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Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal

Taysir S Garadah, Khalid Bin Thani, Leena Sulibech, Ahmed A Jaradat, Mohamed E Al Alawi, Haytham Amin
Background: Risk factors and short-term mortality in patients presented with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) in Bahrain has not been evaluated before. Aim: In this prospective observational study, we aim to determine the clinical risk profiles of patients with ACS in Bahrain and describe the incidence, pattern of presentation and predictors of in-hospital clinical outcomes after admission. Methods: Patients with ACS were prospectively enrolled over a 12 month period...
2018: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Hitesh Raheja, Vinod Namana, Kirti Chopra, Ankur Sinha, Sushilkumar Satish Gupta, Stephan Kamholz, Norbert Moskovits, Jacob Shani, Gerald Hollander
Background: Acute alcohol intoxication has been associated with cardiac arrhythmias but the electrocardiogram (ECG) changes associated with acute alcohol intoxication are not well defined in the literature. Objective: Highlight the best evidence regarding the ECG changes associated with acute alcohol intoxication in otherwise healthy patients and the pathophysiology of the changes. Methods: A literature search was carried out; 4 studies relating to ECG changes with acute alcohol intoxication were included in this review...
2018: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
K Archontogeorgis, N Papanas, E Nena, A Tzouvelekis, C Tsigalou, A Voulgaris, M Xanthoudaki, T Mouemin, M Froudarakis, P Steiropoulos
Background: Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) has been linked with abnormal glucose metabolism, insulin resistance (IR) and development of diabetes mellitus. Methods: Non-diabetic patients (n=69) with OSAS, diagnosed by polysomnography, were prospectively recruited. To evaluate IR among OSAS patients, the Homeostasis Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) and Insulin sensitivity by Quantitative Insulin sensitivity Check Index (QUICKI) were used...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Osmar Antonio Centurión, Laura Beatriz García
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2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Teshale Ayele Mega, Nikodimos Eshetu Dabe
Background: About 20 million people worldwide are believed to be using khat. Although some studies reported that khat chewing might result in cardiovascular disorders, conclusive evidence is limited. Method: The objective of this review was to synthesize the best available evidence for the effect of khat on the cardiovascular system. Databases searched were PubMed, Cochrane database of systematic reviews, CINAHL, poplin, LILACS, MedNar and Scopus. All papers included in the review were subjected to rigorous appraisal using the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) standardized critical appraisal tool...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Michael Spartalis, Eleni Tzatzaki, Eleftherios Spartalis, Christos Damaskos, Antonios Athanasiou, Efthimios Livanis, Vassilis Voudris
Background: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has become a mainstay in the management of heart failure. Up to one-third of patients who received resynchronization devices do not experience the full benefits of CRT. The clinical factors influencing the likelihood to respond to the therapy are wide QRS complex, left bundle branch block, female gender, non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (highest responders), male gender, ischaemic cardiomyopathy (moderate responders) and narrow QRS complex, non-left bundle branch block (lowest, non-responders)...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Robert Lins, Caroline De Vries
Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and tolerability of barnidipine, a strong lipophilic calcium channel blocker, in younger (≤55 for efficacy or <65 years for adverse events) versus older (>55 or ≥65 years) patients with uncomplicated hypertension. Methods: 20,275 patients received barnidipine, 10 or 20 mg/day, as monotherapy or in combination with other antihypertensive drug(s) in the observational BArnidipine real-life Safety and tolerability In Chronic HyperTension (BASIC-HT) study...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Luiz Vinicius de Alcantara Sousa, Laércio da Silva Paiva, Francisco Winter Dos Santos Figueiredo, Tabata Cristina do Carmo Almeida, Fernando Rocha Oliveira, Fernando Adami
Background: Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of physical disability in the world, with a high burden of morbidity and mortality, but it has been shown a reduction in mortality worldwide over the past two decades, especially in regions with higher income. Objective: The study analyzed the temporal trend and the factors associated with stroke-related mortality in the cities that make up the ABC region of São Paulo (Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do Sul, Diadema, Mauá, Ribeirão Pires, and Rio Grande da Serra), in comparison to data from the capital city of São Paulo, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Andrea De Lorenzo, Victor F Souza, Leticia Glerian, Ronaldo Sl Lima
Background: Even though diabetes mellitus (DM) has been considered a "Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) equivalent", that is still controversial, especially in a contemporary population subject to optimized treatment. Objective: We aimed to assess the cardiovascular risk of diabetics by myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent MPS from 2008 to 2012 were studied. Perfusion scores were calculated, and abnormal MPS was defined as a summed stress score >3...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
T Lillis, M Didagelos, L Lillis, C Theodoridis, H Karvounis, A Ziakas
Background: Exodontia (dental extraction), being the most frequent minor surgical procedure in the general population, inevitably involves a large number of patients on antithrombotic medication. Current experience shows that there is a degree of confusion in managing these patients. Description: Post-exodontia bleeding, a natural consequence of every dental extraction with no or minor clinical significance in the vast majority of cases, often appears to be of major concern to both patients and healthcare practitioners (dentists or physicians), either because of the alarming nature of oral bleeding itself or because of the distorted perception about its importance...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
G Stavridis, D Panaretos, O Kadda, D B Panagiotakos
Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the validity of EuroSCORE II in the Greek population. Methods: A prospective single-center study was performed during November 1, 2013 and November 5, 2016; 621 patients undergoing cardiac surgery were enrolled. The EuroSCORE II values and the actual mortality of the patients were recorded in a special database. Calibration of the model was evaluated with the Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness-of-fit test, and discrimination with the areas under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Omran Mohammed Rashidi, Fatima Amanullah H Nazar, Mohamed Nabil Alama, Zuhier Ahmed Awan
Background: Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is a ligand protein in humans which mediates the metabolism of cholesterol by binding to the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR). P.Leu167del mutation in APOE gene was recently connected with Familial Hypercholesterolemia, a condition associated with premature cardiovascular disease. The consequences of this mutation on the protein structure and its receptor binding capacity remain largely unknown. Objective: The current study aims to further decipher the underlying mechanism of this mutation using advanced software-based algorithms...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Faisal Alallaf, Fatima Amanullah H Nazar, Majed Alnefaie, Adel Almaymuni, Omran Mohammed Rashidi, Khalid Alhabib, Fahad Alnouri, Mohamed-Nabil Alama, Mohammad Athar, Zuhier Awan
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a life-threatening inherited condition. Untreated patients have the risk to develop raised plasma levels of cholesterol, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). If diagnosed and treated early in life, the pathological consequences due to atherosclerosis could be avoided and patients with FH can have an anticipated normal life. Mounting evidence suggests that FH is underdiagnosed and undertreated in all populations. The underlying molecular basis of FH is the presence of mutations in one or more genes in the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), apolipoprotein B (APOB) or proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9)...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Rafał Januszek, Krzysztof Bartuś, Radosław Litwinowicz, Artur Dziewierz, Łukasz Rzeszutko
PURPOSE: Coronary artery perforation (CAP) is a complication of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). Hydrophilic guide-wires have been shown to increase the probability of CAP. Depending on the size of perforations we adopt different treatments. CASE: We present the case of a 73-year old male with coronary artery disease and severe aortic valve stenosis. The patient was in the process of qualifying for a transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Unfortunately, CAP of the first diagonal branch of the LAD occurred during PCI...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Natalia Lorenzo Muñoz, Amparo Benedicto Buendía, Fernando Alfonso Manterola
BACKGROUND: Suicidal digoxin intoxication is a rare clinical entity. Clinical suspicious remains of paramount importance as adequate interpretation of the electrocardiographic changes enable to readily initiate treatment. METHOD: We describe a case of suicidal attempt after massive digoxin intake that was satisfactory managed with conservative management strategy that involved a close clinical surveillance of the evolving electrocardiographic changes and digoxin serum levels...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Carolina Baraldi Araujo Restini, Leticia Gonçalves
Increased number of patients affected by metabolic syndrome (MS) has prompted the necessity of better understanding what is involved in such syndrome. Nevertheless, the establishment of promising therapies depends on the knowledge about the interaction of molecules within MS. In such context, Nitric Oxide (NO) emerges from a bulk of works relating its roles on aspects of MS, including cardiovascular diseases, their symptoms and comorbidities, which are thought to be triggered by similar sources. NO, nitric oxide synthase and enzymatic chains are keys for those disease and symptoms processes...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
K Papadopoulos, I Lekakis, E Nicolaides
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the usefulness of the SYNTAX score (SS) in predicting 1-year clinical outcomes in a population of patients with chronic coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). BACKGROUND: Despite the proven prognostic value of the SS in patients with multivessel and/or left main (LM) CAD, its usefulness in other patient subsets remains uncertain. METHODS: This was a prospective single centre cohort study conducted from September 2012 to November 2014 at the Nicosia General Hospital, Cyprus...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Amin Daoulah, Osama E Elkhateeb, S Ali Nasseri, Mushabab Al-Murayeh, Salem Al-Kaabi, Amir Lotfi, Mohamed N Alama, Salem M Al-Faifi, Mamdouh Haddara, Ciaran M Dixon, Ibrahim S Alzahrani, Abdullah A Alghamdi, Waleed Ahmed, Adnan Fathey, Ejazul Haq, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. The association of socioeconomic status with CAD is supported by numerous epidemiological studies. Whether such factors also impact the number of diseased coronary vessels and its severity is not well established. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective multicentre, multi-ethnic, cross sectional observational study of consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography (CAG) at 5 hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Dina Omar, Hala Alsanae, Mona Al Khawari, Majedah Abdulrasoul, Zahraa Rahme, Faisal Al Refaei, Kazem Behbehani, Azza Shaltout
OBJECTIVES: To audit the current clinical practice of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) for the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) in children and adolescents attending a single centre in Kuwait. METHODS: A one year retrospective audit was performed in children and adolescents with T1D on CSII, who attended the paediatric diabetes clinic, Dasman Diabetes Institute during 2012. The primary outcome measure was glycaemic control as evidenced by glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) level and the secondary outcome measures were the frequency of monitoring of the risk for microvascular complications and occurrence of acute complications and adverse events...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Claudia Stöllberger, Christian Wegner, Josef Finsterer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the general indications for echocardiography and the prevalence of abnormalities detected by echocardiography in patients who are referred from a neurological department. Left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction (LVHT) is associated with neuromuscular disorders and embolism. The aim of the study was to assess the indications for echocardiography in patients from a neurological department and to review the cine-loops of the examinations in order to assess the frequency of abnormal echocardiographic findings with special regard to LVHT...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
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