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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335423/treatment-with-17%C3%AE-estradiol-reduced-body-weight-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-a-high-fat-diet-induced-animal-model-of-obesity
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Wei-Jen Ting, Chih-Yang Huang, Chong-He Jiang, Yueh-Min Lin, Li-Chin Chung, Chia-Yao Shen, Peiying Pai, Kuan-Ho Lin, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Shih-Chieh Liao
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) and estrogen receptor β (ERβ) play important roles in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. Recently, these estrogen receptors were reconsidered as an important treatment target of obesity leading to CVD. In this study, 17β-estradiol (17β-E) replacement therapy applied to high-fat diet-induced obese C57B male mice and ovariectomized (OVX) rats were evaluated, and the protective effects against high-fat diet-induced obesity were assessed in C57B mouse hearts. The results showed that 17β-E treatment activated both ERα and ERβ, and ERβ levels increased in a dose-dependent manner in high-fat diet C57B mouse cardiomyocytes following 17β-E treatment...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335422/association-between-coffee-consumption-and-its-polyphenols-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-a-population-based-study
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Andreia Machado Miranda, Josiane Steluti, Regina Mara Fisberg, Dirce Maria Marchioni
Epidemiological studies have examined the effect of coffee intake on cardiovascular disease, but the benefits and risks for the cardiovascular system remain controversial. Our objective was to evaluate the association between coffee consumption and its polyphenols on cardiovascular risk factors. Data came from the "Health Survey of São Paulo (ISA-Capital)" among 557 individuals, in São Paulo, Brazil. Diet was assessed by two 24-h dietary recalls. Coffee consumption was categorized into <1, 1-3, and ≥3 cups/day...
March 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334722/even-a-moderate-fluid-removal-rate-during-individualised-haemodialysis-session-times-is-associated-with-decreased-patient-survival
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Charles Chazot, Cyril Vo-Van, Christie Lorriaux, Patrik Deleaval, Brice Mayor, Jean-Marc Hurot, Guillaume Jean
BACKGROUND: Several studies report that fluid removal rate (FRR) above 10-13 mL/h/kg is associated with increased mortality in haemodialysis (HD) patients. AIM: The aims of this study are to assess the influence of moderate FRR on survival in a cohort of prevalent dialysis patients with various dialysis session times and to challenge the FRR thresholds associated with increased mortality risk reported previously. METHODS: Interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) and FRR (calculated from ultrafiltration [UF], target weight, and session time prescriptions) were studied in 190 prevalent dialysis patients (female: 42%, mean age: 69...
March 24, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334564/data-driven-implementation-of-alarm-reduction-interventions-in-a-cardiovascular-surgical-icu
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Sharon H Allan, Peter A Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue in the ICU setting has been well documented in the literature. The ICU's high-intensity environment requires staff's vigilant attention, and distraction from false and non-actionable alarms pulls staff away from important tasks, creates dissatisfaction, and is a potential patient safety risk if alarms are missed or ignored. This project was intended to improve patient safety by optimizing alarm systems in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit (CVSICU)...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334220/effect-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-developed-countries
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Zaki K Hassan-Smith, Martin Hewison, Neil J Gittoes
Introduction: Vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide with adverse effects on skeletal health. In recent years, there has been great interest in non-classical actions of vitamin D. Basic research has uncovered actions in a range of non-skeletal tissues, and observational studies have identified inverse relationships with risk of a number of disease states including sarcopenia, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Sources of data: PubMed, Medline and Cochrane Systematic Reviews...
March 9, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334012/challenges-of-developing-a-cardiovascular-risk-calculator-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Cynthia S Crowson, Silvia Rollefstad, George D Kitas, Piet L C M van Riel, Sherine E Gabriel, Anne Grete Semb
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk calculators designed for use in the general population do not accurately predict the risk of CVD among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), who are at increased risk of CVD. The process of developing risk prediction models involves numerous issues. Our goal was to develop a CVD risk calculator for patients with RA. METHODS: Thirteen cohorts of patients with RA originating from 10 different countries (UK, Norway, Netherlands, USA, Sweden, Greece, South Africa, Spain, Canada and Mexico) were combined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333708/cost-effectiveness-of-antihypertensive-medication-exploring-race-and-sex-differences-using-data-from-the-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-study
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Gabriel S Tajeu, Stephen Mennemeyer, Nir Menachemi, Robert Weech-Maldonado, Meredith Kilgore
BACKGROUND: Antihypertensive medication decreases risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in adults with hypertension. Although black adults have higher prevalence of hypertension and worse CVD outcomes compared with whites, limited attention has been given to the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive medication for blacks. OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive medication treatment versus no-treatment in white and black adults. RESEARCH DESIGN: We constructed a State Transition Model to assess the costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) associated with either antihypertensive medication treatment or no-treatment using data from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study and published literature...
March 22, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333697/medication-reconciliation-during-hospitalization-and-in-hospital-home-interface-an-observational-retrospective-study
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Elisabetta Volpi, Alessandro Giannelli, Giulio Toccafondi, Monica Baroni, Sara Tonazzini, Stefania Alduini, Stefania Biagini, Rosa Gini, Tommaso Bellandi, Michele Emdin
OBJECTIVE: Medication errors are one of the leading causes of patient harms. Medication reconciliation is a fundamental process that to be effective, it should be embraced during each single care transition. Our objectives were to investigate current medication reconciliation practices in the 2 Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio hospitals and comprehensively assess the quality of medication reconciliation practices between inpatient and outpatient care by analyzing the medication patterns 6 months before admission, during hospitalization, and 9 months after discharge for a selected group of patients with cardiovascular diseases...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
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F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333071/combined-effects-of-curcumin-and-lycopene-or-bixin-in-yoghurt-on-inhibition-of-ldl-oxidation-and-increases-in-hdl-and-paraoxonase-levels-in-streptozotocin-diabetic-rats
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Renata Pires Assis, Carlos Alberto Arcaro, Vânia Ortega Gutierres, Juliana Oriel Oliveira, Paulo Inácio Costa, Amanda Martins Baviera, Iguatemy Lourenço Brunetti
Combination therapy using natural antioxidants to manage diabetes mellitus and its complications is an emerging trend. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes promoted by treatment of streptozotocin (STZ)-diabetic rats with yoghurt enriched with the bioactives curcumin, lycopene, or bixin (the latter two being carotenoids). Antioxidants were administered individually, or as mixtures, and biomarkers of metabolic and oxidative disturbances, particularly those associated with cardiovascular risk, were assessed...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332718/lower-risk-for-cardiovascular-mortality-for-patients-with-root-filled-teeth-in-a-finnish-population
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J H Meurman, S-J Janket, M Surakka, E A Jackson, L K Ackerson, H R Fakhri, S Chogle, A Walls
AIM: To investigate the relationship of radiographic evidence of root filled teeth to cardiovascular outcomes. METHODOLOGY: Baseline data for 506 subjects including 256 angiographically verified heart disease patients and 250 matched cardiologically healthy controls participating in the Kuopio Oral Health and Heart study were collected in 1995-1996. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortalities were accrued until May 31(st) 2015 and appended to the baseline data. Mortality status data were obtained from the Finnish National Death Register where all mortality cases and the causes of death are compiled for all Finnish citizens...
March 23, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332511/risk-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-after-discontinuation-of-antihypertensive-agents-a-case-control-study
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F F Alharbi, P C Souverein, M C de Groot, A H Maitland-van der Zee, A de Boer, O H Klungel
We performed a nested case-control study in a cohort of antihypertensive drug users to assess the association between discontinuation of different antihypertensive agents and the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Cases and controls were drawn from the Utrecht Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetics database. Patients who were hospitalised for their first AMI were considered cases and controls were not hospitalised for AMI. Antihypertensive users were defined as current users if the index date (date of AMI) fell within the prescribed duration or as discontinuers if this date fell outside the prescribed duration...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332510/recent-advances-in-understanding-hypertension-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
A E Schutte, S Botha, C M T Fourie, L F Gafane-Matemane, R Kruger, L Lammertyn, L Malan, C M C Mels, R Schutte, W Smith, J M van Rooyen, L J Ware, H W Huisman
Consistent reports indicate that hypertension is a particularly common finding in black populations. Hypertension occurs at younger ages and is often more severe in terms of blood pressure levels and organ damage than in whites, resulting in a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality. This review provides an outline of recent advances in the pathophysiological understanding of blood pressure elevation and the consequences thereof in black populations in Africa. This is set against the backdrop of populations undergoing demanding and rapid demographic transition, where infection with the human immunodeficiency virus predominates, and where under and over-nutrition coexist...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332500/cardiovascular-effects-of-electronic-cigarettes
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REVIEW
Neal L Benowitz, Joseph B Fraiman
Cardiovascular safety is an important consideration in the debate on the benefits versus the risks of electronic cigarette (EC) use. EC emissions that might have adverse effects on cardiovascular health include nicotine, oxidants, aldehydes, particulates, and flavourants. To date, most of the cardiovascular effects of ECs demonstrated in humans are consistent with the known effects of nicotine. Pharmacological and toxicological studies support the biological plausibility that nicotine contributes to acute cardiovascular events and accelerated atherogenesis...
March 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332417/cost-effectiveness-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-versus-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-as-first-line-treatment-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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L A Clark, S Whitmire, S Patton, C Clark, C M Blanchette, R Howden
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a rare kidney disorder impacting approximately 1:2500 individuals among the general US population. Hypertension is a significant predictor of ADPKD progression and risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause for mortality among ADPKD patients. Angiotensin-converting enzymes inhibitors (ACE-I) are widely used as first-line treatment in ADPKD for the management of hypertension. However, their cost-effectiveness relative to other hypertensive medications, such as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) has never been assessed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332295/advanced-cardiovascular-imaging-in-williams-syndrome-abnormalities-usefulness-and-strategy-for-use
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Jordan A Hills, Yuri A Zarate, Noelle R Danylchuk, Tiffany Lepard, Jean Chi-Jen Chen, Ronnie Thomas Collins
Extracardiac arterial stenoses are not uncommon in Williams syndrome (WS); however, data on the utility of advanced cardiovascular imaging (CVI) to assess these stenoses are lacking. We retrospectively reviewed the frequency, indication, and diagnostic outcomes of CVI modalities performed in patients with WS evaluated at a single institution between 2001 and 2014. Data were collected and analyzed from 34 patients (56% female) who underwent CVI during the study period. The median age was 10 years (range 1.8-33 years)...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332221/right-ventricular-free-wall-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-strain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-specific-treatment
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Hatice S Kemal, Meral Kayikcioglu, Hakan Kultursay, Ozcan Vuran, Sanem Nalbantgil, Nesrin Mogulkoc, Levent Can
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a major determinant of outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), although the optimal measure of RV function is poorly defined. We evaluated the utility of RV free-wall speckle tracking strain as an assessment tool for RV function in patients with PAH who are already under specific treatment compared with conventional echocardiographic parameters and investigated the relationship of RV free-wall strain with clinical hemodynamic parameters of RV performance...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331925/biological-effects-of-ticagrelor-over-clopidogrel-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Gianluca Campo, Francesco Vieceli Dalla Sega, Rita Pavasini, Giorgio Aquila, Francesco Gallo, Francesca Fortini, Elisabetta Tonet, Paolo Cimaglia, Annamaria Del Franco, Gabriele Pestelli, Alessandro Pecoraro, Marco Contoli, Cristina Balla, Simone Biscaglia, Paola Rizzo, Roberto Ferrari
Patients with SCAD and concomitant COPD are at high risk of cardiovascular adverse events, due to chronic inflammation, responsible of endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress and heightened platelet reactivity (PR). The objective of this randomised clinical trial was to test if ticagrelor is superior to clopidogrel in improving endothelial function in patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) and concomitant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Forty-six patients with SCAD and COPD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were randomly assigned to receive clopidogrel (n=23) or ticagrelor (n=23) on top of standard therapy with aspirin...
March 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331158/low-serum-levels-of-epa-are-associated-with-the-size-and-growth-rate-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Tatsuro Aikawa, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Kazunori Shimada, Yurina Sugita, Megumi Shimizu, Shohei Ouchi, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Yasutaka Yokoyama, Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Masaru Hiki, Shuhei Takahashi, Hamad Al Shahi, Shizuyuki Dohi, Atsushi Amano, Hiroyuki Daida
AIM: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been reported to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, whether omega-3 PUFAs are involved in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) remains unclear. METHODS: We analyzed 67 consecutive patients admitted for the elective surgical repair of AAA. We investigated the association of serum EPA and DHA levels as well as the EPA/AA ratio with the size of AAA assessed using three-dimensional reconstructed computed tomography images...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330662/pericardial-but-not-hepatic-fat-by-ct-is-associated-with-cv-outcomes-and%C3%A2-structure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Ravi V Shah, Amanda Anderson, Jingzhong Ding, Matthew Budoff, Oliver Rider, Steffen E Petersen, Majken Karoline Jensen, Manja Koch, Matthew Allison, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Jessica Wisocky, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Kenneth Mukamal, Joao A C Lima, Venkatesh L Murthy
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to determine the associations between local (pericardial) fat and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and cardiac remodeling independent of markers of overall adiposity. BACKGROUND: The impact of pericardial fat-a local fat depot encasing the heart-on myocardial function and long-term CV prognosis independent of systemic consequences of adiposity or hepatic fat is an area of active debate. METHODS: We studied 4,234 participants enrolled in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) study with concomitant cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography (CT) measurements for pericardial fat volume and hepatic attenuation (a measure of liver fat)...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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