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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110311/carotid-intima-media-thickness-score-positive-coronary-artery%C3%A2-calcium-score-and-incident-coronary-heart-disease-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Joseph F Polak, Moyses Szklo, Daniel H O'Leary
BACKGROUND: Common carotid artery and internal carotid artery intima-media thicknesses (IMT) are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and increase with age. Using age, sex, and race/ethnicity IMT percentiles may improve CHD prediction when added to Framingham risk factors and coronary artery calcium score. We study these possibilities in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a multi-ethnic cohort of whites, Chinese, blacks, and Hispanics. METHODS AND RESULTS: IMT data were acquired in the age range 45 to 84 years...
January 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109570/osteopathic-manipulative-treatment-improves-heart-surgery-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Vittorio Racca, Bruno Bordoni, Paolo Castiglioni, Maddalena Modica, Maurizio Ferratini
BACKGROUND: Controlling sternal pain after heart surgery is important to reduce the risk of postoperative complications, but pain is often undertreated because of contraindications and side effects of analgesic drugs. Recently, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) was demonstrated to reduce pain in different clinical contexts, suggesting its potential utility after cardiac surgery. The aim of this open-label, controlled study is to assess whether OMT contributes to sternal pain relief and improves postoperative outcomes...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109184/comparative-cardiovascular-risks-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-with-other-2-nd-and-3-rd-line-antidiabetic-drugs-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Huang-Tz Ou, Kai-Cheng Chang, Chung-Yi Li, Jin-Shang Wu
AIMS: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4i) are suggested as 2(nd) and 3(rd) add-on antidiabetic treatment for type 2 diabetes. Previous studies only assessed cardiovascular effects of DPP4i as 2(nd) line treatment, included sulfonylurea as only one comparator, and yielded inconclusive results on the risk of heart failure. This study therefore evaluated comparative cardiovascular risks of DPP4i with other 2(nd) and 3(rd) line antidiabetic drugs. METHODS: Based on a large nation-wide diabetic cohort, 113,051 patients with type 2 diabetes newly on metformin-based dual or triple therapy were identified in 2009-2011 and followed until death or 2013...
January 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108220/missed-myocardial-infarctions-in-ed-patients-prospectively-categorized-as-low-risk-by-established-risk-scores
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A J Singer, M P Than, S Smith, P McCullough, T W Barrett, R Birkhahn, M Reed, H C Thode, W D Arnold, L B Daniels, C de Filippi, G Headden, W F Peacock
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Few studies have prospectively compared multiple cardiac risk prediction scores. We compared the rate of missed acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in chest pain patients prospectively categorized as low risk by unstructured clinical impression, and by HEART, TIMI, GRACE, and EDACS scores, in combination with two negative contemporary cardiac troponins (cTn) available in the U.S. METHODS: We enrolled 434 patients with chest pain presenting to one of seven emergency departments (ED)...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107887/associations-between-positive-emotional-well-being-and-stress-induced-myocardial-ischemia-well-being-scores-predict-exercise-induced-ischemia
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Jacob P Feigal, Stephen H Boyle, Zainab Samad, Eric J Velazquez, Jennifer L Wilson, Richard C Becker, Redford B Williams, Cynthia M Kuhn, Thomas L Ortel, Joseph G Rogers, Christopher M O'Connor, Wei Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Depressive symptoms have been associated with myocardial ischemia induced by mental (MSIMI) and exercise (ESIMI) stress in clinically stable ischemic heart disease (IHD) patients, but the association between positive emotions and inducible ischemia is less well characterized. The objective of this study was to examine the associations between ratings of well-being and stress-induced ischemia. METHODS: Subjects were adult patients with documented IHD underwent mental and exercise stress testing for the Responses of Myocardial Ischemia to Escitalopram Treatment (REMIT) trial...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106016/gender-related-differences-in-presentation-and-treatment-of-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-ramses-study
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Volkan Doğan, Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, İsmail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
OBJECTIVE: Gender is an important feature in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study investigated gender-related differences in patients with AF in Turkey. METHODS: As a part of RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey, NCT02344901) study, information of the patients with AF who successively applied to the hospital was analyzed. This cross-sectional, multicenter, nationwide observational study enrolled 6264 non-valvular AF (NVAF) outpatients (55...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105998/simultaneous-transfemoral-aortic-and-transseptal-mitral-valve-replacement-utilising-sapien-3-valves-in-native-aortic-and-mitral-valves
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Mohammad Bashir, Gardar Sigurdsson, Phillip A Horwitz, Firas Zahr
AIMS: Concomitant severe calcific aortic and mitral stenosis is a relatively uncommon but very challenging valvular heart disease to manage. We sought to evaluate the feasibility of a fully percutaneous approach to replace both stenotic native mitral and aortic valves using SAPIEN 3 valves. METHODS AND RESULTS: An 87-year-old woman with chronic kidney disease stage 3, pul-monary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a permanent pacemaker, and atrial fibrillation was referred with Class III heart failure symptoms...
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104669/sex-specific-outcomes-with-addition-of-defibrillation-to-resynchronisation-therapy-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Sérgio Barra, Rui Providência, Rudolf Duehmke, Serge Boveda, Eloi Marijon, Christian Reitan, Rasmus Borgquist, Didier Klug, Pascal Defaye, Nicolas Sadoul, Jean-Claude Deharo, Iannish Sadien, Kiran Patel, Khang-Li Looi, David Begley, Anthony W Chow, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Sharad Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Among primary prevention patients with heart failure receiving cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), the impact of additional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment on outcomes and its interaction with sex remains uncertain. We aim to assess whether the addition of the ICD functionality to CRT devices offers a more pronounced survival benefit in men compared with women, as previous research has suggested. METHODS: Observational multicentre cohort study of 5307 consecutive patients with ischaemic or non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy and no history of sustained ventricular arrhythmias having CRT implantation with (cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), n=4037) or without (cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemaker (CRT-P), n=1270) defibrillator functionality...
January 19, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104551/a-framework-for-analysis-of-linear-ultrasound-videos-to-detect-fetal-presentation-and-heartbeat
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M A Maraci, C P Bridge, R Napolitano, A Papageorghiou, J A Noble
Confirmation of pregnancy viability (presence of fetal cardiac activity) and diagnosis of fetal presentation (head or buttock in the maternal pelvis) are the first essential components of ultrasound assessment in obstetrics. The former is useful in assessing the presence of an on-going pregnancy and the latter is essential for labour management. We propose an automated framework for detection of fetal presentation and heartbeat from a predefined free-hand ultrasound sweep of the maternal abdomen. Our method exploits the presence of key anatomical sonographic image patterns in carefully designed scanning protocols to develop, for the first time, an automated framework allowing novice sonographers to detect fetal breech presentation and heartbeat from an ultrasound sweep...
January 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104162/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-expression-in-kidney-transplant-biopsy-specimens-after-reperfusion-is-associated-with-early-recovery-of-graft-function-after-cadaveric-kidney-transplantation
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T Oda, T Ishimura, N Yokoyama, S Ogawa, H Miyake, M Fujisaw
BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion injury during kidney transplantation (KTx) delays allograft recovery. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is the key regulator of the protective response to ischemia/reperfusion injury. We evaluated the impact of the HIF-1α signaling pathway on allograft recovery during cadaveric KTx. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2015, 46 patients underwent cadaveric KTx. The expression levels of HIF-1α-related proteins, including phosphoinositide 3-kinase, phosphorylated (p)-Akt, p-mammalian target of rapamycin, p-Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E, p-S6 ribosomal protein, and HIF-1α, were immunohistochemically evaluated and semi-quantitatively scored in graft biopsy specimens after 1 hour of revascularization...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104076/comparison-of-propensity-score-methods-and-covariate-adjustment-evaluation-in-4-cardiovascular-studies
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Markus C Elze, John Gregson, Usman Baber, Elizabeth Williamson, Samantha Sartori, Roxana Mehran, Melissa Nichols, Gregg W Stone, Stuart J Pocock
Propensity scores (PS) are an increasingly popular method to adjust for confounding in observational studies. Propensity score methods have theoretical advantages over conventional covariate adjustment, but their relative performance in real-word scenarios is poorly characterized. We used datasets from 4 large-scale cardiovascular observational studies (PROMETHEUS, ADAPT-DES [the Assessment of Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy with Drug-Eluting Stents], THIN [The Health Improvement Network], and CHARM [Candesartan in Heart Failure-Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity]) to compare the performance of conventional covariate adjustment with 4 common PS methods: matching, stratification, inverse probability weighting, and use of PS as a covariate...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103698/histamine-applied-topically-to-the-nasal-mucosa-increases-the-transmucosal-nitrous-oxide-exchange-for-the-middle-ear
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Miriam S Teixeira, Cuneyt M Alper, Brian S Martin, Selma Cetin, Jenna A El-Wagaa, William J Doyle
OBJECTIVE: Determine if the middle ear transmucosal nitrous oxide (N2O) exchange rate is affected by nasal inflammation caused by topical application of histamine. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, crossover study, 20 adults were challenged intranasally with histamine (5 mg) and placebo on separate occasions. At each session, the subjects were fitted with a non-rebreathing mask and breathed room air for 20 minutes, 50% N2O:50% O2 for 20 minutes, and 100% O2 for 10 minutes...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103532/timing-of-anticoagulant-re-initiation-following-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-mechanical-heart-valves-survey-of-neurosurgeons-and-thrombosis-experts
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Fahad AlKherayf, Yan Xu, Harrison Westwick, Ioana Doina Moldovan, Philip S Wells
BACKGROUND: While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is universally indicated for patients with mechanical heart valves (MHVs), OAC resumption following anticoagulant-associated intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an area of uncertainty. We sought to determine the practice preferences of North American neurosurgeons and thrombosis experts on optimal timing of OAC re-initiation. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was disseminated to North American members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103372/the-effect-of-epidural-levobupivacaine-and-fentanyl-on-stress-response-and-pain-management-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy
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A Ahiskalioglu, O Ahiskalioglu, A Dostbil, C Abdullah, A Megnet, M Celik, I Ilker, K Husnu
Objective: The perioperative stress response of patients who were scheduled to have percutaneous nephrolithotomy under epidural anaesthesia with opioids and local anaesthetics has not been investigated in detail yet. Our hypothesis is that the stress response following percutaneous nephrolithotomy can be lessened by epidural analgesia. Methods: A total of 48 patients, between 18-65 years of age and ASA I-II, for whom elective percutaneous nephrolithotomy was planned, were randomly divided into two groups namely: Group GA (n = 24): general anaesthesia by sevoflurane and fentanyl and postoperative intravenous PCA; Group GE (n = 24): epidural anaesthesia and general anaesthesia together with postoperative epidural analgesia (0...
March 14, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103324/use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-predicts-heart-failure-and-death-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Ana María Pello Lázaro, Carmen Cristóbal, Juan Antonio Franco-Peláez, Nieves Tarín, Álvaro Aceña, Rocío Carda, Ana Huelmos, María Luisa Martín-Mariscal, Jesús Fuentes-Antras, Juan Martínez-Millá, Joaquín Alonso, Óscar Lorenzo, Jesús Egido, Lorenzo López-Bescós, José Tuñón
OBJECTIVES: Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to increase the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), mainly in those using clopidogrel. We analysed the impact of PPIs on the prognosis of patients with stable CAD. METHODS: We followed 706 patients with CAD. Primary outcome was the combination of secondary outcomes. Secondary outcomes were 1) acute ischaemic events (any acute coronary syndrome, stroke, or transient ischaemic attack) and 2) heart failure (HF) or death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102510/influence-of-dose-reduction-and-iterative-reconstruction-on-ct-calcium-scores-a-multi-manufacturer-dynamic-phantom-study
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N R van der Werf, M J Willemink, T P Willems, M J W Greuter, T Leiner
To evaluate the influence of dose reduction in combination with iterative reconstruction (IR) on coronary calcium scores (CCS) in a dynamic phantom on state-of-the-art CT systems from different manufacturers. Calcified inserts in an anthropomorphic chest phantom were translated at 20 mm/s corresponding to heart rates between 60 and 75 bpm. The inserts were scanned five times with routinely used CCS protocols at reference dose and 40 and 80% dose reduction on four high-end CT systems. Filtered back projection (FBP) and increasing levels of IR were applied...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102113/comparison-of-the-effects-on-dynamic-balance-and-aerobic-capacity-between-objective-and-subjective-methods-of-high-intensity-robot-assisted-gait-training-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Young-Hyeon Bae, Suck Min Lee, Mansoo Ko
BACKGROUND: Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) is effective for improving dynamic balance and aerobic capacity, but previous RAGT method does not set suitable training intensity. Recently, high-intensity treadmill gait training at 70% of heart rate reserve (HRR) was used for improving aerobic capacity and dynamic balance. PURPOSE: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness between objective and subjective methods of high-intensity RAGT for improving dynamic balance and aerobic capacity in chronic stroke...
January 19, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101342/pharmacodynamic-analysis-of-target-controlled-infusion-of-propofol-in-patients-with-hepatic-insufficiency
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Jing-Ru Pan, Jun Cai, Shao-Li Zhou, Qian-Qian Zhu, Fei Huang, Yi-Han Zhang, Xin-Jin Chi, Zi-Qing Hei
The effect of liver dysfunction on target-controlled infusion (TCI) of propofol remains poorly documented. The pharmacodynamic performance of propofol TCI was evaluated in a cohort of Chinese patients with hepatic insufficiency. Fifty-three patients with hepatic insufficiency were enrolled in the current prospective, observational study. Anesthesia was induced with propofol via TCI to a plasma concentration of 3 µg/ml. Following loss of consciousness (LOC), fentanyl and cisatracurium were administered. Pharmacodynamic parameters were recorded during TCI, including time to LOC, bispectral index (BIS), heart rate (HR) and blood pressure...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100872/serum-monokine-induced-by-gamma-interferon-is-associated-with-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Youfeng Liang, Chun Yang, Qi Zhou, Wenbo Pan, Wansheng Zhong, Ruyue Ding, Ailing Wang
The immune system may play important roles in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. T-cell mediated immune responses in human progression of atherosclerotic disease and hypertension have recently been revealed, but the significance of T-cell specific chemokines in coronary artery heart disease has not been confirmed. In our study, we sought to examine the association between serum levels of the monokine induced by gamma interferon (MIG)/CXCL9 and the severity of coronary artery disease. We studied 117 patients with coronary heart disease and 80 patients with no coronary heart disease...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099179/traditional-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-stratified-by-ejection-fraction
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Tom C Nguyen, Vinod H Thourani, Justin Q Pham, Yelin Zhao, Matthew D Terwelp, Prakash Balan, Daniel Ocazionez, Catalin Loghin, Richard W Smalling, Anthony L Estrera, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVE: Low ejection fraction (EF < 40%) portends adverse outcomes in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. The role of traditional median sternotomy aortic valve replacement (SAVR) compared with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) in this cohort remains incompletely understood. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 1503 patients who underwent SAVR (n = 815) and MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 688) from 2011 to 2014 was performed...
January 17, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
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