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      Interventricular Mechanical Dyssynchrony Determines Abnormal Heightening of Plasma N-Terminal Probrain Natriuretic Peptide Level in Symptomatic Bradyarrhythmia Patients with Chronic Dual-Chamber vs. Single-Chamber Atrial Pacing

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          Objective: Debates about adverse effects of ventricular- vs. atrial-based pacing have never ended, especially regarding cardiovascular outcomes in common pacemaker populations. Methods: To investigate the contribution of right ventricular apical pacing to the left ventricular negative remodeling, we measured the inter- and intraventricular mechanical dyssynchrony by echocardiography as well as plasma N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level in 116 consecutive patients of symptomatic bradyarrhythmias including sinus node dysfunction (SND) in 80 and atrioventricular block in 36. Dual-chamber rate-modulated pacing (DDDR) pacemakers were implanted in 76 patients (SND, 40), and single-chamber ventricular rate-modulated pacing (AAIR) pacemakers in 40 (all SND). Clinical manifestations were retrospectively correlated. Results: After 3.5 years of pacing, DDDR pacemaker patients demonstrated higher plasma NT-proBNP concentration (503 ± 111 pg/ml) than AAIR patients (194 ± 42 pg/ml, p = 0.002) despite similar cardiovascular function at baseline. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that the only predictor of the highest quartile of plasma NT-proBNP, i.e. ≧386 pg/ml, was the interventricular contraction time difference (p = 0.01). Reprograming to minimize ventricular pacing percentage in 8 patients of SND caused parallel reduction of plasma NT-proBNP. Conclusion: Interventricular mechanical dyssynchrony, imposed mostly by right ventricular apical pacing, could lead to abnormal heightening of plasma NT-proBNP concentration after chronic DDDR pacing in common pacemaker patients with normal baseline left ventricular function.

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          Dual-chamber (DDDR) pacing preserves AV synchrony and may reduce heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with ventricular (VVIR) pacing in sinus node dysfunction (SND). However, DDDR pacing often results in prolonged QRS durations (QRSd) as the result of right ventricular stimulation, and ventricular desynchronization may result. The effect of pacing-induced ventricular desynchronization in patients with normal baseline QRSd is unknown. Baseline QRSd was obtained from 12-lead ECGs before pacemaker implantation in MOST, a 2010-patient, 6-year, randomized trial of DDDR versus VVIR pacing in SND. Cumulative percent ventricular paced (Cum%VP) was determined from stored pacemaker data. Baseline QRSd 40%) and VVIR (HR 2.56 [95% CI, 1.48 to 4.43] for Cum%VP >80%). The risk of AF increased linearly with Cum%VP from 0% to 85% in both groups (DDDR, HR 1.36 [95% CI, 1.09, 1.69]; VVIR, HR 1.21 [95% CI 1.02, 1.43], for each 25% increase in Cum%VP). Model results were unaffected by adjustment for known baseline predictors of HF hospitalization and AF. Ventricular desynchronization imposed by ventricular pacing even when AV synchrony is preserved increases the risk of HF hospitalization and AF in SND with normal baseline QRSd.
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            The utility of aminoterminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) testing in the emergency department to rule out acute congestive heart failure (CHF) and the optimal cutpoints for this use are not established. We conducted a prospective study of 600 patients who presented in the emergency department with dyspnea. The clinical diagnosis of acute CHF was determined by study physicians who were blinded to NT-proBNP results. The primary end point was a comparison of NT-proBNP results with the clinical assessment of the managing physician for identifying acute CHF. The median NT-proBNP level among 209 patients (35%) who had acute CHF was 4,054 versus 131 pg/ml among 390 patients (65%) who did not (p 450 pg/ml for patients 900 pg/ml for patients >or=50 years of age were highly sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of acute CHF (p <0.001). An NT-proBNP level <300 pg/ml was optimal for ruling out acute CHF, with a negative predictive value of 99%. Increased NT-proBNP was the strongest independent predictor of a final diagnosis of acute CHF (odds ratio 44, 95% confidence interval 21.0 to 91.0, p <0.0001). NT-proBNP testing alone was superior to clinical judgment alone for diagnosing acute CHF (p = 0.006); NT-proBNP plus clinical judgment was superior to NT-proBNP or clinical judgment alone. NT-proBNP measurement is a valuable addition to standard clinical assessment for the identification and exclusion of acute CHF in the emergency department setting.
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              We wished to examine the effects of age and gender on plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentration in a population-based study. Measurement of BNP concentration is approved for use in the diagnosis of heart failure and may aid in the detection of left ventricular dysfunction. Although BNP is approved for clinical use, there are few data regarding the range of BNP observed in persons without cardiovascular disease or cardiac dysfunction. These data are essential for the interpretation of BNP. In 2,042 randomly selected residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, >44 years old, BNP (Shionogi and Biosite assays), Doppler echocardiography, and medical record review were performed. A normal subset of subjects (n = 767) in sinus rhythm without cardiovascular, renal, or pulmonary disease or diabetes; on no cardiovascular medications; and with normal systolic, diastolic, and valvular function was identified. Within the normal subset, the distribution of BNP differed by age, gender, and assay system. With both assays, BNP increased significantly with age and was significantly higher in women than men, leading to age-, gender-, and assay-specific reference ranges. Receiver operating characteristic analysis for the ability of BNP to detect an ejection fraction < or = 40% was performed in each age/gender stratum in the entire cohort (n = 2,042) and confirmed that discriminatory values for BNP for detection of reduced ejection fraction were higher in women and older persons and were different between the two assays. Interpretation of BNP should include consideration of age-, gender-, and assay-specific partition values.

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                S. Karger AG
                June 2008
                04 December 2007
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                aDivision of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital & National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, bKeelung Hospital, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Keelung, Taiwan, ROC
                111926 Cardiology 2008;110:167–173
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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