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Asian J. of Endoscopic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.394, h-index: 7)
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Journal Cover Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
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  • Rationale and design of a randomized trial to assess the safety and
           efficacy of MultiPoint Pacing (MPP) in cardiac resynchronization therapy:
           The MPP Trial
    • Authors: Gery Tomassoni; James Baker, Raffaele Corbisiero, Charles Love, David Martin, Robert Sheppard, Seth J. Worley, Kwangdeok Lee, Imran Niazi,
      Abstract: BackgroundAlthough the majority of Class III congestive heart failure (HF) patients treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) show a clinical benefit, up to 40% of patients do not respond to CRT. This paper reports the design of the MultiPoint Pacing (MPP) trial, a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of CRT using MPP compared to standard biventricular (Bi-V) pacing.MethodsA maximum of 506 patients with a standard CRT-D indication will be enrolled at up to 50 US centers. All patients will be implanted with a CRT-D system (Quartet LV lead Model 1458Q with a Quadra CRT-D, Abbott) that can deliver both MPP and Bi-V pacing. Standard Bi-V pacing will be activated at implant. At 3 months postimplant, patients in whom the echocardiographic parameters during MPP are equal or better than during Bi-V pacing are randomized (1:1) to either an MPP or Bi-V arm.ResultsThe primary safety endpoint is freedom from system-related complications at 9 months. Each patient's response to CRT will be evaluated using a heart-failure clinical composite score, consisting of a change in NYHA functional class, patient global assessment score, HF events, and cardiovascular death. The primary efficacy endpoint is the proportion of responders in the MPP arm compared with the Bi-V arm between 3 and 9 months.ConclusionThis trial seeks to evaluate whether MPP via a single quadripolar LV lead improves hemodynamic and clinical responses to CRT, both in clinical responders and nonresponders.
      PubDate: 2017-05-18T05:51:26.981888-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12448
  • Categorization and theoretical comparison of quantitative methods for
           assessing QT/RR hysteresis
    • Authors: Hugo Gravel; Daniel Curnier, Nagib Dahdah, Vincent Jacquemet
      Abstract: BackgroundIn the human electrocardiogram, there is a lag of adaptation of the QT interval to heart rate changes, usually termed QT/RR hysteresis (QT-hys). Subject-specific quantifiers of QT-hys have been proposed as potential biomarkers, but there is no consensus on the choice of the quantifier.MethodsA comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify original articles reporting quantifiers of repolarization hysteresis from the surface ECG in humans.ResultsSixty articles fulfilled our inclusion criteria. Reported biomarkers were grouped under four categories. A simple mathematical model of QT/RR loop was used to illustrate differences between the methods. Category I quantifiers use direct measurement of QT time course of adaptation. They are limited to conditions where RR intervals are under strict control. Category IIa and IIb quantifiers compare QT responses during consecutive heart rate acceleration and deceleration. They are relevant when a QT/RR loop is observed, typically during exercise and recovery, but are not robust to protocol variations. Category III quantifiers evaluate the optimum RR memory in dynamic QT/RR relationship modeling. They estimate an intrinsic memory parameter independent from the nature of RR changes, but their reliability remains to be confirmed when multiple memory parameters are estimated. Promising approaches include the differentiation of short-term and long-term memory and adaptive estimation of memory parameters.ConclusionModel-based approaches to QT-hys assessment appear to be the most versatile, as they allow separate quantification of QT/RR dependency and QT-hys, and can be applied to a wide range of experimental settings.
      PubDate: 2017-05-16T08:00:30.962647-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12463
  • Conventional and right-sided screening for subcutaneous ICD in a
           population with congenital heart disease at high risk of sudden cardiac
    • Authors: Pau Alonso; Joaquín Osca, Joaquín Rueda, Oscar Cano, Pedro Pimenta, Ana Andres, María José Sancho, Luis Martinez
      Abstract: BackgroundInformation regarding suitability for subcutaneous defibrillator (sICD) implantation in tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) and systemic right ventricle is scarce and needs to be further explored. The main objective of our study was to determine the proportion of patients with ToF and systemic right ventricle eligible for sICD with both, standard and right-sided screening methods. Secondary objectives were: (i) to study sICD eligibility specifically in patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death, (ii) to identify independent predictors for sICD eligibility, and (iii) to compare the proportion of eligible patients in a nonselected ICD population.MethodsWe recruited 102 patients with ToF, 33 with systemic right ventricle, and 40 consecutive nonselected patients. Conventional electrocardiographic screening was performed as usual. Right-sided alternative screening was studied by positioning the left-arm and right-arm electrodes 1 cm right lateral of the xiphoid midline. The Boston Scientific ECG screening tool was utilized.ResultsIn high-risk patients with ToF, eligibility was higher with right-sided screening in comparison with standard screening (61% vs. 44%; p = .018). Eligibility in high-risk right ventricle population was identical with both screening methods (77%, p = ns). The only independent predictor for sICD eligibility was QRS duration.ConclusionIn high-risk patients with ToF, right-sided implantation of the sICD could be an alternative to a conventional ICD. In patients with a systemic right ventricle, implantation of a sICD is an alternative to a conventional sICD.
      PubDate: 2017-05-15T23:45:33.288892-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12461
  • Predictors and implications of early left ventricular ejection fraction
           improvement in new-onset idiopathic nonischemic cardiomyopathy with narrow
           QRS complex: A NEOLITH substudy
    • Authors: Norman C. Wang; Evan C. Adelstein, Sandeep K. Jain, Stuart G. Mendenhall, Alaa A. Shalaby, Andrew H. Voigt, Samir Saba
      Abstract: BackgroundPredictors and implications of early left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement with guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) in new-onset idiopathic nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) with narrow QRS complex are not well described. The objectives were to describe predictors of LVEF improvement after 3 months on GDMT and adverse cardiac events based on post-GDMT LVEF status (≤35% vs.>35%).MethodsA retrospective cohort study was performed in subjects with new-onset NICM, LVEF ≤35%, and narrow QRS complex. Associations for baseline variables with post-GDMT LVEF improvement and absolute change in LVEF (∆LVEFGDMT) were assessed. Cox proportional hazards models assessed associations for post-GDMT LVEF status with adverse cardiac events.ResultsIn 70 subjects, 31 (44%) had post-GDMT LVEF ≤35% after a median follow-up time of 97.5 days (interquartile range, 84–121 days). In final multivariable models, severely dilated left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD), compared with normal LVEDD, strongly predicted post-GDMT LVEF ≤35% (odds ratio, 7.77; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.39–43.49; p = .02) and ∆LVEFGDMT (β = −15.709; standard error = 4.622; p = .001). Subjects with post-GDMT LVEF ≤35% were more likely to have adverse cardiac events over a median follow-up time of 970.5 days (unadjusted hazard ratio, 2.15; 95% CI, 0.93–4.96; p = .07). In the post-GDMT LVEF ≤35% group, 9 of 26 subjects (35%) had long-term LVEF > 35%.ConclusionIn new-onset NICM with narrow QRS complex, nondilated LVEDD predicted early LVEF improvement. Those with post-GDMT LVEF ≤35% had higher risk of adverse cardiac events, but a substantial proportion demonstrated continued long-term LVEF improvement.
      PubDate: 2017-05-12T06:06:26.868444-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12466
  • Gender equity imbalance in electrocardiology: A call to action
    • Authors: Erica Clarke Whalen; Grace Xu, Iwona Cygankiewicz, Ljuba Bacharova, Wojciech Zareba, Jonathan S. Steinberg, Larisa G. Tereshchenko, Adrian Baranchuk
      PubDate: 2017-05-12T05:21:03.080881-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12465
  • Beat-to-beat ECG restitution: A review and proposal for a new biomarker to
           assess cardiac stress and ventricular tachyarrhythmia vulnerability
    • Authors: Anthony A. Fossa
      Abstract: BackgroundCardiac restitution is the ability of the heart to recover from one beat to the next. Ventricular arrhythmia vulnerability can occur when the heart does not properly adjust to sudden changes in rate or in hemodynamics leading to excessive temporal and/or spatial heterogeneity in conduction or repolarization. Restitution has historically been used to study, by invasive means, the dynamics of the relationship between action potential duration (APD) and diastolic interval (DI) in sedated subjects using various pacing protocols. Even though the analogous measures of APD and DI can be obtained using the surface ECG to acquire the respective QT and TQ intervals for ECG restitution, this methodology has not been widely adopted for a number of reasons.MethodsRecent development of more advanced software algorithms enables ECG intervals to be measured accurately, on a continuous beat-to-beat basis, in an automated manner, and under highly dynamic conditions (i.e., ambulatory or exercise) providing information beyond that available in the typical resting state.ResultsCurrent breakthroughs in ECG technology will allow ECG restitution measures to become a practical approach for providing quantitative measures of the risks for ventricular arrhythmias as well as cardiac stress in general.ConclusionsIn addition to a review of the underlying principles and caveats of ECG restitution, a new approach toward an advancement of more integrated restitution biomarkers is proposed.
      PubDate: 2017-05-12T05:06:41.879349-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12460
  • Intermittent preexcitation indicates “a low-risk” accessory pathway:
           Time for a paradigm shift'
    • Authors: Marek Jastrzębski; Piotr Kukla, Maciej Pitak, Andrzej Rudziński, Adrian Baranchuk, Danuta Czarnecka
      Abstract: We report three patients with intermittent loss of the preexcitation pattern in the ECG that had undergone an electrophysiological study. Despite apparently poorly conducting accessory pathway (AP), in each case a fast anterograde conduction, either during spontaneous atrial fibrillation or during incremental atrial pacing (on isoproterenol) was documented; shortest preexcited RR intervals of 200–240 ms were observed. We review the literature and conclude that intermittent preexcitation observed on resting 12-lead ECG lacks sufficient specificity for the diagnosis of an AP with long refractory period and cannot be considered a substitute for electrophysiological study in patients with this electrocardiographical phenomenon.
      PubDate: 2017-05-12T04:50:50.734775-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12464
  • 2017 ISHNE-HRS expert consensus statement on ambulatory ECG and external
           cardiac monitoring/telemetry
    • Authors: Jonathan S. Steinberg; Niraj Varma, Iwona Cygankiewicz, Peter Aziz, Paweł Balsam, Adrian Baranchuk, Daniel J. Cantillon, Polychronis Dilaveris, Sergio J. Dubner, Nabil El-Sherif, Jaroslaw Krol, Malgorzata Kurpesa, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Suave S. Lobodzinski, Emanuela T. Locati, Suneet Mittal, Brian Olshansky, Ewa Piotrowicz, Leslie Saxon, Peter H. Stone, Larisa Tereshchenko, Gioia Turitto, Neil J. Wimmer, Richard L. Verrier, Wojciech Zareba, Ryszard Piotrowicz
      Abstract: Ambulatory ECG (AECG) is very commonly employed in a variety of clinical contexts to detect cardiac arrhythmias and/or arrhythmia patterns which are not readily obtained from the standard ECG. Accurate and timely characterization of arrhythmias is crucial to direct therapies that can have an important impact on diagnosis, prognosis or patient symptom status. The rhythm information derived from the large variety of AECG recording systems can often lead to appropriate and patient-specific medical and interventional management. The details in this document provide background and framework from which to apply AECG techniques in clinical practice, as well as clinical research.
      PubDate: 2017-05-08T03:01:39.874342-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12447
  • Issue Information
    • PubDate: 2017-05-08T03:01:38.537192-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12409
  • The exception to Marriot's sign
    • Authors: Vivek Reddy; Shanker Kundumadam, Pradeep Kathi, Kunwardeep Dhillon, Hibah Ismail, Gautam Anem
      Abstract: Differentiation of a wide complex arrhythmia can pose as a clinical challenge in the acute care setting. Two broad differentials exist including ventricular tachycardia versus supraventricular tachycardia with aberrancy, underlying bundle branch block or intrinsic conduction defect. To aid in distinguishing between supraventricular tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia, Brugada criteria is commonly used, albeit new algorithms have become more common. Marriott's sign, a taller peak in the first R wave when compared to R' is considered a specific criterion for distinguishing between these two entities and strongly favors the diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia. In this case we present a wide complex tachycardia, which is an exception to Marriott's sign.
      PubDate: 2017-05-03T05:10:26.972336-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12449
  • Impact of T wave amplitude in lead aVR on predicting cardiac events in
           ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy patients with an implantable
           cardioverter defibrillator
    • Authors: Yoshihiro Tanaka; Tetsuo Konno, Yudai Tamura, Toyonobu Tsuda, Hiroshi Furusho, Masayuki Takamura, Kenji Sakata, Masakazu Yamagishi, Kenshi Hayashi
      Abstract: BackgroundT wave amplitudes during ventricular repolarization in the lead aVR (TAaVR) are shown to be associated with adverse cardiac events in patients with several cardiovascular diseases, such as postmyocardial infarction. However, the utility of TAaVR has not been previously evaluated in patients with cardiomyopathy who have received implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). Patients with ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM or NICM, respectively) and who received an ICD may experience worsening of their condition due to the introduction of electric shock during treatment. This study aimed to investigate the utility of TAaVR in the prediction of cardiac events in ICM or NICM patients with ICD.MethodsNinety-three consecutive ICM or NICM patients with ICD were retrospectively analyzed (median age: 64 years; male: 77.4%; ICD for secondary prevention: 76.3%; NICM: 64.5%). The median follow-up period was 31 months. The primary endpoint was defined as composite cardiac events, including cardiac death, major ventricular arrhythmic events (MVAE), or hospitalization due to heart failure (HHF).ResultsMultivariate Cox regression analysis demonstrated that less negative TAaVR (−0.1 mV ≤ TAaVR
      PubDate: 2017-04-25T06:10:42.104885-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12452
  • Is obesity related to postexercise cardiac autonomic recovery'
    • Authors: Wendell Arthur Lopes; Felipe de Oliveira Matos, Fernanda Errero Porto
      PubDate: 2017-04-25T06:10:36.177459-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12459
  • Impact of atrial fibrillation detected by extended monitoring—A
           population-based cohort study
    • Authors: Mathias C. Busch; Stefan Gross, Dietrich Alte, Jan A. Kors, Henry Völzke, Till Ittermann, André Werner, Anne Krüger, Raila Busch, Marcus Dörr, Stephan B. Felix
      Abstract: BackgroundThe clinical relevance of extended monitoring of AF in the general population is unclear. The study evaluated the detection of AF using transtelephonic electrocardiography and the clinical relevance of additional AF findings, especially with regard to stroke risk and mortality.MethodsThe data of 1678 volunteers participating in the tele-ECG-subproject of the Study of Health in Pomerania was evaluated. Occurrence of AF as revealed by tele-ECG and conventional ECG was evaluated. Associations with mortality, history of stroke, and other clinical parameters were analyzed.ResultsAF was detected in 21 subjects (1.3%) by conventional ECG (ECG-AF) and in 43 (2.6%) by tele-ECG. All individuals with AF revealed by conventional ECG were also diagnosed to have AF by tele-ECG; 22 were diagnosed by tele-ECG only (Tele-AF).During follow-up (median: 6.3 years) 42/1635, 1/22, and 5/21 participants died in the no-AF-, tele-AF-, and ECG-AF groups (p 
      PubDate: 2017-04-25T06:00:54.260803-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12453
  • A new modality for the estimation of corrected flow time via
           electrocardiography as an alternative to Doppler ultrasonography
    • Authors: Hooman Hossein-Nejad; Payam Mohammadinejad, Atefeh Zeinoddini, Seyedhossein Seyedhosseini Davarani, Mohsen Banaie
      Abstract: BackgroundEvaluation of corrected flow time (FTc) via ultrasonography is one of the suggested modalities for the assessment of intravascular volume status. This study aimed to compare the results of FTc of carotid artery measured via ultrasonography, as a measure of mechanical outcome of the cardiac cycle, with the results of FTc estimation from a new modified formula via electrocardiography (ECG), as a measure of electrical function of the cardiac cycle.MethodsHealthy volunteers were evaluated before and after a passive leg raising (PLR) maneuver. FTc was measured concurrently before and after PLR via a modified method from ECG and via ultrasonography of the carotid artery.ResultsA total number of 98 healthy volunteers (51 women and 47 men) with a mean age of 30.69 ± 6.28 years were included. There was a significant correlation between FTc measured by ultrasonography and estimated by ECG both before PLR and after PLR (r = .878, p 
      PubDate: 2017-04-22T02:25:33.269517-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12456
  • Scuba diving, patent foramen ovale and heart rhythm disturbances: The role
           of underwater Holter monitoring—Case report
    • Authors: Szymon Olędzki; Andrzej Wojtarowicz, Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Maciej Lewandowski, Jarosław Gorący
      Abstract: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is thought to be a risk factor for decompression illness (DCI). Catheter-based closure procedure reduces the risk of DCI in selected scuba divers with PFO. Major complication of invasive approach are rare, minor, especially heart rhythm disturbances are reported relatively often. We describe a case of 41-year-old diver, who underwent PFO closure due to recurrent DCI events. Afterward, he experienced no DCI symptoms; however, he complained about feeling of the heart beating during a submersion. Arrhythmia should be considered as a life-threatening for scuba diver, thus we performed underwater ECG monitoring and exclude the arrhythmia.
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T00:22:21.231888-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12450
  • Cutting off half of QRS duration can cause overcorrection of QT interval
           in left bundle branch block
    • Authors: Binhao Wang; Li Zhang, Yunlong Xia
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T00:22:14.355004-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12458
  • Automated T-wave analysis can differentiate acquired QT prolongation from
           congenital long QT syndrome
    • Authors: Alan Sugrue; Peter A. Noseworthy, Vaclav Kremen, J. Martijn Bos, Bo Qiang, Ram K. Rohatgi, Yehu Sapir, Zachi I. Attia, Peter Brady, Pedro J. Caraballo, Samuel J. Asirvatham, Paul A. Friedman, Michael J. Ackerman
      Abstract: BackgroundProlongation of the QT on the surface electrocardiogram can be due to either genetic or acquired causes. Distinguishing congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) from acquired QT prolongation has important prognostic and management implications. We aimed to investigate if quantitative T-wave analysis could provide a tool for the physician to differentiate between congenital and acquired QT prolongation.MethodsPatients were identified through an institution-wide computer-based QT screening system which alerts the physician if the QTc ≥ 500 ms. ECGs were retrospectively analyzed with an automated T-wave analysis program. Congenital LQTS was compared in a 1:3 ratio to those with an identified acquired etiology for QT prolongation (electrolyte abnormality and/or prescription of known QT prolongation medications). Linear discriminant analysis was performed using 10-fold cross-validation to statistically test the selected features.ResultsThe 12-lead ECG of 38 patients with congenital LQTS and 114 patients with drug-induced and/or electrolyte-mediated QT prolongation were analyzed. In lead V5, patients with acquired QT prolongation had a shallower T wave right slope (−2,322 vs. −3,593 mV/s), greater T-peak-Tend interval (109 vs. 92 ms), and smaller T wave center of gravity on the x axis (290 ms vs. 310 ms; p 
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T00:16:10.852738-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12455
  • Electrocardiographic appearance of aortic stenosis before and after aortic
           valve replacement
    • Authors: Ivana I. Vranic
      Abstract: BackgroundSo far, the specific appearance of QRS complex, ST-segment, and T wave was observed in aortic stenosis (AS). S-wave dynamic change in leads V1–V3 was not reported in AS.MethodsIn a single-center, prospective study, we included a total number of 1.175 patients who underwent surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR). We conducted 3-year gathering of patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic severe AS, and separated them by hemodynamic stability into groups A and B, through EFLV (of more or less than 50%), AVA (of more or less than 0.9 cm2), PG (between 55 and 75 mm Hg or over 75 mm Hg), and end-diastolic LV dimension (of more or less than 56 mm). We evaluated the impact of S-wave magnitude in right precordial leads before and after AVR in all patients. We followed S-wave changes in electrocardiogram altogether with hemodynamic measurements derived from echocardiography.ResultsAnalysis of echocardiographic parameters, measured in patients before surgery, did not show statistical significance between asymptomatic and symptomatic group. The statistical significance was observed in the change in S-wave magnitude in the right precordial leads in both subsets of patients before AVR. We found statistically significant predictive value of S-wave magnitude in leads V2–V3 for dependent variables PG and end-diastolic LV dimension.ConclusionsS-wave changes in right precordial leads can predict increase in PG and critical narrowing of AVA, suggestive of timely referral for AVR.
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T00:16:08.35394-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12457
  • The relationship between J waves and contact of lung cancer with the heart
    • Authors: Hideki Hayashi; Qi Wu, Minoru Horie
      Abstract: BackgroundJ waves result mainly from an increased density of transient outward current (Ito). Mechanical stretch to the heart activates multiple signal transduction pathways, in which Ito may be involved. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that mechanical contact of lung cancer with the heart may manifest J waves.MethodsWe reviewed 12-lead electrocardiograms to examine whether J waves were associated with contact of lung cancer with the heart. J waves were defied as an elevation of ≥0.1 mV at the junction between QRS complex and ST segment with either notching or slurring morphology. The locational interaction between lung cancer and the heart was determined by computed tomography image.ResultsA total of 264 patients (176 men; mean 68.5 ± 10.7 years) with lung cancer were evaluated. The prevalence of J waves was 25.4% in the total population. J waves were present in 40 of 44 (90.9%) patients with the contact. In contrast, J waves were present in 25 of 220 (11.4%) patients without the contact. The sensitivity and specificity of the contact for J waves were 90.9% and 88.6%, respectively. The odds ratio of the contact with the heart to the presence of J waves was 78 (95% confidence interval 25.7–236.4). The appearance of J waves that coincided with the development of lung cancer was observed in 12 patients.ConclusionThe presence of J waves was associated with the contact of lung cancer with the heart.
      PubDate: 2017-03-16T00:01:29.931974-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12433
  • Evaluation of the ECG based Selvester scoring method to estimate
           myocardial scar burden and predict clinical outcome in patients with left
           bundle branch block, with comparison to late gadolinium enhancement CMR
    • Authors: Uzma Chaudhry; Pyotr G. Platonov, Robert Jablonowski, Jean-Philippe Couderc, Henrik Engblom, Xiajuang Xia, Björn Wieslander, Brett D. Atwater, David G. Strauss, Jesper Van der Pals, Martin Ugander, Marcus Carlsson, Rasmus Borgquist
      Abstract: BackgroundMyocardial scar burden quantification is an emerging clinical parameter for risk stratification of sudden cardiac death and prediction of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. We investigated the relationships among semiautomated Selvester score burden and late gadolinium enhancement-cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) assessed scar burden and clinical outcome in patients with underlying heart failure, left bundle branch block (LBBB) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) treatment.MethodsSelvester QRS scoring was performed on all subjects with ischemic and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy at Skåne University Hospital Lund (2002–2013) who had undergone LGE-CMR and 12-lead ECG with strict LBBB pre-ICD implantation.ResultsSixty patients were included; 57% nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and 43% ischemic cardiomyopathy with mean left ventricular ejection fraction of 27.6% ± 11.7. All patients had scar by Selvester scoring. Sixty-two percent had scar by LGE-CMR (n = 37). The Spearman correlation coefficient for LGE-CMR and Selvester score derived scar was r = .35 (p = .007). In scar negative LGE-CMR, there was evidence of scar by Selvester scoring in all patients (range 3%–33%, median 15%). Fourteen patients (23%) had an event during the follow-up period; 11 (18%) deaths and six adequate therapies (10%). There was a moderate trend indicating that presence of scar increased the risk of clinical endpoints in the LGE-CMR analysis (p = .045).ConclusionThere is a modest correlation between LGE-CMR and Selvester scoring verified myocardial scar. CMR based scar burden is correlated to clinical outcome, but Selvester scoring is not. The Selvester scoring algorithm needs to be further refined in order to be clinically relevant and reliable for detailed scar evaluation in patients with LBBB.
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T06:10:26.534916-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12440
  • Effects of exercise training intensity on cardiac autonomic regulation in
           habitual smokers
    • Authors: Choun-Sub Kim; Maeng-Kyu Kim, Hye-Young Jung, Mi-Ji Kim
      Abstract: BackgroundThe sympathoexcitatory effects of cigarette smoking cause an autonomic imbalance that may lead to cardiovascular disease. Aerobic training improves autonomic function by developing cardiorespiratory fitness; however, it is still uncertain whether aerobic training ameliorates the compromised autonomic modulation in smokers. This study aimed to investigate the effects of 8 weeks' aerobic training at different exercise intensities on autonomic regulation in habitual smokers.MethodsHealthy males (n = 34) were randomly assigned to a moderate-intensity aerobic training (MAT, 60% of heart rate reserve [HRR]), a high-intensity training group (HAT, 75% HRR), or a control group (CG). Training groups performed 8 weeks' aerobic training on a treadmill (3 times/week), but all subjects continued to smoke cigarettes as usual. Heart rate variability was monitored to evaluate the effect of aerobic training on autonomic regulation.ResultsAerobic training improved autonomic balance despite the continued smoking. In the time domain, rMSSD and pNN50 were significantly increased in HAT than in CG. On spectral analysis, the absolute and normalized units of high frequency (HF) were significantly increased in HAT, whereas the LF/HF ratio and the normalized unit of LF were significantly decreased compared to that in CG. SD1 and the SD1/SD2 ratio of the Poincaré plot analysis were significantly increased compared to CG. Although MAT showed a similar tendency to HAT in nonlinear indexes, there were no significant differences compared to CG.ConclusionAerobic training, particularly high-intensity training, increases the parasympathetic contribution to the sympathovagal system, leading to an improvement in autonomic balance despite continued cigarette smoking.
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T06:06:19.201585-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12434
  • Assessment of heart rate response to exercise and recovery during
           treadmill testing in arsenic-exposed workers
    • Authors: Ugur Nadir Karakulak; Meside Gunduzoz, Mehmet Ayturk, Mujgan Tek Ozturk, Engin Tutkun, Omer Hinc Yilmaz
      Abstract: BackgroundArsenic exposure is associated with various cardiovascular diseases. The aim of the present study was to assess cardiac autonomic function via heart rate response to exercise and recovery period of treadmill testing in arsenic-exposed workers.MethodsSixty-five (65) occupationally arsenic-exposed workers and 35 healthy controls were enrolled. Blood and urinary arsenic levels were analyzed and symptom limited maximal treadmill exercise test were performed. Chronotropic response to exercise including age-predicted maximal heart rate (APMHR), heart rate reserve (HRreserve), age-predicted HRreserve (APHRreserve) and adjusted HRreserve and 1st-, 2nd-and 3rd-min heart rate recovery (HRR) indices were calculated.ResultsBaseline clinical and echocardiographic parameters, exercise test duration, resting and maximal heart rate, peak exercise capacity, HRreserve, APMHR, APHRreserve, and adjusted HRreserve were found to be similar between groups. HRR1 (22.0 ± 4.3 vs. 24.3 ± 3.1 bpm, p = .003) and HRR2 (43.2 ± 6.2 vs. 46.7 ± 6.4 bpm, p = .012) were significantly lower in arsenic-exposed workers compared to controls. Blood and urinary arsenic levels negatively correlated with HRR1 (r = −.477, p 
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:35:52.382905-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12437
  • Antazoline—insights into drug-induced electrocardiographic and
           hemodynamic effects: Results of the ELEPHANT II substudy
    • Authors: Roman Piotrowski; Joanna Giebułtowicz, Jakub Baran, Agnieszka Sikorska, Dagmara Gralak-Łachowska, Małgorzata Soszyńska, Piotr Wroczyński, Piotr Kułakowski
      Abstract: BackgroundAntazoline is an old antihistaminic and new antiarrhythmic agent with unknown mechanisms of action which recently has been shown to effectively terminate atrial fibrillation. The aim of study was to examine the effects of antazoline on hemodynamic and ECG parameters.MethodsAntazoline was given intravenously in three 100 mg boluses to 10 healthy volunteers (four males, mean age 40 + 11 years). Hemodynamic and ECG parameters were measured using impedance cardiography [systolic (sBP), diastolic (dBP), mean (mBP) blood pressure, stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), total peripheral resistance (TPR) and heart rate (HR), P wave, PR interval, QRS complex, QT and corrected QT (QTcF) interval]. Plasma concentration of antazoline was also measured.ResultsAntazoline caused significant prolongation of P wave, QRS as well as QT and QTcF (101 ± 10 vs 110 ± 16 ms, p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-25T02:20:28.443121-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12441
  • Selective use of the electrocardiogram in pediatric preparticipation
           athletic examinations among pediatric primary care providers
    • Authors: Bradley C. Clark; Joshua M. Hayman, Charles I. Berul, Kristin M. Burns, Jonathan R. Kaltman
      Abstract: ObjectivesRecent literature examining insurance administrative data suggests that a selective approach, with concurrent history and physical exam (H&P), for obtaining an electrocardiogram (ECG) as a part of a preparticipation examination (PPE) for pediatric athletes is commonly used in the primary care setting demonstrating a high rate of disease detection. We sought to understand practice patterns of providers with regard to usage of ECG as a part of PPE.MethodsUtilizing an online survey, we queried primary care providers regarding their practice patterns, rationale, and concerns regarding use of ECGs as a part of the PPE.ResultsA total of 125 pediatricians completed the survey; 73.7% selectively use the ECG, 24.6% never use the ECG, and only 1.7% always obtain an ECG as part of the PPE. The most common rationale for selectively or never using the ECG is the belief that the H&P is sufficient to identify cardiac disease (70%). The most common H&P findings that lead to ECG screening include chest pain or syncope with exertion, family history of sudden cardiac death, an irregular heart rate, and a diastolic murmur. Among the diseases associated with sudden cardiac death, most pediatricians fear missing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.ConclusionBased on a survey of primary care providers, most practitioners are utilizing a selective approach of obtaining an ECG as a part of a PPE for athletic participation, which is in agreement with the current American Heart Association guidelines. Significant practice variation continues to exist, and may represent an area for future resource optimization.
      PubDate: 2017-02-21T00:15:24.667762-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12446
  • Successful use of sirolimus for refractory atrial ectopic tachycardia in a
           child with cardiac rhabdomyoma
    • Authors: Sanja Ninic; Marija Kalaba, Bosiljka Jovicic, Vladislav Vukomanovic, Sergej Prijic, Biljana Vucetic, Ruzica Kravljanac, Ana Vujic, Jovan Kosutic
      Abstract: Cardiac rhabdomyomas are common in tuberous sclerosis. We report a child who developed rhabdomyoma related arrhythmia refractory to antiarrhythmic drug therapy. Reversion of the atrial ectopic tachycardia was achieved with mammalian target of rapamycin pathway (mTOR) inhibitor sirolimus. As per our knowledge, this is the first time that sirolimus has been successfully used in this setting.
      PubDate: 2017-02-19T23:45:32.409675-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12435
  • Correlations between electrocardiogram and biomarkers in acute pulmonary
           embolism: Analysis of ZATPOL-2 Registry
    • Authors: Piotr Kukla; Dariusz A. Kosior, Andrzej Tomaszewski, Katarzyna Ptaszyńska-Kopczyńska, Katarzyna Widejko, Robert Długopolski, Andrzej Skrzyński, Piotr Błaszczak, Kamil Fijorek, Marcin Kurzyna
      Abstract: BackgroundElectrocardiography (ECG) is still one of the first tests performed at admission, mostly in patients (pts) with chest pain or dyspnea. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac biomarkers as well as echocardiographic parameter in patients with acute pulmonary embolism.MethodsWe performed a retrospective analysis of 614 pts. (F/M 334/280; mean age of 67.9 ± 16.6 years) with confirmed acute pulmonary embolism (APE) who were enrolled to the ZATPOL-2 Registry between 2012 and 2014.ResultsElevated cardiac biomarkers were observed in 358 pts (74.4%). In this group the presence of atrial fibrillation (p = .008), right axis deviation (p = .004), S1Q3T3 sign (p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-18T00:05:43.420171-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12439
  • Significance of a negative sinus P wave in lead V2 of the clinical
    • Authors: Rex N. MacAlpin
      Abstract: BackgroundA negative sinus P wave in lead V2 (NPV2) of the electrocardiogram (ECG) is rare when leads are positioned correctly. This study was undertaken to clarify the significance of an unusually high incidence of this anomaly found in ECGs at my institution.MethodsOne thousand four hundred thirty-five ECGs were randomly selected to determine the incidence and gender frequency in tracings showing positive (PPV2), and biphasic (BPV2) P waves in V2, as well as NPV2. To those cases with NPV2, 84 cases with that anomaly from earlier archived ECGs were added to give a larger group for analysis. Medical records were reviewed for clinical details and other archived ECGs.ResultsPPV2, BPV2, and NPV2 were found in 1,216 (84.5%), 150 (10.5%), and 69 cases (4.8%), respectively. Cases with NPV2 were more likely to be female (46 of 69 or 67.7%) than were those with either PPV2 (500 of 1,216 or 41.1%; p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-18T00:00:26.904632-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12432
  • Novel method to assess intrinsic heart rate recovery in ambulatory ECG
           recordings tracks cardioprotective effects of chronic autonomic regulation
           therapy in patients enrolled in the ANTHEM-HF study
    • Authors: Gerrard M. Carlson; Imad Libbus, Badri Amurthur, Bruce H. KenKnight, Richard L. Verrier
      Abstract: BackgroundPostexercise heart rate recovery (HRR) is a powerful and independent predictor of mortality. Autonomic regulation therapy (ART) with chronic vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been shown to improve ventricular function in patients with chronic heart failure. However, the effect of ART on HRR in patients with heart failure remains unknown.MethodsA new measure involving quantification of intrinsic HRR was developed for 24-hr ambulatory ECG (AECG) recordings based on spontaneous heart rate changes observed during daily activity in patients with symptomatic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. Intrinsic HRR values were compared in 21 patients enrolled in the ANTHEM-HF study (NCT01823887) before and after 12 months of chronic ART (10 Hz, 250 μs pulse width, 18% duty cycle, maximum tolerable current amplitude after 10 weeks of titration) and to values from normal subjects (PhysioNet database, n = 54).ResultsWith chronic ART, average intrinsic HRR was improved as indicated by a shortening of the rate-recovery time constant by 8.9% (from 12.3 ± 0.1 at baseline to 11.2 ± 0.1 s, p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-17T23:55:26.348496-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12436
  • Relationship between QT and JT peak interval variability in prepubertal
    • Authors: Yuka Takeuchi; Yumi Omeki, Kayo Horio, Miki Nishio, Rina Nagata, Shota Oikawa, Yuri Mizutani, Arisa Nagatani, Yuri Funamoto, Hidetoshi Uchida, Masayuki Fujino, Yoshihiko Eryu, Hiroko Boda, Masafumi Miyata, Tadayoshi Hata
      Abstract: BackgroundThe QT variability index (QTVI) is a noninvasive index of repolarization lability that has been applied to subjects with cardiovascular disease. QTVI provides a ratio of normalized QT variability to normalized heart rate variability, and therefore includes an assessment of autonomic nervous activity. However, measurement of QT time is particularly difficult in children, who exhibit physiologically high heart rates compared with adults. In this study, we developed a set of standard values of J-point to Tpeak interval (JTp) for infants by age, and assessed the correlation of QTVI with the JTp variability index (JTpVI).MethodsSubjects included 623 infants and children (0–7 years of age) without heart disease and 57 healthy university students. All subjects were divided into three groups by age. QTVI and JTpVI were calculated based on an electrocardiogram, and age-specific standard values, a gender-specific classification, and a standard growth curve were constructed.ResultsJTpVI markedly decreased in infancy and slowly decreased thereafter, reaching adult values by school age. There was also a strong correlation of JTpVI with QTVI (r = .856).ConclusionsJTp can be used to evaluate the variability of the repolarization time in healthy infants, and may be useful for detection of early repolarization abnormalities.
      PubDate: 2017-02-17T00:15:28.138289-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12444
  • Positive T wave in lead aVR as an independent predictor for 1-year major
           adverse cardiac events in patients with first anterior wall ST-segment
           elevation myocardial infarction
    • Authors: Akihiro Kobayashi; Naoki Misumida, Shunsuke Aoi, Yumiko Kanei
      Abstract: BackgroundPositive T wave in lead aVR has been shown to predict an adverse in-hospital outcome in patients with anterior wall ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the prognostic value of positive T wave in lead aVR on a long-term outcome has not been fully explored.MethodsWe performed a retrospective analysis of 190 consecutive patients with first anterior wall STEMI who underwent an emergent coronary angiogram. Patients were divided into those with positive T wave > 0 mV and those with negative T wave ≦ 0 mV in lead aVR. Baseline and angiographic characteristics, and in-hospital revascularization procedures were recorded. In addition, in-hospital and 1-year major adverse cardiac events (MACE) including death, recurrent myocardial infarction, and target vessel revascularization were recorded.ResultsAmong 190 patients, 37 patients (19%) had positive T wave and 153 patients (81%) had negative T wave in lead aVR. Patients with positive T wave had higher rate of left main disease defined as stenosis ≥50% (11% vs. 2%, p = .028) than those with negative T wave. Patients with positive T wave had higher rate of 1-year MACE (38% vs. 13%, p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-16T01:15:28.652031-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12442
  • Sequence of cardiovascular autonomic alterations after fingolimod
    • Authors: Sakari Simula; Tomi P. Laitinen, Tiina M. Laitinen, Päivi Hartikainen, Juha E.K. Hartikainen
      Abstract: BackgroundHomeostasis between heart rate and blood pressure is based on several interacting regulatory reflexes, which become influenced by fingolimod initiation. The aim of this study was to determine the sequence of changes in cardiovascular autonomic regulation after fingolimod initiation.MethodsTwenty-seven patients with relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis underwent continuous electrocardiogram recording during the first 6 hr after the first dose of fingolimod. In addition to the time interval between two consecutive R-peaks (RR interval), blood pressure and heart rate variability (HRV) were measured on hourly basis. Cardiac parasympathetic and sympathetic regulation were assessed by the different components of HRV.ResultsHRV demonstrated an enhancement in cardiac parasympathetic regulation starting 1 hr after the first dose of fingolimod. Blood pressure started to decrease 2 hr and sympathetic cardiac regulation 3 hr after fingolimod initiation. Recovery in RR interval, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as in cardiac autonomic regulation started after 5 hr postdose, whereas pulse pressure (difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure) continued to increase at the time of hospital discharge.ConclusionsRR interval, blood pressure, as well as the parasympathetic and sympathetic components of cardiac autonomic regulation alter sequentially in different temporal pattern after fingolimod initiation. These findings enhance the understanding of the effects of fingolimod initiation on cardiovascular autonomic regulation in real life.
      PubDate: 2017-02-13T04:15:32.042481-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12443
  • ECG in athlete: “Normal or pathologic variant'”
    • Authors: Helder Dores; António Freitas
      PubDate: 2017-02-13T03:35:24.509025-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12438
  • Idiopathic epicardial ventricular tachycardia from the coronary venous
           system: From electrocardiographic recognition to appropriate therapy
    • Authors: Stéphane Boulé; Claire Federspiel, Eric Verbrugge, Didier Klug
      Abstract: Idiopathic epicardial ventricular tachycardias (VTs) account for 9% of idiopathic VTs. The recognition of this entity is important, as a minimally invasive ablation procedure performed exclusively through the coronary sinus branches may be considered, avoiding the potential risks associated with access to the left ventricular endocardium, the aortic root, and the pericardial space. The electrocardiographic features and therapeutic management of this rare form of tachycardia are discussed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-11T01:40:30.044626-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12445
  • Sokolow-Lyon voltage is suitable for monitoring improvement in cardiac
    • Authors: Kenji Fukaya; Kyosuke Takeshita, Takahiro Okumura, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Soichiro Aoki, Takeo Ichii, Yuki Sugiura, Katsuhide Kitagawa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Furusawa, Akinori Sawamura, Ryota Morimoto, Yasuko Bando, Toyoaki Murohara
      Abstract: BackgroundThe clinical significance of electrocardiogram in the assessment of patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of recording serial changes in Sokolow–Lyon voltage (∆%QRS-voltage) in one year to estimate left ventricular reverse remodeling (LVRR) and predict a prognosis of IDCM patients under tailored medical therapy.MethodsSixty-eight consecutive patients with mild symptoms (52.1 ± 13 years old; 69% men; NYHA I/II/III/IV; 33/29/6/0) underwent electrocardiography and echocardiography at baseline and 12 month follow-up (follow-up period: 3.9 years).ResultsLVRR was observed in 30 patients (44.1%). The ∆%QRS-voltage was significantly lower in the LVRR group (LVRR; −26.9%, non-LVRR: −9.2%, p 
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T05:05:25.811838-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12431
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance-GUIDEd management of mild to moderate
           left ventricular systolic dysfunction (CMR GUIDE): Study protocol for a
           randomized controlled trial
    • Authors: Joseph B. Selvanayagam; Trent Hartshorne, Laurent Billot, Suchi Grover, Graham S. Hillis, Werner Jung, Henry Krum, Sanjay Prasad, Andrew D. McGavigan
      Abstract: BackgroundThe majority of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with heart failure occurs in those with mild-moderate left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction (LVEF 36–50%) who under current guidelines are ineligible for primary prevention implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Recent data suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) evidence of replacement fibrosis forms a substrate for malignant arrhythmia and therefore potentially identifies a subgroup at increased risk of SCD. Our hypothesis is that among patients with mild-moderate LV systolic dysfunction, a CMR-guided management strategy for ICD insertion based on the presence of scar or fibrosis is superior to a current strategy of standard care.Methods/DesignCMR GUIDE is a prospective, multicenter randomized control trial enrolling patients with mild-moderate LV systolic dysfunction and CMR evidence of fibrosis on optimal heart failure therapy. Participants will be randomized to receive either a primary prevention ICD or an implantable loop recorder (ILR). The primary endpoint is the time to SCD or hemodynamically significant ventricular arrhythmia (VF or VT) during an average 4-year follow-up. Secondary endpoints include quality of life assessed by Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire, heart failure related hospitalizations, and a cost-utility analysis. Clinical identifier NCT01918215.DiscussionCMR GUIDE trial will add substantially to our understanding of the role of myocardial fibrosis and the risk of developing life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. If the superiority of a CMR-guided approach over standard care is proven, it may change international clinical guidelines, with the potential to considerably increase survival in this growing patient population.
      PubDate: 2017-01-24T05:40:44.212169-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12420
  • Fibrillatory wave amplitude on transesophageal ECG as a marker of left
           atrial low-voltage areas in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation
    • Authors: Ran Yin; Yongnan Fu, Zhongming Yang, Bingong Li, Jintian Pen, Zeqi Zheng
      Abstract: BackgroundLow-voltage areas (LVAs) are frequently observed in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF) and may represent adverse atrial remodeling. However, noninvasive method of evaluating LAVs is not well established.MethodsIn a cohort of 68 patients with PeAF, endocardial voltage maps of left atrium (LA) were created during sinus rhythm after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). LVAs were defined as areas with electrogram amplitudes
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T00:05:26.715275-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12421
  • Repeatability of ectopic beats from 48-hr ambulatory electrocardiography:
           The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study
    • Authors: Michelle L. Meyer; Elsayed Z. Soliman, Lisa M. Wruck, Thomas H. Mosley, Lynne E. Wagenknecht, Anna K. Poon, Eric A. Whitsel, Alvaro Alonso, Gerardo Heiss, Laura R. Loehr
      Abstract: BackgroundThe purpose of this study was to characterize the repeatability of ectopic beats, defined by premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), on ambulatory electrocardiogram (aECG) monitoring and evaluate the effect of length of aECG monitoring on the repeatability estimates.MethodsThis analysis includes 95 randomly selected participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC; 2011–2013). The participants wore a Holter monitor for two, 48-hr periods separated by a mean of 38 days following an identical, standardized protocol. We divided each 48-hr recording into 3-, 6-, 12-, and 24-hr recording periods and calculated intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for PACs and PVCs and also as a percentage of the corresponding total of recorded beats per hour among these periods.ResultsAll participants had ≥1 PAC during the 48-hr recordings, and only two participants had no PVCs. ICCs were>0.83 for all indices and recording lengths ≥12 hrs. ICCs were intermediate for 6-hr recordings (range 0.80–0.83) and lower for 3-hr recordings (range 0.74–0.80). The ratio of the between- to within-participant variation increased with recording length.ConclusionRepeatability of PACs and PVCs was excellent for recording lengths of 6–24 hr and fair for 3 hr. Repeatability varies over shorter duration recordings within the 48-hr recording period, and thus the present results have implications for detection algorithms for ectopic beats and can facilitate epidemiologic and clinical applications in which knowledge of measurement variability and misclassification are needed.
      PubDate: 2017-01-06T02:35:23.623127-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12426
  • The Romhilt-Estes electrocardiographic score predicts sudden cardiac
           arrest independent of left ventricular mass and ejection fraction
    • Authors: Navid Darouian; Aapo L. Aro, Kumar Narayanan, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Carmen Rusinaru, Kyndaron Reinier, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Sumeet S. Chugh
      Abstract: BackgroundThe Romhilt-Estes point score system (RE) is an established ECG criterion for diagnosing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). In this study, we assessed for the first time, whether RE and its components are predictive of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) independent of left ventricular (LV) mass.MethodsSudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases occurring between 2002 and 2014 in a Northwestern US metro region (catchment area approx. 1 million) were compared to geographic controls. ECGs and echocardiograms performed prior to the SCA and those of controls were acquired from the medical records and evaluated for the ECG criteria established in the RE score and for LV mass.ResultsTwo hundred forty-seven SCA cases (age 68.3 ± 14.6, male 64.4%) and 330 controls (age 67.4 ± 11.5, male 63.6) were included in the analysis. RE scores were greater in cases than controls (2.5 ± 2.1 vs. 1.9 ± 1.7, p 
      PubDate: 2017-01-03T01:10:40.416311-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12424
  • Initial electrocardiogram as determinant of hospital course in ST
           elevation myocardial infarction
    • Authors: Michael A. Millard; Vijaiganesh Nagarajan, Luke C. Kohan, Robert C. Schutt, Ellen C. Keeley
      Abstract: BackgroundA proportion of patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have an initial electrocardiogram (ECG) that is nondiagnostic and are definitively diagnosed on a subsequent ECG. Our aim was to assess whether patients with a nondiagnostic initial ECG are different than those with a diagnostic initial ECG.MethodsWe collected demographic, ECG, medication, angiographic, and in-hospital clinical outcome data in consecutive patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI at our institution from June 2009 to June 2013.ResultsA total of 334 patients were included, 285 (85%) diagnosed on the initial ECG and 49 (15%) on a subsequent ECG. Patients with a nondiagnostic initial ECG had more comorbidities including prior congestive heart failure (14% vs. 3%, p 
      PubDate: 2017-01-03T00:45:32.193465-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12429
  • Atrioventricular synchrony in the background of ventricular noise and
    • Authors: Paweł T. Matusik; Andrzej Ząbek, Patrycja S. Matusik, Barbara Małecka, Jacek Lelakowski
      Abstract: The 24-hr electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation in patients with double-chamber pacemakers may be challenging. The difficulty increases if not well-known pacemaker algorithm and device malfunction coexist. We show atrial synchronization pace (ASP) in a patient with ventricular lead damage. We provide detailed description of electrocardiogram and intracardiac electrogram. ASP may confuse 24-hr ECG monitoring interpretation, especially in patients with ventricular lead dysfunction.
      PubDate: 2017-01-03T00:30:26.892652-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12425
  • Interatrial block and interatrial septal thickness in patients with
           paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing catheter ablation: Long-term
           follow-up study
    • Authors: Enes E. Gul; Raveen Pal, Jane Caldwell, Usama Boles, Wilma Hopman, Benedict Glover, Kevin A. Michael, Damian Redfearn, Chris Simpson, Hoshiar Abdollah, Adrian Baranchuk
      Abstract: BackgroundInteratrial block (IAB) is a strong predictor of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). IAB is a conduction delay through the Bachman region, which is located in the upper region of the interatrial space. During IAB, the impulse travels from the right atrium to the interatrial septum (IAS) and coronary sinus to finally reach the left atrium in a caudocranial direction. No relation between the presence of IAB and IAS thickness has been established yet.ObjectiveTo determine whether a correlation exists between the degree of IAB and the thickness of the IAS and to determine whether IAS thickness predicts AF recurrence.MethodsSixty-two patients with diagnosis of paroxysmal AF undergoing catheter ablation were enrolled. IAB was defined as P-wave duration ≥120 ms. IAS thickness was measured by cardiac computed tomography.ResultsAmong 62 patients with paroxysmal AF, 45 patients (72%) were diagnosed with IAB. Advanced IAB was diagnosed in 24 patients (39%). Forty-seven patients were male. During a mean follow-up period of 49.8 ± 22 months (range 12–60 months), 32 patients (51%) developed AF recurrence. IAS thickness was similar in patients with and without IAB (4.5 ± 2.0 mm vs. 4.0 ± 1.4 mm; p = .45) and did not predict AF. Left atrial size was significantly enlarged in patients with IAB (40.9 ± 5.7 mm vs. 37.2 ± 4.0 mm; p = .03). Advanced IAB predicted AF recurrence after the ablation (OR: 3.34, CI: 1.12–9.93; p = .03).ConclusionsIAS thickness was not significantly correlated to IAB and did not predict AF recurrence. IAB as previously demonstrated was an independent predictor of AF recurrence.
      PubDate: 2016-12-25T23:41:19.929498-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12428
  • REmote SUpervision to Decrease HospitaLization RaTe. Unified and
           integrated platform for data collected from devices manufactured by
           different companies: Design and rationale of the RESULT study
    • Authors: Mateusz Tajstra; Adam Sokal, Arkadiusz Gwóźdź, Marcin Wilczek, Adam Gacek, Konrad Wojciechowski, Elżbieta Gadula-Gacek, Elżbieta Adamowicz-Czoch, Katarzyna Chłosta-Niepiekło, Krzysztof Milewski, Piotr Rozentryt, Zbigniew Kalarus, Mariusz Gąsior, Lech Poloński
      Abstract: The number of patients with heart failure implantable cardiac electronic devices (CIEDs) is growing. Hospitalization rate in this group is very high and generates enormous costs. To avoid the need for hospital treatment, optimized monitoring and follow-up is crucial. Remote monitoring (RM) has been widely put into practice in the management of CIEDs but it may be difficult due to the presence of differences in systems provided by device manufacturers and loss of gathered data in case of device reimplantation. Additionally, conclusions derived from studies about usefulness of RM in clinical practice apply to devices coming only from a single company. An integrated monitoring platform allows for more comprehensive data analysis and interpretation. Therefore, the primary objective of Remote Supervision to Decrease Hospitalization Rate (RESULT) study is to evaluate the impact of RM on the clinical status of patients with ICDs or CRT-Ds using an integrated platform. Six hundred consecutive patients with ICDs or CRT-Ds implanted will be prospectively randomized to either a traditional or RM-based follow-up model. The primary clinical endpoint will be a composite of all-cause mortality or hospitalization for cardiovascular reasons within 12 months after randomization. The primary technical endpoint will be to construct and evaluate a unified and integrated platform for the data collected from RM devices manufactured by different companies. This manuscript describes the design and methodology of the prospective, randomized trial designed to determine whether remote monitoring using an integrated platform for different companies is safe, feasible, and efficacious ( Identifier: NCT02409225).
      PubDate: 2016-12-25T23:20:24.99702-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12418
  • Electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy predicts atrial
           fibrillation independent of left ventricular mass
    • Authors: Nikhil Patel; Wesley T. O'Neal, S. Patrick Whalen, Elsayed Z. Soliman
      Abstract: BackgroundAlthough left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) detected by electrocardiography (ECG-LVH) and echocardiography (echo-LVH) independently predict cardiovascular disease events, it is unclear if ECG-LVH and echo-LVH independently predict atrial fibrillation (AF).MethodsThis analysis included 4,904 participants (40% male; 85% white) from the Cardiovascular Health Study who were free of baseline AF and major intraventricular conduction delays. ECG-LVH was defined by Minnesota Code Classification from baseline ECG data. Echo-LVH was defined by sex-specific left ventricular mass values>95th sex-specific percentiles. Incident AF events were identified during the annual study ECGs and from hospitalization discharge data. Cox regression was used to compute hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association of ECG-LVH and echo-LVH with incident AF, separately.ResultsECG-LVH was detected in 224 (4.6%) participants and echo-LVH was present in 231 (4.7%) participants. Over a median follow-up of 11.9 years, a total of 1,430 AF events were detected. In a multivariable Cox model adjusted for age, sex, race, education, income, smoking, systolic blood pressure, diabetes, body mass index, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, aspirin, antihypertensive medications, and cardiovascular disease, ECG-LVH (HR = 1.50; 95% CI = 1.18, 1.90) and echo-LVH (HR = 1.39; 95% CI = 1.09, 1.78) were independently associated with AF. When ECG-LVH (HR = 1.47, 95% CI = 1.16, 1.87) and echo-LVH (HR = 1.36, 1.07, 1.75) were included in the same model, both were predictive of incident AF.ConclusionThe association of ECG-LVH with AF is not dependent on left ventricular mass detected by echocardiography, suggesting that abnormalities in cardiac electrophysiology provide a distinct profile in the prediction of AF.
      PubDate: 2016-12-25T23:15:24.066437-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12419
  • Sustained ventricular tachycardia as a first manifestation of hypertrophic
           cardiomyopathy with mid-ventricular obstruction and apical aneurysm in an
           elderly female patient
    • Authors: Polychronis Dilaveris; Constantina Aggeli, Andreas Synetos, Ioannis Skiadas, Christos-Konstantinos Antoniou, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Ioannis Kallikazaros, Dimitrios Tousoulis
      Abstract: Sustained ventricular tachycardia complicating left ventricular apical aneurysms has been reported previously solely in middle-aged patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and mid-cavity obstruction. We report a case of an elderly female patient who presented with incessant ventricular tachycardia as the first clinical manifestation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with mid-ventricular obstruction and apical aneurysm.
      PubDate: 2016-12-24T03:00:24.710508-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12422
  • Heart rate variability analysis during immediate recovery from exercise in
           overweight/obese healthy young adult females
    • Authors: Sahar M. El Agaty; Azra Kirmani, Ezaz Labban
      Abstract: BackgroundData on heart rate variability (HRV) changes during immediate recovery period after exercise in overweight/obese healthy young adult females are still inconclusive. The aim of this study was to evaluate the heart rate variability (HRV), heart rate recovery (HRR), and arterial blood pressure immediately after cessation of exercise in overweight/obese healthy young adult females.MethodsThis study was carried out in the laboratory of the Physiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University. Fifty-five female students were classified into normal weight group and overweight/obese group. HRV, HRR, and systolic and diastolic blood pressures (SBP, DBP) were estimated at resting condition and immediately after cessation of exercise.ResultsDuring recovery, heart rate was significantly increased in overweight/obese group along with significant decrease in rMSSD (square root of the mean of the sum of the squares of differences between adjacent NN intervals) and HF (high-frequency power) compared with normal group. The recovery of heart rate, normalized HF, and normalized sympathovagal balance to their baseline values were significantly lowered in overweight/obese group. Both SBP and DBP were significantly lowered from their baseline values during recovery in normal group but unchanged in overweight/obese group.ConclusionsThis study provides evidence that overweight/obesity are associated with decreased HRR and delayed vagal reactivation, in addition to impaired postexercise hypotension early in the recovery period after exercise in healthy young adult females.
      PubDate: 2016-12-24T03:00:22.976631-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12427
  • A narrow QRS tachycardia and cannon A waves: What is the mechanism'
    • Authors: Hussam Ali; Gianluca Epicoco, Guido De Ambroggi, Pierpaolo Lupo, Sara Foresti, Riccardo Cappato
      Abstract: Regular narrow QRS tachycardia, particularly if well-tolerated, is usually considered a “benign” arrhythmia of a supraventricular origin. This case concerns an 82-year-old male with ischemic heart disease who presented with recurrent episodes of a narrow QRS tachycardia that was initially diagnosed and treated as atrial tachyarrhythmia. However, careful physical examination and ECG analysis established the correct diagnosis, and the patient was managed appropriately. Remarkably, the observation of irregular cannon A waves, and Lewis lead recording, confirmed atrioventricular dissociation during tachycardia and indicated its underlying mechanism.
      PubDate: 2016-12-23T03:50:50.102263-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12423
  • Clinical risk profile score predicts all cause mortality but not
           implantable cardioverter defibrillator intervention rate in a large
           unselected cohort of patients with congestive heart failure
    • Authors: Johanna Sjöblom; Rasmus Borgquist, Fredrik Gadler, Torbjörn Kalm, Lina Ljung, Mårten Rosenqvist, Viveka Frykman, Pyotr G. Platonov
      Abstract: BackgroundPrimary prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is indicated for patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). We aimed to determine if preoperative clinical risk profiling can predict long-term benefit, and if clinical risk scores can be applied and improved in a patient cohort outside the clinical trial setting.MethodsUsing registry data, 789 patients with reduced LVEF who received ICDs for primary prevention during 2006–2011 were identified (age 64 ± 11 years, 82% men, 63% ischemic etiology, 52% cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator). The patients were divided into three risk groups, based on the presence of baseline clinical risk factors (age>70, QRS duration>120 ms, New York Heart Association class III–IV, atrial fibrillation history, or creatinine>106 μmol/L). Endpoints were all-cause mortality and survival free of adequate ICD therapy.ResultsMean follow-up was 39 ± 18 months. Annual mortality was 7.6%, and increased with risk group (p 
      PubDate: 2016-11-01T03:35:28.687832-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12414
  • Minimal T-wave representation and its use in the assessment of drug
    • Authors: Saeed Shakibfar; Claus Graff, Jørgen K. Kanters, Jimmi Nielsen, Samuel Schmidt, Johannes J. Struijk
      Abstract: BackgroundRecently, numerous models and techniques have been developed for analyzing and extracting features from the T wave which could be used as biomarkers for drug-induced abnormalities. The majority of these techniques and algorithms use features that determine readily apparent characteristics of the T wave, such as duration, area, amplitude, and slopes.MethodsIn the present work the T wave was down-sampled to a minimal rate, such that a good reconstruction was still possible. The entire T wave was then used as a feature vector to assess drug-induced repolarization effects. The ability of the samples or combinations of samples obtained from the minimal T-wave representation to correctly classify a group of subjects before and after receiving d,l-sotalol 160 mg and 320 mg was evaluated using a linear discriminant analysis (LDA).ResultsThe results showed that a combination of eight samples from the minimal T-wave representation can be used to identify normal from abnormal repolarization significantly better compared to the heart rate-corrected QT interval (QTc). It was further indicated that the interval from the peak of the T wave to the end of the T wave (Tpe) becomes relatively shorter after IKr inhibition by d,l-sotalol and that the most pronounced repolarization changes were present in the ascending segment of the minimal T-wave representation.ConclusionsThe minimal T-wave representation can potentially be used as a new tool to identify normal from abnormal repolarization in drug safety studies.
      PubDate: 2016-10-27T00:55:23.664688-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12413
  • Effect of cardiac resynchronization therapy on the risk of ventricular
           tachyarrhythmias in patients with chronic kidney disease
    • Authors: Usama A. Daimee; Yitschak Biton, Arthur J. Moss, Wojciech Zareba, David Cannom, Helmut Klein, Scott Solomon, Martin H. Ruwald, Scott McNitt, Bronislava Polonsky, Paul J. Wang, Ilan Goldenberg, Valentina Kutyifa
      Abstract: BackgroundThe effect of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) in reducing ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTA) risk among mild heart failure (HF) patients is not well understood.MethodsWe evaluated the impact of baseline renal function on VTAs in 1274 left bundle branch block (LBBB) patients enrolled in MADIT-CRT. Two prespecified subgroups were created based on estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR): GFR
      PubDate: 2016-09-15T03:51:24.44144-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12404
  • Progressive interatrial block associated with atrial fibrillation in a
           patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    • Authors: Samantha Britton; Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Bryce Alexander, Adrian Baranchuk
      Abstract: Progressive interatrial block is a clinically significant condition that has previously been reported in various patient populations. It is a manifestation of progressive fibrosis affecting the Bachmann region. This report presents a case of progressive interatrial block associated with atrial fibrillation in the context of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
      PubDate: 2016-09-11T23:30:55.172341-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12403
  • Interventricular conduction disorders after orthotopic heart
           transplantation: risk factors and clinical relevance
    • Authors: Sonia Ferretto; Elvin Tafciu, Immacolata Giuliani, Giuseppe Feltrin, Tomaso Bottio, Antonio Gambino, Angela Fraiese, Sabino Iliceto, Gino Gerosa, Loira Leoni
      Abstract: BackgroundCauses and significance of interventricular conduction disorders (IVCDs) after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) are still unknown.MethodsWe retrospectively researched the presence of IVCDs in 240 patients who underwent bicaval OHT in three time periods: at day 1, after 1 year, and after 3 years from OHT. To evaluate the impact of the surgical technique, a control population treated with biatrial anastomosis was used.ResultsThe most common IVCD was right bundle branch block (RBBB). Its presence at day 1 correlated with transpulmonary gradient before OHT. Its presence after 1 year and its development correlated with a 1-month acute rejection score≥2 (p = .050 and p = .006). The incidence of RBBB was higher in the biatrial control population (40.7% vs 23.8%, p 
      PubDate: 2016-09-09T04:10:55.69188-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12402
  • Novel arrhythmic risk markers incorporating QRS dispersion:
           QRSd × (Tpeak − Tend)/QRS and
           QRSd × (Tpeak − Tend)/(QT × QRS)
    • Authors: Gary Tse; Bryan P. Yan
      PubDate: 2016-08-18T04:05:21.349077-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12397
  • Novel electrocardiographic indices of arrhythmogenesis and blood lead
    • Authors: Leili Pourafkari; Arezou Tajlil, Nader D. Nader
      PubDate: 2016-08-18T04:00:21.354253-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12395
  • T-peak to T-end Interval Predicts Appropriate Shocks in Patients with
           Heart Failure Undergoing Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
           Implantation for Primary Prophylaxis
    • Authors: Ömer Sen; Samet Yilmaz, Fatih Sen, Kevser G. Balcı, Mehmet K. Akboga, Cagrı Yayla, Özcan Özeke
      Abstract: BackgroundT-wave peak to T-wave end interval (Tp-e) correlates with dispersion of ventricular repolarization. The purpose of this study was to assess the ability of Tp-e to predict appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shocks and all-cause mortality in patients who underwent ICD implantation for primary prophylaxis.MethodsTwo hundred twenty-eight patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ≤35% and an ICD implanted were followed-up prospectively. Patients divided into two subgroups according to presence of appropriate ICD shocks (Group 1: 112 patients with ICD shocks, Group 2: 116 patients without shocks). End points were appropriate ICD therapy due to ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF), death, and a combined end point of VT/VF or death.ResultsDuring a mean follow-up of 22.3 ± 7.7 months, appropriate ICD shocks were observed in 112 of 228 patients (49.1%). The mean duration of the Tp-e Group 1 was significantly longer than Group 2 (115.3 ± 22.2 vs 104.7 ± 20.2 ms, P < 0.001). Ischemic etiology and Tp-e duration were found to be independent predictors of ICD therapy. When the patients were divided into two groups based on Tp-e interval, there was no significant difference regarding the mortality between groups (21.2% vs 21.8%, P: 0.186). However, appropriate ICD shocks due to VT/VF (37.5% vs 58.8%, P < 0.001) and combined end point (39.4% vs 64.5%, P: 0.002) were significantly higher in patients with longer Tp-e group.ConclusionsTp-e interval independently predicts appropriate ICD shocks in patients with systolic dysfunction and ICDs implanted for primary prevention.
      PubDate: 2016-06-06T00:40:28.113037-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/anec.12383
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