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Cardiac rule out

John W Pickering, Jaimi H Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Dylan Flaws, William Parsonage, Sally Aldous, Peter George, Andrew Worster, Peter A Kavsak, Martin P Than
BACKGROUND: -The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) new guidelines to rule-in and rule-out acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the emergency department (ED) include a rapid assessment algorithm based on high-sensitivity cardiac troponin and sampling at zero and one hour. ED physicians require very high sensitivity to confidently rule-out AMI, while cardiologists aim to minimise false positive results. METHODS: -High-sensitivity troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) assays were used to measure troponin concentrations in patients presenting with chest-pain symptoms and being investigated for possible acute coronary syndrome at hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and Canada...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Allan S Jaffe, Harvey D White
High sensitivity cardiac troponin (hscTn) assays are used everywhere except in the United States.(1) One potential advantage of these assays is the ability to triage patients with possible ischemia more rapidly and, there is an understandable desire to find easy, facile algorithms to do this. This was the approach taken with hscTn in the evaluation of patients with possible acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using an algorithm developed by the Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndromes Evaluation (APACE) trial...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Nilson T Poppi, Luís H W Gowdak, Luciana O C Dourado, Eduardo L Adam, Thiago N P Leite, Bruno M Mioto, José E Krieger, Luiz A M César, Alexandre C Pereira
BACKGROUND: The predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with chronic refractory angina are limited. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assays are biomarkers that may be used to determine the prognosis of patients with stable coronary artery disease. HYPOTHESIS: Hs-cTnT is a predictor of death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with refractory angina. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 117 consecutive patients in this study...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Rafel Ramos, Xavier Albert, Joan Sala, Maria Garcia-Gil, Roberto Elosua, Jaume Marrugat, Anna Ponjoan, María Grau, Manel Morales, Antoni Rubió, Pedro Ortuño, Lia Alves-Cabratosa, Ruth Martí-Lluch
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of unrecognized myocardial infarction (UMI) remains an open question in epidemiological and clinical studies, inhibiting effective secondary prevention of myocardial infarction. We aimed to determine the prevalence and incidence of Q-wave UMI in asymptomatic individuals aged 35 to 74years, and to ascertain the positive predictive value (PPV) of asymptomatic Q-wave to diagnose UMI. METHODS: Two population-based cross-sectional studies were conducted, in 2000 (with 10-year follow-up) and in 2005...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Rajashree Madabushi, Anil Agarwal, Saipriya Tewari, Sujeet K S Gautam, Sandeep Khuba
Wolff Parkinson White (WPW) syndrome is a condition in which there is an aberrant conduction pathway between the atria and ventricles, resulting in tachycardia. A 42-year-old patient, who was treated for WPW syndrome previously, presented with chronic somatic pain. With her cardiac condition in mind, she was thoroughly worked up for a recurrence of disease. As part of routine screening of all patients at our pain clinic, she was found to have severe depression as per the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) criteria...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Pelbreton C Balfour, Jorge A Gonzalez, Christopher M Kramer
Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a significant global public health burden despite advancements in prevention and therapeutic strategies. Common non-invasive imaging modalities, anatomic and functional, are available for the assessment of patients with stable chest pain. Exercise electrocardiography is a long-standing method for evaluation for CAD and remains the initial test for the majority of patients who can exercise adequately with a baseline interpretable electrocardiogram. The addition of cardiac imaging to exercise testing provides incremental benefit for accurate diagnosis for CAD and is particularly useful in patients who are unable to exercise adequately and/or have uninterpretable electrocardiograms...
September 12, 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Corey Heitz, Justin Morgenstern, William K Milne
This prospectively planned, secondary analysis of data from a large multi-center trial evaluated the diagnostic characteristics of using hs-cTnT levels below the level of detection (LoD), along with EKG findings, to rule out AMI on presentation to the ED. The primary outcome was diagnosis of AMI and the secondary outcome was major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 30 days. A total of 1,282 patients were included in the study, 16.6% of which were diagnosed with AMI at the index visit. This article is protected by copyright...
October 5, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Juan Sanchis, Sergio García-Blas, Arturo Carratalá, Ernesto Valero, Anna Mollar, Gema Miñana, Vicente Ruiz, Jose Vicente Balaguer, Mercé Roqué, Xavier Bosch, Julio Núñez
Decision-making in acute chest pain remains challenging despite normal (below ninety-ninth percentile) high-sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn). Some studies suggest that undetectable hs-cTn, far below the ninety-ninth percentile, might rule out acute coronary syndrome. We investigated clinical data in comparison to undetectable hs-cTnT. The study comprised 682 patients (November 2010 to September 2011) presenting at the emergency department with chest pain and normal hs-cTnT (<14 ng/l). The main end point was major adverse cardiac events (MACE: death, myocardial infarction, readmission for unstable angina, or revascularization) at a 4-year median follow-up; secondary end point was 30-day MACE...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Anupama Nair, S Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the referral pattern for fetal echocardiography (FE) at our tertiary referral center for pediatric cardiac care in northern India. We also aimed to determine the incidence of CHD in each group and intend to highlight the need of identifying the various risk factors and appropriate timely referral of patients for detailed evaluation. METHODS: This is a prospective study including 201 consecutive patients referred for fetal echo to our center...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Sarah Djebara, Patrick Biston, Emmanuel Fossé, Anne Daper, Marc Joris, Karim Zouaoui Boudjeltia, Christophe Lelubre, Philippe Cauchie, Michael Piagnerelli
Distinction between inflammation secondary to surgery, especially coronary artery bypass graft with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and inflammation due to infection is difficult in surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Development of biomarkers of infection could help clinicians in the early identification and thus treatment of sepsis in these patients. We compared the time course of the neutrophil CD64 index, a high affinity immunoglobulin FC γ receptor I whose expression is increased in bacterial infection, in 39 patients undergoing cardiac surgery with CPB and 11 patients admitted to the ICU with severe sepsis or septic shock...
September 19, 2016: Shock
Julia W Erath, Abdul Sami Sirat, Mate Vamos, Stefan H Hohnloser
Persistent left superior vena cava is known to be a challenging anatomic abnormality for transvenous cardiac device implantation. In the a case of a young man presenting with dilative cardiomyopathy with severely impaired left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and second-degree atrioventricular block (AV block), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation was indicated. A transvenous approach was attempted, but placement of the right ventricular lead was not successful due to anatomic abnormalities...
September 19, 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
Wakako Tsuji, Eiji Takeuchi, Satoshi Oka, Taro Yamashita, Fumiaki Yotsumoto
BACKGROUND: Primary amyloidosis of the breast is an unusual benign disease that mostly occurs in postmenopausal elderly women. Amyloidosis is the deposition of amorphous protein within tissues. Breast biopsy is necessary to make a definite diagnosis in order to avoid unnecessary surgical methods. Localized primary amyloidosis of the breast has a good prognosis. However, secondary amyloidosis is a systemic disease and has a poor prognosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 77-year-old female with primary amyloidosis of the breast...
2016: BMC Surgery
J You, Z Yue, S Chen, Y Chen, X Lu, X Zhang, P Shen, J Li, Q Han, Z Li, P Liu
AIM: The transcriptional cofactor receptor-interacting protein 140 (RIP140) is known as a deleterious regulator of cardiac mitochondrial function and energy metabolic homeostasis. This study revealed that RIP140 repressed Sirtuin 3 (SIRT3), a mitochondrial deacetylase that plays an important role in regulating cardiac function. METHODS: RIP140 was overexpressed by adenovirus infection or was knocked down by RNA interference in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. RESULTS: RIP140 overexpression repressed, while RIP140 silencing elevated the expression and activity of SIRT3...
September 10, 2016: Acta Physiologica
Raquel Romes Linhares
The smoothed detrended fluctuation analysis (SDFA) based on DFA and the principal of wavelet shrinkage procedures is a scaling analysis method to represent the correlation properties of a time series. Since there is not a specific rule for the choice of the numbers of regressors in SDFA Method, we present here an asymptotic optimal choice. We carried out some Monte Carlo simulations on fractional Gaussian noise (FGN) models, to investigate the effect of the numbers of regressors in SDFA Method. We analyze the long dependence property in view of the SDFA method to compare 10 healthy and 10 unhealthy (with cardiac arrhythimia) RR time series randomly selected from databases of the PhysioBank...
August 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Cas Teunissen, Jesse Habets, Birgitta K Velthuis, Maarten J Cramer, Peter Loh
Prior to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used for left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus detection. LAA filling defects on CTA may represent thrombus or incomplete contrast mixing with blood. A pre-bolus of contrast material with delay before the CTA contrast bolus can help distinguish between thrombus and incomplete contrast mixing. We present results from a double-contrast, single-phase CTA protocol used in our daily clinical practice. In patients who underwent AF ablation between 2011 and 2015, double-contrast, single-phase CTA was performed prior to ablation...
September 6, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Kelly Williams
Kawasaki disease is currently the leading cause of long-term cardiac damage in pediatric patients in the United States. Kawasaki disease is diagnosed based on symptomatology and by ruling out other etiology. There is a significant need for an improved, standardized treatment protocol for patients diagnosed with Kawasaki disease and a more rapid initiation of treatment for these patients. Decreasing the cardiac damage caused by Kawasaki disease with timely diagnosis and treatment needs be a principal goal.
August 31, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Joanna M Young, John W Pickering, Peter M George, Sally J Aldous, John Wallace, Chris M Frampton, Richard W Troughton, Mark A Richards, Jaimi H Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Martin P Than
BACKGROUND: Improved ability to rapidly rule-out Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) in patients presenting with chest pain will promote decongestion of the Emergency Department (ED) and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. We assessed a new commercial Heart Fatty Acid Binding Protein (H-FABP) assay for additional diagnostic value when combined with cardiac troponin (using a high sensitivity assay). METHODS: H-FABP and high-sensitivity troponins I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) were measured in samples taken on-presentation from patients, attending the ED, with symptoms triggering investigation for possible acute coronary syndrome...
2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
Kris G Vargas, Mona Kassem, Christian Mueller, Johann Wojta, Kurt Huber
Copeptin, a neuropeptide of unknown pathophysiological function that is stoichiometrically secreted with the antidiuretic hormone, is a non-specific marker of endogenous stress which has recently gained interest for its use within a dual-marker strategy in combination with cardiac troponin for the early rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in emergency department patients with suspected MI. Based on methodologically strong and consistent evidence from large diagnostic studies and even one randomized intervention study, current European Society of Cardiology Guidelines recommend copeptin and the dual-marker strategy for the early rule-out of MI when high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assays are not available...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jongdae Park, Joonghee Kim, Kyuseok Kim
PURPOSE: Recently, dedicated cardiac computed tomography (CT) has been performed to rule out acute coronary syndrome in patients with chest pain equivalents. However, acute aortic syndrome (AAS) could mimic acute coronary syndrome. We investigated the reliability of CT with a limited scan range for the detection of AAS. METHODS: Patients older than 18 years with a diagnosis of AAS were included for a 10-year period. We reviewed all patients' electronic medical record and cardiac CT scan images...
October 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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