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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350512/electronic-health-record-problem-lists-accurate-enough-for-risk-adjustment
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Timothy J Daskivich, Garen Abedi, Sherrie H Kaplan, Douglas Skarecky, Thomas Ahlering, Brennan Spiegel, Mark S Litwin, Sheldon Greenfield
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether comorbidity information derived from electronic health record (EHR) problem lists is accurate. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of 1596 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1998 and 2004 at 2 Southern California Veterans Affairs Medical Centers with long-term follow-up. METHODS: We compared EHR problem list-based comorbidity assessment with manual review of EHR free-text notes in terms of sensitivity and specificity for identification of major comorbidities and Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) scores...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338315/the-chronic-ischaemic-cardiovascular-disease-esc-pilot-registry-results-of-the-six-month-follow-up
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Michel Komajda, Mathieu Kerneis, Luigi Tavazzi, Serban Balanescu, Francesco Cosentino, Alberto Cremonesi, Roberto Ferrari, Serge Kownator, Hanna Szwed, Iveta Mintale, Zoran Olivari, Harald Rittger, Evgeny V Shlyakhto, Rimvydas Slapikas, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Marco Valgimigli, Eric Van Belle, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Wojciech Majda, Cécile Laroche, Aldo P Maggioni
Aim Chronic ischaemic cardiovascular disease (CICD) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The CICD Pilot Registry enrolled 2420 patients across 10 European Society of Cardiology countries prospectively to describe characteristics, management strategies and clinical outcomes in this setting. We report here the six-month outcomes. Methods and results From the overall population, 2203 patients were analysed at six months. Fifty-eight patients (2.6%) died after inclusion; 522 patients (23...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314447/prognostic-value-of-psychosocial-factors-for-first-and-recurrent-hospitalizations-and-mortality-in-heart-failure-patients-insights-from-the-opera-hf-study
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Ioanna Sokoreli, Steffen C Pauws, Ewout W Steyerberg, Gert-Jan de Vries, Jarno M Riistama, Aleksandra Tesanovic, Syed Kazmi, Pierpaolo Pellicori, John G Cleland, Andrew L Clark
AIMS: Psychosocial factors are rarely collected in studies investigating the prognosis of patients with heart failure (HF), and only time to first event is commonly reported. We investigated the prognostic value of psychosocial factors for predicting first or recurrent events after discharge following hospitalization for HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: OPERA-HF is an observational study enrolling patients hospitalized for HF. In addition to clinical variables, psychosocial variables are recorded...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289956/outcomes-and-predictors-of-mortality-after-mitral-valve-surgery-in-high-risk-elderly-patients-the-heidelberg-experience
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Sabreen Mkalaluh, Marcin Szczechowicz, Bashar Dib, Gabor Szabo, Matthias Karck, Alexander Weymann
BACKGROUND Overall, life expectancy at the age of 80 has significantly increased in the industrialized world and the proportion of this age class undergoing cardiac surgery has also grown. In this context, we have analyzed a contemporary series of octogenarians undergoing mitral valve surgery at our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of 138 consecutive octogenarians receiving mitral valve surgery between January 2006 and April 2017. Preoperative comorbidities, early mortality, postoperative clinical course, and predictors of mortality were examined...
December 31, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284738/comparison-of-risk-factor-control-in-the-year-after-discharge-for-ischemic-stroke-versus-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Dawn M Bravata, Joanne Daggy, Jared Brosch, Jason J Sico, Fitsum Baye, Laura J Myers, Christianne L Roumie, Eric Cheng, Jessica Coffing, Greg Arling
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Veterans Health Administration has engaged in quality improvement to improve vascular risk factor control. We sought to examine blood pressure (<140/90 mm Hg), lipid (LDL [low-density lipoprotein] cholesterol <100 mg/dL), and glycemic control (hemoglobin A1c <9%), in the year post-hospitalization for acute ischemic stroke or acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: We identified patients who were hospitalized (fiscal year 2011) with ischemic stroke, AMI, congestive heart failure, transient ischemic attack, or pneumonia/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
December 28, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261675/the-limited-prognostic-role-of-echocardiograms-in-short-term-follow-up-after-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-an-analysis-of-the-korean-heart-failure-korhf-registry
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Sung Hea Kim, Hyun-Joong Kim, Seongwoo Han, Byung-Su Yoo, Dong-Ju Choi, Jae-Joong Kim, Eun-Seok Jeon, Myeong-Chan Cho, Shung Chull Chae, Kyu-Hyung Ryu
BACKGROUND: The prognostic values of the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD) have primarily been shown among patients with chronic heart failure (HF), with little representation of patients with acute HF (AHF). Therefore, we investigated the value of these echocardiographic parameters in predicting clinical outcomes among patients in the Korean Heart Failure (KorHF) Registry. METHODS: The KorHF Registry consists of 3,200 patients who were hospitalized with AHF from 2005 to 2009...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247988/interleukin-18-biological-properties-and-role-in-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Gilles Kaplanski
Initially described as an interferon (IFN)γ-inducing factor, interleukin (IL)-18 is indeed involved in Th1 and NK cell activation, but also in Th2, IL-17-producing γδ T cells and macrophage activation. IL-18, a member of the IL-1 family, is similar to IL-1β for being processed by caspase 1 to an 18 kDa-biologically active mature form. IL-18 binds to its specific receptor (IL-18Rα, also known as IL-1R7) forming a low affinity ligand chain. This is followed by recruitment of the IL-18Rβ chain. IL-18 then uses the same signaling pathway as IL-1 to activate NF-kB and induce inflammatory mediators such as adhesion molecules, chemokines and Fas ligand...
January 2018: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227024/blood-biomarkers-as-predictors-of-long-term-mortality-in-copd
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Angelico Mendy, Erick Forno, Theophile Niyonsenga, Janvier Gasana
BACKGROUND: Blood biomarkers are easily accessible and might reflect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) activity. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine whether a panel of blood biomarkers [C-reactive protein (CRP), neutrophils, eosinophils, albumin and vitamin D] could predict mortality in COPD. METHODS: We analyzed data from 431 COPD participants to the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys who were followed for a median time of 36 months...
December 11, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193462/contribution-of-cardiac-and-extra-cardiac-disease-burden-to-risk-of-cardiovascular-outcomes-varies-by-ejection-fraction-in-heart-failure
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Emil Wolsk, Brian Claggett, Lars Køber, Stuart Pocock, Salim Yusuf, Karl Swedberg, John J V McMurray, Christopher B Granger, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Patients with heart failure (HF) often have multiple co-morbidities that contribute to the risk of adverse cardiovascular (CV) and non-CV outcomes. We assessed the relative contribution of cardiac and extra-cardiac disease burden and demographic factors to CV outcomes in HF patients with reduced (HFrEF) or preserved (HFpEF) left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We utilized data from the CHARM trial, which enrolled HF patients across the ejection fraction spectrum...
November 30, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185615/predictors-of-total-mortality-and-echocardiographic-response-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-cohort-study
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Guilherme Ferreira Gazzoni, Matheus Bom Fraga, Andres Di Leoni Ferrari, Pablo da Costa Soliz, Anibal Pires Borges, Eduardo Bartholomay, Carlos Antonio Abunader Kalil, Vanessa Giaretta, Luis Eduardo Paim Rohde
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrate that up to 40% of patients do not respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), thus, appropriate patient selection is critical to the success of CRT in heart failure. OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of mortality predictors and response to CRT in the Brazilian scenario. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study including patients submitted to CRT in a tertiary hospital in southern Brazil from 2008 to 2014. Survival was assessed through a database of the State Department of Health (RS)...
November 27, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177959/ambient-air-pollution-and-biomarkers-of-health-effect
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Di Yang, Xuan Yang, Furong Deng, Xinbiao Guo
Recently, the air pollution situation of our country is very serious along with the development of urbanization and industrialization. Studies indicate that the exposure of air pollution can cause a rise of incidence and mortality of many diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, myocardial infarction, and so on. However, there is now growing evidence showing that significant air pollution exposures are associated with early biomarkers in various systems of the body. In order to better prevent and control the damage effect of air pollution, this article summarizes comprehensively epidemiological studies about the bad effects on the biomarkers of respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and genetic and epigenetic system exposure to ambient air pollution...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123431/comparative-quality-measures-of-emergency-care-an-outcome-cockpit-proposal-to-survey-clinical-processes-in-real-life
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Susanne Burgemeister, Alexander Kutz, Antoinette Conca, Thomas Holler, Sebastian Haubitz, Andreas Huber, Ulrich Buergi, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
Background: Benchmarking of real-life quality of care may improve evaluation and comparability of emergency department (ED) care. We investigated process management variables for important medical diagnoses in a large, well-defined cohort of ED patients and studied predictors for low quality of care. Methods: We prospectively included consecutive medical patients with main diagnoses of community-acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infection (UTI), myocardial infarction (MI), acute heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, and COPD exacerbation and followed them for 30 days...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112944/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-affects-the-angiographic-presentation-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-treated-with-percutaneous-coronary-interventions
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Rafał Januszek, Zbigniew Siudak, Artur Dziewierz, Tomasz Rakowski, Dariusz Dudek, Stanisław Bartuś
INTRODUCTION    The incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients treated with percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) is underestimated, and the effect of COPD on PCI and atherosclerosis is not fully understood.  OBJECTIVES    The aim of this study was to assess the impact of COPD on periprocedural outcomes of PCIs and its relationship with clinical presentation and type of coronary artery lesions.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    Data were prospectively collected using the National PCI Registry (ORPKI) electronic database of all PCI procedures performed in Poland...
November 7, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100876/preoperative-antiplatelet-and-statin-use-does-not-affect-outcomes-after-carotid-endarterectomy
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Brianna M Krafcik, Alik Farber, Robert T Eberhardt, Jeffrey A Kalish, Denis Rybin, Gheorghe Doros, Steven L Pike, Jeffrey J Siracuse
OBJECTIVE: The use of statin and antiplatelet medications has been advocated in patients with cerebrovascular disease as primary medical therapy and as an adjunct to carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Our goal was to assess the prevalence of preoperative statin and antiplatelet use and its effect on perioperative outcomes after CEA. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program targeted CEA database was queried for patients undergoing CEA between 2011 and 2014...
October 31, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095750/the-use-of-regional-or-neuraxial-anesthesia-for-below-knee-amputations-may-reduce-the-need-for-perioperative-blood-transfusions
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Obaid Malik, Ethan Y Brovman, Richard D Urman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Amputations of the lower extremity remain a common procedure in a high-risk population. Perioperative morbidity and mortality reach as high as 14.1% in below-knee amputations. We aimed to determine whether regional, or neuraxial, anesthesia, when compared with general anesthesia (GA), would be associated with reduced perioperative morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We queried the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data set...
January 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089752/beta-blocker-under-use-in-copd-patients
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Kuan Pin Lim, Sarah Loughrey, Michael Musk, Melanie Lavender, Jeremy P Wrobel
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular (CVS) comorbidities are common in COPD and contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality, especially following acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). Beta-blockers (BBs) are safe and effective in COPD patients, with demonstrated survival benefit following myocardial infarction. We sought to determine if BBs are under-prescribed in patients hospitalized with AECOPD. We also sought to determine inpatient rates of CVS and cerebrovascular complications, and their impact on patient outcomes...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062742/long-term-outcomes-and-prosthesis-performance-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-results-of-self-expandable-and-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-heart-valves
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Giuseppe Tarantini, Paola A M Purita, Augusto D'Onofrio, Chiara Fraccaro, Anna Chiara Frigo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Luca Nai Fovino, Marta Martin, Francesco Cardaioli, Mostafa R A Badawy, Massimo Napodano, Gino Gerosa, Sabino Iliceto
BACKGROUND: Data on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) long-term clinical outcomes and hemodynamic performance of the self-expandable CoreValve (CV) and the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN XT (ES) (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, California, USA) transcatheter heart valves (THV) are limited. Therefore, this study aimed to compare long-term clinical outcome data and hemodynamic performance of TAVR with either CV or ES. METHODS: We reviewed prospectively collected data of 171 patients treated with TAVR for severe aortic stenosis (AS) at our center between June 2007 and December 2010, with last follow-up contact in 2016...
September 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049458/long-term-outcomes-of-multiple-arterial-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-population-based-study-of-patients-in-british-columbia-canada
#18
Aihua Pu, Lillian Ding, Jungwon Shin, Joel Price, Peter Skarsgard, Daniel R Wong, John Bozinovski, Guy Fradet, James G Abel
Importance: Although the long-term survival advantage of multiple arterial grafting (MAG) vs the standard use of left internal thoracic artery (LITA) supplemented by saphenous vein grafts (LITA+SVG) has been demonstrated in several observational studies, to our knowledge its safety and other long-term clinical benefits in a large, population-based cohort are unknown. Objective: To compare the safety and long-term outcomes of MAG vs LITA+SVG among overall and selected subgroups of patients...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962654/prospective-comparison-of-non-invasive-risk-markers-of-major-cardiovascular-events-in-copd-patients
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Jorge Zagaceta, Gorka Bastarrika, Javier J Zulueta, Inmaculada Colina, Ana B Alcaide, Arantza Campo, Miguel Divo, Ciro Casanova, José M Marin, Victor M Pinto-Plata, Bartolome R Celli, Juan P de-Torres
BACKGROUND: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease, one of the most frequent causes of death in COPD patients. The goal of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of non-invasive CV risk markers in COPD patients. METHODS: CV risk was prospectively evaluated in 287 COPD patients using non-invasive markers including the Framingham score, the Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) charts, coronary arterial calcium (CAC), epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), as well as clinical, biochemical and physiological variables...
September 29, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959377/higher-prevalence-of-clinical-cardiovascular-comorbidities-in-postmenopausal-women-with-self-reported-premenopausal-hirsutism-and-or-oligo-amenorrhea
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F V Comim, C S Wippel, R M Copês, F W Langer, J M Carvalho, R N Moresco, M O Premaor
Hirsutism is a common condition, being present in about 5-15% of women. It is characterized by the growth of terminal hair in a pattern typical for men, like as hair growth in upper lip, chin, cheek and lower and upper abdomen. Not infrequently, hirsutism is followed by other signs of hyerandrogenism such as alopecia, acne, and seborrhea. The current study evaluated the association between a self-reported history of hirsutism and oligo-amenorrhea during reproductive age and the presence of several comorbidities in women after menopause...
2017: Dermato-endocrinology
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