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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150159/diagnostic-performance-of-pulmonary-capacitance-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Pankaj Jain, Sriram Rao, Peter Macdonald, Eugene Kotlyar, Andrew Jabbour, Christopher Hayward, Anne Keogh
BACKGROUND: Reliable markers of early disease are needed in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As measures of the contribution of abnormal vascular compliance to overall vascular resistance, resting and exercise pulmonary capacitance-defined as the stroke volume divided by the change in pulmonary pulse pressure-may be sensitive markers of early disease. METHODS: We examined all patients in our pulmonary hypertension database with idiopathic PAH, who had undergone rest and exercise right heart catheterisation in one sitting...
November 8, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149815/stroke-and-hypertension-an-appraisal-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Agata Buonacera, Benedetta Stancanelli, Lorenzo Malatino
Stroke as a cause of long-term disability is a growing public health burden. Therefore, focusing on prevention is important. The most prominent aim of this strategy is to treat modifiable risk factors, such as arterial hypertension, the leading modifiable contributor to stroke. Thus, efforts to adequately reduce blood pressure (BP) among hypertensives are mandatory. In this respect, although safety and benefits of BP control related to long-term outcome have been largely demonstrated, there are open questions that remain to be addressed, such as optimal timing to initiate BP reduction and BP goals to be targeted...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149179/postmenopausal-hormone-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-a-pooled-analysis-of-data-from-population-based-cohort-studies
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Germán D Carrasquilla, Paolo Frumento, Anita Berglund, Christer Borgfeldt, Matteo Bottai, Chiara Chiavenna, Mats Eliasson, Gunnar Engström, Göran Hallmans, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Patrik K Magnusson, Peter M Nilsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Alicja Wolk, Karin Leander
BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates a favourable influence of postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) if initiated early, but not late, on subclinical atherosclerosis. However, the clinical relevance of timing of HT initiation for hard end points such as stroke remains to be determined. Further, no previous research has considered the timing of initiation of HT in relation to haemorrhagic stroke risk. The importance of the route of administration, type, active ingredient, and duration of HT for stroke risk is also unclear...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146534/systematic-review-for-the-2017-acc-aha-aapa-abc-acpm-ags-apha-ash-aspc-nma-pcna-guideline-for-the-prevention-detection-evaluation-and-management-of-high-blood-pressure-in-adults-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-task
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David M Reboussin, Norrina B Allen, Michael E Griswold, Eliseo Guallar, Yuling Hong, Daniel T Lackland, Edgar Pete R Miller, Tamar Polonsky, Angela M Thompson-Paul, Suma Vupputuri
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature systematically and perform meta-analyses to address these questions: 1) Is there evidence that self-measured blood pressure (BP) without other augmentation is superior to office-based measurement of BP for achieving better BP control or for preventing adverse clinical outcomes that are related to elevated BP? 2) What is the optimal target for BP lowering during antihypertensive therapy in adults? 3) In adults with hypertension, how do various antihypertensive drug classes differ in their benefits and harms compared with each other as first-line therapy? METHODS: Electronic literature searches were performed by Doctor Evidence, a global medical evidence software and services company, across PubMed and EMBASE from 1966 to 2015 using key words and relevant subject headings for randomized controlled trials that met eligibility criteria defined for each question...
November 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145255/functional-polymorphism-rs3783553-in-the-3-untranslated-region-of-il-1a-increased-the-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-a-case-control-study
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Peng Wang, Qian He, Chen Liu, Shi Zhen He, Shou Yan Zhu, Ying Wen Li, Wei Su, Shu Tian Xiang, Bo Zhao
Accumulating evidence indicates interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a critical mediator of inflammatory responses in ischemic stroke (IS). The aim of this study was to investigate whether rs3783553 in the 3'-untranslated region of IL-1A was associated with the risk of IS. In this hospital-based case-control study, we genotyped the rs3783553 using polymerase chain reaction in 316 patients with IS and 332 age, sex, and ethnicity-matched controls. Plasma level of IL-1α was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The relative luciferase activities were measured by the Dual Luciferase assay system...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145182/pathological-yawning-laughing-and-crying
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Olivier Walusinski
Yawning, laughing, and crying are normal physiological behaviors of humans in good health. As with all physiological behaviors, their deregulation can reveal disorders. Pathological yawning occurs in salvos of 10-20 successive yawns, and the number of yawns per day can exceed one hundred. After listing the functional etiologies, we will give the clinical keys for differentiating the most serious causes: iatrogenic, tumors, strokes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and intracranial hypertension. Sudden, uncontrollable episodes of emotional display involving pathological laughing and crying (PLC) may be encountered in various neurological diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple system atrophy (cerebellar), cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injuries, mass lesions in the cerebellopontine junction, and epilepsy...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144514/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-population
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Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl, Marek Sramko, Robert Cihak, Bashar Aldhoon, Dan Wichterle
Background: Although elderly patients have been included in published series of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), clinical benefit and safety remain still less defined in this population. A retrospective analysis of the results of catheter ablation for AF in a large volume center focused on comparison of elderly patients with the rest of the patient cohort was conducted in this study. Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF between January 2001 and December 2016 were analysed...
September 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143104/left-ventricular-end-diastolic-dimension-and-septal-e-are-predictors-of-cardiac-index-at-rest-while-tricuspid-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-is-a-predictor-of-peak-oxygen-uptake-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Yoshihisa Nakano, Naoki Okumura, Shiro Adachi, Shigetake Shimokata, Fumitaka Tajima, Yoshihiro Kamimura, Toyoaki Murohara, Takahisa Kondo
Little is known regarding a correlation of hemodynamics at rest or exercise capacity with echocardiographic parameters in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). To clarify these potential correlations, we performed transthoracic echocardiography, right heart catheterization, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing in 53 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVDd), early diastolic velocity of the septal mitral annulus (septal e'), tricuspid regurgitation peak gradient (TRPG), and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) were significantly correlated with cardiac index (LVDd; r = 0...
November 15, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142956/hypertension-control-apparent-treatment-resistance-and-outcomes-in-the-elderly-population-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Jean Kaboré, Marie Metzger, Catherine Helmer, Claudine Berr, Christophe Tzourio, Tilman B Drueke, Ziad A Massy, Bénédicte Stengel
Introduction: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often associated with poor hypertension control and treatment resistance, but whether CKD modifies the effect of hypertension control on outcomes is unknown. Methods: We studied 10-year mortality and cardiovascular events according to hypertension control status and CKD (glomerular filtration rate <60 ml/min/1.73m(2)) in 4262 community-dwelling individuals (40% men) more than 65 years of age. Results: At baseline, 19% had CKD, and 31...
March 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141857/contemporary-characteristics-and-outcomes-in-chagasic-heart-failure-compared-with-other-nonischemic-and-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Li Shen, Felix Ramires, Felipe Martinez, Luiz Carlos Bodanese, Luis Eduardo Echeverría, Efraín A Gómez, William T Abraham, Kenneth Dickstein, Lars Køber, Milton Packer, Jean L Rouleau, Scott D Solomon, Karl Swedberg, Michael R Zile, Pardeep S Jhund, Claudio R Gimpelewicz, John J V McMurray
BACKGROUND: Chagas' disease is an important cause of cardiomyopathy in Latin America. We aimed to compare clinical characteristics and outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction caused by Chagas' disease, with other etiologies, in the era of modern HF therapies. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 2552 Latin American patients randomized in the PARADIGM-HF (Prospective Comparison of ARNI With ACEI to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure) and ATMOSPHERE (Aliskiren Trial to Minimize Outcomes in Patients With Heart Failure) trials...
November 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141503/association-of-the-genetic-and-traditional-risk-factors-of-ischaemic-heart-disease-with-stemi-and-nstemi-development
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Diana Žaliaduonytė-Pekšienė, Vaiva Lesauskaitė, Rasa Liutkevičienė, Vytenis Tamakauskas, Vilius Kviesulaitis, Giedrė Šinkūnaitė-Maršalkienė, Sandrita Šimonytė, Simonita Mačiulskytė, Eglė Tamulevičiūtė-Prascienė, Olivija Gustienė, Abdonas Tamošiūnas, Remigijus Žaliūnas
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the influence of traditional risk factors of ischaemic heart disease and genetic factors to predict different types of acute coronary syndromes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five hundred and twenty-three patients with acute coronary syndromes (393 with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 130 with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)) comprised the study group. The control group consisted of 645 subjects free from symptoms of ischaemic heart disease and stroke...
October 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141483/red-blood-cell-distribution-width-as-a-marker-of-cerebral-infarction-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Liyi Mo, Yuanhan Chen, Zhilian Li, Lixia Xu, Wei Dong, Li Zhang, Huaban Liang, Ruizhao Li, Yiming Tao, Wei Shi, Xinling Liang
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a cardiovascular biomarker. We evaluated the association between RDW and cerebral stroke risk in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: A cohort of 442 adult patients on hemodialysis was studied. Strokes were defined according to ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Routine complete blood counts, evaluated every 3-6 months, were used for RDW values. RESULTS: Among 442 hemodialysis patients, during the 50-month follow-up, there were 62 cases (14...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141349/-evaluation-and-application-of-estimation-of-glomerular-filtration-rate-based-on-serum-creatinine-and-cystatin-c-in-renal-function-staging
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Z X Shen, Y Liu, M Liu, H Zheng, X J Wu, C Shen
Objective: To evaluate the accordance of chronic kidney disease (CKD) staging between the CKD-EPI2009 equation, the CKD-EPI2012 equation and the modification of diet in renal disease (MDRD) equation and compare the predictive value of common cardiovascular disease. Methods: A total of 11 151 adults from Jurong area, Jiangsu province, were surveyed from September to November in 2015 and their serum creatinine and cystatin C were detected. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was estimated by three equations...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139276/preventing-stroke-and-assessing-risk-in-women
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Tracey Keteepe-Arachi, Sanjay Sharma
Ischaemic stroke is rare in premenopausal women but risk increases with advancing age and doubles in the ten years following the menopause. Up to the age of 75 years men have a 25% higher risk of suffering a stroke compared with women. However, the increased life expectancy of women ultimately results in a higher overall incidence. Twice as many women die from stroke compare with breast cancer. Women with cerebrovascular disease are more likely to present with atypical symptoms than men. Altered mental status (including unresponsiveness, confusion and behavioural change) is the most common nonconventional symptom, and is reported by 23% of women compared with 15% of men...
March 2017: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137102/lateral-medullary-infarction-with-similar-features-of-brown-sequard-syndrome-caused-by-vertebrobasilar-dysplasia-and-klippel-feil-syndrome-a-case-report
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Jingzhe Han, Duanhua Cao, Guomei Ma, Tingting Wang, Ye Ji, Zhilei Kang
RATIONALE: Patients with Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) are always anomaly associated with vertebrobasilar dysplasia. That may present commonly as infarction of brainstem, medulla, and cerebellum. In this article, we reported a rare case of lateral medullary infarction (LMI) with similar features of Brown Sequard syndrome caused by vertebrobasilar dysplasia and KFS, and the 2 rare conditions that are causally related. The case is being reported because of its unusual and rare presentation...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137055/efficacy-of-tai-chi-and-qigong-for-the-prevention-of-stroke-and-stroke-risk-factors-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Romy Lauche, Wenbo Peng, Caleb Ferguson, Holger Cramer, Jane Frawley, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt
BACKGROUND: This review aims to summarize the evidence of Tai Chi and qigong interventions for the primary prevention of stroke, including the effects on populations with major stroke risk factors. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted on January 16, 2017 using the PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane Library, and CINAHL databases. Randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of Tai Chi or qigong for stroke prevention and stroke risk factors were included...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137053/prognostic-value-of-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-evaluating-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
#17
Jin-Er Shu, Ming-Liang Ying, Xiao-Rong Chen, Jian-Jun Hua, Jie-Ting Fu, Xiu-Mei Xia, Yong-Hao Pan, Yang Jiang
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke (IS) is a devastating occurrence affecting millions worldwide. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HRMRI) in assessing carotid atherosclerotic plaque in IS patients. METHODS: Between January 2013 and March 2015, 338 IS patients were recruited for the investigative purposes of the study. All participants of the study underwent an HRMRI inspection procedure after being admitted into the hospital...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136234/non-apnoea-sleep-disorder-increases-the-risk-of-subsequent-female-infertility-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#18
I-Duo Wang, Yung-Liang Liu, Chung-Kan Peng, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Shan-Yueh Chang, Chang-Huei Tsao, Wu-Chien Chien
Study Objectives: Non-apnoea sleep disorder (NASD) increases the risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), chronic kidney disease (CKD), cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, the risk and the time interval of NASD to female infertility has not been thoroughly understood. Our study aimed to determine whether NASD increases subsequent risk of female infertility. Methods: This study utilized outpatient and inpatient data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (LHID) between 2000 and 2010 in Taiwan...
November 9, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135285/factors-associated-with-confidence-in-decision-making-and-satisfaction-with-risk-communication-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Berith Hedberg, Dan Malm, Jan-Erik Karlsson, Kristofer Årestedt, Anders Broström
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is a prevalent cardiac arrhythmia. Effective communication of risks (e.g. stroke risk) and benefits of treatment (e.g. oral anticoagulants) is crucial for the process of shared decision making. AIM: The aim of this study was to explore factors associated with confidence in decision making and satisfaction with risk communication after a follow-up visit among patients who three months earlier had visited an emergency room for atrial fibrillation related symptoms...
November 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134608/factors-that-may-account-for-cardiovascular-risk-reduction-with-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-vildagliptin-in-young-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Marc Evans, Plamen Kozlovski, Päivi M Paldánius, James E Foley, Vaishali Bhosekar, Carmen Serban, Angelo Avogaro
INTRODUCTION: In a meta-analysis, we observed a significant 37% relative risk reduction in prospectively adjudicated major adverse cardiac events [MACEs, comprising of non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death] with vildagliptin vs. comparators in younger (< 65 years) patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), while the risk was similar in older patients (≥ 65 years). We carried out an exploratory analysis to identify the patient characteristics and on-treatment effects that may have contributed to the different outcomes in the two age groups...
November 13, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
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