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Management of heart failure

Lijiang Ma, Wendy K Chung
Group 1 pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterized by proliferation and occlusion of small pulmonary arterioles, leading to progressive elevation of pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, and right ventricular failure. Historically it has been associated with a high mortality rate, although over the last decade, treatment has improved survival. PAH includes idiopathic PAH (IPAH), heritable PAH (HPAH), and PAH associated with certain medical conditions...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Jennifer C Cook, Richard H Tran, J Herbert Patterson, Jo E Rodgers
PURPOSE: The pharmacology, clinical efficacy, and safety profiles of evolving therapies for the management of chronic heart failure (HF) and acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) are described. SUMMARY: HF confers a significant financial burden despite the widespread use of traditional guideline-directed medical therapies such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, β-blockers, and aldosterone receptor antagonists, and the rates of HF-related mortality and hospitalization have remained unacceptably high...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Nicole M Orr, Rebecca S Boxer, Mary A Dolansky, Larry A Allen, Daniel E Forman
Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have emerged as an integral component of care for older adults with heart failure (HF). Despite their prominent role, poor clinical outcomes for the medically complex patients with HF managed in SNFs are common. Barriers to providing quality care include poor transitional care during hospital-to-SNF and SNF-to-community discharges, lack of HF training among SNF staff, and a lack of a standardized care process among SNF facilities. While no evidence-based practice standards have been established, various measures and tools designed to improve HF management in SNFs are being investigated...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
David W Schopfer, Daniel E Forman
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a comprehensive lifestyle program that can have particular benefit for older patients with heart failure (HF). Prevalence of HF is increasingly common among older adults. Mounting effects of cardiovascular risk factors in older age as well as the added effects of geriatric syndromes such as multimorbidity, frailty, and sedentariness contribute to the high incidence of HF as well as to management difficulty. Cardiac rehabilitation can play a decisive role in improving function, quality of life, symptoms, morbidity, and mortality, and also address the idiosyncratic complexities of care that often arise in old age...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Wouter C Meijers, A Rogier van der Velde, Anneke C Muller Kobold, Janneke Dijck-Brouwer, Alan H Wu, Allan Jaffe, Rudolf A de Boer
AIMS: Biomarkers can be used for diagnosis, risk stratification, or management of patients with heart failure (HF). Knowledge about the biological variation is needed for proper interpretation of serial measurements. Therefore, we aimed to determine and compare the biological variation of a large panel of biomarkers in healthy subjects and in patients with chronic HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: The biological variability of established biomarkers [NT-proBNP and high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT)], novel biomarkers [galectin-3, suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2), and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15)], and renal/neurohormonal biomarkers (aldosterone, phosphate, parathyroid hormone, plasma renin concentration, and creatinine) was determined in 28 healthy subjects and 83 HF patients, over a period of 4 months and 6 weeks, respectively...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
David Snipelisky, Yogesh N V Reddy, Kevin Manocha, Aalok Patel, Shannon M Dunlay, Paul A Friedman, Thomas M Munger, Samuel J Asirvatham, Douglas L Packer, Yong-Mei Cha, Suraj Kapa, Peter A Brady, Peter A Noseworthy, Joseph J Maleszewski, Siva K Mulpuru
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) are predisposed to ventricular arrhythmias (VA), particularly following implantation of an LVAD. There is minimal evidence for appropriate management strategies. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the burden of VA and response to ablation performed either before or following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: We created a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent both VA ablation and HeartMate II (Thoratec, CA) LVAD implantation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Jessica Rimsans, Katelyn W Sylvester, Jean M Connors
Available options for the treatment of advanced heart failure have expanded to include the use of mechanical circulatory assist devices to improve quality of life in those both eligible and ineligible for heart transplant. Although there have been significant advancements in device technologies, anticoagulation protocols, and multidisciplinary team management, bleeding and thrombosis are the most common adverse effects. Management strategies for pump thrombosis and their outcomes vary considerably among mechanical circulatory support centers and include intensification of antithrombotic therapy (medical) and device exchange (surgical)...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Michele Malagù, Alessandra Ferri, Ottavia Mancuso, Filippo Trevisan, Marianna Nardozza, Matteo Bertini
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is the cornerstone of primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death. In 35 years of technologic improvement and clinical trials, there has been a continuous increase in implantation rate. Purpose of this review is to point out and discuss every aspect related to actual ICD management, investigating implantation procedure and predischarge care, office and remote monitoring follow-up, diagnostic evaluations, management of patients with suspected therapies or malfunctions, heart failure, surgery, radiotherapy and endoscopic procedures...
October 20, 2016: Future Cardiology
O P Sanjay
The use of mechanical circulatory support for patients with severe heart failure is on the rist. The poeoperative, intraoperative and postoperative challenges the anaesthesiologists skills. These are discussed in this review.
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
K M Olsson, M Halank, B Egenlauf, D Fistera, H Gall, C Kaehler, K Kortmann, T Kramm, M Lichtblau, A Marra, C Nagel, A Sablotzki, H-J Seyfarth, D Schranz, S Ulrich, M M Hoeper, T J Lange
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. The guidelines contain detailed recommendations for the targeted treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the practical implementation of the European Guidelines in Germany requires the consideration of several country-specific issues and already existing novel data. This requires a detailed commentary to the guidelines, and in some aspects an update already appears necessary. In June 2016, a Consensus Conference organized by the PH working groups of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK), the German Society of Respiratory Medicine (DGP) and the German Society of Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK) was held in Cologne, Germany...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Kelsey M Flint, Sarah J Schmiege, Larry A Allen, Timothy J Fendler, John Rumsfeld, David Bekelman
CONTEXT: Health status (i.e., symptoms, function, and quality of life) is an important palliative care outcome in patients with heart failure, however patterns of health status over time (i.e. trajectories) are not well described. OBJECTIVES: To identify health status trajectories in outpatients with heart failure, and assess whether depression, symptom burden, or sense of peace predict health status trajectory. METHODS: Observational study utilizing data from the Patient-Centered Disease Management for Heart Failure trial...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Harm Wienbergen, Otmar Pfister, Matthias Hochadel, Stephan Michel, Oliver Bruder, Björn Andrew Remppis, Micha Tobias Maeder, Ruth Strasser, Wolfgang von Scheidt, Matthias Pauschinger, Jochen Senges, Rainer Hambrecht
Iron deficiency (ID) has been identified as an important co-morbidity in patients with heart failure (HF). Intravenous iron therapy reduced symptoms and rehospitalizations of iron-deficient patients with HF in randomized trials. The present multicenter study investigated the "real-world" management of iron status in patients with HF. Consecutive patients with HF and ejection fraction ≤40% were recruited and analyzed from December 2010 to October 2015 by 11 centers in Germany and Switzerland. Of 1,484 patients with HF, iron status was determined in only 923 patients (62...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
M Namdari, A Eatemadi, B Negahdari
Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), also known as a B-type natriuretic peptide, is one of the important biomarkers with a proven role in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF). Researchers from the different clinical field have researched into the performance features of BNP testing in the acute care set-up to assist and improve in diagnosing CHF and in predicting future morbidity and mortality rates. The potency of BNP has also been researched into in cases like myocardial ischemia and infarction, cor pulmonale, and acute pulmonary embolism (PE)...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Nicola Maurea, Paolo Spallarossa, Christian Cadeddu, Rosalinda Madonna, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Pasquale Pagliaro, Alessia Pepe, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Giuseppe Mercuro
The US National Cancer Institute estimates that cardiotoxicity (CTX) from target therapy refers mostly to four groups of drugs: epidermal growth factor receptor 2 inhibitors, angiogenic inhibitors, directed Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homolog inhibitors, and proteasome inhibitors. The main cardiotoxic side-effects related to antiepidermal growth factor receptor 2 therapy are left ventricular systolic dysfunction and heart failure. Angiogenesis inhibitors are associated with hypertension, left ventricular dysfunction/heart failure, myocardial ischemia, QT prolongation, and thrombosis...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Concetta Zito, Luca Longobardo, Christian Cadeddu, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Sonia Dell'Oglio, Alessia Pepe, Rosalinda Madonna, Carlo G Tocchetti, Donato Mele
The evaluation by cardiovascular imaging of chemotherapy patients became a central topic in the last several years. The use of drugs for the treatment of cancers increased, and new molecules and protocols were developed to improve outcomes in these patients. Although, these novel approaches also produced a progressive increase in side effects, particularly myocardial dysfunction. Imaging of the heart was highly accurate in the early diagnosis of cancer therapeutics related-cardiac dysfunction. Echocardiography is the first-line method to assess ventricular function alterations, and it is required to satisfy the need for an early, easy and accurate diagnosis to stratify the risk of heart failure and manage treatments...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Chan Joo Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sang-Hak Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Sungha Park
OBJECTIVE: In most cases, the 5 first line drugs are recommended for management of hypertension without preference for one or the other. However, it is unclear whether different classes of anti-hypertensive agents have different effect on survival in low risk, uncomplicated hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of 4 classes of first line anti-hypertensive agents on improving survival in patients with low risk, uncomplicated hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: Adult hypertensive patients without chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, diabetes mellitus, acute coronary syndrome, and heart failure in 2002 were selected from Korean National Health Insurance sample cohort consisting of one million subjects...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Louise Burrell
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a major role in the pathogenesis of hypertension, a major risk factor for stroke, coronary events, heart failure and kidney disease. Within the RAS, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) converts angiotensin (Ang) I into the vasoconstrictor Ang II, which mediates its effects via the angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1R). An "alternate" arm of the RAS is now known to exist in which the monocarboxypeptidase ACE2 counterbalances the effects of the classic RAS through degradation of the vasoconstrictor peptide, Ang II, and generation of the vasodilatory peptide, Ang 1-7...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chan Joo Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sang-Hak Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Sungha Park
OBJECTIVE: Treatment of hypertension has been shown to reduce mortality and cardiovascular events in high risk hypertension. However, there is a paucity of evidence on benefit of management for hypertension in patients with low cardiovascular risk. We aimed to determine the benefit in reducing mortality for hypertensive patients without previous cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus (DM) or chronic kidney disease (CKD). DESIGN AND METHOD: Hypertensive patients were selected from Korea National Health Insurance sample cohort, a retrospective cohort selected to be representative of the total eligible Korean population in 2002...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rha Seung-Woon, Choi Byoung Geol, Li Hu, Na Jin Oh, Choi Cheol Ung, Park Chang Gyu, Seo Hong Seog, Oh Dong Joo, Kim Yong Hoon, Her Ae-Young, Park Sang-Ho
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension (HTN) and its organ damage such as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) can lead to worsening heart failure, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, there are limited data regarding the impact of LVH in HTN patients (pts) who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug eluting stents (DESs) on long-term clinical outcomes. DESIGN AND METHOD: A total of 1,704 consecutive HTN pts who underwent PCI from 2004 to 2014 were enrolled...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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