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Masaki Izumo, Yoshihiro J Akashi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is newly-described secondary cardiomyopathy characterized by transient left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, which is increasingly recognized in the field of cardiology. TTC occurs in approximately 2% of the patients with acute coronary syndrome. Its onset is rare; however, its specific features play a crucial role in diagnosing the chest pain in clinical practice. TTC has generally favorable outcome with rapid recovery of LV function; however, an increasing evidence suggests that it should be regarded as a more serious acute cardiac disorder with a variety of complications...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Kazuaki Negishi
We are now entering the very exciting era of treatment and management of diabetes mellitus (DM) with the emergence of new therapeutic agents, including sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP-4i). From a cardiology and echocardiography perspective, the existence of diabetic cardiomyopathy has been proven through over four decades of discussion. DM is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF). Independent associations are found after adjusting for hypertension (HTN) and coronary artery disease (CAD)...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Konstantinos C Koskinas, Masato Nakamura, Lorenz Räber, Roisin Colleran, Kazushige Kadota, Davide Capodanno, William Wijns, Takashi Akasaka, Marco Valgimigli, Giulio Guagliumi, Stephan Windecker, Robert A Byrne
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the views of the cardiology community on the clinical use of coronary intravascular imaging (IVI).Methods and Results:A web-based survey was distributed to 31,893 individuals, with 1,105 responses received (3.5% response rate); 1,010 of 1,097 respondents (92.1%) self-reported as interventional cardiologists, 754 (68.7%) with >10 years experience. Overall, 96.1% had personal experience with IVI (95.5% with intravascular ultrasound [IVUS], 69.8% with optical coherence tomography [OCT], and 7...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Konstantinos C Koskinas, Masato Nakamura, Lorenz Räber, Roisin Colleran, Kazushige Kadota, Davide Capodanno, William Wijns, Takashi Akasaka, Marco Valgimigli, Giulio Guagliumi, Stephan Windecker, Robert A Byrne
AIMS: This study evaluated the views of the cardiology community on the clinical use of coronary intravascular imaging (IVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: A web-based survey was distributed to 31,893 individuals, with 1,105 responses received (3.5% response rate); 1,010 of 1,097 respondents (92.1%) self-reported as interventional cardiologists, 754 (68.7%) with >10 years experience. Overall, 96.1% had personal experience with IVI (95.5% with intravascular ultrasound [IVUS], 69...
March 15, 2018: EuroIntervention
Wilbert S Aronow, William H Frishman
The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension guidelines diagnose hypertension if systolic blood pressure (SBP) is ≥ 130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) is ≥ 80 mmHg. Increased BP is SBP 120-129 mmHg with DBP < 80 mmHg. Lifestyle measures should be used to treat individuals with increased BP. Lifestyle measures plus BP-lowering drugs should be used for secondary prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events in individuals with clinical cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, or stroke) and an average SBP ≥ 130 mmHg or an average DBP ≥ 80 mmHg...
March 13, 2018: Drugs
Sherry L Grace, Jose R Medina-Inojosa, Randal J Thomas, Heather Krause, Kristin S Vickers-Douglas, Brian A Palmer, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: To assess use of antidepressants by class in relation to cardiology practice recommendations, and the association of antidepressant use with the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) including death. METHODS: This is a historical cohort study of all patients who completed cardiac rehabilitation (CR) between 2002 and 2012 in a major CR center. Participants completed the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at the start and end of the program...
March 13, 2018: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
David R Dobies, Kimberly R Barber
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) provides clinicians with beneficial information. Nonetheless, study findings are often arbitrary, speculative or provisional. The current state of misleading evidence exists in all applications, including those for guideline recommendations. We conductedan appraisal of the American College of Cardiologyand European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for revascularisation of complex coronary anatomy to determine the veracity of the evidence that recommendations were based on. Study-specific critical appraisals were conducted by the authors on the 5-year Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with Taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) and future revascularisation evaluation in patients with diabetes mellitus: optimal management of multivessel disease (FREEDOM) Trials...
2018: Open Heart
Do-Yoon Kang, Jung-Min Ahn, Cheol Hyun Lee, Pil Hyung Lee, Duk-Woo Park, Soo-Jin Kang, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Seung-Jung Park
Aims: The optimal fractional flow reserve (FFR) cut-off value for revascularization is debated. We evaluated the prognosis for deferred and performed revascularization in coronary stenosis with FFR values in the grey zone (0.75-0.80). Methods and results: This study included 1334 native coronary stenosis with grey-zone FFR values in 1334 patients from the prospective multicentre Interventional Cardiology Research In-cooperation Society Fractional Flow Reserve registry...
February 24, 2018: European Heart Journal
Zlatko H Mehmedbegovic, Vladan D Vukcevic, Goran R Stankovic
Coronary bifurcation lesions are accounted in about 20% of all percutaneous coronary interventions and despite all-round improvements in their treatment are still perceived as complex lesion subset in interventional cardiology. Treatment of bifurcations, being technically demanding primarily due to the unique bifurcation anatomy, is related to lower procedural success rate and increased rates of long-term adverse cardiac events. According to published data, provisional approach remains a default strategy for majority of bifurcation PCI, but when perfected, two-stent bifurcation techniques can also yield good clinical outcomes...
March 8, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Subir Bhatia, Shilpkumar Arora, Sravya M Bhatia, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Yogesh N V Reddy, Parshva Patel, Charanjit S Rihal, Bernard J Gersh, Abhishek Deshmukh
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. CKD complicates referral for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients because of the risk for acute kidney injury and the need for dialysis, with American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines underscoring the limited data on these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the National Inpatient Sample to analyze hospitalizations in the United States from 2004 to 2014, we sought to assess PCI utilization and in-hospital outcomes in NSTEMI admissions with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Anupam B Jena, Andrew Olenski, Daniel M Blumenthal, Robert W Yeh, Dana P Goldman, John Romley
BACKGROUND: Previous research has found that patients with acute cardiovascular conditions treated in teaching hospitals have lower 30-day mortality during dates of national cardiology meetings. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed 30-day mortality among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (overall, ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction, and non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction) from January 1, 2007, to November 31, 2012, in major teaching hospitals during dates of a major annual interventional cardiology meeting (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) compared with identical nonmeeting days in the ±5 weeks...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Petar M Seferović, Mark C Petrie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Stefan D Anker, Giuseppe Rosano, Johann Bauersachs, Walter J Paulus, Michel Komajda, Francesco Cosentino, Rudolf A de Boer, Dimitrios Farmakis, Wolfram Doehner, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Yuri Lopatin, Massimo F Piepoli, Michael J Theodorakis, Henrik Wiggers, John Lekakis, Alexandre Mebazaa, Mamas A Mamas, Carsten Tschöpe, Arno W Hoes, Jelena P Seferović, Jennifer Logue, Theresa McDonagh, Jillian P Riley, Ivan Milinković, Marija Polovina, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Mitja Lainscak, Aldo P Maggioni, Frank Ruschitzka, John J V McMurray
The coexistence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and heart failure (HF), either with reduced (HFrEF) or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), is frequent (30-40% of patients) and associated with a higher risk of HF hospitalization, all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality. The most important causes of HF in T2DM are coronary artery disease, arterial hypertension and a direct detrimental effect of T2DM on the myocardium. T2DM is often unrecognized in HF patients, and vice versa, which emphasizes the importance of an active search for both disorders in the clinical practice...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Roberta Rossini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Giulia Masiero, Emanuele Barbato, Paolo Calabrò, Davide Capodanno, Sergio Leonardi, Maddalena Lettino, Ugo Limbruno, Alberto Menozzi, U O Alfredo Marchese, Francesco Saia, Marco Valgimigli, Walter Ageno, Anna Falanga, Antonio Corcione, Alessandro Locatelli, Marco Montorsi, Diego Piazza, Andrea Stella, Antonio Bozzani, Alessandro Parolari, Roberto Carone, Dominick J Angiolillo
Perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy in patients treated with coronary stents undergoing surgery remains poorly defined. Importantly, surgery represents a common reason for premature treatment discontinuation, which is associated with an increased risk in mortality and major adverse cardiac events. However, maintaining antithrombotic therapy to minimize the incidence of perioperative ischemic complications may increase the risk of bleeding complications. Although guidelines provide some recommendations with respect to the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy, these have been largely developed according to the thrombotic risk of the patient and a definition of the hemorrhagic risk specific to each surgical procedure, key to defining the trade-off between ischemia and bleeding, is not provided...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Tom Kai Ming Wang, Kok-Lam Chow, Aaron Lin, Alexei Chataline, Harvey White, Matthew Dawes, Greg Gamble, Chris Ellis
AIMS: To review the number, characteristics and clinical management of suspected ACS patients admitted to cardiology and non-cardiology services at Auckland City Hospital, to assess differences between these services and to assess the number who would potentially be enrolled in the All New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Quality Improvement Programme (ANZACS-QI) database. METHODS: Auckland City Hospital patient data was extracted from the Australia and New Zealand ACS 'SNAPSHOT' audit, performed over 14 days in May 2012...
March 9, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
S Klischies
The annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is the largest medical congress in Europe for this area of research and took place this year in Barcelona, Spain. The ESC Congress 2017 gathered more than 30,000 registered participants from over 140 countries together to share their knowledge in all cardiovascular fields, from basic science to management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The congress comprised 5 days of science and education with over 11,000 abstracts submitted, 500 expert sessions and over 200 exhibiting companies, making it the prime meeting platform for the profession...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
Masahiko Sumi, Keijiro Sato, Nozomu Uematsu, Hiroko Kawaguchi, Tsutomu Shishido, Hiroko Kaiume, Wataru Takeda, Takehiko Kirihara, Toshimitsu Ueki, Yuki Hiroshima, Mayumi Ueno, Naoaki Ichikawa, Nobuyuki Urasawa, Hikaru Kobayashi
Vascular adverse events (VAEs) in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients treated with nilotinib (NIL) has become a; however, studies on strategies to prevent VAEs remain limited. Therefore, the present study investigated VAEs in 19 CML patients treated with NIL at our hospital. The median age of the patients was 65 years and median follow-up period was 55 months after the initiation of NIL. VAEs occurred in 8 patients (peripheral artery disease (PAD), n=6; cerebral infarction (CI), n=3; coronary artery disease (CAD), n=4)...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Erman Öztürk, Ferit Onur Mutluer
In cardiology practice, anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapies are essential for most patients. As of yet, there is no high quality evidence regarding these treatments in thrombocytopenic patients, which continues to be an issue. Thrombocytopenia is defined as a platelet count of <150x109/L and is classified as severe when the platelet count is <50x109/L. Pseudothrombocytopenia, drug-induced thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura are some of the main causes of thrombocytopenia...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Naotaka Kishimoto, Munenori Kato, Yasunori Nakanishi, Akari Hasegawa, Yoshihiro Momota
Variant angina is caused by coronary artery spasm (CAS) with ST-segment elevation. We herein report a case of recurrent CAS during 2 operations in the same patient. An 80-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo tracheostomy, submandibular dissection, left partial maxillectomy, and coronoidectomy. We administered ephedrine and phenylephrine to manage hypotension during general anesthesia. Immediately after the administration of these drugs, the ST segment elevated. We decided to cease the operation and transport the patient to the department of cardiology...
2018: Anesthesia Progress
Brent A Becker, Barbara A Stahlman, Nathaniel McLean, Erik I Kochert
OBJECTIVE: The study sought to evaluate changes in mortality and resource utilization in patients with low level troponin elevations following a reduction in the cutoff for normal troponin I (TnI) from 0.5 ng/mL to the 99th percentile (0.06 ng/mL). METHODS: This was an interrupted time series comparing emergency department (ED) patients with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and TnI values 0.06-0.5 ng/mL before and after an institutional decrease in the TnI cutoff...
February 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Luis C L Correia, Guilherme B Barcellos, Vitor Calixto, André Volschan, José A S Barreto-Filho, Renato D Lopes, Anis Rassi, Wendy Levinson, Angelo A V de Paola
Objective: (i) To describe how aligned the 'Choosing Wisely' concept is with the medical culture among Brazilian cardiologists and (ii) to identify predictors for physicians' preference for avoiding wasteful care. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Brazilian Society of Cardiology. Participants: Cardiologists who agree to fill a web questionary. Intervention: A task force of 12 Brazilian cardiologists prepared a list of 13 'do not do' recommendations, which were made available on the Brazilian Society of Cardiology website for affiliates to assign a supported score of 1 to 10 to each recommendation...
March 1, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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