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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823072/prevalence-and-predictors-of-digoxin-utilization-among-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-qatar
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Alaa Abdullah Rahhal, Ahmed Awaisu, Kawthar M Tawengi, Safae AbuYousef, Lylia Mekideche
Background Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is recommended by clinical practice guidelines to be used in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who still have persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy. However, this recommendation is based on limited and old trial data. Moreover, pharmacoepidemiologic studies are important in determining the prevalence of digoxin use and factors influencing this. Objective This study aimed to determine the prevalence and the predictors of digoxin utilization among patients with HFrEF with or without atrial fibrillation (AF) in Qatar...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822701/clinical-applications-of-biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Kay-Won Chang, Jonathan C Hsu, Avinash Toomu, Sutton Fox, Alan S Maisel
While biomarkers have greatly impacted the diagnosis and management of myocardial infarction and heart failure, the use of biomarkers has been slow to permeate management of atrial fibrillation. Guideline recommendations on the use of biomarkers in atrial fibrillation were virtually non-existent until the 2016 European Society of Cardiology guidelines on atrial fibrillation offered a class IIb recommendation to consider using biomarkers such as high sensitivity troponin and natriuretic peptide to further refine stroke and bleeding risk in atrial fibrillation patients...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816774/practitioner-gender-and-quality-of-care-in-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-practice-innovation-and-clinical-excellence-pinnacle-registry
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Dipti Gupta, Fengming Tang, Frederick A Masoudi, Philip G Jones, Paul S Chan, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Some studies suggest that female practitioners are more likely to provide guideline-concordant care than male practitioners; however, little is known about the role of practitioner gender in cardiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to measure the association between practitioner gender and adherence to the cardiovascular performance measures in the American College of Cardiology's ambulatory Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812129/-device-based-remote-monitoring-current-evidence
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REVIEW
David Duncker, Roman Michalski, Johanna Müller-Leisse, Christos Zormpas, Thorben König, Christian Veltmann
Telemedicine is increasingly used in clinical cardiology. It offers early detection of arrhythmias, technical device follow-up and support of heart failure management. Regarding technical device follow-up, remote monitoring significantly reduces usage of the health care system. Furthermore, remote monitoring is associated with a significantly reduced time from device malfunction to physician's perception of the event. Using remote monitoring, inappropriate ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) shocks can be significantly reduced compared to routine in-office follow-up...
August 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807403/prevalence-of-hyperuricemia-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-with-either-reduced-or-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Alberto Palazzuoli, Gaetano Ruocco, Oreste De Vivo, Ranuccio Nuti, Peter A McCullough
The relation between uric acid (UA) and heart failure has been described; however, there is little detail concerning acute heart failure (AHF) in patients with reduced versus preserved ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF, HFpEF). We studied 324 consecutive AHF patients screened from interventional Diur-HF Trial (NCT01441245) from January 2011 to February 2016, and divided into HFrEF (EF <50%) and HFpEF (EF ≥50%). We defined hyperuricemia as serum UA ≥7.0 mg/dL in men and ≥6 mg/dL in women. Patients were followed up for 6 months after discharge...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805957/stroke-or-left-atrial-thrombus-prediction-using-antithrombin-iii-and-mean-platelet-volume-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Seo-Won Choi, Bo-Bae Kim, Dong-Hyun Choi, Geon Park, Byung Chul Shin, Heesang Song, DongHun Kim, Dong-Min Kim
BACKGROUND: CHADS2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke) and CHA2 DS2 -VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke, vascular disease, age 65 to 74 years, sex category) scores showed just moderate discrimination ability in predicting thromboembolic complications in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: To determine the association of antithrombin III (AT-III) deficiency and mean platelet volume (MPV) with the development of stroke or left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with AF...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803593/predictors-of-obtaining-follow-up-care-in-the-province-of-ontario-canada-following-a-new-diagnosis-of-atrial-fibrillation-heart-failure-and-hypertension-in-the-emergency-department
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Clare L Atzema, Bing Yu, Noah M Ivers, Paula A Rochon, Douglas S Lee, Michael J Schull, Peter C Austin
OBJECTIVE: Patients with cardiovascular diseases are common in the emergency department (ED), and continuity of care following that visit is needed to ensure that they receive evidence-based diagnostic tests and therapy. We examined the frequency of follow-up care after discharge from an ED with a new diagnosis of one of three cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with a new diagnosis of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, or hypertension, who were discharged from 157 non-pediatric EDs in Ontario, Canada, between April 2007 and March 2014...
August 14, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802808/novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-direct-current-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giuseppe Femia, Taufik Fetahovic, Pratap Shetty, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: For some patients with atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is one strategy that can be used to establish sinus rhythm but appropriate anticoagulation is mandatory to prevent thromboembolic events. Historically, patients were anticoagulated with warfarin with bridging with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, however, recently novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban have become more popular. Despite the increase in use, real world data on safety and efficacy is limited...
July 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800179/short-term-outcomes-of-atrial-flutter-ablation
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Byomesh Tripathi, Shilpkumar Arora, Abhishek Mishra, Vishwa Reddy Kundoor, Sopan Lahewala, Varun Kumar, Mahek Shah, Dhairya Lakhani, Harshil Shah, Nilay V Patel, Nileshkumar J Patel, Mihir Dave, Abhishek Deshmukh, Sattur Sudhakar, Radha Gopalan
BACKGROUND: Understanding the factors associated with early readmissions following atrial flutter (AFL) ablation is critical to reduce the cost and improving the quality of life in AFL patients. METHOD: The study cohort was derived from the National readmission database 2013-14. International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis code 427.32 and procedure code 37.34 were used to identify AFL and catheter ablation respectively. The primary and secondary outcomes were 90-day readmission and complications including in-hospital mortality...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800149/atrial-fibrillation-variability-on-long-term-monitoring-of-implantable-cardiac-rhythm-management-devices
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Rachel M Kaplan, Paul D Ziegler, Jodi Koehler, Taya V Glotzer, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and duration are predictors of thromboembolic events. The random nature of these measures may affect clinical decision making. The objective of this study was to determine temporal changes in AF burden as detected by continuous monitoring. HYPOTHESIS: AF burden changes over time when detected by continuous monitoring. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of patients enrolled in the TRENDS (A Prospective Study of the Clinical Significance of Atrial Arrhythmias Detected by Implanted Device Diagnostics) study with ≥1 stroke risk factor(s) who were implanted with a dual-chamber cardiac rhythm management device (CRMD) and had AF burden data available for ≥2 years was performed...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800093/omega-3-fatty-acids-and-cardiovascular-disease-summary-of-the-2016-agency-of-healthcare-research-and-quality-evidence-review
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REVIEW
Ethan M Balk, Alice H Lichtenstein
We summarize the 2016 update of the 2004 Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality's evidence review of omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The overall findings for the effects of marine oil supplements on intermediate CVD outcomes remain largely unchanged. There is high strength of evidence, based on numerous trials, of no significant effects of marine oils on systolic or diastolic blood pressures, but there are small, yet statistically significant increases in high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations...
August 11, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799780/lycopene-and-tomato-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-epidemiological-evidence
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Ho M Cheng, Georgios Koutsidis, John K Lodge, Ammar W Ashor, Mario Siervo, Jose Lara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Worldwide, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remains as the main cause of mortality. Observational studies supports an association between intake of tomato products or lycopene with a reduced CVDs risk. Our aim was to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence on the topic. METHODS: Medline, Web of Science, and Scopus were searched from inception until July 2017. We included longitudinal and cross-sectional studies reporting associations between lycopene and tomato consumption and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among adult subjects...
August 11, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798221/egfr-and-albuminuria-in-relation-to-risk-of-incident-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-of-the-jackson-heart-study-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-and-the-cardiovascular-health-study
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Nisha Bansal, Leila R Zelnick, Alvaro Alonso, Emelia J Benjamin, Ian H de Boer, Rajat Deo, Ronit Katz, Bryan Kestenbaum, Jehu Mathew, Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Mark J Sarnak, Michael G Shlipak, Nona Sotoodehnia, Bessie Young, Susan R Heckbert
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The incidence of atrial fibrillation is high in ESRD, but limited data are available on the incidence of atrial fibrillation across a broad range of kidney function. Thus, we examined the association of eGFR and urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio with risk of incident atrial fibrillation. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We meta-analyzed three prospective cohorts: the Jackson Heart Study, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and the Cardiovascular Health Study...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797662/amputation-rates-mortality-and-pre-operative-comorbidities-in-patients-revascularised-for-intermittent-claudication-or-critical-limb-ischaemia-a-population-based-study
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E Baubeta Fridh, M Andersson, M Thuresson, B Sigvant, B Kragsterman, S Johansson, P Hasvold, M Falkenberg, J Nordanstig
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this population based study were to describe mid- to long-term amputation risk, cumulative incidence of death or amputation, and differences in pre-operative comorbidities in patients revascularised for lower limb peripheral artery disease (PAD). METHODS: This was an observational cohort study. Data from the Swedish National Quality Registry for Vascular Surgery (Swedvasc) were combined with mandatory national health care registries and patient medical records...
August 7, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795332/the-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-use-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-seven-balkan-countries-a-report-from-the-balkan-af-survey
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Tatjana S Potpara, Elina Trendafilova, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Artan Goda, Zumreta Kusljugic, Sime Manola, Ljilja Music, Viktor Gjini, Belma Pojskic, Mircea Ioakim Popescu, Catalina Arsenescu Georgescu, Elena S Dimitrova, Delyana Kamenova, Uliks Ekmeciu, Denis Mrsic, Ana Nenezic, Sandro Brusich, Srdjan Milanov, Ivan Zeljkovic, Gregory Y H Lip
INTRODUCTION: Data on management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Balkan Region are scarce. To capture the patterns in AF management in contemporary clinical practice in the Balkan countries a prospective survey was conducted between December 2014 and February 2015, and we report results pertinent to the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: A 14-week prospective, multicenter survey of consecutive AF patients seen by cardiologists or internal medicine specialists was conducted in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia (a total of about 50 million inhabitants)...
August 9, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795299/adherence-to-optimal-heart-rate-control-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-insight-from-a-survey-of-heart-rate-in-heart-failure-in-sweden-hr-hf-study
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M Fu, U Ahrenmark, S Berglund, C J Lindholm, A Lehto, A Månsson Broberg, G Tasevska-Dinevska, G Wikstrom, A Ågard, B Andersson
INTRODUCTION: Despite that heart rate (HR) control is one of the guideline-recommended treatment goals for heart failure (HF) patients, implementation has been painstakingly slow. Therefore, it would be important to identify patients who have not yet achieved their target heart rates and assess possible underlying reasons as to why the target rates are not met. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The survey of HR in patients with HF in Sweden (HR-HF survey) is an investigator-initiated, prospective, multicenter, observational longitudinal study designed to investigate the state of the art in the control of HR in HF and to explore potential underlying mechanisms for suboptimal HR control with focus on awareness of and adherence to guidelines for HR control among physicians who focus on the contributing role of beta-blockers (BBs)...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794139/denervated-myocardium-is-preferentially-associated-with-sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-a-pilot-competing-risks-analysis-of-cause-specific-mortality
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James A Fallavollita, Jonathan D Dare, Randolph L Carter, Sunil Baldwa, John M Canty
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have identified multiple risk factors that are associated with total cardiac mortality. Nevertheless, identifying specific factors that distinguish patients at risk of arrhythmic death versus heart failure could better target patients likely to benefit from implantable cardiac defibrillators, which have no impact on nonsudden cardiac death. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a pilot competing risks analysis of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored PAREPET trial (Prediction of Arrhythmic Events with Positron Emission Tomography)...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794054/cardiovascular-event-prediction-by-machine-learning-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Xiaoying Yang, Colin O Wu, Kiang Liu, W G Hundley, Robyn L McClelland, Antoinette S Gomes, Aaron R Folsom, Steven Shea, Eliseo Guallar, David A Bluemke, João A Lima
Rationale: Machine learning may be useful to characterize cardiovascular risk, predict outcomes and identify biomarkers in population studies. Objective: To test the ability of random survival forests (RF), a machine learning technique, to predict six cardiovascular outcomes in comparison to standard cardiovascular risk scores. Methods and Results: We included participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Baseline measurements were used to predict cardiovascular outcomes over 12 years of follow-up...
August 9, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789604/relationship-of-respiratory-muscle-strength-pulmonary-function-and-functional-capacity-with-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Rengin Demir, Melih Zeren, Hulya Nilgun Gurses, Zerrin Yigit
Objective To examine the relationship of pulmonary parameters and functional capacity with quality of life (QoL) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods Thirty-six patients with chronic AF were included in this cross-sectional study. QoL was assessed with the Medical Outcomes Survey 36-item Short Form (SF-36) and Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ). Respiratory muscle strength and pulmonary function were also measured. Functional capacity was assessed with the 6-min walk test (6MWT)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
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