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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777554/development-and-feasibility-testing-of-an-avatar-based-education-application-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jintana Tongpeth, Hui Yun Du, Robyn A Clark
AIMS: To develop and evaluate an interactive, avatar-based education application, for improving patients' knowledge of, and response to, ACS symptoms. BACKGROUND: A patient's ability to recognise and respond to the symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is imperative for seeking timely medical intervention. Innovative patient education interventions are needed to support patient education and patient self-care. METHODS: Participatory action research methods were used to engage consumers with cardiac and IT experts to develop an avatar-based education application...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776959/symptom-burden-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-its-relation-to-interventions-and-outcome-in-europe
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Renate B Schnabel, Ladislav Pecen, Nargiz Rzayeva, Markus Lucerna, Yanish Purmah, Francisco M Ojeda, Raffaele De Caterina, Paulus Kirchhof
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the association of atrial fibrillation symptom burden with quality of life and outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the Prevention of Thromboembolic Events-European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation (n=6196 patients with atrial fibrillation; mean±SD age, 71.8±10.4 years; 39.7% women), we assessed European Heart Rhythm Association score symptoms and calculated correlations with the standardized health status questionnaire (EQ-5D-5L)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776700/assessment-of-the-utility-of-ordering-a-troponin-in-low-and-intermediate-risk-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-supraventricular-tachycardia-a-retrospective-chart-review
#3
David Noorvash, Rosemarie Ramos, Linda Hatch, Andrew Muck, Adriana Segura Olson
BACKGROUND: A troponin assay is commonly sent for patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Multiple studies suggest that elevated troponin levels do not predict coronary artery disease in these patients. Patients with elevated troponins are more likely to have additional cardiac testing, which can lead to increased health care costs and unnecessary invasive procedures. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate low- to intermediate-risk patients (HEART [history, electrocardiography, age, risk factors and troponin] Score 1-6) presenting to the ED with SVT...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775117/intravenous-low-dose-ketamine-provides-greater-pain-control-compared-to-fentanyl-in-a-civilian-prehospital-trauma-system-a-propensity-matched-analysis
#4
E Stein Bronsky, Catherine Koola, Alessandro Orlando, Diane Redmond, Cecile D'Huyvetter, Heather Sieracki, Allen Tanner, Ray Fowler, Charles Mains, David Bar-Or
OBJECTIVE: A few studies report comparable analgesic efficacy between low-dose ketamine and opioids such as morphine or fentanyl; however, limited research has explored the safety and effectiveness of intravenous low-dose ketamine as a primary analgesic in a civilian prehospital setting. The objective of this study is to compare pain control between low-dose ketamine and fentanyl when administered intravenously (IV) for the indication of severe pain. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational review of prehospital adult patients (≥18 years) who presented with severe pain (numeric rating scale, 7-10) and were treated solely with either low-dose ketamine IV or fentanyl IV between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016...
May 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774961/influence-of-caudal-epidural-analgesia-on-cortisol-concentrations-and-pain-related-behavioral-responses-in-mares-during-and-after-ovariectomy-via-colpotomy
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Aileen L Rowland, Kati G Glass, Sicilia T Grady, Kevin J Cummings, Katrin Hinrichs, Ashlee E Watts
OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of epidural detomidine and morphine on serum corticosteroid concentrations and pain-related behavioral responses in mares during and after ovariectomy via colpotomy. STUDY DESIGN: Blinded prospective study. ANIMALS: Nine university-owned mares. METHODS: Five of 9 horses received caudal epidural detomidine hydrochloride (0.01 mg/kg) and morphine sulfate (0.1 mg/kg) prior to surgery...
May 18, 2018: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774373/cardiovascular-system-changes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-continued-low-disease-activity
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Małgorzata Biskup, Wojciech Biskup, Maria Majdan, Bożena Targońska-Stępniak
Systemic inflammation and disease activity seem to contribute to excessive prevalence of cardiovascular (CV) diseases (CVDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of the study was to assess chosen CV parameters in RA patients who have continuous low disease activity. The study group consisted of 70 RA patients without known CVD and 33 healthy controls, of a comparable age. All RA patients had continued low disease activity (DAS28 ≤ 3.2) from 2 to 7 years. The groups were assessed for: blood pressure, serum amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), carotid intima media thickness (cIMT), electrocardiography (ECG), ejection fraction (EJ) and diastolic dysfunction (E/A ratio) in echocardiography...
May 17, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773957/perioperative-predictors-of-delirium-and-incidence-factors-in-adult-patients-post-cardiac-surgery
#7
Stavros Theologou, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Christos Charitos
Background: Delirium is a quite common complication in adult patients post-cardiac surgery. The purpose of our study was to identify perioperative characteristics and also focus on incidence factors that could predict delirium in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit (CICU) postoperatively. Methods: We conducted a prospective study of 179 consecutive patients, who underwent open-heart surgical operation and were admitted to the CICU of a general tertiary hospital in Athens, Greece...
2018: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773573/twenty-year-trends-in-the-american-heart-association-cardiovascular-health-score-and-impact-on-subclinical-and-clinical-cardiovascular-disease-the-framingham-offspring-study
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Danielle M Enserro, Ramachandran S Vasan, Vanessa Xanthakis
BACKGROUND: Data on the temporal trends in ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) as well as on their association with subclinical/overt cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 3460 participants attending ≥1 of 4 consecutive exams of the Framingham Heart Study (1991-2008, mean age 55.4 years, CVH score ranged 0-14). We created 4 groups describing changes in CVH score between examination cycles 5 and 8, using first and last exams attended (high-high: starting CVH score ≥8, last score of ≥8, referent; high-low: ≥8 start and ≤7 last; low-high: ≤7 start and ≥8 last; and low-low: ≤7 start and ≤7 last) and related them to subclinical CVD cross-sectionally, and incident CVD and death...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772387/validation-of-the-seattle-angina-questionnaire-in-women-with-ischemic-heart-disease
#9
Krishna K Patel, Suzanne V Arnold, Paul S Chan, Yuanyuan Tang, Philip G Jones, Jianping Guo, Donna M Buchanan, Mohammed Qintar, Carole Decker, David A Morrow, John A Spertus
BACKGROUND: Although the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) has been widely used to assess disease-specific health status in patients with ischemic heart disease, it was originally developed in a predominantly male population and its validity in women has been questioned. METHODS: Using data from 8892 men and 4013 women across 2 multicenter trials and 5 registries, we assessed the construct validity, test-retest reliability, responsiveness to clinical change, and predictive validity of the SAQ Summary Score (SS) and its 5 subdomains (Physical Limitation (PL), Anginal Stability (AS), Angina Frequency (AF), Treatment Satisfaction (TS), and Quality of Life (QoL)) separately in men and women...
April 21, 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771557/distress-tolerance-associations-with-trauma-and-substance-cue-reactivity-in-low-income-inner-city-adults-with-substance-use-disorders-and-posttraumatic-stress
#10
Anka A Vujanovic, Margaret C Wardle, Jafar Bakhshaie, Lia J Smith, Charles E Green, Scott D Lane, Joy M Schmitz
Cue reactivity has great potential to advance our understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), and PTSD/SUD comorbidity. The present investigation examined distress tolerance (DT) with regard to trauma and substance cue reactivity. Participants included 58 low-income, inner-city adults (49.1% women; Mage = 45.73, SD = 10.00) with substance dependence and at least 4 symptoms of PTSD. A script-driven cue reactivity paradigm was utilized. Four DT measures were administered, including the Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS), Mirror-Tracing Persistence Task (MTPT), Breath-Holding Task (BH), and Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT)...
May 2018: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769802/who-height-charts-can-be-safely-substituted-when-calculating-bp-z-scores-in-a-north-american-clinic-setting
#11
Celia J Rodd, Daniel L Metzger, Atul K Sharma
Objectives: The Public Health Agency of Canada has officially adopted growth charts from the World Health Organization (WHO); nevertheless, North American blood pressure (BP) Z-scores and percentiles still depend on height Z-scores based on growth charts from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which may differ significantly, particularly in toddlers. Since many practitioners simply replace CDC height scores with WHO equivalents for diagnosing hypertension, we explore the impact of this substitution on BP Z-scores in real-world BPs measured on more than 22,000 children aged 2 to 18 years...
May 2018: Paediatrics & Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769748/comparative-ecologic-relationships-of-saturated-fat-sucrose-food-groups-and-a-mediterranean-food-pattern-score-to-50-year-coronary-heart-disease-mortality-rates-among-16-cohorts-of-the-seven-countries-study
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Daan Kromhout, Alessandro Menotti, Adalberta Alberti-Fidanza, Paolo Emilio Puddu, Peter Hollman, Anthony Kafatos, Hanna Tolonen, Hisashi Adachi, David R Jacobs
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: We studied the ecologic relationships of food groups, macronutrients, eating patterns, and an a priori food pattern score (Mediterranean Adequacy Index: MAI) with long-term CHD mortality rates in the Seven Countries Study. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Sixteen cohorts (12,763 men aged 40-59 years) were enrolled in the 1960s in seven countries (US, Finland, The Netherlands, Italy, Greece, former Yugoslavia: Croatia/Serbia, Japan). Dietary surveys were carried out at baseline and only in a subsample of each cohort...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768964/effects-of-combined-spinal-epidural-analgesia-on-first-stage-of-labor-a-cohort-study
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Silvia Poma, Luigia Scudeller, Chiara Verga, Giorgio Mirabile, Barbara Gardella, Federica Broglia, Maria Ciceri, Marinella Fuardo, Simona Pellicori, Maddalena Gerletti, Silvia Zizzi, Elena Masserini, Maria Paola Delmonte, Giorgio Antonio Iotti
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial anesthesia is considered as the gold standard in the control labor of pain. Its variants are epidural analgesia and combined spinal-epidural analgesia. Few studies, as yet, have investigated the duration of labor as a primary outcome. Some authors have suggested that combined spinal-epidural analgesia may reduce labor duration but at the moment the benefit of shortening labor is uncertain. The main aim of this study was to compare combined spinal-epidural with epidural analgesia in terms of their effect on duration of stage I labor, maternal, and neonatal outcomes...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768487/an-observational-study-the-utility-of-perfusion-index-as-a-discharge-criterion-for-pain-assessment-in-the-postanesthesia-care-unit
#14
Chun-Lin Chu, Yi-You Huang, Ying-Hou Chen, Ling-Ping Lai, Huei-Ming Yeh
Acute post-operative pain can remain untreated if patients cannot express themselves. The perfusion index (PI) may decrease when pain activates sympathetic tone and may increase after analgesics are administered. We evaluated if the perfusion index is a feasible indicator for objectively assessing pain relief in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) and calculated the changes in PI measurements at the time of discharge from the PACU relative to baseline PI measurements to examine if the PI is a useful criterion for discharging patients from the postanesthesia care unit...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768317/heart-failure-episodes-of-missed-major-cardiac-events-when-applying-the-heart-pathway-to-an-observation-unit-population
#15
Alan Tesson, Rami Abdo, Aparna Kamath, Joanne Sutter, Rachel Cline, Sarah L Hale, Jonathan Bae, Lalit Verma
OBJECTIVE: The HEART Pathway risk prediction tool (HEART score plus serial troponin measures at 0 and 3 hours post-presentation) is used to identify low-risk patients with chest pain who may qualify for safe, early discharge. We calculated the percentage of patients in our observation unit that qualified as low risk using HEART Pathway, as well as their associated outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed charts on 966 consecutive patients admitted to our observation unit for chest pain (January 2015 to February 2016); HEART Pathway scores were retrospectively calculated and serial cardiac troponin values logged...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768314/medication-administration-delays-in-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-analysis-of-1002-patients-admitted-to-an-academic-medical-center
#16
LeAnn N Denlinger, Ellen C Keeley
Our goal was to assess adherence to American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline-based medical therapy in patients admitted with type I non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and to determine factors associated with medication administration delay. We performed a retrospective analysis using data from the Acute Coronary Treatment and Intervention Outcomes Network (ACTION) Registry. Baseline patient demographics, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) findings, laboratory values, medications administered and the time they were administered, and in-hospital clinical outcomes were collected...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766216/impact-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-or-receptor-blockers-on-post-icu-discharge-outcome-in-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
#17
Etienne Gayat, Alexa Hollinger, Alain Cariou, Nicolas Deye, Antoine Vieillard-Baron, Samir Jaber, Benjamin G Chousterman, Qin Lu, Pierre François Laterre, Xavier Monnet, Michael Darmon, Marc Leone, Bertrand Guidet, Romain Sonneville, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Marie-Céline Fournier, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Alexandre Mebazaa, Matthieu Legrand
PURPOSE: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with the activation of the renin-angiotensin system. Whether angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARB) improve outcome in patients recovering from AKI remains unexplored. The purpose was to investigate the association between prescription of ACEi/ARB at intensive care unit (ICU) discharge and 1-year outcome in patients recovering from AKI. METHODS: Association between ACEi/ARB and 1-year mortality rate was explored in 1551 patients discharged from 21 European ICUs in an observational cohort...
May 15, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765932/fluid-overload-and-renal-angina-index-at-admission-are-associated-with-worse-outcomes-in-critically-ill-children
#18
Sidharth K Sethi, Veena Raghunathan, Shilpi Shah, Maninder Dhaliwal, Pranaw Jha, Maneesh Kumar, Sravanthi Paluri, Shyam Bansal, Maroun J Mhanna, Rupesh Raina
Objectives: We investigated the association of fluid overload and oxygenation in critically sick children, and their correlation with various outcomes (duration of ventilation, ICU stay, and mortality). We also assessed whether renal angina index (RAI) at admission can predict mortality or acute kidney injury (AKI) on day 3 after admission. Design and setting: Prospective study, pediatric intensive care in a tertiary hospital. Duration: June 2013-June 2014. Patients: Patients were included if they needed invasive mechanical ventilation for >24 h and had an indwelling arterial catheter...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765615/prognostic-significance-of-repeated-brain-natriuretic-peptide-measurements-after-percutaneous-transluminal-septal-myocardial-ablation-in-patients-with-drug-refractory-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#19
Keitaro Akita, Hikaru Tsuruta, Shinsuke Yuasa, Mitsushige Murata, Keiichi Fukuda, Yuichiro Maekawa
Objectives: To evaluate whether repeated brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) measurements after percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation (PTSMA) provide prognostic information regarding the response to PTSMA in patients with drug-refractory hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). Background: Plasma BNP levels are associated with clinical outcomes in patients with HOCM. However, the prognostic value of plasma BNP level changes before and after PTSMA remains unclear...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765580/predictive-factors-associated-with-mortality-and-discharge-in-intensive-care-units-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#20
Mohammad Ghorbani, Haleh Ghaem, Abbas Rezaianzadeh, Zahra Shayan, Farid Zand, Reza Nikandish
Background and aim: Accurate prediction of prognosis of patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) is very important for the clinical management of the patients. The present study aims to identify independent factors affecting death and discharge in ICUs using competing risk modeling. Methods: This retrospective cohort study was conducted on enrolling 880 patients admitted to emergency ICU in Namazi hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran during 2013-2015...
March 2018: Electronic Physician
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