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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076623/low-cost-simulator-for-heart-surgery-training
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Roberto Rocha E Silva, Artur Lourenção, Maxim Goncharov, Fabio B Jatene
Objective: Introduce the low-cost and easy to purchase simulator without biological material so that any institution may promote extensive cardiovascular surgery training both in a hospital setting and at home without large budgets. Methods: A transparent plastic box is placed in a wooden frame, which is held by the edges using elastic bands, with the bottom turned upwards, where an oval opening is made, "simulating" a thoracotomy. For basic exercises in the aorta, the model presented by our service in the 2015 Brazilian Congress of Cardiovascular Surgery: a silicone ice tray, where one can train to make aortic purse-string suture, aortotomy, aortorrhaphy and proximal and distal anastomoses...
November 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075544/the-impact-of-type%C3%A2-2-diabetes-prevention-programmes-based-on-risk-identification-and-lifestyle-intervention-intensity-strategies-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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P R Breeze, C Thomas, H Squires, A Brennan, C Greaves, P J Diggle, E Brunner, A Tabak, L Preston, J Chilcott
AIMS: To develop a cost-effectiveness model to compare Type 2 diabetes prevention programmes targeting different at-risk population subgroups with a lifestyle intervention of varying intensity. METHODS: An individual patient simulation model was constructed to simulate the development of diabetes in a representative sample of adults without diabetes from the UK population. The model incorporates trajectories for HbA1c , 2-h glucose, fasting plasma glucose, BMI, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol...
January 11, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057245/alcohol-abuse-and-cardiac-disease
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Isaac R Whitman, Vratika Agarwal, Gregory Nah, Jonathan W Dukes, Eric Vittinghoff, Thomas A Dewland, Gregory M Marcus
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationship between alcohol abuse, a common and theoretically modifiable condition, and the most common cause of death in the world, cardiovascular disease, may inform potential prevention strategies. OBJECTIVES: The study sought to investigate the associations among alcohol abuse and atrial fibrillation (AF), myocardial infarction (MI), and congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS: Using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database, we performed a longitudinal analysis of California residents ≥21 years of age who received ambulatory surgery, emergency, or inpatient medical care in California between 2005 and 2009...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049635/cost-and-economic-benefit-of-clinical-decision-support-systems-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-a-community-guide-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Verughese Jacob, Anilkrishna B Thota, Sajal K Chattopadhyay, Gibril J Njie, Krista K Proia, David P Hopkins, Murray N Ross, Nicolaas P Pronk, John M Clymer
OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates costs and benefits associated with acquiring, implementing, and operating clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Methods developed for the Community Guide were used to review CDSS literature covering the period from January 1976 to October 2015. Twenty-one studies were identified for inclusion. RESULTS: It was difficult to draw a meaningful estimate for the cost of acquiring and operating CDSSs to prevent CVD from the available studies (n = 12) due to considerable heterogeneity...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040737/a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations-of-screening-programmes-for-cardiometabolic-diseases
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Mickael Hiligsmann, Caroline E Wyers, Susanne Mayer, Silvia M Evers, Dirk Ruwaard
BACKGROUND: The early detection and adequate management of cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) is becoming a priority to prevent future health problems and related healthcare costs. AIM: This study systematically reviewed the economic evaluations of screening programmes for the early detection of persons at risk for CMD. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted using MEDLINE, Web of Science, NHSEED and the CEA registry to identify relevant articles published between 1 January 2005 and 1 May 2015...
December 31, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002152/comorbid-conditions-are-associated-with-emergency-department-visits-hospitalizations-and-medical-charges-of-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Guang-Ming Han, Xiao-Feng Han
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: In addition to increase mortality, comorbidities can increase medical costs for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Healthcare utilization can dramatically increase medical costs. It is essential to better understand the comorbidities that can lead to healthcare utilization, such as emergency department visit and/or hospitalization, for SLE patients. Therefore, the objective of this study was to examine the associations between comorbidities and healthcare utilization and medical charges of patients with SLE...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988086/impact-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-or-surgical-carotid-artery-revascularization-insights-of-the-healthcare-cost-and-utilization-project-s-national-inpatient-sample
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Fabio V Lima, Tzyy Yun M Yen, Javed Butler, Jie Yang, Jianjin Xu, Luis Gruberg
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Carotid artery stenting (CAS) and carotid artery endarterectomy (CEA) are complementary techniques for management of patients with carotid artery stenosis. This study investigates the impact of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and age on outcomes after carotid artery revascularization. METHODS/MATERIALS: National Inpatient Sample was surveyed for CAS and CEA among stage 3 and 4 CKD and stage 5/end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients from 2004 to 2012...
December 2016: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986262/daily-energy-expenditure-and-its-relation-to-health-care-costs-in-patients-undergoing-ambulatory-electrocardiographic-monitoring
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Jason George, Rami Khoury Abdulla, Raymond Yeow, Anshul Aggarwal, Judith Boura, James Wegner, Barry A Franklin
Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is associated with a heightened risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cardiovascular mortality. Using the recently developed heart rate index formula in 843 patients (mean ± SD age 62.3 ± 15.7 years) who underwent 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring, we estimated average and peak daily energy expenditure, expressed as metabolic equivalents (METs), and related these data to subsequent hospital encounters and health care costs. In this cohort, estimated daily average and peak METs were 1...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27972061/racial-differences-in-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-united-states-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-costs
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M Udall, M McDonald, J Mardekian
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November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940180/the-lifestyle-intervention-for-the-treatment-of-diabetes-study-lift-diabetes-design-and-baseline-characteristics-for-a-randomized-translational-trial-to-improve-control-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors
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Jeffrey A Katula, Julienne K Kirk, Carolyn F Pedley, Margaret R Savoca, Valery S Effoe, Ronny A Bell, Alain G Bertoni
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes continues to increase in minority and underserved patients, who are also more likely to have poorer control of diabetes and related risk factors for complications. Although the Look AHEAD trial has demonstrated improved risk factor control among overweight or obese diabetes patients who received an intensive lifestyle intervention, translating such findings into accessible programs is a major public health challenge. The purpose of this paper is to report the design and baseline characteristics of the Lifestyle Interventions for the Treatment of Diabetes study (LIFT Diabetes)...
December 7, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927162/use-of-low-density-lipoprotein-particle-number-levels-as-an-aid-in-statin-treatment-decisions-for-intermediate-risk-patients-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Dov Shiffman, Andre R Arellano, Michael P Caulfield, Judy Z Louie, Lance A Bare, James J Devlin, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: The 2013 ACC/AHA guideline recommended either no statin therapy or moderate-intensity statin therapy (MST) for intermediate risk patients-those with 5-7.5% 10-year risk and without cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypercholesterolemia or diabetes. The guideline further suggested that the therapy choice be based on patient-clinician discussions of risks and benefits. Since low-density lipoprotein particle (LDL-P) levels were reported to be associated with CVD independently of traditional risk factors in intermediate and low risk patients, we investigated the cost-effectiveness of using LDL-P levels to identify intermediate risk patients likely to benefit from initiating or intensifying statin therapy...
December 7, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894670/does-cost-related-medication-nonadherence-among-cardiovascular-disease-patients-vary-by-gender-evidence-from%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-nationally-representative-sample
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Soumitra S Bhuyan, Olayinka Shiyanbola, Satish Kedia, Aastha Chandak, Yang Wang, Oluwaseyi O Isehunwa, Nnamdi Anunobi, Ikenna Ebuenyi, Pallav Deka, SangNam Ahn, Cyril F Chang
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death and disability as well as a major burden on the U.S. healthcare system. Cost-related medication nonadherence (CRN) to prescribed medications is common among patients with CVD. This study examines the gender differences in CRN among CVD patients. METHODS: We used 2011 to 2014 data from the National Health Interview Survey, an annual, cross-sectional, nationally representative household survey of the noninstitutionalized U...
January 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865485/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-stress-echocardiography-versus-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-low-risk-chest-pain
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Rhian Davies, Guodong Liu, Christopher Sciamanna, William R Davidson, Douglas L Leslie, Andrew J Foy
The aim of this study was to compare clinically relevant cardiovascular outcomes and downstream resource utilization associated with stress echocardiography (SE) and myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in emergency department patients with low-risk chest pain. This was a retrospective analysis of health insurance claims data for a national sample of privately insured patients over the period January 1 to December 31, 2011. Subjects were selected who presented to the emergency department with a primary or secondary diagnosis of chest pain and underwent either SE or MPI...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855985/can-time-averaged-flow-boundary-conditions-be-used-to-meet-the-clinical-timeline-for-fontan-surgical-planning
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Zhenglun Alan Wei, Phillip M Trusty, Mike Tree, Christopher M Haggerty, Elaine Tang, Mark Fogel, Ajit P Yoganathan
Cardiovascular simulations have great potential as a clinical tool for planning and evaluating patient-specific treatment strategies for those suffering from congenital heart diseases, specifically Fontan patients. However, several bottlenecks have delayed wider deployment of the simulations for clinical use; the main obstacle is simulation cost. Currently, time-averaged clinical flow measurements are utilized as numerical boundary conditions (BCs) in order to reduce the computational power and time needed to offer surgical planning within a clinical time frame...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846641/prevalence-and-prognostic-implications-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-low-risk-women-a-meta-analysis
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Maryam Kavousi, Chintan S Desai, Colby Ayers, Roger S Blumenthal, Matthew J Budoff, Amir-Abbas Mahabadi, M Arfan Ikram, Aad van der Lugt, Albert Hofman, Raimund Erbel, Amit Khera, Marie H Geisel, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Nils Lehmann, Udo Hoffmann, Christopher J O'Donnell, Joseph M Massaro, Kiang Liu, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Hongyan Ning, Oscar H Franco, Philip Greenland
Importance: The role of coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing for guiding preventive strategies among women at low cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk based on the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association CVD prevention guidelines is unclear. Objective: To assess the potential utility of CAC testing for CVD risk estimation and stratification among low-risk women. Design, Setting, and Participants: Women with 10-year atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) risk lower than 7...
November 22, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846007/carotid-intima-media-thickness-as-a-cardiovascular-risk-factor-and-imaging-pathway-of-atherosclerosis
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Osmar Antonio Centurión
Assessment of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) has emerged as a simple and noninvasive technique for measuring atherosclerotic burden. Although serum biomarkers have been linked to the risk of developing atherosclerosis, carotid IMT has the theoretical advantage of directly visualizing a final consequence of the disease itself, namely atherosclerosis in the vessel wall. The current widespread application of carotid IMT measurements has been based on the validity, standardization, and reproducibility of the measurement and the evidence that an increased carotid IMT can be regarded as an attractive biomarker of atherosclerosis and of increased cardiovascular risk, potentially useful as a therapeutic target in those at increased cardiovascular risk...
December 2016: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829449/efficacy-of-brief-behavioral-counselling-by-allied-health-professionals-to-promote-physical-activity-in-people-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-bipp-study-protocol-for-a-multi-center-randomized-controlled-trial
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Nicola W Burton, Zanfina Ademi, Stuart Best, Maria A Fiatarone Singh, Jason S Jenkins, Kenny D Lawson, Anthony S Leicht, Yorgi Mavros, Yian Noble, Paul Norman, Richard Norman, Belinda J Parmenter, Jenna Pinchbeck, Christopher M Reid, Sophie E Rowbotham, Lisan Yip, Jonathan Golledge
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is recommended for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and can improve walking capacity and quality of life; and reduce pain, requirement for surgery and cardiovascular events. This trial will assess the efficacy of a brief behavioral counselling intervention delivered by allied health professionals to improve physical activity in people with PAD. METHODS: This is a multi-center randomised controlled trial in four cities across Australia...
November 9, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793103/the-sphinx-s-riddle-cardiovascular-involvement-in-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease
#18
REVIEW
Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou
Factors leading to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) include: a) atherosclerosis and macro-microvascular coronary artery disease b) pericardial, myocardial and vascular inflammation c) heart valve disease d) heart failure and e) pulmonary hypertension.Cardiology utilizes various non-invasive imaging modalities, such as rest/stress Electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography, nuclear imaging and more recently Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) to detect ischemic or inflammatory disease in ARD...
October 28, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785772/a-systematic-review-of-cardiovascular-outcomes-based-cost-effectiveness-analyses-of-lipid-lowering-therapies
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REVIEW
Ching-Yun Wei, Ruben G W Quek, Guillermo Villa, Shravanthi R Gandra, Carol A Forbes, Steve Ryder, Nigel Armstrong, Sohan Deshpande, Steven Duffy, Jos Kleijnen, Peter Lindgren
BACKGROUND: Previous reviews have evaluated economic analyses of lipid-lowering therapies using lipid levels as surrogate markers for cardiovascular disease. However, drug approval and health technology assessment agencies have stressed that surrogates should only be used in the absence of clinical endpoints. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to identify and summarise the methodologies, weaknesses and strengths of economic models based on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event rates...
October 27, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777613/prevalence-care-seeking-and-health-service-utilization-for-non-communicable-diseases-among-syrian-refugees-and-host-communities-in-lebanon
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Shannon Doocy, Emily Lyles, Baptiste Hanquart, Michael Woodman
BACKGROUND: Given the large burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among both Syrian refugees and the host communities within which they are settled, humanitarian actors and the government of Lebanon face immense challenges in addressing health needs. This study assessed health status, unmet needs, and utilization of health services among Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon was conducted using a two-stage cluster survey design with probability proportional to size sampling...
2016: Conflict and Health
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