Cardio Round-Up: Novel Approach to Reproducible AFib Cycle Measurement; and More

Novel Approach to Reproducible Atrial Fibrillation Cycle Length Measurement

Noting that previous studies on pulmonary vein (PV) atrial fibrillation (AFib) cycle length (CL) measurement returned inconsistent results when predicting the efficacy of PV isolation (PVI), researchers developed a simple method to characterize atrial activity rate using the average of 10 consecutive Fastest Atrial Repetitive Similar morphology signal (FARS10)-CL. Their study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, found that FARS10-CL measurements were more reproducible than traditional measuring of AFib-CL using continuously fragmented coronary sinus signals (CS).

Pediatric CKD with Anemia Impacts CV Status

One of the most common complications of pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD) is myocardial dysfunction, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Naveen Bhagat, MD, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional pilot study designed to determine the impact of anemia with cardiac changes in children with CKD. Results were reported in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN.

Xenotransplantation: A Successful Recent Procedure May Change the Game for HF Patients

DocWire News talks with Andrew Sauer, MD, an associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at the University of Kansas/KU Medical Center, about the implications of the recent procedural success of the first pig-to-human heart transplant. Dr. Sauer expounds on what he thinks the results of an operation like this could mean for the quality of life (and length of life) for heart failure patients. Dr. Sauer is also a member of the DocWire News Editorial Board.