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Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Ze-Yu Zhao, Jian-Hui Gan, Jian-Bo Liu, Qing Cheng
Background: Dexmedetomidine is a useful sedative agent for spinal anesthesia. However, it has been reported to decreases heart rate in a dose-dependent manner. In the present study, we compared the bolus dose of midazolam and bolus loaded dexmedetomidine over 10 min to determine additional sedation methods. Methods: A total of 100 patients who were classified as American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-II undergoing spinal anesthesia were randomly divided into two groups...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Mehmet Özkan, Sabahattin Gündüz, Macit Kalçık, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy
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February 7, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
B Tate Cutshall, Benjamin T Duhart, Jagannath Saikumar, Michael Samarin, Lydia Hutchison, Joanna Q Hudson
BACKGROUND: Treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) requires guideline-directed medication therapy (GDMT) consisting of either an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker in combination with an indicated beta-blocker. There is concern that end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are not being prescribed GDMT. The study aim was to determine whether outcomes differ for patients with HFrEF and ESRD receiving GDMT compared to those not receiving GDMT...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Thomas W Gaither, Mohannad A Awad, Gregory P Murphy, Ian Metzler, Thomas Sanford, Michael L Eisenberg, Siobhan Sutcliffe, E Charles Osterberg, Benjamin N Breyer
BACKGROUND: Bicycle riding has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation and exercise, especially among women, and previous studies have demonstrated a relationship between cycling and sexual dysfunction, albeit using non-validated questionnaires. AIM: We aimed to explore the relationship between cycling and sexual and urinary dysfunction. METHODS: Cyclists were recruited to complete a survey through Facebook advertisements and outreach to sporting clubs across 5 English-speaking countries...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
William F McIntyre, David Conen, Brian Olshansky, Jonathan L Halperin, Emil Hayek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Shihai Lu, Jeff S Healey
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic prophylaxis with oral anticoagulation (OAC) substantially reduces stroke and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Analysis of data in GLORIA-AF, an international, observational registry of patients with newly-diagnosed AF, can identify factors associated with treatment decisions and outcomes. METHODS: Multivariable regression identified patient, physician, and temporal factors associated with OAC prescription, versus management with antiplatelet drugs or no antithrombotic drugs in North American patients enrolled between November 2011 and February 2014...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Zihe Zheng, Jane L Harman, Josef Coresh, Anna Köttgen, Mara A McAdams-DeMarco, Adolfo Correa, Bessie A Young, Ronit Katz, Casey M Rebholz
Background: A high fructose intake has been shown to be associated with increased serum urate concentration, whereas ascorbate (vitamin C) may lower serum urate by competing with urate for renal reabsorption. Objective: We assessed the combined association, as the fructose:vitamin C intake ratio, and the separate associations of dietary fructose and vitamin C intakes on prevalent hyperuricemia. Methods: We conducted cross-sectional analyses of dietary intakes of fructose and vitamin C and serum urate concentrations among Jackson Heart Study participants, a cohort of African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi, aged 21-91 y...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Benjamin D Smith, Jennifer R Bellon, Rachel Blitzblau, Gary Freedman, Bruce Haffty, Carol Hahn, Francine Halberg, Karen Hoffman, Kathleen Horst, Jean Moran, Caroline Patton, Jane Perlmutter, Laura Warren, Timothy Whelan, Jean L Wright, Reshma Jagsi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this guideline is to offer recommendations on fractionation for whole breast irradiation (WBI) with or without a tumor bed boost and guidance on treatment planning and delivery. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) convened a task force to address 5 key questions focused on dose-fractionation for WBI, indications and dose-fractionation for tumor bed boost, and treatment planning techniques for WBI and tumor bed boost...
March 8, 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
David J Tester, Leonie C H Wong, Pritha Chanana, Amie Jaye, Jared M Evans, David R FitzPatrick, Margaret J Evans, Peter Fleming, Iona Jeffrey, Marta C Cohen, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Michael A Simpson, Elijah R Behr, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a leading cause of postneonatal mortality. Genetic heart diseases (GHDs) underlie some cases of SIDS. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the spectrum and prevalence of GHD-associated mutations as a potential monogenic basis for SIDS. METHODS: A cohort of 419 unrelated SIDS cases (257 male; average age 2.7 ± 1.9 months) underwent whole exome sequencing and a targeted analysis of 90 GHD-susceptibility genes...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Jaime Fernández-Sarmiento, Joseph A Carcillo, Claudia M Salinas, Edgar F Galvis, Paula A López, Andrés Jagua-Gualdrón
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate adherence to the sepsis bundle before and after an educational strategy and its impact on hospital stay. DESIGN: A prospective, analytic, before-and-after study of children with severe sepsis and septic shock who presented to the emergency department. SETTING: Carried out from January to December 2014 in the emergency department of a quaternary care hospital. PATIENTS: Of a total of 19,836 children who presented to the emergency department, 4,383 had an infectious pathology, with 203 of these showing severe sepsis and septic shock (124 pre intervention, and 79 post intervention)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Takuya Oikawa, Yasuhiko Sakata, Kotaro Nochioka, Masanobu Miura, Kanako Tsuji, Takeo Onose, Ruri Abe, Shintaro Kasahara, Masayuki Sato, Takashi Shiroto, Jun Takahashi, Satoshi Miyata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: The beneficial prognostic impact of statins has been established in patients with ischemic heart disease but not in those with heart failure (HF). In addition, it is still unclear whether patients benefit from statins regardless of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined 2444 consecutive stage C or D HF patients with ischemic heart disease registered in CHART-2 (Chronic Heart Failure Registry and Analysis in the Tohoku District 2), a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study in Japan...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Tae-Min Rhee, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Sohee Oh, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
Background/Aims: Although brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) has been validated as a novel method to predict the cardiovascular risk in general population, the relevance of baPWV to the traditional risk scores has not been clearly revealed. This study investigated the relationship between baPWV and four different cardiovascular risk-predicting scores in men and women. Methods: A total of 539 subjects (58.1 ± 12.2 years, 50.1% men) without cardiovascular disease (CVD) who underwent health examinations including baPWV measurement were retrospectively analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Lunia Sofia Lima Azevedo, Lucas Gaspar Ribeiro, André Schmidt, Antônio Pazin Filho
We sought to evaluate the impact of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training in the professional career and work environment of physicians who took the course in a single center certified by the American Heart Association (AHA). Of the 4631 students (since 1999 to 2009), 2776 were located, 657 letters were returned, with 388 excluded from the analysis for being returned lacking addressees. The final study population was composed of 269 participants allocated in 3 groups (< 3 years, 3-5 and > 5years)...
March 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Xiaochen Lin, Katie Kei-Hang Chan, Yen-Tsung Huang, Xi Luo, Liming Liang, James Wilson, Adolfo Correa, Daniel Levy, Simin Liu
PURPOSE: Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is a well-established modifiable lifestyle determinant for multiple cardio-metabolic outcomes. However, current understanding of the genetic architecture that may determine LTPA remains very limited. Therefore, we aimed to examine the role of genetic factors in affecting LTPA, which has yet to be investigated comprehensively and in-depth. METHODS: We conducted a genome-wide analysis using 1000 Genomes Project imputed data from the Women's Health Initiative (n=11,865), the Jackson Heart Study (n=3,015) and the Framingham Heart Study (n=7,339)...
March 13, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
David M Tehrani, Daniel Rodgers, Sirtaz Adatya, Nitasha Sarswat, Jayant Raikhelkar, Gene H Kim, Gabriel Sayer, Nir Uriel
We aim to evaluate the echocardiographic/hemodynamic effects of left ventricular assist devices in African American (AA) versus non-AA patients undergoing ramp speed optimization and its subsequent effect on readmissions. In 65 patients (26 AA), no differences in baseline echocardiographic/hemodynamic parameters were noted. During ramp testing, there was a significantly greater increase in cardiac output (slope: 0.29 ± 0.24 vs. 0.15 ± 0.12, p < 0.01) with more rapid decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (slope: -0...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Ping Hu, Fengchang Qiao, Yan Wang, Lulu Meng, Xiuqing Ji, Chunyu Luo, Tianhui Xu, Ran Zhou, Jingjing Zhang, Bin Yu, Leilei Wang, Ting Wang, Qiong Pan, Dingyuan Ma, Dong Liang, Zhengfeng Xu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the diagnostic yield of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) in prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects (CHDs) and for investigating the possible genetic etiology of prenatal CHD cases. METHODS: Forty-four fetuses with CHDs and normal molecular karyotypes underwent targeted NGS in this study. Fetal genomic DNA was directly extracted from amniotic fluid cells in each prenatal case. A customized targeted NGS panel containing 77 CHD-associated genes was designed to detect variants in the coding regions and the splicing sites of these genes...
March 13, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Wilbert S Aronow, William H Frishman
The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension guidelines diagnose hypertension if systolic blood pressure (SBP) is ≥ 130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) is ≥ 80 mmHg. Increased BP is SBP 120-129 mmHg with DBP < 80 mmHg. Lifestyle measures should be used to treat individuals with increased BP. Lifestyle measures plus BP-lowering drugs should be used for secondary prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events in individuals with clinical cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, or stroke) and an average SBP ≥ 130 mmHg or an average DBP ≥ 80 mmHg...
March 13, 2018: Drugs
H T Sun, M Xu, G L Chen, J He
Objective: This study aimed to compare dexmedetomidine with remifentanil for conscious sedation in patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: Sixty patients, who were aged 41 to 73 years with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status Ⅰ-Ⅱ, and scheduled for elective radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma under conscious sedation in National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, from January 2014 to June 2016, were allocated randomly to receive dexmedetomidine maintenance regimen(group D, n =30)or remifentanil maintenance regimen(group R, n =30)by random digital table...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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