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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403428/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-of-admission-for-delivery-in-women-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Robert M Hayward, Elyse Foster, Zian H Tseng
Background: Women with congenital heart disease (CHD) may be at increased risk for adverse events during pregnancy and delivery. Objective: To compare delivery outcomes between women with and without CHD. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective study of inpatient delivery admissions in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's California State Inpatient Database compared maternal and fetal outcomes between women with and without CHD by using multivariate logistic regression...
April 12, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361110/patterns-of-care-and-outcomes-in-cardiovascular-disease-after-kidney-transplantation-in-the-united-states
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Amit K Mathur, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Raymond Heilman, Narjeet Khurmi, Nabil Wasif, David Etzioni, Adyr A Moss
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important driver of mortality after kidney transplantation. Its broader impact on posttransplant health care utilization in US hospitals is unknown. METHODS: We used administrative claims data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey to identify hospitalizations for kidney transplant patients with a cardiovascular diagnosis from 2005 to 2011. CVD hospitalizations were stratified by transplant hospital status to characterize patterns in inpatient health care utilization and outcomes...
February 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347513/cost-effectiveness-of-maintaining-daily-intake-of-oat-%C3%AE-glucan-for-coronary-heart-disease-primary-prevention
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Stephanie R Earnshaw, Cheryl L McDade, YiFang Chu, Lisa E Fleige, John L Sievenpiper
PURPOSE: Oat β-glucan reduces cholesterol levels and thus reduces the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). However, its economic impact has not been well studied. We examined the economic impact of daily intake of ≥3 g of oat β-glucan in primary prevention of CHD in patients receiving statins or no pharmacologic treatment. METHODS: A decision model was developed to compare costs and outcomes associated with lowering cholesterol levels with no pharmacologic treatment and normal diet, no pharmacologic treatment plus ≥3 g/d of oat β-glucan, and statin therapy plus ≥3 g/d of oat β-glucan...
March 25, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341926/risks-associated-with-antiretroviral-treatment-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-qualitative-analysis-of-social-media-data-and-health-state-utility-valuation
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Louis S Matza, Karen C Chung, Katherine J Kim, Trena M Paulus, Evan W Davies, Katie D Stewart, Grace A McComsey, Marshall W Fordyce
PURPOSE: Despite benefits of antiretroviral therapies (ART), people with HIV infection have increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and low bone mineral density. Some ARTs increase risk of these events. The purpose of this study was to examine patients' perspectives of these risks and estimate health state utilities associated with these risks for use in cost-utility models. METHODS: Qualitative thematic analysis was conducted to examine messages posted to the POZ/AIDSmeds Internet community forums, focusing on bone, kidney, and cardiovascular side effects and risks of HIV/AIDS medications...
March 24, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320213/rethinking-costs-of-psoriasis-10-of-patients-account-for-nearly-40-of-healthcare-expenditures-among-enrollees-with-psoriasis-in-a-u-s-health-plan
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April W Armstrong, Yang Zhao, Vivian Herrera, Yunfeng Li, Tim Bancroft, Michael Hull, Aylin Altan
OBJECTIVE: To examine characteristics, healthcare utilization and costs among patients with psoriasis who have high medical costs. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients with psoriasis with continuous enrollment from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013 in a large US health plan. Total paid 2012 healthcare costs excluding biologics (to identify costliest not due to biologic costs) were used to create cohorts representing the top 10% (T10) and bottom 90% (B90) of expenditures...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279072/aspirin-in-older-adults
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Mandi Sehgal, Sarah K Wood, Joseph G Ouslander, Charles H Hennekens
In the treatment or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), there is general consensus that the absolute benefits of aspirin far outweigh the absolute risks. Despite evidence from randomized trials and their meta-analyses, older adults, defined as aged 65 years or older, are less likely to be prescribed aspirin than their middle-aged counterparts. In primary prevention, the optimal utilization of aspirin is widely debated. There is insufficient randomized evidence among apparently healthy participants at moderate to high risk of a first CVD event, so general guidelines seem premature...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255077/echocardiographic-screening-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-indigenous-australian-children-a-cost-utility-analysis
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Kathryn Roberts, Jeffrey Cannon, David Atkinson, Alex Brown, Graeme Maguire, Bo Remenyi, Gavin Wheaton, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Jonathan R Carapetis
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in children and young adults in disadvantaged populations. The emergence of echocardiographic screening provides the opportunity for early disease detection and intervention. Using our own multistate model of RHD progression derived from Australian RHD register data, we performed a cost-utility analysis of echocardiographic screening in indigenous Australian children, with the dual aims of informing policy decisions in Australia and providing a model that could be adapted in other countries...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249360/heart-function-and-hemodynamics-analysis-for-zebrafish-embryos
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REVIEW
Huseyin C Yalcin, Armin Amindari, Jonathan T Butcher, Asma Althani, Magdi Yacoub
The zebrafish has emerged to become a powerful vertebrate animal model for cardiovascular research in recent years. Its advantages include easy genetic manipulation, transparency, small size, low cost, and the ability to survive without active circulation at early stages of development. Sequencing the whole genome and identifying orthologue genes with human genome enabled to induce clinically relevant cardiovascular defects via genetic approaches. Heart function and disturbed hemodynamics need to be assessed in a reliable manner for these disease models in order to reveal mechanobiology of induced defects...
March 1, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
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/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...
March 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...
April 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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/28174659/making-an-impakt-improving-care-of-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-in-the-community-through-collaborative-working-and-utilizing-information-technology
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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/28151772/combined-use-of-short-term-and-long-term-cardiovascular-risk-scores-in-primary-prevention-an-assessment-of-clinical-utility
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Giovanni Veronesi, Simona Giampaoli, Diego Vanuzzo, Francesco Gianfagna, Luigi Palmieri, Guido Grassi, Giancarlo Cesana, Marco M Ferrario
AIMS: To evaluate the clinical utility of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk stratification based on a combined use of short-term and long-term risk scores in the primary prevention setting. METHODS: CVD-free participants 40-65 years old initially to seven population-based cohorts enrolled in northern and central Italy were stratified as 'low' (ESC-SCORE ≤ 1%), 'intermediate' (SCORE 1-4%) and 'moderate/high' short-term CVD risk (SCORE ≥ 4% or diabetes)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151403/cardiovascular-health-and-healthcare-utilization-and-expenditures-among-medicare-beneficiaries-the-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-regards-study
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Kristal J Aaron, Lisandro D Colantonio, Luqin Deng, Suzanne E Judd, Julie L Locher, Monika M Safford, Mary Cushman, Meredith L Kilgore, David J Becker, Paul Muntner
BACKGROUND: Better cardiovascular health is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: We determined the association between cardiovascular health and healthcare utilization and expenditures in the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. We included 6262 participants ≥65 years with Medicare fee-for-service coverage for the year after their baseline study visit in 2003-2007. Cardiovascular health at baseline was assessed using the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 (LS7) metric, which includes 7 factors: cigarette smoking, physical activity, diet, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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-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
#20
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...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
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