Usefulness of Post -Procedural Plasma Brain Natriuretic Peptide Levels to Predict Recurrence After Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction.

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Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) improves cardiac function, resulting in a decrease in plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). […]

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Prevalence and Determinants of Atrial Fibrillation-associated In-hospital Ischemic Stroke in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an established risk factor ischemic stroke (IS) and is commonly encountered in patient hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Uncommonly, IS can occur as a complication […]

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Inappropriate Dosing of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) require dose adjustment based on specific patient characteristics, making them prone to incorrect dosing. The current study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of inappropriate DOAC dosing, […]

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Impact of Baseline Right Bundle Branch Block on Outcomes after Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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Right bundle branch block (RBBB) is one of the most frequent alterations of the electrocardiogram. Several studies have shown that RBBB is a risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. However, the […]

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Influence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on Atrial Mechanics by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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The present study aimed to examine differences in left- and right atrial characteristics between atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For this, 420 patients […]

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Relation of Left Atrial Enlargement to Subsequent Thromboembolic Events in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients with Low to Borderline Embolic Risk.

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The current thromboembolic risk stratification of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) does not include parameters from transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We hypothesized that left atrial enlargement (LAE) on TTE could discriminate who […]

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Prognostic Value of Pre-operative Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Secondary Mitral Regurgitation Undergoing MitraClip Implantation.

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Limited data are available regarding the independent prognostic role of pre-operative AF after transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip. We sought to evaluate the impact of pre-operative atrial fibrillation (AF) […]

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Impact of Arrhythmias on Hospitalizations in Patients with Cardiac Amyloidosis.

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Cardiac involvement in amyloidosis is associated with a poor prognosis. Data on the burden of arrhythmias in patients with cardiac amyloidosis (CA) during hospitalization is lacking. We identified the burden […]

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Discontinuation of oral anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation and risk of ischaemic stroke.

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To evaluate associations between oral anticoagulant (OAC) discontinuation and risk of ischaemic stroke (IS) among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).We undertook a population-based cohort study with nested case-control analysis using […]

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Meta-Analysis Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Low-Intensity Warfarin for Patients >65 Years of Age with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation.

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Non-valvular atrial fibrillation(NVAF) is the most common arrhythmia. It is of a high disability and death rate, and seriously affects quality of life. Although NOACs are recommended for anticoagulation therapy […]

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Meta-Analysis of the Usefulness of Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.

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Catheter ablation improves clinical outcomes in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). However, the role of catheter ablation in HF with a preserved […]

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Periprocedural Stroke After Coronary Revascularization (From the CREDO-Kyoto PCI/CABG Registry Cohort-3).

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There is a scarcity of data on incidence, risk factors, especially clinical severity, and long-term prognostic impact of periprocedural stroke after coronary revascularization in contemporary real-world practice. Among 14867 consecutive […]

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Bleeding risk with rivaroxaban compared with vitamin K antagonists in patients aged 80 years or older with atrial fibrillation.

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Direct oral anticoagulants have been evaluated in the general population, but proper evidence for their safe use in the geriatric population is still missing. We compared the bleeding risk of […]

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Prognostic significance of natriuretic peptide levels in atrial fibrillation without heart failure.

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Natriuretic peptides are an important prognostic marker in patients with heart failure (HF). However, little is known regarding their prognostic significance in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) without HF and […]

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Relation of Atrial Fibrillation to Angiographic Characteristics and Coronary Artery Disease Severity in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) compared to patients without. Angiographic characteristics, clinical presentation and severity of CAD according to the presence […]

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Novel Score to Predict Very Late Recurrences after Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

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Various predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence have been shown based on the baseline characteristics before catheter ablation (CA). This study aimed to develop a novel scoring system for predicting […]

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and atrial fibrillation: an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), shares common risk factors, and adds to the overall morbidity and mortality in this population. Additionally, […]

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Role of echocardiography in screening and evaluation of athletes.

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The term athlete’s heart describes structural, functional and electrical adaptations of the cardiovascular system due to repetitive intense exercise. Physiological cardiac adaptations in athletes, however, may mimic features of cardiac […]

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Rivaroxaban in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and a Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve.

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The effects of rivaroxaban in patients with atrial fibrillation and a bioprosthetic mitral valve remain uncertain.In this randomized trial, we compared rivaroxaban (20 mg once daily) with dose-adjusted warfarin (target […]

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Cryoablation or Drug Therapy for Initial Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.

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Guidelines recommend a trial of one or more antiarrhythmic drugs before catheter ablation is considered in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, first-line ablation may be more effective in maintaining sinus […]

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Meta-Analysis of Safety and Efficacy of Direct Oral Anticoagulants Versus Warfarin According to Time in Therapeutic Range in Atrial Fibrillation.

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Among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, it is unclear whether the efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) relative to warfarin is consistent across various levels of international normalized ratio […]

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Phenotypic clustering of dilated cardiomyopathy patients highlights important pathophysiological differences.

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The dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) phenotype is the result of combined genetic and acquired triggers. Until now, clinical decision-making in DCM has mainly been based on ejection fraction (EF) and NYHA […]

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Cardiac Computed Tomography-Derived Left Atrial Volume Index as a Predictor of Long-Term Success of Cryo-Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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Patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) are frequently treated with catheter ablation. Cryo-ablation has been established as an alternative to radiofrequency ablation but long-term outcome data are still limited. […]

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Trends of global burden of atrial fibrillation/flutter from Global Burden of Disease Study 2017.

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This study aimed to estimate the global burden of atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (AF/AFL).We retrieved data from the Global Health Data Exchange query tool and estimated the age-standardised rates (ASRs) of […]

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Incidental Thoracic Aortic Dilation On Chest Computed Tomography In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.

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Individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF) have risk factors that predispose to thoracic aneurysmal disease (TAD) and atherosclerosis. In this study in individuals with AF, we assessed the occurrence of incidental […]

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“Pill In The Pocket” Antiarrhythmic Drugs For Orally Administered Pharmacologic Cardioversion Of Atrial Fibrillation.

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The therapy of atrial fibrillation (AF) often involves the use of a rhythm control strategy, in which one or more antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD), ablative procedures, and/or hybrid approaches involving both […]

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Association between right ventricular strain and outcomes in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.

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To explore the association between three-dimensional (3D) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) feature tracking (FT) right ventricular peak global longitudinal strain (RVpGLS) and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) in patients with […]

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Clinical and budget impacts of changes in oral anticoagulation prescribing for atrial fibrillation.

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To assess temporal clinical and budget impacts of changes in atrial fibrillation (AF)-related prescribing in England.Data on AF prevalence, AF-related stroke incidence and prescribing for all National Health Service general […]

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