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  1. The impact of 6 weeks of atrial fibrillation on left atrial and ventricular structure and function

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    Kazui, Toshinobu; Henn, Mathew C.; Watanabe, Yoshiyuki; Kovács, Sándor J.; Lawrance, Christopher P.; Greenberg, Jason W.; Moon, Marc; Schuessler, Richard B.; Damiano, Ralph J.

    2015-01-01

    Objective The impact of prolonged episodes of atrial fibrillation on atrial and ventricular function has been incompletely characterized. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of atrial fibrillation on left atrial and ventricular function in a rapid paced porcine model of atrial fibrillation. Methods A control group of pigs (group 1, n = 8) underwent left atrial and left ventricular conductance catheter studies and fibrosis analysis. A second group (group 2, n = 8) received a baseline cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to characterize left atrial and left ventricular function. The atria were rapidly paced into atrial fibrillation for 6 weeks followed by cardioversion and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Results After 6 weeks of atrial fibrillation, left atrial contractility defined by atrial end-systolic pressure-volume relationship slope was significantly lower in group 2 than in group 1 (1.1 ± 0.5 vs 1.7 ± 1.0; P = .041), whereas compliance from the end-diastolic pressure-volume relationship was unchanged (1.5 ± 0.9 vs 1.6 ± 1.3; P = .733). Compared with baseline, atrial fibrillation resulted in a significantly higher contribution of left atrial reservoir volume to stroke volume (32% vs 17%; P = .005) and lower left atrial booster pump volume contribution to stroke volume (19% vs 28%; P = .029). Atrial fibrillation also significantly increased maximum left atrial volume (206 ± 41 mL vs 90 ± 21 mL; P < .001). Left atrial fibrosis in group 2 was significantly higher than in group 1. Atrial fibrillation decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (29% ± 9% vs 58 ± 8%; P < .001), but left ventricular stroke volume was unchanged. Conclusions In a chronic model of atrial fibrillation, the left atrium demonstrated significant structural remodeling and decreased contractility. These data suggest that early intervention in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation might mitigate against adverse atrial and ventricular structural

  2. Imaging Techniques in Percutaneous Cardiac Structural Interventions: Atrial Septal Defect Closure and Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion.

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    Rodríguez Fernández, Antonio; Bethencourt González, Armando

    2016-08-01

    Because of advances in cardiac structural interventional procedures, imaging techniques are playing an increasingly important role. Imaging studies show sufficient anatomic detail of the heart structure to achieve an excellent outcome in interventional procedures. Up to 98% of atrial septal defects at the ostium secundum can be closed successfully with a percutaneous procedure. Candidates for this type of procedure can be identified through a systematic assessment of atrial septum anatomy, locating and measuring the size and shape of all defects, their rims, and the degree and direction of shunting. Three dimensional echocardiography has significantly improved anatomic assessments and the end result itself. In the future, when combined with other imaging techniques such as cardiac computed tomography and fluoroscopy, 3-dimensional echocardiography will be particularly useful for procedure guidance. Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage offers an alternative for treating patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindication for oral anticoagulants. In the future, the clinical focus may well turn to stroke prevention in selected patients. Percutaneous closure is effective and safe; device implantation is successful in 94% to 99% of procedures. However, the procedure requires an experienced cardiac structural interventional team. At present, 3-dimensional echocardiography is the most appropriate imaging technique to assess anatomy suitability, select device type and size, guide the procedure alongside fluoroscopy, and to follow-up the patient afterwards.

  3. Neovascularization in Left Atrial Myxoma

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    Dubey, Laxman; Chaurasia, Amit Kumar

    2012-01-01

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

  4. Left Atrial Structure and Function in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: A RELAX Substudy

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    McNulty, Steven E.; Hernandez, Adrian F.; Semigran, Marc J.; Lewis, Gregory D.; Jerosch-Herold, Michael; Kim, Raymond J.; Redfield, Margaret M.; Kwong, Raymond Y.

    2016-01-01

    Given the emerging recognition of left atrial structure and function as an important marker of disease in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HF-pEF), we investigated the association between left atrial volume and function with markers of disease severity and cardiac structure in HF-pEF. We studied 100 patients enrolled in the PhosphdiesteRasE-5 Inhibition to Improve CLinical Status and EXercise Capacity in Diastolic Heart Failure (RELAX) trial who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and blood collection before randomization. Maximal left atrial volume index (LAVi; N = 100), left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF; N = 99; including passive and active components (LAEFP, LAEFA; N = 80, 79, respectively) were quantified by CMR. After adjustment for multiple testing, maximal LAVi was only associated with age (ρ = 0.39), transmitral filling patterns (medial E/e’ ρ = 0.43), and N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP; ρ = 0.65; all p<0.05). Lower LAEF was associated with older age, higher transmitral E/A ratio and higher NT-proBNP. Peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope were not associated with left atrial structure or function. After adjustment for age, sex, transmitral E/A ratio, CMR LV mass, LV ejection fraction, and creatinine clearance, NT-proBNP remained associated with maximal LAVi (β = 0.028, p = 0.0007) and total LAEF (β = -0.033, p = 0.001). Passive and active LAEF were most strongly associated with age and NT-proBNP, but not gas exchange or other markers of ventricular structure or filling properties. Left atrial volume and emptying function are associated most strongly with NT-proBNP and diastolic filling properties, but not significantly with gas exchange, in HFpEF. Further research to explore the relevance of left atrial structure and function in HF-pEF is warranted. PMID:27812147

  5. Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Syed, Faisal F.; DeSimone, Christopher V.; Friedman, Paul A.; Asirvatham, Samuel J.

    2015-01-01

    SYNOPSIS Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is increasingly being used as a treatment strategy to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who have contraindications to anticoagulants. A number of approaches and devices have been developed in the last few years, each with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. We review the published studies on surgical and percutaneous approaches to LAA closure; focusing on stroke mechanisms in AF, LAA structure and function relevant to stroke prevention, practical differences in procedural approach, and clinical considerations surrounding management. PMID:25443240

  6. Radiofrequency ablation of left atrial flutter mediated with double potentials in a seemingly normally structured heart.

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    Peng, Hui; Sun, Zhijun; Zhang, Heping; Wu, Yongquan

    2014-08-20

    Left atrial flutter (left AFL) is common in patients who undergo atrial fibrillation ablation and cardiac surgery; however, few reports describe left AFL in detail in a seemingly normally structured heart, and the mechanisms of the occurrence of such arrhythmia are still not clear. We describe left AFL in patients without prior cardiac surgery or catheter ablation and discuss the electrophysiological characteristics that may explain the preferential generation and perpetuation of such tachycardia. Eleven patients with left AFL, who had no history of cardiac surgery or interventions, underwent electrophysiological studies and 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping studies. Echocardiography revealed a relatively mild dilation of the left atrium, mild to moderate mitral regurgitation, and a normal left ventricular ejection fraction. The electroanatomic mapping during tachycardia showed a "reentrant" activation pattern in all patients. The mean tachycardia cycle length was 266 ± 17 ms. A single-loop reentrant circuit was identified in 7 patients. A counterclockwise left atrial flutter evolved around the mitral valve annulus in 6 patients. The tachycardia rotated around the left atrial anterior wall in 1 patient. Four patients exhibited a double-loop reentrant circuit with a "figure of 8" pattern reentry. Double potentials as the critical isthmus of the circuit were identified in the left atrial anterior wall near the mitral annulus which displayed a low-voltage area matched with the left atrium-aorta contiguity. The conduction velocity was significantly slower in the double-potential recording area than in the lateral mitral annulus (0.36 ± 0.03 m/s vs 0.74 ± 0.12 m/s; P<0.05). Successful ablation around the double-potential recording site caused an interruption of the tachycardia, and remained free of recurrence during a 12-month follow-up in all patients. Left AFL in patients without a history of surgery or ablation is rarely observed in clinical practice. The

  7. Association of left atrial endothelin-1 with atrial rhythm, size, and fibrosis in patients with structural heart disease.

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    Mayyas, Fadia; Niebauer, Mark; Zurick, Andrew; Barnard, John; Gillinov, A Marc; Chung, Mina K; Van Wagoner, David R

    2010-08-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) promotes atrial remodeling and can develop secondary to heart failure or mitral valve disease. Cardiac endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression responds to wall stress and can promote myocyte hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis. We tested the hypothesis that atrial ET-1 is elevated in AF and is associated with AF persistence. Left atrial appendage tissue was studied from coronary artery bypass graft, valve repair, and/or Maze procedure in patients in sinus rhythm with no history of AF (SR, n=21), with history of AF but in SR at surgery (AF/SR, n=23), and in AF at surgery (AF/AF, n=32). The correlation of LA size with atrial protein and mRNA expression of ET-1 and ET-1 receptors (ETAR and ETBR) was evaluated. LA appendage ET-1 content was higher in AF/AF than in SR, but receptor levels were similar. Immunostaining revealed that ET-1 and its receptors were present both in atrial myocytes and in fibroblasts. ET-1 content was positively correlated with LA size, heart failure, AF persistence, and severity of mitral regurgitation. Multivariate analysis confirmed associations of ET-1 with AF, hypertension, and LA size. LA size was associated with ET-1 and MR severity. ET-1 mRNA levels were correlated with genes involved in cardiac dilatation, hypertrophy, and fibrosis. Elevated atrial ET-1 content is associated with increased LA size, AF rhythm, hypertension, and heart failure. ET-1 is associated with atrial dilatation, fibrosis, and hypertrophy and probably contributes to AF persistence. Interventions that reduce atrial ET-1 expression and/or block its receptors may slow AF progression.

  8. Structural Comparison between the Right and Left Atrial Appendages Using Multidetector Computed Tomography

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    Shinoda, Koichi; Fukuoka, Daisuke; Torii, Ryo; Watanabe, Tsuneo; Nakano, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    The three-dimensional (3D) structures of the right atrial appendage (RAA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) were compared to clarify why thrombus formation less frequently occurs in RAA than in LAA. Morphological differences between RAA and LAA of 34 formalin-preserved cadaver hearts were investigated. Molds of RAA and LAA specimens were made and the neck areas, volumes of the atrial appendages (AA), and amount of pectinate muscles (PMs) were analyzed using multidetector computed tomography. In RAA, most PMs were connected to one another and formed a “dendritic” appearance and the inner surface area was smaller than in LAA. RAA had smaller volumes and larger neck areas than LAA. The ratios of the neck area/volume were larger and the amounts of PMs were smaller in RAA than in LAA. The volumes, neck areas, and amount of PMs of RAA were significantly correlated with those of LAA. According to the 3D structure, RAA appears to be suited for a more favorable blood flow, which may explain why the thrombus formation is less common in RAA than in LAA. Examining not only LAA but also RAA by transesophageal echocardiography may be useful in high-risk patients of thrombus formation in LAA because the volume, neck area, and amount of PMs of LAA reflect the shape of RAA. PMID:27900330

  9. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices

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    Romero, Jorge; Perez, Irving E; Krumerman, Andrew; Garcia, Mario J; Lucariello, Richard J

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk for thromboembolic stroke five-fold. The left atrial appendage (LAA) has been shown to be the main source of thrombus formation in the majority of strokes associated with AF. Oral anticoagulation with warfarin and novel anticoagulants remains the standard of care; however, it has several limitations, including bleeding and poor compliance. Occlusion of the LAA has been shown to be an alternative therapeutic approach to drug therapy. The purpose of this article is to review the different techniques and devices that have emerged for the purpose of occluding this structure, with a particular emphasis on the efficacy and safety studies published to date in the medical literature. PMID:24963274

  10. Left Atrial Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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

    2011-01-01

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

  11. Effect of Aging on Left Atrial Compliance and Electromechanical Properties in Subjects Without Structural Heart Disease.

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    Abou, Rachid; Leung, Melissa; Tonsbeek, Anthony M; Podlesnikar, Tomaz; Maan, Arie C; Schalij, Martin J; Ajmone Marsan, Nina; Delgado, Victoria; Bax, Jeroen J

    2017-07-01

    Aging is associated with changes in left atrial (LA) structure and function. The present study aimed at describing the effect of aging on LA properties in a large cohort of subjects without structural heart disease. We divided 386 subjects (mean age 58 years [range 16 to 91]; 188 men [49%]) clinically referred for echocardiography according to age groups. The P-wave dispersion (PWD), reflecting total atrial conduction time, was measured on a 12-lead surface electrocardiogram as the difference between maximum and minimum P-wave duration. The PA-TDI duration reflecting the total atrial conduction time was measured on tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) as the time between onset of P wave on surface electrocardiogram to peak A'-wave velocity. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography was used to assess LA reservoir function, reflecting LA compliance. In the overall population, mean PWD, PA-TDI, and LA reservoir strain were 43 ± 12 ms, 129 ± 27 ms, and 36 ± 13%, respectively. Increasing age was independently associated with prolonged PWD (β = 0.161; p <0.001), PA-TDI (β = 0.476; p <0.001), and reduced LA reservoir strain (β = -0.259; <0.001), suggesting age-related fibrotic changes of the LA myocardium. The association between age and LA reservoir strain was modulated by body mass index (β = -0.582; p <0.001) and LA volume index (β = -0.117; p = 0.014). In conclusion, aging is associated with longer PWD and PA-TDI duration along with a decrease in LA reservoir function. Obesity and larger LA volumes are independently associated with reduced LA compliance. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. The left atrial "Medusa myxoma".

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    Williams, Elbert E; Pratt, Jerry W; Martin, David E

    2014-02-01

    Although myxomas are the most commonly seen primary cardiac tumors, encompassing 30% to 50% of all primary tumors of the heart, they remain a rare finding with an annual reported incidence of 0.5 per million. The presenting symptoms of an atrial myxoma are widely varied as are the clinical consequences. Regardless of presentation, once a diagnosis is made prompt surgical excision is recommended to minimize the potential complications of obstruction or embolization. We present the "Medusa myxoma," an arborizing 4-fingered left atrial myxoma extending from the fossa ovalis across the left atrium.

  13. Left Atrial Myxoma

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    2006-09-01

    enhanced pulmonary CT angiogram demonstrated normal pulmonary arteries (i.e. no pulmonary embolus) and confirmed the presence of left-sided pulmonary ... arteries without evidence for pulmonary embolism but note of patchy airspace disease within the left upper and lower lobes (Figure 1C), which...1A) and lateral (Figure 1B) chest radiographs were obtained and the patient also underwent a contrast-enhanced pulmonary CT angiogram (CTA; Figure

  14. Posterior left atrial wall hematoma mimicking cystic intracavitary atrial mass.

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    Bahnacy, Yasser; Suresh, Cheriyil; Dawoud, Hamed; Zubaid, Mohammad

    2010-10-01

    Atrial myxoma is the most common benign primary tumor of the heart most commonly in the left atrium (LA). Cystic or cavitated intracardiac masses are rare. We report the case of a 43-year-old male patient admitted with chest infection, hemoptysis, and severe respiratory distress, who had to be ventilated. Chest computed tomography showed bilateral lung consolidation with large mass occupying the region of the LA. Transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography showed a large intracavitary left atrial cystic mobile mass. Open-heart surgical exploration did not show any mass inside the LA. A posterior left atrial wall hematoma was found and evacuated. Biopsies confirmed the presence of blood clots. Posterior left atrial wall hematoma may appear as left atrial intracavitary cystic mass and should be included in the differential diagnosis of cystic left atrial mass.

  15. The impact of cryoballoon-based catheter ablation on left atrial structural and potential electrical remodeling in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Canpolat, Uğur; Aytemir, Kudret; Özer, Necla; Oto, Ali

    2015-11-01

    While atrial fibrillation (AF) begets AF via structural, contractile, and electrical remodeling, it was shown that successful radiofrequency ablation of AF has effectively reversed left atrial (LA) remodeling. However, there was little data regarding the efficacy of cryoablation on LA remodeling. Herein, we aimed to assess the impact of cryoablation on LA structural and potential electrical remodeling in paroxysmal AF patients. A total of 41 symptomatic patients with non-valvular paroxysmal AF underwent their first catheter ablation via cryoballoon technique. All patients had transthoracic echocardiography before, 6 and 12 months after cryoablation. LA volume index (LAVI), left intra-, right intra-, and inter-atrial electromechanical conduction delay (AEMD) were calculated in all patients. Postprocedural first 3 months was accepted as blanking period. All 179 pulmonary veins were isolated successfully in 41 patients with no major complication. During median 18 months (12-20 months) follow-up, recurrent atrial arrhythmia was found in nine patients (21.9%). In multivariate Cox regression analysis, only early recurrence was found as the independent predictor of late recurrence. At 12th month visit compared to baseline, there was no change in LAVI (p = 0.647) but significant increase in left intra- and inter-AEMD (p < 0.05). However, in non-recurrent group, both LAVI (30.63 ± 3.6 to 28.42 ± 3.63, p < 0.001), left intra-AEMD (18.75 ± 8.77 to 12.5 ± 4.65, p < 0.001), and inter-AEMD (25.2 ± 13.2 to 18.84 ± 8.52, p < 0.001) were significantly decreased. Our study findings revealed that successful cryoballoon-based AF ablation yields LA structural and potential electrical reverse remodeling. However, LA remodeling process cannot be halted by cryoablation in patients with AF recurrence during follow-up.

  16. Left Atrial Epicardial Adiposity and Atrial Fibrillation

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    Batal, Omar; Schoenhagen, Paul; Shao, Mingyuan; Ayyad, Ala Eddin; Van Wagoner, David R.; Halliburton, Sandra S.; Tchou, Patrick J.; Chung, Mina K.

    2010-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been linked to inflammatory factors and obesity. Epicardial fat is a source of several inflammatory mediators related to the development of coronary artery disease. We hypothesized that periatrial fat may have a similar role in the development of AF. Methods and Results Left atrium (LA) epicardial fat pad thickness was measured in consecutive cardiac CT angiograms performed for coronary artery disease or AF. Patients were grouped by AF burden: no (n=73), paroxysmal (n=60), or persistent (n=36) AF. In a short-axis view at the mid LA, periatrial epicardial fat thickness was measured at the esophagus (LA-ESO), main pulmonary artery, and thoracic aorta; retrosternal fat was measured in axial view (right coronary ostium level). LA area was determined in the 4-chamber view. LA-ESO fat was thicker in patients with persistent AF versus paroxysmal AF (P=0.011) or no AF (P=0.003). LA area was larger in patients with persistent AF than paroxysmal AF (P=0.004) or without AF (P<0.001). LA-ESO was a significant predictor of AF burden even after adjusting for age, body mass index, and LA area (odds ratio, 5.30; 95% confidence interval, 1.39 to 20.24; P=0.015). A propensity score–adjusted multivariable logistic regression that included age, body mass index, LA area, and comorbidities was also performed and the relationship remained statistically significant (P=0.008). Conclusions Increased posterior LA fat thickness appears to be associated with AF burden independent of age, body mass index, or LA area. Further studies are necessary to examine cause and effect, and if inflammatory, paracrine mediators explain this association. PMID:20504944

  17. Association of left atrial reservoir function with left atrial structural remodeling related to left ventricular dysfunction in asymptomatic patients with hypertension: evaluation by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography.

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    Miyoshi, Hirokazu; Oishi, Yoshifumi; Mizuguchi, Yukio; Iuchi, Arata; Nagase, Norio; Ara, Nusrat; Oki, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Left atrial (LA) structural and functional abnormalities are vital steps on the pathway toward heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in asymptomatic patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship of LA function, particularly reservoir function, with LA structural remodeling related to the left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in asymptomatic patients with hypertension (HT) using conventional, tissue Doppler, and 2-D speckle-tracking echocardiography. Fifty age-matched healthy individuals and 140 patients with HT, including 75 with LA volume index (LAVI)<29 ml/m2 (normal LA group) and 65 with LAVI≥29 ml/m2 (large LA group), were enrolled. We defined peak early diastolic transmitral flow velocity/peak early diastolic mitral annular motion velocity (E/e')/peak systolic LA strain (S-LAs) as LA diastolic stiffness. The LV mass index, relative LV wall thickness, peak atrial systolic transmitral flow velocity, LA total, active, and passive emptying volume indexes, and E/e'/S-LAs were greatest, and S-LAs, peak early diastolic LA strain, peak systolic LV longitudinal strain and circumferential strain rate, and peak early diastolic LV radial strain rate were lower in the large LA group compared with control and/or normal LA group. Multivariate linear regression analysis revealed that aging, LA remodeling, and LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction are defined as strong predictors related to increased LA diastolic stiffness in the large LA group. HT alters LA dynamics significantly, with resultant increased LA volume and diastolic stiffness related to LV diastolic and systolic dysfunction, even in asymptomatic patients. Earlier treatment with renin–angiotensin system inhibitors may improve abnormal LA-LV interaction in this patient population.

  18. Interatrial septal thickness as a marker of structural and functional remodeling of the left atrium in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Lim, Hong Euy; Na, Jin Oh; Im, Sung Il; Choi, Cheol Ung; Kim, Seong Hwan; Kim, Jin Won; Kim, Eung Ju; Han, Seong Woo; Rha, Seung-Woon; Park, Chang Gyu; Seo, Hong Seog; Oh, Dong Joo; Hwang, Chun

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims: There have been reports that interatrial septal (IAS) thickness is increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). This study was performed to investigate whether IAS thickness determined by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) represents the amount of left atrium (LA) structural and functional remodeling. Methods: The study population consisted of 104 consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation (CA) for AF (paroxysmal atrial fibrillation [PAF], 82; persistent atrial fibrillation [PeAF], 22). IAS thickness and left atrium volume (LAV) using TTE, and LA voltage (LAVOL) using 3-dimensional electroanatomical mapping system were assessed during sinus rhythm. Results: IAS thickness was significantly correlated with maximal LAV (LAVmax) (r = 0.288, p = 0.003), mean LAVOL (r = –0.537, p < 0.001), total left atrium emptying fraction (LAEFtotal; r = –0.213, p = 0.030), and active LAEF (LAEFactive; r = –0.249, p = 0.014). IAS thickness was greater in the high-risk group (≥ 2) compared to other groups according to CHA2DS2-VASc score (p = 0.019). During a follow-up of 19.6 months, 23 subjects (22.1%; PAF, 17; PeAF, 6) had recurrence of arrhythmia. Univariate analysis showed that LAVmax, minimal LAV, mean LAVOL, LVEFtotal, LVEFactive, and IAS thickness were associated with recurrence of arrhythmia. However, on multivariate analysis, only mean LAVOL and LAEFactive were independent risk factors for recurrence. Conclusions: Although IAS thickness showed significant correlations with parameters for LA structural and functional remodeling, this parameter alone could not independently predict recurrence of arrhythmia after CA for AF. PMID:26552456

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

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

    2017-09-01

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

  20. Racial Differences in Atrial Fibrillation Prevalence and Left Atrial Size

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    Marcus, Gregory M.; Olgin, Jeffrey E.; Whooley, Mary; Vittinghoff, Eric; Stone, Katie L.; Mehra, Reena; Hulley, Stephen B.; Schiller, Nelson B.

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND Previous studies relying on clinical care data have suggested that atrial fibrillation is less common in African Americans than Caucasians, but the mechanism remains unknown. Clinical care may itself vary by race, potentially affecting the accuracy of atrial fibrillation ascertainment in studies relying on clinical data. We sought to examine racial differences in atrial fibrillation prevalence determined by protocol-driven electrocardiograms (ECGs) obtained in prospective cohort studies and to study racial differences in echocardiographic characteristics. METHODS We pooled primary data from 3 cohort studies with atrial fibrillation adjudicated from study protocol ECGs and documentation of potentially important confounders: the Heart and Soul Study (n = 1014), the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study (n = 2673), and The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Sleep Study (n = 2911). Left atrial anatomic dimensions were compared among races from sinus rhythm echocardiograms in the Heart and Soul Study. RESULTS Of the 6611 participants, 268 (4%) had atrial fibrillation: Caucasians had the highest prevalence (5%), and African Americans had the lowest (1%; P <.001 for each compared with all other races). After adjustment for potential confounders, Caucasians had a 3.8-fold greater odds of having atrial fibrillation than African Americans (95% confidence interval, 1.6–8.8, P = .002). Although ventricular and atrial volumes and function were similar in Caucasians and African Americans, Caucasians had a 2 mm larger anterior-posterior left atrial diameter after adjusting for potential confounders (95% confidence interval, 1–3 mm, P <.001). CONCLUSION ECG confirmed atrial fibrillation is more common in Caucasians than in African Americans, which might be related to the larger left atrial diameter observed in Caucasians. PMID:20227049

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

  2. Left atrial myxoma masquerading as viral flu

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    Chhabra, Lovely; Kiernan, Francis

    2016-01-01

    Atrial myxoma is a rare cardiac tumor that may be diagnosed incidentally on cardiac imaging or may present with life-threatening cardiac symptoms. We present a case of giant left atrial myxoma that presented as a flulike illness. PMID:27695187

  3. Low Left Atrial Compliance Contributes to the Clinical Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation after Catheter Ablation in Patients with Structurally and Functionally Normal Heart.

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    Park, Junbeom; Yang, Pil-sung; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Uhm, Jae-Sun; Kim, Joung-Youn; Joung, Boyoung; Lee, Moon-Hyoung; Hwang, Chun; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Stiff left atrial (LA) syndrome was initially reported in post-cardiac surgery patients and known to be associated with low LA compliance. We investigated the physiological and clinical implications of LA compliance by estimating LA pulse pressure (LApp) among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and structurally and functionally normal heart. Among 1038 consecutive patients with LA pressure measurements before AF ablation, we included 334 patients with structurally and functionally normal heart (81.7% male, 54.1±10.6 years, 77.0% paroxysmal AF) after excluding those with hypertension, diabetes, and previous ablation or cardiac surgery. We measured LApp (peak-nadir LA pressure) at the beginning of the ablation procedure and compared the values with clinical parameters and the AF recurrence rate. AF patients with normal heart were younger and more frequently male and had paroxysmal AF, a lower body mass index, and a lower LApp compared to others (all p<0.05). Based on the median value, the low LA compliance group (LApp≥13 mmHg) had a smaller LA volume index and lower LA voltage (all p<0.05) compared to the high LA compliance group. During a mean follow-up of 16.7±11.8 months, low LA compliance was independently associated with two fold-higher risk of clinical AF recurrence (HR:2.202; 95%CI:1.077-4.503; p = 0.031). Low LA compliance, as determined by an elevated LApp, was associated with a smaller LA volume index and lower LA voltage and independently associated with higher clinical recurrence after catheter ablation in AF patients with structurally and functionally normal heart.

  4. Left ventricular stiffness estimated by diastolic wall strain is associated with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in structurally normal hearts.

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    Uetake, Shunsuke; Maruyama, Mitsunori; Yamamoto, Teppei; Kato, Katsuhito; Miyauchi, Yasushi; Seino, Yoshihiko; Shimizu, Wataru

    2016-12-01

    Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction depends on an impaired relaxation and stiffness. Abnormal LV relaxation contributes to the development of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the role of LV stiffness in AF remains unclear. Diastolic wall strain (DWS), a load-independent, noninvasive direct measure of LV stiffness, correlates with prevalent AF. This study included 328 consecutive subjects with structurally normal hearts: 164 paroxysmal AF patients and 164 age- and sex-matched (1:1) controls. We calculated the DWS from the M-mode echocardiographic measurements of the LV posterior wall thickness at end-systole and end-diastole during sinus rhythm. The DWS was lower in the AF patients (0.35 ± 0.07) than in the controls (0.41 ± 0.06; P < 0.001). After adjusting for the risk factors of AF using a conditional logistic regression analysis, a history of hypertension, plasma brain-type natriuretic peptide level, and DWS were independently associated with AF prevalence, whereas body mass index, LV mass index, left atrial volume, and any conventional indices of the diastolic function were not. A low DWS (<0.380) was the strongest indicator of AF (odds ratio: 6.22, 95% confidence interval: 3.08-14.2, P < 0.001). Increased LV stiffness estimated by DWS was a strong determinant of the prevalence of AF. LV stiffness may play a role in the pathogenesis of paroxysmal AF in structurally normal hearts. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Left atrial laceration with epicardial ligation device.

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    Keating, Vincent P; Kolibash, Christopher P; Khandheria, Bijoy K; Bajwa, Tanvir; Sra, Jasbir; Kress, David C

    2014-01-01

    Many new devices and techniques are being developed to attempt a reduction in embolic stroke risk for patients with atrial fibrillation who are either unable or unwilling to maintain long-term anticoagulation. One of these new devices (LARIAT®, SentreHEART Inc., Redwood City, California, USA) employs delivery of an epicardial suture to ligate the left atrial appendage after percutaneous pericardial and transseptal access. This series presents three clinical cases that demonstrate a serious and recurrent complication of left atrial laceration and cardiac tamponade shortly following delivery of an epicardial suture ligation to the left atrial appendage. Three clinical cases are described in detail with pre- and postprocedure angiography and echocardiography as well as illustrations reflecting the surgeon's findings on direct visualization of the left atrial lacerations postligation. Potential hypotheses of each injury are examined in light of the case timelines and findings at sternotomy. There was no suggestion that tamponade was related to pericardial or transseptal access, but rather a complication with device delivery. These three patients quickly progressed to clinical cardiac tamponade despite attempted drainage, stressing the importance of cardiovascular surgery backup, including a cardiopulmonary bypass pump, when delivering novel, percutaneous ligation devices for the left atrial appendage.

  6. Spinal cord ischemia and left atrial myxoma.

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    Hirose, G; Kosoegawa, H; Takado, M; Shimazaki, K; Murakami, E

    1979-07-01

    A 62-year-old man had an acute, transient, flaccid paraplegia. Examination showed a primary cardiac tumor with emboli to major branches of the aorta. A myxoma was removed from the left atrium, and normal function returned. Left atrial myxoma should be suspected as a cause for embolism to the CNS.

  7. New echocardiographic techniques for evaluation of left atrial mechanics

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    Todaro, Maria Chiara; Choudhuri, Indrajit; Belohlavek, Marek; Jahangir, Arshad; Carerj, Scipione; Oreto, Lilia; Khandheria, Bijoy K.

    2012-01-01

    Until recently the left atrium had been subordinate to the left ventricle, but cardiologists now recognize that left atrial (LA) function is indispensable to normal circulatory performance. Transthoracic two-dimensional (2D) and Doppler echocardiography can elucidate parameters of LA function non-invasively. Yet, with the advent of 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography, we are able to detect early LA dysfunction even before structural changes occur. This is pivotal in some common disease states, such as atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and heart failure, in which LA deformation parameters can influence clinical management. However, a unique standardized technique to investigate LA deformation needs to be validated. PMID:22909795

  8. Global left atrial failure in heart failure.

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    Triposkiadis, Filippos; Pieske, Burkert; Butler, Javed; Parissis, John; Giamouzis, Gregory; Skoularigis, John; Brutsaert, Dirk; Boudoulas, Harisios

    2016-11-01

    The left atrium plays an important role in the maintenance of cardiovascular and neurohumoral homeostasis in heart failure. However, with progressive left ventricular dysfunction, left atrial (LA) dilation and mechanical failure develop, which frequently culminate in atrial fibrillation. Moreover, LA mechanical failure is accompanied by LA endocrine failure [deficient atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) processing-synthesis/development of ANP resistance) and LA regulatory failure (dominance of sympathetic nervous system excitatory mechanisms, excessive vasopressin release) contributing to neurohumoral overactivity, vasoconstriction, and volume overload (global LA failure). The purpose of the present review is to describe the characteristics and emphasize the clinical significance of global LA failure in patients with heart failure. © 2016 The Authors. European Journal of Heart Failure © 2016 European Society of Cardiology.

  9. Aneurysm of the Left Atrial Appendage

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    Victor, Solomon; Nayak, Vijaya M.

    2001-01-01

    A 43-year-old woman underwent excision of an aneurysm of the left atrial appendage, which had been causing cerebrovascular embolic episodes. We attribute the aneurysm to congenital dysplasia of the musculi pectinati in the left atrial appendage and of the bands of atrial muscle from which they arise. In Appendix I, we draw attention to the morphologically similar arrangements of inner and outer bands that emanate from a common transverse interatrial band and yield morphologically similar medial, descending, and ascending palm-leaf arrangements of musculi pectinati. In addition, we observe that the strap-like arrangements of musculi in both atria connect the outer band with the para-annular segment of the inner band. In Appendix II, we briefly review the literature concerning musculi pectinati and related bands. PMID:11453121

  10. Left atrial structure and functional quantitation using cardiovascular magnetic resonance and multimodality tissue tracking: validation and reproducibility assessment.

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    Zareian, Mytra; Ciuffo, Luisa; Habibi, Mohammadali; Opdahl, Anders; Chamera, Elzbieta H; Wu, Colin O; Bluemke, David A; Lima, João A C; Venkatesh, Bharath Ambale

    2015-07-01

    Left atrium (LA) strain, volume and function are important markers of cardiovascular disease and myocardial impairment. We aimed to assess the accuracy of LA biplane volume and function measured by Multimodality Tissue Tracking (MTT). Also we assessed the inter-study reproducibility for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) derived LA volume and function parameters. Thirty subjects (mean age: 71.3 ± 8.7, 87% male) including twenty subjects with cardiovascular events and ten healthy subjects, with CMR were evaluated in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). LA volumes were computed by the modified biplane method from 2- and 4-chamber projections and the Simpson's method from short-axis slices using both methods - manual and semi-automated delineation using MTT. LA total, active and passive ejection fractions were calculated. Pearson's correlation and Bland-Altman analysis were used to compare the measurements. In a second sample of 25 subjects (age: 65.7 ± 7.1, 72% males) inter study, intra and inter reader reliability analysis was performed. The intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) was evaluated. Left atrial MTT structural and functional parameters were not different from manual delineation, yet image analysis was only half as time consuming on average with MTT. Maximal volume MTT was not different between the Simpson's and Biplane methods, functional parameters, however were different. MTT allowed us to measure multiple LA parameters with good-excellent (ICC; 0.88- 0.98, p < 0.001) intra-and inter reader reproducibility and fair-good (ICC; 0.44-0.82, p < 0.05-0.001) inter study reproducibility. MTT derived LA biplane volume and function is accurate and reproducible and is suited for use in longitudinal studies.

  11. Left Atrial Reverse Remodeling: Mechanisms, Evaluation, and Clinical Significance.

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    Thomas, Liza; Abhayaratna, Walter P

    2017-01-01

    The left atrium is considered a biomarker for adverse cardiovascular outcomes, particularly in patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and atrial fibrillation in whom left atrial (LA) enlargement is of prognostic importance. LA enlargement with a consequent decrease in LA function represents maladaptive structural and functional "remodeling" that in turn promotes electrical remodeling and a milieu conducive for incident atrial fibrillation. Medical and nonmedical interventions may arrest this pathophysiologic process to the extent that subsequent reverse remodeling results in a reduction in LA size and improvement in LA function. This review examines cellular and basic mechanisms involved in LA remodeling, evaluates the noninvasive techniques that can assess these changes, and examines potential mechanisms that may initiate reverse remodeling.

  12. Left atrial mechanics strongly predict functional capacity assessed by cardiopulmonary exercise testing in subjects without structural heart disease.

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    Leite, Luís; Mendes, Sofia Lázaro; Baptista, Rui; Teixeira, Rogério; Oliveira-Santos, Manuel; Ribeiro, Nelson; Coutinho, Rosa; Monteiro, Victor; Martins, Rui; Castro, Graça; Ferreira, Maria João; Pego, Mariano

    2017-05-01

    Left atrium function is essential for cardiovascular performance and is evaluable by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). Our aim was to determine how echocardiographic parameters interrelate with exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in subjects with no structural heart disease. Asymptomatic volunteers, in sinus rhythm and with normal biventricular size and function, were recruited from a community-based population. Individuals with moderate-to-severe valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and history of cardiac disease were excluded. We performed a transthoracic echocardiogram and assessed left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) mechanics via 2D-STE. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing by treadmill took place immediately thereafter. Peak oxygen uptake (VO2) served as measure of functional capacity and ventilation/carbon dioxide output (VE/VCO2) slope as surrogate of ventilation/perfusion mismatch. 20 subjects were included (age 51 ± 14 years, male gender 65%). Peak VO2 strongly correlated with age (r = -0.83; P < 0.01), with E/e' ratio (r = -0.72; P < 0.01), and with LA reservoir- and conduit-phase mechanics, particularly with LA conduit strain rate (SR) (r = -0.82; P < 0.01), but showed no correlation with LA volume index or LV mechanics. A similar pattern of associations was identified for VE/VCO2 slope. In multivariate analysis, LA conduit SR (β = -0.69; P = 0.02) emerged as sole independent correlate of peak VO2, adjusted for age and for E/e' ratio (adjusted r (2)  = 0.76; P < 0.01). Conduit and reservoir components of LA mechanics displayed strong associations with peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope. LA conduit-phase SR seems best suited as echocardiographic marker of functional capacity in subjects with no structural heart disease.

  13. Left atrium segmentation for atrial fibrillation ablation

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    Karim, R.; Mohiaddin, R.; Rueckert, D.

    2008-03-01

    Segmentation of the left atrium is vital for pre-operative assessment of its anatomy in radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) surgery. RFCA is commonly used for treating atrial fibrillation. In this paper we present an semi-automatic approach for segmenting the left atrium and the pulmonary veins from MR angiography (MRA) data sets. We also present an automatic approach for further subdividing the segmented atrium into the atrium body and the pulmonary veins. The segmentation algorithm is based on the notion that in MRA the atrium becomes connected to surrounding structures via partial volume affected voxels and narrow vessels, the atrium can be separated if these regions are characterized and identified. The blood pool, obtained by subtracting the pre- and post-contrast scans, is first segmented using a region-growing approach. The segmented blood pool is then subdivided into disjoint subdivisions based on its Euclidean distance transform. These subdivisions are then merged automatically starting from a seed point and stopping at points where the atrium leaks into a neighbouring structure. The resulting merged subdivisions produce the segmented atrium. Measuring the size of the pulmonary vein ostium is vital for selecting the optimal Lasso catheter diameter. We present a second technique for automatically identifying the atrium body from segmented left atrium images. The separating surface between the atrium body and the pulmonary veins gives the ostia locations and can play an important role in measuring their diameters. The technique relies on evolving interfaces modelled using level sets. Results have been presented on 20 patient MRA datasets.

  14. Atrial Cardiopathy: A Broadened Concept of Left Atrial Thromboembolism Beyond Atrial Fibrillation

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    Kamel, Hooman; Okin, Peter M.; Longstreth, W. T.; Elkind, Mitchell S.V.; Soliman, Elsayed Z.

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) has long been associated with a heightened risk of ischemic stroke and systemic thromboembolism, but recent data require a re-evaluation of our understanding of the nature of this relationship. New findings about the temporal connection between AF and stroke, alongside evidence linking markers of left atrial abnormalities with stroke in the absence of apparent AF, suggest that left atrial thromboembolism may occur even without AF. These observations undermine the hypothesis that the dysrhythmia that defines AF is necessary and sufficient to cause thromboembolism. In this commentary, we instead suggest that the substrate for thromboembolism may often be the anatomic and physiological atrial derangements associated with AF. Therefore, our understanding of cardioembolic stroke may be more complete if we shift our representation of its origin from AF to the concept of atrial cardiopathy. PMID:26021638

  15. Quantitative Evaluation of the Substantially Variable Morphology and Function of the Left Atrial Appendage and Its Relation with Adjacent Structures.

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    Li, Cai-Ying; Gao, Bu-Lang; Liu, Xiao-Wei; Fan, Qiong-Ying; Zhang, Xue-Jing; Liu, Guo-Chao; Yang, Hai-Qing; Feng, Ping-Yong; Wang, Yong; Song, Peng

    2015-01-01

    To investigate quantitatively the morphology, anatomy and function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) and its relation with adjacent structures. A total of 860 patients (533 men, 62.0%, age 55.9±10.4 year) who had cardiac multidetector computed tomography angiography from May to October 2012 were enrolled for analysis. Seven types and 6 subtypes of LAA morphology were found with Type 2 being the most prevalent. Type 5 was more significantly (P<0.05) present in women (8.0%) than in men (4.2%). LAA orifice was oval in 81.5%, triangular in 7.3%, semicircular in 4%, water drop-like in 3.2%, round in 2.4% and foot-like in 1.6%. The LAA orifice had a significantly greater (P<0.01) major axis in men (24.79±3.81) than in women (22.68±4.07). The LAA orifice long axis was significantly (P<0.05) positively correlated with the height, weight and surface area of the patient. The LAA morphology parameters displayed strong positive correlation with the left atrium volume, aortic cross area long axis or LSPV long axis but poor correlation with the height, weight, surface area and vertebral body height of the patients. Four types of LAA ridge were identified: AI, AII, B and C with the distribution of 17.6%, 69.9%, 5.9% and 6.6%, respectively. The LAA had a significantly (P<0.05) greater distance from its orifice to the mitral ring in women than in men. The LAA had two filling and two emptying processes with the greatest volume at 45% phase but the least volume at 5% phase. The LAA maximal, minimal and emptying volumes were all significantly (P<0.05) positively correlated with the body height, weight and surface area, whereas the LAA ejection fraction had an inverse correlation with the LAA minimal volume but no correlation with the maximal volume. The LAA has substantially variable morphologies and relation with the adjacent structures, which may be helpful in guiding the LAA trans-catheter occlusion or catheter ablation procedures.

  16. The role of left atrial receptors in the diuretic response to left atrial distension

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    Ledsome, J. R.; Linden, R. J.

    1968-01-01

    1. The diuretic response to distension of the whole left atrium caused by obstruction of the mitral orifice has been compared with the effects of distension (by means of small balloons) of the left pulmonary vein/left atrial junctions. 2. Distension of the pulmonary vein/atrial junctions caused an increase in heart rate and a diuresis similar to but smaller than that caused by mitral obstruction. 3. Section of both ansae subclaviae prevented the increase in heart rate produced by distension of the pulmonary vein/left atrial junctions but had little effect on the diuretic response either to pulmonary vein distension or to mitral obstruction. 4. A diuretic response to mitral obstruction could be demonstrated after all nerves from the lungs had been cut but not after the vagus nerves had been cut at levels likely to interrupt the majority of afferent fibres from left atrial receptors. 5. The results support the view that stimulation of left atrial receptors is a major factor in the production of a diuretic response to mitral obstruction. PMID:5698283

  17. Managing the Left Atrial Appendage in Atrial Fibrillation: Current State of the Art.

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    Khawar, Waqaar; Smith, Nathan; Masroor, Saqib

    2017-08-19

    Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk for thromboembolic stroke originating predominantly in the left atrial appendage. To reduce the risk, the standard of care is anticoagulation. In addition, several devices for exclusion of the left atrial appendage have been developed. PubMed was searched for articles relevant to left atrial appendage management. The resulting articles were reviewed as were relevant articles in their bibliographies. Relevant journals were manually searched for sources. Devices are being used for left atrial appendage exclusion by percutaneous and surgical approaches. Their indications, limitations, and outcomes are reviewed. Excision and exclusion of the left atrial appendage is safe and as effective as medical management of atrial fibrillation for stroke prevention. The choice of treatment should be made based on patients' anatomy, history, and preference informed by an appropriate left atrial appendage management team. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Advanced left-atrial fibrosis is associated with unsuccessful maze operation for valvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Kainuma, Satoshi; Masai, Takafumi; Yoshitatsu, Masao; Miyagawa, Shigeru; Yamauchi, Takashi; Takeda, Koji; Morii, Eiichi; Sawa, Yoshiki

    2011-07-01

    Atrial dilatation and fibrosis are considered to be important factors in the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the relationship between those structural remodeling and postoperative sinus conversions after a maze operation has been rarely studied. The purpose of this study was to determine whether pathological evaluation of atrial tissues was useful for predicting an unsuccessful maze operation in patients with valvular AF. Between March 2006 and June 2007, left-atrial tissues in the posterior wall and right-atrial appendage were obtained from 47 consecutive patients (24 patients with chronic AF, and 23 with sinus rhythm) undergoing mitral valve surgery (MVS). A concomitant maze operation was performed for all patients with chronic AF. Atrial cell diameters were measured using hematoxylin and eosin staining, and quantitative assessment of atrial fibrosis was performed with Masson trichrome staining using an image analyzer (Image Processor for Analytical Pathology, Sumika Technoservice Co., Hyogo, Japan). Successful MVS was performed for all patients and there were no complications associated with tissue sampling. Patients with chronic AF had more advanced histological features in both atria as compared with those with sinus rhythm. Sixteen of 24 patients, who underwent a maze operation, had successfully restored sinus rhythm (successful maze group), while that in the remaining eight was not restored (unsuccessful maze group). Patients in the unsuccessful maze group had a larger left-atrial dimension and cardiothoracic ratio as compared with those in the successful group, whereas the duration of AF was not significantly different. Patients in the unsuccessful maze group also had greater hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes and more extensive intercellular fibrosis in the left atrium, while there were no differences for right-atrial pathological features between the groups. Multivariate logistic analysis confirmed that a larger amount of left-atrial

  19. Right atrial tunnel to the left atrial appendage: a danger during balloon septostomy.

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    Waldman, J D; McFeeley, P; Bornikova, L

    2001-01-01

    Right atrial tunnel to the left atrial appendage is a very rare anomaly not previously described. Per se, it has no physiological significance but is a source of potential disaster during balloon atrial septostomy. The precise anatomy is demonstrated and ways are proposed to avoid tearing the atrial wall during therapeutic cardiac catheterization.

  20. Aorto-left atrial tunnel: a rare entity.

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    Paul, Sajiv K; Gajjar, Trushar P; Desai, Neelam B

    2013-05-01

    Aorto-left atrial tunnel (ALAT) is a vascular channel that originates from 1 of the sinuses of Valsalva and terminates in the left atrium. The aorto-left atrial tunnel is an extremely rare anomaly. We describe here a case of congenital aorto-left atrial tunnel in a 4-year-old child who underwent successful surgical ligation with good immediate and early results.

  1. Associations of Electrocardiographic P-wave Characteristics with Left Atrial Structure, Function and Diffuse Left Ventricular Fibrosis Defined by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance: the PRIMERI Study

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    Win, Theingi Tiffany; Venkatesh, Bharath Ambale; Volpe, Gustavo J; Mewton, Nathan; Rizzi, Patricia; Sharma, Ravi K.; Strauss, David G.; Lima, Joao A.; Tereshchenko, Larisa G.

    2014-01-01

    Background Abnormal P-terminal force in V1 (PTFV1) is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF) and death. Objective Our goal was to explore associations of left ventricular (LV) diffuse fibrosis with left atrium (LA) function and ECG measures of LA electrical activity. Methods AF-free patients (n=91, mean age 59.5, 61.5% men, 65.9% Caucasian) with structural heart disease (wide spatial QRS-T angle≥105° ± Selvester QRS score≥5 on ECG) but LV ejection fraction >35% underwent clinical evaluation, cardiac magnetic resonance and resting ECG. LA function indices were obtained by multimodality tissue tracking using 2 and 4-chamber long-axis images. T1 mapping and late gadolinium enhancement were used to assess diffuse LV fibrosis and presence of scar. P-prime in V1 amplitude (PPaV1) and duration (PPdV1), averaged P-duration, PR interval and P-axis were automatically measured using 12SL TM algorithm. PTFV1 was calculated as product of PPaV1 by PPdV1. Results In linear regression after adjustment for demographic, body mass index, LA volumemax index, presence of scar and LV mass index, each decile increase in LV interstitial fibrosis was associated with 0.76mV*ms increase in negative abnormal PTFV1 [(95%CI −1.42 to −0.09), P=0.025], 15.3ms prolongation in PPdV1 [(95%CI 6.9 to 23.8), P=0.001], and 5.4ms widening in averaged P-duration [(95%CI 0.9 to 10.0), P=0.020]. LV fibrosis did not affect LA function. PPaV1 and PTFV1 were associated with an increase in LA volumes, decrease in LAEF and LA reservoir function. Conclusion LV interstitial fibrosis is associated with abnormal PTFV1, prolonged PPdV1 and P-duration, but does not affect LA function. PMID:25267584

  2. A Thin Left Atrial Antral Wall Around the Pulmonary Vein Reflects Structural Remodeling by Atrial Fibrillation and is Associated with Stroke

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    Park, Junbeom; Park, Chul Hwan; Uhm, Jae-Sun; Pak, Hui-Nam; Lee, Moon-Hyoung

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Circumferential pulmonary (PV) vein isolation (CPVI) is the most important treatment strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF). While understanding left atrial wall thickness around PVs (PVWT) prior to catheter ablation is important, its clinical implications are not known. This study aimed to evaluate PVWT characteristics according to underlying disease and to identify associations between PVWT and reconnections of PV potentials (PVPs) in redo ablation. Materials and Methods In 28 patients who underwent redo-AF ablation, PVWT and reconnected PVPs were evaluated at 12 sites (1–12 o'clock) around each PV. Clinical characteristics including stroke and CHA2DS2-VASc scores were analyzed according to the PVWT. Results The PVWT was thicker in males than females (p<0.001) and in those with diabetes (p=0.045) or heart failure (p=0.002) than in those without. Patients with strokes or high CHA2DS2-VASc scores (≥3) had significantly thinner PVWTs than those without strokes or low CHA2DS2-VASc scores (p<0.001). In redo-ablation, reconnected PVPs were detected in 60 (53.6%) of 112 PVs, and the PVs were thicker (p<0.001) and had more reconnected PVs (p=0.009) than right PVs. A PVWT of >0.6 mm predicted PV reconnections with a sensitivity of 76.7% and specificity of 52.2% with an area under the curve of 0.695. Conclusion Thick PVWs were associated with diabetes and heart failure, and also showed significant inverse correlations with stroke and the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Thick PVWs were associated with reconnected PVPs after the CPVI, which were related to AF recurrence. PMID:28120557

  3. Retrieval of embolized left atrial appendage devices.

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    Fahmy, Peter; Eng, Lim; Saw, Jacqueline

    2016-09-28

    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is gaining interest as an alternative option for prevention of strokes in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), especially for those with contraindications to anticoagulation. Complications from these procedures are well described in the medical literature. LAA closures may lead to pericardial effusion, device-associated thrombus, and device embolization. Understanding the reasons for embolization, strategies to avoid embolization, and the techniques for retrieval of LAA devices (ACP/AMULET and WATCHMAN) should be appreciated by endovascular implanters. We describe two cases of LAA device embolization that were both successfully retrieved percutaneously and other percutaneous techniques to safely retrieve embolized LAA devices. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Efficacy of anticoagulation in resolving left atrial and left atrial appendage thrombi: A transesophageal echocardiographic study

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    Jaber, W. A.; Prior, D. L.; Thamilarasan, M.; Grimm, R. A.; Thomas, J. D.; Klein, A. L.; Asher, C. R.

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for evaluation of the left atrium and the left atrial appendage (LAA) for the presence of thrombi. Anticoagulation is conventionally used for patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent embolization of atrial thrombi. The mechanism of benefit and effectiveness of thrombi resolution with anticoagulation is not well defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used a TEE database of 9058 consecutive studies performed between January 1996 and November 1998 to identify all patients with thrombi reported in the left atrium and/or LAA. One hundred seventy-four patients with thrombi in the left atrial cavity (LAC) and LAA were identified (1.9% of transesophageal studies performed). The incidence of LAA thrombi was 6.6 times higher than LAC thrombi (151 vs 23, respectively). Almost all LAC thrombi were visualized on transthoracic echocardiography (90.5%). Mitral valve pathology was associated with LAC location of thrombi (P <.0001), whereas atrial fibrillation or flutter was present in most patients with LAA location of thrombi. Anticoagulation of 47 +/- 18 days was associated with thrombus resolution in 80.1% of the patients on follow-up TEE. Further anticoagulation resulted in limited additional benefit. CONCLUSIONS: LAC thrombi are rare and are usually associated with mitral valve pathology. Transthoracic echocardiography is effective in identifying these thrombi. LAA thrombi occur predominantly in patients with atrial fibrillation or flutter. Short-term anticoagulation achieves a high rate of resolution of LAA and LAC thrombi but does not obviate the need for follow-up TEE.

  5. Coherex WAVECREST I Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Study

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    2015-01-13

    Non-valvular Paroxysmal, Persistent, or Permanent Atrial Fibrillation; LAA Anatomy Amenable to Treatment by Percutaneous Technique; Anticoagulation Indication for Potential Thrombus Formation in the Left Atrium

  6. Left atrial appendage mass: is it always a thrombus?

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    Guler, Adem; Kurkluoglu, Mustafa; Yesil, Fahri Gurkan; Tavlasoglu, Murat; Cingoz, Faruk

    2016-01-01

    Myxoma is the most common benign tumor of the heart, but it is very rare for it to originate from the left atrial appendage. Distinguishing between a mass, a thrombus, and a tumor in the body of the left atrium with preoperative transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiography is very difficult, even more so in patients with mitral valve disease and chronic atrial fibrillation. A 50-year-old male patient was admitted for surgery with the diagnosis of mitral stenosis and chronic atrial fibrillation. Transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a mass attached to the wall of the left atrial appendage. Histopathological examination of the mass showed an image compatible with a myxoma. We hereby describe a case of a left atrial appendage myxoma mimicking a left atrial appendage thrombus. PMID:28096835

  7. Usefulness of left ventricular speckle tracking echocardiography and novel measures of left atrial structure and function in diagnosing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack patients.

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    Skaarup, Kristoffer Grundtvig; Christensen, Hanne; Høst, Nis; Mahmoud, Masti Mahdy; Ovesen, Christian; Olsen, Flemming Javier; Jensen, Jan Skov; Biering-Sørensen, Tor

    2017-06-29

    Asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often assumed to be the cause of cryptogenic ischemic strokes (IS) and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We examined the usefulness of measures obtained by 2D speckle tracking echocardiography and novel left atrial measurements, in the diagnosis of PAF in patients with IS and TIA. We retrospectively included 205 patients who after acute IS or TIA underwent an echocardiogram in sinus rhythm. Patients were designated as PAF-patients if they had one or more reported incidents of AF before or after their echocardiographic examination. None of the conventional echocardiographic parameters were significantly associated with PAF. Of the speckle tracking measurements, only early diastolic strain rate (0.7±0.2 s(-1) vs. 0.8±0.3 s(-1), p = 0.048) and global longitudinal displacement (GLD) (3.15 ± 1.40 mm vs. 3.87 ± 1.56 mm, p = 0.007) proved significantly different. Of the left atrial parameters both minimal and maximal left atrium volume divided by left ventricular length (min LAV/LVL and max LAV/LVL, respectively) were significantly impaired (min LAV/LVL: 3.7 ± 2.1 cm(2) vs. 2.8 ± 1.11 cm(2), p = 0.012; max LAV/LVL: 6.6 ± 3.1 cm(2) vs. 5.6 ± 1.7 cm(2), p = 0.012). GLD, min max LAV/LVL proved significant after adjustment for age, gender, CHA2DS2-VASc and NIHSS. By combining information regarding age, GLD, min and max LAV/LVL the diagnostic accuracy of PAF improved, resulting in a significantly increased area under the curve (p = 0.037). In patients with IS and TIA GLD, min and max LAV/LVL were independently associated with the presence of PAF.

  8. [Prophylaxis of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation: new oral anticoagulants and left atrial appendage closure].

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    Zeus, Tobias; Kelm, Malte; Bode, Christoph

    2015-08-01

    Thrombo-embolic prophylaxis is a key element within the therapy of atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter. Besides new oral anticoagulants the concept of left atrial appendage occlusion has approved to be a good alternative option, especially in patients with increased risk of bleeding.

  9. Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion for Stroke Prevention.

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    Chanda, Arijit; Reilly, John P

    More than 2.3 million adults in the United States have atrial fibrillation (AF), which exposes them to a 5-fold increased risk of stroke. The left atrial appendage (LAA) appears to be the source of thrombus formation in the vast majority of these patients. Anticoagulation significantly reduces the risk of stroke, but often we encounter patients who have absolute or relative contraindication to anticoagulation. Percutaneous LAA exclusion offers an alternative to anticoagulation to decrease the risk of stroke. Three device systems are currently available in the United States. The WATCHMAN® device is the most studied and approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in patients with AF unsuitable for anticoagulation who are at a high risk of stroke. The Amulet® device is currently being used as part of the AMPLATZER® Amulet® LAA Occluder trial, which is a non-inferiority randomized trial comparing the Amulet® to the WATCHMAN® device. The third device in use is the LARIAT®, which is an FDA approved snare and pre-tied stich system. It is used to approximate soft tissue which in this case is the LAA. It is a hybrid system and requires both epicardial and endocardial access. The main obstacle to percutaneous LAA closure is procedural related complications, which can be minimized with optimum operator experience. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure improves left atrial mechanical function through Frank-Starling mechanism.

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    Coisne, Augustin; Pilato, Rosario; Brigadeau, François; Klug, Didier; Marquie, Christelle; Souissi, Zouheir; Richardson, Marjorie; Mouton, Stéphanie; Polge, Anne-Sophie; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Lacroix, Dominique; Montaigne, David

    2017-05-01

    Modifications in left atrial (LA) flow velocities after left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion have been shown in animal and ex vivo models. In a substudy of PROTECT AF (Percutaneous Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Versus Warfarin Therapy for Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation), an objective improvement in quality of life was observed after LAA closure. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of LAA closure on LA transport function. Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography evaluation (2-dimensional [2D]/3-dimensional [3D], 2D speckle tracking) was prospectively performed before and after LAA closure (at discharge and 45 days after procedure) in 33 patients. LAA closure was associated with a significant improvement in LA reservoir function at discharge and 45 days after the procedure with (1) increased maximum LA volume index, (2) increased 2D-LA reservoir volume and expansion index, and (3) increased 2D speckle tracking-derived peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) (27.9 ± 14 and 26 ± 12.6 vs 21.7 ± 10.7%, P <.0001). LAA closure was also associated with a significant improvement in LA contractile function with (1) increased LA ejection fraction and (2) increased speckle tracking-derived peak atrial contraction strain (PACS) in sinus rhythm patients (19.1 ± 6.8 and 18.1 ± 5.4 vs 14.4 ± 6.4%, P = .0006). Conversely, the slope of the relation between PACS and PALS remained unchanged (0.5 ± 0.27 and 0.53 ± 0.3 vs 0.5 ± 0.25, P = .99), thus arguing for an improvement in LA contractile function secondary to a Frank-Starling effect rather than a modification in its intrinsic contractility. LAA closure was associated with an improvement in LA mechanical function. These changes appeared to be related to a modification in loading conditions, that is, a Frank-Starling effect. Copyright © 2017 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  12. Reflex effects on the heart of stimulating left atrial receptors

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    Furnival, C. M.; Linden, R. J.; Snow, H. M.

    1971-01-01

    1. Stimulation of left atrial receptors, by distension of the pulmonary vein/left atrial junctions, is known to cause a reflex increase in heart rate; the efferent pathway is known to be solely in the sympathetic nerves. 2. In expectation of a concomitant positive inotropic response the effect of stimulating the left atrial receptors on the inotropic state of the left ventricle was studied, using as a known sensitive index of inotropic changes the maximal rate of rise of pressure in the left ventricle (dP/dt max). 3. Stimulation of left atrial receptors resulted in an increase in heart rate but there were no significant concomitant changes in dP/dt max. 4. It is concluded that activity in this discrete efferent pathway does not include an inotropic effect on the left ventricle and therefore the reflex involves only those sympathetic nerves which innervate the sinu-atrial node. 5. The possible function of atrial receptors in the regulation of heart volumes is discussed. PMID:5124571

  13. Coronary steal by left atrial myxoma: a case report.

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    Alvarez, Jose Rubio; Quiroga, Juan Sierra; Cereijo, Jose Manuel Martinez; Lopez, Laura Reija

    2009-06-18

    This report describes a 41-year-old man who had atypical angina resulting from coronary steal by left atrial myxoma. The tumor was completely excised and the patient was symptoms free after operation.

  14. Role of Endovascular Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage in Stroke Prevention for Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Kiani, Jawad; Holmes, David R

    2015-11-01

    The pathophysiologic mechanism of thromboembolic stroke in the setting of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) resides in the left atrial appendage (LAA). In this setting, approximately 90 % of all strokes originate from this structure. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) therapy has recently emerged as an important strategy for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular AF. Systemic anticoagulation therapy in this AF population, while effective, is associated with a significant bleeding risk, drug compliance issues, and limited reversal strategies. In this manuscript, we will review the percutaneous devices and techniques that allow endovascular closure of the LAA, including their efficacy in stroke prevention, the safety profile of these local site-specific therapies, comparison of the multiple approaches being studied, the index patient populations involved, and long-term follow-up in comparison with systemic anticoagulation therapy. The percutaneous LAAO approach indeed represents an exciting and revolutionary advance in the field of stroke prevention in AF.

  15. The feasibility of substituting left atrial wall strain for flow velocity of left atrial appendage.

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    Miyoshi, Akihito; Nakamura, Yoichi; Kazatani, Yukio; Ito, Hiroshi

    2017-07-28

    Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is frequently complicated by thromboembolism. Left atrial appendage (LAA) flow is a predictor of LAA thrombosis. LAA flow is measured by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which is a semi-invasive diagnostic tool. Recently, speckle-tracking methods have been adapted for the evaluation of local cardiac function. We hypothesised that if we could determine LAA wall motion utilising a speckle tracking technique, we could non-invasively analyse LAA flow. Sixty-three NVAF patients including 38 with chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF), 14 with paroxysmal AF (PAF) and 11 with atrial flutter (AFL) were enrolled in this study. Normal sinus rhythm (NSR) patients with non-thromboembolic cerebral infarction were also included. Immediately after obtaining a 2D movie of the LAA through the aortic oblique short axis view by transthoracic echocardiography, LAA flow velocity was measured by TEE. Mean strains between the posterior and anterior walls were measured using a speckle-tracking technique. Ten patients exhibited a thrombus and 11 had spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the auricle. Mean strain value was similar between CAF and PAF, although LAA flow velocity for CAF was significantly reduced compared with PAF (median value 13.7 cm/s versus 36.1 cm/s, p = <.00001). Mean strain of CAF with thrombus/SEC was significantly reduced compared with NSR patients (median value 1.52% versus 3.17%, p = .00181). Furthermore, mean strain was correlated with LAA flow velocity (R = 0.399, R2 = 0.1595, p = .000615). LAA wall strain identified via speckle-tracking methods may presage LAA peak flow velocity. This technique may contribute to stratification of thrombosis risks in the LAA.

  16. Partial left pericardial defect with herniation of the left atrial appendage

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    Pernot, C.; Hoeffel, J C.; Henry, M.; Frisch, R.; Brauer, B.

    1972-01-01

    A case is reported of herniation of the left atrial appendage through a partial pericardial defect, probably congenital. The diagnosis was suggested by the history of chest pain and bulging of the middle segment of the left heart border on the plain chest film, without other signs. Angiography revealed a dilated left atrial appendage. An artificial left pneumothorax confirmed the presence of a pleuropericardial defect. The surgical procedure included excision of the appendage and closure of the defect. Images PMID:5034603

  17. Direct Measurement of Left Atrial Pressure during Routine Transradial Catheterization

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    Fa'ak, Faisal; Younis, George

    2016-01-01

    Left atrial pressure indicates the left ventricular filling pressure in patients who have systolic or diastolic left ventricular dysfunction or valvular heart disease. The use of indirect surrogate methods to determine left atrial pressure has been essential in the modern evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease because of the difficulty and inherent risks associated with direct methods (typically the transseptal approach). One method that has been widely used to determine left atrial pressure indirectly is Swan-Ganz catheterization, in which a balloon-flotation technique is applied to measure pulmonary capillary wedge pressure; however, this approach has been associated with several limitations and potential risks. Measuring left ventricular end-diastolic pressure has also been widely used as a simple means to estimate filling pressures but remains a surrogate for the gold standard of directly measuring left atrial pressure. We describe a simple, low-risk method to directly measure left atrial pressure that involves the use of standard coronary catheterization techniques during a transradial procedure. PMID:28100968

  18. Percutaneous occlusion of left atrial appendage with the Amplatzer Cardiac PlugTM in atrial fibrillation.

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    Montenegro, Márcio José; Quintella, Edgard Freitas; Damonte, Aníbal; Sabino, Hugo de Castro; Zajdenverg, Ricardo; Laufer, Gustavo Pinaud; Amorim, Bernardo; Estrada, André Pereira Duque; Armas, Cristian Paul Yugcha; Sterque, Aline

    2012-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation is associated with embolic strokes that often result in death or disability. Effective in reducing these events, anticoagulation has several limitations and has been widely underutilized. Over 90% of thrombi identified in patients with atrial fibrillation without valvular disease originate in the left atrial appendage, whose occlusion is investigated as an alternative to anticoagulation. To determine the feasibility of percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage in patients at high risk of embolic events and limitations to the use of anticoagulation. We report our initial experience with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug™ (St. Jude Medical Inc., Saint Paul, Estados Unidos) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. We selected patients at high risk of thromboembolism, major bleeding, contraindications to the use or major instability in response to the anticoagulant. The procedures were performed percutaneously under general anesthesia and transesophageal echocardiography. The primary outcome was the presence of periprocedural complications and follow-up program included clinical and echocardiographic review within 30 days and by telephone contact after nine months. In five selected patients it was possible to occlude the left atrial appendage without periprocedural complications. There were no clinical events in follow-up. Controlled clinical trials are needed before percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage should be considered an alternative to anticoagulation in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. But the device has shown to be promissory in patients at high risk of embolism and restrictions on the use of anticoagulants.

  19. Left Atrial Septal Pouch in Cryptogenic Stroke

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    Wong, Jonathan M.; Lombardo, Dawn M.; Barseghian, Ailin; Dhoot, Jashdeep; Hundal, Harkawal S.; Salcedo, Jonathan; Paganini-Hill, Annlia; Wong, Nathan D.; Fisher, Mark

    2015-01-01

    Background: The left atrial septal pouch (LASP), an anatomic variant of the interatrial septum, has uncertain clinical significance. We examined the association between LASP and ischemic stroke subtypes in patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Methods: We determined the prevalence of LASP among consecutive patients who underwent TEE at our institution. Patients identified with ischemic strokes were further evaluated for stroke subtype using standard and modified criteria from the Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST). We compared the prevalence of LASP in ischemic stroke, cryptogenic stroke, and non-stroke patients using prevalence ratios (PR). Results: The mean age of all 212 patients (including stroke and non-stroke patients) was 57 years. The overall prevalence of LASP was 17% (n = 35). Of the 75 patients who were worked-up for stroke at our institution during study period, we classified 31 as cryptogenic using standard TOAST criteria. The prevalence of LASP among cryptogenic stroke patients (using standard and modified TOAST criteria) was increased compared to the prevalence among other ischemic stroke patients (26 vs. 9%, p = 0.06; PR = 1.8, 95% CI = 1.1–3.1, and 30 vs. 10%, p = 0.04; PR = 2.2, 95% CI = 1.2–4.1, respectively). Conclusion: In this population of relatively young patients, prevalence of LASP was increased in cryptogenic stroke compared to stroke patients of other subtypes. These findings suggest LASP is associated with cryptogenic stroke, which should be verified by future large-scale studies. PMID:25852636

  20. Phasic Compression of Left Circumflex Coronary Artery during Atrial Systole.

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    Roberto, Edward Samuel; Agarwal, Ajay

    2017-04-01

    Phasic coronary artery compression is typically associated with spasm or myocardial bridging. Compression caused by acquired anatomic changes to the surrounding heart chambers has been reported only infrequently. We present a possibly unique case of phasic compression of the proximal left circumflex coronary artery during atrial contraction in association with a dilated left atrium. A 55-year-old man with multiple cardiac risk factors presented with worsening exertional dyspnea. An electrocardiogram and echocardiogram revealed marked left atrial dilation and a left ventricular ejection fraction of 0.15 to 0.20 with elevated filling pressures. Angiograms showed compression of the proximal segment of the left circumflex coronary artery during late ventricular diastole: the compression occurred in phase with atrial systole, whereas good flow without compression was present during atrial diastole. We attributed this phenomenon to ballooning of the lateral region of the atrial wall toward the atrioventricular groove during atrial systole. The patient complied with antihypertensive therapy, and his status improved after one year. To identify coronary artery compression in the presence of abnormal chamber geometry and to guide the treatment of the contributing medical conditions, we recommend careful analysis of angiographic results.

  1. Successful catheter ablation of atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation in persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Tsutsui, Kenta; Ajiki, Kohsuke; Fujiu, Katsuhito; Imai, Yasushi; Hayami, Noriyuki; Murakawa, Yuji

    2010-01-01

    Atrial tachycardia (AT) and atrial fibrillation (AF) were observed in a 21-year old male who had a history of patch closure for an atrial septal defect (ASD) at the age of 5 and a persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC). During electrophysiologic study, atrial extrastimuli reproducibly induced AT which spontaneously terminated or changed into AF. Electroanatomical mapping revealed focal AT arising from the floor of the proximal LSVC. Radio- frequency applications within LSVC targeted to the earliest activation site of AT as well as the complex fractionated potential eliminated both AT and AF without trans-septal puncture.

  2. [Surface ECG characteristics of right and left atrial flutter].

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    Rostock, Thomas; Konrad, Torsten; Sonnenschein, Sebastian; Mollnau, Hanke; Ocete, Blanca Quesada; Bock, Karsten; Spittler, Raphael; Huber, Carola; Theis, Cathrin

    2015-09-01

    Atrial tachycardia in virtually all areas of both atria has become more important in the clinical management of patients with previous complex atrial fibrillation ablation. Accurate interpretation of surface electrocardiogram (ECG) characteristics is of paramount importance to localize the origin of atrial tachycardia, particularly for planning interventional treatment. This article highlights the ECG features of different types of right and left atrial tachycardia. Typical right atrial flutter through the cavotricuspid isthmus conducts septally in a cranial direction and demonstrates sawtooth-like flutter waves which start negative in II, III and aVF and then show a steep slope upwards to the isoelectric line. The flutter rate typically ranges between 240-250 beats/min. In contrast, right atrial flutter in a clockwise rotation, flutter around the vena cava inferior or superior and around a scar (e.g. after cardiac surgery) show positive or biphasic flutter waves (lower or upper loop reentry). Left atrial flutter waves (e.g. around the mitral valve or around the pulmonary veins) are very heterogeneous and are typically positive in V1 as the left atrium is located in the posterior mediastinum. Specific knowledge of flutter wave morphology in surface ECG facilitates planning and performance of the ablation strategy.

  3. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure: current state of the art.

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    Jazayeri, Mohammad-Ali; Vuddanda, Venkat; Parikh, Valay; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya R

    2017-01-01

    The authors reviewed the seminal and more recent literature surrounding the major modalities for percutaneous left atrial appendage closure used in contemporary practice, with particular emphasis on safety and efficacy, technical challenges, and future developments. Along with the continued practice of surgical left atrial appendage closure, which has evolved substantially with the advent of clipping techniques, a number of percutaneous methods have been developed to close the left atrial appendage with endocardial, epicardial, and hybrid approaches. The last 18 months has seen the Food and Drug Administration approval of the WATCHMAN device for stroke prevention in the United States, the initiation of a randomized controlled trial to further examine the LARIAT device, and an increasing body of literature surrounding use of the AMPLATZER Amulet in Europe. Left atrial appendage closure is a promising alternative to systemic anticoagulation for stroke prevention in appropriate atrial fibrillation patients. The wealth of available data for the various modalities sheds light on the strengths and limitations of each, postprocedural complications and their management, and new areas for exploration. With a plethora of new devices on the horizon, it is a very exciting time in the field of 'appendage-ology' as we pursue new avenues to optimize care for atrial fibrillation patients.

  4. Atrial Septal Aneurysm with Right-to-Left Interatrial Shunting

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    Chidambaram, Mala; Mink, Steven; Sharma, Sat

    2003-01-01

    Interatrial shunting in the presence of an atrial septal aneurysm is an uncommon but well recognized abnormality. Previous case reports have demonstrated that elevated right atrial pressure secondary to pulmonary embolism or right ventricular infarction may cause right-to-left interatrial shunting in the presence of an atrial septal aneurysm. We describe a unique situation in which an atrial septal aneurysm was associated with a right-to-left shunt secondary to severe systemic hypotension and normal right atrial pressure. In this patient, we used midodrine, an oral alpha-1 agonist, to increase systemic arterial pressure, decrease the severity of the shunt, and treat the severe hypoxemia. This case establishes that right-to-left interatrial shunting can result from a decrease in left ventricular afterload with normal right atrial pressure. Oral alpha-1 agonist therapy can be used successfully to treat patients such as ours and possibly others with similar functional abnormalities. (Tex Heart Inst J 2003;30:68–70) PMID:12638676

  5. Association Between the Left Atrial and Left Atrial Appendages Systole Strain Rate in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Tan, Changming; OuYang, Minzhi; Kong, Demiao; Zhou, Xinmin

    2016-01-01

    Background The aim of this research was to explore the association between the left atrial (LA) and left atrial appendages (LAA) systole strain rate (SSR) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and to provide evidence to aid in the assessment of disease progression. Material/Methods A total of 180 patients with AF were selected for the study (130 patients with paroxysmal AF (Par AF) and 50 patients with persistence AF (PerAF). In addition, 60 healthy individuals were selected as a control group. The total and side wall SSRs were calculated. Results The total SSR in the control group was higher than in the ParAF and PerAF groups (2.87±0.45 vs. 2.15±0.56 vs. 1.92±0.62 and 6.24±1.61 vs. 4.45±1.42 vs. 3.66±1.55). The total SSR of LAA was correlated with that of LA in the AF patient groups and the control group; the correlation coefficients were 0.720, 0.563, and 0.421. However, the ratio of total SSR of LAA to that of LA was not significant statistically different among the three groups (2.24±0.41 vs. 2.35±0.58 vs. 2.03±0.56). The posterior wall had the lowest SSRs in the control group and ParAF group. Conclusions The SSRs of AF patients were lower than that of healthy individuals, and the degree was associated with disease progression. The SSR was different in different side walls, and gradually shorten with disease progression. PMID:27988786

  6. Patient-specific left atrial wall-thickness measurement and visualization for radiofrequency ablation

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    Inoue, Jiro; Skanes, Allan C.; White, James A.; Rajchl, Martin; Drangova, Maria

    2014-03-01

    INTRODUCTION: For radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of the left atrium, safe and effective dosing of RF energy requires transmural left atrium ablation without injury to extra-cardiac structures. The thickness of the left atrial wall may be a key parameter in determining the appropriate amount of energy to deliver. While left atrial wall-thickness is known to exhibit inter- and intra-patient variation, this is not taken into account in the current clinical workflow. Our goal is to develop a tool for presenting patient-specific left atrial thickness information to the clinician in order to assist in the determination of the proper RF energy dose. METHODS: We use an interactive segmentation method with manual correction to segment the left atrial blood pool and heart wall from contrast-enhanced cardiac CT images. We then create a mesh from the segmented blood pool and determine the wall thickness, on a per-vertex basis, orthogonal to the mesh surface. The thickness measurement is visualized by assigning colors to the vertices of the blood pool mesh. We applied our method to 5 contrast-enhanced cardiac CT images. RESULTS: Left atrial wall-thickness measurements were generally consistent with published thickness ranges. Variations were found to exist between patients, and between regions within each patient. CONCLUSION: It is possible to visually determine areas of thick vs. thin heart wall with high resolution in a patient-specific manner.

  7. Digitalis does not improve left atrial mechanical dysfunction after successful electrical cardioversion of chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Yujing, Wang; Congxin, Huang; Shaning, Yang; Lijun, Jin; Xiaojun, Hu; Gang, Wu; Qiang, Xie

    2010-05-01

    This study was designed to investigate whether administration of digitalis could improve mechanical function of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrium prospectively in patients with atrial stunning. Fifty-four consecutive patients in whom atrial stunning was observed immediately after cardioversion of chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) were randomized into digitalis or control group for 1 week following cardioversion. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed prior to, immediately following, 1 day after and 1 week after cardioversion to measure transmitral flow velocity and LAA flow velocity. Electrical cardioversion of AF elicited significantly slower left atrial appendage peak emptying velocity (LAA-PEV) and peak filling velocity (LAA-PFV) immediately following cardioversion in both groups. 1 day post cardioversion, there were no significant differences in transmitral E wave, A wave, E/A ratio, LAA-PEV, LAA-PFV or left atrial appendage ejection fraction (LAA-EF) between digitalis and control groups. 1 week post cardioversion, no significant differences were found in transmitral E wave, A wave, E/A ratio, LAA-PEV, LAA-PFV or LAA-EF between the two groups. The occurrence rates of spontaneous echo contrast were not significantly different between digitalis and control groups one day and one week post cardioversion. In conclusion, digitalis did not improve left atrial and appendage mechanical dysfunction following cardioversion of chronic AF. Digitalis did not prevent the development of spontaneous echo contrast in left atrial chamber and appendage. This may be due to the fact that digitalis aggravates intracellular calcium overload induced by chronic AF and has a negative effect on ventricular rate.

  8. Association of left atrial function with incident atypical atrial flutter after atrial fibrillation ablation.

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    Gucuk Ipek, Esra; Marine, Joseph E; Habibi, Mohammadali; Chrispin, Jonathan; Lima, Joao; Rickard, Jack; Spragg, David; Zimmerman, Stefan L; Zipunnikov, Vadim; Berger, Ronald; Calkins, Hugh; Nazarian, Saman

    2016-02-01

    Symptomatic left atrial (LA) flutter (LAFL) is common after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of baseline LA function with incident LAFL after AF ablation. The source cohort included 216 patients with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) before initial AF ablation between 2010 and 2013. Patients who underwent cryoballoon or laser ablation, patients with AF during CMR, and those with suboptimal CMR, or missing follow-up data were excluded. Baseline LA volume and function were assessed by feature-tracking CMR analysis. The final cohort included 119 patients (mean age 58.9 ± 11 years; 76.5% men; 70.6% patients with paroxysmal AF). During a median follow-up of 421 days (interquartile range 235-751 days), 22 patients (18.5%) had incident LAFL. Baseline LA volume was similar between the 2 groups. In contrast, baseline reservoir, conduit, and contractile function of the LA were significantly impaired in patients with incident LAFL. Baseline global peak longitudinal atrial strain (PLAS) <22.65% predicted incident LAFL with 86% sensitivity and 68% specificity (C statistic 0.76). In a multivariable model adjusting for age, heart failure, and LA volume, PLAS (hazard ratio 0.9 per % increase in PLAS; P = .003) and LA linear lesions (hazard ratio 2.94; P = .020) were independently associated with incident LAFL. The coexistence of PLAS <22.65% and linear lesions was associated with 9-fold increased hazard of incident LAFL. Baseline LA function and linear lesions were independently associated with incident LAFL after AF ablation. Linear lesions should be limited to selected cases, especially in patients with impaired LA function. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Left atrial strain: a new predictor of thrombotic risk and successful electrical cardioversion

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    González-Alujas, Teresa; Valente, Filipa; Aranda, Carlos; Rodríguez-Palomares, José; Gutierrez, Laura; Maldonado, Giuliana; Galian, Laura; Teixidó, Gisela; Evangelista, Artur

    2016-01-01

    Background Left atrial deformation (LAD) parameters are new markers of atrial structural remodelling that seem to be affected in atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL). This study aimed to determine whether LAD can identify patients with a higher risk of thrombosis and unsuccessful electrical cardioversion (ECV). Methods Retrospective study including 56 patients with AF or AFL undergoing ECV, with previous transthoracic (TTE) and transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) studies. Echocardiographic parameters analysed were as follows: left ventricle function, left atrium (LA) dimensions, LAD parameters (positive and negative strain peaks), left atrial appendage (LAA) filling and emptying velocities and the presence of thrombi. Strain values were analysed according to thrombotic risk and success of ECV. Results Lower mean values of peak-positive strain (PPS) in patients with prothrombotic velocities (<25 cm/s) and a higher incidence of thrombi in LAA were observed compared with those with normal velocities. Multivariate analysis revealed PPS normalised by LA maximum volume indexed by body surface area (BSA) to be associated with prothrombotic risk (odds ratio 0.000 (95% CI: 0.000–0.243), P 0.017), regardless of CHADs2VASC score. Peak-negative strain normalised by LA volumes indexed by BSA were associated with unsuccessful ECV. Conclusions Atrial deformation parameters identify AF and AFL patients with a high risk of thrombosis and unsuccessful ECV. Therefore, these new parameters should be included in anticoagulation management and rhythm vs rate control strategies. PMID:27249551

  10. AN UNUSUAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC PATTERN OF A LEFT ATRIAL MYXOMA

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    Mathurin, Jean-Robert; Adyanthaya, Ajit V.; Petrovich, Lawrence J.; Franco, Mauricio; Mattox, Kenneth L.; Alexander, James K.

    1977-01-01

    Unusual echocardiographic findings in a 58-year-old woman with a history of rheumatic fever and an angiographically demonstrated prolapsing left atrial myxoma are presented. With variations of gain and damping controls, it was possible to isolate a more distinct anterior mitral leaflet echo, or a more posterior linear echo, thought to represent the prolapsing tumor. The tumor, instead of presenting as a cloud of echoes behind the anterior mitral valve leaflet, demonstrated an alternate pattern of a single linear dense echo at this location. Echocardiography, though very useful in the diagnosis of left atrial tumors, can be fallible at times. Images PMID:15216092

  11. Management of Atrio-Esophageal Fistula Following Left Atrial Ablation

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    Yousuf, Tariq; Keshmiri, Hesam; Bulwa, Zachary; Kramer, Jason; Sharjeel Arshad, Hafiz Muhammad; Issa, Rasha; Woznicka, Daniel; Gordon, Paul; Abi-Mansour, Pierre

    2016-01-01

    Currently, no guidelines have been established for the treatment of atrio-esophageal fistula (AEF) secondary to left atrial ablation therapy. After comprehensive literature review, we aim to make suggestions on the management of this complex complication and also present a case series. We performed a review of the existing literature on AEF in the setting of atrial ablation. Using keywords atrial fibrillation, atrial ablation, fistula formation, atrio-esophageal fistula, complications, interventions, and prognosis, a search was made using the medical databases PUBMED and MEDLINE for reports in English from 2000 to April 2015. A statistical analysis was performed to compare the three different intervention arms: medical management, stent placement and surgical intervention. The results of our systematic review confirm the high mortality rate associated with AEF following left atrial ablation and the necessity to diagnose atrio-esophageal injury in a timely manner. The mortality rates of this complication are 96% with medical management alone, 100% with stent placement, and 33 % with surgical intervention. Atrio-esophageal injury and subsequent AEF is an infrequent but potentially fatal complication of atrial ablation. Early, prompt, and definitive surgical intervention is the treatment of choice. PMID:28197267

  12. Radiographic and echocardiographic assessment of left atrial size in 100 cats with acute left-sided congestive heart failure.

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    Schober, Karsten E; Wetli, Ellen; Drost, Wm Tod

    2014-01-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate left atrial size in cats with acute left-sided congestive heart failure. We hypothesized that left atrial size as determined by thoracic radiography can be normal in cats with acute left-sided congestive heart failure. One hundred cats with acute left-sided congestive heart failure in which thoracic radiography and echocardiography were performed within 12 h were identified. Left atrial size was evaluated using right lateral and ventrodorsal radiographs. Measurements were compared to two-dimensional echocardiographic variables of left atrial size and left ventricular size. On echocardiography, left atrial enlargement was observed in 96% cats (subjective assessment) whereas maximum left atrial dimension was increased (>15.7 mm) in 93% cats. On radiographs left atrial enlargement (subjective assessment) was found in 48% (lateral view), 53% (ventrodorsal view), and 64% (any view) of cats whereas left atrial enlargement was absent in 36% of cats in both views. Agreement between both methods of left atrial size estimation was poor (Cohen's kappa 0.17). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis identified a maximum echocardiographic left atrial dimension of approximately 20 mm as the best compromise (Youden index) between sensitivity and specificity in the prediction of radiographic left atrial enlargement. Left atrial enlargement as assessed by thoracic radiography may be absent in a clinically relevant number of cats with congestive heart failure. Therefore, normal left atrial size on thoracic radiographs does not rule out presence of left-sided congestive heart failure in cats with clinical signs of respiratory distress.

  13. Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage occluder entrapment through mitral valve.

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    González-Santos, Jose María; Arnáiz-García, María Elena; Arribas-Jiménez, Antonio; López-Rodríguez, Javier; Rodríguez-Collado, Javier; Vargas-Fajardo, María del Carmen; Dalmau-Sorlí, María José; Bueno-Codoñer, María Encarnación; Arévalo-Abascal, R Adolfo

    2013-11-01

    We report on a 77-year-old woman in whom percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure was performed. The patient had a left atrial myxoma resection 3 years previously, and 2 years later, she suffered a transient ischemic attack. Atrial fibrillation was detected and anticoagulation therapy was established. An episode of intracranial bleeding forced interruption of anticoagulation. Thus, percutaneous LAA closure with an Amplatzer Amulet LAA Occluder (St Jude Medical) was proposed. During the procedure, the LAA occluder migrated and became trapped in the mitral valve. Secondary massive mitral regurgitation and hemodynamic instability forced emergent cardiac surgery. Successful removal of the Amplatzer Amulet LAA Occluder was achieved. Copyright © 2013 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Do the left atrial substrate properties correlate with the left atrial mechanical function? A novel insight from the electromechanical study in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Sung, Shih-Hsien; Chang, Shih-Lin; Hsu, Tsui-Lieh; Yu, Wen-Chung; Tai, Ching-Tai; Lin, Yenn-Jiang; Lo, Li-Wei; Wongcharoen, Wanwarang; Tuan, Ta-Chuan; Hu, Yu-Feng; Udyavar, Ameya; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2008-02-01

    The atrial substrate is the determinant of occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF), which can induce remodeling of atrial function and structure. This study investigated the relationship between the left atrial (LA) substrate properties and LA mechanical function. Forty-four consecutive patients (50.3 +/- 10.7 years old, 33 men) who presented with sinus rhythm during echocardiographic study before receiving catheter ablation for AF were enrolled. The LA diameter, LA volume, ratio of early and late transmitral filling flow velocities (E/A), LA appendage flow velocity, and transmitral velocity-time integral (VTI) were measured by the echocardiography. The LA empty fraction (LAEF), which was obtained via dividing the difference between maximal and minimal LA volume by maximal LA volume, was calculated as a parameter of the global LA contractile function. The LA global contact voltage mapping (NavX system) was performed before pulmonary vein isolation. Mean LA voltage and LA low voltage zone index (LVZ index, area with voltage < 0.5 mV, divided by total LA surface area) showed significant correlation with LA diameter and volume, but only the LA LVZ index showed significant correlation with A-wave velocity, transmitral A-wave VTI, and LAEF (r =-0.340, -0.411, -0.426; P = 0.024, 0.006, 0.005, respectively). We divided the LA LVZ index into three groups (< 10%, 10-20%, > 20%). The LAEF got worse and the transmitral A-wave VTI percentage (divided by transmitral VTI) decreased as LA LVZ index increased. The LA substrate properties showed close correlation with LA size, but only the LA LVZ index correlated with the LA mechanical function.

  15. [Primary left atrial hemangiopericytoma. Report of one case].

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    Bedmar, Daniel; Varela, Cecilia; Squella, Gina; Belletti, José; Donoso, María Victoria

    2011-06-01

    We report a 41-year-old male presenting with progressive dyspnea lasting one month. A CAT scan disclosed a left atrial mass, that was surgically excised. The pathological study of the surgical piece showed a primary hemangiopericytoma. One month later, the patient consulted for cervical pain and a positron emission tomography showed multiple metastases. The patient died two months later.

  16. Left atrial intramural hematoma after percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Franks, Russell J; de Souza, Anthony; Di Mario, Carlo

    2015-09-01

    We describe a rare complication of a complex chronic total occlusion recanalization procedure. Perforation of a distal right coronary artery collateral results in a left atrial intramural hematoma with consequent circulatory collapse. Access to prompt transoesophageal echocardiography and urgent surgical intervention were lifesaving and the case highlights possible implications on the planning of complex chronic total occlusion recanalization procedures.

  17. Percutaneous vascular plug for incomplete surgical left atrial appendage closure.

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    Levisay, Justin P; Sangodkar, Sandeep; Salinger, Michael H; Lampert, Mark; Feldman, Ted

    2014-04-01

    Surgical left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion has a failure rate as high as 60% due to persistent residual flow in the LAA or large LAA remnants. We describe a novel technique for treatment of incomplete surgical LAA ligation, and define the mechanism that led to persistence of the remnant LAA without any thrombus formation.

  18. Fatal Disruption of a Left Atrial Myxoma Associated with Trauma

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    Iacco, Anthony; Billimoria, Nazneen; Howells, Greg

    2012-01-01

    Cardiac myxomas are benign tumors composed of sparse stellate cells in an extensive mucoid stroma. The surface of these tumors is often friable and gelatinous. Their intracardiac location makes embolization a constant threat. We report a patient who had diffuse systemic embolization of a left atrial myxoma coincident with a low-velocity frontal motor vehicle crash. PMID:22489244

  19. Left atrial vascularised thrombus diagnosed by transoesophageal cross sectional echocardiography.

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    Taams, M A; Gussenhoven, E J; Lancée, C T

    1987-01-01

    This report describes a patient with a Björk-Shiley mitral valve prosthesis in whom transoesophageal cross sectional echocardiography revealed a large vascularised mass within the left atrial appendage with smoke-like opacification of blood flow in the left atrium. Transoesophageal cross sectional echocardiography gave a detailed image of the lesion which was unobtainable with precordial cross sectional echocardiography. Images Fig 1 Fig 2 PMID:3426904

  20. [Differences in atrial remodelling between right and left atria in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation].

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    Tamargo Menéndez, Juan

    2011-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation starts in the left atrium and from there the activity invades the atrial tissues and causes an inhomogeneous shortening the duration of atrial action potential duration and refractoriness. The purpose of this study was to compare the voltage-dependent potassium currents in human cells isolated from the right and left atria and to determine whether electrical remodeling produced by chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF) differentially affects voltage-dependent potassium currents involved in atrial repolarization in each atrium as compared to sinus rhythm (SR). The currents were recorded using the whole-cell configuration of the patch-clamp technique. We found that in atrial cardiomyocytes of patients both in SR and in CAF there are three types of cells according to their main voltage-dependent repolarizing potassium current: the Ca(2+)-independent 4-aminopyridine sensitive component of the transient outward current (I(to1)) and the ultrarapid (I(Kur)), rapid (I(Kr)) and slow (I(Ks)) components of the delayed rectifier current. CAF differentially modified the proportion of these 3 types of cells on each atrium: CAF reduced the I(to1) more markedly in the left than in the right atria, while I(Kur) was more markedly reduced in the right than in the left atria. Interestingly, in both atria, CAF markedly increased the I(Ks). This increase was enhanced by isoproterenol and suppressed by atenolol. These changes produce a non-uniform shortening of atrial repolarization that facilitates the reentry of the cardiac impulse and the perpetuation of the arrhythmia.

  1. Left atrial strain after maximal exercise in competitive waterpolo players.

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    Santoro, Amato; Alvino, Federico; Antonelli, Giovanni; Molle, Roberta; Mondillo, Sergio

    2016-03-01

    Left atrial (LA) function is a determinant of left ventricular (LV) filling. It carries out three main functions: reservoir, conduit, contractile. Aim of this study was to evaluate the role of LA and its deformation properties on LV filling at rest (R) and immediately after a maximal exercise (ME) through the speckle tracking echocardiography. Population enrolled was composed by 23 water polo athletes who performed a ME of six repeats of 100 m freestyle swim sets. At ME peak atrial longitudinal strain was reduced but all strain rate (SR) parameters increased, respectively positive peak SR at reservoir phase, SR negative peak at rapid ventricular filling (SRep) and SR negative peak at late ventricular filling (SRlp), that corresponds to atrial contraction phase. We showed a parallel increase in E and A pulsed Doppler wave and SRep and SRlp; particularly at ME, A wave and SRlp increased more respectively than E wave and SRep. SRlp was related to ejection fraction (EF) (r = -0.47; p < 0.01). At multivariate analysis SRlp was an independent predictor of EF (β: -0.47; p = 0.016). The increased sympathetic tone results into increased late diastolic LV filling with augmented atrial contractility and a decrease in diastolic filling time. During exercise LV filling was probably optimized by an enhanced and rapid LA conduit phase and by a vigorous atrial contraction during late LV filling.

  2. Left atrial appendage occlusion: A better alternative to anticoagulation?

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    Akin, Ibrahim; Nienaber, Christoph A

    2017-01-01

    Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is associated with a significantly increased risk of embolic stroke due to blood clot forming predominantly in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Preventive measures to avoid embolic events are permanent administration of anticoagulants or surgical closure of the LAA. Various clinical trials provide evidence about safety, effectiveness and therapeutic success of LAA occlusion using various cardiac occluder devices. The use of such implants for interventional closure of the LAA is likely to become a valuable alternative for stroke prevention, especially in patients with contraindication for oral anticoagulation as safety, clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness of LAA occlusion has recently been demonstrated. PMID:28289527

  3. Is percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage comparable to anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation?

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    Uslar, Thomas; Anabalón, Jaime

    2015-08-17

    For most atrial fibrillation patients oral anticoagulation constitutes the standard treatment to prevent stroke. However, they carry a risk of bleeding, which is why alternative treatments have been put into practice, such as percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage. It is not clear whether this is as effective as the conventional treatment with anticoagulants. Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening 30 databases, we identified three systematic reviews including only one pertinent randomized controlled trial. We combined the evidence and generated a summary of findings following the GRADE approach. We concluded that percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion may decrease stroke and mortality, but the certainty of the evidence is low. The effect on other outcomes is not clear because the certainty of the evidence is very low.

  4. Enlargement of the Excluded Left Atrial Appendage With Thrombus.

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    Aoyagi, Shigeaki; Tobinaga, Satoru; Saisho, Hiroyuki

    2017-02-07

    We report progressive enlargement of the excluded left atrial appendage (LAA) with a thrombus in a patient who had undergone valve surgery and endocardial suture closure of the LAA previously. Echocardiography and CT detected no communication between the LAA and the left atrium. Magnetic resonance imaging showed the LAA was filled with fresh and old thrombi. Coronary arteriography demonstrated small left coronary artery-LAA fistulae. At surgery, successful exclusion of the LAA was confirmed after removal of the thrombi. Persistent inflow of blood through the coronary artery fistulae to the excluded LAA may be the primary mechanism of this pathology.

  5. Lone, Mobile Left Atrial Hydatid Cyst

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    Ugurlu, Mehmet; Baktir, Ahmet Oguz; Tekin, Ali Ihsan; Tok, Ahmet; Yagmur, Bayram

    2016-01-01

    Echinococcosis is endemic in various regions of Turkey. Cardiac involvement in echinococcosis is rare, and lone cardiac hydatid cysts are even more unusual. Because cardiac hydatid disease can be fatal, even asymptomatic patients are optimally referred for surgical treatment. We present a rare case of a lone, primary, mobile hydatid cyst in the left atrium of a 62-year-old woman. The cyst caused dyspnea from left ventricular inflow obstruction. In addition to reporting the patient's fatal case, we discuss cardiac hydatid cysts in terms of the scant medical literature. PMID:27303247

  6. Posterior left atrial isolation for atrial fibrillation in left ventricular diastolic impairment is associated with better arrhythmia free survival.

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    Nalliah, Chrishan; Lim, Toon Wei; Bhaskaran, Abhishek; Kizana, Eddy; Kovoor, Pramesh; Thomas, Liza; Ross, David L; Thomas, Stuart P

    2015-04-01

    Patients with left ventricular diastolic impairment (LVDI) have higher rates of arrhythmia recurrence following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Past studies have implicated the posterior left atrium (LA) in atrial arrhythmia maintenance in conditions that cause LVDI. We prospectively compared posterior LA isolation (PLAI) with wide antral isolation (WAI) in patients with LVDI having AF ablation. We conducted a sub-study of a previously published large randomized control study that compared PLAI with WAI. Two hundred and twenty consecutive consenting patients referred for catheter ablation of AF (paroxysmal 135, persistent 48, long standing persistent 37) were recruited (female 43, mean age 59 ± 10 years). Transthoracic echocardiography identified 50 (23%) patients with LVDI and preserved left ventricular systolic function (ejection fraction ≥ 50%). Cox regression analysis was utilized to identify independent predictors of atrial arrhythmia after ablation. Patients were followed for median 4.6 (inter quartile range 4.0-5.5) years. Patients with LVDI having PLAI had better arrhythmia free survival than patients randomized to conventional ablation (Log rank P=0.028). The only independent predictor of recurrence utilizing Cox regression analysis was ablation strategy (2.3 [1.15-4.74], P=0.026). Posterior isolation of the LA results in superior atrial arrhythmia free survival in patients with LVDI. Further investigation is required to determine potential mechanisms. http://www.anzctr.org.au;ACTRN12606000467538. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Relationship between body mass index and left atrial appendage thrombus in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Cohoon, Kevin P; McBane, Robert D; Ammash, Naser; Slusser, Joshua P; Grill, Diane E; Wysokinski, Waldemar E

    2016-05-01

    Atrial fibrillation and obesity are two major growing epidemics in the United States and globally. Obese people are at the increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The contribution of obesity as an independent risk factor for stroke in the setting of atrial fibrillation remains unclear. We tested the hypothesis that non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients with increased body mass index (BMI) would be at increased risk for the development of left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT). Consecutive, anticoagulation naïve patients with NVAF referred for a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) between January 1, 2007 and October 21, 2009 were approached for study participation. All clinical, laboratory, and TEE measurement data were collected prospectively. Within a group of 400 anticoagulation naïve NVAF patients (mean age 63 ± 15 years, 28 % women; 17 % with LAAT) the prevalence of LAAT was similar across all BMI categories (normal 13 %, overweight 19 %, obese 16 %, morbidly obese 16 %; p = 0.71). Despite a higher CHADS2 score and a higher prevalence of both hypertension and diabetes mellitus, elevated BMI was not an independent predictor of LAAT when analyzed as either a continuous variable, across BMI WHO categories, a dichotomous variable stratified at values above versus below 27 kg/m(2), or BMI stratified on atrial fibrillation duration. Despite a higher prevalence of major risk factors for thromboembolism, the prevalence of LAAT was not increased in overweight, obese, and morbidly obese patients.

  8. Disturbed Left Atrial Function is Associated with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in Hypertension

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    Tenekecioglu, Erhan; Agca, Fahriye Vatansever; Ozluk, Ozlem Arican; Karaagac, Kemal; Demir, Serafettin; Peker, Tezcan; Kuzeytemiz, Mustafa; Senturk, Muhammed; Yılmaz, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    Background Hypertension is the most prevalent and modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation. The pressure overload in the left atrium induces pathophysiological changes leading to alterations in contractile function and electrical properties. Objective In this study our aim was to assess left atrial function in hypertensive patients to determine the association between left atrial function with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Method We studied 57 hypertensive patients (age: 53±4 years; left ventricular ejection fraction: 76±6.7%), including 30 consecutive patients with PAF and 30 age-matched control subjects. Left atrial (LA) volumes were measured using the modified Simpson's biplane method. Three types of LA volume were determined: maximal LA(LAVmax), preatrial contraction LA(LAVpreA) and minimal LA volume(LAVmin). LA emptying functions were calculated. LA total emptying volume = LAVmax−LAVmin and the LA total EF = (LAVmax-LAVmin )/LAVmax, LA passive emptying volume = LAVmax− LAVpreA and the LA passive EF = (LAVmax-LAVpreA)/LAVmax, LA active emptying volume = LAVpreA−LAVmin and LA active EF = (LAVpreA-LAVmin )/LAVpreA. Results The hypertensive period is longer in hypertensive group with PAF. LAVmax significantly increased in hypertensive group with PAF when compared to hypertensive group without PAF (p=0.010). LAAEF was significantly decreased in hypertensive group with PAF as compared to hypertensive group without PAF (p=0.020). A' was decreased in the hypertensive group with PAF when compared to those without PAF (p = 0.044). Conclusion Increased LA volume and impaired LA active emptying function was associated with PAF in untreated hypertensive patients. Longer hypertensive period is associated with PAF. PMID:24676227

  9. Effect of adenosine triphosphate on left atrial electrogram interval and dominant frequency in human atrial fibrillation☆

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    Kogawa, Rikitake; Okumura, Yasuo; Watanabe, Ichiro; Kofune, Masayoshi; Nagashima, Koichi; Mano, Hiroaki; Sonoda, Kazumasa; Sasaki, Naoko; Iso, Kazuki; Takahashi, Keiko; Ohkubo, Kimie; Nakai, Toshiko; Hirayama, Atsushi

    2015-01-01

    Background Complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) and high dominant frequency (DF) are targets for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Although adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is known to promote AF by shortening the atrial refractory period, its role in the pathogenesis of CFAEs and DF during AF is not fully understood. Methods We recorded electrical activity from a 64-electrode basket catheter placed in the left atrium (LA) of patients with paroxysmal AF (PAF, n=18) or persistent AF (PerAF, n=19) before ablation. Atrial electrogram fractionation intervals (FIs) and DFs were measured from bipolar electrograms of each adjacent electrode pair. Offline mean atrial FIs and DFs were obtained before bolus injection of 30 mg ATP. Peak effect was defined as an R–R interval >3 s. Results With ATP, the mean FI decreased (from 110.4±29.1 ms to 90.5±24.7 ms, P<0.0001) and DF increased (from 6.4±0.6 Hz to 7.1±0.8 Hz, P<0.0001) in all patients. There was no difference in the FI decrease between the two groups (−20.3±20.5 ms vs. −19.6±14.5 ms, P=0.6032), but the increase in DF was significantly greater in PAF patients (1.1±0.8 Hz vs. 0.3±0.6 Hz, P=0.0051). Conclusions ATP shortens atrial FIs and increases DFs in both PAF and PerAF patients. The significant increase in DF in PAF patients suggests that pathophysiologic characteristics related to the frequency of atrial fractionation change as atrial remodeling progresses. PMID:26702319

  10. Left atrial global and regional function in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation has already been impaired before enlargement of left atrium: velocity vector imaging echocardiography study.

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    Kojima, Tai; Kawasaki, Masanori; Tanaka, Ryuhei; Ono, Koji; Hirose, Takeshi; Iwama, Makoto; Watanabe, Takatomo; Noda, Toshiyuki; Watanabe, Sachiro; Takemura, Genzou; Minatoguchi, Shinya

    2012-03-01

    Left atrial volume (LAV) has been proposed as a predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) and LA function has been investigated by velocity vector imaging (VVI) echocardiography. The aim of this study was to determine whether LA function was associated with the existence of AF. We examined emptying function (EF) as a global function and strain rate (SR) as a regional function of LA function during three phases of the cardiac cycle (reservoir, conduit, and booster pump phase). The parameters were measured (apical four-chamber view) by VVI in 302 subjects [126 sinus rhythm, 91 paroxysmal AF (PAF), and 85 chronic AF]. Global and regional LA function were significantly lower in PAF patients during sinus rhythm (LA total EF: 35 ± 8%; SR at atrial contraction: -0.8 ± 0.3s(-1)) and much lower in chronic AF patients (LA total EF 22 ± 8%) than in subjects with sinus rhythm (LA total EF: 47 ± 7%; SR at atrial contraction: -1.4 ± 0.4s(-1)). In multivariate logistic regression analysis, LA active EF and SR at atrial contraction were independent features of PAF. LA function, particularly LA active relaxation and contraction, was lower in PAF patients than in subjects with sinus rhythm, regardless of LA size and age. LA functional impairment was observed regardless of hypertension before LA enlargement in patients with PAF. Reduced LA function, as assessed by VVI, is an important feature of AF as well as LA structure.

  11. Left atrial Frank–Starling law assessed by real‐time, three‐dimensional echocardiographic left atrial volume changes

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    Anwar, Ashraf M; Geleijnse, Marcel L; Soliman, Osama I I; Nemes, Attila; Cate, Folkert J ten

    2007-01-01

    Background The Frank–Starling law describes the relation between left ventricular volume and function. However, only a few studies have described the relation between left atrial volume (LAV) and function. Objective To describe an LA Frank–Starling law by studying changes in LAV measured by real‐time, three‐dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE). Methods LAV was calculated by RT3DE in 70 patients at end‐systole (LAVmax), end‐diastole (LAVmin) and pre‐atrial contraction (LAVpre‐A). According to LAVmax, patients were classified into three groups: LAVmax <50 ml (group I), LAVmax 50–70 ml (group II) and LAVmax >70 ml (group III). Calculated indices of LA pump function were active atrial stroke volume (SV), defined as LAVpre‐A – LAVmin, and active atrial emptying fraction (EF), defined as active atrial SV/LAVpre‐A ×100% Results Active atrial SV was significantly higher in group II than in group I (mean (SD) 19.0 (9.2) vs 8.2 (4.9) ml, p<0.0001), in group III it was non‐significantly lower than in group II (16.7 (12.5) vs 19.0 (9.2) ml). Active atrial SV correlated well with LAVpre‐A (r = 0.56, p<0.001), but decreased with larger LAVpre‐A. Active atrial EF tended to be higher in group II than in group I (43.1 (18.2) vs 33.2 (17.5), p<0.10), in group III it was significantly lower than in group II (26.2 (18.5) vs 43.1 (18.2), p<0.01). Conclusion A Frank–Starling mechanism in the left atrium could be described by RT3DE, shown by an increase in LA contractility in response to an increase in LA preload up to a point, beyond which LA contractility decreased. PMID:17502327

  12. Left-atrial-appendage occluder migrates in an asymptomatic patient.

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    Pisani, Paolo; Sandrelli, Luca; Fabbrocini, Mario; Tesler, Ugo Filippo; Medici, Dante

    2014-08-01

    Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is a new approach to the prevention of cardioembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation. We implanted an LAA occlusion device (Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug) in a 70-year-old woman via a transseptal approach. Upon her discharge from the hospital, a transthoracic echocardiogram showed stable anchoring of the device; 6 months after implantation, a routine transthoracic echocardiogram revealed migration of the occluder into the left ventricular outflow tract, in the absence of symptoms. We surgically removed the device from the mitral subvalvular apparatus and closed the LAA with sutures. This case shows that percutaneous LAA occlusion can result in serious adverse events, including device migration in the absence of signs or symptoms; therefore, careful follow-up monitoring is mandatory.

  13. Left-Atrial-Appendage Occluder Migrates in an Asymptomatic Patient

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    Sandrelli, Luca; Fabbrocini, Mario; Tesler, Ugo Filippo; Medici, Dante

    2014-01-01

    Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is a new approach to the prevention of cardioembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation. We implanted an LAA occlusion device (Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug) in a 70-year-old woman via a transseptal approach. Upon her discharge from the hospital, a transthoracic echocardiogram showed stable anchoring of the device; 6 months after implantation, a routine transthoracic echocardiogram revealed migration of the occluder into the left ventricular outflow tract, in the absence of symptoms. We surgically removed the device from the mitral subvalvular apparatus and closed the LAA with sutures. This case shows that percutaneous LAA occlusion can result in serious adverse events, including device migration in the absence of signs or symptoms; therefore, careful follow-up monitoring is mandatory. PMID:25120404

  14. Left Atrial Enlargement and Reduced Physical Function During Aging

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    Pellett, Andrew A.; Myers, Leann; Welsch, Michael; Jazwinski, S. Michal; Welsh, David A.

    2014-01-01

    Diastolic dysfunction, often seen with increasing age, is associated with reduced exercise capacity and increased mortality. Mortality rates in older individuals are linked to the development of disability, which may be preceded by functional limitations. The goal of this study was to identify which echocardiographic measures of diastolic function correlate with physical function in older subjects. A total of 36 men and women from the Lou isiana Healthy Aging Study, age 62–101 yr, received a complete echocardiographic exam and performed the 10-item continuous-scale physical-functional performance test (CS-PFP-10). After adjustment for age and gender, left atrial volume index (ρ = −0.59; p = .0005) correlated with the total CS-PFP-10 score. Increased left atrial volume index may be a marker of impaired performance of activities of daily living in older individuals. PMID:23238083

  15. The loud first heart sound in left atrial myxoma.

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    Gershlick, A H; Leech, G; Mills, P G; Leatham, A

    1984-10-01

    The interrelation between the loudness of the first heart sound, the time interval from the Q wave to the onset of the first heart sound (QM1), and the mitral valve closure rate was studied in nine patients presenting with left atrial myxomata. In seven patients the first heart sound was loud preoperatively and was associated with delayed mitral valve closure. After removal of the myxoma the onset of mitral valve closure returned towards normal, the mitral valve closure rate was reduced, and the first heart sound became softer. In two patients the first heart sound was normal before and after operation as were both the time of onset of mitral valve closure and the mitral valve closure rate. In neither of these patients did the myxoma completely fill the mitral orifice during diastole. The loud first heart sound in left atrial myxoma is a useful clinical sign, and intensity is directly related to the delay in onset of closure of mitral leaflets.

  16. Left atrial enlargement and reduced physical function during aging.

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    Pellett, Andrew A; Myers, Leann; Welsch, Michael; Jazwinski, S Michal; Welsh, David A

    2013-10-01

    Diastolic dysfunction, often seen with increasing age, is associated with reduced exercise capacity and increased mortality. Mortality rates in older individuals are linked to the development of disability, which may be preceded by functional limitations. The goal of this study was to identify which echocardiographic measures of diastolic function correlate with physical function in older subjects. A total of 36 men and women from the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study, age 62-101 yr, received a complete echocardiographic exam and performed the 10-item continuous-scale physical-functional performance test (CS-PFP-10). After adjustment for age and gender, left atrial volume index (ρ = -0.59; p = .0005) correlated with the total CS-PFP-10 score. Increased left atrial volume index may be a marker of impaired performance of activities of daily living in older individuals.

  17. Association of Left Atrial Local Conduction Velocity With Late Gadolinium Enhancement on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Fukumoto, Kotaro; Habibi, Mohammadali; Ipek, Esra Gucuk; Zahid, Sohail; Khurram, Irfan M; Zimmerman, Stefan L; Zipunnikov, Vadim; Spragg, David; Ashikaga, Hiroshi; Trayanova, Natalia; Tomaselli, Gordon F; Rickard, John; Marine, Joseph E; Berger, Ronald D; Calkins, Hugh; Nazarian, Saman

    2016-03-01

    Prior studies have demonstrated regional left atrial late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) heterogeneity on magnetic resonance imaging. Heterogeneity in regional conduction velocities is a critical substrate for functional reentry. We sought to examine the association between left atrial conduction velocity and LGE in patients with atrial fibrillation. LGE imaging and left atrial activation mapping were performed during sinus rhythm in 22 patients before pulmonary vein isolation. The locations of 1468 electroanatomic map points were registered to the corresponding anatomic sites on 469 axial LGE image planes. The local conduction velocity at each point was calculated using previously established methods. The myocardial wall thickness and image intensity ratio defined as left atrial myocardial LGE signal intensity divided by the mean left atrial blood pool intensity was calculated for each mapping site. The local conduction velocity and image intensity ratio in the left atrium (mean ± SD) were 0.98 ± 0.46 and 0.95 ± 0.26 m/s, respectively. In multivariable regression analysis, clustered by patient, and adjusting for left atrial wall thickness, conduction velocity was associated with the local image intensity ratio (0.20 m/s decrease in conduction velocity per increase in unit image intensity ratio, P<0.001). In this clinical in vivo study, we demonstrate that left atrial myocardium with increased gadolinium uptake has lower local conduction velocity. Identification of such regions may facilitate the targeting of the substrate for reentrant arrhythmias. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  18. Left atrial myxoma associated with obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Gismondi, Ronaldo Altenburg Odebrecht Curi; Kaufman, Renato; Correa, Gabriel Angelo de Cata Preta; Nascimento, César; Weitzel, Luiz Henrique; Reis, José Oscar Brito; da Rocha, Antônio Sérgio Cordeiro; da Cunha, Ademir Batista

    2007-01-01

    We describe a case of a 67 year-old patient with obstructive coronary artery disease that, in the preoperative survey for inguinal herniorraphy surgery, discovered, by a two-dimensional echocardiogram, a tumor in left atrium, mobile, non-obstructive. The patient underwent a cineangiocoronariography showing severe stenosis in the left anterior descending artery, moderate stenosis in the left circumflex artery, near the origin of the first marginal branch, and a non-obstructive plaque in the right coronary artery. There was also moderate left ventricular dysfunction. After that, the patient has gone coronary artery bypass surgery and resection of the left atrial tumor. The histological exam revealed that the tumor was, in fact, a myxoma.

  19. Toward standardized mapping for left atrial analysis and cardiac ablation guidance

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    Rettmann, M. E.; Holmes, D. R.; Linte, C. A.; Packer, D. L.; Robb, R. A.

    2014-03-01

    In catheter-based cardiac ablation, the pulmonary vein ostia are important landmarks for guiding the ablation procedure, and for this reason, have been the focus of many studies quantifying their size, structure, and variability. Analysis of pulmonary vein structure, however, has been limited by the lack of a standardized reference space for population based studies. Standardized maps are important tools for characterizing anatomic variability across subjects with the goal of separating normal inter-subject variability from abnormal variability associated with disease. In this work, we describe a novel technique for computing flat maps of left atrial anatomy in a standardized space. A flat map of left atrial anatomy is created by casting a single ray through the volume and systematically rotating the camera viewpoint to obtain the entire field of view. The technique is validated by assessing preservation of relative surface areas and distances between the original 3D geometry and the flat map geometry. The proposed methodology is demonstrated on 10 subjects which are subsequently combined to form a probabilistic map of anatomic location for each of the pulmonary vein ostia and the boundary of the left atrial appendage. The probabilistic map demonstrates that the location of the inferior ostia have higher variability than the superior ostia and the variability of the left atrial appendage is similar to the superior pulmonary veins. This technique could also have potential application in mapping electrophysiology data, radio-frequency ablation burns, or treatment planning in cardiac ablation therapy.

  20. Prevalence of left atrial abnormalities in atrial fibrillation versus normal sinus patients

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    Ketai, Loren H; Teague, Shawn D; Rissing, Stacy M

    2016-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) may be the cause or sequela of left atrial abnormalities and variants. Purpose To determine the prevalence of left atrial (LA) abnormalities in AF patients compared to normal sinus rhythm (NSR) patients. Material and Methods We retrospectively reviewed 281 cardiac CT examinations from 2010 to 2012, excluding patients with prior pulmonary vein ablation, known coronary artery disease, prior coronary stent placement, or coronary artery bypass grafts. The first group consisted of 159 AF patients undergoing cardiac CT prior to pulmonary vein ablation and the second group consisted of 122 NSR patients evaluated with coronary CT angiography. Demographic data were collected. LA abnormalities were analyzed. Left atrial diameter was measured on an axial view. Results A total of 281 patients were included. The male gender has significantly higher prevalence of AF than female gender, P value <0.001. Patients with AF were significantly older (mean age, 57.4 years; standard deviation [SD], 11.8 years) than NSR patients (mean age, 53.4 years; SD, 13.6 years), P value, 0.01. The left atrial diameter was greater in the AF patients (mean diameter, 4.3 cm; SD, 0.82 cm) versus the NSR patients (3.4 cm; SD, 0.58 cm), P value, <0.0001. LA diverticulum was the most prevalent variant, occurring in 28.4% of the entire patient population followed by LA pouch, occurring in 24%. There was no significant between group differences in the prevalence of these or the remainder of the LA variants. Conclusion AF patients differed significantly from NSR patients in LA size, gender, and mean age. There was no statistical significance between the two groups with regard to the LA morphologic abnormalities other than size. PMID:27358747

  1. Aortic root and left atrial wall motion. An echocardiographic study.

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    Akgün, G; Layton, C

    1977-01-01

    The echocardiographically recorded movement of the aortic root was studied by analysing the relation between posterior aortic wall motion and other intracardiac events. The systolic anterior movement of the aortic root continued beyond aortic valve closure and in cases with mitral regurgitation began significantly earlier than in normal subjects. The diastolic rapid posterior movement began after mitral valve opening but did not occur in patients with mitral stenosis. The total amplitude of aortic root motion was increased in patients with mitral regurgitation, diminished in cases of mitral stenosis, and was normal with aortic regurgitation. In patients with atrioventricular block an abrupt posterior movement followed the P wave of the electrocardiogram irrespective of its timing in diastole. These observations correlate with the expected changes in left atrial volume during the cardiac cycle both in the normal subjects and patients with heart disease. The results support the hypothesis that phasic changes in left atrial dimension are largely responsible for the echocardiographically observed movement of the aortic root and indicate a potential role for echocardiography in the analysis of left atrial events. Images PMID:911559

  2. Percutaneous epicardial ablation of incessant atrial tachycardia originating from the left atrial appendage

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    Ban, Ji-Eun; Park, Tae Young

    2016-01-01

    A 38-year-old woman presented with antiarrhythmic drug-refractory atrial tachycardia (AT). Holter recording demonstrated incessant episodes of AT followed by a long sinus pause. Electrophysiologic study revealed that the earliest endocardial activation was observed at the neck of the left atrial appendage (LAA). After unsuccessful endocardial ablation, epicardial access via a percutaneous subxiphoid approach demonstrated that the earliest epicardial atrial activation was observed on the opposite site to the endocardial LAA neck suggestive of ligament of Marshall (LOM) muscle sleeve as regarding the epicardial sharp potentials under guidance of a circular mapping catheter. Application of radiofrequency (RF) energy at this site terminated the tachycardia. After tachycardia ablation, the sinus pause also resolved. PMID:28066659

  3. MRI Evaluation of Radiofrequency, Cryothermal, and Laser left atrial lesion formation in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Khurram, Irfan M; Catanzaro, John N.; Zimmerman, Stefan; Zipunnikov, Vadim; Berger, Ronald D.; Cheng, Alan; Sinha, Sunil; Dewire, Jane; Marine, Joseph; Spragg, David; Ashikaga, Hiroshi; Halperin, Hanry; Calkins, Hugh; Nazarian, Saman

    2015-01-01

    Background Catheter ablation utilizing radiofrequency (RF), Cryothermal (Cryo), or Laser energy is effective for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-MRI) has been used to estimate the burden of LA fibrosis, but no data exists regarding structural changes following each modality. We sought to compare the baseline to post-procedure change in left atrial (LA) scar burden following RF, Cryo, or Laser ablation for treatment of AF. Methods Seventeen patients with AF underwent initial pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using RF (n=7), Cryo (n=5), and Laser (n=5). LGE-MRI was performed prior to, at 24 hours and 3 months after PVI. Results In a linear mixed-effects model, accounting for intra-patient clustering of data and inter-patient differences in baseline scar, LGE extent was significantly increased at 24 hours post ablation (+14.6±1.9% of LA myocardium, P<0.001), and remained stable from 24 hours to 3 months (+0.12±1.9%, P=0.951). There was no statistically significant difference between the post ablation scar extent among ablation modalities when compared to RF (Cryo +4.5 ± 3.0%, P=0.123; Laser −3.2 ± 3.0%, P=0.291). The PV antral LGE intensity was increased by 25.1±3.8% (P<0.001) 24 hours after ablation and additionally increased by 8.1±3.8 at 3 months (P=0.033). Conclusions Radiofrequency, Cryo, and laser ablation result in increased LGE extent and intensity at 24 hours and 3 months post ablation. No statistically sugnificant difference was noted in the extent of fibrosis induced by any modality. PMID:26171648

  4. Percutaneous closure of a left atrial appendage with relevant suture dehiscence.

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    Kleinebrecht, L; Veulemans, V; Polzin, A; Kelm, M; Zeus, T

    2017-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a widespread disease and highly relevant as it carries an extended risk for ischaemic stroke. Surgical closure of the left atrial appendage is routinely performed during open heart surgery in patients with atrial fibrillation with the aim of thromboembolic protection. In this report we present a successful percutaneous closure of a left atrial appendage, which showed clinically relevant suture dehiscence several years after surgical closure.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  6. Left circumflex coronary artery occlusion due to a left atrial appendage closure device

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    Katona, András; Temesvári, András; Szatmári, András; Forster, Tamás; Fontos, Géza

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is spreading, and a large number of patients with this procedure have concomitant coronary artery disease. With the presented case it could be concluded that coronary angiography is recommended before LAA closure. PMID:25848378

  7. Left atrial appendage exclusion for prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation: review of minimally invasive approaches.

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    Moss, Joshua D

    2014-02-01

    Stroke prevention is of vital importance in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), though the proven strategy of systemic anticoagulation for thromboembolic prophylaxis is underutilized for a variety of reasons. The left atrial appendage (LAA) has long been suspected as the principal source of arterial emboli, particularly in nonvalvular AF, and a variety of techniques for its exclusion from the circulation have been developed. This review highlights the history of the LAA as a target of intervention, and the parallel advances in three minimally invasive strategies for its exclusion: percutaneous occlusion of the LAA orifice from within the left atrium, closed-chest ligation via a percutaneous pericardial approach, and minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery. While further study is necessary, available evidence suggests that effective LAA exclusion is becoming a viable alternative to anticoagulation for stroke prevention in nonvalvular AF.

  8. Bioptic Study of Left and Right Atrial Interstitium in Cardiac Patients with and without Atrial Fibrillation: Interatrial but Not Rhythm-Based Differences.

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    Smorodinova, Natalia; Lantová, Lucie; Bláha, Martin; Melenovský, Vojtěch; Hanzelka, Jan; Pirk, Jan; Kautzner, Josef; Kučera, Tomáš

    2015-01-01

    One of the generally recognized factors contributing to the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF) is structural remodeling of the myocardium that affects both atrial cardiomyocytes as well as interstitium. The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally interstitium of atria in patients with AF or in sinus rhythm (SR) who were indicated to heart surgery. Patient population consisted of 46 subjects (19 with long-term persistent AF, and 27 in SR) undergoing coronary bypass or valve surgery. Peroperative bioptic samples of the left and the right atria were examined using immunohistochemistry to visualize and quantify collagen I, collagen III, elastin, desmin, smooth muscle actin, endothelium and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). The content of interstitial elastin, collagen I, and collagen III in atrial tissue was similar in AF and SR groups. However, the right atrium was more than twofold more abundant in elastin as compared with the left atrium and similar difference was found for collagen I and III. The right atrium showed also higher VEGF expression and lower microvascular density as compared to the left atrium. No significant changes in atrial extracellular matrix fiber content, microvascular density and angiogenic signaling, attributable to AF, were found in this cohort of patients with structural heart disease. This finding suggests that interstitial fibrosis and other morphological changes in atrial tissue are rather linked to structural heart disease than to AF per se. Significant regional differences in interstitial structure between right and left atrium is a novel observation that deserves further investigation.

  9. Electrocardiographic Left Atrial Abnormalities and Risk of Ischemic Stroke

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    Kohsaka, Shun; Sciacca, Robert R.; Sugioka, Kenichi; Sacco, Ralph L.; Homma, Shunichi; Di Tullio, Marco R.

    2009-01-01

    Background and Purpose We evaluated the association between electrocardiographic left atrial abnormality (ECG-LAA) and ischemic stroke, especially whether ECG-LAA provides additional prognostic information to that provided by echocardiography. Methods A population-based, case-control study included 146 patients with first ischemic stroke and 195 age-, gender-, and race/ethnicity-matched community control subjects. ECG-LAA was defined as either P-wave duration >120 ms or P-terminal force in precordial lead V1 (PTFV1) >40 ms·mm. Results PTFV1 >40 ms·mm was associated with ischemic stroke after adjustment for other stroke risk factors (odds ratio [OR], 2.32; 95% CI, 1.29 to 4.18). The association remained significant after adding echocardiographic left atrial diameter to the model (OR, 2.31; 95% CI, 1.28 to 4.17). PTFV1 was independently associated with stroke in patients in the upper half of echocardiographically determined left ventricular mass (adjusted OR, 4.5; 95% CI, 2.20 to 9.15) but not in those in the lower half (OR, 0.58; 95% CI, 0.20 to 1.65; P=0.0008). Conclusions ECG-LAA can supplement 2D echocardiography in assessing the risk of ischemic stroke, especially in subjects with increased left ventricular mass. PMID:16210557

  10. Left Atrial Appendage Ligation and Exclusion Technology in the Incubator

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    Syed, Faisal F.; Noheria, Amit; DeSimone, Christopher V.; Asirvatham, Samuel J.

    2016-01-01

    Stroke is the most feared complication of atrial fibrillation (AF). Targeting the left atrial appendage (LAA) mechanically is attractive as a means to simultaneously reduce stroke risk, the need for anticoagulation, and hemorrhagic complications in patients with non-valvular AF. The results of the PROTECT-AF and PREVAIL randomized clinical trials support this approach as a viable therapeutic alternative to warfarin in selected patients and add to accumulating evidence regarding the importance of the LAA in thromboembolism in AF. A number of devices for percutaneous LAA closure are under investigation or development. In this article, key design features of these ligation and exclusion technologies will be discussed, with a focus on aspects of LAA morphology, relational anatomy, thrombosis, and thromboembolism relevant for successful device development and deployment. PMID:27087888

  11. A large left atrial myxoma causing multiple cerebral infarcts.

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    Kebede, Saba; Edmunds, Eiry; Raybould, Adrian

    2013-11-27

    A 52-year-old man presented with a history of sudden onset diplopia. On neurological examination, the only abnormality was a right-sided oculomotor (third nerve) palsy. A brain CT was performed and reported as showing no abnormality. He was discharged to be investigated as an outpatient. He presented 1 month later with a new expressive dysphasia and confusional state. MRI was performed which revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. He was discharged on secondary stroke prevention medication. Six months elapsed, before a transthoracic echocardiogram was performed. This showed a large left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent an emergency resection and made a good postoperative recovery. This case report showed the importance of considering a cardiogenic source of emboli in patients who present with cerebral infarcts. Performing echocardiography early will help to detect treatable conditions such as atrial myxoma, and prevent further complications.

  12. A large left atrial myxoma causing multiple cerebral infarcts

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    Kebede, Saba; Edmunds, Eiry; Raybould, Adrian

    2013-01-01

    A 52-year-old man presented with a history of sudden onset diplopia. On neurological examination, the only abnormality was a right-sided oculomotor (third nerve) palsy. A brain CT was performed and reported as showing no abnormality. He was discharged to be investigated as an outpatient. He presented 1 month later with a new expressive dysphasia and confusional state. MRI was performed which revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. He was discharged on secondary stroke prevention medication. Six months elapsed, before a transthoracic echocardiogram was performed. This showed a large left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent an emergency resection and made a good postoperative recovery. This case report showed the importance of considering a cardiogenic source of emboli in patients who present with cerebral infarcts. Performing echocardiography early will help to detect treatable conditions such as atrial myxoma, and prevent further complications. PMID:24285802

  13. Low left atrial appendage flow velocity predicts recurrence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation.

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    Kanda, Takashi; Masuda, Masaharu; Sunaga, Akihiro; Fujita, Masashi; Iida, Osamu; Okamoto, Shin; Ishihara, Takayuki; Watanabe, Tetsuya; Takahara, Mitsuyoshi; Sakata, Yasushi; Uematsu, Masaaki

    2015-11-01

    Recurrence after catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an unsolved issue. This study aimed to explore the association between the left atrial appendage peak flow velocity (LAAV) and AF recurrence after ablation in persistent AF patients. Fifty-three consecutive patients who underwent an initial catheter ablation of persistent AF were enrolled [age, 65±10 years; male, 42 (79%)]. The LAAV was obtained by transesophageal echocardiography before ablation. All the patients underwent pulmonary vein isolation and were followed up for 12 months. The LAAV and other clinical factors (AF duration, CHA2DS2VASc score, left atrial diameter, left atrial volume, and left ventricular ejection fraction) were tested using a Cox proportional hazards regression analysis as predictors of AF recurrence during the 1-year follow-up. AF recurrence occurred in 16 (30%) patients. The patients with AF recurrences had lower LAAVs (23.3±7.2cm/s vs. 33.3±15.1cm/s, p=0.002) than those without AF recurrence. In the multivariable analysis, a low LAAV independently predicted AF recurrence (hazard ratio, 3.04; 95% confidence interval, 1.05-8.79; p=0.040). A Kaplan-Meier analysis also demonstrated a lower survival rate free from AF recurrence in the low LAAV group than in the high LAAV group (p=0.030). A low LAAV was associated with AF recurrence after the initial catheter ablation of persistent AF. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  14. Blood pressure control and the reduction of left atrial overload is essential for controlling atrial fibrillation.

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    Tanabe, Yasuko; Kawamura, Yuichiro; Sakamoto, Naka; Sato, Nobuyuki; Kikuchi, Kenjiro; Hasebe, Naoyuki

    2009-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the ideal control of atrial fibrillation (AF) associated with hypertensive patients depends on the usage of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors or whether it occurs regardless of the kind of antihypertensive agents used. The control of AF was compared in 112 outpatients between 1) those with or without the administration of RAS inhibitors, and 2) those with an ideal or poor control of the blood pressure (BP) regardless of the kind of antihypertensive therapy used. The therapies with or without RAS inhibitors did not yield any significant difference in the AF control states, even though RAS inhibitors had been administered to the patient group with a high proportion of organic heart disease. The ideal BP control group exhibited a significantly better AF control in comparison to the poor BP control group. The former group had a significantly smaller left atrial diameter determined by ultrasonic echocardiography. BP control itself may essentially be important for preventing AF in the general patient population. Poor BP control seemed to have an affect on worsening AF possibly via left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, followed by left atrial overload.

  15. Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias : radiofrequency ablation and outcome.

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    Schneider, R; Schneider, C; Bänsch, D

    2015-02-01

    Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias (LART) in patients without previous cardiac surgical or catheter ablation are rare. Several therapeutic concepts of catheter ablation have been suggested: linear lesions (LL), circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), and both (LL + PVI). In all, 28 consecutive symptomatic patients with 51 LARTs presented to our institution for catheter ablation. Electroanatomical mapping was performed on 25 patients. Three patients were ablated conventionally during LART; 25 patients (89.3 %) had extensive low-voltage areas in the left atrium (atrial myopathy). One of the following ablation strategies was applied: first, LL (n = 8), second, PVI + LL (n = 11), and third PVI alone (n = 9). Fourteen patients (50 %) had a recurrent arrhythmia during a mean follow-up of 12.2 ± 11.1 months. Six patients presented with a recurrent LART (21.4 %), 4 with LART and atrial fibrillation (Afib) (14.3 %), and 4 with Afib (14.3 %). The recurrence rate of any arrhythmia (LART and Afib) was 37.5 % in the LL group, 44.4 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (ns); the recurrence rate of LARTs was 12.5 % in the LL group, 22.2 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (p < 0.05). Atrial tachyarrhythmia recurrence after ablation of spontaneous LART in mid-term is considerable. Stable LARTs are effectively treated by LL. PVI alone may be an acceptable alternative, especially in patients with unstable LARTs and Afib. However, the risk of recurrent LARTs after a more extensive strategy with PVI and LL is considerable, probably due to proarrhythmic effects of long linear lesions.

  16. Transcatheter occlusion of left atrial appendage with persistent thrombus using a trans-radial embolic protection device.

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    Cammalleri, Valeria; Ussia, Gian Paolo; Muscoli, Saverio; De Vico, Pasquale; Romeo, Francesco

    2016-12-01

    : The image describes a case of left atrial appendage occlusion in a patient with atrial fibrillation, previous haemorrhagic stroke, and left atrial appendage thrombosis. A cerebral vascular filter was used during the device implantation. The use of cerebral embolic protection device can increase the safety of left atrial appendage occlusion, in selected high-risk patients.

  17. Effect of ramipril therapy on abnormal left atrial appendage function.

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    Asker, M; Timucin, O B; Asker, S; Karadag, M F

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated whether ramipril treatment has a beneficial effect on left atrial appendage (LAA) function in patients with systemic hypertension in sinus rhythm. Patients with untreated systemic hypertension and normal left ventricular systolic function in sinus rhythm (n = 20; six males/14 females; age 35 - 69 years, mean ± SD 52.8 ± 8.9 years) were evaluated using transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography at baseline and after 6 months of treatment with 5 mg/day ramipril. Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased significantly after ramipril therapy. Baseline LAA emptying velocity was below the age-related reference value for this parameter, indicating abnormal LAA function. There were significant increases in the LAA filling and emptying velocities after ramipril treatment. It is concluded that the decrease in blood pressure and haemodynamic improvements brought about by ramipril therapy resulted in improved LAA function in hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function in sinus rhythm.

  18. Left atrial size: physiologic determinants and clinical applications.

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    Abhayaratna, Walter P; Seward, James B; Appleton, Christopher P; Douglas, Pamela S; Oh, Jae K; Tajik, A Jamil; Tsang, Teresa S M

    2006-06-20

    Left atrial (LA) enlargement has been proposed as a barometer of diastolic burden and a predictor of common cardiovascular outcomes such as atrial fibrillation, stroke, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular death. It has been shown that advancing age alone does not independently contribute to LA enlargement, and the impact of gender on LA volume can largely be accounted for by the differences in body surface area between men and women. Therefore, enlargement of the left atrium reflects remodeling associated with pathophysiologic processes. In this review, we discuss the normal size and phasic function of the left atrium. Further, we outline the clinically important aspects and pitfalls of evaluating LA size, and the methods for assessing LA function using echocardiography. Finally, we review the determinants of LA size and remodeling, and we describe the evidence regarding the prognostic value of LA size. The use of LA volume for risk stratification is an evolving science. More data are required with respect to the natural history of LA remodeling in disease, the degree of LA modifiability with therapy, and whether regression of LA size translates into improved cardiovascular outcomes.

  19. Esophageal ulcer of unknown origin complicated by left atrial myxoma.

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    Nishizaki, Yuji; Yamagami, Shinichiro; Hayakawa, Daisuke; Takashima, Shiori; Nomura, Osamu; Sai, Eiryu; Kon, Kazuyoshi; Matsuyama, Shujiro; Watanabe, Sumio; Daida, Hiroyuki

    2015-01-01

    Myxoma induces the onset of paraneoplastic syndromes by excreting various humoral mediators and is therefore known to present with diverse symptoms. A 40-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of an esophageal ulcer, the cause of which could not be identified on various examinations. Notably, a left atrial tumor was incidentally found on chest enhanced computed tomography. The esophageal ulcer, which was intractable to conventional therapy, improved with the administration of 5-aminosalicylate, a drug known to inhibit IL-1β. This inhibitory action effectively suppressed the development of myxoma-induced paraneoplastic syndrome.

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

    Background/Aims The aim of this study was to investigate atrial conduction times and left atrial mechanical functions, the noninvasive predictors of atrial fibrillation, in prediabetic patients with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Methods Study included 59 patients (23 males, 36 females; mean age 52.5 ± 10.6 years) diagnosed with IFG or IGT by the American Diabetes Association criteria, and 43 healthy adults (22 males, 21 females; mean age 48.5 ± 12.1 years). Conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography were performed. The electromechanical delay parameters were measured from the onset of the P wave on the surface electrocardiogram to the onset of the atrial systolic wave on tissue Doppler imaging from septum, lateral, and right ventricular annuli. The left atrial volumes were calculated by the disk method. Left atrial mechanical functions were calculated. Results The mitral E/A and E’/A’ ratios measured from the lateral and septal annuli were significantly lower in the prediabetics compared to the controls. The interatrial and left atrial electromechanical delay were significantly longer in prediabetic group compared to the controls. Left atrial active emptying volume (LAAEV) and fraction (LAAEF) were significantly higher in the prediabetics than the controls. LAAEV and LAAEF were significantly correlated with E/A, lateral and septal E’/A’. Conclusions In the prediabetic patients, the atrial conduction times and P wave dispersion on surface electrocardiographic were longer before the development of overt diabetes. In addition, the left atrial mechanical functions were impaired secondary to a deterioration in the diastolic functions in the prediabetic patients. PMID:27919159

  2. Left atrial appendage occlusion with the Amplatzer Amulet for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: the first case in Greece.

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    Tzikas, Apostolos; Karagounis, Lambros; Bouktsi, Maria; Drevelegas, Antonios; Parcharidou, Despina; Ioannidis, Stathis; Krasopoulos, George; Giannakoulas, George

    2013-01-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion has been introduced into clinical practice as a valuable alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. In this case presentation we describe the first LAA occlusion in Greece using the Amplatzer Amulet device. We also briefly discuss issues related to procedural safety and multimodality imaging for LAA occlusion.

  3. Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio may predict left atrial thrombus in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Yalcin, Murat; Aparci, Mustafa; Uz, Omer; Isilak, Zafer; Balta, Sevket; Dogan, Mehmet; Kardesoglu, Ejder; Uzun, Mehmet

    2015-03-01

    Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been associated with poor outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to compare NLRs among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) with or without left atrial (LA) thrombus. A total of 309 (70.1 ± 9.8 years, 49% male) patients with nonvalvular AF have undergone transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to assess the presence of LA thrombus. Baseline NLR was measured by dividing neutrophil count to lymphocyte count. Left atrial thrombus was detected in 32 (10.3%) of 309 patients. Mean NLR (2.2 ± 1.0 vs 2.7 ± 1.1, P = .026) was significantly higher among patients with LA thrombus compared to patients without LA thrombus. On multivariate analysis, NLR (odds ratio 1.59, 95% confidence interval 0.87-4.18; P < .02) was an independent risk factor for the presence of LA thrombus in patients with nonvalvular AF. Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, an emerging marker of inflammation, was independently associated with the presence of LA thrombus in patients with nonvalvular AF. © The Author(s) 2013.

  4. Left atrial mechanical responses to right ventricular pacing in heart failure patients: implications for atrial fibrillation.

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    Sanagala, Thriveni; Johnston, Samuel L; Groot, Gloria D; Santucci, Peter; Rhine, David K; Varma, Niraj

    2011-08-01

    RV pacing (RVP), even with preserved atrioventricular (AV) synchrony, may lead to left atrial (LA) enlargement and atrial fibrillation. However, inciting events are unknown. We hypothesized that RVP acutely impairs LA function by mechanisms affecting atrial contraction and/or ventricular diastole. LA function in ICD patients (n = 31, LVEF ≤ 40%) and controls (n = 14, LVEF > 50%) was contrasted between intrinsic conduction versus RVP during asynchronous (ICD, n = 17, control, n = 7), and synchronous (ICD, n = 14, control, n = 14) pacing at long (LAVd, 107 ±16 ms) and short (SAVd, 31 ± 5 ms) AV delays. LA maximal volume (LA(Max)), minimal volume (LA(Min)), and emptying fraction {LA(EmF) = (LA(Max) -LA(Min))/LA(Max)} were measured echocardiographically. Six-segment mean mitral annular tissue doppler E' (global E') assessed diastolic recoil during baseline and LAVd. In the ICD group, LA(Min) increased by 42% (P < 0.0009) during VVI, by 31% (P = 0.0002) during SAVd, and by 17% (P < 0.0007) during LAVd. LA(EmF) decreased by 44% (P < 0.0008), 27% (P < 0.0001), and by 15% (P = 0.003) during VVI, SAVd, and LAVd respectively. LA(Max) was unaltered. Global E' was reduced by 12%. In control, LA(Min) increased and LA(EmF) decreased significantly during VVI (82 and 58%) and SAVd (46 and 41%), but not during LAVd. In patients with LV dysfunction, RVP acutely impaired LA emptying, and increased minimal volume, most prominently when atrial contraction was impeded (VVI, DDD-SAVd) but also when completed (DDD-LAVd), indicating impaired diastolic recoil as an important mechanism. When LV function was normal, similar changes were present when atrial filling is impeded (VVI, SAVd), but not when completed (LAVd). © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Percutaneous Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage in Atrial Fibrillation, Second Thoughts?

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    Wagdi, Philipp; Salzer, Frank

    2012-01-01

    Life expectancy of the population is steadily increasing world wide. Consequently, the incidence and ultimately the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and it’s sequelae will be rising proportionately. It is estimated that 3-5% of persons above 65 years of age have chronic AF, 30% of which will suffer at least one stroke. On the other hand, chronic AF is responsible for about 20% of all cerebrovascular accidents. Predictors of stroke in AF have been defined by the CHADS2 score, and in these patients, oral anticoagulation has been the cornerstone of thromboembolic disease prevention. Because elderly patients have an increased risk of bleeding complications even under the newer antagonists of Factor Xa and direct Thrombin inhibitors, percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) as the main thrombogenic source offers an attractive alternative to permanent anticoagulation. This promising new therapeutic approach is put into clinical real world perspective.

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

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    Contractor, Tahmeed; Khasnis, Atul

    2011-03-30

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

  7. Left atrial appendage occlusion with the WATCHMAN™ for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

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    Price, Matthew J

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of stroke and systemic embolism. Although warfarin and the novel oral anticoagulants reduce thromboembolic risk, they are associated with an ongoing bleeding hazard, in addition to other limitations that deter their use. The left atrial appendage (LAA) appears to be the primary source of thrombus in AF; therefore, LAA closure represents a mechanical strategy for stroke prevention in these patients. The WATCHMAN™ LAA closure device (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) is a nitinol-framed occluder that is implanted percutaneously under echocardiographic and fluoroscopic guidance. Data from two randomized clinical trials support the clinical efficacy of transcatheter LAA occlusion with the WATCHMAN and demonstrate that procedural safety has improved significantly since initial experience. This article summarizes the rationale, procedural technique, safety, and clinical efficacy of the WATCHMAN device in patients with AF at high risk for thromboembolic events.

  8. Left atrial appendage exclusion for stroke prevention in patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation.

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    Onalan, Orhan; Crystal, Eugene

    2007-02-01

    The efficacy of oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation (AF) has clearly been established. However, a substantial number of patients with AF who are at high risk for thromboembolic events are not candidates for long-term OAC. The left atrial appendix (LAA) is the most common place of thrombosis in patients with AF, and it can easily be excluded from the systemic circulation at the time of cardiac surgery by excision, ligation, suturing, or stapling. Currently, removal of the LAA at the time of mitral valve surgery is recommended to reduce future stroke risk. The ongoing LAA Occlusion Study (LAAOS) is evaluating the efficacy of the routine LAA occlusion in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Recently, two devices specifically designed for percutaneous transcatheter LAA occlusion have been introduced: the Percutaneous LAA Transcatheter Occlusion (PLAATO; Appriva Medical Inc) and WATCHMAN LAA system (Atritech, Inc). More than 200 PLAATO devices were implanted worldwide in patients with nonrheumatic AF who were at high risk for ischemic stroke and not candidates for long-term OAC. In a follow-up time of 258 patient-years, an estimated 61% reduction in stroke risk was achieved with PLAATO procedure. The WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage System for Embolic PROTECTion in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation (PROTECT AF) study was designed to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the WATCHMAN device in patients with nonvalvular AF who are eligible for long-term OAC. The trial is assessing whether the treatment arm (WATCHMAN device) is noninferior to the control arm (warfarin). Although present results suggest that LAA occlusion may reduce the long-term stroke risk, available data are still very limited. At present, percutaneous LAA occlusion may be an acceptable option in selected high-risk patients with AF who are not candidates for OAC. The current understanding of LAA exclusion for the

  9. Ablation of atrial fibrillation using novel 4-dimensional catheter tracking within autoregistered left atrial angiograms.

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    Rolf, Sascha; Sommer, Philipp; Gaspar, Thomas; John, Silke; Arya, Arash; Hindricks, Gerhard; Piorkowski, Christopher

    2012-08-01

    We describe a novel fluoroscopy coregistered, 4-dimensional catheter tracking technology (MediGuide Technology [MGT]) used for treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. The aim of the study was to investigate (1) the feasibility of nonfluoroscopic catheter manipulation within dynamic left atrial chamber models; (2) the integration of the technology into an established electroanatomical mapping system; and (3) potential clinical impact. Forty-nine patients received atrial fibrillation ablation using MGT-enabled NavX-EnSite. Matched patients ablated with a conventional NavX-EnSite system served as a control group. MGT was used for the deployment of diagnostic catheters within preacquired cine loops, for nonfluoroscopic chamber mapping within dynamic angiograms, and for 4-dimensional tagging of anatomical landmarks. Integration with the electroanatomical mapping system allowed correction of field distortions and a reference tool to detect and correct map shifts. Catheter ablation was done without MGT because the ablation catheter was not MGT enabled. MGT worked safely and stably in all 49 patients. Catheter deployment within the preacquired cine loops was successfully performed in 45 of 49 (92%) patients. Catheter tracking within dynamic left atrial angiograms allowed nearly nonfluoroscopic creation of NavX-EnSite geometries with subsequent computed tomography model registration in all 49 patients. Overall, MGT significantly reduced total procedural fluoroscopy time (median [quartiles]) from 31 minutes (25, 43 minutes) to 16 minutes (10, 23 minutes) and irradiation dose from 14 453±7403 to 7363±5827 cGy*cm(2) (mean±SD), respectively (P<0.001). MGT is a tracking technology that allows 4-dimensional visualization of dedicated catheters within moving chamber models. Integration of the MGT with an established electroanatomical mapping system provided algorithms to facilitate mapping in the electroanatomical mapping system environment. As a first measurable

  10. Atrial Septopulmonary Bundle of the Posterior Left Atrium Provides a Substrate for Atrial Fibrillation Initiation in a Model of Vagally Mediated Pulmonary Vein Tachycardia of the Structurally Normal Heart

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    Klos, Matthew; Calvo, David; Yamazaki, Masatoshi; Zlochiver, Sharon; Mironov, Sergey; Cabrera, José-Angel; Sanchez-Quintana, Damian; Jalife, José; Berenfeld, Omer; Kalifa, Jérôme

    2009-01-01

    Background The posterior left atrium (PLA) and pulmonary veins (PVs) have been shown to be critical for atrial fibrillation (AF) initiation. However, the detailed mechanisms of reentry and AF initiation by PV impulses are poorly understood. We hypothesized that PV impulses trigger reentry and AF by undergoing wavebreaks as a result of sink-to-source mismatch at specific PV-PLA transitions along the septopulmonary bundle, where there are changes in thickness and fiber direction. Methods and Results In 7 Langendorff-perfused sheep hearts AF was initiated by a burst of 6 pulses (CL 80 to 150ms) delivered to the left inferior or right superior PV ostium 100 to 150 ms after the sinus impulse in the presence of 0.5 μmol/L acetylcholine. The exposed septal-PLA endocardial area was mapped with high spatio-temporal resolution (DI-4-ANEPPS, 1000-fr/s) during AF initiation. Isochronal maps for each paced beat preceding AF onset were constructed to localize areas of conduction delay and block. Phase movies allowed the determination of the wavebreak sites at the onset of AF. Thereafter, the PLA myocardial wall thickness was quantified by echocardiography, and the fiber direction in the optical field of view was determined after peeling off the endocardium. Finally, isochrone, phase and conduction velocity maps were superimposed on the corresponding anatomic pictures for each of the 28 episodes of AF initiation. The longest delays of the paced PV impulses, as well as the first wavebreak, occurred at those boundaries along the septopulmonary bundle that showed sharp changes in fiber direction and the largest and most abrupt increase in myocardial thickness. Conclusion Waves propagating from the PVs into the PLA originating from a simulated PV tachycardia triggered reentry and vagally mediated AF by breaking at boundaries along the septopulmonary bundle where abrupt changes in thickness and fiber direction resulted in sink-to-source mismatch and low safety for propagation. PMID

  11. Characterization of Cerebrovascular Events After Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion.

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    Freixa, Xavier; Llull, Laura; Gafoor, Sameer; Cruz-Gonzalez, Ignacio; Shakir, Samera; Omran, Heyder; Berti, Sergio; Santoro, Gennaro; Kefer, Joelle; Landmesser, Ulf; Nielsen-Kudsk, Jens Erik; Kanagaratnam, Prapa; Nietlispach, Fabian; Gloekler, Steffen; Aminian, Adel; Danna, Paolo; Rezzaghi, Marco; Stock, Friederike; Stolcova, Miroslava; Paiva, Luis; Costa, Marco; Millán, Xavier; Ibrahim, Reda; Tichelbäcker, Tobias; Schillinger, Wolfgang; Park, Jai-Wun; Sievert, Horst; Meier, Bernhard; Tzikas, Apostolos

    2016-12-15

    Cardioembolic strokes are generally more lethal and disabling than other source of strokes. Data from PROTECT AF (Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) suggest that strokes after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman device are less disabling than those in the warfarin group. No data assessing the severity of strokes after LAAO with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) are available. The objective of the study was to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP in a population mostly characterized by an absolute or relative contraindication to oral anticoagulation. Data from the ACP multicenter registry were analyzed. Disabling strokes were defined as those with a modified Rankin score of 3 to 6 at 90 days after the event. A total of 1,047 subjects were included. The mean age and CHADS2 score were 75 ± 8 years and 2.8 ± 1.3, respectively. Procedural success was achieved in 97.3% and 4.9% of the patients presented procedural major adverse events. Clinical follow-up was complete in 98.2% of patients with a median of 13 months. There were 9 strokes (0.9%), 9 transient ischemic attacks (0.9%), and no intracranial hemorrhages (0%) at follow-up. After excluding 2 patients with pre-LAAO disability, functional assessment showed disabling events in 3 (19%) of the remaining 16 patients. The median time of presentation was 420 days (interquartile range 234 to 671) after LAAO, and 17 patients (94%) were on single-antiplatelet therapy when the event occurred. According to our results, cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP system were infrequent and mostly nondisabling. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Physiological variation in left atrial transverse orientation does not influence orthogonal P-wave morphology.

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    Petersson, Richard; Mosén, Henrik; Steding-Ehrenborg, Katarina; Carlson, Jonas; Faxén, Lisa; Mohtadi, Alan; Platonov, Pyotr G; Holmqvist, Fredrik

    2017-03-01

    It has previously been demonstrated that orthogonal P-wave morphology in healthy athletes does not depend on atrial size, but the possible impact of left atrial orientation on P-wave morphology remains unknown. In this study, we investigated if left atrial transverse orientation affects P-wave morphology in different populations. Forty-seven patients with atrial fibrillation, 21 patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, 67 healthy athletes, and 56 healthy volunteers were included. All underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography and the orientation of the left atrium was determined. All had 12-lead electrocardiographic recordings, which were transformed into orthogonal leads and orthogonal P-wave morphology was obtained. The median left atrial transverse orientation was 87 (83, 91) degrees (lower and upper quartiles) in the total study population. There was no difference in left atrial transverse orientation between individuals with different orthogonal P-wave morphologies. The physiological variation in left atrial orientation was small within as well as between the different populations. There was no difference in left atrial transverse orientation between subjects with type 1 and type 2 P-wave morphology, implying that in this setting the P-wave morphology was more dependent on atrial conduction than orientation. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Left Atrial Structure and Function Across the Spectrum of Cardiovascular Risk in the Elderly: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study

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    Gonçalves, Alexandra; Hung, Chung-Lieh; Claggett, Brian; Nochioka, Kotaro; Cheng, Susan; Kitzman, Dalane W.; Shah, Amil M; Solomon, Scott D.

    2016-01-01

    Background While left atrial (LA) enlargement is a recognized risk factor for adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, emerging evidence supports the importance of LA function. We examined LA emptying fraction (LAEF) across the spectrum of CV disease burden in a large cohort of elderly adults living in the community. Methods and Results We studied 1,142 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study who were in sinus rhythm, free of valvular disease, and had acceptable quality 3D-echocardiograms (mean age 76±5 years, 59% women). We determined the cross-sectional correlates of LAEF and compared LAEF among elderly adults without CV disease or CV risk factors (n=201), those with hypertension (n=734), and those with overt heart failure (HF) (n=207). In multivariable analysis, lower LAEF was associated with higher LA volumes, worse LV systolic and diastolic function. Elderly participants free of CV disease or risk factors had smaller LA volumes than those with hypertension (LAV max/BSA 30.2 ± 6.6 ml/m2 vs. 33.0 ± 9.0ml/m2, p =0.001), but similar LAEF (55.2 ± 10.3% vs. 53.8 ± 11.5% respectively, p=0.357). Participants with HF had higher LA volume (39.8 ± 13.3 ml/m2) and worse LAEF (47.6 ± 14.6%) than participants with hypertension or participants free of CV disease or risk factors (all p values <0.001). Conclusions In a community-based cohort, LA function was impaired in participants with prevalent HF, but there were no significant differences in LA function between participants with hypertension and those free of CV disease or risk factors, despite greater LA size in the former. PMID:26843540

  14. Delayed Left Atrial Perforation Associated with Erosion After Device Closure of an Atrial Septal Defect

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    Kim, Ji Seong; Yeom, Sang Yoon; Kim, Sue Hyun; Choi, Jae Woong; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2017-01-01

    A 43-year-old man who had had a history of atrial septal defect (ASD) device closure 31 months previously presented with abrupt chest and back pain along with progressive cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest. After resuscitation, he was diagnosed with cardiac tamponade. Diagnostic and therapeutic surgical exploration revealed left atrium (LA) perforation due to LA roof erosion from a deficient aortic rim. Device removal, primary repair of the LA perforation site, and ASD patch closure were performed successfully. The postoperative course was uneventful. The patient was discharged after 6 weeks of empirical antibiotic therapy without any other significant complications. PMID:28382270

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  16. Left atrial function and scar after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Wylie, John V; Peters, Dana C; Essebag, Vidal; Manning, Warren J; Josephson, Mark E; Hauser, Thomas H

    2008-05-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) involves extensive radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the left atrium (LA) around the pulmonary veins. The effect of this therapy on LA function is not fully characterized. The purpose of this study was to determine whether catheter ablation of AF is associated with a change in LA function. LA and right atrial (RA) systolic function was assessed in 33 consecutive patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF referred for ablation using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. Steady-state free precession ECG cine CMR imaging was performed before and after (mean 48 days) AF ablation. All patients underwent circumferential pulmonary vein isolation using an 8-mm tip RFA catheter. High spatial resolution late gadolinium enhancement CMR images of LA scar were obtained in 16 patients. Maximum LA volume decreased by 15% (P <.001), and LA ejection fraction decreased by 14% (P <.001) after AF ablation. Maximum RA volume decreased by 13% (P = .018), but RA ejection fraction increased by 5% (P = .008). Mean LA scar volume was 8.1 +/- 3.7 mL. A linear correlation was observed between change in LA ejection fraction and scar volume (r = -0.75, P <.001). Catheter ablation of AF is associated with decreased LA size and reduced atrial systolic function. This change strongly correlates with the volume of LA scar. This finding may have implications for postprocedural thromboembolic risk and for procedures involving more extensive RFA.

  17. Enhanced expression of ROCK in left atrial myocytes of mitral regurgitation: a potential mechanism of myolysis.

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    Chen, Huang-Chung; Chang, Jen-Ping; Chang, Tzu-Hao; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Huang, Yao-Kuang; Pan, Kuo-Li; Fang, Chih-Yuan; Chen, Chien-Jen; Ho, Wan-Chun; Chen, Mien-Cheng

    2015-05-09

    Severe mitral regurgitation (MR) may cause myolysis in the left atrial myocytes. Myolysis may contribute to atrial enlargement. However, the relationship between Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) and myolysis in the left atrial myocytes of MR patients remain unclear. This study comprised 22 patients with severe MR [12 with atrial fibrillation (AF) and ten in sinus rhythm]. Left atrial appendage tissues were obtained during surgery. Normal left atrial tissues were purchased. Immunofluorescence histochemical and immunoblotting studies were performed. The expression of ROCK2 in the myolytic left atrial myocytes of MR AF patients (p = 0.009) and MR sinus patients (p = 0.011) were significantly higher than that of the normal subjects. Similarly, the expression of ROCK1 in the myolytic left atrial myocytes of MR AF patients was significantly higher than that of the normal subjects (p = 0.010), and the expression of ROCK1 in the myolytic left atrial myocytes of MR sinus patients was higher than that of the normal subjects (p = 0.091). Immunofluorescence study revealed significant co-localization and juxtaposition of ROCK2 and cleaved caspase-3 in the left atrial myocytes both in the MR AF group (Pearson's coefficient = 0.74 ± 0.03) and the MR sinus group (Pearson's coefficient = 0.73 ± 0.02). Similarly, immunofluorescence study revealed significant co-localization and juxtaposition of ROCK1 and cleaved caspase-3 in the left atrial myocytes both in the MR AF group (Pearson's coefficient = 0.65 ± 0.03) and the MR sinus group (Pearson's coefficient = 0.65 ± 0.03). Correlation analysis demonstrated that there was a significant direct relationship between the expression of ROCK2 in the myolytic left atrial myocytes and left atrial diameter in the MR patients (p = 0.041; r = 0.440). Moreover, the ratio of phosphorylated myosin-binding subunit of myosin light chain phosphatase (pMBS)/total MBS of left atrial tissues was significantly higher in the MR AF group (p < 0.04) and the

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

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

    2017-08-24

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

  19. Left Atrial Coronary Perfusion Territories in Isolated Sheep Hearts: Implications for Atrial Fibrillation Maintenance

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    Yamazaki, Masatoshi; Morgenstern, Sherry; Klos, Matthew; Campbell, Katherine; Buerkel, Daniel; Kalifa, Jérôme

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND The role played by coronary perfusion in the maintenance of AF electrical sources that anchor to the posterior wall of the left atrium (PLA) has been incompletely investigated. OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that the PLA-pulmonary vein region is perfused by branches originating from both the right and left coronary arteries, and evaluated whether such branches could serve as conduits to chemically ablate restricted PLA regions. METHODS In Langendorff-perfused sheep hearts, we identified the right and left anterior atrial arteries (RAAA and LAAA), and branches of the left circumflex artery (LCX) as main coronary artery branches perfusing the atria. During sustained AF, we injected 20 ml boluses of cold Tyrode’s solution (4°C) into each artery to determine changes in dominant frequency (DF). The injection that yielded the largest DF decrease indicated the coronary branch to be subsequently perfused with ethanol. We selectively injected ethanol into the LAAA (n=4), the LCX (n=4) or the RAAA (n=1). RESULTS Six out of 9 AF cases rapidly terminated upon ethanol perfusion. In those hearts and in 8 additional preparations (n=17), Congo Red or Evans Blue were subsequently perfused into the remaining atrial branches. The perfusion territories were classified as follows: Triple vessel PLA perfusion (n=4), LAAA dominant PLA perfusion (n=5), balanced double vessel PLA perfusion (n=5) and LCX or RAAA dominant (n=3). CONCLUSIONS The PLA coronary perfusion relies on a variable contribution of right and left coronary branches. Regional irrigation of ethanol in well-delineated PLA perfusion territories enabled ablation of high frequency sites during AF. PMID:20621203

  20. Velocity vector imaging to quantify left atrial function.

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    Valocik, Gabriel; Druzbacká, Ludmila; Valocikova, Ivana; Mitro, Peter

    2010-08-01

    The aim of our study was to assess the feasibility of a new image analysis, velocity vector imaging (VVI), in the assessment of left atrial volumes (LAV) and left atrial ejection fraction (LAEF). We retrospectively analysed 100 transthoracic echocardiographic findings in 71 men, and 29 women (mean age 57 +/- 19.8 years). Two subgroups of patients were defined: (1) with left ventricular (LV) EF > 50%, and (2) LV EF < 50%. For the VVI method of indexed LAV assessment we used the apical four-chamber view. From the displacement of LA endocardial pixels time-volume curves were extracted which provided automatically data regarding indexed maximum LAV (LAVImax), indexed minimum LAV (LAVImin), and LAEF. LAVs and LAEF by 2-dimensional echocardiograhy (2DE) were measured by Simpson's biplane disc summation method. Comparing LAVImax, LAVImin, and LAEF by VVI versus 2DE in the total study population, we found significant correlations: r = 0.94, P < 0.0001, r = 0.94, P < 0.0001, r = 0.79, P < 0.0001, respectively. In addition, LAVImax >or= 40 ml/m(2) was 94% sensitive and 72% specific, LAVImin >or= 27 ml/m(2) was 90% sensitive and 86% specific, and LAEF < 30% was 80% sensitive and 96% specific for the detection of LV systolic dysfunction. There were highly significant inverse associations of LAVImax and LAVImin to LVEF. LAEF was also significantly related to LV systolic function. When comparing the time required for VVI and 2DE measurements, VVI led to 62% reduction in the measurement time. In conclusion, VVI is a feasible method for the assessment of LAVs and LAEF. It provides close agreement with that measured by conventional 2DE Simpson's biplane method with significant time saved.

  1. Characterization of left and right atrial function in healthy volunteers by cardiovascular magnetic resonance.

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    Maceira, Alicia M; Cosin-Sales, Juan; Prasad, Sanjay K; Pennell, Dudley J

    2016-10-10

    Left and right atrial function show a different pattern in advanced age in order to maintain adequate ventricular filling. It has been shown that left atrial (LA) function has a prognostic value in a number of heart conditions. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) provides high quality images of the left and right atria using high temporal resolution steady state free precession (SSFP) cine sequences. We used SSFP cines to characterize atrial function in healthy, normotensive, volunteers. We measured maximum, preatrial contraction and minimum left and right atrial volumes in 120 healthy subjects after careful exclusion of cardiovascular abnormality (60 men, 60 women; 20 subjects per age decile from 20 to 80 years). Data were generated from 3-dimensional modeling, including tracking of the atrioventricular ring motion and time-volume curves analysis. With those measurements, all the usual parameters for left and right atrial function were calculated. Gender had significant influence on some parameters of left and right atrial conduit and booster pump function. Age significantly influenced the majority of parameters of both left and right atrial function, with typically lower reservoir and conduit functions and higher booster pump function, both in males and females belonging to older age groups. CMR normal ranges were modelled for clinical use with normalization, where appropriate, for body surface area and gender, displaying parameters with respect to age. CMR normal reference ranges for components of left and right atrial function are provided for males and females for a wide age range.

  2. Left atrial remodelling in competitive adolescent soccer players.

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    D'Ascenzi, F; Cameli, M; Lisi, M; Zacà, V; Natali, B; Malandrino, A; Benincasa, S; Catanese, S; Causarano, A; Mondillo, S

    2012-10-01

    Left atrial (LA) enlargement and improved myocardial diastolic properties are a component of athlete's heart. We performed a longitudinal study involving adolescent athletes to investigate the impact of training on LA remodelling and diastolic function. 21 competitive adolescent soccer players were enrolled and engaged in an 8-month training program. Echocardiographic analysis was performed at baseline, after 4 and 8 months. We assessed diastolic function by Doppler tissue imaging and we analyzed LA adaptations by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography. After 4 months, LA mean volume index significantly increased (Δ=5.47 ± 4.38 mL/m2, p ≤ 0.0001). After 8 months, a further increase occurred (Δ=8.95 ± 4.47 mL/m2, p ≤ 0.0001). A higher E velocity (p=0.001; p=0.001), a greater E/A ratio (p=0.002; p=0.0009), a higher e' peak (p= 0.005; p=0.001), and a greater e'/a' ratio (p=0.01; p=0.0006) were observed at 4 and at 8 months, respectively. E/e' ratio significantly decreased after 8 months (p ≤ 0.005). Global peak atrial longitudinal strain and global peak atrial contraction strain values significantly decreased after 8 months (p=0.0004, p=0.01, respectively). An 8-month training program is associated with LA dimensional and functional training-specific adaptations in competitive adolescent soccer players. Myocardial diastolic properties can improve after training also in subjects already presenting with features of athlete's heart.

  3. Left Atrial Enlargement and Anticoagulation Status in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Dakay, Katarina; Chang, Andrew D; Hemendinger, Morgan; Cutting, Shawna; McTaggart, Ryan A; Jayaraman, Mahesh V; Chu, Antony; Panda, Nikhil; Song, Christopher; Merkler, Alexander; Gialdini, Gino; Kummer, Benjamin; Lerario, Michael P; Kamel, Hooman; Elkind, Mitchell S V; Furie, Karen L; Yaghi, Shadi

    2017-09-13

    Despite anticoagulation therapy, ischemic stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains substantial. We hypothesize that left atrial enlargement (LAE) is more prevalent in AF patients admitted with ischemic stroke who are therapeutic, as opposed to nontherapeutic, on anticoagulation. We included consecutive patients with AF admitted with ischemic stroke between April 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether they were therapeutic (warfarin with an international normalized ratio ≥ 2.0 or non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant with uninterrupted use in the prior 2 weeks) versus nontherapeutic on anticoagulation. Univariable and multivariable models were used to estimate associations between therapeutic anticoagulation and clinical factors, including CHADS2 score and LAE (none/mild versus moderate/severe). We identified 225 patients during the study period; 52 (23.1%) were therapeutic on anticoagulation. Patients therapeutic on anticoagulation were more likely to have a larger left atrial diameter in millimeters (45.6 ± 9.2 versus 42.3 ± 8.6, P = .032) and a higher CHADS2 score (2.9 ± 1.1 versus 2.4 ± 1.1, P = .03). After adjusting for the CHADS2 score, patients who had a stroke despite therapeutic anticoagulation were more likely to have moderate to severe LAE (odds ratio, 2.05; 95% confidence interval, 1.01-4.16). LAE is associated with anticoagulation failure in AF patients admitted with an ischemic stroke. This provides indirect evidence that LAE may portend failure of anticoagulation therapy in patients with AF; further studies are needed to delineate the significance of this association and improve stroke prevention strategies. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. A Review of the Relevant Embryology, Pathohistology, and Anatomy of the Left Atrial Appendage for the Invasive Cardiac Electrophysiologist

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    DeSimone, Christopher V.; Gaba, Prakriti; Tri, Jason; Syed, Faisal; Noheria, Amit; Asirvatham, Samuel J.

    2016-01-01

    The three-dimensional morphology of the left atrial appendage provides the substrate for thrombus generation, and is a harbinger for embolic material due to its direct connection to the left-sided circulation. Appreciating the development of the appendage from mesodermal layer to its adult form provides the basis to improve exclusion from the atrial circulation, and thereby can lead to a significant reduction in stroke risk. This process also provides insight into the role of the left atrial appendage as an endocrine organ, its involvement in fluid homeostasis, and its connection to the autonomic nervous system. Knowledge of the surrounding structural arrangement is critical to identify landmarks from both an endocardial and epicardial perspective to improve targeted device placement. Furthermore, correlation of the left atrial appendage body, neck, and ostium to the surrounding anatomy can also improve both procedural efficacy and safety. In addition, a working knowledge of the regional anatomy adds a prudent degree of awareness for procedural complications, and allows for early identification and timely intervention as these situations arise. A detailed understanding of the left atrial appendage embryology, histology, and gross anatomy is imperative to identify the correct device and approach for each individual patient. In addition, this increased awareness can identify areas that are in need of further innovation, and thus provide the ability to adapt and refine existing technologies to overcome pitfalls currently facing catheter-based approaches. PMID:27087889

  5. Predictors of early and late left atrial tachycardia and left atrial flutter after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: long-term follow-up.

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    Wójcik, Maciej; Berkowitsch, Alexander; Zaltsberg, Sergey; Hamm, Christian W; Pitschner, Heinz F; Kuniss, Malte; Neumann, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was identification of the predictors of left atrial tachycardia and left atrial flutter (LATAFL) after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (CAAF). We followed 598 patients (71% male, 41% paroxysmal AF; median follow-up: 36 months) after a single step-wise CAAF procedure. The time to first documented LATAFL lasting longer than 30 s, documented in any kind of electrocardiography (ECG), was defined as an end-point. A single CAAF procedure resulted in LATAF in 58 (10%) patients. Additional lesions were performed in 275 (46%) patients. Early LATAFL recurrence (£ 3 months since the index procedure) was observed in 11 (2%) patients. Late LATAFL (> 3 months) was noted in 47 (8%) patients. The univariate predictors of LATAFL recurrence were: type of AF (p = 0.003), the size of LA (p = 0.002) and the type of procedure (p = 0.0001). The identified single independent predictors of LATAFL recurrence were enlarged LA (p = 0.001) and mul-tiple (≥ 2) additional lesions performed during the index procedure (p < 0.0001). Higher rate of LATAFL recurrence was observed in patients with non-paroxysmal AF, enlarged LA and any additional lesions performed. Two independent predictors of LATAFL recurrence after CAAF were: the enlarged LA and multiple (≥ 2) additional lesions performed during the index procedure.

  6. Relation of female sex to left atrial diameter and cardiovascular death in atrial fibrillation: The AFFIRM Trial.

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    Proietti, Marco; Raparelli, Valeria; Basili, Stefania; Olshansky, Brian; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2016-03-15

    Female sex is associated with thromboembolism related to atrial fibrillation (AF). Left atrial (LA) diameter independently predicted incident cardiovascular (CV) major events in the general population. In AF patients, LA enlargement is associated to AF occurrence and recurrence. No data have previously been reported on the relationship between LA enlargement, sex and CV death in AF patients. All patients enrolled in the AFFIRM Trial with available data about LA dimension were included in this post-hoc analysis. Of the 2615 eligible for the present analysis, LA enlargement was recorded in 67.0%, more commonly in women than in men (p=0.032). Patients with LA enlargement had higher body mass index (BMI), and were more frequently hypertensive, diabetic, and diagnosed with a structural heart disease, prior coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure (HF). BMI, left ventricular mass, female sex and mitral valve insufficiency (p<0.001) were associated with LA enlargement. AF female patients with LA enlargement had a higher risk for CV death (p=0.011). LA diameter showed a significant association with CV death (p<0.001). Cox regression analysis demonstrated that LA diameter was an independent predictor of CV death in female AF patients (p=0.003). LA diameter enlargement is associated with female sex, and carries a higher risk for CV death, particularly in females. LA diameter was an independent predictor of CV death in female AF patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Left Atrial Mechanical Function and Global Strain in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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    Yoon, Yeonyee E.; Kim, Hack-Lyoung; Lee, Seung-Pyo; Kim, Hyung-Kwan; Kim, Yong-Jin; Cho, Goo-Yeong; Zo, Joo-Hee; Sohn, Dae-Won

    2016-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and is associated with adverse outcomes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Although left atrial (LA) remodeling and dysfunction are known to associate with the development of atrial fibrillation in HCM, the changes of the LA in HCM patients remain unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the changes in LA size and mechanical function in HCM patients compared to control subjects and to determine the characteristics of HCM associated with LA remodeling and dysfunction. Methods Seventy-nine HCM patients (mean age, 54 ± 11 years; 76% were men) were compared to 79 age- and sex-matched controls (mean age, 54 ± 11 years; 76% were men) and 20 young healthy controls (mean age, 33 ± 5 years; 45% were men). The LA diameter, volume, and mechanical function, including global strain (ε), were evaluated by 2D-speckle tracking echocardiography. The phenotype of HCM, maximal left ventricular (LV) wall thickness, LV mass, and presence and extent of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) were evaluated with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Results HCM patients showed increased LA volume index, impaired reservoir function, and decreased LA ε compared to the control subjects. When we divided the HCM group according to a maximal LA volume index (LAVImax) of 38.7 ml/m2 or LA ε of 21%, no significant differences in the HCM phenotype and maximal LV wall thickness were observed for patients with LAVImax >38.7 ml/m2 or LA ε ≤21%. Conversely, the LV mass index was significantly higher both in patients with maximal LA volume index >38.7 ml/m2 and with LA ε ≤21% and was independently associated with LAVImax and LA ε. Although the LGE extent was increased in patients with LA ε ≤21%, it was not independently associated with either LAVImax or LA ε. Conclusions HCM patients showed progressed LA remodeling and dysfunction; the determinant of LA remodeling and dysfunction was LV mass index rather than LV myocardial fibrosis

  8. Principal component analysis of atrial fibrillation: inclusion of posterior ECG leads does not improve correlation with left atrial activity.

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    Raine, Daniel; Langley, Philip; Shepherd, Ewen; Lord, Stephen; Murray, Stephen; Murray, Alan; Bourke, John P

    2015-02-01

    Lead V1 is routinely analysed due to its large amplitude AF waveform. V1 correlates strongly with right atrial activity but only moderately with left atrial activity. Posterior lead V9 correlates strongest with left atrial activity. (1) To establish whether surface dominant AF frequency (DAF) calculated using principal component analysis (PCA) of a modified 12-lead ECG (including posterior leads) has a stronger correlation with left atrial activity compared to the standard ECG. (2) To assess the contribution of individual ECG leads to the AF principal component in both ECG configurations. Patients were assigned to modified or standard ECG groups. In the modified ECG, posterior leads V8 and V9 replaced V4 and V6. AF waveform was extracted from one-minute surface ECG recordings using PCA. Surface DAF was correlated with intracardiac DAF from the high right atrium (HRA), coronary sinus (CS) and pulmonary veins (PVs). 96 patients were studied. Surface DAF from the modified ECG did not have a stronger correlation with left atrial activity compared to the standard ECG. Both ECG configurations correlated strongly with HRA, CS and right PVs but only moderately with left PVs. V1 contributed most to the AF principal component in both ECG configurations. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Principal component analysis of atrial fibrillation: Inclusion of posterior ECG leads does not improve correlation with left atrial activity

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    Raine, Daniel; Langley, Philip; Shepherd, Ewen; Lord, Stephen; Murray, Stephen; Murray, Alan; Bourke, John P.

    2015-01-01

    Background Lead V1 is routinely analysed due to its large amplitude AF waveform. V1 correlates strongly with right atrial activity but only moderately with left atrial activity. Posterior lead V9 correlates strongest with left atrial activity. Aims (1) To establish whether surface dominant AF frequency (DAF) calculated using principal component analysis (PCA) of a modified 12-lead ECG (including posterior leads) has a stronger correlation with left atrial activity compared to the standard ECG. (2) To assess the contribution of individual ECG leads to the AF principal component in both ECG configurations. Methods Patients were assigned to modified or standard ECG groups. In the modified ECG, posterior leads V8 and V9 replaced V4 and V6. AF waveform was extracted from one-minute surface ECG recordings using PCA. Surface DAF was correlated with intracardiac DAF from the high right atrium (HRA), coronary sinus (CS) and pulmonary veins (PVs). Results 96 patients were studied. Surface DAF from the modified ECG did not have a stronger correlation with left atrial activity compared to the standard ECG. Both ECG configurations correlated strongly with HRA, CS and right PVs but only moderately with left PVs. V1 contributed most to the AF principal component in both ECG configurations. PMID:25619612

  10. Left atrial appendage occlusion in high-risk patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Berti, Sergio; Pastormerlo, Luigi Emilio; Rezzaghi, Marco; Trianni, Giuseppe; Paradossi, Umberto; Cerone, Elisa; Ravani, Marcello; De Caterina, Alberto Ranieri; Rizza, Antonio; Palmieri, Cataldo

    2016-12-15

    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion has been developed as a viable option for stroke and thromboembolism prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and at high risk for cerebral cardioembolic events. Data on device implantation and long-term follow-up from large cohorts are limited. 110 consecutive patients with NVAF and contraindications to oral anticoagulants (OACs) underwent LAA occlusion procedures and achieved a longer than 1 year follow-up. All patients were enrolled in a prospective registry. Procedures were performed using the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug or Amulet guided by fluoroscopy and intracardiac echocardiography. Mean age of the population was 77±6 years old; 68 were men. Atrial fibrillation was paroxysmal in 20%, persistent in 15.5% and permanent in 64.5% of cases, respectively. Mean CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores were 4.3±1.3 and 3.4±1, respectively. Technical success (successful deployment and implantation of device) was achieved in 100% of procedures. Procedural success (technical success without major procedure-related complications) was achieved in 96.4%, with a 3.6% rate of major procedural complications (three cases of pericardial tamponade requiring drainage and one case of major bleeding). Mean follow-up was 30±12 months (264 patient-years). Annual rates for ischaemic stroke and for other thromboembolic events were respectively 2.2% and 0%, and annual rate for major bleeding was 1.1%. Our data suggest LAA occlusion in high-risk patients with NVAF not suitable for OACs is feasible and associated with low complication rates as well as low rates of stroke and major bleeding at long-term follow-up. 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/.

  11. The Left Atrio-Vertebral Ratio: a new simple means for assessing left atrial enlargement on Computed Tomography.

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    Montillet, Marie; Baqué-Juston, Marie; Tasu, Jean-Pierre; Bertrand, Sandra; Berthier, Frédéric; Zarqane, Naïma; Brunner, Philippe

    2017-09-27

    The purpose of this study is to describe a new method to quickly estimate left atrial enlargement (LAE) on Computed Tomography. Left atrial (LA) volume was assessed with a 3D-threshold Hounsfield unit detection technique, including left atrial appendage and excluding pulmonary venous confluence, in 201 patients with ECG-gated 128-slice dual-source CT and indexed to body surface area. LA and vertebral axial diameter and area were measured at the bottom level of the right inferior pulmonary vein ostium. Ratio of LA diameter and surface on vertebra (LAVD and LAVA) were compared to LA volume. In accordance with the literature, a cutoff value of 78 ml/m(2) was chosen for maximal normal LA volume. 18% of LA was enlarged. The best cutoff values for LAE assessment were 2.5 for LAVD (AUC: 0.65; 95% CI: 0.58-0.73; sensitivity: 57%; specificity: 71%), and 3 for LAVA (AUC: 0.78; 95% CI: 0.72-0.84; sensitivity: 67%; specificity: 79%), with higher accuracy for LAVA (P=0.015). Inter-observer and intra-observer variability were either good or excellent for LAVD and LAVA (respective intraclass coefficients: 0.792 and 0.910; 0.912 and 0.937). A left atrium area superior to three times the vertebral area indicates LAE with high specificity. • Left atrial enlargement is a frequent condition associated with poor cardiac outcome. • Left atrial enlargement is highly time-consuming to diagnose on CT. • The left atrio-vertebral ratio quickly assesses left atrial enlargement. • A left atrial area > three times vertebral area is highly specific.

  12. Age-related changes in morphology of left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Hirata, Yukina; Kusunose, Kenya; Yamada, Hirotsugu; Shimizu, Rikuto; Torii, Yuta; Nishio, Susumu; Saijo, Yoshihito; Takao, Shoichiro; Soeki, Takeshi; Sata, Masataka

    2017-08-14

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification. There was no significant trend in frequency of non-chicken wing morphology among ages in the SR group (p = 0.36 for trend), whereas the frequency was negatively related to age in the AF group (p = 0.002 for trend). In multivariable logistic regression, age > 65 (odds ratio [OR] 0.42, p = 0.002) and duration of AF (OR 0.53, p = 0.010) and LAAVi (OR 0.62, p = 0.017) were independent factors of non-chicken wing LAA morphology in the AF group. LAA morphology is affected by age, especially in patients with AF. When we utilize non-chicken wing LAA morphology as a stroke risk factor in patients with AF, we should pay attention to their age.

  13. Identifying Future Research Priorities Using Value of Information Analyses: Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Devices in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Micieli, Andrew; Bennell, Maria C.; Pham, Ba’; Krahn, Murray; Singh, Sheldon M.; Wijeysundera, Harindra C.

    2014-01-01

    Background Left atrial appendage occlusion devices are cost effective for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation when compared with dabigatran or warfarin. We illustrate the use of value‐of‐information analyses to quantify the degree and consequences of decisional uncertainty and to identify future research priorities. Methods and Results A microsimulation decision‐analytic model compared left atrial appendage occlusion devices to dabigatran or warfarin in atrial fibrillation. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis quantified the degree of parameter uncertainty. Expected value of perfect information analyses showed the consequences of this uncertainty. Expected value of partial perfect information analyses were done on sets of input parameters (cost, utilities, and probabilities) to identify the source of the greatest uncertainty. One‐way sensitivity analyses identified individual parameters for expected value of partial perfect information analyses. Population expected value of perfect information and expected value of partial perfect information provided an upper bound on the cost of future research. Substantial uncertainty was identified, with left atrial appendage occlusion devices being preferred in only 47% of simulations. The expected value of perfect information was $8542 per patient and $227.3 million at a population level. The expected value of partial perfect information for the set of probability parameters represented the most important source of uncertainty, at $6875. Identified in 1‐way sensitivity analyses, the expected value of partial perfect information for the odds ratio for stroke with left atrial appendage occlusion compared with warfarin was calculated at $7312 per patient or $194.5 million at a population level. Conclusion The relative efficacy of stroke reduction with left atrial appendage occlusion devices in relation to warfarin is an important source of uncertainty. Improving estimates of this parameter should be the priority

  14. Left ventricular posterior wall thickness is an independent risk factor for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Xu, H F; He, Y M; Qian, Y X; Zhao, X; Li, X; Yang, X J

    2011-12-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common significant cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice, but its risk factors remain to be clarified. We have hypothesized that left ventricular posterior wall thickness is an independent risk factor for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). A total of 166 consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were included in this study. Another 166 healthy check-up people, strictly age and sex-matched, were enrolled as controls in the same period. Univariable analysis and multivariable conditional logistic stepwise regression analysis were conducted. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed on those significant indices obtained from the multivariable logistic regression analysis. The multivariable stepwise analysis identified left ventricular posterior wall thickness, left atrial diameter tricuspid insufficiency and residence (countryside) as independent predictors for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis demonstrated the cutoff values of those risk factors aforementioned. In this strictly age and sex-matched population-based sample, left ventricular posterior wall thickness, left atrial diameter, tricuspid insufficiency and residence were predictive risks for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. This study offers novel information therapeutically beyond that provided by traditional clinical atrial fibrillation risk factors.

  15. Underestimation of left atrial size measured with transthoracic echocardiography compared with 3D MDCT.

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    Koka, Anish R; Yau, James; Van Why, Carolyn; Cohen, Ira S; Halpern, Ethan J

    2010-05-01

    High-resolution 64-MDCT images of the beating heart can be used for measurement of left atrial volume with 3D chamber reconstruction. The purpose of this study was to correlate measurements of left atrial volume obtained with clinical transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and measurements obtained with 64-MDCT 3D reconstructions of the left atrium. Patients who underwent TTE and MDCT within 3 days were identified. TTE images were graded as excellent, good, or suboptimal. Two independent observers calculated estimates of left atrial volume from TTE and 64-MDCT images using 3D chamber reconstructions and conventional geometric assumptions on MDCT echocardiographic views. MDCT estimates of phantom volume on 3D chamber reconstructions agreed with actual volumes within 1.5%. The TTE images of 37 of the 52 patients were judged to be of good or excellent quality and were included in the analysis. Mean left atrial volume measured on 3D chamber reconstructions was 61 +/- 14 mL/m(2). Estimates of left atrial volume obtained with TTE were significantly lower (28 +/- 12 mL/m(2)) than similar estimates obtained with MDCT echocardiographic views (53 +/- 15 mL/m(2)) (p < 0.001). TTE left atrial volume and 3D chamber reconstruction left atrial volume exhibited moderate correlation (r = 0.60-0.70), but the correlation improved when analysis was limited to the 26 studies with excellent-quality TTE images (r = 0.71). MDCT echocardiographic estimates of left atrial volume with the area-length method had excellent correlation (r = 0.89) with and were closest to estimates made on 3D chamber reconstructions. Left atrial volume is significantly underestimated on TTE images, and TTE estimates have moderate correlation with left atrial volume measured with MDCT. Measured and estimated left atrial volumes at MDCT can provide important additive prognostic information in the care of patients undergoing MDCT for other reasons. Future studies are needed to obtain normative MDCT measurements of

  16. Novel Computational Analysis of Left Atrial Anatomy Improves Prediction of Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence after Ablation.

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    Varela, Marta; Bisbal, Felipe; Zacur, Ernesto; Berruezo, Antonio; Aslanidi, Oleg V; Mont, Lluis; Lamata, Pablo

    2017-01-01

    The left atrium (LA) can change in size and shape due to atrial fibrillation (AF)-induced remodeling. These alterations can be linked to poorer outcomes of AF ablation. In this study, we propose a novel comprehensive computational analysis of LA anatomy to identify what features of LA shape can optimally predict post-ablation AF recurrence. To this end, we construct smooth 3D geometrical models from the segmentation of the LA blood pool captured in pre-procedural MR images. We first apply this methodology to characterize the LA anatomy of 144 AF patients and build a statistical shape model that includes the most salient variations in shape across this cohort. We then perform a discriminant analysis to optimally distinguish between recurrent and non-recurrent patients. From this analysis, we propose a new shape metric called vertical asymmetry, which measures the imbalance of size along the anterior to posterior direction between the superior and inferior left atrial hemispheres. Vertical asymmetry was found, in combination with LA sphericity, to be the best predictor of post-ablation recurrence at both 12 and 24 months (area under the ROC curve: 0.71 and 0.68, respectively) outperforming other shape markers and any of their combinations. We also found that model-derived shape metrics, such as the anterior-posterior radius, were better predictors than equivalent metrics taken directly from MRI or echocardiography, suggesting that the proposed approach leads to a reduction of the impact of data artifacts and noise. This novel methodology contributes to an improved characterization of LA organ remodeling and the reported findings have the potential to improve patient selection and risk stratification for catheter ablations in AF.

  17. Novel Computational Analysis of Left Atrial Anatomy Improves Prediction of Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence after Ablation

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    Varela, Marta; Bisbal, Felipe; Zacur, Ernesto; Berruezo, Antonio; Aslanidi, Oleg V.; Mont, Lluis; Lamata, Pablo

    2017-01-01

    The left atrium (LA) can change in size and shape due to atrial fibrillation (AF)-induced remodeling. These alterations can be linked to poorer outcomes of AF ablation. In this study, we propose a novel comprehensive computational analysis of LA anatomy to identify what features of LA shape can optimally predict post-ablation AF recurrence. To this end, we construct smooth 3D geometrical models from the segmentation of the LA blood pool captured in pre-procedural MR images. We first apply this methodology to characterize the LA anatomy of 144 AF patients and build a statistical shape model that includes the most salient variations in shape across this cohort. We then perform a discriminant analysis to optimally distinguish between recurrent and non-recurrent patients. From this analysis, we propose a new shape metric called vertical asymmetry, which measures the imbalance of size along the anterior to posterior direction between the superior and inferior left atrial hemispheres. Vertical asymmetry was found, in combination with LA sphericity, to be the best predictor of post-ablation recurrence at both 12 and 24 months (area under the ROC curve: 0.71 and 0.68, respectively) outperforming other shape markers and any of their combinations. We also found that model-derived shape metrics, such as the anterior-posterior radius, were better predictors than equivalent metrics taken directly from MRI or echocardiography, suggesting that the proposed approach leads to a reduction of the impact of data artifacts and noise. This novel methodology contributes to an improved characterization of LA organ remodeling and the reported findings have the potential to improve patient selection and risk stratification for catheter ablations in AF. PMID:28261103

  18. Diffuse Gallium-67 Accumulation in the Left Atrial Wall Detected Using SPECT/CT Fusion Images

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    Kawabe, Joji; Higashiyama, Shigeaki; Yoshida, Atsushi; Shiomi, Susumu

    2016-01-01

    Gallium-67 scintigraphy is useful for detecting active inflammation. We show a 66-year-old female patient with atrial fibrillation and diffuse thickening of the left atrial wall due to acute myocarditis, who presented diffuse abnormal accumulation of gallium-67 in the left atrium on single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) fusion images. In the second gallium-67 scan 2 months after the first scintigraphy, the abnormal accumulation in the heart was no longer visible. Gallium-67 SPECT/CT images helped understanding the disease condition that temporary inflammation in the left atrium caused atrial fibrillation. PMID:28097031

  19. Acute myocardial infarction caused by left atrial myxoma: Role of intracoronary catheter aspiration.

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    Al-Fakhouri, Ahmad; Janjua, Muhammad; DeGregori, Michele

    2017-01-01

    Acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) caused by left atrial myxoma is very rare. Catheter-based approaches or thrombolytic therapy are mostly the first step in the management of STEMI with less time delay. We report a case of acute anterior/lateral STEMI caused by a left atrial myxoma. The patient was successfully treated by intracoronary aspiration with an Export aspiration catheter, with excellent distal coronary flow. Intracoronary catheter aspiration in acute myocardial infarction caused by a left atrial myxoma may help to salvage the infarcting myocardium with less time delay.

  20. Obstructive membrane at the base of the left atrial appendage, a multi-imaging approach.

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    Chejtman, Demián; Failo, Matías; Richarte Rueda, Valeria; Logarzo, Emilio; Barja, Luis; Benticuaga, Alejandro; Ayerdi, Maria Laura; Turri, Domingo; Baratta, Sergio; Aguirre, Pablo; Hita, Alejandro

    2015-05-01

    The left atrial appendage (LAA) is a small muscular extension that grows from the anterolateral wall of the left atrium, in the proximity of the left pulmonary veins. The presence of a membrane in the LAA is a rare clinical entity whose origin is not known. Its clinical implication in the genesis of atrial arrhythmias and thromboembolic risk remains unknown. We report a case of an obstructive membrane located at the base of the LAA, found incidentally in a young patient who was initially undergoing a transesophageal echocardiogram prior to an invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation.

  1. [Successful treatment of atrial fibrillation by resection of a congenital aneurysm of the left heart atrium].

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    Heigl, F; Steinbeck, G; Rienmüller, R; Kemkes, B M; Klinner, W

    1992-10-01

    Atrial fibrillation occurred in a 27-year-old patient with a history of globular cardiac enlargement since childhood. Because of the probable causal relationship between the preexisting heart disease-which was supposed to be an enlargement of the left atrium-and the rhythm disturbance, we recommended a surgical intervention. Cardiac surgery revealed a congenital aneurysm of the left atrial appendage which could be resected without any complication. Postoperatively, atrial fibrillation had returned to regular sinus rhythm. The bad prognosis with a high risk of systemic embolism is the reason why early cardiac surgery should be performed after diagnosis of this rare anomaly (20 reported cases) of the left atrium.

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

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    Kumar, Bhupesh; Raj, Ravi; Jayant, Aveek; Kuthe, Sachin

    2014-01-01

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

  3. Comparison of safety of left atrial catheter ablation procedures for atrial arrhythmias under continuous anticoagulation with apixaban versus phenprocoumon.

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    Kaess, Bernhard M; Ammar, Sonia; Reents, Tilko; Dillier, Roger; Lennerz, Carsten; Semmler, Verena; Grebmer, Christian; Bourier, Felix; Buiatti, Alessandra; Kolb, Christof; Deisenhofer, Isabel; Hessling, Gabriele

    2015-01-01

    Apixaban is increasingly used for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Data about the safety of left atrial radiofrequency ablation procedures under continuous apixaban therapy are lacking. We performed a matched-cohort study of patients undergoing left atrium ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation or left atrial flutter. For each patient on apixaban, 2 patients on phenprocoumon were matched by age, gender, and type of arrhythmia. The primary safety end point was a composite of bleeding, thromboembolic events, and death. We identified 105 consecutive patients (35 women; mean age 63 years) on apixaban and matched 210 phenprocoumon patients (70 women, mean age 64 years). The primary end point was met in 11 patients of the apixaban group and 26 patients of the phenprocoumon group (10.5% vs 12.3%, p = 0.71). Major bleeding complications occurred in 1 patient of the apixaban group and 1 patient of the phenprocoumon group (1% vs 0.5%, p >0.99). Minor bleeding complications were observed in 10 patients of the apixaban group and 25 patients of the phenprocoumon group (9.5% vs 11.9%, p = 0.61). No patient in either group experienced a thromboembolic event and no patient died. In patients on apixaban, no clinical variable was predictive for bleeding complications. Left atrial ablation procedures under continuous oral anticoagulation with apixaban are feasible and as safe as under continuous oral anticoagulation with phenprocoumon. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Left atrial function and deformation in chronic primary mitral regurgitation.

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    Borg, Alexander N; Pearce, Keith A; Williams, Simon G; Ray, Simon G

    2009-10-01

    To study global and regional left atrial (LA) mechanics in chronic primary mitral regurgitation (MR) with echocardiography. LA volumes during reservoir, conduit, and contractile phases were measured in 27 MR patients and 25 controls. LA ejection fraction (EF) and ejection force were calculated. Reservoir (SR-R), conduit (SR-C), and contractile phase (SR-A) strain rates, and reservoir phase strain were obtained. LA volumes were higher in MR in all phases. In MR, ejection force was increased (21.5 vs. 12.3 kdynes, P = 0.001); reservoir phase strain (32.91 +/- 14.26%), SR-R (2.65 +/- 0.87), SR-C (-2.02 +/- 0.58), and SR-A (-2.55 +/- 1.31 s(-1)) were increased (23.14 +/- 7.96%, 1.62 +/- 0.53, -1.29 +/- 0.59, -1.98 +/- 0.65 s(-1), in controls, respectively, P < or = 0.004). Regional deformation correlated with corresponding volumetric parameters. Despite enhanced SR-A in MR, LA EF was unchanged (31.34 vs. 29.23%, P = ns), and LA contractile tissue velocity (A') was reduced (-5.39 +/- 1.95 vs. -6.91 +/- 1.80 cm/s, P = 0.006). The LA contractile contribution to left ventricular filling was significantly reduced in MR. LA deformation is increased in all phases in MR. Unchanged LA EF and reduced A' may reflect the reduced contractile contribution to left ventricular filling.

  5. Left atrial myoxma presenting as headache in the pediatric patient.

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    Xu, Jin; Gao, Yanxia; Li, Yi; Yu, Xuezhong; Guo, Shigong; Li, Meilin

    2015-02-01

    Cardiac myxomas rarely occur in children or adolescents. In addition, it is even more rare for the adolescent patient to present with neurological symptoms only. Early diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms of left atrial myxoma are frequently nonspecific. If delayed or left undiagnosed, severe and fatal complications, such as systemic embolism, heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension, may occur. A 13-year-old girl was admitted to our resuscitation room because of loss of consciousness for the preceding 2 h; she had a longstanding history of headache and dizziness for the previous 18 months. Repeated investigations at her local hospital did not reveal any abnormalities. During this admission, routine chest x-ray study found an abnormal bulge of a segment of the pulmonary artery and elevated cardiac enzymes. Emergency bedside echocardiography was performed and revealed a myxoma in the left atria. Subsequent computed tomography head revealed cardiogenic cerebral embolism. When her condition was stable, the patient was taken to the operating room, where a tumorectomy was performed successfully. The patient was then treated with oral anticoagulants and an uneventful recovery was made. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: In order to avoid delayed diagnosis and treatment of its potentially fatal complications, it is important for the emergency clinician to have a high level of suspicion for a cardiac myxoma when attending to young patients that present with syncope. We therefore recommend that, as routine practice, bedside echocardiography to be carried in the emergency department for young patients that present with syncope. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Dynamic changes of left ventricular performance and left atrial volume induced by the mueller maneuver in healthy young adults and implications for obstructive sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure.

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    Orban, Marek; Bruce, Charles J; Pressman, Gregg S; Leinveber, Pavel; Romero-Corral, Abel; Korinek, Josef; Konecny, Tomas; Villarraga, Hector R; Kara, Tomas; Caples, Sean M; Somers, Virend K

    2008-12-01

    Using the Mueller maneuver (MM) to simulate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), our aim was to investigate acute changes in left-sided cardiac morphologic characteristics and function which might develop with apneas occurring during sleep. Strong evidence supports a relation between OSA and both atrial fibrillation and heart failure. However, acute effects of airway obstruction on cardiac structure and function have not been well defined. In addition, it is unclear how OSA might contribute to the development of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Echocardiography was used in healthy young adults to measure various parameters of cardiac structure and function. Subjects were studied at baseline, during, and immediately after performance of the MM and after a 10-minute recovery. Continuous heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry measurements were made. During the MM, left atrial (LA) volume index markedly decreased. Left ventricular (LV) end-systolic dimension increased in association with a decrease in LV ejection fraction. On release of the maneuver, there was a compensatory increase in blood flow to the left side of the heart, with stroke volume, ejection fraction, and cardiac output exceeding baseline. After 10 minutes of recovery, all parameters returned to baseline. In conclusion, sudden imposition of severe negative intrathoracic pressure led to an abrupt decrease in LA volume and a decrease in LV systolic performance. These changes reflected an increase in LV afterload. Repeated swings in afterload burden and chamber volumes may have implications for the future development of atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  8. Aneurysmal dilatation of left atrial appendage diagnosed by cross sectional echocardiography and surgically removed.

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    Lipkin, D; Colli, A; Somerville, J

    1985-01-01

    An isolated aneurysmal dilatation of the left atrial appendage was found in an 18 year old girl who presented with atrial fibrillation and an unusual cardiac shadow on routine chest radiographs. The diagnosis was made by cross sectional echocardiography. The giant appendage was excised to remove the risk of systemic embolism and the need for life long anticoagulation. Images PMID:3966953

  9. Simultaneous resection of left atrial myxoma and esophageal carcinoma via right thoraco-abdominal approach

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    Ni, Buqing; Lu, Xiaohu; Gong, Qixing

    2016-01-01

    Concomitant occurrence of atrial myxoma and esophageal carcinoma is an extremely rare entity. Here we present two cases of synchronously suffered left atrial myxoma and esophageal carcinoma. Both patients underwent simultaneous resection of two tumors via the right thoraco-abdominal approach and recovered well. PMID:27499990

  10. Left atrial appendage closure for prevention of death, stroke, and bleeding in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Gloekler, Steffen; Saw, Jacqueline; Koskinas, Konstantinos C; Kleinecke, Caroline; Jung, Werner; Nietlispach, Fabian; Meier, Bernhard

    2017-08-26

    Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent arrhythmia with a prevalence of 1%-2% in the general population. Its prevalence increases with age and its diagnosis benefits of improvement and simplification of technologies for its detection. Today, AF affects approximately 7% of individuals age>65years and 15%-20% of octogenarians. Due to stasis and activation of coagulation in a fibrillating atrium, patients are at increased risk of thromboembolism, in particular ischemic stroke, with an overall stroke risk of 5% per year. Since the left atrium itself is round and smooth-walled, thrombi typically do not form there, but almost exclusively in the left atrial appendage (LAA), a blind sac-like heterogeneous structure trabeculated by pectinate muscles. In the past five decades, oral anticoagulation (OAC) with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) has been the state-of-the art treatment to prevent stroke and systemic embolism from thrombi in AF. In the last decade, nonvitamin K dependant oral anticoagulants (NOAC) have been shown to be overall superior to VKA with respect to efficacy and safety in large trials and registries. Given the safety issues of indefinite OAC with either VKA or NOAC, it is plausible to consider left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) as an alternative strategy for prevention of all three catastrophes for patients with AF on anticoagulation: death, stroke or other systemic embolization, and bleeding. In the past years, LAAC has been compared to VKA in prospective randomized trials, yielding superior results regarding efficacy and non-inferiority regarding safety in the mid-term. Today, the decision to provide the most appropriate treatment for a patient with AF (OAC, NOAC, or LAAC) is complex and needs to be individualized. This review provides a comprehensive update on the current state of LAAC in the field of prevention of death, stroke and bleedings in patients suffering from nonvalvular AF. We describe the pathophysiology of the LAA with regard

  11. Survival after extreme left atrial hypertension and pulmonary hemorrhage in an infant supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory atrial flutter.

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    Cisco, Michael J; Asija, Ritu; Dubin, Anne M; Perry, Stanton B; Hanley, Frank L; Roth, Stephen J

    2011-05-01

    We report here the survival of an infant who developed extreme left atrial hypertension and severe pulmonary hemorrhage while supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory atrial flutter. The patient recovered after decompression of the left heart and catheter ablation of the atrioventricular node. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (Stanford, CA). Chart review. Recovery of lung function is possible despite systemic-level left atrial pressure resulting in pulmonary hemorrhage and complete solidification of lung parenchyma on gross inspection. Resolution of pulmonary hemorrhage despite anticoagulation while on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can occur after relief of left atrial hypertension.

  12. Rationale of cerebral protection devices in left atrial appendage occlusion.

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    Meincke, Felix; Spangenberg, Tobias; Kreidel, Felix; Frerker, Christian; Virmani, Renu; Ladich, Elena; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Ghanem, Alexander

    2017-01-01

    Aims of this case-series were to assess the feasibility of cerebral protection devices in interventional left atrial appendage occlusion (iLAAO) procedures and to yield insight into the pathomorphological correlate of early, procedural cerebral embolization during iLAAO. Five consecutive patients underwent iLLO flanked by the Sentinel CPS® (Claret Medical, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA) cerebral protection system. Placement and recapture of the Sentinel(®) device as well as the iLAAO were successful and safe in all cases. Histomorphometric analysis of the collected filters showed embolized debris in all patients. Acute thrombus was found in three patients, organizing thrombus in four. Interestingly, two patients had endocardial or myocardial tissue in their filters. Cerebral protection during iLAAO with the Sentinel CPS(®) device is feasible. Furthermore, this dataset identifies the formation and embolization of thrombus and cardiac tissue as emboligeneic sources and potential future targets to reduce procedural complications. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Masked Hypertension and Left Atrial Dysfunction: A Hidden Association.

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    Tadic, Marijana; Cuspidi, Cesare; Radojkovic, Jana; Rihor, Branislav; Kocijanic, Vesna; Celic, Vera

    2017-03-01

    Masked hypertension (MH) is a clinical condition that indicates normal values of clinic blood pressure (BP) but elevated 24-hour BP. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between MH and left atrial (LA) phasic function evaluated by both the volumetric and speckle tracking method. This cross-sectional study included 49 normotensive individuals, 50 patients with MH, and 70 untreated sustained hypertensive patients adjusted by age and sex. MH was diagnosed if clinic BP was normal and 24-hour BP was increased. LA reservoir function was lower in patients with MH and those with sustained hypertension compared with the normotensive group. LA conduit function gradually decreased, while LA booster pump function progressively increased, from normotension to sustained hypertension. Similar results were obtained by two-dimensional echocardiographic strain analysis. Independently of main clinic and echocardiographic characteristics, 24-hour systolic BP was associated with LA passive ejection fraction, LA total longitudinal strain, LA positive longitudinal strain, and LA stiffness index. In conclusion, MH is associated with impairment of LA phasic function and stiffness, and 24-hour systolic BP increment was closely related with LA remodeling.

  14. Transient left atrial dysfunction is a feature of Takotsubo syndrome.

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    Stiermaier, Thomas; Graf, Tobias; Möller, Christian; Eitel, Charlotte; Ledwoch, Jakob; Desch, Steffen; Gutberlet, Matthias; Schuler, Gerhard; Thiele, Holger; Eitel, Ingo

    2017-02-06

    Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is characterized by a transient left and/or right ventricular dysfunction as a consequence of a distinctive pattern of regional wall motion abnormalities. However, a systematic evaluation of the left atrial (LA) function in patients with TTS is lacking. The aim of the present study was therefore to comprehensively assess LA performance indexes and function in patients with TTS. We compared LA function assessed by volumetric indexes derived from fractional volume changes in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) between 125 TTS patients and 125 patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Furthermore, recovery of LA performance was evaluated in a subgroup of 20 TTS patients with follow-up CMR data. Patients with TTS demonstrated a significantly lower total LA emptying fraction (EF) [44% (interquartile range (IQR) 34-53%) versus 51% (IQR 42-56%); p < 0.01], passive LA-EF [21% (IQR 14-30%) versus 24% (IQR 20-29%); p = 0.03] and active LA-EF [29% (IQR 20-38%) versus 35% (28-42%); p < 0.01] compared to patients with anterior STEMI. Among the 20 TTS patients with serial CMR data, the total LA-EF significantly improved from 42% (IQR 29-48%) at the acute stage to 51% (IQR 46-59%) at follow-up (p < 0.01). Similarly, active LA-EF (p < 0.01) and passive LA-EF (p = 0.02) improved significantly as well. Compared to anterior STEMI, TTS patients demonstrated a significantly decreased LA function during the acute/subacute phase of the disease. However, impairment of LA performance seems to be transient in TTS with recovery during follow-up.

  15. Etiologic significance of enlargement of the left atrial appendage in adults

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    Green, C.E.; Kelley, M.J.; Higgins, C.B.

    1982-01-01

    Fifty-one patients were divided into two groups: 20 patients with proven rheumatic mitral valve disease (RMVD) and 31 patients with left atrial enlargement (LAE) of a nonrheumatic etiology. The latter group included patients with ischemic papillary muscle dysfunction, mitral valve prolapse, and congestive cardiomyopathy. Radiographic studies showed that enlargement of the left atrial appendage (LAAE) was present in 18 of 20 rheumatics but in only one of 31 nonrheumatics. There was no direct relationship between enlargement of the LAA and radiographic or echocardiographic left atrial size, degree of pulmonary venous hypertension (PVH), or presence of atrial fibrillation. It is postulated that rheumatic influammation of the LAA allows it to dilate out of proportion to the body of the left atrium. In the adult patient with radiographic findings of PVH, LAAE is a valuable and specific radiographic sign of rheumatic mitral valve disease.

  16. Assessment of Atrial Electromechanical Delay and Left Atrial Mechanical Functions in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis.

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    Nar, Gokay; Ergul, Bilal; Aksan, Gokhan; Inci, Sinan

    2016-07-01

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a common inflammatory bowel disease causing systemic inflammation, which may also affect the cardiovascular system, as well as other organ systems. The aim of the current study was to evaluate left atrial (LA) mechanical functions and duration of atrial electromechanical delay (AEMD) with echocardiography in patients with UC. A total of 91 patients, 45 with UC (Group 1) and 46 healthy individuals as control (Group 2) were included in the study. The demographic and laboratory data were recorded, and echocardiographic measurements were taken for all patients. In the evaluation of basal clinical and laboratory findings, no difference was detected between the two groups, except for white blood cell count (WBC) (8.26 ± 2.71 vs. 7.06 ± 1.70, P = 0.013) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (Hs-CRP; 3.4 ± 1.7 vs. 1.0 ± 0.8, P < 0.001). The echocardiographic assessment revealed that the diastolic parameters such as E-, E/A-, and E- waves decreased in the UC group when compared to the control group. LA mechanical functions were different between groups, except for left atrial (LA) maximal volume: LA minimum volume (22.2 ± 12.9 vs. 15.3 ± 4.7, P = 0.001), LA volume before atrial systole (29.9 ± 14.2 vs. 24.2 ± 4.9, P = 0.021), LA ejection fraction (27.4 ± 16.5 vs. 38.6 ± 10.1, P < 0.001), LA total emptying volume (17.9 ± 6.9 vs. 21.9 ± 5.9, P = 0.004), LA active emptying fraction (27.4 ± 16.5 vs. 38.6 ± 10.1, P < 0.001), LA active emptying volume (7.7 ± 3.6 vs. 9.4 ± 2.9, P = 0.013), LA passive emptying fraction (26.8 ± 10.2 vs. 33.2 ± 9.2, P = 0.002), and LA passive emptying volume (10.3 ± 4.9 vs. 12.5 ± 4.5, P = 0.029). There was a significant difference between the groups in terms of AEMD durations, except time interval from the onset of the P-wave on the surface ECG to the peak of the late diastolic wave (PA) of the tricuspid valve. The correlation analysis revealed that age and duration of disease were correlated with

  17. Association of Left Atrial Volume With Mortality Among ESRD Patients With Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Referred for Kidney Transplantation

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    Patel, Rajan K.; Jardine, Alan G.M.; Mark, Patrick B.; Cunningham, Anthony F.; Steedman, Tracey; Powell, Joanna R.; McQuarrie, Emily P.; Stevens, Kathryn K.; Dargie, Henry J.; Jardine, Alan G.

    2010-01-01

    Background Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is common in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and an independent risk factor for premature cardiovascular death. Left atrial volume (LAV), measured using echocardiography, predicts death in patients with ESRD. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a volume-independent method of accurately assessing cardiac structure and function in patients with ESRD. Study Design Single-center prospective observational study to assess the determinants of all-cause mortality, particularly LAV, in a cohort of ESRD patients with LVH, defined using CMR imaging. Setting & Participants 201 consecutive ESRD patients with LVH (72.1% men; mean age, 51.6 ± 11.7 years) who had undergone pretransplant cardiovascular assessment were identified using CMR imaging between 2002-2008. LVH was defined as left ventricular mass index >84.1 g/m2 (men) or >74.6 g/m2 (women) based on published normal left ventricle dimensions for CMR imaging. Maximal LAV was calculated using the biplane area-length method at the end of left ventricle systole and corrected for body surface area. Predictors CMR abnormalities, including LAV. Outcome All-cause mortality. Results 54 patients died (11 after transplant) during a median follow-up of 3.62 years. Median LAV was 30.4 mL/m2 (interquartile range, 26.2-58.1). Patients were grouped into high (median or higher) or low (less than median) LAV. There were no significant differences in heart rate and mitral valve Doppler early to late atrial peak velocity ratio. Increased LAV was associated with higher mortality. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed poorer survival in patients with higher LAV (log rank P = 0.01). High LAV and left ventricular systolic dysfunction conferred similar risk and were independent predictors of death using multivariate analysis. Limitations Only patients undergoing pretransplant cardiac assessment are included. Limited assessment of left ventricular diastolic function

  18. Alterations in Atrial Electrophysiology and Tissue Structure in a Canine Model of Chronic Atrial Dilatation Due to Mitral Regurgitation

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    Verheule, Sander; Wilson, Emily; Everett, Thomas; Shanbhag, Sujata; Golden, Catherine; Olgin, Jeffrey

    2007-01-01

    Background Clinically, chronic atrial dilatation is associated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying mechanism is not clear. We have investigated atrial electrophysiology and tissue structure in a canine model of chronic atrial dilatation due to mitral regurgitation (MR). Methods and Results Thirteen control and 19 MR dogs (1 month after partial mitral valve avulsion) were studied. Dogs in the MR group were monitored using echocardiography and Holter recording. In open-chest follow-up experiments, electrode arrays were placed on the atria to investigate conduction patterns, effective refractory periods, and inducibility of AF. Alterations in tissue structure and ultrastructure were assessed in atrial tissue samples. At follow-up, left atrial length in MR dogs was 4.09±0.45 cm, compared with 3.25±0.28 at baseline (P<0.01), corresponding to a volume of 205±61% of baseline. At follow-up, no differences in atrial conduction pattern and conduction velocities were noted between control and MR dogs. Effective refractory periods were increased homogeneously throughout the left and right atrium. Sustained AF (>1 hour) was inducible in 10 of 19 MR dogs and none of 13 control dogs (P<0.01). In the dilated MR left atrium, areas of increased interstitial fibrosis and chronic inflammation were accompanied by increased glycogen ultrastructurally. Conclusions Chronic atrial dilatation in the absence of overt heart failure leads to an increased vulnerability to AF that is not based on a decrease in wavelength. PMID:12732604

  19. Left Atrial Size and Function in a Canine Model of Chronic Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

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    Goldberg, Adam; Kusunose, Kenya; Qamruddin, Salima; Rodriguez, L. Leonardo; Mazgalev, Todor N.; Griffin, Brian P.; Van Wagoner, David R.; Zhang, Youhua; Popović, Zoran B.

    2016-01-01

    Background Our aim was to assess how atrial fibrillation (AF) induction, chronicity, and RR interval irregularity affect left atrial (LA) function and size in the setting of underlying heart failure (HF), and to determine whether AF effects can be mitigated by vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). Methods HF was induced by 4-weeks of rapid ventricular pacing in 24 dogs. Subsequently, AF was induced and maintained by atrial pacing at 600 bpm. Dogs were randomized into control (n = 9) and VNS (n = 15) groups. In the VNS group, atrioventricular node fat pad stimulation (310 μs, 20 Hz, 3–7 mA) was delivered continuously for 6 months. LA volume and LA strain data were calculated from bi-weekly echocardiograms. Results RR intervals decreased with HF in both groups (p = 0.001), and decreased further during AF in control group (p = 0.014), with a non-significant increase in the VNS group during AF. LA size increased with HF (p<0.0001), with no additional increase during AF. LA strain decreased with HF (p = 0.025) and further decreased after induction of AF (p = 0.0001). LA strain decreased less (p = 0.001) in the VNS than in the control group. Beat-by-beat analysis showed a curvilinear increase of LA strain with longer preceding RR interval, (r = 0.45, p <0.0001) with LA strain 1.1% higher (p = 0.02) in the VNS-treated animals, independent of preceding RR interval duration. The curvilinear relationship between ratio of preceding and pre-preceding RR intervals, and subsequent LA strain was weaker, (r = 0.28, p = 0.001). However, VNS-treated animals again had higher LA strain (by 2.2%, p = 0.002) independently of the ratio of preceding and pre-preceding RR intervals. Conclusions In the underlying presence of pacing-induced HF, AF decreased LA strain, with little impact on LA size. LA strain depends on the preceding RR interval duration. PMID:26771573

  20. Left atrial appendage closure in patients with intracranial haemorrhage and atrial fibrillation.

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    Fayos-Vidal, F; Arzamendi-Aizpurua, D; Millán-Álvarez, X; Guisado-Alonso, D; Camps-Renom, P; Prats-Sánchez, L; Martínez-Domeño, A; Delgado-Mederos, R; Martí-Fàbregas, J

    2017-08-30

    The use of oral anticoagulants in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation (AF) and intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) is controversial on account of the risk of haemorrhagic stroke recurrence. This study presents our experience regarding the safety and efficacy of percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC), an alternative to anticoagulation in these patients. We conducted a retrospective, single-centre, observational study. LAAC was performed in patients with a history of ICH and non-valvular AF. Risk of ischaemic and haemorrhagic events was estimated using the CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scales. We recorded periprocedural complications, IHC recurrence, cerebral/systemic embolism, mortality and use of antithrombotic drugs following the procedure. LAAC was performed in 9 patients (7 men, 2 women) using the AMPLATZER Amulet device in 7 cases and the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug device in 2. Mean age was 72.7±8.2 years. Time between ICH and LAAC was less than one month in 5 patients and more than one month in 4 patients. Median CHA2DS2-VASc score was 4 (interquartile range of 2.5). Median HAS-BLED score was 3 (interquartile range of 0). No periprocedural complications were recorded. All patients received single anti-platelet therapy (clopidogrel in 5 patients, aspirin in 4) after the procedure; 5 patients received this treatment for 6 months and 4 received it indefinitely. No ischaemic or haemorrhagic events were recorded during follow-up (mean duration of 15 months). In our series, LAAC was found to be safe and effective in patients with a history of ICH who required anticoagulation due to AF. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Left Atrial Ligation Alters Intracardiac Flow Patterns and the Biomechanical Landscape in the Chick Embryo

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    Kowalski, William J.; Teslovich, Nikola C.; Menon, Prahlad G.; Tinney, Joseph P.; Keller, Bradley B.; Pekkan, Kerem

    2014-01-01

    Background Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a major human congenital heart defect that results in single ventricle physiology and high mortality. Clinical data indicate that intracardiac blood flow patterns during cardiac morphogenesis are a significant etiology. We used the left atrial ligation (LAL) model in the chick embryo to test the hypothesis that LAL immediately alters intracardiac flow streams and the biomechanical environment, preceding morphologic and structural defects observed in HLHS. Results Using fluorescent dye injections, we found that intracardiac flow patterns from the right common cardinal vein, right vitelline vein, and left vitelline vein were altered immediately following LAL. Furthermore, we quantified a significant ventral shift of the right common cardinal and right vitelline vein flow streams. We developed an in silico model of LAL, which revealed that wall shear stress was reduced at the left atrioventricular canal and left side of the common ventricle. Conclusions Our results demonstrate that intracardiac flow patterns change immediately following LAL, supporting the role of hemodynamics in the progression of HLHS. Sites of reduced WSS revealed by computational modeling are commonly affected in HLHS, suggesting that changes in the biomechanical environment may lead to abnormal growth and remodeling of left heart structures. PMID:24868595

  2. Left Atrial Appendage Resection During Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery via Right Minithoracotomy.

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    Kondo, Nobuo; Totsugawa, Toshinori; Hiraoka, Arudo; Tamura, Kentaro; Yoshitaka, Hidenori; Sakaguchi, Taichi

    2017-07-25

    Here, we report concomitant resection of the left atrial appendage through the transverse sinus during minimally invasive aortic valve replacement via right anterolateral thoracotomy. The left atrial appendage was exposed by raising the collapsed ascending aorta and was safely resected using a surgical stapling device. This procedure is a feasible option in elderly patients, for whom a percutaneous procedure would be inappropriate, and could be useful for preventing thromboembolic and hemorrhagic complications.

  3. First case of a left atrial dissection after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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    Sardar, M Rizwan; Kaddissi, Georges I; Sabir, Sajjad A; Topalian, Simon K

    2016-06-01

    The left atrial dissection is a very infrequently encountered complication after valve replacement and never seen after Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We present an 84-year-old female, who underwent successful transapical TAVR and consequently developed contained left atrial dissection seen on transesophageal echocardiogram. The patient remained stable throughout the procedure and was monitored in critical care unit with conservative management. Although there is low associated intraop mortality, prompt recognition is paramount with follow-up serial imaging.

  4. Left atrial myxomas in childhood: Presentation with emboli—diagnosis by ultrasonics

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    Pridie, Ronald B.

    1972-01-01

    Three children with left atrial myxomas are described. All suffered major arterial occlusion with consequent permanent morbidity before the diagnosis was made and the tumour removed. Each child had had previous small embolic phenomena. In two, the diagnosis was made by ultrasound. In any child who has had an arterial embolus without obvious cause, a left atrial myxoma should be considered and looked for by an ultrasonic mitral echogram. Images PMID:4647636

  5. Inferior and right-sided juxtaposition of the left atrial appendage with an unexpected type of inter-atrial communication.

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    Sarwark, Anne E; Anderson, Robert H; Spicer, Diane E

    2016-01-01

    We have re-investigated an unusual cardiac specimen with juxtaposition of the atrial appendages. The original description dates to 1962, when the autopsy was performed at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The heart was subsequently stored in the Farouk S. Idriss Cardiac Registry at the same institution. The specimen shows usual atrial arrangement, but with the morphologically left appendage juxtaposed in a rightward manner, passing behind the heart rather than through the transverse sinus so as to reach its location inferior to the morphologically right appendage. The heart also demonstrated an inter-atrial communication between the cavities of the juxtaposed left appendage and the morphologically right atrium. We provide a detailed description of the morphology, and provide images of this lesion, which to the best of our knowledge has not previously been described.

  6. Effects of sedation on echocardiographic variables of left atrial and left ventricular function in healthy cats.

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    Ward, Jessica L; Schober, Karsten E; Fuentes, Virginia Luis; Bonagura, John D

    2012-10-01

    Although sedation is frequently used to facilitate patient compliance in feline echocardiography, the effects of sedative drugs on echocardiographic variables have been poorly documented. This study investigated the effects of two sedation protocols on echocardiographic indices in healthy cats, with special emphasis on the assessment of left atrial size and function, as well as left ventricular diastolic performance. Seven cats underwent echocardiography (transthoracic two-dimensional, spectral Doppler, color flow Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging) before and after sedation with both acepromazine (0.1 mg/kg IM) and butorphanol (0.25 mg/kg IM), or acepromazine (0.1 mg/kg IM), butorphanol (0.25 mg/kg IM) and ketamine (1.5 mg/kg IV). Heart rate increased significantly following acepromazine/butorphanol/ketamine (mean±SD of increase, 40±26 beats/min) and non-invasive systolic blood pressure decreased significantly following acepromazine/butorphanol (mean±SD of decrease, 12±19 mmHg). The majority of echocardiographic variables were not significantly different after sedation compared with baseline values. Both sedation protocols resulted in mildly decreased left ventricular end-diastolic dimension and mildly increased left ventricular end-diastolic wall thickness. This study therefore failed to demonstrate clinically meaningful effects of these sedation protocols on echocardiographic measurements, suggesting that sedation with acepromazine, butorphanol and/or ketamine can be used to facilitate echocardiography in healthy cats.

  7. Morphological features of the left atrial appendage in consecutive coronary computed tomography angiography patients with and without atrial fibrillation

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    Parkkonen, Johannes; Hedman, Marja; Muuronen, Antti; Onatsu, Juha; Mustonen, Pirjo; Vanninen, Ritva; Taina, Mikko

    2017-01-01

    The majority of intracardiac thrombi form in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Enlargement of this structure, together with certain morphological features, may indicate a predisposition to the formation of thrombi and subsequent cardioembolic stroke. Thus far, studies on LAA morphology have largely focused on those patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Taking a different approach, we investigated the variation in LAA morphology in a consecutive patient population with and without AF. We evaluated 808 consecutive patients (529 females; mean age 52.5±9.9 years) who underwent coronary artery computed tomography angiography (CCTA), the majority of whom (749) had no history of AF. We assessed the length, lobe number, and morphological classification of their LAAs. Demographic data and medical histories were collated from medical records and then correlated with LAA morphology. The proportions of each of the four morphological classes of LAA for the overall vs. non-AF population were: WindSock, 62.3/61.5%; Cactus, 18.6/18.8%; ChickenWing, 10.0/10.0%; and CauliFlower, 9.2/9.6%. Age (p<0.001; r = 0.156) and female gender (p<0.001) were both found to be associated with an increased body surface area (BSA)-related LAA length. Male patients were more likely to manifest multi-lobed (p = 0.003) LAAs, and overweight patients with a greater number of multi-lobed LAA morphological classes (p = 0.010). No associations with morphological LAA features could be found for patients with diabetes, hypertension, or dyslipidemia. Nor did the size of the left atrium exhibit any correlation with BSA-related LAA length. In the overall and non-AF populations, aging and female gender were associated with longer BSA-indexed LAAs. PMID:28288200

  8. Neonatal repair of left atrial diverticulum with gigantic thrombus without cardiopulmonary bypass.

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    Higashida, Akihiko; Hoashi, Takaya; Sakaguchi, Heima; Ichikawa, Hajime

    2017-04-08

    A 5-day-old neonate with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic aortic arch, large apical muscular ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus developed pulmonary over-circulation and systemic hypoperfusion underwent bilateral pulmonary artery banding through median sternotomy as a part of hybrid stage I palliation. At operation, left atrial diverticulum with gigantic thrombus formation at the base of the left atrial appendage was incidentally detected by intraoperative direct echocardiography, and therefore, was successfully resected with the whole thrombus inside it without use of cardiopulmonary bypass. Histopathological finding was compatible with diverticulum. The patient was free from atrial arrhythmia and recurrent thrombus formation.

  9. Calibration and evaluation of a magnetically tracked ICE probe for guidance of left atrial ablation therapy

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    Linte, Cristian A.; Rettmann, Maryam E.; Dilger, Ben; Gunawan, Mia S.; Arunachalam, Shivaram P.; Holmes, David R., III; Packer, Douglas L.; Robb, Richard A.

    2012-02-01

    The novel prototype system for advanced visualization for image-guided left atrial ablation therapy developed in our laboratory permits ready integration of multiple imaging modalities, surgical instrument tracking, interventional devices and electro-physiologic data. This technology allows subject-specific procedure planning and guidance using 3D dynamic, patient-specific models of the patient's heart, augmented with real-time intracardiac echocardiography (ICE). In order for the 2D ICE images to provide intuitive visualization for accurate catheter to surgical target navigation, the transducer must be tracked, so that the acquired images can be appropriately presented with respect to the patient-specific anatomy. Here we present the implementation of a previously developed ultrasound calibration technique for a magnetically tracked ICE transducer, along with a series of evaluation methods to ensure accurate imaging and faithful representation of the imaged structures. Using an engineering-designed phantom, target localization accuracy is assessed by comparing known target locations with their transformed locations inferred from the tracked US images. In addition, the 3D volume reconstruction accuracy is also estimated by comparing a truth volume to that reconstructed from sequential 2D US images. Clinically emulating validation studies are conducted using a patient-specific left atrial phantom. Target localization error of clinically-relevant surgical targets represented by nylon fiducials implanted within the endocardial wall of the phantom was assessed. Our studies have demonstrated 2.4 +/- 0.8 mm target localization error in the engineering-designed evaluation phantoms, 94.8 +/- 4.6 % volume reconstruction accuracy, and 3.1 +/- 1.2 mm target localization error in the left atrial-mimicking phantom. These results are consistent with those disseminated in the literature and also with the accuracy constraints imposed by the employed technology and the clinical

  10. Cardiac procedures to prevent stroke: patent foramen ovale closure/left atrial appendage occlusion.

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    Freixa, Xavier; Arzamendi, Dabit; Tzikas, Apostolos; Noble, Stephane; Basmadjian, Arsene; Garceau, Patrick; Ibrahim, Réda

    2014-01-01

    Stroke is a major contributor to population morbidity and mortality. Cardiac thromboembolic sources are an important potential cause of stroke. Left atrial appendage (LAA) thromboembolism in association with atrial fibrillation is a major contributor to stroke occurrence, particularly in elderly individuals. Patent foramen ovale (PFO) acts as a potential conduit from the right-sided circulation to the brain, and has been suggested to be an important factor in cryptogenic stroke in the young patients. Advances in interventional cardiology have made it possible to deal with these potential stroke sources (LAA and PFO), but the available methods have intrinsic limitations that must be recognized. Furthermore, the potential value of LAA and PFO closure depends on our ability to identify when the target structure is importantly involved in stroke risk; this is particularly challenging for PFO. This article addresses the clinical use of PFO and LAA closure in stroke prevention. We discuss technical aspects of closure devices and methods, questions of patient selection, and clinical trials evidence. We conclude that for PFO closure, the clinical trials evidence is thus far negative in the broad cryptogenic stroke population, but closure might nevertheless be indicated for selected high-risk patients. LAA closure has an acceptable balance between safety and efficacy for atrial fibrillation patients with high stroke risk and important contraindications to oral anticoagulation. Much more work needs to be done to optimize the devices and techniques, and better define patient selection for these potentially valuable procedures.

  11. Excessive interatrial adiposity is associated with left atrial remodeling, augmented contractile performance in asymptomatic population

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    Lai, Yau-Huei; Yun, Chun-Ho; Su, Cheng-Huang; Yang, Fei-Shih; Yeh, Hung-I; Hou, Charles Jia-Yin; Wu, Tung-Hsin; Cury, Ricardo C; Bezerra, Hiram G

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Purpose Pericardial adipose tissue had been shown to exert local effects on adjacent cardiac structures. Data regarding the mechanistic link between such measures and left atrial (LA) structural/functional remodeling, a clinical hallmark of early stage heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) incidence, in asymptomatic population remain largely unexplored. Methods This retrospective analysis includes 356 subjects free from significant valvular disorders, atrial fibrillation, or clinical HF. Regional adipose tissue including pericardial and periaortic fat volumes, interatrial septal (IAS), and left atrioventricular groove (AVG) fat thickness were all measured by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) (Aquarius 3D Workstation, TeraRecon, San Mateo, CA, USA). We measured LA volumes, booster performance, reservoir capacity as well as conduit function, and analyzed their association with adiposity measures. Results All four adiposity measures were positively associated with greater LA volumes (all P < 0.05), while IAS and AVG fat were also related to larger LA kinetic energy and worse reservoir capacity (both P < 0.01). In multivariate models, IAS fat thickness remained independently associated with larger LA volumes, increased LA kinetic energy and ejection force (β-coef: 0.17 & 0.15, both P < 0.05), and impaired LA reservoir and conduit function (β-coef: −0.20 & −0.12, both P < 0.05) after adjusting for clinical variables. Conclusion Accumulated visceral adiposity, especially interatrial fat depots, was associated with certain LA structural/functional remodeling characterized by impaired LA reservoir and conduit function though augmented kinetic energy and ejection performance. Our data suggested that interatrial fat burden may be associated with certain detrimental LA functions with compensatory LA adaptation in an asymptomatic population. PMID:27249809

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  13. Comparison of diverse platelet activation markers as indicators for left atrial thrombus in atrial fibrillation.

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    Tarnowski, Daniel; Poitz, David M; Plichta, Lina; Heidrich, Felix M; Wiedemann, Stephan; Ruf, Tobias; Mierke, Johannes; Löhn, Tobias; Jellinghaus, Stefanie; Strasser, Ruth H; Ibrahim, Karim; Pfluecke, Christian

    2017-03-13

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is well known for being a major risk factor of thromboembolic stroke. We could recently demonstrate an association of monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs) with the degree of thrombogenicity in patients with AF. This study investigated platelet activation markers, as potential biomarkers for the presence of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with AF. One hundred and eight patients with symptomatic AF underwent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before scheduled cardioversion or pulmonary vein isolation. In order to determine the content of MPAs by flow-cytometric quantification analyses, blood was drawn on the day of TEE. The soluble CD40 Ligand (sCD40L) and soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin) were obtained by Cytometric Bead Arrays (CBA). D-dimer levels were detected by quantitative immunological determination of fibrin degradation products. Clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic standard parameters were obtained from all patients, including the determination of the flow in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Patients with detected LA thrombus (n = 28) compared with patients without thrombus (n = 80) showed an increased number of common risk factors, such as age, diabetes, heart failure, and coronary artery disease (CAD). The presence of LA thrombus was associated with significantly increased levels of MPAs (147 ± 12 vs. 304 ± 29 per µl; p < 0.00), sCD40L (106.3 ± 31.0 vs. 33.5 ± 2.1 pg/ml, p = 0.027), and D-dimer (0.13 ± 0.02 vs. 0.69 ± 0.21 mg FEU/l, p = 0.015). In contrast, sP-selectin showed no association with LA thrombus. A multivariate regression analysis showed that MPAs, sCD40L as well as D-dimers were independent indicators for the existence of LA thrombus. MPAs above 170 cells/µl indicated LA thrombus with a high sensitivity of 93% and a specificity of 73% (OR 62, 95% CI. 6.9-557.2, p < 0.001) in patients with AF, whereas the D-dimer lost their quality as independent indicator by using the conventional cut-off of 0

  14. The influence of left ventricular geometry on left atrial phasic function in hypertensive patients.

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    Tadic, Marijana; Cuspidi, Cesare; Pencic, Biljana; Kocijancic, Vesna; Celic, Vera

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to investigate left atrial (LA) phasic function in hypertensive patients with different geometric patterns using two-dimensional (2DE) and three-dimensional (3DE) echocardiography. This cross-sectional study included 213 hypertensive subjects who underwent a complete 2DE and 3DE examination. The new updated criteria for left ventricular (LV) geometry, which consider LV mass index, LV end-diastolic diameter and relative wall thickness, were applied. According to this classification, the subjects were divided into six groups: normal geometry, concentric remodeling, eccentric non-dilated left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), concentric LVH, dilated LVH and concentric-dilated LVH. 2DE and 3DE LA volumes gradually increased from normal LV geometry to concentric and concentric-dilated LVH. LA reservoir and conduit functions, estimated by 2DE and 3DE LA total and passive emptying fractions, were decreased in subjects with concentric and concentric-dilated LVH. LA booster pump function was increased in patients with concentric, dilated and concentric-dilated LVH compared to subjects with normal LV geometry. The same results regarding LA phasic function were provided by 2DE strain analysis. Concentric, dilated and non-concentric dilated LVH were associated with LA enlargement independently of main demographic and clinical features. LV geometric patterns significantly influence LA phasic function. Concentric and dilated LVH patterns have the most prominent negative effect on LA enlargement assessed by both 2DE and 3DE.

  15. Left atrial phasic function interacts to support left ventricular filling during exercise in healthy athletes.

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    Wright, Steve; Sasson, Zion; Gray, Taylor; Chelvanathan, Anjala; Esfandiari, Sam; Dimitry, John; Armstrong, Sarah; Mak, Susanna; Goodman, Jack M

    2015-08-15

    We studied the contribution of phasic left atrial (LA) function to left ventricular (LV) filling during exercise. We hypothesized that reduced LV filling time at moderate-intensity exercise limits LA passive emptying and increases LA active emptying. Twenty endurance-trained males (55 ± 6 yr) were studied at rest and during light- (∼100 beats/min) and moderate-intensity (∼130 beats/min) exercise. Two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiography were used to assess phasic volumes and diastolic function. LV end-diastolic volume increased from rest to light exercise (54 ± 6 to 58 ± 5 ml/m(2), P < 0.01) and from light to moderate exercise (58 ± 5 to 62 ± 6 ml/m(2), P < 0.01). LA maximal volume increased from rest to light exercise (26 ± 4 to 30 ± 5 ml/m(2), P < 0.01) related to atrioventricular plane displacement (r = 0.55, P < 0.005), without further change at moderate exercise. LA passive emptying increased at light exercise (9 ± 2 to 13 ± 3 ml/m(2), P < 0.01) and then returned to baseline at moderate exercise, whereas LA active emptying increased appreciably only at moderate exercise (6 ± 2 to 14 ± 3 ml/m(2), P < 0.01). Thus, the total atrial emptying volume did not increase beyond light exercise, and the increase in LV filling at moderate exercise could be attributed primarily to an increase in the conduit flow volume (19 ± 3 to 25 ± 5 ml/m(2), P < 0.01). LA filling increases during exercise in relation to augmented LV longitudinal contraction. Conduit flow increases progressively with exercise in athletes, although this is driven by LV properties rather than intrinsic LA function. The pump function of the LA augments only at moderate exercise due to a reduced diastolic filling time and the Frank-Starling mechanism.

  16. Changes in left atrial deformation in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Evaluation by vector velocity imaging.

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    Badran, Hala Mahfouz; Soltan, Ghada; Hassan, Hesham; Nazmy, Ahmed; Faheem, Naglaa; Saadan, Haythem; Yacoub, Magdi H

    2012-01-01

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) represents a generalized myopathic process affecting both ventricular and atrial myocardium. We assessed the global and regional left atrial (LA) function and its relation to left ventricular (LV) mechanics and clinical status in patients with HCM using Vector Velocity Imaging (VVI). VVI of the LA and LV was acquired from apical four- and two-chamber views of 108 HCM patients (age 40 ± 19years, 56.5% men) and 33 healthy subjects, all had normal LV systolic function. The LA subendocardium was traced to obtain atrial volumes, ejection fraction, velocities, and strain (ϵ)/strain rate (SR) measurements. Left atrial reservoir (ϵsys,SRsys) and conduit (early diastolic SRe) function were significantly reduced in HCM compared to controls (P < .0001). Left atrial deformation directly correlated to LVϵsys, SRsys and negatively correlated to age, NYHA class, left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient, left ventricular mass index (LVMI), LA volume index and severity of mitral regurge (P < 0.001). Receiver operating characterist was constructed to explore the cutoff value of LA deformation in differentiation of LA dysfunction; ϵsys < 40% was 75% sensitive, 50% specific, SRsys < 1.7s(- 1) was 70% sensitive, 61% specific, SRe> - 1.8s(- 1) was 81% sensitive and 30% specific, SRa> - 1.5s(- 1) was 73% sensitive and 40% specific. By multivariate analysis global LVϵsys and LV septal thickness are independent predictors for LAϵsys, while end systolic diameter is the only independent predictor for SRsys, P < .001. Left atrial reservoir and conduit function as measured by VVI were significantly impaired while contractile function was preserved among HCM patients. Left atrial deformation was greatly influenced by LV mechanics and correlated to severity of phenotype.

  17. Platelet Reactivity Is Independent of Left Atrial Wall Deformation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Procter, Nathan; Goh, Vincent; Mahadevan, Gnanadevan; Stewart, Simon; Horowitz, John

    2016-01-01

    It has been documented recently that left atrial (LA) deformation in AF patients (while in AF) is predictive of subsequent stroke risk. Additionally, diminished LA deformation during AF correlates with the presence of LA blood stasis. Given that endothelial function is dependent on laminar blood flow, the present study sought to investigate the effect of diminished LA deformation (during AF) on platelet reactivity and inflammation in AF patients. Patients (n = 17) hospitalised with AF underwent echocardiography (while in AF) for determination of peak positive LA strain (LASp). Whole blood impedance aggregometry was used to measure extent of ADP-induced aggregation and subsequent inhibitory response to the nitric oxide (NO) donor, sodium nitroprusside. Platelet thioredoxin-interacting protein (Txnip) content was determined by immunohistochemistry. LASp tended (p = 0.078) to vary inversely with CHA2DS2VASc scores. However, mediators of inflammation (C-reactive protein, Txnip) did not correlate significantly with LASp nor did extent of ADP-induced platelet aggregation or platelet NO response. These results suggest that the thrombogenic risk associated with LA stasis is independent of secondary effects on platelet aggregability or inflammation. PMID:27069318

  18. A left atrial ablation with bipolar irrigated radio-frequency for atrial fibrillation during minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.

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    Solinas, Marco; Bevilacqua, Stefano; Karimov, Jamshid H; Glauber, Mattia

    2010-04-01

    Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Mitral valve disease is often associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), also due to the ageing of the population. We present a technique to perform a left atrial ablation with bipolar irrigated radio-frequency (RF) through a single right thoracotomy. We have operated on eight patients: six female with a mean age 68+/-8 years. Six patients suffered from permanent AF and other two from paroxysmal AF. Copyright (c) 2009 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Tulip malformation of the left atrial disc in the Lifetech Cera ASD device: a novel complication of percutaneous ASD closure.

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    Hayes, Nicholas; Rosenthal, Eric

    2012-03-01

    A previously unreported tulip-like malformation of the left atrial disc was encountered during percutaneous closure of an atrial septal defect (ASD) using the LifeTech Cera ASD device, requiring snare assistance to permit recapture into the delivery sheath. This was likely to be as a result of attempting to recapture the left atrial disc whilst it remained in contact with some part of the atrial septum or left atrial wall. To help avoid this, it is recommended to ensure complete intracavity positioning of the Cera device prior to retrieval into the sheath. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Cost effectiveness of left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device for atrial fibrillation patients with absolute contraindications to warfarin

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    Reddy, Vivek Y.; Akehurst, Ronald L.; Armstrong, Shannon O.; Amorosi, Stacey L.; Brereton, Nic; Hertz, Deanna S.; Holmes, David R.

    2016-01-01

    Aims Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulation have had few options for stroke prevention. Recently, a novel oral anticoagulant, apixaban, and percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have emerged as safe and effective therapies for stroke risk reduction in these patients. This analysis assessed the cost effectiveness of LAAC with the Watchman device relative to apixaban and aspirin therapy in patients with non-valvular AF and contraindications to warfarin therapy. Methods and results A cost-effectiveness model was constructed using data from three studies on stroke prevention in patients with contraindications: the ASAP study evaluating the Watchman device, the ACTIVE A trial of aspirin and clopidogrel, and the AVERROES trial evaluating apixaban. The cost-effectiveness analysis was conducted from a German healthcare payer perspective over a 20-year time horizon. Left atrial appendage closure yielded more quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) than aspirin and apixaban by 2 and 4 years, respectively. At 5 years, LAAC was cost effective compared with aspirin with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of €16 971. Left atrial appendage closure was cost effective compared with apixaban at 7 years with an ICER of €9040. Left atrial appendage closure was cost saving and more effective than aspirin and apixaban at 8 years and remained so throughout the 20-year time horizon. Conclusions This analysis demonstrates that LAAC with the Watchman device is a cost-effective and cost-saving solution for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular AF who are at risk for stroke but have contraindications to warfarin. PMID:26838691

  1. Cost effectiveness of left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device for atrial fibrillation patients with absolute contraindications to warfarin.

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    Reddy, Vivek Y; Akehurst, Ronald L; Armstrong, Shannon O; Amorosi, Stacey L; Brereton, Nic; Hertz, Deanna S; Holmes, David R

    2016-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulation have had few options for stroke prevention. Recently, a novel oral anticoagulant, apixaban, and percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have emerged as safe and effective therapies for stroke risk reduction in these patients. This analysis assessed the cost effectiveness of LAAC with the Watchman device relative to apixaban and aspirin therapy in patients with non-valvular AF and contraindications to warfarin therapy. A cost-effectiveness model was constructed using data from three studies on stroke prevention in patients with contraindications: the ASAP study evaluating the Watchman device, the ACTIVE A trial of aspirin and clopidogrel, and the AVERROES trial evaluating apixaban. The cost-effectiveness analysis was conducted from a German healthcare payer perspective over a 20-year time horizon. Left atrial appendage closure yielded more quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) than aspirin and apixaban by 2 and 4 years, respectively. At 5 years, LAAC was cost effective compared with aspirin with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of €16 971. Left atrial appendage closure was cost effective compared with apixaban at 7 years with an ICER of €9040. Left atrial appendage closure was cost saving and more effective than aspirin and apixaban at 8 years and remained so throughout the 20-year time horizon. This analysis demonstrates that LAAC with the Watchman device is a cost-effective and cost-saving solution for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular AF who are at risk for stroke but have contraindications to warfarin. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  2. Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Atrial Fibrillation Is Safe and Effective After Intracranial or Intraocular Hemorrhage.

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    Fahmy, Peter; Spencer, Ryan; Tsang, Michael; Gooderham, Peter; Saw, Jacqueline

    2016-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 1%-2% of the general population and 13% of individuals older than 80 years of age. Anticoagulation has been the mainstay therapy to reduce stroke risk. Patients with previous intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) or intraocular hemorrhage (IOH) are at increased risk of recurrence if anticoagulation is continued or initiated. Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure may obviate the need for long-term anticoagulation in these patients. We report our consecutive series of patients with nonvalvular AF with previous ICH or IOH who underwent LAA closure with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP; St Jude Medical, St Paul, MN), AMPLATZER Amulet, or WATCHMAN (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) device. Demographics, clinical status, procedural outcomes, and complications were collected at baseline, during the procedure, at 3 months, at 1 year, and annually thereafter. Twenty-six patients with previous ICH (n = 24) or IOH (n = 2) underwent LAA closure (9 with the ACP, 3 with the Amulet, and 7 with the WATCHMAN). The mean age was 76 ± 7 years, and 61.5% were men with a mean CHADS2 (Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Age, Diabetes, Stroke/Transient Ischemic Attack) score of 3.2 ± 1.4 and CHA2DS2-VASc (Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Age [≥ 75 years], Diabetes, Stroke/Transient Ischemic Attack, Vascular Disease, Age [65-74 years], Sex [Female] score) of 4.9 ± 1.7. No procedure-related complications occurred. Mean follow-up was 11.9 ± 13.3 months. One patient died at 13 months (this death was not related to the procedure), and 1 patient had a transient ischemic attack at 20.6 months after the procedure. No ischemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding problems occurred during follow-up. In our consecutive series, LAA closure was found to be safe and effective in patients with AF and a history of ICH or IOH. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Catheter Ablation in Combination With Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Swaans, Martin J.; Alipour, Arash; Rensing, Benno J.W.M.; Post, Martijn C.; Boersma, Lucas V.A.

    2013-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, affecting millions of individuals worldwide 1-3. The rapid, irregular, and disordered electrical activity in the atria gives rise to palpitations, fatigue, dyspnea, chest pain and dizziness with or without syncope 4, 5. Patients with AF have a five-fold higher risk of stroke 6. Oral anticoagulation (OAC) with warfarin is commonly used for stroke prevention in patients with AF and has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke by 64% 7. Warfarin therapy has several major disadvantages, however, including bleeding, non-tolerance, interactions with other medications and foods, non-compliance and a narrow therapeutic range 8-11. These issues, together with poor appreciation of the risk-benefit ratio, unawareness of guidelines, or absence of an OAC monitoring outpatient clinic may explain why only 30-60% of patients with AF are prescribed this drug 8. The problems associated with warfarin, combined with the limited efficacy and/or serious side effects associated with other medications used for AF 12,13, highlight the need for effective non-pharmacological approaches to treatment. One such approach is catheter ablation (CA), a procedure in which a radiofrequency electrical current is applied to regions of the heart to create small ablation lesions that electrically isolate potential AF triggers 4. CA is a well-established treatment for AF symptoms 14, 15, that may also decrease the risk of stroke. Recent data showed a significant decrease in the relative risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack events among patients who underwent ablation compared with those undergoing antiarrhythmic drug therapy 16. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the source of thrombi in more than 90% of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation 17, another approach to stroke prevention is to physically block clots from exiting the LAA. One method for occluding the LAA is via percutaneous placement of the WATCHMAN

  4. Effect of left atrial appendage excision on procedure outcome in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation undergoing surgical ablation.

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    Romanov, Alexander; Pokushalov, Evgeny; Elesin, Dmitry; Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander; Ponomarev, Dmitry; Losik, Denis; Bayramova, Sevda; Strelnikov, Artem; Shabanov, Vitaliy; Pidanov, Oleg; Kropotkin, Evgeny; Ivanickii, Eduard; Karaskov, Alexander; Steinberg, Jonathan S

    2016-09-01

    Catheter ablation is less successful for treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF) than for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Some studies suggest that left atrial appendage (LAA) isolation in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is required to maximize the benefits for PersAF after ablation. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of 2 surgical ablation approaches for PersAF via video-assisted thoracoscopy: PVI + box lesion and PVI + box lesion + LAA excision. We randomly assigned 176 patients with PersAF to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical ablation with PVI + box lesion (88 patients) or PVI + box lesion + LAA excision (88 patients). The primary endpoint was freedom from any documented atrial arrhythmia lasting >30 seconds after a single ablation procedure without antiarrhythmic drug (AAD). After 18 months of follow-up, 61 of 86 patients (70.9%) assigned to PVI + box lesion were free from recurrent atrial fibrillation compared to 64 of 87 patients (73.6%) assigned to PVI + box lesion + LAA excision after a single ablation procedure without AAD (P = .73). Freedom from any atrial arrhythmia after a single procedure with or without AAD was also nonsignificant (70.9% vs 74.7%, respectively). There were no significant differences between groups with regard to adverse events, including death, transient ischemic attack, stroke, pneumothorax, and hydrothorax. Among patients with PersAF, no reduction in the rate of recurrent atrial fibrillation was found when LAA excision was performed in addition to PVI and box lesion during surgical ablation. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Fibrosis in left atrial tissue of patients with atrial fibrillation with and without underlying mitral valve disease.

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    Boldt, A; Wetzel, U; Lauschke, J; Weigl, J; Gummert, J; Hindricks, G; Kottkamp, H; Dhein, S

    2004-04-01

    To examine the hypothesis that major extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins are expressed differently in the left atrial tissue of patients in sinus rhythm (SR), lone atrial fibrillation (AF), and AF with underlying mitral valve disease (MVD). Case-control study. 118 patients with lone AF, MVD+AF, and SR. Collagen I, collagen III, and fibronectin protein expression measured by quantitative western blotting techniques and immunohistochemical methods. Protein concentrations increased in patients with AF (all forms) compared with those in SR (all forms): collagen I (1.15 (0.11) v 0.45 (0.28), respectively; p = 0.002), collagen III (0.74 (0.05) v 0.46 (0.11); p = 0.002, and fibronectin (0.88 (0.06) v 0.62 (0.13); p = 0.08). Especially, collagen I was similarly enhanced in both lone AF (1.49 (0.15) and MVD+AF (1.53 (0.16) compared with SR (0.56 (0.28); both p = 0.01). Collagen III was not significantly increased in lone AF but was significantly increased in AF combined with MVD (0.84 (0.07) both compared with SR (0.46 (0.11); p = 0.01). The concentration of fibronectin was not significantly increased in lone AF and MVD+AF (both compared with SR). Furthermore, there was a similar degree of enhanced collagen expression in paroxysmal AF and chronic AF. AF is associated with fibrosis. Forms of AF differ from each other in collagen III expression. However, there was no systematic difference in ECM expression between paroxysmal AF and chronic AF. Enhanced concentrations of ECM proteins may have a role in structural remodelling and the pathogenesis of AF as a result of separation of the cells by fibrotic depositions.

  6. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome with restrictive atrial septum and advanced heart block documented with a novel fetal electrocardiographic monitor

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    NARAYAN, H. K.; FIFER, W.; CARROLL, S.; KERN, J.; SILVER, E.; WILLIAMS, I. A.

    2012-01-01

    Hypoplastic left ventricle with congenital heart block has been reported previously in a fetus with concurrent left atrial isomerism and levo-transposition of the great arteries. We present the unusual case of an infant diagnosed in utero with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a restrictive atrial septum and advanced heart block but with D-looping of the ventricles and no atrial isomerism. In addition, fetal heart rhythm was documented with the assistance of a new fetal electrocardiographic monitor. PMID:21374749

  7. Effect of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction on Left Atrial Mechanics in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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    Williams, Lynne K.; Chan, Raymond H.; Carasso, Shemy; Durand, Miranda; Misurka, Jimmy; Crean, Andrew M.; Ralph-Edwards, Anthony; Gruner, Christiane; Woo, Anna; Lesser, John R.; Maron, Barry J.; Maron, Martin S.; Rakowski, Harry

    2015-01-01

    Left atrial (LA) volumes are known to be increased in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and are a predictor of adverse outcome. In addition, LA function is impaired and is presumed to be due to left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction as a result of hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis. In the current study, we assess the incremental effect of outflow tract obstruction (and concomitant mitral regurgitation) on LA function as assessed by LA strain. Patients with HCM (50 obstructive, 50 nonobstructive) were compared to 50 normal controls. A subset of obstructive patients who had undergone septal myectomy was also studied. Utilising feature-tracking software applied to cardiovascular magnetic resonance images, LA volumes and functional parameters were calculated. LA volumes were significantly elevated and LA ejection fraction and strain were significantly reduced in patients with HCM compared with controls and were significantly more affected in patients with obstruction. LA volumes and function were significantly improved after septal myectomy. LVOT obstruction and mitral regurgitation appear to further impair LA mechanics. Septal myectomy results in a significant reduction in LA volumes, paralleled by an improvement in function. PMID:26788503

  8. Left atrial appendage flow velocity and time from P-wave onset to tissue Doppler-derived A' predict atrial fibrillation recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Fukushima, Keiko; Fukushima, Noritoshi; Ejima, Koichiro; Kato, Ken; Sato, Yasuto; Uematsu, Shoko; Arai, Kotaro; Manaka, Tetsuyuki; Takagi, Atsushi; Ashihara, Kyomi; Shoda, Morio; Hagiwara, Nobuhisa

    2015-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with atrial remodeling. We investigate the abilities of preprocedural echocardiographic parameters reflecting atrial remodeling to predict AF recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for paroxysmal AF (PAF). Preprocedural echocardiographic parameters were measured during sinus rhythm in 105 patients with PAF undergoing RFCA. Electrical remodeling was assessed by the time from the onset of the P-wave to the peak A'-wave on the tissue Doppler imaging (PA-TDI), functional remodeling was assessed by the left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV), and structural remodeling was assessed by the left atrial volume index (LAVI). PA-TDI, LAAFV, and LAVI values were divided into tertiles, and their abilities to predict AF recurrence were assessed using Cox regression analysis. AF recurrence occurred in 39/105 (37.1%) patients. After adjustment for confounders, the rate of AF recurrence was significantly higher in the highest tertile of PA-TDI compared with the lowest tertile (≥151.3 msec vs. <131.0 msec; hazard ratio [HR]: 2.477, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.031-5.950; P = 0.042), and in the lowest tertile of LAAFV compared with the highest tertile (<48.5 cm/sec vs. ≥64.9 cm/sec; HR: 2.680, 95% CI: 1.136-6.318; P = 0.024). The risk of AF recurrence was also higher in the highest tertile of LAVI (≥34.2 mL/m(2) ) compared with the lowest tertile, but this difference was not significant (HR: 2.146, 95% CI: 0.834-5.523; P = 0.113). LAAFV (reflecting functional remodeling) and PA-TDI (reflecting electrical remodeling) are independent predictors of AF recurrence after RFCA for PAF. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Registration of three-dimensional left atrial computed tomographic images with projection images obtained using fluoroscopy.

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    Sra, Jasbir; Krum, David; Malloy, Angela; Vass, Melissa; Belanger, Barry; Soubelet, Elisabeth; Vaillant, Regis; Akhtar, Masood

    2005-12-13

    Anatomic structures such as the left atrium and the pulmonary veins (PVs) are not delineated by fluoroscopy because there is no contrast differentiation between them and the surrounding anatomy. Representation of an anatomic structure via a 3D model obtained from computed tomography (CT) imaging and subsequent projection of these images over the fluoroscopy system may help in navigation of the mapping and ablation catheter to the appropriate sites during electrophysiology procedures. In this feasibility study, in vitro experiments were performed with a plastic heart model (phantom) with 2 catheters or radiopaque platinum beads placed in the phantom at the time of CT imaging and fluoroscopy. Subsequently, 20 consecutive patients underwent contrast-enhanced, ECG-gated CT scanning. Left atrial volumes were generated from the reconstructed data at &75% of the R-R interval during the cardiac cycle. Similarly, the superior vena cava and the coronary sinus were also reconstructed from these images. During the electrophysiology procedure, digital records (cine sequences) were obtained. Using predetermined algorithms, both the phantom model and the patients' 3D left atrial models derived from the CT were registered with projection images of fluoroscopy. Registration was performed with a transformation that linked the superior vena cava and the coronary sinus from the CT model with a catheter placed inside the coronary sinus via the superior vena cava. Registration was successfully accomplished with the plastic phantom and in all 20 patients. Registration accuracy was assessed in the phantom by assessing the overlapping beads seen both in the CT and the fluoroscopy images. The mean registration error was 1.4 mm (range 0.9 to 2.3 mm). Accuracy of the registered images was assessed in patients with recordings from a basket catheter placed sequentially in the superior PVs and by injecting contrast into the PVs to assess overlapping of contrast-filled PVs with the corresponding

  10. Efficacy of Left Atrial Voltage-Based Catheter Ablation of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Yamaguchi, Takanori; Tsuchiya, Takeshi; Nakahara, Shiro; Fukui, Akira; Nagamoto, Yasutsugu; Murotani, Kenta; Eshima, Kenichi; Takahashi, Naohiko

    2016-09-01

    Low-voltage zones (LVZs) represent fibrotic tissue and are substrates for atrial fibrillation (AF). We hypothesized that LVZ-based substrate modification along with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) would improve outcomes in persistent AF (PeAF) patients with LVZs, whereas PVI alone would work in patients without LVZs. Voltage mapping of the left atrium (LA) was performed during sinus rhythm in 101 PeAF patients in whom LVZ was defined as an area with bipolar electrograms <0.5 mV. Thirty-nine patients had LVZs and underwent ablation of the entire LVZ area after PVI (LVZabl group). In the remaining 62 patients without LVZs, PVI alone was performed with no further substrate modifications (PVI group). An additional group of 16 consecutive PeAF patients with LVZ did not undergo any substrate modification after PVI and were used as a comparison group (LVZnon-abl group) despite having similar size of LVZs to that in the LVZabl group. After a single session, 28 (72%) patients in the LVZabl group had no recurrence, whereas 49 (79%) patients in the PVI group had no recurrence during 18 ± 7 months of follow-up (log-rank, P = 0.400). In the LVZnon-abl group, only 6 patients (38%) had no recurrence during 32 ± 7 months of follow-up, even after a mean number of sessions of 1.8 (log-rank, P < 0.001, compared with the LVZabl group). Additional LVZ-based substrate modification after PVI improved the outcome in PeAF patients with LVZs, whereas PVI alone worked in patients without LVZs, even in those with PeAF. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Investigating relationships between left atrial volume, symmetry, and sphericity

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    Menon, Prahlad G.; Nedios, Sotiris; Hindricks, Gerhard; Bollmann, Andreas

    2016-03-01

    Catheter ablation is a safe and effective therapy for drug-refractory patients symptomatic of atrial fibrillation (AF), with up to 80% of patients experiencing long-term arrhythmia-free survival. However, up to 20-40% of patients require more than one procedure in order to become arrhythmia-free. Therefore, appropriate patient selection is paramount to the effective implementation and long-term success of ablation therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In this study, as a precursor to evaluating clinical significance of specific LA shape metrics as pre-procedural predictors of AF recurrence following ablative pulmonary vein isolation therapy, we report on a computational geometric analysis in a pilot cohort evaluating relationships between various patient-specific metrics of LA shape which might have such predictive value. This study specifically is focused on establishing the relationship between LA volume and sphericity, using a novel methodology for computing atrial sphericity based on regional shape.

  12. Outcome of Concomitant Cox Maze Procedure with Narrow Mazes and Left Atrial Volume Reduction

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    Choi, Jong Bum; Kim, Jong Hun; Cha, Byong Ki

    2014-01-01

    Background To improve sinus rhythm conversion, the Cox maze III procedure with narrow mazes (width: ≤3.0 cm) was performed in combination with left atrial volume reduction. Methods From October 2007 to April 2013, 87 patients with atrial fibrillation (paroxysmal in 3, persistent in 14, and permanent in 70) underwent the Cox maze procedure concomitant with another cardiac procedure. They were followed-up with serial electrocardiographic and echocardiographic studies. We used 24-hour Holter monitoring tests to evaluate postoperatively symptomatic patients. Results At the mean follow-up time of 36.4 months, 81 patients (94.2%) had sinus rhythm and two were on anti-arrhythmic medication (one on a beta-blocker and the other on amiodarone). Five patients (5.8%) with postoperative recurrent and persistent atrial fibrillation never experienced sinus rhythm conversion; however, they did not require any medication for rate control. On postoperative echocardiography, the left atrial A waves were more frequently observed after concomitant mitral valve repair than after concomitant mitral valve replacement (82.4% vs. 40.4%, respectively; p<0.001). Conclusion For the Cox maze procedure, narrow mazes and atrial volume reduction resulted in excellent sinus rhythm conversion without the preventive use of anti-arrhythmic drugs, and they did not affect the presence of the left atrial A waves on echocardiography. PMID:25207244

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

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

    1993-11-01

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

  14. Association of Left Atrial Enlargement with Cortical Infarction in Subjects with Patent Foramen Ovale

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    Lee, Mi Ji; Park, Sung-Ji; Yoon, Chang Hyo; Hwang, Ji-won; Ryoo, Sookyung; Kim, Suk Jae; Kim, Gyeong-Moon; Chung, Chin-Sang; Lee, Kwang Ho; Bang, Oh Young

    2016-01-01

    Background and Purpose Left atrial dysfunction has been reported in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO). Here we investigated the role of left atrial dysfunction in the development of embolic stroke in patients with PFO. Methods We identified consecutive patients with embolic stroke of undetermined sources except for PFO (PFO+ESUS). Healthy subjects with PFO served as controls (PFO+control). A stratified analysis by 10-year age group and an age- and sex- matching analysis were performed to compare echocardiographic markers between groups. In the PFO+ESUS group, infarct patterns of PFO-related stroke were determined (cortical vs. cortico-subcortical) and analyzed in correlation with left atrial function parameters. Results A total of 118 patients and 231 controls were included. The left atrial volume indices (LAVIs) of the PFO+ESUS patients were higher than those of the PFO+controls in age groups of 40–49, 50–59, and 60–69 years (P<0.001, P=0.003, and P=0.027, respectively), and in the age- and sex-matched analysis (P=0.001). In the PFO+ESUS patients, a higher (>28 mL/m2) LAVI was more associated with the cortical infarct pattern (P=0.043 for an acute infarction and P=0.024 for a chronic infarction, both adjusted for age and shunt amount). The degree of right-to-left shunting was not associated with infarct patterns, but with the posterior location of acute infarcts (P=0.028). Conclusions Left atrial enlargement was associated with embolic stroke in subjects with PFO. Left atrial physiology might contribute to the development of PFO-related stroke and need to be taken into consideration for optimal prevention of PFO-related stroke. PMID:27733026

  15. Effects of two kinds of radio frequency ablations on morphology and function of left atrium in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Lin, Gang; Yang, Xiang-Jun

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to observe the effects of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) and CPVA combined with complex fractionated atrial electro-gram (CPVA+CFAE) on morphology and function of left atrium in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). To evaluate the effects of CPVA and CPVA+CFAE on morphology and function of left atrium, the left atrial volume and late diastolic velocity peak (Va) were determined by tissue Doppler imaging before and after CPVA and CPVA+CFAE, respectively. There was no statistical difference in the left atrial volume before and after CPVA. However, Va was significantly higher after CPVA (P=0.001). There was no statistical difference in both the left atrial volume and Va before and after CPVA+CFAE. Va after ablation was significantly higher in CPVA group than in CPVA+CFAE group (P=0.031). The left atrial function was significantly improved after CPVA, but CPVA+CFAE failed to markedly improve the left atrial function. This suggests that excessive atrial substrate ablation may damage the left atrial function.

  16. Q-I/IIA-OS formula for predicting left atrial pressure in mitral stenosis

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    Yiğitbaşi, Ömer; Nalbantgil, İstemi; Birand, Ahmet; Terek, Ahmet

    1970-01-01

    The relation of the phonocardiographic time intervals (Q-I) and (IIA-OS) and the use of two formulas (Q-I, IIA-OS difference versus their ratio) for estimation of left atrial pressure were investigated in 70 cases of pure mitral stenosis. It was noted that, in cases with normal blood pressure and pluse rate, there was a fair correlation of the two intervals to left atrial pressure. In our studies the best correlation was obtained by using the ratio of these two intervals (Q-I)/(IIA-OS). These results indicate that it is possible to use a new formula and equation that are dependable for phonocardiographic evaluation of left atrial pressure. PMID:5433316

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  18. Left Atrial Enlargement in Young High-Level Endurance Athletes – Another Sign of Athlete’s Heart?

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    Jędrzejewska, Ilona; Konopka, Marcin; Burkhard-Jagodzińska, Krystyna; Klusiewicz, Andrzej; Pokrywka, Andrzej; Chwalbińska, Jolanta; Sitkowski, Dariusz; Dłużniewski, Mirosław; Mamcarz, Artur; Braksator, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Enlargement of the left atrium is perceived as a part of athlete’s heart syndrome, despite the lack of evidence. So far, left atrial size has not been assessed in the context of exercise capacity. The hypothesis of the present study was that LA enlargement in athletes was physiological and fitness-related condition. In addition, we tried to assess the feasibility and normal values of left atrial strain parameters and their relationship with other signs of athlete’s heart. The study group consisted of 114 international-level rowers (17.5 ± 1.5 years old; 46.5% women). All participants underwent a cardio-pulmonary exercise test and resting transthoracic echocardiography. Beside standard echocardiographic measurements, two dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography was used to assess average peak atrial longitudinal strain, peak atrial contraction strain and early left atrial diastolic longitudinal strain. Mild, moderate and severe left atrial enlargement was present in 27.2°%, 11.4% and 4.4% athletes, respectively. There were no significant differences between subgroups with different range of left atrial enlargement in any of echocardiographic parameters of the left ventricle diastolic function, filling pressure or hypertrophy. A significant correlation was found between the left atrial volume index and maximal aerobic capacity (R > 0.3; p < 0.001). Left atrial strain parameters were independent of atrial size, left ventricle hypertrophy and left ventricle filling pressure. Decreased peak atrial longitudinal strain was observed in 4 individuals (3.5%). We concluded that LA enlargement was common in healthy, young athletes participating in endurance sport disciplines with a high level of static exertion and was strictly correlated with exercise capacity, therefore, could be perceived as another sign of athlete’s heart. PMID:28149413

  19. Antenatal diagnosis of left atrial isomerism and heterotaxy syndrome in fetus with Meckel-Gruber syndrome.

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    Kurtulmuş, Seçil; Demirpençe, Savaş; Can Öztekin, Deniz; Koç, Altuğ; Tavlı, Vedide

    2014-03-01

    We aimed to present a fetus with Meckel-Gruber syndrome (MKS) who had left atrial isomerism, heterotaxy syndrome and complete heart block. A 26-year-old healthy female was referred to our clinic in the 23rd week of her pregnancy. The fetus had multiple systemic anomalies including fetal heart. Fetal echocardiography revealed a horizontal liver, left-sided stomach and vena cava interruption with azygos continuation. There was also an apical trabecular ventricular septal defect, aorta and pulmonary artery arising from the left ventricle, pulmonary artery hypoplasia, pulmonary valve stenosis and left atrial isomerism. The heart rate was 46/min, consistent with third-degree atrioventricular block. Multiple anomalies including occipital encephalocele, bilateral polycystic kidneys, cleft lip, cleft palate, and polydactyly were also detected in the obstetric ultrasonography. The pregnancy was terminated in the 23rd gestational week based on the consensus of perinatology council. The autopsy examination confirmed the diagnosis of MKS, left atrial isomerism and heterotaxy syndrome. Although some cardiac defects have been reported previously in MKS fetuses, here we expand the cardiac spectrum of anomalies associated with MKS to include left atrial isomerism and heterotaxy syndrome.

  20. Box lesion in the open left atrium for surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Sternik, Leonid; Kogan, Alexander; Luria, David; Glikson, Michael; Malachy, Ateret; Levin, Shany; Raanani, Ehud

    2014-03-01

    Cut-and-sew maze with a box lesion around the pulmonary veins is currently the criterion standard procedure for surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation. Recently, we changed our technique from standard bilateral epicardial pulmonary vein isolation with interconnecting lesions to a box lesion procedure with a bipolar radiofrequency ablation device. Our study describes this technique. Between March 2009 and June 2012, we performed 90 ablations by the box technique with a bipolar radiofrequency device. Fifty-five patients (61%) had persistent atrial fibrillation, and 21 (23%) had long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. The left atriotomy was performed along the interatrial septum and the left atrial appendage amputated. The box was made by connecting the left atriotomy to the base of the amputated appendage with lines along the transverse and oblique sinuses by epicardial and endocardial application of a bipolar radiofrequency ablation device. The left atrial isthmus was ablated by cryoprobe. There were no ablation-related complications. The box was easy to perform, with no dissection around the pulmonary veins. At 6-month, 1-year, and 2-year follow-ups, 80 (94%), 69 (93%), and 47 (91%) patients, respectively, were in sinus rhythm. Freedoms from antiarrhythmic medications in patients in sinus rhythm at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years were 78%, 88%, and 85%, respectively. The box lesion provided excellent freedom from atrial fibrillation and may improve transmurality through ablation of 1 rather than 2 layers of atrial wall, as in epicardial pulmonary vein isolation. With the box lesion, dissection around the pulmonary veins is unnecessary. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Comparison of National Football League linemen versus nonlinemen of left ventricular mass and left atrial size.

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    Croft, Lori B; Belanger, Adam; Miller, Marc A; Roberts, Arthur; Goldman, Martin E

    2008-08-01

    Retired National Football League (NFL) linemen have higher cardiovascular mortality compared with nonlinemen. We examined echocardiographic characteristics of retired NFL linemen compared with nonlinemen to determine if position-dependent cardiac remodeling resulted in increased left ventricular (LV) mass and left atrial (LA) size. We performed echocardiography in 487 retired NFL football players. Demographic, medical, and professional career information was collected. Interventricular septal and posterior wall thickness, LV end diastolic diameter, and LA area were measured. Body mass index (BMI) and LV mass were calculated. Retired linemen had significantly higher LV mass (234.8 +/- 65.8 g) than nonlinemen (199.8 +/- 55.4 g, p <0.0001). LA area was higher in linemen versus nonlinemen (22.5 vs 20.1 cm(2), p <0.0001). Independent predictors of increased LV mass were BMI (p <0.003), linemen position (p <0.024), and systolic blood pressure (p <0.005). In former players with BMI <35 kg/m(2) there was a difference between linemen and nonlinemen in LV mass (219.9 +/- 44.3 vs 182.6 +/- 44.3 g, p = 0.004) and LV mass/height (114.3 +/- 23.5 vs 98.8 +/- 25.2 g/m, p = 0.005). In former players with BMI >35 kg/m(2), there was no difference. There was no difference in LA area between linemen and nonlinemen in both BMI groups. In conclusion, LV mass and LA area size were highest in retired linemen. Player BMI, position, and systolic blood pressure were significant predictors of LV mass. In retired linemen compared with retired nonlinemen, the persistence of these cardiac adaptations may contribute to the higher cardiovascular mortality seen in retired linemen.

  2. Noninvasive pacing study via pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators for differentiating right from left atrial flutter.

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    Burri, Haran; Zimmermann, Marc; Sunthorn, Henri; Al-Jefairi, Nora; Trentaz, Florence; Stettler, Carine; Gentil-Baron, Pascale; Shah, Dipen

    2015-06-01

    Patients with atrial flutter who are implanted with a pacemaker (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) present with the opportunity to perform a noninvasive pacing study (NIPS) using the right atrial pacing lead to differentiate right from left atrial flutter. The purpose of this study was to study the feasibility and accuracy of NIPS to distinguish right from left atrial flutter. We enrolled consecutive patients scheduled for an electrophysiological study or ablation procedure who were in atrial flutter and who were implanted with a PM or ICD with a functional atrial lead in the right atrial appendage. Flutter tachycardia cycle lengths (TCLs) and postpacing intervals (PPIs) were measured noninvasively via the device during the procedure. A total of 48 (67%) patients were studied. Right atrial flutter was present in 32 patients (of whom 29 had typical cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent flutter) and 16 (33%) patients had left atrial flutter. A PPI-TCL interval of >100 ms was 100% specific and 81% sensitive to identify left atrial flutter, with an overall accuracy of 94% and a c statistic of 0.94 (95% confidence interval 0.87-1.00). A PPI-TCL interval of ≤100 ms had a positive predictive value of 86% for diagnosing typical flutter. NIPS via PMs and ICDs with a PPI-TCL interval of >100 ms can reliably identify left atrial flutter (although we have only validated this cutoff for leads implanted in the right atrial appendage). This simple maneuver may allow planning for left-sided access and may avoid an unnecessary invasive electrophysiological study if left atrial flutter ablation is not to be considered. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Renal clearance studies of effect of left atrial distension in the dog.

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

    1972-01-01

    Investigation of the water diuresis of left atrial distension in 16 dogs on the basis of clearance studies employing hydration, chronic and acute salt loading, deoxycorticosterone (DOCA) in excess, and distal tubular nephron blockade with diuretics. The diuresis was found in hydrated and salt-loaded dogs and was independent of DOCA and presumed renin depletion. It was not found in five dogs after distal tubular blockade. No significant reproducible saluresis was ever documented. The water diuresis was always stopped by exogenous vasopressin (seven dogs). Antidiuretic hormone inhibition with distal tubular nephron water permeability changes appears to be the sole mechanism of the diuresis of left atrial distension in the dog.

  4. Myocardial infarct associated with a partial thickness left atrial tear in a dog with mitral insufficiency.

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    Sleeper, Meg M; Maczuzak, Meredith E; Bender, Susan J

    2015-09-01

    A 10-year-old male neutered cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a 1-year history of degenerative mitral valve disease presented for dyspnea and severe weakness. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, systolic dysfunction, presumptive myocardial infarction and a left atrial thrombus based on thoracic radiographs, electrocardiogram and echocardiographic findings. Clinical signs also suggested right foreleg embolism. The dog was euthanized due to the grave prognosis and a postmortem evaluation was performed. The postmortem examination confirmed myocardial infarction and was thought to be due to embolic showering from the thrombus attached to a partial thickness left atrial endocardial tear.

  5. Renal clearance studies of effect of left atrial distension in the dog.

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

    1972-01-01

    Investigation of the water diuresis of left atrial distension in 16 dogs on the basis of clearance studies employing hydration, chronic and acute salt loading, deoxycorticosterone (DOCA) in excess, and distal tubular nephron blockade with diuretics. The diuresis was found in hydrated and salt-loaded dogs and was independent of DOCA and presumed renin depletion. It was not found in five dogs after distal tubular blockade. No significant reproducible saluresis was ever documented. The water diuresis was always stopped by exogenous vasopressin (seven dogs). Antidiuretic hormone inhibition with distal tubular nephron water permeability changes appears to be the sole mechanism of the diuresis of left atrial distension in the dog.

  6. Left atrial myxoma detected after an initial diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica.

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    Mano, Yoshinori; Yoshizawa, Akihiro; Itabashi, Yuji; Ohki, Takahiro; Takahashi, Tatsuo; Mori, Mitsuharu; Shin, Hankei; Tanaka, Youichi

    2014-01-01

    We herein report the case of a 69-year-old woman with left atrial myxoma detected following treatment with glucocorticoids for an initial diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). The glucocorticoids markedly improved the patient's symptoms, and the tumor was excised after rapidly tapering the glucocorticoid dose. The PMR-like symptoms did not recur and the inflammatory marker levels returned to normal after surgery. The patient's clinical course indicated that the initial PMR-like symptoms were entirely caused by the left atrial myxoma. This case demonstrates that glucocorticoid treatment for suspected PMR can mask the symptoms of myxoma, leading to a delay in diagnosis.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Clinical impact of quantitative left atrial vortex flow analysis in patients with atrial fibrillation: a comparison with invasive left atrial voltage mapping.

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    Lee, Jung Myung; Hong, Geu-Ru; Pak, Hui-Nam; Shim, Chi Young; Houle, Helene; Vannan, Mani A; Kim, Minji; Chung, Namsik

    2015-08-01

    Recently, left atrial (LA) vortex flow analysis using contrast transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been shown to be feasible and has demonstrated significant differences in vortex flow morphology and pulsatility between normal subjects and patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the relationship between LA vortex flow and electrophysiological properties and the clinical significance of LA vortex flow are unknown. The aims of this study were (1) to compare LA vortex flow parameters with LA voltage and (2) to assess the predictive value of LA vortex flow parameters for the recurrence of AF after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Thirty-nine patients with symptomatic non-valvular AF underwent contrast TEE before undergoing RFCA for AF. Quantitative LA vortex flow parameters were analyzed by Omega flow (Siemens Medical Solution, Mountain View, CA, USA). The morphology and pulsatility of LA vortex flow were compared with electrophysiologic parameters that were measured invasively. Hemodynamic, electrophysiological, and vortex flow parameters were compared between patients with and without early recurrence of AF after RFCA. Morphologic parameters, including LA vortex depth, length, width, and sphericity index were not associated with LA voltage or hemodynamic parameters. The relative strength (RS), which represents the pulsatility power of LA, was positively correlated with LA voltage (R = 0.53, p = 0.01) and LA appendage flow velocity (R = 0.73, p < 0.001) and negatively correlated with LA volume index (R = -0.56, p < 0.001). Patients with recurrent AF after RFCA showed significantly lower RS (1.7 ± 0.2 vs 1.9 ± 0.4, p = 0.048) and LA voltage (0.9 ± 0.7 vs 1.7 ± 0.8, p = 0.004) than patients without AF recurrence. In the relatively small LA dimension group (LA volume index ≤ 33 ml/m(2)), RS was significantly lower (2.1 ± 0.3 vs 1.7 ± 0.1, p = 0.029) in patients with the recurrent AF. Quantitative LA vortex flow analysis, especially RS

  9. Computed tomography-fluoroscopy overlay evaluation during catheter ablation of left atrial arrhythmia.

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    Knecht, Sébastien; Skali, Hicham; O'Neill, Mark D; Wright, Matthew; Matsuo, Seiichiro; Chaudhry, Ghulam Muqtada; Haffajee, Charles I; Nault, Isabelle; Gijsbers, Geert H M; Sacher, Frederic; Laurent, Francois; Montaudon, Michel; Corneloup, Olivier; Hocini, Mélèze; Haïssaguerre, Michel; Orlov, Michael V; Jaïs, Pierre

    2008-08-01

    Proper visualization of left atrial (LA) and pulmonary vein (PV) anatomy is of crucial importance during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. This two-centre study evaluated a new automatic computed tomography (CT)-fluoroscopy overlay system (EP navigator, Philips Medical Systems, Best, The Netherlands) and the accuracy of different registration methods. Fifty-six consecutive patients (age: 56 +/- 14) with symptomatic AF underwent contrast CT of the LA/PV prior to ablation. Three registration methods were evaluated and validated by comparison with LA angiography: (i) catheter registration: the placement of catheters in identifiable anatomical structures; (ii) heart contour: based on aligning the fluoroscopy heart contours and the 3D-rendered CT volume; and (iii) spine registration: based on automatically aligning the segmented CT spine on fluoroscopy. Computed tomography segmentation was achieved in all but one patient due to motion artefacts. The mean duration of segmentation was 10 min and average registration lasted 7 min. Catheter and heart contour registration were highly accurate (discrepancy of 1.3 +/- 0.6 and 0.3 +/- 0.5 mm, respectively) when compared with spine registration (17 +/- 9 mm, P < 0.05). The EP navigator was helpful during trans-septal puncture, gave an internal view of the atria and allowed tracking of ablation lesions. The EP navigator enabled accurate live integration of CT images and real-time fluoroscopy. Registration utilizing catheter placement or heart contours was stable and reliable.

  10. Left Atrial Size and Long-Term Risk of Recurrent Stroke After Acute Ischemic Stroke in Patients With Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Ogata, Toshiyasu; Matsuo, Ryu; Kiyuna, Fumi; Hata, Jun; Ago, Tetsuro; Tsuboi, Yoshio; Kitazono, Takanari; Kamouchi, Masahiro

    2017-08-15

    Among patients with ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation, which ones are at high risk of recurrent stroke is unclear. This study aimed to determine whether left atrial size was associated with long-term risk of stroke recurrence in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. In this multicenter prospective cohort study, nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients hospitalized for acute ischemic stroke were enrolled and followed up after discharge. Indexed-left atrial diameter was obtained by dividing left atrial diameter by body surface area. Cause-specific and subdistribution hazard ratios of recurrent stroke were estimated by Cox proportional hazards and Fine-Gray models, respectively. Risk prediction was evaluated by integrated discrimination improvement and net reclassification improvement. In total, 1611 patients (77.8±10.2 [mean±SD] years, 44.5% female) were included. During follow-up for 2.40±1.63 (mean±SD) years, 251 patients had recurrent stroke and 514 patients died. An increased indexed-left atrial diameter (per 1 cm/m(2)) was significantly associated with elevated risk of stroke recurrence (hazard ratio 1.60, 95% CI 1.30-1.98). The association was maintained when death was regarded as the competing risk and in 1464 patients who were treated with anticoagulants (hazard ratio 1.59, 95% CI 1.27-2.00). Risk prediction for recurrent stroke was significantly improved by adding indexed-left atrial diameter to the baseline model composed of the factors in the CHADS2 score or those in the CHA2DS2-VASc score. These findings suggest that left atrial enlargement is associated with an increased risk of recurrent stroke in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients with ischemic stroke. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  11. Transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage: initial experience with the WATCHMAN device

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    Ding, Jiandong; Zhu, Jian; Lu, Jing; Ding, Xiuxia; Zhang, Xiaoli; Lu, Wenbin; Ao, Mingqiang; Ma, Genshan

    2015-01-01

    Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly encountered clinical arrhythmia, accounting for approximately one third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. In patients with non-valvular AF, approximately 90% of thrombi are thought to arise from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Anticoagulation with warfarin has been the mainstay of therapy to reduce stroke risk in these patients; however, it is not without its complications including bleeding and drug interactions. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure can be an alternative to warfarin treatment in patients with AF at high risk for thromboembolic events and/or bleeding complications. Methods: Patients with atrial fibrillation and CHADSVASc score ≥ 2, not eligible for anticoagulation, were submitted to left atrial appendage closure using the WATCHMAN device. The procedure was performed under general anaesthesia, and was guided by fluoroscopy and transoesophageal echocardiography. Results: Percutaneous LAA closure with the WATCHMAN device was performed in all patients. At 45-day follow-up no recurrent major adverse events and especially no thromboembolic events occurred. Conclusions: Transcatheter closure of the LAA with the WATCHMAN device is generally safe and feasible. Long-term follow-up will further reveal the risk and benefits of this therapy. PMID:26629008

  12. Intensity of Left Atrial Spontaneous Echo Contrast as a Correlate for Stroke Risk Stratification in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

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    Zhao, Yuanping; Ji, Lijing; Liu, Jian; Wu, Juefei; Wang, Yan; Shen, Shuxin; Guo, Shengcun; Jian, Rong; Chen, Gangbin; Wei, Xuan; Liao, Wangjun; Kutty, Shelby; Liao, Yulin; Bin, Jianping

    2016-01-01

    The intensity of left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (LASEC) by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been proposed as an important variable in the stratification of thromboembolic risk, particularly in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We hypothesized that the quantification of LASEC by ultrasound will improve its utility in predicting subsequent stroke events in patients with NVAF. Patients (n = 206) with definite NVAF receiving TEE were included for this prospective cohort study. Baseline clinical risk factors of stroke, CHADS2 score and CHA2DS2-Vasc, left atrial thrombus (LAT), the five-grades of LASEC and video intensity (VI) value of LASEC were measured. During 2 years follow-up, 20 patients (9.7%) developed stroke. VI value of LASEC in the patients with stroke was higher compared to patients without stroke (25.30 ± 3.61 vs. 8.65 ± 0.81, p < 0.001). On logistic regression analysis, LAT, qualitative LASEC, graded LASEC, VI value of LASEC and CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-Vasc score were independent predictors of stroke. Among them, the highest area under the curve of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) in predicting stroke was VI value of LASEC (p < 0.05). These results show that quantification of LASEC by VI value is the most favorable predictor of stroke in patients with NVAF, and calls for improving the utility of LASEC in predicting subsequent stroke events. PMID:27277939

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

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

    2014-01-01

    Cardioembolic events are one of the most feared complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and a formal contraindication to oral anticoagulation (OAC). The present case report describes a case of massive peripheral embolism after an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) shock in a patient with NVAF and a formal contraindication to OAC due to previous intracranial hemorrhage. In order to reduce the risk of future cardioembolic events, the patient underwent percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. A 25 mm Amplatzer™ Amulet was implanted and the patient was discharged the following day without complications. The potential risk of thrombus dislodgement after an electrical shock in patients with NVAF and no anticoagulation constitutes a particular scenario that might be associated with an additional cardioembolic risk. Although LAA occlusion is a relatively new technique, its usage is rapidly expanding worldwide and constitutes a very valid alternative for patients with NVAF and a formal contraindication to OAC. PMID:24772261

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

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

    2014-04-26

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

  15. Novel stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation: left atrial appendage occlusion with a focus on the Watchman closure device

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    Alipour, Arash; Wintgens, Lisette I S; Swaans, Martin J; Balt, Jippe C; Rensing, Benno J W M; Boersma, Lucas V A

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy. In this review, we discuss several LAA occlusion techniques with a focus on the Watchman device since this device is the most thoroughly studied device of all. PMID:28293114

  16. Anatomic relations between the esophagus and left atrium and relevance for ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Sánchez-Quintana, Damian; Cabrera, José Angel; Climent, Vicente; Farré, Jerónimo; Mendonça, Maria Cristina de; Ho, Siew Yen

    2005-09-06

    Esophageal injury is a potential complication after intraoperative or percutaneous transcatheter ablation of the posterior aspect of the left atrium. Understanding the spatial relations between the esophagus and the left atrium is essential to reduce risks. We examined by gross dissection the course of the esophagus in 15 cadavers. We measured the minimal distance of the esophageal wall to the endocardium of the left atrium with histological studies in 12 specimens. To measure the transmural thickness of the atrial wall, we sectioned another 30 human heart specimens in the sagittal plane at 3 different regions of the left atrium. The esophagus follows a variable course along the posterior aspect of the left atrium; its wall was <5 mm from the endocardium in 40% of specimens. The posterior left atrial wall has a variable thickness, being thickest adjacent to the coronary sinus and thinnest more superiorly. Behind is a layer of fibrous pericardium and fibrofatty tissue of irregular thickness that contains esophageal arteries of 0.4+/-0.2-mm external diameters. The nonuniform thickness of the posterior left atrial wall and the variable fibrofatty layer between the wall and the esophagus are risk factors that must be considered during ablation procedure. Esophageal arteries and vagus nerve plexus on the anterior surface of the esophagus may be affected by ablative procedures.

  17. Cost-effectiveness analysis of left atrial appendage occlusion compared with pharmacological strategies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

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    Lee, Vivian Wing-Yan; Tsai, Ronald Bing-Ching; Chow, Ines Hang-Iao; Yan, Bryan Ping-Yen; Kaya, Mehmet Gungor; Park, Jai-Wun; Lam, Yat-Yin

    2016-08-31

    Transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a promising therapy for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) but its cost-effectiveness remains understudied. This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of LAAO for stroke prophylaxis in NVAF. A Markov decision analytic model was used to compare the cost-effectiveness of LAAO with 7 pharmacological strategies: aspirin alone, clopidogrel plus aspirin, warfarin, dabigatran 110 mg, dabigatran 150 mg, apixaban, and rivaroxaban. Outcome measures included quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), lifetime costs and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs). Base-case data were derived from ACTIVE, RE-LY, ARISTOTLE, ROCKET-AF, PROTECT-AF and PREVAIL trials. One-way sensitivity analysis varied by CHADS2 score, HAS-BLED score, time horizons, and LAAO costs; and probabilistic sensitivity analysis using 10,000 Monte Carlo simulations was conducted to assess parameter uncertainty. LAAO was considered cost-effective compared with aspirin, clopidogrel plus aspirin, and warfarin, with ICER of US$5,115, $2,447, and $6,298 per QALY gained, respectively. LAAO was dominant (i.e. less costly but more effective) compared to other strategies. Sensitivity analysis demonstrated favorable ICERs of LAAO against other strategies in varied CHADS2 score, HAS-BLED score, time horizons (5 to 15 years) and LAAO costs. LAAO was cost-effective in 86.24 % of 10,000 simulations using a threshold of US$50,000/QALY. Transcatheter LAAO is cost-effective for prevention of stroke in NVAF compared with 7 pharmacological strategies. The transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is considered cost-effective against the standard 7 oral pharmacological strategies including acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) alone, clopidogrel plus ASA, warfarin, dabigatran 110 mg, dabigatran 150 mg, apixaban, and rivaroxaban for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation management.

  18. [Open heart radio frequency left atrial compartmentation during mitral valve surgery: an alternative to the labyrinth procedure?].

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    Schläpfer, J; Ruchat, P; Delabays, A; Hurni, M; Milne, J; von Segesser, L K

    2002-04-01

    The authors report their experience of radiofrequency left atrial compartimentation during open heart mitral valve surgery on 37 patients with a 42 +/- 12 months history of atrial fibrillation. The preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction was 62 +/- 8%; the left atrial diameter was 59 +/- 11 mm. The mean operative time was 245 +/- 60 minutes, which included 19 +/- 5 minutes for the ablation procedure. There were 2 early postoperative deaths and 2 deaths from non-cardiac causes at 3 and 6 months. The left ventricular ejection fraction and left atrial dimension were significantly decreased at the time of hospital discharge (54 +/- 12% and 51 +/- 7 mm respectively) (p < 0.01). After an average follow-up of 1 year, 81% of patients were free of atrial fibrillation: 6 patients had undergone DC cardioversion and 1 had a dual-chamber pacemaker. Patients in sinus rhythm after the ablation were associated with shorter periods of atrial fibrillation and smaller left atrial dimensions postoperatively than those who remained in fibrillation. The authors conclude that radiofrequency compartimentation of the left atrium associated with antiarrhythmic therapy can interrupt atrial fibrillation in 81% of patients at 1 year: the ablation procedure takes only 8% of the operation time. Predictive factors of success of ablation should be defined to determine which patients benefit most from this technique.

  19. Imaging of thrombi and assessment of left atrial appendage function: a prospective study comparing transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography

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    Omran, H; Jung, W; Rabahieh, R; Wirtz, P; Becher, H; Illien, S; Schimpf, R; Luderitz, B

    1999-01-01

    Objective—To compare the value of current transthoracic echocardiographic systems and transoesophageal echocardiography for assessing left atrial appendage function and imaging thrombi.
Design—Single blind prospective study. Patients were first investigated by transthoracic echocardiography and thereafter by a second investigator using transoesophageal echocardiography. The feasibility of imaging the left atrial appendage, recording its velocities, and identifying thrombi within the appendage were determined by both methods.
Patients—117 consecutive patients with a stroke or transient neurological deficit.
Setting—Tertiary cardiac and neurological care centre.
Results—Imaging of the complete appendage was feasible in 75% of the patients by transthoracic echocardiography and in 95% by transoesophageal echocardiography. Both methods were concordant for the detection of thrombi in 10 cases. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed two additional thrombi. In one of these patients, transthoracic echocardiography was not feasible and in the other the thrombus had been missed by transthoracic examination. In patients with adequate transthoracic echogenicity, the specificity and sensitivity of detecting left atrial appendage thrombi were 100% and 91%, respectively. Recording of left atrial appendage velocities by transthoracic echocardiography was feasible in 69% of cases. None of the patients with a velocity > 0.3 m/s had left atrial appendage thrombi. In the one patient in whom transthoracic echocardiographic evaluation missed a left atrial appendage thrombus, the peak emptying velocity of the left atrial appendage was 0.25 m/s.
Conclusions—A new generation echocardiographic system allows for the transthoracic detection of left atrial appendage thrombi and accurate determination of left atrial appendage function in most patients with a neurological deficit.

 Keywords: echocardiography; left atrial appendage thrombi; stroke; thromboembolism

  20. Direct transatrial pericardiocentesis for tamponade caused by left atrial perforation after trans-septal puncture.

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    Picard, Fabien; Millán, Xavier; de Hemptinne, Quentin; L L'allier, Philippe

    2016-07-07

    Trans-septal puncture is associated with risks of serious complications. We report a case of an obese 52-year-old man with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who underwent preoperative coronary angiography and cardiac catheterisation complicated by left atrial perforation. We describe a direct transatrial pericardiocentesis approach to treating cardiac tamponade.

  1. Optimizing the exposure in minimally invasive mitral surgery: a new left atrial retractor system

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    Rose, David; Irace, Francesco; Frati, Giacomo

    2016-01-01

    Optimal exposure of the mitral valve is paramount in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and a prerequisite for successful mitral valve repair or replacement. We report the concept of a new left atrial retractor (Karl Storz GmbH, Tuttlingen, Germany) dedicated to MIS. The effectiveness of the device was evaluated in a prospective series of 40 patients successfully operated at our institution. PMID:28149570

  2. Left atrial minimum volume and reservoir function as correlates of left ventricular diastolic function: impact of left ventricular systolic function

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    Russo, Cesare; Jin, Zhezhen; Homma, Shunichi; Rundek, Tatjana; Elkind, Mitchell S V; Sacco, Ralph L; Di Tullio, Marco R

    2012-01-01

    Objective Left atrial (LA) maximum volume (LAVmax) is an indicator of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. However, LAVmax is also influenced by systolic events, whereas the LA minimum volume (LAVmin) is directly exposed to LV pressure. The authors hypothesised that LAVmin may be a better correlate of LV diastolic function than LAVmax. Design Cross-sectional. Setting University hospital. Patients 357 participants from a community-based cohort study. Methods LA volumes and reservoir function, measured as total LA emptying volume (LAEV) and LA emptying fraction (LAEF), were assessed by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography. LV diastolic function was assessed by trans-mitral early (E) and late (A) Doppler velocities and mitral early diastolic velocity by tissue-Doppler (e′). LV systolic function was assessed by LV ejection fraction (LVEF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) by speckle-tracking. Results LAVmin significantly increased with worsening diastolic dysfunction (p<0.001), whereas the increase in LAVmax was less pronounced (p=0.07). LAEV and LAEF decreased with worsening diastolic dysfunction (both p<0.001). In linear regressions, LAVmin and LAVmax were significant predictors of E/e′, with higher parameter estimates for LAVmin. In multivariate models, LAVmin resulted strongly associated with E/e′ (β=0.45, p<0.001), whereas LAVmax was not (β=− 0.16, p=0.08). LA reservoir function was better associated with GLS than LVEF. In multivariate analyses, GLS was significantly associated with LAVmax (β=− 0.15, p=0.002), LAEV (β=−0.37, p<0.001) and LAEF (β=−0.28, p<0.001) but not with LAVmin. Conclusions LAVmin is a better correlate of LV diastolic function than LAVmax. The impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LA reservoir function might explain the weaker relation between LAVmax and LV diastolic function. PMID:22543839

  3. Compensatory increase of left atrial external work to left ventricular dysfunction caused by afterload increase.

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    Inoue, Katsuji; Asanuma, Toshihiko; Masuda, Kasumi; Sakurai, Daisuke; Higaki, Jitsuo; Nakatani, Satoshi

    2015-04-15

    Afterload mismatch can cause acute decompensation leading to an occurrence of acute heart failure. We investigated how the left atrium (LA) and left ventricle (LV) react to acute increases in afterload using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). LA strain and volume were obtained by STE in 10 dogs during banding of descending aorta (AoB). Simultaneously, LA pressure was measured by a micromanometer-tipped catheter. LA peak negative strain during LA contraction, strain change during LA relaxation (early reservoir strain), and that during LA dilatation (late reservoir strain) were obtained from LA longitudinal strain-volume curves. From pressure-strain curves, the areas of A-loop and V-loops were computed as the work during active contraction and relaxation (A-work) and that during passive filling and emptying (V-work). AoB increased LV systolic pressure (105 ± 15 vs. 163 ± 12 mmHg, P < 0.01) and mean LA pressure (3.8 ± 1.2 vs. 7.1 ± 2.0 mmHg, P < 0.01). LV global circumferential strain decreased (-18.8 ± 3.5 vs. -13.2 ± 3.5%, P < 0.01), but LV stroke volume was maintained (8.4 ± 2.3 vs. 9.6 ± 3.6 ml). LA peak negative strain (-2.9 ± 2.3 vs. -9.8 ± 4.0%, P < 0.01) and early reservoir strain (4.5 ± 2.1 vs. 7.7 ± 2.4%, P < 0.05) increased by AoB, but late reservoir strain did not change (8.9 ± 3.4 vs. 6.1 ± 3.4%). A-work significantly increased (3.2 ± 2.0 vs. 19.2 ± 15.1 mmHg %, P < 0.01), whereas V-work did not change (13.3 ± 7.1 vs. 13.1 ± 7.7 mmHg %). In conclusion, LA external work during active contraction and relaxation increased as compensation for LV dysfunction during aortic banding. Atrial dysfunction may lead failure of this mechanism and hemodynamic decompensation.

  4. Right-to-left frequency gradient during atrial fibrillation initiated by right atrial ectopies and its augmentation by adenosine triphosphate: Implications of right atrial fibrillation.

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    Hasebe, Hideyuki; Yoshida, Kentaro; Iida, Masataka; Hatano, Naoki; Muramatsu, Toshiro; Aonuma, Kazutaka

    2016-02-01

    A left-to-right dominant frequency (DF) gradient commonly exists in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). AF initiated by right atrial (RA) ectopy (AF-RAE) is rare. This study aimed to investigate characteristics of AF-RAE using pharmacological maneuvers and spectral analysis. Seventy-nine consecutive patients referred for catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF were enrolled. Infusions of isoproterenol and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) were used to induce AF. Patients with AF-RAE and patients with AF initiated only by pulmonary vein (PV) ectopies were classified into the RA-ectopy group (n = 7[9%]) and PV-ectopy group (n = 32[41%]), respectively. ATP was also injected during ongoing AF to unmask the driver of AF. High RA, coronary sinus, and PV-left atrial junction electrograms and electrocardiogram lead V1 underwent spectral analyses. Patients in the RA-ectopy group were younger (51 ± 13 years vs 63 ± 7 years; P = .01) and more commonly had a family history of AF (71% vs 9%; P < .001) than patients in the PV-ectopy group. There was a baseline right-to-left DF gradient in the RA-ectopy group (PV-left atrial junction: 6.0 ± 0.4 Hz; coronary sinus: 5.7 ± 0.6 Hz; RA: 7.3 ± 0.8 Hz; P < .05) in contrast to a left-to-right DF gradient in the PV-ectopy group (5.9 ± 0.8, 5.3 ± 0.7, 5.2 ± 0.8 Hz; P < .01). ATP injection predominantly increased the DF of the high RA in the RA-ectopy group and augmented a right-to-left DF gradient (7.9 ± 1.8, 7.6 ± 1.0, 10.7 ± 0.7 Hz; P < .001), whereas it augmented a left-to-right DF gradient in the PV-ectopy group (7.9 ± 1.0, 6.4 ± 0.5, 6.6 ± 1.2 Hz; P < .05). A rare type of paroxysmal AF initiated by RA ectopy may be maintained by a reentrant driver localized in the RA (so-called RA fibrillation). Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Type 2 Diabetes Induces Prolonged P-wave Duration without Left Atrial Enlargement.

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    Li, Bin; Pan, Yilong; Li, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    Prolonged P-wave duration has been observed in diabetes. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The aim of this study was to elucidate the possible mechanisms. A rat model of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) was used. P-wave durations were obtained using surface electrocardiography and sizes of the left atrium were determined using echocardiography. Cardiac inward rectifier K(+) currents (Ik1), Na(+) currents (INa), and action potentials were recorded from isolated left atrial myocytes using patch clamp techniques. Left atrial tissue specimens were analyzed for total connexin-40 (Cx40) and connexin-43 (Cx43) expression levels on western-blots. Specimens were also analyzed for Cx40 and Cx43 distribution and interstitial fibrosis by immunofluorescent and Masson trichrome staining, respectively. The mean P-wave duration was longer in T2DM rats than in controls; however, the mean left atrial sizes of each group of rats were similar. The densities of Ik1 and INa were unchanged in T2DM rats compared to controls. The action potential duration was longer in T2DM rats, but there was no significant difference in resting membrane potential or action potential amplitude compared to controls. The expression level of Cx40 protein was significantly lower, but Cx43 was unaltered in T2DM rats. However, immunofluorescent labeling of Cx43 showed a significantly enhanced lateralization. Staining showed interstitial fibrosis was greater in T2DM atrial tissue. Prolonged P-wave duration is not dependent on the left atrial size in rats with T2DM. Dysregulation of Cx40 and Cx43 protein expression, as well as fibrosis, might partly account for the prolongation of P-wave duration in T2DM.

  6. Percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage in patients with diabetes mellitus.

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    Azizy, Obayda; Rammos, Christos; Lehmann, Nils; Rassaf, Tienush; Kälsch, Hagen

    2017-09-01

    Left atrial appendage closure is a preventive treatment of atrial fibrillation-related thrombo-embolism. Patients with diabetes mellitus have increased risk for a negative outcome in percutaneous cardiac interventions. We assessed whether percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is safe and effective in patients with diabetes mellitus. We included 78 patients (mean age of 74.4 ± 8.3 years) with indication for left atrial appendage closure in an open-label observational single-centre study. Patients with diabetes mellitus ( n = 31) were at higher thrombo-embolic and bleeding risk (CHA2DS2-VASc: 4.5 ± 0.9, HAS-BLED: 4.7 ± 0.7) compared to patients without diabetes mellitus ( n = 47, CHA2DS2-VASc: 3.5 ± 1.0, HAS-BLED: 4.1 ± 0.8; p < 0.001 for both). Pre- and periprocedural risk was elevated in patients with diabetes mellitus (Euro II-Score: 6.6 ± 3.7 vs 3.9 ± 1.9, p < 0.01; Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)-Score: 4.0 ± 2.5 vs 2.6 ± 1.2, p < 0.01). Procedural success was similar. Periprocedural major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events occurred in one patient from the control group (2.1%), whereas patients with diabetes mellitus had no events ( p = 0.672). Follow-up of 6 months revealed no bleeding complication in both groups. No stroke occurred in follow-up, and left atrial appendage flow velocity reduction (55.6 ± 38.6 vs 51.4 ± 19.1 cm/s, p = 0.474) and rate of postinterventional leakage in the left atrial appendage were comparable (0% vs 2.1%, p = 0.672). Despite patients with diabetes mellitus are high-risk patients, the outcome of percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is similar to patients without diabetes mellitus.

  7. Left Atrial Mechanical Function and Aortic Stiffness in Middle-aged Patients with the First Episode of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Kılıcgedik, Alev; Ç Efe, Suleyman; Gürbüz, Ahmet S; Acar, Emrah; Yılmaz, Mehmet F; Erdoğan, Aslan; Kahveci, Gökhan; Izgi, Ibrahim A; Kirma, Cevat

    2017-01-01

    Background: In the early stages of atrial remodeling, aortic stiffness might be an indication of an atrial myopathy, in particular, atrial fibrosis. This study aimed to investigate the association between left atrial (LA) mechanical function, assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, and aortic stiffness in middle-aged patients with the first episode of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: This prospective study included 34 consecutive patients with the first episode of AF, who were admitted to Kartal Koşuyolu Research and Training Hospital between May 2013 and October 2015, and 31 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. During the 1st month (mostly in the first 2 weeks) following their first admission, 34 patients underwent the first pulse wave measurements. Then, 21 patients were recalled for their second pulse wave measurement at 11.8 ± 6.0 months following their initial admission. Echocardiographic and pulse wave findings were compared between these 34 patients and 31 healthy controls. We also compared the pulse wave and echocardiographic findings between the first and second measurements in 21 patients. Results: Pulse wave analysis showed no significant differences between the AF patients and healthy controls with respect to PWV (10.2 ± 2.5 m/s vs. 9.7 ± 2.1 m/s; P = 0.370), augmentation pressure (9.6 ± 7.4 mmHg vs. 9.1 ± 5.7 mmHg; P = 0.740), and aortic pulse pressure (AoPP; 40.4 ± 14.0 mmHg vs. 42.1 ± 7.6 mmHg, P = 0.550). The first LA positive peak of strain was inversely related to the augmentation pressure (r = −0.30; P = 0.02) and aortic systolic pressure (r = −0.26, P = 0.04). Comparison between the two consecutive pulse wave measurements in 21 patients showed similar results, except for AoPP. In 21 patients, the AoPP at the second measurement (45.1 ± 14.1 mmHg) showed a significant increase compared with AoPP at the first measurement (39.0 ± 10.6 mmHg, P = 0.028), which was also higher than that of healthy

  8. Efficacy and safety of novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation with pulmonary vein isolation in sustained atrial fibrillation.

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    Jiang, Zhaolei; Yin, Hang; He, Yi; Ma, Nan; Tang, Min; Liu, Hao; Ding, Fangbao; Mei, Ju

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of this novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation (CLAA) with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in sustained atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty domestic pigs were divided equally into 3 groups: AF without ablation (AF group), AF with PVI (PVI group), and AF with CLAA and PVI (CLAA + PVI group). AF was induced by rapid atrial pacing. After AF was induced, CLAA and PVI were performed for pigs in CLAA + PVI group, and PVI was performed for pigs in PVI group. AF vulnerability, AF duration, and histology were performed in all groups. All pigs developed sustained AF after 6.27 ± 0.69 weeks of rapid atrial pacing. All pigs successfully underwent isolated PVI or CLAA with PVI on the beating heart in PVI group or CLAA + PVI group. Isolated PVI terminated AF in 3 of 20 pigs (15 %), and CLAA with PVI terminated AF in 5 of 8 pigs (62.5 %, P = 0.022). Compared with AF group (10/10), the incidence of sustained AF by burst pacing was significantly decreased in PVI group (3/10, P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (0/10, P < 0.001). There was no significant difference between PVI group and CLAA + PVI group (P = 0.211). AF duration was significantly decreased in CLAA + PVI group (734.70 ± 177.81 s, 95 % CI 607.51-861.89) compared with PVI group (1217.90 ± 444.10 s, 95 % CI 900.21-1535.59, P = 0.008). Also, AF duration was significantly decreased in PVI group (P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (P < 0.001) in comparison with AF duration in AF group (average 1800 s). Epicardial CLAA could ablate the left atrial roof and posterior wall together safely and reliably. Compared with PVI alone, CLAA with PVI may be able to improve the rate of acute termination of persistent AF. It may be useful in selecting the best ablation approaches for patients with persistent AF.

  9. Relation between Left Atrial Remodeling in Young Patients with Cryptogenic Stroke and Normal Inter-atrial Anatomy

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    Vural, Mustafa Gökhan; Cetin, Suha; Yilmaz, Murat; Akdemir, Ramazan; Gunduz, Huseyin

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose To investigate an association between left atrial (LA) structural and P wave dispersion (PWD) during sinus rhythm, and electrical remodeling in cryptogenic stroke (CS) patients. Methods Forty CS patients and 40 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled. P wave calculations were based on 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) at a 50-mm/s-paper speed with an amplitude of 10 mm/mV. Difference between the maximum and minimum P wave duration was the P wave dispersion (PWD=Pmax-Pmin). LA deformation was evaluated by speckle tracking echocardiography within 3 days of the acute event. Results PWD was 30.1±7.0 ms and 27.4±3.5 ms in CS and control group (P=0.02), whereas LA maximum volume index [LAVImax] was 20.4±4.5 mL/m2 and 19.9±2.4 mL/m2 in CS and control group, respectively (P = 0.04). While global peak LA strain was [pLA-S] (LA reservoir function) 41.4 ± 6.3% and 44.5 ± 7.1% in CS and control group, (P = 0.04), global peak late diastolic strain rate values [pLA-SRa] (LA pump function) were 2.5 ± 0.4% and 2.9 ± 0.5% in CS and control group, respectively (P = 0.001). A mild and a strong negative correlation between global pLA-S and LAVImax (r=-0.49; P<0.01), and between PWD and global pLA-S (r = -0.52; P < 0.01), respectively, was observed in CS. Conclusions Increased PWD is associated with impaired LA mechanical functions and enlargement, and involved in the pathophysiology of AF or an AF-like physiology in CS. PMID:26437996

  10. Early results of first versus second generation Amplatzer occluders for left atrial appendage closure in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Gloekler, Steffen; Shakir, Samera; Doblies, Janosch; Khattab, Ahmed A; Praz, Fabien; Guerios, Ênio; Koermendy, Dezsoe; Stortecky, Stefan; Pilgrim, Thomas; Buellesfeld, Lutz; Wenaweser, Peter; Windecker, Stephan; Moschovitis, Aris; Jaguszewski, Milosz; Landmesser, Ulf; Nietlispach, Fabian; Meier, Bernhard

    2015-08-01

    Transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion has been proven to be an effective treatment for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. For this purpose, the Amplatzer cardiac plug (ACP) was introduced. Its second generation, the Amulet, was developed for easier delivery, better coverage, and reduction of complications. To investigate the safety and efficacy of first generation versus second generation Amplatzer occluders for LAA occlusion. Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from the LAA occlusion registries of the Bern and Zurich university hospitals. Comparison of the last consecutive 50 ACP cases versus the first consecutive 50 Amulet cases in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. For safety, a periprocedural combined endpoint, which is composed of death, stroke, cardiac tamponade, and bailout by surgery was predefined. For efficacy, the endpoint was procedural success. There were no differences between the two groups in baseline characteristics. The percentage of associated interventions during LAA occlusion was high in (78% with ACP vs. 70% with Amulet p = ns). Procedural success was similar in both groups (98 vs. 94%, p = 0.61). The combined safety endpoint for severe adverse events was reached by a similar rate of patients in both groups (6 vs. 8%, p = 0.7). Overall complication rate was insignificantly higher in the ACP group, which was mainly driven by clinically irrelevant pericardial effusions (24 vs. 14%, p = 0.31). Death, stroke, or tamponade were similar between the groups (0 vs. 2%, 0 vs. 0%, or 6 vs. 6%, p = ns). Transcatheter LAA occlusion for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation can be performed with similarly high success rates with first and second generations of Amplatzer occluders. According to this early experience, the Amulet has failed to improve results of LAA occlusion. The risk for major procedural adverse events is acceptable but has to be taken into account when

  11. Left atrial reservoir function predicts atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation: a two-dimensional speckle strain study

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    Mirza, Mahek; Caracciolo, Giuseppe; Khan, Uzma; Mori, Naoyo; Saha, Samir K.; Srivathsan, Komandoor; Altemose, Gregory; Scott, Luis; Sengupta, Partho

    2011-01-01

    Background Predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after catheter ablation (CA) are not fully defined. We hypothesized that 2D left atrial (LA) regional strain maps would help identify abnormal atrial substrate that increases susceptibility to AF recurrence post-CA. Methods and Results Sixty-three patients (63±10 years, 60% male) underwent CA for symptomatic paroxysmal (75%) or persistent (25%) AF. Baseline LA mechanical function determined using speckle tracking echocardiography was compared between those with AF recurrence (AFR) and no recurrence post-CA. Bi-dimensional global and regional maps of LA wall velocity, strain, and strain rate (SR) were obtained during end ejection and early diastole. After 18±12 months of follow-up, 34 patients were free of AFR post-CA. There were no differences in clinical characteristics, LA and LV volumes, and Doppler estimates of LV diastolic function and filling pressures at baseline between patients with recurrent AF and those that maintained sinus rhythm. However, the LA emptying fraction (55±17% vs. 64±14%, p=0.04), global and regional systolic and diastolic strains, SR, and velocities were reduced in patients with recurrent AF. There was marked attenuation of peak LA lateral wall longitudinal strain (LS; 11±7% vs. 20±14%, p=0.007) and SR (0.9±0.4 vs. 1.3±0.6 s−1, p=0.01). Multivariate analysis revealed lateral wall LS (odds ratio=1.15, 95% CI=1.02–1.28, p=0.01) as an independent predictor of AFR. Conclusions Regional LA lateral wall LS is a pre-procedural determinant of AFR in patients undergoing CA, independent of LA enlargement. Characterization of atrial myocardial tissue properties by speckle tracking echo may aid the appropriate selection of adjunctive strategies and prognostication of patients undergoing CA. PMID:21424845

  12. Mitral valve regurgitation due to annular dilatation caused by a huge and floating left atrial myxoma

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    Ersoy, Burak; Yeniterzi, Mehmet

    2015-01-01

    We describe a case of mitral valve annular dilatation caused by a huge left atrial myxoma obstructing the mitral valve orifice. A 50-year-old man presenting with palpitation was found to have a huge left atrial myxoma protruding into the left ventricle during diastole, causing severe mitral regurgitation. The diagnosis was made with echocardiogram. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a solid mass of 75 × 55 mm. During operation, the myxoma was completely removed from its attachment in the atrium. We preferred to place a mechanical heart valve after an annuloplasty ring because of severely dilated mitral annulus and chordae elongation. The patient had an uneventful recovery. Our case suggests that immediate surgery, careful evaluation of mitral valve annulus preoperatively is recommended. PMID:26702283

  13. Mitral valve regurgitation due to annular dilatation caused by a huge and floating left atrial myxoma.

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    Kaya, Mehmet; Ersoy, Burak; Yeniterzi, Mehmet

    2015-09-01

    We describe a case of mitral valve annular dilatation caused by a huge left atrial myxoma obstructing the mitral valve orifice. A 50-year-old man presenting with palpitation was found to have a huge left atrial myxoma protruding into the left ventricle during diastole, causing severe mitral regurgitation. The diagnosis was made with echocardiogram. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a solid mass of 75 × 55 mm. During operation, the myxoma was completely removed from its attachment in the atrium. We preferred to place a mechanical heart valve after an annuloplasty ring because of severely dilated mitral annulus and chordae elongation. The patient had an uneventful recovery. Our case suggests that immediate surgery, careful evaluation of mitral valve annulus preoperatively is recommended.

  14. Left atrial strain as evaluated by two-dimensional speckle tracking predicts left atrial appendage dysfunction in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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    Sasaki, Shintaro; Watanabe, Tetsu; Tamura, Harutoshi; Nishiyama, Satoshi; Wanezaki, Masahiro; Sato, Chika; Yamaura, Gensai; Ishino, Mitsunori; Arimoto, Takanori; Takahashi, Hiroki; Shishido, Tetsuro; Miyamoto, Takuya; Kubota, Isao

    2014-12-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) dysfunction predisposes patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) to cardioembolic stroke. Two-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking was reported to be useful for evaluating left atrial (LA) regional function, as well as left ventricular function. However, it remains unclear whether 2D speckle tracking is useful for evaluating LAA dysfunction. Therefore, we investigated whether decreased LA strain may predict LAA dysfunction and thrombus formation in patients with acute ischemic stroke. We performed transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in 120 patients (83 males, mean age 72 ± 11 years) within 7 days of onset of an acute ischemic stroke. Longitudinal LA strain was evaluated using 2D speckle tracking imaging at each LA segment, and peak systolic strain was calculated by averaging the results for each segment. Forty-eight patients had LAA dysfunction as defined by the presence of LAA thrombus and/or severe spontaneous echo contrast. LA peak systolic strain was significantly decreased in patients with LAA dysfunction compared to those without (32.3 ± 13.7% vs. 12.1 ± 7.2%, p < 0.0001). LA peak systolic strain was significantly correlated with LAA emptying flow velocity (r = 0.693, p < 0.0001). The optimum LA peak systolic strain cut-off value for predicting LAA dysfunction was 19%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that LA peak systolic strain was an independent predictor of LAA dysfunction (odds ratio 0.059, 95% confidence interval 0.018-0.146; p < 0.0001). Decreased LA peak systolic strain was independently associated with LAA dysfunction in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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

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

    2017-09-12

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

  16. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure devices: safety, efficacy, and clinical utility

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    Swaans, Martin J; Wintgens, Lisette IS; Alipour, Arash; Rensing, Benno JWM; Boersma, Lucas VA

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia treated in the clinical practice. One of the major complications of AF is a thromboembolic cerebral ischemic event. Up to 20% of all strokes are caused by AF. Thromboembolic cerebral ischemic event in patients with AF occurs due to atrial thrombi, mainly from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Prevention of clot formation with antiplatelet agents and especially oral anticoagulants (vitamin K antagonists or newer oral anticoagulants) has been shown to be effective in reducing the stroke risk in patients with AF but has several drawbacks with (major) bleedings as the most important disadvantage. Therefore, physical elimination of the LAA, which excludes the site of clot formation by surgical or percutaneous techniques, might be a good alternative. In this review, we discuss the safety, efficacy, and clinical utility of the Watchman™ LAA closure device. PMID:27621674

  17. Radiofrequency Ablation of Left Atrial Reentrant Tachycardias in Rheumatic Mitral Valve Disease: A Case Series.

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    Prabhu, Mukund A; Thajudeen, Anees; Vk, Ajit Kumar; J, Tharakan; B V, Prasad Srinivas; Namboodiri, Narayanan

    2017-01-01

    Left atrial (LA) reentrant tachycardias are not uncommon in regions where rheumatic heart disease is prevalent. Some of these arrhythmias may be curable by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). However, there are limited data pertaining to this in existing literature. Three patients who had rheumatic mitral valve disease with past history of surgical-/catheter-based intervention and having no significant residual disease had symptomatic atrial flutter despite optimal medical management. An electrophysiological study confirmed an LA focal/micro-reentrant mechanism in all. There was patchy scarring of the LA, and successful RFA of these arrhythmias could be achieved. The focal nature of the scar in these patients may suggest that the rheumatic involvement of the atrium or the hemodynamic consequence of the vulvar lesion causes nonuniform insult to the atrial tissue and limited scar. At least in some patients with limited scarring, early RFA may help in the maintenance of sinus rhythm. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Left atrial enlargement is an independent predictor of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation

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    Hamatani, Yasuhiro; Ogawa, Hisashi; Takabayashi, Kensuke; Yamashita, Yugo; Takagi, Daisuke; Esato, Masahiro; Chun, Yeong-Hwa; Tsuji, Hikari; Wada, Hiromichi; Hasegawa, Koji; Abe, Mitsuru; Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Akao, Masaharu

    2016-01-01

    Controversy exists regarding whether left atrial enlargement (LAE) is a predictor of stroke/systemic embolism (SE) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. The Fushimi AF Registry, a community-based prospective survey, enrolled all AF patients in Fushmi-ku, Japan, from March 2011. Follow-up data and baseline echocardiographic data were available for 2,713 patients by August 2015. We compared backgrounds and incidence of events over a median follow-up of 976.5 days between patients with LAE (left atrial diameter > 45 mm; LAE group) and those without in the Fushimi AF Registry. The LAE group accounted for 39% (n = 1,049) of cohort. The LAE group was older and had longer AF duration, with more prevalent non-paroxysmal AF, higher CHADS2/CHA2DS2-VASc score, and oral anticoagulant (OAC) use. A higher risk of stroke/SE during follow-up in the LAE group was found (entire cohort; hazard ratio (HR): 1.92, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.40–2.64; p < 0.01; without OAC; HR: 1.97, 95% CI: 1.18–3.25; p < 0.01; with OAC; HR: 1.83, 95% CI: 1.21–2.82; p < 0.01). LAE was independently associated with increased risk of stroke/SE (HR: 1.74, 95% CI: 1.25–2.42; p < 0.01) after adjustment by the components of CHA2DS2-VASc score and OAC use. In conclusion, LAE was an independent predictor of stroke/SE in large community cohort of AF patients. PMID:27485817

  19. Effect of diltiazem and metoprolol on left atrial appendix functions in patients with nonvalvular chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Karaca, Ilgin; Coşkun, Naci; Yavuzkir, Mustafa; Ilkay, Erdoğan; Dağli, Necati; Işik, Ahmet; Balin, Mehmet; Akbulut, Mehmet; Arslan, Nadi

    2007-03-01

    Thrombo-embolic events are the important cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF). The origin of thromboembolism is often the left atrial appendix (LAA). Flow rate velocity (FRV) inside the LAA is the major determinant of thrombus formation. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of diltiazem and metoprolol used for ventricular rate control on FRV of the LAA in CAF patients and thus to evaluate the positive or negative effects of these two drugs on thromboembolic events. Sixty-four patients were included in the study. All patients were suffering from CAF for more than a year. The patients were allocated to two groups according with agent used for rate control- metoprolol (Group 1; n=31) and diltiazem (Group 2; n=33). Transesophageal echocardiography was applied to all patients and LAA FRV was measured by a pulse wave Doppler in the 1/3 proximal portion of the LAA. The measurements were repeated after applying 5 mg metoprolol to Group 1 and 25 mg diltiazem to Group 2 via venous cannula. In Group 1 after metoprolol LAA flow velocity changed from 0.25 +/- 0.90 m/s to 0.25 +/- 0.10 m/s (p>0.05). In group 2 after diltiazem left atrial appendix FRV decreased from 0.21 +/- 0.9 m/s to 0.19 +/- 0.6 m/s (p>0.05). In patients with CAF metoprolol used for ventricular rate control had no effect on LAA flow velocity and the observed decrease in LAA flow rate velocity with intravenous diltiazem was insignificant.

  20. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Left Atrial Mechanics: Function, History, Novel Techniques, Advantages, and Pitfalls

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    Littwitz, Henning; Dworrak, Birgit; Garg, Pankaj; Zhu, Meihua; Sahn, David J.; Horlitz, Marc

    2015-01-01

    Left atrial (LA) functional analysis has an established role in assessing left ventricular diastolic function. The current standard echocardiographic parameters used to study left ventricular diastolic function include pulsed-wave Doppler mitral inflow analysis, tissue Doppler imaging measurements, and LA dimension estimation. However, the above-mentioned parameters do not directly quantify LA performance. Deformation studies using strain and strain-rate imaging to assess LA function were validated in previous research, but this technique is not currently used in routine clinical practice. This review discusses the history, importance, and pitfalls of strain technology for the analysis of LA mechanics. PMID:26236735

  1. Left atrial minimum volume and reservoir function as correlates of left ventricular diastolic function: impact of left ventricular systolic function.

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    Russo, Cesare; Jin, Zhezhen; Homma, Shunichi; Rundek, Tatjana; Elkind, Mitchell S V; Sacco, Ralph L; Di Tullio, Marco R

    2012-05-01

    Left atrial (LA) maximum volume (LAV(max)) is an indicator of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. However, LAV(max) is also influenced by systolic events, whereas the LA minimum volume (LAV(min)) is directly exposed to LV pressure. The authors hypothesised that LAV(min) may be a better correlate of LV diastolic function than LAV(max). Cross-sectional. University hospital. 357 participants from a community-based cohort study. LA volumes and reservoir function, measured as total LA emptying volume (LAEV) and LA emptying fraction (LAEF), were assessed by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography. LV diastolic function was assessed by trans-mitral early (E) and late (A) Doppler velocities and mitral early diastolic velocity by tissue-Doppler (e'). LV systolic function was assessed by LV ejection fraction (LVEF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) by speckle-tracking. LAV(min) significantly increased with worsening diastolic dysfunction (p<0.001), whereas the increase in LAV(max) was less pronounced (p=0.07). LAEV and LAEF decreased with worsening diastolic dysfunction (both p<0.001). In linear regressions, LAV(min) and LAV(max) were significant predictors of E/e', with higher parameter estimates for LAV(min). In multivariate models, LAV(min) resulted strongly associated with E/e' (β=0.45, p<0.001), whereas LAV(max) was not (β=-0.16, p=0.08). LA reservoir function was better associated with GLS than LVEF. In multivariate analyses, GLS was significantly associated with LAV(max) (β=-0.15, p=0.002), LAEV (β=-0.37, p<0.001) and LAEF (β=-0.28, p<0.001) but not with LAV(min). LAV(min) is a better correlate of LV diastolic function than LAV(max). The impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LA reservoir function might explain the weaker relation between LAV(max) and LV diastolic function.

  2. Concomitant Left Atrial Myxoma and Patent Foramen Ovale: Is It an Evolutional Synergy for a Cerebrovascular Event?

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    Lasam, Glenmore; Ramirez, Roberto

    2017-01-01

    We report a case of a 48-year-old female who presented initially with an abrupt onset of left facial and hand numbness after her routine yoga with no associated syncope, palpitation, chest pain or dyspnea. She consulted her primary care physician and recommended hospital care for possible stroke. On the day of admission, she complained of left facial and hand hemiparesthesia. Cranial imaging and angiography were unremarkable but echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography revealed left atrial mass. She underwent resection of the left atrial mass with an incidental finding of patent foramen ovale intraoperatively. The left atrial mass was confirmed to be an atrial myxoma. Patient’s neurologic complaints resolved towards the end of her hospital course. She was discharged stable with no recurrence of neurologic symptoms on health maintenance evaluation. PMID:28275422

  3. Cardiac CT angiography for device surveillance after endovascular left atrial appendage closure

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    Saw, Jacqueline; Fahmy, Peter; DeJong, Peggy; Lempereur, Mathieu; Spencer, Ryan; Tsang, Michael; Gin, Kenneth; Jue, John; Mayo, John; McLaughlin, Patrick; Nicolaou, Savvas

    2015-01-01

    Aims Left atrial appendage (LAA) device imaging after endovascular closure is important to assess for device thrombus, residual leak, positioning, surrounding structures, and pericardial effusion. Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) is well suited to assess these non-invasively. Methods and results We report our consecutive series of non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients who underwent CCTA post-LAA closure with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP), Amulet (second generation ACP), or WATCHMAN devices. Patients underwent CCTA typically 1–6 months post-implantation. Prospective cardiac-gated CCTA was performed with Toshiba 320-detector or Siemens 2nd generation 128-slice dual-source scanners, and images interpreted with VitreaWorkstation™. GFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2 was an exclusion. We assessed for device thrombus, residual LAA leak, device embolization, position, pericardial effusion, optimal implantation, and device lobe dimensions. Forty-five patients underwent CCTA at median 97 days post-LAA closure (18 ACP, 9 Amulet, 18 WATCHMAN). Average age was 75.5 ± 8.9 years, mean CHADS2 score 3.1 ± 1.3, and CHADS-VASc score 4.9 ± 1.6. All had contraindications to oral anticoagulation. Post-procedure, 41 (91.1%) were discharged on DAPT. There was one device embolization (ACP, successfully retrieved percutaneously) and one thrombus (WATCHMAN, resolved with 3 months of warfarin). There were two pericardial effusions, both pre-existing and not requiring intervention. Residual leak (patency) was seen in 28/44 (63.6%), and the mechanisms of leak were readily identified by CCTA (off-axis device, gaps at orifice, or fabric leak). Mean follow-up was 1.2 ± 1.1year, with no death, stroke, or systemic embolism. Conclusion CCTA appears to be a feasible alternative to transoesophageal echocardiography for post-LAA device surveillance to evaluate for device thrombus, residual leak, embolization, position, and pericardial effusion. PMID:25851318

  4. Left atrial calcification in a hemodialysis patient with cor triatriatum.

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    Peces, R; Pobes, A; Rodriguez, M; Simarro, C; Iglesias, G; Simarro, E

    2000-05-01

    Myocardial calcification is a rare manifestation of abnormal calcium metabolism seen in some patients with chronic renal failure. This report describes the transesophageal echocardiographic and spiral computed tomography (CT) findings in a young hemodialysis female with severe secondary hyperparathyroidism. These findings included calcification of the multiperforated membrane of a cor triatriatum and the wall of the left atrium.

  5. Thromboembolism Prevention via Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Closure with Transeosophageal Echocardiography Guidance

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    Palios, John; Paraskevaidis, Ioannis

    2014-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an independent risk factor for stroke. Anticoagulation therapy has a risk of intracerebral hemorrhage. The use of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure devices is an alternative to anticoagulation therapy. Echocardiography has a leading role in LAA closure procedure in patient selection, during the procedure and during followup. A comprehensive echocardiography study is necessary preprocedural in order to identify all the lobes of the LAA, evaluate the size of the LAA ostium, look for thrombus or spontaneous echo contrast, and evaluate atrial anatomy, including atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale. Echocardiography is used to identify potential cardiac sources of embolism, such as atrial septal aneurysm, mitral valve disease, and aortic debris. During the LAA occlusion procedure transeosophageal echocardiography provides guidance for the transeptal puncture and monitoring during the release of the closure device. Procedure-related complications can be evaluated and acceptable device release criteria such as proper position and seating of the occluder in the LAA, compression, and stability can be assessed. Postprocedural echocardiography is used for followup to assess the closure of the LAA ostium. This overview paper describes the emerging role of LAA occlusion procedure with transeosophageal echocardiography guidance as an alternative to anticoagulation therapy in patients with AF. PMID:24672720

  6. Fully Percutaneous Transthoracic Left Atrial Entry and Closure as a Potential Access Route for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Interventions

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    Rogers, Toby; Ratnayaka, Kanishka; Schenke, William H.; Sonmez, Merdim; Kocaturk, Ozgur; Mazal, Jonathan R.; Chen, Marcus Y.; Flugelman, Moshe Y.; Troendle, James F.; Faranesh, Anthony Z.; Lederman, Robert J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Percutaneous access for mitral interventions is currently limited to transapical and transseptal routes, both of which have shortcomings. We hypothesized that the left atrium could be accessed directly through the posterior chest wall under imaging guidance. Methods and Results We tested percutaneous transthoracic left atrial access in 12 animals (10 pigs and 2 sheep) under real-time MRI or X-ray fluoroscopy plus C-arm CT guidance. The pleural space was insufflated with CO2 to displace the lung, an 18Fr sheath was delivered to the left atrium, and the left atrium port was closed using an off-the-shelf nitinol cardiac occluder. Animals were survived for a minimum of 7days. The left atrium was accessed and the port was closed successfully in 12/12 animals. There was no procedural mortality and only one hemodynamically insignificant pericardial effusion was observed at follow-up. We also successfully performed the procedure on three human cadavers. A simulated trajectory to the left atrium was present in all of 10 human cardiac CT angiograms analyzed. Conclusions Percutaneous transthoracic left atrium access is feasible without instrumenting the left ventricular myocardium. In our experience, MRI offers superb visualization of anatomic structures with the ability to monitor and address complications in real-time, although X-ray guidance appears feasible. Clinical translation appears realistic based on human cardiac CT analysis and cadaver testing. This technique could provide a direct non-surgical access route for future transcatheter mitral implantation. PMID:26022536

  7. Changes in left ventricular filling in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

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    Naji, Franjo; Pagliaruzzi, Mihael; Penko, Meta; Kanic, Vojko; Vokac, Damijan

    2013-01-01

    Former studies showed possible interrelationship between altered ventricular filling patterns and atrial fibrillation (AF). Long term persistent AF has a negative impact on left ventricular filling in patients with preserved ejection fraction of left ventricle. Our study was designed as a prospective case control study. We included 40 patients with persistent AF and preserved ejection fraction after successful electrical cardioversion and 43 control patients. Persistent AF was defined as AF lasting more than 4 weeks. Cardiac ultrasound was performed in all patients 24 hours after the procedure. Appropriate mitral flow and tissue Doppler velocities as well as standard echocardiographic measurements were obtained. There were no significant differences between both groups' parameters regarding age, sex, commorbidities or drug therapy. Analysis of mitral flow velocities showed significant increase of E value in AF group (0.96±0.27 vs.0.70±0.14; p = 0.001). Tissue Doppler measurements didn't reveal any differences in early diastolic movement, however there was a statistically significant difference in E/Em values of both groups, respectively (12.0±4.0 vs. 9.0±2.1; p= 0.001). Our study shows that in patients with preserved systolic function and persistent AF shortly after cardioversion diastolic ventricular filling patterns are altered mainly due to increased left atrial pressure and not due to impaired diastolic relaxation of left ventricle. Further studies are needed in order to define the interplay between diminished atrial function and impaired ventricular filling.

  8. Fluoroscopy-free recrossing of the interatrial septum during left atrial ablation procedures.

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    Pavlović, Nikola; Reichlin, Tobias; Kühne, Michael; Knecht, Sven; Osswald, Stefan; Sticherling, Christian

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of this is to evaluate the safety and feasibility of recrossing the interatrial septum in case of inadvertent loss of or need for repeated left atrial access using a simple electroanatomical landmark without the use of fluoroscopy. Twenty-five consecutive patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for paroxysmal (n = 12) or persistent (n = 13) atrial fibrillation ablation were included. All procedures were performed using an electroanatomical mapping system (Carto 3, Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, USA). After fluoroscopy-guided double transseptal puncture and fast anatomical mapping of the left atrium, a reconstruction of the transseptal access was created by retracting the mapping catheter into the sheath to the level of the inferior vena cava. After completing the left sided ablation, both sheaths and catheters were withdrawn to the inferior vena cava. Recrossing was then attempted by fellows (EF) and experienced operators (EO) using the reconstruction of the transseptal access in a standard right anterior oblique (RAO) and left anterior oblique (LAO) projection without the use of fluoroscopy. Using the described technique, EP fellows and experienced operators could recross the interatrial septum without fluoroscopy in all patients. Median time needed for recrossing was 14 s (interquartile range (IQR) 7-20). Median recrossing times did not differ significantly between EF and EO (14 (IQR 8-26.5 s) versus 12 (IQR 6.5-17.5 s), p = 0.26). In five (20 %) procedures, recrossing was necessary during the procedure after intermittent mapping of the right atrium or inadvertent catheter dislodgment. Adding a simple and fast anatomical reconstruction of the transseptal access to the standard left atrial mapping procedure allows for easy and fluoroscopy-free recrossing of the interatrial septum during atrial fibrillation ablation and further reduces radiation exposure.

  9. [Evaluation of superior transseptal approach for the removal of left atrial myxoma].

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    Kunitomo, R; Okamoto, K; Utoh, J; Nishimura, K; Muranaka, T; Tsurusaki, S; Hagio, K; Kitamura, N

    2001-03-01

    We compared the operative outcomes among 14 patients who underwent the removal of left atrial myxoma with four different approaches; right lateral (n = 2), transseptal bi-atrial (Dubost, n = 4), conventional transseptal (n = 4) and superior transseptal approach (STA, n = 4). Concomitant operations were performed in 4 cases (CABG, two; aortic valvuloplasty, one; mitral valve replacement, one), and two out of 4 cases were in the STA group. The mean operation, cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross-clamp times were shorter in the STA group compared to the other three group. The total amount of postoperative drain discharge and the peak value of creatine kinase were also lower in the STA group compared to the other three groups. Among the patients in sinus rhythm before operation, the use of STA was associated with a greater incidence (100%) of postoperative atrial fibrillation or junctional rhythm. These rhythm disturbances were temporary, and all returned to sinus rhythms during hospital stay. We conclude that STA is an excellent approach with a nice surgical view to expose and remove the left atrial myxoma.

  10. Heart failure resulting from giant left atrial synovial sarcoma metastasis.

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    Winkler, B; Grapow, M; Seeberger, M; Matt, P; Aulitzky, W; Eckstein, F

    2012-02-01

    Synovial sarcoma metastasis affecting the heart and infiltrating the mitral valve is a very rare pathology. We report the case of a 44-year-old male treated with chemotherapy for atypical synovial sarcoma of the oral mucosa who presented to our clinic after cardiac decompensation with a presumptive diagnosis of myxoma of the left atrium. A large necrotic tumour positive for CK 22, EMA, CD 99 and BCL-2 but negative for translocation in COBRA-FISH analysis by break-apart probe could be excised and revealed a very rare subtype of synovial sarcoma metastasis arising from the endocard of the left atrium. The tumour was resected and the mitral valve reconstructed through ring annuloplasty. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  11. Association Between Local Bipolar Voltage and Conduction Gap Along the Left Atrial Linear Ablation Lesion in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Masuda, Masaharu; Fujita, Masashi; Iida, Osamu; Okamoto, Shin; Ishihara, Takayuki; Nanto, Kiyonori; Kanda, Takashi; Sunaga, Akihiro; Tsujimura, Takuya; Matsuda, Yasuhiro; Mano, Toshiaki

    2017-08-01

    A bipolar voltage reflects a thick musculature where formation of a transmural lesion may be hard to achieve. The purpose of this study was to explore the association between local bipolar voltage and conduction gap in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent atrial roof or septal linear ablation. This prospective observational study included 42 and 36 consecutive patients with persistent AF who underwent roof or septal linear ablations, respectively. After pulmonary vein isolation, left atrial linear ablations were performed, and conduction gap sites were identified and ablated after first-touch radiofrequency application. Conduction gap(s) after the first-touch roof and septal linear ablation were observed in 13 (32%) and 19 patients (53%), respectively. Roof and septal area voltages were higher in patients with conduction gap(s) than in those without (roof, 1.23 ± 0.77 vs 0.73 ± 0.42 mV, p = 0.010; septal, 0.96 ± 0.43 vs 0.54 ± 0.18 mV, p = 0.001). Trisected regional analyses revealed that the voltage was higher at the region with a conduction gap than at the region without. Complete conduction block across the roof and septal lines was not achieved in 3 (7%) and 6 patients (17%), respectively. Patients in whom a linear conduction block could not be achieved demonstrated higher ablation area voltage than those with a successful conduction block (roof, 1.91 ± 0.74 vs 0.81 ± 0.51 mV, p = 0.001; septal, 1.15 ± 0.56 vs 0.69 ± 0.31 mV, p = 0.006). In conclusion, a high regional bipolar voltage predicts failure to achieve conduction block after left atrial roof or septal linear ablation. In addition, the conduction gap was located at the preserved voltage area. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Changes in left atrial size in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation: a prospective echocardiographic study with a 5-year follow-up period.

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    Wozakowska-Kapłon, Beata

    2005-05-11

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia, occurring in 0.4% of the general population. AF has been shown to be associated with left atrial enlargement, which is considered both a cause and a consequence of the arrhythmia. The aim of the study was to determine the influence of AF on changes in echocardiographically determined left atrial (LA) size, during 5 year follow-up period, in a population with well-controlled hypertension, free from structural heart disease, except mild left ventricle thickening, and with an absence of other potential causes of atrial enlargement. The study group, comprised of 81 patients with persistent AF, with underlying hypertensive heart disease, consecutively referred for elective direct current cardioversion. The mean age of the study population was 59.3+/-8.4 years (ranged from 43 to 80), a mean AF duration was 8.8+/-8.7 months (ranged from 1 to 30 months). The patients underwent two-dimensional echocardiography to determine left atrial size, before and 5 years after cardioversion. Twenty out of eighty-one cardioverted patients maintained sinus rhythm 5 years after cardioversion (25%). In this group anteroposterior LA dimension and LA volume decreased from a mean (+/-S.D.) 49.7+/-4.5 to 46.8+/-4.8 mm (-6%, p < 0.05) and from 103.6+/-28.8 to 91.1+/-18.3 cm2 (-9.2%, p < 0.05), respectively. Left ventricle ejection fraction increased from 52.8+/-6.3% to 60.0+/-4.0% (p < 0.05) and clinical stage improved in patients who maintained sinus rhythm through 5 years. In contrast, in the AF group, anteroposterior LA dimension and LA volume increased from 46.6+/-4.3 to 48.1+/-5.6 mm, and from 91.3+/-20 to 103+/-34 cm2 (by an average 3.3% and 14.3%, respectively), at the end of study. When divided into two groups: Imid R:II and III NYHA class, in AF patients LA volume increased by an 21.4% in the III NYHA class and 7.3% in the Imid R:II NYHA class. Left ventricular ejection fraction did not change between the two echocardiographic studies in

  13. Effect of cardiac resynchronization therapy on left atrial reverse remodeling: role of echocardiographic AV delay optimization.

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    Malagoli, Alessandro; Rossi, Luca; Franchi, Francesco; Piepoli, Massimo Francesco; Malavasi, Vincenzo; Casali, Edoardo; Modena, Maria Grazia; Villani, Giovanni Quinto

    2013-08-20

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) improves left ventricular (LV) function in patients with advanced heart failure (HF) and there are some evidences about beneficial effects also on left atrial (LA) dimension and function. The contribution of atrioventricular delay (AVD) optimization on LA changes has not been evaluated. The purpose of the present study was to further investigate the effect of CRT on LA reverse remodelling and to evaluate the contribution of AVD optimization. From the Cardiology Department of Piacenza Hospital and Modena University Hospital fifty one patients with refractory systolic HF and left bundle branch block were prospectively enrolled before CRT implantation. Patients were 1:1 randomized to either an optimized AVD (AV Opt group) determined by continuous wave Doppler aortic velocity-time integral (VTI) or an empiric AVD of 110 ms (AV Fixed group). Optimal AVD was defined as the AVD that yielded the largest aortic VTI at one of eight tested AV intervals (between 60 and 200 ms). LA volumes and emptying fractions were assessed by two-dimensional echocardiography at baseline and 6 months after CRT. At 6-month follow-up, CRT induced LA reverse remodeling in the whole population (maximal LA volume: 55.8 ± 16.4 ml/m² vs 50.3 ± 18.9 ml/m², p=0.006; pre-systolic LA volume: 47.0 ± 15.2 ml/m² vs 41.4 ± 17.4 ml/m², p=0.003; post-systolic LA volume: 36.4 ± 15.0 ml/m² vs 30.3 ± 18.0 ml/m(2), p=0.001); nevertheless, no substantial difference was observed about LA structural and functional remodeling between both AV Opt group and AV Fixed group. CRT induces LA reverse remodeling that appears independent from AVD optimization. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Simulation of Left Atrial Function Using a Multi-Scale Model of the Cardiovascular System

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    Pironet, Antoine; Dauby, Pierre C.; Paeme, Sabine; Kosta, Sarah; Chase, J. Geoffrey; Desaive, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    During a full cardiac cycle, the left atrium successively behaves as a reservoir, a conduit and a pump. This complex behavior makes it unrealistic to apply the time-varying elastance theory to characterize the left atrium, first, because this theory has known limitations, and second, because it is still uncertain whether the load independence hypothesis holds. In this study, we aim to bypass this uncertainty by relying on another kind of mathematical model of the cardiac chambers. In the present work, we describe both the left atrium and the left ventricle with a multi-scale model. The multi-scale property of this model comes from the fact that pressure inside a cardiac chamber is derived from a model of the sarcomere behavior. Macroscopic model parameters are identified from reference dog hemodynamic data. The multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system including the left atrium is then simulated to show that the physiological roles of the left atrium are correctly reproduced. This include a biphasic pressure wave and an eight-shaped pressure-volume loop. We also test the validity of our model in non basal conditions by reproducing a preload reduction experiment by inferior vena cava occlusion with the model. We compute the variation of eight indices before and after this experiment and obtain the same variation as experimentally observed for seven out of the eight indices. In summary, the multi-scale mathematical model presented in this work is able to correctly account for the three roles of the left atrium and also exhibits a realistic left atrial pressure-volume loop. Furthermore, the model has been previously presented and validated for the left ventricle. This makes it a proper alternative to the time-varying elastance theory if the focus is set on precisely representing the left atrial and left ventricular behaviors. PMID:23755183

  15. Transcatheter closure of left ventricle to right atrial communication using cera duct occluder.

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    Ganesan, Gnanavelu; Paul, G Justin; Mahadevan, Vaikom S

    Left ventricle-right atrial communication could be congenital (Gerbode defect) or acquired as a complication of surgery or infective endocarditis and leads to volume overloading of pulmonary circulation. Two types, direct and indirect types are known depending on the involvement of septal tricuspid leaflet. Transcatheter closure of this defect is feasible and appears an attractive alternative to surgical management. Various devices like Amplatzer duct occluder I, II, Muscular ventricular septal defect device etc. have been used to close this defect. We report two patients, a preteen boy with direct left ventricle-right atrial communication as post operative complication and an adult female with indirect communication who underwent transcatheter closure with Cera duct occluder (Lifetech Scientific (Shenzhen), China). Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  16. Huge Left Atrial Myxoma and Concomitant Silent Coronary Artery Disease in a Young Man.

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    Gennari, Marco; Rubino, Mara; Andreini, Daniele; Polvani, Gianluca; Agrifoglio, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Severe but silent coronary artery disease may rarely exist in young patients with a low-risk profile but with a family history of coronary artery disease. We describe the case of a 33-year-old Caucasian male with progressive shortness of breath caused by a huge left atrial myxoma who was diagnosed to have significant coronary artery disease in the preoperative assessment. After investigations, the patient underwent resection of the left atrial tumor and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with a successful outcome. Even in the case of a young male, it may be prudent to investigate silent coronary artery disease in the presence of cardiovascular risk factors and family history of coronary artery disease. The learning objective of this case is to debate about the usefulness of a preoperative coronary study even in the young population with cardiac nonischemic pathologies (ie, valve pathology, cardiac tumors, etc.).

  17. Huge Left Atrial Myxoma and Concomitant Silent Coronary Artery Disease in a Young Man

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    Gennari, Marco; Rubino, Mara; Andreini, Daniele; Polvani, Gianluca; Agrifoglio, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Severe but silent coronary artery disease may rarely exist in young patients with a low-risk profile but with a family history of coronary artery disease. We describe the case of a 33-year-old Caucasian male with progressive shortness of breath caused by a huge left atrial myxoma who was diagnosed to have significant coronary artery disease in the preoperative assessment. After investigations, the patient underwent resection of the left atrial tumor and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with a successful outcome. Even in the case of a young male, it may be prudent to investigate silent coronary artery disease in the presence of cardiovascular risk factors and family history of coronary artery disease. The learning objective of this case is to debate about the usefulness of a preoperative coronary study even in the young population with cardiac nonischemic pathologies (ie, valve pathology, cardiac tumors, etc.). PMID:28096692

  18. Skeletal muscle ventricles as left atrial-aortic pumps: short-term studies.

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    Hooper, T L; Niinami, H; Hammond, R L; Lu, H; Ruggiero, R; Pochettino, A; Stephenson, L W

    1992-08-01

    In 5 dogs, skeletal muscle ventricles (SMVs) were constructed from the latissimus dorsi muscle and placed in the left hemithorax. After a 3-week vascular delay period, SMVs were electrically preconditioned with 2-Hz stimulation for 6 weeks. At a second operation, SMVs were connected between the left atrium and thoracic aorta by afferent and efferent aortic root homografts, and stimulated to contract in a 1:2 diastolic mode. At a mean left atrial pressure of 12.4 +/- 1.3 mm Hg and a burst stimulation frequency of 33 Hz, SMV stroke volume was initially 43% of that of the native left ventricle, achieving a flow equivalent to 21% of cardiac output (194 +/- 38 versus 902 +/- 85 mL/min). At 50-Hz stimulation, this figure rose to 27% (246 +/- 41 mL/min; p less than 0.05). Skeletal muscle ventricle power output (the product of stroke work and contraction rate) at 33 Hz was 0.016 +/- 0.003 W, increasing to 0.024 +/- 0.004 W at 50 Hz (p less than 0.05), corresponding to 14% and 22%, respectively, of left ventricular power output (0.11 +/- 0.012 W). After 4 hours of continuous pumping, four of the SMVs were still generating flows of more than 70% of starting values and more than 60% of initial power output. This study demonstrates that SMVs can function in the systemic circulation at physiologic left atrial preloads.

  19. Esophageal-left atrial fistula: An unsual cause

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    Meel, Bhavesh; Chandwani, Prakash; Rao, Ravinder Singh; Vyas, Sudhir Kumar

    2014-01-01

    A 55-year-old male presented with progressive dyspnea, swelling of legs and abdominal distension for past one week. Routine investigation showed presence of large pericardial effusion. Pericardiocentesis tapped a yellow colored sterile fluid with predominant polymorphs. However sequence of events following pericardiocentesis were unusual as patient developed stroke. MRI brain and CECT thorax were done. MRI brain showed small infarct and CECT showed presence of open safety pin eroding through esophagus and communicating with left atrium with thrombus and an air pocket within. Patient developed progressive encephalopathy and CT brain revealed multiple infarcts with pneumocephalus. PMID:24814125

  20. Esophageal-left atrial fistula: an unsual cause.

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    Meel, Bhavesh; Chandwani, Prakash; Rao, Ravinder Singh; Vyas, Sudhir Kumar

    2014-01-01

    A 55-year-old male presented with progressive dyspnea, swelling of legs and abdominal distension for past one week. Routine investigation showed presence of large pericardial effusion. Pericardiocentesis tapped a yellow colored sterile fluid with predominant polymorphs. However sequence of events following pericardiocentesis were unusual as patient developed stroke. MRI brain and CECT thorax were done. MRI brain showed small infarct and CECT showed presence of open safety pin eroding through esophagus and communicating with left atrium with thrombus and an air pocket within. Patient developed progressive encephalopathy and CT brain revealed multiple infarcts with pneumocephalus.

  1. Safety of continuous periprocedural rivaroxaban for patients undergoing left atrial catheter ablation procedures.

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    Dillier, Roger; Ammar, Sonia; Hessling, Gabriele; Kaess, Bernhard; Pavaci, Herribert; Buiatti, Alessandra; Semmler, Verena; Kathan, Susanne; Hofmann, Monika; Lennerz, Carsten; Kolb, Christof; Reents, Tilko; Deisenhofer, Isabel

    2014-08-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the safety of continuous periprocedural rivaroxaban administration during left atrial radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in comparison with uninterrupted oral vitamin K antagonist administration. Data about the use of rivaroxaban in the setting of left atrial RFA procedures are lacking. The study cohort included 544 patients (mean age, 63±10 years) who underwent left atrial RFA procedures between February 2012 and May 2013. All patients (n=272) receiving uninterrupted periprocedural rivaroxaban 15 or 20 mg/d before the procedure (rivaroxaban) were matched by age, sex, and type of rhythm disorder with an equal number of patients managed with uninterrupted vitamin K antagonist phenprocoumon (international normalized ratio, 2-3). During RFA, heparin was given intravenously to maintain an activated clotting time at 270 to 300 s. The safety end point was a composite of bleeding, thromboembolic events, and death. There were no thromboembolic complications and no deaths in either group. The prevalence of major bleeding complications was similar in both groups (1 tamponade in RivG and 1 groin hematoma requiring transfusion in phenprocoumon). Minor bleeding complications occurred equally in both groups (20 of 272; 7% in the rivaroxaban versus 33 of 272, 12% in the phenprocoumon; P=0.08). In multivariable analyses, female sex was associated with a greater risk of complications (odds ratio, 1.96; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-3.49). In patients undergoing left atrial RFA, continuous periprocedural rivaroxaban use seems to be as safe as uninterrupted periprocedural phenprocoumon administration. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  2. Inferior wall diverticulum of left ventricle coexisting with mental retardation and atrial septal defect.

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    Liu, Henry; Zhou, Ting; Liu, Jiao; Tong, Yiru; Shanewise, Jack S

    2012-10-01

    We report a case of congenital inferior wall left ventricular diverticulum (LVD), atrial septal defect and mental retardation detected by intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. The combination of three features strongly suggests that genetic factors play important role in the pathogenesis of the disorder. Most LVDs are asymptomatic. Echocardiographers and cardiac anesthesiologists should be aware of this anomaly, and include it in the differential diagnosis of abnormally shaped ventricular wall and seek other congenital abnormalities if LVD is detected.

  3. Determining arterial pressure, left atrial pressure and cardiac output from the left pneumatic drive line of the total artificial heart.

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    Rosenberg, G; Landis, D L; Phillips, W M; Stallsmith, J; Pierce, W S

    1978-01-01

    These data presented here demonstrate how careful analysis of mock loop testing can lead to useful measurements for long-term calf experiments. The accuracy of the data rae primarily dependent upon a valid circulatory system analog and good experimental technique. These methods of determining arterial pressure, left atrial pressure and cardiac output have allowed us to obtain recordds of these important parameters for periods as long as 100 days in calves with total artificial heart implantation. These methods have also enabled us to automatically control the artifical heart under conditions of rest, exercise and pharmacologic treatment with the use of only one external pneumatic drive line pressure transducer.

  4. [Implantation of Watchman™ occluder of the left atrial appendage. Tips and tricks].

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    Israel, Carsten W; Tschishow, Wladimir N; Ridjab, Denio; Kische, Stephan; Buddecke, Julia; Ince, Hüseyin

    2013-03-01

    The implantation of an occluder system for the left atrial appendage (LAA) represents an interesting alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2-VASc-Score ≥ 2 who cannot take permanent anticoagulation for various reasons. As in other left cardiac interventions, there are potentially dangerous possibilities for complications that can limit the advantages of this therapy. This overview summarizes practical tips and tricks at the implantation of a Watchman™ occluder which may help to minimize the complication rate. These hints refer to peri-interventional anticoagulation as well as transseptal puncture (technique, imaging), exchange of catheters, left atrial pressure, intubation and fluoroscopy of the LAA, preparation of the device and sheath, delivery of the Watchman™ device, confirmation of optimal position, and partial or complete recapture. If these precautions are considered, the complication rate at implantation of a Watchman™ occluder should be < 5 %, the rate of complications with long-term consequences < 1 %, and the implant success should lie > 95 %.

  5. [Restoration of the left atrial mechanical function after successful electrical cardioversion].

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    Zyłka, J; Dosiak, J

    2000-01-01

    Some papers indicate that restoration of the left atrial mechanical function (LAMF) can be delayed to even 7 days after successful electrical cardioversion. The goals of the paper include the estimation of delay in restoration of LAMF and factors that influence it. 75 patients (53 males and 22 females, av. age 56.5 +/- 10.8) after elective electrical cardioversion underwent daily echocardiography to determine LAMF, taking A/E ratio > 1/3 as a criterion. The patients were divided into 2 subgroups: G1--with restoration of LAMF < 24 h after cardioversion and G2: the remaining ones. The analysed parameters were: left atrium diameter, rheumatic valvular disease, duration of atrial fibrillation, global and segmental contractility disorders. The data were analysed with ANOVA. The restoration of LAMF < 24 h was found in 53 patients; on the 2nd day in 6 patients, on the 3rd-8th day in 14 patients. In 2 patients no LAMF could be found on the 14th day after cardioversion. Failure to restore LAMF on the cardioversion day was related to: left atrium enlargement, rheumatic valvular disease, duration of atrial fibrillation > 14 days and contractility disorders.

  6. Left Atrial to Esophageal Fistula: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Khan, Muhammad Yasir; Siddiqui, Waqas Javed; Iyer, Praneet S.; Dirweesh, Ahmed; Karabulut, Nigahus

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Male, 57 Final Diagnosis: Left atrial to esophageal fistula Symptoms: Chest pain • syncope Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Cardiology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Left atrial to esophageal fistula (LAEF) is a rare fatal complication of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for atrial fibrillation and is associated with high mortality. Clinical features can be nonspecific and include fever, dysphagia, upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, sepsis, and embolic stroke a after recent history of RFA for atrial fibrillation. Case Report: A 57-year-old Caucasian male was brought to the emergency department (ED) by his family because of an altered mental status. He had undergone a radiofrequency ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation three weeks earlier. Several hours after admission to the ED, the patient transiently became unresponsive and had a right sided hemiplegia. A brain MRI revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. On the following day, the patient had an episode of melena, and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was performed which did not reveal any source of bleeding. While the patient was being monitored in the intensive care unit (ICU), he had an episode of hematemesis and went into cardiac arrest from which he was successfully resuscitated and transferred to another facility. He had another EGD, which uncovered a flap of mucosa covering the lower third of his esophagus and a 1 cm fistulous opening was seen with fresh blood oozing out of it. The patient had another cardiac arrest during the endoscopy and died despite all measures. Conclusions: We present this case to stress the importance of early diagnosis of LAEF. LAEF can be fatal if diagnosis is delayed or missed. Early surgical intervention can reduce LAEF morbidity and mortality. Newer diagnostic modalities such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) can be helpful in cases where conventional imaging is unclear. PMID:27803496

  7. Electrocardiographic Left Atrial Abnormality and Risk of Stroke: Northern Manhattan Study.

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    Kamel, Hooman; Hunter, Madeleine; Moon, Yeseon P; Yaghi, Shadi; Cheung, Ken; Di Tullio, Marco R; Okin, Peter M; Sacco, Ralph L; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Elkind, Mitchell S V

    2015-11-01

    Electrocardiographic left atrial abnormality has been associated with stroke independently of atrial fibrillation (AF), suggesting that atrial thromboembolism may occur in the absence of AF. If true, we would expect an association with cryptogenic or cardioembolic stroke rather than noncardioembolic stroke. We conducted a case-cohort analysis in the Northern Manhattan Study, a prospective cohort study of stroke risk factors. P-wave terminal force in lead V1 was manually measured from baseline ECGs of participants in sinus rhythm who subsequently had ischemic stroke (n=241) and a randomly selected subcohort without stroke (n=798). Weighted Cox proportional hazard models were used to examine the association between P-wave terminal force in lead V1 and stroke etiologic subtypes while adjusting for baseline demographic characteristics, history of AF, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, tobacco use, and lipid levels. Mean P-wave terminal force in lead V1 was 4452 (±3368) μV*ms among stroke cases and 3934 (±2541) μV*ms in the subcohort. P-wave terminal force in lead V1 was associated with ischemic stroke (adjusted hazard ratio per SD, 1.20; 95% confidence interval, 1.03-1.39) and the composite of cryptogenic or cardioembolic stroke (adjusted hazard ratio per SD, 1.31; 95% confidence interval, 1.08-1.58). There was no definite association with noncardioembolic stroke subtypes (adjusted hazard ratio per SD, 1.14; 95% confidence interval, 0.92-1.40). Results were similar after excluding participants with a history of AF at baseline or new AF during follow-up. ECG-defined left atrial abnormality was associated with incident cryptogenic or cardioembolic stroke independently of the presence of AF, suggesting atrial thromboembolism may occur without recognized AF. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. Left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: multicentre experience with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug.

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    Tzikas, Apostolos; Shakir, Samera; Gafoor, Sameer; Omran, Heyder; Berti, Sergio; Santoro, Gennaro; Kefer, Joelle; Landmesser, Ulf; Nielsen-Kudsk, Jens Erik; Cruz-Gonzalez, Ignacio; Sievert, Horst; Tichelbäcker, Tobias; Kanagaratnam, Prapa; Nietlispach, Fabian; Aminian, Adel; Kasch, Friederike; Freixa, Xavier; Danna, Paolo; Rezzaghi, Marco; Vermeersch, Paul; Stock, Friederike; Stolcova, Miroslava; Costa, Marco; Ibrahim, Reda; Schillinger, Wolfgang; Meier, Bernhard; Park, Jai-Wun

    2016-02-01

    To investigate the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Data from consecutive patients treated in 22 centres were collected. A total of 1,047 patients were included in the study. Procedural success was 97.3%. There were 52 (4.97%) periprocedural major adverse events. Follow-up was complete in 1,001/1,019 (98.2%) of successfully implanted patients (average 13 months, total 1,349 patient-years). One-year all-cause mortality was 4.2%. No death at follow-up was reported as device-related. There were nine strokes (0.9%) and nine transient ischaemic attacks (0.9%) during follow-up. The annual rate of systemic thromboembolism was 2.3% (31/1,349 patient-years), which is a 59% risk reduction. There were 15 major bleedings (1.5%) during follow-up. The annual rate of major bleeding was 2.1% (28/1,349 patient-years), which is a 61% risk reduction. Patients with single LAAO on aspirin monotherapy or no therapy and longer follow-up had fewer cerebral and fewer bleeding events. In this multicentre study, LAAO with the ACP showed high procedural success and a favourable outcome for the prevention of AF-related thromboembolism. Modification in antithrombotic therapy after LAAO may result in reduction of bleeding events.

  9. An E/e' ratio on echocardiography predicts the existence of left atrial low-voltage areas and poor outcomes after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Masuda, Masaharu; Fujita, Masashi; Iida, Osamu; Okamoto, Shin; Ishihara, Takayuki; Nanto, Kiyonori; Kanda, Takashi; Sunaga, Akihiro; Tsujimura, Takuya; Matsuda, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Takuya; Uematsu, Masaaki

    2017-06-22

    An elevated left atrial pressure has been reported to play an important role in the development of atrial remodelling in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. The study aimed at elucidating the association between the diastolic early transmitral flow velocity/mitral annular velocity (E/e', a non-invasive surrogate of left atrial pressure) and left atrial low-voltage-area existence, and the prognostic impact of the E/e' on procedural outcomes in patients undergoing AF ablation. Total of 215 consecutive patients were divided into 3 groups based on the estimated left atrial pressure: normal (E/e' < 8.0, n = 58), undetermined (E/e' = 8.0-14.0, n = 114), and elevated (E/e' > 14.0, n = 43). Left atrial endocardial voltage mapping was performed following pulmonary vein isolation. Patients with a high E/e' more frequently had low-voltage areas (E/e' < 8.0, 31%, E/e' = 8.0-14.0, 35%; E/e' > 14.0, 67%; P = 0.0001). After adjusting for other correlates, a high E/e' was an independent predictor of low-voltage-area existence (HR = 1.11, 95% CI = 1.02-1.21, P = 0.017). During a mean follow-up period of 12 ± 6 months, recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias occurred in 22 (10%) patients after multiple (1.4 ± 0.5) procedures. Patients with an E/e' > 14 had more frequent recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias after multiple ablation procedures than those with an E/e' ≤ 14 (23% vs. 7%, P = 0.001). A high E/e' obtained by pre-ablation echocardiography was associated with a left atrial arrhythmogenic substrate in patients undergoing AF ablation. Furthermore, a high E/e' predicted poor procedural outcomes after pulmonary vein isolation.

  10. Left atrial reservoir function predicts atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation: a two-dimensional speckle strain study.

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    Mirza, Mahek; Caracciolo, Giuseppe; Khan, Uzma; Mori, Naoyo; Saha, Samir K; Srivathsan, Komandoor; Altemose, Gregory; Scott, Luis; Sengupta, Partho; Jahangir, Arshad

    2011-09-01

    Predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after catheter ablation (CA) are not fully defined. We hypothesized that 2D left atrial (LA) regional strain maps would help identify abnormal atrial substrate that increases susceptibility to AF recurrence post-CA. Sixty-three patients (63 ± 10 years, 60% male) underwent CA for symptomatic paroxysmal (75%) or persistent (25%) AF. Baseline LA mechanical function determined using speckle tracking echocardiography was compared between those with AF recurrence (AFR) and no recurrence post-CA. Bi-dimensional global and regional maps of LA wall velocity, strain, and strain rate (SR) were obtained during end ejection and early diastole. After 18 ± 12 months of follow-up, 34 patients were free of AFR post-CA. There were no differences in clinical characteristics, LA and LV volumes, and Doppler estimates of LV diastolic function and filling pressures at baseline between patients with recurrent AF and those that maintained sinus rhythm. However, the LA emptying fraction (55 ± 17% vs. 64 ± 14%, p = 0.04), global and regional systolic and diastolic strains, SR, and velocities were reduced in patients with recurrent AF. There was marked attenuation of peak LA lateral wall longitudinal strain (LS; 11 ± 7% vs. 20 ± 14%, p = 0.007) and SR (0.9 ± 0.4 vs.1.3 ± 0.6 s(-1), p = 0.01). Multivariate analysis revealed lateral wall LS (odds ratio = 1.15, 95% CI = 1.02-1.28, p = 0.01) as an independent predictor of AFR. Regional LA lateral wall LS is a pre-procedural determinant of AFR in patients undergoing CA, independent of LA enlargement. Characterization of atrial myocardial tissue properties by speckle tracking echo may aid the appropriate selection of adjunctive strategies and prognostication of patients undergoing CA.

  11. Left persistent superior vena cava and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: the role of selective radio-frequency transcatheter ablation.

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    Anselmino, Matteo; Ferraris, Federico; Cerrato, Natascia; Barbero, Umberto; Scaglione, Marco; Gaita, Fiorenzo

    2014-08-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (LPSVC) is a rare congenital anomaly of the thoracic venous system that can trigger paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The role of this venous anomaly must be carefully considered in patients undergoing conventional atrial fibrillation transcatheter ablation by pulmonary vein isolation to avoid unnecessary lesions, left atrium access and arrhythmia relapses. In fact, the present clinical perspective suggests sole LPSVC isolation is a well tolerated and effective approach in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and arrhythmic trigger originating from a LPSVC.

  12. Serum YKL-40 as a Marker of Left Atrial Fibrosis Assessed by Delayed Enhancement MRI in Lone Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Canpolat, Uğur; Aytemir, Kudret; Hazirolan, Tuncay; Özer, Necla; Oto, Ali

    2015-12-01

    Assessment of the left atrial (LA) fibrosis by using delayed-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is a pioneering noninvasive method. Serum YKL-40 is a novel marker for inflammation and known to play a role in ongoing tissue fibrosis. However, its role in LA fibrosis is unclear. We aimed to investigate the association of serum YKL-40 with the presence and extent of LA fibrosis. A total of 50 patients with lone paroxysmal AF (62% male; age: 47.2 ± 7.0 years) underwent cardiac DE-MRI according to study protocol. Cardiac DE-MRI at 1.5 Tesla scanner was used to quantify LA fibrosis. Serum YKL-40 levels and clinical and echocardiographic data were recorded in all participants. DE-MRI revealed any degree of LA fibrosis in 31 (62%) patients. Median serum YKL-40 was significantly higher (P = 0.008) and left venticular ejection fraction was lower (P = 0.047) in patients with LA fibrosis as compared to patients without LA fibrosis. Extent of LA fibrosis was significantly correlated with age, duration of AF history, serum C-reactive protein, and serum YKL-40 levels. Only log (YKL-40) level was found as independent predictor for the presence of LA fibrosis (odds ratio: 1.626, P = 0.022). Multivariate linear regression analysis pointed out that duration of AF history (β = 0.330, P = 0.003) and serum log (YKL-40) levels (β = 0.546, P < 0.001) were significantly and independently associated with the extent of LA fibrosis. Higher levels of serum YKL-40 are associated with the presence and more extensive LA fibrosis in patients with lone AF. As a marker of inflammation, serum YKL-40 may also be used as an indicator for the degree of LA fibrosis. ©2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Fibrosis and electrophysiological characteristics of the atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation and structural heart disease.

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    van Brakel, Thomas J; van der Krieken, Thomas; Westra, Sjoerd W; van der Laak, Jeroen A; Smeets, Joep L; van Swieten, Henry A

    2013-11-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the degree of fibrosis in atrial appendages of patients with and without atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery. In addition, we hypothesized that areas of atrial fibrosis can be identified by electrogram fractionation and low voltage for potential ablation therapy. Interstitial fibrosis from right (RAA) and/or left atrial appendages (LAA) was studied in patients with sinus rhythm (SR, n = 8), paroxysmal (n = 21), and persistent AF (n = 20) undergoing coronary artery bypass and/or aortic or mitral valve surgery. Atrial fibrosis quantification was performed with Masson trichrome staining. Intraoperative bipolar epicardial electrophysiological measurements were performed to correlate fibrosis to electrogram fractionation, voltage, and AF cycle length. The average degree of fibrosis was 11.2 ± 7.2 % in the LAA and 22.8 ± 7.6 % in the RAA (p < 0.001). Fibrosis was not significantly higher in paroxysmal AF patients compared to SR subjects (18.2 ± 8.7 versus 20.7 ± 5.3 %). Persistent AF patients had a higher degree of LAA and RAA fibrosis compared to paroxysmal AF patients (LAA 14.6 ± 8.7 versus 8.6 ± 4.7 %, p = 0.02, and RAA 28.2 ± 7.9 versus 18.2 ± 8.7 %, respectively, p = 0.04). The left atrial end diastolic volume index was higher in persistent AF patients compared to SR controls (38.3 ± 16.4 and 28 ± 11 ml/m(2), respectively, p = 0.04). No correlation between atrial fibrosis and electrogram fractionation or voltage was found. Patients with structural heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery have more fibrosis in the RAA than in the LAA. Furthermore, RAA fibrosis is increased in persistent AF but not paroxysmal AF patients compared to control subjects. Electrogram fractionation and low voltage did not provide accurate identification of the fibrotic substrate.

  14. The influence of white-coat hypertension on left atrial phasic function.

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    Tadic, Marijana; Cuspidi, Cesare; Pencic, Biljana; Rihor, Branislav; Radojkovic, Jana; Kocijanic, Vesna; Celic, Vera

    2017-04-01

    We aimed to investigate the association between white-coat hypertension (WCH) and left atrial (LA) phasic function assessed by the volumetric and speckle tracking method. This cross-sectional study included 52 normotensive individuals, 49 subjects with WCH and 56 untreated hypertensive patients who underwent a 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring and complete two-dimensional echocardiographic examination (2DE). WCH was diagnosed if clinic blood pressure (BP) was elevated and 24-h BP was normal. We obtained that maximum, minimum LA and pre-A LAV volumes and volume indexes gradually and significantly increased from the normotensive subjects, throughout the white-coat hypertensive individuals to the hypertensive patients. Passive LA emptying fraction (EF), representing the LA conduit function, gradually reduced from normotensive to hypertensive subjects. Active LA EF and the parameter of the LA booster pump function increased in the same direction. Similar results were obtained by 2DE strain analysis. The LA stiffness index gradually increased from normotensive controls, throughout white-coat hypertensive subjects to hypertensive patients. Clinic systolic BP was associated with LA passive EF (β= -0.283, p = 0.001), LA active EF (β = 0.342, p < 0.001), LA total longitudinal strain (β= -0.356, p < 0.001), LA positive longitudinal strain (β= -0.264, p = 0.009) and LA stiffness index (β = 0.398, p < 0.001) without regard to age, BMI, left ventricular structure and diastolic function in the whole study population. In the conclusion, WCH significantly impacts LA phasic function and stiffness. Clinic systolic BP was associated with functional and mechanical LA remodeling in the whole study population.

  15. The relationship between blood pressure variability, obesity and left atrial phasic function in hypertensive population.

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    Tadic, Marijana; Cuspidi, Cesare; Ilic, Irena; Suzic-Lazić, Jelena; Zivanovic, Vladimir; Jozika, Ljilja; Celic, Vera

    2016-04-01

    We sought to investigate the relationship between blood pressure (BP) variability and left atrial (LA) phasic function assessed by volumetric and speckle tracking method in normal-weight, overweight and obese hypertensive patients. This cross-sectional study included 164 untreated hypertensive subjects who underwent a 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring and complete two-dimensional echocardiographic examination (2DE). All the patients were separated into three groups according to their body mass index (BMI): normal-weight patients (BMI < 25 kg/m(2)), overweight patients (25 ≤ BMI < 30 kg/m(2)), and obese patients (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2)). Daytime, nighttime and 24 h BP variability indices were higher in obese hypertensive subjects than in lean patients. Maximum and minimum LA volumes and volume indexes gradually and significantly increased, whereas pre-A LAV decreased, from normal-weight to obese subjects. Total and passive LA emptying fractions, representing LA reservoir and conduit function, gradually reduced from lean to obese individuals. Active LA EF, the parameter of LA booster pump function, increased in the same direction. Similar results were obtained by 2DE strain analysis. BP variability parameters were associated with structural, functional and mechanical parameters of LA remodeling in the whole study population. The parameters of LA reservoir function were negatively related with BP variability indices, whereas the parameters of LA pump function were positively related with BP variability indices. Obesity significantly impacts BP variability and LA phasic function in untreated hypertensive subjects. BP variability is associated with LA remodeling independent of BP, left ventricular systolic and diastolic function.

  16. Recovery of left ventricular and left atrial mechanics in various entities of aortic stenosis 12 months after TAVI.

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    Spethmann, Sebastian; Baldenhofer, Gerd; Dreger, Henryk; Stüer, Katharina; Sanad, Wasiem; Saghabalyan, Davit; Müller, Eda; Stangl, Verena; Baumann, Gert; Stangl, Karl; Laule, Michael; Knebel, Fabian

    2014-04-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been shown to improve prognosis of high-risk patients. Data, however, concerning the impact of TAVI on regional and global left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) mechanics in varying entities of severe aortic stenosis (AS) are sparse, particularly in patients with paradoxical low-flow (PLF) AS or with reduced LV ejection fraction (LVEF). This study evaluated the effects of TAVI on LA and LV mechanics in varying entities of AS 12 months after implantation. A total of 54 consecutive patients with severe AS (24 with a normal LVEF and normal flow, 16 with PLF, and 14 with a reduced LVEF) were included. Speckle tracking echocardiography was performed before and 12 months after TAVI to determine LV global and regional longitudinal deformation as well as LA function (reservoir function, conduit phase, and active contraction). In all the three entities of AS, there was a significant improvement in global and regional LV longitudinal function (average global longitudinal strain: -14.1 ± 3.9% at baseline vs. -16.5 ± 4.0% after TAVI, P < 0.001). Interestingly, the beneficial effects were most pronounced in patients with PLF (-14.0 ± 2.9 vs. -17.0 ± 4.4%, P < 0.031). Moreover, the atrial reservoir and conduit function recovered significantly after TAVI in all patients. In conclusion, regardless of the underlying AS entity, TAVI improves global and regional LV and LA mechanics within 12 months.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  18. Left ventricular volumes and function during atrial pacing in coronary artery disease: a radionuclide angiographic study

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    Rozenman, Y.; Weiss, A.T.; Atlan, H.; Gotsman, M.S.

    1984-02-01

    This study set out to determine the pathophysiologic changes in the left ventricle during atrial pacing in 22 patients with coronary artery disease. Graduated right atrial pacing to a rate of 160 beats/min, or the induction of angina pectoris or significant ST depression was undertaken. Ventricular volumes were measured at rest and at rates of 100, 120, 140 and 160 beats/min using radionuclide angiography. The volumes at a pacing rate of 100 beats/min were used as a reference standard (100%). In the 22 patients with coronary artery disease, left ventricular end-diastolic volume decreased from 118 +/- 3% at rest to 80 +/- 5% at a rate of 160 beats/min; stroke volume from 121 +/- 3% to 54 +/- 5%; and ejection fraction (EF) from 49 +/- 3% to 37 +/- 5%. End-systolic volume decreased from 118 +/- 4% at rest, reached its minimal value of 94 +/- 5% at a rate of 120 beats/min and then increased slightly to 106 +/- 9% at 160 beats/min. Cardiac output and blood pressure did not change significantly. Compared to the control group of 10 normal subjects, the patients had a significantly smaller decrease in end-diastolic volume and end-systolic volume than in normal control subjects. EF in the normal subjects did not change. Blood pressure, cardiac output and stroke volume were similar in both groups. Atrial pacing tachycardia induced reversible ventricular dysfunction with a decrease in EF. Stroke volume was maintained because of relative ventricular dilatation.

  19. Peri-procedural silent cerebral infarcts after left atrial appendage occlusion.

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    Laible, M; Möhlenbruch, M; Horstmann, S; Pfaff, J; Geis, N A; Pleger, S; Schüler, S; Rizos, T; Bendszus, M; Veltkamp, R

    2017-01-01

    To determine the rate of peri-interventional silent brain infarcts after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO). In this prospective, uncontrolled single-center pilot study, consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing LAAO between July 2013 and January 2016 were included. The Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, WATCHMAN or Amulet device was used. A neurological examination and cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed within 48 h before and after the procedure. MRI was evaluated for new diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) hyperintensities, cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) and white-matter lesions (WMLs). Left atrial appendage occlusion was performed in 21 patients (mean age, 73.2 ± 9.5 years). Main reasons for LAAO were previous intracerebral hemorrhage (n = 11) and major systemic bleeding (n = 6). No clinically overt stroke occurred peri-interventionally. After the intervention, one patient had a small cerebellar hyperintensity on DWI (4.8%; 95% confidence interval, 0.0-14.3) that was not present on the MRI 1 day before the procedure. Among 11 patients with available MRI just before LAAO, there were no significant changes in the number of CMBs and the severity of WMLs after LAAO. This study of peri-interventional MRI in LAAO suggests a low rate of silent peri-procedural infarcts in this elderly population. Confirmation in larger studies is needed. © 2016 EAN.

  20. A combination of P wave electrocardiography and plasma brain natriuretic peptide level for predicting the progression to persistent atrial fibrillation: comparisons of sympathetic activity and left atrial size.

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    Akutsu, Yasushi; Kaneko, Kyouichi; Kodama, Yusuke; Miyoshi, Fumito; Li, Hui-Ling; Watanabe, Norikazu; Asano, Taku; Tanno, Kaoru; Suyama, Jumpei; Namiki, Atsuo; Gokan, Takehiko; Kobayashi, Youichi

    2013-11-01

    Development of atrial fibrillation (AF) is complexly associated with electrical and structural remodeling and other factors every stage of AF development. We hypothesized that P wave electrocardiography with an elevated brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level would be associated with the progression to persistence from paroxysmal AF. P wave electrocardiography such as a maximum P wave duration (MPWD) and dispersion by 12-leads ECG, heart/mediastinum (H/M) ratio by delayed iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphic imaging, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and left atrial dimension (LAD) by echocardiography, and plasma BNP level were measured to evaluate the electrical and structural properties and sympathetic activity in 71 patients (mean ± standard deviation, age: 67 ± 13 years, 63.4 % males) with idiopathic paroxysmal AF. Over a 12.9-year follow-up period, AF developed into persistent AF in 30 patients. A wider MPWD (>129 ms) (p = 0.001), wider P wave dispersion (>60 ms) (p = 0.001), LAD enlargement (>40 mm) (p = 0.001), higher BNP level (>72 pg/mL) (p = 0.002), lower H/M ratio (≤2.7) (p = 0.025), and lower LVEF (≤60 %) (p = 0.035) were associated with the progression to persistent AF, and the wide MPWD was an independently powerful predictor of the progression to persistent AF with a hazard ratio (HR) of 5.49 [95 % confidence interval (CI) 2.38-12.7, p < 0.0001] after adjusting for potential confounding variables, such as age and sex. The combination of wide MPWD and elevated BNP level was additive and incremental prognostic power with 13.3 [2.16-13, p < 0.0001]. The wide MPWD with elevated BNP level was associated with the progression to persistent AF.

  1. Surviving catastrophic disintegration of a large left atrial myxoma: the importance of multi-disciplinary team.

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    Habbab, Louay; Alfaraidi, Haifa; Lamy, Andre

    2014-09-12

    Atrial myxomas are the most common primary cardiac tumors, representing ∼50% of all benign cardiac tumors. Patients with a left atrial myxoma (LAM) generally present with symptoms of mechanical obstruction of blood flow, systemic emboli or constitutional symptoms. Embolic complications may occur any time with progression of the tumor; therefore, myxoma is usually considered an indication for urgent surgery. This report describes a patient with mobile large LAM who survived multiple emboli to the brain, spleen, kidneys, abdominal aorta and lower limbs during hospitalization for surgery, illustrating the critical nature of this finding and its possible catastrophic complications and demonstrating the importance of multi-disciplinary team in the decision-making process and the management of such complications and supporting the hypothesis that intravenous thrombolysis may be safely used in the treatment of embolic stroke due to cardiac myxoma.

  2. Changes in Left Ventricular Filling in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

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    Naji, Franjo; Pagliaruzzi, Mihael; Penko, Meta; Kanic, Vojko; Vokac, Damijan

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Former studies showed possible interrelationship between altered ventricular filling patterns and atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Long term persistent AF has a negative impact on left ventricular filling in patients with preserved ejection fraction of left ventricle. METHODS: Our study was designed as a prospective case control study. We included 40 patients with persistent AF and preserved ejection fraction after successful electrical cardioversion and 43 control patients. Persistent AF was defined as AF lasting more than 4 weeks. Cardiac ultrasound was performed in all patients 24 hours after the procedure. Appropriate mitral flow and tissue Doppler velocities as well as standard echocardiographic measurements were obtained. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between both groups' parameters regarding age, sex, commorbidities or drug therapy. Analysis of mitral flow velocities showed significant increase of E value in AF group (0.96±0.27 vs.0.70±0.14; p = 0.001). Tissue Doppler measurements didn't reveal any differences in early diastolic movement, however there was a statistically significant difference in E/Em values of both groups, respectively (12.0±4.0 vs. 9.0±2.1; p= 0.001). CONCLUSION: Our study shows that in patients with preserved systolic function and persistent AF shortly after cardioversion diastolic ventricular filling patterns are altered mainly due to increased left atrial pressure and not due to impaired diastolic relaxation of left ventricle. Further studies are needed in order to define the interplay between diminished atrial function and impaired ventricular filling. PMID:24324364

  3. Left atrial electromechanical conduction time predicts atrial fibrillation in patients with mitral stenosis: a 5-year follow-up speckle-tracking echocardiography study.

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    Candan, Ozkan; Gecmen, Cetin; Kalayci, Arzu; Dogan, Cem; Bayam, Emrah; Ozkan, Mehmet

    2017-04-19

    Prolonged left atrial electromechanical conduction time is related with atrial electrical remodeling, and is predictive of the development of atrial fibrillation. The aim of our study was to examine whether left atrial electromechanical conduction time (EMT) and left atrial strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) are predictors for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with mitral stenosis (MS) at 5-year follow-up. A total of 81 patients (61% females; mean age 38.1 ± 12.1 years) with mild or moderate MS of rheumatic origin according to ACC/AHA guidelines who were in sinus rhythm, and were asymptomatic or have NYHA class 1 symptom were included in the study. AF was searched by 12-lead electrocardiograms or 24-h Holter recordings during follow-up period. Atrial electromechanical conduction time (EMT), peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) and peak atrial contraction strain (PACS) were measured by STE. EMTs was defined as the interval between the onset of P-wave to the peak late diastolic longitudinal strain in the basal lateral and septal wall. During the follow-up period of 5 years (mean follow-up duration, 48.2 ± 13.3 months), 30 patients (37%) developed AF on standard 12-lead ECG or at their 24-h Holter recording. At follow-up, patients who developed AF were older than patients without AF (42.4 ± 11.3 vs. 35.6 ± 11.9, p = 0.014). Mitral valve area (MVA) (1.39 ± 0.14 vs. 1.48 ± 0.18, p = 0.03), PALS (13.4 ± 4.6 vs. 19 ± 5.2, p < 0.001) and PACS (6 ± 2.7 vs. 8.4 ± 3.8, p = 0.004), were lower in patients who developed AF than in patients who did not develop. However, EMTs-Septal (208.2 ± 28.4 vs. 180.2 ± 38, p = 0.001), and EMTs-Lateral (247.1 ± 27.6 vs. 213.3 ± 43.5, p < 0.001) were longer in patients with AF than in patients without. In multivariate Cox regression analysis, PALS and left atrial EMTs-Lateral were independent

  4. Cardiac CT angiography for device surveillance after endovascular left atrial appendage closure.

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    Saw, Jacqueline; Fahmy, Peter; DeJong, Peggy; Lempereur, Mathieu; Spencer, Ryan; Tsang, Michael; Gin, Kenneth; Jue, John; Mayo, John; McLaughlin, Patrick; Nicolaou, Savvas

    2015-11-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) device imaging after endovascular closure is important to assess for device thrombus, residual leak, positioning, surrounding structures, and pericardial effusion. Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) is well suited to assess these non-invasively. We report our consecutive series of non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients who underwent CCTA post-LAA closure with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP), Amulet (second generation ACP), or WATCHMAN devices. Patients underwent CCTA typically 1-6 months post-implantation. Prospective cardiac-gated CCTA was performed with Toshiba 320-detector or Siemens 2nd generation 128-slice dual-source scanners, and images interpreted with VitreaWorkstation™. GFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m(2) was an exclusion. We assessed for device thrombus, residual LAA leak, device embolization, position, pericardial effusion, optimal implantation, and device lobe dimensions. Forty-five patients underwent CCTA at median 97 days post-LAA closure (18 ACP, 9 Amulet, 18 WATCHMAN). Average age was 75.5 ± 8.9 years, mean CHADS2 score 3.1 ± 1.3, and CHADS-VASc score 4.9 ± 1.6. All had contraindications to oral anticoagulation. Post-procedure, 41 (91.1%) were discharged on DAPT. There was one device embolization (ACP, successfully retrieved percutaneously) and one thrombus (WATCHMAN, resolved with 3 months of warfarin). There were two pericardial effusions, both pre-existing and not requiring intervention. Residual leak (patency) was seen in 28/44 (63.6%), and the mechanisms of leak were readily identified by CCTA (off-axis device, gaps at orifice, or fabric leak). Mean follow-up was 1.2 ± 1.1year, with no death, stroke, or systemic embolism. CCTA appears to be a feasible alternative to transoesophageal echocardiography for post-LAA device surveillance to evaluate for device thrombus, residual leak, embolization, position, and pericardial effusion. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. M2-muscarinic acetylcholine receptor autoantibody levels predict left atrial fibrosis severity in paroxysmal lone atrial fibrillation patients undergoing cryoablation.

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    Gurses, Kadri Murat; Yalcin, Muhammed Ulvi; Kocyigit, Duygu; Kesikli, Sacit Altug; Canpolat, Ugur; Yorgun, Hikmet; Sahiner, Mehmet Levent; Kaya, Ergun Baris; Hazirolan, Tuncay; Ozer, Necla; Oto, Mehmet Ali; Guc, Dicle; Aytemir, Kudret

    2015-02-01

    Atrial fibrosis has been found to be associated with recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) following catheter ablation. Autoantibodies against M2-muscarinic receptors (anti-M2-R) may play a role in the development of AF by inducing left atrial (LA) fibrosis. In this study, we aim to compare anti-M2-R levels between paroxysmal lone AF patients and healthy control subjects and to investigate the relationship between pre-ablation anti-M2-R level, LA fibrosis quantified by delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI), and AF recurrence following cryoablation. Thirty-one patients with paroxysmal lone AF (53.4 ± 8.0 years, 61% male), who underwent cryoballoon-based ablation, along with 31 healthy control subjects were included. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay tests to measure serum anti-M2-R levels were performed in both groups and DE-MRI was done to quantify LA fibrosis prior to the ablation in the patients. Anti-M2-R levels were higher in the study population when compared with control subjects [212.4 (103.2-655.5) vs. 73.0 (39.5-299.1) ng/mL, P < 0.001]. Anti-M2-R level predicted moderate-extensive LA fibrosis independent of other measures [odds ratio: 1.26 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.04-1.53), P = 0.017]. At a mean follow-up of 35.2 ± 3.5 months, nine patients (29.0%) had AF recurrence. In the Cox regression model including pre-ablation anti-M2-R level, LA diameter, LA volume index, and moderate-extensive LA fibrosis, only moderate-extensive LA fibrosis predicted late AF recurrence independent of other measures [hazard ratio: 29.41 (95% CI: 3.52-250.00), P = 0.002]. Serum anti-M2-R levels may be associated with the severity of LA fibrosis and may be implicated in the pathophysiology of AF recurrence following cryoablation. Detection of anti-M2-R levels may help select appropriate patients for the procedure. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

  8. The impact of left atrial size on long-term outcome of catheter ablation of chronic atrial fibrillation.

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    Lo, Li-Wei; Lin, Yenn-Jiang; Tsao, Hsuan-Ming; Chang, Shih-Lin; Udyavar, Ameya R; Hu, Yu-Feng; Ueng, Kwo-Chang; Tsai, Wen-Chin; Tuan, Ta-Chun; Chang, Chien-Jung; Tang, Wei-Hua; Higa, Satoshi; Tai, Ching-Tai; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2009-11-01

    The left atrial (LA) size is an important predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) procedural termination and the long-term outcome. We sought to evaluate the long-term outcome in regard to the LA size and procedural termination. Eighty-seven consecutive chronic AF patients (72 males, 53 +/- 10 years) underwent 3D mapping (NavX) and ablation. A stepwise approach including circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) isolation, linear ablation, and continuous complex-fractionated electrogram (CFE) ablation (targeting fractionation intervals of < 50 ms). Electrical cardioversion was applied to those without any procedural termination. The freedom from AF was defined as the maintenance of sinus rhythm without the use of any class I or III antiarrhythmic drugs after the blanking period. Among the 87 patients, all received a circumferential PV isolation, 93% a linear ablation, and 59% a continuous CFE ablation. Those with AF procedural termination (n = 30) had a better long-term outcome when compared with those without termination during a follow-up of 21 +/- 12 months. Moreover, a Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that in those with an LA diameter of less than 45 mm (n = 49), the freedom from AF rate was higher when procedural termination was achieved (P = 0.004). On the contrary, the outcome was comparable in those with an LA diameter of >or= 45 mm (n = 38), whether AF procedural termination occurred or not (P = 0.658). AF procedural termination was related to the long-term success during chronic AF ablation, especially in those with an LA diameter of less than 45 mm. The favorable effect of termination decreased when the LA diameter was >or= 45 mm.

  9. Prevalence and predictors of left atrial thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation: is transesophageal echocardiography necessary before cardioversion?

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    Malik, Rahul; Alyeshmerni, Daniel M; Wang, Zuyue; Goldstein, Steven A; Torguson, Rebecca; Lindsay, Joseph; Waksman, Ron; Ben-Dor, Itsik

    2015-01-01

    Systemic embolization threatens patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The risk is enhanced at the time of cardioversion. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) prior to cardioversion to screen for left atrial thrombus (LAT), a marker of high risk for embolization, is recommended for many patients with AF. To determine clinical and echocardiographic factors associated with LAT formation in AF. Data from 600 consecutive patients with AF undergoing TEE prior to cardioversion for the detection of LAT were analyzed. Clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic parameters were abstracted from the clinical record. TEE identified LAT in 70 (11.6%) and dense (LA) spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in 156 (26%). Baseline characteristics and echocardiographic parameters of patients with or without LAT are compared. A prior myocardial infarction, 21 (29.4 %) vs. 31 (5.8), (p < 0.001); hypertension, 60 (85.7%) vs. 386 (72.8), (p 0.02); CHADS(2) ≥ 2, 56 (80%) vs. 308 (58.1%), (p < 0.001) prevalence was higher in patients with LAT. Patients with LAT had lower ejection fraction 38.2 ± 15.6 vs. 46.2 ± 14.5, (p < 0.001); higher LA diameter 4.98 ± 0.7 vs. 4.52 ± 0.7, (p <0.001); dense LA SEC 44 (62.8) vs. 112 (21.1), (p < 0.001); and low LA appendage emptying velocity 21.7 ± 12.9 vs. 37.5 ± 19.4, (p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis was done, and it revealed that low LA emptying velocity had the strongest independent association with LAT (HR 0.89 [CI 0.83-0.96], p value <0.001. LAT is not an uncommon finding of AF patients prior to cardioversion. The current practice of TEE examination may be justified since neither clinical nor routine 2D echo examinations reliably identify LAT. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  10. Impact of metabolic syndrome on left atrial electroanatomical remodeling and outcomes after radiofrequency ablation of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Dinov, Borislav; Kosiuk, Jedrzej; Kircher, Simon; Bollmann, Andreas; Acou, Willem-Jan; Arya, Arash; Hindricks, Gerhard; Rolf, Sascha

    2014-06-01

    Recent studies reported worse outcomes after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, mechanisms of AF recurrence in MetS remain unclear. We performed pulmonary vein isolation and voltage mapping in 236 patients with AF (age 61±9.6 years; persistent AF 64%; MetS 54%). Left atrial (LA) low voltage areas were semiquantitatively estimated and presented as low voltage index. MetS was defined according to National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III. Follow-up for AF recurrence ≤12 months was performed. LA low voltage areas were observed in 46% of patients with MetS versus 8.2% patients without MetS ; P<0.0001. MetS was an independent predictor of LA low voltage areas: odds ratio, 11.64; 95% confidence interval, 4.381-30.903; P<0.0001. Observed AF recurrence at 12 months was 42.7% in MetS versus 36.1% in the non-MetS group (P=0.303). The presence of LA low voltage areas was a predictor of 12-month AF recurrence: odds ratio, 2.99; 95% confidence interval, 1.36-6.56; P=0.006. Probability of 12-month AF recurrence increased with 84.5% for every unit of low voltage Index. MetS was not associated with worse outcomes after radiofrequency catheter ablation of AF, but LA low voltage areas were more frequently observed in patients with MetS. The presence and extent of LA low voltage areas may influence the long-term outcomes after catheter ablation. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. [Atrial filling fraction predicts left ventricular systolic function after myocardial infarction: pre-discharge echocardiographic evaluation].

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    Galderisi, M; Fakher, A; Petrocelli, A; Alfieri, A; Garofalo, M; de Divitiis, O

    1995-10-01

    Aim of the study was to examine the relation between Doppler-derived indices of left ventricular diastolic and systolic function early after myocardial infarction. Fifty-three patients (31 males, 22 females) recovering from acute myocardial infarction underwent predischarge Doppler echocardiographic examination. Patients with age > 70 years, previous myocardial infarction, more than mild mitral and aortic regurgitation, mitral and aortic stenosis were excluded. Twenty-two healthy subjects (13 males; 9 females) free of coronary risk factors were selected as the control group. Both end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes and ejection fraction were measured by two-dimensional echocardiography. Pulsed Doppler was used to evaluate mitral inflow and left ventricular outflow velocity patterns. The following indices were measured: peak velocity of early (E) and late (A) flows, ratio of E/A peak velocities, ratio of early to late time velocity integrals, atrial filling fraction (time velocity integral A / time velocity integral of flow during total diastole) and deceleration time of E wave for mitral inflow; peak and time-velocity integral for left ventricular outflow. Stroke volume and cardiac output were obtained by pulsed Doppler using the left ventricular outflow method. The two groups were comparable for age, with blood pressure (p < 0.05) and heart rate (p < 0.01) reduced in myocardial infarction patients. Both end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes were significantly higher (both p < 0.0001) and ejection fraction (p < 0.0001) lower after myocardial infarction. Also stroke volume and cardiac output (both p < 0.0001) were reduced in myocardial infarction patients. No significant difference in Doppler indices of diastolic function was observed between the two groups, except for shortened deceleration time (p < 0.0001) in myocardial infarction patients. Multilinear regression analyses were performed separately into the two groups to identify determinants of left

  12. Left atrial strain assessed by three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography predicts atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Mochizuki, Atsushi; Yuda, Satoshi; Fujito, Takefumi; Kawamukai, Mina; Muranaka, Atsuko; Nagahara, Daigo; Shimoshige, Shinya; Hashimoto, Akiyoshi; Miura, Tetsuji

    2017-06-01

    Several studies have shown the utility of left atrial (LA) function determined by two-dimensional or three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D- or 3D-STE) for identifying patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). However, whether 3D-STE is applicable for prediction of the recurrence of AF after catheter ablation (CA) remains unknown. We examined whether any 3D-STE parameters are better than 2D-STE parameters for the prediction of AF recurrence. Forty-two patients with paroxysmal AF (58 ± 10 years old, 69% male) underwent 2D- and 3D-STE within 3 days before first-time CA. The global peak LA longitudinal, circumferential, and area strains during systole (3D-GLSs, -GCSs, and -GASs, respectively) and those just before atrial contraction (3D-GLSa, -GCSa, and -GASa, respectively) were determined by 3D-STE and standard deviations of times to peaks of regional LA strains were calculated as indices of LA dyssynchrony. In 2D-STE, global LA longitudinal strains during systole and just before atrial contraction (2D-GLSs and -GLSa) were determined. During follow-up of 441 ± 221 days, 12 patients (29%) had AF recurrence. In the univariate Cox proportional hazard analysis, age [hazard ratio (HR): 1.08, p = 0.04], 3D-GCSs (HR: 0.91, p = 0.03), and 3D-GASs (HR: 0.95, p = 0.01) were predictors of AF recurrence, though associations of recurrence with 2D-STE parameters, indices of LA synchrony, and LA volume were not significant. Multivariable analysis showed that 3D-GASs was an independent predictor of AF recurrence (HR: 0.96, p = 0.048). LA strain determined by 3D-STE is a novel and better predictor of AF recurrence after CA than that determined by 2D-STE or other known predictors.

  13. [The effect of atrial pacing on left ventricular diastolic function and BNP levels in patients with DDD pacemaker].

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    Apali, Zeynep; Bayata, Serdar; Yeşil, Murat; Arikan, Erdinç; Postaci, Nursen

    2010-08-01

    We aimed to investigate the effect of atrial pacing on left ventricular diastolic function and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with DDD pacemaker. Thirty patients with complete atrio-ventricular (AV) block and DDD pacemaker were included. All patients had normal left ventricular systolic function. Echocardiographic diastolic function parameters (transmitral and tissue Doppler velocities during early (E and E') and late (A and A') filling) and NT-pro-BNP levels were evaluated prospectively during atrial sensing and pacing periods. Echocardiographic data were compared with paired sample t test and NT-pro-BNP levels were compared with Wilcoxon test. Echocardiographic E/A, E'/A', E/E' ratios were calculated as 0.72+/-0.34, 0.61+/-0.21 and 8.76+/-2.58 during atrial sensing period. Same parameters were found as 0.71+/-0.23, 0.64+/-0.16 and 8.93+/-3.16 respectively during atrial pacing period. Echocardiographic left ventricular diastolic function parameters were not significantly different during atrial pacing and atrial sensing periods. Median plasma NT-pro-BNP levels were measured as 142 pg/ml (min-max 47-563 pg/ml) and 147 pg/ml (min-max 33-1035 pg/ml) during atrial sensing and pacing periods respectively. These levels were not significantly different (p=0.86). The result of this study has shown that, atrial pacing has not any additional detrimental effect on left ventricular diastolic function parameters in paced patients with normal left ventricular systolic function.

  14. Congenital pseudoaneurysm of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa masquerading as left atrial mass in fetal life

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    Chidambarathanu, Shanthi; Raja, Vijayalakshmi; Suresh, Indrani

    2017-01-01

    A 28-week-old fetus was detected to have a single left atrial mass in prenatal ultrasound. Postnatal echocardiography showed an aneurysm between the anterior mitral leaflet and aortic valve, to the left of atrioventricular junction and communicating with the left ventricle through a narrow mouth. It probably originated from the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrous tissue and an inherent weakness at this site might be the cause. Reported cases of pseudoaneurysm of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa and subvalvular ventricular aneurysms seen following infective endocarditis, surgery, or trauma seem to have a similar anatomical background. This case explains the possibility of congenital aneurysm in this location which needs to be considered a differential diagnosis in similar cases. PMID:28163433

  15. Left atrium pulmonary veins: segmentation and quantification for planning atrial fibrillation ablation

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    Karim, R.; Mohiaddin, R.; Rueckert, D.

    2009-02-01

    The paper presents a technique for detecting detecting left atrium as well as the pulmonary veins of the left atrium by tracing out their centerlines. A vessel detection and traversal process is initiated from the venoatrial junctions. Pulmonary veins draining into the left atrium via these junctions are thus detected, also enabling the detection of the ostium. Ostial diameters are measured from the detected centerlines using a best-fitting ellipse. Quantitative validation of the techniques are reported on nine patient datasets. In only two of the datasets, mis-detections were identified. The ostial diameter measurements indicated an error of at most 5% in most of the cases. We envisage that the techniques presented will facilitate in planning the non-pharmacological treatment of atrial fibrillation using radio-frequency ablation therapy.

  16. Chronic left atrial volume overload abbreviates the action potential duration of the canine pulmonary vein myocardium via activation of IK channel.

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    Nouchi, Hideaki; Takahara, Akira; Nakamura, Hideki; Namekata, Iyuki; Sugimoto, Takahiko; Tsuneoka, Yayoi; Takeda, Kiyoshi; Tanaka, Toshikazu; Shigenobu, Koki; Sugiyama, Atsushi; Tanaka, Hikaru

    2008-11-12

    Electrophysiological properties of the pulmonary vein myocardium were assessed in a canine chronic atrioventricular block model resulting in left atrial volume overload. Five chronic atrioventricular block dogs and five sham-operated dogs were used. The heart was removed two months after a surgical procedure causing atrioventricular block, when atrial structural remodeling was established. Standard microelectrode penetrations were made with glass microelectrodes to obtain action potential signals of left atrium and pulmonary vein myocardia. The resting membrane potential in the pulmonary vein was more positive than that in the left atrium (-69 mV vs -74 mV) in both animal groups. The action potential duration at 50% repolarization of the pulmonary vein was shorter in the chronic atrioventricular block dogs than in the sham-operated dogs (38 ms vs 63 ms), whereas no significant difference was detected in the action potential duration of the left atrium between the two animal groups (67 ms vs 61 ms). The action potential duration of the pulmonary vein in the chronic atrioventricular block dogs was prolonged by charybdotoxin but not by iberiotoxin. Such prolongation was not observed in the normal pulmonary vein. These results suggest that long-term left atrial dilatation shortened the action potential duration of pulmonary vein myocardium, which may be associated with activation of the intermediate conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel (IK channel).

  17. Transcathether closure of a right pulmonary artery-to-left atrial fistula using Amplatzer muscular ventricular septal defect occluder.

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    Ece, Ibrahim; Uner, Abdurrahman; Cuce, Ferhat; Balli, Sevket

    2014-10-01

    A right pulmonary artery-to-left atrial fistula is a very rare cyanotic congenital heart defect and is characterized by cyanosis and normal auscultation of the heart. Interventional closure of the fistula using occluder devices and coils has been rarely reported. We report the successful closure of a RPA-to-left atrial fistula using an Amplatzer muscular ventricular septal defect occluder in a child with cyanosis. The two-dimensional echocardiogram with bubble contrast study demonstrated the communication between right pulmonary artery and left atrium. Computerized tomography confirmed the diagnosis and delineated the anatomy.

  18. Biplane assessment of left ventricular function during atrial fibrillation at beats with equal subsequent cycles.

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    Wang, Chun-Li; Ho, Wan-Jing; Luqman, Nazar; Hsu, Lung-An; Kuo, Chi-Tai

    2006-10-26

    Prior study has demonstrated that the biplane single-beat method could be used to assess left ventricular function during atrial fibrillation at a beat with equal subsequent cycles. The study was to test whether we could improve the method by measuring a few beats with equal subsequent cycles and cycle-length limits. In 75 patients with atrial fibrillation, stroke volume and ejection fraction were determined from simultaneous biplane views of left ventricle for 20 beats using a matrix-array transducer and a biplane Simpson's rule. The influence of cycle lengths on the values of systolic parameters at beats with equal subsequent cycles was examined from the plot of normalized parameters (measured values/average values) against cycle lengths. The values of 1 to 3 beats with equal subsequent cycles and cycle-length limits were averaged and compared with the average values over 20 beats by Bland-Altman and mean percentage difference analysis. The variability of repeat measurements was evaluated in 10 patients. The systolic parameters measured at beats with cycle lengths shorter than 500 ms were usually far below the average values. Agreement and mean percentage difference analysis revealed improved accuracy when 2 or 3 beats with cycle-length limits (>500 ms) were used for assessment. As the variability of averaging 2 or 3 beats is no greater than that of repeat measurements, both methods are equally good. Accurate assessment of left ventricular systolic function in atrial fibrillation can be obtained by averaging 2 beats with equal subsequent cycles and cycle-length limits (>500 ms).

  19. Left Ventricular Assist Device Insertion in a Patient With Biventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy, Ebstein Anomaly, and a Left Atrial Mass: A Case Report.

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    Kumar, Nikhil; Troianos, Christopher A; Baisden, Joshua S

    2016-12-15

    In this report, we present the case of a patient with biventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy, Ebstein anomaly, and a left atrial mass who required emergent placement of a left ventricular assist device. The noncompaction cardiomyopathy complicated the left ventricular assist device implantation procedure because the thickened, trabeculated myocardium made it difficult to place the inflow cannula. We discuss our perioperative management strategy, in which transesophageal echocardiography was used, to help the surgical team identify the proper cannula placement and provide a bridge to transplantation.

  20. Percutaneous closure of a very large left atrial appendage using the Amplatzer amulet.

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    Freixa, Xavier; Kwai Chan, Jason Leung; Tzikas, Apostolos; Garceau, Patrick; Basmadjian, Arsène; Ibrahim, Réda

    2013-10-01

    Although percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is becoming a common procedure worldwide, there are still some anatomic limitations. The size of the LAA is one of the current limitations as the most popular devices do not allow the closure of very large LAAs. The new Amplatzer Cardiac Plug 2, also called "Amulet," has been redesigned not only to improve delivery and safety but also to allow the closure of larger LAAs. The present report describes the successful closure of a very large LAA using the Amulet. Copyright © 2013 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Late MitraClip procedure after left atrial appendage occlusion: indication and procedure description.

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    Cammalleri, Valeria; Scandura, Salvatore; Tamburino, Corrado; Ussia, Gian Paolo

    2014-02-01

    We report the first human case of percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair using MitraClip System (Abbott Vascular, Abbott Park, IL) in a patient, who previously underwent left atrial appendage closure with PLAATO™ System (ev3. Inc., Plymouth, MN). The procedure was successfully performed using the standard MitraClip technique, in the catheterization laboratory, with transesophageal echocardiographic and fluoroscopic guidance. We showed that a double percutaneous procedure for stroke prevention and mitral regurgitation treatment might be a valid approach in selected patients ineligible for chronic anticoagulation therapy and at high risk for conventional cardiac surgery. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Left atrial mass 16 years after radiation therapy for mediastinal neuroblastoma

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    Ensing, G.J.; Driscoll, D.J.; Smithson, W.A.

    1987-01-01

    Tumors involving the heart during childhood are rare. However, neuroblastoma, a common pediatric malignancy, has been described to involve the cardiovascular system in 3%-12% of patients dying with this tumor. Rarely is such involvement diagnosed ante mortem and never, to our knowledge, has a benign cardiac tumor been reported to present in childhood after successful eradication of neuroblastoma. We describe the identification and surgical resection of a nodular, hypertrophied, calcified, pedunculated left atrial mass in a 16-year-old boy who was complaining of exercise-associated presyncope and headaches 16 years after irradiation and chemotherapy for mediastinal neuroblastoma.

  3. Left atrial appendage morphology and risk of stroke following pulmonary vein isolation for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation in low CHA2DS2Vasc risk patients.

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    Kelly, Faith R; Hull, Robert A; Arrey-Mbi, Takor B; Williams, Michael U; Lee, Joshua S; Slim, Ahmad M; Thomas, Dustin M

    2017-02-28

    Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) has become an important adjunct in the structural assessment of the pulmonary veins (PV) prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published data is conflicting regarding a relationship between left atrial appendage (LAA) and the risk of ischemic stroke (CVA) following PVI. We investigated the associations of volumetric and morphologic left atrial (LA) and LAA measurements for CVA following PVI. We retrospectively reviewed 332 consecutive patients with drug refractory atrial fibrillation who obtained cardiac CT angiogram (CCTA) prior to PVI. Baseline demographic data, procedural and lab details, and outcomes were obtained from abstraction of an electronic medical records system. LA, LAA, and PV volumes were measured using CCTA datasets utilizing a semi-automated 3D workstation application. LAA morphology was assigned utilizing volume rendered images as previously described. The study cohort was 55 ± 13 years-old, 83.7% male, low CVA risk (median CHA2DS2Vasc 1; IQR 1, 3), and 30.4% were treated with novel oral anticoagulants. Chicken wing (CW) was the most common morphology (52%), followed by windsock (WS), cauliflower (CF), and cactus (CS) at 18, 9, and 2%, respectively. CVAs occurred in 4 patients following PVI with median time to CVA of 170.5 days. All CVAs were observed in CW morphology patients. When comparing CW morphology with non-CW morphology, CVAs occurred more frequently with the CW morphology (2.1% vs 0%, p = 0.03). This difference was not significant, though, after adjusting for CHA2DS2Vasc risk factors (p = 0.14). The CW morphology was observed more commonly in patients who experienced post-PVI CVA. After adjusting for CHA2DS2Vasc risk factors, CW morphology was not an independent predictor of post-PVI CVA. These findings should be interpreted in the setting of a low CVA event rate amongst a low risk population that was highly compliant with indicated anticoagulation therapy.

  4. Procedural success and intra-hospital outcome related to left atrial appendage morphology in patients that receive an interventional left atrial appendage closure.

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    Fastner, Christian; Behnes, Michael; Sartorius, Benjamin; Wenke, Annika; El-Battrawy, Ibrahim; Ansari, Uzair; Gill, Ishar-Singh; Borggrefe, Martin; Akin, Ibrahim

    2017-08-01

    The interventional left atrial appendage (LAA) closure represents an emerging alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in certain atrial fibrillation patients. Preliminary results have suggested high procedural success rates and fewer peri-interventional complications; however, there persists an insufficient understanding of the role of many underlying confounding variables (e.g., anatomical characteristics). It was investigated whether varying LAA morphologies influence procedural success as well as in-hospital outcome. Sixty-seven patients ineligible for long-term oral anticoagulation were included in this single-center, prospective, observational registry spanning from the years 2014 to 2016. Interventions were performed with the Watchman occluder (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) or the Amplatzer Amulet (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN), at the operator's discretion. Results derived from the data describing procedural success, fluoroscopy, and peri-interventional safety events were classified according to the presenting LAA morphology (cauliflower, cactus, windsock, and chicken wing). Rates of successful implantation were high across all groups (≥98%; P = 0.326). Surrogate parameters underlining procedural complexity like median total duration (P = 0.415), median fluoroscopy time (P = 0.459), median dose area product (P = 0.698), and the median amount of contrast agent (P = 0.076) demonstrated similar results across all groups. Likewise, the periprocedural complication rate was not significantly different and was mainly restricted to minor bleeding events. Irrespective of the varying morphological presentation of the LAA, the procedural success rates, interventional characteristics, and safety events did not significantly differ among patients receiving an interventional LAA closure. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. The effect of different atrioventricular delays on left atrium and left atrial appendage function in patients with DDD pacemaker.

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    Kanadaşı, Mehmet; Caylı, Murat; Sahin, Durmuş Yıldıray; Sen, Ömer; Koç, Mevlüt; Usal, Ayhan; Batur, Mustafa Kemal; Demirtaş, Mustafa

    2011-07-01

    Although it has been known that optimization of atrioventricular delay (AVD) has favorable effect on the left ventricular functions in patients with DDD pacemaker, the effect of different AVDs on left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) functions has not been exactly evaluated. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of different AVDs on LA and LAA functions in DDD pacemaker implanted patients with atrioventricular block. Forty-eight patients with DDD pacemaker were enrolled into the study. Patients were divided into two groups according to the echocardiographic diastolic function: Group I (normal diastolic function) and Group II (diastolic dysfunction). LAA emptying velocity on pulsed wave Doppler and LAA late systolic wave velocity by using tissue Doppler were recorded. Patients were paced for five successive continuous pacing periods of 10 minutes duration using five selective AVDs (80-250 ms). Significant effect on LA and LAA functions has not been observed by the setting of AVD in Group I. However, when the AVD was gradually shortened form 150 ms to 80 ms, LA and LAA functions gradually decreased in Group II patients. When AVD increased to 200 ms, LA and LAA functions were improved. Further increase in AVD resulted in decreased LA and LAA functions. Setting of AVD has not significant effect on the LA and LAA functions in patients with normal diastolic function, but moderate prolongation of AVD in physiological limits improved LA and LAA functions in DDD pacemaker implanted patients with diastolic dysfunction. © 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Left ventricular diastolic function is closely associated with mechanical function of the left atrium in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Lee, Jihei Sara; Shim, Chi Young; Wi, Jin; Joung, Boyoung; Ha, Jong-Won; Lee, Moon Hyoung; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2013-01-01

    Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction may be a mechanism of left atrial (LA) electroanatomical remodeling in atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated the association between LV diastolic function and LA mechanical function in non-valvular paroxysmal AF (PAF). In 286 patients with PAF (males 73%, 57 ± 11 years), LA size, indexed LA volume, LV diastolic function, and LA appendage flow velocity (LAA-FV) in sinus rhythm were measured using transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. The LA voltage map was obtained using NavX contact mapping. Patients with impaired LA mechanical function (LAA-FV <58 cm/s, n=142) showed a higher E/Em ratio (10.3 vs. 9.2, P=0.034) and lower Em velocity (6.8 vs. 7.7 cm/s, P=0.004) than those with preserved function (LAA-FV ≥ 58 cm/s, n=144). The patient population displayed weak correlations of E/Em with LAA-FV (r=-0.19, P=0.003) and LA voltage (r=-0.23, P=0.004), but more significant association of E/Em and LAA-FV (r=-0.39, P<0.001) for age ≥ 55 years and LA diameter ≥ 40 mm. E/Em was an independent predictor of LAA mechanical function (β=-0.20, P=0.013) even after age, sex, LA size and comorbidities were controlled for. In patients with non-valvular PAF, LA mechanical function is closely related to the degree of LA remodeling and LV diastolic function. Impaired LV diastolic function significantly contributes to LA electoanatomical remodeling in older patients with a larger LA.

  7. Left atrial longitudinal strain by speckle tracking echocardiography correlates well with left ventricular filling pressures in patients with heart failure

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    2010-01-01

    Background The combination of early transmitral inflow velocity and mitral annular tissue Doppler imaging (E/Em ratio) is widely applied to noninvasively estimate left ventricular (LV) filling pressures. However E/Em ratio has a significant gray zone and its accuracy in patients with heart failure is debated. Left atrial (LA) deformation analysis by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) was recently proposed as an alternative approach to estimate LV filling pressures. This study aimed at exploring the correlation of LA longitudinal function by STE and Doppler measurements with direct measurements of LV filling pressures in patients with heart failure. Methods A total of 36 patients with advanced systolic heart failure (ejection fraction ≤35%), undergoing right heart catheterization, were studied. Simultaneously to pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) determination, peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) and mean E/Em ratio were measured in all subjects by two independent operators. PALS values were obtained by averaging all segments (global PALS), and by separately averaging segments measured in the 4-chamber and 2-chamber views. Results Not significant correlation was found between mean E/Em ratio and PCWP (R = 0.15). A close negative correlation between global PALS and the PCWP was found (R = -0.81, p < 0.0001). Furthermore, global PALS demonstrated the highest diagnostic accuracy (AUC of 0.93) and excellent sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 93%, respectively, to predict elevated filling pressure using a cutoff value less than 15.1%. Bland-Altman analysis confirmed this close agreement between PCWP estimated by global PALS and invasive PCWP (mean bias 0.1 ± 8.0 mmHg). Conclusion In a group of patients with advanced systolic heart failure, E/Em ratio correlated poorly with invasively obtained LV filling pressures. However, LA longitudinal deformation analysis by STE correlated well with PCWP, providing a better estimation of LV filling pressures in

  8. Investigation of the atrial conduction time measured by tissue Doppler imaging at the left atrial appendage and the actual electrical conduction time: consideration of left atrial remodeling in atrial fibrillation patients.

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    Hori, Yuichi; Nakahara, Shiro; Anjo, Naofumi; Nakagawa, Ayako; Nishiyama, Naoki; Yamada, Kouta; Hayashi, Akiko; Komatsu, Takaaki; Kobayashi, Sayuki; Sakai, Yoshihiko; Taguchi, Isao

    2017-01-01

    The atrial conduction time measured by echocardiography using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) has been reported as a predictive factor of left atrial (LA) remodeling. We investigated the P wave to LA appendage (LAA) conduction time defined by transthoracic echocardiography using TDI (P-LAA TDI), and directly compared the actual LA electrical conduction time determined by the electrophysiological data. Additionally, we confirmed the clinical utility of the P-LAA TDI by examining the relationship to the electroanatomical LA remodeling data. Sixty-three AF patients (22 paroxysmal AF, 41 persistent AF) underwent ablation and electroanatomical LA mapping. The P-LAA TDI was measured after the ablation and was compared with the electrophysiological data during sinus rhythm, including the actual electrical conduction time. A strong linear correlation (r = 0.776, p < 0.001, y = 1.28x + 49) was observed between the P-LAA TDI (161 ± 24 ms) and electrophysiological P-LAA time (87 ± 15 ms). The P-LAA TDI was also strongly correlated with the LA volume (173 ± 52 ml, r = 0.632, p < 0.001) and LA conduction velocity index (1.07 ± 0.19 mm/ms, r = -0.735, p < 0.001), but less to the focal anterior-LVA region surface area (2.2 [0.4-5.0] cm(2), r = 0.380, p = 0.002). Additionally, a stepwise multiple linear regression demonstrated that both the LA volume and LA conduction velocity index were strongly associated with the value of the P-LAA TDI (p < 0.001). The P-LAA TDI was useful for estimating the actual electrophysiological conduction time and represented both electrical and anatomical LA remodeling.

  9. Left Atrial Function Is Impaired in Some Patients With Stroke of Undetermined Etiology: Potential Implications for Evaluation and Therapy.

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    Sanchis, Laura; Montserrat, Silvia; Obach, Víctor; Cervera, Álvaro; Chamorro, Ángel; Vidal, Bàrbara; Mas-Stachurska, Aleksandra; Bijnens, Bart; Sitges, Marta

    2016-07-01

    Stroke etiology remains undetermined in up to 30% of cases. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is found in 20% to 28% of patients with stroke initially classified as being of undetermined etiology. The aim of our study was to analyze left atrial function in ischemic stroke patients to identify patterns associated with cardioembolic etiology and to determine whether the patterns identified can be found in individuals initially classified as having a stroke of undetermined etiology. We studied a cohort of in-hospital ischemic stroke patients referred for transthoracic echocardiography. Treating neurologists determined stroke etiology based on the TOAST classification. Left atrial contractile function was assessed using 2-dimensional echocardiography to determine their ejection fraction and speckle tracking to measure left atrial strain rate: a-wave. Left atrial function was compared between stroke etiology subgroups and healthy controls. Ninety-seven patients (aged 67±15 years) with ischemic stroke (16.5% large-artery atherosclerosis, 15.5% small-vessel occlusion, 11.3% cardioembolic, 5.1% other determined etiology, 51.1% undetermined etiology) and 10 healthy volunteers (aged 63±7 years) were included. Left atrial ejection fraction was significantly decreased only in patients with stroke of cardioembolic and undetermined etiology compared with the control group (31.5±17.2%, 40.2±17.1%, and 59.1±8.4%, respectively; P=.004). The left atrial strain rate was significantly lower in patients with stroke caused by cardioembolic or undetermined etiology, or large-artery atherosclerosis compared with controls (-0.86±0.49, -1.31±0.56, -1.5±0.47, -2.37±1.18, respectively; P<.001). Patients with stroke of undetermined etiology with left atrial function (ejection fraction and strain) similar to that of cardioembolic stroke patients may be misclassified and could potentially benefit from prolonged electrocardiography monitoring. Left atrial function analysis (ejection

  10. Three dimensional left atrial volume index is correlated with P wave dispersion in elderly patients with sinus rhythm.

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    Ozyigit, Tolga; Kocas, Onur; Karadag, Berrin; Ozben, Beste

    2016-03-01

    P wave dispersion is a noninvasive electrocardiographic predictor for atrial fibrillation. The aim of the study was to explore relation between left atrial volume index assessed by 3-dimensional echocardiography and P wave dispersion in elderly patients. Seventy-three consecutive patients over the age of 65 (mean age: 75 ± 7 years, 17 men) were included. P wave dispersion is calculated as the difference between maximum and minimum P wave durations. Left atrial volume index was measured by both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional echocardiography and categorized as normal (≤ 34 mL/m(2)) or increased (mild, 35-41 mL/m(2); moderate, 42-48 mL/m(2); severe, ≥ 49 mL/m(2)). Thirty-one patients had normal left atrium while 24 patients had mildly enlarged, nine had moderately enlarged, and nine had severely enlarged left atrium. Prolongation of P wave dispersion was more prevalent in patients with dilated left atrium. P wave dispersion was significantly correlated with both 2-dimensional (r = 0.600, p < 0.001) and 3-dimensional left atrial volume index (r = 0.688, p < 0.001). Both left atrial volume indexes were associated with prolonged P wave dispersion when adjusted for age, sex, presence of hypertension, and left ventricular mass index. Receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) analysis revealed that a 3-dimensional left atrial volume index ≥ 25 mL/m(2) separated patients with prolonged P wave dispersion with a sensitivity of 82.2 %, specificity of 67.9 %, positive predictive value of 80.4 %, and negative predictive value of 70.4 %. In elderly patients, 3-dimensional left atrial volume index showed a better correlation with P wave dispersion and might be helpful in discriminating patients with prolonged P wave dispersion, who might be prone to atrial fibrillation.

  11. Beat-to-beat left ventricular performance in atrial fibrillation: radionuclide assessment with the computerized nuclear probe

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    Schneider, J.; Berger, H.J.; Sands, M.J.; Lachman, A.B.; Zaret, B.L.

    1983-04-01

    There is wide beat-to-beat variability in cycle length and left ventricular performance in patients with atrial fibrillation. In this study, left ventricular ejection fraction and relative left ventricular volumes were evaluated on a beat-to-beat basis with the computerized nuclear probe, an instrument with sufficiently high sensitivity to allow continuous evaluation of the radionuclide time-activity curve. Of 18 patients with atrial fibrillation, 5 had mitral stenosis, 6 had mitral regurgitation, and 7 had coronary artery disease. Fifty consecutive beats were analyzed in each patient. The mean left ventricular ejection fraction ranged from 17 to 51%. There was substantial beat-to-beat variation in cycle length and left ventricular ejection fraction in all patients, including those with marked left ventricular dysfunction. In 14 patients who also underwent multiple gated cardiac blood pool imaging, there was an excellent correlation between mean ejection fraction derived from the nuclear probe and gated ejection fraction obtained by gamma camera imaging (r . 0.90). Based on beat-to-beat analysis, left ventricular function was dependent on relative end-diastolic volume and multiple preceding cycle lengths, but not preceding end-systolic volumes. This study demonstrates that a single value for left ventricular ejection fraction does not adequately characterize left ventricular function in patients with atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, both the mean beat-to-beat and the gated ejection fraction may underestimate left ventricular performance at rest in such patients.

  12. Left Atrial Appendage Isolation in Patients With Longstanding Persistent AF Undergoing Catheter Ablation: BELIEF Trial.

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    Di Biase, Luigi; Burkhardt, J David; Mohanty, Prasant; Mohanty, Sanghamitra; Sanchez, Javier E; Trivedi, Chintan; Güneş, Mahmut; Gökoğlan, Yalçın; Gianni, Carola; Horton, Rodney P; Themistoclakis, Sakis; Gallinghouse, G Joseph; Bailey, Shane; Zagrodzky, Jason D; Hongo, Richard H; Beheiry, Salwa; Santangeli, Pasquale; Casella, Michela; Dello Russo, Antonio; Al-Ahmad, Amin; Hranitzky, Patrick; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Tondo, Claudio; Natale, Andrea

    2016-11-01

    Longstanding persistent (LSP) atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most challenging type of AF. In addition to pulmonary vein isolation, substrate modification and triggers ablation have been reported to improve freedom from AF in patients with LSPAF. This study sought to assess whether the empirical electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage (LAA) could improve success at follow-up. This was an open-label, randomized study assessing the effectiveness of empirical electrical left atrial appendage isolation for the treatment of LSPAF. Patients were randomly assigned to undergo empirical electrical left atrial appendage isolation along with extensive ablation (group 1; n = 85) or extensive ablation alone (group 2; n = 88). Recurrence of atrial arrhythmias was the primary endpoint. Secondary endpoints included cardiac-related hospitalization, all-cause mortality, and stroke at follow-up. Major clinical characteristics were not different between the 2 groups. At 12-month follow-up, 48 (56%) patients in group 1 and 25 (28%) in group 2 were recurrence free after a single procedure (unadjusted hazard ratio [HR] for recurrence with standard ablation: 1.92; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.3 to 2.9; log-rank p = 0.001). After adjusting for age, sex, and left atrial size, standard ablation was predictive of recurrence (HR: 2.22; 95% CI: 1.29 to 3.81; p = 0.004). During repeat procedures, empirical electrical left atrial appendage isolation was performed in all patients. After an average of 1.3 procedures, cumulative success at 24-month follow-up was reported in 65 (76%) in group 1 and in 49 (56%) in group 2 (unadjusted HR: 2.24; 95% CI: 1.3 to 3.8; log-rank p = 0.003). This randomized study showed that both after a single procedure and after redo procedures in patients with LSPAF, empirical electrical isolation of the LAA improved long-term freedom from atrial arrhythmias without increasing complications. (Effect of Empirical Left Atrial Appendage Isolation on Long

  13. Impaired Left Atrial Function in Fabry Disease: A Longitudinal Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography Study.

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    Pichette, Maxime; Serri, Karim; Pagé, Maude; Di, Lu Zhao; Bichet, Daniel G; Poulin, Frédéric

    2017-02-01

    Fabry disease (FD) is characterized by the accumulation of sphingolipids in multiple organs, including the left atrium. It is uncertain if the left atrial (LA) reservoir, conduit, and contractile functions evaluated by speckle-tracking echocardiography are affected in Fabry cardiomyopathy and whether enzyme replacement therapy can improve LA function. In this retrospective cohort study, LA strain, strain rates, and phasic LA volumes were studied in 50 patients with FD and compared with values in 50 healthy control subjects. All three LA phasic functions were altered. Peak positive strain (reservoir function) was 38.9 ± 14.9% versus 46.5 ± 10.9% (P = .004), and late diastolic strain (contractile function) was 12.6 ± 5.9% versus 15.6 ± 5.3% (P = .010). In 15 patients who started enzyme replacement therapy during the study, most of the LA parameters improved at 1-year follow-up (peak positive strain from 32.0 ± 13.5% to 38.0 ± 13.5%, P = .006), whereas there was a trend toward deterioration in 15 patients who never received treatment (peak positive strain from 47.3 ± 10.8% to 41.3 ± 9.3%, P = .058). Nine patients with FD (21%) experienced new-onset atrial fibrillation or stroke during 4-year follow-up. By univariate analysis, peak positive strain and early diastolic strain demonstrated significant associations with clinical events, surpassing conventional echocardiographic parameters and clinical characteristics. LA reservoir, conduit, and contractile functions by speckle-tracking echocardiography were all affected in FD. Enzyme replacement therapy improved LA function. LA strain parameters were associated with atrial fibrillation and stroke. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Analysis of left atrial respiratory and cardiac motion for cardiac ablation therapy

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    Rettmann, M. E.; Holmes, D. R.; Johnson, S. B.; Lehmann, H. I.; Robb, R. A.; Packer, D. L.

    2015-03-01

    Cardiac ablation therapy is often guided by models built from preoperative computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. One of the challenges in guiding a procedure from a preoperative model is properly synching the preoperative models with cardiac and respiratory motion through computational motion models. In this paper, we describe a methodology for evaluating cardiac and respiratory motion in the left atrium and pulmonary veins of a beating canine heart. Cardiac catheters were used to place metal clips within and near the pulmonary veins and left atrial appendage under fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance and a contrast-enhanced, 64-slice multidetector CT scan was collected with the clips in place. Each clip was segmented from the CT scan at each of the five phases of the cardiac cycle at both end-inspiration and end-expiration. The centroid of each segmented clip was computed and used to evaluate both cardiac and respiratory motion of the left atrium. A total of three canine studies were completed, with 4 clips analyzed in the first study, 5 clips in the second study, and 2 clips in the third study. Mean respiratory displacement was 0.2+/-1.8 mm in the medial/lateral direction, 4.7+/-4.4 mm in the anterior/posterior direction (moving anterior on inspiration), and 9.0+/-5.0 mm superior/inferior (moving inferior with inspiration). At end inspiration, the mean left atrial cardiac motion at the clip locations was 1.5+/-1.3 mm in the medial/lateral direction, and 2.1+/-2.0 mm in the anterior/posterior and 1.3+/-1.2 mm superior/inferior directions. At end expiration, the mean left atrial cardiac motion at the clip locations was 2.0+/-1.5mm in the medial/lateral direction, 3.0+/-1.8mm in the anterior/posterior direction, and 1.5+/-1.5 mm in the superior/inferior directions.

  15. Fever of unknown origin from a left atrial myxoma: an immunologic basis and cytokine association.

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    Lin, Jiun-Nong; Lai, Chung-Hsu; Lu, Li-Fen; Lin, Hsi-Hsun

    2011-05-01

    Myxoma is the most common primary tumor of the heart. The typical presentations include a triad of embolic phenomena, intracardiac flow obstruction, and constitutional symptoms. We report a case of cardiac myxoma presenting as prolonged fever. Leukocytosis with a left shift, anemia, and elevated C-reactive protein were noted. A large left atrial myxoma was found incidentally by chest computed tomography. The fever subsided after surgical removal of the myxoma. His elevated serum interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-6, IL-12 p70, interferon-γ, and tumor necrosis factor-α returned to undetectable levels four days after surgery. Cardiac myxomas should be included in the differential diagnosis of prolonged fever, even though no typical symptoms could be found.

  16. Pathohistological Evidence of Smoldering Inflammation in Rheumatic Heart Disease with Massive Left Atrial Calcification.

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    Shiba, Mikio; Sugano, Yasuo; Ikeda, Yoshihiko; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Ohara, Takahiro; Hasegawa, Takuya; Kanzaki, Hideaki; Anzai, Toshihisa

    2016-01-01

    A 74-year-old man, who had a history of a mitral valve replacement for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) 30 years previously, was admitted with progressive heart failure. Massive calcification was observed around the left atrium on multidetector CT, in addition to a late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-positive layer adjacently outside of the calcification on MRI. He underwent a second mitral valve replacement for the prosthetic valve failure. Pathohistological analyses of a tissue section of the left atrial wall from a surgical specimen revealed lymphocyte and macrophage infiltration that coincided with the LGE-positive layer on MRI, suggesting the existence of sustained active inflammation even after the long period of RHD.

  17. Left atrial phasic function and mechanics in women with subclinical hypothyroidism: the effects of levothyroxine therapy.

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    Tadic, Marijana; Ilic, Sanja; Ivanovic, Branislava; Celic, Vera

    2014-11-01

    Left atrial (LA) mechanics has been poorly investigated in women with subclinical hypothyroidism (SHT), and the effect of levothyroxine therapy on LA deformation and function is unknown. To investigate LA phasic function and mechanics assessed by two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) and speckle tracking in women with SHT, and to estimate the influence of levothyroxine therapy on LA remodeling. We included 48 untreated women with SHT and 38 healthy control women of the same age. All the SHT patients received levothyroxine therapy and were followed for 1 year after euthyroid status was achieved. All the participants underwent laboratory analyses and complete 2DE examination. Left atrial total emptying fraction was significantly lower in the SHT patients at the baseline in comparison with the controls. LA passive emptying fraction gradually decreased from the controls, throughout the treated SHT patients, to the untreated SHT patients. LA active emptying fraction was lower in the controls than in the untreated and the treated SHT participants. 2DE LA longitudinal strain and systolic strain rate gradually decreased from the controls to the untreated SHT patients, whereas LA early diastolic strain rate significantly increased in the same direction. Late diastolic LA strain was lower in the controls than in the untreated and the treated SHT patients. Subclinical hypothyroidism significantly affects LA mechanics. Reservoir, conduit, and booster pump LA functions are all impacted by SHT. A 1-year levothyroxine therapy significantly improves, but does not completely restore LA phasic function and mechanics in the SHT patients. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Feasibility and reference values of left atrial longitudinal strain imaging by two-dimensional speckle tracking

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    Cameli, Matteo; Caputo, Maria; Mondillo, Sergio; Ballo, Piercarlo; Palmerini, Elisabetta; Lisi, Matteo; Marino, Enzo; Galderisi, Maurizio

    2009-01-01

    Background The role of speckle tracking in the assessment of left atrial (LA) deformation dynamics is not established. We sought to determine the feasibility and reference ranges of LA longitudinal strain indices measured by speckle tracking in a population of normal subjects. Methods In 60 healthy individuals, peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) and time to peak longitudinal strain (TPLS) were measured using a 12-segment model for the left atrium. Values were obtained by averaging all segments (global PALS and TPLS) and by separately averaging segments measured in the two apical views (4- and 2-chamber average PALS and TPLS). Results Adequate tracking quality was achieved in 97% of segments analyzed. Inter and intra-observer variability coefficients of measurements ranged between 2.9% and 5.4%. Global PALS was 42.2 ± 6.1% (5–95° percentile range 32.2–53.2%), and global TPLS was 368 ± 30 ms (5–95° percentile range 323–430 ms). The 2-chamber average PALS was slightly higher than the 4-chamber average PALS (44.3 ± 6.0% vs 40.1 ± 7.9%, p < 0.0001), whereas no differences in TPLS were found (p = 0.93). Conclusion Speckle tracking is a feasible technique for the assessment of longitudinal myocardial LA deformation. Reference ranges of strain indices were reported. PMID:19200402

  19. Left Atrial Expansion Index Predicts Left Ventricular Filling Pressure and Adverse Events in Acute Heart Failure With Severe Left Ventricular Dysfunction.

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    Hsiao, Shih-Hung; Chu, Kuo-An; Wu, Chieh-Jen; Chiou, Kuan-Rau

    2016-04-01

    The power of left atrial (LA) parameters for predicting left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and adverse events in acute heart failure (HF) with severe LV dysfunction, either sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation (AF), is not fully understood. Echocardiography was performed in 141 patients with acute decompensated congestive HF and LV ejection fraction <35%, including 42 with permanent AF. The LA expansion index was calculated as (Volmax - Volmin) × 100%/Volmin, where Volmax was defined as maximal and Volmin as minimal LA volume. Of 141 patients, invasive LV filling pressures within 12 hours of LA expansion index measurement were available in 109. The end points were 3-year frequencies of HF hospitalization and all-cause mortality. Over a median follow-up of 3.1 years, 74 participants (52.5%) reached the end points (sinus vs AF group: 48.5% vs 61.9%, respectively; P = .047). Multivariate analysis revealed that adverse events of both groups were only independently associated with age and LA expansion index. Rates of adverse events were proportional to LA expansion index. There was a good logarithmic relationship between LA expansion index and LV filling pressure, regardless of presence or absence of AF. LV filling pressure can be estimated well by LA expansion index, with or without AF. The LA expansion index predicts adverse events in HF patients with severe systolic dysfunction. (ClinicalTrials.gov number: NCT01307722). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Sleep Apnea and Left Atrial Phasic Function in Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction.

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    Haruki, Nobuhiko; Tsang, Wendy; Thavendiranathan, Paaladinesh; Woo, Anna; Tomlinson, George; Logan, Alexander G; Bradley, T Douglas; Floras, John S

    2016-12-01

    The study aim was to determine whether phasic left atrial (LA) function of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction differs between those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). Participation in the Adaptive Servo Ventilation for Therapy of Sleep Apnea in Heart Failure (ADVENT-HF) trial requires 2-dimensional echocardiographic documentation of left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 45% and a polysomnographic apnea hypopnea index (AHI) ≥ 15 events per hour. Of initial enrollees, we identified 132 patients in sinus rhythm (82 with predominantly OSA and 50 with CSA). To determine LA reservoir (expansion index; EI), conduit (passive emptying index; PEI), and booster function (active emptying index), we blindly quantified maximum and minimum LA volume and LA volume before atrial contraction. Each of EI (P = 0.004), PEI (P < 0.001), and active emptying index (P = 0.045) was less in participants with CSA compared with those with OSA, whereas average left ventricular ejection fraction and LA and left ventricular volumes were similar. Multivariable analysis identified an independent relationship between central AHI and LA EI (P = 0.040) and PEI (P = 0.005). In contrast, the obstructive AHI was unrelated to any LA phasic index, and slopes relating central AHI to EI and PEI differed significantly from corresponding relationships with obstructive AHI (P = 0.018; P = 0.006). In these ADVENT-HF patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, all 3 components of LA phasic function (reservoir, conduit, and contractile) were significantly reduced in those with CSA compared with participants with OSA. The severity of CSA, but not OSA associated inversely and independently with LA reservoir and conduit function. Impaired LA phasic function might be consequent to or could exacerbate CSA. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. The significance of the left atrial volume index in prediction of atrial fibrillation recurrence after electrical cardioversion.

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    Toufan, Mehrnoush; Kazemi, Babak; Molazadeh, Negin

    2017-01-01

    Introduction: Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is a safe method for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. It seems that left atrial volume index (LAVI) could be a good marker in predicting the success of ECV. The purpose of this study is to assess of the significance of LAVI measurement before ECV in predicting the recurrence of the AF. Methods: Fifty-one patients with AF, selected for ECV were studied in the cardiology department of Tabriz University of medical sciences. The clinical and demographic data of all the patients were obtained. Echocardiography was performed before and also three months after ECV. Patients were separated into two groups: those who maintained SR and those with relapse of AF diagnosed by clinical manifestations and electrocardiography (ECG). Results: Sinus rhythm (SR) was maintained in 76.5 percent of the patients following the three months after ECV. The age, sex and the body mass index (BMI) were not significantly different between SR and AF groups. Two groups showed no significant differences considering pre-ECV medical history including medications and systemic diseases. The initial LAVI of SR group was 42.21±12.4 mL/m(2) and AF group was 96.08±52.21 mL/m(2), the initial LAVI was significantly different between two groups (P = 0.000). The LAVI of SR group decreased significantly (5.69±0.74 mL/m(2)) after three months, LAVI decreased from 42.21 ± 12.4 ml/m(2) to 37.51 ± 10.52 mL/m(2). (P = 0.000). The cut-off point of LAVI value in predicting the maintenance of SR was 55 mL/m(2). Conclusion: The present study indicates that LAVI is a powerful forecaster of the recurrence of AF after ECV. The LAVI measurement could be a useful method in the selection of the patients with AF for ECV.

  2. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device With Delivery System: A Health Technology Assessment

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    Nevis, Immaculate; Falk, Lindsey; Wells, David; Higgins, Caroline

    2017-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia, and 15% to 20% of those who have experienced stroke have atrial fibrillation. Treatment options to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation include pharmacological agents such as novel oral anticoagulants or nonpharmacological devices such as the left atrial appendage closure device with delivery system (LAAC device). The objectives of this health technology assessment were to assess the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the LAAC device versus novel oral anticoagulants in patients without contraindications to oral anticoagulants and versus antiplatelet agents in patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulants. Methods We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis. We also conducted an economic literature review, economic evaluation, and budget impact analysis to assess the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of the LAAC device compared with novel oral anticoagulants and oral antiplatelet agents (e.g., aspirin). We also spoke with patients to better understand their preferences, perspectives, and values. Results Seven randomized controlled studies met the inclusion criteria for indirect comparison. Five studies assessed the effectiveness of novel oral anticoagulants versus warfarin, and two studies compared the LAAC device with warfarin. No studies were identified that compared the LAAC device with aspirin in patients in whom oral anticoagulants were contraindicated. Using the random effects model, we found that the LAAC device was comparable to novel oral anticoagulants in reducing stroke (odds ratio [OR] 0.85; credible interval [Cr.I] 0.63–1.05). Similarly, the reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality was comparable between the LAAC device and novel oral anticoagulants (OR 0.71; Cr.I 0.49–1.22). The LAAC device was found to be superior to novel oral anticoagulants in preventing hemorrhagic stroke (OR 0.45; Cr.I 0.29–0.79), whereas novel oral

  3. [Excision of a left atrial myxoma through right minithoracotomy in a patient with multiple myeloma; report of a case].

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    Koyama, Yutaka; Goto, Yoshihiro; Ogawa, Shinji; Baba, Hiroshi; Okawa, Yasuhide

    2014-12-01

    We present a case of a 63-year-old female who underwent an excision of a left atrial myxoma. Previously, she had been diagnosed with multiple myelomas and received radiation therapy and chemotherapy. A left atrial myxoma was found at an annual medical check-up. The myxoma was removed via a right minithoracotomy with peripheral cannulation to minimize bleeding complications and surgical site infection. She was transferred to the referring hospital on postoperative day 7 due to recurrence of multiple myelomas. She was doing well 14 months after the operation. Right minithoracotomy is a useful approach to minimizing the risks of bleeding and infection in patients with multiple myelomas.

  4. Atrial Septal Defect with Cyanosis Due To Over-Developed Eustachian Valve Directed Towards Left Atrium: A Very Rare Scenario

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    Mukherji, Abhishek; Ranjan, Rajeev; Das, Snehasis; Sarkar, Niladri

    2015-01-01

    Cyanosis in a case of ASD (atrial septal defect) without pulmonary arterial hypertension is quite rare. A patient with ASD and pneumonia is described who had a central cyanosis resulting from the drainage of deoxygenated blood from the inferior vena cava directly into the left atrium through the atrial septal defect due to the presence of an over-developed malpositioned Eustachian valve directed to the left atrium. In conclusion, ASD can present with cyanosis due to an over-developed Eustachian valve. PMID:26674108

  5. Long-Term Frequency Gradients during Persistent Atrial Fibrillation in Sheep are Associated with Stable Sources in the Left Atrium

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    Filgueiras-Rama, David; Price, Nicholas F.; Martins, Raphael P.; Yamazaki, Masatoshi; Avula, Uma Mahesh R.; Kaur, Kuljeet; Kalifa, Jérôme; Ennis, Steven R.; Hwang, Elliot; Devabhaktuni, Vijay; Jalife, Jose; Omer Berenfeld, PhD

    2012-01-01

    Background Dominant frequencies (DFs) of activation are higher in the atria of patients with persistent than paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and left-to-right atrial (LA-to-RA) DF gradients have been identified in both. However, whether such gradients are maintained as long-term persistent AF is established remains unexplored. We aimed at determining in-vivo the time-course in atrial DF values from paroxysmal to persistent AF in sheep, and test the hypothesis that a LA-to-RA DF difference is associated with LA drivers in persistent AF. Methods and Results AF was induced using RA tachypacing (N=8). Electrograms were obtained weekly from a RA lead and a loop recorder (ILR) implanted near the LA. DFs were determined for 5-sec-long electrograms (QRST subtracted) during AF in-vivo and in ex-vivo optical mapping. Underlying structural changes were compared to weight-matched controls (N=4). Following the first AF episode, DF increased gradually over a 2-week period (7±0.21 to 9.92±0.31 Hz, N=6, p<0.05). During 9–24 weeks of AF the DF values on the ILR were higher than the RA (10.6±0.08 vs. 9.3±0.1 Hz, respectively; N=7, p<0.0001). Subsequent optical mapping confirmed a DF gradient from posterior LA-to-RA (9.1±1.0 to 6.9±0.9 Hz. p<0.05) and demonstrated patterns of activation compatible with drifting rotors in the posterior LA (PLA). Persistent AF sheep showed significant enlargement of the PLA compared to controls. Conclusions In the sheep transition from paroxysmal to persistent AF shows continuous LA-to-RA DF gradients in-vivo together with enlargement of the PLA, which harbors the highest frequency domains and patterns of activation compatible with drifting rotors. PMID:23051840

  6. Effect of Sex Differences on the Association Between Stroke Risk and Left Atrial Anatomy or Mechanics in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Yoshida, Kuniko; Obokata, Masaru; Kurosawa, Koji; Sorimachi, Hidemi; Kurabayashi, Masahiko; Negishi, Kazuaki

    2016-10-01

    Embolic stroke in atrial fibrillation is more prevalent in women than in men, yet the basis for this difference remains unclear. This study seeks to elucidate whether there are any sex differences in the relationships between stroke risk (CHADS2 score, CHA2DS2-VASc score without a sex category, and estimated stroke rate) and left atrial (LA) anatomy or mechanics in patients with atrial fibrillation. LA emptying fraction and global peak atrial longitudinal strain were assessed in 414 subjects with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (156 women and 258 men). Linear regression models with an interaction term were performed to test the effect of sex difference on associations between the embolic risk and LA function or anatomy. Sensitivity analyses were performed in 228 age, heart rate, and rhythm-matched subjects (114 women and men). Women were older and had larger LA volumes and lower LA mechanics than men. Significant negative association between the CHADS2 score and LA emptying fraction was only demonstrated in women with a significant interaction between sexes. Similar significant interactions were found in global peak atrial longitudinal strain but not in LA volume. These findings were corroborated in the comparisons against CHA2DS2-VASc score without a sex category and the estimated stroke rate. Sensitivity analyses in the matched subgroup also confirmed the robustness of these sex differences in LA emptying fraction, but less so in global peak atrial longitudinal strain. Significant sex interactions on the association between global LA function and risk stratification schemes exist, which may be a reason for the higher prevalence of embolic stroke in women. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Body surface localization of left and right atrial high-frequency rotors in atrial fibrillation patients: A clinical-computational study

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    Rodrigo, Miguel; Guillem, María S.; Climent, Andreu M.; Pedrón-Torrecilla, Jorge; Liberos, Alejandro; Millet, José; Fernández-Avilés, Francisco; Atienza, Felipe; Berenfeld, Omer

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Ablation is an effective therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in which an electrical driver can be identified. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to present and discuss a novel and strictly noninvasive approach to map and identify atrial regions responsible for AF perpetuation. METHODS Surface potential recordings of 14 patients with AF were recorded using a 67-lead recording system. Singularity points (SPs) were identified in surface phase maps after band-pass filtering at the highest dominant frequency (HDF). Mathematical models of combined atria and torso were constructed and used to investigate the ability of surface phase maps to estimate rotor activity in the atrial wall. RESULTS The simulations show that surface SPs originate at atrial SPs, but not all atrial SPs are reflected at the surface. Stable SPs were found in AF signals during 8.3% ± 5.7% vs 73.1% ± 16.8% of the time in unfiltered vs HDF-filtered patient data, respectively (P < .01). The average duration of each rotational pattern was also lower in unfiltered than in HDF-filtered AF signals (160 ± 43 ms vs 342 ± 138 ms; P < .01), resulting in 2.8 ± 0.7 rotations per rotor. Band-pass filtering reduced the apparent meandering of surface HDF rotors by reducing the effect of the atrial electrical activity occurring at different frequencies. Torso surface SPs representing HDF rotors during AF were reflected at specific areas corresponding to the fastest atrial location. CONCLUSION Phase analysis of surface potential signals after HDF filtering during AF shows reentrant drivers localized to either the left atrium or the right atrium, helping in localizing ablation targets. PMID:24846374

  8. Use of time interval histographic output from echo-Doppler to detect left-to-right atrial shunts.

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    Goldberg, S J; Areias, J C; Spitaels, S E; de Villeneuve, V H

    1978-07-01

    The primary purpose of this study was to attempt to select, by examination of the time interval histogram (TIH) output of a range gated pulsed Doppler (RGPD), all children with left-to-right shunt at the atrial level from a pool of 57 children. Fifty-four of the children had various forms of acyanostic cardiac disease. A secondary purpose was to identify any associated lesions in those children with atrial defects. Examiners were unfamiliar with the children and their diagnoses. Results were interpreted independently by two examiners. Detection of diastolic TIH dispersion was used when studying the right atrial outflow tract to separate children with atrial left-to-right shunts from control children. All controls were judged negative by this technique, and 13 of 14 children with atrial shunts were detected by both examiners; the 14th was detected by one examiner. Of a total of 308 TIH decisions on the atrial shunt group, 298 were made identically by both examiners for a 97.7% agreement, demonstrating the objectivity of the method. This study demonstrated the usefulness of the TIH evaluation, indicating that continued investigation and equipment improvements are warranted.

  9. Multivariate Analysis of Correspondence between Left Atrial Volumes Assessed by Echocardiography and 3-Dimensional Electroanatomic Mapping in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Havranek, Stepan; Fiala, Martin; Bulava, Alan; Sknouril, Libor; Dorda, Miroslav; Bulkova, Veronika; Fingrova, Zdenka; Souckova, Lucie; Palecek, Tomas; Simek, Jan; Linhart, Ales; Wichterle, Dan

    2016-01-01

    Background Left atrial (LA) enlargement is a predictor of worse outcome after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Widely used two-dimensional (2D)-echocardiography is inaccurate and underestimates real LA volume (LAV). We hypothesized that baseline clinical characteristics of patients can be used to adjust 2D-ECHO indices of LAV in order to minimize this disagreement. Methods The study enrolled 535 patients (59 ± 9 years; 67% males; 43% paroxysmal AF) who underwent catheter ablation for AF in three specialized centers. We investigated multivariately the relationship between 2D-echocardiographic indices of LA size, specifically LA diameter in M-mode in the parasternal long-axis view (LAD), LAV assessed by the prolate-ellipsoid method (LAVEllipsoid), LAV by the planimetric method (LAVPlanimetry), and LAV derived from 3D-electroanatomic mapping (LAVCARTO). Results Cubed LAD of 106 ± 45 ml, LAVEllipsoid of 72 ± 24 ml and LAVPlanimetry of 88 ± 30 ml correlated only modestly (r = 0.60, 0.69, and 0.53, respectively) with LAVCARTO of 137 ± 46 ml, which was significantly underestimated with a bias (±1.96 standard deviation) of -31 (-111; +49) ml, -64 (-132; +2) ml, and -49 (-125; +27) ml, respectively; p < 0.0001 for their mutual difference. LA enlargement itself, age, gender, type of AF, and the presence of structural heart disease were independent confounders of measurement error of 2D-echocardiographic LAV. Conclusion Accuracy and precision of all 2D-echocardiographic LAV indices are poor. Their agreement with true LAV can be significantly improved by multivariate adjustment to clinical characteristics of patients. PMID:27023918

  10. Relationship of Left Atrial Global Peak Systolic Strain with Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Brain Natriuretic Peptide Level in Patients Presenting with Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction

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    Değirmenci, Hüsnü; Bakırcı, Eftal Murat; Demirtaş, Levent; Duman, Hakan; Hamur, Hikmet; Ceyhun, Gökhan; Topal, Ergün

    2014-01-01

    Background In patients presenting with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, we investigated the relationship of left atrial deformational parameters evaluated by 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) with conventional echocardiographic diastolic dysfunction parameters and brain natriuretic peptide level. Material/Methods We enrolled 74 non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients who were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention and 58 healthy control subjects. Non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients had echocardiographic examination 48 h after the percutaneous coronary intervention procedure and venous blood samples were drawn simultaneously. In addition to conventional echocardiographic parameters, left atrial strain curves were obtained for each patient. Average peak left atrial strain values during left ventricular systole were measured. Results BNP values were higher in non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients compared to controls. Mean left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain in Group 2 (the control group) was higher than in the non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction group. Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain was significantly correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction. There was a significant inverse correlation between left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain and brain natriuretic peptide level, left atrium volume maximum, and left atrium volume minimum. Conclusions Our study shows that Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain values decreased consistently with deteriorating systolic and diastolic function in non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention. Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain measurements may be helpful as a complimentary method to evaluate diastolic function in this patient population. PMID:25338184

  11. Relationship of left atrial global peak systolic strain with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and brain natriuretic peptide level in patients presenting with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction.

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    Değirmenci, Hüsnü; Bakırcı, Eftal Murat; Demirtaş, Levent; Duman, Hakan; Hamur, Hikmet; Ceyhun, Gökhan; Topal, Ergün

    2014-10-22

    In patients presenting with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, we investigated the relationship of left atrial deformational parameters evaluated by 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) with conventional echocardiographic diastolic dysfunction parameters and brain natriuretic peptide level. We enrolled 74 non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients who were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention and 58 healthy control subjects. Non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients had echocardiographic examination 48 h after the percutaneous coronary intervention procedure and venous blood samples were drawn simultaneously. In addition to conventional echocardiographic parameters, left atrial strain curves were obtained for each patient. Average peak left atrial strain values during left ventricular systole were measured. BNP values were higher in non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients compared to controls. Mean left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain in Group 2 (the control group) was higher than in the non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction group. Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain was significantly correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction. There was a significant inverse correlation between left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain and brain natriuretic peptide level, left atrium volume maximum, and left atrium volume minimum. Our study shows that Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain values decreased consistently with deteriorating systolic and diastolic function in non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention. Left atrium peak systolic global longitudinal strain measurements may be helpful as a complimentary method to evaluate diastolic function in this patient population.

  12. Brain Abscess Associated with Isolated Left Superior Vena Cava Draining into the Left Atrium in the Absence of Coronary Sinus and Atrial Septal Defect

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    Erol, Ilknur Cetin, I. Ilker; Alehan, Fuesun; Varan, Birguel; Ozkan, Sueleyman; Agildere, A. Muhtesem; Tokel, Kursad

    2006-06-15

    A previously healthy 12-year-old girl presented with severe headache for 2 weeks. On physical examination, there was finger clubbing without apparent cyanosis. Neurological examination revealed only papiledema without focal neurologic signs. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed the characteristic features of brain abscess in the left frontal lobe. Cardiologic workup to exclude a right-to-left shunt showed an abnormality of the systemic venous drainage: presence of isolated left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium in the absence of coronary sinus and atrial septal defect. This anomaly is rare, because only a few other cases have been reported.

  13. Assessment of left atrial appendage function during sinus rhythm in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

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    Vural, Mustafa Gökhan; Çetin, Süha; Gündüz, Hüseyin; Abacıoğlu, Özge Özcan; Akdemir, Ramazan; Fırat, Hikmet; Yeter, Ekrem

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with thromboembolic events. Compromised left atrial appendage (LAA) function due to left ventricular (LV) performance abnormality, often present in patients with OSA, may play an important role. The purpose of this study is to evaluate LV and LAA mechanical functions during sinus rhythm (SR) in patients with OSA. Methods: LV and LAA functions were assessed in 43 OSA patients and compared with that of 20 control patients in SR. Tissue Doppler velocities of the LAA apex and emptying velocities (EV) of LAA were obtained on parasternal short-axis view. Results: The baseline clinical characteristics were similar except for AHI (apnea-hypopnea index), minimal SaO2, mean SaO2, hypertension, and body-surface area. Most of the LV echocardiographic parameters significantly deteriorated in OSA patients in comparison with those in the control group. LAA EV, LAA systolic relaxation velocity (SM), LAA early-diastolic velocity (EM), LAA contraction velocity (AM), left atrial (LA) minimum volume index, LA ejection fraction, LA conduit volume index, and LA reservoir volume index were lower in OSA patients compared with those in the control group (p<0.05). LAA AM was negatively correlated with AHI and the ratio of peak early diastolic flow velocity (E) to early-diastolic (E’) and positively correlated with LA conduit volume (p<0.05). Multiple predictors for LAA AM were AHI, presence of diastolic dysfunction, and E/E’ values (p<0.05). Conclusion: LAA mechanical function is significantly depressed in patients with OSA and SR. LAA dysfunction may predispose these patients to thromboembolic events. The evaluation of LAA mechanical function by tissue Doppler study using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) may become an alternative for routine work-up in OSA patients. PMID:26467361

  14. [Superselective fibrinolysis for a middle cerebral artery embolism caused by a left atrial myxoma: case report].

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    Yamanome, T; Yoshida, K; Miura, K; Ogawa, A

    2000-07-01

    A case of successful treatment by local fibrinolysis of a middle cerebral artery embolism caused by a thrombus from a left atrial myxoma is reported. A 62-year-old woman using a pacemaker and suffering from sick sinus syndrome was admitted on December 29th 1996, complaining of transient restlessness. CT and cerebral angiography revealed no abnormal vascular lesions. Eighteen months after the initial episode, she suffered a sudden onset of left hemiparesis and loss of consciousness. CT scan performed during the second episode revealed no lesions and, in particular, no early CT infarction sign, but emergent cerebral angiography revealed a right middle cerebral artery embolic occlusion. Local fibrinolysis using a tissue plasminogen activator was performed within 3 hours after the beginning of the episode, and partial recanalization was obtained within one hour after initiation of the fibrinolytic therapy. On the first hospital day, though CT revealed a small low-density area in the right basal ganglia, motor deficits gradually improved. Considering the possibility of a cardiac source of the embolism, trans-esophageal echocardiography was performed and revealed a left atrial tumor suspected to be a myxoma. It was removed by surgery on the 34th hospital day. Histological examination proved it to be a myxoma. Nine months after local fibrinolytic therapy, the patient returned to work. The diagnosis of cerebral embolism caused by cardiac myxoma is difficult to make at the time when the patient is first examined after admission. It is also hard to discover during emergent cerebral angiography with fibrinolytic therapy. Therefore, in the case of patients with cerebral embolism for which local fibrinolysis is ineffective, it should be presumed that cardiac myxoma is the source of the embolus. Direct PTA alone may be effective for such tumoral embolism.

  15. Impact of chronic lisinopril therapy on left atrial volume versus dimension in chronic organic mitral regurgitation

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    Wong, Graham C; Marcotte, Francois; Rudski, Lawrence G

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND Chronic mitral regurgitation imparts a volume load on the left atrium (LA). Because this chamber may dilate asymmetrically, changes in left atrial size may be underestimated using standard two-dimensional or M-mode techniques. METHODS The effect of lisinopril therapy in the setting of chronic organic mitral regurgitation on LA dimension was studied using standard M-mode techniques and LA volumes using the biplane Simpson’s method. RESULTS Mitral regurgitant fraction was reduced at one year in the lisinopril group versus the placebo group (−6.7%±3.5% versus 3.5%±3.2%, respectively; P<0.05). Significant reductions in both maximum and minimum LA volumes were seen in the lisinopril group (88±33 mL to 75±23 mL and 46±20 mL to 38±16 mL, respectively; P<0.01). This change in LA size was not appreciated when measurements were performed using standard M-mode techniques (from 44.3±6.9 mm to 44.1±7.4 mm; P=not significant). There was no significant relationship between change in LA volume and change in regurgitant fraction or systolic blood pressure. Change in LA volume was moderately correlated with change in left ventricular mass. CONCLUSIONS Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy reduces LA volume in the setting of chronic mitral regurgitation. This change in LA size is not apparent when standard M-mode techniques are used. Therefore, a volumetric assessment of atrial size in the setting of chronic mitral regurgitation proved to be superior to standard two-dimensional techniques. PMID:16485047

  16. [A case of multiple cerebral aneurysm which showed rapid growth caused by left atrial myxoma].

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    Hayashi, S; Takahashi, H; Shimura, T; Nakazawa, S

    1995-11-01

    A 24-year-old woman was admitted complaining of right hemiparesis and episodes of syncope. Computed tomography demonstrated a low density area in the left putaminal region. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IVDSA) showed two aneurysms in the distal segment of the right middle cerebral artery. Cerebral emboli from a cardiac source was suspected, and cardioechography was performed. Myxoma was located in the left atrium. The patient was transferred to a cardio surgical unit, and the myxoma was successfully removed. After removal by operation of the cardiac tumor, follow-up third IVDSA was performed. One aneurysm of the distal segment of the right middle cerebral artery had grown larger. On the other hand, the other aneurysm had disappeared. Clipping of the enlarged aneurysm was performed. After the clipping operation of the enlarged aneurysm, a follow-up 4th IVDSA was performed. A new aneurysm of the proximal segment of the left cerebral artery was observed. A follow-up 5th IVDSA was performed, revealing that the new aneurysm was enlarging. No operation was performed, because the aneurysm was the fusiform type. At present, the patient is complaining of slight right hemiparesis and has returned to her job. Here we reported a case of cerebral aneurysm caused by left atrial myxoma.

  17. Associations of electrocardiographic P-wave characteristics with left atrial function, and diffuse left ventricular fibrosis defined by cardiac magnetic resonance: The PRIMERI Study.

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    Tiffany Win, Theingi; Ambale Venkatesh, Bharath; Volpe, Gustavo J; Mewton, Nathan; Rizzi, Patricia; Sharma, Ravi K; Strauss, David G; Lima, Joao A; Tereshchenko, Larisa G

    2015-01-01

    Abnormal P-terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1) is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and death. Our goal was to explore associations of left ventricular (LV) diffuse fibrosis with left atrial (LA) function and electrocardiographic (ECG) measures of LA electrical activity. Patients without atrial fibrillation (n = 91; mean age 59.5 years; 61.5% men; 65.9% white) with structural heart disease (spatial QRS-T angle ≥105° and/or Selvester QRS score ≥5 on ECG) but LV ejection fraction >35% underwent clinical evaluation, cardiac magnetic resonance, and resting ECG. LA function indices were obtained by multimodality tissue tracking using 2- and 4-chamber long-axis images. T1 mapping and late gadolinium enhancement were used to assess diffuse LV fibrosis and presence of scar. P-prime in V1 amplitude (PPaV1) and duration (PPdV1), averaged P-wave-duration, PR interval, and P-wave axis were automatically measured using 12 SLTM algorithm. PTFV1 was calculated as a product of PPaV1 and PPdV1. In linear regression after adjustment for demographic characteristics, body mass index, maximum LA volume index, presence of scar, and LV mass index, each decile increase in LV interstitial fibrosis was associated with 0.76 mV*ms increase in negative abnormal PTFV1 (95% confidence interval [CI] -1.42 to -0.09; P = .025), 15.3 ms prolongation of PPdV1 (95% CI 6.9 to 23.8; P = .001) and 5.4 ms prolongation of averaged P-duration (95% CI 0.9-10.0; P = .020). LV fibrosis did not affect LA function. PPaV1 and PTFV1 were associated with an increase in LA volumes and decrease in LA emptying fraction and LA reservoir function. LV interstitial fibrosis is associated with abnormal PTFV1, prolonged PPdV1, and P-duration, but does not affect LA function. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  19. Early Safety and Efficacy of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Suture Ligation

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    Price, Matthew J.; Gibson, Douglas N.; Yakubov, Steven J.; Schultz, Jason C.; Di Biase, Luigi; Natale, Andrea; Burkhardt, J. David; Pershad, Ashish; Byrne, Timothy J.; Gidney, Brett; Aragon, Joseph R.; Goldstein, Jeffrey; Moulton, Kriegh; Patel, Taral; Knight, Bradley; Lin, Albert C.; Valderrábano, Miguel

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) ligation may represent an alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.. OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess the early safety and efficacy of transcatheter ligation of the LAA for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.. METHODS This was a retrospective, multicenter study of consecutive patients undergoing LAA ligation with the Lariat device at 8 U.S. sites. The primary endpoint was procedural success, defined as device success (suture deployment and <5 mm leak by post-procedure transesophageal echocardiography), and no major complication at discharge (death, myocardial infarction, stroke, Bleeding Academic Research Consortium bleeding type 3 or greater, or cardiac surgery). Post-discharge management was per operator discretion. RESULTS A total of 154 patients were enrolled. Median CHADS2 score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke, transient ischemic attack, or thromboembolism [doubled]) was 3 (interquartile range: 2 to 4). Device success was 94%, and procedural success was 86%. A major complication occurred in 15 patients (9.7%). There were 14 major bleeds (9.1%), driven by the need for transfusion (4.5%). Significant pericardial effusion occurred in 16 patients (10.4%). Follow-up was available in 134 patients at a median of 112 days (interquartile range: 50 to 270 days): Death, myocardial infarction, or stroke occurred in 4 patients (2.9%). Among 63 patients with acute closure and transesophageal echocardiography follow-up, there were 3 thrombi (4.8%) and 13 (20%) with residual leak. CONCLUSIONS In this initial multicenter experience of LAA ligation with the Lariat device, the rate of acute closure was high, but procedural success was limited by bleeding. A prospective randomized trial is required to adequately define clinical efficacy, optimal post-procedure medical therapy, and the effect of operator experience on

  20. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation

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    Saglietto, Andrea; Gaita, Fiorenzo; Ridolfi, Luca; Anselmino, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Background: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. Methods: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The AF modelling involves: (i) irregular, uncorrelated and faster heart rate; (ii) atrial contractility dysfunction. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe) were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (AS, aortic stenosis, MS, mitral stenosis, AR, aortic regurgitation, MR, mitral regurgitation), by varying–through the valve opening angle–the valve area. Results: Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid dynamics variation. Moreover, mitral valvulopathies were more significant than aortic ones. In case of aortic valve diseases, proper mitral functioning damps out changes at atrial and pulmonary levels. In the case of mitral valvulopathy, the mitral valve lost its regulating capability, thus hemodynamic variations almost equally affected regions upstream and downstream of the valve. In particular, the present study revealed that both mitral and aortic regurgitation strongly affect hemodynamics, followed by mitral stenosis, while aortic stenosis has the least impact among the analyzed valvular diseases. Discussion: The proposed approach can provide new mechanistic insights as to which valvular pathologies merit more aggressive treatment of

  1. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation.

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    Scarsoglio, Stefania; Saglietto, Andrea; Gaita, Fiorenzo; Ridolfi, Luca; Anselmino, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The AF modelling involves: (i) irregular, uncorrelated and faster heart rate; (ii) atrial contractility dysfunction. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe) were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (AS, aortic stenosis, MS, mitral stenosis, AR, aortic regurgitation, MR, mitral regurgitation), by varying-through the valve opening angle-the valve area. Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid dynamics variation. Moreover, mitral valvulopathies were more significant than aortic ones. In case of aortic valve diseases, proper mitral functioning damps out changes at atrial and pulmonary levels. In the case of mitral valvulopathy, the mitral valve lost its regulating capability, thus hemodynamic variations almost equally affected regions upstream and downstream of the valve. In particular, the present study revealed that both mitral and aortic regurgitation strongly affect hemodynamics, followed by mitral stenosis, while aortic stenosis has the least impact among the analyzed valvular diseases. The proposed approach can provide new mechanistic insights as to which valvular pathologies merit more aggressive treatment of AF. Present findings, if clinically confirmed

  2. Mechanisms of Fractionated Electrograms Formation in the Posterior Left Atrium during Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in Humans

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    Atienza, Felipe; Calvo, David; Almendral, Jesús; Zlochiver, Sharon; Grzeda, Krzysztof R.; Martinez-Alzamora, Nieves; Torrecilla, Esteban G.; Arenal, Angel; Fernández-Avilés, Francisco; Berenfeld, Omer

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study mechanisms of formation of fractionated electrograms on the posterior left atrial wall (PLAW) in human paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Background The mechanisms responsible for complex fractionated atrial electrograms formation during AF are poorly understood. Methods In 24 pts we induced sustained AF by pacing from a pulmonary vein (PV). We analyzed transitions between organized patterns and changes in electrogram morphology leading to fractionation in relation to interbeat interval duration (systolic interval) and dominant frequency (DF). Computer simulations of rotors helped in the interpretation of the results. Results Organized patterns were recorded 31±18% of the time. In 47% of organized patterns, the electrograms and PLAW activation sequence were similar to those of incoming waves during PV stimulation that induced AF. Transitions to fractionation were preceded by significant increases in electrogram duration, spikes number, and systolic interval shortening (R2=0.94). Similarly, adenosine infusion during organized patterns caused significant systolic interval shortening leading to fractionated electrogram formation. Activation maps during organization showed incoming wave patterns, with earliest activation located closest to the highest DF site. Activation maps during transitions to fragmentation showed areas of slowed conduction and unidirectional block. Simulations predicted that systolic interval abbreviation that heralds fractionated electrograms formation may result from a Doppler effect on wavefronts preceding an approaching rotor, or by acceleration of a stationary or meandering, remotely located source. Conclusions During induced AF, systolic interval shortening following either drift or acceleration of a source results in intermittent fibrillatory conduction and formation of fractionated electrograms at the PLAW. PMID:21349400

  3. Mechanisms of fractionated electrograms formation in the posterior left atrium during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in humans.

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    Atienza, Felipe; Calvo, David; Almendral, Jesús; Zlochiver, Sharon; Grzeda, Krzysztof R; Martínez-Alzamora, Nieves; González-Torrecilla, Esteban; Arenal, Angel; Fernández-Avilés, Francisco; Berenfeld, Omer

    2011-03-01

    The aim of this paper was to study mechanisms of formation of fractionated electrograms on the posterior left atrial wall (PLAW) in human paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). The mechanisms responsible for complex fractionated atrial electrogram formation during AF are poorly understood. In 24 patients, we induced sustained AF by pacing from a pulmonary vein. We analyzed transitions between organized patterns and changes in electrogram morphology leading to fractionation in relation to interbeat interval duration (systolic interval [SI]) and dominant frequency. Computer simulations of rotors helped in the interpretation of the results. Organized patterns were recorded 31 ± 18% of the time. In 47% of organized patterns, the electrograms and PLAW activation sequence were similar to those of incoming waves during pulmonary vein stimulation that induced AF. Transitions to fractionation were preceded by significant increases in electrogram duration, spike number, and SI shortening (R(2) = 0.94). Similarly, adenosine infusion during organized patterns caused significant SI shortening leading to fractionated electrograms formation. Activation maps during organization showed incoming wave patterns, with earliest activation located closest to the highest dominant frequency site. Activation maps during transitions to fragmentation showed areas of slowed conduction and unidirectional block. Simulations predicted that SI abbreviation that heralds fractionated electrograms formation might result from a Doppler effect on wave fronts preceding an approaching rotor or by acceleration of a stationary or meandering, remotely located source. During induced AF, SI shortening after either drift or acceleration of a source results in intermittent fibrillatory conduction and formation of fractionated electrograms at the PLAW. Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Left atrial enlargement and stroke recurrence: the Northern Manhattan Stroke Study.

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    Yaghi, Shadi; Moon, Yeseon P; Mora-McLaughlin, Consuelo; Willey, Joshua Z; Cheung, Ken; Di Tullio, Marco R; Homma, Shunichi; Kamel, Hooman; Sacco, Ralph L; Elkind, Mitchell S V

    2015-06-01

    Although left atrial enlargement (LAE) increases incident stroke risk, the association with recurrent stroke is less clear. Our aim was to determine the association of LAE with recurrent stroke most likely related to embolism (cryptogenic and cardioembolic) and all ischemic stroke recurrences. We followed 655 first ischemic stroke patients in the Northern Manhattan Stroke Study for ≤5 years. LA size from 2D echocardiography was categorized as normal LAE (52.7%), mild LAE (31.6%), and moderate-severe LAE (15.7%). We used Cox proportional hazard models to calculate the hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals for the association of LA size and LAE with recurrent cryptogenic/cardioembolic and total recurrent ischemic stroke. LA size was available in 529 (81%) patients. Mean age at enrollment was 69±13 years; 45.8% were male, 54.0% Hispanic, and 18.5% had atrial fibrillation. Over a median of 4 years, there were 65 recurrent ischemic strokes (29 were cardioembolic or cryptogenic). In multivariable models adjusted for confounders, including atrial fibrillation and heart failure, moderate-severe LAE compared with normal LA size was associated with greater risk of recurrent cardioembolic/cryptogenic stroke (adjusted hazard ratio 2.83, 95% confidence interval 1.03-7.81), but not total ischemic stroke (adjusted hazard ratio 1.06, 95% confidence interval, 0.48-2.30). Mild LAE was not associated with recurrent stroke. Moderate to severe LAE was an independent marker of recurrent cardioembolic or cryptogenic stroke in a multiethnic cohort of ischemic stroke patients. Further research is needed to determine whether anticoagulant use may reduce risk of recurrence in ischemic stroke patients with moderate to severe LAE. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  5. Usefulness of Left Atrial Emptying Fraction to Predict Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators.

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    Rijnierse, Mischa T; Kamali Sadeghian, Mehran; Schuurmans Stekhoven, Sophie; Biesbroek, P Stefan; van der Lingen, Anne-Lotte C; van de Ven, Peter M; van Rossum, Albert C; Nijveldt, Robin; Allaart, Cornelis P

    2017-07-15

    Impaired left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF) is an important predictor of mortality in patients with heart failure. As it may reflect increased LV wall stress, it might predict ventricular arrhythmia (VA) specifically. This study evaluated the predictive value of LAEF assessed with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with respect to appropriate device therapy (ADT) for VA and compared its role with CMR assessed scar size and other risk factors. In total, 229 patients (68% male, 63 ± 10 years, 61% ischemic cardiomyopathy) with LV ejection fraction ≤35% who underwent CMR and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation for primary prevention in 2005 to 2012 were included. CMR was used to quantify LV volumes and function. LV scar size was quantified when late gadolinium enhancement was available (n = 166). Maximum and minimum left atrial volumes and LAEF were calculated using the biplane area-length method. The occurrence of ADT and mortality was assessed during a median follow-up of 3.9 years. Sixty-two patients (27%) received ADT. Univariable Cox analysis showed that male gender, creatinine level, minimum left atrial volume, LAEF, and total scar size were significant predictors of ADT. In multivariable Cox analysis, LAEF (hazard ratio 0.75 per 10%, p <0.01), and scar size (hazard ratio 1.03 per g, p = 0.03) remained the only independent predictors of ADT. Patients with both LAEF > median and scar size < median were at low risk (13% ADT at 5 years), whereas those with LAEF < median and scar size > median experienced 40% ADT at 5 years (log-rank p = 0.01). In conclusion, LAEF independently predicts ADT in patients with primary prevention ICDs. Combined assessment of LAEF and scar size identifies a group with low risk of ADT. Therefore, LAEF assessment could assist in risk stratification for VA to select patients with the highest benefit from ICD implantation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Left atrial dysfunction detected by speckle tracking in patients with systemic sclerosis

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    2014-01-01

    Background Cardiac involvement is a relevant clinical finding in systemic sclerosis (SSc) and is associated with poor prognosis. Left atrial (LA) remodeling and/or dysfunction can be an early sign of diastolic dysfunction. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel and promising tool for detecting very early changes in LA myocardial performance. Aim To assess whether STE strain parameters may detect early alterations in LA function in SSc patients. Methods Forty-two SSc patients (Group 1, age 50 ± 14 years, 95% females) without clinical evidence for cardiac involvement and 42 age- and gender-matched control subjects (Group 2, age 49 ± 13 years, 95% females) were evaluated with comprehensive 2D and Doppler echocardiography, including tissue Doppler imaging analysis. Positive peak left atrial longitudinal strain (ϵ pos peak), second positive left atrial longitudinal strain (sec ϵ pos peak), and negative left atrial longitudinal strain (ϵ neg peak) were measured using a 12-segment model for the LA, by commercially available semi-automated 2D speckle-tracking software (EchoPac PC version 108.1.4, GE Healthcare, Horten, Norway). Results All SSc patients had a normal left ventricular ejection fraction (63.1 ± 4%). SSc patients did not differ from controls in E/A (Group 1 = 1.1 ± 0.4 vs Group 2 = 1.3 ± 0.4, p = .14) or pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (Group 1 = 24.1 ± 8 mmHg vs Group 2 = 21 ± 7 mmHg, p = .17). SSc patients did not show significantly different indexed LA volumes (Group 1 = 24.9 ± 5.3 ml/m2 vs Group 2 = 24.7 ± 4.4 ml/m2, p = .8), whereas E/e’ ratio was significantly higher in SSc (Group 1 = 7.6 ± 2.4 vs Group 2 = 6.5 ± 1.7, p<0.05), although still within normal values. LA strain values were significantly different between the two groups (ϵ pos peak Group 1 = 31.3 ± 4.2% vs Group 2 = 35.0 ± 7.6%, p

  7. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure: procedural techniques and outcomes.

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    Saw, Jacqueline; Lempereur, Mathieu

    2014-11-01

    Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure technology for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation has significantly advanced in the past 2 decades. Several devices are under clinical investigation, and a few have already received Conformité Européene (CE)-mark approval and are available in many countries. The WATCHMAN device (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts) has the most supportive data and is under evaluation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for warfarin-eligible patients. The Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (St. Jude Medical, Plymouth, Minnesota) has a large real-world experience over the past 5 years, and a randomized trial comparing Amplatzer Cardiac Plug with the WATCHMAN device is anticipated in the near future. The Lariat procedure (SentreHEART Inc., Redwood City, California) has also gained interest lately, but early studies were concerning for high rates of serious pericardial effusion and major bleeding. The current real-world experience predominantly involves patients who are not long-term anticoagulation candidates or who are perceived to have high bleeding risks. This pattern of practice is expected to change when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the WATCHMAN device for warfarin-eligible patients. This paper reviews in depth the procedural techniques, safety, and outcomes of the current leading devices. Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Left atrial appendage closure: patient, device and post-procedure drug selection.

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    Tzikas, Apostolos; Bergmann, Martin W

    2016-05-17

    Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC), a device-based therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, is considered an alternative to oral anticoagulation therapy, particularly for patients at high risk of bleeding. Proof of concept has been demonstrated by the PROTECT AF and PREVAIL trials which evaluated the WATCHMAN device (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA) versus warfarin, showing favourable outcome for the device group. The most commonly used devices for LAAC are the WATCHMAN and its successor, the WATCHMAN FLX (Boston Scientific) and the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug and more recently the AMPLATZER Amulet device (both St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA). The procedure is typically performed via a transseptal puncture under fluoroscopic and echocardiographic guidance. Technically, it is considered quite demanding due to the anatomic variability and fragility of the appendage. Careful material manipulation, adequate operator training, and good cardiac imaging and device sizing allow a safe, uneventful procedure. Post-procedure antithrombotic drug selection is based on the patient's history, indication and quality of LAAC.

  9. Doppler echo evaluation of pulmonary venous-left atrial pressure gradients: human and numerical model studies

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    Firstenberg, M. S.; Greenberg, N. L.; Smedira, N. G.; Prior, D. L.; Scalia, G. M.; Thomas, J. D.; Garcia, M. J.

    2000-01-01

    The simplified Bernoulli equation relates fluid convective energy derived from flow velocities to a pressure gradient and is commonly used in clinical echocardiography to determine pressure differences across stenotic orifices. Its application to pulmonary venous flow has not been described in humans. Twelve patients undergoing cardiac surgery had simultaneous high-fidelity pulmonary venous and left atrial pressure measurements and pulmonary venous pulsed Doppler echocardiography performed. Convective gradients for the systolic (S), diastolic (D), and atrial reversal (AR) phases of pulmonary venous flow were determined using the simplified Bernoulli equation and correlated with measured actual pressure differences. A linear relationship was observed between the convective (y) and actual (x) pressure differences for the S (y = 0.23x + 0.0074, r = 0.82) and D (y = 0.22x + 0.092, r = 0.81) waves, but not for the AR wave (y = 0. 030x + 0.13, r = 0.10). Numerical modeling resulted in similar slopes for the S (y = 0.200x - 0.127, r = 0.97), D (y = 0.247x - 0. 354, r = 0.99), and AR (y = 0.087x - 0.083, r = 0.96) waves. Consistent with numerical modeling, the convective term strongly correlates with but significantly underestimates actual gradient because of large inertial forces.

  10. Arterial stiffness, body fat compartments, central hemodynamics, renal function and left atrial size.

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    Katulska, Katarzyna; Milewska, Agata; Wykretowicz, Mateusz; Krauze, Tomasz; Przymuszala, Dagmara; Piskorski, Jaroslaw; Stajgis, Marek; Guzik, Przemyslaw; Wysocki, Henryk; Wykrętowicz, Andrzej

    2013-10-01

    Left atrial (LA) size is an important predictor of stroke, death, and atrial fibrillation. It was demonstrated recently that body fat, arterial stiffness and renal functions are associated with LA diameter. However, data are lacking for comprehensive assessments of all these risk factors in a single population. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the association between LA size and different fat descriptors, central hemodynamics, arterial stiffness, and renal function in healthy subjects. To this end, body fat percentage, abdominal, subcutaneous fat, and general descriptors of body fat were estimated in 162 healthy subjects (mean age 51 years). Echocardiography was performed to assess LA diameter. Arterial stiffness and peripheral and central hemodynamics were estimated by digital volume pulse analysis and pulse wave analysis. Glomerular filtration rate was estimated by MDRD formula. There were significant (p < 0.05) bivariate correlations between LA diameter and all descriptors of body fat (except subcutaneous fat). Arterial stiffness and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were also significantly correlated with LA size. Multiple regression analysis including all significant confounders, such as sex, mean arterial pressure, arterial stiffness, eGFR and body fat descriptors, explained 35% of variance in LA diameter. In conclusion, the present study reveals significant, independent relationships between body fat, arterial stiffness, and LA size.

  11. Doppler echo evaluation of pulmonary venous-left atrial pressure gradients: human and numerical model studies

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    Firstenberg, M. S.; Greenberg, N. L.; Smedira, N. G.; Prior, D. L.; Scalia, G. M.; Thomas, J. D.; Garcia, M. J.

    2000-01-01

    The simplified Bernoulli equation relates fluid convective energy derived from flow velocities to a pressure gradient and is commonly used in clinical echocardiography to determine pressure differences across stenotic orifices. Its application to pulmonary venous flow has not been described in humans. Twelve patients undergoing cardiac surgery had simultaneous high-fidelity pulmonary venous and left atrial pressure measurements and pulmonary venous pulsed Doppler echocardiography performed. Convective gradients for the systolic (S), diastolic (D), and atrial reversal (AR) phases of pulmonary venous flow were determined using the simplified Bernoulli equation and correlated with measured actual pressure differences. A linear relationship was observed between the convective (y) and actual (x) pressure differences for the S (y = 0.23x + 0.0074, r = 0.82) and D (y = 0.22x + 0.092, r = 0.81) waves, but not for the AR wave (y = 0. 030x + 0.13, r = 0.10). Numerical modeling resulted in similar slopes for the S (y = 0.200x - 0.127, r = 0.97), D (y = 0.247x - 0. 354, r = 0.99), and AR (y = 0.087x - 0.083, r = 0.96) waves. Consistent with numerical modeling, the convective term strongly correlates with but significantly underestimates actual gradient because of large inertial forces.

  12. Percutaneous methods of left atrial appendage exclusion: an alternative to the internist.

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    Le, Duong L; Khodjaev, Soidjon D; Morelli, Remo L

    2014-01-01

    Thromboembolic stroke from the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most feared complication in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The cornerstone for the management of chronic non-valvular AF is stroke reduction with oral anticoagulation (OAC). However, poor compliance, maintaining a narrow therapeutic window, and major side effects such as bleeding have severely limited their use, which creates a therapeutic dilemma. As much as 20% of AF patients are not receiving OAC due to contraindications and less than half of AF patients are not on OAC due to reluctance of the prescribing physician and/or patient non-compliance. Fortunately, over the past decade, there have been great interests in providing an alternative strategy unbeknownst to the practicing internist. The introduction of percutaneous approaches for LAA occlusion has added a different dimension to the management of chronic AF in patients with OAC intolerance. Occlusion devices such as the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug and WATCHMAN device are currently being investigated for stroke prophylaxis. More recently, the LARIAT device may provide an alternative means for potential stroke prophylaxis without the need for short-term post-procedural OAC. We aim to review the current literature and bring attention to an alternative strategy for high-risk AF patients intolerant to OAC.

  13. Percutaneous methods of left atrial appendage exclusion: an alternative to the internist

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    Le, Duong L.; Khodjaev, Soidjon D.; Morelli, Remo L.

    2014-01-01

    Thromboembolic stroke from the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most feared complication in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The cornerstone for the management of chronic non-valvular AF is stroke reduction with oral anticoagulation (OAC). However, poor compliance, maintaining a narrow therapeutic window, and major side effects such as bleeding have severely limited their use, which creates a therapeutic dilemma. As much as 20% of AF patients are not receiving OAC due to contraindications and less than half of AF patients are not on OAC due to reluctance of the prescribing physician and/or patient non-compliance. Fortunately, over the past decade, there have been great interests in providing an alternative strategy unbeknownst to the practicing internist. The introduction of percutaneous approaches for LAA occlusion has added a different dimension to the management of chronic AF in patients with OAC intolerance. Occlusion devices such as the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug and WATCHMAN device are currently being investigated for stroke prophylaxis. More recently, the LARIAT device may provide an alternative means for potential stroke prophylaxis without the need for short-term post-procedural OAC. We aim to review the current literature and bring attention to an alternative strategy for high-risk AF patients intolerant to OAC. PMID:24596651

  14. Left Atrial Area and Right Ventricle Dimensions in Non-gated Axial Chest CT can Differentiate Pulmonary Hypertension Due to Left Heart Disease from Other Causes.

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    Katikireddy, Chandra K; Singh, Manmeet; Muhyieddeen, Kamil; Acharya, Tushar; Ambrose, John A; Samim, Arang

    2016-01-01

    It is unknown whether axial non-gated CT can distinguish World Health Organization Group 2 pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease) from non-Group 2 pulmonary hypertension. The study was performed to identity imaging parameters in non-gated chest CT that differentiate Group 2 from non-Group 2 pulmonary hypertension. Among 158 patients who underwent right heart catheterization for evaluation of pulmonary hypertension, 112 had sufficient data and chest CT for review. Invasive hemodynamic data and numerous variables obtained from axial CT images (maximum diameters of main, right, left pulmonary arteries, ascending aorta, main pulmonary artery to ascending aorta diameter ratio, right atrial diameter, left atrial area and right ventricular size) were collected. CT variables were validated against hemodynamic data to identify parameters that would allow to differentiate pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease (Group 2) from non-Group 2 pulmonary hypertension. Based on right heart catheterization data, we identified 53 patients with Group 2 pulmonary hypertension, 50 patients with non-Group 2 pulmonary hypertension, and 9 subjects with no pulmonary hypertension. In patients with a dilated pulmonary artery (n = 84), the ROC curve for left atrial area (area under the ROC curve 0.76 ± 0.06) independently distinguished patients with Group 2 pulmonary hypertension (n = 42) from patients with non-Group 2 pulmonary hypertension (n = 42). A dilated left atrium (>20 mm(2)) in combination with a normal right ventriuclar size had a sensitivity of 77% and specificity of 94% for Group 2 pulmonary hypertension. In patients with a dilated pulmonary artery on chest CT, left atrial area and right ventricular dimensions may aid to diagnose pulmonary hypertension and to distinguish underlying cardiac disease from other causes. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. First experience of percutaneous radio-frequency ablation for atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation in a patient with HeartMate II left ventricular assist device.

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    Maury, Philippe; Delmas, Clement; Trouillet, Charlotte; Slaughter, Mark S; Lairez, Olivier; Galinier, Michel; Roncalli, Jerome; Bertrand, David; Mathevet, Lydie; Duparc, Alexandre; Salvador, Michelle; Delay, Marc; Dambrin, Camille

    2010-10-01

    We report the first case of percutaneous radio-frequency (RF) ablation procedure in a patient implanted with a HeartMate II left ventricular assist device for refractory heart failure. This procedure was performed for poorly tolerated recurrent atrial arrhythmias. No harmful consequence happened during or after the procedure despite the potential electromagnetic interferences existing between the RF delivery and the functioning of the device.

  16. Novel Radiofrequency Ablation Strategies for Terminating Atrial Fibrillation in the Left Atrium: A Simulation Study

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    Bayer, Jason D.; Roney, Caroline H.; Pashaei, Ali; Jaïs, Pierre; Vigmond, Edward J.

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) therapy, but few strategies exist for when it fails. To guide RFA, phase singularity (PS) mapping locates reentrant electrical waves (rotors) that perpetuate AF. The goal of this study was to test existing and develop new RFA strategies for terminating rotors identified with PS mapping. It is unsafe to test experimental RFA strategies in patients, so they were evaluated in silico using a bilayer computer model of the human atria with persistent AF (pAF) electrical (ionic) and structural (fibrosis) remodeling. pAF was initiated by rapidly pacing the right (RSPV) and left (LSPV) superior pulmonary veins during sinus rhythm, and rotor dynamics quantified by PS analysis. Three RFA strategies were studied: (i) PVI, roof, and mitral lines; (ii) circles, perforated circles, lines, and crosses 0.5–1.5 cm in diameter/length administered near rotor locations/pathways identified by PS mapping; and (iii) 4–8 lines streamlining the sequence of electrical activation during sinus rhythm. As in pAF patients, 2 ± 1 rotors with cycle length 185 ± 4 ms and short PS duration 452 ± 401 ms perpetuated simulated pAF. Spatially, PS density had weak to moderate positive correlations with fibrosis density (RSPV: r = 0.38, p = 0.35, LSPV: r = 0.77, p = 0.02). RFA PVI, mitral, and roof lines failed to terminate pAF, but RFA perforated circles and lines 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated meandering rotors from RSPV pacing when placed at locations with high PS density. Similarly, RFA circles, perforated circles, and crosses 1.5 cm in diameter/length terminated stationary rotors from LSPV pacing. The most effective strategy for terminating pAF was to streamline the sequence of activation during sinus rhythm with >4 RFA lines. These results demonstrate that co-localizing 1.5 cm RFA lesions with locations of high PS density is a promising strategy for terminating pAF rotors

  17. Acute sleep deprivation in healthy adults is associated with a reduction in left atrial early diastolic strain rate.

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    Açar, Göksel; Akçakoyun, Mustafa; Sari, Ibrahim; Bulut, Mustafa; Alizade, Elnur; Özkan, Birol; Yazicioğlu, Mehmet Vefik; Alici, Gökhan; Avci, Anil; Kargin, Ramazan; Esen, Ali Metin

    2013-09-01

    Sleep deprivation (SD) is known to be associated with adverse cardiovascular events. Strain and strain rate measure the local deformation of the myocardium and have been used to evaluate atrial phasic function in various disease states. The aim of the study was to investigate whether strain rate imaging enables the identification of left atrial dysfunction in otherwise healthy young adults with acute SD which has not been studied previously. Adequate echocardiographic images of 27 healthy volunteers were obtained both after a night with regular sleep and after a night with SD. Tissue Doppler-derived strain and strain rate were measured from the apical four- and two-chamber views of the left atrium, and global values were calculated as the mean of all segments. Measurements included peak systolic strain, systolic strain rate (S-Sr), early diastolic (E-Sr) and late diastolic (A-Sr) strain rate. Phasic left atrial (LA) volumes and fractions were also calculated. There was no significant difference in the traditional parameters of atrial function and LA volumes. Subjects had similar S-Sr, A-Sr and global atrial strain values after the night of sleep debt when compared after regular sleep, whereas they had significantly reduced E-Sr values (mean (SD) 3.2 (0.7) s(-1) vs 3.7 (0.6) s(-1), p < 0.001). Moreover, global E-Sr showed a significant correlation with sleep time (r = 0.554, p < 0.001). Acute SD in healthy adults is associated with a reduction in LA early diastolic strain rate in the absence of geometric alterations or functional impairment of the left atrium, raising the possibility that chronic SD may more profoundly affect LA function and thereby promote the occurrence of atrial fibrillation.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  19. Joubert syndrome with atrial septal defect and persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Elmali, Muzaffer; Ozmen, Zafer; Ceyhun, Meltem; Tokatlioğlu, Onur; Incesu, Lütfi; Diren, Bariş

    2007-06-01

    Joubert syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by hypotonia, ataxia, episodic hyperpnoea, psychomotor delay, abnormal ocular movements, and molar tooth sign on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, but the molecular basis and specific chromosomal locus have not yet been identified. MRI features are the most important diagnostic criteria. Molar tooth sign was previously described in Joubert syndrome and was found in 85% of patients with Joubert syndrome. Many authors now claim that this finding can be present in other syndromes, including Dekaban-Arima, Senior-Löken, COACH, and Varadi-Papp. We present a 7-month-old girl with Joubert syndrome in whom MRI showed the typical features of this condition. She also had polydactyly, atrial septal defect, and persistent left superior vena cava.

  20. Limited ability to activate protein C confers left atrial endocardium a thrombogenic phenotype. A role in cardioembolic stroke?

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    Cerveró, Jorge; Montes, Ramón; España, Francisco; Esmon, Charles T.; Hermida, José

    2011-01-01

    Background and Purpose Atrial fibrillation is the most important risk factor for cardioembolic stroke. Thrombi form in the left atrial appendage rather than in the right. The causes of this different thrombogenicity are not well understood. The goal herein was to compare the activation of the anticoagulant protein C as well as the thrombomodulin and endothelial protein C/activated protein C receptor (EPCR) expression on the endocardium between right and left atria. Methods We harvested the atria of six monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) and quantified their ability to activate protein C ex vivo and we measured the thrombomodulin and EPCR expression by immunofluorescence. Results We found the ability to activate protein C decreased by half (P= 0.028), and there was lower expression of thrombomodulin in the left atrial endocardium than the right (52.5±19.9 and 72.1±18.8 arbitrary intensity units, mean ± standard deviation, P= 0.028). No differences were detected in EPCR expression. Conclusions Impaired protein C activation on the left atrial endocardium, due to low thrombomodulin expression may explain its higher thrombogenicity and play a role in cardioembolic stroke. PMID:21700937

  1. Optimal transseptal puncture location for robot-assisted left atrial catheter ablation.

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    Jayender, Jagadeesan; Patel, Rajni V; Michaud, Gregory F; Hatal, Nobuhiko

    2009-01-01

    The preferred method of treatment for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is by catheter ablation wherein a catheter is guided into the left atrium through a transseptal puncture. However, the transseptal puncture constrains the catheter, thereby limiting its maneuverability and increasing the difficulty in reaching various locations in the left atrium. In this paper, we address the problem of choosing the optimal transseptal puncture location for performing cardiac ablation to obtain maximum maneuverability of the catheter. We have employed an optimization algorithm to maximize the Global Isotropy Index (GII) to evaluate the optimal transseptal puncture location. As part of this algorithm, a novel kinematic model for the catheter has been developed based on a continuum robot model. Preoperative MR/CT images of the heart are segmented using the open source image-guided therapy software, Slicer 3, to obtain models of the left atrium and septal wall. These models are input to the optimization algorithm to evaluate the optimal transseptal puncture location. Simulation results for the optimization algorithm are presented in this paper.

  2. Diastolic Heart Failure Predicted by Left Atrial Expansion Index in Patients with Severe Diastolic Dysfunction

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    Hsiao, Shih-Hung; Chiou, Kuan-Rau

    2016-01-01

    Background Left atrial (LA) echocardiographic parameters are increasingly used to predict clinically relevant cardiovascular events. The study aims to evaluate the LA expansion index (LAEI) for predicting diastolic heart failure (HF) in patients with severe left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction. Methods This prospective study enrolled 162 patients (65% male) with preserved LV systolic function and severe diastolic dysfunction (132 grade 2 patients, 30 grade 3 patients). All patients had sinus rhythm at enrollment. The LAEI was calculated as (Volmax - Volmin) x 100% / Volmin, where Volmax was defined as maximal LA volume and Volmin was defined as minimal volume. The endpoint was hospitalization for HF withp reserved LV ejection fraction (HFpEF). Results The median follow-up duration was 2.9 years. Fifty-four patients had cardiovascular events, including 41 diastolic and 8 systolic HF hospitalizations. In these 54 patients, 13 in-hospital deaths and 5 sudden out-of-hospital deaths occurred. Multivariate analyses revealed that HFpEF was associated with LAEI.and atrial fibrillation during follow-up. For predicting HFpEF, the LAEI had a hazard ratio of 1.197per 10% decrease. In patients who had HFpEF events, the LAEI significantly (P< 0.0001) decreased from 69±18% to 39±11% during hospitalization. Although the LAEI improved during follow-up (53±13%), it did not return to baseline. Conclusions The LAEI predicts HFpEF in patients with severe diastolic dysfunction; it worsens during HFpEF events and partially recovers during followup. PMID:27622475

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

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    Balzer, Jan; Eickholt, Christian; Petersen, Margot; Kehmeier, Eva; Veulemans, Verena; Kelm, Malte; Willems, Stephan; Meyer, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Aims To investigate whether percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure guided by automated real-time integration of 2D-/3D-transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and fluoroscopy imaging results in decreased radiation exposure. Methods and Results In this open-label single-center study LAA closure (AmplatzerTM Cardiac Plug) was performed in 34 consecutive patients (8 women; 73.1±8.5 years) with (n = 17, EN+) or without (n = 17, EN-) integrated echocardiography/fluoroscopy imaging guidance (EchoNavigator® [EN]; Philips Healthcare). There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between both groups. Successful LAA closure was documented in all patients. Radiation dose was reduced in the EN+ group about 52% (EN+: 48.5±30.7 vs. EN-: 93.9±64.4 Gy/cm2; p = 0.01). Corresponding to the radiation dose fluoroscopy time was reduced (EN+: 16.7±7 vs. EN-: 24.0±11.4 min; p = 0.035). These advantages were not at the cost of increased procedure time (89.6±28.8 vs. 90.1±30.2 min; p = 0.96) or periprocedural complications. Contrast media amount was comparable between both groups (172.3±92.7 vs. 197.5±127.8 ml; p = 0.53). During short-term follow-up of at least 3 months (mean: 8.1±5.9 months) no device-related events occurred. Conclusions Automated real-time integration of echocardiography and fluoroscopy can be incorporated into procedural work-flow of percutaneous left atrial appendage closure without prolonging procedure time. This approach results in a relevant reduction of radiation exposure. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01262508 PMID:26465747

  4. Hemodynamic effects of left atrial or left ventricular cannulation for acute circulatory support in a bovine model of left heart injury.

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    Kapur, Navin K; Paruchuri, Vikram; Pham, Duc Thinh; Reyelt, Lara; Murphy, Barbara; Beale, Corinna; Bogins, Courtney; Wiener, Daniel; Nilson, James; Esposito, Michele; Perkins, Scott; Perides, George; Karas, Richard H

    2015-01-01

    Our objective was to examine the hemodynamic effects of a trans-aortic axial flow catheter (Impella CP) in the left ventricle (LV) versus left atrial (LA) to femoral artery bypass using a centrifugal pump (TandemHeart: TH) in a bovine model of acute LV injury. In three male calves, we performed sequential activation of a CP then TH device in each animal. After 60 minutes of left anterior descending artery ligation, a CP was activated at maximal power. The CP was then removed and the TH activated at 5,500 then a maximum of 7,500 rotations per minute (RPM). The CP generated a maximum 3.1 ± 0.2 L/minute (LPM) of flow, whereas the TH at 5,500 and 7,500 RPM generated 3.1 ± 0.4 and 4.4 ± 0.3 LPM. At 3.1 LPM, the CP and TH reduced LV stroke work (LVSW) similarly. The TH reduced stroke volume, whereas the CP did not. The CP reduced end-systolic pressure, whereas the TH did not. At a maximum flow of 4.4 LPM, the TH provided a greater reduction in LVSW than maximal CP activation. This is the first report to compare the hemodynamic effects of trans-aortic LV unloading versus LA-to-femoral artery (FA) bypass.

  5. Surgical Repair of Congenital Left Atrial Aneurysm and Mitral Valve Insufficiency in a Four-Year-Old Child.

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    Sarioglu, C Tayyar; Turkekul, Yasemin; Arnaz, Ahmet; Sisli, Emrah; Yalcinbas, Yusuf Kenan; Sarioglu, Ayse

    2016-12-12

    Left atrial aneurysm is an extremely rare anomaly, which can be associated with supraventricular arrhythmia, compression of coronary arteries, intracardiac thrombus, life-threatening systemic embolization, pulmonary venous obstruction, mitral valve insufficiency, and congestive heart failure. Herein, we report a four-year-old boy who had a giant aneurysm of the left atrium and severe mitral regurgitation. The aneurysm and mitral valve cleft causing severe mitral regurgitation were successfully repaired. © The Author(s) 2016.

  6. Left Atrial Mass Invasion from Pulmonary Neoplasm Extension via the Right Upper Pulmonary Vein Presenting as Ipsilateral Stroke

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    Laureano, Raffaele; Briganti, Mariapia; Passaleva, Maria Teresa; Piani, Fiorella; Piga, Cecilia; Tatini, Stefano; Santoro, Giovanni Maria

    2016-01-01

    Left atrial invasion by lung cancer via haematogenous pathways is a relatively uncommon but potentially life-threatening event. While several cardiac complications of cardiac involvement have been previously described, the evolution towards cerebral stroke has been rarely reported. In this case report, we describe an atypical case of haematogenous metastatic invasion of the left atrium from pulmonary neoplasm extension presenting as an ipsilateral stroke whose ASCO classification changed during the clinical management. PMID:28053605

  7. Effect of an increase in left ventricular pressure overload on left atrial-left ventricular coupling in patients with hypertension: a two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiographic study.

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    Miyoshi, Hirokazu; Oishi, Yoshifumi; Mizuguchi, Yukio; Iuchi, Arata; Nagase, Norio; Ara, Nusrat; Oki, Takashi

    2013-07-01

    Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE) has recently been applied to evaluate left atrial (LA) function in addition to left ventricular (LV) function. However, whether 2DSTE can provide insight into LA-LV interaction related to an increase in LV pressure overload remains unknown. One hundred five asymptomatic patients with hypertension were studied by conventional, pulsed and tissue Doppler, and 2DSTE. Hypertensive patients were classified into 2 groups according to the ratio of early diastolic to atrial systolic velocity (E/A) of transmitral flow: E/A ≥ 1 (n = 37) and E/A < 1 (n = 68). We used (E/peak early diastolic mitral annular motion velocity [e'])/peak systolic LA strain (S-LAs) and E/e', as parameters of LA stiffness during ventricular systole and LV diastolic stiffness, respectively. The peak early diastolic LV longitudinal strain rate, and peak early diastolic LA strain and strain rate were lower in the E/A < 1 group than in the E/A ≥ 1 group. The E/e'/S-LAs and E/e' were greater in the E/A < 1 group. In the E/A < 1 group, systolic blood pressure (SBP) correlated with LV wall thickness parameters, A, e', E/e', peak early diastolic LV longitudinal strain rate, and E/e'/S-LAs. Multivariate regression analysis indicated that A, E/e', and E/e'/S-LAs were defined as strong predictors related to SBP. In patients with hypertension, an elevation in SBP leads to increased LA stiffness during ventricular systole and LV diastolic stiffness, in association with continued and further advanced LV diastolic dysfunction. 2DSTE is considered a sensitive tool for detecting abnormal LA-LV coupling related to an increased LV pressure overload. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Intracardiac Echocardiography From the Left Atrium for Procedural Guidance of Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion.

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    Korsholm, Kasper; Jensen, Jesper Møller; Nielsen-Kudsk, Jens Erik

    2017-08-24

    The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) from the left atrium (LA) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for procedural guidance of transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO). TEE with general anesthesia is the current gold standard to guide LAAO. By the use of ICE from the LA, LAAO can be performed in local anesthesia and may potentially have advantages over TEE. A single-center, cohort study of patients undergoing LAAO with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug or Amulet (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minnesota). Procedures were guided by ICE from the LA with local anesthesia (n = 109) or TEE using general anesthesia (n = 107). All patients had pre-procedural cardiac computed tomography. Efficacy outcomes were technical success, procedural success, and peridevice leakage at TEE 8 weeks after LAAO. Safety outcome was a composite of periprocedural complications. Technical success was achieved in 99% of both the TEE and ICE group. Procedural success was similar between groups: 94.4% success rate in the TEE-guided group, and 94.5% in the ICE-guided group. Major periprocedural complications occurred in 4.7% of the TEE group and 1.8% of the ICE group. Rate and degree of peridevice leak did not differ between groups at follow-up. Turnover time in the catheter laboratory, and contrast use were reduced with ICE. LA ICE to guide LAAO as compared with TEE appears to be effective and safe, without increased procedure-related complications. The rate of peridevice leak is low and similar to TEE-guided procedures. Time spent in the catheterization room may decrease substantially. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Predictors of Early (1-Week) Outcomes Following Left Atrial Appendage Closure With Amplatzer Devices.

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    Koskinas, Konstantinos C; Shakir, Samera; Fankhauser, Máté; Nietlispach, Fabian; Attinger-Toller, Adrian; Moschovitis, Aris; Wenaweser, Peter; Pilgrim, Thomas; Stortecky, Stefan; Praz, Fabien; Räber, Lorenz; Windecker, Stephan; Meier, Bernhard; Gloekler, Steffen

    2016-07-11

    The aim of this study was to assess predictors of adverse 1-week outcomes and determine the effect of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology following LAA closure (LAAC) with Amplatzer devices. Percutaneous LAAC is a valuable treatment option for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Determinants of procedural safety events with Amplatzer occluders are not well established, and the possibly interrelating effect of LAA anatomy is unknown. Between 2009 and 2014, 500 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation ineligible or at high risk for oral anticoagulation underwent LAAC using Amplatzer devices. Procedure- and device-related major adverse events (MAEs) were defined as the composite of death, stroke, major or life-threatening bleeding, serious pericardial effusion, device embolization, major access-site vascular complication, or need for cardiovascular surgery within 7 days following the intervention. Patients (mean age 73.9 ± 10.1 years) were treated with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (n = 408 [82%]) or Amulet (n = 92 [18%]) devices. Early procedural success was 97.8%, and MAEs occurred in 29 patients (5.8%). Independent predictors of MAEs included device repositioning (odds ratio: 9.13; 95% confidence interval: 2.85 to 33.54; p < 0.001) and left ventricular ejection fraction <30% (odds ratio: 4.08; 95% confidence interval: 1.49 to 11.20; p = 0.006), with no effect of device type or size. Angiographic LAA morphology, characterized as cauliflower (33%), cactus (32%), windsock (20%), or chicken wing (15%), was not associated with procedural success (p = 0.51) or the occurrence of MAEs (p = 0.78). In this nonrandomized study, procedural success of LAAC using Amplatzer devices was high. MAEs within 7 days were predicted by patient- and procedure-related factors. Although LAA morphology displayed substantial heterogeneity, outcomes were comparable across the spectrum of LAA anatomies. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  11. Blade and balloon atrial septostomy for left heart decompression in patients with severe ventricular dysfunction on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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    Seib, P M; Faulkner, S C; Erickson, C C; Van Devanter, S H; Harrell, J E; Fasules, J W; Frazier, E A; Morrow, W R

    1999-02-01

    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used as circulatory support or bridge to transplantation in patients with severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Left heart decompression is needed to reduce pulmonary edema, prevent pulmonary hemorrhage, and reduce ventricular distention that may aid in recovery of function. We reviewed our experience from November 1993 to December 1997 with 10 patients having severe LV dysfunction (7 myocarditis, 3 dilated cardiomyopathy) who required circulatory support with ECMO and who underwent left heart decompression with blade and balloon atrial septostomy (BBAS). Patients ranged in age from 1 to 24 years (median, 3 years). Indications for BBAS included left atrial/left ventricular distension (10), pulmonary edema/hemorrhage (9), or severe mitral regurgitation (2). BBAS was performed electively in eight patients and urgently in two patients. BBAS was performed while on ECMO in seven patients and pre-ECMO in three. A femoral venous approach was used in all patients. ECMO patients were fully heparinized. Transseptal puncture was required in nine patients while one patient had a patent foramen ovale. Blade septostomy was performed in all patients. Enlargement of the defect was then performed by stationary balloon dilation in nine and Rashkind balloon atrial septostomy in one. Balloon diameters ranged from 10 to 20 mm. Sequential balloon inflations were performed in some patients. Adequacy of the atrial septal defect (ASD) was confirmed by pressure measurement and echocardiography. Adequate left heart decompression was achieved in all patients. Pulmonary edema improved in nine of nine patients. Left atrial mean pressure fell from a mean of 30.5 mm Hg, (range, 12-50 mm Hg) to 16 mm Hg (range, 9-24 mm Hg). Left atrial to right atrial pressure gradient fell from a mean of 20 mm Hg pre-BBAS to 3 mm Hg post-BBAS. ASDs ranged in size from 2.5 to 8 mm (mean, 5.9 mm). Complications included needle perforation of the left atrium without

  12. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion procedures in patients with heart failure.

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    Szymała, Magdalena; Streb, Witold; Mitręga, Katarzyna; Podolecki, Tomasz; Mencel, Grzegorz; Kukulski, Tomasz; Kalarus, Zbigniew

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be considered for stroke prophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF), especially in contraindications for oral anticoagulants (OAC) or high risk of bleeding. The data about implantation, safety, efficacy, and follow-up are limited. Moreover, there are no studies on patients with NVAF and heart failure with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] ≤ 35%). To assess the safety, efficacy, and mid-term outcomes of LAAO procedures with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP) and Amplatzer Amulet device in patients with NVAF and heart failure with LVEF ≤ 35% (group I) and to perform a comparative analysis of the patients who had LAAO with NVAF and LVEF > 35%. The analysis included 80 patients (group I: 19, group II: 61) with NVAF. The patients were enrolled for the study if they had: CHA2DS2VASc ≥ 2 and high risk of bleeding assessed in HAS-BLED (≥ 3) or less points in HAS-BLED but coexisting contraindications for OAC, or thromboembolic complications while using OAC. Time of follow-up was six months. In the studied population, the median CHA2DS2VASc score was 4 and the average HAS-BLED score was 3.2. Device implantation was successful in all patients from group I and in 59/61 patients from group II. The periprocedural clinical ef-ficacy (no thromboembolic complications) was 100% in group I and 98.4% in group II. Serious periprocedural complications (cardiac tamponade: 2.5%, device embolisation: 1.25%, unexplained death: 1.25%) occurred only in patients from group II (p = NS). The mid-term clinical efficacy was 100% in group I and 98.3% in group II (p = NS). During follow-up, one transient ischaemic attack and three deaths not related to the procedure occurred. Percutaneous LAAO is an effective and safe procedure in patients with NVAF and severe systolic heart failure. No significant

  13. Synergistic prognostic values of cardiac sympathetic innervation with left ventricular hypertrophy and left atrial size in heart failure patients without reduced left ventricular ejection fraction: a cohort study

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    Doi, Takahiro; Nakata, Tomoaki; Hashimoto, Akiyoshi; Yuda, Satoshi; Wakabayashi, Takeru; Kouzu, Hidemichi; Kaneko, Naofumi; Hase, Mamoru; Tsuchihashi, Kazufumi; Miura, Tetsuji

    2012-01-01

    Objectives This study tested whether cardiac sympathetic innervation assessed by metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) activity has long-term prognostic value in combination with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and left atrial size in heart failure (HF) patients without reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Design A single-centre prospective cohort study. Setting/participants With primary endpoints of cardiac death and rehospitalisation due to HF progression, 178 consecutive symptomatic HF patients with 74% men, mean age of 56 years and mean LVEF of 64.5% were followed up for 80 months. The entry criteria consisted of LVEF more than 50%, completion of predischarge clinical evaluations including cardiac MIBG and echocardiographic studies and at least more than 1-year follow-up when survived. Results Thirty-four patients with cardiac evens had larger left atrial dimension (LAD), increased LV mass index, reduced MIBG activity quantified as heart-to-mediastinum ratio (HMR) than did the others. Multivariable Cox analysis showed that LAD and HMR were significant predictors (HR of 1.080 (95% CI 1.00 to 1.16, p=0.044) and 0.107 (95% CI 0.01 to 0.61, p=0.012, respectively). Thresholds of HMR (1.65) and LAD (37 mm) were closely related to identification of high-risk patients. In particular, HMR was a significant determinant of cardiac events in both patients with and without LV hypertrophy. Reduced HMR with enlarged LAD or LV hypertrophy identified patients at most increased risk; overall log-rank value, 11.5, p=0.0032 for LAD and 17.5, p=0.0002, respectively. Conclusions In HF patients without reduced LV ejection fraction, impairment of cardiac sympathetic innervation is related to cardiac outcomes independently and synergistically with LA size and LV hypertrophy. Cardiac sympathetic innervation assessment can contribute to better risk-stratification in combination with evaluation of LA size and LV mass but is needed to be evaluated for establishing aetiology

  14. Two-dimensional echocardiographic determination of left atrial emptying volume: a noninvasive index in quantifying the degree of nonrheumatic mitral regurgitation.

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    Ren, J F; Kotler, M N; DePace, N L; Mintz, G S; Kimbiris, D; Kalman, P; Ross, J

    1983-10-01

    Several noninvasive techniques, including radionuclide angiography and Doppler echocardiography, have attempted to measure the regurgitant volume in patients with mitral regurgitation; however, none of these techniques are entirely satisfactory. Utilizing a computerized light pen method for tracing the left atrial endocardial border during systole and diastole in two orthogonal planes (apical four and two chamber views), biplane volume determinations were calculated in 12 normal subjects and 30 patients with nonrheumatic mitral regurgitation. Left atrial emptying volume determinations were performed by subtracting the left atrial end-diastolic volume from the left atrial end-systolic volume. The degree of mitral regurgitation was visually assessed as normal (0, trivial, Group I, 12 patients), mild (1+, Group II, 4 patients), moderate (2+, Group III, 8 patients), moderately severe (3+, Group IV, 12 patients) and severe (4+, Group V, 6 patients) by contrast left ventricular angiography and also quantitatively by regurgitant fraction at cardiac catheterization. All 18 patients with moderately severe (Group IV) and severe (Group V) mitral regurgitation had a left atrial emptying volume greater than 40 ml compared with none of the normal subjects and patients with mild (Group II) or moderate (Group III) mitral regurgitation. There was good correlation between left atrial emptying volume and mitral regurgitant fraction (r = 0.85, p less than 0.01). Thus, in patients with nonrheumatic mitral regurgitation, left atrial emptying volume is useful in separating mild from severe mitral regurgitation.

  15. The atrial myocardial cells of mouse heart: a structural and stereological study.

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    Forbes, M S; Van Niel, E E; Purdy-Ramos, S I

    1990-05-01

    Structural and stereological studies of mouse atrial myocardial cells, carried out in the same fashion as our previous investigations on mouse ventricle, demonstrate an extremely well-developed sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in atrial cells. The volume fraction (Vv) of the SR exceeds 12% in mouse atrial cells; perimyofibrillar network SR constitutes the major portion. We have confirmed the findings of Bossen et al. (1981, Tissue Cell 13, 71-77) of a difference between atria in terms of coupling density, the right atrium having a significantly lower incidence of interior junctional SR than the left. The SR of mouse atrium comprises a rich variety of specialized segments, including the IJSR, peripheral junctional SR, corbular SR, cisternal SR (including regions similar to fenestrated collars of striated skeletal muscle SR), as well as a peculiar form of extended junctional SR (EJSR). Although less frequent in occurrence than corbular SR, the EJSR seems closely related, since it occurs in multiple clusters at or near the Z-line regions, contains internal granular densities, and bears surface-connected structures resembling junctional processes. Seen in thin sections, mouse atrial EJSR elements are more complex than corbular SR, being larger in diameter and frequently circular in profile. Thick-section and serial-section analyses reveal that bodies of EJSR are in fact hollow spheroids. The transverse-axial tubular system of mouse atrium is rather poorly developed in comparison to its ventricular counterpart. The Golgi apparatus and associated specific atrial granules are prominent cell components. "Focal ellipsoidal deposits" (FEDs) previously described by Page and co-workers (1986, Amer. J. Physiol.) are consistently located adjacent to the Golgi region, but immunocytochemical staining for two different segments of atrial natriuretic peptide reveals no specific reaction in FEDs, whereas the SAGs are densely labeled for both antibodies.

  16. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion - treatment outcomes and 6 months of follow-up - a single-center experience.

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    Karczewski, Michał; Woźniak, Sebastian; Skowronek, Radomir; Burysz, Marian; Fischer, Marcin; Anisimowicz, Lech; Demkow, Marcin; Konka, Marek; Ogorzeja, Wojciech

    2016-06-01

    To present the results of treatment and evaluate 6 months of follow-up in a group of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, who underwent the procedure of percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (PLAAO). Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion was performed in 34 patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and contraindications for oral anticoagulation therapy. The risk of thromboembolic and bleeding complications was determined based on the CHA2DS2VASc and HAS-BLED scales. The Amplatzer Amulet system from St. Jude Medical was used. On the first postoperative day, all patients were started on double antiplatelet therapy with 75 mg/day of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and 75 mg/day of clopidogrel (CLO). On the 30(th) postoperative day, the efficacy of the antiplatelet therapy was assessed with impedance aggregometry using a Multiplate analyzer (Roche). Echocardiographic examinations were performed intraoperatively and on the first postoperative day; subsequently, follow-up examinations were conducted 1 and 6 months after the implantation. In all patients, proper occluder position was observed throughout the follow-up. No leakage or thrombi around the implants were found. No strokes or bleeding complications associated with the antiplatelet therapy were observed. Multiplate assessment of platelet activity was conducted in 20 out of 34 patients. The efficacy of ASA treatment was demonstrated in all patients; no response to clopidogrel treatment was observed in 5 out of 20 patients. One patient suffered from cardiac tamponade, which required the performance of full sternotomy. Local complications (hematomas of the inguinal region) were observed in 3 patients. One of the patients died for reasons unrelated to the procedure. Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion is an effective procedure in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and contraindications for chronic anticoagulation therapy. Further observation is necessary to evaluate the

  17. Normal Ranges of Left Atrial Strain by Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Pathan, Faraz; D'Elia, Nicholas; Nolan, Mark T; Marwick, Thomas H; Negishi, Kazuaki

    2017-01-01

    Recent advances in the assessment of myocardial function have facilitated the direct measurement of atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Currently, normal reference ranges for atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography are based on a few initial studies, with variations among modestly sized (n = 100-350) studies. The authors searched the PubMed, Embase, and Scopus databases for the key terms "left atrial/atrial/atrium" and "strain/function/deformation/stiffness" and "speckle tracking/Velocity Vector Imaging/edge tracking." Studies of global left atrial function using speckle-tracking were selected if they involved >30 normal or healthy participants without any cardiac risk factors. Normal ranges for reservoir strain, conduit strain, and contractile strain were computed using a random-effects model. Meta-regression and subgroup analysis was performed to explore between-study heterogeneity. Forty studies (2,542 healthy subjects) satisfied the inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis revealed a normal reference range for reservoir strain of 39% (95% CI, 38%-41%, from 40 articles), for conduit strain of 23% (95% CI, 21%-25%, from 14 articles), and for contractile strain of 17% (95% CI, 16%-19%, from 18 articles). Meta-regression identified heart rate (P = .02) and body surface area (P = .003) as contributors to this heterogeneity. Subgroup analyses revealed heterogeneity due to sample size (n > 100 vs N < 100, P = .02). The normal reference ranges for the three components of left atrial function are demonstrated. The between-study heterogeneity is explained partly by heart rate, body surface area, and sample size. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Association between left atrial enlargement and obstructive sleep apnea in a general population of 71-year-old men.

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    Holtstrand Hjälm, Henrik; Fu, Michael; Hansson, Per-Olof; Zhong, You; Caidahl, Kenneth; Mandalenakis, Zacharias; Morales, David; Ergatoudes, Constantinos; Rosengren, Annika; Grote, Ludger; Thunström, Erik

    2017-08-24

    Left atrial enlargement has been shown to be associated with obstructive sleep apnea in patients with coronary artery disease and in sleep clinic cohorts. However, data from the general population are limited. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is an association between obstructive sleep apnea and left atrial enlargement in a random sample from a general population of 71-year-old men. As part of the longitudinal population study The Study of Men Born in 1943, we analysed cross-sectional data for 411 men, all 71 years old, who had participated in an overnight home sleep study and a standardized echocardiographic examination. Of the 411 men, 29.4% had moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea [apnea-hypopnea index score of ≥15 (n = 121)]. These participants showed a significantly higher frequency of systolic heart failure, hypertension, overweight, had greater waist circumference as well as higher left atrial areas compared with men with no or mild obstructive sleep apnea (23.7 ± 5.5 cm(2) versus 21.6 ± 4.5 cm(2) , P < 0.001). In a linear regression analysis, obstructive sleep apnea was significantly associated with left atrial enlargement after adjusting for overweight, atrial fibrillation, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, hypertension and mitral regurgitation. Compared with individuals without obstructive sleep apnea, the mean left atrial area was 1.7 ± 1.5 cm(2) larger in men with severe obstructive sleep apnea (P < 0.05) and 1.3 ± 1.1 cm(2) larger among men with moderate obstructive sleep apnea (P < 0.05). In this cross-sectional study of 71-year-old men from the general population, left atrial area was independently associated with prevalence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea. © 2017 European Sleep Research Society.

  19. [Measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes in real-time 3D echocardiography. Validation by nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Bauer, F.; Shiota, T.; Qin, J. X.; White, R. D.; Thomas, J. D.

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    The measurement of the left ventricular ejection fraction is important for the evaluation of cardiomyopathy and depends on the measurement of left ventricular volumes. There are no existing conventional echocardiographic means of measuring the true left atrial and ventricular volumes without mathematical approximations. The aim of this study was to test anew real time 3-dimensional echocardiographic system of calculating left atrial and ventricular volumes in 40 patients after in vitro validation. The volumes of the left atrium and ventricle acquired from real time 3-D echocardiography in the apical view, were calculated in 7 sections parallel to the surface of the probe and compared with atrial (10 patients) and ventricular (30 patients) volumes calculated by nuclear magnetic resonance with the simpson method and with volumes of water in balloons placed in a cistern. Linear regression analysis showed an excellent correlation between the real volume of water in the balloons and volumes given in real time 3-dimensional echocardiography (y = 0.94x + 5.5, r = 0.99, p < 0.001, D = -10 +/- 4.5 ml). A good correlation was observed between real time 3-dimensional echocardiography and nuclear magnetic resonance for the measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes (y = 0.95x - 10, r = 0.91, p < 0.001, D = -14.8 +/- 19.5 ml and y = 0.87x + 10, r = 0.98, P < 0.001, D = -8.3 +/- 18.7 ml, respectively. The authors conclude that real time three-dimensional echocardiography allows accurate measurement of left heart volumes underlying the clinical potential of this new 3-D method.

  20. [Measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes in real-time 3D echocardiography. Validation by nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Bauer, F.; Shiota, T.; Qin, J. X.; White, R. D.; Thomas, J. D.

    2001-01-01

    The measurement of the left ventricular ejection fraction is important for the evaluation of cardiomyopathy and depends on the measurement of left ventricular volumes. There are no existing conventional echocardiographic means of measuring the true left atrial and ventricular volumes without mathematical approximations. The aim of this study was to test anew real time 3-dimensional echocardiographic system of calculating left atrial and ventricular volumes in 40 patients after in vitro validation. The volumes of the left atrium and ventricle acquired from real time 3-D echocardiography in the apical view, were calculated in 7 sections parallel to the surface of the probe and compared with atrial (10 patients) and ventricular (30 patients) volumes calculated by nuclear magnetic resonance with the simpson method and with volumes of water in balloons placed in a cistern. Linear regression analysis showed an excellent correlation between the real volume of water in the balloons and volumes given in real time 3-dimensional echocardiography (y = 0.94x + 5.5, r = 0.99, p < 0.001, D = -10 +/- 4.5 ml). A good correlation was observed between real time 3-dimensional echocardiography and nuclear magnetic resonance for the measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes (y = 0.95x - 10, r = 0.91, p < 0.001, D = -14.8 +/- 19.5 ml and y = 0.87x + 10, r = 0.98, P < 0.001, D = -8.3 +/- 18.7 ml, respectively. The authors conclude that real time three-dimensional echocardiography allows accurate measurement of left heart volumes underlying the clinical potential of this new 3-D method.

  1. Predictive role of left atrial and ventricular mechanical function in postoperative atrial fibrillation: a two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography study.

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    Başaran, Özcan; Tigen, Kürşat; Gözübüyük, Gökhan; Dündar, Cihan; Güler, Ahmet; Taşar, Onur; Biteker, Murat; Karabay, Can Yücel; Bulut, Mustafa; Karaahmet, Tansu; Kırma, Cevat

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the role of left-sided mechanical parameters in postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Ninety patients with coronary artery disease and normal left ventricular (LV) function in sinus rhythm were enrolled in the study. Preoperative LV and left atrial (LA) mechanics were evaluated by two-dimensional (2D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), including strain and rotation parameters, and volume indices. Patients were monitored in order to detect POAF during the postoperative period. Twenty-three of 90 patients (25.6%) developed POAF. Age (p<0.001) and preoperative beta blocker usage (p=0.001) were the clinical parameters associated with POAF. Left atrial maximum volume index (LAV[max]i) increased, and peak left atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) was impaired in POAF patients (p=0.001, p<0.001, respectively). Left ventricular twist (LVtw) and left ventricular peak untwisting velocity (UntwV) were augmented in POAF patients (p=0.013, p=0.009, respectively). Receiver operating characteristic analysis showed N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels above 70 pg/ml and predicted POAF with a sensitivity of 74% and specificity of 78% (area under curve: 0.758, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.631-0.894, p<0.001). Logistic regression analysis demonstrated that age (odds ratio [OR] 1.1, CI 1.01-1.20, p=0.034), preoperative beta blocker usage (OR 8.84, CI 1.36-57.28, p=0.022), NT-proBNP (values >70 pg/ml, OR 22.377, CI 3.286-152.381, p<0.001), PALS (OR 0.86, CI 0.75-0.98, p=0.023), and UntwV (OR 1.02, CI 1.00-1.04, p=0.029) were the independent predictors of POAF. The combination of 2D STE, clinical, and biochemical parameters may help predict POAF.

  2. The Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug 2 for left atrial appendage occlusion: novel features and first-in-man experience.

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    Freixa, Xavier; Chan, Jason L K; Tzikas, Apostolos; Garceau, Patrick; Basmadjian, Arsène; Ibrahim, Réda

    2013-01-22

    Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is becoming a frequently performed procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation and high haemorrhagic risk. The Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug (ACP) is one of the most commonly used devices for this purpose. Despite high success rate and low procedure risk associated with the ACP, a second generation of the device is now available. The new ACP has been designed to facilitate the implantation process, improve sealing performance and further reduce the risk of complications. The present report focuses on the novel features of the second generation of the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug (ACP 2 or Amulet™) and describes the first-in-man experience.

  3. Prediction of left atrial fibrosis with speckle tracking echocardiography in mitral valve disease: a comparative study with histopathology.

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    Her, Ae-Young; Choi, Eui-Young; Shim, Chi Young; Song, Byoung Wook; Lee, Sak; Ha, Jong-Won; Rim, Se-Joong; Hwang, Ki Chul; Chang, Byung Chul; Chung, Namsik

    2012-05-01

    Left atrial (LA) fibrosis is a main determinant of LA remodeling and development of atrial fibrillation. However, non-invasive prediction of LA fibrosis is challenging. We investigated whether preoperative LA strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography could predict the degree of LA fibrosis and LA reverse remodeling after mitral valve (MV) surgery. Speckle tracking echocardiography and LA volume measurements were performed in 50 patients one day before MV surgery. LA tissues were obtained during the surgery, and the degrees of their interstitial fibroses were measured. LA volume measurements were repeated within 30 days after surgery (n=50) and 1-year later (n=39). Left atrial global strain was significantly correlated with the degree of LA fibrosis (r=-0.55, p<0.001), and its correlation was independent of age, underlying rhythm, presence of rheumatic heart disease and type of predominant MV disease (B=-1.37, 95% confidence interval -2.32 - -0.41, p=0.006). The degree of LA fibrosis was significantly correlated with early (r=-0.337, p=0.017) and 1-year (r=-0.477, p=0.002) percent LA volume reduction after MV surgery, but LA global strain was not significant. Left atrial strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography might be helpful for predicting the degree of LA fibrosis in patients with MV disease.

  4. Left septal atrial tachycardia after open-heart surgery: relevance to surgical approach, anatomical and electrophysiological characteristics associated with catheter ablation, and procedural outcomes.

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    Adachi, Toru; Yoshida, Kentaro; Takeyasu, Noriyuki; Masuda, Keita; Sekiguchi, Yukio; Sato, Akira; Tada, Hiroshi; Nogami, Akihiko; Aonuma, Kazutaka

    2015-02-01

    Septal atrial tachycardia (AT) can occur in patients without structural heart disease and in patients with previous catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. We aimed to assess septal AT that occurs after open-heart surgery. This study comprised 20 consecutive patients undergoing catheter ablation of macroreentrant AT after open-heart surgery. Relevance to surgical approach, mechanisms, anatomic and electrophysiological characteristics, and outcomes were assessed. Septal AT was identified in 7 patients who had all undergone mitral valve surgery. All septal ATs were localized in the left atrial septum, whereas 10 of 13 nonseptal ATs originated from the right atrium. Patients with left septal AT had a thicker fossa ovalis (median, 4.0; 25th-75th percentile, 3.6-4.2 versus 2.3; 1.6-2.6 mm; P=0.006) and broader area of low voltage (<0.3 mV) in the septum than patients with nonseptal AT (82; 76-89 versus 31; 28%-36%; P=0.02). Repeated gradual prolongations of the tachycardia cycle length without change of the septal circuit were observed in all patients with septal AT (70; 63-100 versus 15; 10-40 ms; P=0.0008). Although ablation terminated all ATs, recurrence of targeted ATs was more frequent in patients with left septal AT during 30-month follow-up (71 versus 0%; P=0.001). Left septal AT after open-heart surgery was characterized by a thicker septum, more scar burden in the septum, and repeated prolongations of the tachycardia cycle length during ablation. Such an arrhythmogenic substrate may interfere with transmural lesion formation by ablation and may account for higher likelihood of recurrence of left septal AT. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  5. The effects of ivabradine on left atrial electromechanical function in patients with systolic heart failure.

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    Ozturk, Serkan; Öztürk, Selçuk; Erdem, Fatma Hizal; Erdem, Alim; Ayhan, Selim; Dönmez, İbrahim; Yazıcı, Mehmet

    2016-09-01

    Heart rate (HR) reduction with ivabradine improves left ventricle filling by the prolongation of the diastolic time and increases stroke volume. But, it remains unclear what ivabradine's effect is on atrial conduction time and atrial mechanical functions. The aim of our study was to evaluate in stable outpatients with systolic heart failure (HF) the 3 months effect of ivabradine on atrial conduction time and mechanical functions. We evaluated prospectively 43 (31 males, 12 females) patients with HF. Before and after treatment, all patients were evaluated by transthoracic M mode, two dimensional (2D), pulsed-wave (PW), continuous wave (CW), color flow and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), and LA volumes were obtained apical four-chamber views by a disc's method. LA maximum volume (Vmax) at the end-systolic phase, LA minimum volume (Vmin) at the end-diastolic phase, and LA volume before atrial systole (Vp) were evaluated. The LA function parameters were calculated as follows: LA passive emptying volume = Vmax - Vp; LA passive emptying fraction = [(Vmax - Vp)/Vmax] × 100%, LA active emptying volume = Vp - Vmin; LA active emptying fraction = [(Vp - Vmin)/Vp] × 100%. Thirty men and 13 women with mean ± SD age of 63.9 ± 10.1 years were included in this study. Resting heart rate was significantly reduced after ivabradine treatment. There were no significantly difference in LVEF, and E/A before and after ivabradine treatment. LA diameter and Vmin were similar before and after ivabradine treatment (p = 0.793 and p = 0.284). However, Vmax and Vp were significantly decreased after ivabradine treatment (p = 0.040 and p = 0.012). Moreover, LA active emptying volume and LA active emptying fraction were significantly decreased after ivabradine treatment (p = 0.030 and p = 0.008). The PA lateral, septal, and tricuspid durations were significantly reduced after ivabradine treatment (p < 0.001, p < 0

  6. Sources of variation in assessing left atrial functions by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography.

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    Rimbaş, Roxana Cristina; Mihăilă, Sorina; Vinereanu, Dragoş

    2016-03-01

    Left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate, determined by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), are reproducible indices to assess LA function. Different normal ranges for LA phasic functions have been reported. We investigated the role of the reference point (P- and R-wave), gain, and region of interest (ROI), as the major sources of variation when assessing LA function. 52 subjects were evaluated for LA conventional and STE analysis. 45 of them (46 ± 14 years, 26 men) were feasible for concomitant LA deformation, and LA phasic volumes and ejection fractions (LAEF) evaluation. First, we compared the P- and R-wave methods, for the evaluation of the LA functions. We used diastolic mitral profile to clearly delineate the time intervals for each LA function. For the P-wave method, active function was assessed from negative global strain as a difference between the strain at pre-atrial contraction and strain just before mitral valve closure (GSA-), and late diastolic strain rate (GSRL); passive function from positive strain at MVO (GSA+), and from early negative diastolic strain rate (GSRE); reservoir function from the sum of GSA- and GSA+ (TGSA), and positive strain rate at the beginning of LV systole (GSR+). For the R-wave method we used the same SR parameters. The active function was evaluated by late positive global strain (GSAC), the reservoir by positive peak before the opening of the mitral valve (TGSA), and conduit function by the difference between TGSA and GSAC (GSA+). Then, by using P-wave method, we measured all previously described parameters for different gains-minimum (G0), medium (G12), and maximum (G24), and for different ROIs-minimum (ROI0), step 1 (ROI1), and 2 (ROI2). Feasibility of the LA strain measurements was 87 %. Active LA function was similar in the absolute value (GSAC and GSA-), whereas passive and reservoir functions were significantly higher (GSA+, TGSA) with the R-wave method. Active LAEF correlated with GSA- measured by the P-wave (r

  7. Evolution from electrophysiologic to hemodynamic monitoring: the story of left atrial and pulmonary artery pressure monitors

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    Mooney, Deirdre M.; Fung, Erik; Doshi, Rahul N.; Shavelle, David M.

    2015-01-01

    Heart failure (HF) is a costly, challenging and highly prevalent medical condition. Hospitalization for acute decompensation is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Despite application of evidence-based medical therapies and technologies, HF remains a formidable challenge for virtually all healthcare systems. Repeat hospitalizations for acute decompensated HF (ADHF) can have major financial impact on institutions and resources. Early and accurate identification of impending ADHF is of paramount importance yet there is limited high quality evidence or infrastructure to guide management in the outpatient setting. Historically, ADHF was identified by physical exam findings or invasive hemodynamic monitoring during a hospital admission; however, advances in medical microelectronics and the advent of device-based diagnostics have enabled long-term ambulatory monitoring of HF patients in the outpatient setting. These monitors have evolved from piggybacking on cardiac implantable electrophysiologic devices to standalone implantable hemodynamic monitors that transduce left atrial or pulmonary artery pressures as surrogate measures of left ventricular filling pressure. As technology evolves, devices will likely continue to miniaturize while their capabilities grow. An important, persistent challenge that remains is developing systems to translate the large volumes of real-time data, particularly data trends, into actionable information that leads to appropriate, safe and timely interventions without overwhelming outpatient cardiology and general medical practices. Future directions for implantable hemodynamic monitors beyond their utility in heart failure may include management of other major chronic diseases such as pulmonary hypertension, end stage renal disease and portal hypertension. PMID:26500556

  8. Reversible Changes of Left Atrial Function during Pregnancy Assessed by Two-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Song, Guang; Liu, Jing; Ren, Weidong; Qiao, Wei; Zhang, Jing; Zhan, Ying; Bi, Wenjing

    2015-01-01

    Background Left ventricular diastolic function is impaired during pregnancy. However, changes in left atrial (LA) function remain unclear. We aimed to evaluate changes in LA function during pregnancy using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). Methods and Results 50 pregnant and 50 healthy nulliparous (control group) women were enrolled in this study. All pregnant women were followed up postpartum in sixth-month. The LA maximum volume, LA minimal volume and LA preatrial contraction volume were obtained using biplane modified Simpson’s method. LA filling volume, LA expansion index, LA ejection fraction, passive volume, passive emptying index, active volume, and active emptying index were calculated. LA longitudinal systolic strain (SS), systolic strain rate (s-SR), early diastolic strain rate (e-SR), and late diastolic strain rate (a-SR) were obtained by 2DSTE. Compared to the control group, the reservoir function was increased in pregnant patients (P<0.05); conduit function was decreased in pregnant patients (P<0.05); booster pump function was increased in pregnant patients (P<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference between the control group and postpartum group. Conclusions LA reservoir and booster pump function were increased, while conduit function was decreased during pregnancy using 2DSTE. The changes were reversible. 2DSTE can easily assess LA function during pregnancy with good repeatability. PMID:25933100

  9. Left lateral decubitus position on patients with atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure

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    Varadan, Vijay K.; Kumar, Prashanth S.; Ramasamy, Mouli

    2017-04-01

    Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a cardiovascular disease that affects about 5.7 million people in the US. The most prevalent comorbidity to CHF is Atrial Fibrillation (AF). These two pathologies present in a mutually worsening manner in that patients diagnosed with CHF are more likely to develop AF and patients who are diagnosed with AF are more likely to develop CHF. The underlying pathophysiological mechanisms have been studied for several years and the most recent efforts are in the cellular and molecular basis. In this paper, we focus on manifestation of CHF and AF symptoms as influenced by the posture assumed by a patient. We consider three postures - Left lateral decubitus, right lateral decubitus and supine. We review the clinical evidence gathered thus far relating enhanced sympathetic activity to the left lateral decubitus and supine positions with equivalent evidence on the enhanced vagal activity when the right lateral decubitus posture is assumed. We conclude with a compilation of all the hypotheses on the mechanism by which the right lateral decubitus posture alleviates the symptoms of CHF and AF, and future avenues for investigation.

  10. Strain/strain rate imaging of impaired left atrial function in patients with metabolic syndrome.

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    Fang, Ning-Ning; Sui, Dong-Xin; Yu, Jin-Gui; Gong, Hui-Ping; Zhong, Ming; Zhang, Yun; Zhang, Wei

    2015-11-01

    Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction has been demonstrated in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, alterations in left atrial (LA) function in MetS are unknown. We aimed to use strain/strain rate (SR) imaging to investigate the effect of MetS on LA function. A total of 177 MetS patients and 156 normal subjects underwent echocardiography. Strain and SR tissue Doppler imaging values were used to evaluate LA function. Partial correlation and multiple stepwise regression analyses were used to determine the risk factors for impaired LA function. Compared with the controls, the MetS patients showed significantly lower levels of mean strain, mean peak systolic SR and mean peak early diastolic SR (P<0.001 for all), with no difference in the mean peak late diastolic SR. Central obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and LV diastolic abnormality were independent risk factors for impaired LA function. LA function was impaired in patients with MetS as a result of metabolic disturbance and LV diastolic abnormality. SR imaging is reliable in assessing LA function in MetS patients.

  11. A comparative study of different imaging modalities for successful percutaneous left atrial appendage closure

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    Chow, Danny HF; Bieliauskas, Gintautas; Sawaya, Fadi J; Millan-Iturbe, Oscar; Kofoed, Klaus F; Søndergaard, Lars; De Backer, Ole

    2017-01-01

    Objectives Accurate sizing of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is essential when performing percutaneous LAA closure. This study aimed to compare different LAA imaging modalities and sizing methods in order to obtain successful LAA closure. Background Percutaneous LAA closure is an increasingly used treatment strategy to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. LAA sizing has typically been done by 2D-transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Methods Patients who had a preprocedural TEE and preprocedural and postprocedural multislice CT (MSCT) were identified. Preprocedural measurements of LAA ostia and landing zones by 2D-TEE, MSCT and angiography were collected and analysed for those patients with successful LAA closure - i.e. with no contrast leakage at 3-month follow-up MSCT. Results The study population (n=67) had a mean CHA2DS2-VASc score of 3.0 and HAS-BLED score of 2.7. Fifty-eight patients (87%) were identified to have successful LAA closure. Based on MSCT, 48 LAA sizings (83%) resulted in a correct LAA closure device size selection, whereas with 2D-TEE sizing, only 33 measurements (57%) would have resulted in a correct device size selection (p<0.01). Using adapted Bland-Altman method, MSCT-based perimeter-derived mean diameter was shown to be the best parameter to guide LAA device size selection for ‘closed-end’ devices (Amulet, WatchmanFLX), whereas the maximal diameter was the best parameter for the ‘open-end’ Watchman device. Conclusions Preprocedural MSCT-based LAA closure device size selection proves to be a more accurate method than conventional 2D-TEE-based sizing. Depending on the LAA closure device design, perimeter-derived mean diameter or maximal diameter could be the better sizing method. PMID:28761682

  12. A comparative study of different imaging modalities for successful percutaneous left atrial appendage closure.

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    Chow, Danny Hf; Bieliauskas, Gintautas; Sawaya, Fadi J; Millan-Iturbe, Oscar; Kofoed, Klaus F; Søndergaard, Lars; De Backer, Ole

    2017-01-01

    Accurate sizing of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is essential when performing percutaneous LAA closure. This study aimed to compare different LAA imaging modalities and sizing methods in order to obtain successful LAA closure. Percutaneous LAA closure is an increasingly used treatment strategy to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. LAA sizing has typically been done by 2D-transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Patients who had a preprocedural TEE and preprocedural and postprocedural multislice CT (MSCT) were identified. Preprocedural measurements of LAA ostia and landing zones by 2D-TEE, MSCT and angiography were collected and analysed for those patients with successful LAA closure - i.e. with no contrast leakage at 3-month follow-up MSCT. The study population (n=67) had a mean CHA2DS2-VASc score of 3.0 and HAS-BLED score of 2.7. Fifty-eight patients (87%) were identified to have successful LAA closure. Based on MSCT, 48 LAA sizings (83%) resulted in a correct LAA closure device size selection, whereas with 2D-TEE sizing, only 33 measurements (57%) would have resulted in a correct device size selection (p<0.01). Using adapted Bland-Altman method, MSCT-based perimeter-derived mean diameter was shown to be the best parameter to guide LAA device size selection for ‘closed-end’ devices (Amulet, WatchmanFLX), whereas the maximal diameter was the best parameter for the ‘open-end’ Watchman device. Preprocedural MSCT-based LAA closure device size selection proves to be a more accurate method than conventional 2D-TEE-based sizing. Depending on the LAA closure device design, perimeter-derived mean diameter or maximal diameter could be the better sizing method.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  14. Association of Rate-Dependent Conduction Block Between Eccentric Coronary Sinus to Left Atrial Connections With Inducible Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter.

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    Huang, Dong; Marine, Joseph E; Li, Jing-Bo; Zghaib, Tarek; Ipek, Esra Gucuk; Sinha, Sunil; Spragg, David D; Ashikaga, Hiroshi; Berger, Ronald D; Calkins, Hugh; Nazarian, Saman

    2017-01-01

    We sought to describe the prevalence and variability of coronary sinus (CS) and left atrial (LA) myocardium connections, their susceptibility to rate-dependent conduction block, and association with atrial fibrillation (AF) and flutter induction. The study cohort included 30 consecutive AF patients (age 63.3±10.5 years, 63% male). Multipolar catheters were positioned in the CS, high right atrium (HRA), and LA parallel to and near the CS. Trains of 10 pacing stimuli were delivered during sinus rhythm from each of the following sites: CS proximal (CSp), CS distal (CSd), LA septum (LAs), lateral LA (LAl), and HRA, at the following cycle lengths: 1000, 500, 400, 300, and 250 ms, while recording from the other catheters. With the CS 9 to 10 bipole just inside the CS ostium, CS-LA connections were observed in 100% at CS 9 to 10, 30% at CS 7 to 8, 23% at CS 5 to 6, 23% at CS 3 to 4, and 97% at CS 1 to 2. Eighteen patients (60%) had AF/atrial flutter induced. Rate-dependent conduction block of a CS-LA connection at cycle length of ≥250 ms was present in 17 (94%) of those with versus none of those without AF/atrial flutter induction (P<0.001). Rate-dependent eccentric CS-LA conduction block is associated with AF/atrial flutter induction in patients with drug-refractory AF undergoing ablation. The presence of dual muscular CS-LA connections, coupled with unidirectional block in one limb, seems to serve as a substrate for single or multiple reentry beats, and arrhythmia induction. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  15. [LONG-TERM RESULTS OT SURGICAL ABLATION OF LEFT ATRIAL GANGLIONAR PLEXUS IN PATIENTS WITH CORONARY HEART DISEASE AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION].

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    Chernyavsky, A M; Rakhmonov, S S; Kareva, Yu E; Pak, I A

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated long-term results of epicardial radio-frequency ablation of anatomical zones of left atrial ganglionar plexuses (GP) during aortocoronary bypass surgery in patients with coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation (AF). In 2010-2012, radio-frequency ablation of GP was performed in 92 patients with AF. The patients were divided into 3 groups depending on the form of AF. Group 1 comprised patients with paroxysmal AF, group 2 with persistent AF, group 3 with long-standing persistent AF. Mean duration of observation was 14.4 ± 9.6 months. Radiofrequency ablation of GP anatomical zones combined with aortocoronary bypass surgery markedly improved the clinical and functional conditions of the patients and allowed to preserve the sinus rhythm for a long period in 78.6% and 39% of them presenting with paroxysmal and long-standing paroxysmal AF respectively.

  16. Correlative anatomy for the electrophysiologist: ablation for atrial fibrillation. Part II: regional anatomy of the atria and relevance to damage of adjacent structures during AF ablation.

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    Macedo, Paula G; Kapa, Suraj; Mears, Jennifer A; Fratianni, Amy; Asirvatham, Samuel J

    2010-07-01

    Ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation have become an established and increasingly used option for managing patients with symptomatic arrhythmia. The anatomic structures relevant to the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation and ablation procedures are varied and include the pulmonary veins, other thoracic veins, the left atrial myocardium, and autonomic ganglia. Exact regional anatomic knowledge of these structures is essential to allow correlation with fluoroscopy and electrograms and, importantly, to avoid complications from damage of adjacent structures within the chest. We present this information as a series of 2 articles. In a prior issue, we have discussed the thoracic vein anatomy relevant to paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. In the present article, we focus on the atria themselves, the autonomic ganglia, and anatomic issues relevant for minimizing complications during atrial fibrillation ablation.

  17. Dual-site right ventricular and left ventricular pacing in a patient with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and atrial fibrillation using a standard CRT-D device.

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    Chase, David; Kumar, Vipin; Hooda, Amit

    2013-07-01

    In patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) accompanied by permanent atrial fibrillation (AF), generally, the unused atrial port is plugged at device implantation. We describe an alternative use for the atrial-port in this case report. A 43 year old gentleman with LVSD due to left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) and AF of unknown duration underwent a CRT-D implantation after optimization of cardiac failure treatment. The atrial-port which would otherwise have been plugged was connected to a high right ventricular septal (RVS) pacing-lead and the shock-lead was positioned at the right ventricular apex (RVA). This approach permitted modified cardiac resynchronization in a high RVS to left ventricular (LV) and RVA pacing sequence using the high RVS and LV pacing combined with a shock vector including the RV apex. A standard CRT-D device with a minimum programmable A-V delay of 30 ms (technically RVS to LV delay in the 'DDD' pacing mode) was used. The device was programmed to a 'DDD' pacing mode (sequential multi-site ventricular pacing with some programmability). The mode switch operation was programmed 'OFF' since atrial sensing is unavailable. Device-delivered shocks did not cardiovert the patient back to sinus rhythm suggesting that the AF was permanent (no prior cardioversion attempts were made on the presumption that the chances of maintaining sinus rhythm, given the underlying cardiac condition, were low). Subsequently, the patient required radio-frequency ablation of the atrio-ventricular node for conducted AF. Symptomatic, echocardiographic and radiological improvement preceded atrio-ventricular node ablation. Amongst AF patients with permanent AF undergoing CRT-D implantation, those patients who are likely to have the CRT-D device atrial-ports plugged could benefit from having both the options of (i) a RVA shock vector as well as (ii) a high RVS

  18. Noninvasive assessment of left atrial maximum dP/dt by a combination of transmitral and pulmonary venous flow

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    Nakatani, S.; Garcia, M. J.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Rodriguez, L.; Grimm, R. A.; Greenberg, N. L.; McCarthy, P. M.; Vandervoort, P. M.; Thomas, J. D.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The study assessed whether hemodynamic parameters of left atrial (LA) systolic function could be estimated noninvasively using Doppler echocardiography. BACKGROUND: Left atrial systolic function is an important aspect of cardiac function. Doppler echocardiography can measure changes in LA volume, but has not been shown to relate to hemodynamic parameters such as the maximal value of the first derivative of the pressure (LA dP/dt(max)). METHODS: Eighteen patients in sinus rhythm were studied immediately before and after open heart surgery using simultaneous LA pressure measurements and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. Left atrial pressure was measured with a micromanometer catheter, and LA dP/dt(max) during atrial contraction was obtained. Transmitral and pulmonary venous flow were recorded by pulsed Doppler echocardiography. Peak velocity, and mean acceleration and deceleration, and the time-velocity integral of each flow during atrial contraction was measured. The initial eight patients served as the study group to derive a multilinear regression equation to estimate LA dP/dt(max) from Doppler parameters, and the latter 10 patients served as the test group to validate the equation. A previously validated numeric model was used to confirm these results. RESULTS: In the study group, LA dP/dt(max) showed a linear relation with LA pressure before atrial contraction (r = 0.80, p < 0.005), confirming the presence of the Frank-Starling mechanism in the LA. Among transmitral flow parameters, mean acceleration showed the strongest correlation with LA dP/dt(max) (r = 0.78, p < 0.001). Among pulmonary venous flow parameters, no single parameter was sufficient to estimate LA dP/dt(max) with an r2 > 0.30. By stepwise and multiple linear regression analysis, LA dP/dt(max) was best described as follows: LA dP/dt(max) = 0.1 M-AC +/- 1.8 P-V - 4.1; r = 0.88, p < 0.0001, where M-AC is the mean acceleration of transmitral flow and P-V is the peak velocity

  19. Noninvasive assessment of left atrial maximum dP/dt by a combination of transmitral and pulmonary venous flow

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    Nakatani, S.; Garcia, M. J.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Rodriguez, L.; Grimm, R. A.; Greenberg, N. L.; McCarthy, P. M.; Vandervoort, P. M.; Thomas, J. D.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The study assessed whether hemodynamic parameters of left atrial (LA) systolic function could be estimated noninvasively using Doppler echocardiography. BACKGROUND: Left atrial systolic function is an important aspect of cardiac function. Doppler echocardiography can measure changes in LA volume, but has not been shown to relate to hemodynamic parameters such as the maximal value of the first derivative of the pressure (LA dP/dt(max)). METHODS: Eighteen patients in sinus rhythm were studied immediately before and after open heart surgery using simultaneous LA pressure measurements and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. Left atrial pressure was measured with a micromanometer catheter, and LA dP/dt(max) during atrial contraction was obtained. Transmitral and pulmonary venous flow were recorded by pulsed Doppler echocardiography. Peak velocity, and mean acceleration and deceleration, and the time-velocity integral of each flow during atrial contraction was measured. The initial eight patients served as the study group to derive a multilinear regression equation to estimate LA dP/dt(max) from Doppler parameters, and the latter 10 patients served as the test group to validate the equation. A previously validated numeric model was used to confirm these results. RESULTS: In the study group, LA dP/dt(max) showed a linear relation with LA pressure before atrial contraction (r = 0.80, p < 0.005), confirming the presence of the Frank-Starling mechanism in the LA. Among transmitral flow parameters, mean acceleration showed the strongest correlation with LA dP/dt(max) (r = 0.78, p < 0.001). Among pulmonary venous flow parameters, no single parameter was sufficient to estimate LA dP/dt(max) with an r2 > 0.30. By stepwise and multiple linear regression analysis, LA dP/dt(max) was best described as follows: LA dP/dt(max) = 0.1 M-AC +/- 1.8 P-V - 4.1; r = 0.88, p < 0.0001, where M-AC is the mean acceleration of transmitral flow and P-V is the peak velocity

  20. Repeat left atrial catheter ablation: cardiac magnetic resonance prediction of endocardial voltage and gaps in ablation lesion sets.

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    Harrison, James L; Sohns, Christian; Linton, Nick W; Karim, Rashed; Williams, Steven E; Rhode, Kawal S; Gill, Jaswinder; Cooklin, Michael; Rinaldi, C Aldo; Wright, Matthew; Schaeffter, Tobias; Razavi, Reza S; O'Neill, Mark D

    2015-04-01

    Studies have reported an inverse relationship between late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) signal intensity and left atrial (LA) endocardial voltage after LA ablation. However, there is controversy regarding the reproducibility of atrial LGE CMR and its ability to identify gaps in ablation lesions. Using systematic and objective techniques, this study examines the correlation between atrial CMR and endocardial voltage. Twenty patients who had previous ablation for atrial fibrillation and represented with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation or atrial tachycardia underwent preablation LGE CMR. During the ablation procedure, high-density point-by-point Carto voltage maps were acquired. Three-dimensional CMR reconstructions were registered with the Carto anatomies to allow comparison of voltage and LGE signal intensity. Signal intensities around the left and right pulmonary vein antra and along the LA roof and mitral lines on the CMR-segmented LA shells were extracted to examine differences between electrically isolated and reconnected lesions. There were a total of 6767 data points across the 20 patients. Only 119 (1.8%) of the points were ≤ 0.05 mV. There was only a weak inverse correlation between either unipolar (r = -0.18) or bipolar (r = -0.17) voltage and LGE CMR signal intensities with low voltage occurring across a large range of signal intensities. Signal intensities were not statistically different for electrically isolated and reconnected lesions. This study demonstrates that there is only a weak point-by-point relationship between LGE CMR and endocardial voltage in patients undergoing repeat LA ablation. Using an objective method of assessing gaps in ablation lesions, LGE CMR is unable to reliably predict sites of electrical conduction. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Rationale and Design of the Reduce Elevated Left Atrial Pressure in Patients With Heart Failure (Reduce LAP-HF) Trial.

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    Hasenfuss, Gerd; Gustafsson, Finn; Kaye, David; Shah, Sanjiv J; Burkhoff, Dan; Reymond, Marie-Christine; Komtebedde, Jan; Hünlich, Mark

    2015-07-01

    Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is characterized by elevated left atrial pressure during rest and/or exercise. The Reduce LAP-HF (Reduce Elevated Left Atrial Pressure in Patients With Heart Failure) trial will evaluate the safety and performance of the Interatrial Shunt Device (IASD) System II, designed to directly reduce elevated left atrial pressure, in patients with HFpEF. The Reduce LAP-HF Trial is a prospective, nonrandomized, open-label trial to evaluate a novel device that creates a small permanent shunt at the level of the atria. A minimum of 60 patients with ejection fraction ≥40% and New York Heart Association functional class III or IV heart failure with a pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) ≥15 mm Hg at rest or ≥25 mm Hg during supine bike exercise will be implanted with an IASD System II, and followed for 6 months to assess the primary and secondary end points. Safety and standard clinical follow-up will continue through 3 years after implantation. Primary outcome measures for safety are periprocedural and 6-month major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and systemic embolic events (excluding pulmonary thromboembolism). MACCE include death, stroke, myocardial infarction, or requirement of implant removal. Primary outcome measures for device performance include success of device implantation, reduction of PCWP at rest and during exercise, and demonstration of left-to-right flow through the device. Key secondary end points include exercise tolerance, quality of life, and the incidence of heart failure hospitalization. Reduce LAP-HF is the first trial intended to lower left atrial pressure in HFpEF by means of creating a permanent shunt through the atrial septum with the use of a device. Although the trial is primarily designed to study safety and device performance, we also test the pathophysiologic hypothesis that reduction of left atrial pressure will improve symptoms and quality of life in patients

  2. Lone Atrial Fibrillation Is Associated With Impaired Left Ventricular Energetics That Persists Despite Successful Catheter Ablation

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    Wijesurendra, Rohan S.; Liu, Alexander; Eichhorn, Christian; Ariga, Rina; Levelt, Eylem; Clarke, William T.; Rodgers, Christopher T.; Karamitsos, Theodoros D.; Bashir, Yaver; Ginks, Matthew; Rajappan, Kim; Betts, Tim; Ferreira, Vanessa M.; Neubauer, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Background: Lone atrial fibrillation (AF) may reflect a subclinical cardiomyopathy that persists after sinus rhythm (SR) restoration, providing a substrate for AF recurrence. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the effect of restoring SR by catheter ablation on left ventricular (LV) function and energetics in patients with AF but no significant comorbidities. Methods: Fifty-three patients with symptomatic paroxysmal or persistent AF and without significant valvular disease, uncontrolled hypertension, coronary artery disease, uncontrolled thyroid disease, systemic inflammatory disease, diabetes mellitus, or obstructive sleep apnea (ie, lone AF) undergoing ablation and 25 matched control subjects in SR were investigated. Magnetic resonance imaging quantified LV ejection fraction (LVEF), peak systolic circumferential strain (PSCS), and left atrial volumes and function, whereas phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy evaluated ventricular energetics (ratio of phosphocreatine to ATP). AF burden was determined before and after ablation by 7-day Holter monitoring; intermittent ECG event monitoring was also undertaken after ablation to investigate for asymptomatic AF recurrence. Results: Before ablation, both LV function and energetics were significantly impaired in patients compared with control subjects (LVEF, 61% [interquartile range (IQR), 52%–65%] versus 71% [IQR, 69%–73%], P<0.001; PSCS, –15% [IQR, –11 to –18%] versus −18% [IQR, –17% to –19%], P=0.002; ratio of phosphocreatine to ATP, 1.81±0.35 versus 2.05±0.29, P=0.004). As expected, patients also had dilated and impaired left atria compared with control subjects (all P<0.001). Early after ablation (1–4 days), LVEF and PSCS improved in patients recovering SR from AF (LVEF, 7.0±10%, P=0.005; PSCS, –3.5±4.3%, P=0.001) but were unchanged in those in SR during both assessments (both P=NS). At 6 to 9 months after ablation, AF burden reduced significantly (from 54% [IQR, 1.5%–100%] to

  3. Radionuclide analysis of right and left ventricular response to exercise in patients with atrial and ventricular septal defects

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    Peter, C.A.; Bowyer, K.; Jones, R.H.

    1983-03-01

    In patients with ventricular or atrial septal defect, the ventricle which is chronically volume overloaded might not appropriately respond to increased demand for an augmentation in output and thereby might limit total cardiac function. In this study we simultaneously measured right and left ventricular response to exercise in 10 normal individuals, 10 patients with ventricular septal defect (VSD), and 10 patients with atrial septal defect (ASD). The normal subjects increased both right and left ventricular ejection fraction, end-diastolic volume, and stroke volume to achieve a higher cardiac output during exercise. Patients with VSD failed to increase right ventricular ejection fraction, but increased right ventricular end-diastolic volume and stroke volume. Left ventricular end-diastolic volume did not increase in these patients but ejection fraction, stroke volume, and forward left ventricular output achieved during exercise were comparable to the response observed in healthy subjects. In the patients with ASD, no rest-to-exercise change occurred in either right ventricular ejection fraction, end-diastolic volume, or stroke volume. In addition, left ventricular end-diastolic volume failed to increase, and despite an increase in ejection fraction, left ventricular stroke volume remained unchanged from rest to exercise. Therefore, cardiac output was augmented only by the heart rate increase in these patients. Right ventricular function appeared to be the major determinant of total cardiac output during exercise in patients with cardiac septal defects and left-to-right shunt.

  4. Left Atrial Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Cryptogenic Stroke: Novel Insights from Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Leong, Darryl P; Joyce, Emer; Debonnaire, Philippe; Katsanos, Spyridon; Holman, Eduard R; Schalij, Martin J; Bax, Jeroen J; Delgado, Victoria; Marsan, Nina Ajmone

    2017-01-01

    Myocardial strain analysis by speckle-tracking echocardiography, which can detect subtle abnormalities in left atrial (LA) function, may offer unique insights into LA pathophysiology in patients with cryptogenic stroke (CS). The aim of this study was to investigate whether LA reservoir strain by speckle-tracking echocardiography, as a measure of LA compliance, is impaired in patients with CS and no history of atrial fibrillation. A retrospective case-control study of 742 patients (mean age, 59 ± 13 years; 54% men; 371 with CS and 371 control subjects) was conducted. LA reservoir strain was quantified using speckle-tracking echocardiography. LA strain was significantly lower among patients with CS than control subjects (30 ± 7.3% vs 34 ± 6.7%, P < .001). Current smoking (odds ratio [OR], 2.6; 95% CI, 1.7-4.0; P < .001), systolic blood pressure (OR, 1.17 per 10 mm Hg increase; 95% CI, 1.06-1.29; P = .001), antihypertensive treatment (OR, 0.45; 95% CI, 0.30-0.66; P < .001), larger indexed left ventricular end-systolic volume (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.01-1.07; P = .02), higher E/E' ratio (OR, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.01-1.11; P = .01), mitral regurgitation (OR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.2-2.7; P = .003), and lower LA reservoir strain (OR, 1.07 per 1% reduction; 95% CI, 1.05-1.10; P < .001) were independently associated with CS. Importantly, LA reservoir strain conferred incremental discriminatory value in the identification of patients with CS (likelihood ratio P < .001). Subtle LA dysfunction, as assessed by LA reservoir strain with speckle-tracking echocardiography, is associated with CS independent of other cardiovascular risk factors. These findings suggest a potential role for LA strain to risk-stratify patients in the prevention of stroke. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Quantification of left to right shunt in atrial septal defect using systolic time intervals derived from pulsed Doppler velocimetry.

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    Veyrat, C; Gourtchiglouian, C; Bas, S; Abitbol, G; Kalmanson, D

    1984-01-01

    Systolic time intervals derived from Doppler velocimetry measurements were used instead of direct pulmonary to systemic flow ratio measurements in adults with atrial septal defect to quantify left to right atrial shunts. Thirteen normal subjects and 25 patients with uncomplicated atrial septal defect confirmed by cardiac catheterisation were studied. The pulmonary to systemic flow ratio (Qp:Qs) expressing the shunt size was determined by the Fick method; in normal subjects the Qp:Qs ratio was assumed to be equal to 1.0. The pulsed Doppler analogue velocity recording of flow in the pulmonary artery and the ascending aorta was taken as indicating the ejection time of each ventricle and the Q wave of the electrocardiogram as indicating the onset of systole. From these measurements the ratios of the pre-ejection periods to the ejection times (haemodynamic ratio) were calculated for each ventricle and the ratios of each variable (pre-ejection period, ejection time, and haemodynamic ratio) were calculated for both ventricles. Significant differences were found between the normal subjects and the patients with atrial septal defect for all these ratios. When the Doppler findings and the Fick measurements of Qp:Qs were compared the best linear correlation coefficient was for the left to right haemodynamic ratio. It is concluded that the use of a ratio involving several variables, such as the pre-ejection period and the ejection time for both ventricles, improves the reliability of this method, which appears to be applicable in adults. Images PMID:6239641

  6. Resolution of massive left atrial appendage thrombi with rivaroxaban before balloon mitral commissurotomy in severe mitral stenosis

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    Li, Yuechun; Lin, Jiafeng; Peng, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: Data on nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant being used for the treatment of LAA thrombi are limited only in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. There are no data on the antithrombotic efficacy and safety of nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant in the resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis. Patient concerns: A 49-year-old woman with known rheumatic mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation was referred for percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy because of progressive dyspnea on exertion over a period of 3 months. Diagnoses: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) demonstrated a large LAA thrombus protruding into left atria cavity before the procedure. Interventions: Direct factor Xa (FXa) inhibitor rivaroxaban (20 mg/d) was started for the patient. After 3 weeks of rivaroxaban treatment TEE showed a relevantly decreased thrombus size, and a complete thrombus resolution was achieved after 5 weeks of anticoagulant therapy with the FXa inhibitor. Outcomes: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first documented case of large LAA thrombus resolution with nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant in severe mitral stenosis, and in which percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy was performed subsequently. Lessons: The report indicated that rivaroxaban could be a therapeutic option for mitral stenosis patients with LAA thrombus. Further study is required before the routine use of rivaroxaban in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation. PMID:27930571

  7. Transatrial access for left atrial pressure (LAP) monitoring line placement in arterial switch operation (ASO) in neonates.

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    Akhtar, Mohammad Irfan; Hamid, Mohammad; Amanullah, Muneer; Ahsan, Khalid

    2013-11-01

    Left Atrial pressure monitoring is a useful and accurate method to guide Left ventricle filling in the patients who undergo Arterial switch operation for transposition of great arteries. We have used a different technique in three TGA patients for LA pressure monitoring line placement. After cleaning and draping,right internal jugular vein (rt IJV) located through 22G venous cannula, guide wire was put in followed by sliding the 22G x 8cm vygon arterial catheter over the guide wire into the right atrium that was directed transatrially into LA by the operating surgeon during atrial septum repair. The catheter was secured by silk on the neck and dressed with transparent dressing and was kept for a period of 48-72 hrs. LA pressure monitoring is helpful in anticipating LV dysfunction in ASO.

  8. Stepwise Progression of Right-to-Left Atrial Shunting through a Combination of Patent Foramen Ovale and Tricuspid Regurgitation.

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    Kransdorf, Evan P; Kransdorf, Lisa N; Fortuin, F David; Sweeney, John P; Wilansky, Susan

    2016-04-01

    Patent foramen ovale is a common clinical finding that generally becomes a concern in the presence of transient ischemic attack or stroke. Rarely, patent foramen ovale is associated with hypoxemia in the presence of substantial right-to-left atrial shunting. We present the case of an 86-year-old woman with a pacemaker, who was initially asymptomatic notwithstanding a patent foramen ovale. Over 1.5 years, her symptoms progressed in a stepwise fashion, in the setting of progressive pacemaker-associated tricuspid regurgitation. Ultimately, the patient's symptoms and her hypoxemia resolved after percutaneous closure of her patent foramen ovale with use of a 25-mm "Cribriform" occluder device. This case highlights the fact that clinically significant right-to-left shunting requires an anatomic lesion, such as patent foramen ovale, together with elevated right atrial pressure, which in this case was contributed by severe tricuspid regurgitation.

  9. Stepwise Progression of Right-to-Left Atrial Shunting through a Combination of Patent Foramen Ovale and Tricuspid Regurgitation

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    Kransdorf, Lisa N.; Fortuin, F. David; Sweeney, John P.; Wilansky, Susan

    2016-01-01

    Patent foramen ovale is a common clinical finding that generally becomes a concern in the presence of transient ischemic attack or stroke. Rarely, patent foramen ovale is associated with hypoxemia in the presence of substantial right-to-left atrial shunting. We present the case of an 86-year-old woman with a pacemaker, who was initially asymptomatic notwithstanding a patent foramen ovale. Over 1.5 years, her symptoms progressed in a stepwise fashion, in the setting of progressive pacemaker-associated tricuspid regurgitation. Ultimately, the patient's symptoms and her hypoxemia resolved after percutaneous closure of her patent foramen ovale with use of a 25-mm “Cribriform” occluder device. This case highlights the fact that clinically significant right-to-left shunting requires an anatomic lesion, such as patent foramen ovale, together with elevated righ