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Antoni Bayes-Genis, Josep Lupón, Allan S Jaffe
Over the last 15 years, the hypothesis that intensified treatment directed at reducing natriuretic peptide (NP) concentrations may improve the outcomes of patients with heart failure (HF) has been scrutinized in several prospective clinical trials, with conflicting results. Collectively, however, the data suggest that NP concentrations may be useful in guiding HF management and improving HF-related morbidity and mortality. In this review, we summarize the existing data investigating the use of NPs as targets for outpatient HF therapy...
August 2016: EJIFCC
Muhammad Sohail Chaudhri, Muhammad Usman Ali Shah, Muhammad Imran Asghar, Rashad Siddiqi, Asif Mahmood Janjua, Afsheen Iqbal
OBJECTIVE: To compare mean per-operative flow capacity between skeletonized and pedicled left internal mammary artery (LIMA) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized control trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Cardiac Surgery, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and National Institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC-NIHD), Rawalpindi, Pakistan from February to August, 2013. METHODOLOGY: Patients undergoing CABG for coronary artery disease, under 80 years, excluded by the exclusion criteria; and fulfilling the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to two groups of 70 each...
September 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Franz Messerli
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcomes with use of renin angiotensin system (RAS) blockers compared with other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes. DESIGN: Meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials databases for randomized trials of RAS blockers versus other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes mellitus. Outcomes were death, cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, angina, stroke, heart failure, revascularization, and end stage renal disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Eduard Shantsila, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Morbidity in patients with chronic heart failure is high, and this predisposes them to thrombotic complications, including stroke and thromboembolism, which in turn contribute to high mortality. Oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin) and antiplatelet agents (e.g. aspirin) are the principle oral antithrombotic agents. Many heart failure patients with sinus rhythm take aspirin because coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart failure. Oral anticoagulants have become a standard in the management of heart failure with atrial fibrillation...
September 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Eric R Bates, Jacqueline E Tamis-Holland, John A Bittl, Patrick T O'Gara, Glenn N Levine
Recent randomized controlled trials have suggested that patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and multivessel coronary artery disease may benefit more from multivessel percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with culprit vessel-only primary PCI. The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions recently published an updated recommendation on this topic. The purpose of this State-of-the-Art Review is to accurately document existing published reports, describe their limitations, and establish a base for future studies...
September 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Mary Kearney, Richard W Orrell, Michael Fahey, Ruth Brassington, Massimo Pandolfo
BACKGROUND: Friedreich ataxia is a rare inherited autosomal recessive neurological disorder, characterised initially by unsteadiness in standing and walking, slowly progressing to wheelchair dependency usually in the late teens or early twenties. It is associated with slurred speech, scoliosis, and pes cavus. Heart abnormalities cause premature death in 60% of people with the disorder. There is no easily defined clinical or biochemical marker and no known treatment. This is the second update of a review first published in 2009 and previously updated in 2012...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Eve Hanna, Cecile Rémuzat, Pascal Auquier, Mondher Toumi
OBJECTIVE: Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) constitute a class of innovative products that encompasses gene therapy, somatic cell therapy, and tissue-engineered products (TEP). There is an increased investment of commercial and non-commercial sponsors in this field and a growing number of ATMPs randomized clinical trials (RCT) and patients enrolled in such trials. RCT generate data to prove the efficacy of a new therapy, but the discontinuation of RCTs wastes scarce resources...
2016: Journal of Market Access & Health Policy
Maria Drakopoulou, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Konstantinos Stathogiannis, Andreas Synetos, George Trantalis, Dimitrios Tousoulis
INTRODUCTION: Lipid profile management is even more critical in patients treated for secondary prevention, since patients with established coronary heart disease are at higher risk of developing events. Current guidelines encourage lifestyle modification and patient engagement in disease prevention. However, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines seem to differ considerably from their predecessors, having an impact on clinical practice of lipid management...
August 23, 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Humaira Jamshed, Anwar-Ul-Hassan Gilani, Fateh Ali Tipoo Sultan, Faridah Amin, Jamshed Arslan, Sumaira Ghani, Madiha Masroor
OBJECTIVE: Elevated serum uric acid (UA), a biomarker of renal insufficiency, is also an independent prognostic marker for morbidity in coronary artery disease (CAD) and poses serious health risks. This study reports the effect of almond consumption on UA in CAD patients. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted with three groups: no-intervention (NI), Pakistani almonds (PA) or American almonds (AA). Patients were recruited from the Cardiology Clinics, Aga Khan University Hospital...
2016: Nutrition Journal
J Wouter Jukema, Maddalena Lettino, Petr Widimský, Nicolas Danchin, Alfredo Bardaji, Jose A Barrabes, Angel Cequier, Marc J Claeys, Leonardo De Luca, Jakob Dörler, David Erlinge, Paul Erne, Patrick Goldstein, Sasha M Koul, Gilles Lemesle, Thomas F Lüscher, Christian M Matter, Gilles Montalescot, Dragana Radovanovic, Jose Lopez-Sendón, Petr Tousek, Franz Weidinger, Clive F M Weston, Azfar Zaman, Uwe Zeymer
Patient registries that document real-world clinical experience play an important role in cardiology as they complement the data from randomized controlled trials, provide valuable information on drug use and clinical outcomes, and evaluate to what extent guidelines are followed in practice. The Platelet Inhibition Registry in ACS EvalUation Study (PIRAEUS) project is an initiative of registry holders who are managing national or international registries observing patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS)...
October 2015: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
Stephanie P B Caligiuri, Grant N Pierce
Despite advancements in hypertensive therapies, the prevalence of hypertension and associated morbidities are still immense. Physicians are in great need for updated information on novel and effective anti-hypertensive therapies. Therefore, the study objective was to provide comprehensive information on the efficacy of available anti-hypertensive therapies. Anti-hypertensive therapies were divided into four general approaches: diet, nutritional supplements, lifestyle modification, and conventional anti-hypertensive medications...
August 5, 2016: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Na Zhao, Jin Xu, Balwinder Singh, Xuerong Yu, Taixiang Wu, Yuguang Huang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac complications are not uncommon in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, especially in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or at high risk of CAD. Perioperative cardiac complications can lead to mortality and morbidity, as well as higher costs for patient care. Nitrates, which are among the most commonly used cardiovascular drugs, perform the function of decreasing cardiac preload while improving cardiac blood perfusion. Sometimes, nitrates are administered to patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery to reduce the incidence of cardiac complications, especially for patients with CAD...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Chee Yoong Foo, Daniel D Reidpath, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a medical emergency in which sudden occlusion of coronary artery(ies) results in ischemia and necrosis of the cardiac tissues. Reperfusion therapies that aim at reopening the occluded artery remain the mainstay of treatment for AMI. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which enables the restoration of blood flow by reopening the occluded artery(ies) via a catheter with an inflatable balloon, is currently the preferred treatment for AMI with ST segment elevation (STEMI)...
2016: Systematic Reviews
Jelena Pavlovic, Philip Greenland, Jaap W Deckers, Jasper J Brugts, Maryam Kavousi, Klodian Dhana, M Arfan Ikram, Albert Hofman, Bruno H Stricker, Oscar H Franco, Maarten J G Leening
IMPORTANCE: The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines both recommend lipid-lowering treatment for primary prevention based on global risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for statin use have included participants with specific risk-factor profiles. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the overlap between the ACC/AHA and ESC guideline recommendations and available evidence from RCTs for statin use in primary prevention of CVD...
September 1, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Matthias Waliszewski, Harald Rittger
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard for demonstrating safety and efficacy of coronary devices with or without accompanying drug treatments in interventional cardiology. With the advent of last-generation drug-eluting stents having enhanced technical attributes and long-term clinical benefits, the proof of incremental angiographic or long-term clinical efficacy becomes more challenging. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the most common and alternative study endpoints in interventional cardiology and their potential reimbursement value...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Héctor Bueno, Pieter de Graeff, Isabelle Richard-Lordereau, Joseph Emmerich, Keith Aa Fox, Carola P Friedman, Christophe Gaudin, Amany El-Gazayerly, Samantha Goldman, Melanie Hemmrich, Robert A Henderson, Anders Himmelmann, Alar Irs, Neville Jackson, Stefan K James, Hugo A Katus, Andrea Laslop, Ian Laws, Roxana Mehran, Seleen Ong, Krishna Prasad, Marco Roffi, Giuseppe Mc Rosano, Martin Rose, Peter R Sinnaeve, Wendy Gattis Stough, Kristian Thygesen, Frans Van de Werf, Claire Varin, Freek Wa Verheugt, Maria de Los Angeles Alonso García
Regulatory authorities interpret the results of randomized controlled trials according to published principles. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is planning a revision of the 2000 and 2003 guidance documents on clinical investigation of new medicinal products for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) to achieve consistency with current knowledge in the field. This manuscript summarizes the key output from a collaborative workshop, organized by the Cardiovascular Round Table and the European Affairs Committee of the European Society of Cardiology, involving clinicians, academic researchers, trialists, European and US regulators, and pharmaceutical industry researchers...
June 29, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Louis A Kerkhoff, Javed Butler, Anita A Kelkar, Supriya Shore, Candace D Speight, Louisa K Wall, Neal W Dickert
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular clinical trials depend on patient enrollment. Enrollment rates appear inadequate, but little is known about how frequently patients accept or decline offers of enrollment. The objective of this study was to assess trends and predictors of patient acceptance of offers to enroll in clinical trials for cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We utilized an established database containing all randomized, controlled trials (n=1224) in cardiovascular disease published between 2001 and 2012 in the 8 highest-impact general medical and cardiology journals...
June 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
S M O Peeters Weem, S T W van Haelst, H M den Ruijter, F L Moll, G J de Borst
INTRODUCTION: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) has mainly replaced mono antiplatelet therapy (MAPT) and is recommended after arterial endovascular revascularization. The aim of this meta-analysis was to summarize the available evidence for DAPT after endovascular revascularization throughout the arterial system. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Register. Two reviewers independently performed data extraction and quality assessment using the Cochrane Collaboration risk of bias assessment tool...
August 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Meredith Rayner, Frank Muscara, Anica Dimovski, Maria C McCarthy, Jackie Yamada, Vicki A Anderson, Kylie Burke, Robyn Walser, Jan M Nicholson
BACKGROUND: A substantial proportion of parents whose child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, experience high levels of distress that can lead to long-term difficulties in mental health, family functioning and child adjustment. This study evaluates the efficacy of an Acceptance Commitment Therapy-based group intervention designed to reduce distress symptoms in these parents. The program is delivered using videoconferencing to overcome factors that prevent participation in traditional face-to-face therapy...
2016: BMC Psychiatry
Joseph G Mancini, Kristian B Filion, Sarah B Windle, Bettina Habib, Mark J Eisenberg
American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association guidelines no longer recommend the use of routine aspiration thrombectomy during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This is based on evidence from recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that suggests that the long-term benefits of aspiration thrombectomy were previously overestimated. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs to examine the effect of routine aspiration thrombectomy during primary PCI versus primary PCI alone on markers of reperfusion immediately after PCI and on clinical outcomes at ≥6 months...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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