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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543624/areas-for-quality-improvements-in-heart-failure-care-quality-of-care-from-the-family-members-perspective
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Karin Hellström Ängerud, Kurt Boman, Margareta Brännström
BACKGROUND: The complex needs of people with chronic heart failure (HF) place great demands on their family members, and it is important to ask family members about their perspectives on the quality of HF care. OBJECTIVE: To describe family members' perceptions of quality of HF care in an outpatient setting. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using a short form of the Quality from Patients' Perspective (QPP) questionnaire for data collection...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542263/inflammatory-biomarkers-as-predictors-of-heart-failure-in-women-without-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-a-report-from-the-nhlbi-sponsored-women-s-ischemia-syndrome-evaluation-wise
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Ahmed AlBadri, Kha Lai, Janet Wei, Sofy Landes, Puja K Mehta, Quanlin Li, Delia Johnson, Steven E Reis, Sheryl F Kelsey, Vera Bittner, George Sopko, Leslee J Shaw, Carl J Pepine, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Women with signs and symptoms of ischemia, no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) often have diastolic dysfunction and experience elevated rates of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including heart failure (HF) hospitalization with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We evaluated the predictive value of inflammatory biomarkers for long-term HF hospitalization and all-cause mortality in these women. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis to investigate the relationships between inflammatory biomarkers [serum interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA)] and median of 6 years follow-up for all-cause mortality and HF hospitalization among women with signs and symptoms of ischemia, non-obstructive CAD and preserved EF...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541598/pediatric-melody-mitral-valve-replacement-in-acute-endocarditis-alternative-surgical-hybrid-technique
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Ireneusz Haponiuk, Maciej Chojnicki, Radosław Jaworski, Mariusz Steffens, Konrad Paczkowski, Aneta Szofer-Sendrowska, Marta Paśko-Majewska, Katarzyna Gierat-Haponiuk, Anna Romanowicz, Wiktor Szymanowicz
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Acute endocarditis (AE) is still rare disease in pediatric population, nevertheless the children suffering from AE usually need heart valves repair or replacement in emergency settings. METHODS: We present a case of emergency mitral valve replacement with the use of Melody balloon expandable stented bioprosthesis in a 2-years-old patient with acute endocarditis, subsequent mitral (bicuspid) valve incompetence after aggressive infective destruction with the symptoms of critical multiorgan failure...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539566/traumatic-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Yan Cheng, Lei Yao, Shengjun Wu
Traumatic tricuspid regurgitation is a rare and progressive disease. Early diagnosis and surgical valve repair are very important. A 57-year-old male was referred to our hospital with a history of blunt chest trauma. Three-dimensional echocardiography showed severe tricuspid regurgitation and demonstrated two main anterior leaflet chordaes of the tricuspid valve rupture and the whole anterior leaflet prolapsed. The diagnosis was severe tricuspid regurgitation due to leaflet chordae rupture secondary to blunt chest trauma...
May 23, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538414/clinical-predictors-for-the-manifestation-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Nadine Abanador-Kamper, Lars Kamper, Marc Vorpahl, Hilmar Brinkmann, Vasiliki Karamani, Patrick Haage, Melchior Seyfarth
Despite prompt revascularization, some patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) develop myocardial scars, which can be visualized by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Our goal was to identify angiographic findings that were predictive for scar development in patients after reperfused AMI.We examined 136 patients after first ST-elevated myocardial infarction by CMR after a median of 4 days (range: 2-7). Patients with manifestation of LGE were matched to patients without LGE by means of age and gender...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536746/characteristics-of-clinically-diagnosed-pediatric-myocarditis-in-a-contemporary-multi-center-cohort
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Ryan J Butts, Gerard J Boyle, Shriprasad R Deshpande, Katheryn Gambetta, Kenneth R Knecht, Carolina A Prada-Ruiz, Marc E Richmond, Shawn C West, Ashwin K Lal
The objective of this study was to describe a contemporary cohort of pediatric patients hospitalized for clinically suspected myocarditis. A retrospective chart review was performed at seven tertiary pediatric hospitals. Electronic medical records were searched between 2008 and 2012 for patients ≤18 years admitted with an ICD-9 code consistent with myocarditis. Patients were excluded if the admitting or consulting cardiologist did not suspect myocarditis during the admission or an alternative diagnosis was determined...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536660/sorafenib-associated-heart-failure-complicated-by-cardiogenic-shock-after-treatment-of-advanced-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-clinical-case-discussion
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Candace Wu, Kamal Shemisa
Background. Sorafenib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), targets multiple tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) involved in angiogenesis and tumor growth. Studies suggest that inhibition of TKR impacts cardiomyocyte survival. Inhibition of VEGF signaling interrupts angiogenesis and is associated with the development of hypertension and compensatory hypertrophy. Compensated hypertrophy ultimately leads to heart failure. Case Description. A 76-year-old man with a past medical history of systolic heart failure due to ischemic cardiomyopathy and stage IIIC hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) presented with symptoms of decompensated heart failure...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536296/papers-of-note-in-science-translational-medicine9-390
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Leslie K Ferrarelli
This week's articles describe new treatments for heart failure and its associated symptoms and a sequential gene delivery system to regenerate fractured bone.
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534318/association-between-inflammatory-skin-disease-and-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-co-morbidities-in-us-adults-analysis-of-nationwide-inpatient-sample-data
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Michael C Kwa, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or eczema (AD-E), pemphigus, bullous pemphigoid (BP), and hidradenitis are chronic inflammatory skin disorders associated with systemic immune activation, considerable symptom burden, stigma, functional disturbances, and mental health symptoms. All of these might increase cardiovascular risk. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine whether these inflammatory skin diseases are associated with increased cardiovascular/cerebrovascular risk and/or disease...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532495/development-and-validation-of-the-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-acei-induced-angioedema-investigator-rating-scale-and-proposed-discharge-criteria
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Nicola Bonner, Charlotte Panter, Alan Kimura, Rich Sinert, Joseph Moellman, Jonathan A Bernstein
BACKGROUND: The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) has been associated with the development of bradykinin-mediated angioedema. With ever-widening indications for ACEI in diseases including hypertension, congestive heart failure and diabetic nephropathy, a concomitant increase in ACEI-Angioedema (ACEI-A) has been reported. At present there is no validated severity scoring or discharge criteria for ACEI-A. We sought to develop and validate an investigator rating scale with corresponding discharge criteria using clinicians experienced in treating ACEI-A...
May 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532487/degree-of-dyspnoea-at-admission-and-discharge-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-respiratory-diseases
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Lourdes Vicent, Juan Manuel Nuñez Olarte, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Oliva, Juan Carlos López, Andrea Postigo, Irene Martín, Raquel Luna, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Manuel Martínez-Sellés
BACKGROUND: Dyspnoea is a disabling symptom in patients admitted with heart failure (HF) and respiratory diseases (RD). The main aim of this study is to evaluate its intensity at admission and discharge and the relation with quality of life. We also describe its management, intensity, and evolution in HF and RD. METHODS: In this descriptive, cross-sectional study, we included prospectively all patients admitted with decompensated HF and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/pulmonary fibrosis during 4 months...
May 22, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532389/the-use-of-macitentan-in-fontan-circulation-a-case-report
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Polyvios Demetriades, Amir Aziz, Robin Condliffe, Sarah E Bowater, Paul F Clift
BACKGROUND: The Fontan circulation, a result of a palliative procedure in patients with single systemic ventricles, is defined by chronically elevated pulmonary vascular resistance. When traditional heart failure therapies fail, pharmacological agents that reduce pulmonary artery pressures may be used. These include endothelial-receptor antagonists, prostanoids and phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. We report the first use of macitentan, an endothelin-receptor antagonist, in a patient with a Fontan circulation...
May 22, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532169/impact-of-metoprolol-treatment-on-cardiac-function-and-exercise-tolerance-in-heart-failure-patients-with-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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Jingjing Huang, Ran Zhang, Xuelu Liu, Yong Meng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of neuropsychiatric disorders on the effect of metoprolol on cardiac and motor function in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. METHODS: From February 2013 to April 2016, CHF patients with clinical mental disorders, received metoprolol (23.75 or 47.5 mg, once daily, p.o) at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University. Mental status was confirmed by means of hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) and Copenhagen burnout inventory (CBI) scale...
May 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530501/palliative-care-for-advanced-heart-failure-in-a-department-of-veterans-affairs-regional-hospice-program-patient-selection-a-treatment-protocol-and-clinical-course
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George J Taylor, Dorothy M Lee, Catalin F Baicu, Michael R Zile
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) is generally recommended. However, few reports have focused on the particulars of treatment, or the clinical course of HF on a specific treatment regimen. OBJECTIVE: Palliation adequate to allow patients to avoid HF admission and die at home. METHODS: Patients from a veterans administration regional practice with multiple, recent hospital admissions were enrolled in community hospice programs...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530211/-pulse-wave-velocity-as-an-early-marker-of-diastolic-heart-failure-in-patients-with-hypertension
#15
Beata Moczulska, Monika Kubiak, Anna Bryczkowska, Ewa Malinowska
According to the WHO, hypertension is one of the major causes of death worldwide. It leads to a number of severe complications. Diastolic heart failure, that is heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF), is especially common. New, but simple, indices for the early detection of patients who have not yet developed complications or are in their early developmental stages are still searched for. AIM: The aim of this study is to examine the correlation between pulse wave velocity (PWV) and markers of diastolic heart failure (DHF) assessed in echocardiography in patients with hypertension and no symptoms of heart failure...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529812/diabetic-muscle-infarction-masquerading-as-necrotizing-fasciitis
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Kalyana C Janga, Ankur Sinha, Perry Wengrofsky, Phone Oo, Sheldon Greenberg, Regina Tarkovsky, Kavita Sharma
A 43-year-old male patient with past medical history of diabetes mellitus (DM), end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis (HD), congestive heart failure (CHF), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and chronic anemia presented with complaints of left thigh pain. A computerized tomogram (CT) of the thigh revealed evidence of edema with no evidence of a focal collection or gas formation noted. The patient's clinical symptoms persisted and he underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of his thigh which was reported to show small areas of muscle necrosis with fluid collection...
2017: Case Reports in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526597/slow-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-91-year-old-man-with-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-and-acute-respiratory-failure
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Nicola Vargas, Loredana Tibullo, Cesare A E Landi, Giovanni Carifi, Emanuela Landi, Elisa Salsano, Francesco Di Grezia, Fiore Candelmo
Slow ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with devices such as an implantable cardioverter - defibrillator (ICD) is more common than in the rest of the population. The incidence in elderly patients with an ICD remains largely unknown. In younger patients, slow VT is generally asymptomatic or associated with limited clinical relevance. It may be efficiently and safely terminated by anti-tachycardia pacing. We present a case of slow VT in a 91-year-old man with ICD with type 1 acute respiratory failure and drowsiness...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525417/assessing-frailty-in-patients-undergoing-destination-therapy-left-ventricular-assist-device-observations-from-interagency-registry-for-mechanically-assisted-circulatory-support
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Lauren B Cooper, Bradley G Hammill, Larry A Allen, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Robert J Mentz, Joseph G Rogers, Carmelo A Milano, Chetan B Patel, Karen P Alexander, Adrian F Hernandez
Frailty and heart failure share common pathways with symptoms that often coexist. Assessment of frailty may inform patient selection for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. Using Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) data of destination therapy (DT) LVAD patients from January 1, 2012, to March 31, 2014, we examined preimplantation provider-assessed frailty and gait speed testing and the association with 1 year postimplantation outcomes. Of 2,469 patients, 227 (9...
May 18, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520449/-novelties-in-the-treatment-of-heart-failure
#19
Filip Souček, Jan Novak
Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome which is manifested by characteristic symptoms and objective signs of cardiac insufficiency. The incidence of HF, particularly its chronic form, is estimated 0.4-2 % in the central and western Europe, with an increase in higher age groups, affecting 10-20 % of the population aged over 80. With respect to its growing incidence and prevalence, novel modalities of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment are being developed in order to improve quality of life and survival of the affected patients...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512393/immunoglobulin-a-lambda-multiple-myeloma-in-a-patient-with-hiv-an-unusual-cause-of-massive-ascites
#20
Molham Abdulsamad, Naeem Abbas, Harish Patel, Bhavna Balar, Misbahuddin Khaja
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a neoplastic proliferation of plasma cells with overproduction of monoclonal immunoglobulins and infiltration into the bone and other organs. Ascites can develop in patients with lymphoproliferative and solid malignancies involving the peritoneum. However, ascites is unusual in MM and rarely the initial presenting sign or symptom. The development of ascites can be due to peritoneal infiltration or secondary to hepatic involvement, heart failure, or kidney failure. Ascites in MM reflects a more aggressive stage, and the reported prognosis is poor, with a median survival of 1-2 months...
January 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
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