alexa Atrial Dysplasia And The High Frequency Of Atrial Fibrillation In ARVD Patients
ISSN: 2155-9880

Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology
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18th Annual Cardiologists Conference
June 19-21, 2017 Paris, France

Guy Hugues Fontaine
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France
La Salpêtrière Hospital, France
ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Clin Exp Cardiolog
DOI: 10.4172/2155-9880-C1-071
Abstract
Introduction & Aim: Tonet et al. from Paris were the first to demonstrate a susceptibility of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) patients to supraventricular tachyarrhythmias. This concept was confirmed on larger series of ARVD patients from the USA and Switzerland. It was also observed by the senior author that atrial fibrillation/tachyarrhythmias (AF/ AT) could be the first presentation of the disease. It was therefore, logical to study the atrial pathology of three ARVD patients who died of a non-cardiac cause. This abstract is the first to present the atrial histology of ARVD patients with comparison to healthy controls considering the typical histologic changes known in the RV in ARVD. Methods: Histology of the right atrium (RA) was available in only three cases from a series of 73 ARVD patients, in whom ARVD was confirmed by pathology. The observed anomalies were adipocytes in two cases, interstitial fibrosis in all, associated with replacement fibrosis in one case. This prompted us to study the RA structure in four subsequent control patients without cardiovascular disease. Light microscopic examination with Leica digital image processing was performed. Staining was performed with HPS in ARVD to improve identification of fibrosis, and HE in the control group. Results: The atrial pathology of all of these so-called normal individuals presented anomalies, which can be interpreted as the background of an atrial arrhythmogenic substrate similar to the recently reported pathology of the RV in ARVD. As such, we found adipose tissue, interstitial and replacement fibrosis including one case of lymphocytic infiltration in the atria of these healthy controls, like histologic changes of the RV observed in ARVD. Furthermore, we identified a perpendicular orientation of atrial myocardial fibers. Discussion: The interface between the two perpendicular layers can be a zone of weakness leading to fat and fibrosis, particularly if increased loading conditions are present. Desmosomal variants may enhance this remodeling. However, since desmosomal mutations have not been observed in the normal heart, it is therefore possible to consider other genes or post-translational modification to underlay these changes. The unexpected results of this preliminary study need further confirmation. However, we propose new mechanisms including the role of active as well as healed myocarditis which may precede the development of AF/AT and explain why these arrhythmias are the most frequent in the human species. Conclusions: The same pathological substrate of ventricular myocardium in ARVD is also extending to the atrium explaining the high frequency of AF in ARVD patients.
Biography

Guy Hugues Fontaine has made 16 original contributions in the design and the use of the first cardiac pacemakers in the early 60s. He has serendipitously identified arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) during his contributions to antiarrhythmic surgery in the early 70s. He has developed the technique of fulguration to replace surgery in the early 80s. He has been one of the 216 individuals who have made a significant contribution to the study of cardiovascular disease since the 14th century and one of the 500 greatest geniuses of the 21st century. He has 900+ publications including 201 book chapters. He is a Reviewer of 21 scientific journals both in basic and clinical science. He has developed new techniques of hypothermia for neurologic brain protection in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), stroke and spinal cord injury. He has recently invented a high-tech device which can be considered as the ultimate in palliative care.

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