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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165173/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-spending-time-in-forests-systematic-review
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Byeongsang Oh, Kyung Ju Lee, Chris Zaslawski, Albert Yeung, David Rosenthal, Linda Larkey, Michael Back
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have reported that spending time in nature is associated with the improvement of various health outcomes and well-being. This review evaluated the physical and psychological benefits of a specific type of exposure to nature, forest therapy. METHOD: A literature search was carried out using MEDLINE, PubMed, ScienceDirect, EMBASE, and ProQuest databases and manual searches from inception up to December 2016. Key words: "Forest" or "Shinrin -Yoku" or "Forest bath" AND "Health" or "Wellbeing"...
October 18, 2017: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158839/characterization-of-cardiac-dynamics-in-an-acute-myocardial-infarction-model-by-four-dimensional-optoacoustic-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Hsiao-Chun Amy Lin, Xosé Luís Déan-Ben, Ivana Ivankovic, Melanie A Kimm, Katja Kosanke, Helena Haas, Reinhard Meier, Fabian Lohöfer, Moritz Wildgruber, Daniel Razansky
Extraction of murine cardiac functional parameters on a beat-by-beat basis is limited with the existing imaging modalities due to insufficient three-dimensional temporal resolution. Faster volumetric imaging methods enabling in vivo characterization of functional parameters are poised to advance cardiovascular research and provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying cardiac diseases. We present a new approach based on analyzing contrast-enhanced optoacoustic (OA) images acquired at high volumetric frame rate without using cardiac gating or other approaches for motion correction...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155861/pancreatic-exocrine-insufficiency-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-and-its-possible-association-with-appetite-loss
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Tingting Xia, Xichen Chai, Jiaqing Shen
BACKGROUND: Appetite loss is one complication of chronic heart failure (CHF), and its association with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is not well investigated in CHF. AIM: We attempted to detect the association between PEI and CHF-induced appetite. METHODS: Patients with CHF were enrolled, and body mass index (BMI), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), New York Heart Association (NYHA) cardiac function grading, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), serum albumin, pro-albumin and hemoglobin were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150155/the-association-of-functional-capacity-with-right-atrial-deformation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-study-with-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking
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Weiwei Liu, Yueheng Wang, Jinling Zhou, Hui Bai, Feng Wang, Ju Wang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess right atrial (RA) myocardial mechanics in pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients using two-dimensional speckle tracking (2D-STE), and define the relationship between RA function and exercise capacity in PH patients. METHODS: Thirty-eight consecutive PH patients were studied and compared with a control group of 25 healthy volunteers. Peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), RA strain rate were measured in all subjects...
April 13, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149143/efficacy-of-magnesium-sulfate-added-to-local-anesthetic-in-a-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-for-analgesia-following-total-abdominal-hysterectomy-a-randomized-trial
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Kelany A Abd-Elsalam, Khaled M Fares, Montaser A Mohamed, Mohamed F Mohamed, Ahmad M Abd El-Rahman, Moaaz M Tohamy
BACKGROUND: Major abdominal surgeries are associated with severe pain, which can affect respiratory and cardiac functions if insufficiently treated; this increases postoperative morbidity. OBJECTIVE: We aim at evaluating the efficacy of magnesium sulfate as an adjuvant to local anesthetic in an ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block for postoperative analgesia in total abdominal hysterectomy. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, double-blinded clinical trial...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142955/improving-the-prediction-of-cardiac-surgery-associated-acute-kidney-injury
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Jordan Crosina, Jordyn Lerner, Julie Ho, Navdeep Tangri, Paul Komenda, Brett Hiebert, Nora Choi, Rakesh C Arora, Claudio Rigatto
Introduction: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a potentially fatal complication of cardiac surgery. The inability to predict cardiac surgery-associated AKI is a major barrier to prevention and early treatment. Current clinical risk models for the prediction of cardiac surgery-associated AKI are insufficient, particularly in patients with preexisting kidney dysfunction. Methods: To identify intraoperative variables that might improve the performance of a validated clinical risk score (Cleveland Clinic Score, CCS) for the prediction of cardiac surgery-associated AKI, we conducted a prospective cohort study in 289 consecutive elective cardiac surgery patients at a tertiary care center...
March 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137910/tamponade-hemodynamic-and-echocardiographic-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Mark J Kearns, Keith R Walley
Cardiac tamponade is a medical emergency that can be readily reversed with timely recognition and appropriate intervention. The clinical diagnosis of cardiac tamponade requires synthesis of a constellation of otherwise non-specific features, based on an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology. Whereas echocardiographic examination is a central component of diagnosis, alone it is insufficient to establish the physiologic diagnosis of hemodynamically significant cardiac tamponade. The hemodynamic diagnosis of cardiac tamponade requires clinical evidence of low cardiac output and stroke volume in the setting of elevated cardiac filling pressures, with evidence of increased sympathetic tone (tachycardia, peripheral vasoconstriction, etc), and exclusion of other causes of shock as the primary problem (particularly cardiogenic shock)...
November 11, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124558/development-of-a-simple-device-enabling-percutaneous-flow-regulation-for-a-small-vascular-graft-for-a-blalock-taussig-shunt-capable-of-flow-regulation-complete-translation-of-a-review-article-originally-published-in-pediatric-cardiology-and-cardiac-surgery
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Yoshikazu Motohashi, Ryo Shimada, Tomoyasu Sasaki, Takahiro Katsumata, Kazunori Dan, Yasuhiro Tsutsui, Shintaro Nemoto
OBJECTIVES: The Blalock-Taussig shunt (BTS) operation is a cornerstone as initial palliative surgery for congenital heart disease with severely reduced pulmonary blood flow (PBF). The ideal PBF provided by BTS is crucial for an uneventful postoperative course, since excess PBF results in acute distress of the systemic circulation and insufficient PBF requires another BTS surgery. Therefore, the goal of this study was to develop a simple device to control the shunt graft flow percutaneously using a constrictor balloon connected to a subcutaneous port...
November 9, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123888/cardiac-arrest-caused-by-rapidly-increasing-ascites-in-a-patient-with-tafro-syndrome-a-case-report
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Masatoshi Okumura, Atsushi Ujiro, Yasunori Otsuka, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Sho Wada, Hirofumi Iwata, Toshiaki Kan, Seiji Miyauchi, Atsushi Hashimoto, Yuko Sato, Yoshihito Fujita, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Hideki Shimaoka
Case: Thrombocytopenia, anasarca, fever, renal insufficiency, and organomegaly (TAFRO) syndrome is a newly defined systemic inflammatory disorder with gradual progression of symptoms. A 59-year-old man with fever and ascites of unknown cause developed sudden-onset shock and respiratory failure in the general ward. Cardiac arrest immediately followed. Although he was resuscitated, frequent administration of adrenaline was required to maintain his blood pressure. His circulation was most effectively stabilized by drainage of fluid from his distended abdomen...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123868/cardiocerebral-and-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-2017-update
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REVIEW
Gordon A Ewy
Sudden cardiac arrest is a major public health problem in the industrialized nations of the world. Yet, in spite of recurrent updates of the guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care, many areas have suboptimal survival rates. Cardiocerebral resuscitation, a non-guidelines approach to therapy of primary cardiac arrest based on our animal research, was instituted in Tucson (AZ, USA) in 2002 and subsequently adopted in other areas of the USA. Survival rates of patients with primary cardiac arrest and a shockable rhythm significantly improved wherever it was adopted...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122557/-maternal-deaths-due-to-anesthesia-complications-results-from-the-french-confidential-enquiry-into-maternal-deaths-2010-2012
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D Chassard
Over the period 2010-2012, maternal mortality linked to anesthesia accounted for 2% of maternal deaths, with no significant change since 2007-2009. Of the 7 maternal deaths analyzed by the expert committee, anesthetic complications were in 5 cases the main cause of death: 4 attributed to direct causes related to anesthetic procedures during childbirth and 1 to indirect cause in connection with an ENT complication during pregnancy. The anesthetic causes of maternal mortality were for the 2010-2012 period: cardiac arrest under spinal anesthesia during caesarean section, local anesthetic intoxication with unsuccessful resuscitation after cardiac arrest without intralipid administration, acute respiratory distress syndrome in the postpartum period after pulmonary aspiration during caesarean section, cardiac arrest during caesarean section under general anesthesia in a context of non-Hodgkin lymphoma with mediastinal syndrome, unsuccessful endotracheal intubation in a context of cellulitis of the oral cavity floor...
November 6, 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120543/-right-heart-failure-important-forold-and-young-patientsa-challenge-from-the-acute-to-the-chronic
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Latifa Jedday, Véronique Trombert, Philippe Meyer, Georg Ehret, Jean-Luc Reny, Clémence Cuvelier
The prevalence of the right heart failure (RHF) is poorly known. However, RHF is often a consequence of left heart failure due to an interdependance between both ventricles. RHF should be indentified because of prognostic relevance. RHF is defined by the inability to maintain adequate cardiac output through the lung circulation. It can result from volume overload, pressure overload, or a disorder of systolic function. Adaptive mechanisms such as dilation or hyper-trophy will maintain adequate hemodynamics. Once these mechanisms become insufficient, congestive signs and hemodynamic consequences will appear...
November 8, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119808/early-warning-and-track-and-trigger-systems-for-newborn-infants-a-review
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Nicolay Mortensen, Johan Henrik Augustsson, Jorunn Ulriksen, Unni Tveit Hinna, Georg M Schmölzer, Anne Lee Solevåg
Tools for clinical assessment and escalation of observation and treatment are insufficiently established in the newborn population. We aimed to provide an overview over early warning- and track and trigger systems for newborn infants and performed a nonsystematic review based on a search in Medline and Cinahl until November 2015. Search terms included 'infant, newborn', 'early warning score', and 'track and trigger'. Experts in the field were contacted for identification of unpublished systems. Outcome measures included reference values for physiological parameters including respiratory rate and heart rate, and ways of quantifying the extent of deviations from the reference...
March 2017: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115044/a-leg-ulcer-with-pulsating-varicose-veins%C3%A2-%C3%A2-from-the-legs-to-the-heart
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Sabrina Johanna Swoboda, Hauke Schumann, Dimitra Kiritsi
We present the case of a 58-year-old man who presented to our wound care centre with a 7 -month history of a progressive unilateral leg ulcer. He reported intermittent, heavy bleeding at the ulcer. The duplex sonography showed a bilateral incompetence of the saphenofemoral junctions and the entire course of the great saphenous veins and, surprisingly, also a bilateral reversed arterial-like pulsating flow in the great and small saphenous veins as well as in the deep veins of the lower extremities. During cardiac examination by auscultation and echocardiography, we detected a previously undescribed severe tricuspid insufficiency with strongly reduced systolic ejection of both the left and the right ventricle and repercussions on the peripheral venous system as a cause for the pulsating veins...
November 7, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114365/stroke-subtypes-risk-factors-and-mortality-rate-in-northwest-of-iran
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Mehdi Farhoudi, Kaveh Mehrvar, Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani, Mazyar Hashemilar, Manouchehr Seyedi-Vafaee, Elyar Sadeghi-Hokmabad, Reza Rikhtegar, Babak Saber-Maroof, Mohammad Abutalebi, Mahsa Rezaei, Sahar Vaferi, Alireza Aghili, Omid Ebrahimi
Background: Stroke is the second most common cause of death and first cause of disability in adults in the world. About 80% of all stroke deaths occur in developing countries. So far, the data on stroke epidemiology have been limited in Iran. Therefore, this study was focused on stroke demographic data, risk factors, types and mortality. Methods: A retrospective study was done in two university tertiary referral hospitals in Tabriz, northwest of Iran, from March 2008 to April 2013. Patients diagnosed with stroke were enrolled in the study...
July 6, 2017: Iranian Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110936/right-versus-left-apical-transvenous-pacing-for-bradycardia-results-of-the-rivela-randomized-study
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Haran Burri, Hajo Müller, Richard Kobza, Christian Sticherling, Peter Ammann, Heiko Zerlik, Carine Stettler, Catherine Klersy, Frits Prinzen, Angelo Auricchio
AIMS: To compare cardiac function when pacing from the right or left ventricular apex in patients with preserved left ventricular systolic function, at 1-year follow-up. METHODS: Prospective, multicentre centre randomizing conventional right ventricular apical (RVA) versus left ventricular apical (LVA) pacing using a coronary sinus lead in patients requiring ventricular pacing for bradycardia. Follow-up was performed using 3D-echocardiography at 6 and 12 months...
October 27, 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109008/the-pathogenic-gene-screening-in-a-chinese-familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy-pedigree-from-hubei
#17
Yongnan Lyu, Jingjing Chen, Hongxin Xu
Dilated cardiomyopathy arises from mutations in many genes. TTN, the gene encoding the sarcomere protein titin, has been insufficiently analyzed for cardiomyopathy mutations because of its enormous size. In this study, we report a Chinese family with two members affected by TTN. Blood samples were collected from all family members. Genomic DNA was isolated from blood, and all coding exons and adjacent intronic sequences of the TTN gene were examined for mutation analysis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based sequencing...
November 3, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102970/cabergoline-induced-fibrosis-of-prolactinomas-a-neurosurgical-perspective
#18
Niraj Mohan, Yi Yan Chia, Giap Hean Goh, Eric Ting, Kejia Teo, Tseng Tsai Yeo
Presently, the standard of care for prolactinomas, a type of pituitary adenoma, is dopaminergic agents such as bromocriptine and cabergoline. However, dopaminergic agents may induce fibrosis of cardiac valves leading to valvular insufficiency, necessitating surgical treatment of prolactinoma. Fibrosis of prolactinoma can be induced by prolonged medical treatment with bromocriptine, and this usually occurs after years of treatment. In comparison to bromocriptine, there have been no reports of cabergoline-induced fibrosis of prolactinoma...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102503/maternal-hemodynamics-a-method-to-classify-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
#19
Enrico Ferrazzi, Tamara Stampalija, Lorenzo Monasta, Daniela Di Martino, Sharona Vonck, Wilfried Gyselaers
BACKGROUND: The classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is based on the time at the onset of hypertension, proteinuria, and other associated complications. Maternal hemodynamic interrogation in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy considers not only the peripheral blood pressure but also the entire cardiovascular system, and it might help to classify the different clinical phenotypes of this syndrome. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine cardiovascular parameters in a cohort of patients affected by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy according to the clinical phenotypes that prioritize fetoplacental characteristics and not the time at onset of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102451/autonomic-dysfunction-in-cardiology-pathophysiology-investigation-and-management
#20
REVIEW
Amy C Arnold, Jessica Ng, Lucy Lei, Satish R Raj
Presyncope and syncope are common medical findings, with a > 40% estimated lifetime prevalence. These conditions are often elicited by postural stress and can be recurrent and accompanied by debilitating symptoms of cerebral hypoperfusion. Therefore, it is critical for physicians to become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of common underlying causes of presyncope and syncope. In some patients, altered postural hemodynamic responses result from a failure of compensatory autonomic nervous system reflex mechanisms...
September 14, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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