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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154427/design-of-a-multicentre-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-dose-titration-by-specialized-nurses-in-patients-with-heart-failure-etific-study-protocol
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Juana Oyanguren, LLuisa García-Garrido, Magdalena Nebot Margalef, Iñaki Lekuona, Josep Comin-Colet, Nicolás Manito, Julia Roure, Pilar Ruiz Rodriguez, Cristina Enjuanes, Pedro Latorre, Jesús Torcal Laguna, Susana García-Gutiérrez
AIMS: Heart failure (HF) is associated with many hospital admissions and relatively high mortality, rates decreasing with administration of beta-blockers (BBs), angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists. The effect is dose dependent, suboptimal doses being common in clinical practice. The 2012 European guidelines recommend close monitoring and dose titration by HF nurses. Our main aim is to compare BB doses achieved by patients after 4 months in intervention (HF nurse-managed) and control (cardiologist-managed) groups...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154056/a-single-session-of-hatha-yoga-improves-stress-reactivity-and-recovery-after-an-acute-psychological-stress-task-a-counterbalanced-randomized-crossover-trial-in-healthy-individuals
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Mateus J Benvenutti, Eduardo da Sliva Alves, Scott Michael, Ding Ding, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Kate M Edwards
OBJECTIVES: Yoga is promoted as an anti-stress activity, however, little is known about the mechanisms through which it acts. The present study investigated the acute effects of a hatha yoga session, displayed on a video, on the response to and recovery from an acute psychological stressor. METHODS: Twenty-four healthy young adults took part in a counterbalanced, randomized-crossover trial, with a yoga and a control condition (watching TV). Participants attended the laboratory in the afternoon on two days and each session comprised a baseline, control or yoga task, stress task and recovery...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152151/aliskiren-for-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hongzhi Liu, Hongxing Luo, Suqin Wang, Cong Zhang, Jialiang Hao, Chuanyu Gao
Objective: To systematically review and synthesize the currently available evidence of aliskiren for the treatment of heart failure. Materials and Methods: We systematically searched the Cochrane, Embase and PubMed databases to identify the randomized controlled trials (RCT) on the effects of aliskiren on heart failure. Data were synthesized with random effects model and presented in forest plot. Publication bias was evaluated with funnel plot. Heterogeneity was evaluated with Begg's test and Egger's test...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151559/-effects-of-education-about-action-plans-according-to-self-monitoring-on-self-management-adherence-knowledge-symptom-control-and-quality-of-life-among-adult-asthma-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ja Yun Choi, Young Ran Kweon
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to identify the effects of education regarding action plans according to a self-monitoring program on self-management adherence, knowledge, symptom control, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adults with asthma. METHODS: Thirty-four patients were randomly assigned to the intervention group and thirty-two to the control group in this study. A tailored 50-minute intervention based on the contents of self-monitoring and action plans developed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute was provided to the intervention group...
October 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150631/effect-of-long-term-incretin-based-therapies-on-ischemic-heart-diseases-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-network-meta-analysis
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Che-Yi Chou, Ying-Tzu Chang, Jia-Lian Yang, Jiun-Yi Wang, Tsui-Er Lee, Ruey-Yun Wang, Chin-Chuan Hung
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) experience many cardiovascular complications. Several studies have demonstrated the cardioprotective effects of incretin-based therapies; however, there are few studies on the effects of long-term incretin-based therapies on cardiovascular events. Therefore, the present study conducted a systematic review and network meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of long-term incretin-based therapies on ischaemic diseases. We searched PubMed, CENTRAL, and Clinicaltrial.gov to retrieve randomised control trials reported until December 2016 and enrolled only RCTs with more than a 1-year follow-up...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150464/testosterone-therapy-in-hypogonadal-men-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Jesse Elliott, Shannon E Kelly, Adam C Millar, Joan Peterson, Li Chen, Amy Johnston, Ahmed Kotb, Becky Skidmore, Zemin Bai, Muhammad Mamdani, George A Wells
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relative effects of individual testosterone products among hypogonadal men. DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane CENTRAL, and grey literature (25 May 2017) for randomised-controlled trials (RCTs) and non-randomised studies (NRS) that involved hypogonadal men given testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for ≥3 months. Comparators were placebo, another TRT, or the same product at a different dose...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150457/combination-analgesia-for-neonatal-circumcision-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Rana Sharara-Chami, Zavi Lakissian, Lama Charafeddine, Nadine Milad, Yaser El-Hout
OBJECTIVES: There is no consensus on the most effective pain management for neonatal circumcision. We sought to compare different modalities. METHODS: This is a double-blinded randomized controlled trial comparing 3 combination analgesics used during circumcision (EMLA + sucrose; EMLA + sucrose + dorsal penile nerve block [DPNB]; EMLA + sucrose + ring block [RB]) with the traditional topical analgesic cream EMLA alone. The trial was set in the normal nursery of a teaching hospital...
November 17, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149823/olive-oil-related-anti-inflammatory-effects-on-atherosclerosis-potential-clinical-implications
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Tanakal Wongwarawipat, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Dimitrios Bertsias, Gerasimos Siasos, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is characterized by a chronic low-grade inflammatory process which can result in atherothrombosis and a number of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). It is believed to be caused by multiple processes that involve inflammation and immunity. Mediterranean Diet (MedD) has been discovered to possess anti-inflammatory properties and associated with a reduction in the CVD risk and mortality. Its main component, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), is believed to be largely responsible for these effects and therefore, has been investigated in various studies...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148144/systolic-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-analysis-of-the-topcat-trial
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Senthil Selvaraj, Brian Claggett, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Jean L Rouleau, Akshay S Desai, Eldrin F Lewis, Bertram Pitt, Nancy K Sweitzer, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Recent guidelines have advocated for stricter systolic blood pressure (SBP) control in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), though data regarding the optimal SBP in HFpEF are sparse. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed participants from the Americas from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) study with available baseline and 8-week visit SBP data (n = 1645). We related baseline SBP to several efficacy and safety outcomes...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147120/a-comparative-study-of-the-effect-of-green-tea-and-sour-tea-on-blood-pressure-and-lipid-profile-in-healthy-adult-men
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Marzieh Kafeshani, Mohammad Hasan Entezari, Jahangir Karimian, Makan Pourmasoumi, Mohammad Reza Maracy, Mohammad Reza Amini, Amir Hadi
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a set of metabolic disorders affecting heart and blood vessels. Green tea and sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) have attracted significant attention recently due to their high popularity, nutrient profile and therapeutic effects. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of green tea and sour tea supplementation on blood pressure and lipid profile in healthy adult men. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial included 54 healthy adult men...
May 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146534/systematic-review-for-the-2017-acc-aha-aapa-abc-acpm-ags-apha-ash-aspc-nma-pcna-guideline-for-the-prevention-detection-evaluation-and-management-of-high-blood-pressure-in-adults-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-task
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David M Reboussin, Norrina B Allen, Michael E Griswold, Eliseo Guallar, Yuling Hong, Daniel T Lackland, Edgar Pete R Miller, Tamar Polonsky, Angela M Thompson-Paul, Suma Vupputuri
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature systematically and perform meta-analyses to address these questions: 1) Is there evidence that self-measured blood pressure (BP) without other augmentation is superior to office-based measurement of BP for achieving better BP control or for preventing adverse clinical outcomes that are related to elevated BP? 2) What is the optimal target for BP lowering during antihypertensive therapy in adults? 3) In adults with hypertension, how do various antihypertensive drug classes differ in their benefits and harms compared with each other as first-line therapy? METHODS: Electronic literature searches were performed by Doctor Evidence, a global medical evidence software and services company, across PubMed and EMBASE from 1966 to 2015 using key words and relevant subject headings for randomized controlled trials that met eligibility criteria defined for each question...
November 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143161/point-of-care-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-portable-echocardiography-for-assessment-of-patients-with-suspected-heart-failure-in-primary-care-rationale-and-design-of-the-three-part-handheld-bnp-program-and-results-of-the-training-study
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Caroline Morbach, Thomas Buck, Christian Rost, Sebastian Peter, Stephan Günther, Stefan Störk, Christiane Prettin, Raimund Erbel, Georg Ertl, Christiane E Angermann
BACKGROUND: Patients with suspected heart failure (HF) often present first to general practitioners (GPs). Timely and accurate HF diagnosis and reliable prognostic information have remained unmet goals in primary care, where patient evaluation often relies on clinical assessment only. The Handheld-BNP program investigates whether additional use of portable echocardiography (ECHO) and point-of-care determination of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) improves the accuracy of HF diagnosis and aids risk prediction in primary care...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142156/outcomes-of-rate-control-treatment-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure%C3%A3-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Hee Tae Yu, Pil-Sung Yang, Hancheol Lee, Seng Chan You, Tae-Hoon Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong-Youn Kim, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung
BACKGROUND: Rate control is now a front-line therapy in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the survival benefits of different rate-control medications remain controversial, so we assessed the efficacy of rate-control medications in AF patients with concomitant heart failure (HF).Methods and Results:From January 2002 to December 2008, a total of 7,034 AF patients with a single type of rate-control drug or without rate-control treatment were enrolled from the Korea National Health Insurance Service database...
November 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142012/a-transcatheter-interatrial-shunt-device-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-reduce-lap-hf-i-a-phase-2-randomized-sham-controlled-trial
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Ted Feldman, Laura Mauri, Rami Kahwash, Sheldon Litwin, Mark J Ricciardi, Pim van der Harst, Martin Penicka, Peter S Fail, David M Kaye, Mark C Petrie, Anupam Basuray, Scott L Hummel, Rhondalyn Forde-McLean, Christopher D Nielsen, Scott Lilly, Joseph M Massaro, Daniel Burkhoff, Sanjiv J Shah
Background -In non-randomized, open-label studies, a transcatheter interatrial shunt device (IASD, Corvia Medical) was associated with lower pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), less symptoms, and greater quality of life and exercise capacity in patients with heart failure (HF) and mid-range or preserved ejection fraction (EF ≥ 40%). We conducted the first randomized, sham-controlled trial to evaluate the IASD in HF with EF ≥ 40%. Methods -REDUCE LAP-HF I was a phase 2, randomized, parallel-group, blinded multicenter trial in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or ambulatory class IV HF, EF ≥ 40%, exercise PCWP ≥ 25 mmHg, and PCWP-right atrial pressure gradient ≥ 5 mmHg...
November 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141663/quality-assurance-of-the-scope-1-trial-in-oesophageal-radiotherapy
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Lucy Wills, Rhydian Maggs, Geraint Lewis, Gareth Jones, Lisette Nixon, John Staffurth, Tom Crosby
BACKGROUND: SCOPE 1 was the first UK based multi-centre trial involving radiotherapy of the oesophagus. A comprehensive radiotherapy trials quality assurance programme was launched with two main aims: 1. To assist centres, where needed, to adapt their radiotherapy techniques in order to achieve protocol compliance and thereby enable their participation in the trial. 2. To support the trial's clinical outcomes by ensuring the consistent planning and delivery of radiotherapy across all participating centres...
November 15, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141540/polyphenols-antioxidants-and-the-sympathetic-nervous-system
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Rosa Maria Bruno, Lorenzo Ghiadoni
BACKGROUND: A high dietary intake of polyphenols has been associated with a reduced cardiovascular mortality, due to their antioxidant properties. However, growing evidence suggests that counteracting oxidative stress in cardiovascular disease might also reduce sympathetic nervous system overactivity. METHODS: This article reviews the most commonly used techniques to measure sympathetic activity in humans; the role of sympathetic activation in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases; current evidence demonstrating that oxidative stress is involved in the regulation of sympathetic activity and how antioxidants and polyphenols might counteract sympathetic overactivity, particularly focusing on preliminary data from human studies...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140897/psychological-and-psychophysiological-effects-of-recuperative-music-postexercise
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Costas I Karageorghis, Andrew C Bruce, Suzanne T Pottratz, Rebecca C Stevens, Marcelo Bigliassi, Mark Hamer
PURPOSE: Few studies have examined the psychological and psychophysiological effects of recuperative music following exhaustive exercise. The main purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of two music conditions compared with a no-music control on psychological and psychophysiological recovery processes post-exercise. METHODS: A randomized, fully counterbalanced, crossover design was used. Core affect, salivary cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure were measured before exhaustive exercise, immediately after, and in 10-, 20-, and 30-min intervals during passive recovery (21 women and 21 men; 20...
November 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140896/cold-water-ingestion-improves-exercise-tolerance-of-heat-sensitive-people-with-ms
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Georgia K Chaseling, Davide Filingeri, Michael Barnett, Phu Hoang, Scott L Davis, Ollie Jay
PURPOSE: Heat intolerance commonly affects the exercise capacity of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) during bouts of hot weather. Cold-water ingestion is a simple cooling strategy but its efficacy for prolonging exercise capacity with MS remains undetermined. We sought to identify whether cold-water ingestion blunts exercise-induced rises in body temperature and improves exercise tolerance in heat-sensitive individuals with MS. METHODS: On two separate occasions, 20 participants (10 relapsing-remitting MS (EDSS: 1-5); 10 age-matched healthy controls (CON)) cycled at ~40% VO2max at 30°C, 30%RH until volitional exhaustion (or a maximum of 60 min)...
November 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140557/withdrawn-pharmacological-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation-and-flutter
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John Cordina, Gillian E Mead
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the commonest cardiac dysrhythmia. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. There are two approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation: controlling the ventricular rate or converting to sinus rhythm in the expectation that this would abolish its adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of pharmacological cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in adults on the annual risk of stroke, peripheral embolism, and mortality...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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