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So-Young Kim, Drew R Jones, Ji-Yeon Kang, Chul-Ho Yun, Grover P Miller
Coumadin (R/S-warfarin) metabolism plays a critical role in patient response to anticoagulant therapy. Several cytochrome P450s oxidize warfarin into R/S-6-, 7-, 8-, 10, and 4'-hydroxywarfarin that can undergo subsequent glucuronidation by UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs); however, current studies on recombinant UGTs cannot be adequately extrapolated to microsomal glucuronidation capacities for the liver. Herein, we estimated the capacity of the average human liver to glucuronidate hydroxywarfarin and identified UGTs responsible for those metabolic reactions through inhibitor phenotyping...
March 15, 2018: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
Ali Khoynezhad
Stroke remains a major complication of atrial fibrillation and third leading cause of death in Western Countries. [1] While Coumadin and novel oral anticoagulants have been efficient in reducing the stoke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation; there is a subset of patients who are not candidates for anticoagulation.[2] The management of these patients is clinical challenge.We describe a patient with history of permanent atrial fibrillation with contra-indication to anticoagulation presenting with and left atrial thrombus...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Ziyaur Rahman, Sohail Akhtar, Akhtar Siddiqui, Anthony B Ciavarella, Agnes Nguyenpho, Patrick J Faustino, Mansoor A Khan
Coumadin® a nd s everal generic products of warfarin s odium (WS) contain the crystalline form (clathrate) in which WS and isopropanol (IPA) are associated in a 2:1 molar ratio. IPA is critical in maintaining the WS crystalline structure. Physicochemical properties of the drug and drug product may change when the crystalline drug transforms to amorphous form. A headspace-gas chromatography (HS-GC) method was developed and validated for IPA determination in the WS drug product. n-propanol (NPA) was used as internal standard and the method was validated for specificity, system suitability, linearity, accuracy, precision, range, limits of detection and quantification, and robustness...
March 1, 2018: Acta Pharmaceutica
Pavel Osmancik, Petr Budera, Jana Zdarska, Dalibor Herman, Robert Petr, Richard Fojt, Zbynek Straka
OBJECTIVES: Thoracoscopic occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) has become a routine part of thoracoscopic ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Evaluation of residual findings of the occluded LAA by echocardiography has yet to be described. METHODS: Patients with AF indicated for hybrid ablation (thoracoscopic procedure followed by catheter ablation) were enrolled in this study. LAA was occluded as a routine part of the thoracoscopic procedure...
January 18, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Micheal Jace Tarver, Tyler Schmidt, Michael T Koltz
The authors present a unique case of recurrent stroke, discovered to be secondary to hemorrhagic conversion of microemboli from a mechanical aortic valve despite anticoagulation with Coumadin. The complexity of this case was magnified by the patient's young age, a mechanical heart valve (MHV), and a need for anticoagulation to maintain MHV patency in a setting of potentially life-threatening intracranial hemorrhage. Anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy are risk factors for hemorrhagic conversion post-cerebral ischemia; however, the pathophysiology underlying endothelial cell dysfunction causing red blood cell extravasation is an active area of basic and clinical research...
January 7, 2018: Brain Sciences
Visakha Suresh, Muath Bishawi, Michael W Manning, Chetan Patel, Joseph Rogers, Carmelo Milano, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, David Powers
PURPOSE: An increasing number of patients with end-stage heart failure are supported with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation and must be maintained on a consistent anticoagulation regimen. Pre-emptive extraction of carious teeth in these patients is necessary to prevent seeding of the implanted device and endocarditis. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate bleeding complications after minor oral surgery, specifically teeth extractions, in this unique patient population requiring long-term anticoagulation...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Alberto V Carli, Sara Spiro, Brian T Barlow, Steven B Haas
BACKGROUND: Superficial wound complications occur in up to 10% of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures and have been associated with periprosthetic joint infection. The ideal material for TKA closure should offer: 1) fast intraoperative application, 2) minimal wound complications and 3) removable by patients without assistance. We evaluated a novel, non-invasive, removable skin closure system for TKA to determine its effect on wound complications. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 221 consecutive TKA patients who received skin closure using a non-invasive zipper-like system ('Zip'; Zip 16 Surgical Skin Closure System; Zipline Medical)...
August 7, 2017: Knee
Mahim Malik, Konstantin Shilo, Ahmet Kilic
Cardiac papillary fibroelastomas (CPF) are rare cardiac tumors, mostly found on the valvular surfaces in the heart. These tumors are frond like in nature and are benign, intracardiac masses, rarely causing any hemodynamic disturbances. However, excision of these masses is indicated due to their propensity to embolize. We present a case report of the tumor found on the coumadin ridge, causing transient ischemic attacks in a patient. We performed complete excision of the tumor via median sternotomy on cardiopulmonary bypass support with cardiac arrest...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
Dustyn A Barnette, Bryce P Johnson, Dakota L Pouncey, Robert Nshimiyimana, Linda P Desrochers, Thomas E Goodwin, Grover P Miller
Coumadin (rac-warfarin) is the most commonly used anticoagulant in the world; however, its clinical use is often challenging because of its narrow therapeutic range and interindividual variations in response. A critical contributor to the uncertainty is variability in warfarin metabolism, which includes mostly oxidative but also reductive pathways. Reduction of each warfarin enantiomer yields two warfarin alcohol isomers, and the corresponding four alcohols retain varying levels of anticoagulant activity. Studies on the kinetics of warfarin reduction have often lacked resolution of parent-drug enantiomers and have suffered from coelution of pairs of alcohol metabolites; thus, those studies have not established the importance of individual stereospecific reductive pathways...
September 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Matthew J Chung, Jonathan D Hansen, Ryan D Schulteis, Joel C Boggan, W Schuyler Jones, Thomas J Povsic, Susan Roberts, Mitchell W Krucoff, Sunil V Rao
OBJECTIVES: We sought to characterize how the perceived risk of early dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) discontinuation is incorporated into operator decision-making regarding stent choice, using a simple pre-procedure survey screening for clinical variables that may lead to early DAPT discontinuation. BACKGROUND: Understanding which factors influence operator decision-making regarding stent choice during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) could help identify areas for quality improvement...
May 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Iki Adachi, Sarah Burki, David Horne, Gil G Costas, Taylor Spangler, Robert Jarvik, John Teal, J Timothy Baldwin, Kurt Dasse, M Patricia Massicotte, Jeff Conger, William E Cohn, Charles D Fraser
BACKGROUND: The Infant Jarvik 2015 is an implantable axial-flow ventricular assist device (VAD) that has undergone the major evolutionary design modifications to improve hemocompatibility. This study was conducted in anticipation of data submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to obtain Investigational Device Exemption approval. METHODS: The VAD was implanted via a left thoracotomy in Barbado sheep (n = 10, 26 (19-34] kg). Anticoagulation was maintained with coumadin, with a target international normalized ratio of greater than the individual sheep's baseline values...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Hai-Xuan Wu, Yi-Min Wang, Hui Xu, Ming Wei, Qiu-Lan He, Mei-Na Li, Lai-Bao Sun, Ming-Hui Cao
AIM: This study was aimed at assessing the role of extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) in mechanical allodynia resulting from lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and exploring the osthole's anti-nociceptive effect on ERK activation. METHODS: Radicular pain was generated by applying nucleus pulposus (NP) to the L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Allodynia was measured using Von Frey filaments to calculate the mechanical pain threshold. Phosphorylated ERK and total ERK protein in the lumbar spinal dorsal horn was detected by using the Western blot technique...
2017: Pharmacology
Gry Dahle, Kjell-Arne Rein, Arnt E Fiane
OBJECTIVES: A transcatheter heart valve technique can be used in failed mitral valve repairs with annuloplasty rings, deterioriated bioprostheses and in mitral annular calcification, all serving as 'docking stations' for balloon-expandable valves. Specially designed transcatheter mitral valve platforms are used in ongoing studies for native mitral valve regurgitation. We present our single centre experience with transcatheter mitral valve implantation-transapical approach procedures in eleven patients...
August 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Ahmad Alsheekh, Anil Hingorani, Natalie Marks, Yuriy Ostrozhynskyy, Enrico Ascher
Background The development and use of minimally invasive procedures provide improved options for the management of symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. While many patients with iliac venous occlusive disease and superficial venous insufficiency improve with combined iliac venous stenting and correction of superficial venous reflux, some patients have symptoms which persist. The goal of this study was to identify clinical factors related to persistent symptoms in patients with leg swelling after treatment of both iliac vein stenting and thermal ablation...
June 2017: Vascular
Frances Krawiec, Andrew Maitland, Qiuli Duan, Peter Faris, Paul J Belletrutti, William D T Kent
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in patients after cardiac surgery, assess the perioperative risk factors, and determine the type of GI tract pathology associated with bleeding events. METHODS: At a tertiary referral hospital, all cardiac surgery patients having a postoperative GI bleed from April 2002 to March 2012 were identified. To determine bleeding etiology, only patients requiring endoscopy were included in the analysis...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jonathan Douxfils, Robert C Gosselin
Oral vitamin K anticoagulation (warfarin, Coumadin, coumarin) has long been used for long-term treatment and prophylaxis in a variety of clinical settings. Given the unpredictable pharmacokinetic and food impact of warfarin, episodic monitoring is required. Since the early 2000s, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) entered into clinical trials as a potential alternative strategy to oral vitamin K antagonists for long-term anticoagulation. As these drugs have predictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, there was no requirement for episodic or routine monitoring...
April 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Larry M Jones, Rebecca A Coffey, Mona P Natwa, J Kevin Bailey
OBJECTIVE: tPA and anticoagulation for treatment of severe frostbite have been reported suggesting differences in imaging techniques, route of tPA administration and management of patients after tPA infusion. This is a report of our results following a protocol of Tc-99m scanning, intravenous tPA administration, followed by either systemic anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy. METHODS: Patients admitted to our burn center between February 13, 2015 and February 13, 2016 for frostbite who met inclusion criteria were treated with Tc-99m scan and intravenous tPA followed by systemic anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy...
August 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Uzung Yoon, LaiLai Kwok, Ingo Flessenkaemper
Prothrombin mutation was usually associated with other well-established predisposing factors for venous thrombosis such as antiphospholipid antibodies. Recently, even isolated prothrombin gene mutation G20210A has been reported to present severe or unusual vein thrombosis. Less clear is the role of prothrombin mutation in the formation of arterial thrombosis. We present a case of a 15-year-old healthy White male with acute bilateral femoral artery thrombosis. The patient presented with increasing left leg pain for about 1 week...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
Adil Sattar, Theingi Tiffany Win, Alex Schevchuck, Abinash Achrekar
We report an extremely rare case of an extensive biatrial thrombus straddling a patent foramen ovale (PFO) extending into the bilateral ventricles in a patient presenting with an acute embolic stroke. Our patient further developed a massive saddle pulmonary embolus (PE) with haemodynamic instability during the course of his hospitalisation. The risks of pharmacological thrombolysis or surgical thrombectomy for PE in a haemodynamically unstable patient with recent embolic stroke posed a significant therapeutic dilemma...
November 21, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Róbert Gábor Kiss
Antithrombotic drug therapy is a main cornerstone - sometimes a fairly uneven cornerstone - of today's clinical practice. Patients treated with antithrombotic drugs appear sometimes unawaited at those of our colleagues, who are not necessarily experts of this narrow field. Furthermore, new and newer molecules of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medicines have come into practice, frequently in combination. This dramatic development has been important to patients; pharmacological - and recently nonpharmacological - antithrombotic treatment has paved the way to improve current modalities in cardiology...
September 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
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