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Ahmad A Abdul-Aziz, Rodney A Hayward, Keith D Aaronson, Scott L Hummel
Importance: US hospitals receive financial penalties for excess risk-standardized 30-day readmissions and mortality in Medicare patients. Under current policy, readmission prevention is incentivized over 10-fold more than mortality reduction. Objective: To determine how penalties for US hospitals would change if policy equally weighted 30-day readmissions and mortality. Design, Setting, and Participants: Publicly available hospital-level data for fiscal year 2014 was obtained, including excess readmission ratio (ERR; risk-standardized predicted over expected 30-day readmissions) and 30-day mortality rates for heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction, as well as readmission penalties (as percent of Medicare Diagnosis Group payments)...
October 26, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Chiara Lazzeri, Serafina Valente, Marco Chiostri, Claudio Picariello, Gian Franco Gensini
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October 25, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Katarina Novak, Davorka Vrdoljak, Igor Jelaska, Josip Anđelo Borovac
BACKGROUND: The goal of this observational cohort study was to examine gender-specific differences in the incidence of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), in-hospital complications and mortality. METHODS: A cohort of 1550 patients with the primary diagnosis of ACS were enrolled in the study over a period of 4 years. The in-hospital mortality and complications were analyzed as the main outcome measures. RESULTS: Women were significantly older compared to men (71 ± 11 years vs...
October 25, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Koray Akkan, Erhan Ilgit, Baran Onal, Emetullah Cindil, Evsen Polattas Solak, Fatih Oncu, Dilan Ece Geylan
BACKGROUND: The treatment strategy and the correct incidence of near occlusion (NO) of the internal carotid artery (ICA) is still controversial. In routine radiological imaging NO can easily be misdiagnosed as complete occlusion and there is no consensus on the standard treatment strategy. PURPOSE: To present our perioperative and long-term follow-up results of ICA NO patients treated with carotid artery stenting (CAS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between 2004-2014 a total of 182 patients with ICA NO were evaluated for CAS...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Neuroradiology
W Reith, S Roumia, P Dietrich
CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE: Cerebellar syndromes result in distinct clinical symptoms, such as ataxia, dysarthria, dysmetria, intention tremor and eye movement disorders. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: In addition to the medical history and clinical examination, imaging is particularly important to differentiate other diseases, such as hydrocephalus and multi-infarct dementia from degenerative cerebellar diseases. Degenerative diseases with cerebellar involvement include Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy as well as other diseases including spinocerebellar ataxia...
October 25, 2016: Der Radiologe
Tomohiro Mizuno, Koso Egi, Kenji Sakai, Keiji Oi, Tsuyoshi Hachimaru, Tohru Makita, Kiyotoshi Oishi, Hirokuni Arai
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is difficult because of circulatory deterioration during displacement of the heart. At our institution, we performed minimally circulatory-assisted on-pump beating coronary artery bypass grafting (MICAB) in these patients. During MICAB, support flow was controlled at a minimal level to maintain a systemic blood pressure of approximately 100 mm Hg and a pulmonary arterial systolic pressure of <30 mm Hg, providing optimal pulsatile circulation for end-organ perfusion and prevention of heart congestion...
October 26, 2016: Artificial Organs
A Del Sole, S Malaspina, Alberto Magenta Biasina
Neuroimaging, both with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), has gained a pivotal role in the diagnosis of primary neurodegenerative diseases. These two techniques are used as biomarkers of both pathology and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to differentiate AD from other neurodegenerative diseases. MRI is able to identify structural changes including patterns of atrophy characterizing neurodegenerative diseases, and to distinguish these from other causes of cognitive impairment, e...
October 26, 2016: Functional Neurology
Xiaoxia Hou, Yudong Zhang, Hong Chen
BACKGROUND: Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) results from NOTCH3 gene mutations, which lead to the degeneration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The clinical presentation of CADASIL patients is dependent on the impact of other vascular risk factors and the type of NOTCH3 mutation present. METHODS: Here, we report a rare pathogenic mutation on exon 14 of the NOTCH3 gene in a Chinese family affected by CADASIL with phenotypic peculiarities...
October 24, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Wei-Chieh Lee, Shu-Kai Hsueh, Chih-Yuan Fang, Chiung-Jen Wu, Chi-Ling Hang, Hsiu-Yu Fang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate short- and long-term outcomes of polytetrafluoroethylene covered stent for patients with coronary artery perforation. METHODS: During April 2004 and February 2016, a total 48 patients underwent implantation using polytetrafluoroethylene-covered JOSTENT GraftMaster stents (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA) in the native coronary arteries implantation for coronary artery perforation. Clinical outcomes such as target lesion revascularization (TLR), myocardial infarction (MI), definite or possible stent thrombosis, cardiovascular mortality, and all-cause mortality were analyzed...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Jincheng Guo, Wenming Chen, Guozhong Wang, Zijing Liu, Minghui Hao, Min Xu, Fuli Zhu
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the impact of using a single dedicated radial guiding catheter in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) via radial access. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of using a single guiding catheter (MAC 3.5) for left and right coronary angiography and intervention on catheterization laboratory door to balloon (C2B) time in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: Three hundred and sixty patients were randomized (1:1) to using a single MAC3...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Aliasghar Darzi, Hassan Taheri, Sekineh Kamali Ahangar, Alameh Mirzapour Shafiei, Yasser Asghari
INTRODUCTION: Hemangioma is the most common benign tumor of the liver. Most cases are asymptomatic and do not require treatment. A hemangioma can rarely be pedunculated; as a result, it may undergo torsion and infarction, which can make it symptomatic. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 45-year-old woman with acute abdominal pain due to torsion of a giant pedunculated hepatic hemangioma around its vascular stalk. CONCLUSIONS: Pedunculated hemangioma of the liver is an uncommon benign tumor, a rare differential diagnosis for a mass located in the upper abdomen...
August 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Xiao Wang, Hong-Mei Ren, Chun-Yan Hu, Bin Que, Hui Ai, Chun-Mei Wang, Li-Zhong Sun, Shao-Ping Nie
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common after surgery for acute aortic dissection (AAD) and increases in-hospital and long-term mortality. However, few data exist on the clinical and prognostic relevance of early preoperative AKI in patients with type A AAD. We aimed to determine the incidence and predictors of preoperative AKI and the impact of AKI on in-hospital outcomes in patients with type A AAD. METHODS: From May 2009 to June 2014, we retrospectively enrolled 178 patients admitted to our hospital within 48 h from symptom onset and receiving open surgery for type A AAD...
August 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Jun-Xian Song, Li Zhu, Chong-You Lee, Hui Ren, Cheng-Fu Cao, Hong Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether admission time was associated with the delay of reperfusion therapy and in-hospital death in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: All patients with STEMI who were admitted to the emergency department and underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention at Peking University People's Hospital between April 2012 and March 2015 were included. We examined differences in clinical characteristics, total ischemic time, and in-hospital death between patients admitted during off-hours and those admitted during regular hours...
August 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Yi-Fan Li, Wei-Hong Li, Zhao-Ping Li, Xin-Heng Feng, Wei-Xian Xu, Shao-Min Chen, Wei Gao
BACKGROUND: The left atrial size has been considered as a useful marker of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. However, it is not well known whether left atrial area index (LAAI) has predictive value for prognosis in patients with unstable angina pectoris (UAP). This study was aimed to assess the association between LAAI and outcomes in UAP patients. METHODS: We enrolled a total of 391 in-hospital patients diagnosed as UAP. Clinical and echocardiographic data at baseline were collected...
August 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Alvaro García-Tornel, Vanessa Carvalho, Sandra Boned, Alan Flores, David Rodríguez-Luna, Jorge Pagola, Marian Muchada, Estela Sanjuan, Pilar Coscojuela, Jesus Juega, Noelia Rodriguez-Villatoro, Bijoy Menon, Mayank Goyal, Marc Ribó, Alejandro Tomasello, Carlos A Molina, Marta Rubiera
: Good collateral circulation (CC) is associated with favorable outcomes in acute stroke, but the best technique to evaluate collaterals is controversial. Single-phase computed tomography angiography (sCTA) is widely used but lacks temporal resolution. We aim to compare CC evaluation by sCTA and multiphase CTA (mCTA) as predictors of outcome in endovascular treated patients. METHODS: Consecutive endovascular treated patients with M1 middle cerebral artery (MCA) or terminal intracranial carotid artery (TICA) occlusion confirmed by sCTA were included...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Diogo C Haussen, Renato A C Oliveira, Vikas Patel, Raul G Nogueira
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Extensive brainstem diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) hyperintensity has been associated with poor outcomes. We aim at documenting a series of patients with extensive DWI pontine lesions who achieved independence following endovascular therapy and aggressive medical therapy in the setting of posterior circulation basilar artery occlusion (BAO). METHODS: This is a retrospective endovascular database review of a single-operator experience over a 9-year period for patients with (1) complete BAO, (2) extensive bilateral pontine DWI changes and (3) 90-day modified Rankin scale 0-2...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Tareq Kass-Hout, Melanie Winningham, Omar Kass-Hout, Laura Henriquez, Frank Tong, Jacques Dion, Michael Cawley, Samir Belagaje, Michael Frankel, Aaron Anderson, Fadi Nahab
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are limited data on the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy for secondary stroke prevention in patients with symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with high-grade (70-99%) symptomatic intracranial stenosis from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2013, and evaluated within 30 days of the index event were eligible for this analysis. All patients underwent treatment with aspirin plus clopidogrel for a target duration of 12 months along with aggressive medical management based on the Stenting and Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Intracranial Stenosis (SAMMPRIS) protocol; all patients were given gastrointestinal prophylaxis for the duration of their aspirin and clopidogrel treatment...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Marina Padroni, Sandra Boned, Marc Ribó, Marian Muchada, David Rodriguez-Luna, Pilar Coscojuela, Alejandro Tomasello, Jordi Cabero, Jorge Pagola, Noelia Rodriguez-Villatoro, Jesus M Juega, Estela Sanjuan, Carlos A Molina, Marta Rubiera
: The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) is a useful scoring system for assessing early ischemic signs on noncontrast computed tomography (CT). Cerebral blood volume (CBV) on CT perfusion defines the core lesion assumed to be irreversibly damaged. We aim to explore the advantages of CBV_ASPECTS over CT_ASPECTS in the prediction of final infarct volume according to time. METHODS: Consecutive patients with anterior circulation stroke who underwent endovascular reperfusion according to initial CT_ASPECTS ≥7 were studied...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Marie L Schmitz, Sharon D Yeatts, Thomas A Tomsick, David S Liebeskind, Achala Vagal, Joseph P Broderick, Pooja Khatri
BACKGROUND: Prompt revascularization is the main goal of acute ischemic stroke treatment. We examined which revascularization scale - reperfusion (modified Treatment in Cerebral Infarctions, mTICI) or recanalization (Arterial Occlusive Lesion, AOL) - better predicted the clinical outcome in ischemic stroke participants treated with endovascular therapy (EVT). Additionally, we determined the optimal thresholds for the predictive accuracy of each scale. METHODS: We included participants from the Interventional Management of Stroke (IMS) III trial with complete occlusion in the internal carotid artery terminus or proximal middle cerebral artery (M1 or M2) who completed EVT within 7 h of symptom onset...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Raul G Nogueira, Osama O Zaidat, Alicia C Castonguay, Diogo C Haussen, Coleman O Martin, William E Holloway, Nils Mueller-Kronast, Joey English, Italo Linfante, Guilherme Dabus, Tim W Malisch, Franklin A Marden, Hormozd Bozorgchami, Andrew Xavier, Ansaar T Rai, Michael T Froehler, Aamir Badruddin, Thanh N Nguyen, M Asif Taqi, Michael G Abraham, Vallabh Janardhan, Albert J Yoo, Hashem Shaltoni, Alex Abou-Chebl, Peng R Chen, Gavin W Britz, Roberta Novakovic, Ashish Nanda, Ritesh Kaushal, Mohammad A Issa, Michael R Frankel, Rishi Gupta
BACKGROUND: The Interventional Management of Stroke III (IMS-III) trial demonstrated no benefit for intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV rt-PA) followed by endovascular therapy versus IV rt-PA alone. However, IMS-III mostly included earlier generation devices. The recent thrombectomy trials have incorporated the stent-retriever technology, but their generalizability remains unknown. METHODS: The North American Solitaire Acute Stroke (NASA) registry recruited patients treated with the Solitaire FR™ device between March 2012 and February 2013...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
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