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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920092/definition-discrimination-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-central-breathing-disturbances-during-sleep
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Winfried Randerath, Johan Verbraecken, Stefan Andreas, Michael Arzt, Konrad E Bloch, Thomas Brack, Bertien Buyse, Wilfried De Backer, Danny Joel Eckert, Ludger Grote, Lars Hagmeyer, Jan Hedner, Poul Jennum, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Carla Miltz, Walter T McNicholas, Josep Montserrat, Matthew Naughton, Jean-Louis Pepin, Dirk Pevernagie, Bernd Sanner, Dries Testelmans, Thomy Tonia, Bart Vrijsen, Peter Wijkstra, Patrick Levy
The complexity of central breathing disturbances during sleep has become increasingly obvious. They present as central sleep apnoeas (CSAs) and hypopnoeas, periodic breathing with apnoeas, or irregular breathing in patients with cardiovascular, other internal or neurological disorders, and can emerge under positive airway pressure treatment or opioid use, or at high altitude. As yet, there is insufficient knowledge on the clinical features, pathophysiological background and consecutive algorithms for stepped-care treatment...
December 5, 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919937/primary-care-referral-for-echocardiogram-refer-in-heart-failure-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Clare J Taylor, Andrea K Roalfe, Rachel Iles, Fd Richard Hobbs, Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton, Lynda Tait
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, and ankle swelling are common in general practice but deciding which patients are likely to have heart failure is challenging. AIM: To evaluate the performance of a clinical decision rule (CDR), with or without N-Terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) assay, for identifying heart failure. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, observational, diagnostic validation study of patients aged >55 years, presenting with shortness of breath, lethargy, or ankle oedema, from 28 general practices in England...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914836/perioperative-retinal-artery-occlusion-risk-factors-in-cardiac-surgery-from-the-united-states-national-inpatient-sample-1998-2013
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Tyler Calway, Daniel S Rubin, Heather E Moss, Charlotte E Joslin, Katharina Beckmann, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: To study the incidence and risk factors for retinal artery occlusion (RAO) in cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: The NIS was searched for cardiac surgery. Retinal artery occlusion was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Postulated risk factors based on literature review were included in multivariate logistic models...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914806/interprovincial-differences-in-canadian-coronary-care-unit-resource-use-and-outcomes
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Sean van Diepen, Meng Lin, Justin A Ezekowitz, Finlay A McAlister, Douglas S Lee, Shaun G Goodman, Paul W Armstrong, Padma Kaul
International registries have reported a wide variation in coronary care unit (CCU) admission rates for patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or heart failure (HF). Little is known about variation in Canadian interprovincial use and outcomes. Canadian Institute of Health Information data were used to identify hospitalized patients admitted to a CCU with a primary diagnosis of ACS or HF between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2013. We examined interprovincial differences in CCU admission rates, use of CCU restricted therapies in the first 2 days of admission, and the association between CCU admission rate and risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality at the provincial level...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914158/causes-of-death-in-an-acute-psychiatric-inpatient-unit-of-a-portuguese-general-hospital
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Sofia Barbosa, Márcia Sequeira, Sara Castro, Rita Manso, Catarina Klut Câmara, Bruno Trancas, Nuno Borja-Santos, Teresa Maia
INTRODUCTION: Psychiatric patients are at increased risk of death from a number of natural and unnatural causes. This study examines the mortality causes of all psychiatric inpatients of an acute psychiatric unit at a general hospital in Portugal for sixteen years (1998 to 2013). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one inpatients died at the inpatient unit between 1998 and 2013 (average 1.3 per year). A retrospective study through case-file review was carried to collect demographic characteristics, medical and psychiatry diagnosis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912203/prognostic-factors-associated-with-15-year-mortality-in-patients-with-hospitalized-systolic-hf-results-of-the-observational-community-based-epical-cohort-study
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Nelly Agrinier, Nathalie Thilly, Serge Briançon, Yves Juillière, Paul-Michel Mertes, Jean-Pierre Villemot, François Alla, Faiez Zannad
AIMS: Little data on very long-term survival and associated prognostic factors in heart failure (HF) are available. The aim was to describe 15-year survival and to identify the baseline prognostic factors associated with mortality in a community-based sample of patients hospitalized for systolic HF. METHODS: Vital status was collected 15years after inclusion of 352 patients hospitalized for systolic HF born in France from the prospective cohort EPICAL. The prognostic value of baseline socioeconomic, clinical and biological characteristics on 15-year mortality was assessed using Cox models...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912043/palliative-care-interventions-for-patients-with-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Michelle S Diop, James L Rudolph, Kristin M Zimmerman, Mary A Richter, L Michal Skarf
OBJECTIVE: To systematically characterize interventions and effectiveness of palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) patients. BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure experience a high burden of distressing symptoms and diminished quality of life. Palliative care expertise with symptom management and healthcare decision-making benefits HF patients. METHODS: A systematic PubMed search was conducted from inception to June 2016 for studies of palliative care interventions for HF patients...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909753/six-minute-walk-test-as-a-predictor-for-outcome-in-children-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-and-chronic-stable-heart-failure
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Susanna L den Boer, Daniël H K Flipse, Marijke H van der Meulen, Ad P C M Backx, Gideon J du Marchie Sarvaas, Arend D J Ten Harkel, Gabriëlle G van Iperen, Lukas A J Rammeloo, Ronald B Tanke, Willem A Helbing, Tim Takken, Michiel Dalinghaus
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is an important tool to predict prognosis in children and adults with heart failure. A much less sophisticated exercise test is the 6 min walk test, which has been shown an independent predictor for morbidity and mortality in adults with heart failure. Therefore, we hypothesized that the 6 min walk test could be predictive for outcome in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. We prospectively included 49 children with dilated cardiomyopathy ≥6 years who performed a 6 min walk test...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908343/a%C3%AE-amyloid-pathology-affects-the-hearts-of-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-mind%C3%A2-the-heart
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Luca Troncone, Marco Luciani, Matthew Coggins, Elissa H Wilker, Cheng-Ying Ho, Kari Elise Codispoti, Matthew P Frosch, Rakez Kayed, Federica Del Monte
BACKGROUND: Individually, heart failure (HF) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are severe threats to population health, and their potential coexistence is an alarming prospect. In addition to sharing analogous epidemiological and genetic profiles, biochemical characteristics, and common triggers, the authors recently recognized common molecular and pathological features between the 2 conditions. Whereas cognitive impairment has been linked to HF through perfusion defects, angiopathy, and inflammation, whether patients with AD present with myocardial dysfunction, and if the 2 conditions bear a common pathogenesis as neglected siblings are unknown...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908284/obscured-hemorrhagic-pancreatitis-after-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-complicated-with-acute-right-heart-failure-and-hepatic-dysfunction-a-case-report
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Ting-Wei Lin, Meng-Ta Tsai, Jun-Neng Roan, Yi-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ming Tsai, Chwan-Yau Luo
BACKGROUND: Pancreatitis is a serious complication after cardiac surgery and can lead to significant morbidities and mortality. The incidence of pancreatitis is even higher in patients undergoing heart transplantation than in those undergoing other cardiac surgeries. Nevertheless, the clinical presentations of pancreatitis are frequently atypical in these patients. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a heart recipient who was complicated with acute right heart failure initially after orthotopic heart transplantation and developed devastating unanticipated hemorrhagic pancreatitis 1 month after the transplantation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907062/sepsis-prevalence-and-outcome-on-the-general-wards-and-emergency-departments-in-wales-results-of-a-multi-centre-observational-point-prevalence-study
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Tamas Szakmany, Robert M Lundin, Ben Sharif, Gemma Ellis, Paul Morgan, Maja Kopczynska, Amrit Dhadda, Charlotte Mann, Danielle Donoghue, Sarah Rollason, Emma Brownlow, Francesca Hill, Grace Carr, Hannah Turley, James Hassall, James Lloyd, Llywela Davies, Michael Atkinson, Molly Jones, Nerys Jones, Rhodri Martin, Yousef Ibrahim, Judith E Hall
Data on sepsis prevalence on the general wards is lacking on the UK and in the developed world. We conducted a multicentre, prospective, observational study of the prevalence of patients with sepsis or severe sepsis on the general wards and Emergency Departments (ED) in Wales. During the 24-hour study period all patients with NEWS≥3 were screened for presence of 2 or more SIRS criteria. To be eligible for inclusion, patients had to have a high clinical suspicion of an infection, together with a systemic inflammatory response (sepsis) and evidence of acute organ dysfunction and/or shock (severe sepsis)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904846/complete-congenital-heart-block-in-a-neonate-with-a-complex-congenital-heart-defect-in-africa
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Clovis Nkoke, Edvine Yonta Wawo, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Larissa Makamte, Sandrine Dikosso Edie, Flore Esiene Balana
Congenital heart block (CHB) is rare disorder that has a higher mortality when associated with structural congenital heart defects. Very few cases have been reported in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We present a case of complete CHB associated with a complex congenital heart defect in a neonate in Cameroon. A 1-month-old neonate in Cameroon was referred for the evaluation of bradycardia. The obstetrical ultrasound done during pregnancy revealed fetal bradycardia without further evaluation. Clinical examination showed well a developed neonate with bradycardia at 62 beats/minute, and mild cyanosis with oxygen saturation at 93% at room air...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904840/surgical-experience-on-chronic-constrictive-pericarditis-in-african-setting-review-of-35-years-experience-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Yves Tanauh, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Anicet Adoubi, Manga Diomande
BACKGROUND: Surgical experience with chronic constrictive pericarditis (CCP) is rarely documented in Africa; the aim of this study is therefore to review our African experience with CCP from 1977 to 2012 in terms of clinical and surgical outcomes and risk factors of early death after pericardiectomy. METHODS: This retrospective study is related to 120 patients with CCP; there were 72 men and 48 women with an average age at 28.8±10.4 years standard deviation (SD) (8-51 years)...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904524/integration-of-medical-therapy-and-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-the-management-of-acute-heart-failure
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Patrick Horn, Malte Kelm, Ralf Westenfeld
Acute heart failure is still characterized by poor prognosis with high mortality. Diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms and hemodynamic measurements. Early coronary revascularization in cardiogenic shock complicating myocardial infarction improves outcome. The further contemporary therapeutic options in the management of acute heart failure are limited to a merely symptomatic effect with relief of dyspnea, reduction of volume overload and improvement of hemodynamic parameters by vasodilators (in hypertension) or inotropic and vasopressor agents (in hypotension)...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903565/improving-care-for-heart-failure-patients-in-primary-care-gps-perceptions-a-qualitative-evidence-synthesis
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Miek Smeets, Sara Van Roy, Bert Aertgeerts, Mieke Vermandere, Bert Vaes
OBJECTIVES: General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in heart failure (HF) management. Despite multiple guidelines, the management of patients with HF in primary care is suboptimal. Therefore, all the qualitative evidence concerning GPs' perceptions of managing HF in primary care was synthesised to identify barriers and facilitators for optimal care, and ideas for improvement. DESIGN: Qualitative evidence synthesis. METHODS: Searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science and CINAHL databases up to 20/12/2015 were conducted...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902575/veterans-voice-through-the-lens-of-their-medical-records-what-it-reveals-about-congestive-heart-failure-readmissions
#17
Carl W Stevenson, Kattie Payne
PURPOSE OF STUDY: The medical record is a sea of information that can reveal what patients are trying to tell us about their health condition. It can reveal hints and trends as to why veterans with congestive heart failure (CHF) are being readmitted within 30 days after hospital discharge. These hints and trends lead caregivers to key contributing variables to veterans' readmission. Furthermore, these variables can be used to predict patient outcomes such as readmission and even prognosis...
January 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
#18
REVIEW
Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900325/giant-idiopathic-renal-arteriovenous-fistula-managed-by-coils-and-amplatzer-device-case-report-and-literature-review
#19
Prashant Nagpal, Girish Bathla, Sachin S Saboo, Ashish Khandelwal, Abhishek Goyal, Frank J Rybicki, Michael L Steigner
An idiopathic renal arteriovenous (AV) fistula is a rare malformation of the kidney that may present insidiously with heart failure or hematuria. The treatment may be challenging due to large fistula size that may limit endovascular management. The authors report a case of an 85-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with acute heart failure and was found to have a right renal AV fistula. Since she had no prior history of renal intervention or trauma, a diagnosis of idiopathic renal AV fistula was made. She was managed by endoluminal occlusion using multiple stainless steel coils and Amplatzer vascular plug II device...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899143/presymptomatic-diagnosis-of-fabry-s-disease-a-case-report
#20
Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Per Lav Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Juliane Theilade
BACKGROUND: Fabry's disease is a rare X-linked genetic disorder characterized by reduced levels of the α-galactosidase A enzyme. It may present with a cardiac phenotype resembling hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, as a specific enzyme replacement therapy is available, it remains an important differential diagnoses in patients presenting with cardiac hypertrophy. In boys, onset has been reported in early childhood with complaints initially comprising neuropathic pain, reduced sweat production, and gastrointestinal symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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