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Mustafa Topuz, Fahrettin Oz, Oguz Akkus, Omer Sen, Ayse Nur Topuz, Atilla Bulut, Suleyman Ozbicer, Sefa Okar, Mevlut Koc, Mustafa Gur
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the compliance of plasma apelin-12 levels to show angiographic properties and hospital MACE in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The association of apelin-12 levels with the N/L ratio on admission was assessed in 170 consecutive patients with primary STEMI undergoing primary PCI. All patient SYNTAX scores and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grades were also assessed...
October 20, 2016: Perfusion
Estelle Seyman, Hilla Shaim, Shani Shenhar-Tsarfaty, Tali Jonash-Kimchi, Natan M Bornstein, Hen Hallevi
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a common neurological event that causes varying degrees of disability. AIS outcome varies considerably, from complete recovery to complete loss of tissue and function. This diversity is partly explained by the compensatory ability of the collateral circulation and the ensuing cerebral flow grade. The collateral flow to the anterior circulation largely supplies the cortical areas. The deep brain tissue is supplied by penetrating arteries and has little or no collateral supply...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
Dong-Eog Kim, Jeong-Yeon Kim, Su-Kyoung Lee, Ju Hee Ryu, Ick Chan Kwon, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Kwangmeyung Kim, Dawid Schellingerhout
Direct thrombus imaging visualizes the root cause of thromboembolic infarction. Being able to image thrombus directly allows far better investigation of stroke than relying on indirect measurements, and will be a potent and robust vascular research tool. We use an optical imaging approach that labels thrombi with a molecular imaging thrombus marker - a Cy5.5 near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe that is covalently linked to the fibrin strands of the thrombus by the fibrin-crosslinking enzymatic action of activated coagulation factor XIIIa during the process of clot maturation...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Siavash Piran, Sam Schulman
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which constitutes pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, is a common disorder associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Landmark trials have shown that direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are as effective as conventional anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) in prevention of VTE recurrence and associated with less bleeding. This has paved the way for the recently published guidelines to change their recommendations in favor of DOACs in acute and long-term treatment of VTE in patients without cancer...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Robert F Riley, Chadwick D Miller, Gregory B Russell, Erin N Harper, Brian C Hiestand, James W Hoekstra, Cedric W Lefebvre, Bret A Nicks, David M Cline, Kim L Askew, Simon A Mahler
INTRODUCTION: The HEART Pathway is a diagnostic protocol designed to identify low-risk patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain that are safe for early discharge. This protocol has been shown to significantly decrease health care resource utilization compared with usual care. However, the impact of the HEART Pathway on the cost of care has yet to be reported. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a cost analysis of patients enrolled in the HEART Pathway trial, which randomized participants to either usual care or the HEART Pathway protocol...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Marc P Bonaca, Mark A Creager, Jeffrey Olin, Benjamin M Scirica, Ian C Gilchrist, Sabina A Murphy, Erica L Goodrich, Eugene Braunwald, David A Morrow
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether the reduction in peripheral revascularization with vorapaxar in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) is directionally consistent across indications, including acute limb ischemia, progressively disabling symptoms, or both. BACKGROUND: The protease-activated receptor-1 antagonist vorapaxar reduces peripheral revascularization in patients with PAD. METHODS: The TRA 2°P-TIMI 50 (Thrombin Receptor Antagonist in Secondary Prevention of Atherothrombotic Ischemic Events-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 50) trial randomized 26,449 patients with histories of myocardial infarction, stroke, or symptomatic PAD to vorapaxar or placebo on a background of standard therapy...
October 24, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
D Sanghvi, C Goyal, J Mani
We present an uncommon case of clinically diagnosed window period stroke subsequently recognised on diffusion - perfusion MRI as ictal paralysis due to focal inhibitory seizures or negative motor seizures. This case highlights the importance of MRI with perfusion imaging in establishing the diagnosis of stroke mimics and avoiding unnecessary thrombolysis.
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Evangelos Giannitsis, Hugo A Katus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with high all-cause and PE-related mortality and requires individualized management. After confirmation of PE, a refined risk stratification is particularly warranted among normotensive patients. Previous prognostic models favored combinations of echocardiography or computed tomography suggestive of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction together with biomarkers of RV dysfunction (natriuretic peptides) or myocardial injury (cardiac troponins) to identify candidates for thrombolysis or embolectomy...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
Jose F Condado, Vasilis Babaliaros, Travis S Henry, Brian Kaebnick, Dennis Kim, Gerald W Staton
BACKGROUND: The best treatment of patients with external pulmonary vascular compression due to advanced sarcoidosis is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To report a single-center experience of percutaneous treatment for pulmonary vascular stenosis caused by external compression due to advanced sarcoidosis. METHODS: We report a case series of 5 patients with biopsy confirmed advanced sarcoidosis, seen at our academic institution with worsening dyspnea despite increase of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Joan Montaner, Alejandro Bustamante, Silvia García-Matas, Maite Martínez-Zabaleta, Carmen Jiménez, Javier de la Torre, Francisco R Rubio, Tomás Segura, Jaime Masjuán, David Cánovas, Mar Freijo, Raquel Delgado-Mederos, Javier Tejada, Aida Lago, Yolanda Bravo, Natália Corbeto, Dolors Giralt, Bárbara Vives-Pastor, Anna de Arce, Francisco Moniche, Pilar Delgado, Marc Ribó
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The STARS trial (Stroke Treatment With Acute Reperfusion and Simvastatin) was conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of simvastatin treatment in acute stroke. METHODS: STARS07 was a multicentre, phase IV, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with Acute ischemic stroke recruited within 12 hours from symptom onset were randomized to oral simvastatin 40 mg or placebo, once daily for 90 days. Primary outcome was proportion of independent patients (modified Rankin Scale score of ≤2) at 90 days...
October 6, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Wolfgang G Kunz, M G Myriam Hunink, Wieland H Sommer, Sebastian E Beyer, Felix G Meinel, Franziska Dorn, Stefan Wirth, Maximilian F Reiser, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Kolja M Thierfelder
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endovascular therapy in addition to standard care (EVT+SC) has been demonstrated to be more effective than SC in acute ischemic large vessel occlusion stroke. Our aim was to determine the cost-effectiveness of EVT+SC depending on patients' initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score, time from symptom onset, Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS), and occlusion location. METHODS: A decision model based on Markov simulations estimated lifetime costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) associated with both strategies applied in a US setting...
October 6, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Keith W Muir, Gary A Ford, Claudia-Martina Messow, Ian Ford, Alicia Murray, Andrew Clifton, Martin M Brown, Jeremy Madigan, Rob Lenthall, Fergus Robertson, Anand Dixit, Geoffrey C Cloud, Joanna Wardlaw, Janet Freeman, Philip White
OBJECTIVE: The Pragmatic Ischaemic Thrombectomy Evaluation (PISTE) trial was a multicentre, randomised, controlled clinical trial comparing intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) alone with IVT and adjunctive intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in patients who had acute ischaemic stroke with large artery occlusive anterior circulation stroke confirmed on CT angiography (CTA). DESIGN: Eligible patients had IVT started within 4.5 hours of stroke symptom onset. Those randomised to additional MT underwent thrombectomy using any Conformité Européene (CE)-marked device, with target interval times for IVT start to arterial puncture of <90 min...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Sandy Middleton, Chris Levi, Simeon Dale, N Wah Cheung, Elizabeth McInnes, Julie Considine, Catherine D'Este, Dominique A Cadilhac, Jeremy Grimshaw, Richard Gerraty, Louise Craig, Verena Schadewaldt, Patrick McElduff, Mark Fitzgerald, Clare Quinn, Greg Cadigan, Sonia Denisenko, Mark Longworth, Jeanette Ward
BACKGROUND: Internationally recognised evidence-based guidelines recommend appropriate triage of patients with stroke in emergency departments (EDs), administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and proactive management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing before prompt transfer to a stroke unit to maximise outcomes. We aim to evaluate the effectiveness in EDs of a theory-informed, nurse-initiated, intervention to improve multidisciplinary triage, treatment and transfer (T(3)) of patients with acute stroke to improve 90-day death and dependency...
October 18, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
Daniel Corrigan, Christiana Prucnal, Christopher Kabrhel
The diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism (PE) remains challenging for emergency physicians. Symptoms can be vague or non-existent, and the clinical presentation shares features with many other common diagnoses. Diagnostic testing is complicated, as biomarkers, like the D-dimer, are frequently false positive, and imaging, like computed tomography pulmonary angiography, carries risks of radiation and contrast dye exposure. It is therefore incumbent on emergency physicians to be both vigilant and thoughtful about this diagnosis...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Gregory M Weiner, Rafey Feroze, David M Panczykowski, Amin Aghaebrahim, William Ares, Nitin Agarwal, John Enis, Xiao Zhu, Andrew F Ducruet
INTRODUCTION: Tandem occlusion resulting in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is associated with high morbidity and mortality and a poor response to thrombolytic therapy. The use of endovascular strategies for tandem stroke cases results in an improved outcome for this subgroup of patients. We present two cases with a pattern of tandem occlusion consisting of proximal obstruction at the origin of the common carotid artery (CCA) with concomitant intracranial occlusion treated by endovascular techniques...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Daniel F Hanley, Richard E Thompson, John Muschelli, Michael Rosenblum, Nichol McBee, Karen Lane, Amanda J Bistran-Hall, Steven W Mayo, Penelope Keyl, Dheeraj Gandhi, Tim C Morgan, Natalie Ullman, W Andrew Mould, J Ricardo Carhuapoma, Carlos Kase, Wendy Ziai, Carol B Thompson, Gayane Yenokyan, Emily Huang, William C Broaddus, R Scott Graham, E Francois Aldrich, Robert Dodd, Cristanne Wijman, Jean-Louis Caron, Judy Huang, Paul Camarata, A David Mendelow, Barbara Gregson, Scott Janis, Paul Vespa, Neil Martin, Issam Awad, Mario Zuccarello
BACKGROUND: Craniotomy, according to the results from trials, does not improve functional outcome after intracerebral haemorrhage. Whether minimally invasive catheter evacuation followed by thrombolysis for clot removal is safe and can achieve a good functional outcome is not known. We investigated the safety and efficacy of alteplase, a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, in combination with minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in patients with intracerebral haemorrhage. METHODS: MISTIE was an open-label, phase 2 trial that was done in 26 hospitals in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Germany...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Prakash Aroor Sarvotham Rao, S N Nagendra Prakash, Somanath Vasudev, M Girish, Arun Srinivas, H P Guru Prasad, P Jayakumar, Venu Gopal Anandaswamy
We present a 62-year-old lady admitted in our hospital with two episodes of acute ischemic stroke about 2 weeks apart. She was evaluated for acute ischemic stroke and was thrombolysed for recent stroke in right MCA territory first time. On further evaluation, she was found to have a RVOT mass. A transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a PFO and a large, 5.1cm×2.3cm, ovoid, well circumscribed, echogenic mass in the right ventricle outflow tract attached by small pedicle to the ventricular side of anterior tricuspid leaflet, partly obstructing the right ventricular outflow tract and protruding through the pulmonic valve during systole...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
B Sunil Abhishek, Sai C Vijay, V Avanthi, B Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular disorders are the major cause of mortality and morbidity globally as well as in India. In India, where resources are limited and majority of patients pay out of their own pocket, thrombolysis is still done for majority of STEMI cases. CASE SCENARIO: A 48-year-old male patient, nonhypertensive and nondiabetic, came to the ER with history of retrosternal chest pain suggestive of angina at rest. An Electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed ST-segment elevation in the anterior leads...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Sooyeon Kim, Sage P Kramer, Adam J Dugan, David J Minion, John C Gurley, Daniel L Davenport, Victor A Ferraris, Sibu P Saha
BACKGROUND: Iliac arterial stenting is performed both in the operating room (OR) and the catheterization lab (CL). To date, no analysis has compared resource utilization between these locations. METHODS: Consecutive patients (n = 105) treated at a single center were retrospectively analyzed. Patients included adults with chronic, symptomatic iliac artery stenosis with a minimum Rutherford classification (RC) of 3, treated with stents. Exclusion criteria were prior stenting, acute ischemia, or major concomitant procedures...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Jesús Sánchez-Ramos, Cristina Lucía Dávila-Fajardo, Pablo Toledo Frías, Xando Díaz Villamarín, Luis Javier Martínez-González, Susana Martínez Huertas, Francisco Burillo Gómez, Juan Caballero Borrego, Alicia Bautista Pavés, Mª Carmen Marín Guzmán, José Antonio Ramirez Hernández, Concepción Correa Vilches, Jose Cabeza Barrera
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel has provided beneficial effects in acute coronary syndrome and percutaneous coronary intervention. Different polymorphisms have been associated with differences in clopidogrel response. The aim of this study was to check if CYP2C19/ABCB1-genotype-guided strategy reduces the rates of cardiovascular events and bleeding. METHODS: This experimental study included patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with stent. The prospective genotype-guided strategy (intervention group) was compared against a retrospective non-tailored strategy (control group)...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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