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The study objective was to determine the predictors of new-onset arrhythmia among infants with single-ventricle anomalies during the post-Norwood hospitalization and the association of those arrhythmias with postoperative outcomes (ventilator time and length of stay) and interstage mortality.
After excluding patients with preoperative arrhythmias, we used data from the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial to identify risk factors for tachyarrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, junctional ectopic tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia) and atrioventricular block (second or third degree) among 544 eligible patients. We then determined the association of arrhythmia with outcomes during the post-Norwood hospitalization and interstage period, adjusting for identified risk factors and previously published factors. Read More


Tachyarrhythmias were noted in 20% of subjects, and atrioventricular block was noted in 4% of subjects. Potentially significant risk factors for tachyarrhythmia included the presence of modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (P = .08) and age at Norwood (P = .07, with risk decreasing each day at age 8-20 days); the only significant risk factor for atrioventricular block was undergoing a concomitant procedure at the time of the Norwood (P = .001), with the greatest risk being in those undergoing a tricuspid valve procedure. Both tachyarrhythmias and atrioventricular block were associated with longer ventilation time and length of stay (P < .001 for all analyses). Tachyarrhythmias were not associated with interstage mortality; atrioventricular block was associated with mortality among those without a pacemaker in the unadjusted analysis (hazard ratio, 2.3; P = .02), but not after adding covariates.
Tachyarrhythmias are common after the Norwood procedure, but atrioventricular block may portend a greater risk for interstage mortality.

2016Nov
J Nucl Cardiol
J Nucl Cardiol 2016 Nov 28. Epub 2016 Nov 28.
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Frankel Cardiovascular Center, University of Michigan, 2nd Floor CVC / SPC 5853, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr.,, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-5853, USA.
2016Nov
Case Rep Cardiol
Case Rep Cardiol 2016 6;2016:5454160. Epub 2016 Nov 6.
Department of Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Pawtucket, RI, USA.

Carditis is an uncommon presentation of the early disseminated phase of Lyme disease. We present the case of a young female who presented with erythema migrans and was found to have first-degree heart block which progressed to complete heart block within hours. After receiving ceftriaxone, there was complete resolution of the heart block in sequential fashion. Read More

Our case illustrates the importance of early recognition and anticipation of progressive cardiac conduction abnormalities in patients presenting with Lyme disease.

2016Nov
Korean Circ J
Korean Circ J 2016 Nov 13;46(6):866-869. Epub 2016 Oct 13.
Department of Medicine, Johnson City Medical Center, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN, USA.
2016Nov
Europace
Europace 2016 Nov 6;18(11):1735-1739. Epub 2016 Feb 6.
Arrhythmologic Centre, Department of Cardiology, Ospedali del Tigullio, Lavagna 16033, Italy

Although syncope is the main reason for cardiac pacing in ∼40% of patients affected by atrioventricular block (AVB), very few data are available on the benefit of cardiac pacing in preventing syncopal recurrences.
We retrospectively evaluated 229 consecutive patients (124 males, age 80 ± 10 years) who had received a permanent pacemaker from January 2009 to December 2013 for AVB and syncope (94 patients, 41%) or AVB without syncope (135 patients, 59%). In patients with AVB and syncope, a third-degree or Mobitz II second-degree AVB had been documented in 73 and was only suspected in another 21, all of whom had bundle branch block. Read More

Follow-up was available in 223 patients. At 5 years, the actuarial syncope recurrence rate was 1% (95% CI, 0-3) in patients with documented AVB plus syncope and 3% (95% CI, 1-5) in those without syncope, whereas it was 14% (95% CI, 0-28) in patients with undocumented AVB plus syncope (P = 0.001). The actuarial combined recurrence rate of syncope and/or pre-syncope was 2% (95% CI, 0-4) in patients without syncope, 8% (95% CI, 0-17) in patients with documented AVB plus syncope, and 19% (95% CI, 1-37) in patients with undocumented AVB plus syncope, P = 0.002. All syncopes occurred in patients without overt structural heart disease (SHD), the corresponding actuarial estimate being 4% (95% CI, 0-6) at 1 year and 6% (95% CI, 4-8) at 5 years (P = 0.002 vs. patients with SHD).
Cardiac pacing is highly effective in preventing syncopal recurrences when AVB is documented. Syncope may recur in a non-negligible minority of paced patients when AVB is suspected but not documented and in patients without SHD.

2016Oct
J Med Case Rep
J Med Case Rep 2016 Oct 19;10(1):288. Epub 2016 Oct 19.
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute, P.O Box 65141, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Congenital complete heart block is a life-threatening condition which is highly associated with autoimmune and connective tissue disorders. Presence of maternal autoantibodies for associated conditions increases the risk of delivering a child with congenital complete heart block, however, less than a half of all women with such antibodies are symptomatic even after delivery. Mortality rate is highest during the neonatal period (45 %) and about two-thirds of all cases will require permanent pacing at some point in their lives. Read More


We report a case of isolated complete heart block in a 5-year-old HIV-free girl of African descent born to an HIV-infected woman with no prior history of autoimmune disorders. She was referred to us with chief complaints of recurrent syncopal attacks and effort intolerance since birth. A physical examination was unremarkable except for her being small for her age (body mass index 16.3 kg/m(2)) and bradycardia. Her vital signs were within acceptable range with the exception of her pulse rate, which ranged between 22 and 34 beats/minute. An echocardiogram revealed a sinus bradycardia, otherwise a structurally normal heart. An electrocardiogram showed atrioventricular dissociation in keeping with third-degree atrioventricular block. The child underwent a permanent epicardial pacemaker insertion and has been symptom-free following pacing.
Despite its infrequency and life-threatening potential, patients with congenital complete heart block have an excellent survival rate with timely diagnosis and intervention. An incidental detection of bradycardia in a fetus during routine obstetrical ultrasound examination should increase the index of suspicion for congenital complete heart block and warrant a screening for associated maternal autoantibodies.

2016Dec
Pediatr Transplant
Pediatr Transplant 2016 Dec 14;20(8):1164-1167. Epub 2016 Oct 14.
Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Arrhythmias-Syncope Unit, Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and Research Institute, Rome, Italy.

In OHT recipients, pathologic evaluation of the heart during acute rejection can show involvement of both the conduction system and the myocardium. We here describe the cases of a 9-year-old male with DCM and a 13-year-old female with RCM, who developed third-degree PAVB associated with acute rejection 36 months and 24 months after OHT, respectively. We conclude that PAVB could be considered an early sign of acute rejection after OHT in children who exhibit post-transplantation presyncope or syncope. Read More

2016Oct
Springerplus
Springerplus 2016 21;5(1):1638. Epub 2016 Sep 21.
Department of Medical Genetics, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Fredry 10, 61-701 Poznan, Poland ; NZOZ Center for Medical Genetics, GENESIS ul. Grudzieniec 4, 60-601 Poznan, Poland.
2016Sep
Cardiol Young
Cardiol Young 2016 Sep 19:1-3. Epub 2016 Sep 19.
1Department of Pediatrics,Duke University,Durham,North Carolina,United States of America.

We present an interesting and rare case of traumatic Gerbode ventricular septal defect and complete heart block. The multimodality images illustrate the diagnosis well. This case is an excellent demonstration of the diagnostic utility of multimodality imaging. Read More

We studied safety and tolerability of neladenoson bialanate, a novel oral selective partial adenosine A1 receptor agonist that maintains the cardioprotective effects of adenosine without the undesired side effects of a full agonist, in 2 pilot studies in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The β-blocker interaction study was a single-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of a 30-mg single dose of neladenoson bialanate on atrioventricular (AV) conduction in 11 patients with HFrEF treated with β-blockers. The PARSiFAL pilot study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of a 7-day treatment with 10 or 20 mg neladenoson bialanate or placebo in 31 patients with HFrEF on β-blocker therapy. Read More

In the β-blocker interaction study with 11 HFrEF patients, no second- or third-degree AV block was detected on 48-hour Holter monitoring. In the 31 HFrEF patients included in the PARSiFAL pilot study, no second- or third-degree AV blocks were observed during 24-hour Holter monitoring, and no effects were seen on heart rate and blood pressure. Median absolute changes in LVEF, measured by cardiac magnetic resonance, were 1.9% (interquartile range -1.1 to 4.3), 0.3% (-1.4 to 2.7), and 2.2% (0.4 to 4.5), in the placebo, 10-mg, and 20-mg groups, respectively. Treatment of HFrEF patients with the novel partial adenosine A1 agonist neladenoson bialanate appeared to be safe in 2 small pilot studies, and no atrioventricular conduction disorders or neurological side effects were observed. No significant early changes in cardiac function were detected.