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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352629/an-in-silico-comparative-dosimetric-study-of-postmastectomy-locoregional-irradiation-using-intensity-modulated-vs-3-dimensional-conventional-radiotherapy
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Pooja Khullar, Charu Garg, Sujit Nath Sinha, Inderjit Kaur, Niloy Ranjan Datta
An in silico dosimetric evaluation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) vs 3-dimensional conventional radiation therapy (3D-CRT) treatment plans in postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) to the chest wall and regional lymphatics was conducted. Twenty-five consecutive patients with breast cancer referred for locoregional PMRT, stages T2-4 with N1-3, were planned to receive 50 Gy in 25 fractions with IMRT. Additionally, a 3D-CRT plan was generated using identical contours for the clinical target volumes (CTV), planning target volumes (PTV), and organs at risk (OAR)...
January 15, 2018: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352326/noninvasive-pulse-contour-analysis-for-determination-of-cardiac-output-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Sebastian Roth, Henrik Fox, Uwe Fuchs, Uwe Schulz, Angelika Costard-Jäckle, Jan F Gummert, Dieter Horstkotte, Olaf Oldenburg, Thomas Bitter
BACKGROUND: Determination of cardiac output (CO) is essential in diagnosis and management of heart failure (HF). The gold standard to obtain CO is invasive assessment via thermodilution (TD). Noninvasive pulse contour analysis (NPCA) is supposed as a new method of CO determination. However, a validation of this method in HF is pending and performed in the present study. METHODS: Patients with chronic-stable HF and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF ≤ 45%; HF-REF) underwent right heart catheterization including TD...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352146/effects-of-renal-denervation-on-cardiac-structural-and-functional-abnormalities-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension-or-diastolic-dysfunction
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Shiying Wang, Suxia Yang, Xinxin Zhao, Jun Shi
The aim of the present study is to systematically evaluate the impact of RDN on cardiac structure and function in patients with resistant hypertension (RH) or diastolic dysfunction. We retrieved Pubmed, Embase and Cocharane Library databases, from inception to April 1st, 2016. Studies reporting left ventricular mass (LVMI) or left ventricular (LV) diastolic function (reflected by the ratio of mitral inflow velocity to annular relaxation velocity [E/e']) responses to RDN were included. Two randomized controlled trials (RCTs), 3 controlled studies and 11 uncontrolled studies were finally identified...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352093/excessive-daytime-sleepiness-independently-predicts-increased-cardiovascular-risk-after-myocardial-infarction
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Jiang Xie, Fatima H Sert Kuniyoshi, Naima Covassin, Prachi Singh, Apoor S Gami, C Anwar A Chahal, Virend K Somers
BACKGROUND: Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), a common symptom among patients with sleep-disordered breathing, is closely associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases, but its long-term prognostic value is not completely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether EDS would be an independent prognostic factor after myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively recruited 112 post-myocardial infarction patients. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was completed before polysomnography, and EDS was defined as a score ≥11...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351655/establishing-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-in-saudi-arabia
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Ali B Alhailiy, Peter L Kench, Mark F McEntee, Patrick C Brennan, Elaine A Ryan
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a commonly used diagnostic imaging tool for cardiovascular disease. Despite constant improvements to imaging technologies, the radiation dose to patients remains a concern when using this procedure. Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are used as a trigger to identify and alert individual facilities that are using high doses during CT. This study aims to assess patient radiation dose and establish new national DRLs (NDRL) associated with CCTA in Saudi clinical practices...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351431/feasibility-of-phase-contrast-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-measuring-blood-flow-in-the-sheep-fetus
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An Qi Duan, Jack R T Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Mitchell C Lock, Meng Yuan Zhu, Lucy V Flynn, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Christopher K Macgowan, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Janna L Morrison, Mike Seed
Phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) is the gold-standard non-invasive technique for measuring vessel blood flow and has previously been applied in the human fetal circulation. We aimed to assess the feasibility of using PC-MRI to define the distribution of the fetal circulation in sheep. Fetuses were catheterized at 119-120 days gestation (term, 150 days) and underwent MRI at 123 days gestation under isoflurane anesthesia, ventilated at a FiO2 of 1.0. PC-MRI was performed using a fetal arterial blood pressure catheter signal for cardiac triggering...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350378/eq-5d-studies-in-cardiovascular-diseases-in-eight-central-and-eastern-european-countries-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Paulina Batóg, Fanni Rencz, Márta Péntek, László Gulácsi, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Judit Simon, Valentin Brodszky, Petra Baji, Jakub Závada, Guenka Petrova, Alexandru Rotar, Dominik Golicki
BACKGROUND: The measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by validated generic instruments, such as EQ-5D, becomes an increasingly important tool for the assessment of health care in a wide range of different diagnoses. AIM: To systematically review EQ-5D literature generated in cardiovascular diseases in eight selected Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, CINAHL, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and the EuroQol website up to November 2016...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350305/percutaneous-mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-for-high-risk-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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REVIEW
Subrata Kar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices (PMCSD) consist of the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), Impella (Abiomed Inc., Danvers, Massachusetts), Tandem Heart (Cardiac Assist, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), or extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO). They augment cardiac output, cardiac index, and cardiac power which allow the operator to mitigate hemodynamic perturbations during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (HR-PCI). This review discusses PMCSD and their contemporary literature...
January 19, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349525/value-of-ct-pulmonary-angiography-to-predict-short-term-outcome-in-patient-with-pulmonary-embolism
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Ahmed M Osman, Emad H Abdeldayem
To evaluate the role of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the assessment of pulmonary embolism (PE) severity and the related CT cardiac changes, reflecting the clinical status of the patients and predicting the outcome. A prospective study of 184 patients presented with suspicious acute PE. All patients underwent CTPA followed by ECHO. Pulmonary artery obstructive index (PAOI) using Qanadli Score was calculated and cardiac changes recorded. The patients' outcome was followed up for 30 days. Only 150 patients completed the study; 26...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347987/determinants-of-long-term-outcome-in-icu-survivors-results-from-the-frog-icu-study
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Etienne Gayat, Alain Cariou, Nicolas Deye, Antoine Vieillard-Baron, Samir Jaber, Charles Damoisel, Qin Lu, Xavier Monnet, Isabelle Rennuit, Elie Azoulay, Marc Léone, Heikel Oueslati, Bertrand Guidet, Diane Friedman, Antoine Tesnière, Romain Sonneville, Philippe Montravers, Sébastien Pili-Floury, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Jacques Duranteau, Pierre-François Laterre, Nicolas Brechot, Karine Chevreul, Morgane Michel, Bernard Cholley, Matthieu Legrand, Jean-Marie Launay, Eric Vicaut, Mervyn Singer, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Alexandre Mebazaa
BACKGROUND: Intensive care unit (ICU) survivors have reduced long-term survival compared to the general population. Identifying parameters at ICU discharge that are associated with poor long-term outcomes may prove useful in targeting an at-risk population. The main objective of the study was to identify clinical and biological determinants of death in the year following ICU discharge. METHODS: FROG-ICU was a prospective, observational, multicenter cohort study of ICU survivors followed 1 year after discharge, including 21 medical, surgical or mixed ICUs in France and Belgium...
January 18, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345542/effects-of-late-night-training-on-slow-wave-sleep-episode-and-hour-by-hour-derived-nocturnal-cardiac-autonomic-activity-in-female-soccer-players
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Júlio A Costa, João Brito, Fábio Y Nakamura, Eduardo M Oliveira, António N Rebelo
PURPOSE: To assess the sensitivity of nocturnal heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring methods to the effects of late-night soccer training sessions in female athletes. METHODS: Eleven female soccer players competing in the 1st division of the Portuguese soccer league wore HR monitors during night-sleep throughout a one-week competitive in-season microcycle, after late-night training sessions (n = 3) and rest days (n = 3). HRV was analyzed through "slow-wave sleep episode" (SWSE; 10 min duration) and "hour-by-hour" (all the RR intervals recorded throughout the hours of sleep)...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345112/low-nt-probnp-levels-in-overweight-and-obese-patients-do-not-rule-out-a-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Leo F Buckley, Justin M Canada, Marco G Del Buono, Salvatore Carbone, Cory R Trankle, Hayley Billingsley, Dinesh Kadariya, Ross Arena, Benjamin W Van Tassell, Antonio Abbate
BACKGROUND: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a heterogeneous syndrome that presents clinicians with a diagnostic challenge. The use of natriuretic peptides to exclude a diagnosis of HFpEF has been proposed. We sought to compare HFpEF patients with N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level above and below the proposed cut-off. METHODS: Stable patients (n = 30) with left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction ≥ 50% were eligible if they had a diagnosis of HF according to the European Society of Cardiology diagnostic criteria...
January 18, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344749/diagnosis-of-sleep-apnea-in-patients-with-stable-chronic-heart-failure-using-a-portable-sleep-test-diagnostic-device
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Inês Araújo, Filipa Marques, Sandra André, Manuel Araújo, Sara Marques, Rita Ferreira, Patrícia Moniz, Margarida Proença, Pedro Borrego, Cândida Fonseca
PURPOSE: ApneaLink is a portable device for the screening of sleep apnea, a prevalent and underdiagnosed comorbidity in heart failure patients. A prospective cross-sectional study in patients with chronic heart failure was carried out to assess the sensitivity and specificity of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) measurements using ApneaLink against the standard polysomnography test. METHODS: Adult patients with a prior hospitalization in an acute heart failure hospital unit were recruited for the study...
January 17, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344381/impact-of-nutritional-indices-on-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yuki Kanno, Shunsuke Watanabe, Tetsuro Yokokawa, Satoshi Abe, Makiko Miyata, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takayoshi Yamaki, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Takafumi Ishida, Yasuchika Takeishi
Background: Malnutrition is a common condition that is associated with adverse prognosis in patients with heart failure (HF). The Prognostic Nutritional Index (PNI), Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) and controlling nutritional status (CONUT) have all been used as objective indices for evaluating nutritional status. We aimed to clarify the relationship between these nutritional indices and the parameters of inflammatory markers, cardiac function and exercise capacity, as well as to compare the ability of these indexes for predicting mortality...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344022/role-of-body-mass-index-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients-after-cardiac-surgery
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Zhouping Zou, Yamin Zhuang, Lan Liu, Bo Shen, Jiarui Xu, Zhe Luo, Jie Teng, Chunsheng Wang, Xiaoqiang Ding
Background/Aims: To explore the association of body mass index (BMI) with the risk of developing acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery (CS-AKI) and for AKI requiring renal replacement therapy (AKI-RRT) after cardiac surgery. Methods: Clinical data of 8,455 patients undergoing cardiac surgery, including demographic preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative data were collected. Patients were divided into underweight (BMI <18.5), normal weight (18.5≤ BMI <24), overweight (24≤ BMI <28), and obese (BMI ≥28) groups...
December 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343259/influence-of-apocynin-on-cardiac-remodeling-in-rats-with-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-mellitus
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R Gimenes, C Gimenes, C M Rosa, N P Xavier, D H S Campos, A A H Fernandes, M D M Cezar, G N Guirado, L U Pagan, I D Chaer, D C Fernandes, F R Laurindo, A C Cicogna, M P Okoshi, K Okoshi
BACKGROUND: Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in diabetes mellitus (DM) is an important mechanism leading to diabetic cardiomyopathy. Apocynin, a drug isolated from the herb Picrorhiza kurroa, is considered an antioxidant agent by inhibiting NADPH oxidase activity and improving ROS scavenging. This study analyzed the influence of apocynin on cardiac remodeling in diabetic rats. METHODS: Six-month-old male Wistar rats were assigned into 4 groups: control (CTL, n = 15), control + apocynin (CTL + APO, n = 20), diabetes (DM, n = 20), and diabetes + apocynin (DM + APO, n = 20)...
January 17, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343170/accuracy-of-ultrasonographic-measurements-of-inferior-vena-cava-to-determine-fluid-responsiveness-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Daniele Orso, Irene Paoli, Tommaso Piani, Francesco L Cilenti, Lorenzo Cristiani, Nicola Guglielmo
OBJECTIVE: Fluid responsiveness is the ability to increase the cardiac output in response to a fluid challenge. Only about 50% of patients receiving fluid resuscitation for acute circulatory failure increase their stroke volume, but the other 50% may worsen their outcome. Therefore, predicting fluid responsiveness is needed. In this purpose, in recent years, the assessment of the inferior vena cava (IVC) through ultrasound (US) has become very popular. The aim of our work was to systematically review all the previously published studies assessing the accuracy of the diameter of IVC or its respiratory variations measured through US in predicting fluid responsiveness...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343025/-correlation-between-the-parameters-of-acoustic-cardiography-and-bnp-lvef-and-cardiac-function-grading-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#18
Q Xie, F W Zhang, M S Chen, Y X Zhang, L Q Ren, B Xing, D Y Li
Objective: To explore the correlation between the parameters of the new generation of Acoustic Cardiography and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and cardiac function grading in the diagnosis of heart failure. Methods: One hundred and sixty-eight inpatients, who were hospitalized in Department of Cardiology, Haikou People's Hospital from May 2016 to July 2017, were enrolled as heart failure group, including NYHA class Ⅰ(n=29), NYHA class Ⅱ(n=40), NYHA class Ⅲ(n=64), NYHA class Ⅳ (n=35)...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343014/-correlation-between-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation-and-hemodynamic-parameters-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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C Hong, J Y Li, R K Chen, C L Liu, X N Wang, S M Qing, X F Su, N F Zhang
Objective: To investigate the correlation of peripheral venous oxygen saturation (SpvO(2)) with mixed venous oxygen saturation (SvO(2)), pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and cardiac index (CI) in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), in order to predict these parameters using SpvO(2) and assess the prognosis of patients. Methods: Hospitalized patients diagnosed with PH by right heart catheterization in the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases from July 2015 to October 2016 were retrospectively analyzed...
January 12, 2018: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342993/-analysis-of-prognosis-and-associated-risk-factors-in-pediatric-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Q Liu, C Zhang, Q Q Li, Y Zhu, D Zhang, W G Zhao, H Gu
Objective: To analyze the prognosis and associated risk factors of pediatric idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Methods: A total of 119 patients under 18 years of age diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension in the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Center in Beijing Anzhen Hospital between June 2007 and May 2017 were enrolled in this retrospective study. The clinical informations and follow-up data were collected. The endpoints of follow-up were defined as death or undergoing lung transplantation...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
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