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      Predictors of Arrhythmic Events Detected by Implantable Loop Recorders in Renal Transplant Candidates


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          The recording of arrhythmic events (AE) in renal transplant candidates (RTCs) undergoing dialysis is limited by conventional electrocardiography. However, continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring seems to be more appropriate due to automatic detection of arrhythmia, but this method has not been used.


          We aimed to investigate the incidence and predictors of AE in RTCs using an implantable loop recorder (ILR).


          A prospective observational study conducted from June 2009 to January 2011 included 100 consecutive ambulatory RTCs who underwent ILR and were followed-up for at least 1 year. Multivariate logistic regression was applied to define predictors of AE.


          During a mean follow-up of 424 ± 127 days, AE could be detected in 98% of patients, and 92% had more than one type of arrhythmia, with most considered potentially not serious. Sustained atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation occurred in 7% and 13% of patients, respectively, and bradyarrhythmia and non-sustained or sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) occurred in 25% and 57%, respectively. There were 18 deaths, of which 7 were sudden cardiac events: 3 bradyarrhythmias, 1 ventricular fibrillation, 1 myocardial infarction, and 2 undetermined. The presence of a long QTc (odds ratio [OR] = 7.28; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.01–26.35; p = 0.002), and the duration of the PR interval (OR = 1.05; 95% CI, 1.02–1.08; p < 0.001) were independently associated with bradyarrhythmias. Left ventricular dilatation (LVD) was independently associated with non-sustained VT (OR = 2.83; 95% CI, 1.01–7.96; p = 0.041).


          In medium-term follow-up of RTCs, ILR helped detect a high incidence of AE, most of which did not have clinical relevance. The PR interval and presence of long QTc were predictive of bradyarrhythmias, whereas LVD was predictive of non-sustained VT.

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          Long-term outcomes in individuals with prolonged PR interval or first-degree atrioventricular block.

          Prolongation of the electrocardiographic PR interval, known as first-degree atrioventricular block when the PR interval exceeds 200 milliseconds, is frequently encountered in clinical practice. To determine the clinical significance of PR prolongation in ambulatory individuals. Prospective, community-based cohort including 7575 individuals from the Framingham Heart Study (mean age, 47 years; 54% women) who underwent routine 12-lead electrocardiography. The study cohort underwent prospective follow-up through 2007 from baseline examinations in 1968-1974. Multivariable-adjusted Cox proportional hazards models were used to examine the associations of PR interval with the incidence of arrhythmic events and death. Incident atrial fibrillation (AF), pacemaker implantation, and all-cause mortality. During follow-up, 481 participants developed AF, 124 required pacemaker implantation, and 1739 died. At the baseline examination, 124 individuals had PR intervals longer than 200 milliseconds. For those with PR intervals longer than 200 milliseconds compared with those with PR intervals of 200 milliseconds or shorter, incidence rates per 10 000 person-years were 140 (95% confidence interval [CI], 95-208) vs 36 (95% CI, 32-39) for AF, 59 (95% CI, 40-87) vs 6 (95% CI, 5-7) for pacemaker implantation, and 334 (95% CI, 260-428) vs 129 (95% CI, 123-135) for all-cause mortality. Corresponding absolute risk increases were 1.04% (AF), 0.53% (pacemaker implantation), and 2.05% (all-cause mortality) per year. In multivariable analyses, each 20-millisecond increment in PR was associated with an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 1.11 (95% CI, 1.02-1.22; P = .02) for AF, 1.22 (95% CI, 1.14-1.30; P < .001) for pacemaker implantation, and 1.08 (95% CI, 1.02-1.13; P = .005) for all-cause mortality. Individuals with first-degree atrioventricular block had a 2-fold adjusted risk of AF (HR, 2.06; 95% CI, 1.36-3.12; P < .001), 3-fold adjusted risk of pacemaker implantation (HR, 2.89; 95% CI, 1.83-4.57; P < .001), and 1.4-fold adjusted risk of all-cause mortality (HR, 1.44, 95% CI, 1.09-1.91; P = .01). Prolongation of the PR interval is associated with increased risks of AF, pacemaker implantation, and all-cause mortality.
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            Outcome and risk factors for left ventricular disorders in chronic uraemia.

            Left ventricular disease occurs frequently in dialysis patients. It may be manifest as concentric LV hypertrophy, LV dilatation with or without LV hypertrophy, or systolic dysfunction. Little is known concerning the clinical outcome and risk factors for these disorders. A cohort of 432 end-stage renal disease patients who survived at least 6 months had an echocardiogram on initiation of dialysis therapy. Clinical, laboratory and echocardiographic data was obtained annually during follow-up. On initiation of ESRD therapy 16% of patients had systolic dysfunction, 41% concentric LV hypertrophy, 28% LV dilatation, and only 16% had normal echocardiograms. Median time to development of heart failure was 19 months in patients with systolic dysfunction, 38 months in concentric LV hypertrophy and 38 months in LV dilatation. The relative risks of heart failure in the three groups were significantly worse than in the normal group, after adjusting for age, diabetes and ischaemic heart disease. Median survival was 38 months in systolic dysfunction, 48 months in concentric hypertrophy, 56 months in LV dilatation, and >66 months in the normal group. Two hundred and seventy-five patients had a follow-up echocardiogram 17 months after starting dialysis therapy together with serial measurement of potential risk factors prior to the echocardiogram. On follow-up echocardiogram the degree of concentric LV hypertrophy was independently related to hypertension while on dialysis, older age, and anaemia while on dialysis; the degree of LV dilatation was related to ischaemic heart disease, anaemia, hypertension and hypoalbuminemia while on dialysis; the degree of systolic dysfunction was associated with ischaemic heart disease and anaemia during follow-up. Manifestations of left ventricular disease are frequent and persistent in chronic uraemia, and are associated with high risks of heart failure and death. Potentially reversible risk factors include anaemia, hypertension, hypoalbuminaemia and ischaemic heart disease.
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              Sudden cardiac death and dialysis patients.

              Dialysis patients have extraordinarily high mortality rates. The death rate for all US dialysis patients in 2004 was 230 per 1000 patient-years. Cardiac disease is the major cause of death in dialysis patients and accounts for 43% of all-cause mortality. In the United States Renal Data System database 62% of cardiac deaths (or 27% of all deaths) are attributable to arrhythmic mechanisms. The estimated rate of sudden cardiac death in US dialysis patients in 2002 was 7% per year. There are several plausible explanations for the special vulnerability of dialysis patients to sustaining sudden cardiac death. Obstructive coronary artery disease, coupled with diminished tolerance to myocardial ischemia (in the setting of myocardial fibrosis and left ventricular hypertrophy), rapid electrolyte shifts in hemodialysis patients, and derangements in autonomic function may all contribute to this heightened risk of sudden cardiac death. This review focuses on the epidemiology of sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients, underlying mechanisms of sudden death, and potential interventions to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients (including medical therapy and defibrillators). It is unlikely that one single therapeutic intervention will prevent sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients; but a more modest (and attainable) goal is the implementation of multiple strategies to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in this special high-risk population.

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                Arq Bras Cardiol
                Arq. Bras. Cardiol
                Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
                Sociedade Brasileira de Cardiologia
                November 2015
                November 2015
                : 105
                : 5
                : 493-502
                [1 ]Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP - Brazil
                [2 ]Unidade de Transplante Renal - Divisão de Urologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP - Brazil
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                Mailing Address: Martino Martinelli Filho, Instituto do Coração (InCor) – Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade de São Paulo. Rua Peixoto Gomide, 1628 AP 51, Cerqueira Cesar. Postal Code 01409-002, São Paulo, SP – Brazil. Email: martino@ 123456cardiol.br , martino@ 123456incor.usp.br

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                : 01 June 2015

                arrhythmias, cardiac,myocardial contraction,kidney transplantation,difibrillators,electric countershock


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