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Konstadinos Plestis, Oleg Orlov, Vishal N Shah, Joshua Wong, Matthew Thomas, Alon Aharon, Cinthia Orlov, Georgia Panagopoulos, Scott Goldman
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) can be technically demanding and may lead to prolonged operative time. We evaluated the intraoperative and postoperative patient outcomes following implementation of 2 facilitating technologies (FT) in MIAVR: the Cor-Knot titanium fastener and Custodiol-histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate solution. METHODS: A total of 299 patients underwent MIAVR from 2008 to 2016; 172 (57.5%) patients were included in the FT group and 127 (42...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Bruce Cv Campbell, Mark W Parsons
This review summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding the use of imaging to guide stroke treatment. Brain imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis of stroke and identification of the mechanism of stroke, which is relevant to acute treatment, prognosis, and secondary prevention. The chief potential modalities are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Currently, most imaging occurs in hospital but mobile stroke units have expanded CT brain imaging into the prehospital field...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Anna Therese Bjerkreim, Andrej Netland Khanevski, Solveig Bergliot Glad, Lars Thomassen, Halvor Naess, Nicola Logallo
Background: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is the most severe form of stroke, but data on readmission after ICH are sparse. We aimed to determine frequency, causes, and predictors of 30-day readmission after ICH. Materials and Methods: This retrospective cohort study includes all spontaneous ICH survivors admitted to the stroke unit at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen in Norway from July 2007 to December 2013. Patients were followed by review of electronic medical charts, and the first unplanned readmission within 30 days after discharge was used as final outcome...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Alain Lekoubou, Kinfe G Bishu, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Of all the various clinical entities, hypertension is arguably most strongly linked to the occurrence of stroke. However, the impact of stroke on health-care expenditures in patients with hypertension has not been previously evaluated. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 2003-2014 data. Adults aged 18 years or greater were included in this analysis. We used a 2-part model (adjusting for demographic, comorbidity, and time) to estimate the incremental health-care expenditures incurred by stroke among individuals with hypertension...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Takehiko Kaneko
SanBio Co., Ltd. is developing regenerative medicine, SB623. SB623 secretes neurotrophic and growth factors, and can possibly show benefit in repair of the damaged brain after stroke. An open-label, single-arm phase I/IIa clinical study was conducted with 18 chronic ischemic stroke patients in the United States to evaluate the safety and clinical outcomes of surgical transplantation of SB623. Clinical evaluation for a one year follow-up period showed significant improvements with all mean scores on the European Stroke Scale, the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, and on the basis of fugl-Meyer Assessment...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
Michal A Karlinski, Jan P Bembenek, Anna Baranowska, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzebska, Anna Czlonkowska
BACKGROUND: Implementation of modern stroke unit care might have attenuated the negative effect of infections on stroke outcome. Our aim was to investigate changes in the occurrence of pneumonia and urinary infections diagnosed after admission to experienced Polish stroke center between 1995 and 2015, and their association with hospital mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective registry-based analysis of consecutive patients with acute stroke from highly urbanized area (Warsaw, Poland) in years 1995-2015...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Jasmin S Hanke, Günes Dogan, Amelie Zoch, Marcel Ricklefs, Leonhard Wert, Christina Feldmann, Christoph Bara, Malakh Shrestha, Jochen Tillmanns, Tibor Kempf, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
BACKGROUND: The HeartMate 3 (HM3; Abbott Laboratories, Lake Forest, Ill) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) received its Conformité Européenne mark for Europe in October 2015 and is currently under investigation of the Food and Drug Administration to gain approval in the United States. Within this study, we present the first real-world experiences, 1-year outcomes, and adverse events of a single-center cohort treated with the HM3. METHODS: We prospectively studied midterm results of 27 consecutive patients receiving the HM3 at a single institution...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Scott E Kasner, Pablo Lavados, Mukul Sharma, Yongjun Wang, Yilong Wang, Antoni Dávalos, Nikolay Shamalov, Luis Cunha, Arne Lindgren, Robert Mikulik, Antonio Arauz, Wilfried Lang, Anna Czlonkowska, Jens Eckstein, Rubens Gagliardi, Pierre Amarenco, Sebastián F Ameriso, Turgut Tatlisumak, Roland Veltkamp, Graeme J Hankey, Danilo S Toni, Daniel Bereczki, Shinichiro Uchiyama, George Ntaios, Byung-Woo Yoon, Raf Brouns, M M DeVries Basson, Matthias Endres, Keith Muir, Natan Bornstein, Serefnur Ozturk, Martin O'Donnell, Hardi Mundl, Calin Pater, Jeffrey Weitz, W Frank Peacock, Balakumar Swaminathan, Bodo Kirsch, Scott D Berkowitz, Gary Peters, Guillaume Pare, Ellison Themeles, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Stuart J Connolly, Robert G Hart
BACKGROUND: The New Approach Rivaroxaban Inhibition of Factor Xa in a Global Trial vs. ASA to Prevent Embolism in Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (NAVIGATE-ESUS) trial is a randomized phase-III trial comparing rivaroxaban versus aspirin in patients with recent ESUS. AIMS: We aimed to describe the baseline characteristics of this large ESUS cohort to explore relationships among key subgroups. METHODS: We enrolled 7213 patients at 459 sites in 31 countries...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Alexandros Briasoulis, Chakradhari Inampudi, Emmanuel Akintoye, Oluwole Adegbala, Paulino Alvarez, Jay Bhama
The utilization of contemporary continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVADs) has increased, accounting for >90% of implants from 2009 to 2014. The present study aimed to identify the annual national estimates in utilization, in-hospital mortality, and major complications with CF-LVAD using data from the National Inpatient Sample, the largest all-payer inpatient data set in the United States, and the US Census Bureau, for the years 2009 to 2014. Participants included all adult patients who received CF-LVADs from 2009 to 2014...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Konstantinos Tigkiropoulos, Fragiska Sigala, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Demetrios Moris, Konstantinos Filis, Nikolaos Melas, Dimitrios Karamanos, Christos Kontogiannis, Ioannis Lazaridis, Nikolaos Saratzis
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is the second most common cause of death in trauma patients. Nowadays, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has become the treatment of choice due to lower rates of mortality, paraplegia and stroke. However, concerns have been raised whether graft implantation is related to the development of hypertension in the postoperative period. OBJECTIVES: To report short- and long-term outcomes of patients undergoing TEVAR for BTAIs at a tertiary hospital as well as investigate post-implant hypertension...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Christopher W Baugh, Carol L Clark, Jason W Wilson, Ian G Stiell, Abraham G Kocheril, Krista K Luck, Troy D Myers, Charles V Pollack, Steven K Roumpf, Gery F Tomassoni, James M Williams, Brian B Patel, Fred Wu, Jesse M Pines
Atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF) is a common condition among emergency department (ED) patients in the United States (US). Traditionally, ED care for primary complaints related to AF focus on rate control, and patients are often admitted to an inpatient setting for further care. Inpatient care may include further telemetry monitoring and diagnostic testing, rhythm control, a search for identification of AF etiology, and stroke prophylaxis. However, many patients are eligible for safe and effective outpatient management pathways...
March 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Cheryl L Maier, Phillip J Gross, Christina L Dean, Satheesh Chonat, Andrew Ip, Morgan McLemore, Fuad El Rassi, Sean R Stowell, Cassandra D Josephson, Ross M Fasano
BACKGROUND: Fever accompanying vaso-occlusive crisis is a common presentation in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and carries a broad differential diagnosis. Here, we report a case of transfusion-transmitted malaria in a patient with SCD presenting with acute vaso-occlusive crisis and rapidly decompensating to multisystem organ failure (MSOF). CASE REPORT: An 18-year-old African American male with SCD was admitted after multiple days of fever and severe generalized body pain...
March 9, 2018: Transfusion
Christa A Hammond, Natalie J Blades, Sarwat I Chaudhry, John A Dodson, W T Longstreth, Susan R Heckbert, Bruce M Psaty, Alice M Arnold, Sascha Dublin, Colleen M Sitlani, Julius M Gardin, Stephen M Thielke, Michael G Nanna, Rebecca F Gottesman, Anne B Newman, Evan L Thacker
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is associated with cognitive impairment. However, we know little about the time course of cognitive change after HF diagnosis, the importance of comorbid atrial fibrillation, or the role of ejection fraction. We sought to determine the associations of incident HF with rates of cognitive decline and whether these differed by atrial fibrillation status or reduced versus preserved ejection fraction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants were 4864 men and women aged ≥65 years without a history of HF and free of clinical stroke in the CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study)-a community-based prospective cohort study in the United States, with cognition assessed annually from 1989/1990 through 1998/1999...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Robert A Hahn, Man-Huei Chang, R Gibson Parrish, Steven M Teutsch, Wanda K Jones
INTRODUCTION: We analyzed trends in US female mortality rates by decade from 1900 through 2010, assessed age and racial differences, and proposed explanations and considered implications. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive study of trends in mortality rates from major causes of death for females in the United States from 1900 through 2010. We analyzed all-cause unadjusted death rates (UDRs) for males and females and for white and nonwhite males and females from 1900 through 2010...
March 8, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
Katherine Scantlebury, Morag Bixley, Iain Williamson
In the United Kingdom, speech and language therapists (SLTs) and Stroke Association communication support coordinators (CSCs) are both employed to provide services for people with communication difficulties following stroke. There is very little literature of this type of collaborative working. This research is unique because it explores collaborative working between SLTs who are employed by the National Health Service and CSCs who are employed by the Stroke Association. Five CSCs and seven SLTs from the East of England participated in a series of in-depth interviews...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Francisco Jesús Represas Carrera, Álvaro Carrera García, Ana Clavería Fontán
OBJECTIVE: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that represent an important problem of public health. The objective of this study was to describe the sociodemographic, anthropometric, metabolic control, comorbidity and cardiovascular risk characteristics of patients diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus type 2 in the health area of Vigo. METHODS: Retrospective observational descriptive study. Between March and September 2016, it did telephone interview and an audit of electronic medical records to 195 patients ≥ 18 years old from the health area of Vigo diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus...
March 9, 2018: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Jin Pyeong Jeon, Chulho Kim, Sung-Eun Kim
Background: Blood pressure (BP) variability has been associated with stroke risk. We elucidated the association between systolic BP (SBP) variation and outcomes in patients with nonlobar intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) following intensive antihypertensive treatment upfront. Methods: We screened consecutive patients with spontaneous ICH who underwent intensive antihypertensive treatments targeting BP <140 mmHg between 2008 and 2016. SBPs were monitored hourly during the acute period (≤7 days after symptom onset) in the intensive care unit...
March 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Ajimsha M S, Smithesh Kooven, Noora Al-Mudahka
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to help practitioners and patients to make decisions about appropriate health care. Clinical practice guideline adherence analysis is the best way to fine tune the best practices in a health care industry with international benchmarks. OBJECTIVE: To assess the physical therapist's adherence to structured stroke clinical practice guidelines in an active inpatient rehabilitation center in Qatar...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Nianfang Lu, Li Jiang, Bo Zhu, Wenyong Han, Yingqi Zhao, Yuntao Shi, Fashuang Guo, Xiuming Xi
OBJECTIVE: To explore the accuracy of fluid responsiveness assessment by variability of peripheral arterial peak velocity and variability of inferior vena cava diameter (ΔIVC) in patients with septic shock. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted. The patients with septic shock undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV) admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Beijing Electric Power Hospital from January 2016 to December 2017 were enrolled. According to sepsis bundles of septic shock, volume expansion (VE) was conducted...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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