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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432659/current-role-of-blood-and-urine-biomarkers-in-the-clinical-care-of-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Saurabh Rajpal, Laith Alshawabkeh, Alexander R Opotowsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is an increasing number of adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). While several biomarkers have been validated and integrated into general cardiology clinical practice, these tests are often applied to adults with CHD in the absence of disease-specific validation. Although these patients are often grouped into a single population, there is heterogeneous pathophysiology, variable disease chronicity, extensive multisystem involvement, and a low event rate relative to acquired heart disease...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430286/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-seen-at-a-tertiary-hospital-setting-in-port-elizabeth-south-africa
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Zongezile Masonwabe Makrexeni, Lungile Pepeta
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has waned in Western countries, however that is not the situation in developing nations. METHODS: Records were reviewed of patients from the Eastern Cape municipal districts who presented to the Paediatric Cardiology Unit with ARF and RHD from January 2008 to August 2015. RESULTS: Total of 56 patients with ARF/RHD was reviewed. The majority of patients (n = 52) presented for the first time with RHD...
April 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429248/time-in-therapeutic-range-as-a-marker-for-thrombotic-and-bleeding-outcomes-in-fontan-patients
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Jenna M Faircloth, Kristin M Miner, Tarek Alsaied, Nicole Nelson, Julie Ciambarella, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Joseph S Palumbo, Alexander A Vinks, Gruschen R Veldtman
Fontan patients managed with warfarin are at risk not only for thrombotic events, but also for bleeding episodes as a consequence of anticoagulation treatment. The aim of this study was to determine whether time spent in patient specified therapeutic range (TTR), when managed in a cardiology-based pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic (PMAC), is a useful target metric for monitoring, as well as improving outcomes. A single center retrospective review was conducted evaluating TTR of all Fontan patients (n = 45) on warfarin managed in our outpatient cardiology pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic (PMAC) during a 19 month time frame...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426617/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-arrhythmias-primary-and-preventive-care-review
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Brittany S Fuller, Michele D Voeltz
Obstetrician-gynecologists often are the sole providers of health care to female patients. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, obstetrician- gynecologists must be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and signs of cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia. Furthermore, they must be prepared to identify and treat common types of arrhythmia in this population and refer patients to cardiology for specialized care. Understanding the role of pregnancy among women with arrhythmia is critically important to optimize both maternal and fetal outcomes...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
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Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424436/-dyslipidemia-and-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-in-hiv-positive-patients
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Serhat Uysal, Mürşide Tuncel Başoğlu, Bahar Boydak, Deniz Gökengin
OBJECTIVE: Dyslipidemia is a major complication of antiretroviral treatment. Aim of the present study was to screen baseline lipid levels and cardiovascular disease risk in HIV-positive patients and analyze change in those parameters after initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART). METHODS: HIV-positive patients who presented at our clinic between April 2011 and August 2012 were included. Study included 19 female (22.1%) and 67 male (77.9%) patients (mean age 39...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422280/integrating-frailty-research-into-the-medical-specialties-report-from-a-u13-conference
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Jeremy Walston, Thomas N Robinson, Susan Zieman, Frances McFarland, Christopher R Carpenter, Keri N Althoff, Melissa K Andrew, Caroline S Blaum, Patrick J Brown, Brian Buta, E Wesley Ely, Luigi Ferrucci, Kevin P High, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Kenneth Rockwood, Kenneth E Schmader, Felipe Sierra, Kaycee M Sink, Ravi Varadhan, Arti Hurria
Although the field of frailty research has expanded rapidly, it is still a nascent concept within the clinical specialties. Frailty, conceptualized as greater vulnerability to stressors because of significant depletion of physiological reserves, predicts poorer outcomes in several medical specialties, including cardiology, human immunodeficiency virus care, and nephrology, and in the behavioral and social sciences. Lack of a consensus definition, proliferation of measurement tools, inadequate understanding of the biology of frailty, and lack of validated clinical algorithms for frail individuals hinders incorporation of frailty assessment and frailty research into the specialties...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420661/person-centred-transition-programme-to-empower-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-disease-in-the-transition-to-adulthood-a-study-protocol-for-a-hybrid-randomised-controlled-trial-stepstones-project
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Mariela Acuña Mora, Carina Sparud-Lundin, Ewa-Lena Bratt, Philip Moons
INTRODUCTION: When a young person grows up, they evolve from an independent child to an empowered adult. If an individual has a chronic condition, this additional burden may hamper adequate development and independence. Transition programmes for young persons with chronic disorders aim to provide the necessary skills for self-management and participation in care. However, strong evidence on the effects of these interventions is lacking. Therefore, as part of the STEPSTONES project (Swedish Transition Effects Project Supporting Teenagers with chrONic mEdical conditionS), we propose a trial to assess the effectiveness of a structured, person-centred transition programme to empower adolescents with congenital heart disease in the transition to adulthood...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419035/clinical-practice-guidelines-decrease-unnecessary-echocardiograms-before-hip-fracture-surgery
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Chris Adair, Eric Swart, Rachel Seymour, Joshua Patt, Madhav A Karunakar
BACKGROUND: Preoperative assessment of geriatric patients with a hip fracture may include transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), which increases resource utilization and cost and may delay surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate preoperative TTE utilization at a single institution in order to determine (1) how often TTE is ordered in accordance with clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), (2) how frequently TTE reveals cardiac disease that may alter medical or anesthesia management, and (3) whether following CPGs reduces unnecessary TTE utilization without potentially missing important disease...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415082/p210long-term-outcome-of-primary-mitral-valve-prolapse-results-from-a-population-of-250-patients-referred-to-a-tertiary-cardiovascular-center
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V Mecarocci, F Mori
Background: Outcome of Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) was controversial for long time. Many studies reported great differences in the incidence of cardiovascular events due, above all, to heterogeneous and small studied populations. Most of theme were also published to late '80 of the last century till early '00. Purpose: To make a contemporary survey on the incidence of cardiovascular events in a selected population of patients affected by primary MVP referred to a tertiary cardiovascular center for the medical and surgical care of valvular heart disease...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412318/nontraditional-lipid-variables-predict-recurrent-brain-ischemia-in-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Patricia de la Riva, Maitane Zubikarai, Cristina Sarasqueta, Mikel Tainta, Amaia Muñoz-Lopetegui, Naiara Andrés-Marín, Félix González, Noemi Díez, Ana de Arce, Alberto Bergareche, Adolfo Lopez de Munain, Maite Martínez-Zabaleta
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are, first, to calculate the risk of brain ischemia recurrence and embolic source diagnosis in the follow-up of patients with ESUS (embolic stroke of undetermined source) and, second, to identify the predictors of these events including cardiologic, laboratory, and clinical factors. METHODS: A retrospective observational cohort study of stroke patients admitted to the stroke unit in a single tertiary hospital from 2012 to 2014 was performed...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411107/pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-left-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Emmanuelle Berthelot, Minh Tam Bailly, Safwane El Hatimi, Ingrid Robard, Hatem Rezgui, Amir Bouchachi, David Montani, Olivier Sitbon, Denis Chemla, Patrick Assayag
Pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease, also known as group 2 pulmonary hypertension according to the European Society of Cardiology/European Respiratory Society classification, is the most common cause of pulmonary hypertension. In patients with left heart disease, the development of pulmonary hypertension favours right heart dysfunction, which has a major impact on disease severity and outcome. Over the past few years, this condition has been considered more frequently. However, epidemiological studies of group 2 pulmonary hypertension are less exhaustive than studies of other causes of pulmonary hypertension...
April 11, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408919/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-revolution-in-the-therapy-of-elderly-and-high-risk-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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REVIEW
Teoman Kilic, Irem Yilmaz
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) represents a real revolution in the field of interventional cardiology for the treatment of elderly or high-risk surgical patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. Today, TAVI seems to play a key and a reliable role in the treatment of intermediate and maybe low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis. TAVI has also evolved from a complex and hazardous procedure into an effective and safe therapy by the development of new generation devices. This article aims to review the background and future of TAVI, clinical trials and registries with old and new generation TAVI devices and to focus on some open issues related to post-procedural outcomes...
March 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398378/-diabetes-mellitus-and-atrial-fibrillation-evidence-of-a-pathophysiological-clinical-and-epidemiological-association-beyond-the-thromboembolic-risk
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Riccardo Proietti, Vincenzo Russo, Maddalena Alessandra Wu, Aldo P Maggioni, Raffaele Marfella
A large number of studies have linked diabetes mellitus (DM) to the development of cardiovascular disease. However, the association between DM and arrhythmic disease of the heart is less well recognized by the cardiology community. Mostly, the focus is the increased thromboembolic risk that the presence of DM confers to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, recent evidence points toward an increased prevalence of AF in patients with diabetes. This association seems to be reinforced by the presence of additional comorbidities such as hypertension and insulin-resistance...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396229/troponin-testing-in-patients-without-chest-pain-or-electrocardiographic-ischemic-changes
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Zvi Shimoni, Rossina Arbuzov, Paul Froom
BACKGROUND: Although often recommended by experts, it is unclear if elevated troponin measurements have clinical utility in patients without chest pain or ischemic electrocardiographic changes. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine clinical utility, and downstream testing in patients with elevated troponin values but without chest pain or electrocardiographic changes. METHODS: We selected all patients aged 30-100 years hospitalized in cardiology and internal medicine departments from July 1, 2013 until July 31, 2016...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396082/pregnancy-related-spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-a%C3%A2-case-series-and-literature-review
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Emily Rose, Maheedhar Gedela, Nathan Miller, Paul L Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Cardiac emergencies during pregnancy are rare but have significant associated morbidity and mortality when they do occur. The emergency physician must not only be aware of potentially life-threatening conditions in the pregnant woman, but also know the emergent management and treatment of these conditions to avoid worsening of the underlying condition. Pregnancy-related spontaneous coronary artery dissection has been described in the cardiology literature, but is not well-known in emergency medicine literature...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393705/antithrombotic-therapy-for-transcatheter-valvular-interventions-a-revisit
#17
Shaban Mohammed, Ayman El-Menyar, Haifa Al-Janubi, Adel Shabana, Zaid Alanazi
The optimal antithrombotic therapies for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and MitraClip implantation have not been well established. We conducted a narrative review from currently available studies between January 2002 and May 2016 to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of antithrombotic therapy use in cardiac catheter-based therapeutic techniques. Recently, these techniques have dramatically altered the approach towards valvular heart diseases management. The introduction into clinical practice, of TAVI for severe aortic stenosis and MitraClip for mitral regurgitation, has revolutionized interventional cardiology...
April 6, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392102/creatine-phosphate-administration-in-cell-energy-impairment-conditions-a-summary-of-past-and-present-research
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REVIEW
A V Gaddi, P Galuppo, J Yang
BACKGROUND: Creatine phosphate (CrP) plays a fundamental physiological role by providing chemical energy for cell viability and activity, especially in muscle tissue. Numerous pathological conditions, caused by acute or chronic ischaemic situations, are related to its deficiency. For these reasons, it has been used as a cardioprotective agent in heart surgery and medical cardiology for many years. OBJECTIVE: This article gives a brief overview of the main characteristics of exogenous CrP...
March 14, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389016/myotonic-dystrophy-and-brugada-syndrome-a-common-pathophysiologic-pathway
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REVIEW
Andrés Ricardo Pérez-Riera, Adrian Baranchuk, Li Zhang, Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Pedro Brugada
Type 1 myotonic dystrophy (DM1) is a hereditary neuromuscular disease affecting multiple organs in human adults. Here we report a 42-year-old man diagnosed with DM1. Having a history of progressive muscular weakness and gradual loss of visual acuity, he was referred to us by his ophthalmologist for risk assessment of undergoing cataract surgery. Cardiology workup revealed type 1 Brugada ECG pattern, positive late potentials and inducible ventricular fibrillation in an electrophysiology study. Literature review revealed that those ECG changes may be observed in DM1, suggesting that DM1 and Brugada syndrome may share a common pathophysiologic pathway...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387202/2016-consensus-statement-on-prevention-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-hong-kong-population
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B My Cheung, C H Cheng, C P Lau, C Ky Wong, R Cw Ma, D Ws Chu, D Hk Ho, K Lf Lee, H F Tse, A Sp Wong, B Py Yan, V Wt Yan
INTRODUCTION: In Hong Kong, the prevalence of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has increased markedly over the past few decades, and further increases are expected. In 2008, the Hong Kong Cardiovascular Task Force released a consensus statement on preventing cardiovascular disease in the Hong Kong population. The present article provides an update on these recommendations. PARTICIPANTS: A multidisciplinary group of clinicians comprising the Hong Kong Cardiovascular Task Force-10 cardiologists, an endocrinologist, and a family physician-met in September 2014 and June 2015 in Hong Kong...
April 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
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