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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339438/the-role-of-autonomic-function-in-exercise-induced-endogenous-analgesia-a-case-control-study-in-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-healthy-people
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Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Uros Marusic, Inge De Wandele, Lorna Paul, Mira Meeus, Greta Moorkens, Luc Lambrecht, Lieven Danneels, Jo Nijs
BACKGROUND: Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are unable to activate brain-orchestrated endogenous analgesia (or descending inhibition) in response to exercise. This physiological impairment is currently regarded as one factor explaining post-exertional malaise in these patients. Autonomic dysfunction is also a feature of ME/CFS. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to examine the role of the autonomic nervous system in exercise-induced analgesia in healthy people and those with ME/CFS, by studying the recovery of autonomic parameters following aerobic exercise and the relation to changes in self-reported pain intensity...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335422/association-between-coffee-consumption-and-its-polyphenols-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-a-population-based-study
#2
Andreia Machado Miranda, Josiane Steluti, Regina Mara Fisberg, Dirce Maria Marchioni
Epidemiological studies have examined the effect of coffee intake on cardiovascular disease, but the benefits and risks for the cardiovascular system remain controversial. Our objective was to evaluate the association between coffee consumption and its polyphenols on cardiovascular risk factors. Data came from the "Health Survey of São Paulo (ISA-Capital)" among 557 individuals, in São Paulo, Brazil. Diet was assessed by two 24-h dietary recalls. Coffee consumption was categorized into <1, 1-3, and ≥3 cups/day...
March 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334813/construction-of-ductal-diameter-centiles-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life-and-their-relation-to-cerebral-blood-flow-in-neonates-weighing-less-than-1250%C3%A2-g-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life
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Sunil Pawar, Deepak Sharma, Srinivas Murki, Sreeram Subramaniam, Hemashree Kandraju
Aims and objectives: To evaluate the ductal diameter centiles in the first 24 h of life and their relation to cerebral blood flow in neonates weighing <1250 g in the first 24 h of life. Method and material: This prospective observational cohort study enrolled 44 infants with birth weight <1250 g. Two-dimensional echocardiography and color Doppler were performed within the first 12 h of life and were repeated again in the next 12 h of life to assess the ductal size and middle cerebral artery (MCA) flows [peak systolic velocity (PSV), end diastolic velocity (EDV), mean velocity (MV) and pulsatility index (PI)]...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334564/data-driven-implementation-of-alarm-reduction-interventions-in-a-cardiovascular-surgical-icu
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Sharon H Allan, Peter A Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue in the ICU setting has been well documented in the literature. The ICU's high-intensity environment requires staff's vigilant attention, and distraction from false and non-actionable alarms pulls staff away from important tasks, creates dissatisfaction, and is a potential patient safety risk if alarms are missed or ignored. This project was intended to improve patient safety by optimizing alarm systems in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit (CVSICU)...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334001/effects-of-overweight-and-the-pla2g7-v279f-polymorphism-on-the-association-of-age-with-systolic-blood-pressure
#5
Minjoo Kim, Minkyung Kim, Hye Jin Yoo, Hye Young Jang, Sang-Hyun Lee, Jong Ho Lee
This prospective study aimed to determine the effects of the persistence of overweight for three years and the PLA2G7 V279F polymorphism, as well as the interaction between these factors, on the association of age with blood pressure (BP). Healthy middle-aged subjects with normotensive BP were divided into the normal-weight and overweight groups. The PLA2G7 V279F genotype, BP, lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) activity, and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) were determined. Lp-PLA2 activity was lower in the F allele subjects (n = 111) than in those with the VV genotype (n = 389)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333860/cardiovascular-parameters-to-2-years-after-kidney-transplantation-following-early-switch-to-everolimus-without-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-an-analysis-of-the-randomized-elevate-study
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Hallvard Holdaas, Johan W de Fijter, Josep M Cruzado, Pablo Massari, Björn Nashan, John Kanellis, Oliver Witzke, Alex Gutierrez-Dalmau, Aydin Turkmen, Zailong Wang, Patricia Lopez, Peter Bernhardt, Jossy Kochuparampil, Markus van der Giet, Klaus Murbraech
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors may confer cardioprotective advantages but clinical data are limited. METHODS: In the open-label ELEVATE trial, kidney transplant patients were randomized at 10-14 weeks posttransplant to convert from calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) to everolimus or remain on standard CNI therapy. Prespecified endpoints included left ventricular mass index (LVMi) and, in a subpopulation of patients, arterial stiffness as measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV)...
March 22, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333820/committee-opinion-no-692-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333812/committee-opinion-no-692-summary-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333529/the-long-arm-of-childhood-preschool-associations-with-adolescent-health
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Terri J Sabol, Lindsay Till Hoyt
The current study examines the extent to which participation in preschool at age 4 is associated with blood pressure, body mass index, and awakening cortisol at age 15. We capitalize on data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development to examine differences in adolescent health among children who attended preschool, parental care, or home-based care at age 4 (n = 742). Using quasi-experimental methods, we found that preschool participation was associated with multiple positive health outcomes in adolescence...
April 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333367/community-paramedicine-applied-in-a-rural-community
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Kevin J Bennett, Matt W Yuen, Melinda A Merrell
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Abbeville County Emergency Management Services (ACEMS) began a community paramedicine (CP) program to utilize trained paramedics to serve patients who frequently use the emergency department (ED) and have 1 or more of the following diagnoses: hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The objective of this study was to determine if the CP program reduced ED visits in Abbeville while improving patient outcomes. DESIGN: A pre/posttest with a comparison group study design was used to evaluate the CP program...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332877/pentraxin-3-as-a-new-cardiovascular-marker-in-adrenal-adenomas
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Muhammed Kizilgul, Selvihan Beysel, Ozgur Ozcelik, Seyfullah Kan, Mahmut Apaydin, Mustafa Caliskan, Bekir Ucan, Erkam Sencar, Seyda Ozdemir, Erman Cakal
BACKGROUND: Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an acute-phase glycoprotein, which is increased in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and considered as a predictor of CVD in the general population. Both functional and nonfunctional adrenal tumors are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. We aimed to investigate plasma PTX3 levels in patients with functioning and nonfunctioning adrenal tumors and to determine its relationship with cardiovascular risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with functional adrenal tumors (11 pheochromocytomas, 9 Cushing's Syndrome and 1 primary hyperaldosteronism), 28 patients with non-functional adrenal incidentilomas, and 40 healthy controls were enrolled in the study...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332615/integrative-variants-haplotypes-and-diplotypes-of-the-capn3-and-frmd5-genes-and-several-environmental-exposures-associate-with-serum-lipid-variables
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Tao Guo, Rui-Xing Yin, Ling Pan, Shuo Yang, Liu Miao, Feng Huang
To determine whether the integrative variants, haplotypes and diplotypes of the calpain 3 (CAPN3) and the FERM domain containing 5 genes (FRMD5) and several environmental exposures are associated with an implication in lipid homeostasis, which are associated with cardiovascular risk. Genotyping of the CAPN3 rs4344713 and FRMD5 rs524908 was performed by Sanger sequencing in 1,640 subjects (Jing, 819 and Han, 821). Multivariate analyses of covariance models that adjusted by age, gender, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and lifestyle (smoking and drinking), were constructed using variants, haplotypes and diplotypes of the CAPN3 rs4344713 and FRMD5 rs524908 as predictors and changes in lipid variables...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332508/prolactin-as-a-predictor-of-endothelial-dysfunction-and-arterial-stiffness-progression-in-menopause
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G Georgiopoulos, I Lambrinoudaki, F Athanasouli, E Armeni, A Koliviras, A Augoulea, D Rizos, C Papamichael, A Protogerou, K Stellos, K Stamatelopoulos
Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for progression of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Recent cross-sectional evidence suggests that high normal circulating prolactin levels may accelerate vascular ageing in menopause. Postmenopausal women (n=201) were consecutively recruited from a Menopause Clinic and re-evaluated in at least one follow-up visit within the next 3 years. Baseline circulating prolactin levels were measured while both baseline and follow-up vascular and biochemical measurements were performed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332506/effectiveness-of-home-blood-pressure-telemonitoring-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-studies
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Y Duan, Z Xie, F Dong, Z Wu, Z Lin, N Sun, J Xu
To summarise evidence about the effectiveness of home blood pressure telemonitoring (HBPT) and identify the key components of intervention. We comprehensively searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library for relevant studies. The authors were contacted for additional information. Two authors independently extracted the data and assessed the risk of bias. 46 randomised controlled trials including a total of 13 875 cases were identified. Compared with usual care, HBPT improved office systolic blood pressure (BP) and diastolic BP by 3...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332441/changes-in-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-during-the-cardiac-cycle-a-comparative-study-in-early-childhood-mid-childhood-and-adulthood
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Kuna Rueb, Jonathan Mynard, Richard Liu, Melissa Wake, Peter Vuillermin, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Diana Zannino, David P Burgner
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an ultrasonographic marker of cardiovascular risk, is increasingly used in adults and children. The choice of specific images used to quantify CIMT from a cine sequence is often based on image quality rather than on a consistent point in the cardiac cycle. This methodological study quantified the imprecision that may be introduced by variation of CIMT during the cardiac cycle. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from four-year-olds, 11 to 12-year-olds, and adults (n=30 each age group) were selected retrospectively from two population-derived studies...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331456/primary-care-practice-reengineering-and-associations-with-patient-portal-use-service-utilization-and-disease-control-among-patients-with-hypertension-and-or-diabetes
#17
Eboni G Price-Haywood, Qingyang Luo
BACKGROUND: We describe the role of primary care reengineering in the Ochsner Health System (OHS) patient portal implementation strategy and compare subsequent trends in service utilization and disease control among portal users vs nonusers within this context. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study includes 101,019 patients with hypertension or diabetes who saw an OHS primary care provider (PCP) between 2012 and 2014. Inverse probability treatment weighting was used to reduce case-mix differences between study groups...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331157/the-usefulness-of-combined-assessment-of-e-e-ratio-and-transmitral-flow-pattern-to-interpret-cardiac-condition
#18
Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Yoshihisa Akiomi, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
High mitral inflow early (E) velocity to tissue Doppler E' ratio (E/E') and an E to late diastolic filling velocity ratio (E/A) are used to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and filling pressure, but the usefulness of combined assessment of E/E' and E/A is not fully understood. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 1,266 patients who underwent echocardiography to assess cardiac function. Patients were grouped based on the values of E/E' (low E/E'<15, high E/E'≥15) and E/A (low E/A≤0...
March 22, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330663/longitudinal-changes-in-lv-structure-and-diastolic-function-in-relation-to-arterial-properties-in-general%C3%A2-population
#19
Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Judita Knez, Jan D'hooge, Lutgarde Thijs, Wen-Yi Yang, Fang-Fei Wei, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Jan A Staessen, Tatiana Kuznetsova
OBJECTIVES: We assessed to what extent arterial properties measured at baseline and follow-up predict longitudinal alterations in echocardiographic indexes reflecting left ventricular (LV) structure and function. BACKGROUND: Serial imaging studies are needed to clarify the relation of changes in LV structure and function to arterial stiffness. METHODS: In 607 participants (50.7% women; mean age 50.7 years), using echocardiography and Doppler imaging, we measured LV dimensions, transmitral blood flow, and mitral annular tissue velocities at baseline and after 4...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330654/doppler-echocardiography-for-the-estimation-of-lv-filling-pressure-in-patients-with-mitral-annular-calcification
#20
Muaz M Abudiab, Lakshmi H Chebrolu, Robert C Schutt, Sherif F Nagueh, William A Zoghbi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify Doppler parameters useful for the assessment of left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP) in patients with mitral annular calcification (MAC) and to develop and validate a decision algorithm for assessing LVFP in such patients. BACKGROUND: Predicting LVFP in the presence of MAC is problematic. METHODS: Prospectively, 50 patients with MAC (mean 72 ± 11 years of age) underwent a complete Doppler echocardiographic study and right or left heart catheterization...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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