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Giuseppe La Torre, Rosella Saulle, Francesca Di Murro, Roberta Siliquini, Alberto Firenze, Massimo Maurici, Alice Mannocci, Vittoria Colamesta, Francesco Barillà, Fabio Ferrante, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Western countries. The possible synergistic effect of poor adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MD) and other risk factors for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) such as hypertension, cholesterol, ever smoker, BMI> 25, diabetes, has not been deeply studied. DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Patients with first AMI and controls from four tertiary referral Italian centers were screened for enrolment...
2018: PloS One
Keizo Kanasaki
Emerging evidence suggests that dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors used to treat type 2 diabetes may have nephroprotective effects beyond the reduced renal risk conferred by glycemic control. DPP-4 is a ubiquitous protein with exopeptidase activity that exists in cell membrane-bound and soluble forms. The kidneys contain the highest levels of DPP-4, which is increased in diabetic nephropathy. DPP-4 inhibitors are a chemically heterogeneous class of drugs with important pharmacological differences. Of the globally marketed DPP-4 inhibitors, linagliptin is of particular interest for diabetic nephropathy as it is the only compound that is not predominantly excreted in the urine...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Sandra Hamilton, Belynda Mills, Shelley McRae, Sandra Thompson
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD), a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, has similar incidence in metropolitan and rural areas but poorer cardiovascular outcomes for residents living in rural and remote Australia. Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is an evidence-based intervention that helps reduce subsequent cardiovascular events and rehospitalisation. Unfortunately CR attendance rates are as low as 10-30% with rural/remote populations under-represented. This in-depth assessment investigated the provision of CR and secondary prevention services in Western Australia (WA) with a focus on rural and remote populations...
January 30, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Sarah T Ahmed, Hasan Rehman, Julia M Akeroyd, Mahboob Alam, Tina Shah, Ankur Kalra, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: While the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is on the decline globally, it is on the rise among South Asians. South Asians are also believed to present early with coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with other ethnicities. RECENT FINDINGS: South Asians have demonstrated a higher burden of premature CAD (PCAD) compared with other ethnicities. These findings are not limited to non-immigrant South Asians but have also been found in immigrant South Asians settled around the world...
January 27, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Noha Ferrah, Karen Stephan, Janaka Lovell, Joseph Ibrahim, Barry Beiles
BACKGROUND: Adequate surgical care of patients and concurrent training of residents is achieved in elective procedures through careful case selection and adequate supervision. Whether this applies when trainees are involved in emergency operations remains equivocal. The aim of this study was therefore to compare the risk of post-operative complications following emergency procedures performed by senior operators compared with supervised trainees. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study examining in-hospital deaths of patients across all surgical specialties who underwent emergency surgery in Australian public hospitals reported to the national surgical mortality audit between 2009 and 2015...
January 23, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Ugo Fedeli, Francesco Avossa, Eliana Ferroni, Elena Schievano, Claudio Bilato, Pietro Amedeo Modesti, Maria Chiara Corti
BACKGROUND: Only fragmentary data are available on the burden of non-communicable diseases among immigrants in Europe, mostly limited to mortality by cause. Aim of the study is to investigate the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases across different immigrant groups in the Veneto Region (North-Eastern Italy). METHODS: The resident population aged 20-59 was classified according to country of citizenship. The Adjusted Clinical Groups System was adopted to identify selected cardiovascular conditions by linkage of Hospital Discharge Records, Emergency Room visits, Chronic disease registry for copayment exemptions, the Home care database, and drugs reimbursed by the Regional Health Service...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Alexandra Gherman, Călin Căinap, Anne-Marie Constantin, Sînziana Cetean, Simona Sorana Căinap
Novel emerging therapies have changed paradigms in metastatic colorectal cancer. The advantages of molecular targeted treatments, either the anti-angiogenic or the anti-epidermal growth factor receptor drugs, reside in the fact that while their specificity for the cancer cell is higher, their toxicity on normal tissues is significantly lower when compared to chemotherapy. But when it comes to their safety, especially from a cardiovascular point of view, they still need to pass the test of time and further prospective studies are needed...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
Masashi Utsumi, Hideki Aoki, Tomoyoshi Kunitomo, Yutaka Mushiake, Isao Yasuhara, Fumitaka Taniguchi, Takashi Arata, Koh Katsuda, Kohji Tanakaya, Hitoshi Takeuchi
To identify predictive factors for conversion from laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) to open cholecystectomy performed for mixed indications as an acute or elective procedure. We retrospectively analyzed the data of 236 consecutive cases of LC performed in our department between January 2012 and January 2015, and evaluated preoperative risk factors for conversion and the usefulness of the 2013 Tokyo guidelines (TG2013) for diagnosing acute cholecystitis. The conversion rate in our series was 8% (19/236 cases)...
October 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
Saori Kashima, Takashi Yorifuji, Etsuji Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Factors influencing the susceptibility of the elderly to the adverse health effects of short-term exposure to desert dust have yet to be explored. We aimed to identify the disease histories that increase the susceptibility of the elderly to disease onset induced by dust events. METHODS: We used a time-stratified case-crossover design using data on 17,874 elderly residents (≥65 years) of Okayama, Japan, who were transported to hospital emergency rooms because of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases between 2006 and 2010...
October 2017: Epidemiology
Jing Zhang, Lei Zhang, Shu Zhang, Qilin Yu, Fei Xiong, Kun Huang, Cong-Yi Wang, Ping Yang
Obesity has emerged as an imminent global public health concern over the past several decades. It has now become evident that obesity is characterized by the persistent and low-grade inflammation in the adipose tissue, and serves as an independent risk factor for many metabolic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Particularly, adipocytes originated from obese mice and humans likely predominate necrosis upon stressful insults, leading to passive release of cellular contents including the high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) into the extracellular milieu...
October 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Sadaf G Sepanlou, Hamid Barahimi, Iraj Najafi, Farin Kamangar, Hossein Poustchi, Ramin Shakeri, Monir Sadat Hakemi, Akram Pourshams, Masoud Khoshnia, Abdolsamad Gharravi, Behrooz Broumand, Ali Nobakht-Haghighi, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Reza Malekzadeh
BACKGROUND: The burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing globally in particular in fast emerging economies such as Iran. Population-based studies on prevalence of CKD in Iran are scarce. The objective of the current study was to explore the prevalence and determinants of CKD in the setting of Golestan Cohort Study (GCS), the largest prospective cohort in the Middle East. METHODS: In this observational study, 11,409 participants enrolled in the second phase of GCS were included...
2017: PloS One
Francesco Trotta, Stefania Spila-Alegiani, Roberto Da Cas, Maja Rajevic, Valentino Conti, Mauro Venegoni, Mariangela Rossi, Giuseppe Traversa
The cardiovascular safety of tiotropium Respimat formulation in the routine clinical practice is still an open issue. Our aim was to compare the risk of acute myocardial infarction and heart rhythm disorders in incident users of either tiotropium Respimat or HandiHaler. The study population comprises patients aged ≥45 years, resident in two Italian regions with a first prescription of tiotropium (HandiHaler or Respimat) between 01/07/2011-30/11/2013. The cohort was identified through the database of prescriptions reimbursed by the Italian National Health Service...
2017: PloS One
G Agarwal, R Angeles, M Pirrie, F Marzanek, B McLeod, J Parascandalo, L Dolovich
BACKGROUND: Seniors living in subsidized housing have lower income, poorer health, and increased risk for cardiometabolic diseases and falls. Seniors also account for more than one third of calls to Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This study examines the effectiveness of the Community Health Assessment Program through EMS (CHAP-EMS) in reducing blood pressure, diabetes risk, and EMS calls. METHODS: Paramedics on modified duty (e.g. injured) conducted weekly, one-on-one drop-in sessions in a common area of one subsidized senior's apartment building in Hamilton, Ontario...
March 9, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
Pablo Méndez-Lázaro, Frank E Muller-Karger, Daniel Otis, Matthew J McCarthy, Ernesto Rodríguez
Increased frequency and length of high heat episodes are leading to more cardiovascular issues and asthmatic responses among the population of San Juan, the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, USA. An urban heat island effect, which leads to foci of higher temperatures in some urban areas, can raise heat-related mortality. The objective of this research is to map the risk of high temperature in particular locations by creating heat maps of the city of San Juan. The heat vulnerability index (HVI) maps were developed using images collected by satellite-based remote sensing combined with census data...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
Isaac R Whitman, Vratika Agarwal, Gregory Nah, Jonathan W Dukes, Eric Vittinghoff, Thomas A Dewland, Gregory M Marcus
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationship between alcohol abuse, a common and theoretically modifiable condition, and the most common cause of death in the world, cardiovascular disease, may inform potential prevention strategies. OBJECTIVES: The study sought to investigate the associations among alcohol abuse and atrial fibrillation (AF), myocardial infarction (MI), and congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS: Using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database, we performed a longitudinal analysis of California residents ≥21 years of age who received ambulatory surgery, emergency, or inpatient medical care in California between 2005 and 2009...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Martin Kolditz, Dionne Braeken, Santiago Ewig, Gernot Rohde
Severity assessment is a crucial step in the initial management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). While approximately half of patients are at low risk of death and can be safely treated as outpatients, around 20% are at increased risk. While CURB-65 (confusion, respiratory rate, blood pressure, urea) and pneumonia severity index (PSI) scores are equally useful as an adjunct to clinical judgment to identify patients at low risk, the so-called minor American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America criteria are predictive of patients in need of intensified treatment (i...
December 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Janaka Weragoda, Manuj C Weerasinghe, Rohini Seneviratne, S M Wijeyaratne
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an emerging problem in Sri Lanka, particularly with the ageing population. A considerable number of patients are detected at a late stage with severe limb ischemia or chronic non-healing leg ulceration. Public awareness about PAD is important in developing preventive strategies. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted to assess awareness of PAD among adults aged 40-74 years in a district in Sri Lanka. In total, 2912 adults were selected for the study using a multistage probability proportionate to size sampling technique...
October 12, 2016: BMC Public Health
Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, David Gozal
Since initial reports 40 years ago on pediatric OSA syndrome (OSAS) as a distinct and prevalent clinical entity, substantial advances have occurred in the delineation of diagnostic and treatment approaches. However, despite emerging and compelling evidence that OSAS increases the risk for cognitive, cardiovascular, and metabolic end-organ morbidities, routine assessment of such morbidities is seldom conducted in clinical practice. One of the major reasons for such discrepancies resides in the relatively labor-intensive and onerous steps that would be required to detect the presence of any of such morbidities, further adding to the already elevated cost of diagnosing the disorder...
February 2017: Chest
Steve M Harakeh, Imran Khan, Taha Kumosani, Elie Barbour, Saad B Almasaudi, Suhad M Bahijri, Sulaiman M Alfadul, Ghada M A Ajabnoor, Esam I Azhar
Obesity, a global epidemic of the modern era, is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and diabetes. The pervasiveness of obesity and overweight in both developed as well as developing populations is on the rise and placing a huge burden on health and economic resources. Consequently, research to control this emerging epidemic is of utmost importance. Recently, host interactions with their resident gut microbiota (GM) have been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of many metabolic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and CVD...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
R Darabont, O Tautu, M Ardeleanu, M Dorobantu
OBJECTIVE: Romania is an East European country with high mortality rates for ischemic heart and cerebrovascular diseases largely attributable to an increased level of uncontrolled hypertension. We aimed to analyze the data of SEPHAR II epidemiological study (Study for the Evaluation of Prevalence of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Romania) in order to identify common and emergent factors associated with treatment control in Romanian hypertensives. DESIGN AND METHOD: A total of 1975 subjects, selected on the base of stratified proportional sampling and consented to participate in the study, were evaluated during the two study visits...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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