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Chronic heart failure

C Herrmann-Lingen
BACKGROUND: Depression is a frequent comorbidity in chronic heart failure. It can be triggered by the experience of suffering from heart disease, but it can also play a causal role in accelerated development and poor prognosis of heart failure. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the interrelationships between heart failure and depression and the psychophysiological and behavioral mechanisms involved in this association. The effects of comorbid depression on quality of life in patients with heart failure were also examined and therapeutic options reviewed...
March 20, 2018: Der Internist
Antonella Sorrentino, Silvia Trotta, Anna Pia Colucci, Lucia Aventaggiato, Andrea Marzullo, Biagio Solarino
"Krokodil" is a home-made opioid drug obtained by synthesizing desomorphine from codeine and combining it with other low-cost additives. Initially introduced in the former Soviet countries, it was then imported to Western Europe as a heroin substitute. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an Italian case of lethal krokodil abuse, that occurred in a 39-year-old man, who died suddenly after transportation to the Emergency Department (ED) for hyperthermia associated with sweating, dyspnoea and tachycardia...
March 19, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Hiroki Nishiwaki, Takeshi Hasegawa, Megumi Shinji, Fujio Matsuo, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Hirofumi Makino, Fumihiko Koiwa, Akira Hishida
BACKGROUND: The practice patterns of exercise restrictions for patients with chronic kidney disease have not been adequately evaluated yet; thus, we examined them using a cross-sectional design and explored the factors related with those restrictions. METHODS: The Chronic Kidney Disease Japan Cohort study was a multicentre cohort study of Japanese patients (age 20-75 years) living in Japan. We used the information in the questionnaire on the restriction of physical activities offered by physicians to the patients during enrolment...
March 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Yuki Honda, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoichiro Otaki, Harutoshi Tamura, Satoshi Nishiyama, Hiroki Takahashi, Takanori Arimoto, Tetsuro Shishido, Takuya Miyamoto, Yoko Shibata, Isao Kubota
In patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), comorbidity of airflow limitation is associated with poor outcomes. The forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ) is used to evaluate the severity of airflow limitation. However, the impact of FEV1 severity on prognosis has only been partially elucidated in patients with CHF. In total, 248 consecutive patients with CHF who successfully fulfilled spirometric measurement criteria were enrolled and prospectively followed. Percent predicted FEV1 (FEV1 %predicted) was associated with the New York Heart Association Functional Classification...
March 19, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Jing Tian, Jiangping Xue, Xiaojuan Hu, Qinghua Han, Yanbo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Due to a lack of an appropriate disease-specific patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument for chronic heart failure including its social support and treatment aspects in China, this study was performed to develop a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for patients with chronic heart failure and evaluate its reliability, validity, and feasibility. METHODS: According to the standard PROM guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration, an item pool was formed by reviewing a large amount of relevant literature and interviewing patients with chronic heart failure about their main symptoms...
March 20, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Shereen M Hamza, John E Hall
Renal sympathetic nerves contribute significantly to both physiological and pathophysiological phenomena. Evaluating renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) is of great interest in many areas of research such as chronic kidney disease, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and obesity. Unequivocal assessment of the role of the sympathetic nervous system is thus imperative for proper interpretation of experimental results and understanding of disease processes. RSNA has been traditionally measured in anesthetized rodents, including mice...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Pavel Hála, Mikuláš Mlček, Petr Ošťádal, David Janák, Michaela Popková, Tomáš Bouček, Stanislav Lacko, Jaroslav Kudlička, Petr Neužil, Otomar Kittnar
A stable and reliable model of chronic heart failure is required for many experiments to understand hemodynamics or to test effects of new treatment methods. Here, we present such a model by tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, which can be produced by rapid cardiac pacing in swine. A single pacing lead is introduced transvenously into fully anaesthetized healthy swine, to the apex of the right ventricle, and fixated. Its other end is then tunneled dorsally to the paravertebral region. There, it is connected to an in-house modified heart pacemaker unit that is then implanted in a subcutaneous pocket...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nikhil Satchidanand, Timothy J Servoss, Ranjit Singh, Angela M Bosinski, Penny Tirpak, Linda L Horton, Bruce J Naughton
BACKGROUND: Early, data-driven discussion surrounding palliative care can improve care delivery and patient experience. OBJECTIVE: To develop a 30-day mortality prediction tool for older patients in intensive care unit (ICU) with pneumonia that will initiate palliative care earlier in hospital course. DESIGN: Retrospective Electronic Health Record (EHR) review. SETTING: Four urban and suburban hospitals in a Western New York hospital system...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Katherine Smith, Jeffrey P Fleming, Bernard Gros
Heart failure (HF) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States (U.S.), with an estimated prevalence of five million patients in the U.S. and an annual healthcare cost of greater than 30 billion dollars. Readmission rates for HF patients are astronomically high, with up to 25% of hospitalized patients with HF requiring readmission within 30 days of discharge. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to address these concerns by financially penalizing institutions with unacceptably high risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates for HF patients...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Pier Giorgio Masci, Valentina Lorenzoni, Jurg Schwitter, Gianluca Pontone
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) represents the most valuable sudden cardiac death (SCD) prophylactic strategy in patients with heart failure and severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). To date, it is still unknown how to integrate the information given by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) into clinical and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) work-up of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) and ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) patients for accurate risk stratification...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Ahmadreza Argha, Andrey Savkin, Siaw-Teng Liaw, Branko George Celler
BACKGROUND: Seasonal variation has an impact on the hospitalization rate of patients with a range of cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction and angina. This paper presents findings on the influence of seasonal variation on the results of a recently completed national trial of home telemonitoring of patients with chronic conditions, carried out at five locations along the east coast of Australia. OBJECTIVE: The aim is to evaluate the effect of the seasonal timing of hospital admission and length of stay on clinical outcome of a home telemonitoring trial involving patients (age: mean 72...
March 16, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
Jeness Campodonico, Massimo Mapelli, Emanuele Spadafora, Stefania Ghilardi, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Cristina Banfi, Susanna Sciomer
Alveolar-capillary membrane evaluated by carbon monoxide diffusion (DLCO) plays an important role in heart failure (HF). Surfactant Proteins (SPs) have also been suggested as a worthwhile marker. In HF, Levosimendan improves pulmonary hemodynamics and reduces lung fluids but associated SPs and DLCO changes are unknown. Sixty-five advanced HF patients underwent spirometry, cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) and SPs determination before and after Levosimendan. Levosimendan caused natriuretic peptide-B (BNP) reduction, peakVO2 increase and VE/VCO2 slope reduction...
March 13, 2018: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Masamichi Sato, Sumito Inoue, Akira Igarashi, Yoshikane Tokairin, Kento Sato, Hiroshi Nakano, Yuki Abe, Maki Kobayashi, Tomomi Kimura, Keiko Yamauchi, Michiko Nishiwaki, Yukihiro Minegishi, Sujeong Yang, Kodai Furuyama, Tomoka Yamamoto, Hiroyoshi Machida, Yoko Shibata
BACKGROUND: The designation of some cardiac-specific proteins as prognostic biomarkers in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations suggest that the process of exacerbation involves cardiomyocyte injury. Among these cardiac biomarkers, heart-type fatty acid binding protein (h-FABP) is considered a very sensitive diagnostic marker for cardiomyocyte injury and a prognostic marker in chronic heart failure. However, the prognostic usefulness of h-FABP in patients with COPD remains unclear...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Milton Packer
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines for the treatment of heart failure strongly recommend the use of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system and sympathetic nervous system in all patients with a reduced ejection fraction who can tolerate these drugs. Yet, there is no consensus about the efficacy of low doses of these drugs or the likely shape of the dose-response relationship for these agents. METHODS: Inferences were made by examining the effects of drugs in placebo-controlled trials before the protocol-specified opportunity for uptitration and by reassessing the results of large-scale trials with active comparators that inadvertently produced different intensities of neurohormonal blockade...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
Atsushi Hirayama, Tadahiro Goto, Yuichi J Shimada, Mohammad Kamal Faridi, Carlos A Camargo, Kohei Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Obesity and heart failure (HF) are important public health problems in the United States. Although studies have reported the association between obesity and higher chronic morbidity of HF, little is known about the relations of obesity with severity of HF exacerbation and in-hospital mortality; therefore, we aimed to investigate the associations of obesity with severity of HF exacerbation and in-hospital mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: This retrospective cohort study of adults hospitalized for HF exacerbation used population-based data sets (the State Inpatient Databases) of 7 US states from 2012 to 2013...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Julio Sandoval
Despite advances in drug therapy, pulmonary hypertension-particularly arterial hypertension (PAH)-remains a fatal disease. Untreatable right heart failure (RHF) from PAH eventually ensues and remains a significant cause of death in these patients. Lowering pulmonary input impedance with different PAH-specific drugs is the obvious therapeutic target in RHF due to chronically increased afterload. However, potential clinical gain can also be expected from attempts to unload the right heart and increase systemic output...
March 12, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
E K Yeoh, Martin C S Wong, Eliza L Y Wong, Carrie Yam, C M Poon, Roger Y Chung, Marc Chong, Yuan Fang, Harry H X Wang, Miaoyin Liang, Wilson W L Cheung, Chun Hei Chan, Benny Zee, Andrew J Stewart Coats
BACKGROUND: Chronic Care Model (CCM) has been developed to improve patients' health care by restructuring health systems in a multidimensional manner. This systematic review aims to summarize and analyse programs specifically designed and conducted for the fulfilment of multiple CCM components. We have focused on programs targeting diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. METHOD AND RESULTS: This review was based on a comprehensive literature search of articles in the PubMed database that reported clinical outcomes...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Volkmar Müller, Michael Clemens, Jacek Jassem, Nedal Al-Sakaff, Petra Auclair, Eveline Nüesch, Debbie Holloway, Mona Shing, Yung-Jue Bang
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin® [H]) is the standard of care for HER2-positive locally advanced/metastatic breast cancer and gastric/gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer. However, there is a paucity of data available on long-term H treatment of patients. The Rollover Protocol (ROP) Study was conducted to report safety data for patients with HER2-positive locally advanced/metastatic breast and gastric/GEJ cancer who have received long-term H therapy (≥ 5 years and ≥ 3 years for breast and gastric/GEJ cancer, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cancer
Ahmed A Aljohaney
OBJECTIVES: To determine the mortality rates and predictors among patients hospitalized with active tuberculosis (TB) at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH) in Jeddah. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 291 active TB patients hospitalized in KAUH, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 2011 to December 2016. Medical records were collected and evaluated using a dedicated data extraction sheet. The records included demographics, clinical, radiological, laboratory, and drug resistance data...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
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