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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639974/an-evaluation-of-cardioprevent-a-technology-enabled-health-behavior-change-program-for-the-global-reduction-of-cardiovascular-risk
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Stephanie A Prince, Robert D Reid, Andrew L Pipe, Lisa A McDonnell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality globally. Primary CVD prevention programs have the potential to improve risk factor profiles and, ultimately, the risk of developing CVD. The present study presents an evaluation of CardioPrevent, a global cardiovascular risk reduction program. RECENT FINDINGS: Of the 478 participants enrolled in the CardioPrevent program, 308 and 236 had complete 6-month and 12-month data, respectively at the time of evaluation...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639973/sugar-sweetened-beverages-and-cardiometabolic-health
#2
Vasanti S Malik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It is widely accepted that sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) are implicated in weight gain and adverse cardiometabolic heath. To make informed recommendations about SSB, new evidence needs to be considered against existing literature. The present review will provide an update on the epidemiological and trial evidence linking intake of SSB to cardiometabolic outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: The weight of the evidence from prospective cohort studies supports a strong positive association between intake of SSB and weight gain and risk type 2 diabetes (T2D) and coronary heart disease (CHD) that is independent of adiposity...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639972/imaging-in-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-a-focus-on-recent-advances-in-echocardiography
#3
Guillermo Larios, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging is essential for the management of adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rToF). Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are the central modalities to assess rToF. Here we review recent literature on imaging rToF, focusing on echocardiography and advances in assessment of cardiac mechanics. RECENT FINDINGS: Several two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler echo parameters have been proposed to assess pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, but most of them still have important limitations in their feasibility and reliability compared to cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR)...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639971/effective-approaches-to-address-the-global-cardiovascular-disease-burden
#4
Pablo M Lamelas, Salim Yusuf, J D Schwalm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Describe the global burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD), highlight barriers to evidence-based care and propose effective interventions based on identified barriers. RECENT FINDINGS: The global burden of CVD is increasing worldwide. This trend is steeper in lower income countries, where CVD incidence and fatality remains high. Risk factor control, around the world, remains poor, especially in lower and middle-income countries. Barriers at the patient, healthcare provider and health system have been identified...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723838/transcatheter-pulmonary-valve-implantation-valve-technology-and-procedural-outcome
#5
Arash Salavitabar, Patrick Flynn, Ralf J Holzer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Procedural technique and short-term outcomes of transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation (TPVI) have been widely described. The purpose of this article is to provide an update on current valve technology, and to focus on recent data surrounding TPVI in the dilated right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), hybrid interventions, significant outcomes, and procedural costs. RECENT FINDINGS: Transcatheter valve technology has expanded with current trials evaluating self-expandable valves that can be implanted in dilated RVOTs...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719398/interventional-approaches-to-deep-venous-thrombosis
#6
Kristen A Lee, Raja S Ramaswamy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Catheter-directed therapy in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a beneficial adjunct treatment when anticoagulation alone does not provide an adequate therapeutic response. This review aims to deliver an up-to-date discussion behind the rationale, safety profile, and clinical outcomes in endovascular management of DVT. RECENT FINDINGS: Early studies have shown that the use of catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) to be successful in rapid thrombus removal, carry a lower incidence of postthrombotic syndrome (PTS), and improved quality of life...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708630/health-benefits-of-physical-activity-a-systematic-review-of-current-systematic-reviews
#7
Darren E R Warburton, Shannon S D Bredin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The health benefits of physical activity and exercise are clear; virtually everyone can benefit from becoming more physically active. Most international guidelines recommend a goal of 150 min/week of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. Many agencies have translated these recommendations to indicate that this volume of activity is the minimum required for health benefits. However, recent evidence has challenged this threshold-centered messaging as it may not be evidence-based and may create an unnecessary barrier to those who might benefit greatly from simply becoming more active...
July 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678048/antihyperglycemic-agents-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-recent-insights
#8
Harpreet S Bajaj, Bernard Zinman, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize cardiovascular outcome trials (CVOTs) with antihyperglycemic agents conducted since 2008 US Food and Drug Administration guidance. RECENT FINDINGS: A series of large CVOTs since 2008 have included patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), who are otherwise treated according to standard of care. After the initial trials with incretin agents demonstrated cardiovascular safety, two recent CVOTs with currently available antihyperglycemic agents - EMPA-REG OUTCOME with empagliflozin and LEADER with liraglutide - show a significant reduction of the primary composite outcome, including a significant difference in the cardiovascular death end-point in both trials [EMPA-REG OUTCOME: hazard ratio = 0...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678047/imaging-of-the-pulmonary-valve-in-the-adults
#9
Ricardo H Pignatelli, Cory Noel, S Chandra B Reddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pulmonary valve is the least imaged of the cardiac valves in adults. This review will address the strengths and the limitations of various imaging modalities that are commonly used for evaluation of pulmonary valve diseases in the adults. RECENT FINDINGS: Valvular pulmonary stenosis is mostly congenital and pulmonary regurgitation is usually an acquired pulmonary valve disease. Combined pulmonary stenosis and pulmonary regurgitation as sequel to previous surgeries for congenital heart diseases is the most common form of pulmonary valve disease in the adults...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661903/p2y12-receptor-inhibitor-resistance-and-coronary-artery-disease-a-bench-to-bedside-primer-for-cardiovascular-specialists
#10
Derek Y F So, Akshay Bagai, Uyen Tran, Subodh Verma, Shamir R Mehta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Platelet P2Y12 receptor inhibitors are routinely prescribed for patients after acute coronary syndromes and percutaneous coronary interventions. Patients may have underresponsiveness (or resistance) to these drugs and in particular to clopidogrel, the most often used type. This review aims to focus on the concept of P2Y12 receptor inhibitor resistance and discuss incidence, mechanisms, novel diagnostic techniques and past and future clinical trials on the topic. RECENT FINDINGS: Patients treated with P2Y12 receptor inhibitors may develop high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HPR), a phenomenon of impaired response toward the drug, which has been associated with ischemic complications...
June 28, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617686/imaging-adult-patients-with-coarctation-of-the-aorta
#11
Akanksha N Thakkar, Ponraj Chinnadurai, C Huie Lin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an overview of current recommendations and techniques used to image coarctations of the aorta. RECENT FINDINGS: Imaging of coarctation of the aorta in adults is moving away from conventional techniques such as echocardiography and invasive angiography. Echocardiography may assist in making the diagnosis but is limited in its ability to quantify the severity of coarctations. Current guidelines recommend that every patient with a coarctation must undergo a computed tomography (CT) or MRI scan for accurate delineation of morphology...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617685/adult-congenital-heart-disease-magnitude-of-the-problem
#12
Akanksha N Thakkar, Ponraj Chinnadurai, C Huie Lin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To define the magnitude of problems faced by patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) and to identify unmet needs for this population. RECENT FINDINGS: The ACHD population is estimated to include more than 1 million people in the United States and continues to grow at a steady rate. Owing to the decline in early mortality in this group, modern medicine is now faced by the long-term complications associated with congenital heart disease such as chronic heart failure, increased endocarditis risk, elevated burden of arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, valvular dysfunction, and pregnancy...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617684/non-infarct-related-artery-revascularization-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-multivessel-disease
#13
Asim N Cheema, Shamir R Mehta, Subodh Verma, Akshay Bagai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Multivessel disease (MVD) is common in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is associated with significant risk of future cardiovascular (CV) events including short and longer-term mortality. In this review, we examine the pathophysiologic construct contributing to adverse prognosis of MVD in STEMI, relevant available evidence that currently guides the management of the noninfarct-related artery (IRA) stenosis and define the remaining knowledge gaps for future studies...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614104/is-there-an-app-for-that-mobile-phones-and-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#14
Lis Neubeck, Susie Cartledge, Susan Dawkes, Robyn Gallagher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advances in technology coupled with increased penetration of mobile phones and smart devices are rapidly changing healthcare delivery. Mobile phone applications ('apps'), text messages, and Internet platforms used alone or in combination are now providing interventions targeting people with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The present article will review the emerging evidence regarding apps and discuss their potential role in providing secondary prevention interventions via mobile phones...
June 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590259/imaging-of-left-to-right-shunt-in-adults
#15
Nao Sasaki, Leo Lopez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Left-to-right shunts are commonly seen in congenital heart diseases. This review aims to review the anatomy, physiology, and imaging of the four most common left-to-right lesions in adults. RECENT FINDINGS: Reported late complications of left-to-right lesions provide guidance in follow-up imaging. Use of three-dimensional echocardiography helps not only in the diagnosis of these defects but also in assistance during device closure. SUMMARY: Noninvasive imaging plays a significant role in the diagnosis and management of left-to-right lesions...
June 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557866/imaging-adult-patients-with-discrete-subvalvar-aortic-stenosis
#16
Alexander R Opotowsky, Sarah S Pickard, Tal Geva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Distinction between discrete subvalvar aortic stenosis and other causes of left ventricular outflow obstruction has important implications for predicting natural history and guiding the timing and type of intervention. Imaging, primarily transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of adults with subvalvar aortic stenosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Most systematic research on imaging of subvalvar aortic stenosis has focused on echocardiography...
May 26, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557865/the-emerging-role-of-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-inhibition-in-secondary-prevention-from-clinical-trials-to-real-world-experience
#17
Amritanshu S Pandey, Harpreet S Bajaj, Vinay Garg, Avinash Pandey, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The recent advent of a highly efficacious class of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering agents, the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type-9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, has transformed dyslipidaemia management in patients with cardiovascular disease as well as those with familial hypercholesterolemia. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent positive results of the landmark Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research with PCSK9 Inhibition in Subjects with Elevated Risk cardiovascular outcome trial with evolocumab as an add-on to statin therapy demonstrate further reduction of cardiovascular events...
May 26, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548989/imaging-adult-patients-with-fontan-circulation
#18
Salil Ginde, Benjamin H Goot, Peter C Frommelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival after the Fontan procedure for palliation of single ventricle congenital heart disease has improved. However, adults with Fontan circulation are at risk for several complications including heart failure, thromboembolism, and protein-losing enteropathy. This review discusses the role of noninvasive imaging for surveillance and early detection of anatomic and functional abnormalities of the Fontan circulation that can impact the risk for Fontan failure over time...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538000/revascularization-for-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-an-update
#19
G B John Mancini, Michael Farkouh, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on the management of patients with diabetes mellitus and requiring coronary revascularization. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence continues to show that patients with diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease represent a very high-risk group of patients. Choice of stent appears important for minimizing target lesion and target vessel adverse events with everolimus eluting stents having the best performance, particularly in patients being treated with insulin...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537999/imaging-the-adult-with-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#20
Jason H Anderson, Frank Cetta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with complete and congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries commonly survive into adulthood and present with a vast array of clinical residua. RECENT FINDINGS: Echocardiography remains the primary imaging modality in the routine assessment of the adult with transposition of the great arteries. It provides a comprehensive anatomic and hemodynamic evaluation. Limitations to echocardiography include evaluation of the following: the systemic right ventricle, baffle patency following atrial switch procedure, coronary arteries following arterial switch procedure or Nikadoh, and multilevel right ventricular outflow tract obstruction...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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