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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430910/low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-targeting-with-pitavastatin-ezetimibe-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-dyslipidaemia-the-hij-proper-study-a-prospective-open-label-randomized-trial
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Nobuhisa Hagiwara, Erisa Kawada-Watanabe, Ryo Koyanagi, Hiroyuki Arashi, Junichi Yamaguchi, Koichi Nakao, Tetsuya Tobaru, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Toshiaki Oka, Yasuhiro Endoh, Katsumi Saito, Tatsuro Uchida, Kunihiko Matsui, Hiroshi Ogawa
Aims: To elucidate the effects of intensive LDL-C lowering treatment with a standard dose of statin and ezetimibe in patients with dyslipidaemia and high risk of coronary events, targeting LDL-C less than 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L), compared with standard LDL-C lowering lipid monotherapy targeting less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L). Methods and Results: The HIJ-PROPER study is a prospective, randomized, open-label trial to assess whether intensive LDL-C lowering with standard-dose pitavastatin plus ezetimibe reduces cardiovascular events more than standard LDL-C lowering with pitavastatin monotherapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and dyslipidaemia...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430052/predicting-complication-risk-in-spine-surgery-a-prospective-analysis-of-a-novel-risk-assessment-tool
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Anand Veeravagu, Amy Li, Christian Swinney, Lu Tian, Adrienne Moraff, Tej D Azad, Ivan Cheng, Todd Alamin, Serena S Hu, Robert L Anderson, Lawrence Shuer, Atman Desai, Jon Park, Richard A Olshen, John K Ratliff
OBJECTIVE The ability to assess the risk of adverse events based on known patient factors and comorbidities would provide more effective preoperative risk stratification. Present risk assessment in spine surgery is limited. An adverse event prediction tool was developed to predict the risk of complications after spine surgery and tested on a prospective patient cohort. METHODS The spinal Risk Assessment Tool (RAT), a novel instrument for the assessment of risk for patients undergoing spine surgery that was developed based on an administrative claims database, was prospectively applied to 246 patients undergoing 257 spinal procedures over a 3-month period...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429111/impact-of-serum-albumin-levels-on-long-term-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Hideki Wada, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Hirokazu Konishi, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated an association between low serum albumin levels and both coronary artery disease (CAD) and mortality. However, the long-term clinical impact of low serum albumin level in patients with CAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been fully investigated. We studied 2860 all-comer patients with CAD who underwent their first PCI and had data available for pre-procedural serum albumin between 2000 and 2011. Patients were assigned to tertiles based on pre-procedural albumin levels...
April 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408093/myocardial-infarction-without-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-is-not-a-benign-condition-anzacs-qi-10
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Peter R Barr, Wil Harrison, David Smyth, Charmaine Flynn, Mildred Lee, Andrew J Kerr
BACKGROUND: Non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on coronary angiography after myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with a lower risk of adverse outcomes, but the prognosis may not be benign. Our aim was to assess outcomes in MI with and without obstructive CAD, and in an age and sex matched comparison cohort without known cardiovascular disease. METHODS: We performed a single centre analysis of consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography for MI between 2007 and 2012...
March 30, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400189/predicting-complications-following-robot-assisted-partial-nephrectomy-with-the-acs-nsqip-universal-surgical-risk-calculator
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Jared S Winoker, David J Paulucci, Harry Anastos, Nikhil Waingankar, Ronney Abaza, Daniel D Eun, Akshay Bhandari, Ashok K Hemal, John P Sfakianos, Ketan K Badani
PURPOSE: We evaluated the predictive value of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) surgical risk calculator in a tertiary referral cohort of patients undergoing robot-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We queried our prospectively maintained multi-institutional database of RAPN patients and input the preoperative details of 300 randomly selected patients into the calculator. Accuracy of the calculator was assessed by receiver-operator area under the curve (AUC) and also by Brier score (BS)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394006/prognostic-value-of-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Li Hui, Yun Zhou, Yan Ma, Su Xia Han, Lian Suo Zhou
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were searched for relevant cohort studies regarding the association between PLR and outcomes of patients with ACS. Either a random- or a fixed-effect model was used for pooling data. RESULTS: Eight studies involving 6627 patients with ACS were included...
April 10, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391913/clinical-and-economic-consequences-of-statin-intolerance-in-the-united-states-results-from-an-integrated-health-system
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Jove H Graham, Robert J Sanchez, Joseph J Saseen, Usha G Mallya, Mary P Panaccio, Michael A Evans
BACKGROUND: Although statins are considered safe and effective, they have been associated with statin intolerance (SI) in clinical and observational studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the clinical and economic consequences of SI through comparison of an SI cohort of patients with matched controls. METHODS: This study used data extracted from an integrated health system's electronic health records from 2008 to 2014...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389125/use-of-cardiovascular-prevention-treatments-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-china-and-associated-factors
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Emily R Atkins, Xin Du, Yangfeng Wu, Runlin Gao, Anushka Patel, Clara K Chow
BACKGROUND: Prevention of repeat cardiovascular events is an important means of addressing the increasing burden of coronary heart disease in China, however there is minimal information about the use of cardiovascular prevention treatment following acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in China. METHODS: We analysed data from baseline and 6, 12, 18, and 24-month follow-up surveys of 15,140 consecutive ACS patients recruited in 70 hospitals from 17 provinces of China. We describe the use of indicated cardiovascular prevention medicines, risk factor control, change over time and factors associated with continued prevention...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388857/inappropriate-utilization-in-fee-for-service-medicare-and-medicare-advantage-plans
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Shriram Parashuram, Seung Kim, Bryan Dowd
This study uses a national multi-payer claims database to test for differences in potentially inappropriate emergency department (ED) visits and ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) admissions in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Rates of ACS admissions for MA enrollees were approximately one third those of FFS beneficiaries, controlling for covariates, which included the beneficiary's health status as represented by their risk score. This study then compared FFS and MA beneficiaries when they moved from one type of health plan to another...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385519/complications-and-readmission-after-lumbar-spine-surgery-in-elderly-patients-an-analysis-of-2-320-patients
#10
Ahmed Saleh, Caroline Thirukumaran, Addisu Mesfin, Robert W Molinari
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: There is a paucity of literature describing risk factors for adverse outcomes after geriatric lumbar spinal surgery. As the geriatric population increases, so does the number of lumbar spinal surgeries in this cohort. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to determine how safe is lumbar surgery in elderly patients? Does patient selection, type of surgery, length of surgery, and other elderly patient comorbidities affect complication and readmission rates after surgery? STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective Cohort Study PATIENT SAMPLE: American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) Database...
April 3, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377187/gene-variants-in-responsiveness-to-clopidogrel-have-no-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-in-chinese-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-multicenter-study
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Chenze Li, Lina Zhang, Haoran Wang, Sha Li, Yan Zhang, Ling You, Yang Sun, Dong Wang, Jun Yang, Yinghua Cui, Yanyan Cao, Xiaoqing Shen, Yan Wang, Wei Cui, Jiangtao Yan, Hesong Zeng, Xiaomei Guo, Jianjun Li, Dao Wen Wang
BACKGROUND: Gene variants contribute to variability in individual responsiveness to clopidogrel and influence cardiovascular outcomes in Caucasian patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, limited data is available in Asian populations. METHODS: We resequenced 14 genes in metabolizing and activity pathway of clopidogrel in 138 patients with ACS and prospectively assessed the modulating effects of 13 variants possibly related to clopidogrel efficacy on one-year cardiovascular event occurrence in 5820 ACS patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
March 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376092/cytokine-profile-and-proviral-load-among-japanese-immigrants-and-non-japanese-infected-with-htlv-1-in-a-non-endemic-area-of-brazil
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João Américo Domingos, Luana Silva Soares, Larissa M Bandeira, Camila Mareti Bonin, Ana C P Vicente, Louise Zanella, Marco Antonio Moreira Puga, Inês Aparecida Tozetti, Ana Rita Coimbra Motta-Castro, Rivaldo Venâncio da Cunha
The lifetime risk of HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) development differs among ethnic groups. To better understand these differences, this prospective cohort study was conducted to investigate the cytokine profile and the HTLV-1 proviral load (PVL) in Japanese and non-Japanese populations with HAM/TSP and asymptomatic carriers (ACs). The serum IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17, TNF-α, and IFN-γ levels were quantified using the Cytometric Bead Array in 40 HTLV-1-infected patients (11 HAM/TSP and 29 ACs) and 18 healthy controls (HCs) in Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363994/validating-the-manchester-acute-coronary-syndromes-macs-and-troponin-only-manchester-acute-coronary-syndromes-t-macs-rules-for-the-prediction-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-chest-pain
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Jaimi H Greenslade, Robert Nayer, William Parsonage, Shaela Doig, Joanna Young, John W Pickering, Martin Than, Christopher Hammett, Louise Cullen
BACKGROUND: The Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) rule and the Troponin-only MACS (T-MACS) rule risk stratify patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This observational study sought to validate and compare the MACS and T-MACS rules for assessment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Prospectively collected data from twoEDs in Australia and New Zealand were analysed. Patients were assigned a probability of ACS based on the MACS and T-MACS rules, incorporating high-sensitivity troponin T, heart-type fatty acid-binding protein, ECG results and clinical symptoms...
March 31, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348007/genome-wide-analysis-of-dna-methylation-and-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jun Li, Xiaoyan Zhu, Kuai Yu, Haijing Jiang, Yizhi Zhang, Siyun Deng, Longxian Cheng, Xuezhen Liu, Jia Zhong, Xiaomin Zhang, Mei'an He, Weihong Chen, Jing Yuan, Ming Gao, Yansen Bai, Xu Han, Bing Liu, Xiaoting Luo, Wenhua Mei, Xiaosheng He, Shunchang Sun, Liyun Zhang, Hesong Zeng, Huizhen Sun, Chuanyao Liu, Yanjun Guo, Bing Zhang, Zhihong Zhang, Jinyan Huang, An Pan, Yu Yuan, Francesca Angileri, Bingxia Ming, Fang Zheng, Qiutang Zeng, Xiaobo Mao, Yudong Peng, Yi Mao, Ping Ye, Qing K Wang, Lu Qi, Frank B Hu, Liming Liang, Tangchun Wu
Rationale: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a leading cause of death worldwide. Immune functions play a vital role in ACS development, however, whether epigenetic modulation contributes to the regulation of blood immune cells in this disease has not been investigated. Objective: We conducted an epigenome-wide analysis with circulating immune cells to identify differentially methylated genes in ACS. Methods and Results: We examined genome-wide methylation of whole blood in 102 ACS patients and 101 controls using HumanMethylation450 array, and externally replicated significant discoveries in 100 patients and 102 controls...
March 27, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342713/a-laboratory-score-at-presentation-to-rule-out-serious-cardiac-outcomes-or-death-in-patients-presenting-with-symptoms-suggestive-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Peter A Kavsak, Colleen Shortt, Jinhui Ma, Natasha Clayton, Jonathan Sherbino, Stephen A Hill, Matthew McQueen, Shamir R Mehta, P J Devereaux, Andrew Worster
BACKGROUND: We evaluated whether a low high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) cutoff combined with glucose, red cell distribution width (RDW), and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) can be used to rule-out a serious cardiac outcome or death in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: This was a prospective observational emergency department (ED) study enrolling consecutive patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of ACS (ClinicalTrials...
March 23, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341359/prognostic-value-of-the-clinical-syntax-score-on-2-year-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-who-underwent-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Chen He, Ying Song, Chuang-Shi Wang, Yi Yao, Xiao-Fang Tang, Xue-Yan Zhao, Run-Lin Gao, Yue-Jin Yang, Bo Xu, Jin-Qing Yuan
This prospective, single-center, observational study evaluated prognostic value of clinical SYNTAX score (CSS) on 2-year outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The SYNTAX score (SS) is a scoring system based on the complexity and severity of coronary lesions and is thought to be a prognostic tool to predict long-term outcomes. However, SS was a sole angiographic grading tool only with no consideration for clinical factors. There are few studies investigating the prognostic value of CSS in patients with ACS who underwent PCI...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335787/risk-factors-of-atherosclerotic-tissue-types-in-single-vessel-and-intermediate-coronary-lesions-a-cross-sectional-study
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Xianjin Wang, Qun Chen, Yu Xu, Yanqing Wang, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Haihua Xu, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Few data exist that correlate lesion-related risk factors such as conventional cardiovascular risks or lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) with tissue types within atherosclerotic plaques in patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-two patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions were enrolled in a cross-sectional study and divided into two groups: stable angina pectoris (SAP) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) groups...
March 23, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328249/-prevalence-potential-risk-factors-and-sequelae-of-diastasis-recti-abdominis
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Stefánia Gitta, Zoltán Magyar, Péter Tardi, Istvánné Füge, Melinda Járomi, Pongrác Ács, János Garai, József Bódis, Márta Hock
INTRODUCTION: There is scant knowledge on diastasis recti which occurs mostly in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. AIM: Our aim was to assign the prevalence of diastasis recti and the possible risk factors and to investigate its association with some chronical diseases, like low back pain and urinary incontinence. METHOD: 200 women's interrectus distance was measured who filled out a self-made diastasis recti questionnaire, the SF-36, Oswestry Disability Index and the International Consultation on Incontinence Modular Questionnaire - Urinary Incontinence Short Form questionnaires...
March 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325638/clinically-significant-bleeding-with-low-dose-rivaroxaban-versus-aspirin-in-addition-to-p2y12-inhibition-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-gemini-acs-1-a-double-blind-multicentre-randomised-trial
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E Magnus Ohman, Matthew T Roe, P Gabriel Steg, Stefan K James, Thomas J Povsic, Jennifer White, Frank Rockhold, Alexei Plotnikov, Hardi Mundl, John Strony, Xiang Sun, Steen Husted, Michal Tendera, Gilles Montalescot, M Cecilia Bahit, Diego Ardissino, Héctor Bueno, Marc J Claeys, Jose C Nicolau, Jan H Cornel, Shinya Goto, Róbert Gábor Kiss, Ümit Güray, Duk-Woo Park, Christoph Bode, Robert C Welsh, C Michael Gibson
BACKGROUND: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), aspirin plus a P2Y12 inhibitor, is the standard antithrombotic treatment following acute coronary syndromes. The factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban reduced mortality and ischaemic events when added to DAPT, but caused increased bleeding. The safety of a dual pathway antithrombotic therapy approach combining low-dose rivaroxaban (in place of aspirin) with a P2Y12 inhibitor has not been assesssed in acute coronary syndromes. We aimed to assess rivaroxaban 2·5 mg twice daily versus aspirin 100 mg daily, in addition to clopidogrel or ticagrelor (chosen at investigator discretion before randomisation), for patients with acute coronary syndromes started within 10 days after presentation and continued for 6-12 months...
March 17, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325612/cost-effectiveness-of-high-sensitivity-troponin-compared-to-conventional-troponin-among-patients-presenting-with-undifferentiated-chest-pain-a-trial-based-analysis
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Billingsley Kaambwa, Julie Ratcliffe, Matthew Horsfall, Carolyn Astley, Jonathan Karnon, Penelope Coates, Margaret Arstall, Christopher Zeitz, Matthew Worthley, John Beltrame, Derek P Chew
BACKGROUND: Patients with low and intermediate risk chest pain features comprise the greatest proportion presenting to emergency services for evaluation of suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The efficient and timely identification of patients with these features remains a major challenge within clinical practice. Troponin assays are increasingly being used for the determination of risk among patients presenting with chest pain potentially facilitating more appropriate care. To date, no economic evaluation comparing high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) reporting to standard troponin T (c-TnT) reporting in the routine management of suspected ACS and based on longer-term clinical outcomes has been conducted...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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