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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631211/current-practice-of-dutch-cardiologists-in-detecting-and-diagnosing-atrial-fibrillation-results-of-an-online-case-vignette-study
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N Verbiest-van Gurp, P J M van Bladel, H A M van Kesteren, P M Erkens, H E J H Stoffers
INTRODUCTION: Detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) is important given the risk of complications, such as stroke and heart failure, and the need for preventive measures. Detection is complicated because AF can be silent or paroxysmal. Describing current practice may give clues to improve AF detection. The aim of this study was to describe how cardiologists currently detect AF. METHODS: Between December 2014 and May 2015, we sent Dutch cardiologists an online questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629781/position-paper-for-the-evaluation-and-management-of-oral-status-in-patients-with-valvular-disease-groupe-de-travail-valvulopathies-de-la-soci%C3%A3-t%C3%A3-fran%C3%A3-aise-de-cardiologie-soci%C3%A3-t%C3%A3-fran%C3%A3-aise-de-chirurgie-orale-soci%C3%A3-t%C3%A3-fran%C3%A3-aise-de-parodontologie-et-d-implantologie
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REVIEW
Sarah Millot, Philippe Lesclous, Marie-Laure Colombier, Loredana Radoi, Clément Messeca, Mathieu Ballanger, Jean-Luc Charrier, Philippe Tramba, Stéphane Simon, Alain Berrebi, Fabien Doguet, Emmanuel Lansac, Christophe Tribouilloy, Gilbert Habib, Xavier Duval, Bernard Iung
Oral health is of particular importance in patients with heart valve diseases because of the risk of infective endocarditis. Recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures have been restricted, but the modalities of oral evaluation and dental care are not detailed in guidelines. Therefore, a multidisciplinary working group reviewed the literature to propose detailed approaches for the evaluation and management of buccodental status in patients with valvular disease. Simple questions asked by a non-dental specialist may draw attention to buccodental diseases...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625381/utilization-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-eligible-patients-hospitalized-for-heart-failure-and-its-association-with-patient-outcomes
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Tiffany C Randolph, Anne S Hellkamp, Emily P Zeitler, Gregg C Fonarow, Adrian F Hernandez, Kevin L Thomas, Eric D Peterson, Clyde W Yancy, Sana M Al-Khatib
OBJECTIVES: We examined trends in CRT utilization overall and by sex and race and to assess whether CRT use is associated with a reduction in HF hospitalization and mortality. BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether underutilization and race/sex-based differences in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) use have persisted. The association between CRT and heart failure (HF) hospitalization and mortality in real-world practice remains unclear. METHODS: We linked 72,008 HF patients from 388 hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines HF eligible for CRT with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data to assess CRT utilization trends, HF hospitalization rates, and all-cause mortality...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625377/one-year-mortality-outcomes-and-hospital-readmissions-of-patients-admitted-with-acute-heart-failure-data-from-the-trivandrum-heart-failure-registry-in-kerala-india
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Sivadasanpillai Harikrishnan, Ganapathi Sanjay, Anubha Agarwal, N Pratap Kumar, K Krishna Kumar, Charantharayil Gopalan Bahuleyan, Govindan Vijayaraghavan, Sunitha Viswanathan, Madhu Sreedharan, R Biju, N Rajalekshmi, Tiny Nair, Krishnan Suresh, Panniyammakal Jeemon
BACKGROUND: There are sparse data on outcomes of patients with heart failure (HF) from India. The objective was to evaluate hospital readmissions and 1-year mortality outcomes of patients with HF in Kerala, India. METHODS: We followed 1,205 patients enrolled in the Trivandrum Heart Failure Registry for 1 year. A trained research nurse contacted each participant every 3 months using a structured questionnaire which included hospital readmission and mortality information...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625374/change-the-management-of-patients-with-heart-failure-rationale-and-design-of-the-champ-hf-registry
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Adam D DeVore, Laine Thomas, Nancy M Albert, Javed Butler, Adrian F Hernandez, J Herbert Patterson, John A Spertus, Fredonia B Williams, Stuart J Turner, Wing W Chan, Carol I Duffy, Kevin McCague, Xiaojuan Mi, Gregg C Fonarow
Heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is a common and costly condition that diminishes patients' health status and confers a poor prognosis. Despite the availability of multiple guideline-recommended pharmacologic and cardiac device therapies for patients with chronic HFrEF, outcomes remain suboptimal. Currently, there is limited insight into the rationale underlying clinical decisions by health care providers and patient factors that guide the use and intensity of outpatient HF treatments...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625234/-effect-of-global-end-diastolic-volume-index-guidance-fluid-resuscitation-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
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Shuang Ma, Rumin Zhang, Shifu Wang, Meiling Zhao, Lei Wang, Yun Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of global end diastolic volume index (GEDVI) on fluid resuscitation in elderly patients with septic shock. METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted. Septic shock patients over 65 years admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Shandong Province, Zibo Central Hospital from January 2013 to December 2015 were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into control group and observation group, 20 cases in each group...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615004/understanding-heart-failure-explaining-telehealth-a-hermeneutic-systematic-review
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Trisha Greenhalgh, Christine A'Court, Sara Shaw
BACKGROUND: Enthusiasts for telehealth extol its potential for supporting heart failure management. But randomised trials have been slow to recruit and produced conflicting findings; real-world roll-out has been slow. We sought to inform policy by making sense of a complex literature on heart failure and its remote management. METHODS: Through database searching and citation tracking, we identified 7 systematic reviews of systematic reviews, 32 systematic reviews (including 17 meta-analyses and 8 qualitative reviews); six mega-trials and over 60 additional relevant empirical studies and commentaries...
June 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612425/iron-deficiency-across-chronic-inflammatory-conditions-international-expert-opinion-on-definition-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Maria Domenica Cappellini, Josep Comin-Colet, Angel de Francisco, Axel Dignass, Wolfram Doehner, Carolyn Sp Lam, Iain C Macdougall, Gerhard Rogler, Clara Camaschella, Rezan Kadir, Nicholas J Kassebaum, Donat R Spahn, Ali T Taher, Khaled M Musallam
Iron deficiency, even in the absence of anemia, can be debilitating, and exacerbate any underlying chronic disease, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Iron deficiency is frequently concomitant with chronic inflammatory disease; however, iron deficiency treatment is often overlooked, partially due to the heterogeneity among clinical practice guidelines. In the absence of consistent guidance across chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease, we provide practical recommendations for iron deficiency to treating physicians: definition, diagnosis, and disease-specific diagnostic algorithms...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610806/heart-failure-in-patients-with-kidney-disease-and-iron-deficiency-the-role-of-iron-therapy
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Aleix Cases Amenós, Raquel Ojeda López, José María Portolés Pérez
Chronic kidney disease and anaemia are common in heart failure (HF) and are associated with a worse prognosis in these patients. Iron deficiency is also common in patients with HF and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, regardless of the presence or absence of anaemia. While the treatment of anaemia with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in patients with HF have failed to show a benefit in terms of morbidity and mortality, treatment with IV iron in patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction and iron deficiency is associated with clinical improvement...
June 10, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608025/triple-combination-therapies-based-on-olmesartan-a-personalized-therapeutic-approach-to-improve-blood-pressure-control
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Massimo Volpe, Caterina Santolamazza, Vittoria Mastromarino, Roberta Coluccia, Allegra Battistoni, Giuliano Tocci
Recent epidemiological surveys have demonstrated that effective and sustained blood pressure (BP) control is achieved in a relatively small proportion of treated hypertensive patients. Indeed, treatment of hypertension represents a key strategy for preventing coronary artery disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and cardiovascular death. Several interventions have been proposed by international guidelines for ameliorating hypertension management and control, mostly including integrated and multi-dimensional pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies...
June 12, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603431/hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-and-pregnancy-potential-adverse-events-and-pregnancy-outcomes
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REVIEW
Omar Bari, Philip R Cohen
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is an autosomal dominant condition with a prevalence of ~1 in 5,000 individuals. The pathophysiology of this condition centers on the lack of capillary beds between arterioles and venules, leading to direct contact between these vessels. This results in telangiectases on characteristic locations such as the face, fingers, mouth, and nasal mucosa. Visceral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are also observed in many patients, and these are most commonly seen in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603413/identifying-the-heterogeneity-of-copd-by-v-p-spect-a-new-tool-for-improving-the-diagnosis-of-parenchymal-defects-and-grading-the-severity-of-small-airways-disease
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M Bajc, Y Chen, J Wang, X Y Li, W M Shen, C Z Wang, H Huang, A Lindqvist, X Y He
INTRODUCTION: Airway obstruction and possible concomitant pulmonary diseases in COPD cannot be identified conventionally with any single diagnostic tool. We aimed to diagnose and grade COPD severity and identify pulmonary comorbidities associated with COPD with ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) using Technegas as the functional ventilation imaging agent. METHODS: 94 COPD patients (aged 43-86 years, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages I-IV) were examined with V/P SPECT and spirometry...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602539/causes-of-death-in-atrial-fibrillation-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Antonio Gómez-Outes, Maria Luisa Suárez-Gea, Jose Manuel García-Pinilla
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an age-related arrhythmia associated with several co-morbidities and significant mortality. Most AF patients are in need of anticoagulation due to increased risk of stroke. Despite anticoagulation, AF patients still have a significant risk of death (about 5%/y). Approximately half of deaths in AF are due to heart-related causes (i.e., sudden death, heart failure, and myocardial infarction), one-third of deaths are due to non-vascular causes (i.e., cancer, respiratory diseases, and infections) and the remaining AF patients die from stroke or hemorrhage (about 6% each), or other causes...
May 10, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602371/interventional-therapies-for-heart-failure-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
Dhaval Kolte, Jinnette Dawn Abbott, Herbert D Aronow
Heart failure (HF) remains the leading cause of hospitalization in older adults and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality despite the use of guideline-directed medical therapy. There has been tremendous progress in the development of novel transcatheter and interventional therapies for HF over the past decade. The evolution of structural heart disease interventions and interventional HF has led to a multidisciplinary heart team approach in the management of HF patients. Careful selection of the appropriate patient population and end points in future randomized controlled trials will be crucial to demonstrate the potential efficacy of the novel interventional HF therapies...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602370/the-role-of-positive-inotropic-drugs-in-the-treatment-of-older-adults-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
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REVIEW
Daniel J Dooley, Phillip H Lam, Ali Ahmed, Wilbert S Aronow
Positive inotropic drugs have long been studied for their potential benefits in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Although there has been an extensive amount of research about the clinical effects of these drugs in general, few studies examined their effect in older patients. Therefore, there is little or no evidence to guide the use of positive inotropes in older patients with HFrEF. However, recommendations from national heart failure guidelines may be generalized to older HFrEF patients on an individual basis, taking into consideration the basic geriatric principles of pharmacotherapy: start low and go slow...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602045/compression-therapy-for-venous-leg-ulcers-risk-factors-for-adverse-events-and-complications-contraindications-a-review-of-present-guidelines
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A Andriessen, J Apelqvist, G Mosti, H Partsch, C Gonska, M Abel
INTRODUCTION: The adequate use of compression in venous leg ulcer treatment is equally important to patients as well as clinicians. Currently there is a lack of clarity on contra-indications, risk factors, adverse events and complications, when applying compression therapy for venous leg ulcer patients. METHODS: The project aimed to optimize prevention, treatment and maintenance approaches by recognizing contra-indications, risk factors, adverse events and complications, when applying compression therapy for venous leg ulcer patients...
June 11, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600099/integrating-interventional-cardiology-and-heart-failure-management-for-cardiogenic-shock
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REVIEW
Navin K Kapur, Carlos D Davila, Marwan F Jumean
Cardiogenic shock remains one of the most common causes of in-hospital death. Recent data have identified an overall increase in patient complexity, with cardiogenic shock in the setting of acute myocardial infarction. The use of percutaneous acute mechanical circulatory support (AMCS) has steadily grown in the past decade. Guidelines and consensus statements addressing proper patient selection, timing of AMCS implantation, device choice, and postimplantation protocol are appearing. The emerging role of interventional heart failure specialists within the heart team includes integration and understanding of advanced hemodynamic and cathether-based therapies, with the goal of improving outcomes...
July 2017: Interventional cardiology clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594706/diagnosis-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-in-a-patient-referred-for-uncontrolled-hypertension-and-renal-dysfunction-a-case-highlighting-the-importance-of-proper-diagnostic-work-up-of-hypertensive-patients
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Pantelis A Sarafidis, Athanasios Bikos, Charalampos Loutradis, Stergios Tzikas, Efstratios Vakirlis, Eugenia Avdelidou, Dimitrios Zafeiriou, Aikaterini Papagianni, Vasileios Vassilikos
: We report a case of a 39-year-old woman with resistant hypertension and renal dysfunction. The patient was hospitalized 3 months earlier for dyspnea at the Department of Cardiology, where she was diagnosed with heart failure (left ventricle injection fraction: 25-30%), pulmonary hypertension, chronic kidney disease (serum creatinine: 1.58 mg/dl), and resistant hypertension and discharged with optimal heart failure treatment. At presentation to our clinic, apart from uncontrolled hypertension for more than 10 years and history of pre-eclampsia and fetal loss, the patient had obesity (BMI: 38 kg/m) and facial fibromas...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592613/diagnosis-and-assessment-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-guideline-protocol-from-the-british-society-of-echocardiography
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Thomas Mathew, Lynne Williams, Govardhan Navaratnam, Bushra Rana, Richard Wheeler, Katherine Collins, Allan Harkness, Richard Jones, Dan Knight, Kevin O'Gallagher, David Oxborough, Liam Ring, Julie Sandoval, Martin Stout, Vishal Sharma, Richard P Steeds
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition, with 5-year survival rate lower than breast or prostate cancer. It is the leading cause of hospital admission in over 65s, and these admissions are projected to rise by more than 50% over the next 25 years. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the first-line step in diagnosis in acute and chronic HF and provides immediate information on chamber volumes, ventricular systolic and diastolic function, wall thickness, valve function and the presence of pericardial effusion, while contributing to information on aetiology...
June 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584203/current-use-of-oral-anticoagulants-and-prognostic-analysis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-coronary-stenting
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Heng-Bo Zhai, Jun Liu, Zhi-Chao Dong, Dong-Xia Wang, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: It is currently believed that triple oral antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should be recommended if there are no contraindications. However, selecting triple therapy for AF patients undergoing PCI is still challenging when bleeding risk is considered. This study aimed to investigate the current use of oral anticoagulants (Vitamin K antagonists [VKA]) and perform prognostic analysis in real-world patients with AF undergoing coronary stenting...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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