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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707043/leadless-pacing-current-state-and-future-direction
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REVIEW
Matthias Merkel, Philipp Grotherr, Andrea Radzewitz, Claus Schmitt
Leadless pacing is now an established alternative to conventional pacing with subcutaneous pocket and transvenous lead for patients with class I or II single-chamber pacing indication. Available 12-month follow-up data shows a 48% fewer major complication rate in patients with Micra™ compared to a historical control group in a nonrandomized study [1]. There is one system with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and two with the Communauté Européenne (CE) mark. The OPS code for the implantation is 8-83d...
July 13, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702878/recent-trends-in-clot-retrieval-devices-a-review
#2
REVIEW
Aamir Hameed, Haroon Zafar, Darren Mylotte, Faisal Sharif
Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and in Europe. Even with gold standard medical management of acute ischemic stroke, which is intravenous (IV) thrombolysis by administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA), the mortality rate remains the same. Intra-arterial (IA) thrombolysis therapy also did not achieve significant results and was not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of limited sample size. This encouraged scientists and engineers to develop endovascular clot retrieval devices for the mechanical recanalization of the occluded arteries in stroke patients...
July 12, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681178/heart-disease-and-pregnancy
#3
REVIEW
Reza Ashrafi, Stephanie L Curtis
Cardiac disease remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in pregnant and post-partum women, although progress has been made, with specialist joint obstetric-cardiology clinics providing an integrated, safe and personalised service to these women. As a result, fewer non-specialist cardiologists are managing women in pregnancy with cardiovascular disease. The aim of this review is to provide a brief overview of current knowledge and practice in the field, with an emphasis on the major physiological changes which occur during pregnancy, focussing on progress through the trimesters, clinical assessment in pregnancy, management of delivery (concentrating on managed vaginal delivery), drug treatment, key conditions and risk assessment...
July 5, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667514/comparison-of-different-invasive-hemodynamic-measurements-as-a-prediction-tool-for-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-men-a-retrospective-observational-study
#4
Anthony A Bavry, Seyed H Aalaei-Andabili, Ashkan Karimi, Ki Park, Calvin Y Choi, Eddie W Manning, Thomas M Beaver, Wade W Stinson
INTRODUCTION: Hemodynamic measurements can assess for paravalvular aortic regurgitation after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This study compared the utility of different invasive hemodynamic measures in providing prognostic information. METHODS: This retrospective observational study of TAVR patients at a Veterans Hospital assessed aortic regurgitation index, diastolic delta, pulse pressure, and heart rate adjusted diastolic delta obtained at valve implantation...
June 30, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623549/elevated-circulating-pcsk9-concentrations-predict-subclinical-atherosclerotic-changes-in-low-risk-obese-and-non-obese-patients
#5
Štefan Tóth, Ján Fedačko, Tímea Pekárová, Zdenka Hertelyová, Matan Katz, Adil Mughees, Jozef Kuzma, Peter Štefanič, Ivan Kopolovets, Daniel Pella
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have highlighted the important role of PCSK9 in the development of cardiometabolic changes and its possible function as a biomarker of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease. This study aimed to determine the relationship between circulating PCSK9 levels and subclinical vascular changes in the group of low risk patients without manifest cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: In this study, 120 healthy patients, free of manifest cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and without lipid-lowering therapy, were divided into three groups based on BMI: normal weight (N = 50), overweight (N = 30), and obese (N = 40)...
June 16, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616861/medical-therapy-and-recurrent-ischemic-events-in-high-risk-patients-surviving-their-myocardial-infarction-for-at-least-12%C3%A2-months-comparison-of-patients-with-st-elevation-versus-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#6
Uwe Zeymer, Katrin Riedel, Michael Hahn
INTRODUCTION: Data about treatments and recurrent ischemic events in patients surviving their most recent myocardial infarction event-free for at least 12 months are scarce. METHODS: In a retrospective data analysis, charts of patients who had a myocardial infarction 1-3 years ago with an event-free period of at least 12 months after the index event and at least one high risk factor were centrally collected and analyzed. Here we compare patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) versus non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526929/analytical-management-of-patients-undergoing-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-could-have-a-strong-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-a-follow-up-study
#7
Vincenzo De Iuliis, Sebastiano Ursi, Gianfranco Vitullo, Irma Griffo, Antonio Marino, Marika Caruso, Francesco Cipollone, Sabrina Capodifoglio, Veronica Breda, Elena Toniato, Alfonso Pennelli, Pio Conti, Stefano Martinotti
INTRODUCTION: Oral anticoagulant therapy, such as vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), is prominent for the prevention of cerebral ischemic stroke or systemic embolism and all-cause mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, and mechanical or biological valve. VKA treatment requires monitoring of the international normalized ratio (INR) in order to maintain it in a therapeutic range, avoiding side effects, the main and most significant of which is bleeding. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the event rates of several clinical composite outcomes, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events, and all-cause death...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526928/exosomes-in-cardiovascular-medicine
#8
REVIEW
Iain M Dykes
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane-bound particles that mediate intercellular transport of a cytosolic cargo. Exosomal transfer of micro-RNA can modify gene expression in targeted cells. Exosome-based endocrine/paracrine signaling has been shown to be involved in a wide range of physiological processes including those associated with cardiovascular injury and disease, but remains relatively poorly understood. Exosomes offer great potential to the clinical field, with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357773/centralized-pan-middle-east-survey-on-the-under-treatment-of-hypercholesterolemia-results-from-the-cepheus-ii-study-in-egypt
#9
Ashraf Reda, Alaa Etman, Ali Abdel-Rahim, Nabil Farag, Osama Sanad, Sameh Salamah
INTRODUCTION: As part of the CEPHEUS study, CEPHEUS I was conducted in 2010 and 2011 in Cairo and then the CEPHEUS II study was carried out in Alexandria and Delta Regions in Egypt between April 2014 and August 2015 to determine the proportion of dyslipidemic patients on lipid-lowering treatment reaching LDL-C treatment goals. METHODS: We conducted an open-label, observational, multicenter, cross-sectional survey where 90 investigators enrolled 1127 patients receiving lipid-lowering drugs for at least 3 months...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353137/high-risk-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-a-failed-freestyle-valve-with-low-coronary-height-a-case-report
#10
Ashkan Karimi, Negiin Pourafshar, George Dibu, Thomas M Beaver, Anthony A Bavry
A 55-year-old male with a history of two prior cardiac surgeries presented with decompensated heart failure due to severe bioprosthetic aortic valve insufficiency. A third operation was viewed prohibitively high risk and valve-in-valve trans-catheter aortic valve replacement was considered. There were however several high-risk features and technically challenging aspects including low coronary ostia height, poor visualization of the aortic sinuses, and difficulty in identification of the coplanar view due to severe aortic insufficiency, and a highly mobile aortic valve mass...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258390/management-of-hypertension-using-olmesartan-alone-or-in-combination
#11
REVIEW
Xiaoshen Zhang, Han Zhang, Yuxia Ma, Wenliang Che, Michael R Hamblin
Hypertension is one of the most significant and consistent risk factors for many cardiovascular diseases. The global prevalence of hypertension has dramatically increased over recent years. Life-style and genetic factors are generally considered to be primarily responsible for the incidence of hypertension. Concerning the high morbidity rate, setting up an updated standard for hypertensive patients becomes indispensable. According to the widely accepted standard treatments for hypertension, these four basic principles should be taken into account: low dosage; medication should provide long term-control; combination therapies are becoming common; personalized treatments are a newer approach...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258389/inappropriate-icd-discharge-related-to-electrical-muscle-stimulation-in-chiropractic-therapy-a-case-report
#12
Abhishek Shenoy, Abhishek Sharma, Firehiwot Achamyeleh
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have been shown to reduce mortality in high-risk patients. Despite several advances in programming ICDs, inappropriate shocks persist and continue to be psychologically and physically disturbing. External electromagnetic interference from electrocautery, welding, acupunctures, low-output transcutaneous electric nerve stimulators, and electronic muscle stimulators may result in inappropriate ICD sensing and shock. We present a 63-year-old female who presented to the emergency department after an ICD shock while undergoing electronic muscle stimulation in chiropractic treatment, during which light electrical pulses were sent through skin electrodes...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181192/single-pill-combination-of-perindopril-indapamide-amlodipine-in-patients-with-uncontrolled-hypertension-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#13
Sergey V Nedogoda, Vesna J Stojanov
INTRODUCTION: Patients with hypertension often require a combination of three antihypertensive agents to achieve blood pressure control, but very few single-pill triple combinations are available. The aim of this study was to determine whether a single-pill triple combination of perindopril, indapamide, and amlodipine was as effective as a dual-pill combination of perindopril/indapamide plus separate amlodipine at reducing blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled, essential hypertension...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124310/subclinical-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-a-retrospective-case-series
#14
Dagmar F Hernandez-Suarez, Angel López-Candales
INTRODUCTION: There is scarce information about right ventricle (RV) function in patients with secondary pulmonary hypertension (PH) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We aim to identify possible RV abnormalities in patients referred for TAVI with severe aortic stenosis (sAS) and secondary PH. METHODS: Objective measures of RV function, as well as noninvasive estimates of pulmonary artery systolic pressures (PASP) were obtained from 30 sAS patients undergoing percutaneous valve intervention...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105561/the-rise-and-fall-of-anticoagulation-with-bivalirudin-during-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-a-review-article
#15
REVIEW
Constantinos Andreou, Christos Maniotis, Michael Koutouzis
Bivalirudin is a direct thrombin inhibitor used during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Treatment with bivalirudin compared to heparin plus glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPI) reduced bleeding complications, but resulted in higher rates of ischemic events, including acute stent thrombosis in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. Thus, it may be considered a reasonable alternative antithrombotic agent in patients at high risk of bleeding undergoing PCI. However its superiority over heparin alone is questioned particularly in the era of novel antiplatelet agents and transradial PCI...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105560/erratum-to-improvement-of-subjective-well-being-by-ranolazine-in-patients-with-chronic-angina-and-known-myocardial-ischemia-imwell-study
#16
Anthony A Bavry, Ki E Park, Calvin Y Choi, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Xuerong Wen, Islam Y Elgendy
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June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044267/late-paravalvular-aortic-regurgitation-migration-of-the-valve-or-late-recoil
#17
Ashkan Karimi, Negiin Pourafshar, Ki E Park, Calvin Y Choi, Kiran Mogali, Wade W Stinson, Eddie W Manning, Anthony A Bavry
A 79-year-old man underwent trans-catheter aortic valve replacement for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis with a 26-mm Edwards SAPIEN XT valve. Immediately after valve deployment there was moderate amount of paravalvular leak. Post-dilation was performed with an additional 2 cc of volume, and the paravalvular leak was reduced to trace. Nine months later, trans-thoracic echocardiography revealed moderate to severe paravalvular leak and possible aortic migration of the valve. The patient was brought back for the treatment of the paravalvular leak which was suspected to be due to valve migration...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044266/a-comparative-effectiveness-study-of-renal-parameters-between-imidapril-and-amlodipine-in-patients-with-hypertension-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Yayoi Nishida, Yasuo Takahashi, Kotoe Tezuka, Satoshi Takeuchi, Tomohiro Nakayama, Satoshi Asai
INTRODUCTION: Imidapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) that is frequently used as an antihypertensive drug in Japan. Although ACEIs are known to have adverse effects of decreasing glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and causing hyperkalemia, there are very few clinical data on the long-term effect of imidapril on glomerular function. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using a clinical database to evaluate and compare the long-term effects of imidapril and amlodipine on renal parameters in Japanese hypertensive patients in routine clinical practice...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044265/improvement-of-subjective-well-being-by-ranolazine-in-patients-with-chronic-angina-and-known-myocardial-ischemia-imwell-study
#19
Anthony A Bavry, Ki E Park, Calvin Y Choi, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Xuerong Wen, Islam Y Elgendy
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to assess if ranolazine would improve angina symptoms among patients with documented myocardial ischemia. METHODS: Eligible subjects had chronic stable angina and at least one coronary stenosis with fractional flow reserve (FFR) ≤0.80 or at least one chronic total occlusion (CTO) without attempted revascularization. Subjects were randomized to oral ranolazine 500 mg twice daily for 1 week, then ranolazine 1000 mg twice daily for 15 weeks versus matching placebo...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035630/knowledge-of-hypertension-and-compliance-with-therapy-among-hypertensive-patients-in-the-bamenda-health-district-of-cameroon-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Bentley Mbekwa Akoko, Peter Nde Fon, Roland Cheofor Ngu, Kathleen Blackett Ngu
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of hypertension has continued to increase and is now a great burden for health care providers. Obtaining information on the factors affecting compliance to antihypertensive drugs is thus important. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge of hypertension and to determine factors affecting the compliance of hypertensive patients to their antihypertensive drugs. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study involving 221 hypertensive patients in the Bamenda Health District...
June 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
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