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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550272/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-chronic-disease-of-the-21-st-century
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Metrakos Peter, Nilsson Tommy
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a spectrum of metabolic states ranging from simple steatosis to inflammation with associated fibrosis to cirrhosis. Though accumulation of hepatic fat is not associated with a significant increase in mortality rates, hepatic inflammation is, as this augments the risk of terminal liver disease, i.e., cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation (liver failure) and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Disease progression is usually slow, over a decade or more and, for the most part, remains asymptomatic...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549119/systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-of-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-patients-with-ischaemic-heart-disease-a-report-from-the-cardiovascular-committee-of-the-european-association-of-nuclear-medicine-endorsed-by-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular
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Elin Trägårdh, Siok Swan Tan, Jan Bucerius, Alessia Gimelli, Oliver Gaemperli, Oliver Lindner, Denis Agostini, Christopher Übleis, Roberto Sciagrà, Riemer H Slart, S Richard Underwood, Fabien Hyafil, Marcus Hacker, Hein J Verberne
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death and disability. Several diagnostic tests, such as myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), are accurate for the detection of CAD, as well as having prognostic value for the prediction of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, the diagnostic and prognostic value of these tests should be cost-effective and should lead to improved clinical outcome. We have reviewed the literature on the cost-effectiveness of MPS in different circumstances: (i) the diagnosis and management of CAD; (ii) comparison with exercise electrocardiography (ECG) and other imaging tests; (iii) as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), (iv) the impact of appropriate use criteria; (v) acute chest pain, and (vi) screening of asymptomatic patients with type-2 diabetes...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546851/monoamine-oxidases-oxidative-stress-and-altered-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-ageing
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Damien Maggiorani, Nicola Manzella, Dale E Edmondson, Andrea Mattevi, Angelo Parini, Claudia Binda, Jeanne Mialet-Perez
The advances in healthcare over the past several decades have resulted in populations now living longer. With this increase in longevity, a wider prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is more common and known to be a major factor in rising healthcare costs. A wealth of scientific evidence has implicated cell senescence as an important component in the etiology of these age-dependent pathologies. A number of studies indicate that an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS) contributes to trigger and accelerate the cardiac senescence processes, and a new role of monoamine oxidases, MAO-A and MAO-B, is emerging in this context...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546762/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-clinical-implications-in-the-evaluation-of-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Genovefa Kolovou
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging is a recently developed noninvasive, nonradiating, operator-independent technique that has been successfully used for the evaluation of congenital heart disease, valvular and pericardial diseases, iron overload, cardiomyopathies, great and coronary vessel diseases, cardiac inflammation, stress-rest myocardial perfusion, and fibrosis. Rheumatoid arthritis and other spondyloarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory myopathies, mixed connective tissue diseases (CTDs), systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, and sarcoidosis are among CTDs with serious cardiovascular involvement; this is due to multiple causative factors such as myopericarditis, micro/macrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and finally heart failure...
2017: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545640/artificial-intelligence-in-precision%C3%A2-cardiovascular-medicine
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Chayakrit Krittanawong, HongJu Zhang, Zhen Wang, Mehmet Aydar, Takeshi Kitai
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science that aims to mimic human thought processes, learning capacity, and knowledge storage. AI techniques have been applied in cardiovascular medicine to explore novel genotypes and phenotypes in existing diseases, improve the quality of patient care, enable cost-effectiveness, and reduce readmission and mortality rates. Over the past decade, several machine-learning techniques have been used for cardiovascular disease diagnosis and prediction. Each problem requires some degree of understanding of the problem, in terms of cardiovascular medicine and statistics, to apply the optimal machine-learning algorithm...
May 30, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545542/recognition-and-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-an-important-component-of-chronic-disease-management
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REVIEW
Peter C Farrell, Glenn Richards
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a highly prevalent condition, and is associated with many debilitating chronic diseases. The role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in arterial hypertension has been recognized in international guidelines. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with clinically-relevant reductions in blood pressure. In heart failure (HF), SDB is associated with worse prognosis and increased mortality. Major HF guidelines recommend that patients should be treated for sleep apnea to improve their HF status...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536088/the-use-of-text-messaging-to-improve-the-hospital-to-community-transition-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-txt2prevent-intervention-development-and-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Emily S Ross, Brodie M Sakakibara, Martha H Mackay, David Gt Whitehurst, Joel Singer, Mustafa Toma, Kitty K Corbett, Harriette Gc Van Spall, Kimberly Rutherford, Bobby Gheorghiu, Jillianne Code, Scott A Lear
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), is one of the leading causes for hospitalization, with AMI 30-day readmission rates around 20%. Supporting patient information needs and increasing adherence to recommended self-management behaviors during transition from hospital to home has the potential to improve patient outcomes. Text messages have been effective in other interventions and may be suitable to provide support to patients during this transition period...
May 23, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535761/the-emerging-role-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-evaluation-of-hypertensive-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Sophie Mavrogeni, Vasiliki Katsi, Vasiliki Vartela, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou, Athanasios Manolis
BACKGROUND: Arterial hypertension is the commonest cause of cardiovascular death. It may lead to hypertensive heart disease (HHD), including heart failure (HF), ischemic heart disease (IHD) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). MAIN BODY: According to the 2007 ESH/ESC guidelines, the recommended imaging technique is echocardiography (echo), when a more sensitive detection of LVH than that provided by ECG, is needed. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR), a non-invasive, non-radiating technique, offers the following advantages, beyond echo: a) more reliable and reproducible measurements of cardiac parameters such as volumes, ejection fraction and cardiac mass b) more accurate differentiation of LVH etiology by providing information about tissue characterisation c) more accurate evaluation of myocardial ischemia, specifically if small vessels disease is present d) technique of choice for diagnosis of renovascular, aortic tree/branches lesions and quantification of aortic valve regurgitation e) technique of choice for treatment evaluation in clinical trials...
May 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533319/evaluating-the-cardiovascular-safety-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
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REVIEW
Elliott M Antman
Some drugs used to treat noncardiovascular conditions may adversely impact the cardiovascular status of individuals both with and without known cardiovascular disease. When the US Food and Drug Administration judges the potential cardiovascular safety signal to be of sufficient concern, it may require the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the drug in question to conduct a postmarketing (phase 4) randomized controlled trial (RCT). Although historically many phase 4 RCTs focused on efficacy (using a superiority design), contemporary phase 4 RCTs often are focused on safety and use a noninferiority design...
May 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530333/-the-impact-of-a-community-intervention-program-in-israeli-worksites-to-reduce-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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Chaim Yosefy, Noa Oliel, Aviva Grosbirt, Doron Levy, Dov Gavish, Dror Dicker, Reuven Viskoper
INTRODUCTION: Atherosclerosis is the main cause of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in the western world. Detection and treatment of risk factors (such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus) reduce CV events. We have shown cost utility in reducing these CV risk factors in community clinics and community centers. AIMS: In this paper we focused on community workplaces. METHODS: We included 1011 workers in 15 worksites in the study...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527931/predictors-of-surgical-site-infection-after-open-lower-extremity-revascularization
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Frank M Davis, Danielle C Sutzko, Scott F Grey, M Ashraf Mansour, Krishna M Jain, Timothy J Nypaver, Greg Gaborek, Peter K Henke
OBJECTIVE: Surgical site infection (SSI) after open lower extremity bypass (LEB) is a serious complication leading to an increased rate of graft failure, hospital readmission, and health care costs. This study sought to identify predictors of SSI after LEB for arterial occlusive disease and also potential modifiable factors to improve outcomes. METHODS: Data from a statewide cardiovascular consortium of 35 hospitals were used to obtain demographic, procedural, and hospital risk factors for patients undergoing elective or urgent open LEB between January 2012 and June 2015...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526182/pharmacologic-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-available-therapies
#12
James Thrasher
Choices for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have multiplied as our understanding of the underlying pathophysiologic defects has evolved. Treatment should target multiple defects in T2DM and follow a patient-centered approach that considers factors beyond glycemic control, including cardiovascular risk reduction. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology and the American Diabetes Association recommend an initial approach consisting of lifestyle changes and monotherapy, preferably with metformin...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515848/coronary-artery-disease-detection-limitations-of-stress-testing-in-left-ventricular-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Ritin Bomb, Senthil Kumar, Anand Chockalingam
Incidental diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVD) is common in clinical practice. The prevalence of asymptomatic LVD (Ejection Fraction, EF < 50%) is 6.0% in men and 0.8% in women and is twice as common as symptomatic LVD. The timely and definitive exclusion of an ischemic etiology is central to optimizing care and reducing mortality in LVD. Advances in cardiovascular imaging provide many options for imaging of patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Clinician experience, patient endurance, imaging modality characteristics, cost and safety determine the choice of testing...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515767/cost-effectiveness-evaluation-of-aspirin-in-primary-prevention-of-myocardial-infarction-amongst-males-with-average-cardiovascular-risk-in-iran
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Mohammadreza Amirsadri, Mohammad Javad Sedighi
Aspirin is one of the certified medicines commonly used for the secondary prevention of myocardial infarction (MI). Aspirin side effects and gastrointestinal bleeding, in particular, have arisen debates on its use for the primary prevention of MI. The present research evaluates the cost-effectiveness of the use of aspirin in the primary prevention of MI among Iranian men with average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, using Markov modeling technique. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) estimated to be 864 USA dollars (USD) per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained and 782 USD per life years gained (LYG) for each patient in the base-case scenario (public tariffs and no discounting)...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513399/reducing-health-inequalities-for-people-with-serious-mental-illness
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Nutmeg Hallett, Helen Rees
People with serious mental illness (SMI) are at risk of dying many years earlier than the general population. Providing an effective, cost-efficient healthcare service requires a holistic approach, and improving the physical health of people with SMI should be integral to all healthcare roles. It is important for nurses to identify and understand the barriers that people with SMI may experience when accessing physical healthcare. A range of factors contribute to reduced life expectancy, including lifestyle factors, symptoms of mental illness and the side effects of medications...
May 17, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510527/the-seesaw-of-cvd-deaths-down-costs-up
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Coronary heart disease deaths will decline by 30% between 2010 and 2020 because of improvement in "cardiovascular health metrics" (avoidance of smoking, more physical activity, and so on). But this less-deadly era of CVD is going to be a more costly one, with direct medical costs of CVD more than doubling by 2030 to $918 billion from $396 billion in 2012.
March 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509889/the-role-of-nitrates-in-the-management-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-a-review-of-the-current-evidence-and-guidelines
#17
Mehul A Pragani, Karan P Desai, Doralisa Morrone, Mandeep S Sidhu, William E Boden
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States and can result in significant morbidity. In particular, stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) is a condition that affects nearly 9 million individuals in the United States alone, with substantial annual health care costs related to recurrent medical visits and chronic disease management. Nitrates form a cornerstone of SIHD management by reducing myocardial oxygen consumption and increasing exercise capacity by several mechanisms, including increasing epicardial blood flow through vasodilation and decreased vascular resistance, blunting coronary steal, and reducing preload...
2017: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507654/cost-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-care-for-managing-hypertension-in-canada
#18
Carlo Marra, Karissa Johnston, Valerie Santschi, Ross T Tsuyuki
BACKGROUND: More than half of all heart disease and stroke are attributable to hypertension, which is associated with approximately 10% of direct medical costs globally. Clinical trial evidence has demonstrated that the benefits of pharmacist intervention, including education, consultation and/or prescribing, can help to reduce blood pressure; a recent Canadian trial found an 18.3 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure associated with pharmacist care and prescribing. The objective of this study was to evaluate the economic impact of such an intervention in a Canadian setting...
May 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503458/quality-of-life-and-awareness-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-program-in-people-with-cardiovascular-diseases
#19
Sehi Kweon, Min Kyun Sohn, Jin Ok Jeong, Soojae Kim, Hyunkyu Jeon, Hyewon Lee, Seung-Chan Ahn, Soo Ho Park, Sungju Jee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the level of health-related quality of life (HRQoL), life satisfaction, and their present awareness of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program in people with cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: A questionnaire survey was completed by 53 patients (mean age, 65.7±11.6 years; 33 men and 20 women) with unstable angina, myocardial infarction, or heart failure. The questionnaire included the Medical Outcome Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (MOS SF-36), life domain satisfaction measure (LDSM), and the awareness and degree of using CR program...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501745/paper-based-diagnostics-for-personalized-health-care-emerging-technologies-and-commercial-aspects
#20
REVIEW
Kuldeep Mahato, Ananya Srivastava, Pranjal Chandra
Personalized health care (PHC) is being appreciated globally to combat clinical complexities underlying various metabolic or infectious disorders including diabetes, cardiovascular, communicable diseases etc. Effective diagnoses majorly depend on initial identification of the causes which are nowadays being practiced in disease-oriented approach, where personal health profile is often overlooked. The adoption of PHC has shown significantly improved diagnoses in various conditions including emergency, ambulatory, and remote area...
May 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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