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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644591/a-heart-for-travel-travel-health-considerations-for-patients-with-heart-disease-and-cardiac-devices
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G Flaherty, S De Freitas
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in adult international travellers. Patients living with heart disease should receive specific, individualised pre-travel health advice. The purpose of this article is to provide evidence-based advice to physicians who are consulted by travellers with cardiovascular disease. Fitness-to-travel evaluation will often be conducted by the general practitioner but other medical specialists may also be consulted for advice. Patients with chronic medical conditions should purchase travel health insurance...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640075/maximum-voltage-gradient-technique-for-optimization-of-ablation-for-typical-atrial-flutter-with-zero-fluoroscopy-approach
#3
Karol Deutsch, Janusz Śledź, Mariusz Mazij, Bartosz Ludwik, Michał Labus, Dariusz Karbarz, Bernadetta Pasicka, Michał Chrabąszcz, Arkadiusz Śledź, Monika Klank-Szafran, Laura Vitali-Sendoz, Tomasz Kameczura, Jerzy Śpikowski, Piotr Stec, Marek Ujda, Sebastian Stec
Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is an established effective method for the treatment of typical cavo-tricuspid isthmus (CTI)-dependent atrial flutter (AFL). The introduction of 3-dimensional electro-anatomic systems enables RFCA without fluoroscopy (No-X-Ray [NXR]). The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of CTI RFCA during implementation of the NXR approach and the maximum voltage-guided (MVG) technique for ablation of AFL.Data were obtained from prospective standardized multicenter ablation registry...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639873/anesthetic-management-of-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-endocardial-and-epicardial-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
#4
Zeena Husain, Payam Safavi-Naeini, Abdi Rasekh, Mehdi Razavi, Charles D Collard, James M Anton, Daniel A Tolpin
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in adults affecting almost 6 million adults in the United States. The 2 most common comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation are heart failure and thromboembolic events. Heart failure symptoms may be treated with rate control, antiarrhythmic medications or by catheter ablation. Unfortunately, despite optimal medical management, thromboembolic events still occur. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest and innovation in finding an alternative to chronic anticoagulation...
June 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639149/safety-feasibility-results-and-economic-impact-of-common-interventional-procedures-in-a-low-volume-region-of-the-united-states
#5
Aaron Clem, Sami Awadallah, Zahid Amin
The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and economic benefit of a high-volume operator performing common interventional procedures in a rural region of the United States (U.S.). Rural areas of the U.S., even with well-equipped cardiac catheterization laboratories, may not have a full-time pediatric interventional cardiologist (PIC); this requires patients to travel out of state even for simple interventions. Since 2005, we have adopted a policy of performing cardiac catheterizations and common interventional procedures with a visiting PIC...
June 21, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638576/a-classic-case-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-arvc-and-literature-review
#6
Htun Latt, Thein Tun Aung, Chanwit Roongsritong, David Smith
Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a relatively under-recognized hereditary cardiomyopathy. It is characterized pathologically by fibro-fatty infiltration of right ventricular (RV) myocardium and clinically by consequences of RV electrical instability. Timely intervention with device therapy and pharmacotherapy may help reduce the risk of arrhythmic events or sudden cardiac death. Here, we describe a classic case of a young adult with ARVC and a brief literature review. The patient presented with exertional palpitations and ARVC was suspected after his routine electrocardiogram (EKG) revealed symmetric T wave inversions and possible epsilon waves in right precordial leads...
March 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638156/goal-directed-perfusion-methodology-for-determining-oxygenator-performance-during-clinical-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#7
Alfred H Stammers, Randi Miller, Stephen G Francis, Laszlo Fuzesi, Anthony Nostro, Eric Tesdahl
New generation oxygenators incorporate arterial line filtration either sequential to, or directly in, the gas exchange module. This unique design may affect gas exchange performance by altering the operational characteristics of the device. The present study was designed to evaluate three oxygenators in a clinical setting using a goal-directed perfusion algorithm during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). After institutional review board approval, 60 adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery for acquired heart disease were matched for disease state and body size into three groups based on oxygenator type: Terumo SX18(™) (n = 20), Terumo FX15(™) (n = 20), and LivaNova Inspire6F(™) 6 Dual (n = 20)...
June 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637845/successful-conservative-management-of-a-permanent-pacemaker-pocket-infection-a-less-invasive-approach
#8
Alexander James Keeley, Daniel Hammersley, Madhava Dissanayake
We present a successful conservative management strategy for a frail elderly patient with a cardiac resynchronisation pacemaker who presented with evidence of an Enterobacter cloacae pacemaker pocket infection. A device washout and debridement procedure was performed, with reburial of the device in a new prepectoral pocket and creation of a closed-loop continuous antibiotic infusion into the infected pacemaker pocket. This was followed by a 6-week course of ambulatory intravenous antibiotic therapy. This conservative management strategy avoided the need for a more invasive and high-risk full device extraction, which the patient clearly stated he did not wish to have...
June 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636525/prognostic-significance-of-improvement-in-right-ventricular-systolic-function-during-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#9
Frederik Helsen, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Mathias Claeys, Els Troost, Gábor Vörös, Rik Willems, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Werner Budts
Objectives There is conflicting evidence concerning the role of right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction in the long-term clinical outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Therefore we aimed to assess evolution of RV systolic function during CRT, covariates associated with its improvement, and its impact on outcome. Methods and results All CRT device implantations (Jan 2009-Dec 2011) in our institution were reviewed. Records of 69 patients (25% female, mean age 62.8 ± 9.2 years, mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction 27 ± 8%) were analyzed...
March 31, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636098/repeated-procedures-at-the-generator-pocket-are-a-determinant-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-infection
#10
Eduardo Arana-Rueda, Alonso Pedrote, Manuel Frutos-López, Juan Acosta, Beatriz Jauregui, Lorena García-Riesco, Álvaro Arce-León, Federico Gómez-Pulido, Juan A Sánchez-Brotons, Encarnación Gutiérrez-Carretero, Arístides de Alarcón-González
BACKGROUND: Rates of cardiac-device infections have increased in recent years, but the current incidence and risk factors for infection in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are not well known. HYPOTHESIS: The increasing number of ICD infections is related to accumulated pocket manipulations over time. METHODS: This single-center, prospective study included patients that underwent ICD implantation from 2008 to 2015...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634537/a-meta-analysis-of-antibacterial-envelope-use-in-prevention-of-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device-infection
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Sajid Ali, Yousuf Kanjwal, Steven R Bruhl, Mohammed Alo, Mohammed Taleb, Syed S Ali, Ameer Kabour, Owais Khawaja
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infection has been a major clinical problem in addition to being a major financial burden. In spite of antimicrobial prophylaxis, CIED infection rates have been increasing disproportionately. We therefore conducted this meta-analysis to assess the role of TYRX antibiotic envelope for the prevention of CIED infection. METHODS: Using extensive online search, we conducted a meta-analysis of studies reporting CIED infections with versus without the use of TYRX antibiotic envelope...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634001/the-effect-of-preoperative-cognitive-behavior-and-exercise-therapy-for-patient-with-implanted-lvad-in-korea-case-presentation
#12
Yong Gon Seo, Won Hah Park, Eun Seok Jeon, Ji Dong Sung, Mi Ja Jang
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used in patients with progressive heart failure symptoms to provide circulatory support. Patients with LVADs are referred to inpatient cardiac rehabilitation to prevent postoperative complications and improve aerobic capacity and quality of life (QOL). Preoperative exercise therapy for cardiac patients is an emerging treatment modality, and several studies have reported that it improves postoperative outcomes such as length of hospital stay and postoperative complications...
June 17, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633728/bilateral-large-pneumothoraxes-following-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-generator-change-a-case-report-of-an-uncommon-event-complicating-a-common-procedure
#13
Ritin Bomb, Sunil K Jha
INTRODUCTION: A bilateral large spontaneous pneumothorax to our knowledge has never been reported after a device implantation. We report an unusual case of a patient developing spontaneous bilateral large pneumothoraxes after an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator generator and lead revision without evidence of any obvious traumatic cardiac injury. CASE PRESENTATION: A 79-year-old white man was scheduled for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator generator change and addition of an atrial lead...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629375/diagnostic-performance-of-multi-organ-ultrasound-with-pocket-sized-device-in-the-management-of-acute-dyspnea
#15
Alfonso Sforza, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Viviana Carlino, Agostino Buonauro, Marco Barozzi, Giuseppe Romano, Sossio Serra, Giovanni de Simone
BACKGROUND: The availability of ultra-miniaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. Information on accuracy of ultrasound with handheld units in immediate differential diagnosis in emergency department (ED) is poor. The aim of this study is to test the usefulness and accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) alone or combined with ultrasound of the heart and inferior vena cava (IVC) using a PUD for the differential diagnosis of acute dyspnea (AD)...
June 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629374/multi-purpose-ecg-telemetry-system
#16
Mohamed Marouf, Goran Vukomanovic, Lazar Saranovac, Miroslav Bozic
BACKGROUND: The Electrocardiogram ECG is one of the most important non-invasive tools for cardiac diseases diagnosis. Taking advantage of the developed telecommunication infrastructure, several approaches that address the development of telemetry cardiac devices were introduced recently. Telemetry ECG devices allow easy and fast ECG monitoring of patients with suspected cardiac issues. Choosing the right device with the desired working mode, signal quality, and the device cost are still the main obstacles to massive usage of these devices...
June 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627934/adult-patient-decision-making-regarding-implantation-of-complex-cardiac-devices-a-scoping-review
#17
Alison Malecki-Ketchell, Paul Marshall, Joan Maclean
BACKGROUND: Complex cardiac rhythm management device (CRMD) therapy provides an important treatment option for people at risk of sudden cardiac death. Despite the survival benefit, device implantation is associated with significant physical and psychosocial concerns presenting considerable challenges for the decision-making process surrounding CRMD implantation for patients and physicians. AIMS: The purpose of this scoping review was to explore what is known about how adult (>16 years) patients make decisions regarding implantation of CRMD therapy...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627349/-clinical-application-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-with-abdominal-lifting-and-compression-in-emergency-treatment
#18
Jie Wang, Guolan Wu, Ronghua Yang, Yonghong Wang, Shunping Wang, Honglin Li, Shouhui Wang, Manguo Zhao, Xusheng Li, Yan Peng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with abdominal lifting and compression on patients with breathing and cardiac arrest induced by severe chest trauma. METHODS: Sixty-six breathing and cardiac arrest patients induced by severe chest trauma admitted to the General Hospital of Jingyuan Coal Industry Group Company from October 2011 to October 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into abdominal lifting and compression group (n = 32) and unarmed abdominal compression group (n = 34) by random number table...
March 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626201/survival-and-heart-failure-hospitalization-in-patients-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-or-without-a-defibrillator-for-primary-prevention-in-japan%C3%A3-analysis-of-the-japan-cardiac-device-treatment-registry-database
#19
Hisashi Yokoshiki, Akihiko Shimizu, Takeshi Mitsuhashi, Hiroshi Furushima, Yukio Sekiguchi, Tetsuyuki Manaka, Nobuhiro Nishii, Takeshi Ueyama, Norishige Morita, Hideo Okamura, Takashi Nitta, Kenzo Hirao, Ken Okumura
BACKGROUND: Randomized control trials comparing the effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, with (CRT-D) or without (CRT-P) a defibrillator, are scarce in heart failure patients with no prior sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias.Methods and Results:The Japan Cardiac Device Treatment Registry (JCDTR) has data for 2714 CRT-D and 555 CRT-P recipients for primary prevention with an implantation date between January 2011 and August 2015. Of these patients, follow-up data were available for 717...
June 13, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625777/safety-and-tolerability-of-subcutaneous-trastuzumab-for-the-adjuvant-treatment-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-early-breast-cancer-safeher-phase-iii-study-s-primary-analysis-of-2573-patients
#20
J Gligorov, B Ataseven, M Verrill, M De Laurentiis, K H Jung, H A Azim, N Al-Sakaff, S Lauer, M Shing, X Pivot
AIM: To assess the safety and tolerability of adjuvant subcutaneous trastuzumab (Herceptin(®) SC, H SC), delivered from an H SC Vial via hand-held syringe (Cohort A) or single-use injection device (Cohort B), with or without chemotherapy, for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive stage I to IIIC early breast cancer (EBC) in the phase III SafeHer study (NCT01566721). METHODS: Patients received 600 mg fixed-dose H SC every 3 weeks for 18 cycles...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
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