We would like to welcome you to the summer edition of the European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. This edition includes a timely and pertinent editorial from Haran Burri, who looks at the impact of smart technology on screening for atrial fibrillation. We also have an original research article from Erik Wissner et al., who have conducted a study of noninvasive versus invasive mapping of atrial flutter.
This edition also includes a number of interesting case reports, first, we have one from Muhammed Ameen, on intermittent left bundle branch block, second, from Laurens Bon et al. who describe a case of normalised left ventricular systolic function in dilated cardiomyopathy after cardiac contractility modulation. Finally, Ozlem Karabulut and colleagues discuss a case of pseudoseizure with pseudo-ventricular tachycardia.
We hope that you enjoy reading all the articles this edition. We are currently welcoming new submissions on relevant topics for our winter edition, so if you are interested in submitting an article or case report, please visit our online submission system here.
Many thanks and happy reading!
Letter from the Editorial Board
Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the spring 2018 edition of the European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. I hope that you will enjoy reading the selection of articles in this issue, which all offer insights into a range of pertinent topics in the arrhythmia and electrophysiology arenas. First, we have an interesting and timely editorial from […]
Screening for Atrial Fibrillation Using Smartphones and Smartwatches
Undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) is common, especially in older populations. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) therefore recommends in its 2016 guidelines1 that AF should be screened in all patients >65 years old by taking their pulse and, if irregular, diagnosed by recording an electrocardiogram (ECG). Such measures detect previously unknown AF in 1–2% of […]
Noninvasive Phase Mapping of Atrial Flutter in Humans – Comparison with Invasive Mapping
With the introduction of invasive and noninvasive phase mapping in humans, visualisation of rotor activity during atrial fibrillation has emerged as a new concept.1–3 However, phase maps rendered during human atrial fibrillation using noninvasive information from body-surface electrocardiograms (ECGs) versus data from unipolar electrograms (EGs) acquired during invasive contact mapping may show distinct differences. Thus, […]
Intermittent Left Bundle Branch Block – A Challenging Case of Rare Electrocardiogram Phenomenon
Presentation A 73-year-old female with a history of recent bio-prosthetic aortic valve replacement, stroke, hypertension, breast cancer status post-lumpectomy and radiotherapy, and hyperlipidemia was admitted with shortness of breath and tachycardia. Her blood pressure (BP) was 147/65 and her pulse was 105/minute. Respiratory rate was 18 breaths per minute, and temperature was 97.7°F; oxygen saturation […]
Back to Normal – Normalised Left Ventricular Systolic Function in Dilated Cardiomyopathy after Cardiac Contractility Modulation Therapy
Case Report We report on a 53-year-old man with a history of heart failure due to alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy with severely depressed systolic left ventricular (LV) function. Initial LV ejection fraction was ~20% (Simpson’s biplane method, Loops 1 and 2). At the time of diagnosis his clinical status was New York Heart Association (NYHA) III-IV […]
Pseudoseizure with Pseudo-ventricular Tachycardia
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), or pseudoseizures, are paroxysmal episodes that resemble, and often misdiagnosed as, epileptic seizures; however, they are psychological (i.e., emotional, stress-related) in origin. Unlike epileptic seizures, PNES do not result from an abnormal electrical discharge from the brain; they are a physical manifestation of a psychological disturbance.1 PNES may be thought of […]
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