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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229483/venous-hemodialysis-catheters-and-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices-avoiding-a-high-risk-combination
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EDITORIAL
Theodore F Saad, Henry L Weiner
End-stage renal disease is frequently accompanied by cardiac comorbidity that warrants treatment with a cardiovascular implantable electronic device (permanent pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator). In the United States, chronic hemodialysis (HD) population, cardiac implantable devices are present in up to 10.5% of patients; a venous HD catheter is utilized for blood access in 18% of prevalent patients. The concomitant presence of a venous HD catheter and cardiovascular implantable device creates a high-risk circumstance, with potential for causing symptomatic central venous stenosis, and for developing complicated endovascular infection...
February 23, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228314/pre-hospital-acute-coronary-syndrome-care-in-kerala-india-a-qualitative-analysis
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Amisha Patel, P P Mohanan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Mark D Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in India. Many of these deaths are due to acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which require prompt symptom recognition, care-seeking behavior, and transport to a treatment facility in the critical pre-hospital period. In India, little is known about pre-hospital management of individuals with ACS. We aim to understand the facilitators, barriers, and context of optimal pre-hospital ACS care to provide opportunities to reduce pre-hospital delays and improve acute cardiovascular care...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227933/classification-of-severity-of-mitral-regurgitation-patients-using-multifractal-analysis
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Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Ling Lieng Hsi
Owing to its efficiency and cost effectiveness, auscultation using a stethoscope is the primary diagnosis method preferred by most medical examiners for cardiovascular disease. Phonocardiography (PCG) is the next level of auscultation and an effective analysis technique in cardiology. This paper presents a method to quantify Mitral Regurgitation (MR) using PCG. MR is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases associated with a defect in mitral valve. We analyzed the multifractal nature of heart sounds with murmur followed by classification and clustering using Hurst exponents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217778/a-critical-insight-into-the-development-pipeline-of-microfluidic-immunoassay-devices-for-the-sensitive-quantitation-of-protein-biomarkers-at-the-point-of-care
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REVIEW
Ana I Barbosa, Nuno M Reis
The latest clinical procedures for the timely and cost-effective diagnosis of chronic and acute clinical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes or sepsis (i.e. the biggest causes of death worldwide), involve the quantitation of specific protein biomarkers released into the blood stream or other physiological fluids (e.g. urine or saliva). The clinical thresholds are usually in the femtomolar to picolomar range, and consequently the measurement of these protein biomarkers heavily relies on highly sophisticated, bulky and automated equipment in centralised pathology laboratories...
February 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216112/laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-gateway-to-kidney-transplantation
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Katrin Kienzl-Wagner, Annemarie Weissenbacher, Philipp Gehwolf, Heinz Wykypiel, Dietmar Öfner, Stefan Schneeberger
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity and obesity-related morbidity in end-stage renal disease patients is rising. Although it is established that obesity does not abrogate the transplant benefit with respect to lower long-term mortality and cardiovascular risk, it is associated with increased graft failure, delayed graft function, surgical complications, prolonged hospital stay, and costs. OBJECTIVES: To examine the safety and efficacy of LSG (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) in renal transplant candidates and evaluate transplant outcomes...
January 6, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215108/antithrombotic-therapy-in-aortic-diseases-a-narrative-review
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Francois Caron, Sonia S Anand
Aortic diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders, including atherothrombotic conditions like aortic atheroma, cholesterol embolization syndrome, aortic mural thrombus, thrombus within an aneurysm, and large vessel vasculitis. In this review, we provide a summary of the current evidence regarding atherothrombotic diseases of the aorta, focusing on therapeutic avenues. In patients with previous stroke, aortic arch atheroma is recognized as a strong predictor of recurrent atheroembolism, and antiplatelet therapy alone is still associated with a high (11...
February 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214794/cost-effectiveness-of-intensifying-lipid-lowering-therapy-with-statins-based-on-individual-absolute-benefit-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients
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Manon C Stam-Slob, Yolanda van der Graaf, Jacoba P Greving, Jannick A N Dorresteijn, Frank L J Visseren
BACKGROUND: A validated prediction model estimates the absolute benefit of intensive versus standard lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) with statins on next major cardiovascular events for individual patients with coronary artery disease. We aimed to assess whether targeting intensive LLT therapy to coronary artery disease patients with the highest predicted absolute benefit is cost-effective compared to treating all with standard or all with intensive LLT. METHODS AND RESULTS: A lifetime Markov model was constructed for coronary artery disease patients (n=10 000) with mean age 61 years...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214425/favorable-cardiovascular-risk-factor-profile-is-associated-with-lower-healthcare-expenditure-and-resource-utilization-among-adults-with-diabetes-mellitus-free-of-established-cardiovascular-disease-2012-medical-expenditure-panel-survey-meps
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David I Feldman, Javier Valero-Elizondo, Joseph A Salami, Jamal S Rana, Oluseye Ogunmoroti, Chukwuemeka U Osondu, Erica S Spatz, Salim S Virani, Ron Blankstein, Michael J Blaha, Emir Veledar, Khurram Nasir
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Given the prevalence and economic burden of diabetes mellitus (DM), we studied the impact of a favorable cardiovascular risk factor (CRF) profile on healthcare expenditures and resource utilization among individuals without cardiovascular disease (CVD), by DM status. METHODS: 25,317 participants were categorized into 3 mutually-exclusive strata: "Poor", "Average" and "Optimal" CRF profiles (≥4, 2-3, 0-1 CRF, respectively). Two-part econometric models were utilized to study cost data...
February 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214002/relation-between-ventricular-premature-complexes-and-incident-heart-failure
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Vratika Agarwal, Eric Vittinghoff, Isaac R Whitman, Thomas A Dewland, Jonathan W Dukes, Gregory M Marcus
Ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) may represent a reversible cause of heart failure (HF); however, the type of patients most prone remains unknown. This study leverages a large population-based database to examine interactions that might prove clinically useful in risk-stratifying patients with VPCs. We used the California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to identify patients with VPCs and incident systolic HF from January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2009. We calculated hazard ratios for predictors of incident systolic HF using multivariable Cox proportional hazard models...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213373/cost-effectiveness-of-the-2014-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-uspstf-recommendations-for-intensive-behavioral-counseling-interventions-for-adults-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Ji Lin, Xiaohui Zhuo, Barbara Bardenheier, Deborah B Rolka, W Edward Gregg, Yuling Hong, Guijing Wang, Ann Albright, Ping Zhang
OBJECTIVE: In 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended behavioral counseling interventions for overweight or obese adults with the following known cardiovascular disease risk factors: impaired fasting glucose (IFG), hypertension, dyslipidemia, or metabolic syndrome. We assessed the long-term cost-effectiveness (CE) of implementing the recommended interventions in the U.S. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We used a disease progression model to simulate the 25-year CE of the USPSTF recommendation for eligible U...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210974/mobile-health-mhealth-technology-for-the-management-of-hypertension-and-hyperlipidemia-slow-start-but-loads-of-potential
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REVIEW
Hasan Rehman, Ayeesha K Kamal, Pamela B Morris, Saleem Sayani, Anwar T Merchant, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension and hyperlipidemia represent two major risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Mobile health or mHealth is defined as the use of mobile phone and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives. Management of hypertension, and to some extent hyperlipidemia, has often employed mHealth interventions given lower cost and greater patient engagement compared to traditional methods. These interventions include the use of text messaging, wireless devices, and mobile phone applications...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196528/exploring-the-impact-of-financial-barriers-on-secondary-prevention-of-heart-disease
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Kirnvir K Dhaliwal, Kathryn King-Shier, Braden J Manns, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, James A Stone, David J T Campbell
BACKGROUND: Patients with coronary artery disease experience various barriers which impact their ability to optimally manage their condition. Financial barriers may result in cost related non-adherence to medical therapies and recommendations, impacting patient health outcomes. Patient experiences regarding financial barriers remain poorly understood. Therefore, we used qualitative methods to explore the experience of financial barriers to care among patients with heart disease. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative descriptive study of participants in Alberta, Canada with heart disease (n = 13) who perceived financial barriers to care...
February 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196524/financial-barriers-and-adverse-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-cardiovascular-related-chronic-diseases-a-cohort-study
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David J T Campbell, Braden J Manns, Robert G Weaver, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Kathryn M King-Shier, Claudia Sanmartin
BACKGROUND: Some patients with cardiovascular-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease report financial barriers to achieving optimal health. Previous surveys report that the perception of having a financial barrier is associated with self-reported adverse clinical outcomes. We sought to confirm these findings using linked survey and administrative data to determine, among patients with cardiovascular-related chronic diseases, if there is an association between perceived financial barriers and the outcomes of: (1) disease-related hospitalizations, (2) all-cause mortality and (3) inpatient healthcare costs...
February 15, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187896/hydra-a-web-based-system-for-cardiovascular-analysis-diagnosis-and-treatment
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J Novo, A Hermida, M Ortega, N Barreira, M G Penedo, J E López, C Calvo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular (CV) risk stratification is a highly complex process involving an extensive set of clinical trials to support the clinical decision-making process. There are many clinical conditions (e.g. diabetes, obesity, stress, etc.) that can lead to the early diagnosis or establishment of cardiovascular disease. In order to determine all these clinical conditions, a complete set of clinical patient analyses is typically performed, including a physical examination, blood analysis, electrocardiogram, blood pressure (BP) analysis, etc...
February 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187777/gmp-conformant-on-site-manufacturing-of-a-cd133-stem-cell-product-for-cardiovascular-regeneration
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Anna Skorska, Paula Müller, Ralf Gaebel, Jana Große, Heiko Lemcke, Cornelia A Lux, Manuela Bastian, Frauke Hausburg, Nicole Zarniko, Sandra Bubritzki, Ulrike Ruch, Gudrun Tiedemann, Robert David, Gustav Steinhoff
BACKGROUND: CD133(+) stem cells represent a promising subpopulation for innovative cell-based therapies in cardiovascular regeneration. Several clinical trials have shown remarkable beneficial effects following their intramyocardial transplantation. Yet, the purification of CD133(+) stem cells is typically performed in centralized clean room facilities using semi-automatic manufacturing processes based on magnetic cell sorting (MACS®). However, this requires time-consuming and cost-intensive logistics...
February 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181204/physical-activity-and-exercise-as-countermeasures-to-physical-frailty-and-sarcopenia
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Emanuele Marzetti, Riccardo Calvani, Matteo Tosato, Matteo Cesari, Mauro Di Bari, Antonio Cherubini, Marianna Broccatelli, Giulia Savera, Mariaelena D'Elia, Marco Pahor, Roberto Bernabei, Francesco Landi
The identification of cost-effective interventions that improve the health status and prevent disability in old age is one of the most important public health challenges. Regular physical activity is the only intervention that has consistently been shown to improve functional health and energy balance and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, several cancers, depression and falls. In advanced age, physical activity is also effective at mitigating sarcopenia, restoring robustness, and preventing/delaying the development of disability...
February 8, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174659/making-an-impakt-improving-care-of-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-in-the-community-through-collaborative-working-and-utilizing-information-technology
#17
Gang Xu, Rupert Major, David Shepherd, Nigel Brunskill
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious long-term condition, which if left untreated causes significant cardiovascular sequele. It is well recognized management of modifiable risk factors, such as blood pressure (BP), can lead to improved long-term outcomes. A novel information technology (IT) solution presents a possible solution to help clinicians in the community identify and manage at risk patients more efficiently. The IMproving Patient care and Awareness of Kidney disease progression Together (IMPAKT) IT tool was used to identify patients with CKD and uncontrolled hypertension in the community...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169105/current-evidence-on-prevalence-and-clinical-outcomes-of-co-morbid-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Md Shajedur R Shawon, Jennifer L Perret, Chamara V Senaratna, Caroline Lodge, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
The objective of this systematic review is to synthesize the evidence on prevalence, polysomnographic findings and clinical outcomes of co-morbid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - known as the "overlap syndrome". We systematically searched PubMed on 1 December 2015 using appropriate medical subject headings (MeSH) and text words to capture prevalence studies and comparative studies of any observational design examining the clinical outcomes in patients with co-existent COPD and OSA...
April 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167486/removal-of-all-ovarian-tissue-versus-conserving-ovarian-tissue-at-time-of-hysterectomy-in-premenopausal-patients-with-benign-disease-study-using-routine-data-and-data-linkage
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Jemma Mytton, Felicity Evison, Peter J Chilton, Richard J Lilford
OBJECTIVE:  To conduct a nationwide study of associations between removal of all ovarian tissue versus conservation of at least one ovary at the time of hysterectomy and important health outcomes (ischaemic heart disease, cancer, and all cause mortality). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:  Retrospective analysis of the English Hospital Episode Statistics database linked to national registers of deprivation indices and of deaths. PARTICIPANTS:  113 679 patients aged 35-45 who had had a hysterectomy for benign conditions between April 2004 and March 2014...
February 6, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166827/the-polypill-approach-an-innovative-strategy-to-improve-cardiovascular-health-in-europe
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Valentín Fuster, Francesc Gambús, Aldo Patriciello, Margaretha Hamrin, Diederick E Grobbee
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of disability and premature death. Despite European guidelines advocating the use of medical therapies in CVD, many patients still do not achieve the guideline-recommended treatment, which highlights the need for change and innovations in this field. This requirement has been widely recognised by the national ministries of health, several European cardiology societies, and the European Parliament, who support the initiation of strategies to improve and promote cardiovascular health...
February 7, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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