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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350861/efficacy-and-effects-on-cardiac-function-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-vs-direct-current-cardioversion-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Maojing Wang, Shanglang Cai, Wei Ding, Yujie Deng, Qing Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of catheter ablation vs. direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and to define baseline features of patients that will get more benefit from ablation. METHODS: From July 2013 to October 2014, 97 consecutive single-center patients with persistent AF and symptomatic heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <50%) underwent DCC followed by amiodarone (n = 40) or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n = 57) according to patient's preference were recruited in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350721/a-rare-case-of-cor-triatriatum-leading-to-respiratory-failure-and-shock-in-an-8-month-old
#2
Catherine Burger
An 8-month-old boy presents with 1 week of gradually worsening respiratory distress. After chest radiograph shows bilateral airspace opacities, he is treated for pneumonia with antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Shortly after this, he decompensates requiring intubation, followed by cardiopulmonary support with pressors and eventually extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Bedside ultrasound then shows an additional congenital membrane in the left atrium obstructing pulmonary venous return and thought to have caused his original presentation and subsequent decompensation...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350711/physical-activity-and-lifetime-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-cancer
#3
Yasuhiko Kubota, Kelly R Evenson, Richard F MacLehose, Nicholas S Roetker, Corinne E Joshu, Aaron R Folsom
PURPOSE: Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and some cancers, there are no estimates of lifetime risk of these non-communicable diseases according to PA levels. We aimed to estimate the lifetime risk of CVD and cancers according to PA levels. METHODS: We followed 5,807 men and 7,252 women in the U.S. age 45-64 initially free of CVD and cancer from 1987 through 2012, and used a life table approach to estimate lifetime risks of CVD (coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke) and total cancer according to PA levels: poor (0 minutes/week of MVPA), intermediate (1-74 minutes/week of VPA or 1-149 minutes/week of MVPA) or recommended (≥75 minutes/week of VPA or ≥150 minutes/week of MVPA)...
March 27, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350620/treatment-of-uncomplicated-hypertension-is-associated-with-a-reduction-in-cardiovascular-mortality-a-korean-national-cohort-study
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Chan J Lee, Jinseub Hwang, Jaewon Oh, Sang-Hak Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Sungha Park
BACKGROUND: Although the benefit of hypertension treatment is well established in high-risk patients, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the benefit of treatment in patients with uncomplicated hypertension. METHODS: Hypertensive adult patients were selected from the Korea National Health Insurance Sample Cohort in 2002 and were followed until 2013. Patients with a diagnosis of heart failure, coronary artery disease, stroke, malignancy, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease were excluded...
May 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346975/hypothyroidism-is-associated-with-all-cause-mortality-in-a-national-cohort-of-chronic-hemodialysis-patients
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Hsuan-Jen Lin, Chung-Chih Lin, Hsuan Ming Lin, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Che-Chen Lin, Chiz-Tzung Chang, Che-Yi Chou, Chiu-Ching Huang
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hypothyroidism is high in hemodialysis (HD) patients and hypothyroidism increases all-cause mortality in HD patients. Comorbidities are common in HD patients and are associated with both mortality and hypothyroidism. The aim of the study is to explore the effect of the interactions of comorbidities and hypothyroidism on all-cause mortality in HD patients. METHOD: Patients with hypothyroidism (ICD-9-CM 244.0, 244.1, and 244.9) and matched patients without hypothyroidism in the Registry for Catastrophic Illness Patient Database of Taiwan Health Insurance from 2000 to 2010 were analyzed...
March 27, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346848/cardiovascular-protective-effects-and-clinical-applications-of-resveratrol
#6
Sanghyun Cho, Kyung Namkoong, Minji Shin, Jueun Park, Eunyeong Yang, Jinsoo Ihm, Vu Thi Thu, Hyoung Kyu Kim, Jin Han
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring phenol that is generated by plant species following injury or attack by bacterial and fungal pathogens. This compound was first described as the French Paradox in 1992. Later in 2003, resveratrol was reported to activate sirtuins in yeast cells. Recent experimental studies have found that resveratrol offers a variety of benefits that include both anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects in addition to the ability to reverse obesity, attenuate hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia, protect heart and endothelial function, and increase the life span...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346572/effectiveness-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-sarcopenia-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-analysis
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H Harada, H Kai, H Niiyama, Y Nishiyama, A Katoh, N Yoshida, Y Fukumoto, H Ikeda
OBJECTIVE: Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, with the risk of frailty and poor quality of life. This study aimed to clarify the clinical characteristics of sarcopenia and to investigate the effects of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CCR), including nutrition, physical exercise and medication, in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: We retrospectively studied 322 inpatients with CVD (age 72±12 years)...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346285/effect-of-early-revascularization-on-outcomes-in-diabetic-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-and-previous-myocardial-infarction-in-the-bypass-angioplasty-investigation-2-diabetes-trial
#8
Matthew J Chung, Eric Novak, David L Brown
BACKGROUND: Survivors of a myocardial infarction (MI) are at a considerable risk of developing further cardiovascular events, including recurrent MI, heart failure, stroke, and death. Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) have worse outcomes than their nondiabetic counterparts, and those with previous MI may be at particularly high risk. Yet, little is known about the effect of adding early revascularization to intensive medical therapy in this high-risk group...
March 24, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
#9
Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346005/plasma-coenzyme-q10-concentration-antioxidant-status-and-serum-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-dogs-with-various-cardiovascular-diseases-and-the-effect-of-cardiac-treatment-on-measured-variables
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Alenka Nemec Svete, Barbara Verk, Alenka Seliškar, Katerina Tomsič, Petra Jazbec Križman, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
OBJECTIVE To determine the plasma total antioxidant capacity, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity, whole blood glutathione peroxidase activity, and plasma coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) concentration in dogs with various stages of cardiovascular diseases and in healthy dogs; assess the influence of cardiac treatment on the levels of antioxidant variables, plasma CoQ10 concentration, and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration, and determine any correlation between the disease severity (NT-proBNP concentration) and antioxidant variables or CoQ10 concentration...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345991/correlation-between-serum-homocysteine-concentration-and-severity-of-mitral-valve-disease-in-dogs
#11
Chang-Min Lee, Da-Min Jeong, Min-Hee Kang, Seung-Gon Kim, Jae-Ik Han, Hee-Myung Park
OBJECTIVE To measure serum homocysteine concentrations in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and identify any association between this variable and stage of MMVD. ANIMALS 53 client-owned dogs with MMVD and 10 healthy control Beagles. PROCEDURES Dogs with MMVD were allocated to 3 groups in accordance with the staging system for chronic valvular heart disease in dogs and cats of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Blood samples were collected from all dogs, and serum homocysteine and cardiac troponin 1 concentrations were measured by enzyme immunoassay and chemiluminescence immunoassay, respectively...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345491/a-comparison-of-toxicities-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-with-and-without-renal-impairment-treated-with-decitabine
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Lauren B Levine, Julianna Vf Roddy, Miryoung Kim, Junan Li, Gary Phillips, Alison R Walker
Purpose There are limited data regarding the clinical use of decitabine for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia in patients with a serum creatinine of 2 mg/dL or greater. Methods We retrospectively evaluated 111 patients with acute myeloid leukemia who had been treated with decitabine and compared the development of toxicities during cycle 1 in those with normal renal function (creatinine clearance greater than or equal to 60 mL/min) to those with renal dysfunction (creatinine clearance less than 60 mL/min)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345395/evaluation-of-the-predictive-value-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-in-stent-restenosis
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Samet Yilmaz, Mehmet Kadri Akboga, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloglu
The CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, female gender) score is used to estimate thromboembolic risk in atrial fibrillation (AF). Its usefulness in predicting in-stent restenosis (ISR) is unknown. We evaluated the predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score in AF-free patients who have undergone stent implantation. A total of 1350 patients who underwent coronary angiography and successful bare-metal stent implantation were analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345361/implant-of-permanent-pacemaker-during-acute-coronary-syndrome-mortality-and-associated-factors-in-the-ariam-registry
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María Dolores Pola-Gallego-de-Guzmán, Manuel Ruiz-Bailén, Maria-Angeles Martínez-Arcos, Artur Gómez-Blizniak, Ana-Maria Castillo Rivera, Jesus Cobo Molinos
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute coronary syndrome complicated with high degree atrioventricular block still have a high mortality. A low percentage of these patients need a permanent pacemaker (PPM) but mortality and associated factors with the PPM implant in acute coronary syndrome patients are not known. We assess whether PPM implant is an independent variable in the mortality of acute coronary syndrome patients. Also, we explored the variables that remain independently associated with PPM implantation...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345302/outcome-of-subsequent-pregnancies-in-patients-with-a-history-of-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
#15
Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Arash Haghikia, David Masuko, Justus Nonhoff, Dominik Held, Elena Libhaber, Mark C Petrie, Niki L Walker, Edith Podewski, Dominik Berliner, Johann Bauersachs, Karen Sliwa
AIMS: Subsequent pregnancies (SSPs) in patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) have a high risk of heart failure relapse. We report on outcome of SSPs in PPCM patients in Germany, Scotland, and South Africa. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among 34 PPCM patients with a SSP, pregnancy ended prematurely in four patients while it was full-term in 30. Overall relapse rate [left ventricular ejection fraction, LVEF <50% or death after at least 6-month follow-up] was 56% with 12% (4/34) mortality...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345202/prognostic-value-of-long-term-blood-pressure-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#16
Florian A Schmid, Oliver Schlager, Philipp Keller, Burkhardt Seifert, Ruizhu Huang, Georg M Fröhlich, Thomas F Lüscher, Frank Ruschitzka, Frank Enseleit
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the final stage of many heart diseases. To improve outcomes, important risk factors for adverse clinical events in the CHF population need to be identified. The aim of the present study was to delineate the influence of long-term blood pressure (BP) changes on prognosis and mortality in a real-world cohort of CHF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective longitudinal analysis. Repeated office BP measurements were scheduled during follow-up visits every 3-6 months...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345190/new-medicinal-products-for-chronic-heart-failure-advances-in-clinical-trial-design-and-efficacy-assessment
#17
REVIEW
Martin R Cowie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Maria de Los Angeles Alonso Garcia, Stefan D Anker, Anna Baczynska, Daniel M Bloomfield, Maria Borentain, Karsten Bruins Slot, Maureen Cronin, Pieter A Doevendans, Amany El-Gazayerly, Claudio Gimpelewicz, Narimon Honarpour, Salim Janmohamed, Heidi Janssen, Albert M Kim, Dominik Lautsch, Ian Laws, Martin Lefkowitz, Jose Lopez-Sendon, Alexander R Lyon, Fady I Malik, John J V McMurray, Marco Metra, Santiago Figueroa Perez, Marc A Pfeffer, Stuart J Pocock, Piotr Ponikowski, Krishna Prasad, Isabelle Richard-Lordereau, Lothar Roessig, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Warren Sherman, Wendy Gattis Stough, Karl Swedberg, Benoit Tyl, Faiez Zannad, Caroline Boulton, Pieter De Graeff
Despite the availability of a number of different classes of therapeutic agents with proven efficacy in heart failure, the clinical course of heart failure patients is characterized by a reduction in life expectancy, a progressive decline in health-related quality of life and functional status, as well as a high risk of hospitalization. New approaches are needed to address the unmet medical needs of this patient population. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is undertaking a revision of its Guideline on Clinical Investigation of Medicinal Products for the Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345158/circular-rnas-in-heart-failure
#18
REVIEW
Yvan Devaux, Esther E Creemers, Reinier A Boon, Stanislas Werfel, Thomas Thum, Stefan Engelhardt, Stefanie Dimmeler, Iain Squire
Cardiovascular disease, and particularly heart failure, is still a serious health care issue for which novel treatments and biomarkers are needed. The RNA family comprises different subgroups, among which the small-sized microRNAs and the larger long non-coding RNAs have shown some potential to aid in moving personalized health care of heart failure patients a step forward. Here, members of the Cardiolinc network review the recent findings suggesting that the less well-known circular RNAs may constitute a novel reservoir of therapeutic targets and biomarkers of heart failure...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344828/lc-ms-ms-assay-for-quantitation-of-enalapril-and-enalaprilat-in-plasma-for-bioequivalence-study-in-indian-subjects
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Dhiman Halder, Shubhasis Dan, Murari Mohun Pal, Easha Biswas, Nilendra Chatterjee, Pradipta Sarkar, Umesh Chandra Halder, Tapan Kumar Pal
BACKGROUND: Enalapril (EPL) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor for the treatment of hypertension and chronic heart failure. Enalaprilat (EPLT) is an active metabolite that contributes to the overall activity of EPL. AIM: To quantitate EPL along with its metabolite EPLT using LC-MS/MS, a bioanalytical method was developed and validated with tolbutamide in human plasma using a protein precipitation technique. RESULTS: The sensitive and selective method has an LLOQ of 1 ng/ml with a linearity range of 1-500 ng/ml for both EPL and EPLT using 300 µl of plasma without any matrix effect...
March 2017: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344738/adherence-to-exercise-prescription-and-improvements-in-the-clinical-and-vascular-health-of-african-americans
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Dianne M Babbitt, Amanda M Perkins, Keith M Diaz, Deborah L Feairheller, Kathleen M Sturgeon, Praveen Veerabhadrappa, Sheara T Williamson, Jan Kretzschmar, Chenyi Ling, Hojun Lee, Heather Grim, Michael D Brown
Improvements in indices of vascular health and endothelial function have been inversely associated with hypertension, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (e.g., myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure), renal failure, and mortality. Aerobic exercise training (AEXT) has been positively associated with improvements in clinical health values, as well as vascular health biomarkers, and endothelial function. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether measures of exercise adherence were related to clinical outcome measures and indices of vascular health subsequent to a 6-month AEXT intervention in a middle-to-older aged African American cohort...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
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