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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346963/point-of-care-testing-in-neurosurgery
#1
Christopher Beynon, Lars Wessels, Andreas W Unterberg
Coagulation disorders can have a major impact on the outcome of neurosurgical patients. The central nervous system is located within the closed space of the skull, and therefore, intracranial hemorrhage can lead to intracranial hypertension. Acute brain injury has been associated with alterations of various hemostatic parameters. Point-of-care (POC) techniques such as rotational thromboelastometry are able to identify markers of coagulopathy which are not reflected by standard assessment of hemostasis (e.g...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
#2
Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346156/association-of-sleep-characteristics-with-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-risk-factors-in-a-population-sample-the-chicago-area-sleep-study
#3
Samantha E Montag, Kristen L Knutson, Phyllis C Zee, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Jason Ng, Kwang-Youn A Kim, Mercedes R Carnethon
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of sleep characteristics with prevalent hypertension, diabetes, and obesity in a multiethnic cohort. DESIGN: This study used a population-based cross-sectional study design. SETTING: Participants were recruited between 2009 and 2011 from Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding suburbs. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 492 adults aged 35 to 64years who self-reported as white, black, Hispanic, or Asian and who had a low likelihood of sleep apnea based on the apnea screening questionnaires and 1 night of apnea screening using an in-home device (apnea hypopnea index <15 or oxygen desaturation index <10)...
April 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345964/end-tidal-carbon-dioxide-as-a-prognostic-feature-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#4
Caitlin E Welch, Evan L Brittain, Alexander L Newman, Ivan M Robbins, Meredith E Pugh, John H Newman, Anna R Hemnes
RATIONALE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized in part by increased dead space ventilation, which can be estimated noninvasively at the bedside by measurement of end-tidal CO2 (ETCO2). OBJECTIVES: Prior work has demonstrated that ETCO2 is lower in PAH than control patients, but whether ETCO2 has prognostic value is unknown. We hypothesized that lower measurements of ETCO2 in patients with PAH correlate with worse long-term outcomes. METHODS: Patients with PAH seen in our referral clinic were prospectively recruited for ETCO2 measurement between September 2009 and February 2010...
March 27, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345568/prognosis-of-different-glaucomas-seen-at-a-tertiary-center-a-10-year-overview
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Ramanjit Sihota, Neha Midha, Harathy Selvan, Talvir Sidhu, Deepa R Swamy, Ajay Sharma, Amisha Gupta, Viney Gupta, Tanuj Dada, Sunil Chaudhary
AIM: This study aims to determine treatment patterns, long-term intraocular pressure (IOP) and perimetric control in different glaucomas seen at a tertiary eye center. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Hospital-based, cross-sectional chart review of patients routinely following up at an outpatient glaucoma service. METHODS: Patients with a follow-up of at least 10 years were evaluated. Their mean IOP, visual field (VF) status, and medications/surgery required at final assessment were noted...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345114/peripheral-endothelial-function-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-looped-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#6
Heather Y Sun, Katie Jo Stauffer, Susan E Nourse, Chau Vu, Elif Seda Selamet Tierney
Coronary artery re-implantation during arterial switch operation in patients with D-looped transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) can alter coronary arterial flow and increase shear stress, leading to local endothelial dysfunction, although prior studies have conflicting results. Endothelial pulse amplitude testing can predict coronary endothelial dysfunction by peripheral arterial testing. This study tested if, compared to healthy controls, patients with D-TGA after arterial switch operation had peripheral endothelial dysfunction...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344956/maternal-serum-placental-growth-factor-and-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-measured-in-the-first-trimester-as-parameters-of-subsequent-pre-eclampsia-and-small-for-gestational-age-infants-a-prospective-observational-study
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Kyung Uk Sung, Jeong A Roh, Kyung Jin Eoh, Eui Hyeok Kim
OBJECTIVE: To examine the first-trimester maternal serum placental growth factor (PlGF) and pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) levels in pregnancies associated with pre-eclampsia (PE) or small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants, and determine the predictive accuracy of PlGF and of PAPP-A for either PE or SGA infants. METHODS: This prospective, observational study included 175 pregnant women, and of these women, due to participant withdrawal or loss to follow-up, delivery data were collected from the medical records of 155 women, including 4 who had twin pregnancies...
March 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344421/impact-of-physician-coordinated-intensive-follow-up-on-long-term-medical-costs-in-patients-with-unstable-angina-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#8
Jing-Jing Jia, Ping-Shuan Dong, Lai-Jing Du, Zhi-Guo Li, Li-Hong Lai, Xu-Ming Yang, Shao-Xin Wang, Xi-Shan Yang, Zhi-Juan Li, Xi-Yan Shang, Xi-Mei Fan
BACKGROUND: To investigate the impact of professional physician-coordinated intensive follow-up on long-term expenditures after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in unstable angina (UA) patients. METHODS: In this study, there were 669 UA patients who underwent successful PCI and followed up for 3 years, then divided into the intensive follow-up group (N = 337), and the usual follow-up group (N = 332). Patients were provided with detailed discharge information and individualized follow-up schedules...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343761/isolated-diastolic-hypertension-and-incident-heart-failure-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-insights-from-the-cardiovascular-health-study
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Helen M Sheriff, Apostolos Tsimploulis, Miroslava Valentova, Markus S Anker, Prakash Deedwania, Maciej Banach, Charity J Morgan, Marc R Blackman, Gregg C Fonarow, Michel White, Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, Richard M Allman, Wilbert S Aronow, Stefan D Anker, Ali Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Isolated systolic hypertension and isolated diastolic hypotension are common in older adults and associated with a higher risk of incident heart failure (HF). However, little is known about the prevalence and impact of isolated diastolic hypertension in this population. METHODS: In the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), of the 5776 community-dwelling older adults ≥65years who had data on baseline systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), 28 had isolated diastolic hypertension (DBP ≥90mmHg and SBP <140mmHg)...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342684/persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn
#10
REVIEW
Mamta Fuloria, Judy L Aschner
Failure of the normal circulatory adaptation to extrauterine life results in persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Although this condition is most often secondary to parenchymal lung disease or lung hypoplasia, it may also be idiopathic. PPHN is characterized by elevated pulmonary vascular resistance with resultant right-to-left shunting of blood and hypoxemia. Although the preliminary diagnosis of PPHN is often based on differential cyanosis and labile hypoxemia, the diagnosis is confirmed by echocardiography...
March 23, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342231/exploring-the-hypothesis-of-differential-care-for-african-immigrant-and-native-women-in-france-with-hypertensive-disorders-during-pregnancy-a-qualitative-study
#11
Priscille Sauvegrain, Elie Azria, Coralie Chiesa-Dubruille, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux
OBJECTIVE: To analyse whether prenatal care trajectories among women with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy in France differ between immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and native French women. DESIGN: Qualitative interview study. SETTING: Three public maternity units in the Paris region. POPULATION: Women born in SSA or in France of French parents and treated for hypertension or preeclampsia during their pregnancy...
March 25, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342151/cardiovascular-disease-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-medications-and-risk-factors-in-china
#12
Chun Li, X R Wang, H J Ji, X Y Zhang, X F Li, L Z Wang, C H Wang, Y F Wang, Rong Yang, G C Wang, Xin Lu, Ping Zhu, L N Chen, H T Jin, J T Liu, X Y Liu, Lin Sun, H Y Chen, Ping Wei, J X Wang, L F Cui, Rong Shu, B L Liu, Z L Zhang, G T Li, Z B Li, Jing Yang, J F Li, Bin Jia, F X Zhang, J M Tao, S L Han, J Y Lin, M Q Wei, X M Liu, Dan Ke, S X Hu, Cong Ye, X Y Yang, Hao Li, C B Huang, Ming Gao, Bei Lai, X F Li, L J Song, Yi Wang, X Y Wang, Y D Tang, Yin Su, Rong Mu, Z G Li
This study aims to assess the risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to determine the association of traditional and biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) with risk for CVD in Chinese rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. A cross-sectional cohort of 2013 RA patients from 21 hospitals around China was established. Medical history of CVD was documented. The patients' social background, clinical manifestations, comorbidities, and medications were also collected. Of the 2013 patients, 256 had CVD with an incidence of 12...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342139/exploring-the-link-between-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-inflammation-related-medical-conditions-an-epidemiological-examination
#13
Jack Tsai, Jianxun Shen
There have been few epidemiological studies exploring the link between PTSD and inflammation using population-based samples. This study examined the relation between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and inflammation-related medical conditions using data from the 2013-2014 New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Using a representative sample of 1,527 residents in New York City, the association between PTSD and 17 inflammation-related medical conditions were examined. Bivariate and multivariable analyses were conducted, adjusting for demographic characteristics and lifetime depression...
March 25, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342128/efficacy-and-safety-of-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-in-elderly-patients-with-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#14
Byeong Geun Song, Yang Won Min, Jun Haeng Lee, Hyuk Lee, Byung-Hoon Min, Poong-Lyul Rhee, Jae J Kim
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has been widely applied in superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SESCC) as a minimally invasive treatment, which has advantages over surgery, especially in the elderly who have high risk of surgery. This study elucidated the efficacy and safety of ESD for SESCC in the elderly. METHODS: Between April 2007 and June 2016, a total of 176 patients with SESCC treated with ESD were analyzed. Clinical outcomes including En bloc, complete, and curative resection rates, procedure-related complication rates, and cumulative recurrence rates were compared between the elderly (n = 46, ≥70 years of age) and the non-elderly groups (n = 130, <70 years of age)...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341983/-management-of-different-cardiovascular-risk-factors-with-a%C3%A2-combination-tablet-polypill
#15
REVIEW
P Bramlage, W März, D Westermann, B Weisser, J H Wirtz, U Zeymer, P Baumgart, G van Mark, U Laufs, B K Krämer, T Unger
BACKGROUND: The multifactorial origin of cardiovascular diseases has led to polypharmacy in primary and secondary prophylaxis with evidence-based medications, such as statins, antihypertensive drugs and platelet aggregation inhibitors. The number of prescribed drugs correlates inversely to adherence and can lead to treatment failure. Fixed-dose combination drugs (polypills) could increase the medication adherence of patients, reduce risks and prevent cardiovascular events. METHODS: This review is based on publications that were retrieved from Medline (via PubMed) and The Cochrane Library...
March 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341881/birmingham-vasculitis-activity-score-at-diagnosis-is-a-significant-predictor-of-relapse-of-polyarteritis-nodosa
#16
Yoon-Jeong Oh, Sung Soo Ahn, Eun Seong Park, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
The objective of this study was to investigate whether clinical and laboratory data, Birmingham vasculitis activity score (BVAS) and five factor scores (FFS) at diagnosis could predict relapse in 30 patients with polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) having the follow-up duration for over 12 months. We reviewed the medical charts of 30 patients with PAN. We obtained clinical and laboratory data at diagnosis, and we compared them between the two groups based on relapse. The optimal cut-off values of BVAS and FFS (1996) at diagnosis to predict relapse were extrapolated...
March 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341776/an-nppb-promoter-polymorphism-associated-with-elevated-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-lower-blood-pressure-hypertension-and-mortality
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Sara B Seidelmann, Orly Vardeny, Brian Claggett, Bing Yu, Amil M Shah, Christie M Ballantyne, Elizabeth Selvin, Calum A MacRae, Eric Boerwinkle, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Elevated B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are associated with heart failure and increased mortality in the general population. We investigated rs198389, a functional variant in the promoter region of the BNP gene (NPPB), in patients from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study to investigate associations with N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) levels and outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 11 361 black and white patients with rs198389 genotyping attended visit 1 (aged 45-64 years; 1987-1989), with follow-up visits occurring every 3 years (visit 2-visit 4, 1990-1999), followed by visit 5 (2011-2013)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341559/-moyamoya-disease-associated-with-kidney-angiodysplasia-in-a-child
#18
A Dibi, Z Maana, F Jabourik, A Bentahila
INTRODUCTION: Moyamoya disease is a progressive, chronic occlusive vascular disease of the circle of Willis arteries leading to the development of collateral circulation to compensate the occlusion. CASE REPORT: An 11-year-old girl presented an abrupt loss of consciousness and a right-sided motor deficit. Clinical examination found hypertension with 220/120mmHg arterial blood pressure. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed a large left hemispheric ischemic lesion...
March 21, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341507/endovascular-aortic-repair-for-progressive-chronic-thoracoabdominal-aortic-dissections
#19
Vito Mantese, Shameem Kunhammed
BACKGROUND: Ascending and thoracic aortic dissections progress into thoracoabdominal aneurysms 20-40% of the time, due to the initial aortic injury with associated weakness of the aortic wall. The increased firmness of the intimal flap usually results in a collapsed true lumen that does not spontaneously re-expand even with progressive dilatation of the aorta. In an effort to identify a safe and effective treatment path for this complex disease process, we present 4 cases illustrating successful sequential thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR)...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341355/comparison-of-clinical-and-electrocardiographic-predictors-of-ischemic-and-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-during-the-initial-evaluation-of-patients-with-reduced-%C3%A2-40-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#20
Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Arvind R Devanabanda, George Zakhem, Sohah N Iqbal, William Slater, John T Coppola
Invasive coronary angiography is routinely performed during the initial evaluation of patients with suspected cardiomyopathy with reduced left ventricular function. Clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) data may accurately predict ischemic cardiomyopathy (IC). Medical records of adults referred for coronary angiography for evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with myocardial infarction (MI), previous coronary revascularization, cardiac surgery, or left-sided valvular disease were excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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