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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458183/age-dependent-attitudes-of-ischemic-patients-towards-disability-after-decompressive-hemicraniectomy-for-malignant-middle-cerebral-artery-infarction
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Byoung-Joon Kim, Yeon Ran Hong, Youngmin Han, Yang-Ha Hwang, Boram Ohk, Jaechan Park
OBJECTIVE: To improve the process of surgical informed consent, patient attitudes towards acceptable levels of disability after decompressive surgery for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction are investigated, including the impact of patient age. METHODS: Patients who had experienced a recent minor stroke were asked to complete a questionnaire comprised of 2 parts: 1) demographic information, including patient age, gender, years of education, working status, religion, and economic status and 2) acceptable level of disability based on a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) with corresponding illustrations to explain the mRS levels...
February 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457348/fixed-dose-vs-free-dose-combinations-for-the-management-of-hypertension-an-analysis-of-81-958-patients
#2
Peter Bramlage, Stefanie Schmidt, Helen Sims
Fixed-dose combinations (FDC) have been developed to reduce the pill burden for hypertensive patients. Data on fixed-dose or free-dose (freeDC) ramipril/amlodipine (R/A) or candesartan/amlodipine (C/A) combination treatment initiation were assessed. 71 463 patients were prescribed R/A and 10 495 C/A. For both R/A and C/A, FDC patients were younger (both P < .001) and less comorbid. Prior MI (OR: 0.61 and 0.60), prior stroke (OR: 0.68 and 0.70) and CHD (OR: 0.68 and 0.64) were negatively associated with FDC use, whereas hyperlipidemia was positively associated (OR: 1...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457323/anticoagulation-knowledge-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-an-australian-survey
#3
Kehinde O Obamiro, Leanne Chalmers, Kenneth Lee, Bonnie J Bereznicki, Luke R E Bereznicki
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly diagnosed arrhythmia in clinical practice, and is associated with a significant medical and economic burden. Anticoagulants reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism by approximately two-thirds compared with no therapy. Knowledge regarding anticoagulant therapy can influence treatment outcomes in patients with AF. OBJECTIVE: To measure the level of anticoagulation knowledge in patients with AF taking oral anticoagulants (OACs), investigate the association between patient-related factors and anticoagulation knowledge, and compare these results in patients taking warfarin and direct-acting oral anticoagulant (DOACs)...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457261/angiography-vs-transesophageal-echocardiography-guided-patent-foramen-ovale-closure-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis-of-a-two-center-registry
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Paolo Scacciatella, Ilaria Meynet, Mauro Giorgi, Lorenza M Biava, Ivana Matranga, Luigi Biasco, Pierluigi Omedè, Fulvio Orzan, Fiorenzo Gaita
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to compare the long-term outcomes of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure using angiography or transesophageal echocardiography as procedural guidance. BACKGROUND: The interventional treatment is emerging as a safe and efficient option for patients with high likelihood of PFO-related cryptogenic stroke and high risk of recurrence. The "gold-standard" guidance technique remains an issue. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients undergoing PFO closure for cryptogenic stroke in two catheterization laboratories of the same institution, using similar inclusion criteria but different guidance, were compared with propensity score matching...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457147/a-scoping-review-of-health-outcomes-examined-in-randomized-controlled-trials-using-guided-imagery
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Peter R Giacobbi, Jonathan Stewart, Keeley Chaffee, Anna-Marie Jaeschke, Meagan Stabler, George A Kelley
Introduction: Guided imagery involves the controlled visualization of detailed mental images. This integrative health technique is used for healing, health maintenance, or the treatment of specific conditions. Guided imagery is an integral part of mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, and various relaxation exercises. However, evidence to support the widespread use and dissemination of guided imagery interventions has been lacking. The purposes of this scoping review were to document the scope of health outcomes and disease processes examined by guided imagery researchers and the journal outlets where this work has been published...
December 2017: Progress in Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456380/moxibustion-artemisia-plant-at-acupuncture-point-as-alternative-therapy-in-hypertension-a-promising-approach
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Mohammad Jamshed Siddiqui, Mohamad Fadly Bin Kamarudin, Abdul Kareem Mohammed Al-Shami, Siti Zaiton Mat So'ad, Shazia Qasim Jamshed
Hypertension is a pathological condition in which the blood pressure is higher than under normal physiological conditions, i.e., 140/90 mmHg or higher. Blood pressure is measured as the force exerted by the blood pumped by the heart against the walls of arteries (aorta) and distributed throughout the body. Use of complementary and alternative medicine as a cure for hypertension is a common phenomenon because of the high risk of cardiovascular complications and kidney diseases caused by conventional Western medicine...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454613/isoquercetin-attenuates-oxidative-stress-and-neuronal-apoptosis-after-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-nrf2-mediated-inhibition-of-the-nox4-ros-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Yunyi Dai, Haojie Zhang, Jianping Zhang, Mingguang Yan
Isoquercetin (Iso) has been found to have neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemic stroke. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying its neuroprotective ability remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of Iso in primary culture of rat hippocampal neurons exposed to oxygen and glucose deprivation and reperfusion (OGD/R) injury and in rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (MCAO/R) injury. We found that rats treated with Iso exhibited a lower degree of infarct volume, and brain water content than the vehicle-treated rats...
February 15, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454607/italian-wikipedia-and-epilepsy-an-infodemiological-study-of-online-information-seeking-behavior
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Francesco Brigo, Simona Lattanzi, Giorgia Giussani, Laura Tassi, Nicola Pietrafusa, Carlo Andrea Galimberti, Raffaele Nardone, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Oriano Mecarelli
Wikipedia is the most commonly accessed source of health information by both healthcare professionals and the lay public worldwide. We aimed to evaluate information-seeking behavior of Internet users searching the Italian Wikipedia for articles related to epilepsy and its treatment. Using Pageviews Analysis, we assessed the total and mean monthly views of articles from the Italian Wikipedia devoted to epilepsy, epileptic syndromes, seizure type, and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) from January 1, 2015 to October 31, 2017...
February 14, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454467/microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm-outcome-on-spasm-and-complications-a-review
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M Sindou, P Mercier
Over the last decades microvascular decompression (MVD) has been established as the curative treatment of the primary Hemifacial Spasm (HFS), proven to be linked in almost all cases to a neurovascular compression of the facial nerve. Because the disease is not life-threatening and MVD not totally innocuous, efficacy and safety have to be weighted before decision taken of indicating surgery. The authors have been charged by the French Speaking Society of Neurosurgery to conduct a detailed evaluation of the probability of relief of the spasm that MVD is able to obtain, together with its potential complications...
February 14, 2018: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454341/treatment-of-depression-with-chai-hu-shu-gan-san-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-42-randomized-controlled-trials
#10
Yan Sun, Xia Xu, Jinping Zhang, Yuanyuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Depression is a common mental disorder. Chai Hu Shu Gan San, a traditional Chinese medicine, is used to treat depression empirically. We present a systematic review and meta-analysis of the therapeutic efficacy and safety of Chai Hu Shu Gan San in treating depression. METHODS: Several databases, including PubMed, China National Knowledge Internet, Wanfang, Chongqing VIP, and the Cochrane library, were systematically searched from their date of foundation to January 1, 2017...
February 17, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453980/virtual-reality-for-upper-limb-rehabilitation-in-sub-acute-and-chronic-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pawel Kiper, Andrzej Szczudlik, Michela Agostini, Jozef Opara, Roman Nowobilski, Laura Ventura, Paolo Tonin, Andrea Turolla
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of reinforced feedback in virtual environment (RFVE) treatment combined with conventional rehabilitation (CR) in comparison with CR alone, and to study whether changes are related to stroke aetiology (i.e. ischemic or hemorrhagic). DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Inpatients in a hospital facility for intensive rehabilitation. PARTICIPANTS: 136 patients within one year from onset of a single stroke...
February 14, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453694/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-in-the-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jayson R Baman, Moussa Mansour, E Kevin Heist, David T Huang, Yitschak Biton
Atrial fibrillation is commonly coexistent with heart failure, and the management of the heart failure patient would be incomplete without an appreciation for atrial fibrillation management. There are many complications associated with oral anticoagulation in the prevention of stroke related to atrial fibrillation. In recent years, the advent of several percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion/closure strategies has sought to provide an alternative treatment modality. Here, we systematically review the published literature to investigate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous LAA occlusion/closure devices...
February 17, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453669/physical-training-and-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-heart-failure-patients
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Cesare de Gregorio
Regardless of advances in medical and interventional treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a limited number of patients attend a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme on a regular basis. Due to modern therapies more individuals will be surviving an acute cardiovascular event, but the expected burden of chronic heart failure will be increasing worldwide.However, both in high- and low-income countries, secondary prevention after an acute myocardial infarction or stroke has been implemented in less than a half of eligible patients...
February 17, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453309/sutureless-perceval-aortic-valve-versus-conventional-stented-bioprostheses-meta-analysis-of-postoperative-and-midterm-results-in-isolated-aortic-valve-replacement
#14
REVIEW
Massimo Meco, Andrea Montisci, Antonio Miceli, Paolo Panisi, Francesco Donatelli, Silvia Cirri, Matteo Ferrarini, Antonio Lio, Mattia Glauber
BACKGROUND: Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular disease and has a dismal prognosis without surgical treatment. The aim of this meta-analysis was to quantitatively assess the comparative effectiveness of the Perceval (LivaNova) valve versus conventional aortic bioprostheses. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 6 comparative studies were identified, including 639 and 760 patients who underwent, respectively, aortic valve replacement with the Perceval sutureless valve (P group) and with a conventional bioprosthesis (C group)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453305/frequency-and-outcomes-of-reduced-dose-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-anticoagulants-results-from-orbit-af-ii-the-outcomes-registry-for-better-informed-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-ii
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Benjamin A Steinberg, Peter Shrader, Karen Pieper, Laine Thomas, Larry A Allen, Jack Ansell, Paul S Chan, Michael D Ezekowitz, Gregg C Fonarow, James V Freeman, Bernard J Gersh, Peter R Kowey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Gerald V Naccarelli, James A Reiffel, Daniel E Singer, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are indicated for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) but require lower doses in certain patients. We sought to describe the frequency, appropriateness (according to Food and Drug Administration labeling), and outcomes of patients prescribed reduced doses of NOACs in community practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data from the ORBIT-AF II (The Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation II) registry, a prospective, national, observational registry of AF patients...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453243/peak-perihemorrhagic-edema-correlates-with-functional-outcome-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Bastian Volbers, Antje Giede-Jeppe, Stefan T Gerner, Jochen A Sembill, Joji B Kuramatsu, Stefan Lang, Hannes Lücking, Dimitre Staykov, Hagen B Huttner
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of perihemorrhagic edema (PHE) evolution and peak edema extent with day 90 functional outcome in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and identify pathophysiologic factors influencing edema evolution. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients with spontaneous supratentorial ICH between January 2006 and January 2014. ICH and PHE volumes were studied using a validated semiautomatic volumetric algorithm...
February 16, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453020/2018-consensus-of-the-taiwan-society-of-cardiology-and-the-diabetes-association-of-republic-of-china-taiwan-on-the-pharmacological-management-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-diseases
#17
Chern-En Chiang, Shih-Yi Lin, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Tzung-Dau Wang, Hung-I Yeh, Jung-Fu Chen, Chia-Ti Tsai, Yi-Jen Hung, Yi-Heng Li, Ping-Yen Liu, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Kang-Ling Wang, Ting-Hsing Chao, Kou-Gi Shyu, Wei-Shiung Yang, Kwo-Chang Ueng, Pao-Hsien Chu, Wei-Hsian Yin, Yen-Wen Wu, Hao-Min Cheng, Shyi-Jang Shin, Chien-Ning Huang, Lee-Ming Chuang, Shing-Jong Lin, San-Jou Yeh, Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu, Jiunn-Lee Lin
The global incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes have been escalating in recent decades. Patients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). About two-thirds of death in type 2 diabetes are due to ASCVD, including 40% from coronary heart disease (CHD), 15% from heart failure (HF), and 10% from stroke. The association between hyperglycemia and elevated CV risk has been demonstrated in multiple cohort studies. However, clinical trials of intensive glucose reduction did not significantly reduce macrovascular outcomes...
February 13, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452460/outcomes-after-surgical-pulmonary-embolectomy-for-acute-submassive-and-massive-pulmonary-embolism-a-single-center-experience
#18
Chetan Pasrija, Anthony Kronfli, Michael Rouse, Maxwell Raithel, Gregory J Bittle, Sheelagh Pousatis, Mehrdad Ghoreishi, James S Gammie, Bartley P Griffith, Pablo G Sanchez, Zachary N Kon
OBJECTIVES: Ideal treatment strategies for submassive and massive pulmonary embolism remain unclear. Recent reports of surgical pulmonary embolectomy have demonstrated improved outcomes, but surgical technique and postoperative outcomes continue to be refined. The aim of this study is to describe in-hospital survival and right ventricular function after surgical pulmonary embolectomy for submassive and massive pulmonary embolism with excessive predicted mortality (≥5%). METHODS: All patients undergoing surgical pulmonary embolectomy (2011-2015) were retrospectively reviewed...
March 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451511/-endovascular-treatment-of-symptomatic-carotid-artery-dissection
#19
Alfredo Fede, Andrea Pacchioni, Carlo Penzo, Riccardo Turri, Giuseppe Marchese, Daniela Benedetto, Salvatore Saccà
Internal carotid artery dissection is one of the possible causes of stroke in young adults. The effectiveness of medical therapy alone is often limited and endovascular strategy should be considered, particularly in the presence of persisting neurological symptoms. Currently, there is no general consensus on the most appropriate therapeutic strategy to follow in symptomatic carotid artery dissection. We here report a case of symptomatic carotid artery dissection treated with an endovascular approach, and we review the recent literature regarding this therapeutic strategy...
January 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450524/effect-of-a-quality-improvement-intervention-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-in-india-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-the-acs-quik-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Mark D Huffman, Padinhare P Mohanan, Raji Devarajan, Abigail S Baldridge, Dimple Kondal, Lihui Zhao, Mumtaj Ali, Mangalath N Krishnan, Syam Natesan, Rajesh Gopinath, Sunitha Viswanathan, Joseph Stigi, Johny Joseph, Somanathan Chozhakkat, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Dorairaj Prabhakaran
Importance: Wide heterogeneity exists in acute myocardial infarction treatment and outcomes in India. Objective: To evaluate the effect of a locally adapted quality improvement tool kit on clinical outcomes and process measures in Kerala, a southern Indian state. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cluster randomized, stepped-wedge clinical trial conducted between November 10, 2014, and November 9, 2016, in 63 hospitals in Kerala, India, with a last date of follow-up of December 31, 2016...
February 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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