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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816774/practitioner-gender-and-quality-of-care-in-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-practice-innovation-and-clinical-excellence-pinnacle-registry
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Dipti Gupta, Fengming Tang, Frederick A Masoudi, Philip G Jones, Paul S Chan, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Some studies suggest that female practitioners are more likely to provide guideline-concordant care than male practitioners; however, little is known about the role of practitioner gender in cardiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to measure the association between practitioner gender and adherence to the cardiovascular performance measures in the American College of Cardiology's ambulatory Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814664/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-treatment-with-carvedilol-for-heart-failure-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Samar Farha, Didem Saygin, Margaret M Park, Hoi I Cheong, Kewal Asosingh, Suzy Aa Comhair, Olivia R Stephens, Emir C Roach, Jacqueline Sharp, Kristin B Highland, Frank P DiFilippo, Donald R Neumann, W H Wilson Tang, Serpil C Erzurum
BACKGROUND: Right-sided heart failure is the leading cause of death in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Similar to left heart failure, sympathetic overactivation and β-adrenoreceptor (βAR) abnormalities are found in PAH. Based on successful therapy of left heart failure with β-blockade, the safety and benefits of the nonselective β-blocker/vasodilator carvedilol were evaluated in PAH. METHODS: PAH Treatment with Carvedilol for Heart Failure (PAHTCH) is a single-center, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811048/receipt-of-nephrology-care-and-clinical-outcomes-among-veterans-with-advanced-ckd
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Enrica Fung, Tara I Chang, Glenn M Chertow, I-Chun Thomas, Steven M Asch, Manjula Kurella Tamura
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines recommend referral to nephrology when estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) decreases to <30mL/min/1.73m(2); however, evidence for benefits of nephrology care are mixed. STUDY DESIGN: Observational cohort using landmark analysis. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: A national cohort of veterans with advanced chronic kidney disease, defined as an outpatient eGFR≤30mL/min/1.73m(2) for January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010, and a prior eGFR<60mL/min/1...
August 12, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809190/design-thinking-for-mhealth-application-co-design-to-support-heart-failure-self-management
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Leanna Woods, Elizabeth Cummings, Jed Duff, Kim Walker
Heart failure is a prevalent, progressive chronic disease costing in excess of $1billion per year in Australia alone. Disease self-management has positive implications for the patient and decreases healthcare usage. However, adherence to recommended guidelines is challenging and existing literature reports sub-optimal adherence. mHealth applications in chronic disease education have the potential to facilitate patient enablement for disease self-management. To the best of our knowledge no heart failure self-management application is available for safe use by our patients...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805305/systematic-review-of-provider-involvement-in-heart-failure-self-care-interventions
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Rebecca Bryant, Amanda Alonzo, Hanna Schmillen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure is a global concern impacting patient outcomes. Self-care interventions improve self-care behaviors in heart failure patients. The impact of direct provider involvement on patient self-care outcomes is unknown in research. The purpose is to review self-care interventions for adults with heart failure and describe direct provider involvement versus no direct provider involvement on patient self-care behaviors. METHODS: Review was conducted using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805026/correlation-of-6-minute-walk-test-with-left-ventricular-function-and-quality-of-life-in-heart-failure-due-to-chagas-disease
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Mayara da Costa Chambela, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, Roberto Rodrigues Ferreira, André Miguel Japiassú, Mariana Caldas Waghabi, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the correlation of the total distance walked during the six-minute walk test (6-MWT) with left ventricular function and quality of life in patients with Chagas Disease (ChD) complicated by heart failure. METHODS: This cross-sectional study of adult patients with ChD and heart failure diagnosed based on Framingham criteria. 6MWT was performed following international guidelines. New York Heart Association functional class, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) serum levels, echocardiographic parameters, and quality of life (SF-36 and MLHFQ questionnaires) were determined and their correlation with the distance covered at the 6MWT was tested...
August 14, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798245/regadenoson-cardiac-stress-test-induced-stress-cardiomyopathy
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Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Dominika M Zoltowska, Yashwant Agrawal, Vishal Gupta
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also described as apical ballooning syndrome/stress-induced cardiomyopathy, imitates acute coronary syndrome and is usually related to a massive physiological or emotional stressor. We describe perhaps the first reported case to the best of our knowledge of a 55-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with congestive heart failure after having a regadenoson cardiac stress test a few hours prior to presentation to the hospital. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed reduced heart function...
August 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795299/adherence-to-optimal-heart-rate-control-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-insight-from-a-survey-of-heart-rate-in-heart-failure-in-sweden-hr-hf-study
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M Fu, U Ahrenmark, S Berglund, C J Lindholm, A Lehto, A Månsson Broberg, G Tasevska-Dinevska, G Wikstrom, A Ågard, B Andersson
INTRODUCTION: Despite that heart rate (HR) control is one of the guideline-recommended treatment goals for heart failure (HF) patients, implementation has been painstakingly slow. Therefore, it would be important to identify patients who have not yet achieved their target heart rates and assess possible underlying reasons as to why the target rates are not met. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The survey of HR in patients with HF in Sweden (HR-HF survey) is an investigator-initiated, prospective, multicenter, observational longitudinal study designed to investigate the state of the art in the control of HR in HF and to explore potential underlying mechanisms for suboptimal HR control with focus on awareness of and adherence to guidelines for HR control among physicians who focus on the contributing role of beta-blockers (BBs)...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782466/current-status-of-renal-artery-angioplasty-and-stenting-for-resistant-hypertension-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Antonis S Manolis, Antonis A Manolis, Helen Melita
BACKGROUND: Renal artery stenosis (RAS) has a high prevalence in older patients, especially in the context of general atherosclerosis. It is frequently associated with resistant hypertension and impaired renal function and their attendant consequences. The issue whether revascularization via percutaneous renal angioplasty and stenting (PRA/S) can benefit these patients remains unsettled. OBJECTIVE: To present a case series of patients with refractory hypertension and RAS undergoing PRA/S and also to provide an extensive review of the literature on the current status of PRA/S for resistant hypertension...
August 4, 2017: Current Hypertension Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781300/successful-catheter-ablation-as-a-substitute-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patient-with-an-accessory-pathway-induced-cardiomyopathy
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Keisuke Nakabayashi, Ryo Sugiura, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroko Kato, Naomi Nakazawa, Toshiaki Suzuki, Hideki Saito, Naomi Kawakatsu, Masayuki Goto, Daichi Isomura, Hisayuki Okada, Toshiaki Oka
A 50-year-old man presented with exertional dyspnea and orthopnea. An electrocardiogram showed a delta wave and a wide QRS complex, similar to left bundle branch block. Cardiac echocardiography revealed diffuse severe hypokinesis and dyssynchrony. The patient was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We considered that the patient's condition was caused by an accessory pathway-induced cardiomyopathy after heart failure compensation with guideline-oriented medical therapy. We therefore performed catheter ablation for right-sided pre-excitation syndrome as cardiac resynchronization therapy...
August 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781147/durable-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-teenagers-and-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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Jill M Steiner, Eric V Krieger, Karen K Stout, April Stempien-Otero, Claudius Mahr, Nahush A Mokadam, Joshua L Hermsen
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). Many patients are ineligible for transplantation, and those who are eligible often face long wait times with high wait-list morbidity. Durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) may be an option for many patients. This systematic review evaluates the published literature on the use of durable MCS in teenagers and adults with congenital heart disease. METHODS: A comprehensive search of MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library was performed electronically in July 2015 and updated in March 2016, guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774428/quality-of-care-and-outcomes-of-heart-failure-among-patients-with-schizophrenia-in-denmark
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Mette Jørgensen, Jan Mainz, Kenneth Egstrup, Søren P Johnsen
Research on the association between schizophrenia and the quality of care and clinical outcomes of heart failure (HF) remains sparse. This nationwide study compared the quality of care and clinical outcomes of HF among Danish patients with and without schizophrenia. In a population-based cohort study, we identified 36,718 patients with incident HF with hospital contacts, including 108 with schizophrenia, using Danish registries between 2004 and 2013. High quality of HF care was defined as receiving ≥ 80% guideline-recommended process-performance measures of care...
June 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774374/effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-serum-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-testing-and-monitoring-in-patients-with-heart-failure-in-primary-and-secondary-care-an-evidence-synthesis-cohort-study-and-cost-effectiveness-model
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Maria Pufulete, Rachel Maishman, Lucy Dabner, Syed Mohiuddin, William Hollingworth, Chris A Rogers, Julian Higgins, Mark Dayer, John Macleod, Sarah Purdy, Theresa McDonagh, Angus Nightingale, Rachael Williams, Barnaby C Reeves
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) affects around 500,000 people in the UK. HF medications are frequently underprescribed and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP)-guided therapy may help to optimise treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of BNP-guided therapy compared with symptom-guided therapy in HF patients. DESIGN: Systematic review, cohort study and cost-effectiveness model. SETTING: A literature review and usual care in the NHS...
August 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768485/a-systematic-review-of-genetic-mutations-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Gerardo Garcia-Rivas, Carlos Jerjes-Sánchez, David Rodriguez, José Garcia-Pelaez, Victor Trevino
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a group of vascular diseases that produce right ventricular dysfunction, heart failure syndrome, and death. Although the majority of patients appear idiopathic, accumulated research work combined with current sequencing technology show that many gene variants could be an important component of the disease. However, current guidelines, clinical practices, and available gene panels focus the diagnosis of PAH on a relatively low number of genes and variants associated with the bone morphogenic proteins and transforming Growth Factor-β pathways, such as the BMPR2, ACVRL1, CAV1, ENG, and SMAD9...
August 2, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765411/heart-failure-what-s-new-and-what-s-changed
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Paul D Callan, Andrew L Clark
Physicians responsible for the care of patients with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction have access to a broad range of evidence-based treatments that prolong life and reduce symptoms. In spite of the significant progress made over the last four decades, there is an ongoing need for novel therapies to treat a condition that is associated with stubbornly high morbidity and mortality. In this article, we discuss the findings of SERVE-HF, a randomised controlled trial of adaptive servo-ventilation in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, as well as EMPA-REG, a study of the effects of a novel diabetic agent that may be of greater interest to heart failure specialists than diabetologists...
July 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765406/a-contemporary-review-of-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
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Peysh A Patel, Ashwin Roy, Rabeia Javid, John Aw Dalton
Peripartum cardiomyopathy reflects the presence of cardiac failure in the absence of determinable heart disease and occurs in late third trimester of pregnancy or up to 6 months postpartum. A full understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms is lacking, but excess prolactin levels, haemodynamic alterations, inflammation and nutritional deficiencies have all been implicated. Its clinical presentation has distinct overlap with physiological alterations in healthy pregnancy and this presents a diagnostic challenge...
July 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763821/-esc-guidelines-2016-heart-failure
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Lucas Adrian, Christian Werner, Ulrich Laufs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762172/mechanical-circulatory-support-for-decompensated-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Tarique Al Musa, Colin Dominic Chue, Hoong Sern Lim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiogenic shock from decompensated heart failure is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) improves haemodynamics and reverses organ dysfunction in critically ill patients with cardiogenic shock. This paper summarises the main modalities of mechanical support and their physiological impact, practical considerations, advantages and disadvantages to facilitate a holistic approach in managing a potentially lethal pathology...
July 31, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759384/cardiotoxic-effects-of-anthracycline-based-therapy-what-is-the-evidence-and-what-are-the-potential-harms
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REVIEW
Bennett E Levis, Phillip F Binkley, Charles L Shapiro
Despite the known cardiotoxic effects of doxorubicin and other anthracyclines, no evidence-based guidelines exist for the surveillance and prevention of chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity in adult survivors of breast cancer who have had limited previous doses of anthracyclines (ie, total cumulative dose 240 mg/m(2)), or limited-dose anthracyclines followed by trastuzumab-based regimens. Nonetheless, some national and international cardio-oncology and cardiac-imaging organisations recommend increased cardiac surveillance during or after treatment, measurement of cardiac biomarkers and other surrogate endpoints, and in some cases initiation of cardioprotective drug therapy in asymptomatic women...
August 2017: Lancet Oncology
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