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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730895/incidence-treatment-strategies-and-outcomes-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-and-without-ongoing-myocardial-ischaemia-results-from-the-czech-3-registry
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Petr Tousek, Klara Staskova, Anna Mala, Martin Sluka, Alexandra Vodzinska, Radek Jancar, Denisa Maluskova, Jiri Jarkovsky, Petr Widimsky
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute coronary syndrome with signs of ongoing myocardial ischaemia at first medical contact should be indicated for immediate invasive treatment. AIM: To assess the incidence, treatment strategies and outcomes of acute coronary syndrome in a large unselected cohort of patients with respect to the signs of ongoing myocardial ischaemia. METHODS: The CZECH-3 registry included 1754 consecutive patients admitted for suspected acute coronary syndrome to 43 hospitals during a 2-month period in the autumn of 2015...
July 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730842/comparison-of-distinctive-clinical-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-features-between-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-incomplete-myocardial-rupture-and-those-with-moderate-to-severe-pericardial-effusion
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Víctor Pineda, Jaume Figueras, Sergio Moral, Jordi Bañeras, José Rodríguez-Palomares, Artur Evangelista, David García-Dorado
BACKGROUND: Whether patients with incomplete myocardial rupture (IMR) present distinctive clinical and cardiac magnetic resonance features from those with moderate-severe pericardial effusion (⩾10 mm (PE)) remains unknown Methods: We compared the clinical, angiographic and cardiac magnetic resonance characteristics of nine patients with IMR (diagnosed angiographically and/or by cardiac magnetic resonance) with 29 with PE, and also with 38 without IMR or PE with evidence of transmural necrosis (reference group) matched for age, gender and year of admission...
July 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725938/declining-radiation-dose-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-german-cardiac-ct-registry-experience-2009-2014
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Axel Schmermund, Mohamed Marwan, Jörg Hausleiter, Sebastian Barth, Oliver Bruder, Sebastian Kerber, Grigorius Korosoglou, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Stephen Schröder, Steffen Schneider, Jochen Senges, Stephan Achenbach
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as a test to rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a low to intermediate pre-test probability of the disease. We used the database of the German CT registry, collected between 2009 and 2014 in a broad patient population, to analyze contemporary radiation dose associated with coronary CTA in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The prospective observational registry included a total of 7061 patients ≥18 years, referred to 12 participating centers for a clinically indicated cardiac CT examination...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713042/implementation-of-the-universal-bls-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-in-a-rural-ems-system
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Matthew R Jordan, Michael F O'Keefe, David Weiss, C Wes Cubberley, Charles D MacLean, Daniel L Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are often the first medical providers to begin resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims. The universal Basic Life Support Termination of Resuscitation (BLS-TOR) rule is a validated clinical prediction tool used to identify patients in which continued resuscitation efforts are futile. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim is to compare the rate of transport of OHCA cases before and after the implementation of a BLS-TOR protocol and to determine the compliance rate of EMS personnel with the new protocol in a largely volunteer, rural system...
July 13, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701316/diagnostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-compared-with-contemporary-cardiac-troponin-i-for-the-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Yader Sandoval, Stephen W Smith, Sarah E Thordsen, Charles A Bruen, Michelle D Carlson, Kenneth W Dodd, Brian E Driver, Katherine Jacoby, Benjamin K Johnson, Sara A Love, Johanna C Moore, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Nathaniel L Scott, Jennifer Nicholson, Fred S Apple
BACKGROUND: We examined the diagnostic performance of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) vs contemporary cTnI with use of the 99th percentile alone and with a normal electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out acute myocardial infarction (MI) and serial changes (deltas) to rule in MI. METHODS: We included consecutive patients presenting to a US emergency department with serial cTnI on clinical indication (NCT02060760). Diagnostic performance for acute MI, including MI subtypes, and 30-day outcomes were examined...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690956/thyrotoxicosis-mimicking-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Ingrid Rymer De Marchena, Anna Gutman, Julie Zaidan, Harout Yacoub, Wissam Hoyek
Hyperthyroidism is well known to be associated with cardiac disease. Delay in making the diagnosis and occurrence of complications are common and are associated with a worse outcome. A 54-year-old male, non-smoker, with no past medical history and no significant family history presented to our hospital with severe left sided chest pain, "crushing" in nature. Electrocardiogram showed ST-segment elevations in the inferior leads. Troponin I level was 0.32 ng/mL (normal range 0-0.05 ng/mL) on presentation. The patient underwent an emergent coronary angiography which showed no evidence of occlusive coronary artery disease...
June 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670188/an-uncommon-variant-of-an-uncommon-disease-a-caucasian-adolescent-with-apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-diagnosed-with-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
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Rami Kassem Zein, Zaid Al-Faham, Jason A Mouabbi, Edouard R Daher
Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ApHCM) is a subtype of HCM. This variant is more common in the Asian population when compared to North American patients. Patients may present with arrhythmias, heart failure, myocardial infarction, chest discomfort, fatigue, and presyncope or syncope. Initial evaluation requires electrocardiogram and two-dimensional echocardiogram. T-wave inversion in the precordial leads as well as hypertrophy of the left ventricle is hallmarks of the disease. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is the most specific and sensitive imaging modality...
July 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669701/comparative-evaluation-of-2-hour-rapid-diagnostic-algorithms-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-using-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t
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Andrew D McRae, Grant Innes, Michelle Graham, Eddy Lang, James E Andruchow, Hong Yang, Yunqi Ji, Shabnam Vatanpour, Danielle A Southern, Dongmei Wang, Isolde Seiden-Long, Lawrence DeKoning, Peter Kavsak
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of acute coronary syndrome account for a large proportion of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. High-sensitivity troponin can rapidly rule out or rule in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) within a short time of ED arrival. We sought to validate test characteristics and classification performance of 2-hour high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) algorithms for the rapid diagnosis of AMI. METHODS: We included consecutive patients from 4 academic EDs with suspected cardiac chest pain who had hsTnT assays performed 2 hours apart (± 30 minutes) as part of routine care...
May 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663358/necrotising-coronaritis-with-fatal-outcome
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Lisa Schweizer, Nadja Fischer, Thomas Fehr, Stephan Schneiter
A 56-year-old woman presented with acute onset of typical chest pain. She was diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Although significant obstructive coronary artery disease was ruled out by coronary angiography, cardiac MRI showed transmural necrosis of the lateral free wall with extensive microvascular obstruction consistent with ischaemic heart disease. Within 48 hours after initial presentation, the patient suddenly arrested due to pulseless electrical activity with futile resuscitation efforts...
June 28, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653131/novel-risk-stratification-assays-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Haitham M Ahmed, Stanley L Hazen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since identification of aspartate aminotransferase as the first cardiac biomarker in the 1950s, there have been a number of new markers used for myocardial damage detection over the decades. There have also been several generations of troponin assays, each with progressively increasing sensitivity for troponin detection. Accordingly, the "standard of care" for myocardial damage detection continues to change. The purpose of this paper is to review the clinical utility, biological mechanisms, and predictive value of these various biomarkers in contemporary clinical studies...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646031/metabolism-and-acetylation-contribute-to-leucine-mediated-inhibition-of-cardiac-glucose-uptake
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Edith Renguet, Audrey Ginion, Roselle Gélinas, Laurent Bultot, Julien Auquier, Isabelle Robillard Frayne, Caroline Daneault, Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde, Christine Des Rosiers, Louis Hue, Sandrine Horman, Christophe Beauloye, Luc Bertrand
High plasma leucine levels strongly correlate with type 2 diabetes. Studies of muscle cells suggest that leucine alters the insulin response for glucose transport by activating an insulin-negative feedback loop driven by the mammalian target of rapamycin/p70 ribosomal S6 kinase (mTOR/p70S6K) pathway. Here, we examined the molecular mechanism involved in leucine's action on cardiac glucose uptake. Leucine was indeed able to curb glucose uptake after insulin stimulation in both cultured cardiomyocytes and perfused hearts...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615774/hypokalemia-with-trifluoperazine-at-therapeutic-dose
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Sajjadur Rehman, Dhruba Jyoti Chetia
This case report outlines a rare presentation of hypokalemia with therapeutic doses of trifluoperazine in a patient with schizophrenia. Although there was comorbid diabetes mellitus in the patient, its effect was ruled out subsequently. On recovery, rechallenge with trifluoperazine resulted in the same effect at a milder level. No cardiac abnormalities were detected with the presentation. Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale reported definite relation with the drug.
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611935/gastrointestinal-amyloidosis-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Kyle Rowe, Jon Pankow, Fredy Nehme, William Salyers
Gastrointestinal amyloidosis (GIA), a protein deposition disorder, represents a complex common pathway that encompasses multiple etiologies and presentations. It represents a significant diagnostic and treatment challenge. The disease results from the deposition of insoluble extracellular protein fragments that have been rendered resistant to digestion. GIA can be acquired or genetic, and most commonly results from chronic inflammatory disorders (AA amyloidosis), hematologic malignancy (AL amyloidosis), and end-stage renal disease (Beta-2 amyloidosis)...
May 8, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611898/utility-of-the-history-and-physical-examination-in-the-detection-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-emergency-department-patients
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REVIEW
Zachary Dw Dezman, Amal Mattu, Richard Body
Chest pain accounts for approximately 6% of all emergency department (ED) visits and is the most common reason for emergency hospital admission. One of the most serious diagnoses emergency physicians must consider is acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This is both common and serious, as ischemic heart disease remains the single biggest cause of death in the western world. The history and physical examination are cornerstones of our diagnostic approach in this patient group. Their importance is emphasized in guidelines, but there is little evidence to support their supposed association...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610438/pneumorachis-associated-with-persistent-tachycardia-after-blunt-thoracic-trauma
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Paris-Dimitrios Kalogerakos, George Lazopoulos, Stefanos Palioudakis, Ioannis Drositis, Kiriaki Chionidou, George Chalkiadakis
Pneumorachis, or intraspinal air, can be a rare result of blunt thoracic trauma. We report the case of a 40-year-old man with multiple injuries and pneumorachis associated with persistent tachycardia. As factors that increase heart rate were gradually ruled out, intraspinal air was considered the potential culprit. Computed tomography revealed intraspinal air at the thoracic level, which possibly promoted cardiac arrhythmogenesis. Air may transiently compress the preganglionic cardiac sympathetic nerves and increase sympathetic output to the heart...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603595/cough-induced-syncope-a-hint-to-cardiac-tamponade-diagnosis
#16
Roberto Ramirez, Glenmore Lasam
We report a case of a 75-year-old male with history of lung adenocarcinoma who presented with shortness of breath and frequent episodes of cough-induced syncope. A large pericardial effusion was found on echocardiogram suggestive of cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was done which improved the dyspnea and eventually resolved the syncope. There are only two other cases reported in the literature with cough-induced syncope in the setting of pericardial effusion or cardiac tamponade. Our clinical vignette also highlights the importance of pulsus paradoxus identification in patients with cough induced syncope to rule out cardiac tamponade since this is the most sensitive physical finding for its diagnosis...
May 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603565/current-concepts-congenital-scoliosis
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Agnivesh Tikoo, Manish K Kothari, Kunal Shah, Abhay Nene
BACKGROUND: Congenital scoliosis is one of the 'difficult to treat' scenarios which a spine surgeon has to face. Multiple factors including the age of child at presentation, no definite pattern of deformity and associated anomalies hinder the execution of the ideal treatment plan. All patients of congenital scoliosis need to be investigated in detail. X rays and MRI of spine is usually ordered first. Screening investigations to rule out VACTERL (Visceral, Anorectal, Cardiac, Tracheo-esophageal fistula, Renal and Lung) abnormalities are required...
2017: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601817/the-organisational-value-of-diagnostic-strategies-using-high-sensitivity-troponin-for-patients-with-possible-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-trial-based-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Paul Jülicher, Jaimi H Greenslade, William A Parsonage, Louise Cullen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate hospital-specific health economic implications of different protocols using high-sensitivity troponin I for the assessment of patients with chest pain. DESIGN: A cost prediction model and an economic microsimulation were developed using a cohort from a single centre recruited as part of the (ADAPT) trial, a prospective observational trial conducted from 2008 to 2011. The model was populated with 40 000 bootstrapped samples in five high-sensitivity troponin I-enabled algorithms versus standard care...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596204/malignant-hypertension-as-a-rare-cause-of-thrombotic-microangiopathy
#19
Guramrinder Thind, Karthik Kailasam
Malignant hypertension can occasionally be associated with microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia. A 38-year-old male presented with nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and oliguria for 2 weeks. He was diagnosed with hypertensive emergency with cardiac and renal dysfunction. Interestingly, further workup was diagnostic for the presence of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA): haemoglobin =12.7 g/dL, indirect bilirubin =2.0 mg/dL, haptoglobin ≤6 mg/dL, platelet count =121 000/μL and schistocytes on peripheral smear...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593800/use-of-copeptin-for-rapid-rule-out-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Christian Mueller, Martin Möckel, Evangelos Giannitsis, Kurt Huber, Johannes Mair, Mario Plebani, Kristian Thygesen, Allan S Jaffe, Bertil Lindahl
Copeptin is currently understood as a quantitative marker of endogenous stress. It rises rapidly in multiple acute disorders including acute myocardial infarction. As a single variable, it has only modest diagnostic accuracy for acute myocardial infarction. However, the use of copeptin within a dual-marker strategy together with conventional cardiac troponin increases the diagnostic accuracy and particularly the negative predictive value of cardiac troponin alone for acute myocardial infarction. The rapid rule-out of acute myocardial infarction is the only application in acute cardiac care mature enough to merit consideration for routine clinical care...
June 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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