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Jeffrey S Borer, Prakash C Deedwania, Jae B Kim, Michael Böhm
Heart rate (HR) is a risk factor in patients with chronic systolic heart failure (HF) that, when reduced, provides outcome benefits. It is also a target for angina pectoris prevention and a risk marker in chronic coronary artery disease without HF. HR can be reduced by drugs; however, among those used clinically, only ivabradine reduces HR directly in the sinoatrial nodal cells without other known effects on the cardiovascular system. This review provides current information regarding the safety and efficacy of HR reduction with ivabradine in clinical studies involving >36,000 patients with chronic stable coronary artery disease and >6,500 patients with systolic HF...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Nittaya Srisuk, Jan Cameron, Chantal F Ski, David R Thompson
AIM: To evaluate a heart failure education program developed for patients and carers in Thailand. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is major health problem. This is the first trial of a family-based education program for heart failure patients and carers residing in rural Thailand. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. METHODS: One hundred patient-carer dyads attending cardiac clinics in southern Thailand from April 2014-March 2015 were randomized to usual care (n=50) or a family-based education program (n=50) comprising face-to-face counselling, a heart failure manual and DVD and telephone support...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Pei-Li Wang, Lei Zhang, Shao-Li Wang, Qiao-Ning Yang, Zhu-Ye Gao, Jian-Peng Du, Da-Wu Zhang, Chang-Geng Fu, Feng Gu, Hao Xu, Li-Zhi Li, Cheng-Long Wang, Da-Zhuo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognosis effect of Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) for benefifiting qi and activating blood circulation adjunctive to conventional treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A total of 702 patients with ACS who underwent PCI were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive conventional treatment plus CHMs for benefifiting qi and activating blood circulation (treatment group, 351 cases) or conventional treatment alone (control group, 351 cases) for 6 months...
October 24, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Tee Joo Yeo, Poh Shuan Daniel Yeo, Farid Abdul Hadi, Timothy Cushway, Kim Yee Lee, Bee Choo Tai, Carolyn S P Lam
AIMS: Iron deficiency (ID) is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) worldwide regardless of haemoglobin levels. Results from therapeutic trials of intermittently dosed intravenous (i.v.) iron are promising in the ambulatory Caucasian population with HF with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, although evidence is scarce in Asia. The Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Role of Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose in Asian Patients with Heart Failure aims to assess the effect of single-dose i...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Pupalan Iyngkaran, Samia R Toukhsati, Merlin C Thomas, Michael V Jelinek, David L Hare, John D Horowitz
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers (BBs) are the mainstay prognostic medication for all stages of chronic heart failure (CHF). There are many classes of BBs, each of which has varying levels of evidence to support its efficacy in CHF. However, most CHF patients have one or more comorbid conditions such as diabetes, renal impairment, and/or atrial fibrillation. Patient enrollment to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) often excludes those with certain comorbidities, particularly if the symptoms are severe...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
Rae Woong Park
Big data indicates the large and ever-increasing volumes of data adhere to the following 4Vs: volume (ever-increasing amount), velocity (quickly generated), variety (many different types), veracity (from trustable sources). The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our ability to use technology to analyze and understand it. The routine operation of modern health care systems also produces an abundance of electronically stored data on an ongoing basis as a byproduct of clinical practice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Colin Johnston
Aldosterone's deleterious pathophysiological effects on the cardiovascular system if blocked by mineralcorticord antagonists (MRAs) logically should lead to improvement in heart function and outcomes in heart failure (HF). The first trial to test this hypothesis was tthe RALES trial in 1999 which treated patients with class III-IV HF with spironolactone. It showed significant reduction in mortality and cardiovascular hospitalzation rates. This was confirmed & extended in EMHASIS-HF RCT with classs II-III being treated with ACEIs & BB who received placebo or elperinone (a MRA) with again a statistically significant fall in mortality & hospitalization...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Franz Messerli
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcomes with use of renin angiotensin system (RAS) blockers compared with other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes. DESIGN: Meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials databases for randomized trials of RAS blockers versus other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes mellitus. Outcomes were death, cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, angina, stroke, heart failure, revascularization, and end stage renal disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
G Caleb Alexander, Geetha Iyer, Eleanor Lucas, Dora Lin, Sonal Singh
PURPOSE: We sought to evaluate whether exogenous testosterone therapy is associated with increased risk of serious cardiovascular events as compared to other treatments or placebo. METHODS: Study selection included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies which enrolled men aged 18 years or older receiving exogenous testosterone for three or more days were included. The primary outcomes were death due to all causes, myocardial infarction and stroke...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Domenico Acanfora, Pietro Scicchitano, Gerardo Casucci, Bernardo Lanzillo, Nicola Capuano, Giuseppe Furgi, Chiara Acanfora, Marialaura Longobardi, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Marco Matteo Ciccone
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise training on cardiac function in heart failure (HF) patients recently suffering from acute decompensation. Radionuclide ambulatory ventricular function monitoring (VEST) was used to detect variations in cardiac hemodynamics during training period. METHODS: This was a monocentric, randomized, controlled trial. We enrolled 72 HF patients [left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%] within two weeks after acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema: 40 in the elderly group, 32 in the middle-aged group...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Bianca Hemmingsen, David Peick Sonne, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Bernd Richter
BACKGROUND: The projected rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) could develop into a substantial health problem worldwide. Whether insulin secretagogues (sulphonylureas and meglitinide analogues) are able to prevent or delay T2DM and its associated complications in people at risk for the development of T2DM is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of insulin secretagogues on the prevention or delay of T2DM and its associated complications in people with impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting blood glucose, moderately elevated glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) or any combination of these...
October 17, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
M B Rehman, B V Tudrej, J Soustre, M Buisson, P Archambault, D Pouchain, H Vaillant-Roussel, F Gueyffier, J-L Faillie, M-C Perault-Pochat, C Cornu, R Boussageon
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for type 2 diabetes (T2D) recommend reducing HbA1c through lifestyle interventions and glucose-lowering drugs (metformin, then combination with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors [DPP-4Is] among other glucose-lowering drugs). However, no double-blind randomized clinical trial (RCT) compared with placebo has so far demonstrated that DDP-4Is reduce micro- and macrovascular complications in T2D. Moreover, the safety of DPP-4Is (with increased heart failure and acute pancreatitis) remains controversial...
October 10, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Kieran F Docherty, Ross T Campbell, Pardeep S Jhund, Mark C Petrie, John J V McMurray
AIMS: Guidelines for the management of chronic heart failure (CHF) cite the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to support treatment recommendations. The significance of an observed treatment-effect relies on the use of a boundary P-value, most commonly P < 0.05. There is concern about relying on arbitrary threshold P-values to report results as 'statistically significant'. The 'fragility index' (FI) has been proposed as an additional measure of the robustness of trial findings...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Anirban Som, Souvik Maitra, Sulagna Bhattacharjee, Dalim K Baidya
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Optimum perioperative fluid administration may improve postoperative outcome after major surgery. This meta-analysis and systematic review has been aimed to determine the effect of dynamic goal directed fluid therapy (GDFT) on postoperative morbidity and mortality in non-cardiac surgical patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Meta-analysis of published prospective randomized controlled trials where GDFT based on non-invasive flow based hemodynamic measurement has been compared with a standard care...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Sunil Upadhaya, Seetharamprasad Madala, Ramkaji Baniya, Suresh Kumar Subedi, Kalyan Saginala, Ghassan Bachuwa
BACKGROUND: Reperfusion injury is an important limiting factor associated with revascularization in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Various therapies have been tried in an attempt to prevent reperfusion injury, but the search has been elusive. The role of cyclosporine A (CsA) in the prevention of reperfusion injury in AMI is still not clear. The objective of this study was to find out whether CsA is beneficial in reducing reperfusion injury in acute ST elevation myocardial infarction...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
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
Patrick Rossignol, Matthieu Legrand, Mikhail Kosiborod, Steven M Hollenberg, W Frank Peacock, Michael Emmett, Murray Epstein, Csaba P Kovesdy, Mehmet Birhan Yilmaz, Wendy Gattis Stough, Etienne Gayat, Bertram Pitt, Faiez Zannad, Alexandre Mebazaa
Hyperkalemia is a common electrolyte disorder, especially in chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, or heart failure. Hyperkalemia can lead to potentially fatal cardiac dysrhythmias, and it is associated with increased mortality. Determining whether emergency therapy is warranted is largely based on subjective clinical judgment. The Investigator Network Initiative Cardiovascular and Renal Clinical Trialists (INI-CRCT) aimed to evaluate the current knowledge pertaining to the emergency treatment of hyperkalemia...
September 29, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Chirag Bavishi, Mohammed Ahmed, Vrinda Trivedi, Abdur Rahman Khan, Carlos Gongora, Sripal Bangalore, Franz H Messerli
The comparative efficacy and safety of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) with other agents in patients ≥65 years of age with cardiovascular diseases or at-risk are unknown. Electronic databases were systematically searched to identify all randomized controlled trials that compared ACEIs with control (placebo or active) and reported long-term cardiovascular outcomes. We required the mean age of patients in the studies to be ≥65 years. Random-effects model was used to pool study results. Sixteen trials with 104,321 patients and a mean follow-up of 2...
August 22, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Antoni Bayes-Genis, Josep Lupón, Allan S Jaffe
Over the last 15 years, the hypothesis that intensified treatment directed at reducing natriuretic peptide (NP) concentrations may improve the outcomes of patients with heart failure (HF) has been scrutinized in several prospective clinical trials, with conflicting results. Collectively, however, the data suggest that NP concentrations may be useful in guiding HF management and improving HF-related morbidity and mortality. In this review, we summarize the existing data investigating the use of NPs as targets for outpatient HF therapy...
August 2016: EJIFCC
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