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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688022/mitral-valve-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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Serge C Harb, Brian P Griffin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of mitral valve disease, both mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation, starting with an overview of the valve anatomy. RECENT FINDINGS: The advent of three-dimensional imaging has allowed a better representation of the valve anatomy. Rheumatic disease is still the number one cause of mitral stenosis worldwide and percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty remains the therapy of choice when indicated and in anatomically eligible patients...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667405/utilizing-hybrid-techniques-to-maximize-clinical-outcomes-in-congenital-heart-disease
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David W Bearl, Gregory A Fleming
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The past couple of decades have brought tremendous advances to the field of pediatric and adult congenital cardiology. Recent collaborations between interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have sparked novel innovative hybrid procedures that provide potentially safer, faster, and less invasive alternatives to the management of many diseases. This paper will review the most recent advances in hybrid interventions in the field of pediatric and adult congenital cardiology...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660552/adverse-remodeling-and-reverse-remodeling-after-myocardial-infarction
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Ankeet S Bhatt, Andrew P Ambrosy, Eric J Velazquez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review it to summarize the current literature on remodeling after myocardial infarction, inclusive of pathophysiological considerations, imaging modalities, treatment strategies, and future directions. RECENT FINDINGS: As patients continue to live longer after myocardial infarction (MI), the prevalence of post-MI heart failure continues to rise. Changes in the left ventricle (LV) after MI involve complex interactions between cellular and extracellular components, under neurohormonal regulation...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656481/heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-future-pharmacological-strategies-a-glance-in-the-crystal-ball
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Carsten Tschöpe, Sophie Van Linthout, Behrouz Kherad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current definition of heart failure is mainly based on an inappropriate measure of cardiac function, i.e., left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The initial sole entity, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF, LVEF <40%), was complemented by the addition of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF, LVEF ≥50%) and most recently, heart failure with mid-range ejection fraction (HFmrEF, LVEF 40-49%). Initially, HFpEF was believed to be a purely left ventricular diastolic dysfunction...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653131/novel-risk-stratification-assays-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Haitham M Ahmed, Stanley L Hazen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since identification of aspartate aminotransferase as the first cardiac biomarker in the 1950s, there have been a number of new markers used for myocardial damage detection over the decades. There have also been several generations of troponin assays, each with progressively increasing sensitivity for troponin detection. Accordingly, the "standard of care" for myocardial damage detection continues to change. The purpose of this paper is to review the clinical utility, biological mechanisms, and predictive value of these various biomarkers in contemporary clinical studies...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646446/innovations-in-the-endovascular-management-of-critical-limb-ischemia-retrograde-tibiopedal-access-and-advanced-percutaneous-techniques
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Jihad A Mustapha, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Fadi Saab
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Retrograde tibiopedal access and interventions have contributed to advance of endovascular techniques to treat critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients. This review encompasses the spectrum from advanced diagnostic imaging and technical therapeutic approaches for infrapopliteal occlusions, to a discussion of current standards and future directions. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary studies of infrapopliteal angioplasty show suboptimal short-term and 1-year clinical outcomes...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646445/update-on-neurocritical-care-of-stroke
#7
Jason Siegel, Michael A Pizzi, J Brent Peel, David Alejos, Nnenne Mbabuike, Benjamin L Brown, David Hodge, W David Freeman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will highlight the recent advancements in acute ischemic stroke diagnosis and treatment, with special attention to new features and recommendations of stroke care in the neurocritical care unit. RECENT FINDINGS: New studies suggest that pre-hospital treatment of stroke with mobile stroke units and telestroke technology may lead to earlier stroke therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and recent studies show tPA can be given in previously contraindicated situations...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643240/pcsk9-inhibitors-treating-the-right-patients-in-daily-practice
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Peta King, Stephen J Nicholls
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Monoclonal antibodies that inhibit proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) have emerged as a novel approach to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. The potential role of PCSK9 inhibitors in clinical practice will be reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical trials have demonstrated that PCSK9 inhibitors produce robust LDL-C lowering when administered either as monotherapy or in combination with statins. This provides the opportunity to achieve effective lipid lowering in familial hypercholesterolemia, patients with either established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or high risk primary prevention and an important opportunity to treat patients with statin intolerance...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639223/imaging-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-a-practical-utility-for-differential-diagnosis-and-assessment-of-disease-severity
#9
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Toru Kubo, Hiroaki Kitaoka
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is often encountered in clinical practice, and it is a risk factor for cardiac mortality and morbidity. Determination of the etiology and disease severity is important for the management of patients with LVH. The aim of this review is to show the remarkable progress in cardiac imaging and its importance in clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: This review focuses on clinical features and characteristic cardiac imaging in LVH caused by various diseases including hypertension, aortic valve stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and secondary cardiomyopathies...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
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
#12
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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
#13
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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
#14
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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
#15
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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
#16
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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
#17
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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
#18
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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
#19
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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
#20
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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
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