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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922588/does-the-addition-of-ezetimibe-to-statins-reduce-cardiovascular-risk
#1
Francisca I Araya, Bruno Grassi
Statins are the mainstay of lipid-lowering therapy nowadays, since they reduce cardiovascular risk when used as primary or secondary prevention. However, only one third of the patients reach the goals established in several guidelines, and even if they do, they keep a risk higher than healthy controls. One of the new lipid-lowering agents is ezetimibe. Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases, we identified nine systematic reviews comprising 67 trials overall...
December 5, 2016: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919826/should-blood-pressure-goal-be-individualized-in-hypertensive-patients
#2
REVIEW
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Rania Kheder-Elfekih, Jean-Michel Halimi, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized blood pressure (BP) goal under treatment in hypertensive patients according to their age, comorbidities or established cardiovascular (CV) disease. Evidence from large-scale randomized trials to support a lower BP goal, as initially recommended by guidelines in high-risk hypertensive patients, were lacking. Recently, the randomized intervention SPRINT trial studied two treatment targets for systolic BP (120mm Hg versus 140mm Hg in the intensive and standard treatment group, respectively) among high-risk hypertensive patients, without diabetes and without a history of prior stroke...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919279/height-correlates-with-dyslipidemia-in-non-overweight-middle-aged-japanese-men
#3
Yuji Shimizu, Hiroyuki Yoshimine, Mako Nagayoshi, Koichiro Kadota, Kensuke Takahashi, Kiyohiro Izumino, Kenichiro Inoue, Takahiro Maeda
BACKGROUND: Our previous study showed that height is inversely associated with the risk of stroke in middle-aged Japanese men, particularly in those with a low body mass index (BMI). Since height is regarded as a surrogate maker of childhood social and physical condition, while BMI may reflect primarily on the current physical condition, a detailed analysis of those with a lower BMI may elucidate the effects of childhood conditions. On the other hand, dyslipidemia is recognized as a prominent risk factor for cardiovascular disease...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
#4
Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912776/improving-stroke-prevention-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial
#5
Theresa M Lee, Noah M Ivers, Sacha Bhatia, Debra A Butt, Paul Dorian, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Kori Leblanc, Dan Legge, Dante Morra, Alissia Valentinis, Laura Wing, Jacqueline Young, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing as the population ages, and at least 15% of ischemic strokes are attributed to AF. However, many high-risk AF patients are not offered guideline-recommended stroke prevention therapy due to a variety of system, provider, and patient-level barriers. METHODS: We will conduct a pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial randomizing primary care clinics to test a "toolkit" of quality improvement interventions in primary care...
December 3, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
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REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909542/which-factors-influence-resident-physicians-to-prescribe-noacs-to-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Zardasht Oqab Md Frcpc, William F McIntyre Md Frcpc, Wilma M Hopman Ma, Adrian Baranchuk Md Facc Frcp
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Cardiology recommend the use of non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC) in preference to warfarin for stroke prevention in most patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to identify factors that predict selection of a NOAC by resident physicians when faced with patients with non-valvular AF. A web-based survey was distributed to residents across Canada to learn the attitudes and behaviours regarding stroke, bleeding risk and choices of therapy in different clinical scenarios involving the same patient and one additional co-morbidity...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909516/the-role-of-noacs-in-atrial-fibrillation-management-a-qualitative-study
#8
Katherine Kirley Md Ms, Goutham Rao Md, Victoria Bauer Bs, Christopher Masi Md PhD
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) benefit from anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk. However, 30-60% of patients with AF are not anticoagulated. This study explored physicians' reasons for under-treatment of AF, focusing on the role of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). We interviewed primary care physicians and cardiologists involved in AF management in a variety of practice settings. We conducted interviews using a semi-structured format and analyzed the data using the Framework Method. Four themes emerged...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906755/optimal-blood-pressure-target-in-stroke-prevention
#9
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Céline Dreyfuss Tubiana, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A generalized single blood pressure (BP) goal may appear not suitable to achieve an optimal stroke prevention at the individual level. The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized BP goal according to patient's age, comorbidities and established cerebrovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Observational and interventional data support heterogeneity in target organ prevention in that lower BP values than recommended by hypertension guidelines are associated with further stroke risk reduction...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906754/management-of-acute-stroke-in-patients-on-oral-anticoagulants
#10
Jan C Purrucker, Thorsten Steiner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An increasing number of patients are receiving oral anticoagulants. Since non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) were approved, primary prevention of ischemic stroke has become simpler. However, managing ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage while on oral anticoagulation (OAC) has become more complex. This review covers the latest developments in managing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in patients receiving vitamin K antagonists (VKA) and NOACs...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902693/the-long-term-benefits-of-increased-aspirin-use-by-at-risk-americans-aged-50-and-older
#11
David B Agus, Étienne Gaudette, Dana P Goldman, Andrew Messali
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of aspirin to defend against cardiovascular disease in both primary and secondary settings is well recognized by the medical profession. Multiple studies also have found that daily aspirin significantly reduces cancer incidence and mortality. Despite these proven health benefits, aspirin use remains low among populations targeted by cardiovascular prevention guidelines. This article seeks to determine the long-term economic and population-health impact of broader use of aspirin by older Americans at higher risk for cardiovascular disease...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902588/short-term-hypertension-management-in-community-is-associated-with-long-term-risk-of-stroke-and-total-death-in-china-a-community-controlled-trial
#12
Zengwu Wang, Guang Hao, Xin Wang, Wen Wang, Weiwei Chen, Manlu Zhu
BACKGROUND: It is not fully clear whether the effect of short-term management in community can reduce the long-term risk of stroke OBJECTIVES:: To evaluate whether short-term hypertension management is associated with long-term incidence of stroke and total death in community health centers in China. DESIGN: Community controlled trail. PARTICIPANTS: Six community health centers (4 active, 2 control) in China, patients with hypertension. CONTROL ARM: Patients were treated with normally therapy method...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901325/asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis-who-should-be-screened-who-should-be-treated-and-how-should-we-treat-them
#13
Djurre D DE Waard, Dylan Morris, Gert J DE Borst, Richard Bulbulia, Alison Halliday
Although stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure and reducing lipid levels will reduce global stroke risk and cardiovascular mortality, these remain leading causes of death and disability especially in ageing populations. Further prevention strategies are needed and, in the first part of this review, we explore the potential benefits of appropriate screening for carotid artery disease to reduce stroke and identify those who may have related cardiac disease. Although whole-population carotid screening is an inefficient and costly means of identifying candidates with tight carotid stenosis who might warrant intervention, it can identify many people with lower levels of stenosis who may benefit from cardiovascular risk reducing medications...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901323/safety-of-carotid-revascularization-within-48-hours-of-symptomatic-presentation
#14
Kosmas I Paraskevas, Ian M Loftus
In the last few years, there has been a gradual shift in the recommendations of carotid guidelines towards performance of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) earlier in patients with >70% carotid artery stenosis suffering an ipsilateral transient ischemic attack (TIA)/minor stroke episode. The "6-month" threshold in the early guidelines was subsequently replaced with a "14-day" target. More recently, an even earlier intervention (i.e. "within 48 hours") gains support as the optimal timing for the performance of CEA in patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899517/endovascular-management-of-cerebral-septic-embolism-three-recent-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
Eugene L Scharf, Tia Chakraborty, Alejandro Rabinstein, Amrendra S Miranpuri
Endovascular management of acute ischemic stroke secondary to septic emboli from bacterial endocarditis is case-specific and outside established guidelines. We report three new cases of an acute ischemic stroke secondary to septic embolus from two different centers. All cases reported here were large vessel occlusions of the middle cerebral artery in anticoagulated patients. In one case the embolus was noted to be firm and aspiration thrombectomy was attempted in lieu of stent retrieval. Thrombolysis in Cerebral Ischemia (TICI) 3 recanalization was achieved and the patient experienced a good outcome with resolution of deficits...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899408/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-using-drug-eluting-stents-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-for-unprotected-left-main-coronary-artery-stenosis-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#16
Nitesh Nerlekar, Francis J Ha, Kunal P Verma, Martin R Bennett, James D Cameron, Ian T Meredith, Adam J Brown
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines suggest that coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) should be the preferred revascularization method for unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis. In light of evidence from recent randomized trials, we assessed whether percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using drug-eluting stents is as safe and effective as CABG for the treatment of unprotected left main coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Digital databases and manual searches were performed for randomized trials comparing PCI and CABG for unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis...
December 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898406/low-incidence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attack
#17
Kenneth Bruun Pedersen, Alexander Chemnitz, Charlotte Madsen, Niels C F Sandgaard, Søren Bak, Axel Brandes
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of stroke. Therefore, all patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) should be examined with 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and continuous monitoring to detect AF. Current guidelines recommend at least 24 h continuous ECG monitoring, which is primarily based on studies investigating patients with ischemic stroke. The aim of our study was to investigate the diagnostic yield of 12-lead ECG and Holter monitoring in patients with TIA...
November 30, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898402/recent-update-on-carotid-endarterectomy-versus-carotid-artery-stenting
#18
Raywat Noiphithak, Anusak Liengudom
Carotid artery stenosis (CS) is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Treatment of CS consists of best medical treatment and carotid revascularization (CR), including carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid artery stenting (CAS). Both CR techniques have their own procedural risks. Therefore, selection of the appropriate treatment for patients with CS is relatively complicated. Many studies and guidelines have reported the efficacy of each treatment for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. However, the results are still controversial, especially concerning the efficacy and safety of CEA and CAS...
November 30, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896982/predictive-modeling-of-hospital-readmission-rates-using-electronic-medical-record-wide-machine-learning-a-case-study-using-mount-sinai-heart-failure-cohort
#19
Khader Shameer, Kipp W Johnson, Alexandre Yahi, Riccardo Miotto, L I Li, Doran Ricks, Jebakumar Jebakaran, Patricia Kovatch, Partho P Sengupta, Sengupta Gelijns, Alan Moskovitz, Bruce Darrow, David L David, Andrew Kasarskis, Nicholas P Tatonetti, Sean Pinney, Joel T Dudley
Reduction of preventable hospital readmissions that result from chronic or acute conditions like stroke, heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia remains a significant challenge for improving the outcomes and decreasing the cost of healthcare delivery in the United States. Patient readmission rates are relatively high for conditions like heart failure (HF) despite the implementation of high-quality healthcare delivery operation guidelines created by regulatory authorities. Multiple predictive models are currently available to evaluate potential 30-day readmission rates of patients...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895004/predictors-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment-poststroke-in-a-middle-eastern-bahrain-cohort-a-proposed-case-control-comparison
#20
Claire Donnellan, Mona Al Banna, Noor Redha, Adel Al Jishi, Isa Al Sharoqi, Safa Taha, Moiz Bakhiet, Fatema Abdulla, Patrick Walsh
BACKGROUND: Poststroke dementia and cognitive impairment are associated with poor long-term outcomes after stroke. The contribution of genetic factors such as the presence of apolipoprotein (ApoE) ɛ4 allele and its association with cognitive impairment poststroke remains inconclusive, particularly in Middle Eastern regions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine all correlates and potential predictors of cognitive impairment including self-awareness and regulation deficits in stroke patients and compare these functions with healthy older adults from a Middle Eastern population...
November 28, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
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