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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817484/levosimendan-in-acute-and-advanced-heart-failure-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-database-and-evaluation-of-its-therapeutic-applications
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J Altenberger, F Gustafsson, V-P Harjola, K Karason, D Kindgen-Milles, M Kivikko, G Malfatto, Z Papp, J Parissis, P Pollesello, G Pölzl, C Tschöpe
The use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure has been described over many decades. However, negative or insufficient data have been collected regarding the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitizer and potassium channel-opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator than traditional agents in some heart failure settings, such as Advanced Heart Failure...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817241/association-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-heart-failure-risk-in-the-elderly
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Catarina Magalhães Porto, Vanessa De Lima Silva, João Soares Brito da Luz, Brivaldo Markman Filho, Vera Magalhães da Silveira
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of heart failure in elderly patients of cardiology outpatient clinics. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cross-sectional study with an analytical approach was employed. Clinical data were collected from the elderly from August 2015 to February 2016. The dependent variable was the risk of heart failure; the independent variable was vitamin D deficiency; and intervening factors were age, gender, education, ethnicity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, renal failure, dementia, stroke, dyslipidaemia, depression, smoking, alcoholism, obesity, andropause, and cardiac arrhythmia...
August 17, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816774/practitioner-gender-and-quality-of-care-in-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-practice-innovation-and-clinical-excellence-pinnacle-registry
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Dipti Gupta, Fengming Tang, Frederick A Masoudi, Philip G Jones, Paul S Chan, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Some studies suggest that female practitioners are more likely to provide guideline-concordant care than male practitioners; however, little is known about the role of practitioner gender in cardiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to measure the association between practitioner gender and adherence to the cardiovascular performance measures in the American College of Cardiology's ambulatory Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813699/t1-and-t2-mapping-in-cardiology-mapping-the-obscure-object-of-desire
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812129/-device-based-remote-monitoring-current-evidence
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REVIEW
David Duncker, Roman Michalski, Johanna Müller-Leisse, Christos Zormpas, Thorben König, Christian Veltmann
Telemedicine is increasingly used in clinical cardiology. It offers early detection of arrhythmias, technical device follow-up and support of heart failure management. Regarding technical device follow-up, remote monitoring significantly reduces usage of the health care system. Furthermore, remote monitoring is associated with a significantly reduced time from device malfunction to physician's perception of the event. Using remote monitoring, inappropriate ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) shocks can be significantly reduced compared to routine in-office follow-up...
August 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811871/do-all-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-need-long-term-anticoagulation
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Munish Sharma, Rohit Masih, Daniel A N Mascarenhas
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia worldwide with an estimated number of 2.7-6.1 million cases in the United States (US) alone. The incidence of AF is expected to increase 2.5 fold over the next 50 years in the US. The management of AF is complex and includes mainly three aspects; restoration of sinus rhythm, control of ventricular rate and prevention of systemic thromboembolism. AF as a cause of systemic embolization has been well known for many years, and majority of patients are on oral anticoagulants (OACs) to prevent this...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810469/psychological-factors-and-self-rated-health-an-observative-study-on-cardiological-patients
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Claudia Chiavarino, Chiara Poggio, Franco Rusconi, Anna Angela Rachele Beretta, Stefano Aglieri
This study investigated the association of illness representations, awareness of bodily states and health complaints to self-rated health in N = 150 consecutive patients with heart disease (ischaemic disease, heart failure and heart valve disease) and explored differences between 'health optimist' and 'health pessimist' patients. After controlling for medical variables, health complaints accounted for 14.2 per cent of patients' self-rated health, and illness representations contributed for another 16...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806775/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-the-cost-effectiveness-of-depscreen-info
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Christian Brettschneider, Sebastian Kohlmann, Benjamin Gierk, Bernd Löwe, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Although depression is common in patients with heart disease, screening for depression is much debated. DEPSCREEN-INFO showed that a patient-targeted feedback in addition to screening results in lower depression level six months after screening. The purpose of this analysis was to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of DEPSCREEN-INFO. METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension were included. Participants in both groups were screened for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805996/what-can-we-learn-from-pulmonary-function-testing-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Helgo Magnussen, Marco Canepa, Peter Emilio Zambito, Vito Brusasco, Thomas Meinertz, Stephan Rosenkranz
Pulmonary diseases frequently coexist in heart failure (HF), thus posing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to cardiologists evaluating patients with overlapping symptoms and implementing recommended HF treatments. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that pulmonary function testing might provide useful information for the best management of these patients. The availability of portable devices, allowing the measurement of spirometry and lung diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide outside of hospital-based pulmonary lung function laboratories, provides an opportunity for a more widespread use of these measures in the cardiology community, but their interpretation can be challenging...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804855/human-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-versus-feline-cardiomyopathy-what-can-we-learn-from-both-veterinary-and-human-medicine
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REVIEW
Valentine Prat, Bertrand Rozec, Chantal Gauthier, Benjamin Lauzier
Cardiovascular affections are a growing health burden in human populations. Recent advances in cardiology have improved treatments and outcomes for myocardial infarction and arrhythmias, but other conditions still remain poorly understood. To date, the classical approach to study cardiovascular diseases involves rodent models, despite their strong differences with human cardiac physiology. In this context, this review will focus on the common traits between human and feline cardiac diseases, namely heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and feline cardiomyopathies, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804537/an-integrated-approach-to-coronary-heart-disease-diagnosis-and-clinical-management
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REVIEW
Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Concetta Schiano, Carlo Cavaliere, Carlo Tedeschi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Claudio Napoli
The major issue in coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and management is that symptoms onset in an advanced state of disease. Despite the availability of several clinical risk scores, the prediction of cardiovascular events is lacking, and many patients at risk are not well stratified according to the canonical risk factors alone. Therefore, adequate risk assessment remains the most challenging issue. Recently, the integration of imaging data with biochemical markers in a radiogenomic framework has been proposed in many fields of medicine as well as in cardiology...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803840/development-and-validation-of-risk-equations-for-complications-of-type-2-diabetes-recode-using-individual-participant-data-from-randomised-trials
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Sanjay Basu, Jeremy B Sussman, Seth A Berkowitz, Rodney A Hayward, John S Yudkin
BACKGROUND: In view of substantial mis-estimation of risks of diabetes complications using existing equations, we sought to develop updated Risk Equations for Complications Of type 2 Diabetes (RECODe). METHODS: To develop and validate these risk equations, we used data from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes study (ACCORD, n=9635; 2001-09) and validated the equations for microvascular events using data from the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS, n=1018; 1996-2001), and for cardiovascular events using data from the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD, n=4760; 2001-12)...
August 10, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803515/protocol-driven-remote-monitoring-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-as-part-of-a-heart-failure-disease-management-strategy
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Christophe J P Smeets, Frederik H Verbrugge, Julie Vranken, Jo Van der Auwera, Wilfried Mullens, Matthias Dupont, Lars Grieten, Hélène De Cannière, Dorien Lanssens, Thijs Vandenberk, Valerie Storms, Inge M Thijs, Pieter Vandervoort
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction. CRT devices are equipped with remote monitoring functions, which are pivotal in the detection of device problems, but may also facilitate disease management. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive overview of the clinical interventions taken based on remote monitoring. METHODS: This is a single centre observational study of consecutive CRT patients (n = 192) participating in protocol-driven remote follow-up...
August 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799708/acute-and-mid-term-outcomes-of-stent-implantation-for-recurrent-coarctation-of-the-aorta-between-the-norwood-operation-and-fontan-completion-a-multi-center-pediatric-interventional-cardiology-early-career-society-investigation
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Osamah Aldoss, Bryan H Goldstein, Saar Danon, Sebastian Goreczny, Robert G Gray, Shyam Sathanandam, Wendy Whiteside, Derek A Williams, Jeffrey D Zampi
OBJECTIVES: We sought to evaluate outcomes of stent implantation (SI) for recurrent coarctation of the aorta (RC) following the Norwood operation. BACKGROUND: RC is common following the Norwood operation. Balloon angioplasty (BA) is standard treatment but may result in unsatisfactory relief of RC. SI may improve RC, but outcome data are limited. METHODS: We performed a multi-center retrospective study of patients who underwent SI for RC between the Norwood operation and Fontan completion...
August 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797717/editorial-commentary-burnout-in-cardiology-going-to-the-heart-of-the-misunderstanding
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EDITORIAL
Renzo Bianchi, Eric Laurent
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 28, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797470/balancing-primary-prevention-and-statin-induced-diabetes-mellitus-prevention
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REVIEW
Yogita Rochlani, Ajoe John Kattoor, Naga Venkata Pothineni, Raga Deepak Reddy Palagiri, Francesco Romeo, Jawahar L Mehta
Diabetes mellitus (DM), a modern-day epidemic, is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is believed that statins elevate the risk of incident DM. Multiple trials were suggestive of the hyperglycemic effect of long-term statin use. This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to include the risk of DM in the product label of statins. New-onset DM with statin use is biologically plausible and can be explained based on the multiple pathways in glucose metabolism affected by statins. Most pivotal clinical trials on statins were not powered to adequately assess the risk of incident DM with statin use, and the results from multiple meta-analyses are mixed...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797417/implications-of-coronary-artery-calcium%C3%A2-testing-for-treatment-decisions-among-statin-candidates-according-to%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-acc-aha-cholesterol-management%C3%A2-guidelines-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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REVIEW
Jonathan C Hong, Ron Blankstein, Leslee J Shaw, William V Padula, Alejandro Arrieta, Jonathan A Fialkow, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Harlan M Krumholz, Khurram Nasir
This review evaluates the cost-effectiveness of using coronary artery calcium (CAC) to guide long-term statin therapy compared with treating all patients eligible for statins according to 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol management guidelines for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The authors used a microsimulation model to compare costs and effectiveness from a societal perspective over a lifetime horizon. Both strategies resulted in similar costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797011/the-coronary-heart-team
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Bobby Yanagawa, John D Puskas, Deepak L Bhatt, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The concept of a Coronary Heart Team has generated increased interest, including support from major practice guidelines. Here, we review the rationale and the published experience of Coronary Heart Teams. RECENT FINDINGS: A Coronary Heart Team should be led by both cardiology and cardiac surgery with a shared decision-making approach. The team should incorporate data from anatomic and clinical risk prediction models to offer individualized care...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794122/organizational-structure-staffing-resources-and-educational-initiatives-in-cardiac-intensive-care-units-in-the-united-states-an-american-heart-association-acute-cardiac-care-committee-and-american-college-of-cardiology-critical-care-cardiology-working-group
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Sean van Diepen, Christopher B Fordyce, Zachary K Wegermann, Christopher B Granger, Amanda Stebbins, David A Morrow, Michael A Solomon, Jeffrey Soble, Timothy D Henry, Ian C Gilchrist, Jason N Katz, Mauricio G Cohen, L Kristin Newby
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
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