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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352007/outcomes-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-with-mitral-or-aortic-valve-disease
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Dragos Vinereanu, Alice Wang, Hillary Mulder, Renato D Lopes, Petr Jansky, Basil S Lewis, Bernard J Gersh, Alvaro Avezum, Michael Hanna, Claes Held, Lars Wallentin, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander
OBJECTIVE: To assess stroke/systemic embolism, major bleeding and other outcomes, and treatment effect of apixaban versus warfarin, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and different types of valvular heart disease (VHD), using data from the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation trial. METHODS: There were 14 793 patients with known VHD status, categorised as having moderate or severe mitral regurgitation (MR) (n=3382), aortic regurgitation (AR) (n=842) or aortic stenosis (AS) (n=324); patients with moderate or severe mitral stenosis were excluded from the trial...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351145/recent-evidence-on-early-mobilization-in-critical-ill-patients
#2
Kristina Fuest, Stefan J Schaller
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the benefits of early mobilization and summarize the results of most recent clinical studies examining early mobilization in critically ill patients followed by a presentation of recent developments in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Early mobilization of ICU patients, defined as mobilization within 72 h of ICU admission, is still uncommon. In medical and surgical critically ill patients, mobilization is well tolerated even in intubated patients...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350775/randomized-trial-of-transcranial-dc-stimulation-for-post-stroke-dysphagia
#3
Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Corinna Ringmaier, Paul Muhle, Andreas Wollbrink, Andre Kemmling, Uta Hanning, Inga Claus, Tobias Warnecke, Inga Teismann, Christo Pantev, Rainer Dziewas
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is able to enhance dysphagia rehabilitation following stroke. Besides relating clinical effects with neuroplastic changes in cortical swallowing processing we aimed to identify factors influencing treatment success. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized study 60 acute dysphagic stroke patients received contralesional anodal (1 mA, 20 min) or sham tDCS on four consecutive days. Swallowing function was thoroughly assessed before and after the intervention using the validated Fiberoptic Endoscopic Dysphagia Severity Scale (FEDSS) and clinical assessment...
January 19, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#4
Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350380/patients-treated-with-bivalirudin-still-at-higher-risk-of-stent-thrombosis-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials-of-bivalirudin-and-heparin-for-percutaneous-coronary-interventions
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Stefan Grajek, Michał Michlak, Adrian Gwizdała, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Marek Grygier, Jarosław Hiczkiewicz, Maciej Lesiak
BACKGROUND: Although the current practice guidelines recommend using both heparin and bivalirudin for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), the research data are ambiguous. AIM: To compare the impact of bivalirudin- and heparin on major clinical endpoints in PCI patients with particular emphasis on periprocedural stent thrombosis. METHODS: Total of 18 randomised clinical trials involving 41752 subjects were included. The endpoints comprised: net adverse clinical event (NACE: death, myocardial infarction [MI], unscheduled revascularisation, major bleeding [MB]), major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE: death, MI or stroke), acute/subacute stent thrombosis (ST)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346320/c-phycocyanin-and-phycocyanobilin-as-remyelination-therapies-for-enhancing-recovery-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-ischemic-stroke-a-preclinical-perspective
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Giselle Pentón-Rol, Javier Marín-Prida, Viviana Falcón-Cama
Myelin loss has a crucial impact on behavior disabilities associated to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Ischemic Stroke (IS). Although several MS therapies are approved, none of them promote remyelination in patients, limiting their ability for chronic recovery. With no available therapeutic options, enhanced demyelination in stroke survivors is correlated with a poorer behavioral recovery. Here, we show the experimental findings of our group and others supporting the remyelinating effects of C-Phycocyanin (C-PC), the main biliprotein of Spirulina platensis and its linked tetrapyrrole Phycocyanobilin (PCB), in models of these illnesses...
January 18, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346126/complete-revascularization-for-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#7
Gani Bajraktari, Haki Jashari, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Fernando Alfonso, Fisnik Jashari, Gjin Ndrepepa, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y Henein
INTRODUCTION: Despite the recent findings in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) with limited sample sizes and the updates in clinical guidelines, the current available data for the complete revascularization (CR) in hemodynamically stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are still contradictory. AIM: The aim of this meta-analysis of the existing RCTs was to assess the efficacy of the CR versus revascularization of infarct-related artery (IRA) only during primary PCI in patients with STEMI and multivessel disease (MVD)...
January 17, 2018: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345591/should-antithrombotic-treatment-strategies-in-east-asians-differ-from-caucasians-focused-on-acs-or-pci-treated-patients
#8
Jae Seok Bae, Jong-Hwa Ahn, Udaya Tantry, Paul A Gurbel, Young-Hoon Jeong
With over 1.5 billion people, East Asians are the most populous race in the world. Health status in this population is an important global issue. In the contemporary trials of antithrombotic treatment, East Asian patients have a lower risk for atherothrombotic diseases (especially, coronary artery disease [CAD]) and a higher risk for bleeding (especially, gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke). Despite these observations, antithrombotic treatment strategies in East Asian patients are mainly based on the American or European guidelines that are derived from randomized, controlled trials including mostly Caucasians...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345529/effects-of-telestroke-on-thrombolysis-times-and-outcomes-a-meta-analysis
#9
Alireza Baratloo, Leila Rahimpour, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Saeed Safari, Chung Wing Lee, Ali Abdalvand
OBJECTIVE: Telestroke systems are tools, used to provide an advanced stroke care in regions without sufficient neurologic services. We performed this meta-analysis to assess the effects of telemedicine on treatment times and clinical outcomes of acute stroke care. METHODS: A literature search of PubMed, SCOPUS, and Cochrane CENTRAL was conducted for original studies investigating telemedicine applications in acute stroke care. Dichotomous data on treatment outcomes were pooled as odds ratios (ORs), while continuous data on thrombolysis times were pooled as mean differences (MDs) with 95% confidence interval (CI), using RevMan software (version 5...
January 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344950/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-left-ventricular-endocardial-pacing-in-advanced-heart-failure-clinically-efficacious-but-at-what-cost
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Adam Graham, Rui Providenica, Shohreh Honarbakhsh, Neil Srinivasan, Vinit Sawhney, Ross Hunter, Pier Lambiase
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac resynchronization using a left ventricular (LV) epicardial lead placed in the coronary sinus is now routinely used in management of heart failure patients. LV endocardial pacing is an alternative when this is not feasible, with outcomes data sparse. OBJECTIVE: To review the available evidence on the efficacy and safety of endocardial LV pacing via meta-analysis. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE and COCHRANE databases with the search term "endocardial biventricular pacing" or "endocardial cardiac resynchronization" or "left ventricular endocardial" or "endocardial left ventricular"...
January 18, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344794/ticagrelor-for-secondary-prevention-of-atherothrombotic-events-after-myocardial-infarction-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
#11
REVIEW
Xavier G L V Pouwels, Robert Wolff, Bram L T Ramaekers, Anoukh Van Giessen, Shona Lang, Steve Ryder, Gill Worthy, Steven Duffy, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen, Manuela A Joore
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of ticagrelor (Brilique®), to submit evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily (BID) in combination with low-dose aspirin [acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)] compared with ASA only for secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and who are at increased risk of atherothrombotic events. Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd (KSR), in collaboration with Maastricht University Medical Centre+, was commissioned as the evidence review group (ERG)...
January 18, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344406/research-protocol-investigating-the-feasibility-of-a-group-self-management-intervention-for-stroke-the-gusto-study
#12
Ella Clark, Nick S Ward, Gianluca Baio, Fiona Jones
Background: Life after stroke can be an ongoing struggle with over half of all survivors reporting unmet emotional and social needs. In the United Kingdom's (UK) national clinical guidelines for stroke, self-management is suggested as one approach which can support long-term needs. In the UK NHS, self-management interventions are delivered in various ways. Regardless of the delivery mechanism, a tailored approach and ways to integrate peer support are advocated. Group delivery offers a platform for peer support and has the potential to remain individualised...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341066/cerebral-near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-for-perioperative-monitoring-of-brain-oxygenation-in-children-and-adults
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REVIEW
Yun Yu, Kaiying Zhang, Ling Zhang, Huantao Zong, Lingzhong Meng, Ruquan Han
BACKGROUND: Various techniques have been employed for the early detection of perioperative cerebral ischaemia and hypoxia. Cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is increasingly used in this clinical scenario to monitor brain oxygenation. However, it is unknown whether perioperative cerebral NIRS monitoring and the subsequent treatment strategies are of benefit to patients. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of perioperative cerebral NIRS monitoring and corresponding treatment strategies in adults and children, compared with blinded or no cerebral oxygenation monitoring, or cerebral oxygenation monitoring based on non-NIRS technologies, on the detection of cerebral oxygen desaturation events (CDEs), neurological outcomes, non-neurological outcomes and socioeconomic impact (including cost of hospitalization and length of hospital stay)...
January 17, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340574/effect-of-general-anesthesia-and-conscious-sedation-during-endovascular-therapy-on-infarct-growth-and-clinical-outcomes-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#14
Claus Z Simonsen, Albert J Yoo, Leif H Sørensen, Niels Juul, Søren P Johnsen, Grethe Andersen, Mads Rasmussen
Importance: Endovascular therapy (EVT) is the standard of care for select patients who had a stroke caused by a large vessel occlusion in the anterior circulation, but there is uncertainty regarding the optimal anesthetic approach during EVT. Observational studies suggest that general anesthesia (GA) is associated with worse outcomes compared with conscious sedation (CS). Objective: To examine the effect of type of anesthesia during EVT on infarct growth and clinical outcome...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339351/high-target-vs-low-target-blood-pressure-management-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-to-prevent-cerebral-injury-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Anne G Vedel, Frederik Holmgaard, Lars S Rasmussen, Annika Langkilde, Olaf B Paulson, Theis Lange, Carsten Thomsen, Peter Skov Olsen, Hanne Berg Ravn, Jens C Nilsson
Background -Cerebral injury is an important complication following cardiac surgery with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The rate of overt stroke after cardiac surgery is 1-2%, whereas silent strokes, detected by diffusion-weighed magnetic resonance imaging (DWI), are found in up to 50% of patients. It is unclear if a higher versus a lower blood pressure during cardiopulmonary bypass reduces cerebral infarction in these patients. Methods -In a patient- and assessor-blinded randomized trial, we allocated patients to a higher (70-80 mmHg) or lower (40-50 mmHg) target for mean arterial pressure by the titration of norepinephrine during cardiopulmonary bypass...
January 16, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339165/safety-and-efficacy-of-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#16
REVIEW
Matthew J Price
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a substantial risk of thromboembolic stroke. Although long-term treatment with warfarin or the non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants can reduce this risk, such therapy is underutilized, and safe and consistent long-term treatment can be challenging. Transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is an emerging alternative to long-term oral anticoagulation. Long-term follow-up of randomized clinical trials demonstrate that Watchman LAA closure provides significant reductions in hemorrhagic stroke, cardiovascular death, and all-cause mortality compared with continued warfarin therapy...
January 12, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338750/reperfusion-therapy-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-dawn-of-a-new-era
#17
REVIEW
Sonu Bhaskar, Peter Stanwell, Dennis Cordato, John Attia, Christopher Levi
Following the success of recent endovascular trials, endovascular therapy has emerged as an exciting addition to the arsenal of clinical management of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). In this paper, we present an extensive overview of intravenous and endovascular reperfusion strategies, recent advances in AIS neurointervention, limitations of various treatment paradigms, and provide insights on imaging-guided reperfusion therapies. A roadmap for imaging guided reperfusion treatment workflow in AIS is also proposed...
January 16, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338604/clinical-significance-of-cerebral-microbleeds-on-mri-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis-of-risk-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage-ischemic-stroke-mortality-and-dementia-in-cohort-studies-v1
#18
Andreas Charidimou, Sara Shams, Jose R Romero, Jie Ding, Roland Veltkamp, Solveig Horstmann, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Mark A van Buchem, Vilmundur Gudnason, Jayandra J Himali, M Edip Gurol, Anand Viswanathan, Toshio Imaizumi, Meike W Vernooij, Sudha Seshadri, Steven M Greenberg, Oscar R Benavente, Lenore J Launer, Ashkan Shoamanesh
Background Cerebral microbleeds can confer a high risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, death and dementia, but estimated risks remain imprecise and often conflicting. We investigated the association between cerebral microbleeds presence and these outcomes in a large meta-analysis of all published cohorts including: ischemic stroke/TIA, memory clinic, "high risk" elderly populations, and healthy individuals in population-based studies. Methods Cohorts (with > 100 participants) that assessed cerebral microbleeds presence on MRI, with subsequent follow-up (≥3 months) were identified...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336254/colchicine-in-neurosurgery
#19
Drosos Evangelos, Giakoumettis Dimitrios, Themistocleous S Marios
BACKGROUND: Colchicine is an ancient drug. Many uses have been reported in medical books and reports through the centuries. Currently the understanding of its mechanism of action has opened new horizons to its use. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to discuss the use of colchicine in various neurosurgical conditions. METHODS: A pubmed database and clinical trials search was performed, using the key words "colchicine", "Neurosurgery", "low back pain", "stroke" and glioma"...
January 14, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332564/mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy-in-intracerebral-haemorrhagic-stroke
#20
Gloria Bedini, Anna Bersano, Elisa R Zanier, Francesca Pischiutta, Eugenio A Parati
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is a relatively common fatal disease, with an overall global incidence estimated at 24.6 per 100,000 person-years. Given the high degree of morbidity and mortality associated with ICH, therapies that may have neuroprotective effects are of increasing interest to clinicians. In this last context, cell therapies offer the promise of improving the disease course which cannot be addressed adequately by existing treatments. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to evaluate the protective effects and molecular mechanisms of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on haemorrhagic brain following ICH...
January 10, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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