Sample records for rapid transesophageal atrial

  1. Atrial fibrillation in rats induced by rapid transesophageal atrial pacing during brief episodes of asphyxia: a new in vivo model.

    Haugan, Ketil; Lam, Henrik Rye; Knudsen, Carsten Boye; Petersen, Jørgen Søberg


    Non-pharmacological in vivo models of atrial fibrillation (AF) have been developed in large animals only. We aimed to develop and characterize a new small animal non-pharmacological in vivo model of AF. AF was induced by transesophageal atrial burst pacing during 35 seconds periods of asphyxia in anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats. AF was reproducibly induced in 81% of the rats. The presence of AF was associated with an increased heart rate, and a decreased blood pressure. Treatment with amiodarone, D,L-sotalol, flecainide, and propranolol all reduced duration of AF, whereas verapamil treatment was associated with a marked profibrillatory effect. Increasing gap junction intracellular communication using the antiarrhythmic peptide analogue AAP10 did not affect AF duration. Basal plasma level of epinephrine and norepinephrine were increased 5- to 20-fold relative to values reported by others, but unchanged following 35 seconds of asphyxia. The results from our study demonstrate that the rat model shares several clinical key characteristics with human AF: (1) hemodynamic response to AF; (2) increased autonomic tone; (3) antiarrhythmic effects of clinically used drugs; (4) profibrillatory effect of verapamil. Relative to existing models of AF in larger animals, this model offers rapid, predictive, and inexpensive testing of antiarrhythmic/profibrillatory effects of new drugs.

  2. Atrial fibrillation in rats induced by rapid transesophageal atrial pacing during brief episodes of asphyxia: A new in vivo model

    Haugan, K.; Lam, Henrik Rye; Knudsen, C. B.;


    Non-pharmacological in vivo models of atrial fibrillation (AF) have been developed in large animals only. We aimed to develop and characterize a new small animal non-pharmacological in vivo model of AF. AF was induced by transesophageal atrial burst pacing during 35 seconds periods of asphyxia...... was associated with a marked profibrillatory effect. Increasing gap junction intracellular communication using the antiarrhythmic peptide analogue AAP 10 did not affect AF duration. Basal plasma level of epinephrine and norepinephrine were increased 5- to 20-fold relative to values reported by others......, but unchanged following 35 seconds of asphyxia. The results from our study demonstrate that the rat model shares several clinical key characteristics with human AF: (1) hemodynamic response to AF; (2) increased autonomic tone; (3) antiarrhythmic effects of clinically used drugs; (4) profibrillatory effect...

  3. Impedance to transesophageal atrial pacing: significance regarding power sources.

    Kerr, C R; Chung, D C; Wickham, G; Jameson, M; Vorderbrugge, S


    Transesophageal stimulation is an expeditious method of atrial pacing. Using pulse widths of 10 msec results in reduction of current requirement to values that are usually less than 15 mA. An unknown variable in transesophageal atrial pacing has been impedance. In this study, we investigated the impedance to transesophageal atrial pacing in ten patients using a stimulator with a 63 V power source capable of delivering constant current to 20 mA against an impedance of 2,000 ohms. A bipolar electrode was used to deliver stimuli with a current of 15 mA. Voltage across a known resistance and current were measured on an oscilloscope and the impedance was calculated. Pacing thresholds were also performed and ranged from 6.2 to 16.5 mA (mean 9.4 +/- 2.9 mA, SD). Impedance varied between 720 and 2,670 ohms (mean 1,750 +/- 540 ohms). The stimulator used to measure impedance in man and two other commercially available stimulators were bench tested against known resistances of 500 to 2,000 ohms. The other stimulators with power sources of 12.5 and 15 V had attenuation of the delivered current at resistances of between 1,000 and 2,000 ohms. Thus, this study has demonstrated that transesophageal atrial pacing incurs impedances two to five times greater than incurred with intracardiac pacing leads. Therefore stimulators with high power sources are required to deliver the programmed current against these impedances.

  4. Transesophageal cardioversion of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation using an electric balloon electrode system

    郑方胜; 祁学文; 刘海峰; 康宁宁


    Objective To determine the feasibility and efficiency of terminating atrial flutter (AFL) and atrial fibrillation (AF) using synchronous low-energy shocks delivered through a novel transesophageal electric balloon electrode system.Methods By using a novel electric balloon electrode system, we attempted 91 transesophageal cardioversions in 52 patients, to treat 53 episodes of AFL and 38 episodes of AF.Results Of the 40 patients of AFL that failed to respond to drug therapy, 37 (92.5%) were successfully countershocked to sinus rhythm by transesophageal cardioversion, with a mean energy of (22.70±4.50) J (20-30 J). Of the 19 patients in AF, transesophageal cardioversion was successful in 16 (84.2%) cases, requiring a mean delivered energy of (17.38±8.58) J (3-30 J). There were no complications such as heart block or ventricular fibrillation, and no evidence of esophageal injury. Conclusions Transesophageal cardioversion using an electric balloon electrode system is an effective and feasible method for the treatment of AFL and AF. It requires low energy and no anesthesia, leads to less trauma, and shows a high cardioversion success rate that may prove valuable in the management of tachyarrhythmias.

  5. Left atrial ball thrombus with acute mesenteric ischemia: Anesthetic management and role of transesophageal echocardiography

    Neeti Makhija


    Full Text Available A 62 year old female with severe mitral stenosis, large left atrial ball thrombus and acute mesenteric ischemia emergently underwent mitral valve replacement, left atrial clot removal and emergency laparotomy for mesenteric ischemia. Peri-operative management issues, particularly, the anesthetic challenges and the role of transesophageal echocardiography are discussed.

  6. Off-pump atrial septostomy with thoracoscopic scissors under transesophageal echocardiography guidance

    Raj R Benedict


    Full Text Available Selected children with congenital heart defects undergoing palliative closed heart procedures require a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB run only for the purpose of creating an inter-atrial communication. We report a simple technique of atrial septostomy using thoracoscopy scissors under transesophageal echocardiography guidance without the need for CPB.

  7. Gunshot-Induced Aorto-Left Atrial Fistula Diagnosed by Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

    Nandate, Koichiro; Krishnamoorthy, Vijay; McIntyre, Lisa K; Verrier, Edward D; Mackensen, G Burkhard


    Aorto-left atrial fistula (AAF) is rarely encountered in clinical practice, and the early diagnosis can be very challenging. This report describes a unique case of AAF caused by a gunshot injury and the pivotal role of transesophageal echocardiography for diagnosis and assessment.

  8. Endoscopic Ultrasound for the Detection of Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus: A Useful Technique in Patients with Transesophageal Echocardiography Contraindication

    Jurado-Román, Alfonso; López-Viedma, Bartolomé; Piqueras-Flores, Jesús; López-Lluva, María T.


    Endoscopic ultrasound is a diagnostic and therapeutic technique used in specialized centers for patients that have undergone digestive procedures. This technique enables highly precise real-time imaging of the digestive tract wall and surrounding organs. Endoscopic ultrasound is also useful in patients with cardiovascular diseases such as atrial fibrillation. In patients with contraindication for transesophageal echocardiography due to high risk of esophageal bleeding or complications that may require immediate intervention, endoscopic ultrasound may be a safer option for visualizing atrial chambers to rule out the presence of left atrial appendage thrombi before cardioversion. PMID:27642527

  9. Multiplanar transesophageal echocardiography for the evaluation and percutaneous management of ostium secundum atrial septal defects in the adult.

    Sobrino, Ayax; Basmadjian, Arsène J; Ducharme, Anique; Ibrahim, Reda; Mercier, Lise-Andrée; Pelletier, Guy B; Marcotte, François; Garceau, Patrick; Burelle, Denis; O'Meara, Eileen; Dore, Annie


    The purpose of this paper is to review the usefulness of multiplanar transesophageal echocardiography before, during and after percutaneous transcatheter closure of secundum atrial septal defects. Transesophageal echocardiography imaging techniques,including their role in patient selection, procedural guidance and immediate assessment of technical success and complications are described and discussed in this review. Percutaneous transcatheter closure is indicated for ostium secundum atrial septal defects of less than 40 mm in maximal diameter. The defect must have a favorable anatomy, with adequate rims of at least 5 mm to anchor the prosthesis. Transesophageal echocardiography plays a critical role before the procedure in identifying potential candidates for percutaneous closure and to exclude those with unfavorable anatomy or associated lesions, which could not be addressed percutaneously. Transesophageal echocardiography is also important during the procedure to guide the deployment of the device. After device deployment, the echocardiographer must assess the device (integrity, position and stability), residual shunt, atrio-ventricular valve regurgitation, obstruction to systemic or venous return and pericardial effusion, in order to determine procedural success and diagnose immediate complications.

  10. Endoscopic Ultrasound for the Detection of Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus: A Useful Technique in Patients with Transesophageal Echocardiography Contraindication


    Endoscopic ultrasound is a diagnostic and therapeutic technique used in specialized centers for patients that have undergone digestive procedures. This technique enables highly precise real-time imaging of the digestive tract wall and surrounding organs. Endoscopic ultrasound is also useful in patients with cardiovascular diseases such as atrial fibrillation. In patients with contraindication for transesophageal echocardiography due to high risk of esophageal bleeding or complications that ma...

  11. Impact of electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation on left atrial appendage function and spontaneous echo contrast: characterization by simultaneous transesophageal echocardiography.

    Grimm, R A; Stewart, W J; Maloney, J D; Cohen, G I; Pearce, G L; Salcedo, E E; Klein, A L


    This study assessed the function of the left atrial appendage in the pericardioversion period to gain insights into mechanisms involved in thromboembolism after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. Systemic embolization associated with electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation is thought to originate from the left atrium or left atrial appendage, or both. However, the mechanism involved is poorly understood. We studied left atrial appendage function with transesophageal echocardiography in 20 patients with atrial fibrillation before and after successful electrical cardioversion. We measured left atrial appendage emptying and filling velocities by pulsed wave Doppler echocardiography, characterized Doppler emptying patterns, measured atrial appendage areas and assessed the presence or absence of spontaneous echo contrast or thrombus. Organized left atrial appendage function returned in 16 (80%) of 20 patients immediately after cardioversion. Atrial appendage emptying velocities before cardioversion were greater in patients without (0.39 +/- 0.02 m/s) than in those with (0.25 +/- 0.12 m/s) spontaneous echo contrast (p = 0.045). Furthermore, emptying velocities before cardioversion were significantly greater than late diastolic emptying velocities after cardioversion (0.31 +/- 0.15 vs. 0.14 +/- 0.12 m/s, p = 0.0001), as well as in both the group with (0.25 +/- 0.12 vs. 0.13 +/- 0.13 m/s, p = 0.001) and the group without (0.39 +/- 0.02 vs. 0.15 +/- 0.12 m/s, p = 0.01) spontaneous echo contrast. In addition, left atrial and atrial appendage spontaneous echo contrast developed in 4 of 20 patients and increased in intensity in 3 of 20 patients in the immediate postcardioversion period. Organized left atrial appendage function returns in most patients immediately after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. However, its function is impaired compared with that before cardioversion. Furthermore, spontaneous echo contrast increased in 7 (35%) of 20 patients after

  12. Characterization of the left atrial vortex flow by two-dimensional transesophageal contrast echocardiography using particle image velocimetry.

    Park, Kyu-Hwan; Son, Jang-Won; Park, Won-Jong; Lee, Sang-Hee; Kim, Ung; Park, Jong-Seon; Shin, Dong-Gu; Kim, Young-Jo; Choi, Jung-Hyun; Houle, Helene; Vannan, Mani A; Hong, Geu-Ru


    This article is the first clinical investigation of the quantitative left atrial (LA) vortex flow by two-dimensional (2-D) transesophageal contrast echocardiography (2-D-TECE) using vector particle image velocimetry (PIV). The aims of this study were to assess the feasibility of LA vortex flow analysis and to characterize and quantify the LA vortex flow in controls and in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty-five controls and 30 patients with AF underwent transesophageal contrast echocardiography. The velocity vector was estimated by particle image velocimetry. The morphology and pulsatility of the LA vortex flow were compared between the control and AF groups. In all patients, quantitative LA vortex flow analysis was feasible. In the control group, multiple, pulsatile, compact and elliptical-shaped vortices were seen in the periphery of the LA. These vortices were persistently maintained and vectors were directed toward the atrioventricular inflow. In the AF group, a large, merged, lower pulsatile and round-shaped vortex was observed in the center of the LA. In comparisons of vortex parameters, the relative strength was significantly lower in the AF group (1.624 ± 0.501 vs. 2.105 ± 0.226, p < 0.001). It is feasible to characterize and quantify the LA vortex flow by transesophageal contrast echocardiography in patients with AF, which offers a new method to obtain additional information on LA hemodynamics. The approach has the potential for early detection of the LA dysfunction and in decisions regarding treatment strategy and guiding anticoagulation treatment in patients with AF.

  13. The Value of 3D Printing Models of Left Atrial Appendage Using Real-Time 3D Transesophageal Echocardiographic Data in Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: Applications toward an Era of Truly Personalized Medicine.

    Liu, Peng; Liu, Rijing; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Yingfeng; Tang, Xiaoming; Cheng, Yanzhen


    The objective of this study was to assess the clinical feasibility of generating 3D printing models of left atrial appendage (LAA) using real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) data for preoperative reference of LAA occlusion. Percutaneous LAA occlusion can effectively prevent patients with atrial fibrillation from stroke. However, the anatomical structure of LAA is so complicated that adequate information of its structure is essential for successful LAA occlusion. Emerging 3D printing technology has the demonstrated potential to structure more accurately than conventional imaging modalities by creating tangible patient-specific models. Typically, 3D printing data sets are acquired from CT and MRI, which may involve intravenous contrast, sedation, and ionizing radiation. It has been reported that 3D models of LAA were successfully created by the data acquired from CT. However, 3D printing of the LAA using real-time 3D TEE data has not yet been explored. Acquisition of 3D transesophageal echocardiographic data from 8 patients with atrial fibrillation was performed using the Philips EPIQ7 ultrasound system. Raw echocardiographic image data were opened in Philips QLAB and converted to 'Cartesian DICOM' format and imported into Mimics® software to create 3D models of LAA, which were printed using a rubber-like material. The printed 3D models were then used for preoperative reference and procedural simulation in LAA occlusion. We successfully printed LAAs of 8 patients. Each LAA costs approximately CNY 800-1,000 and the total process takes 16-17 h. Seven of the 8 Watchman devices predicted by preprocedural 2D TEE images were of the same sizes as those placed in the real operation. Interestingly, 3D printing models were highly reflective of the shape and size of LAAs, and all device sizes predicted by the 3D printing model were fully consistent with those placed in the real operation. Also, the 3D printed model could predict operating difficulty and the

  14. [Constant-frequency trans-esophageal electric atrial stimulation for evaluation of the severity of illness in patients with stenocardia and the anti-angina effect of erinit].

    Gasilin, V S; Sidorenko, B A; Lazarev, I A; Smirnov, M Iu


    Constant-frequency transesophageal atrial pacing was used in 87 patients with coronary heart disease concurrent with stable angina pectoris of various functional classes (I-IV). This technique, as a bicycle ergometric test, allows one to assess the functional class of patients with angina and to ascertain the antianginal effect of agents, which was exemplified by erinit given in doses of 80 and 120 mg.

  15. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography with agitated saline injection to differentiate between atrial septal defects and echo drop-out artifacts.

    Alherbish, Aws; Shanks, Miriam; Choy, Jonathan


    The diagnosis of multiple atrial septal defects is less challenging with 3-D transesophageal echocardiography. However, the common occurrence of echo drop-out (acoustic shadow) artifacts with 3-D echocardiography can make the differentiation between a second defect and an artifact challenging. Agitated saline injection with direct visualization using 3-D echocardiography can help resolve this by allowing visualization of the bubbles crossing from true defects.

  16. [Value and indications of transesophageal echocardiography before cardioversion of atrial fibrillation].

    Lesbre, J P


    Transoesophageal echocardiography is essential for the diagnosis of left atrial thrombosis and its precursors (dense spontaneous contrast--reduced auricular emptying velocities) and for the diagnosis of complex aortic atheroma. The sensitivity and specificity of transoesophageal echocardiography for the diagnosis of left atrial thrombus are about 100% and about 90% for that of aortic atheroma. The formal indications for transoesophageal echocardiography before cardioversion are: atrial fibrillation complicated by stroke or a recent systemic embolism: atrial fibrillation complicated by mitral valve disease as the thrombo-embolic risk is major in this context: atrial fibrillation with a high thromboembolic risk: a history of stroke, presence of cardiac failure, diabetes, permanent hypertension, a very dilated left atrium (> or = 50 mm): apparently isolated atrial fibrillation for which long term anticoagulant therapy is hoped to be avoided. On the other hand, in recent, uncomplicated, non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a common fallacy should be corrected: transoesophageal echocardiography does not improve the safety of electrical cardioversion. With similar durations of prior anticoagulant therapy. Over a 3 week period, the frequency of thromboembolic complications is the same whether or not transoesophageal echocardiography is performed before cardioversion (0.8% in both groups of the SEIDL study). With short periods of anticoagulant therapy before cardioversion, there is a higher thromboembolic complication and mortality rate (ACUTE study). The safety of cardioversion is not related to the practice of prior transoesophageal echocardiography but to strict and efficacious anticoagulation for a period of 3 weeks before cardioversion.

  17. Roles of real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in peri-operation of transcatheter left atrial appendage closure

    Zhou, Qing; Song, Hongning; Zhang, Lan; Deng, Qing; Chen, Jinling; Hu, Bo; Wang, Yijia; Guo, Ruiqiang


    Abstract Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is a new treatment option for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Conventional 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (2D TEE) has some limitations in the imaging assessment of LAA closure. Real-time 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D TEE) allows for detailed morphologic assessment of the LAA. In this study, we aim to determine the clinical values of RT-3D TEE in the periprocedure of LAA closure. Thirty-eight persistent or paroxysmal AF patients with indications for LAA closure were enrolled in this study. RT-3D TEE full volume data of the LAA were recorded before operation to evaluate the anatomic feature, the landing zone dimension, and the depth of the LAA. On this basis, selection of LAA closure device was carried out. During the procedure, RT-3D TEE was applied to guide the interatrial septal puncture, device operation, and evaluate the occlusion effects. The patients were follow-up 1 month and 3 months postclosure. Twenty-eight (73.7%) patients with AF received placement of LAA occlusion device under RT-3D TEE. Eleven cases with single-lobe LAAs were identified using RT-3D TEE, among which 4 showed limited depth. Seventeen cases showed bilobed or multilobed LAA. Seven cases received LAA closure using Lefort and 21 using LAmbre based on the 3D TEE and radiography. The landing zone dimension of the LAA measured by RT-3D TEE Flexi Slice mode was better correlated with the device size used for occlusion (r = 0.90) than 2D TEE (r = 0.88). The interatial septal puncture, the exchange of the sheath, as well as the release of the device were executed under the guidance of RT-3D TEE during the procedure. The average number of closure devices utilized for optimal plugging was (1.11 ± 0.31). There were no clinically unacceptable residual shunts, pericardial effusion, or tamponade right after occlusion. All the patients had the device well

  18. Descending aortic mechanics and atrial fibrillation: a two-dimensional speckle tracking transesophageal echocardiography study.

    Teixeira, Rogério; Monteiro, Ricardo; Dinis, Paulo; Santos, Maria José; Botelho, Ana; Quintal, Nuno; Cardim, Nuno; Gonçalves, Lino


    Vascular mechanics assessed with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) could be used as a new imaging surrogate of vascular stiffening. The CHA2DS2-VASc score is considered accurate as an estimate of stroke risk in non-valvular AF, although many potential stroke risk factors have not been included in this scoring method. The purpose of this research is to study the feasibility of evaluating vascular mechanics at the descending aorta in non-valvular AF patients using transesophageal 2D-STE and to analyze the association between descending aortic mechanics and stroke. We prospectively recruited a group of 44 patients referred for a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in the context of cardioversion for non-valvular AF. A short-axis view of the descending aorta, one to two centimeters after the aortic arch was selected for the vascular mechanics assessment with the 2D-STE methodology. The vascular mechanics parameters analyzed were circumferential aortic strain (CAS) and early circumferential aortic strain rate (CASR). A clinical assessment was performed with focus on the past stroke history and the CHA2DS2-VASc score. The mean age of our cohort was 65 ± 13 years and 75% were men; AF was known for 2.8 ± 2.5 years and it was considered paroxystic in 41% of cases. Waveforms adequate for measuring 2D-STE were present in 85% of the 264 descending aortic wall segments. The mean CAS was 3.5 ± 1.2% and the mean CASR was 0.7 ± 0.3 s(-1). The inter- and intra-observer variability for aortic mechanics was considered adequate. The median CHA2DS2VASc score was 2 (2-3). As the score increased we noted that both the CAS (r = -0.38, P = 0.01) and the CASR (r = -0.42, P mechanics assessed with transesophageal 2D-STE.

  19. Measurement of Atrial Septal Defect Size: A Comparative Study between Transesophageal Echocardiography and Balloon Occlusive Diameter Method

    Bahareh Eslami


    Full Text Available Background: Transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect secundum (ASD-II has become an alternative method for surgery. We sought to compare the two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE method for measuring atrial septal defect with balloon occlusive diameter (BOD in transcatheter ASD-II closure.Methods: A total of 39 patients (71.1% female, mean age: 35.31 ± 15.37 years who underwent successful transcatheter closure of ASD-II between November 2005 and July 2008 were enrolled in this study. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE and TEE were performed to select suitable cases for device closure and measure the defect size before the procedure, and BOD measurement was performed during catheterization via TEE. The final size of the selected device was usually either equal to or 1 – 2 mm larger than the BOD of the defect.Results: The mean defect size obtained by TEE and BOD was 18.50 ± 5.08 mm and 22.86 ± 4.76 mm, respectively. The mean difference between the values of ASD size obtained by TEE and BOD was 4.36 ± 2.93 mm. In comparison with BOD, TEE underestimated the defect size in 94.9%, but TEE value being equal to BOD was observed in 5.1%. There was a good linear correlation between the two measurements: BOD = 0.773 × ASD size by TEE+8.562; r2 = 67.9.1%. A negative correlation was found between TEE sizing and the difference between BOD and TEE values (r = -0.394, p value = 0.013.Conclusion: In this study, BOD was larger than ASD size obtained by two-dimensional TEE. However, TEE maximal defect sizing correlates with BOD and may provide credible information in device size selection for transcatheter ASD closure.

  20. Stress echocardiography in octogenarians: transesophageal atrial pacing is accurate, safe, and well tolerated.

    Kobal, Sergio L; Pollick, Charles; Atar, Shaul; Miyamoto, Takashi; Aslanian, Noune; Neuman, Yoram; Tolstrup, Kirsten; Naqvi, Tasneem Z; Luo, Huai; Macrum, Bruce; Siegel, Robert J


    The feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of transesophageal pacing stress echocardiography for detection of inducible myocardial ischemia were evaluated in 161 patients 80 years of age or older (mean 84 +/- 3.9, range 80-97). The pacing time was 5.5 +/- 2.5 minutes with a total test time of 37 +/- 7 minutes. The mean achieved heart rate was 96 +/- 7% (83%-121%) of maximum predicted with an average rate pressure product of 21,560 +/- 5175 beats/min x mm Hg. There were minor adverse events in 8% of cases and no major complications occurred. Patient acceptance was high. When compared with myocardial single photon emission computed tomography, pacing stress echocardiography had a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 93% for the detection of myocardial ischemia, and 91% agreement (kappa = 0.80, P < .001). We demonstrate that pacing stress echocardiography is safe and accurate for detection of myocardial ischemia and, thus, a reliable substitute to exercise and pharmacologic stress testing in octogenarians.

  1. Atrial Septal Aneurysm and Patent Foramen Ovale as Risk Factors for Cryptogenic Stroke in Patients Less Than 55 Years of Age: A Study using Transesophageal Echocardiography

    Cabanes, L.; Mas, J. L.; Cohen, A.; Amarenco, P.; Cabanes, P. A.; Oubary, P.; Chedru, F.; Guerin, F.; Bousser, M. G.; deRecondo, J.


    Background and Purpose: An association between atrial septal aneurysm and embolic events has been suggested. Atrial septal aneurysm has been shown to be associated with patent foramen ovale and,.in some reports, with mitral valve prolapse. These two latter cardiac disorder; have been identified as potential risk factors for ischemic stroke. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the role of atrial septal aneurysm as an independent risk factor for stroke, especially for cryptogenic stroke. Methods: We studied the prevalence of atrial septal aneurysm, patent foramen ovale, and mitral valve prolapse in 100 consecutive patients patent foramen ovale relied on transesophageal echocardiography with a contrast study and that of mitral valve prolapse, on two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography. Results: Stepwise logistic regression analysis showed that atrial septal aneurysm (odds ratio, 4.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.3 to 14.6; P=.01) and patent foramen ovale (odds ratio, 3.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.5 to 10; P=.003) but not mitral valve prolapse were significantly associated with the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke. The stroke odds of a patient with both atrial septal aneurysm and patent foramen ovale were 33.3 times (95% confidence interval, 4.1 to 270) the stroke odds of a patient with neither of these cardiac disorders. For a patient with atrial septal aneurysm of >lo-mm excursion, the stroke odds were approximately 8 times the stroke odds of a patient with atrial septal aneurysm of patent foramen ovale are both significantly associated with cryptogenic stroke and that their association has a marked synergistic effect. Atrial septal aneurysms of >lo-mm excursion are associated with a higher risk of stroke. (Stroke. 1993;24:1865-1873.) KEY WORDS aneurysm echocardiography foramen ovale, patent mitral valve prolapse o young adults

  2. Integrin β1 Participates in Atrial Remodeling in Rapid Atrial Pacing Induced Canine Atrial Fibrillation Model

    Zhang wei; Yang guirong; Zheng zhaotong; Wang sujia; Zhang yun


    @@ Objective Integrin β1 regulates cell to cell and cell to extracellualr matrix interaction in heart. however, its pathop hysiological role in atrial fibrillation is unclear. The purpose of t his study was to determine whether atrial structural remodeling during atrial fibrillation is associated with altered integrinβ1.

  3. The transesophageal echo probe may contribute to esophageal injury after catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation under general anesthesia: a preliminary observation.

    Kumar, Saurabh; Brown, Gregor; Sutherland, Fiona; Morgan, John; Andrews, David; Ling, Liang-Han; McLELLAN, Alex J A; Lee, Geoffrey; Robinson, Timothy; Heck, Patrick; Halloran, Karen; Morton, Joseph; Kistler, Peter; Kalman, Jonathan M; Sparks, Paul B


    The transesophageal echo probe (TEE) is commonly used before and during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation under general anesthesia (GA). We sought to determine the potential contribution of the TEE probe to esophageal injury after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone for paroxysmal AF. Seventy-six patients undergoing PVI with TEE, PVI/TEE, 16 undergoing PVI without TEE (PVI/No TEE), and 27 undergoing TEE without any left atrial ablation (TEE/No LA ablation) under GA were included. Posterior wall ablation was power (20-25 W) and time limited (electrogram attenuation or ≤30 s). Esophageal capsule endoscopy (n = 206) was performed pre- and post-procedure and at 2 weeks. Esophageal lesions were seen in 30% of PVI/TEE, 0% of patients in the PVI/No TEE (P = 0.009), and 22% of TEE/No LA ablation groups (P = 0.47 vs. PVI/TEE). There were no instances of esophageal bleeding, perforation, or need for gastrointestinal intervention. Self-resolving dysphagia was the only reported symptom (5%). All lesions healed within 2 weeks. There was no significant difference in the location or morphological appearance of esophageal lesions seen in the PVI/TEE versus TEE/No LA ablation groups. Esophageal lesions were seen in 30% of patients undergoing PVI alone under GA with use of TEE and in a similar proportion (22%) of patients undergoing TEE in the absence of left atrial ablation. This study makes the preliminary observation that one must be cognizant of the TEE probe as a potential contributor to esophageal injury after AF ablation. Larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Long-term follow-up after left atrial appendage occlusion with comparison of transesophageal echocardiography versus computed tomography to guide medical therapy and data about postclosure cardioversion.

    Berte, Benjamin; Jost, Christine Attenhofer; Maurer, Dominik; Fäh-Gunz, Anja; Pillois, Xavier; Naegeli, Barbara; Pfyffer, Monica; Sütsch, Gabor; Scharf, Christoph


    The use of left atrial appendage (LAA) occluders in atrial fibrillation is increasing. There are few data on the comparison between transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and computed tomography (MDCT) assessing peridevice flow and outcome of electrical cardioversion (ECV) in these patients. Single-center prospective registry from 2009 to 2015 including all LAA occluders to analyze success and complications during implantation and follow-up. Patients having ≥1 ECV were further analyzed. TEE was performed during implantation and at 6 weeks. In a subgroup of 77 patients, we compared MDCT with TEE at 6 weeks. Overall, 135 patients (69 ± 9 years; 70% male; CHA2 DS2 -VASc score: 3.6 ± 1.4; HAS-BLED score: 2.5 ± 0.6) received a LAA occluder (Watchman, n = 73; ACP-1, n = 59; Amulet, n = 3; PVI + LAA occluder, n = 91; and LAA occluder only, n = 44). Device implantation was successful in 131 (97%). Eight patients (5.9%) had major periprocedural complications (ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attacks, n = 4, tamponade, n = 2, device thrombosis, n = 2, Dressler syndrome, n = 1). The periprocedural complication rate was similar between concomitant procedure and LAA occluder only (8/91 vs. 5/44; P = 0.6). Twelve patients (9%) died (procedure-related, n = 2; 1%) during follow-up of 44 months (IQR: 43). MDCT (n = 77) at 6 weeks showed similar peridevice flow compared to TEE (TEE: 1.5 ± 1.9 mm vs. MDCT: 1.1 ± 2.2 mm, P = 0.25). Thromboembolic events occurred in 3 patients (CVA, n = 1; TIA, n = 2) during follow-up. In total, 41 ECV were performed in 26 patients (1.6 ± 0.9/patient), 13 months (IQR: 24) after implantation (<1 month: n = 8). No ECV-related clinical complications were observed. LAA occlusion is feasible with an acceptable safety profile and few events during long-term follow-up. ECV after LAA occlusion is feasible. MDCT could help to evaluate peridevice flow. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Atrial Ectopics Precipitating Atrial Fibrillation

    Johnson Francis


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

  6. 老年阵发性室上速食道调搏与药物复律的比较%Comparison of Cardioversion between by Transesophageal Atrial Pacing and Drug in Elderly Patients with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia

    胡司淦; 徐玮; 王本芳; 蔡鑫


    目的 对比观察老年阵发性室上性心动过速(paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia,PSVT)患者通过食道心房调搏(transesophageal atrial pacing,TEAP)与药物复律的效果.方法 45例老年PSVT患者心动过速发作时分别应用TEAP和药物终止PSVT发作,观察心动过速的终止方式、终止时间及并发症的发生情况.TEAP终止PSVT发作采用超速刺激,药物复律采用ATP、心律平及可达龙.结果 TEAP组患者心动过速终止时间(2~30 s)少于药物组(5 s~10h).TEAP组PSVT终止率(100%)高于药物组终止率(94.7%),无统计学意义(P>0.05).药物组患者窦性停搏、低血压并发症高于TEAP组(P<0.05).复律后早搏及胸痛等并发症两组无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 老年PSVT患者特别是合并器质性心脏病患者首选TEAP术终止心动过速发作.通过TEAP电生理检查能明确心律失常类型,具有安全性高、创伤小及快速终止优点.%Objective To compare the efficacy of cardioveision in elderly patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycar-dia(PSVT) by transesophageal atrial pacing (TEAP) and drug. Methods 45 elderly patients with PSVT were applied respectively TEAP and drug to terminate tachycardia, the tachycardia termination mode, termination time and complications were observed. TEAP terminated PSVT using overdrive stimulation. Pharmacologic cardioversion using ATP,propafenone and amiodarone. Results The time of tachycardia termination in TEAP group(2 -30 seconds) was less than that in drug group(5 second - 10 hours). PSVT termination rate in group of TEAP( 100% ) were higher than that in drug group termination rate(94. 7% ) ,P > 0.05. The sinus arrest and hypotension complications in drug group were higher than those in TEAP group ( P < 0. 05 ). Premature beat,chest pain and other complications in the two groups were not statistically significant(P >0.05). Conclusion The TEAP was preferred to terminate tachycardia in elderly

  7. Molecular mechanisms of early atrial remodeling by rapid atrial pacing in rabbits


    Objective: To establish a rabbit atrial fibrillation model with rapid atrial pacing (RAP) and investigate its ultrastructural changes and expressions of L-type calcium channel subunits and potassium channel Ky4.3. Methods: Thirty-six rabbits were performed electrical stimulation through bipolar endocardial led by surgical technique, 600 beat per min from 0 to 48 h. Atrial ultrastructure was observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) after different pacing times. mRNA were measured by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results: Atrial ultrastructure had alteration after 3 hours' pacing, such as mitochondria vacuolization, myofilament lysis and glucogen aggregation. The mRNA of the Ca2+ channel β1 and α1 subunits began to decrease after pacing of 6 h, which were paralleled with the change of Kv4.3 mRNA. But the auxiliary subunit α2 were not affected. Conclusion: Ultrastructural changes and mRNA levels of L-type calcium channel subunits and potassium channel Kv4.3 are decreased after RAP, with a mechanism of transcriptional down-regulation of underlying ion channels due to calcium overloading after RAP.

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

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


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

  9. Intra-atrial reentry as a mechanism for atrial flutter induced by acetylcholine and rapid pacing in the dog.

    Allessie, M A; Lammers, W J; Bonke, I M; Hollen, J


    In the isolated blood-perfused canine heart we produced episodes of rapid atrial flutter by continuous infusion of acetylcholine and rapid pacing. The spread of excitation during atrial flutter was mapped with the aid of two endocavitary mapping electrodes containing 960 leads and recording from 192 different sites simultaneously. The flutter maps clearly showed that intra-atrial reentry was the mechanism responsible for the arrhythmia. However, the localization and size of the intra-atrial circuits differed from case to case even in the same heart. The orifices of the venae cavae or the atrioventricular ring did not serve as a central anatomic obstacle for circus movement. We also failed to identify a special role of the internodal pathways in the formation of the loop. Instead, the intra-atrial circuits could be found everywhere, provided sufficient atrial mass was available to accommodate the circuit. The diameter of the circuits varied between 1.5 and 3 cm at a cycle length between 65 and 155 msec. The average conduction velocity of the circulating impulse varied between 60 and 80 cm/sec. Spontaneous termination of atrial flutter frequently occurred and was based on local conduction block in a narrow part of the circuit. Another interesting aspect of these studies is the finding that during continuous circus movement of the impulse, the amount of myocardium that is activated may vary considerably. This marked periodicity in excited tissue mass during atrial flutter could adequately explain the continuously undulating baseline or typical sawtoothlike F waves as seen in the surface electrocardiogram during atrial flutter.

  10. A rare large right atrial myxoma with rapid growth rate.

    Kelly, Shawn C; Steffen, Kelly; Stys, Adam T


    Atrial myxomas are the most common benign intracavitary cardiac neoplasms. They most frequently occur in the left atrium. Right atrial tumors are rare, comprising 20 percent of myxomas achieving an incidence of 0.02 percent. Due to their rarity, right atrial tumor development and associated clinical symptoms has not been well described. The classical clinical triad for the presentation of left atrial myxomas--heart failure, embolic events, and constitutional symptoms--may not be applicable to right sided tumors. Also, natural development of myxoma is not well described, as surgical resection is the common practice. Previously ascribed growth rates of myxomas refer mostly to left atrial ones, as right atrial tumors are rare. We present a case of right atrial myxoma with growth rates exceeding those previously described.

  11. Elderly Sinus Bradycardia in Patients with Dynamic ECG and Transesophageal Atrial Pacing in the Determination of the Evaluation of Sinus node Function%老年窦性心动过缓患者应用动态心电图与经食管心房调搏测定窦房结功能的评价



      目的:评价动态心电图与经食管心房调搏对老年窦性心动过缓患者进行窦房结功能测定的价值。方法:对84例常规心电图诊断为窦性心动过缓的老年患者,行动态心电图检查,根据患者动态心电图R-R最长间期是否>2s,分为R-R最长间期≥2s组和R-R最长间期 2s, divided into RR longest interval ≥ 2s group and RR longest interval <2s group, the above two groups of patients by transesophageal atrial pacing and related indicators of the two checks for statistical analysis. Results:ambulatory electrocardiogram RR longest of≥2s group and<2s-group comparison of sinus node recovery time (SNRT), corrected sinus node recovery time (CSNRT), sinoatrial conduction time (SACT) was significantly prolonged, the most fast heart rate and the slowest heart rate was significantly lower, transesophageal atrial pacing CSNRT and SACT ambulatory electrocardiogram longest RR interval, respectively, the fastest heart rate, the slowest heart rate, there is a significant positive correlation. Conclusion: Dynamic ECG and transesophageal atrial pacing checks can better reflect the sinus node function, transesophageal atrial pacing CSNRT SACT and dynamic ECG longest R-R interval, the fastest heart rate, the slowest heart rate between obvious;for elderly patients with sinus bradycardia, dynamic ECG longest R-R interval, the fastest heart rate, the slowest heart rate on sinus node function screening.

  12. Efficacy and safety of intravenous dofetilide for rapid termination of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

    Kingma, JH; Crijns, HJGM; Dunselman, PHJM


    Dofetilide may be advantageous in terminating atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (AFl) when there are contraindications for class I drugs (left ventricular dysfunction and/or manifest myocardial ischemia) and beta blockers. In particular, its successful outcome in usually drug-resistant AFl is promi

  13. Transesophageal echocardiogram causing denture dislodgement with upper airway partial obstruction.

    Ahmed, Najeeb; Shaikh, Azim


    A 30-year-old female was evaluated with transesophageal echocardiography to exclude an atrial septal defect. The patient denied having dentures or partial dentures during her pre-procedure history and immediately prior to the procedure. Following the transesophageal echocardiography it was discovered that the patient had a partial airway obstruction caused by dislodgement of her partial dentures. The case illustrates the importance of not only asking patients if they have dentures, partial dentures, or any dental appliances, but also manually checking and directly looking into patients' mouths prior to transesophageal echocardiography for any dental appliances.

  14. Effects of Bepridil on Atrial Electrical Remodeling in Short-Term Rapid Pacing

    Hiroto Tsuchiya, MD


    Conclusions: Bepridil prevented the shortening of the ERP and MAPD90 induced by rapid atrial pacing in the acute phase. The results of this study might explain the efficacy of bepridil for preventing the recurrence of paroxysmal AF.

  15. Incremental Value of Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography over the Two-Dimensional Technique in the Assessment of a Thrombus in Transit through a Patent Foramen Ovale.

    Thind, Munveer; Ahmed, Mustafa I; Gok, Gulay; Joson, Marisa; Elsayed, Mahmoud; Tuck, Benjamin C; Townsley, Matthew M; Klas, Berthold; McGiffin, David C; Nanda, Navin C


    We report a case of a right atrial thrombus traversing a patent foramen ovale into the left atrium, where three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography provided considerable incremental value over two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in its assessment. As well as allowing us to better spatially characterize the thrombus, three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography provided a more quantitative assessment through estimation of total thrombus burden.

  16. Effects of Amiodarone plus Losartan on Electrical Remodeling in Rapid Atrial Pacing in Rabbits

    Liye Wei; Yue Xia; Guoqing Qi; Qingwen Zhang


    Objectives To investigate the electrical remodeling and the effects of amiodarone and losartan on electrical remode-ling in rapid atrial pacing on rabbit model. Methods 40 normal rabbits were randomly divided into 4 groups: the sa-line group (control group), amiodarone group, losartan group, ami + los group. All rabbits were raised drugs in a week. The atrial effective refractory period (AERP) was measured. Then, take a rapid atrial pacing (600 bpm) and the AERP was measured after 0. 5, 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours pacing and 30 minutes after the termination of rapid pacing. Results ① In control group, after 8 hours rapid pacing, AERP 200 and AERP 150 were significantly shortened 16. 11%± 3. 1% (P <0. 01) and 9. 99%±4. 2% (P <0. 01). And the degree of AERP shortening induced by rapid pacing was greater at basic cycle lengths of 200 ms (BCL200) than that at BCL150. The AERP of amiodarone, losartan group and anti + los group were not shortened during rapid pacing.② In the control group, after the termination of rapid pacing, the AERP gradually increased. The AERP at all of the BCLS examined recovered to almost the 95.78% and 96. 76% of baseline values within the first 10 minutes and recovered to almost the 99. 07% and 99. 39% of baseline values within the first 30 minutes. Condusions Short-term atrial rapid pacing can induce the atrial electrical remodeling. Amiodarone and losartan can prevent the electrical remodeling.

  17. Detection of Rapid Atrial Arrhythmias in SQUID Magnetocardiography

    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)


    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.

  18. Usefulness of intravenously administered fluid replenishment for detection of patent foramen ovale by transesophageal echocardiography.

    Afonso, Luis; Kottam, Anupama; Niraj, Ashutosh; Ganguly, Joya; Hari, Pawan; Simegn, Mengistu; Sudhakar, Rajeev; Jacob, Sony; Chaturvedi, Seemant; Ensing, Greg J; Abraham, Theodore P


    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is associated with cryptogenic stroke, migraine headache, decompression sickness, and platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome. Patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography are often hypovolemic from preprocedural fasting and might not demonstrate right to left shunting owing to insufficient right atrial pressure generation, despite provocative maneuvers. We hypothesized that volume replenishment with saline loading could potentially unmask a PFO by favorably modulating the interatrial pressure gradient. Our study sought to examine the role of pre- or intraprocedural intravenous fluid replenishment on PFO detection during transesophageal echocardiography. A total of 103 patients were enrolled. An initial series of bubble injections was performed unprovoked and then with provocative maneuvers such as the Valsalva maneuver and coughing. The patients were then given a rapid 500 ml saline bolus, and the same sequence of bubble injections was repeated. The presence, type, and magnitude of the right to left shunts were noted before and after the saline bolus. The detection rate of PFO increased from 10.6% to 26.2% after saline loading without any provocative maneuvers. When combined with provocative maneuvers (Valsalva or cough), saline loading improved the detection rate from 17.4% to 32.0%. Overall, from amongst the 103 enrolled patients, saline bolusing resulted in a de novo diagnosis of PFO in 15 patients, atrial septal aneurysm in 15, PFO coexisting with an atrial septal aneurysm in 10, and pulmonary arteriovenous fistula in 5 patients. In conclusion, saline infusion in appropriately selected patients during transesophageal echocardiography significantly enhances the detection of PFOs and pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas.

  19. Effect of nifekalant on acute electrical remodelling in rapid atrial pacing canine model

    TANG Min; ZHANG Shu; SUN Qi; HUA Wei; HUANG Cong-xin


    Background Nifekalant may prevent atrial fibrillation (AF) and possibly be useful in treatment of atrial tachyarrhythmia in patients with severe heart failure. This study investigated the electophysiologic effect of nifekalant on the acute atrial remodeling in rapid atrial pacing (RAP) model of canine.Methods Twelve mongrel dogs subjected to rapid stimulation (400 beats/min) at left atrial appendage (LAA)for 24 hours, were randomized into the control group (rapid pacing only, n=6) and the nifekalant group (intravenous nifekalant therapy immediately after RAP, n=6). Atrial electrophysiological parameters were measured in right atrium, coronary sinus, LAA, posterior wall of left atrium (PWLA) and left superior pulmonary vein (LSPV), before and after the RAP.Results In the control group, the effective refractory periods (ERP) were shortened greatly at all sites, paced dogs had substantially shorter ERPs in the high right atrium, LAA, and LSPV, but fewer changes in the PWLA,the coefficient variation of ERP (COV ERP) was increased significantly. After rapid atrial stimulation, the inducibility of AF increased significantly [induction number: pre-RAP vs post-RAP, 1.00± 0.89 vs 8.17 ± 2.79,P<0.01; duration of AF: pre-RAP vs post-RAP, (450.34± 362.59) ms vs (9975.77 ±4376.99) ms, P<0.01]. In the nifekalant group, although the ERPs were prolonged at all sites compared with those in pre-RAP state, only the value at LSPV differed significantly from that in pre-RAP state [pre-RAP vs post-RAP, (102.50±5.24) ms vs (132.51 ±5.20) ms, P<0.01]; the COV ERP did not change statistically in this group. The inducibility of AF slightly increased but insignificantly after pacing [induction number: pre-RAP vs post-RAP, 0.83 ±0.75 vs 1.67±0.82, P=0.19; duration of AF: pre-RAP vs post-RAP, (378.67±317.88) ms vs (1124.08±1109.77) ms,P=0.06]. Conduction time values did not alter significantly in either of the two groups after RAP.Conclusions In canine RAP model, nifekalant

  20. Effect of Low-level Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Cardiac Remodeling in a Rapid Atrial Pacing-induced Canine Model of Atrial Fibrillation.

    Lu, Yanmei; Sun, Juan; Zhou, Xianhui; Zhang, Ling; Ma, Mei; Tang, Baopeng


    The aim of this study was to establish a rapid atrial pacing-induced canine model of atrial fibrillation in studying the effects of low-level vagus nerve stimulation (LLVNS) on atrial fibrillation and the underlying mechanisms for those effects. Adult beagle dogs were randomly assigned to 3 groups: a sham operation group (sham group), a fast left atrial appendage 12-hour pacing group (pacing group), and a 12-hour pacing + LLVNS group (LLVNS group). All dogs underwent tests for their left and right atrial effective refractory period at various time points, after which they were killed, and samples of atrial and anterior right ganglionated plexi tissue were removed and microscopically examined. As pacing times increased, the mean effective refractory period in the pacing group became significantly shortened. The pacing group and the LLVNS group did show significant differences (P nerve growth factor and neurturin (NRTN) in the sham group and the LLVNS group were lower than those in the pacing group (nerve growth factor in 3 groups were (36.35 ± 6.18) × 1000, (86.35 ± 5.63) × 1000, and (40.50 ± 7.24) × 1000 μm²/mm², P nerves.

  1. Rapid slowing of the atrial fibrillatory rate after administration of AZD7009 predicts conversion of atrial fibrillation

    Aunes, Maria; Egstrup, Kenneth; Frison, Lars


    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...

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

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


    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.......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....

  3. 食管心房调搏宽 QRS 波与隐性心室预激的相关性%The correlation between wide QRS of transesophageal atrial pacing and implicit ventricular pre-excitation

    徐金义; 吴蕊; 王庆义; 王文涛; 李涵


    Objective To explore the correlation between wide QRS of transesophageal atrial pacing (TEAP) and implicit ventricular pre-excitation.Methods 77 patients tested by TEAP were divided into two groups according to the ECG results .45 patients in group Ⅰhad normal electrocardiogram .32 patients in group Ⅱhad ven-tricular pre-excitation.In group Ⅰ,TEAP results showed that electric pulse wave (S wave) was followed by intermit-tent or continuous wide QRS complex .At the same time , the results of group Ⅰ were compared with the results of groupⅡ.Results (1)The patients of group Ⅰwere excluded the presence of concealed accessory pathway by intra-cavitary electrocardiographic test,among them 20 patients (group ⅠA) were ventricular pacing,the test results dis-played that S wave was followed by wide QRS complex exhibiting a pattern of right bundle branch block ( RBBB) ,SR interval was 0 s;SR intervals of 25 patients (groupⅠB) were not fixed,SR interval was (0.07 ±0.01)s,S wave had no concern with QRS wave ,the wide QRS complex was premature ventricular contraction ,QRS wave shapes were dif-ferent according to the different sites of pacing origin .(2)In groupⅡ,the test results displayed that S wave was close-ly followed by the atrial depolarization wave P ,and there was a wide QRS complex with pre-excitation wave at the be-ginning after a atrioventricular conduction time shorter than normal ,SR interval was fixed ,SR interval was (0.08 ±0. 03)s,at the same time,different parts of accessory pathway QRS complex had different morphological characteristics . (3) SR interval of ⅠA group compared with groupⅠB and groupⅡ,the differences were statistically significant ( t=2.97,3.02,all P0.05).Conclusion When TEAP displaying pacing wide QRS complex ,in order to avoid bringing misdiag-nosis,TEAP results should be analyzed comprehensively rather than blindly believing that the reason was concealed accessory pathway .%目的:探讨食管心房调搏宽QRS波与

  4. Application of the transthoracic occlusion surgery of atrial septal defect under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography%食管超声引导下经胸房间隔缺损封堵术的应用研究

    李奎; 张郁林; 辜志英; 周波; 杨卫东; 黄烨; 张秉宜


    目的:探讨食管超声引导下经胸房间隔缺损封堵术的可行性及其优越性。方法:选取我科2009年9月至2014年8月经胸及经食管超声诊断为房间隔缺损患者共54例为试验组,选取同期行体外循环下房缺修补术31例患者为对照组,应用SPSS 16.0统计软件在手术时间、呼吸机辅助时间、术后住院天数、伤口大小及心理认可状况方面进行对比研究。结果:试验组手术时间(81.13±15.91) min,呼吸机辅助时间(193.67±72.74) min,伤口大小(3.41±1.13) cm,术后住院天数(3.37±0.49) d,心理认可状况54例均良好。对照组手术时间(109.13±18.19) min,呼吸机辅助时间(425.06±40.67) min,伤口大小(10.78±1.37) cm,术后住院天数(9.61±1.69) d。患者心理认可状况:良好8例,一般10例,较差13例。各项对比结果试验组明显优于对照组( P<0.05)。结论:食管超声引导下经胸房间隔缺损封堵术既缩短手术时间和呼吸机辅助时间,降低术后住院天数和费用,又符合美容要求,患者心理认可状况良好,是一种安全可行的手术方法。%Objective: To explore the feasibility and advantage of the transthoracic occlusion surgery of atrial septal defect ( ASD ) under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography ( TEE ) .Methods: In experimental group,fifty-four patients with ASD were examined by transthoracic echocardiography and TEE from September 2009 to August 2014 in our hospital.In control group, thirty-one patients were eligible for repairing of ASD under cardiopulmonary bypass.For the comparative study, we used SPSS 16.0 to study these indicators: the operation time, the breathing machine auxiliary time, the postoperative hospitalization days, the wound length and psychological recognition.Results: In experimental group, the operation time was ( 81.13 ±15.91 ) min, the breathing

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

    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 (V

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

    Pratt, Craig M.; Roy, Dennis; Torp-Pedersen, Christian


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

  7. Comparison of Transesophageal and Transthoracic Contrast Echocardiography for Detection of a Patent Foramen Ovale

    Siostrzonek, Peter; Zangeneh, Massoud; Gossinger, Heinz; Lang, Wilfried; Rosenmayr, Georg; Heinz, Gottfried; Stumpflen, Andreas; Zeiler, Karl; Schwarz, Martin; Mosslacher, Herbert


    Presence of a patent foramen ovale may indicate paradoxic embolism in patients with otherwise unexplained embolic disease. Transthoracic contrast echocardiography has been used as a simple technique for detecting patent foramen ovale. However, particularly in patients with poor transthoracic image quality, presence of a patent foramen ovale might be missed. Transesophageal contrast echocardiography provides superior visualization of the atrial septum and therefore is believed to improve diagnostic accuracy. The present study investigates the influence of image quality on the detection of a patent foramen ovale by both transthoracic and transesophageal contrast echocardiography.

  8. 基于三维经食管超声的3D打印模型指导左心耳封堵的可行性研究%Guidance of three-dimensional printing model of left atrial appendage derived from transesophageal echocardiography for left atrial appendage closure

    宋宏宁; 周青; 邓倾; 陈金玲; 张兰; 何发智; 潘一腾; 刘育; 郭瑞强


    Objective To investigate the feasibility of three dimensional printing left atrial appendage(LAA) models from three dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) volume-rendered data and its value for guiding the placement of LAA occlusion device.Methods Ten patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) were underwent TEE before LAA occlusion.3D full volume data and routine two dimensional images of the LAA were acquired.The 3D-TEE data were post-processed by grey values inverted imaging and threshold segmentation to create volume rendered images of the LAA in STL format.The cardiac chamber model and the cardiac wall model of the LAA were printed out by 3D printer for the LAA morphology evaluation and measurement.Preoperative rehearsal was carried out on the printed 3D LAA models.Results In all the patients,3D-TEE full volume data of the LAA were successfully reprocessed and printed out.In terms of the LAA morphology classification based on cardiac chamber models there were 5 chicken wing,3 windsock and 2 cauliflower.And there were 4 single-lobed,3 bi-lobed and 3 multi-lobed.The maximal ostium diameter and the depth of the main anchoring lobe were (20.30 ±3.53)mm and (28.26 ± 5.51)mm respectively,which were concordant well with the measurements of 2D-TEE and CT.The LAmbre and the Lefort occlusion device could be implanted into the 3D LAA models for occlusion planning before the procedure.Occlusion success rate was 100%.Conclusions 3D-TEE full volume data is feasible and capable of creating LAA 3D models.3D models of LAA derived from 3D-TEE have promising value in guiding the LAA occlusion procedure.%目的 探讨应用三维经食管超声(3D-TEE)心腔容积成像进行左心耳3D打印的技术可行性及该技术对左心耳封堵的指导价值.方法 10例因非瓣膜性心房颤动进行经导管左心耳封堵患者,术前行经食管超声心动图检查,采集左心耳二维图像及三维容积图像.对三维DICOM数据进行后处理

  9. The MAPK pathway is involved in the regulation of rapid pacing-induced ionic channel remodeling in rat atrial myocytes.

    Cheng, Wei; Zhu, Yun; Wang, Haidong


    Alterations to the expression L‑type calcium channels (LTCCs) and Kv4.3 potassium channels form the possible basis of atrial electrical remodeling during rapid pacing. The mitogen‑activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway is affected by increases in cytoplasmic Ca2+, and therefore represents an attractive candidate for the regulation and mediation of Ca2+‑induced ion channel remodeling. The present study aimed to investigate alterations to the ion channel‑MAPK axis, and to determine its influence on ion channel remodeling during atrial fibrillation. Rat atrial myocytes were isolated, cultured, and in vitro rapid pacing was established. Intracellular Ca2+ signals were monitored using the Fluo‑3/AM Ca2+ indicator. Verapamil, PD98058 and SB203580 were added to the culture medium of various groups at specific time‑points. The mRNA expression levels of LTCC‑α1c and Kv4.3 potassium channels were detected by reverse transcription‑polymerase chain reaction. Western blotting was performed to determine the expression levels of channel and signaling proteins. The results demonstrated that fast pacing significantly increased the intracellular Ca2+ concentration in atrial myocytes, whereas treatment with verapamil markedly inhibited this increase. In addition, verapamil significantly antagonized the rapid pacing‑induced activation of extracellular signal‑regulated kinase (ERK) and p38MAPK. These results indicated that the MAPK pathway may have an important role in the opening of LTCCs, and alterations to MAPK molecule expression could affect the expression and remodeling of ion channels.

  10. Mycotic aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta: the role of transesophageal echocardiography.

    Joffe, I I; Emmi, R P; Oline, J; Jacobs, L E; Owen, A N; Ioli, A; Najjar, D; Kotler, M N


    Mycotic aneurysms of the aorta are prone to rupture. Thus rapid and accurate diagnosis is essential so that surgical repair can be undertaken. We report a case of mycotic aortic aneurysm caused by mitral valve endocarditis. The aneurysm situated at the junction of the thoracoabdominal aorta was readily detected by transesophageal echocardiography. Computed tomography and aortography were complementary to transesophageal echocardiography in establishing the diagnosis. The patient underwent successful repair and acute inflammation of the aneurysm was present at histologic examination.

  11. Can contrast-enhanced multi-detector computed tomography replace transesophageal echocardiography for the detection of thrombogenic milieu and thrombi in the left atrial appendage. A prospective study with 124 patients; Kann die kontrastmittelverstaerkte Mehrzeilen-Computertomografie die transoesophageale Echokardiografie bei der Detektion von thrombogenem Milieu und Vorhofohrthromben ersetzen? Eine prospektive Studie mit 124 Patienten

    Homsi, R.; Luetkens, J.A.; Schild, H.H.; Naehle, C.P. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Nath, B. [SHG-KLliniken Voelklingen (Germany). Dept. of Medicine I - Cardiology; Schwab, J.O. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Medicine I - Cardiology


    To assess the diagnostic value of contrast-enhanced multi-detector computed tomography (MD-CT) for identifying patients with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus or circulatory stasis. 124 patients with a history of atrial fibrillation and/or cerebral ischemia (83 men, mean age 58.6 ± 12.4 years) and with a clinical indication for MD-CT of the heart and for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were included in the study. LAA thrombus or thrombogenic milieu was visually identified in TEE and MD-CT. In addition, MD-CT was analyzed quantitatively measuring the Hounsfield units (HU) of the left atrium (LA), the LAA and the ascending aorta (AA), and calculating the HU ratios LAA/AA (HU [LAA/AA]) und LAA/LA (HU [LAA/LA]). Sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value (NPV) and positive predictive value (PPV) were calculated. The prevalence of a thrombus or thrombogenic milieu as assessed by TEE was 21.8 %. The HU ratio was lower in patients with thrombus or thrombogenic milieu (HU [LAA/AA]: 0.590 ± 0.248 vs. 0.909 ± 0.141; p < 0.001 und HU [LAA/LA] 0.689 ± 0.366 vs. 1.082 ± 0.228; p < 0.001). For the diagnosis of thrombus or a thrombogenic milieu, visual analysis yielded a sensitivity of 81.5 %, a specificity of 96.9 %, a PPV of 87.5 % and a NPV of 95.2 %. By combining visual and quantitative analysis with one criterion being positive, the specificity decreased to 91.8 %, the sensitivity to 77.8 %, the PPV to 72.4 %, and the NPV to 94.9 %. Visual analysis of the LAA in the evaluation of thrombus or thrombogenic milieu yields a high NPV of 95.1 % and may especially be useful to rule out LAA thrombi in patients with contraindications for TEE. Additional calculation of HU ratios did not improve the diagnostic performance of MD-CT.

  12. Mean corpuscular volume and red cell distribution width as predictors of left atrial stasis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

    Providência, Rui; Ferreira, Maria João; Gonçalves, Lino; Faustino, Ana; Paiva, Luís; Fernandes, Andreia; Barra, Sérgio; Pimenta, Joana; Leitão-Marques, António M


    The role of erythrocyte indexes for the prediction of left atrial stasis, assessed by transesophageal echocardiography in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, has not been previously clarified. Single center cross-sectional study comprising 247 consecutive patients admitted to the emergency department due to symptomatic atrial fibrillation and undergoing transesophageal echocardiogram evaluation for exclusion of left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) before cardioversion. All patients had a complete blood count performed up to 12 hours prior to the transesophageal echocardiogram. Markers of left atrial stasis were sought: LAAT, dense spontaneous echocardiographic contrast (DSEC) and low flow velocities (LFV) in the left atrial appendage. Erythrocyte indexes' accuracy for detecting transesophageal echocardiogram changes was evaluated through receiver operating curve analysis. Binary logistic multivariate analysis, using solely erythrocyte indexes and in combination with other variables (i.e. CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc classifications and left ventricle ejection fraction), was used for transesophageal echocardiogram endpoints prediction. LAAT was found in 8.5%, DSEC in 26.1% and LFV in 12.1%. Mean corpuscular volume and red cell distribution width were independent predictors of LAAT and DSEC. Despite adding incremental predictive value to each other, when clinical risk factors from CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc classifications and left ventricle ejection fraction were added to the models, only mean corpuscular volume remained an independent predictor of LAAT and DSEC. These findings suggest that mean corpuscular volume and red cell distribution width may be linked to left atrial stasis markers.

  13. Rapid conversion of persistent atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm by intravenous AZD7009

    Geller, J Christoph; Egstrup, Kenneth; Kulakowski, Piotr


    This randomized, double-blind trial compared cardioversion rates between AZD7009 infusion (15-minute 3.25 mg/min, 15-minute 4.4 mg/min, or 30-minute 3.25 mg/min) and placebo infusion (15 or 30 minutes) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) scheduled for DC cardioversion. One hundred sixty...

  14. Vernakalant hydrochloride for rapid conversion of atrial fibrillation - A phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

    Roy, D.; Pratt, C.M.; Torp-Pedersen, C.;


    Background - The present study assessed the efficacy and safety of vernakalant hydrochloride ( RSD1235), a novel compound, for the conversion of atrial fibrillation ( AF). Methods and Results - Patients were randomized in a 2: 1 ratio to receive vernakalant or placebo and were stratified by AF du...

  15. Modulation of vagal activity to atria electrical remodeling resulted from rapid atrial pacing

    Shulong Zhang; Yanzong Yang; Yingxue Dong; Lianjun Gao; Donghui Yang; Chunyue Zhao; Hongwei Zhao; Xiaomeng Yin; Jinqiu Liu; Zhihu Lin


    Background Atrial electrical remodeling(AER)plays an important role in the pathogenesis and maintenance of atrialfibrillation.However,little is known about modulation of vagal activilty to AER.This study aimed to investigate the relationshipbetween vagal moduation and AER. Methods Twenty four adult mongrel dogs under general anesthesia were randomized into 3groups.Sympathetic activity was blocked by administration of metoprolol in 3 groups.The changes in vagal modulation to atria afterAER were observed in 10 dogs without vagal interruption in group A.The effects of vagal intervention on AER were investigated in 8dogs with administration of atropine in group B.The impact of aggressively vagal activity on AER was studied in 6 dogs with bilateralcervical vag sympathetic trunLks stimulation during AER in group C.Bilateral cervicall vagosympathetic trunks were decentralized.Multipolar catheters wereplaced into high right atria(RA),coronary sinus(CS)and rightventricle(RV).AER was induced by 600 bpmpacing through RA catheter for 30 minutes.Attial effective refractory period(ERP)and vulnerability window (VW)of atrial fibrillationwere measured with and without vagal stimulation before and after AER.Results In group A,ERP decreased significantly at baselineand during vagal stimulation after AER compared with that beforeAER(all P<0.05).In group B,ERP remaind unchanged at baselineand vagal stimulation after AER compared with tbat before AER (all P>0.05).In group C,ERP shortened significantly at baseline andvagal stimulation after AER compared with that before AER(all P<0.05).ERP shortening after AER in Groups A and C increasedsignificantly than that in group B (all P<0.05).Atrial fibrillation could not be induced at baseline(VW close to 0) before and after AERin three groups.VW became widen significantly during vagal stimulation after AER compared with that before AER in Groups A and C(all P<0.05),while VW remained unchanged in group B (VW close to 0).Conclusions

  16. Left atrial appendage occlusion

    Ahmad Mirdamadi


    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.

  17. Atrial fibrillation

    Lip, Gregory Y H; Fauchier, Laurent; Freedman, Saul B;


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disorder, and increases in prevalence with increasing age and the number of cardiovascular comorbidities. AF is characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat that can be asymptomatic or lead to symptoms such as palpitations...

  18. Closure of Left Atrial Appendage With Persistent Distal Thrombus Using an Amplatzer Amulet Occluder.

    Lange, Mathias; Bültel, Helmut; Weglage, Heinrich; Löffeld, Patrick; Wichter, Thomas


    A 73-year-old patient with permanent atrial fibrillation presented for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. Transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a thrombus in the distal LAA. This image series illustrates a "no touch" technique that was used to ensure successful implantation of an Amplatzer Amulet LAA occlusion device without the use of an embolization protection system.

  19. Transesophageal Echocardiographically-Confirmed Pulmonary Vein Thrombosis in Association with Posterior Circulation Infarction.

    Kinsella, Justin A


    Pulmonary venous thromboembolism has only been identified as a cause of stroke with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations\\/fistulae, pulmonary neoplasia, transplantation or lobectomy, and following percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary vein ostia in patients with atrial fibrillation. A 59-year-old man presented with a posterior circulation ischemic stroke. \\'Unheralded\\' pulmonary vein thrombosis was identified on transesophageal echocardiography as the likely etiology. He had no further cerebrovascular events after intensifying antithrombotic therapy. Twenty-eight months after initial presentation, he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma and died 3 months later. This report illustrates the importance of doing transesophageal echocardiography in presumed \\'cardioembolic\\' stroke, and that potential \\'pulmonary venous thromboembolic\\' stroke may occur in patients without traditional risk factors for venous thromboembolism. Consideration should be given to screening such patients for occult malignancy.


    王国干; 孟宪强; 樊朝美; 张辉; 刘醒; 刘汉英; 蔡如升


    One hundred and twenty-five patients with cardiovascular disease were examined by biplanar transesophageal echocardiography(BTEE),including 67 with rheumatic heart disease(7 monitored during operation),22 with aortic diseases,20 with congenital heart diseases,and 16 with other kinds of heart disease.The results showed that BTEE was not influenced by corpulent and pulmonary emphysema and was better than transthoracic echocardiography at imaging the interatrial septum.left atrium and left atrial appendage,thoracic aorta,and mitral artificial valve and at intraoperative monitoring.BTEE was also better than single-plane transesophageal echocardiography,because BTEE could be used to observe the heart and thoracic aorta in transverse and longitudinal planes,thus englarging the transmission"window" as well as allowing the entire lesin to be imaged.

  1. Cardiac shear-wave elastography using a transesophageal transducer: application to the mapping of thermal lesions in ultrasound transesophageal cardiac ablation.

    Kwiecinski, Wojciech; Bessière, Francis; Colas, Elodie Constanciel; N'Djin, W Apoutou; Tanter, Mickaël; Lafon, Cyril; Pernot, Mathieu


    Heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia can be treated by catheter-based thermal ablation. However, clinically available systems based on radio-frequency or cryothermal ablation suffer from limited energy penetration and the lack of lesion's extent monitoring. An ultrasound-guided transesophageal device has recently successfully been used to perform High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ablation in targeted regions of the heart in vivo. In this study we investigate the feasibility of a dual therapy and imaging approach on the same transesophageal device. We demonstrate in vivo that quantitative cardiac shear-wave elastography (SWE) can be performed with the device and we show on ex vivo samples that transesophageal SWE can map the extent of the HIFU lesions. First, SWE was validated with the transesophageal endoscope in one sheep in vivo. The stiffness of normal atrial and ventricular tissues has been assessed during the cardiac cycle (n = 11) and mapped (n = 7). Second, HIFU ablation has been performed with the therapy-imaging transesophageal device in ex vivo chicken breast samples (n  =  3), then atrial (left, n = 2) and ventricular (left n = 1, right n = 1) porcine heart tissues. SWE provided stiffness maps of the tissues before and after ablation. Areas of the lesions were obtained by tissue color change with gross pathology and compared to SWE. During the cardiac cycle stiffness varied from 0.5   ±   0.1 kPa to 6.0   ±   0.3 kPa in the atrium and from 1.3   ±   0.3 kPa to 13.5   ±   9.1 kPa in the ventricles. The thermal lesions were visible on all SWE maps performed after ablation. Shear modulus of the ablated zones increased to 16.3   ±   5.5 kPa (versus 4.4   ±   1.6 kPa before ablation) in the chicken breast, to 30.3   ±   10.3 kPa (versus 12.2   ±   4.3 kPa) in the atria and to 73.8

  2. Mechanisms of atrial fibrillation termination by rapidly unbinding Na+ channel blockers: insights from mathematical models and experimental correlates.

    Comtois, Philippe; Sakabe, Masao; Vigmond, Edward J; Munoz, Mauricio; Texier, Anne; Shiroshita-Takeshita, Akiko; Nattel, Stanley


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained clinical arrhythmia and is a problem of growing proportions. Recent studies have increased interest in fast-unbinding Na(+) channel blockers like vernakalant (RSD1235) and ranolazine for AF therapy, but the mechanism of efficacy is poorly understood. To study how fast-unbinding I(Na) blockers affect AF, we developed realistic mathematical models of state-dependent Na(+) channel block, using a lidocaine model as a prototype, and studied the effects on simulated cholinergic AF in two- and three-dimensional atrial substrates. We then compared the results with in vivo effects of lidocaine on vagotonic AF in dogs. Lidocaine action was modeled with the Hondeghem-Katzung modulated-receptor theory and maximum affinity for activated Na(+) channels. Lidocaine produced frequency-dependent Na(+) channel blocking and conduction slowing effects and terminated AF in both two- and three-dimensional models with concentration-dependent efficacy (maximum approximately 89% at 60 microM). AF termination was not related to increases in wavelength, which tended to decrease with the drug, but rather to decreased source Na(+) current in the face of large ACh-sensitive K(+) current-related sinks, leading to the destabilization of primary generator rotors and a great reduction in wavebreak, which caused primary rotor annihilations in the absence of secondary rotors to resume generator activity. Lidocaine also reduced the variability and maximum values of the dominant frequency distribution during AF. Qualitatively similar results were obtained in vivo for lidocaine effects on vagal AF in dogs, with an efficacy of 86% at 2 mg/kg iv, as well as with simulations using the guarded-receptor model of lidocaine action. These results provide new insights into the mechanisms by which rapidly unbinding class I antiarrhythmic agents, a class including several novel compounds of considerable promise, terminate AF.

  3. 经食管超声二维斑点追踪成像技术评价主动脉瓣置换术后新发心房颤动的风险%Prediction of postoperative atrial fibrillation after isolated aortic valve replacement by transesophageal two-dimensional speckle tracking

    李娅姣; 钱宏; 彭玲; 张尔永; 干昌平; 古君; 蒙炜; 肖正华; 胡佳


    Objective To investigate the predictive value of the changes of left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) during aortic valve replacement (AVR) for postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF).Methods Ninety-six patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis and ejection fraction≥ 50% undergoing isolated AVR were enrolled.All patients underwent intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography assessment for GLS,and were followed for the occurrence of POAF during the hospitalization.Results The incidence of POAF was 35/96 (36.5 %).Patients with POAF were associated with increased length of hospitalization and a higher risk of low cardiac output syndrome and pulmonary complications.On univariate analysis,significant risk factors associated with POAF were E/e'ratio,left atrial volume index,GLST2 and △GLS%.On multivariable analysis,GLST2 (OR:1.19,95% CI:1.09-1.35,P =0.022) and △GLS% (OR:2.66 ;95 % CI:1.65-6.79,P <0.001) were independent predictors of POAF.The best cut-off values for the prediction of POAF were GLST2 ≥-1 0.50 % and △GLS% ≥ 1 8.75 %,the latter of which had the highest discriminatory power for POAF.Conclusions A significant reduction of intraoperative GLS provides independent information for predicting POAF in post-AVR patients,and may help to identify high-risk patients who are most likely to benefit from targeted prophylaxis.%目的 探讨经食管超声斑点追踪技术评估瓣膜手术中左心室整体纵向应变预测单纯主动脉瓣置换术后出现新发心房颤动(房颤)的应用价值.方法 纳入96例因主动脉瓣狭窄接受单纯主动脉瓣置换术的患者(术前左室射血分数≥50%),于术中切皮前(T1时刻)和关闭胸骨后(T2时刻)接受经食管超声检查,评估左室整体纵向应变(global longitudinal strain,GLS),监测患者术后住院期间新发房颤情况.结果 术后新发房颤率为36.5% (35/96).合并房颤患者术后住院时间明显延长,出现低心排综合

  4. Characteristics of Patent Foramen Ovale Associated with Cryptogenic Stroke: A Biplane Transesophageal Echocardiography Study

    Homma, S.; DiTullio, M. R.; Sacco, R. L.; Mihalatos, D..; LiMandri, G.; Mohr, J. P.


    Patent foramen ovale is associated with ischemic stroke in patients without a clearly identifiable etiology for stroke (cryptogenic stroke). Paradoxical embolization is thought to be a potential mechanism. However, patent foramen ovale is also found in patients with known cause of stroke. Therefore, using contrast transesophageal echocardiography, we characterized the patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke patients to assess morphological factors that may contribute to paradoxical embolization. Methods: Contrast transesophageal echocardiographic studies of 74 consecutive patients referred for ischemic stroke were reviewed. Twenty-three patients with patent foramen ovale were identified. These patients were classified as having strokes of determined origin or cryptogenic strokes according to criteria developed for the Stroke Data Bank of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Separation of septum primum from secundum and the number of microbubbles appearing in left atrium were then quantitated. These parameters were compared between patients with cryptogenic stroke and those with known cause of stroke. Results: The patent foramen ovale dimension was significantly larger in patients with cryptogenic stroke compared with patients with an identifiable cause of stroke (2.1+/-1.7 mm versus 057+/-0.78 mm [mean+/-SD]; Ppatent foramen ovale with more extensive right-to-left inter-atrial shunting than patients with stroke of determined cause. Transesophageal echocardiographically identifiable characteristics of patent foramen ovale may be important in defining the clinical significance of individual patent foramina.

  5. [No Hodgkin Linfoma diagnosis with intra-atrial infiltration].

    Alcocer Gamba, Marco Antonio; León González, Salvador; Castro Montes, Eliodoro; Loarca Piña, Luis Martín; Lugo Gavidia, Leslie Marisol; García Hernández, Enrique; González Galindo, Ulises; Paredes Serrano, Miguel Isaías


    Cardiac tumors are rare entities in clinical practice, with an incidence of 0.05%. Approximately 75% are benign and 25% malignant. Among these, Lymphomas are uncommon, representing about 0.25%. The non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur in extranodal tissues in 20% of the cases and 80% of these non-Hodgkin lymphomas are composed of diffuse B cells. The extranodal presentation is most frequent in young adults, with a high degree of malignancy and rapid growth. It can present with primary infiltration of various organs; cardiac involvement occurs in 20 to 28% of cases, usually located in the right chambers and with nonspecific symptoms, depending on the location and extent of the tumor. The diagnostic test in these cases is undoubtedly the biopsy of the lymph node or the affected tissue. We present the case of non-Hodgkin disease of diffuse large cells, with right intra-atrial involvement in a 23-year-old-female patient, who presented with progressive dyspnea. A transesophageal echocardiography was performed and an intra-atrial tumor mass was detected. A biopsy was performed, by femoral venous catheterization, allowing the establishment of the histopathological diagnosis and treatment. At a one year follow up, the patient shows complete remission.

  6. Transesophageal Ultrasonography for Lung Cancer Staging

    Konge, Lars; Annema, Jouke; Vilmann, Peter


    Accurate mediastinal nodal staging is essential for patients with resectable non-small-cell lung cancer and is achieved by combined endobronchial ultrasound and transesophageal endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Training requirements for EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) for lung cancer staging...

  7. Transesophageal Ultrasonography for Lung Cancer Staging

    Konge, Lars; Annema, Jouke; Vilmann, Peter


    Accurate mediastinal nodal staging is essential for patients with resectable non-small-cell lung cancer and is achieved by combined endobronchial ultrasound and transesophageal endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Training requirements for EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) for lung cancer staging...

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

    Rosana G. G. Mendes


    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.

  9. Platypnea-orthodeoxia induced by fenestrated atrial septal aneurysm.

    Giombolini, Claudio; Notaristefano, Salvatore; Santucci, Stefano; Savino, Ketty; Pasquino, Stefano; Ragni, Temistocle; Ambrosio, Giuseppe


    Platypnea-orthodeoxia is a peculiar syndrome characterized by a right-to-left shunt, which occurs in the upright position. The diagnosis is made by contrast transesophageal echocardiography, paying attention to include contrast visualization in the orthostatic decubitus. The association of this syndrome with a fenestrated atrial septal aneurysm is rare and probably underlies a peculiar and also rare mechanism of shunting in presence of normal pulmonary pressure. We report of a case of a 58-year-old man with a fenestrated atrial septal aneurysm and platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome treated by surgical closure of the atrial defect.

  10. Dynamic three-dimensional reconstruction of the heart by transesophageal echocardiography

    Veiga Maria de Fátima


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate echocardiography accuracy in performing and obtaining images for dynamical three-dimensional (3D reconstruction. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D image reconstruction was obtained in 20 consecutive patients who underwent transesophageal echocardiography. A multiplanar 5 MHz transducer was used for 3D reconstruction. RESULTS: Twenty patients were studied consecutively. The following cardiac diseases were present: valvar prostheses-6 (2 mitral, 2 aortic and 2 mitral and aortic; mitral valve prolapse- 3; mitral and aortic disease - 2; aortic valve disease- 5; congenital heart disease- 3 (2 atrial septal defect- ASD - and 1 transposition of the great arteries -TGA; arteriovenous fistula- 1. In 7 patients, color Doppler was also obtained and used for 3D flow reconstruction. Twenty five cardiac structures were acquired and 60 reconstructions generated (28 of mitral valves, 14 of aortic valves, 4 of mitral prostheses, 7 of aortic prostheses and 7 of the ASD. Fifty five of 60 (91.6% reconstructions were considered of good quality by 2 independent observers. The 11 reconstructed mitral valves/prostheses and the 2 reconstructed ASDs provided more anatomical information than two dimensional echocardiography (2DE alone. CONCLUSION: 3D echocardiography using a transesophageal transducer is a feasible technique, which improves detection of anatomical details of cardiac structures, particularly of the mitral valve and atrial septum.

  11. Esophageal rupture: a severe complication of transesophageal echocardiography

    Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos


    Full Text Available Since when the first transesophageal echocardiography (TEE was undertaken in 1975, technological advances have made this diagnostic modality more reliable. TEE indications became widespread in cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries, intensive care units, and ambulatory clinics. The procedure is generally considered a safe diagnostic tool, but occasionally complications do occur. The insertion and manipulation of the ultrasound probe can cause oropharyngeal, esophageal, or gastric trauma. Although rare, these complications may present a mortality rate of up to 56% depending on the treatment approach and the elapsed time to the diagnosis. The authors report a case of a 65-year-old woman submitted to attempt a TEE in order to better study or diagnose an inter-atrial communication. After 3 days of the procedure, the patient was admitted to the hospital with edema, hyperemia of the anterior face of the neck, accompanied by systemic symptoms. The imaging diagnostic work-up evidenced signs of esophageal rupture and upper mediastinal involvement, the former confirmed by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The patient was treated with antibiotics and cervical and mediastinal drainage, with a favorable outcome.

  12. 食管心房调搏联合阿托品负荷实验在窦房结、房室结病变诊断中的临床应用价值%Clinical application value of transesophageal atrial pacing combined with atropine load experiment in the diagnosis of the lesions of sinoatrial node and atrioventricular node

    盛红宇; 李志军; 王其琼; 许明; 艾斯娅; 班新全; 李惠荣


    Objective To evaluate the clinical application value of transesophageal atrial pacing (TEAP) combined with atropine load experiment in the diagnosis of the lesions of sinoatrial node and atrioventricular node.Methods One hundred and forty-four cases selected from the outpatient and hospitalized patients in the People's Hospital of Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture from September 2009 to December 2012,who with dizziness, syncope and other clinical symptoms and electrocardiogram showe.TEAP combined with atropine load experiment were given to these patients.Results (1) The authors detected in all patients,83 cases (57.6%) were positive, among which, 48 cases (57.8%) male, 35 cases (42.2%) female.(2) The authors detected 57 cases(39.6%) non-increased vagus nerve tension cases in 83 positive cases,among which 33 cases (57.9%) male, 24 cases (42.1%) female;Among which 29 cases (20.1%) were sinoatrial node hypofunction, and 16 cases(55.2%) male;8 cases(5.6%) were atrioventricular node hypofunction,and 4 cases(50%) male;14 cases(9.7%) were double node hypofunction, and 10 cases (71.4%) male;6 cases (4.2%) were tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome, and 3 cases (50%) male;among which, a long interval of greater than 3 seconds appeared when we stimulate one 84 years old man with S1S1 stimulate way, immediately pressed protective pacemaker until his own sinus rhythm was restored, as a safety precaution, stoped further examination and classified him as sick sinus group.Conclusion Detect the common causes of slow sinus and atrioventricular block,such as the sinoatrial node dysfunction, atrioventricular node dysfunction, double node dysfunction and increased vagus nerve tension through TEAP combined with atropine load experiment.Consider that this methods have the best diagnostic value in decreasing its rate of false positivity,and should be used as a necessary check before implantation of pacemaker in such patients, suitable used in clinical, especially

  13. Cor Triatriatum Sinister Identified after New Onset Atrial Fibrillation in an Elderly Man

    Ignacio A. Zepeda


    Full Text Available A 73-year-old man with new onset atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response underwent transthoracic echocardiography that revealed an echogenic linear structure along the left atrium, suggestive of cor triatriatum sinister (CTS. CTS was confirmed with transesophageal echocardiography which demonstrated a proximal accessory atrium receiving pulmonary venous flow separated from a distal true atrium by a fibromuscular membrane with a large fenestration allowing flow between the chambers. In CTS, the left atrium is divided into proximal and distal chambers by a fenestrated fibromuscular septum. This cardiac anomaly accounts for 0.1% of cases of congenital heart disease and rarely presents in adults. CTS is primarily diagnosed with echocardiography and is associated with left atrial enlargement and development of atrial fibrillation. Treatment options depend on size of the communication between proximal and distal chambers, the gradient across the membrane, and the position of pulmonary veins. In some instances, surgical resection of the membrane that divides the left atrium is warranted.

  14. Failure of long-term digitalization to prevent rapid ventricular response in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

    Galun, E; Flugelman, M Y; Glickson, M; Eliakim, M


    Digitalis is frequently prescribed to patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation to reduce the ventricular rate during subsequent paroxysms. To verify the validity of this assumption, we determined the ventricular rate during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in 13 patients receiving long-term digoxin therapy (mean plasma digoxin level + 1.28 +/- 0.4 ng/ml) and compared it with that of a group of 14 patients who had not taken digoxin or beta-adrenergic and calcium-blocking agents before the attack. The treated and the untreated groups were similar statistically. The mean ventricular rate of the digitalized patients was 121 +/- 15 beats per minute, while that of the patients in the control group was 118 +/- 16 beats per minute. It is concluded that long-term digoxin therapy is not effective in reducing the ventricular response in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation despite adequate therapeutic levels.

  15. Artifacts in three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

    Faletra, Francesco Fulvio; Ramamurthi, Alamelu; Dequarti, Maria Cristina; Leo, Laura Anna; Moccetti, Tiziano; Pandian, Natesa


    Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is subject to the same types of artifacts encountered on two-dimensional TEE. However, when displayed in a 3D format, some of the artifacts appear more "realistic," whereas others are unique to image acquisition and postprocessing. Three-dimensional TEE is increasingly used in the setting of percutaneous catheter-based interventions and ablation procedures, and 3D artifacts caused by the metallic components of catheters and devices are particularly frequent. Knowledge of these artifacts is of paramount relevance to avoid misinterpretation of 3D images. Although artifacts and pitfalls on two-dimensional echocardiography are well described and classified, a systematic description of artifacts in 3D transesophageal echocardiographic images and how they affect 3D imaging is still absent. The aim of this review is to describe the most relevant artifacts on 3D TEE, with particular emphasis on those occurring during percutaneous interventions for structural heart disease and ablation procedures.

  16. Feasibility of diagnosis of postcardiotomy tamponade by miniaturized transesophageal echocardiography.

    Hirose, Hitoshi; Gupta, Shreya; Pitcher, Harrison; Miessau, Joseph; Yang, Qiong; Yang, Jenny; Cavarocchi, Nicholas


    Pericardial tamponade after cardiac surgery is a critical diagnosis that can be difficult to diagnose using conventional cardiac monitoring. Transesophageal echocardiography can provide comprehensive information to make the diagnosis but is not always available, whereas transthoracic echocardiography has its utility limited because of the body habitus or other surgical effects. New monitoring devices, miniaturized hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography (hTEE), which allows point of care assessment of cardiac filling and functions, may aid in diagnosis of postcardiotomy tamponade. From May 2011 to July 2013, 21 patients underwent hTEE to rule out pericardial tamponade for clinical suspicion of tamponade after open heart surgery. The hTEE images were reviewed, and the patient outcomes were analyzed. Nine patients showed no evidence of pericardial collection and did not require reexploration. Two patients showed a presence of small hematoma without ventricular compression and also did not undergo exploration. Ten patients were positive for pericardial tamponade (effusion or hematoma with ventricular compression); eight of these cases underwent emergent surgical exploration. Of the two patients who did not undergo immediate reoperation, one was managed by chest tube manipulation and the other patient underwent subsequent surgical exploration after his extensive coagulopathy was corrected by medical treatment. The diagnosis of pericardial tamponade postcardiotomy is feasible using a disposable hTEE based on our limited experience. We avoided unnecessary explorations while concomitantly made prompt diagnosis in emergent situations. The hTEE device was a valuable tool in hemodynamic management in the intensive care unit, allowing rapid evaluations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Selective autonomic stimulation of the AV node fat pad to control rapid post-operative atrial arrhythmias.

    Mercader, Marco A; He, Dingchao; Sharma, Aditya C; Marchitto, Mark C; Trachiotis, Gregory; Bornzin, Gene A; Jonas, Richard; Moak, Jeffrey P


    Junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) and atrial fibrillation (AF) occur in patients recovering from open-heart surgery (OHS). Pharmacologic treatment is used for the control of post-operative atrial arrhythmias (POAA), but is associated with side effects. There is a need for a reversible, modulated solution to rate control. We propose a non-pharmacologic technique that can modulate AV nodal conduction in a selective fashion. Ten mongrel dogs underwent OHS. Stimulation of the anterior right (AR) and inferior right (IR) fat pad (FP) was done using a 7-pole electrode. The IR was more effective in slowing the ventricular rate (VR) to AF (52 +/- 20 vs. 15 +/- 10%, p = 0.003) and JET (12 +/- 7 vs. 0 +/- 0%, p = 0.02). Selective site stimulation within a FP region could augment the effect of stimulation during AF (57 +/- 20% (maximum effect) vs. 0 +/- 0% (minimum effect), pAV node fat pad stimulation had a selective effect on the AV node by decreasing AV nodal conduction, with little effect on atrial activity.

  18. Atrial fibrillation


    patients with atrial fibrillation managed in a referral hospital in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria. ... treatment despite all the patients having moderate to high risk of stroke ... Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, thrombosis, CHADS2 Score, stroke risk, ...

  19. Anatomy of a wrong diagnosis: false Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect

    Montresor Graziano


    Full Text Available Abstract In contrast with transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography provides a sure way to make the diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect; on the other hand this abnormality is more complex than that seen with the secundum atrial septal defect, and inexperienced operators may fail to recognize properly the defect. In front of a high reported sensitivity using transesophageal echocardiography, specificity is difficult to assess, due to possible underreporting of diagnostic errors. We describe a false positive diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect, in the setting of enlarged right chambers of the heart because of pressure overload. Modified anatomy of the heart, together with the presence of a prominent linear structure(probably Eustachian Valve and an incomplete examination in this case made image interpretation very prone to misinterpretation. In this anatomical setting transesophageal longitudinal "bicaval" view may be sub-optimal for examining the atrial septum, potentially showing false images that need to be known for correct image interpretation. Nonetheless, a scan plane taken more accurately at the superior level would have demonstrated/excluded the pathognomonic feature of sinus venosus atrial septal defect in the high atrial septum, between the fatty limbus and the inferior aspect of the right pulmonary artery; moreover TEE allows morphological information about the posterior structures of the heart that need to be investigated in detail for a complete diagnosis.

  20. Atherosclerotic Aortic Plaques Detected by Transesophageal Echocardiography

    赵云; 朱文玲; 倪超; 郭丽琳; 曾勇; 方理刚


    Objective To evaluate the predictive value of atherosclerotic aortic plaques in coronary artery disease (CAD) Methods In 50patients with suspected coronary artery disease, transesophageal echocardiography was performed to examine their thoracic aortas 2 weeks before or after coronary angiography. In the cases of coronary angiography studied, stenosis of the coronary artery ≥ 50 % was considered to be due to coronary artery disease,whereas the thickness of the intima ≥ 1.3 mm was taken to be the criteria for the presence of an atherosclerotic aortic plaque on the transesophageal echocardiographic test. Results Among the 50 patients, 37 cases were diagnosed as CAD and 13 cases were considered to be normal. The plaques of the thoracic aorta were observed in 34cases in the CAD group and 3 cases in the normal group. The sensitivity and specificity of aortic plaques for CAD were 91.9 % and 76.9%, respectively. The positive and negative predictive values of the aortic plaques for CAD were 91.9% and 76.9%, respectively. The accuracy was 88.0%. 80 percent of the patients with single- yes sel disease had thoracic aortic plaques, 92 percent of the patients with two-vessel disease and 100 percent of the patients with three-vessel disease had thoracic aortic plaques. There was a significant difference in the thickness of aortic intimas between the normal group and the CAD group. Conclusions Detectingatherosclerotic plaques in the thoracic aorta with transesophageal echocardiography may be of great value in predicting the presence and extent of coronary artery disease.


    王国干; 刘汉英; 孟宪强; 程克正


    One hundred and twenty-four patients with heart disease (75 cases of rheumatic heart disease, 26 cases of congenital heart disease, 13 cases of aortic disease and 10 cases of other disease) were examined byOmniplane transesophageal eehoeardiography (TEE). The result showed that Omniplane TEE transducercan be rotated from 0° to 180° in probe and had the advantages o1[ broader scope, obtaining more niforma-tion, le~ stimulation to esophagus and easy to manipulate. It suggests that Omniplane TEE is a efficient technique in clinical diagnosis and can be extensively used in the future.

  2. [Multiplane transesophageal echocardiography for the monitoring of cardiac surgery].

    Pepi, M; Barbier, P; Doria, E; Tamborini, G; Berti, M; Muratori, M; Guazzi, M; Maltagliati, A; Alimento, M; Celeste, F


    Multiplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) allows visualization of the heart and great vessels through an infinite number of imaging planes and improves the diagnostic capabilities of mono and biplane TEE. This study was undertaken to test whether MTEE is a useful intraoperative monitoring method during cardiac surgery. Intraoperative multiplane TEE was performed in 200 patients (mean age 56 +/- 19 years) as a part of the routine clinical care. We systematically acquired cardiac images from the gastric fundus (short and long axes of the ventricles), lower esophagus (four-chamber, two-chamber, and long axis), upper esophagus (13 views concerning the aorta, pulmonary artery, left and right atrium, systemic and pulmonary veins, coronary arteries, right ventricular outflow tract), and searched for complete views of the thoracic descending aorta. All views analyzed in the preoperative (immediately before cardiopulmonary bypass), intraoperative and postoperative phases evaluating: the angle between current and 0 degree at which each view was obtained; the success rate of each view; the usefulness of the different views in providing essential additional clinical information compared to 0 degrees and 90 degrees of the traditional biplane TEE. Most views of the heart and great vessels were visualized in oblique planes, and other views were significantly improved thanks to slight angle corrections. Multiplane TEE was particularly useful in the preoperative and postoperative phases of aortic dissection (11 cases), mitral valve repair (13 cases), left ventricular aneurysmectomy (9 cases), right atrial thrombosis (1 case), positioning of left ventricular hemopump (2 cases), mitral-aortic endocarditis (3 cases), bleeding from proximal suture of an aortic heterograft (1 case).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Intra-procedural imaging of the left atrial appendage: implications for closure with the Amplatzer™ cardiac plug.

    Sobrino, Ayax; Tzikas, Apostolos; Freixa, Xavier; Pulido, Alicia; Chan, Jason; Garceau, Patrick; Ibrahim, Reda; Basmadjian, Arsène J


    To evaluate intra-procedural imaging with transesophageal echocardiography and angiography during left atrial appendage occlusion using the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug with regard to sizing and final device shape. Left atrial appendage ostium dimensions and diameter at a depth of 10mm from the ostium were measured by transesophageal echocardiography (0-180°) and angiography (RAO 30° - Cranial 20°) in consecutive patients undergoing left atrial appendage occlusion using the ACP with an oversizing strategy of 10-20% relative to the baseline measurements. After delivery, ACP dimensions were measured and device shape was assessed. Twenty-seven consecutive patients underwent successful uncomplicated left atrial appendage closure with Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug. We found a significant difference between the largest and smallest left atrial appendage diameter measured with transesophageal echocardiography (22.3±4.2 vs. 18.1±4.1mm, p<0.001). By the end of the procedure (by angiography), ACP had an optimal shape in 17 patients (63%), a strawberry-like shape in 7 patients (26%), and a square-like shape in 3 patients (11%). ACP was oversized on average by 1.5±2.7 and 3.3±2.3mm compared to transesophageal echocardiography and angiography, respectively. The final shape of the device was not significantly associated with the degree of oversizing. We found a considerable variability in the assessment of the left atrial appendage, using transesophageal echocardiography and angiography. The degree of Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug expansion within the left atrial appendage and the final shape of the device were not associated with the degree of oversizing. Copyright © 2013 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  4. Therapeutic implications of transesophageal echocardiography after transthoracic echocardiography on acute stroke patients

    Tiago Tribolet de Abreu


    Full Text Available Tiago Tribolet de Abreu, Sonia Mateus, Cecilia Carreteiro, Jose CorreiaLaboratorio de Ultrasonografia Cardiaca e Neurovascular, Hospital do Espirito Santo-Evora, E. P. E., PortugalBackground: The role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in the evaluation of acute stroke patients is still ill-defined. We conducted a prospective observational study to find the prevalence of TEE findings that indicate anticoagulation as beneficial, in acute ischemic stroke patients without indication for anticoagulation based on clinical, electrocardiographic and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE findings.Methods: We prospectively studied all patients referred to our laboratory for TTE and TEE. Patients were excluded if the diagnosis was not acute ischemic stroke or if they had an indication for anticoagulation based on clinical, electrocardiographic, or TTE data. Patients with TEE findings that might indicate anticoagulation as beneficial were identified.Results: A total of 84 patients with acute ischemic stroke and without indication for anticoagulation based on clinical and electrocardiographic or TTE data were included in the study. Findings indicating anticoagulation as beneficial were found in 32.1%: spontaneous echo contrast (1.2%, complex aortic atheroma (27.4%, thrombus (8.3%, and simultaneous patent foramen ovale and atrial septal aneurysm (2.4%.Conclusions: The results of our study show that TEE can have therapy implications in 32.1% of ischemic stroke patients in sinus rhythm and with TTE with no indication for anticoagulation.Keywords: acute ischemic stroke, transesophageal echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography, therapy

  5. Transesophageal echocardiography: Instrumentation and system controls

    Mahesh Prabhu


    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a semi-invasive, monitoring and diagnostic tool, which is used in the perioperative management of cardiac surgical and hemodynamically unstable patients. The low degree of invasiveness and the capacity to visualize and assimilate dynamic information that can change the course of the patient management is an important advantage of TEE. Although TEE is reliable, comprehensive, credible, and cost-effective, it must be performed by a trained echocardiographer who understands the indications and the potential complications of the procedure, and has the ability to achieve proper acquisition and interpretation of the echocardiographic data. Adequate knowledge of the physics of ultrasound and the TEE machine controls is imperative to optimize image quality, reduce artifacts, and prevent misinterpretation of diagnosis. Two-dimensional (2D and Motion (M mode imaging are used for obtaining anatomical information, while Doppler and Color Flow imaging are used for information on blood flow. 3D technology enables us to view the cardiac structures from different perspectives. Despite the recent advances of 3D TEE, a sharp, optimized 2D image is pivotal for the reconstruction. This article describes the relevant underlying physical principles of ultrasound and focuses on a systematic approach to instrumentation and use of controls in the practical use of transesophageal echocardiography.

  6. Does lindane (gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane) increase the rapid delayed rectifier outward K+ current (IKr) in frog atrial myocytes?

    Sauviat, Martin-Pierre; Colas, Anthony; Pages, Nicole


    BACKGROUND: The effects of lindane, a gamma-isomer of hexachlorocyclohexane, were studied on transmembrane potentials and currents of frog atrial heart muscle using intracellular microelectrodes and the whole cell voltage-clamp technique. RESULTS: Lindane (0.34 microM to 6.8 microM) dose-dependently shortened the action potential duration (APD). Under voltage-clamp conditions, lindane (1.7 microM) increased the amplitude of the outward current (Iout) which developed in Ringer solution contain...

  7. Probucol attenuates atrial autonomic remodeling in a canine model of atrial fibrillation produced by prolonged atrial pacing

    GONG Yong-tai; LI Wei-min; LI Yue; YANG Shu-sen; SHENG Li; YANG Ning; SHAN Hong-bo; XUE Hong-jie; LIU Wei; YANG Bao-feng; DONG De-li; LI Bao-xin


    Background We hypothesize that increased atrial oxidative stress and inflammation may play an important role in atrial nerve sprouting and heterogeneous sympathetic hyperinnervation during atrial fibrillation (AF). To test the hypothesis, we examined whether the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory treatment with probucol attenuates atrial autonomic remodeling in a canine model of AF produced by prolonged rapid right atrial pacing. Methods Twenty-one dogs were divided into a sham-operated group, a control group and a probucol group. Dogs in the control group and probucol group underwent right atrial pacing at 400 beats per minute for 6 weeks, and those in the probucol group received probucol 1 week before rapid atrial pacing until pacing stopped. After 6-week rapid atrial pacing, general properties including left atrial structure and function, atrial hemodynamics and the inducibility and duration of AF were measured in all the groups. Atrial oxidative stress markers and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration were estimated. The degree of nerve sprouting and sympathetic innervation at the right atrial anterior wall (RAAW) and the left atrial anterior wall (LAAW) were quantified by immunohistochemistry, atdal norepinephrine contents were also detected. Atrial beta-nerve growth factor (beta-NGF) mRNA and protein expression at the RAAW and LAAW were assessed by real-time quantitative RT-PCR and Western blotting respectively. Results Atrial tachypacing induced significant nerve sprouting and heterogeneous sympathetic hyperinnervation, and the magnitude of nerve sprouting and hyperinnervation was higher in the RAAW than in the LAAW. Atrial beta-NGF mRNA and protein levels were significantly increased at the RAAW and LAAW, and the upregulation of beta-NGF expression was greater at the RAAW than at the LAAW in the control group. The beta-NGF protein level was positively correlated with the density of sympathetic nerves in all groups. Probucol decreased the increase of

  8. Left atrial myxoma, ruptured chordae tendinae causing mitral regurgitation and coronary artery disease

    Bhupesh Kumar


    Full Text Available Mitral regurgitation is uncommon with left atrial myxoma. The echocardiographic assessment of presence of mitral regurgitation and its severity are impaired by the presence of left atrial myxoma. We describe an uncommon association of left atrial myxoma with coronary artery disease and mitral regurgitation. MR was reported as mild on pre-operative transthoracic echocardiography but found to be severe due to ruptured chordae tendinae during intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography, which lead to change in the surgical plan to mitral valve replacement in addition to excision of myxoma.

  9. Left atrial wall dissection: a rare sequela of native-valve endocarditis.

    Saad, Marwan; Isbitan, Ahmad; Roushdy, Alaa; Shamoon, Fayez


    Left atrial wall dissection is a rare condition; most cases are iatrogenic after mitral valve surgery. A few have been reported as sequelae of blunt chest trauma, acute myocardial infarction, and invasive cardiac procedures. On occasion, infective endocarditis causes left atrial wall dissection. We report a highly unusual case in which a 41-year-old man presented with native mitral valve infective endocarditis that had caused left atrial free-wall dissection. Although our patient died within an hour of presentation, we obtained what we consider to be a definitive diagnosis of a rare sequela, documented by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography.

  10. Rapid hemostasis at the femoral venous access site using a novel hemostatic pad containing kaolin after atrial fibrillation ablation.

    Sairaku, Akinori; Nakano, Yukiko; Oda, Noboru; Makita, Yuko; Kajihara, Kenta; Tokuyama, Takehito; Kihara, Yasuki


    Hemostasis at the femoral venous access site after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is often prolonged because of aggressive anticoagulation and the use of several large-sized sheaths. A newly developed hemostatic pad containing a natural mineral called kaolin causes blood to clot quickly. We evaluated the efficacy of this pad for hemostasis at the venous access site after AF ablation. Patients who were scheduled to undergo AF ablation were randomized to be treated with manual compression with (n = 59) or without kaolin-impregnated pads (n = 59) as hemostatic approaches at the femoral venous access site following sheath removal. Hemostasis time, rebleeding frequency, massive hematoma, device-related complications, and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were compared between the two groups. Hemostasis time in the patients treated with kaolin-impregnated pads was significantly shorter than in those treated without (6.1 ± 2.3 vs. 14.5 ± 4.0 min; p kaolin-impregnated pads was the only independent variable reducing hemostasis time (β = -0.78; p kaolin-impregnated pads; p = 0.35). Only one patient had a massive groin hematoma, and no patient had device-related complications or DVT. Kaolin-impregnated hemostatic pads safely and effectively decreased hemostasis time for the femoral venous access site in patients undergoing AF ablation. However, whether its use allows earlier postprocedural ambulation is difficult to predict.

  11. Impact of rapid ultrafiltration rate on changes in the echocardiographic left atrial volume index in patients undergoing haemodialysis: a longitudinal observational study

    Kim, Jwa-Kyung; Song, Young Rim; Park, GunHa; Kim, Hyung Jik; Kim, Sung Gyun


    Objective Optimal fluid management is essential when caring for a patient on haemodialysis (HD). However, if the fluid removal is too rapid, the resultant higher ultrafiltration rate (UFR) disadvantageously promotes haemodynamic instability and cardiac injury. We evaluated the effects of a rapid UFR on changes in the echocardiographic left atrial volume index (LAVI) over a period of time. Design Longitudinal observational study. Setting and participants A total of 124 new patients on HD. Interventions Echocardiography was performed at baseline and repeated after 19.7 months (range 11.3–23.1 months). Changes in LAVI (ΔLAVI/year, mL/m2/year) were calculated. The UFR was expressed in mL/hour/kg, and we used the mean UFR over 30 days (∼12–13 treatments). Main outcome measures The 75th centile of the ΔLAVI/year distribution was regarded as a ‘pathological’ increment. Results The mean interdialytic weight gain was 1.73±0.94 kg, and the UFR was 8.01±3.87 mL/hour/kg. The significant pathological increment point in ΔLAVI/year was 4.89 mL/m2/year. Correlation analysis showed that ΔLAVI/year was closely related to the baseline blood pressure, haemoglobin level, residual renal function and UFR. According to the receiver operating characteristics curve, the ‘best’ cut-off value of UFR for predicting the pathological increment was 10 mL/hour/kg, with an area under the curve of 0.712. In multivariate analysis, systolic blood pressure, a history of coronary artery disease, haemoglobin a 22% higher risk of a worsening LAVI (OR 1.22, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.41). Conclusions An increased haemodynamic load could affect left atrial remodelling in incident patients on HD. Thus, close monitoring and optimal control of UFR are needed. PMID:28148536

  12. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transesophageal echocardiography

    Ajay Kumar Jha


    Full Text Available Improved cosmetic appearance, reduced pain and duration of post-operative stay have intensified the popularity of minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS; however, the increased risk of stroke remains a concern. In conventional cardiac surgery, surgeons can visualize and feel the cardiac structures directly, which is not possible with MICS. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is essential during MICS in detecting problems that require immediate correction. Comprehensive evaluation of the cardiac structures and function helps in the confirmation of not only the definitive diagnosis, but also the success of surgical treatment. Venous and aortic cannulations are not under the direct vision of the surgeon and appropriate positioning of the cannulae is not possible during MICS without the aid of TEE. Intra-operative TEE helps in the navigation of the guide wire and correct placement of the cannulae and allows real-time assessment of valvular pathologies, ventricular filling, ventricular function, intracardiac air, weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass and adequacy of the surgical procedure. Early detection of perioperative complications by TEE potentially enhances the post-operative outcome of patients managed with MICS.

  13. Biplane transesophageal echocardiography in the normal cat.

    Kienle, R D; Thomas, W P; Rishniw, M


    Eight healthy, adult cats were examined with biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Cats were sedated with a combination of diazepam and propofol and were examined using a 5 mm x 80 cm pediatric biplane TEE probe. Consistent images were obtained at three imaging depths within the esophagus. The caudal position provided satisfactory short-axis images of the left ventricle and heart base. The middle position provided the best long-axis views of the left atrium, left ventricle, and aorta and allowed Doppler examination of transmitral left ventricular inflow. The cranial position provided satisfactory imaging of the aorta and pulmonary artery and allowed Doppler examination of right ventricular and left ventricular outflow. Biplane TEE provides an additional method of imaging the feline heart which is complimentary to other imaging techniques and the images obtained were similar to those reported for dogs. Although TEE offers a slight advantage over transthorcic imaging for Doppler examination, the quality of the images of heart base structures was not as consistently superior to transthoracic images in cats as reported in dogs.

  14. 胺碘酮与西地兰控制快速心房颤动的疗效观察%Clinical effect of Amiodarone and Cedilanid in the patients with rapid atrial fibrilation



    Objective: Observe clinical effect of Amiodarone and Cedilanid in the patients with rapid atrial fibrilation.Methods: 70 patients with rapid atrial fibrilation patients were randomly divided into two groups,35 cases in each group, amiodarone and Cedilanid was used respectively in two groups.Result: atrial fibrilation cardioversion success rate of Amiodarone group (74.3%) was significantly higher than Cedilanid group (48.6%), the cardioversion successful time on amiodarone group (6.3± 1.4h) was significantly shorter than Cedilanid group(9.7 ± 3.5h), the difference was statisticaly significant. Conclusion: Intravenous bolus amiodarone in clinical efficacy to control rapid ventricular rate of AF significantly better than Cedilanid. Conclusion: Intravenous bolus amiodarone in clinical efficacy to control rapid ventricular rate of atrial fibrilation significantly better than Cedilanid.%  目的:观察胺碘酮与西地兰在控制快速心房颤动心室率上的临床疗效。方法:将70例快速房颤患者随机分组,每组35例,分别行胺碘酮和西地兰治疗。结果:胺碘酮组的房颤转复成功率(74.3%)显著高于西地兰组(48.6%),转复成功时间上,胺碘酮组(6.3±1.4h)明显短于西地兰组(9.7±3.5h),差异具有统计意义。结论:静脉推注胺碘酮在控制快速房颤心室率的临床疗效上显著优于西地兰。

  15. Modifications of Oxygen Saturation During Transesophageal Echocardiography.

    Macor, Franco; Zottarel, Gabriella; Antonini-Canterin, Francesco; Mimo, Renata; Pavan, Daniela; Cervesato, Eugenio; Nicolosi, Gianluigi; Zanuttini, Domenico


    The present study was designed: (1) to establish the effects of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) on arterial oxygen saturation (SAO(2)%); (2) to verify the possible clinical consequences of this phenomenon; and (3) to study the possibility of predicting modifications of SAO(2)% by clinical or hemodynamic variables or by specific factors related to the TEE procedure. We prospectively studied 116 unselected patients, aged 61 +/- 12 years, who underwent diagnostic TEE for various clinical indications. Thirty-seven patients had mitral valve disease, 19 aortic valve disease, 14 combined mitroaortic disease, 8 congenital heart disease, and 38 other cardiovascular diseases. Eight patients were affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ninety-seven patients were sedated by 4 +/- 2 mg of diazepam IV SAO(2)% (5-min average) (Ohmeda Biox 3700 pulse oxymeter finger probe), heart rate (HR), and blood pressure (BP) were considered during baseline transthoracic examination, after pharmacological sedation but before the introduction of the probe, and finally during TEE. Neither clinical complications nor major arrhythmias were observed. Baseline SAO(2)%, HR and BP were, respectively, 93.6 +/- 3.3%, 76 +/- 14 beats/min, and 129 +/- 20/75 +/- 10 mmHg. Pharmacological sedation did not modify SAO(2)%, HR, and BP (P > 0.1). During TEE a small but significant reduction in SAO(2)% by an average of 1.2 +/- 3.2% was observed (P 0.1 for both systolic and diastolic). The changes of SAO(2)% and HR were not interrelated and were not related to the duration of the procedure and to any of the clinical and hemodynamic variables taken into consideration. TEE can induce a small but significant drop in SAO(2)% and a small increase in HR even without any clinical relevance. No clinical or hemodynamic variable or specific factors related to the TEE procedure were related to these changes.

  16. 24. Entrainment of wide complex tachycardia by atrial stimulation is highly accurate and can rapidly elucidate the tachycardia mechanism through analysis of entrainment response

    Abdulhakim Noman


    Conclusion: Response to atrial entrainment can be helpful in the majority of WCT patients, particularly those with 1:1 AV relationship to diagnose or rule out VT as a mechanism of tachycardia with high accuracy.

  17. Transesophageal echocardiography assessment of severe ostial left main coronary stenosis

    Firstenberg, M. S.; Greenberg, N. L.; Lin, S. S.; Garcia, M. J.; Alexander, L. A.; Thomas, J. D.


    Doppler echocardiography is commonly used in the assessment of stenotic valvular orifices. We describe the application of transesophageal echocardiography for the detection of a critical ostial left main coronary stenosis. Because preoperative coronary angiography often is not routinely performed in young patients undergoing valve surgery, application of Doppler echocardiography can potentially prevent catastrophic complications, particularly in atypical cases.

  18. Characterization of the rapidly activating delayed rectifier potassium current, I (Kr), in HL-1 mouse atrial myocytes.

    Toyoda, Futoshi; Ding, Wei-Guang; Zankov, Dimitar P; Omatsu-Kanbe, Mariko; Isono, Takahiro; Horie, Minoru; Matsuura, Hiroshi


    HL-1 is the adult murine cardiac cell line that can be passaged repeatedly in vitro without losing differentiated phenotype. The present study was designed to characterize the rapidly activating delayed rectifier potassium current, I (Kr), endogenously expressed in HL-1 cells using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. In the presence of nisoldipine, depolarizing voltage steps applied from a holding potential of -50 mV evoked the time-dependent outward current, followed by slowly decaying outward tail current upon return to the holding potential. The amplitude of the current increased with depolarizations up to 0 mV but then progressively decreased with further depolarizations. The time-dependent outward current as well as the tail current were highly sensitive to block by E-4031 and dofetilide (IC(50) of 21.1 and 15.1 nM, respectively) and almost totally abolished by micromolar concentrations of each drug, suggesting that most of the outward current in HL-1 cells was attributable to I (Kr). The magnitude of I (Kr) available from HL-1 cells (18.1 +/- 1.5 pA pF(-1)) was sufficient for reliable measurements of various gating parameters. RT-PCR and Western blot analysis revealed the expression of alternatively spliced forms of mouse ether-a-go-go-related genes (mERG1), the full-length mERG1a and the N-terminally truncated mERG1b isoforms. Knockdown of mERG1 transcripts with small interfering RNA (siRNA) dramatically reduced I (Kr) amplitude, confirming the molecular link of mERG1 and I (Kr) in HL-1 cells. These findings demonstrate that HL-1 cells possess I (Kr) with properties comparable to those in native cardiac I (Kr) and provide an experimental model suitable for studies of I (Kr) channels.

  19. Occlusion of atrial septal defect utilizing occluder devise via minimally invasive right chest approach

    励峰; 李伟; 康宁; 龚宝生; 吴东进; 徐方杰; 邱兆昆; 吴卫华


    Objective To evaluate atrial septal defect (ASD) occlusion employing a small right anterior thoracotomy approach. Methods A total of 21 patients with ASD underwent general anesthesia and 2 -3 cm incision was made in the fourth right intercostal space. Utilizing transesophageal or transthoracic echocardiography, the occluder was released using a monotube unit. Results All patients were occluded successfully. No patient required open surgery utilizing extracorporeal circulation. There were no major complications and no evidence of residual atrial shunt. Conclusion ASD occlusion via a minimal surgical incision is safe, less invasive, and has excellent outcomes.

  20. Role of Leptin Signaling in the Pathogenesis of Angiotensin II-Mediated Atrial Fibrosis and Fibrillation

    福井, 暁


    Methods and Results: Eight-week-old male CL57/B6 (CNT) and leptin-deficient ob/ob mice (Ob) were subcutaneously infused with AngII (2.0 mg/kg/day). Two weeks later, transesophageal burst pacing and an electrophysiological study using isolated perfused hearts were performed. Left atrial tissues were collected to determine interstitial fibrosis by Masson trichrome staining and the expressions of mRNAs related to inflammatory profibrotic signals were assessed. Left atrial fibroblasts were isolat...

  1. Thrombosed cor triatriatum sinistrum mimicking left atrial mass and causing unilateral pulmonary edema.

    Gonzalez Lengua, Carlos A; Kumar, Pirkash; Cham, Matthew; Sanz, Javier


    46 year old female with history of progressive shortness of breath for 3 years associated with recurrent right lung infiltrates and hemoptisis. A computed tomography of the chest showed a left atrial mass suggestive of atrial myxoma confirmed with transesophageal echocardiogram. Contrary with findings from a dedicated EKG gated cardiac computed tomography suggestive of cor triatriatum with associated thrombus and less likely a neoplasm; findings later on confirmed during surgery. Cardiac CT offers superior spatial resolution and multi-planar image reconstructions, allowing improved characterization of cardiac structures and cardiac masses compared to other traditional cardiovascular imaging modalities.

  2. Atrial fibrillation

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


    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...

  3. Incidental discovery of an unusual right atrial membrane in an adult patient

    Nasrin N Aldawoodi


    Full Text Available We describe presence of an unusual right atrial membrane in a 30-year old female with end stage renal disease, hypertension and peripheral vascular disease. The patient was scheduled for midline sternotomy and pericardiotomy and removal of a migrated vascular stent in the right pulmonary artery. An intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE revealed an unusual membranous structure with fenestrations that stretched across the right atrium with attachments superiorly at the free wall and inferiorly at the inter-atrial septum. There was no evidence of flow obstruction across the tricuspid valve. Some of the considerations for the likely diagnosis of this structure were a prominent Eustachian valve, persistent Chiari network, aneurysmal inter-atrial septum, an inter-atrial septal cyst or Cor triatriatum dexter (CTD.

  4. Outpatient transesophageal echocardiography with intravenous propofol anesthesia in children and adolescents.

    Marcus, B; Steward, D J; Khan, N R; Scott, E B; Scott, G M; Gardner, A J; Wong, P C


    Outpatient transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed in 10 children and adolescents (aged 3 to 19.5 years, mean 13.5 years; weight 12 to 91 kg, mean 49 kg), including two with Down's syndrome and one with autism, for diagnostic evaluation of issues unresolved by transthoracic echo examination (TTE). Issues for TEE: evaluation for atrial septal defect (two patients); anatomy of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (one patient); aortic valve anatomy before valvuloplasty for insufficiency (one patient); evaluation for cause of cyanosis after Fontan operation (one patient); determination of source of high-velocity intracardiac turbulence after atrioventricular septal defect repair (one patient); rule out cardiac embolic source in patient with stroke (one patient); evaluate prosthetic valve function and rule out thrombus (one patient); determination of anatomic relationship of mitral valve to a ventricular septal defect before surgery for complex cyanotic heart disease (one patient); and evaluation for aortic dissection in Marfan's syndrome (one patient). Intravenous propofol anesthesia administered without endotracheal intubation by an anesthesiologist allowed successful outpatient TEE in nine patients; midazolam-conscious sedation was used in one. Outpatient TEE resolved diagnostic issues in all patients without complication, thereby avoiding cardiac catheterization in six patients and supplementing catheterization for preoperative planning in four patients. TEE can be performed safely and effectively with propofol anesthesia in the outpatient setting in carefully selected children and adolescents to provide vital diagnostic information. However, given the invasive nature of the procedure and the use of anesthesia, outpatient pediatric TEE should be used judiciously.

  5. Sensitivity of transesophageal electrophysiologic study in children with supraventricular tachycardia on electrocardiography.

    Akin, Alper; Özer, Sema; Karagöz, Tevfık; Aykan, Hayrettın Hakan; Gülgün, Mustafa; Özkutlu, Süheyla; Alehan, Dursun; Çelıker, Alpay


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the inducibility of tachycardia by transesophageal electrophysiologic study (TEEPS) in patients with documented supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) on electrocardiography and to investigate the accuracy of TEEPS records by comparing with intracardiac electrophysiologic study (IEPS). The TEEPS records of patients having documented electrocardiography during SVT were reviewed. The results of TEEPS in 43 of 85 patients were compared with results of IEPS for compatibility of diagnosis. A total 85 patients, 46 male and 39 female, mean weight 35.1 kg (36-87), aged 1 month-17 years, were included. Tachycardia was induced by TEEPS in 79 of 85 patients with documented electrocardiography (sensitivity 92.9%). IEPS for diagnosis or ablation was conducted in 40 patients having inducible tachycardia and three of six who had no inducible tachycardia by TEEPS. Tachycardia was induced by IEPS in 39 of 40 (97.5%) patients who had inducible tachycardia and two of three who had no inducible tachycardia by TEEPS. Mechanisms of tachycardias were similar in 97.5% of patients (37/39) who had inducible tachycardia in TEEPS and IEPS. One of the patients with atrioventricular reentry tachycardia by TEEPS was diagnosed as atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) and the other one was diagnosed as atypical AVNRT and atrial tachycardia by IEPS. The rates of inducibility and mechanisms of tachycardias by TEEPS in children having documented SVT were similar with those obtained from IEPS. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Evaluation of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation following cardiopulmonary bypass assessed by biplane transesophageal echocardiography.

    Nakao, T; Fujimoto, K; Brodman, R F; Oka, Y


    The aim of this study was to evaluate pathogenesis and outcome of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Biplane TEE was continuously monitored in a total of 96 patients who were scheduled for elective CABG surgery. Of 96 patients, 10 with no MR at stages 1 (after anesthetic induction but before skin incision) and 2 (after cardiopulmonary bypass [CPB] and decannulation) were excluded. In the remaining 86 patients with MR between stages 1 and 2, 45 (group A) had an increase in MR, and 41 (group B) had a decrease in MR. An increase in MR at stage 2 in group A was associated with a significant increase in annular diameter (p area (p area (p areas. In 7 patients in group A, MR increased continuously until stage 3 (after sternal closure) despite treatment. In 2 of these 7 patients, pulmonary venous systolic flow (PVSF) decreased during stage 2 and persisted to stage 3. The post operative course of these 2 patients was complicated with atrial fibrillation (AF). The increase in annular diameter and worsening in RWMA in RCA and/or LCX areas are associated with acute ischemic MR following CPB. The majority of acute ischemic MR cases were resolved by pharmacological intervention. Post operative AF was noted in 2 patients with acute ischemic MR associated with persistently decreased PVSF following CPB despite treatment.

  7. Fluoroscopic balloon-guided transesophageal echocardiography in a patient with Zenker's diverticulum.

    Fergus, Icilma; Bennett, Edward S; Rogers, David M; Siskind, Steven; Messineo, Frank C


    During the past 20 years, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) became an important diagnostic technique. Indications for TEE include: defining the cause and severity of native valve disease, particularly mitral regurgitation; detecting vegetations and other sequelae of endocarditis; assessing prosthetic valve function; and identifying a potential cardiac source for emboli.(1) TEE is usually well tolerated and is associated with few adverse events. However, structural abnormalities of the esophagus such as diverticula, stenoses, tumors, and advanced varices are relative contraindications to TEE because of the technical difficulties associated with probe advancement and the risk of esophageal perforation.(2) This report describes the successful performance of TEE in a patient with a Zenker's diverticulum. The patient was severely symptomatic of atrial fibrillation and was a poor candidate for long-term anticoagulation. Therefore, it was necessary to rule out a thrombus before cardioversion. Because the Zenker's diverticulum was large, a novel approach was taken using a balloon to occlude the orifice allowing safe passage of the TEE probe.

  8. Impact of pulmonary vein isolation on atrial vagal activity and atrial electrical remodeling

    Yingxue Dong; Shulong Zhang; Lianjun Gao; Hongwei Zhao; Donghui Yang; Yunlong Xia; Yanzong Yang


    Objective Mechanisms of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation remain controversy.This study aimed to investigate the impact of PVI on vagal modulation to atria.Methods Eighteen adult mongrel dogs under general anesthesia were randomly divided into two groups.Bilateral cervical sympathovagal trunks were decentralized and sympathetic effects was blocked by metoprolol administration.Atrial electrical remodeling (AER) was established by rapid right atrial pacing at the rate of 600 bpm for 30 minutes.PVI was performed in group A.Atrial effective refractory period (ERP),vulnerability window (VW) of atrial fibrillation,and sinus rhythm cycle length (SCL) were measured at baseline and during vagal stimulation before and after atrial rapid pacing with and without PVI at fight atrial appendage (RAA),left atrial appendage (LAA),distal coronary sinus (CSd) and proximal coronary sinus (CSp).Results (1) Effects of PVI on vagal modulation:Shortening of SCL during vagal stimulation decreased significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI in group A (P<0.001).Shortening of ERP during vagal stimulation decreaseed significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI (P<0.05).VW of atrial fibrillation during vagal stimulation decreased significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI (P<0.05).(2) Effects of PVI on AER:shortening of ERP before and after atrial rapid pacing increased significantly at baseline and vagal stimulation in group B compared with that in group A (P<0.05).VW during vagal stimulation increased significantly after atrial rapid pacing in group B (P<0.05).Conclusion PVI attenuates the vagal modulation to the atria,thereby decreases the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation mediated by vagal activity.PVI releases AER,which maybe contributes to the vagal denervation.Our study indicates that PVI not only can eradicate triggered foci but also modify substrates for AF.(J Geriatr Cardiol 2008;5:28-32)

  9. 急性心肌梗死急诊诊断与治疗分析%Clinical effect of intravenous injection of amiodarone in treatment of acute heart failure with rapid atrial fibrillation



    目的:分析研究AMI(急性心肌梗死)的临床诊断以及治疗效果。方法抽取近年来在我院收治的80例患有急性心肌梗塞的患者,随机分为实验组和对照组,每组各40例患者,其中实验组对患者采取尿激酶溶栓治疗,对照组对患者采取传统常规治疗。结果实验组患者的临床治疗效果明显优于对照组患者,两组间差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论采取及时有效的临床干预以及治疗对治疗急性心肌梗塞的患者起到至关重要的作用,具有临床推广价值应用。%Objective To investigate the clinical effect of intravenous injection of amiodarone in the treatment of acute heart failure with rapid atrial fibrillation.Methods A total of 172 patients with acute heart failure and rapid atrial fibrillation who were admitted to our hospital from October 2011 to July 2013 were randomly divided into heart failure and atrial fibrillation group and amiodarone group. The heart failure and atrial fibrillation group received conventional treatment, while the amiodarone group received conventional treatment plus injection of amiodarone. The treatment outcomes of the two groups were compared.Results After 7 d of treatment, the amiodarone group had a significant more improvement in cardiac function, a significantly better heart rate control, and a significantly lower mortality rate, as compared with the heart failure and atrial fibrillation group (P<0.05 for all comparisons). ConclusionConventional treatment plus injection of amiodarone can improve cardiac function and control heart rate in the treatment of heart failure.

  10. Late thrombosis of a mitral bioprosthetic valve with associated massive left atrial thrombus

    Preetham R Muskula


    Full Text Available An 84-year-old man presented 5 years after bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with three months of worsening dyspnea on exertion. A new mitral stenosis murmur was noted on physical examination, and an electrocardiogram revealed newly recognized atrial fibrillation. Severe mitral stenosis (mean gradient = 13 mmHg was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed markedly thickened mitral bioprosthetic leaflets with limited mobility, and a massive left atrial thrombus (>4 cm in diameter (Fig. 1A, B, C, D and Videos 1, 2, 3 and 4. Intravenous heparin was initiated, and 5 days later, he was taken to the operating room for planned redo mitral valve replacement and left atrial thrombus extraction. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography revealed near-complete resolution of the bioprosthetic leaflet thickening, and a mean mitral gradient of only 3 mmHg (Fig. 2A, B, C and Videos 5, 6 and 7. The patient underwent resection of the massive left atrial thrombus (Fig. 2D but did not require redo mitral valve replacement. He was initiated on heparin (and transitioned to warfarin early in the post-operative period, with complete resolution of dyspnea on exertion at 3-month follow-up. Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis is increasingly recognized as a cause of early prosthetic valve dysfunction (1, 2. This case illustrates that bioprosthetic valve thrombosis may occur years after valve replacement; therefore, any deterioration in a patient’s clinical status (new-onset dyspnea, heart failure or atrial fibrillation warrants a thorough evaluation of the bioprosthetic valve with transesophageal echocardiography. In this case, initiation of anticoagulation obviated the need for redo mitral valve replacement.

  11. Atrial Fibrillation.

    Zimetbaum, Peter


    This issue provides a clinical overview of atrial fibrillation, focusing on diagnosis, treatment, and practice improvement. The content of In the Clinic is drawn from the clinical information and education resources of the American College of Physicians (ACP), including MKSAP (Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program). Annals of Internal Medicine editors develop In the Clinic in collaboration with the ACP's Medical Education and Publishing divisions and with the assistance of additional science writers and physician writers.

  12. The use of balloon atrial septostomy to facilitate difficult transseptal access in patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

    Zadeh, Andrew A; Cannom, David S; Macrum, Bruce L; Ho, Ivan C


    With the increasing number of patients undergoing repeat catheter ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation, it is not uncommon to encounter a fibrotic interatrial septum that resists the conventional manual advancement of the transseptal sheath. Forceful advancement of the transseptal apparatus can reduce fine control and potentially lead to a higher rate of perforation. We report a case where adjunctive balloon atrial septostomy was used to facilitate transseptal access in a patient with fibrotic interatrial septum. Using a small-caliber angioplasty balloon and under direct fluoroscopic and transesophageal echocardiogram visualization, balloon septostomy was performed with hand inflation until a "waist" was seen. This technique provides a safe way to control the size of the transseptal access created, and allows the passage of a relatively soft-tipped transseptal sheath across a resistive septum. To our knowledge this is the first published use of balloon atrial septostomy during transseptal puncture for left atrium access in a catheter ablation procedure. Balloon atrial septostomy should be considered as an alternative technique for safe transseptal cannulation in select patients in the electrophysiology laboratory or other interventional procedures requiring left atrial access or delivery of large-caliber catheters or sheaths. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Trans-esophageal echocardiography for tricuspid and pulmonary valves

    Prabhu Mahesh


    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography has been shown to provide unique information about cardiac anatomy, function, hemodynamics and blood flow and is relatively easy to perform with a low risk of complications. Echocardiographic evaluation of the tricuspid and pulmonary valves can be achieved with two-dimensional and Doppler imaging. Transesophageal echocardiography of these valves is more challenging because of their complex structure and their relative distance from the esophagus. Two-dimensional echocardiography allows an accurate visualization of the cardiac chambers and valves and their motion during the cardiac cycle. Doppler echocardiography is the most commonly used diagnostic technique for detecting and evaluating valvular regurgitation. The lack of good quality evidence makes it difficult to recommend a validated quantitative approach but expert consensus recommends a clinically useful qualitative approach. This review ennumerates probe placement, recommended cross-sectional views, flow patterns, quantitative equations including the clinical approach to the noninvasive quantification of both stenotic and regurgitant lesions.

  14. [Peculiarities of the transesophageal echocardiography in octogenarian patients].

    Canale, Jesús M; Cardoza-Encinas, Rubén; Canale-Segovia, Andrés

    The growing trend in the absolute and relative number of elderly in the population scheme, the increasing prevalence of heart disease as people get older and the impressive technological development of ultrasound devices have all together recently contributed to promote an increasing number of transesophageal echocardiograms in older patients, however, the already published information about the distinguishing features of this diagnostic methodology in elderly patients is still scarce and seems to be insufficient. This review focuses on the already published methodological and diagnostic features related to the transesophageal echocardiography in the octogenarian -or even older patient- in order to show them in an orderly and systematic manner to provide elements that induce useful clinical criteria for the physician who attends patients in this age group in whom this diagnostic modality is now increasingly requested. Copyright © 2016 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  15. How standard transesophageal echocardiography views change with dextrocardia.

    Raut, Monish S; Maheshwari, Arun; Shad, Sujay; Rachna, G


    Dextrocardia with situs inversus is a rare condition. Situs inversus with dextrocardia is also called as "situs inversus totalis". Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) views in dextrocardia patient are not discussed in the literature. The cardiac position and the cardiac chambers are mirror image of the normal anatomy. Because of this positional change, certain TEE probe and multiplane angle manipulations are required to obtain the recommended views.




    To determine the additional diagnostic value of biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery, we studied 48 patients with severe mitral regurgitation. Transesophageal echocardiographic video recordings were reorganized in separate transverse and longitud

  17. The Incidence of Patent Foramen Ovale in 1,000 Consecutive Patients: A Contrast Transesophageal Echocardiography Study

    Fisher, Daniel C.; Fisher, Edward A.; Budd, Jacqueline H.; Rosen, Stacey E.; Goldman, Martin E.


    Study objective: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in 10 to 35% of people and has been reported to be an important risk factor for cardioembolic cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) and transient ischemic attacks (TIAS), especially in younger patients. While contrast transthoracic echocardiography has been used to detect PFO, contrast transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has a greater sensitivity. Prior studies reported the incidence of PFO in patients presenting with a CVA or TIA. Design: To determine the incidence of PFO in a more general population, we reviewed 1,000 consecutive TEES performed with contrast and color Doppler for the presence of PFO and other cardioembolic risk factors, including atrial septal aneurysm (ASA), aortic plaque, atrial fibrillation (AFib), and atrial thrombi. While imaging with monoplane or biplane TEE, multiple injections of agitated saline solution were injected during cough or Valsalva maneuver to detect flow through a PFO. Patients: There were 482 male and 518 female patients with mean age of 60 + 17 years (range 11 to 93 years). Results: Patent foramen ovale was found in 9.2% of all patients and, though seen in all age groups divided by decade, the incidence in patients aged 40 to 49 years was greater than those aged 70 to 79 years (12.96% vs 6.15%',, p=0.03). Contrast TEE had a much higher detection rate than color Doppler alone. Importantly, there was no greater incidence of PFO in patients with CVA vs thos without CVA, or in male vs female patients. Also, there was a very strong correlation between the presence of ASA and PFO (p<.001). Conclusion: Thus, PFO detected by TEE, frequently seen with ASA, is seen in all age groups and does not in itself present a risk factor for CVA. The association of PFO with peripheral thrombosis and CVA needs further study.

  18. The Incidence of Patent Foramen Ovale in 1,000 Consecutive Patients: A Contrast Transesophageal Echocardiography Study

    Fisher, Daniel C.; Fisher, Edward A.; Budd, Jacqueline H.; Rosen, Stacey E.; Goldman, Martin E.


    Study objective: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in 10 to 35% of people and has been reported to be an important risk factor for cardioembolic cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) and transient ischemic attacks (TIAS), especially in younger patients. While contrast transthoracic echocardiography has been used to detect PFO, contrast transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has a greater sensitivity. Prior studies reported the incidence of PFO in patients presenting with a CVA or TIA. Design: To determine the incidence of PFO in a more general population, we reviewed 1,000 consecutive TEES performed with contrast and color Doppler for the presence of PFO and other cardioembolic risk factors, including atrial septal aneurysm (ASA), aortic plaque, atrial fibrillation (AFib), and atrial thrombi. While imaging with monoplane or biplane TEE, multiple injections of agitated saline solution were injected during cough or Valsalva maneuver to detect flow through a PFO. Patients: There were 482 male and 518 female patients with mean age of 60 + 17 years (range 11 to 93 years). Results: Patent foramen ovale was found in 9.2% of all patients and, though seen in all age groups divided by decade, the incidence in patients aged 40 to 49 years was greater than those aged 70 to 79 years (12.96% vs 6.15%',, p=0.03). Contrast TEE had a much higher detection rate than color Doppler alone. Importantly, there was no greater incidence of PFO in patients with CVA vs thos without CVA, or in male vs female patients. Also, there was a very strong correlation between the presence of ASA and PFO (pCVA. The association of PFO with peripheral thrombosis and CVA needs further study.

  19. Development of porcine model of tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy by rapid atrial pacing%快速心房起搏制作猪心动过速心肌病动物模型研究

    张超群; 王志荣; 顾万华; 李飞; 程明月; 李承宗; 徐唔


    Objective To evaluate the feasibility of developing porcine model of tachycardia - induced cardiomyopathy by rapid atrial pacing. Methods Eight healthy piglets underwent continuous right atrial pacing at 400 beats/min for 2 weeks while two healthy piglets served as normal control. Left ventricular end - systolic volume ( LVESV) , left ventricular end - distolic volume (LVEDV) and left ventricular ejection fraction ( LVEF) were measured by echocardiography . The atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) concentration was detected before and after rapid atrial pacing . The left ventricular sections were analyzed histologically through hematoxylin and eosin ( H - E) staining. Results Compared to baseline , the LVESV , LVEDV and the level of ANP all increased significantly after 2 weeks rapid pacing (P < 0. 05) , while LVEF decreased significantly [ (61. 6±7. 2)% vs (38.5±5. l)%,P<0. 05]. Left ventricular tissues demonstrated ventricular tissue disorder, focal necrosis , muscle dissolution , edema, interstitial collagen connective tissue proliferation and in -flammatory cell infiltration. Conclusion Short term rapid atrial pacing is an convenient and effective method for develo -ping porcine model of tachycardia - induced cardiomyopathy.%目的 探讨通过快速心房起搏构建猪心动过速性心肌病模型的可行性.方法 10只健康小猪经穿刺颈静脉途径植入AAI型起搏器,8只给予400次/min的快速右心房起搏2周,2只不起搏作为对照组,起搏前后应用超声心动图观测收缩、舒张末期左心室容积大小及左心室射血分数(LVEF),并检测血心房钠尿肽(ANP)水平;通过苏木精-伊红染色观察左心室心肌病理改变.结果 快速起搏2周后,猪左心室收缩末期容积(LVESV)和舒张末期容积(LVEDV)均显著增加(P<0.05);血浆中ANP显著增加,苏木精-伊红染色可见心室组织细胞排列紊乱,出现局灶性坏死、肌溶解、水肿、间质胶原结缔组织增生

  20. The advantages of live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the assessment of tricuspid valve infective endocarditis.

    Sungur, Aylin; Hsiung, Ming C; Meggo Quiroz, Luis D; Oz, Tuğba Kemaloğlu; Haj Asaad, Ayman; Joshi, Deepak; Dönmez, Cevdet; Güvenç, Tolga S; Nanda, Navin C


    Currently, tricuspid valve infective endocarditis (TVIE) is encountered in daily clinical practice more frequently due to the increasing prevalence of illicit intravenous drug use and the implantation of intracardiac devices. In this study, we compared findings from intra-operative live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiograms (3DTEE) and two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiograms (2DTEE) of 10 patients who underwent surgery for native tricuspid valve (TV) endocarditis. Unlike 2DTEE, 3DTEE allowed en face visualization of the 3 TV leaflets from both, atrial and ventricular aspects, in 9 of the 10 cases. In the remaining patient, in whom 3DTEE could not identify all 3 leaflets en face, the TV was found essentially destroyed at surgery. Using 3DTEE, the number of vegetations was accurately reported when compared with the surgical record. Furthermore, the orientation of each vegetation was the same as noted in the surgical findings. 2DTEE missed the identification of vegetations in 5 patients. The attachment site of vegetations to the TV were also not characterized by 2DTEE in 5 patients. In all 10 cases, 3DTEE characterized the vegetations more accurately with larger dimensions, including those in the azimuthal axis, and volumes. In addition, a perivalvular abscess that lead to surgical intervention was identified by 3DTEE, however, missed by 2DTEE. In conclusion, 3DTEE allows en face visualization of the TV apparatus permitting accurate description of the number and dimensions of vegetations identified by our surgical standard, which ultimately informs patients' prognosis and dictates the timing and planning for surgical intervention. Its use should be in conjunction with 2DTEE when evaluating TVIE.

  1. Impact of transesophageal echocardiography during transseptal puncture on atrial fibrillation ablation

    İsmail Erden, MD


    Conclusions: TEE-guided TP for AF ablation is associated with shorter fluoroscopy time, shorter total cryoablation time, and shorter total procedural time. Importantly, TEE-guided TP facilitates cryoablation of the inferior pulmonary veins.

  2. Calpain I Inhibition prevents atrial structural remodeling in a canine model with atrial fibrillation

    XUE Hong-jie; SHAN Hong-bo; LIU Jie; LI Wei-min; LI Yue; GONG Yong-tai; YANG Bao-feng; JIN Cheng-luo; SHENG Li; CHU Shan; ZHANG Li


    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is accompanied by atrial structural remodeling. Calpain activity is induced during AR To lest a causal relationship between calpain activation and atrial structural changes, N-acetyl-Leu-Leu-Met (ALLM), a calpain inhibitor, was utilized in a canine AF model.Methods Fifteen dogs were randomly divided into 3 groups: sham-operated group, control group and calpain inhibitor group; each with 5 dogs. Sustained AF was induced by rapid right atrium pacing at 600 beats per minute for 3 weeks. ALLM was administered at a dosage of 1.0 mg-kg-1·d-1 in the calpain inhibitor group. Three weeks later, the proteolysis, protein expression of TnT and myosin, calpain l localization and expression and structural changes were examined in left atrial free walls, right atrial free walls and the interatrial septum respectively. Atrial size and contractile function were also measured by echocardiography.Results Long-term rapid atrial pacing induced marked structural changes such as enlarged atrial volume, myolysis, degradation of TnT and myosin, accumulation of glycogen and changes in mitochondrial shape and size, which were paralleled by an increase in calpain activity. The positive correlation between calpain activity and the degree of myolysis (rs=0.90 961, P<0.0001) was demonstrated. In addition to structural abnormalities, pacing-induced atrial contractile dysfunction was observed in this study. The pacing-induced atrial structural alterations and loss of contractility were partially prevented by the calpain inhibitor ALLM.Conclusions Activation of calpain represents key features in the progression towards overt structural remodeling. Calpain inhibitor, ALLM, suppressed the increased calpain activity and reversed structural remodeling caused by sustained atrial fibrillation in the present model. Calpain Inhibition may therefore provide a possibility for therapeutic Intervention in AF.

  3. Feasibility of endoscopic transesophageal thoracic sympathectomy (with video).

    Turner, Brian G; Gee, Denise W; Cizginer, Sevdenur; Konuk, Yusuf; Karaca, Cetin; Willingham, Field; Mino-Kenudson, Mari; Morse, Christopher; Rattner, David W; Brugge, William R


    Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is the preferred surgical treatment for patients with disabling palmar hyperhidrosis. Current methods require a transthoracic approach to permit ablation of the thoracic sympathetic chain. To develop a minimally invasive, transesophageal endoscopic technique for a sympathectomy in a swine model. Nonsurvival animal study. Animal trial at a tertiary care academic center. This study involved 8 healthy Yorkshire swine. After insertion of a double-channel gastroscope, a Duette Band mucosectomy device was used to create a small esophageal mucosal defect. A short, 5-cm submucosal tunnel was created by using the tip of the endoscope and biopsy forceps. Within the submucosal space, a needle-knife was used to incise the muscular esophageal wall and permit entry into the mediastinum and chest. The sympathetic chain was identified at the desired thoracic level and was ablated or transected. The animals were killed at the completion of the procedure. Feasibility of endoscopic transesophageal thoracic sympathectomy. The sympathetic chain was successfully ablated in 7 of 8 swine, as confirmed by gross surgical pathology and histology. In 1 swine, muscle fibers were inadvertently transected. On average, the procedure took 61.4+/-24.5 minutes to gain access to the chest, whereas the sympathectomy was performed in less than 3 minutes in all cases. One animal was killed immediately after sympathectomy, before the completion of the observation period, because of hemodynamic instability. Nonsurvival series, animal study. Endoscopic transesophageal thoracic sympathectomy is technically feasible, simple, and can be performed in a porcine model. 2010 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. 阿利吉仑及贝那普利对犬快速心房起搏心房离子通道重构的影响%Effects of aliskiren and benazepril on atrial ion channel remodeling in a canine model of rapid atrial pacing

    赵志强; 李卫民; 李健; 王兴华; 杨万松; 程立君; 李广平


    Objective To investigate the effects of aliskiren and benazepril on atrial electrical remode-ling in a canine model of rapid atrial pacing .Methods Twenty-four dogs were assigned to sham (S),control paced (C),paced+aliskiren (10 mg・ kg-1・ d-1,A),paced and benazepril (4 mg・ kg-1・ d-1,B) group. Six dogs in each group.Rapid atrial pacing at 500 beats per minute was maintained for 2 weeks,but dogs in sham group were instrumented without pacing .During the pacing ,aliskiren ( 10 mg・ kg-1・ d-1 ,A) and benaze-pril ( 4 mg・ kg-1・ d-1 ,B) were given orally .Whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to record atrial L-type calcium current(ICaL) and sodium channel current (INa) ionic currents.Collagenase was used for atrial cell isolation.Western-Blotting and RT-PCR were applied to assess atrial protein expression levels of ICaLα1C and INa V1.5αsubunits.Results Compared with S group,the density of ICaL and INa currents was significantly re-duced in atrial cells from paced dogs ( P0.05).The protein levels of Nav1.5αin B group were higher than that in A group (B∶A:0.903 vs.0.597,P<0.05).Conclusion These results suggest that aliskiren and benazepril have differing influences on atrial tachycardia -induced atrial ionic remodeling .%目的:探讨阿利吉仑及贝那普利对犬快速心房起搏心房离子通道重构的影响。方法健康成年杂种犬24只,分为4组:假手术组( S 组),心房起搏对照组( C 组),心房起搏+阿利吉仑10 mg・ kg-1・ d-1组( A组),心房起搏+贝那普利4 mg・ kg-1・ d-1组( B组)。每组6只。 S组植入起搏器,不行起搏刺激及药物干预。 C组植入起搏器并起搏,无药物干预。 A组及B组分别于起搏开始前3 d开始给予口服阿利吉仑10 mg・ kg-1・ d-1及贝那普利4 mg・ kg-1・ d-1直至实验结束。各组犬经500次/min快速心房起搏2周。胶原酶法分离左心房肌细胞行全细胞电流记录,观察

  5. Atrial Strain and Strain Rate: A Novel Method for the Evaluation of Atrial Stunning

    Ozkan, Hakan; Binici, Suleyman; Tenekecioglu, Erhan; Ari, Hasan; Bozat, Tahsin


    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen in adults. Atrial stunning is defined as the temporary mechanical dysfunction of the atrial appendage developing after AF has returned to sinus rhythm (SR). Objectives We aimed to evaluate atrial contractile functions by strain and strain rate in patients with AF, following pharmacological and electrical cardioversion and to compare it with conventional methods. Methods This study included 41 patients with persistent AF and 35 age-matched control cases with SR. All the AF patients included in the study had transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography performed before and after. Septum (SEPsSR), left atrium (LAsSR) and right atrium peak systolic strain rate (RAsSR) were defined as the maximum negative value during atrial contraction and septum (SEPε), left atrium (LAε) and right atrium peak systolic strain (RAε) was defined as the percentage of change. Parameters of two groups were compared. Results In the AF group, 1st hour and 24th hour LAε, RAε, SEPε, LAsSR, RAsSR, SEPsSR found to be significantly lower than in the control group (LAε: 2.61%±0.13, 3.06%±0.19 vs 6.45%±0.27, p<0.0001; RAε: 4.03%±0.38, 4.50%±0.47 vs 10.12%±0.64, p<0.0001; SEPε: 3.0%±0.22, 3.19%±0.15 vs 6.23%±0.49, p<0.0001; LAsSR: 0.61±0.04s-1, 0.75±0.04s-1 vs 1.35±0.04s-1, p<0.0001; RAsSR: 1.13±0.06s-1, 1.23±0.07s-1 vs 2.10±0.08s- 1, p<0.0001; SEPsSR: 0.76±0.04s- 1, 0.78±0.04s- 1 vs 1.42±0.06 s- 1, p<0.0001). Conclusion Atrial strain and strain rate parameters are superior to conventional echocardiographic parameters for the evaluation of atrial stunning in AF cases where SR has been achieved. PMID:27627221

  6. Case report of latex aerosolization from a transesophageal echocardiogram machine.

    Muller, Barbara A; Steelman, Victoria J


    Aerosolized natural rubber latex proteins produce latex sensitization and can cause acute allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. The objective of this study is to describe measures that should be taken to ensure a latex-safe hospital environment. A case of latex-induced anaphylaxis prompted a survey of air quality in acute care areas of a major tertiary health care center that had eliminated the use of powder-free latex gloves years earlier. Six air samples were collected using pre- and postcalibrated sampling pumps operating at 2.7 L/minute. Samples were collected in duplicate on three-piece 37-mm Teflon filters in open-faced cassettes and tested for latex allergen by inhibition immunoassay. All samples had less than the detection limit > 5 ng/m3 for aerosolized latex except for the echocardiogram suite where the transesophageal echocardiogram machine was located. After thorough cleaning of the suite and echocardiogram machine, subsequent air sampling showed no detectable latex aerosolization particles. Follow-up investigation to discover the source of contamination revealed that the department performing routine maintenance on the echocardiogram equipment used powdered latex gloves obtained outside the hospital. Employees who are latex allergic may experience symptoms even in an environment of powder-free, nonlatex gloves. The site was a contaminated transesophageal echocardiogram machine. Institutional policies should be in place to monitor employee complaints and address allergic reactions to latex.

  7. Inhibitory effects of hesperetin on Kv1.5 potassium channels stably expressed in HEK 293 cells and ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K(+) current in human atrial myocytes.

    Wang, Huan; Wang, Hong-Fei; Wang, Chen; Chen, Yu-Fang; Ma, Rong; Xiang, Ji-Zhou; Du, Xin-Ling; Tang, Qiang


    In the present study, the inhibitory effects of hesperetin (HSP) on human cardiac Kv1.5 channels expressed in HEK 293 cells and the ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (Ikur) in human atrial myocytes were examined by using the whole-cell configuration of the patch-clamp techniques. We found that hesperetin rapidly and reversibly suppressed human Kv1.5 current in a concentration dependent manner with a half-maximal inhibition (IC50) of 23.15 μΜ with a Hill coefficient of 0.89. The current was maximally diminished about 71.36% at a concentration of 300μM hesperetin. Hesperetin significantly positive shifted the steady-state activation curve of Kv1.5, while negative shifted the steady-state inactivation curve. Hesperetin also accelerated the inactivation and markedly slowed the recovery from the inactivation of Kv1.5 currents. Block of Kv1.5 currents by hesperetin was in a frequency dependent manner. However, inclusion of 30μM hesperetin in pipette solution produced no effect on Kv1.5 channel current, while the current were remarkable and reversibly inhibited by extracellular application of 30μM hesperetin. We also found that hesperetin potently and reversibly inhibited the ultra-repaid delayed K(+) current (Ikur) in human atrial myocytes, which is in consistent with the effects of hesperetin on Kv1.5 currents in HEK 293 cells. In conclusion, hesperetin is a potent inhibitor of Ikur (which is encoded by Kv1.5), with blockade probably due to blocking of both open state and inactivated state channels from outside of the cell.

  8. The study of inhibiting heart rate and rapidly terminating atrial flutter of ibutilide on canine%伊布利特对犬心率抑制与终止心房扑动机制的初步探讨

    孙健玲; 李小鹰; 郭继鸿; 刘鹏; 张萍; 易忠


    Objective To observe the electrophysiological effects of ibufilide on canine and to explore the potential mechanisms of ibutilide on terminating atrial flutter. Methods Eighteen mongrel dogs were anesthetized and intubated. The heart was exposed through thoracotomy for electrodes implantation. The electrophysiologic variables (heart rate, the conduction of intraatrium and interatrium, the conduction ratio of isthmus, the effective refractory period) were measured in the absence or presence of ibutilide ( 10 minute infusion with 0. 10 mg/kg ibutilide, 30 minutes later with a maintaining dose of 0.01 mg/min). Results Ibutilide significant suppressed sinus atrial node function, the peak effect was observed at 20 -30 min post drug infusion and heart rate returned to normal at 2 hours post infusion. Post ibutilide infusion, 1 canine developed sinus pause for 5 seconds and 2:1 atrioventricular conduction block was evidenced in another canine. The atrial, ventricular and pulmonary vein effective refractory periods were all significant prolonged (all P0.05). Conclusions Ibutilide could suppress sinus atrial node and the atrioventricular node function. The mechanism of ibutilide on rapidly terminating atrial flutter might be related to the prolongation of the refractory periods which might then result in the reduction of the whole excitable gap of the reentrant circuit and induce proceed inability of reentrant wavefront.%目的 观察伊布利特对犬心房与心室电生理特性的作用特点,初步探讨其终止心房扑动(房扑)的机制.方法 18只成年健康雄性杂种犬,麻醉后气管插管,开胸并缝合电极,伊布利特按0.10 mg/kg静脉推注给药,观察给药前后心率、房内与房间传导时间、峡部缓慢传导区传导速度、各部位不应期的变化.结果 伊布利特对心率有明显的抑制作用,作用的高峰时间在给药后20~30min,2 h后心率基本恢复到用药前的水平.实验中,1只犬在给药后出现长达5

  9. A Proposed Maneuver to Guide Transseptal Puncture Using Real-Time Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography: Pilot Study

    Hani M. Mahmoud


    Full Text Available Aim of Study. To assess the feasibility of a new proposed maneuver “RATLe-90” using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3DTEE for anatomically oriented visualization of the interatrial septum (IAS in guiding the transseptal puncture TSP. Methods. The study included 20 patients (mean age, 60.2±6.7 years; 60% males who underwent TSP for different indications. RT-3DTEE was used to guide TSP. The proposed maneuver RATLe-90 (Rotate-Anticlockwise-Tilt-Left-90 was applied in all cases to have the anatomically oriented en face view of the IAS from the right atrial (RA aspect. Having this anatomically oriented view, we guided the TSP catheter towards the proper puncture site according to the planned procedure. Results. Using the RATLe-90 maneuver, the anatomically oriented en face view of the IAS from the RA was obtained in all patients. We were able to guide the puncture catheter to the proper puncture site on the IAS. The 3D images obtained were clearly understood by both echocardiographers and interventionists. The RATLe-90 maneuver acquisition time was 19.9±1.6 seconds. The time-to-tent was 64.8±16.3 seconds. Less TEE probe manipulations were needed while guiding the TSP. Conclusions. Application of RT3D-TEE during TSP using RATLe-90 maneuver is feasible with shorter fluoroscopy time and minimizing TEE probe manipulations.

  10. Esophageal Perforation due to Transesophageal Echocardiogram: New Endoscopic Clip Treatment

    John Robotis


    Full Text Available Esophageal perforation due to transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE during cardiac surgery is rare. A 72-year-old female underwent TEE during an operation for aortic valve replacement. Further, the patient presented hematemesis. Gastroscopy revealed an esophageal bleeding ulcer. Endoscopic therapy was successful. Although a CT scan excluded perforation, the patient became febrile, and a second gastroscopy revealed a big perforation at the site of ulcer. The patient's clinical condition required endoscopic intervention with a new OTSC® clip (Ovesco Endoscopy, Tübingen, Germany. The perforation was successfully sealed. The patient remained on intravenous antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors and parenteral nutrition for few days, followed by enteral feeding. She was discharged fully recovered 3 months later. We clearly demonstrate an effective, less invasive treatment of an esophageal perforation with a new endoscopic clip.

  11. Hypnosis for sedation in transesophageal echocardiography: a comparison with midazolam.

    Eren, Gulay; Dogan, Yuksel; Demir, Guray; Tulubas, Evrim; Hergunsel, Oya; Tekdos, Yasemin; Dogan, Murat; Bilgi, Deniz; Abut, Yesim


    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), being a displeasing intervention, usually entails sedation. We aimed to compare the effects of hypnosis and midazolam for sedation in TEE. A prospective single-blinded study conducted on patients scheduled for TEE between April 2011 and July 2011 at a university in Istanbul, Turkey. A total of 41 patients underwent sedation using midazolam and 45 patients underwent hypnosis. Patients were given the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) test for anxiety and continuous performance test (CPT) for alertness before and after the procedure. The difficulty of probing and the overall procedure rated by the cardiologist and satisfaction scores of the patients were also documented. Anxiety was found to be less and attention more in the hypnosis group, as revealed by STAI and CPT test scores (P Hypnosis proved to be associated with positive therapeutic outcomes for TEE with regard to alleviation of anxiety and maintenance of vigilance, thus providing more satisfaction compared to sedation with midazolam.

  12. Electrical and structural remodeling: role in the genesis and maintenance of atrial fibrillation.

    Schoonderwoerd, Bas A; Van Gelder, Isabelle C; Van Veldhuisen, Dirk J; Van den Berg, Maarten P; Crijns, Harry J G M


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (CHF) are 2 frequently encountered conditions in clinical practice. Both lead to changes in atrial function and structure, an array of processes known as atrial remodeling. This review provides an overview of ionic, electrical, contractile, neurohumoral, and structural atrial changes responsible for initiation and maintenance of AF. In the last decade, many studies have evaluated atrial remodeling due to AF or CHF. Both conditions often coexist, which makes it difficult to distinguish the contribution of each. Because of atrial stretch in the setting of hypertension or CHF, atrial remodeling frequently occurs long before AF arises. Alternatively, AF may lead to electrical remodeling, that is, shortening of refractoriness due to the high atrial rate itself. In many experimental AF or rapid atrial pacing studies, the ventricular rate was uncontrolled. In those studies, atrial stretch due to CHF may have interfered with the high atrial rate to produce a mixed type of electrical and structural remodeling. Other studies have dissected the individual role of AF or atrial tachycardia from the role CHF plays in atrial remodeling. Atrial fibrillation itself does not lead to structural remodeling, whereas this is frequently produced by hypertension or CHF, even in the absence of AF. Primary and secondary prevention programs should tailor treatment to the various types of remodeling.

  13. Simulator-based Transesophageal Echocardiographic Training with Motion Analysis A Curriculum-based Approach

    Matyal, Robina; Mitchell, John D.; Hess, Philip E.; Chaudary, Bilal; Bose, Ruma; Jainandunsing, Jayant S.; Wong, Vanessa; Mahmood, Feroze

    Background: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a complex endeavor involving both motor and cognitive skills. Current training requires extended time in the clinical setting. Application of an integrated approach for TEE training including simulation could facilitate acquisition of skills and

  14. Simulator-based Transesophageal Echocardiographic Training with Motion Analysis A Curriculum-based Approach

    Matyal, Robina; Mitchell, John D.; Hess, Philip E.; Chaudary, Bilal; Bose, Ruma; Jainandunsing, Jayant S.; Wong, Vanessa; Mahmood, Feroze


    Background: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a complex endeavor involving both motor and cognitive skills. Current training requires extended time in the clinical setting. Application of an integrated approach for TEE training including simulation could facilitate acquisition of skills and

  15. Transesophageal echocardiography. 3. rev. and enl. ed.; Transoesophageale Echokardiografie. Lehrbuch und Altlas zur Untersuchungstechnik und Befundinterpretation

    Lambertz, Heinz [ECHOECUCT-Akademie, Wiesbaden (Germany); Lethen, Harald (eds.) [Internistische Intensivmedizin, Wiesbaden (Germany). Innere Medizin/Kardiologie


    The book on transesophageal echocardiography covers the following issues: Development of transesophageal echocardiography, technical advances; indications and contraindication for transesophageal echocardiography; systematic of the medical examination process; cardiac valves and valve prostheses; mitral and aortic valvuloplasty, TAVI and interventional treatment of mitral regurgitation; infectious endocarditis; one-way and effluence disturbances of the left and right ventricle; diseases of the thoracic aorta; undefined right ventricle enlargement; lung embolism, acute infarct complications; TEE during anesthesia and perioperative intensive medicine, cardiac sources of embolism; cardiac tumors, mediastinal lymph nodes; pericardiac diseases; congenital heart diseases in childhood and adulthood; catheter interventions and heart valve reconstruction; surgically corrected congenital cardiac defects; intracavitary versus transesophageal echocardiography; three-dimensional TEE; coronary diagnostics; ischemia and vitality diagnostics.

  16. Papillary muscle rupture caused by bacterial endocarditis: role of transesophageal echocardiography.

    Habib, G; Guidon, C; Tricoire, E; Djiane, V; Monties, J R; Luccioni, R


    A 22-year-old man had severe pulmonary congestion and required mechanical ventilation. Endocarditis was suspected because a 2/6 systolic murmur was heard at the apex and because Osler nodes were present. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography allowed correct diagnosis of papillary muscle rupture causing massive mitral regurgitation. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of papillary muscle rupture caused by bacterial endocarditis diagnosed by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography.

  17. Atrial fibrillation.

    Bang, Casper N


    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

  18. The Preoperative Evaluation of Infective Endocarditis via 3-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography.

    Yong, Matthew S; Saxena, Pankaj; Killu, Ammar M; Coffey, Sean; Burkhart, Harold M; Wan, Siu-Hin; Malouf, Joseph F


    Transesophageal echocardiography continues to have a central role in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis and its sequelae. Recent technological advances offer the option of 3-dimensional imaging in the evaluation of patients with infective endocarditis. We present an illustrative case and review the literature regarding the potential advantages and limitations of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the diagnosis of complicated infective endocarditis. A 51-year-old man, an intravenous drug user who had undergone bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement 5 months earlier, presented with prosthetic valve endocarditis. Preoperative transesophageal echocardiography with 3D rendition revealed a large abscess involving the mitral aortic intervalvular fibrosa, together with a mycotic aneurysm that had ruptured into the left atrium, resulting in a left ventricle-to-left atrium fistula. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography enabled superior preoperative anatomic delineation and surgical planning. We conclude that 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography can be a useful adjunct to traditional 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography as a tool in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis.

  19. Cardiac ablation by transesophageal high intensity focused ultrasound

    JIANG Chen-xi; YU Rong-hui; MA Chang-sheng


    @@ Cardiac ablation is an important modality of invasive therapy in modern cardiology, especially in the treatment of arrhythmias, as well as other diseases such as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). Since Huang et al1 used radiofrequency (RF) to ablate canine atrial ventricular junction, RF has developed into the leading energy source in catheter ablation of arrhythmias.

  20. Dual-enhancement cardiac computed tomography for assessing left atrial thrombus and pulmonary veins before radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

    Hur, Jin; Pak, Hui-Nam; Kim, Young Jin; Lee, Hye-Jeong; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Hong, Yoo Jin; Choi, Byoung Wook


    Noninvasive imaging that provides anatomic information while excluding intracardiac thrombus would be of significant clinical value for patients referred for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study assessed the diagnostic performance of a dual-enhancement single-phase cardiac computed tomography (CT) protocol for thrombus and circulatory stasis detection in AF patients before catheter ablation. We studied 101 consecutive symptomatic AF patients (71 men and 30 women; mean age, 61.8 years) who were scheduled to have catheter ablation. All patients had undergone pre-AF ablation CT imaging and transesophageal echocardiography on the same day. CT was performed with prospective electrocardiographic gating, and scanning began 180 seconds after the test bolus. Mean left atrial appendage (LAA)/ascending aorta Hounsfield unit (HU) ratios were measured on CT images. Among the 101 patients, 9 thrombi and 18 spontaneous echo contrasts were detected by transesophageal echocardiography. The overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of CT for the detection of thrombi in the LAA were 89%, 100%, 100%, and 99%, respectively. The mean LAA/ascending aorta HU ratios were significantly different between thrombus and circulatory stasis (0.17 vs 0.33, p = 0.002). Dual-enhancement single-scan cardiac CT is a sensitive modality for detecting and differentiating LAA thrombus and circulatory stasis.

  1. Mechanism for Triggered Waves in Atrial Myocytes.

    Shiferaw, Yohannes; Aistrup, Gary L; Wasserstrom, J Andrew


    Excitation-contraction coupling in atrial cells is mediated by calcium (Ca) signaling between L-type Ca channels and Ryanodine receptors that occurs mainly at the cell boundary. This unique architecture dictates essential aspects of Ca signaling under both normal and diseased conditions. In this study we apply laser scanning confocal microscopy, along with an experimentally based computational model, to understand the Ca cycling dynamics of an atrial cell subjected to rapid pacing. Our main finding is that when an atrial cell is paced under Ca overload conditions, Ca waves can then nucleate on the cell boundary and propagate to the cell interior. These propagating Ca waves are referred to as "triggered waves" because they are initiated by L-type Ca channel openings during the action potential. These excitations are distinct from spontaneous Ca waves originating from random fluctuations of Ryanodine receptor channels, and which occur after much longer waiting times. Furthermore, we argue that the onset of these triggered waves is a highly nonlinear function of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca load. This strong nonlinearity leads to aperiodic response of Ca at rapid pacing rates that is caused by the complex interplay between paced Ca release and triggered waves. We argue further that this feature of atrial cells leads to dynamic instabilities that may underlie atrial arrhythmias. These studies will serve as a starting point to explore the nonlinear dynamics of atrial cells and will yield insights into the trigger and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. Copyright © 2017 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect Complicated by Eisenmenger Syndrome and the Role of Vasodilator Therapy

    Anuwatworn, Amornpol; Bendaly, Edgard; Prescott-Focht, Julia A.; Clark, Richard; Jonsson, Orvar


    Sinus venosus atrial septal defect is a rare congenital, interatrial communication defect at the junction of the right atrium and the vena cava. It accounts for 5–10% of cases of all atrial septal defects. Due to the rare prevalence and anatomical complexity, diagnosing sinus venous atrial septal defects poses clinical challenges which may delay diagnosis and treatment. Advanced cardiac imaging studies are useful tools to diagnose this clinical entity and to delineate the anatomy and any associated communications. Surgical correction of the anomaly is the primary treatment. We discuss a 43-year-old Hispanic female patient who presented with dyspnea and hypoxia following a laparoscopic myomectomy. She had been diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy nine years ago at another hospital. Transesophageal echocardiography and computed tomographic angiography of the chest confirmed a diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect. She was also found to have pulmonary arterial hypertension and Eisenmenger syndrome. During a hemodynamic study, she responded to vasodilator and she was treated with Ambrisentan and Tadalafil. After six months, her symptoms improved and her pulmonary arterial hypertension decreased. We also observed progressive reversal of the right-to-left shunt. This case illustrates the potential benefit of vasodilator therapy in reversing Eisenmenger physiology, which may lead to surgical repair of the atrial septal defect as the primary treatment. PMID:27974976

  3. Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect Complicated by Eisenmenger Syndrome and the Role of Vasodilator Therapy

    Amornpol Anuwatworn


    Full Text Available Sinus venosus atrial septal defect is a rare congenital, interatrial communication defect at the junction of the right atrium and the vena cava. It accounts for 5–10% of cases of all atrial septal defects. Due to the rare prevalence and anatomical complexity, diagnosing sinus venous atrial septal defects poses clinical challenges which may delay diagnosis and treatment. Advanced cardiac imaging studies are useful tools to diagnose this clinical entity and to delineate the anatomy and any associated communications. Surgical correction of the anomaly is the primary treatment. We discuss a 43-year-old Hispanic female patient who presented with dyspnea and hypoxia following a laparoscopic myomectomy. She had been diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy nine years ago at another hospital. Transesophageal echocardiography and computed tomographic angiography of the chest confirmed a diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect. She was also found to have pulmonary arterial hypertension and Eisenmenger syndrome. During a hemodynamic study, she responded to vasodilator and she was treated with Ambrisentan and Tadalafil. After six months, her symptoms improved and her pulmonary arterial hypertension decreased. We also observed progressive reversal of the right-to-left shunt. This case illustrates the potential benefit of vasodilator therapy in reversing Eisenmenger physiology, which may lead to surgical repair of the atrial septal defect as the primary treatment.

  4. Transesophageal echocardiography in the management of burn patients.

    Maybauer, Marc O; Asmussen, Sven; Platts, David G; Fraser, John F; Sanfilippo, Filippo; Maybauer, Dirk M


    A systematic review was conducted to assess the level of evidence for the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the management of burn patients. We searched any article published before and including June 30, 2013. Our search yielded 118 total publications, 11 met the inclusion criteria of burn injury and TEE. Available studies published in any language were rated and included. At the present time, there are no available systematic reviews/meta-analyses published that met our search criteria. Only a small number of clinical trials, all with a limited number of patients were available. Therefore, a meta-analysis on outcome parameters was not performed. However, the major pathologic findings in burn patients were reduced left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function, mitral valve vegetation, pulmonary hypertension, pericardial effusion, fluid overload, and right heart failure. The advantages of TEE include offering direct assessment of cardiac valve competency, myocardial contractility, and most importantly real time assessment of adequacy of hemodynamic resuscitation and preload in the acute phase of resuscitation, with minimal additional risk. TEE serves multiple diagnostic purposes and is being used to better understand the fluid status and cardiac physiology of the critically ill burn patient. Randomized controlled trials especially on fluid resuscitation and cardiac performance in acute burns are warranted to potentially further improve outcome.

  5. Potential applications for transesophageal echocardiography in hypertrophic cardiomyopathies.

    Widimsky, P; Ten Cate, F J; Vletter, W; van Herwerden, L


    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the potential advantages of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in comparison with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in selected patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ten patients with previously established or suspected diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were examined by TEE to solve specific clinical questions. TEE was well tolerated by all patients; no arrhythmias were seen during the procedure. The comparison of TTE and TEE showed the following: Advantages of TTE--better assessment of the left ventricle, myocardial thickness measurements available in all regions and sufficient for the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in nine out of 10 patients; advantages of TEE--precise assessment of mitral valve morphology and regurgitant jets, detailed evaluation of systolic anterior motion, and subaortic membrane (not seen by TTE) recognized in one patient. Clinically, in three patients TEE influenced the management (mitral leaflet perforation, subaortic membrane, and residual mitral regurgitation after valvuloplasty). Thus TEE enables more precise diagnosis in some patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has the potential to influence their surgical management. However, for medical treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, TTE is sufficient.

  6. Left atrial volume index

    Poulsen, Mikael K; Dahl, Jordi S; Henriksen, Jan Erik;


    To determine the prognostic importance of left atrial (LA) dilatation in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and no history of cardiovascular disease.......To determine the prognostic importance of left atrial (LA) dilatation in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and no history of cardiovascular disease....

  7. Computational models of atrial cellular electrophysiology and calcium handling, and their role in atrial fibrillation.

    Heijman, Jordi; Erfanian Abdoust, Pegah; Voigt, Niels; Nattel, Stanley; Dobrev, Dobromir


    The complexity of the heart makes an intuitive understanding of the relative contribution of ion channels, transporters and signalling pathways to cardiac electrophysiology challenging. Computational modelling of cardiac cellular electrophysiology has proven useful to integrate experimental findings, extrapolate results obtained in expression systems or animal models to other systems, test quantitatively ideas based on experimental data and provide novel hypotheses that are experimentally testable. While the bulk of computational modelling has traditionally been directed towards ventricular bioelectricity, increasing recognition of the clinical importance of atrial arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation, has led to widespread efforts to apply computational approaches to understanding atrial electrical function. The increasing availability of detailed, atrial-specific experimental data has stimulated the development of novel computational models of atrial-cellular electrophysiology and Ca(2+) handling. To date, more than 300 studies have employed mathematical simulations to enhance our understanding of atrial electrophysiology, arrhythmogenesis and therapeutic responses. Future modelling studies are likely to move beyond current whole-cell models by incorporating new data on subcellular architecture, macromolecular protein complexes, and localized ion-channel regulation by signalling pathways. At the same time, more integrative multicellular models that take into account regional electrophysiological and Ca(2+) handling properties, mechano-electrical feedback and/or autonomic regulation will be needed to investigate the mechanisms governing atrial arrhythmias. A combined experimental and computational approach is expected to provide the more comprehensive understanding of atrial arrhythmogenesis that is required to develop improved diagnostic and therapeutic options. Here, we review this rapidly expanding area, with a particular focus on Ca(2+) handling, and

  8. Live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in mitral valve surgery

    MA Ning; LI Zhi-an; MENG Xu; YANG Ya


    Background Live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (live-3D-TEE) is a new technique, but its clinical value is unclear at present. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility, imaging quality and accuracy of live-3D-TEE for assessing mitral valve morphology to determine if live-3D-TEE has important value in mitral valve surgery.Methods Twenty-four patients with mitral valve disease (mean age (47.1 rdiography (2D-TEE) before and after mitral valve surgery. Sensitivity, specificity, and total consistency rates of live-3D-TEE for diagnosing ruptured chordae were calculated and compared to surgeon's findings. We also compared the diagnostic accuracy of mitral valve disease between live-3D-TEE and 2D-TEE.Results Live-3D-TEE allowed visualization of the anatomic structure of the heart online and clearly identified the valvular apparatus and their defects. Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of ruptured chordae by live-3D-TEE were 87.5% and 100% respectively, and the total consistency rate was 95.8%. Additional defects not diagnosted by 2D-TEE were found in three cases (12.5%) preoperatively by live-3D-TEE. Live-3D-TEE could evaluate the function of prosthetic or native valves immediately after operation. One case was re-repaired (4.2%) using guidance by live-3D-TEE. Conclusion Live-3D-TEE enabled evaluation of mitral valve function and provided adequate valuable information before and after mitral valve surgery. We conclude that live-3D-TEE can play an important role in mitral valve surgery.

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

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


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

  10. The Heart of the Matter: Increasing Quality and Charge Capture from Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

    Sanford, Joseph A; Kadry, Bassam; Oakes, Daryl; Macario, Alex; Schmiesing, Cliff


    Although transesophageal echocardiography is routinely performed at our institution, there is no easy way to document the procedure in the electronic medical record and generate a bill compliant with reimbursement requirements. We present the results of a quality improvement project that used agile development methodology to incorporate intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography into the electronic medical record. We discuss improvements in the quality of clinical documentation, technical workflow challenges overcome, and cost and time to return on investment. Billing was increased from an average of 36% to 84.6% when compared with the same time period in the previous year. The expected recoupment of investment for this project is just 18 weeks.

  11. Surgery for atrial fibrillation.

    Lawrance, Christopher P; Henn, Matthew C; Damiano, Ralph J


    Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, and its treatment options include drug therapy or catheter-based or surgical interventions. The surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation has undergone multiple evolutions over the last several decades. The Cox-Maze procedure went on to become the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and is currently in its fourth iteration (Cox-Maze IV). This article reviews the indications and preoperative planning for performing a Cox-Maze IV procedure. This article also reviews the literature describing the surgical results for both approaches including comparisons of the Cox-Maze IV to the previous cut-and-sew method.

  12. Left Atrial Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

    Sternik, Leonid; Schaff, Hartzel V.; Luria, David; Glikson, Michael; Kogan, Alexander; Malachy, Ateret; First, Maya; Raanani, Ehud


    The maze procedure is the gold standard for the ablation of atrial fibrillation, and the “box lesion” around the pulmonary veins is the most important part of this procedure. We have created this lesion with a bipolar radiofrequency ablator, abandoning the usual use of this device (to achieve bilateral epicardial isolation of the pulmonary veins). From March 2004 through the end of May 2010, we performed surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation in 240 patients. Of this number, 205 underwent operation by a hybrid maze technique and the remaining 35 (our study cohort) underwent the creation of a box lesion around the pulmonary veins by means of a bipolar radiofrequency device. Ablation lines were created by connecting the left atriotomy to the amputated left atrial appendage, with 2 ablation lines made with a bipolar radiofrequency device above and below the pulmonary veins. Lesions were made along the transverse and oblique sinuses by epicardial and endocardial application of a bipolar device. The left atrial isthmus was ablated by bipolar radiofrequency and cryoprobe. No complications were associated with the box lesion: 90% and 89% of patients were in sinus rhythm at 3 and 6 months of follow-up, respectively. By creating a box lesion around the pulmonary veins, we expect to improve transmurality by means of epicardial and endocardial ablation of 1 rather than 2 layers of atrial wall, as in epicardial pulmonary vein isolation. Isolation of the entire posterior wall of the left atrium is better electrophysiologically and renders dissection around the pulmonary veins unnecessary. PMID:21494518


    Mustafa Necati Dagli


    Full Text Available In this case, patient with mental retardation accepted in our clinic complain with shortness of breath. Then physical examination inspection evident in the pectus excavatum and made Echocardiography Atrial septal defect (ASD and bicuspid aortic consistent with the view were identified.Congenital abnormalities in patients with the aim of further evaluation of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE planned. In TEE, 26 mm secundum atrial septal defect, bicuspid aortic valve was detected. Percutaneous transcatheter atrial septal defect closure with septal occluder device. Pectus excavatum, such as mental retardation or even cardiac abnormalities do not complain about aspects of the research must be done. Cardiac abnormalities regardless of the direction of the association needs to be done to show that we have a rigorous screening. [J Contemp Med 2015; 5(1.000: 48-50

  14. What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

    ... regular beat. Certain cells in your heart make electric signals that cause the heart to contract and pump ... read your ECG to find out if the electric signals are normal. In atrial fibrillation (AFib), the heart’s ...

  15. 经食道心房调博对阵发性室上性心动过速的疗效%The Efficacy of Transesophageal atrical Pacing on Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia



    Objective To evaluate clinical value of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) by transesophageal atrial pacing (TEAP). Methods 70 patients with PSVT used TEAP. Results 66 patients with PSVT could been terminated by TEAP, the total effective rate is 94.29%. Conclusions TEAP had high clinical value to the PSVT.%  目的评价经食管心房调搏(TEAP)对阵发性室上性心动过速(PSVT)的疗效.方法对70例 PSVT 患者进行 TEAP.结果66例病人发生的 PSVT 经TEAP 终止,总有效率94.29%.结论 TEAP 治疗 PSVT 效果满意.

  16. Manual Skill Acquisition During Transesophageal Echocardiography Simulator Training of Cardiology Fellows : A Kinematic Assessment

    Matyal, Robina; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mitchell, John D.; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Hawthorne, Katie M.; O'Halloran, David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Phillip E.; Mahmood, Feroze


    Objective: To investigate whether a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator with motion analysis can be used to impart proficiency in TEE in an integrated curriculum-based model. Design: A prospective cohort study. Setting: A tertiary-care university hospital. Participants: TEE-naive cardio

  17. A transesophageal phased array transducer for ultrasonic imaging of the heart

    C.T. Lancée (Charles)


    textabstractIn this thesis the development of a miniaturized phased array ultrasound transducer is described. The application of this transducer in the field of echocardiology is devoted to transesophageal cross-sectional scanning of the heart and its great vessels. The enormous increase in diagnost

  18. A transesophageal phased array transducer for ultrasonic imaging of the heart

    C.T. Lancée (Charles)


    textabstractIn this thesis the development of a miniaturized phased array ultrasound transducer is described. The application of this transducer in the field of echocardiology is devoted to transesophageal cross-sectional scanning of the heart and its great vessels. The enormous increase in

  19. Modified transesophageal echocardiography of the dissected thoracic aorta; A novel diagnostic approach

    Jansen Klomp, Wouter W.; Peelen, Linda M.; Brandon Bravo Bruinsma, George J.; Van'T Hof, Arnoud W J; Grandjean, Jan G.; Nierich, Arno P.


    Background: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a key diagnostic modality in patients with acute aortic dissection, yet its sensitivity is limited by a "blind-spot" caused by air in the trachea. After placement of a fluid-filled balloon in the trachea visualization of the thoracic aorta become

  20. Effect of Jaw Thrust on Transesophageal Echocardiography Probe Insertion and Concomitant Oropharyngeal Injury.

    Chang, Jee-Eun; Min, Seong-Won; Kim, Chong-Soo; Lee, Jung-Man; No, Hyunjoung; Hwang, Jin-Young


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of jaw thrust on transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion and concomitant oropharyngeal injury. A prospective, randomized study Medical center governed by a university hospital Forty-two adult patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery were included. After the induction of anesthesia, a transesophageal echocardiography probe was inserted using an anterior jaw lift technique (conventional group, n = 21) or a jaw thrust-assisted technique (jaw thrust group, n = 21). The incidence of oropharyngeal injury, number of insertion attempts, blood on the probe tip, and presence of persistent oropharyngeal bleeding were evaluated. In the conventional group, oropharyngeal injury occurred more frequently than in the jaw-thrust group (52.4% v 9.5%, respectively; p = 0.006). Regarding transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion, the conventional group required more attempts than the jaw-thrust group (p = 0.043). The incidence of blood on the probe tip was higher in the conventional group than in the jaw-thrust group (p = 0.020), but the presence of persistent oropharyngeal bleeding was similar between the 2 groups. The jaw-thrust maneuver facilitated the insertion of the transesophageal echocardiography probe and reduced concomitant oropharyngeal injury. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Transesophageal echocardiography in patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia

    Dreger Henryk


    Full Text Available Abstract Background In about one third of all patients with cerebral ischemia, no definite cause can be identified (cryptogenic stroke. In many patients with initially suspected cryptogenic stroke, however, a cardiogenic etiology can eventually be determined. Hence, the aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of abnormal echocardiographic findings in a large number of these patients. Method Patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia (ischemic stroke, IS, and transient ischemic attack, TIA were included. The initial work-up included a neurological examination, EEG, cCT, cMRT, 12-lead ECG, Holter-ECG, Doppler ultrasound of the extracranial arteries, and transthoracic echocardiography. A multiplane transeophageal echocardiography (TEE, including i.v. contrast medium application [Echovist], Valsalva maneuver was performed in all patients Results 702 consecutive patients (380 male, 383 IS, 319 TIA, age 18–90 years were included. In 52.6% of all patients, TEE examination revealed relevant findings. Overall, the most common findings in all patients were: patent foramen ovale (21.7%, previously undiagnosed valvular disease (15.8%, aortic plaques, aortic valve sclerosis, atrial septal aneurysms, regional myocardial dyskinesia, dilated left atrium and atrial septal defects. Older patients (> 55 years, n = 291 and patients with IS had more relevant echocardiographic findings than younger patients or patients with TIA, respectively (p = 0.002, p = 0.003. The prevalence rates of PFO or ASD were higher in younger patients (PFO: 26.8% vs. 18.0%, p = 0.005, ASD: 9.6% vs. 4.9%, p = 0.014. Conclusion A TEE examination in cryptogenic stroke reveals contributing cardiogenic factors in about half of all patients. Younger patients had a higher prevalence of PFO, whereas older patients had more frequently atherosclerotic findings. Therefore, TEE examinations seem indicated in all patients with cryptogenic stroke – irrespective of age – because of

  2. Transesophageal echocardiography guided cannulation for peripheral cardiopulmonary bypass during robotic cardiac surgery

    WANG Yao; GAO Chang-qing; WANG Gang; WANG Jia-li


    Background Minimally invasive cardiac surgery and closed chest cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) techniques continue to evolve.Previous reports have demonstrated the benefits of fluoroscopy guided cannulation for endovascular CPB during port access cardiac surgery.However,few data are available on the role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guided cannulation for peripheral CPB during robotic cardiac surgery.The purpose of this study was to evaluate TEE guided cannulation for peripheral CPB during robotic cardiac surgery.Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of intraoperative data of 129 consecutive patients underwent robotic cardiac surgical procedures requiring peripheral CPB from September 2007 to August 2011,which was established using femoral arterial inflow and kinetic venous drainage by way of the femoral vein and right internal jugular vein and a transthoracic aortic cross clamp.TEE was used to guide cannulation of the inferior vena cava (IVC),superior vena cava (SVC),and ascending aorta (AAO).The success rate and the complication rate of TEE guided cannulation for peripheral CPB were evaluated and compared with the results of fluoroscopy guided cannulation in a historical control group.Results One hundred and twenty-nine consecutive patients underwent robotic cardiac surgical procedures requiring peripheral CPB.There were 67 female (51.9%) and 62 male (48.1%) patients,ranging in age from 13 to 70 years (mean (43.94 ± 13.82) years) and body surface area 1.32 to 2.39 m2 (mean (1.71 ± 0.20) m2).Some 61 (47.3%) patients underwent mitral valve repair,27 (20.9%) mitral valve replacement,27 (20.9%) left atrial myxoma removal,and 14(10.9%) ventricular septal defect repair.Of the 129 patients,TEE guided cannulation of the IVC or SVC was successful in all patients (100%),and no puncture related complications occurred in all patients.Of the 129 patients,successful cannulation of the AAO was achieved in all patients (100%),and aortic

  3. Echocardiographic guidance and monitoring of left atrial appendage closure with AtriClip during open-chest cardiac surgery.

    Contri, Rachele; Clivio, Sara; Torre, Tiziano; Cassina, Tiziano


    Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure prevents thromboembolic risk and avoids lifelong anticoagulation due to atrial fibrillation (AF). Nowadays, AtriClip, a modern epicardial device approved in June 2010, allows external and safe closure of LAA in patients undergoing cardiac surgery during other open-chest cardiac surgical procedures. Such a surgical approach and its epicardial deployment differentiates LAA closure with AtriClip from percutaneous closure techniques such as Watchman (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA), Lariat (SentreHEART Inc., Redwood City, CA, USA), and Amplatzer Amulet (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA) device procedures. AtriClip positioning must consider perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to confirm LAA anatomical features, to explore the links with neighboring structures, and finally to assess its successful closure. We report a sequence of images to document the role of intraoperative TEE during an elective aortic valve replacement and LAA external closure with AtriClip. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Electrophysiologic and Clinical Consequences of Left Atrial Anterior Wall Linear Ablation in Patients With Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

    Zhang, Jinlin; Tang, Cheng; Zhang, Yonghua; Su, X I


    As an alternative to the mitral isthmus line (MIL), the left atrial anterior wall line (LAAWL) is effective for the treatment of perimitral flutter. This study evaluated the electrophysiologic and clinical outcomes of LAAWL versus MIL in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Two hundred patients with persistent AF were evenly randomized to the LAAWL and MIL groups. After confirming bidirectional block of the line, left atrial appendage (LAA) activation time and LA propagation pattern were assessed during sinus rhythm (SR). Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (TTE and TEE) were performed at 12 months after ablation in patients who remained in stable SR. In the 74 patients with LAAWL conduction block relative to the 79 with MIL conduction block, LA propagation contour was markedly changed with delayed LAA potential (longer P-wave onset-to-LAA potential interval: 151.7 ± 19.5 vs. 67.8 ± 18.3 milliseconds, P wave was delayed in the LAAWL group compared with the MIL group; spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) detected in the LAAWL group was significantly higher than that in the MIL group (15.8% vs. 1.6%, p = 0.0004). During a mean follow-up period of 31.8 ± 9.4 (22-57) months, there were 5 cases of stroke in the LAAWL group, which was significantly different from the MIL group (5% vs. 0%, P = 0.047). Complete linear lesions transecting the anterior LA were associated with a significant change in the SR propagation pattern with late activation of LAA. This might result in an increased risk of long-term thrombo-embolism events. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Simplified method for esophagus protection during radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation - prospective study of 704 cases

    José Carlos Pachón Mateos


    Full Text Available AbstractIntroduction:Although rare, the atrioesophageal fistula is one of the most feared complications in radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation due to the high risk of mortality.Objective:This is a prospective controlled study, performed during regular radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, to test whether esophageal displacement by handling the transesophageal echocardiography transducer could be used for esophageal protection.Methods:Seven hundred and four patients (158 F/546M [22.4%/77.6%]; 52.8±14 [17-84] years old, with mean EF of 0.66±0.8 and drug-refractory atrial fibrillation were submitted to hybrid radiofrequency catheter ablation (conventional pulmonary vein isolation plus AF-Nests and background tachycardia ablation with displacement of the esophagus as far as possible from the radiofrequency target by transesophageal echocardiography transducer handling. The esophageal luminal temperature was monitored without and with displacement in 25 patients.Results:The mean esophageal displacement was 4 to 9.1cm (5.9±0.8 cm. In 680 of the 704 patients (96.6%, it was enough to allow complete and safe radiofrequency delivery (30W/40ºC/irrigated catheter or 50W/60ºC/8 mm catheter without esophagus overlapping. The mean esophageal luminal temperature changes with versus without esophageal displacement were 0.11±0.13ºC versus 1.1±0.4ºC respectively, P<0.01. The radiofrequency had to be halted in 68% of the patients without esophageal displacement because of esophageal luminal temperature increase. There was no incidence of atrioesophageal fistula suspected or confirmed. Only two superficial bleeding caused by transesophageal echocardiography transducer insertion were observed.Conclusion:Mechanical esophageal displacement by transesophageal echocardiography transducer during radiofrequency catheter ablation was able to prevent a rise in esophageal luminal temperature, helping to avoid esophageal thermal

  6. Acute atrial fibrillation during dengue hemorrhagic fever

    Veloso Henrique Horta


    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.

  7. Association between myocardial connexin 40 and 45 expression and myocardial fibrosis in the rapid atrial pacing canine model%犬心房颤动模型缝隙连接蛋白40、45与心肌纤维化的相关性

    邢晓倩; 徐健; 苏浩; 卢业伟


    纤维化程度的影响.%Objective Electrical and structural remodeling are of importance for the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. We observed association between atrial connexin protein expression and fibrosis in a canine model of prolonged rapid atrial pacing. Methods "J"-type electrodes were placed in the right atrial appendage under the guidance of X-ray in 16 dogs, Animals in model group ( n = 8) received fast pacing (400 beats/min ) for 10 weeks while animals in control group (n =8) maintained at sinus rhythm.Limb-lead ECGs were recorded at 2,4,6,8 weeks respectively. Burst stimulation was applied to induce atrial fibrillation in all animals after 10 weeks, animals were sacrificed thereafter and the left atrial tissues were taken for myocardial collagen measurement ( Masson staining) and myocardial ultrastructure examination and detection of protein expression of connexin ( Cx ) 40 and 45 ( immune staining). Procollagen type Ⅲ N-terminal peptide and type Ⅳ collagen in serum were also detected by radioimmunoassay. Results Two dogs died in model group due to atrial rupture induced cardiac tamponade or lung emboli. Spontaneously atrial fibrillation was not observed in all animals, but two dogs developed atrial flutter and atrial premature beats. Atrial fibrillation was induced by burst stimulation in 4 out of 6 dogs in model group and in none of the dogs in control group. Atrial myocardial collagen volume fraction was significantly increased in model group compared with the control group (P < 0. 05). Ultrastructure examination in atrial tissue evidenced disorder,fracture,collagen fiber proliferation, mitochondrial swelling, blurred cristae, and intercalated disc distortion,expansion, part of gap junction disappears in model group. The serum levels of procollagen type Ⅲ N-terminal peptide and type Ⅳ collagen in model group were significantly higher than in the control group ( P < 0. 05 ). The protein expression of Cx40 in atrial myocardium in model group was significantly

  8. Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

    Freedman, Ben; Potpara, Tatjana S; Lip, Gregory Y H


    Atrial fibrillation is found in a third of all ischaemic strokes, even more after post-stroke atrial fibrillation monitoring. Data from stroke registries show that both unknown and untreated or under treated atrial fibrillation is responsible for most of these strokes, which are often fatal...... or debilitating. Most could be prevented if efforts were directed towards detection of atrial fibrillation before stroke occurs, through screening or case finding, and treatment of all patients with atrial fibrillation at increased risk of stroke with well-controlled vitamin K antagonists or non-vitamin K...

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

    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 n

  10. Aneurysm of the Right Atrial Appendage

    Silvio Henrique Barberato


    Full Text Available Atrial aneurysms involving the free wall or atrial appendage are rare entities in cardiology practice and may be associated with atrial arrhythmias or embolic phenomena. We review the literature and report a case of aneurysm of the right atrial appendage in a young adult, whose diagnosis was established with echocardiography after an episode of paroxysmal atrial flutter.

  11. Successful electrical cardioversion in a massive concentric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with atrial fibrillation.

    Altay, Servet; Altug Cakmak, Huseyin; Ozcan, Serhan; Ilhan, Erkan; Erer, Betul


    A 59-year-old man with a known history of nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and chronic atrial fibrillation was admitted to our clinic with weakness, palpitation, and exertional dyspnea. Electrocardiogram showed atrial fibrillation with high ventricular rate (120 beats per minute), intraventricular conduction delay, and left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy with ST-segment depression and inverted T waves. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed massive LV concentric hypertrophy. Although there was no gradient increase in the LV outflow tract, marked turbulent flow was seen in midventricular region by colored Doppler echocardiography. On the fourth day of admission, transesophageal echocardiography was done and showed no thrombus in the left atrium. Electrical cardioversion with 100 J was applied to the patient, and atrial fibrillation was returned to sinus rhythm. His control Doppler echocardiogram revealed peak systolic resting gradient of 54 mm Hg, with an increase to 84 mm Hg at Valsalva maneuver at the LV outflow. Cardiac magnetic resonance showed concentric LV hypertrophy with a 35-mm thickness in diastole, mild scar tissue in LV anterior wall midapical segments, and right ventricle wall thickness with a 10 mm in diastole. There was no bradycardia or tachycardia in 24-hour Holter and exercise electrocardiographic testing.


    A. V. Panov


    Full Text Available Aim. To estimate an efficacy of therapy with ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD before and after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG.Material and methods. 189 patients (125 men, 64 women; aged 64,2±9,4 y.o. with IHD having indications to CABG were enrolled in the study. Patients of the first group (control had standard pre- and postoperative treatment. Patients of the second group received ω-3 PUFA (ОМАCОR, Solvay Pharma 2 g/daily in addition to standard therapy. Both groups were similar in clinical characteristics. ω-3 PUFA therapy started 7±4 day before CABG, renewed in early postoperative period (24-36 hours after surgery and lasted next 14 days. Efficacy of the therapy was estimated by atrial fibrillation frequency in postoperative period and time before hospital discharge after CABG. An automatic complex for transesophageal electrophysiological cardiac examination was used for the estimation of atrial conduction before and after CABG.Results. Omacor therapy in patients with ICD before CABG and in the early postoperative period reduces atrial fibrillation risk. It results in reduction of hemodynamic disorders and time before hospital discharge. Conclusion. Omacor therapy is safe and can be recommended to all patients going through CABG.

  13. A case of large atrial myxoma presenting as an acute stroke

    Praneet Iyer


    Full Text Available Left atrial myxomas are rare primary cardiac tumors. Their incidence is estimated to be about 0.1% of total cases. Neurological complications resulting from cardiac myxomas are seen in 20–35% of patients. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE is preferred over transthoracic echocardiogram for evaluation of left atrial myxoma. Three-dimensional (3D echocardiography ensures better visualization of intracardiac structures. It has been used prior to surgery for diagnostic support in the surgical treatment of cardiac masses. We present a case of a 46-year-old Hispanic male who developed acute ischemic stroke of left frontal lobe and was also found to have multiple ‘silent’ cerebral infarcts in the MRI of the brain. On further workup, he was found to have a left atrial myxoma on 3D TEE. This was resected with the assistance of intra-operative 3D TEE imaging. We present this case to increase awareness and to stress at early evaluation of secondary causes of ischemic cerebrovascular accident, outside the realm of hypercoagulability. This case also exhibits the need for basic cardiac workup in young individuals who present with symptoms of intermittent palpitations or chest pain to minimize significant morbidity or mortality.

  14. Modulation of atrial fibrillation

    Geuzebroek, G.S.C.


    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 drug-refracto

  15. Lesson Five Atrial fibrillation

    鲁端; 吴文烈


    @@ Atrial fibrillation(AF) may occur in paroxysmaland persistent forms. It may be seen in normal subjects,particularly during emotional stress or follow-ing surgery,exercise, or acute alcoholic intoxication.It also may occur in patients with heart or lungdisease who develop acute hypoxia, hypercapnia,ormetabolic or hemodynamic derangements.

  16. Transesophageal echo diagnosis of perioperative unusual transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome

    Hugo Andrés Mantilla


    Full Text Available Stress cardiomyopathy, or Takotsubo syndrome, is a widely recognized cardiac pathology with a clinical presentation similar to acute coronary syndrome and related to physical or emotional stress. Perioperatively, it is challenging to identify it given the variety of forms and scenarios in which it can present. We describe a 22-year-old patient with an atypical presentation of Takotsubo syndrome during anesthesia induction, which highlights the usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography for the initial diagnosis.

  17. Transesophageal color Doppler evaluation of obstructive lesions using the new "Quasar" technology.

    Fan, P; Nanda, N C; Gatewood, R P; Cape, E G; Yoganathan, A P


    Due to the unavoidable problem of aliasing, color flow signals from high blood flow velocities cannot be measured directly by conventional color Doppler. A new technology termed Quantitative Un-Aliased Speed Algorithm Recognition (Quasar) has been developed to overcome this limitation. Employing this technology, we used transesophageal color Doppler echocardiography to investigate whether the velocities detected by the Quasar would correlate with those obtained by continuous-wave Doppler both in vitro and in vivo. In the in vitro study, a 5.0 MHz transesophageal transducer of a Kontron Sigma 44 color Doppler flow system was used. Fourteen different peak velocities calculated and recorded by color Doppler-guided continuous-wave Doppler were randomly selected. In the clinical study, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography was performed using the same transducer 18 adults (13 aortic valve stenosis, 2 aortic and 2 mitral stenosis, 2 hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and 1 mitral valve stenosis). Following each continuous-wave Doppler measurement, the Quasar was activated, and a small Quasar marker was placed in the brightest area of the color flow jet to obtain the maximum mean velocity readout. The maximum mean velocities measured by Quasar closely correlated with maximum peak velocities obtained by color flow guided continuous-wave Doppler in both in vitro (0.53 to 1.65 m/s, r = 0.99) and in vivo studies (1.50 to 6.01 m/s, r = 0.97). We conclude that the new Quasar technology can accurately measure high blood flow velocities during transesophageal color Doppler echocardiography. This technique has the potential of obviating the need for continuous-wave Doppler.

  18. Interventricular septal hydatid cyst: Transesophageal echocardiography as a therapeutic tool during bypass

    Pawan Kumar Jain


    Full Text Available Cystic echinococcosis (hydatid disease arising from infestation with a larval or adult form of the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm is endemic in certain states of India, but affecting interventricular septum (IVS solitarily is a scarce phenomenon. We present a rare case of transesophageal echocardiography guided management of IVS hydatid cyst even during cardiopulmonary bypass, which presented with a rather unusual complaint of repeated syncope.

  19. Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass Assessed by Biplane Transesophageal Echocardiography

    Nakao, Tatsuya; Fujimoto, Keiko; Brodman, Richard F.; Oka, Yasu


    The aim of this study was to evaluate pathogenesis and outcome of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).   Biplane TEE was continuously monitored in a total of 96 patients who were scheduled for elective CABG surgery. Of 96 patients, 10 with no MR at stages 1 (after anesthetic induction but before skin incision) and 2 (after cardiopulmonary bypass [CPBJ and decannulation) ...

  20. The Role of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Endovascular Repair of Traumatic Aortic Transection

    Swathy B


    Full Text Available Traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta is a leading cause of death, following major blunt trauma, and endovascular repair has evolved as a viable alternative to open repair. This report highlights the role of transesophageal echocardiography as a valuable imaging tool for locating the exact position of the lesion, guiding placement of the endograft, detecting leaks around it and supplementing information derived from angiography during endograft deployment.

  1. Transesophageal echo diagnosis of perioperative unusual transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome

    Mantilla, Hugo Andrés; Montes, Felix Ramón; Amaya, William F.


    Stress cardiomyopathy, or Takotsubo syndrome, is a widely recognized cardiac pathology with a clinical presentation similar to acute coronary syndrome and related to physical or emotional stress. Perioperatively, it is challenging to identify it given the variety of forms and scenarios in which it can present. We describe a 22-year-old patient with an atypical presentation of Takotsubo syndrome during anesthesia induction, which highlights the usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography for the initial diagnosis. PMID:27716708

  2. Transesophageal echocardiography-guided thrombectomy of intracardiac renal cell carcinoma without cardiopulmonary bypass

    Souki, Fouad Ghazi; Demos, Michael; Fermin, Lilibeth; Ciancio, Gaetano


    Advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) resection has important anesthetic management implications, particularly when tumor extends, suprahepatic, into the right atrium. Use of transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is essential in identifying tumor extension and guiding resection. Latest surgical approach avoids venovenous and cardiopulmonary bypass yet requires special precautions and interventions on the anesthesiologist's part. We present a case of Level IV RCC resected without cardiopulmonary bypass and salvaged by TEE guidance and detection of residual intracardiac tumor. PMID:27716710

  3. Endoscopic transesophageal biopsy in the posterior mediastinum using submucosal tunneling technology and novel homemade instruments.

    Qin, ZhiChu; Linghu, En Qiang; Zhai, Ya Qi; Li, HuiKai


    This animal study was performed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of endoscopic transesophageal biopsy by using submucosal tunneling technology novel homemade instruments in the posterior mediastinum. In six survival pigs, a mid-esophageal mucosal incision and a 10-cm submucosal tunnel was created. The endoscope attached to homemade decompression tube was passed through the muscular layers into the posterior mediastinal space. The mediastinal compartment, lung, descending thoracic aorta, vertebra, and exterior surface of the esophagus will be identified, and mediastinal living tissue as lymph node biopsy will also be accomplished. During two survival weeks, blood test and temperature monitoring and chest radiograph and endoscopic examination were performed. The procedure was successfully completed in all six pigs. Mediastinal structures could be identified without difficulty by the transesophageal tunneling approach. Tissue as lymph nodes and pleural biopsy under direct visualization were easily accomplished. One pig died after operation due to an unexplained pneumothorax. At necropsy, apparent atelectasis was noted in the right lobe. After applying homemade drainage tube attached to the syringe, one pig with pneumothorax soon had restoration. There were no apparent ill effects in the survival pigs. Endoscopic transesophageal biopsy in the posterior mediastinum using a novel tunneling technology can provide excellent visualization of mediastinal structures. These procedures could be performed safely in pigs with short-term survival. Further study about immediate complications will be needed with a larger sample size and longer survival time.

  4. The chicken-wing morphology: an anatomical challenge for left atrial appendage occlusion.

    Freixa, Xavier; Tzikas, Apostolos; Basmadjian, Arsène; Garceau, Patrick; Ibrahim, Rèda


    To describe the particular assessment and closure strategy that was followed in patients with left atrial appendages (LAA) with an early and severe bend. The presence of a chicken-wing morphology with an early and severe bend constitutes one of the most difficult anatomical settings for transcatheter LAA occlusion. Between November 2009 and December 2012, patients who presented chicken-wing LAA with an early (Amulet (n = 3). Successful occlusion was achieved in all patients. None of them presented any procedural complication. Follow-up transesophageal echocardiography at 3 months showed successful LAA sealing in all patients and no device embolization or thrombosis. According to our results, the pre-specified closing implantation technique for chicken-wing LAAs with an early and severe bend might be a valid strategy for this challenging anatomical setting. Further cases will be necessary to confirm the results. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Rotigaptide (ZP123) reverts established atrial conduction velocity slowing.

    Haugan, Ketil; Kjølbye, Anne Louise; Hennan, James K; Petersen, Jørgen Søberg


    Rotigaptide (ZP123) increases gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) and prevents stress-induced cardiac conduction velocity (CV) slowing. However, the effect of rotigaptide on established cardiac conduction slowing and the duration of effect on rotigaptide during washout is unknown. Metabolic stress (induced by superfusion with nonoxygenated glucose-free Tyrodes buffer) was associated with a 30% decrease in atrial CV in vehicle-treated rat atria. Rotigaptide treatment initiated after a period of 30 minutes of metabolic stress produced a rapid and significant increase in CV compared to vehicle-treated time controls. During washout of rotigaptide for 30 min (while subjected to metabolic stress), there was a minor decrease in atrial CV; however, this was not significantly different from atrial CV in a rotigaptide-treated time control group. Rotigaptide treatment rapidly normalizes established conduction slowing in atria subjected to metabolic stress. However, the cessation of effect was considerably slower than the onset of action.


    I. M. Marusenko


    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

  7. Atrial metabolism and tissue perfusion as determinants of electrical and structural remodelling in atrial fibrillation.

    Opacic, Dragan; van Bragt, Kelly A; Nasrallah, Hussein M; Schotten, Ulrich; Verheule, Sander


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common tachyarrhythmia in clinical practice. Over decades of research, a vast amount of knowledge has been gathered about the causes and consequences of AF related to cellular electrophysiology and features of the tissue structure that influence the propagation of fibrillation waves. Far less is known about the role of myocyte metabolism and tissue perfusion in the pathogenesis of AF. However, the rapid rates of electrical activity and contraction during AF must present an enormous challenge to the energy balance of atrial myocytes. This challenge can be met by scaling back energy demand and by increasing energy supply, and there are several indications that both phenomena occur as a result of AF. Still, there is ample evidence that these adaptations fall short of redressing this imbalance, which may represent a driving force for atrial electrical as well as structural remodelling. In addition, several 'metabolic diseases' such as diabetes, obesity, and abnormal thyroid function precipitate some well-known 'culprits' of the AF substrate such as myocyte hypertrophy and fibrosis, while some other AF risk factors, such as heart failure, affect atrial metabolism. This review provides an overview of metabolic and vascular alterations in AF and their involvement in its pathogenesis.

  8. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

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


    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.

  9. Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation

    Dzeshka, Mikhail S.; Shahid, Farhan; Shantsila, Alena


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia found in clinical practice. AF rarely exists as a single entity but rather as part of a diverse clinical spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, related to structural and electrical remodeling within the left atrium, leading to AF o...... of complications as the first clinical manifestation of the disease. Antithrombotic prevention in AF combined with strict blood pressure control is of primary importance, since stroke risk and bleeding risk are both greater with underlying hypertension....... onset, perpetuation, and progression. Due to the high overall prevalence within the AF population arterial hypertension plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of AF and its complications. Fibroblast proliferation, apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, gap junction remodeling, accumulation of collagen both...... in atrial and ventricular myocardium all accompany ageing-related structural remodeling with impact on electrical activity. The presence of hypertension also stimulates oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, rennin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic activation, which further drives the remodeling...

  10. Amplatzer Cardiac Plug for Stroke Prevention in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Bigger Left Atrial Appendix Size.

    Yuniadi, Yoga; Hanafy, Dicky A; Raharjo, Sunu B; Soeryo, Ario; Yasmina, IIf; Soesanto, Amiliana M


    Left atrial appendage (LAA) dimensions have been shown as an independent predictor of higher risk for stroke in AF patients. Little data exist on the outcomes after LAA closure in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) who have relatively bigger LAA size. This study aims to evaluate the results associated with LAA closure with the Amplatzer cardiac plug (ACP, AGA, St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN) in bigger LAA size. A total of 25 patients with NVAF underwent LAA closure with the ACP device. All patients received short-term (up to 3 months) dual-antiplatelet therapy (clopidogrel and aspirin) after the procedure and aspirin only thereafter. A transesophageal echocardiography was performed in all patients at the 3- and 6-month follow-ups. No patient was lost to follow-up (≥ 12 months in all patients). The mean age, CHA2DS2-VASc score, and HAS-BLED score were 66.2 ± 8.79 years; 3.2 ± 1.46 and 2.4 ± 1.0, respectively. The average sizes of the LAA landing zone and ostium were 23.08 ± 5.0 and 24.9 ± 4.4 mm, respectively. The procedure was successful in 23 (92%) patients and was canceled in 2 (8%) patients due to huge LAA dimensions. In 56% of the patients "pull and release" technique is needed to appropriately implant the ACP. During a mean follow-up of 12 months, no cases of periprocedural stroke and no mortality were observed. In patients with NVAF at high risk of cardioembolic events and big LAA size, LAA closure using the ACP device is safe and effective.

  11. Single trans-septal access technique for left atrial intracardiac echocardiography to guide left atrial appendage closure.

    Aguirre, Daniel; Pincetti, Christian; Perez, Luis; Deck, Carlos; Alfaro, Mario; Vergara, Maria Jesus; Maluenda, Gabriel


    This registry aimed to describe the safety and feasibility of a single trans-septal (TS) access technique for left intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) guidance of left-atrial appendage (LAA) closure procedure. LAA closure is currently accepted as an alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) who are at high-risk for bleeding. Currently, LAA closure procedure is typically performed under trans-esophageal echocardiogram (TEE) guidance. Although, ICE has the advantage of not requiring profound sedation/anesthesia, ICE-LAA imaging quality is often limited from the right atrium requiring double TS access. Twenty-two patients with NVAF underwent LAA closure using the Amplatzer Amulet™ device (St Jude Medical) under ICE guidance from the left atrium. The ICE AcuNav catheter (Biosense Webster) and the Amulet delivery sheath were advanced into the LA through single TS puncture technique. The population was predominately male (59.1%) with a mean age of 74 ± 9.3 years, at high-risk for stroke (mean CHADS2 score of 3.8 ± 1.1) and bleeding (mean HAS BLED score of 3.5 ± 1.3). The Amplatzer Amulet(TM) device was successfully implanted in all patients. No procedural related complications including device embolization were noted. No major cardiovascular events occurred and all patients were discharged alive. At 30-day follow-up all patients remained alive, free of ischemic stroke and with no residual leak or device thrombus on TEE. This initial experience suggests that LAA occlusion with the Amplatzer Amulet device using ICE guidance from the left atrium via a single trans-septal technique is feasible and safe. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Effect of Metabolic Syndrome on Risk Stratification for Left Atrial or Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus Formation in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

    Chen, Yu-Yang; Liu, Qi; Liu, Li; Shu, Xiao-Rong; Su, Zi-Zhuo; Zhang, Hai-Feng; Nie, Ru-Qiong; Wang, Jing-Feng; Xie, Shuang-Lun


    Background: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism event. Left atrial or LA appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus is a surrogate of potential stroke. The relationship between MS and atrial thrombus remains unclear. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of MS on risk stratification of LA/LAA thrombus formation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Methods: This cross-sectional study enrolled 294 consecutive NVAF patients without prior anticoagulant and lipid-lowering therapies. LA/LAA thrombus was determined by transesophageal echocardiography. Risk assessment of LA/LAA thrombus was performed using the CHADS2, CHA2DS2-VASc, MS, CHADS2-MS, and CHA2DS2-VASc-MS scores. Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine which factors were significantly related to LA/LAA thrombus. Odds ratio (OR) including 95% confidence interval was also calculated. The predictive powers of different scores for the risk of LA/LAA thrombus were represented by C-statistics and compared by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Results: LA/LAA thrombi were identified in 56 patients (19.0%). Logistic analysis showed that MS was the strongest risk factor for LA/LAA thrombus in NVAF patients (OR = 14.698, P < 0.001). ROC curve analyses revealed that the C-statistics of CHADS2-MS and CHA2DS2-VASc-MS was significantly higher than those of CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores (CHADS2-MS vs. CHADS2, 0.807 vs. 0.726, P = 0.0019). Furthermore, MS was helpful for identifying individuals with a high risk of LA/LAA thrombus in the population with a low risk of stroke (CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc score = 0). Conclusions: MS is associated with LA/LAA thrombus risk in patients with NVAF. In addition to the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores, the CHADS2-MS and CHA2DS2-VASc-MS scores provide additional information on stroke risk assessment. PMID:27748329

  13. The mechanisms of atrial fibrillation in hyperthyroidism

    Bielecka-Dabrowa Agata


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

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

    О. Н. Ганеева


    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.

  15. Left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

    Tzikas, Apostolos; Shakir, Samera; Gafoor, Sameer;


    Aims: To investigate the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods and results: Data from consecutive patients treated in 22 centres were collected...

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

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


    Aims 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 ...

  17. Motion of left atrial appendage as a determinant of thrombus formation in patients with a low CHADS2 score receiving warfarin for persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

    Ono Koji


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to define the independent determinants of left atrial appendage (LAA thrombus among various echocardiographic parameters measured by Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF receiving warfarin, particularly in patients with a low CHADS2 score. Methods LAA emptying fraction (EF and LAA peak longitudinal strain were measured by VVI using transesophageal echocardiography in 260 consecutive patients with nonvalvular persistent AF receiving warfarin. The patients were divided into two groups according to the presence (n=43 or absence (n=217 of LAA thrombus. Moreover, the patients within each group were further divided into subgroups according to a CHADS2 score ≤1. Results Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that LAAEF was an independent determinant of LAA thrombus in the subgroup of 140 with a low CHADS2 score. Receiver operating characteristics curve analysis showed that an LAAEF of 21% was the optimal cutoff value for predicting LAA thrombus. Conclusions LAA thrombus formation depended on LAA contractility. AF patients with reduced LAA contractile fraction (LAAEF ≤21% require strong anticoagulant therapy to avoid thromboembolic events regardless of a low CHADS2 score (≤1.

  18. Safety of short-term use of dabigatran or rivaroxaban for direct-current cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

    Yadlapati, Ajay; Groh, Christopher; Passman, Rod


    Direct-current cardioversion (DCCV) for persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter (AF) carries a risk of thromboembolic events (TEs). Therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin is recommended for 3 to 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after DCCV to reduce TE; however, the safety of short-term anticoagulation with the novel oral anticoagulants (dabigatran and rivaroxaban) before DCCV has not been assessed. A retrospective cohort study was performed on all patients undergoing elective DCCV for AF at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from June 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Inclusion criteria included patients taking any of the novel oral anticoagulants for 21 to 60 days before DCCV and successful DCCV to sinus rhythm. Patients were monitored for a minimum of 60 days after DCCV to evaluate for TEs including stroke, transient ischemic attack, systemic emboli, and death. In total, 53 patients (47 men, 89%; age 65±10 years, median 66) were evaluated. Agents used were dabigatran (30 patients, 57%) and rivaroxaban (23 patients, 43%) for an average of 38±9 days. The mean CHADS2 score was 1.2±1.1 (score=0, 26%; 1, 43%; 2, 17%; and >3, 13%). Eleven patients (21%) underwent a transesophageal echocardiography before their DCCV; all showed no thrombus. No patients were found to have episodes of TE within 60 days of DCCV. No patients were found to have major bleeding events. In conclusion, the use of short-term dabigatran or rivaroxaban therapy for DCCV of AF appears safe.

  19. The role of atrial electrical remodeling in the progression of focal atrial ectopy to persistent atrial fibrillation

    Hobbs, WJC; Van Gelder, IC; Fitzpatrick, AP; Crijns, HJGM; Garratt, CJ


    Focal Atrial Fibrillation and Electrical Remodeling. Although atrial fibrillation- (AF) induced changes in atrial refractoriness (atrial electrical remodeling) have been demonstrated in a number of different animal models, the clinical significance of this process is unknown. We describe a patient i

  20. Late infectious endocarditis of surgical patch closure of atrial septal defects diagnosed by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose gated cardiac computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT): a case report.

    Honnorat, Estelle; Seng, Piseth; Riberi, Alberto; Habib, Gilbert; Stein, Andreas


    In contrast to percutaneous atrial septal occluder device, surgical patch closure of atrial defects was known to be no infective endocarditis risk. We herein report the first case of late endocarditis of surgical patch closure of atrial septal defects occurred at 47-year after surgery. On September 2014, a 56-year-old immunocompetent French Caucasian man was admitted into the Emergency Department for 3-week history of headache, acute decrease of psychomotor performance and fever at 40 °C. The diagnosis has been evoked during his admission for the management of a brain abscess and confirmed using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose gated cardiac computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT). Bacterial cultures of surgical deep samples of brain abscess were positive for Streptococcus intermedius and Aggregatibacter aphrophilus as identified by the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry and confirmed with 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The patient was treated by antibiotics for 8 weeks and surgical patch closure removal. In summary, late endocarditis on surgical patch and on percutaneous atrial septal occluder device of atrial septal defects is rare. Cardiac imaging by the 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose gated cardiac computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT) could improve the diagnosis and care endocarditis on surgical patch closure of atrial septal defects while transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography remained difficult to interpret.

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

    Xule Wang

    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

  2. Effects of trimetazidine on atrial structural remodeling and platelet activation in dogs with atrial fibrillation

    HAN Wei; LI Wei-min; ZHOU Hong-yan; HUO Hong; WEI Na; DONG Guo; CAO Yong; ZHOU Guo; YANG Shu-sen


    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common arrhythmias in clinical practice. AF results in electrophysiological alterations which involve increased atrial effective refractory period and atrial effective refractory period dispersion, reduced rate adaptation of atrial effective refractory period, and slowed atrial conduction.

  3. Effects of Losartan on acute atrial electrical remodeling

    李悦; 李为民; 薛竟宜; 韩薇; 杨树森; 谷宏越


    Background Atrial electrical remodeling (AER) contributes to the maintainance of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study was to compare the effects of Losartan with those of Diltiazem on tachycardia-induced acute AER in rabbits.Methods Twenty-one rabbits paced with maximal atrial capture rate for 3 hours in the right atrium (RA) were randomly divided into saline group, Diltiazem group and Losartan group. After autonomic blockage, we measured atrial effective refractory period (AERP), AERP rate adapting feature, AERP dispersion and RA conduction time at basic cycle lengths (BCLs) of 200 ms and 150 ms at baseline, 0.5 hour, 1 hour, 2 and 3 hours after rapid atrial pacing. Results In the saline group, there was a prompt decrease in AERP as a result of rapid atrial pacing, and AERP200 and AERP150 were shortened sharply within 0.5 hour of pacing (30.2±10.5 ms and 24.1±9.1 ms, respectively). The AERP did not change dramatically in the Diltiazem and Losartan groups. In the saline group, the value of (AERP200-AERP150)/50 ms in high RA was 0.17±0.08 at baseline and became significantly smaller at 0.5 hour (0.08±0.06), 1 hour (0.09±0.06), 2 hours (0.08±0.04) and 3 hours (0.09±0.05) (all P<0.05), suggesting a reduction of rate adaptation of AERP. The value of (AERP200-AERP150)/50 ms in high RA did not change during the 3 hours of pacing in both Diltiazem and Losartan groups. In the saline group, AERP dispersion increased significantly at 2 and 3 hours (P<0.05). However, Diltiazem could not prevent the increase of AERP dispersion at 3 hours (P<0.05). During Losartan infusion, the AERP dispersion was no longer increased after rapid atrial pacing. There was no significant difference in RA conduction time among the three groups.Conclusion Like calcium antagonist Diltiazem, Losartan could prevent AERP shortening and preserve rate adaptation of AERP after rapid atrial pacing. Losartan is more effective than Diltiazem in inhibiting the increase of AERP dispersion.

  4. 盐酸胺碘酮联合步长稳心颗粒治疗阵发性快速房颤疗效观察%The Clinical Observation of amiodarone with Wenxinkeli in Treatment of rapid atrial fibrillation in patients with paroxysmal efficacy



    目的:评价胺碘酮联合步长稳心颗粒治疗阵发性快速房颤的疗效。方法将80例阵发性快速房颤患者随机分为治疗组和对照组,两组均予以吸氧、心电监护、胺碘酮治疗,治疗组加服步长稳心颗粒,共观察6个月。结果观察6个月后,治疗组在有效改善症状、复律时间、及胺碘酮用量方面明显优于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论胺碘酮与步长稳心颗粒合用治疗阵发性房颤,能有效改善症状,提高治疗效果且可减少胺碘酮用量,缩短复律时间,有一定的临床应用价值。%Objective Evaluation of amiodarone the joint step Wenxinkeli rapid atrial fibrillation in patients with paroxysmal efficacy. Methods 80 patients with paroxysmal rapid atrial fibrillation were randomly divided into a treatment group and a control group, and both groups are oxygen, ECG, amiodarone,The treatment group took Buchangwenxin particles were observed 6 months. Results Observed after 6 months, the treatment group was effective in improving symptoms, time of cardioversion and amiodarone dosage was significantly better than the control group, the difference was statistically significant (P <0.01). Conclusion the particle combination therapy of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, amiodarone and Buchangwenxin improve symptoms, improve treatment and reduce amiodarone dosage and shorten the time of cardioversion clinical application value.

  5. Three-dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography-guided Transcathetar Closure of Ruptured Noncoronary Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm

    Kumar, G Anil; Parimala, P S; Jayaranganath, M; Jagadeesh, A M


    Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm accounts for only 1% of congenital cardiac anomalies. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm can cause aortic insufficiency, coronary artery flow compromise, cardiac arrhythmia, or aneurysm rupture. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) represents an adjunctive tool to demonstrate the ruptured sinus of Valsalva with better delineation. We present an adult patient with rupture of noncoronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm into the right atrium (RA). 3DTEE accurately delineated the site of rupture into the RA and showed the exact size and shape of the defect, which helped in the successful transcatheter closure of the defect with a duct occluder device. PMID:28074828

  6. Role of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography in the management of adolescent truncus arteriosus: Rare case report

    P S Nagaraja


    Full Text Available Truncus arteriosus (TA is a rare congenital heart disease defined as a single arterial vessel arising from the heart that gives origin to the systemic, pulmonary and coronary circulations. The truncal valve in majority of the cases is tricuspid though quadricuspid and bicuspid valves have been reported. Patients with TA typically have a large nonrestrictive sub truncal ventricular septal defect. Survival of these infants beyond 1-year is uncommon. Here, we report a unique case of 12-year-old female patient with persistent TA who underwent surgical repair by using transesophageal echocardiography as a monitoring device during the perioperative management.

  7. Esophageal Perforation: A Rare Complication of Transesophageal Echocardiography in a Patient with Asymptomatic Esophagitis

    Kabir Ahmed


    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a commonly used procedure in patients with suspected endocarditis. A rare but dreadful complication of this procedure is perforation of the esophagus. We report the case of an elderly female with multiple comorbidities, who presented with polyarticular septic arthritis. TEE was performed to rule out endocarditis. Though the standard procedure protocol was followed, she developed esophageal perforation. It was managed with esophageal stenting but she developed multiorgan failure and did not survive. This case highlights the potential of severe morbidity and mortality associated with TEE. Appropriate screening must be done and high-risk individuals must be identified before such procedures are attempted.

  8. Giant right coronary artery aneurysm with unusual physiology: Role of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography

    David M Orozco


    Full Text Available A 65-year-old woman presented with a history of dyspnea and atypical chest pain. She was diagnosed with a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction due to a giant right coronary artery aneurysm. After a failed percutaneous embolization, she was scheduled for right coronary artery aneurysm resection, posterior descending artery revascularization and mitral valve repair. During the induction of anesthesia and institution of mechanical ventilation, the patient suffered cardiovascular collapse. The transesophageal echocardiographic examination revealed tamponade physiology owing to compression of the cardiac chambers by the unruptured aneurysm, which resolved with the sternotomy. The surgery was carried out uneventfully.

  9. Value of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.

    Ender, Jörg; Sgouropoulou, Sophia


    The role of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has increased tremendously since its first use in 1979. Today intraoperative TEE is a class I indication for surgical mitral valve reconstruction for evaluation of mitral valve pathology, graduation of mitral regurgitation and detection of potential risk factors as well as post-repair assessment. Real-time three-dimensional TEE offers anatomical visualization of the mitral valve apparatus, fundamental for virtual surgical planning of proper annuloplasty ring size. As minimally invasive and even off-pump techniques for mitral valve repair become more popular, image guidance by intraoperative TEE will play an essential role.

  10. Atrial high-rate episodes and stroke prevention

    Camm, A John; Simantirakis, Emmanuel; Goette, Andreas;


    While the benefit of oral anticoagulants (OACs) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is well established, it is not known whether oral anticoagulation is indicated in patients with atrial high-rate episodes (AHRE) recorded on a cardiac implantable electronic device......, sometimes also called subclinical AF, and lasting for at least 6 min in the absence of clinically diagnosed AF. Clinical evidence has shown that short episodes of rapid atrial tachycarrhythmias are often detected in patients presenting with stroke and transient ischaemic attack. Patients with AHRE have...... a higher likelihood of suffering from subsequent strokes, but their stroke rate seems lower than in patients with diagnosed AF, and not all AHRE episodes correspond to AF. The prognostic and pathological significance of AHRE is not yet fully understood. Clinical trials of OAC therapy are being conducted...

  11. The influence of puerarin injection combined with irbesartan on atrial fibrillation and r induced by ventricular fibrous ventricular rapid pacing heart failure in dogs%葛根素注射液联合厄贝沙坦对心室快速起搏心力衰竭实验犬心房颤动及心房纤维化的影响



    Objective To observe the combined effects of puerarin injection and irbesartan on congestive heartfailure(CHF) in dogs with ventricula fibrous ventricular rapid pacing heart failure.Methods 21 healthy mongrel dogs were randomly divided into normal control group,CI-IF model group and the TMP treated group.CHF was established by right ventricular pacing model of canine.Butst was used to evoke atrial fibrillation (atrial fibrill;tripn,LVEF).Echocardiography was used to detect left ventricular ejection fraction in dogs (Left ventricular ejection fraction,LVEF).Mallory's three-color staining was used to detect the degree of atrial fiber.The level of plasma angiotensin 1,aldosterone concentration,m-type forelimb of the original N-terminal peptide (amino-terllllrlal1 ~ eptldcoftype Ⅲ procollagen,P Ⅲ NP),laminin (1 alTlmln,IN),and hyaluronic acid (hyaltlronlcacid,HA)was detected with radioimmunoassay.Results The LVEF of CHF model group decreased significantly compared with the control group(P <0.01).AF incidence ,the incidence of persistent AF and AF duration were significantly increased when compared with the control group(P < 0.01).Left atrial fibrosis were also significantly increased in CHF model group than normal control group (P < 0.01).AF duration was positively correlated with the degree of left atrial fiber (r = 0.84,P = 0.018).plasma angiotensin Ⅱ ,aldosterone,and serurn P Ⅲ NP,HA levels were significantly higher than normal control group(P <0.05 or P <0.01).There was no statistical difference in LN.Plasma angiotensin Ⅱ and aldosterone levels showed a close positive correlation(r =0.759 ,P =0.182).There is significant improvement in LVEF in treatment group when compared with model group(P < 0.05).The incidence of persistent AF was significantly lower in treated group when compared with CHF model(P < 0.05).The left atrial fibrosis was significantly reduced in treated group when compared with CHF(P < 0.01).Conclusion Puerarin injection

  12. Atherosclerosis of the descending aorta predicts cardiovascular events: a transesophageal echocardiography study

    Havasi Kálmán


    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose Previous studies have shown that atherosclerosis of the descending aorta detected by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a good marker of coexisting coronary artery disease. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether the presence of atherosclerosis on the descending aorta during TEE has any prognostic impact in predicting cardiovascular events. Material and Methods The study group consisted of 238 consecutive in-hospital patients referred for TEE testing (135 males, 103 females, mean age 58 +/- 11 years with a follow up of 24 months. The atherosclerotic lesions of the descending aorta were scored from 0 (no atherosclerosis to 3 (plaque >5 mm and/or "complex" plaque with ulcerated or mobile parts. Results Atherosclerosis was observed in 102 patients, (grade 3 in 16, and grade 2 in 86 patients whereas 136 patients only had an intimal thickening or normal intimal surface. There were 57 cardiovascular events in the follow-up period. The number of events was higher in the 102 patients with (n = 34 than in the 136 patients without atherosclerosis (n = 23, p =2 (HR 2.4, CI 1.0–5.5 predicted hard cardiovascular events. Conclusion Atherosclerosis of the descending aorta observed during transesophageal echocardiography is a useful predictor of cardiovascular events.

  13. An update on transesophageal echocardiography views 2016: 2D versus 3D tee views

    Poonam Malhotra Kapoor


    Full Text Available In 1980, Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE first technology has introduced the standard of practice for most cardiac operating rooms to facilitate surgical decision making. Transoesophageal echocardiography as a diagnostic tool is now an integral part of intraoperative monitoring practice of cardiac anaesthesiology. Practice guidelines for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography are systematically developed recommendations that assist in the management of surgical patients, were developed by Indian Association of Cardiac Anaesthesiologists (IACTA. This update relates to the former IACTA practice guidelines published in 2013 and the ASE/EACTA guidelines of 2015. The current authors believe that the basic echocardiographer should be familiar with the technical skills for acquiring 28 cross sectional imaging planes. These 28 cross sections would provide also the format for digital acquisition and storage of a comprehensive TEE examination and adds 5 more additional views, introduced for different clinical scenarios in recent times. A comparison of 2D TEE views versus 3D TEE views is attempted for the first time in literature, in this manuscript. Since, cardiac anaesthesia variability exists in the precise anatomic orientation between the heart and the oesophagus in individual patients, an attempt has been made to provide specific criteria based on identifiable anatomic landmarks to improve the reproducibility and consistency of image acquisition for each of the standard cross sections.

  14. Measurement of the aortic annulus size by real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

    Jánosi, Rolf Alexander; Kahlert, Philipp; Plicht, Björn; Wendt, Daniel; Eggebrecht, Holger; Erbel, Raimund; Buck, Thomas


    We sought to determine the level of agreement and the reproducibility of two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic (2D-TTE), 2D transesophageal (2D-TEE) and real-time three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (RT3D-TEE) for measurement of aortic annulus size in patients referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Accurate preoperative assessment of the dimensions of the aortic annulus is critical for patient selection and successful implantation in those undergoing TAVI for severe aortic stenosis (AS). Annulus size was measured using 2D-TTE, 2D-TEE and RT3D-TEE in 105 patients with severe AS referred for TAVI. Agreement between echocardiographic methods and interobserver variability was assessed using the Bland-Altman method and regression analysis, respectively. The mean aortic annuli were 21,7 ± 3 mm measured with 2D-TTE, 22,6 ± 2,8 mm with 2D-TEE and 22,3 ± 2,9 mm with RT3D-TEE. The results showed a small but significant mean difference and a strong correlation between the three measurement techniques (2D-TTE vs. 2D-TEE mean difference 0,84 ± 1,85 mm, r = 0,8, p annulus measured by 2D-TTE, 2D-TEE and RT3D-TEE. Thus, in patients referred for TAVI, the echocardiographic method used may have an impact on TAVI strategy.

  15. Electron-beam computed tomography findings of left atrial appendage in patients with cardiogenic cerebral embolism

    Okamoto, Makiko; Takahashi, Satoshi; Yonezawa, Hisashi [Iwate Medical Univ., Morioka (Japan). School of Medicine


    We studied electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) findings in the left atrial appendage of 72 patients with cerebral embolism [27 in the acute phase (<48 hours) and 45 in the chronic phase], 9 cases with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) but without stroke, and 13 controls. EBCT was performed in the early (during injection of contrast medium), late-1 (5 min after injection), and-2 (10 min after injection) phases. In the acute phase patients, 41% showed filling defect (FD) in the early phase alone (FDE), 15% showed FD until late phase-1 (FDL-1), and 15% showed FD until late phase-2 (FDL-2). The chronic phase patients showed FDE in 33% of cases, FDL-1 in 8% and FDL-2 11%. Only FDE was observed in 44% in NVAF cases without stroke. No FDs were observed in controls. Flow velocity in the appendage measured by transesophageal echocardiography was 23{+-}10 cm/sec in 21 FDE cases, 14{+-}3 cm/sec in 3 FDL-1 cases, 29{+-}23 cm/sec in 4 FDL-2 cases, significantly lower in comparison with 58{+-}25 cm/s in the 23 cases with no FD. FDL-1 and -2 suggested severe stasis or presence of thrombus in the appendage, which indicated high risk of embolism slower the movement of MES through the sample volume. (author)

  16. Large Right Atrial Thrombus Associated with Central Venous Catheter Requiring Open Heart Surgery

    Nasir Hussain


    Full Text Available Central venous catheters (CVC are used commonly in clinical practice. Incidences of CVC-related right atrial thrombosis (CRAT are variable, but, when right atrial thrombus is present, it carries a mortality risk of 18% in hemodialysis patients and greater than 40% risk in nonhemodialysis patients. Different pathogenic mechanisms have been postulated for the development of CRAT, which includes mechanical irritation of the myocardial wall, propagation of intraluminal clot, hypercoagulability, and hemodynamics of right atria. Presentation of CRAT may be asymptomatic or may be associated with one of the complications of CRAT like pulmonary embolism, systemic embolism, infected thrombi, or hemodynamic compromise. There are no established treatment guidelines for CRAT. We describe an interesting case of a 59-year-old asymptomatic male successfully treated with open heart surgery after failure of medical treatment for a large CRAT discovered during a preoperative evaluation for a kidney transplant. Our case underscores that early detection of CRAT may carry a favorable prognosis as opposed to waiting until catastrophic complications arise. It also underscores the importance of transesophageal echocardiography in the detection of thrombus and perhaps guides clinicians on which treatment modality to be used according to the size of the thrombus.

  17. Velocity encoded cardiovascular magnetic resonance to assess left atrial appendage emptying

    Muellerleile Kai


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The presence of impaired left atrial appendage (LAA function identifies patients who are prone to thrombus formation in the LAA and therefore being at high risk for subsequent cardioembolic stroke. LAA function is typically assessed by measurements of LAA emptying velocities using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in clinical routine. This study aimed at evaluating the feasibility of assessing LAA emptying by velocity encoded (VENC cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR. Methods This study included 30 patients with sinus rhythm (n = 18 or atrial fibrillation (n = 12. VENC-CMR velocity measurements were performed perpendicular to the orifice of the LAA. Peak velocities were measured of passive diastolic LAA emptying (e-wave in all patients. Peak velocities of active, late-diastolic LAA emptying (a-wave were assessed in patients with sinus rhythm. Correlation and agreement was analyzed between VENC-CMR and TEE measurements of e- and a-wave peak velocities. Results A significant correlation and good agreement was found between VENC-CMR and TEE measurements of maximal e-wave velocities (r = 0.61, P  Conclusions The assessment of active and passive LAA emptying by VENC-CMR is feasible. Further evaluation is required of potential future clinical applications such as risk stratification for cardioembolic stroke.

  18. Atrial fibrillation and heart failure: is atrial fibrillation a disease?

    Tilman, V


    Atrial fibrillation in heart failure often occur together. The relationship between atrial fibrillation and heart failure has remained a subject of research. The main manifestation of the violation of hydrodynamics in heart failure is the increased end-diastolic pressure, which is transmitted through the intercommunicated system (left ventricle-left atrium-pulmonary veins-alveolar capillaries) causing increased pulmonary wedge pressure with the danger for pulmonary edema. End-diastolic pressure is the sum of left ventricle diastolic pressure and left atrial systolic pressure. Stopping the mechanical systole of the left atrium can reduce the pressure in the system in heart failure. Atrial fibrillation stops the mechanical systole of the left atrium and decreases the intercommunicating pressure and pulmonary wedge pressure. It is possible that atrial fibrillation is a mechanism for protection from increasing end-diastolic pressure and pulmonary wedge pressure, and prevents the danger of pulmonary edema. This hypothesis may explain the relationship between heart failure and atrial fibrillation and their frequent association.

  19. Customized CT angiogram planning for intraoperative transesophageal echography-guided endovascular exclusion of thoracic aorta penetrating ulcer.

    Piazza, Michele; Lupia, Mario; Grego, Franco; Antonello, Michele


    The technique is demonstrated in a 78-year-old man; the preoperative CT angiogram showed a descending thoracic aorta ulcer of 5.9 cm in maximum diameter and 3.8 cm longitudinal extension. A ZTEG-2P-36-127-PF (Cook Medical) single tubular endograft was planned to be deployed. From the preoperative CT angiogram we planned to land 4.7 cm above the midline of the descending thoracic aorta ulcer and 8.0 cm below. In the operating room, under radioscopic vision the centre of the transesophageal echography probe was used as marker to identify the correspondent midline of the descending thoracic aorta ulcer and a centimeter-sized pigtail catheter in the aorta was used to calculate the desired length above and below the ulcer midline. The endograft was introduced and placed in the desired position compared to the transesophageal echography probe and the catheter; under transesophageal echography vision the graft was finally deployed. The CT angiogram at 1 month showed the correct endograft position, descending thoracic aorta ulcer exclusion with no signs of endoleak. In selected cases, this method allows planning in advance safe stent graft positioning and deployment totally assisted by transesophageal echography, with no risk of periprocedural contrast-related renal failure and reduced radiation exposure for the patient and operators.

  20. Comparing transesophageal Doppler corrected systolic flow time versus central venous pressure as a guide for fluid resuscitation in septic shock

    Walid Hamimy


    Conclusion: Transesophageal aortic Doppler is a simple, non-invasive tool of guiding fluid therapy in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. FTC change was a better predictor of fluid responsiveness than CVP in septic shock. There was higher significant difference in SV after resuscitation when using FTC as guidance.

  1. Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect as a Cause of Palpitations and Dyspnea in an Adult: A Diagnostic Imaging Challenge

    Michael S. Donovan


    Full Text Available Sinus venosus atrial septal defects (SV-ASD have nonspecific clinical presentations and represent a diagnostic imaging challenge. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE remains the initial diagnostic imaging modality. However, detection rates have been as low as 12%. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE improves diagnostic accuracy though it may not detect commonly associated partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR imaging provides a noninvasive, highly sensitive and specific imaging modality of SV-ASD. We describe a case of an adult male with exercise-induced, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia who presented with palpitations and dyspnea. Despite nondiagnostic imaging results on TTE, CMR proved to be instrumental in visualizing a hemodynamically significant SV-ASD with PAPVR that ultimately led to surgical correction.

  2. [Nosology and mechanism of monomorphous atrial tachycardia].

    Puech, P


    Monomorphous atrial tachycardias have been classified taking into account the ectopic rhythm rate, atrial wave morphology, the mode of activation of the atrial studied by endocavitary cartography, stimulation tests and their natural history. Atrial flutter is a right intra-atrial macroreentry of anticlockwise (common flutter) or clockwise (atypical flutter) rotation, maintained by anisotropic conduction around two pivotal zones located at the posterior and inferior part of the atrium. Tachycardia is made possible by the existence of an excitable zone on the circuit. Paroxysmal atrial tachycardias are far more often linked to localised reentry (sino-atrial or intra-atrial microreentry) than to provoked activity, stimulation tests enabling the distinction to be made. "Digitalis tachycardias" must be seen in the context of activity induced by late post-potential. Focal atrial tachycardias linked to ectopic automatism are a separate entity. They follow a chronic course in the young individual and may lead to a cardiomyopathy purely due to the rhythm abnormality.

  3. Cardiac Plug I and Amulet Devices: Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Stroke Prophylaxis in Atrial Fibrillation.

    Parashar, Akhil; Tuzcu, E Murat; Kapadia, Samir R


    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion has emerged as an exciting and effective modality for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are deemed too high risk for anticoagulation with warfarin or newer anticoagulants. The Amplatzer devices have been used in LAA occlusion for more than a decade, starting with off label use of an atrial septal occluder device for LAA occlusion. This was followed by introduction of a dedicated Amplatzer cardiac plug (ACP) 1 for LAA occlusion, and more recently, the second generation Amulet device, with reported better stability enhancing features, has been introduced. Both these devices are widely used outside the United States, however in the US only the WATCHMAN device has been FDA approved. Unlike the WATCHMAN device, where the evidence is continuously building as the data from two pivotal randomized controlled trials are emerging, most of the evidence for ACP devices is from pooled multicenter registry data. In this article, we review the device design, implantation techniques and the most recently published evidence for both the Amplatzer cardiac plug 1 and the newer Amulet device. Our goal is to summarize the most recent literature and discuss the current role of the Amplatzer devices in the exciting and rapidly growing field of percutaneous LAA occlusion.

  4. Idiopathic giant right atrial aneurysm

    Uppu, Santosh C; Sachdeva, Ritu; Imamura, Michiaki


    A 2-year-old boy with an incidental finding of massive cardiomegaly on a chest X-ray was diagnosed with a giant right atrial aneurysm upon further investigation with echocardiography. The patient underwent successful surgical reduction of the right atrium and closure of the patent foramen ovale to prevent thromboembolic complications and to lower the risk of atrial arrhythmias. The resected atrium had paper-thin walls and pathological features of interstitial fibrosis with endocardial thickening. PMID:23626440

  5. Idiopathic giant right atrial aneurysm

    Uppu, Santosh C; Ritu Sachdeva; Michiaki Imamura


    A 2-year-old boy with an incidental finding of massive cardiomegaly on a chest X-ray was diagnosed with a giant right atrial aneurysm upon further investigation with echocardiography. The patient underwent successful surgical reduction of the right atrium and closure of the patent foramen ovale to prevent thromboembolic complications and to lower the risk of atrial arrhythmias. The resected atrium had paper-thin walls and pathological features of interstitial fibrosis with endocardial thicken...

  6. Idiopathic giant right atrial aneurysm

    Santosh C Uppu


    Full Text Available A 2-year-old boy with an incidental finding of massive cardiomegaly on a chest X-ray was diagnosed with a giant right atrial aneurysm upon further investigation with echocardiography. The patient underwent successful surgical reduction of the right atrium and closure of the patent foramen ovale to prevent thromboembolic complications and to lower the risk of atrial arrhythmias. The resected atrium had paper-thin walls and pathological features of interstitial fibrosis with endocardial thickening.

  7. Neovascularization in Left Atrial Myxoma

    Dubey, Laxman; Chaurasia, Amit Kumar


    Abstract We report a case with a left atrial mass who underwent coronary angiography to rule out coronary artery disease. Coronary angiography revealed an anomalous tortuous vascular structure originating from the left circumflex coronary artery to the left atrial tumor suggestive of neovascularization. Preoperative coronary angiography is useful for coronary artery evaluation and also provides additional information regarding the feeding vessel supplying the mass. PMID:24757609

  8. Left atrial electrophysiologic feature specific for the genesis of complex fractionated atrial electrogram during atrial fibrillation.

    Hoshiyama, Tadashi; Yamabe, Hiroshige; Koyama, Junjiroh; Kanazawa, Hisanori; Ogawa, Hisao


    Complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) has been suggested to contribute to the maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, electrophysiologic characteristics of the left atrial myocardium responsible for genesis of CFAE have not been clarified. Non-contact mapping of the left atrium was performed at 37 AF onset episodes in 24 AF patients. Electrogram amplitude, width, and conduction velocity were measured during sinus rhythm, premature atrial contraction (PAC) with long- (L-PAC), short- (S-PAC) and very short-coupling intervals (VS-PAC). These parameters were compared between CFAE and non-CFAE regions. Unipolar electrogram amplitude was higher in CFAE than non-CFAE during sinus rhythm, L-, S- and VS-PAC (1.82 ± 0.73 vs. 1.13 ± 0.38, p genesis of CFAE.

  9. Initial experience in Brazil with the Helex septal occluder for percutaneous occlusion of atrial septal defects

    Pedra Carlos A.C.


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the initial clinical experience with the Helex septal occluder for percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects. METHODS: Ten patients underwent the procedure, 7 patients with ostium secundum atrial septal defects (ASD with hemodynamic repercussions and 3 patients with pervious foramen ovale (PFO and a history of stroke. Mean age was 33.8 years and mean weight was 55.4 kg. Mean diameter by transesophageal echocardiography and mean stretched ASD diameter were 11.33 ± 3.3mm, and 15.2 ± 3.8mm, respectively. The Qp/Qs ratio was 1.9 ± 0.3 in patients with ASD. RESULTS: Eleven occluders were placed because a patient with 2 holes needed 2 devices. It was necessary to retrieve and replace 4 devices in 3 patients. We observed immediate residual shunt (< 2mm in 4 patients with ASD, and in those with patent foramen ovale total occlusion of the defect occurred. No complications were noted, and all patients were discharged on the following day. After 1 month, 2 patients with ASD experienced trivial residual shunts (1mm. In 1 patient, we observed mild prolapse in the proximal disk in the right atrium, without consequences. CONCLUSION: The Helex septal occluder was safe and effective for occluding small to moderate atrial septal defects. Because the implantation technique is demanding, it requires specific training of the operator. Even so, small technical failures may occur in the beginning of the learning curve, but they do not involve patient safety.

  10. Twelve-month follow-up of left atrial appendage occlusion with Amplatzer Amulet.

    Kleinecke, Caroline; Park, Jai-Wun; Gödde, Martin; Zintl, Konstantin; Schnupp, Steffen; Brachmann, Johannes


    The Amplatzer Amulet (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA) is a second gen-eration Amplatzer device for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion (LAAO) for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. This research sought to assess the clinical performance of the Amplatzer Amulet device and in follow up for 12 months. In this single-center registry patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindication to oral anticoagulation underwent LAAO with the Amplatzer Amulet device. Follow-up was performed before discharge, by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) after 6 weeks and telephone interview after 3, 6 and 12 months. Between October 2014 and August 2015 50 patients (76.1 ± 8.3 years; 30 male) were en-rolled. Procedural success was achieved in 49 (98%) patients. Major periprocedural adverse events were observed in 4 (8%) of patients: 1 device embolization, 2 pericardial effusions requiring pericardiocente-sis and 1 prolonged hospital stay due to retropharyngeal hematoma from the TEE probe. Follow-up TEE was available in 38 of 50 patients showing complete LAA sealing in all. 2 device-related thrombi were also documented. At 12-month follow-up 7 patients had died unrelated to the device. Ischemic stroke occurred in 3 patients. According to neurological examination two were classified as microangiopathic and not cardio-embolic. The other one could not be classified. Bleeding complications (5 minor, 3 major) were documented in 8 patients. Although minimizing procedure-related complications remains challenging, LAAO with the Amplatzer Amulet device showed high procedural success and excellent LAA sealing. (Cardiol J 2017; 24, 2: 131-138).

  11. Fenofibrate inhibits atrial metabolic remodelling in atrial fibrillation through PPAR‐α/sirtuin 1/PGC‐1α pathway

    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


    Background and Purpose 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. Experimental Approach 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. Key Results 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. Conclusion and Implications 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. PMID:26787506

  12. Fenofibrate inhibits atrial metabolic remodelling in atrial fibrillation through PPAR-α/sirtuin 1/PGC-1α pathway.

    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


    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.

  13. Repair of recurrent pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa: Role of transesophageal echocardiography

    Shreedhar S Joshi


    Full Text Available Pseudoaneurysm of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa (P-MAIVF is a rare cardiac surgical condition. P-MAIVF commonly occurs as a complication of aortic and mitral valve replacement surgeries. The surgical trauma during replacement of the valves weakens the avascular mitral and aortic intervalvular area. We present a case of P-MAIVF recurrence 5 years after a primary repair. Congestive cardiac failure was the presenting feature with mitral and aortic regurgitation. In view of the recurrence, the surgical team planned for a double valve replacement. The sewing rings of the two prosthetic-valves were interposed to close the mouth of the pseudoaneurysm and to provide mechanical reinforcement of the MAIVF. Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE helped in delineating the anatomy, extent of the lesion, rupture of one of the pseudoaneurysm into left atrium and severity of the valvular regurgitation. Post-procedure TEE confirmed complete obliteration of the pseudoaneurysm and prosthetic valve function.

  14. Late atypical atrial flutter after ablation of atrial fibrillation.

    Ferreira, Raquel; Primo, João; Adão, Luís; Gonzaga, Anabela; Gonçalves, Helena; Santos, Rui; Fonseca, Paulo; Santos, José; Gama, Vasco


    Cardiac surgery for structural heart disease (often involving the left atrium) and radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation have led to an increased incidence of regular atrial tachycardias, often presenting as atypical flutters. This type of flutter is particularly common after pulmonary vein isolation, especially after extensive atrial ablation including linear lesions and/or defragmentation. The authors describe the case of a 51-year-old man, with no relevant medical history, referred for a cardiology consultation in 2009 for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. After failure of antiarrhythmic therapy, he underwent catheter ablation, with criteria of acute success. Three years later he again suffered palpitations and atypical atrial flutter was documented. The electrophysiology study confirmed the diagnosis of atypical left flutter and reappearance of electrical activity in the right inferior pulmonary vein. This vein was again ablated successfully and there has been no arrhythmia recurrence to date. In an era of frequent catheter ablation it is essential to understand the mechanism of this arrhythmia and to recognize such atypical flutters.

  15. Left atrial appendage occlusion: initial experience with the Amplatzer™ Amulet™.

    Freixa, Xavier; Abualsaud, Ali; Chan, Jason; Nosair, Mohamed; Tzikas, Apostolos; Garceau, Patrick; Basmadjian, Arsène; Ibrahim, Réda


    The Amplatzer™ Amulet™ (Amulet) is the evolution of the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug, a dedicated device for percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. The new device has been designed to facilitate the implantation process, improve the sealing performance and further reduce the risk of complications. The objective of the study was to describe the initial experience with the Amplatzer Amulet for percutaneous LAA occlusion. This was a prospective single-center study of patients undergoing percutaneous LAA occlusion. The indication for LAA closure was a formal contraindication for oral anticoagulation or previous history of stroke due to INR lability. All procedures were done under general anesthesia and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed 24h after the procedure in order to rule out procedural complications before discharge. Further follow-up was done with a clinical visit and TEE at 1-3 months. Between July-2012 and June-2013, 25 patients with a mean CHA2DS2-VASC of 4.3 ± 1.7 underwent LAA occlusion with the Amplatzer Amulet. The device was successfully implanted in 24 patients (96%) without any procedural stroke, pericardial effusion or device embolization. None of the patients presented any clinical event at follow-up. Follow-up TEE showed complete LAA sealing in all patients with no residual leaks >3mm and no device embolization. One patient (4.1%) presented a device thrombosis at follow-up without clinical expression. In this initial series of patients, the Amulet showed a remarkable acute and short-term performance in terms of feasibility and safety as depicted by the high successful implantation rate and the low incidence of complications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. [Low molecular weight heparin and non valvular atrial fibrillation].

    Ederhy, S; Di Angelantonio, E; Meuleman, C; Janower, S; Boccara, F; Cohen, A


    Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) are obtained through chemical or enzyme depolymerisation of unfractioned heparins (UFH). LMWHs present several advantages over UFH: they exhibit a smaller interindividual variability of the anticoagulant effect, they have a greater bioavailability, a longer plasma half-life and do not require monitoring of the anticoagulant effect. LMWH have restrictive indications in AF patients, cardioversion (II level C and TEE for ACC/AHA/ESC and 2C for ACCP guidelines) or use as a bridge therapy (IIB, level C for ACC/AHA/ESC). The ACE study (Anticoagulation for cardioversion using enoxaparin), showed a reduction, though not statistically significant, of 42% of the composite end point (embolic event, major bleeding and death) 2.8% under enoxaparin vs. 4.8 % under conventional treatment, relative risk 0.58, CI 95% 0.23-1.46). Other studies, using dalteparin, confirmed that an anticoagulant treatment using LMWH followed by warfarin was at least as good as conventional management. ACUTE II (Assessment of cardioversion using transesophageal echochardiography), a randomized multicenter trial, compared the efficacy and tolerance of enoxaparin (1 mg/kg every 12 hours) and UFH in 155 patients eligible for a TEE-guided cardioversion. These patients were administered LMWH or UFH for 24 hours before TEE or cardioversion. There were no significative differences regarding the incidence of the study end points, in particular stroke and bleeding, and no death occurred. HAEST (Heparin in acute embolic stroke trial), a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind trial failed to show the LMWH superiority over aspirin in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation. Finally, LMWH have been proposed as a bridge therapy in patients under chronic VKA prior to surgery or invasive procedures. This strategy resulted in a low rate of thromboembolic events and major bleedings.

  17. In-vivo continuous monitoring of mixed venous oxygen saturation by photoacoustic transesophageal echocardiography (Conference Presentation)

    Li, Li; Subramaniam, Balachundhar; Aguirre, Aaron D.; Andrawes, Michael N.; Tearney, Guillermo J.


    Mixed venous oxygen saturation (SvO2), measured from pulmonary arteries, is a gold-standard measure of the dynamic balance between the oxygen supply and demand in the body. In critical care, continuous monitoring of SvO2 plays a vital role in early detection of circulatory shock and guiding goal-oriented resuscitation. In current clinical practice, SvO2 is measured by invasive pulmonary artery catheters (PAC), which are associated with a 10% risk of severe complications. To address the unmet clinical need for a non-invasive SvO2 monitor, we are developing a new technology termed photoacoustic transesophageal echocardiography (PA-TEE). PA-TEE integrates transesophageal echocardiography with photoacoustic oximetry, and enables continuous assessment of SvO2 through an esophageal probe that can be inserted into the body in a minimally invasive manner. We have constructed a clinically translatable PA-TEE prototype, which features a mobile OPO laser, a modified ultrasonography console and a dual-modality esophageal probe. Comprised of a rotatable acoustic array detector, a flexible optical fiber bundle and a light-integrating acoustic lens, the oximetric probe has an outer diameter smaller than 15 mm and will be tolerable for most patients. Through custom-made C++/Qt software, our device acquires and displays ultrasonic and photoacoustic images in real time to guide the deployment of the probe. SvO2 is calculated on-line and updated every second. PA-TEE has now been used to evaluate SvO2 in living swine. Our findings show that changing the fraction of oxygen in the inspired gas modulates SvO2 measured by PA-TEE. Statistic comparison between SvO2 measurements from PA-TEE in vivo the gold-standard laboratorial analysis on blood samples drawn from PACs will be presented.

  18. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular Tei index in congenital heart disease

    Shanthi Sivanandam


    Full Text Available Background: Use of the Tei index has not been described to assess myocardial function before or after surgery in pediatric patients. This study was designed to evaluate the left ventricular (LV function using the Tei index pre- and post-cardiopulmonary bypass in patients with lesion that result in a volume loaded right ventricle (RV. Methods: Retrospective data on 55 patients who underwent repair of a cardiac defect were analyzed. Patients with volume overload RV (n = 15 were compared to patients without volume overload but with other cardiac defects (n = 40. We reviewed pre- and post-operative LV myocardial performance index (Tei index. Tei index was obtained from transesophageal Doppler echocardiogram. Results: Patients with right heart volume overload, the mean preoperative Tei index was 0.6, with a postoperative mean decrease of 0.207 (P = 0.014. Patients without right heart volume overload, the mean preoperative Tei was 0.48 with no significant postoperative change (P = 0.82. Conclusion: Pre- and post-operative transesophageal echocardiogram assessment provides an easy and quick way of evaluating LV function intra-operatively using LV Tei index. Preoperative LV Tei index was greater in the RV volume overload defects indicating diminished LV global function. This normalized in the immediate postoperative period, implying an immediate improvement in LV function. In patients without right heart volume load, consist of other cardiac defects, demonstrated no changes in the pre- and post-operative LV Tei. This implies that LV function was similar after the surgery.

  19. Isolated Atrial Amyloidosis in Patients with Various Types of Atrial Fibrillation.

    Sukhacheva, T V; Eremeeva, M V; Ibragimova, A G; Vaskovskii, V A; Serov, R A; Revishvili, A Sh


    The myocardium of the right and left atrial appendages (auricles) in patients with paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent forms of atrial fibrillation was examined by histological methods and electron microscopy. Isolated atrial amyloidosis was detected in the left (50.0-56.3% patients) and in the right (45.0-55.6% patients) atrial appendages. In all cases, immunohistochemistry revealed atrial natriuretic peptide in fibrillary amyloid deposits. Ultrastructurally, amyloid masses formed clusters of myofibrils 8-10 nm in diameter. They were chaotically located in the extracellular space along the sarcolemma as well as in membrane invaginations, dilated tubules of cardiomyocyte T-tubular system, and vascular walls. Amyloidosis was predominantly observed in women; its degree positively correlated with age of patients and duration of atrial fibrillation but negatively correlated with atrial fibrosis. The study revealed positive (in permanent atrial fibrillation) and negative (in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) correlation of amyloidosis with myofibril content in atrial cardiomyocytes.

  20. Biplane transesophageal color-flow Doppler imaging in assessing severity of mitral regurgitation : Influence of hemodynamic circumstances and mechanism of regurgitation

    Pieper, EPG; Hellemans, IM; Hamer, HPM; Ravelli, ACJ; Jaarsma, W; Breekland, A; Lie, KI; Visser, CA


    Objective: To determine the value of biplane transesophageal echocardiography in the assessment of severity of mitral regurgitation compared with left ventricular angiography. Design: Prospective study of consecutive patients. Setting: Two university hospitals, one community hospital. Participants:

  1. Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage for prevention of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation for patients with contraindication to or failure of oral anticoagulation: a single-center experience.

    Faustino, Ana; Paiva, Luís; Providência, Rui; Trigo, Joana; Botelho, Ana; Costa, Marco; Leitão-Marques, António


    In non-valvular atrial fibrillation 90% of thrombi originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Percutaneous LAA closure has been shown to be non-inferior to warfarin for prevention of thromboembolism. To evaluate the initial experience of a single center in percutaneous LAA closure in patients with high thromboembolic risk and in whom oral anticoagulation was impractical or contraindicated or had failed. Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and CHADS2 score ≥2 in whom oral anticoagulation was impractical or contraindicated or had failed underwent percutaneous LAA closure according to the standard technique. After the procedure, dual antiplatelet therapy was maintained for one month, followed by single antiplatelet therapy indefinitely. Patients were followed by clinical assessment and transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. The procedure was performed in 22 of the 23 selected patients (95.7%), mean age 70±9 years, CHADS2 score 3.2±0.9 and CHA2DS2-VASC score 4.7±1.4. Intraprocedural device replacement was necessary only in the first patient, due to oversizing. The following periprocedural complications were observed: one femoral pseudoaneurysm, three femoral hematomas and two minor oropharyngeal bleeds, resolved by local hemostatic measures. During a 12±8 month follow-up a mild peri-device flow and a thrombus adhering to the device, resolved under with enoxaparin therapy, were identified. The rate of transient ischemic attack (TIA)/stroke was lower than expected according to the CHADS2 score (0 vs. 6.7±2.2%). In our initial experience, this procedure proved to be a feasible, safe and effective alternative for atrial fibrillation patients in whom oral anticoagulation is not an option. Only relatively minor complications were observed, with a lower than expected TIA/stroke rate. Copyright © 2012 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  2. Rationale and design of a study exploring the efficacy of once-daily oral rivaroxaban (X-TRA) on the outcome of left atrial/left atrial appendage thrombus in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter and a retrospective observational registry providing baseline data (CLOT-AF).

    Lip, Gregory Y H; Hammerstingl, Christoph; Marin, Francisco; Cappato, Riccardo; Meng, Isabelle Ling; Kirsch, Bodo; Morandi, Eolo; van Eickels, Martin; Cohen, Ariel


    There are still many unresolved issues concerning patient outcomes and prognostic factors in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and left atrial/left atrial appendage (LA/LAA) thrombi. Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®), a potent and highly selective oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor, is a new therapeutic option in this setting. The planned study program will consist of a prospective interventional study (X-TRA) and a retrospective observational registry (CLOT-AF). The primary objective of the X-TRA study is to explore the efficacy of rivaroxaban in the treatment of LA/LAA thrombi in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter, scheduled to undergo cardioversion or AF ablation, in whom an LA/LAA thrombus has been found on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before the procedure. The primary end point is the complete LA/LAA thrombus resolution rate at 6 weeks of end of treatment confirmed by TEE. The secondary objectives are to describe categories of thrombus outcome in patients (resolved, reduced, unchanged, larger, or new) confirmed on TEE at the end of treatment (after 6 weeks of treatment), incidence of the composite of stroke and noncentral nervous system systemic embolism at the end of treatment and during follow-up, and incidence of all bleeding at the end of treatment and during follow-up. The objective of the CLOT-AF registry is to provide retrospective thrombus-related patient outcome data after standard-of-care anticoagulant treatment in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter, who have TEE-documented LA/LAA thrombi. The data will be used as a reference for the prospective X-TRA study. In conclusion, X-TRA and CLOT-AF will provide some answers to the many unresolved issues concerning patient outcomes and prognostic factors in patients with AF and LAA thrombi. Results from this study program would provide the first prospective interventional study (X-TRA) and a large international retrospective observational registry (CLOT-AF) on the prevalence and

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

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


    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...... attacks unchanged. No pulmonary vein narrowing was observed. Conclusion Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system was safe and effective....




    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia and left atrial size is an important factor in the development of atrial fibrillation. In the presence of atrial fibrillation an increase in left atrial size is associated with increased risk of stroke as well as increased morbidity and mortality. In this context, this study entitled “relation between left atrial size and atrial fibrillation in different diseases” was undertaken to study the left atrial size in different diseases causing atrial fibrillation and its relation to the atrial fibrillation. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was done from March 2004 to February 2006 in all medical units of Basaveshwar teaching and general hospital and Government general hospital Gulbarga. 70 cases of atrial fibrillation were studied in the present study. RESULTS: In the present study Atrial Fibrillation was common in >40 years age group (70%, left atrial enlargement was also more common in this age group (69.38%. Left atrial enlargement was seen in 70% of patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Rheumatic heart disease was the most common cause of Atrial Fibrillation (54.28% and left atrial enlargement was seen in 92% of these patients with mean left atrial size of 58.92 mm. Next most common cause was coronary artery disease (20% and left atrial enlargement was seen in 57.14% patients with a mean left atrial size of 39.5 mm. Left atrial size was normal in patients with thyrotoxicosis, congenital heart disease, lone Atrial Fibrillation and primary pulmonary hypertension. Left atrial enlargement was significantly associated with worsening of functional status (p<0.01, pulmonary arterial hypertension (p<0.005 and congestive cardial failure (p<0.02. 17.14% of patients with Atrial Fibrillation had embolic complications like stroke, of them left atrial enlargement was seen in 83.33% patients. 4.27% of patients with Atrial Fibrillation died during the hospital course, of them left atrial

  5. Low atrial septum pacing in pacemaker patients

    Voogt, Willem Gijsbert de


    In patients with an indication for anti bradycardia pacing, atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia (30-50%) even in the absence of atrial tachy arrhythmias before pacemaker implantation. Pace prevention and pace intervention for atrial tachy arrhythmias could be an interesting adjuvant trea

  6. Low atrial septum pacing in pacemaker patients

    Voogt, Willem Gijsbert de


    In patients with an indication for anti bradycardia pacing, atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia (30-50%) even in the absence of atrial tachy arrhythmias before pacemaker implantation. Pace prevention and pace intervention for atrial tachy arrhythmias could be an interesting adjuvant

  7. The internodal atrial myocardium.

    Anderson, R H; Ho, S Y; Smith, A; Becker, A E


    The anatomical substrates of internodal conduction have long been a contentious topic. Debated first by the German Pathological Society in 1910, the consensus of established opinion for over half a century was that conduction between sinus and atrioventricular nodes occurred through plain myocardium. This was a conclusion supported by Truex in 1961. Despite his restatement of this fact in 1976, it has become fashionable to describe internodal conduction as being mediated by specialized internodal pathways. To reinvestigate this problem we studied 22 human fetal and 32 human infant hearts. In each case it was possible to cut the atrial tissues as a single block of tissue and to examine serial sections through the internodal myocardium. The sinus node, atrioventricular node, and segments of atrioventricular ring specialized tissue were recognized as specialized tissue using the light microscope in each heart. In contrast, there was nothing "special" about the myocardium between the nodes, nor was it possible to recognize tracts on the basis of either histological appearance or cellular architecture. It is concluded that, from the standpoint of light microscopy, there is no evidence whatsoever to support the purported concept of specialized anatomical substrates for internodal conduction.

  8. Effects of inhibition of PD98059 on expression changes of rapid pacing induced atrial muscle cell ion channel%PD98059 抑制快速起搏诱导心房肌细胞离子通道表达变化的研究

    程伟; 朱昀; 肖颖彬


    Objective To establish the rapid pacing model with the primarily cultured atrial muscle cell, and to study the effects of PD98059 (inhibitor of ERK1/2) on the expression of L - type calcium channel and potassium channel Kv4?3 in the early stage of rapid pacing. Methods Primarily cultured rats atrial muscle cells were used to establish rapid pacemaker cell model. These cells were randomly divided into three groups, i. e. control group, rapid pacing group, and PD98059 plus rapid pacing group. RT -polymerase chain reaction ( RT - PCR) and Western blot method were used to detect the changes of the expression of mRNA and protein in L - type calcium channel ale and potassium channel Kv4. 3 under different circumstances. Results After the rapid pacing for 24 h, compared with the expression of mRNA and protein in the control group, these in L - type calcium channel ale significantly decreased. Pretreatment with PD98059 before the pacing could significantly inhibit the decrease of the mRNA and protein expression in the rapid pacing - induced L - type calcium channel ale and potassium channel Kv4.3(P < 0. 01). But the expression levels were still lower than these of the control group (P <0. 05). Conclusion In the early stage of rapid pacing, the expression of mRNA and protein in L - type calcium channel otic and potassium channel Kv4. 3 decreases in different degrees, which indicates that the reconstruction of ion channel occurs. And the inhibitor PD98059 of ERK1/2 can significantly inhibit the decrease of the expression, which indicates that ERK1/2 takes part in the reconstruction of atrial muscle cell ion channel in the early stage of rapid pacing.%目的 利用原代培养的心房肌细胞建立快速起搏模型,研究ERK1/2的抑制剂PD98059对L-型钙通道及钾通道Kv4.3在快速起搏早期表达的影响.方法 采用原代培养大鼠心房肌细胞建立快速起搏细胞模型,随机分为对照组、起搏组及PD98059+起搏组,利用逆转录

  9. Effects of NIP-141 on K currents in human atrial myocytes.

    Seki, Akiko; Hagiwara, Nobuhisa; Kasanuki, Hiroshi


    A novel benzopyran derivative, NIP-141, effectively terminates experimental atrial fibrillation in canine hearts by prolonging atrial refractoriness. However, the effects of this drug on human atrial myocytes are unknown. This experiment evaluated the effects of NIP-141 on K currents in isolated human atrial myocytes using a whole-cell voltage-clamp method. NIP-141 inhibited the transient outward current (I(to)) and the ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K current (I(Kur)), each in a dose-dependent manner, with half-maximal inhibition concentrations of 16.3 microM and 5.3 microM, respectively (n = 5). NIP-141 inhibited both K currents in a voltage- and use-independent fashion, and it preferentially blocked them in the open state and dissociated rapidly from the channel. Because both K currents contribute significantly to the repolarization of the atrial action potential, these findings suggest that NIP-141 may terminate atrial fibrillation by prolonging action potential duration.

  10. Comparison of the Effects of Sevoflurane, Desflurane and Totally Intravenous Anaesthesia with Propofol on Haemodynamic Variables Using Transesophageal Doppler

    Selen Osmanagaoglu


    Full Text Available Sevoflurane and desflurane inhalation anaesthetics are in routine use providing more rapid recovery than pre-existing inhalation anaesthetics. We wanted to compare the effect of different anaesthetic agents on haemodynamic parameters with using transesophageal echo-Doppler in ASA I-II patients. A total of 45 American Society of Anes-thesiologists (ASA physical status I-II patients age between 18-65 scheduled for elective major abdominal surgery were admitted to this prospective randomized study and divided into three groups. Induction of anaesthesia was provided with 1µgkg -1 fentanyl, 6-8 mgkg -1 thiopenthal and 0.1 mgkg -1 vecuronium in sevoflurane (Group S, n=15, and desflurane (Group D, n=15, and 1µgkg -1 remifentanil, 2mgkg -1 propofol, and 0.1 mgkg -1 vecuronium in totally intrave-nous anaesthesia (TIVA group (Group T; n=15. For maintenance of anaesthesia, patients received an infusion of 0.15 µgkg -1 min remifentanil, 4-6 mgkg -1 h -1 propofol, sevoflurane 2%, or desflurane 6% at 1.0 MAC. Bispectral index (BIS values of 40-60 were targeted during operation. After endotracheal intubation, the haemodynamic and respira-tory parameters, and BIS were recorded 5 min after the intubation (T 0 , 30 min after the intubation (T 1 , 60 min after the intubation (T 2 and before the extubation (T 3 with using haemodynamic monitoring (Hemosonic 100. After induction of anaesthetic agents, heart rate (HR increased significantly in desflurane group (Group D compared with group sevoflurane (Group S and TIVA (Group T groups at 5 min after the intubations, 30 min after the intubations, 60 min after the intubations and compared with group sevoflurane before the extubation. The Stroke Volume (SV values increased significantly at the 5th minute intubation in Group S as compared to the Group D and in Group D as compared to the Group T. Compared with Group D, maximum acceleration (Acc increased significanly in Group T before extubation. The BIS values were

  11. A multiple ion channel blocker, NIP-142, for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

    Tanaka, Hikaru; Hashimoto, Norio


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and the risk of stroke. Although currently available antiarrhythmic drugs are moderately effective in restoring normal sinus rhythm in patients with AF, excessive delay of ventricular repolarization by these agents may be associated with increased risk of proarrhythmia. Therefore, selective blockers of cardiac ion channel(s) that are exclusively present in the atria are highly desirable. NIP-142 is a novel benzopyrane derivative, which blocks potassium, calcium, and sodium channels and shows atrial specific action potential duration prolongation. NIP-142 preferentially blocks the ultrarapid delayed rectifier potassium current (I Kur) and the acetylcholine-activated potassium current (I KACh). Since I Kur and I KACh have been shown to be expressed more abundantly in the atrial than in the ventricular myocardium, the atrial-specific repolarization prolonging effect of NIP-142 is considered to be due to the blockade of these potassium currents. In canine models, NIP-142 was shown to terminate the microreentry type AF induced by vagal nerve stimulation and the macroreentry type atrial flutter induced by an intercaval crush. These effects of NIP-142 have been attributed to the prolongation of atrial effective refractory period (ERP), because this compound prolonged atrial ERP without affecting intraatrial and interatrial conduction times in these models. The ERP prolongation by NIP-142 was greater in the atrium than in the ventricle. NIP-142 also terminated the focal activity type AF induced by aconitine. In addition, NIP-142 reversed the atrial ERP shortening and the loss of rate adaptation induced by short-term rapid atrial pacing in anesthetized dogs. Thus, although clinical trials are required to provide evidence for its efficacy and safety, the novel multiple ion channel blocker, NIP-142, appears to be a useful agent for

  12. Alterations in the expression of atrial calpains in electrical and structural remodeling during aging and atrial fibrillation.

    Xu, Guo-Jun; Gan, Tian-Yi; Tang, Bao-Peng; Chen, Zu-Heng; Mahemuti, Ailiman; Jiang, Tao; Song, Jian-Guo; Guo, Xia; Li, Yao-Dong; Zhou, Xian-Hui; Zhang, Yu; Li, Jin-Xin


    The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the change in the expression of atrial calpains and electrical, molecular and structural remodeling during aging and atrial fibrillation (AF). Adult and aged canines in sinus rhythm (SR) and with persistent AF (induced by rapid atrial pacing) were investigated. A whole-cell patch clamp was used to measure the L-type Ca2+ current (ICa-L) in cells in the left atrium. The mRNA and protein expression of the L-type calcium channel alc subunit (LVDCCa1c) and calpains were measured by quantitative (q)PCR and western blot analysis. Histopathological and ultrastructural changes were analyzed via light and electron microscopy. The quantity of apoptotic myocytes was determined by a terminal deoxynucleotidyl-transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay. In SR groups, atrial cells of the aged canines exhibited a longer action potential (AP) duration to 90% repolarization (APD90), lower AP plateau potential and peak ICa-L current densities (Pcalpain 1 was increased in the adult and the aged groups with AF (Pcalpain 1. The general pathophysiological alterations in normal aged atria may therefore produce a substrate that is conducive to AF.

  13. Ligation or distortion of the right circumflex artery during minimal invasive mitral valve repair detected by transesophageal echocardiography.

    Ender, Joerg; Gummert, Jan; Fassl, Jens; Krohmer, Eugen; Bossert, Thorsten; Mohr, Friedrich W


    A 43-year-old male patient undergoing mitral valve repair because of severe mitral regurgitation as a result of P2 prolapse was treated with insertion of neochords and a 36 Carpentier-Edwards physio-ring. After weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass, S-T elevation in leads II, III, and aVF occurred. On transesophageal echocardiography an occlusion or distortion of the circumflex artery by ring sutures was suggested, because coronary flow was no longer detected by color Doppler. Despite stable hemodynamics an angiogram was performed, which confirmed the diagnosis of stenosis of the circumflex artery. During reoperation 4 sutures placed at the P1 segment of the mitral valve annuloplasty were corrected. Transesophageal echocardiography could detect a good flow of the circumflex artery and the electrocardiographic changes disappeared.

  14. Role of transesophageal echocardiography in the clinical management of a patients with a giant coronary artery aneurysm.

    Wolford, D C; Jost, C M; Madu, E C; Walker, W; Ramanatian, K B


    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has substantial limitations for the study of abnormalities of the coronary tree. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) allows a more complete examination of the coronary arteries, particularly the proximal segments. This report describes the use of TEE after cardiac catheterization in the clinical management of a patient with unstable angina. While angiography first showed the giant aneurysm of the left circumflex coronary artery. TEE, by revealing an active thrombus of the lumen, prompted an immediate surgical resolution.

  15. Intraoperative Diagnosis of Stanford Type A Dissection by Transesophageal Echocardiogram in a Patient Presenting for Renal Transplantation

    Hand, William R.; Ikonomidis, John S.; Bratton, Charles F.; Thomas M. Burch; McEvoy, Matthew D.


    A 48-year-old patient with hypertensive end-stage renal disease presented for cadaveric renal transplantation. On physical exam, a previously undocumented diastolic murmur was heard loudest at the left lower sternal border. The patient had a history of pericardial effusions and reported “a feeling of chest fullness” when lying flat. As such, a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) was performed after induction of anesthesia to evaluate the pericardial space and possibly determine the etiology ...

  16. Atrial fibrillation and delayed gastric emptying.

    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.

  17. Transesophageal echocardiography evaluation of the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in laparoscopic surgery and their correlation with operative wound

    Xin-Sheng Chen


    Objective:To analyze the transesophageal echocardiography evaluation of the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in laparoscopic surgery and their correlation with operative wound.Methods:A total of 80 patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery in our hospital were randomly divided into standard pneumoperitoneum pressure group (12-15 mmHg) and high pneumoperitoneum pressure group (>15 mmHg) (n=40), and the differences in the levels of coronary blood flow and cardiac function parameters under transesophageal echocardiography as well as the content of stress hormones and acute phase proteins in serum were compared between two groups of patients.Results: Coronary blood flow parameters D, Q, PDV, MDV and DAR levels of standard pneumoperitoneum pressure group were significantly higher than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group; cardiac function parameters COLVOT, LVEF and LVFAC levels were significantly higher than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group; stress hormones Cor, Ang-Ⅰ, Ang-Ⅱ, NE, Glucagon and C-peptide as well as acute phase proteins CRP, YKL-40 and HMGB1 content in serum were significantly lower than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group while the acute phase protein PA content was significantly higher than that of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group.Conclusions:Transesophageal echocardiography can timely detect the excessive pneumoperitoneum damage in laparoscopic surgery to the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in patients, and also prevent the occurrence of excessive operative wound.

  18. Collagen spatial distribution in rapid atrial pacing dogs with or without superior vena cava and aortic root fat pad%快速右心房起搏对实验犬心房胶原纤维分布的影响

    熊日新; 钟国强; 宋红星; 张景昌; 凌云


    Objective To observe the collagen spatial distribution,collagen volume fraction (CVF)and Cx40,Cx43mRNA expressions in rapid atrial pacing dogs post vagal denervation by removing fat pad located between the medial superior vena cava and aortic root(SVC-Ao fat pad).Methods Twentyfour dogs were randomly divided into unpaced sham operation group(S group,n=8),Keeping SVC-Ao fat.Pad group(K group,n=8)and Removing SVC-Ao fat pad group(R group,SVC-Ao fat pad was removed by surgical excision before pacing,n=8).K and R groups were paced for six weeks.Six weeks later,all dogs were sacrificed,left atrium(LA),right atrium(RA),left atrial appendage(LAA),right atrial appendage(RAA)and atrial septum(AS)were collected and stained with HE or Masson Trichrome or frozen in liquid nitrogen for quantifying the expression of Cx40,Cx43 mRNA by Real-time quantitative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction(RT-PCR).Results Spatial distribution of collagen fibers as well as CVF between S and R group were similar(all P>0.05).CVF was significantly higher in K group colnpared to R group,especially at LAA and AS locations(all P<0.05),Cx40mRNA expression in K group was significantly decreased in LA,RA,and significantly increased in LAA,RAA and AS compared those in S group(all P<0.05),significantly lower in LA and RA while significantly higher in LAA and RAA compared to R group(all P<0.05).Cx43mRNA expression in K group was significantly reduced in LA,RA,LAA and RAA while significantly increased in AS compared to S group(all P<0.05),significantly higher in LA,RA,RAA and AS while significantly lower in LAA compared to R group.Conclusion Pacing induced collagen remodeling and modulation on Cx40mRNA and Cx43 mRNA expressions could be partially attenuated by removing SVC-Ao fat pad suggesting vagal nervation plays a key role in the initiation and preservation of atrial fibrillation.%目的 实验探讨切除上腔静脉中部和主动脉根部脂肪垫(简称脂肪垫)对快速右

  19. Left atrial thrombus resolution in atrial fibrillation or flutter: Results of a prospective study with rivaroxaban (X-TRA) and a retrospective observational registry providing baseline data (CLOT-AF).

    Lip, Gregory Y H; Hammerstingl, Christoph; Marin, Francisco; Cappato, Riccardo; Meng, Isabelle Ling; Kirsch, Bodo; van Eickels, Martin; Cohen, Ariel


    Data on left atrial/left atrial appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus resolution after non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulant treatment are scarce. The primary objective of X-TRA was to explore the use of rivaroxaban for the resolution of LA/LAA thrombi in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter, with the CLOT-AF registry providing retrospective data after standard-of-care therapy in this setting. X-TRA was a prospective, single-arm, open-label, multicenter study that investigated rivaroxaban treatment for 6 weeks for LA/LAA thrombus resolution in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter and LA/LAA thrombus confirmed at baseline on a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). CLOT-AF retrospectively collected thrombus-related patient outcome data after standard-of-care anticoagulant treatment for 3 to 12 weeks in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter who had LA/LAA thrombi on TEE recorded in their medical file. In X-TRA, patients were predominantly (95.0%) from Eastern European countries. The adjudicated thrombus resolution rate was 41.5% (22/53 modified intention-to-treat [mITT] patients, 95% CI 28.1%-55.9%) based on central TEE assessments. Resolved or reduced thrombus was evident in 60.4% (32/53 mITT patients, 95% CI 46.0%-73.6%) of patients. In CLOT-AF, the reported thrombus resolution rate was 62.5% (60/96 mITT patients, 95% CI 52.0%-72.2%) and appeared better in Western European countries (34/50; 68.0%) than in Eastern European countries (26/46; 56.5%). X-TRA is the first prospective, multicenter study examining LA/LAA thrombus resolution with a non-VKA oral anticoagulant in VKA-naïve patients or in patients with suboptimal VKA therapy. Rivaroxaban could be a potential option for the treatment of LA/LAA thrombi. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Changes in microRNAs expression are involved in age-related atrial structural remodeling and atrial fibrillation

    XU Guo-jun; GAN Tian-yi; TANG Bao-peng; CHEN Zu-heng; Mahemuti Ailiman; ZHOU Xian-hui; JIANG Tao


    Background Small noncoding microRNAs regulate gene expression in cardiac development and disease and have been implicated in the aging process and in the regulation of extracellular matrix proteins.However,their role in age-related cardiac remodeling and atrial fibrillation (AF) was not well understood.The present study was designed to decipher molecular mechanisms underlying age-related atrial structural remodeling and AF.Methods Three groups of dogs were studied:adult and aged dogs in sinus rhythm and with persistent AF induced by rapid atrial pacing.The expressions of microRNAs were measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction.Pathohistological and ultrastructural changes were tested by light and electron microscopy.Apoptosis index of myocytes was detected by TUNEL.Results Samples of atrial tissue showed the abnormal pathohistological and ultrastructural changes,the accelerated fibrosis,and apoptosis with aging and/or in AF dogs.Compared to the adult group,the expressions of microRNAs-21 and -29 were significantly increased,whereas the expressions of microRNAs-1 and-133 showed obvious downregulation tendency in the aged group.Compared to the aged group,the expressions of microRNAs-1,-21,and-29 was significantly increased in the old group in AF; contrastingly,the expressions of microRNA-133 showed obvious downregulation tendency.Conclusion These multiple aberrantly expressed microRNAs may be responsible for modulating the transition from adaptation to pathological atrial remodeling with aging and/or in AF.

  1. [New antithrombotics for atrial fibrillation].

    Verheugt, F.W.A.


    Cerebral infarction is the most serious complication of atrial fibrillation. Coumarin derivatives (vitamin K antagonists) counteract systemic thromboembolism and reduce the risk of stroke by more than 60%, but carry a risk of serious bleeding. Antiplatelet therapy and subcutaneous low-molecular-weig

  2. Radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation

    Wiesfeld, ACP; Tan, ES; Van Veldhuisen, DJ; Crijns, HJGM; Van Gelder, IC


    Twenty-five patients (16 males, mean age 46 years.) underwent radiofrequency ablation because of either paroxysmal (13 patients) or persistent atrial fibrillation (12 patients). Ablation aimed at earliest activation of spontaneous and catheter-induced repetitive ectopy in left and right atria and ap

  3. Genetic basis of atrial fibrillation

    Oscar Campuzano


    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.

  4. Facts about Atrial Septal Defect

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  5. Personalized management of atrial fibrillation

    Kirchhof, Paulus; Breithardt, Günter; Aliot, Etienne


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

  6. Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects without balloon sizing in adults: Experience of a tertiary referral center

    Hasan Kaya


    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to evaluate our clinical experienceand short-term results of percutaneous closure of secundumtype atrial septal defects (ASD in adults.Methods: We studied 71 patients (49 female, 22 male,mean age 35±14 years undergoing percutaneous closureof ASD between January 2010-October 2012 in ourclinic. All procedures were performed under sedoanalgesiawithout balloon sizing. Clinical characteristics of patients,properties of percutaneous closure intervention,complications and short-term results are evaluated.Results: Defect diameter measured by transesophagealechocardiographic examination was 19.8±6.4 mm. Devicesize used for percutaneous closure was 24.7±6.7mm. Procedure was successfully performed in 67 patients(94%. Four patients were referred for surgery because ofprocedural failure. During procedure, a patient developedtransient 2nd degree AV block, and another developeddevice thrombosis. Residual shunt was detected in threepatients at first day control echocardiographic examination.In the follow-up of 13±8 months, no residual shunt,embolic or arrhythmic complications were observed.Conclusion: Percutaneous closure of secundum ASD isa safe and effective method with high success and lowcomplication rates in experienced centers. J Clin Exp Invest2013; 4 (1: 67-72Key words: Secundum atrial septal defect, percutaneousclosure, sedoanalgesia, transesophageal echocardiography

  7. Duration of Electrically Induced Atrial Fibrillation Is Augmented by High Voltage of Stimulus with Higher Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Rats

    Tomomi Nagayama


    Full Text Available Objective. Many previous clinical studies have suggested that atrial fibrillation (AF is closely associated with hypertension. However, the benefits of antihypertensive therapy on AF are still inconsistent, and it is necessary to explore the factors augmenting AF in hypertensive rats. The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between arterial pressure or voltage stimulus and to the duration of electrically induced AF in normotensive or hypertensive rats. Methods. AF was reproducibly induced by transesophageal atrial burst pacing in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR and Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY. We did the burst pacing at high (20 V or low (5 V voltage. Results. Duration of AF did not correlate with systolic blood pressure (SBP and stimulus voltage in WKY. However, only in SHR, duration of AF with high stimulus voltage significantly correlated with SBP and was significantly longer in high than in low voltage stimulus. Discussion and Conclusion. Duration of AF is augmented by high voltage stimulus with higher blood pressure in SHR.

  8. [Atrial fibrillation and cognitive function].

    Duron, Emmanuelle; Hanon, Olivier


    Atrial fibrillation (AF), which prevalence increases with age, is a growing public health problem and a well known risk factor for stroke. On the other hand, dementia is one of the most important neurological disorders in the elderly, and with aging of the population in developed countries, the number of demented patients will increase in absence of prevention. In the past decade, several vascular risk factors (hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome, hypercholesterolemia) have been found, with various degree of evidence, to be associated with vascular dementia but also, surprisingly, with Alzheimer's disease. This review is devoted to the links between atrial fibrillation, cognitive decline and dementia. Globally, transversal studies showed a significant association between atrial fibrillation, cognitive decline and dementia. However, these studies are particularly sensitive to various biases. In this context, recent longitudinal studies of higher level of evidence have been conducted to assess the link between AF and dementia. One study disclosed a high incidence of dementia among patients suffering from atrial fibrillation during a 4.6 years follow-up. Similarly another study showed that atrial fibrillation was significantly associated with conversion from mild cognitive impairment to dementia during a 3 years follow-up. Nevertheless two other longitudinal studies did not find any significant association between AF and dementia, but this discrepancy should be interpreted taking into account that the comparability of all these studies is moderate because they were using different methodologies (population, cognitive testing, and mean follow-up). Possible explanatory mechanisms for the association between AF and the risk of dementia are proposed, such as thrombo-embolic ischemic damage and cerebral hypo perfusion due to fluctuations in the cardiac output. Thus, there is some evidence that FA could be associated with cognitive decline and dementia but this

  9. [Anxiety-depressive disorders and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: the psychosomatic aspects].

    Marilov, V V; Artem'eva, M S; Iurovskaia, I I


    One hundred and forty-five patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were examined to evaluate the effectiveness of the correction of physical state in the course of complex (somatotropic and psychotropic) therapy. Personality characteristics of patients with arrhythmias, the structure and severity of stress and anxiety-depressive disorders preceding the manifestation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were studied. Patients were examined at baseline and at the 21st day of therapy using clinical and instrumental methods (Holter ECG monitoring) and psychometric scales (the Beck Depression Inventory, the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale, the Hamilton Depression Rating scale, the Hamilton Anxiety Rating scale). The complex treatment of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with SSRI antidepressants (paroxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline) allowed to rapidly reduce neurotic anxiety depressive disorders. There was a significant positive trend in the course and frequency of paroxysms of atrial fibrillation on 21st day of treatment. These remedies help to reduce the duration of arrhythmia's attack which has already begun facilitating its relief. After 3-5 months of such regular complex pharmacotherapy, paroxysms of atrial fibrillation were completely stopped in 10.3% of patients. The follow-up investigation 18 months later showed that patients with certain personality traits and the positive dynamics of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation under a complex (somatotropic and psychotropic) treatment can develop cardiophobia' attacks in recurrent significant stress situations. Side-effects of the drugs were not significant and did not require discontinuation of the treatment.

  10. Role of transesophageal echocardiography in percutaneous aortic valve replacement with the CoreValve Revalving system.

    Berry, Colin; Oukerraj, Latifa; Asgar, Anita; Lamarche, Yoan; Marcheix, Bertrand; Denault, André Y; Laborde, Jean-Claude; Cartier, Raymond; Ducharme, Anique; Bonan, Raoul; Basmadjian, Arsène J


    Percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR) is an emerging therapy for nonsurgical patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). We examined the role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in PAVR. TEE was used initially to assess the native valve and aortic root, and served as a guide during PAVR. Following prosthetic valve deployment, TEE was used to assess valve function. Eleven patients aged 82 +/- 10 years with NYHA III-IV underwent PAVR. Periprocedural TEE gave immediate information on prosthetic position and function, LV function, mitral regurgitation, pericardium, and thoracic aorta anatomy. There was excellent visual agreement between fluoroscopic and TEE images of prosthetic positioning and deployment. TEE facilitated the detection and management of procedure-related complications. Compared with pre-PAVR, AV area (0.56 +/- 0.19 cm(2) vs. 1.3 +/- 0.4 cm(2); P < 0.001) and LVEF (49 +/- 17% vs. 56 +/- 11%; P < 0.001) increased. TEE provides key anatomical and functional information, and serves as a diagnostic guide for complications, which may arise during PAVR.

  11. Front-end receiver electronics for a matrix transducer for 3-D transesophageal echocardiography.

    Yu, Zili; Blaak, Sandra; Chang, Zu-yao; Yao, Jiajian; Bosch, Johan G; Prins, Christian; Lancée, Charles T; de Jong, Nico; Pertijs, Michiel A P; Meijer, Gerard C M


    There is a clear clinical need for creating 3-D images of the heart. One promising technique is the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). To enable 3-D TEE, we are developing a miniature ultrasound probe containing a matrix piezoelectric transducer with more than 2000 elements. Because a gastroscopic tube cannot accommodate the cables needed to connect all transducer elements directly to an imaging system, a major challenge is to locally reduce the number of channels, while maintaining a sufficient signal-to-noise ratio. This can be achieved by using front-end receiver electronics bonded to the transducers to provide appropriate signal conditioning in the tip of the probe. This paper presents the design of such electronics, realizing time-gain compensation (TGC) and micro-beamforming using simple, low-power circuits. Prototypes of TGC amplifiers and micro-beamforming cells have been fabricated in 0.35-μm CMOS technology. These prototype chips have been combined on a printed circuit board (PCB) to form an ultrasound-receiver system capable of reading and combining the signals of three transducer elements. Experimental results show that this design is a suitable candidate for 3-D TEE.

  12. Manual Skill Acquisition During Transesophageal Echocardiography Simulator Training of Cardiology Fellows: A Kinematic Assessment.

    Matyal, Robina; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mitchell, John D; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Hawthorne, Katie M; O'Halloran, David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Phillip E; Mahmood, Feroze


    To investigate whether a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator with motion analysis can be used to impart proficiency in TEE in an integrated curriculum-based model. A prospective cohort study. A tertiary-care university hospital. TEE-naïve cardiology fellows. Participants underwent an 8-session multimodal TEE training program. Manual skills were assessed at the end of sessions 2 and 8 using motion analysis of the TEE simulator's probe. At the end of the course, participants performed an intraoperative TEE; their examinations were video captured, and a blinded investigator evaluated the total time and image transitions needed for each view. Results are reported as mean±standard deviation, or median (interquartile range) where appropriate. Eleven fellows completed the knowledge and kinematic portions of the study. Five participants were excluded from the evaluation in the clinical setting because of interim exposure to TEE or having participated in a TEE rotation after the training course. An increase of 12.95% in post-test knowledge scores was observed. From the start to the end of the course, there was a significant reduction (pcardiology fellows can be complemented with kinematic analyses to objectify acquisition of manual skills during simulator-based training. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Practice guidelines for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography: Recommendations of the Indian association of cardiovascular thoracic anesthesiologists

    Kanchi Muralidhar


    Full Text Available Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TEE is now an integral part of practice of cardiac anaesthesiology. Advances in instrumentation and the information that can be obtained from the TEE examination has proceeded at a breath-taking pace since the introduction of this technology in the early 1980s. Recognizing the importance of TEE in the management of surgical patients, the American Societies of Anesthesiologists (ASA and the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, USA (SCA published practice guidelines for the clinical application of perioperative TEE in 1996. On a similar pattern, Indian Association of Cardiac Anaesthesiologists (IACTA has taken the task of putting forth guidelines for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE to standardize practice across the country. This review assesses the risks and benefits of TEE for several indications or clinical scenarios. The indications for this review were drawn from common applications or anticipated uses as well as current clinical practice guidelines published by various society practicing Cardiac Anaesthesia and cardiology . Based on the input received, it was determined that the most important parts of the TEE examination could be displayed in a set of 20 cross sectional imaging planes. These 20 cross sections would provide also the format for digital acquisition and storage of a comprehensive TEE examination. Because variability exists in the precise anatomic orientation between the heart and the esophagus in individual patients, an attempt was made to provide specific criteria based on identifiable anatomic landmarks to improve the reproducibility and consistency of image acquisition for each of the standard cross sections.

  14. Fully automated software for mitral annulus evaluation in chronic mitral regurgitation by 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

    Aquila, Iolanda; Fernández-Golfín, Covadonga; Rincon, Luis Miguel; González, Ariana; García Martín, Ana; Hinojar, Rocio; Jimenez Nacher, Jose Julio; Indolfi, Ciro; Zamorano, Jose Luis


    Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for mitral valve (MV) anatomic and functional evaluation. Currently, dedicated MV analysis software has limitations for its use in clinical practice. Thus, we tested here a complete and reproducible evaluation of a new fully automatic software to characterize MV anatomy in different forms of mitral regurgitation (MR) by 3D TEE.Sixty patients were included: 45 with more than moderate MR (28 organic MR [OMR] and 17 functional MR [FMR]) and 15 controls. All patients underwent TEE. 3D MV images obtained using 3D zoom were imported into the new software for automatic analysis. Different MV parameters were obtained and compared. Anatomic and dynamic differences between FMR and OMR were detected. A significant increase in systolic (859.75 vs 801.83 vs 607.78 mm; P = 0.002) and diastolic (1040.60 vs. 1217.83 and 859.74 mm; P software analysis automatically calculates several significant parameters that provide a correct and complete assessment of anatomy and dynamic mitral annulus geometry and displacement in the 3D space. This analysis allows a better characterization of MR pathophysiology and could be useful in designing new devices for MR repair or replacement.

  15. Impact of transesophageal Echocardiography on Long Term Management of Ischemic Strike : Experience from a University Hospital

    Kaul S


    Full Text Available Despite the unquestionable superiority of Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE over Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, the impact of TEE on the long term management of cardio-embolic strokes remains uncertain. The purpose of present study was to determine the extent to which TEE, influenced the decision regarding long-term anticoagulant management of patients with ischemic stroke in a University Hospital. Between January 1992 and May 1995, TEE was performed in 122 out of 485 consecutive patients with ischemic stroke enrolled in the Maryland Stroke Data Bank. The indication to perform TEE was unexplained cerebral infarction. Twenty five patients had a possible cardiac source of embolism (CSOE detected only after a TEE out of whom 17 were placed on anticoagulant therapy. From the remaining 8 patients, 2 expired, 2 were already receiving anticoagulants for different reasons and 4 were managed with antiplatelet agents. To conclude, in 17 of 122 ischemic stroke patients (14% who underwent TEE, the decision regarding long term anticoagulation was made only because TEE revealed a cardioembolic source.

  16. Integration of trans-esophageal echocardiography with magnetic tracking technology for cardiac interventions

    Moore, John T.; Wiles, Andrew D.; Wedlake, Chris; Bainbridge, Daniel; Kiaii, Bob; Trejos, Ana Luisa; Patel, Rajni; Peters, Terry M.


    Trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a standard component of patient monitoring during most cardiac surgeries. In recent years magnetic tracking systems (MTS) have become sufficiently robust to function effectively in appropriately structured operating room environments. The ability to track a conventional multiplanar 2D TEE transducer in 3D space offers incredible potential by greatly expanding the cumulative field of view of cardiac anatomy beyond the limited field of view provided by 2D and 3D TEE technology. However, there is currently no TEE probe manufactured with MTS technology embedded in the transducer, which means sensors must be attached to the outer surface of the TEE. This leads to potential safety issues for patients, as well as potential damage to the sensor during procedures. This paper presents a standard 2D TEE probe fully integrated with MTS technology. The system is evaluated in an environment free of magnetic and electromagnetic disturbances, as well as a clinical operating room in the presence of a da Vinci robotic system. Our first integrated TEE device is currently being used in animal studies for virtual reality-enhanced ultrasound guidance of intracardiac surgeries, while the "second generation" TEE is in use in a clinical operating room as part of a project to measure perioperative heart shift and optimal port placement for robotic cardiac surgery. We demonstrate excellent system accuracy for both applications.

  17. Early detection and efficient therapy of cardiac angiosarcoma due to routine transesophageal echocardiography after cerebrovascular stroke

    Dirk Vogelgesang


    Full Text Available Dirk Vogelgesang1, Johannes B Dahm2, Holm Großmann3, Andre Hippe4, Astrid Hummel5, Christian Lotze6, Silke Vogelgesang71Practice of Cardiology, Greifswald, 2Practice of Cardiology, Goettingen, 3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Herzzentrum Karlsburg, 4Department of Neurology, 5Department of Cardiology, 6Department of Haematology and Oncology, 7Department of Pathology, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, GermanyAbstract: Primary malignant cardiac tumors (cardiac angiosarcomas are exceedingly rare. Since there are initially nonspecific or missing symptoms, these tumors are usually diagnosed only in an advanced, often incurable stage, after the large tumor mass elicits hemodynamic obstructive symptoms. A 59-year-old female presented with symptoms of cerebral ischemia. A computed tomography (CT scan showed changes suggestive of stroke. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed an inhomogeneous, medium-echogenic, floating mass at the roof of the left atrium near the mouth of the right upper pulmonary vein, indicative of a thrombus. At surgery, a solitary tumor was completely enucleated. Histologically, cardiac angiosarcoma was diagnosed. The patient received adjuvant chemotherapy and was free of symptoms and recurrence of disease at 14 months follow-up. Due to the fortuitous appearance of clinical signs indicative of stroke, cardiac angiosarcoma was diagnosed and effectively treated at an early, nonmetastatic, and therefore potentially curable stage. Although cardiac angiosarcoma is a rare disease, it should be taken into consideration as a potential cause of cerebral embolic disease.Keywords: cardiac angiosarcoma, stroke, embolism

  18. Cardiac embolism after implantable cardiac defibrillator shock in non-anticoagulated atrial fibrillation: The role of left atrial appendage occlusion.

    Freixa, Xavier; Andrea, Rut; Martín-Yuste, Victoria; Fernández-Rodríguez, Diego; Brugaletta, Salvatore; Masotti, Mónica; Sabaté, Manel


    Cardioembolic events are one of the most feared complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and a formal contraindication to oral anticoagulation (OAC). The present case report describes a case of massive peripheral embolism after an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) shock in a patient with NVAF and a formal contraindication to OAC due to previous intracranial hemorrhage. In order to reduce the risk of future cardioembolic events, the patient underwent percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. A 25 mm Amplatzer™ Amulet was implanted and the patient was discharged the following day without complications. The potential risk of thrombus dislodgement after an electrical shock in patients with NVAF and no anticoagulation constitutes a particular scenario that might be associated with an additional cardioembolic risk. Although LAA occlusion is a relatively new technique, its usage is rapidly expanding worldwide and constitutes a very valid alternative for patients with NVAF and a formal contraindication to OAC.

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

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


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

  20. Left Atrial Tachycardia After Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation

    Kenichi Hashimoto, MD


    Full Text Available Left atrial tachycardia (AT has been reported to occur after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF. We treated 3 patients who developed AT of different mechanisms following PVI. In case 1, focal AT originating at the ostium of the left superior PV was demonstrated and focal radiofrequency ablation was performed at the breakthrough point at the ostium of the left superior PV terminated the AT. In case 2, AT was shown to be counterclockwise macroreentrant AT around the left inferior PV through the conduction gap of the left sided posterior wall for which linear ablation was performed between left superior and inferior PVs. Focal ablation at the conduction gap terminated the AT. In case 3, a macroreentrant AT propagating around the mitral annulus was demonstrated and linear ablation between left inferior pulmonary vein and mitral annulus (mitral isthmus terminated the AT.

  1. Prevalence, morphologic characteristic and predictors of organization of atrial auricle thrombi four weeks after anticoagulant preparation to scheduled electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation

    Kalashnykova O.S.


    Full Text Available Goal: to study thrombosis prevalence and predictors of thrombi organization in atrial auricles in persistent non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF in patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography (TEE 4 weeks after oral anticoagulant therapy (OAC. Materials and methods: a total of 133 consecutive patients with NVAF, who underwent TЕE before electrical cardioversion (ECV were included in the study. Results: The mean age of the participants was 60,3±0,9 years, 95 (71,4% were men. The mean term of the last AF episode was 6,5±0,6 months. Duration of AF less than 1 year was in 47 (35,3% patients, from 1 to 5 years – in у 61 (45,8% patients, over 5 years – in 25 (18,8% patients. 14 (10,5% patients had underlying coronary artery disease (CAD, 84 (63,2% patients had arterial hypertension, 31 (23,3% had both CAD and arterial hypertension, 4 (3,0% had cardiomyopathy, 80 (60,2% were obese. NYHA I FC of heart failure (HF was diagnozed in 8 (6,0% patients, II FC – in 94 (70,7% patients and III FC – in 31 (23,3% patients. GFR > 90 ml/min/1,73m² was in 9 (6,8% patients, in 74 (55,6% it was decreased to 60-89 ml/min/1,73m², in 50 (37,6% patients GFR was 30-59 ml/min/1,73m². In stratification of risk of thromboembolism complications (TEC 91 (68,4% fell into the high-risk group with the CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥ 2, 32 (24,1% patients were in the moderate-risk group and 10 (7,5% had CHA2DS2-VASc score 0. TEE was performed in all patients 4 weeks after effective OAC therapy. In 40 (37,6% patients thrombi were detected in the left atrial auricle and in 26 (65,0% patients they were organized. In 10 (7,5% patients thrombis were detected in right atrial auricles and in 7 (70,0% patients they were organized. In 63 (47,4% patients thrombi were found in both atrial auricles and in 25 (39,7% patients they were organized. Correlation was found between detection of non-organized thrombi, duration of AF less than 1 year and increase of total cholesterol

  2. Atrial septal stenting - How I do it?

    Kothandam Sivakumar


    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.

  3. Risk of atrial fibrillation in diabetes mellitus

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


    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. Atrial – Ventricular Septal Defect

    T Panagiotopoulos


    Full Text Available Atrial and ventricular septal defect constitute the most common congenital heart disease.Aim: Τhe aim of the present retrospective study was to record data and factors that affect atrial and ventricular septal defect.Method and material: The sample study included patients of both sexes who were hospitalized with diagnosis atrial and ventricular septal defect in a Cardiac Surgery hospital of Athens. A specially constructed printed form was used for data collection, where were recorded the demographic and personal variables, the pathological, surgical, cardiology and obstetric history, the habits of adults, as well as the personal characteristics of mothers. Analysis of data was performed by descriptive statistical analysis.Results: The sample study consisted of 101 individuals with diagnosis atrial or ventricular Septal Defect, of which 40% were boys and 60% girls. The 70% of the sample study suffered from atrial Septal Defect and the 30% suffered from ventricular Septal Defect. Regarding age, 12% of the sample study was 0-1 years old, 35% was >1 years old, 8% was >12-18 years old and 45% over than 18 years old. Regarding educational status of the adult participants, 9% was of 0-6 years education, 22%>6 -12 years, 13%>12 years. 14% of the adult paticipants smoked, 4% consumed alcohol and 5% smoked in conjunction with alcohol. In terms of the obstetric history of the sample studied, 32% of the cases had normal birth, 4% had a twin birth and 1% had a triplet one. According to the variables related to mothers, the mean age of the mother was 30 years and 3 months, 10% were smokers at pregnancy and 3% used chemical substance and mainly hair color. Also, the results of the present study showed that individuals of 12-18 and >18 years old did not suffer from ventricular Septal Defect, whereas the infants 0-1 years old did not suffer from Atrial Septal Defect. The mean value of age at the admission in intensive care unit was 7 months (12% for the infants

  5. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Guided by Integrated Echocardiography and Fluoroscopy Imaging Reduces Radiation Exposure.

    Christiane Jungen

    Full Text Available To investigate whether percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA closure guided by automated real-time integration of 2D-/3D-transesophageal echocardiography (TEE and fluoroscopy imaging results in decreased radiation exposure.In this open-label single-center study LAA closure (AmplatzerTM Cardiac Plug was performed in 34 consecutive patients (8 women; 73.1±8.5 years with (n = 17, EN+ or without (n = 17, EN- integrated echocardiography/fluoroscopy imaging guidance (EchoNavigator® [EN]; Philips Healthcare. There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between both groups. Successful LAA closure was documented in all patients. Radiation dose was reduced in the EN+ group about 52% (EN+: 48.5±30.7 vs. EN-: 93.9±64.4 Gy/cm2; p = 0.01. Corresponding to the radiation dose fluoroscopy time was reduced (EN+: 16.7±7 vs. EN-: 24.0±11.4 min; p = 0.035. These advantages were not at the cost of increased procedure time (89.6±28.8 vs. 90.1±30.2 min; p = 0.96 or periprocedural complications. Contrast media amount was comparable between both groups (172.3±92.7 vs. 197.5±127.8 ml; p = 0.53. During short-term follow-up of at least 3 months (mean: 8.1±5.9 months no device-related events occurred.Automated real-time integration of echocardiography and fluoroscopy can be incorporated into procedural work-flow of percutaneous left atrial appendage closure without prolonging procedure time. This approach results in a relevant reduction of radiation NCT01262508.

  6. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Guided by 3D Printed Cardiac Reconstruction: Emerging Directions and Future Trends.

    Pellegrino, Pier Luigi; Fassini, Gaetano; DI Biase, Matteo; Tondo, Claudio


    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion has emerged as an alternative therapeutic approach to medical therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. 3D printing is a novel technology able to create a patient specific model of any given anatomical portion of the heart. Herein we report the first 2 cases of LAA occlusion procedure with 2 different systems, the Wave Crest device (Coherex Medical, Inc., USA) and the Amplatzer Amulet device (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA), in which a 3D printed LAA model (Care Tronik, Prato, Italy) was used in a rehearse phase. Both patients had history of paroxysmal AF and previous transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurred during oral anticoagulation with correct INR. In the first patient the occlusive device was positioned within the LAA after a rehearse occlusion using the 3D printed LAA plus a 27 mm Coherex Wavecrest device, demonstrating a good compression and sealing, particularly considering a proximal lobe of the appendage. In the second patient an attempt with the 27 mm Amulet device delivered within the 3D printed LAA, based on angiography and transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE), revealed insufficient covering of the proximal part of LAA vestibule; the device was released only after a second test with the 31 mm Amulet demonstrating a good sealing. These 2 cases demonstrated that 3D model could help in finding the correct position within LAA, sizing the device and guiding the choice of the closure device despite the measurements provided by angiography and TEE. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.




    The aim of the present study was top examine the relationship between randomness of atrial and ventricular rhythm during atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation was induced in 10 open-chest pigs by application of metacholine on the surface of the right atrium followed by incremental pacing. Local a

  8. Correlation of Left Atrial Diameter by Echocardiography and Left Atrial Volume by Computed Tomography

    Hof, Irene; Arbab-Zadeh, Armin; Scherr, Daniel; Chilukuri, Karuna; Dalal, Darshan; Abraham, Theodore; Lima, Joao; Calkins, Hugh


    Computed Tomography. Introduction: For patients undergoing catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial size is a predictor of recurrence of AF during follow-up. For this reason, major clinical trials have used a left atrial diameter (LAD) of more than 5.0 or 5.5 cm, assessed by echoca

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

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


    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 fibrillation...... as healthcare systems and healthcare economy. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION: PROSPERO CRD42016051433....

  10. CHADS(2) and CHA(2)DS (2)-VASc score of patients with atrial fibrillation or flutter and newly detected left atrial thrombus.

    Wasmer, Kristina; Köbe, Julia; Dechering, Dirk; Milberg, Peter; Pott, Christian; Vogler, Julia; Stypmann, Jörg; Waltenberger, Johannes; Mönnig, Gerold; Breithardt, Günter; Eckardt, Lars


    The risk of developing a stroke or systemic embolus due to a left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or atrial flutter (AFL) is estimated by the CHADS(2) score and more recently the CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score. We aimed to further characterize AF/AFL patients who were found to have a LA thrombus on a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). Of 3,165 TEE between 2005 and 2011 for a broad spectrum of indications, we detected 65 AF patients with LA thrombus (2 %). There were 40 men and 25 women, mean age was 65 ± 13 years (range 36-88 years). Mean CHADS(2) score was 1.8 ± 1.1 and mean CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score was 3.0 ± 1.6. 11 patients (17 %) had a CHADS(2) score of 0, 12 patients (18 %) of 1, 28 patients (43 %) of 2 and 12 patients (18 %) of 3. Hypertension was the most frequent risk factor (72 %), followed by congestive heart failure (32 %), diabetes (23 %) and age ≥75 years (23 %). Mean difference between CHADS(2) and CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc was 1.25 ± 0.91. Of the 11 patients (17 %) with a LA thrombus despite a CHADS(2) score of 0, five had a CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score of 0, four a CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score of 1 and two a CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score of 2. In an unselected TEE population with newly detected LA thrombus about one-third of patients fell into the low-risk group when classified based on the CHADS(2) score, while a much lower population fell in the same low-risk group when classified according to the CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score. However, this does not prove clinical superiority of the CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score over the established CHADS(2) score. Whether our observation has clinical implications (e.g. TEE prior to LA ablation irrespective of CHADS(2) score), or argues for use of the CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc score needs to be evaluated in prospective studies.

  11. Congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm: Atypical presentation

    Mehdi Bamous


    Full Text Available Congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm is a rare condition caused by dysplasia of the atrial muscles. We report a case of a 14-year-old boy, with a 5-month history of cough and in sinus rhythm. Transthoracic echocardiography and computerized tomographic angiography confirmed the aneurysm of the left atrial appendage which was resected through median sternotomy on cardiopulmonary bypass. This case is presented not only for its rarity but also for its atypical clinical presentation.

  12. Potassium ion channels remodeling in rapid atrial pacing right atrium of rabbits with Microelectrode arrays%钾通道阻断剂对心房快速起搏兔右心耳场电位时限的影响

    孙娟; 侯月梅; 刘政疆; 张玲; 冯艳


    目的 应用微电极阵列(MEA)研究钾通道阻断剂对快速起搏(RAP)兔右心耳场电位时限(fAPD)的变化.方法 成年新西兰大白兔40只,体重2.5~3.0 kg,雌雄不拘,由新疆医科大学动物实验中心提供,动物质量属于一级标准.随机分为3组,对照组(non-pace,n=8),起搏+钾通道阻断剂组(TEA、4-AP和BaCl2,每组n=8),起搏+胺碘酮组(n=8).RAP 24 h后,迅速开胸取心脏,剪下右心耳,随即切片(厚度500 μm),将标本固定在MEA记录系统.分别记录正常对照组,给予阻断剂及胺碘酮组MEA形态和fAPD改变.结果 对照组右心耳fAPD为(188.33±18.29)ms,起搏组fAPD为(173.91±6.83)ms.给予20 mmol/L TEA阻断IK,fAPD由(176.67±8.66)ms延长到(196.11±10.76)ms(P=0.012),5 mmol/L 4-AP阻断Ito,fAPD由(169.38±10.56)ms延长到(188.56±13.82)ms(P=0.005).10-4mol/L BaCl2阻断I Kir,fAPD由(182.22±12.87)ms延长到(191.11±13.09)ms(P=0.039).2×10-6mmol/L胺碘酮使fAPD由(167.38±13.67)ms延长到(185.00±15.14)ms(P=0.002).结论 应用MEA技术町真实客观反映心肌组织切片的电生理特性.24 h RAP后,以阻断,Ito,IKur,IK1和IKs为主的钾通道阻断剂延长右心耳fAPD.胺碘酮可有效逆转或阻止右心耳fAPD的延长.%Objective To explore the effects of potassium ion channel blocker on field action potential duration (fAPD) of right atrial appendage (RAA) during rapid atrial pacing (RAP) by Microelectrode arrays.Methods Fourty New Zealand white rabbits of either sex (weight 2.5 to 3.0 kg,n=40)were randomly divided into 3 groups:control groups,potassium ion channel blocker groups(TEA,4-Ap and BaCl2)and amiodarone groups.All animals were anesthetized with pentobarbital(30 ms/kg followed by 5 mg/kg/h,i.v.).The hearts were quickly removed and right atrial appendage (RAA) sliced (slice thickness 500 μm).Each slice was perfused with Tyrode's solution and continuously stimulated about 30 min.Control groups received Tyrode's solution superfusion 10 min,blocker groups and

  13. Transient cerebral ischemia in an elderly patient with patent foramen ovale and atrial septal aneurysm.

    Merante, Alfonso; Gareri, Pietro; Castagna, Alberto; Marigliano, Norma Maria; Candigliota, Mafalda; Ferraro, Alessandro; Ruotolo, Giovanni


    Cerebrovascular disease is one of the most common causes of cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality in developed countries; up to 40% of acute ischemic strokes in young adults are cryptogenic in nature - that is, no cause is determined. However, in more than half of these patients, patent foramen ovale (PFO) is seen along with an increased incidence of atrial septal aneurysm (ASA). The following is a report of an interesting case: a 68-year-old man with ASA and transient cerebral ischemia. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) showed the presence of ASA; a test with microbubbles derived from a mixture of air and saline or colloids pointed out a shunt on the foramen ovale following Valsalva's maneuver. The patient underwent percutaneous transcatheter closure of the interatrial communication by an interventional cardiologist. TEE and transcranial Doppler or TEE with the microbubbles test are the recommended methods for detecting and quantifying intracardiac shunts, both at rest and following Valsalva's maneuver. In patients following the first event of transient ischemic attack, and without clinical and anatomical risk factors (such as the presence of ASA, PFO, and basal shunt), pharmacological treatment with antiplatelets or anticoagulants is closely recommended. On the contrary, in patients following the first event of transient ischemic attack, or a recurrent event during antiplatelet treatment, the percutaneous closure of PFO is recommended.

  14. Thrombus-in-Transit Entrapped in a Partially Ligated Left Atrial Appendage

    Farideh Roshanali


    Full Text Available A 54-year-old man referred to our center with Barlow’s disease and severe mitral regurgitation. He had atrial fibrillation (AF rhythm, with a mildly enlarged left atrium (LA. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE showed no clot in the LA and LA appendage; there was only mild spontaneous echo contrast in the LA appendage. The patient underwent mitral valve repair and the Maze operation, during which the LA appendage was ligated with the double suture technique. He was discharged from the hospital in good condition and in sinus rhythm. He was recommended Warfarin and PT control.One month later, he returned with the complaint of vision loss twice in the left eye each time for a few seconds. The AF rhythm had returned.TEE demonstrated a fresh and mobile thrombus entrapped in the LA appendage with a small portion in the LA (Figures 1 and 2. Laboratory tests showed therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR. The patient refused re- operation.  Plavix was added to his medication, and he was discharged.

  15. A new algorithm to diagnose atrial ectopic origin from multi lead ECG systems--insights from 3D virtual human atria and torso.

    Alday, Erick A Perez; Colman, Michael A; Langley, Philip; Butters, Timothy D; Higham, Jonathan; Workman, Antony J; Hancox, Jules C; Zhang, Henggui


    Rapid atrial arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (AF) predispose to ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death and stroke. Identifying the origin of atrial ectopic activity from the electrocardiogram (ECG) can help to diagnose the early onset of AF in a cost-effective manner. The complex and rapid atrial electrical activity during AF makes it difficult to obtain detailed information on atrial activation using the standard 12-lead ECG alone. Compared to conventional 12-lead ECG, more detailed ECG lead configurations may provide further information about spatio-temporal dynamics of the body surface potential (BSP) during atrial excitation. We apply a recently developed 3D human atrial model to simulate electrical activity during normal sinus rhythm and ectopic pacing. The atrial model is placed into a newly developed torso model which considers the presence of the lungs, liver and spinal cord. A boundary element method is used to compute the BSP resulting from atrial excitation. Elements of the torso mesh corresponding to the locations of the placement of the electrodes in the standard 12-lead and a more detailed 64-lead ECG configuration were selected. The ectopic focal activity was simulated at various origins across all the different regions of the atria. Simulated BSP maps during normal atrial excitation (i.e. sinoatrial node excitation) were compared to those observed experimentally (obtained from the 64-lead ECG system), showing a strong agreement between the evolution in time of the simulated and experimental data in the P-wave morphology of the ECG and dipole evolution. An algorithm to obtain the location of the stimulus from a 64-lead ECG system was developed. The algorithm presented had a success rate of 93%, meaning that it correctly identified the origin of atrial focus in 75/80 simulations, and involved a general approach relevant to any multi-lead ECG system. This represents a significant improvement over previously developed algorithms.

  16. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

    Roger Kerzner; Michael W. Rich


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an extremely common condition in the elderly, with increasing prevalence around the world as the population ages. AF may be associated with serious health consequences, including stroke, heart failure, and decreased quality of life, so that careful management of AF by geriatric health care providers is required. With careful attention to anticoagulation therapy, and prudent use of medications and invasive procedures to minimize symptoms, many of the adverse health consequences of AF can be prevented.




    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF, the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disturbance, commonly occurs with rheumatic heart disease, particularly mitral stenosis. Hemodynamic impairment and thromboembolic events result in significant morbidity& mortality. Left atrial (LA enlargement is one of the elements that evolve in the natural history of mitral stenosis. The objective of this study is to study the relation between echo cardio graphically determined left atrial size and atrial fibrillation in mitral valve disease (MVD. METHODOLOGY 50 Patients with rheumatic heart disease with mitral valve disease were studied using ECG and ECHO, excluding patients with congenital heart diseases, non-rheumatic mitral valve disease, essential hypertension, patients undergone PTMC or valvuloplasty or valve replacement, coronary artery diseases, patients on antiarrhythmic drugs, pregnant women. Left atrial dimensions measured by ECHO in patients of MVD and AF on ECG were compared with the left atrial dimension of patients in sinus rhythm. RESULTS In this study 42 patients had left atrial size >40 mm, 29(93.55% of them were in atrial fibrillation and only 13(68.42% were in sinus rhythm. Among 8 patients with left atrial size <40 mm, 2(6.45% were in atrial fibrillation and 06(31.58% were in sinus rhythm with p<0.02 which is significant. CONCLUSION Atrial fibrillation incidence was common when left atrial dimension was above 40 mm. There is a quantitative relation between left atrial size measured echocardiographically and the presence or absence of atrial fibrillation. These results may have therapeutic implication in that it may be possible with echocardiography, to identify patients in sinus rhythm, who are at high risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Prophylactic anticoagulation, antiarrhythmic therapy or both might be considered in management to prevent embolism.

  18. Short- and Mid-term Results of Atrial Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale Occlusion with Starway Septal Occluder Device

    J Kojuri


    Full Text Available Background: With a prevalence of almost 7% of all congenital heart diseases, atrial septal defect (ASD is a common condition. Patent foramen ovale (PFO is also a congenital heart disease which is frequently sustained into adulthood. Objectives: To study the feasibility of closure of ASD and PFU by Starway septal occluder device and the incidence of its inherent complications and procedural failure in 62 patients referred to our center. Methods: Starway septal occluder device was used for closure of ASD and PFO in 62 patients. After left and right heart catheterization, transesophageal echocardiography-guided closure was done for the patients with immediate recording of the results. Patients were followed for 6 months by transesophageal echocardiography for observing short- and mid-term complications. Results: The 62 studied patients were categorized into 2 groups. Group 1 included 31 patients (64% females with ASD (mean±SD age: 26.7±7.6 years. Group 2 consisted of 31 patients (35.6% females with PFO (mean±SD age: 53.5±12.4 years. Size of the right ventricle (RV annulus was significantly (P=0.005 decreased after the intervention in the ASD group. Overall 5 (8% patients developed post-intervention complications (transient ischemic attack, leg edema, and residual shunt and procedural failure—4 (13% in ASD group and 1 (3% in PFO group. None of the patients developed device-related thrombosis, significant arrhythmia, aortic regurgitation and pericardial effusion after intervention. Conclusion: Starway occluder device is effective and safe with very low short- and mid-term complication rates.

  19. Patent Foramen Ovale: Association between the Degree of Shunt by Contrast Transesophageal Echocardiography and the Risk of Future Ischemic Neurologic Events

    Stone, David A.; Godard, Joel; Godard, Joel; Corretti, mary C.; Kittner, Steven J.; Sample, Cindy; Price, Thomas R.; Plotnick, Gary D.


    This study investigated whether there is an association between the degree of interatrial shunting across a patent foramen ovale, as determined by saline contrast transesophageal echocardiography, and the risk of subsequent systemic embolic events, including stroke. Thirty-four patients found to have patent foramen ovale during transesophageal echocardiography were divided into two groups on the basis of the maximum number of microbubbles in the left heart in any single frame after intravenous saline contrast injection: group 1 (n = 16) with a "large" degree of shunt (220 microbubbles) and group 2 (n = 18) with a "small" degree of shunt (23 but patent foramen ovale, as determined by contrast transesophageal echocardiography, are at a significantly higher risk for subsequent adverse neurologic events compared with patients with a small degree of shunt.

  20. Minimally invasive ventriculo-atrial shunt for hydrocephalus

    李江山; 江勇豪; 程成; 张世凯


    Objective: To study the therapeutic effect of mini-traumatic ventriculo-atrial shunt on hydrocephalus. Methods: Seventeen patients were treated with right internal jugular venepuncture intubation to finish minimally invasive ventriculo-atrial shunt for hydrocephalus. The patients were evaluated by CT/MRI. The catheters were deployed at the proper position in the right atrium under X-ray fluoroscopy.Results: The hydrocephalus in all the 17 patients eliminated with this surgical procedure with a 100% success rate technically. The operational duration ranged from 0.75 to 1.5 h (average: 1 h). Mistaken puncture into the internal carotid artery as a complication occurred on 1 case.Conclusions: The mini-traumatic ventriculo-atrial shunt, as a novel minimal invasion technique, has the advantages of small trauma, no influence on local blood circulation, short time and simplicity at operation, rapid healing, and good short-term effect. Moreover, it is suitable for those patients with organic dysfunction.

  1. Reliability of transesophageal pacing in the assessment of sinus node function in patients with sick sinus syndrome.

    Alboni, P; Paparella, N; Cappato, R; Pedroni, P; Candini, G C; Antonioli, G E


    The purpose of this study was to find out whether transesophageal pacing could be utilized for assessment of sinus node function in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS). In 17 patients with SSS (study group) we compared the results of sinus node tests obtained both in the basal state and after pharmacological autonomic blockade by endocavitary stimulation and, 24 hours later, by transesophageal pacing. In another group of 17 patients with SSS (control group), we compared the results obtained by two endocavitary studies. In "study group", sinus cycle length (SCL) and corrected sinus node recovery time (CSRT) did not show significant differences between the two studies both in the basal state and after autonomic blockade, whereas sinoatrial conduction time (SACT) was more prolonged during esophageal pacing (P less than 0.01). In "control group", sinus node measures did not show significant differences between the two studies. In the "study group," the following coefficients of correlation were obtained in the basal state; SCL, r = 0.65, CSRT, r = 0.57, SACT, r = 0.52 and after autonomic blockade: SCL, r = 0.95, CSRT, r = 0.62 and SACT, r = 0.53. In the basal state, the correlation for SCL and CSRT between the two studies was lower in the "study group" than in the "control group" (P less than 0.05), whereas after autonomic blockade the correlation for sinus node measures did not show significant differences between the two groups of patients. These data suggest that transesophageal study influences the autonomic tone regulating the sinus node; however, it is not responsible for important variations in sinus node measures.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  2. Changes in Mitral Annular Geometry after Aortic Valve Replacement: A Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiographic Study

    Mahmood, Feroze; Warraich, Haider J.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Gorman, Robert C.; Chen, Tzong-Huei; Panzica, Peter; Maslow, Andrew; Khabbaz, Kamal


    Background and aim of the study Intraoperative real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D TEE) was used to examine the geometric changes that occur in the mitral annulus immediately after aortic valve replacement (AVR). Methods A total of 35 patients undergoing elective surgical AVR under cardiopulmonary bypass was enrolled in the study. Intraoperative RT-3D TEE was used prospectively to acquire volumetric echocardiographic datasets immediately before and after AVR. The 3D echocardiographic data were analyzed offline using TomTec® Mitral Valve Assessment software to assess changes in specific mitral annular geometric parameters. Results Datasets were successfully acquired and analyzed for all patients. A significant reduction was noted in the mitral annular area (-16.3%, p <0.001), circumference (-8.9% p <0.001) and the anteroposterior (-6.3%, p = 0.019) and anterolateral-posteromedial (-10.5%, p <0.001) diameters. A greater reduction was noted in the anterior annulus length compared to the posterior annulus length (10.5% versus 62%, p <0.05) after AVR. No significant change was seen in the non-planarity angle, coaptation depth, and closure line length. During the period of data acquisition before and after AVR, no significant change was noted in the central venous pressure or left ventricular end-diastolic diameter. Conclusion The mitral annulus undergoes significant geometric changes immediately after AVR Notably, a 16.3% reduction was observed in the mitral annular area. The anterior annulus underwent a greater reduction in length compared to the posterior annulus, which suggested the existence of a mechanical compression by the prosthetic valve. PMID:23409347

  3. Role of Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Diagnosis of Paradoxical Low Flow, Low Gradient Severe Aortic Stenosis

    Abudiab, Muaz M.; Pandit, Anil


    Background and Objectives Prior studies indicate that up to 35% of cases of severe aortic stenosis (AS) have paradoxical low flow, low gradient despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, error in left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter may lead to misclassification. Herein, we determined whether measurement of LVOT diameter by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) results in reclassification of cases to non-severe AS. Subjects and Methods Patients with severe AS with aortic valve area (AVA) <1 cm2 by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) within 6 months were studied. Paradoxical low flow, low gradient was defined as mean Doppler gradient (MG) <40 mm Hg and stroke volume index (SVI) ≤35 mL/m2. Preserved LVEF was defined as ≥0.50. Results Among 108 patients, 12 (15%) had paradoxical low flow, low gradient severe AS despite preserved LVEF based on TTE measurement. When LVOT diameter by TEE in 2D was used, only 5 (6.3%) patients had low flow, low gradient severe AS (p<0.001). Coefficients of variability for intraobserver and interobserver measurement of LVOT were <10%. However, the limits of agreement between TTE and TEE measurement of LVOT ranged from 0.43 cm (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.36 to 0.5) to -0.31 cm (95% CI: -0.38 to -0.23). Conclusion TEE measured LVOT diameter may result in reclassification to moderate AS in some patients due to low prevalence of true paradoxical low flow, low gradient (PLFLG) severe AS.

  4. Cardiac impairment evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography and invasive measurements in rats undergoing sinoaortic denervation.

    Raquel A Sirvente

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Sympathetic hyperactivity may be related to left ventricular (LV dysfunction and baro- and chemoreflex impairment in hypertension. However, cardiac function, regarding the association of hypertension and baroreflex dysfunction, has not been previously evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE using intracardiac echocardiographic catheter. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated exercise tests, baroreflex sensitivity and cardiovascular autonomic control, cardiac function, and biventricular invasive pressures in rats 10 weeks after sinoaortic denervation (SAD. The rats (n = 32 were divided into 4 groups: 16 Wistar (W with (n = 8 or without SAD (n = 8 and 16 spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR with (n = 8 or without SAD (SHRSAD (n = 8. Blood pressure (BP and heart rate (HR did not change between the groups with or without SAD; however, compared to W, SHR groups had higher BP levels and BP variability was increased. Exercise testing showed that SHR had better functional capacity compared to SAD and SHRSAD. Echocardiography showed left ventricular (LV concentric hypertrophy; segmental systolic and diastolic biventricular dysfunction; indirect signals of pulmonary arterial hypertension, mostly evident in SHRSAD. The end-diastolic right ventricular (RV pressure increased in all groups compared to W, and the end-diastolic LV pressure increased in SHR and SHRSAD groups compared to W, and in SHRSAD compared to SAD. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that baroreflex dysfunction impairs cardiac function, and increases pulmonary artery pressure, supporting a role for baroreflex dysfunction in the pathogenesis of hypertensive cardiac disease. Moreover, TEE is a useful and feasible noninvasive technique that allows the assessment of cardiac function, particularly RV indices in this model of cardiac disease.

  5. The additional value of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in complex aortic prosthetic heart valve endocarditis.

    Tanis, Wilco; Teske, Arco J; van Herwerden, Lex A; Chamuleau, Steven; Meijboom, Folkert; Budde, Ricardo P J; Cramer, Maarten-Jan


    Two-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (2DTTE and 2DTEE) may fail to detect signs of prosthetic heart valve (PHV) endocarditis due to acoustic shadowing. Three-dimensional (3D) TEE may have additional value; however, data are scarce. This study was performed to investigate the additional value of 3DTEE for the detection of aortic PHV endocarditis and the extent of the disease process. Retrospective analysis of complex aortic PHV endocarditis cases that underwent 2DTTE, 2DTEE, and 3DTEE before surgery. Echocardiograms were individually assessed by 2 cardiologists blinded for the outcome. Surgical and pathological inspection served as the reference standard for vegetations and peri-annular extensions (abscesses/mycotic aneurysms). To determine if the proximal coronary arteries were involved in the inflammatory process as well, computed tomography angiography findings were added to reference standard. Fifteen aortic PHV endocarditis cases were identified. According to the reference standard, all 15 cases had peri-annular extensions, 13 of which had a close relationship with the proximal right and/or left coronary artery. In 6 of 15 patients, a vegetation was present. Combined 2DTTE/TEE missed 1/6 vegetations and 1/15 peri-annular extensions. After addition of 3DTEE, all vegetations (6/6) and peri-annular extensions (15/15) were detected, without adding false positives. Compared to 2DTEE, in 3/15 cases, 3DTEE resulted in better delineation of the anatomical relationship of the proximal coronary arteries to the peri-annular extensions. As a result, 3DTEE had an additional value in 5/15 cases. In complex aortic, PHV endocarditis 3DTEE may have additional value compared to 2D echocardiography. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Analysis of right ventricular kinesis by means of transesophageal echocardiography: present problems and perspectives.

    Kozàkovà, M; Palombo, C; Benanti, C; L'Abbate, A; Distante, A


    The evaluation of right ventricular (RV) kinesis by two-dimensional echocardiography represents a difficult task. Transthoracic echocardiography can visualize the RV in several projections, but the image quality and the variability of imaging views usually do not allow quantitative analysis. We investigated the potential of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for evaluating RV global function and regional kinesis, in 32 controls and in 16 patients with inferior myocardial infarction (MI) and asynergy involving the inferior wall of both ventricles. Good-quality images of at least one horizontal section of the RV were obtained in 73% of subjects by conventional, 90 degrees sector and in 100% of subjects by wide-angle, "panoramic" sector. Images of the RV in short-axis view at medium level were acquired and evaluated in 93% of cases, but at basal and apical levels only in 67% and 39%, respectively. The low percentage of successful detection and evaluation of the RV at apical level can be explained by prominent motion and trabeculation of the apex. Global systolic area changes (SAC) in controls attained similar values at apical and medium levels (60% and 59%, respectively), but were significantly lower (48%, P less than 0.05) at basal level. In patients with previous inferior MI and inferoposterior asynergy, global SAC were significantly (P less than 0.01) lower at medium and basal levels (32% and 27%, respectively) compared with controls. Regional kinesis of RV was assessed as segmental SAC in 12 different segments, by fixed and float system of center of cavity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  7. Diagnosis of Malignancy of Adult Mediastinal Tumors by Conventional and Transesophageal Echocardiography

    Wei-Wei Zhou; Hong-Wei Wang; Nan-Nan Liu; Jing-Jing Li; Wei Yuan; Rui Zhao; Liang-Bi Xiang


    Background:Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a well-established method for detecting and diagnosing heart tumors.In contrast,its role in assessing the presence,growth and evidence of malignant tumors originating from mediastinal sites remains unclear.The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic impact of TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for determining the localization,growth and malignancy of adult mediastinal tumors (MTs).Methods:In a prospective and investigator-blinded study,we evaluated 144 consecutive patients with MT lesions to assess the diagnostic impact of TEE and TTE for detecting the presence of tumors spreading both inside and outside of the heart and for determining infiltration and invasion using pathological examination results as a reference.Results:All tumor lesions were diagnosed and carefully evaluated by biopsy.Biopsy revealed malignant tumors in 79 patients and benign tumors in 65 patients.When compared to histological findings,TEE predicted malignancy from the presence of tumors spreading both inside and outside of the heart and from infiltration and invasion in 49/79 patients (62.0%).TTE predicted malignancy in only 8/79 patients (10.1%,P < 0.005).TEE visualized tumor lesions in 130 patients (90.3%) while the TTE visualized tumor lesions in 110 patients (76.4%) and was less effective at detecting MT lesions (P < 0.001).TTE and TEE could detect anterior MTs and adequately verified MTs (P > 0.05);TEE detected medium MTs better than TTE (P < 0.001).Conclusions:TEE is effective and superior to TTE for predicting the localization and growth of MTs as well as for accessing evidence of tumor malignancy.TTE and TEE were able to detect anterior MTs;TEE was able to detect medium MT better than TTE.

  8. Avoiding transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography for patients with variable body mass indexes in infective endocarditis

    Robert Sogomonian


    Full Text Available Background: Echocardiography has been a popular modality used to aid in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE with the modified Duke criteria. We evaluated the necessity between the uses of either a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE or transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in patients with a body mass index (BMI greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 and less than 25 kg/m2. Methods: A single-centered, retrospective study of 198 patients between 2005 and 2012 diagnosed with IE based on modified Duke criteria. Patients, required to be above age 18, had undergone an echocardiogram study and had blood cultures to be included in the study. Results: Among 198 patients, two echocardiographic groups were evaluated as 158 patients obtained a TTE, 143 obtained a TEE, and 103 overlapped with TEE and TTE. Out of these patients, 167 patients were included in the study as 109 (65% were discovered to have native valve vegetations on TEE and 58 (35% with TTE. TTE findings were compared with TEE results for true negatives and positives to isolate valvular vegetations. Overall sensitivity of TTE was calculated to be 67% with a specificity of 93%. Patients were further divided into two groups with the first group having a BMI ≥25 kg/m2 and the subsequent group with a BMI <25 kg/m2. Patients with a BMI ≥25 kg/m2 who underwent a TTE study had a sensitivity and specificity of 54 and 92%, respectively. On the contrary, patients with a BMI < 25 kg/m2 had a TTE sensitivity and specificity of 78 and 95%, respectively. Conclusions: Patients with a BMI <25 kg/m2 and a negative TTE should refrain from further diagnostic studies, with TEE strong clinical judgment is warranted. Patients with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 may proceed directly to TEE as the initial study, possibly avoiding an additional study with a TTE.

  9. Fully automatic detection of salient features in 3-d transesophageal images.

    Curiale, Ariel H; Haak, Alexander; Vegas-Sánchez-Ferrero, Gonzalo; Ren, Ben; Aja-Fernández, Santiago; Bosch, Johan G


    Most automated segmentation approaches to the mitral valve and left ventricle in 3-D echocardiography require a manual initialization. In this article, we propose a fully automatic scheme to initialize a multicavity segmentation approach in 3-D transesophageal echocardiography by detecting the left ventricle long axis, the mitral valve and the aortic valve location. Our approach uses a probabilistic and structural tissue classification to find structures such as the mitral and aortic valves; the Hough transform for circles to find the center of the left ventricle; and multidimensional dynamic programming to find the best position for the left ventricle long axis. For accuracy and agreement assessment, the proposed method was evaluated in 19 patients with respect to manual landmarks and as initialization of a multicavity segmentation approach for the left ventricle, the right ventricle, the left atrium, the right atrium and the aorta. The segmentation results revealed no statistically significant differences between manual and automated initialization in a paired t-test (p > 0.05). Additionally, small biases between manual and automated initialization were detected in the Bland-Altman analysis (bias, variance) for the left ventricle (-0.04, 0.10); right ventricle (-0.07, 0.18); left atrium (-0.01, 0.03); right atrium (-0.04, 0.13); and aorta (-0.05, 0.14). These results indicate that the proposed approach provides robust and accurate detection to initialize a multicavity segmentation approach without any user interaction. Copyright © 2014 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Fully automated software for mitral annulus evaluation in chronic mitral regurgitation by 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography

    Aquila, Iolanda; Fernández-Golfín, Covadonga; Rincon, Luis Miguel; González, Ariana; García Martín, Ana; Hinojar, Rocio; Jimenez Nacher, Jose Julio; Indolfi, Ciro; Zamorano, Jose Luis


    Abstract Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for mitral valve (MV) anatomic and functional evaluation. Currently, dedicated MV analysis software has limitations for its use in clinical practice. Thus, we tested here a complete and reproducible evaluation of a new fully automatic software to characterize MV anatomy in different forms of mitral regurgitation (MR) by 3D TEE. Sixty patients were included: 45 with more than moderate MR (28 organic MR [OMR] and 17 functional MR [FMR]) and 15 controls. All patients underwent TEE. 3D MV images obtained using 3D zoom were imported into the new software for automatic analysis. Different MV parameters were obtained and compared. Anatomic and dynamic differences between FMR and OMR were detected. A significant increase in systolic (859.75 vs 801.83 vs 607.78 mm2; P = 0.002) and diastolic (1040.60 vs. 1217.83 and 859.74 mm2; P < 0.001) annular sizes was observed in both OMR and FMR compared to that in controls. FMR had a reduced mitral annular contraction compared to degenerative cases of OMR and to controls (17.14% vs 32.78% and 29.89%; P = 0.007). Good reproducibility was demonstrated along with a short analysis time (mean 4.30 minutes). Annular characteristics and dynamics are abnormal in both FMR and OMR. Full 3D software analysis automatically calculates several significant parameters that provide a correct and complete assessment of anatomy and dynamic mitral annulus geometry and displacement in the 3D space. This analysis allows a better characterization of MR pathophysiology and could be useful in designing new devices for MR repair or replacement. PMID:27930514

  11. Ventricular septal rupture imaged with real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography: diagnosis at a glance.

    Squeri, Angelo; Conti, Rita; Bosi, Stefano


    Ventricular septal rupture is a rare complication of acute myocardial infarction and its diagnosis can be really challenging especially in the case of complex lesions. Echocardiography is the technique of choice for the detection of mechanical complications following myocardial infarction. The introduction of three-dimensional echocardiography offers new imaging possibilities with precise localization and easiest definition of the defect anatomy. This information is of paramount importance in the setting of a percutaneous closure procedure. We describe a case where real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography correctly defined the complex anatomy of a postmyocardial infarction septal defect with an associated pseudoaneurysm.

  12. Split-bolus single-phase cardiac multidetector computed tomography for reliable detection of left atrial thrombus. Comparison to transesophageal echocardiography

    Staab, W.; Zwaka, P.A.; Sohns, J.M.; Schwarz, A.; Lotz, J. [University Medical Center Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Inst. for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Sohns, C.; Vollmann, D.; Zabel, M.; Hasenfuss, G. [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology and Pneumology; Schneider, S. [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Medical Statistics


    Evaluation of a new cardiac MDCT protocol using a split-bolus contrast injection protocol and single MDCT scan for reliable diagnosis of LA/LAA thrombi in comparison to TEE, optimizing radiation exposure and use of contrast agent. A total of 182 consecutive patients with drug refractory AF scheduled for PVI (62.6% male, mean age: 64.1 ± 10.2 years) underwent routine diagnostic work including TEE and cardiac MDCT for the evaluation of LA/LAA anatomy and thrombus formation between November 2010 and March 2012. Contrast media injection was split into a pre-bolus of 30 ml and main bolus of 70 ml iodinated contrast agent separated by a short time delay. In this study, split-bolus cardiac MDCT identified 14 of 182 patients with filling defects of the LA/LAA. In all of these 14 patients, abnormalities were found in TEE. All 5 of the 14 patients with thrombus formation in cardiac MDCT were confirmed by TEE. MDCT was 100% accurate for thrombus, with strong but not perfect overall results for SEC equivalent on MDCT.

  13. Dynamics of AV coupling during human atrial fibrillation: role of atrial rate.

    Masè, M; Marini, M; Disertori, M; Ravelli, F


    The causal relationship between atrial and ventricular activities during human atrial fibrillation (AF) is poorly understood. This study analyzed the effects of an increase in atrial rate on the link between atrial and ventricular activities during AF. Atrial and ventricular time series were determined in 14 patients during the spontaneous acceleration of the atrial rhythm at AF onset. The dynamic relationship between atrial and ventricular activities was quantified in terms of atrioventricular (AV) coupling by AV synchrogram analysis. The technique identified n:m coupling patterns (n atrial beats in m ventricular cycles), quantifying their percentage, maximal length, and conduction ratio (= m/n). Simulations with a difference-equation AV model were performed to correlate the observed dynamics to specific atrial/nodal properties. The atrial rate increase significantly affected AV coupling and ventricular response during AF. The shortening of atrial intervals from 185 ± 32 to 165 ± 24 ms (P AV patterns with progressively decreasing m/n ratios (from conduction ratio = 0.34 ± 0.09 to 0.29 ± 0.08, P AV block and coupling instability at higher atrial rates were associated with increased ventricular interval variability (from 123 ± 52 to 133 ± 55 ms, P AV pattern transitions and coupling instability in patients were predicted, assuming the filtering of high-rate irregular atrial beats by the slow recovery of nodal excitability. These results support the role of atrial rate in determining AV coupling and ventricular response and may have implications for rate control in AF. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.


    B. A. Tatarskii


    Full Text Available Characteristics and classification of different patterns of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation are presented. Main indications to restoration of sinus rhythm are discussed. The features of main medications used to terminate of atrial fibrillation are given. The choice of antiarrhythmic drug is considerate. Necessity of individual approach to therapy tactics is proved.

  15. A novel and simple atrial retractor.

    Kofidis, Theo; Lee, Chuen Neng


    Minimally invasive cardiac operations require specialized equipment. Atrial retractors are a frequently used tool to expose heart valves for minimally invasive and open procedures. The models currently available in the market are efficient; however, they may be complex, bulky, or expensive. We introduce a novel, very simple atrial retractor we designed using ubiquitously available materials.

  16. Atrial Arrhythmia Summit: Post Summit Report

    Barr, Yael


    The Atrial Arrhythmia Summit brought together nationally and internationally recognized experts in cardiology, electrophysiology, exercise physiology, and space medicine in an effort to elucidate the mechanisms, risk factors, and management of atrial arrhythmias in the unique occupational cohort of the U.S. astronaut corps.

  17. Corticosteroids and the risk of atrial fibrillation

    van der Hooft, CS; Heeringa, J; Brusselle, GG; Hofman, A; Witteman, JCM; Kingma, JH; Sturkenboom, MCJM; Stricker, BHC


    Background: High-dose ( pulse) corticosteroid therapy has been associated with the development of atrial fibrillation. This association, however, is mainly based on case reports. Methods: To test the hypothesis that high-dose corticosteroid exposure increases the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillatio

  18. [Giant congenital intrapericardial left atrial appendage aneurysm: about a case and review of the literature].

    Zhari, Bouchra; Bellamlih, Habib; Boumdine, Hassan; Amil, Touriya; Bamous, Mehdi; En-Nouali, Hassan


    Left atrial appendage aneurysm is a very rare heart anomaly. It may be congenital or acquired, secondary to inflammatory or degenerative processes. Most cases are asymptomatic. The prevalence of these lesions in pediatric age has been very rarely reported. As it can cause potentially fatal arrhythmias or thrombus, surgery is required immediately after diagnosis. This study reports the case of a 14-year-old boy with rapidly progressive dyspnea, palpitations, sensation of repetitive dizziness and fainting, in whom congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm was detected. Diagnosis was based on coronary CTA data. The patient was successfully treated with surgical resection of the aneurysm.

  19. Managing atrial fibrillation in the very elderly patient: challenges and solutions.

    Karamichalakis, Nikolaos; Letsas, Konstantinos P; Vlachos, Konstantinos; Georgopoulos, Stamatis; Bakalakos, Athanasios; Efremidis, Michael; Sideris, Antonios


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia affecting elderly patients. Management and treatment of AF in this rapidly growing population of older patients involve a comprehensive assessment that includes comorbidities, functional, and social status. The cornerstone in therapy of AF is thromboembolic protection. Anticoagulation therapy has evolved, using conventional or newer medications. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is a new invasive procedure evolving as an alternative to systematic anticoagulation therapy. Rate or rhythm control leads to relief in symptoms, fewer hospitalizations, and an improvement in quality of life. Invasive methods, such as catheter ablation, are the new frontier of treatment in maintaining an even sinus rhythm in this particular population.

  20. Atrial Remodeling And Atrial Fibrillation: Mechanistic Interactions And Clinical Implications


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice. The prevalence of AF increases dramatically with age and is seen in as high as 9% of individuals by the age of 80 years. In high-risk patients, the thromboembolic stroke risk can be as high as 9% per year and is associated with a 2-fold increase in mortality. Although the pathophysiological mechanism underlying the genesis of AF has been the focus of many studies, it remains only partially understood. Conventional th...

  1. Atrial fibrillation in patients with ischemic stroke

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


    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke. However, the prognostic impact of atrial fibrillation among patients with stroke is not fully clarified. We compared patient characteristics, including severity of stroke and comorbidity, quality of in-hospital care...... and outcomes in a cohort of first-time ischemic stroke patients with and without atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Based on linkage of public medical databases, we did a population-based follow-up study among 3,849 stroke patients from the County of Aarhus, Denmark admitted in the period of 2003......-2007 and prospectively registered in the Danish National Indicator Project. RESULTS: Atrial fibrillation was associated with an adverse prognostic profile but not with an overall poorer quality of in-hospital care. Patients with atrial fibrillation had a longer total length of stay (median: 15 vs 9 days), and were...

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

    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 close

  3. Galectin-3 in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation

    Nicolas Clementy


    Conclusions: Persistent type of atrial fibrillation is an independent predictor of higher Galectin-3 concentration. This biomarker of fibrosis may be implied in the mechanisms of atrial remodeling and maintenance of atrial fibrillation, and thus be helpful for the design of therapeutic strategy in patients with atrial fibrillation.

  4. Clinical impact of transesophageal echocardiography in patients with stroke without clinical evidence of cardiovascular sources of emboli

    Tatani Solange Bernardes


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of transeophageal echocardiography on management of patients at low-risk for cardiogenic embolism to prevent new potential cardiovascular sources of emboli. METHODS: We studied 69 patients with ischemic stroke at low-risk for cardiogenic embolism. Transeophageal echocardiography was performed to access: left atrium enlargement; communication or aneurysm of the interatrial septum; patent foramen ovale; spontaneous echo contrast or intracavitary thrombi; the presence of intraaortic atherosclerotic plaques or thrombi; significant valvar morphologic alteration or dysfunction; left ventricle enlargement, hypertrophy, or contractile abnormality. Transesophageal echocardiography altered clinical management, and we adopted anticoagulant therapy or another procedure apart from the use of acetylsalicylic acid. RESULTS: Transeophageal echocardiography detected at least one abnormality in 40 cases (58%. Clinical conduct was adjusted after the performance of transesophageal echocardiography in 11 patients (15.9%; anticoagulation was added in 10 cases and surgical correction in one patient. CONCLUSION: Transeophageal echocardiography was a very useful tool in the secondary prevention for stroke in patients at low risk for cardiogenic embolism.

  5. Transesophageal echocardiography measurements of aortic annulus diameter using biplane mode in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation

    Shahgaldi Kambiz


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aortic stenosis (AS is a relevant common valve disorder. Severe AS and symptoms and/or left ventricular dysfunction (EF Aim of the study is to assess the aortic annulus diameter in patients undergoing TAVI by biplane (BP mode using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE and compare it to two-dimensional (2D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE and 2DTEE using three-dimensional (3D TEE as reference method. Methods The study population consisted of 50 patients retrospectively (24 men and 26 women, mean age 85±8 years of age who all had undergone echocardiography examination prior to TAVI. Results The mean aortic annulus diameter was 20.4±2.2 mm with TTE, 22.3±2.5 mm with 2DTEE, 22.9±1.9 mm with BP-mode and 23.1±1.9 mm with 3DTEE. TTE underestimated the mean aortic annulus diameter in comparison to transesophageal imaging modalities (p Conclusion A multi-dimensional method is preferred to assess aortic annulus diameter in TAVI patients since there is risk of underestimation using single plane. Biplane mode is the method of choice in view of speedy post-processing with no need for expensive dedicated software. Lastly, single plane methods lead to misclassification of patients as unsuitable for TAVI. This may be of major clinical importance.

  6. Managing atrial fibrillation in the very elderly patient: challenges and solutions

    Karamichalakis N


    Full Text Available Nikolaos Karamichalakis, Konstantinos P Letsas, Konstantinos Vlachos, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Athanasios Bakalakos, Michael Efremidis, Antonios Sideris Laboratory of Cardiac Electrophysiology, "Evangelismos" General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common arrhythmia affecting elderly patients. Management and treatment of AF in this rapidly growing population of older patients involve a comprehensive assessment that includes comorbidities, functional, and social status. The cornerstone in therapy of AF is thromboembolic protection. Anticoagulation therapy has evolved, using conventional or newer medications. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is a new invasive procedure evolving as an alternative to systematic anticoagulation therapy. Rate or rhythm control leads to relief in symptoms, fewer hospitalizations, and an improvement in quality of life. Invasive methods, such as catheter ablation, are the new frontier of treatment in maintaining an even sinus rhythm in this particular population. Keywords: elderly, atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation, drugs, catheter ablation

  7. Surgical Treatment of Concomitant Atrial Fibrillation: Focus onto Atrial Contractility

    Claudia Loardi


    Full Text Available Background. Maze procedure aims at restoring sinus rhythm (SR and atrial contractility (AC. This study evaluated multiple aspects of AC recovery and their relationship with SR regain after ablation. Methods. 122 mitral and fibrillating patients underwent radiofrequency Maze. Rhythm check and echocardiographic control of biatrial contractility were performed at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months postoperatively. A multivariate Cox analysis of risk factors for absence of AC recuperation was applied. Results. At 2-years follow-up, SR was achieved in 79% of patients. SR-AC coexistence increased from 76% until 98%, while biatrial contraction detection augmented from 84 to 98% at late stage. Shorter preoperative arrhythmia duration was the only common predictor of SR-AC restoring, while pulmonary artery pressure (PAP negatively influenced AC recuperation. Early AC restoration favored future freedom from arrhythmia recurrence. Minor LA dimensions correlated with improved future A/E value and vice versa. Right atrial (RA contractility restoring favored better left ventricular (LV performance and volumes. Conclusions. SR and left AC are two interrelated Maze objectives. Factors associated with arrhythmia “chronic state” (PAP and arrhythmia duration are negative predictors of procedural success. Our results suggest an association between postoperative LA dimensions and “kick” restoring and an influence of RA contraction onto LV function.

  8. Left atrial ball valve thrombus

    R. Balaji


    Full Text Available "Ball valve thrombus" which is a spherical free floating clot in left atrium is an often quoted, but uncommonly encountered complication in patients with severe mitral stenosis of rheumatic origin, who are in atrial fibrillation. We describe the case of a 31-year-old lady with rheumatic heart disease, severe mitral stenosis and moderately severe aortic stenosis who had undergone closed mitral valvotomy 13 years ago. The patient presented with an episode of non-exertional syncope and breathlessness on exertion of 6 months duration and was in normal sinus rhythm. Echocardiography facilitated ante-mortem diagnosis and prompt institution of surgery was life saving.

  9. Differential gene expression during atrial structural remodeling in human left and right atrial appendages in atrial fibrillation

    Hui Zhu; Wei Zhang; Ming Zhong; Gong Zhang; Yun Zhang


    Extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling increases the vulnerability to atrial fibrillation (AF). Some gene expressions are crucial for the metabolism of ECM. The left atrium plays an important role in maintaining AF.However, most studies investigated only the right atrial tissue. We therefore chose human tissue samples from both the left and right atrial to detect the different gene expressions during structural remodeling in AF. The atrial appendages tissue samples from 24 patients with chronic AF and 12 patients with sinus rhythm were obtained when they were undergoing mitral/aortic valve replacement operation. The mRNA levels of matrix metalloproteinases-9 (MMP-9), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), disintegrin, metalloproteases-15, and integrins β1 were determined by reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). in AF group, the level of MMP-9 in left atrial appendage (LAA) was increased (P<0.001), while integrin β1 level was decreased (P< 0.05) compared with those expressed in right atrial appendage (RAA) tissue. The levels of disintegrin, metalloproteinases-15, and TIMP-1 genes in the LAA and RAA had no significant differences. The results demonstrated that the gene expressions in the LAA and RAA are different during AF, which implied that the mechanism of atrial structural remodeling in AF is due to multiple sources and is complicated.

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

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


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

  11. Transesophageal Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography Improves Right Ventricular Systolic Function Assessment in the Perioperative Setting.

    Markin, Nicholas W; Chamsi-Pasha, Mohammed; Luo, Jiangtao; Thomas, Walker R; Brakke, Tara R; Porter, Thomas R; Shillcutt, Sasha K


    Perioperative evaluation of right ventricular (RV) systolic function is important to follow intraoperative changes, but it is often not possible to assess with transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) imaging, because of surgical field constraints. Echocardiographic RV quantification is most commonly performed using tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), but it is not clear whether this method works with transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) imaging. This study was performed to evaluate the relationship between TTE and TEE TAPSE distances measured with M-mode imaging and in comparison with speckle-tracking TTE and TEE measurements. Prospective observational TTE and TEE imaging was performed during elective cardiac surgical procedures in 100 subjects. Speckle-tracking echocardiographic TAPSE distances were determined and compared with the TTE M-mode TAPSE standard. Both an experienced and an inexperienced user of the speckle-tracking echocardiographic software evaluated the images, to enable interobserver assessment in 84 subjects. The comparison between TTE M-mode TAPSE and TEE M-mode TAPSE demonstrated significant variability, with a Spearman correlation of 0.5 and a mean variance in measurement of 6.5 mm. There was equivalence within data pairs and correlations between TTE M-mode TAPSE and both speckle-tracking TTE and speckle-tracking TEE TAPSE, with Spearman correlations of 0.65 and 0.65, respectively. The average variance in measurement was 0.6 mm for speckle-tracking TTE TAPSE and 1.5 mm for speckle-tracking TEE TAPSE. Using TTE M-mode TAPSE as a control, TEE M-mode TAPSE results are not accurate and should not be used clinically to evaluate RV systolic function. The relationship between speckle-tracking echocardiographic TAPSE and TTE M-mode TAPSE suggests that in the perioperative setting, speckle-tracking TEE TAPSE might be used to quantitatively evaluate RV systolic function in the absence of TTE imaging. Copyright © 2016 American Society

  12. Variations of transesophageal echocardiography practices in India: A survey by Indian College of Cardiac Anaesthesia

    Borde, Deepak Prakash; George, Antony; Joshi, Shreedhar; Nair, Suresh; Koshy, Thomas; Gandhe, Uday; Chakravarthy, Murali


    Context: Use of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has expanded in India. Despite attempts to standardize the practice of TEE in cardiac surgical procedures, variation in practice and application exists. This is the first online survey by Indian College of Cardiac Anaesthesia, research and academic wing of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA). Aims: We hypothesized that variations in practice of intraoperative TEE exist among centers and this survey aimed at analyzing them. Settings and Design: This is an online survey conducted among members of the IACTA. Subjects and Methods: All members of IACTA were contacted using online questionnaire fielded using SurveyMonkey™ software. There were 21 questions over four pages evaluating infrastructure, documentation of TEE, experience and accreditation of anesthesiologist performing TEE, and finally impact of TEE on clinical practice. Questions were also asked about national TEE workshop conducted by the IACTA, and suggestions were invited by members on overseas training. Results: Response rate was 29.7% (382/1222). 53.9% were from high-volume centers (>500 cases annually). TEE machine/probe was available to 75.9% of the respondents and those in high-volume centers had easier (86.9%) access. There was poor documentation of preoperative consent (23.3%) as well as TEE findings (66%). Only 18.2% of responders were board qualified. Almost 90% of the responders felt surgeons respected their TEE diagnosis. Around half of the responders felt that new intraoperative findings by TEE were considered in decision-making in most of the cases and 70% of the responders reported that surgical plan was altered based on TEE finding more than 10 times in the last year. Despite this, only 5% of the responders in this survey were monetarily awarded for performing impactful skill of TEE. Majority (57%) felt that there is no need for overseas training for Indian cardiac anesthesiologists

  13. Mapping strategy for multiple atrial tachyarrhythmias in a transplant heart

    Jin, Qi; Pehrson, Steen; Jacobsen, Peter Karl;


    BACKGROUND: Different atrial arrhythmias can coexist in the recipient and donor atria after heart transplantation. CASE PRESENTATION: We report an unusual case of a patient with three different types of atrial arrhythmia after heart transplantation: an atrial fibrillation in the recipient atria....... CONCLUSIONS: It is critical to understand the surgical anatomy of a bi-atrial anastomosis and its relevant electrical activation pattern before ablation. Appropriate electroanatomical mapping strategy with RMN can facilitate the successful ablation of post-transplant atrial arrhythmias....

  14. Atrial Fibrillation With Rapid Ventricular Response in Pregnancy

    Chia-Hui Lin


    Conclusion: Arrhythmias with underlying heart disease can result in serious hemodynamic deterioration. Electrical cardioversion is well-tolerated and effective in pregnant women and should not be withheld if clinically indicated.

  15. Value of systolic pulmonary venous flow reversal and color Doppler jet measurements assessed with transesophageal echocardiography in recognizing severe pure mitral regurgitation

    Pieper, EPG; Hellemans, IM; Hamer, HPM; Ravelli, ACJ; Cheriex, EC; Tijssen, JGP; Lie, KI; Visser, CA


    We evaluated the value of color and pulsed Doppler transesophageal echocardiographic parameters and of V waves in estimating the severity of mitral regurgitation (MR) in 62 consecutive patients (38 men and 24 women, aged 39 to 80 years) with angiographically proven chronic pure MR (15 grade I/II, 47

  16. Atrial fibrillation and survival in colorectal cancer

    Justin Timothy A


    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.

  17. Anticoagulation therapy for atrial fibrillation.

    Hylek, Elaine M


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common significant cardiac rhythm disorder, and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. Atrial fibrillation confers a fivefold increased risk of stroke, and these strokes are associated with significant mortality and disability. The vitamin K antagonist, warfarin, has been the mainstay of anticoagulant therapy for patients with AF, reducing the risk of stroke by 65%. Despite its efficacy, warfarin remains underused in clinical practice because of its variable dose response, diet and medication interactions, and need for frequent monitoring. Stroke prevention in AF has entered an exciting therapeutic era with new classes of targeted anticoagulants that avoid the many pitfalls of the vitamin K antagonists. Dabigatran, an oral thrombin inhibitor, and the factor Xa inhibitors, rivaroxaban and apixaban, have demonstrated efficacy for stroke prevention and a reduced risk of intracranial hemorrhage relative to warfarin. Translating the efficacy of clinical trials into effective use of these novel agents in clinical practice will require an understanding of their pharmacokinetic profiles, dose selection, and management in select clinical situations.

  18. Incidence and clinical predictors of subsequent atrial fibrillation requiring additional ablation after cavotricuspid isthmus ablation for typical atrial flutter.

    De Bortoli, Alessandro; Shi, Li-Bin; Ohm, Ole-Jørgen; Hoff, Per Ivar; Schuster, Peter; Solheim, Eivind; Chen, Jian


    We sought to investigate the incidence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation for typical atrial flutter and to determine the predictors for symptomatic atrial fibrillation that required a further additional dedicated ablation procedure. 127 patients underwent elective cavotricuspid isthmus ablation with the indication of symptomatic, typical atrial flutter. The occurrence of atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular events and the need for additional ablation procedures for symptomatic atrial fibrillation was assessed during long-term follow-up. The majority of patients (70%) manifested atrial fibrillation during a follow-up period of 68 ± 24 months, and a significant proportion (42%) underwent one or multiple atrial fibrillation ablation procedures after an average of 26 months from the index procedure. Recurrence of typical atrial flutter was rare. Ten patients (8%) suffered cerebrovascular events. Earlier documentation of atrial fibrillation (OR 3.53), previous use of flecainide (OR 3.33) and left atrial diameter (OR 2.96) independently predicted occurrence of atrial fibrillation during the follow-up. A combination of pre- and intra-procedural documentation of atrial fibrillation (OR 3.81) and previous use of flecainide (OR 2.43) independently predicted additional atrial fibrillation ablation. Atrial fibrillation occurred in the majority of patients after ablation for typical atrial flutter and 42% of them required an additional dedicated ablation procedure. Pre- and intraprocedural documentation of atrial fibrillation together with previous use of flecainide independently predicted atrial fibrillation occurrence and a need for additional ablation. Anticoagulation treatment should be continued in high-risk patients in spite of clinical disappearance of atrial flutter.

  19. Response of atrial flutter to overdrive atrial pacing and intravenous disopyramide phosphate, singly and in combination.

    Camm, J; Ward, D; Spurrell, R


    Ten patients who suffered spontaneous paroxysms of atrial flutter were investigated by electrophysiological techniques. Two had overt Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome; three Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome; and one a concealed accessory atrioventricular connection. Atrial flutter was initiated, at study, by right atrial pacing and electrograms from the right atrium and coronary sinus were observed for at least five minutes to ensure stable flutter in both atria. Atrial flutter was terminated by 2.5 s or 5 s bursts of atrial pacing at rates 10, 50, or 100 beats/min faster than the intrinsic flutter rate in only two patients. Atrial flutter, which was reinitiated in two patients, was then treated with intravenous disopyramide phosphate, 2 mg/kg body weight, infused over five minutes. In all 10 patients the atrial rate slowed from a mean of 310 +/- 39 beats/min to 217 +/- 27 beats/min and atrial flutter terminated in one case. Though the mean ventricular rate fell from 161 +/- 52 beats/min to 156 +/- 45 beats/min the atrioventricular conduction ratio fell from 2.17 +/- 0.86 to 1.55 +/- 0.59 and four patients were left with symptomatically significant increases of ventricular rate. In seven of nine patients overdrive atrial pacing, repeated after disopryamide, resulted in the conversion of atrial flutter to sinus rhythm. In this study, overdrive atrial pacing and intravenous disopyramide, singly and in combination, terminated atrial flutter in nine of the 10 patients and it is suggested that this method may provide an effective alternative to direct current cardioversion. PMID:7426181

  20. Utility of pulmonary venous flow diastolic deceleration time in an adult patient undergoing surgical closure of atrial septal defect and coronary artery bypass grafting

    Dharmesh R Agrawal


    Full Text Available Acute left ventricular (LV failure has been reported after surgical closure of atrial septal defect (ASD in adult patients. We report acute LV failure in a 56 year old gentleman following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG and surgical closure of ASD. Transesophageal echocardiography examination of the patient following closure of ASD and CABG showed a residual ASD and a shunt (Qp :Qs = 1.5. The residual ASD was closed after re-institution of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB under cardioplegic cardiac arrest. However, the patient did not tolerate closure of the residual ASD. The CPB was re-established and under cardioplegic cardiac arrest residual ASD was reopened to create a fenestration. This time patient was weaned easily from CPB. Postoperatively, 16 hours after extubation, patient became hemodynamically unstable, the patient was electively put on ventilator and intra-aortic balloon pump. Later the patient was weaned off successfully from ventilator. Retrospective analysis of pulmonary venous flow diastolic deceleration time (PVDT D recorded during prebypass period measured 102 msec suggestive of high left atrial pressure which indicate possibility of LV failure after ASD closure.

  1. Limb ischemia, an alarm signal to a thromboembolic cascade - renal infarction and nephrectomy followed by surgical suppression of the left atrial appendage.

    Caraşca, Cosmin; Borda, Angela; Incze, Alexandru; Caraşca, Emilian; Frigy, Attila; Suciu, HoraŢiu


    We present the case of a 55-year-old male with mild hypertension and brief episodes of paroxysmal self-limiting atrial fibrillation (AF) since 2010. Despite a small cardioembolic risk score, CHA2DS2-Vasc=1 (Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age=75, Diabetes melitus, prior Stroke), the patient is effectively anticoagulated using acenocumarol. In December 2014, he showed signs of plantar transitory ischemia, for which he did not address the doctor. In early January 2015, he urgently presented at the hospital with left renal pain, caused by a renal infarction, diagnosed by computed tomography (CT) angiography. Left nephrectomy was performed with pathological confirmation. He was discharged with effective anticoagulation treatment. Within the next two weeks, he suffered a transitory ischemic event and a stroke, associated with right sided hemiparesis. On admission, AF was found and converted to sinus rhythm with effective anticoagulation - international normalized ratio (INR) of 2.12. Transthoracic echocardiography detected no pathological findings. Transesophageal echocardiography showed an expended left atrial appendage (LAA) with a slow blood flow (0.2 m÷s) and spontaneous echocontrast. Considering these clinical circumstances, surgical LAA suppression was decided on as a last therapeutic resort. Postoperative evolution was favorable; the patient is still free of ischemic events, one year post-intervention. Some morphological and hemodynamic characteristics of LAA may add additional thromboembolic risk factors, not included in scores. Removing them by surgical LAA suppression may decrease the risk of cardioembolic events. Intraoperative presence of thrombus makes it an indisputable proof.

  2. H2S inhibits angiotensin II-induced atrial Kv1.5 upregulation by attenuating Nox4-mediated ROS generation during atrial fibrillation.

    Lu, Guihua; Xu, Chenggui; Tang, Kaiyu; Zhang, Juhong; Li, Qinglang; Peng, Longyun; Wang, Yesong; Huang, Zhibin; Gao, Xiuren


    Our previous study demonstrated that angiotensin II (Ang II) upregulates the expression of Kv1.5, a promising target for atrial fibrillation (AF) therapy, by activating ROS-dependent P-Smad2/3 and P-ERK 1/2. A recent study showed that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) may modulate the effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) by inhibiting the NADPH oxidase 4 (Nox4)-ROS signaling in the heart. The present study aimed to determine whether H2S is involved in the regulation of atrial Kv1.5 via ROS-related mechanisms in AF. Cultured neonatal rat atrial myocytes and a beagle model of AF were used for this study. In the neonatal rat atrial myocytes, quantitative PCR and enzyme immunoassays revealed that the mRNA expression levels of angiotensinogen, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and Ang II type I receptor (AT1R) and the Ang II supernatant concentration were significantly increased by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) incubation, and these H2O2-induced alterations were reversed by diphenyleneiodonium, apocynin and H2S supplementation. Flow cytometry and Western blotting revealed that blockade of H2S biosynthesis using dl-propargylglycine increased ROS production and the expression of Ang II and Kv1.5. Sodium hydrosulfide (an exogenous H2S donor) and Nox4 siRNA inhibited Ang II-induced ROS production and Ang II-induced expression of Kv1.5, P-Smad2/3, P-ERK 1/2. Sodium hydrosulfide suppressed the Ang II-induced upregulation of Nox4. In our beagle AF model, 24 h of rapid atrial pacing (RAP) increased the atrial Ang II concentration, ROS production and the protein expression of Nox4, Kv1.5, P-Smad2/3 and P-ERK 1/2. These RAP-induced changes were inhibited by H2S supplementation and losartan (an AT1R blocker) pretreatment. In conclusion, our study indicates that H2S downregulates Ang II-induced atrial Kv1.5 expression by attenuating Nox4-related ROS-triggered P-Smad2/3 and P-ERK 1/2 activation during AF. H2S supplementation would be beneficial for AF treatment via the suppression of atrial Kv1

  3. The circadian variation of premature atrial contractions

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


    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...

  4. Navx-guided Cryoablation of Atrial Tachycardia Inside the Left Atrial Appendage

    Pandozi, Claudio; Galeazzi, Marco; Lavalle, Carlo; Ficili, Sabina; Russo, Maurizio; Santini, Massimo


    Radiofrequency ablation procedures inside the left atrial appendage (LAA) are likely to involve dangerous complications because of a high thrombogenic effect. Cryoablation procedures are supposed to be safer. We describe two cases of successful cryoablation procedures. Two NavX-guided cryoablations of permanent focal atrial arrhythmias arising from the LAA were performed. Left atrial reconstruction and mapping allowed the zone of the earliest atrial potential to be recorded; the entire course of the ablation catheter was monitored. The arrhythmias were successfully ablated; no thrombotic complications were observed. PMID:21346824

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

    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


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

  6. Efficacy and Safety of the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage System for Stroke Prevention in Chinese Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation: A Single-center, Prospective, Observational Study

    Huang, Wei-Ping; Zhang, Yong-Hua; He, Lei; Su, Xi; Yang, Xin-Wei; Guo, Zai-Xiong


    Background: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), embolic stroke is thought to be associated with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. The WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device has been shown to be noninferior to conventional oral anticoagulation with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF. This study aimed to evaluate the procedural feasibility, safety and 12-month outcomes of the WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device in NVAF patients with high risk for stroke in China. Methods: The clinical data of 106 NVAF patients, who were consecutively underwent LAA closure with the WATCHMAN Device between April 2014 and May 2015, were collected. Patients were followed up at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge. A transesophageal echocardiograph was performed at 45 days after implantation and repeated in case of an unexpected event during the follow-up period. Results: This study included 106 NVAF patients with a mean age of 64.2 ± 8.6 years (ranging from 50 to 88 years), and the mean CHA2DS2-VASc score of all patients was 3.6 ± 1.6 (ranging from 2 to 9). Among those 106 NVAF patients, 100 (94.3%) patients were implanted with the device successfully. The procedural success rate was 94.3% (100/106), and the occlusion rate was 100.0% (100/100). There were one tamponade, one ischemic stroke, and eight minor pericardial effusions during hospitalization. During 12-month follow-up period, two patients developed a thrombus layer on the device that resolved with additional anticoagulation: one with visible device-thrombus experienced transient ischemic stroke, and one had a hemorrhagic stroke. There were no deaths in this study. The overall survival rate was 100.0%, and nonmajor adverse event rate was 95.0% (95/100). In this study, the expected annual rate of ischemic stroke risk in these patients according to the CHA2DS2-VASc score was 4.0%, while the observed ischemic stroke rate was 2.0% per year. Conclusions: LAA closure with the WATCHMAN Device was feasible

  7. Long-term fate of left atrial thrombi and incidence of cerebral embolism under continuous anticoagulation therapy; MR-tomographische Evaluation der Inzidenz zerebraler Embolien bei Patienten mit Vorhofflimmern und linksatrialen Thromben

    Strach, K.; Meyer, C.; Hackenbroch, M.; Schild, H.; Sommer, T. [Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Bonn (Germany); Tiemann, K. [Medizinische Universitaetsklinik und Poliklinik II, Bonn (Germany); Haase, J. [Klinik Rotes Kreuz, Frankfurt/Main (Germany); Pizulli, L. [Petruskrankenhaus, Bonn (Germany); Omran, H. [St. Marien-Hospital, Bonn (Germany)


    Purpose: Patients (pts.) with atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial thrombi are known to have an increased risk for cerebral embolism. However, little is known about the clinical course of atrial thrombi and the incidence of cerebral embolism in those patients during anticoagulation therapy. The high sensitivity of MR imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) suggests that this technique could provide an improved estimate of cerebral embolism associated with the presence of left atrial thrombi. The aims of this prospective study were to evaluate (1) the prevalence of clinically silent and apparent cerebral embolism in pts. with newly diagnosed AF and atrial thrombi using MRI/DWI, (2) the long-term fate of atrial thrombi under continued anticoagulation therapy and (3) the incidence of cerebral embolism during a follow-up period of 12 months with continuous anticoagulation therapy. Materials and methods: The study group consisted of 32 pts. with (1) newly diagnosed AF and evidence of left atrial (LA) thrombi detected by TEE and (2) a new start of anticoagulation therapy [International Normalized Ratio (INR) 2.0-3.0]. 19 pts. with (1) newly diagnosed AF and no evidence of atrial thrombi and (2) an equivalent anticoagulation regimen served as the control group. In both groups (a) MRI/DWI studies of the brain (weeks 0, 4, 8, 12, 20, 28, 36, 44, and 52), (b) transesophageal echocardiographic studies (TEE) for assessment of LA-Thrombi (weeks 0 and 52) and (c) clinical neurological assessments (weeks 0, 20 and 52) were performed. Results: In the study group (AF and LA-Thrombi) 11 out of 32 pts. (34%) displayed signs of acute (n=8) or chronic (n=3) cerebral embolism in the initial MRI studies. In 4 out of 32 pts.(13%), MRI/DWI depicted new or additional cerebral emboli (n=12) during the follow-up period despite continuous anticoagulation therapy. 2 (n=2/4; 50%) of these patients had clinically apparent neurological deficits. In the control group 1 out of 19 pts

  8. 3D virtual human atria: A computational platform for studying clinical atrial fibrillation.

    Aslanidi, Oleg V; Colman, Michael A; Stott, Jonathan; Dobrzynski, Halina; Boyett, Mark R; Holden, Arun V; Zhang, Henggui


    Despite a vast amount of experimental and clinical data on the underlying ionic, cellular and tissue substrates, the mechanisms of common atrial arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation, AF) arising from the functional interactions at the whole atria level remain unclear. Computational modelling provides a quantitative framework for integrating such multi-scale data and understanding the arrhythmogenic behaviour that emerges from the collective spatio-temporal dynamics in all parts of the heart. In this study, we have developed a multi-scale hierarchy of biophysically detailed computational models for the human atria--the 3D virtual human atria. Primarily, diffusion tensor MRI reconstruction of the tissue geometry and fibre orientation in the human sinoatrial node (SAN) and surrounding atrial muscle was integrated into the 3D model of the whole atria dissected from the Visible Human dataset. The anatomical models were combined with the heterogeneous atrial action potential (AP) models, and used to simulate the AP conduction in the human atria under various conditions: SAN pacemaking and atrial activation in the normal rhythm, break-down of regular AP wave-fronts during rapid atrial pacing, and the genesis of multiple re-entrant wavelets characteristic of AF. Contributions of different properties of the tissue to mechanisms of the normal rhythm and arrhythmogenesis were investigated. Primarily, the simulations showed that tissue heterogeneity caused the break-down of the normal AP wave-fronts at rapid pacing rates, which initiated a pair of re-entrant spiral waves; and tissue anisotropy resulted in a further break-down of the spiral waves into multiple meandering wavelets characteristic of AF. The 3D virtual atria model itself was incorporated into the torso model to simulate the body surface ECG patterns in the normal and arrhythmic conditions. Therefore, a state-of-the-art computational platform has been developed, which can be used for studying multi

  9. Towards Low Energy Atrial Defibrillation

    Philip Walsh


    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

  10. Atrial Fibrillation During an Exploration Class Mission

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


    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.


    Johnson Francis


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

  12. Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke in Elderly Patients

    Geetanjali Dang


    Full Text Available The increasing prevalence of stroke, with an estimated annual cost of $71.5 billion, has made it a major health problem that increases disability and death, particularly in patients with atrial fibrillation. Although advanced age and atrial fibrillation are recognized as strong risk factors for stroke, the basis for this susceptibility are not well defined. Aging or associated diseases are accompanied by changes in rheostatic, humoral, metabolic and hemodynamic factors that may contribute more to stroke predisposition than rhythm abnormality alone. Several thromboembolism-predisposing clinical characteristics and serum biomarkers with prognostic significance have been identified in patients with atrial fibrillation. Although anticoagulation decreases the risk of thromboembolism, management in the elderly remains complex due to major concerns about bleeding. New anticoagulants and nonpharmacologic strategies are helpful to reduce the risk of bleeding, particularly in older-elderly patients. Herein, we review the pathogenesis and management of select issues of thromboembolism in the elderly with atrial fibrillation.

  13. [Cardiac rehabilitation in patients with atrial fibrillation].

    Schlitt, Axel; Kamke, Wolfram; Guha, Manju; Haberecht, Olaf; Völler, Heinz


    The course of cardiac rehabilitation is often altered due to episodes of paroxysmal, predominantly postoperative atrial fibrillation. In symptomatic patients, a TEE-guided cardioversion - preferential DC shock - is indicated. In patients with persistent / permanent atrial fibrillation, a heart rate up to 110 / min and 170 / min at rest and during physical activity should, respectively, be tolerated. Therefore, training should not be quitted by heart rate but rather by load. The antithrombotic management is in addition a great task in treating patients with atrial fibrillation. With the exception of patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc-Score < 1, oral anticoagulation is indicated. Atrial fibrillation has little impact on social aspects, whereas the underlying heart disease and drug treatment (oral anticoagulation) has an important impact.

  14. Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation

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


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

  15. Atrial conduction delay predicts atrial fibrillation in paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia patients after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

    Xu, Zhen-Xing; Zhong, Jing-Quan; Zhang, Wei; Yue, Xin; Rong, Bing; Zhu, Qing; Zheng, Zhaotong; Zhang, Yun


    This study aimed to assess whether intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay could predict atrial fibrillation (AF) for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) patients after successful treatment by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Echocardiography examination was performed on 524 consecutive PSVT patients (15 patients were excluded). Left atrial dimension, right atrial diameter and intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay were measured before ablation. Patients were divided into group A (n = 32): occurrence of AF after the ablation and group B (n = 477): remained in sinus rhythm during follow-up. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to estimate the predictive value of intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay. Both intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay were higher in group A than in group B (4.79 ± 0.30 msec vs. 4.56 ± 0.32 msec; 21.98 ± 1.32 msec vs. 20.01 ± 1.33; p < 0.05). Binary logistic regression analysis showed that intra- and inter-atrial conduction were significant influential factors for the occurrence of AF (odds ratio [OR] = 13.577, 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.469-48.914; OR = 2.569, 95% CI, 1.909-3.459, p < 0.05). The ROC cure analysis revealed that intra-atrial conduction delay ≥ 4.45 msec and inter-atrial conduction delay ≥ 20.65 were the most optimal cut-off value for predicting AF in PSVT patients after RFCA. In conclusion, this is the first study to show that the intra- and inter-atrial conduction delay could effectively predict AF in post-ablation PSVT patients.

  16. Presence of accessory left atrial appendage/diverticula in a population with atrial fibrillation compared with those in sinus rhythm: a retrospective review.

    Troupis, John; Crossett, Marcus; Scneider-Kolsky, Michal; Nandurkar, Dee


    Accessory left atrial appendages and atrial diverticula have an incidence of 10-27%. Their association with atrial fibrillation needs to be confirmed. This study determined the prevalence, number, size, location and morphology of accessory left atrial appendages/atrial diverticula in patients with atrial fibrillation compared with those in sinus rhythm. A retrospective analysis of 47 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation who underwent 320 multidetector Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) was performed. A random group of 47 CCTA patients with sinus rhythm formed the control group. The presence, number, size, location and morphology of accessory left atrial appendages and atrial diverticula in each group were analysed. Twenty one patients had a total of 25 accessory left atrial appendages and atrial diverticula in the atrial fibrillation group and 22 patients had a total of 24 accessory left atrial appendages and atrial diverticula in the sinus rhythm group. Twenty-one atrial diverticula were identified in 19 patients in the atrial fibrillation group and 19 atrial diverticula in 17 patients in the sinus rhythm group. The mean length and width of accessory left atrial appendage was 6.9 and 4.7 mm, respectively in the atrial fibrillation group and 12 and 4.6 mm, respectively, in the sinus rhythm group, P = ns (not significant). The mean length and width of atrial diverticulum was 4.7 and 3.6 mm, respectively in the atrial fibrillation group and 6.2 and 5 mm, respectively in the sinus rhythm group (P = ns). Eighty-four % and 96% of the accessory left atrial appendages/atrial diverticula in the atrial fibrillation and sinus rhythm groups were located along the right anterosuperior left atrial wall. Accessory left atrial appendages and atrial diverticula are common structures with similar prevalence in patients with atrial fibrillation and sinus rhythm.

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

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


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

  18. Intraoperative Diagnosis of Stanford Type A Dissection by Transesophageal Echocardiogram in a Patient Presenting for Renal Transplantation

    William R. Hand


    Full Text Available A 48-year-old patient with hypertensive end-stage renal disease presented for cadaveric renal transplantation. On physical exam, a previously undocumented diastolic murmur was heard loudest at the left lower sternal border. The patient had a history of pericardial effusions and reported “a feeling of chest fullness” when lying flat. As such, a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE was performed after induction of anesthesia to evaluate the pericardial space and possibly determine the etiology and severity of the new murmur. The TEE revealed a Stanford Type A aortic dissection. The renal transplant was cancelled (organ reassigned within region, and the patient underwent an urgent ascending and proximal hemiarch aortic replacement. This case demonstrates the importance of a thorough physical exam and highlights the utility of TEE for noncardiac surgical cases.

  19. SPY Imaging Assessment Correlates With Transesophageal Echocardiogram Assessment of Ventricular Function During Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.

    Anderson, Curtis A; Kypson, Alan P; Hudson, Wes; Ferguson, Bruce; Rodriguez, Evelio


    Intraoperative assessment of graft anastomoses is commonly performed after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). The SPY imaging system allows intraoperative graft assessment. We document correlation between intraoperative SPY images and wall motion abnormality by transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) during OPCAB. A 79-year-old female underwent OPCAB. Intraoperative graft patency assessment was performed with the SPY and left ventricular wall motion was assessed by TEE. SPY imaging demonstrated poor flow trough the distal vein graft anastomosis to the posterior descending artery, which correlated with a new posterior wall motion hypokinesis. After graft revision, SPY imaging demonstrated good distal flow and the TEE demonstrated normalization of the left ventricular posterior wall motion. SPY technology allows the surgeon to accurately assess graft patency intraoperatively and allows immediate correction of a technical problem.

  20. Transesophageal echocardiography, more than a diagnostic tool: use during surgical ligation of coronary artery fistulae - a case report

    Chung Ping-Chen


    Full Text Available Abstract Coronary artery fistulae (CAF are an infrequent coronary abnormality. Herein, we describe the use of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in the treatment of CAF. A 61 year-old woman presented with chest pain and symptoms consistent with unstable angina. Subsequent coronary angiography revealed the presence of 2 CAF, one extending from the left anterior descending artery to the pulmonary artery (PA and the other extending from the proximal right coronary artery to the PA. Surgical ligation of the CAF without coronary bypass was arranged. Intraoperative TEE was successfully employed to localize the CAF, monitor fistula blood flow and heart wall motion, and confirm successful ligation. The patient recovered without complications. This case highlights the utility of intraoperative TEE during ligation of CAF.

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

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


    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.

  2. Efficacy and safety of novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation with pulmonary vein isolation in sustained atrial fibrillation.

    Jiang, Zhaolei; Yin, Hang; He, Yi; Ma, Nan; Tang, Min; Liu, Hao; Ding, Fangbao; Mei, Ju


    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of this novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation (CLAA) with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in sustained atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty domestic pigs were divided equally into 3 groups: AF without ablation (AF group), AF with PVI (PVI group), and AF with CLAA and PVI (CLAA + PVI group). AF was induced by rapid atrial pacing. After AF was induced, CLAA and PVI were performed for pigs in CLAA + PVI group, and PVI was performed for pigs in PVI group. AF vulnerability, AF duration, and histology were performed in all groups. All pigs developed sustained AF after 6.27 ± 0.69 weeks of rapid atrial pacing. All pigs successfully underwent isolated PVI or CLAA with PVI on the beating heart in PVI group or CLAA + PVI group. Isolated PVI terminated AF in 3 of 20 pigs (15 %), and CLAA with PVI terminated AF in 5 of 8 pigs (62.5 %, P = 0.022). Compared with AF group (10/10), the incidence of sustained AF by burst pacing was significantly decreased in PVI group (3/10, P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (0/10, P PVI group and CLAA + PVI group (P = 0.211). AF duration was significantly decreased in CLAA + PVI group (734.70 ± 177.81 s, 95 % CI 607.51-861.89) compared with PVI group (1217.90 ± 444.10 s, 95 % CI 900.21-1535.59, P = 0.008). Also, AF duration was significantly decreased in PVI group (P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (P PVI alone, CLAA with PVI may be able to improve the rate of acute termination of persistent AF. It may be useful in selecting the best ablation approaches for patients with persistent AF.

  3. Transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion in adults with severe pulmonary hypertension through a parasternal approach.

    Dai, Xiao-Fu; Chen, Liang-Wan; Chen, Dong-Zhong; Chen, Qiang; Zhen, Guo-Zhong; Zhang, Gui-Can


    Between April 2010 and April 2014, 39 consective adult patients (> 18 years) with PDA associated severe pulmonary hypertension underwent transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion through a parasternal minimally invasive approach. Among 39 patients, the procedure was successful in 32 cases (82.1%) and failed in 7 cases (17.9%). In the failed cases, 3 cases had a large residual shunt and 4 cases had persistent pulmonary hypertension. The mean minimum miameter of the successfully closed PDAs was 15.2 ± 2.1 mm (range 9 to 24), and the mean diameter of the mushroom-shaped occluder was 17.5 ± 2.5 mm (range 11 to 26). The pulmonary artery pressure decreased significantly after occlusion (P 0.05). Echocardiography performed on the first postoperative day showed decreased volume within the left atrium, left ventricle, and pulmonary artery in 23 cases, decreased volume within the left atrium and left ventricle in 4 cases, and no change in the volume of the atrium and ventricle in 3 cases. A minor residual shunt was observed in 6 cases. The posteroanterior chest X-ray showed improved pulmonary congestion in all cases and significantly reduced cardiothoracic ratio in 25 cases. Patients were followed-up at least for 1 year. No symptoms including palpitation, dyspnoea, or chest tightness were observed. The heart function ranged from NYHA class I to II. A minor residual shunt was observed only in one case. There were varying degrees of decrease in volume within the atrium and ventricle. In conclusion, transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion through a parasternal minimally invasive approach is a feasible and effective method for the treatment of PDA in adults with severe pulmonary hypertension.

  4. Safety and efficacy of catheter-based left atrial appendage closure in patients with contraindications for long-term anticoagulation.

    Seidel, Adrian; Parwani, Abdul S; Krackhardt, Florian; Huemer, Martin; Attanasio, Philipp; Haverkamp, Wilhelm; Pieske, Burkert; Boldt, Leif-Hendrik


    Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) and the role of post interventional anticoagulation often evokes controversy in daily practice. This study aimed to evaluate LAAC in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation, high thromboembolic risk and contraindications for long-term anticoagulation in a clinical scenario. Between 2010-2015, LAAC was attempted in 118 patients (47 women). Devices were successfully implanted in 95% (Watchman™ device n=97, St. Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug/Amulet n=14, Amplatzer PFO Occluder n=1). Mean age, HAS-BLED and CHA2DS2VASc score were 75 years (SD 8.35yrs), 4.3 and 4.9, respectively. Median followup was 447 days (P25=183d, P75=789d). The primary safety endpoint was defined as major bleeding according to the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The combined efficacy endpoint included ischemic strokes, transitory ischemic attacks (TIA) and systemic embolisms. Procedural complication rate was 3.4%. After successful intervention, either a therapy with anticoagulants (n=62) or dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT, n=50) was prescribed temporarily. Medication was reduced if implantation proved satisfying in a 6-week follow-up transesophageal echocardiography, which was the case in 79% of these patients. During follow-up, one patient suffered a TIA (0.6%/year). No other efficacy event was observed. 11 major bleedings occurred (6.6%/year): one each under DAPT plus phenprocoumon, DAPT plus rivaroxaban, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) plus rivaroxaban, two under DAPT, two under ASA plus low molecular weight heparin, and four under ASA only. In our analysis, catheter-based LAA occlusion prevented thromboembolisms with high efficacy. Major bleedings were however common in patients with, but also without anticoagulation, independent from time course.

  5. Predictors of left atrial appendage stunning after electrical cardioversion of non-valvular atrial fibrillation

    杨沙宁; 黄从新; 胡晓军; 金立军; 李凤翥; 彭水先


    Objective To identify predictors of left atrial appendage stunning after the use of electrical cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.Methods A total of 68 consecutive patients (45 men, 23 women, 60.5±8.7 years of age) with non-valvular atrial fibrillation undergoing electrical cardioversion were enlisted in this study. Clinical and echocardiographic variables were analyzed by univariate regression and multivariate logistic regression to investigate the relationship between occurrences of left atrial appendage stunning and these factors. Results Univariate analysis revealed that, in comparing patients without and with left atrial appendage stunning, there were significant differences in the duration of atrial fibrillation > 8 weeks (32.3% vs 75.5%, P 50 mm (29.0% vs 54.1%, P 8 weeks (OR=7.249, 95%CI=1.998-26.304, P 50 mm (OR=3.896, 95%CI=1.105-13.734, P8 weeks, left atrial diameter >50 mm, left ventricular ejection fraction <50%, and cumulative energy of electrical cardioversion are independent predictors of left atrial appendage stunning. Anticoagulation treatment should be individualized for patients undergoing electrical cardioversion to reduce the risk of both cardioversion-related thromboembolic events and hemorrhagic complications caused by warfarin treatment.

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

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


    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 a

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

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


    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...

  8. Patent Foramen Ovale in Patients with Cerebral Infarction: A Transesophageal Echocradigraphy Study

    Petty, George W.; Khandheria, Bijoy K.; Chu, Chu-Pin; Sicks, JoRean D.; Whisnant, Jack P.


    Patent foramen ovale was detected in 37 patients (32%). Mean age was similar in those with (60 years) and those without (64 years) PFO. Patent foramen ovale was more frequent among men (39%) than women (20%, P=.03). Patients with PFO had a lower frequency of atrial fibrillation, diabetes me!litus, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease compared with those without PFO. There was no difference in frequency of the following characteristics in patients with PFO compared with those without PFO: pulmonary embolus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, peripheral embolism, prior cerebral infarction, nosocomial cerebral infarction, Valsalva maneuver at the time of cerebral infarction, recent surgery, or hemorrhagic transformation of cerebral infarction. Patent foramen ovale was found in 22 (40%) of 55 patients with infarcts of uncertain cause and in 15 (25%) of 61 with infarcts of known cause (cardioembolic, 21%; large vessel atherostenosis, 25%; lacune, 40%) (P=.08). When the analysis was restricted to patients who underwent Valsalva maneuver, PFO with right to left or bidirectional shunt was found in 19 (50%) of 38 patients with infarcts of uncertain cause and in 6 (20%) of 30 with infarcts of known cause (P=.Ol). Conclusion: Although PFO was over-represented in patients with infarcts of uncertain cause in our and other studies, it has a high frequency among patients with cerebral infarction of all types. The relation between PFO and stroke requires further study.

  9. Pulmonary Valve Infective Endocarditis in an Adult Patient with Severe Congenital Pulmonary Stenosis and Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal Defect

    Juan Lacalzada


    Full Text Available A hypertensive 76-year-old man with severe pulmonary valve stenosis (PVS and recent initiation of haemodialysis was referred with fever, chills, and asthenia. One month prior, he had been admitted with similar symptoms. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE had shown a PVS and no valve vegetations were observed. Following discharge, he was readmitted with fever and blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus haemolyticus. A new TTE revealed two pulmonary valve vegetations and a previously undetected ostium secundum-type atrial septal defect (ASD, confirmed by transesophageal echocardiography. The clinical course was uneventful with intravenous antibiotic treatment and the patient was safely discharged. This is a case of pulmonary valve infective endocarditis (IE. The incidence of right-sided IE is on the rise due to the increased number of patients using central venous lines, pacing, haemodialysis and other intravascular devices. Pulmonary valve IE is extremely rare, especially in structurally normal hearts. The case reported here, presents a combination of predisposing factors, such as severe congenital PVS, the presence of a central venous catheter, and haemodialysis. The fact that it was an older patient with severe congenital PVS and associated with a previously undiagnosed ASD, is also an unusual feature of this case, making it even more interesting.

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

    Hochgruber, Thomas; Krisai, Philipp; Zimmermann, Andreas J.; Aeschbacher, Stefanie; Pumpol, Katrin; Kessel-Schaefer, Arnheid; Stephan, Frank-Peter; Handschin, Nadja; Sticherling, Christian; Osswald, Stefan; Kaufmann, Beat A.; Paré, Guillaume; Kühne, Michael; Conen, David


    Introduction Left atrial (LA) enlargement is an important risk factor for incident stroke and a key determinant for the success of rhythm control strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, factors associated with LA volume in AF patients remain poorly understood. Methods Patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were enrolled in this study. Real time 3-D echocardiography was performed in all participants and analyzed offline in a standardized manner. We performed stepwise backward linear regression analyses using a broad set of clinical parameters to determine independent correlates for 3-D LA volume. Results We included 210 patients (70.9% male, mean age 61±11years). Paroxysmal and persistent AF were present in 95 (45%) and 115 (55%) patients, respectively. Overall, 115 (55%) had hypertension, 11 (5%) had diabetes, and 18 (9%) had ischemic heart disease. Mean indexed LA volume was 36±12ml/m2. In multivariable models, significant associations were found for female sex (β coefficient -10.51 (95% confidence interval (CI) -17.85;-3.16), p = 0.0053), undergoing cardioversion (β 11.95 (CI 5.15; 18.74), p = 0.0006), diabetes (β 14.23 (CI 2.36; 26.10), p = 0.019), body surface area (BSA) (β 34.21 (CI 19.30; 49.12), pglomerular filtration rate (β -0.21 (CI -0.36; -0.06), p = 0.0064) and plasma levels of NT-pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) (β 6.79 (CI 4.05; 9.52), p<0.0001), but not age (p = 0.59) or hypertension (p = 0.42). Our final model explained 52% of the LA volume variability. Conclusions In patients with AF, the most important correlates with LA volume are sex, BSA, diabetes, renal function and NT-proBNP, but not age or hypertension. These results may help to refine rhythm control strategies in AF patients. PMID:27701468

  11. Outcomes after ablation for typical atrial flutter (from the Loire Valley Atrial Fibrillation Project).

    Clementy, Nicolas; Desprets, Laurent; Pierre, Bertrand; Lallemand, Bénédicte; Simeon, Edouard; Brunet-Bernard, Anne; Babuty, Dominique; Fauchier, Laurent


    Similar predisposing factors are found in most types of atrial arrhythmias. The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with atrial flutter is high, suggesting similar outcomes in patients with those arrhythmias. We sought to investigate the long-term outcomes and prognostic factors of patients with AF and/or atrial flutter with contemporary management using radiofrequency ablation. In an academic institution, we retrospectively examined the clinical course of 8,962 consecutive patients admitted to our department with a diagnosis of AF and/or atrial flutter. After a median follow-up of 934 ± 1,134 days, 1,155 deaths and 715 stroke and/thromboembolic (TE) events were recorded. Patients with atrial flutter undergoing cavotricuspid isthmus ablation (n = 875, 37% with a history of AF) had a better survival rate than other patients (hazard ratio [HR] 0.35, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.25 to 0.49, p <0.0001). Using Cox proportional hazards model and propensity score model, after adjustment for main other confounders, ablation for atrial flutter was significantly associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality (HR 0.55, 95% CI 0.36 to 0.84, p = 0.006) and stroke and/or TE events (HR 0.53, 95% CI 0.30 to 0.92, p = 0.02). After ablation, there was no significant difference in the risk of TE between patients with a history of AF and those with atrial flutter alone (HR 0.83, 95% CI 0.41 to 1.67, p = 0.59). In conclusion, in patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias, those with atrial flutter with contemporary management who undergo cavotricuspid isthmus radiofrequency ablation independently have a lower risk of stroke and/or TE events and death of any cause, whether a history of AF is present or not.

  12. Atrial strain rate is a sensitive measure of alterations in atrial phasic function in healthy ageing.

    Boyd, Anita C; Richards, David A B; Marwick, Thomas; Thomas, Liza


    Strain and strain rate measure local deformation of the myocardium and have been used to evaluate phasic atrial function in various disease states. The aim of this study was to define normal values for tissue Doppler-derived atrial strain measurements and examine age-related changes by decade in healthy individuals. Transthoracic echocardiograms were performed on 188 healthy subjects. Tissue Doppler-derived strain and strain rate were measured from the apical four and two-chamber views of the left atrium, and global values were calculated as the mean of all segments. Measurements included peak systolic strain, systolic strain rate, early and late diastolic strain rate. Phasic left atrial volumes and fractions were calculated. Mitral inflow and tissue Doppler imaging were employed to estimate left ventricular diastolic function. A significant reduction in global systolic strain was observed from decade 6. Alterations in atrial strain rate were apparent from decade 5; systolic strain rate and early diastolic strain rate decreased, while late diastolic strain rate increased significantly. Changes in phasic atrial volume and function occurred in conjunction with age-related changes in left ventricular diastolic function. Importantly, age-related changes in global atrial systolic strain rate and early diastolic strain rate occurred a decade before corresponding changes in atrial phasic volume parameters. Atrial strain and strain rate can be used to quantify atrial phasic function and appear to be altered before traditional parameters with ageing. Strain analysis may therefore be more sensitive in detecting subclinical atrial dysfunction with alterations in strain rate parameters observed before traditional parameters.

  13. Efficacy of a novel IGS system in atrial septal defect repair

    Mefleh, Fuad N.; Baker, G. Hamilton; Kwartowitz, David M.


    Congenital heart disease occurs in 107.6 out of 10,000 live births, with Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) accounting for 10% of these conditions. Historically, ASDs were treated with open heart surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass, allowing a patch to be sewn over the defect. In 1976, King et al. demonstrated use of a transcatheter occlusion procedure, thus reducing the invasiveness of ASD repair. Localization during these catheter based procedures traditionally has relied on bi-plane fluoroscopy; more recently trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) and intra-cardiac echocardiography (ICE) have been used to navigate these procedures. Although there is a high success rate using the transcatheter occlusion procedure, fluoroscopy poses radiation dose risk to both patient and clinician. The impact of this dose to the patients is important as many of those undergoing this procedure are children, who have an increased risk associated with radiation exposure. Their longer life expectancy than adults provides a larger window of opportunity for expressing the damaging effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, epidemiologic studies of exposed populations have demonstrated that children are considerably more sensitive to the carcinogenic effects radiation. Image-guided surgery (IGS) uses pre-operative and intra-operative images to guide surgery or an interventional procedure. Central to every IGS system is a software application capable of processing and displaying patient images, registration between multiple coordinate systems, and interfacing with a tool tracking system. We have developed a novel image-guided surgery framework called Kit for Navigation by Image Focused Exploration (KNIFE). In this work we assess the efficacy of this image-guided navigation system for ASD repair using a series of mock clinical experiments designed to simulate ASD repair device deployment.

  14. Percutaneous closure of secundum atrial septal defects: Experience of a tertiary referral center

    Ali Hikmet Kırdök


    Full Text Available Objectives: This study was aimed to evaluate our clinical experiences and investigate results of percutaneous closure of secundum atrial septal defects (ASD in our clinic.Results: We retrospectively included 70 patients (19 male, 51 female undergoing percutaneous ASD closure procedure with mean age of 36±14.8 (17-75 in our clinic between March 2008 and January 2010. Defect diameter measured by transesophageal echocardiography was 19.7±6.3 mm (6-32 mm. Device size used for percutaneous closure of ASD was 23.7±6.2 (12-36. Devices used for percutaneous closure were nitinol-based devices including Amplatzer (64.7%, Cardiofix (26.7% and biodegredable BioStar (8.6%. The percutaneous closure procedure was successful at 68 of 70 (97% patients. In 2 patients procedure failed. Failure reason was device embolization in one patient and device strut fracture in other; so these 2 patients referred to surgery. During follow up 2 more patients also referred to surgery because of device embolization in first day control. In 3 patients (4.2% supraventricular arrythmias that are converted to sinus by cardioversion are observed. Mean follow up interval was 18.6±9.6 months (1-44 and during this period peripheral vascular complications, cerebrovascular accidents, thrombus on devices, device erosion or death is not observed.Conclusion: Percutaneous closure of secundum ASD which started to replace surgical treatment of ASD in last decades is safe and effective method in short to mid-term period. However because of potentially serious complication risks it should be performed in special centers by operators who are experienced in treating structural heart diseases.

  15. Vernakalant (RSD1235) in the management of atrial fibrillation: a review of pharmacological properties, clinical efficacy and safety

    Weeke, Peter; Andersson, Charlotte; Brendorp, Bente;


    Vernakalant (RSD1235) is a novel antiarrhythmic agent for conversion of rapid onset atrial fibrillation (AF). It is an atria-selective multichannel ion blocker (blocks I(Kur), I(Na), I(Ca, L), I(to) and I(Kr)), with a small effect on ventricular repolarization. In clinical Phase II and III studie...

  16. Effect of biologically active coating on biocompatibility of Nitinol devices designed for the closure of intra-atrial communications

    Kong, XQ; Grabitz, RG; van Oeveren, W; Klee, D; van Kooten, TG; Freudenthal, F; Qing, M; von Bernuth, G; Seghaye, MC


    Anti-thrombogenicity and rapid endothelialisation are prerequisites for the use of closure devices of intra-atrial communications in order to reduce the risk of cerebral embolism. The purpose of this study was therefore to assess the effect of bioactive coatings on biocompatibility of Nitinol coils

  17. Risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke in rheumatoid arthritis

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


    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....

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

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


    The global burden of atrial fibrillation and diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is considerable, and prevalence rates are increasing. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation; however, diabetes also influences the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation. I...... and outcomes of heart failure and the success rates of both ablation and cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients with diabetes. Finally, this article describes the association of HbA1c levels with the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation patients.......The global burden of atrial fibrillation and diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is considerable, and prevalence rates are increasing. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation; however, diabetes also influences the management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation...

  19. Electrophysiologic abnormalities of children with ostium secundum atrial septal defect.

    Ruschhaupt, D G; Khoury, L; Thilenius, O G; Replogle, R L; Arcilla, R A


    Sinus node (SN) and atrioventricular node (AVN) function were evaluated in 49 patients with secundum type atrial septal defect (ASD). Automaticity and conduction system function were assessed by intracardiac recording of the AH and HV intervals at rest, corrected SN recovery time, sinoatrial conduction time, AVN refractory period and the ability of the AVN to conduct rapidly paced atrial beats to the ventricles. Electrophysiologic abnormalities were found in 41% of the 34 patients who were studied before surgery. However, no preoperative abnormalities were present in children younger than 2.5 years. If only children older than 2.5 years were analyzed, the incidence of conduction abnormalities was similar for the patients studied before operation (62%) and those studied after operation (71%). The size and ejection fractions of the right and left ventricles, the magnitude of shunt flow and the size of the ASD did not differ between the patients with and those without electrophysiologic abnormalities. AVN dysfunction was present in 40% of the patients who were studied after surgical repair. While this frequency was more than twice the preoperative incidence of AVN dysfunction, it was not statistically significant. The data suggest that patient age is the major factor that influences the presence of conduction system dysfunction in patients with ASD.

  20. Medical image of the week: bilateral atrial appendange thrombi

    Ateeli H


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 63-year-old man with a past history significant for hypertension, low back pain and polysubstance abuse (tobacco and marijuana presented with shortness of breath and hemoptysis for the last 8 days prior to admission. His initial exam showed elevated jugular venous pressure and bilateral basal crackles with reduced air entry on the right lower lung zone. The patient was found to be in atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response. His initial chest X-ray showed a moderate right-sided pleural effusion. Immediate bedside echo was concerning for bilateral ventricular dysfunction with concerns of right-sided heart pressure and volume overload. A chest CT angiogram was obtained and showed acute lower lobe pulmonary embolism, with possible distal infarct, moderate right sided pleural effusion, and filling defects in both atrial appendages concerning for thrombi (Figure 1, Panels A & B. The patient was started on therapeutic anticoagulation and underwent therapeutic thoracentesis, gentle diuresis, and ...

  1. Pharmacological approaches in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

    Tamargo, Juan; Caballero, Ricardo; Delpón, Eva


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with substantial cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The arrhythmia can be initiated and/or maintained by rapidly firing foci, single- and multiple-circuit reentry. Once initiated, AF alters atrial electrical and structural properties (atrial remodeling) in a way that promotes its own maintenance and recurrence and may alter the response to antiarrhythmic drugs. Thus, initial episodes of paroxysmal (self-terminating) AF lengthens to the point where the arrhythmia becomes persistent (requires cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm) and permanent. AF usually requires a trigger for initiation and a favorable electrophysiological and/or anatomical substrate for maintenance. The substrate includes both cardiovascular (coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, dilated cardiomyopathy) and non cardiovascular diseases (thyrotoxicosis, pulmonary diseases). Accordingly, the initial step in patients with AF requires a careful assessment of symptoms and identification of underlying reversible triggers and potentially modifiable underlying structural substrate and treat them aggressively. In contrast to other cardiac arrhythmias, antiarrhythmic drugs (ADs) are the mainstay of therapy. Long-term treatment of AF is directed to restore and maintain the sinus rhythm with class I and III ADs (rhythm-control) or to allow AF to persist and ensure that the ventricular rate is controlled (rate-control) with atrioventricular nodal blocking drugs (digoxin, beta-blockers, verapamil, diltiazem) and prevent thromboembolic complications with anticoagulants. However, the long-term efficacy of ADs for preventing AF recurrence is far from ideal, because of limited efficacy (AF recurs in at least one-half of the patients) and potential side effects, particularly proarrhythmia. Thus, the choice of the appropriate AD will depend on the temporal pattern of the arrhythmia

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

    Ridge, Carole A


    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.

  3. Gene expression of the natriuretic peptide system in atrial tissue of patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation

    Tuinenburg, AE; Brundel, BJJM; Van Gelder, IC; Henning, RH; Van den Berg, MP; Driessen, C; Grandjean, JG; Van Gilst, WH; Crijns, HJGM


    Natriuretic Peptide System in AF. Introduction: Circulating cardiac natriuretic peptides play an important role in maintaining volume homeostasis, especially during conditions affecting hemodynamics. During atrial fibrillation (AF), levels of plasma atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) becomes elevated.

  4. Interobserver variation in interpretation of electrocardiographic signs of atrial infarction

    Christensen, J H; Nielsen, F E; Falstie-Jensen, N


    The electrocardiogram (ECG) is the only means of diagnosing atrial infarction antemortem. Certain ECG changes (PR-segment displacements) have been taken earlier as signs of atrial infarction. The purpose of this study was to assess the interobserver variation on suggested ECG signs of atrial infa...

  5. Autonomic and surgical substrate modulation of atrial fibrillation

    Krul, S.P.J.


    This thesis focuses on the effects of fibrosis and the autonomic nervous system on conduction in patients with atrial fibrillation and the surgical ablation of the atria and autonomic nervous system as treatment of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and results fr

  6. Atrial electromechanical delay in patients undergoing heart transplantation

    Mustafa Bulut, MD


    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.

  7. Echocardiographic evaluation of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect.

    Hari, Pawan; Pai, Ramdas G; Varadarajan, Padmini


    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common variant present in up to 25% of the population. Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a direct communication between the 2 atrial chambers, of which the ostium secundum variety is the most common. This manuscript is an in depth review of the complex atrial septation, the diagnosis of PFO and ASD and its clinical and therapeutic implications.

  8. Substrate of complex fractionated atrial electrograms:evidence by pathologic analysis

    YOU De-jun; DONG Ying-xue; YANG Yan-zong; CHANG Dong; ZHANG Shu-long; YANG Dong-hui; GAO Lian-jun; YIN Xiao-meng; CHU Zhen-liang; XIA Yun-long; WANG Yu-chun


    Background Ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) is an important adjunctive therapy in atrial fibrillation (AF).The present study was to elucidate the substrate underlying CFAE.Methods Nine adult mongrel dogs were involved in the present study.AF was induced through rapid atrial pacing with vagosympathetic nerve stimulation.CFAE was recorded during AF.Ablation was performed at CFAE sites.Based on the location of the ablation scar,the atrial specimens were divided into CFAE and non-CFAE sites.Serial sections of the atrium were stained respectively with hematoxylin-eosin (HE) and the general neural marker protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5).We compared the characteristics of the myocardium and the ganglionated plexus (GPs) distribution between the CFAE and non-CFAE sites.Results The myocardium of non-CFAE sites was well-organized with little intercellular substance.However,the myocardium in the CFAE site was disorganized with more interstitial tissue ((61.7±24.3)% vs.(34.1t9.2)%,P <0.01).GPs in the CFAE site were more abundant than in non-CFAE sites ((34.45±37.46) bundles/cm2 vs.(6.73± 8.22) bundles/cm2,P<0.01).Conclusion The heterogeneity of the myocardium and GPs distribution may account for the substrate of CFAE and serve as a potential target of ablation.

  9. Reduction of atrial fibrillation by Tanshinone IIA in chronic heart failure.

    He, Zhifeng; Sun, Changzheng; Xu, Yi; Cheng, Dezhi


    The aim of the present study was to confirm the effect of Tanshinone IIA (TAN) on the prevention of AF in chronic heart failure (CHF), and to elucidate the underlying electrophysiological mechanisms for the antiarrhythmic effects of TAN at the level of the atrium in an experimental model of CHF. In 10 female rabbits, CHF was induced by rapid ventricular pacing, leading to a significant decrease in ejection fraction in the presence of a dilated left ventricle and atrial enlargement. Twelve rabbits were sham-operated and served as controls. Isolated hearts were perfused using the Langendorff method. Burst pacing was used to induce AF. Monophasic action potential recordings showed an increase of atrial action potential duration (aAPD) and effective refractory period (aERP) in CHF hearts compared with sham hearts. Infusion of acetylcholine (1μm) and isoproterenol (1μm) led to AF in all failing hearts and in 11 sham hearts. Simultaneous infusion of TAN (10μm) remarkably reduced inducibility of AF in 50% of sham and 50% of failing hearts. TAN had no effect on aAPD but significantly increased aERP, leading to a marked increase in atrial post-repolarization refractoriness. Moreover, TAN application moderately increased interatrial conduction time. TAN has been shown to be effective in reducing the inducibility of AF in an experimental model of AF. The antiarrhythmic effect is mainly due to prolongations of atrial post-repolarization refractoriness and a moderate increase in interatrial conduction time.

  10. Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A Review

    Nadine Hiari


    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly sustained arrhythmia in man. While it affects millions of patients worldwide, its incidence will markedly increase with an aging population. Primary goals of AF therapy are to (1 reduce embolic complications, particularly stroke, (2 alleviate symptoms, and (3 prevent long-term heart remodelling. These have been proven to be a challenge as there are major limitations in our knowledge of the pathological and electrophysiological mechanisms underlying AF. Although advances continue to be made in the medical management of this condition, pharmacotherapy is often unsuccessful. Because of the high recurrence rate of AF despite antiarrhythmic drug therapy for maintenance of sinus rhythm and the adverse effects of these drugs, there has been growing interest in nonpharmacological strategies. Surgery for treatment of AF has been around for some time. The Cox-Maze procedure is the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and has more than 90% success in eliminating atrial fibrillation. Although the cut and sew maze is very effective, it has been superseded by newer operations that rely on alternate energy sources to create lines of conduction block. In addition, the evolution of improved ablation technology and instrumentation has facilitated the development of minimally invasive approaches. In this paper, the rationale for surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation and the different surgical techniques that were developed will be explored. In addition, it will detail the new approaches to surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation that employ alternate energy sources.

  11. Left atrial calcification in a hemodialysis patient with cor triatriatum.

    Peces, R; Pobes, A; Rodriguez, M; Simarro, C; Iglesias, G; Simarro, E


    Myocardial calcification is a rare manifestation of abnormal calcium metabolism seen in some patients with chronic renal failure. This report describes the transesophageal echocardiographic and spiral computed tomography (CT) findings in a young hemodialysis female with severe secondary hyperparathyroidism. These findings included calcification of the multiperforated membrane of a cor triatriatum and the wall of the left atrium.

  12. Cardioversion of atrial fibrillation and subsequent maintenance of sinus rhythm

    VanGelder, IC; Crijns, HJGM


    This article gives an overview of electrical cardioversion of AF and includes the discussion of newer strategies. DC external cardioversion is highly effective and carries a low risk of complications. Other approaches, like transesophageal cardioversion and high energy internal cardioversion, may im


    A. V. Kuskaeva


    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common heart rhythm disturbance. It is believed that the primary form of AF is genetically determined in most cases, but the genetic component cannot be excluded in the secondary form of AF. AF is a heterogeneous disease and many authors proved its relationship with other genetic heart disease. In most cases, certain combinations of polymorphisms of different genes promote the development of AF. The study of genes of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS is especially important, because the role of this system in AF pathogenesis is currently studding most intensively. These studies are of great practical interest, as associative effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor antagonists in the prevention of AF is revealed. RAAS blockers are able not only to reduce the risk of new-onset AF in hypertensive and normotensive patients but also prevent recurrence of AF. Furthermore, experimental studies showed that RAAS blockers prevent not only the remodeling of the left ventricle, and also the left atrium, pointing to the pathogenesis of AF. So, screening for susceptibility genes and the study of their polymorphism is currently an important focus in the study of AF.

  14. The effect of atrial preference pacing on atrial fibrillation electrophysiological substrate in Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 population

    Russo, Vincenzo; NIGRO, GERARDO; DI MEO, FEDERICA; PAPA, ANDREA ANTONIO; CIOPPA, NADIA DELLA; PROIETTI, RICCARDO; Russo, Maria Giovanna; Calabrò, Raffaele; Politano, Luisa


    P-wave dispersion is a non invasive indicator of intra-atrial conduction heterogeneity producing substrate for reentry, which is a pathophysiological mechanism of atrial fibrillation. The relationship between P-wave dispersion (PD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) in Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) patients is still unclear. Atrial Preference Pacing (APP) is an efficient algorithm to prevent paroxysmal AF in patients implanted with dual-chamber pacemaker. Aim of our study was to evaluate the poss...

  15. On-line assessment of regional ventricular wall motion by transesophageal echocardiography with color kinesis during minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting.

    Kotoh, K; Watanabe, G; Ueyama, K; Uozaki, M; Suzuki, M; Misaki, T; Wakasugi, M; Ito, Y


    Our objective was to determine the changes in regional ventricular wall motion during minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting by color kinesis using transesophageal echocardiography. Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting was performed in 34 patients, during which transesophageal echocardiography was used. Thirteen patients had isolated disease of the left anterior descending artery. Regional ventricular wall motion was analyzed by color kinesis with the SONOS 2500 transesophageal echocardiograph (Hewlett-Packard Co, Andover, Mass). On-line assessment of regional wall motion was continued during the operation. Wall motion abnormalities during ischemia were present in 4 cases, left ventricular mid-anterior hypokinesis in 3 cases, and left ventricular apical-lateral hypokinesis in 1 case. In all cases, wall motion was maintained after bypass. In patients with total coronary occlusion, changes in wall motion did not occur during anastomosis. Color kinesis allowed us to evaluate the change in regional ventricular wall motion induced by myocardial ischemia during minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting both objectively and quantitatively.

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

    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


    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

  17. Atrial tachycardia originating from the atrial septum in a patient with dextrocardia and complex structural heart disease.

    Niu, Ya-Lei; Chang, Shih-Lin; Lin, Yenn-Jiang; Lo, Li-Wei; Hu, Yu-Feng; Lee, Pi-Chang; Chen, Shih-Ann


    We report a case with dextrocardia, corrected transposition of the great arteries. He also had an atrial septum defect (ASD) with patch repair. Activation map showed a centrifugal activation from a focal origin on the systemic lower left atrial ASD patch. Ablation of the origin can terminate the atrial tachycardia.

  18. Study on Effect of Compound Salvia Pellet in Preventing Atrial Fibrillation with Left Atrial Thrombosis

    连耀植; 李玉光; 张汉灵; 张元春; 闫纯英; 林建才; 许端敏; 张钰; 郑宝群; 麦芒


    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a kind of common arrhythmia, which, besides affecting cardiac function, has another serious outcome, that is, it is easy to form atrial thrombosis and induce thrombus/embolus, especially cerebral embolus.The incidence of left atrial thrombosis (LAT)could reach 25%-30%(1), the incidence of embolic complication per year could reach 2. 98%-6.30%, even 20% or more(2,3). To prevent thrombosis so as to lower the incidence of cerebral stroke and other embolic complications has been so far the focal point of AF treatment.

  19. Bi-focal atrial tachycardia mimicking atrial fibrillation: fusion and interference between two distinct tachycardias.

    Ejima, Koichiro; Shoda, Morio; Tanizaki, Kohei; Kasanuki, Hiroshi


    Irregular tachycardias mimicking atrial fibrillation (AF) have previously been described. We report a case of a 60-year-old man with an antiarrhythmic drug-resistant atrial tachycardia (AT) mimicking AF. The tachycardia consisted of two distinct ATs with interference of one repetitive AT with another sustained AT. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of two distinct right atrial foci eliminated the irregular tachycardia. Although catheter-based pulmonary vein isolation has become a popular therapeutic approach for patients with symptomatic AF, careful evaluation of the intracardiac recordings in the patients undergoing RF ablation for AF is important.

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

    Sethi, Naqash; Safi, Sanam; Feinberg, Joshua


    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 fibrillation...... and secondary outcomes, we will create a 'Summary of Findings' table based on GRADE assessments of the quality of the evidence. DISCUSSION: The results of this systematic review have the potential to benefit millions of patients worldwide as well as healthcare economy. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION: PROSPERO...

  1. Atrial fibrillation associated with subclinical hyperthyroidism.

    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo


    Subclinical hyperthyroidism is an increasingly recognized entity that is defined as a normal serum free thyroxine and free triiodothyronine levels with a thyroid-stimulating hormone level suppressed below the normal range and usually undetectable. It has been reported that subclinical hyperthyroidism is not associated with coronary heart disease or mortality from cardiovascular causes but it is sufficient to induce arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. It has also been reported that increased factor X activity in patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism represents a potential hypercoagulable state. We present a case of atrial fibrillation associated with subclinical hyperthyroidism, in a 78-year-old Italian woman. Also this case focuses attention on the importance of a correct evaluation of subclinical hyperthyroidism.

  2. Effects of irbesartan on atrial cell electrophysiology

    HUANG Cong-xin; CAO Feng; JIANG Hong; WANG Teng; LI Xia


    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice.1 Its incidence increases with age and the presence of structural heart disease. It is a major cause of stroke, especially in the elderly. It has been shown that angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) can reduce the incidence of AF after acute myocardial infarction.2 Several studies have shown that activation of the rennin-angiotensin system is associated with the mechanisms of AF. Irbesartan is a long-acting angiotensin Ⅱ type 1 receptor antagonist used widely in the treatment of hypertension.3 In recent years, it has been demonstrated that patients treated with amiodarone plus irbesartan had a lower rate of recurrence of atrial fibrillation than did patients treated with amiodarone alone.4 These findings suggest that the inhibition of angiotensin Ⅱ may prevent AF, but its underlying electrophysiological mechanisms are obscure. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of irbesartan on atrial cell electrophysiology.

  3. Antihypertensive treatment and risk of atrial fibrillation

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


    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...

  4. Cryoballoon Catheter Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

    Cevher Ozcan


    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.

  5. The atrial fibrillation ablation pilot study

    Arbelo, Elena; Brugada, Josep; Hindricks, Gerhard


    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...... 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...

  6. [Obesity as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation].

    Duraj, Iwona; Broncel, Marlena


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) and obesity is a growing problem of public health both in Poland and in the whole world. AF risk factors may be summarized as elderliness, male sex, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiac surgery. Once obesity is an independent, potentially modifiable risk factor for AF. The connection between obesity and atrial fibrillation is very up-to-date because of incremental prevalence, almost epidemic of obesity in the whole world. The probability of AF among obese patients increases with concomitant obstructive sleep apnea. Regardless many researches it hasn't been assessed yet how obesity itself predisposes to AF. It could be an effect of change in the atrial anatomy, the rise of atrial pressure, mechanical stretch, interstitial atrial fibrosis and disruption of atrial electric integrity. A great role is ascribed to inflammation, especially proinflammatory cytokines increased by adipocites of left atrial epicardial adiposity.

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

    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

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

    Antonio Cruz Culebras


    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.

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

    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 (cardiovascular

  10. Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation and stroke evaluation in pacemaker patients and the atrial fibrillation reduction atrial pacing trial (ASSERT)

    Holnloser, Stefan H.; Capucci, Alessandro; Fain, Eric; Gold, Michael R.; van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Healey, Jeff; Israel, Carsten W.; Lau, Chu P.; Morillo, Carlos; Connolly, Stuart J.

    Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) is common and may have the same prognostic implications as symptomatic AF. Among patients receiving dual-chamber pacemakers, it is now possible to quantify asymptomatic AF accurately. Most of these episodes are of short duration, often lasting only seconds to

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

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


    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....

  12. Modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation on the atrial wall to treat atrial fibrillation in elderly

    Caiyi LU; Shiwen WANG; Xinping DU; Yinglong HOU; Qiao XUE; Xinli WU; Rui CHEN; Peng LIU


    Objective To evaluate the effect of modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein (PV) isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) on atrial wall guided by a novel geometry mapping system in the treatment of elderly patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Methods After regular electrophysiological study, transseptal punctures were achieved twice with Swartz L1 and R1 sheaths. PV angiographies were conducted to evaluate their orifices and branches. A balloon electrode array catheter with 64 electrodes was put in the middle of the left atrium. Atrium geometry was constructed using Ensite 3000 Navx system. Two RFCA lesion loops and three lines (modified Maze) were created on left and right atrial walls. Each lesion point was ablated for 30 seconds with preset temperature 50 (ae) and energy 30W. The disappearance or 80% decrease of the amplitude of target atrial potential and 10 to 20(|), decrease of ablation impedance were used as an index of effective ablation. Results A total of 11 patients (7 male and 4 female, mean age, 68.7±5.1 years) were enrolled. PAF history was 7.9±4.5 years. PAF could not be prevented by mean 3.1±1.6 antiarrhythmic agents in 6.3±3.4 years. None of the patients had complications with structural heart disease or stroke. Left atrial diameter was 41.3±3.6 mm and LVEF was 59.2±3.7% on echocardiography. Two loops and three lines were completed with 67.8±13.1 (73-167) lesion points. Altogether 76-168 (89.4±15.3) lesion points were created in each patient. PAF could not be provoked by rapid burst pacing up to 600 beat per minute delivered from paroxysmal coronary sinus electrode pair.Complete PV electrical isolation was confirmed by three-dimensional activation mapping. Mean procedure time was 2.7±0.6 hours and fluoroscopy time was 17.8±9.4 minutes. Patients were discharged with oral aspirin and without antiarrhythmic agents. During follow up of 6.5±1.8 months, seven patients were PAF symptom free (63.6%). PAF

  13. Cleft posterior mitral valve leaflet in an adult with Turner syndrome diagnosed with the use of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

    Negrea, Stefania Luminita; Alexandrescu, Clara; Sabatier, Michel; Dreyfus, Gilles D


    Turner syndrome is a monosomy (45,X karyotype) in which the prevalence of cardiovascular anomalies is high. However, this aspect of Turner syndrome has received little attention outside of the pediatric medical literature, and the entire spectrum of cardiovascular conditions in adults remains unknown. We present the case of a 34-year-old woman who had Turner syndrome. When she was a teenager, her native bicuspid aortic valve was replaced with a mechanical prosthesis. Fifteen years later, during preoperative examination for prosthesis-patient mismatch, severe mitral regurgitation was detected, and a congenital cleft in the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve was diagnosed with use of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. The patient underwent concurrent mitral valve repair and aortic valve replacement. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a cleft in the posterior mitral valve leaflet as a cardiovascular defect observed in Turner syndrome, and the first such instance to have been diagnosed with the use of 3-dimensional echocardiography.

  14. Transesophageal Echocardiography and Contrast-TCD in the Detection of a Patent Foramen Ovale: Experience with 111 Patients

    Klotzsch, Christof; Janben, Gerhard; Berlit, Peter


    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is increasingly recognized in association with cryptogenic stroke. Using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transcranial Doppler sonography with ultrasonic contrast medium contrast-(TCD), we evaluated the frequency of a PFO as the fundamental condition of paradoxical embolism in 111 patients after cerebral ischemia. There was a right-left shunt in 50 patients (45%) with TEE. In 31 of 40 patients with stroke of unknown etiology, a PFO was the only detectable finding associated with cerebral ischemia. Using TEE as he "gold standard," the sensitivity of contrast-TCD was 91.3%, specificity 93.8%, and the overall accuracy 92.8%. contrast-TCD failed to detect a right-left shunt in four patients, but there were four other patients with negative TEE and positive contrast-TCD. We conclude that contrast-TCD is a highly sensitive method for detecting a right-left shunt. Its advantages are low cost, its ability to detect single contrast-medium embolism, and control of the Valsalva maneuver by observing the decrease of cerebral blood flow. Evidence of PFO in cryptogenic stroke should prompt a search for a subclinical venous thrombosis as the embolic source.

  15. Real-time three-dimensional echocardiographic assessment of mitral valve: Is it really superior to 2D transesophageal echocardiography?

    Mukherjee, Chirojit; Tschernich, Heinz; Kaisers, Udo X; Eibel, Sarah; Seeburger, Joerg; Ender, Joerg


    Aim of our study was to investigate the feasibility of use and possible additional value of real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D-TEE) compared to conventional 2D-TEE in patients undergoing elective mitral valve repair. After ethical committee approval, patients were included in this prospective study. After induction of anesthesia, a comprehensive 2D-TEE examination was performed, followed with RT-3D-TEE. The intraoperative surgical finding was used as the gold standard for segmental analysis. Only such segments which were surgically corrected either by resection or insertion of artificial chords were judged pathologic. A total of 50 patients were included in this study; usable data were available from 42 of these patients . Based on the Carpentier classification, the pathology found was type I in 2 (5%) patients, type II in 39 (93%) patients and type IIIb in 1 (2%) patient. We found that 3D imaging of complex mitral disease involving multiple segments, when compared to 2D-TEE did not show any statistically significant difference.RT-3D-TEE did not show any major advantage when compared to conventional 2D-TEE for assessing mitral valve pathology, although further study in a larger population is required to establish the validity of this study.

  16. Evaluation of cardiac function during laparoscopic gastrostomy in pediatric patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome using intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography.

    Knott, E Marty; Fraser, Jason D; Alemayahu, Hanna; Drake, William B; St Peter, Shawn D; Perryman, Kathy M; Juang, David


    Patients with single ventricle physiology (SVP)--specifically, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)--frequently need long-term enteral access; however, they are at an extremely high operative risk. Nothing has been published on the physiologic impact on single ventricle function during laparoscopy in this patient population. Therefore, we performed intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to study the physiologic effects of laparoscopic surgery in these patients. After Internal Review Board approval, patients with SVP undergoing laparoscopic gastrostomy were studied with intraoperative TEE, and fractional shortening was determined. Patients were separated into those with HLHS and others with SVP. Data are reported as mean ± standard deviation values. Analysis of variance was used for continuous variables. From August 2011 to February 2013, in total, 11 patients with SVP underwent laparoscopic gastrostomy, including 6 with HLHS. One of the 6 HLHS patients and 1 of the SVP patients underwent concurrent fundoplication. All patients were post-first-stage palliation; two had completed post-second stage. Fractional shortening tended to decrease during insufflation and return to baseline after desufflation. There was no 30-day mortality. Pneumoperitoneum associated with laparoscopic gastrostomy tube placement results in a reversible decrease in fractional shortening in patients with HLHS and SVP. Overall, the children tolerated pneumoperitoneum. TEE allows for real-time assessment of ventricular function and volume and may improve safety during longer procedures.

  17. Correlation between dobutamine stress transesophageal echocardiography, thallium 201-dipyridamole scintigraphy and coronary angiography in the early detection of myocardial ischemia.

    Rosas-Munive, E; Abundes-Velasco, A; Villa-Godínez, G; López-Winter, J F


    In order to establish the sensitivity and specificity of transesophageal stress echocardiography with dobutamine (TEE-dobutamine) in the early detection of myocardial ischemia we studied 30 consecutive patients from the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the Hospital de Cardiología, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI. The results were correlated with thallium-201-dipyridamole scintigraphy (TDS), and coronary angiography. Two groups were formed: Group I-20 patients, 18 females/2 males, aged 37-73 years (mean 55 years) within the first week of myocardial infarction and/or unstable angina; Group II-10 patients, five males/five females, aged 35-65 years (mean 48 years) with atypical chest pain but with high suspicion of CHD. All group I patients, and none of group II, had significant stenoses on coronary angiography. Twenty patients had a positive TDS (18 patients from group I and two from group II). Twenty one patients had a positive test with TEE-dobutamine, 20 from group I and one from group II, which yields a sensitivity of 100%, a specificity of 90%, positive predictive value of 95% and negative predictive value of 100%.

  18. A Prototype PZT Matrix Transducer With Low-Power Integrated Receive ASIC for 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography.

    Chen, Chao; Raghunathan, Shreyas B; Yu, Zili; Shabanimotlagh, Maysam; Chen, Zhao; Chang, Zu-yao; Blaak, Sandra; Prins, Christian; Ponte, Jacco; Noothout, Emile; Vos, Hendrik J; Bosch, Johan G; Verweij, Martin D; de Jong, Nico; Pertijs, Michiel A P


    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and experimental evaluation of a prototype lead zirconium titanate (PZT) matrix transducer with an integrated receive ASIC, as a proof of concept for a miniature three-dimensional (3-D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe. It consists of an array of 9 ×12 piezoelectric elements mounted on the ASIC via an integration scheme that involves direct electrical connections between a bond-pad array on the ASIC and the transducer elements. The ASIC addresses the critical challenge of reducing cable count, and includes front-end amplifiers with adjustable gains and micro-beamformer circuits that locally process and combine echo signals received by the elements of each 3 ×3 subarray. Thus, an order-of-magnitude reduction in the number of receive channels is achieved. Dedicated circuit techniques are employed to meet the strict space and power constraints of TEE probes. The ASIC has been fabricated in a standard 0.18-μm CMOS process and consumes only 0.44 mW/channel. The prototype has been acoustically characterized in a water tank. The ASIC allows the array to be presteered across ±37° while achieving an overall dynamic range of 77 dB. Both the measured characteristics of the individual transducer elements and the performance of the ASIC are in good agreement with expectations, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed techniques.

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

    Cruz-Gonzalez I


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

  20. Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects leads to normalisation of atrial and ventricular volumes

    Worthley Matthew I


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects (ASDs should potentially reduce right heart volumes by removing left-to-right shunting. Due to ventricular interdependence, this may be associated with impaired left ventricular filling and potentially function. Furthermore, atrial changes post-ASD closure have been poorly understood and may be important for understanding risk of atrial arrhythmia post-ASD closure. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR is an accurate and reproducible imaging modality for the assessment of cardiac function and volumes. We assessed cardiac volumes pre- and post-percutaneous ASD closure using CMR. Methods Consecutive patients (n = 23 underwent CMR pre- and 6 months post-ASD closure. Steady state free precession cine CMR was performed using contiguous slices in both short and long axis views through the ASD. Data was collected for assessment of left and right atrial, ventricular end diastolic volumes (EDV and end systolic volumes (ESV. Data is presented as mean ± SD, volumes as mL, and paired t-testing performed between groups. Statistical significance was taken as p Results There was a significant reduction in right ventricular volumes at 6 months post-ASD closure (RVEDV: 208.7 ± 76.7 vs. 140.6 ± 60.4 mL, p Conclusion ASD closure leads to normalisation of ventricular volumes and also a reduction in right atrial volume. Further follow-up is required to assess how this predicts outcomes such as risk of atrial arrhythmias after such procedures.

  1. Structural and functional atrial remodeling in patients after catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation

    Bockeria L.A.


    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most common supraventricular arrhythmia which occurs in 1.5–2.0% of population. Morbidity of AF increased by 13% over the past two decades. Modern treatment of AF includes drug therapy, catheter radiofrequency ablation and various modifications of Cox Maze operations. The purpose of this review was to assess the atrial remodeling according to world literature. This involved a search of published articles in Medline, Web of Science, PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials medical databases. During the primary stage of analysis 25 articles of 456 were identified. The researches carried out demonstrate that after catheter ablation and Cox Maze operation in patients with atrial fibrillation left atrium volume decrease, atrial contractile function improvment and sinus rhythm restoration are observed. In the absence of AF recurrence and postoperative atrial arrhythmias in early and late postoperative periods in some patients atrial remodeling is expressed. All data were confirmed by echocardiography, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging studies both before and after surgery.

  2. Characteristics of Residual Atrial Posterior Wall and Roof-Dependent Atrial Tachycardias after Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

    Matsumoto, Akinori; Fukuzawa, Koji; Kiuchi, Kunihiko; Konishi, Hiroki; Ichibori, Hirotoshi; Imada, Hiroshi; Hyogo, Kiyohiro; Kurose, Jun; Takaya, Tomofumi; Mori, Shumpei; Yoshida, Akihiro; Hirata, Ken-Ichi; Nishii, Tatsuya; Kono, Atsushi


    Roof-dependent atrial tachycardia (roof AT) sometimes occurs after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the anatomy of the residual left atrial posterior wall and occurrence of roof AT. A total of 265 patients with AF who underwent PVI were enrolled. After the PVI, induced or recurrent roof AT was confirmed by an entrainment maneuver or activation mapping using a three-dimensional (3D) mapping system. To identify the predictors of roof AT, the minimum distance between both PVI lines (d-PVI) was measured by a 3D mapping system and the anatomical parameters, including the left atrial (LA) diameter, left atrial volume index (LAVi), and shape of the left atrial roof, were analyzed by 3D computed tomography. Roof AT was documented in 11 (4.2%) of 265 patients. A multivariable analysis demonstrated that the d-PVI, Deep V shape of the LA roof, and LAVi were associated with roof AT occurrences (d-PVI: odds ratio: 0.72, confidence interval [CI]: 0.61-0.86, P PVI and LAVi, respectively. The shorter d-PVI at the LA roof, greater LAVi, and Deep V shape were associated with the occurrence of a roof AT. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. The effect of asanguinous cardioplegic arrest on atrial preservation using atrial ATP as a marker.

    Hines, G L; Scheaffer, P; Williams, L; Mantell, P; Cheifitz, P


    Changes in atrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and the presence of postoperative arrhythmias were studied in 14 patients during routine coronary artery bypass grafting to 1) attempt to evaluate atrial preservation, and 2) determine if a relationship exists between changes in ATP and the development of postoperative arrhythmias. Atrial biopsies were obtained at the time of cannulation (preischemic sample) and after the removal of the aortic crossclamp (postischemic sample). Methods of myocardial protection included systemic hypothermia (28 degrees C), periodic reinfusion of crystalloid cardioplegia into the aortic root and completed vein grafts, and iced slush in the pericardial well. Atrial temperature was monitored. Preischemic ATP was 0.412 +/- 0.32 mu mol/gm, and the postischemic value was 0.220 +/- 0.13 mu mol/gm (p less than .02). Atrial temperature routinely decreased to 13-18 degrees C after cardioplegic infusion but rose to 24 degrees C between infusions. There was no correlation between postoperative supraventricular arrhythmias (4 patients) and changes in ATP. In conclusion, routine coronary artery bypass grafting with standard methods of cardiac preservation does not appear to satisfactorily preserve atrial tissue. The clinical correlation and significance of this remains to be elucidated.

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

    Ashok J. Shah


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


    T. N. Novikova


    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. 

  6. Right juxtaposition of the atrial appendages.

    Mathew, R; Replogle, R; Thilenius, O G; Arcilla, R A


    We present an infant with right-sided juxtaposition of atrial appendages who had open heart surgery for ventricular septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus. Of 12 cases thus far reported, ventricular d-loop was observed in nine, and normal position of great vessels in four. Contrary to previous views, this condition may not be accompanied by severe conotruncal anomalies.

  7. Hypercoagulability promotes atrial fibrosis and fibrillation

    Spronk, Henri M.H.; De Jong, Anne-Margreet; De Boer, Hetty C.; Maas, Alexander; Verheule, Sander; Rienstra, Michiel; Kamphuisen, Pieter W.; Ten Cate, Hugo; Crijns, Harry J.; Van Gelder, Isabelle; Van Zonneveld, Anton Jan; Schotten, Ullrich


    Background: It is well known that atrial fibrillation (AF) induces a hypercoagulable state, which significantly increases stroke risk in patients with AF contributing to morbidity and mortality in these patients. Active coagulation factors can also provoke diverse cellular responses through stimulat

  8. Primary care aspects of atrial fibrillation

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


    A better understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms that determine the random pattem of ventricular rhythm may assist the primary care physician in treating and guiding atrial fibrillation patients. These mechanisms also form the basis for our understanding of drug action and effect on ventric

  9. Spontaneous conversion of first onset atrial fibrillation

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


    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...

  10. Attitudes Towards Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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


    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...

  11. Genetic aspects of lone atrial fibrillation

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


    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...

  12. Nonpenetrating right atrial and pericardial trauma.

    Grande, Antonino M; Rinaldi, Mauro; Pasquino, Stefano; Dore, Roberto; Viganò, Mario


    Nonpenetrating chest trauma can cause cardiac rupture. Ventricles are affected more frequently than atria. Survival is rare and depends upon prompt diagnosis and immediate surgical intervention. We report the case of a 42-year-old man involved in a car accident with consequent right atrial rupture and pericardial tearing.

  13. Genetic Risk Prediction of Atrial Fibrillation

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


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

  14. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

    R. Maksimović (Ružica); T. Dill (Thorsten); A.D. Ristić (Arsen); P.M. Seferovic (Petar)


    textabstractPercutaneous 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

  15. Endometrial Adenocarcinoma with Concomitant Left Atrial Myxoma

    Lisa N. Abaid


    Full Text Available Background: Atrial myxomas are the most common primary heart tumors and predominantly considered to be benign lesions. Case Study: We report a case involving a 77-year-old woman who presented with a pelvic mass. She was found to have a primary endometrial cancer and primary lung cancer with concomitant metastatic adrenal gland and mesenteric lesions. Her prior medical history also included an untreated 4.0 × 2.0-cm left atrial myxoma which was identified on CT scan during the workup of her pelvic mass. Results: A clinical decision was made to proceed with surgery for the pelvic mass with a subsequent recommendation for left atrial mass resection. Currently, the patient is scheduled to begin chemotherapy for primary lung cancer. Conclusion: The reported incidence of uterine cancer and a concurrent atrial myxoma is very rare. Consequently, the manner and timing in which treatment should be provided is imprecise. In the present case, the risk for cardiac complications was high, but given the presence of a partial bowel obstruction and the need to diagnose the primary site of her metastatic malignancy, the decision was made to proceed with exploratory abdominal surgery.

  16. An atrial-fibrillation-linked connexin40 mutant is retained in the endoplasmic reticulum and impairs the function of atrial gap-junction channels

    Yiguo Sun


    Full Text Available Connexin40 (Cx40-containing gap-junction channels are expressed in the atrial myocardium and provide a low-resistance passage for rapid impulse propagation. A germline mutation in the GJA5 gene, which encodes Cx40, resulting in a truncated Cx40 (Q49X was identified in a large Chinese family with lone (idiopathic atrial fibrillation (AF. This mutation co-segregated with seven AF probands in an autosomal-dominant way over generations. To test the hypothesis that this Cx40 mutant affects the distribution and function of atrial gap junctions, we studied the Q49X mutant in gap-junction-deficient HeLa and N2A cells. The Q49X mutant, unlike wild-type Cx40, was typically localized in the cytoplasm and failed to form gap-junction plaques at cell-cell interfaces. When the Q49X mutant was co-expressed with Cx40 or Cx43, the mutant substantially reduced the gap-junction plaque formation of Cx40 and Cx43. Electrophysiological studies revealed no electrical coupling of cell pairs expressing the mutant alone and a significant decrease in the coupling conductance when the mutant was co-expressed with Cx40 or Cx43. Further colocalization experiments with the organelle residential proteins indicate that Q49X was retained in the endoplasmic reticulum. These findings provide evidence that the Q49X mutant is capable of impairing gap-junction distribution and function of key atrial connexins, which might play a role in the predisposition to and onset of AF.

  17. Catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation in a patient with dextrocardia

    XUE Zeng-ming; SANG Cai-hua; DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng


    The technique of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has advanced rapidly over the last ten years.Catheter ablation of AF with special anatomy like dextrocardia was seldomly reported,1,2 which may be difficult for its complex anatomy.Three-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system and image integration system may be helpful during the procedure.We report a case with drug refractory persistent AF and dextrocardia,who underwent an ablation procedure.%Dextrocardia is a rare anomaly where the heart is located on the right side of the chest instead of the normal left side.Ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) with such an inverted anatomy may be challenging for the manipulation of the catheters.Here we report a case of dextrocardia who underwent ablation for persistent AF guided by image integration system.

  18. Dual chamber pacemaker in the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

    Rađen Goran


    Full Text Available Background. Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent cardiac dysrhythmia. The aim of this study was to show the role and the efficacy of a dual chamber pacemaker with the algorithm of atrial dynamic overdrive, in the suppression of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Case report. A woman with a classical bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome, and frequent attacks of atrial fibrillation, underwent the implantation of a single chamber permanent pacemaker (VVI. Pacemaker successfully treated the episodes of symptomatic bradycardia, but the patient had frequent attacks of atrial fibrillation, despite the use of different antiarrhythmic drugs, which she did not tolerate well. The decision was made to reimplant a permanent dual chamber pacemaker with the algorithm of atrial dynamic overdrive. The pacemaker was programmed to the basic rate of 75/min, while rate at rest was 55/min. In addition, sotalol was administered. After three months, the patient became asymptomatic with only 4 short − term episodes of atrial fibrillation, and a high level of atrial pacing (99%. Conclusion. In selected patients with bradycardia−tachycardia syndrome, atrial-based pacing seemed to be very effective in reducing the incidence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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

    Mantica Massimo


    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.

  20. Endurance sport practice as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

    Mont, Lluís; Elosua, Roberto; Brugada, Josep


    Although the benefits of regular exercise in controlling cardiovascular risk factors have been extensively proven, little is known about the long-term cardiovascular effects of regular and extreme endurance sport practice, such as jogging, cycling, rowing, swimming, etc. Recent data from a small series suggest a relationship between regular, long-term endurance sport practice and atrial fibrillation (AF) and flutter. Reported case control studies included less than 300 athletes, with mean age between 40 and 50. Most series recruited only male patients, or more than 70% males, who had been involved in intense training for many years. Endurance sport practice increases between 2 and 10 times the probability of suffering AF, after adjusting for other risk factors. The possible mechanisms explaining the association remain speculative. Atrial ectopic beats, inflammatory changes, and atrial size have been suggested. Some of the published studies found that atrial size was larger in athletes than in controls, and this was a predictor for AF. It has also been shown that the left atrium may be enlarged in as many as 20% of competitive athletes. Other proposed mechanisms are increased vagal tone and bradycardia, affecting the atrial refractory period; however, this may facilitate rather than cause the arrhythmia. In summary, recent data suggest an association between endurance sport practice and atrial fibrillation and flutter. The underlying mechanism explaining this association is unclear, although structural atrial changes (dilatation and fibrosis) are probably present. Larger longitudinal studies and mechanistic studies are needed to further characterize the association to clarify whether a threshold limit for the intensity and duration of physical activity may prevent AF, without limiting the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.

  1. Effect of ivaradine on hyperpolarization activated cation current in canine pulmonary vein sleeve cardiomyocytes with atrial fibrillation

    Yang Li; Yan Huang; Zongbin Li; Hao Wang; Jianguo Song; Yuqi Liu; Lei Gao; Shiwen Wang


    Objective To study the effect of ivabradine on hyperpolarization activated cation current in canine pulmonary vein(PY) sleeve cardiomyocytes with atrial fibrillation.Methods Dissociation of PVs yielded single cardiomyocytes from a Landengorff column without or with pacemaker activity from long-term rapidly atrial pacing (RAP) canines.If current was measured with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique.Results Compared with the control group,the rapidly atrial pacing canine PV cardiomyocytes had spontaneous diastolic depolarization and had larger If densities.Ivabradine (Iva,1 μM),a selective inhibitor of the If current,markedly reduced If currents in the RAP from -2.66±0.4 pA/pF to -1.58±0.1 pA/pF at the test potential of-120 mV (P<0.01,n=12).Inhibition effect of Iva of If current showed concentration-dependent range from 0.1 to 10.0μM,with IC50 of 2.2 μ M ( 1.8-2.9 μM,95% CL).Furthermore,V1/ of steady-state activated curve was shifted from -84.3±4.9 mV to -106.9±3.4 mV and k value of steady-state activated curve was changed from 12.1+2.6 mV to 9.9±3.4 mV by the application of.1.0 μM Iva ( P<0.01,n=12).Conclusions Our study revealed that Ivarbadine may significantly decrease If of rapidly atrial pacing pulmonary vein sleeve ceUs with atrial fibdllation.(J Geriatr Cardiol 2008;5:39-42)

  2. 78 FR 11207 - Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation...


    ... Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability... Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.'' This guidance provides FDA's recommendations on clinical trial designs for surgical ablation devices intended for the treatment of atrial...

  3. Protein analysis of atrial fibrosis via label-free proteomics in chronic atrial fibrillation patients with mitral valve disease.

    Peide Zhang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrosis, as a hallmark of atrial structure remodeling, plays an important role in maintenance of chronic atrial fibrillation, but interrelationship of atrial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation is uncertain. Label-free proteomics can implement high throughput screening for finding and analyzing pivotal proteins related to the disease.. Therefore, we used label-free proteomics to explore and analyze differentially proteins in chronic atrial fibrillation patients with mitral valve disease. METHODS: Left and right atrial appendages obtained from patients with mitral valve disease were both in chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF, AF≥6 months, n = 6 and in sinus rhythm (SR, n = 6. One part of the sample was used for histological analysis and fibrosis quantification; other part were analyzed by label-free proteomic combining liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (LC-MS, we utilized bioinformatics analysis to identify differential proteins. RESULTS: Degree of atrial fibrosis was higher in CAF patients than that of SR patients. 223 differential proteins were detected between two groups. These proteins mainly had vital functions such as cell proliferation, stress response, focal adhesion apoptosis. We evaluated that serine/threonine protein kinase N2 (PKN2, dermatopontin (DP, S100 calcium binding protein B (S100B, protein tyrosine kinase 2 (PTK2 and discoidin domain receptor tyrosine kinase 2 (DDR2 played important roles in fibrotic process related to atrial fibrillation. CONCLUSION: The study presented differential proteins responsible for atrial fibrosis in chronic atrial fibrillation patients through label-free proteomic analysis. We assessed some vital proteins including their characters and roles. These findings may open up new realm for mechanism research of atrial fibrillation.

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

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


    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. Dronedarone for atrial fibrillation: a new therapeutic agent

    Pawan D Patel


    Full Text Available Pawan D Patel, Rohit Bhuriya, Dipal D Patel, Bhaskar L Arora, Param P Singh, Rohit R AroraDepartment of Cardiology, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL, USAAbstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most common of the serious cardiac rhythm disturbances and is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. Amiodarone is currently one of the most widely used and most effective antiarrhythmic agents for atrial fibrillation. But during chronic usage amiodarone can cause some serious extra cardiac adverse effects, including effects on the thyroid. Dronedarone is a newer therapeutic agent with a structural resemblance to amiodarone, with two molecular changes, and with a better side effect profile. Dronedarone is a multichannel blocker and, like amiodarone, possesses both a rhythm and a rate control property in atrial fibrillation. The US Food and Drug Administration approved dronedarone for atrial fibrillation on July 2, 2009. In this review, we discuss the role of dronedarone in atrial fibrillation.Keywords: dronedarone, amiodarone, atrial fibrillation

  6. Atrial Myxoma in a Patient with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Abdou, Mahmoud; Hayek, Salim; Williams, Byron R.


    Atrial myxoma is the most common primary cardiac tumor. Patients with atrial myxoma typically present with obstructive, embolic, or systemic symptoms; asymptomatic presentation is very rare. To our knowledge, isolated association of atrial myxoma with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been reported only once in the English-language medical literature. We report the case of an asymptomatic 71-year-old woman with known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in whom a left atrial mass was incidentally identified on cardiac magnetic resonance images. After surgical excision of the mass and partial excision of the left atrial septum, histopathologic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of atrial myxoma. The patient was placed on preventive implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy and remained asymptomatic. The management of asymptomatic cardiac myxoma is a topic of debate, because no reports definitively favor either conservative or surgical measures. PMID:24082380

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

    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.

  8. Additional value of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography for patients with mitral valve stenosis undergoing balloon valvuloplasty.

    Langerveld, Jorina; Valocik, Gabriel; Plokker, H W Thijs; Ernst, Sjef M P G; Mannaerts, Herman F J; Kelder, Johannes C; Kamp, Otto; Jaarsma, Wybren


    The objective of this study was to validate the additional value of 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for patients with mitral valve stenosis undergoing percutaneous mitral balloon valvotomy (PTMV). Therefore, in a series of 21 patients with severe mitral valve stenosis selected for PTMV, 3D TEE was performed before and after PTMV. The mitral valve area was assessed by planimetry pre- and post-PTMV; the mitral valve volume was assessed and attention was paid to the amount of fusion of the commissures. These results were compared with findings by 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography using pressure half-time method for assessment of mitral valve area, and were analyzed for the prediction of successful outcome. Pre-PTMV the mitral valve area assessed by 3D TEE was 1.0 +/- 0.3 cm(2) vs 1.2 +/- 0.4 cm(2) assessed by 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (P =.03) and post-PTMV it was 1.8 +/- 0.5 cm(2) vs 1.9 +/- 0.6 cm(2) (not significant), respectively. The mitral valve volume could be assessed by 3D TEE (mean 2.4 +/- 2.5 cm(3)) and was inversely correlated to a successful PTMV procedure (P <.001). The 3D TEE method enabled a better description of the mitral valvular anatomy, especially post-PTMV. We conclude that 3D TEE will have additional value over 2-dimensional echocardiography in this group of patients, for selection of patients pre-PTMV, and for analyzing pathology of the mitral valve afterward.

  9. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance as a reliable alternative to cardiovascular computed tomography and transesophageal echocardiography for aortic annulus valve sizing.

    Faletti, Riccardo; Gatti, Marco; Salizzoni, Stefano; Bergamasco, Laura; Bonamini, Rodolfo; Garabello, Domenica; Marra, Walter Grosso; La Torre, Michele; Morello, Mara; Veglia, Simona; Fonio, Paolo; Rinaldi, Mauro


    To assess the accuracy and reproducibly of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the measurement of the aortic annulus and in process of valve sizing as compared to intra-operative sizing, cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Retrospective study on 42 patients who underwent aortic valve replacement from September 2010 to September 2015, with available records of pre surgery annulus assessment by CMR, CCT and TEE and of peri-operative assessment. In CCT and CMR, the annular plane was considered a virtual ring formed by the lowest hinge points of the valvular attachments to the aorta. In TEE the annulus was measured at the base of leaflet insertion in the mid-esophageal long-axis view using the X-plane technique. Two double-blinded operators performed the assessments for each imaging technique. Intra-operative evaluation was performed using Hegar dilators. Continuous variables were studied with within-subject ANOVA, Bland-Altman (BA) plots, Wilcoxon's and Friedman's tests; trends were explored with scatter plots. Categorical variables were studied with Fisher's exact test. The intra- and inter-operator reliability was satisfying. There were no significant differences between the annulus dimensions measured by CMR and either one of the three references. Valve sizing for CoreValve by CMR had the same good agreement with CCT and TEE, with a 78 % match rate; for SAPIEN XT the agreement was slightly better (82 %) for CCT than for TEE (66 %). MR performs well when compared to the surgical reference of intra-operative sizing and stands up to the level of the most used imaging references (CCT and TEE).

  10. Using The Descending Aortic Wall Thickness Measured In Transesophageal Echocardiography As A Risk Marker For Aortic Dissection

    Zaher Fanari


    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study is to estimate whether aortic wall thickness is increased in patients with Aortic dissection (AD compared to low risk control group and can be used in addition to aortic diameter as a risk marker of AD. Background: AD occurs due to pathologies that may increase thickness of the aortic wall. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE has the ability to visualise both the thoracic aortic wall and lumen. Aortic diameter has been used to predict aortic dissection and timing of surgery, but it is not always predictive of that risk. Methods: In 48 patients with AD who underwent TEE were examined retrospectively and compared to 48 control patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO. We measured aortic diameter at different levels, intimal/medial thickness (IMT and complete wall thickness (CMT. Demographic data and cardiovascular risk factors were reviewed. The data was analysed using ANOVA and student t test. Results: (AD patients were older [mean age 66 AD vs. 51 PFO], had more hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and Coronary artery disease. Both IMT and CMT in the descending aorta were increased in AD group [(1.85 vs. 1.43 mm; P=0.03 and 2.93 vs. 2.46 mm; p=0.01. As expected the diameter of ascending aorta was also greater in AD (4.61 vs. 2.92 cm; P=0.004. Conclusions: CMT and IMT in the descending aorta detected by TEE is greater in patients with AD when compared to control and may add prognostic data to that of aortic diameter

  11. Tachy-Brady Arrhythmias: The Critical Role of Adenosine-induced Sino-Atrial Conduction Block in Post-Tachycardia Pauses

    Lou, Qing; Glukhov, Alexey V.; Hansen, Brian; Hage, Lori; Vargas-Pinto, Pedro; Billman, George E.; Carnes, Cynthia A.; Fedorov, Vadim V.


    Background In patients with sinoatrial nodal (SAN) dysfunction, atrial pauses lasting several seconds may follow rapid atrial pacing or paroxysmal tachycardia (tachy-brady arrhythmias). Clinical studies suggest that adenosine may play an important role in SAN dysfunction, but the mechanism remains unclear. Objective To define the mechanism of SAN dysfunction induced by the combination of adenosine and tachycardia. Methods We studied the mechanism of SAN dysfunction produced by a combination of adenosine and rapid atrial pacing in isolated coronary-perfused canine atrial preparations using high-resolution optical mapping (n=9). Sinus cycle length (SCL) and sinoatrial conduction time (SACT) were measured during adenosine (1–100μM) and 1μM DPCPX (A1 receptor antagonist, n=7) perfusion. Sinoatrial node recovery time was measured after one minute of “slow” pacing (3.3Hz) or tachypacing (7–9Hz). Results Adenosine significantly increased SCL (477±62 vs. 778±114 ms, p<0.01), and SACT during sinus rhythm (41±11 vs. 86±16 ms, p<0.01) dose-dependently. Adenosine dramatically affected SACT of the first SAN beat after tachypacing (41±5 vs. 221±98ms, p<0.01). Moreover, at high concentrations of adenosine (10–100μM), termination of tachypacing or atrial flutter/fibrillation produced atrial pauses of 4.2±3.4 seconds (n=5) due to conduction block between the SAN and atria, despite a stable SAN intrinsic rate. Conduction block was preferentially related to depressed excitability in SAN conduction pathways. Adenosine-induced changes were reversible upon washout or DPCPX treatment. Conclusions These data directly demonstrate that adenosine contributes to post-tachycardia atrial pauses through SAN exit block rather than slowed pacemaker automaticity. Thus, these data suggest an important modulatory role of adenosine in tachy-brady syndrome. PMID:22985657

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

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


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

  13. Echocardiographic assessment and percutaneous closure of multiple atrial septal defects

    Timperley Jonathan


    Full Text Available Abstract Atrial septal defect closure is now routinely performed using a percutaneous approach under echocardiographic guidance. Centrally located, secundum defects are ideal for device closure but there is considerable morphological variation in size and location of the defects. A small proportion of atrial septal defects may have multiple fenestrations and these are often considered unsuitable for device closure. We report three cases of multiple atrial septal defects successfully closed with two Amplatzer septal occluders.

  14. Juxtaposed atrial appendages: A curiosity with some clinical relevance

    Anil Kumar Singhi


    Full Text Available If the atrial appendages lie adjacent to each other on same side of the great arteries, instead of encircling their roots, they are referred as juxtaposed. Right juxtaposition of atrial appendages is less common than left juxtaposition. The images demonstrate the classical radiological, echocardiographic, and surgical images of juxtaposed atrial appendages. Their clinical incidence, associations, and relevance during interventional and surgical procedures are discussed.


    Dembele, A.


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

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

    Robin Lemmens; Sylvia Hermans; Dieter Nuyens; Vincent Thijs


    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...

  17. Coexisting bicuspid aortic and pulmonary valves with normally related great vessels diagnosed by live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

    Kemaloğlu Öz, Tuğba; Karadeniz, Fatma Özpamuk; Gundlapalli, Hareesh; Erer, Betul; Sharma, Rohit K; Ahmed, Mustafa; Nanda, Navin C; Yıldırım, Aydın; Orhan, Gökçen; Öz, Ayhan; Eren, Mehmet


    Coexistence of bicuspid aortic and pulmonary valves in the same patient is a very rare entity identified mainly during surgery and postmortem. To the best of our knowledge, only one case has been diagnosed by two-dimensional echocardiography in a newborn with malposition of the great arteries but no images were presented. Here, we are reporting the first case of bicuspid pulmonary and aortic valves diagnosed by live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in an adult with normally related great arteries. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Incremental value of live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography over the two-dimensional technique in the assessment of aortic atherosclerotic thrombi and ulcers.

    Elsayed, Mahmoud; Bulur, Serkan; Kalla, Aditi; Ahmed, Mustafa I; Hsiung, Ming C; Uygur, Begum; Alagic, Nermina; Sungur, Aylin; Singh, Satinder; Nanda, Navin C


    We present two cases in whom live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) provided incremental value in the assessment of atherosclerotic disease in the aorta. In one patient, it identified additional atherosclerotic ulcers as well as thrombi within them which were missed by two-dimensional (2D) TEE. In both cases, the size of the large mobile atherosclerotic plaque was underestimated by 2DTEE as compared with 3DTEE. Furthermore, 3DTEE provided volume quantification of the thrombi and ulcers which is not possible by 2DTEE. The echocardiographic findings of atherosclerotic plaques were confirmed by computed tomography in one patient and by surgery in the other.

  19. The Maze procedure: surgical therapy for refractory atrial fibrillation.

    McCarthy, P M; Castle, L W; Trohman, R G; Simmons, T W; Maloney, J D; Klein, A L; White, R D; Cox, J L


    Although atrial fibrillation is well tolerated by most patients, in some patients the consequences may be severe. The Maze procedure is a new open-heart operation that creates a carefully designed maze of incisions in the atrial myocardium; this maze then acts as an electrical conduit to channel atrial impulses from the sinoatrial node to the atrioventricular node. The Maze procedure has been shown to restore sinus rhythm and atrial systole (thus reducing the risk of thromboembolism), improve hemodynamics, alleviate palpitations, and eliminate the need for antiarrhythmic and anticoagulant drugs. We describe our first patient to undergo this operation.

  20. Fibrosis in Atrial Fibrillation - Role of Reactive Species and MPO.

    Friedrichs, Kai; Baldus, Stephan; Klinke, Anna


    Atrial fibrosis with enhanced turnover and deposition of matrix proteins leads to inhomogeneous atrial electrical conduction and gives rise to electrical reentry circuits resulting in atrial fibrillation. The multifactorial pathogenesis of atrial fibrosis involves resident cardiac cells as well as infiltrating leukocytes, both generating and sequestering matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a key enzyme family involved in fibrosis. A growing body of evidence points toward an important role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the release and activation of pro-MMPs and the stimulation of pro-fibrotic cascades. Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a bactericidal enzyme released from activated polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) is not only associated with a variety of cardiovascular diseases, but has also been shown to be mechanistically linked to atrial fibrosis and fibrillation. MPO catalyzes the generation of reactive species like hypochlorous acid, which affect intracellular signaling cascades in various cells and advance activation of pro-MMPs and deposition of atrial collagen resulting in atrial arrhythmias. Thus, inflammatory mechanisms effectively promote atrial structural remodeling and importantly contribute to the initiation and perpetuation of atrial fibrillation.

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

    Ishii, Yosuke


    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.

  2. Propofol effects on atrial fibrillation wavefront delays.

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


    Since the cardiac activity during atrial fibrillation (AF) may be influenced by autonomic modulations, in this study, a novel method to quantify the effects of the most common anesthetic agent (propofol) in AF ablation procedures is introduced. This study has two main objectives: first, to assess whether the sedation earlier to radio frequency ablation affects the arrhythmia itself, and second, to provide new information that contributes to a better understanding of the influence of the autonomic nervous system on AF. The methodology presented is based on the measurement of synchronization and delay indexes between two atrial activations at adjacent intracavitary electrodes. These parameters aim to estimate whether two activations at different sites may be caused by the same propagating wavefront, or otherwise, are the consequence of independent wavefronts. The results showed that the mentioned indexes have a different behavior at both atria: the right atrium becomes more synchronized with propofol administration, whereas the synchronization index decreases at the left atrium.

  3. Pathogenic Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation in Obesity

    O. M. Drapkina


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

  4. [Atrial fibrillation ablation: application of nurse methodology].

    Ramos-González-Serna, Amelia; Mateos-García, M Dolores


    Ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of atrial fibrillation involves applying radiofrequency energy wave by a catheter that causes a circumferential lesion to achieve electrical isolation and voltage drop in the interior. It is mainly applied when there is resistance to treatment and recurrence of symptoms affecting the quality of life of patients. The nurse is an important part of the multidisciplinary team who care for patients who undergo this procedure. The provision of comprehensive nursing care should include nursing procedures prior to, during, and after treatment to ensure the careful and systematic quality required. The aims of this article are: to provide specialised knowledge on the procedure of atrial fibrillation ablation, to describe the preparation of the electrophysiology laboratory, analyse nursing care and develop a standardized care plan for patients on whom this procedure is performed using the NANDA (North American Nursing Association) taxonomy and NIC (Nursing Intervention Classification).

  5. Retrieval of embolized left atrial appendage devices.

    Fahmy, Peter; Eng, Lim; Saw, Jacqueline


    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is gaining interest as an alternative option for prevention of strokes in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), especially for those with contraindications to anticoagulation. Complications from these procedures are well described in the medical literature. LAA closures may lead to pericardial effusion, device-associated thrombus, and device embolization. Understanding the reasons for embolization, strategies to avoid embolization, and the techniques for retrieval of LAA devices (ACP/AMULET and WATCHMAN) should be appreciated by endovascular implanters. We describe two cases of LAA device embolization that were both successfully retrieved percutaneously and other percutaneous techniques to safely retrieve embolized LAA devices. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Atrial fibrillation in obstructive sleep apnea

    Goyal, Sandeep K; Sharma, Abhishek


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia with rising incidence. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is prevalent among patients with AF. This observation has prompted significant research in understanding the relationship between OSA and AF. Multiple studies support a role of OSA in the initiation and progression of AF. This association has been independent of obesity, body mass index and hypertension. Instability of autonomic tone and wide swings in intrathoracic pressure are seen in OSA. T...

  7. Atrial Fibrillation During an Exploration Class Mission

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


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

  8. Atrial Substrate Modification in Atrial Fibrillation: Targeting GP or CFAE? Evidence from Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials

    Qin, Mu; Liu, Xu; Wu, Shao-Hui; Zhang, Xiao-dong


    Several clinically relevant outcomes post atrial substrate modification in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been systematically analyzed among published studies on adjunctive cardiac ganglionated plexi (GP) or complex fractionated atrial electograms (CFAE) ablation vs. pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone. Out of 176 reports identified, the present meta-analysis included 14 randomized and non-randomized controlled trials (1613 patients) meeting inclusion criteria. Addition of G...

  9. [Relationship between atrial fibroblast proliferation/fibrosis and atrial fibrillation in patients with rheumatic heart disease].

    Lin, Ya-Zhou; Cai, Jin-Ming; Chen, Lin; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Zhang, Jian-Cheng; Wu, Wei; Ke, Dan; Xu, Chun-Xuan


    To investigate the association between gene expressions of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), smooth muscle alpha-actin (alpha-SMA) and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and atrial fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The right atrial tissue samples were taken from 75 patients with rheumatic heart disease underwent heart valve replacement surgery (34 patients with sinus rhythm, 11 patients with paroxysmal AF and 30 patients with persistent AF) and stained with picrosirius red for quantitative analysis of collagen accumulation. The mRNA and protein levels of bFGF, alpha-SMA and PCNA were detected by semi-quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemical technique, respectively. The percent volume fraction of collagen (CVF) was the highest in persistent AF group and the lowest in the sinus rhythm group (all P fibrosis by promoting fibroblast proliferation in AF patients.

  10. Atrial fibrillation: effects beyond the atrium?

    Wijesurendra, Rohan S; Casadei, Barbara


    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.

  11. Atrial fibrillation associated with exogenous subclinical hyperthyroidism.

    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo


    Subclinical hyperthyroidism is an increasingly recognized entity that is defined as a normal serum free thyroxine and free triiodothyronine levels with a thyroid-stimulating hormone level suppressed below the normal range and usually undetectable. It has been reported that subclinical hyperthyroidism is not associated with coronary heart disease or mortality from cardiovascular causes but it is sufficient to induce arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. It has also been reported that increased factor X activity in patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism represents a potential hypercoagulable state. Moreover acute myocardial infarction has been reported during L-thyroxine substitution therapy. Far more common and relatively less studied is exogenous subclinical hyperthyroidism caused by L-thyroxine administration to thyroidectomized or hypothyroid patients or patients with simple or nodular goiter. We present a case of atrial fibrillation associated with exogenous subclinical hyperthyroidism, in a 72-year-old Italian woman. Also this case focuses attention on the importance of a correct evaluation of subclinical hyperthyroidism.

  12. Fibrilación atrial: nuevos conceptos

    Luis Gutiérrez-Jaikel


    Full Text Available La fibrilación atrial es la arritmia más frecuente en la práctica clínica, se presenta tanto en pacientes con cardiopatía estructural de base principalmente hipertensiva, isquémica y valvular, como en pacientes sin trastorno cardiaco de fondo al avanzar la edad. Debido a la morbilidad asociada a esta, es vital su reconocimiento temprano y el manejo adecuado, con la finalidad de reducir la incidencia de complicaciones asociadas y mejorar la calidad de vida de quienes la padecen.Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent arrhythmia seen in clinical practice.It occurs most commonly on patients with hypertensive, isquemic and valvular heart disease as well as in patients without cardiac disease principally in elderly patients. Due to the morbidity rate associated with it (atrial fibrillation, early diagnosis and adequate treatment is necessary in order to reduce any associated complication and to improve the health related quality of life of patients who suffer from it.

  13. Dronedarone for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter: approval and efficacy

    Deborah Wolbrette


    Full Text Available Deborah Wolbrette, Mario Gonzalez, Soraya Samii, Javier Banchs, Erica Penny-Peterson, Gerald NaccarelliPenn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USAAbstract: Dronedarone, a new Class III antiarrhythmic agent, has now been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Approval came in March 2009 due to the positive results of the ATHENA trial showing significant reductions in all-cause mortality and cardiovascular hospitalization with dronedarone use. A post hoc analysis of the ATHENA data also suggested a decrease in stroke risk with this agent. However, due to safety concerns in the heart failure population in the earlier ANDROMEDA trial, dronedarone is not recommended for patients with an ejection fraction <35% and recent decompensated heart failure. Dronedarone is an amiodarone analog with multichannel blocking electrophysiologic properties similar to those of amiodarone, but several structural differences. Dronedarone’s lack of the iodine moiety reduces its potential for thyroid and pulmonary toxicity. Preliminary data from the DIONYSOS trial, and an indirect meta-analysis comparing amiodarone with dronedarone, showed amiodarone to be more effective in maintaining sinus rhythm, while dronedarone was associated with fewer adverse effects resulting in early termination of the drug. Dronedarone is the first antiarrhythmic drug for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter shown to reduce cardiovascular hospitalizations. In patients with structural heart disease who have an ejection fraction >35% and no recent decompensated heart failure, dronedarone should be considered earlier than amiodarone in the treatment algorithm.Keywords: dronedarone, amiodarone, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter

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

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


    Left atrial size is independently related to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and atrial fibrillation (AF) is strongly associated with atrial size. Our aims were to report atrial and ventricular dimensions in patients with AF evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to assess...... the inter-study reproducibility of the measurements. Nineteen healthy volunteers, 19 patients with permanent AF, and 58 patients with persistent AF had cardiac dimensions evaluated by 6-mm cinematographic breath-hold MRI scans using a 1.5 Tesla Siemens Vision Magnetom scanner with a phased array chest coil...

  15. Utility of balloon assisted technique in trans catheter closure of very large (≥35 mm) atrial septal defects

    Rangaswamy Balasubramanian, Vidhyakar; Selvaraj, Raja; Saktheeswaran, Maheshkumar; Satheesh, Santhosh; Jayaraman, Balachander


    Background Very few published data is available on the outcomes of balloon assisted techniques (BATs) for trans catheter closure (TCC) of very large (Defined as ≥35 mm size) ostium secundum atrial septal defect (ASD). Objective To study the utility of BAT as against conventional techniques (CT) in TCC of very large ostium secundum ASD (≥35 mm) over the past 5-year period and to find out the association of different morphological features of the defects in relation to TCC outcomes. Study design and methods Descriptive single center retrospective study of patients with very large ostium secundum ASD (≥35 mm size) who were subjected to TCC. Results Thirty-three out of 36 patients with ≥35 mm ASD and complex morphological features underwent successful TCC. The study patients had high prevalence of absent aortic and posterior rims with posterior mal-alignment of the septum. BAT was successful in 28/31 (90.3%) patients while CT had a success rate of 16%. The mean trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) ASD size with BAT success 37 (SD 1.3) mm and CT failure 36.2 (SD 1.1) mm was not different (P=0.06). On univariate analysis of different morphological features, posterior mal alignment of the septum was associated failure of CT (P=0.01). There was no urgent referral for surgery and patients did well on follow up. Conclusions Balloon assisted device closure of (≥35 mm) ASD had 90% success rate. BAT helps in controlled delivery and device alignment in very large ASD with posterior malalignment of the septum and is often helpful when CT fails. PMID:24649421

  16. Intracardiac Echocardiography From the Left Atrium for Procedural Guidance of Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion.

    Korsholm, Kasper; Jensen, Jesper Møller; Nielsen-Kudsk, Jens Erik


    The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) from the left atrium (LA) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for procedural guidance of transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO). TEE with general anesthesia is the current gold standard to guide LAAO. By the use of ICE from the LA, LAAO can be performed in local anesthesia and may potentially have advantages over TEE. A single-center, cohort study of patients undergoing LAAO with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug or Amulet (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minnesota). Procedures were guided by ICE from the LA with local anesthesia (n = 109) or TEE using general anesthesia (n = 107). All patients had pre-procedural cardiac computed tomography. Efficacy outcomes were technical success, procedural success, and peridevice leakage at TEE 8 weeks after LAAO. Safety outcome was a composite of periprocedural complications. Technical success was achieved in 99% of both the TEE and ICE group. Procedural success was similar between groups: 94.4% success rate in the TEE-guided group, and 94.5% in the ICE-guided group. Major periprocedural complications occurred in 4.7% of the TEE group and 1.8% of the ICE group. Rate and degree of peridevice leak did not differ between groups at follow-up. Turnover time in the catheter laboratory, and contrast use were reduced with ICE. LA ICE to guide LAAO as compared with TEE appears to be effective and safe, without increased procedure-related complications. The rate of peridevice leak is low and similar to TEE-guided procedures. Time spent in the catheterization room may decrease substantially. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Study on Effect of Compound Salvia Pellet in Preventing Atrial Fibrillation with Left Atrial Thrombosis

    连耀植; 李玉光; 张汉灵; 张元春; 闫纯英; 林建才; 许瑞敏; 张钰; 郑宝群; 麦芒


    Atrialarrhythmia,fibrillation (AF) is a kind of common arrhythmia which, besides affecting cardiac function, has another serious outcome, that is, it is easy to form atrial thrombosis and induce thrombus/embolus, especially cerebral embolus. The incidence of left atrial thrombosis (LAT) could reach 25%—30%, the incidence of embolic complication per year could reach 2. 98%-6.30%, even 20% or more. To prevent thrombosis so as to lower the incidence of cerebral stroke and other embolic complications has been so far the focal point of AF treatment.

  18. Efficacy of atrial substrate modification based on dominant frequency of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

    KUMAGAI, Koji; Minami, Kentaro; Kutsuzawa, Daisuke; Oshima, Shigeru


    Background The endpoint of ablation procedures is suggested to be non-inducibility of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). However, the prognosis of induced AF/atrial tachycardia (AT) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in PAF patients remains unclear. Methods A total of 122 PAF patients were divided into the following 3 groups: Group 1, 79 without AF/AT induced after PVI; Group 2, 21 with AF/AT induced or sustained after PVI, and followed by a high-dominant frequency (DF) and continuous co...

  19. Sedation for transesophageal echocardiography: comparison of propofol, midazolam and midazolam-alfentanil combination

    Huseyin Toman


    Full Text Available Aim The administration of trans esophageal echocardiography (TEE may cause nausea, shortness of breath, agitation, emotional distress and pain in patients due to pharyngo-esophageal intubation, which may be partially relieved by sedoanalgesia. The aim of this study was to compare clinical effects of midazolam, midazolam-alfentanil combination and propofol sedation given for sedation and sedoanalgesia to patients with planned diagnostic TEE interventions. Methods This study was prospectively completed with 90 randomized adult patients in ASA risk groups I-II-III. Group M were given 2.5 mg midazolam, group MA were given 1 mg midazolam and 5 μg/kg alfentanil and group P were given 0.5 mg/kg propofol intravenous bolus. If necessary, additional doses were administered. Patients administered with TEE were evaluated in terms of additional dose requirements, Ramsey Sedation Scale (RSS, modified Aldrete Scoring (MAS, recovery time and duration of stay in the hospital. Results In the group P additional dose requirements were greater (p<0.05, as well as the duration of stay in the recovery unit and hospital were shorter (p<0.05. On insertion of the TEE probe, the RSS in the group P was clearly higher than in other groups M and MA (p<0.05. Conclusion During the TEE intervention, the use of propofol, contrary to requirements for additional dose and observation of apnea, appears to be advantageous due to providing more rapid and effective sedation depth without a need of expensive antagonist agents, and allowing early discharge of patients. Additionally, it seems that the use of midazolam combined with alfentanil, is more advantageous comparing to midazolam alone.

  20. Rotigaptide (ZP123) improves atrial conduction slowing in chronic volume overload-induced dilated atria.

    Haugan, Ketil; Miyamoto, Takuya; Takeishi, Yasuchika; Kubota, Isao; Nakayama, Jun; Shimojo, Hisashi; Hirose, Masamichi


    Chronic atrial dilation is associated with atrial conduction velocity slowing and an increased risk of developing atrial tachyarrhythmias. Rotigaptide (ZP123) is a selective gap junction modifier that increases cardiac gap junctional intercellular communication. We hypothesised that rotigaptide treatment would increase atrial conduction velocity and reduce the inducibility to atrial tachyarrhythmias in a model of chronic volume overload induced chronic atrial dilatation characterized by atrial conduction velocity slowing. Chronic volume overload was created in Japanese white rabbits by arterio-venous shunt formation. Atrial conduction velocity and atrial tachyarrhythmias inducibility were examined in Langendorff-perfused chronic volume overload hearts (n=12) using high-resolution optical mapping before and after treatment with rotigaptide. Moreover, expression levels of atrial gap junction proteins (connexin40 and connexin43) were examined in chronic volume overload hearts (n=6) and compared to sham-operated controls (n=6). Rotigaptide treatment significantly increased atrial conduction velocity in chronic volume overload hearts, however, rotigaptide did not decrease susceptibility to the induction of atrial tachyarrhythmias. Protein expressions of Cx40 and Cx43 were decreased by 32% and 72% (P<0.01), respectively, in chromic volume overload atria compared to control. To conclude, rotigaptide increased atrial conduction velocity in a rabbit model of chromic volume overload induced atrial conduction velocity slowing. The demonstrated effect of rotigaptide on atrial conduction velocity did not prevent atrial tachyarrhythmias inducibility. Whether rotigaptide may possess antiarrhythmic efficacy in other models of atrial fibrillation remains to be determined.

  1. The Connexin40A96S mutation from a patient with atrial fibrillation causes decreased atrial conduction velocities and sustained episodes of induced atrial fibrillation in mice.

    Lübkemeier, Indra; Andrié, René; Lickfett, Lars; Bosen, Felicitas; Stöckigt, Florian; Dobrowolski, Radoslaw; Draffehn, Astrid M; Fregeac, Julien; Schultze, Joachim L; Bukauskas, Feliksas F; Schrickel, Jan Wilko; Willecke, Klaus


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia and a major cause of stroke. In the mammalian heart the gap junction proteins connexin40 (Cx40) and connexin43 (Cx43) are strongly expressed in the atrial myocardium mediating effective propagation of electrical impulses. Different heterozygous mutations in the coding region for Cx40 were identified in patients with AF. We have generated transgenic Cx40A96S mice harboring one of these mutations, the loss-of-function Cx40A96S mutation, as a model for atrial fibrillation. Cx40A96S mice were characterized by immunochemical and electrophysiological analyses. Significantly reduced atrial conduction velocities and strongly prolonged episodes of atrial fibrillation were found after induction in Cx40A96S mice. Analyses of the gating properties of Cx40A96S channels in cultured HeLa cells also revealed significantly lower junctional conductance and enhanced sensitivity voltage gating of Cx40A96S in comparison to Cx40 wild-type gap junctions. This is caused by reduced open probabilities of Cx40A96S gap junction channels, while single channel conductance remained the same. Similar to the corresponding patient, heterozygous Cx40A96S mice revealed normal expression levels and localization of the Cx40 protein. We conclude that heterozygous Cx40A96S mice exhibit prolonged episodes of induced atrial fibrillation and severely reduced atrial conduction velocities similar to the corresponding human patient.

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

    Varela, Marta; Colman, Michael A; Hancox, Jules C; Aslanidi, Oleg V


    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

  3. Percutaneous closure of secundum type atrial septal defects:More than 5-year follow-up

    Roel; JR; Snijder; Maarten; J; Suttorp; Jurri?n; M; Ten; Berg; Martijn; C; Post


    AIM: To investigate long-term efficacy of two different devices more than five years after percutaneous atrial septal defect(ASD) closure in adults.METHODS: All patients who underwent percutaneous closure of an ASD in the St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, between February 1998 and December 2006 were included. Percutaneous closure took place under general anaesthesia and transesophageal echocardiographic moni toring. Transthoracic echocardiography(TTE) was performed 24 h post-procedure to visualize the device position and to look for residual shunting using color Doppler. All complications were registered. All patients were invited for an outpatient visit and contrast TTE more than 5-years after closure. Efficacy was based on the presence of a residual right-to-left shunt(RLS), graded as minimal, moderate or severe. The presence of a residual left-to-right shunt(LRS) was diagnosed using color Doppler, and was not graded. Descriptive statistics were used for patients’ characteristics. Univariate analysis was used to identify predictors for residual shunting.RESULTS: In total, 104 patients(mean age 45.5 ± 17.1 years) underwent percutaneous ASD closure using an Amplatzer device(ASO) in 76 patients and a Cardioseal/Starflex device(CS/SF) in 28 patients. The mean follow-up was 6.4 ± 3.4 years. Device migration occurred in 4 patients of whom two cases occurred during the index hospitalization(1 ASO, 1 CS/SF). The other 2 cases of device migration occurred during the first 6 mo of follow-up(2 CS/SF). The recurrent thrombo-embolic event rate was similar in both groups: 0.4% per follow-up year. More than 12 mo post-ASD closure and latest follow-up, new-onset supraventricular tachyarrhythmia’s occurred in 3.9% and 0% for the ASO and CS/SF group, respectively. The RLS rate at latest follow-up was 17.4%(minimal 10.9%, moderate 2.2%, severe 4.3%) and 45.5%(minimal 27.3%, moderate 18.2%, severe 0%) for the ASO- and CS/SF groups, respectively. There was no

  4. Comparing Measurements of CT Angiography, TEE, and Fluoroscopy of the Left Atrial Appendage for Percutaneous Closure.

    Saw, Jacqueline; Fahmy, Peter; Spencer, Ryan; Prakash, Roshan; McLaughlin, Patrick; Nicolaou, Savvas; Tsang, Michael


    Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure requires accurate preprocedural measurements, and trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE), cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and fluoroscopy can be utilized. However, correlations between these measurements remain inadequately assessed. Patients who underwent LAA closure at Vancouver General Hospital who had baseline LAA measurements by CCTA, TEE, and fluoroscopy were included in this analysis. CCTAs were performed with prospective-ECG-gating with Toshiba 320-detector or Siemens second generation 128-slice dual-source scanners, and images interpreted with VitreaWorkstation.™ LAA maximal dimensions were obtained for all patients at: (1) Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP)/Amulet landing zone 10 mm within orifice, (2) WATCHMAN ostium, and (3) WATCHMAN depth measurements. Correlations and agreements were compared. We report 50 consecutive patients who underwent LAA closure (8 ACP, 10 Amulet, 32 WATCHMAN). Average age was 75.2 ± 8.7 years, mean CHADS2 score 3.0 ± 1.3, and CHA2 DS2 -VASc 4.7 ± 1.5. Procedural device implantation success was 100%. For ACP landing zone, mean maximal measurements were 24.1 ± 4.7 mm with CCTA, 22.3 ± 4.9 mm TEE, and 19.9 ± 5.6 mm fluoroscopy (P < 0.001); R value 0.81 fluoroscopy/CTA, 0.67 fluoroscopy/TEE, and 0.80 CTA/TEE. For WATCHMAN ostium, mean maximal measurements were 25.8 ± 4.7 mm CCTA (P < 0.001 vs. fluoroscopy, P = 0.16 vs. TEE), 25.1 ± 4.4 mm TEE (P = 0.016 vs. fluoroscopy), and 23.8 ± 4.9 mm fluoroscopy; R value 0.71 fluoroscopy/CTA, 0.65 fluoroscopy/TEE, and 0.74 CTA/TEE. Depth measurements were 34.3 ± 5.7 mm with CCTA, 31.1 ± 6.5 mm TEE, and 27.8 ± 7.1 mm fluoroscopy (all P < 0.01); and correlations with R value 0.28 fluoroscopy/CTA, 0.22 fluoroscopy/TEE, and 0.56 CTA/TEE. All 3 imaging modalities correlated with ACP landing zone and WATCHMAN ostium measurements, with CCTA providing the largest measurements, followed by TEE and fluoroscopy. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Prolonged and fractionated right atrial electrograms during sinus rhythm in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and sick sinus node syndrome.

    Tanigawa, M; Fukatani, M; Konoe, A; Isomoto, S; Kadena, M; Hashiba, K


    Intraatrial catheter mapping of the right atrium was performed during sinus rhythm in 92 patients: Group I = 43 control patients without paroxysmal atrial fibrillation or sick sinus node syndrome; Group II = 31 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation but without sick sinus node syndrome; and Group III = 18 patients with both paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and sick sinus node syndrome. Atrial electrograms were recorded at 12 sites in the right atrium. The duration and number of fragmented deflections of the atrial electrograms were quantitatively measured. The mean duration and number of fragmented deflections of the 516 atrial electrograms in Group I were 74 +/- 11 ms and 3.9 +/- 1.3, respectively. The criteria for an abnormal atrial electrogram were defined as a duration of greater than or equal to 100 ms or eight or more fragmented deflections, or both. Abnormal atrial electrograms were observed in 10 patients (23.3%) in Group I, 21 patients (67.7%) in Group II and 15 patients (83.3%) in Group III (Group II versus Group I, p less than 0.001; Group III versus Group I, p less than 0.001). The mean number of abnormal electrograms per patient with an abnormal electrogram was 1.3 +/- 0.7 in Group I, 2.5 +/- 1.9 in Group II and 3.5 +/- 2.5 in Group III (Group I versus Group II, p less than 0.01; Group II versus Group III, p less than 0.05). A prolonged and fractionated atrial electrogram characteristic of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation can be closely related to the vulnerability of the atrial muscle.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Ethnic Differences in Atrial Fibrillation Identified Using Implanted Cardiac Devices

    Lau, Chu-Pak; Gbadebo, T. David; Connolly, Stuart J.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Capucci, Alessandro; Gold, Michael R.; Israel, Carsten W.; Morillo, Carlos A.; Siu, Chung-Wah; Abe, Haruhiko; Carlson, Mark; Tse, Hung-Fat; Hohnloser, Stefan H.; Healey, Jeff S.


    Ethnic Difference in Atrial Fibrillation Incidence.Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is suggested to be less common among black and Asian individuals, which could reflect bias in symptom reporting and access to care. In the Asymptomatic AF and Stroke Evaluation in Pacemaker Patients and the AF

  7. Dronedarone in high-risk permanent atrial fibrillation

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


    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....

  8. Dynamics of Focal Fibrillation Waves during Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

    Lanters, Eva A H; Allessie, Maurits A; DE Groot, Natasja M S


    The incidence and appearance of focal fibrillation waves on the right and left atrial epicardial surface were visualized during 10 seconds of persistent atrial fibrillation in a 71-year-old woman with valvular heart disease. The frequent, nonrepetitive, widespread, and capricious distribution of focal waves suggests that transmural conduction of fibrillation waves is most likely the mechanism underlying focal fibrillation waves.

  9. Rising rates of hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation

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


    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)....

  10. Atrial fibrillation: Is ablation the way of the future?

    Brian Olshansky


    @@ This issue of the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology features a manuscript entitled "A three-pulmonary vein isolation approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation".Dr. Lexin Wang addresses an important issue, and is to be congratulated for taking a new look at an approach to ablate atrial fibrillation.

  11. KCNE3 R53H substitution in familial atrial fibrillation

    ZHANG Dai-fu; LIANG Bo; LIN Jie; LIU Ban; ZHOU Qin-shu; YANG Yi-qing


    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with debilitating compli-cations of stroke. Multiple-wavelet re-entry and focal activation from pulmonary vein foci are two dominant electrophysiological theories of AF. Atrial electrical remodeling plays a role in the maintenance of AF. However, molecular mechanisms of the arrhythmia are still poorly understood.

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

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


    Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly sustained cardiac arrhythmia and a common reason for mortality and morbidity. Atrial fibrillation causes disease for three reasons: i) the ventricular rate is often high, which leads to symptoms ranging from discomfort to life threatening heart failure; ii...

  13. Vascular disease and stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

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


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

  14. Radiofrequency ablation as initial therapy in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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


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

  15. Atrial fibrillation: a new look at an old arrhythmia

    Meijler, F.L.


    The ventricular rhythm during atrial fibrillation in human beings is random because the excitatory process of atrial fibrillation itself is almost certainly a random phenomenon. It remains random because A V junctional memory is too short to inftuence the sequence of conducted impulses . In human be

  16. Monitoring the complexity of ventricular response in atrial fibrillation

    H. Käsmacher


    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation does not present a uniform extent of variability of the ventricular response exemplifying periodicities and more complex fluctuations, due to varying number and shape of atrial wavelets and aberrant conduction in the AV-junction. It was sought to categorise different degrees of complexity introducing an uncomplicated monitoring method for that objective.

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

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


    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

  18. Atrial Arrhythmias and Their Implications for Space Flight - Introduction

    Polk, J. D.; Barr, Y. R.; Bauer, P.; Hamilton, D. R.; Kerstman, E.; Tarver, B.


    This panel will discuss the implications of atrial arrhythmias in astronauts from a variety of perspectives; including historical data, current practices, and future challenges for exploration class missions. The panelists will present case histories, outline the evolution of current NASA medical standards for atrial arrhythmias, discuss the use of predictive tools, and consider potential challenges for current and future missions.

  19. Sotalol for atrial tachycardias after surgery for congenital heart disease

    BeaufortKrol, GCM; BinkBoelkens, MTE


    Atrial tachycardias, in particular atrial flutter after surgery for congenital heart disease, is associated with a high mortality. Treatment with various antiarrhythmic drugs and/or antitachycardia pacemakers is not very successful. Sotalol, a Class III drug, has shown to be a promising drug in adul

  20. Pulmonary edema following transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect

    Singhi Anil


    Full Text Available Pulmonary edema after device closure of atrial septal defect (ASD is a rare complication. We present illustrative images of a case of pulmonary edema after device closure of ASD in a 53 year old adult. Older patients undergoing ASD closure can benefit from their left atrial and left ventricular end diastolic pressures measurement before and after temporary balloon occlusion of ASD.