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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092429/residents-understanding-of-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#1
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058458/-vitamin-k-antagonists-is-their-prescription-really-medical-malpractice-%C3%A2-today
#3
E Rafflenbeul, J Müller-Ehmsen
Atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolisms are frequent cardiovascular diseases. Until a few years ago only vitamin K antagonists (VKA) were available for oral anticoagulation as primary and secondary prevention of thrombembolic events. Currently, the non-vitamin K dependent new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are approved for use. The approval studies, meta-analyses and data from registries provide evidence for the superiority of NOAC vs. VKA with respect to reduction of thrombembolisms and reduced bleeding complications; therefore, in the 2016 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines the use of NOAC is recommended as first line therapy for anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation (recommendation grade I/evidence level A)...
January 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010940/-profile-of-heart-failure-according-to-the-department-of-admission-implications-for-multidisciplinary-management
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Lourdes Vicent, Ana Ayesta, María Teresa Vidán, José María de Miguel-Yanes, Jorge García, María Tamargo, Víctor Gómez, Samuel Véliz, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Manuel Martínez-Sellés
INTRODUCTION: Population aging has led to notable changes in heart failure admissions. The aim of this study was to analyse the characteristics, comorbidity, management, and outcomes of this patient population in three hospital departments. METHODS: An analysis was made of a prospective register that included all patients admitted due to heart failure in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Geriatrics over a period of 45 days. RESULTS: Of a total of 235 patients, 124 (52...
December 20, 2016: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996317/cardiac-arrest-with-clozapine-and-olanzapine-revealing-long-qt-syndrome
#5
Edward Woloszyn, Nishant Whig, Eileen Trigoboff, Jeffery J Grace
The authors describe a rare case of "concealed" congenital Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) Type 3 in a patient with treatment resistant schizophrenia and no known personal or family history of cardiac disease. The patient in this Case Report had a hidden genetic condition revealed only following the essential administration of antipsychotics. As a result, this patient experienced an aborted cardiac arrest and a total of five episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) requiring cardioversion. Successful control of the VT occurred with an Automatic Internal Defibrillator (AID), judicious use of antipsychotic medications, and anti-arrhythmic medications...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992015/analysis-of-the-costs-and-quality-of-cardiovascular-care-in-oncological-monitoring
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Élide Sbardellotto Mariano da Costa, Adriano Hyeda
Objective: To analyze the health care costs specifically related to cardiovascular diseases, which were spent by patients of a private healthcare provider in southern Brazil, after their diagnosis of cancer. Method: We developed an observational, cross-sectional, retrospective study, with a qualitative-quantitative strategy, through the activity of analytical internal audit of medical accounts. Results: 860 accounts from 2012 to 2015 were analyzed, 73% referred to female users, with average age of 62...
November 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908896/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-depscreen-info-randomised-clinical-trial
#7
Bernd Löwe, Stefan Blankenberg, Karl Wegscheider, Hans-Helmut König, Dirk Walter, Alexandra M Murray, Benjamin Gierk, Sebastian Kohlmann
BACKGROUND: International guidelines advocate depression screening in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and other chronic illnesses, but evidence is lacking. AIMS: To test the differential efficacy of written patient-targeted feedback v. no written patient feedback after depression screening. METHOD: Patients with CHD or hypertension from three cardiology settings were randomised and screened for depression (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01879111)...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892420/ehealth-in-cardiovascular-medicine-a-clinical-update
#8
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
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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
#10
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...
December 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842711/-radiation-related-heart-toxicity-update-in-women
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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...
December 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
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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
#14
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...
January 15, 2017: 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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
EDITORIAL
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
#20
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
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