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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333660/interventions-to-increase-attendance-for-diabetic-retinopathy-screening
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John G Lawrenson, Ella Graham-Rowe, Fabiana Lorencatto, Jennifer Burr, Catey Bunce, Jillian J Francis, Patricia Aluko, Stephen Rice, Luke Vale, Tunde Peto, Justin Presseau, Noah Ivers, Jeremy M Grimshaw
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) in reducing the risk of sight loss, attendance for screening is consistently below recommended levels. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the review was to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement (QI) interventions that seek to increase attendance for DRS in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.Secondary objectives were:To use validated taxonomies of QI intervention strategies and behaviour change techniques (BCTs) to code the description of interventions in the included studies and determine whether interventions that include particular QI strategies or component BCTs are more effective in increasing screening attendance;To explore heterogeneity in effect size within and between studies to identify potential explanatory factors for variability in effect size;To explore differential effects in subgroups to provide information on how equity of screening attendance could be improved;To critically appraise and summarise current evidence on the resource use, costs and cost effectiveness...
January 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331162/unnecessary-removal-of-central-venous-catheters-in-cancer-patients-with-bloodstream-infections
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Anne Marie Chaftari, Ray Hachem, Sammy Raad, Ying Jiang, Elizabeth Natividad, Patrick Chaftari, Issam Raad
We evaluated the rate of central venous catheter (CVC) removal in 283 cancer patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs). Removal of CVCs occurred unnecessarily in 57% of patients with non-central-line-associated BSI (non-CLABSI), which was equivalent to the rate of CVC removal in patients with CLABSIs. Physician education and safe interventions to salvage the vascular access are warranted. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;1-4.
January 14, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330911/title-prognostic-significance-of-arterial-stiffness-and-osteoprotegerin-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Konstantinos Maniatis, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Eleni Kokkou, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Marina Zaromitidou, Alexis Antonopoulos, Manolis Vavuranakis, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness and vascular calcification significantly contribute to coronary atherosclerosis progression. The prognostic value of increased arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in subjects with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) after percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) is currently under question. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We randomly enrolled 262 patients with stable CAD one month after successful PCI. Carotid femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) was measured as a well-established index of central aortic stiffness...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330809/analysis-of-hypoxia-and-the-hypoxic-response-in-tumor-xenografts
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Nuray Böğürcü, Sascha Seidel, Boyan K Garvalov, Till Acker
Solid tumors are often characterized by insufficient oxygen supply (hypoxia), as a result of inadequate vascularization, which cannot keep up with the rapid growth rate of the tumor. Tumor hypoxia is a negative prognostic and predictive factor and is associated with a more aggressive phenotype in various tumor entities. Activation of the hypoxic response in tumors, which is centered around the hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs), has been causally linked to neovascularization, increased radio- and chemoresistance, altered cell metabolism, genomic instability, increased metastatic potential, and tumor stem cell characteristics...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330066/regulation-of-vascular-tone-homeostasis-by-no-and-h2s-implications-in-hypertension
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REVIEW
Sevda Gheibi, Sajad Jeddi, Khosrow Kashfi, Asghar Ghasemi
Nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are two gasotransmitters that are produced in the vasculature and contribute to the regulation of vascular tone. NO and H2S are synthesized in both vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells; NO functions primarily through the sGC/cGMP pathway, and H2S mainly through activation of the ATP-dependent potassium channels; both leading to relaxation of vascular smooth muscle cells. A deficit in the NO/H2S homeostasis is involved in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329761/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-for-monitoring-after-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-for-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Steffen D Kriechbaum, Christoph B Wiedenroth, Jan Sebastian Wolter, Regula Hütz, Moritz Haas, Andreas Breithecker, Fritz C Roller, Till Keller, Stefan Guth, Andreas Rolf, Christian W Hamm, Eckhard Mayer, Christoph Liebetrau
BACKGROUND: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) is an emerging interventional treatment option for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The non-invasive monitoring of CTEPH patients is a clinical challenge. In this study we examined changes in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients undergoing BPA for inoperable CTEPH and related them to peri-procedural success. METHODS: In this study we analyzed a total of 51 consecutive patients who underwent BPA treatment and completed a 6-month follow-up (6-MFU) between March 2014 and March 2017...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329694/management-of-refractory-vasodilatory-shock
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Jacob C Jentzer, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Ashish K Khanna, Lakhmir S Chawla, Laurence W Busse, Kianoush B Kashani
Refractory shock is a lethal manifestation of cardiovascular failure defined by an inadequate hemodynamic response to high doses of vasopressor medications. Approximately 7% of critically ill patients will develop refractory shock, with short-term mortality exceeding 50%. Refractory vasodilatory shock develops from uncontrolled vasodilation and vascular hyporesponsiveness to endogenous vasoconstrictors, causing failure of physiologic vasoregulatory mechanisms. Standard approaches to initial management of shock include fluid resuscitation and initiation of norepinephrine...
January 9, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329611/early-intervention-with-didang-decoction-delays-macrovascular-lesions-in-diabetic-rats-through-regulating-amp-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Dan-Dan Ren, Jing Li, Bai Chang, Chun-Shen Li, Ju-Hong Yang
The study aimed to investigate the intervening role of Didang decoction (DDD) at different times in macrovascular endothelial defense function, focusing on its effects on the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway. The effects of DDD on mitochondrial energy metabolism were also investigated in rat aortic endothelial cells (RAECs). Type 2 diabetes were induced in rats by streptozotocin (STZ) combined with high fat diet. Rats were randomly divided into non-intervention group, metformin group, simvastatin group, and early-, middle-, late-stage DDD groups...
November 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328541/gm-csf-ameliorates-micro-vascular-barrier-integrity-via-pericytes-derived-ang-1-in-wound-healing
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Min Yan, Yange Hu, Min Yao, Shisan Bao, Yong Fang
BACKGROUND: Skin wound healing involves complex coordinated interactions of cells, tissues and mediators. Maintaining microvascular barrier integrity is one of the key events for endothelial homeostasis during wound healing. Vasodilation is observed after vasoconstriction, which causes blood vessels to become porous, facilitates leukocyte infiltration and aids angiogenesis at the wound-area, post-injury. Eventually, vessel integrity has to be re-established for vascular maturation. Numerous studies have found that granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) accelerates wound healing by inducing recruitment of repair cells into the injury area and releases of cytokines...
January 12, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327076/arms-down-cone-beam-ct-hepatic-angiography-performance-assessment-vascular-imaging-quality-and-imaging-artifacts
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Adrian J Gonzalez-Aguirre, Elena N Petre, Meier Hsu, Chaya S Moskowitz, Stephen B Solomon, Jeremy C Durack
INTRODUCTION: The practice of positioning patients' arms above the head during catheter-injected hepatic arterial phase cone beam CT (A-CBCT) imaging has been inherited from standard CT imaging due to image quality concerns, but interrupts workflow and extends procedure time. We sought to assess A-CBCT image quality and artifacts with arms extended above the head versus down by the side. METHODS: We performed an IRB approved retrospective evaluation of reformatted and 3D-volume rendered images from 91 consecutive A-CBCTs (43 arms up, 48 arms down) acquired during hepatic tumor arterial embolization procedures...
January 11, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326152/decision-analytic-markov-model-weighting-expected-benefits-and-current-limitations-of-first-generation-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffolds-implications-for-manufacturers-and-next-device-iterations
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Davide Capodanno, Sergio Buccheri, Sara Romano, Piera Capranzano, Bruno Francaviglia, Corrado Tamburino
BACKGROUND: Relative benefits of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) compared with everolimus-eluting stents (EES) are expected to accrue after complete bioresorption. METHODS AND RESULTS: We built a decision analytic Markov model comparing BVS and EES for a contemporary percutaneous coronary intervention population. Procedure-related morbidity and outcome data from the available literature were used to derive model probabilities. The net benefit of BVS and EES was estimated in terms of quality-adjusted life expectancy...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326151/sex-based-assessment-of-patient-presentation-lesion-characteristics-and-treatment-modalities-in-patients-undergoing-peripheral-vascular-intervention
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Niveditta Ramkumar, Bjoern D Suckow, Jeremiah R Brown, Art Sedrakyan, Jack L Cronenwett, Philip P Goodney
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence suggests that women and men might be treated differently for peripheral arterial disease. This analysis evaluated sex-based differences in disease presentation and its effect on treatment modality among patients who underwent endovascular treatment for peripheral arterial disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using national registry data from the Vascular Quality Initiative between 2010 and 2013, we examined patient, limb, and artery characteristics by sex through descriptive statistics...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325365/-efficacy-comparison-of-3-strategies-for-real-world-stable-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-three-vessel-disease
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R Liu, L Jiang, L J Xu, J Tian, X Y Zhao, Y Zhang, J J Xu, Y Song, H H Wang, Z Gao, L Song, J Q Yuan
Objective: To compare the effectiveness of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or medical therapy (MT) alone for real-world stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) patients with three-vessel disease (TVD) in mainland China. Methods: A total of 8 943 consecutive cases with TVD hospitalized in our center from April 2004 to February 2011 were screened for this study. In this cohort, 3 435 cases diagnosed as SCAD were analyzed. PCI, CABG, MT alone were performed in 1 313 (38...
December 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322696/the-j-curve-between-diastolic-blood-pressure-and-risk-of-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-death
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Heejin Kimm, Yejin Mok, Sun Ju Lee, Sunmi Lee, Joung Hwan Back, Sun Ha Jee
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The J-curve phenomenon between diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and mortality has been reported repeatedly in treated patients. However, the baseline risk of low DBP has not been fully explored. This study was to examine the relationship between DBP and risk of mortality from all-cause, atherosclerotic vascular diseases (ASCVD), and ischemic heart disease (IHD) using a prospective cohort of general population. METHODS: We analyzed 1,234,435 participants of the Korean Cancer Prevention Study cohort (789,255 men, 30-95 years of age) who had a medical evaluation from 1992 to 1995 using Cox proportional hazards models...
January 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322695/bioresorbable-scaffolds-in-coronary-intervention-unmet-needs-and-evolution
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REVIEW
Davide Capodanno
Bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) represent a novel paradigm in the 40-year history of interventional cardiology. Restoration of cyclic pulsatility and physiologic vasomotion, adaptive vascular remodeling, plaque regression, and removal of the trigger for late adverse events are expected BRS benefits over current metallic drug-eluting stents. However, first-generation BRS devices have significant manufacturing limitations and rely on optimal implantation technique to avoid experiencing an excess of clinical events...
January 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321689/analysis-of-combined-transcriptomes-identifies-gene-modules-that-differentially-respond-to-pathogenic-stimulation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-and-endothelial-cells
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Xiaokang Pan, Bowen Wang, Tiezheng Yuan, Mengxue Zhang, K Craig Kent, Lian-Wang Guo
Smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and endothelial cells (ECs) are vital cell types composing the vascular medial wall and the atheroprotective inner lining, respectively. Current treatments for cardiovascular disease inhibit SMC hyperplasia but compromise EC integrity, predisposing patients to thrombosis. Therapeutics targeting SMCs without collateral damage to ECs are highly desirable. However, differential (SMC versus EC) disease-associated regulations remain poorly defined. We conducted RNA-seq experiments to investigate SMC-versus-EC differential transcriptomic dynamics, following treatment of human primary SMCs and ECs with TNFα or IL-1β, both established inducers of SMC hyperplasia and EC dysfunction...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321117/emergency-department-resuscitation-of-pediatric-trauma-patients-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Steven G Schauer, Guyon J Hill, Jason F Naylor, Michael D April, Matthew Borgman, Vikhyat S Bebarta
BACKGROUND: Military hospital healthcare providers treated children during the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Compared to adults, pediatric patients present unique challenges during trauma resuscitations and have notably been discussed in few research reports. We seek to describe ED interventions performed on pediatric trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan. METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric patients in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321037/acute-aortoiliac-occlusive-disease-during-percutaneous-transluminal-angioplasty-in-the-setting-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-case-report
#18
Anthony H Kashou, Nabil Braiteh, Ali Zgheib, Hisham E Kashou
BACKGROUND: Aortoiliac occlusive disease, which is also referred to as Leriche syndrome, is a chronic atherosclerotic occlusive disease that occurs at the level of the aortic bifurcation. It is often thought to present with a triad of clinical symptoms: (1) intermittent lower extremity vascular claudication, (2) impotence, and (3) weak/absent femoral pulses. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 47-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with an acute inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320534/the-endothelial-specific-isoform-of-type-xviii-collagen-correlates-to-annual-bleeding-rate-in-haemophilia-patients
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Nadja Gad Kjeld, Baolai Hua, Morten Asser Karsdal, Shu Sun, Tina Manon-Jensen
INTRODUCTION: The medical need in the haemophilic (HF) field to reduce bleeding incidents requires measurement of the annual bleeding rate (ABR) in haemophiliacs. Vascular rupture is associated with damage to the vascular endothelium causing exposure of the basement membrane. Endothelial cells and matrix impairment may be associated with joint bleeds and later development of HF arthropathy. Imbalanced extracellular matrix turnover is a central pathological feature in many diseases consequent to epithelial or endothelial cell damage...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320330/cardiovascular-manifestations-and-complications-of-loeys-dietz-syndrome-ct-and-mr-imaging-findings
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William W Loughborough, Kishore S Minhas, Jonathan C L Rodrigues, Stephen M Lyen, Helen E Burt, Nathan E Manghat, Marcus J Brooks, Graham Stuart, Mark C K Hamilton
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is a recently described genetic connective tissue disorder with a wide spectrum of multisystem involvement. LDS is characterized by rapidly progressive aortic and peripheral arterial aneurysmal disease. LDS and the other inherited aortopathies such as Marfan syndrome have overlapping phenotypic features. However, LDS is characterized by a more aggressive vascular course; patient morbidity and mortality occur at an early age, with complications developing at relatively smaller aortic dimensions...
January 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
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