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Critical Pathways in Cardiology

Yaser Jenab, Ebrahim Kassaian, Hamid Reza Pourhosseini, Mojtaba Salarifar, Arash Jalali, Azita Hajhossein Talasaz
BACKGROUND: Predictors of normal or near-normal coronary angiography (NONCAG) in patients with unstable angina/non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (UA/NSTEMI) and their importance regarding the prognosis are not understood. Accordingly, we determined these predictors as well as mortality risk factors at 2-year follow-up of UA/NSTEMI patients managed by the early invasive strategy. METHODS: We prospectively studied consecutive patients with UA/NSTEMI managed with the early invasive strategy at Tehran Heart Center, in 1-year period...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Maryam Sotoudeh Anvari, Mahsa Karimi, Akbar Shafiee, Mohammadali Boroumand, Ali Bozorgi, Reza Sedaghat, Arash Jalali
BACKGROUND: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a novel biomarker for myocardial injury. We compared the use of H-FABP with serum levels of cardiac troponin-T (cTnT) and creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) in the diagnosis of patients suspicious to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: From October 2013 to December 2014, 182 consecutive patients suspicious to acute coronary syndrome were enrolled in this study, who presented within the past 6 hours from the onset of symptoms...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Geetanjali Dang, Muhammad Shahreyar, Ahmet Afşin Oktay, Samian Sulaiman, Husein Husein, Ana Inashvili, Nadia Elhangouche, Preethi Subramanian, Mohammad Waqas Bashir, Aradhna Pathak, Shu B Chan, Shahriar Dadkhah
Abnormal noninvasive stress test (NIST) findings do not always correlate with angiographically significant (luminal obstruction ≥50%) coronary artery disease. Positive predictive value (PPV) of NIST in the real clinical practice is not well known. The goal of this retrospective study was to determine the PPV of NIST and assess the factors affecting PPV in a US community hospital. This study included all consecutive patients (n = 355) who underwent invasive coronary angiography after a positive NIST within ~1-year duration at our institution...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Amy A Levesque, Jessica M Rimsans, Katelyn W Sylvester, Erin N Lyons, Katie A Frankel, Lara L Coakley, Maryclare Hickey, Krystin A Montoya, Mandeep R Mehra, Michael M Givertz, Garrick C Stewart, Jean M Connors
Patients with durable mechanical circulatory support are at increased risk of thromboembolic and bleeding complications. Current guidelines recommend that these patients receive chronic anticoagulation with warfarin to maintain a target international normalized ratio (INR) as specified by device manufacturers. Limited data exist regarding management of subtherapeutic INRs in this setting. To standardize clinical practice at our institution, we assembled a multidisciplinary task force including members from various specialties to develop a guideline for managing subtherapeutic INRs that incorporates published data and expert opinion...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Tarun Jain, Sunay Shah, Jainil Shah, Gordon Jacobsen, Akshay Khandelwal
INTRODUCTION: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with adverse outcomes; however, there are scarce data comparing clinical outcomes of post-PCI CIN in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients with and without chronic kidney disease (CKD). We sought to assess the incidence, clinical predictors, and short-term and long-term clinical outcomes of post-PCI CIN in STEMI patients with and without CKD. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational cohort study involving 554 patients who underwent PCI for STEMI from February 2010 to November 2013...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Richard Mullvain, Daniel M Saman, Ashlee Rostvedt, Pauline Landgren
OBJECTIVES: Little data are published on the unique care performance metric of electrocardiogram-to-decision time (E2Decide) for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) treatment of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The objective of this study is to evaluate E2Decide time on mortality and delayed reperfusion. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of STEMI activations treated with primary PCI at 2 PCI-capable hospitals located in Duluth, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota, originating in 3 different settings: (1) primary PCI-capable hospital emergency departments, (2) non-PCI facilities, and (3) in the field by emergency medical services...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Jaya Mallidi, Paul Visintainer, Indupriya Pallekonda, Daniel Fisher, Kurt Barringhaus, Aaron Kugelmass, Amir Lotfi
BACKGROUND: It is currently unknown if the delay due to practical aspects associated with transfer of patients from a non-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) facility to a primary PCI facility is associated with adverse outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all patients who presented with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and underwent primary PCI in 2 large regional STEMI centers in Massachusetts between January 2005 and June 2009...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Anna Pettersson, Lina Ljung, Caroline Johansson, Umut Heilborn, Tomas Jernberg, Mats Frick, Kai M Eggers, Bertil Lindahl, Rikard Linder, Arne Martinsson, Per Svensson
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the use of a 1-hour measurement of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) in an emergency department (ED) population of chest pain patients with a nonelevated baseline hs-cTnT and to examine the prevalence of early dynamic changes in hs-cTnT and the association with admission rate, diagnosis, and outcome. METHODS: All patients with a chief complaint of chest pain presenting to the ED of Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden, from December 2014 to September 2015 who had a baseline hs-cTnT of ≤14 ng/L and a second value obtained within >30 to ≤90 minutes were followed for 30 days regarding admission, readmission, myocardial infarction (MI), and death...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Mohammad Amin Kashef, Jane Garb, Aaron Kugelmass, Amir Lotfi
BACKGROUND: Most of the patients presenting to emergency department with chest pain are at low risk of adverse events. Identifying high-risk patients can be challenging and resource intensive. METHODS: We created a protocol to assist early discharge of low-risk adults with chest pain from emergency department. Also a chest pain clinic (CPC) was started for cardiology follow-up within 72 hours. In a retrospective cohort study, primary outcome of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) of death, myocardial infarction, or revascularization was compared between CPC patients and those hospitalized for observation...
March 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Raymond Bahr, Tienush Rassaf, Frank Breuckmann
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December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Seyed-Mohammad Ghoreyshi-Hefzabad, Seyed-Ebrahim Kassaian, Shahrbanoo Kheirkhah-Sabetghadam, Arash Jalali, Hamidreza Poorhosseini, Mohammad Reza Movahed, Ebrahim Nematipour, Mojtaba Salarifar, Mohammad Alidoosti, Seyedeharezoo Ghoreyshi-Hefzabad, Farshid Alaeddini, Saeed Sadeghian, Masoumeh Lotfi-Tokaldany
AIMS: To evaluate the impact of sex on long-term clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: In a large prospective cohort, 5664 patients (1716 women and 3948 men) who underwent PCI in a tertiary cardiac center between March 2007 and March 2010 were enrolled. Patients were followed up for median of 74.3 months. We compared the occurrence of long-term mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), and repeated revascularization between 2 sexes...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Bryan M Cook, Danielle M Carter, Heather Dell'Orfano, Lina Matta
Potassium supplementation can be administered intravenously or orally with either immediate release or sustained release formulations. Sustained release potassium chloride allows for delayed absorption and peak effects. In the inpatient setting, it is important to monitor and prevent both hypokalemia and hyperkalemia. Our tertiary-care academic hospital created a clinical pathway for sustained release potassium chloride supplementation in the inpatient population. Our clinical pathway for sustained release potassium chloride creates dosing restrictions designed to prevent hyperkalemia, while allowing exceptions for patients with high requirements...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Yeunjung Kim, Kathryn Hogan, Gail D'Onofrio, Sharon Chekijian, Basmah Safdar
BACKGROUND: Focus of health literacy campaigns has centered around raising awareness. It is unknown whether awareness of coronary artery disease risk factors accurately reflects personalization of one's own cardiovascular risk. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was performed in consecutive patients presenting with chest pain admitted to an observation unit of a tertiary care hospital. A 32-item questionnaire in English or Spanish examined knowledge of coronary artery disease risk factors...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Mitchell D Datlow, Kelly M Gray, Adriel Watts, Deborah B Diercks, Bryn E Mumma
When screening for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), troponin levels below the 99th percentile, including those below the limit of detection (LOD), are considered normal. We hypothesized that a low-risk HEART score (0-3) or ACS Pretest Probability Assessment <2% plus a single troponin below the LOD would rule out both AMI and 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE). We studied all patients who presented to a single academic emergency department and received a troponin I (Siemens Ultra Troponin I) from September 1, 2013, to November 13, 2013 (n=888)...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Alexandra Davis, Jason Chiu, Stanley K Lau, Yih Jen Kok, Jonathan Y H Wu
INTRODUCTION: Chest pain is the second leading cause for emergency department (ED) visits in the United States; however, <20% of the patients have acute coronary syndrome that require immediate attention. The HEART score is designed for rapid risk stratification of ED chest pain patients using the following criteria: history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin. It has been shown to be superior in identifying patients with low (HEART score 0-3) and high (7-10) risk of major adverse cardiac events, who can then be rapidly discharged or admitted for intervention...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
E Röttger, S de Vries-Spithoven, J B Reitsma, A Limburg, C E E van Ofwegen-Hanekamp, A W Hoes, J M Poldervaart
BACKGROUND: The 1-hour rule-out high-sensitive cardiac troponin T protocol (hs-cTnT), in which a serial troponin measurement is performed 1 hour after the first to assess the possibility of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), has been implemented in the European guidelines in 2015. Our aim was to assess the safety of this protocol in low-risk patients in the Emergency Department (ED) when implemented in daily practice. METHODS: Patients with acute chest pain presenting to the ED of our hospital and younger than 75 years were included (May 2013 to October 2014, The Netherlands)...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Amy A Yau, Long T Nguyendo, LaKeesha L Lockett, Edward Michaud
Chest pain is a common complaint in emergency departments. Several guidelines and tools exist to help the clinician determine need for hospitalization. For low-risk patients, clinical judgment can underestimate a patient's risk of major adverse cardiac event. Implementation of an advanced diagnostic protocol with the HEART Pathway can reduce hospital cost. For our academic institution, we saw an approximate $1 million in total savings during the initial implementation year along with increased outpatient visits...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Seyed Hamed Hosseini Dehkordi, Jeanine Albu, Emad F Aziz, Eyal Herzog
Inpatient hyperglycemia has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. Optimal control of blood glucose (BG) levels using insulin infusion protocols has been shown to improve clinical outcomes. Protocols have been developed to prescribe a safe and effective rate of insulin infusion for optimal control of BG levels; however, a major obstacle in their implementation is their complexity. We have revised and updated our previously published pathway for the management of hyperglycemia, which introduces the "wheel" concept for insulin dosing...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Naveen Trehan, Luis Afonso, Diane L Levine, Phillip D Levy
Vitamin D has been traditionally recognized as a vitamin quintessential for bone-mineral health. In the past 2 decades, numerous experimental and observational studies have highlighted the role of vitamin D in immunity, metabolic syndrome (obesity and diabetes), cancers, renal disease, memory, and neurological dysfunction. In this article, we review important studies that focused on the impact of vitamin D on blood pressure, myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, and statin intolerance...
September 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Iani Patsias, Benjamin Swanson, Michael Hudson, Sachin Parikh, Khaled Nour, Gordon Jacobsen, James McCord
BACKGROUND: Observation units (OUs) may be an efficient and effective setting to diagnose and risk stratify patients with coronary ischemia and myocardial infarction (MI). Given improved cardiac troponin I (cTnI) assays and expanded utilization of OUs, it is not uncommon for patients with mildly elevated cTnI to be evaluated in OUs. We investigated the serial cTnI results in OU patients to determine whether absolute or relative cTnI changes were useful for the diagnosis of MI. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 260 patients placed in the OU from a single center in 2007, with an initial cTnI in the indeterminate range of 0...
September 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
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