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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778315/the-risk-of-hemorrhagic-transformation-after-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-chinese-versus-north-americans-a-comparative-study
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Xiaomeng Xu, Deren Wang, Fang Wang, Casey Norton, Xinfeng Liu, Magdy Selim
BACKGROUND: There is a widespread belief that Asians are more susceptible to hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after receiving recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute ischemic stroke (AIS). However, this has not been examined in clinical practice. This study aims to compare the incidence of symptomatic hemorrhagic transformation (SHT) among thrombolysis-treated AIS patients in China and in the United States. METHODS: We compared 212 consecutive patients receiving thrombolysis within 4...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777672/valvectomy-versus-replacement-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-tricuspid-endocarditis
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Adam N Protos, Jaimin R Trivedi, William M Whited, Michael P Rogers, Ugochukwu Owolabi, Kendra J Grubb, Kristen Sell-Dottin, Mark S Slaughter
BACKGROUND: Optimal surgical treatment of infective tricuspid endocarditis is debatable, especially in the setting of inherent social and pathologic concerns. This study seeks to compare tricuspid valve repair, replacement, and excision for the treatment of infective endocarditis METHODS: A single center cardiac surgery database was queried between 2012 and 2016 to identify patients >18 years who underwent tricuspid valve surgery for infective endocarditis. Patients were divided into 3 groups based on the type of tricuspid valve surgery: valvectomy, repair, or replacement and evaluated to identify differences between the pre-op factors and outcomes including mortality, length of stay, and complications...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777016/clinical-utility-of-electronic-alberta-stroke-program-early-computed-tomography-score-software-in-the-enchanted-trial-database
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Simon Nagel, Xia Wang, Cheryl Carcel, Thompson Robinson, Richard I Lindley, John Chalmers, Craig S Anderson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical utility of electronic Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (e-ASPECTS), an automated system for quantifying signs of infarction, was evaluated in a large database of thrombolyzed patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: All baseline noncontrast computed tomographic scans of patients with anterior circulation acute ischemic stroke who participated in the alteplase dose arm of the randomized controlled trial ENCHANTED (Enhanced Control of Hypertension and Thrombolysis Stroke Study) were reviewed; poor quality and large (>6 mm) slice thickness were excluded...
May 18, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775415/exercise-cardiac-mri-unmasks-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-acute-hypoxia-and-chronic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Shareen Kaur Jaijee, Marina Quinlan, Pawel Tokarczuk, Matthew Clemence, Luke S Howard, J Simon R Gibbs, Declan O'Regan
Background - Coupling of right ventricular (RV) contractility to afterload is maintained at rest in the early stages of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but exercise may unmask depleted contractile reserves. We assessed whether elevated afterload reduces RV contractile reserve despite compensated resting function using non-invasive exercise imaging. Methods and Results - Fourteen patients with PAH (mean age 39.1 years, 10 females) and 34 healthy control subjects (mean age 35.6 years, 17 females) completed real-time cardiac magnetic resonance imaging during sub-maximal exercise breathing room-air...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774601/the-impact-of-mitral-stenosis-on-outcomes-of-aortic-valve-stenosis-patient-undergoing-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Yasser Al-Khadra, Fahed Darmoch, Motaz Baibars, Amir Kaki, Zaher Fanari, M Chadi Alraies
BACKGROUND: The concomitant presence of mitral stenosis (MS) in the setting of symptomatic aortic stenosis represent a clinical challenge. Little is known regarding the outcome of mitral stenosis (MS) patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). Therefore, we sought to study the outcome of MS patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHOD: Using weighted data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database between 2011 and 2014, we identified patients who were diagnosed with MS...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773175/blood-lead-and-cadmium-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-a-turkish-urban-population
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Elif Damar Güngör, Fatma Yülek, Utku Serkant, Yasin Toklu, Asım Hocaoğlu, Şaban Şimsek
PURPOSE: To evaluate the blood lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) levels in age related macular degeneration (AMD) in a turkish urban population. METHODS: Blood Pb and Cd levels of 31 AMD patients and 24 age and gender matched controls with no sign of AMD were measured using dual atomic absorption spectrophotometer system (AAS). History of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking, myocardial infarction and stroke were obtained from all subjects. Degree of AMD was grade 4 according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study grading system...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772570/undertreatment-of-vascular-risk-factors-in-patients-with-monocular-ischaemic-visual-loss
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Angeliki Zarkali, Suk Fun Cheng, Agnes Dados, Robert Simister, Arvind Chandratheva
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ischaemic visual loss is often considered a lower risk factor than other transient ischaemic attacks (TIA). We aimed to determine the recurrence risk, prevalence and management of vascular risk factors in these patients. METHODS: The study took place in the University College Hospital London daily TIA clinic, main referral centre for North-Central London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Consecutive records for patients with transient (< 24 h) or permanent (> 24 h) ischaemic visual loss were reviewed during the period January 2014-October 2016...
May 17, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768161/-practical-aspects-of-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-arterial-hypertension
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Z D Kobalava, A A Shavarov
Atrial fibrillation (AF) represents the most frequent sustained cardiac arrhythmia, the prevalence of AF is 1-2 % in the general population and up to 6 % for population over 80 years. Arterial hypertension (AH) is the commonest background comorbidity in patients with AF. Patients with AF have 3-6‑fold increased risk of ischemic stroke in comparison to that in general population, additionally the presence of AH leads an 2-3‑fold increase in risk of subsequent stroke. Current clinical guidelines recommend long-time anticoagulant treatment for prevention of stroke and thromboembolic complications in majority of patients with confirmed AF...
2018: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767574/right-ventricular-stroke-work-correlates-with-outcomes-in-pediatric-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Weiguang Yang, Alison L Marsden, Michelle T Ogawa, Charlotte Sakarovitch, Keeley K Hall, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jeffrey A Feinstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766804/cyclophilin-a-a-predictive-biomarker-of-carotid-stenosis-in-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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Chen-Shu Chang, Shih-Li Su, Chen-Ling Kuo, Ching-Shan Huang, Wan-Min Tseng, Song-Shei Lin, Chin-San Liu
BACKGROUND: Cyclophilin A plays a pathogenic role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis, which can be assessed by measuring carotid intima-media thickness. The primary aim of this study was to examine the interaction between plasma Cyclophilin A level and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHOD: Plasma concentration of Cyclophilin A was measured on admission in 66 consecutive patients who had been hospitalized for acute cerebral stroke and in 52 case-control subjects without a history of acute stroke...
May 16, 2018: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765328/long-term-consumption-of-cuban-policosanol-lowers-central-and-brachial-blood-pressure-and-improves-lipid-profile-with-enhancement-of-lipoprotein-properties-in-healthy-korean-participants
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Suk-Jeong Kim, Dhananjay Yadav, Hye-Jeong Park, Jae-Ryong Kim, Kyung-Hyun Cho
Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with higher risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and stroke. The aim of the present study was to investigate the long-term effects of policosanol supplementation on blood pressure (BP) and the lipid profile in healthy Korean participants with pre-hypertension (systolic 120-139 mmHg, diastolic 85-89 mmHg). This randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled trial included 84 healthy participants who were randomly assigned to three groups receiving 10 mg of policosanol, 20 mg of policosanol, or placebo for 24 weeks...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764590/-characteristics-of-ventricular-function-in-pulmonary-hypertension-patients-with-different-shape-of-interventricular-septum-preliminary-study-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Dan Wang, Zhang Zhang, Fan Yang, Le Zhang, Zhenwen Yang, Wen Ren, Tielian Yu, Dong Li
BACKGROUND: To study the characteristics of ventricular function in Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Patients with different shape of Interventricular Septum (IVS) by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). METHODS: 36 PH patients diagnosed by right heart catheterization accepted CMR. According to the morphology of IVS, the patients were divided into two groups: the non-deformation group (10 patients) and the deformation group (26 patients). The ventricular function parameters were as follows: RV and LV end-diastolic volume index (EDVI), end-systolic volume index (ESVI), stroke volume index (SVI), cardiac index (CI), ejection fraction (EF), and myocardial mass index (MMI)...
May 20, 2018: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763657/a-mhealth-based-care-model-for-improving-hypertension-control-in-stroke-survivors-pilot-rct
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Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, Sarah Westberg, Carin Northuis, Candace C Fuller, Farah Ikramuddin, Mustapha Ezzeddine, Julie Scherber, Stuart Speedie
PURPOSE: Hypertension (HTN) is significantly under-treated in stroke survivors. We examined usability and efficacy of a mHealth -based care model for improving post-stroke HTN control (Funding: AHRQ R21HS021794). METHODS: We used a RCT design. Planned study duration was 90 days. Intervention arm (IA) participants measured their BP daily using a smart phone and wireless BP monitor. This was transmitted automatically to the study database. Investigators (Physician + PharmD) made bi-weekly medication adjustments to achieve the BP goal...
May 12, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762932/pulmonary-hypertension-as-a-possible-cause-of-paradoxical-low-flow-low-gradient-aortic-stenosis
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Yuta Watanabe, Haruhiko Higashi, Katsuji Inoue, Jun Aono, Takafumi Okura, Jitsuo Higaki, Shuntaro Ikeda
Paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis (LFLG AS) is recognized as a subtype of aortic stenosis. A small left ventricular (LV) cavity with marked LV concentric remodeling leads to a reduced stroke volume in this condition. The case is reported of a paradoxical LFLG AS patient who was undergoing treatment for pulmonary hypertension (PH) and interstitial pneumonia associated with scleroderma. Echocardiography demonstrated enlargement of the right ventricle and a diminished LV cavity. Moreover, the aortic valve opening was restricted despite a preserved LV ejection fraction (61%)...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762202/hypertension-guideline-update-a-new-guideline-for-a-new-era
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Sondra M DePalma, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Eric J MacLaughlin, Sandra J Taler
In the United States, hypertension affects about one-third of adults and contributes to one out of every seven deaths. Evidence-based treatment is associated with reductions in incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart failure as well as associated disability and death. This article reviews the ACC/AHA Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines' 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults. Key changes include reclassification of BP stages and lowering of hypertension treatment goals...
May 8, 2018: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762144/cardiovascular-diseases-in-congenital-prekallikrein-deficiency-comparison-with-other-chance-associated-morbidities
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Antonio Girolami, Silvia Ferrari, Elisabetta Cosi, Bruno Girolami
: To compare the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases with other chance-associated morbidities in patients with congenital prekallikrein deficiency. Patients with prekallikrein deficiency were gathered from two time unlimited PubMed searches and from personal files. Inclusion criteria were prekallikrein level less than 15% of normal; correction of aPTT on long incubation times; prolonged aPTT corrected by normal plasma or serum; normal prothrombin time and normal FXII and FXI. Acquired forms were excluded...
May 11, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761224/cardiopulmonary-factors-affecting-6-min-walk-distance-in-patients-with-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
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Naoki Mugii, Fujiko Someya
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies involve skeletal muscles and can be associated with interstitial lung disease and/or heart dysfunction, which may reduce exercise capacity. We aimed to clarify cardiopulmonary factors affecting the 6-min walk distance in patients who were able to walk without leg pain or fatigue. Twenty-three patients with inactive adult idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, and 18 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were evaluated for hemodynamic responses using noninvasive impedance cardiography during the 6-min walk test...
May 14, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761220/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-harvested-endothelial-cells-in-a-swine-model-of-mechanical-thrombectomy
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Nasren Jaff, Rikard Grankvist, Lars Muhl, Arvin Chireh, Mikael Sandell, Stefan Jonsson, Fabian Arnberg, Ulf Eriksson, Staffan Holmin
PURPOSE: In mechanical thrombectomy (MT) for ischemic stroke, endothelial cells (ECs) from intracranial blood vessels adhere to the stent retriever device and can be harvested. However, understanding the molecular biology and the role of the endothelium in different pathological conditions remains insufficient. The purpose of the study was to characterize and analyze the molecular aspect of harvested ECs using cell culture and transcriptomic techniques in an MT swine model relevant to clinical ischemic stroke...
May 14, 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759664/angiographic-efficacy-of-the-atriclip-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion-device-placed-by-minimally-invasive-thoracoscopic-approach
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Christopher R Ellis, Sam G Aznaurov, Neel J Patel, Jennifer R Williams, Kim Lori Sandler, Steven J Hoff, Stephen K Ball, S Patrick Whalen, John Jeffrey Carr
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess long-term left atrial appendage (LAA) closure efficacy of the Atriclip applied via totally thoracoscopic (TT) approach with computed tomographic angiography. BACKGROUND: LAA closure is associated with a low risk for atrial fibrillation-related embolic stroke. The Atriclip exclusion device allows epicardial LAA closure, avoiding the need for post-operative oral anticoagulation. Previous data with Atriclip during open chest procedures show a high efficacy rate of closure >95%...
December 11, 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756642/reference-values-and-correlates-of-right-atrial-volume-in-healthy-adults-by-two-dimensional-echocardiography
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Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Saku Ruohonen, Olga Vriz, Marco Scalese, Valentina Russo, Alberto M Marra, Anna Agnese Stanziola, Antonio Cittadini, Antonello D'Andrea, Robert Naeije, Eduardo Bossone
BACKGROUND: Right atrial (RA) volume is an important parameter in the evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Aim of this study was to define reference ranges for RA volume by two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) in healthy adults. METHODS: A total of 596 healthy subjects [mean age 45.7 ± 14.6 years, range 18-88 years; 60.1% women] underwent a transthoracic echocardiography. In addition, a meta-analysis was performed of published studies measuring RA volume in healthy subjects, using 2DE single plane area-length (A-L) and/or method of disks (MOD) at end-systole in apical four-chamber view...
May 14, 2018: Echocardiography
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