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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109182/are-home-visits-an-effective-method-for-diabetes-management-a-quantitative-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lin Han, Yuxia Ma, Suhong Wei, Jinhui Tian, Xiaochun Yang, Xiping Shen, Jun Zhang, Yuexian Shi
AIMS: Previous reviews have revealed uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of home visit interventions for managing diabetes. Therefore, we performed a quantitative systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of home visit interventions among patients with diabetes. METHODS: We searched various electronic databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, CINAHL, Wanfang, and Chinese scientific full-text databases) from their inception until March 2016...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109125/evaluation-of-left-atrial-function-via-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-ectasia
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Hasan Aghajani, Mohsen Faal, Ali Hosseinsabet, Reza Mohseni-Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is a segmental dilation of an epicardial coronary artery. Our aim was to evaluate the left atrial (LA) function in patients with CAE. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients with CAE and 33 subjects without significant coronary artery disease were included in our study. LA function was evaluated with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). RESULTS: The systolic, early diastolic and late diastolic strains and strain rates were not statistically significantly different between the two groups...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108646/postnatal-resveratrol-supplementation-improves-cardiovascular-function-in-male-and-female-intrauterine-growth-restricted-offspring
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Amin Shah, Anita Quon, Jude S Morton, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) may predispose offspring to an increased susceptibility of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adult life. The window of opportunity to treat later life CVD programmed in fetal life is critical. The aim of this study was to identify the effect of resveratrol treatment of IUGR offspring at a time of known CV dysfunction. Sprague-Dawley male and female rat offspring who experienced normoxia (21% O2; control) or hypoxia (11% O2; IUGR) in utero were fed a high-fat (HF) diet (3-21 weeks of age) or a HF diet (3-21 weeks of age) supplemented with resveratrol from 13 to 21 weeks of age...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107900/quality-of-sleep-in-renal-transplant-recipients-and-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Paraskevi G Liaveri, Dimitris Dikeos, Ioannis Ilias, Eirini P Lygkoni, Ioannis N Boletis, Chryssanthi Skalioti, Thomas Paparrigopoulos
BACKGROUND: Sleep disorders are very common in patients with chronic kidney disease and they may not always subside after kidney transplantation. AIM AND METHODS: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the self-reported quality of sleep, insomnia problems in particular, and examine the factors that disturb sleep of kidney transplant recipients (KTx: n=152) in comparison to age- and sex-matched patients on dialysis (HD: n=67) and participants with normal renal function (NOR: n=49), through the administration of the Athens Insomnia Scale (AIS) at least six months after transplantation...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106712/very-low-protein-diet-vlpd-reduces-metabolic-acidosis-in-subjects-with-chronic-kidney-disease-the-nutritional-light-signal-of-the-renal-acid-load
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Biagio Raffaele Di Iorio, Lucia Di Micco, Stefania Marzocco, Emanuele De Simone, Antonietta De Blasio, Maria Luisa Sirico, Luca Nardone, On Behalf Of Ubi Study Group
BACKGROUND: Metabolic acidosis is a common complication of chronic kidney disease; current guidelines recommend treatment with alkali if bicarbonate levels are lower than 22 mMol/L. In fact, recent studies have shown that an early administration of alkali reduces progression of CKD. The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of fruit and vegetables to reduce the acid load in CKD. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in 146 patients who received sodium bicarbonate...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106149/blood-pressure-reduction-in-diabetes-lessons-from-accord-sprint-and-empa-reg-outcome
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Pantelis A Sarafidis, Antonios A Lazaridis, Gema Ruiz-Hurtado, Luis M Ruilope
In patients with diabetes mellitus, the presence of hypertension substantially increases the risk of cardiovascular events, and reductions in blood pressure (BP) can reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Following evidence from trials randomizing patients to diastolic BP levels, previous guidelines recommended an office BP target of <130/80 mmHg in individuals with diabetes mellitus. However, the evidence for this systolic BP (SBP) target was derived from observational studies. When the results of the ACCORD-BP study showed that those individuals with diabetes mellitus and a target BP of <120 mmHg had a cardiovascular risk that is similar to those with <140 mmHg, all guidelines returned to a recommended SBP of <140 mmHg...
January 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105961/associations-between-obesity-indicators-and-blood-pressure-in-chinese-adult-twins
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Chunxiao Liao, Wenjing Gao, Weihua Cao, Jun Lv, Canqing Yu, Shengfeng Wang, Qian Zhao, Zengchang Pang, Liming Cong, Hua Wang, Xianping Wu, Liming Li
Obesity is associated with blood pressure (BP), but the associations between different obesity indicators and BP have not reached agreement. Besides, both obesity and BP are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Whether they share the same genetic or environmental etiology has not been fully understood. We therefore analyzed the relationship between different obesity indicators and BP components as well as the genetic and environmental contributions to these relationships in a Chinese adult twin sample...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105540/echocardiographic-assessment-of-long-term-hemodynamic-characteristics-of-mechanical-mitral-valve-prostheses-with-different-mitral-valvular-diseases
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Xiliang Zhu, Qian Li, Hong Tang, Xijun Xiao
Mitral stenosis (MS) and mitral insufficiency (MI) have different pre-operative hemodynamic characteristics. However, it is unclear if there are differences in long-term echocardiographic characteristics of MS and MI patients after mechanical mitral valve replacement. This study is to compare long-term echocardiographic results of mechanical mitral valve prostheses between MS and MI patients. From January 2003 to January 2009, a total of 199 consecutive patients were recruited in this study. Patients were classified as group MS (n = 123) and MI (n = 76) according to the manifestation of mitral valvular disease...
January 19, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105538/comparison-of-non-invasive-blood-pressure-monitoring-using-modified-arterial-applanation-tonometry-with-intra-arterial-measurement
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Jarkko Harju, Antti Vehkaoja, Pekka Kumpulainen, Stefano Campadello, Ville Lindroos, Arvi Yli-Hankala, Niku Oksala
Intermittent non-invasive blood pressure measurement with tourniquets is slow, can cause nerve and skin damage, and interferes with other measurements. Invasive measurement cannot be safely used in all conditions. Modified arterial tonometry may be an alternative for fast and continuous measurement. Our aim was to compare arterial tonometry sensor (BPro(®)) with invasive blood pressure measurement to clarify whether it could be utilized in the postoperative setting. 28 patients who underwent elective surgery requiring arterial cannulation were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105343/increased-complements-and-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-predict-heart-failure-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Danni Liu, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Anan Huang, Keqiang Liu, Zongjin Li
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the serum levels of complements and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are associated with the severity of myocardial injury. Consecutive patients (n=110) with AMI and 33 healthy individuals, who served as control subjects, were enrolled from May 2013 to February 2015. These patients were divided into two groups, those with ST segment elevation MI (STEMI) and those with non-ST segment elevation MI (NSTEMI)...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105333/animal-models-for-the-study-of-primary-and-secondary-hypertension-in-humans
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Hiu Yu Lin, Yee Ting Lee, Yin Wah Chan, Gary Tse
Hypertension is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is defined as systolic and diastolic blood pressures (SBP/DBP) >140 and 90 mmHg, respectively. Individuals with an SBP between 120 and 139, or DBP between 80 and 89 mmHg, are said to exhibit pre-hypertension. Hypertension can have primary or secondary causes. Primary or essential hypertension is a multifactorial disease caused by interacting environmental and polygenic factors. Secondary causes are renovascular hypertension, renal disease, endocrine disorders and other medical conditions...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105123/effect-of-anti-vegf-drugs-combined-with-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Yi Dong, Guangming Wan, Panshi Yan, Yue Chen, Wenzhan Wang, Guanghua Peng
We analyzed the effects of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ninety-six cases (192 eyes) of AMD were included in this study and randomly divided into the observation group and control group (n=48 cases per group). The control group was administered the treatment of Lucentis intravitreal injection alone and the observation group was administered Lucentis combined with PDT. The therapeutic effects were compared...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104715/detailed-echocardiographic-phenotyping-in-breast-cancer-patients-associations-with-ejection-fraction-decline-recovery-and-heart-failure-symptoms-over-3-years-of-followup
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Hari K Narayan, Brian S Finkelman, Benjamin French, Theodore Plappert, David Hyman, Amanda M Smith, Kenneth B Margulies, Bonnie Ky
BACKGROUND: -Cardiovascular disease in breast cancer patients is of growing concern. The longitudinal effects of commonly used therapies, including doxorubicin and trastuzumab, on cardiac remodeling and function remain unknown in this population. We sought to define the changes in echocardiographic parameters of structure, function, and ventricular-arterial (VA) coupling, and their associations with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and heart failure (HF) symptoms. METHODS: -In a longitudinal prospective cohort study of 277 breast cancer participants receiving doxorubicin (Dox), trastuzumab (Tras), or both (Dox+Tras), we obtained 1,249 echocardiograms over a median followup of 2...
January 19, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104241/cardiovascular-and-metabolic-profiles-of-offspring-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technologies-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Yan Guo, Xin-Mei Liu, Li Jin, Ting-Ting Wang, Kamran Ullah, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular and metabolic features of offspring conceived by in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF-ICSI). DESIGN: Literature review and meta-analysis. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Offspring from IVF-ICSI versus natural conception. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), cardiovascular function, body mass index (BMI), and lipid and glucose profiles...
January 16, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104197/simplified-mitral-valve-repair-in-pediatric-patients-with-connective-tissue-disorders
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Luca A Vricella, William A Ravekes, Eloisa Arbustini, Robert D B Jaquiss, Constantine Mavroudis, Harry C Dietz, Marshall L Jacobs, Narutoshi Hibino, Duke E Cameron
BACKGROUND: In pediatric patients with connective tissue disorders (CTDs), early cardiac presentation often involves severe mitral regurgitation (MR) associated with severe bileaflet prolapse and, less frequently, aortic root enlargement. We adopted a simplified repair to address MR and prevent systolic anterior motion (SAM) in this unique group of patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of clinical and echocardiographic data of all pediatric patients (age < 18 years) with CTD and MR undergoing simplified repair at 3 institutions (2000-2014)...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104105/effects-of-amlodipine-and-valsartan-on-blood-pressure-variability-and-pulse-wave-velocity-in-hypertensive-patients
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Rufeng Shi, Kai Liu, Di Shi, Qi Liu, Xiaoping Chen
OBJECTIVES: Antihypertensive therapy is effective to control blood pressure (BP) and to prevent cardiovascular events, but the further treatment strategies for patients who cannot achieve goal BP with low-dose monotherapy is still under dispute. Our study investigates the effects of high-dose amlodipine and valsartan and their low-dose combination on blood pressure variability (BPV) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) to provide references for clinical medication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a prospective, randomized, parallel, case-controlled trial performed in a medical center...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104016/-effect-of-the-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome-treatment-on-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension
#17
H W Wang, H M Liu, Z Y Zheng, Y Z Jia, H R Li
Objective: To investigate the effect of the treatments for obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) on the resistant hypertension (RH) of patients. Methods: Eighty patients with OSAHS and RH (blood pressure could not be controlled under 140/90 mmHg (1 mmHg=0.133 kPa) even with more than three kinds of antihypertensive drugs including diuretics) received surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. The results of polysomnography monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and the dosage of antihypertensive medication were recorded before and six months after the treatment...
January 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103933/quantification-of-myocardial-deformation-in-children-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking-determination-of-reference-values-for-left-ventricular-strain-and-strain-rate
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Florian André, Daniëlle Robbers-Visser, Astrid Helling-Bakki, Angela Föll, Andreas Voss, Hugo A Katus, Willem A Helbing, Sebastian J Buss, Joachim G Eichhorn
BACKGROUND: The objective assessment of global and regional cardiac function in children has shown to be clinically relevant but is challenging to conduct. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has emerged as a valuable diagnostic modality especially in patients with cardiomyopathy or congenital heart disease. However, data on the normal cardiac deformation in children assessed by CMR is lacking at present. Thus, the aim of this study was to provide reference values for cardiac strain and strain rate in children and adolescents derived from CMR feature tracking (FT) measurements...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102878/pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-left-sided-heart-disease
#19
Micha Tobias Maeder, Otto D Schoch, Rebekka Kleiner, Lucas Joerg, Daniel Weilenmann, Swiss Society For Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension associated with left-sided heart disease (PH-LHD) is the most common type of pulmonary hypertension. In patients with left-sided heart disease, the presence of pulmonary hypertension is typically a marker of more advanced disease, more severe symptoms, and worse prognosis. In contrast to pulmonary arterial hypertension, PH-LHD is characterised by an elevated pulmonary artery wedge pressure (postcapillary pulmonary hypertension) without or with an additional precapillary component (isolated postcapillary versus combined postcapillary and precapillary pulmonary hypertension)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102195/positive-association-between-kcnj5-rs2604204-a-c-polymorphism-and-plasma-aldosterone-levels-but-also-plasma-renin-and-angiotensin-i-and-ii-levels-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-chinese-a-case-control-study
#20
H Wang, C Weng, H Chen
Variants in G protein-coupled inward rectifier K(+) channels 4 (GIRK4 also known as KCNJ5) gene are associated with primary aldosteronism, which is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. The KCNJ5 rs2604204 variant was shown to be common (minor allele frequency=32.5%) in Chinese patients with essential hypertension (EH). The relationship between KCNJ5 variant and plasma aldosterone (ALD) levels in EH patients has not been reported. We collected 229 patients with newly diagnosed EH without any antihypertensive agents...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
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