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Amer Afaneh, Jennifer Ford, Jenna Gharzeddine, Alexandre Mazar, R David Hayward, Joseph Buck
OBJECTIVE: To determine the likelihood that head injured patients on Warfarin with a negative initial head CT will have a positive repeat head CT. A retrospective chart review of our institution's trauma registry was performed for all patients admitted for blunt head trauma and on Warfarin anti-coagulation from January 2009 to April 2014. Inclusion criteria included patients over 18 years of age with initial GCS ≥ 13, INR greater than 1.5 and negative initial head CT. Initial CT findings, repeat CT findings and INR were recorded...
March 15, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Amit Shivajirao Waghmare, Shivaji Sandu Pandit, Dayanand M Suryawanshi
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 4H-pyran is one of the most well-known groups of synthetic heterocyclic compounds and it has attracted considerable attention of chemists in recent years because of their extensive range of biological and pharmaceutical activities. These compounds are used as antibacterial, anticancer agents, anti-coagulants, spasmolytics and anti-anaphylactic. 4H-pyran derivatives are utilized in cosmetics, pigments, biodegradable agrochemicals as well as photoactive materials. In addition, 4H-pyrans are also helpful as cognitive enhancers for the treatment of neuro degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as for the treatment of schizophrenia and myoclonus...
March 14, 2018: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Jonaz Font, Mathilda Simeon, Christophe Simard, Stéphane Allouche, Anne-Flore Plane, Virginie Ferchaud, Marie Brionne, René Rouet, Marie Nowoczyn, Alain Manrique, Paolo Emilio Puddu, Paul Milliez, Joachim Alexandre
Whether oral anti-coagulants, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOACs) frequently prescribed to atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, do themselves have a pro- or anti-arrhythmic effect have never been addressed. Transmembrane action potentials were recorded in an acute rabbit model of superfused pulmonary veins (PVs) sleeves preparations using standard microelectrode technique. Fluindione 10 μmol/L (n = 6) increased the AP (action potential) duration (APD), induced a significantly Vmax depression (from 95±14 to 53±5 V/s, P < 0...
March 11, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Valentina Bruno, Judit Svensson-Arvelund, Marie Rubér, Göran Berg, Emilio Piccione, Maria C Jenmalm, Jan Ernerudh
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is widely used in recurrent miscarriage treatment. The anti-coagulant effects are established, while immunological effects are not fully known. Our aim was to assess LMWH effects on activation and polarization of central regulatory immune cells from healthy women, and on placenta tissues from women undergoing elective abortions. Isolated blood monocytes and T helper (Th) cells under different activation and polarizing conditions were cultured with or without LMWH. Flow cytometry showed that LMWH exposure induced increased expression of HLA-DR and CD206 in macrophages...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, Ross C Gruber, Juwen C DuBois
Tyro3, Axl, and Mertk, referred to as the TAM family of receptor tyrosine kinases, are instrumental in maintaining cell survival and homeostasis in mammals. TAM receptors interact with multiple signaling molecules to regulate cell migration, survival, phagocytosis and clearance of metabolic products and cell debris called efferocytosis. The TAMs also function as rheostats to reduce the expression of proinflammatory molecules and prevent autoimmunity. All three TAM receptors are activated in a concentration-dependent manner by the vitamin K-dependent growth arrest-specific protein 6 (Gas6)...
March 4, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Akiyuki Uzawa, Masahiro Mori, Hiroki Masuda, Ryohei Ohtani, Tomohiko Uchida, Satoshi Kuwabara
Recombinant thrombomodulin (rTM) has pleiotropic properties including anti-coagulation and anti-inflammation; however, its effectiveness as a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) has not been fully evaluated. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) and pro-inflammatory cytokines, working as an inflammatory mediator, are reportedly involved in the inflammatory pathogenesis of MS. The aim of this study was to determine whether rTM can be a potential therapeutic agent for experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
March 6, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Thomas Später, Florian S Frueh, Philipp Karschnia, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke
Dermal substitutes are frequently used for the initial coverage of extensive skin defects. The seeding of these implants with adipose tissue-derived microvascular fragments (ad-MVF) has recently been shown to accelerate their vascularization and incorporation. In the present study we analyzed whether these processes are affected by a thromboprophylactic therapy with the low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) enoxaparin (enox). Green fluorescent protein (GFP)+ ad-MVF were isolated from enox- (8 mg/kg s.c.) and vehicle-treated (0...
March 5, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Carmen Suárez Fernández, Luis Castilla-Guerra, Jesus Cantero Hinojosa, Josep Maria Suriñach, Fernando Acosta de Bilbao, Juan José Tamarit, José Luis Diaz Diaz, Jose Luis Hernandez, Antonio Pose, Manuel Montero-Pérez-Barquero, Jaume Roquer, Jaime Gállego, José Vivancos, Jose María Mostaza
Background: Although, by itself, atrial fibrillation is associated with an impairment of quality of life antithrombotic therapy may play a role. Objective: To evaluate the satisfaction with anticoagulant treatment in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who attended internal medicine departments in Spain. Methods: Patients from two different cross-sectional studies were combined. To measure the satisfaction with anticoagulant treatment, the Anti-Clot-Treatment Scale (ACTS) questionnaire was completed by every patient...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
Michael Schuliga, Christopher Grainge, Glen Westall, Darryl Knight
Fibrosis causes irreversible damage to lung structure and function in restrictive lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Extravascular coagulation involving fibrin formation in the intra-alveolar compartment is postulated to have a pivotal role in the development of pulmonary fibrosis, serving as a provisional matrix for migrating fibroblasts. Furthermore, proteases of the coagulation and plasminogen activation (plasminergic) systems that form and breakdown fibrin respectively directly contribute to pulmonary fibrosis...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Jessica P E Davis, Patrick G Northup, Stephen H Caldwell, Nicolas M Intagliata
Long thought to be hypocoagulable, new evidence suggests cirrhosis patients have "rebalanced" coagulation in the setting of decreased synthesis of both pro- and anti-coagulant factors. Traditional testing like PT/INR reflects only the decreased synthesis of pro-coagulant factors and thus does not correspond to bleeding or clotting risk in this population. In this review, we discuss the use of viscoelastic testing (VET), an assay of global hemostasis in cirrhosis patients. We describe the technique and interpretation of commercially available VET and assess the application of VET in both transplant and non-transplant cirrhosis populations...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Hepatology
Deepa Sasikumar, Bijulal Sasidharan, Anoop Ayyappan
A 17-year-old girl with situs ambiguous, hypoplastic right ventricle with a large ventricular septal defect, and severe pulmonary stenosis had undergone Kawashima operation 10 years back. She had significant desaturation because of a large Abernethy malformation, with reverse shunting from the inferior caval vein to the portal vein. It was closed with a vascular plug, with improvement in oxygen saturation. She developed extensive inferior caval vein thrombus following the procedure, which was managed conservatively by anti-coagulation...
February 21, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Magdalena Markowicz-Piasecka, Kristiina M Huttunen, Łukasz Mateusiak, Elżbieta Mikiciuk-Olasik, Joanna Sikora
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is characterised not only by hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance but also an impaired balance between the processes of coagulation and fibrinolysis. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of metformin, a widely-used oral anti-diabetic drug, phenformin and eight sulfenamide and sulfonamide derivatives of metformin on several haemostasis parameters. Thrombin Time (TT) tests were performed according to the available commercial method. The activity of factor X was conducted based on deficient plasma factor X...
February 16, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Gautam Sharma, Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Ali Aminian, Suriya Punchai, Emre Bucak, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer
BACKGROUND: Perioperative management of chronically anti-coagulated patients undergoing bariatric surgery requires a balance of managing hemorrhagic and thromboembolic risks. The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence of hemorrhagic complications and their management in chronically anticoagulated (CAT) patients undergoing bariatric surgery. METHODS: A retrospective review of CAT patients undergoing bariatric surgery at an academic center from 2008 to 2015 was studied...
February 17, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Atul Verma, Andrew C T Ha, Paulus Kirchhof, Gerhard Hindricks, Jeff S Healey, Michael D Hill, Mukul Sharma, D George Wyse, Jean Champagne, Vidal Essebag, George Wells, Dhiraj Gupta, Hein Heidbuchel, Prashanthan Sanders, David H Birnie
BACKGROUND: The optimal long-term antithrombotic regimen for patients after successful catheter-based atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is not well defined. Presently, practice variation exists, and the benefits of oral anticoagulation over antiplatelet therapy across the entire spectrum of stroke risk profile remain undefined in the postablation population. To date, there are no randomized trials to inform clinicians on this therapeutic question. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess whether rivaroxaban is superior to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in reducing the risk of clinically overt stroke, systemic embolism, or covert stroke among patients without apparent recurrent atrial arrhythmias for at least 1 year after their most recent AF ablation procedure...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Koroush Khalighi, Amirsina Talebian, Rubinder Singh Toor, Seyed Abbas Mirabbasi
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It increases the risk of stroke by at least five-fold and is associated with higher risk for mortality and morbidity. Therefore, prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial. In addition to anti-coagulation therapy, electrical and pharmacological cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm remains the standard of care. The most common and effective method for electrical cardioversion is achieved with placement of electrodes in the anteroposterior position...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Hong Liu, Wei-Wei Su, Chao-Feng Long, Wei-Jian Zhang, Pei-Bo Li, Zhong Wu, Yin-Yin Liao, Xuan Zeng, Tao-Bin Chen, Yu-Ying Zheng, Zeng-Hao Yan, Cong Bi, Hong-Liang Yao
Currently, the prevention and treatment of hypertensive crises especially when it occurs with serious adverse outcomes have led to worldwide controversy. Despite of clinical possibilities of multiple agents, clinical failures still occur frequently. Therefore, early evaluations and observations of different therapies on appropriate animals should be emphasized. In the present study, an animal model for hypertensive crises emergencies was firstly established and experimentally testified. Five-month-male spontaneously hypertensive rat was consecutively fed with 60%-Kcal fat diet for four, six, and eight weeks with body weight and blood pressure monitored every two weeks, and then followed by an acute vasoconstriction stress of 5-min ice-bath treatment in the 4-h time interval of two adrenaline injections (0...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Jiangang Jiang, Ningning Ji, Jingliang Lan, Xiaoping Ge, Xiaoma Du
Warfarin is the most commonly used oral anti-coagulant in clinic practice. However, it is difficult to recommend the correct dosage due to its narrow therapeutic window. The aim of the present study was to verify the clinical value of the Lou type equation, using pharmacogenetics‑based warfarin dosing algorithms to appropriately predict the actual maintenance dose. A total of 87 Chinese Han patients who required treatment with warfarin were enrolled and randomly divided into the experimental and control groups...
February 6, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chiaki Kishida, Ryo Naito, Hiroki Kasuya, Tomohiro Kaneko, Kosuke Yabe, Midori Kakihara, Ryosuke Shimai, Hiroyuki Isogai, Dai Ozaki, Yuki Yasuda, Fuminori Odagiri, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Ken Yokoyama, Takashi Tokano, Hajime Koyano, Yuji Nakazato
A 35-year-old Japanese man was emergently admitted to our hospital with chief complaints of palpitation and dyspnea. He has been treated for Basedow's disease. He was diagnosed with acute decompensated heart failure, atrial fibrillation and thyrotoxicosis. We started anti-thyroid agents and a treatment for heart failure with beta blockers and diuretics under anti-coagulation therapy. His B-type natriuretic peptide levels remained high, although the heart failure had been compensated and the heart rate was well controlled while hyperthyroidism still existed...
February 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Kaja Zuwala, Camilla F Riber, Kaja Borup Løvschall, Anna H F Andersen, Lise Sørensen, Paulina Gajda, Martin Tolstrup, Alexander N Zelikin
Macromolecular (pro)drugs hold much promise as broad-spectrum antiviral agents as either microbicides or carriers for intracellular delivery of antiviral drugs. Intriguing opportunity exists in combining the two modes of antiviral activity in the same polymer structure such that the same polymer acts as a microbicide and also serves to deliver the conjugated drug (ribavirin) into the cells. We explore this opportunity in detail and focus on the polymer backbone as a decisive constituent of such formulations...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
T Exner, N Michalopoulos, J Pearce, R Xavier, M Ahuja
AIM: To evaluate a simple method using an adsorbent product (DOAC Stop) for extracting direct oral anti-coagulants (DOACs) from plasmas. METHOD: DOAC Stop was tested on normal and a range of abnormal plasmas initially using activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) tests and a more DOAC-sensitive Russells viper venom-based clotting test (DOAC Test). Further tests for prothrombin time/International Normalized Ratio (PT/INR), lupus anticoagulants, activated protein C (APC) resistance, antithrombin, plasminogen, protein C and S were carried out on various patient samples...
January 30, 2018: Thrombosis Research
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