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Johannes Petersen, Eik Vettorazzi, Lena Winter, Wolfram Schmied, Ingrid Kindermann, Hans-Joachim Schäfers
OBJECTIVE: Physical and mental recovery are important factors to consider in the treatment of aortic valve disease, and the process of recovery is not well known. We investigated the course of physical and mental recovery directly after conventional aortic valve surgery. METHODS: In a longitudinal study, 60 patients undergoing elective aortic valve surgery were studied preoperatively and at intervals of 4 weeks after aortic valve surgery. The last measurement was taken 6 months postoperatively...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Junfei Feng, Xuehui Wang, Xing Li, Dejun Zhao, Jinquan Xu
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been suggested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in China. However, current evidence is insufficient to draw a firm conclusion regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture in COPD. Therefore, this multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treating patients with COPD. METHODS: This is a two-arm, parallel group, multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial with concealed allocation, and participants, assessor, and analyst blinding...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Paolo T Pianosi, Zhen Zhang, Paul Hernandez, Marianne Huebner
BACKGROUND: Dyspnea or perceived exertion during exercise is most commonly measured using Borg or visual analog scales, created for use in adults. In contrast, pictorial scales have been promoted for children due to skepticism concerning applicability of the said scales in pediatrics. We sought to validate our newly created, pictorial Dalhousie Dyspnea and Perceived Exertion Scales in adult populations and compare ratings with the Borg scale. METHODS: Dyspnea and perceived exertion ratings obtained with both modified Borg CR-10 and Dalhousie scales during maximal cycle exercise were compared in 24 healthy adults and 17 with various pulmonary disorders...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
A G Monte da Silva, B deA Roza Aguiar, L D Chiavegato
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is indicated at the end stage of chronic liver failure, and severity of disease will determine the precocity of this happening. At this stage, the presence of chronic dyspnea is one of several manifestations of progression of the disease, which leads the patient to inactivity. A rehabilitation program can positively influence the evolution of liver transplant recipients. The objective of this study was to establish an association between the perception of dyspnea and the severity of liver disease in patients at a single center of a Brazilian liver pre-transplantation clinic...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Praful Schroff, Jason Hitchcock, Christopher Schumann, J Michael Wells, Mark T Dransfield, Surya P Bhatt
Rationale Current practice guidelines recommend pulmonary rehabilitation as an adjunct to standard pharmacologic therapy for individuals with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Whether pulmonary rehabilitation benefits all subjects with COPD independent of baseline disease burden is not known. Objective To test whether pulmonary rehabilitation benefits patients with COPD independent of baseline exercise capacity, dyspnea and lung function. Methods Data from a prospectively maintained database of participants with COPD enrolled in pulmonary rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1996 to 2013 was retrospectively analyzed...
October 14, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Christian Michael Horvath, Martin Horvath Brutsche, Otto Dagobert Schoch, Bernarde Schillig, Florent Baty, Dieter vonOw, Jochen Julius Rüdiger
Non-invasive ventilatory support is frequently used in patients with severe respiratory failure (SRF), but is often limited to intensive care units (ICU). We hypothesized that an instantaneous short course of NIV (up to 2 h), limited to regular working hours as an additional therapy on the emergency department (ED) would be feasible and could improve patient´s dyspnoea measured by respiratory rate and Borg visual dyspnea scale. NIV was set up by an interdisciplinary respiratory care team. Outside these predefined hours NIV was performed in the ICU...
October 8, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Jannie M B Sand, Diana J Leeming, Inger Byrjalsen, Asger R Bihlet, Peter Lange, Ruth Tal-Singer, Bruce E Miller, Morten A Karsdal, Jørgen Vestbo
BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify individuals with COPD at risk for disease progression and mortality. Lung tissue remodeling is associated with the release of extracellular matrix (ECM) fragments into the peripheral circulation. We hypothesized that ECM remodeling was associated with mortality in COPD and measured neo-epitopes originating from ECM proteins associated with lung tissue remodeling. METHODS: Biomarkers of ECM remodeling were assessed in a subpopulation (n = 1000) of the Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate End-points (ECLIPSE) cohort...
October 4, 2016: Respiratory Research
Francois Vermeulen, Audrey Chirumberro, Peter Rummens, Marie Bruyneel, Vincent Ninane
OBJECTIVE: In asthma patients, the assessment of activity limitation is based on questions evaluating how limited the patient feels in their activities. However, the lack of functional data complicates the interpretation of the answers. We aimed to evaluate the intensity of relationships between the patient's perception of activity limitation and the results of several functional tests. METHODS: Twenty patients complaining of asthma exacerbation were invited to complete three scores (Chronic Respiratory Disease questionnaire, Asthma Control Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale)...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Eu Suk Kim, Pyoeng Gyun Choe, Wan Beom Park, Hong Sang Oh, Eun Jung Kim, Eun Young Nam, Sun Hee Na, Moonsuk Kim, Kyoung Ho Song, Ji Hwan Bang, Sang Won Park, Hong Bin Kim, Nam Joong Kim, Myoung Don Oh
Clinical progression over time and cytokine profiles have not been well defined in patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. We included 17 patients with laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV during the 2015 outbreak in Korea. Clinical and laboratory parameters were collected prospectively. Serum cytokine and chemokine levels in serial serum samples were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. All patients presented with fever. The median time to defervescence was 18 days...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Irene Torres-Sánchez, Irene Cabrera-Martos, Ana Díz-Pelegrina, Gerald Valenza-Demet, Maria Paz Moreno-Ramírez, Marie Carmen Valenza
BACKGROUND: COPD exacerbations are frequent events that have a negative impact on the lives of patients. The aims of this study were to analyze physical and functional impairment during hospital stay in subjects hospitalized due to COPD exacerbation and to assess the physical and functional impact of hospitalization at a 1-month follow-up in patients with severe COPD. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study on a sample of 52 subjects hospitalized due to COPD exacerbation...
October 4, 2016: Respiratory Care
Ehud Chorin, Allison Padegimas, Ofer Havakuk, Edo Y Birati, Yacov Shacham, Anat Milman, Guy Topaz, Nir Flint, Gad Keren, Ori Rogowski
INTRODUCTION: Health care demand is increasing due to greater longevity of patients with chronic comorbidities. This increasing demand is occurring in a setting of resource scarcity. To address these changes, high-value care initiatives, such as telemedicine, are valuable resource-preservation strategies. This study introduces the Roth score as a telemedicine tool that uses patient counting times to accurately risk-stratify dyspnea severity in terms of hypoxia. HYPOTHESIS: The Roth score has correlation with dyspnea severity...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Hamid Tavakkoli, Mehdi Zobeiri, Mansour Salesi, Mohammad Hossein Sanei
Wegener's granulomatosis is an uncommon inflammatory disease that manifests as vasculitis, granulomatosis, and necrosis. It usually involves the upper and lower respiratory tracts and kidneys. Although it may essentially involve any organ, gastrointestinal (GI) involvement is notably uncommon. A 20-year-old male patient presented with epigastric pain, vomiting, hematemesis, and melena. On physical examination, he was pale. There was no abdominal tenderness or organomegaly. Upper GI endoscopy revealed dark blue-colored infiltrative lesions in prepyloric area...
July 2016: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
Kareem Mahmoud, Hussien Heshmat Kassem, Essam Baligh, Usama ElGameel, Yosri Akl, Hossam Kandil
Increased sympathetic tone and use of bronchodilators increase heart rate and this may worsen functional capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this study was to look at the short-term effect of the heart rate lowering drug ivabradine on clinical status in COPD patients.We randomised 80 COPD patients with sinus heart rate ≥90 bpm into either taking ivabradine 7.5 mg twice per day or placebo for two weeks. We assessed all patients using the modified Borg scale and 6-minute walk test at baseline and then again 2 weeks after randomisation...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Nicholas G Wysham, Michael J Hochman, Steven P Wolf, Christopher E Cox, Arif H Kamal
CONTEXT: Quality metrics for intensive care unit (ICU)-based palliative care have been proposed but it is unknown how consultative palliative care can contribute to performance on these measures. OBJECTIVES: Assess adherence to proposed quality metrics of intensive care unit (ICU)-based palliative care by palliative care specialists. METHODS: Surrogates for 9/14 patient-level quality metrics were assessed in all patients who received an initial palliative care specialist consult while in an ICU from 10/26/2012 to 1/16/2015 in the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance, a nationwide palliative care quality registry...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, João Batista Masson-Silva, Lays Silva Ribeiro, Marcus Barreto Conde, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: COPD, a systemic illness associated with the impairment of different organs, affects patient prognosis and quality of life. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between right ventricle (RV) function, the BODE (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity) index (a multifunctional scale for the assessment of mortality risk), and quality of life in patients with COPD. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 107 outpatients presenting with stable COPD who underwent clinical assessment, spirometry, arterial blood gas analyses, a 6-minute walk test, electrocardiography, and echocardiogram and who responded to the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ)...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Atsushi Hayata, Yoshiaki Minakata, Kazuto Matsunaga, Masanori Nakanishi, Nobuyuki Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is impaired from the early stages of COPD, is associated with a worsening of disease prognosis, and causes COPD patients to restrict their daily activities in order to avoid breathlessness. The development of a simple tool to estimate physical activity level (PAL) could be useful for the management of COPD. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the differences in PA according to the modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) grade in patients with COPD...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Lani Zimmerman, Bunny Pozehl, Karen Vuckovic, Susan Barnason, Paula Schulz, Yaewon Seo, Catherine J Ryan, Julie J Zerwic, Holli A DeVon
The purpose of this review is to provide a guide for researchers and clinicians in selecting an instrument to measure four commonly occurring symptoms (dyspnea, chest pain, palpitations, and fatigue) in cardiac populations (acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, arrhythmia/atrial fibrillation, and angina, or patients undergoing cardiac interventions). An integrative review of the literature was conducted. A total of 102 studies summarizing information on 36 different instruments are reported in this integrative review...
September 26, 2016: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Eliza W Beal, Lai Wei, Cecilia G Ethun, Sylvester M Black, Mary Dillhoff, Ahmed Salem, Sharon M Weber, Thuy Tran, George Poultsides, Andre Y Son, Ioannis Hatzaras, Linda Jin, Ryan C Fields, Stefan Buettner, Timothy M Pawlik, Charles Scoggins, Robert C G Martin, Chelsea A Isom, Kamron Idrees, Harveshp D Mogal, Perry Shen, Shishir K Maithel, Carl R Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Gallbladder and extrahepatic biliary malignancies are aggressive tumors with high risk of recurrence and death. We hypothesize that elevated preoperative Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratios (NLR) are associated with poor prognosis among patients undergoing resection of gallbladder or extrahepatic biliary cancers. METHODS: Patients who underwent complete surgical resection between 2000-2014 were identified from 10 academic centers (n=525). Overall (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS) were analyzed by stratifying patients with normal (<5) versus elevated (>5) NLR...
September 24, 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Armando S Miciano, Laura Greene, Chad L Cross
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Mahmoud U Sani, Gad Cotter, Beth A Davison, Bongani M Mayosi, Albertino Damasceno, Christopher Edwards, Okechukwu S Ogah, Charles Mondo, Anastase Dzudie, Dike B Ojji, Charles Kouam Kouam, Ahmed Suliman, Gerald Yonga, Sergine Abdou Ba, Fikru Maru, Bekele Alemayehu, Karen Sliwa
BACKGROUND: Symptoms and signs of heart failure (HF) are the most common reasons for admission to hospital for acute HF (AHF) and are used routinely throughout admission, to assess the severity of disease and response to therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: The data were collected in the sub Saharan Africa survey on heart failure (THESUS-HF) study, a prospective, multicenter, observational survey of AHF, from 9 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 1006 patients, 12 years or older, hospitalized for acute heart failure were recruited...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
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