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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330259/limited-accuracy-of-administrative-data-for-the-identification-and-classification-of-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Abigail Khan, Katrina Ramsey, Cody Ballard, Emily Armstrong, Luke J Burchill, Victor Menashe, George Pantely, Craig S Broberg
BACKGROUND: Administrative data sets utilize billing codes for research and quality assessment. Previous data suggest that such codes can accurately identify adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) in the cardiology clinic, but their use has yet to be validated in a larger population. METHODS AND RESULTS: All administrative codes from an entire health system were queried for a single year. Adults with a CHD diagnosis code (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, (ICD-9) codes 745-747) defined the cohort...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329440/executive-function-and-internalizing-symptoms-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-the-role-of-coping
#2
Jamie L Jackson, Gina M Gerardo, Jennifer D Monti, Kyle A Schofield, Kathryn Vannatta
Executive functioning deficits have been documented among congenital heart disease (CHD) survivors and may contribute to emotional distress. Little research has investigated the role of coping in this association. This study examined the role of coping in accounting for the association between self-reported executive function problems and internalizing symptoms among adolescents and emerging adults (AEAs), as well as young adults (YAs) with CHD. Participants included 74 AEA ( M age  = 19.32  ±  3.47 years, range 15-25 years) and 98 YA CHD survivors ( M age  = 32...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324936/the-impact-of-lung-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-the-emergency-management-of-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-embolism
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Cristina Ferrari, Alessandra Cimino, Giacomo Bianco, Francesca Iuele, Alessandra Di Palo, Margherita Fanelli, Artor Niccoli-Asabella, Giuseppe Rubini
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment. As the symptoms and the risk factors are nonspecific, PE differential diagnosis is often required. Even if angio-CT is considered the gold standard for PE diagnosis, the frequent allergic condition and/or chronic renal failure of patients make, in most cases, not possible the use of contrast enhancement in emergency with even more increasing use of Lung Perfusion Scintigraphy (LPS), as a simple and fast examination with no preparation/contraindication...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286277/nomenclature-for-congenital-and-paediatric-cardiac-disease-the-international-paediatric-and-congenital-cardiac-code-ipccc-and-the-eleventh-iteration-of-the-international-classification-of-diseases-icd-11
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Rodney C G Franklin, Marie J Béland, Steven D Colan, Henry L Walters, Vera D Aiello, Robert H Anderson, Frédérique Bailliard, Jeffrey R Boris, Meryl S Cohen, J William Gaynor, Kristine J Guleserian, Lucile Houyel, Marshall L Jacobs, Amy L Juraszek, Otto N Krogmann, Hiromi Kurosawa, Leo Lopez, Bohdan J Maruszewski, James D St Louis, Stephen P Seslar, Shubhika Srivastava, Giovanni Stellin, Christo I Tchervenkov, Paul M Weinberg, Jeffrey P Jacobs
An internationally approved and globally used classification scheme for the diagnosis of CHD has long been sought. The International Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Code (IPCCC), which was produced and has been maintained by the International Society for Nomenclature of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease (the International Nomenclature Society), is used widely, but has spawned many "short list" versions that differ in content depending on the user. Thus, efforts to have a uniform identification of patients with CHD using a single up-to-date and coordinated nomenclature system continue to be thwarted, even if a common nomenclature has been used as a basis for composing various "short lists"...
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277495/clinical-pharmacist-understanding-of-the-2013-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-cholesterol-guideline
#5
John D Bucheit, Haleigh Helsing, Pramit Nadpara, Salim S Virani, Dave L Dixon
BACKGROUND: Clinical pharmacists are frequently involved in the management of dyslipidemia, yet clinical pharmacists' knowledge, awareness, and the level of agreement with the 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) cholesterol guideline are unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to examine clinical pharmacists' knowledge, awareness, and the level of agreement with the 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guideline. METHODS: We administered a validated questionnaire via an online survey that was electronically mailed to clinical pharmacists...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236965/management-errors-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-prevalence-sources-and-consequences
#6
Rachael Cordina, Subha Nasir Ahmad, Irina Kotchetkova, Gry Eveborn, Lynne Pressley, Julian Ayer, Richard Chard, David Tanous, Peter Robinson, Jens Kilian, John E Deanfield, David S Celermajer
Aims: Improved survival has resulted in increasing numbers and complexity of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). International guidelines recommend specialized care but many patients are still not managed at dedicated ACHD centres. This study analysed referral sources and appropriateness of management for patients referred to our tertiary ACHD Centre over the past 3 years. Methods and results: We compared differences in care between patients referred from paediatric/ACHD-trained vs...
December 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198261/inter-hospital-transport-of-the-child-with-critical-cardiac-disease
#7
Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Zafurallah Intikhab, Neil Spenceley, Ilias Iliopoulos, Alana Duff, Johnny Millar
Centralisation of services such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, and intensive care in many parts of the world has resulted in the need to safely transport children with critical cardiac disease from local hospitals to specialist centres for diagnostic, surgical, and/or critical care intervention. The transport of this cohort of children, whether locally or internationally, can present specific clinical and logistical challenges. An international group of clinicians with expertise in cardiac care and critical care transport worked together to summarise current clinical practice relating to key areas of transport...
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173599/bipolar-disorder-and-the-vascular-system-mechanisms-and-new-prevention-opportunities
#8
REVIEW
Benjamin I Goldstein
Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with excessive prevalence and premature onset of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This association is observed internationally in clinical as well as predominantly untreated epidemiologic samples. A number of factors might explain this association in part, including excessive rates of traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), suboptimal lifestyle behaviour s relating to physical activity, nutrition, and use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and the use of psychiatric medications with propensity for causing CVRFs...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168884/transformation-of-a-geriatric-department-in-china
#9
Birong Dong, Jirong Yue, Li Cao, Ming Yang, Ning Ge, Hao Qiukui, Lujia He, Ying Wang, Joseph H Flaherty
China has the world's largest elderly population, and the oldest-old population, with a current disability rate greater than 50%, will triple in the next 35 years. The field of geriatrics is young, because almost all geriatric departments were established after 2000, and so faces many challenges. Management of diseases and hospital care is the focus. Senior physicians were trained in other subspecialties, such as pulmonary or cardiology, and junior physicians entered geriatrics departments as masters or doctorate students after medical school...
November 23, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147800/the-pediatric-heart-failure-workforce-an-international-multicenter-survey
#10
Scott R Auerbach, Melanie D Everitt, Ryan J Butts, David N Rosenthal, Yuk M Law
Our objective was to understand the scope of pediatric heart failure (HF) and the current staffing environment of HF programs. An online survey was distributed to members of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study and the Pediatric Council of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. All participants received the primary 23-question survey. Additionally, HF program directors received a 32-question supplemental survey. Of 235 invitations sent, there were 69 (29%) primary surveys and 34 program director surveys completed (24 U...
November 17, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144534/building-and-strengthening-capacity-for-cardiovascular-research-in-africa-through-technical-training-workshops-a-report-of-the-joint-course-on-health-research-methods-by-the-clinical-research-education-networking-and-consultancy-and-the-ivorian-society-of-cardiology
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Bonaventure Suiru Dzekem, Jean Baptiste Kacou, Martin Abanda, Euloge Kramoh, Yves Yapobi, Samuel Kingue, Andre Pascal Kengne, Anastase Dzudie
Africa bears a quarter of the global burden of disease but contributes less than 2% of the global research publications on health, partially due to a lack of expertise and skills to carry out scientific research. We report on a short course on research methods organised by the Clinical Research Education Networking and Consultancy (CRENC) during the third international congress of the Ivorian Cardiac Society (SICARD) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Results from the pre- and post-test evaluation during this course showed that African researchers could contribute more to scientific research and publications, provided adequate support and investment is geared towards the identification and training of motivated early-career scientists...
September 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141361/-effect-of-probucol-on-preventing-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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X Q Suo, S C Yang, Z H Ma, T T Sun, W Y Zhang, H L Cong, W H Lin, C Z Lu, F S Tian, N K Fu
Objective: To investigate the preventive effect, possible mechanism and safety of probucol on contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods: A total of 641 patients with coronary heart disease were consecutively enrolled from Department of Cardiology, in Tianjin Chest Hospital, Tianjin TEDA International Cardiovascular Hospital, Tianjin First Central Hospital, Tianjin Fourth Central Hospital. They were randomly divided into probucol group (n=321) and control group (n=320)...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131062/cardio-renal-determinants-of-erectile-dysfunction-in-primary-prevention-a-cross-sectional-study
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Vilma Dzenkeviciute, Zaneta Petrulioniene, Egidija Rinkuniene, Virginijus Sapoka, Marija Petrylaite, Jolita Badariene
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between severity of erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular risk and target organ (heart, renal, vascular) damage in men free of cardiovascular diseases (CV). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study included 182 men: 100 with erectile dysfunction (ED) (IIEF mean score ≤ 21) and 82 without ED (IIEF mean score > 21). The ED was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5). Ultrasound was used to evaluate carotid plaques and left ventricular mass, geometry and diastolic function...
November 5, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128948/a-dramatic-case-of-odynophagia
#14
B Sopeña, J Limeres, L García-Caballero, M Diniz-Freitas, J Seoane, P Diz
We report the case of a 77-year-old male with a history of aortic stenosis and interstitial lung disease, who debuted 3 years ago with an outbreak of necrotic and very painful canker sores. The severity of the lesions and their refractory response to treatment led to several hospital admissions and multiple consultations to different specialists (ENT, rheumatology, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, and internal medicine). During this time, the patient received central parenteral nutrition with an episode of catheter-related septicemia, and he came to require psychiatric assistance for autolytic ideation...
November 11, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121039/the-prevalence-and-determinants-of-multimorbidity-in-hospitalized-patients-with-heart-failure
#15
Olga Siga, Barbara Wizner, Karolina Piotrowicz, Małgorzata Fedyk-Łukasik, Tomasz Grodzicki
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of multimorbidity and co-existed diseases in hospitalized patients with heart failure (HF) in relation to age and gender. METHODS: The nationwide cross-sectional survey had been conducted in Poland (April-November 2013), in 260 randomly selected hospital wards. A trained nurse contacted with one physician, drawn from the list of all doctors working in the selected hospital's wards, who completed the study questionnaires regarding to clinical characteristics of the last five HF patients, who were discharged from an internal or cardiology ward...
2017: Folia Medica Cracoviensia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109195/sleep-apnea-and-cardiovascular-disease-lessons-from-recent-trials-and-need-for-team-science
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REVIEW
Luciano F Drager, R Doug McEvoy, Ferran Barbe, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, Susan Redline
Emerging research highlights the complex interrelationships between sleep-disordered breathing and cardiovascular disease, presenting clinical and research opportunities as well as challenges. Patients presenting to cardiology clinics have a high prevalence of obstructive and central sleep apnea associated with Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Multiple mechanisms have been identified by which sleep disturbances adversely affect cardiovascular structure and function. Epidemiological research indicates that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increases in the incidence and progression of coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and atrial fibrillation...
November 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059659/-post-stroke-spasticity-management-including-a-chosen-physiotherapeutic-methods-and-improvements-in-motor-control-review-of-the-current-scientific-evidence
#17
Robert Dymarek, Kuba Ptaszkowski, Lucyna Słupska, Małgorzata Paprocka-Borowicz, Jakub Taradaj, Tomasz Halski, Joanna Rosińczuk
Cerebrovascular diseases based on stroke etiology concern millions of people worldwide, and annual rates of disease are still increasing. In the era of an aging society and suffering from a number of risk factors, in particular those modifiable, strokes and muscles' spastic paresis, subsequently resulting in damage of upper motor neuron structures will become a serious problem for the entire health care system. Effective management and physiotherapy treatment for post-stroke spasticity persisted, both in the acute and chronic, is still a significant medical problem in the interdisciplinary aspect...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050979/comparison-of-3-risk-estimators-to-guide-initiation-of-statin-therapy-for-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#18
Sandra Ofori, Sotonye Dodiyi-Manuel, Maclean R Akpa
BACKGROUND: Among high-risk individuals, statins are beneficial for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In Nigeria, currently, there are no CVD prevention guidelines, so the use of CVD risk estimation to guide statin therapy is left to the discretion of the physician. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare 3 CVD risk estimation tools in the evaluation of patients presenting to a tertiary hospital in Nigeria. METHODS: Cross-sectional study involving 295 patients with any CVD risk factors but not taking statins...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049005/beliefs-attitudes-and-activities-of-healthcare-personnel-about-influenza-and-pneumococcal-vaccines
#19
Fatma Çiftci, Elif Şen, Nalan Demir, Orçun Çiftci, Serhat Erol, Oya Kayacan
OBJECTIVES: Vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) is an effective measure for preventing the spread of influenza among at-risk patients. This study was conducted to determine influenza vaccination rates and activities among HCP working at a tertiary healthcare setting. METHODS: This study included 470 HCP (85 physicians, 134 nurses, 53 healthcare assistants, 44 paramedics, 47 medical secretaries, and 107 auxillary staff members) working at the emergency, cardiology, chest diseases, and internal medicine departments with the largest volume of patients with vaccination indication of two large university hospitals with similar medical practices and work environment...
October 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975608/inappropriate-prescribing-in-older-hospitalized-adults-a-comparison-of-medical-specialties
#20
Ana Carmen Dos Santos Ribeiro Simoes Juliano, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Jéssica Teixeira Santos da Silva, Letícia Gomes Santos, Jéssica Borges Taranto Nunes, Guilherme Cortes Fernandes, Giancarlo Lucchetti
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence and number of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in hospitalized older adults, comparing prescription patterns of medical specialties. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary general hospital. PARTICIPANTS: All older adults hospitalized from January through May 2015 (N = 1,900). MEASUREMENTS: Information on medications prescribed during the first and last days of hospitalization was collected and evaluated regarding PIMs using Beers and Screening Tool of Older People's Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria...
October 4, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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