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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821473/feasibility-of-a-facebook-intervention-for-exercise-motivation-and-cardiac-rehabilitation-adherence-study-protocol
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Lee Anne Siegmund, Haitham M Ahmed, Michael Todd Crawford, James Frank Bena
BACKGROUND: While cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to be effective at improving coronary heart disease (CHD), participation is generally poor. Attempts to increase uptake and adherence often fail. Use of a Facebook intervention for this population may be a unique opportunity to support self-determined motivation and affect adherence. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a Facebook intervention on motivation for exercise and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation in patients with CHD during a 12-week, Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program...
August 18, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820276/attenuation%C3%A2-of-sulfite-induced-testicular-injury-in-rats-by-zingiber-officinale-roscoe
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Akbar Afkhami Fathabad, Shahnaz Shekarforoush, Maryam Hoseini, Zahra Ebrahimi
Sulfite salts, including sodium metabisulfte, are widely used as preservatives in foods and pharmaceutical agents. Previous studies suggest that oxidative stress may be an important mediator of testicular injury. The present study was designed to elucidate the effect of exposure to sodium metabisulfite by gavage without or with Zingiber officinale (ginger) extract on the rat testes. Thirty-two male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control, ginger-treated (500 mg/kg/day), sodium metabisulfite- (SMB-) treated (260 mg/kg/day), and SMB + ginger- (SZ-) treated groups...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819776/tongxinluo-capsule-for-cardiac-syndrome-x-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hui-Min Mao, Mi Liu, Hua Qu, Li-Qiong Wang, Da-Zhuo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tongxinluo Capsule (, TXL) for patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX). METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding TXL in the treatment of CSX were searched in Chinese Biomedicine Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Scientific Journal Database, Wanfang Database, PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial, websites of the Chinese and International Clinical Trial Registry platform up to June 30, 2015...
August 17, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819171/thyroid-function-and-ischemic-heart-disease-a-mendelian-randomization-study
#4
Jie V Zhao, C Mary Schooling
To clarify the role of thyroid function in ischemic heart disease (IHD) we assessed IHD risk and risk factors according to genetically predicted thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4) and thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb) positivity. Separate-sample instrumental variable analysis with genetic instruments (Mendelian randomization) was used in an extensively genotyped case (n = 64,374)-control (n = 130,681) study, CARDIoGRAMplusC4D. Associations with lipids, diabetes and adiposity were assessed using the Global Lipids Genetics Consortium Results (n = 196,475), the DIAbetes Genetics Replication And Meta-analysis case (n = 34,380)-control (n = 114,981) study, and the Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits (body mass index in 152,893 men and 171,977 women, waist-hip ratio in 93,480 men and 116,741 women)...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816881/the-shikani-optical-stylet-as-an-alternative-to-awake-fiberoptic-intubation-in-patients-at-risk-of-secondary-cervical-spine-injury-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Rabab S S Mahrous, Aly M M Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Conventional intubation of the trachea and consequent prone positioning of anesthetized patients with cervical spine instability may result in secondary neurological injury. Historically, flexible fiberoptics used to be the chief choice for patients presenting with cervical spine instability surgery with difficult airway. Recently, the rigid optical stylets have shown promise in assisting difficult intubations. PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of Shikani optical stylet (SOS) with the flexible fiberscope for awake intubation in patients with cervical spine instability...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816207/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-various-sound-pressure-levels-on-the-level-of-serum-aldosterone-concentration-in-rats
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Parvin Nassiri, Sajad Zare, Mohammad R Monazzam, Akram Pourbakht, Kamal Azam, Taghi Golmohammadi
INTRODUCTION: Noise exposure may have anatomical, nonauditory, and auditory influences. Considering nonauditory impacts, noise exposure can cause alterations in the automatic nervous system, including increased pulse rates, heightened blood pressure, and abnormal secretion of hormones. The present study aimed at examining the effect of various sound pressure levels (SPLs) on the serum aldosterone level among rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 adult male rats with an age range of 3 to 4 months and a weight of 200 ± 50 g were randomly divided into 15 groups of three...
July 2017: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815936/combinatorial-effect-of-nicotine-and-black-tea-on-heart-rate-variability-useful-or-harmful
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S Joukar, M Sheibani
The effect of nicotine on heart rate variability (HRV) is controversial. Autonomic nervous system is the main regulator of heart rhythm, and heart rate variability is an appropriate index to assessment of the effects of the autonomic system on heart. In this study, the combination effect of nicotine and black tea consumption on sympatho-vagal balance and heart rate variability was investigated in rats. Male Wistar rats were randomized into four groups as control, tea (2.5 g/100 cc, daily), nicotine (2 mg/kg/d) and tea plus nicotine groups which treated for 28 days, and in the 29th day, their electrocardiograms (lead II) were recorded...
June 2017: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814664/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-treatment-with-carvedilol-for-heart-failure-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Samar Farha, Didem Saygin, Margaret M Park, Hoi I Cheong, Kewal Asosingh, Suzy Aa Comhair, Olivia R Stephens, Emir C Roach, Jacqueline Sharp, Kristin B Highland, Frank P DiFilippo, Donald R Neumann, W H Wilson Tang, Serpil C Erzurum
BACKGROUND: Right-sided heart failure is the leading cause of death in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Similar to left heart failure, sympathetic overactivation and β-adrenoreceptor (βAR) abnormalities are found in PAH. Based on successful therapy of left heart failure with β-blockade, the safety and benefits of the nonselective β-blocker/vasodilator carvedilol were evaluated in PAH. METHODS: PAH Treatment with Carvedilol for Heart Failure (PAHTCH) is a single-center, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814237/statins-in-aortic-stenosis
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Karl Norrington, Emmanuel Androulakis, Evangelos Oikonomou, Georgia Vogiatzi, Dimitris Tousoulis
Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common form of valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. It is a progressive disease with a prolonged period of asymptomatic latency which eventually leads to critical left ventricular outflow tract obstruction necessitating surgical replacement of the valve. Statins are lipid-lowering drugs with a robust evidence base demonstrating clinical benefit in atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There has therefore been significant interest in the potential benefit of statins in AS...
August 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813123/pharmacotherapy-for-hypertension-in-adults-aged-18-to-59-years
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REVIEW
Vijaya M Musini, Francois Gueyffier, Lorri Puil, Douglas M Salzwedel, James M Wright
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is an important risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events including stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure and renal failure. The main goal of treatment is to reduce these events. Systematic reviews have shown proven benefit of antihypertensive drug therapy in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality but most of the evidence is in people 60 years of age and older. We wanted to know what the effects of therapy are in people 18 to 59 years of age...
August 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811808/prevention-of-anesthesia-induced-injection-pain-of-propofol-in-pediatric-anesthesia
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Dabin Cheng, Lu Liu, Zheng Hu
OBJECTIVE: Propofol is a new anesthetic agent in clinical practice, but randomized double-blinded prospective studies on its role in pediatric anesthesia remain limited. We aimed to compare the preventive effects of pre-injected lidocaine or ketamine and its pre-mixture on the anesthesia-induced injection pain of propofol using a randomized double-blinded prospective method, and to compare the outcomes with those of medium-/long-chain propofol (M/LCT). METHODS: A total of 360 pediatric patients (aged 5-12 years old) who received elective surgery were randomly divided into six groups (n= 60) as follows...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810641/allicin-improves-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-hyperhomocysteinemia
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De-Shan Liu, Shu-Li Wang, Jun-Mei Li, Er-Shun Liang, Ming-Zhong Yan, Wei Gao
Homocysteine (Hcy) is an important and independent risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases, such as coronary artery disease and ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Increased carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) is a non-invasive marker of systemic atherosclerosis. Allicin treatment may decrease serum Hcy levels and improve impaired endothelial function in rats with hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy). The present study hypothesized that allicin has an anti-atherosclerotic effect in coronary heart disease and tested the effects of allicin treatment on carotid artery IMT and plasma Hcy levels in coronary heart disease patients with HHcy...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808649/the-effect-of-a-single-dose-dantrolene-in-patients-with-vasospasm-following-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Masih Sabouri, Mahmood Momeni, Fariborz Khorvash, Majid Rezvani, Homayon Tabesh
BACKGROUND: Cerebral vasospasm is a prolonged, occasionally severe, but reversible narrowing of the cerebral arteries that begins 3 to 5 days after the hemorrhage becomes maximal at 14 days. This study is designed to evaluate the effect of dantrolene on the reduction of vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 32 patients with proven aneurysms in AL-Zahra hospital during 2011-2013...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807523/multidisciplinary-heart-failure-clinics-are-associated-with-lower-heart-failure-hospitalization-and-mortality-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Sumeet Gandhi, Wassim Mosleh, Umesh C Sharma, Catherine Demers, Michael E Farkouh, Jon-David Schwalm
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) clinics (HFCs) are an integral aspect of the strategy for community HF care. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted to retrieve studies. We searched for candidate articles in the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases from 1990 to January 2017. RESULTS: We included 16 randomized controlled trials in the meta-analysis with 3999 patients. The HFC group had a lower incidence of the primary composite end point of HF hospitalization and all-cause mortality (odds ratio [OR], 0...
May 24, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807045/a-randomized-multi-center-prospective-study-comparing-best-medical-treatment-versus-best-medical-treatment-plus-renal-artery-stenting-in-patients-with-hemodynamically-relevant-atherosclerotic-renal-artery-stenosis-radar-one-year-results-of-a-pre-maturely-terminated
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Thomas Zeller, Hans Krankenberg, Andrejs Erglis, Erwin Blessing, Torsten Fuss, Dierk Scheinert, Ralf Weser, Beatrix B Doerr, Wilfrid D Yollo, Joerg Radermacher
BACKGROUND: The indications for conservative "best medical treatment" (BMT) versus additional renal artery stenting are a matter of ongoing debate. The RADAR study aimed to evaluate the impact of percutaneous renal artery stenting on the impaired renal function in patients with hemodynamically significant atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (RAS). METHODS: RADAR is an international, prospective, randomized (1:1) controlled study comparing BMT alone versus BMT plus renal artery stenting in patients with duplex sonographic hemodynamically relevant RAS...
August 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806208/systemic-hypotension-following-intravenous-administration-of-nonionic-contrast-medium-during-computed-tomography-iopromide-versus-iodixanol
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Gerlig Widmann, Reto Bale, Hanno Ulmer, Daniel Putzer, Peter Schullian, Franz-Josef Wiedermann, Wolfgang Lederer
BACKGROUND: In light of the increasing number of radiologic interventions performed under general anesthesia, the effects of contrast media (CM) on circulation and organ perfusion are of paramount importance. The objectives of this study were to systematically quantify effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and kidney function following intravenous administration of nonionic CM with normal and low osmolality. METHODS: In this controlled, double-blinded phase IV clinical trial, 40 consecutive patients were randomly assigned to receive repeated measures of either low-osmolar iopromide or iso-osmolar iodixanol...
August 10, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803380/aerobic-interval-training-reduces-vascular-resistances-during-submaximal-exercise-in-obese-metabolic-syndrome-individuals
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Ricardo Mora-Rodriguez, V E Fernandez-Elias, F Morales-Palomo, J G Pallares, M Ramirez-Jimenez, J F Ortega
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of high-intensity aerobic interval training (AIT) on exercise hemodynamics in metabolic syndrome (MetS) volunteers. METHODS: Thirty-eight, MetS participants were randomly assigned to a training (TRAIN) or to a non-training control (CONT) group. TRAIN consisted of stationary interval cycling alternating bouts at 70-90% of maximal heart rate during 45 min day(-1) for 6 months. RESULTS: CONT maintained baseline physical activity and no changes in cardiovascular function or MetS factors were detected...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803082/addressing-patient-emotional-and-existential-needs-during-serious-illness-results-of-the-outlook-randomized-controlled-trial
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Karen E Steinhauser, Stewart Alexander, Maren K Olsen, Karen M Stechuchak, Jennifer Zervakis, Natalie Ammarell, Ira Byock, James A Tulsky
CONTEXT: Few interventions exist to address patients' existential needs. OBJECTIVE: Determine whether an intervention to address seriously-ill patients' existential concerns improves preparation, completion (elements of quality-of-life at end-of-life) and reduces anxiety and depression. METHODS: A randomized control trial comparing: 1)Outlook intervention, 2)Relaxation meditation (RM); and 3)Usual care (UC). Measures included: primary - quality-of-life (QUAL-E) and secondary - FACT-G, anxiety (POMS), depression (CES-D), and spiritual well-being (FACIT-sp)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801001/examining-the-effects-of-a-home-based-palliative-heart-failure-program-on-quality-of-life-symptom-burden-satisfaction-with-care-and-caregiver-burden-among-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure
#19
Alina Yee Man Ng, Frances Kam Yuet Wong
CONTEXT: Provision of home-based palliative care for seriously ill patients is important, yet few home-based palliative care services specifically or exclusively focus on end-stage heart failure (ESHF) patients. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the effect of a home-based palliative heart failure (HPHF) program on quality of life (QOL), symptoms burden, functional status, patient satisfaction and caregiver burden among patients with ESHF. METHODS: A two-group randomized controlled trial in three hospitals...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800834/benefits-and-harms-of-sacubitril-in-adults-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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REVIEW
Wilbert S Aronow, Tatyana A Shamliyan
The quality of evidence regarding patient-centered outcomes in adults with heart failure (HF) after sacubitril combined with valsartan has not been systematically appraised. We searched 4 databases in February 2017 and graded the quality of evidence according to the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation working group approach. We reviewed 1 meta-analysis and multiple publications of 2 randomized controlled trials (RCT) and 1 unpublished RCT. In adults with HF and reduced ejection fraction, low-quality evidence from 1 RCT of 8,432 patients suggests that sacubitril combined with valsartan reduces all-cause (number needed to treat [NNT] to prevent 1 event [NNTp] = 35) and cardiovascular mortality (NNTp = 32), hospitalization (NNTp = 11), emergency visits (NNTp = 69), and serious adverse effects, leading to treatment discontinuation (NNTp = 63) and improves quality of life when compared with enalapril...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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