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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524699/comparison-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-lowering-effects-of-higher-doses-of-different-calcium-antagonists-in-uncontrolled-hypertension-the-calcium-antagonist-controlled-release-high-dose-therapy-in-uncontrolled-refractory-hypertensive-patients-carillon-study
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Hiroyuki Mizuno, Satoshi Hoshide, Naoko Tomitani, Kazuomi Kario
BACKGROUND: Data are sparse regarding ambulatory blood pressure (BP) reduction of up-titration from a standard dose to a high dose in both nifedipine controlled-release (CR) and amlodipine. This was a prospective, randomized, multicenter, open-label trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one uncontrolled hypertensives medicated by two or more antihypertensive drugs including a renin-angiotensin system inhibitor and a calcium antagonist were randomly assigned to either the nifedipine CR (80 mg)/candesartan (8 mg) group or the amlodipine (10 mg)/candesartan (8 mg) group...
May 19, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464911/impact-of-high-intensity-niv-on-the-heart-in-stable-copd-a-randomised-cross-over-pilot-study
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Marieke Leontine Duiverman, Petra Maagh, Friederike Sophie Magnet, Claudia Schmoor, Maria Paola Arellano-Maric, Axel Meissner, Jan Hendrik Storre, Peter Jan Wijkstra, Wolfram Windisch, Jens Callegari
BACKGROUND: Although high-intensity non-invasive ventilation has been shown to improve outcomes in stable COPD, it may adversely affect cardiac performance. Therefore, the aims of the present pilot study were to compare cardiac and pulmonary effects of 6 weeks of low-intensity non-invasive ventilation and 6 weeks of high-intensity non-invasive ventilation in stable COPD patients. METHODS: In a randomised crossover pilot feasibility study, the change in cardiac output after 6 weeks of each NIV mode compared to baseline was assessed with echocardiography in 14 severe stable COPD patients...
May 2, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439738/prospective-open-uncontrolled-phase-i-study-to-define-a-well-tolerated-dose-of-oral-artesunate-as-add-on-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-artic-m33-2
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Cornelia von Hagens, Ingeborg Walter-Sack, Maren Goeckenjan, Julia Osburg, Brigitte Storch-Hagenlocher, Serkan Sertel, Michael Elsässer, Bjoern Andrew Remppis, Lutz Edler, Judith Munzinger, Thomas Efferth, Andreas Schneeweiss, Thomas Strowitzki
PURPOSE: The antimalarial drug artesunate (ART) is a promising candidate for cancer treatment as it displays anticancer effects in various models. While in short-term treatment of malaria, an excellent safety profile has been found for ART, the potential long-term treatment of cancer patients demands a phase I dose-finding clinical trial determining the daily ART dose which would be well tolerated as add-on therapy. METHODS: Patients with metastatic breast cancer were to receive either 100 or 150 or 200 mg oral ART daily as add-on to their guideline-based oncological therapy for a study period of four weeks with frequent clinical and laboratory monitoring until 4-8 weeks thereafter...
April 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379039/elevated-serum-il-39-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-was-related-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
#4
Yu Luo, Feng Liu, Huadong Liu, Hongdan Chen, Wenfei Cheng, Shaohong Dong, Wei Xiong
AIM: To investigate the changes and significance of circulating IL-39 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). PATIENTS & METHODS: Serum IL-39 levels in ACS patients and normal coronary arteries were measured. The correlations of IL-39 with high-sensitivity CRP, cTnI, N-terminal of the prohormone brain natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) and left ventricular ejection fraction were investigated. RESULTS: The serum levels of IL-39 in ACS patients were significantly increased...
April 5, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341782/predictive-properties-of-biomarkers-gdf-15-ntprobnp-and-hs-tnt-on-morbidity-and-mortality-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-with-nephropathy
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Arash Bidadkosh, Sebastiaan P H Lambooy, Hiddo J Heerspink, Michelle J Pena, Robert H Henning, Hendrik Buikema, Leo E Deelman
OBJECTIVE: Although type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients with nephropathy are at high risk for renal and cardiovascular complications, relevant biomarkers have been poorly identified. Because renal impairment may increase biomarker levels, this potentially confounds associations between biomarker levels and risk. To investigate the predictive value of a biomarker in such a setting, we examined baseline levels of growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), N-terminal prohormone of B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP), and high-sensitivity troponin-T (hs-TnT) in relation to renal and cardiovascular risk in T2D patients with nephropathy...
March 24, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302926/long-term-effect-of-sildenafil-on-echocardiographic-parameters-in-dogs-with-asymptomatic-myxomatous-mitral-valve-degeneration
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Anusak Kijtawornrat, Siripen Komolvanich, Nakkawee Saengklub, Prapawadee Pirintr, Pakit Boonpala, Chollada Buranakarl
Sildenafil is a selective phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor that has been demonstrated to delay ventricular remodeling in humans and experimental animals. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the chronic effects of sildenafil administration on echocardiographic indices and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in dogs with naturally occurring, asymptomatic myxomatous mitral valve degeneration. Thirty client-owned dogs with ACVIM class B1 or B2 were enrolled. Dogs were randomly assigned to treatment (sildenafil 1-3 mg/kg, PO, BID for 180 days) or control groups...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302319/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-and-systemic-right-ventricular-function-in-adults-with-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Ewa Kowalik, Anna Klisiewicz, Justyna Rybicka, Elżbieta K Biernacka, Piotr Hoffman
BACKGROUND: High sensitive troponin T (hsTnT), a marker of myocardial injury, appears to be a promising diagnostic tool in patients with congenital heart disease. However, little is known about its distribution among adults with systemic right ventricle (sRV). We aimed to assess the distribution of hsTnT concentrations in patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) and to evaluate its relationship with sRV function and NT-proBNP. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of adults with ccTGA was conducted...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239753/six-minute-walk-test-in-evaluation-of-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Malgorzata Zuk, Anna Migdal, Dorota Jagiellowicz-Kowalska, Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz, Anna Sadel-Wieczorek, Grazyna Brzezinska-Rajszys
Six-minute walk test (6MWT) is a submaximal exercise test applied for evaluation of adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). It was widely used as an endpoint in the clinical trials. The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of 6MWT in management of children with PAH and to establish correlations with other clinical features. 164 6MWT were performed in 15 children between 5 and 18 years with PAH confirmed by right heart catheterization (102 in patients with shunt, 62 without shunt). Distance in 6MWT (6MWD)-% of predicted for age and gender, desaturation at the maximum effort, peak heart rate (HR)-% of maximal HR, were compared to the level of NTproBNP, WHO-FC, echocardiography parameters, and events of PAH treatment intensification...
April 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238244/nt-probnp-as-a-potential-marker-of-left-atrial-dysfunction-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis-correlation-with-left-atrial-function-after-pbmv
#9
Rashi Khare, Sudhanshu Dwivedi
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease is a common reason for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Plasma levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are known to rise in patients with MS, but the role of this compound as a non-invasive marker of left atrial (LA) dysfunction is yet to be established. The study aim was to correlate levels of NT-proBNP in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS), with echocardiographic parameters of LA function including tissue Doppler-derived strain/strain rate (S/Sr) indices, hemodynamic parameters of LA function, before and after percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy (PBMV) for a follow up of one year...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204965/prognostic-value-of-simple-frailty-and-malnutrition-screening-tools-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-due-to-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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S Sze, J Zhang, P Pellicori, D Morgan, A Hoye, A L Clark
BACKGROUND: Frailty and malnutrition are common in patients with heart failure (HF), and are associated with adverse outcomes. We studied the prognostic value of three malnutrition and three frailty indices in patients admitted acutely to hospital with HF. METHODS: 265 consecutive patients [62% males, median age 80 (interquartile range (IQR): 72-86) years, median NTproBNP 3633 (IQR: 2025-6407) ng/l] admitted with HF between 2013 and 2014 were enrolled. Patients were screened for frailty using the Derby frailty index (DFI), acute frailty network (AFN) frailty criteria, and clinical frailty scale (CFS) and for malnutrition using the geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI), controlling nutritional status (CONUT) score and prognostic nutritional index (PNI)...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164518/meta-analysis-diagnostic-value-of-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-for-kawasaki-disease
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Jing Yu, Hong-Hao Li, Li Dong
BACKGROUND: Some studies have estimated the diagnostic value of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) for Kawasaki Disease (KD), but the results are not always consistent. The aim of this study was to ascertain the diagnostic value of NT-proBNP for KD. METHODS: EMBSAE and PubMed were searched up to June 30, 2015, to identify eligible studies that evaluated the diagnostic value of NT-proBNP for KD. The quality of the eligible studies was evaluated using the revised Quality Assessment for Studies of Diagnostic Accuracy (QUADAS-2) tools...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156007/acute-effects-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-shocks-on-biomarkers-of-myocardial-injury-apoptosis-heart-failure-and-systemic-inflammation
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Jordan Brewster, Travis Sexton, Gary Dhaliwal, Richard Charnigo, Gustavo Morales, Kevin Parrott, Yousef Darrat, John Gurley, Susan Smyth, Claude S Elayi
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks are potentially associated with myocardial injury, altered hemodynamics, apoptosis, and inflammatory signaling. Their precise cellular impact can be explored after defibrillation testing (DFT) via biomarkers. We evaluated changes in biomarkers after ICD shocks during DFT. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled outpatients presenting for first implantation of a cardiac device. Biomarkers indicative of myocardial injury, inflammation, and apoptosis were measured before and after implantation, and compared between patients receiving DFT (DFT+) to those not (DFT-)...
April 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127980/speckle-tracking-can-detect-subclinical-myocardial-dysfunction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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O Benacka, J Benacka, P Blazicek, M Belansky, J Payer, Z Killinger, J Lietava
INTRODUCTION: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have shorter life expectancy and their risk of cardiovascular death is more than 50 % higher than the rest of the population. Early myocardial dysfunction in RA patients may be detectable sooner using speckle‑tracking echocardiography. METHOD: Cross-sectional study enrolled 55 patients with RA (mean age 44.1 years) without known cardiovascular disease and 31 healthy controls. All subjects underwent a standard echocardiographic examination: indexed left ventricular mass, left ventricle ejection fraction, isovolumic contraction and relaxation times (IVCT and IVRT), mitral valve inflow curve (E/A), septal mitral annular motion (e'), and E/e' ratio as well as the speckle tracking assessment of left ventricle longitudinal, radial and circular strain and strain rate...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111138/biologic-variability-of-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease
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Randolph L Winter, Ashley B Saunders, Sonya G Gordon, Jesse S Buch, Matthew W Miller
INTRODUCTION: To determine the biologic variability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) in healthy dogs and dogs with various stages of myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). ANIMALS: Thirty-eight privately owned dogs: 28 with MMVD and 10 healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective clinical study with comprehensive evaluation used to group dogs as healthy or into three stages of MMVD based on current guidelines...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069402/predictive-capacity-of-a-multimarker-strategy-to-determine-short-term-mortality-in-patients-attending-a-hospital-emergency-department-for-acute-heart-failure-bio-eahfe-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Pablo Herrero-Puente, Belén Prieto-García, María García-García, Javier Jacob, F Javier Martín-Sánchez, Domingo Pascual-Figal, Héctor Bueno, Victor Gil, Pere Llorens, Joaquin Vázquez-Alvarez, Rodolfo Romero-Pareja, Marta Sanchez-Gonzalez, Òscar Miró
OBJECTIVE: A multimarker strategy may help determine the prognosis of patients with acute heart failure (AHF). The aim of this study was to evaluate the capacity of mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MRproADM), copeptin and interleukin-6 (IL-6) combined with conventional clinical and biochemical markers to predict the 30-day mortality of patients with AHF. METHODS: We performed an observational, multicenter, prospective study of patients attended in the emergency department (ED) for AHF...
March 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067203/long-term-prognostic-impact-of-left-atrial-volumes-and-emptying-fraction-in-a-community-based-cohort
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Pär Hedberg, Jonas Selmeryd, Jerzy Leppert, Egil Henriksen
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF) would predict long-term cardiovascular outcome in the general population and better so than left atrial (LA) volumes. METHODS: A community-based sample (n=740) in sinus rhythm prospectively underwent clinical evaluation, echocardiography and blood analyses including N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP). The LA maximum (LAVmax) and minimum volumes (LAVmin) were indexed to body surface area (LAVImax and LAVImin, respectively)...
November 9, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011798/stepwise-mass-screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-using-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-the-strokestop-ii-study-design
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Johan Engdahl, Emma Svennberg, Leif Friberg, Faris Al-Khalili, Viveka Frykman, Katrin Kemp Gudmundsdottir, Tove Fredriksson, Mårten Rosenqvist
AIM: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent clinical arrhythmia and a major risk factor for ischaemic stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulants (OACs) reduces the risk of stroke by two thirds in AF patients with risk factors. Due to its often paroxysmal and asymptomatic presentation, AF is sometimes challenging to diagnose. So far, AF screening studies have applied opportunistic or systematic screening, most often using a single 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) recording or ambulatory ECG...
December 23, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899851/cutoff-value-of-admission-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-which-predicts-poor-myocardial-perfusion-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#18
Khairy Abdel-Dayem, Inas I Eweda, Ashraf El-Sherbiny, Marc O Dimitry, Wail Nammas
BACKGROUND: We explored the value of admission levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTProBNP) that best predicts poor myocardial tissue perfusion following primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) in patients admitted with acute ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: We enrolled 90 consecutive patients admitted with acute STEMI who underwent PPCI and achieved post-procedural TIMI flow grade 3 in the infarct-related artery...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826974/can-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-c-reactive-protein-help-to-predict-short-and-long-term-mortality
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I Ozmen, Z Karakurt, C Salturk, F Kargin, H B Takir, E Aksoy, R Sari, E Celik, E A Tuncay, E Yildirim, O Y Mocin, N Adiguzel, S Oztas, S Gungor, G Gungor
BACKGROUND: There is limited data about ICU, short and long-term mortality prediction of severe CAP with neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR): N-terminal proB- type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP): C-reactive protein (CRP). AIM: Besides the known severity indexes of ICU, can NLR, NT-proBNP, CRP predict ICU, short and long term mortality? METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was carried out in a level III ICU of a tertiary training hospital for chest diseases and thoracic surgery...
2016: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819111/cardiac-dysfunction-congestion-and-loop-diuretics-their-relationship-to-prognosis-in-heart-failure
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Pierpaolo Pellicori, John G F Cleland, Jufen Zhang, Anna Kallvikbacka-Bennett, Alessia Urbinati, Parin Shah, Syed Kazmi, Andrew L Clark
BACKGROUND: Diuretics are the mainstay of treatment for congestion but concerns exist that they adversely affect prognosis. We explored whether the relationship between loop diuretic use and outcome is explained by the underlying severity of congestion amongst patients referred with suspected heart failure. METHOD AND RESULTS: Of 1190 patients, 712 had a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤50 %, 267 had LVEF >50 % with raised plasma NTproBNP (>400 ng/L) and 211 had LVEF >50 % with NTproBNP ≤400 ng/L; respectively, 72 %, 68 % and 37 % of these groups were treated with loop diuretics including 28 %, 29 % and 10 % in doses ≥80 mg furosemide equivalent/day...
December 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
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