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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342713/a-laboratory-score-at-presentation-to-rule-out-serious-cardiac-outcomes-or-death-in-patients-presenting-with-symptoms-suggestive-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Peter A Kavsak, Colleen Shortt, Jinhui Ma, Natasha Clayton, Jonathan Sherbino, Stephen A Hill, Matthew McQueen, Shamir R Mehta, P J Devereaux, Andrew Worster
BACKGROUND: We evaluated whether a low high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) cutoff combined with glucose, red cell distribution width (RDW), and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) can be used to rule-out a serious cardiac outcome or death in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: This was a prospective observational emergency department (ED) study enrolling consecutive patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of ACS (ClinicalTrials...
March 23, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342624/the-level-of-anxiety-depression-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-heart-failure-in-greece
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Zoi Aggelopoulou, Nikolaos V Fotos, Anastasia A Chatziefstratiou, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Ioannis Elefsiniotis, Hero Brokalaki
PURPOSE: The assessment of the level of anxiety, depression and quality of life among patients with heart failure. METHODS: It was an observational study. The populations were 231 patients with heart failure who were hospitalized in cardiology departments of 2 general hospitals in Athens, from September 1, 2010 through January 31, 2012. We used the "Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire - MLHFQ" to evaluate patients' quality of life and the " State-Trait Anxiety Inventory - STAI" and the "Maastricht Questionnaire - MQ" to evaluate the level of stress and depression, respectively...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339659/the-use-of-guideline-recommended-beta-blocker-therapy-in-primary-prevention-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-patients-insight-from-danish-nationwide-registers
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Anne-Christine Ruwald, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Michael Vinther, Jens Brock Johansen, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Helen Høgh Petersen, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Sam Riahi, Christian Jøns
Aims: We aimed to examine the use of guideline recommended beta-blocker therapy prior to and after primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation in a 'real-life' setting. Methods and results: From the Danish Pacemaker and ICD Registry we identified all 1st-time primary prevention ICD and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) implantations in Denmark from 2007-12 (n = 2935). Use of beta-blocker, type and dose was acquired through the Danish Prescription Registry...
February 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336788/transcatheter-treatment-of-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-with-the-edge-to-edge-mitraclip-technique
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Georg Nickenig, Marek Kowalski, Jörg Hausleiter, Daniel Braun, Joachim Schofer, Ermela Yzeiraj, Volker Rudolph, Kai Friedrichs, Francesco Maisano, Maurizio Taramasso, Neil P Fam, Giovanni Bianchi, Francesco Bedogni, Paolo Denti, Ottavio Alfieri, Azeem Latib, Antonio Colombo, Christoph Hammerstingl, Robert Schueler
Background -Current surgical and medical treatment options for severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) are limited and additional interventional approaches are required. In the present observational study, the safety and feasibility of transcatheter repair of chronic severe TR with the MitraClip system were evaluated. In addition, the effects on clinical symptoms were assessed. Methods -Patients with heart failure symptoms and severe TR on optimal medical treatment were treated with the MitraClip system. Safety, defined as periprocedural adverse events such as death, myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiac tamponade, and feasibility, defined as successful implantation of one or more MitraClip devices and reduction of TR by at least one grade, were evaluated before discharge and after 30 days...
March 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335833/association-between-cardiovascular-risk%C3%A2-factors-and-aortic-stenosis-the-canheart-aortic-stenosis-study
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Andrew T Yan, Maria Koh, Kelvin K Chan, Helen Guo, David A Alter, Peter C Austin, Jack V Tu, Harindra C Wijeysundera, Dennis T Ko
BACKGROUND: Few longitudinal studies have delineated the association between traditional cardiovascular risk factors and development of aortic stenosis (AS). OBJECTIVES: The authors examined the association between traditional cardiovascular risk factors and incident severe AS in a large, unselected elderly population. METHODS: This observational cohort study used multiple linked health care population-based databases of individuals older than 65 years on April 1, 2002, without prior valvular disease, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, cerebrovascular disease, congenital heart disease, or admissions with cardiac symptoms...
March 28, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334007/a-functional-variant-in-neph3-gene-confers-high-risk-of-renal-failure-in-primary-hematuric-glomerulopathies-evidence-for-predisposition-to-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
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Konstantinos Voskarides, Charalambos Stefanou, Myrtani Pieri, Panayiota Demosthenous, Kyriakos Felekkis, Maria Arsali, Yiannis Athanasiou, Dimitris Xydakis, Kostas Stylianou, Eugenios Daphnis, Giorgos Goulielmos, Petros Loizou, Judith Savige, Martin Höhne, Linus A Völker, Thomas Benzing, Patrick H Maxwell, Daniel P Gale, Mathias Gorski, Carsten Böger, Barbara Kollerits, Florian Kronenberg, Bernhard Paulweber, Michalis Zavros, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
BACKGROUND: Recent data emphasize that thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) should not be viewed as a form of benign familial hematuria since chronic renal failure (CRF) and even end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is a possible development for a subset of patients on long-term follow-up, through the onset of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We hypothesize that genetic modifiers may explain this variability of symptoms. METHODS: We looked in silico for potentially deleterious functional SNPs, using very strict criteria, in all the genes significantly expressed in the slit diaphragm (SD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333829/acute-traumatic-coagulopathy-the-elephant-in-a-room-of-blind-scientists
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Michael A Meledeo, Maryanne C Herzig, James A Bynum, Xiaowu Wu, Anand K Ramasubramanian, Daniel N Darlington, Kristin M Reddoch, Andrew P Cap
Acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC) is the failure of coagulation homeostasis that can rapidly arise following traumatic injury, hemorrhage, and shock; it is associated with higher injury severity, coagulation abnormalities, and increased blood transfusions. ATC has historically been defined by a prolonged prothrombin time (PT), although newer, more informative measurements of hemostatic function have been employed to improve diagnosis and support clinical decision making. The underlying biochemical mechanisms of and best practice therapeutics for ATC remain under active investigation because of its significant correlation to poor outcomes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332737/association-between-resting-heart-rate-just-before-starting-the-first-dialysis-session-and-mortality-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
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Daijo Inaguma, Shigehisa Koide, Kazuo Takahashi, Hiroki Hayashi, Midori Hasegawa, Yukio Yuzawa
AIM: Some observational studies of the general population showed that resting heart rate was associated with mortality. However, the relationship was unclear in dialysis patients. METHODS: The study was a multicenter prospective cohort analysis including 1,102 patients. Patients were classified into four groups based on resting heart rate just before starting the first dialysis session: <60/min; 60-79/min; 80-100/min; and ≥101/min. All-cause mortality, cardiovascular (CV) related mortality, and incidences of CV events after dialysis initiation were compared using the log-rank test...
March 23, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331455/exploring-patient-caregiver-and-healthcare-provider-perceptions-of-caring-for-patients-with-heart-failure-what-are-the-implications
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Betty M Kennedy, Vijayendra Jaligam, Beverly K Conish, William D Johnson, Brian Melancon, Peter T Katzmarzyk
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is an incurable and frequently progressive disease. Symptoms of HF may impair the ability of patients to perform daily living activities. As HF progresses, patients typically increase their reliance on caregivers. The purpose of this study was to determine what roles patients and caregivers perceive and desire for themselves in managing HF and to compare and contrast these roles with those perceived by healthcare providers. METHODS: A purposive sample (60 patients, 22 caregivers, and 11 healthcare providers) was enrolled in the study...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330653/complementary-role-of-cmr-to-conventional-screening-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Vasileios Kouranos, George E Tzelepis, Aggeliki Rapti, Sofia Mavrogeni, Konstantina Aggeli, Marousa Douskou, Sanjay Prasad, Nikolaos Koulouris, Petros Sfikakis, Athol Wells, Elias Gialafos
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess the independent and collective diagnostic value of various modalities in cardiac sarcoidosis, delineate the role of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), and identify patients at risk. BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. CMR is a key modality in the evaluation of patients with cardiac symptoms, but the complementary role of CMR to conventional tests for the diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis is not fully defined...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330545/-treatment-of-chronic-diseases-in-patients-with-dementia
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Hanne Pedersen, Kristian Skikkild Klinkby, Frans Borch Waldorff
Comorbidity is common in patients with dementia, and due to the nature of the dementia disease, patients with dementia have special challenges in relation to comorbidity. This article is about dementia and heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary incontinence, falls, polypharmacy and chronic pain. Ongoing goal setting is important, and advance care planning is recommended. In general, comorbidity must be carefully and holistic assessed and managed according to each patient's general status of health and stage of dementia...
March 20, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329299/rational-and-design-of-eurocrt-an-international-observational-study-on-multi-modality-imaging-and-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Erwan Donal, Victoria Delgado, Julien Magne, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Christophe Leclercq, Bernard Cosyns, Marta Sitges, Thor Edvardsen, Elif Sade, Ivan Stankovic, Eustachio Agricola, Maurizio Galderisi, Patrizio Lancellotti, Alfredo Hernandez, Sven Plein, Denisa Muraru, Ehud Schwammenthal, Gerhard Hindricks, Bogdan A Popescu, Gilbert Habib
Aims: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (LVEF) with cardiac imaging is important in the selection of patients for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Several observational studies have explored the role of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters to predict the response to CRT, but have yielded inconsistent results, precluding the inclusion of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters in current guidelines for selection of patients for CRT. METHODS: The EuroCRT is a large European multicentre prospective observational study led by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329251/factors-associated-with-accelerated-hospitalization-and-re-hospitalization-among-medicare-home-health-patients
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Matthew C Lohman, Emily A Scherer, Karen L Whiteman, Rebecca L Greenberg, Martha L Bruce
Background: Preventing hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations of older adults receiving Medicare home health (HH) services is a key goal for patients and care providers. This study aimed to identify factors related to greater risk of and earlier hospitalizations from HH, a key step in targeting preventive efforts. Methods: Data come from Medicare mandated start-of-care assessments from 87,780 HH patients served by 132 agencies in 32 states, collected from January 2013 to March 2015...
January 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329163/determinants-and-clinical-outcome-of-uptitration-of-ace-inhibitors-and-beta-blockers-in-patients-with-heart-failure-a-prospective-european-study
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W Ouwerkerk, A A Voors, S D Anker, J G Cleland, K Dickstein, G Filippatos, P van der Harst, H L Hillege, C C Lang, J M Ter Maaten, L L Ng, P Ponikowski, N J Samani, D J van Veldhuisen, F Zannad, M Metra, A H Zwinderman
Introduction: Despite clear guidelines recommendations, most patients with heart failure and reduced ejection-fraction (HFrEF) do not attain guideline-recommended target doses. We aimed to investigate characteristics and for treatment-indication-bias corrected clinical outcome of patients with HFrEF that did not reach recommended treatment doses of ACE-inhibitors/Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and/or beta-blockers. Methods and results: BIOSTAT-CHF was specifically designed to study uptitration of ACE-inhibitors/ARBs and/or beta-blockers in 2516 heart failure patients from 69 centres in 11 European countries who were selected if they were suboptimally treated while initiation or uptitration was anticipated and encouraged...
March 11, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327877/anxiety-stress-and-depression-in-family-members-of-patients-with-heart-failure
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Marianna Sobral Lacerda, Melissa Alves Cirelli, Alba Lúcia Bottura Leite de Barros, Juliana de Lima Lopes
OBJECTIVE: Identifying the level of anxiety, stress and depression symptoms in family members of patients with heart failure; identifying the relationship between these feelings with sociodemographic and clinical variables. METHOD: A cross-sectional study carried out with 100 family members. Depression, anxiety, and stress were evaluated by the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories and the Perceived Stress Scale - 10. The relationship between feelings and variables was performed through the t-test, Mann-Whitney or Kruskal-Wallis...
March 20, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325523/total-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-as-an-independent-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Katsuya Onishi
Patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) often have multiple comorbid conditions that may interact with each other, confound the choice of treatments, and reduce mortality. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most important comorbidities of CVD, which causes serious consequences in patients with ischemic heart disease, stroke, arrhythmia, and heart failure. COPD shares common risk factors such as tobacco smoking and aging with CVD, is associated with less physical activity, and produces systemic inflammation and oxidative stress...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322590/randomized-clinical-trials-of-gene-transfer-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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William F Penny, H Kirk Hammond
Despite improvement in drug and device therapy for heart failure, hospitalization rates and mortality have changed little in the past decade. Randomized clinical trials using gene transfer to improve function of the failing heart are the focus of this review. Four randomized clinical trials of gene transfer in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) have been published. Each enrolled patients with stable symptomatic HFrEF and used either intracoronary delivery of a virus vector or endocardial injection of a plasmid (1 trial)...
March 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321324/choosing-wisely-the-canadian-society-of-nephrology-s-list-of-5-items-physicians-and-patients-should-question
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Emilie Chan, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Scott Klarenbach, Braden Manns, Reem Mustafa, Gihad Nesrallah, Rory McQuillan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to contribute to the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign and develop a list of 5 items for nephrology health care professionals and patients to re-evaluate based on evidence that they are overused or misused. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A working group was formed from the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. This working group sequentially used a multistage Delphi method, a survey of CSN members, a modified Delphi process, and a comprehensive literature review to determine 10 candidate items representing potentially ineffective care in nephrology...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318353/gender-differences-in-sexual-interest-or-activity-among-adults-with-symptomatic-heart-failure
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Stacy Fischer, David Bekelman
CONTEXT: Problems with sexual function can have a detrimental effect on quality of life. Symptomatic heart failure has been associated with problems with sexual function, although the majority of reports are focused on men and erectile dysfunction. Understanding women's perception of and gender differences in problems with sexual function in heart failure could yield new insights. OBJECTIVES: To determine the gender differences in reporting and bothersomeness of problems with sexual function, defined as sexual interest or activity...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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