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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926465/freestyle-stentless-bioprosthesis-for-aortic-valve-therapy-17-year-clinical-results
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Juergen Ennker, Markus Meilwes, Joern Pons-Kuehnemann, Bernd Niemann, Philippe Grieshaber, Ina C Ennker, Andreas Boening
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve replacement with stentless bioprostheses has been shown to produce lower aortic gradients than stented bioprostheses, thus facilitating left ventricular mass regression and preventing heart failure. We sought to determine the long-term results of stentless biological aortic valve replacement over a 17-year follow-up. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2012, 2551 patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a stentless prosthesis (Medtronic Freestyle) at a single center...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925337/complication-rates-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-aged-%C3%A2-75-years-versus-75-years-results-from-the-german-ablation-registry
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J Moser, S Willems, D Andresen, J Brachmann, L Eckardt, E Hoffmann, K H Kuck, T Lewalter, B Schumacher, S G Spitzer, M Hochadel, J Senges, B A Hoffmann
INTRODUCTION: Despite a rising demand for catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) in an elderly population, complication and success rates are not fully elucidated. We sought to compare complication rates of CA of AF in patients ≥ 75 versus < 75 years of age. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory AF were prospectively enrolled from January 2007 to 2010 in this multicenter study. A total of 4449 patients, group 1 ≥ 75 years and group 2 < 75 years (n = 227, age 77...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924633/direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-cardiovascular-prevention-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Francisco Marín, Manuel Pablo Anguita Sánchez, Marcelo Sanmartín Fernández
Patients with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk for stroke, systemic embolism and cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death. However, the majority of studies that have analyzed the efficacy of anticoagulants have been focused only on their effects on the risk of stroke. Areas covered: The available evidence about the association between atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular disease as well as the effects of oral anticoagulation on cardiovascular death and myocardial infarction, with a particular focus on direct oral anticoagulants, was updated in this review...
December 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924429/cyp2c19-lof-and-gof-guided-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Minghuan Jiang, Joyce H S You
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of CYP2C19 loss-of-function and gain-of-function allele guided (LOF/GOF-guided) antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A life-long decision-analytic model was designed to simulate outcomes of three strategies: universal clopidogrel (75 mg daily), universal alternative P2Y12 inhibitor (prasugrel 10 mg daily or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily), and LOF/GOF-guided therapy (LOF/GOF allele carriers receiving alternative P2Y12 inhibitor, wild-type patients receiving clopidogrel)...
December 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924213/drug-eluting-stents-appear-superior-to-bare-metal-stents-for-vein-graft-pci-in-vessels-up-to-a-stent-diameter-of-4-mm
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Oliver P Guttmann, Daniel A Jones, Kassem A Safwan, Sean Gallagher, Krishnaraj S Rathod, Steve Hamshere, Elliot J Smith, Ajay K Jain, Anthony Mathur, Andrew Wragg, Charles J Knight, Roshan Weerackody
BACKGROUND: Research trials have shown improved short-term outcome with drug-eluting stents (DES) over bare metal stents (BMS) in saphenous vein graft (SVG) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), primarily by reducing target vessel revascularization (TVR) for in-stent restenosis. We compared the outcomes in patients undergoing SVG stent implantation treated with DES or BMS. In exploratory analyses we investigated the influence of stent generation and diameter. METHODS: Data were obtained from a prospective database of 657 patients who underwent PCI for SVG lesions between 2003 and 2011...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922910/impact-of-medicare-s-nonpayment-program-on-hospital-acquired-conditions
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Caroline P Thirukumaran, Laurent G Glance, Helena Temkin-Greener, Meredith B Rosenthal, Yue Li
BACKGROUND: Medicare's Nonpayment Program of 2008 (hereafter called Program) withholds hospital reimbursement for costs related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Little is known whether a hospital's Medicare patient load [quantified by the hospital's Medicare utilization ratio (MUR), which is the proportion of inpatient days financed by Medicare] influences its response to the Program. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the Program was associated with changes in HAC incidence, and whether this association varies across hospitals with differential Medicare patient load...
December 5, 2016: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922810/impact-of-chronic-total-occlusion-revascularization-attempts-on-subsequent-clinical-outcomes
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Ahmad Jabbar, Georgios Christopoulos, Aris Karatasakis, Omar M Jeroudi, Georgios E Christakopoulos, Abdallah El Sabbagh, Barbara Danek, Judit Karacsonyi, Michele Roesle, Bavana V Rangan, Jerrold Grodin, Michael Luna, Shuaib Abdullah, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
OBJECTIVES: We examined a contemporary, unselected cohort of patients with coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) to determine the impact of CTO revascularization on long-term outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the impact of CTO revascularization on clinical outcomes of consecutive patients found to have a CTO during coronary angiography performed at our institution during 2011 and 2012. The primary endpoint was the incidence of a major adverse cardiac event (MACE, defined as a composite of death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and target-vessel revascularization [TVR])...
December 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922588/does-the-addition-of-ezetimibe-to-statins-reduce-cardiovascular-risk
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Francisca I Araya, Bruno Grassi
Statins are the mainstay of lipid-lowering therapy nowadays, since they reduce cardiovascular risk when used as primary or secondary prevention. However, only one third of the patients reach the goals established in several guidelines, and even if they do, they keep a risk higher than healthy controls. One of the new lipid-lowering agents is ezetimibe. Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases, we identified nine systematic reviews comprising 67 trials overall...
December 5, 2016: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919610/renal-artery-stenosis-in-patients-with-peripheral-artery-disease-prevalence-risk-factors-and-long-term-prognosis
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V Aboyans, I Desormais, J Magne, G Morange, D Mohty, P Lacroix
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The objective was to determine the prevalence and clinical determinants of renal artery stenosis (RAS) in patients undergoing digital subtraction angiography (DSA) for the assessment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), and to evaluate its prognostic significance. METHODS: All DSAs performed from January 2000 to January 2006 were retrospectively reviewed for assessment of PAD in patients naive for any prior revascularisation of lower-limb arteries...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919293/perioperative-statin-therapy-in-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Alessandro Putzu, Bruno Capelli, Alessandro Belletti, Tiziano Cassina, Enrico Ferrari, Michele Gallo, Gabriele Casso, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: Several studies suggest beneficial effects of perioperative statin therapy on postoperative outcome after cardiac surgery. However, recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) show potential detrimental effects. The objective of this systematic review is to examine the association between perioperative statin therapy and clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery patients. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched up to 1 November 2016 for RCTs of preoperative statin therapy versus placebo or no treatment in adult cardiac surgery...
December 5, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916073/-perioperative-safety-analysis-of-carotid-endarterectomy-in-diabetic-patients
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X N Liu, L Ni, W D Wang, R Zeng, C W Liu
Objective: To compare perioperative outcome of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) between diabetic and non-diabetic patients and discuss the safety of CEA in diabetic patients. Methods: A total of 572 patients with carotid stenosis who underwent CEA from Juanuary 2006 to September 2014 in Peking Union Medical Colloge Hospital were collected and analyzed retrospectively. The patients were distributed into diabetes mellitus (DM) group and non-DM group according to the comorbidities. Their baseline characteristics, intraoperative index and major complications in perioperative period were analyzed and compared...
November 29, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916048/-the-impact-of-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-on-outcome-of-elective-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-non-anemia-patients
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X M Liu, J Z Dong, X H Liu, J P Kang, T Y Luo, Y Guan, T Y Dai, Y Zhang, R Bai, X Du, C S Ma
Objective: Previous studies have revealed that the red blood cell distribution width (RDW) was associated with long-term prognosis in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, they did not exclude patients with anemia. This study, thus, investigated the association between RDW and prognosis in non-anemia patients. Methods: A total of 2 732 patients underwent elective PCI from July 2009 to September 2011 were enrolled in the study. These patients were divided into two groups based on their baseline median RDW levels: low RDW group (RDW<12...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914592/hyperuricemia-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-is-it-associated-with-the-neuropsychiatric-manifestations-of-the-disease
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Mahdi Sheikh, Shafieh Movassaghi, Mohammad Khaledi, Maryam Moghaddassi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between hyperuricemia and different neuropsychiatric manifestations and stroke risk factors in systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. METHODS: This study was conducted on 204 SLE patients who were admitted to a tertiary referral center. A standardized questionnaire was completed for all the participants and the medical records were reviewed regarding the occurrence of arterial or venous thrombotic events, stroke, seizure, depression, headache, psychosis, and peripheral neuropathy...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914504/on-treatment-analysis-of-the-improved-reduction-of-outcomes-vytorin-efficacy-international-trial-improve-it
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Michael A Blazing, Robert P Giugliano, James A de Lemos, Christopher P Cannon, Andrew Tonkin, Christie M Ballantyne, Basil S Lewis, Thomas A Musliner, Andrew M Tershakovec, Yuliya Lokhnygina, Jennifer A White, Craig Reist, Amy McCagg, Eugene Braunwald
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of adding ezetimibe (Ez) to simvastatin (S) in a post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) population in a prespecified on-treatment analysis. METHODS: We evaluated 17,706 post-ACS patients from the IMPROVE-IT trial who had low-density lipoprotein cholesterol values between 50 and 125 mg/dL and who received Ez 10 mg/d with S 40 mg/d (Ez/S) or placebo with simvastatin 40 mg/d (P/S). The primary composite end point was cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, unstable angina, coronary revascularization ≥30 days postrandomization, or stroke...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914158/causes-of-death-in-an-acute-psychiatric-inpatient-unit-of-a-portuguese-general-hospital
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Sofia Barbosa, Márcia Sequeira, Sara Castro, Rita Manso, Catarina Klut Câmara, Bruno Trancas, Nuno Borja-Santos, Teresa Maia
INTRODUCTION: Psychiatric patients are at increased risk of death from a number of natural and unnatural causes. This study examines the mortality causes of all psychiatric inpatients of an acute psychiatric unit at a general hospital in Portugal for sixteen years (1998 to 2013). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one inpatients died at the inpatient unit between 1998 and 2013 (average 1.3 per year). A retrospective study through case-file review was carried to collect demographic characteristics, medical and psychiatry diagnosis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912210/relative-contributions-of-arterial-stiffness-and-hypertension-to-cardiovascular-disease-the-framingham-heart-study
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Teemu J Niiranen, Bindu Kalesan, Naomi M Hamburg, Emelia J Benjamin, Gary F Mitchell, Ramachandran S Vasan
BACKGROUND: The presence and implications of abnormal arterial stiffness, a potential independent predictor of outcomes, in community-dwelling treated hypertensives is unknown. Furthermore, limited data exist regarding the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with arterial stiffness across the entire range of blood pressure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and classical CVD risk factors in 2127 community-dwelling participants (mean age 60 years, 57% women) of The Framingham Offspring Cohort...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909142/disease-activity-and-increased-risk-of-cardiovascular-death-among-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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Kristina Juneblad, Solbritt Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Gerd-Marie Alenius
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies indicate increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but results are inconsistent. This prompted our investigation of the mortality rate, cause of death, and incidence of acute CV events in patients from northern Sweden with PsA. METHODS: Patients with established PsA (464) were included. To calculate standardized mortality ratio (SMR) and standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for CV events, data were extracted from the National Causes of Death Register and the National Inpatient Care Register in Sweden, and compared with the general population...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908892/resting-heart-rate-trajectory-pattern-predicts-arterial-stiffness-in-a-community-based-chinese-cohort
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Shuhua Chen, Weijuan Li, Cheng Jin, Anand Vaidya, Jingli Gao, Hui Yang, Shouling Wu, Xiang Gao
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether the long-term resting heart rate (RHR) pattern can predict the risk of having arterial stiffness in a large ongoing cohort study. APPROACH AND RESULTS: This community-based cohort included 12 554 participants in the Kailun study, who were free of myocardial infarction, stroke, arrhythmia, and cancer. We used latent mixture modeling to identify RHR trajectories in 2006, 2008, and 2010. We used multivariate linear regression model to examine the association between RHR trajectory patterns and the risk of having arterial stiffness, which was assessed by brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity in 2010 to 2016...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907885/complete-revascularization-versus-culprit-only-revascularization-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-multivessel-disease-patients-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Chong-Hui Wang, Shu-Yang Zhang, Xiao-Feng Jin
The present study compared the outcomes of complete revascularization (CR) and culprit-only revascularization (COR) performed during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and multivessel disease through a meta-analysis in order to determine which strategy is more appropriate. Published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were retrieved from the PubMed, EMBASE, and CENTRAL databases. Eight RCTs with 2060 patients were selected (1080 patients underwent CR [immediate (ICR) or staged (SCR)] and 980 patients underwent COR)...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906836/visit-to-visit-blood-pressure-variability-is-a-risk-factor-for-all-cause-mortality-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jianqi Wang, Xubo Shi, Changsheng Ma, Hua Zheng, Jie Xiao, Hong Bian, Zhimin Ma, Ling Gong
OBJECTIVE: Clinical cohort studies have reported that visit-to-visit variability (VVV) of blood pressure (BP) is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or mortality. However, the results were not consistent in all studies. The current study is, therefore, aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the association between VVV of BP and CVD and all-cause mortality. METHOD: PubMed and EMBASE were searched through 18 May 2014, using the following terms: VVV, BP, CVD, coronary heart disease (CHD), myocardial ischemia, stroke, and mortality...
January 2017: Journal of Hypertension
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