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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926465/freestyle-stentless-bioprosthesis-for-aortic-valve-therapy-17-year-clinical-results
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Juergen Ennker, Markus Meilwes, Joern Pons-Kuehnemann, Bernd Niemann, Philippe Grieshaber, Ina C Ennker, Andreas Boening
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve replacement with stentless bioprostheses has been shown to produce lower aortic gradients than stented bioprostheses, thus facilitating left ventricular mass regression and preventing heart failure. We sought to determine the long-term results of stentless biological aortic valve replacement over a 17-year follow-up. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2012, 2551 patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a stentless prosthesis (Medtronic Freestyle) at a single center...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925894/prevention-of-herpes-zoster-and-its-complications-from-clinical-evidence-to-real-life-experience
#2
Giovanni Gabutti, Paolo Bonanni, Michele Conversano, Guido Fanelli, Elisabetta Franco, Donato Greco, Giancarlo Icardi, Marzia Lazzari, Alessandro Rossi, Silvestro Scotti, Antonio Volpi
Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute viral illness characterized by a vesicular rash with unilateral distribution, which can also result in severe complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), ophthalmic zoster, stroke or other neurological complications. The estimate incidence in Europe ranges between 2.0 and 4.6 cases per 1,000 person-years, with a sharp increase in >50 year-old subjects. Currently, treatment options for HZ are only partially effective in limiting the acute phase, while the management of complications is complex and often unsatisfactory...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925337/complication-rates-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-aged-%C3%A2-75-years-versus-75-years-results-from-the-german-ablation-registry
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J Moser, S Willems, D Andresen, J Brachmann, L Eckardt, E Hoffmann, K H Kuck, T Lewalter, B Schumacher, S G Spitzer, M Hochadel, J Senges, B A Hoffmann
INTRODUCTION: Despite a rising demand for catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) in an elderly population, complication and success rates are not fully elucidated. We sought to compare complication rates of CA of AF in patients ≥ 75 versus < 75 years of age. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory AF were prospectively enrolled from January 2007 to 2010 in this multicenter study. A total of 4449 patients, group 1 ≥ 75 years and group 2 < 75 years (n = 227, age 77...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924633/direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-cardiovascular-prevention-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Francisco Marín, Manuel Pablo Anguita Sánchez, Marcelo Sanmartín Fernández
Patients with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk for stroke, systemic embolism and cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death. However, the majority of studies that have analyzed the efficacy of anticoagulants have been focused only on their effects on the risk of stroke. Areas covered: The available evidence about the association between atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular disease as well as the effects of oral anticoagulation on cardiovascular death and myocardial infarction, with a particular focus on direct oral anticoagulants, was updated in this review...
December 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923376/immunomodulation-after-ischemic-stroke-potential-mechanisms-and-implications-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Cynthia Santos Samary, Paolo Pelosi, Pedro Leme Silva, Patricia Rieken Macedo Rocco
Brain injuries are often associated with intensive care admissions, and carry high morbidity and mortality rates. Ischemic stroke is one of the most frequent causes of injury to the central nervous system. It is now increasingly clear that human stroke causes multi-organ systemic disease. Brain inflammation may lead to opposing local and systemic effects. Suppression of systemic immunity by the nervous system could protect the brain from additional inflammatory damage; however, it may increase the susceptibility to infection...
December 7, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920021/venous-and-arterial-air-embolism-a-rare-phenomenon-with-fatal-consequences
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Jatan Shah, Nasheena Jiwa, Natasha Mamdani, David Hill
Air embolism is often an iatrogenic complication which may occur in venous or arterial circulation depending on the port of entry. We present two cases in which air embolism occurred in venous and arterial circulation after contrast medium injection (CMI) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, respectively. In one case, accumulation of air bubbles was observed in the pulmonary artery after CMI. This was attributed to inadvertent injection of air owing to improper connection of the injector and the catheter...
December 5, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919794/diagnostic-utility-of-contrast-enhanced-3d-t1-weighted-imaging-in-acute-cerebral-infarction-associated-with-graves-disease
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Yasufumi Gon, Manabu Sakaguchi, Naoki Oyama, Hideki Mochizuki
Graves disease is rarely complicated with cerebrovascular steno-occlusive diseases. Previous studies have suggested several hypotheses for this occurrence, including excess thyroid hormone, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn causes an abnormal hemodynamic response with consequent atherosclerotic changes, and antithyroid antibodies cause local vascular inflammation in patients with Graves disease. However, radiological findings of vasculitis in patients with Graves disease and cerebral infarction remain less known...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919464/smart-syndrome-classic-transient-symptoms-leading-to-an-unusual-unfavorable-outcome
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F Bompaire, L Zinchenko, M Lahutte, K Mokhtari, D Psimaras, C Gaultier, A Monjour, J-Y Delattre, D Ricard
BACKGROUND: Stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy (SMART) syndrome is a rare complication of cerebral radiation therapy that usually presents>10 years after treatment as reversible paroxysmal episodes of neurological dysfunction associated with headaches. CASES: We report here on two cases of SMART syndrome in long-term survivors of high-grade glioma for whom neuropathological data were available. The course of the disease was unfavorable. Although the clinico-radiological picture of SMART syndrome clearly differs from classic cerebral radionecrosis, the gross neuropathological lesions observed in our two patients appeared to be similar to those described in focal radionecrosis...
December 2, 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916776/favorable-clinical-outcomes-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-japanese-patients%C3%A3-first-report-from-the-post-approval-k-tavi-registry
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Shinya Takimoto, Naritatsu Saito, Kenji Minakata, Shinichi Shirai, Akihiro Isotani, Yoshio Arai, Michiya Hanyu, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Takeshi Shimamoto, Tsuyoshi Goto, Yasushi Fuku, Natsuhiko Ehara, Yutaka Furukawa, Tadaaki Koyama, Atsuhi Nagasawa, Toshihiro Tamura, Makoto Miyake, Kazuo Yamanaka, Hisashi Sakaguchi, Koichiro Murata, Tomoya Onodera, Fumio Yamazaki, Masanao Nakai, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Ryuzo Sakata, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: Very limited data exist on the outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) since Japanese marketing approval of the first TAVI device.Methods and Results:The Kyoto University-related hospital Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (K-TAVI) registry includes prospectively collected data from 6 participating hospitals in Japan. We included 302 patients with severe aortic stenosis who underwent TAVI using the SAPIEN XT balloon-expandable valve via transfemoral (TF; n=203, 67%) or transapical (TA; n=99, 33%) approach between October 2013 and September 2015...
December 3, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916638/therapeutical-options-in-the-management-of-carotid-dissection
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Ombretta Martinelli, Salvatore Venosi, Jamila BenHamida, Alban Malay, Cristina Belli, Francesco Giosue' Irace, Roberto Gattuso, Giacomo Frati, Bruno Gossetti, Luigi Irace
OBJECTIVE: The best management of carotid artery dissection (CAD) is still controversial ranging from antiplatelet medication to open surgery or endovascular treatment. In this retrospective study we assessed the safety and efficacy of endovascular stent angioplasty for the treatment of CAD. METHODS: From February 2006 to February 2016, 44 patients (28 females and 16 males, age range 25-65 years, mean 42) with CAD were included in this study. The internal carotid artery (ICA) dissection was spontaneous in origin in 32 patients and post-traumatic in the remaining 12 (1 case it was bilateral)...
December 1, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916590/retrospective-cohort-study-examining-reduced-intensity-and-duration-of-anticoagulant-and-antiplatelet-therapy-following-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-the-watchman-device
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Matthew K Tung, Satish Ramkumar, James D Cameron, Benjamin Pang, Nitesh Nerlekar, Emily Kotschet, Jeffrey Alison
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy are recommended following WATCHMAN implantation (45 days and 6 months) to reduce the risk of embolic events. These patients are often also at high risk of recurrent bleeding complications. We aimed to assess the safety of reduced duration of treatment with anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy in the early post implant period. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study assessing the duration of antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy in 47 consecutive patients following WATCHMAN implant...
November 15, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916073/-perioperative-safety-analysis-of-carotid-endarterectomy-in-diabetic-patients
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X N Liu, L Ni, W D Wang, R Zeng, C W Liu
Objective: To compare perioperative outcome of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) between diabetic and non-diabetic patients and discuss the safety of CEA in diabetic patients. Methods: A total of 572 patients with carotid stenosis who underwent CEA from Juanuary 2006 to September 2014 in Peking Union Medical Colloge Hospital were collected and analyzed retrospectively. The patients were distributed into diabetes mellitus (DM) group and non-DM group according to the comorbidities. Their baseline characteristics, intraoperative index and major complications in perioperative period were analyzed and compared...
November 29, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915586/rosuvastatin-prevents-aortic-arch-plaque-progression-and-improves-prognosis-in-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Kazuyoshi Kaneko, Hiroki Saito, Toshiki Sasaki, Shigeo Sugawara, Masahiro Akasaka, Tohru Kanaya, Isao Kubota
OBJECTIVES: Complicated aortic arch plaques (CAP) and their progression are important for recurrent ischemic stroke (IS) and its prognosis. We investigated the effects and clinical benefits of rosuvastatin therapy on this pathophysiology. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether rosuvastatin prevention of aortic arch plaque progression improved the prognosis of IS patients. METHODS: Ninety-seven consecutive acute cerebral embolism patients were retrospectively surveyed...
December 5, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914836/perioperative-retinal-artery-occlusion-risk-factors-in-cardiac-surgery-from-the-united-states-national-inpatient-sample-1998-2013
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Tyler Calway, Daniel S Rubin, Heather E Moss, Charlotte E Joslin, Katharina Beckmann, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: To study the incidence and risk factors for retinal artery occlusion (RAO) in cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: The NIS was searched for cardiac surgery. Retinal artery occlusion was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Postulated risk factors based on literature review were included in multivariate logistic models...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914224/a-systematic-review-of-epileptic-seizures-in-adults-with-subdural-haematomas
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REVIEW
Sae-Yeon Won, Juergen Konczalla, Daniel Dubinski, Adriano Cattani, Colleen Cuca, Volker Seifert, Felix Rosenow, Adam Strzelczyk, Thomas M Freiman
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic epileptic seizures (PTS) are a serious complication in patients with subdural haematoma (SDH). However, to date, several studies have shown discordances about SDH-associated seizures in terms of incidence, risk factors and prophylactic antiepileptic treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse the incidence, risk factors of PTS and the role of prophylactic antiepileptic treatment in patients with SDH. DATA SOURCES: A systematic literature review examining PTS in patients with SDH was performed using PubMed gateway, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Excerpta Medica dataBASE between September 1961 and February 2016...
November 25, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
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Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913539/prevention-of-central-nervous-system-sequelae-in-sickle-cell-disease-without-evidence-from-randomized-controlled-trials-the-case-for-a-team-based-learning-collaborative
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Michael R DeBaun, Allison A King
Since 1998, the National Institutes of Health has funded 5 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for primary and secondary prevention of strokes in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA). In a systematic fashion, these trials have significantly advanced the care of children with SCA. In the absence of an RCT, clinicians are often compelled to make decisions at the bedside, based on experience, observational studies, and principles of hematology. We will provide an initial example that describes how a team-based, learning collaborative developed a multisite standard care protocol with a low budget (<$10 000 per year) to overcome the intrinsic limitations of advancing the care of neurologic complications in sickle cell disease (SCD)...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913538/sickle-cell-disease-when-and-how-to-transfuse
#18
Jo Howard
Blood transfusion remains an important therapeutic intervention in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), aiming to both increase the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and to reduce the complications of vaso-occlusion. Simple, manual exchange and automated exchange can be effective in reducing the acute and chronic complications of SCD, and the advantages and disadvantages of each methodology mean they all have a role in different situations. Evidence for the role of emergency transfusion in the management of the acute complications of SCD, including acute pain and acute chest syndrome, comes from observational data...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912744/quality-of-life-after-stroke-in-pakistan
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Wardah Khalid, Shafquat Rozi, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Iqbal Azam, Michael T Mullen, Saleem Illyas, Qamar Un-Nisa, Nabila Soomro, Ayeesha Kamran Kamal
BACKGROUND: There is very little information about the quality of life (QOL) of stroke survivors in LMIC countries with underdeveloped non communicable health infrastructures, who bear two thirds of the global stroke burden. METHODOLOGY: We used a sequential mix methods approach. First, a quantitative analytical cross-sectional study was conducted on 700 participants, who constituted 350 stroke survivor and their caregiver dyads. QOL of stroke survivor was assessed via Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SSQOLS) whereas QOL of caregivers was assessed through RAND-36...
December 3, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912035/failure-to-rescue-after-infectious-complications-in-a-statewide-trauma-system
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Elinore J Kaufman, Emily Earl-Royal, Philip S Barie, Daniel N Holena
BACKGROUND: The failure to rescue (FTR) rate, the rate of death after a complication, measures a center's ability to identify and manage complications by "rescuing" vulnerable patients. Infectious complications are common after trauma, but risk factors for death after infection are not established. We hypothesized that risk factors would differ for FTR after infectious complications, development of infections, and for development of and death after non-infectious complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed trauma registry data for adult patients admitted to all 30 level I and II Pennsylvania trauma centers, 2011-2014...
December 2, 2016: Surgical Infections
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