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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
Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Giuseppina Novo, Christian Cadeddu, Vincenzo Sucato, Pasquale Pagliaro, Silvio Romano, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Luca Longobardo, Savina Nodari, Maria Penco
Early detection of anticancer drug-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) has been evaluated by most international scientific cardiology and oncology societies. High expectations have been placed on the use of specific biomarkers. In recent years, conventional biomarkers and molecules of more recent interest have been tested and compared in the context of anticancer drug-related CTX. Encouraging results were obtained from studies on molecules of myocardial damage, such as troponin and markers of myocardial wall stress, including circulating natriuretic peptides, as well as from the assessment of the products of inflammation or circulating levels of free radicals...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
H Memona, F Manzoor, A A Anjum
This study focuses on isolation of pathogenic bacteria from external and internal surfaces of cockroaches collected from houses and hospitals in Lahore. In total, 240 adult cockroaches were collected from houses and hospitals by hand or using sticky traps and food-bait traps. Cockroach species were identified, and microbial screening was done for external surfaces and gut tracts of cockroaches. Jaccard's index of similarity, Bray-Curtis' index of dissimilarity, and Shannon-Wiener's diversity index were used to measure the bacterial community diversity (all species of bacteria) in each habitat...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou, Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Panagiotis Dedeilias, Michalis Argiriou, Christos Charitos
A hybrid strategy, firstly performed in the 1990s, is a combination of tools available only in the catheterization laboratory with those available only in the operating room in order to minimize surgical morbidity and face with any cardiovascular lesion. The continuous evolution of stent technology along with the adoption of minimally invasive surgical approaches, make hybrid approaches an attractive alternative to standard surgical or transcatheter techniques for any given set of cardiovascular lesions. Examples include hybrid coronary revascularization, when an open surgical anastomosis of the left internal mammary artery to the left anterior descending coronary artery is performed along with stent implantation in non-left anterior descending coronary vessels, open heart valve surgery combined with percutaneous coronary interventions to coronary lesions, hybrid aortic arch debranching combined with endovascular grafting for thoracic aortic aneurysms, hybrid endocardial and epicardial atrial fibrillation procedures, and carotid artery stenting along with coronary artery bypass grafting...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Abdel Naser Zaid, Masshour Ghanem, Dua'a Shweiki, Hala Shtewi, Raja' Shaheen, Sondos Al Helaly, Zeina Khayyat, Rowa'a Al Ramahi, Sa'ed H Zyoud
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the general quality of the most prescribed products of valsartan (VL; alone or in combination) and to evaluate their efficacy and safety among Palestinian population through in vivo postmarketing surveillance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The first part was pharmacopeial quality control assay, including dissolution, disintegration, friability, and weight uniformity for VL. The second part was a 3-month cardiology clinics, observational, postmarketing surveillance pilot study that included 103 hypertensive patients who were prescribed 80 mg or 160 mg of VL as monotherapy or combination therapy...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Antoni Bayes-Genis, Josep Lupón, Allan S Jaffe
Over the last 15 years, the hypothesis that intensified treatment directed at reducing natriuretic peptide (NP) concentrations may improve the outcomes of patients with heart failure (HF) has been scrutinized in several prospective clinical trials, with conflicting results. Collectively, however, the data suggest that NP concentrations may be useful in guiding HF management and improving HF-related morbidity and mortality. In this review, we summarize the existing data investigating the use of NPs as targets for outpatient HF therapy...
August 2016: EJIFCC
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 prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). However, prediction models in common use were primarily formulated in white populations. The project is aimed to develop and validate ten-year risk prediction equations for ASCVD from four 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...
September 28, 2016: Circulation
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
Anselm K Gitt, Dominik Lautsch, Jean Ferrieres, John Kastelein, Heinz Drexel, Martin Horack, Philippe Brudi, Brecht Vanneste, Peter Bramlage, Francois Chazelle, Vasilisa Sazonov, Baishali Ambegaonkar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is an inconsistency between international guidelines on lipid-lowering treatment regarding whether to pursue LDL-C treatment targets or to focus on the intensity of treatment. While either approach is attractive, there is no recent global data on actual LDL-C values, treatment targets attained, and the intensity of treatment in statin-treated patients. We aimed to determine and compare the extent of treatment target attainment globally using standardized data collection...
September 9, 2016: Atherosclerosis
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
M Slodki, K Zych-Krekora, R Axt-Fliedner, A Bianchi, E Araujo Junior, I Blickstein, S Kelekci, L Yeo, J Pruetz, G Rizzo, N S Seligman, M Sklansky, L De Catte, S Weiner, F A Chervenak, J Cruz, A Kurkevych, M Respondek-Liberska
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September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
N Manito, J M Cerqueiro, J Comín-Colet, J M García-Pinilla, A González-Franco, J Grau-Amorós, J R Peraira, L Manzano
Iron deficiency in patients with heart failure is a medical problem of recent particular interest. This interest has resulted from the publication of several clinical trials that demonstrated that the administration of intravenous iron to such patients improved their functional capacity and even reduced the number of hospitalisations for heart failure decompensation. However, applying the evidence from these studies in clinical practice is still controversial, both in terms of the diagnostic criteria for iron deficiency (absolute and functional) and the optimal method for iron replenishment...
September 14, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
Francesco Barillà, Francesco Pelliccia, Mauro Borzi, Paolo Camici, Livio Dei Cas, Matteo Di Biase, Ciro Indolfi, Giuseppe Mercuro, Vincenzo Montemurro, Luigi Padeletti, Pasquale Perrone Filardi, Carmine D Vizza, Francesco Romeo
Definition of the optimal duration of dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) is an important clinical issue, given the large number of patients having percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the costs and risks of pharmacologic therapy, the consequences of stent thrombosis, and the potential benefits of DAPT in preventing ischaemic outcomes beyond stent thrombosis. Nowadays, the rationale for a prolonged duration of DAPT should be not only the prevention of stent thrombosis, but also the prevention of ischaemic events unrelated to the coronary stenosis treated with index PCI...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Milad Shafii, Sima Rafiei, Fatemeh Abooee, Mohammad Amin Bahrami, Mojtaba Nouhi, Farhad Lotfi, Khatere Khanjankhani
OBJECTIVES: Hospitals as integrated parts of the wide-ranging health care systems have dominant focus on health care provision to meet, maintain and promote people's health needs of a community. This study aimed to assess the service quality of teaching hospitals of Yazd University of Medical Sciences using Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (FAHP) and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS). METHODS: A literature review and a qualitative method were used to obtain experts' viewpoints about the quality dimensions of hospital services to design a questionnaire...
August 2016: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
Jeffrey T Kuvin, Eric S Williams
Patients, hospitals, insurers, and the public rely on competent physicians. The definition and documentation of competency in cardiovascular training and practice continues to evolve. New tools, such as the American College of Cardiology's in-training examination, restructured Core Cardiovascular Training Statement, curricular and lifelong learning competencies, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones help define competent trainees and practitioners, and level the playing field...
September 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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
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
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
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
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