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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142489/correlation-between-osteoprotegerin-serum-level-and-coronary-calcification-using-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-patient-with-moderate-severe-cardiovascular-risk-factor
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J Nugroho, Widorini Widorini
Coronary artery calcification is a part of atherosclerosis process associated with coronary heart disease. Recently, coronary artery calcification assessment using computed tomography (CT) is still the best noninvasive imaging with high sensitivity and specificity. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is one of vascular calcification marker that through its role to bind receptor activator of nuclear factor-κβ ligand and inhibit osteoclastogenesis is suspected of playing a role for coronary calcification in atherosclerosis process...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142027/underestimation-of-risk-of-carotid-subclinical-atherosclerosis-by-cardiovascular-risk-scores-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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Jiayun Shen, Steven H Lam, Qing Shang, Chun-Kwok Wong, Edmund K Li, Priscilla Wong, Emily W Kun, Isaac T Cheng, Martin Li, Tena K Li, Tracy Y Zhu, Jack Jock-Wai Lee, Mimi Chang, Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Lai-Shan Tam
OBJECTIVE: To test the performances of established cardiovascular (CV) risk scores in discriminating subclinical atherosclerosis (SCA) in patients with psoriatic arthritis. METHODS: These scores were calculated: Framingham risk score (FRS), QRISK2, Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE), 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk algorithm (ASCVD) from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)-recommended modified versions (by 1...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141842/treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-concordance-with-the-american-heart-association-american-college-of-cardiology-heart-rhythm-society-guidelines-findings-from-orbit-af-outcomes-registry-for-better-informed-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Adam S Barnett, Sunghee Kim, Gregg C Fonarow, Laine E Thomas, James A Reiffel, Larry A Allen, James V Freeman, Gerald Naccarelli, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Alan S Go, Peter R Kowey, Jack E Ansell, Bernard J Gersh, Elaine M Hylek, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: It is unclear how frequently patients with atrial fibrillation receive guideline-concordant (GC) care and whether guideline concordance is associated with improved outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data from ORBIT-AF (Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation), we determined how frequently patients received care that was concordant with 11 recommendations from the 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society atrial fibrillation guidelines pertaining to antithrombotic therapy, rate control, and antiarrhythmic medications...
November 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141373/-a-concentration-response-observation-of-hydromorphone-combined-with-ropivacaine-in-labor-analgesia
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Y Y Lu, H Huang, W L Mao, R H Liu, M J Hu, L X Shao, M P Hu, J Li
Objective: To investigate the median effective dose (ED(50)) of hydromorphone and the appropriate concentration of ropivacaine combined with hydromorphone in epidural labor analgesia. Methods: One hundred and forty nulliparous women undergoing labor selected for delivery with epidural analgesia were enrolled in our hospital from January to June 2016. The first of top 50 women received 0.12% ropivacaine plus 20 μg/ml hydromorphone complex solution, then sequential women were used the modified sequential method to determine the ED(50) and ED(95) of hydromorphone...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140819/positive-and-negative-impacts-of-a-continuing-professional-development-intervention-on-pharmacist-practice-a-balanced-measure-evaluation
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Sukhjinder Sidhu, Sean K Gorman, Richard S Slavik, Tasha Ramsey, Nicole Bruchet, Sarah Murray
INTRODUCTION: Evaluations of behavior change interventions aimed at improving professional practice are increasingly focused on impacts at the practice and patient outcome levels. Many of these evaluations assume that if the intended changes occur, the result represents an improvement. However, given the systemic nature of clinical practice, a change in one area can produce changes in other areas as well, some of which may adversely affect the patient. Balancing measures are used to determine whether unintended consequences of an intervention have been introduced into other areas of the system...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140557/withdrawn-pharmacological-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation-and-flutter
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John Cordina, Gillian E Mead
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the commonest cardiac dysrhythmia. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. There are two approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation: controlling the ventricular rate or converting to sinus rhythm in the expectation that this would abolish its adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of pharmacological cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in adults on the annual risk of stroke, peripheral embolism, and mortality...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138143/minimally-invasive-stand-alone-cox-maze-procedure-for-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-perioperative-safety-and-5-year-outcomes
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Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Ted Friehling
BACKGROUND: Rhythm control is challenging in patients with extended atrial fibrillation (AF) duration and persistent/long-standing persistent AF. Among surgical approaches to treat AF, the Cox maze procedure performed using alternative energy sources remains superior to other beating heart techniques. We examined permanence of safety and success for the on-pump, minimally invasive, stand-alone Cox maze procedure 5 years after surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Stand-alone, right 5 cm minithoracotomy, Cox maze III/IV procedure for nonparoxysmal AF was conducted in 133 patients (mean follow-up=65±34 months)...
November 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137024/effect-of-different-surgical-type-of-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-on-kidney-injury-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Ming-Jen Chan, Cheng-Chia Lee, Shao-Wei Chen, Feng-Chun Tsai, Pyng-Jing Lin, Pei-Chun Fan, Hsiang-Hao Hsu, Ming-Yang Chang, Yung-Chang Chen, Chih-Hsiang Chang
Acute kidney injury (AKI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with a less favorable outcome. Off-pump surgery results in lower kidney dysfunction than conventional on-pump arrest surgery. On-pump arrest surgery results in a lower revascularization rate compared with off-pump surgery. On-pump beating heart (OPBH) CABG combines the advantages of beating heart surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass. This study compared the renal outcomes of 3 cardiac surgical methods. From January 2010 to December 2012, 373 patients who underwent on-pump CABG were enrolled...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135622/troponin-limit-of-detection-plus-cardiac-risk-stratification-scores-to-rule-out-acute-myocardial-infarction-and-30-day-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-ed-patients
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Mitchell D Datlow, Kelly M Gray, Adriel Watts, Deborah B Diercks, Bryn E Mumma
When screening for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), troponin levels below the 99th percentile, including those below the limit of detection (LOD), are considered normal. We hypothesized that a low-risk HEART score (0-3) or ACS Pretest Probability Assessment <2% plus a single troponin below the LOD would rule out both AMI and 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE). We studied all patients who presented to a single academic emergency department and received a troponin I (Siemens Ultra Troponin I) from September 1, 2013, to November 13, 2013 (n=888)...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135621/efficacy-of-implementation-of-a-chest-pain-center-at-a-community-hospital
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Alexandra Davis, Jason Chiu, Stanley K Lau, Yih Jen Kok, Jonathan Y H Wu
INTRODUCTION: Chest pain is the second leading cause for emergency department (ED) visits in the United States; however, <20% of the patients have acute coronary syndrome that require immediate attention. The HEART score is designed for rapid risk stratification of ED chest pain patients using the following criteria: history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin. It has been shown to be superior in identifying patients with low (HEART score 0-3) and high (7-10) risk of major adverse cardiac events, who can then be rapidly discharged or admitted for intervention...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135608/the-epidemiology-of-vertebral-osteomyelitis-in-the-united-states-from-1998-to-2013
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Kimona Issa, Bassel G Diebo, Michael Faloon, Qais Naziri, Sina Pourtaheri, Carl B Paulino, Arash Emami
STUDY DESIGN: This is a epidemiological database analysis. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this article are to assess the following characteristics of vertebral osteomyelitis (VO): (1) incidence and patient demographics, (2) mortality rate, (3) length-of-stay (LOS), and (4) admission costs. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: VO is a serious disease with potentially devastating clinical consequences. At present, there is limited data on the epidemiology of VO in the United States as previous reports are based on older studies with small sample sizes...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132702/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-prognostic-impact-in-heart-surgery-early-outcomes-and-late-survival
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Shuli Silberman, Ulfat Abu-Yunis, Rachel Tauber, Linda Shavit, Tal Grenader, Daniel Fink, Daniel Bitran, Ofer Merin
BACKGROUND: The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a recognized marker of inflammation associated with poor outcomes in various clinical situations. We analyzed the prognostic significance of preoperative elevated NLR in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 3,027 consecutive patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Receiver-operating-characteristic was used to determine the cutoff value for elevated NLR. Multivariate regression was used to determine the predictive value of preoperative NLR on clinical outcomes...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132469/-clinical-characteristics-and-prognostic-analysis-of-children-with-congenital-heart-disease-complicated-by-postoperative-acute-kidney-injury
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Lian Duan, Guo-Huang Hu, Meng Jiang, Cheng-Liang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the perioperative clinical data of children with congenital heart disease complicated by acute kidney injury (AKI) after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery, and to explore potential factors influencing the prognosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed among 118 children with congenital heart disease who developed AKI within 48 hours after CPB surgery. RESULTS: In the 118 patients, 18 died after 48 hours of surgery...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131801/real-world-experience-using-the-acurate-neo%C3%A2-prosthesis-30-day-outcomes-of-1000-patients-enrolled-in-the-savi-tf-registry
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Helge Möllmann, Christian Hengstenberg, Michael Hilker, Sebastian Kerber, Ulrich Schäfer, Tanja Rudolph, Axel Linke, Norbert Franz, Thomas Kuntze, Holger Nef, Utz Kappert, Thomas Walther, Michael O Zembala, Stefan Toggweiler, Won-Keun Kim
AIMS: The aim of the SAVI-TF registry was to assess the safety and performance of the self-expanding ACURATE neoTM transfemoral transcatheter heart valve in a large patient population with severe aortic stenosis and to investigate if the outcomes obtained in the CE-mark cohort can be replicated in an unselected all-comers population. METHODS AND RESULTS: From October 2014 until April 2016, 1000 patients were enrolled in this prospective, European multicenter registry...
November 14, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131434/five-year-impact-of-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-a-prior-history-of-stroke
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T Jared Bunch, Heidi T May, Tami L Bair, Brian G Crandall, Michael J Cutler, John D Day, Victoria Jacobs, Charles Mallender, Jeffrey S Osborn, J Peter Weiss
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation(AF) is an established therapeutic rhythm approach. Patients with a prior history of a stroke(CVA) represent a unique high-risk population for recurrent thromboembolic events. The role of antiarrhythmic treatment on the natural history of stroke recurrence in these patients is not fully understood. METHODS: Three patient groups with a prior CVA and 5 years of follow-up were matched 1:3:3 by propensity score(±0...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131283/quantitative-myocardial-blush-score-qube-allows-the-prediction-of-heart-failure-development-in-long-term-follow-up-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-proof-of-concept-study
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Andrzej Tomasik, Tomasz Młyńczak, Edyta Nowak, Katarzyna Pigoń, Artur Iwasieczko, Mariusz Opara, Ewa Nowalany-Kozielska
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) might lead to left ventricular remodeling. Adequate myocardial perfusion is critical to prevent this adverse remodeling. Quantitative myocardial blush evaluator (QuBE) software, available on-line, is a simple analysis tool which enables the precise quantification of myocardial perfusion in the infarct area immediately after interventional treatment. The aim of this study was to assess whether the results of QuBE analysis might predict the development of HF in AMI patients in 3 year-long follow-up...
November 13, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129827/genetic-predisposition-clinical-risk-factor-burden-and-lifetime-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Lu-Chen Weng, Sarah R Preis, Olivia L Hulme, Martin G Larson, Seung Hoan Choi, Biqi Wang, Ludovic Trinquart, David D McManus, Laila Staerk, Honghuang Lin, Kathryn L Lunetta, Patrick T Ellinor, Emelia J Benjamin, Steven A Lubitz
Background -The long-term probability of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) considering genetic predisposition and clinical risk factor burden is unknown. Methods -We estimated lifetime risk of AF in individuals from the community-based Framingham Heart Study. Polygenic risk for AF was derived using a score of approximately 1,000 AF-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms. Clinical risk factor burden was calculated for each individual using a validated risk score for incident AF comprised of height, weight, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, current smoking status, antihypertensive medication use, diabetes, history of myocardial infarction, and history of heart failure...
November 12, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129252/design-for-the-sacubitril-valsartan-lcz696-compared-with-enalapril-study-of-pediatric-patients-with-heart-failure-due-to-systemic-left-ventricle-systolic-dysfunction-panorama-hf-study
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Robert Shaddy, Charles Canter, Nancy Halnon, Lazaros Kochilas, Joseph Rossano, Damien Bonnet, Christopher Bush, Ziqiang Zhao, Paul Kantor, Michael Burch, Fabian Chen
BACKGROUND: Sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) is an angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor approved for the treatment of adult heart failure (HF); however, the benefit of sacubitril/valsartan in pediatric HF patients is unknown. STUDY DESIGN: This global multi-center study will use an adaptive, seamless two-part design. Part 1 will assess the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of single ascending doses of sacubitril/valsartan in pediatric (1 month to <18 years) HF patients with systemic left ventricle and reduced left ventricular systolic function stratified into 3 age groups (Group 1: 6 to <18 years; Group 2: 1 to <6 years; Group 3: 1 month to <1 year)...
November 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128868/association-of-lpa-variants-with-aortic-stenosis-a-large-scale-study-using-diagnostic-and-procedural-codes-from-electronic-health-records
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Hao Yu Chen, Line Dufresne, Hannah Burr, Athithan Ambikkumar, Niko Yasui, Kevin Luk, Dilrini K Ranatunga, Rachel A Whitmer, Mark Lathrop, James C Engert, George Thanassoulis
Importance: Elevated lipoprotein(a) levels are a risk factor for aortic stenosis (AS). However, a large-scale replication of associations between LPA variants and AS, their interactions with risk factors, and the effect of multiple risk alleles is not well established. Objective: To replicate the association between LPA variants with AS and identify subgroups who are at higher risk of developing AS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study of AS included 44 703 individuals (3469 cases) 55 years or older who were enrolled in the Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging cohort and who were members of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care delivery system...
November 12, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128648/a-hypertension-emergency-department-intervention-aimed-at-decreasing-disparities-design-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Heather M Prendergast, Marina Del Rios, Renee Petzel-Gimbar, Daniel Garside, Sara Heinert, Sandra Escobar-Schulz, Pavitra Kotini-Shah, Michael Brown, Jinsong Chen, Joseph Colla, Marian Fitzgibbon, Ramon A Durazo-Arvizu, Martha Daviglus
Effective interventions to identify and treat uncontrolled hypertension (HTN), particularly in underrepresented populations that use the emergency department (ED) for primary care, are critically needed. Uncontrolled HTN contributes significantly to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and is more frequently encountered among patients presenting to the ED as compared to the primary care setting. EDs serve as the point of entry into the health care system for high-risk patient populations, including minority and low-income patients...
November 8, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
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