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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904005/study-design-and-baseline-characteristics-of-the-expand-study-evaluation-of-effectiveness-and-safety-of-xa-inhibitor-rivaroxaban-for-the-prevention-of-stroke-and-systemic-embolism-in-a-nationwide-cohort-of-japanese-patients-diagnosed-as-non-valvular-atrial
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Takanori Ikeda, Hirotsugu Atarashi, Hiroshi Inoue, Shinichiro Uchiyama, Takanari Kitazono, Takeshi Yamashita, Wataru Shimizu, Masahiro Kamouchi, Koichi Kaikita, Koji Fukuda, Hideki Origasa, Ichiro Sakuma, Keijiro Saku, Yasuo Okumura, Yuichiro Nakamura, Hideo Morimoto, Naoki Matsumoto, Akihito Tsuchida, Junya Ako, Nobuyoshi Sugishita, Shogo Shimizu, Hiroaki Shimokawa
The use of rivaroxaban, a factor Xa inhibitor, has been increasing for prevention of ischemic stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) in Japan. We conducted the nationwide multicenter study, termed as the EXPAND Study, to address its effectiveness and safety in the real-world practice of patients with non-valvular AF in Japan. The EXPAND Study is a prospective, non-interventional, observational cohort study to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of rivaroxaban in non-valvular AF patients in a real-world clinical practice...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902931/human-presynaptic-receptors
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REVIEW
Eberhard Schlicker, Thomas Feuerstein
Presynaptic receptors are sites at which transmitters, locally formed mediators or hormones inhibit or facilitate the release of a given transmitter from its axon terminals. The interest in the identification of presynaptic receptors has faded in recent years and it may therefore be justified to give an overview of their occurrence in the autonomic and central nervous system; this review will focus on presynaptic receptors in human tissues. Autoreceptors are presynaptic receptors at which a given transmitter restrains its further release, though in some instances may also increase its release...
November 27, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893055/assessment-of-use-vs-discontinuation-of-oral-anticoagulation-after-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Sara Själander, Fredrik Holmqvist, J Gustav Smith, Pyotr G Platonov, Milos Kesek, Peter J Svensson, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist, Fariborz Tabrizi, Jari Tapanainen, Dritan Poci, Anders Jönsson, Anders Själander
Importance: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a recommended treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, but it is unclear whether it results in a lower risk of stroke. Objectives: To investigate the proportion of patients discontinuing anticoagulation treatment after PVI in association with the CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], diabetes, stroke [doubled], vascular disease, age 65-74 years, sex category [female]) score, identify factors predicting stroke after PVI, and explore the risk of cardiovascular events after PVI in patients with and without guideline-recommended anticoagulation treatment...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885423/publication-trends-in-cachexia-and-sarcopenia-in-elderly-heart-failure-patients
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REVIEW
Jochen Springer, Stefan D Anker
The loss of skeletal mass - sarcopenia and cachexia - is considered to be a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure (CHF). Unfortunately, sarcopenia is generally considered to be a geriatric syndrome, but not necessarily seen as a comorbidity in CHF, even though it has a wide range of adverse health outcomes. While there were 15,574 publication with the title word "heart failure" in PubMed in the 5‑year period from 1 June 2011 to 31 May 2016, only 22 or 71 publications were found with the search combination "sarcopenia" or "cachexia" (title word) and "heart failure" (all fields), respectively...
November 24, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875516/trastuzumab-associated-cardiac-events-in-the-persephone-trial
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Helena M Earl, Anne-Laure Vallier, Janet Dunn, Shrushma Loi, Emma Ogburn, Karen McAdam, Luke Hughes-Davies, Adrian Harnett, Jean Abraham, Andrew Wardley, David A Cameron, David Miles, Ioannis Gounaris, Chris Plummer, Louise Hiller
BACKGROUND: We report cardiac events in the Persephone trial which compares 6-12 months of adjuvant trastuzumab in women with confirmed HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer. METHODS: Clinical cardiac events were defined as any of the following: symptoms and/or signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) and new or altered CHF medication. In addition, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was measured at baseline and then 3 monthly for 12 months. RESULTS: A total of 2500 patients, aged 22-82, were included: 1251 randomised to 12 months and 1249 to 6 months of trastuzumab treatment...
November 22, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843047/a-prospective-study-on-the-impact-of-heart-rate-control-achieved-with-metoprolol-on-cardiac-performance-motor-function-and-quality-of-life-in-chinese-chronic-heart-failure-patients
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Yong Meng, Xuelu Liu, Juan Liu, Xianliang Cheng
BACKGROUND: To prospectively evaluate the impact of metoprolol achieved heart rate (HR) on cardiac-motor function and quality of life (QoL) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between February 2013 to April 2016, association of HR reduction with haemodynamic indices, motor function and QoL in CHF patients with HR>80bpm receiving metoprolol 23.75mg or 47.5mgq.d was studied. Overall, 154 patients (median age, 66.39years; males, n=101; females, n=53) were enrolled, whose average resting HR decreased significantly from baseline value of 82...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843045/the-effects-of-resistance-training-on-muscle-strength-quality-of-life-and-aerobic-capacity-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Catherine Giuliano, Amalia Karahalios, Christopher Neil, Jason Allen, Itamar Levinger
BACKGROUND: Resistance training (RT) has been utilised to target muscle dysfunction associated with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF). However, there is limited meta-analysis evidence to support its use as a standalone therapy. This meta-analysis examined the effects of RT on muscle strength (one repetition maximum, 1RM and Peak Torque), aerobic capacity (VO2peak and 6min walk distance) and quality of life (QoL) in patients with CHF. METHODS: We searched Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane and CINAHL for studies published up to July 2016, combining terms related to the population (eg, heart failure, CHF) with terms for the intervention (eg, resistance, strength training) and the outcomes (eg, QoL, VO2peak,strength, aerobic capacity)...
November 7, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782093/effects-of-hyponatremia-normalization-on-the-short-term-mortality-and-rehospitalizations-in-patients-with-recent-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-a-retrospective-study
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Renato De Vecchis, Marco Di Maio, Giuseppina Di Biase, Carmelina Ariano
Background: Several studies have shown that hyponatremia is associated with increased risk of rehospitalization and death in patients with heart failure. In these studies, chronic heart failure (CHF) patients with persistent hyponatremia were compared only with CHF patients with a normal sodium level at hospital admission. Aims: In the present retrospective study, conducted in a cohort of patients with recent acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), all with hyponatremia ascertained at the time of hospital admission, we aimed to evaluate the effect of the normalization of serum sodium on the composite endpoint of short-term rehospitalization and mortality...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764523/benzodiazepines-for-the-relief-of-breathlessness-in-advanced-malignant-and-non-malignant-diseases-in-adults
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REVIEW
Steffen T Simon, Irene J Higginson, Sara Booth, Richard Harding, Vera Weingärtner, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 1, 2010, on 'Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults'. Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of malignant and non-malignant disease. Benzodiazepines are widely used for the relief of breathlessness in advanced diseases and are regularly recommended in the literature. At the time of the previously published Cochrane review, there was no evidence for a beneficial effect of benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in people with advanced cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754167/sy-12-3-are-ras-inhibitors-necessary-for-all-patients-with-diabetes-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
There is accumulating evidence that RAS inhibitors not only reduce blood pressure, but also exert pleiotropic effects, including a renoprotective effect, amelioration of insulin resistance, reduction in onset of diabetes, and suppression of cardiovascular remodelling,. However, the definite benefit of RAS inhibition in treatment of hypertension with CKD or DM is not conclusive. We previously performed the OlmeSartan and Calcium Antagonists Randomized (OSCAR) study comparing the preventive effect of high-dose ARB therapy versus ARB plus CCB combination therapy on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in 1164 Japanese elderly hypertensive patients with baseline type 2 diabetes and/or CVD (Am J Med (2012))...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749986/insulin-secretagogues-for-prevention-or-delay-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-associated-complications-in-persons-at-increased-risk-for-the-development-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Bianca Hemmingsen, David Peick Sonne, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Bernd Richter
BACKGROUND: The projected rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) could develop into a substantial health problem worldwide. Whether insulin secretagogues (sulphonylureas and meglitinide analogues) are able to prevent or delay T2DM and its associated complications in people at risk for the development of T2DM is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of insulin secretagogues on the prevention or delay of T2DM and its associated complications in people with impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting blood glucose, moderately elevated glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) or any combination of these...
October 17, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662823/comparative-effects-of-torasemide-and-furosemide-on-gap-junction-proteins-and-cardiac-fibrosis-in-a-rat-model-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Kenichi Watanabe, Remya Sreedhar, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Vengadeshprabhu Karuppagounder, Vijayasree V Giridharan, Shanish Antony, Meilei Harima, Masahiko Nakamura, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroshi Suzuki, Hirohito Sone, Somasundaram Arumugam
Cardiac fibrosis is the major hallmark of adverse cardiac remodeling in chronic heart failure (CHF) and its therapeutic targeting might help against cardiac dysfunction during chronic conditions. Diuretic agents are potentially useful in these cases, but their effects on the cardiac fibrosis pathogenesis are yet to be identified. This study was designed to identify and compare the effects of diuretic drugs torasemide and furosemide on cardiac fibrosis in a rat model of dilated cardiomyopathy induced by porcine cardiac myosin mediated experimental autoimmune myocarditis...
September 24, 2016: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649842/a-novel-approach-for-measuring-residential-socioeconomic-factors-associated-with-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-health
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Jaime E Mirowsky, Robert B Devlin, David Diaz-Sanchez, Wayne Cascio, Shannon C Grabich, Carol Haynes, Colette Blach, Elizabeth R Hauser, Svati Shah, William Kraus, Kenneth Olden, Lucas Neas
Individual-level characteristics, including socioeconomic status, have been associated with poor metabolic and cardiovascular health; however, residential area-level characteristics may also independently contribute to health status. In the current study, we used hierarchical clustering to aggregate 444 US Census block groups in Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties, NC, USA into six homogeneous clusters of similar characteristics based on 12 demographic factors. We assigned 2254 cardiac catheterization patients to these clusters based on residence at first catheterization...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643122/sy-12-3-are-ras-inhibitors-necessary-for-all-patients-with-diabetes-and-chronic-kidney-disease
#14
Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
There is accumulating evidence that RAS inhibitors not only reduce blood pressure, but also exert pleiotropic effects, including a renoprotective effect, amelioration of insulin resistance, reduction in onset of diabetes, and suppression of cardiovascular remodelling,. However, the definite benefit of RAS inhibition in treatment of hypertension with CKD or DM is not conclusive. We previously performed the OlmeSartan and Calcium Antagonists Randomized (OSCAR) study comparing the preventive effect of high-dose ARB therapy versus ARB plus CCB combination therapy on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in 1164 Japanese elderly hypertensive patients with baseline type 2 diabetes and/or CVD (Am J Med (2012))...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630801/core-measures-for-congestive-heart-failure-in-a-tertiary-care-setting-in-pakistan
#15
Rizwan Zafar, Muhammad Haris, Salman Assad, Muhammad Usman Shabbir, Haider Ghazanfar, Sarah A Malik, Tehreem Khalid, Ali H Abbas, Asad A Saleem
PURPOSE:  Heart failure presents a huge burden for individual patients and the healthcare system as a whole. This study aims to assess the adherence to these core measures as identified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)/ American Heart Association (AHA) by physicians of Pakistan. MATERIALS AND METHODOLOGY:  We conducted a cross-sectional study in Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan from the period of April 2013 to April 2016...
August 8, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27502136/-clinical-outcome-of-totally-thoracoscopic-cardiac-surgery-for-mitral-valve-replacement-a-series-of-634-cases
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H Lan, Y G Cheng, B C Jia, Y L Chai
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the clinical outcome of totally thoracoscopic cardiac surgery for mitral valve replacement. METHODS: Clinical data of 634 cases undergoing totally thoracoscopic cardiac surgery for mitral valve replacement from May 2004 to February 2016 in Department of Thoracoscopic Cardiacsurgery, Shanghai Yodak Cardiothoracic Hospital was analyzed retrospectively. There were 292 male and 342 female patients, aged from 17 to 68 years with a mean of (45±13) years...
August 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27499394/2016-national-rheumatic-fever-week-the-status-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-south-africa
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Bongani M Mayosi
There is evidence of early progress in the efforts to eliminate acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and control rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in South Africa. The caseload of ARF and RHD in paediatric units appears to be falling in some provinces such as Gauteng, and the mortality attributed to rheumatic heart disease at a population level has fallen from 1.3/100 000 in 2001 to 0.7/100 000 in 2012. However, the incidence of congestive heart failure due to RHD in adults remains high (~25/100 000/year) in Gauteng Province, and is associated with a high case fatality rate of up to 35% in 6 months...
August 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27449347/the-vascular-quality-initiative-cardiac-risk-index-for-prediction-of-myocardial-infarction-after-vascular-surgery
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Daniel J Bertges, Dan Neal, Andres Schanzer, Salvatore T Scali, Philip P Goodney, Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, Jack L Cronenwett
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop and to validate the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Cardiac Risk Index (CRI) for prediction of postoperative myocardial infarction (POMI) after vascular surgery. METHODS: We developed risk models for in-hospital POMI after 88,791 nonemergent operations from the VQI registry, including carotid endarterectomy (CEA; n = 45,340), infrainguinal bypass (INFRA; n = 18,054), suprainguinal bypass (SUPRA; n = 2678), endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR; n = 18,539), and open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (OAAA repair; n = 4180)...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27367547/quality-of-end-of-life-care-provided-to-patients-with-different-serious-illnesses
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Melissa W Wachterman, Corey Pilver, Dawn Smith, Mary Ersek, Stuart R Lipsitz, Nancy L Keating
IMPORTANCE: Efforts to improve end-of-life care have focused primarily on patients with cancer. High-quality end-of-life care is also critical for patients with other illnesses. OBJECTIVE: To compare patterns of end-of-life care and family-rated quality of care for patients dying with different serious illnesses. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted in all 146 inpatient facilities within the Veteran Affairs health system among patients who died in inpatient facilities between October 1, 2009, and September 30, 2012, with clinical diagnoses categorized as end-stage renal disease (ESRD), cancer, cardiopulmonary failure (congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), dementia, frailty, or other conditions...
August 1, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27355958/announcing-the-2016-pharmaceuticals-travel-award-for-young-investigators
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EDITORIAL
Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde
For the first time in its short history, our journal is able, this year, to support a young researcher in the field of medicinal chemistry by offering a travel grant of 800 CHF.[...].
2016: Pharmaceuticals
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