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Dyspnea measurment

Maria Kerti, Zsuzsanna Balogh, Krisztina Kelemen, Janos T Varga
Rationale: The relationship of functional parameters such as lung mechanics, chest kinematics, metabolism and peripheral and respiratory muscle function with the level of exercise tolerance remains a controversial subject. While it has been previously shown that pulmonary rehabilitation is capable of improving exercise tolerance in patients afflicted by COPD, as expressed by values of 6-minute walking test (6MWT), the degree of contribution to this change by each of the aforementioned parameters remains unclear...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Tom Ottoboni, Mary Rose Keller, Matt Cravets, Neil Clendeninn, Barry Quart
Introduction: Fosaprepitant, an intravenous (IV) aprepitant prodrug for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting prophylaxis, is associated with systemic and infusion-site reactions attributed in part to its surfactant, polysorbate 80. HTX-019 is an IV aprepitant formulation free of polysorbate 80 and other synthetic surfactants. Materials and methods: This open-label, single-dose, randomized, two-way crossover bioequivalence study compared pharmacokinetics and safety of HTX-019 and fosaprepitant...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Alberto Palazzuoli, Gaetano Ruocco, Matteo Beltrami, Ranuccio Nuti, John G Cleland
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound (LUS) can be used to assess pulmonary congestion by imaging B-lines ('comets') for patients with acute heart failure (AHF). OBJECTIVES: Investigate relationship of B-lines, plasma concentrations of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), and echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) function measured at admission and discharge and their relationship to prognosis for AHF with preserved (HFpEF) or reduced (HFrEF) LV ejection fraction. METHODS: Patients with AHF had the above tests done at admission and discharge...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Jinsong Zhang, Anastasia Miller, Yongxia Li, Qinqin Lan, Ning Zhang, Yanling Chai, Bing Hai
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious chronic condition with a global impact. Symptoms of COPD include progressive dyspnea, breathlessness, cough, and sputum production, which have a considerable impact on the lives of patients. In addition to the human cost of living with COPD and the resulting death, COPD entails a huge economic burden on the Chinese population, with patients spending up to one-third of the average family income on COPD management in some regions is clinically beneficial to adopt preventable measures via prudent COPD care utilization, monetary costs, and hospitalizations...
March 7, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is a common condition among older adults that can be associated with dangerous outcomes, due to both the disease itself and its influence on other conditions. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of aortic stenosis. DISCUSSION: Aortic stenosis refers to significant narrowing of the aortic valve and can be caused by calcific disease, congenital causes, or rheumatic valvular disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Matthew R Naunheim, Paul M Paddle, Inna Husain, Patcharamanee Wangchalabovorn, David Rosario, Ramon A Franco
OBJECTIVES: Idiopathic subglottic stenosis (ISGS) can have significant impacts on quality of life (QOL), but it remains unclear how patients' subjective responses correlate with objective measurement of disease severity. Peak expiratory flow percentage (PEF%) has been shown to be an effective measure of disease severity in subglottic stenosis. This study aims to identify the key QOL questions correlated with PEF% and proposes a statistical model for prediction of disease severity. METHODS: Patients with ISGS presenting to an academic laryngologist were included retrospectively from 2012 to 2016...
March 7, 2018: Laryngoscope
Elie Azoulay, Virginie Lemiale, Djamel Mokart, Saad Nseir, Laurent Argaud, Frédéric Pène, Loay Kontar, Fabrice Bruneel, Kada Klouche, François Barbier, Jean Reignier, Anabelle Stoclin, Guillaume Louis, Jean-Michel Constantin, Julien Mayaux, Florent Wallet, Achille Kouatchet, Vincent Peigne, Pierre Perez, Christophe Girault, Samir Jaber, Johanna Oziel, Martine Nyunga, Nicolas Terzi, Lila Bouadma, Christine Lebert, Alexandre Lautrette, Naike Bigé, Jean-Herlé Raphalen, Laurent Papazian, Antoine Rabbat, Michael Darmon, Sylvie Chevret, Alexandre Demoule
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory failure (ARF) is the leading reason for intensive care unit (ICU) admission in immunocompromised patients. High-flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) therapy is an alternative to standard oxygen. By providing warmed and humidified gas, HFNO allows the delivery of higher flow rates via nasal cannula devices, with FiO2 values of nearly 100%. Benefits include alleviation of dyspnea and discomfort, decreased respiratory distress and decreased mortality in unselected patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure...
March 5, 2018: Trials
Michael E Wilson, Abdul M Majzoub, Claudia C Dobler, J Randall Curtis, Tarek Nayfeh, Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, Amelia K Barwise, Jon C Tilburt, Ognjen Gajic, Victor M Montori, M Hassan Murad
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of noninvasive ventilation in patients with acute respiratory failure and do-not-intubate or comfort-measures-only orders. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Scopus, and Web of Science from inception to January 1, 2017. STUDY SELECTION: Studies of all design types that enrolled patients in the ICU or hospital ward who received noninvasive ventilation and had preset do-not-intubate or comfort-measures-only orders...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Antonello Nicolini, Bruna Grecchi, Maura Ferrari-Bravo, Cornelius Barlascini
Purpose: Chest physiotherapy is an important tool in the treatment of COPD. Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) and high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) are techniques designed to create a global percussion of the lung which removes secretions and probably clears the peripheral bronchial tree. We tested the hypothesis that adding IPV or HFCWO to the best pharmacological therapy (PT) may provide additional clinical benefit over chest physiotherapy in patients with severe COPD...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Beniamino Guerra, Sarah R Haile, Bernd Lamprecht, Ana S Ramírez, Pablo Martinez-Camblor, Bernhard Kaiser, Inmaculada Alfageme, Pere Almagro, Ciro Casanova, Cristóbal Esteban-González, Juan J Soler-Cataluña, Juan P de-Torres, Marc Miravitlles, Bartolome R Celli, Jose M Marin, Gerben Ter Riet, Patricia Sobradillo, Peter Lange, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, Josep M Antó, Alice M Turner, Meilan K Han, Arnulf Langhammer, Linda Leivseth, Per Bakke, Ane Johannessen, Toru Oga, Borja Cosio, Julio Ancochea-Bermúdez, Andres Echazarreta, Nicolas Roche, Pierre-Régis Burgel, Don D Sin, Joan B Soriano, Milo A Puhan
BACKGROUND: External validations and comparisons of prognostic models or scores are a prerequisite for their use in routine clinical care but are lacking in most medical fields including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our aim was to externally validate and concurrently compare prognostic scores for 3-year all-cause mortality in mostly multimorbid patients with COPD. METHODS: We relied on 24 cohort studies of the COPD Cohorts Collaborative International Assessment consortium, corresponding to primary, secondary, and tertiary care in Europe, the Americas, and Japan...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medicine
Huguette Romieu, Françoise Charbonnier, Dora Janka, Aymeric Douillard, Valérie Macioce, Kathleen Lavastre, Hamouda Abassi, Marie-Catherine Renoux, Thibault Mura, Pascal Amedro
BACKGROUND: Asthma is the most common chronic disease in pediatrics. Along with the usual drug therapy using corticosteroids and bronchodilators, some interest has been shown for adjuvant therapies, such as sophrology. However, the level of evidence for non-pharmaceutical therapies in asthma remains low, especially in children. This study aimed to assess whether in children with asthma, peak expiratory flow (PEF) improved more after a sophrology session alongside standard treatment than after standard treatment alone...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Yuanli Lei, Ming-Hua Zheng, Weijian Huang, Jie Zhang, Yingru Lu
RATIONALE: Circulatory failure, especially with low systemic vascular resistance (SVR), as observed in septic shock, thyrotoxicosis, and anemia, is a particular pattern that should suggest thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. The clinical picture of wet beriberi secondary to thiamine deficiency only demonstrates non-specific clinical manifestations. For a diagnosis of wet beriberi, medical history is very important. Interestingly, imprisonment was also found to be related to thiamine deficiency...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bue F Ross Agner, Michael G Katz, Zachary R Williams, Ulrik Dixen, Gorm B Jensen, Karl Q Schwarz
Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common aberrant cardiac arrhythmia. Many AF patients present with symptoms of dyspnea and fatigue, but have normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Purpose: To determine the reproducibility of measurements of global longitudinal strain (GLS) and strain rate in patients with AF and examine if the arrhythmia is associated with abnormal LV strain and strain rate independent of age, sex, heart rate, LVEF and LV mass...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Stacey J Butler, Annemarie L Lee, Roger S Goldstein, Dina Brooks
PURPOSE: Exercise is an effective treatment for reducing symptom severity and improving quality of life for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. Active video games offer a new and enjoyable way to exercise and have gained popularity in a rehabilitation setting. However, it is unclear whether they achieve comparable physiological and clinical effects as traditional exercise training. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed to identify studies that included an active video game component as a form of exercise training and a comparator group in chronic respiratory disease...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Mariela Dore, Paloma Triana Junco, Carlos De La Torre, Alejandra Vilanova-Sánchez, Monserrat Bret, Gaspar Gonzalez, Vanesa Nuñez Cerezo, Javier Jimenez Gomez, Jose Luis Encinas, Francisco Hernandez, Leopoldo Martínez Martínez, Manuel Lopez Santamaria
Introduction  Minimally invasive repair for pectus excavatum (MIRPE) is controversial in extremely severe cases of pectus excavatum (PE) and an open repair is usually favored. Our aim is to describe a case of a patient with an extremely severe PE that underwent a minimally invasive approach. Case report  An 8-year-old girl with severe sternum depression was assessed. She had a history of exercise intolerance, nocturnal dyspnea, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Chest computed tomography showed that sternum depression was posterior to the anterior vertebral column; therefore, Haller and correction index could not be measured...
January 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery Reports
Elias F Porto, Antonio A M Castro, Felipe Cortopassi, Gerson F de Souza, José R Jardim
PURPOSE: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves exercise tolerance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, it is unclear why some patients do not improve quality of life during a training program. Our objective was to evaluate the differences between patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who improve and those who do not improve quality of life during a pulmonary rehabilitation program. METHODS: Seventy-three patients underwent a PR program...
March 2018: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Zhaoshun Yuan, Yangzhao Zhou, Xinmin Zhou, Xiaobo Liao
Cement pulmonary embolism (cPE) and inferior vena cava embolism (cIE) are rare but potentially life-threatening complications of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP). Most cPE and cIE occur simultaneously. In this case, a 65-year-old woman complained of dyspnea after PVP for 4 days. The patient's symptom and image tests manifested that the cPE was secondary to cIE. Even though the cIE was found on the first day after PVP, local surgeons treated the patient with a regular anticoagulant instead of more effective therapeutic measures...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Maaike Van Den Houte, Katleen Bogaerts, Ilse Van Diest, Jozef De Bie, Philippe Persoons, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Omer Van den Bergh
OBJECTIVE: Dyspnea perception is distorted in patients with medically unexplained dyspnea. The goals of this study were 1) to replicate these results in patients with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and 2) to investigate predictors of distorted symptom perception within the patient group, with a focus on negative affectivity (NA), psychiatric comorbidity and somatic symptom severity. METHODS: Seventy-three patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or CFS and 38 healthy controls (HC) completed a rebreathing paradigm, consisting of a baseline (60s of room air), a rebreathing phase (150s, gradually increasing ventilation, partial pressure of CO2 in the blood, and self-reported dyspnea), and a recovery phase (150s of room air)...
March 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
James F Donohue, Vamsi K Bollu, Donald E Stull, Lauren M Nelson, Valerie Sl Williams, Michael D Stensland, Nicola A Hanania
Background: Symptom severity is the largest factor in determining subjective health in COPD. Symptoms (eg, chronic cough, dyspnea) are associated with decreased health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We evaluated the impact of arformoterol on HRQoL in COPD patients, measured by St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ). Post hoc growth mixture model (GMM) analysis examined symptom response profiles. Methods: We examined data from a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, 12-month safety trial of twice-daily nebulized arformoterol 15 µg (n=420) versus placebo (n=421)...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Sulenur Yildiz, Deniz Inal-Ince, Ebru Calik-Kutukcu, Naciye Vardar-Yagli, Melda Saglam, Hulya Arikan, Lutfi Coplu
INTRODUCTION: Exercise capacity is impaired in patients with bronchiectasis. Incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT) stresses cardiorespiratory system physiologically to symptom-limited maximal exercise capacity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical determinants of ISWT in adults with non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis. METHODS: Forty-one clinically stable bronchiectasis patients aged 18-72 years (27 females, 14 males) participated in the study...
February 12, 2018: Lung
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