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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654978/cardiac-testing-after-emergency-department-evaluation-for-chest-pain-time-for-a-paradigm-shift
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Benjamin C Sun, Rita F Redberg
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June 26, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654959/cardiovascular-testing-and-clinical-outcomes-in-emergency-department-patients-with-chest-pain
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Alexander T Sandhu, Paul A Heidenreich, Jay Bhattacharya, M Kate Bundorf
Importance: Noninvasive testing and coronary angiography are used to evaluate patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain, but their effects on outcomes are uncertain. Objective: To determine whether cardiovascular testing-noninvasive imaging or coronary angiography-is associated with changes in the rates of coronary revascularization or acute myocardial infarction (AMI) admission in patients who present to the ED with chest pain without initial findings of ischemia...
June 26, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653131/novel-risk-stratification-assays-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Haitham M Ahmed, Stanley L Hazen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since identification of aspartate aminotransferase as the first cardiac biomarker in the 1950s, there have been a number of new markers used for myocardial damage detection over the decades. There have also been several generations of troponin assays, each with progressively increasing sensitivity for troponin detection. Accordingly, the "standard of care" for myocardial damage detection continues to change. The purpose of this paper is to review the clinical utility, biological mechanisms, and predictive value of these various biomarkers in contemporary clinical studies...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652676/utility-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-recurrent-myocarditis
#4
Abdullah M Alotaibi, Ahmed Aljizeeri, Mouaz Al-Mallah, Ahmed Alsaileek
We report a 26-year-old man who presented to the emergency department four times within a 4-year period with recurrent myocarditis. His presentations were characterized by chest pain, elevated troponin I, and normal coronary angiography. Endomyocardial biopsy showed nonspecific inflammatory process. Laboratory workup including viral screening and autoimmune markers were negative. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging showed evidence of recurrent myocarditis with progressive appearance of new areas of myocardial delayed enhancement seen in each admission...
July 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638298/uncertainty-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-chest-pain-risk-stratification
#5
Htoo Kyaw, Sivacharan Buddhavarapu, Joseph Abboud, Deepika Misra
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department (ED). Although the diagnostic workup for chest pain is well established, the best time to perform invasive cardiac catheterization in patients with low to moderate risk of coronary artery disease is still unclear, particularly if noninvasive tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) and nuclear myocardial perfusion scan show nonsignificant findings. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 52-year-old female who presented to the ED with acute-onset chest pain that had started early in the morning while she was sleeping...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637780/sex-based-differences-in-the-performance-of-the-heart-score-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-acute-chest-pain
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Ingrid E M Bank, Vince C de Hoog, Dominique P V de Kleijn, Gerard Pasterkamp, Pieter A Doevendans, Hester M den Ruijter, Geertje Dalmeijer, Thierry X Wildbergh, Arend Mosterd, Leo Timmers
BACKGROUND: Sex-based differences in clinical presentation, pathophysiology, and outcomes of patients with acute chest pain are increasingly being recognized, but are not implemented in guidelines and clinical prediction tools. We evaluated the performance of the HEART score in women versus men, because sex-based differences may exist among the algorithm's components: history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and admission troponin level. METHODS AND RESULTS: The HEART score was retrospectively assessed in 831 women and 1084 men presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain, assigning patients to the low-, intermediate-, or high-risk category for the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 6 weeks...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630238/impact-of-sex-on-cardiac-troponin-concentrations-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Kai M Eggers, Bertil Lindahl
BACKGROUND: The use of sex-specific cutoffs for cardiac troponin (cTn) is currently debated. Although endorsed by scientific working groups, concerns have been raised that sex-specific cutoffs may have only a small clinical effect at the cost of increased complexity in decision-making. METHODS: We reviewed studies investigating the interrelations between high-sensitivity (hs) cTn results and sex, diagnoses, and outcome. Investigated populations included community-dwelling subjects and patients with stable angina, congestive heart failure, or acute chest pain including those with acute coronary syndromes...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626854/spatial-indices-of-repolarization-correlate-with-non-st-elevation-myocardial-ischemia-in-patients-with-chest-pain
#8
Salah Al-Zaiti, Ervin Sejdić, Jan Nemec, Clifton Callaway, Prem Soman, Robert Lux
Mild-to-moderate ischemia does not result in ST segment elevation on the electrocardiogram (ECG), but rather non-specific changes in the T wave, which are frequently labeled as non-diagnostic for ischemia. Robust methods to quantify such T wave heterogeneity can have immediate clinical applications. We sought to evaluate the effects of spontaneous ischemia on the evolution of spatial T wave changes, based on the eigenvalues of the spatial correlation matrix of the ECG, in patients undergoing nuclear cardiac imaging for evaluating intermittent chest pain...
June 19, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625240/-dynamic-changes-of-complement-level-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-its-relationships-with-myocardial-injury
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Aihong Shao, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Wenguang Hou, Yanfang Qi, Yue Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study relationships between myocardial injury and the levels of serum complement C3, C4 and C5b-9 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. 170 ACS patients [including 110 cases of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 60 cases of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS)] with ischemic chest pain or chest discomfort onset within the prior 12 hours admitted to the cardiology department of Tianjin Union Medicine Center from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623174/sex-differences-in-the-management-and-5-year-outcome-of-young-patients-55y-with-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Avi Sabbag, Shlomi Matetzky, Avital Porter, Zaza Iakobishvili, Mady Moriel, Donna Zwas, Paul Fefer, Elad Asher, Roy Beigel, Shmuel Gottlieb, Ilan Goldenberg, Amit Segev
BACKGROUND: Young women are usually protected against coronary artery disease due to hormonal and risk-factor profile. Previous studies have suggested poorer outcome in women hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome as compared to men. However, when adjusted to age and other risk factors, this difference does not remain significant. We compared the risk-profile and outcome between young (≤55) women and men admitted with acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: We analyzed clinical characteristics, management strategies, and outcomes of men and women ≤55y enrolled in the biennial Acute Coronary Syndrome Israeli Surveys (ACSIS) between 2000 and 2013...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623036/-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-dysplasia-literature-review-and-case-report
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William Alejandro Camargo-Ariza, Silvia Juliana Galvis-Blanco, Tatiana Del Pilar Camacho-Enciso, Carlos Alberto Quiroz-Romero, Juan José Bermudez-Echeverry
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia is an inherited autosomal dominant pathology with an estimated prevalence of 1:2,500 to 1:5,000, being higher in males (3:1). It is characterized histologically by replacement of cardiomyocytes by fibro-adipose tissue, which predisposes to ventricular arrhythmias, right ventricular failure, and sudden cardiac death. The main goal of treatment is to reduce the risk of sudden death and improve the quality of life of patients. We present the case of a 23 year old woman whose clinical symptoms started with palpitations, chest pain with physical activity, syncope and headache 6 years ago during her first pregnancy...
June 13, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621042/clinical-evaluation-of-anomalous-aortic-origin-of-a-coronary-artery-aaoca
#12
Silvana Molossi, Hitesh Agrawal
The clinical evaluation of patients with an anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA), a congenital abnormality of the origin or course of a coronary artery that arises from the aorta, is challenging given its first presentation being sudden cardiac arrest in about half of the patients. Symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and syncope during exertion should be of concern in evaluating young athletes and nonathletes. The lack of abnormal signs on the physical exam and electrocardiogram further adds to the difficulty in establishing the diagnosis...
June 16, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616562/coronary-calcification-compromises-myocardial-perfusion-irrespective-of-luminal-stenosis
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Michael Y Henein, Tarek Bengrid, Rachel Nicoll, Ying Zhao, Bengt Johansson, Axel Schmermund
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between coronary artery calcification (CAC) assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and myocardial perfusion assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in a group of symptomatic patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 120 patients (age 65.1 ± 8.9 years, 88 males) who presented with atypical chest pain to Bethanien Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany, between 2007 and 2010 and who underwent CAC scoring using MDCT, CMR, and conventional coronary angiography...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616559/gender-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-coronary-artery-tortuosity-and-its-association-with-coronary-artery-disease
#14
Joseph Chiha, Paul Mitchell, Bamini Gopinath, George Burlutsky, Pramesh Kovoor, Aravinda Thiagalingam
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the significance of severe coronary tortuosity (SCT) despite it being a relatively common finding on coronary angiography. We examined whether the presence of tortuosity was influenced by gender or cardiac risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined 870 patients (Men = 589, Women = 281) who presented to Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia for invasive coronary angiography for the assessment of chest pain due to suspected CAD...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614245/wellens-syndrome-in-hiv-infected-patients-two-case-reports
#15
Bowei Tan, Carlos Morales-Mangual, Dan Zhao, Abdullah Khan, Hal Chadow
BACKGROUND: Wellens syndrome is a pattern of electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in the context of unstable angina characterized with deep inverted T-waves or biphasic T-waves in the precordial leads. These specific ECG changes are highly suggestive of stenosis in the left anterior descending artery (LAD), which can result in acute myocardial infarction, left ventricular dysfunction, or death. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is known as an independent risk factor for the cardiovascular disease...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613283/risk-factors-for-no-reflow-phenomenon-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Tian Liang, Min Liu, Chengyu Wu, Qing Zhang, Lei Lu, Zhongliang Wang
BACKGROUND: To explore risk factors for no-reflow phenomenon after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: A total of 733 acute myocardial infarction patients with persistent ischemic chest pain within 12 or 12-24 hours after onset received emergency percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients were divided into a normal reflow group and a no-reflow group, according to TIMI grading and myocardial blush grading after percutaneous coronary intervention...
May 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611898/utility-of-the-history-and-physical-examination-in-the-detection-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-emergency-department-patients
#17
REVIEW
Zachary Dw Dezman, Amal Mattu, Richard Body
Chest pain accounts for approximately 6% of all emergency department (ED) visits and is the most common reason for emergency hospital admission. One of the most serious diagnoses emergency physicians must consider is acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This is both common and serious, as ischemic heart disease remains the single biggest cause of death in the western world. The history and physical examination are cornerstones of our diagnostic approach in this patient group. Their importance is emphasized in guidelines, but there is little evidence to support their supposed association...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611162/a-large-chronic-pericardial-effusion-in-an-ultramarathon-runner-with-anti-ccp-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Thomas J McClelland, Rose Penfold, Stefan Kluzek, Navraj S Nagra
Pericardial effusions arise as an extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pericardial effusions are often asymptomatic, particularly in the early phase, but patients are at risk of cardiac tamponade as the effusion progresses. We discuss the case of a 40-year-old male ultramarathon runner with RA who presented with mild pleuritic chest pain and exertional dyspnoea after a recent long-haul flight. Despite a relative tachycardia, his observations were otherwise unremarkable. His blood tests revealed a C-reactive protein (CRP) of 86 mg/L and an anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) titre of 360 units/mL...
June 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611061/clinical-events-and-echocardiographic-lesion-progression-rate-in-subjects-with-mild-or-moderate-aortic-regurgitation
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Sveeta Badiani, Jet van Zalen, Saad Saheecha, Lesley Hart, Ann Topham, Nikhil Patel, Lydia Sturridge, Andrew Marshall, Neil Sulke, Stephen Furniss, Guy Lloyd
A 69 year old male, an ex-smoker, was admitted with ongoing chest pain of 11 hours duration. Past medical history included treated hypertension and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He delayed seeking medical attention as he assumed the pain to be due to indigestion and kept taking antacids without much symptomatic relief. Clinical examination on arrival was unremarkable. Admission 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was diagnostic of a recent anterolateral myocardial infarction (MI) (Figure 1a). Bedside trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) confirmed an established anterolateral MI (Video 1, Figure 1b)...
June 13, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608656/primary-sternal-osteomyelitis-caused-by-staphylococcus-aureus-in-an-immunocompetent-adult
#20
Yu Na Jang, Hyung Sun Sohn, Sung Yeon Cho, Su Mi Choi
Primary sternal osteomyelitis (PSO) is a rare condition that may develop without any contiguous focus of infection. Due to the rarity of the disease, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are often delayed. Herein, we describe a patient with PSO caused by Staphylococcus aureus that presented with chest pain and fever. The patient had no predisposing factors for sternal osteomyelitis. The chest pain was thought to be non-cardiogenic, as electrocardiography and cardiac enzyme did not reveal ischemic changes when he visited the emergency room...
May 23, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
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