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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087179/value-of-serum-n-terminal-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-asymptomatic-structural-heart-disease-in-taiwanese-population-comparisons-with-current-esc-guidelines
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Ta-Chuan Hung, Kuang-Te Wang, Chun-Ho Yun, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Chia-Yuan Liu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Hiram G Bezerra, Hsiao-Yang Cheng, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structural or functional anomalies in pre-clinical, asymptomatic Asian populations has not been well identified. METHODS: From October 2005 to March 2008, we enrolled consecutive asymptomatic adults with preserved global left ventricular (LV) function (ejection fraction>50%) who underwent annual cardiovascular health survey. Circulating NT-proBNP was used to identify echo-defined cardiac structural/functional anomalies and compared to current recommended cut-off from the European Society of Heart Failure...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086843/evaluation-of-the-good-start-program-a-healthy-eating-and-physical-activity-intervention-for-maori-and-pacific-islander-children-living-in-queensland-australia
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Seema Mihrshahi, Lisa Vaughan, Nicola Fa'avale, Shreenika De Silva Weliange, Inez Manu-Sione, Lisa Schubert
BACKGROUND: Reducing the prevalence of obesity and chronic disease are important priorities. Maori and Pacific Islander communities living in Australia have higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than the wider Australian population. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the Good Start program, which aims to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity amongst Maori and Pacific Islander communities living in Queensland. METHODS: The intervention was delivered to children aged 6-19 years (N = 375) in schools by multicultural health workers...
January 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081064/using-national-inpatient-death-rates-as-a-benchmark-to-identify-hospitals-with-inaccurate-cause-of-death-reporting-missouri-2009-2012
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Jennifer Lloyd, Ehsan Jahanpour, Brian Angell, Craig Ward, Andy Hunter, Cherri Baysinger, George Turabelidze
Reporting causes of death accurately is essential to public health and hospital-based programs; however, some U.S. studies have identified substantial inaccuracies in cause of death reporting. Using CDC's national inpatient hospital death rates as a benchmark, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) analyzed inpatient death rates reported by hospitals with high inpatient death rates in St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas. Among the selected hospitals with high inpatient death rates, 45...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080965/feeling-learning-from-and-being-aware-of-inner-states-interoceptive-dimensions-in-neurodegeneration-and-stroke
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Indira García-Cordero, Lucas Sedeño, Laura de la Fuente, Andrea Slachevsky, Gonzalo Forno, Francisco Klein, Patricia Lillo, Jesica Ferrari, Clara Rodriguez, Julian Bustin, Teresa Torralva, Sandra Baez, Adrian Yoris, Sol Esteves, Margherita Melloni, Paula Salamone, David Huepe, Facundo Manes, Adolfo M García, Agustín Ibañez
Interoception is a complex process encompassing multiple dimensions, such as accuracy, learning and awareness. Here, we examined whether each of those dimensions relies on specialized neural regions distributed throughout the vast interoceptive network. To this end, we obtained relevant measures of cardiac interoception in healthy subjects and patients offering contrastive lesion models of neurodegeneration and focal brain damage: behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia (bvFTD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-insular stroke...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079553/end-of-life-decisions-in-heart-failure-to-turn-off-the-intracardiac-device-or-not
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Bilal Ayach, Amrit Malik, Colette Seifer, Shelley Zieroth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is a significant public health concern around the world. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators with or without cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) have proven survival benefit. As patients progress to end-stage disease, management shifts to palliative care, and cardiologists are often confronted with how to best manage these devices. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies suggest that up to one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator receive painful shocks in the last 24 h of life...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078921/regional-differences-in-mortality-hospital-discharges-and-primary-care-contacts-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Sigridur Haraldsdottir, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Guđmundur Thorgeirsson, Sigrun H Lund, Unnur A Valdimarsdottir
AIMS: Surveillance of geographical variations in cardiovascular health is important in order to achieve the objectives of reducing regional health disparities. We aimed to explore differences in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and prevalence of CVD diagnoses made in primary and in-patient care, as well as risk factor distribution by geographic regions (urban/rural) in Iceland. METHODS: From nationwide health registers, we obtained data on CVD mortalities ( N = 7113), primary healthcare CVD contacts ( N = 58,246) and hospital CVD discharges ( N = 14,039), as well as data on CVD risk factors from a national health survey ( N = 5909; response rate 60...
January 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078862/a-placebo-controlled-trial-of-a-proprietary-lipid-lowering-nutraceutical-supplement-in-the-management-of-dyslipidemia
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M Houston, R Rountree, J Lamb, S Phipps, S Meng, B Zhang
There is an ever growing emergence in the popularity of patient-driven care. As this health and wellness model grows, inquiries into diet, lifestyle, and supplemental approaches will continue to become a focal point for the healthcare consumer. Because of this, the aim of this study is to determine the tolerability, and overall effectiveness of a proprietary multi-ingredient lipid-lowering supplement in subjects with dyslipidemia. Forty participants were recruited for a single-center, double-blind randomized, placebocontrolled trial...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078642/association-between-subtotal-gastrectomy-with-billroth-ii-anastomosis-and-coronary-heart-disease
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Chien-Hua Chen, Cheng-Li Lin, Yu-Shu Cheng, Long-Bin Jeng
BACKGROUND: We assessed the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) after subtotal gastrectomy with Billroth II anastomosis (SGBIIA) for peptic ulcer disease (PUD). METHODS: The Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database was used, and 6160 patients undergoing SGBIIA for PUD were identified as the surgical cohort. A total of 24,540 patients from the PUD population not undergoing surgery selected by frequency-matching were identified as the non-surgical cohort...
January 11, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077509/the-basic-approach-a-single-centre-experience-with-a-cost-reducing-model-for-paediatric-cardiac-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Massimo A Padalino, Chiara Tessari, Alvise Guariento, Anna C Frigo, Vladimiro L Vida, Andrea Marcolongo, Fabio Zanella, Michael J Harvey, Ravi R Thiagarajan, Giovanni Stellin
OBJECTIVES: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a lifesaving but expensive therapy in terms of financial, technical and human resources. We report our experience with a 'basic' ECMO support model, consisting of ECMO initiated and managed without the constant presence of a bedside specialist, to assess safety, clinical outcomes and financial impact on our health system. METHODS: We did a retrospective single-centre study of paediatric cardiac ECMO between January 2001 and March 2014...
January 10, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077466/tea-consumption-and-risk-of-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Xia Li, Canqing Yu, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Jiahui Si, Ling Yang, Yiping Chen, Xiaolan Ren, Ge Jiang, Junshi Chen, Zhengming Chen, Jun Lv, Liming Li
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively examine the association between tea consumption and the risk of ischaemic heart disease (IHD). METHODS: Prospective study using the China Kadoorie Biobank; participants from 10 areas across China were enrolled during 2004-2008 and followed up until 31 December 2013. After excluding participants with cancer, heart disease and stroke at baseline, the present study included 199 293 men and 288 082 women aged 30-79 years at baseline...
January 11, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077089/control-beliefs-and-risk-for-4-year-mortality-in-older-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Wei Duan-Porter, Susan Nicole Hastings, Brian Neelon, Courtney Harold Van Houtven
BACKGROUND: Control beliefs are important psychological factors that likely contribute to heterogeneity in health outcomes for older adults. We evaluated whether control beliefs are associated with risk for 4-year mortality, after accounting for established "classic" biomedical risk factors. We also determined if an enhanced risk model with control beliefs improved identification of individuals with low vs. high mortality risk. METHODS: We used nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study (2006-2012) for adults 50 years or older in 2006 (n = 7313) or 2008 (n = 6301)...
January 11, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073429/relation-of-the-myocardial-contraction-fraction-as-calculated-from-m-mode-echocardiography-with-incident-heart-failure-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-results-from-the-cardiovascular-health-study
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Mathew S Maurer, William J H Koh, Traci M Bartz, Sirish Vullaganti, Eddy Barasch, Julius M Gardin, John S Gottdiener, Bruce M Psaty, Jorge R Kizer
We evaluated the association between 2-dimensional (2D) echocardiography (echo)-determined myocardial contraction fraction (MCF) and adverse cardiovascular outcomes including incident heart failure (HF), atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and mortality. The MCF, the ratio of left ventricular (LV) stroke volume (SV) to myocardial volume (MV), is a volumetric measure of myocardial shortening that can distinguish pathologic from physiological hypertrophy. Using 2D echo-guided M-mode data from the Cardiovascular Health Study, we calculated MCF in subjects with LV ejection fraction (EF) ≥55% and used Cox models to evaluate its association with incident HF, ASCVD, and all-cause mortality after adjusting for clinical and echo parameters...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072697/usefulness-of-hatch-score-in-the-prediction-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-for-asians
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Kazuyoshi Suenari, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yasuki Kihara, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
The HATCH score (hypertension <1 point>, age >75 years <1 point>, stroke or transient ischemic attack <2 points>, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease <1 point>, and heart failure <2 points>) was reported to be useful for predicting the progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) from paroxysmal to persistent or permanent AF for patients who participated in the Euro Heart Survey. The goal of the current study was to investigate whether the HATCH score was a useful scheme in predicting new-onset AF...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071960/community-based-prevalence-study-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-rural-ethiopia
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Tadesse Gemechu, Hani Mahmoud, Eldryd Ho Parry, David Iw Phillips, Magdi H Yacoub
Background Chronic Rheumatic Heart disease (RHD) continues to be a health problem in many low and middle income countries and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Echocardiography has shown that the disease is far more widespread than may be detected by clinical assessment, but data are lacking on the prevalence and epidemiological features in rural Africa. Design Community-based prevalence survey Methods We used transthoracic echocardiography to carry out a population-based study of RHD in a rural area of Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070760/the-generation-r-study-design-and-cohort-update-2017
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Marjolein N Kooijman, Claudia J Kruithof, Cornelia M van Duijn, Liesbeth Duijts, Oscar H Franco, Marinus H van IJzendoorn, Johan C de Jongste, Caroline C W Klaver, Aad van der Lugt, Johan P Mackenbach, Henriëtte A Moll, Robin P Peeters, Hein Raat, Edmond H H M Rings, Fernando Rivadeneira, Marc P van der Schroeff, Eric A P Steegers, Henning Tiemeier, André G Uitterlinden, Frank C Verhulst, Eppo Wolvius, Janine F Felix, Vincent W V Jaddoe
The Generation R Study is a population-based prospective cohort study from fetal life until adulthood. The study is designed to identify early environmental and genetic causes and causal pathways leading to normal and abnormal growth, development and health from fetal life, childhood and young adulthood. This multidisciplinary study focuses on several health outcomes including behaviour and cognition, body composition, eye development, growth, hearing, heart and vascular development, infectious disease and immunity, oral health and facial growth, respiratory health, allergy and skin disorders of children and their parents...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070248/childhood-cardiomyopathies-a-study-in-tertiary-care-hospital-in-upper-egypt
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Mohamed Abd Elaal Bakeet, Montaser Mohamed Mohamed, Ahmed Ahmed Allam, Rania Gamal
INTRODUCTION: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease of the myocardium associated with cardiac dysfunction. An understanding of CMP is very important, as it is a common cause of heart failure in children, and the most common indication for heart transplantation in children older than one year, but data on CMP in Egypt are scarce. The aim of this study was to determine the number, risk factors, clinical presentation, complications and outcome of different types of childhood cardiomyopathies in Sohag University Hospital...
November 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069037/health-and-genetic-ancestry-testing-time-to-bridge-the-gap
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Andrew Smart, Deborah A Bolnick, Richard Tutton
BACKGROUND: It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep information about genetic ancestry separate from information about health, and consumers of genetic ancestry tests are becoming more aware of the potential health risks associated with particular ancestral lineages. Because some of the proposed associations have received little attention from oversight agencies and professional genetic associations, scientific developments are currently outpacing governance regimes for consumer genetic testing...
January 9, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069009/multi-center-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-nocturnal-oxygen-therapy-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-study-protocol-for-the-inox-trial
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Yves Lacasse, Sarah Bernard, Frédéric Sériès, Van Hung Nguyen, Jean Bourbeau, Shawn Aaron, François Maltais
BACKGROUND: Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is the only component of the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that improves survival in patients with severe daytime hypoxemia. LTOT is usually provided by a stationary oxygen concentrator and is recommended to be used for at least 15-18 h a day. Several studies have demonstrated a deterioration in arterial blood gas pressures and oxygen saturation during sleep in patients with COPD, even in those not qualifying for LTOT...
January 9, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068660/direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-user-motivations-decision-making-and-perceived-utility-of-results
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J Scott Roberts, Michele C Gornick, Deanna Alexis Carere, Wendy R Uhlmann, Mack T Ruffin, Robert C Green
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To describe the interests, decision making, and responses of consumers of direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing (DTC-PGT) services. METHODS: Prior to 2013 regulatory restrictions on DTC-PGT services, 1,648 consumers from 2 leading companies completed Web surveys before and after receiving test results. RESULTS: Prior to testing, DTC-PGT consumers were as interested in ancestry (74% very interested) and trait information (72%) as they were in disease risks (72%)...
January 10, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067891/an-interactive-web-based-intervention-on-nutritional-status-physical-activity-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patient-with-metabolic-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-red-ruby-study
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L Jahangiry, A Montazeri, M Najafi, M Yaseri, M A Farhangi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Physical inactivity and unhealthy nutritional behaviors are recognized as the key factors in the cause and management of metabolic syndrome (MetS). The effectiveness of interactive web-based interventions on dietary intakes, physical activity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among people with MetS is currently unknown. METHODS: The two-arm randomized-controlled trial was conducted for patients with MetS from June through December 2012 in Tehran, Iran...
January 9, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
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