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Habib S.,National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association | Year: 2012

The case of a 60 year old male patient, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis presenting with recurrent massive pericardial effusion, and unresponsive to treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is documented. Pericardial biopsy proved Tuberculous pericarditis with positive fluid culture for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Anti-tuberculous treatment was started along with corticosteroids. Follow up after three months showed no evidence of pericardial effusion.


Budera P.,Charles University | Straka Z.,Charles University | Osmancik P.,Charles University | Vanek T.,Charles University | And 8 more authors.
European Heart Journal | Year: 2012

AimsSurgical ablation procedure can restore sinus rhythm (SR) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery. However, it is not known whether it has any impact on long-term clinical outcomes.Methods and resultsThis multicentre study randomized 224 patients with AF scheduled for valve and/or coronary surgery: group A (left atrial surgical ablation, n 117) vs. group B (no ablation, n 107). The primary efficacy outcome was the SR presence (without any AF episode) during a 24 h electrocardiogram (ECG) after 1 year. The primary safety outcome was the combined endpoint of death/myocardial infarction/stroke/renal failure at 30 days. A Holter-ECG after 1 year revealed SR in 60.2 of group A patients vs. 35.5 in group B (P = 0.002). The combined safety endpoint at 30 days occurred in 10.3 (group A) vs. 14.7 (group B, P = 0.411). All-cause 1-year mortality was 16.2 (A) vs. 17.4 (B, P = 0.800). Stroke occurred in 2.7 (A) vs. 4.3 (B) patients (P = 0.319). No difference (A vs. B) in SR was found among patients with paroxysmal (61.9 vs. 58.3) or persistent (72 vs. 50) AF, but ablation significantly increased SR prevalence in patients with longstanding persistent AF (53.2 vs. 13.9, P < 0.001).ConclusionSurgical ablation improves the likelihood of SR presence post-operatively without increasing peri-operative complications. However, the higher prevalence of SR did not translate to improved clinical outcomes at 1 year. Further follow-ups (e.g. 5-year) are warranted to show any potential clinical benefit which might occur later. © 2012 The Author.


Aziz K.U.,National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan | Year: 2015

The prevalence of essential hypertension is alarmingly increasing in Pakistani population inspite of the demographics being of lower BMI and nutrition. In this review, the possible factors responsible for this increase are identified by reviewing the population studies conducted in Pakistan. The prevalence rate is about 3 - 4% in childhood and steeply rises near the middle age. The factors peculiar to Pakistan were increased genetic susceptibility, environmental factors such as gender, females gender, urbanization, obesity and sedentary life styles particularly in middle age, cultural practices promoting sedentary life style in female.


Islam A.K.M.M.,Jessore Medical College | Majumder A.A.S.,National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
Indian Heart Journal | Year: 2016

Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are the most-common cardiovascular disease in young people aged <25 years, globally. They are important contributors to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in Bangladesh. Classical risk factors, i.e. poverty, overcrowding, ignorance, and insufficient health care services were responsible for the high incidence and prevalence of these diseases over the last century. In concert with the progresses in socioeconomic indicators, advances in health sectors, improved public awareness, and antibiotic prophylaxis, acute RF came into control. However, chronic RHD continues to be prevalent, and the actual disease burden may be much higher. RHD predominantly affects the young adults, seriously incapacitates them, follows a protracted course, gets complicated because of delayed diagnosis and is sometimes maltreated. The treatment is often palliative and expensive. Large-scale epidemiological and clinical researches are needed to formulate evidence-based national policy to tackle this important public health issue in future. © 2015 Cardiological Society of India.


Hindricks G.,University of Leipzig | Pokushalov E.,State Research Institute of Circulation Pathology | Urban L.,National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases | Taborsky M.,Na Homolce Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology | Year: 2010

Background-Current methods for detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) have limited diagnostic yield. Continuous monitoring with automatic arrhythmia detection and classification may improve detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic AF and subsequent patient treatment. The study purpose was to quantify the performance of the first implantable leadless cardiac monitor (ICM) with dedicated AF detection capabilities. Methods and Results-Patients (n=247) with an implanted ICM (Reveal XT, Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, Minn) who were likely to present with paroxysmal AF were selected. A special Holter device stored 46 hours of subcutaneously recorded ECG, ICM markers, and 2 surface ECG leads. The ICM automatic arrhythmia classification was compared with the core laboratory classification of the surface ECG. Of the 206 analyzable Holter recordings collected, 76 (37%) contained at least 1 episode of core laboratory classified AF. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for identifying patients with any AF were 96.1%, 85.4%, 79.3%, and 97.4%, respectively. The AF burden measured with the ICM was very well correlated with the reference value derived from the Holter (Pearson coefficient=0.97). The overall accuracy of the ICM for detecting AF was 98.5%. Conclusions-In this ICM validation study, the dedicated AF detection algorithm reliably detected the presence or absence of AF and the AF burden was accurately quantified. The ICM is a promising new diagnostic and monitoring tool for the clinician to treat AF patients independently of symptoms. Long-term studies are needed to evaluate the clinical benefits of the technology. Clinical Trial Registration-clinicaltrials.gov Identifier NCT00680927. © 2010 American Heart Association, Inc.

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