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Chest Pain Center

Paul I Musey, John A Lee, Cassandra A Hall, Jeffrey A Kline
BACKGROUND: Approximately 80% of patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with chest pain do not have any true cardiopulmonary emergency such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, psychological contributors such as anxiety are thought to be present in up to 58%, but often remain undiagnosed leading to chronic chest pain and ED recidivism. METHODS: To evaluate ED provider beliefs and their usual practices regarding the approach and disposition of patients with low risk chest pain associated with anxiety, we constructed a 22-item survey using a modified Delphi technique...
March 14, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
Alexandre de Matos Soeiro, Danielle Menosi Gualandro, Aline Siqueira Bossa, Cindel Nogueira Zullino, Bruno Biselli, Maria Carolina Feres de Almeida Soeiro, Tatiana de Carvalho Andreucci Torres Leal, Carlos Vicente Serrano, Mucio Tavares de Oliveira Junior
INTRODUCTION: Despite having higher sensitivity as compared to conventional troponins, sensitive troponins have lower specificity, mainly in patients with renal failure. OBJECTIVE: Study aimed at assessing the sensitive troponin I levels in patients with chest pain, and relating them to the existence of significant coronary lesions. METHODS: Retrospective, single-center, observational. This study included 991 patients divided into two groups: with (N = 681) and without (N = 310) significant coronary lesion...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Shannon N Nees, Jonathan N Flyer, Anjali Chelliah, Jeffrey D Dayton, Lorraine Touchette, David Kalfa, Paul J Chai, Emile A Bacha, Brett R Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) from the opposite sinus of Valsalva is a rare cardiac anomaly associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD). Single-center studies describe surgical repair as safe, although medium- and long-term effects on symptoms and risk of SCD remain unknown. We sought to describe outcomes of surgical repair of AAOCA. METHODS: We reviewed institutional records for patients who underwent AAOCA repair, from 2001 to 2016, at 2 affiliated institutions...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Thomas Moumneh, Vanessa Richard-Jourjon, Emilie Friou, Fabrice Prunier, Caroline Soulie-Chavignon, Jacques Choukroun, Betty Mazet-Guilaumé, Jérémie Riou, Andréa Penaloza, Pierre-Marie Roy
In patients consulting in the Emergency Department for chest pain, a HEART score ≤ 3 has been shown to rule out an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with a low risk of major adverse cardiac event (MACE) occurrence. A negative CARE rule (≤ 1) that stands for the first four elements of the HEART score may have similar rule-out reliability without troponin assay requirement. We aim to prospectively assess the performance of the CARE rule and of the HEART score to predict MACE in a chest pain population. Prospective two-center non-interventional study...
March 2, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Vanessa Figlia, Rosario Mazzola, Francesco Cuccia, Filippo Alongi, Gianluca Mortellaro, Daniela Cespuglio, Teresa Cucchiara, Giuseppina Iacoviello, Vito Valenti, Massimo Molino, Francesco Verderame, Domenica Matranga, Antonio Lo Casto, Giuseppe Ferrera
BACKGROUND: Several experiences in the literature report SBRT as an effective treatment option for medically inoperable early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and oligometastatic disease. The optimal fractionation schedules and total dose remain controversial. In this study, we evaluated the safety in terms of toxicity and efficacy of using of 8-10 fractions schedules with Helical Tomotherapy (HT) for primary and metastatic lung lesions. METHODS: Between March 2014 and May 2016, a total of 39 patients (median age 72 years, range 26-91) were treated with HT-SBRT for malignant lung lesions: 22 patients with early stage NSCLC, 17 with oligometastases...
February 17, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
Gregory Gafni-Pappas, Susanne D DeMeester, Michael A Boyd, Arun Ganti, Adam M Nicholson, Jeremy Albright, Juan Wu
OBJECTIVE: The HAS-Choice pathway utilizes the HEART Score, an accelerated diagnostic protocol (ADP), and shared decision-making using a visual aid in the evaluation of chest pain patients. We seek to determine if our intervention can improve resource utilization in a community emergency department (ED) setting while maintaining safe patient care. METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study with historical that included ED patients ≥21years old presenting with a primary complaint of chest pain in two time periods...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ching-Yu Julius Chen, Tzu-Ching Yang, Christopher Chang, Shao-Chun Lu, Po-Yuan Chang
BACKGROUND: Homocysteine has been long considered a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, cardiovascular events cannot be reduced through homocysteine lowering by B vitamin supplements. Although several association studies have reported an elevation of serum homocysteine levels in cardiovascular diseases, the relationship of homocysteine with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is not well established. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled STEMI patients who were consecutively admitted to an intensive care unit following coronary intervention in a single medical center in Taiwan...
February 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
M B de Jong, R M Houwert, S van Heerde, M de Steenwinkel, F Hietbrink, L P H Leenen
INTRODUCTION: In contrast to the emerging evidence on the operative treatment of flail chest, there is a paucity of literature on the surgical treatment of rib fracture nonunion. The purpose of this study was to describe our standardized approach and report the outcome (e.g. patient satisfaction, pain and complications) after surgical treatment of a rib fracture nonunion. METHODS: A single centre retrospective cohort study was performed at a level 1 trauma centre...
February 2, 2018: Injury
Jennifer T Nguyen, Kairav Vakil, Selcuk Adabag, Anders Westanmo, Richard Madlon-Kay, Areef Ishani, Santiago Garcia, Edward O McFalls
OBJECTIVES: Quality of care utilization measures for patients admitted to the hospital with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) include length of stay (LOS) and 30-day readmission rates. Our aim was to test whether efforts resulting in reduced LOS in patients diagnosed as having AMI would result in a higher risk of readmission within 30 days of hospital discharge and whether specific interventions could be targeted to reduce readmissions. METHODS: Using data supplied by the Veterans Affairs Inpatient Evaluation Center, we analyzed both the readmissions within 30 days of an AMI and LOS and determined the timing of readmissions and associated diagnoses...
February 2018: Southern Medical Journal
Feng Guo, Junli Wu, Yunpeng Peng, Min Tu, Bin Xiao, Cuncai Dai, Kuirong Jiang, Wentao Gao, Qiang Li, Jishu Wei, Jianmin Chen, Chunhua Xi, Zipeng Lu, Yi Miao
RATIONALE: Black pleural effusion (BPE) is an extremely uncommon type of pleural fluid, which can be due to infection, primary or metastatic malignancy, and hemorrhage. As reported in previous studies, BPE is also observed in some patients with pancreatic pseudocyst. PATIENT CONCERNS: We herein reported a case of a 14-year-old female patient who was admitted to our center with a history of cough for 1 and a half months and right chest pain for 1 month. Before this, she was consecutively hospitalized in 3 different hospitals due to the same symptoms...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
José M Porcel
Chest tube insertion is a common procedure usually done for the purpose of draining accumulated air or fluid in the pleural cavity. Small-bore chest tubes (≤14F) are generally recommended as the first-line therapy for spontaneous pneumothorax in non-ventilated patients and pleural effusions in general, with the possible exception of hemothoraces and malignant effusions (for which an immediate pleurodesis is planned). Large-bore chest drains may be useful for very large air leaks, as well as post-ineffective trial with small-bore drains...
January 24, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Abdulaziz Adel Almobarak, Abdullah AlShammari, Reham I Alhomoudi, Abdulaziz M Eshaq, Sara Mujahid Algain, Elyse C Jensen, Shamayel Mohammed, Khaled Al-Kattan, Zeina Kayali, Abdulhadi A AlAmodi
BACKGROUND Primary pericardial tumors have a prevalence of between 6.7% and 12.8% of all tumors arising in the cardiac region. Pericardial schwannoma is a rare entity. It arises from the cardiac plexus and vagus nerve innervating the heart. Most of the reported cases, have presented with benign behavior, however, in rare situations, they can undergo transformation to malignant behavior When comparing the prevalence of cardiac tumors to that of pericardial tumors, the latter is much lower in occurrence. A review of English literature identified six pericardial schwannoma cases...
January 24, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Reza Hajizadeh, Samad Ghaffari, Afshin Habibzadeh, Naser Safaei, Kamran Mohammadi, Abdolmohammad Ranjbar, Sahar Ghodratizadeh
Introduction: Pulmonary embolism is a challenging critical cardiovascular disease with high morbidity and mortality. Surgical embolectomy has favorable results in patients with massive pulmonary embolism. Aim: To study the outcome of embolectomy in patients with massive pulmonary embolism. Material and methods: In this single-center, retrospective study, 36 patients including 14 male and 22 female patients with a mean age of 50.80 ±18.89 years with acute pulmonary embolism who underwent surgical pulmonary embolectomy from January 2011 to January 2016 were included...
December 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Xiu-Shu Zhang, Fang-Yie Leu, Ching-Wen Yang, Lai-Shiun Lai
Electrocardiogram (ECG) as one of the best methods to measure irregular heartbeats is a dispensable method for doctor to diagnose Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients. Most medical centers in Taiwan implement the reduction of Door to Balloon (D2B) time, which is defined as the time interval starting when an Acute-Myocardial-Infarction patient arrives at the Emergency Department, and ending when a catheter guide wire crosses the culprit lesion as the acute-myocardial-infarction treatment on the patient in the cardiac catheterization room...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
Jeremiah S Hinson, Diego A Martinez, Paulo S K Schmitz, Matthew Toerper, Danieli Radu, James Scheulen, Sarah A Stewart de Ramirez, Scott Levin
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) triage is performed to prioritize care for patients with critical and time-sensitive illness. Triage errors create opportunity for increased morbidity and mortality. Here, we sought to measure the frequency of under- and over-triage of patients by nurses using the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) in Brazil and to identify factors independently associated with each. METHODS: This was a single-center retrospective cohort study. The accuracy of initial ESI score assignment was determined by comparison with a score entered at the close of each ED encounter by treating physicians with full knowledge of actual resource utilization, disposition, and acute outcomes...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Marc R Matthews, Joel C VanderVelde, Daniel M Caruso, Kevin N Foster
INTRODUCTION: Phytophototoxic dermatitis is a strong phototoxic reaction to ultraviolet A (UV-A) radiation exposure after cutaneous contact with citrus fruit containing furocoumarins, leading to skin injury. At the Arizona Burn Center (Phoenix, AZ), the majority of these injuries are managed in the outpatient setting. CASE REPORT: The authors present a pediatric admission for burn-like injuries following prolonged cutaneous exposure to lemons while playing in the Arizona sunshine...
December 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Jason P Stopyra, William S Harper, Tyson J Higgins, Julia V Prokesova, James E Winslow, Robert D Nelson, Roy L Alson, Christopher A Davis, Gregory B Russell, Chadwick D Miller, Simon A Mahler
Introduction The History, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Age, Risk Factors, and Troponin (HEART) score is a decision aid designed to risk stratify emergency department (ED) patients with acute chest pain. It has been validated for ED use, but it has yet to be evaluated in a prehospital setting. Hypothesis A prehospital modified HEART score can predict major adverse cardiac events (MACE) among undifferentiated chest pain patients transported to the ED. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients with chest pain transported by two county-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies to a tertiary care center was conducted...
February 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Suparna C Clasen, Bonnie Ky, Rupal O'Quinn, Bruce Giantonio, Ursina Teitelbaum, Joseph R Carver
Background: Fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy [5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and capecitabine] are commonly used agents in the treatment of various solid malignancies. However, their use has been limited by cardiac toxicity, presenting as a wide spectrum of asymptomatic (e.g., EKG changes) and symptomatic (e.g., chest pain) manifestations related to coronary vasospasm leading to myocardial ischemia. Historically, patients with suspected coronary vasospasm have been treated with traditional acute ischemic workup and various combinations of anti-anginal therapies...
December 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Wei Liu, Chun-Cheng Wu, Bing Hu
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March 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
S M Yang, Y B Cheng
OBJECTIVES: To collect cases of non-violent death occurred in custody for analyzing the forensic characteristics and related influencing factors. METHODS: Sixty-three cases of non-violent death among detainees in custody that handled by a forensic science center from 2000 to 2015 were collected. The type, onset season, medical history, clinical manifestation, treatment and duration of related fatal diseases were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: The deaths due to diseases in custody were common in male, and with a high incidence in middle aged adults...
October 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
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