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Michel Komajda
Ivabradine is a blocker of the funny current channels in the sinoatrial node cells. This results in pure heart rate reduction when elevated without direct effect on contractility or on the vessels. It was tested in a large outcome clinical trial in stable chronic heart failure (CHF) with low ejection fraction, in sinus rhythm, on a contemporary background therapy including betablockers (SHIFT: Systolic Heart Failure Treatment with the If inhibitor Trial).The primary composite endpoint (cardiovascular mortality or heart failure hospitalization) was reduced by 18% whereas the first occurrence of heart failure hospitalizations was reduced by 26%...
October 18, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Muthiah Vaduganathan, Akshay S Desai
Composite angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibition (ARNi) represents a novel pharmacologic strategy for treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the PARADIGM-HF (Prospective comparison of ARNi with ACEi to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure) trial of 8399 subjects with HFrEF, treatment with the ARNi LCZ696 (sacubitril/valsartan) was associated with statistically important reductions in cardiovascular death, all-cause mortality, and the composite of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization in comparison with enalapril...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Gonzalo Zeballos Sarrato, Enrique Salguero García, Josefa Aguayo Maldonado, Celia Gómez Robles, Marta Thió Lluch, Martín Iriondo Sanz
The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) recommendations provide a universal guide of measures to support the transition and resuscitation of newborn after their birth. This guide is expected to be adapted by local groups or committees on resuscitation, according to their own circumstances. The objective of this review is to analyse the main changes, to discuss several of the controversies that have appeared since 2010, and contrasting with other national and international organisations, such as European Resuscitation Council (ERC), American Heart Association (AHA), or the Australian-New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR)...
October 13, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
Philipe de Souto Barreto, Matteo Cesari, Sandrine Andrieu, Bruno Vellas, Yves Rolland
INTRODUCTION: The minimum frequency of physical activity associated with reduced risk for onset of several chronic diseases is not well established. Therefore, this study examined, in a large sample of citizens from 16 European countries, the predictive value of physical activity frequency and intensity on the incidence of heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer of any subtype, breast cancer, and colon/rectum cancer. METHODS: Using data from the longitudinal Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe, the long-term associations of physical activity with incident diseases in people aged ≥50 years were investigated...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Jamshed J Dalal, Anil Dhall, Abhay Bhave
Oral vitamin K antagonists (VKA) such as warfarin have been the mainstay of therapy for stroke prevention in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) while low-molecular-weight heparin, fondaparinux and adjusted-dose warfarin or aspirin have been routinely used for thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement. However, VKAs are associated with considerable limitations, including increased risk of bleeding and narrow therapeutic window. Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs, now referred as Non Vit K dependent oral anticoagulants), including the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and direct Factor Xa inhibitors such as rivaroxaban and apixaban are now approved alternatives to warfarin for prophylaxis of stroke and systemic embolic events (SEE) in patients with NVAF and treatment and prophylaxis of VTE...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Frank J Wolters, Francesco U S Mattace-Raso, Peter J Koudstaal, Albert Hofman, M Arfan Ikram
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common cause of transient cerebral hypoperfusion in the population. Cerebral hypoperfusion is widely implicated in cognitive impairment, but whether OH contributes to cognitive decline and dementia is uncertain. We aimed to determine the association between OH and the risk of developing dementia in the general population. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Between 4 October 1989 and 17 June 1993, we assessed OH in non-demented, stroke-free participants of the population-based Rotterdam Study...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Faiçal Jarraya
Hypertension remains the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. If antihypertensive drugs choice is well guided today, blood pressure (BP) target still a subject of controversies. Residual risk is matter of debate and the lower- the better dogma is come back again regarding to data reported from recent trials. The J curve, reason for European Society of Hypertension Guidelines reappraisal in 2009, is criticized by recent data. The one goal (<140/90 mmHg) fit 90 mmg 90 mmHg) fit all should be adapted as a personalized goal guided by evidence generated by randomized controlled trials...
October 9, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Alberto M Marra, Nicola Benjamin, Francesco Ferrara, Olga Vriz, Michele D'Alto, Antonello D'Andrea, Anna Agnese Stanziola, Luna Gargani, Antonio Cittadini, Ekkehard Grünig, Eduardo Bossone
The right ventricular outflow tract acceleration time (RVOT-AT) has shown to progressively shorten with increasing degrees of pulmonary pressure. However, the physiologic ranges of RVOT AT are based on small sample sizes and have not been investigated regarding their determining factors. The aim of this study was to investigate reference values and determining factors of RVOT-AT in a large population of healthy subjects and by values described in the literature. In the first part of the study, 1029 healthy subjects (mean age 45...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Davide S Risso, Julia Kozlitina, Eduardo Sainz, Joanne Gutierrez, Stephen Wooding, Betelihem Getachew, Donata Luiselli, Carla J Berg, Dennis Drayna
Common TAS2R38 taste receptor gene variants specify the ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC), 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) and structurally related compounds. Tobacco smoke contains a complex mixture of chemical substances of varying structure and functionality, some of which activate different taste receptors. Accordingly, it has been suggested that non-taster individuals may be more likely to smoke because of their inability to taste bitter compounds present in tobacco smoke, but results to date have been conflicting...
2016: PloS One
Aladdin H Shadyab, Charles Kooperberg, Alexander P Reiner, Sonia Jain, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Caroline A Macera, Richard A Shaffer, Linda C Gallo, Andrea Z LaCroix
BACKGROUND: No study has evaluated whether genetic factors are associated with longevity in African Americans or Hispanics, and it is unclear whether genetic factors are associated with healthy aging. METHODS: In this prospective study, we determined whether 14 genetic variants previously associated with longevity in genome-wide association studies were associated with survival to ages 85 and 90 in 11,053 postmenopausal white, African American, and Hispanic women from the Women's Health Initiative...
October 5, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
C Schwarzwald
Heart murmurs and arrhythmias are common in horses. Assessment of their clinical relevance concerning health, performance, safety and longevity of sports horses is of highest importance. A comprehensive cardiovascular examination is crucial for diagnosis and assessment of the severity of disease. Recently, an expert panel of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) developed a consensus statement containing recommendations for sports horses with heart disease...
October 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Renato De Vecchis, Claudio Cantatrione, Damiana Mazzei, Cesare Baldi
In the congestive heart failure (CHF) setting, chronic hyponatremia is very common. The present review aims at addressing topics relevant to the pathophysiology of hyponatremia in the course of CHF as well as its optimal treatment, including the main advantages and the limitations resulting from the use of the available dietary and pharmacological measures approved for the treatment of this electrolytic trouble. A narrative review is carried out in order to represent the main modalities of therapy for chronic hyponatremia that frequently complicates CHF...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Gina Nicholson, Shravanthi R Gandra, Ronald J Halbert, Akshara Richhariya, Robert J Nordyke
OBJECTIVE: Robust cost estimates of cardiovascular (CV) events are required for assessing health care interventions aimed at reducing the economic burden of major adverse CV events. This review synthesizes international cost estimates of CV events. METHODS: MEDLINE database was searched electronically for English language studies published during 2007-2012, with cost estimates for CV events of interest - unstable angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, and CV revascularization...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
Nicholette D Palmer Allred, Laura M Raffield, Joycelyn C Hardy, Fang-Chi Hsu, Jasmin Divers, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Christina E Hugenschmidt, Benjamin C Wagner, Christopher T Whitlow, Kaycee M Sink, Joseph A Maldjian, Jeff D Williamson, Donald W Bowden, Barry I Freedman
OBJECTIVE: Dementia is a debilitating illness with a disproportionate burden in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Among the contributors, genetic variation at the apolipoprotein E locus (APOE) is posited to convey a strong effect. This study compared and contrasted the association of APOE with cognitive performance and cerebral structure in the setting of T2D. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: European Americans from the Diabetes Heart Study (DHS) MIND (n = 754) and African Americans from the African American (AA)- DHS MIND (n = 517) were examined...
October 4, 2016: Diabetes Care
Mihnea Zdrenghea, Adela Sitar-Tăut, Gabriel Cismaru, Dumitru Zdrenghea, Dana Pop
Increased uric acid levels are correlated with cardiovascular disease, particularly with ischaemic heart disease. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors, especially allopurinol, lower the risk of ischaemic heart disease due to their effects on reactive oxygen species and endothelial function. In chronic stable angina pectoris, allopurinol increases the median time to ST depression, time to chest pain, and total exercise time. On the other hand, it has been reported that allopurinol has a beneficial effect on ischaemic patients referred for angioplasty, but there are insufficient data regarding its effect on acute myocardial infarction patients...
September 9, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Titus W P van den Heuvel, Adam F Cohen, Robert Rissmann
In this article, we consider the new drugs approved for the European market in 2015. We present a summary of the new mechanisms of action introduced and highlight three new mechanisms of action with a potentially high future impact: PCSK9 inhibition (alirocumab (Praluent®) and evolocumab (Repatha®)) for hypercholesterolaemia, neprilysin inhibition (sacubitril in combination with valsartan (Entresto®)) for heart failure, and interleukin-5 inhibition (mepolizumab (Nucala®)) for asthma.
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
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September 21, 2016: European Heart Journal
Magnus T Jensen, Marta Pereira, Carla Araujo, Anti Malmivaara, Jean Ferrieres, Irene R Degano, Inge Kirchberger, Dimitrios Farmakis, Pascal Garel, Marina Torre, Jaume Marrugat, Ana Azevedo
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between heart rate at admission and in-hospital mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). METHODS: Consecutive ACS patients admitted in 2008-2010 across 58 hospitals in six participant countries of the European Hospital Benchmarking by Outcomes in ACS Processes (EURHOBOP) project (Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain)...
September 30, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Wilma Zijlema, Yutong Cai, Dany Doiron, Stéphane Mbatchou, Isabel Fortier, John Gulliver, Kees de Hoogh, David Morley, Susan Hodgson, Paul Elliott, Timothy Key, Havard Kongsgard, Kristian Hveem, Amadou Gaye, Paul Burton, Anna Hansell, Ronald Stolk, Judith Rosmalen
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to road traffic noise may increase blood pressure and heart rate. It is unclear to what extent exposure to air pollution may influence this relationship. We investigated associations between noise, blood pressure and heart rate, with harmonized data from three European cohorts, while taking into account exposure to air pollution. METHODS: Road traffic noise exposure was assessed using a European noise model based on the Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe framework (CNOSSOS-EU)...
September 28, 2016: Environmental Research
James McKinney, Daniel J Lithwick, Barbara N Morrison, Hamed Nazzari, Michael Luong, Christopher B Fordyce, Jack Taunton, Andrew D Krahn, Brett Heilbron, Saul Isserow
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is frequently the first manifestation of underlying cardiovascular disease in young competitive athletes (YCAs), yet there are no Canadian guidelines for preparticipation screening in this population. The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of potentially lethal cardiovascular disease in a sample of Canadian YCAs by comparing 2 screening strategies. METHODS: We prospectively screened 1419 YCAs in British Columbia, Canada (age 12-35 years)...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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