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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722339/structured-pain-management-reduces-patient-discomfort-after-catheter-ablation-and-rhythm-device-surgery
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M Dörschner, A Bollmann, B Dinov, S Richter, M Döring, A Arya, A Müssigbrodt, S Kircher, N Dagres, P Sommer, G Hindricks, K Bode
BACKGROUND: The goal was to test the effectiveness of a structured pain management programme after invasive electrophysiological interventions in cardiology including ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT) and implantation, or explantation, of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators. METHODS: This was a prospective study with a pre-/post-design where a post-intervention group (116 consecutive patients) was compared to a pre-intervention group (102 consecutive patients) after implementation of a structured pain-management programme using the numeric rating scale (NRS 0-10) and classified as moderate-to-severe if NRS > 3...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702947/initial-validation-of-a-healthcare-needs-scale-for-youth-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Chi-Wen Chen, Ciao-Lin Ho, Wen-Jen Su, Jou-Kou Wang, Hung-Tao Chung, Pi-Chang Lee, Chun-Wei Lu, Be-Tau Hwang
AIM: To validate the initial psychometric properties of a Healthcare Needs Scale for Youth with Congenital Heart Disease. BACKGROUND: As the number of patients with congenital heart disease surviving to adulthood increases, the transitional healthcare needs for adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease require investigation. However, few tools comprehensively identify the healthcare needs of youth with congenital heart disease. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was employed to examine the psychometric properties of the Healthcare Needs Scale for Youth with Congenital Heart Disease...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682031/-the-peritoneal-ultrafiltration-in-patients-with-cardio-renal-disease
#3
Roberto Corciulo, Simone Corciulo
In Italy, the congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization and despite advances in therapy, the long-term prognosis is poor. Congestive heart failure is associated with advanced varying degrees of chronic renal disease that identify the cardio-renal syndrome type 2. High-dose diuretic therapy often fail to solve the water overload that is frequently the cause of death. The resistance to diuretics aggravates the state of the patient's edema and consequently morbidity and mortality. In the acute stage, the extracorporeal ultrafiltration unable to repair over hydration but needs frequent access weekly or midweek at the dialysis center...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660783/interview-with-justin-davies-and-andrew-tochterman
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Justin Davies, Andrew Tochterman
Justin Davies and Andrew Tochterman speak to Adam Price-Evans, Commissioning Editor of Future Cardiology: Justin Davies is a Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (UK). His main research interests include the development and application of pioneering technologies in engineering to aid understanding of disease mechanisms, and in the diagnosis of pathological disease states. After completing his undergraduate training at Imperial College, he was awarded a prestigious British Heart Foundation research fellowship to undertake his PhD at Imperial College...
July 2017: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660735/impact-of-standardized-clinical-assessment-and-management-plans-on-resource-utilization-and-costs-in-children-after-the-arterial-switch-operation
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Rahul H Rathod, Brittney Jurgen, Rose A Hamershock, Kevin G Friedman, Audrey C Marshall, Mihail Samnaliev, Dionne A Graham, Kathy Jenkins, James E Lock, Andrew J Powell
BACKGROUND: Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs) are a quality improvement initiative designed to reduce unnecessary utilization, decrease practice variation, and improve patient outcomes. We created a novel methodology, the SCAMP managed episode of care (SMEOC), which encompasses multiple encounters to assess the impact of the arterial switch operation (ASO) SCAMP on total costs. METHODS: All ASO SCAMP patients (dates March 2009 to July 2015) were compared to a control group of ASO patients (January 2001 to February 2009)...
June 28, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651850/effect-of-compliance-to-updated-aha-acc-performance-and-quality-measures-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-on-outcome-from-japanese-multicenter-registry
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Taku Inohara, Takehiro Kimura, Ikuko Ueda, Nobuhiro Ikemura, Kojiro Tanimoto, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Takahiko Nishiyama, Yoshinori Katsumata, Keiichi Fukuda, Seiji Takatsuki, Shun Kohsaka
Performance measures (PMs) are used to accelerate translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice. However, it remains unknown how they are applied in the real world and whether the compliance to these metrics will lead to improved patient's outcome in atrial fibrillation (AF). Within the Japanese multicenter AF registry (n = 1,874), adherence of the AF PMs (based on 2016 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology criteria) and its association with quality of life scaling and clinical outcomes was evaluated...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644179/improving-heart-failure-patient-outcomes-utilizing-guideline-directed-therapy
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Beth Towery Davidson, Terri Lynn Allison
Heart failure (HF) prevalence continues to rise and remains a significant burden to patients, caregivers, providers, and the healthcare system. Guideline-directed medical therapy with standard neurohormonal blockade has been the cornerstone of medical management for many years. Despite aggressive utilization of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta-blockers, and aldosterone antagonists, HF hospitalizations and readmissions are common and residual mortality remains high...
July 21, 2017: Nurse Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604599/nutritional-challenges-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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REVIEW
Simona Salera, Francesca Menni, Maurizio Moggio, Sophie Guez, Monica Sciacco, Susanna Esposito
Neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) represent a heterogeneous group of acquired or inherited conditions. Nutritional complications are frequent in NMDs, but they are sometimes underestimated. With the prolongation of survival in patients with NMDs, there are several nutritional aspects that are important to consider, including the deleterious effects of overnutrition on glucose metabolism, mobility, and respiratory and cardiologic functions; the impact of hyponutrition on muscle and ventilatory function; constipation and other gastrointestinal complications; chewing/swallowing difficulties with an increased risk of aspiration that predisposes to infectious diseases and respiratory complications; as well as osteoporosis with an associated increased risk of fractures...
June 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587606/quality-of-anticoagulation-management-with-warfarin-among-outpatients-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Teferi Gedif Fenta, Tamrat Assefa, Bekele Alemayehu
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is the most widely used anticoagulant in the world. The difficulty of managing warfarin contributes to great potential for patient harm, both from excessive anticoagulation and insufficient anticoagulation. This study assessed the International Normalized Ratio (INR) control outcome measures and warfarin dose adjustment practices at cardiology and hematology outpatient clinics at a teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. METHODS: The study was based on a cross - sectional study design involving 360 retrospective patients' chart review among outpatients who received warfarin for its various indications...
June 6, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574530/quality-of-care-of-hospitalized-infective-endocarditis-patients-report-from-a-tertiary-medical-center
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Mohammad Amin Kashef, Jennifer Friderici, Jaime Hernandez-Montfort, Auras R Atreya, Peter Lindenauer, Tara Lagu
OBJECTIVE: There have been no recent studies describing the management and outcomes of patients with infective endocarditis (IE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adult patients admitted to a tertiary medical center from 2007 to 2011 with a Duke criteria consistent discharge diagnosis of IE. We examined concordance with guideline recommendations. Outcomes included embolic events, inhospital and 1-year mortality, length of stay (LOS) and cardiac surgery...
June 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569337/the-assessment-of-the-complexity-of-care-through-the-clinical-nursing-information-system-in-clinical-practice-a-study-protocol
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C Bravetti, A Cocchieri, F D'Agostino, R Alvaro, M Zega
BACKGROUND: The costs of nursing staff amounts to approximately 50% of the total budget of the health workforce and accounts for 20% to 30% of the total costs incurred by the health care companies. The goal of the study, by analyzing the complexity of care, is to provide a quantification of the assistance delivered, through the assessment of the technical aspects of the welfare activities according to the variable of time. Data from these activities flow into the clinical nursing information system Professional Assessment Instrument - PAI - which is used at the health facility involved in this study...
July 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569290/novel-combined-management-approaches-to-patients-with-diabetes-chronic-kidney-disease-and-cardiovascular-disease
#12
J Spaak
Most patients we care for today suffer from more than one chronic disease, and multimorbidity is a rapidly growing challenge. Concomitant cardiovascular disease, renal dysfunction and diabetes represent a large proportion of all patients in cardiology, nephrology and diabetology. These entities commonly overlap due to their negative effects on vascular function and an accelerated atherosclerosis progression. At the same time, a progressive subspecialisation has caused the cardiologist to treat 'only' the heart, nephrologists 'only' the kidneys and endocrinologists' 'only' diabetes...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506476/adherence-to-lipid-management-guidelines-is-associated-with-lower-mortality-and-major-adverse-limb-events-in-patients-undergoing-revascularization-for-chronic-limb-threatening-ischemia
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Thomas F X O'Donnell, Sarah E Deery, Jeremy D Darling, Katie E Shean, Murray A Mittleman, Gabrielle N Yee, Matthew R Dernbach, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association lipid management guidelines recommend high-intensity statins for all patients ≤75 years old with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) and moderate-intensity statins for CLTI patients >75 years old without contraindications or on dialysis, but these recommendations are based primarily on coronary and stroke data. We aimed to validate these guidelines in patients with CLTI and to assess current adherence to these recommendations...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472598/supportive-cardiology-moving-palliative-care-upstream-for-patients-living-with-advanced-heart-failure
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Warren Harris Lewin, Wendy Cheung, A Nina Horvath, Shana Haberman, Archna Patel, Dorothy Sullivan
Heart failure (HF) affects ∼600,000 Canadians and is a chronic, life-limiting illness marked by exacerbations of distressing symptoms requiring acute medical management, typically sought in Canada's emergency departments. HF often has an unpredictable illness trajectory and is a chronic terminal illness with a poor prognosis. Patients living with advanced HF have difficulty in accessing palliative care (PC) supports, which can result in unnecessary suffering as their HF progresses and they near end of life (EOL)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457812/the-recalcar-project-healthcare-in-the-cardiology-units-of-the-spanish-national-health-system-2011-to-2014
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Andrés Íñiguez Romo, Vicente Bertomeu Martínez, Luis Rodríguez Padial, Manuel Anguita Sánchez, Francisco Ruiz Mateas, Rafael Hidalgo Urbano, José Luis Bernal Sobrino, Cristina Fernández Pérez, Carlos Macaya de Miguel, Francisco Javier Elola Somoza
The RECALCAR project (Spanish acronym for Resources and Quality in Cardiology Units) uses 2 data sources: a survey of cardiology units and an analysis of the Minimum Basic Data set of all hospital discharges of the Spanish National Health System. From 2011 to 2014, there was marked stability in all indicators of the availability, utilization, and productivity of cardiology units. There was significant variability between units and between the health services of the autonomous communities. There was poor implementation of process management (only 14% of the units) and scarce development of health care networks (17%)...
April 27, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444638/nuclear-cardiology-are-we-using-the-right-protocols-and-tracers-the-right-way
#16
REVIEW
Maurizio Dondi, Thomas Pascual, Diana Paez, Andrew J Einstein
The field of nuclear cardiology has changed considerably over recent years, with greater attention paid to safety and radiation protection issues. The wider usage of technetium-99m (Tc-99m)-labeled radiopharmaceuticals for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging using gamma cameras has contributed to better quality studies and lower radiation exposure to patients. Increased availability of tracers and scanners for positron emission tomography (PET) will help further improve the quality of studies and quantify myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve, thus enhancing the contribution of non-invasive imaging to the management of coronary artery disease...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429694/the-rationale-and-design-of-the-national-familial-hypercholesterolemia-registries-in-turkey-a-hit1-and-a-hit2-studies
#18
Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Lale Tokgözoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disease characterized by extremely high levels of cholesterol, leading to premature atherosclerosis. Although many countries have already addressed the burden of FH by means of national registries, Turkey has no national FH registry or national screening program to detect FH. Creation of a series of FH registries is planned as part of Turkish FH Initiative endorsed by the Turkish Society of Cardiology to meet this need. This article provides detailed information on the rationale and design of the first 2 FH registries (A-HIT1 and A-HIT2)...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394435/real-world-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-patterns-of-individuals-aged-80-and-older-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-real-life-multicenter-survey-evaluating-stroke-study
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Murat Biteker, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Doğan, İbrahim Altun, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel
OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical characteristics of and use of oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy in individuals aged 80 and older with atrial fibrillation (AF) with those of individuals younger than 80 with AF in clinical practice. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey trial (NCT02344901), a national observational registry. PARTICIPANTS: Turkish adults with nonvalvular AF (NVAF)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385369/-analysis-of-the-safety-culture-in-a-cardiology-unit-managed-by-processes
#20
Rafael Raso-Raso, Joaquín Uris-Selles, Andreu Nolasco-Bonmatí, Guillermo Grau-Jornet, Rosa Revert-Gandia, Rebeca Jiménez-Carreño, Ruth M Sánchez-Soriano, Carlos I Chamorro-Fernández, Elvira Marco-Francés, José V Albero-Martínez
The safety culture is one of the requirements to prevent the occurrence of adverse effects, however has not been studied in the field of cardiology. The objective is to evaluate the safety culture in a cardiology unit has implemented and certified an integrated quality and risk management for patient safety system. METHODS: A transversal observational study was made in 2 consecutive years using the survey "Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture" of the "Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality" in its Spanish version (42 items grouped into 12 dimensions) in all staff...
April 3, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
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