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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676482/severe-heart-failure-nyha-class-iv-is-associated-with-increased-left-ventricular-mass-index-and-short-mitral-deceleration-time-in-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Sayuki Kobayashi, Hiroto Utsunomiya, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: In aortic valve stenosis (AS), congestive heart failure (CHF) is a well-established symptom that indicates the need for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). However, it is difficult to judge whether CHF symptoms such as dyspnea are caused by severe AS or other conditions, especially in elderly persons with restricted mobility or other organ complications. It is important to identify objective and noninvasive parameters associated with severe CHF symptoms in severe AS...
April 20, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675984/associations-of-pre-existing-co-morbidities-with-skeletal-muscle-mass-and-radiodensity-in-patients-with-non-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
#2
Jingjie Xiao, Bette J Caan, Erin Weltzien, Elizabeth M Cespedes Feliciano, Candyce H Kroenke, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Vickie E Baracos, Marilyn L Kwan, Adrienne L Castillo, Carla M Prado
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Co-morbidities and computerized tomography-measured muscle abnormalities are both common in cancer patients and independently adversely influence clinical outcomes. Muscle abnormalities are also evident in other diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. This study examined for the first time the association between co-morbidities and muscle abnormalities in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 3051 non-metastatic patients with Stages I-III CRC...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672125/submassive-pulmonary-embolism
#3
Parth M Rali, Gerard J Criner
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) presents a spectrum of hemodynamic consequences ranging from being asymptomatic to a life-threatening medical emergency. Management of sub massive and massive PE often involves clinicians from multiple specialties that can potentially delay the development of a unified treatment plan. Additionally, patients with submassive PE can deteriorate after their presentation and require escalation of care. Underlying comorbidities like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, congestive heart failure and interstitial lung disease can impact the patient's hemodynamic ability to tolerate submassive PE...
April 19, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670774/emergent-presentation-of-an-adult-with-undiagnosed-coarctation-of-the-aorta
#4
Shannon Armistead, David Mullins, Stephen Sherick, John Ashurst
Coarctation of the aorta is typically thought to be a childhood disease. However, emergency physicians must keep a broad differential diagnosis when faced with a young patient with signs and symptoms of acute congestive heart failure. The authors present a case of newly diagnosed coarctation of the aorta in a 26-year-old male who was first misdiagnosed with pneumonia.
2018: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669970/prognostic-relevance-of-liver-stiffness-assessed-by-transient-elastography-in-patients-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
#5
Yuki Saito, Mahoto Kato, Koichi Nagashima, Koyuru Monno, Yoshihiro Aizawa, Yasuo Okumura, Naoki Matsumoto, Mitsuhiko Moriyama, Atsushi Hirayama
BACKGROUND: Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is often accompanied by liver congestion through increased right atrial pressure (RAP). Liver stiffness (LS) assessed non-invasively using transient elastography is related to increased RAP and liver congestion in patients with general HF. We investigated the relationship of LS with clinical and echocardiographic variables and outcomes in patients with ADHF.Methods and Results:The subjects were 105 patients with ADHF admitted to hospital between October 2016 and June 2017...
April 17, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667310/self-management-of-congestive-heart-failure-among-elderly-men-in-japan
#6
Motohiro Sano, Tomoko Majima
The purpose of this study was to explore the process of self-management in elderly male patients with congestive heart failure among those who have had not needed re-hospitalization for more than 2 years. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 male congestive heart failure patients. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using the modified grounded theory approach. As a result of the analysis, the core concept identified was a process of living life such that symptoms do not worsen, while balancing good choices and preferences...
April 2018: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666358/revisiting-atrioventricular-nodal-ablation-and-cardiac-pacing-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-patient-with-dextrocardia
#7
Munish Sharma, Ritesh Neupane, Koroush Khalighi
BACKGROUND Poorly controlled ventricular rate associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) leads to tachycardia-induced left ventricular dysfunction. Atrioventricular (AV) nodal ablation and cardiac pacing is the standard of care in refractory congestive heart failure (CHF) due to AF with moderate to rapid ventricular response that failed conventional medical therapy. If the patient is not a candidate for AF ablation with pulmonary vein isolation and elimination of AF foci, this is an effective approach, but it does have some challenges when done in a patient with dextrocardia and situs inversus...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666089/massive-right-atrial-myxoma-presenting-as-congestive-heart-failure-an-unusual-presentation-of-a-rare-tumour
#8
Richa Agrawal, Ajay Sharma, Ranjit Kumar Nath, Bhagya Narayan Pandit
Cardiac myxomas are the most common type of primary cardiac tumour. The most common location of cardiac myxoma is left atrium. Right atrial myxomas are very rare and usually asymptomatic or sometimes present with dyspnoea. Right atrial myxoma presenting as a right-sided heart failure is very rare. We report a very rare case of a 52-year-old man of right atrial myxoma presented unsually as right-sided heart failure.
April 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665203/tolvaptan-alleviates-excessive-fluid-retention-of-nephrotic-diabetic-renal-failure-unresponsive-to-furosemide
#9
Tesshu Takada, Tsuguto Masaki, Ayako Hoshiyama, Takuya Toki, Yuji Kamata, Masayoshi Shichiri
Patients with diabetic nephropathy develop nephrotic syndrome, and may show limited response to conventional therapy. They often require earlier initiation of renal replacement therapy because they become refractory to diuretics, and experience excessive fluid retention. We aimed to investigate the efficacy of tolvaptan, an oral arginine vasopressin type 2 receptor antagonist, in a case series of 14 severe diabetic renal failure patients who were severely refractory to maximal doses of furosemide and had excessive fluid retention despite preserved cardiac function and residual renal function...
April 17, 2018: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664482/my-hypertension-education-and-reaching-target-myheart-development-and-dissemination-of-a-patient-centered-website-for-young-adults-with-hypertension
#10
Heather M Johnson, Jamie N LaMantia, Colleen M Brown, Ryan C Warner, Laura M Zeller, Ryan C Haggart, Keven Stonewall, Diane R Lauver
Background: Young adults (18 to 39 years old) with hypertension have the lowest rates of blood pressure control (defined as blood pressure less than 140/90 mmHg) compared to other adult age groups. Approximately 1 in 15 young adults have high blood pressure, increasing their risk of future heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and/or chronic kidney disease. Many young adults reported having few resources to address their needs for health education on managing cardiovascular risk...
July 2017: JMIR cardio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663941/using-the-oculocardiac-reflex-to-characterize-autonomic-imbalance-in-a-naturally-occurring-canine-model-of-valvular-insufficiency
#11
Bruna C Brüler, Thayane C Vieira, Marcela Wolf, Stephany B Lucina, Fabiano Montiani-Ferreira, Marlos G Sousa
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is characterized by reduced heart rate variability. Although various methods to achieve parasympathetic withdrawal and sympathetic activation have been documented, stimulation of the vagal nerve (that is, vagal maneuvers) has not often been used to assess the autonomic impairment associated with disease progression in veterinary species. In this study, we investigated cardiac autonomic control in a naturally occurring canine model of mitral insufficiency by means of individual responses to oculocardiac reflex...
April 2, 2018: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663861/amyloid-cardiomyopathy-a-hidden-heart-failure-cause-that-is-often-misdiagnosed
#12
Yale Tung-Chen, Miguel-Ángel Arnau
BACKGROUND: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very common condition, especially in the elderly, characterized by dyspnea, orthopnea, nocturnal paroxysmal dyspnea, and peripheral edema. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION: We report the case of a 76-year-old with CHF symptoms for the last 3 months. The ECG and transthoracic echocardiogram were suggestive of CHF due to amyloid cardiomyopathy. After cardiac MRI, a positive Congo red staining of subcutaneous fat aspiration and a negative genetic testing for mutant transthyretin, senile amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTRw) was expected...
April 17, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663512/specific-biomarkers-of-myocardial-inflammation-and-remodeling-processes-as-predictors-of-mortality-in-high-risk-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-mitraclip
#13
Oliver Dörr, Claudia Walther, Christoph Liebetrau, Till Keller, Hannes Tabert, Niklas Boeder, Matthias Bayer, Pascal Bauer, Helge Möllmann, Luise Gaede, Christian Troidl, Sandra Voss, Timm Bauer, Christian W Hamm, Holger Nef
BACKGROUND: Specific matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-2, MMP-9) and inflammatory biomarkers (hsCRP, IL-6) were found to be consistently up-regulated in severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and are associated with mortality in heart failure patients. The aim of the present study was to examine the prognostic value of biomarkers of cardiac inflammation and remodeling processes in predicting mortality in patients with MR undergoing percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR). HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesize that increased cardiac inflammation and extracellular matrix turnover is predictive for mortality in patients with severe mitral regurgitation undergoing MitraClip...
April 17, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663123/creation-of-a-restrictive-atrial-communication-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-and-mid-range-ejection-fraction-effective-palliation-of-left-atrial-hypertension-and-pulmonary-congestion
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Anna Bauer, Markus Khalil, Monika Lüdemann, Jürgen Bauer, Anoosh Esmaeili, Roberta De-Rosa, Norbert F Voelkel, Hakan Akintuerk, Dietmar Schranz
BACKGROUND: Left atrial decompression is considered in patients with symptomatic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We aimed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter generation of a restrictive atrial septum communication to manage HFpEF from infancy to adulthood with cardiomyopathy and congenital heart defect. METHODS AND RESULTS: From June 2009 to December 2016, 24 patients (50% with an age less than 16 years) with HFpEF were palliated; NYHA-/Ross class IV (n = 10); median systemic ventricular ejection fraction 64 (range 35-78) %...
April 16, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660848/international-collaborative-study-to-assess-cardiovascular-risk-and-evaluate-long-term-health-in-cats-with-preclinical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-apparently-healthy-cats-the-reveal-study
#15
Philip R Fox, Bruce W Keene, Kenneth Lamb, Karsten A Schober, Valerie Chetboul, Virginia Luis Fuentes, Gerhard Wess, Jessie Rose Payne, Daniel F Hogan, Alison Motsinger-Reif, Jens Häggström, Emilie Trehiou-Sechi, Deborah M Fine-Ferreira, Reid K Nakamura, Pamela M Lee, Manreet K Singh, Wendy A Ware, Jonathan A Abbott, Geoffrey Culshaw, Sabine Riesen, Michele Borgarelli, Michael B Lesser, Nicole Van Israël, Etienne Côté, John E Rush, Barret Bulmer, Roberto A Santilli, Andrea C Vollmar, Maribeth J Bossbaly, Nadine Quick, Claudio Bussadori, Janice M Bright, Amara H Estrada, Dan G Ohad, Maria Josefa Fernández-Del Palacio, Jenifer Lunney Brayley, Denise S Schwartz, Christina M Bové, Sonya G Gordon, Seung Woo Jung, Paola Brambilla, N Sydney Moïse, Christopher D Stauthammer, Rebecca L Stepien, Cecilia Quintavalla, Christophe Amberger, Ferenc Manczur, Yong-Wei Hung, Remo Lobetti, Marie De Swarte, Alice Tamborini, Carmel T Mooney, Mark A Oyama, Andrey Komolov, Yoko Fujii, Romain Pariaut, Masami Uechi, Victoria Yukie Tachika Ohara
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most prevalent heart disorder in cats and principal cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Yet, the impact of preclinical disease is unresolved. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: Observational study to characterize cardiovascular morbidity and survival in cats with preclinical nonobstructive (HCM) and obstructive (HOCM) hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and in apparently healthy cats (AH). ANIMALS: One thousand seven hundred and thirty client-owned cats (430 preclinical HCM; 578 preclinical HOCM; 722 AH)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660843/mortality-after-a-cerebrovascular-event-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients-treated-with-bevacizumab-ocular-injections
#16
Joel Hanhart, Doron S Comaneshter, Shlomo Vinker
PURPOSE: To analyse the mortality associated with intravitreal injections of bevacizumab for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in patients previously diagnosed with stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). METHODS: We reviewed bevacizumab-treated AMD patients with a diagnosis of stroke or TIA prior to their first bevacizumab injection (n = 948). Those patients, naïve to any anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) at the time of stroke/TIA, were then compared to age- and gender-matched patients who had a stroke/TIA at the same time and had never been exposed to anti-VEGF...
April 16, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660142/use-of-digoxin-in-atrial-fibrillation-one-step-further-in-the-mortality-controversy-from-the-affirm-study
#17
Richard Charnigo, Paul Khairy, Jing Guo, Azadeh Shohoudi, Claude S Elayi
BACKGROUND: Whether there is a causal association between digoxin and mortality among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), with or without congestive heart failure (HF), has been controversial; in particular, two prior analyses of data from the Atrial Fibrillation Follow-up Investigation of Rhythm Management (AFFIRM) trial have yielded conflicting results. We sought to investigate how digoxin impacts mortality, in the full AFFIRM cohort and for various subgroups, by applying marginal structural modeling (MSM) to AFFIRM data...
April 16, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659374/intravenous-immunoglobulin-and-methylprednisolone-for-clozapine-associated-perimyocarditis
#18
Albert Cheng, Mohanned Ahmed, Waqas Shuaib
CLINICAL FEATURES: Cardiotoxicity is a rare but serious side effect of clozapine. We present a case of a psychiatric patient on chronic clozapine 75 mg daily, who presented with congestive heart failure secondary to the cardiotoxic effects of the psychiatric medication. THERAPEUTIC CHALLENGE: Conventional heart failure treatment failed to improve symptoms. SOLUTION: A course of 40 mg of intravenous immunoglobulin and 125 mg of steroids was implemented, after which the patient made a full recovery...
March 28, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659090/detection-of-intra-cardiac-thrombi-and-congestive-heart-failure-in-cats-using-computed-tomographic-angiography
#19
Kyle P Vititoe, Ryan C Fries, Stephen Joslyn, Laura E Selmic, Mark Howes, Jordan P Vitt, Robert T O'Brien
Arterial thromboembolism is a life-threatening condition in cats most commonly secondary to cardiac disease. Echocardiography is the reference standard to evaluate for presence of a thrombus. In humans, computed tomographic (CT) angiography is becoming widely used to detect left atrial thrombi precluding the use of sedation. The purpose of this prospective, controlled, methods comparison pilot study was threefold: (1) describe new CT angiography protocol used in awake cats with cardiac disease and congestive heart failure; (2) determine accuracy of continuous and dynamic acquisition CT angiography to identify and characterize cardiac thrombi from spontaneous echocardiographic contrast using transthoracic echocardiography as our reference standard; (3) identify known negative prognostic factors and comorbidities of the thorax that CT angiography may provide that complement or supersede echocardiographic examination...
April 16, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29657252/periprocedural-complications-in-patients-undergoing-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-without-discontinuation-of-a-vitamin-k-antagonist-and-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#20
Toshiya Kojima, Katsuhito Fujiu, Nobuaki Fukuma, Hiroshi Matsunaga, Tsukasa Oshima, Jun Matsuda, Takumi Matsubara, Yu Shimizu, Gaku Oguri, Eriko Hasumi, Hiroyuki Morita, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: Periprocedural anticoagulation is important in catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) and there is increasing evidence that uninterrupted vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy is superior to interrupted anticoagulation strategies. Since the emergence of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), numerous studies have shown promising results for their use in uninterrupted strategies. However, further studies are needed to further define the efficacy and safety of performing AF ablation with uninterrupted factor XA inhibitors or direct thrombin inhibitors...
April 13, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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