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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645181/the-clinical-benefits-of-perioperative-antioxidant-vitamin-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis
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Jun Geng, Ju Qian, Weijun Si, Hao Cheng, Fuhai Ji, Zhenya Shen
The clinical benefits of perioperative antioxidant vitamin therapy in cardiac patients remain controversial. Here, we conducted a meta-analysis to determine the strength of the evidence supporting the perioperative use of antioxidant vitamins in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. We searched 4 databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Science Citation Index and Cochrane Library) for randomized controlled trials that reported the effects of antioxidant vitamin therapy on patients undergoing cardiac surgery until 6 June 2016...
June 22, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644585/a-cost-minimisation-analysis-of-noacs-compared-to-warfarin-to-attain-therapeutic-anticoagulation-amongst-af-patients-pre-and-post-cardioversion
#2
M O'Shea, A Murphy, A Kirby, G Allen, S O'Shea, R Curtin
Atrial fibrillation can be managed with anticoagulation and restoration of normal sinus rhythm using direct current cardioversion (DCCV). To reduce the risk of thromboembolism, anticoagulation pre-and-post DCCV is recommended. This study investigates the cost effectiveness of using NOACs compared to warfarin to attain therapeutic anticoagulation amongst AF patients pre-and-post DCCV. Propensity score matching revealed no statistically significant difference in outcomes from using NOACs and Warfarin. A cost minimisation study was performed; demonstrating a cost differential of €209 between those administered NOACs and warfarin pre- and post-DCCV...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644566/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-liver-transplantation-for-alagille-syndrome-in-children
#3
Tao Zhou, Jianjun Zhang, Yi Luo, Yuan Liu, Sy Zhuang, Feng Xue, Longzhi Han, Qiang Xia
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyze clinical characteristics and outcome of liver transplantation for Alagille syndrome in children. METHOD: By retrospectively reviewing the medical records of 9 Alagille syndrome patients(AGS) with liver transplantation(LT) in Renji Hospital between 2006 and 2015,After operative,the height and weight Z score were compared with preoperative. RESULT: There were 9 patients included in the study; cholestasis and peculiar faces were seen in all of the patients (100%), heart defect in 8 patients (88...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644175/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-after-elective-spinal-surgery
#4
Eric Yensen Chen, Corinne Stratton, Brian Mercer, Anna Hohler, Tony Y Tannoury, Chadi Tannoury
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare autoimmune condition characterized by ascending motor weakness of the extremities that can ascend to the diaphragm, causing substantial morbidity and mortality. This case report describes a 57-year-old man who exhibited characteristics of Guillain-Barré syndrome 9 days after undergoing lumbar fusion at L3-S1. The diagnosis was based on the patient's ascending motor weakness and areflexia and was confirmed with electromyography. The patient progressed to respiratory failure, requiring mechanical ventilation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644156/clinical-case-of-the-month-a-57-year-old-man-with-an-axillary-mass
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Palak Desai, Andrew Myers, Brian Boulmay, Fred A Lopez
A 57-year-old man presented to the surgical oncology clinic with a mildly tender mass under his right arm. Four years prior, the patient had a melanoma removed from his right shoulder along with an ipsilateral right axillary sentinel lymph sampling. Computed tomography (CT) scan was negative for metastatic disease at that time. The patient did not undergo completion axillary node dissection and was lost to follow-up. The patient was originally from Australia, did not tan but reported multiple sunburns before age 18...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644155/transvenous-before-surgical-hybrid-procedure
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Joseph J Tiano, Robert Drennan, John Novella, Rafael Squiteri, Malcolm Robinson, Albert DiMeo, Lindsey Scierka, Paul LeLorier
BACKGROUND: Historically, persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF) and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPeAF) have demonstrated limited clinical success despite hybrid approaches. OBJECTIVE: We describe our experience with the endocardial-before-epicardial approach defined by a comprehensive endovascular approach preceding and guiding the epicardial approach which includes an extensive posterior wall ablation. METHODS: 40 patients were followed over a 12 month period...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644048/risk-of-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-oral-anticoagulants-a-systematic-review-of-real-world-observational-studies
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S Deitelzweig, C Farmer, X Luo, L Vo, X Li, M Hamilton, R Horblyuk, A Ashaye
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review of real-world (RWD) studies comparing the risk of major bleeding (MB) among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) on direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) or warfarin Methods: MEDLINE, Embase, NHS-EED, and EconLit were searched for RWD studies published between January 2003 and November 2016 comparing MB risk among DOACs and warfarin. Proceedings of clinical conferences from 2012-2016 were reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 4,218 citations were identified, 26 of which met eligibility criteria...
June 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643219/triple-antithrombotic-therapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-undergoing-pci-a-fading-role
#8
Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Panagiotis Vlachakis, John Lekakis
Triple antithrombotic therapy (TAT), consisting of aspirin, a P2Y12 receptor antagonist and oral anticoagulant (OAC) medication has been considered as an 'unavoidable' strategy for a 1-12 months for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients post acute coronary syndrome or percutaneous coronary angioplasty with stenting. However, TAT has rather poorly been adopted in real life practice, mainly because of an accompanying increased bleeding potential and lack of definitive results of randomized clinical trials. Several registries, meta-analyses and small randomized trials have so far provided the base of guidelines recommendations...
June 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643171/elimination-of-the-negative-component-of-the-unipolar-electrogram-as-a-local-procedural-endpoint-during-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-using-contact-force-sensing-the-uniforce-study
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Agustín Bortone, Philippe Lagrange, Bruno Cauchemez, Cyril Durand, Pierre Dieuzaide, Sébastien Prévot, Alexis Mechulan, Thomas Pambrun, Ruairidh Martin, Pauline Parlier, Alexandre Masse, Eloi Marijon, Jean-Paul Albenque
PURPOSE: Elimination of the negative component of the unipolar atrial electrogram is a reliable indicator of the creation of a transmural lesion. Contact-force (CF) sensing technology has the potential to increase the durability of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). In the present multicenter study, we assessed the 2-year sinus rhythm (SR) maintenance rate in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) after PVI guided by these two approaches. METHODS: Two hundred fifteen consecutive PAF patients (62...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643004/effectiveness-and-safety-of-apixaban-therapy-in-daily-care-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-dresden-noac-registry
#10
Sindy Helmert, Sandra Marten, Heike Mizera, Antje Reitter, Kurtulus Sahin, Luise Tittl, Jan Beyer-Westendorf
The effectiveness and safety of apixaban for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (SPAF) demonstrated in ARISTOTLE needs to be confirmed in daily care. To evaluate effectiveness and safety of apixaban therapy in SPAF patients in daily care, we used data from an ongoing, prospective, non-interventional registry of more than 3000 patients on novel oral anticoagulants in daily care. Between 1 December 2012 and 31 August 2015, 514 patients receiving apixaban were enrolled. During a mean follow-up of 803.5 ± 228...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642210/rationale-and-design-for-a-randomized-comparison-of-efficacy-and-safety-between-aspirin-and-clopidogrel-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-low-stroke-risk-cesac-af-trial
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Sang Min Park, Haemin Jeong, Mi-Hyang Jung, Kyung Soon Hong, Myeong-Ki Hong, Chang Seok Bang, Christopher Y Kim
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of thromboembolic stroke. An oral anticoagulant should be administrated to prevent stroke in patients with moderate stroke risk (ie, CHA2DS2-VASc score>2). If the stroke risk is low (i.e. the score=1), however, antiplatelet agent such as aspirin is widely used. Aspirin can cause peptic ulcer disease (PUD) while its alternative, clopidogrel, theoretically does not. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the efficacy and safety between aspirin and clopidogrel, a multicenter randomized controlled trial was designed in AF patients with low stroke risk...
June 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642118/current-state-of-the-art-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
J Kevin Donahue
Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Currently available therapeutic options lack sufficient efficacy and safety. Gene therapy has been proposed for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This review will discuss the current state of development for arrhythmia gene therapy. So far, all published studies are short-term, proof-of-concept animal studies. Potential replacement of cardiac pacemakers has been shown for combination gene therapy using the HCN2 gene and either the gene for adenylate cyclase, the skeletal muscle isoform of the sodium channel, or a dominant negative mutant of the potassium channel responsible for resting membrane potential...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642107/venous-thrombosis-after-electrophysiology-procedures-a-systematic-review
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Barry Burstein, Rodrigo S Barbosa, Eli Kalfon, Jacqueline Joza, Martin Bernier, Vidal Essebag
BACKGROUND: Femoral venous access for catheter introduction represents the cornerstone of electrophysiology (EP) procedures. Limited data are available regarding post-procedure venous thromboembolism. The aim of this systematic review is to determine the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE) associated with femoral vein catheterization during EP procedures. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted for studies documenting the incidence of DVT and PE after EP procedures...
June 19, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642098/quantifying-left-atrial-structure-and-function-using-single-plane-tissue-tracking-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
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Susumu Tao, Luisa A Ciuffo, Joao A C Lima, Katherine C Wu, Hiroshi Ashikaga
PURPOSE: Left atrial (LA) structure and function are important markers of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Tissue-tracking cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) accurately quantifies LA volume, strain, and strain rate based on biplane long-axis imaging. We aimed to assess the accuracy of the LA indices quantification from single-plane tissue-tracking CMR. METHODS: We included 162 patients (mean age 56±15, male 70%) from a prospective cohort study whose cine CMR images in sinus rhythm were available in both four-chamber and two-chamber views...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642017/patterns-of-care-and-temporal-trends-in-ischemic-stroke-management-a-brazilian-perspective
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Monique Bueno Alves, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Renata Carolina Acri Miranda, Rodrigo Meireles Massaud, Andreia Maria Heins Vaccari, Miguel Cendoroglo-Neto, Solange Diccini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Demonstration of an improvement process of quality indicators in stroke care is essential to obtain certification as a primary stroke center (PSC). Our aim was to evaluate factors that influence temporal trends in quality indicators of ischemic stroke (IS) in a Brazilian hospital. METHODS: We evaluated patients discharged with IS from a tertiary hospital from January 2009 to December 2013. Ten predefined performance measures selected by the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program were assessed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641980/cardiomyocyte-specific-overexpression-of-a-37-amino-acid-domain-of-regulator-of-g-protein-signalling-2-inhibits-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-improves-function-in-response-to-pressure-overload-in-mice
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Katherine N Lee, Xiangru Lu, Chau Nguyen, Qingping Feng, Peter Chidiac
Regulator of G protein signalling 2 (RGS2) is known to play a protective role in maladaptive cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure via its ability to inhibit Gq and Gs mediated GPCR signalling. We previously demonstrated that RGS2 can also inhibit protein translation and can thereby attenuate cell growth. This G protein-independent inhibitory effect has been mapped to a 37 amino acid domain (RGS2(eb)) within RGS2 that binds to eukaryotic initiation factor 2B (eIF2B). When expressed in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes, RGS2(eb) attenuates both protein synthesis and hypertrophy induced by Gq- and Gs- activating agents...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641799/the-continued-search-for-physiological%C3%A2-pacing-where-are-we-now
#17
REVIEW
Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, Pierre Bordachar, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
Cardiac pacing is an effective treatment for patients with bradycardia due to sinus node dysfunction or atrioventricular block. Despite decades of technological advances, the optimal ventricular pacing site to mimic normal human ventricular physiology and best hemodynamic response remains elusive. Beginning with atrial synchronous right ventricular (RV) apical pacing, the search has continued through alternate RV pacing sites, minimizing RV pacing, biventricular pacing, left ventricular (LV) pacing, and His-bundle pacing...
June 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641448/negative-inotropism-of-terpenes-on-guinea-pig-left-atrium-structure-activity-relationships
#18
Carla M L Vasconcelos, Ingrid S N Oliveira, José N A Santos, Américo A Souza, José E R Menezes-Filho, Júlio A Silva Neto, Tamires C Lima, Damião P de Sousa
The aim of this work was to evaluate the pharmacological effect of seven structurally related terpenes on the contractility of cardiac muscle. The effect of terpenes was studied on isolated electrically driven guinea pig left atrium. From concentration-response curves for inotropic effect were determined the EC50 and relative potency of such terpenes. Our results revealed that all terpenes, except phytol, showed ability to reduce the contractile response of guinea pig left atrium. Further, relative potency was directly related to the number of isoprene units and to the lipophilicity of the compounds...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
#19
Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641381/supraventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-a-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
#20
Jongmin Hwang, Hyoung-Seob Park, Jun Kim, Jeong Su Kim, Jong Sung Park, Ki-Hun Kim, Myung Hwan Bae, Sang-Hee Lee, Young Soo Lee, Seongwook Han, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Tae-Joon Cha, Dong Gu Shin, Byung Chun Jung, Yoon-Nyun Kim
Aims: A persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is the most common thoracic venous anomaly. This venous anomaly can impact the evaluation and treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVA). The aim of this study was to assess the proportion and characteristics of PLSVC in adult SVA patients. Methods and results: From July 2002 to July 2012, clinical and procedural data from databases of 10 cardiac electrophysiology laboratories in the Yeungnam region of the Republic of Korea were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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