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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341581/the-graham-jackson-memorial-lecture-issm-2016-the-man-who-knew-too-much-time-to-recognize-erectile-dysfunction-and-low-testosterone-as-independent-risk-factors-for-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Hackett
INTRODUCTION: Graham Jackson introduced the concept that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a marker for undiagnosed cardiovascular (CV) disease and future events. In the Princeton 3 guidelines, he recognized the important impact of testosterone deficiency (TD) on all-cause and CV mortality. Recent evidence suggests that testosterone therapy to target levels and for sufficient duration decreases CV events. Unfortunately, this had a modest impact on CV disease management because ED is not incorporated into current risk calculators...
March 21, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337648/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood
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REVIEW
Melanie Masoud, Lyndsey Prange, Jeffrey Wuchich, Arsen Hunanyan, Mohamad A Mikati
The diagnosis and treatment of patients with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) and related disorders should be provided by a multidisciplinary team experienced with the spectrum of presentations of this disease, with its related disorders, with its complex and fluctuating manifestations, and with cutting edge advances occurring in the field. Involvement in research to advance the understanding of this disease and partnership with international collaborators and family organizations are also important...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329355/international-recommendations-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
#3
Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan A Drezner, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural, or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317490/speculative-considerations-about-some-cardiology-enigmas
#4
Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora, Andre Schmidt, Livia Arcêncio, José Antonio Marin-Neto
Write a review text or point-of-view that takes into account the interests, if not of all, but of most readers of a scientific journal is an arduous task. The editorial can be grounded in published articles, even in a single article of undeniable importance and, it can also represent a trend of specialty. Therefore, especially for the sake of the reader's motivation, the present text was freely designed to discuss some cardiology enigmas in the context of the heart valve and coronary artery disease (CAD). Concerning the CAD five well-known enigmas will be considered: 1) The absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries; 2) The unique and always confirmed superior evolution of the left internal thoracic artery as a coronary graft; 3) The prophylactic left internal thoracic artery graft in mildly-stenosed coronary lesions, and; 4) The high incidence of perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with CAD, and; 5) The handling of disease-free saphenous vein graft at the time of reoperation...
March 17, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294862/-revascularization-in-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-whether-to-change-the-approach
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L L Bershtein, N O Katamadze, A E Golovina, S A Sayganov
Current international guidelines on stable ischemic heart disease (IHD) state that coronary revascularization is indicated in cases of: limiting ischemic symptoms while on optimal medical therapy (OMT); high risk coronary anatomy; high risk stress test result. At the same time, many results supporting these conclusions were obtained in relatively old studies, conducted when the approaches to medical therapy and revascularization techniques differed greatly from contemporary practice. Many of the conclusions have been based on data from observational studies and subanalyses of randomized clinical trials, therefore methodologically are not sufficiently reliable...
April 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289523/pcsk9-inhibitors-a-new-era-of-lipid-lowering-therapy
#7
REVIEW
Rahul Chaudhary, Jalaj Garg, Neeraj Shah, Andrew Sumner
Hyperlipidemia is a well-established risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). The recent American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines on lipid management emphasize treatment of individuals at increased risk for developing CVD events with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) at doses proven to reduce CVD events. However, there are limited options for patients who are either intolerant to statin therapy, develop CVD despite being on maximally tolerated statin therapy, or have severe hypercholesterolemia...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271595/independent-academic-data-monitoring-committees-for-clinical-trials-in-cardiovascular-and-cardiometabolic-diseases
#8
Gerasimos S Filippatos, Pieter de Graeff, Jeroen J Bax, John-Joseph Borg, John G F Cleland, Henry J Dargie, Marcus Flather, Ian Ford, Tim Friede, Barry Greenberg, Cécile Henon-Goburdhun, Richard Holcomb, Bradley Horst, John Lekakis, Guenther Mueller-Velten, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Krishna Prasad, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Thomas Severin, Warren Sherman, Wendy Gattis Stough, Karl Swedberg, Luigi Tavazzi, Dimitris Tousoulis, Panagiotis Vardas, Frank Ruschitzka, Stefan D Anker
Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) play a crucial role in the conducting of clinical trials to ensure the safety of study participants and to maintain a trial's scientific integrity. Generally accepted standards exist for DMC composition and operational conduct. However, some relevant issues are not specifically addressed in current guidance documents, resulting in uncertainties regarding optimal approaches for communication between the DMC, steering committee, and sponsors, release of information, and liability protection for DMC members...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261282/sexual-health-of-male-cardiac-patients-present-status-and-expectations-of-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
#9
Dariusz Kałka, Łukasz Karpiński, Jana Gebala, Lesław Rusiecki, Anna Biełous-Wilk, Ewa S Krauz, Magdalena Piłot, Krzysztof Womperski, Małgorzata Rusiecka, Witold Pilecki
INTRODUCTION: Due to the pathogenetic association between erectile disorders and cardiovascular diseases, cardiologists consult many patients with erectile dysfunction (ED). The aim of the study was to evaluate sexual function in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and the use of sexual knowledge in cardiology practice, both current use and that expected by patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One thousand one hundred and thirty-six patients (average age: 60.73 ±9...
March 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258178/international-criteria-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
#10
Jonathan A Drezner, Sanjay Sharma, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
March 3, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240041/credentialing-in-interventional-therapy-in-europe-comparison-of-curricula-including-endovascular-therapy-of-arterial-diseases
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Karl-Ludwig Schulte, Pia M Jungmann, Vladimir Makaloski, Lino Goncalves, Markus Steinbauer, Susanne Vonberg, Beatrix B Doerr, Ralf Langhoff, Frederic Baumann
 The prevalence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is continuously increasing. In addition, the treatment of PAD has changed substantially over the last decades. Novel treatment modalities and diagnostic tools were developed and endovascular therapy was established as a first-line therapy. In consequence, vascular medicine has become an interdisciplinary field, involving different specialties such as internal medicine/cardiology, internal medicine/angiology, vascular surgery, and (interventional) radiology...
February 27, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209375/suboptimal-achievement-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-targets-in-french-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-contemporary-data-from-the-dysis-ii-acs-chd-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Jean Ferrières, Maja Velkovski Rouyer, Dominik Lautsch, Veronica Ashton, Baishali M Ambegaonkar, Philippe Brudi, Anselm K Gitt
BACKGROUND: European guidelines recommend a low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) target of<1.8mmol/L (70mg/dL), and/or a≥50% reduction when the target level cannot be reached, for patients at very high cardiovascular risk, and high-potency lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) in patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). AIM: To document the prevalence of lipid abnormalities and the achievement of lipid targets among patients surviving an ACS and in patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD), using data from the DYSIS II study...
March 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176416/association-between-demographic-organizational-clinical-and-socio-economic-characteristics-and-underutilization-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-results-from-the-swedish-heart-failure-registry
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Lars H Lund, Frieder Braunschweig, Lina Benson, Marcus Ståhlberg, Ulf Dahlström, Cecilia Linde
AIMS: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) improves outcomes in heart failure (HF) but may be underutilized. The reasons are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We linked the Swedish Heart Failure Registry to national registries with ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision) co-morbidity diagnoses and demographic and socio-economic data. In patients with EF ≤39% and NYHA II-IV, we assessed prevalence of CRT indication and CRT use. In those with CRT indication, we assessed the association between 37 potential baseline covariates and CRT non-use using multivariable generalized estimating equation (GEE) models...
February 7, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170357/on-x-valve-the-next-generation-aortic-valve
#14
REVIEW
Rahul Chaudhary, Jalaj Garg, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Neeraj Shah, Bruce A Feldman, Matthew W Martinez, Ronald Freudenberger
The On-X valve is a newer generation mechanical bileaflet valve. Its key features include the use of pure pyrolytic carbon (devoid of silicon), a length-to-diameter ratio similar to a native valve, an inlet flared orifice, a leaflet opening up to 90 degrees, a shorter leaflet closing angle, a 2-point leaflet contact, and an actuated pivot. These features have translated into increased strength, improved valve hemodynamics, reduced hemolysis, and thrombogenicity. The 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease recommend an international normalized ratio (INR) of 2...
March 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138915/evaluation-of-internet-based-patient-education-materials-from-internal-medicine-subspecialty-organizations-will-patients-understand-them
#15
David R Hansberry, Nitin Agarwal, Elizabeth S John, Ann M John, Prateek Agarwal, James C Reynolds, Stephen R Baker
The majority of Americans use the Internet daily, if not more often, and many search online for health information to better understand a diagnosis they have been given or to research treatment options. The average American reads at an eighth-grade level. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the readability of online patient education materials on the websites of 14 professional organizations representing the major internal medicine subspecialties. We used ten well-established quantitative readability scales to assess written text from patient education materials published on the websites of the major professional organizations representing the following subspecialty groups: allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, hospice and palliative care, infectious disease, nephrology, oncology, pulmonology and critical care, rheumatology, sleep medicine, and sports medicine...
January 30, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117146/composite-y-grafting-using-the-left-internal-thoracic-artery-survival-and-angiography-in-198-cases
#16
Benjamin M Robinson, Hugh S Paterson, A Robert Denniss
BACKGROUND: Extended left internal thoracic artery (LITA) harvesting allows maximal grafting to the anterior and lateral walls with a single ITA conduit. This study evaluates outcomes following the use of a LITA Y graft as the primary grafting strategy. METHODS: Patients who underwent LITA composite Y-grafting (n=198) between 1995 and 2009 were identified from a cardiac surgical database. Follow-up (mean 13.1 years) was obtained by cross-reference with the state death registry and local cardiology databases...
December 23, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116464/-sports-cardiology-overview-of-relevant-clinical-topics
#17
R Laszlo, J Scharhag, C Burgstahler, H Striegel, J M Steinacker
Physical activity is nowadays an established therapeutic principle concerning primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases; therefore, in internal sports medicine various aspects go beyond basic cardiological knowledge and require special medical expertise (sports cardiology). Acute cardiac risk is increased during physical activity; therefore, physical activity should be individually phased under consideration of the whole clinical situation. Physical training results in a functional adaptation of the cardiovascular system...
January 23, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103457/-congenital-heart-disease-in-children-with-down-syndrome-what-has-changed-in-the-last-three-decades
#18
Filipa Mestre Dias, Susana Cordeiro, Isabel Menezes, Graça Nogueira, Ana Teixeira, Marta Marques, Miguel Abecasis, Rui Anjos
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of Down syndrome has increased in the last 30 years; 55% of these children have congenital heart disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal cohort study; clinical data from 1982 to 2013 databases with the diagnosis of Down syndrome or trisomy 21 in a reference hospital in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. OBJECTIVE: to assess the progress in the last three decades of cardiological care given to children with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092429/residents-understanding-of-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#19
Paul Cooper, Morgan Hindes, Timothy M Maul, Stephen C Cook
OBJECTIVE: Medical residents are exposed to increasing numbers of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). While inadequate ACHD knowledge may lead to inappropriate practice, this educational deficit has not been investigated. Our aim was to analyze residents' attitudes, perceived ability, and knowledge of ACHD medicine. DESIGN, METHODS, OUTCOME MEASURES: A single center, multiprogram cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 using an electronic survey to assess 472 medical residents' perceived knowledge and self-assessed skills related to ACHD medicine...
January 16, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087308/myocardial-inotropic-reserve-an-old-twist-that-constitutes-a-reliable-index-in-the-modern-era-of-heart-failure
#20
REVIEW
Fragkiskos Parthenakis, Spyridon Maragkoudakis, Maria Marketou, Alexandros Patrianakos, Evaggelos Zacharis, Panos Vardas
Current national and international guidelines, including those of the European Society of Cardiology, recognize that the assessment of prognosis should be a part of the standard management for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However, these same guidelines recognize the inherent difficulty of this process. A variety of factors contribute to this difficulty, including the varying etiology, frequent co-morbidity and, perhaps most importantly, huge inter-individual variability in the disease progression and outcome...
November 22, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
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