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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230330/comparing-six-antihypertensive-medication-classes-for-preventing-new-onset-diabetes-mellitus-among-hypertensive-patients-a-network-meta-analysis
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Yang Yang, Huilan Xu
Hypertensive patients usually have a higher risk of new-onset diabetes mellitus (NOD) which may trigger cardiovascular diseases. In this study, the effectiveness of six antihypertensive agents with respect to NOD prevention in hypertensive patients was assessed. A network meta-analysis was conducted to compare the efficacy of specific drug classes. PubMed and Embase databases were searched for relevant articles. Results of the pairwised meta-analysis were illustrated by odd ratios (OR) and a corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229926/the-role-of-frailty-in-explaining-the-association-between-the-metabolic-syndrome-and-mortality-in-older-adults
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Emiel O Hoogendijk, Martijn Huisman, Adriana J van Ballegooijen
The association between the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and adverse outcomes in older adults may be explained by other health conditions. This study examined the role of frailty in explaining the association between MetS and mortality, independent of comorbidity. Data were used from 1247 men and women aged ≥65years of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. MetS was assessed using the definition of the US National Cholesterol Education Program. Frailty was measured by the frailty phenotype. Mortality was monitored from 1995 until 2015...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229823/cardiovascular-complications-in-paediatric-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-saudi-arabian-patients
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Ahmad S Azhar, Omneyah Mohamed Awlia, Mohammed A Muzaffer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and types of cardiovascular complications in Saudi patients with paediatric-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (pSLE). METHODS: Retrospective record review of pSLE patients following from January 2014 to September 2015 at the rheumatology clinic of King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Jeddah. Laboratory data such as C-reactive protein (CRP), antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-double stranded DNA antibody (anti-dsDNA), C3 and C4 complements, were collected...
February 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229822/myocardial-performance-index-in-active-and-inactive-paediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Anant Khositseth, Wasana Prangwatanagul, Kanchana Tangnararatchakit, Soamarat Vilaiyuk, Nantawan Su-Angka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiac structure and function in paediatric SLE patients without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease in active and inactive diseases. METHODS: Patients aged ≤20 years who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of active SLE underwent transthoracic echocardiography to evaluate cardiac structure and function, and were then followed up echocardiographically every 3-4 months until SLE disease was inactive. Patients with heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis, coronary artery disease, or abnormal structural heart disease were excluded...
February 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229520/association-between-enrolment-in-a-heart-failure-quality-registry-and-subsequent-mortality-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Lars H Lund, Juan-Jesus Carrero, Bahman Farahmand, Karin M Henriksson, Åsa Jonsson, Tomas Jernberg, Ulf Dahlström
AIMS: Heart failure (HF) quality registries report quality of care but it is unknown whether they improve outcomes. The aims were to assess predictors of enrolment in a HF registry, test the hypothesis that enrolment in a HF registry is associated with reduced mortality, and assess potential explanatory factors for this reduction in mortality, if present. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a nationwide prospective cohort study of patients with new-onset HF registered in the Swedish National Patient Registry (NPR, a mandatory registry of ICD-code diagnoses) with or without concurrent registration in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry (SwedeHF, a voluntary quality reporting registry) 2006-2013...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229420/noninvasive-assessment-of-cell-fate-and-biology-in-transplanted-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Federico Franchi, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel
Recently, molecular imaging has become a conditio sine qua non for cell-based regenerative medicine. Developments in molecular imaging techniques, such as reporter gene technology, have increasingly enabled the noninvasive assessment of the fate and biology of cells after cardiovascular applications. In this context, bioluminescence imaging is the most commonly used imaging modality in small animal models of preclinical studies. Here, we present a detailed protocol of a reporter gene imaging approach for monitoring the viability and biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells transplanted in a mouse model of myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229407/assessment-of-energy-metabolic-changes-in-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells
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Ghazaleh Hajmousa, Martin C Harmsen
Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSC) are promising candidates for therapeutic applications in cardiovascular regenerative medicine. By definition, the phenotype ADSCs, e.g., the ubiquitous secretion of growth factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix components is not met in vivo, which renders ADSC a culture "artefact." The medium constituents therefore impact the efficacy of ADSC. Little attention has been paid to the energy source in medium, i.e., glucose, which feeds the cell's power plants: mitochondria...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229054/effectiveness-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-for-cardiovascular-health-outcomes
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Panagiota Veloudi, Graeme Jones, James E Sharman
There is a plausible physiological theory, supported by many observational studies, that vitamin D supplementation should be effective for improving cardiovascular end points, such as blood pressure (BP), large artery stiffness, atherosclerosis, endothelial function and clinical events. However, results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have been inconsistent. In this review, we evaluated the evidence regarding the effectiveness of vitamin D supplementation for cardiovascular surrogate and hard clinical end points...
January 2017: Pulse (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228948/health-system-frameworks-and-performance-indicators-in-eight-countries-a-comparative-international-analysis
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Jeffrey Braithwaite, Peter Hibbert, Brette Blakely, Jennifer Plumb, Natalie Hannaford, Janet Cameron Long, Danielle Marks
OBJECTIVES: Performance indicators are a popular mechanism for measuring the quality of healthcare to facilitate both quality improvement and systems management. Few studies make comparative assessments of different countries' performance indicator frameworks. This study identifies and compares frameworks and performance indicators used in selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development health systems to measure and report on the performance of healthcare organisations and local health systems...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228724/drug-utilization-on-neonatal-wards-a-systematic-review-of-observational-studies
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Rosliana Rosli, Ahmad Fauzi Dali, Noorizan Abd Aziz, Amir Heberd Abdullah, Long Chiau Ming, Mohamed Mansor Manan
Despite limited evidence on safety and efficacy of drug use in neonates, drugs are extensively used in this age group. However, the availability of information on drug consumption in neonates, especially inpatient neonates, is limited. This paper systematically reviews published studies on drug utilization in hospitalized neonates. A systematic literature review was carried out to identify observational studies published from inception of databases used till August 2016. Four search engines, namely Medline, CINAHL, Embase, and PubMed, were used...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228693/health-benefits-of-dietary-whole-grains-an-umbrella-review-of-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Marc P McRae
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to review the effectiveness of the role of whole grain as a therapeutic agent in type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity. METHODS: An umbrella review of all published meta-analyses was performed. A PubMed search from January 1, 1980, to May 31, 2016, was conducted using the following search strategy: (whole grain OR whole grains) AND (meta-analysis OR systematic review). Only English language publications that provided quantitative statistical analysis on type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and weight loss were retrieved...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228610/increasing-risk-of-osteoporotic-fracture-is-associated-with-vascular-dysfunction-and-abnormal-vascular-structure-in-both-men-and-women
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Masato Kajikawa, Nozomu Oda, Shinji Kishimoto, Tatsuya Maruhashi, Yumiko Iwamoto, Akimichi Iwamoto, Shogo Matsui, Yoshiki Aibara, Farina Binti Mohamad Yusoff, Takayuki Hidaka, Yasuki Kihara, Kazuaki Chayama, Chikara Goto, Kensuke Noma, Ayumu Nakashima, Akira Taguchi, Yukihito Higashi
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease are major public health problems. A number of clinical studies have shown a link between osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, but there is no information on the associations of risk of osteoporotic fracture with vascular function and vascular structure.Methods and Results:The risk of major osteoporotic fracture was calculated using the World Health Organization fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX); vascular function was assessed using flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) and nitroglycerine-induced vasodilation (NID), and vascular structure was assessed on brachial artery intima-media thickness (IMT) in 414 subjects (241 men and 173 women) who underwent health examinations...
February 23, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228461/sex-differences-in-inflammatory-markers-and-health-status-among-young-adults-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-results-from-the-virgo-variation-in-recovery-role-of-gender-on-outcomes-of-young-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-study
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Yuan Lu, Shengfan Zhou, Rachel P Dreyer, Erica S Spatz, Mary Geda, Nancy P Lorenze, Gail D'Onofrio, Judith H Lichtman, John A Spertus, Paul M Ridker, Harlan M Krumholz
BACKGROUND: Young women (≤55 years of age) with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have higher mortality risk than similarly aged men. Elevated inflammatory markers are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular outcomes after AMI, but little is known about whether young women have higher inflammatory levels after AMI compared with young men. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed sex differences in post-AMI inflammatory markers and whether such differences account for sex differences in 12-month health status, using data from 2219 adults with AMI, 18 to 55 years of age, in the United States...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228457/impact-of-workplace-physical-activity-interventions-on-physical-activity-and-cardiometabolic-health-among-working-age-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jennifer L Reed, Stephanie A Prince, Cara G Elliott, Kerri-Anne Mullen, Heather E Tulloch, Swapnil Hiremath, Lisa M Cotie, Andrew L Pipe, Robert D Reid
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women in high-income Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Physical activity is protective for cardiovascular disease. The realities of modern life require working-age women to address work-related, family, and social demands. Few working-age women meet current moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) recommendations. Given that working-age women spend a substantial proportion of their waking hours at work, places of employment may be an opportune and a controlled setting to implement programs, improving MVPA levels and enhancing cardiometabolic health...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228220/-measurements-of-pulmonary-artery-size-for-assessment-of-pulmonary-hypertension-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-and-clinical-application
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Fan Yang, Dong Li, Zhenwen Yang, Zhang Zhang, Dan Wang, Tielian Yu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) often leads to dilatation of main pulmonary artery (MPA). MPA measurements can be used to predict PH. This aim of this study is to investigate power of MPA vessel indices, which are acquired from cardiovascular magnetic resonance, to evaluate PH. METHODS: Cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-determined parameters of MPA were acquired and calculated in 83 PH patients, whose diagnosis were confirmed with right heart catheterization and 49 healthy volunteers; these parameters included MPA diameter (DPA), ratio of DPA and ascending aorta diameter (DPA/DAo), max mean diameter (MDmax), min mean diameter (MDmin), fraction transverse diameter (fTD), fraction longitudinal diameter (fLD), and distensibility...
February 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228151/unravelling-effectiveness-of-a-nurse-led-behaviour-change-intervention-to-enhance-physical-activity-in-patients-at-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease-in-primary-care-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Heleen Westland, Irene D Bos-Touwen, Jaap C A Trappenburg, Carin D Schröder, Niek J de Wit, Marieke J Schuurmans
BACKGROUND: Self-management interventions are considered effective in patients with chronic disease, but trials have shown inconsistent results, and it is unknown which patients benefit most. Adequate self-management requires behaviour change in both patients and health care providers. Therefore, the Activate intervention was developed with a focus on behaviour change in both patients and nurses. The intervention aims for change in a single self-management behaviour, namely physical activity, in primary care patients at risk for cardiovascular disease...
February 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227995/comparison-of-pulse-wave-velocity-derived-from-accelerometer-and-reflective-photo-plethysmography-signals-placed-at-the-carotid-and-femoral-artery
#17
Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Lars Schmitt, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch
Carotid - femoral pulse wave velocity is an established measure to assess cardiovascular risk and an interesting surrogate parameter towards non-invasive continuous blood pressure inference. Due to progress in sensing technologies for wearable wrist worn sensors, there are low cost sensor combinations of photo-plethysmography and high fidelity accelerometers available offering access to pulse information from larger arteries complemented by blood volume changes in the superficial tissue. In this work we compare pulse wave velocities derived from accelerometer and reflective photo-plethysmography signals placed at the carotid and femoral artery...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227951/smartsock-a-wearable-platform-for-context-aware-assessment-of-ankle-edema
#18
Ramin Fallahzadeh, Mahdi Pedram, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Ramin Fallahzadeh, Mahdi Pedram, Hassan Ghasemzadeh
Ankle edema an important symptom for monitoring patients with chronic systematic diseases. It is an important indicator of onset or exacerbation of a variety of diseases that disturb cardiovascular, renal, or hepatic system such as heart, liver, and kidney failure, diabetes, etc. The current approaches toward edema assessment are conducted during clinical visits. In-clinic assessments, in addition to being burdensome and expensive, are sometimes not reliable and neglect important contextual factors such as patient's physical activity level and body posture...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227784/an-analytics-based-clinical-decision-support-system-for-cvd-risk-assessment-and-management
#19
Shreya Anand, Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy, Shreya Anand, Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy, Shreya Anand, Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of disability and premature death throughout the world. Acute coronary events and other cardiovascular events frequently occur suddenly, and are often fatal before medical care can be given. Risk factor modification can reduce clinical events and premature death in people with established cardiovascular disease as well as in those who are at high cardiovascular risk due to one or more risk factors. In this work, India specific World Health Organization-International Society of Hypertension (WHO-ISH) guidelines has been implemented to stratify the subjects by their risk profile...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227734/detection-of-workplace-sedentary-behavior-using-thermal-sensors
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J Synnott, J Rafferty, C D Nugent, J Synnott, J Rafferty, C D Nugent, J Synnott, J Rafferty, C D Nugent
Sedentary behavior has been linked to leading causes of morbidity and mortality, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Those who work in office workplaces are susceptible to higher levels of sedentary behavior during the working day. This paper introduces a novel approach to the detection of sedentary behavior through the use of a thermal sensor mounted on the ceiling above a busy workspace. This solution was found to more accurately record 7 out of 10 activity metrics in comparison to self-assessment, when compared to chair pressure sensor recordings...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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