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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324261/prophylactic-anticonvulsants-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jason Mackey, Ashley D Blatsioris, Elizabeth A S Moser, Ravan J L Carter, Chandan Saha, Alec Stevenson, Abigail L Hulin, Darren P O'Neill, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Thomas J Leipzig, Linda S Williams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prophylactic anticonvulsants are routinely prescribed in the acute setting for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients, but some studies have reported an association with worse outcomes. We sought to characterize the prevalence and predictors of prophylactic anticonvulsant administration after ICH as well as guideline adherence. We also sought to determine whether prophylactic anticonvulsants were independently associated with poor outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of primary ICH in our two academic centers...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322905/bilingualism-delays-the-onset-of-behavioural-but-not-aphasic-forms-of-frontotemporal-dementia
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Suvarna Alladi, Thomas H Bak, Mekala Shailaja, Divyaraj Gollahalli, Amuya Rajan, Bapiraju Surampudi, Michael Hornberger, Vasanta Duggirala, Jaydip Ray Chaudhuri, Subhash Kaul
Bilingualism has been found to delay onset of dementia and this has been attributed to an advantage in executive control in bilinguals. However, the relationship between bilingualism and cognition is complex, with costs as well as benefits to language functions. To further explore the cognitive consequences of bilingualism, the study used Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) syndromes, to examine whether bilingualism modifies the age at onset of behavioural and language variants of Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) differently...
March 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321701/burden-of-disease-attributed-to-ambient-pm2-5-and-pm10-exposure-in-190-cities-in-china
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Kamal Jyoti Maji, Mohit Arora, Anil Kumar Dikshit
Particulate air pollution is becoming a serious public health concern in urban cities of China. Association of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and economic loss with air pollution-related health effects demand quantitative analysis for correctional measures in air quality. This study applies an epidemiology-based exposure-response function to obtain the quantitative estimate of health impact of particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 across 190 cities of China during years 2014-2015. The annual average concentration of PM2...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318984/safety-and-efficacy-of-thrombectomy-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-revascat-1-year-follow-up-of-a-randomised-open-label-trial
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Antoni Dávalos, Erik Cobo, Carlos A Molina, Angel Chamorro, M Angeles de Miquel, Luis San Román, Joaquín Serena, Elena López-Cancio, Marc Ribó, Mónica Millán, Xabier Urra, Pere Cardona, Alejandro Tomasello, Carlos Castaño, Jordi Blasco, Lucía Aja, Marta Rubiera, Meritxell Gomis, Arturo Renú, Blanca Lara, Joan Martí-Fàbregas, Brian Jankowitz, Neus Cerdà, Tudor G Jovin
BACKGROUND: The REVASCAT trial and other studies have shown that the neurovascular thrombectomy improves outcomes at 90 days post stroke. However, whether the observed benefit is sustained in the long term remains unknown. We report the results of the prespecified 12-month analysis of the REVASCAT trial. METHODS: Patients with acute ischaemic stroke who could be treated within 8 h of symptom onset were randomly assigned to medical therapy (including intravenous alteplase when eligible) and neurovascular thrombectomy with Solitaire FR or medical therapy alone...
March 16, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318366/a-composite-neurobehavioral-test-to-evaluate-acute-functional-deficits-after-cerebellar-haemorrhage-in-rats
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Devin W McBride, Derek Nowrangi, Harpreet Kaur, Guangyong Wu, Lei Huang, Tim Lekic, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang
Cerebellar haemorrhage accounts for 5-10% of all intracerebral haemorrhages and leads to severe, long-lasting functional deficits. Currently, there is limited research on this stroke subtype, which may be due to the lack of a suitable composite neuroscoring system specific for cerebellar injury in rodents. The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive composite neuroscore test for cerebellar injury using a rat model of cerebellar haemorrhage. Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to either sham surgery or cerebellar haemorrhage...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317479/climate-changes-and-human-health-a-review-of-the-effect-of-environmental-stressors-on-cardiovascular-diseases-across-epidemiology-and-biological-mechanisms
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Paolo Giorgini, Paolo Di Giosia, Marco Petrarca, Francesco Lattanzio, Cosimo Andrea Stamerra, Claudio Ferri
BACKGROUND: Climate change is rapidly affecting all the regions of our planet. The most relevant example is global warming, which impacts on the earth's ecosystems, threatening human health. Other effects include extreme variations in temperature and increases in air pollution. These events may negatively impact mortality and morbidity for cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: In this review, we discuss the main effects of climate changes on cardiovascular diseases, reporting the epidemiological evidences and the biological mechanisms linking climate change consequences to hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart diseases, heart failure and stroke...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302547/feasibility-of-using-mobile-ecg-recording-technology-to-detect-atrial-fibrillation-in-low-resource-settings
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Grahame F Evans, Arianna Shirk, Peter Muturi, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: Screening for atrial fibrillation (AF), a major risk factor for stroke that is on the rise in Africa, is becoming increasingly critical. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine the feasibility of using mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) recording technology to detect AF. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we used the Kardia Mobile ECG Recorder (AliveCor, Mountain View, California) to screen 50 African adults (66% women; mean age 54...
March 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291783/oesophageal-heat-exchangers-with-a-diameter-of-11mm-or-14-7mm-are-equally-effective-and-safe-for-targeted-temperature-management
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Daniel C Schroeder, Maria Guschlbauer, Alexandra C Maul, Daniel A Cremer, Ingrid Becker, David de la Puente Bethencourt, Peter Paal, Stephan A Padosch, Wolfgang A Wetsch, Thorsten Annecke, Bernd W Böttiger, Anja Sterner-Kock, Holger Herff
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) is widely used in critical care settings for conditions including hepatic encephalopathy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meningitis, myocardial infarction, paediatric cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke and sepsis. Furthermore, TTM is a key treatment for patients after out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest (OHCA). However, the optimal cooling method, which is quick, safe and cost-effective still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290805/-the-prediction-model-of-cardiovascular-events-among-the-russian-population-methodological-aspects
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A V Kontsevaya, S A Shalnova, E I Suvorova, Y A Balanova, S E Evstifeeva, A E Imaeva, A V Kapustina, A D Deev, Y A Karpov, O D Ostroumova, F T Ageev, O S Blinkov, I Yu Zinchuk, K A Repekto, A Boytsov S
Modeling is the common approach for predicting not only the population health, but also the social and economic burden of disease, which is an important argument while making decisions in health care and prevention. AIM: To develop the model for predicting cardiovascular risk, applicable for the assessment of clinical and socio-economic effects of preventive and therapeutic actions at the level of the whole population or part (region, city, group of patients). MATERIAL AND METHODS: An analytical model for making decision was performed by using a Markov model consisting of Markov states and probabilities of transition from one state to another within a certain time interval...
December 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289527/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-a-better-alternative-to-anticoagulation
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REVIEW
Ibrahim Akin, Christoph A Nienaber
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is associated with a significantly increased risk of embolic stroke due to blood clot forming predominantly in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Preventive measures to avoid embolic events are permanent administration of anticoagulants or surgical closure of the LAA. Various clinical trials provide evidence about safety, effectiveness and therapeutic success of LAA occlusion using various cardiac occluder devices. The use of such implants for interventional closure of the LAA is likely to become a valuable alternative for stroke prevention, especially in patients with contraindication for oral anticoagulation as safety, clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness of LAA occlusion has recently been demonstrated...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285802/long-term-prognosis-and-cost-effectiveness-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-bridge-to-transplantation-a-systematic-review
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Michael Seco, Dong Fang Zhao, Michael J Byrom, Michael K Wilson, Michael P Vallely, John F Fraser, Paul G Bannon
BACKGROUND: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) used as bridge to transplantation (BTT), compared to orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) without a bridge. METHOD: Systematic searches were performed in electronic databases with available data extracted from text and digitized figures. Meta-analysis of short and long-term term post-transplantation outcomes was performed with summation of cost-effectiveness analyses...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280318/the-relationship-between-the-spiritual-attitude-of-the-family-caregivers-of-older-patients-with-stroke-and-their-burden
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Razieh Torabi Chafjiri, Nasrin Navabi, Abbas Shamsalinia, Fatemeh Ghaffari
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is a chronic condition that necessitates multidimensional and overwhelming care. The caregivers of stroke patients are faced with various stressors that can threaten different aspects of their health, especially their mental health. Spiritual attitude and being spiritually oriented contribute significantly to mental health and can be used as a strategy for adapting to the stressful events that are part of the role of caregiving. This study was therefore conducted to investigate the relationship between the spiritual attitude of the family caregivers of older patients with stroke and their burden...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279725/modified-eversion-carotid-endarterectomy-mecea-analysis-of-clinical-and-financial-outcomes
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Scott E Musicant, Vincent J Guzzetta, Thomas T Terramani, Kristina L Greenwood, Wendy C Chiodo, Karen M Heaney, Shelley J Berthiaume
BACKGROUND: Several carotid endarterectomy techniques have been described, including conventional carotid endarterectomy (CCEA) performed with patch repair and eversion carotid endarterectomy (ECEA) performed with transection of the internal carotid artery. We describe our simplified technique of modified eversion carotid endarterectomy (mECEA) with longitudinal arteriotomy limited to the carotid bulb, without transection of the internal carotid artery, and present our analysis of its safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness...
March 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279251/oral-anticoagulants-for-primary-prevention-treatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolic-disease-and-for-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-systematic-review-network-meta-analysis-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Jonathan Ac Sterne, Pritesh N Bodalia, Peter A Bryden, Philippa A Davies, Jose A López-López, George N Okoli, Howard Hz Thom, Deborah M Caldwell, Sofia Dias, Diane Eaton, Julian Pt Higgins, Will Hollingworth, Chris Salisbury, Jelena Savović, Reecha Sofat, Annya Stephens-Boal, Nicky J Welton, Aroon D Hingorani
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is effective for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), but anticoagulation is underused in clinical care. The risk of venous thromboembolic disease during hospitalisation can be reduced by low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH): warfarin is the most frequently prescribed anticoagulant for treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Warfarin-related bleeding is a major reason for hospitalisation for adverse drug effects. Warfarin is cheap but therapeutic monitoring increases treatment costs...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277855/using-lower-cost-statins-improves-outcomes-for-normal-cholesterol-non-diabetic-patients
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Ronen Arbel, Dan Greenberg
BACKGROUND The American College of Cardiology recommends considering initiation of cholesterol-lowering therapy in normal cholesterol adults aged 45-70, who are either diabetic or have a 10 year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease higher than 7.5%. Although this policy was shown to be cost-effective, the multi-billion dollar budget impact may limit the adoption, diffusion and overall clinical impact of this therapy. OBJECTIVES We examined whether using a substantially lower cost statin (Simvastatin) in a much wider population, while accepting almost-as-good per-patient outcomes can provide better outcomes for the entire intended use population (IUP) under a pre-specified budget constraint...
February 21, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272725/-comparison-of-the-cost-utility-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-the-prevention-of-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-spain
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M Monreal-Bosch, S Soulard, C Crespo, S Brand, A Kansal
INTRODUCTION: Apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban are three new direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) used in the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in Spain. AIM: To assess the relative cost-utility of the three DOACs compared with vitamin K antagonists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A Markov model with 3-month cycles was used to simulate NVAF patients starting with treatment and followed up for their lifetime from the perspective of the National Health System...
March 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263706/effect-of-health-insurance-on-direct-hospitalisation-costs-for-in-patients-with-ischaemic-stroke-in-china
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Ma Yong, Xiong Xianjun, Li Jinghu, Fang Yunyun
Objectives The aim of the present study was to determine the direct medical costs of hospitalisations for ischaemic stroke (IS) in-patients with different types of health insurance in China and to analyse the demographic characteristics of hospitalised patients, based on data supplied by the China Health Insurance Research Association (CHIRA).Methods A nationwide and cross-sectional sample of IS in-patients with International Classifications of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) Code I63 who were ensured under either the Basic Medical Insurance Scheme for Employees (BMISE) or the Basic Medical Insurance Scheme for Urban Residents (BMISUR) was extracted from the CHIRA claims database...
March 7, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251157/armassist-robotic-system-versus-matched-conventional-therapy-for-poststroke-upper-limb-rehabilitation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Tijana J Dimkić Tomić, Andrej M Savić, Aleksandra S Vidaković, Sindi Z Rodić, Milica S Isaković, Cristina Rodríguez-de-Pablo, Thierry Keller, Ljubica M Konstantinović
The ArmAssist is a simple low-cost robotic system for upper limb motor training that combines known benefits of repetitive task-oriented training, greater intensity of practice, and less dependence on therapist assistance. The aim of this preliminary study was to compare the efficacy of ArmAssist (AA) robotic training against matched conventional arm training in subacute stroke subjects with moderate-to-severe upper limb impairment. Twenty-six subjects were enrolled within 3 months of stroke and randomly assigned to the AA group or Control group (n = 13 each)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235776/cost-effectiveness-of-a-text-message-programme-for-the-prevention-of-recurrent-cardiovascular-events
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Edward Burn, Son Nghiem, Stephen Jan, Julie Redfern, Anthony Rodgers, Aravinda Thiagalingam, Nicholas Graves, Clara K Chow
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of Tobacco, Exercise and Diet Messages (TEXT ME), a text message-based intervention that provides advice, motivation, information and support to improve health-related behaviours. METHODS: A lifetime Markov model was used to estimate major vascular events (myocardial infarctions and strokes) avoided, quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) gained, costs to the health system and the incremental cost per QALY gained. The model was informed by data from a randomised controlled trial of TEXT ME, with evidence from systematic reviews and meta-analyses used to estimate the effects of changes in risk factors on the risk of major vascular events...
February 24, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229894/mobile-stroke-units-for-prehospital-thrombolysis-triage-and-beyond-benefits-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Klaus Fassbender, James C Grotta, Silke Walter, Iris Q Grunwald, Andreas Ragoschke-Schumm, Jeffrey L Saver
In acute stroke management, time is brain. Bringing swift treatment to the patient, instead of the conventional approach of awaiting the patient's arrival at the hospital for treatment, is a potential strategy to improve clinical outcomes after stroke. This strategy is based on the use of an ambulance (mobile stroke unit) equipped with an imaging system, a point-of-care laboratory, a telemedicine connection to the hospital, and appropriate medication. Studies of prehospital stroke treatment consistently report a reduction in delays before thrombolysis and cause-based triage in regard to the appropriate target hospital (eg, primary vs comprehensive stroke centre)...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
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