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Functional chest pain

Masaki Izumo, Yoshihiro J Akashi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is newly-described secondary cardiomyopathy characterized by transient left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, which is increasingly recognized in the field of cardiology. TTC occurs in approximately 2% of the patients with acute coronary syndrome. Its onset is rare; however, its specific features play a crucial role in diagnosing the chest pain in clinical practice. TTC has generally favorable outcome with rapid recovery of LV function; however, an increasing evidence suggests that it should be regarded as a more serious acute cardiac disorder with a variety of complications...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Shyam Kumar, Ulhas Sonar, Iqbal Singh
The incidence of fragility fractures of the humerus is increasing worldwide. Although clinicians are aware of fractures of hips and wrists, fractures of the shoulder and elbow do not receive much attention. A considerable proportion of the elderly population (estimated at 10-24%) is dependent on walking aids. A well-functioning and pain-free shoulder and elbow is essential for use of these aids. The impact of loss of mobility in the elderly is well known, hence the overall impact of these fractures on the individual can be considerable...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Carl Roobottom
The 2016 NICE guidelines mark a radical change in the diagnosis of patients with stable chest pain. Quantitative assessments of the disease probability are no longer considered necessary to determine the need and type of diagnostic testing. Instead, the recommendation is for no diagnostic test if the chest pain is judged to be "non-anginal" and computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) in patients with "typical" or "atypical" chest pain. The new emphasis on anatomical, rather than functional testing is driven by the accuracy, safety and cost-effectiveness of the different investigations as evaluated by NICE...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Kimberly J Song, Matthew Colman, Jonathan A Myers, Christopher W Seder
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may require surgical treatment for extreme curvature of the spine or loss of pulmonary function. We present a report of a 31-year-old woman with a history of scoliosis and anterolateral spinal fusion who developed chest pain and hemoptysis. Imaging revealed that a fixation rod had migrated cephalad, penetrating the diaphragm into the left lower lobe of the lung. The hardware was removed and lung repaired with good results. This is the first reported case of cranial spinal rod migration over a decade after initial implantation...
March 5, 2018: Lung
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Muhammad Hussain, Shabber Agha Abbas, Jorge L Perez, Muhammad Ayyaz
The development of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM) represents a severe complication of chronic methamphetamine abuse. MACM-induced irreversible structural and functional changes in the heart can eventually lead to decompensated heart failure, ultimately requiring heart transplantation. In this case report we present a 47-year old male with a previous history of chronic amphetamine abuse who presented to the emergency room with severe dyspnea at rest associated with mild substernal non-radiating chest pain...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Samuel L Sidharta, Timothy J Baillie, Stuart Howell, Stephen J Nicholls, Natalie Montarello, Satoshi Honda, Daisuke Shishikura, Sinny Delacroix, Susan Kim, John F Beltrame, Peter J Psaltis, Stephen G Worthley, Matthew I Worthley
OBJECTIVE: Coronary vasodilator function and atherosclerotic plaque progression have both been shown to be associated with adverse cardiovascular events. However, the relationship between these factors and the lipid burden of coronary plaque remains unknown. These experiments focus on investigating the relationship between impaired coronary vasodilator function (endothelium dependent (salbutamol) and endothelium independent (glyceryl trinitrate)) and the natural history of atheroma plaque progression and lipid burden using dual modality intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging...
March 1, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Hong-Chang Guo, Jin-Hua Li, Teng-Yong Jiang, Chang-Wei Ren, Jiang Dai, Yu-Jie Zhou, Yong-Qiang Lai
Background: Percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation (PTSMA) and modified Morrow septal myectomy (MMSM) are two invasive strategies used to relieve obstruction in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This study aimed to determine the clinical outcome of these two strategies. Methods: From January 2011 to January 2015, 226 patients with HCM were treated, 68 by PTSMA and 158 by MMSM. Both ultrasonic cardiograms and heart functional class were recorded before, after operations and in the follow-up...
March 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Takahiko Sakamoto, Shuji Ota, Terunobu Haruyama, Masashi Ishihara, Maika Natsume, Yoko Fukasawa, Shigeru Tanzawa, Ryo Usui, Takeshi Honda, Yasuko Ichikawa, Kiyotaka Watanabe, Nobuhiko Seki
The patient was a 69-year-old male who had started experiencing acute-onset pain in both shoulder joints and edema of both hands and feet. His symptoms progressively worsened within 1 month. Laboratory data indicated elevated CRP and erythrocyte sedimentation rate despite the normal range of antinuclear antibodies and rheumatoid factor and normal organ function. Furthermore, imaging data of the hand indicated synovitis without bone erosions. Meanwhile, chest CT revealed a lung tumor, leading to a diagnosis of primary lung adenocarcinoma with EGFR mutation (cT2aN3M0, stage IIIB)...
September 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
Guy Topaz, Wesal Gharra, Alon Eisen, Alon Y Hershko, Lotan Shilo, Gil Beeri, Yona Kitay-Cohen, David Pereg
BACKGROUND: Assessment of chest pain is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions in internal medicine wards. However, little is known regarding predictors for poor prognosis in patients discharged from internal medicine wards after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) rule-out. OBJECTIVE: To assess the association of kidney function with mortality and hospital admissions due to ACS in patients with chest pain who were discharged from internal medicine wards following ACS rule-out...
February 5, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Vikram Mohan, Aatit Paungmali, Patraporn Sitilerpisan, Ummi F Hashim, Munifa B Mazlan, Tuan N Nasuha
Non-specific low back pain (NS-LBP) is known to cause respiratory dysfunction. In this study, we investigated alterations in breathing, respiratory strength and endurance, core stability, diaphragm mobility, and chest expansion among patients with NS-LBP and healthy individuals. The specific aim of the study was to correlate between respiratory function and other variables among NS-LBP patients. Thirty four patients with NS-LBP were matched with 34 healthy participants before undergoing total faulty breathing scale, spirometer, respiratory pressure meter, chest expansion, ultrasound, and pressure biofeedback measurements...
February 8, 2018: Nursing & Health Sciences
Rita Nogueira-Ferreira, Daniel Moreira-Gonçalves, Mário Santos, Fábio Trindade, Rita Ferreira, Tiago Henriques-Coelho
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating disease characterized by progressive increases in pulmonary vascular resistance that can ultimately lead to right ventricle failure and death. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness and chest pain, which negatively impact the functional capacity and quality of life. Despite the improvements in disease-targeted therapies, PAH remains incurable and with a high mortality rate, requiring effective therapeutic strategies. Exercise training is an important adjunct non-pharmacological treatment for patients with left heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
January 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Ayman Elbadawi, Basarat Baig, Islam Y Elgendy, Erfan Alotaki, Ahmed H Mohamed, Kirolos Barssoum, David Fries, Muhammad Khan, Rami N Khouzam
INTRODUCTION: Single coronary artery is a rare anomaly, which is usually associated with other cardiac congenital abnormalities. CASE REPORT: A 56-year-old female presented with unstable angina. The patient reported complaints of typical chest pain on exertion few months prior to presentation, which progressed to become at rest. The pain was associated palpitations and dizziness. Past medical history was significant for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Vital signs were stable...
February 6, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
Alireza Jahangirifard, Mohammadreza Razavi, Zargham Hosein Ahmadi, Mohammad Forozeshfard
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of electrical nerve stimulation on pain intensity and pulmonary function in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. In a randomized clinical trial, a total of 100 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery at Masih Daneshvari Hospital, Tehran, Iran, from February to May 2014, were divided into two groups. In the intervention group (n = 50), patients received routine care along with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) immediately after admission to the intensive care unit (ICU)...
January 21, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Shucai Bai, Huafeng Zhang, Zhijun Li, Dong Li, Hui Li
RATIONALE: Sclerosing osteomyelitis of Garré is a rare condition that occurs most commonly in tubular bones and the mandible. Its nontypical symptoms, low morbidity, and insidious process make its diagnosis difficult at an early stage. In this article, we reported a case of chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis which occurred in flat bone. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 53-year-old man was diagnosed with rib sclerosing osteomyelitis of Garré who had an 8-year course of intermittent local pain and swelling, which radiated toward the left side of his chest wall...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Po-Jung Yuan, Wai-Kin Wong
A 55-year-old male patient presented with repeated acute retrosternal chest pain. Twelve-lead electrocardiogram and cardiac enzymes revealed non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. He was treated as non-ST elevation myocardial infarction at first. The symptoms of left-sided hemiparesis and aphasia occurred later on after admission. The results of emergent brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance imagining demonstrated acute stroke. The unusual presentation warned us of the possibility of aortic dissection...
January 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Mario Iannaccone, Sebastiano Gili, Ovidio De Filippo, Salvatore D'Amico, Marco Gagliardi, Maurizio Bertaina, Silvia Mazzilli, Sara Rettegno, Federica Bongiovanni, Paolo Gatti, Fabrizio Ugo, Giacomo G Boccuzzi, Salvatore Colangelo, Silvia Prato, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Patrizia Noussan, Roberto Garbo, David Hildick-Smith, Fiorenzo Gaita, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ischaemia tests and biomarkers are widely adopted to rule out acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Their diagnostic accuracy has yet to be precisely defined. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane Library CENTRAL, EMBASE and Biomed Central were systematically screened (start date 1 September 2016, end date 1 December 2016). Prospective studies (observational or randomised controlled trial) comparing functional/imaging or biochemical tests for patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department were included...
January 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Tanuka Datta, Allen J Solomon
Approved in 1989 for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Clozapine is a last-line atypical antipsychotic drug used with increasing frequency. In addition to its well-known side effect of agranulocytosis, this drug also carries with it rare but serious adverse cardiovascular risk of myocarditis. We present a patient on Clozapine who was admitted to the cardiology service with chest pain, ST segment elevations and elevated troponin concerning for acute myocardial infarction. Evaluation with imaging revealed decreased left ventricular function, however, no coronary artery disease was present on catheterization; findings consistent with a diagnosis of myocarditis...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Byoung Geol Choi, Jiwon Lee, Suhng Wook Kim, Min Woo Lee, Man Jong Baek, Yang Gi Ryu, Se Yeon Choi, Jae Kyeong Byun, Ahmed Mashaly, Yoonjee Park, Won Young Jang, Woohyeun Kim, Jah Yeon Choi, Eun Jin Park, Jin Oh Na, Cheol Ung Choi, Hong Euy Lim, Eung Ju Kim, Chang Gyu Park, Hong Seog Seo, Dong Joo Oh, Seung-Woon Rha
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effect of chronic exposure to air pollutants (APs) on coronary endothelial function and significant coronary artery spasm (CAS) as assessed by intracoronary acetylcholine (ACH) provocation test. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 6430 patients with typical or atypical chest pain who underwent intracoronary ACH provocation test were enrolled. We obtained data on APs from the Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (http://www...
January 12, 2018: Coronary Artery Disease
Y J Pan, F P Lu
Objective: To investigate the effect of intravenous supplementation with high-dose L-carnitinen on hemodialysis tolerance in uremic patients with severe heart disease (ischemic heart disease, congestive heart disease and arrhythmia). Methods: Between March 2012 and March 2017, 5 gram L-carnitine was given after the completion of each hemodialysis treatment (3-4 times a week) over a period of two weeks in 29 maintenance hemodialysis patients with severe heart diseases manifested by frequently symptomatic hypotension, chest tightness, wheezing, palpitation, chest pain and other symptoms during hemodialysis...
December 26, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
David Buchbinder, Gina A Montealegre Sanchez, Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, Hermine Brunner, Andrew I Shulman
A previously healthy 2-year-old Guatemalan female with an undiagnosed chronic illness characterized by fever and rash had presented with anorexia, weight loss, periorbital edema, abdominal pain and distention. A chest radiograph documented cardiomegaly. An echocardiogram demonstrated a pericardial effusion, dilated right atrium, right ventricle, and main pulmonary artery as well as diminished right ventricular systolic function and pulmonary hypertension. Right ventricular systolic pressure was estimated at 90 mmHg...
January 5, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
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