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Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0101
Background:Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia; however, the current treatment strategies for AF have limited efficacy. Thus, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying AF is important for future therapeutic strategy. A previous study (Exome-Wide Association Study (ExWAS)) identified a rare variant, rs202011870 (MAF=0.00036, GenomAD), which is highly associated with AF (OR=3.617, P
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0755
Loss of myocardium permanently impairs cardiac function because the adult mammalian heart has limited regenerative capacity. Strategies to regenerate injured heart tissue include the transplantation of multiple types of stem cells. Among them, pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are a promising option because of their unlimited self-renewal and unequivocal cardiomyogenic ability. To date, advances in stem cell biology allow generation of relatively homogeneous human PSC-derived cardiomyocytes (CMs). In this regard, preclinical studies of PSC-CM transplantation in rodents and larger animal models have provided convincing proof-of-concept results, triggering clinical studies in multiple countries. However, a few important uncertainties are yet to be addressed, warranting further investigation before clinical implementation of this novel therapy. An overview of the potential of stem cell therapy to provide new CMs for cardiac regeneration is presented.
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-19-0910
Background:The new guideline (NG) published by the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) places emphasis on previous arrhythmic syncope and inducibility of ventricular fibrillation (VF) by ≤2 extrastimuli during programmed electrical stimulation (PES) for deciding the indication of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS). This study evaluated the usefulness of the NG and compared it with the former guideline (FG) for risk stratification of patients with BrS. Methods and Results:This was a multicenter (7 Japanese hospitals) retrospective study involving 234 patients with BrS who underwent PES at baseline (226 males; mean age at diagnosis: 44.9±13.4 years). At diagnosis, 46 patients (20%) had previous VF, 100 patients (43%) had previous syncope, and 88 patients (37%) were asymptomatic. We evaluated the difference in the incidence of VF in each indication according to the new and FGs. During the follow-up period (mean: 6.9±5.2 years), the incidence of VF was higher in patients with Class IIa indication according to the NG (NG: 16/45 patients [35.6%] vs. FG: 16/104 patients [15.4%]), while the incidence of VF in patients with other than class I or IIa indication was similarly low in both guidelines (NG: 2/143 patients [1.4%] vs. FG: 2/84 patients [2.4%]). Conclusions:This study validated the usefulness of the NG for risk stratification of BrS patients.
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0620
Background:Lead-induced tricuspid regurgitation (TR) after cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation is not fully understood. This study aimed to reveal the features of lead-induced TR by 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) in patients with heart failure (HF) events after CIED implantation. Methods and Results:In 143 patients, 3DE assessments for the tricuspid valve (TV) and right ventricular morphologies were sequentially performed within 3 days after CIED implantations, during TR exacerbations, and at ≥6 months after TR exacerbations. TR exacerbations were observed in 29 patients (median 10 months after CIED implantation, range 1–28 months), 15 of whom had lead-induced TR. In the 29 patients, the tenting height of the TV, tricuspid annular (TA) height, and TA area at baseline were independent predictors for worsening TR. In patients with lead-induced TR, tenting height of the TV and TA area were identified as the risk factors. In addition, all patients with a lead positioned on a leaflet immediately after CIED implantations developed lead-induced TR. At follow up, TR exacerbation of lead-induced TR persisted with TA remodeling, but it was improved in the lead non-related-TR group. Conclusions:TA remodeling at baseline and a lead location on a leaflet immediately after CIED implantation were associated with lead-induced TR in patients with HF events after CIED implantation. Persistent TA remodeling may make lead-induced TR refractory against HF treatments.
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0594
The elderly population is increasing because of increasing life expectancy, and the prevalence of frailty increases with age. Frailty commonly coexists with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), such as coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure (HF), aortic stenosis (AS), and atrial fibrillation (AF). Frail patients who undergo revascularization for CAD have higher complication rates; those with HF have a high prevalence of poor outcomes, and those with AF are vulnerable to increased stroke incidence. Moreover, frailty and asymptomatic severe AS were independent factors for mortality. The presence of frailty can lead to poor clinical outcomes, and frailty has been identified as a risk factor for mortality. Thus, the identification of frail patients who are at higher risks of disability and adverse clinical outcomes is important. In this review, the relationship between frailty and CVD is appraised and optimal treatments for frail patients are discussed.
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-19-1150
Background:Although advances in cardiac surgery have led to an increased number of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD), epidemiological data regarding the pregnancies and deliveries of patients with repaired CHD are scarce. Methods and Results:In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcomes of pregnancies and deliveries of women with repaired CHD. Overall, 131 women with repaired CHD were enrolled and there were 269 gestations. All patients were classified as New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class I or II. The prevalence of cesarean sections was higher in patients with (CyCHD) than without (AcyCHD) a past history of cyanosis (51% vs. 19%, respectively; P
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0530
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Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0600
Background:Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an established treatment for symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). Sometimes patients with severe AS taking immunosuppressants are encountered. The effect of immunosuppressive therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with AS following TAVI were investigated. Methods and Results:In total, 282 consecutive patients with severe AS who underwent transfemoral TAVI from January 2016 to December 2018 at St. Marianna University School of Medicine were reviewed. They were divided into 2 groups: the immunosuppressants group (IM group) in which patients continually used immunosuppressive drugs (n=22) and the non-immunosuppressants group (non-IM group) (n=260). The composite endpoints of a major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular event (MACCE) defined as non-lethal myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, heart failure requiring hospitalization, stroke, and cardiovascular death were evaluated. There were no differences in the incidence of vascular access complications (32% vs. 20%, P=0.143) and the rate of procedure success (100% vs. 93%, P=0.377) between the IM and non-IM groups. During the median follow-up period of 567 (16–1,312) days after the TAVI procedure, there were no significant differences between the IM and non-IM groups in the incidence of infectious complications (14% vs. 9%, P=0.442) or MACCE (18% vs. 20%, respectively; P=0.845). Conclusions:The use of IM after TAVI is not associated with increased vascular access complications or mid-term MACCE in patients with severe AS treated with TAVI.
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0306
Background:The relationship between the characteristics of tissue protrusion detected by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the findings of coronary angioscopy (CAS) immediately after stent implantation were evaluated. Methods and Results:A total of 186 patients (192 stents) underwent OCT before and after stenting and were observed by using CAS immediately after stenting and at the chronic phase. Patients were assigned to irregular protrusion, smooth protrusion, and disrupted fibrous tissue protrusion groups according to OCT findings. Serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were measured before and after stent implantation. The grade of yellow color (YC) and neointimal coverage (NC), and incidence of thrombus in the stented segment were evaluated by using CAS. After stent implantation, maximum YC grade (smooth, 0.64±0.80; disrupted fibrous tissue, 0.50±0.77; irregular, 1.50±1.09; P
Circulation Journal; doi:10.1253/circj.cj-20-0550
Background:This study identified predictors of hospital mortality after successful weaning of patients with cardiogenic shock off venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. Methods and Results:Adult patients who received peripheral VA ECMO from January 2012 to April 2017 were reviewed retrospectively. After excluding patients who died on ECMO support, predictors for survival to discharge were investigated in patients who were successfully weaned off ECMO. Of 191 patients successfully weaned off ECMO, 143 (74.9%) survived to discharge. The prevalence of a history of stroke and coronary artery disease, as well as ECMO-related complications, including newly developed stroke and sepsis, was a higher in patients who did not survive to discharge than in those who did. On the day of ECMO weaning, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score and serum lactate were higher in patients who did not survive to discharge, although there was no significant difference in blood pressure and the use of vasoactive drugs between the 2 groups. On multivariable analysis, stroke and sepsis during ECMO support, a lower Glasgow Coma Scale and acute kidney injury requiring continuous renal replacement therapy after weaning were significant predictors for in-hospital mortality. Conclusions:Complications that occurred during ECMO and the presence of extracardiac organ dysfunction after weaning were associated with in-hospital mortality in patients with cardiogenic shock who were successfully weaned off ECMO.