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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322888/pneumolysin-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-severe-pneumococcal-disease
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REVIEW
Ronald Anderson, Charles Feldman
Acute pulmonary and cardiac injury remain significant causes of morbidity and mortality in those afflicted with severe pneumococcal disease, with the risk for early mortality often persisting several years beyond clinical recovery. Although remaining to be firmly established in the clinical setting, a considerable body of evidence, mostly derived from murine models of experimental infection, has implicated the pneumococcal, cholesterol-binding, pore-forming toxin, pneumolysin (Ply), in the pathogenesis of lung and myocardial dysfunction...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319804/are-diabetes-guidelines-truly-evidence-based
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REVIEW
Matthew F Bouchonville, Sara Matani, Jason J DuBroff, Robert J DuBroff
The global epidemic of obesity and diabetes underscores the urgency to develop strategies to prevent cardiovascular (CV) disease in this vulnerable population. Clinical guidelines are intended to help the clinician manage these patients, but guidelines are often discordant among professional organizations and not always evidence based. Clinicians must rely upon the best available evidence, and therefore we critically reviewed the evidence behind the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2016 guidelines on the prevention of CV disease in diabetes...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300293/coronary-artery-calcification-is-common-on-nongated-chest-computed-tomography-imaging
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Revathi Balakrishnan, Brian Nguyen, Roy Raad, Robert Donnino, David P Naidich, Jill E Jacobs, Harmony R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification as assessed by computed tomography (CT) is a validated predictor of cardiovascular risk, whether identified on a dedicated cardiac study or on a routine non-gated chest CT. The prevalence of incidentally detected coronary artery calcification on non-gated chest CT imaging and consistency of reporting have not been well characterized. HYPOTHESIS: Coronary calcification is present on chest CT in some patients not taking statin therapy and may be under-reported...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294854/-registry-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-record-3-characteristics-of-patients-and-treatment-during-initial-hospitalization
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A D Erlikh, N A Gratsiansky On Behalf Of Record-Participants
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Registries RECORD 1-2 (2007-2001) gave valuable information on management of ACS patients in Russia. RECORD-3 was carried out in March-April, 2015. Here we present characteristics of included patients (pts) and data on their treatment during initial hospitalization. MATERIAL AND METHODS: RECORD-3 recruited pts with suspected ACS consecutively hospitalized in participating hospitals (n=47, 55% "invasive") during 1 month. RESULTS: Number of included pts was 2370 (39% women, mean age 64...
April 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279072/aspirin-in-older-adults
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Mandi Sehgal, Sarah K Wood, Joseph G Ouslander, Charles H Hennekens
In the treatment or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), there is general consensus that the absolute benefits of aspirin far outweigh the absolute risks. Despite evidence from randomized trials and their meta-analyses, older adults, defined as aged 65 years or older, are less likely to be prescribed aspirin than their middle-aged counterparts. In primary prevention, the optimal utilization of aspirin is widely debated. There is insufficient randomized evidence among apparently healthy participants at moderate to high risk of a first CVD event, so general guidelines seem premature...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275938/role-of-coronary-calcium-for-risk-stratification-and-prognostication
#6
REVIEW
Negin Nezarat, Michael Kim, Matthew Budoff
A multitude of studies now support the understanding that an increased coronary artery calcium (CAC) score represents advanced atherosclerosis and high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and, as such, should be treated with conventional therapies for those considered high risk. Data is now available to guide treatment with aspirin, statins, and lifestyle management. The new ACC/AHA 2013 guidelines support intensifying statin therapy when the CAC is ≥75th percentile for age, sex, and ethnicity/race or when the calcium score is ≥300 Agatston units...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266826/cardiovascular-disease-update-care-of-patients-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft
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Craig Barstow, Johnathan D McDivitt
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure in which a vessel, normally the left internal mammary artery and/or a segment of an excised vein (typically from the leg), is grafted to the coronary arteries to bypass a blockage. CABG has been shown to be superior to percutaneous coronary intervention for patients with complex three vessel disease and left main coronary artery disease. All patients undergoing CABG should receive aspirin preoperatively; they also should receive a beta blocker preoperatively to reduce the likelihood of postsurgical atrial fibrillation...
March 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259239/long-term-comparative-outcomes-of-patients-with-peripheral-artery-disease-with-and-without-concomitant-coronary-artery-disease
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Debbie C Chen, Gagan D Singh, Ehrin J Armstrong, Stephen W Waldo, John R Laird, Ezra A Amsterdam
There are limited contemporary data on guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) utilization and long-term clinical outcomes in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) with and without concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD). From 2006 to 2013, 879 patients with claudication or critical limb ischemia (CLI) underwent diagnostic angiography or therapeutic endovascular intervention at our multidisciplinary vascular center. GDMT use was assessed at the time of angiography, and major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and all-cause mortality were determined during 5 years of follow-up...
April 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238314/-obstetrical-aps-is-there-a-place-for-additional-treatment-to-aspirin-heparin-combination
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A Mekinian, G Kayem, J Cohen, L Carbillon, N Abisror, L Josselin-Mahr, M Bornes, O Fain
Obstetrical APS is defined by thrombosis and/or obstetrical morbidity associated with persistent antiphospholipid antibodies. The aspirin and low molecular weighted heparin combination dramatically improved obstetrical outcome in APS patients. Several factors could be associated with obstetrical prognosis, as previous history of thrombosis, associated SLE, the presence of lupus anticoagulant and triple positivity of antiphospholipid antibodies. Obstetrical APS with isolated recurrent miscarriages is mostly associated with isolated anticardiolipids antibodies and have better obstetrical outcome...
January 2017: Gynecol Obstet Fertil Senol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224924/left-bundle-branch-block-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-presentation-treatment-and-trends-in-outcome-from-1997-to-2016-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Paul Erne, Juan F Iglesias, Philip Urban, Franz R Eberli, Hans Rickli, René Simon, Thomas A Fischer, Dragana Radovanovic
BACKGROUND: Whether patients with acute myocardial infarction presenting with new or presumed new left bundle-branch block (LBBB) should be treated in the same way as those presenting with ST-elevation (STE) is still a matter of debate. METHODS: Data from 28,358 patients enrolled in AMIS Plus from 1997 to 2016 were analyzed to evaluate differences in treatment and outcome of patients presenting with LBBB (n=2295) or STE (n=26,090) on their initial electrocardiogram using descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188508/potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-and-associated-factors-in-elderly-patients-at-hospital-discharge-in-brazil-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ana Luiza Pereira Moreira Mori, Renata Cunha Carvalho, Patricia Melo Aguiar, Maria Goretti Farias de Lima, Magali da Silva Pacheco Nobre Rossi, José Fernando Salvador Carrillo, Egídio Lima Dórea, Sílvia Storpirtis
Background The Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions/Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment (STOPP/START) criteria is used to identify instances of potentially inappropriate prescribing in a patient's medication regimen. Objective To determine the prevalence and predictors of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) among elderly patients at hospital discharge. Setting A university hospital medical clinic in Brazil. Method Discharge prescriptions were examined using the STOPP/START criteria...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138903/the-treatment-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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REVIEW
Imran Jivraj, Madhura Tamhankar
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a systemic inflammatory vasculitis affecting medium and large vessels with potentially sight and life-threatening complications. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are imperative in order to prevent vision loss and progression of the disease. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are inflammatory markers which are elevated in the majority of patients and support the diagnosis of GCA among patients who present with typical symptoms. GCA is confirmed with superficial temporal artery biopsy which demonstrates characteristic pathological findings...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138011/systematic-review-of-%C3%AE-blocker-aspirin-and-statin-in-critically-ill-patients-importance-of-severity-of-illness-and-cardiac-troponin
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Florence G Rothenberg, Michael B Clay, Hina Jamali, Robin H Vandivier-Pletsch
Non-cardiac critically ill patients with type II myocardial infarction (MI) have a high risk of mortality. There are no evidence-based interventions to mitigate this risk. We systematically reviewed the literature regarding the use of medications known to reduce mortality in patients with cardiac troponin (cTn) elevation due to type I MI (β blockers, statin, and aspirin) in studies of critically ill patients without Type I MI. All PubMed publications between 1976-2/19/16 were reviewed. Search terms included: β blocker or aspirin or statin and intensive care unit (ICU) or critically ill or sepsis; 497 primary references were obtained...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129248/efficacy-of-aspirin-and-statins-in-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-mortality-in-uncomplicated-hypertensive-participants-a-korean-national-cohort-study
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Chan Joo Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sang-Hak Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Sungha Park
INTRODUCTION: To determine whether the addition of aspirin to a statin regimen is beneficial in reducing cardiovascular mortality, we analyzed data for uncomplicated hypertensive patients included in the Korea National Health Insurance sample cohort. METHOD: Among the 758 433 eligible participants aged 20 years or older in 2005, 31 115 participants were selected and divided into four groups: no-treatment group (N = 19 628); aspirin alone group (N = 4814); statins alone group (N = 4717); and combined treatment group (N = 1956)...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126172/effect-of-%C3%AE-blocker-on-aneurysm-sac-behavior-after-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-repair
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Wonho Kim, Ripal T Gandhi, Constantino S Peña, Raul E Herrera, Melanie B Schernthaner, Athanassios Tsoukas, Juan M Acuña, Barry T Katzen
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine whether β-blocker (BB) therapy is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac regression after endovascular abdominal aortic repair (EVAR). METHODS: A total of 198 patients (mean age, 76 years) who underwent EVAR were analyzed (104 in the BB group and 94 in the non-BB group). The primary end point was the incidence of AAA sac regression at 1 and 2 years. RESULTS: Hypertension, coronary artery disease, and hyperlipidemia were more common in the BB group...
February 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123076/cardiovascular-disease-in-cancer-survivors
#16
REVIEW
Tochi M Okwuosa, Sarah Anzevino, Ruta Rao
Certain cancer therapies, including radiation therapy and some types of chemotherapies, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and events. Some of these effects such as those presented by anthracyclines, radiation therapy, cisplatin, as well as those presented by hormone therapy for breast cancer-usually taken for many years for some breast and prostate cancers-are long-lasting and associated with cardiovascular events risk more than 20 years after cancer treatment. Cardiovascular testing, diagnostic assessment of suspected cardiovascular symptomatology, as well as laboratory tests for CVD risk factors are imperative...
February 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120185/drug-therapy-for-stable-angina-pectoris
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Talla A Rousan, Sunil T Mathew, Udho Thadani
Chronic stable angina pectoris refers to the predictable, reproducible occurrence of pressure or a choking sensation in the chest or adjacent areas caused by myocardial ischemia in association with physical or emotional stress, and cessation of exertion and or sublingual nitroglycerin invariably relieves the discomfort. It is a common presenting symptom of severe narrowing of one or more coronary arteries, non-obstructive coronary arteries, or even when the coronary arteries are angiographically normal. Patients often avoid activities which precipitate symptoms and have impaired quality of life...
January 24, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119386/survival-prospects-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-the-uk-a-matched-cohort-study-1987-2011
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Lisanne A Gitsels, Elena Kulinskaya, Nicholas Steel
OBJECTIVES: Estimate survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the general population aged 60 and over and the effect of recommended treatments. DESIGN: Cohort study in the UK with routinely collected data between January 1987 and March 2011. SETTING: 310 general practices that contributed to The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. PARTICIPANTS: 4 cohorts who reached the age of 60, 65, 70, or 75 years between 1987 and 2011 included 16 744, 43 528, 73 728, and 76 392 participants, respectively...
January 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088656/low-dose-aspirin-use-and-survival-in-breast-cancer-patients-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#19
Úna C Mc Menamin, Chris R Cardwell, Carmel M Hughes, Liam J Murray
BACKGROUND: Preclinical evidence from breast cancer cell lines and animal models suggest that aspirin could have anti-cancer properties. In a large breast cancer patient cohort, we investigated whether post-diagnostic low-dose aspirin use was associated with a reduction in the risk of breast cancer-specific mortality. METHODS: We identified 15,140 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients within the Scottish Cancer Registry. Linkages to the Scottish Prescribing Information System provided data on dispensed medications and breast cancer-specific deaths were identified from National Records of Scotland Death Records...
January 12, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087575/treating-inflammation-and-infection-in-the-21st-century-new-hints-from-decoding-resolution-mediators-and-mechanisms
#20
REVIEW
Charles N Serhan
Practitioners of ancient societies from the time of Hippocrates and earlier recognized and treated the signs of inflammation, heat, redness, swelling, and pain with agents that block or inhibit proinflammatory chemical mediators. More selective drugs are available today, but this therapeutic concept has not changed. Because the acute inflammatory response is host protective to contain foreign invaders, much of today's pharmacopeia can cause serious unwanted side effects, such as immune suppression. Uncontrolled inflammation is now considered pathophysiologic and is associated with many widely occurring diseases such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, obesity, and asthma, as well as classic inflammatory diseases (e...
January 13, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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