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Kovach, Joshua R; Mah, Douglas Y; Abrams, Dominic J; Alexander, Mark E; Cecchin, Frank; Triedman, John K; Walsh, Edward P
BACKGROUND:Outcomes for catheter ablation of accessory pathways in pediatric patients have steadily improved, with the exception of pathways located in the anteroseptal (AS) and midseptal (MS) regions, which is limited by the close proximity of normal atrioventricular (AV) conduction. OBJECTIVE:Evaluate the efficacy of different catheter approaches and ablation energy modalities used for catheter ablation at these sites. METHODS:A retrospective review was performed of all electrophysiologic (EP) studies performed between July, 2001 and July, 2017. Acute success and recurrence rates were assessed, comparing catheter approaches and energy utilized for ablation. RESULTS:255 EP procedures were performed in 223 patients (178 AS, 72 MS, 5 Unspecified). Ablation was attempted in 241 procedures, with acute success in 87% (AS 89%, MS 83%). Recurrence was evident in 18% of successful ablations (AS 18%, MS 19%). Success rates were higher with repeat procedures than primary procedures (P = 0.006). Multiple approaches were more often utilized for AS pathways, though no single approach was superior. There was no difference in success when comparing energy modalities, though overall recurrence was higher for cryoablation. Significant complications occurred in 1.2% of procedures, though no patient suffered from complete heart block. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:Ablation of AS and MS pathways remains challenging. Multiple approaches are often necessary to successfully ablate AS pathways. While both ablation energy modalities were equally successful, cryoablation may be associated with a higher chance of recurrence. Recurrences and repeated procedures may be anticipated to minimize risk to normal AV conduction during ablation in these regions.
PMID: 31838200
ISSN: 1556-3871
CID: 4241892

A distinct molecular mechanism by which phenytoin rescues a novel long QT 3 variant

Gando, Ivan; Campana, Chiara; Tan, Reina Bianca; Cecchin, Frank; Sobie, Eric A; Coetzee, William A
BACKGROUND:channel blockers can vary. We previously reported a case of an infant with malignant LQT3 and a missense Q1475P SCN5A variant, who was effectively treated with phenytoin, but only partially with mexiletine. Here, we functionally characterized this variant and investigated possible mechanisms for the differential drug actions. METHODS:1.5 cDNAs were examined in transfected HEK293 cells with patch clamping and biochemical assays. We used computational modeling to provide insights into altered channel kinetics and to predict effects on the action potential. RESULTS:1.5-Q1475P trafficking defect, thus increasing mutant channel expression. CONCLUSIONS:1.5-Q1475P predominate to cause a malignant long QT phenotype. Phenytoin partially corrects the gating defect without restoring surface expression of the mutant channel, whereas mexiletine restores surface expression of the mutant channel, which may explain the lack of efficacy of mexiletine when compared to phenytoin. Our data makes a case for experimental studies before embarking on a one-for-all therapy of arrhythmias.
PMID: 32339567
ISSN: 1095-8584
CID: 4411942

Pseudopolymorphic Wide Complex Tachycardia in a Child With Long QT Syndrome

Cerrone, M; Magnani, S; Borneman, L; Cecchin, F; Tan, R; Fowler, S J; Chinitz, L; Jankelson, L
Implantable loop recorders (ILRs) can be a valuable tool in monitoring patients with inherited arrhythmia. This paper reports on a family with long QT syndrome (type 2 [LQT2]) in which a pseudopolymorphic wide complex tachycardia detected by ILR was ultimately diagnosed as a supraventricular aberrant rhythm, facilitated by noncompliance with beta-blocker therapy. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.) Implantable loop recorders (ILRs) can be a valuable tool in monitoring patients with inherited arrhythmia. This paper reports on a family with long QT...
ISSN: 2666-0849
CID: 4373782

Pseudopolymorphic Wide Complex Tachycardia in a Child With Long QT Syndrome [Case Report]

Cerrone, Marina; Magnani, Silvia; Borneman, Linda; Cecchin, Frank; Tan, Reina; Fowler, Steven J; Chinitz, Larry; Jankelson, Lior
Implantable loop recorders (ILRs) can be a valuable tool in monitoring patients with inherited arrhythmia. This paper reports on a family with long QT syndrome (type 2 [LQT2]) in which a pseudopolymorphic wide complex tachycardia detected by ILR was ultimately diagnosed as a supraventricular aberrant rhythm, facilitated by noncompliance with beta-blocker therapy. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.).
PMID: 34317300
ISSN: 2666-0849
CID: 4949452

Managing the adult congenital heart disease patient in the covid-19 pandemic"”a new york perspective

Feinberg, Jodi L.; Cecchin, Frank; Gonzalez, Arianna; Johnson, Emily; Halpern, Dan G.
Adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) are likely at increased risk for complications of COVID-19. ACHD centers should prepare to deliver routine cardiac care and support for patients with COVID-19 safely at home, as the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide continues to increase. This brief report aims to share the strategies we have used in our ACHD program to manage and treat our patients during this global health crisis at one of the initial epicenters of the pandemic in New York City, and offer suggestions for preparation for ACHD clinicians.
ISSN: 1747-079x
CID: 4833472

Sudden unexpected death in asymptomatic infants due to PPA2 variants

Phoon, Colin K L; Halvorsen, Matthew; Goldstein, David B; Rabin, Rachel; Cecchin, Frank; Crandall, Laura; Devinsky, Orrin
BACKGROUND:Sudden death in children is a tragic event that often remains unexplained after comprehensive investigation. We report two asymptomatic siblings who died unexpectedly at approximately 1 year of age found to have biallelic (compound heterozygous) variants in PPA2. METHODS:The index case, parents, and sister were enrolled in the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Registry and Research Collaborative, which included next-generation genetic screening. Prior published cases of PPA2 variants, along with the known biology of PPA2, were also summarized. RESULTS:Whole exome sequencing in both siblings revealed biallelic rare missense variants in PPA2: c.182C > T (p.Ser61Phe) and c.380G > T (p.Arg127Leu). PPA2 encodes a mitochondrially located inorganic pyrophosphatase implicated in progressive and lethal cardiomyopathies. As a regulator and supplier of inorganic phosphate, PPA2 is central to phosphate metabolism. Biological roles include the following: mtDNA maintenance; oxidative phosphorylation and generation of ATP; reactive oxygen species homeostasis; mitochondrial membrane potential regulation; and possibly, retrograde signaling between mitochondria and nucleus. CONCLUSIONS:Two healthy and asymptomatic sisters died unexpectedly at ages 12 and 10 months, and were diagnosed by molecular autopsy to carry biallelic variants in PPA2. Our cases add additional details to those reported thus far, and broaden the spectrum of clinical and molecular features of PPA2 variants.
PMID: 31705601
ISSN: 2324-9269
CID: 4184682


Jankelson, L; Magnani, S; Cecchin, F; Tan, R; Barbhaiya, C R; Aizer, A; Holmes, D; Bernstein, S A; Park, D S; Borneman, L; Cerrone, M; Chinitz, L A
Background: Implantable loop recorder (ILR) based monitoring of patients with LQTS allows enhanced arrhythmia surveillance and can help distinguish life-threatening from benign arrhythmias.
Objective(s): We present a case of a child with LQTS and wide complex tachycardia detected by ILR.
Result(s): An asymptomatic 12 year old with LQT2 syndrome, positive for a G648S hERG mutation, with baseline QTc of 510-550ms despite maximally tolerated Nadolol (Figure 1A) was followed in our inherited arrhythmia center. His affected mother has had multiple syncopal events related to polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) and appropriate ICD shocks. We elected to implant him with ILR to allow longitudinal monitoring and early detection of arrhythmia. He presented 6 months later with 2 alerts for asymptomatic polymorphic, wide complex tachycardia at ~200 bpm during sleeping (Figure 1B). Electrophysiology study (EPS) was performed to determine etiology of the arrhythmia. Dual AV node physiology was present. Sinus tachycardia at 200 bpm with left bundle branch block (LBBB) morphology was induced with Isoproterenol and atrio-fascicular pathway was excluded. Respiratory changes resulted in the tachycardia appearing as polymorphic on the ILR during the EPS.
Conclusion(s): This is the first reported case of sinus tachycardia with LBBB aberrancy in a child with LQTS. Pseudopolymorphic wide complex tachycardia was the result of aberrancy and respiratory artifact. Combined ILR monitoring and EP study provided a correct diagnosis, thus avoiding further interventions. [Figure presented]
ISSN: 1556-3871
CID: 4007282

A homozygous SCN5A mutation associated with atrial standstill and sudden death

Tan, Reina Bianca; Gando, Ivan; Bu, Lei; Cecchin, Frank; Coetzee, William
BACKGROUND:Atrial standstill is an arrhythmogenic condition characterized by the absence of spontaneous electrical and mechanical atrial activity or in response to stimulation. There are few reported familial cases which have been associated with SCN5A mutations co-segregating with GJA5 or RYR2 however isolated SCN5A mutations are rare. OBJECTIVE:The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical and biophysical consequence of a novel SCN5A mutation identified in a family with progressive atrial standstill and sudden death. METHODS:The family of a sporadic case of congenital atrial standstill underwent genetic screening. Human Embryonic Kidney 293 cells were transfected with wild-type (WT) or mutant SCN5A cDNAs. Biophysical properties were studied using whole-cell using patch clamp methods. RESULTS:A novel homozygous SCN5A mutation, p.V1340L was identified in the proband and her sister. The proband had complete atrial standstill whereas the sister had partial atrial standstill. Heterozygous mutations were identified in the mother, father and brother. All three had normal sinus rhythm and were asymptomatic. The mutant Nav1.5(V1340L) reduced Nav1.5 current density as well as showed a depolarizing shift in the voltage-dependent steady-state activation (WT: -35.3±1.62 mV; V1340L: -22.4±2.59 mV; P = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS:A homozygous loss-of-function SCN5A mutation likely results in atrial standstill and sudden death due to suppression of initiation of action potential.
PMID: 29781517
ISSN: 1540-8159
CID: 3129702

Population-Based Mathematical Modeling to Deduce Disease-Causing Cardiac Na+ Channel Gating Defects [Meeting Abstract]

Campana, Chiara; Gando, Ivan; Tan, Reina Bianca; Cecchin, Frank; Coetzee, William A.; Sobie, Eric A.
ISSN: 0006-3495
CID: 3084792

Epicardial ablation of tachyarrhythmia in children: Experience at two academic centers

Upadhyay, Shailendra; Walsh, Edward P; Cecchin, Frank; Triedman, John K; Villafane, Juan; Saul, J Philip
BACKGROUND: Experience with percutaneous epicardial ablation of tachyarrhythmia in pediatrics is limited. This case series addresses the feasibility, safety and complications of the procedure in children. METHODS: A total of 9 patients underwent 10 epicardial ablation procedures from 2002 to 2013 at two academic centers. Activation mapping was performed in all cases, and electro-anatomic map was utilized in 9 of the 10 procedures. Patients had undergone 1-3 failed endocardial catheter ablations in addition to medical management, and all had symptoms, a high-risk accessory pathway (AP), aborted cardiac arrest with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) or ventricular dysfunction. A standard epicardial approach was used for access in all cases, using a 7 or 8 Fr sheath. Epicardial ablation modality was radiofrequency (RF) in 7, cryoablation (CRYO) in 1, and CRYO plus RF in 1. RESULTS: Median age was 14 (range 8-19) yrs. INDICATIONS: drug refractory ectopic atrial tachycardia - 1, ventricular tachycardia (VT) - 5, high-risk
PMID: 28744873
ISSN: 1540-8159
CID: 2654272