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Transient ischaemic attack

Annemarei Ranta, Mark Weatherall, John Gommans, Murray Tilyard, Des Odea, Susan Dovey
AIMS Many transient ischaemic attack (TIA) patients receive initial assessments by general practitioners (GPs). In a randomised controlled trial (RCT) we showed that BPAC Inc. TIA/stroke electronic decision support (EDS) for GPs improves patient outcomes and guideline adherence. This secondary analysis assesses the impact of trial associated enhanced GP access to radiological investigation. METHODS Post-hoc analysis of a multi-centre, single blind, parallel group, cluster RCT comparing TIA/stroke EDS guided GP management with usual care to assess whether imaging requests and their appropriateness differed between study groups...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Priyanka Bose, Andrew Wilson, Amit Mistri
INTRODUCTION Many patients who suffer a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) present to their general practitioner (GP). Early identification and treatment reduces the risk of subsequent stroke, disability and mortality. AIM To review the accuracy of TIA diagnosis in primary care, immediate management and interventions to assist GPs with the condition. METHODS This study included the search of Medline, Embase, Web of Science and Scopus databases (1995-2015). Relevant titles and abstracts were obtained using structured criteria (diagnosis, immediate management or intervention of TIAs in primary care), with full review and data extraction for eligible publications...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Dag Leonard, Elisabet Svenungsson, Johanna Dahlqvist, Andrei Alexsson, Lisbeth Ärlestig, Kimberly E Taylor, Johanna K Sandling, Christine Bengtsson, Martina Frodlund, Andreas Jönsen, Susanna Eketjäll, Kerstin Jensen-Urstad, Iva Gunnarsson, Christopher Sjöwall, Anders A Bengtsson, Maija-Leena Eloranta, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Solbritt Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Lindsey A Criswell, Lars Rönnblom
OBJECTIVES: Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We investigated whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at autoimmunity risk loci were associated with CVD in SLE and RA. METHODS: Patients with SLE (n=1045) were genotyped using the 200K Immunochip SNP array (Illumina). The allele frequency was compared between patients with and without different manifestations of CVD...
March 7, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Alex Tsui, Diana Kuh, Linda Cardozo, Daniel Davis
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) at age 68 years and the contribution of vascular risk factors to male and female UUI pathogenesis in addition to the associations with raised body mass index (BMI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In all, 1 762 participants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey for Health and Development birth cohort who answered the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire short form (ICIQ-SF), at age 68 years, were included...
March 7, 2018: BJU International
Jenny Tran, Robyn Norton, Nathalie Conrad, Fatemeh Rahimian, Dexter Canoy, Milad Nazarzadeh, Kazem Rahimi
BACKGROUND: Multimorbidity in people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is common, but large-scale contemporary reports of patterns and trends in patients with incident CVD are limited. We investigated the burden of comorbidities in patients with incident CVD, how it changed between 2000 and 2014, and how it varied by age, sex, and socioeconomic status (SES). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink with linkage to Hospital Episode Statistics, a population-based dataset from 674 UK general practices covering approximately 7% of the current UK population...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Runqi Wangqin, Xianwei Wang, Yilong Wang, Ying Xian, Xingquan Zhao, Liping Liu, Hao Li, Xia Meng, Yongjun Wang
Objective: Many patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy still had recurrent strokes. We aimed to identify factors associated with recurrent stroke at 90 days in patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy in Clopidogrel in High-risk patients with Acute Non-disabling Cerebrovascular Events trial. Methods: Patients with transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke receiving clopidogrel and aspirin in the trial were analysed in the study. The primary outcome was recurrent stroke within 90 days after the index event...
December 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Katie I Gallacher, Ross McQueenie, Barbara Nicholl, Bhautesh D Jani, Duncan Lee, Frances S Mair
Background: Multimorbidity is common in stroke, but the risk factors and effects on mortality remain poorly understood. Objective: To examine multimorbidity and its associations with sociodemographic/lifestyle risk factors and all-cause mortality in UK Biobank participants with stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Design: Data were obtained from an anonymized community cohort aged 40-72 years. Overall, 42 comorbidities were self-reported by those with stroke or TIA...
2018: Journal of Comorbidity
Benedikt Mayr, Christian Firschke, Magdalena Erlebach, Sabine Bleiziffer, Markus Krane, Michael Joner, Ulf Herold, Christian Nöbauer, Rüdiger Lange, Marcus-André Deutsch
OBJECTIVES: Simultaneous surgical off-pump coronary revascularization and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) as a hybrid procedure may be a therapeutic option for patients with a TAVI indication who are not suitable for percutaneous coronary intervention and for patients who have an indication for combined surgical aortic valve implantation and coronary artery bypass grafting but present with a porcelain aorta. Early outcomes of these patients are analysed in this study. METHODS: From February 2011 to April 2017, hybrid TAVI/off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) was performed in 12 (60%) patients, hybrid TAVI/minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass in 6 (30%) patients and staged TAVI/OPCAB in 2 (10%) patients...
February 26, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Dong-Bin Li, Jing-Li Liu, Wei Wang, Xiu-Mei Luo, Xia Zhou, Jin-Pin Li, Xiao-Li Cao, Xiao-Hong Long, Jia-Gui Chen, Chao Qin
Background: Differentiation of transient ischaemic attack (TIA) from ischaemic stroke within the thrombolysis time window is difficult. Although TIA may be diagnosed within this window, the latest imaging technologies are complex and costly. Serum markers, which are non-invasive, rapid and economic, are used for diagnosis and prognosis of various diseases. Exosome-derived miRNA markers for TIA are unknown. Methods: We examined focal brain ischaemia produced by occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAo) for 5 min, 10 min, and 2 h in rats...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Michael B Atkins, Elizabeth R Plimack, Igor Puzanov, Mayer N Fishman, David F McDermott, Daniel C Cho, Ulka Vaishampayan, Saby George, Thomas E Olencki, Jamal C Tarazi, Brad Rosbrook, Kathrine C Fernandez, Mariajose Lechuga, Toni K Choueiri
BACKGROUND: Previous studies combining PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors with tyrosine kinase inhibitors of the VEGF pathway have been characterised by excess toxicity, precluding further development. We hypothesised that axitinib, a more selective VEGF inhibitor than others previously tested, could be combined safely with pembrolizumab (anti-PD-1) and yield antitumour activity in patients with treatment-naive advanced renal cell carcinoma. METHODS: In this ongoing, open-label, phase 1b study, which was done at ten centres in the USA, we enrolled patients aged 18 years or older who had advanced renal cell carcinoma (predominantly clear cell subtype) with their primary tumour resected, and at least one measureable lesion, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 0-1, controlled hypertension, and no previous systemic therapy for renal cell carcinoma...
February 9, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Justin B Echouffo-Tcheugui, Haolin Xu, Roland A Matsouaka, Ying Xian, Lee H Schwamm, Eric E Smith, Deepak L Bhatt, Adrian F Hernandez, Paul A Heidenreich, Gregg C Fonarow
Aims: There is a paucity of data on the influence of diabetes on long-term outcomes after ischaemic stroke (IS). We assessed whether outcomes after IS differ between patients with and without diabetes. Methods and results: Patients aged ≥65 years (n = 409 060) in Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (nationwide registry of stroke patients from 1690 sites in the USA) were followed for 3 years post-discharge. The outcomes of interest were mortality, cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular hospitalizations, heart failure (HF), and recurrence of IS/transient ischaemic attack (TIA)...
February 9, 2018: European Heart Journal
Thomas W Stonier, Kirtan Patel, Vamsee Bhrugubanda, Andrew Mtl Choong
BACKGROUND: Endovascular repair is now preferred to open access for the management of aortic diseases. This is typically performed via the femoral artery, however not all patients are eligible for this. This systematic review summaries the current evidence for utilising the carotid artery as an alternative access route. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted as per the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines using four electronic databases...
February 8, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Naqibullah Mirzada, Per Ladenvall, Per-Olof Hansson, Peter Eriksson, Charles Taft, Mikael Dellborg
AIMS: Despite the widespread use of percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in patients after a cryptogenic stroke, little is known about its impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim of this study was to assess HRQoL in these patients compared to PFO patients not considered candidates for percutaneous closure, and to a normal population. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 402 patients with cryptogenic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) who had been referred to our center for PFO closure were invited to a long-term clinical follow-up (mean follow-up 5...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Grace M Turner, Ruth Backman, Christel McMullan, Jonathan Mathers, Tom Marshall, Melanie Calvert
Plain English summary: What is the problem and why is this important? Mini-strokes are similar to full strokes, but symptoms last less than 24 h. Many people (up to 70%) have long-term problems after a mini-stroke, such as anxiety; depression; problems with brain functioning (like memory loss); and fatigue (feeling tired). However, the current healthcare pathway only focuses on preventing another stroke and care for other long-term problems is not routinely given. Without proper treatment, people with long-term problems after a mini-stroke could have worse quality of life and may find it difficult to return to work and their social activities...
2018: Research Involvement and Engagement
Hubert Cochet, Xavier Iriart, Soumaya Sridi, Claudia Camaioni, Olivier Corneloup, Michel Montaudon, François Laurent, Wieme Selmi, Pauline Renou, Zakaria Jalal, Jean-Benoît Thambo
Aims: Transoesophageal echocardiography studies have reported frequent peri-device leaks and device-related thrombi (DRT) after percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. We assessed the prevalence, characteristics and correlates of leaks and DRT on cardiac computed tomography (CT) after LAA occlusion. Methods and results: Consecutive patients underwent cardiac CT before LAA occlusion to assess left atrial (LA) volume, LAA shape, and landing zone diameter...
February 2, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Sarah Page, Jane Hallam, Neelprada Pradhan, Brian Cowie, Tuong Phan, Desmond McGlade, Alex Rosalion, Andrew Newcomb, Michael Yii
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 1.5-2% of the population and is associated with a five-fold increased lifetime risk of stroke [1]. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the source of embolic strokes in up to 90% of patients with non-valvular AF with clots in the left atrium [2]. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical notes and echocardiographic findings of 20 patients who underwent open cardiac surgery in which concurrent AtriClip (Atricure Inc, Westchester, Ohio, USA) device insertion was attempted at our institution from July 2013 to February 2015...
December 22, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Ekta Yogeshkumar Pandya, Elizabeth Anderson, Clara Chow, Yishen Wang, Beata Bajorek
Background: To document antithrombotic utilization in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), particularly, recently approved NOACs (nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants) and warfarin; and identify factors predicting the use of NOACs versus warfarin. Methods: A retrospective audit was conducted in an Australian hospital. Data pertaining to inpatients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) admitted between January and December 2014 were extracted...
February 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Andrew M Penn, Maximilian B Bibok, Viera K Saly, Shelagh B Coutts, Mary L Lesperance, Robert F Balshaw, Kristine Votova, Nicole S Croteau, Anurag Trivedi, Angela M Jackson, Janka Hegedus, Evgenia Klourfeld, Amy Y X Yu, Charlotte Zerna, Christoph H Borchers
OBJECTIVE: To derive a plasma biomarker protein panel from a list of 141 candidate proteins which can differentiate transient ischaemic attack (TIA)/minor stroke from non-cerebrovascular ('mimic') conditions in emergency department (ED) settings. DESIGN: Prospective clinical study (#NCT03050099) with up to three timed blood draws no more than 36 hours following symptom onset. Plasma samples analysed by multiple reaction monitoring-mass spectrometry (MRM-MS). PARTICIPANTS: 545 participants suspected of TIA enrolled in the EDs of two urban medical centres...
February 1, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Jonathan I Silverberg, Lauren Kwa, Michael C Kwa, Anne E Laumann, Kaveh Ardalan
Objective: JDM is associated with multiple potential risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including reduced heart rate variability, systolic/diastolic cardiac dysfunction, abnormal brachial artery reactivity and metabolic syndrome. However, little is known about cardiovascular risk in JDM. We sought to examine the association between JDM and cardiovascular risk factors and disease in US children. Methods: Data from the 2002-12 National Inpatient Sample was analysed, including ∼20% of all US hospitalizations (n = 14 535 620 paediatric hospitalizations)...
January 24, 2018: Rheumatology
Takafumi Inoue, Yoshihiro Suematsu
OBJECTIVES: The adverse effects of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure have not yet been evaluated. This study aimed to prove the safety and low invasiveness of LAA resection through our thoracoscopic stand-alone left atrial appendectomy experience. METHODS: Eighty-seven patients [mean age 68 ± 9 years, 68 men (78%), mean congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack to thromboembolism, vascular disease, age 65-74 years and sex category (CHA2DS2-VASc) score 2...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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