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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336790/prioritizing-functional-capacity-as-a-principal-end-point-for-therapies-oriented-to-older-adults-with-cardiovascular-disease-a-scientific-statement-for-healthcare-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Daniel E Forman, Ross Arena, Rebecca Boxer, Mary A Dolansky, Janice J Eng, Jerome L Fleg, Mark Haykowsky, Arshad Jahangir, Leonard A Kaminsky, Dalane W Kitzman, Eldrin F Lewis, Jonathan Myers, Gordon R Reeves, Win-Kuang Shen
Adults are living longer, and cardiovascular disease is endemic in the growing population of older adults who are surviving into old age. Functional capacity is a key metric in this population, both for the perspective it provides on aggregate health and as a vital goal of care. Whereas cardiorespiratory function has long been applied by cardiologists as a measure of function that depended primarily on cardiac physiology, multiple other factors also contribute, usually with increasing bearing as age advances...
March 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332179/reducing-radiation-to-patients-and-improving-image-quality-in-a-real-world-nuclear-cardiology-laboratory
#2
Stephen A Bloom, Karen Meyers
In part because of aging equipment and reduced reimbursement for imaging services in the last several years, nuclear cardiologists who remain in private practice face challenges in maintaining high quality and in reducing radiation exposure to patients. We review patient-centered approaches and affordable software solutions employed in our practice combined with supine-prone myocardial perfusion imaging to achieve increased interpretive confidence with reduced radiation exposure to patients.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329307/eacvi-appropriateness-criteria-for-the-use-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-adults-a-report-of-literature-and-current-practice-review
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Richard P Steeds, Madalina Garbi, Nuno Cardim, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak, Elif Sade, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Bogdan Alexandru Popescu, Alexandros Stefanidis, Bernard Cosyns, Mark Monaghan, Svend Aakhus, Thor Edvardsen, Frank Flachskampf, Leonarda Galiuto, George Athanassopoulos, Patrizio Lancellotti
The European Association for Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) has outlined the rationale for setting appropriate use criteria (AUC) in cardiovascular (CV) imaging. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the most common imaging modality in CV disease and is a central tool in diagnosis, follow-up, management planning and intervention. The purpose of AUC is to inform referrers, both to avoid under-use, which may result in incomplete or incorrect diagnosis and treatment, and also over-use, which may delay correct diagnosis, lead to 'treatment cascade', and wastes resources...
February 25, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329105/medical-three-dimensional-printing-opens-up-new-opportunities-in-cardiology-and-cardiac-surgery
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Thomas Bartel, Andrew Rivard, Alejandro Jimenez, Carlos A Mestres, Silvana Müller
Advanced percutaneous and surgical procedures in structural and congenital heart disease require precise pre-procedural planning and continuous quality control. Although current imaging modalities and post-processing software assists with peri-procedural guidance, their capabilities for spatial conceptualization remain limited in two- and three-dimensional representations. In contrast, 3D printing offers not only improved visualization for procedural planning, but provides substantial information on the accuracy of surgical reconstruction and device implantations...
February 16, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328015/pcsk9-inhibitor-access-barriers-issues-and-recommendations-improving-the-access-process-for-patients-clinicians-and-payers
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REVIEW
Seth J Baum, Peter P Toth, James A Underberg, Paul Jellinger, Joyce Ross, Katherine Wilemon
The proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors or monoclonal antibodies likely represent the greatest advance in lipid management in 30 years. In 2015 the US Food and Drug Administration approved both alirocumab and evolocumab for high-risk patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease requiring additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Though many lipid specialists, cardiovascular disease prevention experts, endocrinologists, and others prescribed the drugs on label, they found their directives denied 80% to 90% of the time...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325521/the-role-of-adipokines-in-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Rei Shibata, Noriyuki Ouchi, Koji Ohashi, Toyoaki Murohara
Obesity leads to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Adipose tissue produces various bioactive molecules, also known as adipokines, and imbalanced production of adipokines contributes to the pathogenesis of obesity-linked metabolic and cardiovascular complications. Some adipokines such as adiponectin exert salutary actions on cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Recent research has been conducted to identify poorly-characterized adipokines involved in cardiovascular regulation. In this review, we focus on the protective role of novel adipokines that are of current interest in the field of cardiology...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323171/acquired-long-qt-syndrome-in-hospitalized-patients
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Haixu Yu, Li Zhang, Jinqiu Liu, Ying Liu, Peter R Kowey, Yanli Zhang, Yue Chen, Yushan Wei, Lianjun Gao, Huihua Li, Jie Du, Yunlong Xia
BACKGROUND: Acquired long QT syndrome (ALQTS) has long been overlooked in clinical practice. Recent studies reported that severe ALQTS (QTc ≥500 ms) in hospitalized patients is associated with increased all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the role of ALQTS in the clinical outcomes of hospitalized patients. METHODS: Electronic medical records were reviewed to identify severe ALQTS in hospitalized patients in a single study center from 9-1-2013 to 2-28-2014...
March 16, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321775/presence-and-extent-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-defined-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-presenting-with-syncope
#8
S Altintas, T Dinh, N G H M Marcks, M Kok, A J J Aerts, B Weijs, Y Blaauw, J E Wildberger, M Das, B L J H Kietselaer, H J G M Crijns
BACKGROUND: In syncope patients, presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with poor prognosis. However, data concerning CAD prevalence in syncope patients without known cardiovascular disease are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate presence and extent of CAD in syncope patients. METHODS: We included 142 consecutive patients presenting with syncope at the outpatient cardiology clinic who underwent coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography...
March 20, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321267/is-endocarditis-prophylaxis-for-dental-procedures-necessary
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COMMENT
Kathryn A Taubert, Walter Wilson
OBJECTIVES: Our purpose is to address whether antimicrobial prophylaxis is necessary before certain dental procedures for patients at increased risk for acquiring infective endocarditis (IE). METHODS: We reviewed recommendations for IE prophylaxis made by the American Heart Association (AHA) from 1995 to the present time. We also compared and contrasted the current recommendations from the AHA, European Society of Cardiology (ESC), United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a consortium of French organisations...
2017: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319472/infective-endocarditis-in-children-an-update
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Garth Dixon, Georgi Christov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Infective endocarditis in children remains a clinical challenge. Here, we review the impact of the updated 2015 American Heart Association and European Society of Cardiology guidelines on management as well as the significance of the new predisposing factors, diagnostic and treatment options, and the impact of the 2007-2008 change in prophylaxis recommendations. RECENT FINDINGS: The new 2015 infective endocarditis guidelines introduced the endocarditis team, added the new imaging modalities of computer tomography and PET-computer tomography into the diagnostic criteria and endorsed the concept of safety of relatively early surgical treatment...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318519/major-developments-in-the-2016-european-guidelines-for-heart-failure
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J C Trullàs, Á González-Franco
The European Society of Cardiology has recently published new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure (HF). This article aims to review these recommendations and their level of scientific evidence and to present the most innovative aspects. The most significant deviations from the 2012 edition are: 1) the introduction of the concept of HF with midrange LVEF (40-49%); 2) a new diagnostic algorithm for chronic HF, initially considering the clinical probability; 3) recommendations on preventing or delaying the apparition of HF; 4) indications for the use of the new sacubitril-valsartan compound, the first angiotensin receptor blocker and neprilysin inhibitor; 5) modification of indications for cardiac resynchronisation therapy; and 6) a new algorithm for a combined diagnostic and treatment strategy for acute HF based on the presence or absence of congestion and hypoperfusion...
March 15, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317490/speculative-considerations-about-some-cardiology-enigmas
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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/28317158/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-storage-disease-the-incremental-value-of-speckle-tracking-strain-bull-s-eye
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REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Piercarlo Ballo, Donato Mele, Eustachio Agricola, Matteo Cameli, Andrea Rossi, Roberta Esposito, Giuseppina Novo, Sergio Mondillo, Roberta Montisci, Sabina Gallina, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) develops in response to a variety of physical, genetic, and biochemical stimuli and represents the early stage of ventricular remodeling. In patients with LVH, subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite normal ejection fraction (EF) may be present before the onset of symptoms, which portends a dismal prognosis. Strain measurement with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) represents a highly reproducible and accurate alternative to LVEF determination...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316997/sildenafil-can-affect-innate-and-adaptive-immune-system-in-both-experimental-animals-and-patients
#14
REVIEW
Monika Kniotek, Agnieszka Boguska
Sildenafil, a type 5 phosphodiesterase inhibitor (PDE5-I), is primarily used for treating erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil inhibits the degradation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) by competing with cGMP for binding site of PDE5. cGMP is a secondary messenger activating protein kinases and a common regulator of ion channel conductance, glycogenolysis, and cellular apoptosis. PDE5 inhibitors (PDE-Is) found application in cardiology, nephrology, urology, dermatology, oncology, and gynecology. Positive result of sildenafil treatment is closely connected with its immunomodulatory effects...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316035/management-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-complications
#15
REVIEW
Gregory Means, Christopher End, Prashant Kaul
With the recent increase in complex coronary interventions including percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusions and complex higher risk (and indicated) patients, the spectrum of potential periprocedural complications and their prompt management has become even more relevant. Vascular access-related problems remain the most prevalent of all PCI complications and with randomized controlled trial data from over 20,000 patients supporting the superiority of radial over femoral access in reducing bleeding and vascular complications, a default radial strategy should be promoted...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314659/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-cmr-t1-mapping-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
#16
Karl-Philipp Rommel, Christian Lücke, Philipp Lurz
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) presents a major challenge in modern cardiology. Although this syndrome is of increasing prevalence and is associated with unfavorable outcomes, treatment trials have failed to establish effective therapies. Currently, solutions to this dilemma are being investigated, including categorizing and characterizing patients more diversely to individualize treatment. In this regard, new imaging techniques might provide important information. Diastolic dysfunction is a diagnostic and pathophysiological cornerstone in HFpEF and is believed to be caused by systemic inflammation with the development of interstitial myocardial fibrosis and myocardial stiffening...
March 14, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303211/real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-characterization-of-cardiac-anatomy-and-function-current-clinical-applications-and-literature-review-update
#17
REVIEW
Omar Velasco, Morgan Q Beckett, Aaron W James, Megan N Loehr, Taylor G Lewis, Tahmin Hassan, Rajesh Janardhanan
Our review of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) discusses the diagnostic utility of RT3DE and provides a comparison with two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) in clinical cardiology. A Pubmed literature search on RT3DE was performed using the following key words: transthoracic, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, real-time, and left ventricular (LV) function. Articles included perspective clinical studies and meta-analyses in the English language, and focused on the role of RT3DE in human subjects...
2017: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302997/platelets-cellular-and-functional-characteristics-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#18
Alexander Weymann, Sadeq Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh, Anton Sabashnikov, Aron-Frederik Popov, Seyed Jalil Mirhosseini, Luis Nombela-Franco, Luca Testa, Mohammadreza Lotfaliani, Mohamed Zeriouh, Tong Liu, Hamidreza Dehghan, Senol Yavuz, Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá, William L Baker, Jae-Sik Jang, Mengqi Gong, Umberto Benedetto, Pascal M Dohmen, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Abhishek J Deshmukh, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Hugh Calkins, Gregg W Stone, Integrated Meta-Analysis Of Cardiac Surgery And Cardiology-Group Imcsc-Group
BACKGROUND This systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to determine the strength of evidence for evaluating the association of platelet cellular and functional characteristics including platelet count (PC), MPV, platelet distribution width (PDW), platelet factor 4, beta thromboglobulin (BTG), and p-selectin with the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and consequent stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies evaluating platelet characteristics in patients with paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial fibrillations...
March 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297024/jama-cardiology-list-of-peer-reviewers
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March 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296997/jama-cardiology-inaugural-year-in-review
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Robert O Bonow
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
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