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E N Georgousopoulou, N Naumovski, D D Mellor, S Tyrovolas, S Piscopo, G Valacchi, N Tsakountakis, A Zeimbekis, V Bountziouka, E Gotsis, G Metallinos, D Tyrovola, J Kellett, A Foscolou, J-A Tur, A-L Matalas, C Lionis, E Polychronopoulos, L Sidossis, D Panagiotakos
OBJECTIVES: Several lifestyle parameters including diet, physical activity and sleep were associated in isolation with the presence of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) in adults, to date there is a paucity of studies which evaluated their combined role aging populations and especially with respect to gender. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to provide a global consideration of the lifestyle factors associated with MetS among elderly individuals. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Ekavi N Georgousopoulou, Duane D Mellor, Nenad Naumovski, Evangelos Polychronopoulos, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Suzanne Piscopo, Giuseppe Valacchi, Foteini Anastasiou, Akis Zeimbekis, Vassiliki Bountziouka, Efthimios Gotsis, George Metallinos, Dimitra Tyrovola, Alexandra Foscolou, Josep-Antoni Tur, Antonia-Leda Matalas, Christos Lionis, Labros Sidossis, Demosthenes Panagiotakos
BACKGROUND: Adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern is a well-established protective factor against cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, diet quality is only one aspect of the overall healthy lifestyle adopted by Mediterranean populations. The latter has never been evaluated as a multi-factorial composite lifestyle. Thus, the aim of the present study was to provide a broader picture of the Mediterranean lifestyle and its effects on CVD risk, among elderly individuals. METHODS: During 2005-2015, 2,749 older (aged 65-100 years) from 21 Mediterranean islands (MEDIS) and the rural Mani region (Peloponnesus) of Greece were voluntarily enrolled onto the study...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Saurabh Kumar, Andrew W Teh, Caroline Medi, Peter M Kistler, Joseph B Morton, Jonathan M Kalman
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in human beating hearts. AF initiates self-perpetuating changes in electrophysiology, structure and functional properties of the atria, a phenomenon known as atrial remodeling. Hypertension, heart failure, valvular heart disease, sleep apnea, congenital heart disease are well known risk factors for AF that contribute to the development of atrial substrate. There is some evidence that reversal of atrial remodeling is possible with correction of antecedent conditions, however the timing of the intervention or upstream therapy may be critical...
October 2012: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Raphael Rosso, Paul B Sparks, Joseph B Morton, Peter M Kistler, Jitendra K Vohra, Karen Halloran, Caroline Medi, Jonathan M Kalman
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of vagal and adrenergic atrial fibrillation (AF) and the success rate of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) are not well defined. We investigated the prevalence of vagal and adrenergic AF and the ablation success rate of antral pulmonary vein isolation (APVI) in patients with these triggers compared with patients with random AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred and nine consecutive patients underwent APVI due to symptomatic drug refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 2010: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Eleni Tourlouki, Evangelos Polychronopoulos, Akis Zeimbekis, Nikos Tsakountakis, Vassiliki Bountziouka, Eirini Lioliou, Eftichia Papavenetiou, Anna Polystipioti, George Metallinos, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Efthimios Gotsis, Antonia-Leda Matalas, Christos Lionis, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present work was to evaluate various socio-demographic, clinical, lifestyle and psychological characteristics of elderly (> 65 years) and very elderly (> 90 years) individuals without known cardiovascular disease. METHODS: During 2005-7, 1190 elderly (aged > 65) men and women (from Cyprus, Mitilini, Samothraki, Cephalonia, Crete, Lemnos, Corfu and Zakynthos) were randomly enrolled. Socio-demographic, clinical, psychological and lifestyle factors were assessed using standard questionnaires and procedures...
December 2010: European Journal of Public Health
Uwe Kern, Bernd Altkemper, Matthias Kohl
The treatment of phantom pain is frequently dissatisfying. We wanted to find out whether an electromagnetically shielding stump stocking interwoven with metal (medipro(R)Liner RELAX [medi Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany]) could have a positive effect on phantom pain. A double-blind, randomized, crossover trial in a total of 30 leg amputees compared the experimental (=verum) silicon liner (VL) fitted to the amputation stump with a dummy (=placebo) liner (PL). Each liner was worn for two weeks after a two-week baseline period...
October 2006: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Dunya Yaldoo Poltorak, Ethan Benore
The alleviation of symptoms, with the ultimate intention of improvement of quality of life, is a fundamental component of pediatric palliative medi-cine. Psychological factors can exacerbate physical symptoms or influence the perception of symptoms in children with advanced disease. Cognitive-behavioral interventions have yielded positive outcomes for the management of symptoms across various disease populations. There is a paucity of evidence specific to the application of these interventions in pediatric palliation, although evidence-based treatments developed through investigation of other disease populations can be applied in pediatric palliation...
July 2006: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
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