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Y-X Wang, Y-Q Li, Y Chen, C-H Zhang, Z Dong, Z Wang, S-N Zhao, C-H Li, P-L Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Orolingual angioedema (OA) is a rare clinical complication with a potentially fatal risk that occurs after the intravenous application of alteplase (rt-PA) in patients with acute ischemic stroke. The purpose of this work is to investigate the related factors of OA in patients with acute ischemic stroke after the administration of intravenous thrombolytic therapy, to improve the predictive ability of OA during intravenous thrombolytic therapy, and to reduce the prevalence of complications...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
T Zhang, C Zhang, R-X Chen, B Shao, G-A Liu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) with coronary artery lesion quantitative score Syntax Score (SX score) and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 115 patients with OSAHS admitted to the Department of Cardiology in our hospital from January 2011 to June 2015 were selected. Philips Respironics Alice 5 Polysomnography was used for sleep monitoring...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L-Y Hu, J-B Cui, X-M Xu, Z-H Huang, H-T Jiao
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic lung injury (TLI) can cause inflammation and oxidative stress, or even leads to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. Nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor 2 (Nrf2)-Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1)-antioxidant response element (ARE) signal pathway participates in disease occurrence and progression via regulating inflammatory and oxidative stress response, but with its expression and functional roles in TLI largely unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group, TLI group by crushing method, and Nrf2 activation group which received Nrf2 specific agonist sulforaphane 30 min before TLI treatment...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
X-H Zhang, H-Y Zhang, S Lu, L-L Jiang, J Wu, Y-L Yang, S-A Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Gestational hypertension is a pregnancy complication that serious damages the maternal and child health. Early onset severe preeclampsia accounts for about 0.9% of the gestational hypertension disease. Conservative treatment is proposed in recent years to early onset severe preeclampsia through delay delivery. Therefore, it is particularly important to explore the pathogenesis of severe preeclampsia. Soluble endoglin (sEng) has been identified as a central factor to induce endothelium dysfunction of preeclampsia, while its specific mechanism is unclear...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Soo Young Yun, Young Jin Heo, Hae Woong Jeong, Jin Wook Baek, Hye Jung Choo, Jung Hwa Seo, Sung Tae Kim, Ji Young Lee, Sung Chul Jin
Background Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) more frequently develops in patients with intracranial vertebral artery dissection (VAD) than extracranial VAD, and is associated with possible poor clinical outcomes. The aim of this study is to compare high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI) findings and clinical features of VAD with and without AIS. Methods Twenty-nine lesions from 27 patients (15 male and 12 female patients; age range = 28-73 years) who underwent diffusion MRI and 3T HR-MRI within seven days were included...
January 1, 2018: Neuroradiology Journal
Juliana Paula Bruch Bertani, Bruna Cherubini Alves, Laura Alencastro de Azevedo, Mário Reis Álvares-da-Silva, Valesca Dall'Alba
INTRODUCTION: Occidental diet and metabolic profile seems to increase hepatic fibrosis (HF) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but there is scarce information about the diet components and their role in this setting. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to evaluate the dietary intake, metabolic profile, presence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiovascular risk in patients with chronic HCV infection according to the presence of fibrosis. METHODS: Cross-sectional study which 58 patients with HCV infection without active antiviral therapy and non-cirrhotic were assessed...
January 11, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Konstantinos Papoutsis, Alkistis Kapelouzou, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Nikolaos Patelis, Georgios Kouvelos, Dimitrios Schizas, Ioannis Karavokyros, Sotirios Georgopoulos
Serum relaxin 2 (RL2) is a pleiotropic hormone that acts on various organs and systems, particularly the cardiovascular system. Although RL2 seems to upregulate the synthesis of nitric monoxide (NO) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9, current literature on its role in atherosclerosis and aneurysm formation is scarce. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of serum RL2 in patients with an arterial aneurysm as well as in atherosclerotic patients, and correlate them with the severity of their related vascular disease...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Suzanne Oparil, Maria Czarina Acelajado, George L Bakris, Dan R Berlowitz, Renata Cífková, Anna F Dominiczak, Guido Grassi, Jens Jordan, Neil R Poulter, Anthony Rodgers, Paul K Whelton
Systemic arterial hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for all-cause morbidity and mortality worldwide and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Fewer than half of those with hypertension are aware of their condition, and many others are aware but not treated or inadequately treated, although successful treatment of hypertension reduces the global burden of disease and mortality. The aetiology of hypertension involves the complex interplay of environmental and pathophysiological factors that affect multiple systems, as well as genetic predisposition...
March 22, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Piotr J Kruk, Michał Nowicki
BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity is widely recommended for patients with arterial hypertension as an essential component of lifestyle modification. Much less is known about the impact of physical exercise on the management of treatment of resistant hypertension (RH). The aim was to assess the effect of physical activity program intensified by mobile phone text reminders on blood pressure control in subjects with RH managed in the primary care. METHODS: In total, 53 patients with primary hypertension were qualified, including 27 who met the criteria for RH and 26 with well-controlled hypertension (WCH)...
March 22, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Ankita Sharma, Monu, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) is the transporter protein (55 kDA) that carries retinol binding protein and thyroxin (T4) in its functional tetramer form. Presence of mutation in this protein (TTR) may lead to the dissociation of tetramers to monomer which unfolds and self associates to form amyloid aggregates. Aggregation of this protein has been found to be associated with various life threatening disorders such as coronary artery disease (CAD) which is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Alexios Verveniotis, Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Marina Zaromitidou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Georgios Marinos, Spyridon Deftereos, Manolis Vavuranakis, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Fatty acids are common dietary nutrients particularly in economically developed countries. Research has revealed that omega-3fatty acids exert beneficial effects in the progression of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid possess a number of biological actions which improve cardio-metabolic health. Omega-3 fatty acids display remarkable anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-arrythmogenic actions...
March 20, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Maxime Tindong, John N Palle, Daniel Nebongo, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Yannick Mboue-Djieka, Nicole T Fouda Mbarga, Mesmin Y Dehayem, Siméon-Pierre Choukem
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of diabetic foot ulcer and high risk for ulceration, describe the clinical presentation, and identify factors associated with diabetic foot ulcer in the Southwest regional hospitals of Cameroon. In this cross-sectional study, data were collected using a structured questionnaire administered to consecutive patients with diabetes. Findings from detailed foot examination were recorded. Diabetic foot ulcer was diagnosed according to the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) definition...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Kelly Olds, Karen Heath, John Miliauskas, Roger W Byard
A 56-year-old man with no previous medical history collapsed and was not able to be resuscitated. The major findings at autopsy were enlargement of the heart (weight = 527 g) which contained an infiltrating firm, homogeneous tumor in an epicardial location adjacent to the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, with further extension into the right ventricular outflow tract, the interventricular septum and left ventricular free wall. Sections showed sheets of small lymphoid cells with scattered large lymphocytes amounting to a low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as tumor cells were CD20, CD10, Bcl 2 and LMO 2 positive...
March 22, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Jayson Lian, Nicole Levine, Woojin Cho
PURPOSE: To review the current literature on methods of accurate numeration of vertebral segments in patients with Lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTVs). LSTVs are a common congenital anomaly of the L5-S1 junction. While their clinical significance has been debated, unquestionable is the need for their identification prior to spinal surgery. We hypothesize that there are no reliable landmarks by which we can accurately number transitional vertebrae, and thus a full spinal radiograph is required...
March 21, 2018: European Spine Journal
Stefan Rupp, Christian Jux
While in adults major advances in heart failure therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were documented in the last two decades, research on the mechanism and therapies of heart failure in children with left ventricular dilated cardiomyopathy has lagged behind. Despite the lack of sufficient randomized prospective studies, ACE inhibitors are first line and ß-receptor antagonists are second-line strategies in children. Following the adult guidelines, without having data concerning the pediatric population, mineral corticoids are also accepted in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, while diuretics should only be used to achieve a euvolemic status...
March 22, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Xiaohua Yin, Rong Xu, Yingchun Wang, Tao Cheng, Hui Zhou
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) can provide abundant information about the anatomy of the coronary artery. However, this modality is limited in evaluation of myocardial function. Four-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (4DSTE) is a novel and sensitive technique for quantitative evaluation of myocardial deformation. We estimated the value of these imaging modalities to predict the risk of MACE in 209 patients with suspected coronary artery disease(CAD) after a median follow-up of 727 days...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Akira Endo, Atsushi Shiraishi, Kiyohide Fushimi, Kiyoshi Murata, Yasuhiro Otomo
BACKGROUND: Although continuous regional arterial infusion (CRAI) of protease inhibitors and broad antibiotics has been suggested as one of the therapeutic option for patients with acute necrotic pancreatitis (ANP), the effectiveness has not been well-corroborated in clinical studies. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using a Japanese national administrative database. Severe acute pancreatitis patients with a poorly enhanced pancreas region (i.e...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
Dyre Kleive, Mushegh A Sahakyan, Ammar Khan, Bjarte Fosby, Pål-Dag Line, Knut Jørgen Labori
PURPOSE: The incidence of intraoperative arterial injury during pancreatectomy is not well described. This study aims to evaluate the incidence, management, and outcome of arterial injuries during pancreatectomy. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 1535 consecutive patients undergoing pancreatectomy between 2006 and 2016 at Oslo University Hospital. The type of arterial injury and potential contributing factors were analyzed. Short-term outcomes were compared between patients with arterial injury and patients undergoing a planned arterial resection due to tumor involvement...
March 21, 2018: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Vikas Pathak, Robert Aris, Brian C Jensen, Wei Huang, Hubert James Ford
BACKGROUND: Plasma pro-BNP (brain natriuretic peptide) levels are often elevated in response to right ventricular (RV) volume and pressure overload, parameters potentially affected by exercise. Plasma pro-BNP levels change in association with long-term changes in pulmonary hemodynamics, thereby serving as a potential biomarker in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The 6-min Walk Test (6MWT) and pro-BNP level are often checked in a single office visit. There is no universal standard for measuring Pro-BNP levels relative to the timing of the 6MWT...
March 21, 2018: Lung
Christopher R Broda, Svetlana B Shugh, Rohan B Parikh, YunFei Wang, Tobias R Schlingmann, Cory V Noel
After an arterial switch operation (ASO), serial imaging is necessary to monitor for maladaptive changes. We compared cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to 2-D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in assessing post-operative ASO patients. We performed a retrospective review of patients at a single tertiary care center who underwent an ASO and subsequently had a CMR performed from 7/2010 to 7/2016. Those with single ventricle anatomy, congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, or previous atrial switch operation were excluded...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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