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Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease

Aditya Naraian Chada, Naga Venkata Krishna Chand Pothineni, Swathi Kovelamudi, Deepa S Raghavan
We present a unique case of a patient with a tension pneumothorax that presented with electrocardiogram (ECG) characteristics typical for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. The clinical diagnosis was clinched by focused physical examination. Treatment of the pneumothorax lead to resolution of the electrocardiographic abnormalities. Our experience from this unique case is useful for cardiologists and critical care physicians who encounter these patients routinely.
May 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Gurinder Bir Singh, Sanskriti Khanna, Satish K Raut, Saurabh Sharma, Rajni Sharma, Madhu Khullar
BACKGROUND: The exact mechanism causing decreased expression of the dual specific phosphatase-1 ( DUSP-1) gene in diabetes-associated cardiac hypertrophy is not known. DNA promoter methylation is often associated with decreased gene expression in many diseases including cardiovascular diseases. So, we investigated whether epigenetic silencing via promoter methylation is involved in the decreased expression of DUSP-1 in diabetes-associated cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blotting confirmed the down regulation of the DUSP-1 gene at transcriptional and translational levels...
April 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Lamia AlHajri, Asma AlHadhrami, Shama AlMheiri, Yalwah AlMutawa, Zainab AlHashimi
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidemia or dyslipidemia has been a concern for a long time, with various guidelines emphasizing the importance of managing the lipid profile to prevent cardiac incidences. Although statins have been found to be highly effective, resistance and intolerability to side effects will continue to be a stumbling block for certain patients. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors tackle lipid profile via a novel mechanism and therefore provide an additional effective option for managing lipid profile...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Robert P Giugliano
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March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Virna Margarita Martín Giménez, Diego E Kassuha, Walter Manucha
Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of disability and they are currently responsible for a significant number of deaths in a large percentage of the world population. A large number of therapeutic options have been developed for the management of cardiovascular diseases. However, they are insufficient to stop or significantly reduce the progression of these diseases, and may produce unpleasant side effects. In this situation, the need arises to continue exploring new technologies and strategies in order to overcome the disadvantages and limitations of conventional therapeutic options...
February 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Sotirios Giannakakis, George Galyfos, Ioannis Sachmpazidis, Kostas Kapasas, Stavros Kerasidis, Ioannis Stamatatos, Georgios Geropapas, Georgios Kastrisios, Gerasimos Papacharalampous, Chrisostomos Maltezos
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) has been associated with severe morbidity and mortality worldwide, affecting the quality of life for millions of patients. Acute thrombosis has been identified as a major complication of PAD, with proper management including both open as well as endovascular techniques. Thrombolysis has emerged as a reasonable option in the last decades to treat such patients although data produced by randomized trials have been limited. This review aims to present major aspects of thrombolysis in PAD regarding its indications and contraindications, technique tips as well as to review literature data in order to produce useful conclusions for everyday clinical practice...
February 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Michael S Kelly, Joseph J Saseen, Joel C Marrs
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients who were newly prescribed antihypertensive therapy after the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) update were treated to a relaxed systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal compared with patients treated before the update. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study approved by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board. Patients aged 60-79 years, without diabetes or chronic kidney disease (CKD), newly treated for hypertension at a University of Colorado primary care clinics were included...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Alberto F Rubio-Guerra, Ana K Garro-Almendaro, Cesar I Elizalde-Barrera, Juan A Suarez-Cuenca, Montserrat B Duran-Salgado
Hyperuricemia leads to endothelial dysfunction and insulin resistance, and has been associated with diseases such as hypertension. Antihypertensive drugs modify serum uric acid levels, however, few data are available about their combinations on uricemia. In this study we evaluate the effect of two combinations of losartan, with amlodipine or with hydrochlorothiazide, on serum uric acid levels in hypertensive patients. METHODS: A total of 60 hypertensive patients were randomized in two groups; group LA received losartan/amlodipine (100/5 mg) once a day, whereas LH group received losartan hydrochlorothiazide (100/12...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Mohamed Alami, Mustapha El Hattaoui, Mehdi Seqat, Jamaa Sadik, Aicha Aouad, Mohammed Benghanem Gharbi
BACKGROUND: Control of blood pressure and reduction of cardiovascular risk factors are mandatory in patients with hypertension. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of patients with controlled hypertension and to describe the cardiovascular risk profile in hypertensive patients followed by general practitioners (GPs) in Morocco. METHODS: This national, observational, multicentre, prospective, longitudinal study of patients with newly diagnosed hypertension was carried out between September 2011 and December 2011...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Sarah L Turley, Kerry E Francis, Denise K Lowe, William D Cahoon
Control of ventricular rate is recommended for patients with paroxysmal, persistent, or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). Existing rate-control options, including beta-blockers, nondihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, and digoxin, are limited by adverse hemodynamic effects and their ability to attain target heart rate (HR). Ivabradine, a novel HR-controlling agent, decreases HR through deceleration of conduction through If ('funny') channels, and is approved for HR reduction in heart failure patients with ejection fraction less than 35% and elevated HR, despite optimal pharmacological treatment...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Patricio Araos, David Mondaca, Jorge E Jalil, Cristián Yañez, Ulises Novoa, Italo Mora, María Paz Ocaranza
BACKGROUND: Diuretics are current antihypertensive drugs since they reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. Increased vascular tone is modulated in a relevant way by the RhoA/Rho-kinase (ROCK) pathway, by acting on vascular smooth muscle cell contraction. This pathway has also proremodeling vascular effects. There are few data on the role of diuretics on both vascular ROCK activation and on proremodeling effects. We assessed the effects of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and spironolactone (spiro) alone and in combination with the ROCK inhibitor fasudil (FAS) on ROCK activation, gene expression of proremodeling markers and on hypertrophy in the aortic wall of hypertensive rats...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Rainer Düsing
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December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Walter Manucha, Luis I Juncos
For a long time, vitamin D was regarded as an essential component for the maintenance of appropriate calcium metabolism. Indeed, the calcium-related functions were broadly studied and validated in numerous clinical and epidemiologic studies. All of these vitamin D effects are mediated by a specific receptor. Remarkably, recent investigations show that the vitamin D receptor (VDR) also affects autoimmunity and by these means, the course of neoplasias and tissue inflammation. Moreover, the VDR regulates genes that affect cellular activity including cell differentiation and apoptosis and, by these means, angiogenesis...
October 26, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
April Robinson, Delilah McCarty, Janine Douglas
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a cardiovascular condition with a multifactorial pathophysiology that includes atherosclerotic plaques, platelet activation and thrombin production, among others. Thrombin production and the prothrombotic state of ACS patients have provided a role for anticoagulants to treat patients during the acute event and has led to subsequent research for the post-acute state. Warfarin has an indication for ACS, however, it is restricted to specific patients and many factors limit its use...
October 7, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Matthias Waliszewski, Harald Rittger
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard for demonstrating safety and efficacy of coronary devices with or without accompanying drug treatments in interventional cardiology. With the advent of last-generation drug-eluting stents having enhanced technical attributes and long-term clinical benefits, the proof of incremental angiographic or long-term clinical efficacy becomes more challenging. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the most common and alternative study endpoints in interventional cardiology and their potential reimbursement value...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Greicy Mara Mengue Feniman De Stefano, Silméia Garcia Zanati-Basan, Laercio Martins De Stefano, Viviana Rugolo Oliveira E Silva, Patrícia Santi Xavier, Pasqual Barretti, Roberto Jorge da Silva Franco, Jacqueline Costa Teixeira Caramori, Luis Cuadrado Martin
OBJECTIVES: Patients with chronic kidney disease present a higher degree of left ventricular hypertrophy than expected for hypertension levels. In chronic kidney disease the plot between the quotient extracellular water/total body water and aldosterone is shifted up and to the right. There are few studies that verified the role of aldosterone in cardiac remodeling in this set of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between serum aldosterone and left ventricular mass index in patients with chronic kidney disease on hemodialysis...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
James Uprichard
Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher individual risk of venous thromboembolism and poorer postprocedural outcomes after hip or knee replacement surgery. In addition, there is evidence that obesity represents a significant driving factor for the current and projected prevalence of atrial fibrillation. Rivaroxaban and other direct oral anticoagulants offer fixed-dose regimens for these indications. They do not require therapeutic drug monitoring or dose adjustment according to the weight of the patient...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Langeza Saleh, Koen Verdonk, Willy Visser, Anton H van den Meiracker, A H Jan Danser
Pre-eclampsia (PE) is the most frequently encountered medical complication during pregnancy. It is characterized by a rise in systemic vascular resistance with a relatively low cardiac output and hypovolemia, combined with severe proteinuria. Despite the hypovolemia, renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activity is suppressed and aldosterone levels are decreased to the same degree as renin. This suggests that the RAS is not the cause of the hypertension in PE, but rather that its suppression is the consequence of the rise in blood pressure...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Rohan Shah, Manesh R Patel
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of the oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban were studied in the Rivaroxaban Once Daily Oral Direct Factor Xa Inhibition Compared with Vitamin K Antagonism for Prevention of Stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF trial). A number of subanalyses of the ROCKET AF trial have subsequently analyzed the use of rivaroxaban in special patient populations. METHODS: The outcomes of the ROCKET AF trial were reviewed. The use of rivaroxaban in higher risk populations, as determined by the presence of co-morbidities included in the CHADS2 criteria, was analyzed...
August 23, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Farhana Akter, Gerry Coghlan, Achala de Mel
Nitric oxide (NO) has a significant role in modulating the respiratory system and is being exploited therapeutically. Neonatal respiratory failure can affect around 2% of all live births and is responsible for over one third of all neonatal mortality. Current treatment method with inhaled NO (iNO) has demonstrated great benefits to patients with persistent pulmonary hypertension, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. However, it is not without its drawbacks, which include the need for patients to be attached to mechanical ventilators...
August 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
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