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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329761/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-for-monitoring-after-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-for-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Steffen D Kriechbaum, Christoph B Wiedenroth, Jan Sebastian Wolter, Regula Hütz, Moritz Haas, Andreas Breithecker, Fritz C Roller, Till Keller, Stefan Guth, Andreas Rolf, Christian W Hamm, Eckhard Mayer, Christoph Liebetrau
BACKGROUND: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) is an emerging interventional treatment option for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The non-invasive monitoring of CTEPH patients is a clinical challenge. In this study we examined changes in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients undergoing BPA for inoperable CTEPH and related them to peri-procedural success. METHODS: In this study we analyzed a total of 51 consecutive patients who underwent BPA treatment and completed a 6-month follow-up (6-MFU) between March 2014 and March 2017...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326821/age-sex-and-gene-expression-score-identifies-a-symptomatic-nondiabetic-male-patient-as-being-at-high-risk-of-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
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Ronald J Polinsky
In October 2015, a 74-year-old Caucasian male patient (past medical history of hyperlipidemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and hypothyroidism) presented to the cardiologist for follow-up outpatient evaluation of exertional chest pain. The patient had recently been seen at the Emergency Department for the same complaint. At that time, the patient's cardiac markers, EKG, and pharmacological nuclear stress testing were all reported as normal. At presentation to the cardiologist, the patient's physical examination findings were unremarkable...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326279/gut-microbiota-in-cardiovascular-disease-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Takeshi Kitai, W H Wilson Tang
Accumulating evidence supports a relationship between the complexity and diversity of the gut microbiota and host diseases. In addition to alterations in the gut microbial composition, the metabolic potential of gut microbiota has been identified as a contributing factor in the development of diseases. Recent technological developments of molecular and biochemical analyses enable us to detect and characterize the gut microbiota via assessment and classification of its genomes and corresponding metabolites. These advances have provided emerging data supporting the role of gut microbiota in various physiological activities including host metabolism, neurological development, energy homeostasis, and immune regulation...
January 16, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323940/elevated-blood-pressure-in-low-income-rural-preschool-children-is-associated-with-maternal-hypertension-during-pregnancy
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Paige Johnson, Michele Montgomery, Patrick Ewell
Hypertension (HTN) is a significant public health problem in adults, and rates of HTN are rising in children as well. The purpose of this study was to determine blood pressure (BP) and body mass index (BMI) levels in low-income, rural preschool children and investigate the relationship between child and maternal factors that impact BP and BMI in these children. Results indicated high rates of overweight/obesity and elevated BP levels in this sample. Maternal hypertension during pregnancy also emerged as a predictor of elevated BP in their children...
January 2018: Journal of Community Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319174/chronic-high-glucose-and-insulin-stimulate-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-adipogenic-differentiation-in-young-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Antonio Hernandes Chaves Neto, Victor Gustavo Balera Brito, Thamine Landim de Barros, Caril Constante Ferreira do Amaral, Dóris Hissako Sumida, Sandra Helena Penha Oliveira
We evaluated whether genetic predisposition is sufficient to induce changes due to chronic high glucose (HG; 25 mmol/L) in the presence or absence of insulin (HGI; 10 µg/mL) on osteogenic differentiation and markers in bone-marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) from young Wistar (WBMSCs) and spontaneous hypertensive rats (SBMSCs) without hypertension. HG suppressed osteogenic differentiation in both the strains, observed by mineralization inhibition and decreased levels of the osteogenic markers Runx2, osterix, osteopontin, and bone sialoprotein, compared to osteogenic medium (OM) cells...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318587/new-perspectives-on-the-role-of-melatonin-in-human-sleep-circadian-rhythms-and-their-regulation
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REVIEW
N Zisapel
In mammals a central circadian clock, located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, tunes the innate circadian physiological rhythms to the ambient 24h light-dark cycle to invigorate and optimize the internal temporal order. The SCN-activated, light- inhibited production of melatonin conveys the message of darkness to the clock and induces night state in physiological function, e.g., sleep/wake blood pressure and metabolism. Clinically meaningful effects of melatonin treatment have been demonstrated in placebo-controlled trials in humans, particularly in disorders associated with diminished or misaligned melatonin rhythms, e...
January 10, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316169/elevated-blood-pressure-during-emergency-departments-visit-is-associated-with-increased-rate-of-hospitalization-for-heart-failure-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Irit Ayalon-Dangur, Yaron Rudman, Tzippy Shochat, Shachaf Shiber, Alon Grossman
There is a limited literature discussing the long-term outcome of patients admitted to the emergency department with elevated blood pressure. The aim of the present study was to evaluate outcomes of patients with hypertension who attended an emergency department. All patients with hypertension who attended an emergency department without target organ damage were evaluated. A composite end point at 18 months, which included all-cause mortality, acute coronary syndrome, cerebrovascular accident, or hospitalization for heart failure, were compared between patients with hypertension and those with normotension...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315727/considerations-for-optimal-blood-pressure-goals-in-the-elderly-population-a-review-of-emergent-evidence
#8
Diana X Cao, Rebecca J C Tran
Recent hypertension clinical trials and national guideline updates have created a debate on the most appropriate treatment goals in elderly patients with hypertension. In 2014, recommendations by the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) allowed a more lenient goal for patients 60 years and older compared with previous guidelines. Since then, several large clinical trials and meta-analyses have added more information regarding strict versus lenient treatment goals. Most recently, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force published their highly-anticipated hypertension guideline developed in conjunction with nine additional interdisciplinary organizations...
January 8, 2018: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313987/variable-role-of-carotid-bodies-in-cardiovascular-responses-to-exercise-hypoxia-and-hypercapnia-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Wioletta Pijacka, Pedro L Katayama, Helio C Salgado, Gisele S Lincevicius, Ruy R Campos, Fiona D McBryde, Julian F R Paton
The carotid body has recently emerged as a promising therapeutic target for treating cardiovascular disease, however the potential impact of carotid bodies removal on the dynamic cardiovascular responses to acute stressors such as exercise, hypoxia and hypercapnia in hypertension is an important safety consideration that has not been studied. We first validated a novel surgical approach to selectively resect the carotid bodies bilaterally (CBR) sparing the carotid sinus baroreflex. Second, we evaluated the impact of CBR on the cardiovascular responses to exercise, hypoxia and hypercapnia in the conscious, chronically instrumented spontaneously hypertensive (SH) rats...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313752/recent-science-and-clinical-application-of-nutrition-to-coronary-heart-disease
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Mark Houston, Deanna Minich, Stephen T Sinatra, Joel K Kahn, Mimi Guarneri
One of the greatest threats to mortality in industrialized societies continues to be coronary heart disease (CHD). Moreover, the ability to decrease the incidence of CHD has reached a limit utilizing traditional diagnostic evaluations and prevention and treatment strategies for the top five cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity, and smoking). It is well known that about 80% of CHD can be prevented with optimal nutrition, coupled with exercise, weight management, mild alcohol intake, and smoking cessation...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313304/essential-hypertension-and-functional-microvascular-ageing
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REVIEW
Rosa Maria Bruno, Stefano Masi, Marco Taddei, Stefano Taddei, Agostino Virdis
In healthy conditions, the endothelium plays a pivotal role in maintaining vascular homeostasis, mainly by the production of the relaxing factor nitric oxide (NO), which protects the vessel wall from those mechanisms favouring the development of vascular atherosclerosis. Aging is a powerful cardiovascular risk factors associated with endothelial dysfunction. In details, an alteration in the NO substrate L-arginine is the major factor responsible for endothelial dysfunction with advancing age, while reactive oxygen species (ROS) excess generation, which in turn reduce NO availability, plays a role in oldest individuals only...
January 9, 2018: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311628/vascular-placental-pathology-and-the-relationship-between-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants
#12
Lisa Strouss, Neal D Goldstein, Robert Locke, David A Paul
OBJECTIVE: To investigate vascular placental pathology's effect on known associations between hypertensive disorders and four adverse neonatal outcomes-bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intraventricular hemorrhage or periventricular leukomalacia, necrotizing enterocolitis, and death. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort of very low birth weight neonates born at a single center (n = 911). Statistical analysis included χ2, t test, modified Poisson regression with robust error variance to measure risk, and Wald test...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310803/smoothelins-and-the-control-of-muscle-contractility
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Megha Murali, Justin A MacDonald
Smooth muscle cells display distinctive expression and organization of contractile filament proteins, which reflect a unique method of contractile regulation. As the focus of this review, the smoothelin and smoothelin-like family members represent a family of poorly understood muscle proteins that appear to act as structural components of the contractile apparatus. The protein family is characterized by the presence a single C-terminal type-2 calponin homology (CH) domain. Often used as the preferred marker of differentiated contractile smooth muscle cells, smoothelin A and B (SMTN-A and SMTN-B) may influence the contractile potential of smooth muscle cells...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310332/quantifying-the-direct-public-health-care-cost-of-systemic-sclerosis-a-comprehensive-data-linkage-study
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Kathleen Morrisroe, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Gene-Siew Ngian, Candice Rabusa, Nava Ferdowsi, Catherine Hill, Susanna Proudman, Mandana Nikpour
To quantify the direct healthcare cost of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and identify its determinants. Healthcare use was captured through data linkage, wherein clinical and medication data for SSc patients from the state of Victoria enrolled in the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study were linked with the Victorian hospital admissions and emergency presentations data sets, and the Medicare Benefits Schedule which contains all government subsidized ambulatory care services, for the period 2011-2015. Medication cost was determined from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306926/reference-centile-curves-for-wrist-circumference-for-indian-children-aged-3-18-years
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Vaman Khadilkar, Shashi Chiplonkar, Veena Ekbote, Neha Kajale, Rubina Mandlik, Anuradha Khadilkar
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity and its consequences have reached alarming proportions worldwide and in India. Wrist circumference is emerging as an easily measurable reproducible parameter for screening children at risk of obesity-related morbidities such as hypertension and insulin resistance. The objectives of this study were: (1) to compute age and gender-specific wrist circumference percentiles for 3-18-year-old apparently healthy Indian children and adolescents; (2) to assess the relationship of wrist circumference with measures of obesity and adiposity such as body mass index (BMI), fat percentage and blood pressure (BP) and (3) to suggest age and gender-specific cut-offs for wrist circumference percentile for the risk of hypertension in Indian children and adolescents...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305768/pharmacological-prevention-of-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-diabetes-mellitus-established-and-emerging-agents
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REVIEW
David R Saxon, Neda Rasouli, Robert H Eckel
Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes. For this reason, there is a great deal of interest in determining how therapies commonly used to treat patients with diabetes impact cardiovascular outcomes. Results from recently completed cardiovascular outcomes trials of diabetes agents from several medication classes are leading to a sea change in how we think about diabetes treatment. The primary focus of this paper is to review recently completed and ongoing diabetes medication cardiovascular outcomes trials...
January 5, 2018: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305439/optic-nerve-head-edema-among-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department
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Virender Sachdeva, Caroline Vasseneix, Rabih Hage, Samuel Bidot, Lindsay C Clough, David W Wright, Nancy J Newman, Valérie Biousse, Beau B Bruce
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of and predictive factors for optic nerve head edema (ONHE) among patients with headache, neurologic deficit, visual loss, or elevated blood pressure in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis was done of patients with ONHE in the prospective Fundus Photography vs Ophthalmoscopy Trial Outcomes in the Emergency Department (FOTO-ED) study. Demographics, neuroimaging results, management, and patient disposition were collected...
January 5, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305081/extending-knowledge-of-the-clinical-picture-of-balkan-adder-vipera-berus-bosniensis-envenoming-the-first-photographically-documented-neurotoxic-case-from-south-western-hungary
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Csaba Varga, Tamás Malina, Viktória Alföldi, Gergely Bilics, Ferenc Nagy, Tibor Oláh
We report a severe envenoming associated with minimal local symptoms following a Balkan adder (Vipera berus bosniensis) bite in South-Western Hungary. A 63-year-old male with a history of hypertension and sinus bradycardia (45/min) was bitten by a sub-adult specimen of V. b. bosniensis in Somogy County on 04 May 2017. The patient was transported to and treated at the Emergency Department of Somogy County "Moritz Kaposi" General Hospital, Kaposvár. Locally only pain and minimal swelling with a small haematoma developed on the bitten finger...
January 2, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303836/integrating-quantitative-pupillometry-into-regular-care-in-a-neurotrauma-intensive-care-unit
#19
Maighdlin Anderson, Jonathan Elmer, Lori Shutter, Ava Puccio, Sheila Alexander
In the setting of acute traumatic brain injury (TBI), an abnormal pupil assessment may suggest a worsening intracranial lesion. Early detection of pupillary changes may expedite emergent care to improve outcomes. Automated, handheld pupillometers have been commercially available for 20 years, and several studies suggest that their use may facilitate early recognition of worsening injury and intracranial hypertension. The use of pupillometry as a bedside tool in the routine care of patients with severe TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale score ≤ 8) has not been described...
February 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303146/selective-laser-trabeculoplasty-past-present-and-future
#20
REVIEW
A Garg, G Gazzard
Over the past two decades, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) has increasingly become an established laser treatment used to lower intraocular pressure in open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertensive patients. In this review we trace the origins of SLT from previous argon laser trabeculoplasty and review the current role it has in clinical practice. We outline future directions of SLT research and introduce emerging technologies that are further developing this intervention in the treatment paradigm of glaucoma...
January 5, 2018: Eye
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