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M J Lin, F Baky, B C Housley, N Kelly, E Pletcher, J D Balshi, S P Stawicki, D C Evans
INTRODUCTION: Clinical information continues to be limited regarding changes in the temporal risk profile for readmissions during the initial postoperative year in vascular surgery patients. We set out to describe the associations between demographics, clinical outcomes, comorbidity indices, and hospital readmissions in a sample of patients undergoing common extremity revascularization or dialysis access (ERDA) procedures. We hypothesized that factors independently associated with readmission will evolve from "short-term" to "long-term" determinants at 30-, 180-, and 360-day postoperative cutoff points...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Hirofumi Ohtani, Shigeki Kimura, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Keiichi Hishikari, Toru Misawa, Masafumi Mizusawa, Kazuto Hayasaka, Yosuke Yamakami, Keisuke Kojima, Yuichiro Sagawa, Hiroyuki Hikita, Takashi Ashikaga, Atsushi Takahashi, Mitsuaki Isobe
: Few studies have directly compared vascular responses to second-generation drug-eluting stents (DESs). We performed optical coherence tomography examinations in 56 consecutive patients with implanted single stent [19 cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stents (CoCr-EES), 22 platinum-chromium EES (PtCr-EES), and 15 resolute zotarolimus-eluting stents (R-ZES)] for de novo lesions, and who did not have restenosis at their 9-month follow-up. Neointimal thickness (NIT), stent apposition, and neointimal coverage were assessed in every strut...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Emily B Devine, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, N David Yanez, Todd C Edwards, Donald L Patrick, Cheryl A L Armstrong, Allison Devlin, Rebecca G Symons, Mark H Meissner, Ellen L T Derrick, Danielle C Lavallee, Larry G Kessler, David R Flum
Importance: Intermittent claudication (IC) is the most common presentation of infrainguinal peripheral artery disease. Both medical and revascularization interventions for IC aim to increase walking comfort and distance, but there is inconclusive evidence of the comparative benefit of revascularization given the possible risk of limb loss. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of a medical (walking program, smoking cessation counseling, and medications) vs revascularization (endovascular or surgical) intervention for IC in the community, focusing on outcomes of greatest importance to patients...
October 19, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Peter Nilsson
A number of chronic disease conditions tend to cluster in families with an increased risk in first-degree relatives, but also an increased risk in second-degree relatives. This fact is most often referred to as the heritability (heredity) of these diseases and explained by the influence of genetic factors, or shared environment, even if the more specific details or mechanism leading to disease are not known. New methods have to be explored in screening studies and register linkage studies to define and measure consequences of a positive family history of disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Peter J Kelly, Gregory W Albers, Anastasios Chatzikonstantinou, Gian Marco De Marchis, Julia Ferrari, Paul George, Mira Katan, Michael Knoflach, Jong S Kim, Linxin Li, Eun-Jae Lee, Jean-Marc Olivot, Francisco Purroy, Nicolas Raposo, Peter M Rothwell, Vijay K Sharma, Bo Song, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Cathal Walsh, Yuming Xu, Aine Merwick
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients at highest risk of early stroke after transient ischaemic attack has been improved with imaging based scores. We aimed to compare the validity and prognostic utility of imaging-based stroke risk scores in patients after transient ischaemic attack. METHODS: We did a pooled analysis of published and unpublished individual-patient data from 16 cohort studies of transient ischaemic attack done in Asia, Europe, and the USA, with early brain and vascular imaging and follow up...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Kevin T Nead, Greg Gaskin, Cariad Chester, Samuel Swisher-McClure, Nicholas J Leeper, Nigam H Shah
Importance: A growing body of evidence supports a link between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and cognitive dysfunction, including Alzheimer disease. However, it is currently unknown whether ADT may contribute to the risk of dementia more broadly. Objective: To use an informatics approach to examine the association of ADT as a treatment for prostate cancer with the subsequent development of dementia (eg, senile dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Alzheimer dementia)...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Taşkın Şentürk, Nergiz Yılmaz, Gökhan Sargın, Kutsi Köseoğlu, Çiğdem Yenisey
OBJECTIVE: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), endothelial dysfunction caused by the inflammatory process increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) leads to vascular dysfunction, whereas atherosclerosis and increased ADMA is associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Flow-mediated Dilation (FMD) is a radiological method to demonstrate endothelial dysfunction. In the present study, we assessed the availability of ADMA as a marker for endothelial dysfunction in RA patients...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Ngai-Yin Chan, Chi-Chung Choy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of community screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) using a smartphone-based wireless single-lead ECG (SL-ECG) and to generate epidemiological data on the prevalence and risk factors of AF in Hong Kong. METHODS: In the period between 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015, 13 122 Hong Kong citizens consented and voluntarily participated in a territory-wide community-based AF screening programme. RESULTS: 56 (0...
October 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
F Lotti, G Corona, G Castellini, E Maseroli, M G Fino, M Cozzolino, M Maggi
STUDY QUESTION: Is sexual dysfunction associated with severity of semen quality impairment in men with couple infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In males of infertile couples the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) increases as a function of semen quality impairment severity. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infertile men are at a higher risk for sexual dysfunction, psychopathological and general health disorders. However, it has never been systematically investigated if these problems are associated with severity of semen quality impairment...
October 12, 2016: Human Reproduction
Jay Chol Choi, Ji Sung Lee, Tai Hwan Park, Yong-Jin Cho, Jong-Moo Park, Kyusik Kang, Kyung Bok Lee, Soo Joo Lee, Jae Guk Kim, Jun Lee, Man-Seok Park, Kang-Ho Choi, Joon-Tae Kim, Kyung-Ho Yu, Byung-Chul Lee, Mi-Sun Oh, Jae-Kwan Cha, Dae-Hyun Kim, Hyun-Wook Nah, Dong-Eog Kim, Wi-Sun Ryu, Beom Joon Kim, Hee-Joon Bae, Wook-Joo Kim, Dong-Ick Shin, Min-Ju Yeo, Sung Il Sohn, Jeong-Ho Hong, Juneyoung Lee, Keun-Sik Hong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: About 30%-40% of stroke patients are taking antiplatelet at the time of their strokes, which might increase the risk of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (SICH) with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-TPA) therapy. We aimed to assess the effect of prestroke antiplatelet on the SICH risk and functional outcome in Koreans treated with IV-TPA. METHODS: From a prospective stroke registry, we identified patients treated with IV-TPA between October 2009 and November 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Stroke
Huan Xu, Chong Liu, Meng Gu, Yanbo Chen, Zhikang Cai, Qi Chen, Zhong Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between prostatic vessel changes induced by cigarette smoking and the perioperative outcome of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 268 postoperative patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were prospectively analysed in our department. They were divided into two groups (smokers and non-smokers) according to smoking history. Transrectal colour Doppler ultrasound was performed to evaluate the prostate vascular changes...
October 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiaoqing Bu, Hao Peng, Chongke Zhong, Tan Xu, Tian Xu, Yanbo Peng, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Jinchao Wang, Zhong Ju, Qunwei Li, Deqin Geng, Yingxian Sun, Dongsheng Zhang, Jintao Zhang, Jing Chen, Yonghong Zhang, Jiang He
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Antiphosphatidylserine antibodies (aPS) have been associated with the risk of ischemic stroke. However, it remains unclear whether aPS will influence clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: A total of 3013 patients with acute ischemic stroke recruited from 26 hospitals across China from August 2009 to May 2013 were included in the study The primary outcome was a combination of death and major disability (modified Rankin Scale score ≥3) at 3 months after stroke...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Byung-Joon Jeon, Hwan Jun Choi, Jin Seok Kang, Min Sung Tak, Eun Soo Park
Diabetes mellitus is a common metabolic disorder. Among various complications, diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disorders are closely associated with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Lower extremity ulcers and amputations are ongoing problems among individuals with diabetes. There are several classification systems for DFUs; however, no prognostic system has to date been accepted as the gold standard or the optimum prediction tool for amputations. A retrospective study was designed. Demographic data and baseline laboratory data were gathered and scored or evaluated using five representative DFU classification systems...
October 10, 2016: International Wound Journal
Shawna Cutting, Elizabeth Regan, Vivien H Lee, Shyam Prabhakaran
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following transient ischemic attack (TIA), there is increased risk for ischemic stroke. The American Heart Association recommends admission of patients with ABCD2 scores ≥3 for observation, rapid performance of diagnostic tests, and potential acute intervention. We aimed to determine if there is a relationship between ABCD2 scores, in-hospital ischemic events, and in-hospital treatments after TIA admission. METHODS: We reviewed consecutive patients admitted between 2006 and 2011 following a TIA, defined as transient focal neurological symptoms attributed to a specific vascular distribution and lasting <24 h...
October 8, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Miguel Manzur, Sukgu M Han, Joie Dunn, Ramsey S Elsayed, Fernando Fleischman, Yolee Casagrande, Fred A Weaver
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the outcomes of patients with acute aortic syndrome (AAS) during and after transfer to a regional aortic center by a rapid transport system. METHODS: Review of patients with AAS who were transferred by a rapid transport system to a regional aortic center was performed. Data regarding demographics, diagnosis, comorbidities, transportation, and hospital course were acquired. Severity of existing comorbidities was determined by the Society for Vascular Surgery Comorbidity Severity Score (SVSCSS)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Christian T Ruff, Robert P Giugliano, Eugene Braunwald, Sabina A Murphy, Karen Brown, Petr Jarolim, Michele Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, David A Morrow
Importance: Treatment decisions in atrial fibrillation (AF) are based on clinical assessment of risk. The CHA2DS2-VASc (cardiac failure or dysfunction, hypertension, age 65-74 [1 point] or ≥75 years [2 points], diabetes mellitus, and stroke, transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism [2 points]-vascular disease, and sex category [female]) risk score is pragmatic and widely used but has only moderate discrimination. Objective: To develop and test a cardiovascular biomarker score for indication of risk in patients with AF...
October 5, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Stewart J Wiseman, Mark E Bastin, Charlotte L Jardine, Gayle Barclay, Iona F Hamilton, Elaine Sandeman, David Hunt, E Nicole Amft, Susan Thomson, Jill F F Belch, Stuart H Ralston, Joanna M Wardlaw
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) increases stroke risk, but the mechanism is uncertain. This study aimed to determine the association between SLE and features on neuroimaging of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD), a risk factor for stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients attending a clinic for SLE were recruited. All patients underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging; had blood samples taken for markers of inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, cholesterol, and autoantibodies; and underwent cognitive and psychiatric testing...
October 4, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Yuji Ueno, Kazuo Yamashiro, Ryota Tanaka, Takuma Kuroki, Kenichiro Hira, Naohide Kurita, Takao Urabe, Nobutaka Hattori
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Underlying embolic causes diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography could be implicated in mechanisms of embolic stroke of undetermined source. We aimed to explore factors, including underlying embolic causes, related to recurrent vascular events in embolic stroke of undetermined source. METHODS: Patients who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for embolic stroke of undetermined source and whose potential embolic sources were examined by transesophageal echocardiography were included...
October 4, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Cristina Căpuşa, Gabriel Stefan, Simona Stancu, Andrea Ilyes, Nicoleta Dorobanţu, Gabriel Mircescu
INTRODUCTION: Since 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the hemodialysis population, we aimed to determine the relationship between serum 25(OH)D level and markers of subclinical CVD in non-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional, single-center study prospectively enrolled 87 clinically stable CKD patients (median age: 61 (57-66) years, 51% male, median estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR): 32 (27-37) ml/min)...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Gianna Camiciottoli, Francesca Bigazzi, Chiara Magni, Viola Bonti, Stefano Diciotti, Maurizio Bartolucci, Mario Mascalchi, Massimo Pistolesi
BACKGROUND: In addition to lung involvement, several other diseases and syndromes coexist in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our purpose was to investigate the prevalence of idiopathic arterial hypertension (IAH), ischemic heart disease, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), diabetes, osteoporosis, and anxious depressive syndrome in a clinical setting of COPD outpatients whose phenotypes (predominant airway disease and predominant emphysema) and severity (mild and severe diseases) were determined by clinical and functional parameters...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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