidelines to primary health care and the professional-patient relations. They acknowledge the complexity of

  14. 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

  15. Modulation of atrial fibrillation

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    Geuzebroek, G.S.C.

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis we investigate the results of various surgical procedures for atrial fibrillation which have been performed in the last 2 decades in the Sint Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. In the 1990s the classical Maze III procedure was the main surgical technique for

  16. Screening for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Freedman, Ben; Camm, John; Calkins, Hugh

    2017-01-01

    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...

  17. Diretrizes curriculares do curso de pedagogia no Brasil: disputas de projetos no campo da formação do profissional da educação Curriculum guidelines of the pedagogy course in Brazil: project disputes in the field of the training of education professionals

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    Márcia Angela da S. Aguiar

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, os autores analisam as novas diretrizes curriculares do curso de pedagogia, objeto de normatização do Conselho Nacional de Educação (CNE, em 2005, a partir do debate feito à luz do acervo de conhecimentos teórico-práticos sistematizados pelas principais entidades do campo educacional (ANFOPE, ANPED, CEDES, FORUMDIR, ANPAE.1 Evidenciam, criticamente, alguns dos problemas e das tensões que marcam a trajetória desse curso ao longo da história da educação brasileira. Focalizam, no âmbito das políticas educacionais, em especial, o movimento dos educadores pela definição das diretrizes curriculares para a formação dos profissionais da Educação Básica, que reflete posições de ordem epistemológica, pedagógica e política atinentes às visões e aos projetos educacionais em disputa, no Brasil, nas últimas décadas. A problematização das diretrizes curriculares concorre para ampliar a compreensão da complexidade do campo da pedagogia e dos desafios teórico-práticos com que as instituições de ensino superior, em particular as universidades, deparam-se para materializar a reforma do curso de pedagogia, na esteira das novas regulamentações legais e na perspectiva de uma formação cidadã.Based on the debate conducted in the light of the theoretical-practical knowledge acquired by the main organisms of the educational field (ANFOPE, ANPED, CEDES, FORUMDIR, ANPAE, the authors analyze the new curriculum guidelines of the pedagogy course, which was regulated by the Conselho Nacional de Educação (CNE - Brazilian Council for Education in 2005. They critically highlight some of the problems and tensions that have marked the trajectory of this course along the history of Brazilian education. Within the educational policies, they more particularly focus on the educator movement for the definition of curriculum guidelines for the training of basic education professionals, which reflects some epistemological

  18. Diretrizes para processo de projeto de fachadas com painéis pré-fabricados de concreto em ambiente BIM

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    Luciana de Cresce El Debs

    Full Text Available Este artigo expõe as diretrizes para a criação de um processo de elaboração de projetos que utilizam painéis pré-fabricados de fachada, tendo como base o ambiente de Building Information Modeling (BIM. Os painéis pré-fabricados arquitetônicos de concreto (PPAC foram utilizados como ponto de partida para a estruturação da proposta. A lógica de montagem justifica esta abordagem: assim como no sistema construtivo pré-fabricado, em que as peças são construídas fora do canteiro e chegam a este no momento da montagem, em BIM, os componentes da indústria da Arquitetura, Engenharia e Construção (AEC são modelados independentemente e inseridos no momento oportuno no modelo. Foram realizados estudos teóricos sobre as características dos PPACs, seguidos de consulta a profissionais experientes do setor, para confirmação da seleção de dados e procedimentos necessários para o projeto. Em seguida, elaboraram-se fluxogramas de orientação para o processo de projeto. Uma simulação do procedimento proposto foi feita com o programa Revit 2013, para validação. A proposta procura auxiliar o projetista a definir os passos de projeto, bem como os dados para a modelagem dos elementos. Ao auxiliar projetistas a conceber projetos utilizando elementos pré-fabricados, procura-se facilitar e estimular seu uso mais frequente no país.

  19. A CONTRIBUIÇÃO DAS UNIVERSIDADES ESTADUAIS (UEs) PARA O ENSINO SUPERIOR NO BRASIL

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    RESUMO   Analisa-se a participação das universidades estaduais no ensino superior do Brasil, comparando-as com as federais, municipais e privadas em termos do número de instituições, vagas, ingressantes, matrículas e concluintes antes e depois da Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional. Pergunta-se: qual a contribuição para o ensino superior brasileiro e que efeitos as inovações da LDB provocaram no setor? Deseja-se dimensionar essa participação, comparando a parcela de contribu...

  20. Genetics Home Reference: familial atrial fibrillation

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    ... Twitter Home Health Conditions Familial atrial fibrillation Familial atrial fibrillation Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. Description Familial atrial fibrillation is an inherited abnormality of the heart's normal ...

  1. [Echocardiographic diagnosis of atrial thrombosis].

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    Pinto Tortolero, R; Vargas Barrón, J; Rodas, M A; Díaz de la Vega, V; Horwitz, S

    1982-01-01

    Seventy patients with rheumatic mitral disease were studied by M-Mode and 2D echocardiography in order to detect left atrial thrombosis before surgery. Thrombosis were suspected by the observation of abnormal echoes in the left atrium. During surgery 17 (24%) patients had atrial thrombosis. It had been suspected by echocardiography in 12 (sensitivity 70%). In 53 patients thrombosis were not found during surgery; in 46 the echo had been also negative (specificity 86%). There was a false positive detection of thrombosis by echo in 7 patients (14%) and false negativity in 5 (30%). Patients with atrial thrombosis had atrial fibrilation in 91% of cases; and the most frequent valvular disease was mitral stenosis. There was not a direct relationship among existence of left atrial thrombosis and the anteroposterior diameter of the left atrium as measured by echo. We conclude that echocardiography has good specificity to rule out atrial thrombosis and moderate sensitivity to detect it in rheumatic mitral disease.

  2. HYPERTHYROIDISM AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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    I. M. Marusenko

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    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

  3. Diretrizes da Associação Médica Brasileira para o diagnóstico e diagnóstico diferencial do transtorno de ansiedade social Guidelines of the Brazilian Medical Association for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of social anxiety disorder

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    Marcos Hortes N. Chagas

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O transtorno de ansiedade social é o transtorno de ansiedade mais comum, apresenta curso crônico, frequentemente sem remissões, sendo comumente associado com importante prejuízo funcional e comprometimento psicossocial. A Associação Médica Brasileira, por meio do projeto "Diretrizes", busca desenvolver consensos de diagnóstico e tratamento para as doenças mais comuns. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar os achados mais relevantes das diretrizes da Associação Médica Brasileira relativas ao diagnóstico e diagnóstico diferencial do transtorno de ansiedade social. MÉTODO: O método utilizado foi o proposto pela Associação Médica Brasileira para o projeto Diretrizes. A busca foi realizada nas bases de dados do Medline (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science e Lilacs, sem limite de tempo. A estratégia utilizada baseou-se em perguntas estruturadas na forma P.I.C.O. (acrônimo das iniciais "paciente ou população"; "intervenção, indicador ou exposição"; "controle ou comparação" e; "outcome ou desfecho". RESULTADOS: São apresentados dados relativos a manifestações clínicas, prejuízos e implicações, diferenças entre os subtipos generalizado e circunscrito, e impacto com depressão, abuso e dependência de drogas e outros transtornos de ansiedade. Além disso, foram realizadas discussões acerca dos principais diagnósticos diferenciais. CONCLUSÃO: As diretrizes propõem-se a servir de referência para o médico generalista e especialista, auxiliando e facilitando o diagnóstico do transtorno de ansiedade social.OBJECTIVE: Social anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder. The condition has a chronic course usually with no remission and is frequently associated with significant functional and psychosocial impairment. The Brazilian Medical Association, with the project named Diretrizes ('Guidelines', in English, endeavors to develop diagnostic and treatment protocols for the most common disorders. This work

  4. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

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    Franken, Roberto A.; Rosa, Ronaldo F.; Santos, Silvio CM

    2012-01-01

    This review discusses atrial fibrillation according to the guidelines of Brazilian Society of Cardiac Arrhythmias and the Brazilian Cardiogeriatrics Guidelines. We stress the thromboembolic burden of atrial fibrillation and discuss how to prevent it as well as the best way to conduct cases of atrial fibrillatios in the elderly, reverting the arrhythmia to sinus rhythm, or the option of heart rate control. The new methods to treat atrial fibrillation, such as radiofrequency ablation, new oral direct thrombin inhibitors and Xa factor inhibitors, as well as new antiarrhythmic drugs, are depicted. PMID:22916053

  5. Right atrial lipoma

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    Pêgo-Fernandes Paulo M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Benign cardiac tumors are rare, and lipomas are among those less frequently found. We report the case of a 48-year-old male complaining of high blood pressure and epistaxis in the last 2 months, with a diagnosis of right atrial lipoma established on echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and anatomicopathological examination. The tumor was successfully removed, and up to 42 months after surgical excision, no evidence of tumor relapse was observed.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

    Patients with a history of atrial fibrillation (AF) have previously been shown to have altered atrial conduction, as seen non-invasively using signal-averaged P-wave analysis. However, little is known about the P-wave morphology in patients in the early phases of AF with structurally normal hearts....

  8. Percepções de formandos do curso de odontologia sobre as diretrizes curriculares nacionais Perceptions of dentistry course graduates about the national curriculum guidelines

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    Cristina Berger Fadel

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    Full Text Available Este estudo teve por objetivo avaliar a percepção de acadêmicos formandos do curso de Odontologia da Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, no Paraná, quanto ao atual projeto pedagógico. Participaram 91 formandos, os quais responderam a um questionário autoaplicado. A maioria dos alunos mostrou conhecer o projeto pedagógico do curso, com uma percepção positiva, e identificou que contempla as características das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais. As competências e habilidades, expressas nas Diretrizes e proporcionadas pelo curso, aquelas nas quais os formandos se consideram mais aptos a desempenhar são: ações de prevenção, promoção, proteção e reabilitação da saúde; disposição ao aprendizado contínuo; e tomada de decisões e atuação em equipes multiprofissionais. Quanto à estrutura curricular, grande parte dos alunos percebeu duplicação de conteúdos entre as disciplinas e dificuldades em oferecer atenção integral aos pacientes. No entanto, a maioria identifica a integração entre teoria e prática como ideal ou satisfatória. Os resultados deste estudo, somados à avaliação institucional, mostram que, apesar da percepção positiva da comunidade acadêmica, existem algumas fragilidades no atual projeto pedagógico do curso que indicam a necessidade de se avançar na construção de um currículo integrado.This study aimed to evaluate the perception graduates have of the current pedagogical project in place at the College of Dentistry at the Ponta Grossa State University State of Paraná, southern Brazil. A total of 91 students took part in the study by completing a selfadministered questionnaire. Most students were knowledgeable about the course's pedagogical project, had a positive view of it, and considered that it includes the features of the National Curriculum Guidelines. The skills and abilities, expressed in the Guidelines and provided by the course, those in which the students consider themselves as

  9. A diferença cultural nas diretrizes curriculares nacionais e nos projetos curriculares dos cursos de pedagogia da UFPE

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    Freitas de Melo, Simony

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    A pesquisa trata da diferença cultural no curso de pedagogia, representado pelas políticas curriculares nacionais e pelos seus respectivos projetos curriculares institucionais da UFPE. Procuramos compreender como a diferença cultural é tratada nas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Pedagogia e nos Currículos dos cursos de pedagogia do Centro de Educação e do Centro Acadêmico do Agreste, ambos da UFPE. Procuramos ainda, compreender em que perspectiva multicultural os documentos anal...

  10. Effects of Prolonged Spaceflight on Atrial Size, Atrial Electrophysiology, and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Khine, Htet W; Steding-Ehrenborg, Katarina; Hastings, Jeffrey L; Kowal, Jamie; Daniels, James D; Page, Richard L; Goldberger, Jeffery J; Ng, Jason; Adams-Huet, Beverley; Bungo, Michael W; Levine, Benjamin D

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    The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in active astronauts is ≈5%, similar to the general population but at a younger age. Risk factors for AF include left atrial enlargement, increased number of premature atrial complexes, and certain parameters on signal-averaged electrocardiography, such as P-wave duration, root mean square voltage for the terminal 20 ms of the signal-averaged P wave, and P-wave amplitude. We aimed to evaluate changes in atrial structure, supraventricular beats, and atrial electrophysiology to determine whether spaceflight could increase the risk of AF. Thirteen astronauts underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to assess atrial structure and function before and after 6 months in space and high-resolution Holter monitoring for multiple 48-hour time periods before flight, during flight, and on landing day. Left atrial volume transiently increased after 6 months in space (12±18 mL; P =0.03) without changing atrial function. Right atrial size remained unchanged. No changes in supraventricular beats were noted. One astronaut had a large increase in supraventricular ectopic beats but none developed AF. Filtered P-wave duration did not change over time, but root mean square voltage for the terminal 20 ms decreased on all fight days except landing day. No changes in P-wave amplitude were seen in leads II or V 1 except landing day for lead V 1 . Six months of spaceflight may be sufficient to cause transient changes in left atrial structure and atrial electrophysiology that increase the risk of AF. However, there was no definite evidence of increased supraventricular arrhythmias and no identified episodes of AF. © 2018 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. Atrial fibrillation: Therapeutic potential of atrial K+ channel blockers.

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    Ravens, Ursula; Odening, Katja E

    2017-08-01

    Despite the epidemiological scale of atrial fibrillation, current treatment strategies are of limited efficacy and safety. Ideally, novel drugs should specifically correct the pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for atrial fibrillation with no other cardiac or extracardiac actions. Atrial-selective drugs are directed toward cellular targets with sufficiently different characteristics in atria and ventricles to modify only atrial function. Several potassium (K + ) channels with either predominant expression in atria or distinct electrophysiological properties in atria and ventricles can serve as atrial-selective drug targets. These channels include the ultra-rapidly activating, delayed outward-rectifying Kv1.5 channel conducting I Kur , the acetylcholine-activated inward-rectifying Kir3.1/Kir3.4 channel conducting I K,ACh , the Ca 2+ -activated K + channels of small conductance (SK) conducting I SK , and the two pore domain K + (K2P) channels TWIK-1, TASK-1 and TASK-3 that are responsible for voltage-independent background currents I TWIK-1 , I TASK-1 , and I TASK-3 . Here, we briefly review the characteristics of these K + channels and their roles in atrial fibrillation. The antiarrhythmic potential of drugs targeting the described channels is discussed as well as their putative value in treatment of atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. [Atrial fibrillation in elderly].

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    Arquizan, Caroline

    2012-11-01

    Atrial fibrilation (AF) is frequent and a strong risk factor for ischemic stroke in elderly. Ischemic stroke in patients with AF are more severe. Vitamine K antagonist therapy is highly effective for stroke prevention but is associated with hemorrhagic risk. The new oral anticoagulants (direct thrombin inhibitor [dabigatran], and direct factor Xa inhibitors [rivaroxaban and apixaban]) have all shown non inferiority or superiority, with better safety, considering the risk of intracranial haemorrhage. On this basis, it is justified to give them in priority in the vast majority of patients with AF, the choice of the drug and the dose is individual.

  13. Segurança no trabalho e desenvolvimento de produto: diretrizes para integração na construção civil

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    Saurin,Tarcisio Abreu

    2005-01-01

    Este trabalho apresenta diretrizes para a integração de requisitos de segurança no trabalho à etapa de desenvolvimento de produto (DP) na construção civil. As diretrizes foram desenvolvidas a partir de entrevistas com um grupo de sete projetistas da construção civil, uma entrevista com a projetista de ar condicionado e um estudo exploratório de integração da segurança ao processo de DP. Embora as entrevistas tenham indicado que a integração ainda é uma prática pouco disseminada na construção,...

  14. Planos diretores: o caminho para o desenvolvimento sustentável das cidades

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    Alexsandro da Miranda

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Os Planos Diretores efetivam a existência de uma legislação geral estabelecendo as normas necessárias à implementação de políticas urbanas, previstas na Constituição Federal e no Estatuto da Cidade (Lei Federal 10.257/2001 e que em seu foco principal está o desenvolvimento e a expansão urbana.  Assim, o presente artigo aborda uma breve discussão teórica do tema, suas problemáticas e contextualizações na perspectiva de fundamentá-las à luz das teorias existentes. Três principais diretrizes devem ser destacadas: o desenvolvimento sustentável, a gestão democrática da cidade e o planejamento do desenvolvimento das cidades, onde os municípios, devem, portanto, utilizar as diretrizes e instrumentos do Estatuto da Cidade com o objetivo de estabelecer as regras que propiciem o pleno desenvolvimento econômico, social, ambiental e sustentável, com vistas a garantir o direito à cidade para todos os que nela vivem.

  15. O perfil do pedagogo no contexto das reformulações curriculares

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    Joslaine Domingues Pedrozo

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo é parte integrante do projeto da pesquisa de Iniciação Científica, vinculada a Universidade Estadual do Centro Oeste (PR cujo título “Pedagogia em questão: desafios e perspectiva atuais”, que têm por objetivo analisar as principais mudanças do curso de Pedagogia, a partir das Diretrizes Curriculares do Ministério da Educação do ano de 2005. O olhar para essas mudanças fundamenta-se nos estudos sobre a temática em questão. Neste trabalho priorizamos a análise dos reflexos das Diretrizes Curriculares (2005, no curso de Pedagogia Irati, pautados nos diferentes olhares: dos professores que vivenciaram as mudanças processadas no curso a partir de 2005, dos egressos do curso e acadêmicos que fazem parte da nova grade curricular. A justificativa para a realização da pesquisa é centrada na necessidade de analisar as continuidades e rupturas do Curso de Pedagogia, para uma possível análise crítica sobre os desafios e perspectivas atuais para o curso.

  16. Formação humana e competências: o debate nas diretrizes curriculares de psicologia

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    Vinicius Cesca de Lima

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa as perspectivas de formação humana e de desenvolvimento de competências identificadas nas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para os Cursos de Graduação em Psicologia. A partir da crítica aos processos modernos de formação humana, realizada pela Teoria Crítica da Sociedade, analisamos sua institucionalização em práticas escolares, incluindo a pedagogia por competências, e mais especificamente na educação universitária. Por fim, discutimos essas questões na formação de psicólogos. Confrontando as propostas de formação para a emancipação e de formação para o desenvolvimento de competências, apontamos, a partir da matriz pautada nas Diretrizes Curriculares, que a formação em psicologia representa um processo contraditório que evidencia um projeto em disputa.

  17. Diretrizes da Associação Médica Brasileira para o tratamento do transtorno de ansiedade social Guidelines of the Brazilian Medical Association for the treatment of social anxiety disorder

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    Michelle N. Levitan

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O transtorno de ansiedade social (TAS é o transtorno de ansiedade mais comum, freqüentemente sem remissões, sendo comumente associado com importante prejuízo funcional e psicossocial. A Associação Médica Brasileira (AMB, através do "Projeto Diretrizes", busca desenvolver consensos de diagnóstico e tratamento para as doenças mais comuns. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar os achados mais relevantes das diretrizes relativas ao tratamento do TAS, servindo de referência para o médico generalista e especialista. MÉTODO: O método utilizado foi o proposto pela AMB. A busca foi realizada nas bases de dados do MEDLINE (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science e Lilacs, entre 1980 e 2010. A estratégia utilizada baseou-se em perguntas estruturadas na forma P.I.C.O (acrônimo das iniciais "paciente ou população"; "intervenção, indicador ou exposição"; "controle ou comparação" e; "outcome ou desfecho". RESULTADOS: Estudos evidenciam que o tratamento farmacológico de primeira linha para adultos e crianças são os inibidores seletivos de recaptação de serotonina e os inibidores de recaptação de serotonina e noradrenalina, enquanto que a terapia cognitivo-comportamental é apontada como melhor tratamento psicoterápico. Além disso, algumas comorbidades psiquiátricas foram associadas a uma pior evolução do TAS. CONCLUSÕES: Apesar da alta prevalência, o TAS acaba por não receber a devida atenção e tratamento. A melhor escolha para o tratamento de adultos é a associação psicoterapia cognitivo-comportamental com inibidores seletivos de recaptação de serotonina e os inibidores de recaptação de serotonina e noradrenalina. Outras opções como benzodiazepínicos ou inibidores da monoamino-oxidase devem ser usados como segunda e terceira opção respectivamente.INTRODUCTION: Social anxiety disorder (SAD is the most common anxiety disorder, usually with no remission, and is commonly associated with significant

  18. 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......, and hospitalizations. During the fourth Atrial Fibrillation competence NETwork/European Heart Rhythm Association (AFNET/EHRA) consensus conference, we identified the following opportunities to personalize management of AF in a better manner with a view to improve outcomes by integrating atrial morphology and damage...

  19. Atrial and ventricular function after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.

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    Xiong, C.; Sonnhag, C.; Nylander, E.; Wranne, B.

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--Previous studies on atrial recovery after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation have not taken into account new knowledge about the pathophysiology of transmitral and transtricuspid flow velocity patterns. It is possible to shed further light on this problem if atrioventricular inflow velocity, venous filling pattern, and atrioventricular annulus motion are recorded and interpreted together. DESIGN--Prospective examinations of mitral and tricuspid transvalvar flow velocities, superior caval and pulmonary venous filling, and mitral and tricuspid annulus motion were recorded using Doppler echocardiography. Examinations were performed before and 24 hours, 1 month, and 20 months after cardioversion. SETTING--Tertiary referral centre for cardiac disease with facilities for invasive and non-invasive investigation. PATIENTS--16 patients undergoing cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in whom sinus rhythm had persisted for 24 hours or more. RESULTS--Before conversion there was no identifiable A wave in transvalvar flow recordings. The total motion of the tricuspid and mitral annulus was subnormal and there was no identifiable atrial component. Venous flow patterns in general showed a low systolic velocity. After conversion, A waves and atrial components were seen in all patients and increased significantly (P atrial components, an increased systolic component of venous inflow, an increased A wave velocity, and a decreased E/A ratio of the transvalvar velocity curves. The ventricular component of annulus motion was unchanged. Changes in general occurred earlier on the right side than the left. CONCLUSIONS--This study indicates that, in addition to the previously known electromechanical dissociation of atrial recovery that exists after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation, there may also be a transient deterioration of ventricular function modulating the transvalvar inflow velocity recordings. Function on the right side generally becomes normal earlier than on the

  20. Diretrizes de conduta e tratamento de síndromes febris periódicas associadas a febre familiar do Mediterrâneo

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    Maria Teresa R.A. Terreri

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Objetivo: Estabelecer diretrizes baseadas em evidências científicas para manejo da febre familiar do Mediterrâneo (FFM. Descrição do método de coleta de evidência: A diretriz foi elaborada a partir de 5 questões clínicas que foram estruturadas por meio do PICO (Paciente, Intervenção ou Indicador, Comparação e Outcome, com busca nas principais bases primárias de informação científica. Após definir os estudos potenciais para sustento das recomendações, esses foram graduados pela força da evidência e pelo grau de recomendação. Resultados: Foram recuperados, e avaliados pelo título e resumo, 10.341 trabalhos e selecionados 46 artigos para sustentar as recomendações. Recomendações: 1. O diagnóstico da FFM é baseado nas manifestações clínicas, caracterizadas por episódios febris recorrentes associados a dor abdominal, torácica ou artrite de grandes articulações; 2. A FFM é uma doença genética que apresenta traço autossômico recessivo ocasionada por mutação no gene MEFV; 3. Exames laboratoriais são inespecíficos e demonstram níveis séricos elevados de proteínas inflamatórias na fase aguda da doença, mas também, com frequência, níveis elevados mesmo entre os ataques. Níveis séricos de SAA podem ser especialmente úteis no monitoramento da eficácia do tratamento; 4. A colchicina é a terapia de escolha e demonstrou eficácia na prevenção dos episódios inflamatórios agudos e progressão para amiloidose em adultos; 5. Com base na informação disponível, o uso de medicamentos biológicos parece ser opção para pacientes com FFM que não respondem ou que são intolerantes à terapia com colchicina.

  1. Atrial fibrillation and hyperthyroidism: A literature review.

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    Reddy, Vivek; Taha, Wael; Kundumadam, Shanker; Khan, Mazhar

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide with increasing frequency noted with age. Hyperthyroidism is a well-known cause of atrial fibrillation with a 16%-60% prevalence of atrial fibrillation in patients with known hyperthyroidism Ross et al. (2016). While hyperthyroidism as a causative factor of atrial fibrillation is well established, this literature review aims to answer several questions on this topic including: 1. The relationship of atrial fibrillation to hyperthyroidism 2. Atrial fibrillation as a predictor of hyperthyroidism 3. The pathophysiology of thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation 4. Subclinical hyperthyroidism and the relationship with atrial fibrillation 5. Cardioversion and Catheter ablation of hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation 6. Thrombotic risk of hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation 7. Management of Thyrotoxic Atrial fibrillation 8. Pharmacological rhythm control in patients with hyperthyroidism and atrial fibrillation 9. Treatment of Hyperthyroidism to prevent atrial fibrillation 10. Clinical Implications of Hyperthyroidism and Atrial Fibrillation. Copyright © 2017 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. A inserção da educação a distância no ensino superior do Brasil: diretrizes e marcos regulatórios

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    Stella Cecilia Duarte Segenreich

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O artigo objetiva fazer uma reflexão críticasobre os marcos regulatórios que nortearama institucionalização da Educação Superior aDistância no Brasil (EAD, tomando como referência50 (cinquenta documentos analisadospara a pesquisa Expansão do ensino superiorpós – LDB/96. Verificou-se que a necessidadede sistematização da EAD, legitimadapor essa lei, encontrava-se nas diretrizes dosorganismos internacionais como estratégiade expansão da educação superior, e queas primeiras iniciativas do governo brasileiroestavam associadas à utilização das tecnologiasna educação. A análise contextualizadados marcos regulatórios, evidenciou, inicialmente,a explosão quantitativa e massificadada EAD, sem que o Estado estivesse instrumentalizadopara sua regulação efetiva. Apartir de 2005, novos atos regulatórios e acriação da Universidade Aberta do Brasilprocuram manter essa expansão sem perderde vista a qualidade.

  3. Diretrizes para um Programa de Recolhimento de Medicamentos Vencidos no Brasil Guidelines for an Expired Medication Collection Program in Brazil

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    Débora Cynamon Kligerman

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é apontar e discutir diretrizes fundamentais para um programa de recolhimento de medicamentos vencidos para o Brasil e evidenciar a importância de campanhas de conscientização da população para seu sucesso. Este é um trabalho de revisão descritiva de base documental que analisa documentos oficiais, técnicos e normativos, de Portugal, México, Canadá e Colômbia, onde existem recolhimento de medicamentos vencidos em diferentes estágios de implementação, alguns já consolidados, outros em fase inicial, mas todos com bons resultados. Os países citados foram escolhidos objetivando-se representação da Europa, América do Norte e América Latina. Seis diretrizes comuns foram apontadas: corresponsabilidade na cadeia de fabricação e distribuição do medicamento; minimização de resíduos como estratégia; realização de programa piloto; investigação e classificação dos resíduos gerados; intersetorialidade entre diferentes esferas do governo e campanhas de sensibilização e conscientização da comunidade. Estas diretrizes constituem uma base para um Programa de Recolhimento de Medicamentos Usados no Brasil.The scope of this paper is to outline and discuss fundamental guidelines for an expired medication collection program for Brazil and to provide evidence supporting campaigns to raise the population's awareness for the program's success. It is a document-based descriptive review that analyzes official, technical and regulatory documents from Portugal, Canada and Colombia, where there are expired medication collection programs in different stages of implementation. Some of them are already fully implemented, while others are in the preliminary stages, but all of them are achieving good results. The countries listed above were chosen in order to represent Europe, North America and Latin America. Six common guidelines were outlined: co-responsibility in the drug's manufacturing and distribution chain; a

  4. DAS performance analysis

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    Bates, G.; Bodine, S.; Carroll, T.; Keller, M.

    1984-02-01

    This report begins with an overview of the Data Acquisition System (DAS), which supports several of PPPL's experimental devices. Performance measurements which were taken on DAS and the tools used to make them are then described

  5. Diretrizes curriculares para a formação de profissionais de saúde: competências ou práxis? Curriculum guidelines for training healthcare professionals: skills or praxis?

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    Ingrid D'avilla Freire Pereira

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo analisa os referenciais teóricos e epistemológicos da educação que constam das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN relativas à formação profissional em saúde no Brasil. Para tanto, resgata a historicidade da relação educação, saúde e sociedade e as reformas do ensino médico; descreve o movimento de instituição das DCN para a área da saúde no país; e discute as relações entre o referencial da pedagogia das competências, que alicerça as DCN, e a concepção de direito à saúde formulada pela VIII Conferência Nacional de Saúde. Os resultados desta investigação sugerem a hipótese de que, para formar profissionais de saúde comprometidos com os princípios da VIII Conferência Nacional de Saúde e com a compreensão da saúde como direito, é necessário questionar os limites da pedagogia das competências adotada pelas DCN, bem como construir uma proposta de formação que dialogue com o pressuposto da transformação social, de modo que a sua didática possibilite aos estudantes evoluírem criticamente da práxis individual e comum para a práxis histórica.This study examines the theoretical and epistemological benchmarks of education contained in the National Curriculum Guidelines (DCN for the training of health professionals in Brazil. To achieve its goals, it rescues the historicity of the relationship among education, health, and society and the reform of medical education; it describes the movement of instituting the DCN for the health care area in Brazil, and discusses the relationship between the benchmark of the pedagogy of skills that underpins the DCN and the concept of the right to health formulated by the 8th National Health Conference. The results of this investigation suggest the hypothesis that, to train health professionals committed to the principles of the 8th National Health Conference and with the understanding of health as a right, it is necessary to question the limits of the

  6. Educadores e a implementação de diretrizes contra desigualdades: o caso do ProJovem Urbano Educators and the implementation of guidelines against inequality: the case of theProJovem Urbano Program

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    Maria Inês Caetano Ferreira

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta e discute resultados de uma pesquisa com educadores do ProJovem Urbano na Região Metropolitana de São Paulo. O objetivo foi investigar as experiências dos educadores com a implementação das diretrizes desse programa e a possibilidade de construção de relações entre professor e aluno marcadas pelo respeito à diferença e compromissadas com a inclusão. A orientação teórica apoia-se nos estudos que abordam a escola como lugar de reprodução das desigualdades sociais, nos autores que estudam os modos como se dão as relações entre a lógica escolar e as formas de socialização das famílias populares, e também nas investigações sobre escola e diversidade cultural. As linhas teóricas destacam o processo que converte diferenças em desigualdades. Foram realizadas entrevistas em profundidade com educadores do ProJovem a fim de compreender se os objetivos e as diretrizes do programa aproximam educadores e educandos e promovem a produção conjunta do conhecimento, contribuindo para a construção de relações mais justas e respeitosas entre professores e alunos. Os resultados comprovam essa possibilidade, elucidando o papel-chave do educador na implementação do programa. Além disso, também são desvendados problemas como a falta de apoio aos educadores e a precariedade da relação de trabalho, os quais podem prejudicar os resultados do ProJovem.The article presents and discusses results of a research with educators from theProJovem Urbano (Urban ProYoungster Program of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo. The objective was investigating the experiences of the educators with the implementation of the program guidelines, and the possibility of building teacher-pupil relations characterized by the respect for difference and commitment to inclusion. The theoretical orientation is based on studies that see schools as a place for the reproduction of social inequalities, on authors that study how the relations

  7. Cryoballoon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jason G. Andrade, MD

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Focal point-by-point radiofrequency catheter ablation has shown considerable success in the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. However, it is not without limitations. Recent clinical and preclinical studies have demonstrated that cryothermal ablation using a balloon catheter (Artic Front©, Medtronic CryoCath LP provides an effective alternative strategy to treating atrial fibrillation. The objective of this article is to review efficacy and safety data surrounding cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation. In addition, a practical step-by-step approach to cryoballoon ablation is presented, while highlighting relevant literature regarding: 1 the rationale for adjunctive imaging, 2 selection of an appropriate cryoballoon size, 3 predictors of efficacy, 4 advanced trouble-shooting techniques, and 5 strategies to reduce procedural complications, such as phrenic nerve palsy.

  8. 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.

  9. Fatores associados ao uso de diretrizes clínicas em operadoras de planos de saúde e prestadores de serviços hospitalares no campo da Saúde Suplementar no Brasil Factors associated with the use of clinical guidelines by health plan operators and their inpatient care providers

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    Margareth Crisóstomo Portela

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva identificar fatores associados ao uso de diretrizes clínicas, segundo percepção de dirigentes respondentes, em operadoras de planos de saúde e prestadores de serviços hospitalares no campo da saúde suplementar no Brasil. Utiliza dados de dois inquéritos de abrangência nacional: um envolvendo 90 operadoras selecionadas aleatoriamente de um universo de 1.573, voltado para a caracterização da implementação de diretrizes clínicas e outros instrumentos e práticas de gestão da clínica; e outro envolvendo 74 hospitais, selecionados de um universo de 3.817 prestadores de serviços hospitalares a planos de saúde, destinado a apreender os mecanismos de microrregulação das operadoras e suas possíveis repercussões sobre as práticas dos hospitais. Referiram o uso de diretrizes clínicas 32,3% das operadoras e 51,6% dos hospitais. Entre as primeiras, mostraram-se independentemente associados ao uso de diretrizes, localização geográfica, tipo e porte da operadora, enquanto que, entre os hospitais, porte, complexidade e uso de outras ferramentas da gestão da clínica. Os resultados evidenciam o quanto ainda é incipiente e insatisfatória a gestão, por operadoras e hospitais, sobre a qualidade dos cuidados à saúde providos aos pacientes.This paper is aimed at identifying factors related to the use of clinical guidelines by health plan operators and their inpatient care providers in the supplementary care sector in Brazil from the viewpoint of managers. The study is based on two national surveys: one involving 90 health plan operators randomly selected from a universe of 1573, oriented towards characterizing the implementation of clinical guidelines and other tools of clinical governance; and another involving 74 hospitals, selected from a universe of 3817 inpatient care providers, aimed at capturing micro-regulation mechanisms applied by health plan operators and their repercussions on hospital practices. Use of

  10. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

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    Fanaroff, Alexander C; Steffel, Jan; Alexander, John H

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    of anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Observational studies employing RWD are useful for describing how oral anticoagulants are used in clinical practice, but generally cannot be used to make claims regarding comparative treatment effects. Questions regarding treatment effect generally are best answered...

  11. Genetic basis of atrial fibrillation

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    Oscar Campuzano

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia and remains as one of main challenges in current clinical practice. The disease may be induced secondary to other diseases such as hypertension, valvular heart disease, and heart failure, conferring an increased risk of stroke and sudden death. Epidemiological studies have provided evidence that genetic factors play an important role and up to 30% of clinically diagnosed patients may have a family history of atrial fibrillation. To date, several rare variants have been identified in a wide range of genes associated with ionic channels, calcium handling protein, fibrosis, conduction and inflammation. Important advances in clinical, genetic and molecular basis have been performed over the last decade, improving diagnosis and treatment. However, the genetics of atrial fibrillation is complex and pathophysiological data remains still unraveling. A better understanding of the genetic basis will induce accurate risk stratification and personalized clinical treatment. In this review, we have focused on current genetics basis of atrial fibrillation.

  12. Impaired atrial electromechanical function and atrial fibrillation promotion in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits.

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    Fu, Huaying; Liu, Changle; Li, Jian; Zhou, Changyu; Cheng, Lijun; Liu, Tong; Li, Guangping

    2013-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the underlying mechanisms are still not clearly elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the atrial electromechanical function, atrial electrophysiological changes and AF inducibility in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits. In 8 alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits and 8 controls, we evaluated atrial electromechanical function by tissue Doppler imaging. Isolated Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts were prepared to measure atrial refractory effective period (AERP) and its dispersion (AERPD), interatrial conduction time (IACT) and vulnerability to AF. Atrial interstitial fibrosis was evaluated by Sirius-Red staining. Compared with controls, left atrial lateral wall Pa'-start interval (Pastart) and right atrial wall Pastart were increased in diabetic rabbits. AERPD was increased and IACT was prolonged in diabetic rabbits. Inducibility of AF in diabetic group was significant higher than controls (6/8 vs. 1/8, p TEMA); left atrial lateral wall Papeak and TEMA, left atrial posterior wall TEMA, and IACT were correlated with atrial areas of fibrosis. Atrial electromechanical function is impaired in diabetic rabbits, and is associated with atrial fibrosis and interatrial electrical conduction delay.

  13. B P Das

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. B P Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 25 Issue 6 November 2002 pp 517-519. Structural, dielectric and electrical properties of Sm-modified Pb(SnTi)O3 ferroelectric system · B P Das R N P Choudhary P K Mahapatra · More Details Abstract Fulltext ...

  14. A K Das

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. A K Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 28 Issue 2 April 2005 pp 131-136 Fly Ash. Some studies on the reaction between fly ash and lime · A Basumajumdar A K Das N Bandyopadhyay S Maitra · More Details Abstract Fulltext PDF. The reaction between ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. S K Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 24 Issue 4 August 2001 pp 373-378 Metals and Alloys. Evaluation of solid–liquid interface profile during continuous casting by a spline based formalism · S K Das · More Details Abstract Fulltext PDF. A numerical ...

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    P Chaitanya Das G Srinivasa Murthy C P Gopalakrishnan P C Deshmukh · More Details Fulltext PDF. Volume 9 Issue 7 July 2004 pp 77-85 Classroom. Motion of Charged Particles in Electromagnetic Fields and Special Theory of Relativity · P Chaitanya Das G Srinivasa Murthy P C Deshmukh K Satish Kumar T A Venkatesh.

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. I M L Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 33 Issue 4 August 2010 pp 383-390 Electrical Properties. Temperature dependence of electromechanical properties of PLZT /57/43 ceramics · A K Shukla V K Agrawal I M L Das Janardan Singh S L Srivastava.

  18. P K Das

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science. P K Das. Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science. Volume 23 Issue 4 August 2000 pp 249-253 Nitride Ceramics. Optimization of time–temperature schedule for nitridation of silicon compact on the basis of silicon and nitrogen reaction kinetics · J Rakshit P K Das.

  19. Effects of postshock atrial pacing on atrial defibrillation outcome in the isolated sheep heart

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    Skanes, A. C.; Gray, R. A.; Zuur, C. L.; Jalife, J.

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Failed atrial defibrillation shocks are associated with organization of postshock activity and a substantial postshock electrical quiescence. We investigated the ability of a train of pacing stimuli to capture or locally entrain atrial myocardium during the quiescent period after

  20. Diretrizes brasileiras para o tratamento da narcolepsia Brazilian guidelines for the treatment of narcolepsy

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    Flávio Alóe

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo relata as conclusões da reunião de consenso da Associação Brasileira de Sono com médicos especialistas brasileiros sobre o tratamento da narcolepsia, baseado na revisão dos artigos sobre narcolepsia publicados entre 1980 e 2010. Os objetivos do consenso são valorizar o uso de agentes avaliados em estudos randomizados placebo-controlados, emitir recomendações de consenso para o uso de outras medicações e informar pontos importantes a respeito da segurança e efeitos adversos das medicações. O tratamento da narcolepsia é baseado em diversas classes de agentes, estimulantes para sonolência excessiva, agentes antidepressivos para cataplexia e hipnóticos para sono noturno fragmentado. Medidas comportamentais são igualmente importantes e recomendadas universalmente. Todos os ensaios clínicos terapêuticos foram classificados de acordo com o nível de qualidade da evidência. Recomendações terapêuticas individualizadas para cada tipo de sintoma e recomendações gerais foram formuladas pelos autores. Modafinila é indicada como a primeira escolha para o tratamento da sonolência diurna. Agentes de segunda escolha para o tratamento da sonolência excessiva são metilfenidato de liberação lenta seguido pelo mazindol. Reboxetina, clomipramina, venlafaxina, desvenlafaxina e os inibidores seletivos de recaptação de serotonina em doses altas são a primeira escolha para o tratamento da cataplexia. Hipnóticos são utilizados para o tratamento do sono noturno fragmentado. Antidepressivos e hipnóticos são igualmente utilizados para o tratamento das alucinações hipnagógicas e paralisia do sono.This manuscript contains the conclusion of the consensus meeting of the Brazilian Sleep Association with Brazilian sleep specialists on the treatment of narcolepsy based on the review of medical literature from 1980 to 2010. The manuscript objectives were to reinforce the use of agents evaluated in randomized placebo

  1. Management of atrial fibrillation in the setting of heart failure

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    Crijns, HJGM; VandenBerg, MP; VanGelder, IC; VanVeldhuisen, DJ

    Heart failure is often complicated by atrial fibrillation. Once atrial fibrillation has started it further enhances heart failure due to uncontrolled rate with shortened filling time and provocation of tachycardiomyopathy. Absent atrial kick and irregularity of the ventricular rhythm also

  2. Importância da anatomia da circulação coronária atrial na operação de Cox para controle da fibrilação atrial The importance of atrial coronary circulation on Cox surgery for control atrial fibrillation

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    Marcelo B. JATENE

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Com o advento de novas técnicas cirúrgicas para o tratamento das arritmias cardíacas, em especial da fibrilação atrial, como a cirurgia de Cox, o conhecimento das características e do trajeto das artérias coronárias atriais assumiu grande importância. O objetivo deste trabalho é o estudo desta circulação e a definição dos padrões de irrigação atrial. Para tanto, utilizamos 30 corações a fresco de indivíduos sem cardiopatia prévia, cujas artérias coronárias e ramos foram visibilizados através de injeção de resina vinílica corada com tinta laca preta, seguida de cuidadosa dissecção. Após avaliação macroscópica das peças, não foram encontrados padrões de irrigação uniforme dos átrios. Porém, a artéria do nó sinoatrial (ANSA, quando analisada isoladamente, revelou não apenas padrões de origem, como também padrões de trajeto. Foram descritos 7 padrões de origem e trajeto da ANSA, considerando-se pontos de referências da estrutura anatômica dos átrios. Os padrões descritos, diferente dos encontrados por outros autores, são de fácil interpretação e de aplicabilidade direta em técnicas cirúrgicas que abordam os átrios.Since the appearance of new surgical techniques such as Cox surgery employed for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, especially for atrial fibrillation, the knowledge of coronary artery characteristics and courses has been of increasing importance. The aim of this study was the analysis of this circulation and definition of atrial irrigation patterns. Hence, the coronary arteries of 30 normal human hearts were injected with colored resin and carefully dissected. After macroscopic evaluation of the hearts, no atrial irrigation patterns were found. However, when only the sinus atrial node was analyzed, it showed origin patterns as well as course patterns. Seven origin and route patterns of this artery are described, considering the anatomical structure of the atria as reference

  3. Risk of atrial fibrillation in diabetes mellitus

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

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    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...... and a diabetes group. The absolute risk of developing atrial fibrillation was calculated and Poisson regression models adjusted for sex, age and comorbidities were used to calculate incidence rate ratios of atrial fibrillation. The total study cohort included 5,081,087 persons, 4,827,713 (95%) in the background...

  4. [Relations between FANS, PPI and atrial fibrillation].

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    Ricci, Fabrizio; De Caterina, Raffaele

    2013-05-01

    Recent evidence supports the existence of an association between the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the risk of atrial fibrillation. Anti-inflammatory drugs are widely used for the treatment of systemic inflammatory disorders, and chronic inflammation is a well-known risk factor for the development of myocardial fibrosis. The latter accounts for atrial inhomogeneities of conduction, thus triggering and perpetuating atrial fibrillation. Atrial inflammatory remodeling may therefore be responsible for the higher incidence of atrial fibrillation among patients assuming steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs because of an underlying inflammatory disorders. Alternative theories contemplate gastroesophageal reflux, which is extremely common during the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and may trigger atrial fibrillation, as mediating the above-mentioned association.

  5. Surgical treatment for ectopic atrial tachycardia.

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    Graffigna, A; Vigano, M; Pagani, F; Salerno, G

    1992-08-01

    Atrial tachycardia is an infrequent but potentially dangerous arrhythmia which often determines cardiac enlargement. Surgical ablation of the arrhythmia is effective and safe, provided a careful atrial mapping is performed and the surgical technique is tailored to the individual focus location. Eight patients underwent surgical ablation of ectopic atrial tachycardia between 1977 and 1990. Different techniques were adopted for each patient according to the anatomical location of the focus and possibly associated arrhythmias. Whenever possible, a closed heart procedure was chosen. In 1 patient a double focal origin was found and treated by separate procedures. In 1 patient with ostium secundum atrial septal defect and atrial flutter, surgical isolation of the right appendage and the ectopic focus was performed. In all patients ectopic atrial tachycardia was ablated with maintenance of the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodal function as well as internodal conduction. In follow-up up to December 1991, no recurrency was recorded.

  6. Atrial septal stenting - How I do it?

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    Kothandam Sivakumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A wide atrial communication is important to maintain hemodynamics in certain forms of congenital and acquired heart defects. In comparison to balloon septostomy or blade septostomy, atrial septal stenting provides a controlled, predictable, and long-lasting atrial communication. It often needs a prior Brockenbrough needle septal puncture to obtain a stable stent position. A stent deployed across a previously dilated and stretched oval foramen or tunnel form of oval foramen carries higher risk of embolization. This review provides technical tips to achieve a safe atrial septal stenting. Even though this is a "How to do it article," an initial discussion about the indications for atrial septal stenting is vital as the resultant size of the atrial septal communication should be tailored for each indication.

  7. Evaluating the Atrial Myopathy Underlying Atrial Fibrillation: Identifying the Arrhythmogenic and Thrombogenic Substrate

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    Goldberger, Jeffrey J.; Arora, Rishi; Green, David; Greenland, Philip; Lee, Daniel C.; Lloyd-Jones, Donald M.; Markl, Michael; Ng, Jason; Shah, Sanjiv J.

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    Atrial disease or myopathy forms the substrate for atrial fibrillation (AF) and underlies the potential for atrial thrombus formation and subsequent stroke. Current diagnostic approaches in patients with AF focus on identifying clinical predictors with evaluation of left atrial size by echocardiography serving as the sole measure specifically evaluating the atrium. Although the atrial substrate underlying AF is likely developing for years prior to the onset of AF, there is no current evaluation to identify the pre-clinical atrial myopathy. Atrial fibrosis is one component of the atrial substrate that has garnered recent attention based on newer MRI techniques that have been applied to visualize atrial fibrosis in humans with prognostic implications regarding success of treatment. Advanced ECG signal processing, echocardiographic techniques, and MRI imaging of fibrosis and flow provide up-to-date approaches to evaluate the atrial myopathy underlying AF. While thromboembolic risk is currently defined by clinical scores, their predictive value is mediocre. Evaluation of stasis via imaging and biomarkers associated with thrombogenesis may provide enhanced approaches to assess risk for stroke in patients with AF. Better delineation of the atrial myopathy that serves as the substrate for AF and thromboembolic complications might improve treatment outcomes. Furthermore, better delineation of the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the development of the atrial substrate for AF, particularly in its earlier stages, could help identify blood and imaging biomarkers that could be useful to assess risk for developing new onset AF and suggest specific pathways that could be targeted for prevention. PMID:26216085

  8. Digoxin versus placebo, no intervention, or other medical interventions for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

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    Sethi, Naqash; Safi, Sanam; Feinberg, Joshua

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    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia of the heart with a prevalence of approximately 2% in the western world. Atrial flutter, another arrhythmia, occurs less often with an incidence of approximately 200,000 new patients per year in the USA. Patients with atrial fibrillati...

  9. Persistent atrial fibrillation vs paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: differences in management.

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    Margulescu, Andrei D; Mont, Lluis

    2017-08-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF. However, the efficiency of ablation techniques varies greatly, being highest in paroxysmal and lowest in long-term persistent AF. Areas covered: In this review, we discuss the fundamental differences between paroxysmal and persistent AF and the potential impact of those differences on patient management, emphasizing the available therapeutic strategies to achieve rhythm control. Expert commentary: Treatment to prevent AF recurrences is suboptimal, particularly in patients with persistent AF. Emerging technologies, such as documentation of atrial fibrosis using magnetic resonance imaging and documentation of electrical substrate using advanced electrocardiographic imaging techniques are likely to provide valuable insights about patient-specific tailoring of treatments.

  10. Perfil de egresso de Curso de Enfermagem nas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais: uma aproximação Perfil de los alumnos egresados de las Escuelas de Enfermería, según las Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionales: una aproximación Profile of Nursing Schools egresses according to the National Curriculum Guidelines: an approach

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    Silvana Sidney Costa Santos

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    Full Text Available A reestruturação curricular no curso de graduação em enfermagem, necessária a partir das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN, inicia suas atividades com a leitura crítica da Resolução 03/2001 e nela encontra-se, entre outras orientações, o perfil de egressos. O objetivo desta revisão crítica de literatura foi refletir sobre as palavras ou categorias explícitas no perfil de egressos sugeridas pelas DCN, utilizando de dicionários (de língua portuguesa e de filosofia e de literaturas diversas (da enfermagem e de outras disciplinas, para compreendê-las de forma mais concreta e percebê-las relevantes na formação do profissional enfermeiro e, portanto, necessárias no Projeto Político Pedagógico (PPP. Reconhecem-se os valores da proposta do perfil de egressos das DCN na formação do enfermeiro, porém, torna-se importante perceber que não se trata só de estabelecer novos marcos, priorizar novos objetivos, mudar perfil, reestruturar conteúdos, restabelecer condições de funcionamento ou de cargas horárias, mas de realizar um trabalho coletivo de crescimento grupal.La reestructuración curricular en el curso de graduación en enfermero, necesaria a partir de las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales (DCN, se inicia sus actividades con la lectura crítica de la Resolución 03 / 2001 y en ella se encuentra, entre otras orientaciones, el perfil de egresos. E objetivo de esta revisión crítica de literatura fue reflexionar sobre las palabras o categorías explícitas en el perfil de egresos sugeridas por las DCN, utilizando de diccionarios (de lengua portuguesa y filosofía y diversas literaturas (del enfermero y de otras disciplinas, para que las comprenda de forma mas concreta y la perciba relevantes en la formación del profesional enfermero y, por lo tanto, necesarias en el Proyecto Político Pedagógico (PPP. Se reconocen los valores de la propuesta del perfil de egresos de las DCN en la formación del enfermero, pero, se

  11. O Ensino de História no século XXI: a perspectiva dos professores participantes do Programa de Desenvolvimento Educacional do Paraná (PDE em relação às Diretrizes Curriculares da Educação Básica de História (DCEs

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    Maria Paula Costa

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo analisar como os professores que participaram do Programa de Desenvolvimento Educacional do Paraná (PDE mobilizaram seus saberes docentes para a leitura e apropriação na prática do cotidiano escolar das Diretrizes Curriculares da Educação Básica de História do Estado do Paraná (DCEs. Para tanto a principal fonte de pesquisa foram às respostas de um instrumento de investigação que procurou compreender os usos, significados, dificuldades e negação deste texto curricular oficial. A proposta de ensino das DCEs está vinculada as discussões da área de investigação denominada, Educação Histórica, especificamente aos estudos teóricos de Jörn Rüsen sobre consciência histórica. Neste sentido, buscamos desvendar os diferentes significados atribuídos pelos professores e seu impacto no trabalho docente no âmbito escolar.

  12. A CONTRIBUIÇÃO DAS UNIVERSIDADES ESTADUAIS (UEs PARA O ENSINO SUPERIOR NO BRASIL

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    Clécio Moreira Lopes

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      Analisa-se a participação das universidades estaduais no ensino superior do Brasil, comparando-as com as federais, municipais e privadas em termos do número de instituições, vagas, ingressantes, matrículas e concluintes antes e depois da Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional. Pergunta-se: qual a contribuição para o ensino superior brasileiro e que efeitos as inovações da LDB provocaram no setor? Deseja-se dimensionar essa participação, comparando a parcela de contribuição das UEs com a dos demais segmentos antes das inovações da lei geral. Tomam-se por base os Censos do Ensino Superior realizados pelo INEP, analisando a proporção do segmento em relação ao total. Constatou-se que as estaduais são as primeiras instituições universitárias e que, salvo nas primeiras décadas, quando a federalização subtraiu algumas unidades, até 1996, ampliava sua participação com 20% das instituições, 15% dos ingressantes, 17% das matrículas, 19% de concluintes e  13% das vagas. Desde então, apesar dos acréscimos, tem reduzido sua fatia, tendo, em 2013, 19% das universidades, 5% das vagas, 8% dos ingressantes, 13% das matrículas e 14% dos concluintes, não acompanhando o crescimento das federais e, principalmente, das privadas que, favorecidas com as alterações na legislação, tornaram-se o maior segmento. Conclui-se, então, que a participação das universidades estaduais no ensino superior brasileiro tem experimentado ora ampliação, ora redução, mas sempre favorecendo o acesso ao ensino superior de grandes camadas da população brasileira.   Palavras-chave: Ensino superior. Educação brasileira. Universidades estaduais. Ensino superior estadual.

  13. [Panic disorder and atrial fibrillation].

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    Olazabal Eizaguirre, N; Chavez, R; González-Torres, M A; Gaviria, M

    2013-10-01

    This paper studies the relationship between atrial fibrillation and panic disorder. There are often doubts on the differential diagnosis in emergency services and general medical settings. Panic disorder prevalence rates have been found to be high in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. Various studies have observed that patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders frequently have higher cardiovascular disease rates compared to the general population. Usually, patients suffering from panic disorder exhibit somatic complaints suggesting coronary disease, such as chest pain or palpitations. The aim is to make the correct diagnosis and treatment for these different illnesses, and to decrease the costs due to misdiagnosis. Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Médicos de Atención Primaria (SEMERGEN). Publicado por Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  14. Relevance of Electrical Remodeling in Human Atrial Fibrillation Results of the Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Evaluation in Pacemaker Patients and the Atrial Fibrillation Reduction Atrial Pacing Trial Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation Study

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    Healey, Jeff S.; Israel, Carsten W.; Connolly, Stuart J.; Hohnloser, Stefan H.; Nair, Girish M.; Divakaramenon, Syamkumar; Capucci, Alessandro; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Lau, Chu-Pak; Gold, Michael R.; Carlson, Mark; Themeles, Ellison; Morillo, Carlos A.

    Background-In animal models of atrial fibrillation (AF), changes in atrial electrophysiological properties are associated with the development of AF. Their relevance to human AF is unclear. Methods and Results-The Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Evaluation in Pacemaker Patients and the

  15. Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery

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    Nair Suresh

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Once considered as nothing more than a nuisance after cardiac surgery, the importance of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF has been realized in the last decade, primarily because of the morbidity associated with the condition. Numerous causative factors have been described without any single factor being singled out as the cause of this complication. POAF has been associated with stroke, renal failure and congestive heart failure, although it is difficult to state whether POAF is directly responsible for these complications. Guidelines have been formulated for prevention of POAF. However, very few cardiothoracic centers follow any form of protocol to prevent POAF. Routine use of prophylaxis would subject all patients to the side effects of anti-arrhythmic drugs, while only a minority of the patients do actually develop this problem postoperatively. Withdrawal of beta blockers in the postoperative period has been implicated as one of the major causes of POAF. Amiodarone, calcium channel blockers and a variety of other pharmacological agents have been used for the prevention of POAF. Atrial pacing is a non-pharmacological measure which has gained popularity in the prevention of POAF. There is considerable controversy regarding whether rate control is superior to rhythm control in the treatment of established atrial fibrillation (AF. Amiodarone plays a central role in both rate control and rhythm control in postoperative AF. Newer drugs like dronedarone and ranazoline are likely to come into the market in the coming years.

  16. Conhecimento e prática em UTI Neonatais brasileiras: a perspectiva de seus gestores sobre a implementação de diretrizes clínicas Knowledge and practice in Brazilian neonatal ICU: the perspective of their managers on the implementation of clinical guidelines

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    Maria Auxiliadora Sousa Mendes Gomes

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A superação da lacuna entre o conhecimento estabelecido e sistematizado em diretrizes clínicas e a prática dos serviços de saúde é um desafio para a qualidade do cuidado. Diretrizes clínicas são ferramentas que sistematizam a evidência científica, auxiliando a identificar aquelas relevantes ao cuidado apropriado. Diversas estratégias para ampliar o uso de diretrizes clínicas foram identificadas na literatura: distribuição de material educacional; encontros para a capacitação; revisão das práticas; visita de especialistas; e lembretes. A análise de tais estratégias na perspectiva dos gestores de UTIN foi o objeto do estudo, desenvolvido em UTIN públicas através da aplicação de questionário semiestruturado com 53 chefias (médica e de enfermagem. Os entrevistados relataram a utilização concomitante de várias atividades/estratégias, concordando com posicionamentos da literatura. Cerca de 40% dos chefes consideraram que a distribuição de material escrito incentiva a adesão dos profissionais. A maioria dos gestores relatou que utiliza frequentemente as reuniões para discussão de diretrizes clínicas, sendo esta uma atividade recomendada por mais de 95% deles. No contexto estudado, verificou-se que as estratégias para ampliar a disseminação do conhecimento dependem dos próprios profissionais e serviços, não havendo apoio institucional formal para seu financiamento, o que reduz a consistência de seu uso.Overcoming the gap between the established and systematized knowledge in clinical guidelines and practice of health services is a challenge to the quality of care. Clinical guidelines are tools that systematize the scientific evidence, helping to identify those relevant to the proper care. Several strategies to expand the use of clinical guidelines were identified in the literature: distribution of educational materials; meetings for training; review of practices; visits of experts; and reminders. The analysis

  17. Changes in plasma atrial natriuretic factor in patients with idiopathic atrial fibrillation

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    Du Tongxin; Xia Xiaojie; Qu Wei; Wang Shukui; Sun Junjiang

    2002-01-01

    To observe the changes in plasma atrial natriuretic factor (AFN) in patients with idiopathic atrial fibrillation and investigate its mechanism, plasma ANF, platelet count and hematocrit were detected in 21 cases with transient idiopathic atrial fibrillation (group A, A1 representing attack, while A2 termination), 28 with persistent idiopathic atrial fibrillation (group B), 27 suffered from rheumatic heart disease with mitral stenosis and persistent atrial fibrillation (group C), 32 with transient supraventricular tachycardia (group D) and 20 normal controls (group E). It was found that the level of ANF was significantly higher in patients with attacking transient idiopathic atrial fibrillation than that in group A2, D and E (P 0.05), while there was significant difference in hematocrit in group A1 compared with group A2, D, E (P < 0.01). It suggested that ANF and hematocrit play an important role in the attack of idiopathic atrial fibrillation

  18. Atualização em reanimação cardiopulmonar: o que mudou com as novas diretrizes Update on cardiopulmonary resuscitation: what changed with the new guidelines

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    Gilson Soares Feitosa-Filho

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: As novas diretrizes contêm modificações significativas para tentar melhorar a prática da reanimação e a sobrevida de pacientes com parada cardíaca. Este artigo teve por objetivo revisar as principais alterações na reanimação praticada pelo profissional de saúde. CONTEÚDO: São várias as novas recomendações quanto à reanimação cardiopulmonar (RCP, a maioria com a finalidade de prover boa circulação durante a parada cardíaca. A alteração mais importante é a ênfase na qualidade das compressões torácicas. A relação universal de 30:2 é recomendada para simplificar o treinamento, alcançar ótima freqüência delas e reduzir as interrupções. Choque único é aplicado quando indicado, seguido imediatamente de RCP. Este choque deve ser de 120 a 200J, quando onda bifásica ou 360J quando onda monofásica. Os socorristas nunca devem interromper as compressões torácicas para verificar o ritmo antes de terminar os 5 ciclos, ou aproximadamente 2 minutos de RCP. Após este período, se um ritmo organizado estiver presente, o profissional de saúde deve observar o pulso. Existem várias e pequenas alterações quanto aos fármacos administrados durante a RCP de acordo com o ritmo. Dada a falta de evidência de qualquer destes fármacos melhorar a sobrevida em longo prazo durante a parada cardíaca, a seqüência de RCP enfatiza muito mais o suporte básico de vida. CONCLUSÕES: É importante a atualização quanto às novas diretrizes de RCP para melhorar a qualidade da reanimação e alcançar melhores taxas de sobrevida dos pacientes críticos.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: New resuscitation guidelines contain significant changes intended to improve resuscitation practice and survival from cardiac arrest. This article provides an overview of the key changes on resuscitation for healthcare provider. CONTENTS: There are several new recommendations on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR, the major are

  19. Diretrizes para implantação de sistemas de segurança e saúde do trabalho em empresas produtoras de baterias automotivas Guidelines to implement occupational health and safety systems in automotive batteries manufacturers

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    Full Text Available O desenvolvimento de Sistemas de Gestão da Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho (SGSST ganha um significado cada vez mais importante no desempenho das empresas, pois, por meio deles, é possível obter a promoção da saúde e satisfação dos trabalhadores e a redução dos riscos de acidentes. No entanto, para que um SGSST obtenha bons resultados, as empresas precisam estar atentas às dificuldades comumente encontradas durante o seu processo de implantação, procurando solucioná-las de maneira antecipada e estruturada. Pelo exposto, este trabalho tem como principal objetivo apresentar diretrizes, baseadas no referencial teórico e nos resultados dos estudos de caso realizados, para implantação de SGSSTs em empresas fabricantes de baterias automotivas. Para o seu desenvolvimento adotou-se o método de pesquisa qualitativa a partir da realização de dois estudos de caso em empresas fabricantes de baterias automotivas localizadas na cidade de Bauru. Os instrumentos de coleta de dados foram entrevistas semiestruturadas, análise de documentos e observação in loco. Ao final do artigo, são propostas diretrizes relacionadas aos seguintes elementos: alta direção, estratégia organizacional, cultura organizacional, departamento de Segurança e Saúde do Trabalho (SST, técnicos de SST, recursos humanos, treinamento, equipes multidisciplinares, comunicação interna, resistência à mudança, indicadores de desempenho, ferramentas gerenciais para solução de problemas de SST, gestão de projetos, recompensas e incentivos, e integração do sistema.The development of Health and Safety Management Systems has become increasingly important for the performance of companies since they can provide workers with good health and satisfaction and reduce the risks of accidents. However, in order for these systems to be efficient, the organizations need to be aware of the difficulties found during their implementation to overcome them ahead in a structured

  20. Consenso brasileiro sobre câncer gástrico: diretrizes para o câncer gástrico no Brasil Brazilian consensus in gastric cancer: guidelines for gastric cancer in Brazil

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: No Brasil, o câncer gástrico é o quarto tumor maligno mais frequente entre os homens e sexto entre as mulheres. A causa é multivariada e os componentes de risco conhecidos. Ele tem seu prognóstico e tratamento definidos pela localização e estadiamento do tumor e número de linfonodos ressecados e acometidos. OBJETIVO: O Consenso Brasileiro sobre Câncer Gástrico foi idealizado pela ABCG com o intuito de emitir diretrizes que possam orientar os profissionais médicos no atendimento aos pacientes portadores desta afecção. MÉTODOS: Foram respondidas e resumidas 43 questões refletindo consenso ou não sobre diagnóstico e tratamento que poderão ser empregadas como orientação para sua abordagem multiprofissional. O método envolveu três etapas. Inicialmente 56 cirurgiões do aparelho digestivo e médicos de especialidades correlatas reuniram-se para formular as perguntas que foram enviadas aos participantes para embasarem as respostas em evidências científicas e na experiência pessoal. Resumos aos temas foram apresentados, discutidos em plenário e votados em duas outras reuniões. Os temas abrangeram 53 perguntas envolvendo: diagnóstico e estadiamento (seis questões; tratamento cirúrgico (35 questões; quimioterapia e radioterapia (sete questões; e anatomopatologia, imunoistoquímica e perspectivas (cinco questões. Considerou-se consenso a concordância de mais de 70% dos votos em cada tema. RESULTADOS: Todas as respostas foram apresentadas e votadas, e em 42 delas houve consenso. CONCLUSÃO: Pôde ser elaborado consenso na maior parte das questões que acompanham o atendimento dos pacientes com câncer gástrico, permitindo a elas serem encaminhadas para a confecção de Diretrizes sobre o tema.BACKGROUND: In Brazil, gastric cancer is the fourth most common malignancy among men and sixth among women. The cause is multivariate and the risks are well known. It has prognosis and treatment defined by the location and

  1. [Typical atrial flutter: Diagnosis and therapy].

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    Thomas, Dierk; Eckardt, Lars; Estner, Heidi L; Kuniss, Malte; Meyer, Christian; Neuberger, Hans-Ruprecht; Sommer, Philipp; Steven, Daniel; Voss, Frederik; Bonnemeier, Hendrik

    2016-03-01

    Typical, cavotricuspid-dependent atrial flutter is the most common atrial macroreentry tachycardia. The incidence of atrial flutter (typical and atypical forms) is age-dependent with 5/100,000 in patients less than 50 years and approximately 600/100,000 in subjects > 80 years of age. Concomitant heart failure or pulmonary disease further increases the risk of typical atrial flutter.Patients with atrial flutter may present with symptoms of palpitations, reduced exercise capacity, chest pain, or dyspnea. The risk of thromboembolism is probably similar to atrial fibrillation; therefore, the same antithrombotic prophylaxis is required in atrial flutter patients. Acutely symptomatic cases may be subjected to cardioversion or pharmacologic rate control to relieve symptoms. Catheter ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus represents the primary choice in long-term therapy, associated with high procedural success (> 97 %) and low complication rates (0.5 %).This article represents the third part of a manuscript series designed to improve professional education in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. Mechanistic and clinical characteristics as well as management of isthmus-dependent atrial flutter are described in detail. Electrophysiological findings and catheter ablation of the arrhythmia are highlighted.

  2. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)-granules: ultrastructure ...

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    ANP) are present in the four regions of the atrial-auricular complex (two atria and two auricles). ANP-immunoreactivity was detected in all granules from the four regions. Ultrastructurally, atrial myocytes show the presence of very electron dense ...

  3. Radiofrequency catheter oblation in atrial flutter

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    Yan Ji; Wang Heping; Xu Jian; Liu Fuyuan; Fan Xizhen; An Chunsheng; Han Xiaoping; Ding Xiaomei; Wang Jiasheng; Gu Tongyuan

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the radiofrequency catheter ablation for type I atrial flutter through application of Holo catheter labelling with anatomic imaging localization to ablate the isthmus of IVCTA during complete double-way block. Methods: Eleven cases with type I atrial flutter undergone Holo catheter labelling technique and consecution with conduction time change of coronary venous sinus orifice with-right atrial lower lateral wall pace excitation, were performed with radiofrequency catheter ablation for the isthmus outcoming with complete double-way conduction block. Results: All together 11 cases with 4 of atrial flutter and 7 of sinus rhythm were undergone radiofrequency catheter ablation resulting with double-way conduction block of the isthmus accompanied by prolongation of right atrial conduction time 56.0 ± 2.3 ms and 53.0 ± 4.6 ms respectively. The right atrial excitation appeared to be in clockwise and counter-clockwise of single direction. No recurrence occurred during 3-34 months follow up with only one showing atrial fibrillation. Conclusions: The application of Holo catheter labelling technique with anatomic imaging localization to achieve the double-way conduction block by radiofrequency catheter ablation of TVC-TA isthmus, is a reliable method for treating atrial flutter

  4. Artificial atrial fibrillation in the dog. An artifact?

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    Strackee, J.; Hoelen, A.J.; Zimmerman, A.N.E.; Meijler, F.L.

    R-R interval sequences during artificial atrial fibrillation in dogs were studied in the same way as in patients in a previous study and compared with results obtained in dogs with spontaneous atrial fibrillation. Artificial atrial fibrillation was effected by right atrial stimulation in three

  5. Left Atrial 4D Blood Flow Dynamics and Hemostasis following Electrical Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Merih Cibis

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Electrical cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation is followed by a transiently impaired atrial mechanical function, termed atrial stunning. During atrial stunning, a retained risk of left atrial thrombus formation exists, which may be attributed to abnormal left atrial blood flow patterns. 4D Flow cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR enables blood flow assessment from the entire three-dimensional atrial volume throughout the cardiac cycle. We sought to investigate left atrial 4D blood flow patterns and hemostasis during left atrial stunning and after left atrial mechanical function was restored.Methods: 4D Flow and morphological CMR data as well as blood samples were collected in fourteen patients at two time-points: 2–3 h (Time-1 and 4 weeks (Time-2 following cardioversion. The volume of blood stasis and duration of blood stasis were calculated. In addition, hemostasis markers were analyzed.Results: From Time-1 to Time-2: Heart rate decreased (61 ± 7 vs. 56 ± 8 bpm, p = 0.01; Maximum change in left atrial volume increased (8 ± 4 vs. 22 ± 15%, p = 0.009; The duration of stasis (68 ± 11 vs. 57 ± 8%, p = 0.002 and the volume of stasis (14 ± 9 vs. 9 ± 7%, p = 0.04 decreased; Thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT decreased (5.2 ± 3.3 vs. 3.3 ± 2.2 μg/L, p = 0.008. A significant correlation was found between TAT and the volume of stasis (r2 = 0.69, p < 0.001 at Time-1 and between TAT and the duration of stasis (r2 = 0.34, p = 0.04 at Time-2.Conclusion: In this longitudinal study, left atrial multidimensional blood flow was altered and blood stasis was elevated during left atrial stunning compared to the restored left atrial mechanical function. The coagulability of blood was also elevated during atrial stunning. The association between blood stasis and hypercoagulability proposes that assessment of left atrial 4D flow can add to the pathophysiological understanding of thrombus formation during atrial fibrillation

  6. Left Atrial 4D Blood Flow Dynamics and Hemostasis following Electrical Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Cibis, Merih; Lindahl, Tomas L.; Ebbers, Tino; Karlsson, Lars O.; Carlhäll, Carl-Johan

    2017-01-01

    Background: Electrical cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation is followed by a transiently impaired atrial mechanical function, termed atrial stunning. During atrial stunning, a retained risk of left atrial thrombus formation exists, which may be attributed to abnormal left atrial blood flow patterns. 4D Flow cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) enables blood flow assessment from the entire three-dimensional atrial volume throughout the cardiac cycle. We sought to investigate left atrial 4D blood flow patterns and hemostasis during left atrial stunning and after left atrial mechanical function was restored. Methods: 4D Flow and morphological CMR data as well as blood samples were collected in fourteen patients at two time-points: 2–3 h (Time-1) and 4 weeks (Time-2) following cardioversion. The volume of blood stasis and duration of blood stasis were calculated. In addition, hemostasis markers were analyzed. Results: From Time-1 to Time-2: Heart rate decreased (61 ± 7 vs. 56 ± 8 bpm, p = 0.01); Maximum change in left atrial volume increased (8 ± 4 vs. 22 ± 15%, p = 0.009); The duration of stasis (68 ± 11 vs. 57 ± 8%, p = 0.002) and the volume of stasis (14 ± 9 vs. 9 ± 7%, p = 0.04) decreased; Thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT) decreased (5.2 ± 3.3 vs. 3.3 ± 2.2 μg/L, p = 0.008). A significant correlation was found between TAT and the volume of stasis (r2 = 0.69, p < 0.001) at Time-1 and between TAT and the duration of stasis (r2 = 0.34, p = 0.04) at Time-2. Conclusion: In this longitudinal study, left atrial multidimensional blood flow was altered and blood stasis was elevated during left atrial stunning compared to the restored left atrial mechanical function. The coagulability of blood was also elevated during atrial stunning. The association between blood stasis and hypercoagulability proposes that assessment of left atrial 4D flow can add to the pathophysiological understanding of thrombus formation during atrial fibrillation related

  7. MiDAS

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    McIlroy, Simon Jon; Saunders, Aaron Marc; Albertsen, Mads

    2015-01-01

    The Microbial Database for Activated Sludge (MiDAS) field guide is a freely available online resource linking the identity of abundant and process critical microorganisms in activated sludge wastewater treatment systems to available data related to their functional importance. Phenotypic properties...... of some of these genera are described, but most are known only from sequence data. The MiDAS taxonomy is a manual curation of the SILVA taxonomy that proposes a name for all genus-level taxa observed to be abundant by large-scale 16 S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing of full-scale activated sludge...... communities. The taxonomy can be used to classify unknown sequences, and the online MiDAS field guide links the identity to the available information about their morphology, diversity, physiology and distribution. The use of a common taxonomy across the field will provide a solid foundation for the study...

  8. Isthmus Dependent Atrial Flutter Cycle Length Correlates with Right Atrial Cross-Sectional Area

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    Kousik Krishnan

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Right atrial flutter cycle length can prolong in the presence of antiarrhythmic drug therapy. We hypothesized that the cycle length of right atrial isthmus dependent flutter would correlate with right atrial cross-sectional area measurements. Methods: 60 patients who underwent ablation for electrophysiologically proven isthmus dependent right atrial flutter, who were not on Class I or Class III antiarrhythmic drugs and had recent 2-dimensional echocardiographic data comprised the study group. Right atrial length and width were measured in the apical four chamber view. Cross-sectional area was estimated by multiplying the length and width. 35 patients had an atrial flutter rate ≥250 bpm (Normal Flutter Group and 25 patients had an atrial flutter rate < 250 bpm (Slow Flutter Group. Results: Mean atrial flutter rate was 283 bpm in the normal flutter group and 227 bpm in the slow flutter group. Mean atrial flutter cycle length was 213 ms in the Normal Flutter Group and 265 ms in the Slow Flutter Group (p<0.0001. Mean right atrial cross sectional area was 1845 mm2 in the Normal Flutter group and 2378 mm2 in the Slow Flutter Group, (p< 0.0001. Using linear regression, CSA was a significant predictor of cycle length (β =0.014 p = 0.0045. For every 1 mm2 increase in cross-sectional area, cycle length is 0.014 ms longer.Conclusion: In the absence of antiarrhythmic medications, right atrial cross sectional area enlargement correlates with atrial flutter cycle length. These findings provide further evidence that historical rate-related definitions of typical isthmus dependent right atrial are not mechanistically valid.

  9. [Left versus bi-atrial radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation].

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    Wang, Jian-Gang; Meng, Xu; Li, Hui

    2008-11-25

    To evaluate the effectiveness of radiofrequency modified maze operation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) and compare the results of the left versus bi-atrial procedures. 305 patients of organic heart disease combined with AF, 117 males and 188 females, aged (53 +/- 10), that underwent cardiac valve operation (n = 293) and/or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (n = 14), received concomitant atrial fibrillation, bi-atrial (n = 160) or left atrial (n = 145) with a mean duration of (36 +/- 43) months. Follow-up was conducted for (28 +/- 5) (3 - 42) months. Thirteen patients (4.3%) died postoperatively: 7 died of multisystem and organ failure, 3 of low cardiac output, 1 of rupture of left ventricle, 1 of arrhythmia, and 1 of sudden death. During the follow-up, 1 patient died of heart failure, 1 of encephalorrhagia and 1 of unknown reason in the bi-atrial group. At the end of the procedure 223 patients (73.1%) had sinus rhythm, with a sinus rhythm rate of 66.9% (107/160) in the bi-atrial group, significant lower than that in the left atrial group (80.0%, 116/145, P bi-atrial group was 80.0%, not significantly different from that of the left atrial group (81.9%, P > 0.05). The Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed there was no significant difference in the AF rhythm rate between these 2 groups (P = 0.33). Logistic regression analysis showed that the left atrial diameter of >/= 80 mm was an independent predictor of AF recurrence. Both the left and bi-atrial procedures are successful in terms of restoring sinus rhythm. Left atrial ablation in severe cases and where the incision of right atrium is not needed is a reasonable choice.

  10. 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.

  11. O Fórum Nacional de Cursos de Geologia e as diretrizes curriculares nacionais: histórico e perspectivas

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    Celso Dal Ré Carneiro Carneiro

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A formação profissional na área de Geologia destina-se a suprir um campo de atividades tipicamente ligadas ao Estado. Esse fato acentua a importância de regras claras para funcionamento dos cursos de graduação em Geologia e Engenharia Geológica, representadas pelas Diretrizes Curriculares (DCNs, aprovadas pelo Conselho Nacional de Educação (CNE em 2012. A decisão aproveita grandemente as proposições do Fórum Nacional de Cursos de Geologia (FNCG e atende às preocupações e anseios de docentes, profissionais e estudantes. Este artigo do evento “Interfaces Geociências e Ensino: 40 anos de experiências (1973-2013” examina, em perspectiva, a contribuição para as DCNs de um grupo de professores e alunos voltado para renovação no ensino superior de Geologia formado na USP em 1973. As DCNs mantêm várias recomendações relevantes da orientação precedente – o Currículo Mínimo –, e introduzem orientações para reconfigurar cursos, reestruturar currículos e mudar concepções. A ênfase ao trabalho de campo como ferramenta imprescindível de formação de geólogos, associada ao laboratório e intensivo estudo bibliográfico, pode levar a projetos pedagógicos inovadores, em substituição a rígidos modelos de currículos e cargas horárias. Além da consequência esperada – profissionais mais bem preparados – haverá melhor interação com órgãos de regulação profissional (sistema CREA-CONFEA, e orientações mais eficazes para a avaliação periódica dos cursos.

  12. Atrial fibrillation and survival in colorectal cancer

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    Justin Timothy A

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Survival in colorectal cancer may correlate with the degree of systemic inflammatory response to the tumour. Atrial fibrillation may be regarded as an inflammatory complication. We aimed to determine if atrial fibrillation is a prognostic factor in colorectal cancer. Patients and methods A prospective colorectal cancer patient database was cross-referenced with the hospital clinical-coding database to identify patients who had underwent colorectal cancer surgery and were in atrial fibrillation pre- or postoperatively. Results A total of 175 patients underwent surgery for colorectal cancer over a two-year period. Of these, 13 patients had atrial fibrillation pre- or postoperatively. Atrial fibrillation correlated with worse two-year survival (p = 0.04; log-rank test. However, in a Cox regression analysis, atrial fibrillation was not significantly associated with survival. Conclusion The presence or development of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer is associated with worse overall survival, however it was not found to be an independent factor in multivariate analysis.

  13. Das, Prof. Gobardhan

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    Das, Prof. Gobardhan Ph.D. (Imtech), FNASc. Date of birth: 10 December 1966. Specialization: Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Cell Biology Address: Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110 067, U.T.. Contact: Office: (011) 2670 4559, 2673 8824. Residence: (0124) 424 2351

  14. Sarma, Prof. Dipankar Das

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    Home; Fellowship. Fellow Profile. Elected: 1993 Section: Chemistry. Sarma, Prof. Dipankar Das Ph.D. (IISc), FNA, FNASc, FTWAS Council Service: 2016-. Date of birth: 15 September 1955. Specialization: Strongly Interacting Electron Systems, Disordered Systems, Nanomaterials and Energy Materials Address: Professor ...

  15. Ikea das Rendas

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    Bergman, Aeron; Salinas, Alejandra

    2008-01-01

    FIALENA fabric design by Anna Svanfeldt for IKEA of Sweden. It took Maria da Guia 2 months to reproduce the Ikea pattern using traditional Portuguese improvised knots. 2008 Installasjon i Museu das Rendas, Vila do Conde, Portugal, 01.09.2008 - 01.10.2008. Sponsor: City of Villa do Conde.

  16. Das Kapital e Eu

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    David Schweickart

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available A partir da sua própria biografia, o autor ensaia sobre sua interpretação de Das Kapital, de Karl Marx. Argumenta sobre a exploração capitalista, sobre o fetichismo e aponta para o problema central do capitalismo: a falta de controle dos concernidos sobre a produção de produtor úteis.

  17. Das, Prof. Saumitra

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    Fellow Profile. Elected: 2009 Section: General Biology. Das, Prof. Saumitra Ph.D. (Calcutta), FNASc, FNA. Date of birth: 20 January 1962. Specialization: Molecular Virology, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology Address: Microbiology and Cell Biology Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 560 012, Karnataka

  18. Diretrizes Curriculares da Graduação de Enfermagem: pensando contextos, mudanças e perspectivas Diretrices del Curriculum de la Graduación en Enfermería: piensando contextos, cámbios y perspectivas Curricular Guidelines for Nursing Graduate Course: contexts, changes and perspectives

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    Maria Helena Salgado Bagnato

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisa tratando das diretrizes curriculares para a graduação em enfermagem no Brasil aprovadas em 2001 pela Resolução nº 03/2001-CNE. Objetivamos contextualizar e resgatar o processo histórico de elaboração destas diretrizes, discutir o conteúdo aprovado fornecendo elementos para orientar a construção de projetos político-pedagógicos. Utilizamo-nos de fontes bibliográficas, documentos e depoimentos orais. Evidenciamos os princípios pedagógicos presentes nas diretrizes; abordamos a discussão sobre a pesquisa; a licenciatura em enfermagem, o Sistema Único de Saúde como foco da formação e a atuação da Rede Unida. O contexto da educação superior e da saúde privatizados, as mudanças econômicas (globalização financeira, a atuação de agências internacionais conformaram o panorama das mudanças na graduação no Brasil nos anos 90 e início do século XXI.Investigación tratando de las directrizes curiculares para la graduación em enfermería em el Brazil aprobadas em 2001 por la resolución número 03/2001-CNE. Se objectivó contextualizar y recatar el processo histórico de elaboración de estas directrizes, discutir el contenido aprobado forneciendo elementos para orientar la contrucción de proyectos político-pedagógicos. Se utilozó las fuentes bibliográficas, documentos e declaraciónes orales. Se evidenció los princípios pedagógicos presente em las directrizes; enfocamos la discución sobre la discusión; la licenciatura em enfermería, el Sistema Único de Salud como foco de la Red Unida. El contexto de la educación superior y de la salud privatizados, las mudanzas econômicas (globalización financira, la actuación de las agencias internacionales definieron el panorama de las mudanzas em la graduación em Brazil em los años 90 e comienzo del siglo XXI.Research focusing the curricular guidelines for Nursing Faculty in Brazil as approved in 2001 by the Resolution nº 03/2001-CNE. The study aimed at

  19. Thrombus scintigraphy with Ga-67 DFO-DAS-Fibrinogen, 2

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    Kawasaki, Yukiko

    1987-01-01

    In our previous in vivo study 67 Ga DFO-DAS-Fibrinogen was assessed for its usefulness as a radiopharmaceutical for the detection of thrombin in experimental animals (Report 1). The present study was undertaken to appraise the diagnostic value of 67 Ga DFO-DAS-Fibrinogen in human disease, especially in relation to blood coagulability as well as to thrombolytic drug regimen being given, in an effort to investigate its clinical applicability. Involved in this study were 48 patients with thrombosis proven by X-ray CT and other examinations. Of these 48, 42 had arterial thrombosis (20 with aortic aneurysm including the dissecting form, 11 in postoperative condition following vascular surgery with a prosthesis, 9 with intracardiac thrombosis accompanying heart disease, and 1 each with occlusive arteriosclerosis and cerebral infarction) and 6 had venous thrombosis. The 67 Ga DFO-DAS-Fibrinogen test proved to be positive in 55 % of arterial thrombin and in 50 % of venous thrombin. It is interesting to note that as high a positivity rate as 80 % was obtained for aortic aneurysm, although the positivity rate was disappointingly low for left atrial thrombin. No distinct correlation was noted to exist between the degree of accumulation of the tracer in thrombotic lesions and any of factors conceivably of clinical releavance, i.e. time elapsing from onset till testing, thrombolytic medication being given, and hematological factors. 67 Ga DFO-DAS-Fibrinogen appeared to be a radiodiagnostic agent that could possibly indicate the existing activity status of thrombosis. (author)

  20. Políticas públicas e direitos humanos: uma releitura das relações raciais nas escolas brasileiras

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    Flavio Santiago

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2178-4582.2013v47n1p16 O objetivo desse artigo  é compreender o papel de uma política pública específica, ou seja, as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a Educação das Relações Etnicorracias e para o Ensino de História e Cultura Africana e Afrobrasileira, através da aprovação do parecer CNE 003/04 e sua Resolução 01/04 Lei 10639/03, que alterou a LDB - 9394/96, tornando obrigatório o ensino de História e Cultura Afrobrasileira e Africana no currículo oficial da educação básica. A metodologia escolhida foi a análise documental das fontes legislativas das quais faremos uso, dentre elas a Constituição de 1988, os Anais da Constituinte de 1986-88, a LDB e as Diretrizes já mencionadas. Esse trabalho apontará como essa legislação e política pública exigiram uma releitura das relações étnico-raciais na escola e demandaram um novo olhar do profissional da educação sobre a heterogeneidade para que os Direitos Humanos tivessem lugar na instituição escolar. A conclusão mostrará que a construção do olhar para diferença não deve ser estabelecido dentro da lógica da tolerância neoliberal, de negação dos direitos humanos, mas sim ser produzido através da recusa da homogeneização e da institucionalização de práticas inclusivas.

  1. The circadian variation of premature atrial contractions

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    Larsen, Bjørn Strøier; Kumarathurai, Preman; Nielsen, Olav W

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: The aim of the study was to assess a possible circadian variation of premature atrial contractions (PACs) in a community-based population and to determine if the daily variation could be used to assess a more vulnerable period of PACs in predicting later incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF...... variation in heart rate. After adjusting for relevant risk factors, the risk of AF was equal in all time intervals throughout the day. CONCLUSION: Premature atrial contractions showed a circadian variation in subjects with frequent PACs. No specific time interval of the day was more predictive of AF than...

  2. 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

    2017-08-15

    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 congenital 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.

  3. Towards Low Energy Atrial Defibrillation

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    Philip Walsh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A wireless powered implantable atrial defibrillator consisting of a battery driven hand-held radio frequency (RF power transmitter (ex vivo and a passive (battery free implantable power receiver (in vivo that enables measurement of the intracardiac impedance (ICI during internal atrial defibrillation is reported. The architecture is designed to operate in two modes: Cardiac sense mode (power-up, measure the impedance of the cardiac substrate and communicate data to the ex vivo power transmitter and cardiac shock mode (delivery of a synchronised very low tilt rectilinear electrical shock waveform. An initial prototype was implemented and tested. In low-power (sense mode, >5 W was delivered across a 2.5 cm air-skin gap to facilitate measurement of the impedance of the cardiac substrate. In high-power (shock mode, >180 W (delivered as a 12 ms monophasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (M-VLTR or as a 12 ms biphasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (B-VLTR chronosymmetric (6ms/6ms amplitude asymmetric (negative phase at 50% magnitude shock was reliably and repeatedly delivered across the same interface; with >47% DC-to-DC (direct current to direct current power transfer efficiency at a switching frequency of 185 kHz achieved. In an initial trial of the RF architecture developed, 30 patients with AF were randomised to therapy with an RF generated M-VLTR or B-VLTR shock using a step-up voltage protocol (50–300 V. Mean energy for successful cardioversion was 8.51 J ± 3.16 J. Subsequent analysis revealed that all patients who cardioverted exhibited a significant decrease in ICI between the first and third shocks (5.00 Ω (SD(σ = 1.62 Ω, p < 0.01 while spectral analysis across frequency also revealed a significant variation in the impedance-amplitude-spectrum-area (IAMSA within the same patient group (|∆(IAMSAS1-IAMSAS3[1 Hz − 20 kHz] = 20.82 Ω-Hz (SD(σ = 10.77 Ω-Hz, p < 0.01; both trends being absent in all patients that failed to cardiovert

  4. Diretrizes para terapia nutricional em crianças com câncer em situação crítica Guidance of nutritional support in critically ill children with cancer

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    Adriana Garófolo

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho é constituído de uma revisão de conceitos fundamentais e atualizados relacionados à terapia nutricional de crianças com câncer criticamente doentes. O objetivo principal desta revisão é discutir alterações nutricionais e metabólicas decorrentes dessa condição, bem como as indicações, recomendações, contra-indicações e complicações da terapia nutricional (nutrição enteral e parenteral em pacientes com câncer. Este artigo aborda, de forma objetiva, a aplicação prática de alguns conceitos baseados em evidências científicas, e propõe algumas diretrizes para auxiliar na decisão da terapia nutricional no âmbito da vivência clínica. Conclui-se que há necessidade de maior incentivo ao desenvolvimento da ciência da terapia de suporte, como o tratamento das infecções, a terapia intensiva e a terapia metabólico-nutricional, para que se ampliem as possibilidades de cura de crianças e adolescentes com câncer.This paper is a review of fundamental, up to date concepts of nutritional support for critically ill children with cancer. The aim of the text is to discuss the nutritional and metabolic changes caused by their condition, as well as indications and recommendations, contraindications and complications of nutritional support (enteral and parenteral nutrition in cancer patients. The paper objectively shows the practical application of scientific knowledge and gives guidance to improve decisions about nutritional support in clinical practice. Finally, it is concluded there is a need to encourage research on support therapy, such as for the treatment of infections and for intensive nutritional and metabolic support, so as to increase the chances of curing children and adolescents with cancer.

  5. Avaliação da qualidade demandada e diretrizes de melhoria no processo de interação Universidade-Empresa Assessment of quality demand and guidelines for improving the University-Industry interaction process

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    Ana Paula Matei

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta o processo de interação Universidade-Empresa no âmbito da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, sob a responsabilidade da Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SEDETEC. O objetivo é identificar as demandas de qualidade no processo de interação UFRGS-Empresas parceiras e propor melhorias para este processo. As demandas são identificadas com base em uma pesquisa de mercado, sendo desdobradas em características de qualidade e procedimentos para atendimento, por meio do Quality Function Deployment (QFD. Posteriormente, são propostas sugestões de melhorias para a SEDETEC. Os principais resultados são: a identificação e a priorização da qualidade demandada pelo setor empresarial; a avaliação dos requisitos e dos procedimentos que atendem a estas demandas e a proposição de diretrizes para melhorias no serviço da SEDETEC, destacando-se: ampliação e dinamização das formas de comunicação; criação de um sistema de indicadores de desempenho; e análise de mercado para as tecnologias desenvolvidas.This paper presents the university-industry interaction process through which the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS is under the responsibility of the Secretary for Technological Development (SEDETEC. The purpose this article was to identify quality demands of the interaction process between UFRGS and partner companies, as well as to propose improvements to this process. Demands were identified through market research and then analyzed by means of the Quality Function Deployment (QFD, which provides insights for quality improvements. We then propose improvement actions to SEDETEC. Main results identify the quality demanded by the corporative segment, evaluate requirements and actions to achieve such quality demands, and propose improvement guidelines to the services provided by SEDETEC. Such improvements include a more dynamic communication system, a new set of indices for performance

  6. Atrial Fibrillation During an Exploration Class Mission

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    Lipsett, Mark; Hamilton, Douglas; Lemery, Jay; Polk, James

    2011-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a possible scenario of an astronaut having Atrial Fibrillation during a Mars Mission. In the case review the presentation asks several questions about the alternatives for treatment, medications and the ramifications of the decisions.

  7. Assessment of right atrial function analysis

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    Shohgase, Takashi; Miyamoto, Atsushi; Kanamori, Katsushi; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Yasuda, Hisakazu

    1988-01-01

    To assess the potential utility of right atrial function analysis in cardiac disease, reservoir function, pump function, and right atrial peak emptying rate (RAPER) were compared in 10 normal subjects, 32 patients with coronary artery disease, and 4 patients with primary pulmonary hypertension. Right atrial volume curves were obtained using cardiac radionuclide method with Kr-81m. In normal subjects, reservoir function index was 0.41+-0.05; pump function index was 0.25+-0.05. Both types of patients has decreased reservoir funcion and increased pump function. Pump function tended to decrease with an increase of right ventricular end-diastolic pressure. RAPER correlated well with right ventricular peak filling rate, probably reflecting right ventricular diastolic function. Analysis of right atrial function seemed to be of value in evaluating factors regulating right ventricular contraction and diastolic function, and cardiac output. (Namekawa, K)

  8. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)-granules: ultrastructure ...

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    2006-12-29

    Dec 29, 2006 ... morphometry and function. Eliane Florencio ... granules is greatest in the right atrium followed by the left atrium and left auricle and right auricle, in this order. ... family: Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), Urodilatin, Brain natriuretic ...

  9. PENGELOLAAN DAS CITARUM BERKELANJUTAN

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    2011-01-01

    Sungai citarum merupakan sungai utama di DAS Citarum yang dimanfaatkan untuk berbagai keperluan, tidak hanya digunakan oleh 7 kabupaten dan 2 Kota di Jawa Barat tetapi juga sebagai sumber air baku air minum Kota Jakarta. Penurunan kualitas maupun kuantitas Sungai Citarum sudah sangat memprihatinkan, kondisi tersebut diakibatkan oleh kesadaran masyarakat dan pemerintah yang belu optimal. Peraturan-peraturan Pemerintah sudah ada tetapi pelaksanaan dilapangan belum maksimal dibarengi penegakan h...

  10. Das DNA-Puzzle

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    Kirchner, Stefan

    Im Jahre 1953 wurde von James Watson und Francis Crick erstmalig der strukturelle Aufbau der sogenannten DNA (Desoxyribonukleinsäure) beschrieben, welche das Erbgut jedes Lebewesens enthält. Der wesentliche Teil des Erbguts wird dabei durch eine sehr lange Folge der vier Basen Adenin (A), Cytosin (C), Guanin (G) und Thymin (T) codiert. Seit einigen Jahren ist es möglich, die Folge der vier Basen zu einer gegebenen DNA zu bestimmen. Biologen bezeichnen diesen Vorgang als Sequenzierung.

  11. Avaliação do perfil cinestésico-corporal de crianças com Síndrome de Down: um parâmetro para se atender à proposta das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a educação especial Evaluación del perfil cinestésico-corporal de niños con Síndrome de Down: un parámetro para atender a la propuesta de las directrices curriculares nacionales para la educación especial The evaluation of the cine-esthetic-corporal profile of children with Down's Syndrome: a parameter to attend the proposal of the national curricular guidelines for special education

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    Ariella Brito

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo teve por objetivo avaliar o perfil cinestésico-corporal de 20 crianças, com Síndrome de Down (SD, de 06 a 12 anos, residentes na Região Sul do Estado do Tocantins - Brasil. Isto com o propósito de estabelecer parâmetros cognitivo-motores que possam fundamentar práticas heterogêneas tanto no projeto político-pedagógico, como no currículo, na metodologia de ensino e na avaliação de tais entes, em conformidade com as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para Educação Especial (BRASIL, 2001 e favorecer, assim, a aprendizagem e a integração social de indivíduos com tais necessidades especiais. Tal objetivo foi alcançado a partir de uma avaliação de contexto na qual foi aplicado o Inventário Portage Operacionalizado (WILLIAMS; AIELLO, 2001 e o protocolo de avaliação de habilidades motoras de Bruininks - Oseretsky (BRUININKS, 1978. Concluiu-se que indivíduos com SD apresentam um deficit de habilidades cognitivo-motoras próprias da coordenação motora fina e um limitado desenvolvimento da linguagem, seja oral ou escrita, resultando em insucesso nas tarefas escolares. Finalmente, chama-se a atenção para um importante aspecto, isto é, que alguns indivíduos portadores da SD, seja em função de um menor nível de deficiência cerebral ou mesmo de vivência motora, podem ter êxito em tarefas diversas, inclusive no ambiente escolar.Este artículo tuvo por objetivo evaluar el perfil cinestésico-corporal de 20 niños, con Síndrome de Down - SD, de 06 a 12 años, residentes en la Región Sur del estado de Tocantins - Brasil. Esto con el propósito de establecer parámetros cognitivo-motores que puedan fundamentar prácticas heterogéneas en el proyecto político-pedagógico, en el currículum, en la metodología de enseñanza y en la evaluación de tales entes, en conformidad con las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales para Educación Especial (MEC/SEESP, 1998, favoreciendo así el aprendizaje y la integración social

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Atorvastatin can ameliorate left atrial stunning induced by radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Xie, Ruiqin; Yang, Yingtao; Cui, Wei; Yin, Hongning; Zheng, Hongmei; Zhang, Jidong; You, Ling

    2017-09-01

    The objective of this study was to study the functional changes of the left atrium after radiofrequency ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation and the therapeutic effect of atorvastatin. Fifty-eight patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation were randomly divided into non-atorvastatin group and atorvastatin group. Patients in the atorvastatin group were treated with atorvastatin 20 mg p.o. per night in addition to the conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation; patients in the non-atorvastatin group received conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation only. Echocardiography was performed before radiofrequency ablation operation and 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 4 weeks after operation. Two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking imaging system was used to measure the structural indexes of the left atrium. Results indicated that there was no significant change for indexes representing the structural status of the left atrium within a month after radiofrequency ablation (P > 0.05); however, there were significant changes for indexes representing the functional status of the left atrium. There were also significant changes in indexes reflecting left atrial strain status: the S and SRs of atorvastatin group were higher than those of non-atorvastatin group (P atorvastatin could improve left atrial function and shorten the duration of atrial stunning after radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  15. Prednisone prevents atrial fibrillation promotion by atrial tachycardia remodeling in dogs

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    Shiroshita-Takeshita, A; Brundel, BJJM; Lavoie, J; Nattel, S

    2006-01-01

    Background: There is evidence suggesting involvement of oxidative stress, inflammation, and calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cell pathways in atrial fibrillation. This study evaluated the efficacy of anti-inflammatory and calcineurin-inhibitory drugs on promotion of atrial fibrillation by

  16. Incisional left atrial isolation for ablation of atrial fibrillation in mitral valve surgery.

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    Graffigna, Angelo; Branzoli, Stefano; Sinelli, Stefano; Vigano, Mario

    2009-01-01

    The renewed interest in surgical techniques for atrial fibrillation (AF) limited to the left atrium has risen the importance of the original technique of left atrial isolation by means of surgical incision. Transmurality of lesions and cost containment are strong elements to be appreciated in this technique.

  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

    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......BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke risk increases with age in patients who have nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. It is uncertain whether the efficacy of stroke prevention therapies in atrial fibrillation changes as patients age. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of age...... 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...

  18. 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....../g wet weight (n = 33), p = 0.03]. Also with multivariable analysis, 3H-ouabain-binding site concentration was significantly associated with the development of atrial fibrillation. High increase in plasma potassium concentration during the perioperative period and surgery was associated...

  19. Applying non-linear dynamics to atrial appendage flow data to understand and characterize atrial arrhythmia

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    Chandra, S.; Grimm, R.A.; Katz, R.; Thomas, J.D.

    1996-01-01

    The aim of this study was to better understand and characterize left atrial appendage flow in atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation and flutter are the most common cardiac arrhythmias affecting 15% of the older population. The pulsed Doppler velocity profile data was recorded from the left atrial appendage of patients using transesophageal echocardiography. The data was analyzed using Fourier analysis and nonlinear dynamical tools. Fourier analysis showed that appendage mechanical frequency (f f ) for patients in sinus rhythm was always lower (around1 Hz) than that in atrial fibrillation (5-8 Hz). Among patients with atrial fibrillation spectral power below f f was significantly different suggesting variability within this group of patients. Results that suggested the presence of nonlinear dynamics were: a) the existence of two arbitrary peak frequencies f 1 , f 2 , and other peak frequencies as linear combinations thereof (mf 1 ±nf 2 ), and b) the similarity between the spectrum of patient data and that obtained using the Lorenz equation. Nonlinear analysis tools, including Phase plots and differential radial plots, were also generated from the velocity data using a delay of 10. In the phase plots, some patients displayed a torus-like structure, while others had a more random-like pattern. In the differential radial plots, the first set of patients (with torus-like phase plots) showed fewer values crossing an arbitrary threshold of 10 than did the second set (8 vs. 27 in one typical example). The outcome of cardioversion was different for these two set of patients. Fourier analysis helped to: differentiate between sinus rhythm and atrial fibrillation, understand the characteristics of the wide range of atrial fibrillation patients, and provide hints that atrial fibrillation could be a nonlinear process. Nonlinear dynamical tools helped to further characterize and sub-classify atrial fibrillation

  20. MiDAS

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    McIlroy, Simon Jon; Kirkegaard, Rasmus Hansen; McIlroy, Bianca

    A deep understanding of the microbial communities and dynamics in wastewater treatment systems is a powerful tool for process optimization and design (Rittmann et al., 2006). With the advent of amplicon sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene, the diversity within the microbial communities can now...... web platform about the microbes in activated sludge and their associated ADs. The MiDAS taxonomy proposes putative names for each genus-level-taxon that can be used as a common vocabulary for all researchers in the field....

  1. New guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation Nuevas directrices para la resucitación cardiopulmonar Novas diretrizes da ressuscitação cardiopulmonar

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    Maria Celia Barcellos Dalri

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA poses a severe threat to life; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR represents a challenge for research and assessment by nurses and their team. This study presents the most recent international recommendations for care in case of cardiopulmonary heart arrest, based on the 2005 Guidelines by the American Heart Association (AHA. These CPR guidelines are based on a large-scale review process, organized by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR. High-quality basic and advanced CPR maneuvers can save lives.La parada cardiorrespiratoria (PCR es una ocurrencia que presenta una grave amenaza a la vida; la resucitación cardiopulmonar (RCP representa un desafío para la investigación y la evaluación por parte del enfermero y su equipo. Este estudio presenta las más recientes recomendaciones internacionales sobre la atención a la parada cardiorrespiratoria, basada en las Directrices de 2005 de la American Heart Asociation (AHA. Esas directrices sobre RCP se fundamentan en un proceso de revisión extenso, organizado por el International Liasion Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR. Las maniobras básicas y avanzadas de RCP ofrecidas con calidad pueden salvar vidas.A parada cardiorrespiratória (PCR é intercorrência de grave ameaça à vida; a ressuscitação cardiopulmonar (RCP representa desafio para a investigação e a avaliação por parte do enfermeiro e sua equipe. Esse estudo apresenta as mais recentes recomendações internacionais sobre atendimento da parada cardiorrespiratória, baseado nas Diretrizes de 2005 da American Heart Association (AHA. Essas diretrizes sobre RCP fundamentam-se num processo de revisão extenso, organizado pelo International Liasion Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR. As manobras básicas e avançadas de RCP com qualidade podem salvar vidas.

  2. Diretrizes brasileiras de hipertensão arterial: realidade da enfermagem em hospital especializado Directrices brasileras de hipertensión arterial: realidad de la enfermería en un hospital especializado Brazilian guidelines for arterial hypertension: the reality of nursing in a specialty hospital

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    Liliana Fortini Cavalheiro Boll

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o conhecimento sobre a técnica da verificação da pressão arterial nos profissionais de enfermagem em uma instituição de saúde. Identificar a relação entre a qualificação profissional e o desenvolvimento correto da técnica. MÉTODOS: O pesquisador aplicou um questionário aos profissionais de enfermagem durante a verificação da pressão arterial dos pacientes, questões estas relativas às V Diretrizes Brasileiras de Hipertensão Arterial. RESULTADOS: Dos profissionais de enfermagem, técnicos e auxiliares, 8,41 %, atingiram o ponto de corte estipulado como adequado de acertos (80%. Houve relação direta entre a qualificação profissional e a quantidade de acertos. CONCLUSÃO: As V Diretrizes Brasileiras de Hipertensão Arterial não são seguidas em sua plenitude pelos profissionais de enfermagem. A ampla divulgação das diretrizes, a implementação de programas de capacitação e a monitoração da técnica devem ser incentivadas.OBJETIVO: Evaluar el conocimiento sobre la técnica de la verificación de la presión arterial en los profesionales de enfermería en una institución de salud. Identificar la relación entre la calificación profesional y el desarrollo correcto de la técnica. MÉTODOS: El investigador aplicó un cuestionario a los profesionales de enfermería durante la verificación de la presión arterial de los pacientes, preguntas que fueron relativas a las V Directrices Brasileras de Hipertensión Arterial. RESULTADOS: De los profesionales de enfermería, técnicos y auxiliares, el 8,41 %, alcanzaron el punto de corte estipulado como adecuado de aciertos (80%. Hubo relación directa entre la calificación profesional y la cantidad de aciertos. CONCLUSIÓN: Las V Directrices Brasileras de Hipertensión Arterial no son seguidas en su plenitud por los profesionales de enfermería. La amplia difusión de las directrices, la implementación de programas de capacitación y el monitoramiento de la t

  3. Atrial tachyarrhythmia in adult congenital heart disease

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    Karbassi, Arsha; Nair, Krishnakumar; Harris, Louise; Wald, Rachel M; Roche, S Lucy

    2017-01-01

    The adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) population continues to grow and most cardiologists, emergency room physicians and family doctors will intermittently come into contact with these patients. Oftentimes this may be in the setting of a presentation with atrial tachyarrhythmia; one of the commonest late complications of ACHD and problem with potentially serious implications. Providing appropriate initial care and ongoing management of atrial tachyarrhythmia in ACHD patients requires a degree of specialist knowledge and an awareness of certain key issues. In ACHD, atrial tachyarrhythmia is usually related to the abnormal anatomy of the underlying heart defect and often occurs as a result of surgical scar or a consequence of residual hemodynamic or electrical disturbances. Arrhythmias significantly increase mortality and morbidity in ACHD and are the most frequent reason for ACHD hospitalization. Intra-atrial reentrant tachycardia and atrial fibrillation are the most prevalent type of arrhythmia in this patient group. In hemodynamically unstable patients, urgent cardioversion is required. Acute management of the stable patient includes anticoagulation, rate control, and electrical or pharmacological cardioversion. In ACHD, rhythm control is the preferred management strategy and can often be achieved. However, in the long-term, medication side-effects can prove problematic. Electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation are important treatments modalities and in certain cases, surgical or percutaneous treatment of the underlying cardiac defect has a role. ACHD patients, especially those with complex CHD, are at increased risk of thromboembolic events and anticoagulation is usually required. Female ACHD patients of child bearing age may wish to pursue pregnancies. The risk of atrial arrhythmias is increased during pregnancy and management of atrial tachyarrhythmia during pregnancy needs specific consideration. PMID:28706585

  4. Spectral of electrocardiographic RR intervals to indicate atrial fibrillation

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    Nuryani, Nuryani; Satrio Nugroho, Anto

    2017-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a serious heart diseases, which is associated on the risk of death, and thus an early detection of atrial fibrillation is necessary. We have investigated spectral pattern of electrocardiogram in relation to atrial fibrillation. The utilized feature of electrocardiogram is RR interval. RR interval is the time interval between a two-consecutive R peaks. A series of RR intervals in a time segment is converted to a signal with a frequency domain. The frequency components are investigated to find the components which significantly associate to atrial fibrillation. A segment is defined as atrial fibrillation or normal segments by considering a defined number of atrial fibrillation RR in the segment. Using clinical data of 23 patients with atrial fibrillation, we find that the frequency components could be used to indicate atrial fibrillation.

  5. 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....

  6. Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)

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    ... Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF) Updated:Jun 28,2017 What are the treatment guidelines for atrial fibrillation? Medical guidelines are written by ...

  7. Rising rates of hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation

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    Friberg, Jens; Buch, Nina Pernille Gardshodn; Scharling, Henrik

    2003-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia associated with excess morbidity and mortality. We studied temporal changes in hospital admission rates for atrial fibrillation using data from a prospective population-based cohort study spanning 2 decades (the Copenhagen City Heart Study).......Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia associated with excess morbidity and mortality. We studied temporal changes in hospital admission rates for atrial fibrillation using data from a prospective population-based cohort study spanning 2 decades (the Copenhagen City Heart Study)....

  8. Giant right atrial myxoma: characterization with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Ridge, Carole A

    2012-02-01

    A 53-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with a 2-week history of dyspnoea and chest pain. Computed tomography pulmonary angiography was performed to exclude acute pulmonary embolism (PE). This demonstrated a large right atrial mass and no evidence of PE. Transthoracic echocardiography followed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging confirmed a mobile right atrial mass. Surgical resection was then performed confirming a giant right atrial myxoma. We describe the typical clinical, radiologic, and pathologic features of right atrial myxoma.

  9. Das ATHENA-Projekt: [

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    Passenheim, Renate

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available [english] Since the winter semester of 2002/03, the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg has been using the electronic learning environment ATHENA. It is the "virtual bulletin board" for the exchange and provision of information on the study of medicine within the faculty. Since 2004/05, the platform has been operated using the open source system LRN. The system is used with the focus on document management. The use of the interactive learning contents and programme takes place as a web-based support of the required attendance classes and independent study. The tools available on the platform are used within the departments for the integration of computer-assisted examination concepts, and the conducting of online course evaluations. [german] Seit dem Wintersemester 2002/03 setzt die Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg die elektronische Lernumgebung ATHENA ein. Sie ist das "Virtuelle Schwarze Brett" für den Austausch und die Bereitstellung von Informationen zum Medizinstudium an der Fakultät. Seit 2004/05 wird die Plattform mit dem Open-Source-System .LRN betrieben. Das System wird eingesetzt mit dem Schwerpunkt der Kurs- und Dokumentenverwaltung. Die Nutzung der interaktiven Lerninhalte und -programme erfolgt als webbasierte Unterstützung der Präsenzveranstaltungen sowie im Selbststudium. Die in der Plattform verfügbaren Tools werden in den Fachbereichen zur Integration computerunterstützter Prüfungskonzepte sowie zur Durchführung von Online-Kursevaluationen eingesetzt.

  10. Electrical remodeling and atrial dilation during atrial tachycardia are influenced by ventricular rate : Role of developing tachycardiomyopathy

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    Schoonderwoerd, BA; Van Gelder, IC; Van Veldhuisen, DJ; Tieleman, RG; Grandjean, JG; Bel, KJ; Allessie, MA; Crijns, HJGM

    2001-01-01

    Atrial Remodeling in Tachycardiomyopathy. Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (CHF) are two clinical entities that often coincide. Our aim was to establish the influence of concomitant high ventricular rate and consequent development of CHF on electrical remodeling

  11. Ventricular myocarditis coincides with atrial myocarditis in patients

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    Begieneman, Mark P. V.; Emmens, Reindert W.; Rijvers, Liza; Kubat, Bela; Paulus, Walter J.; Vonk, Alexander B. A.; Rozendaal, Lawrence; Biesbroek, P. Stefan; Wouters, Diana; Zeerleder, Sacha; van Ham, Marieke; Heymans, Stephane; van Rossum, Albert C.; Niessen, Hans W. M.; Krijnen, Paul A. J.

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common complication in myocarditis. Atrial inflammation has been suggested to play an important role in the pathophysiology of AF. However, little is known about the occurrence of atrial inflammation in myocarditis patients. Here, we analyzed inflammatory cell numbers

  12. Atrial electromechanical delay in patients undergoing heart transplantation

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    Mustafa Bulut, MD

    2017-04-01

    Conclusion: Inter-AEMD and intra-AEMD were prolonged in patients who underwent heart transplantation as compared to a control population. This may explain the increased atrial fibrillation and other atrial arrhythmia incidences associated with the biatrial anastomosis heart transplantation technique and may contribute to the treatment of atrial fibrillation in this special patient group.

  13. A Therapeutic Challenge: Management of Atrial Thrombus

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Primary cause of atrial thrombi include atrial fibrillation, foreign bodies inside the atrium such as catheters and pacemaker leads, emboli of deep venous thrombus and primary or metastatic tumors of the heart. We review the clinical features, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of nine intriguing cases with atrial thrombus. Methods: This is a retrospective study of nine patients (seven female (78%, two male (33% who were diagnosed with atrial thrombi (average age of 50 ± 12 years and were treated at the Ondokuz Mayis University, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery from February 2014 to January 2015. Among them, six patients had atrial fibrillation (one male, five female, seven patients were suffering from dispne and orthopnoea, five patients were suffering from leg swelling, seven patients had a history of hypertension and three patients had a history of mitral valve replacement surgery. Results: All patients underwent surgery except one. Four patients recovered uneventfully and discharged with oral anticoagulation (warfarin therapy (adjusted to maintain an international normalized ratio of INR between two and three times. Five of nine patients (55% died after surgery. Conclusion: The response to the thrombolytic therapy is poor, mostly ineffective and unsafe so it is often recommended as a bridge to surgery. In patients diagnosed with mechanical mitral valve thrombosis, medical therapy has the possibility of end organ emboli and also fail to resolve the organised thrombus on the stuck valve. On the other hand surgery does not always give satisfactory results. J Clin Exp Invest 2016; 7(4: 278-282

  14. Atrial antitachycardia pacing and atrial remodeling: A substudy of the international, randomized MINERVA trial.

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    Boriani, Giuseppe; Tukkie, Raymond; Biffi, Mauro; Mont, Lluis; Ricci, Renato; Pürerfellner, Helmut; Botto, Giovanni Luca; Manolis, Antonis S; Landolina, Maurizio; Gulizia, Michele; Hudnall, J Harrison; Mangoni, Lorenza; Grammatico, Andrea; Padeletti, Luigi

    2017-10-01

    Atrial tachycardia (AT) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are common in pacemaker patients and are associated with bad prognoses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate atrial antitachycardia pacing impact on AT/AF-induced atrial remodeling, measured by early recurrence of AT/AF (ERAF) and by change in left atrial diameter (LAD), and to evaluate the impact of AT/AF duration on ERAF incidence. Pacemaker patients were randomized to dual-chamber pacing (Control DDDR: 385 patients), managed ventricular pacing (MVP: 398 patients), or atrial antitachycardia pacing plus MVP (DDDRP+MVP: 383 patients). LAD change, estimated by echocardiography, was considered significant if the relative difference between baseline and 24-month measurements was >10%. At median follow-up of 34 months, ERAF incidence was significantly lower in the DDDRP+MVP arm for all AT/AF durations, in particular, ERAF followed AT/AF longer than 3 hours in 53% cases in Control DDDR, in 51% cases in MVP, and in 39% cases in DDDRP+MVP (P MVP, and 70% in DDDRP+MVP (P MVP, DDDRP+MVP reduces ERAF and favors LAD reduction, suggesting that atrial antitachycardia pacing may reverse electrical and mechanical remodeling. Copyright © 2017 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Diretrizes metodológicas para investigar estados alterados de consciência e experiências anômalas Methodological guidelines to explore altered states of consciousness and anomalous experiences

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    Alexander Moreira de Almeida

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    Full Text Available As experiências anômalas (EA (vivências incomuns ou que se acredita diferentes do habitual e das explicações usualmente aceitas como realidade: alucinações, sinestesia e vivências interpretadas como telepáticas... e os estados alterados de consciência (EAC são descritos em todas as civilizações de todas as eras, constituindo-se elementos importantes na história das sociedades. Apesar disso, têm recebido pouca atenção da comunidade científica, ou são abordados de forma pouco rigorosa. As EA e os EAC podem ser estudados sem que se compartilhem as crenças envolvidas, sendo possível investigá-los enquanto experiências subjetivas e, como tais, correlacionados com quaisquer outros dados. Neste artigo, procurou-se apresentar algumas diretrizes metodológicas para um estudo rigoroso do tema, entre elas: evitar uma abordagem preconceituosa e a "patologização" do diferente, a necessidade de uma teoria e de uma revisão exaustiva da literatura existente, utilizar diversos critérios de normalidade e patologia, investigar populações clínicas e não clínicas, desenvolvimento de instrumentos adequados para avaliação, cuidados na escolha dos termos e no estabelecimento de nexos causais, distinguir entre a experiência vivenciada e suas interpretações, considerar o papel da cultura, avaliar a confiabilidade e a validade dos relatos, por fim, o desafio gerado pela necessidade de criatividade e diversidade na escolha dos métodos.Anomalous experiences (AE (uncommon experiences or one that is believed to deviate from the usually accepted explanations of reality: hallucinations, synesthesia, experiences interpreted as telepathic... and altered states of consciousness (ASC are described in all societies of all ages. Even so, the scientists have long neglected the studies on this theme. To study AE and ASC is not necessary to share the believes we discuss, they can be investigated as subjective experiences and correlated like any

  16. Left atrial size and function as predictors of new-onset of atrial fibrillation in patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis

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    Bang, Casper Niels Furbo; Dalsgaard, Morten; Greve, Anders

    2013-01-01

    Left atrial (LA) size and function change with chronically increased left ventricular (LV) filling pressures. It remains unclear whether these variations in LA parameters can predict new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS).......Left atrial (LA) size and function change with chronically increased left ventricular (LV) filling pressures. It remains unclear whether these variations in LA parameters can predict new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS)....

  17. Pulmonary Vein, Dorsal Atrial Wall and Atrial Septum Abnormalities in Podoplanin Knockout Mice With Disturbed Posterior Heart Field Contribution

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    Douglas, Yvonne L.; Mahtab, Edris A. F.; Jongbloed, Monique R. M.; Uhrin, Pavel; Zaujec, Jan; Binder, Bernd R.; Schalij, Martin J.; Poelmann, Robert E.; Deruiter, Marco C.; Gittenberger-De Groot, Adriana C.

    The developing sinus venosus myocardium, derived from the posterior heart field, contributes to the atrial septum, the posterior atrial wall, the sino-atrial node, and myocardium lining the pulmonary and cardinal veins, all expressing podoplanin, a coelomic and myocardial marker. . We compared

  18. 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

    2013-01-01

    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

  19. Role of atrial endothelial cells in the development of atrial fibrosis and fibrillation in response to pressure overload.

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    Kume, Osamu; Teshima, Yasushi; Abe, Ichitaro; Ikebe, Yuki; Oniki, Takahiro; Kondo, Hidekazu; Saito, Shotaro; Fukui, Akira; Yufu, Kunio; Miura, Masahiro; Shimada, Tatsuo; Takahashi, Naohiko

    Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1)-mediated inflammatory mechanisms have been shown to play a crucial role in atrial fibrosis induced by pressure overload. In the present study, we investigated whether left atrial endothelial cells would quickly respond structurally and functionally to pressure overload to trigger atrial fibrosis and fibrillation. Six-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent suprarenal abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) or a sham operation. By day 3 after surgery, macrophages were observed to infiltrate into the endocardium. The expression of MCP-1 and E-selectin in atrial endothelium and the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, and ED1 in left atrial tissue were enhanced. Atrial endothelial cells were irregularly hypertrophied with the disarrangement of lines of cells by scanning electron microscopy. Various-sized gap formations appeared along the border in atrial endothelial cells, and several macrophages were located just in the endothelial gap. Along with the development of heterogeneous interstitial fibrosis, interatrial conduction time was prolonged and the inducibility of atrial fibrillation by programmed extrastimuli was increased in the AAC rats compared to the sham-operated rats. Atrial endothelium responds rapidly to pressure overload by expressing adhesion molecules and MCP-1, which induce macrophage infiltration into the atrial tissues. These processes could be an initial step in the development of atrial remodeling for atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. 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...

  1. 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...... electroanatomic LA mapping, and all pulmonary vein ostia were marked under the help of pulmonary veins angiography on the 3D map. Radiofrequency (RF) energy was delivered to create continuous linear lesions encircling the pulmonary veins, it was delivered with a target temperature of 43¿, a maximal power limit...

  2. Das Reflektierende Team

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    Gaarden, Marianne; Lorensen, Marlene Ringgaard

    2015-01-01

    Jüngere empirische Forschung dazu, wie Predigthörende Predigten wahrnehmen und mit ihnen interagieren, deutet darauf hin, dass Predigende als Gesprächspartner und als theologischer Spiegel der Gemeinde wahrgenommen werden. Die Gemeinde gelangt im Dialog mit den Worten der Predigt zu eigenen...... Bedeutungszuschreibungen. Marianne Gaardens Forschung zeigt, dass zwischen Predigenden und Hörenden ein ›dritter Raum‹ entsteht, wie sie das nennt. Dabei handelt es sich um einen liminalen, rituell konturierten Raum, in dem Hörende Predigtelemente rezipieren und in ihre eigenen gelebten Erfahrungen einbauen. Komplementär...... die Wahrnehmung der Predigt als eines dialogischen Geschehens – und zwar von der Predigtvorbereitung über die Interaktion mit Hörenden und anschließende Rückmeldungen bis hin zu Umarbeitungen und Überlegungen für die nächsten Predigt. Die Methode geht davon aus, dass einzelne Subjekte Teil einer...

  3. 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...... alcohol than people with low risk. METHODS: We used data for a total of 88,782 men and women from the Copenhagen City Heart Study 1991-1994 and 2001-2003 and the Copenhagen General Population Study 2003-2010. Information on incident cases of atrial fibrillation was obtained from a validated nationwide...... 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...

  4. The atrial fibrillation ablation pilot study

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    Arbelo, Elena; Brugada, Josep; Hindricks, Gerhard

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study is a prospective registry designed to describe the clinical epidemiology of patients undergoing an atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation, and the diagnostic/therapeutic processes applied across Europe. The aims of the 1-year follow-up were to analyse...... was achieved in 40.7% of patients (43.7% in paroxysmal AF; 30.2% in persistent AF; 36.7% in long-lasting persistent AF). A second ablation was required in 18% of the cases and 43.4% were under antiarrhythmic treatment. Thirty-three patients (2.5%) suffered an adverse event, 272 (21%) experienced a left atrial...... tachycardia, and 4 patients died (1 haemorrhagic stroke, 1 ventricular fibrillation in a patient with ischaemic heart disease, 1 cancer, and 1 of unknown cause). CONCLUSION: The AFib Ablation Pilot Study provided crucial information on the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of catheter ablation of AFib...

  5. 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...... population from 1995 through 2010. METHODS AND RESULTS: Excluding medication used in atrial fibrillation, we matched individuals on ACEi monotherapy 1:1 with individuals on β-blocker (n = 48 658), diuretic (n = 69 630), calcium-antagonist (n = 57 646), and ARB monotherapy (n = 20 158). Likewise, individuals...... on ARB monotherapy were matched 1:1 with individuals on β-blocker (n = 20 566), diuretic (n = 20 832), calcium-antagonist (n = 20 232), and ACEi monotherapy (n = 20 158). All were free of atrial fibrillation and of predisposing diseases like heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus...

  6. Predictors of the risk of falls among elderly with chronic atrial fibrillation

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    Angela Cristina Silva dos Santos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Though elderly persons with chronic atrial fibrillation have more comorbidities that could limit indications for the chronic use of anticoagulants, few studies have focused on the risk of falls within this particular group. To evaluate the predictors of the risk of falls among elderly with chronic atrial fibrillation, a cross-sectional, observational study was performed. METHODS: From 295 consecutive patients aged 60 years or older with a history of atrial fibrillation who were enrolled within the last 2 years in the cardiogeriatrics outpatient clinic of the Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, 107 took part in this study. Their age was 77.9±6.4 years, and 62 were female. They were divided into two groups: a no history of falls in the previous year and b a history of one or more falls in the previous year. Data regarding the history of falls and social, demographic, anthropometric, and clinical information were collected. Multidimensional assessment instruments and questionnaires were applied. RESULTS: At least one fall was reported in 55 patients (51.4%. Among them, 27 (49.1% presented recurrent falls, with body lesions in 90.4% and fractures in 9.1% of the cases. Multivariate logistic regression showed that selfreported difficulty maintaining balance, use of amiodarone, and diabetes were independent variables associated with the risk of falls, with a sensitivity of 92.9% and a specificity of 44.9%. CONCLUSION: In a group of elderly patients with chronic atrial fibrillation who were relatively independent and able to attend an outpatient clinic, the occurrence of falls with recurrence and clinical consequences was high. Difficulty maintaining balance, the use of amiodarone and a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus were independent predictors of the risk for falls. Thus, simple clinical data predicted falls better than objective functional tests.

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

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    Risom, Signe Stelling; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe; Johansen, Pernille Palm

    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...... the benefits and harms of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for adults with atrial fibrillation on patient-relevant outcomes....

  8. Patients with atrial fibrillation and permanent pacemaker

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    Dalgaard, Frederik; Ruwald, Martin H; Lindhardt, Tommi Bo

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The management of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) with rate-lowering or anti-arrhythmic drugs has markedly changed over the last decade, but it is unknown how these changes have affected patients with NVAF with a permanent pacemaker (PPM). METHODS: Through Danish......,261. Thus, the proportional amount of NVAF patients with a PPM decreased from 1.3% to 1.1% (p = 0.015). Overall 45.9% had atrial fibrillation (AF) duration less than one year and the proportion declined from 55.5% to 42.4% (p

  9. 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.......5-10.6), and 15.4% (14.5-16.4), respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Stroke/TE/TIA risk was particularly increased when prior stroke/TE/TIA was present. Atrial fibrillation is associated with an increase in risk of stroke/TE/TIA in the absence of other risk factors but only a moderate increase in risk when other risk...

  10. Integrating new approaches to atrial fibrillation management

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

    2018-01-01

    There are major challenges ahead for clinicians treating patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The population with AF is expected to expand considerably and yet, apart from anticoagulation, therapies used in AF have not been shown to consistently impact on mortality or reduce adverse...... 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...

  11. Initiation of anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

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    Gundlund, A.; Staerk, L.; Fosbøl, E. L.

    2017-01-01

    Background: The use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasing rapidly. We compared characteristics of AF patients initiated on NOACs versus vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Methods: Using Danish nationwide registry data, we...... compared with a VKA [odds ratio (OR) 1.35, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.28–1.43]. By contrast, patients with a history of myocardial infarction were less likely to be initiated on a NOAC compared with a VKA (OR 0.72, 95% CI 0.67–0.77). Conclusions: Atrial fibrillation patients who were initiated...

  12. 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.

  13. Atrial fibrillation and the 4P medicine.

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    Censi, Federica; Cianfrocca, Cinzia; Purificato, Ivana

    2013-01-01

    Although the paradigm of the 4P medicine - Predictive, Personalized, Preemptive, and Participatory - has been suggested several years ago, its application to atrial fibrillation is still far away. Given the increasing prevalence and incidence of this pathology it is the time to promote preventive strategies, by identifying the risk factors associated to life style and by incentivizing innovative diagnostic technologies. The promotion of the correct life style and of the use of diagnostic devices based on innovative and reliable technologies, represent a first step towards the full realization of the revolution of 4P medicine in atrial fibrillation.

  14. Atrial fibrillation and the 4P medicine

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    Federica Censi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Although the paradigm of the 4P medicine - Predictive, Personalized, Preemptive, and Participatory - has been suggested several years ago, its application to atrial fibrillation is still far away. Given the increasing prevalence and incidence of this pathology it is the time to promote preventive strategies, by identifying the risk factors associated to life style and by incentivizing innovative diagnostic technologies. The promotion of the correct life style and of the use of diagnostic devices based on innovative and reliable technologies, represent a first step towards the full realization of the revolution of 4P medicine in atrial fibrillation.

  15. Adesão a diretrizes e impacto nos desfechos em pacientes hospitalizados por pneumonia adquirida na comunidade em um hospital universitário Adherence to guidelines and its impact on outcomes in patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia at a university hospital

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    Carla Discacciati Silveira

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a concordância entre os critérios de hospitalização utilizados para a admissão de pacientes com pneumonia adquirida na comunidade (PAC e aqueles da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisiologia e avaliar a associação dessa concordância com a taxa de mortalidade em 30 dias. Secundariamente, avaliar a associação da concordância entre o tratamento instituído e as recomendações dessas diretrizes com duração da internação hospitalar, investigação microbiológica, mortalidade em 12 meses, complicações, internação em UTI, ventilação mecânica e mortalidade em 30 dias. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo que incluiu pacientes adultos internados entre 2005 e 2007 no Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, na cidade de Belo Horizonte (MG. Foram revisados prontuários e radiografias de tórax. RESULTADOS: Dentre os 112 pacientes incluídos, os critérios de internação e de tratamento foram concordantes com as diretrizes em 82 (73,2% e 66 (58,9%, respectivamente. A taxa de mortalidade em 30 dias e em 12 meses foi de 12,3% e 19,4%, respectivamente. Pacientes com escore de CRP-65 (Confusão mental, frequência Respiratória, Pressão arterial e idade > 65 anos de 1-2 e com antibioticoterapia concordante com as diretrizes foram associados a menor mortalidade em 30 dias (p = 0,01. Doença cerebrovascular e tratamento antibiótico adequado apresentaram associações independentes com mortalidade em 30 dias. Houve uma tendência de associação entre antibioticoterapia concordante e menor duração da internação hospitalar. CONCLUSÕES: Na população estudada, os critérios de hospitalização e de antibioticoterapia concordantes com as diretrizes associaram-se a desfechos favoráveis do tratamento de pacientes hospitalizados com PAC. Doença cerebrovascular, como fator de risco, e antibioticoterapia concordante, como fator protetor, associaram-se à mortalidade em 30 dias.OBJECTIVE: To

  16. Posibilities of cardiac pacemaker use in paroxsysmal atrial fibrilation

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    Borut Kamenik

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Prevention of atrial fibrillation is a big therapeutic challenge because of all known negative consequences of this the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia. Numerous of clinical studies showed bad control or ineffectiveness of antiarhythmic drugs. Nonfarmakological therapies like surgical treatment, radiofrequency ablation and atrial pacing are being tested. Effectiveness of atrial pacing in prevention of paroxysmal artial fibrillation has been documented in numerous prospective studies and is effective for a long time interval, but only for patients with bradicardic underlying cardiac rhythm. In Normocardic rhythm or normal AV conduction the effective Atrial fibrillation prevention was not proven. The mechanism of action is based on premature atrial complex suppression, reduction of dispersion of refractoriness after short-long cycles and reduction of interatrial conduction delay. The atrial stimulation site or multi-site atrial pacing could be effective in AF prevention when interatrial conduction delay is present; otherwise the difference is not significant.Conclusions: In bradicardic patient who has frequent paroxysms of atrial fibrillation, regardless if bradycardia is due to ineffective antiarrhythmic drug treathement, implantation of DDDR pacemaker with atrial prevention algorhythm is indicated. If the P-wave duration is >120 milliseconds multi-site atrial pacing or septal atrial pacing should be considered. Pacemaker diagnostic tools could be used for adequate start of anticoagulant therapy and control of effectiveness of anthyarhythmic drug therapy.

  17. Avaliação in vitro das propriedades antimicrobianas de vasopressores

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    Habib Bostan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Justificativa e objetivo: os medicamentos administrados como perfusão intravenosa podem ser contaminados durante as várias etapas de produção ou preparação. No entanto, estudos sobre os efeitos antibacterianos de vasopressores são muito raros. Este estudo investiga a atividade antimicrobiana in vitro das formas de vasopressores usados clinicamente. Materiais e métodos: atividades antimicrobianas in vitro de substâncias vasopressoras de diferentes concentrações foram investigadas com o uso da técnica de microdiluição. Os microrganismos empregados no teste foram: Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis ATCC 911, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 10145, Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 43251, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, Bacillus cereus 702 Roma, Mycobacterium smegmatis ATCC607, Candida albicans ATCC 60193 e Saccharomyces cerevisiae RSKK 251. Os ensaios antibacterianos foram feitos em caldo de cultura Mueller-Hinton (pH 7,3 e os ensaios antifúngicos em solução tampão de base nitrogenada para levedura (pH 7,0. Resultados: duas preparações diferentes de dopamina mostraram atividade antimicrobiana. Nenhuma outra substância do estudo mostrou qualquer atividade antimicrobiana. Conclusões: em nossa opinião, os efeitos antibacterianos da dopamina podem ser vantajosos para inibir a propagação de contaminação bacteriana durante a preparação das soluções para perfusão. Contudo, salientamos a importância do seguimento rigoroso das diretrizes de esterilização dos equipamentos e de assepsia durante todos os procedimentos feitos em unidades de terapia intensiva.

  18. Embolic Risk in Atrial Fibrillation that Arises from Hyperthyroidism

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    Traube, Elie; Coplan, Neil L.

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac complication of hyperthyroidism, occurs in an estimated 10% to 25% of overtly hyperthyroid patients. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with age in the general population and in thyrotoxic patients. Other risk factors for atrial fibrillation in thyrotoxic patients include male sex, ischemic or valvular heart disease, and congestive heart failure. The incidence of arterial embolism or stroke in thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is less clear. There are many reports of arterial thromboembolism associated with hyperthyroidism, including cases of young adults without coexisting risk factors other than thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation. The use of anticoagulative agents to prevent thromboembolic sequelae of thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is controversial: national organizations provide conflicting recommendations in their practice guidelines. Herein, we review the medical literature and examine the evidence behind the recommendations in order to determine the best approach to thromboembolic prophylaxis in patients who have atrial fibrillation that is associated with hyperthyroidism. PMID:21720457

  19. 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

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

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    Antonio Cruz Culebras

    2017-04-01

    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.

  1. Left atrial low-voltage areas predict atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Masuda, Masaharu; Fujita, Masashi; Iida, Osamu; Okamoto, Shin; Ishihara, Takayuki; Nanto, Kiyonori; Kanda, Takashi; Tsujimura, Takuya; Matsuda, Yasuhiro; Okuno, Shota; Ohashi, Takuya; Tsuji, Aki; Mano, Toshiaki

    2018-04-15

    Association between the presence of left atrial low-voltage areas and atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been shown mainly in persistent AF patients. We sought to compare the AF recurrence rate in paroxysmal AF patients with and without left atrial low-voltage areas. This prospective observational study included 147 consecutive patients undergoing initial ablation for paroxysmal AF. Voltage mapping was performed after PVI during sinus rhythm, and low-voltage areas were defined as regions where bipolar peak-to-peak voltage was low-voltage areas after PVI were observed in 22 (15%) patients. Patients with low-voltage areas were significantly older (72±6 vs. 66±10, plow-voltage areas than without (36% vs. 6%, pLow-voltage areas were independently associated with AF recurrence even after adjustment for the other related factors (Hazard ratio, 5.89; 95% confidence interval, 2.16 to 16.0, p=0.001). The presence of left atrial low-voltage areas after PVI predicts AF recurrence in patients with paroxysmal AF as well as in patients with persistent AF. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Valsartan Reduced Atrial Fibrillation Susceptibility by Inhibiting Atrial Parasympathetic Remodeling through MAPKs/Neurturin Pathway

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    Lei Liu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs have been proved to be effective in preventing atrial structural and electrical remodelinq in atrial fibrillation (AF. Previous studies have shown that parasympathetic remodeling plays an important role in AF. However, the effects of ARBs on atrial parasympathetic remodeling in AF and the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. Methods: Canines were divided into sham-operated, pacing and valsartan + pacing groups. Rats and HL-1 cardiomyocytes were divided into control, angiotensin II (Ang II and Ang II + valsartan groups, respectively. Atrial parasympathetic remodeling was quantified by immunocytochemical staining with anti-choline acetyltransferase (ChAT antibody. Western blot was used to analysis the protein expression of neurturin. Results: Both inducibility and duration were increased in chronic atrial rapid-pacing canine model, which was significantly inhibited by the treatment with valsartan. The density of ChAT-positive nerves and the protein level of neurturin in the atria of pacing canines were both increased than those in sham-operated canines. Ang II treatment not only induced atrial parasympathetic remodeling in rats, but also up-regulated the protein expression of neurturin. Valsartan significantly prevented atrial parasympathetic remodeling, and suppressed the protein expression of neurturin. Meanwhile, valsartan inhibited Ang II -induced up-regulation of neurturin and MAPKs in cultured cardiac myocytes. Inhibition of MAPKs dramatically attenuated neurturin up-regulation induced by Ang II. Conclusion: Parasympathetic remodeling was present in animals subjected to rapid pacing or Ang II infusion, which was mediated by MAPKs/neurturin pathway. Valsartan is able to prevent atrial parasympathetic remodeling and the occurrence of AF via inhibiting MAPKs/neurturin pathway.

  3. Valsartan Reduced Atrial Fibrillation Susceptibility by Inhibiting Atrial Parasympathetic Remodeling through MAPKs/Neurturin Pathway.

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    Liu, Lei; Geng, Jianqiang; Zhao, Hongwei; Yun, Fengxiang; Wang, Xiaoyu; Yan, Sen; Ding, Xue; Li, Wenpeng; Wang, Dingyu; Li, Jianqiang; Pan, Zhenwei; Gong, Yongtai; Tan, Xiangyang; Li, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have been proved to be effective in preventing atrial structural and electrical remodelinq in atrial fibrillation (AF). Previous studies have shown that parasympathetic remodeling plays an important role in AF. However, the effects of ARBs on atrial parasympathetic remodeling in AF and the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. Canines were divided into sham-operated, pacing and valsartan + pacing groups. Rats and HL-1 cardiomyocytes were divided into control, angiotensin II (Ang II) and Ang II + valsartan groups, respectively. Atrial parasympathetic remodeling was quantified by immunocytochemical staining with anti-choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) antibody. Western blot was used to analysis the protein expression of neurturin. Both inducibility and duration were increased in chronic atrial rapid-pacing canine model, which was significantly inhibited by the treatment with valsartan. The density of ChAT-positive nerves and the protein level of neurturin in the atria of pacing canines were both increased than those in sham-operated canines. Ang II treatment not only induced atrial parasympathetic remodeling in rats, but also up-regulated the protein expression of neurturin. Valsartan significantly prevented atrial parasympathetic remodeling, and suppressed the protein expression of neurturin. Meanwhile, valsartan inhibited Ang II -induced up-regulation of neurturin and MAPKs in cultured cardiac myocytes. Inhibition of MAPKs dramatically attenuated neurturin up-regulation induced by Ang II. Parasympathetic remodeling was present in animals subjected to rapid pacing or Ang II infusion, which was mediated by MAPKs/neurturin pathway. Valsartan is able to prevent atrial parasympathetic remodeling and the occurrence of AF via inhibiting MAPKs/neurturin pathway. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation in Europe

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    Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Dagres, Nikolaos; Proclemer, Alessandro

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this EP wire survey was to assess clinical practice in relation to the use of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) devices for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) among members of the European Heart Rhythm Association research network. The average number of performed LA...... are most often performed by interventional cardiologists. Experience varied widely, and this was reflected in the wide range of thromboembolic and procedural (tamponade, bleeding) complications reported by the respondents to this EP wire survey....

  5. Left Atrial Decompression by Percutaneous Left Atrial Venting Cannula Insertion during Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support

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    Ha Eun Kim

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Patients with venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO frequently suffer from pulmonary edema due to left ventricular dysfunction that accompanies left heart dilatation, which is caused by left atrial hypertension. The problem can be resolved by left atrium (LA decompression. We performed a successful percutaneous LA decompression with an atrial septostomy and placement of an LA venting cannula in a 38-month-old child treated with venoarterial ECMO for acute myocarditis.

  6. Atrial electrogram quality in single-pass defibrillator leads with floating atrial bipole in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

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    Sticherling, Christian; Müller, Dirk; Schaer, Beat A; Krüger, Silke; Kolb, Christof

    2018-03-27

    Many patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) suffer from permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). Knowledge of the atrial rhythm is important to direct pharmacological or interventional treatment as well as maintaining AV-synchronous biventricular pacing if sinus rhythm can be restored. A single pass single-coil defibrillator lead with a floating atrial bipole has been shown to obtain reliable information about the atrial rhythm but has never been employed in a CRT-system. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of implanting a single coil right ventricular ICD lead with a floating atrial bipole and the signal quality of atrial electrograms (AEGM) in CRT-defibrillator recipients with permanent AF. Seventeen patients (16 males, mean age 73 ± 6 years, mean EF 25 ± 5%) with permanent AF and an indication for CRT-defibrillator placement were implanted with a designated CRT-D system comprising a single pass defibrillator lead with a atrial floating bipole. They were followed-up for 103 ± 22 days using remote monitoring for AEGM transmission. All patients had at last one AEGM suitable for atrial rhythm diagnosis and of 100 AEGM 99% were suitable for visual atrial rhythm assessment. Four patients were discharged in sinus rhythm and one reverted to AF during follow-up. Atrial electrograms retrieved from a single-pass defibrillator lead with a floating atrial bipole can be reliably used for atrial rhythm diagnosis in CRT recipients with permanent AF. Hence, a single pass ventricular defibrillator lead with a floating bipole can be considered in this population. Copyright © 2018 Indian Heart Rhythm Society. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. easyDAS: Automatic creation of DAS servers

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    Jimenez Rafael C

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Distributed Annotation System (DAS has proven to be a successful way to publish and share biological data. Although there are more than 750 active registered servers from around 50 organizations, setting up a DAS server comprises a fair amount of work, making it difficult for many research groups to share their biological annotations. Given the clear advantage that the generalized sharing of relevant biological data is for the research community it would be desirable to facilitate the sharing process. Results Here we present easyDAS, a web-based system enabling anyone to publish biological annotations with just some clicks. The system, available at http://www.ebi.ac.uk/panda-srv/easydas is capable of reading different standard data file formats, process the data and create a new publicly available DAS source in a completely automated way. The created sources are hosted on the EBI systems and can take advantage of its high storage capacity and network connection, freeing the data provider from any network management work. easyDAS is an open source project under the GNU LGPL license. Conclusions easyDAS is an automated DAS source creation system which can help many researchers in sharing their biological data, potentially increasing the amount of relevant biological data available to the scientific community.

  8. ANTIARRHYTMIC EFFICACY OF SOTALOL IN PATIENTS WITH TACHY-BRADY SYNDROME HAVING ATRIAL PACEMAKER WITH DIFFERENT ATRIAL ELECTRODE POSITION

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    T. N. Novikova

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    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate efficacy of the combined therapy (sotalol and constant electric cardiostimulation in AAI regimen at two atrial electrode position: in low back part of interatrial septum (IAS and in right atrial auricle (RAA.Material and methods. 20 patients with tachy-brady syndrome were examined. They were randomized in 2 groups depending on atrial electrode position. Sotalol (160 mg daily was prescribed to all patients in a month after implantation of constant atrial pacemaker (CAP. A number of atrial fibrillation paroxysms (AFP was evaluated initially, in a month after CAP implantation and in a month after start of sotalol therapy.Results. Significant AFP reduction was observed in IAS stimulation, unlike RAA stimulation. Sotalol addition had essential significance in the termination or reduction of AFP. Sotalol effect did not depend on atrial electrode position.Conclusion. Sotalol usage together with constant electric cardiostimulation significantly reduces AFP irrespectively of atrial electrode position. 

  9. Aortic properties and atrial electrophysiology in the young and old football players Propriedades da aorta e electrofisiologia atrial em futebolistas profissionais ativos e aposentados

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    Hakan Hasdemir

    2011-06-01

    jovens futebolistas profissionais com um histórico de treino de vários anos. O grupo-controle foi constituído por 27 homens saudáveis e sedentários. No grupo composto por indivíduos mais velhos, foram incluídos 23 futebolistas profissionais já aposentados, saudáveis e com mais de 50 anos de idade e, como grupo-controle, 18 indivíduos com mais de 50 anos de idade que nunca fizeram qualquer tipo de exercício físico regular quando eram mais novos. RESULTADOS: A frequência cardíaca e fração de ejeção eram menores nos jovens futebolistas profissionais. Não se verificaram diferenças significativas nos parâmetros de elasticidade da aorta e a dispersão da onda P entre os jovens futebolistas profissionais e o grupo-controle. Mas, já no caso do grupo dos indivíduos mais velhos com uma atividade desportiva regular, a diferença significativa na dimensão ventricular esquerda, espessura das paredes e funções sistólicas detectada no grupo jovem e ativo desapareceu, enquanto o aumento no diâmetro atrial esquerdo tornou-se expressivo. CONCLUSÃO: Demonstrou-se com este estudo o efeito potencial das propriedades elásticas da aorta, que se alteram com a idade, na electrofisiologia atrial por meio do aumento da dispersão da onda P.

  10. Origens das formas budistas

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    Fernando Carlos Chamas

    Full Text Available RESUMO As características de uma imagem de Buda são o resultado do processo milenar que uniu três fatores: as mitologias orientais mais antigas que o budismo, sua capacidade de se adequar às crenças locais e as suas próprias reinterpretações. Após o surgimento das primeiras estátuas que representavam o Buda histórico, o ideal de beleza para um ser que alcançou a Iluminação baseou-se nas antigas "ciências" orientais, predominantemente mentais e de energias sutis. Enquanto a estética ocidental discutia as idealizações da arte com racionalidade, ignorando um oriente "pagão e supersticioso", as imagens budistas personificavam estados mentais que o ocidente só cogitaria na sua modernidade. A arte budista transmite o legado ancestral e imutável de chaves místicas da consciência e do equilíbrio..

  11. Bingo das Ervilhas

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    Luciana Bonato Lovato

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    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa a utilização de um jogo didático sobre conteúdos de Genética ministrados no Ensino Fundamental. O material utilizado foi elaborado a partir da literatura existente e trabalhado sob a forma de uma oficina ministrada a professores de Ensino Fundamental e Médio de escolas de abrangência da 4a. Coordenadoria Regional de Educação do Rio Grande do Sul. A oferta desta oficina partiu do pressuposto de que os jogos educacionais são uma importante estratégia no processo de ensino-aprendizagem por se tratarem de uma ferramenta facilitadora nas aulas de Ciências, uma vez que contribuem para a aprendizagem de conceitos e termos complexos de maneira lúdica e estimulam o desenvolvimento das competências dos educandos. Todos os participantes consideraram que a oficina realizada contribuirá para sua prática docente, e acreditam que os jogos didáticos oferecem experiências de aprendizado que contribuem para construção do conhecimento.

  12. Transplante de células-tronco hematopoéticas e leucemia mieloide aguda: diretrizes brasileiras Hematopoietic stem cells transplantation and acute myeloid leukemia: Brazilian guidelines

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    Lucia Mariano R. Silla

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi definir diretrizes para a indicação do transplante de células-tronco hematopoéticas (TCTH no tratamento da leucemia mieloide aguda (LMA no Brasil. O papel do TCTH no tratamento da LMA foi discutido pelosautores e apresentado para a Sociedade Brasileira de Transplante de Medula Óssea na reunião sobre Diretrizes Brasileiras para o TCTH, que o ratificou. Este consenso foi baseado na revisão da literatura internacional e na experiência brasileira em TCTH para o tratamento da LMA. O tratamento ideal para leucemia mieloide aguda em primeira remissão completa (1RC ainda não está definido. Há consenso na indicação do TCTH alogênico, com condicionamento mieloablativo, para pacientes que apresentem alterações citogenéticas consideradas de alto risco. O TCTH alogênico não está indicado na 1RC para pacientes de baixo risco citogenético e, aparentemente, o TCTH alogênico, autólogo ou a quimioterapia de consolidação são equivalentes para os pacientes de risco intermediário.The objective of this work was to define guidelines for the indication of hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (HSCT in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML in Brazil. The role of HSCT in the treatment of AML was discussed by the authors and presented to the Brazilian Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation in a meeting to formulate and ratify the Brazilian Guidelines on HSCT. This consensus was based on a review of international publications and on the Brazilian experience in HSCT for the treatment of AML. The optimal treatment for AML in first complete remission (1CR has not been defined yet. There is consensus on the indication of allogeneic HSCT with myeloablative conditioning for patients who present high risk cytogenetic changes. Allogeneic HSCT is not indicated for low cytogenetic risk 1RC patients and, apparently, allogeneic and autologous HSCT and consolidation chemotherapy are similar for intermediate risk

  13. Spontaneous conversion of first onset atrial fibrillation

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    Lindberg, Søren Østergaard; Hansen, Sidsel; Nielsen, Tonny

    2011-01-01

    Background  We studied all patients admitted to hospital with first onset atrial fibrillation (AF) to determine the probability of spontaneous conversion to sinus rhythm and to identify factors predictive of such a conversion. Methods and Results  We retrospectively reviewed charts of 438...

  14. 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...

  15. Atrial fibrillation in the Middle East

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    Al-Shamkhani, Warkaa; Ayetey, Harold; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2018-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest persistent cardiac arrhythmia with an estimated incidence rate of between 1.5-2% and an important cause of strokes. Few epidemiological studies and clinical trials on the management of AF have been conducted outside Europe and North America...

  16. An "account" of digitalis and atrial fibrillation

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    Meijler, F.L.

    This review deals with the mechanisms by which digitalis exerts its "opium-Iike" action on the ventricular rate in patients with atrial fibrillation. To understand the effect of digitalis on ventricular rate and rhythm, it is essential to learn more about the basic electrophysiologic

  17. Ética e pesquisa médica: princípios, diretrizes e regulamentações

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    Castilho Euclides Ayres de

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A questão da ética em pesquisa médica ganhou força no fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial, com o Código de Nuremberg. Nesse período, alguns casos ocorridos nos Estados Unidos da América contribuíram para evidenciar a necessidade de estabelecimento de regras e procedimentos em pesquisas médicas. Neste artigo, os Autores discorrem sobre alguns conceitos de ética e seus fundamentos filosóficos, enfatizando situações relacionadas à pesquisa. A ética em pesquisa médica apoia-se no tripé: aprovação pelos pares, consentimento do sujeito de pesquisa e sigilo dos dados individuais obtidos. Os Autores resumem as disposições legais brasileiras para seguir regras e controlar o processo de aspectos éticos em pesquisas envolvendo seres humanos. Finalmente, abordam questões práticas do Termo de Consentimento Livre e Esclarecido decorrente de suas experiências na direção do Comitê de Ética e Pesquisa que analisa mais de 1.000 projetos por ano no Complexo do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo.

  18. Assessment of the dynamics of atrial signals and local atrial period series during atrial fibrillation: effects of isoproterenol administration

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The autonomic nervous system (ANS plays an important role in the genesis and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF, but quantification of its electrophysiologic effects is extremely complex and difficult. Aim of the study was to evaluate the capability of linear and non-linear indexes to capture the fine changing dynamics of atrial signals and local atrial period (LAP series during adrenergic activation induced by isoproterenol (a sympathomimetic drug infusion. Methods Nine patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF (aged 60 ± 6 underwent electrophysiological study in which isoproterenol was administered to patients. Atrial electrograms were acquired during i sinus rhythm (SR; ii sinus rhythm during isoproterenol (SRISO administration; iii atrial fibrillation (AF and iv atrial fibrillation during isoproterenol (AFISO administration. The level of organization between two electrograms was assessed by the synchronization index (S, whereas the degree of recurrence of a pattern in a signal was defined by the regularity index (R. In addition, the level of predictability (LP and regularity of LAP series were computed. Results LAP series analysis shows a reduction of both LP and R index during isoproterenol infusion in SR and AF (RSR = 0.75 ± 0.07 RSRISO = 0.69 ± 0.10, p AF = 0.31 ± 0.08 RAFISO = 0.26 ± 0.09, p SR = 99.99 ± 0.001 LPSRISO = 99.97 ± 0.03, p AF = 69.46 ± 21.55 LPAFISO = 55 ± 24.75; p SR = 0.49 ± 0.08 RSRISO = 0.46 ± 0.09 p AF = 0.29 ± 0.09 RAFISO = 0.28 ± 0.08 n.s.. Conclusions The proposed parameters succeeded in discriminating the subtle changes due to isoproterenol infusion during both the rhythms especially when considering LAP series analysis. The reduced value of analyzed parameters after isoproterenol administration could reflect an important pro-arrhythmic influence of adrenergic activation on favoring maintenance of AF.

  19. Diretrizes para o manejo de pacientes com hemorragia intraparenquimatosa cerebral espontânea Brazilian guidelines for the manegement of intracerebral hemorrhage

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    Octávio M. Pontes-Neto

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A hemorragia intraparenquimatosa cerebral (HIC é o subtipo de AVC de pior prognóstico e com tratamento ainda controverso em diversos aspectos. O comitê executivo da Sociedade Brasileira de Doenças Cerebrovasculares, através de uma revisão ampla dos artigos publicados em revistas indexadas, elaborou sugestões e recomendações que são aqui descritas com suas respectivas classificações de níveis de evidência. Estas diretrizes foram elaboradas com o objetivo de prover o leitor de um racional para o manejo apropriado dos pacientes com HIC, baseado em evidências clínicas.Among the stroke subtypes, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH has the worst prognosis and still lacks a specific treatment. The present manuscript contains the Brazilian guidelines for the management of ICH. It was elaborated by the executive committee of the Brazilian Cerebrovascular Diseases Society and was based on a broad review of articles about the theme. The text aims to provide a rational for the management of patients with an acute ICH, with the diagnostic and therapeutic resources that are available in Brazil.

  20. [Effect of benazepril on atrial cytoskeleton remodeling in the canine atrial fibrillation models].

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    Liu, Li; Qu, Xiu-Fen; Yu, Yang; Bai, Bing; Huang, Yong-Lin

    2009-10-20

    To investigate the effect of benazepril on atrial cytoskeleton remodeling in atrial fibrillation (AF) canines induced by chronic rapid atrial pacing (RAP). Twenty canines were randomly divided into 3 groups: (1) Sham-operated group without RAP; (2) AF group: AF established by RAP at 600 beats per minute for 6 weeks; (3) Benazepril group: benazepril was dosed from 1 week pre-pacing to 6 weeks post-pacing. The diameter of atrial cardiomyocyte was measured, collagen volume fraction (CVF) analyzed by Masson staining and the expression and distribution of desmin were assayed by immunohistochemistry. RT-PCR method was used to semi-quantify the mRNA expression of beta-tubulin and desmin. The diameter of atrial cardiomyocyte increased in AF group [LA:(27.9 +/- 3.8) microm; RA: (26.8 +/- 3.2) microm] and benazepril group[LA: (25.1 +/- 3.4) microm; RA: (25.2 +/- 3.5) microm] than sham-operated group [LA: (19.6 +/- 2.9) microm; RA: (18.7 +/- 2.6) microm] (P benazepril group than AF group [LA: (11.3 +/- 0.8)% vs (16.9 +/- 1.1)%, RA: (10.9 +/- 0.8)% vs (15.7 +/- 2.3)%, P benazepril group than AF group (P benazepril group than AF group (LA:0.8 +/- 0.4 vs 1.0 +/- 0.3, 0.7 +/- 0.3 vs 0.9 +/- 0.4; RA:0.7 +/- 0.3 vs 1.0 +/- 0.6, 0.7 +/- 0.3 vs 1.1 +/- 0.3, P Benazepril can favorably improve atrial cytoskeleton remodeling in the canine atrial fibrillation model.

  1. Vernakalant hydrochloride for the rapid conversion of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery

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    Kowey, Peter R; Dorian, Paul; Mitchell, L Brent

    2009-01-01

    Postoperative atrial arrhythmias are common and are associated with considerable morbidity. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of vernakalant for the conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL) after cardiac surgery....

  2. Entre as dimensões “escondidas” do letramento acadêmico e os presumidos sociais do gênero artigo de pesquisa nas diretrizes para autores de periódicos em ciência da computação

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    Bruna Gabriela Augusto Marçal Vieira

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho analisou textos de diretrizes para autores de seis periódicos em Ciência da Computação, com o objetivo de verificar a existência de dimensões “escondidas” do letramento, as quais podem ocultar informações relevantes para uma melhor elaboração dos textos de acordo com o esperado pelas revistas. A partir de uma análise etnográfica discursiva, a qual possibilitou a compreensão dos conceitos de língua, texto e gênero que fundamentam as práticas de letramento das revistas, alguns ocultamentos foram identificados e relacionados a presumidos sociais do gênero artigo de pesquisa. A análise revelou, dentre outras coisas, que os periódicos concentram as orientações, em grande parte, nos aspectos formais e estruturais do texto, deixando “escondidas” dimensões do letramento relacionadas a conteúdo, retórica e ideologia, por exemplo. Embasados por uma concepção de língua, texto e gênero que se aproxima à abordagem de ensino de escrita identificada por Lea e Street (1998 como Socialização Acadêmica, esses periódicos partem do presumido de que as especificidades do discurso acadêmico são únicas e transferíveis de gênero para gênero, independentemente dos eventos de letramento em questão. Assim, contam com um conhecimento do letramento acadêmico que pesquisadores menos experientes podem ainda não reconhecer, dificultando a iniciação desses novatos nas discussões acadêmicas.

  3. Desvelando a Internet das Coisas

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    Lucia Santaella

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo pretende relatar as origens da Internet das Coisas, seu estado de arte e evidenciar seus principais vetores. Para tal, o estudo percorrerá as eras midiáticas de Santaella (2007, p. 179-189, a par da discussão das máquinas de Turing, da arquitetura Von Neumann até chegar à Internet e seu estado atual, implementada nas coisas.

  4. [Atrial fibrillation as consequence and cause of structural changes of atria].

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    Aparina, O P; Chikhireva, L N; Stukalova, O V; Mironova, N A; Kashtanova, S Iu; Ternovoĭ, S K; Golitsyn, S P

    2014-01-01

    Changes of atrial structure and function are the contributors of atrial fibrillation clinical course, complications and treatment effectiveness. Effects of inflammation and mechanical stretch on atrial structural remodeling leading to atrial fibrillation are reviewed in the article. Contemporary invasive and non-invasive methods of evaluation (including late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging) of patients with atrial structural remodeling in atrial fibrillation are also described.

  5. Atrial infarction is a unique and often unrecognized clinical entity

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    Rosana G. G. Mendes

    1999-03-01

    Full Text Available A patient with heart failure and acute atrial fibrillation received the final diagnosis of atrial infarction associated with ventricular infarction based on clinical findings of ischemia in association with atrial fibrillation and heart failure (mechanisms probably involved: contractile dysfunction and loss of atrial contribution. Although a transesophageal echocardiography, which could refine the diagnosis of anatomic abnormalities, was not performed, all evidence led to the diagnosis of atrial involvement. Electrocardiographic findings were consistent with Liu's major criterion 3. Therapy with digitalis, quinidine and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors was chosen, as the patient had acute pulmonary edema. The use of beta-blockers and verapamil was restricted. No other complications, such as thrombo-embolism or atrial rupture, were noted.

  6. Cardiorespiratory interactions in patients with atrial flutter.

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    Masè, Michela; Disertori, Marcello; Ravelli, Flavia

    2009-01-01

    Respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) is generally known as the autonomically mediated modulation of the sinus node pacemaker frequency in synchrony with respiration. Cardiorespiratory interactions have been largely investigated during sinus rhythm, whereas little is known about interactions during reentrant arrhythmias. In this study, cardiorespiratory interactions at the atrial and ventricular level were investigated during atrial flutter (AFL), a supraventricular arrhythmia based on a reentry, by using cross-spectral analysis and computer modeling. The coherence and phase between respiration and atrial (gamma(AA)(2), phi(AA)) and ventricular (gamma(RR)(2), phi(RR)) interval series were estimated in 20 patients with typical AFL (68.0 +/- 8.8 yr) and some degree of atrioventricular (AV) conduction block. In all patients, atrial intervals displayed oscillations strongly coupled and in phase with respiration (gamma(AA)(2)= 0.97 +/- 0.05, phi(AA) = 0.71 +/- 0.31 rad), corresponding to a paradoxical lengthening of intervals during inspiration. The modulation pattern was frequency independent, with in-phase oscillations and short time delays (0.40 +/- 0.15 s) for respiratory frequencies in the range 0.1-0.4 Hz. Ventricular patterns were affected by AV conduction type. In patients with fixed AV conduction, ventricular intervals displayed oscillations strongly coupled (gamma(RR)(2)= 0.97 +/- 0.03) and in phase with respiration (phi(RR) = 1.08 +/- 0.80 rad). Differently, in patients with variable AV conduction, respiratory oscillations were secondary to Wencheback rhythmicity, resulting in a decreased level of coupling (gamma(RR)(2)= 0.50 +/- 0.21). Simulations with a simplified model of AV conduction showed ventricular patterns to originate from the combination of a respiratory modulated atrial input with the functional properties of the AV node. The paradoxical frequency-independent modulation pattern of atrial interval, the short time delays, and the complexity of

  7. Inter-subject variability in human atrial action potential in sinus rhythm versus chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Carlos Sánchez

    Full Text Available Human atrial electrophysiology exhibits high inter-subject variability in both sinus rhythm (SR and chronic atrial fibrillation (cAF patients. Variability is however rarely investigated in experimental and theoretical electrophysiological studies, thus hampering the understanding of its underlying causes but also its implications in explaining differences in the response to disease and treatment. In our study, we aim at investigating the ability of populations of human atrial cell models to capture the inter-subject variability in action potential (AP recorded in 363 patients both under SR and cAF conditions.Human AP recordings in atrial trabeculae (n = 469 from SR and cAF patients were used to calibrate populations of computational SR and cAF atrial AP models. Three populations of over 2000 sampled models were generated, based on three different human atrial AP models. Experimental calibration selected populations of AP models yielding AP with morphology and duration in range with experimental recordings. Populations using the three original models can mimic variability in experimental AP in both SR and cAF, with median conductance values in SR for most ionic currents deviating less than 30% from their original peak values. All cAF populations show similar variations in G(K1, G(Kur and G(to, consistent with AF-related remodeling as reported in experiments. In all SR and cAF model populations, inter-subject variability in I(K1 and I(NaK underlies variability in APD90, variability in I(Kur, I(CaL and I(NaK modulates variability in APD50 and combined variability in Ito and I(Kur determines variability in APD20. The large variability in human atrial AP triangulation is mostly determined by I(K1 and either I(NaK or I(NaCa depending on the model.Experimentally-calibrated human atrial AP models populations mimic AP variability in SR and cAF patient recordings, and identify potential ionic determinants of inter-subject variability in human atrial AP

  8. Association of Atrial Fibrillation with Morphological and Electrophysiological Changes of the Atrial Myocardium.

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    Matějková, Adéla; Šteiner, Ivo

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. For long time it was considered as pure functional disorder, but in recent years, there were identified atrial locations, which are involved in the initiation and maintenance of this arrhythmia. These structural changes, so called remodelation, start at electric level and later they affect contractility and morphology. In this study we attempted to find a possible relation between morphological (scarring, amyloidosis, left atrial (LA) enlargement) and electrophysiological (ECG features) changes in patients with AF. We examined grossly and histologically 100 hearts of necropsy patients - 54 with a history of AF and 46 without AF. Premortem ECGs were evaluated. The patients with AF had significantly heavier heart, larger LA, more severely scarred myocardium of the LA and atrial septum, and more severe amyloidosis in both atria. Severity of amyloidosis was higher in LAs vs. right atria (RAs). Distribution of both fibrosis and amyloidosis was irregular. The most affected area was in the LA anterior wall. Patients with a history of AF and with most severe amyloidosis have more often abnormally long P waves. Finding of long P wave may contribute to diagnosis of a hitherto undisclosed atrial fibrillation.

  9. Atrial remodeling and metabolic dysfunction in idiopathic isolated fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy.

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    Cui, Chang; Jiang, Xiaohong; Ju, Weizhu; Wang, Jiaxian; Wang, Daowu; Sun, Zheng; Chen, Minglong

    2018-04-26

    Idiopathic isolated fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy (IIF-ACM) is a novel subtype of cardiomyopathy characterized by atrial fibrosis that does not involve the ventricular myocardium and is associated with significant atrial tachyarrhythmia. The mechanisms underlying its pathogenesis are unknown. Atrium samples were obtained from 3 patients with IIF-ACM via surgical intervention. Control samples were consisted of 3 atrium biopsies from patients with congenital heart disease and normal sinus rhythm, matched for gender, age and basic clinical characteristics. Comparative histology, immunofluorescence staining, electron microscopy and proteomics analyses were carried out to explore the unique pathogenesis of IIF-ACM. IIF-ACM atria displayed disordered myofibrils, profound fibrosis and mitochondrial damages compared to the control atria. Proteomics profiling identified metabolic pathways as the most profound changes in IIF-ACM. Our study suggested that metabolic changes in the atrial myocardium caused mitochondrial oxidative stress and potential cell damage, which further led to atrial fibrosis and myofibril disorganization, the characteristic phenotype of IIF-ACM. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. 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 differe...... to the recent discovery that Ca(2+)-activated small conductance K(+) channels (SK channels) are important for the repolarisation of atrial action potentials. Finally, an overview of current pharmacological treatment of AF is included....

  11. Extreme variation in the atrial septation of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona)

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    de Bakker, Desiderius M; Wilkinson, Mark; Jensen, Bjarke

    2015-01-01

    Caecilians (order Gymnophiona) are elongate, limbless, snake-like amphibians that are the sister-group (closest relatives) of all other recent amphibians (frogs and salamanders). Little is known of their cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, but one nearly century old study suggests that Hypogeophis (family Indotyphlidae), commonly relied upon as a representative caecilian species, has atrial septation in the frontal plane and more than one septum. In contrast, in other vertebrates there generally is one atrial septum in the sagittal plane. We studied the adult heart of Idiocranium (also Indotyphlidae) using immunohistochemistry and confirm that the interatrial septum is close to the frontal plane. Additionally, a parallel right atrial septum divides three-fourths of the right atrial cavity of this species. Idiocranium embryos in the Hill collection reveal that atrial septation initiates in the sagittal plane as in other tetrapods. Late developmental stages, however, see a left-ward shift of visceral organs and a concordant rotation of the atria that reorients the atrial septa towards the frontal plane. The gross anatomies of species from six other caecilian families reveal that (i) the right atrial septum developed early in caecilian evolution (only absent in Rhinatrematidae) and that (ii) rotation of the atria evolved later and its degree varies between families. In most vertebrates a prominent atrial trabeculation associates with the sinuatrial valve, the so-called septum spurium, and the right atrial septum seems homologous to this trabeculation but much more developed. The right atrial septum does not appear to be a consequence of body elongation because it is absent in some caecilians and in snakes. The interatrial septum of caecilians shares multiple characters with the atrial septum of lungfishes, salamanders and the embryonic septum primum of amniotes. In conclusion, atrial septation in caecilians is based on evolutionarily conserved structures but

  12. Consolidação de diretrizes internacionais de manejo de populações caninas em áreas urbanas e proposta de indicadores para seu gerenciamento Consolidation of international guidelines for the management of canine populations in urban areas and proposal of performance indicators

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    Rita de Cassia Maria Garcia

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho é propor um programa genérico de manejo populacional de cães em áreas urbanas com indicadores para seu gerenciamento. Foram revisadas e consolidadas as diretrizes internacionais disponíveis para o manejo populacional de cães: Organização Mundial da Saúde, Organização Mundial para a Saúde Animal, World Society for the Protection of Animals, International Companion Animal Management Coalition e Organização das Nações Unidas para a Agricultura. Os programas de manejo populacional de cães devem contemplar: diagnóstico da situação, incluindo estimativa populacional; participação social com envolvimento dos diferentes setores no planejamento e na execução das estratégias; ações educativas para promover os valores humanos, o bem-estar animal, a saúde das comunidades e a aquisição responsável (compra ou adoção; manejo ambiental e de resíduos para diminuir a fonte de alimento e abrigo; registro e identificação dos animais; cuidados da saúde animal, controle reprodutivo dos cães; prevenção e controle de zoonoses; controle do comércio de animais; manejo etológico e destino adequado dos animais abandonados; e legislação pertinente à guarda responsável, à prevenção ao abandono e à prevenção das zoonoses. Para monitorar as ações, devem-se utilizar quatro grupos de indicadores: relativos às populações animais, às interações humano/animal, aos serviços públicos e às zoonoses transmitidas por esses animais. Concluiu-se que o manejo populacional dos cães de rua exige estratégias políticas, sanitárias, etológicas, ecológicas e humanitárias que sejam socialmente aceitas e ambientalmente sustentáveis. Também deve integrar o controle das zoonoses como raiva e leishmaniose, inserindo-se no conceito de "uma só saúde", que beneficia tanto os animais quanto as pessoas das comunidades.The objective of this study is to propose a generic program for the management of urban

  13. Atrial Function in Patients with Breast Cancer After Treatment with Anthracyclines.

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    Yaylali, Yalin Tolga; Saricopur, Ahmet; Yurtdas, Mustafa; Senol, Hande; Gokoz-Dogu, Gamze

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    incluídas neste estudo retrospectivo, além de 42 indivíduos saudáveis (47 ± 9 anos). Medidas ecocardiográficas foram realizadas por aproximadamente 11 ± 7 meses (média de 9 meses) após tratamento com antraciclinas. AEA esquerdo intra-atrial (11,4 ± 6,0 vs. 8,1 ± 4,9, p=0,008) e AEA interarterial (19,7 ± 7,4 vs. 14,7 ± 6,5, p=0,001) foram prolongados; Volume de esvaziamento passivo e fracionamento de AE diminuíram (p=0,0001 e p=0,0001); Volume de esvaziamento ativo e fracionamento de AE (p=0,0001 e p=0,0001); Tempo de aceleração mitral A (0,8 ± 0,2 vs. 0,6 ± 0,2, p=0,0001) e de desaceleração de onda-E mitral (201,2 ± 35,6 vs. 163,7 ± 21,8, p=0,0001) aumentarão; Razão mitral E/A (1,0 ± 0,3 vs. 1,3 ± 0,3, p=0,0001) e mitral Em (0,09 ± 0,03 vs. 0,11 ± 0,03, p=0,001) diminuíram; Razão mitral Am (0,11 ± 0,02 vs. 0,09 ± 0,02, p=0,0001) e mitral E/Em (8,8 ± 3,2 vs. 7,6 ± 2,6, p=0,017) aumentaram nos pacientes. Em pacientes com câncer de mama após terapia com antraciclina: intervalos eletromecânicos intra-atriais esquerdos, intra-atriais foram prolongados. A função diastólica foi prejudicada. O relaxamento ventricular esquerdo foi prejudicado, e a condução elétrica atrial esquerda pode estar contribuindo para o desenvolvimento de arritmias atriais.

  14. Hemodynamic forces regulate developmental patterning of atrial conduction.

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    Michael C Bressan

    Full Text Available Anomalous action potential conduction through the atrial chambers of the heart can lead to severe cardiac arrhythmia. To date, however, little is known regarding the mechanisms that pattern proper atrial conduction during development. Here we demonstrate that atrial muscle functionally diversifies into at least two heterogeneous subtypes, thin-walled myocardium and rapidly conducting muscle bundles, during a developmental window just following cardiac looping. During this process, atrial muscle bundles become enriched for the fast conduction markers Cx40 and Nav1.5, similar to the precursors of the fast conduction Purkinje fiber network located within the trabeculae of the ventricles. In contrast to the ventricular trabeculae, however, atrial muscle bundles display an increased proliferation rate when compared to the surrounding myocardium. Interestingly, mechanical loading of the embryonic atrial muscle resulted in an induction of Cx40, Nav1.5 and the cell cycle marker Cyclin D1, while decreasing atrial pressure via in vivo ligation of the vitelline blood vessels results in decreased atrial conduction velocity. Taken together, these data establish a novel model for atrial conduction patterning, whereby hemodynamic stretch coordinately induces proliferation and fast conduction marker expression, which in turn promotes the formation of large diameter muscle bundles to serve as preferential routes of conduction.

  15. Entropy measurements in paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Cervigón, R; Moreno, J; Pérez-Villacastín, J; Reilly, R B; Millet, J; Castells, F

    2010-01-01

    Recent studies on atrial fibrillation (AF) have identified different activation patterns in paroxysmal and persistent AF. In this study, bipolar intra-atrial registers from 28 patients (14 paroxysmal AF and 14 persistent AF) were analyzed in order to find out regional differences in the organization in both types of arrhythmias. The organization of atrial electrical activity was assessed in terms of nonlinear parameters, such as entropy measurements. Results showed differences between the atrial chambers with a higher disorganization in the left atrium in paroxysmal AF patients and a more homogenous behavior along the atria in persistent AF patients

  16. Pathogenic Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation in Obesity

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    O. M. Drapkina

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    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.

  17. [Atrial fibrillation concomitant with valvular heart disease].

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    Ishii, Yosuke

    2013-01-01

    Patients with valvular heart disease frequently have atrial fibrillation(AF) due to elevated pressure and dilatation of the left and right atria and pulmonary veins. Guidelines for valvular heart disease and AF recommend that surgical treatment for the valvular heart disease should be performed concomitantly with AF surgery. The Full-Maze procedure has evolved into the gold standard of treatment for medically refractory AF. In addition to the pulmonary vein isolation, the right and left atrial incisions of the Full-Maze procedure are designed to block potential macroreentrant pathways. According to the mechanisms of AF with valvular heart disease, the Full-Maze procedure is more effective for the patients than the pulmonary vein isolation alone.

  18. Endurance Sport Practice and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Calvo, Naiara; Mont, Lluis

    2010-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder in clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 0.4% to 1% in the general population, increasing with age to 8% in those older than 80 years. The recognized risk factors for developing AF include age, hypertension, structural heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and hyperthyroidism. However, the etiology remains unclear in a significant number of patients younger than age 60 in whom no cardiovascular disease or any other k...

  19. Red Wine, Resveratrol and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Stephan, Laura Siga; Almeida, Eduardo Dytz; Markoski, Melissa Medeiros; Garavaglia, Juliano; Marcadenti, Aline

    2017-01-01

    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 a...

  20. Acute atrial fibrillation during dengue hemorrhagic fever

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    Henrique Horta Veloso

    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.

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Atrial fibrillation: effects beyond the atrium?

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    Wijesurendra, Rohan S; Casadei, Barbara

    2015-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained clinical arrhythmia and is associated with significant morbidity, mostly secondary to heart failure and stroke, and an estimated two-fold increase in premature death. Efforts to increase our understanding of AF and its complications have focused on unravelling the mechanisms of electrical and structural remodelling of the atrial myocardium. Yet, it is increasingly recognized that AF is more than an atrial disease, being associated with systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and adverse effects on the structure and function of the left ventricular myocardium that may be prognostically important. Here, we review the molecular and in vivo evidence that underpins current knowledge regarding the effects of human or experimental AF on the ventricular myocardium. Potential mechanisms are explored including diffuse ventricular fibrosis, focal myocardial scarring, and impaired myocardial perfusion and perfusion reserve. The complex relationship between AF, systemic inflammation, as well as endothelial/microvascular dysfunction and the effects of AF on ventricular calcium handling and oxidative stress are also addressed. Finally, consideration is given to the clinical implications of these observations and concepts, with particular reference to rate vs. rhythm control. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  5. Atrial fibrillation pearls and perils of management.

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    Kudenchuk, P J

    1996-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation, a common arrhythmia, is responsible for considerable cardiovascular morbidity. Its management demands more than antiarrhythmic therapy alone, but must address the causes and consequences of the arrhythmia. Although remediable causes are infrequently found, a thorough search for associated heart disease or its risk factors results in better-informed patient management. Controlling the ventricular response and protecting from thromboembolic complications are important initial goals of therapy and may include the administration of aspirin in younger, low-risk patients. Older patients and those with risk factors for systemic embolism are not adequately protected from stroke complications by aspirin therapy alone. It remains controversial whether all high-risk patients should receive warfarin and at what intensity. Whether and how sinus rhythm should be restored and maintained poses the greatest therapeutic controversy for atrial fibrillation. The mortal risk of antiarrhythmic therapy is substantially greater in patients with evidence of heart failure. In such persons, the risks and benefits of maintaining normal sinus rhythm with antiarrhythmic medications should be weighted carefully. A definitive cure for atrial fibrillation remains elusive, but promising surgical and catheter ablation therapies are being developed. PMID:8686300

  6. 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.

  7. APLICAÇÃO DAS NORMAS FEDERAIS DE EDUCAÇÃO AOS SISTEMAS DE ENSINO DOS ESTADOS FEDERADOS E DOS MUNICÍPIOS

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    Aristides Cimadon

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo procurou apresentar um estudo no sentido de clarificar de que forma se aplicam as normas federais de educação aos sistemas estaduais de ensino. Procurou-se fazer um estudo das competências dos Entes Federados no que se refere à educação e, à luz do Direito Educacional, por meio de análise sistemática, apresentou-se uma posição doutrinária a respeito da eficácia das normas federais nos sistemas de ensino dos Estados e dos Municípios, com o objetivo de orientar gestores e educadores nas decisões a respeito das normas de educação. É consabido que os sistemas de ensino, a partir do que determina a Constituição brasileira em seu artigo 211, seguindo a proposição republicana federativa, têm autonomia de competências desde que respeitada a legislação geral nacional determinada pela Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional (Lei n. 9.394/96 (BRASIL, 1996. Palavras-chave: Educação. Ensino. Sistemas de ensino. Direito Educacional.

  8. 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.

  9. Recurrence of pulmonary vein conduction and atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Both segmental ostial and circumferential extraostial pulmonary vein (PV) isolation have been proven effective in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the recurrence of AF and PV conduction after the 2 ablation strategies has never been compared in a randomized study...... isolation. Extraostial PV isolation was performed by encircling the paired left and right PVs, respectively, guided by an electroanatomic mapping system. RESULTS: A total of 84% of the patients had recurrent AF after the first PV isolation procedure, showing 72% with AF and 12% with organized left atrial...

  10. Atrial remodelling in atrial fibrillation: CaMKII as a nodal proarrhythmic signal

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    Mesubi, Olurotimi O.; Anderson, Mark E.

    2016-01-01

    CaMKII is a serine–threonine protein kinase that is abundant in myocardium. Emergent evidence suggests that CaMKII may play an important role in promoting atrial fibrillation (AF) by targeting a diverse array of proteins involved in membrane excitability, cell survival, calcium homeostasis, matrix remodelling, inflammation, and metabolism. Furthermore, CaMKII inhibition appears to protect against AF in animal models and correct proarrhythmic, defective intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis in fibrillating human atrial cells. This review considers current concepts and evidence from animal and human studies on the role of CaMKII in AF. PMID:26762270

  11. Diretrizes curriculares nacionais para o ensino médio: avaliação de documento National curriculum directives for secondary education: an evaluation of the document

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    Angela Maria Martins

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Este texto pretende oferecer algumas contribuições para o debate sobre as mudanças propostas pelas Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais elaboradas para a reforma do ensino médio no Brasil. Na primeira parte, avalia-se o cenário político e econômico, como contexto gerador da última etapa de reformas no âmbito da educação, nos anos 90. Pretende-se questionar a opção por um modelo de reforma de estrutura (no caso brasileiro mais restrita ao Programa de Reforma da Educação Profissionalizante - PROEP e de currículo, cujos temas encontram justificativa no contexto econômico, social, cultural e político contemporâneo. Discute-se a utilização de um "modelo" que toma por base experiências desenvolvidas em outros países, e por referência teórico-metodológica as orientações internacionais de organismos multilaterais, desconsiderando as peculiaridades e injunções do sistema administrativo-político brasileiro, medida política essa que pode aumentar a tensão e a distância normalmente existentes entre programas de governo e a possibilidade de sua concretude na rede escolar. Na segunda parte, discute-se a Resolução do Conselho Nacional de Educação, da Câmara de Educação Básica, n. 3, de 16.6.98, que institui as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para o ensino médio, bem como as Bases Legais - Parte I - dos Parâmetros Curriculares Nacionais para o Ensino Médio. A análise do discurso oficial toma como referência metodológica a proposição de Bardin (1977, p. 209 para os modelos de análise estrutural, procurando-se relevar os valores implícitos e as conotações dos textos legaisThis text offers some contributions to the debate on the changes proposed to the National Curricular Directives to reform secondary education in Brazil. In the first part, the political and economic scene is evaluated as the context which generated the last stage of reforms in the educational field in the 90s. It questions the option for a

  12. Modelos para gestão de riscos em cadeias de suprimentos: revisão, análise e diretrizes para futuras pesquisas

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    Robson Nogueira Tomas

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar uma revisão bibliográfica, que possa ser considerada completa e inédita na literatura científica nacional, tendo como foco modelos para gestão de riscos em cadeias de suprimentos. Para tanto, foram revisados 103 artigos científicos publicados entre 2000 e 2012. Inicialmente, buscou-se categorizar os tipos de riscos abordados nos artigos científicos segundo a descrição proposta por Christopher e Peck (2004, a saber: internos à empresa focal (operações, processo e controle; externos para a empresa focal, mas internos para a cadeia (fornecimento e demanda; e externos à cadeia (macroambiente. Buscou-se, também, identificar as etapas elementares na composição de um modelo para gestão de riscos em cadeias de suprimentos. Uma vez categorizados os tipos de riscos e identificadas as quatro etapas elementares, efetuou-se uma análise a partir de três perspectivas: i as opções de modelos disponíveis na literatura para a prática de tal gestão, considerando-se os tipos de riscos e etapas que os compõem; ii um modelo final a ser proposto; e iii elementos que podem ser acrescentados ao modelo final. As principais contribuições deste trabalho dizem respeito a possibilitar melhor entendimento dos tipos de riscos que podem incidir sobre uma cadeia de suprimentos, discutir os modelos mais adequados para geri-los, além de oferecer diretrizes para futuras pesquisas na temática em questão.

  13. Diretrizes Curriculares na saúde e as mudanças nos modelos de saúde e de educação

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    Carlos Otávio Fiúza Moreira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Artigo produzido a partir de pesquisa bibliográfica e de questões formuladas para uma conferência no módulo “Educação na Saúde II” do Mestrado Profissional da Rede Nordeste de Formação em Saúde da Família. O texto discute questões dos campos da saúde e da educação relacionadas à emergência de novos modelos de saúde e de formação; analisa também as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN de três cursos da área da saúde (Medicina, Enfermagem e Odontologia como expressão desses novos modelos para saúde e para a educação. Uma questão transversal ao artigo são as relações entre os campos da saúde e da educação. Para isto, lança‑se mão do conceito de campo, desenvolvido pelo sociólogo Pierre Bourdieu. Considera‑se, ainda, o desafio de transformar as DCN em currículos e programas, ferramentas ou dispositivos necessários para fazer a passagem do que está prescrito para os cenários de ensino e aprendizagem.

  14. Histopathologic analysis of atrial tissue in patients with atrial fibrillation: comparison between patients with atrial septal defect and patients with mitral valvular heart disease.

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    Kwak, Jae Gun; Seo, Jeong-Wook; Oh, Sam Se; Lee, Sang Yun; Ham, Eui Keun; Kim, Woong-Han; Kim, Soo-Jin; Bae, Eun Jung; Lim, Cheoung; Lee, Chang-Ha; Lee, Cheul

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) in adult patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) accompanies an enlarged right atrium (RA) with a less enlarged left atrium (LA), which is the opposite situation in patients with AF and mitral valvular disease. This study was to compare the histopathological change in the atrium of patients with AF of two different etiologies: ASD and mitral disease. Twenty-four patients were enrolled. Group 1 included patients with ASD (8), Group 2 included patients with ASD with AF (6), and Group 3 included patients with mitral disease with AF (10). Preoperative atrial volumes were measured. Atrial tissues were obtained during surgical procedures and stained with periodic acid-Schiff, smooth muscle actin, Sirius red, and Masson's trichrome to detect histopathologic changes compatible with AF. The severity of histopathological changes was represented with "positivity" and "strong positivity" after analyzing digitalized images of the staining. We investigated the relationship between the degree of atrial dilatation and severity of histopathological changes according to the groups and tissues. Group 2 and Group 3 patients showed a tendency toward an enlarged RA volume and enlarged LA volume, respectively, compared with each others. However, in the histopathologic analysis, "positivity" and "strong positivity" showed no significant positive correlations with the degree of atrial volume in special staining. A similar degree of histopathologic changes was observed in both atria in patients with AF (Group 2 and 3) regardless of the degree of dilatation of atrial volume and disease entities. Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Atrial Heterogeneity Generates Re-entrant Substrate during Atrial Fibrillation and Anti-arrhythmic Drug Action: Mechanistic Insights from Canine Atrial Models

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    Varela, Marta; Hancox, Jules C.; Aslanidi, Oleg V.

    2016-01-01

    Anti-arrhythmic drug therapy is a frontline treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF), but its success rates are highly variable. This is due to incomplete understanding of the mechanisms of action of specific drugs on the atrial substrate at different stages of AF progression. We aimed to elucidate the role of cellular, tissue and organ level atrial heterogeneities in the generation of a re-entrant substrate during AF progression, and their modulation by the acute action of selected anti-arrhythmic drugs. To explore the complex cell-to-organ mechanisms, a detailed biophysical models of the entire 3D canine atria was developed. The model incorporated atrial geometry and fibre orientation from high-resolution micro-computed tomography, region-specific atrial cell electrophysiology and the effects of progressive AF-induced remodelling. The actions of multi-channel class III anti-arrhythmic agents vernakalant and amiodarone were introduced in the model by inhibiting appropriate ionic channel currents according to experimentally reported concentration-response relationships. AF was initiated by applied ectopic pacing in the pulmonary veins, which led to the generation of localized sustained re-entrant waves (rotors), followed by progressive wave breakdown and rotor multiplication in both atria. The simulated AF scenarios were in agreement with observations in canine models and patients. The 3D atrial simulations revealed that a re-entrant substrate was typically provided by tissue regions of high heterogeneity of action potential duration (APD). Amiodarone increased atrial APD and reduced APD heterogeneity and was more effective in terminating AF than vernakalant, which increased both APD and APD dispersion. In summary, the initiation and sustenance of rotors in AF is linked to atrial APD heterogeneity and APD reduction due to progressive remodelling. Our results suggest that anti-arrhythmic strategies that increase atrial APD without increasing its dispersion are

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation....

  18. The safety of flecainide treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Almroth, H; Andersson, Torben Bech; Fengsrud, E

    2011-01-01

    To assess the safety of long-term treatment with flecainide in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), particularly with regard to sudden cardiac death (SCD) and proarrhythmic events.......To assess the safety of long-term treatment with flecainide in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), particularly with regard to sudden cardiac death (SCD) and proarrhythmic events....

  19. Visualization of atrial myocardium with thallium-201: case report

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    Cowley, M.J.; Coghlan, H.C.; Logic, J.R.

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    An adult patient evaluated for cyanotic congenital heart disease was found to have pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, hypoplastic right ventricle, and right atrial enlargement. Thallium-201 myocardial imaging before surgical correction showed thallium activity in the right atrium. Following the establishment of a conduit from the right atrium to pulmonary artery, the right-atrial thallium uptake was even more prominent

  20. 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

  1. EFFECT OF EXERCISE ON CYCLE LENGTH IN ATRIAL-FLUTTER

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    VANDENBERG, MP; CRIJNS, HJGM; SZABO, BM; BROUWER, J; LIE, KI

    Objective-To examine the effect of exercise on cycle length in atrial flutter. Patients-15 patients with chronic atrial flutter. Seven patients were taking digoxin and six verapamil; two were not taking medication. Methods-All patients underwent bicycle ergometry. Flutter cycle length was measured

  2. Atrial fibrillation and bleeding complication - risk factors and risk marker

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    Breithardt, G.; Ravens, U.; Kirchhof, P.; van Gelder, I. C.

    2012-01-01

    The development of atrial fibrillation (AF) is closely linked to risk factors like hypertension and heart failure, diabetes mellitus, myocardial infarction and valvular heart disease. These factors partly overlap with those which determine the progression of atrial fibrillation and the incidence of

  3. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure for stroke prevention

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    De Backer, Ole; Loupis, Anastasia M; Ihlemann, Nikolaj

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: In atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with an increased stroke risk, oral anticoagulation (OAC) is the standard treatment for stroke prevention. However, this therapy carries a high risk of major bleeding. Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is suggested as an alt...

  4. Right atrial myxoma at Muhimbili National Hospital: a case report ...

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    lower cava hypertension and was in NYHA class IV. The 2-D echocardiography revealed a right atrial tumor encroaching the tricuspid valve, chest radiography showed gross cardiomegally and right lower lung collapse. A clinical diagnosis of right atrial tumour was reached. The patient was scheduled to undergo open heart ...

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

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    Osmanagic, Armin; Möller, Sören; Osmanagic, Azra

    2016-01-01

    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 atri...

  6. 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

  7. Family history of atrial fibrillation is associated with earlier-onset and more symptomatic atrial fibrillation

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    Gundlund, Anna; Fosbøl, Emil Loldrup; Kim, Sunghee

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We addressed whether patients with a family history of atrial fibrillation (AF) were diagnosed as having AF earlier in life, were more symptomatic, and had worse outcomes compared with those without a family history of AF. METHODS: Using the ORBIT-AF, we compared symptoms and disease...

  8. [Recurrent right atrial thrombus in a patient with atrial fibrillation and heart failure].

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    Elikowski, Waldemar; Wróblewski, Dariusz; Małek-Elikowska, Małgorzata; Mazurek, Andrzej; Foremska-Iciek, Joanna; Łazowski, Stanisław

    2015-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation and heart failure are factors predisposing to locally formed intracardiac thrombosis, which is usually localized in left-sided chambers. A case report. The authors present a case of a 50-year-old male with permanent atrial fibrillation and dilated cardiomyopathy in whom recurrent right atrial thrombus was observed. Initially, the lesion was detected in echocardiography while he was hospitalized due to extensive right-sided pneumonia. The thrombus was successfully treated with heparin, followed by warfarin. Even though the patient continued warfarin use properly, there was recurrence of the thrombus two years later during a new episode of heart failure exacerbation. Because the thrombus was resistant to intensified anticoagulation, cardiac surgery was needed. A large (30 x 25 mm) pedunculated thrombus, as well as two smaller ones (each of 10 x 10 mm) attached closely to the atrial wall and previously not detected either by echocardiography or by magnetic resonance imaging, were excited. A partially organized pattern of the thrombi in histological examination can explain lack of anticoagulation effectiveness. © 2015 MEDPRESS.

  9. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

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    De Backer, O; Arnous, S; Ihlemann, N

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. One of its most devastating complications is the development of thromboembolism leading to fatal or disabling stroke. Oral anticoagulation (OAC, warfarin) is the standard treatment for strok...

  10. Prevenção cardiovascular abrangente em pacientes com doença arterial coronária: implementação das diretrizes na prática clínica

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    Clarisse Kaoru Ogawa Indio do Brasil

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Demonstrar a eficácia de um programa de otimização da prática clínica em pacientes com doença arterial coronária para prescrição de medicamentos e documentar a prática clínica vigente quanto aos medicamentos e medidas para a mudança do estilo de vida. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte transversal, seguido de componente longitudinal. Foram incluídos 710 pacientes consecutivos (Fase 1. Após aplicação de ferramentas para melhoria da prática clínica, foram incluídos, após seis meses, 705 pacientes com coleta dos mesmos dados (Fase 2. Foram selecionados aleatoriamente, a partir do primeiro grupo, 318 prontuários para comparação desses mesmos pacientes (Fase 3. RESULTADOS: Comparação entre as Fases 1 e 2: melhora em relação a tabagismo (P=0,019, dislipidemia (P<0,001, hipertensão arterial e atividade física regular (P<0,001. Diferença significativa para inibidores da enzima de conversão da angiotensina - IECA (67,2% vs. 56,8%, P<0,001; antagonistas do receptor da angiotensina II - ARA II (25,4% vs. 32,9%, P=0,002 e betabloqueador (88,7% vs. 91,9%, P=0,047. Comparação entre as Fases 1 e 3: houve redução do peso (P=0,044 e pressão arterial (P<0,001. Em relação à prescrição de medicamentos recomendados, diferença para IECA (64,8% vs. 61,6%, P=0,011 e ARA II (27,0% vs. 31,3%, P=0,035. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve mudança significativa na utilização de medicamentos; entretanto, observou-se melhora significativa em relação ao tabagismo e atividade física na Fase 2; melhora substancial nos níveis de pressão arterial, na comparação tanto entre as Fases 1 e 2 como entre as Fases 1 e 3. A inclusão de enfermeiro treinado para gerenciar o processo foi fundamental. Programas abrangentes de melhoria de qualidade assistencial, provavelmente, devem ser continuados por período de seguimento maior.

  11. 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...... 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...... pronounced. Patients with atrial fibrillation and stable vascular disease should be treated with oral anticoagulation only, although when these patients present with acute coronary syndrome and/or undergo coronary stenting, concomitant treatment with antiplatelet drugs is indicated. To guide antithrombotic...

  12. Ventricular rhythm in atrial fibrillation under anaesthetic infusion with propofol

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    Cervigón, R; Moreno, J; Pérez-Villacastín, J; Reilly, R B; Castells, F

    2009-01-01

    Changes in patients' autonomic tone and specific pharmacologic interventions may modify the ventricular response (actual heart rate) during atrial fibrillation (AF). Hypnotic agents such as propofol may modify autonomic balance as they promote a sedative state. It has been shown that propofol slightly slows atrial fibrillatory activity, but the net global effect on the ventricular response remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate in patients in AF the effect of a propofol bolus on the ventricular rate and regularity at ECG. We analysed the possible relation with local atrial fibrillatory activities, as ratios between atrial and ventricular rates (AVRs), analysing atrial activity from intracardiac electrograms at the free wall of the right and left atria and at the interatrial septum. We compared data at the baseline and after complete hypnosis. Propofol was associated with a more homogeneous ventricular response and lower AVR values at the interatrial septum

  13. Atrial Arrhythmias in Astronauts. Summary of a NASA Summit

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    Barr, Yael; Watkins, Sharmila; Polk, J. D.

    2011-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the findings of a panel of heart experts brought together to study if atrial arrhythmias more prevalent in astronauts, and potential risk factors that may predispose astronauts to atrial arrhythmias. The objective of the panel was to solicit expert opinion on screening, diagnosis, and treatment options, identify gaps in knowledge, and propose relevant research initiatives. While Atrial Arrhythmias occur in approximately the same percents in astronauts as in the general population, they seem to occur at younger ages in astronauts. Several reasons for this predisposition were given: gender, hypertension, endurance training, and triggering events. Potential Space Flight-Related Risk factors that may play a role in precipitating lone atrial fibrillation were reviewed. There appears to be no evidence that any variable of the space flight environment increases the likelihood of developing atrial arrhythmias during space flight.

  14. Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation and Possible Implications for Ischemic Stroke

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    Robin Lemmens

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia mainly caused by valvular, ischemic, hypertensive, and myopathic heart disease. Atrial fibrillation can occur in families suggesting a genetic background especially in younger subjects. Additionally recent studies have identified common genetic variants to be associated with atrial fibrillation in the general population. This cardiac arrhythmia has important public health implications because of its main complications: congestive heart failure and ischemic stroke. Since atrial fibrillation can result in ischemic stroke, one might assume that genetic determinants of this cardiac arrhythmia are also implicated in cerebrovascular disease. Ischemic stroke is a multifactorial, complex disease where multiple environmental and genetic factors interact. Whether genetic variants associated with a risk factor for ischemic stroke also increase the risk of a particular vascular endpoint still needs to be confirmed in many cases. Here we review the current knowledge on the genetic background of atrial fibrillation and the consequences for cerebrovascular disease.

  15. DIRETRIZES PARA A CONSTRUÇÃO DEMOCRÁTICA E PARTICIPATIVA DE UMA POLÍTICA DE FORMAÇÃO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE COLEÇÕES NO NÚCLEO INTEGRADO DE BIBLIOTECAS DA UFMA

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    Diretrizes para a construção de uma Política de Formação e Desenvolvimento de Coleções do Núcleo Integrado de Bibliotecas da UFMA, com ênfase na participação democrática dos profissionais deste Núcleo. Apresenta-se uma revisão de literatura, a metodologia do processo de construção da Política e os resultados parciais da evolução desse processo.

  16. Effect of renal sympathetic denervation on atrial substrate remodeling in ambulatory canines with prolonged atrial pacing.

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    Full Text Available We have previously demonstrated that catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation (RSD could suppress atrial fibrillation (AF in canines with short-time rapid right atrial pacing (RAP. However, the role of renal denervation on atrial remodeling is unclear. The aim of the present study was to explore the long-term effect of RSD on the atrial remodeling during prolonged RAP. Twenty mongrel dogs were implanted with a high-frequency cardiac pacemaker with a transvenous lead inserted into the right atrial appendage. The dogs were divided into three groups: a sham-operated group (n = 6, the chronic RAP (CRAP group (n = 7, and the CRAP+RSD group (n = 7. In the CRAP+RSD group, a pacemaker was implanted 6 weeks after RSD was performed bilaterally for recovery. RAP was maintained for 5 weeks in CRAP group and CRAP+RSD group. The plasma levels of Angiotensin II and aldosterone were significantly increased in CRAP group compared with sham-operated group, but the increasing trend was inhibited in CRAP+RSD group compared with CRAP group (P<0.05. Similarly, RSD suppressed the increasing trend that prolonged RAP produced in the left atrial levels of ANP, TNF-α and IL-6. Compared with the sham-operated group, the CRAP group had significantly increased levels of caspase-3, bax and Cx40 whereas the level of Bcl-2 decreased (P<0.05. RSD markedly reduced the upregulation of caspase-3, bax and Cx40 and the downregulation of Bcl-2 expression compared with the CRAP group (P<0.05. Picric acid-sirius red staining study suggested that RSD could markedly alleviate the lesion degree of cardic fibrosis induced by CRAP (P<0.05. Immunohistochemistry results showed that the densities of TH- and GAP43- positive nerves were significantly elevated in the CRAP group compared with the sham-operated group, while RSD operation signicantly inhibited the these changes produced by CRAP. These findings suggest that renal denervation could suppress the atrial remodeling after

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

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    ... of this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation: When the heart is not in rhythm Past ... show, Deal With It . Photo: TBS/Deal Understanding Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type ...

  18. Anomalous muscle bundle in the right atrium; Implication to trans atrial device closure

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    Saji Philip

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    Full Text Available Intracavitary muscle bands or aberrant bands have been well described in all four chambers of the heart but rarely seen thick muscular band crossing right atrium. We report a case of devisable secundum atrial septal defect with an intra-atrial anomalous muscular band, crossing right atrial wall to the rim of the secundum atrial septal defect warranting surgical closure.

  19. Ensino da enfermagem psiquiátrica/saúde mental: sua interface com a Reforma Psiquiátrica e diretrizes curriculares nacionais La enseñanza de la enfermería psiquiátrica/salud mental: su conexión con la Reforma Psiquiátrica y las directrices curriculares nacionales Teaching psychiatric nursing/mental health: its interface with the Brazilian Psychiatric Reform and national curriculum guidelines

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    Josicelia Dumêt Fernandes

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudo teórico acerca do processo de formação em Enfermagem Psiquiátrica e Saúde Mental, frente às crescentes mudanças no mundo globalizado e seu acelerado processo de modernização científica e tecnológica. Objetiva discutir o fazer pedagógico no ensino da Enfermagem Psiquiátrica e Saúde Mental, e sua interface com os princípios da Reforma Psiquiátrica e das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais dos Cursos de Graduação em Enfermagem. Para sua sustentação teórica, adota como referência alguns construtos da Reforma Psiquiátrica e das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Graduação em Enfermagem, e sua relação com fatores constituintes do fazer pedagógico na Enfermagem Psiquiátrica e Saúde Mental. Evidencia que não basta apontar questões técnicas relativas a conteúdos e ensino, procedimentos didáticos, métodos e técnicas pedagógicas; é necessário superar desafios e implementar as mudanças, pautando-se numa nova perspectiva, e ousando colocar em questão a natureza do saber e das práticas institucionais psiquiátricas.Estudio teórico acerca del proceso de formación en Enfermería Psiquiátrica y Salud Mental, frente a los crecientes cambios en el mundo globalizado y su acelerado proceso de modernización científica y tecnológica. Objetiva discutir el quehacer pedagógico en la enseñanza de Enfermería Psiquiátrica y Salud Mental, y su conexión con los principios de la Reforma Psiquiátrica y de las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales de los Cursos de Graduación en Enfermería. Para su sustentación teórica, adopta como referencia algunos constructos de la Reforma Psiquiátrica y de las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales del Curso de Graduación en Enfermería, y su relación con factores constituyentes del quehacer pedagógico en la Enfermería Psiquiátrica y Salud Mental. Evidencia que no basta apuntar cuestiones técnicas relativas a contenidos y enseñanza, procedimientos didácticos, m

  20. Pulmonary artery-to-left atrial fistula discovered after the closure of atrial septal defect: A rare clinical scenario

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    Full Text Available A case of the right pulmonary artery-to- left atrial fistula with atrial septal defect (ASD is presented. The fistula was detected after the patient developed desaturation following surgical closure of the ASD. It was managed with a transcatheter (trans-RPA route closure of the fistula using a 12-mm Amplatzer ventricular septal defect closure device.

  1. Does Left Atrial Volume and Pulmonary Venous Anatomy Predict the Outcome of Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation ?

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    Hof, Irene; Chilukuri, Karuna; Arbab-Zadeh, Armin; Scherr, Daniel; Dalal, Darshan; Nazarian, Saman; Henrikson, Charles; Spragg, David; Berger, Ronald; Marine, Joseph; Calkins, Hugh

    Introduction: Preprocedural factors may be helpful in selecting patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) for treatment with catheter ablation and in making an assumption regarding their prognosis. The aims of this study were to investigate whether left atrial (LA) volume and pulmonary venous (PV)

  2. Direct Proof of Endo-Epicardial Asynchrony of the Atrial Wall During Atrial Fibrillation in Humans.

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    de Groot, Natasja; van der Does, Lisette; Yaksh, Ameeta; Lanters, Eva; Teuwen, Christophe; Knops, Paul; van de Woestijne, Pieter; Bekkers, Jos; Kik, Charles; Bogers, Ad; Allessie, Maurits

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    The presence of focal fibrillation waves during atrial fibrillation (AF) can, besides ectopic activity, also be explained by asynchronous activation of the atrial endo- and epicardial layer and transmurally propagating fibrillation waves. To provide direct proof of endo-epicardial asynchrony, we performed simultaneous high-resolution mapping of the right atrial endo- and epicardial wall during AF in humans. Intraoperative mapping of the endo- and epicardial right atrial wall was performed during (induced) AF in 10 patients with AF (paroxysmal: n=3; persistent: n=4; and longstanding persistent: n=3) and 4 patients without a history of AF. A clamp made of 2 rectangular 8×16 electrode arrays (interelectrode distance 2 mm) was inserted into the incision in the right atrial appendage. Recordings of 10 seconds of AF were analyzed to determine the incidence of asynchronous endo-epicardial activation times (≥15 ms) of opposite electrodes. Asynchronous endo-epicardial activation ranged between 0.9 and 55.9% without preference for either side. Focal waves appeared equally frequent at endocardium and epicardium (11% versus 13%; ITALIC! P=0.18). Using strict criteria for breakthrough (presence of an opposite wave within 4 mm and ≤14 ms before the origin of the focal wave), the majority (65%) of all focal fibrillation waves could be attributed to endo-epicardial excitation. We provided the first evidence for asynchronous activation of the endo-epicardial wall during AF in humans. Endo-epicardial asynchrony may play a major role in the pathophysiology of AF and may offer an explanation why in some patients therapy fails. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  3. Assessment of non-invasive time and frequency atrial fibrillation organization markers with unipolar atrial electrograms

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    Alcaraz, Raúl; Hornero, Fernando; Rieta, José J

    2011-01-01

    The standard electrocardiogram (ECG) is the most common non-invasive way to study atrial fibrillation (AF). In this respect, previous works have shown that the surface lead V 1 reflects mainly the dominant atrial frequency (DAF) of the right atrium (RA), which has been widely used to study AF. In a similar way, AF organization and fibrillatory (f) wave amplitude are two recently proposed non-invasive AF markers. These markers need to be validated with invasive recordings in order to assess their capability to reliably reflect the internal fibrillatory activity dynamics. In this work, these two non-invasive metrics have been compared with similar measures recorded from two unipolar atrial electrograms (AEGs). For both ECG and AEG signals, AF organization has been computed by applying a nonlinear regularity index, such as sample entropy (SampEn), to the atrial activity (AA) and to its fundamental waveform, defined as the main atrial wave (MAW). The surface and epicardial f wave amplitude has been estimated through their mean power. Results obtained for 38 patients showed statistically significant correlations between the values measured from surface and invasive recordings, thus corroborating the usefulness of the aforesaid markers in the non-invasive study of AF. Precisely, for AF organization computed from the MAW, the correlation coefficients between surface and both AEGs were R = 0.926 (p < 0.001) and R = 0.932 (p < 0.001). For f wave amplitude, slightly lower significant relationships were noticed, the correlation coefficients being R = 0.765 (p < 0.001) and R = 0.842 (p < 0.001). These outcomes together with interesting linear relationships found among the parameters suggest that AF regularity estimated via SampEn and f wave amplitude can non-invasively characterize the epicardial activity related to AF

  4. Interatrial septum pacing decreases atrial dyssynchrony on strain rate imaging compared with right atrial appendage pacing.

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    Yasuoka, Yoshinori; Abe, Haruhiko; Umekawa, Seiko; Katsuki, Keiko; Tanaka, Norio; Araki, Ryo; Imanaka, Takahiro; Matsutera, Ryo; Morisawa, Daisuke; Kitada, Hirokazu; Hattori, Susumu; Noda, Yoshiki; Adachi, Hidenori; Sasaki, Tatsuya; Miyatake, Kunio

    2011-03-01

    Interatrial septum pacing (IAS-P) decreases atrial conduction delay compared with right atrial appendage pacing (RAA-P). We evaluate the atrial contraction with strain rate of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) during sinus activation or with IAS-P or RAA-P. Fifty-two patients with permanent pacemaker for sinus node disease were enrolled in the study. Twenty-three subjects were with IAS-P and 29 with RAA-P. The time from end-diastole to peak end-diastolic strain rate was measured and corrected with RR interval on electrocardiogram. It was defined as the time from end-diastole to peak end-diastolic strain rate (TSRc), and the balance between maximum and minimum TSRc at three sites (ΔTSRc) was compared during sinus activation and with pacing rhythm in each group. There were no significant differences observed in general characteristics and standard echocardiographic parameters except the duration of pacing P wave between the two groups. The duration was significantly shorter in the IAS-P group compared with the RAA-P group (95 ± 34 vs 138 ± 41; P = 0.001). TSRc was significantly different between sinus activation and pacing rhythm (36.3 ± 35.7 vs 61.6 ± 36.3; P = 0.003) in the RAA-P group, whereas no significant differences were observed in the IAS-P group (25.4 ± 12.1 vs 27.7 ± 14.7; NS). During the follow-up (mean 2.4 ± 0.7 years), the incidence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) conversion to permanent AF was not significantly different between the two groups. IAS-P decreased the contraction delay on atrial TDI compared to RAA-P; however, it did not contribute to the reduction of AF incidence in the present study. ©2010, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. 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 I Kur , the acetylcholine-activated inward-rectifying Kir3.1/Kir3.4 channel conducting I K,ACh , the Ca 2+ -activated K + channels of small conductance (SK) conducting I SK , 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 I TWIK-1 , I TASK-1 , and I TASK-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.

  6. [Left atrial electric isolation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation secondary to rheumatic valvular disease].

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    Graffigna, A; Pagani, F; Minzioni, G; Salerno, J; Viganò, M

    1992-08-01

    Surgical isolation of the left atrium was performed for the treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation secondary to valvular disease in 100 patients who underwent valve surgery. From May 1989 to September 1991, 62 patients underwent mitral valve surgery (Group I), 19 underwent mitral valve surgery and DeVega tricuspid annuloplasty (Group II), 15 underwent mitral and aortic surgery (Group III), and 4 patients underwent mitral and aortic surgery and DeVega tricuspid annuloplasty (Group IV). Left atrial isolation was performed prolonging the usual left paraseptal atriotomy towards the left fibrous trigone anteriorly, and the postero-medial commissure posteriorly. The incision was conducted a few millimeters apart from the mitral valve annulus, and cryolesion were placed at the edges to ensure complete electrophysiological isolation of the left atrium. Operative mortality accounted for 3 cases (3%). In 79 patients (81.4%) sinus rhythm recovered and persisted until discharge from the hospital. No differences were found between the groups (Group I: 80.7%; Group II: 68.5%; Group III 86.7%, Group IV 75% - p = N.S.). Three cases of late mortality (3.1%) were registered. long-term results showed persistence of SR in 71% of Group I, 61.2% of Group II, 85.8% of Group III, and 100% of Group IV. The unique risk factor for late recurrency of atrial fibrillation was found to be a duration of preoperative AF longer than 6 months. Due to the high success rate in recovering the sinus rhythm, we suggest left atrial isolation in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation undergoing valvular surgery.

  7. Fibrilação atrial e demência: resultados do São Paulo ageing & health study Atrial fibrillation and dementia: results from the Sao Paulo ageing & health study

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A fibrilação atrial é um fator de risco controverso para demência. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar a associação entre fibrilação atrial e demência em participantes do São Paulo Ageing & Health. MÉTODOS: O São Paulo Ageing & Health é um estudo transversal, de base populacional, de idosos residentes em um uma região de baixa renda da cidade de São Paulo, Brasil. Diagnóstico de demência foi realizado de acordo com o protocolo do grupo 10/66, com base em critérios do Manual de Diagnóstico e Estatística das Perturbações Mentais (DSM-IV. O diagnóstico de fibrilação atrial foi feito por eletrocardiograma de 12 derivações, avaliado por dois cardiologistas. Dados demográficos e de fatores de risco cardiovasculares também foram obtidos. RESULTADOS: A demência foi diagnosticada em 66 (4,3% e fibrilação atrial em 36 (2,4% de 1.524 participantes com um eletrocardiograma válido. A razão de chances bruta para demência em participantes com fibrilação atrial foi 2,8 (intervalo de confiança [IC] 95%: 1,0-8,1; p = 0,06 em comparação com indivíduos sem fibrilação atrial. Relação positiva foi encontrada em mulheres (RC 4,2; IC 95%: 1,2-15,1; p = 0,03. Após ajuste para idade, no entanto, essa associação tornou-se não significativa (RC 2,2, IC 95%: 0,6-8,9; p = 0,26. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve associação independente entre a fibrilação atrial e demência nessa amostra. A prevalência da fibrilação atrial pode ser baixa nesta população em virtude da mortalidade cardiovascular prematura.BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF is a controversial risk factor for dementia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the association between AF and dementia in the "Sao Paulo Ageing & Health" (SPAH study participants. METHODS: SPAH is a cross-sectional, population-based study of elderly people living in a deprived neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dementia diagnosis was performed according to

  8. 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; McAulay, Laura; Walters, Darren L.

    2014-01-01

    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

  9. 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.

  10. NASA's First Atrial Fibrillation Case - Deke Slayton

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    Tarver, William J.

    2010-01-01

    Concerns about heart dysrhythmia have been present since the earliest days of the US manned space program. While information about an astronaut's health is general kept private, one of the original seven American astronaut's health status was played out in a very public forum. Donald "Deke" Slayton was removed from the second manned space flight when it was discovered he had idiopathic atrial fibrillation. Referencing the original medical documents, details of how this was discovered and managed from the medical perspective will be reviewed. This is NASA's first heart dysrhythmia case in an astronaut and it proves quite interesting when placed in historic perspective.

  11. 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.

  12. The polyuria of paroxysmal atrial tachycardia

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    Kinney, M. J.; Stein, R. M.; Discala, V. A.

    1974-01-01

    Two patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and an associated polyuria were studied to delineate the mechanism of the increase in urine flow. A striking saluresis was noted in both patients. The increased sodium excretion was probably due to decreased sodium reabsorption, perhaps at proximal tubular nephron sites. This inhibition of sodium reabsorption could explain both the saluresis and some part or all of the polyuria. Re-evaluation of earlier case reports reveals patterns of concomitant salt and water excretion consistent with this mechanism. The saluresis cannot be explained by the previously favored hypothesis of antidiuretic hormone inhibition.

  13. Echocardiographic study of left atrial myxoma

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    Full Text Available Four cases of left atrial myxoma were diagnosed pre-operatively by echocardiography. All cases showed characteristic echocardio-graphic features of variegated shadows behind the mitral valve in diastole and within the left atrium in systole. In two cases the my-xomas were surgically removed and confirmed on histology. In one case the post-operative echocardiogram showed complete dis-appearance of the abnormal shadows. Echocardiography is the most reliable method today for the diagnosis of a myxoma.

  14. Atrial overexpression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 improves the canine rapid atrial pacing-induced structural and electrical remodeling. Fan, ACE2 improves atrial substrate remodeling.

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    Fan, Jinqi; Zou, Lili; Cui, Kun; Woo, Kamsang; Du, Huaan; Chen, Shaojie; Ling, Zhiyu; Zhang, Quanjun; Zhang, Bo; Lan, Xianbin; Su, Li; Zrenner, Bernhard; Yin, Yuehui

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether atrial overexpression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) by homogeneous transmural atrial gene transfer can reverse atrial remodeling and its mechanisms in a canine atrial-pacing model. Twenty-eight mongrel dogs were randomly divided into four groups: Sham-operated, AF-control, gene therapy with adenovirus-enhanced green fluorescent protein (Ad-EGFP) and gene therapy with Ad-ACE2 (Ad-ACE2) (n = 7 per subgroup). AF was induced in all dogs except the Sham-operated group by rapid atrial pacing at 450 beats/min for 2 weeks. Ad-EGFP and Ad-ACE2 group then received epicardial gene painting. Three weeks after gene transfer, all animals except the Sham group underwent rapid atrial pacing for another 3 weeks and then invasive electrophysiological, histological and molecular studies. The Ad-ACE2 group showed an increased ACE2 and Angiotensin-(1-7) expression, and decreased Angiotensin II expression in comparison with Ad-EGFP and AF-control group. ACE2 overexpression attenuated rapid atrial pacing-induced increase in activated extracellular signal-regulated kinases and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) levels, and decrease in MAPK phosphatase 1(MKP-1) level, resulting in attenuation of atrial fibrosis collagen protein markers and transforming growth factor-β1. Additionally, ACE2 overexpression also modulated the tachypacing-induced up-regulation of connexin 40, down-regulation of connexin 43 and Kv4.2, and significantly decreased the inducibility and duration of AF. ACE2 overexpression could shift the renin-angiotensin system balance towards the protective axis, attenuate cardiac fibrosis remodeling associated with up-regulation of MKP-1 and reduction of MAPKs activities, modulate tachypacing-induced ion channels and connexin remodeling, and subsequently reduce the inducibility and duration of AF.

  15. Atrial conduction times and left atrial mechanical functions and their relation with diastolic function in prediabetic patients.

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    Gudul, Naile Eris; Karabag, Turgut; Sayin, Muhammet Rasit; Bayraktaroglu, Taner; Aydin, Mustafa

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate atrial conduction times and left atrial mechanical functions, the noninvasive predictors of atrial fibrillation, in prediabetic patients with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Study included 59 patients (23 males, 36 females; mean age 52.5 ± 10.6 years) diagnosed with IFG or IGT by the American Diabetes Association criteria, and 43 healthy adults (22 males, 21 females; mean age 48.5 ± 12.1 years). Conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography were performed. The electromechanical delay parameters were measured from the onset of the P wave on the surface electrocardiogram to the onset of the atrial systolic wave on tissue Doppler imaging from septum, lateral, and right ventricular annuli. The left atrial volumes were calculated by the disk method. Left atrial mechanical functions were calculated. The mitral E/A and E'/A' ratios measured from the lateral and septal annuli were significantly lower in the prediabetics compared to the controls. The interatrial and left atrial electromechanical delay were significantly longer in prediabetic group compared to the controls. Left atrial active emptying volume (LAAEV) and fraction (LAAEF) were significantly higher in the prediabetics than the controls. LAAEV and LAAEF were significantly correlated with E/A, lateral and septal E'/A'. In the prediabetic patients, the atrial conduction times and P wave dispersion on surface electrocardiographic were longer before the development of overt diabetes. In addition, the left atrial mechanical functions were impaired secondary to a deterioration in the diastolic functions in the prediabetic patients.

  16. Magnetic electroanatomical mapping for ablation of focal atrial tachycardias.

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    Marchlinski, F; Callans, D; Gottlieb, C; Rodriguez, E; Coyne, R; Kleinman, D

    1998-08-01

    Uniform success for ablation of focal atrial tachycardias has been difficult to achieve using standard catheter mapping and ablation techniques. In addition, our understanding of the complex relationship between atrial anatomy, electrophysiology, and surface ECG P wave morphology remains primitive. The magnetic electroanatomical mapping and display system (CARTO) offers an on-line display of electrical activation and/or signal amplitude related to the anatomical location of the recorded sites in the mapped chamber. A window of electrical interest is established based on signals timed from an electrical reference that usually represents a fixed electrogram recording from the coronary sinus or the atrial appendage. This window of electrical interest is established to include atrial activation prior to the onset of the P wave activity associated with the site of origin of a focal atrial tachycardia. Anatomical and electrical landmarks are defined with limited fluoroscopic imaging support and more detailed global chamber and more focal atrial mapping can be performed with minimal fluoroscopic guidance. A three-dimensional color map representing atrial activation or voltage amplitude at the magnetically defined anatomical sites is displayed with on-line data acquisition. This display can be manipulated to facilitate viewing from any angle. Altering the zoom control, triangle fill threshold, clipping plane, or color range can all enhance the display of a more focal area of interest. We documented the feasibility of using this single mapping catheter technique for localizing and ablating focal atrial tachycardias. In a consecutive series of 8 patients with 9 focal atrial tachycardias, the use of the single catheter CARTO mapping system was associated with ablation success in all but one patient who had a left atrial tachycardia localized to the medial aspect of the orifice of the left atrial appendage. Only low power energy delivery was used in this patient because of the

  17. [Quantitative Measurements on the Blood Flow Fields of Left Atrial Appendage using Vector Flow Mapping in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation].

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    Cai, Yu-Yan; Wei, Xin; Zhang, Xiao-Ling; Liu, Gu-Yue; Li, Xi; Tang, Hong

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    To quantify the hemodynamic characteristics of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Twenty patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 15 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation enrolled in this study,while 12 patients with sinus rhythms served as controls. The hemodynamic characteristics of the patients in left atrial appendage were measured by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and vector flow mapping (VFM) using indicators such as vectors,vortex and energy loss (EL). ① Significant differences appeared between the patients with atrial fibrillation and the controls in heart rate,size of left atrium,size of left atrial appendage (LAA),and velocities of LAA filling and emptying. ② Regular vectors in LAA in early systole and late diastole were found in the patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and the controls; whereas,irregular vectors with direction alternating were visualized in the whole cardiac cycle in the patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. ③ Small vortexes were observed at the opening of the left atrial appendage in late diastole in the patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and the controls. ④ Peak EL values occurred in early systole and late diastole in the patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and the controls. But the patients with persistent atrial fibrillation had increased EL values over the whole cardiac cycle. VFM can visualize and quantify the hemodynamics of LAA in patients with different heart rhythms. It may provide a new method for assessing atrial fibrillation. CopyrightCopyright© by Editorial Board of Journal of Sichuan University (Medical Science Edition).

  18. Uso da radiofrequência bipolar para o tratamento da fibrilação atrial durante cirurgia cardíaca Uso de la radiofrecuencia bipolar para el tratamiento de la fibrilación atrial durante cirugía cardíaca Use of bipolar radiofrequency for the treatment of atrial fibrillation during cardiac surgery

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O tratamento da fibrilação atrial com dispositivo de ablação de tecidos por radiofrequência bipolar em concomitância à cirurgia cardíaca tem se mostrado método eficaz no tratamento desta arritmia. OBJETIVO: Descrever a experiência inicial do Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia no tratamento cirúrgico da fibrilação atrial com uso de dispositivo de radiofrequência bipolar em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia cardíaca, relatando o resultado de acompanhamento pós-operatório de um ano. MÉTODOS: Entre janeiro de 2008 e março de 2009, 47 pacientes (36 mulheres consecutivos, com idade média de 53,7 ± 10,6 anos, apresentando fibrilação atrial por um período médio de 34,6 meses (3 a 192 meses foram submetidos à ablação cirúrgica desta arritmia, por radiofrequência bipolar, durante o procedimento que motivou a indicação da cirurgia. Oito apresentavam fibrilação atrial intermitente e 39, contínua. Oitenta e um por cento foram submetidos à cirurgia valvar como procedimento principal. Esta é uma análise retrospectiva, observacional, com avaliação de um ano de pós-operatório das variáveis clínicas e de Holter 24 h. RESULTADOS: Dos 47 pacientes, 40 sobreviveram um ano. Desses, 33 foram submetidos a Holter 24 h, em um intervalo médio de 401 dias após a cirurgia. Encontrou-se a seguinte distribuição de ritmos: 24 (73% sinusal, 5 (15% fibrilação atrial, três (9% Flutter atrial e um (3% ritmo juncional. Foram observados dois acidentes vasculares encefálicos, sendo um associado à arritmia supraventricular. CONCLUSÃO: A ablação cirúrgica de fibrilação atrial com dispositivo de radiofrequência bipolar concomitante à cirurgia cardíaca é método eficaz para o tratamento desta arritmia.FUNDAMENTO: El tratamiento de la fibrilación atrial con dispositivo de ablación de tejidos por radiofrecuencia bipolar en concomitancia con la cirugía cardíaca se muestra un método eficaz en el tratamiento de esta

  19. Diretrizes para inserção de requisitos de eficiência energética no processo de projeto de aeroportos

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    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda a gestão de informação na etapa de projeto visando à consideração de requisitos de eficiência energética em projetos de obras complexas, relatando um estudo de caso em projeto de aeroportos. O atendimento aos requisitos de eficiência energética tende a aumentar ainda mais a complexidade do processo de desenvolvimento do produto (PDP na construção civil. Torna-se necessário, então, buscar instrumentos gerenciais que auxiliem o projetista a analisar as restrições e tradeoffs no PDP ao mesmo tempo em que se considere a agregação de mais valor ao produto, tanto sob o ponto de vista do cliente como do meio ambiente. A decisão de analisar o processo de projeto de aeroportos surgiu pelo fato de essas edificações serem caracterizadas pela complexidade e por apresentarem alto consumo energético e grande impacto ambiental. A partir de uma etapa de revisão bibliográfica, foram identificados os requisitos de eficiência energética a serem considerados na prática de projeto. O estudo teve sequência com a elaboração do macromapeamento do PDP, em um estudo de caso. Os resultados alcançados consistem na análise crítica do PDP e na identificação de oportunidades de inserção dos requisitos de eficiência energética no processo de projeto aeroportuário, considerando as falhas no fluxo de informação entre os agentes envolvidos. Por fim, são apresentadas diretrizes para a inserção dos requisitos de eficiência energética identificados a partir da revisão bibliográfica no processo de projetos de aeroportos.

  20. Relatório de sustentabilidade: perfil das organizações brasileiras e estrangeiras segundo o padrão da Global Reporting Initiative

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    Lucila Maria de Souza Campos

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve o objetivo de descrever a evolução da publicação mundial de relatórios de sustentabilidade organizacionais, com base nos indicadores da Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, no período de 1999 a 2010. Identificou-se a evolução de adesão aos indicadores GRI pelas organizações, mediante análises quantitativas das publicações por: i regiões (continentes; ii países; iii setores de atuação; iv níveis de aplicação das diretrizes GRI; e v nível de aderência às diretrizes GRI. Trata-se de uma análise documental, com enfoque quantitativo, de natureza descritiva, que fez uso de estatística descritiva por meio do software Statistica e de planilha eletrônica Excel para proceder à análise dos dados. Conforme dados de GRI (GLOBAL..., 2011, constatou-se que as regiões com maior adesão à publicação de relatórios no modelo GRI foram a Europa, que obteve maior representatividade com 47,60% do total, seguida pela Ásia com 17,02% e América do Norte com 13,92%. Os países com maior volume de publicações foram em ordem: Espanha, Estados Unidos, Japão e Brasil, que somaram 33,54% do total. Dentre os setores com maior adesão aos indicadores para elaboração de relatórios de sustentabilidade, destacam-se os de Serviços Financeiros, Energia, Serviços de Energia e Outros, que somados alcançaram 35,30% de participação relativa. Observou-se que 74,80% dos relatórios foram publicados no nível de aplicação G3, além de que existe forte movimento de publicação nos níveis mais elevados de aderência ao padrão GRI (A e A+ e com verificação externa, sobretudo a partir de 2006 e 2010. Mediante uso de análise de correspondência entre os 13 principais setores de atuação e os 14 principais países de origem das empresas que publicaram relatórios pela GRI, percebe-se a ligação entre os Setores de Energia, Serviços de Energia e Construção com o Brasil. A Europa ganha destaque em relatórios do

  1. 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.

  2. Noninvasive evaluation of reverse atrial remodeling after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation by P wave dispersion.

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    Fujimoto, Yuhi; Yodogawa, Kenji; Takahashi, Kenta; Tsuboi, Ippei; Hayashi, Hiroshi; Uetake, Shunsuke; Iwasaki, Yu-Ki; Hayashi, Meiso; Miyauchi, Yasushi; Shimizu, Wataru

    2017-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) itself creates structural and electrophysiological changes such as atrial enlargement, shortening of refractory period and decrease in conduction velocity, called "atrial remodeling", promoting its persistence. Although the remodeling process is considered to be reversible, it has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of P wave dispersion in the assessment of reverse atrial remodeling following catheter ablation of AF. Consecutive 126 patients (88 males, age 63.0 ± 10.4 years) who underwent catheter ablation for paroxysmal AF were investigated. P wave dispersion was calculated from the 12 lead ECG before, 1 day, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months after the procedure. Left atrial diameter (LAD), left atrial volume index (LAVI), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), transmitral flow velocity waveform (E/A), and tissue Doppler (E/e') on echocardiography, plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentrations, serum creatinine, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were also measured. Of all patients, 103 subjects remained free of AF for 1 year follow-up. In these patients, P wave dispersion was not changed 1 day and 1 month after the procedure. However, it was significantly decreased at 3 and 6 months (50.1 ± 14.8 to 45.4 ± 14.4 ms, p < 0.05, 45.2 ± 9.9 ms, p < 0.05, respectively). Plasma BNP concentrations, LAD and LAVI were decreased (81.1 ± 103.8 to 44.8 ± 38.3 pg/mL, p < 0.05, 38.2 ± 5.7 to 35.9 ± 5.6 mm, p < 0.05, 33.3 ± 14.2 to 29.3 ± 12.3 mL/m 2 , p < 0.05) at 6 months after the procedure. There were no significant changes in LVEF, E/A, E/e', serum creatinine, and eGFR during the follow up period. P wave dispersion was decreased at 3 and 6 months after catheter ablation in patients without recurrence of AF. P wave dispersion is useful for assessment of reverse remodeling after catheter ablation of AF.

  3. 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.

  4. Right atrial bypass model in the dog.

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    Breen, P H; Isserles, S A

    1995-02-01

    In gas exchange studies addressing the storage and transport of CO2 in dogs, a model in which cardiac output (QT) can be precisely controlled and measured would be beneficial. We identified problems with described extracorporeal circuits and implemented right atrial bypass (RAB) in dogs. In 6 anesthetized (chloralose and urethane), heparinized dogs (mean +/- SD, 24 +/- 4 kg) with open thorax, cannulas were inserted in both vena cavas to drain venous blood return to a reservoir (anaerobic bag or bubble oxygenator). A roller pump then drove blood through a heat exchanger back to the right atrial appendage. After 1.8 +/- 1.4 hour of RAB, physiologic variables remained within reference limits for dogs (QT, 1.5 +/- 0.3 L/min; blood pressure, 92 +/- 25 mm of Hg; arterial PCO2, 35 +/- 4 mm of Hg; PO2, 513 +/- 39 mm of Hg; pH, 7.39 +/- 0.08; and tissue CO2 production, 126 +/- 56 ml/min). To permit study of gas exchange, venous return (and thus, QT) and venous PCO2 and PO2 could be accurately regulated and measured over a wide range. Maintenance of native pulsatile lung perfusion and cardiogenic oscillations minimizes mismatching of pulmonary ventilation and perfusion and facilitates studies addressing pulmonary gas exchange. This RAB model is designed so that investigators can establish the preparation in a few hours.

  5. Das DELA-NOBA Projekt

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    Daryai-Hansen, Petra; Meister, Maive; Tonello, Elisa

    2015-01-01

    in the English language classroom in Argentina and Denmark var et delprojekt under et større internationalt samarbejde, koordineret af Michael Byram, og belyste, hvordan interkulturelt medborgerskab kan styrkes i grundskolens læringsrum (Byram et al. under udgivelse). Grundidéen i interkulturelle......Artiklen præsenterer et udviklings- og forskningsprojekt på Randersgades Skole. I projektet deltog elever fra 7.v og en 5./6. klasse fra Argentina i et arrangeret kultur- og sprogmøde inden for rammerne af deres engelskundervisning. Projektet Green Kidz. Intercultural environmental citizenship...... langues-Ansatz noch weitreichend unbekannt. Das Projekt Developing the Language Awareness/ Éveil aux langues Approach in the Nordic and Baltic Countries (DELA- NOBA), das von 2013 bis 2016 von NordPlus Horizontal finanziert wird, etabliert eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen Universitäten und Pilotschulen aus...

  6. Update of PPPL's DAS-1800

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    1976-01-01

    Demand for real-time computer assistance of experiments at PPPL has increased in volume and complexity. The PPPL data acquisition system based on an IBM-1800 has been servicing three experimental devices, ST, FM, and ATC, often concurrently. The requirements of real-time computer support, the acquisition, archiving, analysis, and display of data for these devices, are described. A presentation of the current DAS-1800 system which supports two devices, FM and ATC, includes summaries of additional experiments serviced

  7. Psicoterapia das depressões

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    Sidnei Schestatsky

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available Os autores examinam o status atual das psicoterapias no tratamento das depressões, principalmente das quatro formas melhor testadas empiricamente nos últimos 10 anos: psicoterapia interpessoal, psicoterapia cognitiva e comportamental, e psicoterapia psicodinâmica breve. São descritos os principais estudos de eficácia dessas psicoterapias assim como uma revisão metaanalítica sobre o assunto. Conclui-se que já há sólidas evidências de bons resultados nas depressões ambulatoriais e unipolares quando tratadas por intervenções psicossociais, combinadas ou não com farmacoterapia.It is examined the present status of psychotherapeutic treatment of depression, specially the impact of the four types of psychotherapy best empirically tested for the past 10 years: interpersonal therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies, and brief psychodynamic therapy. Both the main efficacy studies of those therapies as well as a meta-analytic review of their results are described. The conclusion is that there are already strong evidences of good outcome when ambulatorial unipolar depression is treated by psychossocial interventions, alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy.

  8. Pulmonary edema following transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect

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    Full Text Available We describe an incident of development of acute pulmonary edema after the device closure of a secundum atrial septal defect in a 52-year-old lady, which was treated with inotropes, diuretics and artificial ventilation. Possibility of acute left ventricular dysfunction should be considered after the defect closure in the middle-aged patients as the left ventricular compliance may be reduced due to increased elastic stiffness and diastolic dysfunction. Baseline left atrial pressure may be > 10 mmHg in these patients. Associated risk factors for the left ventricular dysfunction are a large Qp:Qs ratio, systemic hypertension, severe pulmonary hypertension and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

  9. The immediate future for the medical treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Pedersen, Ole Dyg; Brendorp, Bente; Køber, Lars

    2002-01-01

    ) the rhythm causes loss of atrioventricular synchrony, which reduces diastolic filling and may lead to heart failure; and iii) atrial contraction is lost leading to stagnant blood that again may lead to atrial thrombi and peripheral embolism. Thus, the treatment of atrial fibrillation is focused...... on the maintenance of sinus rhythm, rate control and prevention of embolism. For the maintenance of sinus rhythm, all drugs under current development are potassium channel blockers; the so-called class III anti-arrhythmic drugs. Those which have been further investigated appear to be valuable for maintenance...

  10. Acute Pulmonary Edema Caused by a Giant Atrial Myxoma

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    Andrea Fisicaro

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    Full Text Available Atrial myxoma is the most common primary cardiac tumor. Its clinical presentation spreads from asymptomatic incidental mass to serious life-threatening cardiovascular complications. We report the case of a 44-year-old man with evening fever and worsening dyspnea in the last weeks, admitted to our hospital for acute pulmonary edema. The cardiac auscultation was very suspicious for mitral valve stenosis, but the echocardiography revealed a huge atrial mass with a diastolic prolapse into mitral valve orifice causing an extremely high transmitral gradient pressure. Awareness of this uncommon acute presentation of atrial myxoma is necessary for timely diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention.

  11. Atrial Septal Aneurysm Presenting as Clubbing without Clinically Apparent Cyanosis.

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    Goyal, Laxmi Kant; Banerjee, S; Yadav, R N; Singh, Gajraj; Ganguli, Sujata; Isran, Rohit

    2015-09-01

    Atrial septal aneurysm (ASA) is a localised "saccular" deformity which protrudes to the right or the left atrium or on both sides. It is a rare, but well recognised cardiac abnormality. It is usually an incidental finding or may presents as atrial arrhythmias or arterial embolism. Though it is an acyanotic congenital heart disease but it may result in significant right to left shunt and cyanosis. We describe a patient of ASA with atrial septal defect who presented with clubbing and right to left shunt without clinically apparent cyanosis. © Journal of the Association of Physicians of India 2011.

  12. Atrial natriuretic peptide and feeding activity patterns in rats

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    Oliveira M.H.A.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available This review presents historical data about atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP from its discovery as an atrial natriuretic factor (ANF to its role as an atrial natriuretic hormone (ANH. As a hormone, ANP can interact with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-A and is related to feeding activity patterns in the rat. Food restriction proved to be an interesting model to investigate this relationship. The role of ANP must be understood within a context of peripheral and central interactions involving different peptides and pathways

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

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    Sethi, Naqash; Safi, Sanam; Nielsen, Emil E

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    by Jakobsen and colleagues. We plan to include all relevant randomised clinical trials assessing the effects of any rhythm control strategy versus any rate control strategy. We plan to search the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS, Science Citation Index Expanded...... on Web of Science, and BIOSIS to identify relevant trials. Any eligible trial will be assessed and classified as either high risk of bias or low risk of bias, and our conclusions will be based on trials with low risk of bias. The analyses of the extracted data will be performed using Review Manager 5....... This protocol for a systematic review aims at identifying the best overall treatment strategy for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. METHODS: This protocol for a systematic review was performed following the recommendations of the Cochrane Collaboration and the eight-step assessment procedure suggested...

  14. Left Atrial Appendage Closure in Atrial Fibrillation: A World without Anticoagulation?

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial Fibrillation (AF is a common arrhythmia with an incidence that is as high as 10% in the elderly population. Given the large proportion of strokes caused by AF as well as the associated morbidity and mortality, reducing stroke burden is the most important part of AF management. While warfarin significantly reduces the risk of AF-related stroke, perceived bleeding risks and compliance limit its widespread use in the high-risk AF population. The left atrial appendage is believed to be the “culprit” for thrombogenesis in nonvalvular AF and is a new therapeutic target for stroke prevention. The purpose of this review is to explore the evolving field of percutaneous LAA occlusion. After briefly highlighting the risk of stroke with AF, problems with warfarin, and the role of the LAA in clot formation, this article discusses the feasibility and efficacy of various devices which have been developed for percutaneous LAA occlusion.

  15. Surface atrial frequency analysis in patients with atrial fibrillation: a tool for evaluating the effects of intervention.

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    Raine, Dan; Langley, Philip; Murray, Alan; Dunuwille, Asunga; Bourke, John P

    2004-09-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate (1) principal component analysis as a technique for extracting the atrial signal waveform from the standard 12-lead ECG and (2) its ability to distinguish changes in atrial fibrillation (AF) frequency parameters over time and in response to pharmacologic manipulation using drugs with different effects on atrial electrophysiology. Twenty patients with persistent AF were studied. Continuous 12-lead Holter ECGs were recorded for 60 minutes, first, in the drug-free state. Mean and variability of atrial waveform frequency were measured using an automated computer technique. This extracted the atrial signal by principal component analysis and identified the main frequency component using Fourier analysis. Patients were then allotted sequentially to receive 1 of 4 drugs intravenously (amiodarone, flecainide, sotalol, or metoprolol), and changes induced in mean and variability of atrial waveform frequency measured. Mean and variability of atrial waveform frequency did not differ within patients between the two 30-minute sections of the drug-free state. As hypothesized, significant changes in mean and variability of atrial waveform frequency were detected after manipulation with amiodarone (mean: 5.77 vs 4.86 Hz; variability: 0.55 vs 0.31 Hz), flecainide (mean: 5.33 vs 4.72 Hz; variability: 0.71 vs 0.31 Hz), and sotalol (mean: 5.94 vs 4.90 Hz; variability: 0.73 vs 0.40 Hz) but not with metoprolol (mean: 5.41 vs 5.17 Hz; variability: 0.81 vs 0.82 Hz). A technique for continuously analyzing atrial frequency characteristics of AF from the surface ECG has been developed and validated.

  16. Effect of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction on left atrial appendage function and thrombotic potential in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Demirçelik, Muhammed Bora; Çetin, Mustafa; Çiçekcioğlu, Hülya; Uçar, Özgül; Duran, Mustafa

    2014-05-01

    We aimed to investigate effects of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction on left atrial appendage functions, spontaneous echo contrast and thrombus formation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. In 58 patients with chronic nonvalvular atrial fibrilation and preserved left ventricular systolic function, left atrial appendage functions, left atrial spontaneous echo contrast grading and left ventricular diastolic functions were evaluated using transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiogram. Patients divided in two groups: Group D (n=30): Patients with diastolic dysfunction, Group N (n=28): Patients without diastolic dysfunction. Categorical variables in two groups were evaluated with Pearson's chi-square or Fisher's exact test. The significance of the lineer correlation between the degree of spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) and clinical measurements was evaluated with Spearman's correlation analysis. Peak pulmonary vein D velocity of the Group D was significantly higher than the Group N (p=0.006). However, left atrial appendage emptying velocity, left atrial appendage lateral wall velocity, peak pulmonary vein S, pulmonary vein S/D ratio were found to be significantly lower in Group D (p=0.028, patrial appendage emptying, filling, pulmonary vein S/D levels and lateral wall velocities respectively (r=-0.438, r=-0.328, r=-0.233, r=-0.447). Left atrial appendage emptying, filling, pulmonary vein S/D levels and lateral wall velocities were significantly lower in SEC 2-3-4 than SEC 1 (p=0.003, p=0.029, patrial fibrillation and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, left atrial appendage functions are decreased in patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction. Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction may constitute a potential risk for formation of thrombus and stroke.

  17. 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...... measurements of LA volume and function obtained by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), and 320-slice multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) correlate in patients with permanent AF....

  18. Three-dimensional atrial wall thickness maps to inform catheter ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation.

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    Bishop, Martin; Rajani, Ronak; Plank, Gernot; Gaddum, Nicholas; Carr-White, Gerry; Wright, Matt; O'Neill, Mark; Niederer, Steven

    2016-03-01

    Transmural lesion formation is critical to success in atrial fibrillation ablation and is dependent on left atrial wall thickness (LAWT). Pre- and peri-procedural planning may benefit from LAWT measurements. To calculate the LAWT, the Laplace equation was solved over a finite element mesh of the left atrium derived from the segmented computed tomographic angiography (CTA) dataset. Local LAWT was then calculated from the length of field lines derived from the Laplace solution that spanned the wall from the endocardium or epicardium. The method was validated on an atrium phantom and retrospectively applied to 10 patients who underwent routine coronary CTA for standard clinical indications at our institute. The Laplace wall thickness algorithm was validated on the left atrium phantom. Wall thickness measurements had errors of atrial wall thickness measurements were performed on 10 patients. Successful comprehensive LAWT maps were generated in all patients from the coronary CTA images. Mean LAWT measurements ranged from 0.6 to 1.0 mm and showed significant inter and intra patient variability. Left atrial wall thickness can be measured robustly and efficiently across the whole left atrium using a solution of the Laplace equation over a finite element mesh of the left atrium. Further studies are indicated to determine whether the integration of LAWT maps into pre-existing 3D anatomical mapping systems may provide important anatomical information for guiding radiofrequency ablation. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Galectin-3 as a marker of interstitial atrial remodelling involved in atrial fibrillation

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    Diana Hernández-Romero; Juan Antonio Vílchez; Álvaro Lahoz; Ana I. Romero-Aniorte; Eva Jover; Arcadio García-Alberola; Rubén Jara-Rubio; Carlos M. Martínez; Mariano Valdés; Francisco Marín

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    Remodelling in the atria could appear as a result of hypertension, diabetes or ischaemic heart disease. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a mediator of profibrotic pathways and a potential biomarker of cardiac remodelling. We prospectively recruited consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. Preoperative Gal-3 levels were determined from serum samples, and the presence of fibrosis was assessed from atrial appendage tissue samples obtained during cardiac surgery. We included 100 patients wi...

  20. A educação profissional pela Pedagogia das Competências: : para além da superfície dos documentos oficiais

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    Ramos Marise Nogueira

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    Full Text Available O texto analisa a reforma da educação profissional em curso no Brasil desde 1997, a partir do Decreto nº 2.208 e das Diretrizes e Referenciais Curriculares Nacionais da Educação Profissional de Nível Técnico, sob duas perspectivas. A primeira apreende o tensionamento do conceito de qualificação pela noção de competência, demonstrando o enfraquecimento de sua dimensão social e a despolitização de seu conteúdo. A segunda discute os limites epistemológicos, pedagógicos e metodológicos das orientações curriculares para a educação profissional baseada em competências. Demonstra as incoerências internas ao discurso oficial e se contrapõe aos seus princípios pela perspectiva materialista-dialética.

  1. Development of a transgenic goat model wih cardiac-specific overexpression of transforming growth factor - {beta} 1 to study the relationship between atrial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation

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    Studies on patients, large animal models and transgenic mouse models have shown a strong association of atrial fibrosis with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is unclear whether there is a causal relationship between atrial fibrosis and AF or whether these events appear as a result of independen...

  2. Left atrial appendage thrombosis during therapy with rivaroxaban in elective cardioversion for permanent atrial fibrillation

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    Walter Serra

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Electric external cardioversion (EEC for permanent atrial fibrillation (AF carries a risk of thromboembolic events (TE. The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE to guide the management of atrial fibrillation may be considered a clinically effective alternative strategy to conventional therapy for patients in whom elective cardioversion is planned. Therapeutic anticoagulation with novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC is recommended for 3 to 4 weeks before and an anticoagulation life-long therapy is recommended after EEC to reduce TE, in patients with high CHA2DS2-VASc score; however, only few data are currently available about safety of shortterm anticoagulation with NOAC in the setting of EEC. Patients with increased risk of thromboembolism have not been adequately studied and the monitoring of anticoagulant effects can also have important benefits in case of drug interactions. We report a case of a 68-year old man with AF from September 2014. Moderate depression of global left ventricular systolic function was detected by echocardiographic exam. On the basis of a high thromboembolic risk, an anticoagulant therapy with rivaroxaban, at the dose of 20 mg/day, was started. TEE showed a thrombus in the left atrial appendage. This case demonstrates the utility of performing TEE prior than EEC in patients with hypokinetic cardiomyopathy other than AF in therapy with NOAC. We underline the presence of significant pharmacodynamic interference of rivaroxaban with other drugs such as oxcarbazepine.

  3. Limitations of Dower's inverse transform for the study of atrial loops during atrial fibrillation.

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    Guillem, María S; Climent, Andreu M; Bollmann, Andreas; Husser, Daniela; Millet, José; Castells, Francisco

    2009-08-01

    Spatial characteristics of atrial fibrillatory waves have been extracted by using a vectorcardiogram (VCG) during atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the VCG is usually not recorded in clinical practice and atrial loops are derived from the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). We evaluated the suitability of the reconstruction of orthogonal leads from the 12-lead ECG for fibrillatory waves in AF. We used the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt diagnostic ECG database, which contains 15 simultaneously recorded signals (12-lead ECG and three Frank orthogonal leads) of 13 patients during AF. Frank leads were derived from the 12-lead ECG by using Dower's inverse transform. Derived leads were then compared to true Frank leads in terms of the relative error achieved. We calculated the orientation of AF loops of both recorded orthogonal leads and derived leads and measured the difference in estimated orientation. Also, we investigated the relationship of errors in derivation with fibrillatory wave amplitude, frequency, wave residuum, and fit to a plane of the AF loops. Errors in derivation of AF loops were 68 +/- 31% and errors in the estimation of orientation were 35.85 +/- 20.43 degrees . We did not find any correlation among these errors and amplitude, frequency, or other parameters. In conclusion, Dower's inverse transform should not be used for the derivation of orthogonal leads from the 12-lead ECG for the analysis of fibrillatory wave loops in AF. Spatial parameters obtained after this derivation may differ from those obtained from recorded orthogonal leads.

  4. Correlation of right atrial appendage velocity with left atrial appendage velocity and brain natriuretic Peptide.

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    Kim, Bu-Kyung; Heo, Jung-Ho; Lee, Jae-Woo; Kim, Hyun-Soo; Choi, Byung-Joo; Cha, Tae-Joon

    2012-03-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) anatomy and function have been well characterized both in healthy and diseased people, whereas relatively little attention has been focused on the right atrial appendage (RAA). We sought to evaluate RAA flow velocity and to compare these parameters with LAA indices and with a study of biomarkers, such as brain natriuretic peptide, among patients with sinus rhythm (SR) and atrial fibrillation (AF). In a series of 79 consecutive patients referred for transesophageal echocardiography, 43 patients (23 with AF and 20 controls) were evaluated. AF was associated with a decrease in flow velocity for both LAA and RAA [LAA velocity-SR vs. AF: 61 ± 22 vs. 29 ± 18 m/sec (p vs. AF: 46 ± 20 vs. 19 ± 8 m/sec (p brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). AF was associated with decreased RAA and LAA flow velocities. RAA velocity was found to be positively correlated with LAA velocity and negatively correlated with BNP. The plasma BNP concentration may serve as a determinant of LAA and RAA functions.

  5. 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...

  6. Women Sex Importance in Stroke Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: It was shown the differences in age, risk factors and treatment between women and men in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation METHODS: The stroke patients with atrial fibrillation who were hospitalized in our department at the last 2 years were seperated into 2 groups of aged above 75 and below 75, investigated with CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scores and looked at the sex differences of women and men. RESULTS: Stroke ratio according to sex was statistically meaningful especially in women above the age of 75. Risc factors also were founded in elderly women and CHA2DS2VASc scores were higher in women than men so more anticoagulan treatment were begun. No differences were shown between sexes at lone atrial fibrillation and no treatment were begun. CONCLUSION: Women with atrial fibrillation had more risk factors, higher stroke rate and higher anticoagulation treatment.

  7. Atrial fibrillation in the dog: a review of eight cases

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    Thomas, R. E. [Vet. Hospital, 34 New Dover Rd, Canterbury, Kent (United Kingdom)

    1984-07-01

    Eight cases of canine atrial fibrillation encountered in small animal practice are reported. Details are included of age, sex and breed, history and clinical signs, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography, clinical pathology, treatment and survival periods.

  8. Atrial fibrillation in the dog: a review of eight cases

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    Thomas, R.E.

    1984-01-01

    Eight cases of canine atrial fibrillation encountered in small animal practice are reported. Details are included of age, sex and breed, history and clinical signs, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography, clinical pathology, treatment and survival periods

  9. Inflammation in the genesis and perpetuation of atrial fibrillation

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    Engelmann, Mads D M; Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup

    2005-01-01

    The prevalence and persistence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the relative inefficacy of the currently available pharmacotherapy requires development of new treatment strategies. Recent findings have suggested a mechanistic link between inflammatory processes and the development of AF...

  10. 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

    long hours (≤55 per week) and those working standard 35-40 h/week. Methods and results 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...... 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......Aims 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...

  11. Atrial electrogram interpretation improves after an innovative education program.

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    Preston, Julie L; Currey, Judy; Considine, Julie

    2015-01-01

    To avoid adverse patient outcomes from inappropriate treatment, it is recommended that an atrial electrogram (AEG) be recorded whenever atrial arrhythmias develop in patients after cardiac surgery. However, AEGs are not commonly performed because nurses lack knowledge about differentiating atrial rhythms on AEGs. To investigate whether completing a novel online evidence-based education program on interpreting AEGs would improve critical care nurses' AEG interpretation. Specialized critical care nurses were taught about obtaining and interpreting atrial rhythms on AEGs using a 42-minute online mini-movie. AEG interpretation was assessed pre and two and eight weeks post-intervention. AEG interpretation increased two weeks post intervention and was retained at eight weeks. Some participants used this newly acquired knowledge to interpret arrhythmias that were not taught during the education program. Accurate interpretation of AEGs is an easy skill for specialized critical care nurses to learn via an online education program.

  12. 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...... lasting predominantly between 1 and 4 h. Four recurrent strokes were observed, three in patients with PAF; all three patients were on oral anticoagulation (OAC). CONCLUSIONS: One in five patients with CS had PAF, which occurred at low burden and long after stroke. Future studies should determine the role...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Atrial angioleiomyoma with myopericytoma-like features: a case report.

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    Nassereddine, Hussein; Cazes, Aurélie; Verdonk, Constance; Assous, Benjamin; Dautry, Raphael; Nataf, Patrick; Wassef, Michel; Deschamps, Lydia

    A 66-year-old female patient was referred to our hospital for resection of a right atrial mass. Four months earlier, she had suffered an acute cerebrovascular accident due to occlusion of the sylvian segment of the right middle cerebral artery from atheromatous tight stenosis in the right internal carotid artery. Later, investigations with transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed a 3.4-cm right atrial mass that was resected surgically. Microscopic evaluation revealed a well-circumscribed nodular tumor, located within the interatrial septum, and corresponding to an angioleiomyoma (ALM). This tumor differs histologically from atrial myxoma. ALM is a ubiquitous benign tumor but has never been reported to occur in the atrium. ALM can mimic cardiac myxoma and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of atrial tumors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. [Left atrial function and left atrial appendage flow velocity in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: comparison of patients with and without paroxysmal atrial fibrillation].

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    Akasaka, K; Kawashima, E; Shiokoshi, T; Ishii, Y; Hasebe, N; Kikuchi, K

    1998-07-01

    The involvement of left atrial (LA) appendage flow velocity in reduced left atrial function was investigated in 24 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, who retained sinus rhythm at the examination. Patients were divided into 11 with a history of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation [PAf(+)] and 13 without such history [PAf(-)]. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed to evaluate LA fractional shortening (LA%FS) and mean velocity of circumferential LA fiber shortening (LAmVcf), as contractile functions of the left atrium at the phase of active atrial contraction. Transesophageal echocardiographic Doppler examination was performed in all patients to measure the LA appendage velocity. In all patients, significant positive correlations were observed between the LA appendage velocity and LA%FS (r = 0.50, p fibrillation were significantly lower than in those without (0.84 +/- 0.15 vs 1.28 +/- 0.37 circ/sec, 44 +/- 12 vs 65 +/- 20 cm/sec, both p fibrillation. These results indicate that there is a close relationship between LA appendage velocity and LA contractile function in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with paroxysmal atrial fibrilation, and these patients have potential risk of cerebral infarction.

  16. 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....

  17. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography of the atrial septal defects

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Transesophageal echocardiography has advantages over transthoracic technique in defining morphology of atrial structures. Even though real time three-dimensional echocardiographic imaging is a reality, the off-line reconstruction technique usually allows to obtain higher spatial resolution images. The purpose of this study was to explore the accuracy of off-line three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in a spectrum of atrial septal defects by comparing them with representative anatomic specimens.

  18. Aorto-right atrial fistula after Bentall repair.

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    Howard, Charles E; Velasco, Carlos E; Roullard, Christina P; Rafael, Aldo

    2017-07-01

    We describe a man with the Marfan syndrome and a prior ascending aortic aneurysm resection who presented with knee pain and concern of endocarditis. Transesophageal echocardiogram showed no vegetations, and computed tomography angiogram of the heart showed a possible pseudoaneurysm. Cardiac catheterization and aortogram revealed the diagnosis of an aorto-right atrial fistula, which was then operatively repaired. This case highlights the role that cardiac catheterization with aortogram can play in the detection of aorto-atrial fistula.

  19. Vernakalant hydrochloride for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Kozlowski, Dariusz; Budrejko, Szymon; Lip, Gregory Y H; Mikhailidis, Dimitri P; Rysz, Jacek; Raczak, Grzegorz; Banach, Maciej

    2009-12-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. Rhythm control strategy for AF is limited by drug toxicity and side effects, and recent trials have shown that this strategy is not superior to a rate control one. New antiarrhythmic drugs, free of undesired effects, would enhance rhythm control, with the possibility of sinus rhythm restoration and maintenance. A promising find in the search for new antiarrhythmic therapies is atrial-tissue specific ion channels. The findings that the ultrarapid delayed rectifier (I(Kur)) and the inwardly rectifying, acetylcholine-regulated current (I(K-Ach)) exist in atrial but not ventricular tissue increase the probability that atrioselective drugs without ventricular proarrhythmic toxicity can be developed for treatment of patients with AF. There are also other potential targets for atrial-selective therapy: transient outward current (I(to)), rapidly and slowly activating delayed rectifier currents (I(Kr) and I(Ks)), atrial sodium current (I(Na)) and atrially expressed connexins. New drugs under development with promising atrial-selectivity include: tertiapin, NIP-142, NIP-141, JTV-519, AVE0118, AVE1231, DPO-1, AZD7009 and many others. Among such new agents, vernakalant hydrochloride is currently in an advanced phase of development and has already been evaluated in clinical trials. In this overview, we describe the history and current state of developmental process of the drug, as well as its mechanism of action and influence on electrophysiological parameters. Vernakalant seems to be effective in terminating recent-onset AF, but is not efficacious in long-lasting AF and atrial flutter. The drug may be relatively free of proarrhythmic effects, and exerts a protective effect on ventricular tissue and ventricular repolarization. It is expected that the intravenous formulation will soon be approved for the pharmacological termination of recent-onset AF.

  20. Nephroblastoma with right atrial extension: preoperative diagnosis and management.

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    Vaughan, E D; Crosby, I K; Tegtmeyer, C J

    1977-04-01

    A 14-year-old black boy, with a large nephroblastoma of the right kidney, had preoperative identification of inferior vena cava and right atrial involvement. Renal arteriography revealed linear arterial channels in the anatomic distribution of the inferior vena cava and venography revealed total caval occlusion and a right atrial mass. Radical excision, using a cardiopulmonary bypass, resulted in a 6-month postoperative survival.

  1. A new therapeutic strategy for electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.

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    de Luca, I; Sorino, M; Del Salvatore, B; de Luca, L

    2001-11-01

    The conventional approach to cardioversion of atrial fibrillation includes a period of anticoagulation with oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) extending from 3 weeks precardioversion to 4 weeks postcardioversion. The protocol of rapid anticoagulation (such as that of the ACUTE study) consists of a precardioversion transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) followed by OAT for 4 weeks. In the last few years low-molecular-weight heparins have established themselves as a safe and efficacious alternative to traditional antithrombotic therapies. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that the exclusion of thrombi by precardioversion TEE together with the exclusion of atrial stunning by a second TEE performed after 1 week, to date not suggested in the literature, could reduce to 7 days the period of pericardioversion anticoagulation. This therapy would be carried out using low-molecular-weight heparins with no need for biological monitoring and with the possibility of self-administration. We have studied 57 consecutive patients who had atrial fibrillation or flutter with a history of atrial fibrillation lasting > 48 hours. All patients received enoxaparin at a dosage of 100 IU antiXa/kg twice daily before undergoing multiplane TEE. Previous informed consent and ethical committee authorization had been obtained. Twenty-four hours following TEE, in the absence of thrombi and/or spontaneous moderate/severe echocontrast in the atrial chambers, the patients underwent electrical cardioversion and were discharged within 24 hours of sinus rhythm restoration. These patients were prescribed enoxaparin at the indicated dosage twice daily until TEE, performed in an outpatients setting 7 days following cardioversion. In the absence of thrombi and/or atrial and/or left atrial appendage stunning, OAT was terminated. Enoxaparin was associated with OAT for the following 3 weeks if any of the following signs of stunning were present: A wave inferior to the normal value for age at transmitral

  2. Late bacterial endocarditis of an Amplatzer atrial septal device

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    Bhavith Aruni

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A 59-year-old male with an secundum atrial septal defect status post repair with an Amplatzer occluder in 2001 was admitted with sepsis and MRSA bacteremia. Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE showed presence of an overlying mobile echogenic structure on the left atrial surface of the device suggestive of a vegetation/infected thrombus. This is only the 3rd case description of late endocarditis involving the Amplatzer ASD closure device in an adult.

  3. 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...

  4. Advances in Imaging for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

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    D'Silva, A.; Wright, M.; Wright, M.

    2011-01-01

    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, electro anatomic mapping systems, pre procedural computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and combinations of these technologies. Exciting work is underway in an effort to allow the electro physiologist 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

  5. Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation: A Sobering Review.

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    Voskoboinik, Aleksandr; Prabhu, Sandeep; Ling, Liang-Han; Kalman, Jonathan M; Kistler, Peter M

    2016-12-13

    Alcohol is popular in Western culture, supported by a perception that modest intake is cardioprotective. However, excessive drinking has detrimental implications for cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation (AF) following an alcohol binge or the "holiday heart syndrome" is well characterized. However, more modest levels of alcohol intake on a regular basis may also increase the risk of AF. The pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the relationship between alcohol and AF may include direct toxicity and alcohol's contribution to obesity, sleep-disordered breathing, and hypertension. We aim to provide a comprehensive review of the epidemiology and pathophysiology by which alcohol may be responsible for AF and determine whether alcohol abstinence is required for patients with AF. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Disease management: atrial fibrillation and home monitoring.

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    Ricci, Renato Pietro

    2013-06-01

    Device-detected atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes predict poor clinical outcome regardless of symptoms. Potential benefits of remote monitoring are early arrhythmia detection and patient continuous monitoring. Several studies of device remote monitoring consistently demonstrated that AF represents the most common clinical alert and that detailed information on arrhythmia onset, duration, and burden as well as on the ventricular rate may be early available for clinical evaluation. Reaction time to AF alerts was very short in all series involving either pacemakers or defibrillators and action ability of AF alerts was very high. In the Home Guide Registry, in which 1650 patients were enrolled, AF was detected in 16.3% of patients and represented 36% of all cardiovascular events during the follow-up. Timely anticoagulation introduction in asymptomatic patients may impact on the stroke rate. According to the results of repeated Monte Carlo simulations based on a real population of 166 patients, daily monitoring may reduce the 2-year stroke risk by 9-18% with an absolute reduction of 0.2-0.6%, compared with conventional inter-visit intervals of 6-12 months. In the COMPAS trial, the incidence of hospitalizations for atrial arrhythmias and related stroke was significantly higher in the control group than in the remote monitoring group. Major questions will be addressed by the ongoing IMPACT trial in which a remote monitoring guided anticoagulation strategy based on AF detection will be compared with a physician-directed standard strategy. In patients with heart failure, AF early detection combined with other indexes may help prevent hospitalizations.

  7. 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.

  8. Automatic detection and classification of human epicardial atrial unipolar electrograms

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    Dubé, B; Vinet, A; Xiong, F; Yin, Y; LeBlanc, A-R; Pagé, P

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes an unsupervised signal processing method applied to three-channel unipolar electrograms recorded from human atria. These were obtained by epicardial wires sutured on the right and left atria after coronary artery bypass surgery. Atrial (A) and ventricular (V) activations had to be detected and identified on each channel, and gathered across the channels when belonging to the same global event. The algorithm was developed and optimized on a training set of 19 recordings of 5 min. It was assessed on twenty-seven 2 h recordings taken just before the onset of a prolonged atrial fibrillation for a total of 1593697 activations that were validated and classified as normal atrial or ventricular activations (A, V) and premature atrial or ventricular activations (PAA, PVA). 99.93% of the activations were detected, and amongst these, 99.89% of the A and 99.75% of the V activations were correctly labelled. In the subset of the 39705 PAA, 99.83% were detected and 99.3% were correctly classified as A. The false positive rate was 0.37%. In conclusion, a reliable fully automatic detection and classification algorithm was developed that can detect and discriminate A and V activations from atrial recordings. It can provide the time series needed to develop a monitoring system aiming to identify dynamic predictors of forthcoming cardiac events such as postoperative atrial fibrillation

  9. Molecular Mechanisms and New Treatment Paradigm for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Sirish, Padmini; Li, Ning; Timofeyev, Valeriy; Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Wang, Lianguo; Yang, Jun; Lee, Kin Sing Stephen; Bettaieb, Ahmed; Ma, Sin Mei; Lee, Jeong Han; Su, Demetria; Lau, Victor C; Myers, Richard E; Lieu, Deborah K; López, Javier E; Young, J Nilas; Yamoah, Ebenezer N; Haj, Fawaz; Ripplinger, Crystal M; Hammock, Bruce D; Chiamvimonvat, Nipavan

    2016-05-01

    Atrial fibrillation represents the most common arrhythmia leading to increased morbidity and mortality, yet, current treatment strategies have proven inadequate. Conventional treatment with antiarrhythmic drugs carries a high risk for proarrhythmias. The soluble epoxide hydrolase enzyme catalyzes the hydrolysis of anti-inflammatory epoxy fatty acids, including epoxyeicosatrienoic acids from arachidonic acid to the corresponding proinflammatory diols. Therefore, the goal of the study is to directly test the hypotheses that inhibition of the soluble epoxide hydrolase enzyme can result in an increase in the levels of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids, leading to the attenuation of atrial structural and electric remodeling and the prevention of atrial fibrillation. For the first time, we report findings that inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase reduces inflammation, oxidative stress, atrial structural, and electric remodeling. Treatment with soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor significantly reduces the activation of key inflammatory signaling molecules, including the transcription factor nuclear factor κ-light-chain-enhancer, mitogen-activated protein kinase, and transforming growth factor-β. This study provides insights into the underlying molecular mechanisms leading to atrial fibrillation by inflammation and represents a paradigm shift from conventional antiarrhythmic drugs, which block downstream events to a novel upstream therapeutic target by counteracting the inflammatory processes in atrial fibrillation. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  10. Investigation of atrial vulnerability by analysis of the sinus node EG from atrial fibrillation models using a phase synchronization method.

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    Chen, Ying; Wu, Zhong; Yang, Cuiwei; Shao, Jun; Wong, Kelvin Kian Loong; Abbott, Derek

    2012-09-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) can result in life-threatening arrhythmia, and a clinically convenient means for detecting vulnerability remains elusive. We investigated atrial vulnerability by analyzing the sinus electrogram (EG) from AF animal models using a phase synchronization method. Using acetylcholine (ACh)-induced acute canine AF models (n= 4), a total of 128 electrical leads were attached to the surface of the anterior and posterior atria, and the pulmonary veins to form an electrocardiological mapping system. ACh was injected at varying concentrations with ladder-type adjustments. Sinus EGs and induced AF EGs that pertain to specific ACh concentrations were recorded.We hypothesize that the atrial vulnerability may be correlated with the Shannon entropy (SE) of the phase difference matrix that is extracted from the sinus EG. Our research suggests that the combination of SE with the synchronization method enables the sinus node EG to be analyzed and used to estimate atrial vulnerability.

  11. Diretrizes para prevenção e tratamento da osteoporose induzida por glicocorticoide Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

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    Rosa Maria Rodrigues Pereira

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Os glicocorticoides (GC são prescritos por praticamente todas as especialidades médicas, e cerca de 0,5% da população geral do Reino Unido utiliza esses medicamentos. Com o aumento da sobrevida dos pacientes com doenças reumatológicas, a morbidade secundária ao uso dessa medicação representa um aspecto importante que deve ser considerado no manejo de nossos pacientes. As incidências de fraturas vertebrais e não vertebrais são elevadas, variando de 30%-50% em pessoas que usam GC por mais de três meses. Assim, a osteoporose e as fraturas por fragilidade devem ser prevenidas e tratadas em todos os pacientes que iniciarão ou que já estejam em uso desses esteroides. Diversas recomendações elaboradas por várias sociedades internacionais têm sido descritas na literatura, porém não há consenso entre elas. Recentemente, o Americam College of Rheumatology publicou novas recomendações, porém elas são fundamentadas na FRAX (WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool para analisar o risco de cada indivíduo e, dessa maneira, não podem ser completamente utilizadas pela população brasileira. Dessa forma, a Comissão de Osteoporose e Doenças Osteometabólicas da Sociedade Brasileira de Reumatologia, em conjunto com a Associação Médica Brasileira e a Associação Brasileira de Medicina Física e Reabilitação, implementou as diretrizes brasileiras de osteoporose induzida por glicocorticoide (OPIG, baseando-se na melhor evidência científica disponível e/ou experiência de experts. DESCRIÇÃO DO MÉTODO DE COLETA DE EVIDÊNCIA: A revisão bibliográfica de artigos científicos desta diretriz foi realizada na base de dados MEDLINE. A busca de evidência partiu de cenários clínicos reais, e utilizou as seguintes palavras-chave (MeSH terms: Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis/chemically induced*= (Glucocorticoids= Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Steroids, Glucocorticoids, Glucocorticoids/administration and dosage, Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use

  12. Terapia nutricional enteral em pacientes sépticos na unidade de terapia intensiva: adequação às diretrizes nutricionais para pacientes críticos

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a adequação do manejo nutricional do paciente séptico a diretrizes de nutrição enteral para pacientes críticos. MÉTODOS: Estudo de coorte prospectivo com 92 pacientes sépticos, idade ≥18 anos, internados em unidade de terapia intensiva, em uso de nutrição enteral, avaliados segundo diretrizes para pacientes críticos quanto à nutrição enteral precoce, adequação calórica e proteica, e motivos para não início da nutrição enteral precoce bem como de interrupção da mesma. Escores prognósticos, tempo de internação, evolução clínica e estado nutricional também foram analisados. RESULTADOS: Pacientes com idade média de 63,4±15,1 anos, predominantemente masculinos, diagnóstico de choque séptico (56,5%, tempo de internação na unidade de terapia intensiva de 11 (7,2 a 18,0 dias, escores SOFA de 8,2±4,2 e APACHE II de 24,1±9,6 e mortalidade de 39,1%. Em 63% dos pacientes, a nutrição enteral foi iniciada precocemente. Cerca de 50% atingiu as metas calóricas e proteicas no 3º dia de internação na unidade de terapia intensiva, percentual que foi reduzido para 30% no 7º dia. Motivos para início da nutrição enteral tardia foram complicações do trato gastrintestinal (35,3% e instabilidade hemodinâmica (32,3%. Procedimentos foram o motivo mais frequente para interrupção da nutrição enteral (44,1%. Não houve associação entre a adequação às diretrizes com estado nutricional, tempo de internação, gravidade ou evolução. CONCLUSÃO: Embora expressivo o número de pacientes sépticos que iniciaram a nutrição enteral precocemente, metas calóricas e proteicas no 3º dia da internação foram atingidas apenas pela metade destes, percentual que diminui no 7º dia.

  13. Biomarkers of Atrial Cardiopathy and Atrial Fibrillation Detection on Mobile Outpatient Continuous Telemetry After Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source.

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    Sebasigari, Denise; Merkler, Alexander; Guo, Yang; Gialdini, Gino; Kummer, Benjamin; Hemendinger, Morgan; Song, Christopher; Chu, Antony; Cutting, Shawna; Silver, Brian; Elkind, Mitchell S V; Kamel, Hooman; Furie, Karen L; Yaghi, Shadi

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    Biomarkers of atrial dysfunction or "cardiopathy" are associated with embolic stroke risk. However, it is unclear if this risk is mediated by undiagnosed paroxysmal atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF). We aim to determine whether atrial cardiopathy biomarkers predict AF on continuous heart-rhythm monitoring after embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS). This was a single-center retrospective study including all patients with ESUS undergoing 30 days of ambulatory heart-rhythm monitoring to look for AF between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. We reviewed medical records for clinical, radiographic, and cardiac variables. The primary outcome was a new diagnosis of AF detected during heart-rhythm monitoring. The primary predictors were atrial biomarkers: left atrial diameter on echocardiography, P-wave terminal force in electrocardiogram (ECG) lead V1, and P wave - R wave (PR) interval on ECG. A multiple logistic regression model was used to assess the relationship between atrial biomarkers and AF detection. Among 196 eligible patients, 23 (11.7%) were diagnosed with AF. In unadjusted analyses, patients with AF were older (72.4 years versus 61.4 years, P atrial diameter (39.2 mm versus 35.7 mm, P = .03). In a multivariable model, the only predictor of AF was age ≥ 60 years (odds ratio, 3.0; 95% CI, 1.06-8.5; P = .04). Atrial biomarkers were weakly associated with AF after ESUS. This suggests that previously reported associations between these markers and stroke may reflect independent cardiac pathways leading to stroke. Prospective studies are needed to investigate these mechanisms. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Governança Global e as Parcerias Público-Privadas com as Nações Unidas: explorando características e diretrizes

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo se dedica às parcerias do Setor Privado com a Organização das Nações Unidas, tendo foco nas alianças do UNICEF. Percebe-se a existência de princípios e valores gerais compartilhados dentro dessas parcerias e, que, elas podem ser classificadas em duas tipologias gerais: as PPPs de Investimento e as de Política.

  15. Observation of the efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation on patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation.

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    Zhao, R-C; Han, W; Han, J; Yu, J; Guo, J; Fu, J-L; Li, Z; Zhao, R-Z

    2016-10-01

    To study the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation. By retrospective analysis, we summarize 720 cases, where patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in our hospital were treated with RFCA from February 2010 to October 2014. Among the cases, 425 were diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 295 with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (including persistent atrial fibrillation and permanent atrial fibrillation). All patients were followed up until June 2015 to compare and analyze the differences in operation success rates, complications and recurrence rates. 395 cases (92.9%) of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 253 cases (85.8%) with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were subject to surgery and followed up. The age of onset, disease course, underlying diseases, left atrial diameter and combined anti-arrhythmics of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were lower than those of patients with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and the differences were statistically significant (p success rate of the first ablation was higher than that of non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Procedure time, procedure method, complications and recurrence rate of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were lower than those of non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation group, and the differences were statistically significant (p failure caused by atrial fibrillation in the two groups, the difference was not statistically significant (Apoplexy: p = 0.186; Heart failure: p = 0.170). The individual ablation success rate was higher for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and long-term follow-up showed that the occurrence of apoplexy and heart failure was not different from the non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation group.

  16. Spatial Relation Between Left Atrial Anatomical Contact Areas and Circular Activation in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Nakahara, Shiro; Yamaguchi, Takanori; Hori, Yuichi; Anjo, Naofumi; Hayashi, Akiko; Kobayashi, Sayuki; Komatsu, Takaaki; Sakai, Yoshihiko; Fukui, Akira; Tsuchiya, Takeshi; Taguchi, Isao

    2016-05-01

    Atrial low-voltage zones (LVZs) may be related to maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). The influence of left atrial (LA) contact areas (CoAs) on reentrant or rotor-like sources maintaining AF has not been investigated. Forty patients with persistent AF (PsAF) were analyzed. Three representative CoA regions in the LA (ascending aorta: anterior wall; descending aorta: left inferior pulmonary vein; and vertebrae: posterior wall) were visualized by enhanced CT. Using circular catheters, the LVZs (80% of the mean AF cycle length. A pivot was defined as the core of the localized circular activation. Anterior (39/40 patients, 98%), left pulmonary vein antrum (27/40, 68%), and posterior (19/40, 48%) CoAs were identified, and 80% (68/85) of those sites were overlapped by or close (<3 mm) to LVZs. Thirty-six (90%) patients demonstrated circular activation (3.1±1.7 sites/patients) along with significantly higher organized dominant frequencies (6.3 ± 0.5 Hz, regularity-index: 0.26 [0.23-0.41]) within the LA, and the average electrogram amplitude of those pivots was 0.30 mV (0.18-0.52). Of those sites, 55% (66/120) were located at or close to CoA regions. Catheter ablation including of LVZs neighboring CoAs terminated AF in 9 (23%) patients. External anatomical structures contacting the LA may be related to unique conduction properties in diseased myocardium necessary for PsAF maintenance. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Left atrial appendage obliteration in atrial fibrillation patients undergoing bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement.

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    Min, X P; Zhu, T Y; Han, J; Li, Y; Meng, X

    2016-02-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) obliteration is a proven stroke-preventive measure for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the efficacy of LAA obliteration for patients with AF after bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement (MVR) remains unclear. This study aimed to estimate the efficacy of LAA obliteration in preventing embolism and to investigate the predictors of thromboembolism after bioprosthetic MVR. We retrospectively studied 173 AF subjects with bioprosthetic MVR; among them, 81 subjects underwent LAA obliteration using an endocardial running suture method. The main outcome measure was the occurrence of thrombosis events (TEs). The mean follow-up time was 40 ± 17 months. AF rhythm was observed in 136 patients postoperatively. The incidence rate of TEs was 13.97 % for postoperative AF subjects; a dilated left atrium (LA; > 49.5 mm) was identified as an independent risk factor of TEs (OR = 10.619, 95 % CI = 2.754-40.94, p = 0.001). For postoperative AF patients with or without LAA, the incidence rate of TEs was 15.8 % (9/57) and 12.7 % (10/79; p = 0.603), respectively. The incidence rate of TEs was 2.7 % (1/36) and 4.2 % (2/48) for the subgroup patients with a left atrial diameter of  49.5 mm (p = 0.346). Surgical LAA obliteration in patients with valvular AF undergoing bioprosthetic MVR did not reduce TEs, even when the CHA2DS2-VASc score (a score for estimating the risk of stroke in AF) was ≥ 2 points.

  18. MRI for therapy planning in patients with atrial septum defects; MRT zur Therapieplanung bei Patienten mit Vorhofseptumdefekt

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    Huber, A.; Rummeny, E. [Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Institut fuer Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Prompona, M.; Reiser, M.; Theisen, D. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Kozlik-Feldmann, R. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Kinderkardiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Muehling, O. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Medizinische Klinik I, Muenchen (Germany)

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    The aim of this study was to determine the value of a combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol including steady-state free precession (SSFP) imaging, phase-contrast measurements and contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) for presurgical or preinterventional diagnostic imaging in patients with suspected atrial septum defects. Out of 65 MRI studies of patients with suspected atrial septum defects, 56 patients were included in the study. The atrial septum defects were identified on cine images. Velocity encoded flow measurements were used to determine shunt volumes, which were compared with invasive oxymetry in 24 patients. Contrast-enhanced MRI was used to assess the thoracic vessels in order to detect vascular anomalies. The findings were compared with the intraoperative results. A total of 24 patients with high shunt volumes were treated either surgically (16 patients) or interventionally (8 patients) and 32 patients with low shunt volumes did not require surgical or interventional treatment. The vascular anomaly, which in all cases was anomalous pulmonary venous return, was confirmed by the intraoperative findings. The type and location of atrial septal defects which required treatment, were confirmed intraoperatively or during the intervention. The results of shunt quantification by MRI showed a good correlation with the results of invasive oximetry (r=0.91, p <0.0001). A combined MRI protocol including cine SSFP images, velocity-encoded flow measurements and CE-MRA is an accurate method for preoperative and preinterventional evaluation of atrial septum defects. (orig.) [German] Ziel war es, die Wertigkeit eines kombinierten MRT-Protokolls aus Funktionsuntersuchung, Flussmessung und MR-Angiographie zur praeoperativen oder -interventionellen Abklaerung bei Patienten mit Vorhofseptumdefekt zu evaluieren. Ingesamt wurden 56 Patienten mit Vorhofseptumdefekt aus einem Kollektiv von 65 Patienten mit Verdacht auf Vorhofseptumdefekt, die im MRT untersucht

  19. Risk of atrial fibrillation as a function of the electrocardiographic PR interval

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

    2013-01-01

    Prolongation of the PR interval has been associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF).......Prolongation of the PR interval has been associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF)....

  20. A randomized study of the effects of exercise training on patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Osbak, Philip Samuel; Mourier, Malene; Kjaer, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Exercise training is beneficial in ischemic and congestive heart disease. However, the effect on atrial fibrillation (AF) is unknown.......Exercise training is beneficial in ischemic and congestive heart disease. However, the effect on atrial fibrillation (AF) is unknown....

  1. 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...

  2. Effect of atrial preference pacing on reducing long-term burden of atrial fibrillation:a clinical study

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    Xu Jianfeng; Chen Yueguang; Su Yangang; Zhang Dadong

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effect of atrial preference pacing (APP) on the prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Methods: Based on the type of implanted pacemaker, 46 patients with sick sinus syndrome and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were divided into two groups. Dual-chamber pacemaker equipped with APP function was implanted in patients of group APP (n=21), while conventional dual-chamber pacemaker was implanted in patients of control group (n=25). The patients were followed up for six months, the maximum P wave duration (Pmax), the P wave dispersion (Pd), the structure of heart chambers, the data of automatic mode switch (AMS) and the total burden of atrial fibrillation were estimated,and the results were statistically analyzed and compared between two groups. Results: The basic clinical characteristics of two groups were comparable. After six months pacing, the difference in Pmax between two groups was of no significance (115.0 ± 10.1 ms vs 122.0 ± 11.0 ms, P > 0.05), while the increase of Pd in control group was more obvious than that in group APP (32.7 ± 4.2 ms vs 20.1 ± 5.3 ms, P 0.05), and also no remarkable difference in the left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), left ventricular end-systolic volume (LVESV) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) could be found (P > 0.05). Moreover, no significant difference existed between two groups (P > 0.05). After six months pacing,in group APP the frequencies of AMS decreased more sharply (145 ± 37 times vs 327 ± 13 times, P < 0.05), the duration of AMS shortened more apparently (73 ± 15 hours vs 139 ± 28 hours, P < 0.05) and the total burden of atrial fibrillation was alleviated more obviously (13 ± 5% vs 28 ± 6%, P < 0.05) when compared to those in control group. Conclusion: Atrial preference pacing can coordinate the anisotropy of double atrial depolarization, reduce the frequencies of long-term paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, shorten the duration of atrial fibrillation

  3. O livro das pequenas coisas

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1807-9288.2016v12n2p209 O livro das pequenas coisas foi produzido a partir da oficina “Criação poética digital” ministrada pelo coletivo formado por Nupill, 1maginári0: poéticas computacionais e Ateliê Ciclope de arte e publicação digital durante o VI Simpósio Internacional e VIII Simpósio Nacional de Literatura e Informática, realizado na Universidade de Passo Fundo entre os dias 9 e 11 de novembro de 2016. Atualmente está disponível na internete em http://ciclope.com.br/livrocoisas/.

  4. Atrial arrhythmia in ageing spontaneously hypertensive rats: unraveling the substrate in hypertension and ageing.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Both ageing and hypertension are known risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF although the pathophysiological contribution or interaction of the individual factors remains poorly understood. Here we aim to delineate the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate in mature spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR. METHODS: SHR were studied at 12 and 15 months of age (n = 8 per group together with equal numbers of age-matched normotensive Wistar-Kyoto control rats (WKY. Electrophysiologic study was performed on superfused isolated right and left atrial preparations using a custom built high-density multiple-electrode array to determine effective refractory periods (ERP, atrial conduction and atrial arrhythmia inducibility. Tissue specimens were harvested for structural analysis. RESULTS: COMPARED TO WKY CONTROLS, THE SHR DEMONSTRATED: Higher systolic blood pressure (p<0.0001, bi-atrial enlargement (p<0.05, bi-ventricular hypertrophy (p<0.05, lower atrial ERP (p = 0.008, increased atrial conduction heterogeneity (p = 0.001 and increased atrial interstitial fibrosis (p = 0.006 & CD68-positive macrophages infiltration (p<0.0001. These changes resulted in higher atrial arrhythmia inducibility (p = 0.01 and longer induced AF episodes (p = 0.02 in 15-month old SHR. Ageing contributed to incremental bi-atrial hypertrophy (p<0.01 and atrial conduction heterogeneity (p<0.01 without affecting atrial ERP, fibrosis and arrhythmia inducibility. The limited effect of ageing on the atrial substrate may be secondary to the reduction in CD68-positive macrophages. CONCLUSIONS: Significant atrial electrical and structural remodeling is evident in the ageing spontaneously hypertensive rat atria. Concomitant hypertension appears to play a greater pathophysiological role than ageing despite their compounding effect on the atrial substrate. Inflammation is pathophysiologically linked to the pro-fibrotic changes in the hypertensive atria.

  5. Speckle tracking analysis: a new tool for left atrial function analysis in systemic hypertension: an overview.

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    Cameli, Matteo; Ciccone, Marco M; Maiello, Maria; Modesti, Pietro A; Muiesan, Maria L; Scicchitano, Pietro; Novo, Salvatore; Palmiero, Pasquale; Saba, Pier S; Pedrinelli, Roberto

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    Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is an imaging technique applied to the analysis of left atrial function. STE provides a non-Doppler, angle-independent and objective quantification of left atrial myocardial deformation. Data regarding feasibility, accuracy and clinical applications of left atrial strain are rapidly gathering. This review describes the fundamental concepts of left atrial STE, illustrates its pathophysiological background and discusses its emerging role in systemic arterial hypertension.

  6. Effect of atrial systole on canine and porcine coronary blood flow.

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    Bellamy, R F

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    A feature of phasic coronary flow patterns recorded in conscious chronically instrumented dogs is the atrial cove--a transient depression of arterial flow that occurs during atrial systole. The association between the hemodynamic effects of atrial systole and the atrial cove was studied in anesthetized dogs and pigs with complete heart block. Many atrial coves are available for study in these preparations because atrial activity continues unabated during the diastolic ventricular arrest that follows cessation of electrical pacing. The effect of atrial systole is to translate the pressure-flow relation found during diastole to a higher intercept pressure without change in slope. The increase in the intercept pressure equals the increase in intramyocardial pressure measured with microtransducers embedded in the left ventricular wall. The decrement in flow during the atrial cove is a direct function of the change in intramyocardial pressure and an inverse function of coronary vascular resistance. Each atrial systole is associated with a forward flow transient in the coronary veins, the peak of which occurs at the same instant as does the nadir of atrial flow. These data suggest that the coronary vessels are acting as collapsible tubes and that the waterfall model of the coronary circulation is applicable. The following sequence is proposed to account for the atrial cove. Atrial systole ejects a bolus of blood into the left ventricle increasing both ventricular cavity and intramyocardial pressures. The increase in intramyocardial pressure raises the back pressure opposing coronary flow, reducing the arterial perfusion pressure gradient and causing flow to fall.

  7. Rapid pacing results in changes in atrial but not in ventricular refractoriness

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    Schoonderwoerd, BA; Van Gelder, IC; Tieleman, RG; Bel, KJ; Crijns, HJGM

    It is well known that atrial tachycardia causes atrial electrical remodeling, characterized by shortening of atrial effective refractory periods (AERPs) and loss of physiological adaptation of AERP to rate. However, the nature and time course of changes in ventricular effective refractory periods

  8. 77 FR 11121 - Scientific Information Request on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    ... Information Request on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality... Review of the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, which is currently being conducted by the Evidence-based... the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The EHC Program is dedicated to identifying as many studies as...

  9. 78 FR 11207 - Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation...

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    ...] Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Guidance for... devices intended for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. DATES: Submit either electronic or written... Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation'' to the Division of...

  10. Meta-analysis identifies six new susceptibility loci for atrial fibrillation

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    Ellinor, Patrick T; Lunetta, Kathryn L; Albert, Christine M; Glazer, Nicole L; Ritchie, Marylyn D; Smith, Albert V; Arking, Dan E; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Krijthe, Bouwe P; Lubitz, Steven A; Bis, Joshua C; Chung, Mina K; Dörr, Marcus; Ozaki, Kouichi; Roberts, Jason D; Smith, J Gustav; Pfeufer, Arne; Sinner, Moritz F; Lohman, Kurt; Ding, Jingzhong; Smith, Nicholas L; Smith, Jonathan D; Rienstra, Michiel; Rice, Kenneth M; Van Wagoner, David R; Magnani, Jared W; Wakili, Reza; Clauss, Sebastian; Rotter, Jerome I; Steinbeck, Gerhard; Launer, Lenore J; Davies, Robert W; Borkovich, Matthew; Harris, Tamara B; Lin, Honghuang; Völker, Uwe; Völzke, Henry; Milan, David J; Hofman, Albert; Boerwinkle, Eric; Chen, Lin Y; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Voight, Benjamin F; Li, Guo; Chakravarti, Aravinda; Kubo, Michiaki; Tedrow, Usha B; Rose, Lynda M; Ridker, Paul M; Conen, David; Tsunoda, Tatsuhiko; Furukawa, Tetsushi; Sotoodehnia, Nona; Xu, Siyan; Kamatani, Naoyuki; Levy, Daniel; Nakamura, Yusuke; Parvez, Babar; Mahida, Saagar; Furie, Karen L; Rosand, Jonathan; Muhammad, Raafia; Psaty, Bruce M; Meitinger, Thomas; Perz, Siegfried; Wichmann, H-Erich; Witteman, Jacqueline C M; Kao, W H Linda; Kathiresan, Sekar; Roden, Dan M; Uitterlinden, Andre G; Rivadeneira, Fernando; McKnight, Barbara; Sjögren, Marketa; Newman, Anne B; Liu, Yongmei; Gollob, Michael H; Melander, Olle; Tanaka, Toshihiro; Stricker, Bruno H Ch; Felix, Stephan B; Alonso, Alvaro; Darbar, Dawood; Barnard, John; Chasman, Daniel I; Heckbert, Susan R; Benjamin, Emelia J; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Kääb, Stefan

    Atrial fibrillation is a highly prevalent arrhythmia and a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure and death. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in individuals of European ancestry, including 6,707 with and 52,426 without atrial fibrillation. Six new atrial fibrillation

  11. 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

  12. Left atrial function in heart failure with impaired and preserved ejection fraction.

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    Fang, Fang; Lee, Alex Pui-Wai; Yu, Cheuk-Man

    2014-09-01

    Left atrial structural and functional changes in heart failure are relatively ignored parts of cardiac assessment. This review illustrates the pathophysiological and functional changes in left atrium in heart failure as well as their prognostic value. Heart failure can be divided into those with systolic dysfunction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). Left atrial enlargement and dysfunction commonly occur in systolic heart failure, in particular, in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Atrial enlargement and dysfunction also carry important prognostic value in systolic heart failure, independently of known parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction. In HFPEF, there is evidence of left atrial enlargement, impaired atrial compliance, and reduction of atrial pump function. This occurs not only at rest but also during exercise, indicating significant impairment of atrial contractile reserve. Furthermore, atrial dyssynchrony is common in HFPEF. These factors further contribute to the development of new onset or progression of atrial arrhythmias, in particular, atrial fibrillation. Left atrial function is an integral part of cardiac function and its structural and functional changes in heart failure are common. As changes of left atrial structure and function have different clinical implications in systolic heart failure and HFPEF, routine assessment is warranted.

  13. ABO blood groups: A risk factor for left atrial and left atrial appendage thrombogenic milieu in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Fu, Yuan; Li, Kuibao; Yang, Xinchun

    2017-08-01

    Previous studies have identified ABO blood groups as predictors of thromboembolic diseases. In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), however, potential association between ABO blood groups and the risk of left atrial (LA) and/or left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombogenic milieu (TM) has not been established. This is a retrospective case-control study that included 125 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) plus TM, as evidenced by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) during a period from1 January 2010 to 31 December 2016. The controls were selected randomly from 1072 NVAF without TM at a 1:2 ratio. Potential association between ABO blood groups and TM was analyzed using multivariate logistic regression analysis. The risk of TM was higher in patients with blood group A (33.6% vs. 20.2% in non-A blood groups, P=0.005). After adjusting for age, sex, oral anticoagulant use, AF type and duration, and relevant functional measures (e.g., NT-pro BNP level, left atrium diameter, and left ventricular ejection fraction), blood group A remained associated with an increased risk of TM (OR=2.99, 95% CI 1.4-6.388, P=0.005). Blood group A is an independent risk factor for TM in NVAF patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. 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.

  15. Heart failure and atrial fibrillation: current concepts and controversies.

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    Van den Berg, M. P.; Tuinenburg, A. E.; Crijns, H. J.; Van Gelder, I. C.; Gosselink, A. T.; Lie, K. I.

    1997-01-01

    Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are very common, particularly in the elderly. Owing to common risk factors both disorders are often present in the same patient. In addition, there is increasing evidence of a complex, reciprocal relation between heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Thus heart failure may cause atrial fibrillation, with electromechanical feedback and neurohumoral activation playing an important mediating role. In addition, atrial fibrillation may promote heart failure; in particular, when there is an uncontrolled ventricular rate, tachycardiomyopathy may develop and thereby heart failure. Eventually, a vicious circle between heart failure and atrial fibrillation may form, in which neurohumoral activation and subtle derangement of rate control are involved. Treatment should aim at unloading of the heart, adequate control of ventricular rate, and correction of neurohumoral activation. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors may help to achieve these goals. Treatment should also include an attempt to restore sinus rhythm through electrical cardioversion, though appropriate timing of cardioversion is difficult. His bundle ablation may be used to achieve adequate rate control in drug refractory cases. PMID:9155607

  16. Ebstein's anomaly as a cause of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Damjanović Miodrag R.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Ebstein's anomaly is characterized by a displacement of the tricuspid valve toward apex, because of anomalous attachment of the tricuspid leaflets. There are type B of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW syndrome and paroxysmal arrhythmias in more than a half of all patients. Case report. We presented a female, 32-year old, with frequent paroxysms of atrial fibrillation. After conversion of rhythm an ECG showed WPW syndrome. Echocardiographic examination discovered normal size of the left cardiac chambers with paradoxical ventricular septal motion. The right ventricle was very small because of its atrialization. The origin of the tricuspid valve was 20 mm closer to apex of the right ventricle than the origin of the mitral valve. Electrophysiological examination showed a posterolateral right accesorial pathway. Atrial fibrillation was induced very easily in electrophysiological laboratory and a successful ablation of accessorial pathway was made. There were no WPW syndrome and paroxysms of atrial fibrillation after that. Conclusion. Ebstein's anomaly is one of the reasons of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, especially in young persons with WPW syndrome.

  17. Atrial flutter: from ECG to electroanatomical 3D mapping

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    Livio Dei Cas

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Atrial flutter is a common arrhythmia that may cause significant symptoms, including palpitations, dyspnea, chest pain and even syncope. Frequently it’s possible to diagnose atrial flutter with a 12-lead surface ECG, looking for distinctive waves in leads II, III, aVF, aVL, V1,V2. Puech and Waldo developed the first classification of atrial flutter in the 1970s. These authors divided the arrhythmia into type I and type II. Therefore, in 2001 the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology developed a new classification of atrial flutter, based not only on the ECG, but also on the electrophysiological mechanism. New developments in endocardial mapping, including the electroanatomical 3D mapping system, have greatly expanded our understanding of the mechanism of arrhythmias. More recently, Scheinman et al, provided an updated classification and nomenclature. The terms like common, uncommon, typical, reverse typical or atypical flutter are abandoned because they may generate confusion. The authors worked out a new terminology, which differentiates atrial flutter only on the basis of electrophysiological mechanism. (Heart International 2006; 3-4: 161-70

  18. 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

  19. Red Wine, Resveratrol and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Garavaglia, Juliano; Marcadenti, Aline

    2017-01-01

    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. PMID:29084143

  20. 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.

  1. Red Wine, Resveratrol and Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Stephan, Laura Siga; Almeida, Eduardo Dytz; Markoski, Melissa Medeiros; Garavaglia, Juliano; Marcadenti, Aline

    2017-10-30

    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.

  2. 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.)

  3. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica; Dill, Thorsten; Ristic, Arsen D.; Seferovic, Petar M.

    2006-01-01

    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.)

  4. Atrial natriuretic factor increases vascular permeability

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    Lockette, W.; Brennaman, B.

    1990-01-01

    An increase in central blood volume in microgravity may result in increased plasma levels of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF). Since elevations in plasma ANF are found in clinical syndromes associated with edema, and since space motion sickness induced by microgravity is associated with an increase in central blood volume and facial edema, we determined whether ANF increases capillary permeability to plasma protein. Conscious, bilaterally nephrectomized male rats were infused with either saline, ANF + saline, or hexamethonium + saline over 2 h following bolus injections of 125I-albumin and 14C-dextran of similar molecular size. Blood pressure was monitored and serial determinations of hematocrits were made. Animals infused with 1.0 micrograms.kg-1.min-1 ANF had significantly higher hematocrits than animals infused with saline vehicle. Infusion of ANF increased the extravasation of 125I-albumin, but not 14C-dextran from the intravascular compartment. ANF also induced a depressor response in rats, but the change in blood pressure did not account for changes in capillary permeability to albumin; similar depressor responses induced by hexamethonium were not accompanied by increased extravasation of albumin from the intravascular compartment. ANF may decrease plasma volume by increasing permeability to albumin, and this effect of ANF may account for some of the signs and symptoms of space motion sickness

  5. Assessment of left atrial volume and function

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    Kühl, J Tobias; Lønborg, Jacob; Fuchs, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    dynamic LA volume changes. Conversely, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) appears more appropriate for such measures. We sought to determine the relationship between LA size assessed with TTE and LA size and function assessed with CMR and MSCT. Fifty......-four patients were examined 3 months post myocardial infarction with echocardiography, CMR and MSCT. Left atrial volumes and LA reservoir function were assessed by TTE. LA time-volume curves were determined and LA reservoir function (cyclic change and fractional change), passive emptying function (reservoir...... between CMR and MSCT, with a small to moderate bias in LA(max) (4.9 ± 10.4 ml), CC (3.1 ± 9.1 ml) and reservoir volume (3.4 ± 9.1 ml). TTE underestimates LA(max) with up to 32% compared with CMR and MSCT (P ...

  6. Right atrial angiographic evaluation of the posterior isthmus: relevance for ablation of typical atrial flutter.

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    Heidbüchel, H; Willems, R; van Rensburg, H; Adams, J; Ector, H; Van de Werf, F

    2000-05-09

    Gaining anatomic information about the posterior isthmus is not generally part of flutter ablation procedures. We postulated that right atrial (RA) angiography could rationalize the ablation approach by revealing the conformation of the isthmus. In 100 consecutive patients, biplane RA angiography was performed before ablation to guide catheter contact with the isthmus along its length. Angiography showed a wide variation in the width of the isthmus (17 to 54 mm; 31.3+/-7.9), its angle with the inferior vena cava in the right anterior oblique projection (68 degrees to 114 degrees; 90.3+/-9.0 degrees ), and its lateral position relative to the inferior vena cava in the left anterior oblique projection. A deep sub-Eustachian recess was revealed in 47%, with a mean depth of 4.3+/-2.1 mm (1.5 to 9.4). A Eustachian valve was visualized in 24%. Ablation resulted in bidirectional conduction block (which could be transient) in all, with a median of 2 dragging radiofrequency (RF) applications (2.3+/-2.5 RF applications; 57 degrees C, deep pouches. The number of RF applications decreased statistically throughout the study, indicating a learning curve. No patient had a recurrence after a follow-up of 13+/-11 months. Right atrial angiography reveals a highly variable isthmus anatomy, often showing particular configurations that can make ablation more laborious. Rational adaptation of the ablation approach to these anatomic findings may contribute to successful ablation.

  7. Thickening of the left atrial wall shortly after radiofrequency ablation predicts early recurrence of atrial fibrillation

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    Yokokawa, Miki; Koyama, Keiko; Ino, Toshihiko; Naito, Shigeto; Oshima, Shigeru; Taniguchi, Koichi; Tada, Hiroshi

    2010-01-01

    Inflammatory responses following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation may aggravate arrhythmogenic activity and cause an early recurrence of AF (ERAF). In 56 patients who underwent circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) for paroxysmal AF, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) was evaluated in 5 subdivided left atrial (LA) regions before the CPVA and at 1 day and 1 month after. At a mean of 7±10 days after the CPVA, 23 patients (41%) developed 1 or more episodes of AF (ERAF group), while 33 patients (59%) remained free from AF during the first month of follow up (no-ERAF group). LA wall thickness increased 1 day after the CPVA in both groups, as demonstrated by high T2-weighted signal. The LA roof thickness and its increase, however, were greater in the ERAF group than in the no-ERAF group (P<0.05). Regions of delayed enhancement (DE) were also frequently detected in both groups, but the total number of DE regions did not differ between the 2 groups. The thickening of the LA wall associated with a high T2-weighted signal resolved within 1 month. No significant difference between the 2 groups was found in any of the CMRI parameters before or 1 month after CPVA. Thickening of the LA roof shortly after CPVA may predict an ERAF. (author)

  8. 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.

  9. Multimodality Cardiac Imaging for the Assessment of Left Atrial Function and the Association With Atrial Arrhythmias

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    Olsen, Flemming Javier; Bertelsen, Litten; de Knegt, Martina Chantal

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    Several cardiac imaging modalities are able to visualize the left atrium (LA) and, therefore, allow for quantification of both structural and functional properties of this cardiac chamber. In echocardiography, only the maximal LA volume is included in the assessment of diastolic function at the c......Several cardiac imaging modalities are able to visualize the left atrium (LA) and, therefore, allow for quantification of both structural and functional properties of this cardiac chamber. In echocardiography, only the maximal LA volume is included in the assessment of diastolic function...... atrial fibrillation, which will be a point of focus in this review. Pivotal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging studies have revealed high correlation between LA fibrosis and risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation, and subsequent multimodality imaging studies have uncovered...... an inverse relationship between LA reservoir function and degree of LA fibrosis. This has sparked an increased interest into the application of advanced imaging modalities, including both speckle tracking echocardiography and tissue tracking by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Even though increasing...

  10. Aderência dos Cursos de Graduação em Enfermagem às Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais Adherencia de los Cursos de Pregrado en Enfermería a las Pautas Curriculares Nacionales Adherece of Nursing Graduation Courses to the National Curricular Guidelines

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    Full Text Available Esta investigação teve como objetivo identificar a aderência dos Projetos Pedagógicos dos Cursos de Graduação em Enfermagem (PPC/ENF às Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN para esses cursos. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo, comparativo, entre os dados presentes nos PPC/ENF e os propostos nas DCN, tendo como base os relatórios dos processos avaliativos conduzidos pelo Instituto Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa do Ministério da Educação e Cultura e disponibilizados para este estudo. A amostra foi constituída pelos relatórios para fins de reconhecimento e renovação de reconhecimento, realizados no período de 2002 a 2006, relativos a 110 cursos de graduação. Foram relacionados 60 aspectos do instrumento e destes foram selecionados 10. O estudo revelou que o índice de aderência dos cursos de enfermagem às DCN/ENF foi 72%, considerado baixo, o que aponta para a necessidade das escolas/cursos buscarem melhor vinculação entre a adoção das bases epistemológicas presentes nas DCN/ENF e as propostas nos PPC/ENF.Esta investigación tuvo como objetivo identificar la coherencia/adherencia de Proyectos Pedagógicos de los Cursos de Pregrado en Enfermería (PPC/PE con/a las Pautas Curriculares Nacionales para esos cursos (DCN/ENF. Estudio descriptivo, comparativo, entre los datos presentes en los PPC/ENF y los propuestos en las DCN/ENF, teniendo como base los informes de los procesos de evaluación conducidos por el INEP/MEC y puestos a disposición para este estudio. La muestra fue constituida por los informes de evaluación, referentes a los procesos de 110 cursos de pregrado en enfermería para reconocimiento o renovación de reconocimiento de los mismos, en el período de 2002 a 2006. Fueron relaccionados 60 aspectos del instrumento y de estos fueron seleccionados 10. El estudio mostró que el índice de adherencia de los PPC/PE a las DCN/ENF fue de 72% considerado bajo, lo que apunta para la necesidad de que las escuelas busquen

  11. Das Konzept des 'Medialen Habitus'

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    Full Text Available Sven Kommer fragt in seinem Beitrag, inwieweit das Habitus-Konzept als Erklärungsmuster für die beobachtbare Zementierung sozialer Ungleichheit im Schulsystem greift. Dabei konstatiert der Beitrag, dass alle an der Weiterschreibung des Habitus-Konzepts beteiligten AutorInnen sich darin einig sind, dass es wichtige Beiträge für die Selbst-Aufklärung einer weitestgehend mediatisierten Gesellschaft leistet. Der Artikel geht dabei – auch angesichts der PISA-Studien – von dem empirischen Befund aus, dass die individuelle Ausprägung der Medienkompetenz aufs engste mit den Ressourcen des Elternhauses verbunden ist und sich dabei die elterlichen Formen der Medienerziehung unübersehbar mit den aktuellen medialen Handlungspraxen verbinden. Dieser Befund deckt sich auf weite Strecken auch mit den Ergebnissen der Bildungssoziologie Pierre Bourdieus, weshalb die Diskussionen zum medialen Habitus im Rahmen dieser Ausführungen auch mit empirischen Argumenten unterfüttert werden. Ganz in diesem Sinne arbeitet der Artikel auch heraus, dass die aus dem Kontext der Cultural Studies stammenden Thesen zur Nivellierung kultureller Milieu-Unterschiede wenig empirisch fundiert sind. Der Artikel betont dahingehend, dass hier eine unreflektierte Infiltration durch genuin neoliberales Gedankengut vorliegt, da mit ihr auch die Annahme einer "freien Wahl" von Lebensweg, Milieuzugehörigkeit oder Gender verbunden werden kann. Dabei wir auch eingehend der "Clash of Habitus" diskutiert, der zwischen Lehrenden und Lernenden stattfindet und das Augenmerk ein Mal mehr auf die Tatsache lenkt, das unser Bildungssystem auf dieser pädagogisch relevanten Ebene durch soziale Ungleichheiten gekennzeichnet ist. In his essay, Sven Kommer questions whether the notion of habitus is suitable to support the understanding of the obvious consolidation of inequality in the school system. He shows that all authors active in the continued use of the notion of habitus agree that it

  12. Aderência de cursos de graduação em enfermagem às diretrizes curriculares nacionais na perspectiva do sistema único de saúde Adherencia de cursos de graduación en enfermería a las directrices curriculares nacionales en la perspectiva del sistema único de salud Tack in the nursing graduate courses according to the curriculum national guidelines in the perspective of the sistema único de saúde

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    Josicelia Dumêt Fernandes

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou apreender, nas percepções de discentes de cursos de graduação em enfermagem, o registro da coerência didático-pedagógica desses cursos com as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Graduação em Enfermagem, na perspectiva do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS. Estudo qualitativo, de caráter exploratório descritivo, que teve como cenário quatro cursos de graduação em enfermagem de uma cidade do nordeste do Brasil. Os sujeitos foram discentes que, por meio de entrevistas, indicaram que a articulação entre as instituições formadoras e o SUS se dá no momento da realização das práticas, assim como no ensino dos princípios e diretrizes do SUS, nos componentes curriculares e, ainda, nas atividades desenvolvidas nos projetos de pesquisa e extensão; outros indicaram, também, que não percebem tal articulação no seu processo formativo. O resultado do estudo revelou a necessidade de fortalecimento do processo de formação do enfermeiro nos cenários de práticas na rede de serviços de saúde.El estudio tiene como objetivo la comprensión, la percepción de los alumnos de los cursos de licenciatura en enfermería, el registro de la coherencia didáctica y pedagógica de estos cursos con las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales para la Graduación en Enfermería, en la perspectiva del Sistema Único de Salud (SUS. Estudio cualitativo y exploratorio, descriptivo, teniendo como escenario cuatro cursos de graduación en enfermería en una ciudad del noroeste de Brasil. Los sujetos eran estudiantes que, a través de entrevistas, indicaron que el vínculo entre las instituciones de formación y el SUS se lleva a cabo en el momento de la aplicación de prácticas, así como la enseñanza de los principios y directrices del SUS en los componentes del plan de estudios y también las actividades en los proyectos de investigación y extensión, otros han señalado, también, que no se dan cuenta de esta vinculación en

  13. Diretrizes da Sociedade Brasileira de Cardiologia sobre Ánalise e Emissão de Laudos Eletrocardiográficos

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    CA Pastore

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Realizado pelo Grupo de Estudos de Eletrocardiografia da Sociedade Brasileira de Cardiologia, este novo trabalho atualiza a primeira diretriz do eletrocardiograma de repouso, de 2003, com o resultado da reunião de especialistas de todo o Brasil em Pouso Alegre (MG, em novembro de 2008. Visando agregar mais conhecimento a esta centenária e fiel ferramenta, sempre presente nos consultórios dos clínicos e cardiologistas do Brasil e do mundo, são trazidas para esta versão as muitas novidades surgidas desde então. O descobrimento da eletrofisiologia, facilitando o diagnóstico das arritmias mais sofisticadas, o estudo pormenorizado das funções dos canais iônicos e suas repercussões na repolarização ventricular e, finalmente, o papel do ECG na prevenção da morte súbita cardíaca, foram alguns dos ganhos obtidos nestes últimos anos, além da transmissão dos exames eletrocardiológicos (ECG, holter, ergometria através da internet, que possibilitou a difusão dos exames por todo o país.

  14. Proteção social aos idosos: concepções, diretrizes e reconhecimento de direitos na América Latina e no Brasil

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-49802014000100011 O artigo tem por objetivo percorrer o processo de constituição e concretização do sistema de proteção social na América latina e nele localizar as medidas específicas de proteção social, adotadas pelo governo brasileiro, no atendimento das demandas da população idosa. Escolheu-se como marco histórico de análise da realidade latino-americana, a I Conferência Intergovernamental sobre Envelhecimento na América Latina e Caribe, realizada pela Comissão Econômica Para a America latina e Caribe - CEPAL, em novembro/2003, em Santiago no Chile, como síntese das medidas de proteção social que vem sendo destinadas pelos países do continente ao segmento social idoso. Para a experiência brasileira elegeu-se como marco as prerrogativas legais relacionadas aos direitos dos idosos e à Seguridade Social implementadas a partir dos anos de 1990. São abordadas as concepções sobre proteção social e envelhecimento, encaradas como direito e conquista da civilização humana no século 21.

  15. Impact of ischemic and valvular heart disease on atrial excitation : A high-resolution epicardial mapping study

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    E.M.J.P. Mouws (Elisabeth); E. Lanters (Eva); C. Teuwen (Christophe); L. van der Does (Lisette); C. Kik (Charles); S.P. Knops (Simon); A. Yaksh (Ameeta); J.A. Bekkers (Jos); A.J.J.C. Bogers (Ad); N.M.S. de Groot (Natasja)

    2018-01-01

    markdownabstractBackground--The influence of underlying heart disease or presence of atrial fibrillation (AF) on atrial excitation during sinus rhythm (SR) is unknown. We investigated atrial activation patterns and total activation times of the entire atrial epicardial surface during SR in patients

  16. Closure of secundum atrial septal defect in adults

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    Elahi, M.M.; Pollock, J.C.S.

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To examine the outcome of ASD closure in adults and the effect of patients age on drug therapy, symptoms and incidence of atrial fibrillation. Results: There were no deaths. Five patients from early in the series were lost to follow-up. Large defect size was associated with patch rather than direct closure but there was extensive crossover. Analysis by age showed that patients over 49 had more postoperative atrial fibrillation (P 0.001), more chest pain (P>0.0001), more postoperative dyspnea (p = 0.021), greater use of diuretics (p = 0.20) and longer hospital stay (10.1 plus minis 2.6 vs. 8.5 plus minis 1.6 days; p = 0.007) than patients under 49. Conclusion: Operation for atrial septal defects in adults can be performed with no mortality and low morbidity. The age at which complications appear more frequent suggests that closer analysis of these patients is required. (author)

  17. Atrial septal defect in a Korean wild raccoon dog.

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    Yim, Soomi; Choi, Sooyoung; Kim, Jongtaek; Chung, Jin-Young; Park, Inchul

    2017-10-07

    An approximately two-year-old, male 6.1 kg body weight, Korean wild raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides koreensis) was captured by the wildlife medical rescue center of Kangwon National University. Upon physical examination, the heart rate was 87 beats per min and there were no clinical signs. The hematological, and blood biochemical profiles revealed no remarkable findings; however, thoracic radiographs showed cardiac enlargement, especially in the right atrium. On electrocardiogram, sinus node dysfunction and bradyarrhythmia were revealed. Echocardiography showed a left-to-right shunting atrial septal defect. Based on these findings, this Korean wild raccoon dog was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. This is the rare case report of atrial septal defect in wildlife.

  18. Left atrial thrombus following bilobectomy: a case report

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Left atrial free floating ball thrombus is a relatively rare event, especially without mitral valve disease. Case presentation A 61-year-old Turkish man was admitted to our hospital with a thrombus mass in his left atrium. Five months earlier, he had undergone right bilobectomy and superior bronchoplasty due to squamous cell carcinoma in the lung. The patient had no evidence of cardiac disease except atrial fibrillation and there were no defined embolizations. The thrombus mass was surgically removed. The patient was discharged from hospital on the sixth postoperative day. Conclusion Surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass is a safe method for treatment. The patient should be medicated with warfarin, especially in the presence of atrial fibrillation.

  19. Folksonomia: a linguagem das tags

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A radicalização do potencial colaborativo da web atual aponta uma tendência de personalização da recuperação da informação através de ferramentas que exploram a linguagem natural na representação e no compartilhamento de conteúdos ao longo das redes sociais. Tal configuração sócio-técnica traz desafios aos profissionais da informação tanto para a descrição e compreensão dos fenômenos informacionais que ocorrem neste âmbito, quanto para a elaboração de produtos e serviços voltados para um usuário que se apresenta cada vez mais como sujeito informacional ao assumir um papel ativo diante da complexidade que caracteriza a organização da informação em contextos digitais. Este artigo apresenta conclusões de pesquisa, relacionadas às analises da linguagem utilizada em três ambientes colaborativos que utilizam a folksonomia (Social Tagging Systems. A partir de uma perspectiva fundamentada na Semiótica e na Análise de Redes Sociais, são identificadas e descritas as principais manifestações da linguagem gerada e compartilhada pelas redes sociais através destes ambientes.

  20. The imaging features of neurologic complications of left atrial myxomas

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    Liao, Wei-Hua; Ramkalawan, Divya; Liu, Jian-Ling; Shi, Wei; Zee, Chi-Shing; Yang, Xiao-Su; Li, Guo-Liang; Li, Jing; Wang, Xiao-Yi

    2015-01-01

    Background: Neurologic complications may be the first symptoms of atrial myxomas. Understanding the imaging features of neurologic complications of atrial myxomas can be helpful for the prompt diagnosis. Objective: To identify neuroimaging features for patients with neurologic complications attributed to atrial myxoma. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 103 patients with pathologically confirmed atrial myxoma at Xiangya Hospital from January 2009 to January 2014. The neuroimaging data for patients with neurologic complications were analyzed. Results: Eight patients with atrial myxomas (7.77%) presented with neurologic manifestations, which constituted the initial symptoms for seven patients (87.5%). Neuroimaging showed five cases of cerebral infarctions and three cases of aneurysms. The main patterns of the infarctions were multiplicity (100.0%) and involvement of the middle cerebral artery territory (80.0%). The aneurysms were fusiform in shape, multiple in number (100.0%) and located in the distal middle cerebral artery (100.0%). More specifically, high-density in the vicinity of the aneurysms was observed on CT for two patients (66.7%), and homogenous enhancement surrounding the aneurysms was detected in the enhanced imaging for two patients (66.7%). Conclusion: Neurologic complications secondary to atrial myxoma consist of cerebral infarctions and aneurysms, which show certain characteristic features in neuroimaging. Echocardiography should be performed in patients with multiple cerebral infarctions, and multiple aneurysms, especially when aneurysms are distal in location. More importantly, greater attention should be paid to the imaging changes surrounding the aneurysms when myxomatous aneurysms are suspected and these are going to be the relevant features in our article

  1. Detection of Rapid Atrial Arrhythmias in SQUID Magnetocardiography

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    Kim, Ki Woong; Kwon, Hyuk Chan; Kim, Ki Dam; Lee, Yong Ho; Kim, Jin Mok; Kim, In Seon; Lim, Hyun Kyoon; Park, Yong Ki [Biomagnetism Research, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Doo Sang [Seoul Veterans Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Seung Pyung [Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    We propose a method to measure atrial arrhythmias (AA) such as atrial fibrillation (Afb) and atrial flutter (Afl) with a SQUID magnetocardiograph (MCG) system. To detect AA is one of challenging topics in MCG. As the AA generally have irregular rhythm and atrio-ventricular conduction, the MCG signal cannot be improved by QRS averaging; therefore a SQUID MCG system having a high SNR is required to measure informative atrial excitation with a single scan. In the case of Afb, diminished f waves are much smaller than normal P waves because the sources are usually located on the posterior wall of the heart. In this study, we utilize an MCG system measuring tangential field components, which is known to be more sensitive to a deeper current source. The average noise spectral density of the whole system in a magnetic shielded room was 10 fT/Hz(a) 1 Hz and 5 fT/Hz(a) 100 Hz. We measured the MCG signals of patients with chronic Afb and Afl. Before the AA measurement, the comparison between the measurements in supine and prone positions for P waves has been conducted and the experiment gave a result that the supine position is more suitable to measure the atrial excitation. Therefore, the AA was measured in subject's supine position. Clinical potential of AA measurement in MCG is to find an aspect of a reentry circuit and to localize the abnormal stimulation noninvasively. To give useful information about the abnormal excitation, we have developed a method, separative synthetic aperture magnetometry (sSAM). The basic idea of sSAM is to visualize current source distribution corresponding to the atrial excitation, which are separated from the ventricular excitation and the Gaussian sensor noises. By using sSAM, we localized the source of an Afl successfully.

  2. The imaging features of neurologic complications of left atrial myxomas

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    Liao, Wei-Hua; Ramkalawan, Divya; Liu, Jian-Ling; Shi, Wei [Department of Radiology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan (China); Zee, Chi-Shing [Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (United States); Yang, Xiao-Su; Li, Guo-Liang; Li, Jing [Department of Neurology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan (China); Wang, Xiao-Yi, E-mail: cjr.wangxiaoyi@vip.163.com [Department of Radiology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan (China)

    2015-05-15

    Background: Neurologic complications may be the first symptoms of atrial myxomas. Understanding the imaging features of neurologic complications of atrial myxomas can be helpful for the prompt diagnosis. Objective: To identify neuroimaging features for patients with neurologic complications attributed to atrial myxoma. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 103 patients with pathologically confirmed atrial myxoma at Xiangya Hospital from January 2009 to January 2014. The neuroimaging data for patients with neurologic complications were analyzed. Results: Eight patients with atrial myxomas (7.77%) presented with neurologic manifestations, which constituted the initial symptoms for seven patients (87.5%). Neuroimaging showed five cases of cerebral infarctions and three cases of aneurysms. The main patterns of the infarctions were multiplicity (100.0%) and involvement of the middle cerebral artery territory (80.0%). The aneurysms were fusiform in shape, multiple in number (100.0%) and located in the distal middle cerebral artery (100.0%). More specifically, high-density in the vicinity of the aneurysms was observed on CT for two patients (66.7%), and homogenous enhancement surrounding the aneurysms was detected in the enhanced imaging for two patients (66.7%). Conclusion: Neurologic complications secondary to atrial myxoma consist of cerebral infarctions and aneurysms, which show certain characteristic features in neuroimaging. Echocardiography should be performed in patients with multiple cerebral infarctions, and multiple aneurysms, especially when aneurysms are distal in location. More importantly, greater attention should be paid to the imaging changes surrounding the aneurysms when myxomatous aneurysms are suspected and these are going to be the relevant features in our article.

  3. LEFT ATRIAL FUNCTION: MODERN ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE

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    E. N. Pavlyukova

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    Full Text Available Assessment of the left atrial (LA function is important aspect of comprehensive cardiovascular system estimation. Many cardiac diseases make an impact to LA work either by direct affect on myocardium or hemodynamic condition changing. It is considered, LA and left ventricle diastolic pressure is interrelated, thus without mitral valve disease LA expanding is a sign of LV filling pressure augmentation. Examination of LA size and function by analysis of atrial reservoir, conduit, and booster pump can predict cardiovascular outcomes in patients with cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease and valvular heart disease. The last two decades gave new technologies to accurate and comprehensive LA mechanics estimation, in the first place related to tissue Doppler imaging. Atrial strain and strain rate obtained using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography have proved to be feasible and reproducible techniques to evaluate LA mechanics.In physiological settings, LA is a highly expandable chamber with relatively low pressures. However in the presence of acute and chronic injury, LA wall stretches. LA stretching is a hallmark of structure changing with myocardial fibrosis and has influence on LA strain and strain rate. LA strain estimation could be useful in the prediction of sinus rhythm restoration and maintenance after cardioversion and catheter ablation. Low values of global longitudinal LA strain indicate irreversible LA remodeling and are related to the atrial fibrillation progression from paroxysmal to permanent forms. The most interesting in these circumstances is the potential contribution of echocardiography to thromboembolic risk stratification in atrial fibrillation and invasive procedures such as atrial ablation. Therefore, at present, the main task is to understand the ways of clinical application of data  obtained during the LA study.

  4. Case of right atrial myxoma with right to left shunt

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    Nakai, Kenji; Suzuki, Tomoyuki; Ohzeki, Tetsuro (Iwate Medical Coll., Morioka (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-12-01

    A case of 49-year-old woman with right atrial myxoma resulting to right to left shunt, diagnosed by cardiac pool isotope image, was reported. She was admitted to our clinic because of progressive shortness of breath. At admission lip cyanosis was noted. Laboratory data included polycythemia, low O/sub 2/ saturation (89%) and high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (65 mm/1 h). Chest x-p showed slight right atrial enlargement, but no pulmonary congestion. The electrocardiogram showed sinus regular rhythm with biphasic p wave in leads II, III, aVf. Although 1st heart sound at the apex was splited, no heart murmur was heard. In usual echocardiographic approach, no abnormal echogram was obtained in the right ventricular region. Lung perfusion scintiscan with Tc-99 m-MAA showed visualization of thyroid gland and kidney, which suggested intracardiac right-to-left shunt. Cardiac pool image with Tc-99m-HSA revealed large photo-deficient area in the right atrium and early visualization of aortic arch. Computor tomography showed large round low density region 8 x 7 cm in size. Based on their findings, this patient was diagnosed as right atrial tumor. At operation a large tumor (diameter 8 x 7 x 7 cm, weight 160g) filled the lower part of the right atrium and was adherent to the anterolateral wall in the right atrium. As a cause of R-L shunt, streched foramen ovale (5 x 10 mm) was found. Tumor histology was typical of atrial myxoma. Post-operative gated cardiac isotope image showed no evidence of residual atrial tumor. Cardiac blood pool isotope imaging was a method for the noninvasive detection and assessment of right atrial myxoma.

  5. Left atrial isolation associated with mitral valve operations.

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    Graffigna, A; Pagani, F; Minzioni, G; Salerno, J; Viganò, M

    1992-12-01

    Surgical isolation of the left atrium was performed for the treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation secondary to valvular disease in 100 patients who underwent mitral valve operations. From May 1989 to September 1991, 62 patients underwent mitral valve operations (group I); 19, mitral valve operations and DeVega tricuspid annuloplasty (group II); 15, mitral and aortic operations (group III); and 4, mitral and aortic operations and DeVega tricuspid annuloplasty (group IV). Left atrial isolation was performed, prolonging the usual left paraseptal atriotomy toward the left fibrous trigone anteriorly and the posteromedial commissure posteriorly. The incision was conducted a few millimeters apart from the mitral valve annulus, and cryolesions were placed at the edges to ensure complete electrophysiological isolation of the left atrium. Operative mortality accounted for 3 patients (3%). In 79 patients (81.4%) sinus rhythm recovered and persisted until discharge from the hospital. No differences were found between the groups (group I, 80.7%; group II, 68.5%; group III, 86.7%; group IV, 75%; p = not significant). Three late deaths (3.1%) were registered. Long-term results show persistence of sinus rhythm in 71% of group I, 61.2% of group II, 85.8% of group III, and 100% of group IV. The unique risk factor for late recurrence of atrial fibrillation was found to be preoperative atrial fibrillation longer than 6 months. Due to the satisfactory success rate in recovering sinus rhythm, we suggest performing left atrial isolation in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation undergoing valvular operations.

  6. Dynamic cycling in atrial size and flow during obstructive apnoea.

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    Pressman, Gregg S; Cepeda-Valery, Beatriz; Codolosa, Nicolas; Orban, Marek; Samuel, Solomon P; Somers, Virend K

    2016-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. However, acute cardiovascular effects of repetitive airway obstruction are poorly understood. While past research used a sustained Mueller manoeuver to simulate OSA we employed a series of gasping efforts to better simulate true obstructive apnoeas. This report describes acute changes in cardiac anatomy and flow related to sudden changes in intrathoracic pressure. 26 healthy, normal weight participants performed 5-6 gasping efforts (target intrathoracic pressure -40 mm Hg) while undergoing Doppler echocardiography. 14 participants had sufficient echocardiographic images to allow comparison of atrial areas during the manoeuver with baseline measurements. Mitral and tricuspid E-wave and A-wave velocities postmanoeuver were compared with baseline in all participants. Average atrial areas changed little during the manoeuver, but variance in both atrial areas was significantly greater than baseline. Further, an inverse relationship was noted with left atrial collapse and right atrial enlargement at onset of inspiratory effort. Significant inverse changes were noted in Doppler flow when comparing the first beat postmanoeuver (pMM1) with baseline. Mitral E-wave velocity increased 9.1 cm/s while tricuspid E-wave velocity decreased 7.0 cm/s; by the eighth beat postmanoeuver (pMM8) values were not different from baseline. Mitral and tricuspid A-wave velocities were not different from baseline at pMM1, but both were significantly higher by pMM8. Repetitive obstructive apnoeas produce dynamic, inverse changes in atrial size and Doppler flow across the atrioventricular valves. These observations have important implications for understanding the pathophysiology of OSA.

  7. Tratamento operatório da fibrilação atrial: revisão integrativa da literatura Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation: integrative review

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    João Roberto Breda

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    Full Text Available A fibrilação atrial (FA no pré-operatório de operações cardíacas abertas, incluindo revascularização cirúrgica do miocárdio (RCM e operações valvares, representa fator de risco independente para eventos cardíacos maiores e redução de sobrevida. Devido à complexidade do assunto, principalmente na avaliação das taxas de sucesso, foi proposta recentemente uma declaração de consenso pela International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS, com o intuito de determinar se a ablação operatória da FA promove resultados clínicos favoráveis em pacientes submetidos a outras operações cardíacas na comparação com operações isoladas sem ablação. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar dados da literatura que possam contribuir para o consenso sobre o tratamento operatório da FA e ser utilizado como fonte de atualização. A metodologia envolveu revisão integrativa da literatura, com análise e síntese dos dados obtidos de forma descritiva, apresentando o conhecimento atual sobre o tema apresentadoWhen atrial fibrillation (AF is present in pre-operative open heart surgeries, including coronary artery bypass grafting and valve operations, it represents an independent risk factor for cardiac events and reduced survival. Due to the complexity of the subject, especially when evaluating success rates (reversion and maintenance of normal sinus rhythm, a consensus statement was recently proposed by the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS, in order to determine whether the intraoperative ablation of AF promotes favorable clinical outcomes in patients undergoing other cardiac operations in comparison with individual operations without ablation. The aim of this paper is to present published data which has contributed to consensus statement and can be useful as update source. The integrative review was the methodology that provides synthesis of knowledge and applicability

  8. Atrial and ventricular septal defect with pulmonary and tricuspid valvular anomalies in a dog

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    Ishikawa, Y. [Azabu Univ., Sagamihara, Kanagawa (Japan); Wakao, Y.; Watanabe, T.; Minami, T.; Muto, M.; Suzuki, T.; Takahashi, M.; Une, Y.; Nomura, Y.; Ichioka, N.

    1989-12-15

    A 15-month-old male boxer dog weighing 22 kg was referred to Azabu University Animal Hospital for evaluation of the syncopal attack. There was no cardiac murmur, but electrocardiograms revealed an atrial fibrillation. Thoracic radiograph revealed enlargement of the right and left atrial regions. The medical treatment with digitalis and captopril was made for conversion from the atrial fibrillation to the sinus rhythm. By cardiac catheterization, atrial and ventricular septal defect with pulmonary stenosis was demonstrated. The patient died at 20 months from the first medical examination. At autopsy, there were severe enlargement of both atria, atrial defect, and pulmonary and tricuspid valvular anomalies. (author)

  9. Analysis of brain natriuretic peptide in 30 patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Jin Qiang; Lu Jianghui; Li Weipeng; Yuan Yuan; Sun Weili

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the relationship between atrial fibrillation and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), plasma levels of BNP in 30 patients with atrial fibrillation and 30 health controls were assayed and compared. The results showed that plasma levels of BNP in patients with atrial fibrillation were significantly higher than those of health controls (P<0.05). When the patients with atrial fibrillation were restored sinus rhythm, the concentration of BNP decreased significantly (P<0.05). BNP was a sensitive marker of cardiac dysfunction, and BNP was positively correlated with atrial fibrillation. (authors)

  10. Atrial and ventricular septal defect with pulmonary and tricuspid valvular anomalies in a dog

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    Ishikawa, Y.; Wakao, Y.; Watanabe, T.; Minami, T.; Muto, M.; Suzuki, T.; Takahashi, M.; Une, Y.; Nomura, Y.; Ichioka, N.

    1989-01-01

    A 15-month-old male boxer dog weighing 22 kg was referred to Azabu University Animal Hospital for evaluation of the syncopal attack. There was no cardiac murmur, but electrocardiograms revealed an atrial fibrillation. Thoracic radiograph revealed enlargement of the right and left atrial regions. The medical treatment with digitalis and captopril was made for conversion from the atrial fibrillation to the sinus rhythm. By cardiac catheterization, atrial and ventricular septal defect with pulmonary stenosis was demonstrated. The patient died at 20 months from the first medical examination. At autopsy, there were severe enlargement of both atria, atrial defect, and pulmonary and tricuspid valvular anomalies. (author)

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

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    Särnholm, Josefin; Skúladóttir, Helga; Rück, Christian

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Patients often experience a range of symptoms resulting in a markedly reduced quality of life, and commonly show symptom preoccupation in terms of avoidance and control behaviors. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been shown...... 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...

  12. Prominent crista terminalis mimicking a right atrial mass: case report

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The crista terminalis is a normal anatomical structure within the right atrium that is not normally visualised in the standard views obtained while performing a transthoracic echocardiogram. In this case report, transthoracic echocardiography suggested the presence of a right atrial mass in a patient with end stage renal disease. However, subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed that the right atrial mass was actually a thick muscular bridge in the right atrium consistent with a prominent crista terminalis. An understanding of the anatomy and the echocardiographic appearance of a prominent crista terminalis will minimize the misdiagnosis of this structure avoiding unnecessary expensive additional tests.

  13. Gender Differences in Antithrombotic Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation

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    Mazurek, Michał; Huisman, Menno V; Rothman, Kenneth J

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    was -0.5% (95% CI, -1.8%, 0.8%). VKAs were prescribed to 32.8% and 31.9% (NOACs 46.8% and 48.3%) of women and men, respectively. No confounder for the association between gender and anticoagulant prescription was identified. Between-gender differences in anticoagulant use (lower use in women compared......AIMS: Data on gender differences in oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation are conflicting, largely limited to regional reports and Vitamin K antagonist (VKA) use. We aimed to analyze gender-specific anticoagulant prescription patterns early following...... atrial fibrillation (difference in prevalence of anticoagulant use...

  14. Effects of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation-Induced Electrical Remodeling on Atrial Electro-Mechanics – Insights from a 3D Model of the Human Atria

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    Adeniran, Ismail; MacIver, David H.; Garratt, Clifford J.; Ye, Jianqiao; Hancox, Jules C.; Zhang, Henggui

    2015-01-01

    Aims Atrial stunning, a loss of atrial mechanical contraction, can occur following a successful cardioversion. It is hypothesized that persistent atrial fibrillation-induced electrical remodeling (AFER) on atrial electrophysiology may be responsible for such impaired atrial mechanics. This simulation study aimed to investigate the effects of AFER on atrial electro-mechanics. Methods and Results A 3D electromechanical model of the human atria was developed to investigate the effects of AFER on atrial electro-mechanics. Simulations were carried out in 3 conditions for 4 states: (i) the control condition, representing the normal tissue (state 1) and the tissue 2–3 months after cardioversion (state 2) when the atrial tissue recovers its electrophysiological properties after completion of reverse electrophysiological remodelling; (ii) AFER-SR condition for AF-remodeled tissue with normal sinus rhythm (SR) (state 3); and (iii) AFER-AF condition for AF-remodeled tissue with re-entrant excitation waves (state 4). Our results indicate that at the cellular level, AFER (states 3 & 4) abbreviated action potentials and reduced the Ca2+ content in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, resulting in a reduced amplitude of the intracellular Ca2+ transient leading to decreased cell active force and cell shortening as compared to the control condition (states 1 & 2). Consequently at the whole organ level, atrial contraction in AFER-SR condition (state 3) was dramatically reduced. In the AFER-AF condition (state 4) atrial contraction was almost abolished. Conclusions This study provides novel insights into understanding atrial electro-mechanics illustrating that AFER impairs atrial contraction due to reduced intracellular Ca2+ transients. PMID:26606047

  15. Effects of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation-Induced Electrical Remodeling on Atrial Electro-Mechanics - Insights from a 3D Model of the Human Atria.

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    Adeniran, Ismail; MacIver, David H; Garratt, Clifford J; Ye, Jianqiao; Hancox, Jules C; Zhang, Henggui

    2015-01-01

    Atrial stunning, a loss of atrial mechanical contraction, can occur following a successful cardioversion. It is hypothesized that persistent atrial fibrillation-induced electrical remodeling (AFER) on atrial electrophysiology may be responsible for such impaired atrial mechanics. This simulation study aimed to investigate the effects of AFER on atrial electro-mechanics. A 3D electromechanical model of the human atria was developed to investigate the effects of AFER on atrial electro-mechanics. Simulations were carried out in 3 conditions for 4 states: (i) the control condition, representing the normal tissue (state 1) and the tissue 2-3 months after cardioversion (state 2) when the atrial tissue recovers its electrophysiological properties after completion of reverse electrophysiological remodelling; (ii) AFER-SR condition for AF-remodeled tissue with normal sinus rhythm (SR) (state 3); and (iii) AFER-AF condition for AF-remodeled tissue with re-entrant excitation waves (state 4). Our results indicate that at the cellular level, AFER (states 3 & 4) abbreviated action potentials and reduced the Ca2+ content in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, resulting in a reduced amplitude of the intracellular Ca2+ transient leading to decreased cell active force and cell shortening as compared to the control condition (states 1 & 2). Consequently at the whole organ level, atrial contraction in AFER-SR condition (state 3) was dramatically reduced. In the AFER-AF condition (state 4) atrial contraction was almost abolished. This study provides novel insights into understanding atrial electro-mechanics illustrating that AFER impairs atrial contraction due to reduced intracellular Ca2+ transients.

  16. Assessment of blood stasis in left-atrial appendage with electron-beam CT: filling delay in atrial fibrillation

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    Nakanishi, Tadashi [Dept. of Radiology, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Hamada, Seiki [Dept. of Radiology, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Takamiya, Makoto [Dept. of Radiology, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Kuribayashi, Sachio [Dept. of Radiology, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Naito, Hiroaki [Biomedical Research Center, Osaka Univ. School of Medicine, Suita (Japan)

    1994-10-01

    The left-atrial appendage (LAA) is the most frequent site of thrombus formation. The most probable reason is its anatomical structure and blood stasis. We hypothesized that peak time delay should occur in the LAA with stagnant blood flow. We measured peak time delay in LAA against left atrium with the flow-mode study of electron-beam CT for 49 patients (including 23 patients with atrial fibrillation [AF]). Volume-mode scannings were also performed to detect intracardiac thrombi. Patients with atrial fibrillation showed a larger value than those with sinus rhythm. Some AF patients with no filling of contrast media into the LAA and/or thrombus showed a larger value than the others. The value obtained by the flow-mode study might have the potential by the flow-mode study might have the potential to assess blood stasis and to predict the jeopardized state in the LAA. (orig.)

  17. 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

    to sinus rhythm (SR) and were matched to 35 non-converters. The mean AFR before conversion was 231 fibrillations per minute (fpm), having decreased by 41%; in non-converters, it was 296 fpm at the end of infusion, having decreased by 26%. The rate of decrease was greater in converters at 5 min, -88 vs. -66......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...... 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...

  18. Assessment of blood stasis in left-atrial appendage with electron-beam CT: filling delay in atrial fibrillation

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    Nakanishi, Tadashi; Hamada, Seiki; Takamiya, Makoto; Kuribayashi, Sachio; Naito, Hiroaki

    1994-01-01

    The left-atrial appendage (LAA) is the most frequent site of thrombus formation. The most probable reason is its anatomical structure and blood stasis. We hypothesized that peak time delay should occur in the LAA with stagnant blood flow. We measured peak time delay in LAA against left atrium with the flow-mode study of electron-beam CT for 49 patients (including 23 patients with atrial fibrillation [AF]). Volume-mode scannings were also performed to detect intracardiac thrombi. Patients with atrial fibrillation showed a larger value than those with sinus rhythm. Some AF patients with no filling of contrast media into the LAA and/or thrombus showed a larger value than the others. The value obtained by the flow-mode study might have the potential by the flow-mode study might have the potential to assess blood stasis and to predict the jeopardized state in the LAA. (orig.)

  19. Left Atrial Size and Function in a Canine Model of Chronic Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    Goldberg, Adam; Kusunose, Kenya; Qamruddin, Salima; Rodriguez, L. Leonardo; Mazgalev, Todor N.; Griffin, Brian P.; Van Wagoner, David R.; Zhang, Youhua; Popović, Zoran B.

    2016-01-01

    Background Our aim was to assess how atrial fibrillation (AF) induction, chronicity, and RR interval irregularity affect left atrial (LA) function and size in the setting of underlying heart failure (HF), and to determine whether AF effects can be mitigated by vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). Methods HF was induced by 4-weeks of rapid ventricular pacing in 24 dogs. Subsequently, AF was induced and maintained by atrial pacing at 600 bpm. Dogs were randomized into control (n = 9) and VNS (n = 15) groups. In the VNS group, atrioventricular node fat pad stimulation (310 μs, 20 Hz, 3–7 mA) was delivered continuously for 6 months. LA volume and LA strain data were calculated from bi-weekly echocardiograms. Results RR intervals decreased with HF in both groups (p = 0.001), and decreased further during AF in control group (p = 0.014), with a non-significant increase in the VNS group during AF. LA size increased with HF (p<0.0001), with no additional increase during AF. LA strain decreased with HF (p = 0.025) and further decreased after induction of AF (p = 0.0001). LA strain decreased less (p = 0.001) in the VNS than in the control group. Beat-by-beat analysis showed a curvilinear increase of LA strain with longer preceding RR interval, (r = 0.45, p <0.0001) with LA strain 1.1% higher (p = 0.02) in the VNS-treated animals, independent of preceding RR interval duration. The curvilinear relationship between ratio of preceding and pre-preceding RR intervals, and subsequent LA strain was weaker, (r = 0.28, p = 0.001). However, VNS-treated animals again had higher LA strain (by 2.2%, p = 0.002) independently of the ratio of preceding and pre-preceding RR intervals. Conclusions In the underlying presence of pacing-induced HF, AF decreased LA strain, with little impact on LA size. LA strain depends on the preceding RR interval duration. PMID:26771573

  20. Regulation of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) secretion

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    Ruskoaho, H.; Toth, M.; Lang, R.E.; Unger, Th.; Garten, D.

    1986-01-01

    To investigate the role of calcium, protein kinase C and adenylate cyclase in the ANP secretion, the secretory responses from isolated perfused rat hearts to a calcium channel activator, Bay k8644 (methyl-1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-3-nitro-4-(2-trifluomethylphenyl)-2-pyridine-5-carboxylate), the calcium ionophore (A23187), the phorbol ester (12-0-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate, TPA), and to forskolin were studied. ANP in perfusate was measured by radioimmunoassay 10 min before and during the infusion (30 min) of various agents at 2 min intervals. A23187 (5.7 x 10 -7 ) induced a sharp increase, whereas TPA (0.15 - 1.6 x 10 -7 ) caused a slowly progressive increase in ANP secretion. 4a-phorbol-12,13-didecanoate, a non-active phorbol ester, had no effect on ANP secretion. Bay k8644 (4 x 10 -7 ) and forskolin (1 x 10 -6 ) alone caused small but sustained increase in ANP secretion. The combination of TPA with Bay k8644, forskolin or A23187 stimulated ANP secretion higher than the calculated additive value for each agent. Dibuturyl-cAMP (1.6 x 10 -4 ) pretreatment also enhanced TPA-induced ANP release. 8-Bromo-cGMP (1.3 x 10 -4 ) and sodium nitroprusside (9 x 10 -5 ) alone had no effect, but both attenuated the TPA-induced ANP secretion. The results suggest that atrial cardiocytes possess at least two different secretory pathways for ANP secretion, which are probably dependent on protein kinase C and cyclic AMP

  1. Plain chest PA evaluation of left atrial thrombosis in mitral valvular disease

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    Choo, Yeon Myung; Park, Jae Hyung; Han, Man Chung [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1984-09-15

    Conventional posteroanterior chest radiographs of 73 patients with mitral valve disease who had had surgery were analyzed, and particular attention was directed to the absence of the convexity of the left lower mid cardiac border (left atrial segment) and to the relation with duration of illness, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) as well as surgical findings. The results obtained are as follows: 1. The flatness or concavity of this segment, despite other evidence of left atrial enlargement, was observed in eleven (64.7%) of 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis and in six (10.7%) of 56 patients who did not have thrombosis (false positive diagnosis). Six (35.5%) of the 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis did not this findings on radiographs (false positive diagnosis). Six (35.3%) of the 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis did not show this finding on radiographs (false positive diagnosis). Therefore, the accuracy in the diagnosis of thrombosis of left atrium wa 64.7% (eleven of seventeen) for patients who had thrombosis of left atrium. 2. The atrial fibrillation was observed in sixteen (94.1%)of 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis. So, correlation between the presence of left atrial thrombosis and atrial fibrillation wa evident. But there was no correlation between the duration of illness of the PCWP of patients and the presence of left atrial thrombosis.

  2. Plain chest PA evaluation of left atrial thrombosis in mitral valvular disease

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    Choo, Yeon Myung; Park, Jae Hyung; Han, Man Chung

    1984-01-01

    Conventional posteroanterior chest radiographs of 73 patients with mitral valve disease who had had surgery were analyzed, and particular attention was directed to the absence of the convexity of the left lower mid cardiac border (left atrial segment) and to the relation with duration of illness, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) as well as surgical findings. The results obtained are as follows: 1. The flatness or concavity of this segment, despite other evidence of left atrial enlargement, was observed in eleven (64.7%) of 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis and in six (10.7%) of 56 patients who did not have thrombosis (false positive diagnosis). Six (35.5%) of the 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis did not this findings on radiographs (false positive diagnosis). Six (35.3%) of the 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis did not show this finding on radiographs (false positive diagnosis). Therefore, the accuracy in the diagnosis of thrombosis of left atrium wa 64.7% (eleven of seventeen) for patients who had thrombosis of left atrium. 2. The atrial fibrillation was observed in sixteen (94.1%)of 17 patients who had left atrial thrombosis. So, correlation between the presence of left atrial thrombosis and atrial fibrillation wa evident. But there was no correlation between the duration of illness of the PCWP of patients and the presence of left atrial thrombosis.

  3. Bioética, teologia e saúde mental: diretrizes de cuidado e prevenção do suicídio

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    Vera Lúcia Wünsch

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo visa uma reflexão sobre a dimensão do comportamento suicida, abordando os aspectos bioéticos e teológicos de preservação das dimensões da pessoa humana concatenados com as ações da rede de atenção em saúde mental em pacientes com risco suicida. Busca associá-los à prática humanizada e à integridade ética do ser humano para reconduzi-lo a condições de dignidade, autonomia e de inclusão e promoção da vida humana. É imperativa e necessária maior abrangência na disseminação de informações como meio de desmitificar e prevenir o suicídio e, promovendo o valor e a inviolabilidade da vida humana.

  4. Diretrizes para avaliação e validação do potencial doador de órgãos em morte encefálica

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    Glauco Adrieno Westphal

    Full Text Available RESUMO O transplante de órgãos é a única alternativa para muitos pacientes portadores de algumas doenças terminais. Ao mesmo tempo, é preocupante a crescente desproporção entre a alta demanda por transplantes de órgãos e o baixo índice de transplantes efetivados. Dentre as diferentes causas que alimentam essa desproporção, estão os equívocos na identificação do potencial doador de órgãos e as contraindicações mal atribuídas pela equipe assistente. Assim, o presente documento pretende fornecer subsídios à equipe multiprofissional da terapia intensiva para o reconhecimento, a avaliação e a validação do potencial doador de órgãos.

  5. Embolic risk in atrial fibrillation that arises from hyperthyroidism: review of the medical literature.

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    Traube, Elie; Coplan, Neil L

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac complication of hyperthyroidism, occurs in an estimated 10% to 25% of overtly hyperthyroid patients. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with age in the general population and in thyrotoxic patients. Other risk factors for atrial fibrillation in thyrotoxic patients include male sex, ischemic or valvular heart disease, and congestive heart failure. The incidence of arterial embolism or stroke in thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is less clear. There are many reports of arterial thromboembolism associated with hyperthyroidism, including cases of young adults without coexisting risk factors other than thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation. The use of anticoagulative agents to prevent thromboembolic sequelae of thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation is controversial: National organizations provide conflicting recommendations in their practice guidelines. Herein, we review the medical literature and examine the evidence behind the recommendations in order to determine the best approach to thromboembolic prophylaxis in patients who have atrial fibrillation that is associated with hyperthyroidism.

  6. Corrupção e políticas públicas: diretrizes para a garantia de direitos sociais fundamentais

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    Ismael Francisco de Souza

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    Full Text Available A indignação que a todos assola diante dos casos de corrupção ocorridos nas instituições políticas no Brasil geralmente não atinge o nível necessário para que se percebam os custos que essa espécie de “patologia social” acarreta à sociedade no tocante aos direitos fundamentais previstos no ordenamento constitucional, sejam eles de natureza coletiva ou individual, como a educação, a saúde, a assistência social. Na construção do presente artigo, utilizou-se o método de abordagem dedutivo e o método de procedimento analítico, com técnicas de pesquisa bibliográfica. Assim, partindo da constatação de que há restrição aos direitos sociais fundamentais como a educação, a saúde e a assistência social e que há o comprometimento das políticas públicas sociais como consequência da corrupção política (como fato social, este artigo objetiva demonstrar a relação existente entre a corrupção e a não efetivação dos direitos e políticas sociais, o que compromete a democracia. Para tanto, abordar-se-ão: (1 a “Boa Administração Pública” e suas relações com os processos participativos; (2 os pressupostos conceituais das patologias corruptivas; e (3 as consequências da corrupção para os direitos sociais fundamentais e às políticas públicas.

  7. Fenofibrate inhibits atrial metabolic remodelling in atrial fibrillation through PPAR-α/sirtuin 1/PGC-1α pathway.

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    Liu, Guang-Zhong; Hou, Ting-Ting; Yuan, Yue; Hang, Peng-Zhou; Zhao, Jing-Jing; Sun, Li; Zhao, Guan-Qi; Zhao, Jing; Dong, Jing-Mei; Wang, Xiao-Bing; Shi, Hang; Liu, Yong-Wu; Zhou, Jing-Hua; Dong, Zeng-Xiang; Liu, Yang; Zhan, Cheng-Chuang; Li, Yue; Li, Wei-Min

    2016-03-01

    Atrial metabolic remodelling is critical for the process of atrial fibrillation (AF). The PPAR-α/sirtuin 1 /PPAR co-activator α (PGC-1α) pathway plays an important role in maintaining energy metabolism. However, the effect of the PPAR-α agonist fenofibrate on AF is unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of fenofibrate on atrial metabolic remodelling in AF and explore its possible mechanisms of action. The expression of metabolic proteins was examined in the left atria of AF patients. Thirty-two rabbits were divided into sham, AF (pacing with 600 beats·min(-1) for 1 week), fenofibrate treated (pretreated with fenofibrate before pacing) and fenofibrate alone treated (for 2 weeks) groups. HL-1 cells were subjected to rapid pacing in the presence or absence of fenofibrate, the PPAR-α antagonist GW6471 or sirtuin 1-specific inhibitor EX527. Metabolic factors, circulating biochemical metabolites, atrial electrophysiology, adenine nucleotide levels and accumulation of glycogen and lipid droplets were assessed. The PPAR-α/sirtuin 1/PGC-1α pathway was significantly inhibited in AF patients and in the rabbit/HL-1 cell models, resulting in a reduction of key downstream metabolic factors; this effect was significantly restored by fenofibrate. Fenofibrate prevented the alterations in circulating biochemical metabolites, reduced the level of adenine nucleotides and accumulation of glycogen and lipid droplets, reversed the shortened atrial effective refractory period and increased risk of AF. Fenofibrate inhibited atrial metabolic remodelling in AF by regulating the PPAR-α/sirtuin 1/PGC-1α pathway. The present study may provide a novel therapeutic strategy for AF. © 2016 The British Pharmacological Society.

  8. Das biochemische Rezidiv beim Prostatakarzinom

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    Full Text Available Als biochemisches Rezidiv (BCR wird der Wiederanstieg des nach kurativer Therapie des Prostatakarzinoms (PCa abgefallenen PSA-Werts bezeichnet. Der PSA-Verlauf nach kurativer Therapie ist von der primären Behandlungsmethode abhängig, weshalb auch unterschiedliche Definitionen dafür vorliegen. Der Verlauf selbst scheint prognostische Bedeutung zu haben. Ein Wiederanstieg des PSA-Werts geht der klinischen Progression voraus, wodurch frühzeitig eine Therapie eingeleitet werden kann. Der ideale Zeitpunkt für eine Sekundärbehandlung ist allerdings noch ungenügend definiert. Fast die Hälfte der BCR treten innerhalb der ersten 2 Jahre, ¾ innerhalb der ersten 5 Jahre nach Primärtherapie auf. Als Risikofaktoren für einen BCR werden ein primäres Tumorstadium ≥ T2c, PSA 15, Samenblaseninvasion, Lymphknotenbefall sowie Gleason-Score ≥ 8 angesehen. Von klinischer Bedeutung ist vor allem die Unterscheidung zwischen lokoregionärem und systemischem Rezidiv. Hierzu werden als Parameter neben dem primären Tumorstadium und Gleason-Score das posttherapeutische Intervall und die PSA-Dynamik empfohlen. Als diagnostische Maßnahmen erscheinen nur die Skelettszintigraphie und die Positronenemissionstomographie mit Acetat- oder Cholintracern und diese ebenfalls nur bei entsprechend hohen PSA-Werten sinnvoll. Therapeutisch kommt nach primärer Radikaloperation und Verdacht auf einen lokalen Progress in erster Linie die Salvagebestrahlung zur Anwendung, nach primärer Radiatio wird allerdings vorwiegend die hormonelle Manipulation einer Salvageoperation oder alter“nativen lokaltherapeutischen Maßnahmen vorgezogen.

  9. Folksonomia: a linguagem das tags

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1518-2924.2013v18n36p85   A radicalização do potencial colaborativo da web atual aponta uma tendência de personalização da recuperação da informação através de ferramentas que exploram a linguagem natural na representação e no compartilhamento de conteúdos ao longo das redes sociais. Tal configuração sócio-técnica traz desafios aos profissionais da informação tanto para a descrição e compreensão dos fenômenos informacionais que ocorrem neste âmbito, quanto para a elaboração de produtos e serviços voltados para um usuário que se apresenta cada vez mais como sujeito informacional ao assumir um papel ativo diante da complexidade que caracteriza a organização da informação em contextos digitais. Este artigo apresenta conclusões de pesquisa, relacionadas às analises da linguagem utilizada em três ambientes colaborativos que utilizam a folksonomia (Social Tagging Systems. A partir de uma perspectiva fundamentada na Semiótica e na Análise de Redes Sociais, são identificadas e descritas as principais manifestações da linguagem gerada e compartilhada pelas redes sociais através destes ambientes.

  10. Circadian variation in dominant atrial fibrillation frequency in persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Sandberg, Frida; Stridh, Martin; Sörnmo, Leif; Bollmann, Andreas; Husser, Daniela

    2010-01-01

    Circadian variation in atrial fibrillation (AF) frequency is explored in this paper by employing recent advances in signal processing. Once the AF frequency has been estimated and tracked by a hidden Markov model approach, the resulting trend is analyzed for the purpose of detecting and characterizing the presence of circadian variation. With cosinor analysis, the results show that the short-term variations in the AF frequency exceed the variation that may be attributed to circadian. Using the autocorrelation method, circadian variation was found in 13 of 18 ambulatory ECG recordings (Holter) acquired from patients with long-standing persistent AF. Using the ensemble correlation method, the highest AF frequency usually occurred during the afternoon, whereas the lowest usually occurred during late night. It is concluded that circadian variation is present in most patients with long-standing persistent AF though the short-term variation in the AF frequency is considerable and should be taken into account

  11. Catheter Ablation of Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia Originating from the Left Atrial Appendage using CARTOMERGE® System

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A 70-year-old woman was referred because of drug resistant and daily incessant palpitation attack. She had undergone two previous unsuccessful radiofrequency catheter ablations at another hospital. The physical examination, chest X-ray, and echocardiogram were all normal. The 12-lead ECG during tachycardia showed narrow QRS, short PR tachycardia and negative polarity of the P wave in leads I and aVL (Fig. 1A. The ECG monitor showed incessant tachycardia with warming-up phenomenon. Three dimensional electroanatomical map integrated with CT imaging (CARTOMERGE®, Biosense Webster Inc. clearly revealed the radial activation pattern originating from the basalo-postero-inferior aspect of the left atrial appendage. Radiofrequency energy application at this site eliminated tachycardia permanently.

  12. Left atrial appendage: morphology and function in patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation.

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    Park, Hwan-Cheol; Shin, Jinho; Ban, Ji-Eun; Choi, Jong-Il; Park, Sang-Weon; Kim, Young-Hoon

    2013-04-01

    The anatomical and functional characteristics of the left atrial appendage (LAA) and its relationships with anatomical remodeling and ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been clearly established. The purpose of this study was to determine whether functional and morphological features of the LAA independently predict clinical outcome and stroke in patients with AF who underwent catheter ablation (CA). Two hundred sixty-four patients with AF, including 176 with paroxysmal AF (PAF, 54.0 ± 11.4 years old, M:F = 138:38) and 88 with persistent AF (PeAF, 56.4 ± 9.6 years old, M:F = 74:14) were studied. Of these patients, 31 (11.7 %) had a history of stroke/TIA (transient ischemic attack). The LA and LAA volumes were 124.0 ± 42.4 and 24.9 ± 4.3 ml in PeAF, these values were greater than those in PAF (81.2 ± 24.8 ml and 21.2 ± 5.1 ml, P stroke, stroke patients had larger LA volume (106.9 ± 23.0 vs. 94.0 ± 38.9 ml, P = 0.004) and had lower LAA EF (50.0 ± 11.0 vs. 65.7 ± 13.4 %, P stroke were age (P = 0.002) and LAA EF (P stroke/TIA and recurrence of AF after CA in paroxysmal AF patients. Further large scaled prospective study is required for validation.

  13. Intraoperative Inducibility of Atrial Fibrillation Does Not Predict Early Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Lanters, Eva A H; Teuwen, Christophe P; Yaksh, Ameeta; Kik, Charles; van der Does, Lisette J M E; Mouws, Elisabeth M J P; Knops, Paul; van Groningen, Nicole J; Hokken, Thijmen; Bogers, Ad J J C; de Groot, Natasja M S

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    Early postoperative atrial fibrillation (EPoAF) is associated with thromboembolic events, prolonged hospitalization, and development of late PoAF (LPoAF). It is, however, unknown if EPoAF can be predicted by intraoperative AF inducibility. The aims of this study are therefore to explore (1) the value of intraoperative inducibility of AF for development of both EPoAF and LPoAF and (2) the predictive value of de novo EPoAF for recurrence of LPoAF. Patients (N=496, 75% male) undergoing cardiothoracic surgery for coronary and/or valvular heart disease were included. AF induction was attempted by atrial pacing, before extracorporeal circulation. All patients were on continuous rhythm monitoring until discharge to detect EPoAF. During a follow-up period of 2 years, LPoAF was detected by ECGs and Holter recordings. Sustained AF was inducible in 56% of patients. There was no difference in patients with or without AF before surgery ( P =0.159), or between different types of surgery ( P =0.687). In patients without a history of AF, incidence of EPoAF and LPoAF was 37% and 2%, respectively. EPoAF recurred in 58% patients with preoperative AF, 53% developed LPoAF. There were no correlations between intraoperative inducibility and EPoAF or LPoAF ( P >0.05). EPoAF was not correlated with LPoAF in patients without a history of AF ( P =0.116), in contrast to patients with AF before surgery ( P <0.001). Intraoperative AF inducibility does not predict development of either EPoAF or LPoAF. In patients with AF before surgery, EPoAF is correlated with LPoAF recurrences. This correlation is absent in patients without AF before surgery. © 2018 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  14. 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; Thiagalingam, Aravinda; Kovoor, Pramesh; Ross, David L; Thomas, Stuart P

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    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 that no single preablation patient characteristic efficiently predicts these AF recurrences. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of premature atrial complex (PAC) occurrence with regard to the risk of late AF recurrence after radiofrequency ablation. The study cohort consisted of 124 patients with 7-day Holter recordings at 6 months post radiofrequency ablation for AF. No patients had AF recurrence before this time. Patients were followed-up every 6 months. Holter-detected PACs were defined as any supraventricular complexes occurring >30% earlier than expected. During a median follow-up of 4.2 years (first quartile to third quartile [Q1-Q3]=1.6-4.5), 32 patients (26%) had late recurrences of AF at a median of 462 days (Q1-Q3=319-1026) post radiofrequency ablation. The number of PACs per 24 hours was 248 (Q1-Q3=62-1026) in patients with and 77 (Q1-Q3=24-448) in patients without recurrence of AF (P=0.02). Multivariate analysis of the risk of late AF recurrence found ≥142 PACs per 24 hours to have a hazard ratio 2.84 (confidence interval, 1.26-6.43), P=0.01. This study showed that occurrence of ≥142 PACs per day at 6 months after PVI was independently associated with a significantly increased risk of late AF recurrence. These results could have important clinical implications for the design of post-PVI follow-up. URL: http://www.anzctr.org.au. Unique identifier: ACRTN12606000467538. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  15. The effect of activation rate on left atrial bipolar voltage in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Williams, Steven E; Linton, Nick; O'Neill, Louisa; Harrison, James; Whitaker, John; Mukherjee, Rahul; Rinaldi, Christopher A; Gill, Jaswinder; Niederer, Steven; Wright, Matthew; O'Neill, Mark

    2017-09-01

    Bipolar voltage is used during electroanatomic mapping to define abnormal myocardium, but the effect of activation rate on bipolar voltage is not known. We hypothesized that bipolar voltage may change in response to activation rate. By examining corresponding unipolar signals we sought to determine the mechanisms of such changes. LA extrastimulus mapping was performed during CS pacing in 10 patients undergoing first time paroxysmal atrial fibrillation ablation. Bipolar and unipolar electrograms were recorded using a PentaRay catheter (4-4-4 spacing) and indifferent IVC electrode, respectively. An S1S2 pacing protocol was delivered with extrastimulus coupling interval reducing from 350 to 200 milliseconds. At each recording site (119 ± 37 per LA), bipolar peak-to-peak voltage, unipolar peak to peak voltage and activation delay between unipole pairs was measured. Four patterns of bipolar voltage/extrastimulus coupling interval curves were seen: voltage attenuation with plateau voltage >1 mV (48 ± 15%) or voltage unaffected by coupling interval with plateau voltage >1 mV (17 ± 10%) or voltage attenuation were associated with significantly greater unipolar voltage attenuation at low (25 ± 28 mV/s vs. 9 ± 11 mV/s) and high (23 ± 29 mV/s vs. 6 ± 12 mV/s) plateau voltage sites (P voltage attenuation (P = 0.026). Bipolar electrogram voltage is dependent on activation rate at a significant proportion of sites. Changes in unipolar voltage and timing underlie these effects. These observations have important implications for use of voltage mapping to delineate abnormal atrial substrate. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Left atrial appendage morphology in patients with suspected cardiogenic stroke without known atrial fibrillation.

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    Miika Korhonen

    Full Text Available The left atrial appendage (LAA is the typical origin for intracardiac thrombus formation. Whether LAA morphology is associated with increased stroke/TIA risk is controversial and, if it does, which morphological type most predisposes to thrombus formation. We assessed LAA morphology in stroke patients with cryptogenic or suspected cardiogenic etiology and in age- and gender-matched healthy controls. LAA morphology and volume were analyzed by cardiac computed tomography in 111 patients (74 males; mean age 60 ± 11 years with acute ischemic stroke of cryptogenic or suspected cardiogenic etiology other than known atrial fibrillation (AF. A subgroup of 40 patients was compared to an age- and gender-matched control group of 40 healthy individuals (21 males in each; mean age 54 ± 9 years. LAA was classified into four morphology types (Cactus, ChickenWing, WindSock, CauliFlower modified with a quantitative qualifier. The proportions of LAA morphology types in the main stroke group, matched stroke subgroup, and control group were as follows: Cactus (9.0%, 5.0%, 20.0%, ChickenWing (23.4%, 37.5%, 10.0%, WindSock (47.7%, 35.0%, 67.5%, and CauliFlower (19.8%, 22.5%, 2.5%. The distribution of morphology types differed significantly (P<0.001 between the matched stroke subgroup and control group. The proportion of single-lobed LAA was significantly higher (P<0.001 in the matched stroke subgroup (55% than the control group (6%. LAA volumes were significantly larger (P<0.001 in both stroke study groups compared to controls patients. To conclude, LAA morphology differed significantly between stroke patients and controls, and single-lobed LAAs were overrepresented and LAA volume was larger in patients with acute ischemic stroke of cryptogenic or suspected cardiogenic etiology.

  17. SOBRE CORPORALIDADE E ESCOLARIZAÇÃO: CONTRIBUIÇÕES PARA A REORIENTAÇÃO DAS PRÁTICAS ESCOLARES DA DISCIPLINA DE EDUCAÇÃO FÍSICA

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    Marcus Aurélio Taborda de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available O presente texto reúne contribuições para o debate sobre a constituição de diretrizes curriculares para o ensino de Educação Física no estado do Paraná. Depois de apresentar o contexto no qual foi gerado – que inclui resultados de debates com professores escolares daquele estado – discute-se uma concepção para a disciplina Educação Física na escola, espaço pedagógico no qual a educação do corpo é protagonista. Dessa forma, é apresentada uma série de conceitos e argumentos em favor da corporalidade como centro articulador das aulas de Educação Física que, por sua vez, podem se organizar em torno de quatro eixos: o corpo que brinca e aprende, potencial expressivo do corpo, desenvolvimento corporal e construção da saúde, relação do corpo com o mundo do trabalho. Argumenta-se, em consonância com o conceito de corporalidade apresentado, por um alargamento da compreensão das práticas corporais que considere elementos para além do movimento corporal.

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

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    Introduction: The efficacy of perioperative statin therapy in decreasing postoperative morbidity in patients undergoing valve replacements and repairs is unknown. The aim of our study was to determine whether or not the literature supports the hypothesis that statins decrease postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF), and hence ...

  19. The left atrial catheter: its uses and complications.

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    Leitman, B S; Naidich, D P; McGuinness, G; McCauley, D I

    1992-11-01

    The authors describe the radiographic appearance of the left atrial catheter, a widely used postsurgical intracardiac device. Recognition of the characteristic appearance of this catheter should be of value in detection of potential complications, including line fracture with resultant retention and/or embolization, infection, prosthetic valve dysfunction, and even cardiac tamponade.

  20. Cancer antigen-125 and risk of atrial fibrillation

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    Cheung, Angel; Gong, Mengqi; Bellanti, Roberto

    2018-01-01

    Background: Cancer antigen-125 (Ca-125) is traditionally recognised as a tumour marker and its role in cardiovascular diseases has been studied only in recent years. Whether Ca-125 is elevated in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and its levels predict the risk of AF remains controversial. T...

  1. 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 o...

  2. Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in a Mission-Assigned Astronaut

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    Bauer, Peter A.; Polk, J. D.

    2010-01-01

    This presentation will explore the clinical and administrative conundrums faced by the flight surgeon upon discovering asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation seven months prior to scheduled long duration spaceflight. The presenter will discuss the decision-making process as well as the clinical and operational outcomes.

  3. Pattern of atrial fibrillation and risk of outcomes

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    Banerjee, Amitava; Taillandier, Sophie; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Risk of stroke and thromboembolism (TE) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is categorised in stroke risk stratification scores. The role of pattern of NVAF in risk prediction is unclear in contemporary 'real world' cohorts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with NVAF...

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

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    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.

  6. 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...

  7. Ganglion Plexus Ablation in Advanced Atrial Fibrillation: The AFACT Study

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    Driessen, Antoine H. G.; Berger, Wouter R.; Krul, Sébastien P. J.; van den Berg, Nicoline W. E.; Neefs, Jolien; Piersma, Femke R.; Chan Pin Yin, Dean R. P. P.; de Jong, Jonas S. S. G.; van Boven, WimJan P.; de Groot, Joris R.

    2016-01-01

    Patients with long duration of atrial fibrillation (AF), enlarged atria, or failed catheter ablation have advanced AF and may require more extensive treatment than pulmonary vein isolation. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of additional ganglion plexus (GP) ablation

  8. Evalutating Inward Rectifier Current Inhibiton for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Ji, Yuan

    2017-01-01

    Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common forms of cardiac arrhythmia and affects a large percentage of the human population, especially in the elderly. Currently, more than 6 million Europeans suffer from AF, and due to ageing this number will at least double in the next 50 years.

  9. 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

  10. Maze Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation, From History to Practice.

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    Kik, Charles; Bogers, Ad J J C

    2011-10-01

    Atrial fibrillation may result in significant symptoms, (systemic) thrombo-embolism, as well as tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy with cardiac failure, and consequently be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Nowadays symptomatic atrial fibrillation can be treated with catheter-based ablation, surgical ablation or hybrid approaches. In this setting a fairly large number of surgical approaches and procedures are described and being practised. It should be clear that the Cox-maze procedure resulted from building up evidence and experience in different steps, while some of the present surgical approaches and techniques are being based only on technical feasibility with limited experience, rather than on a process of consequent methodology. Some of the issues still under debate are whether or not the maze procedure can be limited to the left atrium or even to isolation of the pulmonary veins or that bi-atrial procedures are indicated, whether or not cardiopulmonary bypass is to be applied and which route of exposure facilitates an optimal result. In addition, maze procedures are not procedures guide by electrophysiological mapping. At least in theory not in all patients all lesions of the maze procedures are necessary. A history and aspects of current practise in surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation is presented.

  11. Catheter Ablation of Focal Atrial Tachycardia Using Remote Magnetic Navigation

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    Liu, Xiao-Yu; Jacobsen, Peter Karl; Pehrson, Steen

    2018-01-01

    , a total of 56 atrial foci were found. Acute success of the primary ablation was obtained in 52 patients (98%). Mean procedure duration was 109 ± 35 min, ablation duration was 401 sec (interquartile range [IQR], 332 sec), and fluoroscopy time was 5.0 min (IQR, 3.0 min). After a mean follow-up of 31 ± 18...

  12. Atrial Fibrillation in Lusaka – Pathoaetiology, Pathophysiology and ...

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    functional A-V blocks (see Fuster V et al ). Haemodynamic ... valve disease and left ventricular dysfunction, causes atrial ... to guide management that could reduce or eliminate the occurrence of ..... electromechanical function in AF leads to blood stasis. This, in ..... Initiation After Cardioversion Circulation.;104:802-. 809. 24.

  13. Right atrial hemangioma in the newborn: Utility of fetal imaging

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    Baird, Christopher; Blalock, Shannon; Bengur, Resai; Ikemba, Catherine

    2012-01-01

    We present a rare primary right atrial tumor diagnosed in-utero with fetal echocardiography, and further characterized as a congenital hemangioma with magnetic resonance imaging. Surgical resection was done six days after birth. This case illustrates the complementary roles of evolving advanced imaging techniques for fetuses and infants with congenital heart disease that allows for surgery early in the neonatal period

  14. Management of left atrial myxomas at civil hospital, Karachi

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    Iqbal, M.I.; Khan, A.B.; Aftab, S.; Mahmood, S.A.

    2008-01-01

    To study the outcome of the management of left atrial myxoma. The diagnosis was made according to clinical presentation and echocardiographic examinations. Tumour excised under cardiopulmonary bypass using aortic and bicaval cannulation and moderate hypothermia. Variables noted were surgical approach, pathological findings and complications after surgery. Of the 12 cases, six were male and six female, with a mean age of 33.67+-6.05 years. Fatigue and fever were the most common general symptoms, and dyspnoea the most common cardiologic symptom. The pedunculated atrial tumours were excised by trans-septal approach; tumour size ranged between 1.5x1x0.7 cms to 9x8x6 cms and weight 3-140 gms. Histopathology confirmed the tumours as atrial myxomas. One patient died of cerebrovascular accident on the 3rd postoperative day. So far, there has been no recurrence of the tumours. Surgical treatment with wide excision of left atrial myxomas by trans-septal approach is a suitable approach with negligible chances of recurrence. (author)

  15. 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...

  16. Edoxaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Giugliano, R.P.; Ruff, C.T.; Braunwald, E.; Murphy, S.A.; Wiviott, S.D.; Halperin, J.L.; Waldo, A.L.; Ezekowitz, M.D.; Weitz, J.I.; Spinar, J.; Ruzyllo, W.; Ruda, M.; Koretsune, Y.; Betcher, J.; Shi, M.; Grip, L.T.; Patel, S.P.; Patel, I.; Hanyok, J.J.; Mercuri, M.; Antman, E.M.; Verheugt, F.W.A.; et al.,

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    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

  17. Edoxaban versus Warfarin in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Giugliano, Robert P.; Ruff, Christian T.; Braunwald, Eugene; Murphy, Sabina A.; Wiviott, Stephen D.; Halperin, Jonathan L.; Waldo, Albert L.; Ezekowitz, Michael D.; Weitz, Jeffrey I.; Špinar, Jindřich; Ruzyllo, Witold; Ruda, Mikhail; Koretsune, Yukihiro; Betcher, Joshua; Shi, Minggao; Grip, Laura T.; Patel, Shirali P.; Patel, Indravadan; Hanyok, James J.; Mercuri, Michele; Antman, Elliott M.; Braunwald, E.; Antman, E. M.; Giugliano, R. P.; Ruff, C. T.; Morin, S. E.; Hoffman, E. B.; Murphy, S. A.; Deenadayalu, N.; Grip, L.; Mercuri, M.; Lanz, H.; Patel, I.; Curt, V.; Duggal, A.; Hanyok, J.; Davé, J.; Morgan, D.; Choi, Y.; Shi, M.; Jin, J.; Xie, J.; Crerand, W.; Kappelhof, J.; Maxwell, W.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Z.; de Groot, J. [=Joris R.; de Vos, R.; Hoekstra, J.

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    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

  18. Cardiac Arrhythmia: Atrial Flutter in a Newborn. Case Study

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    T.M. Klimenko

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The article gives case report of rare in neonatal period cardiac arrhythmia — atrial flutter. The disease is one of the manifestations of life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, has no characteristic clinical picture, is diagnosed only by means of an electrocardiogram.

  19. Atrial fibrillation in patients with sick sinus syndrome

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Thomsen, Poul Erik B; Højberg, Søren

    2012-01-01

    between minimal-paced programmed AVI = 100 and >100 ms (median value), respectively (P= 0.60).ConclusionsThe present study indicates that a longer baseline PQ-interval is associated with an increased risk of AF in patients with sick sinus syndrome. Atrial fibrillation burden is not associated...

  20. Management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation in diabetic patients

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

    2017-01-01

    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-AF) Regi...