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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342292/clinical-utility-of-the-global-anti-phospholipid-syndrome-score-for-risk-stratification-a-pooled-analysis
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Savino Sciascia, Massimo Radin, Giovanni Sanna, Irene Cecchi, Dario Roccatello, Maria Laura Bertolaccini
Objective: Recently, our group conceived a risk score for clinical manifestations of APS (the global APS score, or GAPSS) that takes into account the combination of independent cardiovascular risk factors and the aPL positivity profile. These include hyperlipidaemia, arterial hypertension, aCL, anti-β2 glycoprotein-I, aPS-PT and the LA. A complementary version, the adjusted GAPSS (aGAPSS), which excludes aPS-PT, was also designed. The aim of our study was to systematically review the literature to assess the clinical utility of the GAPSS and aGAPSS for risk stratification of any APS clinical manifestation...
January 12, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342097/time-domain-near-infrared-spectroscopy-device-for-monitoring-muscle-oxidative-metabolism-custom-probe-and-in-vivo-applications
#2
Rebecca Re, Ileana Pirovano, Davide Contini, Lorenzo Spinelli, Alessandro Torricelli
Measurement of muscle oxidative metabolism is of interest for monitoring the training status in athletes and the rehabilitation process in patients. Time domain near infrared spectroscopy (TD NIRS) is an optical technique that allows the non-invasive measurement of the hemodynamic parameters in muscular tissue: concentrations of oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin, total hemoglobin content, and tissue oxygen saturation. In this paper, we present a novel TD NIRS medical device for muscle oxidative metabolism. A custom-printed 3D probe, able to host optical elements for signal acquisition from muscle, was develop for TD NIRS in vivo measurements...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342019/hot-spotting-as-a-strategy-to-identify-high-cost-surgical-populations
#3
Sarah P Shubeck, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick, Hari Nathan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of "hot spotting" in elective surgical populations. BACKGROUND: Prospective identification of high-cost patients, known as "hot spotting," is well developed in medical populations, but has not been performed in surgical populations. Population-based management of surgical expenditures requires identification of high-cost surgical patients to allow for effective implementation of cost-saving strategies...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341996/retinal-arterio-arterial-collaterals-in-susac-syndrome
#4
Robert A Egan, Guy Jirawuthiworavong, Norah S Lincoff, John J Chen, Courtney E Francis, Jacqueline A Leavitt
BACKGROUND: The ophthalmic findings of Susac syndrome (SS) consist of visual field defects related to branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO), and fluorescein angiography (FA) reveals a unique staining pattern. To date, retinal arterial collateral development has been described only in a single patient. Given that the immunopathological process in SS induces retinal ischemia, it is conceivable that abnormal blood vessel development may occur in affected individuals. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341066/cerebral-near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-for-perioperative-monitoring-of-brain-oxygenation-in-children-and-adults
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REVIEW
Yun Yu, Kaiying Zhang, Ling Zhang, Huantao Zong, Lingzhong Meng, Ruquan Han
BACKGROUND: Various techniques have been employed for the early detection of perioperative cerebral ischaemia and hypoxia. Cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is increasingly used in this clinical scenario to monitor brain oxygenation. However, it is unknown whether perioperative cerebral NIRS monitoring and the subsequent treatment strategies are of benefit to patients. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of perioperative cerebral NIRS monitoring and corresponding treatment strategies in adults and children, compared with blinded or no cerebral oxygenation monitoring, or cerebral oxygenation monitoring based on non-NIRS technologies, on the detection of cerebral oxygen desaturation events (CDEs), neurological outcomes, non-neurological outcomes and socioeconomic impact (including cost of hospitalization and length of hospital stay)...
January 17, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341060/rationale-of-decreasing-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-below-70-mg-dl-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-a-retrospective-virtual-histology-intravascular-ultrasound-study
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Young Hoon Seo, Duck-Jun Seo, In Geol Song, Ki-Hong Kim, Taek-Geun Kwon, Jang-Ho Bae
BACKGROUND: The associations between statin and coronary plaque compositional changes were reported according to the use of high dose or not. An evaluation of the impact of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) < 70 mg/dL by using real world dosages of statin on coronary plaque composition was undertaken. METHODS: The study subjects consisted of 61 patients (mean 59.9 years old, 45 males) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention, baseline and follow-up (F/U; mean 8...
January 17, 2018: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340731/sensitive-cardiac-troponins-could-they-be-new-biomarkers-in-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease
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Seyma Kayali, Ilker Ertugrul, Tamer Yoldas, Ozkan Kaya, Senem Ozgür, Utku A Orün, Selmin Karademir
To analyze the role of sensitive cardiac troponin I (scTnI) and high-sensitive troponin T (hscTnT) in the determination of myocardial injury caused by volume and pressure load due to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to investigate if these markers may be useful in the management of PH in childhood. Twenty-eight patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) with left to right shunt and PH, 29 patients with CHD with left to right shunt but without PH, and 18 healthy children, in total 75 individuals, were included in the study...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340719/treatment-with-48-mm-everolimus-eluting-stents-procedural-safety-and-12-month-patient-outcome
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C K Tan, Z L Tin, M K M Arshad, J K K Loh, F H Jafary, H H Ho, P J L Ong, T Watson
BACKGROUND: Lesion length is a major predictor of adverse outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention. Long lesions often require multiple stents with variable overlap, which increases the probability of geographical miss and the incidence of mechanical complications, such as side-branch occlusion, restenosis, and stent thrombosis. These pitfalls may be avoided by use of an ultra-long device. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the performance of the 48-mm Xience Xpedition everolimus-eluting stent (EES) at our institution...
January 16, 2018: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340315/contrast-induced-nephropathy-and-oxygen-pretreatment-in-patients-with-impaired-renal-function
#9
Haruki Sekiguchi, Yoichi Ajiro, Yoshie Uchida, Kentaro Jujo, Kazunori Iwade, Naohide Tanaka, Ken Shimamoto, Yukio Tsurumi, Masatoshi Kawana, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
Introduction: Contrast-induced nephropathy is a complication following coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention. Because contrast-induced nephropathy is a predictor of long-term mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, preventive strategies are required. We assessed the effects of periprocedural oxygenation on contrast-induced nephropathy among patients with pre-existing renal dysfunction. Methods: A total of 200 consecutive patients with impaired renal function (estimated glomerular filtration < 60 ml/min per 1...
January 2018: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339921/cardiopulmonary-exercise-test-and-pao2-in-evaluation-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-copd
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Ingunn Skjørten, Janne Mykland Hilde, Morten Nissen Melsom, Jonny Hisdal, Viggo Hansteen, Kjetil Steine, Sjur Humerfelt
Background: Exercise tolerance decreases as COPD progresses. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is common in COPD and may reduce performance further. COPD patients with and without PH could potentially be identified by cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). However, results from previous studies are diverging, and a unified conclusion is missing. We hypothesized that CPET combined with arterial blood gases is useful to discriminate between COPD outpatients with and without PH. Methods: In total, 93 COPD patients were prospectively included...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339697/the-value-of-real-time-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography-for-detecting-coronary-microcirculation-function-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients
#11
Lulu Sun, Zilong Wang, Tongda Xu, Defeng Pan, Li Liang, Ji Hao, Xiaoping Wang, Dongye Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (RT-MCE) for detecting coronary microcirculation (CM) function in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. METHODS: Sixty-five consecutive patients were divided into CAD (n=52) and no-CAD (n=13) groups using coronary angiography (CAG). All patients underwent RT-MCE at rest and CAG within 1 week after RT-MCE. The ventricular segments in CAD patients were divided semi-quantitatively into ischemic and non-ischemic myocardial groups based on RT-MCE images...
January 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339693/simultaneous-total-occlusion-of-two-coronary-arteries-associated-with-use-of-drospirenone-ethinyl-estradiol-oral-contraceptive
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Hüsnü Atmaca, Diyar Köprülü, Tuncay Kiriş, Gönül Zeren, İrfan Şahin
Although the use of oral contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolic disease, the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) is unclear. A new, third-generation contraceptive agent, drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol, which contains less estrogen and a new progestogen, drospirenone, in a different combination, has been considered more reliable in terms of risk of MI. However, there have been some cases of MI associated with the use of drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol, despite the protective effects of this oral contraceptive...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339687/subclinical-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-a-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Betül Cengiz, Şükrü Taylan Şahin, Selen Yurdakul, Serkan Kahraman, Ayşen Bozkurt, Saide Aytekin
OBJECTIVE: In patients with aortic stenosis (AS), the left ventricular (LV) geometry changes due to the increased LV afterload. However, subclinical myocardial dysfunction can develop despite a normal LV ejection fraction (EF). This study was an investigation of subclinical LV systolic dysfunction in patients with severe AS with a normal LV EF using a strain imaging method, speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), and an evaluation of its correlation with novel indices to assess the severity of AS...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339675/association-of-serum-prolidase-activity-in-patients-with-isolated-coronary-artery-ectasia
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Erdal Aktürk, Lütfü Aşkın, Hüseyin Nacar, M Hakan Taşolar, Serdar Türkmen, Mustafa Çetin, Mehmet Bozkurt
OBJECTIVE: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is defined as an angiographic enlargement of a portion of the coronary artery between 1.5 and 2 times the diameter of the adjacent normal coronary artery. It has been demonstrated that increased serum prolidase activity (SPA) is associated with increased collagen turnover. We aimed to analyze the relationship between CAE and serum SPA levels. METHODS: This study used a prospective case protocol design. A total of 40 consecutive patients with isolated right CAE and normal coronary arteries (23 men, 17 women; mean age, 62...
January 17, 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339351/high-target-vs-low-target-blood-pressure-management-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-to-prevent-cerebral-injury-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anne G Vedel, Frederik Holmgaard, Lars S Rasmussen, Annika Langkilde, Olaf B Paulson, Theis Lange, Carsten Thomsen, Peter Skov Olsen, Hanne Berg Ravn, Jens C Nilsson
Background -Cerebral injury is an important complication following cardiac surgery with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The rate of overt stroke after cardiac surgery is 1-2%, whereas silent strokes, detected by diffusion-weighed magnetic resonance imaging (DWI), are found in up to 50% of patients. It is unclear if a higher versus a lower blood pressure during cardiopulmonary bypass reduces cerebral infarction in these patients. Methods -In a patient- and assessor-blinded randomized trial, we allocated patients to a higher (70-80 mmHg) or lower (40-50 mmHg) target for mean arterial pressure by the titration of norepinephrine during cardiopulmonary bypass...
January 16, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339322/endoscopic-endonasal-craniofacial-surgery-for-recurrent-skull-base-meningiomas-involving-the-pterygopalatine-fossa-the-infratemporal-fossa-the-orbit-and-the-paranasal-sinus
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Masahiro Shin, Masaaki Shojima, Kenji Kondo, Hirotaka Hasegawa, Shunya Hanakita, Akihiro Ito, Taichi Kin, Nobuhito Saito
OBJECT: Skull base meningiomas carry a non-negligible risk of recurrence. In particular, those arising from the sphenoid wings or middle cranial fossa penetrate into extracranial regions, uncommonly showing massive expansion into the craniofacial regions on recurrence. The role of endoscopic endonasal surgery for those intractable lesions remains unclear. METHODS: We performed endoscopic endonasal craniofacial surgery for 8 recurrent meningiomas invading into the pterygopalatine fossa, infratemporal fossa, nasopharynx, paranasal sinus, or orbit, comprising 2 meningothelial and 1 fibrous meningiomas (WHO grade I), 3 atypical and 1 clear cell meningiomas (grade II), and 1 anaplastic meningioma (grade III)...
January 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338863/in-elective-arch-surgery-with-circulatory-arrest-does-the-arterial-cannulation-site-really-matter-a-propensity-score-analysis-of-right-axillary-and-innominate-artery-cannulation
#17
Ourania Preventza, Matt D Price, Konstantinos Spiliotopoulos, Hiruni S Amarasekara, Lorraine D Cornwell, Shuab Omer, Kim I de la Cruz, Qianzi Zhang, Susan Y Green, Scott A LeMaire, Todd K Rosengart, Joseph S Coselli
OBJECTIVE: The preferred arterial cannulation site for elective proximal aortic procedures requiring circulatory arrest varies, and different sites have been tried. We evaluated the relationships between arterial cannulation site and adverse outcomes, including stroke, in patients undergoing elective aortic arch surgery. METHODS: We reviewed the records of 938 patients who underwent elective hemiarch or total arch surgery with circulatory arrest between 2006 and 2016...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338684/a-simple-prediction-model-to-estimate-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
#18
Shiqun Chen, Yong Liu, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Hua Yao, Yingling Zhou, Ji-Yan Chen, Qiang Li
BACKGROUND: A simple noninvasive model to predict obstructive coronary artery disease (OCAD) may promote risk stratification and reduce the burden of coronary artery disease (CAD). This study aimed to develop pre-procedural, noninvasive prediction models that better estimate the probability of OCAD among patients with suspected CAD undergoing elective coronary angiography (CAG). METHODS: We included 1262 patients, who had reliable Framingham risk variable data, in a cohort without known CAD from a prospective registry of patients referred for elective CAG...
January 16, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338669/successful-operative-treatment-of-uterine-leiomyoma-with-extensive-intravenous-extension-to-the-ivc-right-heart-and-pulmonary-arteries
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Ranjeet Brar, Alicia Skervin, Karim El-Sakka, Andrew Fish, Michael Lewis
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous extension of benign uterine leiomyomata ('fibroids'), in the absence of discrete metastatic disease has rarely been reported. 'Fibroids' remain one of the most common premenopausal uterine pathologies. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report the diagnosis and multidisciplinary led operative management of a 52-year-old woman with a histologically benign, but biologically aggressive, uterine leiomyoma with intravenous extension to the inferior vena cava (IVC), right heart and pulmonary arteries...
January 17, 2018: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338591/association-between-health-status-and-sociodemographic-clinical-and-treatment-disparities-in-the-patient-centered-outcomes-related-to-treatment-practices-in-peripheral-arterial-disease-investigating-trajectories-portrait-registry
#20
Adam M Noyes, J Dawn Abbott, Kensey Gosch, Kim Smolderen, John A Spertus, Omar Hyder, Peter Soukas, Mehdi H Shishehbor, Herbert D Aronow
Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and intermittent claudication (IC) have impaired functional status and quality of life. However, little is known about which factors are associated with poorer health status at the time of initial presentation for PAD specialty care. Characterization of such features might provide insight into disparities that impact health status in this population. A total of 1258 patients from the United States, the Netherlands and Australia with new or worsened IC were enrolled at their first PAD specialty care visit between June 2011 and December 2015...
January 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
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