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Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817983/the-use-of-soft-robotics-in-cardiovascular-therapy
#1
Isaac Wamala, Ellen T Roche, Frank A Pigula
Robots have been employed in cardiovascular therapy as surgical tools and for automation of hospital systems. Soft robots are a new kind of robot made of soft deformable materials. They are uniquely suited for biomedical applications because they are inherently less likely to injure body tissues and more likely to adapt to biological environments. Awareness of the soft robotic systems under development will help promote clinician involvement in their successful translation for therapeutic use. Areas Covered: The soft robotic systems, across the size scale from nano to macro, that have shown the most promise for clinical application in cardiovascular therapy because they represent the most mature technology and also they offer solutions where a clear therapeutic need still exists...
August 18, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816078/pathobiology-of-lp-a-in-calcific-aortic-valve-disease
#2
Patrick Mathieu, Benoit J Arsenault, Marie-Chloé Boulanger, Yohan Bossé, Marlys L Koschinsky
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most prevalent heart valve disorder. Gene variant in the LPA gene, which encodes for apolipoprotein(a), has been associated at the genome-wide level with CAVD. The process whereby Lp(a) promotes the development of CAVD is under intensive investigation and recent data have shed important insights into disease biology. In this regard, autotaxin (ATX), a lysophospholipase D, interacts with Lp(a) and promotes the mineralization of the aortic valve. Areas covered: In this paper, we are reviewing the biology of Lp(a) and the latest discoveries about the molecular processes that link this lipoprotein with the development of CAVD including the role of ATX...
August 17, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792241/intracoronary-nitroglycerin-recognizing-coronary-spasm-first-and-foremost-to-avoid-unnecessary-coronary-stents
#3
Alec Vishnevsky, David L Fischman, Michael P Savage
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 17, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777008/device-selection-for-carotid-stenting-reviewing-the-evidence
#4
Carlo Setacci, Mariagnese Mele, Gianmarco de Donato, Giulia Mazzitelli, Domenico Benevento, Giancarlo Palasciano, Francesco Setacci
Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has recently changed the status in the treatment of the extracranial carotid atheromasic disease. In recent years, evolution in both stents and protection devices as well as in carotid stenting techniques, has resulted in an important reduction in the rate of stroke in patients undergoing CAS procedures. Areas covered: The purpose of this article is reviewing the literature and summarizing the current evidence of the new available materials to underline the importance of the correct choice of the devices during the procedure...
August 16, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792246/assessing-the-efficacy-of-endovascular-therapy-in-stroke-treatments-updates-from-the-new-generation-of-trials
#5
Gregory B Walker, Ashutosh P Jadhav, Tudor G Jovin
For the past 20 years, intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) has been the only proven treatment for acute ischemic stroke. Large arteries such as the internal carotid artery, the middle cerebral artery and the basilar artery supply blood to large volumes of brain tissue. When occluded, these vessels may have low response rates to rt-PA resulting in devastating injury and death. . Areas Covered: In 2013, three trials evaluating the efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy in acute stroke were neutral, however, lessons learned from these trials resulted in a second generation of five trials in 2015 and a sixth in 2016 which all demonstrated significant benefit for select patients...
August 9, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777017/how-to-take-arms-against-central-apneas-in-heart-failure
#6
Chiara Borrelli, Alberto Aimo, Gianluca Mirizzi, Claudio Passino, Giuseppe Vergaro, Michele Emdin, Alberto Giannoni
Introduction Despite being a risk mediator in several observational studies, central apneas are currently orphan of treatment in heart failure. After the neutral effects on survival of two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) based on the use of positive airway pressure (the CANPAP and SERVE-HF trials), two alternative hypotheses have been formulated: 1) Periodic breathing/Cheyne-Stokes respiration (PB/CSR) in HF is protective. Indeed, the Naughton's hypothesis assumes that hyperventilation leads to increased cardiac output, lung volume, oxygen storage and reduced muscle sympathetic nerve activity and central apnea to respiratory muscle rest and hypoxia-induced erythropoiesis...
August 4, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764604/optical-coherence-tomography-to-guide-percutaneous-treatment-of-coronary-bifurcation-disease
#7
Mathias Wolfrum, Giovanni Luigi De Maria, Adrian P Banning
Cardiovascular disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide. Enormous progress in the technology and applicability of percutaneous techniques to treat obstructive coronary heart disease has been made, and the number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) is increasing. Coronary bifurcations are involved in a substantial number of PCIs and despite recent advances, bifurcation PCI remains a challenge in terms of immediate success and long-term outcome. Angiography has a limited capacity for showing important features of the 3 dimensional coronary vessel anatomy, position of stent struts and exact wire positions and is therefore suboptimal for guiding bifurcation PCI...
August 2, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764576/contemporary-evaluation-of-mitral-regurgitation-3d-echocardiography-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-and-procedural-planning
#8
Frank E Corrigan, Aneel Maini, Shawn Reginauld, Stamatios Lerakis
Mitral regurgitation is one of the more common forms of valvular heart disease. Given the expansion of therapies for structural heart disease, new therapies for mitral regurgitation are emerging. An accurate description and classification of mitral disease is important to understand pathology and provide recommendations for therapy. Areas covered: In the modern evaluation of mitral regurgitation, 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) play important roles which overcome the prior limitations of 2-dimensional echocardiography...
August 2, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764572/individualizing-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-duration-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-from-randomized-control-trials-to-personalized-medicine
#9
Usman A Tahir, Robert W Yeh
Improved stent technologies have lead to reduced minimum durations of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) to prevent stent thrombosis. However, the anti-ischemic benefits seen in extended DAPT in both stent and non-stent related lesions have called into question the optimum duration of DAPT after stent placement. Areas covered: We review the evidence for varying durations of DAPT after drug eluting stent placement including for patients on oral anticoagulation; decision tools available for clinicians to optimize patient selection for extended therapy and insight into application of these risk assessment tools in clinical practice...
August 2, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764568/thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-state-of-the-art-and-current-controversies
#10
Natalie Ho, Ashley Mohadjer, Milind Desai
Complications of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA), including aortic rupture and dissection, are often catastrophic and prophylactic intervention can be lifesaving. Controversies exist regarding the standardization of aortic imaging techniques, the best metric for assessing aortic risk and the optimal threshold for intervention. Areas covered: This review summarizes recent temporal trends in TAA disease, provides an overview of the role of multi-modality imaging in diagnosis of the disease, and reviews controversies around surgical thresholds for intervention and medical therapies in the management of TAA disease...
August 2, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749719/targeting-the-myocardium-in-hypertensive-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#11
Calvin Woon-Loong Chin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
#12
Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
July 31, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718666/atrial-cardiopathy-a-mechanism-of-cryptogenic-stroke
#13
Shadi Yaghi, Hooman Kamel, Mitchell S V Elkind
Cryptogenic stroke accounts for approximately 30% of all ischemic strokes. Recently, atrial cardiopathy diagnosed by the presence of one of its serum, imaging, or electrocardiogram biomarkers has been shown to be associated with ischemic stroke, particularly of embolic subtypes. Areas covered: This paper aims to summarize data on occult atrial fibrillation and stroke, provide an overview on mechanisms, such as inflammation and fibrosis, of stroke in atrial cardiopathy, critically review data on biomarkers of atrial cardiopathy and their association with stroke, and suggest therapeutic implications, including directions for future research...
July 27, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728443/functional-assessment-of-coronary-artery-disease-by-cardiac-computed-tomography
#14
T A Treibel, A Rossi, F Pugliese, L C Davies
Rapid technological advances in computed tomography (CT) have allowed CT coronary angiography (CTCA) to be delivered at low radiation dose and high diagnostic accuracy. Due to its high negative predictive value for coronary artery disease, it has become a gatekeeper for the assessment of patients with chest pain of recent onset. Second line functional assessment of a detected coronary stenosis relies mostly on other imaging modalities. Functional assessment of coronary artery disease by CT is therefore an attractive addition to CTCA...
July 25, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730857/controversies-in-complex-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-radial-versus-femoral
#15
Ian C Gilchrist, Stephen O Awuor, Rhian E Davies, Anene C Ukaigwe
Evolution in the technology used in the cardiac catheterization laboratory has permitted a migration from the femoral to radial artery access for many interventional procedures while concurrently improving outcomes. As a disruptive technology, transradial access has been associated with several controversies including a dichotomous relationship with femoral access. Areas covered: Several different patient subsets along with perceived technical challenges in interventional cardiology are reviewed with regard to the issue of access site...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724320/statins-and-venous-thromboembolism-do-they-represent-a-viable-therapeutic-agent
#16
Setor K Kunutsor, Michael R Whitehouse, Ashley W Blom, Jari A Laukkanen
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. Though anticoagulants are effective in preventing VTE, they are associated with major bleeding risk. The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (known as statins), are well established for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease via their lipid-lowering properties. Emerging evidence suggests that statins may play a role in the prevention of VTE, but the evidence has been uncertain...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724329/new-heart-failure-pharmacotherapy-in-clinical-trials-a-hope-in-progress
#17
Ahmed Selim, Ronald Zolty, Yiannis S Chatzizisis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691589/gender-and-atrial-fibrillation-what-role-for-real-world-registry-data
#18
Sylvia Haas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712328/knowledge-of-hypertension-and-its-management-among-hypertensive-patients-on-chronic-medicines-at-primary-health-care-public-sector-facilities-in-south-africa-findings-and-implications
#19
E M Rampamba, J C Meyer, E Helberg, B Godman
BACKGROUND: High and growing prevalence rates of hypertension in South Africa. Consequently, there is a need to assess knowledge and management among hypertensive patients receiving chronic medication from primary health care (PHC) facilities in South Africa as a basis for improving future management. This is important as South Africa seeks to improve its management of chronic diseases. METHOD: Descriptive, quantitative study amongst chronic hypertensive patients in the chronic disease programme...
July 17, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699363/response-to-letter-bear-tracks-hypothesis-from-atrial-fibrillation-to-atrial-fibrosis-syndrome-in-stroke-risk-assessment
#20
Louisa O'Neill, James Harrison, Mark O'Neill, Steven E Williams
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 12, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
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