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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932967/psychological-stress-inflammation-and-coronary-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Petra H Wirtz, Roland von Känel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we summarize evidence on the risk factor psychological stress in the context of coronary heart disease (CHD) in humans and explore the role of inflammation as a potential underlying mechanism. RECENT FINDINGS: While chronic stress increases the risk of incident CHD and poor cardiovascular prognosis, acute emotional stress can trigger acute CHD events in vulnerable patients. Evidence supporting a potential role for inflammation as a promising biological mechanism comes from population-based studies showing associations between chronic stress and increased inflammation...
September 20, 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932397/undiagnosed-and-diagnosed-diabetes-mellitus-among-hospitalised-acute-heart-failure-patients-in-botswana
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Julius Chacha Mwita, Mgaywa Gilbert Mjungu Damas Magafu, Bernard Omech, Billy Tsima, Matthew J Dewhurst, Monkgogi Goepamang, Yohana Mashalla
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the burden of diagnosed and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus among patients hospitalised with acute heart failure in Botswana. METHODS: The study enrolled 193 consecutive patients admitted with acute heart failure to the medical wards at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone. Patients were classified as previously known diabetics, undiagnosed diabetics (glycated haemoglobin ≥ 6.5%) or as non-diabetics (glycated haemoglobin < 6...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931527/sympathomimetic-effects-of-acute-e-cigarette-use-role-of-nicotine-and-non-nicotine-constituents
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Roya S Moheimani, May Bhetraratana, Kacey M Peters, Benjamin K Yang, Fen Yin, Jeffrey Gornbein, Jesus A Araujo, Holly R Middlekauff
BACKGROUND: Chronic electronic (e) cigarette users have increased resting cardiac sympathetic nerve activity and increased susceptibility to oxidative stress. The purpose of the present study is to determine the role of nicotine versus non-nicotine constituents in e-cigarette emissions in causing these pathologies in otherwise healthy humans. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-three healthy volunteers who were not current e-cigarette or tobacco cigarette smokers were studied...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927316/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-detects-silent-heart-disease-missed-by-echocardiography-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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S Mavrogeni, L Koutsogeorgopoulou, G Markousis-Mavrogenis, A Bounas, M Tektonidou, S-N C Lliossis, D Daoussis, S Plastiras, G Karabela, E Stavropoulos, G Katsifis, V Vartela, G Kolovou
Background Accurate diagnosis of cardiovascular involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains challenging, due to limitations of echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardiovascular magnetic resonance can detect cardiac lesions missed by echocardiography in SLE patients with atypical symptoms. Aim To use cardiovascular magnetic resonance in SLE patients with atypical symptoms and investigate the possibility of silent heart disease, missed by echocardiography. Patients/methods From 2005 to 2015, 80 SLE patients with atypical cardiac symptoms/signs (fatigue, mild shortness of breath, early repolarization and sinus tachycardia) aged 37 ± 6 years (72 women/8 men), with normal echocardiography, were evaluated using a 1...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926607/the-novel-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-finerenone-attenuates-neointima-formation-after-vascular-injury
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Jochen Dutzmann, Robert-Jonathan Musmann, Marco Haertlé, Jan-Marcus Daniel, Kristina Sonnenschein, Andreas Schäfer, Peter Kolkhof, Johann Bauersachs, Daniel G Sedding
BACKGROUND: The novel nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist finerenone holds promise to be safe and efficient in the treatment of patients with heart failure and/or chronic kidney disease. However, its effects on vascular function remain elusive. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the functional effect of selective MR antagonism by finerenone in vascular cells in vitro and the effect on vascular remodeling following acute vascular injury in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924605/pai-1-is-a-critical-regulator-of-fgf23-homeostasis
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Mesut Eren, Aaron T Place, Paul M Thomas, Panagiotis Flevaris, Toshio Miyata, Douglas E Vaughan
Elevated levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a bone-derived phosphaturic hormone, are associated with a number of pathologic conditions including chronic kidney disease, cardiac hypertrophy, and congestive heart failure. Currently, there are no specific treatments available to lower plasma FGF23 levels. We have recently reported that genetic plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) deficiency provided a significant reduction in circulating FGF23 levels while simultaneously prolonging the life span of Klotho-deficient mice...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920060/midkine-s-role-in-cardiac-pathology
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Kathleen C Woulfe, Carmen C Sucharov
Midkine (MDK) is a heparin-binding growth factor that is normally expressed in mid-gestational development mediating mesenchymal and epithelial interactions. As organisms age, expression of MDK diminishes; however, in adults, MDK expression is associated with acute and chronic pathologic conditions such as myocardial infarction and heart failure (HF). The role of MDK is not clear in cardiovascular disease and currently there is no consensus if it plays a beneficial or detrimental role in HF. The lack of clarity in the literature is exacerbated by differing roles that circulating and myocardial MDK play in signaling pathways in cardiomyocytes (some of which have yet to be elucidated)...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918171/the-association-between-delirium-and-sarcopenia-in-older-adult-patients-admitted-to-acute-geriatrics-units-results-from-the-glisten-multicenter-observational-study
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Giuseppe Bellelli, Antonella Zambon, Stefano Volpato, Pasquale Abete, Lara Bianchi, Mario Bo, Antonio Cherubini, Francesco Corica, Mauro Di Bari, Marcello Maggio, Giovanna Maria Manca, Maria Rosaria Rizzo, Andrea Rossi, Francesco Landi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: To date, studies assessing the relationship between sarcopenia and delirium, two of the most common geriatric syndromes, are lacking. We sought to explore this association by investigating the co-occurrence of these two conditions and the independent association between them in a population of hospitalized older adults. METHODS: Cross-sectional multicenter analysis of older adults consecutively admitted to 12 acute geriatric units (AGUs). Sarcopenia was assessed upon admission by evaluating the presence of low skeletal mass index (kg/m(2)), and either low handgrip strength or low walking speed (European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People, EWGSOP criteria)...
September 5, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917022/epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-management-of-takotsubo-syndrome
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REVIEW
Shams Y-Hassan, Per Tornvall
Takotsubo syndrome is a recently recognized acute cardiac disease entity with a clinical presentation resembling that of an acute coronary syndrome. The typical takotsubo syndrome patient has a unique circumferential left (bi-) ventricular contraction abnormality profile that extends beyond a coronary artery supply territory and appears to follow the anatomical cardiac sympathetic innervation. The syndrome predominantly affects postmenopausal women and is often preceded by emotional or physical stress. Patients with predisposing factors such as malignancy and other chronic comorbidities are more prone to suffer from takotsubo syndrome...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915786/nutrition-in-primary-and-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-the-continental-and-mediterranean-regions-of-croatia
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Jozica Sikic, Mira Stipcevic, Hrvoje Vrazic, Jasna Cerkez Habek, Eduard Margetic, Dario Gulin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this observational study was to evaluate the effect of Mediterranean and continental nutrition on cardiovascular risk in patients with acute and chronic coronary heart disease in Croatia. METHODS: The study included 1284 patients who were hospitalized in a 28-month period due to acute or chronic ischaemic heart disease in hospitals across Croatia. An individual questionnaire was prepared which enabled recording of various cardiovascular risk factors...
September 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905701/outcomes-of-patients-with-severe-influenza-infection-admitted-to-intensive-care-units-a-retrospective-study-in-a-medical-centre
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Willy Chou, Kuo-Shu Yuan, Chin-Ming Chen
PURPOSE: This study assessed clinical manifestations and prognostic factors of critically ill patients with severe influenza admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) in Taiwan's recent outbreak. METHODOLOGY: Patients admitted to ICU for severe influenza between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were identified and their medical records were retrospectively reviewed. The primary endpoints were outcomes and predictors of in-hospital mortality. RESULTS: There were 125 patients with an average Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) score of 20...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905004/gastroenteritis-aggressive-versus-slow-treatment-for-rehydration-gastro-a-pilot-rehydration-study-for-severe-dehydration-who-plan-c-versus-slower-rehydration
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Kirsty A Houston, Jack G Gibb, Ayub Mpoya, Nchafatso Obonyo, Peter Olupot-Olupot, Margeret Nakuya, Jennifer A Evans, Elizabeth C George, Diana M Gibb, Kathryn Maitland
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) rehydration management guidelines (Plan C) for children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and severe dehydration are widely practiced in resource-poor settings, yet have never been formally evaluated in a clinical trial. A recent audit of outcome of AGE at Kilifi County Hospital, Kenya noted that 10% of children required high dependency care (20% mortality) and a number developed fluid-related complications. The fluid resuscitation trial, FEAST, conducted in African children with severe febrile illness, demonstrated higher mortality with fluid bolus therapy and raised concerns regarding the safety of rapid intravenous rehydration therapy...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904224/targeted-inhibition-of-gq-signaling-induces-airway-relaxation-in-mouse-models-of-asthma
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Michaela Matthey, Richard Roberts, Alexander Seidinger, Annika Simon, Ralf Schröder, Markus Kuschak, Suvi Annala, Gabriele M König, Christa E Müller, Ian P Hall, Evi Kostenis, Bernd K Fleischmann, Daniela Wenzel
Obstructive lung diseases are common causes of disability and death worldwide. A hallmark feature is aberrant activation of Gq protein-dependent signaling cascades. Currently, drugs targeting single G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are used to reduce airway tone. However, therapeutic efficacy is often limited, because various GPCRs contribute to bronchoconstriction, and chronic exposure to receptor-activating medications results in desensitization. We therefore hypothesized that pharmacological Gq inhibition could serve as a central mechanism to achieve efficient therapeutic bronchorelaxation...
September 13, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902285/dipyridamole-potentiated-the-trypanocidal-effect-of-nifurtimox-and-improved-the-cardiac-function-in-nmri-mice-with-acute-chagasic-myocarditis
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Sonia Santeliz, Peter Caicedo, Elidiosmar Giraldo, Carmen Alvarez, María-Daniela Yustiz, Claudina Rodríguez-Bonfante, Romina Bonfante-Rodríguez, Rafael Bonfante-Cabarcas
BACKGROUND: As chronic Chagas disease does not have a definitive treatment, the development of alternative therapeutic protocols is a priority. Dipyridamole (DPY) is an alternative to counteract the pathophysiological phenomena involved in Chagas cardiomyopathy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of DPY associated with nifurtimox (Nfx) in epimastigote axenic cultures and in mice with acute Chagas disease. METHODS: NMRI adult male mice were divided into nine groups: three healthy and six Trypanosoma cruzi-infected groups...
September 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895425/predictors-of-subsequent-myocardial-infarction-stroke-and-death-in-stable-post-myocardial-infarction-patients-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#15
Dong-Yi Chen, Chen-Yu Li, Ming-Jer Hsieh, Chun-Chi Chen, I-Chang Hsieh, Tien-Hsing Chen, Shao-Wei Chen, Chao-Yung Wang, Shang-Hung Chang, Cheng-Hung Lee, Ming-Lung Tsai, Ming-Yun Ho, Jih-Kai Yeh, Chee-Jen Chang, Ming-Shien Wen
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the predictors of subsequent cardiovascular events in stable post-myocardial infarction patients in Taiwan. METHODS: A total of 11,183 patients were recruited who had survived one year post-myocardial infarction without subsequent events of recurrent myocardial infarction or stroke from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Their composite cardiovascular event rates were identified. RESULTS: The composite cardiovascular events rate in three year follow-up in the post-myocardial infarction population was 13...
September 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891154/immune-mechanisms-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Yingying Zhang, Johann Bauersachs, Harald F Langer
Elevated levels of circulating pro-inflammatory biomarkers in patients with both ischaemic and non-ischaemic heart failure (HF) correlate with disease severity and prognosis. Experimental studies have shown activation of immune response mechanisms in the heart to provoke cardiac adverse remodelling and cause left ventricular dysfunction. Consequently, most of the clinical trials targeting elements of the immune response in HF attempted to modulate the inflammatory response. Surprisingly, clinical studies targeting immune effectors were either neutral or even increased pre-specified clinical endpoints, and some studies resulted in worsening of HF...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883734/prognostic-impact-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-at-admission-on-in-hospital-mortality-after-primary-percutaneous-intervention-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-with-st-segment-elevation-in-western-romania
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Diana Aurora Bordejevic, Florina Caruntu, Cristian Mornos, Ioan Olariu, Lucian Petrescu, Mirela Cleopatra Tomescu, Ioana Citu, Adelina Mavrea, Sorin Pescariu
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the prognostic impact of systolic blood pressure (SBP) and heart rate (HR) on in-hospital mortality in ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, after primary percutaneous intervention (PCI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 294 patients admitted for STEMI. They were divided into five groups according to the SBP at admission: group I, <105 mmHg; group II, 105-125 mmHg; group III, 126-140 mmHg; group IV, 141-158 mmHg; and group V, ≥159 mmHg...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881267/gamma-glutamyltransferase-and-cardiovascular-mortality-in-korean-adults-a-cohort-study
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Sang-Wook Yi, Sang-Hun Lee, Hee-Jin Hwang, Jee-Jeon Yi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Insufficient evidence has been reported on the associations between gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality from studies with an adequate number of participants. METHODS: 512,990 Korean adults who participated in routine health examinations during the period 2002-2003 were followed up until 2013. Hazard ratios (HRs) were calculated after adjusting for potential confounders. RESULTS: Each 1-unit higher natural-log-transformed GGT (LogeGGT) level was associated with approximately 30-50% higher mortality risk of CVD (HR = 1...
August 26, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877949/feasibility-randomised-multicentre-double-blind-double-dummy-controlled-trial-of-anakinra-an-interleukin-1-receptor-antagonist-versus-intramuscular-methylprednisolone-for-acute-gout-attacks-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-asgard-protocol-study
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Gowrie Balasubramaniam, Trisha Parker, David Turner, Mike Parker, Jonathan Scales, Patrick Harnett, Michael Harrison, Khalid Ahmed, Sweta Bhagat, Thiraupathy Marianayagam, Costantino Pitzalis, Christian Mallen, Edward Roddy, Mike Almond, Bhaskar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: Acute gout occurs in people with chronic kidney disease, who are commonly older people with comorbidities such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Potentially harmful treatments are administered to these vulnerable patients due to a lack of clear evidence. Newly available treatment that targets a key inflammatory pathway in acute gout attacks provides an opportunity to undertake the first-ever trial specifically looking treating people with kidney disease. This paper describes the protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing anakinra, a novel interleukin-1 antagonist versus steroids in people with chronic kidney disease (ASGARD)...
September 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872780/impaired-renal-function-affects-clinical-outcomes-and-management-of-patients-with-heart-failure
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Rebeka Jenkins, Lilly Mandarano, Saraniga Gugathas, Juan Carlos Kaski, Lisa Anderson, Debasish Banerjee
AIMS: Inpatients with heart failure and renal impairment have poor outcomes and variable quality of care. We investigate treatment practice and outcomes in an unselected real-world cohort using historical creatinine measurements. METHODS AND RESULTS: Admissions between 1/4/2013 and 30/4/2015 diagnosed at discharge with heart failure were retrospectively analysed. Stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI) were calculated from creatinine at discharge and 3-12 months before admission...
September 5, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
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