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Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029567/more-than-20-years-experience-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-at-a-non-transplant-centre
#1
Erica Holmberg, Henrik Ahn, Bengt Peterzén
OBJECTIVES: Over recent decades implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) have increased the possibility of improved survival in patients with advanced heart failure who also benefit from a better quality of life. The aim of this retrospective survey was to review the clinical results of LVAD implantation at a low-volume non-transplant centre (Linköping, Sweden) between 1993 and 2016. Our aim was also to assess the mortality and morbidity rates associated with implantation of three LVAD versions at our centre, and to compare our results with those from transplant centres...
October 13, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029561/women-with-psvt-are-often-misdiagnosed-referred-later-than-men-and-have-more-symptoms-after-ablation
#2
Carina Carnlöf, Marie Iwarzon, Mats Jensen-Urstad, Fredrik Gadler, Per Insulander
OBJECTIVES: Using a patient and gender perspective, this study evaluates the experiences and perspectives of referral for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), and symptoms, Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) and functional impairment before and six months after ablation. DESIGN: This prospective study includes 214 (109 women) patients with PSVT who completed questionnaires before and after ablation addressing referral patterns, duration of arrhythmia, socioeconomic status, symptoms, HRQOL, and functional impairment...
October 13, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019280/social-inequality-and-barriers-to-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-the-rehab-north-register
#3
Christina Boesgaard Graversen, Regina Eichhorst, Lisbeth Ravn, Susanne Svane Riis Christiansen, Martin Berg Johansen, Mogens Lytken Larsen
AIM: Barriers to participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) may occur at three levels of the referral process (lack of information, declining to participate, and referral to appropriate CR programme). The aim is to analyse the impact of socioeconomic status on barriers to CR and investigate whether such barriers influenced the choice of referral. METHODS: The Rehab-North Register, a cross-sectional study, enrolled 5455 patients hospitalised at Aalborg University Hospital with myocardial infarction (MI) during 2011-2014...
October 11, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990803/new-onset-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-and-early-anticoagulation-after-cardiac-surgery
#4
Martin Maaroos, Hanna Pohjantähti-Maaroos, Jari Halonen, Juha Vähämetsä, Johanna Turtiainen, Juha Rantonen, Tapio Hakala, Ari A Mennander, Juha Hartikainen
OBJECTIVES: New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) after cardiac surgery is associated with increased risk for thromboembolic complications. Compliance with anticoagulation treatment is prerequisite for successful outcome after POAF. We hypothesized that a disciplined anticoagulation protocol initiated instantly after POAF secures a long-term outcome. DESIGN: A total of 519 consecutive patients undergoing cardiac surgery were retrospectively analyzed...
October 9, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978256/cardiac-surgery-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-on-dialysis
#5
Caroline Bäck, Mads Hornum, Christian Joost Holdflod Møller, Peter Skov Olsen
OBJECTIVES: Over the past decade, the number of patients on dialysis and with cardiovascular diseases has steadily increased. This retrospective analysis compares the postoperative mortality after cardiac surgery between patients on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. METHODS: Between 1998 and 2015, 136 patients with end-stage renal disease initiating dialysis more than one month before surgery underwent cardiac surgery. Demographics, preoperative hemodynamic and biochemical data were collected from the patient records...
October 4, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958165/long-term-outcomes-of-the-current-remote-magnetic-catheter-navigation-technique-for-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Shiwen Yuan, Fredrik Holmqvist, Ole Kongstad, Steen M Jensen, Lingwei Wang, Erik Ljungström, Eva Hertervig, Rasmus Borgquist
OBJECTIVES: Comparisons between remote magnetic (RMN) and manual catheter navigation for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation have earlier been reported with controversial results. However, these reports were based on earlier generations of the RMN system. DESIGN: To evaluate the outcomes of the most current RMN system for AF ablation in a larger patient population with longer follow-up time, 112 patients with AF (78 paroxysmal, 34 persistent) who underwent AF ablation utilizing RMN (RMN group) were compared to 102 AF ablation patients (72 paroxysmal, 30 persistent) utilizing manual technique (Manual group)...
September 28, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805102/favourable-long-term-outcome-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-a-nationwide-cohort
#7
Hera Johannesdottir, Linda O Arnadottir, Jonas A Adalsteinsson, Tomas A Axelsson, Martin I Sigurdsson, Solveig Helgadottir, Dadi Helgason, Helga R Gardarsdottir, Steinthor A Marteinsson, Arnar Geirsson, Gudmundur Thorgeirsson, Tomas Gudbjartsson
OBJECTIVES: In a nationwide cohort, we analyzed long-term outcome following coronary artery bypass grafting, using the combined strategy of left internal mammary artery to the left anterior descending artery and saphenous vein as secondary graft to other coronary targets. METHODS: 1,507 consecutive patients that underwent myocardial revascularization during 2001-2012 in Iceland. Mean follow-up was 6.8 years. Major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events were depicted using the Kaplan-Meier method...
December 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776404/angiogenic-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-the-differentiation-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#8
Joanna Säleby, Habib Bouzina, Jakob Lundgren, Göran Rådegran
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious condition where diagnosis often is delayed due to unspecific symptoms. New methods to diagnose and differentiate PH earlier would therefore be of great value. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the relationship between circulating angiogenic and inflammatory biomarkers and various hemodynamic variables in relation to different causes of PH. DESIGN: Plasma samples from 63 patients at diagnosis were extracted from Lund Cardio Pulmonary Register, separated into pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH, n = 22), chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH, n = 15) and left heart disease (LHD) with (n = 21) and without (n = 5) PH...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776389/congenital-aortic-stenosis-treatment-outcomes-in-a-nationwide-survey
#9
Merja Kallio, Otto Rahkonen, Ilkka Mattila, Jaana Pihkala
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate treatment outcomes of pediatric valvar aortic stenosis (AS) in a nationwide follow-up. DESIGN: Balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) has been the preferred treatment for congenital AS in Finland since the year 2000. All children treated due to isolated AS during 2000-2014 were included in this retrospective study. Treatment outcomes were categorized into Optimal: residual gradient  ≤35 mmHg and trivial or no aortic regurgitation (AR), Adequate: gradient ≤35 mmHg with mild AR, or Inadequate: gradient >35 mmHg and/or moderate to severe AR...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738696/the-role-of-autoantibodies-in-the-syndromes-of-orthostatic-intolerance-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Mohammed Ruzieh, Lillian Batizy, Osama Dasa, Carson Oostra, Blair Grubb
Orthostatic intolerance is defined as the provocation of symptoms upon standing, commonly caused by neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (OH) and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), the etiology for which has not been fully uncovered yet. Many reports have described the occurrence of dysautonomia, orthostatic intolerance and POTS following febrile illness, presumably viral and post-vaccine. Furthermore, patients with dysautonomia have higher rates of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto thyroiditis and SLE...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666394/outcome-of-poor-initial-timi-flow-in-patients-presenting-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#11
Wail Nammas, Mikko Pietilä, Hannu Romppanen, Jussi Sia, Adam DeBelder, Pasi P Karjalainen
OBJECTIVES: We explored the predictors and outcome of poor, versus good, initial TIMI flow in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). DESIGN: We performed post-hoc analysis of a randomized trial of patients presenting with ACS who received 2 comparative stents. Poor initial TIMI flow was defined as baseline TIMI flow grade 0/1 at the initial coronary angiography. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE): a composite of cardiac death, non-fatal myocardial infarction or ischemia-driven target lesion revascularization...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645241/long-term-outcome-after-right-ventricle-to-pulmonary-artery-conduit-surgery-and-reintervention
#12
Kristofer Skoglund, Gunnar Svensson, Ulf Thilén, Mikael Dellborg, Peter Eriksson
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract with a conduit is an established surgical procedure in congenital heart disease and reinterventions are common. OBJECTIVE: An increasing number of patients have a conduit, but there are few population-based studies of long-term outcomes after conduit surgery, reoperations, and transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement. METHODS: In April 2015, all adult patients with a conduit were identified in the Swedish National Registry for Congenital Heart Disease (SWEDCON)...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643530/assessment-of-local-carotid-stiffness-in-seronegative-and-seropositive-rheumatoid-arthritis
#13
Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Ayşe Nur Şirin Özcan, Şükran Erten, Yakup Alsancak, Tahir Durmaz
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Arterial stiffness (AS) is an independent predictor of CV events. This study aimed to analyse local carotid AS parameters in seronegative and seropositive RA patients. DESIGN: Of 347 consecutive RA patients, we selected specifically those who were free of established CV diseases and risk factors. As a result, 140 patients (126 women, 52...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592193/permanent-chronotropic-impairment-after-closure-of-atrial-or-ventricular-septal-defect
#14
REVIEW
Johan Heiberg, Camilla Nyboe, Vibeke E Hjortdal
OBJECTIVES: Atrial and ventricular septal defects are commonly closed surgically with low rates of post-operative morbidity, and the long-term outcome has widely been described as benign. Nevertheless, there is an increasing understanding of late morbidity, and the possibility of postoperative chronotropic impairment is continuously questioned. Furthermore, potentially abnormal chronotropic responses may be associated with the recently demonstrated overrepresentation of late arrhythmias...
October 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545342/echocardiographic-and-clinical-findings-in-patients-with-fabry-disease-during-long-term-enzyme-replacement-therapy-a-nationwide-danish-cohort-study
#15
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Christoffer Valdorff Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Åse Krogh Rasmussen, Søren Schwartz Sørensen, Jørgen Holm Petersen, Lars Køber, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen, Helle Petri
OBJECTIVES: In patients with Fabry disease (FD), left ventricular hypertrophy and arrhythmias are frequently observed and cardiac involvement is the leading cause of death. Long-term efficacy of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) on cardiac involvement is unclear. We assessed and compared long-term progression of cardiac involvement according to ERT and non-ERT. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed and compared long-term progression of cardiac involvement in adult patients with FD in the nationwide Danish cohort...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502187/impaired-ventilatory-efficiency-after-closure-of-atrial-or-ventricular-septal-defect
#16
REVIEW
Johan Heiberg, Camilla Nyboe, Vibeke E Hjortdal
OBJECTIVES: Atrial and ventricular septal defects are the most common congenital heart defects and the closing procedures share important similarities. Generally, the postoperative outcome is considered benign, but there is growing concern regarding late ventilatory function. Therefore, the aim of this review was to describe the ventilatory function in patients with open as well as percutaneously or surgically closed atrial and ventricular septal defects. METHODS: We performed a search protocol based on the "Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses" (PRISMA) guidelines...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434285/aortic-diameter-at-age-65-in-men-with-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes
#17
Soumia Taimour, Moncef Zarrouk, Jan Holst, Anders H Rosengren, Leif Groop, Peter M Nilsson, Anders Gottsäter
OBJECTIVES: Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been linked to a decreased risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm (aortic diameter ≥30 mm, AAA) development in men. The aim of this study was to evaluate if such an effect is detectable already around the time of diabetes diagnosis. DESIGN: We cross-sectionally compared aortic diameter at ultrasound screening for AAA in 691 men aged 65 years with incipient or newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (group A) with 18,262 65-year old control men without diabetes (group B)...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434264/exploring-effects-of-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-in-a-pig-model-of-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest
#18
Johanna Herajärvi, Tuomas Anttila, Elitsa Y Dimova, Tuomas Laukka, Mikko Myllymäki, Henri Haapanen, Benjamin A Olenchock, Hannu Tuominen, Ulla Puistola, Peeter Karihtala, Kai Kiviluoma, Peppi Koivunen, Vesa Anttila, Tatu Juvonen
OBJECTIVES: During aortic and cardiac surgery, risks for mortality and morbidity are inevitable. Surgical setups involving deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) are effective to achieve organ protection against ischemic injury. The aim of this study was to identify humoural factors mediating additive protective effects of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) in a porcine model of DHCA. DESIGN: Twenty-two pigs were randomized into the RIPC group (n = 11) and the control group (n = 11)...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425767/chronic-total-coronary-occlusion-treatment-results
#19
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Martin Kirk Christensen, Phillip Fischer Freeman, Jeppe Groendal Rasmussen, Anton Boel Villadsen, Bent Raungaard, Svend Eggert Jensen, Leif Thuesen
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and procedural coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) treatment results in a Nordic PCI centre during the implementation of a CTO treatment program. DESIGN: In a retrospective registry study, we assessed; (1) indication for the procedure, (2) Canadian Cardiovascular Society angina pectoris score (CCS)/New York Heart Association (NYHA) heart failure score, (3) lesion complexity and (4) adverse events during hospital stay and three months following the index procedure...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413911/recurrence-rate-after-thoracoscopic-surgery-for-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#20
Hanna H Dagnegård, Alice Rosén, Ulrik Sartipy, Per Bergman
OBJECTIVES: There is an on-going discussion regarding the recurrence rate after surgery for primary spontaneous pneumothorax by video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or by thoracotomy access. This study aimed to describe the recurrence rate, and to identify a possible learning curve, following surgery for primary spontaneous pneumothorax by VATS. DESIGN: All patients who underwent surgery for primary spontaneous pneumothorax by VATS at Karolinska University Hospital 2004-2013 were reviewed...
August 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
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