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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447389/survival-of-adults-with-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-after-lung-transplantation
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Elana J Bernstein, Joan M Bathon, David J Lederer
Objectives: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adults with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs). The aim of this study was to determine whether adults with ARDs and PAH on right-sided heart catheterization (ARD-PAH) have increased mortality following lung transplantation compared with those with PAH not due to an ARD. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 93 adults with ARD-PAH and 222 adults with PAH who underwent lung transplantation in the USA between 4 May 2005 and 9 March 2015 using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing...
February 13, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446818/heart-involvement-in-systemic-sclerosis
#2
Ihsen Zairi, Lilia Baili, Khadija Mzoughi, Manel Dridi, Zouhaier Jnifene, Fatma Boussema
INTRODUCTION: Primary and secondary heart involvement in systemic sclerosis are important mortality predictors. Aim of this study was to investigate by standard echocardiography associated to pulsed-tissue Doppler imaging, six-minute walk test (6MWT) and BNP level cardiac manifestation in 30 patients with ScS and to establish a strategy to detect and to evaluate this complication. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted over a period of 16 months: a total of 30 consecutive patients with ScS diagnosed as proposed by the American college of Rheumatology and the European League Against Rheumatism 2013 and who were hospitalized in Internal Medicine department of Habib Thameur hospital underwent cardiac assessment...
March 2017: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444786/task-sharing-to-improve-the-prevention-diagnosis-and-management-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-systematic-review-protocol
#3
Leila Hussein Abdullahi, Inge Smit, Mark E Engel, David A Watkins, Liesl Joanna Zühlke
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality globally due to weak health systems in many countries. RHD can be effectively prevented and managed; however, RHD-related interventions have not been widely adopted in countries with severe human resource constraints. Task sharing is a recognised approach to personnel shortages that could prove effective for RHD and has, anecdotally, been attempted in a few settings. We propose a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol to assess models that use non-physician workers to expand access to, and quality of, RHD-related healthcare...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444774/comparison-between-different-strategies-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-echocardiographic-screening-in-brazil-data-from-the-provar-rheumatic-valve-disease-screening-program-study
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Bruno R Nascimento, Craig Sable, Maria Carmo P Nunes, Adriana C Diamantino, Kaciane K B Oliveira, Cassio M Oliveira, Zilda Maria A Meira, Sandra Regina T Castilho, Júlia P A Santos, Letícia Maria M Rabelo, Karlla C A Lauriano, Gabriel A L Carmo, Allison Tompsett, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, Andrea Z Beaton
BACKGROUND: Considering the limited accuracy of clinical examination for early diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), echocardiography has emerged as an important epidemiological tool. The ideal setting for screening is yet to be defined. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence and pattern of latent RHD in schoolchildren (aged 5-18 years) and to compare effectiveness of screening between public schools, private schools, and primary care centers in Minas Gerais, Brazil. METHODS AND RESULTS: The PROVAR (Rheumatic Valve Disease Screening Program) study uses nonexperts and portable and handheld devices for RHD echocardiographic screening, with remote interpretation by telemedicine, according to the 2012 World Heart Federation criteria...
February 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442387/scabies-is-strongly-associated-with-acute-rheumatic-fever-in-a-cohort-study-of-auckland-children
#5
Simon Thornley, Roger Marshall, Paul Jarrett, Gerhard Sundborn, Edwin Reynolds, Grant Schofield
AIM: This study sought to determine whether scabies infection is associated with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) or chronic rheumatic heart disease (CRHD). METHODS: A cohort study was undertaken using health records of children aged 3-12 years attending an oral health service for the first time. Subjects were then linked to hospital diagnoses of scabies and ARF or CRHD. RESULTS: A total of 213 957 children free of rheumatic heart disease at baseline were available for analysis...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440834/prevention-and-control-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-overcoming-core-challenges-in-resource-poor-environments
#6
REVIEW
Scott Dougherty, Andrea Beaton, Bruno R Nascimento, Liesl J Zühlke, Maziar Khorsandi, Nigel Wilson
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has long receded as a significant threat to public health in high-income countries. In low-resource settings, however, the specter of RHD remains unabated, as exemplified by recent data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study. There are many complex reasons for this ongoing global disparity, including inadequate data on disease burden, challenges in effective advocacy, ongoing poverty and inequality, and weak health systems, most of which predominantly affect developing nations...
January 2018: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440244/acute-rheumatic-fever-presenting-as-complete-heart-block-report-of-an-adolescent-case-and-review-of-literature
#7
Sridharan Umapathy, Anita Saxena
A 14-year-old boy suffering from chronic rheumatic heart disease came to the emergency department with recurrent episodes of presyncope and syncope. He was found to have complete heart block (CHB) and required temporary pacemaker insertion. Further workup revealed that CHB was secondary to acute rheumatic carditis. His atrioventricular (AV) conduction abnormalities recovered in a stepwise fashion over 5 days while he was being treated with corticosteroids, without the need for permanent pacemaker insertion...
February 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440164/standard-echocardiography-versus-handheld-echocardiography-for-the-detection-of-subclinical-rheumatic-heart-disease-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Lisa H Telford, Leila H Abdullahi, Eleanor A Ochodo, Liesl J Zühlke, Mark E Engel
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable and treatable chronic condition which persists in many developing countries largely affecting impoverished populations. Handheld echocardiography presents an opportunity to address the need for more cost-effective methods of diagnosing RHD in developing countries, where the disease continues to carry high rates of morbidity and mortality. Preliminary studies have demonstrated moderate sensitivity as well as high specificity and diagnostic odds for detecting RHD in asymptomatic patients...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429439/clinical-characteristics-and-causes-of-heart-failure-adherence-to-treatment-guidelines-and-mortality-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-experience-at-groote-schuur-hospital-cape-town-south-africa
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P Z Szymanski, M Badri, B M Mayosi
BACKGROUND: There is limited information on acute heart failure (AHF) and its treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical characteristics and causes of heart failure (HF), adherence to HF treatment guidelines, and mortality of patients with AHF presenting to Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS: This sub-study of The Sub-Saharan Africa Survey of Heart Failure (THESUS-HF) was a prospective and observational survey that focused on the enrolment and follow-up of additional patients with AHF presenting to GSH and entered into the existing registry after publication of the primary THESUS-HF article in 2012...
February 1, 2018: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424022/acenocoumarol-as-an-alternative-anticoagulant-in-a-patient-with-warfarin-related-nephropathy
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Sapan Kumar Behera, Alphienes Stanley Xavier, Sandhiya Selvarajan, Hemachandren Munuswamy, Satish Haridasan, Bheemanathi Hanuman Srinivas
ADVERSE EVENT: Warfarin related nephropathy DRUG IMPLICATED: Warfarin THE PATIENT: A 31 year old female, managed with warfarin for rheumatic heart disease with atrial fibrillation. EVIDENCE THAT LINKS THE DRUG TO THE EVENT: There were no alternative causes of nephropathy that could have caused the adverse event in this patient. MANAGEMENT: Shifting the drug from warfarin to acenocoumarol MECHANISM, IF KNOWN: Difference in renal elimination between warfarin and acenocoumarol IMPLICATION FOR THERAPY: Clinicians should be aware of this rare adverse effect of warfarin and acenocoumarol can be considered as an alternative therapy for this condition...
February 8, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422951/impact-of-regionalisation-of-a-national-rheumatic-heart-disease-registry-the-ugandan-experience
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Emmy Okello, Chris T Longenecker, Amy Scheel, Twalib Aliku, Joselyn Rwebembera, Grace Mirembe, Craig Sable, Peter Lwabi, Andrea Beaton
Objectives: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a major driver of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in low-resource settings. Registry-based care for RHD has been advocated as a powerful tool to improve clinical care and track quality metrics. Data collected through an RHD registry may also reveal epidemiological and geospatial trends, as well as insight into care utilisation. Uganda established a central RHD registry at the country's only tertiary cardiac centre in 2010. In 2014 RHD care and registry enrolment expanded to the Western region and in 2015 to the North...
2018: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420834/echocardiographic-3d-guided-2d-planimetry-in-quantifying-left-sided-valvular-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Edgar Argulian, Karthik Seetharam
Echocardiographic 3D-guided 2D planimetry can improve the accuracy of valvular disease assessment. Acquisition of 3D pyramidal dataset allows subsequent multiplanar reconstruction with accurate orthogonal plane alignment to obtain the correct borders of an anatomic orifice or flow area. Studies examining the 3D-guided 2D planimetry approach in left-sided valvular heart disease were identified and reviewed. The strongest evidence exists for estimating mitral valve area in patients with rheumatic mitral valve stenosis and vena contracta area in patients with mitral regurgitation (both primary and secondary)...
February 8, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404981/lessons-learned-in-the-development-of-sustained-release-penicillin-drug-delivery-systems-for-the-prophylactic-treatment-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-rhd
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Oliver D Montagnat, Graham R Webster, Jurgen Bullita, Cornelia Landersdorfer, Rosemary Wyber, Meru Sheel, Jonathan R Carapetis, Ben J Boyd
The current prophylactic treatment to prevent rheumatic heart disease requires four-weekly intramuscular injection of a suspension of the poorly soluble benzathine salt form of penicillin G (BPG) often for more than 10 years. In seeking to reduce the frequency of administration to improve adherence, biodegradable polymer matrices have been investigated. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-based in situ forming precursor systems containing N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone as solvent and PLGA-based monolithic implants for surgical implantation containing BPG were developed...
February 5, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386201/cd301b-mgl2-mononuclear-phagocytes-orchestrate-autoimmune-cardiac-valve-inflammation-and-fibrosis
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Lee A Meier, Jennifer L Auger, Brianna J Engelson, Hannah M Cowan, Elise R Breed, Mayra I Gonzalez-Torres, Joshua D Boyer, Mayank Verma, Aubyn Marath, Bryce A Binstadt
Background -Valvular heart disease (VHD) is common and affects the mitral valve (MV) most frequently. Despite the prevalence of mitral valve disease (MVD), the cellular and molecular pathways that initiate and perpetuate it are not well understood. Methods -K/B.g7 T cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mice spontaneously develop systemic autoantibody-associated autoimmunity, leading to fully-penetrant fibro-inflammatory MVD and arthritis. We used multiparameter flow cytometry, intracellular cytokine staining, and immunofluorescent staining to characterize the cells in inflamed K/B...
January 31, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382606/outcome-of-infective-endocarditis-in-the-current-era-early-predictors-of-poor-prognosis
#15
Maria Carmo Pereira Nunes, Milton Henriques Guimarães-Júnior, Pedro Henrique Oliveira Murta Pinto, Rodrigo Matos Pinto Coelho, Thais Lins Souza Barros, Nicole de Paula Aarão Faleiro Maia, Dayane Amaral Madureira, Rodrigo Citton Padilha Reis, Paulo Henrique Nogueira Costa, Renato Bráulio, Cláudio Léo Gelape, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Early identification of patients at risk of IE complications using parameters obtained routinely is essential for clinical decision making guidance. This study aimed to identify a parameter at hospital admission that predicts outcome, adding value to other well-known factors of poor prognosis in IE. METHODS: Two hundred and three patients with IE were included. Clinical evaluation, echocardiography, blood cultures, and routine laboratory tests were performed at hospital admission...
January 27, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372615/pattern-of-inpatient-pediatric-cardiology-consultations-in-sub-saharan-africa
#16
Kriti Puri, Peter Kazembe, Treasure Mkaliainga, Msandeni Chiume, Antonio G Cabrera, Amy Sims Sanyahumbi
Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world, ranked 151st among 195 countries by the World Bank, with an under-5-year mortality rate of 63 per 1000 live births. There are no previous studies describing the spectrum of inpatient pediatric cardiology consultations in sub-Saharan Africa. A descriptive cohort study was performed at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), a tertiary care hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Demographic, anthropometric, and clinical information for all cardiology consults patients aged 0-18 years admitted to the children's wards over a period of 1 month was reviewed...
January 25, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353099/cardiovascular-involvement-in-systemic-rheumatic-diseases-an-integrated-view-for-the-treating-physicians
#17
REVIEW
Kwang Seob Lee, Andreas Kronbichler, Michael Eisenhut, Keum Hwa Lee, Jae Il Shin
Systemic autoimmune diseases can affect various kinds of organs including the kidney, the skin, soft tissue and the bone. Among others, cardiovascular involvement in rheumatic diseases has been shown to affect myocardium, pericardium, cardiac vessels, conduction system and valves, eventually leading to mortality. In general, underlying chronic inflammation lead to premature atherosclerosis, but also other manifestations such as arrhythmia and heart failure may have a 'silent' progress. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors play a secondary role, while disease-specific factors (i...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332573/torsades-de-pointes-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica
#18
Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Maurizio Acampa, Rosella Fulceri, Franco Laghi-Pasini, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) represents the most common inflammatory rheumatic disease of the elderly. It is characterized by synovitis of proximal joints and extra-articular synovial structures, along with chronic high-grade systemic inflammation. PMR is closely related to giant cell arteritis (GCA), a large-vessel vasculitis that involves the major branches of the aorta, particularly the extracranial branches of carotid artery including temporal arteries. It is currently believed that PMR and GCA may represent different manifestations of the same disease process...
January 10, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332266/association-between-the-interferon-gamma-874-t-a-polymorphism-and-the-severity-of-valvular-damage-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease
#19
Erhan Teker, A Basak Akadam-Teker, Oguz Ozturk, Allison Pinar Eronat, Kivanc Yalin, S Ebru Golcuk, Zehra Bugra
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays an important role in modulating almost all phases of the immune response and may be responsible for the increased valvular fibrosis and calcification in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between the IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphism and the severity of valvular damage in the Turkish population. The IFN-γ genotypes were determined in 152 RHD patients and 151 healthy controls by ARMS-PCR...
January 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327518/a-study-of-cardiovascular-abnormalities-in-hiv-positive-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-northern-india
#20
Shyam Chaudhary, Apurva, Kamal Kumar Sawlani, D Himanshu Reddy, Sharad Chandra Yadav, Munna Lal Patel, Anil Kumar Tripathi, Arvind Kumar Vaish
Introduction: Cardiovascular illness is common in patients with HIV infection, particularly in the later course of disease. Cardiovascular abnormalities in people living with HIV disease (PLHIV) often go unrecognized or untreated resulting in increased cardiovascular related morbidity and mortality and reduced quality of life. The prevalence of cardiac involvement in PLHIV has been reported to range between 28 to 73%. However, the incidence of symptomatic heart failure in HIV positive patients is 8-10%...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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