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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892420/ehealth-in-cardiovascular-medicine-a-clinical-update
#1
Hugo Saner, Enno van der Velde
Demographic changes, progress in medicine technology and regional problems in providing healthcare to low density populations are posing great challenges to our healthcare systems. Rapid progress in computer sciences and information technologies have a great impact on the way healthcare will be delivered in the near future. This article describes opportunities and challenges of eHealth and telemedicine in the framework of our health systems and, in particular, in the context of today's cardiology services. The most promising applications of eHealth and telemedicine include: (a) prevention and lifestyle interventions; (b) chronic disease management including hypertension, diabetes and heart failure; (c) arrhythmia detection including early detection of atrial fibrillation and telemonitoring of devices such as pacemaker, internal cardioverter defibrillators and implantable rhythm monitoring devices; (d) telerehabilitation...
October 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888501/infective-endocarditis-how-do-we-currently-interpret-the-duke-minor-criterion-predisposing-heart-condition-in-native-valves
#2
Annina Elisabeth Büchi, Mario Hoffmann, Stephan Zbinden, Parham Sendi
INTRODUCTION: The term "predisposing heart condition" is used as an indication of antimicrobial prophylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis (IE) and as a criterion for diagnosing IE according to modified Duke criteria. The purpose of this survey was to elaborate clinician's knowledge and opinion on relevant heart conditions as a Duke minor criterion for the diagnosis of IE. METHODS: A questionnaire was created that consisted of two knowledge and two opinion questions on the term predisposing heart condition...
November 25, 2016: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869105/an-open-access-database-for-the-evaluation-of-heart-sound-algorithms
#3
Chengyu Liu, David Springer, Qiao Li, Benjamin Moody, Ricardo Abad Juan, Francisco J Chorro, Francisco Castells, José Millet Roig, Ikaro Silva, Alistair E W Johnson, Zeeshan Syed, Samuel E Schmidt, Chrysa D Papadaniil, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Hosein Naseri, Ali Moukadem, Alain Dieterlen, Christian Brandt, Hong Tang, Maryam Samieinasab, Mohammad Reza Samieinasab, Reza Sameni, Roger G Mark, Gari D Clifford
In the past few decades, analysis of heart sound signals (i.e. the phonocardiogram or PCG), especially for automated heart sound segmentation and classification, has been widely studied and has been reported to have the potential value to detect pathology accurately in clinical applications. However, comparative analyses of algorithms in the literature have been hindered by the lack of high-quality, rigorously validated, and standardized open databases of heart sound recordings. This paper describes a public heart sound database, assembled for an international competition, the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology (CinC) Challenge 2016...
November 21, 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842711/-radiation-related-heart-toxicity-update-in-women
#4
S Marlière, E Vautrin, C Saunier, A Chaikh, I Gabelle-Flandin
Breast cancer is a common diagnosis in women and thus women are at risk of radiation-induced heart disease, in particular during radiotherapy for left breast cancer and when the internal mammary chain is included. Rates of major cardiac events increase with younger age at the time of irradiation, diagnosis before 1990s, higher radiation doses, coexisting cardiovascular risk factors and adjuvant cardiotoxic chemotherapy. Radiation-induced heart disease comprises a spectrum of cardiac pathologies, including pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease and valvular disease...
November 11, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829091/association-between-intensity-of-statin-therapy-and-mortality-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#5
Fatima Rodriguez, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Shoutzu Lin, Paul A Heidenreich
Importance: High-intensity statin therapy is recommended for the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Nevertheless, statin therapy in general, and high-intensity statin therapy in particular, is underused in patients with established ASCVD. Objective: To determine the association between all-cause mortality and intensity of statin therapy in the Veterans Affairs health care system. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cohort analysis was conducted of patients aged 21 to 84 years with ASCVD treated in the Veterans Affairs health care system from April 1, 2013, to April 1, 2014...
November 9, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824420/-the-physical-examination-a-vanishing-art
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Ernst Tönnesmann, Diane Goltz, Thorsten Lewalter, Armin Welz
This report describes the case of a 63-year-old female patient who presented with progressive dyspnea to a specialized internal medicine practice. Prior consultations with her primary care physician and a cardiologist followed by hospitalizations in an acute care hospital and in a specialist clinic for cardiology had not yielded a conclusive diagnosis. During the physical examination, significant bilateral lower extremity edema, as well as pronounced jugular venous distention was noted while in a seated position...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816113/temporal-trends-in-the-prevalence-of-infective-endocarditis-in-germany-between-2005-and-2014
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Karsten Keller, Ralph S von Bardeleben, Mir A Ostad, Lukas Hobohm, Thomas Munzel, Stavros Konstantinides, Mareike Lankeit
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a potentially life-threatening disease. Little is known about temporal trends in its prevalence in Germany. In 2009, recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis were deescalated in the revised European Society of Cardiology guideline to include only patients at high risk of IE. We selected patients with the discharge diagnosis of IE based on the International Classification of Diseases code I33 in the nationwide database of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. We identified 94,364 patients with a diagnosis of IE from January 2005 to December 2014...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803111/long-term-use-of-secondary-prevention-medications-for-heart-failure-in-western-australia-a-protocol-for-a-population-based-cohort-study
#8
Xiwen Qin, Tiew-Hwa Katherine Teng, Joseph Hung, Tom Briffa, Frank M Sanfilippo
INTRODUCTION: Heart failure (HF) is a chronic, debilitating and progressive disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. Evidence-based medications (EBMs) are the cornerstone of management of patients with HF. In Australia, these EBMs are subsidised by the Commonwealth Government under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Suboptimal dispensing and non-adherence to these EBMs have been observed in patients with HF. Our study will investigate trends in dispensing patterns, as well as adherence and persistence of EBMs for HF...
November 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793461/-clinical-processes-in-a-high-resolution-clinic-of-specialist-outpatient-clinics
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J L Zambrana-García, M Torres-Jiménez, J M Rubio-Sánchez, A Montijano-Cabrera, J A Peña-Ojeda, M J Velasco-Malagón
OBJECTIVES: The high resolution clinic (HRC) is an outpatient care process by which treatment and diagnosis are established, recorded, and completed in a single day. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which patients with medical conditions may benefit from a single consultation system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive study of 795 first visit events, randomly selected as high-resolution consultations in cardiology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and chest diseases...
October 25, 2016: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792994/cell-derived-microvesicles-in-cardiovascular-diseases-and-antiplatelet-therapy-monitoring-a-lesson-for-future-trials-current-evidence-recent-progresses-and-perspectives-of-clinical-application
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REVIEW
Mariusz Tomaniak, Aleksandra Gąsecka, Krzysztof J Filipiak
Circulating cell-derived microvesicles (MV) represent a subject of increasing interest in recent years as potential effectors in thrombosis, inflammation and vascular injury. Although several studies demonstrated an association between MV plasma concentrations and clinical manifestations of atherosclerosis as well as a clear effect of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy on MV formation pattern, the application of this promising biomarkers in clinical cardiology has been hindered so far due to heterogeneity of the hitherto studies employing non-standardized methodologies...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777324/the-prognostic-effect-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-the-era-of-acute-revascularisation-and-statin-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-and-non-randomized-studies-the-cardiac-rehabilitation-outcome-study-cros
#11
REVIEW
Bernhard Rauch, Constantinos H Davos, Patrick Doherty, Daniel Saure, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Annett Salzwedel, Heinz Völler, Katrin Jensen, Jean-Paul Schmid
BACKGROUND: The prognostic effect of multi-component cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in the modern era of statins and acute revascularisation remains controversial. Focusing on actual clinical practice, the aim was to evaluate the effect of CR on total mortality and other clinical endpoints after an acute coronary event. DESIGN: Structured review and meta-analysis. METHODS: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), retrospective controlled cohort studies (rCCSs) and prospective controlled cohort studies (pCCSs) evaluating patients after acute coronary syndrome (ACS), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or mixed populations with coronary artery disease (CAD) were included, provided the index event was in 1995 or later...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760535/the-haiti-medical-education-project-development-and-analysis-of-a-competency-based-continuing-medical-education-course-in-haiti-through-distance-learning
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Robert Battat, Marc Jhonson, Lorne Wiseblatt, Cruff Renard, Laura Habib, Manouchka Normil, Brian Remillard, Timothy F Brewer, Galit Sacajiu
BACKGROUND: Recent calls for reform in healthcare training emphasize using competency-based curricula and information technology-empowered learning. Continuing Medical Education programs are essential in maintaining physician accreditation. Haitian physicians have expressed a lack access to these activities. The Haiti Medical Education Project works in alliance with Haitian medical leadership, faculty and students to support the Country's medical education system. We present the creation, delivery and evaluation of a competency-based continuing medical education curriculum for physicians in rural Haiti...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682885/predicting-the-10-year-risks-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-chinese-population-the-china-par-project-prediction-for-ascvd-risk-in-china
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Xueli Yang, Jianxin Li, Dongsheng Hu, Jichun Chen, Ying Li, Jianfeng Huang, Xiaoqing Liu, Fangchao Liu, Jie Cao, Chong Shen, Ling Yu, Fanghong Lu, Xianping Wu, Liancheng Zhao, Xigui Wu, Dongfeng Gu
BACKGROUND: The accurate assessment of individual risk can be of great value to guiding and facilitating the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). However, prediction models in common use were formulated primarily in white populations. The China-PAR project (Prediction for ASCVD Risk in China) is aimed at developing and validating 10-year risk prediction equations for ASCVD from 4 contemporary Chinese cohorts. METHODS: Two prospective studies followed up together with a unified protocol were used as the derivation cohort to develop 10-year ASCVD risk equations in 21 320 Chinese participants...
November 8, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671175/skeletonization-of-left-internal-mammary-artery-in-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Muhammad Sohail Chaudhri, Muhammad Usman Ali Shah, Muhammad Imran Asghar, Rashad Siddiqi, Asif Mahmood Janjua, Afsheen Iqbal
OBJECTIVE: To compare mean per-operative flow capacity between skeletonized and pedicled left internal mammary artery (LIMA) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized control trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Cardiac Surgery, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and National Institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC-NIHD), Rawalpindi, Pakistan from February to August, 2013. METHODOLOGY: Patients undergoing CABG for coronary artery disease, under 80 years, excluded by the exclusion criteria; and fulfilling the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to two groups of 70 each...
September 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650214/causes-of-hospitalisation-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-diseases-secular-trends-2006-2014-silesian-cardiovascular-silcard-database-covering-a-population-of-4-6-million-subjects
#15
Mariusz Gąsior, Damian Pres, Wojciech Wojakowski, Paweł Buszman, Zbigniew Kalarus, Michał Hawranek, Marek Gierlotka, Andrzej Lekston, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Marian Zembala, Lech Poloński, Michał Tendera
INTRODUCTION    Despite the progress that occurred in cardiology in the recent years, cardiovascular (CV) diseases still remain the main cause of death in European countries. The knowledge concerning the structure of hospital admissions for CV  diseases and clinical outcomes is fragmentary. OBJECTIVES    To analyse the characteristics and outcome of patients hospitalised with a CV diagnosis between 2006 and 2014, included in the Silesian Cardiovascular Database (SILCARD). PATIENTS AND METHODS    SILCARD is based on the data from the Regional Department of National Health Fund...
September 20, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629776/antiplatelet-versus-anticoagulation-treatment-for-patients-with-heart-failure-in-sinus-rhythm
#16
Eduard Shantsila, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Morbidity in patients with chronic heart failure is high, and this predisposes them to thrombotic complications, including stroke and thromboembolism, which in turn contribute to high mortality. Oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin) and antiplatelet agents (e.g. aspirin) are the principle oral antithrombotic agents. Many heart failure patients with sinus rhythm take aspirin because coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart failure. Oral anticoagulants have become a standard in the management of heart failure with atrial fibrillation...
September 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628573/identification-of-hospital-cardiac-services-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-using-individual-patient-discharge-data
#17
Tiffany E Chang, Harlan M Krumholz, Shu-Xia Li, John Martin, Isuru Ranasinghe
BACKGROUND: The availability of hospital cardiac services may vary between hospitals and influence care processes and outcomes. However, data on available cardiac services are restricted to a limited number of services collected by the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual survey. We developed an alternative method to identify hospital services using individual patient discharge data for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the Premier Healthcare Database. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-five inpatient cardiac services relevant for AMI care were identified using American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines...
September 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628103/significance-of-frailty-for-predicting-adverse-clinical-outcomes-in-different-patient-groups-with-specific-medical-conditions
#18
Martin Ritt, Karl-Günter Gaßmann, Cornel Christian Sieber
Frailty is a major health burden in an aging society. It constitutes a clinical state of reduced physiological reserves that is associated with a diminished ability to withstand internal and external stressors. Frail patients have an increased risk for adverse clinical outcomes, such as mortality, readmission to hospital, institutionalization and falls. Of further clinical interest, frailty might be at least in part reversible in some patients and subject to preventive strategies. In daily clinical practice older patients with a complex health status, who are mostly frail or at least at risk of developing frailty, are frequently cared for by geriatricians...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27602418/retrospective-analysis-of-nosocomial-infections-in-an-italian-tertiary-care-hospital
#19
Alessio Mancini, Daniele Verdini, Giorgio La Vigna, Claudia Recanatini, Francesca Elena Lombardi, Simone Barocci
Nosocomial infections are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. Studies of their prevalence in single institutions can reveal trends over time and help to identify risk factors. The aim of this study was to investigate the nosocomial infections trend and identify the prevalence of predominant bacterial microorganisms and their drug resistance patterns in an Italian tertiary care hospital. Infections were classified according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention definitions...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585509/genetic-screening-of-anderson-fabry-disease-in-probands-referred-from-multispecialty-clinics
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Valentina Favalli, Eliana Disabella, Mariadelfina Molinaro, Marilena Tagliani, Anna Scarabotto, Alessandra Serio, Maurizia Grasso, Nupoor Narula, Carmela Giorgianni, Clelia Caspani, Monica Concardi, Manuela Agozzino, Calogero Giordano, Alexandra Smirnova, Takahide Kodama, Lorenzo Giuliani, Elena Antoniazzi, Riccardo G Borroni, Camilla Vassallo, Filippo Mangione, Laura Scelsi, Stefano Ghio, Carlo Pellegrini, Marialuisa Zedde, Laura Fancellu, GianPietro Sechi, Antonello Ganau, Stefania Piga, Annarita Colucci, Daniela Concolino, Maria Teresa Di Mascio, Danilo Toni, Marina Diomedi, Claudio Rapezzi, Elena Biagini, Massimiliano Marini, Maurizia Rasura, Maurizio Melis, Antonia Nucera, Donata Guidetti, Michelangelo Mancuso, Umberto Scoditti, Pamela Cassini, Jagat Narula, Luigi Tavazzi, Eloisa Arbustini
BACKGROUND: Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is a rare X-linked lysosomal storage disease, caused by defects of the alpha-galactosidase A (GLA) gene. AFD can affect the heart, brain, kidney, eye, skin, peripheral nerves, and gastrointestinal tract. Cardiology (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), neurology (cryptogenic stroke), and nephrology (end-stage renal failure) screening studies suggest the prevalence of GLA variants is 0.62%, with diagnosis confirmation in 0.12%. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to expand screening from these settings to include ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and medical genetics to increase diagnostic yield and comprehensively evaluate organ involvement in AFD patients...
September 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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