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Javier Jiménez-Candil, Ignasi Anguera, Olga Durán, Jesús Hernández, Javier Fernández-Portales, José Luis Moríñigo, Ana Martín, Paolo Dallaglio, Loreto Bravo, Andrea di Marco, Pedro Luis Sánchez
INTRODUCTION: Among implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients, a substantial proportion of syncopes are due to fast ventricular tachycardias (FVTs). In the experimental models of ventricular tachycardias, the arterial vasoconstriction plays an important role in recovering the arterial pressure. Since beta-blockers increase vascular resistance, we hypothesized that beta-blockers could reduce the occurrence of syncope due to FVTs. Our objective was to determine the relationship between the beta-blocker therapy and the incidence of syncope in FVT (cycle length [CL] 250-320 ms) occurring in ICD patients...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Neivys García-Delgado, Myrian Velasco, Carmen Sánchez-Soto, Carlos Manlio Díaz-García, Marcia Hiriart
Pancreatic beta cells during the first month of development acquire functional maturity, allowing them to respond to variations in extracellular glucose concentration by secreting insulin. Changes in ionic channel activity are important for this maturation. Within the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC), the most studied channels are high-voltage-activated (HVA), principally L-type; while low-voltage-activated (LVA) channels have been poorly studied in native beta cells. We analyzed the changes in the expression and activity of VGCC during the postnatal development in rat beta cells...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Vieux Momeme Mokoli, Ernest Kiswaya Sumaili, François Bompeka Lepira, Fiston Ikwa Ndol Mbutiwi, Jean Robert Rissassy Makulo, Justine Busanga Bukabau, Patrick Parmba Izeidi, Jeannine Losa Luse, Stéphane Kalambay Mukendi, Désiré Kulimba Mashinda, Nazaire Mangani Nseka
BACKGROUND: Decreased residual urine volume (RUV) is associated with higher mortality in hemodialysis (HD). However, few studies have examined RUV in patients on HD in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of RUV among incident hemodialysis patients in Kinshasa. METHODS: This historical cohort study enrolled 250 patients with ESRD undergoing hemodialysis between January 2007 and July 2013 in two hemodialysis centers in Kinshasa. RUV were collected over 24 h at the initiation of HD and 6 and 12 months later during the interdialytic period...
March 20, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Bradford Bennett, Drew Johnson, Andrew Panakos, Aleksandr Rozenberg
A 51-year-old woman with history of migraine headaches and intermittent nausea, vomiting, palpitations, and diaphoresis presented to the emergency department with hypertensive emergency 1 month after starting a beta blocker for migraine prophylaxis. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the chest incidentally revealed a large abdominal mass in the area of the left adrenal gland. Iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine scan imaging showed localized uptake into the left adrenal gland. Along with imaging results, laboratory testing confirmed the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
B Tate Cutshall, Benjamin T Duhart, Jagannath Saikumar, Michael Samarin, Lydia Hutchison, Joanna Q Hudson
BACKGROUND: Treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) requires guideline-directed medication therapy (GDMT) consisting of either an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker in combination with an indicated beta-blocker. There is concern that end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are not being prescribed GDMT. The study aim was to determine whether outcomes differ for patients with HFrEF and ESRD receiving GDMT compared to those not receiving GDMT...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Maida Rakanović Todić, Sanita Maleškić, Lejla Burnazović Ristić, Aida Kulo Ćesić, Jasna Kusturica, Besim Prnjavorac
Aim To analyse frequency of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation in patients on therapy with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and relevant factors that influence the rate of COPD exacerbations in a subgroup of moderate illness, like FEV1, comorbidities and other concomitant therapy. Methods The study included patients with moderate COPD with at least 10 pack-years history of smoking and accompanying cardiovascular comorbidity. Demographic data, frequency of exacerbations and information about proscribed treatments - ICS alone or in combination with long acting beta agonist (LABA), were collected from medical records for the previous 12 months from the index date...
February 1, 2018: Medicinski Glasnik
Ilhwan Yeo, Dmitriy N Feldman, Luke K Kim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a non-iatrogenic and non-traumatic separation of the coronary arterial wall. While SCAD represents an important cause of myocardial infarction, optimal diagnostic and therapeutic options remain challenging. We sought to review recent studies and provide an update on diagnosis and management of SCAD. RECENT FINDINGS: Coronary angiography is the first-line diagnostic modality for SCAD, with three angiographic features commonly observed in SCAD: type 1 (pathognomonic angiographic appearance with contrast staining of the arterial wall), type 2 (long coronary stenosis), and type 3 (focal tubular stenosis)...
March 17, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
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
Jason T C Lee, Iryna Shanina, Yung Ning Chu, Marc S Horwitz, James D Johnson
Pancreatic beta-cells are selectively destroyed by the host immune system in type 1 diabetes. Thus, drugs that preserve beta-cell mass and/or function have the potential to prevent or slow the progression of this disease. We recently reported that the use-dependent sodium channel blocker, carbamazepine, protects beta-cells from inflammatory cytokines in vitro. Here, we tested the effects of carbamazepine treatment in female non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice by supplementing LabDiet 5053 with 0.5% w/w carbamazepine to achieve serum carbamazepine levels of 14...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tetsuro Tsujimoto, Hiroshi Kajio, Martin F Shapiro, Takehiro Sugiyama
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between use of β-blockers and all-cause mortality in patients with and without diabetes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2010, we conducted a prospective cohort study. The study participants were followed-up from the survey participation date until December 31, 2011. We used a Cox proportional hazards model for all-cause mortality analysis. The multivariate-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) of the participants taking β-blockers were compared with those of the participants not taking β-blockers...
March 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
L Lafarge, L Bourguignon, N Bernard, T Vial, M-J Dehan-Moya, B De La Gastine, S Goutelle
Beta-blockers are widely prescribed in elderly patients and may induce severe adverse drug reactions. We report a case of bisoprolol-induced bradycardia in an elderly patient with impaired renal function and use of cytochrome P450 inhibitors. A literature review has been performed in order to analyze pharmacokinetic risk factors of beta-blockers overdosing in geriatrics. Various mechanisms can result in decreased elimination of beta-blockers. These mechanisms vary according to the beta-blocker agent and may be combined in some individuals, especially elderly patients...
March 12, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
E Gandjbakhch, E Varlet, G Duthoit, V Fressart, P Charron, C Himbert, C Maupain, C Bordet, F Hidden-Lucet, J Nizard
INTRODUCTION: The prognosis of pregnancy in patients with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is poorly documented. The aim of this study is to assess the cardiac risks during pregnancy and the impact of ARVC/D on fetuses/neonates/children. METHODS: We included all ARVC/D women with a history of pregnancy from the ARVC/D Pitié-Salpêtrière registry. Cardiac and obstetrical events having occurred during pregnancy/delivery/post-partum periods and neonatal data/follow-up were collected...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Syed Rizwan A Bokhari, Faisal Akhtar, Qurrat-Ul-Ain Abid, Uzma Jahanzaib, Maria R Bokhari, Sana Hasan, Khurshid Khan
Postural hypotension, as a manifestation of autonomic neuropathy is a very sinister long-term debilitating complication of diabetes, is usually irreversible and tough to manage with medications. The treatment of this condition following the standard treatment protocols can be contraindicated in the patients with underlying heart conditions. We report the case of a patient at our hospital who presented with full-blown symptomatic dysautonomia secondary to long-standing diabetes, with bedside testing positive for autonomic dysfunction...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
Andrea Santucci, Claudio Cavallini
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February 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Anna-Katharina Buchberger, Denise Brettschneider, Kristin Berg, Dirk Jungmann, Jörg Oehlmann, Marco Scheurer, Matthias Oetken
Aquatic organisms are impacted by various biotic and abiotic stressors such as current, inter- and intraspecific competition for food resources and habitat, neobiota as well as an increasing number of chemicals. The latter also include pharmaceuticals, which are increasingly being detected in surface waters due to their growing use. The aim of our study was to determine effect data for metoprolol as a model compound for beta-blockers under an environmentally realistic exposure scenario on aquatic invertebrates inhabiting lotic environments...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Hermann Blessberger, Juergen Kammler, Hans Domanovits, Oliver Schlager, Brigitte Wildner, Danyel Azar, Martin Schillinger, Franz Wiesbauer, Clemens Steinwender
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have yielded conflicting results regarding the ability of beta-blockers to influence perioperative cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Thus routine prescription of these drugs in unselected patients remains a controversial issue. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to systematically analyse the effects of perioperatively administered beta-blockers for prevention of surgery-related mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing any type of surgery while under general anaesthesia...
March 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Peter H Khalil, Ghazal Kabbach, Debabrata Mukherjee, Sarmad Said
Heart Failure (HF) is one of the main health care burdens in the United States and in the world. Many drugs are approved and used in practice for management of this condition; including beta blockers, diuretics, aldosterone antagonists, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI's), and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug with brand name Entresto (Sacubitril/Valsartan or LCZ696), an angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor for the use in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF) patients instead of ACEI's and ARBs...
March 13, 2018: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Mary Wang, David J Birnkrant, Dennis M Super, Irwin B Jacobs, Robert C Bahler
Objective: To describe the natural history of cardiomyopathy in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are receiving contemporary therapies. Methods: This is a single-institution retrospective cohort study of 57 patients aged >15 years with DMD. Serial digital echocardiograms were performed over a median follow-up of 8 years. Left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) was defined as shortening fraction (SF) <29% plus focal wall motion abnormalities...
2018: Open Heart
C Vignesh, Madhan Kumar, Ramesh Venkataraman, Senthilkumar Rajagopal, Nagarajan Ramakrishnan, Babu K Abraham
Overdose of cardiovascular medications such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers cause impaired cardiac contractility, vasoplegia, and/or rhythm disturbances. In addition to conventional management of limiting absorption, increasing elimination and hemodynamic support intravenous (IV) calcium infusion, hyperinsulinemia-euglycemia therapy, glucagon infusion, and IV lipid emulsion have been tried. Extracorporeal circulatory assist device support has been reported as a rescue therapy in overdose refractory to maximal medical therapy...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Frank Edelmann, Christoph Knosalla, Klaus Mörike, Christiane Muth, Peggy Prien, Stefan Störk
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the most common reason for hospital admissions in Germany. For the National Disease Management Guideline (NDMG) on CHF, a multidisciplinary expert panel revised the chapters on drug therapy, invasive therapy, and care coordination, following the methods of evidence-based medicine. METHODS: Recommendations are based on international guideline adaptations or systematic literature search. They were developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel, approved in a formal consensus procedure, and tested in open consultation, as specified by the requirements for S3 guidelines...
February 23, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
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