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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106978/coaching-patients-saves-lives-and-money
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Joshua Byrnes, Thomas Elliott, Margarite J Vale, Michael V Jelinek, Paul Scuffham
Background The Coaching on Achieving Cardiovascular Health (COACH) Program has been proven to improve biomedical and lifestyle cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long term impact of The COACH Program on overall survival, hospital utilization and costs from the perspective of a private health insurer (payor), in patients with CVD. Methods A prospective parallel-group case-control study design with controls randomly matched to patients based on propensity score...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102035/impact-of-hypothyroidism-on-occurrence-and-outcome-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-from-the-national-inpatient-sample
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Rashmi Dhital, Sijan Basnet, Dilli Ram Poudel
Thyroid hormones have a profound effect on cardiovascular physiology. We utilized a large national inpatient database in the United States (National Inpatient Sample) to study hypothyroidism in relation to the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and its impact on outcomes (mortality, the length of stay, and hospitalization cost) in the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) subgroup of CHD patients. We found that although hypothyroidism has an increased association with CHD (odds ratio [OR] 1.11, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972923/medicaid-insurance-as-primary-payer-predicts-increased-mortality-after-total-hip-replacement-in-the-state-inpatient-databases-of-california-florida-and-new-york
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Hannah F Xu, Robert S White, Dahniel L Sastow, Michael H Andreae, Licia K Gaber-Baylis, Zachary A Turnbull
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To confirm the relationship between primary payer status as a predictor of increased perioperative risks and post-operative outcomes after total hip replacements. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Administrative database study using 2007-2011 data from California, Florida, and New York from the State Inpatient Databases (SID), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. PATIENTS: 295,572 patients age≥18years old who underwent total hip replacement with non-missing insurance data were collected, using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnoses and procedures code (ICD-9-CM code 81...
September 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963100/meditation-and-cardiovascular-risk-reduction-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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Glenn N Levine, Richard A Lange, C Noel Bairey-Merz, Richard J Davidson, Kenneth Jamerson, Puja K Mehta, Erin D Michos, Keith Norris, Indranill Basu Ray, Karen L Saban, Tina Shah, Richard Stein, Sidney C Smith
Despite numerous advances in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Novel and inexpensive interventions that can contribute to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease are of interest. Numerous studies have reported on the benefits of meditation. Meditation instruction and practice is widely accessible and inexpensive and may thus be a potential attractive cost-effective adjunct to more traditional medical therapies...
September 28, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933204/healthcare-utilization-and-direct-costs-of-non-infectious-comorbidities-in-hiv-infected-patients-in-the-usa
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Joel Gallant, Priscilla Hsue, David Budd, Nicole Meyer
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental healthcare utilization and costs associated with common non-infectious comorbid conditions among commercially and Medicaid-insured HIV-infected patients in the US. METHODS: US administrative claims were used to select adult HIV patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, or fracture/osteoporosis, three common comorbidities that have been associated with HIV and HIV treatment, between 01/012004 and 06/30/2013...
September 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918230/biosensing-methods-for-determination-of-triglycerides-a-review
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REVIEW
C S Pundir, Vinay Narwal
Triglycerides (TGs) are the major transporters of dietary fats throughout the bloodstream. Besides transporting fat, TGs also act as stored fat in adipose tissue, which is utilized during insufficient carbohydrates supply. TG level is below 150mg/dL in healthy persons. Elevated TGs level in blood over 500mg/dL is a biomarker for cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer disease, pancreatitis and diabetes. Numerous methods are accessible for recognition of TGs, among them, most are cumbersome, time-consuming, require sample pre-treatment, high cost instrumental set-up and experienced personnel to operate...
September 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899233/differences-in-utility-elicitation-methods-in-cardiovascular-disease-a-systematic-review
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Marissa Blieden, Shravanthi R Gandra, Lung-I Cheng, Anna Szatkowski, Peter P Toth
AIMS: Utility values inform estimates of the cost-effectiveness of treatment for cardiovascular disease (CVD), but values can vary depending on the method used. The aim of this systematic literature review (SLR) was to explore how methods of elicitation impact utility values for CVD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified English-language articles in Embase, MEDLINE, and the grey literature published between September 1992 and August 2015 using keywords for 'utilities' and 'stroke,' 'heart failure,' 'myocardial infarction,' or 'angina...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873416/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-use-of-a-polypill-versus-usual-care-or-best-practice-for-primary-prevention-in-people-at-high-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Sue Jowett, Pelham Barton, Andrea Roalfe, Kate Fletcher, F D Richard Hobbs, Richard J McManus, Jonathan Mant
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials suggest that use of fixed-dose combination therapy ('polypills') can improve adherence to medication and control of risk factors of people at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to usual care, but cost-effectiveness is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a polypill is cost-effective compared to usual care and optimal guideline-recommended treatment for primary prevention in people already on statins and/or blood pressure lowering therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869031/cost-analysis-of-bariatric-surgery-in-denmark-made-with-a-decision-analytic-model
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Oleg Borisenko, Vasily Lukyanov, Søren Paaske Johnsen, Peter Funch-Jensen
INTRODUCTION: Bariatric surgery offers effective obesity treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery in Denmark from a third-party payer perspective in the mid- (ten years) and long-term (lifetime). METHODS: A state-transition Markov model was developed in which patients may experience surgery, post-surgery complications, diabetes mellitus type 2, cardiovascular diseases or die. Transition probabilities, costs and utilities were informed by the literature...
August 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867495/healthcare-policy-statement-on-the-utility-of-coronary-computed-tomography-for-evaluation-of-cardiovascular-conditions-and-preventive-healthcare-from-the-health-policy-working-group-of-the-society-of-cardiovascular-computed-tomography
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Ahmad M Slim, Scott Jerome, Ron Blankstein, Wm Guy Weigold, Amit R Patel, Dinesh K Kalra, Ryan Miller, Kelley Branch, Mark G Rabbat, Harvey Hecht, Edward D Nicol, Todd C Villines, Leslee J Shaw
The rising cost of healthcare is prompting numerous policy and advocacy discussions regarding strategies for constraining growth and creating a more efficient and effective healthcare system. Cardiovascular imaging is central to the care of patients at risk of, and living with, heart disease. Estimates are that utilization of cardiovascular imaging exceeds 20 million studies per year. The Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT), alongside Rush University Medical Center, and in collaboration with government agencies, regional payers, and industry healthcare experts met in November 2016 in Chicago, IL to evaluate obstacles and hurdles facing the cardiovascular imaging community and how they can contribute to efficacy while maintaining or even improving outcomes and quality...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858069/comparison-of-health-care-utilization-and-costs-between-patients-with-perianal-fistulizing-crohn-s-disease-treated-with-biologics-with-or-without-previous-seton-placement
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David A Schwartz, Anthony Wang, Burak Ozbay, Martha Skup, Samantha F Eichner, Jay Lin, Jingdong Chao
BACKGROUND: Fistulas are a common and often debilitating complication of Crohn's disease (CD). Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors and/or seton drainage are effective treatment options. We compared health care utilization and costs for patients with perianal CD who had setons placed before treatment with biologics versus those who did not. METHODS: Patients with CD (≥18 yr) were identified from the Truven Health MarketScan Database by ICD-9 code 555.x (January 1, 2006-March 31, 2015); those with external fistulas were identified by ICD-9 codes 565...
October 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840587/study-design-and-rationale-for-biomedical-shirt-based-electrocardiography-monitoring-in-relevant-clinical-situations-ecg-shirt-study
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Paweł Balsam, Piotr Lodziński, Agata Tymińska, Krzysztof Ozierański, Łukasz Januszkiewicz, Renata Główczyńska, Katarzyna Wesołowska, Michał Peller, Radosław Pietrzak, Tomasz Książczyk, Sonia Borodzicz, Łukasz Kołtowski, Mariusz Borkowski, Bożena Werner, Grzegorz Opolski, Marcin Grabowski
BACKGROUND: Today, the main challenge for researchers is to develop new technologies which may help to improve the diagnoses of cardiovascular disease (CVD), thereby reducing healthcare costs and improving the quality of life for patients. This study aims to show the utility of biomedical shirt-based electrocardiography (ECG) monitoring of patients with CVD in different clinical situations using the Nuubo® ECG (nECG) system. METHODS: An investigator-initiated, multicentre, prospective observational study was carried out in a cardiology (adult and paediatric) and cardiac rehabilitation wards ...
August 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832867/cost-effectiveness-of-evolocumab-therapy-for-reducing-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
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Gregg C Fonarow, Anthony C Keech, Terje R Pedersen, Robert P Giugliano, Peter S Sever, Peter Lindgren, Ben van Hout, Guillermo Villa, Yi Qian, Ransi Somaratne, Marc S Sabatine
Importance: The proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitor evolocumab has been demonstrated to reduce the composite of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death in patients with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. To our knowledge, long-term cost-effectiveness of this therapy has not been evaluated using clinical trial efficacy data. Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of evolocumab in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease when added to standard background therapy...
October 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816547/drug-utilization-among-hypertensive-patients-in-the-outpatient-department-of-medicine-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sarika G Paradkar, Shyamal R Sinha
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and renal disease. Its increasing prevalence and treatment costs influence the prescribing pattern among physicians. Drug utilization studies provide insights into the current prescribing practices and help us facilitate the rational use of drugs. We carried out the present study to assess the pattern of drug utilization in hypertensive patients. METHOD: Adults seeking treatment for hypertension were recruited...
August 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807713/opioid-drug-use-and-acute-cardiac-events-among-pregnant-women-in-the-united-states
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Hamisu M Salihu, Jason L Salemi, Anjali Aggarwal, Beverly F Steele, Ross C Pepper, Mulubrhan F Mogos, Muktar H Aliyu
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in the United States. The extent to which increasing opioid use among pregnant women contributes to fatal cardiovascular events is unknown. We examined trends in opioid use among pregnant women over the previous decade and the association between changes in temporal trends in opioid drug use and the incidence of acute cardiac events among mothers. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis of the Healthcare and Cost Utilization Project, we used a 2-stage stratified cluster sampling of all inpatient hospital discharges from nonfederal hospitals from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2014...
August 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774333/cost-utility-analysis-of-bariatric-surgery-compared-with-conventional-medical-management-in-germany-a-decision-analytic-modeling
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Oleg Borisenko, Oliver Mann, Anna Duprée
BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate cost-utility of bariatric surgery in Germany for a lifetime and 10-year horizon from a health care payer perspective. METHODS: State-transition Markov model provided absolute and incremental clinical and monetary results. In the model, obese patients could undergo surgery, develop post-surgery complications, experience diabetes type II, cardiovascular diseases or die. German Quality Assurance in Bariatric Surgery Registry and literature sources provided data on clinical effectiveness and safety...
August 3, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763308/revascularization-strategies-and-in-hospital-management-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-complicated-by-hemophilia-a-or-hemophilia-b
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Matthew J Reilley, Anne Blair, William H Matthai, Rolando Vega, Meghan Buckley, Phyllis A Gimotty, Patrick F Fogarty
: Among adult patients with hemophilia A and hemophilia B the emergent management of acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) is challenging, and exposure to antithrombotic agents and/or revascularization procedures may confer an enhanced risk of bleeding. We sought to identify clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcomes among ACS patients with hemophilia A/hemophilia B, compared with matched noncoagulopathic ACS controls. Case discharges from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1998-2011) had International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision codes for hemophilia A/hemophilia B and ACS...
July 29, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751544/the-impact-of-cryoballoon-versus-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-on-healthcare-utilization-and-costs-an-economic-analysis-from-the-fire-and-ice-trial
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K R Julian Chun, Josep Brugada, Arif Elvan, Laszlo Gellér, Matthias Busch, Alberto Barrera, Richard J Schilling, Matthew R Reynolds, Robert B Hokanson, Reece Holbrook, Benedict Brown, Michael Schlüter, Karl-Heinz Kuck
BACKGROUND: This study sought to assess payer costs following cryoballoon or radiofrequency current (RFC) catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in the randomized FIRE AND ICE trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: A trial period analysis of healthcare costs evaluated the impact of ablation modality (cryoballoon versus RFC) on differences in resource use and associated payer costs. Analyses were based on repeat interventions, rehospitalizations, and cardioversions during the trial, with unit costs based on 3 national healthcare systems (Germany [€], the United Kingdom [£], and the United States [$])...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750695/cost-effectiveness-of-long-term%C3%A2-ticagrelor-in-patients-with-prior-myocardial-infarction-results-from-the-pegasus-timi-54-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Elizabeth A Magnuson, Haiyan Li, Kaijun Wang, Katherine Vilain, Ali Shafiq, Marc P Bonaca, Deepak L Bhatt, Marc Cohen, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Robert F Storey, Eugene Braunwald, Marc S Sabatine, David J Cohen
BACKGROUND: In patients with a myocardial infarction (MI) 1 to 3 years earlier, treatment with ticagrelor + low-dose aspirin (ASA) reduces the risk of cardiovascular (CV) death, MI, or stroke compared with low-dose aspirin alone, but at an increased risk of major bleeding. OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated cost-effectiveness of ticagrelor + low-dose ASA in patients with prior MI within the prior 3 years. METHODS: The authors performed a prospective economic substudy alongside the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 (Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Prior Heart Attack Using Ticagrelor Compared to Placebo on a Background of Aspirin-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 54) trial, which randomized 21,162 patients to ASA alone, ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily + low-dose ASA, or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily + low-dose ASA...
August 1, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744103/clinical-utility-of-evolocumab-in-the-management-of-hyperlipidemia-patient-selection-and-follow-up
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REVIEW
Dave L Dixon, Leo F Buckley, Cory R Trankle, Dinesh Kadariya, Antonio Abbate
Inhibition of PCSK9 is a novel therapeutic strategy aimed at reducing low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and cardiovascular risk. Evolocumab is a fully humanized monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9, an enzyme that binds to LDL receptors and prevents them from recycling to the hepatocyte surface. Clinical trials have demonstrated 50%-70% reductions in LDL-C with evolocumab when used in combination with statin therapy. The recent FOURIER trial demonstrated that evolocumab further reduces cardiovascular events, but not mortality, in high-risk patients already receiving statin therapy...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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