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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653941/transient-thyrotoxicosis-during-nivolumab-treatment
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M J van Kooten, G van den Berg, A W J M Glaudemans, T J N Hiltermann, H J M Groen, A Rutgers, T P Links
Two patients presented with transient thyrotoxicosis within 2-4 weeks after starting treatment with nivolumab. This thyrotoxicosis turned into hypothyroidism within 6-8 weeks. Temporary treatment with a beta blocker may be sufficient.
June 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652689/preservative-free-fixed-combination-of-tafluprost-0-0015-and-timolol-0-5-in-patients-with-open-angle-glaucoma-and-ocular-hypertension-results-of-an-open-label-observational-study
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Lutz E Pillunat, Carl Erb, Auli Ropo, Friedemann Kimmich, Norbert Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND: Efficacy, tolerability and safety of the novel preservative-free fixed combination of tafluprost 0.0015%/timolol 0.5% (Taptiqom(®)) were investigated in an observational study in Germany. OBJECTIVE: To assess efficacy, tolerability and safety of the preservative-free fixed combination of tafluprost 0.0015%/timolol 0.5% in a real-life setting. METHODS: Intraocular pressure (IOP) was recorded for each eye at baseline (any previous therapy or untreated) and 4-16 weeks after changing medical treatment to or initiating treatment with the preservative-free fixed combination of tafluprost 0...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652510/beta-blocker-and-steroid-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-infantile-hepatic-hemangioendothelioma
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Zeynep Canan Özdemir, Yeter Düzenli Kar, Nurullah Cihan Şöhret, Mahmut Kebapçı, Özcan Bör
Infantile hepatic hemangioendothelioma (IHHE) is the most common benign vascular liver tumor and typically occurs during the first 6 months of life. A 4-month-old male patient presented with abdominal distention. A physical examination revealed massive hepatomegaly. Liver enzyme levels were normal. The alpha fetoprotein level was 1,323 mg/dL (6-1,000). Abdominal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed multiple, well-defined and hyperintense nodular lesions in the liver. MRI findings suggested IHHE. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level was high (177...
June 25, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651378/can-beta-blockers-be-used-safely-in-non-cardiac-surgery-important-lessons-to-be-learned
#4
Karl Swedberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651304/rifaximin-and-propranolol-combination-therapy-is-more-effective-than-propranolol-monotherapy-for-the-reduction-of-portal-pressure-an-open-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Yoo Li Lim, Moon Young Kim, Yoon Ok Jang, Soon Koo Baik, Sang Ok Kwon
Background/Aims: Non-selective beta blockers (NSBBs) are currently the only accepted regimen for preventing portal hypertension (PHT)-related complications. However, the effect of NSBBs is insufficient in many cases. Bacterial translocation (BT) is one of the aggravating factors of PHT in cirrhosis; therefore, selective intestinal decontamination by rifaximin is a possible therapeutic option for improving PHT. We investigated whether the addition of rifaximin to propranolol therapy can improve hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) response...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650277/attenuated-post-exercise-heart-rate-recovery-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-the-role-of-disease-severity-and-beta-blocker-treatment
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P Bienias, M Ciurzyński, A Chrzanowska, I Dudzik-Niewiadomska, K Irzyk, K Oleszek, A Kalińska-Bienias, B Kisiel, W Tłustochowicz, P Pruszczyk
Objective Sinus tachycardia is frequently reported in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), while there are limited data on post-exercise ability to slow heart rate (i.e. heart rate recovery, HRR) in this group of patients. Methods We studied consecutive 70 patients with SLE and 30 healthy controls. All examined individuals underwent detailed clinical examination, echocardiography, Holter monitoring with heart rate variability and treadmill stress test using Bruce's protocol. HRR values were calculated as the difference between maximum HR during exercise and HR at the first (HRR1) and third (HRR3) minute of rest...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649065/poor-adherence-with-ace-inhibitors-is-a-risk-factor-of-cva-with-oral-hypoglycemic-agents-in-diabetic-patients
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Muhammad Tariq Aftab, Hasnain Abbas Dharamshi, Ahmed Faraz, Saba Shakeel, Osama Shakeel
Poor adherence with medicine declines the clinical outcome of pharmacotherapy. It may carry serious sequelae especially in case of antihypertensive drugs like cerebrovascular accident (CVA). This study has been planned to find the association of poor adherence with anti-hypertensive with CVA in diabetic and non- diabetic patients. One hundred CVA patients who were admitted through Emergency in Abbasi Shaheed hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Karachi, were recruited from Jun 2013 till Dec 2013. The criteria of inclusion was, diagnosed case of CVA, with primary hypertension, availability of patient's therapeutic record, consent of the patient or legal successor/heir...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645802/comparative-effects-of-long-and-short-acting-loop-diuretics-on-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Shu Kasama, Takuji Toyama, Masahiko Kurabayashi
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that the long-acting loop diuretic azosemide improves cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (CSNA) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), compared with short-acting furosemide. However, its influence on mortality has not been determined. METHODS: The present study was a further analysis of our previously published study in which azosemide showed improved (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphic findings compared with furosemide in CHF patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644179/improving-heart-failure-patient-outcomes-utilizing-guideline-directed-therapy
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Beth Towery Davidson, Terri Lynn Allison
Heart failure (HF) prevalence continues to rise and remains a significant burden to patients, caregivers, providers, and the healthcare system. Guideline-directed medical therapy with standard neurohormonal blockade has been the cornerstone of medical management for many years. Despite aggressive utilization of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta-blockers, and aldosterone antagonists, HF hospitalizations and readmissions are common and residual mortality remains high...
July 21, 2017: Nurse Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641862/perioperative-beta-blockers-and-statins-for-noncardiac-surgery-patients-with-coronary-stents
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Joshua S Richman, Laura A Graham, Aerin DeRussy, Thomas M Maddox, Kamal M F Itani, Mary T Hawn
IMPORTANCE: Recent publications report that perioperative initiation of statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes particularly among patients with increased cardiac risk. However, findings on associations with beta blocker (BB) initiation are mixed. OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between perioperative statin and BB use in a national sample of patients with cardiac stents. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: VA Medical Centers nationwide...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641581/thyrotoxic-and-pheochromocytoma-multisystem-crisis-a-case-report
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Kodai Suzuki, Takahito Miyake, Hideshi Okada, Fuminori Yamaji, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Tetsuya Fukuta, Ryu Yasuda, Yoshihito Tanaka, Haruka Okamoto, Sho Nachi, Tomoaki Doi, Takahiro Yoshida, Keisuke Kumada, Shozo Yoshida, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Izumi Toyoda, Shinji Ogura
BACKGROUND: Thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis are rare, life-threatening, emergency endocrine diseases with various clinical manifestations. Here we report a case of a patient who simultaneously developed thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis and required intensive cardiovascular management. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old Asian man experienced nausea and vomiting, and subsequently developed dyspnea and cold sweats while farming...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637791/store-operated-calcium-entry-suppressed-tgf%C3%AE-1-smad3-signaling-pathway-in-glomerular-mesangial-cells
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Sarika Chaudhari, Weizu Li, Yanxia Wang, Hui Jiang, Yuhong Ma, Mark E Davis, Jonathan E Zuckerman, Rong Ma
Our previous study demonstrated that the abundance of extracellular matrix proteins was suppressed by store-operated Ca2+ entry in mesangial cells (MCs). The present study was conducted to investigate the underlying mechanism focused on the transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) - Smad3 pathway, a critical pathway for ECM expansion in diabetic kidneys. We hypothesized that SOCE suppressed ECM protein expression by inhibiting this pathway in MCs. In cultured human MCs, we observed that TGFβ1 (5 ng/ml for 15 hours) significantly increased Smad3 phosphorylation as evaluated by immunoblot...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636506/incidence-and-predictors-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-detection-by-event-loop-recorder-monitoring-from-a-contemporary-multicentre-cohort
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Zainab Abdel-Salam, Wail Nammas
Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent complication after cardiac surgery. We explored the incidence and predictors of post-operative AF at 30-day follow-up in an unselected multi-centre cohort of patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in contemporary practice. Methods and results We enrolled 740 consecutive patients scheduled for elective CABG with or without valve surgery. Cardiac rhythm was continuously monitored for 15 days after surgery by an ambulatory event loop recorder...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630226/thyrotoxic-periodic-paralysis-as-an-initial-presentation-of-graves-disease-in-a-saudi-patient
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S F Alqahtani, M M Aleithan
Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP) is a well-known complication of hyperthyroidism, characterised by recurrent flaccid paralysis with hypokalaemia. To date, only five cases of this rare disorder have been reported in Saudi Arabia. Here, we report an additional case involving a 25-year-old Saudi man who presented with lower limb paralysis and severe hypokalaemia. Clinically, he showed symptoms and signs suggestive of Graves' disease, which was confirmed by laboratory investigations. Carbimazole, a beta-blocker and potassium replacement were administered, resulting in dramatic improvement of the TTP...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629419/effect-of-beta-blockers-on-exacerbation-rate-and-lung-function-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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Sean Duffy, Robert Marron, Helen Voelker, Richard Albert, John Connett, William Bailey, Richard Casaburi, J Allen Cooper, Jeffrey L Curtis, Mark Dransfield, MeiLan K Han, Barry Make, Nathaniel Marchetti, Fernando Martinez, Stephen Lazarus, Dennis Niewoehner, Paul D Scanlon, Frank Sciurba, Steven Scharf, Robert M Reed, George Washko, Prescott Woodruff, Charlene McEvoy, Shawn Aaron, Don Sin, Gerard J Criner
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers are commonly prescribed for patients with cardiovascular disease. Providers have been wary of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with beta-blockers due to concern for bronchospasm, but retrospective studies have shown that cardio-selective beta-blockers are safe in COPD and possibly beneficial. However, these benefits may reflect symptom improvements due to the cardiac effects of the medication. The purpose of this study is to evaluate associations between beta-blocker use and both exacerbation rates and longitudinal measures of lung function in two well-characterized COPD cohorts...
June 19, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622331/in-silico-assessment-of-genetic-variation-in-kcna5-reveals-multiple-mechanisms-of-human-atrial-arrhythmogenesis
#16
Michael A Colman, Haibo Ni, Bo Liang, Nicole Schmitt, Henggui Zhang
A recent experimental study investigating patients with lone atrial fibrillation identified six novel mutations in the KCNA5 gene. The mutants exhibited both gain- and loss-of-function of the atrial specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K+ current, IKur. The aim of this study is to elucidate and quantify the functional impact of these KCNA5 mutations on atrial electrical activity. A multi-scale model of the human atria was updated to incorporate detailed experimental data on IKur from both wild-type and mutants...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619188/how-to-use-beta-blockers-in-heart-failure%C3%A2-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Gerasimos Filippatos, Dimitrios Farmakis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618134/potentially-inappropriate-use-of-furosemide-in-a-very-elderly-population-an-observational-study
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Carla Rodriguez-Cillero, Didier Menu, Philippe d'Athis, Sophie Perrin, Mélanie Dipanda, Sanaa Asgassou, Hélène Guepet, Emmanuel Mazen, Patrick Manckoundia, Alain Putot
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about furosemide prescription modalities in elderly people. We describe furosemide prescription in ambulatory elderly patients. METHODS: All patients aged over 80 years, affiliated to Mutualité Sociale Agricole de Bourgogne, a French regional health insurance plan, with a medical prescription delivered in March 2015, were retrospectively included. RESULTS: Among 15 141 patients with a median age of 86 years, comprising 61...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616354/comparing-american-european-and-asian-practice-guidelines-for-aortic-diseases
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Jose Rozado, Maria Martin, Isaac Pascual, Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Cesar Moris
The aortic disease comprises a group of different pathologies of high prevalence, seriousness and ever changing by the medical and surgical investigations. Therefore cardiovascular scientific societies in USA, Europe and Asia have created Task Force on practice guidelines (PG) to develop, update and revise PG for aortic diseases. These documents issue recommendations on the diagnosis and management of different aortic diseases. The three societies agree on the recommendations about diagnostic tests and on the value of computed tomography and magnetic resonance as the main tools for the diagnosis and follow-up of aortic disease...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616215/the-impact-of-renal-protection-clinics-on-prescription-of-and-adherence-to-cardioprotective-drug-therapy-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
#20
Fanny Lepeytre, Héloise Cardinal, Lorraine Fradette, Jacobien Verhave, Marc Dorais, Jacques LeLorier, Vincent Pichette, François Madore
Background: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of follow-up in renal protection clinics on the prescription of and adherence to cardioprotective drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: We studied stage 4 and 5 CKD patients who initiated follow-up in three renal protection clinics. The prescription pattern of antihypertensive agents (AHA) and lipid-lowering agents (LLAs) was measured as the percentage of patients who are prescribed the agents of interest at a given time. Adherence to drug therapy was defined as the percentage of days, during a pre-defined observation period, in which patients have an on-hand supply of their prescribed medications...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
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