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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314671/a-case-of-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-fistulas-between-multiple-systemic-arteries-and-the-right-pulmonary-artery-in-an-adult-discovered-for-occulted-dyspnoea
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Ji-Feng Li, Zhen-Guo Zhai, Tu-Guang Kuang, Min Liu, Zhan-Hong Ma, Yi-Dan Li, Yuan-Hua Yang
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be caused by a fistula between the systemic and pulmonary arteries. Here, we report a case of PH due to multiple fistulas between systemic arteries and the right pulmonary artery where the ventilation/perfusion scan showed no perfusion in the right lung. METHODS: A 32-year-old male patient was hospitalised for community-acquired pneumonia. After treatment with antibiotics, the pneumonia was alleviated but dyspnoea persisted...
February 22, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302916/advances-in-heart-failure-a-review-of-biomarkers-emerging-pharmacological-therapies-durable-mechanical-support-and-telemonitoring
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REVIEW
Yasbanoo Moayedi, Heather J Ross
The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of diagnosis, prognosis and management of heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Specifically, this review is divided into three sections. The first section will address biomarkers. The discovery of biomarkers has allowed further understanding of the pathophysiology of HF and provides insight into potential therapeutic targets. This review will focus on novel applications of natriuretic peptides (NPs) in clinical trials. Next, emerging biomarkers of HF, such as ST2, galectin-3 and copeptin, will be discussed...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291667/medical-therapy-versus-balloon-angioplasty-for-cteph-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kevin Phan, Helen E Jo, Joshua Xu, Edmund M Lau
BACKGROUND: A significant number of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) patients will have an inoperable disease. Medical therapy and balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) have provided alternate therapeutic options for patients with inoperable CTEPH, although there are a limited number of published studies examining the outcomes. Thus, our study aims to evaluate and compare the efficacy of medical therapy and BPA in patients with inoperable CTEPH. METHODS: An electronic search of six databases was performed and the search results were screened against established criteria for inclusion into this study...
March 1, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291665/cardiac-arrest-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-concept-of-circulatory-support-with-mechanical-chest-compression-and-impella-to-facilitate-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Kaleab N Asrress, Maciej Marciniak, Natalia Briceno, Divaka Perera
Cardiogenic shock in the context of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains a challenge to manage and results in significant mortality and morbidity, cardiac arrest in this setting even more so. The increase in myocardial oxygen demand and consumption with the use of inotropes is recognised as increasing mortality. Alternatives include the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), which has yet to be shown to improve outcomes, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which requires super-specialised techniques not widely available...
February 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262354/effects-of-joint-stabilizers-on-proprioception-and-stability-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shashank Ghai, Matthew Driller, Ishan Ghai
OBJECTIVE: The current review and meta-analysis systematically investigated the effect of joint stabilizers on proprioception, postural stability, and neurological activity. METHODS: Systematic identification of published literature was performed on online databases; Scopus, PEDro, SportDiscus, and EMBASE, followed by a critical PEDro methodological quality appraisal. Data from the studies were extracted and summarized in a tabular format. RESULTS: Of 2954 records, 50 studies, involving 1443 participants met our inclusion criteria...
May 18, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258413/viscosity-and-haemodynamics-in-a-late-gestation-rat-feto-placental-arterial-network
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Nikhilesh Bappoo, Lachlan J Kelsey, Louis Parker, Tim Crough, Carmel M Moran, Adrian Thomson, Megan C Holmes, Caitlin S Wyrwoll, Barry J Doyle
The placenta is a transient organ which develops during pregnancy to provide haemotrophic support for healthy fetal growth and development. Fundamental to its function is the healthy development of vascular trees in the feto-placental arterial network. Despite the strong association of haemodynamics with vascular remodelling mechanisms, there is a lack of computational haemodynamic data that may improve our understanding of feto-placental physiology. The aim of this work was to create a comprehensive 3D computational fluid dynamics model of a substructure of the rat feto-placental arterial network and investigate the influence of viscosity on wall shear stress (WSS)...
March 3, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250484/effect-of-discontinuing-morning-dose-of-antihypertensive-for-renal-transplant-surgery-on-haemodynamic-and-early-graft-functioning-a-prospective-double-blind-randomised-study
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Vinod Kumar, Virendra Kumar Arya, Rakesh V Sondekoppam, Suman Arora, Mukut Minz, Rakesh Garg, Nishkarsh Gupta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Antihypertensive drugs are continued until the day of renal transplant surgery. These are associated with increased incidence of hypotension and bradycardia. Hence, this study was designed to evaluate perioperative haemodynamic and early graft functioning in renal recipients with discontinuation of antihypertensive drugs on the morning of surgery. METHODS: This prospective, randomised, double-blind study recruited 120 patients. Group 1 patients received placebo tablet while Group 2 patients received usual antihypertensive drugs on the day of surgery...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240265/a-longitudinal-study-of-cerebral-blood-flow-under-hypoxia-at-high-altitude-using-3d-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling
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Wenjia Liu, Jie Liu, Xin Lou, Dandan Zheng, Bing Wu, Danny J J Wang, Lin Ma
Changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) may occur with acute exposure to high altitude; however, the CBF of the brain parenchyma has not been studied to date. In this study, identical magnetic resonance scans using arterial spin labeling (ASL) were performed to study the haemodynamic changes at both sea level and high altitude. We found that with acute exposure to high altitude, the CBF in acute mountain sickness (AMS) subjects was higher (P < 0.05), while the CBF of non-AMS subjects was lower (P > 0...
February 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215134/drainage-of-pleural-effusion-improves-diaphragmatic-function-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients
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Michele Umbrello, Giovanni Mistraletti, Andrea Galimberti, Ilaria R Piva, Ottavia Cozzi, Paolo Formenti
BACKGROUND: Pleural effusion adversely affects the pressuregenerating capacity of the diaphragm. It uncouples the lung and chest wall, which may result in diaphragmatic dysfunction. Information on the effects of effusion drainage on diaphragmatic function is limited, but several studies report relief of dyspnoea after drainage, which was attributed to improved diaphragmatic mechanics, even if this issue was never formally addressed. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of drainage of unilateral pleural effusion on diaphragmatic function...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215131/angiotensin-ii-for-the-treatment-of-high-output-shock-3-athos-3-protocol-for-a-phase-iii-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Lakhmir S Chawla, James A Russell, Sean M Bagshaw, Andrew D Shaw, Stuart L Goldstein, Mitchell P Fink, George F Tidmarsh
OBJECTIVE: Catecholamine-resistant hypotension (CRH) is characterised by inadequate response to standard doses of vasopressors, and increased mortality. Our Angiotensin II for the Treatment of High-Output Shock 3 (ATHOS-3) trial compares the efficacy and safety of angiotensin II (ANGII) versus placebo in CRH. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A phase III, multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of LJPC-501 (synthetic ANGII) for CRH in up to 120 intensive care units...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208965/long-term-outcomes-of-kangaroo-mother-care-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Sunil Gavhane, Deepak Eklare, Haseeb Mohammad
INTRODUCTION: Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has been gaining acceptance as an effective alternative to incubator based Conventional Medical Care (CMC) in preterm or Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants especially in resource scarce developing countries. AIM: To report and analyse the long-term effects of KMC for relatively stable Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) infants on nutritional indicators and feeding conditions at 6-12 months of corrected age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled trial was done at a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of a teaching institution in southern India...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141912/high-volume-haemofiltration-for-sepsis-in-adults
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REVIEW
Emma Mj Borthwick, Christopher J Hill, Kannaiyan S Rabindranath, Alexander P Maxwell, Danny F McAuley, Bronagh Blackwood
BACKGROUND: Severe sepsis and septic shock are leading causes of death in the intensive care unit (ICU), despite advances in the treatment of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, including early recognition, appropriate treatment with antibiotics and support of organs that may have been affected by the illness. High-volume haemofiltration (HVHF) is a blood purification technique that may improve outcomes in severe sepsis or septic shock. The technique of HVHF has evolved from renal replacement therapies used in the ICU to treat critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI)...
January 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100520/evidence-basis-for-using-perineural-dexmedetomidine-to-enhance-the-quality-of-brachial-plexus-nerve-blocks-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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L Vorobeichik, R Brull, F W Abdallah
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine has been proposed as a perineural local anaesthetic (LA) adjunct to prolong peripheral nerve block duration; however, results from our previous meta-analysis in the setting of brachial plexus block (BPB) did not support its use. Many additional randomized trials have since been published. We thus conducted an updated meta-analysis. METHODS: Randomized trials investigating the addition of dexmedetomidine to LA compared with LA alone (Control) in BPB for upper extremity surgery were sought...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093621/outcome-of-elderly-undergoing-extracorporeal-life-support-in-refractory-cardiogenic-shock
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Suzanne de Waha, Tobias Graf, Steffen Desch, Georg Fuernau, Ingo Eitel, Janine Pöss, Alexander Jobs, Thomas Stiermaier, Jakob Ledwoch, Ariane Wiedau, Philipp Lurz, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele
BACKGROUND: The current study presents data from a real-world cohort of patients with refractory cardiogenic shock (CS) undergoing extracorporeal life support (ECLS) focusing on the comparison of elderly versus younger patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred consecutive patients with refractory CS underwent percutaneous ECLS implantation performed by interventional cardiologists. Follow-up was performed at hospital discharge as well as at a median of 18 months [interquartile range 15-36]...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079557/dobutamine-aggravates-haemodynamic-deterioration-induced-by-pleural-effusion-a-randomised-controlled-porcine-study
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Kristian B Wemmelund, Anders H Sørensen, Viktor K Ringgård, Erik Sloth, Peter Juhl-Olsen
BACKGROUND: Pleural effusion is a common finding in critically ill patients and may contribute to circulatory instability and the need for inotropic support. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that dobutamine would affect the physiological determinants preload, afterload, contractility and changes of inferior vena cava characteristics during experimental pleural effusion. DESIGN: A randomised, controlled laboratory study. SETTING: Animal laboratory, conducted from March 2013 to May 2013...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075423/effects-of-device%C3%A2-guided-slow-breathing-training-on-exercise-capacity-cardiac-function-and-respiratory-patterns-during-sleep-in-male-and-female-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Grzegorz Bilo, Tomasz Drożdż, Dorota Dębicka-Dąbrowska, Grzegorz Kiełbasa, Gabriella Malfatto, Katarzyna Styczkiewicz, Carolina Lombardi, Agnieszka Bednarek, Sabrina Salerno, Danuta Czarnecka, Gianfranco Parati
INTRODUCTION Slow breathing training (SBT) has been proposed as a new nonpharmacologic treatment in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the effects of SBT on exercise capacity, hemodynamic parameters, and sleep respiratory patterns in a relatively large sample of CHF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS A crossover open study was conducted. Patients completed, in a random order, 10- to 12‑week SBT, with 2 15‑minute sessions of device‑guided SBT each day, reaching 6 breaths/ min, and a 10- to 12‑week follow‑up under standard care...
January 10, 2017: Pol Arch Intern Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073853/resuscitation-of-prolonged-cardiac-arrest-from-massive-pulmonary-embolism-by-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Yun Seok Kim, Wookjin Choi, Jaecheol Hwang
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be used as a rescue strategy in cases of prolonged cardiac arrest caused by massive pulmonary embolism. We present a case of a male patient who was in prolonged cardiac arrest following massive pulmonary embolism. Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was initiated approximately 93 min after prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After resuscitation, bedside echocardiography and a chest computed tomography angiogram revealed a massive pulmonary embolism during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070029/the-relationship-between-scores-and-outcomes-for-polytrauma-patients-in-the-emergency-department-a-case-study
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Maria Gioffre-Florio, Letizia Maria Murabito, Carmela Visalli, Alessandra Villari, Floriana Lauritano, Carla Bramanti, Fausto Fama
AIM: Traumas are one of the most relevant pathological events in health care, because of clinical and prognostic relevance. Morbidity and mortality rates are strongly affected by the timely and correct approach to the patient (golden hour). The objective of this study was to investigate the possible influence of the diagnostic time and of the Injury Severity Score (ISS) on outcomes in trauma patients. MATERIAL OF STUDY: Out of a total of 240,833 emergency patients, we observed, 447 polytrauma...
December 29, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011838/analysis-of-lead-placement-optimization-metrics-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-computational-modelling
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Andrew Crozier, Bojan Blazevic, Pablo Lamata, Gernot Plank, Matthew Ginks, Simon Duckett, Manav Sohal, Anoop Shetty, Christopher A Rinaldi, Reza Razavi, Steven A Niederer, Nicolas P Smith
AIMS: The efficacy of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is known to vary considerably with pacing location, however the most effective set of metrics by which to select the optimal pacing site is not yet well understood. Computational modelling offers a powerful methodology to comprehensively test the effect of pacing location in silico and investigate how to best optimize therapy using clinically available metrics for the individual patient. METHODS AND RESULTS: Personalized computational models of cardiac electromechanics were used to perform an in silico left ventricle (LV) pacing site optimization study as part of biventricular CRT in three patient cases...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007868/systemic-right-ventricular-morphology-in-the-early-postoperative-course-after-extracardiac-fontan-operation-is-there-still-a-need-for-special-care
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Sarah Nordmeyer, Melanie Rohder, Johannes Nordmeyer, Oliver Miera, Björn Peters, Mi-Young Cho, Joachim Photiadis, Felix Berger, Stanislav Ovroutski
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to compare early postoperative outcome after extracardiac (EC) Fontan operation between patients with right (RV) or left (LV) systemic ventricles. METHODS: In total, 173 consecutive patients (median age 4 years, median weight 14 kg) underwent EC Fontan between 1995 and 2013. Pre- and intraoperative data as well as detailed postoperative haemodynamic variables were compared between patients with LV [n = 109 (63%)] and RV [n = 64 (37%)]...
December 22, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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