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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812917/predictive-role-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-cardiovascular-events-and-death-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension-and-stable-sinus-rhythm
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Carmine Mazzone, Giovanni Cioffi, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Giorgio Faganello, Giulia Russo, Antonella Cherubini, Gianfranco Sinagra, Nadia Zeriali, Andrea Di Lenarda
Background The CHA2DS2-VASc score well stratifies the risk for thromboembolic events in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients. This score may also predict thromboembolic events in sinus rhythm populations. Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the prognostic role of CHA2DS2-VASc in a Caucasian community population of patients with arterial hypertension and sinus rhythm. Methods A total of 12,599 arterial hypertension residents not receiving anticoagulation were selected from a community population in Trieste between November 2009 and October 2014: 11,159 sinus rhythm and 1440 NVAF patients...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811393/analysis-of-geographical-variations-in-the-epidemiology-and-management-of-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-ramses-registry
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Volkan Doğan, Özcan Başaran, Murat Biteker, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the differences in terms of demographic characteristics and preferred stroke prevention strategies for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation living in seven geographical regions of Turkey. METHODS: In total, 6273 patients were enrolled to this prospective, observational RAMSES study. The patients were divided into seven groups based on the geographical region of residence. RESULTS: In terms of the geographical distribution of the overall Turkish population, the highest number of patients were enrolled from Marmara (1677, 26...
August 11, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811356/clinical-characteristics-of-heart-involvement-in-chinese-patients-with-takayasu-arteritis
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Jing Li, Hongchao Li, Fei Sun, Zhe Chen, Yunjiao Yang, Jiuliang Zhao, Mengtao Li, Xinping Tian, Xiaofeng Zeng
OBJECTIVE: To understand the characteristics of heart involvement in Chinese patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA). METHODS: The medical charts of 411 patients with TA (325 women, 86 men) were retrospectively reviewed. The comparison of clinical manifestations was carried out between the patients with TA with (n = 164) and without (n = 247) heart involvement. RESULTS: The median age at disease onset was 23.0 years (18.0-30.0) in 411 patients with TA, and 23...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809201/secondary-use-of-ehr-interpreting-clinician-inter-rater-reliability-through-qualitative-assessment
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Sarah Mullin, Edwin Anand, Shyamashree Sinha, Buer Song, Jane Zhao, Peter L Elkin
In a retrospective secondary-use EHR study identifying a cohort of Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF) patients, chart abstraction was done by two sets of clinicians to create a gold standard for risk measures CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED. Inter-rater reliability between each set of clinicians for NVAF and the outcomes of interest were variable, ranging from extremely low agreement to high agreement. To assess the chart abstraction process, a focus group and a survey was conducted. Survey findings revealed patterns of difficulty in assessing certain items dealing with temporality and social data...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808519/rectus-sheath-hematoma-associated-with-apixaban
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Kulothungan Gunasekaran, Amanda R McFee Winans, Swetha Murthi, Mudassar Raees Ahmad, Scott Kaatz
Apixaban is an oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits Factor Xa and is indicated for the prophylaxis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Rectus sheath hematoma is a rare, life-threatening complication of anticoagulant treatment. We describe a case of an elderly patient on apixaban for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis who developed severe abdominal pain during hospitalization. Computed tomography of the abdomen revealed left rectus sheath hematoma...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806993/successful-intravenous-thrombolysis-for-ischemic-stroke-after-reversal-of-dabigatran-anticoagulation-with-idarucizumab-a-case-report
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Sergio Agosti, Laura Casalino, Enrico Rocci, Gabriele Zaccone, Eugenia Rota
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, including dabigatran, are currently widely used for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Recently, idarucizumab, a monoclonal antibody fragment for immediate reversal of dabigatran-induced anticoagulation, has been introduced into the market to be used in life-threatening bleeding or urgent surgery, allowing for rapid normalization of clotting parameters. The use of idarucizumab is not yet well established in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke on dabigatran who are candidates for thrombolytic therapy...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806488/serotonergic-5-ht2b-receptors-in-mitral-valvulopathy-bone-marrow-mobilization-of-endothelial-progenitors
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Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Roland Lawson, Francine Côté, Claudia de Tapia, Sylvia Da Silva, Claudine Ebel, Béatrice Hechler, Christian Gachet, Jérome Guyonnet, Hélène Rouillard, Jordane Stoltz, Emily Quentin, Sophie Banas, François Daubeuf, Nelly Frossard, Bernard Gasser, Jean-Philippe Mazzucotelli, Olivier Hermine, Luc Maroteaux, Laurent Monassier
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is highly prevalent in industrialized countries. Chronic use of anorexigens, amphetamine or ergot derivatives targeting the serotonin system has been associated with valvular heart disease. PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Here, we investigated the contribution of serotonin receptors in a mouse model of valve degeneration induced by nordexfenfluramine, the main metabolite of the anorexigens dexfenfluramine and benfluorex. KEY RESULTS: Chronically activated 5-HT2B receptors by nordexfenfluramine in mice mimicked early steps of mitral valve remodelling attested by increased valve thickness, and cell density in a thick extracellular matrix...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805140/a-rat-model-for-the-in-vivo-assessment-of-biological-and-tissue-engineered-valvular-and-vascular-grafts
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Yukiharu Sugimura, Anna Kathrin Schmidt, Artur Lichtenberg, Alexander Assmann, Payam Akhyari
The demand for an improvement of the biocompatibility and durability of vascular and valvular implants requires translational animal models to study the in vivo fate of cardiovascular grafts. In the present article, a review on the development and application of a microsurgical rat model of infrarenal implantation of aortic grafts and aortic valved conduits is provided. By refinement of surgical techniques and inclusion of hemodynamic considerations, a functional model has been created, which provides a modular platform for the in vivo assessment of biological and tissue-engineered grafts...
August 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805011/bicuspid-and-unicuspid-aortic-valves-different-phenotypes-of-the-same-disease-insight-from-the-gentac-registry
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Joseph M Krepp, Mary J Roman, Richard B Devereux, Adrienne Bruce, Siddharth K Prakash, Shaine A Morris, Dianna M Milewicz, Kathryn W Holmes, William Ravekes, Ralph V Shohet, Reed E Pyeritz, Cheryl L Maslen, Barbara L Kroner, Kim A Eagle, Liliana Preiss, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare disorder, often difficult to distinguish from bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). BAV and UAV share valve pathology such as the presence of a raphe, leaflet fusion, aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, and/or ascending aortic dilatation, but a comprehensive echocardiographic comparison of patients with UAV and BAV has not been previously performed. METHODS: We investigated UAV and BAV patients at an early stage of disease included in GenTAC, a national registry of genetically related aortic aneurysms and associated cardiac conditions...
August 14, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804599/circulating-exosome-microrna-associated-with-heart-failure-secondary-to-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-in-a-naturally-occurring-canine-model
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Vicky K Yang, Kerry A Loughran, Dawn M Meola, Christine M Juhr, Kristen E Thane, Airiel M Davis, Andrew M Hoffman
Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is functionally and histologically identical to mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in humans. Currently, there are no medical treatments that can delay the progression of this valvular disease or associated cardiac remodelling. Therefore, there is a need to understand the molecular pathology associated with MMVD and MVP better, and thus identify potential therapeutic targets. Circulating exosomes contain small RNA, including miRNA, which reflect cell physiology and pathology...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803167/igg4-related-disease-a-new-etiology-underlying-diffuse-intracranial-dilating-vasculopathy
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Evan S Marlin, Davis Dornbos, Daniel S Ikeda, Norman L Lehman, Ciarán J Powers
BACKGROUND: Diffuse intracranial aneurysmal vasculopathy is a rare condition, previously described in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. IgG4 related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recognized inflammatory disease of systemic organs, leading to fibrosis of connective tissues. It has also been linked to inflammatory dilating aortic aneurysms, coronary vascular disease, hypophysitis, orbital pseudotumor and pachymeningitis. It has not yet been described as a cause of diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy...
August 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802510/aortic-dilatation-associated-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-relation-to-sex-hemodynamics-and-valve-morphology-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-sponsored-national-registry-of-genetically-triggered-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-cardiovascular-conditions
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Mary J Roman, Norma L Pugh, Richard B Devereux, Kim A Eagle, Kathryn Holmes, Scott A LeMaire, Rita K Milewski, Shaine A Morris, Siddharth K Prakash, Reed E Pyeritz, William J Ravekes, Ralph V Shohet, Howard K Song, Federico M Asch
This study analyzed the impact of sex, hemodynamic profile, and valve fusion pattern on aortopathy associated with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute-sponsored National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions (GenTAC) provided comprehensive information on a large population of well-characterized patients with BAV. Of 969 enrolled patients with BAV, 551 (57%, 77% male) had already undergone valvular and/or aortic surgery...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799449/the-impact-of-the-latest-echocardiographic-chamber-quantification-recommendations-on-the-prediction-of-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-presence-by-transthoracic-echocardiography
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Karolina Kupczynska, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak, Blazej W Michalski, Dawid L Miskowiec, Piotr Lipiec
INTRODUCTION: The latest recommendations for echocardiographic chamber quantification have implemented updated normal values for all cardiac chambers. PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of normal and abnormal values of routine echocardiographic parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left atrial volume indexed to body surface area (LAVi) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine the influence of LVEF and LAVi reclassification on the prediction of LAAT by transthoracic echocardiography...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799252/the-impact-of-global-left-ventricular-afterload-on-left-ventricular-reverse-remodeling-after-aortic-valve-replacement
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Hisato Ito, Toru Mizumoto, Yu Shomura, Yasuhiro Sawada, Ko Kajiyama, Hideto Shimpo
BACKGROUND: Conventional indices such as prosthetic valve effective orifice area (EOA) or transvalvular pressure gradients (TPG) may be unreliable in predicting left ventricular (LV) reverse remodeling after aortic valve replacement (AVR). We hypothesized that the global LV afterload, including valvular and arterial impedance, could influence LV reverse remodeling after AVR. METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive aortic-stenosis patients (mean age, 76 ± 6.4 years) underwent isolated AVR using contemporary externally wrapped pericardial valves (19 mm, 10 patients; 21 mm 11; 23 mm, 2)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799181/the-relationship-between-stroke-severity-and-prior-direct-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Yuki Sakamoto, Seiji Okubo, Chikako Nito, Satoshi Suda, Noriko Matsumoto, Arata Abe, Junya Aoki, Takashi Shimoyama, Yohei Takayama, Kentaro Suzuki, Masahiro Mishina, Kazumi Kimura
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulant treatment with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) has been reported to reduce stroke severity when patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) suffer acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) therapy also has a potential to reduce the initial severity of AIS. However, the effect of DOAC therapy on the severity of AIS is not well known. The aims of the present study were to investigate the effect of DOACs on initial stroke severity in patients with AIS and non-valvular AF (NVAF)...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797952/left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-amplatzer%C3%A2-devices-a-large-multicenter-italian-registry
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Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Elvis Brscic, Matteo Montorfano, Luigi Vignali, Paolo Danna, Claudio Tondo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Amerigo Stabile, Salvatore Saccà, Giuseppe Patti, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Arnaldo Poli, Paolo Golino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Alberto De Caterina, Francesco Meucci, Bruno Pezzulich, Marco Rezzaghi, Miroslava Stolcova, Giuseppe Tarantini
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has been proven to be effective for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We aim to assess the safety and efficacy of LAAO by AMPLATZER™ devices in a large, multicenter, single-nation cohort of NVAF patients at high-risk of stroke and bleeding. METHODS: From December 2008 to April 2015 613 NVAF patients (75.1±8.0years, 62.5% male) underwent LAAO in 15 Italian centers by AMPLATZER™ devices...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795348/all-cause-stroke-and-bleed-specific-healthcare-costs-comparison-among-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-nvaf-newly-treated-with-dabigatran-or-warfarin
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Adrienne M Gilligan, Pranav Gandhi, Xue Song, Cheng Wang, Caroline Henriques, Stephen Sander, David M Smith
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compare all-cause and stroke- and bleed-specific healthcare costs among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) treated with dabigatran or warfarin. METHODS: Administrative claims data from the MarketScan(®) Databases for 2009-2014 were used. Patients with NVAF newly treated with dabigatran were matched 1:1 to those treated with warfarin. All-cause and stroke- and bleed-specific costs per patient per month (PPPM) ($US, year 2015 values) up to a 12-month follow-up period were analyzed...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795332/the-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-use-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-seven-balkan-countries-a-report-from-the-balkan-af-survey
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Tatjana S Potpara, Elina Trendafilova, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Artan Goda, Zumreta Kusljugic, Sime Manola, Ljilja Music, Viktor Gjini, Belma Pojskic, Mircea Ioakim Popescu, Catalina Arsenescu Georgescu, Elena S Dimitrova, Delyana Kamenova, Uliks Ekmeciu, Denis Mrsic, Ana Nenezic, Sandro Brusich, Srdjan Milanov, Ivan Zeljkovic, Gregory Y H Lip
INTRODUCTION: Data on management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Balkan Region are scarce. To capture the patterns in AF management in contemporary clinical practice in the Balkan countries a prospective survey was conducted between December 2014 and February 2015, and we report results pertinent to the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: A 14-week prospective, multicenter survey of consecutive AF patients seen by cardiologists or internal medicine specialists was conducted in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia (a total of about 50 million inhabitants)...
August 9, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794121/changes-in-primary-noncardiac-diagnoses-over-time-among-elderly-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-patients-in-the-united-states
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Shashank S Sinha, Michael W Sjoding, Devraj Sukul, Hallie C Prescott, Theodore J Iwashyna, Hitinder S Gurm, Colin R Cooke, Brahmajee K Nallamothu
BACKGROUND: Early reports suggest the number of cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) patients with primary noncardiac diagnoses is rising in the United States, but no national data currently exist. We examined changes in primary noncardiac diagnoses among elderly patients admitted to a CICU during the past decade. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using 2003 to 2013 Medicare data, we grouped elderly patients admitted to CICUs into 2 categories based on principal diagnosis at discharge: (1) primary noncardiac diagnoses and (2) primary cardiac diagnoses...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
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