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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823072/prevalence-and-predictors-of-digoxin-utilization-among-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-qatar
#1
Alaa Abdullah Rahhal, Ahmed Awaisu, Kawthar M Tawengi, Safae AbuYousef, Lylia Mekideche
Background Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is recommended by clinical practice guidelines to be used in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who still have persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy. However, this recommendation is based on limited and old trial data. Moreover, pharmacoepidemiologic studies are important in determining the prevalence of digoxin use and factors influencing this. Objective This study aimed to determine the prevalence and the predictors of digoxin utilization among patients with HFrEF with or without atrial fibrillation (AF) in Qatar...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821571/why-diuretics-fail-failing-hearts
#2
EDITORIAL
Evan C Ray, Cary R Boyd-Shiwarski, Thomas R Kleyman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818303/nkcc1-chloride-importer-antagonists-attenuate-many-neurological-and-psychiatric-disorders
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REVIEW
Yehezkel Ben-Ari
In physiological conditions, adult neurons have low intracellular Cl(-) [(Cl(-))I] levels underlying the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic inhibitory drive. In contrast, neurons have high (Cl(-))I levels and excitatory GABA actions in a wide range of pathological conditions including spinal cord lesions, chronic pain, brain trauma, cerebrovascular infarcts, autism, Rett and Down syndrome, various types of epilepsies, and other genetic or environmental insults. The diuretic highly specific NKCC1 chloride importer antagonist bumetanide (PubChem CID: 2461) efficiently restores low (Cl(-))I levels and attenuates many disorders in experimental conditions and in some clinical trials...
August 14, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817612/expression-and-functional-implications-of-the-renal-apelinergic-system-in-rodents
#4
Anne-Marie O'Carroll, Sabrine Salih, Philip R Griffiths, Aarifah Bijabhai, Mark A Knepper, Stephen J Lolait
Apelin binds to the G protein-coupled apelin receptor (APJ; gene name aplnr) to modulate diverse physiological systems including cardiovascular function, and hydromineral and metabolic balance. Recently a second endogenous ligand for APJ, named apela, has been discovered. We confirm that apela activates signal transduction pathways (ERK activation) in cells expressing the cloned rat APJ. Previous studies suggest that exogenous apela is diuretic, attributable wholly or in part to an action on renal APJ. Thus far the cellular distribution of apela in the kidney has not been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808392/antiurolithiatic-effect-of-sirupeelai-samoola-kudineer-a-polyherbal-siddha-decoction-on-ethylene-glycol-induced-renal-calculus-in-experimental-rats
#5
A Hannah Rachel Vasanthi, V Muthulakshmi, V Gayathri, R Manikandan, S Ananthi, Sarah Kuruvilla
BACKGROUND: Sirupeelai Samoola Kudineer (SK), a polyherbal decoction containing four medicinal plants has been used in Siddha system of medicine, practiced in Southern parts of India for the management of urolithiasis. OBJECTIVE: The present study is carried out to scientifically validate the traditional claim and to study the mechanism of action of the drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the present study, anti-urolithiatic effect of SK was evaluated in Sprague-Dawley rats using ethylene glycol through drinking water and intraperitoneal injection of sodium oxalate...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807926/use-of-antihypertensive-medications-and-risk-of-adverse-breast-cancer-outcomes-in-a-seer-medicare-population
#6
Lu Chen, Jessica Chubak, Denise M Boudreau, William E Barlow, Noel S Weiss, Christopher I Li
BACKGROUND: It is unclear if use of common antihypertensive medications influences the risk of adverse breast cancer outcomes. METHODS: Using the linked Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-Results (SEER)-Medicare database, we identified 14,766 women between ages 66 and 80 years diagnosed with incident stage I/II breast cancer between 2007-2011. Medicare Part D data were obtained to characterize women's post-cancer use of various antihypertensive medications. Outcomes included a second breast cancer event (SBCE, a composite outcome defined as the first of a recurrence or a second contralateral primary breast cancer), breast cancer recurrence, and breast-cancer specific mortality...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807545/bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-myths-of-pharmacologic-management
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REVIEW
Steven M Donn
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the leading cause of long-term respiratory morbidity in newborns who require respiratory support at birth. BPD is a multifactorial disorder, and infants are frequently subjected to treatment with multiple pharmacologic agents of dubious efficacy and questionable safety, including diuretics, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, anti-reflux medications, and pulmonary vasodilators. These agents, with narrow therapeutic indices, are widely used despite the lack of an evidence base, and some may do more harm than good...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806048/electrolytes-calcium-disorders
#8
Craig Barstow
A normal serum calcium level is 8 to 10 mg/dL. The diagnosis of hypercalcemia (ie, levels 10.5 mg/dL or greater) should be confirmed with an albumin-adjusted or ionized calcium level. The two most common causes of hypercalcemia are hyperparathyroidism and malignancy. Drugs, notably lithium and thiazide diuretics, also can cause hypercalcemia. Patients with severe or symptomatic hypercalcemia should be treated initially with hydration to decrease calcium levels. The evaluation should include a parathyroid hormone (PTH) level...
August 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806047/electrolytes-potassium-disorders
#9
Taiwona L Elliott
Hypokalemia (ie, potassium levels less than 3.5 mEq/L) occurs in fewer than 1% of healthy individuals, but is present in up to 20% of hospitalized patients, 40% of patients taking diuretics, and 17% of patients with cardiovascular conditions. Hypokalemia often is asymptomatic; symptoms are more common in older adults. Common symptoms are cardiac arrhythmias and muscle weakness or pain. Management consists of intravenous potassium replacement during cardiac monitoring for patients with marked symptoms, echocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities, or severe hypokalemia (ie, level less than 3...
August 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803378/qt-interval-prolongation-in-hospitalized-patients-on-cardiology-wards-a-prospective-observational-study
#10
Qasim Khan, Mohammad Ismail, Iqbal Haider, Inam Ul Haq, Sidra Noor
PURPOSE: Prolonged QT interval may lead to a lethal form of arrhythmia, torsades de pointes (TdP), which is associated with cardiovascular mortality. Therefore, we aimed to identify prevalence of QT interval prolongation, compare clinical characteristics of patients with normal and prolonged QT interval, and identify predictors of QT interval prolongation. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in cardiology wards of two teaching hospitals in Pakistan...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803375/lung-ultrasound-in-internal-medicine-efficiently-drives-the-management-of-patients-with-heart-failure-and-speeds-up-the-discharge-time
#11
Chiara Mozzini, Marco Di Dio Perna, Giancarlo Pesce, Ulisse Garbin, Anna Maria Fratta Pasini, Andrea Ticinesi, Antonio Nouvenne, Tiziana Meschi, Alder Casadei, Maurizio Soresi, Luciano Cominacini
Lung ultrasound (LUS) is a valid tool for the assessment of heart failure (HF) through the quantification of the B-lines. This study in HF patients aims to evaluate if LUS: (1) can accelerate the discharge time; (2) can efficiently drive diuretic therapy dosage; and (3) may have better performance compared to the amino-terminal portion of B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels in monitoring HF recovery. A consecutive sample of 120 HF patients was admitted from the Emergency Department (ED) to the Internal Medicine Department (Verona University Hospital)...
August 12, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803369/volume-balance-and-intradialytic-ultrafiltration-rate-in-the-hemodialysis-patient
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REVIEW
Jason A Chou, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Volume management in hemodialysis patients is often challenging. Assessing volume status and deciding how much fluid to remove during hemodialysis, the so-called ultrafiltration rate (UFR), has remained a conundrum. RECENT FINDINGS: To date there is no objective assessment tool to determine the needed UFR during each hemodialysis session. Higher volume overload or higher UFR is associated with poor outcomes including worse mortality and unfavorable clinical outcomes...
August 12, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803333/low-dose-tolvaptan-pk-pd-comparison-of-patients-with-hyponatremia-due-to-syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-secretion-to-healthy-adults
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Susan E Shoaf, Patricia Bricmont, Ann Dandurand
PURPOSE: Tolvaptan (TLV) is indicated to treat hyponatremia due to syndrome of inappropriate diuretic hormone (SIADH) in Europe. Treatment is to be initiated at 15 mg QD but post-approval reporting indicates increasing use of 7.5 mg as the starting dose. Physicians believe 7.5 mg is effective and has a lower incidence of overly rapid correction of serum sodium. METHODS: Single TLV doses of 3.75, 7.5, and 15 mg were administered to 14 healthy adults in a crossover design and to 29 subjects ≥18 years with SIADH and serum sodium between 120 and 133 mmol/L in a parallel-group design...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802997/prophylactic-use-of-an-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-in-a-high-risk-patient-with-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-requiring-cesarean-delivery
#14
R S Samalavicius, L Puodziukaite, I Radaviciute, I Norkiene, K Urbonas, I Misiuriene, V Janusauskas, A Zorinas, K Rucinskas, P Serpytis
The use of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation for circulatory support in pregnant women with cardiac failure is limited to several case reports. Few publications have addressed the use of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation during delivery. We report a case using prophylactic intra-aortic counter-pulsation during the management of a cesarean delivery in a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy. A 28-year-old primigravid female at 37weeks of gestation was admitted with signs of worsening heart failure, and transthoracic echocardiography revealed a decreased left ventricular ejection fraction of 25%...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801787/reduction-of-68-ga-psma-renal-uptake-with-mannitol-infusion-preliminary-results
#15
Federica Matteucci, Emilio Mezzenga, Paola Caroli, Valentina Di Iorio, Anna Sarnelli, Monica Celli, Lorenzo Fantini, Andrea Moretti, Riccardo Galassi, Ugo De Giorgi, Giovanni Paganelli
PURPOSE: Urea-based prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) ligands labelled with (68)Ga or (177)Lu are new tracers with great potential for theranostic approaches in prostate cancer. However, clinical studies have shown that the kidneys are one of the off-target organs along with the salivary and lacrimal glands. In the kidneys, PSMA is physiologically expressed in the apical epithelium of the proximal tubules, and mannitol acts as an osmotic diuretic in these tubules. We investigated the potential of mannitol to reduce renal uptake of (68)Ga-PSMA...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799126/hydration-status-drug-interactions-and-determinants-in-a-spanish-elderly-population-a-pilot-study
#16
A M Puga, T Partearroyo, G Varela-Moreiras
Proper hydration is essential to maintain optimal health and well-being at all stages of life, especially for the elderly. Side effects of certain drugs that affect hydration status may compromise the health of the ancients, who also constitute the most vulnerable group. No studies have been carried out, to our knowledge, at the intersection of drugs and hydration status. Our study aimed to evaluate the effects of chronic use of certain drugs (diuretics, corticoids and metformin) in the hydration status of the elderly...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796769/medication-related-patient-harm-in-new-zealand-hospitals
#17
MULTICENTER STUDY
Gillian Robb, Elizabeth Loe, Ashika Maharaj, Richard Hamblin, Mary E Seddon
AIM: The purpose of this study is to identify patterns of medication-related harm from a national perspective, and to use this information to inform decisions on where to focus medication safety efforts. This study updates a 2013 study using the same methodology. METHOD: District health boards (DHBs) still actively using either the Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Trigger Tool (TT) or the Global Trigger Tool (GTT), submitted two years of anonymised ADE data (1 July 2013-30 June 2015) to the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) using a standard template...
August 11, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795269/an-initial-differential-renal-function-between-35-and-40-has-greater-probability-of-leading-to-normal-after-pyeloplasty-in-patients-with-unilateral-pelvic-ureteric-junction-obstruction
#18
Guofeng Xu, Maosheng Xu, Jianqi Ma, Zhoutong Chen, Dapeng Jiang, Zhihua Hong, Houwei Lin, Xiaoliang Fang, Liguo Wang, Lei He, Hongquan Geng
PURPOSE: We compared the outcomes in patients who were <1 year old and had hydronephrosis with SFU grade 3-4 PUJ obstruction to observe the potential recovery of renal morphology and DRF after successful pyeloplasty. METHODS: All children younger than 1 year old with SFU grade 3-4 PUJ obstruction from January 2013 to June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. A total of 92 children were grouped according to their DRF value at pyeloplasty as follows: DRF from 30 to ≤35% (group I) and DRF from 35 to ≤40% (group II)...
August 9, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794898/a-multicenter-cohort-study-of-primary-hypertension-in-korea-study-design-and-interim-analysis-of-the-korean-registry-of-target-organ-damage-in-hypertension-korhr
#19
Suk-Won Choi, Seong Woo Han, Jong Sun Ok, Byung-Su Yoo, Mi-Seung Shin, Sung Ha Park, Kyu-Hyung Ryu
BACKGROUND: The Korean Registry of Target Organ Damage in Hypertension aims to evaluate the clinical characteristics and prevalence of subclinical target organ damage in Korean hypertensive patients. METHOD: This is a prospective, observational, multicenter cohort study in which 23 university hospitals participated. Since May 2013, we have enrolled 1,318 consecutive hypertensive patients without known cardiovascular disease who met the following inclusion criteria: 1) age older than 30 years and 2) the first visit to the participating hospitals was within the last 5 years...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794651/hypertension-in-pediatric-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-management-challenges
#20
REVIEW
Claire M Gallibois, Natasha A Jawa, Damien G Noone
In contrast to adults where hypertension is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease, in pediatrics, hypertension is predominantly a sequela, however, an important one that, like in adults, is likely associated with a more rapid decline in kidney function or progression of chronic kidney disease to end stage. There is a significant issue with unrecognized, or masked, hypertension in childhood chronic kidney disease. Recent evidence and, therefore, guidelines now suggest targeting a blood pressure of <50th percentile for age, sex, and height in children with proteinuria and chronic kidney disease...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
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