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Peter Kranke, Sergio D Bergese, Harold S Minkowitz, Timothy I Melson, David G Leiman, Keith A Candiotti, Ngai Liu, Leopold Eberhart, Ashraf S Habib, Jan Wallenborn, Anthony L Kovac, Pierre Diemunsch, Gabriel Fox, Tong J Gan
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting causes distress for patients and can prolong care requirements. Consensus guidelines recommend use of multiple antiemetics from different mechanistic classes as prophylaxis in patients at high risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting. The prophylactic efficacy of the dopamine D2/D3 antagonist amisulpride in combination with other antiemetics was investigated. METHODS: This double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, international, multicenter trial was conducted in 1,147 adult surgical patients having three or four postoperative nausea and vomiting risk factors...
March 15, 2018: Anesthesiology
Mehrshad Vafaie, Matthias Hochadel, Thomas Münzel, Birgit Hailer, Burghard Schumacher, Gerd Heusch, Thomas Voigtländer, Harald Mudra, Michael Haude, Sebastian Barth, Claus Schmitt, Harald Darius, Lars S Maier, Hugo A Katus, Jochen Senges, Evangelos Giannitsis
BACKGROUND: Since 2008, the German Cardiac Society certified 256 Chest Pain Units (CPUs). Little is known about adherence to recommended performance measures in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) presenting to CPUs. We investigated guideline-adherence regarding critical time intervals and selected performance measures in German Chest Pain Units. METHODS: From 2008 to 2014, 23,804 consecutive patients with suspected ACS were prospectively enrolled in the Chest Pain Unit registry of the German Cardiac Society...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Alexa M Bouts, Lauren Brackman, Elizabeth Martin, Adam M Subasic, Edward S Potkanowicz
People use their smartphones for everything from web browsing to tracking fitness metrics. However, it is unclear whether smartphone-based apps that use photoplethysmography to measure heart rate are an accurate or valid measure of exercise intensity. Purpose was to determine the accuracy and validity of two iOS-based heart rate monitors, Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor and Pulse Tracker PRO by Runtastic (Runtastic) and Instant Heart Rate+: Heart Rate and Pulse Monitor by Azumio (Instant Heart Rate), when compared to the electrocardiogram (ECG) and Polar® T31 uncoded heart rate monitor from moderate to vigorous intensity exercise...
2018: International Journal of Exercise Science
Hitesh Raheja, Vinod Namana, Kirti Chopra, Ankur Sinha, Sushilkumar Satish Gupta, Stephan Kamholz, Norbert Moskovits, Jacob Shani, Gerald Hollander
Background: Acute alcohol intoxication has been associated with cardiac arrhythmias but the electrocardiogram (ECG) changes associated with acute alcohol intoxication are not well defined in the literature. Objective: Highlight the best evidence regarding the ECG changes associated with acute alcohol intoxication in otherwise healthy patients and the pathophysiology of the changes. Methods: A literature search was carried out; 4 studies relating to ECG changes with acute alcohol intoxication were included in this review...
2018: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
Gustavo Lemos Pelandré, Nathália Martins Pereira Sanches, Marcelo Souto Nacif, Edson Marchiori
Objective: To evaluate the accuracy of visual analysis and of the coronary artery calcium (CAC) score in nontriggered computed tomography (CT), in comparison with that of the CAC score in electrocardiogram-triggered CT, in identifying coronary calcification. Materials and Methods: A total of 174 patients for whom CT was indicated for CAC scoring underwent nontriggered and triggered CT in a 64-channel multislice scanner, in a single session without a change in position...
January 2018: Radiologia Brasileira
Motohisa Osaka
There are some reports that sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) shows a characteristic pattern a few hours before the onset of lethal ventricular arrhythmias. If so, it could be possible to predict sudden cardiac death a few hours in advance of its occurrence. Recently, we reported that a previously unidentified V-trough of SNA is a potential precursor of lethal cardiac events by examining 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiograms in which such an event was recorded by chance. In contrast, the chaotic nature of heart rate variability has been noted recently from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamics...
2018: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
Gul H Dadlani, Thomas C Edwards, Steven Fishberger, Amos Epelman, Nicholas Erbrich
Electrocardiograms may be used to screen for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children. Many forms of CVD that predispose to sudden cardiac death are associated with T-wave abnormalities in childhood. The T-wave is generated during ventricular repolarization. T-waves on an electrocardiogram typically undergo maturational changes throughout childhood and adolescence. A pediatric practitioner's ability to understand these changes is required to understand abnormal T-waves and recognize potentially life-threatening types of CVD...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Hector Cubero-Gallego, Maria Heredia-Rodriguez, Eduardo Tamayo
We aimed to assess the influence of impairment in renal function over the high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) accuracy to diagnose perioperative myocardial infarction (MI) after heart valve surgery. Heart valve surgery was performed in 805 patients from June 2012 to January 2016. Patients with enzymatic curves of hs-cTnT suggestive of myocardial necrosis and electrocardiogram and/or transthoracic echocardiogram criteria were identified as patients with perioperative MI. Impairment in renal function was defined as a postoperative creatinine clearance <50 ml/min at 16 h after surgery and for at least 48 h...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Hein Heidbuchel, Nikolaos Dagres, Matthias Antz, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Patrice Lazure, Suzanne Murray, Céline Carrera, Gerhard Hindricks, Alec Vahanian
Aims: Guideline-adherent treatment is associated with improved prognosis in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients but is insufficiently implemented in clinical practice. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) performed a multinational educational needs assessment study among cardiologists, general practitioners/family physicians (GPs/FPs), and neurologists in order to evaluate knowledge and skills of physicians and system factors related to AF care delivery. Methods and results: A total of 561 physicians (294 cardiologists, 131 neurologists, and 136 GPs/FPs) from six European countries participated...
March 12, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Gabriela Miana de Mattos Paixão, Horácio Eduardo Veronesi, Halsted Alarcão Gomes Pereira da Silva, José Nunes de Alencar Neto, Carolina de Paulo Maldi, Luciano de Figueiredo Aguiar Filho, Ibrahim Masciarelli Francisco Pinto, Francisco Faustino de Albuquerque Carneiro de França, Edileide de Barros Correia
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram is the initial test in the investigation of heart disease. Electrocardiographic changes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have no set pattern, and correlates poorly with echocardiographic findings. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has been gaining momentum for better assessment of hypertrophy, as well as the detection of myocardial fibrosis. OBJECTIVES: To correlate the electrocardiographic changes with the location of hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by cardiac magnetic resonance...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
James J Leyden, Vilma Sniukiene, David R Berk, Alexandre Kaoukhov
BACKGROUND: There is a need for new oral antibiotics for acne with improved safety profiles and targeted antibacterial spectra. Sarecycline is a novel, tetracycline-class antibiotic specifically designed for acne, offering a narrow spectrum of activity compared with currently available tetracyclines, including less activity against enteric Gram-negative bacteria. This phase 2 study evaluated the efficacy and safety of three doses of sarecycline for moderate to severe facial acne vulgaris...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
M Marin-Gracia, D Cantero-Lozano, E Garces-Anton, A Lopez-Bravo, A Garrido-Fernandez, M P Navarro-Perez, S Santos-Lasaosa, M Garces-Redondo
INTRODUCTION: Lacosamide is an antiepileptic drug whose exact mechanism of action remains unknown. It acts by increasing the slow inactivation of the voltage-dependent sodium channels of the cell membranes. It is indicated in the treatment of focal seizures with or without secondary generalisation and is occasionally used as adjunct treatment in neuropathic pain. Although the most frequent side effects are mild (dizziness, diplopia, blurred vision, headache, tremor, etc.), others such as supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, changes in repolarisation, atrioventricular blocks and even cardiac arrest or sudden death have been reported...
March 16, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Zheng Cui, Yiwei Han, Qijin Huang, Jingyan Dong, Yong Zhu
A silver nanowire (AgNW) based conductor is a promising component for flexible and stretchable electronics. A wide range of flexible/stretchable devices using AgNW conductors has been demonstrated recently. High-resolution, high-throughput printing of AgNWs remains a critical challenge. Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) printing has been developed as a promising technique to print different materials on a variety of substrates with high resolution. Here, AgNW ink was developed for EHD printing. The printed features can be controlled by several parameters including AgNW concentration, ink viscosity, printing speed, stand-off distance, etc...
March 14, 2018: Nanoscale
Yeonsik Noh, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Yan Bai, Joseph White, John P Florian, Peter R Brink, Ki H Chon
Prolonged and high pressure diving may lead to various physiological changes including significant alterations of autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity that may be associated with altered physical performance, decompression sickness, or central nervous system oxygen toxicity. Ideally, researchers could elucidate ANS function before, during, and after dives that are most associated with altered function and adverse outcomes. However, we have a limited understanding of the activities of the ANS especially during deeper prolonged SCUBA diving because there has never been a convenient way to collect physiological data during deep dives...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Hooman Kamel, Traci M Bartz, Mitchell S V Elkind, Peter M Okin, Evan L Thacker, Kristen K Patton, Phyllis K Stein, Christopher R deFilippi, Rebecca F Gottesman, Susan R Heckbert, Richard A Kronmal, Elsayed Z Soliman, W T Longstreth
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that an underlying atrial cardiopathy may result in thromboembolism before atrial fibrillation (AF) develops. We examined the association between various markers of atrial cardiopathy and the risk of ischemic stroke. METHODS: The CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study) prospectively enrolled community-dwelling adults ≥65 years of age. For this study, we excluded participants diagnosed with stroke or AF before baseline...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Stephen R Brand, Thorsten P Degenhardt, Karen Person, Jack D Sobel, Paul Nyirjesy, Robert J Schotzinger, Amir Tavakkol
BACKGROUND: Lanosterol demethylase (CYP51), is an enzyme essential for fungal growth, and catalyzes an early step in the biosynthetic pathway of ergosterol, a sterol required for fungal cell membrane formation and integrity. CYP51 is the molecular target of the class of drugs referred to as 'azole antifungals.' VT-1161 is a novel, oral, selective inhibitor of fungal CYP51, and is being developed for the treatment of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the efficacy and safety of 4 dosing regimens of oral VT-1161 compared to placebo in women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, defined as at least 3 symptomatic episodes of acute vulvovaginal candidiasis within a 12-month period...
March 10, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Mohamed Elgendi, Yongbo Liang, Rabab Ward
Photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals collected using a pulse oximeter are increasingly being used for screening and diagnosis purposes. Because of the non-invasive, cost-effective, and easy-to-use nature of the pulse oximeter, clinicians and biomedical engineers are investigating how PPG signals can help in the management of many medical conditions, especially for global health application. The study of PPG signal analysis is relatively new compared to research in electrocardiogram signals, for instance; however, we anticipate that in the near future blood pressure, cardiac output, and other clinical parameters will be measured from wearable devices that collect PPG signals, based on the signal's vast potential...
March 11, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
Derek Leong, Ali A Sovari, Ashkan Ehdaie, Tarun Chakravarty, Qiang Liu, Hasan Jilaihawi, Rajendra Makkar, Xunzhang Wang, Eugenio Cingolani, Michael Shehata
BACKGROUND: Damage to the cardiac conduction system requiring permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation is a known adverse outcome of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A permanent-temporary pacemaker (PTPM) is a device that involves an active-fixation lead attached to an external pulse generator taped to the skin. We reviewed the utility of PTPMs as a temporary bridge measure after TAVR in patients with conduction abnormalities that do not meet conventional criteria for PPM placement...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Sami Viskin
Terror-Mori-Ex-Abrupto is the Latin term for "fear of dropping dead." Based on frequent email consultations I receive from patients with "suspected Brugada syndrome" (BrS), it seems that a terrifying anticipation of dying is more dominant among asymptomatic patients with BrS than in other arrhythmogenic diseases. The tragic death of a young British man that went viral over Facebook, led >10,000 British citizens to petition their Parliament, requesting that all patients with asymptomatic BrS be given the choice of an implantable defibrillator (ICD) even in the absence of markers indicating increased risk Already, 1 in 2 patients undergoing ICD implantation for BrS are asymptomatic and 1 in 5 are not only free of symptoms, but do not even have the Brugada electrocardiogram (ECG) spontaneously...
March 12, 2018: Circulation
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