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American Journal of Cardiology

George Lazaros, Theodoros Zografos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Gerasimos Siasos, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Manolis Vavuranakis, Alexios Antonopoulos, Kostas Kalogeras, Sotiris Tsalamandris, Dimitris Tousoulis
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with high morbidity and mortality, whereas there are no reliable predictive tools easy to use. We evaluated the association of pre-procedural high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) with the development of CIN and integrated this variable in a new risk CIN prediction model. Consecutive patients (348 AMI subjects) who underwent PCI were recruited. Creatinine levels were detected on admission, at 24, 48, and 72 hours after PCI...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Steffen Gloekler, Adel Aminian, Paolo Danna, Marco Rezzaghi, Friederike Stock, Miroslava Stolcova, Luis Paiva, Marco Costa, Xavier Millán, Reda Ibrahim, Tobias Tichelbäcker, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Horst Sievert, Bernhard Meier, Apostolos Tzikas
Cardioembolic strokes are generally more lethal and disabling than other source of strokes. Data from PROTECT AF (Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) suggest that strokes after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman device are less disabling than those in the warfarin group. No data assessing the severity of strokes after LAAO with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) are available. The objective of the study was to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP in a population mostly characterized by an absolute or relative contraindication to oral anticoagulation...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Agnieszka Ciarka, Lars H Lund, Johan Van Cleemput, Gabor Voros, Walter Droogne, Johan Vanhaecke
Heart transplantation (HT) recipients may have tachycardia secondary to cardiac denervation. As higher heart rate predicts worse outcomes in cardiovascular disease, we hypothesized that tachycardia and nonuse of β blockers are associated with increased mortality after HT. All patients who underwent HT at our institution from 1987 to 2010 were included. The association of heart rate 3 months after HT and β-blocker use during follow-up to mortality was assessed using Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analyses adjusting for clinically relevant baseline variables...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Shira Dunsiger, Heather H Swales, Gerard P Aurigemma, Ira Ockene, Lindsey Rosman, Ilan S Wittstein
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women, suggesting a possible role of reproductive and hormonal factors in the pathophysiology of this condition. Yet reproductive characteristics of women with TC have received limited attention. This prospective case-control study sought to explore reproductive characteristics associated with TC. Incident TC cases and myocardial infarction (MI) controls were recruited among consecutive women presenting at the emergency departments of 2 large medical centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Payman Zamani, Benjamin French, Jeffrey A Brandimarto, Paschalis-Thomas Doulias, Ali Javaheri, Julio A Chirinos, Kenneth B Margulies, Raymond R Townsend, Nancy K Sweitzer, James C Fang, Harry Ischiropoulos, Thomas P Cappola
Endothelial function may be deranged in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Serum NO-derived metabolites (NOm) might provide a biochemical surrogate of endothelial function in patients with heart failure (HF). We measured serum NOm in 415 participants in the Penn HF Study. Participants with HFpEF (n = 82) and those whose EF had recovered (Recovered-HF, n = 125) were matched 1:1 to heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) participants based on age, gender, race, tobacco use, and eGFR...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Sarah Hoss, Yair Elizur, David Luria, Andre Keren, Chaim Lotan, Israel Gotsman
Potassium levels are often abnormal in patients with heart failure (HF) and have a detrimental effect on clinical outcome. We evaluated potassium levels in a real-world cohort of patients with HF and its effect on mortality. All patients with a diagnosis of HF at a health maintenance organization were evaluated and followed for cardiac-related hospitalizations and death. The cohort consisted of 6,073 patients with HF. Mean potassium levels were 4.57 ± 0.53 mmol/L. Most patients (68%) had potassium levels in the normal range (4...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Pablo Codner, Amos Levi, Giuseppe Gargiulo, Fabien Praz, Kentaro Hayashida, Yusuke Watanabe, Darren Mylotte, Nicolas Debry, Marco Barbanti, Thierry Lefèvre, Thomas Modine, Johan Bosmans, Stephan Windecker, Israel Barbash, Jan-Malte Sinning, Georg Nickenig, Alon Barsheshet, Ran Kornowski
Patients with advanced chronic renal dysfunction were excluded from randomized trials of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The potential impact of chronic renal disease on TAVR prognosis is not fully understood. We aim to evaluate outcomes within a large cohort of patients who underwent TAVR distinguished by renal function. Baseline characteristics, procedural data, and clinical follow-up findings were collected from 10 high-volume TAVR centers in Europe, Israel, and Japan. Data were analyzed according to renal function...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Yader Sandoval, Marina Zakharova, Thomas S Rector, Emmanouil S Brilakis, Todd Drexel, Edward O McFalls, Santiago Garcia
The utility of measuring cardiac troponins (cTn) in asymptomatic patients during the perioperative period has been controversial. In the present substudy of the Cardiac Remote Ischemic Preconditioning Prior to Elective Vascular Surgery Trial (NCT01558596), we hypothesized that surveillance of myocardial injury with cTnI in the perioperative period would lead to initiation or intensification of medical therapies for coronary artery disease. Increases in cTnI ≥0.01 μg/l in the perioperative period were considered clinically significant...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Katsuya Kajimoto, Yuichiro Minami, Naoki Sato, Hiroshi Kasanuki
In the setting of acute decompensated heart failure (HF), relations among the etiology of HF, left ventricular systolic function, and outcomes are unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of HF etiology with outcomes in patients with acute decompensated HF with a preserved or reduced ejection fraction (EF). Of the 4,842 patients enrolled in the Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Syndromes registry, 3,810 patients (1,601 with a preserved EF and 2,209 with a reduced EF) who had a hypertensive, ischemic, valvular, or idiopathic dilated etiology of HF were investigated to assess the association of etiology with a composite end point (all-cause mortality and readmission for HF)...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Peter H Jones, Harold E Bays, Umesh Chaudhari, Robert Pordy, Christelle Lorenzato, Kathryn Miller, Jennifer G Robinson
Previous individual trials of alirocumab (a PCSK9 monoclonal antibody) showed significant low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reductions with overall treatment-emergent adverse event (TEAE) rates comparable with controls. This analysis evaluated safety data from 14 trials (4 phase 2 and 10 phase 3, 8 to 104 weeks; n = 5,234), in 2 pools according to control (placebo/ezetimibe). Overall, 3,340 patients received alirocumab (4,029 patient-years' exposure), 1,276 received placebo, and 618 received ezetimibe. Incidence of deaths, serious TEAEs, discontinuations because of TEAEs, and overall TEAEs were similar between alirocumab and control groups...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Farah Z Dawood, Suzanne Judd, Virginia J Howard, Nita A Limdi, James F Meschia, Mary Cushman, George Howard, David M Herrington, Elsayed Z Soliman
The relation between inflammation and prothrombotic state in atrial fibrillation (AF) is well recognized. This suggests a potential role for high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a marker of systemic inflammation, in improving prediction of stroke in participants with AF. Cox proportional hazard analysis was used to examine the risk of stroke in 25,841 participants (40% black and 55% women) with and without AF who were enrolled in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study from 2003 to 2007...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Raghavendra Charan P Makam, Nathaniel Erskine, David D McManus, Darleen Lessard, Joel M Gore, Jorge Yarzebski, Robert J Goldberg
Optimization of medical therapy during discharge planning is vital for improving patient outcomes after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, limited information is available about recent trends in the prescribing of evidence-based medical therapies in these patients, especially from a population-based perspective. We describe decade-long trends in the discharge prescribing of aspirin, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers, β blockers, and statins in hospital survivors of AMI...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Hirokazu Konishi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Hideki Wada, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Tomotaka Dohi, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are at twofold to fourfold higher cardiovascular risk than those without DM. Serum levels of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) can be risk factors for adverse events. However, the clinical implications of Lp(a) in patients with DM who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is unknown. The aim of the study was to determine the role of Lp(a) in patients with DM who underwent PCI. A total of 3,508 patients were treated by PCI from 1997 to 2011 at our institution. Among them, we analyzed consecutive 1,546 patients with DM...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Levent Cerit
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September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Giuseppe Andò, Olimpia Trio
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September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Gorm Mørk Hansen, Palle Holmstrup, Peter Riis Hansen
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September 7, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Philippe Pierre Hujoel, Rodrigo Lopez
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September 7, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
William C Roberts, Vera S Won, Anupama Vasudevan, Joseph M Guileyardo
The causes of death and heart weights at death appear to be quite different in the USA today than in the first few decades of the last century. We determined the causes of death and heart weights at necropsy in 231 adults and compared the heart weights to those reported in several studies in the first half of the 20th century. Of the 231 patients, 91 (39%) died of a cardiovascular (CV) condition, and 140 (61%), of a non-CV condition. Of the 91 fatal CV disease cases, 48 had fatal coronary artery disease (CAD); of the remaining 183 cases without fatal CAD, 25 had narrowing >75% of 1 or more major epicardial coronary arteries...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Abdulhalim Jamal Kinsara
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August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Michelle Gurvitz, Raluca Ionescu-Ittu, Liming Guo, Mark J Eisenberg, Michal Abrahamowicz, Louise Pilote, Ariane J Marelli
The prevalence rate of cancer among adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) in North America has not been previously described. The Quebec adult CHD database was used to determine the prevalence rate of cancer among adult patients with CHD measured as the number of adults with CHD and cancer alive in 2005 per 1,000 adults with CHD. This prevalence rate was compared with the prevalence rate of cancer in the general population of adults in Canada. Types of cancer among the CHD group were described by gender and age...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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