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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211138/nocturnal-autonomic-nervous-system-activity-and-morning-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-young-adult-african-americans
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Kimberly A Bell, Ihori Kobayashi, Yuanxiu Chen, Thomas A Mellman
Compromised sleep and increased sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity are implicated in the pathogenesis of, and disparities in, cardiovascular disease. Parasympathetic dominance during sleep may be important for cardiovascular health. Sleep and autonomic balance influence immune activity, which impacts atherogenesis. We evaluated relationships between autonomic balance during sleep and morning levels of the immune activating cytokines, C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin (IL)-6. Ninety-four (59 female) young adult African Americans without medical conditions and substance use disorders spent 2 consecutive nights in a clinical research unit for sleep recordings and blood drawing on awakening...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207331/a-systematic-review-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-sexual-minorities
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Billy A Caceres, Abraham Brody, Rachel E Luscombe, Jillian E Primiano, Peter Marusca, Edward M Sitts, Deborah Chyun
BACKGROUND: Mental health and HIV disparities are well documented among sexual minorities, but there is a dearth of research on other chronic conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although sexual minorities have high rates of several modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (including stress, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption), there is a paucity of research in this area. OBJECTIVES: In this systematic review, we synthesized and critiqued the existing evidence on cardiovascular disease among sexual minority adults...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195680/disparities-in-the-incidence-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-long-term-trends-from-the-hunter-region
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Allan J Davies, Crystal Naudin, Mohammed Al Omari, Arshad Khan, Chris Oldmeadow, Mark Jones, Bruce Bastian, Rohan Bhagwandeen, Peter Fletcher, James Leitch, Andrew Boyle
BACKGROUND: Trends in the incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) provide important information for health care providers and can allow for accurate planning of future health needs and targeted interventions in areas with an excess burden of cardiovascular disease AIMS: To investigate the regional variations in AMI incidence in the Hunter region METHODS: Incident cases of AMI identified between 1996 and 2013 from the Hunter New England Health Cardiac and Stroke Outcomes Unit were prospectively collected for this study...
February 14, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192044/an-early-look-at-the-association-between-state-medicaid-expansion-and-disparities-in-cardiovascular-diseases-a-comprehensive-population-health-management-approach
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Christopher K Rogers, Ning Jackie Zhang
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases nationally and disproportionately affects low-income individuals. There are substantial disparities on CVD outcomes that stem from the lack of health insurance among low-income populations. The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid health insurance to low-income populations, and aims to increase the utilization of health, social, and economic preventive services to reduce health disparities and prevent chronic diseases. The authors analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to understand the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on disparities in CVD among low-income populations...
February 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192012/impact-of-gender-on-satisfaction-and-confidence-in-cholesterol-control-among-veterans-at-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Karen M Goldstein, Karen M Stechuchak, Leah L Zullig, Eugene Z Oddone, Maren K Olsen, Felicia A McCant, Lori A Bastian, Bryan C Batch, Hayden B Bosworth
BACKGROUND: Compared with men, women have poorer lipid control. Although potential causes of this disparity have been explored, it is unknown whether patient-centered factors such as satisfaction and confidence contribute. We evaluated (1) whether satisfaction with lipid control and confidence in ability to improve it vary by gender and (2) whether sociodemographic characteristics modify the association. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated baseline survey responses from the Cardiovascular Intervention Improvement Telemedicine Study, including self-rated satisfaction with cholesterol levels and confidence in controlling cholesterol...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190954/prevalence-of-pre-pregnancy-obesity-2011-2014
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Laura Gregor, Patrick L Remington, Sara Lindberg, Deborah Ehrenthal
IMPORTANCE: Obesity before and during pregnancy increases risk among mothers for poor health outcomes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To describe trends in pre-pregnancy obesity rates among women in Wisconsin. METHODS: Cross-sectional data from Wisconsin birth certificates were analyzed. Prevalence of pre-pregnancy obesity (defined as body mass index = 30) among Wisconsin women who gave birth from 2011 through 2014 was compared across demographic and geographic dimensions...
November 2016: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186442/clinical-determinants-and-treatment-gaps-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia-data-from-a-multi-ethnic-regional-health-service
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Barak Zafrir, Ayman Jubran, Gil Lavie, David A Halon, Moshe Y Flugelman, Chen Shapira
Background Familial hypercholesterolemia is characterized by markedly increased low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and risk for premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Models of care vary and reflect differing health policies and resources. The availability of electronic databases may enable better identification and assessment of familial hypercholesterolemia in the community. Methods A regional healthcare database was utilized to identify patients with a high probability of familial hypercholesterolemia, clinically defined by age-dependent-peak low-density lipoprotein cholesterol cutoffs and exclusion of secondary causes of severe hypercholesterolemia...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180060/gprc6a-jack-of-all-metabolism-or-master-of-none
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Min Pi, Satoru Kenneth Nishimoto, L Darryl Quarles
BACKGROUND: GPRC6A, a widely expressed G-protein coupled receptor, is proposed to be a master regulator of complex endocrine networks and metabolic processes. GPRC6A is activated by multiple ligands, including osteocalcin (Ocn), testosterone (T), basic amino acids, and various cations. SCOPE OF REVIEW: We review the controversy surrounding GPRC6A functions. In mice, GPRC6A is proposed to integrate metabolic functions through the coordinated secretion of hormones, including insulin, GLP-1, T, and IL-6, and direct effects of this receptor to control glucose and fat metabolism in the liver, skeletal muscle, and fat...
February 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167497/cardiovascular-diseases-and-risk-factor-burden-in-urban-and-rural-communities-in-high-middle-and-low-income-regions-of-china-a%C3%A2-large-community-based-epidemiological-study
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Ruohua Yan, Wei Li, Lu Yin, Yang Wang, Jian Bo
BACKGROUND: Most cardiovascular diseases occur in low- and middle-income regions of the world, but the socioeconomic distribution within China remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate whether the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases differs among high-, middle-, and low-income regions of China and to explore the reasons for the disparities. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 46 285 individuals from 115 urban and rural communities in 12 provinces across China between 2005 and 2009...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164826/cardiovascular-health-disparities-in-underserved-populations
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Charles P Mouton, Michael Hayden, Janet H Southerland
African Americans are at increased risk for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and diabetes, which contribute to the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The disparities of CVD in underserved populations require targeted attention from primary care clinicians to eliminate. Primary care can provide this targeted care for their patients by assessing cardiovascular risk, addressing blood pressure control, and selecting appropriate intervention strategies. Using community resources is also effective for addressing CVD disparities in the underserved population...
March 2017: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159089/sleep-health-and-society
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REVIEW
Michael A Grandner
Biological needs for sleep are met by engaging in behaviors that are largely influenced by the environment, social norms and demands, and societal influences and pressures. Insufficient sleep duration and sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea are highly prevalent in the US population. This article outlines some of these downstream factors, including cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk, neurocognitive dysfunction, and mortality, as well as societal factors such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomics...
March 2017: Sleep Medicine Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151773/high-prevalence-of-hypertension-among-iranian-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Maryam Akbari, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Sulmaz Ghahramani, Reza Tabrizi, Fariba Kolahdooz, Zatollah Asemi, Kamran B Lankarani
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure in children is a public health problem and the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease at an older age. Several preliminary studies have been published regarding the prevalence of high blood pressure in which there was significant disparity. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of hypertension in Iranian children using the meta-analysis approach. METHODS: A systematic search of national and international databases was conducted through September 30, 2015, for population studies providing estimates on the prevalence of hypertension in Iranian children and adolescents...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143671/apol1-gene-kidney-risk-variants-and-cardiovascular-disease-getting-to-the-heart-of-the-matter
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REVIEW
Nicholas O McLean, Todd W Robinson, Barry I Freedman
Apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) renal risk variants exhibit strong genetic associations with a spectrum of nondiabetic kidney diseases in individuals with recent African ancestry. Relationships between APOL1 kidney risk variants and cardiovascular disease (CVD) susceptibility and CVD-related death remain controversial. Some studies detected an increased risk for CVD, whereas others support protection from death and subclinical CVD and cerebrovascular disease. Because treatments for nondiabetic kidney disease may target this gene and its protein products, it remains critical to clarify the potential extrarenal effects of APOL1 kidney risk variants...
January 28, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127710/vitamin-d-calcium-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-d-vantageous-or-d-etrimental-an-era-of-uncertainty
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REVIEW
Kathleen Chin, Lawrence J Appel, Erin D Michos
While the function of vitamin D in regulating calcium homeostasis is well established, there has been growing interest in its role in the prevention of numerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is mounting epidemiological evidence suggesting that vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased CVD risk. However, the results of previous vitamin D supplementation trials have yielded mixed results in regards to cardiovascular health, and the results of ongoing large-scale randomized controlled trials are not yet available...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126162/improving-medication-adherence-in-cardiometabolic-disease-practical-and-regulatory-implications
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REVIEW
Keith C Ferdinand, Fortunato Fred Senatore, Helene Clayton-Jeter, Dennis R Cryer, John C Lewin, Samar A Nasser, Mona Fiuzat, Robert M Califf
Medication nonadherence, a major problem in cardiovascular disease (CVD), contributes yearly to approximately 125,000 preventable deaths, which is partly attributable to only about one-half of CVD patients consistently taking prescribed life-saving medications. Current interest has focused on how labeling and education influence adherence. This paper summarizes the scope of CVD nonadherence, describes key U.S. Food and Drug Administration initiatives, and identifies potential targets for improvement. We describe key adherence factors, methods, and technological applications for simplifying regimens and enhancing adherence, and 4 areas where additional collaborative research and implementation involving the regulatory system and clinical community could substantially reduce nonadherence: 1) identifying monitoring methods; 2) improving the evidence base to better understand adherence; 3) developing patient/health provider team-based engagement strategies; and 4) alleviating health disparities...
January 31, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117005/pharmacogenomic-challenges-in-cardiovascular-diseases-examples-of-drugs-and-considerations-for-future-integration-in-clinical-practice
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Jérôme Chatelin, Maria G Stathopoulou, Alex-Ander Aldasoro Arguinano, Ting Xie, Sophie Visvikis-Siest
Introduction Even if cardiovascular disease (CVD) drugs are supported by high level proofs, the results of CVD treatment present great disparities: there are still patients dying with supposed optimal treatment, patients facing adverse events and CVD remain the primary cause of death in the world. Pharmacogenomics is the basis of personalisation of the treatment able to allow higher medication success rates. In this review, we will present detailed examples of CVD drugs to highlight the complexity of this challenging field and we will discuss novel concepts that should be considered for a fastest integration of pharmacogenomics in clinical practice of CVD...
January 23, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093900/who-is-responsible-for-metabolic-screening-for-mental-health-clients-taking-antipsychotic-medications
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Tamara Ward, Dianne Wynaden, Karen Heslop
Metabolic syndrome is common in mental health consumer populations, and is linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Metabolic screening is a way of recognising consumers who are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome but internationally screening rates remain low. A retrospective audit was completed at one Australian public mental health service on the case files of 100 randomly selected consumers to determine nurses level of compliance with metabolic screening policies over a 12 month period...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078921/regional-differences-in-mortality-hospital-discharges-and-primary-care-contacts-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Sigridur Haraldsdottir, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Guđmundur Thorgeirsson, Sigrun H Lund, Unnur A Valdimarsdottir
AIMS: Surveillance of geographical variations in cardiovascular health is important in order to achieve the objectives of reducing regional health disparities. We aimed to explore differences in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and prevalence of CVD diagnoses made in primary and in-patient care, as well as risk factor distribution by geographic regions (urban/rural) in Iceland. METHODS: From nationwide health registers, we obtained data on CVD mortalities ( N = 7113), primary healthcare CVD contacts ( N = 58,246) and hospital CVD discharges ( N = 14,039), as well as data on CVD risk factors from a national health survey ( N = 5909; response rate 60...
January 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066862/impact-of-race-on-outcome-of-patients-undergoing-rhythm-control-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Asad F Durrani, Siva Soma, Andrew D Althouse, George Leef, Dingxin Qin, Samir Saba
Racial disparities between African American (AA) and White patients have been documented in cardiovascular disease. We investigated whether these disparities exist in patients undergoing rhythm control for atrial fibrillation (AF). 5873 AF patients (241 AA) were followed to the endpoint of death, stroke, or AF recurrence. Invasive procedures for AF rhythm control were examined in both racial groups. Over a mean follow-up time of 40 months, AA patients had a higher adjusted risk of death [HR 1.39, 95% CI 1...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040287/race-and-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-angiography-and-cardiac-catheterization
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REVIEW
Raveen Chawla, Jeremy Turlington, Pradeep Arora, Ion S Jovin
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is an acute worsening of renal function after receiving intravascular contrast during a procedure. Some of the predisposing factors include underlying diabetes, chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, periprocedural hypotension, anemia, contrast volume, and osmolality of contrast; however, it remains unclear if risk varies for CIN with race and ethnicity. There is evidence in the literature showing the link between race/ethnicity and the discrepancies in the utilization of preventive care services and the resources related to cardiovascular and renal health...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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