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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209220/very-low-density-lipoprotein-associated-apolipoproteins-predict-cardiovascular-events-and-are-lowered-by-inhibition%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-apoc-iii
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Raimund Pechlaner, Sotirios Tsimikas, Xiaoke Yin, Peter Willeit, Ferheen Baig, Peter Santer, Friedrich Oberhollenzer, Georg Egger, Joseph L Witztum, Veronica J Alexander, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Manuel Mayr
BACKGROUND: Routine apolipoprotein (apo) measurements for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are restricted to apoA-I and apoB. Here, the authors measured an unprecedented range of apolipoproteins in a prospective, population-based study and relate their plasma levels to risk of CVD. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to measure apolipoproteins directly by mass spectrometry and compare their associations with incident CVD and to obtain a system-level understanding of the correlations of apolipoproteins with the plasma lipidome and proteome...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207400/a-low-cost-adaptive-balance-training-platform-for-stroke-patients-a-usability-study
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Sunny Verma, Deepesh Kumar, Animesh Kumawat, Anirban Dutta, Uttama Lahiri
Stroke patients usually suffer from asymmetric posture due to hemi-paresis that can result in reduced postural controllability leading to a balance deficit. This deficit increases the risk of falls, which often makes them dependent on caregivers for community ambulation, thus deteriorating their quality of life. Conventional balance training involves rehabilitation exercises performed under physiotherapist's supervision where the scarcity of trained professionals as well as the cost of clinic-based rehabilitation programs can deter stroke survivors from undergoing regular balance training...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205339/doing-it-hard-in-the-bush-aligning-what-gets-measured-with-what-matters
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Malcolm I McDonald, Kenny D Lawson
What gets measured gets managed. Funding of health services is substantially determined by operational activity and specific outcome indicators. In day-to-day clinical decision-making, surrogate markers, such as glycosylated haemoglobin and blood pressure, are commonly used to modify risks of 'hard' outcomes that include kidney failure, ischaemic cardiac events, stroke and all-cause mortality. In many settings, surrogates are all we have to go on. As a consequence, current health funding models heavily rely on surrogate-based key performance indicators [KPIs]...
February 16, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199497/racial-differences-in-associations-of-blood-pressure-components-in-young-adulthood-with-incident-cardiovascular-disease-by-middle-age-coronary-artery-risk-development-in-young-adults-cardia-study
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Yuichiro Yano, Jared P Reis, Yacob G Tedla, David C Goff, David R Jacobs, Stephen Sidney, Hongyan Ning, Kiang Liu, Philip Greenland, Donald M Lloyd-Jones
Importance: Data are sparse regarding which blood pressure (BP) components in young adulthood optimally determine cardiovascular disease (CVD) by middle age. Objectives: To assess which BP components best determine incident CVD events in young adults and determine whether these associations vary by race and age at BP measurement. Design, Setting, and Participants: Using data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, this study assessed the longitudinal race-stratified associations between BP and cardiovascular outcomes...
February 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197341/a-mixed-methods-small-pilot-study-to-describe-the-effects-of-upper-limb-training-using-a-virtual-reality-gaming-system-in-people-with-chronic-stroke
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Rachel C Stockley, Deborah A O'Connor, Phil Smith, Sylvia Moss, Lizzie Allsop, Wendy Edge
Introduction. This small pilot study aimed to examine the feasibility of an upper limb rehabilitation system (the YouGrabber) in a community rehabilitation centre, qualitatively explore participant experiences, and describe changes after using it. Methods and Material. Chronic stroke participants attending a community rehabilitation centre in the UK were randomised to either a YouGrabber or a gym group and completed 18 training sessions over 12 weeks. The motor activity log, box and block, and fatigue severity score were administered by a blinded assessor before and after the intervention...
2017: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196524/financial-barriers-and-adverse-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-cardiovascular-related-chronic-diseases-a-cohort-study
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David J T Campbell, Braden J Manns, Robert G Weaver, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Kathryn M King-Shier, Claudia Sanmartin
BACKGROUND: Some patients with cardiovascular-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease report financial barriers to achieving optimal health. Previous surveys report that the perception of having a financial barrier is associated with self-reported adverse clinical outcomes. We sought to confirm these findings using linked survey and administrative data to determine, among patients with cardiovascular-related chronic diseases, if there is an association between perceived financial barriers and the outcomes of: (1) disease-related hospitalizations, (2) all-cause mortality and (3) inpatient healthcare costs...
February 15, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196265/association-of-coronary-artery-calcium-in-adults-aged-32-to-46-years-with-incident-coronary-heart-disease-and-death
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John Jeffrey Carr, David R Jacobs, James G Terry, Christina M Shay, Stephen Sidney, Kiang Liu, Pamela J Schreiner, Cora E Lewis, James M Shikany, Jared P Reis, David C Goff
Importance: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD); however, prognostic data on CAC are limited in younger adults. Objective: To determine if CAC in adults aged 32 to 46 years is associated with incident clinical CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality during 12.5 years of follow-up. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study is a prospective community-based study that recruited 5115 black and white participants aged 18 to 30 years from March 25, 1985, to June 7, 1986...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191321/postprandial-lipemia-and-the-risk-of-coronary-heart-disease-and-stroke-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Dmitry Kats, A Richey Sharrett, Henry N Ginsberg, Vijay Nambi, Christie M Ballantyne, Ron C Hoogeveen, Gerardo Heiss
OBJECTIVE: Excessive levels of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins during postprandial lipemia (PPL) have been reported to be atherogenic. However, it is unclear whether the degree of PPL independently predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) given the scarcity of longitudinal data with standardised measures of postprandial change. We reexamined associations of PPL with incident CVD events in a population-based cohort using detailed measures of postprandial change from a standardised fat challenge...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188974/glycemic-control-and-disability-free-survival-in-hypoglycemic-agent-treated-community-dwelling-older-patients-with-type%C3%A2-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Takuro Morita, Tazuo Okuno, Taroh Himeno, Keisuke Watanabe, Kumie Nakajima, Yumi Koizumi, Hiroshi Yano, Osamu Iritani, Masashi Okuro, Shigeto Morimoto
AIM: Although lower glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c ) has been believed to be an important marker of improvement of glycemic control in order to maintain better quality of life for patients with diabetes mellitus, a too low HbA1c might be harmful in older adults. We investigated whether this was the case with respect to risk of support/care-need certification in community-dwelling older patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We analyzed 184 diabetes patients aged 65-94 years receiving glucose-lowering medication/insulin...
February 11, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185122/multidisciplinary-approach-in-the-treatment-of-resistant-hypertension
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S A Potthoff, O Vonend
With its high prevalence and the eminent number of undetected or poorly controlled patients, the management of arterial hypertension is still a challenging task. Uncontrolled blood pressure is the major adjustable risk factor for cardiovascular end organ damage for coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and renal disease. Patients with resistant hypertension often need a multidisciplinary approach in order to control their blood pressure sustainably. In cooperation with hypertension specialists, the underlying cause for therapy resistance should be evaluated...
January 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182727/evolution-of-ischemic-damage-and-behavioural-deficit-over-6-months-after-mcao-in-the-rat-selecting-the-optimal-outcomes-and-statistical-power-for-multi-centre-preclinical-trials
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Sarah S J Rewell, Leonid Churilov, T Kate Sidon, Elena Aleksoska, Susan F Cox, Malcolm R Macleod, David W Howells
Key disparities between the timing and methods of assessment in animal stroke studies and clinical trial may be part of the reason for the failure to translate promising findings. This study investigates the development of ischemic damage after thread occlusion MCAo in the rat, using histological and behavioural outcomes. Using the adhesive removal test we investigate the longevity of behavioural deficit after ischemic stroke in rats, and examine the practicality of using such measures as the primary outcome for future studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181285/strong-evidence-for-activity-of-daily-living-interventions-improving-functional-performance-in-home-and-community-settings-in-stroke-rehabilitation
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Stacey George, Louise Gustafsson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178773/postural-control-of-individuals-with-chronic-stroke-compared-to-healthy-participants-tug-frt-and-center-of-pressure-movement
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Sigal Portnoy, Shlomit Reif, Tom Mendelboim, Debbie Rand
BACKGROUND: Balance impairments are common following stroke, and may lead to loss of independent functional mobility and falls. Previous studies strived to come up with precise measures of postural control, which will provide a better prognostic power for the health status and safety of the individual. To date, the degree of difference in postural control measures between individuals with chronic stroke and healthy participants is not reported. Also there are no reported correlations between these measures and the Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and the Functional Reach Test (FRT)...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178772/training-effects-of-wheelchair-dance-on-aerobic-fitness-in-bedridden-individuals-with-severe-athetospastic-cerebral-palsy-rated-to-gmfcs-level-v
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Kyoko Terada, Ayako Satonaka, Yasuto Terada, Nobuharu Suzuki
BACKGROUND: There were few studies about training effects of wheelchair dance on aerobic fitness in the bedridden individuals with severe cerebral palsy for whom the traditional maximal or submaximal exercise tests were not applicable. As the oxygen pulse (O2P), the oxygen uptake divided by the heart rate, is regarded to be a relative measure of stroke volume and the O2P correlates to peak oxygen uptake, we would be able to assess the training effects of wheelchair dance on aerobic fitness in those individuals measuring O2P...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176973/changes-in-ischaemic-ecg-abnormalities-and-subsequent-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Takeshi Sawai, Hironori Imano, Isao Muraki, Mina Hayama-Terada, Yuji Shimizu, Renzhe Cui, Akihiko Kitamura, Masahiko Kiyama, Takeo Okada, Tetsuya Ohira, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Mitsumasa Umesawa, Tomoko Sankai, Hiroyasu Iso
OBJECTIVE: The prognostic importance of changes in ischaemic ECG abnormalities over time (especially ST-T abnormalities) among Asians has not been fully investigated. We examined the associations between changes in ischaemic abnormalities upon serial ECG (improvement, persistence, deterioration) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. METHODS: A prospective study cohort was conducted with 9374 men and women aged 40-69 years in four communities. Participants had multiple ECGs at study entry and during the next 10 years, and were followed up for a median period of 23...
2017: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176157/barriers-and-strategies-for-recruitment-of-racial-and-ethnic-minorities-perspectives-from-neurological-clinical-research-coordinators
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Sean J Haley, Lauren E Southwick, Nina S Parikh, Jazmin Rivera, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Bernadette Boden-Albala
INTRODUCTION: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard within evidence-based research. Low participant accrual rates, especially of underrepresented groups (e.g., racial-ethnic minorities), may jeopardize clinical studies' viability and strength of findings. Research has begun to unweave clinical trial mechanics, including the roles of clinical research coordinators, to improve trial participation rates. METHODS: Two semi-structured focus groups were conducted with a purposive sample of 29 clinical research coordinators (CRCs) at consecutive international stroke conferences in 2013 and 2014 to gain in-depth understanding of coordinator-level barriers to racial-ethnic minority recruitment and retention into neurological trials...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174323/mild-hypokalemia-and-supraventricular-ectopy-increases-the-risk-of-stroke-in-community-dwelling-subjects
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Nick Mattsson, Preman Kumarathurai, Bjørn Strøier Larsen, Olav Wendelboe Nielsen, Ahmad Sajadieh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke is independently associated with the common conditions of hypokalemia and supraventricular ectopy, and we hypothesize that the combination of excessive supraventricular ectopic activity and hypokalemia has a synergistic impact on the prognosis in terms of stroke in the general population. METHODS: Subjects (55-75 years old) from the Copenhagen Holter Study cohort (N=671) with no history of atrial fibrillation or stroke were studied-including baseline values of potassium and ambulatory 48-hour Holter monitoring...
February 7, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170316/medical-university-of-south-carolina-telestroke-a-telemedicine-facilitated-network-for-stroke-treatment-in-south-carolina-a-progress-report
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Sami Al Kasab, Robert J Adams, Ellen Debenham, David J Jones, Christine Ann Holmstedt
BACKGROUND: Patients in rural communities lack access to acute stroke therapies. Rapid administration of lytic therapy increases the likelihood of favorable functional outcome in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). At the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), we implemented a Web-based telestroke program that allows patients presenting with AIS at a rural hospital to receive expert stroke consultation within minutes. This increases their chances of receiving lytic therapy, and therefore increases the likelihood of good functional outcome...
February 7, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167497/cardiovascular-diseases-and-risk-factor-burden-in-urban-and-rural-communities-in-high-middle-and-low-income-regions-of-china-a%C3%A2-large-community-based-epidemiological-study
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Ruohua Yan, Wei Li, Lu Yin, Yang Wang, Jian Bo
BACKGROUND: Most cardiovascular diseases occur in low- and middle-income regions of the world, but the socioeconomic distribution within China remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate whether the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases differs among high-, middle-, and low-income regions of China and to explore the reasons for the disparities. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 46 285 individuals from 115 urban and rural communities in 12 provinces across China between 2005 and 2009...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166784/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-coordinated-care-intervention-to-improve-risk-factor-control-after-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-in-the-safety-net-secondary-stroke-prevention-by-uniting-community-and-chronic-care-model-teams-early-to-end-disparities
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Amytis Towfighi, Eric M Cheng, Monica Ayala-Rivera, Heather McCreath, Nerses Sanossian, Tara Dutta, Bijal Mehta, Robert Bryg, Neal Rao, Shlee Song, Ali Razmara, Magaly Ramirez, Theresa Sivers-Teixeira, Jamie Tran, Elizabeth Mojarro-Huang, Ana Montoya, Marilyn Corrales, Beatrice Martinez, Phyllis Willis, Mireya Macias, Nancy Ibrahim, Shinyi Wu, Jeremy Wacksman, Hilary Haber, Adam Richards, Frances Barry, Valerie Hill, Brian Mittman, William Cunningham, Honghu Liu, David A Ganz, Diane Factor, Barbara G Vickrey
BACKGROUND: Recurrent strokes are preventable through awareness and control of risk factors such as hypertension, and through lifestyle changes such as healthier diets, greater physical activity, and smoking cessation. However, vascular risk factor control is frequently poor among stroke survivors, particularly among socio-economically disadvantaged blacks, Latinos and other people of color. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) is an effective framework for multi-component interventions aimed at improving care processes and outcomes for individuals with chronic disease...
February 6, 2017: BMC Neurology
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