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Francesco Paciullo, Marco Proietti, Vanessa Bianconi, Alessandro Nobili, Matteo Pirro, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Gregory Y H Lip, Graziana Lupattelli
BACKGROUND: Among rate-control or rhythm-control strategies, there is conflicting evidence as to which is the best management approach for non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) in elderly patients. DESIGN: We performed an ancillary analysis from the 'Registro Politerapie SIMI' study, enrolling elderly inpatients from internal medicine and geriatric wards. METHODS: We considered patients enrolled from 2008 to 2014 with an AF diagnosis at admission, treated with a rate-control-only or rhythm-control-only strategy...
March 21, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Jun-Il Yoo, Yong-Chan Ha
Sarcopenia was listed in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) as M62.84, on October 1, 2016. Sarcopenia is primarily associated with metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and cachexia, as well as chronic renal failure, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sarcopenia is also significantly associated with osteoporosis in elderly populations and the combined disease is defined as osteosarcopenia. Several studies have confirmed that sarcopenia and osteoporosis (osteosarcopenia) share common risk factors and biological pathways...
February 2018: Journal of Bone Metabolism
Shalender Bhasin, Juan P Brito, Glenn R Cunningham, Frances J Hayes, Howard N Hodis, Alvin M Matsumoto, Peter J Snyder, Ronald S Swerdloff, Frederick C Wu, Maria A Yialamas
Objective: To update the "Testosterone Therapy in Men With Androgen Deficiency Syndromes" guideline published in 2010. Participants: The participants include an Endocrine Society-appointed task force of 10 medical content experts and a clinical practice guideline methodologist. Evidence: This evidence-based guideline was developed using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation approach to describe the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Kimberly N Means, Amanda E Gentry, Tammy T Nguyen
Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common diagnosis of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). Intravenous (IV) diltiazem bolus is often the initial drug of choice for acute management of AF with rapid ventricular response (RVR). The route of diltiazem after the initial IV loading dose may influence the disposition of the patient from the ED. However, no studies exist comparing oral (PO) immediate release and IV continuous infusion diltiazem in the emergency setting...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Catalina Sanchez-Alvarez, Ali A Alsaad, Ricardo J Pagán
Infiltrative cardiomyopathies include a variety of disorders that lead to myocardial thickening resulting in a constellation of clinical manifestations and eventually heart failure that could be the first clue to reach the diagnosis. Among the more described infiltrative diseases of the heart is amyloid cardiomyopathy. The disease usually presents with subtle, nonspecific symptoms. Herein, we illustrate a case of recurrent syncope as the initial presenting symptom for systemic amyloid with polyneuropathy and cardiomyopathy as a cause of syncope...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Hongju Kim, Jung-Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Severe aortic stenosis (AS) may lead to acute decompensated heart failure resistant to medical treatment. Here, we report a successful emergent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in a patient presenting with decompensated severe AS accompanied by cardiorenal syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 82-year-old man presented at our emergency department with aggravated dyspnea. His chest X-ray showed bilateral pulmonary edema, and laboratory examination revealed acute kidney injury...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Jonathan E Hullmann, Paul J Mather
BACKGROUND: Despite ventricular assist devices (VADs) becoming more common in heart failure (HF) treatment, it is still uncertain which patients are more prone to complications. One potential risk factor is increased body mass index (BMI), which is known to increase both all-cause mortality and mortality from ischemic heart disease; however, the role of the BMI in predicting morbidity and mortality following device implantation is unclear. METHODS: The study population for this single-institution retrospective chart review consisted of 136 patients with HF, who underwent VAD implantation between 2004 and 2015...
January 1, 2018: Progress in Transplantation
Andrew S Moon, Walter Smith, Sawyer Mullen, Brent A Ponce, Gerald McGwin, Ashish Shah, Sameer M Naranje
BACKGROUND: The association between marijuana use and surgical procedures is a matter of increasing societal relevance that has not been well studied in the literature. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between marijuana use and in-hospital mortality, as well as to assess associated comorbidities in patients undergoing commonly billed orthopedic surgeries. METHODS: The National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database from 2010 to 2014 was used to determine the odds ratios for the associations between marijuana use and in-hospital mortality, heart failure (HF), stroke, and cardiac disease (CD) in patients undergoing five common orthopedic procedures: hip (THA), knee (TKA), and shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), spinal fusion, and traumatic femur fracture fixation...
March 20, 2018: Substance Abuse
Magdalena Dudek, Marta Kałużna-Oleksy, Jacek Migaj, Andrzej Siniawski, Ewa Straburzyńska-Migaj
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2018: Kardiologia Polska
Khadijah Breathett, Scott Maffett, Randi E Foraker, Rod Sturdivant, Kristina Moon, Ayesha Hasan, Veronica Franco, Sakima Smith, Brent C Lampert, Sitaramesh Emani, Garrie Haas, Rami Kahwash, Ray E Hershberger, Philip F Binkley, Laura Helmkamp, Kathryn Colborn, Pamela N Peterson, Nancy Sweitzer, William T Abraham
BACKGROUND: Heart failure education programs are not standardized. The best form of education is unclear. We evaluated whether addition of a novel tablet application to nurse practitioner (NP) education was superior to NP education alone in reducing 30-day readmission after heart failure hospitalization. METHODS: From 2/2015-3/2016, patients admitted to a quaternary academic center with primary diagnosis of heart failure were randomized to (1) treatment- NP education plus tablet application (interactive conditional logic program that flags patient questions to medical staff) or (2) control- NP education...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Pedro Almeida, João Rodrigues, Patricia Lourenço, Maria Julia Maciel, Paulo Bettencourt
BACKGROUND: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is now well recognized but the identification of patients with HFpEF can be challenging. We aimed to evaluate the performance of tissue Doppler imaging indexes and left atrial size in HFpEF diagnosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We designed a case-control study in which cases are patients with acute heart failure and controls are age-matched and sex-matched patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors admitted to hospital because of stroke...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Hou Tee Lu, Gunasekaran Ramsamy, Chuey Yan Lee, Syed Rasul G Syed Hamid, Foong Kee Kan, Rusli Bin Nordin
BACKGROUND Melioidosis is a rare tropical bacterial infection caused by the Gram-negative soil saprophyte, Burkholderia pseudomallei. Melioidosis can mimic a variety of diseases due to its varied presentation, and unless it is treated rapidly, it can be fatal.  A rare case of melioidosis, with pericarditis and pericardial effusion, is described, which demonstrates the value of early diagnosis with echocardiography and pericardiocentesis. CASE REPORT A 38-year-old native (Iban) East Malaysian man presented with shortness of breath and tachycardia...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Ana Martinez-Naharro, Tushar Kotecha, Karl Norrington, Michele Boldrini, Tamer Rezk, Candida Quarta, Thomas A Treibel, Carol J Whelan, Daniel S Knight, Peter Kellman, Frederick L Ruberg, Julian D Gillmore, James C Moon, Philip N Hawkins, Marianna Fontana
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the prognostic potential of native myocardial T1 in cardiac transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) and compared native T1 with extracellular volume (ECV) in terms of diagnostic accuracy and prognosis. BACKGROUND: ATTR is an increasingly recognized cause of heart failure that has an overlapping clinical phenotype with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Native T1 mapping by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is useful for diagnosis in cardiac amyloidosis but its prognostic potential has never been assessed...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Jongho Kim, Erika D Feller, Wengen Chen, Yuanyuan Liang, Vasken Dilsizian
OBJECTIVES: The feasibility of18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) for the diagnosis of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) infection has been demonstrated. Beyond the diagnoses of LVAD infection, the authors hypothesized that the pattern and site of the infection along its various components may significantly impact clinical management and patient outcome. BACKGROUND: In patients with end-stage heart failure, the clinical use of LVAD for destination therapy is on the rise, accompanied by a higher prevalence of infections and serious complications...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Nathaly M Sweeney, Shareef A Nahas, Shimul Chowdhury, Miguel Del Campo, Marilyn C Jones, David P Dimmock, Stephen F Kingsmore, Rcigm Investigators
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) results from incomplete formation of the diaphragm leading to herniation of abdominal organs into the thoracic cavity. CDH is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Genetically, it is associated with aneuploidies, chromosomal copy number variants, and single gene mutations. CDH is the most expensive non-cardiac congenital defect: Management frequently requires implementation of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which increases management expenditures 2...
March 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
M Boutsikou, D Shore, W Li, M Rubens, A Pijuan, M A Gatzoulis, S Babu-Narayan
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of ALCAPA syndrome is sporadic in adulthood, of the limited cases in the literature most are incidental or without symptoms. There is a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations of ALCAPA syndrome however, including sudden cardiac death. CASES: We present herewith a series of 12 consecutive patients with ALCAPA, all diagnosed in adulthood (between 18 and 73 years of age). Five patients developed symptoms (breathlessness) after the fourth decade of life, 3 were undiagnosed despite a history of previous mitral valve repair, one presented with heart failure, one with resuscitated cardiac arrest, whereas two patients were asymptomatic...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Ashley Gionfriddo, Mika L Nonoyama, Peter C Laussen, Peter N Cox, Megan Clarke, Alejandro A Floh
OBJECTIVES: To promote standardization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a new ventilator-associated pneumonia classification, which was modified for pediatrics (pediatric ventilator-associated pneumonia according to proposed criteria [PVAP]). We evaluated the frequency of PVAP in a cohort of children diagnosed with ventilator-associated pneumonia according to traditional criteria and compared their strength of association with clinically relevant outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Florencia Escarrá, Ana G Fedullo, Natalia Veliz, Julián Rosa, Rodrigo Oribe, Marisa Di Santo, Bqca Vanesa Reijtman, Lic Alejandra Mastroianni, Guadalupe Pérez
INTRODUCTION: the incidence of invasive infections caused by pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) has declined since generalized vaccination with pneumococcal conjugated vaccine, but it is still a prevalent pathogen in children. Amongst pneumococcal invasive infections, IE (infectious endocarditis) is rare, with an incidence between 1 and 7%. CASE REPORT: We describe the case of a previously healthy 4 year old boy, who had received one dose of 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine who presents with fever, a new heart murmur and heart failure...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
James L Januzzi, Annabel A Chen-Tournoux, Robert H Christenson, Gheorghe Doros, Judd E Hollander, Phillip D Levy, John T Nagurney, Richard M Nowak, Peter S Pang, Darshita Patel, W Franklin Peacock, E Joy Rivers, Elizabeth L Walters, Hanna K Gaggin
BACKGROUND: Contemporary reconsideration of diagnostic N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) cutoffs for diagnosis of heart failure (HF) is needed. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the diagnostic performance of NT-proBNP for acute HF in patients with dyspnea in the emergency department (ED) setting. METHODS: Dyspneic patients presenting to 19 EDs in North America were enrolled and had blood drawn for subsequent NT-proBNP measurement...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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