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  1. Incidence of ventricular arrhythmias, brady-arrhythmias and sudden ...

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    Ventricular arrhythmias (VAS), Including ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF) and Brady-arrhythmias, are life-threatening complications of acute myocardial infarction (MI). Objective: To study the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias, brady-arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in Sudanese ...

  2. Ventricular arrhythmias in Chagas disease

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    Marco Paulo Tomaz Barbosa

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Sudden death is one of the most characteristic phenomena of Chagas disease, and approximately one-third of infected patients develop life-threatening heart disease, including malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Fibrotic lesions secondary to chronic cardiomyopathy produce arrhythmogenic substrates that lead to the appearance and maintenance of ventricular arrhythmias. The objective of this study is to discuss the main clinical and epidemiological aspects of ventricular arrhythmias in Chagas disease, the specific workups and treatments for these abnormalities, and the breakthroughs needed to determine a more effective approach to these arrhythmias. A literature review was performed via a search of the PubMed database from 1965 to May 31, 2014 for studies of patients with Chagas disease. Clinical management of patients with chronic Chagas disease begins with proper clinical stratification and the identification of individuals at a higher risk of sudden cardiac death. Once a patient develops malignant ventricular arrhythmia, the therapeutic approach aims to prevent the recurrence of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death by the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators, antiarrhythmic drugs, or both. In select cases, invasive ablation of the reentrant circuit causing tachycardia may be useful. Ventricular arrhythmias are important manifestations of Chagas cardiomyopathy. This review highlights the absence of high-quality evidence regarding the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in Chagas disease. Recognizing high-risk patients who require specific therapies, especially invasive procedures such as the implantation of cardioverter defibrillators and ablative approaches, is a major challenge in clinical practice.

  3. [Late potentials and ventricular arrhythmia].

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    Adamec, R; Zimmermann, M

    1986-04-01

    When electrodes are placed at the surface of the thorax, high-amplification electrocardiography (HA-ECG) combined with signal summation as a function of time provides a non-invasive method for detecting electric potentials occurring after the QRS complex of the clinical electrocardiogram. These potentials are called late, and can probably be likened to the "divided" or "fragmented" potentials recorded directly on the heart or in its ventricles near zones of ischemia, infarction or aneurysm. The prevalence of late potentials of ventricular activation (LPVA) and their association with the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias seems well established, notably in the presence of ventricular aneurysm and anamnesis of severe ventricular arrhythmia. Some studies have shown that detection of LPVAs is of value in identifying heart patients at risk of ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death. Heart disease aside, the presence of LPVAs has been demonstrated in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia and reported in Fallot's tetralogy after complete correction. A standardization of recordings and a more precise definition of LPVAs are necessary before HA-ECG can become a routine clinical method. Further, the possibility of "beat by beat" recordings with "spatial" summation will allow detection of LPVAs which vary with time and in nature and hence provide a better understanding of the genesis of ventricular arrhythmias.

  4. Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy for Sustained Ventricular Arrhythmias Complicating Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Piccini, Jonathan P.; Schulte, Phillip J.; Pieper, Karen S.; Mehta, Rajendra H.; White, Harvey D.; Van de Werf, Frans; Ardissino, Diego; Califf, Robert M.; Granger, Christopher B.; Ohman, E. Magnus; Alexander, John H.

    2010-01-01

    Objective Few data exist to guide antiarrhythmic drug therapy for sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). The objective of this analysis was to describe survival of patients with sustained VT/VF post-MI according to antiarrhythmic drug treatment. Design & Setting We conducted a retrospective analysis of ST-segment elevation MI patients with sustained VT/VF in GUSTO IIB and III and compared all-cause death in patients receiving amiodarone, lidocaine, or no antiarrhythmic. We used Cox proportional hazards modeling and inverse weighted estimators to adjust for baseline characteristics, beta-blocker use, and propensity to receive antiarrhythmics. Due to non-proportional hazards for death in early follow-up (0–3 hours after sustained VT/VF) compared with later follow-up (>3 hours), we analyzed all-cause mortality using time-specific hazards. Patients & Interventions Among 19,190 acute MI patients, 1126 (5.9%) developed sustained VT/VF and met the inclusion criteria. Patients received lidocaine (n=664, 59.0%), amiodarone (n=50, 4.4%), both (n=110, 9.8%), or no antiarrhythmic (n=302, 26.8%). Results In the first 3 hours after VT/VF, amiodarone (adjusted HR 0.39, 95% CI 0.21–0.71) and lidocaine (adjusted HR 0.72, 95% CI 0.53–0.96) were associated with a lower hazard of death—likely evidence of survivor bias. Among patients who survived 3 hours, amiodarone was associated with increased mortality at 30 days (adjusted HR 1.71, 95% CI 1.02–2.86) and 6 months (adjusted HR 1.96, 95% CI 1.21–3.16) but lidocaine was not at 30 days (adjusted HR 1.19, 95% CI 0.77–1.82) and 6 months (adjusted HR 1.10, 95% CI 0.73–1.66). Conclusion Among patients with acute MI complicated by sustained VT/VF who survive 3 hours, amiodarone, but not lidocaine, is associated with an increased risk of death; reinforcing the need for randomized trials in this population. PMID:20959785

  5. Ventricular arrhythmias and left ventricular hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Piva e Mattos, Beatriz; Torres, Marco Antonio Rodrigues; Freitas, Valéria Centeno de; Scolari, Fernando Luís; Loreto, Melina Silva de

    2013-05-01

    In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the degree of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) could influence the development of ventricular arrhythmias. In HCM, analyze the association between the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias determined by Holter electrocardiogram (ECG-Holter) and the degree of LVH determined by maximum wall thickness (MWT) in echocardiography and body mass index (BMI). Fifty-four consecutive patients with HCM underwent 24-hour ECG-Holter and echocardiography for assessment of level of LVH through MWT and BMI. Two levels were established for the occurrence of Ventricular Arrhythmias: I - alone or paired extrasystoles and II - Non- Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia (NSVT). In 13 patients (24%) with NSVT (level II), there was a higher frequency of MWT of the left ventricle (LV) > 21 mm (n = 10, 77%, 25 ± 4 mm) and LLLV = 144 g/m² (n = 10, 77%, 200 ± 30 g/m²), in comparison with those presenting with extrasystole arrhythmias (level I) (n = 41, 76%), in which these measures were identified in, respectively, 37 % (n= 15, 23 ± 1 mm), p = 0.023, and 39% (n = 16, 192 ± 53 g / m²) of the cases (p = 0.026). The cut-off values mentioned were determined by the ROC curve with a confidence interval of 95%. NSVT was more common in patients with MWTLV > 21 mm and LLLV > 144 g/m² (8 of 13, 62%) than in those with (4 of 13, 31%) or without (1 of 13; 8%) echocardiographic variables above cut-off values (p = 0.04). In HCM, occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias by Holter was associated with the degree of LVH assessed by echocardiography through MWT and BMI.

  6. Management of common arrhythmias: Part II. Ventricular arrhythmias and arrhythmias in special populations.

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    Hebbar, A Kesh; Hueston, William J

    2002-06-15

    In patients without established cardiac disease, the occurrence of premature ventricular complexes without sustained ventricular tachycardia is more an annoyance than a medical risk, and treatment is not required. In contrast, patients with established heart disease and premature ventricular complexes have a higher likelihood of developing ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. These patients should be treated with a beta blocker or class I antiarrhythmic drug. Treatment of arrhythmias in pregnant women is rarely needed. When treatment is required, amiodarone should be avoided, and beta blockers should be used with caution, because these agents have been associated with fetal growth retardation. The most important rhythm abnormality in athletes is ventricular tachycardia associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. If the presence of the disease is confirmed by echocardiography, beta-blocker therapy is necessary, and these patients should be limited to participation in nonstrenuous sports. Acute arrhythmias in children with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can be treated with adenosine. Radiofrequency ablation of the accessory pathway can provide long-term control.

  7. β1-Adrenoceptor blocker aggravated ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Wang, Yan; Patel, Dimpi; Wang, Dao Wu; Yan, Jiang Tao; Hsia, Henry H; Liu, Hao; Zhao, Chun Xia; Zuo, Hou Juan; Wang, Dao Wen

    2013-11-01

    To assess the impact of β1 -adrenoceptor blockers (β1 -blocker) and isoprenaline on the incidence of idiopathic repetitive ventricular arrhythmia that apparently decreases with preprocedural anxiety. From January 2010 to July 2012, six patients were identified who had idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias that apparently decreased (by greater than 90%) with preprocedural anxiety. The number of ectopic ventricular beats per hour (VPH) was calculated from Holter or telemetry monitoring to assess the ectopic burden. The mean VPH of 24 hours from Holter before admission (VPH-m) was used as baseline (100%) for normalization. β1 -Blockers, isoprenaline, and/or aminophylline were administrated successively on the ward and catheter lab to evaluate their effects on the ventricular arrhythmias. Among 97 consecutive patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias, six had reduction in normalized VPHs in the hour before the scheduled procedure time from (104.6 ± 4.6%) to (2.8 ± 1.6%) possibly due to preprocedural anxiety (P < 0.05), then increased to (97.9 ± 9.7%) during β1 -blocker administration (P < 0.05), then quickly reduced to (1.6 ± 1.0%) during subsequent isoprenaline infusion. Repeated β1 -blocker quickly counteracted the inhibitory effect of isoprenaline, and VPHs increased to (120.9 ± 2.4%) from (1.6 ± 1.0%; P < 0.05). Isoprenaline and β1 -blocker showed similar effects on the arrhythmias in catheter lab. In some patients with structurally normal heart and ventricular arrhythmias there is a marked reduction of arrhythmias associated with preprocedural anxiety. These patients exhibit a reproducible sequence of β1 -blocker aggravation and catecholamine inhibition of ventricular arrhythmias, including both repetitive ventricular premature beats and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure.

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    Stevenson, W G; Sweeney, M O

    1997-05-01

    Ventricular arrhythmias are common in patients with heart failure. The risk and benefits of antiarrhythmic therapies continue to be defined. Class I antiarrhythmic drugs should be avoided due to proarrhythmic and negative inotropic effects that may be responsible for increased mortality in some trials. For patients resuscitated from sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, amiodarone or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator should be considered. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators markedly reduce sudden death in ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation survivors, but in advanced heart failure, this may not markedly extend survival. Catheter or surgical ablation can be considered for selected patients with bundle branch reentry ventricular tachycardia or difficult to control monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. For patients who have not had sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation antiarrhythmic therapy should generally be avoided, but may benefit some high risk patients. Amiodarone may be beneficial in patients with advanced heart failure and rapid resting heart rates. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators may improve survival in selected patients with depressed ventricular function after myocardial infarction, who also have nonsustained and inducible ventricular tachycardia.

  9. Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Ventricular Arrhythmias on 24 ...

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    This study examined the prevalence and clinical correlates of ventricular arrhythmias in individuals without apparent heart disease. Method 24-Hour ambulatory electrocardiogram was recorded in 60 apparently healthy subjects with normal echocardiography findings. Premature ventricular complex was analyzed and

  10. Heart rate turbulence and variability in patients with ventricular arrhythmias

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    Diego Tarricone

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: To evaluate the changes in autonomic neural control mechanisms before malignant ventricular arrhythmias, we measured heart rate variability (HRV and heart rate turbulence (HRT in patients with ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation (Group I; n=6, non sustained ventricular tachycardia (Group II; n=32, frequent premature ventricular beats (Group III; n=26 and with ICD implantation (Group IV; n=11. Methods: Time domain parameters of HRV and turbulence onset (TO and slope (TS were calculated on 24 hour Holter recordings. Normal values were: SDNN > 70 msec for HRV, TO <0% and TS >2.5 msec/RR-I for HRT. Results: Whereas SDNN was within normal range and similar in all study groups, HRT parameters were significantly different in patients who experienced VT/VF during Holter recording. Abnormal TO and/or TS were present in 100% of Group I patients and only in about 50% of Group II and IV. On the contrary, normal HRT parameters were present in 40-70% of Group II, III and IV patients and none of Group I. Conclusions: These data suggest that HRT analysis is more suitable than HRV to detect those transient alterations in autonomic control mechanisms that are likely to play a major trigger role in the genesis of malignant cardiac arrhythmias. (Heart International 2007; 3: 51-7

  11. Percutaneous epicardial ablation in ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Galvão Santos, Pedro; Cavaco, Diogo; Adragão, Pedro; Scanavacca, Mauricio; Reis Santos, Katya; Belo Morgado, Francisco; Carmo, Pedro; Costa, Francisco; Bernardo, Ricardo; Nunes, Manuela; Abecasis, Miguel; Neves, José; Mendes, Miguel

    2014-05-01

    Reentrant circuits of ventricular tachycardia may involve not only the endocardium but also the epicardium. Epicardial ablation can be useful in these situations. The aim of this study was to assess efficacy, safety and complications in a series of consecutive patients who underwent ablation of ventricular tachycardia with epicardial mapping. The study included all patients undergoing ventricular tachycardia ablation with epicardial mapping from 2004 to 2012. Of a total of 95 ablations, an epicardial approach was attempted in nine patients, eight male, mean age 58±12 years. Endocardial mapping was performed in all patients previously or simultaneously. The etiology of the arrhythmia was non-ischemic in eight patients and ischemic in one. We compared the number of events in the six months prior to the epicardial procedure and six months after. Percutaneous epicardial access was achieved in eight patients. In one case it was not possible due to the presence of adhesions. In none of the patients was the procedure repeated and there were no major complications during hospitalization. In a mean follow-up of 3.5±1.2 years, one patient suffered stroke; there were no other medium-to-long-term complications and the number of ventricular tachycardia episodes was reduced in all patients after ablation. Epicardial radiofrequency ablation of ventricular tachycardia was effective in reducing morbidity in eight patients, with a low risk of complications in the short and medium-to-long term. Copyright © 2012 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  12. Arrhythmia in Acute Right Ventricular Infarction

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    Azin Alizadeh Asl

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Acute inferior myocardial infarction (MI frequently involves the right ventricle (RV.1-3 We assessed the prognostic impact of RV myocardial involvement in patients with inferior MI. One hundred seventy patients were admitted to the cardiac care unit of Madani Heart Hospital (Tabriz-Iran with the diagnosis of inferior MI with (group1 or without (group2 the simultaneous involvement of RV during the study period (from 2005 to 2006. Patients presenting within 12h of symptom onset were eligible for inclusion. Patients with simultaneous anterior wall MI or renal impairment (creatinine > 2 mg/dl, as well as those undergoing primary percutaneous translational coronary angioplasty, were excluded. Eighty eight percent of the patients with RVMI and 75% of those with isolated inferior MI had some type of arrhythmia. Atrioventricular (AV block occurred in 42% of the infarctions with RV involvement and only in 29% of the control group. Intra-ventricular conduction disturbance (IVCD was also more frequent in RVMI (29.4% vs. 13.1%, p=0.021, especially right bundle branch block (RBBB (20% vs. 7.4%, P=0.003. There was, however, no meaningful difference in the incidence of left bundle branch block (LBBB between the two groups (3.5% vs. 2.35%, P=0.95. Ventricular fibrillation (VF was observed in 5.2% and 1.2% and ventricular tachycardia in 26% and 12.2% of the patients in groups 1 and 2, respectively. In 27% of patients with RVMI, it was necessary to implant a pacemaker as compared to 10% of those in the control group. Mortality was higher in the patients with inferior infarction extended to the RV (15.3% vs. 3.5%, P= 0.0001. Thus, the differences between the findings in the two groups in terms of the occurrence of post-MI arrhythmias and conduction disorders were quite significant, but there was no meaningful difference with respect to the incidence of LBBB between the two groups. Additionally, patients with inferior MI who also had RV myocardial involvement were

  13. Loperamide Induced Life Threatening Ventricular Arrhythmia

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    Ankit Upadhyay

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Loperamide is over-the-counter antidiarrheal agent acting on peripherally located μ opioid receptors. It is gaining popularity among drug abusers as opioid substitute. We report a case of a 46-year-old male that was presented after cardiac arrest. After ruling out ischemia, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary embolism, central nervous system pathology, sepsis, and other drug toxicity, we found out that patient was using around 100 mg of Loperamide to control his chronic diarrhea presumably because of irritable bowel syndrome for last five years and consumed up to 200 mg of Loperamide daily for last two days before the cardiac arrest. We hypothesize that the patient’s QTc prolongation and subsequent cardiac arrest are due to Loperamide toxicity. Patient experienced gradual resolution of tachyarrhythmia and gradual decrease in QTc interval during hospitalization which supports the evidence of causal relationship between Loperamide overdose and potentially fatal arrhythmias. It also provided the clue that patient may have congenital long QT syndrome which was unmasked by Loperamide causing ventricular arrhythmias. This case adds one more pearl in the literature to support that Loperamide overdose related cardiac toxicity does exist and it raises concerns over Loperamide abuse in the community.

  14. Treating critical supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias

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    Trappe Hans-Joachim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF, atrial flutter, AV-nodal reentry tachycardia with rapid ventricular response, atrial ectopic tachycardia and preexcitation syndromes combined with AF or ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA are typical arrhythmias in intensive care patients (pts. Most frequently, the diagnosis of the underlying arrhythmia is possible from the physical examination (PE, the response to maneuvers or drugs and the 12-lead surface electrocardiogram. In unstable hemodynamics, immediate DC-cardioversion is indicated. Conversion of AF to sinus rhythm (SR is possible using antiarrhythmic drugs. Amiodarone has a conversion rate in AF of up to 80%. Ibutilide represents a class III antiarrhythmic agent that has been reported to have conversion rates of 50-70%. Acute therapy of atrial flutter (Aflut in intensive care pts depends on the clinical presentation. Atrial flutter can most often be successfully cardioverted to SR with DC-energies < 50 joules. Ibutilide trials showed efficacy rates of 38-76% for conversion of Aflut to SR compared to conversion rates of 5-13% when intravenous flecainide, propafenone or verapamil was administered. In addition, high dose (2 mg of ibutilide was more effective than sotalol (1.5 mg/kg in conversion of Aflut to SR (70 versus 19%. Drugs like procainamide, sotalol, amiodarone or magnesium were recommended for treatment of VTA in intensive care pts. However, only amiodarone is today the drug of choice in VTA pts and also highly effective even in pts with defibrillation-resistant out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA. There is a general agreement that bystander first aid, defibrillation and advanced life support is essential for neurologic outcome in pts after cardiac arrest due to VTA. Public access defibrillation in the hands of trained laypersons seems to be an ideal approach in the treatment of ventricular fibrillation (VF. The use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs by basic life support ambulance providers or

  15. Predictors of the left ventricular dysfunction induced by ventricular arrhythmia

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    А. І. Vytryhovskiy

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The most powerful predictor of life-threatening arrhythmia risk is a combination of low heart rate variability with low ejection fraction (EF of the left ventricle. Aim. To identify predictors of left ventricle dysfunction which is induced by ventricular arrhythmia. Materials and methods. To diagnose structural changes of left ventricular functional capacity and reserves in patients with previous myocardial infarction and patients with high and very high cardiovascular risk by SCORE scale and for establishment the relationship between morphological heart changes and pathological phenomenon of heart turbulence echocardiography and study of heart rate turbulence variability were performed. 603 patients were selected for the research. All patients were divided into groups: group 1 – patients with coronary heart disease, but without associated risk factors, such as smoking, obesity, metabolic syndrome; group 2 – patients who smoke tobacco more than 2 years (very high cardiovascular risk by scale SCORE; group 3 – patients with metabolic syndrome without coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension (very high cardiovascular risk by scale SCORE. The control group consisted of 149 persons. Results. The feature of structural changes in patients with myocardial infarction and in patients with a high cardiovascular risk by SCORE with heart rate turbulence compared with cases without НRT is considerably thickening of the left interventricular septum in systole. Based on this, it can be argued that the emergence of ventricular arrhythmia and accordingly phenomenon of heart rate turbulence in patients with existing cardiovascular diseases and risk factors has both morphological and functional character. Significant difference of echocardioscopy parameters in patients with postinfarction cardiosclerosis and risk factors by the SCORE system was established by index of intraventricular septum thickness in systole, and in persons with high risk – in

  16. T wave alternans for ventricular arrhythmia risk stratification.

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    Gold, Michael R; Spencer, William

    2003-01-01

    Sudden cardiac death remains one of the leading causes of death in western societies. Accordingly, the ability to identify patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death is important so that appropriate treatments can be used efficiently. Recently, T wave alternans (TWA) has emerged as a promising new test for such risk stratification. TWA is a heart rate-dependent measure of arrhythmia vulnerability, with maximal predictive accuracy at sustained, regular heart rates of 100 to 120 bpm. In the clinical setting, these conditions may be achieved by either exercise or atrial pacing. TWA has been shown to predict inducibility of ventricular tachycardia with programmed stimulation and also spontaneous arrhythmic events. TWA has been successfully applied to diverse populations, including patients with coronary artery disease, nonischemic cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and implantable defibrillators. Despite these encouraging results, the role of TWA to guide clinical therapy still needs to be elucidated better.

  17. Ventricular arrhythmias in patients treated with methadone for opioid dependence.

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    Hanon, Sam; Seewald, Randy M; Yang, Felix; Schweitzer, Paul; Rosman, Jonathan

    2010-06-01

    Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in reported cases of methadone induced QT prolongation (QTP) and Torsades de Pointes (TdP) in patients treated for opioid dependence. Optimal management of these patients is challenging. We report a case series of 12 consecutive patients admitted to our institution with methadone-induced QTP and ventricular arrhythmias. All patients survived the presenting arrhythmia. Successful transition to buprenorphine was accomplished in three patients. QT interval normalized and none of these patients had recurrent arrhythmias. Methadone dose was reduced in five patients with improvement of QT interval and resolution of arrhythmia. Four patients, including two with ICDs, refused or did not tolerate a reduction in their methadone dose. Ventricular arrhythmias in patients on methadone are an uncommon but important problem. Buprenorphine, a partial micro-opiate-receptor agonist and a kappa-opiate-receptor antagonist does not cause QTP or TdP. Buprenorphine is a useful and effective alternative to methadone in a select group of patients, including those with documented ventricular arrhythmias on methadone. Pacemakers or defibrillators should be reserved for patients who have failed buprenorphine or a reduced methadone dose.

  18. Use of azithromycin and risk of ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Trifirò, Gianluca; de Ridder, Maria; Sultana, Janet; Oteri, Alessandro; Rijnbeek, Peter; Pecchioli, Serena; Mazzaglia, Giampiero; Bezemer, Irene; Garbe, Edeltraut; Schink, Tania; Poluzzi, Elisabetta; Frøslev, Trine; Molokhia, Mariam; Diemberger, Igor; Sturkenboom, Miriam C J M

    2017-04-18

    There are conflicting findings from observational studies of the arrhythrogenic potential of azithromycin. Our aim was to quantify the association between azithromycin use and the risk of ventricular arrhythmia. We conducted a nested case-control study within a cohort of new antibiotic users identified from a network of 7 population-based health care databases in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom for the period 1997-2010. Up to 100 controls per case were selected and matched by age, sex and database. Recency of antibiotic use and type of drug (azithromycin was the exposure of interest) at the index date (occurrence of ventricular arrhythmia) were identified. We estimated the odds of ventricular arrhythmia associated with current azithromycin use relative to current amoxicillin use or nonuse of antibiotics (≥ 365 d without antibiotic exposure) using conditional logistic regression, adjusting for confounders. We identified 14 040 688 new antibiotic users who met the inclusion criteria. Ventricular arrhythmia developed in 12 874, of whom 30 were current azithromycin users. The mean age of the cases and controls was 63 years, and two-thirds were male. In the pooled data analyses across databases, azithromycin use was associated with an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia relative to nonuse of antibiotics (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 1.97, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.35-2.86). This increased risk disappeared when current amoxicillin use was the comparator (adjusted OR 0.90, 95% CI 0.48-1.71). Database-specific estimates and meta-analysis confirmed results from the pooled data analysis. Current azithromycin use was associated with an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia when compared with nonuse of antibiotics, but not when compared with current amoxicillin use. The decreased risk with an active comparator suggests significant confounding by indication. © 2017 Canadian Medical Association or its licensors.

  19. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators for treatment of sustained ventricular arrhythmias in patients with Chagas' heart disease: comparison with a control group treated with amiodarone alone.

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    Gali, Wagner L; Sarabanda, Alvaro V; Baggio, José M; Ferreira, Luís G; Gomes, Gustavo G; Marin-Neto, J Antônio; Junqueira, Luiz F

    2014-05-01

    Evidence is inconclusive concerning the benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) for secondary prevention of mortality in patients with Chagas' heart disease (ChHD). The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of ChHD patients with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), who were treated either with ICD implantation plus amiodarone or with amiodarone alone. The ICD group [76 patients; 48 men; age, 57 ± 11 years; left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), 39 ± 12%] and the historical control group treated with amiodarone alone (28 patients; 18 men; age, 54 ± 10 years; LVEF, 41 ± 10%) had comparable baseline characteristics, except for a higher use of beta-blockers in the ICD group (P < 0.0001). Amiodarone was also used in 90% of the ICD group. Therapy with ICD plus amiodarone resulted in a 72% reduced risk of all-cause mortality (P = 0.007) and a 95% reduced risk of sudden death (P = 0.006) compared with amiodarone-only therapy. The survival benefit of ICD was greatest in patients with LVEF < 40% (P = 0.01) and was not significant in those with LVEF ≥ 40% (P = 0.15). Appropriate ICD therapies occurred in 72% of patients and the rates of interventions were similar across patients with LVEF < 40% and ≥40%. Compared with amiodarone-only therapy, ICD implantation plus amiodarone reduced the risk of all-cause mortality and sudden death in ChHD patients with life-threatening VAs. Patients with LVEF < 40% derived significantly more survival benefit from ICD therapy. The majority of ICD-treated patients received appropriate therapies regardless of the LV systolic function.

  20. Hospital discharge diagnoses of ventricular arrhythmias and cardiac arrest were useful for epidemiologic research

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    De Bruin, M L; van Hemel, N M; Leufkens, H G M

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We investigated the validity of hospital discharge diagnosis regarding ventricular arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. METHODS: We identified patients whose record in the PHARMO record linkage system database showed a code for ventricular or unspecified cardiac arrhythmias according to cod...... according to ICD-9-CM as paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular flutter, ventricular premature beats, or cardiac arrest) have a high PPV and are useful for selecting events in epidemiological studies on drug-induced arrhythmias....

  1. Clinical profile and incidence of ventricular arrhythmia in patients undergoing defibrillator generator replacement in Spain.

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    Fontenla, Adolfo; López Gil, María; Martínez Ferrer, José; Alzueta, Javier; Fernández Lozano, Ignacio; Viñolas, Xavier; Rodríguez, Aníbal; Fernández de la Concha, Joaquín; Anguera, Ignasi; Arribas, Fernando

    2014-12-01

    Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators reduce mortality in some patients with heart disease. Battery replacement is a frequent occurrence in clinical practice and is required in up to 30% of implants. The benefit/risk ratio of defibrillators varies over time and should be reevaluated at the time of replacement. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics and incidence of defibrillator therapies in patients who underwent generator replacement. This multicenter retrospective study involved patients from the UMBRELLA national registry who underwent replacement due to defibrillator battery depletion. The incidence of ventricular arrhythmias was determined via remote monitoring. Risk factors for sustained ventricular arrhythmia after replacement were analyzed. A total of 354 patients were included (mean age [standard deviation], 61.8 [14.5] years; men, 80%; secondary prevention, 42%; ventricular arrhythmias in the explanted generator, 62%). After a 25-month follow-up, 70 patients (20%) received appropriate therapies and 8 (2.3%) received inappropriate discharges. Male sex, structural heart disease, heart failure, and the absence of resynchronization were independent predictors of ventricular arrhythmia occurrence. One-fifth of patients had appropriate defibrillator therapies in the first 2 years after generator replacement. Determination of the factors associated with arrhythmia occurrence after replacement may be useful to optimize implantable cardioverter-defibrillator treatment. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  2. Observational cohort study of ventricular arrhythmia in adults with Marfan syndrome caused by FBN1 mutations.

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    Ali Aydin

    Full Text Available Marfan syndrome is associated with ventricular arrhythmia but risk factors including FBN1 mutation characteristics require elucidation.We performed an observational cohort study of 80 consecutive adults (30 men, 50 women aged 42±15 years with Marfan syndrome caused by FBN1 mutations. We assessed ventricular arrhythmia on baseline ambulatory electrocardiography as >10 premature ventricular complexes per hour (>10 PVC/h, as ventricular couplets (Couplet, or as non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (nsVT, and during 31±18 months of follow-up as ventricular tachycardia (VT events (VTE such as sudden cardiac death (SCD, and sustained ventricular tachycardia (sVT. We identified >10 PVC/h in 28 (35%, Couplet/nsVT in 32 (40%, and VTE in 6 patients (8%, including 3 with SCD (4%. PVC>10/h, Couplet/nsVT, and VTE exhibited increased N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide serum levels(P10/h and Couplet/nsVT also related to increased indexed end-systolic LV diameters (P = .024 and P = .020, to moderate mitral valve regurgitation (P = .018 and P = .003, and to prolonged QTc intervals (P = .001 and P = .006, respectively. Moreover, VTE related to mutations in exons 24-32 (P = .021. Kaplan-Meier analysis corroborated an association of VTE with increased NT-proBNP (P<.001 and with mutations in exons 24-32 (P<.001.Marfan syndrome with causative FBN1 mutations is associated with an increased risk for arrhythmia, and affected persons may require life-long monitoring. Ventricular arrhythmia on electrocardiography, signs of myocardial dysfunction and mutations in exons 24-32 may be risk factors of VTE.

  3. Flecainide Therapy Reduces Exercise-Induced Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia

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    van der Werf, Christian; Kannankeril, Prince J.; Sacher, Frederic; Krahn, Andrew D.; Viskin, Sami; Leenhardt, Antoine; Shimizu, Wataru; Sumitomo, Naokata; Fish, Frank A.; Bhuiyan, Zahurul A.; Willems, Albert R.; van der Veen, Maurits J.; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Laborderie, Julien; Haïssaguerre, Michel; Knollmann, Björn C.; Wilde, Arthur A. M.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of flecainide in addition to conventional drug therapy in patients with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). Background CPVT is an inherited arrhythmia syndrome caused by gene mutations that destabilize cardiac

  4. Outpatient evaluation and management of patients with ventricular premature beats or non-sustained ventricular tachycardia

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    Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Goette, Andreas; Dobreanu, Dan

    2012-01-01

    In this survey, European physicians who deal with arrhythmia patients gave their opinions about diagnostic work up when they see patients with ventricular premature beats (VPBs) or non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT). In general, similar work-up regimens were used for these two arrhythmi...... almost half of the respondents would consider amiodarone in patients with NSVT whereas almost none would when dealing with VPBs. When the effect of therapy was evaluated, its influence on symptoms and arrhythmia burden were ranked highest....

  5. The Relationship between Left Atrial Volume and Ventricular Arrhythmias in the Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Abdullah Kaplan

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background:: The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between Left Atrial Volume (LAV, a marker of diastolic dysfunction, and the frequency of malignant ventricular arrhythmia in the patients with left ventricular dysfunction and a previously implanted Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD device. Methods:: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 32 patients with ischemic or idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, each having had an ICD device implanted at least 1 year beforehand. The ventricular arrhythmia episodes which were detected and stored by the device were retrieved and evaluated. In addition to routine echocardiographic measurements, all the patients had their LAV and LAV indexes calculated. After all, student’s t-test, Mann-Whitney U test, and Pearson correlation were used to analyze the data. Besides, P value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results:: This study was conducted on 4 female and 28 male patients with the mean age of 58.41 ± 9.97 years. Among the study patients, 21 had at least one previous myocardial infarction. In addition, 17 patients had experienced sustained VT or VF within the last year. No significant difference was found between the patients with and without malignant ventricular arrhythmias (sustained VT or VF regarding LAV (17 patients with arrhythmia (68 + 23.39 mL vs. 15 patients without arrhythmia (55.13 ± 20.41 mL; P = 0.100. However, the LAV index was significantly higher in the patients with arrhythmia compared to those without arrhythmia (39.27 ± 12.19 mL / m2 vs. 25.18 ± 7.45 mL / m2; P = 0.004. Both LAV (73.33 ± 17.64 mL and 57.52 ± 23.15 mL, respectively; P = 0.040 and LAV index (40.86 ± 8.47 mL / m2 and 28.20 ± 11.77 mL / m2, respectively; P = 0.010 were significantly greater in the patients with ICD shock therapy within the last year compared to the others. However, both groups were similar regarding Left Ventricular Volume (LVV, LVV index, and

  6. Relationship between Fibrosis and Ventricular Arrhythmias in Chagas Heart Disease Without Ventricular Dysfunction

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    Tassi, Eduardo Marinho, E-mail: etassi@ibest.com.br [Instituto de Cardiologia Edson Saad - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Continentino, Marcelo Abramoff [Hospital Frei Galvão, Guaratinguetá, SP (Brazil); Nascimento, Emília Matos do; Pereira, Basílio de Bragança [Instituto de Cardiologia Edson Saad - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Coppe - Instituto Alberto Luiz Coimbra de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa de Engenharia - UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Pedrosa, Roberto Coury [Instituto de Cardiologia Edson Saad - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-05-15

    Patients with Chagas disease and segmental wall motion abnormality (SWMA) have worse prognosis independent of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is currently the best method to detect SWMA and to assess fibrosis. To quantify fibrosis by using late gadolinium enhancement CMR in patients with Chagas disease and preserved or minimally impaired ventricular function (> 45%), and to detect patterns of dependence between fibrosis, SWMA and LVEF in the presence of ventricular arrhythmia. Electrocardiogram, treadmill exercise test, Holter and CMR were carried out in 61 patients, who were divided into three groups as follows: (1) normal electrocardiogram and CMR without SWMA; (2) abnormal electrocardiogram and CMR without SWMA; (3) CMR with SWMA independently of electrocardiogram. The number of patients with ventricular arrhythmia in relation to the total of patients, the percentage of fibrosis, and the LVEF were, respectively: Group 1, 4/26, 0.74% and 74.34%; Group 2, 4/16, 3.96% and 68.5%; and Group 3, 11/19, 14.07% and 55.59%. Ventricular arrhythmia was found in 31.1% of the patients. Those with and without ventricular arrhythmia had mean LVEF of 59.87% and 70.18%, respectively, and fibrosis percentage of 11.03% and 3.01%, respectively. Of the variables SWMA, groups, age, LVEF and fibrosis, only the latter was significant for the presence of ventricular arrhythmia, with a cutoff point of 11.78% for fibrosis mass (p < 0.001). Even in patients with Chagas disease and preserved or minimally impaired ventricular function, electrical instability can be present. Regarding the presence of ventricular arrhythmia, fibrosis is the most important variable, its amount being proportional to the complexity of the groups.

  7. QT dispersion on ECG Holter monitoring and risk of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Polyxeni Garyfallidis

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Background. QT dispersion (QTd is increased in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Increased QTd has been associated with the risk of sudden death. We studied: a the relation between QTd on 12-lead ECG and QTd-ECG Holter; b the relation between QTd apex (QTda and QTd end (QTde on ECG Holter and the risk of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Methods and Results. 65 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (33 idiopathic and 32 post-ischemic etiology; NYHA II-III were studied. We divided the patients into: Group A -patients with not-sustained ventricular arrhythmias-; and Group B -patients without arrhythmias-. A significant direct correlation between QTd calculated from 12-lead ECG and from ECG Holter was found in all patients. QTda/24h was not significantly different in the two groups (Gr.A 59.9±7.8 msec vs Gr.B 53.6±8.4 msec p=ns while QTde/24h was significantly higher in Group A (Gr.A 81.9±5.9 msec vs Gr.B 44.5±6.8 msec; p<0.005. In post-ischemic etiology (32 pts; 17 with arrhythmias the correlation between QTde/24h and ventricular arrhythmias was confirmed (Gr.A 81.4±7.8 msec vs Gr.B 42.6±6.2 msec p<0.002. Conclusions. ECG Holter recordings can evaluate QTd as well as the QTd on 12-lead ECG. An increased QTde/24h seems to be correlated with the occurence of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and can then be a useful tool to select patients at high risk for sudden death.

  8. Atrial and ventricular function in thalassemic patients with supraventricular arrhythmias

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    Vitantonio Di Bello

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to evaluate through Color Doppler Myocardial Imaging (CDMI echocardiography if atrial or ventricular myocardial alterations could be detectable in patients with thalassemia major (THAL and if these alterations could be considered as predictive elements for supra-ventricular arrhythmic events. Twenty-three patients with THAL underwent clinical and electrocardiographic evaluation; patients were grouped in THAL1 (9 with supra-ventricular arrhythmias and THAL2 (14 without arrhythmias; 12 healthy subjects were considered as control group (C. We examined through conventional 2D Color Doppler echocardiography some morphological and functional parameters regarding left ventricular (LV systolic and diastolic function, and through CDMI the velocities at mitral annulus level, the regional LV and left atrial (LA strain and strain rate. All THAL patients had LV dimension (pless than 0.05, LA area (p less than 0.01 and E/Em ratio (pless than 0.001 to be significantly higher than controls. The mitral annulus longitudinal velocities were significantly lower in THAL1 than in THAL2 (pless than 0.001; the E/Em ratio was higher in THAL1 than THAL2 (pless than 0.001. The THAL1 showed a lower systolic strain rate of atrial wall than THAL2 and C (pless than 0.05. The multiple regression highlighted a significantly inverse correlation among E/Em and atrial strain (pless than 0.02. CDMI showed both THAL subgroups had subtle systolic and diastolic left ventricular myocardial alterations, which could represent the onset of developing “iron cardiomyopathy” and are related to supra-ventricular arrhythmia. Monitoring these parameters in the THAL patients could contribute to decisions about follow-up and therapy.

  9. Inflammation markers are associated with metabolic syndrome and ventricular arrhythmia in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    Safranow, Krzysztof; Dziedziejko, Violetta; Rzeuski, Ryszard; Czyżycka, Edyta; Bukowska, Hanna; Wojtarowicz, Andrzej; Bińczak-Kuleta, Agnieszka; Jakubowska, Katarzyna; Olszewska, Maria; Ciechanowicz, Andrzej; Kornacewicz-Jach, Zdzisława; Machaliński, Bogusław; Pawlik, Andrzej; Chlubek, Dariusz

    2016-02-11

    Inflammation plays a major role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD). Inflammation markers, including white blood cell (WBC) count, C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), are widely used for cardiovascular risk prediction. The aim of the study was to establish factors associated with WBC, CRP and IL-6 in patients with CAD. Two functional polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes participating in adenosine metabolism were analyzed (C34T AMPD1, G22A ADA). Plasma concentrations of IL-6 were measured using high-sensitivity ELISA kits, and the nephelometric method was used for high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) measurement in 167 CAD patients. Presence of metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components, presence of heart failure, severity of CAD symptoms, severe past ventricular arrhythmia (sustained ventricular tachycardia [sVT] or ventricular fibrillation [VF]), lower left ventricle ejection fraction, higher left ventricle mass index, higher end-diastolic volume and higher number of smoking pack-years were significantly associated with higher WBC, CRP and IL-6. Strong associations with arrhythmia were observed for IL-6 (median 3.90 vs 1.89 pg/mL, pinflammation markers. WBC, CRP and IL-6 are strongly associated with components of the metabolic syndrome. Their strong association with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia emphasizes the proarrhythmic role of inflammation in the increased cardiovascular risk of CAD patients.

  10. Continuous rhythm monitoring for ventricular arrhythmias after alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Balt, Jippe C; Wijffels, Maurits C E F; Boersma, Lucas V A; Wever, Eric F D; ten Berg, Jurriën M

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of the present study was to determine the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias before and after alcohol septal ablation (ASA). In patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM), gradient reduction by ASA is an alternative for surgical myectomy. However, concerns exist about whether the induction of a myocardial scar during ASA may create substrate for ventricular arrhythmias. The study group consisted of 44 patients in whom ASA was performed for symptomatic, drug-refractory hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Continuous rhythm monitoring was obtained by implantable loop recorder (n=30) or pacemaker (n=14). Occurrence of ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias before and after ASA was noted, retrospectively. The ASA procedure was considered successful (resting gradient 30 days after ASA. No cardiac deaths occurred during follow-up. In a low-risk cohort of patients who underwent ASA, in which continuous rhythm monitoring was performed, sustained VT or VF within 30 days occurred in 3 patients (7%) while no VT/VF was observed before ASA. During long-term follow-up, no sustained VT or VF was observed >30 days after ASA. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  11. Intravenous amiodarone for ventricular arrhythmias: overview and clinical use.

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    Gonzalez, E R; Kannewurf, B S; Ornato, J P

    1998-01-01

    Numerous pharmacological agents with varying cellular electrophysiological effects are available to treat cardiac arrhythmias. Amiodarone is predominantly a Vaughan Williams Class III agent, but also possesses electrophysiological characteristics of the other three Vaughan Williams classes (Class I and IV and minor Class II effects). Amiodarone's primary mechanism is to prolong the cardiac action potential and repolarization time leading to an increased refractory period and reduced membrane excitability. The efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (IV) amiodarone for acute treatment of recurrent and refractory ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation has been demonstrated in clinical trials. The ARREST trial, a randomized trial comparing IV amiodarone to placebo, found a significant improvement in the proportion of patients surviving to the emergency department following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in amiodarone-treated patients. Intravenous amiodarone is an effective anti-arrhythmic agent for the acute treatment of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and represents an important treatment option for emergency anti-arrhythmic therapy for patients suffering from cardiac arrest.

  12. Ventricular arrhythmias in a pregnant female – clinical implications

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    Ewelina Nowak

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Physiological changes occurring during pregnancy, at the time of childbirth, and in the postpartum period may influence the occurrence, and increase in intensity of, heart rhythm abnormalities. There is insufficient data on the safety and effectiveness of pharmacological treatment in the group of pregnant women. Cardiac arrhythmia induced by pregnancy rarely requires introduction of pharmaceuticals. It should be noted that most antiarrhythmic agents are not recommended for use during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period. In cases where a drug use is necessary, the most popular choice is -blockers or a calcium channel blocker – verapamil, which does not have teratogenic effects, but does get transferred to the mothers’ milk. The presented case study concerns a woman with no structural heart defects in her third pregnancy, with very ill-tolerated ventricular arrhythmia.

  13. Ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death in tetralogy of Fallot.

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    Maury, Philippe; Sacher, Frederic; Rollin, Anne; Mondoly, Pierre; Duparc, Alexandre; Zeppenfeld, Katja; Hascoet, Sebastien

    2017-05-01

    Malignant ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death may late happen in repaired tetralogy of Fallot, although probably less frequently than previously thought, especially with the advent of new surgical techniques/management. Ventricular tachycardias are caused by reentry around the surgical scars/patches and valves. Many predictive factors have been proposed, which suffer from poor accuracy. There is currently no recommended indication for prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation-except maybe in the case of multiple risk factors-while radiofrequncy ablation may be proposed in secondary prevention with or even without a back-up implantable cardioverter defibrillator in selected cases. Repeated cardiological investigations and monitoring should be proposed for every operated patient. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Ventricular arrhythmias in patients with newly diagnosed nonischemic cardiomyopathy: Insights from the PROLONG study.

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    Duncker, David; König, Thorben; Hohmann, Stephan; Bauersachs, Johann; Veltmann, Christian

    2017-08-01

    Patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) reportedly have low incidence of appropriate shocks from wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs). A recent study questions the benefit from primary preventive implantation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in NICM. We therefore analyzed a subgroup of patients with NICM from the PROLONG study. Patients with newly diagnosed NICM show a risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia. The PROLONG study included 167 patients with newly diagnosed heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% with a WCD. Patients with NICM were identified and included in this analysis. 117 patients presented with NICM. Sixty-five (55%) were male; mean age was 51 ± 15 years. Mean LVEF at diagnosis was 23% ± 7%. Mean follow-up was 11 ± 10 months. Mean WCD wear time was 101 ± 82 days; mean wear time per day was 21.4 ± 4.5 hours. Overall, 12 ventricular arrhythmias occurred in 10 (9%) patients (6 DCM, 4 PPCM). Nine appropriate WCD shocks for hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation in 8 (7%) patients were observed. Two patients presented sustained hemodynamically stable ventricular tachycardia for >30 minutes detected by the WCD, but withheld WCD therapy. Patients with newly diagnosed NICM and LVEF ≤35% show an elevated risk of ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation during initiation and optimization of heart failure therapy. To prevent sudden cardiac death, WCD should be considered in patients with newly diagnosed NICM with severely reduced LVEF. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Phobic anxiety, depression, and risk of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with coronary heart disease.

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    Watkins, Lana L; Blumenthal, James A; Davidson, Jonathan R T; Babyak, Michael A; McCants, Charles B; Sketch, Michael H

    2006-01-01

    Findings of an association between phobic anxiety and elevated risks of sudden cardiac death suggest that phobic anxiety may be related to increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to examine whether phobic anxiety is associated with ventricular arrhythmias in patients with documented coronary artery disease (CAD). Phobic anxiety level was measured using the Crown-Crisp phobic anxiety scale in 940 patients (660 men, 280 women) hospitalized for diagnostic cardiac catheterization between April 1999 and June 2002. Depressive symptomatology was assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory. Patients were followed for a median follow-up period of 3 years, and the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias was determined through review of medical records. Ventricular arrhythmias occurred in 97 patients and were significantly related to higher phobic anxiety after statistical adjustment for established medical and demographic determinants of arrhythmias (odds ratio = 1.40; p = .012). Depressive symptomatology was significantly correlated with phobic anxiety (r = 0.44, p depression and phobic anxiety predicted ventricular arrhythmias with a larger effect size than either depression or phobic anxiety score alone (odds ratio = 1.6, 95% confidence interval, 1.2-2.1, p = .002). Both phobic anxiety and depressive symptomatology predict ventricular arrhythmias in patients with CAD and may share a common factor predictive of ventricular arrhythmias.

  16. Inflammation markers are associated with metabolic syndrome and ventricular arrhythmia in patients with coronary artery disease

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    Krzysztof Safranow

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Inflammation plays a major role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD. Inflammation markers, including white blood cell (WBC count, C-reactive protein (CRP and interleukin-6 (IL-6, are widely used for cardiovascular risk prediction. The aim of the study was to establish factors associated with WBC, CRP and IL-6 in patients with CAD. Two functional polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes participating in adenosine metabolism were analyzed (C34T AMPD1, G22A ADA. Methods: Plasma concentrations of IL-6 were measured using high-sensitivity ELISA kits, and the nephelometric method was used for high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP measurement in 167 CAD patients. Results: Presence of metabolic syndrome (MS and its components, presence of heart failure, severity of CAD symptoms, severe past ventricular arrhythmia (sustained ventricular tachycardia [sVT] or ventricular fibrillation [VF], lower left ventricle ejection fraction, higher left ventricle mass index, higher end-diastolic volume and higher number of smoking pack-years were significantly associated with higher WBC, CRP and IL-6. Strong associations with arrhythmia were observed for IL-6 (median 3.90 vs 1.89 pg/mL, p<0.00001 and CRP concentration (6.32 vs 1.47 mg/L, p=0.00009, while MS was associated most strongly with IL-6. CRP and IL-6 were independent markers discriminating patients with sVT or VF. There were no associations between AMPD1 or ADA genotypes and inflammation markers. Conclusions: WBC, CRP and IL-6 are strongly associated with components of the metabolic syndrome. Their strong association with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia emphasizes the proarrhythmic role of inflammation in the increased cardiovascular risk of CAD patients.

  17. ECG Parameters for Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias: A Comprehensive Review.

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    Mandala, Satria; Di, Tham Cai

    2017-01-01

    Many studies showed electrocardiogram (ECG) parameters are useful for predicting fatal ventricular arrhythmias (VAs). However, the studies have several shortcomings. Firstly, all studies lack of effective way to present behavior of various ECG parameters prior to the occurrence of the VAs. Secondly, they also lack of discussion on how to consider the parameters as abnormal. Thirdly, the reports do not include approaches to increase the detection accuracy for the abnormal patterns. The purpose of this study is to address the aforementioned issues. It identifies ten ECG parameters from various sources and then presents a review based on the identified parameters. From the review, it has been found that the increased risk of VAs can be represented by presence and certain abnormal range of the parameters. The variation of parameters range could be influenced by either gender or age. This study also has discovered the facts that averaging, outliers elimination and morphology detection algorithms can contribute to the detection accuracy.

  18. The conundrum of ventricular arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy: which abnormality came first?

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    Bhushan, Mishi; Asirvatham, Samuel J

    2009-03-01

    Ventricular arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy often coexist. Many patients with abnormal ventricular function have either documented premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or nonsustained ventricular tachycardia and have an increased risk of sudden death from ventricular fibrillation. Tachycardia is a treatable cause of cardiomyopathy. The culprit arrhythmia may be atrial tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, or another supraventricular arrhythmia. The syndrome of PVCs giving rise to ventricular dysfunction was recently described. Thus, a conundrum exists for clinicians in determining which abnormality (PVCs or cardiomyopathy) came first and gave rise to the other. Solving this dilemma is important because radiofrequency ablation for frequent PVCs can completely reverse the cardiomyopathy and normalize systolic ventricular function. In this article, we describe the present evidence for the syndrome of PVCs that can be ablated as a cause for cardiomyopathy. We include a case example and discussion to illustrate this concept and provide a stepwise approach to determining whether PVCs cause cardiomyopathy or vice versa.

  19. Injection of cold saline for diagnosis of intramural ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Yokokawa, Miki; Morady, Fred; Bogun, Frank

    2016-01-01

    The failure to identify a successful target site for catheter ablation despite extensive endocardial and epicardial mapping is a common feature for an intramural site of origin of a ventricular arrhythmia. The purpose of this study was to assess whether transient suppression of premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) by injection of cold saline into the distal coronary venous system can identify an intramural focus. Cold saline (room temperature) was injected through an irrigated-tip catheter into the distal coronary venous system in a consecutive series of 26 patients with frequent PVCs referred for catheter ablation. PVCs were temporarily suppressed in 11 of 26 patients during injection of cold saline. Extensive mapping suggested the presence of an intramural site of origin in 9 of 11 patients with PVC suppression by cold saline but in only 1 of 15 patients in whom PVCs were not suppressed. The suppression of PVCs by cold saline was associated with the presence of an intramural PVC focus with an accuracy of 88% (sensitivity 90%, specificity 88%, positive predictive value 82%, negative predictive value 93%, P = .0002). Temporary suppression of PVCs by cold saline infused into the distal coronary venous system and the perforator veins strongly suggests the presence of an intramural septal focus of the PVCs. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Epicardial radiofrequency ablation for left ventricular aneurysm related ventricular arrhythmias during off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.

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    Yu, Yang; Gao, Ming-Xin; Li, Hai-Tao; Zhang, Fan; Gu, Cheng-Xiong

    2012-11-01

    Left ventricular aneurysm (LVA) is one of the serious complications after acute myocardial infarction. We attempted to evaluate the preliminary efficacy of LVA repair combined with epicardial radiofrequency ablation for ventricular arrhythmia during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). From June 2009 to April 2011, 31 patients with LVA had angina symptoms and ventricular arrhythmia. In all patients, circular and cross-shaped radiofrequency epicardial ablations were performed using unipolar ablation pen along the border between the aneurysm wall and normal cardiac tissue and in the central zone of the aneurysms, followed by a linear placation of ventricular aneurysms on beating heart. All the patients showed complete recovery. The average number of grafted vessels was 2.7 ± 1.3. Intraoperative examinations revealed that the ventricular arrhythmia was effectively controlled by radiofrequency ablation. All cases had been followed up for one year. Holter monitoring revealed a significant reduction in ventricular arrhythmias (P aneurysm and preoperative malignant arrhythmia, aneurysm repair plus epicardial radiofrequency ablation in OPCAB was found to be an effective and feasible therapeutic technique. However, medium- to long-term therapeutic efficacy of this method remains to be determined by future studies and observations.

  1. Ventricular arrhythmias due to left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy: a diagnosis in hindsight.

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    Liang, Jackson J; McKenzie, Kyle M; Cha, Yong-Mei

    2014-02-01

    Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy is a rare congenital cardiomyopathy which predisposes to sudden cardiac death. We describe the case of a 24 year-old man who had previously received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for sustained ventricular tachycardia and was later diagnosed with left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy during a hospitalisation for device infection. Copyright © 2013 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Late ventricular potentials in risk assessment of the occurrence of complex ventricular arrhythmia in patients with myocardial infarction and heart failure

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To determine the prognostic significance of late ventricular potentials on signal-averaged electrocardiogram and left ventricular ejection fraction for the occurrence of complex ventricular arrhythmia in patients treated with accelerated tissue-type plasminogen activator, using the rapid protocol, within six months of acute myocardial infarction. Methods. In this analytic observational prospective study patients were divided into four groups: patients with left ventricular ejection fraction bellow 40% and late ventricular potentials, patients with left ventricular ejection fraction bellow 40% and without late ventricular potentials, patients with left ventricular ejection fraction over 40% and late ventricular potentials, and patients with left ventricular ejection fraction over 40% and without late ventricular potentials. Complex ventricular arrhythmias (Lown grade IVa, IVb, and V were recorded using standard electrocardiography and 24-hour Holter monitoring 21, 60, and 90 days after acute myocardial infarction, respectively. Serial recordings of signal-averaged electrocardiogram were obtained 30, 90, and 180 days after acute myocardial infarction. Left ventricular ejection fraction was determined by echocardiography between 15 and 21 days after acute myocardial infarction. Multivariant logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the relation between late ventricular potentials and left ventricular ejection fraction with the occurrence of complex ventricular arrhythmias. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of late ventricular potentials and left ventricular ejection fraction for the occurrence of complex ventricular arrhythmias were determined. Results. The prospective study included 80 patients (73% men, mean age 64 ± 3.5 years. Complex ventricular arrhythmias were recorded in 34 (42.5% of patients, all 17 (50% of which were from the first group (p<0.01. Complex ventricular arrhythmias were recorded in

  3. Ventricular fibrillation and transient arrhythmias after defibrillation in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Geuze, R. H.; Koster, R. W.

    1984-01-01

    Ventricular fibrillation (VF) and transient arrhythmias after defibrillation were analyzed from the recordings of 28 patients containing at least one episode of ventricular fibrillation. An R-on-T extrasystole initiated VF in 60% of the episodes. Other initiating factors were a late premature beat

  4. Cardiac arrest and ventricular arrhythmia in adults with Ebstein anomaly and left ventricular non-compaction.

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    Kumor, Magdalena; Lipczyńska, Magdalena; Biernacka, Elzbieta Katarzyna; Klisiewicz, Anna; Wójcik, Anna; Konka, Marek; Kożuch, Katarzyna; Szymański, Piotr; Hoffman, Piotr

    2018-01-02

    Ebstein anomaly is a complex, congenital heart defect that is associated with a variety of cardiac abnormalities. Studies found a similar sarcomere gene mutation in patients with Ebstein anomaly (EA) and patients with isolated left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC). We aimed to show the prevalence of LVNC and its potential relationship with severe cardiac events (VT - ventricular tachycardia, cardiac arrest) in adult patients with EA. We conducted a retrospective search of our institutional database from 2010 to 2014 for patients with EA and reviewed patients' medical records (age, sex, clinical presentation, electrocardiographic, echocardiographic, and CMR - cardiac magnetic resonance features). We reviewed echocardiograms and CMR scans for concomitant morphological abnormalities (LVNC, PDA - patent ductus arteriosus, VSD - ventricular septal defect, ASD - atrial septal defect, mitral valve prolapse, BAV - bicuspid aortic valve, CoA - coarctation of aorta). The studied group consisted of 84 consecutive patients (mean age 38±15 years, 50 women) with EA. We found four patients (4.8%) with LVNC, two of them had cardiac arrest, one had VT, and one was symptomless, but had QTc prolongation in Holter recordings. Concomitant abnormalities were VSD (4.8%), PDA (1.2%), CoA (1.2%), mitral valve prolapse (1.2%), and BAV (2.4%). The most common anomaly was ASD type II - 23 patients (27.3%) and WPW - Wolff-Parkinson-White's syndrome - 9 patients (10.7%). Non-compaction is a notable abnormality in adult patients with EA and it may affect their prognosis. Although other concomitant lesions were more common, only patients with LVNC suffered from cardiac arrest or ventricular arrhythmia. Copyright © 2017 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. [Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia, an arrhythmia with good prognosis].

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    Camaro, C.; Bos, H.S.; Smeets, J.L.R.M.

    2010-01-01

    Three patients, one experiencing palpitations and two complaining of chest pain in stressful situations, appeared to have monomorphic wide complex tachycardia. After excluding channelopathy, structural abnormalities and ischaemia of the heart, this arrhythmia was classified as idiopathic. Symptoms

  6. Aerobic interval training reduces inducible ventricular arrhythmias in diabetic mice after myocardial infarction.

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    Rolim, Natale; Skårdal, Kristine; Høydal, Morten; Sousa, Mirta M L; Malmo, Vegard; Kaurstad, Guri; Ingul, Charlotte B; Hansen, Harald E M; Alves, Marcia N; Thuen, Marte; Haraldseth, Olav; Brum, Patricia C; Slupphaug, Geir; Loennechen, Jan Pål; Stølen, Tomas; Wisløff, Ulrik

    2015-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) increases the risk of heart failure after myocardial infarction (MI), and aggravates ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure patients. Although exercise training improves cardiac function in heart failure, it is still unclear how it benefits the diabetic heart after MI. To study the effects of aerobic interval training on cardiac function, susceptibility to inducible ventricular arrhythmias and cardiomyocyte calcium handling in DM mice after MI (DM-MI). Male type 2 DM mice (C57BLKS/J Lepr (db) /Lepr (db) ) underwent MI or sham surgery. One group of DM-MI mice was submitted to aerobic interval training running sessions during 6 weeks. Cardiac function and structure were assessed by echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging, respectively. Ventricular arrhythmias were induced by high-frequency cardiac pacing in vivo. Protein expression was measured by Western blot. DM-MI mice displayed increased susceptibility for inducible ventricular arrhythmias and impaired diastolic function when compared to wild type-MI, which was associated with disruption of cardiomyocyte calcium handling and increased calcium leak from the sarcoplasmic reticulum. High-intensity exercise recovered cardiomyocyte function in vitro, reduced sarcoplasmic reticulum diastolic calcium leak and significantly reduced the incidence of inducible ventricular arrhythmias in vivo in DM-MI mice. Exercise training also normalized the expression profile of key proteins involved in cardiomyocyte calcium handling, suggesting a potential molecular mechanism for the benefits of exercise in DM-MI mice. High-intensity aerobic exercise training recovers cardiomyocyte function and reduces inducible ventricular arrhythmias in infarcted diabetic mice.

  7. Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmia with Citalopram and Escitalopram: A Population-Based Study.

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    Elena Qirjazi

    Full Text Available The risk of ventricular arrhythmia with citalopram and escitalopram is controversial. In this study we investigated the association between these two drugs and the risk of ventricular arrhythmia.We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of older adults (mean age 76 years from 2002 to 2012 in Ontario, Canada, newly prescribed citalopram (n = 137 701 or escitalopram (n = 38 436, compared to those prescribed referent antidepressants sertraline or paroxetine (n = 96 620. After inverse probability of treatment weighting using a propensity score, the baseline characteristics of the comparison groups were similar. The primary outcome was a hospital encounter with ventricular arrhythmia within 90 days of a new prescription, assessed using hospital diagnostic codes. The secondary outcome was all-cause mortality within 90 days.Citalopram was associated with a higher risk of a hospital encounter with ventricular arrhythmia compared with referent antidepressants (0.06% vs. 0.04%, relative risk [RR] 1.53, 95% confidence intervals [CI]1.03 to 2.29, and a higher risk of mortality (3.49% vs. 3.12%, RR 1.12, 95% CI 1.06 to 1.18. Escitalopram was not associated with a higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia compared with the referent antidepressants (0.03% vs. 0.04%, RR 0.84, 95% CI 0.42 to 1.68, but was associated with a higher risk of mortality (2.86% vs. 2.63%, RR 1.09, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.18.Among older adults, initiation of citalopram compared to two referent antidepressants was associated with a small but statistically significant increase in the 90-day risk of a hospital encounter for ventricular arrhythmia.

  8. Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmia with Citalopram and Escitalopram: A Population-Based Study.

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    Qirjazi, Elena; McArthur, Eric; Nash, Danielle M; Dixon, Stephanie N; Weir, Matthew A; Vasudev, Akshya; Jandoc, Racquel; Gula, Lorne J; Oliver, Matthew J; Wald, Ron; Garg, Amit X

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    The risk of ventricular arrhythmia with citalopram and escitalopram is controversial. In this study we investigated the association between these two drugs and the risk of ventricular arrhythmia. We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of older adults (mean age 76 years) from 2002 to 2012 in Ontario, Canada, newly prescribed citalopram (n = 137 701) or escitalopram (n = 38 436), compared to those prescribed referent antidepressants sertraline or paroxetine (n = 96 620). After inverse probability of treatment weighting using a propensity score, the baseline characteristics of the comparison groups were similar. The primary outcome was a hospital encounter with ventricular arrhythmia within 90 days of a new prescription, assessed using hospital diagnostic codes. The secondary outcome was all-cause mortality within 90 days. Citalopram was associated with a higher risk of a hospital encounter with ventricular arrhythmia compared with referent antidepressants (0.06% vs. 0.04%, relative risk [RR] 1.53, 95% confidence intervals [CI]1.03 to 2.29), and a higher risk of mortality (3.49% vs. 3.12%, RR 1.12, 95% CI 1.06 to 1.18). Escitalopram was not associated with a higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia compared with the referent antidepressants (0.03% vs. 0.04%, RR 0.84, 95% CI 0.42 to 1.68), but was associated with a higher risk of mortality (2.86% vs. 2.63%, RR 1.09, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.18). Among older adults, initiation of citalopram compared to two referent antidepressants was associated with a small but statistically significant increase in the 90-day risk of a hospital encounter for ventricular arrhythmia.

  9. Remote magnetic navigation for mapping and ablation of right and left ventricular outflow tract arrhythmias.

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    Parreira, Leonor; Cavaco, Diogo; Reis-Santos, Katya; Carmo, Pedro; Cabrita, David; Scanavacca, Mauricio; Adragão, Pedro

    2013-06-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and potential complications of a remote-controlled magnetic navigation system (Niobe II, Stereotaxis) for mapping and ablation of right or left ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia or premature ventricular contractions. We studied 32 consecutive patients, mean age 43±11 years, 24 female. Mapping of the arrhythmia was performed using the CARTO RMT mapping system, remotely guided by the Niobe II. Radiofrequency ablation was performed at the site of earliest ventricular activation with pacemapping of at least 11/12 leads. Acute success was defined as suppression and non-inducibility of the arrhythmia after stimulation with isoprenaline. After a minimum 3-month follow-up, we assessed clinical success (absence of symptoms and suppression of the arrhythmia on Holter recording), defined as less than 50 premature ventricular contractions/24 hours. The origin of the arrhythmia was in the right ventricular outflow tract in 28 patients (88%), in the left in three, and in the epicardium in one. Acute success was achieved in 26 patients (81%). Two patients underwent a second successful procedure, in one of which an epicardial approach was necessary. The overall clinical success rate, after two repeat procedures, was 88%. No complications occurred. There were two recurrences during a mean follow-up of 307±204 days. The Niobe II remote control system for mapping and ablation of ventricular outflow tract arrhythmias is effective and safe, and provides precise mapping and a high success rate, with no complications. Copyright © 2012 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  10. Short-term QT variability markers for the prediction of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death: A systematic review

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    M.N. Niemeijer (Maartje); M.E. van den Berg (Marten); M. Eijgelsheim (Mark); G. van Herpen (Gerard); B.H.Ch. Stricker (Bruno); J.A. Kors (Jan); P.R. Rijnbeek (Peter)

    2014-01-01

    textabstractSudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major health burden and is primarily caused by ventricular arrhythmias. Currently, the most well-known marker for the risk of ventricular arrhythmias is QT/QTc prolongation. Animal studies indicate that QT variability might be a better indicator. Our

  11. Reduction of ventricular arrhythmias by early intravenous atenolol in suspected acute myocardial infarction.

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    Rossi, P R; Yusuf, S; Ramsdale, D.; Furze, L; Sleight, P

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    The effect of intravenous atenolol on ventricular arrhythmias in acute myocardial infarction was assessed in 182 patients admitted within 12 hours of the onset of chest pain. Ninety-five patients were randomised to receive 5 mg intravenous atenolol followed immediately by 50 mg by mouth and 50 mg 12 hours later, then 100 mg daily for 10 days; 87 patients served as controls. The treated patients had significantly fewer ventricular extrasystoles; 58 control patients (67%) had R-on-T extrasystol...

  12. Galectin-3 correlates with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and predicts the risk of ventricular -arrhythmias in patients with implantable defibrillators.

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    Oz, Fahrettin; Onur, Imran; Elitok, Ali; Ademoglu, Evin; Altun, Ibrahim; Bilge, Ahmet Kaya; Adalet, Kamil

    2017-08-01

    Background Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is a heritable disorder characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of right ventricular myocytes, increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. Galectin-3 (GAL3) is known to play an important role in a number of fibrotic conditions, including cardiac fibrosis. Many studies have focused on the association between GAL3 levels and cardiac fibrosis in heart failure. However, the role of GAL3 in the pathogenesis of ARVD and ventricular arrhythmias has not yet been evaluated thoroughly. The aim of this study was to explore GAL3 levels in patients with ARVD and its association with ventricular arrhythmias. Methods Twenty-nine patients with ARVD and 24 controls were included. All patients with ARVD had an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) for primary or secondary prevention. Ventricular arrhythmia history was obtained from a chart review and ICD data interrogation. Galectin-3 levels were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results Patients with ARVD had higher plasma GAL3 levels (16.9 ± 2.6 ng/mL vs 11.3 ± 1.8 ng/mL, P 2 (HR: 1.21; 95% CI: [1.13-1.31]; P < 0.005); and GAL3 levels (HR: 1.05; 95% CI: [1.00-1.11]; P = 0.01) independently predicted VT/VF. Conclusion We demonstrated that serum GAL3 was significantly elevated in patients with ARVD. Also, serum GAL 3 levels could be regarded as a candidate biomarker in the diagnosis of ARVD which needs to be tested in larger prospective studies. In addition, GAL3 levels were higher in patients with VT/VF as compared with those without VT/VF.

  13. Flecainide Reduces Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Genotype RYR2-positive Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia.

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    Wangüemert Pérez, Fernando; Hernández Afonso, Julio Salvador; Groba Marco, María Del Val; Caballero Dorta, Eduardo; Álvarez Acosta, Luis; Campuzano Larrea, Oscar; Pérez, Guillermo; Brugada Terradellas, Josep; Brugada Terradellas, Ramón

    2017-08-05

    Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is an inherited disease characterized by polymorphic or bidirectional ventricular arrhythmias (VA) triggered by physical or emotional stress in young people with a structurally normal heart. Beta-blockers are the cornerstone of treatment, while flecainide has recently been incorporated into the therapeutic arsenal. The aim of this study was to report our experience with this drug. The cohort included 174 genotype-positive CPVT-patients from 7 families. We collected data from patients who were receiving flecainide and analyzed the indications, adverse effects and dosage, clinical events, VA and arrhythmic window during exercise testing, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks during follow-up. Eighteen patients (10.4%) received flecainide; 17 patients in combination with beta-blockers, and 1 patient as monotherapy due to beta-blocker intolerance. None of the patients presented side effects. In 13 patients (72.2%) the indication was the persistence of exercise-induced VA and in 5 patients (27.7%) persistent ICD-shocks, despite on beta-blockers. After flecainide initiation, the exercise-induced VA quantitative score was reduced by more than 50% in 66.7% of the members of family 1 (32.76 ± 84.06 vs 74.38 ± 153.86; P = .018). The arrhythmic window was reduced (5.8 ± 11.9 bpm vs 19.69 ± 21.27 bpm; P = .007), and 4 of 5 patients with appropriate ICD shocks experienced no further shocks in the follow-up. In CPVT-patients flecainide reduces clinical events, exercise-induced VA, the arrhythmic window, and ICD shocks, with good tolerance. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Stochastic spontaneous calcium release events and sodium channelopathies promote ventricular arrhythmias

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    Campos, Fernando O.; Shiferaw, Yohannes; Vigmond, Edward J.; Plank, Gernot

    2017-09-01

    Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs), the first initiating beats of a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, have been associated with spontaneous calcium release (SCR) events at the cell level. However, the mechanisms underlying the degeneration of such PVCs into arrhythmias are not fully understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the conditions under which SCR-mediated PVCs can lead to ventricular arrhythmias. In particular, we sought to determine whether sodium (Na+) current loss-of-function in the structurally normal ventricles provides a substrate for unidirectional conduction block and reentry initiated by SCR-mediated PVCs. To achieve this goal, a stochastic model of SCR was incorporated into an anatomically accurate compute model of the rabbit ventricles with the His-Purkinje system (HPS). Simulations with reduced Na+ current due to a negative-shift in the steady-state channel inactivation showed that SCR-mediated delayed afterdepolarizations led to PVC formation in the HPS, where the electrotonic load was lower, conduction block, and reentry in the 3D myocardium. Moreover, arrhythmia initiation was only possible when intrinsic electrophysiological heterogeneity in action potential within the ventricles was present. In conclusion, while benign in healthy individuals SCR-mediated PVCs can lead to life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias when combined with Na+ channelopathies.

  15. Incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in patients on long-term support with a continuous-flow assist device (HeartMate II)

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    Andersen, Mads; Videbaek, Regitze; Boesgaard, Søren

    2009-01-01

    The incidence of ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients supported with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has not been investigated in detail. In 23 consecutive recipients of a HeartMate II, we analyzed the incidence of VT/VF during a total...... of 266 months of follow-up. Sustained VT or VF occurred in 52% of the patients, with the majority of arrhythmias occurring in the first 4 weeks after LVAD implantation. VT/VF requiring implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shock or external defibrillation occurred in 8 patients and significant...

  16. Acute arrhythmia or ventricular dysfunction - when is it sarcoid? Indian perspective

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    Raghav Bansal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease of unknown cause with multi-organ system involvement. It is important to keep a high index of suspicion to diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis in patients presenting with recent onset ventricular dysfunction and arrhythmias. Methods: We profile a series of our patients to show how different patients of cardiac sarcoid can present. Results: In the seven cases we reported, all patients had presented with arrhythmias and left ventricular (LV dysfunction, a common theme which may help in identifying the patients with cardiac sarcoidosis. They were all investigated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, positron emission tomography (PET, Mantoux, computed tomography (CT scan, and single photon emission CT, with an endomyocardial biopsy and a biopsy of any accessible lymph node. Treatment was with steroids, antituberculosis treatment (ATT with automatic implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (AICDs, and pacemakers as per need. Conclusion: All patients with recent onset LV dysfunction, recent onset of unexplained tachy- or brady-arrhythmias with ventricular dysfunction, and ventricular arrhythmias of recent onset of unexplained origin should undergo an MRI. If the MRI raises a suspicion of sarcoidosis, then Mantoux, PET, CT scans, endomyocardial catheter biopsies, and biopsy from any other accessible site should be considered. Further therapy with ATT and steroids, AICD and pacemakers, and antiarrhythmics is based on the patient profile.

  17. Prospective evaluation of where reperfusion ventricular arrhythmia "bursts" fit into optimal reperfusion in STEMI

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    van der Weg, Kirian; Kuijt, Wichert J.; Tijssen, Jan G. P.; Bekkers, Sebastiaan C. A. M.; Haeck, Joost D. E.; Green, Cynthia L.; Lemmert, Miguel E.; de Winter, Robbert J.; Gorgels, Anton P. M.; Krucoff, Mitchell W.

    2015-01-01

    Early reperfusion of ischemic myocytes is essential for optimal salvage in acute myocardial infarction. VA (ventricular arrhythmia) bursts after recanalization of the culprit vessel have been found to be related to larger infarct size (IS), using SPECT. The hypothesis was tested that this finding

  18. Anxiety and risk of ventricular arrhythmias or mortality in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Habibović, Mirela; Pedersen, Susanne S.; van den Broek, Krista C

    2013-01-01

    A subgroup of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) experiences anxiety after device implantation. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether anxiety is predictive of ventricular arrhythmias and all-cause mortality 1 year post ICD implantation....

  19. Adenosine induced ventricular arrhythmias in the emergency room

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    Tan, H. L.; Spekhorst, H. H.; Peters, R. J.; Wilde, A. A.

    2001-01-01

    While adenosine effectively terminates most supraventricular tachycardias (SVT), rare case reports have demonstrated its proarrhythmic potential, including induction of ventricular tachycardia (VT). The aim of this study was to define the proarrhythmic effects of adenosine in a large, unselected

  20. Myocardial Extracellular Volume Is not Associated With Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias in High-risk Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Mirelis, Jesús G; Sánchez-González, Javier; Zorio, Esther; Ripoll-Vera, Tomas; Salguero-Bodes, Rafael; Filgueiras-Rama, David; González-López, Esther; Gallego-Delgado, María; Fernández-Jiménez, Rodrigo; Soleto, María Jesús; Núñez, Juana; Pizarro, Gonzalo; Sanz, Javier; Fuster, Valentín; García-Pavía, Pablo; Ibáñez, Borja

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    Myocardial interstitial fibrosis, a hallmark of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), has been proposed as an arrhythmic substrate. Fibrosis is associated with increased extracellular volume (ECV), which can be quantified by computed tomography (CT). We aimed to analyze the association between CT-determined ECV and malignant ventricular arrhythmias. A retrospective case-control observational study was conducted in HCM patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, undergoing a CT-protocol with continuous iodine contrast infusion to determine equilibrium ECV. Left ventricular septal and lateral CT-determined ECV was compared between prespecified cases (malignant arrhythmia any time before CT scan) and controls (no prior malignant arrhythmias) and among ECV tertiles. A total of 78 implantable cardioverter-defibrillator HCM patients were included; 24 were women, with a mean age of 52.1 ± 15.6 years. Mean ECV ± standard deviation in the septal left ventricular wall and was 29.8% ± 6.3% in cases (n = 24) vs 31.9% ± 8.5% in controls (n = 54); P = .282. Mean ECV in the lateral wall was 24.5% ± 6.8% in cases vs 28.2% ± 7.4% in controls; P = .043. On comparison of the entire population according to septal ECV tertiles, no significant differences were found in the number of patients receiving appropriate shocks. Conversely, we found a trend (P = .056) for a higher number of patients receiving appropriate shocks in the lateral ECV lowest tertile. Extracellular volume was not increased in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator HCM patients with malignant ventricular arrhythmias vs those without arrhythmias. Our findings do not support the use of ECV (a surrogate of diffuse fibrosis) as a predictor of arrhythmias in high-risk HCM patients. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Arrhythmias

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    Hanan Zaghla

    2013-07-01

    Conclusion: Our results rule out the electropathy hypothesis and underline autonomic neuropathy as the most possible mechanism of arrhythmias in hypoxaemic, non-respiratory failure, and COPD patients.

  2. Use of implantable loop recorders in patients with Brugada syndrome and suspected risk of ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Kubala, Maciej; Aïssou, Linda; Traullé, Sarah; Gugenheim, Anne-Lise; Hermida, Jean-Sylvain

    2012-06-01

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is recommended in patients with Brugada syndrome (BS) who experienced aborted sudden cardiac death (SCD) or syncope while the risk stratification of ventricular arrhythmias is a difficult step in patients with atypical symptoms. Implantable loop recorder (ILR) use has been proposed to study patients with unexplained recurrent syncopal events, but its usefulness remains to be defined in patients with BS. In this retrospective study we aimed to investigate the effectiveness of ILR as a diagnostic tool in BS patients suspected of low or moderate risk of SCD. We gathered data from 11 ILR recipients with supposed risk of ventricular arrhythmia, issue of Amiens registry of 204 patients with BS. We reported clinical events before and after implant, electrocardiogram (ECG) characteristics, ILR findings, and its limitations as well as tried to specify ILR utility in diagnosis approach and its consequent contribution to guide the optimal therapy. Within the 11 patients (8 men, 3 women), 9 were symptomatic, and 5 had a spontaneous Type 1 ECG pattern. During mean follow-up period of 33 months, 8 patients had a recurrence of symptoms with a mean delay of 9 months after implant. Bradycardia (two atrioventricular blocks and two sinus bradycardia) was detected in four out of eight patients (50%), and there was no ventricular arrhythmia in any patient during symptomatic events which included six vasovagal syncopes and two epileptic seizures. Two initially asymptomatic patients did not experience any symptoms after ILR implant and their ILR recordings did not reveal any arrhythmias. The ILR contributed to the exclusion of a ventricular arrhythmia as a mechanism of an atypical syncope in patients with electrocardiographic BS and the suspension of the ICD implant. Episodes of transient symptomatic bradycardia were the most common findings suggesting the vagal mechanism of symptoms. The use of ILR should be considered in selected

  3. Noninvasive risk stratification of lethal ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death after myocardial infarction

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    Kenji Yodogawa, MD

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Prediction of lethal ventricular arrhythmias leading to sudden cardiac death is one of the most important and challenging problems after myocardial infarction (MI. Identification of MI patients who are prone to ventricular tachyarrhythmias allows for an indication of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement. To date, noninvasive techniques such as microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA, signal-averaged electrocardiography (SAECG, heart rate variability (HRV, and heart rate turbulence (HRT have been developed for this purpose. MTWA is an indicator of repolarization abnormality and is currently the most promising risk-stratification tool for predicting malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Similarly, late potentials detected by SAECG are indices of depolarization abnormality and are useful in risk stratification. However, the role of SAECG is limited because of its low predictive accuracy. Abnormal HRV and HRT patterns reflect autonomic disturbances, which may increase the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias, but the existing evidence is insufficient. Further studies of noninvasive assessment may provide a new insight into risk stratification in post-MI patients.

  4. Risk stratification and management of patients with recurrent ventricular tachycardia and other malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Hargrove, W C; Miller, J M

    1989-06-01

    Clinical results are reviewed in 269 patients who underwent subendocardial resection for recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia secondary to ischemic heart disease. Operative mortality is 15%. Factors increasing operative mortality rates are ejection fraction less than 20%, emergency operation, and history of previous heart operation. Use of amiodarone preoperatively does not alter operative risk. Clinical control of ventricular tachycardia is achieved in 93% of operative survivors. Two thirds of these patients do not need antiarrhythmic agents. Five-year actuarial survival is approximately 60%. Patient results with the automatic internal cardioverter defibrillator at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and nationwide are also reviewed. As of June 1987, almost 1,500 patients had one or more devices implanted. Most patients had a prior documented cardiac arrest. Coronary artery disease is the cause of heart disease in over 70% of patients. Operative mortality is low (0.8-3.9%). Approximately 50% of patients have had therapeutic discharge of the device; however, asymptomatic discharge occurs in up to 45% of patients. Incidence of sudden death is 1.5% at 1 year and 5% at 5 years. Five-year actuarial survival is approximately 60%. Long-term mortality is primarily from heart failure.

  5. Arrhythmia

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    ... with your heart. Examples include heart disease and congenital heart disease.Ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation: The heart beats too fast and may not pump enough These types are severe and require immediate treatment. SymptomsSymptoms of ...

  6. Improvement of left ventricular function under cardiac resynchronization therapy goes along with a reduced incidence of ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Christian Eickholt

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The beneficial effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT are thought to result from favorable left ventricular (LV reverse remodeling, however CRT is only successful in about 70% of patients. Whether response to CRT is associated with a decrease in ventricular arrhythmias (VA is still discussed controversially. Therefore, we investigated the incidence of VA in CRT responders in comparison with non-responders. METHODS: In this nonrandomized, two-center, observational study patients with moderate-to-severe heart failure, LV ejection fraction (LVEF ≤35%, and QRS duration >120 ms undergoing CRT were included. After 6 months patients were classified as CRT responders or non-responders. Incidence of VA was compared between both groups by Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox regression analysis. ROC analysis was performed to determine the aptitude of LVEF cut-off values to predict VA. RESULTS: In total 126 consecutive patients (64±11 years; 67%male were included, 74 were classified as responders and 52 as non-responders. While the mean LVEF at baseline was comparable in both groups (25±7% vs. 24±8%; P = 0.4583 only the responder group showed an improvement of LVEF (36±6% vs. 24±7; p7% was found to be a predictor of a significantly lower incidence of VA (AUC = 0.606. CONCLUSIONS: Improvement of left ventricular function under cardiac resynchronization therapy goes along with a reduced incidence of ventricular arrhythmia.

  7. INCREASED DISPERSION OF REFRACTORINESS IN THE ABSENCE OF QT PROLONGATION IN PATIENTS WITH MITRAL-VALVE PROLAPSE AND VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS

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    TIELEMAN, RG; CRIJNS, HJGM; WIESFELD, ACP; POSMA, J; HAMER, HPM; LIE, KI

    Backgrounand-The mechanism responsible for the reported high incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in mitral valve prolapse is not clear. Electrocardiographic studies show an increased occurrence of repolarisation abnormalities on the 12 lead surface electrocardiogram, indicating regional differences

  8. QT dispersion and ventricular arrhythmias in children with primary mitral valve prolapse.

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    İmamoğlu, Ebru Yalın; Eroğlu, Ayşe Güler

    2016-09-01

    To investigate ventricular arrhythmias in children with primary mitral valve prolapse and to evaluate its relation with QT length, QT dispersion, autonomic function tests and heart rate variability measurements. Fourty two children with mitral valve prolapse and 32 healthy children were enrolled into the study. Twelve-lead electrocardiograms, autonomic function tests, echocardiography and 24-hour rhythm Holter tests were performed. Electrocardiograms were magnified digitally. The QT length was corrected according to heart rate. The patients were grouped according to the number of premature ventricular contractions and presence of complex ventricular arhythmia in the 24-hour rhythm Holter monitor test. Heart rate variability measurements were calculated automatically from the 24-hour rhythm Holter monitor test. Orthostatic hypotension and resting heart rate were used as autonomic function tests. The mean age was 13.9±3.3 years in the patient group and 14.6±3.1 years in the control group (p>0.05). Thirty four of the patients (81%) were female and eight (19%) were male. Twenty five of the control subjects (78%) were female and seven (22%) were male. The QT dispersion and heart rate corrected QT interval were found to be significantly increased in the children with primary mitral valve prolapse when compared with the control group (56±16 ms vs. 43±11 ms, p=0.001; 426±25 ms vs. 407±26 ms, p=0.002, respectively). In 24-hour rhythm Holter monitor tests, ventricular arrhythmias were found in 21 out of 42 patients (50%) and 6 out of 32 control subjects (18.8%) (p=0.006). QT dispersion was found to be significantly increased in patients with premature ventricular contractions ≥ 10/day and/or complex ventricular arrhythmias compared to the control group without ventricular premature beats (p=0.002). There was no significant difference in autonomic function tests and heart rate variability measurements between the patient and control groups. The noted increase in QT

  9. Mechanisms and Clinical Management of Ventricular Arrhythmias following Blunt Chest Trauma

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    Daniel H. Wolbrom

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nonpenetrating, blunt chest trauma is a serious medical condition with varied clinical presentations and implications. This can be the result of a dense projectile during competitive and recreational sports but may also include other etiologies such as motor vehicle accidents or traumatic falls. In this setting, the manifestation of ventricular arrhythmias has been observed both acutely and chronically. This is based on two entirely separate mechanisms and etiologies requiring different treatments. Ventricular fibrillation can occur immediately after chest wall injury (commotio cordis and requires rapid defibrillation. Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia can develop in the chronic stage due to underlying structural heart disease long after blunt chest injury. The associated arrhythmogenic tissue may be complex and provides the necessary substrate to form a reentrant VT circuit. Ventricular tachycardia in the absence of overt structural heart disease appears to be focal in nature with rapid termination during ablation. Regardless of the VT mechanism, patients with recurrent episodes, despite antiarrhythmic medication in the chronic stage following blunt chest injury, are likely to require ablation to achieve VT control. This review article will describe the mechanisms, pathophysiology, and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias that occur in both the acute and chronic stages following blunt chest trauma.

  10. Pharmacodynamic Effects of R-(-) and S-(+) Tocainide in Patients with Chronic Ventricular Arrhythmias.

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    Cardiac diagnoses included coronary artery disease in 10 patients, cardiomyopathy in 4 patients, valvular heart disease in 1 patient, congestive heart...Cardiac Disease Coronary 10 Cardiomyopathy 4 Valvular 1 CHF 6 Healed MI 6 A:: V. 17 TABLE II LABORATORY SCREEN Hematology p, Hemoglobin Hematocrit WBC...therapy.1’𔃽 Intravenously administered tocainide has been used successfully in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias after acute myocardial

  11. THE POSSIBILITIES OF ANTIARRHYTHMIC THERAPY IN PRIMARY PREVENTION OF DEATH IN PATIENTS WITH VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS

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    Yu. A. Bunin

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    Highlights of primary prevention of death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) are discussed. Overview of all main clinical trials exploring various anti-arrhythmic drugs in prevention of death in patients with VA is presented. It is emphasized that in patients with organic heart disease and VA only beta-blockers and amiodarone are able to reduce mortality, while other drugs have no effect on mortality, or they even increase mortality mainly due to arrhythmogenic effect. Recent clini...

  12. RyR2 QQ2958 Genotype and Risk of Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias

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    Francesca Galati

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ventricular arrhythmias are one of the most common causes of death in developed countries. The use of implantable cardiac defibrillators is the most effective treatment to prevent sudden cardiac death. To date, the ejection fraction is the only approved clinical variable used to determine suitability for defibrillator placement in subjects with heart failure. The purpose of this study was to assess whether genetic polymorphisms found in the ryanodine receptor type 2 (Q2958R and histidine-rich calcium-binding protein (S96A might serve as markers for arrhythmias. Genotyping was performed in 235 patients treated with defibrillator for primary and secondary prevention of arrhythmias. No significant association was found between the S96A polymorphism and arrhythmia onset, whereas the QQ2958 genotype in the ryanodine receptor gene was correlated with an increased risk of life-threatening arrhythmias. Concurrent stressor conditions, such as hypertension, seem to increase this effect. Our findings might help to better identify patients who could benefit from defibrillator implantation.

  13. Risk stratification of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with systolic heart failure.

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    Vest, Richard N; Gold, Michael R

    2010-05-01

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) accounts for an estimated 310 000 deaths in the United States each year. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation has revolutionized SCD prevention in heart failure patients, but only a minority of patients with ICDs receive appropriate therapy for ventricular arrhythmias. At present, the selection of patients for ICD is based largely on left ventricular ejection fraction and heart failure, but further risk stratification is still needed to determine which patients will derive the greatest benefit. Multicenter studies have failed to confirm the utility of microvolt T-wave alternans to predict ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ICDs. Additional risk stratification tools including resting ECG characteristics, nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, tests of autonomic function, and cardiac MRI demonstrate predictive value but have limited clinical applicability at present. Depressed ejection fraction with symptomatic heart failure remains the most powerful predictor of SCD and is the primary method currently used in patient care decisions. Progress continues in evaluation of additional risk factors and risk stratification tools, but no one test or combination of tests is definitive for prediction of arrhythmic events.

  14. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator Treatment in a Child with Heart Failure and Ventricular Arrhythmia

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    Hak Ju Kim

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT is a new treatment for refractory heart failure. However, most patients with heart failure treated with CRT are adults, middle-aged or older with idiopathic or ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. We treated a 12-year-old boy, who was transferred after cardiac arrest, with dilated cardiomyopathy, left bundle-branch block, and ventricular tachycardia. We performed cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D. After CRT-D, left ventricular ejection fraction improved from 22% to 4 4% a ssessed by e chocardiog ram 1 year p ostoperatively. On e lectrocardiog ram, Q RS d uration was shortened from 206 to 144 ms. The patient’s clinical symptoms also improved. For pediatric patients with refractory heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia, CRT-D could be indicated as an effective therapeutic option.

  15. Renewed impact of lidocaine on refractory ventricular arrhythmias in the amiodarone era.

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    Yoshie, Koji; Tomita, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Takahiro; Okada, Ayako; Miura, Takashi; Motoki, Hirohiko; Ikeda, Uichi

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    Recent guidelines for treating ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) stress class III antiarrhythmic drugs, but some malignant arrhythmias refractory to these agents still occur in clinical practice. The possibility of a new treatment strategy involving lidocaine and amiodarone combination therapy was evaluated. From September 2008 to September 2013, 62 patients were treated at our hospital with lidocaine. The medical records were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty inappropriate patients were excluded. The remaining 42 patients were analyzed. Patients were divided into two groups according to the effectiveness of lidocaine in terminating refractory ventricular arrhythmias: the effective group. LVEF was significantly higher in the lidocaine effective (E) group compared to the ineffective (I) group (44±16% vs. 32±10%, p=0.027). There were more patients already on amiodarone at the start of lidocaine therapy in the E group compared to the I group (11/26 vs. 1/16, p=0.012). Furthermore, patients receiving lidocaine without amiodarone were re-analyzed to estimate the actual effect of lidocaine. Of the 30 patients not receiving amiodarone, 15 were in the effective without amiodarone (E w/o A) group and 15 were in the ineffective without amiodarone (I w/o A) group. LVEF was significantly higher in the E w/o A group than in the I w/o A group (51±16% vs. 32±9%, p=0.001). This retrospective study suggests that combination therapy with lidocaine and amiodarone can terminate most refractory ventricular arrhythmias. Even in patients with a sufficient LVEF not receiving amiodarone, it is possible that lidocaine can contribute to a favorable outcome. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Usefulness of microvolt T-wave alternans testing in the assessment of all-cause mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia risk in patients with left ventricular dysfunction.

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    Daniłowicz-Szymanowicz, Ludmiła; Szwoch, Małgorzata; Dąbrowska-Kugacka, Alicja; Dudziak, Maria; Kozłowski, Dariusz; Raczak, Grzegorz

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    Patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35% are eligible for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement in the primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. Nevertheless, other risk factors facilitating the selection of individuals with highest mortality are still sought. The aim of the study was to verify the usefulness of microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) testing in the assessment of all-cause mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (EVENTs) in these patients. Previous data from the literature are inconclusive. Patients with LVEF ≤ 35% were eligible if they did not have a history of sustained ventricular arrhythmias, and were treated with β-blockers. Participants underwent MTWA testing and were subsequently followed. The group consisted of 139 patients. MTWA results were classified as non-negative (MTWA_non-neg) in 93 and negative (MTWA_neg) in 46 patients. During the 14.3 ±8.6 months of follow-up, EVENTs were observed in 21 patients. The 1-year EVENT rate was 16.4% among MTWA_non-neg patients, and 2.6% among MTWA_neg patients (p = 0.006). The sensitivity of the MTWA test was 95.24%, the specificity - 38.14%, the positive predictive value - 21.51% and the negative predictive value - 97.83%. In the group of patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, with the exclusion of patients with the history of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia and individuals not being on chronic β-adrenolytic therapy, the abnormal result of MTWA testing is associated with significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia during 1 year of follow-up, thus identifying the individuals at the highest risk.

  17. A novel algorithm for ventricular arrhythmia classification using a fuzzy logic approach.

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    Weixin, Nong

    2016-12-01

    In the present study, it has been shown that an unnecessary implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shock is often delivered to patients with an ambiguous ECG rhythm in the overlap zone between ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF); these shocks significantly increase mortality. Therefore, accurate classification of the arrhythmia into VT, organized VF (OVF) or disorganized VF (DVF) is crucial to assist ICDs to deliver appropriate therapy. A classification algorithm using a fuzzy logic classifier was developed for accurately classifying the arrhythmias into VT, OVF or DVF. Compared with other studies, our method aims to combine ten ECG detectors that are calculated in the time domain and the frequency domain in addition to different levels of complexity for detecting subtle structure differences between VT, OVF and DVF. The classification in the overlap zone between VT and VF is refined by this study to avoid ambiguous identification. The present method was trained and tested using public ECG signal databases. A two-level classification was performed to first detect VT with an accuracy of 92.6 %, and then the discrimination between OVF and DVF was detected with an accuracy of 84.5 %. The validation results indicate that the proposed method has superior performance in identifying the organization level between the three types of arrhythmias (VT, OVF and DVF) and is promising for improving the appropriate therapy choice and decreasing the possibility of sudden cardiac death.

  18. The Prognostic Significance of Serum Glucose Levels After the Onset of Ventricular Arrhythmia on In-Hospital Mortality of Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Nicolaou, Vassilios N.; Papadakis, John E.; Chrysohoou, Christina; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B.; Krinos, Xenofon; Skoufas, Panagiotis D.; Stefanadis, Christodoulos

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    BACKGROUND: Several studies have illustrated the role played by serum glucose levels in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in general and, more particularly, after an acute coronary event. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of serum potassium and glucose levels on in-hospital mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease, who exhibited severe ventricular arrhythmia. METHODS: We enrolled 162 consecutive patients who were referred to our institution for an acute coronary event and presented with sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation during the first 24 hours of hospitalization. Serum potassium and glucose levels were measured in all patients at the onset of tachycardia and after 2, 4, 6, 12, 36, 48 hours. RESULTS: During hospitalization, 23 out of 162 patients died (61% males). Serum glucose levels at the onset of the arrhythmia, as well as after 2, 12, 36 and 48 hours, were higher in the deceased (onset: 228.8 ± 108 vs. 158 ± 68 mg/dl, p = 0.0001, 2 h: 182 ± 109 vs. 149 ± 59 mg/dl, p = 0.03, 12 h: 155.5 ± 72 vs. 128 ± 48 mg/dl, p = 0.025, 36 h: 163.8 ± 63 vs.116 ± 42 mg/dl, p = 0.002, and 48 h: 138 ± 64 vs. 122 ± 42 mg/dl, p = 0.05, respectively), even after adjustment for age, sex, diabetes, left ventricular ejection fraction, type of acute coronary syndrome and site of infarction and medication intake. There was no difference in serum potassium levels between the deceased and survivors. CONCLUSION: Serum glucose levels at the onset of arrhythmia and 2, 36 and 48 hours later seem to have prognostic significance for in-hospital mortality in patients hospitalized for an acute coronary event, who exhibit severe ventricular arrhythmia. PMID:18548170

  19. Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy in children and adolescents with drug-refractory arrhythmia.

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    Vasichkina, Elena; Poghosyan, Hermine; Mitrofanova, Lubov; Tatarsky, Roman; Lebedev, Dmitry

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    Purpose This study aimed to assess the results of endomyocardial biopsy from the right ventricle to establish the possible cause for drug-refractory arrhythmias in children. Materials and methods We enrolled 19 consecutive young patients with drug-refractory arrhythmia, from 2010 to 2013, who underwent endomyocardial biopsy. Inclusion criteria were as follows: age biopsies were performed in 19 patients. Histopathological analysis, immunohistochemistry, and polymerase chain reaction were used for the interpretation of the endomyocardial biopsy. The mean age of the patient population was 14.1±2.9 year (range from 7 to 17 years). All these patients had a history of drug-refractory arrhythmia for >5 months (mean 30 months). Patients underwent a complete history investigation, physical examination, laboratory studies, echocardiography, electrocardiography, treadmill test, and Holter monitoring before endomyocardial biopsy; two patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia had implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation and further appropriate successful device shocks. Myocarditis was diagnosed based on histopathological and immunohistological analyses in nine (47.4%) patients. Polymerase chain reaction was positive for viral genome in four of them; five patients had active myocarditis. Radiofrequency ablation was performed in 17 patients; five out of six (83%) endomyocardial biopsy-proved myocarditis patients had successful radiofrequency ablation. No significant complication was reported during ablation and endomyocardial biopsy. Approximately half of the children with drug-refractory arrhythmia had unsuspected myocarditis according to the results of the endomyocardial biopsy.

  20. Spinal cord stimulation reduces ventricular arrhythmias during acute ischemia by attenuation of regional myocardial excitability.

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    Howard-Quijano, Kimberly; Takamiya, Tatsuo; Dale, Erica A; Kipke, Jasmine; Kubo, Yukiko; Grogan, Tristan; Afyouni, Andyshea; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Mahajan, Aman

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    Myocardial ischemia creates autonomic nervous system imbalance and can trigger cardiac arrhythmias. We hypothesized that neuromodulation by spinal cord stimulation (SCS) will attenuate local cardiac sympathoexcitation from ischemia-induced increases in afferent signaling, reduce ventricular arrhythmias, and improve myocardial function during acute ischemia. Yorkshire pigs ( n = 20) were randomized to SCS (50 Hz at 200-μs duration, current 90% motor threshold) or sham operation (sham) for 30 min before ischemia. A four-pole SCS lead was placed percutaneously in the epidural space (T 1 -T 4 ), and a 56-electrode mesh was placed over the heart for high-resolution electrophysiological recordings, including activation recovery intervals (ARIs), activation time, repolarization time, and dispersion of repolarization. Electrophysiological and hemodynamic measures were recorded at baseline, after SCS/sham, during acute ischemia (300-s coronary artery ligation), and throughout reperfusion. SCS 1 ) reduced sympathoexcitation-induced ARI and repolarization time shortening in the ischemic myocardium; 2 ) attenuated increases in the dispersion of repolarization; 3 ) reduced ventricular tachyarrythmias [nonsustained ventricular tachycardias: 24 events (3 sham animals) vs. 1 event (1 SCS animal), P spinal cord stimulation decreased sympathetic nerve activation regionally in ischemic myocardium with no effect on normal myocardium, demonstrating that the antiarrhythmic effects of spinal cord stimulation are likely due to attenuation of local sympathoexcitation in the ischemic myocardium and not changes in global myocardial electrophysiology. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  1. Ventricular arrhythmias and mortality associated with isoflurane and sevoflurane in a porcine model of myocardial infarction.

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    Regueiro-Purriños, Marta; Fernández-Vázquez, Felipe; de Prado, Armando Perez; Altónaga, Jose R; Cuellas-Ramón, Carlos; Ajenjo-Silverio, Jose M; Orden, Asuncion; Gonzalo-Orden, Jose M

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    Ischemia of the myocardium can lead to reversible or irreversible injury depending on the severity and duration of the preceding ischemia. Here we compared sevoflurane and isoflurane with particular reference to their hemodynamic effects and ability to modify the effects of acute severe myocardial ischemia and reperfusion on ventricular arrhythmias and mortality in a porcine model of myocardial infarction. Female Large White pigs were premedicated with ketamine, midazolam, and atropine. Propofol was given intravenously for the anesthetic induction, and anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane or sevoflurane. Endovascular, fluoroscopy-guided, coronary procedures were performed to occlude the midleft anterior descending artery by using a coronary angioplasty balloon. After 75 min, the balloon catheter system was withdrawn and the presence of adequate reperfusion flow was verified. The pigs were followed for 2 mo, and overall mortality rate was calculated. The isoflurane group showed lower arterial pressure throughout the procedure, with the difference reaching statistical significance after induction of myocardial ischemia. The ventricular fibrillation rate was higher in isoflurane group (81.3%) than the sevoflurane group (51.7%; relative risk, 1.57 [1.03 to 2.4]). Overall survival was lower in the isoflurane group (75%) than the sevoflurane group (96.4%). In conclusion, in this porcine model of myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, sevoflurane was associated with higher hemodynamic stability and fewer ventricular arrhythmias and mortality than was isoflurane.

  2. Facilitation of lethal ventricular arrhythmias by therapeutic digoxin in conscious post infarction dogs.

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    Lynch, J J; Montgomery, D G; Lucchesi, B R

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    The proarrhythmic potential of digoxin, administered in a therapeutic dosage regimen, was evaluated in conscious dogs in the subacute phase of myocardial infarction. In this evaluation, digoxin (0.0125 mg/kg/day intravenously) or vehicle were administered to conscious dogs for periods of 5 to 7 days, commencing 4 to 5 days after anterior myocardial infarction. Before treatment, programmed ventricular stimulation failed to initiate ventricular tachycardia in 26 post infarction dogs. After treatment, programmed stimulation initiated ventricular tachyarrhythmias in only 1 of 13 digoxin-treated dogs (1.36 +/- 0.17 ng/ml serum digoxin) and in 0 of 13 vehicle-treated dogs. However, the incidences of early ventricular fibrilation (4 of 10 digoxin vs 0 of 12 vehicle; p less than 0.05) and of 24-hour mortality (6 of 10 digoxin vs 2 of 12 vehicle; p less than 0.05) occurring in response to the development of posterolateral ischemia in the presence of previous anterior myocardial infarction was significantly greater in digoxin-treated (1.47 +/- 0.19 ng/ml serum digoxin) than in vehicle-treated animals. These findings suggest an enhanced susceptibility toward the development of ischemia-related lethal arrhythmias in the presence of therapeutic digoxin serum concentrations early after myocardial infarction, which is not predicted by programmed ventricular stimulation testing.

  3. Hindlimb unloading results in increased predisposition to cardiac arrhythmias and alters left ventricular connexin 43 expression.

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    Moffitt, Julia A; Henry, Matthew K; Welliver, Kathryn C; Jepson, Amanda J; Garnett, Emily R

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    Hindlimb unloading (HU) is a well-established animal model of cardiovascular deconditioning. Previous data indicate that HU results in cardiac sympathovagal imbalance. It is well established that cardiac sympathovagal imbalance increases the risk for developing cardiac arrhythmias. The cardiac gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) is predominately expressed in the left ventricle (LV) and ensures efficient cell-to-cell electrical coupling. In the current study we wanted to test the hypothesis that HU would result in increased predisposition to cardiac arrhythmias and alter the expression and/or phosphorylation of LV-Cx43. Electrocardiographic data using implantable telemetry were obtained over a 10- to 14-day HU or casted control (CC) condition and in response to a sympathetic stressor using isoproterenol administration and brief restraint. The arrhythmic burden was calculated using a modified scoring system to quantify spontaneous and provoked arrhythmias. In addition, Western blot analysis was used to measure LV-Cx43 expression in lysates probed with antibodies directed against the total and an unphosphorylated form of Cx43 in CC and HU rats. HU resulted in a significantly greater total arrhythmic burden during the sympathetic stressor with significantly more ventricular arrhythmias occurring. In addition, there was increased expression of total LV-Cx43 observed with no difference in the expression of unphosphorylated LV-Cx43. Specifically, the increased expression of LV-Cx43 was consistent with the phosphorylated form. These data taken together indicate that cardiovascular deconditioning produced through HU results in increased predisposition to cardiac arrhythmias and increased expression of phosphorylated LV-Cx43.

  4. chronic sleep deprevation and ventricular arrhythmias: effect of symphatic nervous system

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    Full Text Available Introduction: We assessed the effect of chronic sleep deprivation on incidence of ischemia/reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in this respect. Material and methods: Rats were randomly divided into four groups; 1 ischemia/reperfusion group (IR: 30 minutes ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion was induced, 2 control group (CON: rats has been placed in large multiple platforms for 72h prior to ischemia and reperfusion, 3 Chronic sleep deprivation group( SD: 72h sleep deprivation was induced by using small  multiple platform prior to ischemia and reperfusion, 4 Sympathectomy group (SYM: chemical sympathectomy was done 24h before to chronic sleep deprivation and then underwent ischemia and reperfusion. The heart isolated and perfused by langendorff apparatus. After thoracotomy and aorta cannulation, the hearts perfused in the langendorff apparatus using krebs-Henseleit buffer. Hearts were allowed to recovery for 15 min. After recovery period, 15 minutes was considered as baseline prior to 30 minutes ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion.Tow thin stainless stell electrodes fixed on the ventricular apex and right atrium for recording the lead II of electrocardiogram (ECG.Results: There were no significant differences between heart rates between groups, and ventricular tachycardia significantly increased in chronic sleep deprivation group As compared with IR group in ischemia period. Sympathectomy significantly reduced ventricular tachycardia incidence when compared with SD. There is no difference in incidence of ventricular tachycardia between control group and IR group. The incidence of ventricular fibrillation during early reperfusion was significantly augmented (P<0.05 in sleep deprivation group as compared with IR group and Sympathectomy significantly could reverse ventricular fibrillation incidence to IR group level as

  5. Usefulness of Speckle Tracking Strain Echocardiography for Assessment of Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmias After Placement of a Left Ventricular Assist Device.

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    Akhabue, Ehimare; Seok Park, Chan; Pinney, Sean; Anyanwu, Anelechi; Chaudhry, Farooq; Narula, Jagat; Nair, Ajith; Sengupta, Partho P

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    Patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are at elevated risk of developing ventricular arrhythmias (VA), which can result in right ventricular dysfunction and abnormal LVAD function. Predictors of postoperative VA after LVAD placement are unclear. We hypothesized that global left ventricular circumferential strain (LVCS), a marker of transmural impairment in myocardial function, would independently predict postoperative VA in patients who underwent LVAD implantation. We studied 98 consecutive patients (57 ± 11 years, 83% men) who underwent HeartMate II axial flow LVAD placement. Speckle tracking-derived global circumferential strain was assessed from mid-left ventricular short-axis images. The primary composite end point was defined as any ventricular tachycardia that required intervention (anti-arrhythmic medication, cardioversion, implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement, implantable cardioverter defibrillator shock) or any ventricular fibrillation. A total of 33 patients (34%) experienced the primary end point (median follow-up: 7 months). Reduced LVCS was statistically significantly related to the primary end point (hazard ratio 1.77, 95% confidence interval 1.09 to 2.87 per 1 standard deviation reduction in LVCS, p = 0.02). LVCS above a cut-off value of -9.7% was associated with significantly reduced arrhythmia-free survival (log-rank p = 0.001). In conclusion, global LVCS is an independent predictor of ventricular arrhythmias after LVAD placement. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with hemodynamically unstable ventricular arrhythmia – Atypical presentation

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    Hemant Chaturvedi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a patient with asymptomatic apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (AHCM who recently developed cardiac arrhythmias, and shortly discuss the diagnostic modalities, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategy for this condition. AHCM is a rare form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which usually involves the apex of the left ventricle. AHCM can occur with varied presentations such as chest pain, palpitations, dyspnea, syncope, atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, embolic events, ventricular fibrillation, and congestive heart failure. The most peculiar electrocardiogram findings are giant T-waves inversion in the precordial leads with left ventricular (LV hypertrophy. A transthoracic echocardiogram is the initial diagnostic modality in the evaluation of AHCM and shows hypertrophy of the LV apex. Other diagnostic modalities, including left ventriculography, multislice spiral computed tomography, and cardiac magnetic resonance imagings, are also valuable tools. Medications used to manage include verapamil, beta-blockers, and antiarrhythmic agents. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD is recommended for high-risk patients.

  7. Electrophysiological characteristics of pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and its influence on ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Chen, Xiaowei; Qin, Mu; Jiang, Weifeng; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Xu

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    To explore the cardiac electrophysiological characteristics of cardiac hypertrophy and its influence on the occurrence of ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Adult C57BL6 mice were randomly divided into a surgery group and a control group. Thoracic aortic constriction was performed on mice in the surgery group, and cardiac anatomical and ultrasonic evaluations were performed to confirm the success of the cardiac hypertrophy model 4 weeks after the operation. Using the Langendorff method of isolated heart perfusion, monophasic action potentials (MAPs) and the effective refractory period (ERP) at different parts of the heart (including the epi- and endo-myocardium of the left and right ventricles) were measured, and the induction rate of ventricular tachyarrhythmias was observed under programmed electrical stimulus (PES) and burst stimulus. Whole-cell patch-clamp was used to obtain the I-V characteristics of voltage-gated potassium channels in cardiomyocytes of different parts of the heart (including the epi- and endo-myocardium of the left and right ventricles) as well as the channels' properties of steady-state inactivation and recovery from inactivation. The ratio of heart weight to body weight and the ratio of left ventricular weight to body weight in the surgery group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P cardiac hypertrophy, and the spatially heterogeneous changes of the channels may increase the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias that accompany cardiac hypertrophy.

  8. Analysis of 24-h Rhythm in Ventricular Repolarization Identifies QT Diurnality As a Novel Clinical Parameter Associated with Previous Ventricular Arrhythmias in Heart Failure Patients

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    Bastiaan C. Du Pre

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Cardiac repolarization abnormalities are among the major causes of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. In humans, cardiac repolarization duration has a 24-h rhythm. Animal studies show that this rhythm is regulated by 24-h rhythms in ion channel function and that disruption of this rhythm leads to ventricular arrhythmias. We hypothesized that 24-h rhythms in QT duration can be used as a predictor for sudden cardiac death and are associated with ventricular arrhythmias. Secondly, we assessed a possible mechanistic explanation by studying the putative role of hERG channel dysfunction.Materials and Methods: In 2 retrospective studies, measures of the 24-h variation in the QT and QTc intervals (QT and QTc diurnality, QTd and QTcd, respectively have been derived from Holter analyses and compared between groups: 1 39 post-infarct patients with systolic heart failure (CHF: EF < 35%, of which 14 with, and 25 without a history of ventricular arrhythmias and 2 five patients with proven (LQTS2 and 16 with potential (Sotalol-induced hERG channel dysfunction vs. 22 controls.Results: QTd was two-fold higher in CHF patients with a history of ventricular arrhythmias (38 ± 15 ms compared to CHF patients without VT (16 ± 9 ms, p = 0.001. QTd was significantly increased in LQT2 patients (43 ± 24 ms or those treated with Sotalol (30 ± 10 ms compared to controls (21 ± 8 ms, p < 0.05 for both.Discussion: QT diurnality presents a novel clinical parameter of repolarization that can be derived from Holter registrations and may be useful for identification of patients at risk for ventricular arrhythmias.

  9. Amiodarone Versus Lidocaine for Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Due to Ventricular Arrhythmias: A Systematic Review.

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    McBride, Mary E; Marino, Bradley S; Webster, Gregory; Lopez-Herce, Jesús; Ziegler, Carolyn P; De Caen, Allan R; Atkins, Dianne L

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    We performed a systematic review as part of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation process to create a consensus on science statement regarding amiodarone or lidocaine during pediatric cardiac arrest for the 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation's Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations. Studies were identified from comprehensive searches in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library. Studies eligible for inclusion were randomized controlled and observational studies on the relative clinical effect of amiodarone or lidocaine in cardiac arrest. Studies addressing the clinical effect of amiodarone versus lidocaine were extracted and reviewed for inclusion and exclusion criteria by the reviewers. Studies were rigorously analyzed thereafter. We identified three articles addressing lidocaine versus amiodarone in cardiac arrest: 1) a prospective study assessing lidocaine versus amiodarone for refractory ventricular fibrillation in out-of-hospital adults; 2) an observational retrospective cohort study of inpatient pediatric patients with ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia who received lidocaine, amiodarone, neither or both; and 3) a prospective study of ventricular tachycardia with a pulse in adults. The first study showed a statistically significant improvement in survival to hospital admission with amiodarone (22.8% vs 12.0%; p = 0.009) and a lack of statistical difference for survival at discharge (p = 0.34). The second article demonstrated 44% return of spontaneous circulation for amiodarone and 64% for lidocaine (odds ratio, 2.02; 1.36-3.03) with no statistical difference for survival at hospital discharge. The third article demonstrated 48.3% arrhythmia termination for amiodarone versus 10.3% for lidocaine (p amiodarone over lidocaine is too speculative; we suggest that amiodarone or lidocaine can be used in the setting of pulseless ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation in infants and

  10. Ventricular arrhythmias and risk of death and acute myocardial infarction in apparently healthy subjects of age >or=55 years

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    Sajadieh, A; Nielsen, OW; Rasmussen, Verner

    2006-01-01

    arrhythmias were studied in a cohort of middle-aged and elderly subjects without apparent heart disease. Six hundred seventy-eight men and women aged 55 to 75 years without a history of heart disease or stroke were included. Baseline examinations included physical examinations, fasting laboratory testing......Increased ventricular ectopic activity and even more complex arrhythmias are not uncommon in subjects without apparent heart disease. However, their prognostic significance has been controversial and not updated in recent years. The prevalence and prognostic significance of different ventricular...

  11. Amiodarone in patients with congestive heart failure and asymptomatic ventricular arrhythmia. Survival Trial of Antiarrhythmic Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure.

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    Singh, S N; Fletcher, R D; Fisher, S G; Singh, B N; Lewis, H D; Deedwania, P C; Massie, B M; Colling, C; Lazzeri, D

    1995-07-13

    Asymptomatic ventricular arrhythmias in patients with congestive heart failure are associated with increased rates of overall mortality and sudden death. Amiodarone is now used widely to prevent ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation. We conducted a trial to determine whether amiodarone can reduce overall mortality in patients with congestive heart failure and asymptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. We used a double-blind, placebo-controlled protocol in which 674 patients with symptoms of congestive heart failure, cardiac enlargement, 10 or more premature ventricular contractions per hour, and a left ventricular ejection fraction of 40 percent or less were randomly assigned to receive amiodarone (336 patients) or placebo (338 patients). The primary end point was overall mortality, and the median follow-up was 45 months (range, 0 to 54). There was no significant difference in overall mortality between the two treatment groups (P = 0.6). The two-year actuarial survival rate was 69.4 percent (95 percent confidence interval, 64.2 to 74.6) for the patients in the amiodarone group and 70.8 percent (95 percent confidence interval, 65.7 to 75.9) for those in the placebo group. At two years, the rate of sudden death was 15 percent in the amiodarone group and 19 percent in the placebo group (P = 0.43). There was a trend toward a reduction in overall mortality among the patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy who received amiodarone (P = 0.07). Amiodarone was significantly more effective in suppressing ventricular arrhythmias and increased the left ventricular ejection fraction by 42 percent at two years. Although amiodarone was effective in suppressing ventricular arrhythmias and improving ventricular function, it did not reduce the incidence of sudden death or prolong survival among patients with heart failure, except for a trend toward reduced mortality among those with nonischemic cardiomyopathy.

  12. Recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activity and competitive sports of patients with arrhythmias and potentially arrhythmogenic conditions. Part II: ventricular arrhythmias, channelopathies and implantable defibrillators.

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    Heidbüchel, Hein; Corrado, Domenico; Biffi, Allessandro; Hoffmann, Ellen; Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, Nicole; Hoogsteen, Jan; Delise, Pietro; Hoff, Per Ivar; Pelliccia, Antonio

    2006-10-01

    This consensus paper on behalf of the Study Group on Sports Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology follows a previous one on guidelines for sports participation in competitive and recreational athletes with supraventricular arrhythmias and pacemakers. The question of imminent life-threatening arrhythmias is especially relevant when some form of ventricular rhythm disorder is documented, or when the patient is diagnosed to have inherited a pro-arrhythmogenic disorder. Frequent ventricular premature beats or nonsustained ventricular tachycardia may be a hallmark of underlying pathology and increased risk. Their finding should prompt a thorough cardiac evaluation, including both imaging modalities and electrophysiological techniques. This should allow distinguishing idiopathic rhythm disorders from underlying disease that carries a more ominous prognosis. Recommendations on sports participation in inherited arrhythmogenic conditions and asymptomatic gene carriers are also discussed: congenital and acquired long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and other familial electrical disease of unknown origin. If an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is indicated, it is no substitute for the guidelines relating to the underlying pathology. Moreover, some particular recommendations for patients/athletes with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator are to be observed.

  13. QRS-ST-T triangulation with repolarization shortening as a precursor of sustained ventricular tachycardia during acute myocardial ischemia.

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    Batchvarov, Velislav N; Behr, Elijah R

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    We present segments from a 24-hour 12-lead digital Holter recording in a 48-year-old man demonstrating transient ST elevations in the inferior leads that triggered sustained ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF) requiring cardioversion. The onset of VT was preceded by a gradual increase in the ST with marked QRS broadening that lacked distinction between the end of the QRS and the beginning of the ST (QRS-ST-T "triangulation"), and shortening of the QT interval not caused by an increased heart rate. This is a relatively rare documentation of the mechanisms immediately triggering sustained ventricular arrhythmias during acute myocardial ischemia obtained with 12-lead ECG.

  14. A Statistical Index for Early Diagnosis of Ventricular Arrhythmia from the Trend Analysis of ECG Phase-portraits

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    Cappiello, Grazia; Mazomenos, Evangelos B; Maharatna, Koushik; Koulaouzidis, George; Morgan, John; Puddu, Paolo Emilio

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    In this paper, we propose a novel statistical index for the early diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmia (VA) using the time delay phase-space reconstruction (PSR) technique, from the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal. Patients with two classes of fatal VA - with preceding ventricular premature beats (VPBs) and with no VPBs have been analysed using extensive simulations. Three subclasses of VA with VPBs viz. ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF) and VT followed by VF are analyzed using the proposed technique. Measures of descriptive statistics like mean ({\\mu}), standard deviation ({\\sigma}), coefficient of variation (CV = {\\sigma}/{\\mu}), skewness ({\\gamma}) and kurtosis (\\{beta}) in phase-space diagrams are studied for a sliding window of 10 beats of ECG signal using the box-counting technique. Subsequently, a hybrid prediction index which is composed of a weighted sum of CV and kurtosis has been proposed for predicting the impending arrhythmia before its actual occurrence. The early diagnos...

  15. The effect of cannabidiol on ischemia/reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias: the role of adenosine A1 receptors.

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    Gonca, Ersöz; Darıcı, Faruk

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    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a nonpsychoactive phytocannabinoid with anti-inflammatory activity mediated by enhancing adenosine signaling. As the adenosine A1 receptor activation confers protection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced ventricular arrhythmias, we hypothesized that CBD may have antiarrhythmic effect through the activation of adenosine A1 receptor. Cannabidiol has recently been shown to suppress ischemia-induced ventricular arrhythmias. We aimed to research the effect of CBD on the incidence and the duration of I/R-induced ventricular arrhythmias and to investigate the role of adenosine A1 receptor activation in the possible antiarrhythmic effect of CBD. Myocardial ischemia and reperfusion was induced in anesthetized male rats by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery for 6 minutes and by loosening the bond at the coronary artery, respectively. Cannabidiol alone was given in a dose of 50 µg/kg, 10 minutes prior to coronary artery occlusion and coadministrated with adenosine A1 receptor antagonist 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine (DPCPX) in a dose of 100 µg/kg, 15 minutes prior to coronary artery occlusion to investigate whether the antiarrhythmic effect of CBD is modified by the activation of adenosine A1 receptors. The experimental groups were as follows: (1) vehicle control (n = 10), (2) CBD (n = 9), (3) DPCPX (n = 7), and (4) CBD + DPCPX group (n = 7). Cannabidiol treatment significantly decreased the incidence and the duration of ventricular tachycardia, total length of arrhythmias, and the arrhythmia scores compared to control during the reperfusion period. The DPCPX treatment alone did not affect the incidence and the duration of any type of arrhythmias. However, DPCPX aborted the antiarrhythmic effect of CBD when it was combined with it. The present results demonstrated that CBD has an antiarrhythmic effect against I/R-induced arrhythmias, and the antiarrhythmic effect of CBD may be mediated through the activation of adenosine

  16. Inflammation markers are associated with metabolic syndrome and ventricular arrhythmia in patients with coronary artery disease

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    Full Text Available In this study we examined the association between WBC, CRP and IL-6 plasma concentrations and clinical and biochemical parameters in patients with CAD. Many reports have been published on associations between inflammation markers and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore we did not aim to confirm that inflammation is a significant risk factor of CAD, but to explore associations between inflammation and other features (including metabolic syndrome and arrhythmia in patients already diagnosed with CAD. IL-1beta plasma concentrations were too low for reliable measurement in our patients. Increased levels of WBC, CRP and IL-6 were associated with heart failure, severity of CAD symptoms, severe past ventricular arrhythmia, lower left ventricle ejection fraction, higher left ventricle mass index or end-diastolic volume, metabolic syndrome components and higher number of smoking pack-years. In multivariate analyses the common independent predictors of higher WBC, CRP and IL-6 were: symptoms of advanced CAD, ventricular arrhythmia, obesity and dyslipidaemia. The relatively high proportion of patients with heart failure or an implanted ICD and severe ventricular arrhythmias in the study group reflects the profile of the Department of Cardiology, which is an academic tertiary referral centre. Advanced CAD symptoms (reflected by higher CCS class and presence of heart failure, as a result of functional heart damage related to ischemia, were independent predictors of higher levels of inflammation markers. Interestingly, echocardiography parameters were not significant predictors of inflammation markers in multivariate models including clinical symptoms. This association may indicate that the markers reflect the increasing intensity of inflammation during the natural clinical course of progressing CAD. It would be very interesting to investigate in prospective studies whether coronary revascularization, which alleviates CAD symptoms and improves cardiovascular

  17. Fever-induced QTc prolongation and ventricular arrhythmias in individuals with type 2 congenital long QT syndrome

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    Amin, Ahmad S.; Herfst, Lucas J.; Delisle, Brian P.; Klemens, Christine A.; Rook, Martin B.; Bezzina, Connie R.; Underkofler, Heather A. S.; Holzem, Katherine M.; Ruijter, Jan M.; Tan, Hanno L.; January, Craig T.; Wilde, Arthur A. M.

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    Type 2 congenital long QT syndrome (LQT-2) is linked to mutations in the human ether a-go-go-related gene (HERG) and is characterized by rate-corrected QT interval (QTc) prolongation, ventricular arrhythmias, syncope, and sudden death. Recognized triggers of these cardiac events include emotional

  18. THE POSSIBILITIES OF ANTIARRHYTHMIC THERAPY IN PRIMARY PREVENTION OF DEATH IN PATIENTS WITH VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS

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    Full Text Available Highlights of primary prevention of death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA are discussed. Overview of all main clinical trials exploring various anti-arrhythmic drugs in prevention of death in patients with VA is presented. It is emphasized that in patients with organic heart disease and VA only beta-blockers and amiodarone are able to reduce mortality, while other drugs have no effect on mortality, or they even increase mortality mainly due to arrhythmogenic effect. Recent clinical studies of the cardioverter-defibrillators efficacy in these patients are presented. It is shown that the use of cardioverter defibrillators compared with pharmacotherapy is more effective in prevention of fatal outcomes.

  19. Catheter ablation of idiopathic right ventricular arrhythmias in children with limited fluoroscopy.

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    Akdeniz, Celal; Gul, Enes Elvin; Celik, Nida; Karacan, Mehmet; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2016-09-01

    Definitive therapy of idiopathic right ventricular arrhythmias (VA) remains a challenge in interventional electrophysiology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of EnSite Velocity system in the catheter ablation of RV tachycardia in children. Thirty-five children with idiopathic right VA underwent catheter ablation procedure using the EnSite Velocity system guidance. The mean patient age was 12.0 ± 3.7 years and the mean patient weight was 43.6 ± 18.7 kg. The origin of right VA was divided into right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) (30 patients) and other right ventricular localizations (five patients). The mean procedure and fluoroscopy times were 175 ± 67 min and 2.35 ± 1.89 min, respectively. No fluoroscopy was used in 19 patients. Acute success was achieved in 29 patients (83 %). The focus of VA was epicardial in three failed procedures. Cryocatheter (6-mm or 8-mm tip) was used in six patients, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) (4-mm or 8-mm tip) in 26 patients, and 4-mm tip irrigated RFA in three patients. During a mean follow-up of 15.9 ± 7.1 months, ventricular tachycardia recurred in six patients (20 %). There were three complications (transient atrioventricular block developed in one patient during parahissian cryoablation and two patients developed transient complete right bundle branch block). Catheter ablation of idiopathic right VA in children can be performed safely and effectively with limited fluoroscopy using the EnSite Velocity system.

  20. Diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with mitral valve prolapse and ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Bui, An H; Roujol, Sébastien; Foppa, Murilo; Kissinger, Kraig V; Goddu, Beth; Hauser, Thomas H; Zimetbaum, Peter J; Ngo, Long H; Manning, Warren J; Nezafat, Reza; Delling, Francesca N

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    We aimed to investigate the association of diffuse myocardial fibrosis by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 with complex ventricular arrhythmia (ComVA) in mitral valve prolapse (MVP). A retrospective analysis was performed on 41 consecutive patients with MVP referred for CMR between 2006 and 2011, and 31 healthy controls. Arrhythmia analysis was available in 23 patients with MVP with Holter/event monitors. Left ventricular (LV) septal T1 times were derived from Look-Locker sequences after administration of 0.2 mmol/kg gadopentetate dimeglumine. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) CMR images were available for all subjects. Patients with MVP had significantly shorter postcontrast T1 times when compared with controls (334±52 vs 363±58 ms; p=0.03) despite similar LV ejection fraction (LVEF) (63±7 vs 60±6%, p=0.10). In a multivariable analysis, LV end-diastolic volume, LVEF and mitral regurgitation fraction were all correlates of T1 times, with LVEF and LV end-diastolic volume being the strongest (p=0.005, p=0.008 and p=0.045, respectively; model adjusted R2=0.30). Patients with MVP with ComVA had significantly shorter postcontrast T1 times when compared with patients with MVP without ComVA (324 (296, 348) vs 354 (327, 376) ms; p=0.03) and only 5/14 (36%) had evidence of papillary muscle LGE. MVP may be associated with diffuse LV myocardial fibrosis as suggested by reduced postcontrast T1 times. Diffuse interstitial derangement is linked to subclinical systolic dysfunction, and may contribute to ComVA in MVP-related mitral regurgitation, even in the absence of focal fibrosis. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  1. Idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias detected by an implantable loop recorder in a child with exercise-induced syncope.

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    Akdeniz, Celal; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Saygi, Murat; Ergul, Yakup; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2013-01-01

    Syncope is common in the general population. Despite extensive evaluation, including tilt-table testing and electrophysiologic studies, approximately 30% of cases of recurrent syncope remain unexplained. An implantable loop recorder can be used for diagnosis when recurrent syncope has an idiopathic cause. We present the case of a 9-year-old boy who had a history of recurrent, exercise-induced syncope. Results of physical examination and noninvasive diagnostic testing were inconclusive, and an electrophysiologic study revealed no inducible supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmias. Sixteen months after an implantable loop recorder was placed, the patient had a syncopal episode while swimming in a pool. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed, and data from the loop recorder revealed polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. A cardioverter-defibrillator was subsequently implanted. Implantable loop recorders can play an important role in the diagnosis of life-threatening arrhythmias in children whose syncope is otherwise unexplained.

  2. Carbon monoxide pollution promotes cardiac remodeling and ventricular arrhythmia in healthy rats.

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    Andre, Lucas; Boissière, Julien; Reboul, Cyril; Perrier, Romain; Zalvidea, Santiago; Meyer, Gregory; Thireau, Jérôme; Tanguy, Stéphane; Bideaux, Patrice; Hayot, Maurice; Boucher, François; Obert, Philippe; Cazorla, Olivier; Richard, Sylvain

    2010-03-15

    Epidemiologic studies associate atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) pollution with adverse cardiovascular outcomes and increased cardiac mortality risk. However, there is a lack of data regarding cellular mechanisms in healthy individuals. To investigate the chronic effects of environmentally relevant CO levels on cardiac function in a well-standardized healthy animal model. Wistar rats were exposed for 4 weeks to filtered air (CO pollution. Myocardial function was assessed by echocardiography and analysis of surface ECG and in vitro by measuring the excitation-contraction coupling of single left ventricular cardiomyocytes. Chronic CO pollution promoted left ventricular interstitial and perivascular fibrosis, with no change in cardiomyocyte size, and had weak, yet significant, effects on in vivo cardiac function. However, both contraction and relaxation of single cardiomyocytes were markedly altered. Several changes occurred, including decreased Ca(2+) transient amplitude and Ca(2+) sensitivity of myofilaments and increased diastolic intracellular Ca(2+) subsequent to decreased SERCA-2a expression and impaired Ca(2+) reuptake. CO pollution increased the number of arrhythmic events. Hyperphosphorylation of Ca(2+)-handling and sarcomeric proteins, and reduced responses to beta-adrenergic challenge were obtained, suggestive of moderate CO-induced hyperadrenergic state. Chronic CO exposure promotes a pathological phenotype of cardiomyocytes in the absence of underlying cardiomyopathy. The less severe phenotype in vivo suggests a role for compensatory mechanisms. Arrhythmia propensity may derive from intracellular Ca(2+) overload.

  3. An unusual case of sustained ventricular tachycardia following a wasp bite

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    Tarun Sharma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT is a life-threatening condition which requires immediate intervention. We report a case of unusual etiology of sustained VT in a 42-year-old male after a wasp bite in the absence of anaphylaxis. The patient was treated with amiodarone and improved within 48 h. Thus, wasp stings can lead to serious tachyarrhythmias which can be life-threatening. Emergency care physicians should be aware of such arrhythmias in the setting of wasp bites which can be fatal.

  4. Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

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    ... need to restrict certain physical activities, such as weightlifting, which may temporarily raise your blood pressure. The ... Accessed April 6, 2015. Chatterjee S, et al. Meta-analysis of left ventricular hypertrophy and sustained arrhythmias. American ...

  5. Right ventricular adaptations and arrhythmias in amateur ultra-endurance athletes.

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    Rimensberger, Caroline; Carlen, Frederik; Brugger, Nicolas; Seiler, Christian; Wilhelm, Matthias

    2014-08-01

    Ultra-endurance sports are becoming increasingly popular in middle-aged amateur athletes. Right ventricular (RV) arrhythmogenic remodelling has been described in high-level endurance athletes, like professional cyclists. The clinical relevance for amateurs is unknown. We investigated male amateur runners of the 2011 Grand Prix of Bern, a popular 10-mile race in Switzerland. Participants were stratified according to their former participations in long-distance competitions: active controls (leisure-time runners), marathon runners and ultra-endurance athletes (78 and 100 km runners, long-distance triathletes). RV function and morphology were assessed by echocardiography, including two-dimensional speckle tracking. Primary endpoint was RV global strain. Ventricular ectopy was assessed by 24 h ambulatory Holter monitoring. Results were adjusted for lifetime training hours. 97 normotensive athletes were included in the final analysis. The mean age was 42±8 years. Compared with active controls and marathon runners, ultra-endurance athletes had significantly more lifetime training hours and participated more often in competitions. Groups showed no differences with regard to RV global strain (-21.8±2.9 vs -23.3±2.8 vs -21.7±2.3%; p=0.973) and RV end-diastolic area (22.1±2.9 vs 22.9±4.2 vs 23.2±3.5 cm(2); p=0.694). The number of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) was weakly associated with the RV size (r=0.208; p=0.042). Overall ventricular ectopy was low (0-486 PVCs/24 h) and equally distributed between the groups. In our small sample of amateur athletes, long-term ultra-endurance sport practice was not associated with RV dysfunction or complex ventricular arrhythmias. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  6. Electrophysiological characteristics of pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and its influence on ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Full Text Available To explore the cardiac electrophysiological characteristics of cardiac hypertrophy and its influence on the occurrence of ventricular tachyarrhythmias.Adult C57BL6 mice were randomly divided into a surgery group and a control group. Thoracic aortic constriction was performed on mice in the surgery group, and cardiac anatomical and ultrasonic evaluations were performed to confirm the success of the cardiac hypertrophy model 4 weeks after the operation. Using the Langendorff method of isolated heart perfusion, monophasic action potentials (MAPs and the effective refractory period (ERP at different parts of the heart (including the epi- and endo-myocardium of the left and right ventricles were measured, and the induction rate of ventricular tachyarrhythmias was observed under programmed electrical stimulus (PES and burst stimulus. Whole-cell patch-clamp was used to obtain the I-V characteristics of voltage-gated potassium channels in cardiomyocytes of different parts of the heart (including the epi- and endo-myocardium of the left and right ventricles as well as the channels' properties of steady-state inactivation and recovery from inactivation.The ratio of heart weight to body weight and the ratio of left ventricular weight to body weight in the surgery group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P < 0.05. Ultrasonic evaluation revealed that both interventricular septal diameter (IVSD and left ventricle posterior wall diameter (LVPWD in the surgery group were significantly larger than those in the control group (P < 0.05. Under PES and burst stimuli, the induction rates of arrhythmias in the surgery group significantly increased, reaching 41.2% and 23.5%, respectively. Both the QT interval and action potential duration (APD in the surgery group were significantly longer than in the control group (P<0.01, and the changes showed obvious spatial heterogeneity. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings demonstrated that the surgery group

  7. Reperfusion ventricular arrhythmia bursts identify larger infarct size in spite of optimal epicardial and microvascular reperfusion using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

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    van der Weg, Kirian; Kuijt, Wichert J.; Bekkers, Sebastiaan C. A. M.; Tijssen, Jan G. P.; Green, Cynthia L.; Lemmert, Miguel E.; Krucoff, Mitchell W.; Gorgels, Anton P. M.

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    Ventricular arrhythmia (VA) bursts following recanalisation in acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are related to larger infarct size (IS). Inadequate microvascular reperfusion, as determined by microvascular obstruction (MVO) using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), is also

  8. Multiple Intercostal Space Electrocardiogram Allows Accurate Localization of Outflow Tract Ventricular Arrhythmia Origin.

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    Liu, Zheng; Jia, Yu-He; Ren, Lan; Fang, Pi-Hua; Zhou, Gong-Bu; He, Jia; Zhang, Shu

    2016-02-01

    Multiple intercostal recordings were supposed to get a more comprehensive view of the depolarization vector of the outflow tract ventricular arrhythmia (OT-VA), which may help to identify the OT-VA more accurately. This study was undertaken to develop a more accurate electrocardiogram (ECG) criterion for differentiating between left and right OT-VA origins. We studied OT-VA with a left bundle branch block pattern and inferior axis QRS morphology in 47 patients with successful catheter ablation in the right ventricular OT (RVOT; n = 37) or aortic coronary cusp (ACC; n = 10). Superior and inferior precordial leads were taken together with the routine 12-lead ECG. The ECG during the OT-VA and during sinus beats were analyzed. Transition ratio, transition zone (TZ) index, R/S amplitude ratio, and R-wave duration ratio were measured in the regular, superior, and inferior precordial leads. The combined TZ index, TZ index inferior was significantly smaller, while the V2 inferior transition ratio was significantly larger for ACC origins than RVOT origins (P < 0.05). The area under the curve for the combined TZ index by a receiver operating characteristic analysis was 0.974, which was significantly larger than other parameters. A cutoff value ≤0.25 predicted an ACC origin with 94% sensitivity and 100% specificity. This advantage of the parameter over others also held true for a subanalysis of OT-VAs with a lead V3 precordial transition or TZ index = 0. The combined TZ index outperformed other ECG criteria to differentiate left from right OT-VA origins. ©2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Inhibition of late sodium current suppresses calcium-related ventricular arrhythmias by reducing the phosphorylation of CaMK-II and sodium channel expressions

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    Xiao-Hong Wei; Shan-Dong Yu; Lu Ren; Si-Hui Huang; Qiao-Mei Yang; Ping Wang; Yan-Peng Chu; Wei Yang; Yan-Sheng Ding; Yong Huo; Lin Wu

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    Cardiac arrhythmias associated with intracellular calcium inhomeostasis are refractory to antiarrhythmic therapy. We hypothesized that late sodium current (I Na) contributed to the calcium-related arrhythmias. Monophasic action potential duration at 90% completion of repolarization (MAPD90) was significantly increased and ventricular arrhythmias were observed in hearts with increased intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) by using Bay K 8644, and the increase became greater in hearts t...

  10. The role of catecholamines in the production of ischaemia-induced ventricular arrhythmias in the rat in vivo and in vitro.

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    The role of catecholamines in the production of ischaemia-induced ventricular arrhythmias in vivo and in vitro was studied using coronary artery ligation in the rat. Increases in plasma catecholamine concentrations during coronary artery ligation in pentobarbitone-anaesthetized animals were prevented by either acute adrenalectomy or chronic adrenal demedullation, but these procedures did not protect against the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias. Thus plasma catecholamines were not obligat...

  11. High-resolution three-dimensional late gadolinium-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to identify the underlying substrate of ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Hennig, Alexia; Salel, Marjorie; Sacher, Frederic; Camaioni, Claudia; Sridi, Soumaya; Denis, Arnaud; Montaudon, Michel; Laurent, François; Jais, Pierre; Cochet, Hubert

    2017-10-23

    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is recommended as a second-line method to diagnose ventricular arrhythmia (VA) substrate. We assessed the diagnostic yield of CMR including high-resolution late gadolinium-enhanced (LGE) imaging. Consecutive patients with sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT), non-sustained VT (NSVT), or ventricular fibrillation/aborted sudden death (VF/SCD) underwent a non-CMR diagnostic workup according to current guidelines, and CMR including LGE imaging with both a conventional breath-held and a free-breathing method enabling higher spatial resolution (HR-LGE). The diagnostic yield of CMR was compared with the non-CMR workup, including the incremental value of HR-LGE. A total of 157 patients were enrolled [age 54 ± 17 years; 75% males; 88 (56%) sustained VT, 52 (33%) NSVT, 17 (11%) VF/SCD]. Of these, 112 (71%) patients had no history of structural heart disease (SHD). All patients underwent electrocardiography and echocardiography, 72% coronary angiography, and 51% exercise testing. Pre-CMR diagnoses were 84 (54%) no SHD, 39 (25%) ischaemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), 11 (7%) non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (NICM), 3 (2%) arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), 2 (1%) hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and 18 (11%) other. CMR modified these diagnoses in 48 patients (31% of all and 43% of those with no SHD history). New diagnoses were 9 ICM, 28 NICM, 8 ARVC, 1 HCM, and 2 other. CMR modified therapy in 19 (12%) patients. In patients with no SHD after non-CMR tests, SHD was found in 32 of 84 (38%) patients. Eighteen of these patients showed positive HR-LGE and negative conventional LGE. Thus, HR-LGE significantly increased the CMR detection of SHD (17-38%, P < 0.001). CMR including HR-LGE imaging has high diagnostic value in patients with VAs. This has major prognostic and therapeutic implications, particularly in patients with negative pre-CMR workup.

  12. Prophylactic implantable defibrillator in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia and no prior ventricular fibrillation or sustained ventricular tachycardia.

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    2010-09-21

    The role of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy\\/dysplasia and no prior ventricular fibrillation (VF) or sustained ventricular tachycardia is an unsolved issue.

  13. Action Potential Recording and Pro-arrhythmia Risk Analysis in Human Ventricular Trabeculae.

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    Qu, Yusheng; Page, Guy; Abi-Gerges, Najah; Miller, Paul E; Ghetti, Andre; Vargas, Hugo M

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    To assess drug-induced pro-arrhythmic risk, especially Torsades de Pointe (TdP), new models have been proposed, such as in-silico modeling of ventricular action potential (AP) and stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (SC-CMs). Previously we evaluated the electrophysiological profile of 15 reference drugs in hESC-CMs and hiPSC-CMs for their effects on intracellular AP and extracellular field potential, respectively. Our findings indicated that SC-CMs exhibited immature phenotype and had the propensity to generate false positives in predicting TdP risk. To expand our knowledge with mature human cardiac tissues for drug-induced pro-arrhythmic risk assessment, human ventricular trabeculae (hVT) from ethically consented organ donors were used to evaluate the effects of the same 15 drugs (8 torsadogenic, 5 non-torsadogenic, and 2 discovery molecules) on AP parameters at 1 and 2 Hz. Each drug was tested blindly with 4 concentrations in duplicate trabeculae from 2 hearts. To identify the pro-arrhythmic risk of each drug, a pro-arrhythmic score was calculated as the weighted sum of percent drug-induced changes compared to baseline in various AP parameters, including AP duration and recognized pro-arrhythmia predictors such as triangulation, beat-to-beat variability and incidence of early-afterdepolarizations, at each concentration. In addition, to understand the translation of this preclinical hVT AP-based model to clinical studies, a ratio that relates each testing concentration to the human therapeutic unbound Cmax (Cmax) was calculated. At a ratio of 10, for the 8 torsadogenic drugs, 7 were correctly identified by the pro-arrhythmic score; 1 was mislabeled. For the 5 non-torsadogenic drugs, 4 were correctly identified as safe; 1 was mislabeled. Calculation of sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value indicated excellent performance. For example, at a ratio of 10, scores for sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and

  14. Delayed Repolarization Underlies Ventricular Arrhythmias in Rats With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction.

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    Cho, Jae Hyung; Zhang, Rui; Kilfoil, Peter J; Gallet, Romain; de Couto, Geoffrey; Bresee, Catherine; Goldhaber, Joshua I; Marbán, Eduardo; Cingolani, Eugenio

    2017-11-21

    Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) represents approximately half of heart failure, and its incidence continues to increase. The leading cause of mortality in HFpEF is sudden death, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. Dahl salt-sensitive rats were fed a high-salt diet (8% NaCl) from 7 weeks of age to induce HFpEF (n=38). Rats fed a normal-salt diet (0.3% NaCl) served as controls (n=13). Echocardiograms were performed to assess systolic and diastolic function from 14 weeks of age. HFpEF-verified and control rats underwent programmed electrical stimulation. Corrected QT interval was measured by surface ECG. The mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias (VA) were probed by optical mapping, whole-cell patch clamp to measure action potential duration and ionic currents, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting to investigate changes in ion channel expression. After 7 weeks of a high-salt diet, 31 of 38 rats showed diastolic dysfunction and preserved ejection fraction along with signs of heart failure and hence were diagnosed with HFpEF. Programmed electric stimulation demonstrated increased susceptibility to VA in HFpEF rats ( P hearts demonstrated prolonged action potentials ( P hearts. Susceptibility to VA was markedly increased in rats with HFpEF. Underlying abnormalities include QT prolongation, delayed repolarization from downregulation of potassium currents, and multiple reentry circuits during VA. Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that potassium current downregulation leads to abnormal repolarization in HFpEF, which in turn predisposes to VA and sudden cardiac death. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  15. Distributive shock, cardiac arrhythmias and multiple organ failure following surgery of a fourth ventricular epidermoid

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    Bercker, Sven; Meixensberger, Jürgen; Laudi, Sven; Renner, Christof

    2016-01-01

    ...) immediately after the operation. Though initially showing a stable postsurgical course he developed cardiac arrhythmias and a state of acute distributive shock with consecutive multi organ failure...

  16. Exercise-induced ventricular arrhythmias and vagal dysfunction in Chagas disease patients with no apparent cardiac involvement

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    Henrique Silveira Costa

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION : Exercise-induced ventricular arrhythmia (EIVA and autonomic imbalance are considered as early markers of heart disease in Chagas disease (ChD patients. The objective of the present study was to verify the differences in the occurrence of EIVA and autonomic maneuver indexes between healthy individuals and ChD patients with no apparent cardiac involvement. METHODS : A total of 75 ChD patients with no apparent cardiac involvement, aged 44.7 (8.5 years, and 38 healthy individuals, aged 44.0 (9.2 years, were evaluated using echocardiography, symptom-limited treadmill exercise testing and autonomic function tests. RESULTS : The occurrence of EIVA was higher in the chagasic group (48% than in the control group (23.7% during both the effort and the recovery phases. Frequent ventricular contractions occurred only in the patient group. Additionally, the respiratory sinus arrhythmia index was significantly lower in the chagasic individuals compared with the control group. CONCLUSIONS : ChD patients with no apparent cardiac involvement had a higher frequency of EIVA as well as more vagal dysfunction by respiratory sinus arrhythmia. These results suggest that even when asymptomatic, ChD patients possess important arrhythmogenic substrates and subclinical disease.

  17. Arrhythmias in Heart Failure.

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    Auricchio; Klein

    2000-08-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are very common in the setting of heart failure, with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias often present in the same patient. The risk and the benefit of antiarrhythmic therapies are still a matter of debate. Class I antiarrhythmic drugs should be avoided in patients with heart failure, cardiac ischemia, or previous myocardial infarction. Beta-blocker agents reduce morbidity and decrease mortality in patients suffering from moderate to severe heart failure. Amiodarone may be beneficial in patients with advanced heart failure and increased resting heart rates. This class III drug may be effective to suppress episodes of atrial fibrillation but can also be beneficial in reducing ventricular response by slowing atrioventricular conduction during chronic atrial fibrillation. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) markedly reduce sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. In patients with advanced heart failure, however, the ICD may not markedly extend survival. Recently analyzed data from the Canadian Implantable Defibrillator Study (CIDS), Antiarrhythmics Versus Implantable Defibrillators (AVID) registry, Multicenter Unsustained Tachycardia Trial (MUSTT), and Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial (MADIT) have consistently shown that it is the sickest patient who benefits the most from ICD therapy. Patients with markedly depressed ejection fraction (death will translate into a reduction of all-cause mortality. For patients resuscitated from sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, an ICD or, in some cases, amiodarone should be considered. Catheter or surgical ablation can be considered for selected patients with ventricular tachycardia.

  18. The Power of Exercise-Induced T-wave Alternans to Predict Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator

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    Full Text Available The power of exercise-induced T-wave alternans (TWA to predict the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias was evaluated in 67 patients with an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD. During the 4-year follow-up, electrocardiographic (ECG tracings were recorded in a bicycle ergometer test with increasing workload ranging from zero (NoWL to the patient's maximal capacity (MaxWL. After the follow-up, patients were classified as either ICD_Cases (n = 29, if developed ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation, or ICD_Controls (n = 38. TWA was quantified using our heart-rate adaptive match filter. Compared to NoWL, MaxWL was characterized by faster heart rates and higher TWA in both ICD_Cases (12-18 μ V vs. 20-39 μ V; P < 0.05 and ICD_Controls (9-15 μ V vs. 20-32 μ V; P < 0.05. Still, TWA was able to discriminate the two ICD groups during NoWL (sensitivity = 59-83%, specificity = 53-84% but not MaxWL (sensitivity = 55-69%, specificity = 39-74%. Thus, this retrospective observational case-control study suggests that TWA's predictive power for the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias could increase at low heart rates.

  19. Differential roles of two delayed rectifier potassium currents in regulation of ventricular action potential duration and arrhythmia susceptibility.

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    Devenyi, Ryan A; Ortega, Francis A; Groenendaal, Willemijn; Krogh-Madsen, Trine; Christini, David J; Sobie, Eric A

    2017-04-01

    Arrhythmias result from disruptions to cardiac electrical activity, although the factors that control cellular action potentials are incompletely understood. We combined mathematical modelling with experiments in heart cells from guinea pigs to determine how cellular electrical activity is regulated. A mismatch between modelling predictions and the experimental results allowed us to construct an improved, more predictive mathematical model. The balance between two particular potassium currents dictates how heart cells respond to perturbations and their susceptibility to arrhythmias. Imbalances of ionic currents can destabilize the cardiac action potential and potentially trigger lethal cardiac arrhythmias. In the present study, we combined mathematical modelling with information-rich dynamic clamp experiments to determine the regulation of action potential morphology in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Parameter sensitivity analysis was used to predict how changes in ionic currents alter action potential duration, and these were tested experimentally using dynamic clamp, a technique that allows for multiple perturbations to be tested in each cell. Surprisingly, we found that a leading mathematical model, developed with traditional approaches, systematically underestimated experimental responses to dynamic clamp perturbations. We then re-parameterized the model using a genetic algorithm, which allowed us to estimate ionic current levels in each of the cells studied. This unbiased model adjustment consistently predicted an increase in the rapid delayed rectifier K + current and a drastic decrease in the slow delayed rectifier K + current, and this prediction was validated experimentally. Subsequent simulations with the adjusted model generated the clinically relevant prediction that the slow delayed rectifier is better able to stabilize the action potential and suppress pro-arrhythmic events than the rapid delayed rectifier. In summary, iterative coupling of

  20. Assessment of Atrial Fibrillation and Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk after Bariatric Surgery by P Wave/QT Interval Dispersion.

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    Yılmaz, Mustafa; Altın, Cihan; Tekin, Abdullah; Erol, Tansel; Arer, İlker; Nursal, Tarık Zafer; Törer, Nurkan; Erol, Varlık; Müderrisoğlu, Haldun

    2017-09-13

    The association of obesity with atrial fibrillation (AF) and with ventricular arrhythmias is well documented. The aim of this study was to investigate whether weight reduction by a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has any effect on P wave dispersion (PWD), a predictor of AF, and corrected QT interval dispersion (CQTD), a marker of ventricular arrhythmias, in obese individuals. In a prospective study, a total of 114 patients (79 females, 35 males) who underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy were examined. The patients were followed 1 year. PWD and CQTD values before and 3rd, 6th, and 12th months after the surgery were calculated and compared. There was a statistically significant decline in body mass index (BMI), PWD, and CQTD values among baseline, 3rd, 6th, and 12th months (p p p = 0.002), ΔPWD and Δleft atrial diameter (LAD) (r = 0.65, p p = 0.004), ΔCQTD and ΔLVEDD (r = 0.35, p p = 0.002). In multiple linear regression analysis, there was a statistically significant relationship between ΔPWD and ΔBMI (β = 0.713, p p = 0.016), ΔPWD and ΔLAD (β = 0.619, p p = 0.011), ΔCQTD and ΔLVEDD (β = 0.304, p p = 0.009). PWD and CQTD values of patients were shown to be attenuated after bariatric surgery. These results indirectly offer that there may be a reduction in risk of AF, ventricular arrhythmia, and sudden cardiac death after obesity surgery.

  1. Effect of regional differences in cardiac cellular electrophysiology on the stability of ventricular arrhythmias: a computational study

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    Clayton, Richard H; Holden, Arun V [School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds (United Kingdom)

    2003-01-07

    Re-entry is an important mechanism of cardiac arrhythmias. During re-entry a wave of electrical activation repeatedly propagates into recovered tissue, rotating around a rod-like filament. Breakdown of a single re-entrant wave into multiple waves is believed to underlie the transition from ventricular tachycardia to ventricular fibrillation. Several mechanisms of breakup have been identified including the effect of anisotropic conduction in the ventricular wall. Cells in the inner and outer layers of the ventricular wall have different action potential durations (APD), and support re-entrant waves with different periods. The aim of this study was to use a computational approach to study twisting and breakdown in a transmural re-entrant wave spanning these regions, and examine the relative role of this effect and anisotropic conduction. We used a simplified model of action potential conduction in the ventricular wall that we modified so that it supported stable re-entry in an anisotropic model with uniform APD. We first examined the effect of regional differences on breakdown in an isotropic model with transmural differences in APD, and found that twisting of the re-entrant filament resulted in buckling and breakdown during the second cycle of re-entry. We found that breakdown was amplified in the anisotropic model, resulting in complex activation in the region of longest APD. This study shows that regional differences in cardiac electrophysiology are a potentially important mechanism for destabilizing re-entry and may act synergistically with other mechanisms to mediate the transition from ventricular tachycardia to ventricular fibrillation.

  2. Potential impact of antiarrhythmic drugs versus implantable defibrillators on the management of ventricular arrhythmias: the Midlands trial of empirical amiodarone versus electrophysiologically guided intervention and cardioverter implant registry data

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    Pathmanathan, R; Lau, E; Cooper, J; Newton, L; Skehan, J; Garratt, C; Griffith, M

    1998-01-01

    Background—Survival was prolonged in selected patients with sustained ventricular arrhythmias who received implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the antiarrhythmics versus implantable defibrillators (AVID) study. The Midlands trial of empirical amiodarone versus electrophysiologically guided intervention and cardioverter implant in ventricular arrhythmias (MAVERIC) registry is a population based trial. 
Objective—To determine the number of patients who satisfy the AVID criteria because of the high cost of ICDs.
Design—Observational study, based on a continuing trial.
Setting—All coronary care units in the Midlands region in the United Kingdom (population 9.1 million).
Patients—Patients presenting to a coronary care unit with sustained ventricular arrhythmias not related to an acute myocardial infarction are entered onto the registry. Those who consent to the MAVERIC study are randomised to receive either empirical amiodarone or electrophysiologically guided treatment. Demographic data, details of clinical presentation, and echocardiographic findings are collected. These data have been used to calculate the number of patients who satisfy the AVID criteria and would benefit from ICD implantation. The financial implications have been calculated for the region and nationally.
Results—132 patients were entered onto the registry during the first five months of the MAVERIC study; 69 patients fulfilled the AVID criteria. Extrapolation of these data over a 12 month period suggests implantation of at least 166 new ICDs (compared with 23 implants in 1996). This would increase the UK ICD implant rate from five to at least 18 per million of the population, costing the National Health Service £24.1 million per annum.
Conclusion—Application of the AVID criteria in the UK will cause a great increase in the ICD implant rate, with serious financial implications.

 Keywords: AVID study;  MAVERIC trial;  implantable cardioverter

  3. Rationale and Design of a Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Stress Reduction Treatment to Usual Cardiac Care: The Reducing Vulnerability to ICD Shock-Treated Ventricular Arrhythmias (RISTA) Trial

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    Donahue, Rebecca G.; Lampert, Rachel; Dornelas, Ellen; Clemow, Lynn; Burg, Matthew M.

    2010-01-01

    Objective Present the design of a multicenter randomized trial testing the effects of Stress Reduction Treatment (SRT) on the prevalence of shock treated ventricular arrhythmias among patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Significant adjustment problems secondary to ICD shock can increase the likelihood of arrhythmias requiring shock for termination. Whether SRT can reduce arrhythmias requiring shock for termination in patients with ICDs has not been tested in clinical trials. Methods New ICD recipients and previous recipients who have received an appropriate therapeutic shock in the past 6 months (n=304) will be enrolled and randomized to either SRT or usual cardiac care. Participants complete a psychosocial questionnaire and undergo laboratory mental stress testing and 24-hour holter monitoring with diary at study entry and approximately 4 months later. Follow-ups are completed at 6-, 12-, and 24-months post randomization to assess occurrence of ICD shock for ventricular arrhythmias (primary outcome), ATP events, medication changes, hospitalizations, deaths, and quality of life. Results Log-rank test and Cox proportional hazards model will be used to test the effects of SRT on time to first shock treated ventricular arrhythmia, with exploratory analyses testing the effects on overall frequency of ventricular arrhythmia. Secondary analyses will test the effects of SRT on lab stress induced and 24-hour arrhythmogenic electrophysiological indices from pre- to post-treatment, and both quality of life and measures of anger across the 2-years of the study. Conclusions The RISTA Trial is the first large scale randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate the effect of SRT on the prevalence of shock-treated arrhythmias among patients with an ICD. Results may demonstrate a treatment that can reduce vulnerability to arrhythmia provoked shock and improve quality of life. PMID:20028832

  4. Proinflammatory Cytokines Are Soluble Mediators Linked with Ventricular Arrhythmias and Contractile Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Metabolic Syndrome

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    Fernández-Sada, Evaristo; Silva-Platas, Christian; García, Noemí; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, César; De la Peña, Erasmo; Bernal-Ramírez, Judith

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    Metabolic syndrome (MS) increases cardiovascular risk and is associated with cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmias, although the precise mechanisms are still under study. Chronic inflammation in MS has emerged as a possible cause of adverse cardiac events. Male Wistar rats fed with 30% sucrose in drinking water and standard chow for 25–27 weeks were compared to a control group. The MS group showed increased weight, visceral fat, blood pressure, and serum triglycerides. The most important increases in serum cytokines included IL-1β (7-fold), TNF-α (84%), IL-6 (41%), and leptin (2-fold), the latter also showing increased gene expression in heart tissue (35-fold). Heart function ex vivo in MS group showed a decreased mechanical performance response to isoproterenol challenge (ISO). Importantly, MS hearts under ISO showed nearly twofold the incidence of ventricular fibrillation. Healthy rat cardiomyocytes exposed to MS group serum displayed impaired contractile function and Ca2+ handling during ISO treatment, showing slightly decreased cell shortening and Ca2+ transient amplitude (23%), slower cytosolic calcium removal (17%), and more frequent spontaneous Ca2+ release events (7.5-fold). As spontaneous Ca2+ releases provide a substrate for ventricular arrhythmias, our study highlights the possible role of serum proinflammatory mediators in the development of arrhythmic events during MS. PMID:29201273

  5. Proinflammatory Cytokines Are Soluble Mediators Linked with Ventricular Arrhythmias and Contractile Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Metabolic Syndrome

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Metabolic syndrome (MS increases cardiovascular risk and is associated with cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmias, although the precise mechanisms are still under study. Chronic inflammation in MS has emerged as a possible cause of adverse cardiac events. Male Wistar rats fed with 30% sucrose in drinking water and standard chow for 25–27 weeks were compared to a control group. The MS group showed increased weight, visceral fat, blood pressure, and serum triglycerides. The most important increases in serum cytokines included IL-1β (7-fold, TNF-α (84%, IL-6 (41%, and leptin (2-fold, the latter also showing increased gene expression in heart tissue (35-fold. Heart function ex vivo in MS group showed a decreased mechanical performance response to isoproterenol challenge (ISO. Importantly, MS hearts under ISO showed nearly twofold the incidence of ventricular fibrillation. Healthy rat cardiomyocytes exposed to MS group serum displayed impaired contractile function and Ca2+ handling during ISO treatment, showing slightly decreased cell shortening and Ca2+ transient amplitude (23%, slower cytosolic calcium removal (17%, and more frequent spontaneous Ca2+ release events (7.5-fold. As spontaneous Ca2+ releases provide a substrate for ventricular arrhythmias, our study highlights the possible role of serum proinflammatory mediators in the development of arrhythmic events during MS.

  6. Inhibition of late sodium current suppresses calcium-related ventricular arrhythmias by reducing the phosphorylation of CaMK-II and sodium channel expressions.

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    Wei, Xiao-Hong; Yu, Shan-Dong; Ren, Lu; Huang, Si-Hui; Yang, Qiao-Mei; Wang, Ping; Chu, Yan-Peng; Yang, Wei; Ding, Yan-Sheng; Huo, Yong; Wu, Lin

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    Cardiac arrhythmias associated with intracellular calcium inhomeostasis are refractory to antiarrhythmic therapy. We hypothesized that late sodium current (I Na) contributed to the calcium-related arrhythmias. Monophasic action potential duration at 90% completion of repolarization (MAPD90) was significantly increased and ventricular arrhythmias were observed in hearts with increased intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) by using Bay K 8644, and the increase became greater in hearts treated with a combination of ATX-II and Bay K 8644 compared to Bay K 8644 alone. The prolongations caused by Bay K 8644 and frequent episodes of ventricular tachycardias, both in absence and presence of ATX-II, were significantly attenuated or abolished by late I Na inhibitors TTX and eleclazine. In rabbit ventricular myocytes, Bay K 8644 increased I CaL density, calcium transient and myocyte contraction. TTX and eleclazine decreased the amplitude of late I Na, the reverse use dependence of MAPD90 at slower heart rate, and attenuated the increase of intracellular calcium transient and myocyte contraction. TTX diminished the phosphorylation of CaMKII-δ and Nav 1.5 in hearts treated with Bay K 8644 and ATX-II. In conclusion, late I Na contributes to ventricular arrhythmias and its inhibition is plausible to treat arrhythmias in hearts with increased [Ca(2+)]i.

  7. Sex and regional differences in rabbit right ventricular L-type calcium current levels and mathematical modelling of arrhythmia vulnerability.

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    Kalik, Zane M; Mike, Joshua L; Slipski, Cassandra; Wright, Moriah; Jalics, Jozsi Z; Womble, Mark D

    2017-07-01

    What is the central question of this study? Regional variations of ventricular L-type calcium current (ICa-L ) amplitude may underlie the increased arrhythmia risk in adult females. Current amplitude variations have been described for the left ventricle but not for the right ventricle. What is the main finding and its importance? Adult female rabbit right ventricular base myocytes exhibit elevated ICa-L compared with female apex or male myocytes. Oestrogen upregulated ICa-L in cultured female myocytes. Mathematical simulations modelling long QT syndrome type 2 demonstrated that elevated ICa-L prolonged action potentials and induced early after-depolarizations. Thus, ventricular arrhythmias in adult females may be associated with an oestrogen-induced upregulation of ICa-L . Previous studies have shown that adult rabbit left ventricular myocytes exhibit sex and regional differences in L-type calcium current (ICa-L ) levels that contribute to increased female susceptibility to arrhythmogenic early after-depolarizations (EADs). We used patch-clamp recordings from isolated adult male and female rabbit right ventricular myocytes to determine apex-base differences in ICa-L density and used mathematical modelling to examine the contribution of ICa-L to EAD formation. Current density measured at 0 mV in female base myocytes was 67% higher than in male base myocytes and 55% higher than in female apex myocytes. No differences were observed between male and female apex myocytes, between male apex and base myocytes, or in the voltage dependences of ICa-L activation or inactivation. The role of oestrogen was investigated using cultured adult female right ventricular base myocytes. After 2 days, 17β-estradiol (1 nm) produced a 65% increase in ICa-L density compared with untreated control myocytes, suggesting an oestrogen-induced upregulation of ICa-L . Action potential simulations using a modified Luo-Rudy cardiomyocyte model showed that increased ICa-L density, at the level

  8. Long-term results of amiodarone therapy in patients with recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.

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    Herre, J M; Sauve, M J; Malone, P; Griffin, J C; Helmy, I; Langberg, J J; Goldberg, H; Scheinman, M M

    1989-02-01

    Four hundred sixty-two patients, all with either documented spontaneous sustained ventricular tachycardia or cardiac arrest unresponsive to other antiarrhythmic drugs (2.6/patient), were treated with amiodarone. Thirty-five patients (7.6%) failed to respond or died during the initial oral or intravenous loading phase. The remaining 427 patients were discharged on treatment with oral amiodarone and followed up for up to 98 months. Recurrence of ventricular tachycardia or sudden cardiac death at 1, 3 and 5 years by life-table analysis was 19%, 33% and 43%, respectively, for patients discharged on amiodarone therapy. The sudden cardiac death rate was 9%, 15% and 21%, respectively, at 1, 3 and 5 years. Side effects were reported by 45% of patients after 1 year, by 61% after 2 years and by 86% after 5 years. Amiodarone was discontinued because of side effects in 14%, 26% and 37% of patients after 1, 3 and 5 years, respectively. Incidence rates of recurrence of arrhythmia, sudden cardiac death and side effects were highest in the early months and then decreased. By multivariate analysis, advanced age, low ejection fraction and a history of cardiac arrest were independent risk factors for sudden cardiac death during amiodarone therapy.

  9. A novel approach for the diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia based on phase space reconstruction of ECG

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    Koulaouzidis, George; Cappiello, Grazia; Mazomenos, Evangelos B; Maharatna, Koushik; Morgan, John

    2014-01-01

    Ventricular arrhythmias comprise a group of disorders which manifest clinically in a variety of ways from ventricular premature beats (VPB) and no sustained ventricular tachycardia (in healthy subjects) to sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachyarrhythmia in patients with and/or without structural heart disease. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) are the most common electrical mechanisms for cardiac arrest. Accurate and automatic recognition of these arrhythmias from electrocardiography (ECG) is a crucial task for medical professionals. The purpose of this research is to develop a new index for the differential diagnosis of normal sinus rhythm (SR) and ventricular arrhythmias, based on phase space reconstruction (PSR).

  10. [Heart-minute volume during persistent ventricular tachycardia: anti-arrhythmia intervention using ajmaline].

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    Mletzko, R; Jung, W; Manz, M; Lüderitz, B

    1991-07-01

    The hemodynamic effect of the intravenous application of ajmaline (50 mg) was studied during persistent ventricular tachycardia. With the onset of ventricular tachycardia an increase of heart rate up to 177 +/- 40 bpm and a simultaneous decrease of cardiac output from 7.1 +/- 2.7 l/min to 3.4 +/- 1.1 l/min (p less than 0.001) could be demonstrated. Ajmaline prolonged the QRS interval and slowed the ventricular tachycardia rate to 133 +/- 28 bpm. Simultaneously, an increase of cardiac output to 5.9 +/- 2.3 l/min (p less than 0.001) could be documented. A significant correlation between the increase of cardiac output and the change of ventricular tachycardia rate was found. A drug-induced termination of ventricular tachycardia by ajmaline was possible in 60% of patients. Intravenous application of ajmaline during persistent ventricular tachycardia leads to a hemodynamic improvement caused by the reduction of the tachycardia rate. This temporary stabilization of the hemodynamic status is important for emergency treatment of ventricular tachycardia.

  11. Prognostic value of heart rate variability and ventricular arrhythmias during 13-year follow-up in patients with mild to moderate heart failure

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    Smilde, Tom D. J.; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; van den Berg, Maarten P.

    In contrast to patients with moderate to severe chronic heart failure (CHF), data regarding long-term outcome in patients with mild CHF are scarce. We examined the place of Holter monitoring to study the prognostic value of ventricular arrhythmias and heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with

  12. Delayed-enhancement MRI of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: assessment of the intramural distribution and comparison with clinical symptoms, ventricular arrhythmias, and cine MRI

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    Amano, Yasuo; Fukushima, Yoshimitsu; Kumita, Shinichiro (Dept. of Radiology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan)), email: yas-amano@nifty.com; Takayama, Morimasa (Dept. of Cardiology, Sakakibara Heart Inst., Tokyo (Japan)); Kitamura, Mitsunobu (Coronary Care Unit, Chiba-Hokuso Hospital of Nippon Medical School, Chiba (Japan))

    2011-07-15

    Background: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is reported to show patchy midwall myocardial hyper enhancement on delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI). The intramural distribution of myocardial hyper enhancement and its correlation with clinical symptoms, ventricular arrhythmias, and cardiac function have not been described for symptomatic apical HCM. Purpose: To evaluate the features and significance of myocardial hyper enhancement on DE-MRI in symptomatic apical HCM. Material and Methods: Thirteen patients with symptomatic apical HCM and their 65 apical segments were investigated. Myocardial hyper enhancement and regional and global functional parameters were determined with MRI. We investigated the intramural distribution and frequencies of this myocardial hyper enhancement and compared them with the patients' clinical symptoms, the presence of ventricular arrhythmias, and cine MRI. Results: Eight (61.5%) patients with symptomatic apical HCM displayed apical myocardial hyper enhancement, and 22 (33.8%) of the 65 apical segments examined showed myocardial hyper enhancement. Of the myocardial hyper enhancement observed, 81.8% showed a subendocardial pattern.The Hyperenhanced apical myocardium had a lower percentage of systolic myocardial thickening, and was associated with serious symptoms (e.g. syncope) and ventricular arrhythmias. Conclusion: Patients with symptomatic apical HCM showed myocardial hyper enhancement involving the subendocardial layer, which might be related to regional systolic dysfunction, serious clinical symptoms, and ventricular arrhythmias

  13. Mechanical Dyssynchrony by Tissue Doppler Cross-Correlation is Associated with Risk for Complex Ventricular Arrhythmias after Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

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    Tayal, Bhupendar; Gorcsan, John; Delgado-Montero, Antonia

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    BACKGROUND: Tissue Doppler cross-correlation analysis has been shown to be associated with long-term survival after cardiac resynchronization defibrillator therapy (CRT-D). Its association with ventricular arrhythmia (VA) is unknown. METHODS: From two centers 151 CRT-D patients (New York Heart...... with a substantially increased risk for VA (hazard ratio [HR], 4.4; 95% CI, 1.2-16.3; P = .03) and VA or death (HR, 4.0; 95% CI, 1.7-9.6; P = .002) after adjusting for other covariates. Similarly, patients with new dyssynchrony had increased risk for VA (HR, 10.6; 95% CI, 2.8-40.4; P = .001) and VA or death (HR, 5.......0; 95% CI, 1.8-13.5; P = .002). CONCLUSIONS: Persistent and new mechanical dyssynchrony after CRT-D was associated with subsequent complex VA. Dyssynchrony after CRT-D is a marker of poor prognosis....

  14. Distributive shock, cardiac arrhythmias and multiple organ failure following surgery of a fourth ventricular epidermoid.

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    Bercker, Sven; Meixensberger, Jürgen; Laudi, Sven; Renner, Christof

    2016-03-31

    A 33-years-old male patient presented with cardiac arrhythmias, acute shock and multiple organ dysfunction after the surgical removal of a massive epidermoid posterior to the brainstem. The patient initially presented with paraesthesia along the right C6 dermatome due to a big tumour at the brain stem. Surgical removal was performed without adverse events and he was transferred to our intensive care unit (ICU) immediately after the operation. Though initially showing a stable postsurgical course he developed cardiac arrhythmias and a state of acute distributive shock with consecutive multi organ failure. Extensive diagnostic measures could not identify a specific cause for this rapid deterioration. However, under carefully monitored symptomatic therapy the patient improved quickly, was extubated 72 h after admission and discharged from the ICU 6 days later. The follow-up did not show any persisting neurological deficits and no evidence of a residual tumour in the MRI-study. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  15. Renal sympathetic denervation guided by renal nerve stimulation to treat ventricular arrhythmia in CKD patients with ICD

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    Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Chen, Shaojie; Rodrigues Paz, Luis Marcelo; Pürerfellner, Helmut

    2017-01-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on stage 4 present greater risk rates for malignant ventricular arrhythmia events. This study examined patients with CKD in stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, left ventricular dysfunction and automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Our goal was to record the appropriate therapies, “Anti-tachycardia Therapy Pacing” (ATP) and shock events during the 18 months of follow-up and compare the incidence and severity of these at different stages of CKD, mainly in patients with CKD stage 4 underwent renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) guided by renal nerve stimulation (RNS). One hundred and fifteen patients were evaluated once every three months till 18 months of follow-up. The arrhythmic events were assessed at each follow-up visit. Comparing the groups, we can see the number of ATP and shock events recorded by ICD during 18 months of follow-up, and differences in the number of therapeutic events between the various stages of CKD. The hazard ratio (HR), 95% confidence interval (CI) and P value for ATP and shock events between all the CKD stages were evaluated by the log-rank/Mantel-Haenszel test. At the 18th month of follow-up, 75% of patients with CKD stage 4 received ATP, and 70% were treated with shock while only 20% of the subjects with CKD stage 4 that were submitted to RSD received ATP and 20% were treated with shock, PRSD guided by RNS in comparison to the other CKD stages. Our results suggest that RSD can control the higher incidence of malignant arrhythmias in advanced CKD stages. PMID:28415795

  16. Noradrenaline protects in vivo rat heart against infarction and ventricular arrhythmias via nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species.

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    Imani, Alireza; Faghihi, Mahdieh; Sadr, Sayyed Shahabeddin; Niaraki, Somayeh Sadeghi; Alizadeh, Ali Mohammad

    2011-07-01

    Our previous study showed that pretreatment with noradrenaline via opening of the mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel protects myocardium against ischemia/reperfusion injuries. We have hypothesized that production of nitric oxide (NO) and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are involved in noradrenaline-induced cardioprotection in rat heart. All anesthetized rats underwent 25 min of regional ischemia followed by 120 min of reperfusion. Animals were randomized to receive one of the following treatment: saline, noradrenaline (2 μg/kg, i.v.), noradrenaline plus prazosin (an α(1)-adrenoceptor blocker, 0.5mg/kg, i.v.), noradrenaline plus L-NAME (a nonspecific NOS inhibitor, 10mg/kg, i.v.), noradrenaline plus tempol (a membrane-permeable radical scavenger, 30 mg/kg, i.v.), Prazosin alone, only L-NAME and tempol alone. Infarct size (% of risk area) was reduced from 49.6 ± 2.4 in saline-control group to 18.2 ± 1.5 in noradrenaline preconditioned group. Administration of prazosin, L-NAME, or tempol prior to noradrenaline injection abolished the observed cardioprotection of noradrenaline (45.5 ± 3, 41.7 ± 4.5 and 38.7 ± 5.4, respectively) and restored infarct size to saline-control rats' level. Incidences and severity of ventricular arrhythmia during ischemia and early reperfusion significantly decreased in noradrenaline preconditioned group compared with saline-control group. This cardioprotective effect of noradrenaline against ventricular arrhythmia was abrogated by administration of prazosin, L-NAME, or tempol. Cardioprotection effect of the α(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation by noradrenaline was inhibited by L-NAME or tempol in anesthetized rat heart. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Association between premature ventricular complexes during exercise, long-term occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmia and mortality.

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    Aviles-Rosales, Jorge; Ilarraza-Lomeli, Hermes; Garcia-Saldivia, Marianna; Rojano-Castillo, Jessica; Rius-Suarez, Maria-Dolores; Nunez-Urquiza, Juan-Pablo; Iturralde, Pedro

    2017-08-14

    Exercise-induced premature ventricular complexes (EiPVCs) are often considered as benign arrhythmias, although they are associated with a high risk of all-cause death in the general healthy population. However, an intermediate pathophysiological process remains unclear, particularly in patients with known cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to find an association between EiPVCs, the occurrence of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (LACO), and all-cause mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease. This was an observational study of a cohort of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or idiopathic cardiomyopathy (ICM). Stress testing was performed as a part of the routine cardiovascular evaluation. The occurrence of EiPVCs was evaluated during exercise testing (ET). At follow-up, long-term occurrence of LACO was evaluated. A bivariate and multivariate analysis was performed. Out of the total of 1442 patients analysed, 700 (49%) had EiPVCs. During 14 years of following-up after ET, 106 LACO outcomes were observed. Long-term all-cause mortality was 4% (n=61). A bivariate analysis showed that patients with EiPVCs had an increased risk for LACO (RR=2.81, 95% CI; 1.9-4.3, P<.001), and for mortality (RR=2.1, CI 95% 1.2-3.4, P<.01). Occurrence of LACO was also associated with a higher mortality risk (RR=5.7, 95% CI; 3.4-9.4, P<.001). After a post hoc analysis, LACO remained as a highly predictive variable for mortality. Patients with EiPVCs have a high risk of LACO and all-cause mortality. The presence of LACO could be an intermediate stage between EiPVCs and mortality in subjects with cardiovascular disease. Copyright © 2017 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  18. Right ventricular function assessed by 2D strain analysis predicts ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in patients after acute myocardial infarction

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    Risum, Niels; Valeur, Nana; Søgaard, Peter

    2017-01-01

    ) or malignant ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). Methods and results: A total of 790 patients with acute MI were prospectively included. All patients had 2D strain echocardiography performed to evaluate right ventricular (RV) free wall strain (RVS) and RV mechanical dispersion...... (MD) defined as the standard deviation of time to peak negative strain in all myocardial segments. The primary composite end point [SCD, admission with VA or appropriate therapy from a primary prophylactic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)] was analysed with Cox models. Mean age was 69 ± 12.......08, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.01-1.15; P = 0.038]. Patients in the lower tertile (poor strain) showed a 10-fold risk of an event compared with the upper tertile (HR 9.8, 95% CI 2.23-42.3; P = 0.002). RV MD was not independently associated with VA/SCD (HR 0.99, 95% CI 0.91-1.09; P = 0.93). RVS proved...

  19. Iron-Sensitive Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Prediction of Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Patients With Chronic Myocardial Infarction: Early Evidence.

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    Cokic, Ivan; Kali, Avinash; Yang, Hsin-Jung; Yee, Raymond; Tang, Richard; Tighiouart, Mourad; Wang, Xunzhang; Jackman, Warren S; Chugh, Sumeet S; White, James A; Dharmakumar, Rohan

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    Recent canines studies have shown that iron deposition within chronic myocardial infarction (CMI) influences the electric behavior of the heart. To date, the link between the iron deposition and malignant ventricular arrhythmias in humans with CMI is unknown. Patients with CMI (n=94) who underwent late-gadolinium-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging before implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation for primary and secondary preventions were retrospectively analyzed. The predictive values of hypointense cores (HIC) in balanced steady-state free precession images and conventional cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and ECG malignant ventricular arrhythmia parameters for the prediction of primary combined outcome (appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy, survived cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death) were studied. The use of HIC within CMI on balanced steady-state free precession as a marker of iron deposition was validated in a canine MI model (n=18). Nineteen patients met the study criteria with events occurring at a median of 249 (interquartile range of 540) days after implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement. Of the 19 patients meeting the primary end point, 18 were classified as HIC+, whereas only 1 was HIC-. Among the cohort in whom the primary end point was not met, there were 28 HIC+ and 47 HIC- patients. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis demonstrated an additive predictive value of HIC for malignant ventricular arrhythmias with an increased area under the curve of 0.87 when added to left ventricular ejection fraction (left ventricular ejection fraction alone, 0.68). Both cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and histological validation studies performed in canines demonstrated that HIC regions in balanced steady-state free precession images within CMI likely result from iron depositions. Hypointense cores within CMI on balanced steady-state free precession cardiac magnetic resonance imaging can be used

  20. Remodeling of cardiac passive electrical properties and susceptibility to ventricular and atrial arrhythmias

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    Stefan eDhein

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Coordinated electrical activation of the heart is essential for the maintenance of a regular cardiac rhythm and effective contractions. Action potentials spread from one cell to the next via gap junction channels. Because of the elongated shape of cardiomyocytes, longitudinal resistivity is lower than transverse resistivity causing electrical anisotropy. Moreover, non-uniformity is created by clustering of gap junction channels at cell poles and by non-excitable structures such as collagenous strands, vessels or fibroblasts. Structural changes in cardiac disease often affect passive electrical properties by increasing non-uniformity and altering anisotropy. This disturbs normal electrical impulse propagation and is, consequently, a substrate for arrhythmia. However, to investigate how these structural changes lead to arrhythmias remains a challenge. One important mechanism, which may both cause and prevent arrhythmia, is the mismatch between current sources and sinks. Propagation of the electrical impulse requires a sufficient source of depolarizing current. In the case of a mismatch, the activated tissue (source is not able to deliver enough depolarizing current to trigger an action potential in the non-activated tissue (sink. This eventually leads to conduction block. It has been suggested that in this situation a balanced geometrical distribution of gap junctions and reduced gap junction conductance may allow successful propagation. In contrast, source-sink mismatch can prevent spontaneous arrhythmogenic activity in a small number of cells from spreading over the ventricle, especially if gap junction conductance is enhanced. Beside gap junctions, cell geometry and non-cellular structures strongly modulate arrhythmogenic mechanisms. The present review elucidates these and other implications of passive electrical properties for cardiac rhythm and arrhythmogenesis.

  1. Intra-QT spectral coherence as a possible noninvasive marker of sustained ventricular tachycardia.

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    Piccirillo, Gianfranco; Moscucci, Federica; Persi, Alessandro; Di Barba, Daniele; Pappadà, Maria Antonella; Rossi, Pietro; Quaglione, Raffaele; Nguyen, Bich Lien; Barillà, Francesco; Casenghi, Matteo; Magrì, Damiano

    2014-01-01

    Sudden cardiac death is the main cause of mortality in patients affected by chronic heart failure (CHF) and with history of myocardial infarction. No study yet investigated the intra-QT phase spectral coherence as a possible tool in stratifying the arrhythmic susceptibility in patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We, therefore, assessed possible difference in spectral coherence between the ECG segment extending from the q wave to the T wave peak (QTp) and the one from T wave peak to the T wave end (Te) between patients with and without Holter ECG-documented sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT). None of the QT variability indexes as well as most of the coherences and RR power spectral variables significantly differed between the two groups except for the QTp-Te spectral coherence. The latter was significantly lower in patients with sustained VT than in those without (0.508 ± 0.150 versus 0.607 ± 0.150, P < 0.05). Although the responsible mechanism remains conjectural, the QTp-Te spectral coherence holds promise as a noninvasive marker predicting malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

  2. Intra-QT Spectral Coherence as a Possible Noninvasive Marker of Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Gianfranco Piccirillo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Sudden cardiac death is the main cause of mortality in patients affected by chronic heart failure (CHF and with history of myocardial infarction. No study yet investigated the intra-QT phase spectral coherence as a possible tool in stratifying the arrhythmic susceptibility in patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD. We, therefore, assessed possible difference in spectral coherence between the ECG segment extending from the q wave to the T wave peak (QTp and the one from T wave peak to the T wave end (Te between patients with and without Holter ECG-documented sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT. None of the QT variability indexes as well as most of the coherences and RR power spectral variables significantly differed between the two groups except for the QTp-Te spectral coherence. The latter was significantly lower in patients with sustained VT than in those without (0.508±0.150 versus 0.607±0.150, P<0.05. Although the responsible mechanism remains conjectural, the QTp-Te spectral coherence holds promise as a noninvasive marker predicting malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

  3. Mechanisms linking electrical alternans and clinical ventricular arrhythmia in human heart failure.

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    Bayer, J D; Lalani, G G; Vigmond, E J; Narayan, S M; Trayanova, N A

    2016-09-01

    Mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with heart failure (HF) are undefined. The purpose of this study was to elucidate VT/VF mechanisms in HF by using a computational-clinical approach. In 53 patients with HF and 18 control patients, we established the relationship between low-amplitude action potential voltage alternans (APV-ALT) during ventricular pacing at near-resting heart rates and VT/VF on long-term follow-up. Mechanisms underlying the transition of APV-ALT to VT/VF, which cannot be ascertained in patients, were dissected with multiscale human ventricular models based on human electrophysiological and magnetic resonance imaging data (control and HF). For patients with APV-ALT k-score >1.7, complex action potential duration (APD) oscillations (≥2.3% of mean APD), rather than APD alternans, most accurately predicted VT/VF during long-term follow-up (+82%; -90% predictive values). In the failing human ventricular models, abnormal sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium handling caused APV-ALT (>1 mV) during pacing with a cycle length of 550 ms, which transitioned into large magnitude (>100 ms) discordant repolarization time alternans (RT-ALT) at faster rates. This initiated VT/VF (cycle length <400 ms) by steepening apicobasal repolarization (189 ms/mm) until unidirectional conduction block and reentry. Complex APD oscillations resulted from nonstationary discordant RT-ALT. Restoring SR calcium to control levels was antiarrhythmic by terminating electrical alternans. APV-ALT and complex APD oscillations at near-resting heart rates in patients with HF are linked to arrhythmogenic discordant RT-ALT. This may enable novel physiologically tailored, bioengineered indices to improve VT/VF risk stratification, where SR calcium handling and spatial apicobasal repolarization are potential therapeutic targets. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Post-myocardial infarction mortality in patients with ventricular premature depolarizations. Canadian Amiodarone Myocardial Infarction Arrhythmia Trial Pilot Study.

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    Cairns, J A; Connolly, S J; Gent, M; Roberts, R

    1991-08-01

    Among survivors of acute myocardial infarction, frequent and repetitive ventricular premature depolarizations (VPDs) detected on ambulatory monitoring contribute independently to the risk of all-cause mortality and sudden death. Apart from the beta-blockers, no antiarrhythmic drug has been reliably demonstrated to reduce mortality among patients with VPDs. A pilot study was undertaken to gather data to aid in the design of a multicenter trial of amiodarone for the reduction of mortality from cardiac arrhythmias in such patients. Seventy-seven patients with acute myocardial infarction within the previous 6-30 days and 10 or more VPDs/hr or one or more runs of ventricular tachycardia on 24-hour electrocardiographic recording were randomized in a double-blind fashion in a 2:1 amiodarone-to-placebo ratio. The loading dose was 10 mg/kg/day for 3 weeks. The maintenance dose was 300-400 mg/day with reductions at 4-month intervals in response to VPD suppression, excessive plasma levels, or toxicity. VPD suppression at 1 week and 2 weeks was 63% and 85%, respectively, on amiodarone and 17% and 27%, respectively, on placebo. Apart from thyroid-stimulating hormone elevation and skin reactions, no side effects occurred more frequently with amiodarone. The study drug was stopped for side effects or noncompliance in 35% of amiodarone patients and 34% of placebo patients. Patients were followed for a maximum of 2 years (mean, 20 months). Arrhythmic death or resuscitated ventricular fibrillation occurred in two of 48 amiodarone patients (6%) and four of 29 placebo patients (14%), whereas the rates of all-cause mortality were five of 48 (10%) and six of 29 (21%), respectively. Amiodarone, in moderate loading and maintenance dosages with adjustments in response to plasma levels, VPD suppression, and side effects, results in effective VPD suppression and acceptable levels of toxicity.

  5. Correlations between ventricular arrhythmias and electrolyte disturbances after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Ising, H; Rebentisch, E; Bertschat, F; Günther, T

    1990-01-01

    Seven 24-hour ECG recordings and blood samples were taken within 3 weeks in 42 patients who had suffered an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Ca, K and Mg concentrations in serum, and K and Mg in the erythrocytes, were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. One half of the patients were infused with 81 mval/day MgSO4 for 3 days. In patients who exhibited intense electrolyte alterations 10-20 days after AMI, there was a significantly higher rate in the frequency of couplets and/or tachycardia in the 2- to 20-day period after AMI. In patients infused with MgSO4, the fluctuation in serum electrolytes and the rate of arrhythmias were significantly reduced.

  6. Selective heart rate reduction with ivabradine slows ischaemia-induced electrophysiological changes and reduces ischaemia–reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias

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    Ng, Fu Siong; Shadi, Iqbal T.; Peters, Nicholas S.; Lyon, Alexander R.

    2013-01-01

    Heart rates during ischaemia and reperfusion are possible determinants of reperfusion arrhythmias. We used ivabradine, a selective If current inhibitor, to assess the effects of heart rate reduction (HRR) during ischaemia–reperfusion on reperfusion ventricular arrhythmias and assessed potential anti-arrhythmic mechanisms by optical mapping. Five groups of rat hearts were subjected to regional ischaemia by left anterior descending artery occlusion for 8 min followed by 10 min of reperfusion: (1) Control n = 10; (2) 1 μM of ivabradine perfusion n = 10; (3) 1 μM of ivabradine + 5 Hz atrial pacing throughout ischaemia–reperfusion n = 5; (4) 1 μM of ivabradine + 5 Hz pacing only at reperfusion; (5) 100 μM of ivabradine was used as a 1 ml bolus upon reperfusion. For optical mapping, 10 hearts (ivabradine n = 5; 5 Hz pacing n = 5) were subjected to global ischaemia whilst transmembrane voltage transients were recorded. Epicardial activation was mapped, and the rate of development of ischaemia-induced electrophysiological changes was assessed. HRR observed in the ivabradine group during both ischaemia (195 ± 11 bpm vs. control 272 ± 14 bpm, p hearts (27.7 ± 4.3 min vs. 14.5 ± 0.6 min, p Heart rate during ischaemia is a major determinant of reperfusion arrhythmias. Heart rate at reperfusion alone was not a determinant of reperfusion VF, as neither a bolus of ivabradine nor pacing immediately prior to reperfusion significantly altered reperfusion VF incidence. This anti-arrhythmic effect of heart rate reduction during ischaemia may reflect slower development of ischaemia-induced electrophysiological changes. PMID:23402927

  7. Ursodeoxycholic acid prevents ventricular conduction slowing and arrhythmia by restoring T-type calcium current in fetuses during cholestasis.

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    Oladipupo Adeyemi

    Full Text Available Increased maternal serum bile acid concentrations in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP are associated with fetal cardiac arrhythmias. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA has been shown to demonstrate anti-arrhythmic properties via preventing ICP-associated cardiac conduction slowing and development of reentrant arrhythmias, although the cellular mechanism is still being elucidated.High-resolution fluorescent optical mapping of electrical activity and electrocardiogram measurements were used to characterize effects of UDCA on one-day-old neonatal and adult female Langendorff-perfused rat hearts. ICP was modelled by perfusion of taurocholic acid (TC, 400μM. Whole-cell calcium currents were recorded from neonatal rat and human fetal cardiomyocytes.TC significantly prolonged the PR interval by 11.0±3.5% (P<0.05 and slowed ventricular conduction velocity (CV by 38.9±5.1% (P<0.05 exclusively in neonatal and not in maternal hearts. A similar CV decline was observed with the selective T-type calcium current (ICa,T blocker mibefradil 1μM (23.0±6.2%, P<0.05, but not with the L-type calcium current (ICa,L blocker nifedipine 1μM (6.9±6.6%, NS. The sodium channel blocker lidocaine (30μM reduced CV by 60.4±4.5% (P<0.05. UDCA co-treatment was protective against CV slowing induced by TC and mibefradil, but not against lidocaine. UDCA prevented the TC-induced reduction in the ICa,T density in both isolated human fetal (-10.2±1.5 versus -5.5±0.9 pA/pF, P<0.05 and neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (-22.3±1.1 versus -9.6±0.8 pA/pF, P<0.0001, whereas UDCA had limited efficacy on the ICa,L.Our findings demonstrate that ICa,T plays a significant role in ICP-associated fetal cardiac conduction slowing and arrhythmogenesis, and is an important component of the fetus-specific anti-arrhythmic activity of UDCA.

  8. Ursodeoxycholic acid prevents ventricular conduction slowing and arrhythmia by restoring T-type calcium current in fetuses during cholestasis.

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    Adeyemi, Oladipupo; Alvarez-Laviada, Anita; Schultz, Francisca; Ibrahim, Effendi; Trauner, Michael; Williamson, Catherine; Glukhov, Alexey V; Gorelik, Julia

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    Increased maternal serum bile acid concentrations in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) are associated with fetal cardiac arrhythmias. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been shown to demonstrate anti-arrhythmic properties via preventing ICP-associated cardiac conduction slowing and development of reentrant arrhythmias, although the cellular mechanism is still being elucidated. High-resolution fluorescent optical mapping of electrical activity and electrocardiogram measurements were used to characterize effects of UDCA on one-day-old neonatal and adult female Langendorff-perfused rat hearts. ICP was modelled by perfusion of taurocholic acid (TC, 400μM). Whole-cell calcium currents were recorded from neonatal rat and human fetal cardiomyocytes. TC significantly prolonged the PR interval by 11.0±3.5% (P<0.05) and slowed ventricular conduction velocity (CV) by 38.9±5.1% (P<0.05) exclusively in neonatal and not in maternal hearts. A similar CV decline was observed with the selective T-type calcium current (ICa,T) blocker mibefradil 1μM (23.0±6.2%, P<0.05), but not with the L-type calcium current (ICa,L) blocker nifedipine 1μM (6.9±6.6%, NS). The sodium channel blocker lidocaine (30μM) reduced CV by 60.4±4.5% (P<0.05). UDCA co-treatment was protective against CV slowing induced by TC and mibefradil, but not against lidocaine. UDCA prevented the TC-induced reduction in the ICa,T density in both isolated human fetal (-10.2±1.5 versus -5.5±0.9 pA/pF, P<0.05) and neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (-22.3±1.1 versus -9.6±0.8 pA/pF, P<0.0001), whereas UDCA had limited efficacy on the ICa,L. Our findings demonstrate that ICa,T plays a significant role in ICP-associated fetal cardiac conduction slowing and arrhythmogenesis, and is an important component of the fetus-specific anti-arrhythmic activity of UDCA.

  9. Amiodarone therapy for sustained ventricular tachycardia after myocardial infarction: long-term follow-up, risk assessment and predictive value of programmed ventricular stimulation.

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    Maury, P; Zimmermann, M; Metzger, J; Reynard, C; Dorsaz, P; Adamec, R

    2000-01-01

    We determine the value of the programmed ventricular stimulation (PVS) and of clinical, angiographic and electrophysiologic variables in assessing the long-term risk of arrhythmia recurrence in a group of coronary artery diseased patients presenting with a first episode of monomorphic sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) treated with amiodarone. Mortality and arrhythmia recurrence rates were retrospectively assessed in 55 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction presenting with a first VT episode. Results of left heart catheterization, echocardiography and time-domain signal-averaging were collected. Patients underwent PVS after amiodarone oral loading and were classified according to inducibility before being all discharged on amiodarone (200 mg daily). The mean follow-up was 42+/-31 months. Total and cardiac mortality rates were 29% (16 patients) and 23% (13 patients) respectively. Sudden death (SD) occurred in nine patients (16%). VT recurred in 13 patients (23%). Sustained monomorphic VT was inducible in 40 patients (72%) after amiodarone loading. Neither total mortality (10/40 vs. 6/15) nor cardiac mortality (3/40 vs. 1/15) were significantly different between inducible and non-inducible patients. Recurrent VT rate was 27% (11/40 patients) for the inducible group and 13% (2/15 patients) for the non-inducible group (NS). SD occurred in 6/40 inducible patients (15%) and in 2/15 non-inducible patients (13%) (NS). Arrhythmic events occurred in 42% (17/40) inducible patients vs. 26% (4/15) non-inducible patients (P=0.07). Parameters correlated with outcome were ejection fraction (EF) (5 SD/11 patients with EF 0.3, P=0.003), mitral insufficiency (MI) (4 SD/10 patients with MI vs. 4/44 patients without MI, P=0.004) and age (65+/-9 years for patients with VT recurrence vs. 58+/-9, P=0.02). Although the risk stratification can be improved, reliable and safe long-term prediction of recurrence of malignant ventricular arrhythmia in individual patients

  10. Ventricular arrhythmias associated with long-term endurance sports: what is the evidence?

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    Heidbuchel, Hein; Prior, David L; La Gerche, André

    2012-11-01

    Athletic performance tests the limits of the human body and mind. Awe-inspiring achievements is what makes sports so fascinating. It is well appreciated however that top-level sports may sometimes overtax the body, and can lead to injuries, most notably of musculo-skeletal nature. This paper defends the thesis that the heart can also develop sports injuries at the ventricular level. We will elaborate on our hypothesis, originally put forward in 2003, that intense endurance activities put a particularly high strain on the right ventricle (RV), which over time, may lead to a proarrhythmic state resembling right (or less often) left ventricular cardiomyopathy. This can develop even in the absence of underlying demonstrable genetic abnormalities, probably just as a result of excessive RV wall stress during exercise. The syndrome of 'exercise-induced arrhythmogenic RV cardiomyopathy' may easily be overlooked. Sports cardiologists, like orthopaedic specialists, should be prepared to realise that excessive sports activity can lead to cardiac sports injuries in some, which will help to council on safe participation in all.

  11. Effect of verapamil on ischemia and ventricular arrhythmias after an acute myocardial infarction: prognostic implications. The Danish Verapamil Infarction Trial II Study Group

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    Vaage-Nilsen, M; Rasmussen, Verner; Hansen, J F

    1991-01-01

    This article is a review of presented subsets of the Danish Verapamil Infarction Trial II (DAVIT II) regarding the effect of verapamil on postinfarction ischemia, ventricular arrhythmias, and heart rate (HR), and the prognostic implications of these findings. Patients underwent Holter monitoring......: In the placebo group the prevalence and incidence of many ventricular ectopic beats (VEBs), i.e., more than 10 VEBs/h, increased significantly during the first years after infarction; this was not the case in the verapamil patients group. The mean HR was significantly reduced by verapamil treatment after 1 month...

  12. Electrical homogenization of ventricular scar by application of collagenase: a novel strategy for arrhythmia therapy.

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    Yagishita, Daigo; Ajijola, Olujimi A; Vaseghi, Marmar; Nsair, Ali; Zhou, Wei; Yamakawa, Kentaro; Tung, Roderick; Mahajan, Aman; Shivkumar, Kalyanam

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    Radiofrequency ablation for ventricular tachycardia is an established therapy. Use of chemical agents for scar homogenization represents an alternative approach. The purpose of this study was to characterize the efficacy of collagenase (CLG) application on epicardial ventricular scar homogenization. Myocardial infarcts were created in Yorkshire pigs (n=6) by intracoronary microsphere injection. After 46.6±4.3 days, CLG type 2, type 4, and purified CLG were applied in vitro (n=1) to myocardial tissue blocks containing normal myocardium, border zone, and dense scar. Histopathologic studies were performed to identify the optimal CLG subtype. In vivo high-density electroanatomic mapping of the epicardium was also performed, and border zone and dense scar surface area and late potentials were quantified before and after CLG-4 application (n=5). Of the CLG subtypes tested in vitro, CLG-4 provided the best scar modification and least damage to normal myocardium. During in vivo testing, CLG-4 application decreased border zone area (21.3±14.3 to 17.1±11.1 mm(2), P=0.043) and increased dense scar area (9.1±10.3 to 22.0±20.6 mm(2), P=0.043). The total scar area before and after CLG application was 30.4±23.4 and 39.2±29.5 mm(2), respectively (P=0.08). Late potentials were reduced by CLG-4 application (28.8±21.8 to 13.8±13.1, P=0.043). During CLG-4 application (50.0±15.5 minutes), systolic blood pressure and heart rate were not significantly changed (68.0±7.7 versus 61.8±5.3 mmHg, P=0.08; 77.4±7.3 versus 78.8±6.0 beats per minute, P=0.50, respectively). Ventricular epicardial scar homogenization by CLG-4 application is feasible and effective. This represents the first report on bioenzymatic ablation of arrhythmogenic tissue as an alternative strategy for lesion formation.

  13. Arrhythmia risk assessment using heart rate variability parameters in patients with frequent ventricular ectopic beats without structural heart disease.

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    Barutçu, Ahmet; Temiz, Ahmet; Bekler, Adem; Altun, Burak; Kirilmaz, Bahadir; Aksu, Feyza Ulusoy; Küçük, Uğur; Gazi, Emine

    2014-11-01

    Ventricular ectopic beats (VEBs) are usually considered a benign condition that can be managed with conservative measures. Heart rate variability (HRV), which is one of the most important methods for assessing autonomic activity, is a noninvasive, quantitative method of analyzing autonomic effects on the heart. We aimed to investigate the risk of arrhythmia in patients with VEBs and without cardiovascular disease by using HRV parameters. Patients with frequent VEBs (more than 30 times in 1 hour, according to the Lown classification) were identified. Identified patients were evaluated by 24-hour ECG recording. Our study included 43 patients with frequent VEBs and 43 controls. General characteristics of the study population were similar. The LF (low frequency)/HF (high frequency) ratio was significantly higher in the frequent VEBs group than in the control group (P < 0.001). The rate of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) was higher in the frequent VEB group than in the control group (P = 0.003). The number of VEBs was correlated with LF/HF ratio and PAF (r = 0.339, P = 0.001 and r = 0.294, P = 0.006, respectively). Our study showed that the sympathetic nervous system is dominant in young patients with VEBs and without significant comorbidities. There is a higher risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with VEBs and they should be monitored closely for atrial fibrillation. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Propafenone versus quinidine slow-release for the treatment of chronic ventricular arrhythmias

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    Nielsen, H; Sørum, C; Rasmussen, Verner

    1990-01-01

    The efficacy and side-effects of oral propafenone 300 mg b.i.d. were compared to those of quinidine slow-release 800 mg b.i.d. in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled cross-over study in 12 patients with symptomatic premature ventricular complexes (PVCs). Furthermore during steady......-state the plasma levels of propafenone and quinidine were measured repeatedly over an 8-hour period and correlated to the numbers of PVCs. In 6 patients both drugs reduced PVCs by 80%. In 2 patients this effect was obtained by propafenone and not by quinidine, while the reverse was found in another 2 patients....... In 2 patients neither of the drugs was able to reduce PVCs by 80%. During treatment with quinidine 4 patients experienced diarrhoea and 1 patient suffered headaches taking propafenone. The plasma levels showed great variation. No correlation between the plasma levels expressed as area under...

  15. Amiodarone, lidocaine, magnesium or placebo in shock refractory ventricular arrhythmia: A Bayesian network meta-analysis.

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    Khan, Safi U; Winnicka, Lydia; Saleem, Muhammad A; Rahman, Hammad; Rehman, Najeeb

    Recent evidence challenges, the superiority of amiodarone, compared to other anti-arrhythmic medications, as the agent of choice in pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). We conducted Bayesian network and traditional meta-analyses to investigate the relative efficacies of amiodarone, lidocaine, magnesium (MgSO4) and placebo as treatments for pulseless VT or VF. Eleven studies [5200 patients, 7 randomized trials (4, 611 patients) and 4 non-randomized studies (589 patients)], were included in this meta-analysis. The search was conducted, from 1981 to February 2017, using MEDLINE, EMBASE and The Cochrane Library. Estimates were reported as odds ratio (OR) with 95% Credible Interval (CrI). Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) modeling was used to estimate the relative ranking probability of each treatment group based on surface under cumulative ranking curve (SUCRA). Bayesian analysis demonstrated that lidocaine had superior effects on survival to hospital discharge, compared to amiodarone (OR, 2.18, 95% Cr.I 1.26-3.13), MgSO4 (OR, 2.03, 95% Cr.I 0.74-4.82) and placebo (OR, 2.42, 95% Cr.I 1.39-3.54). There were no statistical differences among treatment groups regarding survival to hospital admission/24 h (hrs) and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Probability analysis revealed that lidocaine was the most effective therapy for survival to hospital discharge (SUCRA, 97%). We conclude that lidocaine may be the most effective anti-arrhythmic agent for survival to hospital discharge in patients with pulseless VT or VF. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Serum markers of deranged myocardial collagen turnover: their relation to malignant ventricular arrhythmias in cardioverter-defibrillator recipients with heart failure.

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    Flevari, Panayota; Theodorakis, George; Leftheriotis, Dionyssios; Kroupis, Christos; Kolokathis, Fotis; Dima, Kleanthi; Anastasiou-Nana, Maria; Kremastinos, Dimitrios

    2012-10-01

    Pathologic collagen remodeling has been involved in the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in heart failure. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between malignant ventricular arrhythmias and cardiac collagen turnover indexes, expressing specific types of derangement in collagen physiology, in stable patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Seventy-four patients with an ICD and heart failure were studied. They had coronary artery disease (n = 42) or dilated cardiomyopathy, New York Heart Association classes I and II, and left ventricular ejection fraction 29% ± 1%. An ICD had been implanted for secondary (n = 36) or primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. We assessed (1) markers of collagen types I and III synthesis and their ratio: procollagen type I carboxyterminal peptide (PICP), procollagen type III aminoterminal peptide (PIIINP), and PICP/PIIINP; (2) markers of collagen degradation, degradation inhibition, and their ratio: matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase (TIMP) 1 (TIMP-1), and MMP-9/TIMP-1. Patients were prospectively followed up for 1 year. The number of episodes necessitating appropriate interventions for ventricular tachyarrhythmias (>170 beat/min) was related to the assessed parameters. Multivariate analysis revealed a significant relation between the number of tachyarrhythmic episodes and MMP-9/TIMP-1 (P = .007), PICP/PIIINP (P = .007), and ejection fraction (P = .04). No other significant relation was observed between arrhythmias and the remaining parameters. In heart failure, biochemical markers indicative of a deranged equilirium in myocardial collagen deposition/degradation and collagen I/III synthesis are related to ventricular arrhythmogenesis. Further studies are needed to investigate their predictive ability. Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Bioelectronic block of paravertebral sympathetic nerves mitigates post-myocardial infarction ventricular arrhythmias.

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    Chui, Ray W; Buckley, Una; Rajendran, Pradeep S; Vrabec, Tina; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Ardell, Jeffrey L

    2017-11-01

    Autonomic dysfunction contributes to induction of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT). To determine the efficacy of charge-balanced direct current (CBDC), applied to the T1-T2 segment of the paravertebral sympathetic chain, on VT inducibility post-myocardial infarction (MI). In a porcine model, CBDC was applied in acute animals (n = 7) to optimize stimulation parameters for sympathetic blockade and in chronic MI animals (n = 7) to evaluate the potential for VTs. Chronic MI was induced by microsphere embolization of the left anterior descending coronary artery. At termination, in anesthetized animals and following thoracotomy, an epicardial sock array was placed over both ventricles and a quadripolar carousel electrode positioned underlying the right T1-T2 paravertebral chain. In acute animals, the efficacy of CBDC carousel (CBDCC) block was assessed by evaluating cardiac function during T2 paravertebral ganglion stimulation with and without CBDCC. In chronic MI animals, VT inducibility was assessed by extrasystolic (S1-S2) stimulations at baseline and under >66% CBDCC blockade of T2-evoked sympathoexcitation. CBDCC demonstrated a current-dependent and reversible block without impacting basal cardiac function. VT was induced at baseline in all chronic MI animals. One animal died after baseline induction. Of the 6 remaining animals, only 1 was reinducible with simultaneous CBDCC application (P block of the T1-T2 paravertebral chain with CBDCC reduced VT in a chronic MI model. CBDCC prolonged VERP, without altering baseline cardiac function, resulting in improved electrical stability. Copyright © 2017 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Successful Right Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation in a Patient with Left Ventricular Non-compaction Cardiomyopathy

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    Shohreh Honarbakhsh, MBBS, BSc, MRCP

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a 67-year old male with a recent diagnosis of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC, initially presenting with symptomatic ventricular ectopy and runs of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT. This ventricular arrhythmia originated in a structurally normal right ventricle (RV and was successfully localized and ablated with the aid of the three-dimensional mapping and remote magnetic navigation.

  19. Effects of carvedilol therapy on cardiac autonomic control, QT dispersion, and ventricular arrhythmias in children with dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Oflaz, Mehmet Burhan; Balli, Sevket; Kibar, Ayse Esin; Ece, Ibrahim; Akdeniz, Celal; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2013-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of carvedilol therapy on autonomic control of the heart and QT-interval dispersion (QTd) among children with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) whose symptoms were not adequately controlled with standard congestive heart failure therapy. Patients with DCM who were treated with carvedilol were enrolled in the study. All patients had undergone carvedilol therapy in addition to standard therapy for at least 6 months. Clinical, echocardiographic, and electrocardiographic parameters, and 24-h Holter records of patients were retrospectively evaluated before and after carvedilol treatment. A total 34 patients (mean age: 7.4 ± 4.3 years) with DCM were analyzed in the study. The median follow-up period was 9.5 months. After the 6 months of carvedilol therapy the clinical score significantly improved, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and fractional shortening (LVFS) significantly increased, and left ventricle end-diastolic dimensions and end-systolic dimensions significantly decreased. There were statistically significant increases in mean SDNN, SDANN, rMSSD, and pNN50 (p = 0.002, p = 0.001, p = 0.008, and p = 0.026, respectively). After the carvedilol therapy, SDNN was correlated with the clinical score, heart rate, LVEF, LVFS, and total premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). In addition, rMSSD and pNN50 were correlated with heart rate, LVEF and LVFS. A significant reduction was observed in QTc-minimum, QTc-maximum, and QTd values (434.9 ± 40.7 vs. 416.1 ± 36.5, 497.8 ± 43.6 vs. 456.3 ± 41.7, 58.6 ± 17.1 vs. 49.3 ± 15.6; p < 0.001, p = 0.001, and p = 0.008, respectively). QTd was significantly related to PVCs (r = 0.62, p = 0.02). We conclude that the addition of carvedilol to standard therapy can improve clinical symptoms and heart rate variability, and reduce in arrhythmia markers in children with DCM.

  20. Relationships between cardiac innervation/perfusion imbalance and ventricular arrhythmias: impact on invasive electrophysiological parameters and ablation procedures

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    Gimelli, Alessia [Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa (Italy); Menichetti, Francesca; Soldati, Ezio; Liga, Riccardo; Vannozzi, Andrea; Bongiorni, Maria Grazia [University Hospital of Pisa, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Department, Pisa (Italy); Marzullo, Paolo [Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa (Italy); CNR, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa (Italy)

    2016-12-15

    To assess the relationship between regional myocardial perfusion and sympathetic innervation parameters at myocardial scintigraphy and intra-cavitary electrophysiological data in patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) submitted to invasive electrophysiological study and ablation procedure. Sixteen subjects underwent invasive electrophysiological study with electroanatomical mapping (EAM) followed by trans-catheter ablations of VA. Before ablation all patients were studied with a combined evaluation of regional myocardial perfusion and sympathetic innervation by means of tomographic {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin and {sup 123}I- metaiodobenzylguanidine cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) scintigraphies, respectively. Off-line spatial co-registration of CZT perfusion and innervation data with the three-dimensional EAM reconstruction was performed in every patient. CZT revealed the presence of myocardial scar in 55 (20 %) segments. Of the viable myocardial segments, 131 (60 %) presented a preserved adrenergic innervation, while 86 (40 %) showed a significantly depressed innervation (i.e. innervation/perfusion mismatch). On EAM, the invasively measured intra-cavitary voltage was significantly lower in scarred segments than in viable ones (1.7 ± 1.5 mV vs. 4.0 ± 2.2 mV, P < 0.001). Interestingly, among the viable segments, those showing an innervation/perfusion mismatch presented a significantly lower intra-cavitary voltage than those with preserved innervation (1.9 ± 2.5 mV vs. 4.7 ± 2.3 mV, P < 0.001). Intra-cardiac ablation was performed in 63 (23 %) segments. On multivariate analysis, after correction for scar burden, the segments showing an innervation/perfusion mismatch remained the most frequent ablation targets (OR 5.6, 95 % CI 1.5-20.8; P = 0.009). In patients with VA, intra-cavitary electrical abnormalities frequently originate at the level of viable myocardial segments with depressed sympathetic innervation that frequently represents the ultimate ablation target

  1. [Arrhythmia and sleep apnea syndrome].

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    Marrakchi, S; Kammoun, I; Kachboura, S

    2015-10-01

    Arrhythmia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Europe and in the United States. The aim of this review article was to assess the results of the prospective studies that evaluated the risk of arrhythmia in patients with sleep apnea syndrome and discuss the management of this arrhythmia. Reports published with the following search terms were searched: sleep apnea syndrome, atrial flutter, supraventricular arrhythmia, ventricular arrhythmia, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, torsade de pointe, atrial fibrillation and sudden death. The investigation was restricted to reports published in English and French. The outcome of this analysis suggests that patients with untreated overt sleep apnea syndrome are at increased risk of arrhythmia. The timely recognition and effective treatment of sleep apnea syndrome in patients with arrhythmia are mandatory because the prognosis of arrhythmia may be improved with the appropriate treatment of sleep apnea syndrome. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  2. The T-peak-to-T-end interval: a novel ECG marker for ventricular arrhythmia and appropriate ICD therapy in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Dinshaw, Leon; Münch, Julia; Dickow, Jannis; Lezius, Susanne; Willems, Stephan; Hoffmann, Boris A; Patten, Monica

    2018-02-01

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) primarily due to ventricular arrhythmia (VA). In patients (pts.) with a high risk of SCD, the implantation of an intracardiac cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is thus indicated. Previous studies suggest that a prolonged interval between the peak and the end of the T wave, T-peak to T-end (TpTe), is associated with an elevated risk of VA and SCD in various clinical settings. The aim of our study was to evaluate the association between TpTe and VA in HCM pts. with a previously implanted ICD. In 40 HCM pts. (51.4 ± 16.4 years; 62.5% men), TpTe was measured using the baseline digital standard resting 12-lead ECG during sinus rhythm. VA was assessed by device follow-up. Within 41.8 ± 35.1 months, 7 (17.5%) pts. had VA leading to appropriate therapy (AT), 7 pts. (17.5%) had non-sustained VA, and 26 pts. (65.0%) had no VA. The maximum TpTe was significantly prolonged in pts. with VA leading to AT compared to pts. without VA (101.3 ± 19.6 vs. 79.9 ± 15.3 ms; p = 0.004). Maximum TpTe was associated with an elevated risk of VA leading to AT (hazard ratio per 10 ms increase 1.63; 95% CI 1.04-2.54; p = 0.031) and pts. with a maximum TpTe ≤ 78 ms were without any VA leading to AT during follow-up. There was no correlation of maximum TpTe to other clinical parameters in our patient cohort. A prolonged TpTe is associated with VA and AT in HCM. Our findings suggest that TpTe can possibly serve as a marker for ventricular arrhythmogenesis in pts. with HCM and assessment of TpTe might, therefore, optimize SCD risk stratification.

  3. Arrhythmia susceptibility in senescent rat hearts

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    Stefano Rossi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease increases with age as well as alterations of cardiac electrophysiological properties, but a detailed knowledge about changes in cardiac electrophysiology relevant to arrhythmogenesis in the elderly is relatively lacking. The aim of this study was to determine specific age-related changes in electrophysiological properties of the ventricles which can be related to a structural-functional arrhythmogenic substrate. Multiple epicardial electrograms were recorded on the ventricular surface of in vivo control and aged rats, while arrhythmia vulnerability was investigated by premature stimulation protocols. Single or multiple ectopic beats and sustained ventricular arrhythmias were frequently induced in aged but not in control hearts. Abnormal ventricular activation patterns during sinus rhythm and unchanged conduction velocity during point stimulation in aged hearts suggest the occurrence of impaired impulse conduction through the distal Purkinje system that might create a potential reentry substrate.

  4. The influence of type 2 diabetes mellitus on the frequency and complexity of ventricular arrhythmias and heart rate variability in patients after myocardial infarction

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    Stoičkov Viktor

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. After myocardial infarction arrhythmic cardiac deaths are significantly more frequent compared to non-arrhythmic ones. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM on the frequency and complexity of ventricular arrhythmias after myocardial infarction. Methods. The study included 293 patients, mean age 59.5 ± 9.21 years, who were at least six months after acute myocardial infarction with the sinus rhythm, without atrioventricular blocks and branch blocks. In the clinical group 95 (32.42% patients were with T2DM, while 198 (67.57% patients were without diabetes. All of the patients were subjected to the following procedures: standard ECG according to which the corrected QT dispersion (QTdc was calculated, exercise stress test, and 24-hour holter monitoring according to which, the four parameters of time domain of heart rate variability (HRV were analyzed: standard deviation of all normal RR intervals during 24 hours (SDNN, standard deviation of the averages of normal RR intervals in all five-minute segments during 24 hours (SDANN, the square root of the mean of the sum of the squares of differences between adjacent normal (RMS-SD, and percentage of consequtive RR intervals which differed for more than 50 ms during 24 hours (NN > 50 ms. Results. In patients after myocardial infarction, patients with T2DM had significantly higher percentage of frequent and complex ventricular arrhythmias compared to the patients without diabetes (p 50 ms (p < 0.001, and significantly higher values of QTdc (p < 0.001 compared to the patients without diabetes. Conclusion. The study showed that type 2 diabetes mellitus has significant influence on ventricular arrhythmias, HRV parameters and QT dispersion in patients after myocardial infarction.

  5. The Association between Nocturnal Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sleep-Disordered Breathing: The DREAM Study.

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    Selim, Bernardo J; Koo, Brian B; Qin, Li; Jeon, Sangchoon; Won, Christine; Redeker, Nancy S; Lampert, Rachel J; Concato, John P; Bravata, Dawn M; Ferguson, Jared; Strohl, Kingman; Bennett, Adam; Zinchuk, Andrey; Yaggi, Henry K

    2016-06-15

    To determine whether sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with cardiac arrhythmia in a clinic-based population with multiple cardiovascular comorbidities and severe SDB. This was a cross-sectional analysis of 697 veterans who underwent polysomnography for suspected SDB. SDB was categorized according to the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI): none (AHI cardiac arrhythmias consisted of: (1) complex ventricular ectopy, (CVE: non-sustained ventricular tachycardia, bigeminy, trigeminy, or quadrigeminy), (2) combined supraventricular tachycardia, (CST: atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia), (3) intraventricular conduction delay (ICD), (4) tachyarrhythmias (ventricular and supraventricular), and (5) any cardiac arrhythmia. Unadjusted, adjusted logistic regression, and Cochran-Armitage testing examined the association between SDB and cardiac arrhythmias. Linear regression models explored the association between hypoxia, arousals, and cardiac arrhythmias. Compared to those without SDB, patients with moderate-severe SDB had almost three-fold unadjusted odds of any cardiac arrhythmia (2.94; CI 95%, 2.01-4.30; p cardiac arrhythmias (2.24; 1.48-3.39; p = 0.004). Frequency of obstructive respiratory events and hypoxia were strong predictors of arrhythmia risk. SDB is independently associated with nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias. Increasing severity of SDB was associated with an increasing risk for any cardiac arrhythmia. © 2016 American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

  6. Echocardiography and cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Papadopoulos, Constantinos H; Oikonomidis, Dimitrios; Lazaris, Efstathios; Nihoyannopoulos, Petros

    2017-12-05

    Cardiac arrhythmias refer to any abnormality or disturbance in the normal activation sequence of the myocardium and may be indicative of structural heart disease and the cause of significant cardiovascular complications and sudden cardiac death. The following review summarizes the current state-of-the-art knowledge on the role of echocardiography in the management of cardiac arrhythmias and focuses on atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias where echocardiography presents a particular diagnostic and prognostic interest. Moreover, a brief reference is made to the effect of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities on echocardiographic examination. Copyright © 2017 Hellenic Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias

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    Lip, Gregory Y.H.; Coca, Antonio; Kahan, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Hypertension is a common cardiovascular risk factor leading to heart failure (HF), coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease and chronic renal insufficiency. Hypertensive heart disease can manifest as many cardiac arrhythmias, most commonly being atrial fibrillation (AF). Both......, hypomagnesemia), further contributing to arrhythmias, whereas effective control of blood pressure may prevent the development of the arrhythmias such as AF. In recognizing this close relationship between hypertension and arrhythmias, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the European Society...... supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias may occur in hypertensive patients, especially in those with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) or HF. Also, some of the antihypertensive drugs commonly used to reduce blood pressure, such as thiazide diuretics, may result in electrolyte abnormalities (e.g. hypokalaemia...

  8. [Arrhythmia and sport].

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    Saoudi, N; Yaici, K; Zarkane, N; Darmon, J P; Rinaldi, J P; Brunner, P; Ricard, P; Mourou, M Y

    2005-12-01

    Sports arrhythmia has gained wide attention with the mediatization of the death of famous sports stars. Sport strongly modifies the structure of the heart with the development of left ventricular hypertrophy which may be difficult to differentiate from that due to doping. Intense training modifies also the resting electrocardiogram with appearance of signs of left ventricular hypertrophy whereas resting sinus bradycardia and atrioventricular conduction disturbances usually reverts upon exertion. Accordingly, arrhythmia may develop ranging from extrasystoles to atrial fibrillation and even sudden death. Recent data suggest that if benign arrhythmia may be the result of the sole intense training and are reversible, malignant ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death mostly occur in unknown structural heart disease. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is amongst the most frequent post mortem diagnosis in this situation. Doping is now present in many sports and further threatens the athlete in the safe practice of sport.

  9. Protective effects of saffron (Crocus sativus) against lethal ventricular arrhythmias induced by heart reperfusion in rat: a potential anti-arrhythmic agent.

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    Joukar, Siyavash; Ghasemipour-Afshar, Elham; Sheibani, Mohammad; Naghsh, Nooshin; Bashiri, Alireza

    2013-07-01

    Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) has been used as a cuisine spice in eastern and western societies for thousands of years. In traditional medicine, saffron is recommended for the treatment of various kinds of disorders including heart palpitations. We investigated the hypothesis of the protective effect of saffron on lethal cardiac arrhythmias induced by heart ischemia-reperfusion in rat. Animals were divided into a control (CTL) group that received tap water, Saf50, Saf100 and Saf200 groups that were orally treated with aqueous extracts of saffron, at dosages of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg/day, respectively, and amiodarone (Amio) group that orally received 30 mg/kg/day for seven days. On day 8, heart ischemia-reperfusion was induced by ligation and releasing of the left anterior descending coronary artery. During reperfusion, the numbers and durations of ventricular fibrillation (VF) decreased in all groups compared to the CTL group (p saffron only significantly prolonged the QTcn interval. The results suggest that pretreatment with saffron, especially at the dosage of 100 mg/kg/day, attenuates the susceptibility and incidence of fatal ventricular arrhythmia during the reperfusion period in the rat. This protective effect is apparently mediated through reduction of electrical conductivity and prolonging the action potential duration.

  10. Chagas disease as a cause of heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias in patients long removed from endemic areas: an emerging problem in Europe.

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    Vannucchi, Vieri; Tomberli, Benedetta; Zammarchi, Lorenzo; Fornaro, Alessandra; Castelli, Gabriele; Pieralli, Filippo; Berni, Andrea; Yacoub, Sophie; Bartoloni, Alessandro; Olivotto, Iacopo

    2015-12-01

    Chagas disease is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. In endemic areas (South and Central America), Chagas disease represents a relevant public health issue, and is the most frequent cause of cardiomyopathy. In nonendemic areas, such as Europe, Chagas disease represents an emerging problem following the establishment of sizeable communities from Brazil and Bolivia. Chagas cardiomyopathy represents the most frequent and serious complication of chronic Chagas disease, affecting about 20-30% of patients, potentially leading to heart failure, arrhythmias, thromboembolism, stroke and sudden death. Because late complications of Chagas disease may develop several years or even decades after the acute infection, it may be extremely challenging to reach the correct diagnosis in patients long removed from the countries of origin. We report two examples of Chagas cardiomyopathy in South American women permanently residing in Italy for more than 20 years, presenting with cardiac manifestations ranging from left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure to isolated ventricular arrhythmias. The present review emphasizes that Chagas disease should be considered as a potential diagnosis in patients from endemic areas presenting with 'idiopathic' cardiac manifestations, even when long removed from their country of origin, with potential implications for treatment and control of Chagas disease transmission.

  11. New aspects of the clinical use of anti-arrhythmia agents with special reference to acute therapy of ventricular tachycardia (lidocaine vs. ajmaline).

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    Manz, M; Mletzko, R; Jung, W; Lüderitz, B

    1990-04-01

    Antiarrhythmic treatment is based on the hypothesis that ventricular premature beats (VPBs), in the presence of underlying cardiac disease and impaired ventricular function, may predispose to sudden cardiac death. The effectiveness of treatment, however, has not been proven. For acute treatment of paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia, on comparison of the effectiveness of lidocaine and ajmaline, some new aspects have been rendered. VENTRICULAR PREMATURE BEATS (VPB): Isolated VPBs can be found in 40 to 75% of healthy subjects; if their number is substantial, investigation is warranted. For VPBs with subjective symptoms, beta-receptor blockers or specific antiarrhythmic agents, if necessary in combination, may be given. In several studies it has been shown that the prognosis of patients with frequent and complex VPBs, that is couplets and salvos, without heart disease is not compromised. In one long-term study over an average of 6.5 years, sudden death was observed in only one of 70 subjects who had 566 VPBs/24 hours, 60% additionally couplets and 26% salvos in the Holter ECG. Accordingly, treatment for the sake of prognosis is not warranted. For patients with mitral valve prolapse or only mildly impaired ventricular function and asymptomatic arrhythmias, treatment is not necessary since it has not been shown to be beneficial. Coronary artery disease is the most frequent cause of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. In numerous studies in patients after myocardial infarction, a relationship has been recognized between frequent and complex VPBs and overall mortality as well as sudden death. Particularly at risk are patients with very frequent and complex VPBs with additional impairment of ejection fraction to less than 30 to 40% but this group only accounts for 10% of patients after infarction. Only in one interventional study, carried out with aprindine, there was a significant reduction in overall mortality from 12.5 to 7.8% with an adverse reaction rate, however

  12. Efeito de anestésicos locais com e sem vasoconstritor em pacientes com arritmias ventriculares Effect of local anesthetics with and without vasoconstrictor agent in patients with ventricular arrhythmias

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    Maria Teresa Fernández Cáceres

    2008-09-01

    arrhythmia, when compared to the use of anesthetics without vasoconstrictor. METHODS: A prospective randomized study evaluated 33 patients with positive serology for Chagas' disease and 32 patients with coronary artery disease that presented complex ventricular arrhythmia at Holter monitoring (>10 EV/h and NSVT, of which 21 were females, aged 54.73 + 7.94 years, submitted to routine dental treatment with pterygomandibular anesthesia. These patients were divided in two groups: group I received prilocaine 3% associated with felypressin 0.03 IU/ml and group II received lidocaine 2% without vasoconstrictor. The number and complexity of extrasystoles were analyzed, as well as the heart rate and systemic arterial pressure of the patients on the day before, one hour before, during the procedure and one hour after the dental procedure. RESULTS: No hemodynamic alterations or increase in the number and complexity of the ventricular arrhythmia related to the anesthetic used in the dental procedure were observed in either group. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that prilocaine 3% associated to a felypressin 0.03 IU/ml can be safely used in patients with Chagas' disease or coronariopathy with complex ventricular arrhythmia.

  13. Short-term variability in QT interval and ventricular arrhythmias induced by dofetilide are dependent on high-frequency autonomic oscillations.

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    Champeroux, P; Thireau, J; Judé, S; Laigot-Barbé, C; Maurin, A; Sola, M L; Fowler, J S L; Richard, S; Le Guennec, J Y

    2015-06-01

    The present study was undertaken to investigate an effect of dofetilide, a potent arrhythmic blocker of the voltage-gated K(+) channel, hERG, on cardiac autonomic control. Combined with effects on ardiomyocytes, these properties could influence its arrhythmic potency. The short-term variability of beat-to-beat QT interval (STVQT ), induced by dofetilide is a strong surrogate of Torsades de pointes liability. Involvement of autonomic modulation in STVQT was investigated in healthy cynomolgus monkeys and beagle dogs by power spectral analysis under conditions of autonomic blockade with hexamethonium. Increase in STVQT induced by dofetilide in monkeys and dogs was closely associated with an enhancement of endogenous heart rate and QT interval high-frequency (HF) oscillations. These effects were fully suppressed under conditions of autonomic blockade with hexamethonium. Ventricular arrhythmias, including Torsades de pointes in monkeys, were prevented in both species when HF oscillations were suppressed by autonomic blockade. Similar enhancements of heart rate HF oscillations were found in dogs with other hERG blockers described as causing Torsades de pointes in humans. These results demonstrate for the first time that beat-to-beat ventricular repolarization variability and ventricular arrhythmias induced by dofetilide are dependent on endogenous HF autonomic oscillations in heart rate. When combined with evidence of hERG-blocking properties, enhancement of endogenous HF oscillations in heart rate could constitute an earlier and more sensitive biomarker than STVQT for Torsades de pointes liability, applicable to preclinical regulatory studies conducted in healthy animals. © 2015 The British Pharmacological Society.

  14. Short-term variability in QT interval and ventricular arrhythmias induced by dofetilide are dependent on high-frequency autonomic oscillations

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    Champeroux, P; Thireau, J; Judé, S; Laigot-Barbé, C; Maurin, A; Sola, M L; Fowler, J S L; Richard, S; Le Guennec, J Y

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose The present study was undertaken to investigate an effect of dofetilide, a potent arrhythmic blocker of the voltage-gated K+ channel, hERG, on cardiac autonomic control. Combined with effects on ardiomyocytes, these properties could influence its arrhythmic potency. Experimental Approach The short-term variability of beat-to-beat QT interval (STVQT), induced by dofetilide is a strong surrogate of Torsades de pointes liability. Involvement of autonomic modulation in STVQT was investigated in healthy cynomolgus monkeys and beagle dogs by power spectral analysis under conditions of autonomic blockade with hexamethonium. Key Results Increase in STVQT induced by dofetilide in monkeys and dogs was closely associated with an enhancement of endogenous heart rate and QT interval high-frequency (HF) oscillations. These effects were fully suppressed under conditions of autonomic blockade with hexamethonium. Ventricular arrhythmias, including Torsades de pointes in monkeys, were prevented in both species when HF oscillations were suppressed by autonomic blockade. Similar enhancements of heart rate HF oscillations were found in dogs with other hERG blockers described as causing Torsades de pointes in humans. Conclusions and Implications These results demonstrate for the first time that beat-to-beat ventricular repolarization variability and ventricular arrhythmias induced by dofetilide are dependent on endogenous HF autonomic oscillations in heart rate. When combined with evidence of hERG-blocking properties, enhancement of endogenous HF oscillations in heart rate could constitute an earlier and more sensitive biomarker than STVQT for Torsades de pointes liability, applicable to preclinical regulatory studies conducted in healthy animals. PMID:25625756

  15. Arrhythmias and sudden death in heart failure.

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    Stevenson, W G; Sweeney, M O

    1997-09-01

    Survival of patients with heart failure has improved over the past decade due to advances in medical therapy. Sudden death continues to cause 20 to 50% of deaths. Ventricular arrhythmias are common in patients with heart failure. Ventricular hypertrophy, scars from prior myocardial infarction, sympathetic activation, and electrolyte abnormalities contribute. Some sudden deaths are due to bradyarrhythmias and electromechanical dissociation rather than ventricular arrhythmias. The risks and benefits of antiarrhythmic therapies continue to be defined. Class I antiarrhythmic drugs should be avoided due to proarrhythmic and negative inotropic effects that may increase mortality. For patients resuscitated from sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) amiodarone or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be considered. ICDs markedly reduce sudden death in VT/VF survivors, but in advanced heart failure, this may not markedly extend survival. Catheter or surgical ablation can be considered for selected patients with bundle branch reentry VT or difficult to control monomorphic VT. For patients who have not had sustained VT/VF antiarrhythmic therapy should generally be avoided, but may benefit some high risk patients. Amiodarone may be beneficial in patients with advanced heart failure and rapid resting heart rates. ICDs may improve survival in selected survivors of myocardial infarction who have inducible VT.

  16. ARRITMIAS VENTRICULARES Y NUEVO SÍNDROME CORONARIO AGUDO EN PACIENTES CON INFARTO Y DISPERSIÓN DEL INTERVALO QT PROLONGADO / Ventricular arrhythmias and new acute coronary syndrome in patients with infarction and prolonged QT dispersion

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    Luis M. Reyes Hernández

    2013-01-01

    and Objectives: Myocardial ischemia increases QT dispersion in the electrocardiogram because, in these circumstances, the action potential duration decreases in the ischemic insult area by creating a dispersion of repolarization. The rapid succession of local metabolic and ionic alterations creates favorable situations in the genesis of ventricular arrhythmias during ischemia. The objective was to determine the association of the prolonged QTc dispersion, in the acute coronary syndrome, with ventricular arrhythmias and the recurrence of acute coronary disease. Method: A total of 194 patients with acute myocardial infarction were studied. The QT interval duration was measured in a 12-lead electrocardiogram and it was corrected for heart rate in each of these leads. The dispersion of the interval was also assessed. It was taken into account the electrocardiographic evolution of these patients in relation to the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias and a new acute coronary syndrome in a 30-day follow-up. Results: Among the patients who had a prolonged QT dispersion, there was a prevalence of the deceased due to ventricular fibrillation (7 cases for 7.5%, and only 2 patients (2.2% who suffered from this arrhythmia were discharged alive. A new acute coronary syndrome was found in 17 patients with prolonged QT dispersion, versus 8 patients with normal QT dispersion. Conclusions: Ventricular extrasystoles was the most common arrhythmia in patients with normal QT dispersion, and ventricular fibrillation was the most common in patients with prolonged QT dispersion. Most patients who had a new acute coronary syndrome had a prolonged QTc.

  17. Ventricular arrhythmias in Rhodesian Ridgebacks with a family history of sudden death and results of a pedigree analysis for potential inheritance patterns.

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    Meurs, Kathryn M; Weidman, Jess A; Rosenthal, Steven L; Lahmers, Kevin K; Friedenberg, Steven G

    2016-05-15

    OBJECTIVE To evaluate a group of related Rhodesian Ridgebacks with a family history of sudden death for the presence of arrhythmia and to identify possible patterns of disease inheritance among these dogs. DESIGN Prospective case series and pedigree investigation. ANIMALS 25 Rhodesian Ridgebacks with shared bloodlines. PROCEDURES Pedigrees of 4 young dogs (1 female and 3 males; age, 7 to 12 months) that died suddenly were evaluated, and owners of closely related dogs were asked to participate in the study. Dogs were evaluated by 24-hour Holter monitoring, standard ECG, echocardiography, or some combination of these to assess cardiac status. Necropsy reports, if available, were reviewed. RESULTS 31 close relatives of the 4 deceased dogs were identified. Of 21 dogs available for examination, 8 (2 males and 6 females) had ventricular tachyarrhythmias (90 to 8,700 ventricular premature complexes [VPCs]/24 h). No dogs had clinical signs of cardiac disease reported. Echocardiographic or necropsy evaluation for 7 of 12 dogs deemed affected (ie, with frequent or complex VPCs or sudden death) did not identify structural lesions. Five of 6 screened parents of affected dogs had 0 to 5 VPCs/24 h (all singlets), consistent with a normal reading. Pedigree evaluation suggested an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance, but autosomal dominant inheritance with incomplete penetrance could not be ruled out. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Holter monitoring of Rhodesian Ridgebacks with a family history of an arrhythmia or sudden death is recommended for early diagnosis of disease. An autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance in the studied dogs was likely, and inbreeding should be strongly discouraged.

  18. Genetics of Inherited Arrhythmias in Children

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    Maully J. Shah

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Over the past two decades, breakthroughs in basic science have revealed the genetic etiology for several inherited arrhythmias. Onset of arrhythmias often commences in childhood and adolescence. The aim of the article is to provide a succinct overview of the genetic background of diseases that may cause life threatening arrhythmias in children and provide a description of reported genotype-phenotype relationships. Inherited channelopathies, namely, those causing long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, catecholamine sensitive ventricular polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and Brugada syndrome and two cardiomyopathies (hypertrophic and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia associated with ventricular arrhythmias are discussed.

  19. Induction of ventricular fibrillation predicts sudden death in patients treated with amiodarone because of ventricular tachyarrhythmias after a myocardial infarction.

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    Rodríguez, L. M.; Sternick, E. B.; Smeets, J. L.; Timmermans, C.; den Dulk, K.; Oreto, G.; Wellens, H. J.

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    OBJECTIVE--To examine the value of programmed electrical stimulation of the heart in predicting sudden death in patients receiving amiodarone to treat ventricular tachyarrhythmias after myocardial infarction. DESIGN--Consecutive patients; retrospective study. SETTING--Referral centre for cardiology, academic hospital. PATIENTS--106 patients with ventricular tachycardia (n = 77) or ventricular fibrillation (n = 29) late after myocardial infarction. INTERVENTIONS--Programmed electrical stimulation was performed while on amiodarone treatment for at least one month. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS--In 80/106 patients either ventricular fibrillation (n = 15) or sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (n = 65) was induced. After a mean follow up of 50 (SD 40) months (1-144), 11 patients died suddenly and two used their implantable cardioverter debfibrillator. By multivariate analysis two predictors for sudden death were found: (1) inducibility of ventricular fibrillation under amiodarone treatment (P rate at one, two, three, and five years was 70%, 62%, 62%, and 40% respectively for patients in whom ventricular fibrillation was induced, and 98%, 96%, 94%, 94% for patients with induced sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. Where there was no sustained arrhythmia, five year survival was 100%. CONCLUSIONS--In patients receiving amiodarone because of life threatening ventricular arrhythmias after myocardial infarction, inducibility of ventricular fibrillation, but not of sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia, indicates a high risk of sudden death. PMID:8624866

  20. Implanted cardioverter-defibrillators are preferable to drugs as primary therapy in sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

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    Saksena, S; Madan, N; Lewis, C

    1996-01-01

    The choice of initial therapy for patients with malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias is examined based on clinical efficacy, patient safety, and cost. Antiarrhythmic drug therapy can be administered using a guided or empiric approach. Guided type-1 antiarrhythmic drug therapy has been associated with high arrhythmia recurrence rates (> 40% at 1 year) and moderate sudden death rates (10% at 1 year). Sotalol is associated with lower arrhythmia recurrence rates (20% at 1 year) that increase to 50% at 4 years. Beta-blocking agents have a limited role as stand-alone therapy in this condition. Empiric amiodarone therapy has sudden death-free survival rates of 82% at 2 years but has significantly poorer results in patients with ejection fractions death recurrence rates of 1% to 2% per year, with a cumulative index of 10% at 5 years. Total survival rate of ICD recipients ranges from 85% to 92% at 2 years. In patients with good left ventricular function, it approaches 90% at 5 years, whereas it is between 50% to 60% in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction. Data from device memory indicate an absolute reduction in mortality rates with ICD intervention. Comparison of drug and device therapy has been performed in retrospective and prospective studies. Improved survival with device therapy is noted, particularly in patients with ejection fractions rate of ICD therapy of 0.8% contrasts favorably with a 13% mortality rate in the ESVEM trial with antiarrhythmic drugs and a 3.5% mortality rate in the CASCADE study. Economic analyses show that drug therapy and device therapy are both within the range of other current cardiovascular therapies. An improving economic profile for device therapy has been observed with nonthoracotomy and pectoral implantation and direct use of ICD therapy because primary therapy shortens hospital stay and reduces costs. Based on available data, ICD therapy is preferable as initial therapy in patients with malignant ventricular

  1. The atherosclerosis of the sinus node artery is associated with an increased history of supra-ventricular arrhythmias: a retrospective study on 541 standard coronary angiograms

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    Michele M. Ciulla

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background. The ischemic damage of the sinus node (SN is a well known cause of cardiac arrhythmias and can be a consequence of any flow abnormality in the sinus node artery (SNA. Accordingly we aimed this retrospective study to: (1 evaluate the suitability of the standard coronary angiography to study the SNA and (2 determine if the percentage of subjects with a positive retrospective history of supra-ventricular arrhythmias (SVA differs in patients with normal and diseased SNA ascertained at the time of coronary angiography.Methods and Results. Out of the 541 coronary angiograms reviewed the SNA was visible for its entire course in 486 cases (89.8%. It was found to arise from the right side of the coronary circulation in 266 cases (54.7% slightly more often than from the left, 219 cases (45.1%. One patient had 2 distinct SNA arising from either side of the coronary circulation. For the second objective, we studied the 333 patients with: (a coronary artery disease (CAD, (b properly evaluable SNA and (c complete clinical history available. In 51 (15.3% a SNA disease was found, 41.2% of them had a positive SVA history, mainly atrial fibrillation (AF, whereas only 7.4% of patients with a positive history of SVA could be found in the non-SNA diseased. This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.001.Conclusions. (1 The evaluation of the SNA is feasible in clinical practice during a standard coronary angiography; (2 this may be relevant since angiographically detectable SNA disease was significantly associated with a positive history of SVA.

  2. Long-term pretreatment with desethylamiodarone (DEA) or amiodarone (AMIO) protects against coronary artery occlusion induced ventricular arrhythmias in conscious rats.

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    Morvay, Nikolett; Baczkó, István; Sztojkov-Ivanov, Anita; Falkay, György; Papp, Julius Gy; Varró, András; Leprán, István

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this investigation was to compare the effectiveness of long-term pretreatment with amiodarone (AMIO) and its active metabolite desethylamiodarone (DEA) on arrhythmias induced by acute myocardial infarction in rats. Acute myocardial infarction was induced in conscious, male, Sprague-Dawley rats by pulling a previously inserted loose silk loop around the left main coronary artery. Long-term oral pretreatment with AMIO (30 or 100 mg·(kg body mass)(-1)·day(-1), loading dose 100 or 300 mg·kg(-1) for 3 days) or DEA (15 or 50 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1), loading dose 100 or 300 mg·kg(-1) for 3 days), was applied for 1 month before the coronary artery occlusion. Chronic oral treatment with DEA (50 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)) resulted in a similar myocardial DEA concentration as chronic AMIO treatment (100 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)) in rats (7.4 ± 0.7 μg·g(-1) and 8.9 ± 2.2 μg·g(-1)). Both pretreatments in the larger doses significantly improved the survival rate during the acute phase of experimental myocardial infarction (82% and 64% by AMIO and DEA, respectively, vs. 31% in controls). Our results demonstrate that chronic oral treatment with DEA resulted in similar cardiac tissue levels to that of chronic AMIO treatment, and offered an equivalent degree of antiarrhythmic effect against acute coronary artery ligation induced ventricular arrhythmias in conscious rats.

  3. Cardiac Arrhythmias in Recently Diagnosed Hypertensive Patients ...

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    Various forms of cardiac arrhythmias have been documented in hypertensive subjects, and hypertension is an important risk factor for the development of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. Electrocardiography at rest easily documents significant arrhythmias in patients, and this study was carried out to ...

  4. Morning surge of ventricular arrhythmias in a new arrhythmogenic canine model of chronic heart failure is associated with attenuation of time-of-day dependence of heart rate and autonomic adaptation, and reduced cardiac chaos.

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    Yujie Zhu

    Full Text Available Patients with chronic heart failure (CHF exhibit a morning surge in ventricular arrhythmias, but the underlying cause remains unknown. The aim of this study was to determine if heart rate dynamics, autonomic input (assessed by heart rate variability (HRV and nonlinear dynamics as well as their abnormal time-of-day-dependent oscillations in a newly developed arrhythmogenic canine heart failure model are associated with a morning surge in ventricular arrhythmias. CHF was induced in dogs by aortic insufficiency & aortic constriction, and assessed by echocardiography. Holter monitoring was performed to study time-of-day-dependent variation in ventricular arrhythmias (PVCs, VT, traditional HRV measures, and nonlinear dynamics (including detrended fluctuations analysis α1 and α2 (DFAα1 & DFAα2, correlation dimension (CD, and Shannon entropy (SE at baseline, as well as 240 days (240 d and 720 days (720 d following CHF induction. LV fractional shortening was decreased at both 240 d and 720 d. Both PVCs and VT increased with CHF duration and showed a morning rise (2.5-fold & 1.8-fold increase at 6 AM-noon vs midnight-6 AM during CHF. The morning rise in HR at baseline was significantly attenuated by 52% with development of CHF (at both 240 d & 720 d. Morning rise in the ratio of low frequency to high frequency (LF/HF HRV at baseline was markedly attenuated with CHF. DFAα1, DFAα2, CD and SE all decreased with CHF by 31, 17, 34 and 7%, respectively. Time-of-day-dependent variations in LF/HF, CD, DFA α1 and SE, observed at baseline, were lost during CHF. Thus in this new arrhythmogenic canine CHF model, attenuated morning HR rise, blunted autonomic oscillation, decreased cardiac chaos and complexity of heart rate, as well as aberrant time-of-day-dependent variations in many of these parameters were associated with a morning surge of ventricular arrhythmias.

  5. Electrophysiological and haemodynamic effects of lidocaine and ajmaline in the management of sustained ventricular tachycardia.

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    Manz, M; Mletzko, R; Jung, W; Lüderitz, B

    1992-08-01

    The electrophysiological and haemodynamic effects of lidocaine (100 mg) and ajmaline (50 mg) were evaluated while attempting to interrupt sustained ventricular tachycardia. The study was performed as a prospective, non-blinded, randomized investigation in 61 patients. Lidocaine terminated ventricular tachycardia in four of 31 patients, ajmaline in 19 of 30 patients (P less than 0.001). QRS and RR intervals during ventricular tachycardia were prolonged by ajmaline from 164 +/- 28 ms to 214 +/- 49 ms and from 371 +/- 86 ms to 479 +/- 137 ms (P less than 0.001), respectively; lidocaine did not influence these parameters. The duration of the return cycles after termination of ventricular tachycardia did not differ between the two groups. Lidocaine did not change cardiac output during ventricular tachycardia whereas cardiac output increased significantly under ajmaline from 3.5 +/- 1.21.min-1 to 5.5 +/- 1.91.min-1 (P less than 0.001). It is concluded that anti-arrhythmic agents such as ajmaline, which slow conduction velocity and prolong refractoriness, are more effective than lidocaine in the medical treatment of haemodynamically stable, sustained ventricular tachycardia.

  6. Arrhythmia as a cardiac manifestation in MELAS syndrome

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    Tamara Thomas

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A 44-year-old female with a diagnosis of mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy and stroke-like episodes (MELAS syndrome had progressive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH on echocardiogram. A Holter monitor demonstrated episodes of non-sustained atrial tachycardia, a finding not been previously described in this population. This unique case of MELAS syndrome demonstrates the known associated cardiac manifestation of LVH and the new finding of atrial tachycardia which may represent the potential for subclinical arrhythmia in this population.

  7. Clinical Profile of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Children Attending the Out Patient Department of a Tertiary Paediatric Care Centre in Chennai.

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    Premkumar, Sarala; Sundararajan, Premkumar; Sangaralingam, Thangavelu

    2016-12-01

    The presentation of symptoms of paediatric arrhythmias vary depending on the age and underlying heart disease. Physical examination of children with important arrhythmias may be entirely normal. Aim is to study the characteristics of cardiac arrhythmias in paediatric patients in a tertiary paediatric care centre in Chennai, India. The participants (n=60) were from birth to 12 years of age. Patients with sinus arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia and sinus bradycardia were excluded. Proportions of various parameters of interest like clinical features, age and sex distribution and underlying heart disease of children presenting with cardiac arrhythmias were arrived. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 16.0. Ventricular ectopics were the most common type of arrhythmias observed in the present study followed by Sinus Node Dysfunction (SND). The most common type of SND was sino atrial arrest. Supra ventricular tachycardia was the most frequently sustained tachyarrhythmia in the present study. An increased association of WPW (Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome) with specific congenital cardiac defects was noted. Cardiac arrhythmias in children can present at anytime from fetal life to adolescence and their recognition requires high index of suspicion. While majority of children with arrhythmias have structurally normal heart, they are frequently encountered in children with underlying heart disease. Treatment of paediatric arrhythmias should be guided by the severity of the patient, the structure and function of the heart.

  8. Incidence of abnormal positron emission tomography in patients with unexplained cardiomyopathy and ventricular arrhythmias: The potential role of occult inflammation in arrhythmogenesis.

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    Tung, Roderick; Bauer, Brenton; Schelbert, Heinrich; Lynch, Joseph P; Auerbach, Martin; Gupta, Pawan; Schiepers, Christiaan; Chan, Samantha; Ferris, Julie; Barrio, Martin; Ajijola, Olujimi; Bradfield, Jason; Shivkumar, Kalyanam

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    The incidence of myocardial inflammation in patients with unexplained cardiomyopathy referred for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) is unknown. The purpose of this study was to report fasting positron emission tomographic (PET) scan findings in consecutive patients referred with unexplained cardiomyopathy and VA. Fluorine-18 fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (18-FDG) PET/computed tomographic (CT) scans with a >16-hour fasting protocol were prospectively ordered for patients referred for VA and unexplained cardiomyopathy (ejection fraction cardiomyopathy (AIC) and classified into 4 groups based on the presence of lymph node uptake (AIC+) and perfusion abnormalities (early vs late stage). Over a 3-year period, 103 PET scans were performed, with 49% (AIC+ 17, AIC 33) exhibiting focal FDG uptake. Mean patient age was 52 ± 12 years (ejection fraction 36% ± 16%). Patients with AIC were more likely to have a history of pacemaker (32% vs 6%, P = .002) compared to those with normal PET. When biopsy was performed, histologic diagnosis revealed nongranulomatous inflammation in 6 patients and sarcoidosis in 18 patients. Ninety percent of patients with AIC/AIC+ were prescribed immunosuppressive therapy, and 58% underwent ablation. Correlation between low voltage regions on electroanatomic mapping and FDG uptake was observed in 74%. Magnetic resonance imaging findings matched abnormal PET regions in only 40%. Nearly 50% of patients referred with unexplained cardiomyopathy and VA demonstrate ongoing focal myocardial inflammation on FDG PET. These data suggest that a significant proportion of patients labeled "idiopathic" may have occult AIC, which may benefit from early detection and immunosuppressive medical therapy. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  9. Additional predictive value of serum potassium to Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction risk score for early malignant ventricular arrhythmias in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Su, Jianling; Fu, Xianghua; Tian, Yingping; Ma, Yuteng; Chen, Hui; Wang, Yanbo; Wang, Xuechao; Liu, Huining

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the additional predictive value of serum potassium (SK) to Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) risk score for malignant ventricular arrhythmias (MVA) in patients within 24 hours of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This was a 6-year retrospective study. The receiver operating characteristic curve was used to evaluate the predictive value of SK and TIMI risk score for MVA attack. In addition, SK-modified TIMI risk score was created by incorporating SK information into the usual score; the accuracy of new score was compared with that of the usual TIMI risk score by comparing the area under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUC). Among the 468 patients enrolled, the incidence of MVA 24 hours after AMI was 9.4%, and it was higher in the hypokalemia group compared with that of the normokalemic group (27.3% vs 7.5%, P value of SK was indicated by AUC of 0.787 (95% CI, 0.747-0.823, P risk score. The AUC of TIMI risk score in relation to MVA was 0.586 (95% CI, 0.54-0.631; P = .0676). The incorporation of SK into TIMI risk score improved its predictive value for MVA attack (AUC = 0.66; 95% CI, 0.568-0.753; P risk score (Z = 2.474, P = .013). Serum potassium on admission to the emergency department may be used as a valuable predictor and could add predictive information to some extent to TIMI risk score for MVA attack during 24-hour post-AMI. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Sports and arrhythmias.

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    Giada, F; Conte, R; Pescatore, V; Brugin, E

    2011-06-01

    Rhythm disorders represent the main challenge for the sport physician and cardiologist to grant the certificate of sports eligibility to the athletes. Arrhythmias that occur in athletes can be divided into two types. The most common are generally an expression of morphofunctional changes in the athlete's heart and are represented by certain forms of non-complex tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. On the other hand you may encounter less frequently more complex arrhythmias that may be an epiphenomenon of cardiomyopathy can cause sudden death during sports activities. By collection of detailed medical history, careful examination, and in particular by the 12-lead electrocardiogram is already possible to understand the arrhythmic risk sporting population. After an analysis of main types of arrhythmias encountered in the athlete and the main diagnostic methods, this study focuses on the interplay between forms of arrhythmias, arrhythmogenic heart diseases and activity sports. Surely the increased adrenergic tone and anatomical and functional alterations sports-related favor the development of arrhythmia and sudden death risk in structural cardiomyopathies. But this is not yet resolved the question of whether sport is able to increase the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in a normal heart. Dangerousness of the arrhythmia is variable depending on the sport is practiced with high intensity or not. Even if it is important considering the possibility of syncope in hazardous environments. Arrhythmias at risk impose the exclusion of the athlete from the practice of sport. In some cases it may be considered a drug treatment, ablation, and in rare and selected cases, the implantation of a pacemaker or an implantable defibrillator.

  11. Autoantibodies and Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Lee, Hon-Chi; Huang, Kristin T. L.; Wang, Xiao-Li; Shen, Win-Kuang

    2013-01-01

    Autoimmune diseases are associated with significant morbidity and mortality, afflicting about 5% of the population of the United States. They encompass a wide range of disorders that affect all organs of the human body and have a predilection for women. In the past, autoimmune pathogenesis was not thought to be a major mechanism for cardiovascular disorders, and potential relationships remain understudied. However, accumulating evidence suggests that a number of vascular and cardiac conditions are autoimmune-mediated. Recent studies indicate that autoantibodies play an important role in the development of cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, modulation of autonomic influences on heart rate and rhythm, conduction system abnormalities, and ventricular arrhythmias. This manuscript will review the current evidence for the role of autoantibodies in the development of cardiac arrhythmias. PMID:21740882

  12. Teste ergométrico e o Holter de 24 horas na detecção de arritmias ventriculares complexas em diferentes estádios da cardiopatia chagásica crônica Exercise testing and 24 hours Holter monitoring in the detection of complex ventricular arrhythmias in different stages of chronic Chagas' heart disease

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    Roberto Coury Pedrosa

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Comparou-se o teste ergométrico com Holter de 24 horas na detecção de arritmias ventriculares complexas em diferentes estádios da cardiopatia chagásica crônica. Avaliados 71 pacientes sem outras doenças associadas, idade=51±10,3, metade mulheres. Divididos em quatro grupos conforme o grau de acometimento cardíaco. A estatística esta discriminada no corpo do trabalho. Ao Holter, no grupo IA as arritmias ventriculares complexas foram detectadas em 4,3%, IB em 25%, II em 55% e no grupo III em 90%. Nos grupos II e III não houve diferença entre os exames na detecção de arritmias ventriculares complexas (p=NS. Nos grupos IA e IB, houve uma concordância de 100% no teste ergométrico na não detecção de arritmias ventriculares complexas entre dois observadores. No grupo II, a concordância foi de 70% (kappa=0,368, p=0,003 e de 90% (kappa=0,78, p=0,002 no grupo III. Foi observado diferenças na presença de arritmias ventriculares complexas entre os pacientes dos grupos em fase inicial e avançada da cardiopatia chagásica crônica. Nos pacientes dos grupos II e III não houve diferença entre os dois exames na detecção das arritmias ventriculares complexas. Pacientes dos grupos IA e IB é razoável indicar Holter e/ou o teste ergométrico na ocorrência de progressão da doença.To detect complex ventricular arrhythmias in different stages of chronic chagasic cardiopathy, the results of exercise testing to 24 hours Holter monitoring have been compared. We evaluated a group of 71 patients, half women, aged 51±10.3, with no others associated diseases. These patients were separated in 4 groups according to degree of cardiac involvement. Statistical data can be found elsewhere in the study. In group IA, Holter monitoring detected 4.3% of complex ventricular arrhythmias, group IB 25%, group II 55% and group III 90%. We found no difference between Holter and exercise testing in the detection of complex ventricular arrhythmias in groups II

  13. In Search of Hidden Arrhythmia

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    Johnson Francis

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac rhythm disorders could be very common and minimal significance like isolated ventricular ectopics are very serious and life threatening like ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Often it is an irregular pulse or heart beats which calls our attention to the presence of cardiac rhythm disorders. But many times, cardiac arrhythmia is intermittent and not manifest at the time of physical examination. A simple 12 lead electrocardiogram with a long rhythm strip can document cardiac arrhythmia which is frequent, but often fails to record intermittent arrhythmia which can still be quite symptomatic and sometimes life threatenting. This brief review is on the various modalities of electrocardiographic recordings used for documenting arrhythmia which is not easily documented by a 12 lead electrocardiogram with a long rhythm strip.

  14. New diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treat ventricular tachycardias originating at the summit of the left ventricle role of merged hemodynamic-MRI and alternative ablation sources

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    Atienza, Felipe; Arenal Maíz, Ángel; Pérez David, Esther; Elízaga, Jaime; Ortuño Fisac, Juan Enrique; Ledesma Carbayo, María Jesús; Sánchez Quintana, Damian; Fernández Avilés, Francisco

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    The left ventricular (LV) summit is the most common site of idiopathic epicardial LV arrhythmias and frequently represents a diagnostic and a therapeutic challenge.1 We present a case of sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (SMVT) originating at the LV summit that underwent failed cryosurgical epicardial ablation and was successfully treated with the aid of merged hemodynamic and contrast-enhanced MRI (CE-MRI).

  15. Effects of exogenous oxygen derived free radicals on myocardial capillary permeability, vascular tone, and incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in the canine heart

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    Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Bjerrum, P J

    1992-01-01

    The aim was to examine the effects of exogenous oxygen derived free radicals on myocardial capillary permeability for a small hydrophilic indicator, postischaemic vascular tone, and the occurrence of arrhythmias in the canine heart in vivo.......The aim was to examine the effects of exogenous oxygen derived free radicals on myocardial capillary permeability for a small hydrophilic indicator, postischaemic vascular tone, and the occurrence of arrhythmias in the canine heart in vivo....

  16. Epidemiology of Arrhythmias in Children

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    R Prem Sekar

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Unlike the adult population, arrhythmias occur less commonly in childhood. Only 5% of the emergency hospital admissions in the paediatric population is attributed to symptomatic arrhythmias. Majority of these tend to be accessory pathway mediated supraventricular tachyarrhythmias such as Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW syndrome, permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia (PJRT and Mahaim tachycardia. The non accessory pathway mediated supraventricular tachyarrhythmias commonly seen in children are junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET and automatic ectopic atrial tachycardia (AET and occur mostly in the post operative period after intracardiac repair for a structural heart defect. Ventricular tachycardia (VT although uncommon, occurs in the paediatric age group in association with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM, long QT syndrome (LQTS and Brugada syndrome. Occasionally, VT can also present symptomatically as incessant idiopathic infant ventricular tachycardia, right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia, benign VT, catecholaminic VT, idiopathic left ventricular tachycardia and in post cardiac surgical patients.

  17. Targeting sodium channels in cardiac arrhythmia

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    Remme, Carol Ann; Wilde, Arthur A. M.

    2014-01-01

    Cardiac voltage-gated sodium channels are responsible for proper electrical conduction in the heart. During acquired pathological conditions and inherited sodium channelopathies, altered sodium channel function causes conduction disturbances and ventricular arrhythmias. Although the clinical,

  18. [Automatic, implantible cardioverter-defibrillator in a patient with chronic Chagas cardiopathy and sustained ventricular tachycardia].

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    Rodríguez, H; Muñoz, M; Llamas, G; Iturralde, P; Medeiros, A; Delgado, L; Mar, R; Rucinque, F; Bayram, E

    1998-01-01

    We studied a 48 years old woman, with chronic Chagasic cardiopathy, manifested with cardiomegaly, heart failure and syncope, due to a sustained ventricular tachycardia (SVT) of two different configurations (left bundle branch block and right bundle branch block). During electrophysiological testing, both types of ventricular tachycardia were reproduced. Successful ablation therapy of the right branch of His was performed due to suspicion of the bundle branch reentrant tachycardia, with a left bundle branch block. The patient continued to show SVT episodes, now with right bundle branch block pattern. Cardioverter Defibrillator was implanted. We report this case due to the rare frequency of Chagas' disease, where it could be a cause of heart disease, since the existence of the parasite (trypanosoma cruzi) and its vector (Triatoma) has been identified in some rural and suburban zones in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

  19. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia

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    Bockeria O.L.; Lе T.G.

    2015-01-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia is a hereditary cardiomyopathy characterized by structural and functional disorders in the right ventricle, which results in ventricular arrhythmias. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia is one of the important causes of sudden cardiac death in young people and athletes. Structural disorders in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia are associated with fibrosis and fatty infiltration of the right ventricular myocardium. These changes lead t...

  20. Congenital giant cardiac tumor with severe left-ventricular inflow and outflow obstruction and arrhythmia treated with pulmonary artery banding and long-term amiodarone infusion

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    Daiji Takeuchi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a congenital giant cardiac tumor that occupied the majority of left ventricular cavity with severe left ventricular inflow and outflow obstruction. The hemodynamics were similar to univentricular physiology. He was treated with prostaglandins and bilateral pulmonary artery banding. He had frequent supraventricular tachycardia associated with ventricular pre-excitation that was controlled by long-term administration of intravenous amiodarone. The patient died due to sepsis after 3 months.

  1. Ranolazine Therapy in Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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    Pulford, Brian R; Kluger, Jeffrey

    2016-09-01

    Ranolazine is an antianginal medication originally granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for therapeutic use in 2006. Since its introduction into the U.S. market, there have been multiple trials and clinical case reports that demonstrate ranolazine may be effective in the prevention and treatment of both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, including postoperative atrial fibrillation following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. More recently, the combination of dronedarone with ranolazine has demonstrated in initial studies to have a synergistic effect in the reduction of burden of atrial fibrillation. This article will review the basic pharmacology of ranolazine, the studies demonstrating use of ranolazine in atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, the limitations to the use of ranolazine as antiarrhythmic therapy, and explore the synergistic effect with other agents in the suppression of arrhythmias. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Prognostic value of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia and the potential role of amiodarone treatment in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: assessment in an unselected non-referral based patient population

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    Cecchi, F; Olivotto, I; Montereggi, A; Squillatini, G; Dolara, A; Maron, B

    1998-01-01

    Background—Amiodarone has been reported to reduce the likelihood of sudden death in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). However, data regarding the clinical course in HCM have traditionally come from selected referral populations biased toward assessment of high risk patients.
Aims—To evaluate antiarrhythmic treatment for sudden death in an HCM population not subject to tertiary referral bias, closely resembling the true disease state present in the community.
Methods—Cardiovascular mortality was assessed in relation to the occurrence of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) on 24 or 48 hour ambulatory Holter recording, a finding previously regarded as a marker for sudden death, particularly when the arrhythmia was frequent, repetitive or prolonged. 167 consecutive patients were analysed by multiple Holter ECG recordings (mean (SD) 157 (129) hours) and followed for a mean of 10 (5) years. Only patients with multiple repetitive NSVT were treated with amiodarone, and in relatively low doses (220 (44) mg/day).
Results—Nine HCM related deaths occurred: 8 were the consequence of congestive heart failure, but only 1 was sudden and unexpected. Three groups of patients were segregated based on their NSVT profile: group 1 (n = 39), multiple (⩾ 2 runs) and repetitive bursts (on ⩾ 2 Holters) of NSVT, or prolonged runs of ventricular tachycardia, included 4 deaths due to heart failure; group 2 (n = 38), isolated infrequent bursts of NSVT, included 1 sudden death; group 3 (n = 90), without NSVT, included 4 heart failure deaths. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed no significant differences in survival between the three groups throughout follow up.
Conclusions—In an unselected patient population with HCM, isolated, non-repetitive bursts of NSVT were not associated with adverse prognosis and so this arrhythmia does not appear to justify chronic antiarrhythmic treatment. Amiodarone, administered in relatively low

  3. Electrophysiologic study-guided amiodarone for sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias associated with structural heart diseases.

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    Aiba, Takeshi; Yamagata, Kenichiro; Shimizu, Wataru; Taguchi, Atsushi; Satomi, Kazuhiro; Noda, Takashi; Okamura, Hideo; Suyama, Kazuhiro; Aihara, Naohiko; Kamakura, Shiro; Kurita, Takashi

    2008-01-01

    Although an electrophysiologic study (EPS) and Holter-monitoring are often helpful in evaluating the efficacy of antiarrhythmic drugs in patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VT/VF)), the efficacy of EPS- or Holter-guided oral amiodarone therapy in Japanese patients is still unclear. EPS was performed 1 month after starting amiodarone, and Holter-monitoring was recorded before and 1 month after amiodarone in 188 patients with sustained VT/VF because of structural heart diseases. In spite of the judgment of EPS (n=89) or Holter (n=75), all patients continued amiodarone. Patients were followed up to 3 years and the primary endpoint was VT/VF recurrence and secondary endpoint was death by all cause. Kaplan-Meier estimated the risk of VT/VF recurrence was significantly smaller with EPS-guided amiodarone (pamiodarone. Multivariate Cox hazard analysis revealed that EPS-guided amiodarone was an independent factor suppressing the recurrence of VT/VF (pamiodarone was effective in patients with relatively well-preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF > or =0.30) but not in patients with lower LVEF (LVEF amiodarone was useful for preventing recurrence of VT/VF in patients with a relatively well-preserved LVEF, but not always beneficial in patients with a lower LVEF.

  4. Clinical application of arrhythmia analyzer in ICU.

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    Oyama, T; Ishihara, H; Tanioka, F; Matsuki, A; Aida, N; Ishii, H

    1987-01-01

    A microcomputer system (NEC Sanei Ins. Company Ltd.) has been developed for the continuous monitoring and storage and retrieval of data from serial ECG tracings in each ICU patient. Eight hundred and forty patients were monitored using the system. Diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmias and ST-segment change was highly accurate. However, the false positive diagnosis was sometimes generated by artifact. Diagnosis of supraventricular arrhythmias or rhythmic abnormalities were less accurate compared with that of ventricular arrhythmias. Application of microcomputer system in the space limited ICU is of benefit to identify and evaluate ECG gracings in time saving way. However, further version-up is needed to promote the accuracy of the diagnosis.

  5. Noninvasive prediction of sudden death and sustained ventricular tachycardia after acute myocardial infarction using a neural network algorithm.

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    Zoni-Berisso, M; Molini, D; Viani, S; Mela, G S; Delfino, L

    2001-08-01

    The early and accurate noninvasive identification of postinfarction patients at risk of sudden death and sustained ventricular tachycardia (arrhythmic events) still remains an unsolved problem. The aim of the present study was to identify the combination of clinical and laboratory noninvasive variables, easy to obtain in most patients, that best predicts the occurrence of arrhythmic events after an acute myocardial infarction. Four hundred and four consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction were enrolled and followed for a median period of 21.4 months. In each patient, 61 clinical and laboratory noninvasive variables were collected before hospital discharge and used for the prediction of arrhythmic events using an artificial neural network. During follow-up, 13 (3.2%) patients died suddenly and 11(2.5%) had sustained ventricular tachycardia. The neural network showed that the combination best predicting arrhythmic events included: left ventricular failure during coronary care stay, ventricular dyskinesis, late potentials, number of ventricular premature depolarizations/hour, nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, left ventricular ejection fraction, bundle branch block and digoxin therapy at discharge. The neural network algorithm allowed identification of a small high-risk patient subgroup (12% of the study population) with an arrhythmic event rate of 46%. The sensitivity and specificity of the test were 96 and 93% respectively. These results suggest that, in postinfarction patients, it is possible to predict early and accurately arrhythmic events by noninvasive variables easily obtainable in most patients. Patients identified as being at risk are candidates for prophylactic antiarrhythmic therapy.

  6. What Next After Failed Septal Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation?

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    Laurent Roten, MD

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT by conventional radiofrequency ablation can be impossible if the ventricular wall at the targeted ablation site is very thick, as for example the ventricular septum. We present a case of a patient with incessant, non-sustained slow VT originating from the septal part of the lower outflow tracts. Radiofrequency catheter ablation from both ventricles as well as from the anterior cardiac vein were not successful. Both high power radiofrequency ablation and bipolar radiofrequency ablation neither were successfull. Finally, ethanol ablation of the first septal perforator successfully terminated arrhythmia. We discuss the possibilities to overcome failed conventional radiofrequency VT ablation of a septal focus.

  7. Inhibition of late sodium current suppresses calcium-related ventricular arrhythmias by reducing the phosphorylation of CaMK-II and sodium channel expressions

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    Xiao-Hong Wei; Shan-Dong Yu; Lu Ren; Si-Hui Huang; Qiao-Mei Yang; Ping Wang; Yan-Peng Chu; Wei Yang; Yan-Sheng Ding; Yong Huo; Lin Wu

    2017-01-01

    .... The prolongations caused by Bay K 8644 and frequent episodes of ventricular tachycardias, both in absence and presence of ATX-II, were significantly attenuated or abolished by late INa inhibitors TTX and eleclazine...

  8. Arrhythmias After Tetralogy of Fallot Repair

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    Antonio Franco Folino

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Tetralogy of Fallot is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease, with a good outcome after total surgical correction. In spite of a low perioperative mortality and a good quality of life, late sudden death remains a significant clinical problem, mainly related to episodes of sustained ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. Fibro-fatty substitution around infundibular resection, intraventricular septal scar, and patchy myocardial fibrosis, may provide anatomical substrates of abnormal depolarization and repolarization causing reentrant ventricular arrhythmias. Several non-invasive indices based on classical examination such as ECG, signal-averaging ECG, and echocardiography have been proposed to identify patients at high risk of sudden death, with hopeful results. In the last years other more sophisticated invasive and non-invasive tools, such as heart rate variability, electroanatomic mapping and cardiac magnetic resonance added a relevant contribution to risk stratification. Even if each method per se is affected by some limitations, a comprehensive multifactorial clinical and investigative examination can provide an accurate risk evaluation for every patient.

  9. Postoperative Arrhythmias after Cardiac Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Therapeutic Management

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    Giovanni Peretto

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Arrhythmias are a known complication after cardiac surgery and represent a major cause of morbidity, increased length of hospital stay, and economic costs. However, little is known about incidence, risk factors, and treatment of early postoperative arrhythmias. Both tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias can present in the postoperative period. In this setting, atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder. Postoperative atrial fibrillation is often self-limiting, but it may require anticoagulation therapy and either a rate or rhythm control strategy. However, ventricular arrhythmias and conduction disturbances can also occur. Sustained ventricular arrhythmias in the recovery period after cardiac surgery may warrant acute treatment and long-term preventive strategy in the absence of reversible causes. Transient bradyarrhythmias may be managed with temporary pacing wires placed at surgery, but significant and persistent atrioventricular block or sinus node dysfunction can occur with the need for permanent pacing. We provide a complete and updated review about mechanisms, risk factors, and treatment strategies for the main postoperative arrhythmias.

  10. Calcium Signaling and Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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    Landstrom, Andrew P; Dobrev, Dobromir; Wehrens, Xander H T

    2017-06-09

    There has been a significant progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which calcium (Ca2+) ions mediate various types of cardiac arrhythmias. A growing list of inherited gene defects can cause potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmia syndromes, including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, congenital long QT syndrome, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In addition, acquired deficits of multiple Ca2+-handling proteins can contribute to the pathogenesis of arrhythmias in patients with various types of heart disease. In this review article, we will first review the key role of Ca2+ in normal cardiac function-in particular, excitation-contraction coupling and normal electric rhythms. The functional involvement of Ca2+ in distinct arrhythmia mechanisms will be discussed, followed by various inherited arrhythmia syndromes caused by mutations in Ca2+-handling proteins. Finally, we will discuss how changes in the expression of regulation of Ca2+ channels and transporters can cause acquired arrhythmias, and how these mechanisms might be targeted for therapeutic purposes. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. Can amiodarone prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with hemodynamically tolerated sustained ventricular tachycardia and coronary artery disease?

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    Arya, Arash; Haghjoo, Majid; Sadr-Ameli, Mohammad Ali

    2005-05-01

    One of the most important challenges in today's cardiology is prevention of sudden cardiac death in high risk patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Sustained hemodynamically tolerated ventricular tachycardia (HTVT) comprises up to 30% of all cases of monomorphic ventricular tachycardia in patients with CAD. While there is a consensus on treatment of hemodynamically unstable sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with CAD, some controversies regarding the proper treatment of HTVT exist. We re-examined existing clinical evidence, controversies and current guidelines on the treatment of HTVT in patients with CAD and demonstrated that compared to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, amiodarone is not an acceptable therapeutic option in patients with ischemic heart disease who suffer from HTVT.

  12. Prediction of fatal or near-fatal cardiac arrhythmia events in patients with depressed left ventricular function after an acute myocardial infarction

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    Huikuri, Heikki V; Raatikainen, M J Pekka; Moerch-Joergensen, Rikke

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: To determine whether risk stratification tests can predict serious arrhythmic events after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF < or = 0.40). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 5869 consecutive patients were screened in 10 European...

  13. Remodelling of myocardial intercalated disc protein connexin 43 causes increased susceptibility to malignant arrhythmias in ARVC/D patients.

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    Chen, Xiao; Chen, Liang; Chen, Zhenglian; Chen, Xinshan; Song, Jiangping

    2017-06-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is a primary cardiomyopathy characterised by fibrofatty replacement and ventricular arrhythmias. The occurrence of malignant arrhythmias may be associated with fatty infiltration and intercalated disk remodelling, but the specific pathological remodelling pattern is not yet clear. Twelve explanted hearts from patients diagnosed with ARVC/D according to the 2010 Task Force Criteria and pathology examination were divided into two groups with (SVT, n=6) or without (non-SVT, n=6) recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia (SVT) before heart transplantation. Six ARVC autopsy hearts and six normal donor hearts were also collected. We evaluated the fibrofatty infiltration by Masson staining and the expression of intercalated disc proteins through immunohistochemistry staining combined with western blot using the ventricular tissue of ARVC as well as normal hearts. There was significant fatty replacement in the right ventricles of both the SVT and the non-SVT groups compared to normal hearts, but no significant differences were found in fibre, fatty and residual myocardium components between these two groups. Immunohistochemistry and western blot further showed disturbed distribution and significantly reduced expression of Connexin 43 (Cx43) in the SVT group (SVT vs. Normal P=0.010, SVT vs. non-SVT P=0.012). No significantly diminished expression was found in the non-SVT group. The cardiac histology of ARVC/D patients with sudden death verified by forensic pathology confirmed a similar phenomenon. Our pathology study on explanted and autopsied hearts indicates that the expression of Cx43 was significantly reduced and disturbed in distribution in ARVC/D myocardium with sustained ventricular tachycardia, but not in patients without malignant ventricular arrhythmias. This implies a correlation between Cx43 remodelling and malignant arrhythmias in ARVC/D patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights

  14. [Cardiac arrhythmias: Diagnosis and management].

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    Waldmann, V; Marijon, E

    2016-09-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias, with, on top of the list, atrial fibrillation, are frequent conditions and any physician might have to get involved at any stage of patient care (from diagnosis to treatment), without always having the opportunity to immediately refer to the cardiologist. The aim of this review is to present a summary of pathophysiology, clinical and electrocardiographic presentations, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the main cardiac arrhythmias. Supra-ventricular tachycardias (atrial fibrillation and flutter, atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardias) and ventricular tachycardias will be consecutively presented and discussed. Copyright © 2016 Société Nationale Française de Médecine Interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Acute cardiac arrhythmias following surgery for congenital heart disease: mechanisms, diagnostic tools, and management.

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    Payne, Linda; Zeigler, Vicki L; Gillette, Paul C

    2011-06-01

    This article focuses on the management of those cardiac arrhythmias most commonly seen in the immediate postoperative period. They include ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, atrial flutter, junctional ectopic tachycardia, bradycardia, and atrioventricular block. The mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias are reviewed followed by a brief overview of the predominant acute arrhythmias, tools used for the diagnostic evaluation of these arrhythmias, management strategies, and, finally, nursing considerations. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. Effects of exogenous oxygen derived free radicals on myocardial capillary permeability, vascular tone, and incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in the canine heart

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    Svendsen, J H; Bjerrum, P J

    1992-01-01

    washout rate constant were measured by the single injection, residue detection method, and the capillary permeability-surface area product (PS) was calculated. The maximum plasma flow during reactive hyperaemia was measured by the local 133Xe washout method. RESULTS: Hypoxanthine and xanthine oxidase......OBJECTIVE: The aim was to examine the effects of exogenous oxygen derived free radicals on myocardial capillary permeability for a small hydrophilic indicator, postischaemic vascular tone, and the occurrence of arrhythmias in the canine heart in vivo. METHODS: Free radicals were generated...... by simultaneous intracoronary infusion of hypoxanthine and xanthine oxidase into normally perfused myocardium, and at reperfusion following five minutes of coronary occlusion, respectively, in 20 anaesthetised open chest dogs. Myocardial capillary extraction for 99mTc-DTPA, plasma flow rate, and the interstitial...

  17. A high-fat diet increases risk of ventricular arrhythmia in female rats: enhanced arrhythmic risk in the absence of obesity or hyperlipidemia.

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    Aubin, Marie-Claude; Cardin, Sophie; Comtois, Philippe; Clément, Robert; Gosselin, Hugues; Gillis, Marc-Antoine; Le Quang, Khaï; Nattel, Stanley; Perrault, Louis P; Calderone, Angelino

    2010-04-01

    Obesity increases the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias and impairs wound healing. However, it is presently unknown whether a high-fat diet affects arrhythmic risk or wound healing before the onset of overt obesity or hyperlipidemia. After 8 wk of feeding a high-fat diet to adult female rats, a nonsignificant increase in body weight was observed and associated with a normal plasma lipid profile. Following ischemia/reperfusion injury, scar length (standard diet 0.29 +/- 0.09 vs. high-fat 0.32 +/- 0.13 cm), thickness (standard diet 0.047 +/- 0.02 vs. high-fat 0.059 +/- 0.01 cm), and collagen alpha(1) type 1 content (standard diet 0.21 +/- 0.04 vs. high-fat 0.20 +/- 0.04 arbitrary units/mm(2)) of infarcted hearts were not altered by the high-fat diet. However, the mortality rate was greatly increased 24 h postinfarction (from 5% to 46%, P diet. In the hearts of rats fed a high-fat diet, connexin-40 expression was absent, connexin-43 was hypophosphorylated and lateralized, and neurofilament-M immunoreactive fiber density (standard diet 2,020 +/- 260 vs. high-fat diet 2,830 +/- 250 microm(2)/mm(2)) and tyrosine hydroxylase protein expression were increased (P obesity and hyperlipidemia, sympathetic hyperinnervation and an aberrant pattern of gap junctional protein expression and regulation in the heart of female rats fed a high-fat diet may have contributed in part to the higher incidence of inducible cardiac arrhythmias.

  18. Impact of physical deconditioning on ventricular tachyarrhythmias in trained athletes.

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    Biffi, Alessandro; Maron, Barry J; Verdile, Luisa; Fernando, Fredrick; Spataro, Antonio; Marcello, Giuseppe; Ciardo, Roberto; Ammirati, Fabrizio; Colivicchi, Furio; Pelliccia, Antonio

    2004-09-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate the impact of athletic training and, in particular, physical deconditioning, on frequent and/or complex ventricular tachyarrhythmias assessed by 24-h ambulatory (Holter) electrocardiogram (ECG). Sudden deaths in athletes are usually mediated by ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Twenty-four hour ambulatory ECGs were recorded at peak training and after a deconditioning period of 19 +/- 6 weeks (range, 12 to 24 weeks) in a population of 70 trained athletes selected on the basis of frequent and/or complex ventricular tachyarrhythmias (i.e., > or =2,000 premature ventricular depolarization [PVD] and/or > or =1 burst of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia [NSVT]/24 h). A significant decrease in the frequency and complexity of ventricular arrhythmias was evident after deconditioning: PVDs/24 h: 10,611 +/- 10,078 to 2,165 +/- 4,877 (80% reduction; p deconditioning. In athletes with heart disease, the resolution of such arrhythmias with detraining may represent a mechanism by which risk for sudden death is reduced. Conversely, in athletes without cardiovascular abnormalities, reduction in frequency of ventricular tachyarrhythmias and the absence of cardiac events in the follow-up support the benign clinical nature of these rhythm disturbances as another expression of athlete's heart.

  19. Cardiac arrhythmia classification using autoregressive modeling

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    Srinivasan Narayanan

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computer-assisted arrhythmia recognition is critical for the management of cardiac disorders. Various techniques have been utilized to classify arrhythmias. Generally, these techniques classify two or three arrhythmias or have significantly large processing times. A simpler autoregressive modeling (AR technique is proposed to classify normal sinus rhythm (NSR and various cardiac arrhythmias including atrial premature contraction (APC, premature ventricular contraction (PVC, superventricular tachycardia (SVT, ventricular tachycardia (VT and ventricular fibrillation (VF. Methods AR Modeling was performed on ECG data from normal sinus rhythm as well as various arrhythmias. The AR coefficients were computed using Burg's algorithm. The AR coefficients were classified using a generalized linear model (GLM based algorithm in various stages. Results AR modeling results showed that an order of four was sufficient for modeling the ECG signals. The accuracy of detecting NSR, APC, PVC, SVT, VT and VF were 93.2% to 100% using the GLM based classification algorithm. Conclusion The results show that AR modeling is useful for the classification of cardiac arrhythmias, with reasonably high accuracies. Further validation of the proposed technique will yield acceptable results for clinical implementation.

  20. Update on arrhythmias and cardiac pacing 2013.

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    Almendral, Jesús; Pombo, Marta; Martínez-Alday, Jesús; González-Rebollo, José M; Rodríguez-Font, Enrique; Martínez-Ferrer, José; Castellanos, Eduardo; García-Fernández, F Javier; Ruiz-Mateas, Francisco

    2014-04-01

    This report discusses a selection of the most relevant articles on cardiac arrhythmias and pacing published in 2013. The first section discusses arrhythmias, classified as regular paroxysmal supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular arrhythmias, together with their treatment by means of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The next section reviews cardiac pacing, subdivided into resynchronization therapy, remote monitoring of implantable devices, and pacemakers. The final section discusses syncope. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Dofetilide in patients with congestive heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction. Danish Investigations of Arrhythmia and Mortality on Dofetilide Study Group

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    Torp-Pedersen, C; Møller, M; Bloch-Thomsen, P E

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation occurs frequently in patients with congestive heart failure and commonly results in clinical deterioration and hospitalization. Sinus rhythm may be maintained with antiarrhythmic drugs, but some of these drugs increase the risk of death. METHODS: We studied 1518...... patients with symptomatic congestive heart failure and severe left ventricular dysfunction at 34 Danish hospitals. We randomly assigned 762 patients to receive dofetilide, a novel class III antiarrhythmic agent, and 756 to receive placebo in a double-blind study. Treatment was initiated in the hospital...

  2. Sustained exposure to catecholamines affects cAMP/PKA compartmentalised signalling in adult rat ventricular myocytes.

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    Fields, Laura A; Koschinski, Andreas; Zaccolo, Manuela

    2016-07-01

    In the heart compartmentalisation of cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) signalling is necessary to achieve a specific functional outcome in response to different hormonal stimuli. Chronic exposure to catecholamines is known to be detrimental to the heart and disrupted compartmentalisation of cAMP signalling has been associated to heart disease. However, in most cases it remains unclear whether altered local cAMP signalling is an adaptive response, a consequence of the disease or whether it contributes to the pathogenetic process. We have previously demonstrated that isoforms of PKA expressed in cardiac myocytes, PKA-I and PKA-II, localise to different subcellular compartments and are selectively activated by spatially confined pools of cAMP, resulting in phosphorylation of distinct downstream targets. Here we investigate cAMP signalling in an in vitro model of hypertrophy in primary adult rat ventricular myocytes. By using a real time imaging approach and targeted reporters we find that that sustained exposure to catecholamines can directly affect cAMP/PKA compartmentalisation. This appears to involve a complex mechanism including both changes in the subcellular localisation of individual phosphodiesterase (PDE) isoforms as well as the relocalisation of PKA isoforms. As a result, the preferential coupling of PKA subsets with different PDEs is altered resulting in a significant difference in the level of cAMP the kinase is exposed to, with potential impact on phosphorylation of downstream targets. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Long-term recording of cardiac arrhythmias with an implantable cardiac monitor in patients with reduced ejection fraction after acute myocardial infarction: the Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) study.

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    Bloch Thomsen, Poul Erik; Jons, Christian; Raatikainen, M J Pekka; Moerch Joergensen, Rikke; Hartikainen, Juha; Virtanen, Vesa; Boland, J; Anttonen, Olli; Gang, Uffe Jakob; Hoest, Nis; Boersma, Lucas V A; Platou, Eivin S; Becker, Daniel; Messier, Marc D; Huikuri, Heikki V

    2010-09-28

    Knowledge about the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias after acute myocardial infarction has been limited by the lack of traditional ECG recording systems to document and confirm asymptomatic and symptomatic arrhythmias. The Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) trial was designed to study the incidence and prognostic significance of arrhythmias documented by an implantable cardiac monitor among patients with acute myocardial infarction and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. A total of 1393 of 5869 patients (24%) screened in the acute phase (3 to 21 days) of an acute myocardial infarction had left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40%. After exclusions, 297 patients (21%) (mean±SD age, 64.0±11.0 years; left ventricular ejection fraction, 31±7%) received an implantable cardiac monitor within 11±5 days of the acute myocardial infarction and were followed up every 3 months for an average of 1.9±0.5 years. Predefined bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias were recorded in 137 patients (46%); 86% of these were asymptomatic. The implantable cardiac monitor documented a 28% incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation with fast ventricular response (≥125 bpm), a 13% incidence of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (≥16 beats), a 10% incidence of high-degree atrioventricular block (≤30 bpm lasting ≥8 seconds), a 7% incidence of sinus bradycardia (≤30 bpm lasting ≥8 seconds), a 5% incidence of sinus arrest (≥5 seconds), a 3% incidence of sustained ventricular tachycardia, and a 3% incidence of ventricular fibrillation. Cox regression analysis with time-dependent covariates revealed that high-degree atrioventricular block was the most powerful predictor of cardiac death (hazard ratio, 6.75; 95% confidence interval, 2.55 to 17.84; Pcardiac arrhythmias recorded by an implantable loop recorder in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% after myocardial infarction. Clinically significant

  4. Effectiveness of amiodarone in resistant arrhythmias1

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    Hollman, Arthur; Holt, Phyllis M

    1980-01-01

    Amiodarone is used in the treatment of previously drug-resistant supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. We report our experience with amiodarone in 8 patients. Five patients had paroxysmal atrial flutter, one had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, one had supraventricular tachycardia, and one ventricular tachycardia. Considerable improvement, both objectively and subjectively, was observed in all patients. Side effects were as follows: all patients had corneal microdeposits, one developed...

  5. Epidemiology of Arrhythmias and Conduction Disorders in Older Adults

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    Chow, Grant V.; Marine, Joseph E.; Fleg, Jerome L.

    2012-01-01

    Normal aging is associated with a multitude of changes in the cardiovascular system, including decreased compliance of blood vessels, mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, an increased contribution of atrial contraction to left ventricular filling, and a higher incidence of many cardiac arrhythmias, both bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias. Conduction disorders also become more common with age, and may either be asymptomatic, or cause hemodynamic changes requiring treatment. The epidemiology of common arrhythmias and conduction disorders in the elderly is reviewed. PMID:23101570

  6. Occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in Standardbred racehorses.

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    Slack, J; Boston, R C; Soma, L R; Reef, V B

    2015-07-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are a recognised but poorly characterised problem in the Standardbred racehorse. Frequency data could aid the development of cardiac arrhythmia screening programmes. To characterise the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in Standardbreds prior to racing and in the late post race period using a handheld, noncontinuous recording device. Prospective, observational study, convenience sampling. Noncontinuous electrocardiographic recordings were obtained over a 12 week period from Standardbred horses competing at a single racetrack. Electrocardiograms were obtained before racing and between 6 and 29 min after the race using a handheld recording device. Prevalence of arrhythmias was calculated for all horses and overall frequency of arrhythmias was calculated for race starts and poor performers. Univariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify risk factors for cardiac arrhythmias. A total of 8657 electrocardiogram recordings were obtained from 1816 horses. Six horses had atrial fibrillation after racing (prevalence = 0.11%, frequency = 0.14%), one horse had supraventricular tachycardia before racing (prevalence = 0.06%, frequency = 0.02%), and 2 horses had ventricular tachyarrhythmias after racing (prevalence = 0.06%, frequency = 0.05%). The frequency of atrial fibrillation among race starts with poor performance was 1.3-2.0%. Increasing age was a significant risk factor for the presence of atrial premature contractions before racing and atrial fibrillation and ventricular ectopy after racing. Both physiological and pathological cardiac arrhythmias can be detected in apparently healthy Standardbred horses in the prerace and late post race period using noncontinuous recording methods. Future studies should examine cumulative training or racing hours as a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmia. The prevalence and frequency information may be useful for track veterinarians and regulatory personnel following trends in cardiac arrhythmias. © 2014

  7. Arrhythmias in Children in Early Postoperative Period After Cardiac Surgery.

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    Sahu, Manoj Kumar; Das, Anupam; Siddharth, Bharat; Talwar, Sachin; Singh, Sarvesh Pal; Abraham, Atul; Choudhury, Arin

    2018-01-01

    Postoperative arrhythmias are a known complication after cardiac surgical repairs for congenital heart disease. Data were reviewed pertaining to incidence, diagnosis, potential risk factors, and management of postoperative arrhythmias in 369 consecutive patients under 18 years of age, undergoing elective open heart surgery. All children were admitted to the intensive care unit and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring was performed. Patient factors such as Aristotle Basic Complexity Score, total surgical duration, hypotension, tachycardia, serum lactate level, and inotropic score were analyzed. Univariate analysis was done to assess associations between these factors and the occurrence of postoperative arrhythmias. Twenty-five (6.7%) patients developed arrhythmias. Junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) was the most common arrhythmia occurring in 15 (60%) patients, followed by supraventricular tachycardia in 3 (12%), ventricular premature contractions in 3 (12%), hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation in 3 (12%), and atrial fibrillation in 1 (4%) patient. Different grades of heart block were noted in 13 patients. Aristotle score (P = .014), total surgical duration (P postoperative period were associated with arrhythmia occurrence. Surgeries for ventricular septal defect alone or in association with other diseases including tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and transposition of the great arteries (TGA) were found to be associated with higher risk of arrhythmias. This study showed a low incidence of arrhythmias, JET being the commonest, seen more in TOF repair and these could be treated efficiently. Higher Aristotle score, longer surgical time, hypotension, tachycardia, high inotropic score, and high serum lactate levels were associated with the occurrence of arrhythmias postoperatively.

  8. Arrhythmias in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Gaurav Agarwal

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic hyperglycaemia of Type 2 diabetes mellitus causes long term damage to heart resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD, myocardial infarction (MI, congestive heart failure (CHF, and sudden death from arrhythmias. AIMS: To study the prevalence of different types of arrhythmias in T2DM, particularly in association with Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy (CAN. METHODS: A cross-sectional study including 100 patients of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM presenting with cardiac arrhythmias, was done at our hospital over 2 years. Detailed history along with physical examination and tests for CAN were done. Routine investigations along with echocardiography, stress test, Holter monitoring were done. RESULTS: Sinus Tachycardia (ST was the commonest arrhythmia, found in 32% of patients. 20% had Complete Heart Block (CHB, 15% had Sinus Bradycardia (SB, and 15% had Atrial Fibrillation (AF. Ventricular Premature Complex (VPC was found in 10% and 3% had Atrial Premature Complex (APC. 3% had first degree AV block, whereas 1% had Paroxysmal Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (PSVT, and another 1% had Ventricular Tachycardia (VT. Poorly controlled diabetes and co-morbidities was associated with higher incidence of arrhythmias. 62% of patients had prolonged QTc, majority of which had CAN. Most of the patients responded to standard therapy.

  9. Impact of the Use of Benznidazole Followed by Antioxidant Supplementation in the Prevalence of Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Chronic Chagas Disease: Pilot Study.

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    Barbosa, João Luís; Thiers, Clarissa Antunes; de Bragança Pereira, Basílio; do Nascimento, Emília Matos; Ribeiro Frazon, Carine Muniz; Budni, Patricia; Wilhelm Filho, Danilo; Pedrosa, Roberto Coury

    Patients with chronic Chagas disease have a higher prevalence of premature ventricular contraction (PVC) because of immunoinflammatory response magnified by the increased oxidative stress. Thus, the sequential treatment with benznidazole (BZN) and antioxidants can reduce the prevalence of PVC. We wish to establish whether the etiological treatment of Chagas disease followed by supplementation with the antioxidant vitamins E and C decreases the prevalence of PVC in these patients. A sample of 41 patients with chronic Chagas disease at different stages of the heart disease was selected for the treatment against the causative agent using BZN (5 mg·kg·d, minimum dose 300 mg daily) for 2 months followed by supplementation with antioxidants such as vitamins E (800 UI/d) and C (500 mg/d) for 6 months. The prevalence of PVC was observed by conducting 24-hour Holter. To evaluate the oxidative status of the patients, serum markers of oxidative stress like glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione reductase, and glutathione S-transferase were measured, and also reduced glutathione, vitamin E, and markers of tissue damage like thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and protein carbonyl. A decrease in the prevalence of PVC in patients with advanced Chagas heart disease was observed (5391 vs. 1185, P = 0.0068). This reduction was followed by decrease of serum markers of oxidative stress. In patients with a lower degree of cardiac damage, the reduction on prevalence of PVC was not significant. The etiological treatment with BZN followed by supplementation with antioxidant vitamins E and C reduces episodes of PVC in patients with severe Chagas heart disease.

  10. Arrhythmia and exercise intolerance in Fontan patients

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    Idorn, L; Juul, K; Jensen, A S

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Long-term survival after the Fontan procedure shows excellent results but is associated with a persistent risk of arrhythmias and exercise intolerance. We aimed to analyze the current burden of clinically relevant arrhythmia and severe exercise intolerance in Danish Fontan patients...... and estimated to 99.1% per year. Prevalence of clinically relevant arrhythmia and severe exercise intolerance increased significantly with age and was found in 32% and 85% of patients ≥20years, respectively. Thus, from survival data and logistic regression models the future prevalence of patients, clinically...... relevant arrhythmia and severe exercise intolerance were estimated, revealing a considerable augmentation. Furthermore, resting and maximum cardiac index, resting stroke volume index and pulmonary diffusing capacity decreased significantly with age while diastolic and systolic ventricular function...

  11. Incidence of ventricular arrhythmias, brady-arrhythmias and sudden ...

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    ECG Monitor was used to confirm the complication in every patient. Result:Of the study group forty seven (47%) patients were 55-65 years old, twenty eight (28%) were more than 65 years old and twenty five (25%) were less than 55 years old. Sixty nine (69%) were males. Twenty patients (20%) developed complications ...

  12. A CASE OF CARDIAC SARCOIDOSIS WITH SUSTAINED VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA SUCCESSFULLY TREATED BY METHYLPREDONISOLONE PULSE THERAPY

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    木田, 順富; 中嶋, 民夫; 山本, 広光; 坂口, 泰弘; 椎木, 英夫; 橋本, 俊雄; 土肥, 和紘; 藤本, 眞一

    2000-01-01

    A 63-year old woman was admitted because of ventricular tachycardia and congestive heart failure. A chest radiograph showed cardiomegaly and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. Echocardiogram showed diffuse left ventricular hypokinesis, dilated left ventricle and thinning of the interventricular septum. On gallium scintigram gallium was accumulated in the heart, especially in the left ventricle. Although endomyocardial biopsy revealed non-specific fibrosis, cardiac sarcoidosis was clinically sus...

  13. Is it Safe? Adverse drug effects and cardiac arrhythmias

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    Varkevisser, R.

    2014-01-01

    The potentially life-threatening polymorphic ventricular arrhythmia Torsade de Pointes (TdP) generally occurs in the setting of delayed ventricular repolarization, as reflected on the ECG by a prolonged QT interval. A growing number of drugs are associated with QT prolongation and/or TdP, as a

  14. Acute subendocardial ischaemia leads to homogenous prolongation in ventricular repolarization.

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    Ma, Long-le; Wang, Le-Xin

    2007-01-01

    Acute transmural ischaemia often shortens ventricular repolarization and increases repolarization dispersion, leading to life threatening ventricular arrhythmias in animal models and human subjects. Experimental studies and clinical observations have shown that acute subendocardial ischaemia rarely causes serious ventricular arrhythmia. We hypothesized that the different arrhythmia outcomes between transmural and subendocardial ischaemia are largely due to the homogenous prolongation in ventricular repolarization after acute subendocardial ischaemia. Further experimental studies on a subendocardial model are required to assess the changes in ventricular repolarization and its spatial dispersion, and to investigate the role of these changes in the pathogenesis of ventricular arrhythmias. These studies will facilitate our understanding on the mechanisms of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias during acute myocardial ischaemia.

  15. Arrhythmia - Multiple Languages

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  16. Common Tests for Arrhythmia

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    ... State SELECT YOUR LANGUAGE Español (Spanish) 简体中文 (Traditional Chinese) 繁体中文 (Simplified Chinese) Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Healthy Living for Heart.org ... help your doctor diagnose an arrhythmia. View an animation of arrhythmia . Common Tests for Arrhythmia Holter monitor ( ...

  17. Electromechanical wave imaging for arrhythmias

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    Provost, Jean; Thanh-Hieu Nguyen, Vu; Legrand, Diégo; Okrasinski, Stan; Costet, Alexandre; Gambhir, Alok; Garan, Hasan; Konofagou, Elisa E.

    2011-11-01

    Electromechanical wave imaging (EWI) is a novel ultrasound-based imaging modality for mapping of the electromechanical wave (EW), i.e. the transient deformations occurring in immediate response to the electrical activation. The correlation between the EW and the electrical activation has been established in prior studies. However, the methods used previously to map the EW required the reconstruction of images over multiple cardiac cycles, precluding the application of EWI for non-periodic arrhythmias such as fibrillation. In this study, new imaging sequences are developed and applied based on flash- and wide-beam emissions to image the entire heart at very high frame rates (2000 fps) during free breathing in a single heartbeat. The methods are first validated by imaging the heart of an open-chest canine while simultaneously mapping the electrical activation using a 64-electrode basket catheter. Feasibility is then assessed by imaging the atria and ventricles of closed-chest, conscious canines during sinus rhythm and during right-ventricular pacing following atrio-ventricular dissociation, i.e., during a non-periodic rhythm. The EW was validated against electrode measurements in the open-chest case, and followed the expected electrical propagation pattern in the closed-chest setting. These results indicate that EWI can be used for the characterization of non-periodic arrhythmias in conditions similar to the clinical setting, in a single heartbeat, and during free breathing.

  18. Prognostic significance of electrical alternans versus signal averaged electrocardiography in predicting the outcome of electrophysiological testing and arrhythmia-free survival

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    Armoundas, A. A.; Rosenbaum, D. S.; Ruskin, J. N.; Garan, H.; Cohen, R. J.

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of signal averaged electrocardiography (SAECG) and measurement of microvolt level T wave alternans as predictors of susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmias. DESIGN: Analysis of new data from a previously published prospective investigation. SETTING: Electrophysiology laboratory of a major referral hospital. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS: 43 patients, not on class I or class III antiarrhythmic drug treatment, undergoing invasive electrophysiological testing had SAECG and T wave alternans measurements. The SAECG was considered positive in the presence of one (SAECG-I) or two (SAECG-II) of three standard criteria. T wave alternans was considered positive if the alternans ratio exceeded 3.0. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Inducibility of sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation during electrophysiological testing, and 20 month arrhythmia-free survival. RESULTS: The accuracy of T wave alternans in predicting the outcome of electrophysiological testing was 84% (p antiarrhythmic agents. The accuracy of T wave alternans in predicting the outcome of arrhythmia-free survival was 86% (p < 0.030). Neither SAECG-I (accuracy 65%; p < 0.21) nor SAECG-II (accuracy 71%; p < 0.48) was a statistically significant predictor of arrhythmia-free survival. CONCLUSIONS: T wave alternans was a highly significant predictor of the outcome of electrophysiological testing and arrhythmia-free survival, while SAECG was not a statistically significant predictor. Although these results need to be confirmed in prospective clinical studies, they suggest that T wave alternans may serve as a non-invasive probe for screening high risk populations for malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

  19. Prognostic significance of electrical alternans versus signal averaged electrocardiography in predicting the outcome of electrophysiological testing and arrhythmia-free survival

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    Armoundas, A. A.; Rosenbaum, D. S.; Ruskin, J. N.; Garan, H.; Cohen, R. J.

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of signal averaged electrocardiography (SAECG) and measurement of microvolt level T wave alternans as predictors of susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmias. DESIGN: Analysis of new data from a previously published prospective investigation. SETTING: Electrophysiology laboratory of a major referral hospital. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS: 43 patients, not on class I or class III antiarrhythmic drug treatment, undergoing invasive electrophysiological testing had SAECG and T wave alternans measurements. The SAECG was considered positive in the presence of one (SAECG-I) or two (SAECG-II) of three standard criteria. T wave alternans was considered positive if the alternans ratio exceeded 3.0. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Inducibility of sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation during electrophysiological testing, and 20 month arrhythmia-free survival. RESULTS: The accuracy of T wave alternans in predicting the outcome of electrophysiological testing was 84% (p data were available in 36 patients while not on class I or III antiarrhythmic agents. The accuracy of T wave alternans in predicting the outcome of arrhythmia-free survival was 86% (p < 0.030). Neither SAECG-I (accuracy 65%; p < 0.21) nor SAECG-II (accuracy 71%; p < 0.48) was a statistically significant predictor of arrhythmia-free survival. CONCLUSIONS: T wave alternans was a highly significant predictor of the outcome of electrophysiological testing and arrhythmia-free survival, while SAECG was not a statistically significant predictor. Although these results need to be confirmed in prospective clinical studies, they suggest that T wave alternans may serve as a non-invasive probe for screening high risk populations for malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

  20. High-resolution detection of sustained ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia through FPGA-based fuzzy processing of ECG signal.

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    Roy Chowdhury, Shubhajit

    2015-10-01

    The paper presents a field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based fast processing system with 12-channel high-resolution (24 bits) front-end for ECG signal processing. The implemented high-resolution data conversion makes the system suitable for recording of late potentials of the QRS complex in patients prone to sustained ventricular tachycardia. The system accepts ECG signals through 12 channels and then filtered to minimize baseline wander and power-line interference. The filter outputs are connected to 12 delta-sigma ADCs. The whole ADCs work synchronously at 8 kHz sampling frequency, and their output data are transferred to an FPGA that computes online on the digitized sample values in real time and ascertains whether the patient under study suffers from ventricular tachycardia or not. In order to ascertain the QRS complex accurately in the noisy ECG signal, fuzzy entropy of the sample values has been computed and provided as an input to inverse multiquadratic radial basis function neural network. Using the standard CSE ECG database, the algorithm performed highly effectively. The performance of the algorithm in respect of QRS detection with sensitivity of 99.83 % and accuracy of 99.7 % is achieved when tested using single-channel ECG with entropy criteria. The performance of the QRS detection system has been compared and found to be better than most of the QRS detection systems available in the literature. Using the system, 200 patients have been diagnosed with an accuracy of 99 %.

  1. Role of adipose tissue in the pathogenesis of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Samanta, Rahul; Pouliopoulos, Jim; Thiagalingam, Aravinda; Kovoor, Pramesh

    2016-01-01

    Epicardial adipose tissue is present in normal healthy individuals. It is a unique fat depot that, under physiologic conditions, plays a cardioprotective role. However, excess epicardial adipose tissue has been shown to be associated with prevalence and severity of atrial fibrillation. In arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and myotonic dystrophy, fibrofatty infiltration of the myocardium is associated with ventricular arrhythmias. In the ovine model of ischemic cardiomyopathy, the presence of intramyocardial adipose or lipomatous metaplasia has been associated with increased propensity to ventricular tachycardia. These observations suggest a role of adipose tissue in the pathogenesis of cardiac arrhythmias. In this article, we review the role of cardiac adipose tissue in various cardiac arrhythmias and discuss the possible pathophysiologic mechanisms. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Malignant Arrhythmia in Apical Ballooning Syndrome: Risk Factors and Outcomes

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    Samuel J. Asirvatham

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: We sought to determine the frequency and outcomes with symptomatic arrhythmia in patients with apical ballooning syndrome (ABS. Methods: A retrospective review of the Mayo Clinic Angiography database was conducted to identify patients who met the Mayo criteria for ABS. Patients with documented arrhythmias formed the study group, and 31 randomly selected patients with ABS but without arrhythmia formed the control group.Results: Out of 105 patients identified with ABS, 6 (5.7% women aged 69 +/- 9 years experienced significant arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation, asystole, 2 patients died, and 1 required permanent pacemaker implantation. When compared with controls, the study group showed no significant difference with respect to ECG characteristics (QT, QRS duration or axis except for R-R interval variability (see comments below (30.6±6 vs 14.5±17 p = 0.0004, QTc, and P-R interval. Patients without arrhythmia were more likely to be on beta-blocker therapy than the study population (33% vs 80.6% p = 0.02. Conclusion: Life-threatening arrhythmia is uncommon (5.7% with ABS despite marked, structural abnormalities. When arrhythmias do occur, the outcome is poor. Prominent variability in R-R intervals appears to be predictive of significant arrhythmias in ABS. The role of beta-blocker therapy in preventing arrhythmia with ABS requires further investigation.

  3. Cardiac arrhythmias during or after epileptic seizures.

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    van der Lende, Marije; Surges, Rainer; Sander, Josemir W; Thijs, Roland D

    2016-01-01

    Seizure-related cardiac arrhythmias are frequently reported and have been implicated as potential pathomechanisms of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). We attempted to identify clinical profiles associated with various (post)ictal cardiac arrhythmias. We conducted a systematic search from the first date available to July 2013 on the combination of two terms: 'cardiac arrhythmias' and 'epilepsy'. The databases searched were PubMed, Embase (OVID version), Web of Science and COCHRANE Library. We attempted to identify all case reports and case series. We identified seven distinct patterns of (post)ictal cardiac arrhythmias: ictal asystole (103 cases), postictal asystole (13 cases), ictal bradycardia (25 cases), ictal atrioventricular (AV)-conduction block (11 cases), postictal AV-conduction block (2 cases), (post)ictal atrial flutter/atrial fibrillation (14 cases) and postictal ventricular fibrillation (3 cases). Ictal asystole had a mean prevalence of 0.318% (95% CI 0.316% to 0.320%) in people with refractory epilepsy who underwent video-EEG monitoring. Ictal asystole, bradycardia and AV-conduction block were self-limiting in all but one of the cases and seen during focal dyscognitive seizures. Seizure onset was mostly temporal (91%) without consistent lateralisation. Postictal arrhythmias were mostly found following convulsive seizures and often associated with (near) SUDEP. The contrasting clinical profiles of ictal and postictal arrhythmias suggest different pathomechanisms. Postictal rather than ictal arrhythmias seem of greater importance to the pathophysiology of SUDEP. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  4. Operative techniques in association with arrhythmia surgery in patients with congenital heart disease.

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    Mavroudis, Constantine; Deal, Barbara; Backer, Carl L; Stewart, Robert D

    2013-01-01

    Arrhythmia surgery in patients with congenital disease is challenged by the range of anatomic variants, arrhythmia types, and intramyocardial scar location. Experimental and clinical studies have elucidated the mechanisms of arrhythmias for accessory connections, atrial fibrillation, atrial reentry tachycardia, nodal reentry tachycardia, focal or automatic atrial tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia. The surgical and transcatheter possibilities are numerous, and the congenital heart surgeon should have a comprehensive understanding of all arrhythmia types and potential methods of ablation. The purpose of this article is to introduce resternotomy techniques for safe mediastinal reentry and to review operative techniques of arrhythmia surgery in association with congenital heart disease.

  5. Arrhythmias in the paediatric intensive care unit: a prospective study of the rates and predictors of arrhythmias in children without underlying cardiac disease.

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    Cassel-Choudhury, Gina N; Aydin, Scott I; Toedt-Pingel, Iris; Ushay, H Michael; Killinger, James S; Cohen, Hillel W; Ceresnak, Scott R

    2015-10-01

    Arrhythmias are common in patients admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit. We sought to identify the rates of occurrence and types of arrhythmias, and determine whether an arrhythmia was associated with illness severity and paediatric intensive care unit length of stay. This is a prospective, observational study of all patients admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore from March to June 2012. Patients with cardiac disease or admitted for the treatment of primary arrhythmias were excluded. Clinical and laboratory data were collected and telemetry was reviewed daily. Tachyarrhythmias were identified as supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and arrhythmias causing haemodynamic compromise or for which an intervention was performed. A total of 278 patients met the inclusion criteria and were analysed. There were 97 incidences of arrhythmia in 53 patients (19%) and six tachyarrhythmias (2%). The most common types of arrhythmias were junctional rhythm (38%), premature atrial contractions (24%), and premature ventricular contractions (22%). Tachyarrhythmias included three supraventricular tachycardia (50%) and three ventricular tachycardia (50%). Of the six tachyarrhythmias, four were related to placement or migration of central venous lines and two occurred during aminophylline infusion. Patients with an arrhythmia had longer duration of mechanical ventilation and paediatric intensive care unit stay (pintensive care unit patients (19%), although tachyarrhythmias occurred rarely (2%). Central venous lines and use of aminophylline were identified as two clinical factors that may be associated with development of an arrhythmia.

  6. Cardiac arrhythmias during exercise testing in healthy men.

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    Beard, E. F.; Owen, C. A.

    1973-01-01

    Clinically healthy male executives who participate in a long-term physical conditioning program have demonstrated cardiac arrhythmia during and after periodic ergometric testing at submaximal and maximal levels. In 1,385 tests on 248 subjects, it was found that 34% of subjects demonstrated an arrhythmia at some time and 13% of subjects developed arrhythmia on more than one test. Premature systoles of ventricular origin were most common, but premature systoles of atrial origin, premature systoles of junctional origin, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, atrioventricular block, wandering pacemaker, and pre-excitation were also seen. Careful post-test monitoring and pulse rate regulated training sessions are suggested for such programs.

  7. [Silent myocardial ischemia and exercise-induced arrhythmia detected by the exercise test in the total health promotion plan (THP)].

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    Iwane, M; Shibe, Y; Itoh, K; Kinoshita, F; Kanagawa, Y; Kobayashi, M; Mugitani, K; Ohta, M; Ohata, H; Yoshikawa, A; Ikuta, Z; Nakamura, Y; Mohara, O

    2001-03-01

    We investigated the prevalence and characteristics of ischemic heart disease especially silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) and arrhythmia in need of careful observation in the exercise stress tests in the Total Health Promotion Plan (THP), which was conducted between 1994-96 for the purpose of measuring cardiopulmonary function. All workers (n = 4,918, 4,426 males) aged 18-60 yr old in an occupational field were studied. Exercise tests with an ergometer were performed by the LOPS protocol, in which the maximal workload was set up as a presumed 70-80% maximal oxygen intake, or STEP (original multistage protocol). ECG changes were evaluated with a CC5 lead. Two hundred and fifteen people refused the study because of a common cold, lumbago and so on. Of 4,703 subjects, 17 with abnormal rest ECG and 19 with probable anginal pain were excluded from the exercise tests. Of 4,667 who underwent the exercise test, 37 (0.79%) had ischemic ECG change, and 155 (3.32%) had striking arrhythmia. These 228 subjects then did a treadmill exercise test with Bruce protocol. Twenty-two (0.47% of 4,703) showed positive ECG change, 9 (0.19%) of 22 had abnormal findings on a 201Tl scan. 8 (0.17%) were diagnosed as SMI (Cohn I), in which the prevalence of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, smoker and positive familial history of ischemic heart disease was greater than that of all subjects. In a 15-30 month follow up, none has developed cardiac accidents. Exercise-induced arrhythmia was detected in 11 (0.23%) subjects. Four were non-sustained ventricular tachycardia without any organic disease, 4 were ventricular arrhythmia based on cardiomyopathy detected by echocardiography, 2 were atrial fibrillation and another was WPW syndrome. It is therefore likely that the ergometer exercise test in THP was effective in preventing sudden death caused by ischemic heart disease or striking arrhythmia.

  8. Role of the autonomic nervous system in modulating cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Shen, Mark J; Zipes, Douglas P

    2014-03-14

    The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the modulation of cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmogenesis. Decades of research has contributed to a better understanding of the anatomy and physiology of cardiac autonomic nervous system and provided evidence supporting the relationship of autonomic tone to clinically significant arrhythmias. The mechanisms by which autonomic activation is arrhythmogenic or antiarrhythmic are complex and different for specific arrhythmias. In atrial fibrillation, simultaneous sympathetic and parasympathetic activations are the most common trigger. In contrast, in ventricular fibrillation in the setting of cardiac ischemia, sympathetic activation is proarrhythmic, whereas parasympathetic activation is antiarrhythmic. In inherited arrhythmia syndromes, sympathetic stimulation precipitates ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death except in Brugada and J-wave syndromes where it can prevent them. The identification of specific autonomic triggers in different arrhythmias has brought the idea of modulating autonomic activities for both preventing and treating these arrhythmias. This has been achieved by either neural ablation or stimulation. Neural modulation as a treatment for arrhythmias has been well established in certain diseases, such as long QT syndrome. However, in most other arrhythmia diseases, it is still an emerging modality and under investigation. Recent preliminary trials have yielded encouraging results. Further larger-scale clinical studies are necessary before widespread application can be recommended.

  9. Long-term recording of cardiac arrhythmias with an implantable cardiac monitor in patients with reduced ejection fraction after acute myocardial infarction: the Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) study

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    Bloch Thomsen, Poul Erik; Jons, Christian; Raatikainen, M J Pekka

    2010-01-01

    Knowledge about the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias after acute myocardial infarction has been limited by the lack of traditional ECG recording systems to document and confirm asymptomatic and symptomatic arrhythmias. The Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Myocardial Infarction...... (CARISMA) trial was designed to study the incidence and prognostic significance of arrhythmias documented by an implantable cardiac monitor among patients with acute myocardial infarction and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction....

  10. Why Arrhythmia Matters

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    ... State SELECT YOUR LANGUAGE Español (Spanish) 简体中文 (Traditional Chinese) 繁体中文 (Simplified Chinese) Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Healthy Living for Heart.org ... cardiac arrest Arrhythmias can cause stroke ( View an animation of arrhythmia ) Stroke is a cerebrovascular disease that ...

  11. Cardiac arrhythmias in pregnancy.

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    Knotts, Robert J; Garan, Hasan

    2014-08-01

    As more women with repaired congenital heart disease survive to their reproductive years and many other women are delaying pregnancy until later in life, a rising concern is the risk of cardiac arrhythmias during pregnancy. Naturally occurring cardiovascular changes during pregnancy increase the likelihood that a recurrence of a previously experienced cardiac arrhythmia or a de novo arrhythmia will occur. Arrhythmias should be thoroughly investigated to determine if there is a reversible etiology, and risks/benefits of treatment options should be fully explored. We discuss the approach to working up and treating various arrhythmias during pregnancy with attention to fetal and maternal risks as well as treatment of fetal arrhythmias. Acute management in stable patients includes close monitoring and intravenous pharmacologic therapy, while DC cardioversion should be used to terminate arrhythmias in hemodynamically unstable patients. Long-term management may require continued oral antiarrhythmic therapy, with particular attention to fetal safety, to prevent complications associated with arrhythmias. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Pharmacologic management of arrhythmias

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    Bink-Boelkens, MTE

    2000-01-01

    The role of antiarrhythmic drugs in the management of children with arrhythmias has changed due to the rapid development of radiofrequency ablation. Moreover, the release of new drugs and a better insight into the electrophysiologic mechanisms of arrhythmias have changed former patterns of drug

  13. Amiodarone in the new AHA guidelines for ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

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    Caron, M F; Kluger, J; White, C M

    2001-10-01

    To delineate amiodarone's role in the new American Heart Association guidelines for ventricular tachyarrhythmias, review the literature that supports the use of amiodarone in ventricular tachyarrhythmias, describe the pharmaceutical properties of amiodarone and elucidate their clinical implications, and discuss the dosing, preparation, and administration of amiodarone. A search of MEDLINE (1966-October 2000) database and EMBASE Drugs and Pharmacology database (1980-October 2000) was performed. References from published articles and tertiary references were used to gather additional data. All articles were screened, and pertinent studies were identified and evaluated. Recent trials have demonstrated amiodarone's usefulness in the setting of ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Based on these investigations and contrary to past guidelines, amiodarone is included in the 2000 advanced cardiovascular life support guidelines as a possible agent for hemodynamically stable monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT), non-QT prolonged polymorphic VT, and ventricular fibrillation (VF)/pulseless VT. Although not specifically evaluated in the setting of hemodynamically stable monomorphic VT and non-QT prolonged polymorphic VT, investigations by the intravenous Amiodarone Multicenter Trial Group and other clinical trials make amiodarone an acceptable choice for these arrythmia categories. The results of the ARREST (Resuscitation of Refractory Sustained Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias) trial prove amiodarone to be the antiarrhythmic of choice for VF/pulseless VT. Amiodarone is classified as a IIb therapeutic intervention for all three arrhythmia categories, which makes it an acceptable, safe, and useful agent with fair to good evidence to support its use. In addition, amiodarone requires careful preparation and delivery to achieve safe and effective outcomes.

  14. Current Management of Ventricular Tachycardia: Approaches and Timing

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    Roy M. John, MBBS, PhD

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Ventricular tachycardia (VT in the presence of structural heart disease is associated with sudden cardiac death and warrants prompt attention. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs while highly effective in terminating sustained ventricular arrhythmias and reducing mortality, have no effect on the arrhythmia substrate and recurrent shocks for VT termination occur in approximately 20% of patients. Shocks worsen quality of life and are associated with progression of heart failure and increased mortality. Antiarrhythmic drugs, mainly in the form of beta-blockers or amiodarone, are moderately effective in reducing ICD therapies but drug intolerance and serious toxicities of amiodarone necessitate drug cessation in a quarter of patients. Catheter ablation has emerged as an effective treatment for control of frequent VT episodes and can be life saving in cases of incessant VT or VT storm. As experience increases, it is being used increasingly earlier, rather than a last resort therapy. Efficacy varies with the nature of the underlying heart disease. Intramural arrhythmia substrate and failure to create permanent ablation lesions remain challenges and repeat procedures are necessary in a third to a half of patients. For idiopathic VTs or PVCs that are symptomatic or worsen LV function, catheter ablation is often an effective therapy.

  15. Imaging of patients with implanted devices and arrhythmia

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    Nam Ju Lee; Harold I. Litt

    2016-01-01

    Expanding implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) indications and significant morbidity and mortality reduction benefits have resulted in a large number of routine ICD implants with appropriate ICD shocks for ventricular arrhythmias. The side-effects and lack of long-term efficacy of antiarrhythmics have made ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation an increasingly attractive treatment option. Although cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is considered the gold standard technique for im...

  16. Cardiac arrhythmias and electrolyte disturbances in colic horses.

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    Hesselkilde, Eva Z; Almind, Mette E; Petersen, Jesper; Flethøj, Mette; Præstegaard, Kirstine F; Buhl, Rikke

    2014-10-02

    Despite increased focus on cardiac arrhythmias in horses, the nature and prevalence is still poorly described. Case reports suggest that arrhythmias occurring secondary to systemic disease are seen more commonly in the clinic than arrhythmias caused by cardiac disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of arrhythmias in colic horses referred for hospital treatment. Associations between electrolyte disturbances and arrhythmias were also investigated. Heart rate was 37.4 ± 3.7 bpm in the control group, and 51.6 ± 11.8 bpm, in the colic group, which was significantly different (P cardiac arrhythmias and electrolytes concentrations in colic horses compared to healthy controls. Although we only observed VPCs in the colic horses, no significant differences between colic horses and controls were found. Despite the colic horses having electrolyte changes at admission no correlation was found between the electrolyte disturbances and cardiac arrhythmias. Although no clear conclusions can be drawn from the present study, the results indicate that relatively mild colic per se is not pro-arrhythmogenic, whereas severe colic probably are more likely to result in ventricular arrhythmia.

  17. [Intra- and perioperative arrhythmia and ischemic signals in myocardial revascularization patients].

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    Rossi, L; Carbonieri, E; Fabbri, A; Franchi, G; Gerosa, G; Silvestre, G; Castello, C; Casarotto, D; Zardini, P

    1990-11-01

    In order to evaluate perioperative electrical cardiac disturbances and ST segment changes, 42 patients (38 M, 4 F, aged 57 +/- 6 ys) were studied using 24-hour Holter monitoring before, during and after coronary bypass surgery. In the 4-6 hours before cardioplegic arrest, 38% of patients had ST segment changes. No patient and malignant arrhythmias. The injection of cold cardioplegic solution was followed by bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation and isoelectric line within 2-4 minutes. After aortic declamping, 30 patients were defibrillated. Impulse formation and conduction disturbances, found in 55% of patients, solved themselves in 1 to 60 minutes. Bundle branch block continued in just 4 cases. A total of 59% of patients had ST segment elevation for 14 +/- 14 minutes and 19% had ST segment depression for 19 +/- 20 minutes. Successive transient ST segment changes were detected in 38% of patients. Sustained ventricular tachycardia occurred during 2 ischemic episodes. Impulse formation and conduction disturbances were not related to the duration of cardiac arrest or ventricular fibrillation, but were more frequent and lasted longer in patients with incomplete revascularization. Transient ST segment depression far from aortic declamping correlated with preclamping ischemia. Transient ST segment elevation correlated with incomplete revascularization. We concluded that ECG signs of intraoperative damage were reversible. Moreover, perioperative transitory ischemia was frequent but could be prevented by coronary active drug administration. On the other hand incomplete revascularization was associated with electrical disturbances and ischemia.

  18. Hypertension and Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Coca, Antonio; Kahan, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Hypertension (HTN) is a common cardiovascular risk factor leading to heart failure (HF), coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, peripheral artery disease and chronic renal failure. Hypertensive heart disease can manifest as many types of cardiac arrhythmias, most commonly being atrial fibrillation......, hypomagnesaemia), contributing further to arrhythmias, while effective Blood pressure control may prevent the development of the arrhythmias such as AF.In recognizing this close relationship between HTN and arrhythmias, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC......) Council on Hypertension convened a Task Force, with representation from the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLEACE), with the remit of comprehensively reviewing the available evidence...

  19. [Pindolol in the treatment of arrhythmias caused by exertion].

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    Giordano, A; Tamiz, A; Schiavo, B; Rossi, P

    1979-11-17

    In this study the anti-arrhythmic effectiveness of pindolol has been tested on ventricular effort arrhythmias in a group of 22 cardiopathic patients. The drug, administered for a week at the dose of 5 mg three times a day, obtained positive results due to its beta-blocking action and its intrinsic sympathomimetic activity.

  20. Cholinesterase inhibition reduces arrhythmias in asymptomatic Chagas disease.

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    Castro, Renata R T; Porphirio, Graciema; Xavier, Sergio S; Moraes, Ruy S; Ferlin, Elton L; Ribeiro, Jorge P; da Nóbrega, Antonio C L

    2017-10-01

    Parasympathetic dysfunction may play a role in the genesis of arrhythmias in Chagas disease. This study evaluates the acute effects of pyridostigmine (PYR), a reversible cholinesterase inhibitor, on the occurrence of arrhythmias in patients with Chagas cardiac disease. Following a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over protocol, 17 patients (age 50±2 years) with Chagas cardiac disease type B underwent 24-hour Holter recordings after oral administration of either pyridostigmine bromide (45 mg, 3 times/day) or placebo (PLA). Pyridostigmine reduced the 24-hours incidence (median [25%-75%]) of premature ventricular beats-PLA: 2998 (1920-4870), PYR: 2359 (940-3253), P=.044; ventricular couplets-PLA: 84 (15-159), PYR: 33 (6-94), P=.046. Although the total number of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia in the entire group was not different (P=.19) between PLA (1 [0-8]) and PYR (0 [0-4]), there were fewer episodes under PYR in 72% of the patients presenting this type of arrhythmia (P=.033). Acute administration of pyridostigmine reduced the incidence of nonsustained ventricular arrhythmias in patients with Chagas cardiac disease. Further studies that address the use of pyridostigmine by patients with Chagas cardiac disease under a more prolonged follow-up are warranted. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac arrhythmias in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Goudis, Christos A; Konstantinidis, Athanasios K; Ntalas, Ioannis V; Korantzopoulos, Panagiotis

    2015-11-15

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is independently associated with an increased burden of cardiovascular disease. Besides coronary artery disease (CAD) and congestive heart failure (CHF), specific electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities and cardiac arrhythmias seem to have a significant impact on cardiovascular prognosis of COPD patients. Disturbances of heart rhythm include premature atrial contractions (PACs), premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), atrial fibrillation (AF), atrial flutter (AFL), multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT), and ventricular tachycardia (VT). Of note, the identification of ECG abnormalities and the evaluation of the arrhythmic risk may have significant implications in the management and outcome of patients with COPD. This article provides a concise overview of the available data regarding ECG abnormalities and arrhythmias in these patients, including an elaborated description of the underlying arrhythmogenic mechanisms. The clinical impact and prognostic significance of ECG abnormalities and arrhythmias in COPD as well as the appropriate antiarrhythmic therapy and interventions in this setting are also discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Diagnostic dilemmas: overlapping features of Brugada syndrome and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

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    Hoogendijk, Mark G.

    2012-01-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and Brugada syndrome are distinct clinical entities which diagnostic criteria exclude their coexistence in individual patients. ARVC is a myocardial disorder characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of the myocardium and ventricular arrhythmias.

  3. An approach to cardiac arrhythmia analysis using hidden Markov models.

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    Coast, D A; Stern, R M; Cano, G G; Briller, S A

    1990-09-01

    This paper describes a new approach to ECG arrhythmia analysis based on "hidden Markov modeling" (HMM), a technique successfully used since the mid-1970's to model speech waveforms for automatic speech recognition. Many ventricular arrhythmias can be classified by detecting and analyzing QRS complexes and determining R-R intervals. Classification of supraventricular arrhythmias, however, often requires detection of the P wave in addition to the QRS complex. The hidden Markov modeling approach combines structural and statistical knowledge of the ECG signal in a single parametric model. Model parameters are estimated from training data using an iterative, maximum likelihood reestimation algorithm. Initial results suggest that this approach may provide improved supraventricular arrhythmia analysis through accurate representation of the entire beat including the P wave.

  4. Electrophysiologically guided amiodarone therapy versus the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias after myocardial infarction: results of long-term follow-up.

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    Schläpfer, Jürg; Rapp, Fabrice; Kappenberger, Lukas; Fromer, Martin

    2002-06-05

    We sought to compare the long-term survival rates of patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmia after myocardial infarction (MI) who were treated according to the results of electrophysiological (EP) study either with amiodarone or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias after MI are at high risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). However, data comparing the long-term survival rates of patients treated with amiodarone or ICD, according to the results of EP testing, are lacking. Patients underwent a first EP study at baseline and a second one after a loading dose of amiodarone of 14 +/- 2.9 g. According to the results of the second EP study, patients were classified either as responders or non-responders to amiodarone; non-responders were eventually treated with an ICD. Eighty-four consecutive patients with MI (78 men; 21-77 years old; mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction 36 +/- 11%) were consecutively included. Forty-three patients (51%) were responders, and 41 patients (49%) were non-responders to amiodarone therapy. During a mean follow-up period of 63 +/- 30 months, SCD and total mortality rates were significantly higher in the amiodarone-treated patients (p = 0.03 and 0.02, respectively). The long-term survival of patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias after MI, with depressed LV function, is significantly better with an ICD than with amiodarone therapy, even when stratified according to the results of the EP study. These patients should benefit from early ICD placement, and any previous amiodarone treatment seems to have no additional value.

  5. The relation between bradycardic dyssynchronous ventricular activation, remodeling and arrhythmogenesis

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    Dunnink, A

    2016-01-01

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a common cause of death and its incidence continues to rise. The occurrence of SCD is mainly due to development of malignant ventricular arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. The underlying cause of SCD is almost always a complex

  6. Frequency of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Patients with Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Umair Aziz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cardiac failure is the major lethal consequence of aluminum phosphide (AlP poisoning. This study was designed to determine the frequency of cardiac arrhythmias in patients with AlP poisoning. Methods: In this prospective cross-sectional study, patients with definitive history of AlP poisoning treated at emergency department of Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan, from July 2013 to November 2014 were included. On admission, twelve-lead electrocardiogram (ECG was performed for all patients. During admission, all patients underwent continuous cardiac monitoring using a cardiac monitor. If an arrhythmia was suspected on the cardiac monitor, another ECG was obtained immediately.  Results: During the study period, 100 patients with AlP poisoning (63% men were treated at Allied Hospital Faisalabad. Mean age of the patients was 26.7 ± 7.9 years ranging from 16 to 54 years. Tachycardia was detected in 68 patients and bradycardia in 12 patients. Hypotension was observed in 75 patients. Eighty patients developed cardiac arrhythmia. The most frequent arrhythmia was atrial fibrillation (31% of patients followed by ventricular fibrillation (20%, ventricular tachycardia (17%, 3rd degree AV block (7% and 2nd degree AV block (5%. In total, 78 patients died, depicting a 78% mortality rate following wheat pill poisoning. Among those who died, seventy-one patients had cardiac arrhythmia. Comparison of death rate between patients with and without cardiac arrhythmia showed a significant difference (71/80 (88.8% vs. 7/20 (35%; P < 0.001.  Conclusion: Wheat pill poisoning causes a very high mortality, and circulatory collapse is the major cause of death among these patients. Most of the patients with AlP poisoning develop cardiac arrhythmias which are invariably life threatening. Early detection of cardiac disorders and proper management of arrhythmias may reduce mortalities.

  7. Sleep Apnea and Nocturnal Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Populational Study

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    Fatima Dumas Cintra

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: The mechanisms associated with the cardiovascular consequences of obstructive sleep apnea include abrupt changes in autonomic tone, which can trigger cardiac arrhythmias. The authors hypothesized that nocturnal cardiac arrhythmia occurs more frequently in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Objective: To analyze the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and abnormal heart rhythm during sleep in a population sample. Methods: Cross-sectional study with 1,101 volunteers, who form a representative sample of the city of São Paulo. The overnight polysomnography was performed using an EMBLA® S7000 digital system during the regular sleep schedule of the individual. The electrocardiogram channel was extracted, duplicated, and then analyzed using a Holter (Cardio Smart® system. Results: A total of 767 participants (461 men with a mean age of 42.00 ± 0.53 years, were included in the analysis. At least one type of nocturnal cardiac rhythm disturbance (atrial/ventricular arrhythmia or beat was observed in 62.7% of the sample. The occurrence of nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias was more frequent with increased disease severity. Rhythm disturbance was observed in 53.3% of the sample without breathing sleep disorders, whereas 92.3% of patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea showed cardiac arrhythmia. Isolated atrial and ventricular ectopy was more frequent in patients with moderate/severe obstructive sleep apnea when compared to controls (p < 0.001. After controlling for potential confounding factors, age, sex and apnea-hypopnea index were associated with nocturnal cardiac arrhythmia. Conclusion: Nocturnal cardiac arrhythmia occurs more frequently in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and the prevalence increases with disease severity. Age, sex, and the Apnea-hypopnea index were predictors of arrhythmia in this sample.

  8. Air Pollution and the Triggering of Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Link, Mark S.; Dockery, Douglas W.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose of Review The last five years have witnessed an explosion in interest regarding cardiac arrhythmias and air pollution. The data have been strongest with respect to ventricular arrhythmias but there is accumulating evidence that air pollution is also associated with supraventricular arrhythmias. Recent Findings There is clear epidemiological evidence linking air pollution and cardiac mortality. Whether the cardiac mortality was from myocardial ischemia, congestive heart failure or arrhythmic, or all of these pathways is not clear from the epidemiological data. There is a large body of evidence that air pollution can modify autonomic tone. More recent data, utilizing patients with cardiac disease and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) has clarified the association of air pollution and arrhythmias. Data is also accumulating that air pollution may be associated with atrial arrhythmias. Summary The incremental risk of air pollution in triggering arrhythmias or other acute cardiac events is greatest for those patients with underlying cardiac disease. Cardiovascular patients and those at high risk of cardiovascular disease should be educated about the risks for triggering of arrhythmias and other cardiac events by air pollution. These patients should monitor the local forecasted Air Quality Index and follow the recommendations to reduce exposures and limit activities. PMID:19881339

  9. Long-term efficacy of empirical chronic amiodarone therapy in patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmia and structural heart disease.

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    Aiba, Takeshi; Kurita, Takashi; Taguchi, Atsushi; Shimizu, Wataru; Suyama, Kazuhiro; Aihara, Naohiko; Kamakura, Shiro

    2002-04-01

    The efficacy of empirical chronic oral amiodarone therapy in 129 patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTNVF) and structural heart disease is evaluated. Twenty-nine patients were treated with class I drugs and monitored by electrophysiological study (EPS) and Holter electrocardiogram (ECG) (class I). The remaining 100 non-responders to the class I drugs were treated with oral amiodarone, of whom 70 were tolerant (AMD+) and 30 were intolerant (AMD-). Patients were followed up to 36 months. The primary and secondary end-points were recurrence of VT/VF and hypothetical death, respectively; whereby, hypothetical death was defined as actual death and the event of rapid VT.VF (heart rate >240beats/min) in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Class I and AMD+ patients showed a better prognosis than AMD- patients. The VT/VF event free at 36 months in class I (64.8%) and AMD+ (56.1%) patients were significantly higher than that in AMD- (27.2%) (prates in class I (92.0%) and AMD+ (83.6%) patients were significantly higher than that in AMD- (57.0%) (prate among the 3 patient groups. The independent clinical factors suppressing the recurrence of VT/VF (Cox hazard) were treatment with amiodarone (p=0.02, 95% confidence interval (CI) =0.19-0.86) and EPS/Holter ECG-guided Class I drugs (p=0.04, 95% CI=0.14-0.94). The results demonstrate that empirical amiodarone has a substantial long-term benefit that is comparable to EPS/Holter ECG-guided class I drugs in the treatment of high-risk patients with VT/VF and structural heart disease.

  10. MicroRNAs in cardiac arrhythmia

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    Hedley, Paula L; Carlsen, Anting L; Christiansen, Kasper M

    2014-01-01

    Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a genetic cardiac condition associated with prolonged ventricular repolarization, primarily a result of perturbations in cardiac ion channels, which predisposes individuals to life-threatening arrhythmias. Using DNA screening and sequencing methods, over 700 different...... cardiovascular diseases. MiR-1 and MiR-133A are the most abundant miRNAs in the heart and have both been reported to regulate cardiac ion channels. We hypothesized that, as a consequence of their role in regulating cardiac ion channels, genetic variation in the genes which encode MiR-1 and MiR-133A might explain...

  11. Antiarrhythmic effect of carvedilol after acute myocardial infarction: results of the Carvedilol Post-Infarct Survival Control in Left Ventricular Dysfunction (CAPRICORN) trial

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    McMurray, John; Køber, Lars; Robertson, Michele

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Whether beta-blockers reduce atrial arrhythmias and, when added to an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, ventricular arrhythmia is unknown. BACKGROUND: Ventricular and atrial arrhythmias are common after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and are associated with a poor prog...

  12. Carbon monoxide exposure of subjects with documented cardiac arrhythmias

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    Chaitman, B.R.; Dahms, T.E.; Byers, S.; Carroll, L.W.; Younis, L.T.; Wiens, R.D. (St. Louis Univ. School of Medicine, MO (United States))

    1992-09-01

    The impact of low-level carbon monoxide exposure on ventricular arrhythmia frequency in patients with ischemic heart disease has not been thoroughly studied. The issue is of concern because of the potential proarrhythmic effect of carbon monoxide in patients with ischemic heart disease. We studied 30 subjects with well-documented coronary artery disease who had an average of at least 30 ventricular ectopic beats per hour over a 20-hour monitoring interval. By using appropriate inclusion and exclusion criteria, subjects were selected and enrolled in a randomized double-blind study to determine the effects of carbon monoxide exposure on ventricular arrhythmia frequency at rest, during exercise, and during ambulatory activities. The carbon monoxide exposure was designed to result in 3% or 5% carboxyhemoglobin levels, as measured by gas chromatography. The carbon monoxide exposure protocol produced target levels in 60 minutes, and the levels were maintained for an additional 90 minutes to provide adequate time to assess the impact of carbon monoxide on the frequency of ventricular ectopic beats. The data on total and repetitive ventricular arrhythmias were analyzed for seven specific time intervals: (1) two hours before carbon monoxide exposure; (2) during the two-hour carbon monoxide or air exposure; (3) during a two-hour rest period; (4) during an exercise period; (5) during an exercise recovery period; (6) six hours after carbon monoxide or air exposure; and (7) approximately 10 hours after exposure, or the remaining recording interval on the Holter monitor. There was no increase in ventricular arrhythmia frequency after carbon monoxide exposure, regardless of the level of carboxyhemoglobin or the type of activity.

  13. Risk for life-threatening arrhythmia in newly diagnosed peripartum cardiomyopathy with low ejection fraction: a German multi-centre analysis.

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    Duncker, David; Westenfeld, Ralf; Konrad, Torsten; Pfeffer, Tobias; Correia de Freitas, Carlos A; Pfister, Roman; Thomas, Dierk; Fürnkranz, Alexander; Andrié, René P; Napp, Andreas; Schmitt, Jörn; Karolyi, Laszlo; Wakili, Reza; Hilfiker-Kleiner, Denise; Bauersachs, Johann; Veltmann, Christian

    2017-08-01

    Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare cardiomyopathy characterized by an acute reduction in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Sudden deaths during the course of PPCM are reported to be elevated, the underlying mechanisms remains unknown. The aim of the present multi-centre study was to evaluate the arrhythmia burden in a multi-centre approach in patients with PPCM using a wearable cardioverter/defibrillator (WCD). Forty-nine patients from 16 German centres with newly diagnosed PPCM and LVEF ≤35% receiving a WCD were included in this retrospective analysis. Mean follow-up was 15 ± 10 months. At diagnosis, mean age was 33 ± 5 years, parity was 2.1 ± 1.6, LVEF was 21 ± 7%, NYHA functional class was 3.4 ± 0.7. Mean wear time was 120 ± 106 days, mean wear time per day was 21.4 ± 3.3 h. Six (12%) patients presented eight ventricular tachyarrhythmias during WCD period: five episodes of VF, two sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) and one non-sustained VT occurred. This multicentre study underpins the elevated risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients with newly diagnosed PPCM and reduced LVEF. A WCD should be considered for 3-6 months in these patients to prevent sudden cardiac death from ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

  14. Cardiac arrhythmias in stroke unit patients. Evaluation of the cardiac monitoring data.

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    Fernández-Menéndez, S; García-Santiago, R; Vega-Primo, A; González Nafría, N; Lara-Lezama, L B; Redondo-Robles, L; Montes-Montes, M; Riveira-Rodríguez, M C; Tejada-García, J

    2016-06-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are frequent in acute stroke. Stroke units are widely equipped with cardiac monitoring systems. Pre-existing heart diseases and heart-brain interactions may be implicated in causing cardiac arrhythmias in acute stroke. This article analyses cardiac arrhythmias detected in patients hospitalised in a stroke unit. Prospective observational study of consecutive patients admitted to a stroke unit with cardiac monitoring. We collected clinical data from patients and the characteristics of their cardiac arrhythmias over a 1-year period (2013). Time of arrhythmia onset, associated predisposing factors, and the therapeutic decisions made after detection of arrhythmia were examined. All patients underwent continuous cardiac monitoring during no less than 48hours. Of a total of 332 patients admitted, significant cardiac arrhythmias occurred in 98 patients (29.5%) during their stay in the stroke unit. Tachyarrhythmia (ventricular tachyarrhythmias, supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, complex ventricular ectopy) was present in 90 patients (27.1%); bradyarrhythmia was present in 13 patients (3.91%). Arrhythmias were independently associated with larger size of brain lesion and older age. In 10% of the patient total, therapeutic actions were taken after detection of significant cardiac arrhythmias. Most events occurred within the first 48hours after stroke unit admission. Systematic cardiac monitoring in patients with acute stroke is useful for detecting clinically relevant cardiac arrhythmias. Incidence of arrhythmia is higher in the first 48hours after stroke unit admission. Age and lesion size were predicted appearance of arrhythmias. Detection of cardiac arrhythmias in a stroke unit has important implications for treatment. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  15. Effectiveness of amiodarone in resistant arrhythmias.

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    Hollman, A; Holt, P M

    1980-12-01

    Amiodarone is used in the treatment of previously drug-resistant supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. We report our experience with amiodarone in 8 patients. Five patients had paroxysmal atrial flutter, one had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, one had supraventricular tachycardia, and one ventricular tachycardia. Considerable improvement, both objectively and subjectively, was observed in all patients. Side effects were as follows: all patients had corneal microdeposits, one developed left bundle branch block which resolved on stopping amiodarone, and one reported constipation and abdominal pains. Six patients have been treated for 10-28 months; 3 developed tolerance at 4-14 months after the introduction of amiodarone therapy, but symptoms improved with increased dosage. It is important to watch for the development of tolerance to this drug.

  16. Effectiveness of amiodarone in resistant arrhythmias1

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    Hollman, Arthur; Holt, Phyllis M

    1980-01-01

    Amiodarone is used in the treatment of previously drug-resistant supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. We report our experience with amiodarone in 8 patients. Five patients had paroxysmal atrial flutter, one had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, one had supraventricular tachycardia, and one ventricular tachycardia. Considerable improvement, both objectively and subjectively, was observed in all patients. Side effects were as follows: all patients had corneal microdeposits, one developed left bundle branch block which resolved on stopping amiodarone, and one reported constipation and abdominal pains. Six patients have been treated for 10–28 months; 3 developed tolerance at 4–14 months after the introduction of amiodarone therapy, but symptoms improved with increased dosage. It is important to watch for the development of tolerance to this drug. PMID:7452643

  17. Risk Stratification in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy.

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    Calkins, Hugh; Corrado, Domenico; Marcus, Frank

    2017-11-21

    sustained ventricular arrhythmia; proband status; extent of structural disease; cardiac syncope; male sex; the presence of multiple mutations or a mutation in TMEM43; and the patient's willingness to restrict exercise and to eliminate participation in competitive or endurance exercise. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  18. Clinical significance of late high-degree atrioventricular block in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after an acute myocardial infarction--a Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) substudy

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    Gang, Uffe Jakob Ortved; Jøns, Christian; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch

    2011-01-01

    High-degree atrioventricular block (HAVB) is a frequent complication in the acute stages of a myocardial infarction associated with an increased rate of mortality. However, the incidence and clinical significance of HAVB in late convalescent phases of an AMI is largely unknown. The aim of this st...... of this study was to assess the incidence and prognostic value of late HAVB documented by continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring in post-AMI patients with reduced left ventricular function....

  19. Novel monohydroxamate drugs attenuate myocardial reperfusion-induced arrhythmias

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    Collis, C S; Rice-Evans, C; Davies, Michael Jonathan

    1996-01-01

    heart. Here we compare their effects and that of the trihydroxamate desferrioxamine on reperfusion-induced arrhythmias following short duration ischaemia (10 min). Isolated rat hearts were perfused by the Langendorff method, subjected to regional ischaemia and reperfusion. Arrhythmias induced during...... the first 5 min of reperfusion were quantified. Drugs (all at 150 microM) were introduced during the last 2 min of ischaemia and remained throughout reperfusion. Although the monohydroxamate- and desferrioxamine-treated hearts showed a reduction in the incidence of ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation...

  20. Inherited arrhythmia syndromes leading to sudden cardiac death in the young: a global update and an Indian perspective

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    Chockalingam, Priya; Wilde, Arthur A.

    2014-01-01

    Inherited primary arrhythmias, namely congenital long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, account for a significant proportion of sudden cardiac deaths in young and apparently healthy individuals. Genetic testing plays an integral role in the

  1. Genetics of inherited primary arrhythmia disorders

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    Spears DA

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Danna A Spears, Michael H Gollob Division of Cardiology – Electrophysiology, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada Abstract: A sudden unexplained death is felt to be due to a primary arrhythmic disorder when no structural heart disease is found on autopsy, and there is no preceding documentation of heart disease. In these cases, death is presumed to be secondary to a lethal and potentially heritable abnormality of cardiac ion channel function. These channelopathies include congenital long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, Brugada syndrome, and short QT syndrome. In certain cases, genetic testing may have an important role in supporting a diagnosis of a primary arrhythmia disorder, and can also provide prognostic information, but by far the greatest strength of genetic testing lies in the screening of family members, who may be at risk. The purpose of this review is to describe the basic genetic and molecular pathophysiology of the primary inherited arrhythmia disorders, and to outline a rational approach to genetic testing, management, and family screening. Keywords: long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, Brugada syndrome, short QT syndrome, genetics

  2. Incessant slow bundle branch reentrant ventricular tachycardia in a young patient with left ventricular noncompaction.

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    Barra, Sérgio; Moreno, Nuno; Providência, Rui; Gonçalves, Helena; Primo, João José

    2013-06-01

    A 15-year-old girl was admitted to the cardiology outpatient clinic due to mild palpitations and documented incessant slow ventricular tachycardia (VT) with left bundle branch block (LBBB) pattern. The baseline electrocardiogram revealed first-degree atrioventricular block and intraventricular conduction defect. Transthoracic echocardiography showed prominent trabeculae and intertrabecular recesses suggesting left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), which was confirmed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. During electrophysiological study, a sustained bundle branch reentrant VT with LBBB pattern and cycle length of 480 ms, similar to the clinical tachycardia, was easily and reproducibly inducible. As there was considerable risk of need for chronic ventricular pacing following right bundle ablation, no ablation was attempted and a cardioverter-defibrillator was implanted. To the best of our knowledge, no case reports of BBR-VT as the first manifestation of LVNC have been published. Furthermore, this is an extremely rare presentation of BBR-VT, which is usually a highly malignant arrhythmia. Copyright © 2012 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  3. Incidence and predictors of sudden death, major conduction defects and sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias in 1388 patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1.

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    Wahbi, Karim; Babuty, Dominique; Probst, Vincent; Wissocque, Ludivine; Labombarda, Fabien; Porcher, Raphaël; Bécane, Henri Marc; Lazarus, Arnaud; Béhin, Anthony; Laforêt, Pascal; Stojkovic, Tanya; Clementy, Nicolas; Dussauge, Aurélie Pattier; Gourraud, Jean Baptiste; Pereon, Yann; Lacour, Arnaud; Chapon, Françoise; Milliez, Paul; Klug, Didier; Eymard, Bruno; Duboc, Denis

    2017-03-07

    To describe the incidence and identify predictors of sudden death (SD), major conduction defects and sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). We retrospectively enrolled 1388 adults with DM1 referred to six French medical centres between January 2000 and October 2013. We confirmed their vital status, classified all deaths, and determined the incidence of major conduction defects requiring permanent pacing and sustained VTA. We searched for predictors of overall survival, SD, major conduction defects, and sustained VTA by Cox regression analysis. Over a median 10-year follow-up, 253 (18.2%) patients died, 39 (3.6%) suddenly. Analysis of the cardiac rhythm at the time of the 39 SD revealed sustained VTA in 9, asystole in 5, complete atrioventricular block in 1 and electromechanical dissociation in two patients. Non-cardiac causes were identified in the five patients with SD who underwent autopsies. Major conduction defects developed in 143 (19.3%) and sustained VTA in 26 (2.3%) patients. By Cox regression analysis, age, family history of SD and left bundle branch block were independent predictors of SD, while age, male sex, electrocardiographic conduction abnormalities, syncope, and atrial fibrillation were independent predictors of major conduction defects; non-sustained VTA was the only predictor of sustained VTA. SD was a frequent mode of death in DM1, with multiple mechanisms involved. Major conduction defects were by far more frequent than sustained VTA, whose only independent predictor was a personal history of non-sustained VTA. ClinicalTrials.gov no: NCT01136330.

  4. Assessment of sustained effects of levosimendan and dobutamine on left ventricular systolic functions by using novel tissue Doppler derived indices in patients with advanced heart failure.

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    Oner, Ender; Erturk, Mehmet; Birant, Ali; Kurtar Mansıroglu, Aslı; Akturk, Ibrahim Faruk; Karakurt, Huseyin; Yalcin, Ahmet Arif; Uzun, Fatih; Somuncu, Mustafa Umut; Yildirim, Aydin

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    Previous studies comparing levosimendan vs. dobutamine have revealed that levosimendan is better in relieving symptoms. Echocardiographic studies have been done using second measurements immediately following a dobutamine infusion or while it was still being administered. The aim of our study was assessment of sustained effects of 24 h levosimendan and dobutamine infusions on left ventricular systolic functions. A total of 61 patients with acutely decompensated heart failure with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV symptoms were randomized to receive either levosimendan or dobutamine 2:1 in an open label fashion. Before and 5 days after the initiation of infusions, functional class was assessed, N-terminal prohormone of B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), mitral inflow peak E and A wave velocity, and E/A ratios were measured; using tissue Doppler imaging, isovolumic myocardial acceleration (IVA), peak myocardial velocity during isovolumic contraction (IVV), peak systolic velocity during ejection period (Sa), early (E') and late (A') diastolic velocities, and E'/A' and E/E' ratios were measured. The NYHA class improved in both groups, but improvements were prominent in the levosimendan group. NT-proBNP levels were significantly reduced in the levosimendan group. Improvements in LVEF and diastolic indices were significant in the levosimendan group. Tissue Doppler-derived systolic indices of IVV and IVA increased significantly in the levosimendan group. Improvements in left ventricular systolic and diastolic functions continue after a levosimendan infusion.

  5. Arctigenin, a Potential Anti-Arrhythmic Agent, Inhibits Aconitine-Induced Arrhythmia by Regulating Multi-Ion Channels

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    Zhenying Zhao; Yongqiang Yin; Hong Wu; Min Jiang; Jianshi Lou; Gang Bai; Guo‘an Luo

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    Background/Aims: Arctigenin possesses biological activities, but its underlying mechanisms at the cellular and ion channel levels are not completely understood. Therefore, the present study was designed to identify the anti-arrhythmia effect of arctigenin in vivo, as well as its cellular targets and mechanisms. Methods: A rat arrhythmia model was established via continuous aconitine infusion, and the onset times of ventricular premature contraction, ventricular tachycardia and death were reco...

  6. [Psychosomatic aspects of cardiac arrhythmias].

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    Siepmann, Martin; Kirch, Wilhelm

    2010-07-01

    Emotional stress facilitates the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias including sudden cardiac death. The prevalence of anxiety and depression is increased in cardiac patients as compared to the normal population. The risk of cardiovascular mortality is enhanced in patients suffering from depression. Comorbid anxiety disorders worsen the course of cardiac arrhythmias. Disturbance of neurocardiac regulation with predominance of the sympathetic tone is hypothesized to be causative for this. The emotional reaction to cardiac arrhythmias is differing to a large extent between individuals. Emotional stress may result from coping with treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Emotional stress and cardiac arrhythmias may influence each other in the sense of a vicious circle. Somatoform cardiac arrhythmias are predominantly of psychogenic origin. Instrumental measures and frequent contacts between physicians and patients may facilitate disease chronification. The present review is dealing with the multifaceted relationships between cardiac arrhythmias and emotional stress. The underlying mechanisms and corresponding treatment modalities are discussed.

  7. Dofetilide in patients with congestive heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction: safety aspects and effect on atrial fibrillation. The Danish Investigators of Arrhythmia and Mortality on Dofetilide (DIAMOND) Study Group

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    Møller, M; Torp-Pedersen, C T; Køber, L

    2002-01-01

    and reduced left ventricular systolic function were randomized to receive either placebo or a new class III antiarrhythmic drug, dofetilide. The dose of dofetilide was adjusted according to the presence of atrial fibrillation, the length of the QT interval, and renal function. Patients were continuously......INTRODUCTION. Atrial fibrillation is a frequent cause of worsening of symptoms in patients with congestive heart failure. The drugs currently available for maintenance of sinus rhythm all have major side effects. METHODS. In 34 Danish coronary care units, 1518 patients with congestive heart failure...

  8. ECG Predictors of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Older Adults With Syncope.

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    Nishijima, Daniel K; Lin, Amber L; Weiss, Robert E; Yagapen, Annick N; Malveau, Susan E; Adler, David H; Bastani, Aveh; Baugh, Christopher W; Caterino, Jeffrey M; Clark, Carol L; Diercks, Deborah B; Hollander, Judd E; Nicks, Bret A; Shah, Manish N; Stiffler, Kirk A; Storrow, Alan B; Wilber, Scott T; Sun, Benjamin C

    2017-12-21

    Cardiac arrhythmia is a life-threatening condition in older adults who present to the emergency department (ED) with syncope. Previous work suggests the initial ED ECG can predict arrhythmia risk; however, specific ECG predictors have been variably specified. Our objective is to identify specific ECG abnormalities predictive of 30-day serious cardiac arrhythmias in older adults presenting to the ED with syncope. We conducted a prospective, observational study at 11 EDs in adults aged 60 years or older who presented with syncope or near syncope. We excluded patients with a serious cardiac arrhythmia diagnosed during the ED evaluation from the primary analysis. The outcome was occurrence of 30-day serous cardiac arrhythmia. The exposure variables were predefined ECG abnormalities. Independent predictors were identified through multivariate logistic regression. The sensitivities and specificities of any predefined ECG abnormality and any ECG abnormality identified on adjusted analysis to predict 30-day serious cardiac arrhythmia were also calculated. After exclusion of 197 patients (5.5%; 95% confidence interval [CI] 4.7% to 6.2%) with serious cardiac arrhythmias in the ED, the study cohort included 3,416 patients. Of these, 104 patients (3.0%; 95% CI 2.5% to 3.7%) had a serious cardiac arrhythmia within 30 days from the index ED visit (median time to diagnosis 2 days [interquartile range 1 to 5 days]). The presence of nonsinus rhythm, multiple premature ventricular conductions, short PR interval, first-degree atrioventricular block, complete left bundle branch block, and Q wave/T wave/ST-segment abnormalities consistent with acute or chronic ischemia on the initial ED ECG increased the risk for a 30-day serious cardiac arrhythmia. This combination of ECG abnormalities had a similar sensitivity in predicting 30-day serious cardiac arrhythmia compared with any ECG abnormality (76.9% [95% CI 67.6% to 84.6%] versus 77.9% [95% CI 68.7% to 85.4%]) and was more specific (55

  9. Innovation focus: the patient with arrhythmia.

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    Asirvatham, Samuel J

    2008-12-01

    Great strides have been made over the last two decades in the management of patients with rhythm disorders. Despite this, however, the remaining critical problems of stroke related to atrial fibrillation or as a result of radiofrequency ablation require innovative solutions to fully realize the potential of these recent advances. Similarly, implanted cardiac devices have revolutionized the care of patients with bradyrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias. Dyssynchronus ventricular pacing associated with present devices; however, results in heart failure, tricuspid regurgitation, and inappropriate device therapy once again create a demand for creative solutions. While not technically an arrhythmia, epilepsy management today is riddled with many of the problems that plagued cardiac arrhythmia management previously, and thus an appreciation of the similarities in requirement for investigative solutions may yield groundbreaking solutions. In this paper, we describe some novel methods to reduce complications associated with rhythm disorders and their treatment and apply the lessons learned from cardiovascular arrhythmia management to the brain. These include: a method to reduce coagulum formation and thus subsequent thromboembolism with indwelling catheters specifically during radiofrequency ablation procedures; a technique to ligate the left atrial appendage through percutaneous subxiphoid pericardial access; development and testing of a novel intramyocardial pace-sense lead, particularly used in a unique anatomic location (the atrioventricular septum) to allow pacing the ventricles in a relatively synchronous manner without crossing the tricuspid valve or entering the coronary sinus; finally, novel modifications of the cardiovascular mapping and ablation techniques used for the management of the central nervous system disorders primarily via the venous drainage of the brain. Innovative and potential solutions to treat the patient with arrhythmia are presented.

  10. Induction of chagasic-like arrhythmias in the isolated beating hearts of healthy rats perfused with Trypanosoma cruzi-conditioned medium

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    H. Rodriguez-Angulo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Chagas' myocardiopathy, caused by the intracellular protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is characterized by microvascular alterations, heart failure and arrhythmias. Ischemia and arrythmogenesis have been attributed to proteins shed by the parasite, although this has not been fully demonstrated. The aim of the present investigation was to study the effect of substances shed by T. cruzi on ischemia/reperfusion-induced arrhythmias. We performed a triple ischemia-reperfusion (I/R protocol whereby the isolated beating rat hearts were perfused with either Vero-control or Vero T. cruzi-infected conditioned medium during the different stages of ischemia and subsequently reperfused with Tyrode's solution. ECG and heart rate were recorded during the entire experiment. We observed that triple I/R-induced bradycardia was associated with the generation of auricular-ventricular blockade during ischemia and non-sustained nodal and ventricular tachycardia during reperfusion. Interestingly, perfusion with Vero-infected medium produced a delay in the reperfusion-induced recovery of heart rate, increased the frequency of tachycardic events and induced ventricular fibrillation. These results suggest that the presence of parasite-shed substances in conditioned media enhances the arrhythmogenic effects that occur during the I/R protocol.

  11. Effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on malignant ventricular arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: A substudy of the Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Insufficienza Cardiaca (GISSI-HF) trial.

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    Finzi, Andrea A; Latini, Roberto; Barlera, Simona; Rossi, Maria G; Ruggeri, Albarosa; Mezzani, Alessandro; Favero, Chiara; Franzosi, Maria G; Serra, Domenico; Lucci, Donata; Bianchini, Francesca; Bernasconi, Roberto; Maggioni, Aldo P; Nicolosi, Gianluigi; Porcu, Maurizio; Tognoni, Gianni; Tavazzi, Luigi; Marchioli, Roberto

    2011-02-01

    The antiarrhythmic effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in ischemic heart disease have been demonstrated; however, studies in patients surviving malignant ventricular arrhythmias of different etiologies treated with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) have given conflicting results. The purpose of this study was to assess the antiarrhythmic effect of n-3PUFA versus placebo in 566 patients with heart failure enrolled in the GISSI-HF trial who received an ICD for secondary or primary prevention of ventricular fibrillation (VF) or tachycardia (VT). Clinical data and arrhythmic event recordings extracted from the device memory were obtained. We tested the treatment effect by a multivariate Cox model adjusting for all clinical parameters associated with the primary end point defined as time to first appropriate ICD discharge for VT/VF. In the 566 patients with at least one recorded follow-up visit, 1363 VT and 316 VF episodes were terminated by ICD pacing or shock over a median follow-up of 928 days. The incidence of the primary end point event was 27.3% in the n-3PUFA group and 34.0% in the placebo group (adjusted hazard rate = 0.80, 95% CI 0.59-1.09, P = .152). Patients who received 1, 2 to 3, or >3 ICD discharges were 8.9%, 7.1%, and 11.1% in the n-3PUFA group, compared with slightly higher rates of 11.1%, 10.7%, and 12.1% in the placebo group (overall P = .30). Patients with the highest 3-month increase in plasma n-3PUFA had a somewhat lower incidence of arrhythmic events. The results of this study, though not statistically significant, support prior evidences of an antiarrhythmic effect of n-3PUFA in patients with ICD, although they leave open the issue of whether this effect leads to a survival benefit. Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Arrhythmia Evaluation in Wearable ECG Devices

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    Muammar Sadrawi

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates four databases from PhysioNet: The American Heart Association database (AHADB, Creighton University Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia database (CUDB, MIT-BIH Arrhythmia database (MITDB, and MIT-BIH Noise Stress Test database (NSTDB. The ANSI/AAMI EC57:2012 is used for the evaluation of the algorithms for the supraventricular ectopic beat (SVEB, ventricular ectopic beat (VEB, atrial fibrillation (AF, and ventricular fibrillation (VF via the evaluation of the sensitivity, positive predictivity and false positive rate. Sample entropy, fast Fourier transform (FFT, and multilayer perceptron neural network with backpropagation training algorithm are selected for the integrated detection algorithms. For this study, the result for SVEB has some improvements compared to a previous study that also utilized ANSI/AAMI EC57. In further, VEB sensitivity and positive predictivity gross evaluations have greater than 80%, except for the positive predictivity of the NSTDB database. For AF gross evaluation of MITDB database, the results show very good classification, excluding the episode sensitivity. In advanced, for VF gross evaluation, the episode sensitivity and positive predictivity for the AHADB, MITDB, and CUDB, have greater than 80%, except for MITDB episode positive predictivity, which is 75%. The achieved results show that the proposed integrated SVEB, VEB, AF, and VF detection algorithm has an accurate classification according to ANSI/AAMI EC57:2012. In conclusion, the proposed integrated detection algorithm can achieve good accuracy in comparison with other previous studies. Furthermore, more advanced algorithms and hardware devices should be performed in future for arrhythmia detection and evaluation.

  13. Nonlinear interpolation fractal classifier for multiple cardiac arrhythmias recognition

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    Lin, C.-H. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Kao-Yuan University, No. 1821, Jhongshan Rd., Lujhu Township, Kaohsiung County 821, Taiwan (China); Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: eechl53@cc.kyu.edu.tw; Du, Y.-C.; Chen Tainsong [Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2009-11-30

    This paper proposes a method for cardiac arrhythmias recognition using the nonlinear interpolation fractal classifier. A typical electrocardiogram (ECG) consists of P-wave, QRS-complexes, and T-wave. Iterated function system (IFS) uses the nonlinear interpolation in the map and uses similarity maps to construct various data sequences including the fractal patterns of supraventricular ectopic beat, bundle branch ectopic beat, and ventricular ectopic beat. Grey relational analysis (GRA) is proposed to recognize normal heartbeat and cardiac arrhythmias. The nonlinear interpolation terms produce family functions with fractal dimension (FD), the so-called nonlinear interpolation function (NIF), and make fractal patterns more distinguishing between normal and ill subjects. The proposed QRS classifier is tested using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Beth Israel Hospital (MIT-BIH) arrhythmia database. Compared with other methods, the proposed hybrid methods demonstrate greater efficiency and higher accuracy in recognizing ECG signals.

  14. Overexpression of the transcription factor Hand1 causes predisposition towards arrhythmia in mice.

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    Breckenridge, Ross A; Zuberi, Zia; Gomes, John; Orford, Robert; Dupays, Laurent; Felkin, Leanne E; Clark, James E; Magee, Anthony I; Ehler, Elisabeth; Birks, Emma J; Barton, Paul J R; Tinker, Andrew; Mohun, Timothy J

    2009-07-01

    Elevated levels of the cardiac transcription factor Hand1 have been reported in several adult cardiac diseases but it is unclear whether this change is itself maladaptive with respect to heart function. To test this possibility, we have developed a novel, inducible transgenic system, and used it to overexpress Hand1 in adult mouse hearts. Overexpression of Hand1 in the adult mouse heart leads to mild cardiac hypertrophy and a reduction in life expectancy. Treated mice show no significant fibrosis, myocyte disarray or congestive heart failure, but have a greatly reduced threshold for induced ventricular tachycardia, indicating a predisposition to cardiac arrhythmia. Within 48 h, they show a significant loss of connexin43 protein from cardiac intercalated discs, with increased intercalated disc beta-catenin expression at protein and RNA levels. These changes are sustained during prolonged Hand1 overexpression. We propose that cardiac overexpression of Hand1 offers a useful mouse model of arrhythmogenesis and elevated HAND1 may provide one of the molecular links between the failing heart and arrhythmia.

  15. Burden of Arrhythmias in Epilepsy Patients: A Nationwide Inpatient Analysis of 1.4 Million Hospitalizations in the United States.

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    Desai, Rupak; Rupareliya, Chintan; Patel, Upenkumar; Naqvi, Syeda; Patel, Smit; Lunagariya, Abhishek; Mahuwala, Zabeen

    2017-08-08

    Arrhythmias have been one of the common complications in epilepsy patients and have also been the reason for death. However, limited data exist about the burden and outcomes of arrhythmias by subtypes in epilepsy. Our study aims at evaluating the burden and differences in outcomes of various subtypes of arrhythmias in epilepsy patient population. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database from 2014 was examined for epilepsy and arrhythmias related discharges using appropriate International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. The frequency of arrhythmias, gender differences in arrhythmia by subtypes, in-hospital outcomes and mortality predictors was analyzed. A total of 1,424,320 weighted epilepsy patients was determined and included in this study. Around 23.9% (n =277,230) patients had cardiac arrhythmias. The most frequent arrhythmias in the descending frequency were: atrial fibrillation (AFib) 9.7%, other unspecified causes 7.3%, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) 1.4%, bundle branch block (BBB) 1.2%, ventricular tachycardia (VT) 1%. Males were more predisposed to cardiac arrhythmias compared to females (OR [odds ratio]: 1.1, p epilepsy. Life threatening arrhythmias were more common in male patients. The length of stay (LOS) and mortality were significantly higher in epilepsy patients with arrhythmia. It is imperative to develop early diagnosis and prompt therapeutic measures to reduce this burden and poor outcomes due to concomitant arrhythmias in epilepsy patients.

  16. Medical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in Chagas'heart disease

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    Angelo Amato V. de Paola

    Full Text Available There are no controlled clinical trials evaluating drug therapy in patients with ventricular arrhythmias and chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy. Empirical treatment with disopyramide (400-1,000mg/d, phenytoin (4-6mg/d, mexiletine (600-1,200mg/d, propafenone (900mg/d, amiodarone ( loading: 1,000mg/d, 10-14 days; maintenance 200-600mg/d, and sotalol (320mg/d had efficacy and tolerance ranging from 18% to 90% with heterogeneous criteria for efficacy definition. Further studies with homogenous criteria are required to determine which is the most appropriate drug therapy for patients with chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy and ventricular arrhythmias.

  17. Imaging of patients with implanted devices and arrhythmia

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    Nam Ju Lee

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Expanding implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD indications and significant morbidity and mortality reduction benefits have resulted in a large number of routine ICD implants with appropriate ICD shocks for ventricular arrhythmias. The side-effects and lack of long-term efficacy of antiarrhythmics have made ventricular tachycardia (VT ablation an increasingly attractive treatment option. Although cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR is considered the gold standard technique for imaging of myocardial fibrosis to diagnose and guide VT ablation targets in patients with cardiac arrhythmia, safety concerns and significant artifacts from the devices significantly limit the application of CMR. We discuss how to decrease artifact from cardiac devices and the role of a modified inversion pulse late gadolinium enhancement (LGE CMR sequence as a useful tool in this setting, and we review techniques, safety protocols and limitations from the perspective of our institution’s experience.

  18. Reduction in dynamin-2 is implicated in ischaemic cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Shi, Dan; Xie, Duanyang; Zhang, Hong; Zhao, Hong; Huang, Jian; Li, Changming; Liu, Yi; Lv, Fei; The, Erlinda; Liu, Yuan; Yuan, Tianyou; Wang, Shiyi; Chen, Jinjin; Pan, Lei; Yu, Zuoren; Liang, Dandan; Zhu, Weidong; Zhang, Yuzhen; Li, Li; Peng, Luying; Li, Jun; Chen, Yi-Han

    2014-10-01

    Ischaemic cardiac arrhythmias cause a large proportion of sudden cardiac deaths worldwide. The ischaemic arrhythmogenesis is primarily because of the dysfunction and adverse remodelling of sarcolemma ion channels. However, the potential regulators of sarcolemma ion channel turnover and function in ischaemic cardiac arrhythmias remains unknown. Our previous studies indicate that dynamin-2 (DNM2), a cardiac membrane-remodelling GTPase, modulates ion channels membrane trafficking in the cardiomyocytes. Here, we have found that DNM2 plays an important role in acute ischaemic arrhythmias. In rat ventricular tissues and primary cardiomyocytes subjected to acute ischaemic stress, the DNM2 protein and transcription levels were markedly down-regulated. This DNM2 reduction was coupled with severe ventricular arrhythmias. Moreover, we identified that the down-regulation of DNM2 within cardiomyocytes increases the action potential amplitude and prolongs the re-polarization duration by depressing the retrograde trafficking of Nav1.5 and Kir2.1 channels. These effects are likely to account for the DNM2 defect-induced arrhythmogenic potentials. These results suggest that DNM2, with its multi-ion channel targeting properties, could be a promising target for novel antiarrhythmic therapies. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  19. Systems biology and cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Grace, Andrew A; Roden, Dan M

    2012-10-27

    During the past few years, the development of effective, empirical technologies for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias has exceeded the pace at which detailed knowledge of the underlying biology has accumulated. As a result, although some clinical arrhythmias can be cured with techniques such as catheter ablation, drug treatment and prediction of the risk of sudden death remain fairly primitive. The identification of key candidate genes for monogenic arrhythmia syndromes shows that to bring basic biology to the clinic is a powerful approach. Increasingly sophisticated experimental models and methods of measurement, including stem cell-based models of human cardiac arrhythmias, are being deployed to study how perturbations in several biologic pathways can result in an arrhythmia-prone heart. The biology of arrhythmia is largely quantifiable, which allows for systematic analysis that could transform treatment strategies that are often still empirical into management based on molecular evidence. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Anger, Emotion, and Arrhythmias: from Brain to Heart

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    Taggart, Peter; Boyett, Mark R; Logantha, Sunil Jit R. J.; Lambiase, Pier D.

    2011-01-01

    Strong emotion and mental stress are now recognized as playing a significant role in severe and fatal ventricular arrhythmias. The mechanisms, although incompletely understood, include central processing at the cortical and brain stem level, the autonomic nerves and the electrophysiology of the myocardium. Each of these is usually studied separately by investigators from different disciplines. However, many are regulatory processes which incorporate interactive feedforward and feedback mechan...

  1. Mild hypothermia delays the development of stone heart from untreated sustained ventricular fibrillation--a cardiovascular magnetic resonance study.

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    Sorrell, Vincent L; Paleru, Vijayasree; Altbach, Maria I; Hilwig, Ronald W; Kern, Karl B; Gaballa, Mohamed; Ewy, Gordon A; Berg, Robert A

    2011-03-06

    'Stone heart' resulting from ischemic contracture of the myocardium, precludes successful resuscitation from ventricular fibrillation (VF). We hypothesized that mild hypothermia might slow the progression to stone heart. Fourteen swine (27 ± 1 kg) were randomized to normothermia (group I; n=6) or hypothermia groups (group II; n=8). Mild hypothermia (34 ± 2 °C) was induced with ice packs prior to VF induction. The LV and right ventricular (RV) cross-sectional areas were followed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance until the development of stone heart. A commercial 1.5T GE Signa NV-CV/i scanner was used. Complete anatomic coverage of the heart was acquired using a steady-state free precession (SSFP) pulse sequence gated at baseline prior to VF onset. Un-gated SSFP images were obtained serially after VF induction. The ventricular endocardium was manually traced and LV and RV volumes were calculated at each time point. In group I, the LV was dilated compared to baseline at 5 minutes after VF and this remained for 20 minutes. Stone heart, arbitrarily defined as LV volume model of prolonged untreated VF, hypothermia reduced the early LV dilatation and importantly, delayed the onset of stone heart thereby extending a known, morphologic limit of resuscitability. © 2011 Sorrell et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

  2. Mild hypothermia delays the development of stone heart from untreated sustained ventricular fibrillation - a cardiovascular magnetic resonance study

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background 'Stone heart' resulting from ischemic contracture of the myocardium, precludes successful resuscitation from ventricular fibrillation (VF. We hypothesized that mild hypothermia might slow the progression to stone heart. Methods Fourteen swine (27 ± 1 kg were randomized to normothermia (group I; n = 6 or hypothermia groups (group II; n = 8. Mild hypothermia (34 ± 2°C was induced with ice packs prior to VF induction. The LV and right ventricular (RV cross-sectional areas were followed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance until the development of stone heart. A commercial 1.5T GE Signa NV-CV/i scanner was used. Complete anatomic coverage of the heart was acquired using a steady-state free precession (SSFP pulse sequence gated at baseline prior to VF onset. Un-gated SSFP images were obtained serially after VF induction. The ventricular endocardium was manually traced and LV and RV volumes were calculated at each time point. Results In group I, the LV was dilated compared to baseline at 5 minutes after VF and this remained for 20 minutes. Stone heart, arbitrarily defined as LV volume Conclusions In this closed-chest swine model of prolonged untreated VF, hypothermia reduced the early LV dilatation and importantly, delayed the onset of stone heart thereby extending a known, morphologic limit of resuscitability.

  3. Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Patients with Heart Failure

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    Grimm, Wolfram; Koehler, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between heart failure (HF), sleep-disordered breathing and cardiac arrhythmias is complex and poorly understood. Whereas the frequency of predominantly obstructive sleep apnea in HF patients is low and similar or moderately higher to that observed in the general population, central sleep apnea (CSA) has been observed in approximately 50% of HF patients, depending on the methods used to detect CSA and patient selection. Despite this high prevalence, it is still unclear whether CSA is merely a marker or an independent risk factor for an adverse prognosis in HF patients and whether CSA is associated with an increased risk for supraventricular as well as ventricular arrhythmias in HF patients. The current review focuses on the relationship between CSA and atrial fibrillation as the most common atrial arrhythmia in HF patients, and on the relationship between CSA and ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation as the most frequent cause of sudden cardiac death in HF patients. PMID:25325536

  4. Serious cardiac arrhythmias after stroke: incidence, time course, and predictors--a systematic, prospective analysis.

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    Kallmünzer, Bernd; Breuer, Lorenz; Kahl, Nicolas; Bobinger, Tobias; Raaz-Schrauder, Dorette; Huttner, Hagen Bernhard; Schwab, Stefan; Köhrmann, Martin

    2012-11-01

    Patients with acute cerebrovascular events are susceptible to serious cardiac arrhythmias, but data on the time course and the determinants of their onset are scarce. The prospective Stroke-Arrhythmia-Monitoring-Database (SAMBA) assessed cardiac arrhythmias with need for urgent evaluation and treatment in 501 acute neurovascular patients during the first 72 hours after admission to a monitored stroke unit. Arrhythmias were systematically detected by structured processing of telemetric data. Time of arrhythmia onset and predisposing factors were investigated. Significant cardiac arrhythmias occurred in 25.1% of all patients. Incidence was highest during the first 24 hours after admission. Serious arrhythmic tachycardia (ventricular or supraventricular>130 beats/min) was more frequent than bradycardic arrhythmia (sinus-node dysfunction, bradyarrhythmia, or atrioventricular block °II and °III). Arrhythmias were independently associated with higher age and severer neurological deficits as measured by the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale on admission. The risk for significant cardiac arrhythmia after an acute cerebrovascular event is highest during the first 24 hours of care and declines with time during the first 3 days. Along with established vascular risk factors, the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale may be considered for a stratified allocation of monitoring capabilities. URL: www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01177748.

  5. Use of an Implantable Loop Recorder in the Investigation of Arrhythmias in Adult Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

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    Lammey, Michael L; Jackson, Raven; Ely, John J; Lee, D Rick; Sleeper, Meg M

    2011-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease in general, and cardiac arrhythmias specifically, is common in great apes. However, the clinical significance of arrhythmias detected on short-duration electrocardiograms is often unclear. Here we describe the use of an implantable loop recorder to evaluate cardiac rhythms in 4 unanesthetized adult chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), 1 with a history of possible syncope and 3 with the diagnosis of multiform ventricular ectopy (ventricular premature complexes) and cardiomyopathy. The clinical significance of ventricular ectopy was defined further by using the implantable loop recorder. Arrhythmia was ruled out as a cause of collapse in the chimpanzee that presented with possible syncope because the implantable loop recorder demonstrated normal sinus rhythm during a so-called syncopal event. This description is the first report of the use of an implantable loop recorder to diagnose cardiac arrhythmias in an unanesthetized great ape species. PMID:21819684

  6. Arrhythmias in the intensive care patient.

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    Trappe, Hans-Joachim; Brandts, Bodo; Weismueller, Peter

    2003-10-01

    Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, AV-nodal reentry tachycardia with rapid ventricular response, atrial ectopic tachycardia, and preexcitation syndromes combined with atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachyarrhythmias are typical arrhythmias in intensive care patients. Most frequently, the diagnosis of the underlying arrhythmia is possible from the physical examination, the response to maneuvers or drugs, and the 12-lead surface electrocardiogram. In all patients with unstable hemodynamics, immediate DC-cardioversion is indicated. Conversion of atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm is possible using antiarrhythmic drugs. Amiodarone has a conversion rate in atrial fibrillation of up to 80%. However, caution in the use of short-term administration of intravenous amiodarone in critically ill patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation is absolutely necessary, and the duration of therapy should not exceed 24 to 48 hours. Ibutilide represents a relatively new class III antiarrhythmic agent that has been reported to have conversion rates of 50% to 70%; it seems that ibutilide is even successful when intravenous amiodarone failed to convert atrial fibrillation. Newer studies compared the outcome of patients with atrial fibrillation and rhythm- or rate-control. Data from these studies (AFFIRM, RACE) clearly showed that rhythm control is not superior to rate control for the prevention of death and morbidity from cardiovascular causes. Therefore, rate-control may be an appropriate therapy in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation after DC-cardioversion. Acute therapy of atrial flutter in intensive care patients depends on the clinical presentation. Atrial flutter can most often be successfully cardioverted to sinus rhythm with energies less than 50 joules. Ibutilide trials showed efficacy rates of 38-76% for conversion of atrial flutter to sinus rhythm compared with conversion rates of 5-13% when intravenous flecainide, propafenone, or verapamil was administered. In

  7. Troponina T positiva em paciente chagásico com taquicardia ventricular sustentada e cinecoronariografia sem lesões obstrutivas Positive troponin T in a chagasic patient with sustained ventricular tachycardia and no obstructive lesions on cine coronary angiography

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    Maurício de Nassau Machado

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    Full Text Available A avaliação e estratificação de pacientes com dor torácica na sala de emergência pode nos direcionar a terapêutica adequada a cada paciente baseada na probabilidade da presença de doença coronariana aguda e no risco de eventos cardíacos maiores desta coronariopatia. Esta avaliação é baseada no tripé: quadro clínico, achados eletrocardiográficos e nos marcadores de lesão miocárdica. Relatamos o caso de um paciente chagásico de 58 anos de idade admitido na unidade de emergência por dor torácica e palpitações, com eletrocardiograma mostrando uma taquicardia ventricular sustentada e com dosagem de troponina positiva (0,99 ng/ml, submetido a cinecoronariografia, que não evidenciou doença coronariana obstrutiva.The assessment and stratification of patients with chest pain in the emergency unit may indicate the appropriate therapy for each patient based on the probability of the presence of acute coronary artery disease and on the risk of its major cardiac events. That assessment is based on the triplet: clinical setting, electrocardiographic findings, and markers of myocardial lesion. We report the case of a 58-year-old male chagasic patient admitted to the emergency unit due to chest pain and palpitations, with an electrocardiogram showing sustained ventricular tachycardia and positive troponin measurement (0.99 ng/mL. The patient underwent cine coronary angiography, which evidenced no obstructive coronary artery disease.

  8. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.

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    Kinsara, A J; Zaman, L; Gorgels, A

    2001-01-01

    Right ventricular dysplasia (RVD) is a disease entity of unknown cause that is characterised by partial or total replacement of RV-muscle by adipose or fibrous tissue. It is a well-recognized cause of arrhythmia and premature sudden death, but usually underdiagnosed. Several noninvasive and invasive diagnostic modalities have been used, however, all may not be positive in a given case. Drug therapy with class 1c, beta-blocker, and amiodarone in variable combination produce varying success rates in preventing recurrent ventricular tachycardia. Failure of the above measures calls for insertion of implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The attention of emergency physicians is drown to this disease as they are the first medical personnel to be presented with this disease as an emergency. Hence their recognition of RVD will ensure early and proper management.

  9. Coxsackie and adenovirus receptor is a modifier of cardiac conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia.

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    Marsman, R.F.; Bezzina, C.R.; Freiberg, F.; Verkerk, A.O.; Adriaens, M.E.; Podliesna, S.; Chen, C.; Purfurst, B.; Spallek, B.; Koopmann, T.T.; Baczko, I.; Remedios, C.G. Dos; George AL, J.r.; Bishopric, N.H.; Lodder, E.M.; Bakker, J.M. de; Fischer, R.; Coronel, R.; Wilde, A.A.; Gotthardt, M.; Remme, C.A.

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    OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the modulatory effect of the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR) on ventricular conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia. BACKGROUND: A heritable component in the risk of ventricular fibrillation during

  10. Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor Is a Modifier of Cardiac Conduction and Arrhythmia Vulnerability in the Setting of Myocardial Ischemia

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    Marsman, Roos F. J.; Bezzina, Connie R.; Freiberg, Fabian; Verkerk, Arie O.; Adriaens, Michiel E.; Podliesna, Svitlana; Chen, Chen; Purfürst, Bettina; Spallek, Bastian; Koopmann, Tamara T.; Baczko, Istvan; dos Remedios, Cristobal G.; George, Alfred L.; Bishopric, Nanette H.; Lodder, Elisabeth M.; de Bakker, Jacques M. T.; Fischer, Robert; Coronel, Ruben; Wilde, Arthur A. M.; Gotthardt, Michael; Remme, Carol Ann

    2014-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the modulatory effect of the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR) on ventricular conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia. Background A heritable component in the risk of ventricular fibrillation during

  11. Identifying non-inducible ventricular tachycardia origin utilizing defibrillator electrograms.

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    Tschabrunn, Cory M; Anter, Elad; Marchlinski, Francis E

    2013-04-01

    Developing an ablation strategy when the clinical arrhythmia cannot be induced is a challenge. A 72-year-old man is transferred to our facility for ventricular tachycardia (VT) storm. Endocardial and epicardial voltage mapping was normal and program stimulation failed to induce any arrhythmias. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) electrograms (EGMs) were recorded while pacing and compared to the stored clinical events. Ablation lesions were delivered across a narrow area of matching ICD EGM pace maps. The patient has remained arrhythmia free for 11 months. ICD EGMs may be useful in facilitating successful VT ablation when the clinical arrhythmia cannot be induced in the EP lab.

  12. Amiodarone for the treatment and prevention of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia

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    Van Herendael, Hugo; Dorian, Paul

    2010-01-01

    Amiodarone has emerged as the leading antiarrhythmic therapy for termination and prevention of ventricular arrhythmia in different clinical settings because of its proven efficacy and safety. In patients with shock refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and hemodynamically destabilizing ventricular arrhythmia, amiodarone is the most effective drug available to assist in resuscitation. Although the superiority of the transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) over amiodarone has been well established in the preventive treatment of patients at high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, amiodarone (if used with a beta-blocker) is the most effective antiarrhythmic drug to prevent ICD shocks and treat electrical storm. Both the pharmacokinetics and the electrophysiologic profile of amiodarone are complex, and its optimal and safe use requires careful patient surveillance with respect to potential adverse effects. PMID:20730062

  13. Clinical efficacy of amiodarone in treatment of recurrent ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

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    Heger, J J; Prystowsky, E N; Zipes, D P

    1983-10-01

    The clinical antiarrhythmic efficacy of amiodarone treatment was examined in 196 patients with recurrent ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) resistant to other antiarrhythmic drugs. Patients had received a mean of 4.4 +/- 1.9 unsuccessful drug trials over a mean of 15.2 months prior to amiodarone treatment of recurrent VF in 57 patients; recurrent, sustained VT in 95 patients; and recurrent, nonsustained VT in 44 patients. Amiodarone dosage during the first 2 to 4 weeks of treatment was 800 to 1600 mg/day. During long-term follow-up, amiodarone dosage was reduced to 200 to 600 mg/day, based on the control of arrhythmia and patient tolerance. Electrophysiologic studies were performed prior to and after 2 or more weeks of amiodarone treatment. After a mean follow-up of 16.2 +/- 13.0 months, 126 (64%) of 196 patients continued successful treatment with amiodarone. At electrophysiologic study, amiodarone prevented VT induction in 13 patients, and although VT was induced in 101 patients, 80 patients continued treatment for 14.2 months without recurrence of spontaneous VT. Amiodarone treatment was discontinued because of recurrent VT in 22 patients, sudden cardiac death in 15 patients, adverse effects in 12 patients, and noncardiac death in 21 patients. In nine patients, recurrent VT/VF appeared related to amiodarone-induced exacerbation of arrhythmia. Pulmonary toxicity occurred in seven patients, and 19 patients developed blue skin discoloration. Other adverse effects were usually dosage related. In summary, amiodarone was a highly effective antiarrhythmic drug, but at the dosages employed, the risk of significant adverse effects warrants careful surveillance during treatment.

  14. Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias Exclusively Using Electroanatomic Mapping: A Series of Cases

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    Pires, Leonardo Martins; Leiria, Tiago Luiz Luz; Kruse, Marcelo Lapa; Ronsoni, Rafael; Gensas, Caroline Saltz; de Lima, Gustavo Glotz

    2013-01-01

    Background Catheter ablation is a treatment that can cure various cardiac arrhythmias. Fluoroscopy is used to locate and direct catheters to areas that cause arrhythmias. However, fluoroscopy has several risks. Electroanatomic mapping (EAM) facilitates three-dimensional imaging without X-rays, which reduces risks associated with fluoroscopy. Objective We describe a series of patient cases wherein cardiac arrhythmia ablation was exclusively performed using EAM. Methods Patients who presented with cardiac arrhythmias that were unresponsive to pharmacological therapy were prospectively selected between March 2011 and March 2012 for arrhythmia ablation exclusively through EAM. Patients with indications for a diagnostic electrophysiology study and ablation of atrial fibrillation, left atrial tachyarrhythmias as well as hemodynamically unstable ventricular arrhythmia were excluded. We documented the procedure time, success rate and complications as well as whether fluoroscopy was necessary during the procedure. Results In total, 11 patients were enrolled in the study, including seven female patients (63%). The mean age of the patients was 50 years (SD ±16.5). Indications for the investigated procedures included four cases (35%) of atrial flutter, three cases (27%) of pre-excitation syndrome, two cases (19%) of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia and two cases (19%) of ventricular extrasystoles. The mean procedure duration was 86.6 min (SD ± 26 min). Immediate success (at discharge) of the procedure was evident for nine patients (81%). There were no complications during the procedures. Conclusion This study demonstrates the feasibility of performing an arrhythmia ablation exclusively using EAM with satisfactory results. PMID:23877742

  15. Carbon monoxide exposure of subjects with documented cardiac arrhythmias. Research report, August 1987-July 1991

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    Chaitman, B.R.; Dahms, T.E.; Byers, S.; Carroll, L.W.; Younis, L.T.

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    The authors studied 30 subjects with well-documented coronary artery disease who had an average of at least 30 ventricular ectopic beats per hour over a 20-hour monitoring interval. Subjects were selected and enrolled in a randomized double-blind study; the carbon monoxide exposure was designed to result in 3% or 5% carboxyhemoglobin levels, as measured by gas chromatography. Total and repetitive ventricular arrhythmias were measured for four specific time intervals: (1) two hours before carbon monoxide exposure; (2) during the two-hour carbon monoxide exposure; (3) six hours after carbon monoxide exposure; and (4) approximately 10 hours after exposure, or the remaining recording interval on the Holter monitor. There was no increase in ventricular arrhythmia frequency after carbon monoxide exposure, regardless of the level of carboxyhemoglobin or the type of activity. During steady-state conditions at rest, the number of ventricular ectopic beats per hour was 115 + or - 153 (SD) for room air exposure (0.7% carboxyhemoglobin), 121 + or - 171 for the lower carbon monoxide exposure (3.2% carboxyhemoglobin), and 94 + or - 129 for the higher carbon monoxide exposure (5.1% carboxyhemoglobin). The frequency of complex ventricular ectopy was not altered at the levels of carbon monoxide studied. Secondary analysis of the impact of carbon monoxide on ventricular ectopic beat frequency stratified by baseline ejection fraction, baseline ventricular ectopic beat frequency, and exercise-induced ST-segment changes did not indicate an effect of carbon monoxide on ventricular arrhythmias. However, patients with symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias and symptomatic myocardial ischemia were excluded from the present study.

  16. A cross-link breaker has sustained effects on arterial and ventricular properties in older rhesus monkeys

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    Vaitkevicius, Peter V.; Lane, Mark; Spurgeon, Harold; Ingram, Donald K.; Roth, George S.; Egan, John J.; Vasan, Sara; Wagle, Dilip R.; Ulrich, Peter; Brines, Michael; Wuerth, Jean Paul; Cerami, Anthony; Lakatta, Edward G.

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    Nonenzymatic glycosylation and cross-linking of proteins by glucose contributes to an age-associated increase in vascular and myocardial stiffness. Some recently sythesized thiazolium compounds selectively break these protein cross-links, reducing collagen stiffness. We investigated the effects of 3-phenacyl-4,5-dimethylthiazolium chloride (ALT-711) on arterial and left ventricular (LV) properties and their coupling in old, healthy, nondiabetic Macaca mulatta primates (age 21 ± 3.6 years). Serial measurements of arterial stiffness indices [i.e., aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation (AGI) of carotid arterial pressure waveform] as well as echocardiographic determinations of LV structure and function were made before and for 39 weeks after 11 intramuscular injections of ALT-711 at 1.0 mg/kg body weight every other day. Heart rate, brachial blood pressure, and body weight were unchanged by the drug. PWV and AGI decreased to a nadir at 6 weeks [PWV to 74.2 ± 4.4% of baseline (B), P = 0.007; AGI to 41 ± 7.3% of B, P = 0.046], and thereafter gradually returned to baseline. Concomitant increases in LV end diastolic diameter to 116.7 ± 2.7% of B, P = 0.02; stroke volume index (SVindex) to 173.1 ± 40.1% of B, P = 0.01; and systolic fractional shortening to 180 ± 29.7% of B, P = 0.01 occurred after drug treatment. The LV end systolic pressure/SVindex, an estimate of total LV vascular load, decreased to 60 ± 12.1% of B (P = 0.02). The LV end systolic diameter/SVindex, an estimate of arterio-ventricular coupling, was improved (decreased to 54.3 ± 11% of B, P < 0.002). Thus, in healthy older primates without diabetes, ALT-711 improved both arterial and ventricular function and optimized ventriculo-vascular coupling. This previously unidentified cross-link breaker may be an effective pharmacological therapy to improve impaired cardiovascular function that occurs in the context of heart failure associated with aging, diabetes, or hypertension, conditions in

  17. Application of neural classifier to risk recognition of sustained ventricular tachycardia and flicker in patients after myocardial infarction based on high-resolution electrocardiography

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    Wydrzyński, Jacek; Jankowski, Stanisław; Piątkowska-Janko, Ewa

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the application of neural networks to the risk recognition of sustained ventricular tachycardia and flicker in patients after myocardial infarction based on high-resolution electrocardiography. This work is based on dataset obtained from the Medical University of Warsaw. The studies were performed on one multiclass classifier and on binary classifiers. For each case the optimal number of hidden neurons was found. The effect of data preparation: normalization and the proper selection of parameters was considered, as well as the influence of applied filters. The best neural classifier contains 5 hidden neurons, the input ECG signal is represented by 8 parameters. The neural network classifier had high rate of successful recognitions up to 90% performed on the test data set.

  18. Heart conduction system defects and sustained ventricular tachycardia complications in a patient with granulomatosis with polyangiitis. A case report and literature review.

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    Santos, Laryssa Passos Sarmento; Bomfim, Victor Guerreiro; Bezerra, Camila Fagundes; Costa, Natália Vieira; Carvalho, Rafael Barreto Paes de; Carvalho, Ricardo Sobral de; Passos, Rogério da Hora; Boaventura, Olivia Carla Bomfim; Gobatto, André Luiz Nunes

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    Granulomatosis with polyangiitis is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by vasculitis of the small arteries, the arterioles and the capillaries together with necrotizing granulomatous lesions. This case reports on a young female patient, previously diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis, who was admitted to the intensive care unit with seizures and hemodynamic instability due to a complete atrioventricular heart block. The event was associated with multiple episodes of sustained ventricular tachycardia without any structural heart changes or electrolyte disturbances. In the intensive care unit, the patient was fitted with a provisory pacemaker, followed by immunosuppression with corticosteroids and immunobiological therapy, resulting in a total hemodynamic improvement. Severe conduction disorders in patients presenting granulomatosis with polyangiitis are rare but can contribute to increased morbidity. Early detection and specific intervention can prevent unfavorable outcomes, specifically in the intensive care unit.

  19. Cardiac arrhythmia and death of teenager linked to rare genetic disorder diagnosed at autopsy.

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    Quick, Jennifer Sue; Dobersen, Michael

    2014-06-01

    A 17-year-old male adolescent sustained cardiac arrest after participating in a wrestling match, where he was thrown down. He had no pulse, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was immediately initiated along with application of an automatic external defibrillator. Upon arrival of emergency medical services, an electrocardiogram showed the patient to be in ventricular tachycardia, torsades, and ventricular fibrillation. The patient was ultimately transported to the hospital and, with ACLS protocol being performed, was resuscitated to a junctional rhythm with bradycardia and borderline prolonged QT. His hospital stay was characterized by refractory cardiac failure, and 2 days after the incident, a decision was made to remove him from life support. At autopsy, there were no external or internal injuries that could be considered a contributing cause of death. On external examination, observations were made about the decedent's facial features including his nose, eyes, ears, fingers, and toes. A careful review of the decedent's medical history was initiated to reveal birth defects including syndactyly of the third and fourth digit of the upper extremity as well as complete lack of dental enamel. A tentative diagnosis of oculodentodigital dysplasia was made and confirmed by genetic testing of heart muscle taken from the decedent. This case report examines the rare association of oculodentodigital dysplasia with cardiac arrhythmia as well as places emphasis on the features of the disorder that can aid in its diagnosis.

  20. Focal Left Atrial Tachycardia in a Patient with Left Ventricular Noncompaction

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    Shailendra Singh

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    Full Text Available Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC is a rare disease caused by intrauterine failure of the myocardium to compact. The major clinical manifestations of LVNC include heart failure, ventricular tachyarrhythmia, thromboembolic event, and sudden deaths. Atrial arrhythmia usually seen is atrial fibrillation. We report a rare case of focal left atrial tachycardia in an 18-year-old patient who presented for evaluation of persistent tachycardia. Transthoracic echocardiogram showed severe systolic dysfunction and evidence of noncompaction of the left ventricle. A detailed review of ECG revealed the possibility of ectopic atrial tachycardia, most likely originating from the left side. Electrophysiology study showed sustained atrial tachycardia originating on the ridge anterior to the left sided pulmonary veins. A successful radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed at this site without any complications.

  1. Drug-refractory ventricular tachycardias after myocarditis: endocardial and epicardial radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Dello Russo, Antonio; Casella, Michela; Pieroni, Maurizio; Pelargonio, Gemma; Bartoletti, Stefano; Santangeli, Pasquale; Zucchetti, Martina; Innocenti, Ester; Di Biase, Luigi; Carbucicchio, Corrado; Bellocci, Fulvio; Fiorentini, Cesare; Natale, Andrea; Tondo, Claudio

    2012-06-01

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a significant therapeutic challenge in patients with myocarditis. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of VT in patients with myocarditis. We enrolled 20 patients (15 men; age, 42 [28-52] years) with a history of biopsy-proven viral myocarditis and drug-refractory VT; 5 patients presented with electrical storm. The median left ventricular ejection fraction was 55% (45-60%). All patients underwent endocardial RFCA with an irrigated catheter, using contact electroanatomic mapping. Recurrence of sustained VT after endocardial RFCA was treated with additional epicardial RFCA. Endocardial RFCA was acutely successful in 14 patients (70%) while in the remaining 6 (30%) clinical VT was successfully ablated by epicardial RFCA. In 1 patient, hemodynamic instability required an intra-aortic balloon pump to complete RFCA. No major complication occurred during or after RFCA. Over a median follow-up time of 28 (11-48) months, 18 patients (90%) remained free of sustained VT; 2 patients (10%, both with baseline left ventricular ejection fraction≤35%) died of acute heart failure unrelated to ventricular arrhythmias. In patients with myocarditis, RFCA of drug-refractory VT is feasible, safe, and effective. Epicardial RFCA should be considered as an important therapeutic option to increase success rate.

  2. Anti-HERG activity and the risk of drug-induced arrhythmias and sudden death

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    De Bruin, M L; Pettersson, M; Meyboom, R H B

    2005-01-01

    AIMS: Drug-induced QTc-prolongation, resulting from inhibition of HERG potassium channels may lead to serious ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. We studied the quantitative anti-HERG activity of pro-arrhythmic drugs as a risk factor for this outcome in day-to-day practice. METHODS...... defined as reports of cardiac arrest, sudden death, torsade de pointes, ventricular fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia (n = 5591), and compared with non-cases regarding the anti-HERG activity, defined as the effective therapeutic plasma concentration (ETCPunbound) divided by the HERG IC50 value......, of suspected drugs. We identified a significant association of 1.93 (95% CI: 1.89-1.98) between the anti-HERG activity of drugs, measured as log10 (ETCPunbound/IC50), and reporting of serious ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death to the WHO-UMC database. CONCLUSION: Anti-HERG activity is associated...

  3. Recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activity and competitive sports in patients with arrhythmias and potentially arrhythmogenic conditions Part I: Supraventricular arrhythmias and pacemakers.

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    Heidbüchel, Hein; Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, Nicole; Corrado, Domenico; Hoffmann, Ellen; Biffi, Allessandro; Delise, Pietro; Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Carina; Vanhees, Luc; Ivarhoff, Per; Dorwarth, Uwe; Pelliccia, Antonio

    2006-08-01

    This document by the Study Group on Sports Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology extends on previous recommendations for sports participation for competitive athletes by also incorporating guidelines for those who want to perform recreational physical activity. For different supraventricular arrhythmias and arrhythmogenic conditions, a description of the relationship between the condition and physical activity is given, stressing how arrhythmias can be influenced by exertion or can be a reflection of the (patho)physiological cardiac adaptation to sports participation itself. The following topics are covered in this text: sinus bradycardia; atrioventricular nodal conduction disturbances; pacemakers; atrial premature beats; paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia without pre-excitation; pre-excitation, asymptomatic or with associated arrhythmias (i.e. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome); atrial fibrillation; and atrial flutter. A related document discusses ventricular arrhythmias, channelopathies and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

  4. Serious arrhythmias in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    Okishige, Kaoru; Sasano, Tetsuo; Yano, Kei; Azegami, Kouji; Suzuki, Kou; Itoh, Kuniyasu [Yokohama Red Cross Hospital (Japan)

    2001-05-01

    We report cases of serious arrhythmias associated with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (AHCM). Thirty-one patients were referred to our institute to undergo further assessment of their AHCM from 1988 to 1999. Three patients with nonsustained ventricular tachycardia demonstrated an {sup 123}I-MIBG regional reduction in the tracer uptake. In two patients with ventricular fibrillation (VF), the findings from {sup 123}I-MIBG imaging revealed regional sympathetic denervation in the inferior and lateral regions. Electrophysiologic study demonstrated reproducible induction of VF in aborted sudden death and presyncopal patients, resulting in the need for an implantable defibrillator device and amiodarone in each patient. Patients with refractory atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response suffered from serious congestive heart failure. A prudent assessment and strategy in patients with this disease would be indispensable in avoiding a disastrous outcome. (author)

  5. Alcohol consumption, sinus tachycardia, and cardiac arrhythmias at the Munich Octoberfest: results from the Munich Beer Related Electrocardiogram Workup Study (MunichBREW).

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    Brunner, Stefan; Herbel, Rebecca; Drobesch, Cathrine; Peters, Annette; Massberg, Steffen; Kääb, Stefan; Sinner, Moritz F

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    Alcohol is a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias. Retrospective analyses suggest supraventricular arrhythmias consecutive to acute alcohol consumption, but prospective data are limited. We intended to prospectively associate acute alcohol consumption with cardiac arrhythmias. At the 2015 Munich Octoberfest, we enrolled 3028 voluntary participants who received a smartphone-based ECG and breath alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements. ECGs were analysed for cardiac arrhythmias (sinus tachycardia, sinus arrhythmia, premature atrial/ventricular complexes, atrial fibrillation/flutter) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia. By multivariable adjusted logistic regression we associated BACs with cardiac arrhythmias. Similarly, we analysed 4131 participants of the community-based KORA S4 Study (Co-operative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg) and associated cardiac arrhythmias with chronic alcohol consumption. In our acute alcohol cohort (mean age 34.4 ± 13.3 years, 29% women), mean BAC was 0.85 ± 0.54 g/kg. Cardiac arrhythmias occurred in 30.5% (sinus tachycardia 25.9%; other arrhythmia subtypes 5.4%). Breath alcohol concentration was significantly associated with cardiac arrhythmias overall (odds ratio (OR) per 1-unit change 1.75, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.50-2.05; P cardiac arrhythmias and sinus tachycardia in particular. This partly reflects autonomic imbalance as assessed by significantly reduced respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Such imbalance might lead to sympathetically triggered atrial fibrillation resembling the holiday heart syndrome. NCT02550340.

  6. Coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR) is a modifier of cardiac conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia

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    Marsman, Roos F.J.; Bezzina, Connie R.; Freiberg, Fabian; Verkerk, Arie O.; Adriaens, Michiel E.; Podliesna, Svitlana; Chen, Chen; Purfürst, Bettina; Spallek, Bastian; Koopmann, Tamara T.; Baczko, Istvan; dos Remedios, Cristobal G.; George, Alfred L.; Bishopric, Nanette H.; Lodder, Elisabeth M.; de Bakker, Jacques M.T.; Fischer, Robert; Coronel, Ruben; Wilde, Arthur A.M.; Gotthardt, Michael; Remme, Carol Ann

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    Objectives To investigate the modulatory effect of the Coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR) on ventricular conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia. Background A heritable component in risk for ventricular fibrillation (VF) during myocardial infarction (MI) has been well established. A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) for VF during acute MI has led to the identification of a locus on chromosome 21q21 (rs2824292) in the vicinity of the CXADR gene. CXADR encodes the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR), a cell adhesion molecule predominantly located at intercalated discs of the cardiomyocyte. Methods The correlation between CAR transcript levels and rs2824292 genotype was investigated in human left ventricular samples. Electrophysiological studies and molecular analyses were performed CAR haploinsufficient mice (CAR+/−). Results In human left ventricular samples, the risk allele at the chr21q21 GWAS locus was associated with lower CXADR mRNA levels, suggesting that decreased cardiac levels of CAR predispose to ischemia-induced VF. Hearts from CAR+/− mice displayed ventricular conduction slowing in addition to an earlier onset of ventricular arrhythmias during the early phase of acute myocardial ischemia following LAD ligation. Connexin43 expression and distribution was unaffected, but CAR+/− hearts displayed increased arrhythmia susceptibility upon pharmacological electrical uncoupling. Patch-clamp analysis of isolated CAR+/− myocytes showed reduced sodium current magnitude specifically at the intercalated disc. Moreover, CAR co-precipitated with NaV1.5 in vitro, suggesting that CAR affects sodium channel function through a physical interaction with NaV1.5. Conclusion We identify CAR as a novel modifier of ventricular conduction and arrhythmia vulnerability in the setting of myocardial ischemia. Genetic determinants of arrhythmia susceptibility (such as CAR) may constitute future targets for risk

  7. Postexertional Supraventricular Tachycardia in Children with Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Scott D. N. Else

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    Full Text Available Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT is a severe arrhythmia associated with sudden death in the young. It is caused by defective calcium handling in ventricular myocytes. The association of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT with CPVT is described in the literature, occurring in the lead-up to ventricular tachycardia during exercise testing. We describe three cases of SVT that were initiated in the recovery period of exercise testing in children with CPVT.

  8. Internal transvenous low energy cardioversion for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Nathan, A W; Bexton, R S; Spurrell, R A; Camm, A J

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    Low energy endocardial cardioversion was attempted in 23 patients with 30 arrhythmias, of whom only four were receiving additional drug treatment. Four had atrial flutter, five atrial fibrillation, three intra-atrioventricular nodal tachycardia, two atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardia, 13 ventricular tachycardia, and three ventricular fibrillation. A pacing lead with special large surface area electrodes--the active electrode positioned either in the right atrium or in the right ventricul...

  9. The risk of arrhythmias following coronary artery bypass surgery: do smokers have a paradox effect?

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    Al-Sarraf, Nael

    2010-11-01

    Smoking is reported to increase the risk of arrhythmias. However, there are limited data on its effects on arrhythmias following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). This is a retrospective review of a prospective database of all CABG patients over an eight-year period. Our cohort (n=2813) was subdivided into: current (n=1169), former (n=837), and non-smokers (n=807). Predictors of arrhythmias following CABG in relation to smoking status were analysed. Atrial arrhythmias occurred in 942 patients (33%). Ventricular arrhythmias occurred in 48 patients (2%) and high-grade atrioventricular block occurred in five patients (0.2%). Arrhythmias were lower in current smokers than former and non-smokers (29% vs. 40% vs. 39%, respectively P<0.001). Logistic regression analysis showed 30% arrhythmia risk reduction in smokers compared to non-smokers [odds ratio (OR) 0.7, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 0.5-0.8] and this effect persisted after accounting for potential confounders while former smokers had the same risk as non-smokers (OR 1.04, CI 0.9-1.3). There were no significant differences in mortality. Smokers are less prone to develop arrhythmias following CABG. This paradox effect is lost in former smokers. This effect is possibly due to a lower state of hyper adrenergic stimulation observed in smokers than non-smokers following the stress of surgery.

  10. Transgenic insights linking pitx2 and atrial arrhythmias.

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    Franco, Diego; Chinchilla, Ana; Aránega, Amelia E

    2012-01-01

    Pitx2 is a homeobox transcription factor involved in left-right signaling during embryogenesis. Disruption of left-right signaling in mice within its core nodal/lefty cascade, results in impaired expression of the last effector of the left-right cascade, Pitx2, leading in many cases to absence or bilateral expression of Pitx2 in lateral plate mesoderm (LPM). Loss of Pitx2 expression in LPM results in severe cardiac malformations, including right cardiac isomerism. Pitx2 is firstly expressed asymmetrically in the left but not right LPM, before the cardiac crescent forms, and subsequently, as the heart develops, becomes confined to the left side of the linear heart tube. Expression of Pitx2 is remodeled during cardiac looping, becoming localized to the ventral portion of the developing ventricular chambers, while maintaining a distinct left-sided atrial expression. The importance of Pitx2 during cardiogenesis has been illustrated by the complex and robust cardiac defects observed on systemic deletion of Pitx2 in mice. Lack of Pitx2 expression leads to embryonic lethality at mid-term, and Pitx2-deficient embryos display isomeric hearts with incomplete closure of the body wall. However, whereas the pivotal role of Pitx2 during cardiogenesis is well sustained, its putative role in the fetal and adult heart is largely unexplored. Recent genome-wide association studies have identified several genetic variants highly associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Among them are genetic variants located on chromosome 4q25 adjacent to PITX2. Since then several transgenic approaches have provided evidences of the role of the homeobox transcription factor PITX2 and atrial arrhythmias. Here, we review new insights into the cellular and molecular links between PITX2 and AF.

  11. Transgenic insights linking Pitx2 and atrial arrhythmias

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    Diego eFranco

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Pitx2 is a homeobox transcription factor involved in left–right signaling during embryogenesis. Disruption of left–right signaling in mice within its core nodal/lefty cascade, results in impaired expression of the last effector of the left–right cascade, Pitx2, leading in many cases to absence or bilateral expression of Pitx2 in lateral plate mesoderm (LPM. Loss of Pitx2 expression in LPM results in severe cardiac malformations, including right cardiac isomerism. Pitx2 is firstly expressed asymmetrically in the left but not right LPM, before the cardiac crescent forms, and subsequently, as the heart develops, becomes confined to the left side of the linear heart tube. Expression of Pitx2 is remodeled during cardiac looping, becoming localized to the ventral portion of the developing ventricular chambers, while maintaining a distinct left-sided atrial expression. The importance of Pitx2 during cardiogenesis has been illustrated by the complex and robust cardiac defects observed on systemic deletion of Pitx2 in mice. Lack of Pitx2 expression leads to embryonic lethality at mid-term, and Pitx2-deficient embryos display isomeric expression profile resulting in Pitx2 expression within both first and second heart fields during cardiogenesis, hearts and incomplete closure of the body wall. However, whereas the pivotal role of Pitx2 during cardiogenesis is well sustained, its putative role in the foetal and adult heart is largely unexplored. Recent genome-wide association studies have identified several genetic variants highly associated with atrial fibrillation (AF. Among them are genetic variants located on chromosome 4q25 adjacent to PITX2. Since then several transgenic approaches have provided evidences of the role of the homeobox transcription factor PITX2 and atrial arrhythmias. Here, we review new insights into the cellular and molecular links between PITX2 and atrial fibrillation.

  12. [Multiple right ventricular thrombi in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy - a case report].

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    Elikowski, Waldemar; Błaszczyk, Edyta; Małek, Małgorzata; Bolewski, Andrzej; Angerer, Dariusz

    2015-05-01

    Typical complications of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) are heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias which may lead to sudden cardiac death. Intracardiac thrombosis is diagnosed only in 2-4% of patients. The authors present a case of a 50-year-old male admitted to hospital due to symptomatic ventricular tachycardia. Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance showed advanced ARVC with multiple right ventricular thrombi. The biggest one was localized in the inflow tract below the tricuspid valve, whereas the smallest one beneath it, on the inferior wall; the remaining two - in the apex. Chest computed tomography did not confirm pulmonary embolism. Disappearance of thrombi was observed after 4 weeks of anticoagulation. Detection and appropriate treatment of intracardiac thrombi in ARVC may have relevance in prevention of sudden death, not related to arrhythmia, and is of special importance before cardioverterdefibrillator implantation. © 2015 MEDPRESS.

  13. The incidence and prognostic significance of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities in patients with acute coronary syndromes and renal dysfunction.

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    Lisowska, Anna; Tycińska, Agnieszka; Knapp, Małgorzata; Lisowski, Piotr; Musiał, Włodzimierz J

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    The incidence of cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AF) in chronic kidney disease, is unknown, although AF is several times more common in patients with end-stage kidney disease than in the general population. To assess the incidence, types and management of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and renal dysfunction. We also evaluated the prognostic significance of arrhythmias in this patient group. We analysed 86 patients with renal dysfunction (GFR Cardiac arrhythmias were observed in 44 (51.1%) patients with AF being the most common (27 patients, 31.4%), predominantly in the paroxysmal form (21.4%). A total of 14 (16.3%) patients had cardiac arrhythmias requiring temporary or permanent pacing. Only 4 (4.6%) patients showed transient conduction abnormalities due to hyperkalaemia in the course of renal failure, while the remaining 10 (11.6%) patients demonstrated conduction abnormalities due to ACS. A total of 3 (3.5%) patients had other arrhythmias (atrial tachycardia, ventricular arrhythmias). During the follow-up period (mean duration: 14.3 months) 7 out of 44 patients (15.9%) with renal dysfunction and arrhythmia and 2 out of 42 patients (4.7%) without arrhythmia died (p Cardiac arrhythmias occur more often in patients with ACS if renal dysfunction is also present and are associated with poor prognosis.

  14. Chronic sustained inflammation links to left ventricular hypertrophy and aortic valve sclerosis: a new link between S100/RAGE and FGF23.

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    Yan, Ling; Bowman, Marion A Hofmann

    dysfunction in hBAC-S100 mice with CKD. We suggest that S100/RAGE-mediated chronic sustained systemic inflammation is linked to pathological cardiac remodeling via direct up regulation of FGF23 in cardiac fibroblasts, thereby providing a new mechanistic understanding for the common association between CKD, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or hypertension with left ventricular hypertrophy with diastolic dysfunction.

  15. Data analysis in cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Rodrigo, Miguel; Pedrón-Torecilla, Jorge; Hernández, Ismael; Liberos, Alejandro; Climent, Andreu M; Guillem, María S

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are an increasingly present in developed countries and represent a major health and economic burden. The occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias is closely linked to the electrical function of the heart. Consequently, the analysis of the electrical signal generated by the heart tissue, either recorded invasively or noninvasively, provides valuable information for the study of cardiac arrhythmias. In this chapter, novel cardiac signal analysis techniques that allow the study and diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias are described, with emphasis on cardiac mapping which allows for spatiotemporal analysis of cardiac signals.Cardiac mapping can serve as a diagnostic tool by recording cardiac signals either in close contact to the heart tissue or noninvasively from the body surface, and allows the identification of cardiac sites responsible of the development or maintenance of arrhythmias. Cardiac mapping can also be used for research in cardiac arrhythmias in order to understand their mechanisms. For this purpose, both synthetic signals generated by computer simulations and animal experimental models allow for more controlled physiological conditions and complete access to the organ.

  16. Cavopulmonary Anastomosis in a Patient With Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy With Severe Right Ventricular Dysfunction.

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    Vaidyanathan, Swaminathan; Kothandam, Sivakumar; Kumar, Rajesh; Indrajith, Sujatha Desai; Agarwal, Ravi

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    A 26-year-old lady presented with exertional dyspnea, palpitations, central cyanosis, and oxygen saturations of 80% in room air. Her electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and cardiac magnetic resonance were diagnostic of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. There was no documented ventricular arrhythmia or syncopal episodes and Holter recordings were repeatedly normal. Cardiac hemodynamics showed right to left shunt through atrial septal defect, low pulmonary blood flow, normal atrial pressures, and minimally elevated right ventricular end-diastolic pressures. Since her presenting symptoms and cyanosis were attributed to reduced pulmonary blood flow, she underwent off-pump cavopulmonary anastomosis between right superior vena cava and right pulmonary artery. As we intended to avoid the adverse effect of extracorporeal circulation on the myocardial function and pulmonary vasculature, we did not attempt to reduce the size of the atrial septal defect. Her postoperative period was uneventful; oxygen saturation improved to 89% with significant improvement in effort tolerance. At 18-month follow-up, there were no ventricular arrhythmias on surveillance. The clinical presentation of this disease may vary from serious arrhythmias warranting defibrillators and electrical ablations at one end to right ventricular pump failure warranting cardiomyoplasty or right ventricular exclusion procedures at the other end. However, when the presentation was unusual with severe cyanosis through a stretched foramen ovale leading to reduced pulmonary blood flows, Glenn shunt served as a good palliation and should be considered as one of the options in such patients.

  17. Active Cascade Screening in Primary Inherited Arrhythmia Syndromes : Does It Lead to Prophylactic Treatment?

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    Hofman, Nynke; Tan, Hanno L.; Alders, Marielle; van Langen, Irene M.; Wilde, Arthur A.M.

    2010-01-01

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the follow-up and treatment of the mutation-carrying relatives of a proband with an inherited arrhythmia syndrome. Background: The congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and Brugada

  18. THE USE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS

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    A. O. Malygin

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    Full Text Available Antiarrhythmic effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias had been proven. The positive effect of the ω-3 PUFA on the risk of sudden arrhythmic death and overall mortality in the patients after myocardial infarction and patients with chronic heart failure had been also proven.

  19. THE USE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS

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    A. O. Malygin

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Antiarrhythmic effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias had been proven. The positive effect of the ω-3 PUFA on the risk of sudden arrhythmic death and overall mortality in the patients after myocardial infarction and patients with chronic heart failure had been also proven.

  20. Randomised trial of effect of amiodarone on mortality in patients with left-ventricular dysfunction after recent myocardial infarction: EMIAT. European Myocardial Infarct Amiodarone Trial Investigators

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    Julian, D. G.; Camm, A. J.; Frangin, G.; Janse, M. J.; Munoz, A.; Schwartz, P. J.; Simon, P.

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    Ventricular arrhythmias are a major cause of death after myocardial infarction, especially in patients with poor left-ventricular function. Previous attempts to identify and suppress arrhythmias with various antiarrhythmic drugs failed to reduce or actually increase mortality. Amiodarone is a

  1. Patient characteristics associated with false arrhythmia alarms in intensive care

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    Full Text Available Patricia R Harris,1,2 Jessica K Zègre-Hemsey,3,4 Daniel Schindler,5 Yong Bai,6 Michele M Pelter,2,7 Xiao Hu2,8 1Department of Nursing, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, 2Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 3School of Nursing, 4Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 5Intensive Care Unit, The Neuroscience Center, Sutter Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, 6Hu Research Laboratory, Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 7ECG Monitoring Research Lab, Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, 8Physiological Nursing and Neurological Surgery, Affiliate Faculty of Institute for Computational Health Sciences Core Faculty UCB/UCSF Joint Bio-Engineering Graduate Program, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA Introduction: A high rate of false arrhythmia alarms in the intensive care unit (ICU leads to alarm fatigue, the condition of desensitization and potentially inappropriate silencing of alarms due to frequent invalid and nonactionable alarms, often referred to as false alarms. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify patient characteristics, such as gender, age, body mass index, and diagnosis associated with frequent false arrhythmia alarms in the ICU. Methods: This descriptive, observational study prospectively enrolled patients who were consecutively admitted to one of five adult ICUs (77 beds at an urban medical center over a period of 31 days in 2013. All monitor alarms and continuous waveforms were stored on a secure server. Nurse scientists with expertise in cardiac monitoring used a standardized protocol to annotate six clinically important types of arrhythmia alarms (asystole, pause, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, accelerated ventricular rhythm, and

  2. Induced pluripotent stem cell technology and inherited arrhythmia syndromes.

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    Ross, Samantha Barratt; Fraser, Stuart T; Semsarian, Christopher

    2017-08-18

    Inherited arrhythmia syndromes, including familial long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, and Brugada syndrome, can cause life-threatening arrhythmias and are responsible for a significant proportion of sudden deaths in the young. Identification of genetic mutations and pathophysiological changes that underlie disease development can inform clinical practice and guide novel drug development. However, disease mechanisms in a large number of patients remain elusive and pharmacologic treatment is suboptimal, so many patients rely on implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy. Induced pluripotent stem cell models of disease facilitate analysis of disease mechanisms in patient-specific cardiomyocytes, overcoming limitations of animal models and human tissue restrictions. This review outlines how studies using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes are contributing to our understanding of the mechanisms that underpin disease pathogenesis and their potential to facilitate new pharmacologic therapies and personalized medicine. Copyright © 2017 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Cardiac arrhythmias 48 hours before, during, and 48 hours after discharge from hospital following acute myocardial infarction.

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    Morrison, G W; Kumar, E B; Portal, R W; Aber, C P

    1981-05-01

    The cardiac rate and rhythm were studied by 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic recording in 44 patients before, during, and after being discharged from hospital following an acute myocardial infarction. The first recordings were started 48 hours before discharge, the second on the morning of the day of discharge, and the third 48 hours after discharge (at home). While in hospital and after returning home the heart rate fell during sleep but there was no diurnal variation in the frequency of ventricular extrasystoles. Daytime heart rate and both the frequency and grade (severity) of ventricular arrhythmias were significantly raised 48 hours after discharge. The frequency of ventricular extrasystoles during sleep was also increased in the 48 hours post-discharge recording. Rises in heart rate and frequency and severity of ventricular extrasystoles were observed on the morning of the day of discharge, increasing up to the time of leaving hospital, but during the journey home they all diminished. No relation was found between ventricular arrythmias during early convalescence and (i) ventricular arrhythmias during the acute phase of acute myocardial infarction (including ventricular fibrillation); (ii) peak aspartate aminotransferase; (iii) the level of anxiety; or (iv) the personality type. Six patients taking beta-blocking drugs behaved similarly. Five patients taking anxiolytic drugs has significantly raised frequency of ventricular extrasystoles during each 24-hour electrocardiogram. In spite of the above findings, at the time of leaving hospital after acute myocardial infarction there does not appear to be a serious risk from the development of major cardiac arrhythmias.

  4. Idiopathic Fascicular Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Johnson Francis

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic fascicular ventricular tachycardia is an important cardiac arrhythmia with specific electrocardiographic features and therapeutic options. It is characterized by relatively narrow QRS complex and right bundle branch block pattern. The QRS axis depends on which fascicle is involved in the re-entry. Left axis deviation is noted with left posterior fascicular tachycardia and right axis deviation with left anterior fascicular tachycardia. A left septal fascicular tachycardia with normal axis has also been described. Fascicular tachycardia is usually seen in individuals without structural heart disease. Response to verapamil is an important feature of fascicular tachycardia. Rare instances of termination with intravenous adenosine have also been noted. A presystolic or diastolic potential preceding the QRS, presumed to originate from the Purkinje fibers can be recorded during sinus rhythm and ventricular tachycardia in many patients with fascicular tachycardia. This potential (P potential has been used as a guide to catheter ablation. Prompt recognition of fascicular tachycardia especially in the emergency department is very important. It is one of the eminently ablatable ventricular tachycardias. Primary ablation has been reported to have a higher success, lesser procedure time and fluoroscopy time

  5. [Anti-arrhythmia efficacy of propafenone in children. Apropos of 30 cases].

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    Lucet, V; Do Ngoc, D; Fidelle, J; Sidi, D; Batisse, A; Loth, P; Vrancea, F; Villain, E; Coumel, P

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    Thirty children aged from 3 months to 20 years were treated with propafenone 250 to 650 mg/m2 divided into 2 to 4 daily doses, for a mean period of 14 months (range: 4 days to 5 years); 8 had chronic atrial tachycardia, 9 had junctional arrhythmia and 13 had ventricular arrhythmia. There were 17 good results (suppression of the arrhythmia), 7 fair results (good clinical effect but partial persistence of the arrhythmia) and 6 failures, either because the drug proved ineffective (3 cases) or on account of side-effects (3 cases). In the treatment of chronic atrial tachycardia propafenone seemed to be more effective than amiodarone in 3 cases and as effective as that drug in 2 cases. In junctional arrhythmia propafenone was certainly effective but unpredictably so (3 good results, 2 fair results, 4 failures). Among ventricular arrhythmias, ventricular tachycardia in bursts was the one which benefited most regularly from treatment with propafenone: the results in 8 patients were better than those obtained with other antiarrhythmic agents (class I drugs, beta-blockers, calcium antagonists); only amiodarone proved superior to propafenone in this type of arrhythmia. Despite a 27% incidence of side-effects, propafenone was generally well tolerated by the children, with no significant gastrointestinal disorders. No depressive effect on the myocardium was noted in 6 children with moderate heart failure well controlled by digitalis and diuretics. However, since overdosage may cause severe disorders of conduction with widened ventriculogram, we recommend regular ECG monitoring during the first 3 days of treatment at least: although there is little slowing down of sinus rate (12%) and little modification of the slow phase under treatment, serious toxicity is possible. Thus, propafenone is a drug that should be handled with caution, but it constitutes a major addition to the range of antiarrhythmic agents which can be used in paediatrics.

  6. Ablative Radiotherapy as a Noninvasive Alternative to Catheter Ablation for Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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    Zei, Paul C; Soltys, Scott

    2017-09-01

    Stereotactic radioablation is a commonly utilized technology to noninvasively treat solid tumors with precision and efficacy. Using a robotic arm mounted delivery system, multiple low-dose ionizing radiation beams are delivered from multiple angles, concentrating ablative energy at the target tissue. Recently, this technology has been evaluated for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This review will present the basic underlying principles, proof-of-principle studies, and clinical experience with stereotactic arrhythmia radioablation. Most recently, stereotactic radioablation has been used to safely and effectively treat a limited number of patients with malignant arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia (VT) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Treatment protocols, outcomes, ongoing studies, and future directions will be discussed. Stereotactic radioablation is a well-established technology that has been shown to be a safe and effective therapy for patients with drug-refractory cardiac arrhythmias, including VT and AF. Further clinical evaluation to define safety and efficacy in larger populations of patients is needed.

  7. Effect of acute subendocardial ischemia on ventricular refractory periods.

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    Ma, Longle; Wang, Lexin

    2007-01-01

    To investigate the impact of acute subendocardial ischemia on the dispersion of ventricular refractory periods. Acute subendocardial ischemia was induced in sheep by partial ligation of the left circumflex coronary artery and rapid pacing of the left atrium. The ventricular effective refractory period (ERP) was measured in five areas of the left ventricle by a programmed premature stimulation technique. The average ERP and ERP dispersion remained unchanged in the control group (n=5, P>0.05). In the study group (n=5), the ERP was shortened following subendocardial ischemia. ERP dispersion decreased significantly from 48+/-9 ms to 36+/-13 ms 30 min after the ischemia (P=0.02). There was neither spontaneous nor stimulation-induced ventricular arrhythmia after ischemia. Acute subendocardial ischemia leads to a homogenous reduction of ventricular ERP. This may partially explain why subendocardial ischemia is associated with a low incidence of ventricular arrhythmia.

  8. THE PREVALENCE AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS

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    Full Text Available Arrhythmias are one of the most complex, insufficiently studied, and therefore one of the most urgent problems of modern cardiology. A wide spectrum of clinical manifestations of cardiac rhythm disorders (CRDs, their detection both in various diseases and in healthy people, necessitate the study of their prevalence in populations. In the majority of conducted epidemiological studies a single recording of electrocardiogram (ECG was used. This is the most usable method for examination of large populations but a little informative for detecting arrhythmias. The small frequency of CRDs detected during ECG recording is due to the short duration of its registration. An increase in the duration of ECG recording (ECG recording for 2 minutes, continuous recording of 100 cardiocycles leads to an increase in arrhythmias frequency. With a wide introduction in the practice of ECG monitoring by Holter as well as the use of individual recorders of electrocardiogram ("handheld ECG recording" data appeared indicating a much higher frequency of CRDs. Data obtained in numerous studies on the prevalence of arrhythmias are very contradictory and depend both on the characteristics of populations and on methodological approaches, which requires further epidemiological studies. At the same time, the main initiating point of such researches is the clinical significance of certain CRDs. However, if the clinical significance of ventricular tachyarrhythmias and atrial fibrillation does not currently cause any doubt, the clinical significance of extrasystoles is highly controversial, despite the high their prevalence, including this in prognostically unfavorable groups of patients. In recent years, the results of a number of studies have been published that allow to think about the adverse effects of both supraventricular and ventricular extrasystoles of the course of certain cardiovascular diseases. Very heterogeneous results of the performed studies, as well as data about

  9. Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring for Discharged Emergency Department Patients with Possible Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Donald Scheiber

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Many emergency department (ED patients have symptoms that may be attributed to arrhythmias, necessitating outpatient ambulatory cardiac monitoring. Consensus is lacking on the optimal duration of monitoring. We describe the use of a novel device applied at ED discharge that provides continuous prolonged cardiac monitoring. Methods: We enrolled discharged adult ED patients with symptoms of possible cardiac arrhythmia. A novel, single use continuous recording patch (Zio®Patch was applied at ED discharge. Patients wore the device for up to 14 days or until they had symptoms to trigger an event. They then returned the device by mail for interpretation. Significant arrhythmias are defined as: ventricular tachycardia (VT ≥4 beats, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT ≥4 beats, atrial fibrillation, ≥3 second pause, 2nd degree Mobitz II, 3rd degree AV Block, or symptomatic bradycardia. Results: There were 174 patients were enrolled and all mailed back their devices. The average age was 52.2 (± 21.0 years, and 55% were female. The most common indications for device placement were palpitations 44.8%, syncope 24.1% and dizziness 6.3%. Eighty-three patients (47.7% had ≥1 arrhythmias and 17 (9.8% were symptomatic at the time of their arrhythmia. Median time to first arrhythmia was 1.0 days (IQR 0.2-2.8 and median time to first symptomatic arrhythmia was 1.5 days (IQR 0.4-6.7. 93 (53.4% of symptomatic patients did not have any arrhythmia during their triggered events. The overall diagnostic yield was 63.2% Conclusion: The Zio®Patch cardiac monitoring device can efficiently characterize symptomatic patients without significant arrhythmia and has a higher diagnostic yield for arrhythmias than traditional 24-48 hour Holter monitoring. It allows for longer term monitoring up to 14 days. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(2:194–198.

  10. Compound ICA-105574 prevents arrhythmias induced by cardiac delayed repolarization.

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    Meng, Jing; Shi, Chenxia; Li, Lin; Du, Yumin; Xu, Yanfang

    2013-10-15

    Impaired ventricular repolarization can lead to long QT syndrome (LQT), a proarrhythmic disease with high risk of developing lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmias. The compound ICA-105574 is a recently developed hERG activator and it enhances IKr current with very high potency by removing the channel inactivation. The present study was designed to investigate antiarrhythmic properties of ICA-105574. For comparison, the effects of another compound NS1643 was in-parallel assessed, which also acts primarily to attenuate channel inactivation with moderate potency. We found that both ICA-105574 and NS1643 concentration-dependently shortened action potential duration (APD) in ventricular myocytes, and QT/QTc intervals in isolated guinea-pig hearts. ICA-105574, but not NS1643, completely prevented ventricular arrhythmias in intact guinea-pig hearts caused by IKr and IKs inhibitors, although both ICA-105574 and NS1643 could reverse the drug-induced prolongation of APD in ventricular myocytes. Reversing prolongation of QT/QTc intervals and antagonizing the increases in transmural dispersion of repolarization and instability of the QT interval induced by IKr and IKs inhibitors contributed to antiarrhythmic effect of ICA-105574. Meanwhile, ICA-105574 at higher concentrations showed a potential proarrhythmic risk in normal hearts. Our results suggest that ICA-105574 has more efficient antiarrhythmic activity than NS1643. However, its potential proarrhythmic risk implies that benefits and risks should be seriously taken into consideration for further developing this type of hERG activators. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Magnetism and cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Scherlag, Benjamin J; Yamanashi, William S; Hou, Yuemei; Jacobson, Jerry I; Jackman, Warren M; Lazzara, Ralph

    2004-01-01

    Low-level electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been used to treat various neurologic disorders. In the present study, we applied micro Gauss (microG) levels of EMFs either to the vagosympathetic nerve trunks, dissected in the neck, or across the chest in anesthetized dogs. Based on theoretical and empiric grounds, we compared EMFs (2.87 microG at 0.043 Hz) delivered to the vagosympathetic trunks in an experimental set (n = 5) with a sham control group (n = 6). Over a period of 2 to 3 hours, heart rate decreased after an initial 5-minute EMF exposure. The maximal heart rate changes in the experimental versus control groups was 29% versus 12% (P = 0.03). The voltage applied to the autonomic nerves required to induce atrioventricular (AV) conduction block decreased by 60% in the experimental group versus a 5% increase in the control group (P = 0.005). This effect also lasted 2 to 3 hours. Another EMF setting (amplitude 0.34 microG, frequency 2 kHz) applied for 5 minutes to the vagosympathetic trunks was associated with a significant increase in the occurrence of atrial premature depolarizations (APDs), atrial tachycardia (AT), and atrial fibrillation (AF) in response to autonomic nerve stimulation compared with control states before EMF exposure. No atrial arrhythmias could be induced after propranolol and atropine, even at the highest voltage used to stimulate the autonomic nervous input to the heart (n = 11). Only 2 dogs showed no response to this EMF application. In 3 dogs in whom atrial pacing (cycle length = 250 ms) and autonomic nerve stimulation induced AF, an EMF (2.87 microG at 0.043 Hz) delivered for 35 minutes across the chest suppressed AF for up to 3 to 4 hours, after which the same protocol again induced AF. We conclude that in these preliminary experiments, specific low-level EMFs alter heart rate, AV conduction, and heart rhythm. These effects were mediated through the autonomic nervous system inputs to the heart based on adjunctive effect of autonomic

  12. Characteristics and identification of sites of chagasic ventricular tachycardia by endocardial mapping

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    Távora Maria Zildany P.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study electrophysiological characteristics that enable the identification and ablation of sites of chagasic tachycardia. METHODS: Thirty-one patients with chronic Chagas' heart disease and sustained ventricular tachycardia (SVT underwent electrophysiological study to map and ablate that arrhythmia. Fifteen patients had hemodinamically stable SVT reproducible by programmed ventricular stimulation, 9 men and 6 women with ages ranging from 37 to 67 years and ejection fraction varying from 0.17 to 0.64. Endocardial mapping was performed during SVT in all patients. Radiofrequency (RF current was applied to sites of presystolic activity of at least 30 ms. Entrainment was used to identify reentrant circuits. In both successful and unsuccessful sites of RF current application, electrogram and entrainment were analyzed. RESULTS: Entrainment was obtained during all mapped SVT. In 70.5% of the sites we observed concealed entrainment and ventricular tachycardia termination in the first 15 seconds of RF current application. In the unsuccessful sites, significantly earlier electrical activity was seen than in the successful ones. Concealed entrainment was significantly associated with ventricular tachycardia termination. Bystander areas were not observed. CONCLUSION: The reentrant mechanism was responsible for the genesis of all tachycardias. In 70.5% of the studied sites, the endocardial participation of the slow conducting zone of reentrant circuits was shown. Concealed entrainment was the main electrophysiological parameter associated with successful RF current application. There was no electrophysiological evidence of bystander regions in the mapped circuits of SVT.

  13. Angiotensin-converting enzyme gene polymorphism in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia: is DD genotype helpful in predicting syncope risk?

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    Ozben, Beste; Altun, Ibrahim; Sabri Hancer, Veysel; Bilge, Ahmet Kaya; Tanrikulu, Azra Meryem; Diz-Kucukkaya, Reyhan; Fak, Ali Serdar; Yilmaz, Ercument; Adalet, Kamil

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    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is a heritable disorder characterised by fibrofatty replacement of right ventricular myocytes and increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism affects myocardial ACE levels. DD genotype favours myocardial fibrosis and is associated with malignant ventricular tachycardia. The aim of this study was to explore ACE gene polymorphism in ARVD patients. Twenty-nine patients with ARVD and 24 controls were included. All ARVD patients had documented sustained ventricular tachycardia. Thirteen patients had syncopal episodes. Six patients were resuscitated from sudden cardiac death. ACE gene polymorphism was identified by polymerase chain reaction technique. There was no significant difference in DD genotype frequency between ARVD patients and controls (44.8% vs. 45.8%, p=0.94). However, DD genotype frequency was significantly higher in ARVD patients with syncopal episodes compared to those without syncope (69.2% vs. 25.0%, p=0.017, odds ratio:6.750, 95% confidence interval: 1.318-34.565). DD genotype was detected in higher frequency also in patients with a family history of sudden cardiac death (66.7% vs. 39.1%,p=0.36). High prevalence of DD genotype in ARVD patients with syncope suggests that ACE I/D polymorphism might be useful in identifying high-risk patients for syncope.

  14. Mechanisms Underlying the Emergence of Post-acidosis Arrhythmia at the Tissue Level: A Theoretical Study

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    Bai, Jieyun; Yin, Renli; Wang, Kuanquan; Zhang, Henggui

    2017-01-01

    Acidosis has complex electrophysiological effects, which are associated with a high recurrence of ventricular arrhythmias. Through multi-scale cardiac computer modeling, this study investigated the mechanisms underlying the emergence of post-acidosis arrhythmia at the tissue level. In simulations, ten Tusscher-Panfilov ventricular model was modified to incorporate various data on acidosis-induced alterations of cellular electrophysiology and intercellular electrical coupling. The single cell models were incorporated into multicellular one-dimensional (1D) fiber and 2D sheet tissue models. Electrophysiological effects were quantified as changes of action potential profile, sink-source interactions of fiber tissue, and the vulnerability of tissue to the genesis of unidirectional conduction that led to initiation of re-entry. It was shown that acidosis-induced sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium load contributed to delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs) in single cells. These DADs may be synchronized to overcome the source-sink mismatch arising from intercellular electrotonic coupling, and produce a premature ventricular complex (PVC) at the tissue level. The PVC conduction can be unidirectionally blocked in the transmural ventricular wall with altered electrical heterogeneity, resulting in the genesis of re-entry. In conclusion, altered source-sink interactions and electrical heterogeneity due to acidosis-induced cellular electrophysiological alterations may increase susceptibility to post-acidosis ventricular arrhythmias. PMID:28424631

  15. Ventricular tachycardia in a Brugada syndrome patient caused by a novel deletion in SCN5A

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    Tfelt-Hansen, J; Jespersen, Thomas; Hofman-Bang, J

    2009-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to identify the molecular mechanism behind ventricular tachycardia in a patient with Brugada syndrome. Arrhythmias in patients with Brugada syndrome often occur during sleep. However, a 28-year-old man with no previously documented arrhythmia or syncope who...

  16. Risk markers of late high-degree atrioventricular block in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after an acute myocardial infarction: a CARISMA substudy

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    Gang, Uffe Jakob Ortved; Jøns, Christian; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch

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    . An ILR was implanted for continuous arrhythmia surveillance. Risk stratification testing was performed at inclusion and 6 weeks after AMI. The tests included echocardiography, electrocardiogram (ECG), 24 h Holter monitoring, and an invasive electrophysiological study. High-degree atrioventricular block...... was documented in 28 (10%) patients during a median follow-up of 2.0 (0.4-2.0) years. Heart rate variability (HRV) measures and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia occurring at the week 6 Holter monitoring were highly predictive of HAVB. Power law slope

  17. Chaos in the Genesis and Maintenance of Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Qu, Zhilin

    2010-01-01

    Dynamical chaos, an irregular behavior of deterministic systems, has been widely shown in nature. It also has been demonstrated in cardiac myocytes in many studies, including rapid pacing induced irregular beat-to-beat action potential alterations and slow pacing induced irregular early afterdepolarizations, etc. Here we review the roles of chaos in the genesis of cardiac arrhythmias, the transition to ventricular fibrillation, and the spontaneous termination of fibrillation, based on evidence from computer simulation of mathematical models and experiments of animal models. PMID:21078337

  18. Ventricular Standstill Following Intravenous Erythromycin and Borderline Hypokalemia

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    Saad A Khan

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    Full Text Available Ventricular standstill (VS is a potentially fatal arrhythmia that is usually associated with syncope, if prolonged and is rarely asymptomatic[1]. Its mechanism involves either a lack of supraventricular impulse or an interruption in the transmission of these signals from the atria to the ventricles, resulting in a sudden loss of cardiac output[2]. Although rare, ventricular arrhythmias have been associated with intravenous (IV erythromycin. However, to our knowledge, VS has not been reported following the administration of IV erythromycin. The Authors  describe a rare case of asymptomatic VS and subsequent third-degree atrioventricular block, following the administration of IV erythromycin in a 49-year-old woman with borderline hypokalemia. Through this case, the Authors highlight the importance of cardiac monitoring and electrolyte replacement when administering IV erythromycin, as well as discuss several other mechanisms that contribute to ventricular arrhythmias.

  19. Amiodarone for the treatment and prevention of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia

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    Hugo Van Herendael

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Hugo Van Herendael, Paul DorianDivision of Cardiology, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, CanadaAbstract: Amiodarone has emerged as the leading antiarrhythmic therapy for termination and prevention of ventricular arrhythmia in different clinical settings because of its proven efficacy and safety. In patients with shock refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and hemodynamically destabilizing ventricular arrhythmia, amiodarone is the most effective drug available to assist in resuscitation. Although the superiority of the transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD over amiodarone has been well established in the preventive treatment of patients at high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, amiodarone (if used with a beta-blocker is the most effective antiarrhythmic drug to prevent ICD shocks and treat electrical storm. Both the pharmacokinetics and the electrophysiologic profile of amiodarone are complex, and its optimal and safe use requires careful patient surveillance with respect to potential adverse effects.Keywords: amiodarone, ventricular fibrillation, unstable ventricular tachycardia

  20. Incidence and prognostic significance of sustained ventricular tachycardias in heart failure patients implanted with biventricular pacemakers without a back-up defibrillator: results from the prospective, multicentre, Mona Lisa cohort study.

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    Boveda, Serge; Marijon, Eloi; Jacob, Sophie; Defaye, Pascal; Winter, Jobst B; Bulava, Alan; Gras, Daniel; Albenque, Jean Paul; Combes, Nicolas; Pavin, Dominique; Delarche, Nicolas; Teubl, Alexander; Lambiez, Marie; Chevalier, Philippe

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the 12-month incidence, predictive factors, and prognosis of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) in chronic heart failure patients implanted with biventricular pacemakers without a back-up defibrillator (CRT-P), assessed by continuous intracardiac ventricular electrograms. The Mona Lisa study, a prospective, multicentre, cohort study, designed to determine the incidence of sustained VT and its prognostic impact in CRT-P recipients within the year after implant enrolled 198 patients with moderate or severe chronic heart failure, despite optimal pharmacological therapy. An independent committee reviewed the data from all arrhythmic episodes as well as causes of death according to predefined criteria. During a mean follow-up of 9.8 +/- 3.1 months after implantation, 8 patients experienced at least one episode of sustained VT [4.3%; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.1-7.5] and 21 deaths occurred, giving a 12-month mortality rate of 11.7% (95% CI, 6.4-16.9). The presence of sustained VT was associated with a high risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and the lowest 12-month overall survival (P < 0.0001). The incidence of sustained VT remains relatively low in the first year after CRT-P implantation, but when present appears closely associated with short-term adverse outcomes, especially SCD. This emphasizes the possible value of remote monitoring to detect high-risk patients for urgent upgrading.

  1. [Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia. Literature review and case report].

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    Camargo-Ariza, William Alejandro; Galvis-Blanco, Silvia Juliana; Camacho-Enciso, Tatiana Del Pilar; Quiroz-Romero, Carlos Alberto; Bermudez-Echeverry, Juan José

    2017-06-13

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia is an inherited autosomal dominant disease, with an estimated prevalence of 1:2,500 to 1:5,000, being higher in males (3:1). It is characterised histologically by the substitution of cardiomyocytes for fibrous-adipose tissue, which predisposes to ventricular arrhythmias, right ventricular failure, and sudden cardiac death. The main aim of treatment is to reduce the risk of sudden death and improve the quality of life of patients. The case is presented of a 23 year old woman whose clinical symptoms started with palpitations, chest pain with physical activity, syncope, and headache, 6 years ago during her first pregnancy. Due to an increase in symptomatology, a stress test was performed, during which she collapsed with a sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. A cardiac magnetic resonance scan showed dilation, an increase in trabeculae, and decreased function of the right ventricle. A 3-dimensional mapping and ablation was performed, and during the isoproterenol infusion test, a polymorphic ventricular flutter was generated that required electrical cardioversion. The decision was made to implant a dual chamber cardioverter defibrillator and perform stellate ganglion ablation as secondary prevention. After her discharge, the patient re-consulted many times due to discharges of the device associated with palpitations. A comprehensive review of the patient's medical records was performed, finding characteristics that may suggest arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. The Task Force criteria was applied, concluding that, as she met more than 2 major criteria, the patient had a definitive diagnosis of this disease. Copyright © 2017 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  2. Prevention and Treatment of Arrhythmia

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    ... State SELECT YOUR LANGUAGE Español (Spanish) 简体中文 (Traditional Chinese) 繁体中文 (Simplified Chinese) Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Healthy Living for Heart.org ... doctor will set a treatment plan. View an animation of arrhythmia Treatment goals Especially for people with ...

  3. Magnesium sulphate and amiodarone prophylaxis for prevention of postoperative arrhythmia in coronary by-pass operations

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    Huysal Kagan

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to investigate the use of prophylactic magnesium sulphate and amiodarone in treating arrhythmias that may occur following coronary bypass grafting operations. Methods The study population consisted of 192 consecutive patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. Sixty-four patients were given 3 g of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4 [20 ml = 24.32 mEq/L Mg+2] in 100 cc of isotonic 0.9% solution over 2 hours intravenously at the following times: 12 hours prior to the operation, immediately following the operation, and on postoperative days 1, 2, and 3 (Group 1. Another group of 64 patients was given a preoperative infusion of amiodarone (1200 mg on first post-operative day (Group 2. After the operation amiodarone was administered orally at a dose of 600 mg/day. Sixty-four patients in group 3 (control group had 100 cc. isotonic 0.9% as placebo, during the same time periods. Results In the postoperative period, the magnesium values were significantly higher in Group 1 than in Group 2 for all measurements. The use of amiodarone for total arrhythmia was significantly more effective than prophylactic treatment with magnesium sulphate (p = 0.015. There was no difference between the two drugs in preventing supraventricular arrhythmia, although amiodarone significantly delayed the revealing time of atrial fibrillation (p = 0.026. Ventricular arrhythmia, in the form of ventricular extra systole, was more common in the magnesium prophylaxis group. The two groups showed no significant differences in other operative or postoperative measurements. No side effects of the drugs were observed. Conclusion Prophylactic use of magnesium sulphate and amiodarone are both effective at preventing arrhythmia that may occur following coronary by-pass operations. Magnesium sulphate should be used in prophylactic treatment since it may decrease arrhythmia at low doses. If arrhythmia should occur despite this

  4. The role of viruses, inflammation and myocardial macrophages in the development of idiopathic arrhythmia

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    Rebenkova, M.; Gombozhapova, A.; Shurupov, V.; Rogovskaya, Yu.; Botalov, R.; Ryabov, V.; Popov, S.; Karpov, R.

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    We studied viral antigens, inflammation, and macrophages in the endomyocardial biopsies of patients with idiopathic arrhythmias. Immunohistological study was performed to identify the antigens of cardiotropic viruses and the types of lymphocytes and macrophages. We observed the presence of viral antigens in the myocardium of patients with and without histological criteria of myocarditis. Heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias were associated with small focal infiltration of the myocardium with macrophages. The presence of viral antigens in the myocardium was associated with fewer number of myocardial M2 macrophages. Severity of myocardial interstitial fibrosis correlated with small-focal infiltration of M2 macrophages.

  5. The predictive value of CHADS₂ risk score in post myocardial infarction arrhythmias - a Cardiac Arrhythmias and RIsk Stratification after Myocardial infArction (CARISMA) substudy.

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    Ruwald, Anne Christine; Gang, Uffe; Thomsen, Poul Erik Bloch; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch; Ruwald, Martin H; Huikuri, Heikki V; Jons, Christian

    2014-05-15

    Previous studies have shown substantially increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients. However it remains difficult to identify the patients who are at highest risk of arrhythmias in the post-MI setting. The purpose of this study was to investigate if CHADS₂ score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes and previous stroke/TCI [doubled]) can be used as a risk tool for predicting cardiac arrhythmias after MI. The study included 297 post-MI patients from the CARISMA study with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤40%. All patients were implanted with an implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) within 5 to 21 days post-MI and followed every three months for two years. Atrial fibrillation, bradyarrhythmias and ventricular tachycardias were diagnosed using the ICM, pacemaker or ICD. Patients were stratified according to CHADS₂ score at enrollment. Congestive heart failure was defined as LVEF ≤40% and NYHA class II, III or IV. We found significantly increased risk of an arrhythmic event with increasing CHADS₂ score (CHADS₂ score=1-2: HR=2.1 [1.1-3.9], p=0.021, CHADS₂ score ≥ 3: HR=3.7 [1.9-7.1], pcardiac arrhythmias. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. The association of air temperature with cardiac arrhythmias

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    Čulić, Viktor

    2017-11-01

    The body response to meteorological influences may activate pathophysiological mechanisms facilitating the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible patients. Putative underlying mechanisms include changes in systemic vascular resistance and blood pressure, as well as a network of proinflammatory and procoagulant processes. Such a chain reaction probably occurs within the time window of several hours, so use of daily average values of meteorological elements do not seem appropriate for investigation in this area. In addition, overall synoptic situation, and season-specific combinations of meteorological elements and air pollutant levels probably cause the overall effect rather than a single atmospheric element. Particularly strong interrelations have been described among wind speed, air pressure and temperature, relative air humidity, and suspended particulate matter. This may be the main reason why studies examining the association between temperature and ventricular arrhythmias have found linear positive, negative, J-shaped or no association. Further understanding of the pathophysiological adaptation to atmospheric environment may help in providing recommendations for protective measures during "bad" weather conditions in patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

  7. The association of air temperature with cardiac arrhythmias

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    Čulić, Viktor

    2017-06-01

    The body response to meteorological influences may activate pathophysiological mechanisms facilitating the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible patients. Putative underlying mechanisms include changes in systemic vascular resistance and blood pressure, as well as a network of proinflammatory and procoagulant processes. Such a chain reaction probably occurs within the time window of several hours, so use of daily average values of meteorological elements do not seem appropriate for investigation in this area. In addition, overall synoptic situation, and season-specific combinations of meteorological elements and air pollutant levels probably cause the overall effect rather than a single atmospheric element. Particularly strong interrelations have been described among wind speed, air pressure and temperature, relative air humidity, and suspended particulate matter. This may be the main reason why studies examining the association between temperature and ventricular arrhythmias have found linear positive, negative, J-shaped or no association. Further understanding of the pathophysiological adaptation to atmospheric environment may help in providing recommendations for protective measures during "bad" weather conditions in patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

  8. The association of air temperature with cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Čulić, Viktor

    2017-06-03

    The body response to meteorological influences may activate pathophysiological mechanisms facilitating the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible patients. Putative underlying mechanisms include changes in systemic vascular resistance and blood pressure, as well as a network of proinflammatory and procoagulant processes. Such a chain reaction probably occurs within the time window of several hours, so use of daily average values of meteorological elements do not seem appropriate for investigation in this area. In addition, overall synoptic situation, and season-specific combinations of meteorological elements and air pollutant levels probably cause the overall effect rather than a single atmospheric element. Particularly strong interrelations have been described among wind speed, air pressure and temperature, relative air humidity, and suspended particulate matter. This may be the main reason why studies examining the association between temperature and ventricular arrhythmias have found linear positive, negative, J-shaped or no association. Further understanding of the pathophysiological adaptation to atmospheric environment may help in providing recommendations for protective measures during "bad" weather conditions in patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

  9. Hemodialysis-associated cardiac arrhythmias: a lower risk with bicarbonate?

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    Fantuzzi, S; Caico, S; Amatruda, O; Cervini, P; Abu-Turky, H; Baratelli, L; Donati, D; Gastaldi, L

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    The role of hemodialysis (HD) as an arrhythmogenic event has recently been emphasized. We studied 18 patients by Holter monitoring, comparing the arrhythmogenic effect of acetate dialysis (AHD) and bicarbonate dialysis (BHD). The frequency of ventricular arrhythmias was 93 +/- 66/h in AHD and 32 +/- 26/h in BHD (p less than 0.005). According to the classification of Lown and Graboys, classes III and IV were more often to be found in AHD than in BHD and no patient on BHD was in class IVB and class V. Five patients affected with ischemic heart disease had more frequent and dangerous ventricular arrhythmias than the others; a significant difference between buffers was recorded in all cases but 1. Intradialytic changes in body weight, hematocrit, osmolarity, ionized calcium and potassium during AHD and BHD were similar. The two methods only differed in the quickness and degree of correction of acidosis, and this was related to a significant difference in intraerythrocytic potassium at the end of the session. The quicker and more regular correction of acidosis with BHD and the consequent difference in ionic flows between the intra- and extracellular spaces, as demonstrated by changes in intraerythrocytic potassium at the end of the session, could account for the seemingly less arrhythmogenic effect of BHD.

  10. Cardiac arrhythmias during fiberoptic bronchoscopy and relation with oxygen saturation

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    Hassan G

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the occurrence of electrocardiographic abnormalities during fiberoptic bronchoscopy, in relation to specific stages of the procedures, patients′ age, sex, smoking, pre-existing lung disease, premedication and oxygen saturation, a prospective study was conducted on 56 patients aged 35 to 75 (mean 62 years without pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Patients were connected to a 12-lead computerized electrocardiographic recorder and pulse oximeter. Fall of oxygen saturation from mean of 95.12% before the procedure to below 80% was observed in 12 (21.4% patients and below 75% in 5 (8.9% patients, at various stages. Statistically highly significant (p < 0.001 fall of oxygen saturation was observed during the procedures while bronchoscope was introduced into the airways and tracheobronchial tree examined. Major disturbances of cardiac rhythm (i.e. atrial, ventricular or both developed in 23 (41.07% patients. Out of these, sinus tachycardia was noted in 16 (69.5%, ventricular premature complexes in 5 (21.7% and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in 2 (8.6% patients. Arrhythmias were most frequent in association with periods of maximum oxygen desaturation in 18 (78.2% of these 23 patients. Oxygen desaturation persisted for more than half an hour in 38 (67.8% of the 56 patients. However, no correlation was observed between the frequency of arrhythmias during bronchoscopy and patients′ age, sex pre-medication or pre-existing pulmonary disease.

  11. New theory of arrhythmia. Conceptual substantiation of arrhythmia mechanisms

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    Vladimir I. Ermoshkin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Aims A new attempt is made to substantiate the concept of the mechanism of arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. Methods The paper is based on a theoretical analysis of special literature, personal experience of participation in conferences and discussions with leading Russian cardiologists. Results We have succeeded in demonstrating the fact that researchers ignore the fact that cardiomyocytes can be excited by mechanical pulses, when considering the arrhythmia mechanisms. We have conducted trials using the Cardiocode device. Under stress in a human, opened may be large and small arteriovenous anastomoses, via which blood under high pressure is ejected into veins. It leads to pressure surges in arteries and veins. The vena cava dilates, its tonus increases. In some cases, the pulse waves travel via anastomoses along the vena cava walls to the atria and the ventricles. An above-threshold concentration of tensions from mechanical pulses may excite cardiomyocytes from different points of the myocardium, disturbing the sinus rhythm. As a result, extrasystoles, tachycardia attacks, blocking of blood circulation in the peripheral segments of the venous arterial networks, edemata, thrombosis and metabolism disorders appear. Arrhythmia, tachycardia attacks and concomitant myocardial ischemia lead to progression of heart fibrosis. Such changes increase the probability of fibrillations and sudden cardiac death. Conclusion Unhealthy lifestyle, the presence of opening and not properly closing anastomoses may provoke a number of diseases. To avoid the cardiac arrhythmia attacks and prevent SCD, it is necessary to suppress travel of the mechanical waves within the following circuitry: aorta – artery – anastomosis – vein – vena cava – atria – ventricles. The travel of the mechanical waves within the same vessel circuitry explains the fact that the fixed couplings under extrasystoles are observed, and the beat-to-beat RR intervals under tachycardia

  12. Cardiac Arrhythmias: Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatments.

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    Fu, Du-Guan

    2015-11-01

    The cardiac arrhythmia is characterized by irregular rhythm of heartbeat which could be either too slow (100 beats/min) and can happen at any age. The use of pacemaker and defibrillators devices has been suggested for heart arrhythmias patients. The antiarrhythmic medications have been reported for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. The diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments of cardiac arrhythmias as well as the radiofrequency ablation, tachycardia, Brugada syndrome, arterial fibrillation, and recent research on the genetics of cardiac arrhythmias have been described here.

  13. Arrhythmias after coronary bypass surgery.

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    Ormerod, O J; McGregor, C G; Stone, D L; Wisbey, C; Petch, M C

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    Ninety patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery were studied prospectively by bedside and subsequent ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring to investigate the incidence, possible causes, and prevention of atrial fibrillation. Patients with good left ventricular function were divided randomly into a control group or groups treated with digoxin or propranolol. In the control group the incidence of atrial fibrillation was 27% and of significant ventricular extrasystoles 3%. Propranolol re...

  14. Heart transplantation mysteriously eliminates arrhythmia

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    Vladimir I. Ermoshkin

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available For a long time cardiologists have not been able to explain why the problem of cardiac arrhythmia in a heart transplant recipient practically disappears. In fact, this issue has never been raised for discussion. At the same time, my new theory of arrhythmias (NTA has been discussed at conferences and in mass media for the last 4 years. The core proposition of NTA is as follows: the generation of extrasystoles and tachycardia in most cases occurs not due to bioelectric reentry, but owing to the action of mechanical pulse waves. A pathological pulse wave can travel to large veins along the walls of the arteriovenous anastomoses (AVA and excite cardiomyocytes. The developer of NTA has studied some peculiarities of the cardiac rhythm patterns which occur after heart transplantation and presents herein convincing evidence in favor of his new theory.

  15. Gene Therapy in Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Praveen S.V

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy has progressed from a dream to a bedside reality in quite a few human diseases. From its first application in adenosine deaminase deficiency, through the years, its application has evolved to vascular angiogenesis and cardiac arrhythmias. Gene based biological pacemakers using viral vectors or mesenchymal cells tested in animal models hold much promise. Induction of pacemaker activity within the left bundle branch can provide stable heart rates. Genetic modification of the AV node mimicking beta blockade can be therapeutic in the management of atrial fibrillation. G protein overexpression to modify the AV node also is experimental. Modification and expression of potassium channel genes altering the delayed rectifier potassium currents may permit better management of congenital long QT syndromes. Arrhythmias in a failing heart are due to abnormal calcium cycling. Potential targets for genetic modulation include the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pump, calsequestrin and sodium calcium exchanger.Lastly the ethical concerns need to be addressed.

  16. The hypothesis of cardiac arrhythmias

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    Ermoshkin, Vladimir

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    Background. Cardiovascular diseases(CVDs) are the main causes of death in all countries. Majority of these deaths occur due to arrhythmias. The aim of this review to attempt to propose new hypothesis regarding the pathogenesis of extrasystoles and pathological tachycardia. Methods. Internet search and discussion with experts: Frolov V.M., Shirokov E.A., Singh R.B. et al. Results. The extrasystoles and tachycardia occur in some people due to the pulse propagation through abnormal contour of ve...

  17. Clinical assessment of the effect of digital filtering on the detection of ventricular late potentials

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Ventricular late potentials are low-amplitude signals originating from damaged myocardium and detected on the body surface by ECG filtering and averaging. Digital filters present in commercial equipment may interfere with the ability of arrhythmia stratification. We compared 40-Hz BiSpec (BI and classical 40- to 250-Hz band-pass Butterworth bidirectional (BD filters in terms of impact on time domain variables and diagnostic properties. In a transverse retrospective age-adjusted case-control study, 221 subjects with sinus rhythm without bundle branch block were divided into three groups after signal-averaged ECG acquisition: GI (N = 40, clinically normal controls, GII (N = 158, subjects with coronary heart disease without sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (SMVT, and GIII (N = 23, subjects with heart disease and documented SMVT. Conventional variables analyzed from vector magnitude data after averaging to 0.3 µV final noise were obtained by application of each filter to the averaged signal, and evaluated in pairs by numerical comparison and by diagnostic agreement assessment, using conventional and optimized thresholds of normality. Significant differences were found between BI and BD variables in all groups, with diagnostic results showing significant disagreement between both filters [kappa value of 0.61 (P<0.05 for GII and 0.31 for GIII (P = NS]. Sensitivity for SMVT was lower with BI than with BD (65.2 vs 91.3%, respectively, P<0.05. Filters provided significantly different numerical and diagnostic results and the BI filter showed only limited clinical application to risk stratification of ventricular arrhythmia.

  18. RIESGO DE ARRITMIAS E HIPERTENSIÓN ARTERIAL / Risk of Arrhythmias and hypertension

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    Raimundo Carmona Puerta

    2012-03-01

    the development of arrhythmias in hypertensive patients. The presence of ventricular arrhythmias, from premature ventricular complexes to ventricular tachycardia, has been shown in a 10 to 27% of affected patients, a percentage that decreases with the severity of the arrhythmia. Noninvasive risk markers for ventricular arrhythmias have been summarized as follows: dispersion and variability of the QT interval, presence of late potentials, heart rate variability, abnormal morphology and T-wave alternans. All of these are related to anatomic-structural changes of the ventricular wall, which affect the action potential. The importance of knowing the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and noninvasive risk markers for arrhythmias in hypertensive patients, offers a way for the application of the proper therapeutic in the control of blood pressure and regression of hypertrophy, as has been shown by inhibitor drugs of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, which decrease the risk of arrhythmias.

  19. Arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in elite athletes. American College of Cardiology, 16th Bethesda Conference.

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    Garson, A

    1998-01-01

    With the recent high visibility deaths of Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis, two nationally recognized elite basketball players due to cardiovascular disease and arrhythmias, our awareness of the most optimal ways to manage athletes with known arrhythmias has become heightened. In making medical decisions we physicians come to rely in large measure on data, in addition to clinical acumen and experience. Unfortunately, we are at a disadvantage with respect to athletes since previously published data on the natural history and outcome of such individuals with known arrhythmias are sparse. Furthermore, the tragedies of Lewis, Gathers, Pete Maravich and others are also poignant reminders that the denominator of this equation is not defined and that we do not really know precisely how many athletes experience important arrhythmias, nor their relation to sports activity. In the decade since the 16th Bethesda Conference, an American College of Cardiology sponsored consensus panel that developed standards and recommendations for the disqualification from competition of athletes with known cardiovascular disease, little new data have been developed to make objective decisions in these areas (including arrhythmias) much easier. Nevertheless, while such decision-making in athletes involves situations that are relatively rare, the consequences of misjudgement are substantial. Unfortunately, to complicate matters, even if the precise likelihood of sudden death for a given athlete with arrhythmias were known, many (if not most) professional and elite college athletes might still regard any risk as acceptable and withdrawal from formal competition as highly unacceptable from a financial and psychological standpoint. In this review, consideration will be given to the state of our medical knowledge in these areas. Many controversies persist with regard to arrhythmias, most notably for the athlete who has Wolff-Parkinson-White, mitral valve prolapse, myocarditis, or complex ventricular

  20. Early echocardiographic deformation analysis for the prediction of sudden cardiac death and life-threatening arrhythmias after myocardial infarction

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    Ersbøll, Mads; Valeur, Nana; Andersen, Mads Jønsson

    2013-01-01

    This study sought to hypothesize that global longitudinal strain (GLS) as a measure of infarct size, and mechanical dispersion (MD) as a measure of myocardial deformation heterogeneity, would be of incremental importance for the prediction of sudden cardiac death (SCD) or malignant ventricular ar...... arrhythmias (VA) after acute myocardial infarction (MI)....

  1. Arrhythmia associated with buprenorphine and methadone reported to the Food and Drug Administration.

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    Kao, David P; Haigney, Mark C P; Mehler, Philip S; Krantz, Mori J

    2015-09-01

    To assess the relative frequency of reporting of adverse events involving ventricular arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, corrected QT interval (QTc) prolongation or torsade de pointes to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between buprenorphine and methadone. Retrospective pharmacoepidemiological study. Adverse drug events reported spontaneously to the FDA between 1969 and June 2011 originating in 196 countries (71% events from the United States). Adverse event cases mentioning methadone (n = 14 915) or buprenorphine (n = 7283) were evaluated against all other adverse event cases (n = 4 796 017). The primary outcome was the composite of ventricular arrhythmia or cardiac arrest. The secondary outcome was the composite of QTc prolongation or torsade de pointes. The proportional reporting ratio (PRR) was used to identify disproportionate reporting defined as a PRR > 2, χ(2) error > 4, with ≥ 3 cases. There were 132 (1.8%) ventricular arrhythmia/cardiac arrest and 19 (0.3%) QTc prolongation/torsade de pointes cases associated with buprenorphine compared with 1729 (11.6%) ventricular arrhythmia/cardiac arrest and 390 (2.6%) QTc prolongation/torsade de pointes cases involving methadone. PRRs associated with buprenorphine were not significant for ventricular arrhythmia/cardiac arrest (1.10, 95%, confidence interval (0.93-1.31, χ(2)  = 1.2) or QTc prolongation/torsade de pointes (1.03, 95% CI = 0.66-1.62, χ(2)  = 0.01), but were for methadone (7.20, 95% CI = 6.88-7.52, χ(2)  = 8027; 10.7, 95% CI = 9.66-11.8, χ(2)  = 1538, respectively). In spontaneously reported adverse events, methadone is associated with disproportionate reporting of cardiac arrhythmias, whereas buprenorphine is not. Although these findings probably reflect clinically relevant differences, a causal connection cannot be presumed and disproportionality analysis cannot quantify absolute risk per treatment episode. Population-based studies to

  2. A computationally efficient electrophysiological model of human ventricular cells

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    Bernus, O.; Wilders, R.; Zemlin, C. W.; Verschelde, H.; Panfilov, A. V.

    2002-01-01

    Recent experimental and theoretical results have stressed the importance of modeling studies of reentrant arrhythmias in cardiac tissue and at the whole heart level. We introduce a six-variable model obtained by a reformulation of the Priebe-Beuckelmann model of a single human ventricular cell. The

  3. Intraoperative ventricular bigeminy: report of 5 cases | Ganny ...

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    Five patients who had intraoperative ventricular bigeminy while undergoing various orthopaedic procedures are reported. Diagnosis of pulsus bigeminus was established by continuous intraoperative ECG monitoring of lead 11 using a Micromon 7142 (L&T Medical) ECG machine. Causes of these arrhythmias were traced ...

  4. Atrial Arrhythmias in Astronauts - Summary of a NASA Summit

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

    2010-01-01

    Background and Problem Definition: To evaluate NASA s current standards and practices related to atrial arrhythmias in astronauts, Space Medicine s Advanced Projects Section at the Johnson Space Center was tasked with organizing a summit to discuss the approach to atrial arrhythmias in the astronaut cohort. Since 1959, 11 cases of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, or supraventricular tachycardia have been recorded among active corps crewmembers. Most of the cases were paroxysmal, although a few were sustained. While most of the affected crewmembers were asymptomatic, those slated for long-duration space flight underwent radiofrequency ablation treatment to prevent further episodes of the arrhythmia. The summit was convened to solicit expert opinion on screening, diagnosis, and treatment options, to identify gaps in knowledge, and to propose relevant research initiatives. Summit Meeting Objectives: The Atrial Arrhythmia Summit brought together a panel of six cardiologists, including nationally and internationally renowned leaders in cardiac electrophysiology, exercise physiology, and space flight cardiovascular physiology. The primary objectives of the summit discussions were to evaluate cases of atrial arrhythmia in the astronaut population, to understand the factors that may predispose an individual to this condition, to understand NASA s current capabilities for screening, diagnosis, and treatment, to discuss the risks associated with treatment of crewmembers assigned to long-duration missions or extravehicular activities, and to discuss recommendations for prevention or management of future cases. Summary of Recommendations: The summit panel s recommendations were grouped into seven categories: Epidemiology, Screening, Standards and Selection, Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation Manifesting Preflight, Atrial Fibrillation during Flight, Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation, and Future Research

  5. Accelerated idioventricular rhythm requiring catheter ablation in a child: The dark side of a benign arrhythmia.

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    Errahmouni, A; Bun, S-S; Latcu, D G; Tazi-Mezalek, A; Saoudi, N

    2017-11-01

    A 12 year-old boy, with no history of cardiac disease, was referred to our department for evaluation of an incessant accelerated idioventricular rhythm (AIVR) complicated with severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and cardiogenic shock. Extensive diagnostic work-up failed to reveal any structural heart disease. During electrophysiological study, AIVR originated from the right ventricular endocardial anterior wall and was successfully ablated using remote magnetic navigation. LV function showed complete recovery four weeks after the procedure. This case highlights a life-threatening evolution of an arrhythmia generally presented as a benign entity in children. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  6. [Myocardial infarction-related arrhythmia after rehabilitation treatment in a sanatorium].

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    Siwińska, E; Markiewicz, M; Lakomski, B

    The study involved 100 patients (80 men and 20 women), aged between 27 and 69 years treated at the Department of Cardiology, Medical Academy in Lublin for the first myocardial infarction, and classified for a 4-week rehabilitation in sanatorium. A 24-hours ECG recording with Holter technique (Medilog 3000 manufactured by Oxford Medilog Timed) was performed twice. In the first record cardiac arrhythmias ( extrasystole both supra- and ventricular, ventricular tachycardia) were more frequent in comparison with the results of the second recording carried out after a 4-week rehabilitation.

  7. Computer-assisted instruction of arrhythmia for MS-windows.

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    Takeuchi, A; Nara, Y; Ikeda, N; Miyahara, H; Mitobe, H

    1995-01-01

    premature contraction, ventricular extrasystole, ventricular flutter, etc. If the user selects one of them on the list by double clicking, some textual explanations of the wave are described in a dialog box. Ten multiple choice questions are displayed in the dialog box in course of learning TRY and TEST; the answers to these are requested. In the TEST course, the system offers random access to each arrhythmia. he user can send the pictorial ECG data in the window to other graphics programs through a clip board. 4. DISCUSSION. It was successfully used in a lecture of electrocardiogram for medical students. They seem to be interested in this system because of its simple usage and the dynamic drawing of ECG waves on CRT. Multiple computer-based medical resources can be run on MS-Windows. The system is able to run simultaneously with other programs, such as an electronic reference system [4]. The system may be obtained from the authors upon request.

  8. [Intravenous nitroglycerin infusion suppresses exercise-induced arrhythmia in patients with ischemic cardiopathy: indications for chronic treatment ].

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    Bonetti, F; Margonato, A; Mailhac, A; Vicedomini, G; Cianflone, D; Scarpazza, P; Chierchia, S L

    1990-05-01

    In patients with ischemic heart disease and arrhythmias, selection of antiarrhythmic treatment is often difficult as it is hard to separate "primary" from ischemic arrhythmias. We studied 20 patients with ischemic heart disease, who developed ventricular arrhythmias consistently during exercise test. Exercise test was performed twice during infusion of placebo and then during intravenous administration of nitroglycerin, titrated to reduce systolic blood pressure by 10 mmHg. Exercise duration was 7.8 +/- 1.7 and 7.9 +/- 1.5 min, in the 2 placebo tests (NS). Angina developed in 5 patients and ischemic ST changes in 10. With nitroglycerin exercise duration increased to 8.4 +/- 20 min (p less than 0.05), diagnostic ST segment depression was observed in 2 patients and only 1 had angina. In all 20 patients, ventricular arrhythmias were consistently present during both tests on placebo, that were markedly reduced by nitroglycerin. In fact, ventricular ectopic beats were 455 (mean 35.8 +/- 16.8) and 418 (mean 34.4 +/- 11.1) in the 2 exercise tests with placebo, and 11 during nitroglycerin infusion (mean 0.6 +/- 0.1; p less than 0.001). Couplets were 28 and 29 during placebo (NS) and 0 during nitroglycerin (p less than 0.001). Ventricular tachycardia was present in 6 and 8 patients during placebo but in none during nitroglycerin (p less than 0.001). Reduction of exercise-induced arrhythmias was maintained during chronic treatment with oral vasodilators. Prevention of exercise-related arrhythmias by nitroglycerin infusion appears a good indicator of their ischemic origin and may provide valuable information for long-term profilaxis with oral vasodilators, then avoiding the use of antiarrhythmic agents and their potential side effects.

  9. Arrhythmia recognition and classification using combined linear and nonlinear features of ECG signals.

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    Elhaj, Fatin A; Salim, Naomie; Harris, Arief R; Swee, Tan Tian; Ahmed, Taqwa

    2016-04-01

    Arrhythmia is a cardiac condition caused by abnormal electrical activity of the heart, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) is the non-invasive method used to detect arrhythmias or heart abnormalities. Due to the presence of noise, the non-stationary nature of the ECG signal (i.e. the changing morphology of the ECG signal with respect to time) and the irregularity of the heartbeat, physicians face difficulties in the diagnosis of arrhythmias. The computer-aided analysis of ECG results assists physicians to detect cardiovascular diseases. The development of many existing arrhythmia systems has depended on the findings from linear experiments on ECG data which achieve high performance on noise-free data. However, nonlinear experiments characterize the ECG signal more effectively sense, extract hidden information in the ECG signal, and achieve good performance under noisy conditions. This paper investigates the representation ability of linear and nonlinear features and proposes a combination of such features in order to improve the classification of ECG data. In this study, five types of beat classes of arrhythmia as recommended by the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation are analyzed: non-ectopic beats (N), supra-ventricular ectopic beats (S), ventricular ectopic beats (V), fusion beats (F) and unclassifiable and paced beats (U). The characterization ability of nonlinear features such as high order statistics and cumulants and nonlinear feature reduction methods such as independent component analysis are combined with linear features, namely, the principal component analysis of discrete wavelet transform coefficients. The features are tested for their ability to differentiate different classes of data using different classifiers, namely, the support vector machine and neural network methods with tenfold cross-validation. Our proposed method is able to classify the N, S, V, F and U arrhythmia classes with high accuracy (98.91%) using a combined support

  10. The role of intravenous amiodarone in the management of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Desai, A D; Chun, S; Sung, R J

    1997-08-15

    To review the electropharmacology, clinical applications, side effects, and hemodynamic profile of intravenous amiodarone. The MEDLINE database was searched for English-language material, including reports of clinical trials and in vivo studies, review articles, and abstracts presented at national symposia, that was published between 1985 and 1996. Bibliographies of textbooks and articles were also examined. Studies that reported on the efficacy, toxicity, and hemodynamic profile of intravenous amiodarone and studies that examined the pharmacologic behavior of intravenous amiodarone in laboratory models were reviewed. Study design and quality and relevant data on efficacy of suppression and treatment of arrhythmias with oral and intravenous amiodarone therapy, the reported mechanisms of antiarrhythmic effect, and hemodynamic changes seen with therapy were analyzed. Amiodarone is a unique antiarrhythmic agent that is now available in oral and intravenous forms in the United States. The use of intravenous amiodarone in the short-term treatment of life-threatening or hemodynamically unstable rhythm disturbances has generated much interest. Amiodarone has many electropharmacologic actions, some of which differ between the oral and intravenous forms. The wide clinical application of amiodarone includes treatment and prevention of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias and arrhythmias related to myocardial infarction. Intravenous amiodarone is effective for supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias that are resistant to other antiarrhythmic agents. The effectiveness of intravenous amiodarone as short-term treatment also suggests that the drug has an important role in protocols of advanced cardiac life support. Intravenous amiodarone seems to have an overall favorable hemodynamic profile and does not produce many of the unwanted long-term side effects associated with oral therapy. Intravenous amiodarone shows much promise for the short-term treatment of unstable

  11. Effects of short-term administration of estradiol on reperfusion arrhythmias in rats of different ages

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    Savergnini, S.Q.; Reis, A.M. [Departamento de Fisiologia e Biofísica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Santos, R.A.S. [1Departamento de Fisiologia e Biofísica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Santos, P.E.B. [Departamento de Farmacologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Ferreira, A.J. [Departamento de Morfologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Almeida, A.P. [Departamento de Fisiologia e Biofísica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

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    Little is known about age-related differences in short-term effects of estradiol on ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) insults. The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of short-term treatment with estradiol on reperfusion arrhythmias in isolated hearts of 6-7-week-old and 12-14-month-old female rats. Wistar rats were sham-operated, ovariectomized and treated with vehicle or ovariectomized and treated with 17β-estradiol (E{sub 2}; 5 µg·100 g{sup −1}·day{sup −1}) for 4 days. Hearts were perfused by the Langendorff technique. Reperfusion arrhythmias, i.e., ventricular tachycardia and/or ventricular fibrillation, were induced by 15 min of left coronary artery ligation and 30 min of reperfusion. The duration and incidence of I/R arrhythmias were significantly higher in young rats compared to middle-aged rats (arrhythmia severity index: 9.4 ± 1.0 vs 3.0 ± 0.3 arbitrary units, respectively, P < 0.05). In addition, middle-aged rats showed lower heart rate, systolic tension and coronary flow. Four-day E{sub 2} treatment caused an increase in uterine weight. Although E{sub 2} administration had no significant effect on the duration of I/R arrhythmias in middle-aged rats, it induced a marked reduction in the rhythm disturbances of young rats accompanied by a decrease in heart rate of isolated hearts. Also, this reduction was associated with an increase in QT interval. No significant changes were observed in the QT interval of middle-aged E{sub 2}-treated rats. These data demonstrate that short-term estradiol treatment protects against I/R arrhythmias in hearts of young female rats. The anti-arrhythmogenic effect of estradiol might be related to a lengthening of the QT interval.

  12. INFLUENCE OF THE POLYMORPHISM OF THE RENIN-ANGIOTENSIN SYSTEM GENES ON THE CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS IN CHILDREN WITH HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY

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    Full Text Available Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCMP is a genetically determined myocardial disease, characterized by massive hypertrophy of the myocardium of the left and/or (rarely the right ventricle, often associated with obstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract and diastolic dysfunction. The course of disease can be complicated by development of various cardiac arrhythmias.  It was reported that severity of HCMP course depends at certain degree on polymorphism of candidate genes, including genes of the renin angiotensin system (RAS. Influence of RAS genes polymorphism on the frequency and character of cardiac arrhythmias in childhood is almost not studied. Aim: to determine the influence of RAS genes polymorphism on the prevalence and structure of cardiac arrhythmias in children with HCMP. Patients and methods: analysis of influence of RAS genes polymorphism on the prevalence and structure of cardiac arrhythmias was performed in 32 children with HCMP. All the patients were carried out ECG, cardiac ultrasound and ECG Holter monitoring. Polymorphism of the RAS genes (renin gene (REN G83A, angiotensinogen gene (AGT M235T, angiotensin-converting enzyme gene (ACE I/D, angiotensin II receptor type 1 gene (AGTR1 A1166C. Results: in patients with HCMP was established a higher frequency of TT-genotype and T-alleles of angiotensinogen gene than in comparison group. In homozygous patients with T-allele of angiotensinogen gene ventricular arrhythmia was found reliably more often than in patients with MT- and MM-genotypes, which suggested that M235T polymorphism of angiotensinogen gene influenced on intensity of ventricular arrhythmias in children with HCMP. Conclusions: in children with HCMP and cardiac arrhythmias analysis of M235T polymorphism of angiotensinogen gene can be used as an additional criterion for revealing of patients with high risk of arrhythmic complications and for development of preventative measures.

  13. His-Purkinje system-related incessant ventricular tachycardia arising from the left coronary cusp

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    Full Text Available We describe the case of a 23-year-old woman who had His-Purkinje system-related incessant ventricular tachycardia with a narrow QRS configuration. The ventricular tachycardia was ablated successfully in the left coronary cusp where the earliest endocardial activation had been recorded. We hypothesize that a remnant of the subaortic conducting tissue was the source of the ventricular arrhythmias.

  14. Simulation of Cardiac Arrhythmias Using a 2D Heterogeneous Whole Heart Model.

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    Balakrishnan, Minimol; Chakravarthy, V Srinivasa; Guhathakurta, Soma

    2015-01-01

    Simulation studies of cardiac arrhythmias at the whole heart level with electrocardiogram (ECG) gives an understanding of how the underlying cell and tissue level changes manifest as rhythm disturbances in the ECG. We present a 2D whole heart model (WHM2D) which can accommodate variations at the cellular level and can generate the ECG waveform. It is shown that, by varying cellular-level parameters like the gap junction conductance (GJC), excitability, action potential duration (APD) and frequency of oscillations of the auto-rhythmic cell in WHM2D a large variety of cardiac arrhythmias can be generated including sinus tachycardia, sinus bradycardia, sinus arrhythmia, sinus pause, junctional rhythm, Wolf Parkinson White syndrome and all types of AV conduction blocks. WHM2D includes key components of the electrical conduction system of the heart like the SA (Sino atrial) node cells, fast conducting intranodal pathways, slow conducting atriovenctricular (AV) node, bundle of His cells, Purkinje network, atrial, and ventricular myocardial cells. SA nodal cells, AV nodal cells, bundle of His cells, and Purkinje cells are represented by the Fitzhugh-Nagumo (FN) model which is a reduced model of the Hodgkin-Huxley neuron model. The atrial and ventricular myocardial cells are modeled by the Aliev-Panfilov (AP) two-variable model proposed for cardiac excitation. WHM2D can prove to be a valuable clinical tool for understanding cardiac arrhythmias.

  15. Relationship among the severity of sleep apnea syndrome, cardiac arrhythmias, and autonomic imbalance.

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    Roche, Frédéric; Xuong, Alain Nguyen Thanh; Court-Fortune, Isabelle; Costes, Frédéric; Pichot, Vincent; Duverney, David; Vergnon, Jean-Michel; Gaspoz, Jean-Michel; Barthélémy, Jean-Claude

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    The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), cardiac arrhythmias, and conduction disturbances in adults remains controversial. Early studies showed a higher prevalence than more recent and designed epidemiological studies. To clarify the actual prevalence of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disturbances in patients referred for assessment of OSAS, a prospective cohort study was conducted: 147 consecutive patients (103 men; mean age of 54.5 +/- 10.7 years) underwent time-synchronized polysomnography and ECG Holter monitoring. OSAS was diagnosed in 66 (44.9%) of them based on an apnea hypopnea index (AHI) > or = 10. Prevalence of heart failure, of prior myocardial infarction, of hypertension, and of ventricular arrhythmias were similar in patients with or without OSAS. Nocturnal paroxysmal asystole was significantly more prevalent in OSAS patients (10.6 vs 1.2%; P 30), prolonged periods of arterial oxyhemoglobin desaturation, and low diurnal awake PaO2. Moreover, using heart rate variability analysis, nocturnal sinusal dysfunction contrasted with a blunted diurnal parasympathetic modulation of the sinus node. Frequent nocturnal nonsustained supraventricular tachycardias were predominantly found in patients with severe sleep related breathing disorders; however, an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias was not found. Under continuous positive airway pressure treatment, the 1-year follow-up of OSAS patients with nocturnal pauses did not reveal any arrhythmic event justifying a specific intervention.

  16. Positive pressure therapy in patients with cardiac arrhythmias and obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Dediu, Giorgiana Nicoleta; Dumitrache-Rujinski, Stefan; Lungu, Rizvan; Frunză, Sabina; Diaconu, Camelia; Bartoş, Daniela; Bogdan, Miron Alexandru

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    Positive pressure therapy (CPAP) in patients with cardiac arrhythmias and obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS) may have favorable effects by correcting intermittent hypoxemia and sympathetic activation. To assess the effect of CPAP added to pharmacological treatment in the rate control and prevention of arrhythmias recurrence in patients with OSA. Prospective, interventional study study which included patients diagnosed with OSAS (cardiorespiratorypolygraphy, AHI>5/hour), and arrhythmias (ECG, Holter ECG), divided in two groups: group A (pharmacological therapy only) and group B (pharmacological therapy and CPAP). The patients were evaluated at enrollment (T0), at 3 and 6 months (T3 and T6) regarding the type, severity and recurrence of cardiac arrhythmias. 36 patients (31 men), mean age: 63.2 ± 12 years were enroled. In group A: 7 patients with ventricular extrasystoles, 8 with permanent atrial fibrillation, 1 patient with atrial flutter and 2 patients with paroxystic supraventricular tachycardia. In group B: 8 patients with ventricular extrasystoles, 5 with permanent atrial fibrillation, 2 patients with recurrent episodes of atrial fibrillation and 3 with paroxystic supraventricular tachycardia. A positive correlation (r: 0.74, p < 0.001) between Oxygen Desaturation Index and AHI was found. At T6, 12 patients from group B, and 18 from group A were evaluated. In group B, the mean heart rate in patients with atrial fibrillation was 69/min., lower than in group A (82/min.), no cases with recurrent atrial fibrillation were found, and more patients with class II Lown ventricular extrasystoles passed in class I Lown, compared to group A. In group B, heart rate statistically correlated with AHI (r: 0.53, p < 0.005). In patients with OSAS, adding CPAP to pharmacological therapy has favorable effects on preventing recurrences, heart rate control in patients with atrial fibrillation and in reducing frequency and/or severity of ventricular extrasystoles.

  17. Atrial adaptive rate pacing in sick sinus syndrome: effects on exercise capacity and arrhythmias.

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    OBJECTIVE--To test the hypotheses that adaptive rate atrial (AAIR) pacing: significantly increases maximal exercise capacity, and results in significant suppression of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmia compared with fixed rate atrial (AAI) pacing. DESIGN--Prospective, randomised, single blind, crossover study with maximal treadmill exercise testing and 24 hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring in AAIR and AAI modes. SETTING--Regional pacing centre. PATIENTS--30 consecutive ...

  18. Rat Models of Ventricular Fibrillation Following Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Hundahl, Laura A.; Tfelt-Hansen, Jacob; Jespersen, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    A number of animal models have been designed in order to unravel the underlying mechanisms of acute ischemia-induced arrhythmias and to test compounds and interventions for antiarrhythmic therapy. This is important as acute myocardial infarction (AMI) continues to be the major cause of sudden...... cardiac death, and we are yet to discover safe and effective treatments of the lethal arrhythmias occurring in the acute setting. Animal models therefore continue to be relevant for our understanding and treatment of acute ischemic arrhythmias. This review discusses the applicability of the rat as a model...... for ventricular arrhythmias occurring during the acute phase of AMI. It provides a description of models developed, advantages and disadvantages of rats, as well as an overview of the most important interventions investigated and the relevance for human pathophysiology....

  19. Arrhythmia

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  20. Arrhythmias

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    ... operated device implanted into the body (near the collarbone) through a surgical procedure. Connected to the heart ... defibrillator (ICD) is surgically placed near the left collarbone. Wires run from the defibrillator to the heart. ...

  1. Arrhythmia

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    ... a type of v-fib that causes a unique pattern on an EKG (electrocardiogram) test. Certain medicines ... and peas. A healthy diet is low in sodium (salt), added sugars, solid fats, and refined grains. ...

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    ... urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows ... the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch). The information provided herein should ...

  3. Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Tachycardia with Structural Abnormalities of the Right Ventricle and Left Ventricular Diverticulum

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    Full Text Available A 43-year-old woman presented to the emergency room with a sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT. ECG showed a QRS in left bundle branch block morphology with inferior axis. Echocardiography, ventricular angiography, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI revealed a normal right ventricle and a left ventricular diverticulum. Electrophysiology studies with epicardial voltage mapping identified a large fibrotic area in the inferolateral layer of the right ventricular wall and a small area of fibrotic tissue at the anterior right ventricular outflow tract. VT ablation was successfully performed with combined epicardial and endocardial approaches.

  4. Left Ventricular Non-Compaction Associated with WPW Syndrome

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    Full Text Available Noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium is an embryonic cardiomyopathy that is increasingly being recognized. Noncompaction of LV myocardium, right ventricular myocardium, or both can occur in isolation, in congenital heart diseases, in valvular heart diseases, in neuromuscular disorders, skeletal abnormalities and in endocrinologic abnormalities. Clinical manifestations of ventricular non-compaction include congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, sudden cardiac death and embolic events. This report is illustrative of non-compaction left ventricle associated with WPW syndrome in a 12-year-old girl presented with aborted sudden cardiac death and heart failure.

  5. [Ventricular tachycardia and cardiac hemochromatosis].

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    Luis Moríñigo, J; Martín Luengo, C; Ledesma, C; Arribas, A; Nieto, A A; Rodríguez, J

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    Hemochromatosis is characterized by an excessive iron deposit in different tissues. Cardiac involvement may be observed in one third of the patients due to hemochromatosis and occurs as a consequence of ferritin accumulation in the heart which on one hand induces alterations in systolic and diastolic ventricular function and on the other hand, an arrythmogenic substrate. The clinical manifestations can be indistinctly related to atrial tachyarrhythmia, ventricular tachyarrhythmia, atrio-ventricular blockade and congestive heart failure, with the first being the most frequent. We present the case of one patient with secondary hemochromatosis to repeated transfusions due to sideroblastic anemia with cardiac involvement, whose initial heart manifestations were recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmia and sustained ventricular tachycardia with syncope for which an automatic defibrillator was implanted.

  6. Cardiac Arrhythmias in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications of Renal Failure for Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy.

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    Potpara, Tatjana S; Jokic, Vera; Dagres, Nikolaos; Marin, Francisco; Prostran, Milica S; Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Carina; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2016-01-01

    The kidney has numerous complex interactions with the heart, including shared risk factors (e.g., hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc.) and mutual amplification of morbidity and mortality. Both cardiovascular diseases and chronic kidney disease (CKD) may cause various alterations in cardiovascular system, metabolic homeostasis and autonomic nervous system that may facilitate the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias. Also, pre-existent or incident cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (AF) may accelerate the progression of CKD. Patients with CKD may experience various cardiac rhythm disturbances including sudden cardiac death. Contemporary management of cardiac arrhythmias includes the use of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs), catheter ablation and cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Importantly, AADs are not used only as the principal treatment strategy, but also as an adjunct therapy in combination with CIEDs, to facilitate their effects or to minimize inappropriate device activation in selected patients. Along with their principal antiarrhythmic effect, AADs may also induce cardiac arrhythmias and the risk for such proarrhythmic effect(s) is particularly increased in patients with reduced left ventricular systolic function or in the setting of electrolyte imbalance. Moreover, CKD itself can induce profound alterations in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of many drugs including AADs, thus facilitating the drug accumulation and increased exposure. Hence, the use of AADs in patients with CKD may be challenging. In this review article, we provide an overview of the characteristics of arrhythmogenesis in patients with CKD with special emphasis on the complexity of pharmacokinetics and risk for proarrhythmias when using AADs in patients with cardiac arrhythmias and CKD.

  7. Severe hypoglycemia-induced lethal cardiac arrhythmias are mediated by sympathoadrenal activation.

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    Reno, Candace M; Daphna-Iken, Dorit; Chen, Y Stefanie; VanderWeele, Jennifer; Jethi, Krishan; Fisher, Simon J

    2013-10-01

    For people with insulin-treated diabetes, severe hypoglycemia can be lethal, though potential mechanisms involved are poorly understood. To investigate how severe hypoglycemia can be fatal, hyperinsulinemic, severe hypoglycemic (10-15 mg/dL) clamps were performed in Sprague-Dawley rats with simultaneous electrocardiogram monitoring. With goals of reducing hypoglycemia-induced mortality, the hypotheses tested were that: 1) antecedent glycemic control impacts mortality associated with severe hypoglycemia; 2) with limitation of hypokalemia, potassium supplementation could limit hypoglycemia-associated deaths; 3) with prevention of central neuroglycopenia, brain glucose infusion could prevent hypoglycemia-associated arrhythmias and deaths; and 4) with limitation of sympathoadrenal activation, adrenergic blockers could prevent hypoglycemia-induced arrhythmic deaths. Severe hypoglycemia-induced mortality was noted to be worsened by diabetes, but recurrent antecedent hypoglycemia markedly improved the ability to survive an episode of severe hypoglycemia. Potassium supplementation tended to reduce mortality. Severe hypoglycemia caused numerous cardiac arrhythmias including premature ventricular contractions, tachycardia, and high-degree heart block. Intracerebroventricular glucose infusion reduced severe hypoglycemia-induced arrhythmias and overall mortality. β-Adrenergic blockade markedly reduced cardiac arrhythmias and completely abrogated deaths due to severe hypoglycemia. Under conditions studied, sudden deaths caused by insulin-induced severe hypoglycemia were mediated by lethal cardiac arrhythmias triggered by brain neuroglycopenia and the marked sympathoadrenal response.

  8. Severe Hypoglycemia–Induced Lethal Cardiac Arrhythmias Are Mediated by Sympathoadrenal Activation

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    Reno, Candace M.; Daphna-Iken, Dorit; Chen, Y. Stefanie; VanderWeele, Jennifer; Jethi, Krishan; Fisher, Simon J.

    2013-01-01

    For people with insulin-treated diabetes, severe hypoglycemia can be lethal, though potential mechanisms involved are poorly understood. To investigate how severe hypoglycemia can be fatal, hyperinsulinemic, severe hypoglycemic (10–15 mg/dL) clamps were performed in Sprague-Dawley rats with simultaneous electrocardiogram monitoring. With goals of reducing hypoglycemia-induced mortality, the hypotheses tested were that: 1) antecedent glycemic control impacts mortality associated with severe hypoglycemia; 2) with limitation of hypokalemia, potassium supplementation could limit hypoglycemia-associated deaths; 3) with prevention of central neuroglycopenia, brain glucose infusion could prevent hypoglycemia-associated arrhythmias and deaths; and 4) with limitation of sympathoadrenal activation, adrenergic blockers could prevent hypoglycemia-induced arrhythmic deaths. Severe hypoglycemia–induced mortality was noted to be worsened by diabetes, but recurrent antecedent hypoglycemia markedly improved the ability to survive an episode of severe hypoglycemia. Potassium supplementation tended to reduce mortality. Severe hypoglycemia caused numerous cardiac arrhythmias including premature ventricular contractions, tachycardia, and high-degree heart block. Intracerebroventricular glucose infusion reduced severe hypoglycemia–induced arrhythmias and overall mortality. β-Adrenergic blockade markedly reduced cardiac arrhythmias and completely abrogated deaths due to severe hypoglycemia. Under conditions studied, sudden deaths caused by insulin-induced severe hypoglycemia were mediated by lethal cardiac arrhythmias triggered by brain neuroglycopenia and the marked sympathoadrenal response. PMID:23835337

  9. Reversible Atrioventricular Block and Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia in Coxsackievirus B3-Induced Fetal–Neonatal Myocarditis without Left Ventricular Dysfunction

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    Hironori Takahashi

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    Full Text Available We present a case of fetal–neonatal acute myocarditis caused by coxsackievirus B3 infection in a term neonate. The condition manifested as high-grade atrioventricular (A-V block prenatally. After delivery, various arrhythmias such as high-grade A-V block, ventricular tachycardia, and junctional ectopic tachycardia appeared, and we had difficulty managing these arrhythmias. This is the first report describing a case of acute myocarditis due to coxsackievirus infection presenting with fetal A-V block. This case is also unique in that it is extremely rare that various arrhythmias occur serially in one patient without left ventricular dysfunction.

  10. Electrocardiographic features suggestive of a left. ventricular ...

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    Abstract. Electrocardiographic features suggestive of a transmural anterior myocardial infarction with resultant left ventricular aneurysm formation were found in a 22-year-old man who had sustained a ballistic missile injury to his chest.

  11. Catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias in pregnancy without fluoroscopy: A case control retrospective study.

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    Koźluk, Edward; Piątkowska, Agnieszka; Kiliszek, Marek; Lodziński, Piotr; Małkowska, Sylwia; Balsam, Paweł; Rodkiewicz, Dariusz; Piątkowski, Radosław; Zyśko, Dorota; Opolski, Grzegorz

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    Cardiac arrhythmias are common in pregnant women. In most cases, they do not require treatment other than rest, electrolyte supplementation and avoidance of strong coffee and tea. Persistent arrhythmia or the ventricular rate running at a high frequency may cause hemodynamic deterioration in the fetus or in both the fetus and the mother. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and characteristics of arrhythmias in pregnant women who qualified for ablation as well as the feasibility and specific features of these interventions. The study group consisted of 11 pregnant women (16-32 Hbd) aged 31 + 6. The control group consisted of 111 women aged 15-50 years (34 + 10), scheduled for ablation in 2012. The medical records of the selected study and control groups were analyzed and the following data was retrieved: age, the reason the ablation procedure was performed, the ablation duration, the number of radiofrequency applications, the total duration of radiofrequency applications, gravity, and comorbidities. In the study group, accessory pathway related arrhythmias or atrial tachycardia (AT) accounted for 62% of cases, whereas in the control group for 32% (p = 0.042). All the procedures in the study group were performed with an electroanatomical system without fluoroscopy. All of the patients, but one, had no recurrence of arrhythmia. There were no complications and no overt effects were noted in the fetus. Ablation of arrhythmias during pregnancy is rare. An experienced surgeon using electroanatomical system is usually able to ablate arrhythmic substrate without the use of X-ray fluoroscopy. The most prevalent causes of arrhythmias in pregnant women requiring ablation are accessory pathway and AT focus.

  12. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: contribution of different electrocardiographic techniques.

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    Moreira, Davide; Delgado, Anne; Marmelo, Bruno; Correia, Emanuel; Gama, Pedro; Pipa, João; Nunes, Luís; Santos, Oliveira

    2014-04-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, also known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, is a condition in which myocardium is replaced by fibrous or fibrofatty tissue, predominantly in the right ventricle. It is clinically characterized by potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias, and is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death. Its prevalence is not known exactly but is estimated at approximately 1:5000 in the adult population. Diagnosis can be on the basis of structural and functional alterations of the right ventricle, electrocardiographic abnormalities (including depolarization and repolarization alterations and ventricular arrhythmias) and family history. Diagnostic criteria facilitate the recognition and interpretation of non-specific clinical features of this disease. The authors present a case in which the diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy was prompted by the suspicion of right ventricular disease on transthoracic echocardiography. This was confirmed by detection of epsilon waves on analysis of the ECG, which generally go unnoticed but in this case were the key to the diagnosis. Their presence was also shown by non-conventional ECG techniques such as modified Fontaine ECG. The course of the disease culminated in the occurrence of ventricular tachycardia, which prompted placement of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Copyright © 2013 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  13. Hypothermia Modulates Arrhythmia Substrates During Different Phases of Resuscitation From Ischemic Cardiac Arrest.

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    Piktel, Joseph S; Cheng, Aurelia; McCauley, Matthew; Dale, Zack; Nassal, Michelle; Maleski, Danielle; Pawlowski, Gary; Laurita, Kenneth R; Wilson, Lance D

    2017-11-17

    We designed an innovative porcine model of ischemia-induced arrest to determine dynamic arrhythmia substrates during focal infarct, global ischemia from ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation (VT/VF) and then reperfusion to determine the effect of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) on dynamic arrhythmia substrates and resuscitation outcomes. Anesthetized adult pigs underwent thoracotomy and regional plunge electrode placement in the left ventricle. Subjects were then maintained at either control (CT; 37°C, n=9) or TH (33°C, n=8). The left anterior descending artery (LAD) was occluded and ventricular fibrillation occurred spontaneously or was induced after 30 minutes. Advanced cardiac life support was started after 8 minutes, and LAD reperfusion occurred 60 minutes after occlusion. Incidences of VF/VT and survival were compared with ventricular ectopy, cardiac alternans, global dispersion of repolarization during LAD occlusion, and LAD reperfusion. There was no difference in incidence of VT/VF between groups during LAD occlusion (44% in CT versus 50% in TH; P=1s). During LAD occlusion, ectopy was increased in CT and suppressed in TH (33±11 ventricular ectopic beats/min versus 4±6 ventricular ectopic beats/min; P=0.009). Global dispersion of repolarization and cardiac alternans were similar between groups. During LAD reperfusion, TH doubled the incidence of cardiac alternans compared with CT, with a marked increase in VF/VT (100% in TH versus 17% in CT; P=0.004). Ectopy and global dispersion of repolarization were similar between groups during LAD reperfusion. TH alters arrhythmia substrates in a porcine translational model of resuscitation from ischemic cardiac arrest during the complex phases of resuscitation. TH worsens cardiac alternans, which was associated with an increase in spontaneous VT/VF during reperfusion. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  14. Propofol and arrhythmias: two sides of the coin

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    Liu, Qiang; Kong, Ai-ling; Chen, Rong; Qian, Cheng; Liu, Shao-wen; Sun, Bao-gui; Wang, Le-xin; Song, Long-sheng; Hong, Jiang

    2011-01-01

    The hypnotic agent propofol is effective for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia. However, recent studies have shown that propofol administration is related to arrhythmias. Propofol displays both pro- and anti-arrhythmic effects in a concentration-dependent manner. Data indicate that propofol can convert supraventricular tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia and may inhibit the conduction system of the heart. The mechanism of the cardiac effects remains poorly defined and may involve ion channels, the autonomic nervous system and cardiac gap junctions. Specifically, sodium, calcium and potassium currents in cardiac cells are suppressed by clinically relevant concentrations of propofol. Propofol shortens the action potential duration (APD) but lessens the ischemia-induced decrease in the APD. Furthermore, propofol suppresses both sympathetic and parasympathetic tone and preserves gap junctions during ischemia. All of these effects cumulatively contribute to the antiarrhythmic and proarrhythmic properties of propofol. PMID:21642950

  15. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia

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    Basso Cristina

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D is a heart muscle disease clinically characterized by life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Its prevalence has been estimated to vary from 1:2,500 to 1:5,000. ARVC/D is a major cause of sudden death in the young and athletes. The pathology consists of a genetically determined dystrophy of the right ventricular myocardium with fibro-fatty replacement to such an extent that it leads to right ventricular aneurysms. The clinical picture may include: a subclinical phase without symptoms and with ventricular fibrillation being the first presentation; an electrical disorder with palpitations and syncope, due to tachyarrhythmias of right ventricular origin; right ventricular or biventricular pump failure, so severe as to require transplantation. The causative genes encode proteins of mechanical cell junctions (plakoglobin, plakophilin, desmoglein, desmocollin, desmoplakin and account for intercalated disk remodeling. Familiar occurrence with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance and variable penetrance has been proven. Recessive variants associated with palmoplantar keratoderma and woolly hair have been also reported. Clinical diagnosis may be achieved by demonstrating functional and structural alterations of the right ventricle, depolarization and repolarization abnormalities, arrhythmias with the left bundle branch block morphology and fibro-fatty replacement through endomyocardial biopsy. Two dimensional echo, angiography and magnetic resonance are the imaging tools for visualizing structural-functional abnormalities. Electroanatomic mapping is able to detect areas of low voltage corresponding to myocardial atrophy with fibro-fatty replacement. The main differential diagnoses are idiopathic right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia, myocarditis, dialted cardiomyopathy and sarcoidosis. Only palliative therapy is available and consists of antiarrhythmic drugs

  16. [MRI diagnosis of right ventricular dysplasia].

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    Sommer, T; Lewalter, T; Bierhoff, E; Pakos, E; von Smekal, A; Pauleit, D; Hofer, U; Lüderitz, B; Schild, H

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    Right ventricular dysplasia (RVD) represents an important cause of sudden death and ventricular arrhythmias in young patients. The aim of this study was to describe diagnostic diagnostic criteria and the MR-tomographie aspects of the disease. 34 patients with clinically suspected RVD were examined by 0.5-T MRI (cardiac-gated T1-weighted spin echo sequences and cine gradient echo sequences). RVD was confirmed in 16 patients and ruled out in 18 patients. MR images were evaluated for presence of: 1. right myocardial fatty infiltration, 2. dilatation of the right ventricle, 3. dilatation of the right ventricular outflow tract, and 4. localised right ventricular aneurysm. Right myocardial fatty infiltration was detected by MRI in 11 of 16 patients (69%) with RVD. Dilatation of the right ventricle was seen in 5 patients, dilatation of the right outflow tract in one patient, and localised right ventricular aneurysm in two patients with RVD. MRI is able to demonstrate fatty replacement of right ventricular myocardium in most cases and plays an important role in the diagnosis of RVD.

  17. Intraoperative arrhythmias and tissue damage during transmyocardial laser revascularization.

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    Kadipaşaoglu, K A; Sartori, M; Masai, T; Cihan, H B; Clubb, F J; Conger, J L; Frazier, O H

    1999-02-01

    Transmyocardial laser revascularization creates transmural channels to improve myocardial perfusion. Different laser sources and ablation modalities have been proposed for transmyocardial laser revascularization. We investigated the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias and laser-tissue interactions during transmyocardial laser revascularization of normal porcine myocardium with three different lasers. We used a continuous-wave, chopped CO2 laser (20 J/pulse, 15 ms/pulse) synchronized with the R wave; a holmium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Ho:YAG) laser (2 J/pulse, 250 micros/pulse, 5 Hz); and a xenon-chloride (excimer, Xe:Cl) laser (35 mJ/pulse, 20 ns/pulse, 30 Hz). Each laser was used 30 times as the sole modality in four consecutive pigs, yielding 120 channels. The average number of pulses needed to create a channel was 1, 11 +/- 4, and 37 +/- 8 for the CO2, Ho:YAG, and Xe:Cl lasers, respectively. All Ho:YAG and Xe:Cl channels had premature ventricular contractions. Ventricular tachycardia occurred in 70% of the Xe:Cl and 60% of the Ho:YAG channels. Only 36% of the CO2 channels had premature ventricular contractions, and only 3% of the CO2 channels had ventricular tachycardia (p CO2 channels were straight and well demarcated. The zone of structural and thermal damage extended over half the channel's diameter, measuring 0.52 +/- 0.25 mm. During transmyocardial laser revascularization, the CO2 laser synchronized with the R wave is significantly less arrhythmogenic than the Ho:YAG and Xe:Cl lasers not synchronized with the R wave. In addition, the interaction of the CO2 laser with porcine cardiac tissue is significantly less traumatic than that of the Ho:YAG and the Xe:Cl lasers.

  18. Evaluation and Management of Maternal Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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    Metz, Torri D; Khanna, Amber

    2016-12-01

    Pregnant women often complain of palpitations. The differential diagnosis for new-onset palpitations in pregnancy ranges from benign conditions to life-threatening arrhythmias. Maternal arrhythmias can occur in isolation or in the setting of underlying structural heart disease. Optimal management of maternal cardiac arrhythmias includes identification of the specific arrhythmia, diagnosis of comorbid conditions, and appropriate intervention. In general, management of maternal cardiac arrhythmias is similar to that of the general population. Special consideration must be given as to the effects of medications and procedures on both the mother and fetus to optimize outcomes. The importance of multidisciplinary care with cardiology, obstetrics, and anesthesia is emphasized. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Malignant ventricular tachycardia in acromegaly: a case report

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    Zhe An

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: In patients with acromegaly, cardiovascular complications are the main cause of death; sudden death has been associated with ventricular tachyarrhythmias. In other patients with life-threatening malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias, surgical placement of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD has proved highly effective in reducing sudden death rates. CASE REPORT: The present article reports the case of a 50-year-old male acromegalic patient who presented symptoms of syncope induced by ventricular tachycardia. An ICD was surgically implanted and a pituitary adenoma, which was responsible for the acromegaly, was completely removed in the same procedure. The surgery was successful and the ventricular arrhythmias were effectively terminated. During six months of follow-up, no documented arrhythmic episodes occurred. CONCLUSION: In patients with acromegaly, malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmia might be effectively controlled by implantation of an ICD and surgical removal of the pituitary adenoma.

  20. Arctigenin, a Potential Anti-Arrhythmic Agent, Inhibits Aconitine-Induced Arrhythmia by Regulating Multi-Ion Channels

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    Zhenying Zhao

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Arctigenin possesses biological activities, but its underlying mechanisms at the cellular and ion channel levels are not completely understood. Therefore, the present study was designed to identify the anti-arrhythmia effect of arctigenin in vivo, as well as its cellular targets and mechanisms. Methods: A rat arrhythmia model was established via continuous aconitine infusion, and the onset times of ventricular premature contraction, ventricular tachycardia and death were recorded. The Action Potential Duration (APD, sodium current (INa, L-type calcium current (ICa, L and transient outward potassium current (Ito were measured and analysed using a patch-clamp recording technique in normal rat cardiomyocytes and myocytes of arrhythmia aconitine-induced by. Results: Arctigenin significantly delayed the arrhythmia onset in the aconitine-induced rat model. The 50% and 90% repolarisations (APD50 and APD90 were shortened by 100 µM arctigenin; the arctigenin dose also inhibited the prolongation of APD50 and APD90 caused by 1 µM aconitine. Arctigenin inhibited INa and ICa,L and attenuated the aconitine-increased INa and ICa,L by accelerating the activation process and delaying the inactivation process. Arctigenin enhanced Ito by facilitating the activation process and delaying the inactivation process, and recoverd the decreased Ito induced by aconitine. Conclusions: Arctigenin has displayed anti-arrhythmia effects, both in vivo and in vitro. In the context of electrophysiology, INa, ICa, L, and Ito may be multiple targets of arctigenin, leading to its antiarrhythmic effect.

  1. Left ventricular noncompaction.

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    Ichida, Fukiko

    2009-01-01

    Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is a recently defined cardiomyopathy characterized by a pattern of prominent trabecular meshwork and deep intertrabecular recesses, and is thought to be caused by arrest of normal endomyocardial morphogenesis. Although LVNC has been classified as a primary cardiomyopathy of genetic origin, its definition and diagnostic criteria are still being debated. Isolated LVNC was thought to be rare; however, heightened awareness has resulted in an increased detection of the morphological features of LVNC in routine clinical practice, especially in the adult population. Clinical manifestations are highly variable, ranging from no symptoms to disabling congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and systemic thromboemboli. LVNC, like other forms of inherited cardiomyopathy, is genetically heterogeneous and can be inherited as an autosomal-dominant or X-linked recessive disorder. It has been linked to mutations in several genes, including LIM domain binding protein 3 (ZASP), alpha-dystrobrevin (DTNA), tafazzin (TAZ/G4.5) and those encoding sarcomeric proteins. However, the relatively small contribution of known mutations to the disease, compared with the higher proportion of familial cases suggests that other elusive genes remain to be identified.

  2. Vigorous physical activity impairs myocardial function in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and in mutation positive family members

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    Saberniak, Jørg; Hasselberg, Nina E; Borgquist, Rasmus

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Exercise increases risk of ventricular arrhythmia in subjects with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). We aimed to investigate the impact of exercise on myocardial function in ARVC subjects. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 110 subjects (age 42 ± 17 years), 65 ARVC...

  3. Feminizing Adrenal Carcinoma Presenting with Heart Failure and Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Anjana Harnoor

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of feminizing adrenal carcinoma with severe elevation in serum estradiol and otherwise unexplained congestive heart failure with ventricular arrhythmia and review the literature on feminizing adrenal tumors and the potential relationship between estrogen and cardiac problems. A 54-year-old man presented with congestive heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia. Imaging revealed a large adrenal mass. Hormonal evaluation revealed a very high serum level of estradiol, elevated DHEA-sulfate and androstenedione, and lack of cortisol suppression on a low-dose overnight dexamethasone suppression test. The patient underwent a left adrenalectomy with subsequent normalization of serum estradiol. Surgical pathology examination established adrenocortical carcinoma MacFarlane stage II. Upon 15-month followup, the patient continued to have a normal serum estradiol level, his cardiac function was significantly improved, and he had no further episodes of ventricular arrhythmia. To the best of our knowledge, the serum estradiol level that was detected in our case is the highest that has been reported. Further, we hypothesize that the very high serum concentration of estradiol in our case may have played a role in his cardiac presentation with congestive heart failure and arrhythmia, particularly as these problems resolved with normalization of his serum estradiol level.

  4. Conduction velocity depression and drug-induced ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Effects of lidocaine in the intact canine heart.

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    Anderson, K P; Walker, R; Lux, R L; Ershler, P R; Menlove, R; Williams, M R; Krall, R; Moddrelle, D

    1990-03-01

    Depression of myocardial conduction velocity can be an important mechanism of action of antiarrhythmic drugs but it can also facilitate arrhythmogenesis. We used lidocaine in an anesthetized canine preparation to address the hypothesis that drug-induced rate-dependent conduction velocity depression causes ventricular tachyarrhythmias. A closely spaced square array of 64 electrodes was used to determine conduction velocity longitudinal and transverse to epicardial ventricular fiber direction. Lidocaine caused rate-dependent decreases in conduction velocity that were proportionately greater in the longitudinal direction at the shortest pacing cycle lengths. Conduction velocity depression developed rapidly in the presence of lidocaine with a new steady state present by the second beat of the rapid train. Recovery from rate-dependent depression of conduction velocity was exponential with a time constant of 122 +/- 20 msec (mean +/- SD) in the longitudinal direction and 114 +/- 30 msec in the transverse direction; this difference was not significant. The relation between conduction velocity depression and ventricular arrhythmias was assessed by pacing for 3 minutes at cycle lengths of 1,000, 500, 300, and 250 msec, and for 1 minute at a cycle length of 200 msec. Arrhythmias did not occur in the baseline period in the dogs that received lidocaine, nor in 12 control dogs that were subjected to the same stimulation protocol except that saline was administered in place of lidocaine. Sustained polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) occurred in six of 16 dogs given lidocaine. VT occurred in the presence of relatively high plasma lidocaine concentrations (8.4 +/- 2.3 micrograms/ml) and only at pacing cycle lengths of 300 msec or shorter. The dogs that developed VT demonstrated greater rate-dependent depression of conduction velocity than the other dogs, and activation patterns obtained just before the onset of VT showed marked conduction disturbances. Furthermore, QRS

  5. The role of acute hyperinsulinemia in the development of cardiac arrhythmias.

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    Drimba, László; Döbrönte, Róbert; Hegedüs, Csaba; Sári, Réka; Di, Yin; Németh, Joseph; Szilvássy, Zoltán; Peitl, Barna

    2013-05-01

    Patients with perturbed metabolic control are more prone to develop cardiac rhythm disturbances. The main purpose of the present preclinical study was to investigate the possible role of euglycemic hyperinsulinemia in development of cardiac arrhythmias. Euglycemic hyperinsulinemia was induced in conscious rabbits equipped with a right ventricular pacemaker electrode catheter by hyperinsulinemic euglycemic glucose clamp (HEGC) applying two different rates of insulin infusion (5 and 10 mIU/kg/min) and variable rate of glucose infusion to maintain euglycemia (5.5 ± 0.5 mmol/l). The effect of hyperinsulinemia on cardiac electrophysiological parameters was continuously monitored by means of 12-lead surface ECG recording. Arrhythmia incidence was determined by means of programmed electrical stimulation (PES). The possible role of adrenergic activation was investigated by determination of plasma catecholamine levels and intravenous administration of a beta adrenergic blocking agent, metoprolol. All of the measurements were performed during the steady-state period of HEGC and subsequent to metoprolol administration. Both 5 and 10 mIU/kg/min insulin infusion prolonged significantly QTend, QTc, and Tpeak-Tend intervals. The incidence of ventricular arrhythmias generated by PES was increased significantly by euglycemic hyperinsulinemia and exhibited linear relationship to plasma levels of insulin. No alteration on plasma catecholamine levels could be observed; however, metoprolol treatment restored the prolonged QTend, QTc, and Tpeak-Tend intervals and significantly reduced the hyperinsulinemia-induced increase of arrhythmia incidence. Euglycemic hyperinsulinemia can exert proarrhythmic effect presumably due to the enhancement of transmural dispersion of repolarization. Metoprolol treatment may be of benefit in hyperinsulinemia associated with increased incidence of cardiac arrhythmias.

  6. Use of Intravenous Amiodarone in the Treatment of Nifekalant-Resistant Arrhythmia: A Review of 11 Consecutive Cases with Severe Heart Failure

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    Tohru Ujihira

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Both nifekalant hydrochloride (NIF, a selective IKr blocker, and intravenous amiodarone (AMD, a multi-channel (including IKr blocking blocker, have been reported to be efficacious for refractory arrhythmias. However, the optimal use of those antiarrhythmic drugs for refractory arrhythmia with severe heart failure has not been established. Intravenous AMD might be effective for arrhythmias refractory to NIF in patients with severe heart failure. Here, we report that intravenous amiodarone was effective in the treatment of nifekalant-resistant in a group of arrhythmia patients with severe heart failure. Methods: Eleven severe heart failure patients who had received intravenous AMD for treatment of NIF-resistant arrhythmias were included in this study, and retrospective analysis was performed. Clinical efficacy (terminative and preventive effects on arrhythmia of intravenous AMD was evaluated. Results: All cases were emergent cases and had depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (30 ± 13%. Clinical arrhythmias were ventricular fibrillation (VF in four patients, ventricular tachycardia (VT in six patients, and atrial fibrillation (AF in one patient. NIF was administered to all patients by intravenous injection. After administration of NIF, VT/VF/AF was terminated in seven of the 10 patients, but a preventive effect was not obtained in any of the patients (NIF-resistance. Intravenous AMD (maintenance dose: 484 ± 166 mg/day was effective both in termination (80% and in prevention (80% of VT/VF events in those patients. It was also effective in termination (80% and prevention (60% of AF events refractory to NIF. During continuous AMD administration, no significant adverse effects or proarrhythmic effects were observed in any of the patients. Five patients died within one month, but there was no arrhythmic deaths. Conclusions: Intravenous AMD was effective in NIF-resistant lethal arrhythmias and was relatively safe in emergent cases

  7. Follow-Up of Electrocardiographic Findings and Arrhythmias in Patients With Anomalously Arising Left Coronary Artery from the Pulmonary Trunk.

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    Moore, Judson A; Cabrera, Antonio G; Kim, Jeffrey J; Valdés, Santiago O; de la Uz, Caridad; Miyake, Christina Y

    2016-11-15

    Follow-up data and correlation of arrhythmias, electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, and cardiac function in anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery have not been previously studied. This is a retrospective single-center review of 44 anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery patients diagnosed between 1992 and 2014, at a median age of 3 months (3 days to 13 years). Clinical history, ECG, Holter, and echocardiogram data were reviewed. ECGs were reviewed for contiguous Q-or T-wave inversions, hypertrophy, bundle branch block, and axis deviation. High-grade ventricular ectopy, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and ventricular tachycardia (VT) were recorded. Patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction before surgery. Normalization of function occurred in 94% (median 1 year, 5 days to 4 years). Electrocardiographic changes persisted in 94% at the time of LV function recovery. In conclusion, electrocardiographic changes and arrhythmias may persist despite recovery of ventricular function. Therefore, prolonged myocardial remodeling may continue even after resolution of LV dysfunction during which time arrhythmias may occur. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. A quantitative comparison of the behavior of human ventricular cardiac electrophysiology models in tissue.

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    Mohamed M Elshrif

    Full Text Available Numerical integration of mathematical models of heart cell electrophysiology provides an important computational tool for studying cardiac arrhythmias, but the abundance of available models complicates selecting an appropriate model. We study the behavior of two recently published models of human ventricular action potentials, the Grandi-Pasqualini-Bers (GPB and the O'Hara-Virág-Varró-Rudy (OVVR models, and compare the results with four previously published models and with available experimental and clinical data. We find the shapes and durations of action potentials and calcium transients differ between the GPB and OVVR models, as do the magnitudes and rate-dependent properties of transmembrane currents and the calcium transient. Differences also occur in the steady-state and S1-S2 action potential duration and conduction velocity restitution curves, including a maximum conduction velocity for the OVVR model roughly half that of the GPB model and well below clinical values. Between single cells and tissue, both models exhibit differences in properties, including maximum upstroke velocity, action potential amplitude, and minimum diastolic interval. Compared to experimental data, action potential durations for the GPB and OVVR models agree fairly well (although OVVR epicardial action potentials are shorter, but maximum slopes of steady-state restitution curves are smaller. Although studies show alternans in normal hearts, it occurs only in the OVVR model, and only for a narrow range of cycle lengths. We find initiated spiral waves do not progress to sustained breakup for either model. The dominant spiral wave period of the GPB model falls within clinically relevant values for ventricular tachycardia (VT, but for the OVVR model, the dominant period is longer than periods associated with VT. Our results should facilitate choosing a model to match properties of interest in human cardiac tissue and to replicate arrhythmia behavior more closely

  9. Role of signal-averaged electrocardiography and ventricular late potentials in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Buzea, C A; Dan, G A; Dan, Anca Rodica; Delcea, Caterina; Balea, M I; Gologanu, Daniela Stefana; Dobranici, Mihaela; Popescu, Raluca Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias. Ventricular late potentials (VLP) on signal-averaged electrocardiography (SAECG) are associated with an increased risk for malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Our aim is to investigate the modifications of SAECG parameters and the presence of VLP as possible indicators of proarrhythmic substrate in patients with COPD. We prospectively enrolled 41 consecutive patients in the COPD group and 63 patients without any history of pulmonary disease, matched for age and hypertension history, in the control group. Pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gases, echocardiography, 24-hour Holter monitoring and SAECG were performed. We measured total filtered QRS duration (QRSf), duration of high frequency, low-amplitude signals electrocardiography and ventricular late potentials analysis have little value in risk stratification for ventricular arrhythmias.

  10. Inhibition of methyldigoxin-induced arrhythmias by pentadecapeptide BPC 157: a relation with NO-system.

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    Balenovic, Dijana; Bencic, Martina Lovric; Udovicic, Mario; Simonji, Karol; Hanzevacki, Jadranka Separovic; Barisic, Ivan; Kranjcevic, Stjepan; Prkacin, Ingrid; Coric, Vedran; Brcic, Luka; Coric, Marijana; Brcic, Iva; Borovic, Suzana; Radic, Bozo; Drmic, Domagoj; Vrcic, Hrvoje; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag

    2009-08-07

    Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 (GEPPPGKPADDAGLV, MW 1419) reversed congestive heart failure and various arrhythmias, influenced the NO-system and showed no proarrhythmic effect. In therapy analogy, we challenged rats with digitalis, to show attenuation by BPC 157 and the relation between the NO-system and digitalis toxicity. (i). BPC 157 prophylactic effect. Development of cumulative intravenous digitalis toxicity, BPC 157 (50 microg, 10 microg, 10 ng/kg applied intravenously immediately before a methyldigoxin increment regimen (2.0/1.5/1.5/1.0 mg/kg at 15 min-intervals, total dose 6.0 mg/kg/45 min)) reduced the number of ventricular premature beats, prolonged the time before onset of ventricular tachycardia, reduced ventricular tachycardia and AV-block duration (microg-regimes) or reduced mainly the AV-block duration (ng-regimen). (ii). BPC 157 therapy. Advanced methyldigoxin toxicity (6.0 mg/kg i.v. bolus). BPC 157 applied at the 20th second of the grade 3 AV-block shortened AV-blocks, mitigated a further digitalis toxicity course. Ventricular tachycardias were either avoided (50 microg), or markedly reduced (10 microg, 10 ng). Fatal outcome was either avoided (50 microg), reduced (10 microg), or only delayed (10 ng) (iii) BPC 157, L-NAME, l-arginine, L-NAME+l-arginine application. L-NAME-application (5 mg/kg i.p.) aggravated methyldigoxin-arrhythmias. l-arginine (200 mg/kg i.p.) alone had no effect but blunted L-NAME-exaggeration (L-NAME+l-arginine). In this respect, BPC 157 (50 microg/kg i.p.) was prophylactically and therapeutically more effective: the antagonism of L-NAME with BPC 157 produced an effect similar to BPC 157 alone. In conclusion, digitalis-induced arrhythmias in rats could be prevented and counteracted by pentadecapeptide BPC 157, mainly through an interaction with the NO-system.

  11. Concept of the five ′A′s for treating emergency arrhythmias

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    Trappe Hans-Joachim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac rhythm disturbances such as bradycardia (heart rate < 50/min and tachycardia (heart rate > 100/min require rapid therapeutic intervention. The supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs are sinus tachycardia, atrial tachycardia, AV-nodal reentrant tachycardia, and tachycardia due to accessory pathways. All SVTs are characterized by a ventricular heart rate > 100/min and small QRS complexes (QRS width < 0.12 ms during the tachycardia. It is essential to evaluate the arrhythmia history, to perform a good physical examination, and to accurately analyze the 12-lead electrocardiogram. A precise diagnosis of the SVT is then possible in more than 90% of patients. In ventricular tachycardia (VT there are broad QRS complexes (QRS width > 0.12 s. Ventricular flutter and ventricular fibrillation are associated with chaotic electrophysiologic findings. For acute therapy, we will present the new concept of the five ′A′s, which refers to adenosine, adrenaline, ajmaline, amiodarone, and atropine. Additionally, there are the ′B,′ ′C,′ and ′D′ strategies, which refer to beta-blockers, cardioversion, and defibrillation, respectively. The five ′A′ concept allows a safe and effective antiarrhythmic treatment of all bradycardias, tachycardias, SVTs, VT, ventricular flutter, and ventricular fibrillation, as well as of asystole.

  12. Fluoroless Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias: A 5-Year Experience.

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    Razminia, Mansour; Willoughby, Michael Cameron; Demo, Hany; Keshmiri, Hesam; Wang, Theodore; D'Silva, Oliver J; Zheutlin, Terry A; Jibawi, Hakeem; Okhumale, Paul; Kehoe, Richard F

    2017-04-01

    Catheter ablations have been traditionally performed with the use of fluoroscopic guidance, which exposes the patient and staff to the inherent risks of radiation. We have developed techniques to eliminate the use of fluoroscopy during cardiac ablations and have been performing completely fluoroless catheter ablations on our patients for over 5 years. We present a retrospective analysis of the safety, efficacy, and feasibility data from 500 consecutive patients who underwent nonfluoroscopic catheter ablation, targeting a total of 639 arrhythmias, including atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT), atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), atrial tachycardia (AT), atrial fibrillation (AF), premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), and ventricular tachycardia (VT). We perform fluoroless ablations using intracardiac electrograms, electroanatomic mapping, and for most cases intracardiac echocardiography. Our experience includes exclusively endocardial cardiac ablations. The mean follow-up was 20.5 months. Recurrence rate for AVRT was 6.5%, for AVNRT 2.5%, for macro-reentrant AT 6.4%, for focal AT 5.4%, for AF 22.6%, for PVC 6.7%, and for VT 21.4%. Major complications occurred in five patients (1.0%); minor complications occurred in three patients (0.6%). No deaths occurred. Fluoroscopy was used in one instance, for 0.3 minutes, to confirm venous access. Completely fluoroless catheter ablations may be routinely performed for all endocardial ablations without compromising safety, efficacy, or procedural duration. © 2017 The Authors. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Altered ventricular stretch contributes to initiation of cardiac memory.

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    Sosunov, Eugene A; Anyukhovsky, Evgeny P; Rosen, Michael R

    2008-01-01

    Cardiac memory is a change in T-wave morphology induced by ventricular pacing or arrhythmias that persist after resumption of normal AV conduction. Changing the pacemaker site from atrium to ventricle alters ventricular activation and the mechanical pattern of ventricular contraction. Either or both alterations affect T-wave configuration. The purpose of this study was to study the role of altered contractile patterns on initiation of cardiac memory. Isolated rabbit hearts were immersed in Tyrode's solution (37 degrees C) and aortically perfused at a constant pressure of 70 mmHg. Three orthogonal quasi-ECG leads were recorded via six Ag-AgCl electrodes located on the walls of the bath. Hearts were paced at a constant cycle length from either the right atrial appendage or left ventricle lateral wall. The pulmonary artery was sealed, and both ventricles contracted isovolumetrically. Cardiac memory was quantified as T-wave vector displacement expressed as distance between T-wave vector peaks during atrial pacing before and after ventricular pacing. Five minutes of ventricular pacing induced significant T-wave vector displacement that returned to control in 5 to 10 minutes. No significant changes in intraventricular pressure occurred during and after ventricular pacing. Interventions that decreased ventricular load (shunting both ventricles to the bath) or contractility (excitation-contraction uncoupler blebbistatin) significantly decreased developed pressure and eliminated T-wave vector displacement. Neither intervention affected ventricular activation during ventricular pacing. Locally applied left ventricular epicardial stretch induced T-wave vector displacement similar to that induced by ventricular pacing. Altered ventricular activation during ventricular pacing initiates cardiac memory via induction of altered contractile patterns and altered stretch.

  14. Microwave Treatment for Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Hernandez-Moya, Sonia

    2009-01-01

    NASA seeks to transfer the NASA developed microwave ablation technology, designed for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia (irregular heart beat), to industry. After a heart attack, many cells surrounding the resulting scar continue to live but are abnormal electrically; they may conduct impulses unusually slowly or fire when they would typically be silent. These diseased areas might disturb smooth signaling by forming a reentrant circuit in the muscle. The objective of microwave ablation is to heat and kill these diseased cells to restore appropriate electrical activity in the heart. This technology is a method and apparatus that provides for propagating microwave energy into heart tissues to produce a desired temperature profile therein at tissue depths sufficient for thermally ablating arrhythmogenic cardiac tissue while preventing excessive heating of surrounding tissues, organs, and blood. A wide bandwidth double-disk antenna is effective for this purpose over a bandwidth of about six gigahertz. A computer simulation provides initial screening capabilities for an antenna such as antenna, frequency, power level, and power application duration. The simulation also allows optimization of techniques for specific patients or conditions. In comparison with other methods that involve direct-current pulses or radio frequencies below 1 GHz, this method may prove more effective in treating ventricular tachycardia. This is because the present method provides for greater control of the location, cross-sectional area, and depth of a lesion via selection of the location and design of the antenna and the choice of microwave power and frequency.

  15. Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia in a 3-year-old with occult myocarditis.

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    Bryant, Randall M; Redfearn, Sharon P; Marangi, Don; Davenport, Joseph P; Kuntz, Sean T; Schowengerdt, Kenneth O

    2002-10-01

    Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a rare clinical entity in children. Occult myocarditis has not been previously implicated as an etiologic agent. A 3-year-old female presents with a presumed breath-holding spell and is found to have ventricular fibrillation requiring DC cardioversion. An invasive electrophysiological study was performed demonstrating the absence of inducible ventricular arrhythmias. Low dose epinephrine confirmed the presence CPVT. Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsies sent for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis demonstrated the presence of adenoviral DNA. The authors hypothesize that occult myocarditis may be the inciting agent for CPVT in children.

  16. Successful catheter ablation of premature ventricular contractions originating from the tricuspid annulus using a Halo-type catheter.

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    Yamada, Takumi; Allison, Jeffery Scott; McElderry, Hugh Thomas; Doppalapudi, Harish; Epstein, Andrew E; Plumb, Vance J; Kay, George Neal

    2008-10-01

    A 31-year-old woman with idiopathic premature ventricular contractions originating from the tricuspid annulus (TA) underwent electrophysiological testing. Activation mapping with a 20-pole bipolar Halo-type catheter positioned along the TA revealed the earliest ventricular activation at a site between 7 and 8 o'clock along the TA. A reversal in the polarity of the local ventricular electrograms was observed between the two neighbouring electrode pairs of the TA catheter. Successful catheter ablation was achieved at the ventricular site between those electrode pairs. A Halo-type catheter may be effective for mapping and catheter ablation of ventricular arrhythmias originating from the TA.

  17. Lifelong arrhythmic risk stratification in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: distribution of events and impact of periodical reassessment.

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    Cappelletto, Chiara; Stolfo, Davide; De Luca, Antonio; Pinamonti, Bruno; Barbati, Giulia; Pivetta, Alberto; Gobbo, Marco; Brun, Francesca; Merlo, Marco; Sinagra, Gianfranco

    2017-06-13

    The arrhythmic risk stratification of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) remains controversial. We evaluated the long-term distribution of life-threatening arrhythmic events assessing the impact of periodical risk reassessment. Ninety-eight ARVC patients with no previous major ventricular arrhythmias were retrospectively analysed. Patients were assessed at baseline, at 22 [inter-quartile range (IQR) 16-26], 49 (IQR 41-55) and 97 months (IQR 90-108). The primary endpoint was a composite of sudden cardiac death, ventricular fibrillation, sustained ventricular tachycardia or appropriate implanted cardioverter-defibrillator intervention. During a median follow-up of 91 months (IQR 34-222) 28 patients (29%) experienced the composite endpoint. The median time for the primary event was 35 months (IQR 18-86 months), and 39% of events occurred beyond 49 months of follow-up. History of syncope (HR 4.034; 95% CI, 1.488 to 10.932; P-value = 0.006), non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT; HR 3.534; 95% CI 1.265-9.877; P-value = 0.016), premature ventricular contractions (PVC) >1000/24h (HR 2.761; 95% CI 1.120-6.807; P-value = 0.027), and right ventricular fractional area change (RVFAC; HR 0.945; 95% CI 0.906-0.985; P-value = 0.008) were found as independent predictors at baseline multivariate analysis. Nevertheless, when the prognostic impact of each variable was reassessed overtime only NSVT (HR 3.282; 95% CI, 1.122 to 9.598, P-value = 0.023) and RVFAC (HR 0.351, 95% CI, 0.157 to 0.780; P-value = 0.010) remained independent predictors throughout the whole follow-up. In our cohort of ARVC patients only NSVT and RVFAC maintained their independent prognostic impact in predicting arrhythmic events during the long-term follow-up. Periodical re-assessment of risk in these patients is strongly recommended.

  18. Arrhythmias in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: What Are Risk Factors for Specific Arrhythmias?

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    Loomba, Rohit S; Buelow, Matthew W; Aggarwal, Saurabh; Arora, Rohit R; Kovach, Joshua; Ginde, Salil

    2017-04-01

    An increasing number of patients with congenital heart disease are now surviving into adulthood. This has also led to the emergence of complications from the underlying congenital heart disease, related surgical interventions, and associated combordities. While the prevalence of particular arrhythmias with specific congenital heart disease has been previously described, a detailed analysis of all lesions and a large number of comorbidities has not been previously published. Admissions with congenital heart disease were identified in the National Inpatient Sample. Associated comorbidities were also identified for these patients. Univariate analysis was done to compare those risk factors associated with specific arrhythmias in the setting of congenital heart disease. Next, regression analysis was done to identify what patient characteristics and comorbidities were associated with increased risk of specific arrhythmias. A total of 52,725,227 admissions were included in the analysis. Of these, 109,168 (0.21%) had congenital heart disease. Of those with congenital heart disease, 27,088 (25%) had an arrhythmia at some point. The most common arrhythmia in those with congenital heart disease was atrial fibrillation, which was noted in 86% of those with arrhythmia followed by atrial flutter which was noted in 20% of those with congenital heart disease. The largest burden of arrhythmia was found to be in those with tricuspid atresia with a 51% prevalence of arrhythmia in this group followed by Ebstein anomaly which had an arrhythmia prevalence of 39%. Increasing age, male gender, double outlet right ventricle, atrioventricular septal defect, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, transposition of the great arteries, congenitally corrected transposition, and tetralogy of Fallot were frequently noted to be independent risk factors of specific arrhythmias. Approximately, 25% of adult admissions with congenital heart disease are associated with arrhythmia. The burden of

  19. Emergency diagnosis and management of pediatric arrhythmias

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    Hanash Carla

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available True emergencies due to unstable arrhythmias in children are rare, as most rhythm disturbances in this age group are well-tolerated. However, presentation to an emergency department with symptoms of palpitations, fatigue and/or syncope is much more common. Sinus tachycardia is by far the most commonly reported arrhythmia, followed by supraventricular tachycardia. Emergency physicians should be prepared for diagnosis and to acutely manage various types of arrhythmias seen in children, to assess the need for further diagnostic testing, and to determine whether cardiology evaluation and follow-up are needed. This article is intended to provide diagnostic and management guidelines of the most common types of arrhythmias seen in children with structurally normal hearts as well as those associated with congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies.

  20. Ventricular tachycardia in a Brugada syndrome patient caused by a novel deletion in SCN5A

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    Tfelt-Hansen, J; Jespersen, T; Hofman-Bang, J

    2009-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to identify the molecular mechanism behind ventricular tachycardia in a patient with Brugada syndrome. Arrhythmias in patients with Brugada syndrome often occur during sleep. However, a 28-year-old man with no previously documented arrhythmia or syncope who...... experienced shortness of breath and chest pain during agitation is described. An electrocardiogram revealed monomorphic ventricular tachycardia; after he was converted to nodal rhythm, he spontaneously went into sinus rhythm, and showed classic Brugada changes with coved ST elevation in leads V(1) to V(2...

  1. Ventricular Effective Refraction Period and Ventricular Repolarization Analysis in Experimental Tachycardiomyopathy in Swine.

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    Noszczyk-Nowak, Agnieszka; Pasławska, Urszula; Gajek, Jacek; Janiszewski, Adrian; Pasławski, Robert; Zyśko, Dorota; Nicpoń, Józef

    2016-01-01

    Swine are recognized animal models of human cardiovascular diseases. However, little is known on the CHF-associated changes in the electrophysiological ventricular parameters of humans and animals. The aim of this study was to analyze changes in the durations of ventricular effective refraction period (VERP), QT and QTc intervals of pigs with chronic tachycardia-induced tachycardiomyopathy (TIC). The study was comprised of 28 adult pigs (8 females and 20 males) of the Polish Large White breed. A one-chamber pacemaker was implanted in each of the 28 pigs. Electrocardiographic, echocardiographic and electrophysiological studies were carried out prior to the pacemaker implantation and at subsequent 4-week intervals. All electrocardiographic, echocardiographic and short electrophysiological study measurements in all swine were done under general anesthesia (propofol) after premedication with midazolam, medetomidine, and ketamine. No significant changes in the duration of QT interval and corrected QT interval (QTc) were observed during consecutive weeks of the experiment. The duration of the QTc interval of female pigs was shown to be significantly longer than that of the males throughout the whole study period. Beginning from the 12th week of rapid ventricular pacing, a significant increase in duration of VERP was observed in both male and female pigs. Males and females did not differ significantly in terms of VERP duration determined throughout the whole study period. Ventricular pacing, stimulation with 2 and 3 premature impulses at progressively shorter coupling intervals and an imposed rhythm of 130 bpm or 150 bpm induced transient ventricular tachycardia in one female pig and four male pigs. One episode of permanent ventricular tachycardia was observed. The number of induced arrhythmias increased proportionally to the severity of heart failure and duration of the experiment. However, relatively aggressive protocols of stimulation were required in order to induce

  2. [Aneurysm of the membranous ventricular septum with ventricular septal defect, mitral and tricuspid insufficiency].

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    Tanaka, K; Yasunaga, H; Egashira, A; Kumate, M; Kawara, T; Kosuga, K

    1998-10-01

    A seventy-year-old man was admitted at our hospital because of dyspnea. Echocardiogram and left ventriculogram showed an aneurysm formation of the membranous ventricular septum and small left-to-right shunt through ventricular septum defect and also severe mitral and tricuspid insufficiency. Operation was performed after medical therapy for congestive heart failure. During operation, mitral leaflets showed no organic lesions nor prolapse, but the annulus was dilated. The cause of mitral insufficiency, we thought, might be congenital, and the annulus dilatation was caused of mitral insufficiency, we thought, might be congenital, and the annulus dilatation was caused to produce tricuspid insufficiency secondary. The ventricular septal communication became small (diameter; 5 mm) and was associated with aneurysm formation of the remaining portion of the membranous septum. And the aneurysm, protruding to the septal leaflet of tricuspid valves, enhanced tricuspid insufficiency. It was reported by many authors that the aneurysm formation was related to spontaneous closure of ventricular septal defect. Patients with small ventricular septal defect, without any symptoms, must be followed intensively, or they might get cardiac complications, such as arrhythmia, right ventricular outflow obstruction, tricuspid insufficiency, and so on.

  3. What are we missing? Arrhythmia detection in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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    Rosman, Eliyahu C; Blaufox, Andrew D; Menco, Amanda; Trope, Randi; Seiden, Howard S

    2013-08-01

    To test the hypothesis that instituting a process of routine daily review of rhythm alarms in non-cardiac patients in the pediatric intensive care unit would yield clinically important disturbances that would otherwise go undetected. A prospective observational study was performed over a consecutive 28-day period. Total bedside monitor alarms, rhythm alarms, and heart rate (HR) trends were recorded. Rhythm alarm recordings were reviewed independently by two study team members. Medical records for patients with critical arrhythmias were reviewed to evaluate for prior knowledge of the event and to correlate with clinical data. We evaluated 86 patients (343 patient-days). There were 54,656 total monitor alarms (159.3 alarms/patient-day), of which 19,970 (37%) were rhythm alarms, including 4032 (20%) critical arrhythmias. Fifty-six percent of the critical alarms were artifactual. Seventeen of the 1786 ventricular tachycardia alarms represented true episodes that occurred in 5 patients. Two patients' care were altered as a result of detection of the arrhythmia in the review process. Eight hundred sixty-five (98%) of the 883 true critical alarms reviewed were for extreme HR. Eighty-three percent (5172) of the 6239 true non-critical alarms reviewed were HR alarms. Daily review of rhythm alarms improves detection of clinically relevant arrhythmias in non-cardiac pediatric intensive care unit patients. Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Immediate postoperative digitalization in the prophylaxis of supraventricular arrhythmias following coronary artery bypass.

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    Csicsko, J F; Schatzlein, M H; King, R D

    1981-03-01

    Regimens of acute preoperative digitalization have been evaluated previously in the prophylaxis of supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) following coronary artery bypass operations, with equivocal results. This study assesses the effectiveness of immediate postoperative digitalization on the incidence of arrhythmias in 407 consecutive patients recovering from myocardial revascularization. In 137 patients treated by our regimen, which begins digitalization within 4 hours postoperatively, the incidence of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias was 2%, while the corresponding figure for 270 untreated patients was 15%. Digitalization reduced the incidence of supraventricular arrhythmias significantly (p less than 0.01), whereas death, ventricular ectopy, and infarction rates were similar in the two groups. The few patients who did have supraventricular arrhythmias while receiving prophylactic digoxin were no more easily treated than patients in the undigitalized group. The timing of administration of digoxin for SVT prophylaxis may be more important than previously recognized. Immediately postoperative digitalization, theoretically preferable to preoperative regimens, is a safe, effective way to reduce the incidence of supraventricular arrhythmias following myocardial revascularization.

  5. Particulate air pollution induces arrhythmia via oxidative stress and calcium calmodulin kinase II activation

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    Kim, Jin-Bae [The Division of Cardiology, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, 1 Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Changsoo [The Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Eunmi [Cardiovascular Research Institute and Severance Biomedical Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sanghoon; Park, Hyelim; Pak, Hui-Nam; Lee, Moon-Hyoung [The Division of Cardiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Chun [The Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Ki-Chul [Cardiovascular Research Institute and Severance Biomedical Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); The Division of Cardiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Joung, Boyoung, E-mail: cby6908@yuhs.ac [The Division of Cardiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Seungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-02-15

    Ambient particulate matter (PM) can increase the incidence of arrhythmia. However, the arrhythmogenic mechanism of PM is poorly understood. This study investigated the arrhythmogenic mechanism of PM. In Sprague–Dawley rats, QT interval was increased from 115.0 ± 14.0 to 142.1 ± 18.4 ms (p = 0.02) after endotracheal exposure of DEP (200 μg/ml for 30 min, n = 5). Ventricular premature contractions were more frequently observed after DEP exposure (100%) than baseline (20%, p = 0.04). These effects were prevented by pretreatment of N-acetylcysteine (NAC, 5 mmol/L, n = 3). In 12 Langendorff-perfused rat hearts, DEP infusion of 12.5 μg/ml for 20 min prolonged action potential duration (APD) at only left ventricular base increasing apicobasal repolarization gradients. Spontaneous early afterdepolarization (EAD) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) were observed in 8 (67%) and 6 (50%) hearts, respectively, versus no spontaneous triggered activity or VT in any hearts before DEP infusion. DEP-induced APD prolongation, EAD and VT were successfully prevented with NAC (5 mmol/L, n = 5), nifedipine (10 μmol/L, n = 5), and active Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) blockade, KN 93 (1 μmol/L, n = 5), but not by thapsigargin (200 nmol/L) plus ryanodine (10 μmol/L, n = 5) and inactive CaMKII blockade, KN 92 (1 μmol/L, n = 5). In neonatal rat cardiomyocytes, DEP provoked ROS generation in dose dependant manner. DEP (12.5 μg/ml) induced apoptosis, and this effect was prevented by NAC and KN 93. Thus, this study shows that in vivo and vitro exposure of PM induced APD prolongation, EAD and ventricular arrhythmia. These effects might be caused by oxidative stress and CaMKII activation. -- Highlights: ► The ambient PM consistently prolonged repolarization. ► The ambient PM induced triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmia. ► These effects were prevented by antioxidants, I{sub CaL} blockade and CaMKII blockade. ► The ambient PM can induce

  6. Transient T wave Changes Concerning Arrhythmia

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    Hirofumi Tasaki, MD PhD

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available T-wave changes are thought to be associated with the repolarization phase of myocardial action potential. Although it has been known that persistent T-wave change is associated with the heart disease or the prognosis, the sensitivity and the specificity are not necessarily satisfactory for clinical therapeutic strategy. Recent basic studies have shown that, in some kinds of pathological states, transient repolarization changes of myocardial action potential were associated with life-threatening arrhythmia. Also clinical studies are being conducted to elucidate the clinical implication of transient T-wave changes on electrocardiography (ECG in such an arrhythmia. Transient repolarization or T-wave change is thought to occur because of environmental or neurohumoral factors, circadian variation, stretching of myocardium or other triggers in daily life, resulting in fatal arrhythmia. Such fatal arrhythmias are thought to occur under restricted conditions even in the patients with serious heart disease. It is important to clarify and utilize the transient T-wave change directly associated with the fatal arrhythmia on a clinical basis. In this article, we first assess the mechanisms of transient repolarization or T-wave changes on ECG concerning fatal arrhythmia, and afterwards refer to possible attempts at clinical evaluation and application.

  7. Pseudo ventricular tachycardia: a case report.

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    Riaz, A

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Dramatic artifacts of pseudo flutter have been reported in the past secondary to various factors including tremor (Handwerker and Raptopoulos in N Engl J Med 356:503, 2007) and dialysis machines (Kostis et al. in J Electrocardiol 40(4):316-318, 2007). METHODS: We present this unusual case where the artifact, produced by tremor, was so pronounced to be misdiagnosed and treated as ventricular tachycardia. CONCLUSION: This case highlights the importance of correlating ECG findings with history and clinical examination and of using 12 lead ECGs for rhythm interpretation especially to confirm consistence of arrhythmias in all leads.

  8. Numerous Brugada syndrome-associated genetic variants have no effect on J-point elevation, syncope susceptibility, malignant cardiac arrhythmia, and all-cause mortality

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    Ghouse, Jonas; Have, Christian T; Skov, Morten W

    2017-01-01

    PURPOSE: We investigated whether Brugada syndrome (BrS)-associated variants identified in the general population have an effect on J-point elevation as well as whether carriers of BrS variants were more prone to experience syncope and malignant ventricular arrhythmia and had increased mortality c...

  9. Distinct Cellular Basis for Early Cardiac Arrhythmias, the Cardinal Manifestation of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy, and the Skin Phenotype of Cardiocutaneous Syndromes.

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    Karmouch, Jennifer; Zhou, Qiong Q; Miyake, Christina Y; Lombardi, Raffaella; Kretzschmar, Kai; Bannier-Hélaouët, Marie; Clevers, Hans; Wehrens, Xander H T; Willerson, James T; Marian, Ali J

    2017-12-08

    Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is caused primarily by mutations in genes encoding desmosome proteins. Ventricular arrhythmias are the cardinal and typically early manifestations, whereas myocardial fibroadiposis is the pathological hallmark. Homozygous DSP (desmoplakin) and JUP (junction protein plakoglobin) mutations are responsible for a subset of patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy who exhibit cardiac arrhythmias and dysfunction, palmoplanter keratosis, and hair abnormalities (cardiocutaneous syndromes). To determine phenotypic consequences of deletion of Dsp in a subset of cells common to the heart and skin. Expression of CSPG4 (chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4) was detected in epidermal keratinocytes and the cardiac conduction system. CSPG4pos cells constituted ≈5.6±3.3% of the nonmyocyte cells in the mouse heart. Inducible postnatal deletion of Dsp under the transcriptional control of the Cspg4 locus led to ventricular arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, atrioventricular conduction defects, and death by 4 months of age. Cardiac arrhythmias occurred early and in the absence of cardiac dysfunction and excess cardiac fibroadipocytes, as in human arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. The mice exhibited palmoplantar keratosis and progressive alopecia, leading to alopecia totalis, associated with accelerated proliferation and impaired terminal differentiation of keratinocytes. The phenotype is similar to human cardiocutaneous syndromes caused by homozygous mutations in DSP. Deletion of Dsp under the transcriptional regulation of the CSPG4 locus led to lethal cardiac arrhythmias in the absence of cardiac dysfunction or fibroadiposis, palmoplantar keratosis, and alopecia, resembling the human cardiocutaneous syndromes. The findings offer a cellular basis for early cardiac arrhythmias in patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and cardiocutaneous syndromes. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  10. Autoantibodies with beta-adrenergic activity from chronic chagasic patients induce cardiac arrhythmias and early afterdepolarization in a drug-induced LQT2 rabbit hearts.

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    Jiménez, Marco Antonio Vidal; Nascimento, José H M; Monnerat, Gustavo; Maciel, Leonardo; Paiva, Claudia N; Pedrosa, Roberto Coury; Campos de Carvalho, Antonio C; Medei, Emiliano

    2017-08-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias are one of the main causes of death in ChCP and other dilated cardiomyopathies. Previous studies demonstrated that ventricular arrhythmias are associated with the presence of autoantibodies with beta-adrenergic activity, Ab-β. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Ab-β, present in chronic chagasic patients (ChCP), induce cardiac arrhythmias in the pharmacological type-2 long QT syndrome model (LQTS-2). The LQTS2 was established by perfusion of Tyrode saline solution with a potassium channel blocker E-4031 (5μM) in isolated rabbit hearts or in rabbit cardiac strips, in order to record ECG or action potential, respectively. Autoantibodies from ChCP activating (Ab-β) or not (Ab-NR) cardiac beta 1-adrenergic receptors were used. Ab-β, but not Ab-NR, were able to significantly shorten QT, QTc and increase Tpeak-Tend interval in the LQTS-2. A positive correlation between higher QTc and Tpeak-Tend was found after Ab-β perfusion in the same model. In addition, in the LQTS-2 model, in almost 75% (11/15) of the hearts perfused with Ab-β, ventricular and atrio-ventricular electrical disturbances were observed. Atenolol abolished all Ab-β-induced arrhythmias. Ab-β, when perfused in a cellular LQTS-2, drastically reduced the action potential duration and evoked early afterdepolarization (EAD's), while Ab-NR did not modulate the AP properties in the LQTS-2. The results indicate that Ab-β were able to induce cardiac arrhythmias and EAD's. This phenomenon can explain, at least in part, the cellular mechanism of Ab-β-induced arrhythmias. Furthermore, atenolol is effective for the treatment of Ab-β-induced arrhythmias. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Optimizing catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia therapy in calsequestrin-mutant mice

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    Katz, Guy; Khoury, Assad; Kurtzwald, Efrat; Hochhauser, Edith; Porat, Eyal; Shainberg, Asher; Seidman, Jonathan G.; Seidman, Christine E.; Lorber, Abraham; Eldar, Michael; Arad, Michael

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    BACKGROUND Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a lethal arrhythmia provoked by physical or emotional stress and mediated by spontaneous Ca2+ release and delayed after-depolarizations. Beta-adrenergic blockers are the therapy of choice but fail to control arrhythmia in up to 50% of patients. OBJECTIVE To optimize antiarrhythmic therapy in recessively inherited CPVT caused by calsequestrin (CASQ2) mutations. METHODS Murine heart rhythm telemetry was obtained at rest, during treadmill exercise, and after injection of epinephrine. The protocol was repeated after injection of different antiarrhythmic drugs. Results were then validated in human patients. RESULTS Adult CASQ2 mutant mice had complex ventricular arrhythmia at rest and developed bidirectional and polymorphic ventricular tachycardia on exertion. Class I antiarrhythmic agents (procainamide, lidocaine, flecainide) were ineffective in controlling arrhythmia. Propranolol and sotalol attenuated arrhythmia at rest but failed to prevent VT during sympathetic stimulation. The calcium channel blocker verapamil showed a dose-dependent protection against CPVT. Verapamil was more effective than the dihydropyridine L-type Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine, and its activity was markedly enhanced when combined with propranolol. Human patients homozygous for CASQ2D307H mutation, remaining symptomatic despite chronic β-blocker therapy, underwent exercise testing according to the Bruce protocol with continuous electrocardiogram recording. Verapamil was combined with propranolol at maximum tolerated doses. Adding verapamil attenuated ventricular arrhythmia and prolonged exercise duration in five of 11 patients. CONCLUSION Verapamil is highly effective against catecholamine-induced arrhythmia in mice with CASQ2 mutations and may potentiate the antiarrhythmic activity of β-blockers in humans with CPVT2. PMID:20620233

  12. Cardiomyopathy induced by incessant fascicular ventricular tachycardia.

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    Velázquez-Rodríguez, Enrique; Rodríguez-Piña, Horacio; Pacheco-Bouthillier, Alex; Deras-Mejía, Luz María

    2013-01-01

    A 12-year-old girl with symptoms of fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance and progressive dyspnea (New York Heart Association functional class III) with a possible diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy secondary to viral myocarditis. Because of incessant wide QRS tachycardia refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs, she was referred for electrophysiological study. The diagnosis was idiopathic left ventricular tachycardia involving the posterior fascicle of the left bundle branch. After successful treatment with radiofrequency catheter ablation guided by a Purkinje potential radiological and echocardiographic evaluation showed complete reversal of left ventricular function in the first 3 months and no recurrence of arrhythmia during 2 years of follow up. Copyright © 2012 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  13. Inherited cardiomyopathies mimicking arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

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    Roberts, Jason D; Veinot, John P; Rutberg, Julie; Gollob, Michael H

    2010-01-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) represents an inherited cardiomyopathy that manifests clinically with malignant ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and less commonly heart failure. The condition is characterized by replacement of the myocardium, primarily of the right ventricle, with fibrofatty tissue. Extensive fibrofatty replacement of the myocardium has been previously thought to be pathognomonic of ARVC; however, this report details two other forms of inherited cardiomyopathy, namely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and the PRKAG2 cardiac syndrome, that were found to have significant fibrofatty myocardial replacement at pathologic examination. This report represents the first documentation of inherited cardiomyopathies mimicking ARVC and highlights the concept that other cardiac conditions can be associated with fibrofatty replacement of the myocardium. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Effect of sodium nitrite on ischaemia and reperfusion-induced arrhythmias in anaesthetized dogs: is protein S-nitrosylation involved?

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    Mária Kovács

    Full Text Available To provide evidence for the protective role of inorganic nitrite against acute ischaemia and reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias in a large animal model.Dogs, anaesthetized with chloralose and urethane, were administered intravenously with sodium nitrite (0.2 µmol kg(-1 min(-1 in two protocols. In protocol 1 nitrite was infused 10 min prior to and during a 25 min occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD coronary artery (NaNO2-PO; n = 14, whereas in protocol 2 the infusion was started 10 min prior to reperfusion of the occluded vessel (NaNO2-PR; n = 12. Control dogs (n = 15 were infused with saline and subjected to the same period of ischaemia and reperfusion. Severities of ischaemia and ventricular arrhythmias, as well as changes in plasma nitrate/nitrite (NOx levels in the coronary sinus blood, were assessed throughout the experiment. Myocardial superoxide and nitrotyrosine (NT levels were determined during reperfusion. Changes in protein S-nitrosylation (SNO and S-glutathionylation were also examined.Compared with controls, sodium nitrite administered either pre-occlusion or pre-reperfusion markedly suppressed the number and severity of ventricular arrhythmias during occlusion and increased survival (0% vs. 50 and 92% upon reperfusion. There were also significant decreases in superoxide and NT levels in the nitrite treated dogs. Compared with controls, increased SNO was found only in NaNO2-PR dogs, whereas S-glutathionylation occurred primarily in NaNO2-PO dogs.Intravenous infusion of nitrite profoundly reduced the severity of ventricular arrhythmias resulting from acute ischaemia and reperfusion in anaesthetized dogs. This effect, among several others, may result from an NO-mediated reduction in oxidative stress, perhaps through protein SNO and/or S-glutathionylation.

  15. Combined phosphodiesterase inhibition and beta-blockade in the GI104313, decreases ischemia-induced arrhythmias in the rat.

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    Carceles, M D; Aleixandre, F; Fuente, T; López-Vidal, J; Laorden, M L

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    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of GI104313, a chimeric molecule containing a phosphodiesterase inhibiting pyradazinone and a blocking phenoxpropanolamine, on ischemia-induced arrhythmias in anesthetized rats. The coronary artery was occluded 15 min after commencing drug administration and myocardial ischemia was maintained for 30 min during which the heart rate and mean blood pressure were recorded. Cyclic AMP and GMP were determined by radio-immunoassay. GI104313 (0.1 micromol x kg(-1) plus 0.01 micromol x kg(-1) x min(-1) or 1 micromol x kg(-1) plus 0.1 micromol x kg(-1) x min(-1)) decreased the incidence of ventricular tachycardia (86% and 75%), ventricular fibrillation (28%, P <0.01 and 12%, P <0.001) and premature ventricular beats (164 +/- 27.0 and 114 +/- 28.5, P <0.05) following coronary artery ligation, resulting in a decrease in mortality (29% and 12%, P <0.05). Changes in cyclic nucleotide concentrations have been implicated in the genesis of ischemia-induced arrhythmias. However, in the present study GI104313 did not change the concentrations of adenosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate (cyclic AMP) (1.0 +/- 0.07 pmol x mg(-1), 1.0 +/- 0.05 pmol x mg(-1)) or guanosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate (cyclic GMP) (0.025 +/- 0.008 pmol x mg(-1) protein, 0.017 +/- 0.004 pmol x mg(-1) protein) in the left ventricle during ischemia-induced arrhythmias in anesthetized rats compared to saline (0.9 +/- 0.1 pmol x mg(-1) and 0.013 +/- 0.002 pmol x m(-1), respectively). Our results demonstrate that, in rats, GI104313 induced a decrease in both incidence of arrhythmias and mortality which was not associated with changes in ventricular cyclic nucleotide content.

  16. Drug-induced fatal arrhythmias: Acquired long QT and Brugada syndromes.

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    Turker, Isik; Ai, Tomohiko; Itoh, Hideki; Horie, Minoru

    2017-08-01

    Since the early 1990s, the concept of primary "inherited" arrhythmia syndromes or ion channelopathies has evolved rapidly as a result of revolutionary progresses made in molecular genetics. Alterations in genes coding for membrane proteins such as ion channels or their associated proteins responsible for the generation of cardiac action potentials (AP) have been shown to cause specific malfunctions which eventually lead to cardiac arrhythmias. These arrhythmic disorders include congenital long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, short QT syndrome, progressive cardiac conduction disease, etc. Among these, long QT and Brugada syndromes are the most extensively studied, and drugs cause a phenocopy of these two diseases. To date, more than 10 different genes have been reported to be responsible for each syndrome. More recently, it was recognized that long QT syndrome can be latent, even in the presence of an unequivocally pathogenic mutation (silent mutation carrier). Co-existence of other pathological conditions in these silent mutation carriers may trigger a malignant form of ventricular arrhythmia, the so called torsade de pointes (TdP) that is most commonly brought about by drugs. In analogy to the drug-induced long QT syndrome, Brugada type 1 ECG can also be induced or unmasked by a wide variety of drugs and pathological conditions; so physicians may encounter patients with a latent form of Brugada syndrome. Of particular note, Brugada syndrome is frequently associated with atrial fibrillation whose therapeutic agents such as Vaughan Williams class IC drugs can unmask the dormant and asymptomatic Brugada syndrome. This review describes two types of drug-induced arrhythmias: the long QT and Brugada syndromes. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  17. Recommendations regarding dietary intake and caffeine and alcohol consumption in patients with cardiac arrhythmias: what do you tell your patients to do or not to do?

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    Glatter, Kathryn A; Myers, Richard; Chiamvimonvat, Nipavan

    2012-10-01

    The etiology of arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation is multifactorial. Most arrhythmias are associated with comorbid illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disease, or advanced age. Although it is tempting to blame a stimulant like caffeine as a trigger for arrhythmias, the literature does not support this idea. There is no real benefit to having patients with arrhythmias limit their caffeine intake. Caffeine is a vasoactive substance that also may promote the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine. However, acute ingestion of caffeine (as coffee or tea) does not cause atrial fibrillation. Even patients suffering a myocardial infarction do not have an increased incidence of ventricular or other arrhythmias after ingesting several cups of coffee. Large epidemiologic studies have also failed to find a connection between the amount of coffee/caffeine used and the development of arrhythmias. As such, it does not make sense to suggest that patients with palpitations, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, or supraventricular tachycardia, abstain from caffeine use. Energy drinks are a new phenomenon on the beverage market, with 30-50 % of young adults and teens using them regularly. Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals that can stimulate the cardiac system. There is an increasing body of mainly anecdotal case reports describing arrhythmias or even sudden death triggered by exercise plus using energy drinks. Clearly, there must be more study in this area, but it is wise to either limit or avoid their use in patients with arrhythmias. Moderate to heavy alcohol use seems to be associated with the development of atrial fibrillation. The term "holiday heart" was coined back in 1978, to describe patients who had atrial fibrillation following binge alcohol use. Thus, it is reasonable to recommend to patients with arrhythmias that they limit their alcohol use, although unfortunately this treatment will likely not completely resolve their

  18. Antiarrhythmic and arrhythmogenic action of inosine in experimental ventricular tachyarrhythmias

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    De Micheli, Alfredo; Pastelín,Gustavo; Chávez Domínguez,Rafael; Iturralde Torres,Pedro; Medrano,Gustavo A.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To study the possible action of inosine on experimental ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Material and methods: We used 92 mongrel dogs weighing 13 kg-17 kg, anesthetized with 30 mg/kg sodium pentobarbital applied intravenously. Myocardial lesions were induced by injecting 1ml-1.5 ml of 70% phenol in the free wall of the left ventricle. In 36 dogs, the ventricular arrhythmia (VT) was induced 30 min later with aconitine crystals inserted into the periphery of the damaged area; in 16, VT...

  19. Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: Clinical Course and Predictors of Arrhythmic Risk.

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    Mazzanti, Andrea; Ng, Kevin; Faragli, Alessandro; Maragna, Riccardo; Chiodaroli, Elena; Orphanou, Nicoletta; Monteforte, Nicola; Memmi, Mirella; Gambelli, Patrick; Novelli, Valeria; Bloise, Raffaella; Catalano, Oronzo; Moro, Guido; Tibollo, Valentina; Morini, Massimo; Bellazzi, Riccardo; Napolitano, Carlo; Bagnardi, Vincenzo; Priori, Silvia G

    2016-12-13

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death, but its progression over time and predictors of arrhythmias are still being defined. This study sought to describe the clinical course of ARVC and occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmic events (LAE) and cardiovascular mortality; identify risk factors associated with increased LAE risk; and define the response to therapy. We determined the clinical course of 301 consecutive patients with ARVC using the Kaplan-Meier method adjusted to avoid the bias of delayed entry. Predictors of LAE over 5.8 years of follow-up were determined with Cox multivariable analysis. Treatment efficacy was assessed comparing LAE rates during matched time intervals. A first LAE occurred in 1.5 per 100 person-years between birth and age 20 years, in 4.0 per 100 person-years between ages 21 and 40 years, and in 2.4 per 100 person-years between ages 41 and 60 years. Cumulative probability of a first LAE at follow-up was 14% at 5 years, 23% at 10 years, and 30% at 15 years. Higher risk of LAE was predicted by atrial fibrillation (hazard ratio [HR]: 4.38; p = 0.002), syncope (HR: 3.36; p amiodarone, beta-blockers, sotalol, or ablation. A total of 81 patients received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, 34 were successfully defibrillated. The high risk of life-threatening arrhythmias in patients with ARVC spans from adolescence to advanced age, reaching its peak between ages 21 and 40 years. Atrial fibrillation, syncope, participation in strenuous exercise after the diagnosis of ARVC, hemodynamically tolerated sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia, and male sex predicted lethal arrhythmias at follow-up. The lack of efficacy of antiarrhythmic therapy and the life-saving role of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator highlight the importance of risk stratification for patient management. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc

  20. Pitx2 prevents susceptibility to atrial arrhythmias by inhibiting left-sided pacemaker specification.

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    Wang, Jun; Klysik, Elzbieta; Sood, Subeena; Johnson, Randy L; Wehrens, Xander H T; Martin, James F

    2010-05-25

    Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most prevalent sustained cardiac arrhythmia, often coexists with the related arrhythmia atrial flutter (AFL). Limitations in effectiveness and safety of current therapies make an understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying AF more urgent. Genome-wide association studies implicated a region of human chromosome 4q25 in familial AF and AFL, approximately 150 kb distal to the Pitx2 homeobox gene, a developmental left-right asymmetry (LRA) gene. To investigate the significance of the 4q25 variants, we used mouse models to investigate Pitx2 in atrial arrhythmogenesis directly. When challenged by programmed stimulation, Pitx2(null+/-) adult mice had atrial arrhythmias, including AFL and atrial tachycardia, indicating that Pitx2 haploinsufficiency predisposes to atrial arrhythmias. Microarray and in situ studies indicated that Pitx2 suppresses sinoatrial node (SAN)-specific gene expression, including Shox2, in the left atrium of embryos and young adults. In vivo ChIP and transfection experiments indicated that Pitx2 directly bound Shox2 in vivo, supporting the notion that Pitx2 directly inhibits the SAN-specific genetic program in left atrium. Our findings implicate Pitx2 and Pitx2-mediated LRA-signaling pathways in prevention of atrial arrhythmias.

  1. The role of Interleukin-6, its -174 G>C polymorphism and C-reactive protein in idiopathic cardiac arrhythmias in children.

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    Szydlowski, L; Skierska, A; Markiewicz-Loskot, G; Mazurek, B; Morka, A; Undas, A

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose: Knowledge about the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of arrhythmias in children is limited. Several studies have suggested a relationship between plasma IL-6 levels and/or the -174G>C IL-6 gene polymorphism and atrial fibrillation in adults. Our present study was performed to investigate whether serum IL-6, -174G>C IL-6 polymorphism and C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with arrhythmias of unknown origin in children. The study included 126 children diagnosed with supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmia. Patients with congenital heart defects as well as arrhythmias of known origin were excluded from the study. The control group comprised 37 healthy children. The 24 hour Holter electrocardiography monitoring was performed. Serum IL-6, -174 GC IL-6 polymorphism and CRP concentrations were measured on admission. There were no differences in IL-6, CRP and -174 G>C IL-6 genotype distribution between the control and patient groups. No significant differences in IL-6, CRP and -174 G>C IL-6 genotypes were observed between children with supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmias. The severity of arrhythmias showed also no associations with IL-6, CRP or -174 G>C IL-6 genotypes. The results suggest that idiopathic cardiac arrhythmias of unknown origin in children are not associated with selected pro-inflammatory markers of infections i.e. elevated IL-6, CRP or -174 G>C IL-6 polymorphism. This new information can effectively reduce the total financial cost of unnecessary diagnosis and treatment of children affected by cardiac arrhythmias.

  2. Prevalence of and risk factors for perioperative arrhythmias in neonates and children after cardiopulmonary bypass: continuous holter monitoring before and for three days after surgery

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    Vazquez-Jimenez Jaime F

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A comprehensive evaluation of postoperative arrhythmias following surgery for congenital heart disease by continuous Holter monitoring has not been carried out. We aimed, firstly, to establish the time course of pre- and early postoperative arrhythmias by beat-to-beat analysis following cardiopulmonary bypass and, secondly, to examine which surgical procedures present risk factors for specific arrhythmias. Methods 494 consecutive patients, including 96 neonates, were studied with serial 24-hour Holter electrocardiograms before as well as uninterruptedly during the first 72 hours after surgery and prior to discharge. Results Within 24 hours of surgery 59% of the neonates and 79% of the older children developed arrhythmias. Junctional ectopic tachycardia occurred in 9% of neonates and 5% of non-neonates and ventricular tachycardia in 3% and 15%, respectively. For neonates, male sex and longer cross-clamping time independently increased the risk for arrhythmias (odds ratios 2.83 and 1.96/minute, respectively. Ventricular septal defect repair was a strong risk factor for junctional ectopic tachycardia in neonates and in older children (odds ratios 18.8 and 3.69, respectively. For infants and children, older age (odds ratio 1.01/month and closure of atrial septal defects (odds ratio 2.68 predisposed to arrhythmias of any type. Conclusions We present the largest cohort of neonates, infants and children that has been prospectively studied for the occurrence of arrhythmias after cardiac surgery. Postoperative arrhythmias are a frequent and transient phenomenon after cardiopulmonary bypass, provoked both by mechanical irritation of the conduction system and by humoral factors.

  3. Usefulness of ventricular endocardial electric reconstruction from body surface potential maps to noninvasively localize ventricular ectopic activity in patients

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    Lai, Dakun; Sun, Jian; Li, Yigang; He, Bin

    2013-06-01

    As radio frequency (RF) catheter ablation becomes increasingly prevalent in the management of ventricular arrhythmia in patients, an accurate and rapid determination of the arrhythmogenic site is of important clinical interest. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the inversely reconstructed ventricular endocardial current density distribution from body surface potential maps (BSPMs) can localize the regions critical for maintenance of a ventricular ectopic activity. Patients with isolated and monomorphic premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) were investigated by noninvasive BSPMs and subsequent invasive catheter mapping and ablation. Equivalent current density (CD) reconstruction (CDR) during symptomatic PVCs was obtained on the endocardial ventricular surface in six patients (four men, two women, years 23-77), and the origin of the spontaneous ectopic activity was localized at the location of the maximum CD value. Compared with the last (successful) ablation site (LAS), the mean and standard deviation of localization error of the CDR approach were 13.8 and 1.3 mm, respectively. In comparison, the distance between the LASs and the estimated locations of an equivalent single moving dipole in the heart was 25.5 ± 5.5 mm. The obtained CD distribution of activated sources extending from the catheter ablation site also showed a high consistency with the invasively recorded electroanatomical maps. The noninvasively reconstructed endocardial CD distribution is suitable to predict a region of interest containing or close to arrhythmia source, which may have the potential to guide RF catheter ablation.

  4. Obstructive sleep apnea and cardiac arrhythmias

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    Hersi, Ahmad Salah

    2010-01-01

    Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), which includes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as its most extreme variant, is characterized by intermittent episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway, leading to cessation of breathing while asleep. Cardiac arrhythmias are common problems in OSA patients, although the true prevalence and clinical relevance of cardiac arrhythmias remains to be determined. The presence and complexity of tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias may influence morbidity, mortality and quality of life for patients with OSA. Although the exact mechanisms underlying the link between OSA and cardiac arrhythmias are not well established, they could be some of the same proposed mechanisms relating OSA to different cardiovascular diseases, such as repetitive pharyngeal collapse during sleep, which leads to markedly reduced or absent airflow, followed by oxyhemoglobin desaturation, persistent inspiratory efforts against an occluded airway and termination by arousal from sleep. These mechanisms elicit a variety of autonomic, hemodynamic, humoral and neuroendocrine responses that evoke acute and chronic changes in cardiovascular function. However, despite substantial research effort, the goals of determining in advance which patients will respond most favorably to certain treatment options (such as continuous positive airway pressure, tracheostomy or cardioversion) and the developing alternative treatments remain largely elusive. Therefore, this literature review aims to summarize a broad array of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the relationship between OSA and cardiac arrhythmias and the extent of this association from an epidemiological perspective, thereby attempting to assess the effects of OSA treatment on the presence of cardiac arrhythmias. PMID:20351955

  5. Prediction of the estimated 5-year risk of sudden cardiac death and syncope or non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using late gadolinium enhancement and extracellular volume CMR.

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    Avanesov, Maxim; Münch, Julia; Weinrich, Julius; Well, Lennart; Säring, Dennis; Stehning, Christian; Tahir, Enver; Bohnen, Sebastian; Radunski, Ulf K; Muellerleile, Kai; Adam, Gerhard; Patten, Monica; Lund, Gunnar

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    To evaluate the ability of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and mapping cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) including native T1 and global extracellular volume (ECV) to identify hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) and to predict syncope or non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT). A 1.5-T CMR was performed in 73 HCM patients and 16 controls. LGE size was quantified using the 3SD, 5SD and full width at half maximum (FWHM) method. T1 and ECV maps were generated by a 3(3)5 modified Look-Locker inversion recovery sequence. Receiver-operating curve analysis evaluated the best parameter to identify patients with increased SCD risk ≥4% and patients with syncope or non-sustained VT. Global ECV was the best predictor of SCD risk with an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.83. LGE size was significantly inferior to global ECV with an AUC of 0.68, 0.70 and 0.70 (all P ECV significantly improved the diagnostic accuracy to identify HCM patients with syncope or non-sustained VT. Combined use of the SCD risk score and global ECV has the potential to improve HCM patient selection, benefiting most implantable cardioverter defibrillators. • Global ECV identified the best HCM patients with increased SCD risk. • Global ECV performed equally well compared to a SCD risk score. • Combined use of the SCD risk score and global ECV improved test accuracy. • Combined use potentially improves selection of HCM patients for ICD implantation.

  6. Late presentation of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: a case report

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    Papaioannou Georgios I

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease affecting predominantly young people and manifests as sustained ventricular tachycardia with left bundle branch block morphology, sudden death or isolated right or biventricular heart failure. However, its first manifestation as sustained ventricular tachycardia in older patients without preceding symptoms of heart failure is infrequent. To our knowledge, our patient is among the oldest reported in the literature presenting with ventricular tachycardia because of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy without preceding symptoms of heart failure. Case presentation We present an unusual case of a very late presentation of a right ventricular cardiomyopathy in a 72-year-old white Caucasian man. The patient was admitted with symptoms of weakness, dizziness and chest discomfort for several hours. His electrocardiogram showed a wide-complex tachycardia with left bundle branch block morphology and left axis deviation. Because of continuing hemodynamic instability, the patient was cardioverted to sinus rhythm with a single 300 J shock. His post-cardioversion electrocardiogram, cardiac echocardiogram, coronary angiogram, magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiological study confirmed the diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. The patient was treated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator and discharged on sotalol. Conclusion This case report demonstrates that arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy may have a very late presentation and this diagnosis should be considered as a potential cause of sustained ventricular tachycardia of right ventricular origin among the elderly and should be treated accordingly.

  7. Effects of local radiofrequency denervation on ventricular electrophysiological properties in normal and acute myocardial ischemia heart.

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    Huang, Y; Wang, D-N; Liu, P; Song, Y; Cui, H-M; Zhang, J-Y; Blackwell, J; Liao, D-N

    2016-06-01

    To observe the effects of local radiofrequency denervation on ventricular effective refractory periods, electrical alternans and ventricular arrhythmia susceptibility post myocardial infarction. Thirty-four mongrel dogs were randomly divided into the normal heart group (n = 16, 8 in sham and 8 in local sympathetic denervation - LSD) and the acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) group (n = 18, 9 in control and 9 in LSD). The left cardiac sympathetic nerve was denervated with irrigated catheter radiofrequency ablation. Left ventricular effective refractory periods (ERP), monophasic action potential duration at 90% (APD90) and APD alternans were measured at baseline and 2 hours after LSD in the normal heart group. AMI was induced by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery 2