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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434143/the-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-myocardial-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Tomohiro Suhara, Yuichi Baba, Briana K Shimada, Jason K Higa, Takashi Matsui
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus) is a risk factor for heart failure. The mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) is a key mediator of the insulin signaling pathway. We will discuss the role of mTOR in myocardial dysfunction in T2DM. RECENT FINDINGS: In T2DM, chronically activated mTOR induces multiple pathological events, including a negative feedback loop that suppresses IRS (insulin receptor substrate)-1. While short-term treatment with rapamycin, an mTOR inhibitor, is a promising strategy for cardiac diseases such as acute myocardial infarction and cardiac hypertrophy in T2DM, there are many concerns about chronic usage of rapamycin...
June 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433336/the-association-of-postoperative-glycemic-control-and-lower-extremity-procedure-outcomes
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Todd R Vogel, Jamie B Smith, Robin L Kruse
OBJECTIVE: The effect of postoperative hyperglycemia in patients undergoing open and endovascular procedures on the lower extremities has not been fully characterized with regard to associated admission diagnoses, hospital complications, mortality, and 30-day readmission. This study evaluated the relationship of postoperative hyperglycemia on outcomes after lower extremity vascular procedures for peripheral artery disease. METHODS: Patients with peripheral artery disease admitted for elective lower extremity procedures between September 2008 and March 2014 were selected from the Cerner Health Facts (Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo) database using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification diagnosis and procedure codes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432673/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-dyssynchrony-evaluated-by-gated-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-normal-perfusion-defect-scores
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Hiroaki Mori, Satoshi Isobe, Susumu Suzuki, Kazumasa Unno, Ryota Morimoto, Naoaki Kano, Takahiro Okumura, Yoshinari Yasuda, Katsuhiko Kato, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether indices of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony by gated myocardial perfusion SPECT (GMPS) could be useful to predict prognosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with normal perfusion defect scores. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-seven CKD patients with normal perfusion defect scores on adenosine-stress (201)Tl GMPS and no previous history of overt heart diseases were enrolled. Phase standard deviation (PSD) and bandwidth (BW) were automatically calculated from GMPS...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432635/role-of-inflammation-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Lily F Shirazi, Joe Bissett, Francesco Romeo, Jawahar L Mehta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper aims to discuss the interactions between inflammatory cytokines, immune cells, and heart failure (HF). The association of heart failure with inflammation has led to multiple studies on anti-inflammatory agents in acute and chronic heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings have implicated leukocytes subclasses and multiple inflammatory mediators in the progression of heart failure and cardiovascular disease. Studies have discovered further details on the interaction between immune cells-particularly macrophages and lymphocytes-and inflammation...
June 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431317/ambient-pm2-5-exposure-and-premature-mortality-burden-in-the-holy-city-varanasi-india
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Vaishali Jain, Sagnik Dey, Sourangsu Chowdhury
More than 3 million population residing in the holy city Varanasi and sub-urban areas is exposed to very high level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from various sources. Continuous monitoring by Central Pollution Control Board started only in 2015; therefore what was the pollution level in the past and how it has changed over the years are not known. We use MODIS aerosol products to infer PM2.5 and examine 15-year climatology. Data shows a rapid (1.5-3% per year) increase in PM2.5 in the last 15 years and high (87% days in a year) persistence of PM2...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430286/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-seen-at-a-tertiary-hospital-setting-in-port-elizabeth-south-africa
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Zongezile Masonwabe Makrexeni, Lungile Pepeta
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has waned in Western countries, however that is not the situation in developing nations. METHODS: Records were reviewed of patients from the Eastern Cape municipal districts who presented to the Paediatric Cardiology Unit with ARF and RHD from January 2008 to August 2015. RESULTS: Total of 56 patients with ARF/RHD was reviewed. The majority of patients (n = 52) presented for the first time with RHD...
April 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429033/clinics-in-diagnostic-imaging-176-acute-embolic-occlusion-of-the-coeliac-artery
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Chinthaka Appuhamy, Justin Kwan, Martin Weng Chin H'ng, Sriram Narayanan, Sundeep Punamiya
A 52-year-old man, who had a background of chronic heart disease and atrial fibrillation, as well as non-compliance with warfarin therapy, presented with a two-week history of worsening upper abdominal pain. Computed tomography mesenteric angiography showed complete embolic occlusion of the coeliac artery with resultant segmental splenic infarction, and thrombus within the left ventricle. A decision was made to proceed with catheter-directed thrombolysis. Subsequent follow-up angiogram at 12 hours showed successful treatment with complete dissolution of the coeliac embolus...
April 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426559/ct-evidence-of-fluid-in-the-hernia-sac-predicts-surgical-site-infection-following-mesh-repair-of-acutely-incarcerated-ventral-and-groin-hernias
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Tyler J Loftus, Kristina L Go, Janeen R Jordan, Chasen A Croft, R Stephen Smith, Frederick A Moore, Philip A Efron, Alicia M Mohr, Scott C Brakenridge
BACKGROUND: Mesh placement during repair of acutely incarcerated ventral and groin hernias is associated with high rates of surgical site infection (SSI). The utility of preoperative CT in this setting is unclear. We hypothesized that CT evidence of bowel wall compromise would predict SSI while accounting for physiologic parameters. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective cohort analysis of 50 consecutive patients who underwent mesh repair of acutely incarcerated ventral or groin hernias...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423126/chronic-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-harmonic-scalpel-during-mitral-valve-surgery
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Alexandre Visconti Brick, Domingo M Braile
Objective: To evaluate surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with ultrasound in patients with mitral valve disease, considering preoperative clinical characteristics of patients undergoing surgical procedure and follow-up in the immediate postoperative period, in hospital and up to 60 months after discharge. Methods: We studied 100 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease who underwent surgical treatment using ultrasound ablation...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419739/cardiac-troponin-t-and-fast-skeletal-muscle-denervation-in-ageing
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Zherong Xu, Xin Feng, Juan Dong, Zhong-Min Wang, Jingyun Lee, Cristina Furdui, Daniel Clark Files, Kristen M Beavers, Stephen Kritchevsky, Carolanne Milligan, Jian-Ping Jin, Osvaldo Delbono, Tan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ageing skeletal muscle undergoes chronic denervation, and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), the key structure that connects motor neuron nerves with muscle cells, shows increased defects with ageing. Previous studies in various species have shown that with ageing, type II fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres show more atrophy and NMJ deterioration than type I slow-twitch fibres. However, how this process is regulated is largely unknown. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle fibre-type specific denervation at the NMJ could be critical to identifying novel treatments for sarcopenia...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417478/point-of-care-lung-sonography-an-audit-of-1150-examinations
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Giuseppe Francesco Sferrazza Papa, Michele Mondoni, Giovanni Volpicelli, Paolo Carlucci, Fabiano Di Marco, Elena Maria Parazzini, Francesca Reali, Giulia Michela Pellegrino, Paola Fracasso, Simone Sferrazza Papa, Livio Colombo, Stefano Centanni
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care lung sonography has theoretical usefulness in numerous diseases; however clinical indications and the impact of this technique have not been fully investigated. We aimed to describe the current use of point-of-care lung sonography. METHODS: A 2-year prospective observational study was performed by pulmonologists in an Italian university hospital. Techniques, indications, consequences of lung sonography, and barriers to the examination were analyzed...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416392/right-ventricular-function-after-cardiac-surgery-is-a-strong-independent-predictor-for-long-term-mortality
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Inge T Bootsma, Fellery de Lange, Matty Koopmans, Johannes Haenen, Piet W Boonstra, Tomas Symersky, E Christiaan Boerma
OBJECTIVE: To establish the all-cause mortality of right ventricular dysfunction after cardiac surgery in a heterogeneous group of cardiac surgery patients. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a heterogeneous group of 1,109 cardiac surgery patients in a 4-year period. SETTING: Single-center study in a tertiary teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: One thousand one hundred nine cardiac surgery patients. By protocol, patients were monitored with a pulmonary artery catheter, enabling continuous right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) measurements...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414540/the-future-of-community-nursing-hospital-in-the-home
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Gerry Lee, Nicola Pickstone, Jose Facultad, Karen Titchener
With an increasing ageing population who often have multiple long-term conditions, there is a growing need to provide an alternative type of care to the traditional hospital-based model. 'Hospital in the Home' is a model that provides integrated care for patients in their home. The @home service was established in 2013 by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. The service provides health care in patients' home, supporting early discharge from hospital as well as preventing avoidable admissions and readmissions saving valuable hospital bed days and reducing length of stay...
April 2, 2017: British Journal of Community Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412920/neuropsychiatric-and-general-interactions-of-natural-and-synthetic-cannabinoids-with-drugs-of-abuse-and-medicines
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Ana Lucia Arellano, Esther Papaseit, Anna Romaguera, Marta Torrens, Magi Farré
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug. The two most important natural cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The THC content of cannabis has been increasing during the last years and recently appeared in the market a series of synthetic cannabinoids with potent agonist activity. Recreational users frequently combine cannabis with other drugs of abuse as alcohol, amphetamines and derivatives, nicotine and cocaine. In addition these subjects can be taking medicines for acute and chronic medical conditions...
April 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412054/community-pharmacy-transition-of-care-services-and-rural-hospital-readmissions-a-case-study
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Allison P Patton, Yifei Liu, D Matthew Hartwig, Justin R May, Jessica Moon, Steven C Stoner, Kendall D Guthrie
OBJECTIVES: To explore community pharmacist involvement in the transition of care (TOC) process for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). SETTING: Patients discharged from a 60-bed acute care hospital located in rural Missouri were seen by a community pharmacist in 2 independent community pharmacy chain locations...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412020/cardiac-surgery-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-is-associated-with-acute-kidney-injury-and-the-risk-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Nicolas L Madsen, Stuart L Goldstein, Trine Frøslev, Christian F Christiansen, Morten Olsen
Cardiac surgery associated-acute kidney injury (CS-AKI) occurs in 30-50% of patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Here we determine if CS-AKI is associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with congenital heart disease. Using Danish regional population-based registries, our cohort study included patients with congenital heart disease born between 1990-2010 with first cardiac surgery between 2005 and 2010 (under 15 years of age). Utilizing in- and out-patient laboratory serum creatinine data, we identified individuals fulfilling KDIGO stages of AKI within 5 days of cardiac surgery...
April 12, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409741/impact-of-comorbidities-among-medicaid-enrollees-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-united-states-2009
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Gloria Westney, Marilyn G Foreman, Junjun Xu, Marshaleen Henriques King, Eric Flenaugh, George Rust
INTRODUCTION: Multimorbidity, the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions, frequently affects people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many have high-cost, highly complex conditions that have a substantial impact on state Medicaid programs. We quantified the cost of Medicaid-insured patients with COPD co-diagnosed with other chronic disorders. METHODS: We used nationally representative Medicaid claims data to analyze the impact of comorbidities (other chronic conditions) on the disease burden, emergency department (ED) use, hospitalizations, and total health care costs among 291,978 adult COPD patients...
April 13, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409378/percutaneous-cholecystostomy-prognostic-factors-and-comparison-to-cholecystectomy
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Tyler J Loftus, Elisha M Collins, Camille G Dessaigne, Amber N Himmler, Alicia M Mohr, Ryan M Thomas, Charles E Hobson, George A Sarosi, William J Zingarelli
BACKGROUND: Data regarding long-term outcomes following percutaneous cholecystostomy (PC) are limited, and comparisons to cholecystectomy (CCY) are lacking. We hypothesized that chronic disease burden would predict 1-year mortality following PC, and that outcomes following PC and CCY would be similar when controlling for preprocedural risk factors. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective cohort analysis of patients with acute cholecystitis managed by PC (n = 114) or CCY (n = 234)...
April 13, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406244/cortistatin-reduces-atherosclerosis-in-hyperlipidemic-apoe-deficient-mice-and-the-formation-of-foam-cells
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Virginia Delgado-Maroto, Raquel Benitez, Irene Forte-Lago, Maria Morell, Elena Maganto-Garcia, Luciana Souza-Moreira, Francisco O'Valle, Mario Duran-Prado, Andrew H Lichtman, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Mario Delgado
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory cardiovascular disease that is responsible of high mortality worldwide. Evidence indicates that maladaptive autoimmune responses in the arterial wall play critical roles in the process of atherosclerosis. Cortistatin is a neuropeptide expressed in the vascular system and atherosclerotic plaques that regulates vascular calcification and neointimal formation, and inhibits inflammation in different experimental models of autoimmune diseases. Its role in inflammatory cardiovascular disorders is largely unexplored...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402551/a-risk-prediction-score-for-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Rakesh Malhotra, Kianoush B Kashani, Etienne Macedo, Jihoon Kim, Josee Bouchard, Susan Wynn, Guangxi Li, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Ravindra Mehta
Background.: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in critically ill patients and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Early identification of high-risk patients provides an opportunity to develop strategies for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of AKI. Methods.: We undertook this multicenter prospective cohort study to develop and validate a risk score for predicting AKI in patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). Patients were screened for predictor variables within 48 h of ICU admission...
April 10, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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