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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722339/structured-pain-management-reduces-patient-discomfort-after-catheter-ablation-and-rhythm-device-surgery
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M Dörschner, A Bollmann, B Dinov, S Richter, M Döring, A Arya, A Müssigbrodt, S Kircher, N Dagres, P Sommer, G Hindricks, K Bode
BACKGROUND: The goal was to test the effectiveness of a structured pain management programme after invasive electrophysiological interventions in cardiology including ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT) and implantation, or explantation, of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators. METHODS: This was a prospective study with a pre-/post-design where a post-intervention group (116 consecutive patients) was compared to a pre-intervention group (102 consecutive patients) after implementation of a structured pain-management programme using the numeric rating scale (NRS 0-10) and classified as moderate-to-severe if NRS > 3...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607778/saphenovenous-graft-aneurysm-a-rare-complication-of-cabg
#2
James Thomas Connell
Saphenovenous graft aneurysm is a rare complication of coronary artery bypass grafts that is likely underdiagnosed. It is typically asymptomatic, slow growing, and often diagnosed incidentally on angiography or following catastrophic rupture. There is no consensus on best management but PCI and surgery appear to have more favourable mortality outcomes relative to conservative management. We present the case of a 48-year-old male with a cardiovascular risk profile hallmarked by diabetes mellitus, end stage renal failure, recalcitrant hyperlipidaemia, and IHD previously treated with CABG...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
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U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367012/the-2017-international-joint-working-group-recommendations-of-the-indian-college-of-cardiology-the-academic-college-of-emergency-experts-and-indusem-on-the-management-of-low-risk-chest-pain-in-emergency-departments-across-india
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Vivek Chauhan, Pavitra Kotini Shah, Sagar Galwankar, Maura Sammon, Prabhakar Hosad, Beeresha, Timothy B Erickson, David F Gaieski, Joydeep Grover, Anupama V Hegde, Terry Vanden Hoek, Bhavesh Jarwani, Himanshu Kataria, Kenneth A LaBresh, Cholenahally Nanjappa Manjunath, A C Nagamani, Anjali Patel, Ketan Patel, D Ramesh, R Rangaraj, Narendra Shamanur, L Sridhar, K H Srinivasa, Shweta Tyagi
There have been no published recommendations for the management of low-risk chest pain in emergency departments (EDs) across India. This is despite the fact that chest pain continues to be one of the most common presenting complaints in EDs. Risk stratification of patients utilizing an accelerated diagnostic protocol has been shown to decrease hospitalizations by approximately 40% with a low 30-day risk of major adverse cardiac events. The experts group of academic leaders from the Indian College of Cardiology and Academic College of Emergency Experts in India partnered with academic experts in emergency medicine and cardiology from leading institutions in the UK and USA collaborated to study the scientific evidence and make recommendations to guide emergency physicians working in EDs across India...
April 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141606/an-unusual-case-of-chest-pain-in-an-adolescent-male-important-cues-to-differential-diagnosis
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Kathleen S Jordan, Sarah E Mannle
Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the pediatric population, and in contrast to adults, the etiology is rarely cardiac or life-threatening. The majority of chest pain complaints in children and adolescents are benign and can be managed with reassurance and follow-up. The emergency care provider must obtain a comprehensive history and physical examination, as the differential diagnosis of pediatric chest pain is extensive and serious underlying organic pathology may be present. This article describes the case of an adolescent male with an unusual case of chest pain with a serious underlying medical condition...
January 2017: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092990/in-hospital-statin-underutilization-among-high-risk-patients-delayed-uptake-of-the-2013-cholesterol-guidelines-in-a-u-s-cohort
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Subeer K Wadia, Mark Belkin, Kelsey S Chow, Jonathan Nattiv, Andrew Appis, Steven B Feinstein, Kim Allan Williams
OBJECTIVES: Clinician utilization of the 2013 cholesterol lowering guidelines remains variable and unknown. We sought to examine statin prescribing patterns and compare rates among specialists who treat high-risk cardiovascular patients admitted to the hospital. METHODS: We retrospectively (via chart review) examined four specialty groups: (i) Cardiology, (ii) Cardiovascular or Vascular (CV) Surgery, (iii) Neurology, and (iv) Internal Medicine. Adult patients were included based on a discharge diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, carotid endarterectomy, acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or high-risk chest pain...
February 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931558/time-to-shift-from-contemporary-to-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-in-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
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REVIEW
Jamshed J Dalal, C K Ponde, Brian Pinto, C N Srinivas, Joy Thomas, Sunil Kumar Modi, Sanjay Mehta, Suvin Shetty, Manimarane, Bhupen Desai
Early rule-in and rule-out of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a challenge. In patients with inconclusive findings on ECG, cardiac biomarkers play a crucial role in the diagnosis. The introduction of the new high-sensitive cardiac troponin test (hs-TnI assay) has changed the landscape of NSTEMI diagnosis. The new hs-TnI assay can detect troponin values at a lower level compared with a contemporary cardiac troponin (cTn) assay. The hs-cTnI assay has a coefficient of variation of ≤10%, well below the 99th percentile value...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860148/a-review-of-rapid-access-cardiology-services-can-these-reduce-the-burden-of-acute-chest-pain-on-australian-and-new-zealand-health-services
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REVIEW
Harry Klimis, Aravinda Thiagalingam, Mikhail Altman, Emily Atkins, Gemma Figtree, Harry Lowe, N Wah Cheung, Pramesh Kovoor, A Robert Denniss, Clara K Chow
Chest pain is common and places a significant burden on hospital resources. Many patients with undifferentiated low to intermediate risk chest pain are admitted to hospital. Rapid Access Cardiology (RAC) services are hospital co-located cardiologist-led outpatient clinics that provide rapid assessment and immediate management but not long term management. This service model is described as part of chest pain management and the National Service Framework for coronary heart disease in the United Kingdom (UK)...
November 16, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768569/refractory-depression-fatigue-irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-chronic-pain-a-functional-medicine-case-report
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Gregory Plotnikoff, Melissa Barber
INTRODUCTION: Single-disorder or single-organ-system clinical practice guidelines are often of limited usefulness in guiding effective management of patients with chronic multidimensional signs and symptoms. The presence of multiple long-standing medical problems in a given patient despite intensive medical effort suggests that addressing systemic core imbalances could complement more narrowly focused approaches. CASE PRESENTATION: A 72-year-old man experiencing longstanding depression, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic pain in the context of additional refractory illnesses was assessed and treated, guided by a system-oriented approach to underlying core imbalances termed functional medicine...
2016: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760535/the-haiti-medical-education-project-development-and-analysis-of-a-competency-based-continuing-medical-education-course-in-haiti-through-distance-learning
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EDITORIAL
Robert Battat, Marc Jhonson, Lorne Wiseblatt, Cruff Renard, Laura Habib, Manouchka Normil, Brian Remillard, Timothy F Brewer, Galit Sacajiu
BACKGROUND: Recent calls for reform in healthcare training emphasize using competency-based curricula and information technology-empowered learning. Continuing Medical Education programs are essential in maintaining physician accreditation. Haitian physicians have expressed a lack access to these activities. The Haiti Medical Education Project works in alliance with Haitian medical leadership, faculty and students to support the Country's medical education system. We present the creation, delivery and evaluation of a competency-based continuing medical education curriculum for physicians in rural Haiti...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754881/assessment-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology-0-hour-1-hour-algorithm-to-rule-out-and-rule-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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MULTICENTER STUDY
John W Pickering, Jaimi H Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Dylan Flaws, William Parsonage, Sally Aldous, Peter George, Andrew Worster, Peter A Kavsak, Martin P Than
BACKGROUND: The new European Society of Cardiology guidelines to rule-in and rule-out acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the emergency department include a rapid assessment algorithm based on high-sensitivity cardiac troponin and sampling at 0 and 1 hour. Emergency department physicians require high sensitivity to confidently rule-out AMI, whereas cardiologists aim to minimize false-positive results. METHODS: High-sensitivity troponin I and T assays were used to measure troponin concentrations in patients presenting with chest-pain symptoms and being investigated for possible acute coronary syndrome at hospitals in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada...
November 15, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730103/the-challenges-of-measuring-quality-of-care-indicators-in-rural-emergency-departments-a-cross-sectional-descriptive-study
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Géraldine Layani, Richard Fleet, Renée Dallaire, Fatoumata K Tounkara, Julien Poitras, Patrick Archambault, Jean-Marc Chauny, Mathieu Ouimet, Josée Gauthier, Gilles Dupuis, Alain Tanguay, Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Geneviève Simard-Racine, Jeannie Haggerty, France Légaré
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based indicators of quality of care have been developed to improve care and performance in Canadian emergency departments. The feasibility of measuring these indicators has been assessed mainly in urban and academic emergency departments. We sought to assess the feasibility of measuring quality-of-care indicators in rural emergency departments in Quebec. METHODS: We previously identified rural emergency departments in Quebec that offered medical coverage with hospital beds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and were located in rural areas or small towns as defined by Statistics Canada...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27592330/symptom-burden-in-heart-failure-assessment-impact-on-outcomes-and-management
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REVIEW
Craig M Alpert, Michael A Smith, Scott L Hummel, Ellen K Hummel
Evidence-based management has improved long-term survival in patients with heart failure (HF). However, an unintended consequence of increased longevity is that patients with HF are exposed to a greater symptom burden over time. In addition to classic symptoms such as dyspnea and edema, patients with HF frequently suffer additional symptoms such as pain, depression, gastrointestinal distress, and fatigue. In addition to obvious effects on quality of life, untreated symptoms increase clinical events including emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and long-term mortality in a dose-dependent fashion...
January 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535287/intracardiac-bone-cement-embolism-as-a-complication-of-vertebroplasty-management-strategy
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Catherine Hatzantonis, Marcin Czyz, Renata Pyzik, Bronek M Boszczyk
BACKGROUND: Vertebroplasty carries multiple complications due to the leakage of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) into the venous system through the iliolumbar or epidural veins. The rate of venous cement complications may vary from 1 to 10 %, with cement extravasation into the venous system in 24 % of patients. Emboli may further migrate into the right heart chambers and pulmonary arteries. Patients may vary in presentation from asymptomatic or symptoms such as syncope to life-threatening complications...
August 17, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27318587/cad-rads-tm-coronary-artery-disease-reporting-and-data-system-an-expert-consensus-document-of-the-society-of-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-scct-the-american-college-of-radiology-acr-and-the-north-american-society-for-cardiovascular-imaging-nasci-endorsed
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Ricardo C Cury, Suhny Abbara, Stephan Achenbach, Arthur Agatston, Daniel S Berman, Matthew J Budoff, Karin E Dill, Jill E Jacobs, Christopher D Maroules, Geoffrey D Rubin, Frank J Rybicki, U Joseph Schoepf, Leslee J Shaw, Arthur E Stillman, Charles S White, Pamela K Woodard, Jonathon A Leipsic
The intent of CAD-RADS - Coronary Artery Disease Reporting and Data System is to create a standardized method to communicate findings of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) in order to facilitate decision-making regarding further patient management. The suggested CAD-RADS classification is applied on a per-patient basis and represents the highest-grade coronary artery lesion documented by coronary CTA. It ranges from CAD-RADS 0 (Zero) for the complete absence of stenosis and plaque to CAD-RADS 5 for the presence of at least one totally occluded coronary artery and should always be interpreted in conjunction with the impression found in the report...
July 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27318576/cad-rads%C3%A2-coronary-artery-disease%C3%A2-%C3%A2-reporting-and-data-system-an%C3%A2-expert-consensus-document-of-the-society-of-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-scct-the-american-college-of-radiology-acr-and-the-north-american-society-for-cardiovascular-imaging-nasci-endorsed
#16
Ricardo C Cury, Suhny Abbara, Stephan Achenbach, Arthur Agatston, Daniel S Berman, Matthew J Budoff, Karin E Dill, Jill E Jacobs, Christopher D Maroules, Geoffrey D Rubin, Frank J Rybicki, U Joseph Schoepf, Leslee J Shaw, Arthur E Stillman, Charles S White, Pamela K Woodard, Jonathon A Leipsic
The intent of CAD-RADS - Coronary Artery Disease Reporting and Data System is to create a standardized method to communicate findings of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) in order to facilitate decision-making regarding further patient management. The suggested CAD-RADS classification is applied on a per-patient basis and represents the highest-grade coronary artery lesion documented by coronary CTA. It ranges from CAD-RADS 0 (Zero) for the complete absence of stenosis and plaque to CAD-RADS 5 for the presence of at least one totally occluded coronary artery and should always be interpreted in conjunction with the impression found in the report...
December 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27175285/cost-effectiveness-of-chiropractic-care-versus-self-management-in-patients-with-musculoskeletal-chest-pain
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Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Jan Sørensen, Werner Vach, Henrik Wulff Christensen, Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Jan Hartvigsen
AIMS: To assess whether primary sector healthcare in the form of chiropractic care is cost-effective compared with self-management in patients with musculoskeletal chest pain, that is, a subgroup of patients with non-specific chest pain. METHODS AND RESULTS: 115 adults aged 18-75 years with acute, non-specific chest pain of musculoskeletal origin were recruited from a cardiology department in Denmark. After ruling out acute coronary syndrome and receiving usual care, patients with musculoskeletal chest pain were randomised to 4 weeks of community-based chiropractic care (n=59) or to a single information session aimed at encouraging self-management as complementary to usual care (n=56)...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27070144/prevalence-and-predictive-value-of-dyspnea-ratings-in-hospitalized-patients-pilot-studies
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Jennifer P Stevens, Kathy Baker, Michael D Howell, Robert B Banzett
BACKGROUND: Dyspnea (breathing discomfort) can be as powerfully aversive as pain, yet is not routinely assessed and documented in the clinical environment. Routine identification and documentation of dyspnea is the first step to improved symptom management and it may also identify patients at risk of negative clinical outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of dyspnea and of dyspnea-associated risk among hospitalized patients. DESIGN: Two pilot prospective cohort studies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27000015/carbon-monoxide-and-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-case-reports
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REVIEW
Douglas G Sward, Kinjal N Sethuraman, Jennifer S Wong, Robert E Rosenthal
We describe two cases of myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation on electrocardiogram associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, a condition rarely reported in the literature. The first was a 62-year-old woman who experienced chest pain in the emergency department (ED) while being assessed for exposure to carbon monoxide in her home. The second was an 80-year-old man who fainted at home and was found to have ST elevation during the ED workup. After hospitalization, he returned home and soon thereafter had difficulty walking and speaking...
January 2016: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26945190/pediatric-emergency-department-study-of-cardiac-risk-in-the-novel-patient-ped-screen
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Timothy Horeczko, Jeanny K Park, Courtney Mann, Angelo Milazzo
OBJECTIVE: We compare pediatric cardiac risk classification and management recommendations between emergency physicians (EPs) and pediatric cardiologists (PCs) in children with a suspected new cardiac disorder. METHODS: We prospectively compared the work-up, assessment, classification, and disposition of patients aged 0 to 21 years presenting to the emergency department with a potential cardiac etiology in whom an electrocardiogram (ECG) was performed. The criterion standard was a blinded assessment by the PC-electrophysiologist after review of the history, physical examination, ancillary tests, and ECG...
March 3, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
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