Botox Injections to the Heart May Tamp Down Postop AF Botox Injections to the Heart May Tamp Down Postop AF

Epicardial injections of the neurotoxin appeared safe and reduced early postoperative atrial fibrillation by 11% compared with saline injections.Medscape Medical News
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Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in the general population. In western countries with aging populations, atrial fibrillation poses a significant health concern, as it is associated with a high risk of thromboembolism, stroke, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarction. Thrombi are generated in the left atrial appendage, and subsequent embolism into the cerebral circulation is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Therefore, patients have a lifetime risk of stroke, and those at high risk, defined as a CHA2DS2-VASc2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age>75 years, diabetes mel...
Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 3 June 2020Source: Artificial Intelligence in MedicineAuthor(s): Xiaodan Wu, Yumeng Zheng, Chao-Hsien Chu, Zhen He
Source: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - Category: Bioinformatics Source Type: research
Authors: Aizenshtein A, Kachel E, Liza GR, Hijazi B, Blum A Abstract OBJECTIVE: White blood cells (WBCs) play a major role in inflammation, with effects on the vascular wall, the microvascular blood flow, and endothelial cells and endothelial function. Previous studies have shown that a high WBC count may increase the risk of cardiovascular complication rate and mortality after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between preoperative WBC count and the post-CABG clinical outcome. METHODS: A retrospective study that was based on 239 patients who underw...
Source: Southern Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: South Med J Source Type: research
In a recent [1] retrospective analysis in 325 non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients treated with novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC), authors suggested a higher risk of thrombosis in obese/overweight vs. other patients, particularly those treated with dabigatran; and a higher risk of bleeding, particularly related to factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban). They proposed that obesity moderated the NOAC effects, differently for different NOACs. However a) the study did not test for moderation [(warfarin vs.
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
ConclusionThoracoscopic epicardial closure of the LAA with the AtriClip PRO2 device is a potentially safe and efficient treatment for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF contraindicated for anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLES Source Type: research
AbstractBackgroundTime ‐to‐isolation (TTI) guided second‐generation cryoballoon (CB2) ablation has been shown to be effective for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI).ObjectiveTo compare the safety and clinical outcome of CB2 PVI using the TTI guided 4min. vs. 3min. freeze protocol.MethodsThis was a propensity ‐matched study based on an institutional database. Symptomatic AF patients who underwent CB2 PVI and systematic follow‐up were consecutively included.ResultsA total of 573 patients were identified, of them 214 (107 matched ‐pairs) symptomatic AF (paroxysmal AF: 61%, persistent AF: 39%) patients (age 67.7±...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLES Source Type: research
AbstractAimsWe sought out to make comparisons between all atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation technologies using randomised controlled trial data. Our comparisons were freedom from AF, procedural duration and fluoroscopy duration.MethodsSearches were made of EMBASE, MEDLINE and CENTRAL databases and studies were selected which had Cryoballoon, conventional radiofrequency (RF), multipolar radiofrequency catheters and Laser technology as an arm in the study and were identified as randomised controlled trials (RCT). These studies were analysed for direct comparisons using conventional meta ‐analysis and a combination...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: COMPREHENSIVE REVIEWS Source Type: research
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Conclusions: The decision to use anticoagulants for stroke prevention was based on the type of atrial fibrillation, rather than on the risk of stroke as quantified by CHA2DS2-VASc as per the recommended guidelines.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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