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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433223/risk-of-intraatrial-thrombi-after-thoracoscopic-ablation-in-absence-of-heparin-and-appendage-closure
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Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, David Talavera, Robert Petr, Zbynek Straka
BACKGROUND: Catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be associated with a risk of thromboembolic events. The goal of this study was to assess optimal anticoagulation management during thoracoscopic ablation of AF. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF underwent hybrid ablation consisting of thoracoscopic ablation followed by electrophysiologic (EP) evaluation and consecutive ablation if indicated. The thoracoscopic ablation was performed using three different anticoagulation protocols: (1) without periprocedural heparin and without occlusion of the left atrial appendage; (2) with periprocedural heparin but without left atrial appendage occlusion; and (3) with periprocedural heparin and left atrial appendage occlusion...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422448/the-benefits-of-clinical-facilitators-on-improving-stroke-care-in-acute-hospitals-a-new-program-for-australia
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Tara Purvis, Karen Moss, Linda Francis, Karen Borschmann, Monique F Kilkenny, Sonia Denisenko, Christopher F Bladin, Dominique A Cadilhac
BACKGROUND: Care gaps for stroke lead to preventable disability and deaths. The Victorian State Government implemented a program of employing clinical Facilitators on a fixed-term basis for up to three years (2008-2011) in eight hospitals to improve stroke care. The Facilitators were to establish stroke units where absent, implement evidence-based management protocols and provide staff education within an agreed work plan. The aim of this study was to determine if the Facilitator role was associated with improved stroke care, and to describe factors supporting or mitigating enhancements to care...
April 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384077/american-telemedicine-association-telestroke-guidelines
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Bart M Demaerschalk, Jill Berg, Brian W Chong, Hartmut Gross, Karin Nystrom, Opeolu Adeoye, Lee Schwamm, Lawrence Wechsler, Sallie Whitchurch
The following telestroke guidelines were developed to assist practitioners in providing assessment, diagnosis, management, and/or remote consultative support to patients exhibiting symptoms and signs consistent with an acute stroke syndrome, using telemedicine communication technologies. Although telestroke practices may include the more broad utilization of telemedicine across the entire continuum of stroke care, with some even consulting on all neurologic emergencies, this document focuses on the acute phase of stroke, including both pre- and in-hospital encounters for cerebrovascular neurological emergencies...
April 6, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369234/postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-following-cardiac-surgery-a-persistent-complication
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Jason W Greenberg, Timothy S Lancaster, Richard B Schuessler, Spencer J Melby
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common, expensive and potentially morbid complication following cardiac surgery. POAF occurs in around 35% of cardiac surgery cases and has a peak incidence on postoperative day 2. Patients who develop POAF incur on average $10 000-$20 000 in additional hospital treatment costs, 12-24 h of prolonged ICU time, and an additional 2 to 5 days in the hospital. POAF has been identified as an independent predictor of numerous adverse outcomes, including a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of stroke, reoperation for bleeding, infection, renal or respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, cerebral complications, need for permanent pacemaker placement, and a 2-fold increase in all-cause 30-day and 6-month mortality...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356241/virtual-reality-for-management-of-pain-in-hospitalized-patients-results-of-a-controlled-trial
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Vartan C Tashjian, Sasan Mosadeghi, Amber R Howard, Mayra Lopez, Taylor Dupuy, Mark Reid, Bibiana Martinez, Shahzad Ahmed, Francis Dailey, Karen Robbins, Bradley Rosen, Garth Fuller, Itai Danovitch, Waguih IsHak, Brennan Spiegel
BACKGROUND: Improvements in software and design and reduction in cost have made virtual reality (VR) a practical tool for immersive, three-dimensional (3D), multisensory experiences that distract patients from painful stimuli. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to measure the impact of a onetime 3D VR intervention versus a two-dimensional (2D) distraction video for pain in hospitalized patients. METHODS: We conducted a comparative cohort study in a large, urban teaching hospital in medical inpatients with an average pain score of ≥3/10 from any cause...
March 29, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203538/robotic-mitral-valve-repair-for-degenerative-posterior-leaflet-prolapse
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Hoda Javadikasgari, Rakesh M Suri, Bassman Tappuni, Ashley M Lowry, Tomislav Mihaljevic, Stephanie Mick, A Marc Gillinov
BACKGROUND: Robotic mitral valve (MV) repair is the least invasive surgical approach to the MV and provides unparalleled access to the valve. We sought to assess technical aspects and clinical outcomes of robotic MV repair for isolated posterior leaflet prolapse by examining the first 623 such cases performed in a tertiary care center. METHODS: We reviewed the first 623 patients (mean age 56±9.7 years) with isolated posterior leaflet prolapse who underwent robotic primary MV repair from 01/2006 to 11/2013...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202829/-treatment-strategy-and-results-of-carotid-endarterectomy-in-chronic-renal-failure-patients
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Takeo Murahashi, Kenji Kamiyama, Toshiaki Osato, Toshiichi Watanabe, Tatsuya Ogino, Hironori Sugio, Hideki Endo, Kazuki Takahira, Koichiro Shindo, Shuhei Takahashi, Hirohiko Nakamura
INTRODUCTION: The number of patients receiving chronic dialysis treatment in Japan currently exceeds 300,000 people. Few reports have described carotid endarterectomy(CEA)for chronic renal failure patients because of the unacceptable rate of perioperative stroke and other morbidities. A strategy for and treatment results of CEA for chronic renal failure patients in our hospital are described herein. METHODS: The present study included 6 patients who underwent CEA while receiving dialysis treatment between April 2011 and November 2014...
February 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196949/referral-pathways-for-patients-with-tia-avoiding-hospital-admission-a-scoping-review
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Bridie Angela Evans, Khalid Ali, Jenna Bulger, Gary A Ford, Matthew Jones, Chris Moore, Alison Porter, Alan David Pryce, Tom Quinn, Anne C Seagrove, Helen Snooks, Shirley Whitman, Nigel Rees
OBJECTIVE: To identify the features and effects of a pathway for emergency assessment and referral of patients with suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA) in order to avoid admission to hospital. DESIGN: Scoping review. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, CINAHL Web of Science, Scopus. STUDY SELECTION: Reports of primary research on referral of patients with suspected TIA directly to specialist outpatient services. DATA EXTRACTION: We screened studies for eligibility and extracted data from relevant studies...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150348/management-of-acute-ischaemic-stroke-in-patients-with-dementia
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REVIEW
A Subic, P Cermakova, B Norrving, B Winblad, M von Euler, M G Kramberger, M Eriksdotter, S Garcia-Ptacek
An estimated 10% of stroke patients have an underlying dementia. As a consequence, health professionals often face the challenge of managing patients with dementia presenting with an acute stroke. Patients with dementia are less likely to receive thrombolysis (0.56-10% vs. 1-16% thrombolysis rates in the general population), be admitted to a stroke unit or receive some types of care. Anticoagulation for secondary stroke prevention is sometimes withheld, despite dementia not being listed as an exclusion criterion in current guidelines...
April 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092990/in-hospital-statin-underutilization-among-high-risk-patients-delayed-uptake-of-the-2013-cholesterol-guidelines-in-a-u-s-cohort
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Subeer K Wadia, Mark Belkin, Kelsey S Chow, Jonathan Nattiv, Andrew Appis, Steven B Feinstein, Kim Allan Williams
OBJECTIVES: Clinician utilization of the 2013 cholesterol lowering guidelines remains variable and unknown. We sought to examine statin prescribing patterns and compare rates among specialists who treat high-risk cardiovascular patients admitted to the hospital. METHODS: We retrospectively (via chart review) examined four specialty groups: (i) Cardiology, (ii) Cardiovascular or Vascular (CV) Surgery, (iii) Neurology, and (iv) Internal Medicine. Adult patients were included based on a discharge diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, carotid endarterectomy, acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or high-risk chest pain...
February 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999663/implementation-of-goal-directed-fluid-therapy-during-hip-revision-arthroplasty-a-matched-cohort-study
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Marit Habicher, Felix Balzer, Viktor Mezger, Jennifer Niclas, Michael Müller, Carsten Perka, Michael Krämer, Michael Sander
BACKGROUND: Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated that intraoperative goal-directed fluid therapy (GDFT) can decrease postsurgical complications in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. However, very few studies have demonstrated the value of goal-directed therapy (GDT) in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery and confirmed it is as useful in real-life conditions. Therefore, we initiated a GDFT implementation programme in patients undergoing hip revision arthroplasty in order to assess its effects on postoperative complications (e...
2016: Perioperative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873224/therapeutic-potential-of-transdermal-glyceryl-trinitrate-in-the-management-of-acute-stroke
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Jason P Appleton, Nikola Sprigg, Philip M Bath
The nitric oxide donor, glyceryl trinitrate (GTN), is a candidate treatment for the management of acute stroke with haemodynamic and potential reperfusion and neuroprotective effects. When administered as a transdermal patch during the acute and subacute phases after stroke, GTN was safe, lowered blood pressure, maintained cerebral blood flow, and did not induce cerebral steal or alter functional outcome. However, when given within 6 h of stroke onset, GTN reduced death and dependency (odds ratio 0.52; 95% confidence interval 0...
January 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846459/simplifying-electrocardiographic-assessment-in-stemi-reperfusion-management-pros-and-cons
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REVIEW
Cheuk-Kit Wong
Current guidelines on STEMI reperfusion management do not incorporate further electrocardiographic details over the presence of significant ST elevation. Fibrinolysis is considered an alternative therapy to primary PCI if there is a long PCI-related delay, but the 2 therapies should not be combined. Meanwhile, reperfusion for ischemic stroke has evolved on mechanistic understanding - reperfusion benefit being greatest in the patient with small "core" infarct and large ischemic "penumbra". Fibrinolysis is not regarded as an alternative to mechanical thrombectomy, and the 2 therapies can be combined...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823684/impact-of-the-2013-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-cholesterol-guidelines-on-the-prescription-of-high-intensity-statins-in-patients-hospitalized-for-acute-coronary-syndrome-or-stroke
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Michael Valentino, Jad Al Danaf, Andrew Panakos, Loheetha Ragupathi, Danielle Duffy, David Whellan
BACKGROUND: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol management guidelines represented a paradigm shift from the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines, replacing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol targets with a risk assessment model to guide statin therapy. Our objectives are to compare provider prescription of high-intensity statin therapy in patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) before and after the publication of the 2013 cholesterol guidelines, determine potential predictors of high-intensity statin utilization, and identify targets for improvement in cardiovascular risk reduction among these high-risk populations...
November 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822599/prehospital-and-intra-hospital-time-delays-in-posterior-circulation-stroke-results-from-the-austrian-stroke-unit-registry
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Peter Sommer, Leonhard Seyfang, Alexandra Posekany, Julia Ferrari, Wilfried Lang, Elisabeth Fertl, Wolfgang Serles, Thomas Töll, Stefan Kiechl, Stefan Greisenegger
Therapeutic effect of recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is time dependent. There is limited evidence whether localization of stroke within the posterior circulation (PCS) is associated with a treatment delay. We aimed to analyze within a nationwide multicenter cohort whether duration of pre- and intra-hospital patient management differs between patients with PCS and anterior circulation strokes (ACS). We studied onset-to-door-times (ODT) and door-to-needle-times (DNT) of all patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS) enrolled in the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry according to infarct localization...
January 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699002/the-impact-of-temporal-artery-biopsy-on-surgical-practice
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Adam Thomas Cristaudo, Ryo Mizumoto, Rasika Hendahewa
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) has the potential to cause irreversible blindness and stroke in affected patients [1-4]. Temporal artery biopsy (TAB) remains the gold standard test for GCA [6-8]. Recent literature suggests that TAB does not change management of patients with suspected GCA and that ultrasound scan (USS) may be sufficient enough alone to confirm the diagnosis [9-11,13]. The aim of this study is to therefore determine the impact of TAB on current surgical practice and emergency theatre services...
November 2016: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686633/management-of-swallowing-in-thrombolysed-stroke-patients-implementation-of-a-new-protocol
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Maria Schwarz, Anne Coccetti, Elizabeth Cardell, Allison Murdoch, Jennifer Davis
PURPOSE: There is a paucity of evidence regarding dysphagia management post-thrombolysis. The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate the impact of a dysphagia management protocol on patient outcomes. Thrombolysis has been completed at our metropolitan hospital since 2011 and a dysphagia management protocol was developed in 2012. METHOD: Chart auditing was completed for 83 participants in three groups: pre-protocol (n = 12) (2011), post-protocol (n = 28) (2012-2014), and non-thrombolysed stroke patients (n = 43)...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668914/evaluation-and-management-of-acute-onset-hemiparesis-in-an-adolescent-with-leukemia
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Krishnan N Subrahmanian, Young H Shim, Mona D Shah, Brandon H Tran, Alexandra M Stevens, Andrea T Cruz
Emergency departments (EDs) are alert to the possibility of stroke and the need for early interventions to improve long-term clinical outcomes. However, new-onset hemiparesis in pediatric patients with leukemia may be due to a number of different etiologies, including most common side effects from chemotherapeutic agents. We present a case of a 15-year-old boy with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia on chemotherapy, having recently received a high-dose methotrexate infusion in addition to intrathecal methotrexate therapy, who presented to our ED with acute right-sided hemiparesis...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27580820/effects-of-a-health-promotion-program-on-medication-adherence-to-antiplatelet-therapy-among-ischemic-stroke-patients-in-hainan-province-china
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Qingjie Su, Chaoyun Li, Faqing Long, Bin Chen, Zhongqin Wan, Yingman Wu, Mingming Dai, Desheng Wang, Yuhui Zhang, Bufei Wang
Survivors of ischemic stroke are still at a significant risk for recurrence. Antiplatelet agents are the treatment of first choice for long-term secondary prevention of vascular events. This study aims to assess a health promotion program on medication adherence to antiplatelet therapy among ischemic stroke patients in Hainan province, China. In five hospitals from the intervention group, four highly experienced physicians trained 62 neurologists, who in turn trained 613 stroke patients to improve their awareness and adherence to antiplatelet therapy...
January 1, 2016: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555053/multidisciplinary-assessment-in-optimising-results-of-percutaneous-patent-foramen-ovale-closure
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Allan Davies, Avedis Ekmejian, Nicholas Collins, Rohan Bhagwandeen
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure is a therapeutic option to prevent recurrent cerebral ischaemia in patients with cryptogenic stroke and transient cerebral ischaemia (TIA). The apparent lack of benefit seen in previous randomised trials has, in part, reflected inclusion of patients with alternate mechanisms of stroke. The role of formal neurology involvement in accurately delineating the likely aetiology of stroke or TIA is crucial in appropriate identification of patients for device closure...
August 5, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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