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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790836/evaluation-of-coronary-calcium-score-in-patients-with-normocalcemic-primary-hyperparathyroidism
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Patrícia Nunes Mesquita, Ana Paula Dornelas Leão Leite, Stella das Chagas Crisóstomo, Enio Veras Filho, Lucas da Cunha Xavier, Francisco Bandeira
RATIONALE: Given that the diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is given at an increasingly less-symptomatic phase, and the literature data on the cardiovascular risk of patients with normocalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism (NPHPT) are controversial, the coronary calcium score (CCS), which is correlated with coronary artery disease, may be useful for clarifying the association between cardiovascular risk and NPHPT. OBJECTIVE: This research aims to describe the CCS and the clinical and laboratory variables of patients with NPHPT compared with a control group and to verify the presence of an association between NPHPT and CCS...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769570/reversal-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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REVIEW
Mosaad Almegren
Reversal agents for direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), including factor X inhibitors and direct thrombin inhibitors, are a major concern in clinical practice. After DOACs were introduced and became widely used as an alternative for vitamin K antagonists in the management of venous thromboembolism and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, the need for effective reversal agents has increased, particularly for life-threatening bleeding episodes related to DOACs or to reverse medication effects during urgent interventions...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761353/hypertension-and-blood-pressure-variability-management-practices-among-physicians-in-singapore
#3
Sajita Setia, Kannan Subramaniam, Jam Chin Tay, Boon Wee Teo
PURPOSE: There are limited data on blood pressure variability (BPV) in Singapore. The absence of updated local guidelines might contribute to variations in diagnosis, treatment and control of hypertension and BPV between physicians. This study evaluated BPV awareness, hypertension management and associated training needs in physicians from Singapore. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Physicians from Singapore were surveyed between September 8, 2016, and October 5, 2016. Those included were in public or private practice for ≥3 years, cared directly for patients ≥70% of the time and treated ≥30 patients for hypertension each month...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761352/use-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-freedom-from-amputation-after-lower-extremity-revascularization
#4
Jared E Kray, Viktor Y Dombrovskiy, Todd R Vogel
OBJECTIVE: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) have not been well evaluated in conjunction with lower extremity revascularization (LER). This study evaluated freedom from amputation in patients who underwent either an open (OPEN) or endovascular (ENDO) revascularization with and without utilization of an ACEI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who underwent LER were identified from 2007-2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review files. Demographics, comorbidities, and disease severity were obtained...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744136/quick-reference-guide-to-apixaban
#5
REVIEW
Katherine Victoria Hurst, John Matthew O'Callaghan, Ashok Handa
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are being increasingly used in the clinical setting for patients at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and/or stroke. These medications offer valued benefits for long-term use, including a fast onset of anticoagulation, fixed anticoagulation profile (and consequent prescription of specified doses) and no requirement for routine monitoring. Apixaban is a selective factor Xa inhibitor, approved for use in the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and in the prevention and treatment of acute VTE...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740398/focusing-on-a-complete-blood-cell-parameter-mean-platelet-volume-levels-may-be-a-predictor-of-coronary-slow-flow
#6
Mücahid Yılmaz, Mustafa Necati Dağlı, Ökkeş Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Hasan Korkmaz, Kenan Erdem, Ertuğrul Kurtoğlu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between increased mean platelet volume (MPV) and atherosclerosis is well known. In the present study, MPV in patients with coronary slow flow (CSF) and in cases with normal coronary anatomy (NCA) was investigated and compared with the aim of identifying the relationship between CSF and MPV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied 40 patients previously determined via coronary angiography as having NCA and 40 patients with CSF in the coronary blood stream, as identified by thrombolysis in myocardial infarction square...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740397/eligibility-for-alirocumab-or-evolocumab-treatment-in-1090-hypercholesterolemic-patients-referred-to-a-regional-cholesterol-treatment-center-with-ldl-cholesterol-%C3%A2-70-mg-dl-despite-maximal-tolerated-ldl-cholesterol-lowering-therapy
#7
Vybhav Jetty, Charles J Glueck, Kevin Lee, Naila Goldenberg, Marloe Prince, Ashwin Kumar, Michael Goldenberg, Ishan Anand, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors, Praluent (alirocumab [ALI]) and Repatha (evolocumab [EVO]) have been approved as adjuncts to the standard-of-care maximal-tolerated dose (MTD) of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC)-lowering therapy (LLT), statin therapy, in heterozygous (HeFH) (ALI or EVO) or homozygous (EVO) familial hypercholesterolemia, or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) where LDLC lowering is insufficient (both). Since LDLC lowering has been revolutionized by ALI and EVO, specialty pharmaceutical pricing models will be applied to a mass market...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740396/antithrombotic-prophylaxis-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-an-italian-real-world-setting-a-retrospective-study
#8
Giuliano Ermini, Valentina Perrone, Chiara Veronesi, Luca Degli Esposti, Giuseppe Di Pasquale
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF), the drug use in patients with AF in terms of antithrombotic (AT) strategies used and the compliance with treatment, and to describe the characteristics of patients affected by AF in relation to treatment. METHODS: The data collected were provided from databases of general practitioners (GPs) of the Local Health Unit of Bologna in Italy. From January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2012, all subjects aged ≥18 years followed by the 44 GPs enrolled in the study were evaluated, and the subjects with a diagnosis of AF were included in the analysis...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721063/annual-deterioration-of-renal-function-in-hypertensive-patients-with-and-without-diabetes
#9
Jorge Polonia, André Azevedo, Miguel Monte, José A Silva, Susana Bertoquini
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) complicates hypertension and diabetes. Knowledge of the deterioration rate of CKD may anticipate adjustment of therapies with renal elimination. This study evaluates the rate of annual deterioration of renal function in hypertensive patients either with type 2 diabetes (DM2) or without it (non-DM) followed for 5 years and relates it with blood pressure (BP) and glycemic control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Out of a total of 1924 patients, 1023 patients (594 non-DM and 429 DM2, 53% female, aged 62...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670132/cost-utility-analysis-comparing-laparoscopic-vs-open-aortobifemoral-bypass-surgery
#10
Anne Helene Krog, Mehdi Sahba, Erik M Pettersen, Torbjørn Wisløff, Jon O Sundhagen, Syed Sh Kazmi
OBJECTIVES: Laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass has become an established treatment option for symptomatic aortoiliac obstructive disease at dedicated centers. Minimally invasive surgical techniques like laparoscopic surgery have often been shown to reduce expenses and increase patients' health-related quality of life. The main objective of our study was to measure quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and costs after totally laparoscopic and open aortobifemoral bypass. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a within trial analysis in a larger ongoing randomized controlled prospective multicenter trial, Norwegian Laparoscopic Aortic Surgery Trial...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670131/erratum-comparison-of-the-acute-phase-response-after-laparoscopic-versus-open-aortobifemoral-bypass-surgery-a-substudy-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-erratum
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[This corrects the article on p. 371 in vol. 12, PMID: 27713633.].
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652760/worksite-based-cardiovascular-risk-screening-and-management-a-feasibility-study
#12
Raj Padwal, Mohammad Rashead, Jonathan Snider, Louise Morrin, Agnes Lehman, Norm Rc Campbell
BACKGROUND: Established cardiovascular risk factors are highly prevalent and contribute substantially to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality because they remain uncontrolled in many Canadians. Worksite-based cardiovascular risk factor screening and management represent a largely untapped strategy for optimizing risk factor control. METHODS: In a 2-phase collaborative demonstration project between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC), ANC employees were offered cardiovascular risk factor screening and management...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652759/reference-values-assessment-in-a-mediterranean-population-for-small-dense-low-density-lipoprotein-concentration-isolated-by-an-optimized-precipitation-method
#13
Bárbara Fernández-Cidón, Ariadna Padró-Miquel, Pedro Alía-Ramos, María José Castro-Castro, Marta Fanlo-Maresma, Dolors Dot-Bach, José Valero-Politi, Xavier Pintó-Sala, Beatriz Candás-Estébanez
BACKGROUND: High serum concentrations of small dense low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (sd-LDL-c) particles are associated with risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Their clinical application has been hindered as a consequence of the laborious current method used for their quantification. OBJECTIVE: Optimize a simple and fast precipitation method to isolate sd-LDL particles and establish a reference interval in a Mediterranean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-five serum samples were collected, and sd-LDL particles were isolated using a modified heparin-Mg(2+) precipitation method...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572732/totally-laparoscopic-aortobifemoral-bypass-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-aortoiliac-occlusive-disease-or-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-a-systematic-review-and-critical-appraisal-of-literature
#14
REVIEW
Ingeborg Helgetveit, Anne H Krog
PURPOSE: This systematic review aims to evaluate the published literature regarding totally laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass (LABF) surgery in the treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) or abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), compared with open aortobifemoral bypass surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review of the medical literature between 1990 and 2016 was performed, searching the medical databases Cochrane Library, OVID Medline, Embase and PubMed...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546755/pediatric-ventricular-assist-devices-current-challenges-and-future-prospects
#15
REVIEW
Sarah Burki, Iki Adachi
The field of mechanical circulatory support has made great strides in the preceding 2 decades. Although pediatric mechanical circulatory support has lagged behind that of adults, the gap between them is expected to close soon. The only device currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in children is the Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device (VAD). The prospective Berlin Heart Investigational Device Exemption Trial demonstrated good outcomes, such as bridge to transplantation or recovery, in ~90% of children supported with this device...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546754/patient-perceived-health-related-quality-of-life-before-and-after-laparoscopic-aortobifemoral-bypass
#16
Syed Sh Kazmi, Anne H Krog, Simen T Berge, Jon O Sundhagen, Mehdi Sahba, Ragnhild S Falk
BACKGROUND: In patients operated with laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass (LABFB) for atherosclerotic obstruction in aortoiliac segment, the main focus of the reports published during the last two decades has been morbidity and mortality. The primary objective of this study was to examine the health-related quality of life (HRQL) in these patients before and after LABFB. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty consecutive patients (27 females) with Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus II, type D lesions were prospectively included...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507439/infrainguinal-open-reconstruction-a-review-of-surgical-considerations-and-expected-outcomes
#17
REVIEW
Sevan R Komshian, Kimberly Lu, Steven L Pike, Jeffrey J Siracuse
Infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease can lead to potentially disabling and limb-threatening conditions. Revascularization may be indicated for claudication, rest pain, or tissue loss. Although endovascular interventions are becoming more prevalent, open surgeries such as endarterectomy and bypass are still needed and performed regularly. Open reconstruction has been associated with postoperative morbidity, both at the local and at the systemic levels. Local complications include surgical site infections (SSIs 0-5...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507438/pulmonary-hypertension-in-nigerian-adults-with-sickle-cell-anemia
#18
Valentine N Amadi, Michael O Balogun, Norah O Akinola, Rasaaq A Adebayo, Anthony O Akintomide
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is the commonest hemoglobinopathy and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is reported to play a significant role in this regard. There is very limited literature on PH in SCA in Nigeria. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of Doppler-derived PH in SCA, assess its influence on exercise capacity, and determine the correlates and predictors of measures of estimated pulmonary pressure...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461753/the-changing-trend-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-its-clinical-characteristics-in-ethiopia-hospital-based-observational-study
#19
Yonas Getaye Tefera, Tadesse Melaku Abegaz, Tamrat Befekadu Abebe, Abebe Basazn Mekuria
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the pattern of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), their clinical characteristics, and associated factors in the outpatient department of the chronic illness clinic of Gondar University Referral Hospital. METHOD: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted among patients on follow-up at the outpatient chronic illness clinic of the hospital from October 2010 to October 2015. The source population for the study included patients with a diagnosis of CVD whose medical records have the required socio-demographic information during the study period...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458558/impact-of-around-the-clock-in-house-cardiology-fellow-coverage-on-door-to-balloon-time-in-an-academic-medical-center
#20
Luke C Kohan, Vijaiganesh Nagarajan, Michael A Millard, Michael J Loguidice, Nancy M Fauber, Ellen C Keeley
OBJECTIVES: To assess if a change in our cardiology fellowship program impacted our ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) program. BACKGROUND: Fellows covering the cardiac care unit were spending excessive hours in the hospital while on call, resulting in increased duty hours violations. A night float fellow system was started on July 1, 2012, allowing the cardiac care unit fellow to sign out to a night float fellow at 5:30 pm. The night float fellow remained in-house until the morning...
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