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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341172/statin-use-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device-infection-a-cohort-study-in-a-veteran-population
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Talal Alzahrani, Angelike P Liappis, Larry M Baddour, Pamela E Karasik
BACKGROUND: The rate of cardiovascular implantable electronic device infection (CIEDI) has increased, despite the use of perioperative antibiotics at the time of device placement or revision. This is due, in part, to the presence of multiple comorbid conditions in an elderly population, in general, who require CIED. Statins may have an antibacterial effect, although there is currently no evidence that the likelihood of CIEDI has been impacted by statin use. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed to assess whether statins are associated with a reduced risk of CIEDI...
January 17, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330214/statins-have-a-dose-dependent-effect-on-amputation-and-survival-in-peripheral-artery-disease-patients
#2
Shipra Arya, Anjali Khakharia, Zachary O Binney, Randall R DeMartino, Luke P Brewster, Philip P Goodney, Peter W F Wilson
Background -Statin dose guidelines for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) patients are largely based on coronary artery disease and stroke data. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of statin intensity on PAD outcomes of amputation and mortality. Methods -Using an observational cohort study design and a validated algorithm we identified incident PAD patients (2003-2014) in the national Veterans Affairs data. Highest statin intensity exposure [high intensity vs low- moderate intensity vs antiplatelet therapy but no statin use (AP only)] was determined within one year of diagnosis of PAD...
January 12, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172840/the-influence-of-oral-statin-medications-on-progression-of-glaucomatous-visual-field-loss-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Ben Whigham, Eugene Z Oddone, Sandra Woolson, Cynthia Coffman, R Rand Allingham, Christine Shieh, Kelly W Muir
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between oral statin use and the progression of open angle glaucoma. METHODS: Medical records of 847 Veterans were reviewed to collect statin use history, record demographic and comorbid medical conditions, and review visual fields. Visual field progression was judged by an ophthalmologist masked to statin use history. Progression rates in a propensity score matched cohort were compared between statin users and nonusers using McNemar's test with the propensity model derived using associated medical and demographic factors...
November 27, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130272/effects-of-guideline-and-formulary-changes-on-statin-prescribing-in-the-veterans-affairs
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Adam A Markovitz, Rob G Holleman, Timothy P Hofer, Eve A Kerr, Mandi L Klamerus, Jeremy B Sussman
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of two sequential policy changes-the addition of a high-potency statin to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formulary and the release of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) cholesterol guidelines-on VA provider prescribing. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Retrospective analysis of 1,100,682 VA patients, 2011-2016. STUDY DESIGN: Interrupted time-series analysis of changes in prescribing of moderate-to-high-intensity statins among high-risk patients and across high-risk subgroups...
December 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107453/longitudinal-trends-and-predictors-of-statin-use-among-patients-with-diabetes
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Meghan B Brennan, Elbert S Huang, Jennifer M Lobo, Hyojung Kang, Marylou Guihan, Anirban Basu, Min-Woong Sohn
AIM: Statins reduce morbidity and mortality among patients with diabetes, but their use remains suboptimal. Understanding trends in statin use may inform strategies for improvement. METHODS: We enrolled a national, retrospective cohort of 899,664 veterans aged≥40years with diabetes in 2003. We followed them through 2011, dividing the nine-year follow-up into 90-day periods. For each period, we determined statin use, defined as possession of ≥30-day supply. We examine factors associated with statin uptake among baseline non-users with a multivariate model...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091289/a-risk-score-to-predict-the-development-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-a-population-based-cohort-of-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Elliot B Tapper, Neehar Parikh, Neil Sengupta, Jessica Mellinger, David Ratz, Anna S Lok, Grace L Su
Over 40% of patients with cirrhosis will develop hepatic encephalopathy (HE). HE is associated with decreased survival, falls, motor vehicle accidents, and frequent hospitalization. Accordingly, we aimed to develop a tool to risk-stratify patients for HE development. We studied a population-based cohort of all patients with cirrhosis without baseline HE (N=1,979) from the Veterans Administration from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio (1/1/2005-12/31/10) using demographic, clinical, laboratory, and pharmacy data. The primary outcome was the development of HE...
November 1, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020184/risk-of-acute-liver-injury-after-statin-initiation-by-human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-status
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Dana D Byrne, Janet P Tate, Kimberly A Forde, Joseph K Lim, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, David Rimland, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas, Adeel A Butt, Cynthia L Gibert, Sheldon T Brown, Roger Bedimo, Matthew S Freiberg, Amy C Justice, Jay R Kostman, Jason A Roy, Vincent Lo Re
Background: Patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be prescribed statins as treatment for metabolic/cardiovascular disease, but it remains unclear if the risk of acute liver injury (ALI) is increased for statin initiators compared to nonusers in groups classified by HIV/HCV status. Methods: We conducted a cohort study to compare rates of ALI in statin initiators vs nonusers among 7686 HIV/HCV-coinfected, 8155 HCV-monoinfected, 17739 HIV-monoinfected, and 36604 uninfected persons in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (2000-2012)...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912200/development-and-validation-of-electronic-quality-measures-to-assess-care-for-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attack-and-minor-ischemic-stroke
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Dawn M Bravata, Laura J Myers, Eric Cheng, Mathew Reeves, Fitsum Baye, Zhangsheng Yu, Teresa Damush, Edward J Miech, Jason Sico, Michael Phipps, Alan Zillich, Jason Johanning, Seemant Chaturvedi, Curt Austin, Jared Ferguson, Bailey Maryfield, Kathy Snow, Susan Ofner, Glenn Graham, Rachel Rhude, Linda S Williams, Greg Arling
BACKGROUND: Despite interest in using electronic health record (EHR) data to assess quality of care, the accuracy of such data is largely unknown. We sought to develop and validate transient ischemic attack and minor ischemic stroke electronic quality measures (eQMs) using EHR data. METHODS AND RESULTS: A random sample of patients with transient ischemic attack or minor ischemic stroke, cared for in Veterans Health Administration facilities (fiscal year 2011), was identified...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746145/treatment-and-outcomes-of-type-2-myocardial-infarction-and-myocardial-injury-compared-with-type-1-myocardial-infarction
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Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Pritha Subramanyam, Eugenia Gianos, Harmony R Reynolds, Binita Shah, Steven P Sedlis
BACKGROUND: Type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) is defined by a rise and fall of cardiac biomarkers and evidence of ischemia without unstable coronary artery disease (CAD) because of a mismatch in myocardial oxygen supply and demand. Myocardial injury is similar but does not fulfill the clinical criteria for MI. There is uncertainty in terms of the clinical characteristics, management, and outcomes of type 2 MI and myocardial injury in comparison with type 1 MI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients admitted to a Veterans Affairs tertiary care hospital with a rise and fall in cardiac troponin were identified...
July 25, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641862/perioperative-beta-blockers-and-statins-for-noncardiac-surgery-patients-with-coronary-stents
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Joshua S Richman, Laura A Graham, Aerin DeRussy, Thomas M Maddox, Kamal M F Itani, Mary T Hawn
IMPORTANCE: Recent publications report that perioperative initiation of statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes particularly among patients with increased cardiac risk. However, findings on associations with beta blocker (BB) initiation are mixed. OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between perioperative statin and BB use in a national sample of patients with cardiac stents. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: VA Medical Centers nationwide...
August 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552431/cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-incidence-of-type-2-diabetes-in-united-states-veterans-on-statin-therapy
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Peter Kokkinos, Charles Faselis, Puneet Narayan, Jonathan Myers, Eric Nylen, Xuemei Sui, Jiajia Zhang, Carl J Lavie
BACKGROUND: Impact of cardiorespiratory fitness on statin-related incidence of type 2 diabetes has not been assessed. We assessed the cardiorespiratory fitness and diabetes incidence association in dyslipidemic patients on statins. METHODS: We identified dyslipidemic patients with a normal exercise test performed during 1986 and 2014 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Washington, DC or Palo Alto, Calif. The statin-treated patients (n = 4092; age = 58.8 ± 10...
October 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549471/the-shared-health-appointments-and-reciprocal-enhanced-support-shares-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-trial
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Michele Heisler, Jennifer Burgess, Jeffrey Cass, John F Chardos, Alexander B Guirguis, Sean M Jeffery, Lorrie A Strohecker, Adam S Tremblay, Wen-Chih Wu, Donna M Zulman
BACKGROUND: Diabetes shared medical appointments (SMAs) and reciprocal peer support programs have been found in efficacy trials to help adults with diabetes improve their self-management and achieve short-term gains in clinical and patient-centered outcomes. In order to translate this evidence to system-level interventions, there is a need for large-scale, pragmatic trials that examine the effectiveness, implementation, and costs of SMAs and reciprocal peer support across diverse settings...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511632/mislabeling-of-study-design-and-overstatement-of-findings-in-rechallenging-statin-therapy-in-veterans-with-statin-induced-myopathy-post-vitamin-d-replenishment
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479115/statin-use-is-associated-with-a-lower-risk-of-tb
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Vincent Yi-Fong Su, Wei-Juin Su, Yung-Feng Yen, Sheng-Wei Pan, Pei-Hung Chuang, Jia-Yih Feng, Kun-Ta Chou, Kuang-Yao Yang, Yu-Chin Lee, Tzeng-Ji Chen
BACKGROUND: Statins are widely used to lower cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk. Further, studies have shown that statins may decrease the risks of infectious diseases and infection-related mortality; however, the association between statin use and active TB disease remains unclear. METHODS: Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, we conducted a nationwide population-based study. Patients taking statins between 2000 and 2013, without antecedent TB disease, were included...
September 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465286/estimation-of-eligibility-for-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-inhibitors-and-associated-costs-based-on-the-fourier-trial-further-cardiovascular-outcomes-research-with-pcsk9-inhibition-in-subjects-with-elevated-risk-insights-from-the-department
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LETTER
Salim S Virani, Julia M Akeroyd, Vijay Nambi, Paul A Heidenreich, Pamela B Morris, Khurram Nasir, Erin D Michos, Vera A Bittner, Laura A Petersen, Christie M Ballantyne
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#16
Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318053/statins-decrease-the-risk-of-decompensation-in-hepatitis-b-virus-and-hepatitis-c-virus-related-cirrhosis-a-population-based-study
#17
Fu-Ming Chang, Yen-Po Wang, Hui-Chu Lang, Chia-Fen Tsai, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ching-Liang Lu
Statin use decreases the risk of decompensation and mortality in patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV). Whether this beneficial effect can be extended to cirrhosis in the general population or cirrhosis due to other causes, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection or alcohol, remains unknown. Statin use also decreases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic HBV and HCV infection. It is unclear whether the effect can be observed in patients with pre-existing cirrhosis...
September 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249009/current-use-of-statins-reduces-risk-of-hiv-rebound-on-suppressive-haart
#18
MULTICENTER STUDY
Henning Drechsler, Colby Ayers, James Cutrell, Naim Maalouf, Pablo Tebas, Roger Bedimo
BACKGROUND: Despite compelling evidence for activity against HIV-1 in vitro, a virologic effect of statins has not been shown in clinical studies. Given their short plasma half-lives, such an effect may be transient and only apparent during ongoing exposure. METHODS: We studied all HIV infected US-Veterans who started HAART 1995-2011, had a documented HIV viral load (VL) >1000 copies/mL, reached an undetectable VL on HAART, and had ≥1 follow-up VL within 13 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230447/effect-of-medicaid-policy-changes-on-medication-adherence-differences-by-baseline-adherence
#19
Krutika Amin, Joel F Farley, Matthew L Maciejewski, Marisa E Domino
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the North Carolina (NC) Medicaid program reduced the number of days prescription supply that enrollees could fill from 100 days to 34 days and increased copayments for brand-name medications. Previous work has shown that a change in these policies led to a decrease in medication adherence from 2.9 to 8.0 percentage points in specific populations with chronic conditions. Studies have also shown that days supply limits and copayment increases have heterogeneous effects based on enrollees' baseline characteristics, including baseline adherence...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069650/evidence-to-support-continuation-of-statin-therapy-in-patients-with-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
#20
Aisling R Caffrey, Tristan T Timbrook, Eunsun Noh, George Sakoulas, Steven M Opal, Victor Nizet, Kerry L LaPlante
In addition to cholesterol-lowering capabilities, statins possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. We sought to quantify the real-world impact of different statin exposure patterns on clinical outcomes in Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among hospitalized patients with positive S. aureus blood cultures receiving appropriate antibiotics within 48 h of culture collection (Veterans Affairs hospitals, 2002 to 2013). Three statin exposure groups were compared to nonusers: pretreated statin users initiating therapy in the 30 days prior to culture and either (i) continuing statin therapy after culture or (ii) not continuing after culture, and (iii) de novo users initiating at culture...
March 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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