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Safety and efficacy of double versus triple antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation with or without acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: a collaborative meta-analysis of NOAC-based randomized clinical trials.

European Heart Journal

Safety and efficacy of antithrombotic regimens in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may differ based on clinical presentation. We sought to comparing double vs. triple antithrombotic therapy (DAT vs TAT) in AF patients with or without acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing PCI.

A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed using PubMed to search for non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC)-based randomized clinical trials. Data on subgroups of ACS or elective PCI were obtained by published reports or trial investigators. A total of 10,193 patients from 4 NOAC trials were analyzed, of whom 5,675 presenting with ACS (DAT = 3,063 vs. TAT = 2,612) and 4,518 with SCAD (DAT = 2,421 vs. TAT = 2,097). The primary safety endpoint of ISTH major bleeding or CRNMB was reduced with DAT compared with TAT in both ACS (12.2% vs 19.4%; RR 0.63, 95% CI 0.56-0.71; p < 0.0001; I2=0%) and SCAD (14.6% vs 22.0%; RR 0.68, 95% CI 0.55-0.85; p = 0.0008; I2=66%), without interaction (p-int = 0.54). Findings were consistent for secondary bleeding endpoints, including intracranial Haemorrhage. In both subgroups, there was no difference between DAT and TAT for all-cause death, major adverse cardiovascular events, or stroke. Myocardial infarction and stent thrombosis were numerically higher with DAT vs. TAT consistently in ACS and SCAD (p-int = 0.60 and 0.86 respectively). Findings were confirmed by multiple sensitivity analyses, including a separate analysis on dabigatran regimens and a restriction to PCI population.

DAT, compared with TAT, is associated with lower bleeding risks, including intracranial Haemorrhage, and a small non-significant excess of cardiac ischaemic events in both patients with or without ACS.

Recurrent bioprosthetic mitral valve thrombosis treated with anticoagulation.


Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis (BPVT) is more common than previously thought and likely underreported. BPVT can be accurately diagnosed with cardia...

Effectiveness of Home-Based Mobile Guided Cardiac Rehabilitation as Alternative Strategy for Nonparticipation in Clinic-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Among Elderly Patients in Europe: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

European Heart Journal

Although nonparticipation in cardiac rehabilitation is known to increase cardiovascular mortality and hospital readmissions, more than half of patients with coronary artery disease in Europe are not participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

To assess whether a 6-month guided mobile cardiac rehabilitation (MCR) program is an effective therapy for elderly patients who decline participation in cardiac rehabilitation.

Patients were enrolled in this parallel multicenter randomized clinical trial from November 11, 2015, to January 3, 2018, and follow-up was completed on January 17, 2019, in a secondary care system with 6 cardiac institutions across 5 European countries. Researchers assessing primary outcome were masked for group assignment. A total of 4236 patients were identified with a recent diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, coronary revascularization, or surgical or percutaneous treatment for valvular disease, or documented coronary artery disease, of whom 996 declined to start cardiac rehabilitation. Subsequently, 179 patients who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria consented to participate in the European Study on Effectiveness and Sustainability of Current Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes in the Elderly trial. Data were analyzed from January 21 to October 11, 2019.

Six months of home-based cardiac rehabilitation with telemonitoring and coaching based on motivational interviewing was used to stimulate patients to reach exercise goals. Control patients did not receive any form of cardiac rehabilitation throughout the study period.

The primary outcome parameter was peak oxygen uptake (Vo2peak) after 6 months.

Among 179 patients randomized (145 male [81%]; median age, 72 [range, 65-87] years), 159 (89%) were eligible for primary end point analysis. Follow-up at 1 year was completed for 151 patients (84%). Peak oxygen uptake improved in the MCR group (n = 89) at 6 and 12 months (1.6 [95% CI, 0.9-2.4] mL/kg-1/min-1 and 1.2 [95% CI, 0.4-2.0] mL/kg-1/min-1, respectively), whereas there was no improvement in the control group (n = 90) (+0.2 [95% CI, -0.4 to 0.8] mL/kg-1/min-1 and +0.1 [95% CI, -0.5 to 0.7] mL/kg-1/min-1, respectively). Changes in Vo2peak were greater in the MCR vs control groups at 6 months (+1.2 [95% CI, 0.2 to 2.1] mL/kg-1/min-1) and 12 months (+0.9 [95% CI, 0.05 to 1.8] mL/kg-1/min-1). The incidence of adverse events was low and did not differ between the MCR and control groups.

These results suggest that a 6-month home-based MCR program for patients 65 years or older with coronary artery disease or a valvular intervention was safe and beneficial in improving Vo2peak when compared with no cardiac rehabilitation. Identifier: NL5168.

Vascular ring and sling in a fetus who developed esophageal and airway compression after birth.


Vascular ring and sling are congenital anomalies of the vascular structure in the thorax with a prevalence of 2.4/10,000 live births. Double aortic...

Hypoplasia of the posterior mitral valve leaflet: Don't forget to look beyond the mitral valve.


Hypoplasia of the posterior mitral valve leaflet (PMVL) is a very rare finding in adulthood and can coexist with other congenital heart defects. In...

Preoperative right ventricular strain predicts sustained right ventricular dysfunction after balloon pulmonary angioplasty in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.


Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) improves hemodynamics and exercise tolerance in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). However, its diagnostic and predictive values remain unclear. We investigated the diagnostic and predictive values of BPA by assessing the mechanism of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction.

Hemodynamic improvement was maintained over 6 months in 99 patients with CTEPH who underwent BPA. Notably, 57 of 99 patients showed normalization of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) after BPA. The RV mid free wall longitudinal strain (RVMFS) was inversely correlated with the 6-min walk distance (r = -.35, P = .01) and serum levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTNT) (r = -.39, P = .004) 6 months post-BPA in the PVR-normalized group. Among all variables analyzed, only the pre-BPA RVMFS was correlated with the post-BPA RVMFS (r = .40, P = .001), and the pre-BPA RVMFS (<-15.8%) was the strongest predictor of post-BPA normalization of RVMFS (area under the curve 0.80, P = .01, sensitivity 89%, and specificity 63%). The immediate post-BPA RVMFS showed worsening over 6 months after the procedure (-25.8% to -21.1%) in patients with high serum hs-cTNT levels (>0.0014 ng/mL). In contrast, we observed an improvement in these values in those with low serum hs-cTNT levels (-23.6% to -24.4%).

RVMFS of -15.8% may be a useful cutoff value to categorize the refractory and non-refractory stages of disease. Sustained serum hs-cTNT elevation post-BPA indicates subclinical RV myocardial injury, with resultant RVMFS deterioration and poor exercise tolerance.

Supracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous connection with cor triatriatum sinister: A rare diagnosis confirmed by saline contrast echocardiography.


In cor triatriatum sinister, the left atrium is divided by a membrane into a proximal and a distal chamber. Usually proximal chamber receives all t...

Prevention and treatment of pulmonary congestion in patients undergoing venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for cardiogenic shock.

European Heart Journal

Cardiogenic shock is still a major driver of mortality on intensive care units and complicates ∼10% of acute coronary syndromes with contemporary m...

Utility of Global Longitudinal Strain to detect significant coronary artery disease, its extent and severity in patients with stable ischemic heart disease.


Early changes in cardiac function due to ischemia may be detected by global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLS). Till date, no Indian data exist regarding role of GLS in stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) and data showing correlation of GLS and SYNTAX score (SS) is meager in world literature. Our aim was to ascertain the role of GLS in SIHD.

One hundred and seventeen subjects with angina and normal transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) underwent strain echocardiography and coronary angiography (CAG).

There was significant correlation between GLS and SS values (R2  = .686, P < .0001). The correlation was weaker yet significant in the low SS (<22) group (R2  = .491, P < .0001) and high SS (≥22) group (R2  = .602, P < .0001). The cutoff value of GLS to detect significant CAD was -16.5 (87.6% sensitivity, 85.7% specificity, P < .0001), to predict high SS was -13.5% (sensitivity 78.3%, specificity 87.9%, P < .0001) and to predict triple vessel disease (TVD) was -14.5 (95.7% sensitivity, 73.4% specificity, P < .0001). The agreement between GLS and CAG for detection of significant CAD was substantial (κ = 0. 676, P < .0001), similar to that between territorial strain and CAG in detecting LAD disease (κ = 0.688, P < .0001) while agreement between strain imaging and CAG for detecting number of vessels diseased was moderate (κ = 0.406, P < .0001).

Global longitudinal peak systolic strain must be conducted on subjects with angina and inconclusive electrocardiogram (ECG) findings to rule out significant CAD even if conventional TTE was normal. This may facilitate early diagnosis of CAD or sub-clinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), preventive or treatment measures, and overall cost savings.

Atrioventricular, ventriculoarterial discordance and Ebstein malformation of the tricuspid valve with severe regurgitation resulting in aortic atresia in a neonate.


Aortic atresia is uncommonly associated with atrioventricular and ventriculoarterial discordance. Presence of severe regurgitation of Ebstein malfo...

Interventional echocardiography: Opportunities and challenges in an emerging field.


The growth of transcatheter structural heart disease interventions has created a subspecialty of interventional imagers who focus on preprocedural ...

Predictive Accuracy of Heart Failure-Specific Risk Equations in an Electronic Health Record-Based Cohort.

Circulation. Heart failure

Guidelines recommend identification of individuals at risk for heart failure (HF). However, implementation of risk-based prevention strategies requires validation of HF-specific risk scores in diverse, real-world cohorts. Therefore, our objective was to assess the predictive accuracy of the Pooled Cohort Equations to Prevent HF within a primary prevention cohort derived from the electronic health record.

We retrospectively identified patients between the ages of 30 to 79 years in a multi-center integrated healthcare system, free of cardiovascular disease, with available data on HF risk factors, and at least 5 years of follow-up. We applied the Pooled Cohort Equations to Prevent HF tool to calculate sex and race-specific 5-year HF risk estimates. Incident HF was defined by the International Classification of Diseases codes. We assessed model discrimination and calibration, comparing predicted and observed rates for incident HF.

Among 31 256 eligible adults, mean age was 51.4 years, 57% were women and 11% Black. Incident HF occurred in 568 patients (1.8%) over 5-year follow-up. The modified Pooled Cohort Equations to Prevent HF model for 5-year risk prediction of HF had excellent discrimination in White men (C-statistic 0.82 [95% CI, 0.79-0.86]) and women (0.82 [0.78-0.87]) and adequate discrimination in Black men (0.69 [0.60-0.78]) and women (0.69 [0.52-0.76]). Calibration was fair in all race-sex subgroups (χ2 <20).

A novel sex- and race-specific risk score predicts incident HF in a real-world, electronic health record-based cohort. Integration of HF risk into the electronic health record may allow for risk-based discussion, enhanced surveillance, and targeted preventive interventions to reduce the public health burden of HF.