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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550591/cardiovascular-risk-in-survivors-of-cancer
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Henry Chen Zheng, Laura Onderko, Sanjeev A Francis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survivors of childhood and adult cancers face increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We review the current evidence base and guidelines for this rapidly growing population. RECENT FINDINGS: Research continues to show that cardiovascular disease is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. Cardiotoxicity related to chemotherapy and radiotherapy accounts for part of this increased risk. There is emerging evidence that cancer and cardiovascular disease share a similar biology and risk factors...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540649/myocarditis-a-clinical-overview
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A L P Caforio, G Malipiero, R Marcolongo, S Iliceto
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this paper we will review the modern diagnostic approach to patients with clinically suspected myocarditis as well as the treatment modalities and strategy in light of up-to-date clinical experience and scientific evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: Rapidly expanding evidence suggests that myocardial inflammation is frequently underdiagnosed or overlooked in clinical practice, although new therapeutic options have been validated. Moreover, the available evidence suggests that subclinical cardiac involvement has negative prognostic impact on morbidity and mortality and should be actively investigated and adequately treated...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528456/pharmacologic-treatment-of-dyslipidemia-in-diabetes-a-case-for-therapies-in-addition-to-statins
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Abeer Anabtawi, Patrick M Moriarty, John M Miles
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study is to review the use of statins and the role of both non-statin lipid-lowering agents and diabetes-specific medications in the treatment of diabetic dyslipidemia. RECENT FINDINGS: Statins have a primary role in the treatment of dyslipidemia in people with type 2 diabetes, defined as triglyceride levels >200 mg/dl and HDL cholesterol levels <40 mg/dL. A number of clinical trials suggest that treatment with a fibrate may reduce cardiovascular events...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528455/dyslipidemias-and-cardiovascular-prevention-tailoring-treatment-according-to-lipid-phenotype
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Veronika Sanin, Vanessa Pfetsch, Wolfgang Koenig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to present the current information on the genetic background of dyslipidemias and provide insights into the complex pathophysiological role of several plasma lipids/lipoproteins in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, we aim to summarize established therapies and describe the scientific rationale for the development of novel therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence from genetic studies suggests that besides lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, pharmacological reduction of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, or lipoprotein(a) will reduce risk for coronary heart disease...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528454/new-insights-into-pericarditis-mechanisms-of-injury-and-therapeutic-targets
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Bo Xu, Serge C Harb, Paul C Cremer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review article aims to provide a contemporary insight into the pathophysiological mechanisms of and therapeutic targets for pericarditis, drawing distinction between autoinflammatory and autoimmune pericarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent research has focused on the distinction between autoinflammatory and autoimmune pericarditis. In autoinflammatory pericarditis, viruses can activate the sensor molecule of the inflammasome, which results in downstream release of cytokines, such as interleukin-1, that recruit neutrophils and macrophages to the site of injury...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508350/targeted-nuclear-imaging-probes-for-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Paco E Bravo, Sharmila Dorbala
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of the present manuscript is to review the latest advancements of radionuclide molecular imaging in the diagnosis and prognosis of individuals with cardiac amyloidosis. RECENT FINDINGS: (99m)Technetium labeled bone tracer scintigraphy had been known to image cardiac amyloidosis, since the 1980s; over the past decade, bone scintigraphy has been revived specifically to diagnose transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis. (18)F labeled and (11)C labeled amyloid binding radiotracers developed for imaging Alzheimer's disease, have been repurposed since 2013, to image light chain and transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508349/the-contemporary-role-of-stents-and-angioplasty-for-the-treatment-of-infrapopliteal-disease-in-critical-limb-ischemia
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Tarek A Hammad, Anand Prasad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and increased health care expenses. Revascularization has a central role in the treatment of CLI. Following publication of BASIL (bypass versus angioplasty in severe ischemia of the leg) trial a decade ago, an "endovascular first" approach had gained momentum and the technologies available for endovascular therapy have exponentially increased. Both the development of technology and technique, highlighted in this review, have allowed operators to treat complex infrapopliteal lesions which are central to CLI pathology...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493085/pericardial-effusion-and-cardiac-tamponade-in-the-new-millennium
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Brian D Hoit
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this paper is to review current approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of pericardial effusions and cardiac tamponade. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Society of Cardiology have refined our approaches to the patient with pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade, but significant knowledge gaps remain. New diagnostic and triage strategies have been proposed, and recent data have advanced our ability to assess the presence and size of a pericardial effusion, assess its hemodynamic impact, and establish its cause...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484995/management-of-cad-in-patients-with-active-cancer-the-interventional-cardiologists-perspective
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Dana Elena Giza, Kostas Marmagkiolis, Elie Mouhayar, Jean-Bernard Durand, Cezar Iliescu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary artery disease in patients with active cancer presents particular challenges for clinicians, as optimum management is required in order to treat the underlying malignancy and to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular diseases. Special considerations must be made in respect to either primary or secondary thrombocytopenia, the presence of coagulopathies and the propensity of bleeding, vascular access complications, and increased risk of stent thrombosis...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477319/transition-of-care-in-congenital-heart-disease-ensuring-the-proper-handoff
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Angela Lee, Barbara Bailey, Geraldine Cullen-Dean, Sandra Aiello, Joanne Morin, Erwin Oechslin
BACKGROUND: With great advances in medical and surgical care, most congenital heart disease patients are living in to adulthood and require lifelong surveillance and expert care for adult onset complications. Care lapse and lack of successful transfer from pediatric to adult care put young adults at risk for increased morbidity and premature death. Hence, transition and transfer from pediatric to adult care is a crucial and critical process to provide access to specialized care and lifelong surveillance...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466280/endovascular-management-of-massive-and-submassive-acute-pulmonary-embolism-current-trends-in-risk-stratification-and-catheter-directed-therapies
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Ethan C Kosova, Kush R Desai, Daniel R Schimmel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. Prior studies have evaluated the role of systemic fibrinolysis and catheter-directed therapy (CDT) in the management of PE. In this review, we examine current data on risk stratification and the appropriate allocation of systemic fibrinolysis and CDT in acute PE patients with elevated risk of adverse outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Classification of pulmonary embolism is based on risk of adverse events, and relies on clinical parameters, imaging findings, and biomarkers...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439851/exploring-the-pathophysiology-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Wengen Chen, Vasken Dilsizian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to explore the pathophysiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy by appraising the interplay between myocardial perfusion, function, metabolism, and, particularly, sympathetic innervation. RECENT FINDINGS: A number of hypotheses have been proposed to explain the pathogenesis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which include (1) catecholamine cardiac toxicity, (2) myocardial sympathetic innervation disruption, (3) coronary vasospasm, (4) myocardial microvascular dysfunction, and (5) aborted myocardial infarction...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432663/the-vascular-wall-a-plastic-hub-of-activity-in-cardiovascular-homeostasis-and-disease
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Cassandra P Awgulewitsch, Linh T Trinh, Antonis K Hatzopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to summarize recent findings regarding the plasticity and fate switching among somatic and progenitor cells residing in the vascular wall of blood vessels in health and disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Cell lineage tracing methods have identified multiple origins of stem cells, macrophages, and matrix-producing cells that become mobilized after acute or chronic injury of cardiovascular tissues. These studies also revealed that in the disease environment, resident somatic cells become plastic, thereby changing their stereotypical identities to adopt proinflammatory and profibrotic phenotypes...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432662/targeting-ldl-cholesterol-beyond-absolute-goals-toward-personalized-risk
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Morton Leibowitz, Chandra Cohen-Stavi, Sanjay Basu, Ran D Balicer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to review and assess the evidence for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) treatment goals as presented in current guidelines for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Different sets of guidelines and clinical studies for secondary prevention have centered on lower absolute LDL-C targets [<70 mg/dL (<1.8 mmol/L)], greater percent reductions of LDL-C (≥50%), or more intense treatment to achieve greater reductions in cardiovascular risk...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432661/lipid-biomarkers-for-risk-assessment-in-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Jeffrey W Meeusen, Leslie J Donato, Allan S Jaffe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The objective of this review was to summarize evidence gathered for the prognostic value of routine and novel blood lipids and lipoproteins measured in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). RECENT FINDINGS: Data supports clear association with risk and actionable value for non-high-density lipoprotein (Non-HDL) cholesterol and plasma ceramides in a setting of ACS. The prognostic value and clinical actionability of apolipoprotein B (apoB) and lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] in ACS have not been thoroughly tested, while the data for omega-3 fatty acids and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL) are either untested or more varied...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432660/management-of-dyslipidemias-in-europe-and-the-usa-same-evidence-different-conclusions-can-we-find-common-ground
#16
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Ian M Graham, Alberico L Catapano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An examination of the current ACC/AHA and ESC/EAS Guidelines on the management of dyslipidemias for common ground and differences. RECENT FINDINGS: There is much common ground. Both note that ASCVD is, in most people, the product of a number of risk factors, notably tobacco exposure, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, inactivity, overweight and diabetes. They stress that risk calculators can help in the assessment of risk in apparently healthy persons...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432659/current-role-of-blood-and-urine-biomarkers-in-the-clinical-care-of-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#17
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Saurabh Rajpal, Laith Alshawabkeh, Alexander R Opotowsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is an increasing number of adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). While several biomarkers have been validated and integrated into general cardiology clinical practice, these tests are often applied to adults with CHD in the absence of disease-specific validation. Although these patients are often grouped into a single population, there is heterogeneous pathophysiology, variable disease chronicity, extensive multisystem involvement, and a low event rate relative to acquired heart disease...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432658/does-supplementation-with-omega-3-pufas-add-to-the-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#18
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Evangelos C Rizos, Moses S Elisaf
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Omega-3 fatty acids are increasingly used for the protection of cardiovascular disease. The main but not the sole mechanism of action is the reduction of triglyceride levels. In this review, we summarize the effect of omega-3 supplements on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke from the relevant randomized controlled trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Twenty-one randomized controlled trials assessed omega-3 supplementation on mortality and cardiovascular-related outcomes...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429242/genetics-of-dyslipidemia-and-ischemic-heart-disease
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Kavita Sharma, Ragavendra R Baliga
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genetic dyslipidemias contribute to the prevalence of ischemic heart disease. The field of genetic dyslipidemias and their influence on atherosclerotic heart disease is rapidly developing and accumulating increasing evidence. The purpose of this review is to describe the current state of knowledge in regard to inherited atherogenic dyslipidemias. The disorders of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and elevated lipoprotein(a) will be detailed. Genetic technology has made rapid advancements, leading to new discoveries in inherited atherogenic dyslipidemias, which will be explored in this review, as well as a description of possible future developments...
May 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425033/strengths-and-limitations-of-using-the-polypill-in-cardiovascular-prevention
#20
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Ambuj Roy, Nitish Naik, K Srinath Reddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Polypill and its role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention has been extensively discussed and debated since the inception of the concept in 2003. This article reviews the subsequent accumulated research in this area. RECENT FINDINGS: Several short and intermediate to long-term studies with different brands of polypills have analysed the impact of polypill in phase II and III trials. The strengths of polypill that have emerged include better adherence, equivalent or better risk factor control and quality of life among polypill users as compared to usual care...
May 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
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