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Cheng-Wei Liu, Pen-Chih Liao, Kuo-Chin Chen, Yu-Wei Chiu, Yuan-Hung Liu, Shin-Rong Ke, Yen-Wen Wu
BACKGROUND: There is conflicting information regarding the association between hyperuricemia and survival in STEMI patients. Our study examined the interaction between hyperuricemia and Killip class on mortality of STEMI patients. METHODS: We analyzed 951 consecutive STEMI patients between February 2006 and September 2012. Hyperuricemia was defined as SUA of at least 7mg/dL in males and 6mg/dL in females. Killip class I patients were divided into hyperuricemia and normouricemia groups...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Alejandro Garbino, Derek M Nusbaum, Daniel M Buckland, Anil S Menon, Jonathan B Clark, Erik L Antonsen
The Stratex Project is a high altitude balloon flight that culminated in a freefall from 41,422 m (135,890 ft), breaking the record for the highest freefall to date. Crew recovery operations required an innovative approach due to the unique nature of the event as well as the equipment involved. The parachutist donned a custom space suit similar to a NASA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), with life support system mounted to the front and a parachute on the back. This space suit had a metal structure around the torso, which, in conjunction with the parachute and life support assembly, created a significant barrier to extraction from the suit in the event of a medical emergency...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Michael Pavlides, Rajarshi Banerjee, Elizabeth M Tunnicliffe, Catherine Kelly, Jane Collier, Lai Mun Wang, Kenneth A Fleming, Jeremy F Cobbold, Matthew D Robson, Stefan Neubauer, Eleanor Barnes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis staging are central to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) assessment. We evaluated multi-parametric magnetic resonance (MR) in the assessment of NASH and fibrosis using histology as standard in NAFLD. METHODS: Seventy one patients with suspected NAFLD were recruited within one month of liver biopsy. MR data were used to define the liver inflammation and fibrosis score (LIF 0-4)...
October 25, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Paul N Fiorilli, Saif Anwaruddin
Despite significant advances in treatment of coronary artery disease and improvements in interventional devices and techniques, the subset of obstructive calcified coronary artery disease remains challenging to treat. Percutaneous treatment of these lesions results in increased rates of procedural complications, as well as a higher risk of stent underexpansion and malapposition. This is associated with higher rates of restenosis, target lesion revascularization (TLR), and major adverse cardiac events (MACE)...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Xuwei Zheng, Hongyu Peng, Donghui Zhao, Qin Ma, Kun Fu, Guo Chen, Qian Fan, Jinghua Liu
Aim. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The implications of a diagnosis of DM are as severe as the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. For many patients with complex coronary artery disease, optimal revascularization strategy selection and optimal medical therapy are equally important. In this study, we compared the hemodynamic results of different stenting techniques for Medina 0,1,0 left main bifurcation lesions. Methods. We use idealized left main bifurcation models and computational fluid dynamics analysis to evaluate hemodynamic parameters which are known to affect the risk of restenosis and thrombosis at stented bifurcation...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Habeeb Salameh, Muhannad Al Hanayneh, Maen Masadeh, Mohammed Naseemuddin, Tasnia Matin, Angelika Erwin, Ashwani K Singal
Background and Aims:Patatin-like phospholipase domain protein 3 (PNPLA3) polymorphisms (rs738409 C>G) are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the association of PNPLA3 polymorphisms with the spectrum and severity of this disease. Methods: Studies evaluating the association between the PNPLA3 polymorphism spectrum (fatty liver, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma) and NAFLD were included. Pooled data are reported as odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
Naser Aslanabadi, Samad Ghaffari, Naser Khezerlouy Aghdam, Masoumeh Ahmadzade, Babak Kazemi, Babak Nasiri, Ahmad Separham, Bahram Sohrabi, Mohamadreza Taban, Arash Aslanabadi
Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in patients with mitral stenosis (MS) and it may increase complications and decreases success rates of percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy (PBMV). This study aimed to investigate the short and long term results of PBMV in patients with AF compared to sinus rhythm (SR). Methods: In this cross sectional study, 1000 patients with MS who had undergone PBMV between 1999 and 2013 were enrolled including 585 and 415 patients with AF and SR respectively...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
Tsuyoshi Isawa, Norio Tada, Tatsushi Ootomo
Coronary obstruction during or after transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a rare and catastrophic sequela that occurs most frequently just after valve implantation. Even rarer is the delayed clinical presentation, in some few patients, of coronary obstruction on the day after self-expandable valve implantation. Here we describe a case of balloon-expandable (not self-expandable) transcatheter aortic valve replacement, followed by partial obstruction of the left main coronary artery on the day after that procedure in a 93-year-old man, despite normal left ventricular contraction just after valve implantation...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Deepa Prasad, James P Strainic, Khyati Pandya, Peter C Kouretas, Ravi C Ashwath
We report a rare causal association between obstructed supracardiac totally anomalous pulmonary venous drainage and coronary sinus ostial atresia. Our 12-week-old patient developed venous myocardial infarction secondary to coronary venous hypertension because her sole route of coronary venous drainage was obstructed. She recovered after the obstruction was relieved by balloon dilation. Surgical repair then included anastomosis of the pulmonary venous confluence to the left atrium, ligation of the vertical vein, and unroofing of the coronary sinus...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Takashi Ohki, Seiichiro Sugimoto, Takeshi Kurosaki, Shinji Otani, Kentaroh Miyoshi, Masaomi Yamane, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Takahiro Oto
Stent placement is an essential treatment for airway diseases. Although self-expandable metallic stents and silicone stents are commonly applied for the treatment of airway diseases, these stents are unsuitable for the treatment of small airway diseases encountered in pediatric patients and lung transplant recipients with airway complications. Currently, only vascular balloon-expandable metallic stents are available for the treatment of small airway diseases; however, little research has been conducted on the use of these stents in this field...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Leonardo M Sousa, Almir F de Andrade, Alessandro R Belon, Matheus S Soares, Robson Luis Amorim, Jose Pinhata Otochi, Manoel J Teixeira, Wellingson S Paiva
BACKGROUND Current clinical treatment methods for refractory intracranial hypertension include elevation of the decubitus, ventilation adjustment, and use of hypertonic solutions such as hypertonic saline and mannitol solutions. Previous studies have shown that hypertonic solutions are particularly effective. Although several concentrations of saline solution have been proposed, a 3% solution is the most widely used. The aim of this study was to evaluate the maintained efficacy of a 3% hypertonic saline solution in an experimental model of intracranial hypertension...
October 25, 2016: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
Piroze M Davierwala, Sergey Leontyev, Alexander Verevkin, Ardawan J Rastan, Matthias Mohr, Farhad Bakhtiary, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich W Mohr
BACKGROUND: Cardiogenic shock after acute myocardial infarction is an indication for emergent coronary artery bypass grafting in patients not amenable to percutaneous coronary intervention. Our study aimed to evaluate and identify risk factors for early and long-term outcomes in such patients. METHODS: A total of 508 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting for cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction between January 2000 and June 2014 were divided into 3 time cohorts: 2000 to 2004 (n=204), 2005 to 2009 (n=166), and 2010 to 2014 (n=138)...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Apar S Patel, Christoph J Griessenauer, Raghav Gupta, Nimer Adeeb, Paul M Foreman, Hussain Shallwani, Justin M Moore, Mark R Harrigan, Adnan H Siddiqui, Christopher S Ogilvy, Ajith J Thomas
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral vasospasm following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is the single most important cause of neurological decline following successful treatment of the ruptured aneurysm. Here, we report safety and efficacy of non-compliant balloon angioplasty for the treatment of cerebral vasospasm. METHODS: Three major academic institutions in the United States provided data on cerebral vasospasm treated with non-compliant balloon angioplasty between October 2004 and February 2016...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Shaofeng Yang, Yanan Liu, Huilin Yang, Jun Zou
BACKGROUND: To analyze risk factors and correlation of secondary adjacent vertebral compression fracture in percutaneous kyphoplasty. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 139 patients underwent PKP in our hospital for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture between January 2013 and December 2014 and had completed follow-up data more than one year were selected randomly. Participants were divided into two groups in accordance with whether adjacent vertebral compression fracture occurred...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Vanessa E C Pourier, Gert J de Borst
OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes the available evidence and analyzes the current trends on treatments for carotid in-stent restenosis (ISR) after carotid artery stenting (CAS). METHODS: An update of a 2010 review of the literature (which included 20 articles) was conducted using PubMed and Embase. All studies published from inception until January 2016 reporting original data on ISR treatments were included. Treatment trends before and after 2005 were compared...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Michael Loudin, Sharon Anderson, Barry Schlansky
BACKGROUND: Proximal or 'downhill' esophageal varices are a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Unlike the much more common distal esophageal varices, which are most commonly a result of portal hypertension, downhill esophageal varices result from vascular obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC). While SVC obstruction is most commonly secondary to malignant causes, our review of the literature suggests that benign causes of SVC obstruction are the most common cause actual bleeding from downhill varices...
October 24, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Righab Hamdan, Pierre Nassar, Ali Zein, Mohamad Issa, Hassan Mansour, Mohamad Saab
Peripartum cardiomyopathy remains a challenging obstetric and cardiologic emergency. We report 5 interesting cases of peripartum cardiomyopathy with different clinical courses, with 3 patients requiring left ventricular assist device implantation. One patient underwent pump explantation and aortic balloon valvuloplasty postsurgery. Two patients improved with the medical treatment alone without the need of assistance. We will review main important related issues.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Q-L Ma, H-J Wang, M-N Shi, J-H An, J Ma, D Yu, M Tang, F-W Shi
OBJECTIVE: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a frequent medical condition in developed countries and is one of the most serious diseases threatening patients' lives. Perioperative myocardial infarction is the major cause of perioperative cardiac death and cardiac arrest, but is difficult to be precisely identified by observing clinical symptoms or assessing cardiac enzyme levels or by ECG examination. Therefore, assessment of patient prognosis requires reliable predictors. In this regard, we tested the prognostic value of serum troponin I (TnI) concentrations...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Kemal Nişli, Serra Karaca, Ümrah Aydoğan
Axillary artery access for demanding interventions in newborns is rarely described, in spite of the many clear advantages. This access route in newborns with critical congenital heart disease is a real alternative to the more commonly used femoral or carotid artery routes. In brief, axillary access is an attractive alternative approach in newborns with complex heart diseases. It is advisable to stop an elective procedure if axillary access is not successful. Presently described is the use of axillary artery access for balloon angioplasty in a newborn with critical aortic coarctation...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Hacı Ahmet Kasapkara, Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Hüseyin Ayhan, Serdal Baştuğ, Hakan Süygün, Telat Keleş, Tahir Durmaz, Engin Bozkurt
OBJECTIVE: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been accepted as an alternative to surgery in high risk or inoperable patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). Although transfemoral approach is the most often preferred means of access, in patients with severe ilio-femoral arteriopathy, other vascular access sites may be required. The aim of the present study was to report our experience with trans-subclavian approach for TAVR using different valve systems. METHODS: Among 273 patients undergoing TAVR between June 2011 and May 2016, 10 patients (mean age: 68...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
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