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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522232/efficacy-of-new-measures-saving-time-in-acute-stroke-management-a-quantified-analysis
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Ana María Iglesias Mohedano, Andrés García Pastor, Fernando Díaz Otero, Pilar Vázquez Alen, Marta Vales Montero, Elisa Luque Buzo, Nuria Redondo Ráfales, Beatriz Chavarria Cano, Yolanda Fernández Bullido, Jose Antonio Villanueva Osorio, Antonio Gil Núñez
BACKGROUND: Time to treatment remains the most important factor in acute ischemic stroke prognosis. We quantified the effect of new interventions reducing in-hospital delays in acute stroke management and assessed its repercussion on door-to-imaging (DTI), imaging-to-needle (ITN), and door-to-needle (DTN) times. METHODS: Prospective registry of consecutive stroke patients who were candidates for reperfusion therapy attended in a tertiary care hospital from February 1 to December 31, 2014...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513500/rescue-vitrectomy-with-blocked-artery-massage-and-bloodletting-for-branch-retinal-artery-occlusion
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Chun-Ju Lin, Cheng-Wen Su, Huan-Sheng Chen, Wen-Lu Chen, Jane-Ming Lin, Yi-Yu Tsai
A 61-year-old male suffered from sudden blurred vision and superior visual field defect oculus dexter. His vision was counting fingers at 20 cm. Fundoscopy demonstrated inferior pale retina and a large embolus located at the proximal inferior retinal artery. Branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) was diagnosed. Initial paracentesis, topical brimonidine tartrate, oral pentoxifylline, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy were performed but showed limited improvement. Hence, he received 25-gauge vitrectomy, artificial posterior vitreous detachment, blocked retinal artery massage, and bloodletting 5 days after onset...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503386/mechanical-thrombectomy-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-after-cardiac-surgery
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Ali S Haider, Prabhat Garg, Ian T Watson, Dean Leonard, Umair Khan, Ahmed Haque, Phu Nguyen, Kennith F Layton
Ischemic stroke is a rare yet devastating complication that may occur following cardiothoracic surgery. Fibrinolytic treatment is contraindicated due to elevated risk for hemorrhage. Mechanical thrombectomy entails a catheterized approach wherein the thrombus is physically removed from the vessel without the use of fibrinolytics, minimizing the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage. Here, we present two original cases of mechanical thrombectomy as treatment for patients experiencing emergent large vessel occlusion following cardiothoracic surgery...
April 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450654/left-circumflexus-coronary-artery-total-occlusion-with-clinical-presentation-as-nstemi-and-acute-pulmonary-oedema
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Budi Yuli Setianto, Nahar Taufiq, Heri Hernawan
Current guidelines for the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) focus on the electrocardiogram to divide patients into ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) or non-ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)/unstable angina (UA). Patients with STEMI in the earliest time will receive reperfusion therapy to destruct occlusive thrombus. An ST segment elevation is the 'sine qua non' for diagnosing acute total coronary occlusion causing transmural myocardial infarction. Left circumflex coronary artery (LCx) occlusion is often categorized as NSTEMI because of the absence of significant ST-elevation on the 12 lead standard electrocardiogram...
January 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384143/a-decade-of-improvement-in-the-management-of-new-zealand-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-stemi-patients-results-from-the-new-zealand-acute-coronary-syndrome-acs-audit-group-national-audits-of-2002-2007-and-2012
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John M Elliott, Tom Kai Ming Wang, Greg D Gamble, Michael Ja Williams, Philip Matsis, Richard Troughton, Andrew Hamer, Gerry Devlin, Stewart Mann, Mark Richards, John K French, Harvey D White, Chris J Ellis
AIMS: To audit the management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients admitted to a New Zealand Hospital over three 14-day periods to review their number, characteristics, management and outcome changes over a decade. METHODS: The acute coronary syndrome (ACS) audits were conducted over 14 days in May of 2002, 2007 and 2012 at New Zealand Hospitals admitting patients with a suspected or definite ACS. Longitudinal analyses of the STEMI subgroup are reported...
April 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366063/revascularization-of-tandem-occlusions-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-review-of-the-literature-and-illustrative-case
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REVIEW
Nnenna Mbabuike, Kelly Gassie, Benjamin Brown, David A Miller, Rabih G Tawk
OBJECTIVE Tandem occlusions continue to represent a major challenge in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). The anterograde approach with proximal to distal revascularization as well as the retrograde approach with distal to proximal revascularization have been reported without clear consensus or standard guidelines. METHODS The authors performed a comprehensive search of the PubMed database for studies including patients with carotid occlusions and tandem distal occlusions treated with endovascular therapy...
April 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345538/current-trends-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-the-past-5-years-in-rural-areas-of-china-s-liaoning-province-a-multicenter-study
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Guang-Xiao Li, Bo Zhou, Guo-Xian Qi, Bo Zhang, Da-Ming Jiang, Gui-Mei Wu, Bing Ma, Peng Zhang, Qiong-Rui Zhao, Juan Li, Ying Li, Jing-Pu Shi
BACKGROUND: Since 2010, two versions of National Guidelines aimed at promoting the management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have been formulated by the Chinese Society of Cardiology. However, little is known about the changes in clinical characteristics, management, and in-hospital outcomes in rural areas. METHODS: In the present multicenter, cross-sectional study, participants were enrolled from rural hospitals located in Liaoning province in Northeast China, during two different periods (from June 2009 to June 2010 and from January 2015 to December 2015)...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275618/extracorporeal-life-support-for-refractory-ventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Sujatha P Bhandary, Nicholas Joseph, James P Hofmann, Theodosios Saranteas, Thomas J Papadimos
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is a very effective bridging therapy in patients with refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) associated with cardiogenic shock. A moribund patient in extremis, is not amenable to optimization by standard ACC/AHA guidelines. New approaches and novel salvage techniques are necessary to improve outcomes in patients with refractory clinical settings such as malignant ventricular arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock and/or pulmonary failure until further management options are explored...
February 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265967/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-scai-scct-sts-2016-appropriate-use-criteria-for-coronary-revascularization-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic-surgery
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Manesh R Patel, John H Calhoon, Gregory J Dehmer, James Aaron Grantham, Thomas M Maddox, David J Maron, Peter K Smith
The American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and American Association for Thoracic Surgery, along with key specialty and subspecialty societies, have completed a 2-part revision of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization. In prior coronary revascularization AUC documents, indications for revascularization in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stable ischemic heart disease were combined into 1 document. To address the expanding clinical indications for coronary revascularization, and in an effort to align the subject matter with the most current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines, the new AUC for coronary artery revascularization were separated into 2 documents addressing ACS and stable ischemic heart disease individually...
April 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238163/use-of-rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-stroke
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REVIEW
Danilo Toni, Antonio Carolei, Valeria Caso, Domenico Consoli, Massimo Del Sette, Domenico Inzitari, Maurizio Melis, Giuseppe Micieli, Leandro Provinciali, Stefano Ricci, Paola Santalucia, Vito Toso
Rivaroxaban, an inhibitor of Factor Xa, is a direct oral anti-coagulant that has been found to be non-inferior to warfarin in preventing cerebral ischemia in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and in the subgroup of patients with a history of the previous stroke or transient ischemic attack. Vascular neurologists in daily clinical practice may encounter patients taking rivaroxaban or patients who may benefit from its use. In this paper, we review the current clinical indications, contraindications, and clinical management guidelines for rivaroxaban while providing a special focus on neurological aspects and expert opinions on rivaroxaban therapy management in various situations that a neurologist may encounter when treating patients with an ischemic stroke (including those requiring intravenous or intra-arterial reperfusion therapy) and patients with an intracerebral hemorrhage...
February 25, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237737/data-from-the-german-chest-pain-unit-registry-the-well-known-gap-between-knowledge-and-practice
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EDITORIAL
Daniel Fernández-Bergés
In-hospital mortality of acute myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation remains high and is influenced by many factors, some of which are modifiable such as time to treatment initiation and modality of treatment. It is well established that reperfusion therapy is the gold-standard in the management of ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction. Despite recent developments and clear, comprehensible guidelines recommendations, it remains difficult to disseminate this knowledge to medical practitioners. The German Chest Pain Unit shows that the best door-to-balloon time is reached when patients contact the Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) directly, rather than when referred by the general practitioner (GP), or are transferred from another hospital, or present as a self-referral...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208199/systemic-thrombolytic-therapy-for-acute-pulmonary-embolism-who-is-a-candidate
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Stavros V Konstantinides, Stefano Barco
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of both acute and long-term morbidity for a large number of patients worldwide, and massive PE is frequently fatal. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a key determinant of prognosis in the acute phase of PE. Patients with clinically overt RV failure, that is, with cardiogenic shock or persistent hypotension at presentation (acute high-risk PE), are clearly in need of immediate reperfusion treatment with systemic thrombolysis or, alternatively, surgical or catheter-directed techniques...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169119/reperfusion-therapy-of-myocardial-infarction-in-mexico-a-challenge-for-modern-cardiology
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Carlos Martínez-Sánchez, Alexandra Arias-Mendoza, Héctor González-Pacheco, Diego Araiza-Garaygordobil, Luis Alfonso Marroquín-Donday, Jorge Padilla-Ibarra, Carlos Sierra-Fernández, Alfredo Altamirano-Castillo, Amada Álvarez-Sangabriel, Francisco Javier Azar-Manzur, José Luis Briseño-de la Cruz, Salvador Mendoza-García, Yigal Piña-Reyna, Marco Antonio Martínez-Ríos
Mexico has been positioned as the country with the highest mortality attributed to myocardial infarction among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This rate responds to multiple factors, including a low rate of reperfusion therapy and the absence of a coordinated system of care. Primary angioplasty is the reperfusion method recommended by the guidelines, but requires multiple conditions that are not reached at all times. Early pharmacological reperfusion of the culprit coronary artery and early coronary angiography (pharmacoinvasive strategy) can be the solution to the logistical problem that primary angioplasty rises...
April 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089562/sequential-multiple-assignment-randomized-trials-an-opportunity-for-improved-design-of-stroke-reperfusion-trials
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William J Meurer, Nicholas J Seewald, Kelley Kidwell
BACKGROUND: Modern clinical trials in stroke reperfusion fall into 2 categories: alternative systemic pharmacological regimens to alteplase and "rescue" endovascular approaches using targeted thrombectomy devices and/or medications delivered directly for persistently occluded vessels. Clinical trials in stroke have not evaluated how initial pharmacological thrombolytic management might influence subsequent rescue strategy. A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) is a novel trial design that can test these dynamic treatment regimens and lead to treatment guidelines that more closely mimic practice...
April 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089153/temporal-trends-in-management-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-according-to-renal-function
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Mony Shuvy, Shmuel Chen, Dina Vorobeichik, Eilon Krashin, Nir Shlomo, Ilan Goldenberg, David Pereg
INTRODUCTION: Recent new therapeutic options have improved outcomes of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. However, data regarding the incremental effect of the improved treatment on patients with renal dysfunction are limited. We sought to evaluate temporal trends in management and outcome of ACS patients according to renal function. METHODS: The study population consisted of all ACS patients enrolled in the Acute Coronary Syndromes Israeli Survey (ACSIS) during 2002-2013...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931543/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-intensive-dose-of-rosuvastatin-40mg-day-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-at-high-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-rosuvees-2
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Chetan P Shah, Bhaskar P Shah, Sameer I Dani, B B Channa, S S Lakshmanan, N C Krishnamani, Ashwani Mehta, P Moorthy
BACKGROUND: Randomized clinical trials have established the benefits of statin therapy in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) via their pleiotropic effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: This was a 12-week, open-label, multicenter, postmarketing observational study evaluating the efficacy and safety of rosuvastatin 40 mg/day in very high-risk or high-risk Indian patients according to NCEP ATP III guidelines. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and sixty two patients (age: 30 to 69 years) with evidence of coronary artery disease, hospitalized with chest pain with/without electrocardiogram changes and with non-ST segment elevation ACS and ST segment elevation ACS who received optimal reperfusion therapy were enrolled...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930573/management-of-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-predominantly-rural-central-china-a-retrospective-observational-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
You Zhang, Shuyan Yang, Xinyun Liu, Muwei Li, Weidong Zhang, Haiyan Yang, Dayi Hu, Chuanyu Gao, Guangcai Duan
The degree of adherence to current guidelines for clinical management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is known in developed countries and large Chinese cities, but in predominantly rural areas information is lacking. We assessed the application of early reperfusion therapy for STEMI in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Henan province in central China.Data were retrospectively collected from 5 secondary and 4 tertiary hospitals in Henan concerning STEMI patients treated from January 2011 to January 2012, including management strategy, delay time, and inhospital mortality...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846459/simplifying-electrocardiographic-assessment-in-stemi-reperfusion-management-pros-and-cons
#18
REVIEW
Cheuk-Kit Wong
Current guidelines on STEMI reperfusion management do not incorporate further electrocardiographic details over the presence of significant ST elevation. Fibrinolysis is considered an alternative therapy to primary PCI if there is a long PCI-related delay, but the 2 therapies should not be combined. Meanwhile, reperfusion for ischemic stroke has evolved on mechanistic understanding - reperfusion benefit being greatest in the patient with small "core" infarct and large ischemic "penumbra". Fibrinolysis is not regarded as an alternative to mechanical thrombectomy, and the 2 therapies can be combined...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821064/the-prognostic-utility-of-grace-risk-score-in-predictive-cardiovascular-event-rate-in-stemi-patients-with-successful-fibrinolysis-and-delay-intervention-in-non-pci-capable-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yotsawee Chotechuang, Arintaya Phrommintikul, Roungtiva Muenpa, Jayanton Patumanond, Tuanchai Chaichuen, Srun Kuanprasert, Noparat Thanachikun, Thanawat Benjanuwatra, Apichard Sukonthasarn
BACKGROUND: Fibrinolytic therapy is the main reperfusion therapy for most STEMI patients in several countries. Current practice guidelines recommended routine early pharmacoinvasive (within 3-24 h after successful fibrinolysis, however it cannot be performed in timely fashion due to limitation of PCI-capable hospitals. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic utility of the GRACE score in patients receiving delayed intervention after successful fibrinolysis in non PCI-capable hospital...
November 8, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792640/temporal-trends-in-care-and-outcomes-of-patients-receiving-fibrinolytic-therapy-compared-to-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-insights-from-the-get-with-the-guidelines-coronary-artery-disease-gwtg-cad-registry
#20
Ravi S Hira, Deepak L Bhatt, Gregg C Fonarow, Paul A Heidenreich, Christine Ju, Salim S Virani, Biykem Bozkurt, Laura A Petersen, Adrian F Hernandez, Lee H Schwamm, Zubin J Eapen, Michelle A Albert, Li Liang, Roland A Matsouaka, Eric D Peterson, Hani Jneid
BACKGROUND: Timely reperfusion after ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) improves survival. Guidelines recommend primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) within 90 minutes of arrival at a PCI-capable hospital. The alternative is fibrinolysis within 30 minutes for those in those for whom timely transfer to a PCI-capable hospital is not feasible. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified STEMI patients receiving reperfusion therapy at 229 hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) database (January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2008)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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