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Andrew Apps, Justin Lau, Mark Peterzan, Stefan Neubauer, Damian Tyler, Oliver Rider
Although non-invasive perfusion and viability imaging often provide the gateway to coronary revascularisation, current non-invasive imaging methods only report the surrogate markers of inducible hypoperfusion and presence or absence of myocardial scar, rather than actually visualising areas of ischaemia and/or viable myocardium. This may lead to suboptimal revascularisation decisions. Normally respiring (viable) cardiomyocytes convert pyruvate to acetyl-CoA and CO2 /bicarbonate (via pyruvate dehydrogenase), but under ischaemic conditions characteristically shift this conversion to lactate (by lactate dehydrogenase)...
April 27, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Emilio Fentanes, Anthony G Vande Hei, R Scott Holuby, Norma Suarez, Yousif Slim, Jennifer N Slim, Ahmad M Slim, Dustin Thomas
BACKGROUND: Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) can fill access to care gaps created by physician shortages and improve adherence/compliance with preventive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) interventions. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data on 595 patients enrolled in a preventive cardiology clinic (PCC) utilizing APPs compared with a propensity-matched cohort (PMC) of 595 patients enrolled in primary care clinics alone. PCC patients were risk stratified using Framingham risk scoring (FRS) and coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) and treated based on published guideline-based algorithms...
April 17, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
P Covens, J Dabin, O De Troyer, O Dragusin, J Maushagen, L Struelens
The European epidemiological study EURALOC aimed to establish a dose response relationship for low dose radiation induced eye lens opacities using interventional cardiologists as the study group. Within the EURALOC project, two dosimetry methodologies were developed serving as the basis for cumulative eye lens dose assessment. Besides being the cornerstone of the epidemiological part of the project, these dosimetry methodologies were also used to develop two calculation tools, 'mEyeDose' and 'mEyeDose_X' which enable to track, calculate, optimise and analyse eye lens doses in interventional cardiology...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Saki Fujita, Isaree Pitaktong, Graeme Vosit Steller, Victor Dadfar, Qinwen Huang, Sindhu Banerjee, Richard Guo, Hien Tan Nguyen, Robert Harry Allen, Seth Shay Martin
Background: Social support received by patients from family and community has been identified as a key factor for success in improving medication adherence in those patients. This pilot study aimed to investigate the usability and feasibility of PillPal, a smartphone application that uses video-chatting as a social motivation medium to encourage medication adherence in cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients. We additionally gathered feedback on the Physician Calendar, an accompanying web platform that allows clinicians to view patient adherence data generated from the app...
2018: MHealth
Scott R Auerbach, Melanie D Everitt, Ryan J Butts, David N Rosenthal, Yuk M Law
Our objective was to understand the scope of pediatric heart failure (HF) and the current staffing environment of HF programs. An online survey was distributed to members of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study and the Pediatric Council of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. All participants received the primary 23-question survey. Additionally, HF program directors received a 32-question supplemental survey. Of 235 invitations sent, there were 69 (29%) primary surveys and 34 program director surveys completed (24 U...
February 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Dipak Kotecha, Winnie W L Chua, Larissa Fabritz, Jeroen Hendriks, Barbara Casadei, Ulrich Schotten, Panos Vardas, Hein Heidbuchel, Veronica Dean, Paulus Kirchhof
We are in the midst of a digital revolution in health care, although the application of new and useful technology in routine clinical practice is variable. The Characterizing Atrial fibrillation by Translating its Causes into Health Modifiers in the Elderly (CATCH ME) Consortium, in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), has funded the creation of two applications (apps) in atrial fibrillation (AF) for use in smartphones and tablets. The patient app aims to enhance patient education, improve communication between patients and health care professionals, and encourage active patient involvement in the management of their condition...
February 1, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Lei Xu, Wei-Yi Fang, Fu Zhu, Hong-Guang Zhang, Kai Liu
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and its control rate has remained low worldwide. Studies have found that telemonitoring blood pressure (BP) helped control hypertension in randomized controlled trials. However, little is known about its effect in a structured primary care model in which primary care physicians (PCPs) are partnering with cardiology specialists in electronic healthcare data sharing and medical interventions. This study aims to identify the effects of a coordinated PCP-cardiologist model that applies telemedicine tools to facilitate community hypertension control in China...
May 25, 2017: Trials
Sarah A Twichell, Corinna J Rea, Patrice Melvin, Andrew J Capraro, Joshua C Mandel, Michael A Ferguson, Daniel J Nigrin, Kenneth D Mandl, Dionne Graham, Justin P Zachariah
BACKGROUND: Recognition of high blood pressure (BP) in children is poor, partly due to the need to compute age-sex-height referenced percentiles. This study examined the change in abnormal BP recognition before versus after the introduction of an electronic health record (EHR) app designed to calculate BP percentiles with a training lecture. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical data were extracted on all ambulatory, non-urgent encounters for children 3-18 years old seen in primary care, endocrinology, cardiology, or nephrology clinics at an urban, academic hospital in the year before and the year after app introduction...
July 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
Hui Zhang, Ying Jiang, Hoang D Nguyen, Danny Chiang Choon Poo, Wenru Wang
BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent type of cardiac disease among adults worldwide, including those in Singapore. Most of its risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and high blood pressure, are preventable. mHealth has improved in the last decade, showing promising results in chronic disease prevention and health promotion worldwide. Our aim was to develop and examine the effect of a 4-week Smartphone-Based Coronary Heart Disease Prevention (SBCHDP) programme in improving awareness and knowledge of CHD, perceived stress as well as cardiac-related lifestyle behaviours in the working population of Singapore...
March 14, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Eduard Shantsila, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Morbidity in patients with chronic heart failure is high, and this predisposes them to thrombotic complications, including stroke and thromboembolism, which in turn contribute to high mortality. Oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin) and antiplatelet agents (e.g. aspirin) are the principle oral antithrombotic agents. Many heart failure patients with sinus rhythm take aspirin because coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart failure. Oral anticoagulants have become a standard in the management of heart failure with atrial fibrillation...
September 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Roderick Willem Treskes, Enno Tjeerd van der Velde, Rogier Barendse, Nico Bruining
INTRODUCTION: Recent developments in implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and smartphone technology have increased the possibilities for remote monitoring. It is the purpose of this review to give an overview of these new possibilities. AREAS COVERED: Remote monitoring in ICD allows for early detection of lead fractures and remote follow-up of patients. Possible limitations are the lack of standardization and the possible unsafety of the data stored on the ICD...
September 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Ruth M Masterson Creber, Mathew S Maurer, Meghan Reading, Grenny Hiraldo, Kathleen T Hickey, Sarah Iribarren
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the most common cause of hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries and these hospitalizations are often driven by exacerbations in common heart failure symptoms. Patient collaboration with health care providers and decision making is a core component of increasing symptom monitoring and decreasing hospital use. Mobile phone apps offer a potentially cost-effective solution for symptom monitoring and self-care management at the point of need. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review of commercially available apps was to identify and assess the functionalities of patient-facing mobile health apps targeted toward supporting heart failure symptom monitoring and self-care management...
June 14, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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New recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Radiology offer guidance to emergency providers on which imaging tests to use in 20 different clinical scenarios involving chest pain. For each clinical scenario, an expert panel rated the appropriateness of a range of imaging modalities as rarely appropriate (R), may be appropriate (M), or appropriate (A). The guidelines are constructed to flow from the clinician's judgment as to the probable cause of the chest pain. The recommendations for each clinical scenario are condensed into tables that can be fashioned into notecards or a smartphone app for quick reference...
April 2016: ED Management: the Monthly Update on Emergency Department Management
Salim S Virani, Thomas M Maddox, Paul S Chan, Fengming Tang, Julia M Akeroyd, Samantha A Risch, William J Oetgen, Anita Deswal, Biykem Bozkurt, Christie M Ballantyne, Laura A Petersen
BACKGROUND: The current number of physicians will not be sufficient to accommodate 30 to 40 million Americans expected to secure health coverage with Affordable Care Act implementation. One proposed solution is to use advanced practice providers (APPs) (nurse practitioners and physician assistants). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether there were clinically meaningful differences in the quality of care delivered by APPs versus physicians in a national sample of cardiology practices...
October 20, 2015: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Aseem Malhotra, Andrew Apps, Vikas Saini, Muir Gray
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2015: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Andrew Apps, Soroosh Firoozan, Tito Kabir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 27, 2015: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Anna-Leena Vuorinen, Juha Leppänen, Hannu Kaijanranta, Minna Kulju, Tiina Heliö, Mark van Gils, Jaakko Lähteenmäki
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) patients suffer from frequent and repeated hospitalizations, causing a substantial economic burden on society. Hospitalizations can be reduced considerably by better compliance with self-care. Home telemonitoring has the potential to boost patients' compliance with self-care, although the results are still contradictory. OBJECTIVE: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in order to study whether the multidisciplinary care of heart failure patients promoted with telemonitoring leads to decreased HF-related hospitalization...
December 11, 2014: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Nico Bruining, Enrico Caiani, Catherine Chronaki, Przemyslaw Guzik, Enno van der Velde
Smartphones, mobile applications ('apps'), social media, analytics, and the cloud are profoundly changing the practice of medicine and the way health decisions are made. With the constant progress of technology, the measurement of vital signals becomes easier, cheaper, and practically a standard approach in clinical practice. The interest in measuring vital signals goes beyond medical professionals to the general public, patients, informal caregivers, and healthy individuals, who frequently lack any formal medical training...
November 2014: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Ashish Mahajan, Susan Bal, Harvey Hahn
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate cardiac imaging has been a significant cost concern and cause of radiation burden to patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess if a smartphone application (app) based on 2009 Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Cardiac Radionuclide Imaging published by American College of Cardiology would be feasible at the point of order. METHODS: We evaluated stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) (N = 403) (mean age = 62.23 years; 47.89% males) over a 4 month period using a smartphone app to determine whether the study ordered was Appropriate, Inappropriate, or Uncertain per 2009 AUC...
February 2015: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Charles Philip Miller, Soroosh Firoozan, Eric K Woo, Andrew Apps
Chronic cough has a wide differential, of which thoracic aortic aneurysm is a rare but potentially devastating cause. We present a patient with previous aortic valve replacement for a bicuspid valve who had been suffering from a chronic cough for 8 months and who developed subsequent voice hoarseness. This had been initially managed in the community with trials of steroid inhalers, steroid nasal sprays and proton pump inhibitors to no avail. He was referred to cardiology and chest clinics. An urgent CT aortogram was requested given his widened mediastinum on chest radiograph, cardiac history of bicuspid valve and symptoms...
2014: BMJ Case Reports
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