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Baoxin Liu, Yong Li, Jiachen Luo, Liming Dai, Jinlong Zhao, Hongqiang Li, Qiqiang Jie, Dongzhi Wang, Xin Huang, Yidong Wei
OBJECTIVES: To examine plasma protein Z (PZ) levels in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and chronic coronary atherosclerosis disease (CCAD) patients without history of AMI and explore its potential clinical significance. METHODS: Plasma PZ concentrations were measured in 90 AMI patients (Group A), 87 CCAD patients without AMI history who remained free of major clinical events at least one year (Group B), and 88 clinically healthy controls (Group C). RESULTS: PZ was found to be significantly lower (P<0...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Isabelle F van der Velpen, Stephanie Feleus, Anne Suzanne Bertens, Behnam Sabayan
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac function is a key player in maintaining energy homeostasis in the brain. Heart failure is closely related to higher risk of neurocognitive disorders. Recent evidence shows that this relationship might not be limited to patients with advanced heart failure, and even suboptimal cardiac functioning is associated with accelerated brain aging. Hence, hemodynamic and serum cardiac markers may provide valuable information about the risk of dementia. METHODS: We provide an overview on the link between cardiac markers and cognitive function by a systematic search in five databases...
October 19, 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Xiaoling Yuan, Zifeng Dong
BACKGROUND Ischemic stroke (IS) is a leading cause of disability and death and NOTCH3 as a gene related with cardiac-cerebral vascular disease plays a vital role in IS development. However, the reports about the effect of genetic variants in NOTCH3 gene on IS are still few. MATERIAL AND METHODS In order to explore the association between NOTCH3 polymorphisms and IS, 134 patients with IS and 115 controls were enrolled in this case-control study. Polymerase chain reaction was used to do the genotyping of polymorphisms...
October 22, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
S Tatishvili, M Sinitsa, R Jorbendaze, G Kavtaradze
Severe infarction or its consequences are considered as triggering factors of incidental depression. The aim of our study was to reveal factors associated with depressive episode in patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina). The Beck Depression inventory (BDI) was used for assessment of depressive symptoms in patients with coronary disease in Emergency Cardiology Clinic Tbilisi, Georgia. The study sample included 84 patients. The clinical Information was collected from hospital recordings...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
Angelo M Dell'Aquila, Francesco Pollari, Khalil Fattouch, Giuseppe Santarpino, Julia Hillebrand, Stefan Schneider, Jan Landwerht, Giuseppe Nasso, Renato Gregorini, Mauro Del Giglio, Elisa Mikus, Alberto Albertini, Heinz Deschka, Theodor Fischlein, Sven Martens, Alina Gallo, Giovanni Concistrè, Giuseppe Speziale, Tommaso Regesta
This study provides early results of re-operations after the prior surgical treatment of acute type A aortic dissection (AAD) and identifies risk factors for mortality. Between May 2003 and January 2014, 117 aortic re-operations after an initial operation for AAD (a mean time from the first procedure was 3.98 years, with a range of 0.1-20.87 years) were performed in 110 patients (a mean age of 59.8 ± 12.6 years) in seven European institutions. The re-operation was indicated due to a proximal aortic pathology in ninety cases: twenty aortic root aneurysms, seventeen root re-dissections, twenty-seven aortic valve insufficiencies and twenty-six proximal anastomotic pseudoaneurysms...
October 21, 2016: Heart and Vessels
David W Schopfer, Daniel E Forman
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a comprehensive lifestyle program that can have particular benefit for older patients with heart failure (HF). Prevalence of HF is increasingly common among older adults. Mounting effects of cardiovascular risk factors in older age as well as the added effects of geriatric syndromes such as multimorbidity, frailty, and sedentariness contribute to the high incidence of HF as well as to management difficulty. Cardiac rehabilitation can play a decisive role in improving function, quality of life, symptoms, morbidity, and mortality, and also address the idiosyncratic complexities of care that often arise in old age...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, Amanda Chapman, Robin M Turner, Ebony Lewis, Blanca Gallego-Luxan, Michael Parr, Ken Hillman
AIM: To investigate associations between clinical parameters - beyond the evident physiological deterioration and limitations of medical treatment - with in-hospital death for patients receiving Rapid Response System (RRS) attendances. METHODS: Retrospective case-control analysis of clinical parameters for 328 patients aged 60 years and above at their last RRS call during admission to a single teaching hospital in the 2012-2013 calendar years. Generalised estimating equation modelling was used to compare the deceased with a randomly selected sample of those who had RRS calls and survived admission (controls), matched by age group, sex, and hospital ward...
October 18, 2016: Resuscitation
Anne-Maree Kelly, Sharon Klim
BACKGROUND: To determine the rate of all cause and cardiac death, new myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary revascularisation at over three years from index visit in emergency department chest pain patients without known coronary artery disease (CAD) at index presentation who had a negative electrocardiogram (ECG) and biomarker workup for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: An unplanned sub-study of a prospective observational study of consecutive adult patients presenting to the ED with atraumatic chest pain (or equivalents)...
September 13, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Yitao Zhang, Weijie Zeng, Shiyao Cheng, Zhichong Chen, Jiaojie Xue, Qing Wang, Maode Ou, Kanglin Cheng
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious disease, and treatment is a continuing challenge. Some in vitro and in vivo studies identified that statins were effective for PH. However, results of some randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have been controversial. The objective of our study was to clarify whether statins are effective and safe for pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We systematically searched for eligible RCTs from PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library during January 2016...
September 15, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Shara I Feld, Sarah E Tevis, Alexander G Cobian, Mark W Craven, Gregory D Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Many studies have evaluated predictors of postoperative complications, yet little is known about the development of multiple complications. The goal of this study was to assess complication timing in cascades of multiple complications and the risk of future complications given a patient's first complication. METHODS: This study includes 30-day, postoperative complications from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for all patients who underwent major inpatient and outpatient operative procedures from 2005-2013...
October 18, 2016: Surgery
Wei-Cheng Chen, Kuo-Yang Huang, Chih-Wei Yao, Cing-Feng Wu, Shinn-Jye Liang, Chia-Hsiang Li, Chih-Yeh Tu, Hung-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Although many risk models have been tested in patients who undergo extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, few have been assessed for patients who received veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support in the emergency department (ED). This study aimed to successfully predict outcomes of patients with cardiac or noncardiac failure who received VA-ECMO in the ED within 24 hours of arrival at the ED. METHOD: This retrospective, observational cohort study included 154 patients, who were classified as cardiac (n = 127) and noncardiac (n = 27) patients and received VA-ECMO within 24 hours after arrival at the China Medical University Hospital ED in Taiwan between January 2009 and September 2014...
October 22, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Mahnaz Ashoorkhani, Ali Bozorgi, Reza Majdzadeh, Hamed Hosseini, Ali Yoonessi, Ali Ramezankhani, Hassan Eftekhar
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is one of the most important and well-known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, in spite of effective treatments, adherence to the regular use of drugs and other nondrug treatments, such as lifestyle improvement, is often poor. This study evaluates the effectiveness of an educational, supportive intervention - in the form of a Blood Pressure Management Application (BPMAP) - on self-management in patients with primary hypertension on controlling the determinant factors of hypertension, and on adherence to treatment...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Michael E Rezaee, Elizabeth L Nichols, Mandeep Sidhu, Jeremiah R Brown
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a well-recognized complication of left ventricular heart failure (HF). HYPOTHESIS: Differences exist in demographic, clinical, hemodynamic, and survival characteristics of patients with left ventricular HF who have combined postcapillary and precapillary PH (CpcPH), isolated postcapillary PH, or no PH. METHODS: A secondary data analysis was conducted using a large prospective database of patients undergoing right heart catheterization from 1994 to 2012...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Cheryl L Cox, M Robyn Andersen, Aimee K Santucci, Les L Robison, Melissa M Hudson
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To document the per survivor and per additional survivor screening costs of a mailed survivorship care plan (SCP) with advanced practice nurse (APN) telephone counseling (SCP+C) or without APN telephone counseling (SCP).
. DESIGN: Randomized, longitudinal clinical trial.
. SETTING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
. SAMPLE: 411 at-risk pediatric cancer survivors (aged 26-59 years), stratified by age (younger than 30 years versus 30 years or older), recommended screening frequency (every one, two, or five years), gender, and cancer diagnosis (hematologic versus solid tumor)...
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Guilielmus H J M Ellenbroek, Gerardus P J van Hout, Leo Timmers, Pieter A Doevendans, Gerard Pasterkamp, Imo E Hoefer
Mortality after acute myocardial infarction remains substantial and is associated with significant morbidity, like heart failure. Novel therapeutics are therefore required to confine cardiac damage, promote survival and reduce the disease burden of heart failure. Large animal experiments are an essential part in the translational process from experimental to clinical therapies. To optimize clinical translation, robust and representative outcome measures are mandatory. The present manuscript aims to address this need by describing the assessment of three clinically relevant outcome modalities in a pig acute myocardial infarction (AMI) model: infarct size in relation to area at risk (IS/AAR) staining, 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and admittance-based pressure-volume (PV) loops...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Zhen Wang, Chao Yu, Xin-Hua Li, Bing-Qing Deng
BACKGROUND: There is limited information about oxidative stress and inflammation on the mortality of Chinese hemodialysis (HD) patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 177 HD patients and 35 healthy controls were enrolled. Their demographic information, clinical characteristics, oxidant and inflammation markers were compared. Multivariate Cox regression analysis was used to assess the risk factors for mortality. RESULTS: Twenty-seven (15...
October 21, 2016: Renal Failure
Markus Zutt, Hagen Rudolph, Kjell Matthias Kaune, Werner Wosniok, Ulrich Gärtner, Rainer Linke
BACKGROUND: In recent years, cardiac comorbidities in psoriasis patients have increasingly moved into the focus of clinical research. The objective of the present study was to evaluate myocardial scintigraphy as a screening method in patients with psoriasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Assessment of various comorbidities in 50 psoriasis patients without clinical symptoms of cardiac disease. Myocardial scintigraphy was employed to detect cardiac risk/exercise-induced ischemia...
October 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Faisal R Jahangiri, Sami Al Eissa, Samir Sayegh, Fahad Al Helal, Shomoukh A Al-Sharif, Monerah M Annaim, Sheryar Muhammad, Tanweer Aziz
A 16-year-old male patient with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and a back deformity since birth presented with severe kyphoscoliosis. The patient was neurologically intact but had respiratory and cardiac insufficiencies. A two-stage vertebral column resection (VCR) at T9-T10 with multiple level fusion with multimodality intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) was planned.  During the first stage, pedicle screws were placed at multiple spinal levels above and below the VCR level. Upper and lower somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), transcranial electrical motor evoked potentials (TCeMEP), and electromyography were monitored continuously and showed no significant changes...
August 31, 2016: Curēus
Lorenzo Azzalini, Gennaro Giustino, Soledad Ojeda, Antonio Serra, Alessio La Manna, Hung Q Ly, Barbara Bellini, Susanna Benincasa, Jorge Chavarría, Livia L Gheorghe, Giovanni Longo, Eligio Miccichè, Guido D'Agosta, Fabien Picard, Manuel Pan, Corrado Tamburino, Azeem Latib, Mauro Carlino, Alaide Chieffo, Antonio Colombo
BACKGROUND: There is little evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) for the percutaneous treatment of chronic total occlusions. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a multicenter registry of consecutive chronic total occlusion patients treated with BRS (Absorb; Abbott Vascular) and second-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) at 5 institutions. Long-term target-vessel failure (a composite of cardiac death, target-vessel myocardial infarction, and ischemia-driven target-lesion revascularization) was the primary end point...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Shearwood McClelland, Joseph F Baker, Justin S Smith, Breton G Line, Thomas J Errico, Christopher P Ames, R Shay Bess
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder manifesting over time to result in reduced mobility. The impact of PD on spinal fusion has yet to be addressed on a nationwide level. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2001 to 2012 was used for analysis. Admissions with spinal fusion of two or more vertebrae (ICD-9 codes=81.62, 81.63 and 81.64) were included and then stratified based on the presence or absence of PD (ICD-9 code=332.0); patients with cancer (ICD-9 codes=140-239) or trauma (ICD-9 codes=805...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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