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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913015/the-association-between-ambient-air-pollution-and-selected-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-in-china-a-systematic-review
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Milena Jacobs, Guicheng Zhang, Shu Chen, Ben Mullins, Michelle Bell, Lan Jin, Yuming Guo, Rachel Huxley, Gavin Pereira
The association between exposure to ambient air pollution and respiratory or cardiovascular endpoints is well-established. An increasing number of studies have shown that this exposure is also associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, the majority of research has been undertaken in high-income western countries, with relatively lower levels of exposure. There is now a sufficient number of studies to warrant an assessment of effects in China, a relatively higher exposure setting. We conducted a systematic review of 25 studies examining the association between ambient air pollution exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes (lower birth weight, preterm birth, mortality, and congenital anomaly) in China, published between 1980 and 2015...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906837/different-impacts-of-hypertension-and-diabetes-mellitus-on-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-mortality-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-the-rancho-bernardo-study
#2
Jee-Young Oh, Matthew A Allison, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor
OBJECTIVES: Although the prevalence rates of hypertension (HTN) and diabetes mellitus are slowing in some high-income countries, HTN and diabetes mellitus remain as the two major risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide. We aimed to observe the association of HTN and diabetes mellitus with all-cause and CVD mortality in older white adults. METHODS: All community-dwelling Rancho Bernardo Study participants who were at least 55 years old and had carefully measured blood pressure and plasma glucose from 75-g oral glucose tolerance test at the baseline visit (1984-1987, n = 2186) were followed up until death or the last clinic visit in 2013 (median 14...
January 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904844/cardiothoracic-surgical-experience-in-ghana
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REVIEW
Mark Tettey, Martin Tamatey, Frank Edwin
Ghana is one of the few low-to-middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa able to consistently sustain a cardiothoracic program with locally trained staff for more than two decades. Cardiothoracic surgery practice in Ghana started in 1964 but faltered from a combination of political and the economic problems. In 1989, Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a Ghanaian cardiothoracic surgeon trained in Hannover, rekindled interest in cardiothoracic surgery and in establishing a National Cardiothoracic Centre. His vision and leadership has brought cardiothoracic surgery practice in Ghana to its current high level...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899399/ideal-cardiovascular-health-score-and-incident-end-stage-renal-disease-in-a-community-based-longitudinal-cohort-study-the-kailuan-study
#4
Quan Le Han, Shou Ling Wu, Xiao Xue Liu, Sha Sha An, Yun Tao Wu, Jing Sheng Gao, Shuo Hua Chen, Xiao Kun Liu, Qi Zhang, Rui Ying Mao, Xiao Ming Shang, Jost B Jonas
OBJECTIVES: To investigate an association between ideal cardiovascular health metrics (CVH) and the risk of developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD). SETTING: Community of Kailuan in Tangshan/China. PARTICIPANTS: We examined in a community-based longitudinal cohort study 91 443 participants without history of stroke or myocardial infarction at baseline in 2006-2007, with a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) ≥15 mL/min at baseline, and who participated in at least 1 of 3 follow-up examinations in 2008-2009, 2010-2011 and 2012-2013...
November 29, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898678/leukocyte-telomere-length-in-relation-to-17-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-a-cross-sectional-study-of-us-adults
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David H Rehkopf, Belinda L Needham, Jue Lin, Elizabeth H Blackburn, Ami R Zota, Janet M Wojcicki, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a putative biological marker of immune system age, and there are demonstrated associations between LTL and cardiovascular disease. This may be due in part to the relationship of LTL with other biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease risk. However, the strength of associations between LTL and adiposity, metabolic, proinflammatory, and cardiovascular biomarkers has not been systematically evaluated in a United States nationally representative population...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898410/cadmium-exposure-is-associated-with-the-prevalence-of-dyslipidemia
#6
Zhou Zhou, Yong-Hui Lu, Hui-Feng Pi, Peng Gao, Min Li, Lei Zhang, Li-Ping Pei, Xiang Mei, Lin Liu, Qi Zhao, Qi-Zhong Qin, Yu Chen, Yue-Ming Jiang, Zhao-Hui Zhang, Zheng-Ping Yu
BACKGROUND: Cadmium is a widespread environmental and occupational pollutant that accumulates in human body with a biological half-life exceeding 10 years. Cadmium exposure has been demonstrated to increase rates of cardiovascular diseases. Whether occupational cadmium exposure is associated with the increase in the prevalence of dyslipidemia and hence contributes to the risk of cardiovascular diseases is still equivocal. To test the hypothesis that exposure to cadmium is related to the prevalence of dyslipidemia, we examined the associations between blood cadmium concentration and the prevalence of dyslipidemia in workers occupationally exposed to cadmium in China...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893041/a-comparison-of-the-prevalence-of-dementia-in-the-united-states-in-2000-and-2012
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Kenneth M Langa, Eric B Larson, Eileen M Crimmins, Jessica D Faul, Deborah A Levine, Mohammed U Kabeto, David R Weir
Importance: The aging of the US population is expected to lead to a large increase in the number of adults with dementia, but some recent studies in the United States and other high-income countries suggest that the age-specific risk of dementia may have declined over the past 25 years. Clarifying current and future population trends in dementia prevalence and risk has important implications for patients, families, and government programs. Objective: To compare the prevalence of dementia in the United States in 2000 and 2012...
November 21, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887750/chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Angela C Webster, Evi V Nagler, Rachael L Morton, Philip Masson
The definition and classification of chronic kidney disease (CKD) have evolved over time, but current international guidelines define this condition as decreased kidney function shown by glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of less than 60 mL/min per 1·73 m(2), or markers of kidney damage, or both, of at least 3 months duration, regardless of the underlying cause. Diabetes and hypertension are the main causes of CKD in all high-income and middle-income countries, and also in many low-income countries. Incidence, prevalence, and progression of CKD also vary within countries by ethnicity and social determinants of health, possibly through epigenetic influence...
November 22, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886791/environmental-exposures-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-challenge-for-health-and-development-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Melissa S Burroughs Peña, Allman Rollins
Environmental exposures in low- and middle-income countries lie at the intersection of increased economic development and the rising public health burden of cardiovascular disease. Increasing evidence suggests an association of exposure to ambient air pollution, household air pollution from biomass fuel, lead, arsenic, and cadmium with multiple cardiovascular disease outcomes, including hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular mortality. Although populations in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately exposed to environmental pollution, evidence linking these exposures to cardiovascular disease is derived from populations in high-income countries...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886790/cardiac-disease-associated-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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REVIEW
Gerald S Bloomfield, Claudia Leung
Over the last 2 decades human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has become a chronic disease requiring long-term management. Aging, antiretroviral therapy, chronic inflammation, and several other factors contribute to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in patients infected with HIV. In low-income and middle-income countries where antiretroviral therapy access is limited, cardiac disease is most commonly related to opportunistic infections and end-stage manifestations of HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, including HIV-associated cardiomyopathy, pericarditis, and pulmonary arterial hypertension...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886789/electrophysiology-in-the-developing-world-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Michael Bestawros
As a subset of the growing epidemic of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), the significant burdens of heart rhythm disorders also increase. Effective diagnostic and treatment modalities exist, but financial resources and expertise are limited. Cost-effective strategies exist to address most of these limitations, but many surmountable barriers need to be overcome to introduce and improve electrophysiologic care in LMICs. In this article, current and potential solutions are offered for the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of managing bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886785/approaches-to-sustainable-capacity-building-for-cardiovascular-disease-care-in-kenya
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REVIEW
Felix A Barasa, Rajesh Vedanthan, Sonak D Pastakia, Susie J Crowe, Wilson Aruasa, Wilson K Sugut, Russ White, Elijah S Ogola, Gerald S Bloomfield, Eric J Velazquez
Cardiovascular diseases are approaching epidemic levels in Kenya and other low- and middle-income countries without accompanying effective preventive and therapeutic strategies. This is happening in the background of residual and emerging infections and other diseases of poverty, and increasing physical injuries from traffic accidents and noncommunicable diseases. Investments to create a skilled workforce and health care infrastructure are needed. Improving diagnostic capacity, access to high-quality medications, health care, appropriate legislation, and proper coordination are key components to ensuring the reversal of the epidemic and a healthy citizenry...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886782/ensuring-patient-centered-access-to-cardiovascular-disease-medicines-in-low-income-and-middle-income-countries-through-health-system-strengthening
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REVIEW
Dan N Tran, Benson Njuguna, Timothy Mercer, Imran Manji, Lydia Fischer, Marya Lieberman, Sonak D Pastakia
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of global mortality and is expected to reach 23 million deaths by 2030. Eighty percent of CVD deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Although CVD prevention and treatment guidelines are available, translating these into practice is hampered in LMICs by inadequate health care systems that limit access to lifesaving medications. In this review article, we describe the deficiencies in the current LMIC supply chains that limit access to effective CVD medicines, and discuss existing solutions that are translatable to similar settings so as to address these deficiencies...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882292/muscular-strength-and-endurance-and-cardio-metabolic-health-in-disadvantaged-hispanic-children-from-the-u-s
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Ryan D Burns, Timothy A Brusseau
The predictive relationship between muscular strength and endurance and cardio-metabolic health, independent from aerobic fitness, is not clear in disadvantaged Hispanic children. The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive relationship between muscular strength and endurance and clustered cardio-metabolic risk, controlling for aerobic fitness, in Hispanic children from low-income schools. Participants were 320 Hispanic children (Mean age = 10.1 ± 1.1 years; 164 girls, 156 boys) recruited during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years from five low-income schools from the state of Utah in the U...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881102/associations-of-sedentary-behavior-and-physical-activity-with-physical-measurements-and-dyslipidemia-in-school-age-children-a-cross-sectional-study
#15
Wei Zheng, Yun Chen, Ai Zhao, Yong Xue, Yingdong Zheng, Zhishen Mu, Peiyu Wang, Yumei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Physical activity and sedentary behavior are common factors influencing cardiovascular health. However, how school and leisure-time activity/sedentary behavior are associated with physical fitness and blood lipid levels in primary school children in consideration of gender disparity remains unclear. METHODS: Data was obtained from a health and nutrition survey on primary school children from nine areas in China. The association between physical activities/sedentary behaviors (school and leisure-time physical activity levels, screen time, and other sedentary behaviors) and anthropometric measurements/prevalence of dyslipidemia were examined by multilevel analysis (the individual level, class level, grade level, and investigation area level) adjusted for age, energy intake and family income...
November 24, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881100/high-prevalence-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-use-among-acute-kidney-injury-survivors-in-the-southern-community-cohort-study
#16
Loren Lipworth, Khaled Abdel-Kader, Jennifer Morse, Thomas G Stewart, Edmond K Kabagambe, Sharidan K Parr, Kelly A Birdwell, Michael E Matheny, Adriana M Hung, William J Blot, T Alp Ikizler, Edward D Siew
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used and have been linked to acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Patients who survive an AKI episode are at risk for future adverse kidney and cardiovascular outcomes. The objective of our study was to examine the prevalence and predictors of NSAID use among AKI survivors. METHODS: The Southern Community Cohort Study is a prospective study of low-income adults aged 40-79 in the southeastern US...
November 24, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875557/socioeconomic-status-and-poor-health-outcome-at-10-years-of-follow-up-in-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#17
Steven Shea, Joao Lima, Ana Diez-Roux, Neal W Jorgensen, Robyn L McClelland
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Predictors of healthy aging have not been well-studied using longitudinal data with demographic, clinical, subclinical, and genetic information. The objective was to identify predictors of poor health outcome at 10 years of follow-up in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Population-based sample from 6 U.S. communities. PARTICIPANTS: 4,355 participants In the MESA Study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875530/validity-of-a-minimally-invasive-autopsy-for-cause-of-death-determination-in-adults-in-mozambique-an-observational-study
#18
Paola Castillo, Miguel J Martínez, Esperança Ussene, Dercio Jordao, Lucilia Lovane, Mamudo R Ismail, Carla Carrilho, Cesaltina Lorenzoni, Fabiola Fernandes, Rosa Bene, Antonio Palhares, Luiz Ferreira, Marcus Lacerda, Inacio Mandomando, Jordi Vila, Juan Carlos Hurtado, Khátia Munguambe, Maria Maixenchs, Ariadna Sanz, Llorenç Quintó, Eusebio Macete, Pedro Alonso, Quique Bassat, Clara Menéndez, Jaume Ordi
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to identify tools able to provide reliable information on the cause of death in low-income regions, since current methods (verbal autopsy, clinical records, and complete autopsies) are either inaccurate, not feasible, or poorly accepted. We aimed to compare the performance of a standardized minimally invasive autopsy (MIA) approach with that of the gold standard, the complete diagnostic autopsy (CDA), in a series of adults who died at Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871298/socioeconomic-variation-in-incidence-of-primary-and-secondary-major-cardiovascular-disease-events-an-australian-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
#19
Rosemary J Korda, Kay Soga, Grace Joshy, Bianca Calabria, John Attia, Deborah Wong, Emily Banks
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) disproportionately affects disadvantaged people, but reliable quantitative evidence on socioeconomic variation in CVD incidence in Australia is lacking. This study aimed to quantify socioeconomic variation in rates of primary and secondary CVD events in mid-age and older Australians. METHODS: Baseline data (2006-2009) from the 45 and Up Study, an Australian cohort involving 267,153 men and women aged ≥ 45, were linked to hospital and death data (to December 2013)...
November 21, 2016: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871281/physical-multimorbidity-and-psychosis-comprehensive-cross-sectional-analysis-including-242-952-people-across-48-low-and-middle-income-countries
#20
Brendon Stubbs, Ai Koyanagi, Nicola Veronese, Davy Vancampfort, Marco Solmi, Fiona Gaughran, André F Carvalho, John Lally, Alex J Mitchell, James Mugisha, Christoph U Correll
BACKGROUND: In people with psychosis, physical comorbidities, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, are highly prevalent and leading contributors to the premature mortality encountered. However, little is known about physical health multimorbidity in this population or in people with subclinical psychosis and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study explores physical health multimorbidity patterns among people with psychosis or subclinical psychosis. METHODS: Overall, data from 242,952 individuals from 48 LMICs, recruited via the World Health Survey, were included in this cross-sectional study...
November 22, 2016: BMC Medicine
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