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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922154/atrial-fibrillation-is-independently-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-after-ischemic-stroke
#1
Russell Jude Chander, Levinia Lim, Sagarika Handa, Shaun Hiu, Angeline Choong, Xuling Lin, Rajinder Singh, Daniel Oh, Nagaendran Kandiah
BACKGROUND: While atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important risk factor for ischemic strokes and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Alzheimer's disease, the association between AF and post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI), and the factors mediating this association, is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of AF in PSCI, especially in relation to other markers of cerebrovascular disease. METHODS: 445 subjects with mild ischemic stroke without pre-stroke cognitive decline were assessed 3-6 months post-stroke for cognitive deficits...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921057/dvt-prevention-in-stroke
#2
REVIEW
Christopher Goshgarian, Philip B Gorelick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. We discuss use of oral anticoagulation and other interventions for the prevention of VTE. A new class of medications, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have been successfully trialed for the prevention of VTE. We review the data and guidance statements for VTE prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Warfarin and vitamin K antagonist drugs have been the mainstay of VTE prevention for decades...
September 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919876/peptide-composition-of-stroke-causing-emboli-correlate-with-serum-markers-of-atherosclerosis-and-inflammation
#3
Neal M Rao, Joseph Capri, Whitaker Cohn, Maram Abdaljaleel, Lucas Restrepo, Jeffrey A Gornbein, William H Yong, David S Liebeskind, Julian P Whitelegge
INTRODUCTION: The specific protein composition of stroke-causing emboli is unknown. Because ischemic stroke has a varied etiology, it is possible that the composition of the thrombus from which an embolus originated will have distinctive molecular characteristics reflective of the underlying pathophysiology. We used mass spectrometry to evaluate the protein composition of retrieved emboli from patients with differing stroke etiologies and correlated the protein levels to serum predictors of atherosclerosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919314/24-hour-alberta-stroke-program-early-ct-score-assessment-in-post-stroke-spasticity-development-in-patients-with-a-first-documented-anterior-circulation-ischemic-stroke
#4
Ondrej Volny, Maria Justanova, Petra Cimflova, Linda Kasickova, Ivana Svobodova, Jan Muzik, Martin Bares
BACKGROUND: Neuroanatomic substrates responsible for development of post-stroke spasticity are still poorly understood. The study is focused on identification of brain regions within the territory of the middle cerebral artery associated with spasticity development. METHODS: This is a single-center prospective cohort study of first documented anterior circulation ischemic strokes with a neurologic deficit lasting >7 days (from March 2014 to September 2016, all patients are involved in a registry)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919290/utility-and-limitations-of-long-term-monitoring-of-atrial-fibrillation-using-an-implantable-loop-recorder
#5
Randall Lee, Suneet Mittal
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia diagnosed and treated in the world. The treatment of patients' symptoms as well as the prevention of stroke and heart failure is dependent on accurate detection and characterization of AF. A variety of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring techniques are being used for these purposes. However, these intermittent ECG monitoring techniques have been shown to under diagnose AF events, while having limited ability to characterize AF burden and density...
September 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918897/colchicine-for-primary-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-open-heart-surgery-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Carsten Lennerz, Manish Barman, Mahmoud Tantawy, Mark Sopher, Peter Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation occurs frequently after open-heart surgery. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays, and increased healthcare costs. Prophylactic administration of colchicine may mitigate post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF). METHODS: We searched PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov and CENTRAL databases to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that; (1) compared prophylactic use of colchicine to placebo, or usual care, in patients with sinus rhythm who underwent elective open-heart surgery and (2) reported POAF-incidence...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918203/short-term-effects-of-preoperative-beta-blocker-use-for-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Liangshan Wang, Hong Wang, Xiaotong Hou
OBJECTIVE: The use of preoperative beta-blockers has been used as a quality standard for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the benefits of beta-blockers use before CABG remain controversial. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the short-term effects of preoperative beta-blocker use for patients undergoing isolated CABG. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for English articles published from inception to August 16, 2016...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918087/left-atrial-enlargement-and-anticoagulation-status-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Katarina Dakay, Andrew D Chang, Morgan Hemendinger, Shawna Cutting, Ryan A McTaggart, Mahesh V Jayaraman, Antony Chu, Nikhil Panda, Christopher Song, Alexander Merkler, Gino Gialdini, Benjamin Kummer, Michael P Lerario, Hooman Kamel, Mitchell S V Elkind, Karen L Furie, Shadi Yaghi
BACKGROUND: Despite anticoagulation therapy, ischemic stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains substantial. We hypothesize that left atrial enlargement (LAE) is more prevalent in AF patients admitted with ischemic stroke who are therapeutic, as opposed to nontherapeutic, on anticoagulation. METHODS: We included consecutive patients with AF admitted with ischemic stroke between April 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether they were therapeutic (warfarin with an international normalized ratio ≥ 2...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918086/confidence-in-the-use-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-acute-phase-of-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-related-ischemic-stroke-over-the-years-a-real-world-single-center-study
#9
Federico Moroni, Luca Masotti, Vieri Vannucchi, Raffaella Chiarelli, Cristiana Seravalle, Alessandra Pesci, Francesca Pallini, Silvia Puliti, Barbara Cimolato, Lamberto Fattorini, Cornelia Scerra, Francesca Ristori, Maria Letizia Imbalzano, Stefano Spolveri, Giancarlo Landini, Elisa Grifoni, Maurizio Paciaroni
BACKGROUD AND AIM: The use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is controversial. The aims of our study were to analyze physicians' confidence in prescribing DOACs in NVAF-related AIS, the characteristics of patients receiving DOACs, and their 90-day prognosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Clinical records of consecutive patients admitted to our wards for NVAF-related AIS over the years 2014-2016 were reviewed...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917562/an-updated-meta-analysis-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-versus-vitamin-k-antagonists-for-uninterrupted-anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation
#10
Rhanderson Cardoso, Leonardo Knijnik, Aditya Bhonsale, Guilherme Nasi, Manuel Rivera, Vanessa Blumer, Hugh Calkins
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation is recommended as a first or second-line rhythm control therapy for selected patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). There is a wide variability in the periprocedural management of oral anticoagulation for patients undergoing AF ablation. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to perform an updated meta-analysis of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) vs. vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) as uninterrupted anticoagulation for patients undergoing AF ablation. METHODS: Databases and conference abstracts were searched...
September 13, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916671/atrial-fibrillation-detection-fishing-for-an-irregular-heartbeat-before-and-after-stroke
#11
REVIEW
Vincent Thijs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916670/stratifying-stroke-risk-in-atrial-fibrillation-beyond-clinical-risk-scores
#12
REVIEW
Shadi Yaghi, Hooman Kamel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916640/clinical-profile-and-consequences-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#13
Ethan J Rowin, Anais Hausvater, Mark S Link, Patrick Abt, William Gionfriddo, Wendy Wang, Hassan Rastegar, N A Mark Estes, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
Background -Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained arrhythmia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is capable of producing symptoms that impact quality of life and is associated with risk for embolic stroke. However, the influence of AF on clinical course and outcome in HCM remains incompletely resolved. Methods -Records were accessed of 1558 consecutive patients followed at the Tufts Medical Center Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Institute for 4.8 ± 3.4 years, from 2004 to 2014. Results -Of the 1558 HCM patients, 304 (20%) had episodes of AF, of which 226 (74%) were confined to symptomatic paroxysmal AF (PAF; average 5 ± 5; range 1 to > 20), while 78 (26%) developed permanent AF, preceded by 7 ± 6 PAF episodes...
September 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915862/self-detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-an-aged-population-three-year-follow-up-of-the-lietoaf-intervention-study
#14
Jussi Jaakkola, Raine Virtanen, Tuija Vasankari, Marika Salminen, K E Juhani Airaksinen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is often asymptomatic and undiagnosed until an ischaemic stroke occurs. An irregular pulse is a key manifestation of AF. We assessed whether pulse self-palpation is feasible in screening of AF. METHODS: Altogether 205 residents of Lieto municipality aged ≥75 years were randomized in 2012 to receive brief education on pulse palpation focusing on evaluating rhythm regularity. Self-detected pulse irregularity and new AF diagnoses were recorded, and the subjects' quality of life and use of health care services were assessed during a three-year follow-up...
September 16, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915531/subclinical-hyperthyroidism-and-the-cardiovascular-disease
#15
Alessandro P Delitala
Thyroid hormone excess has complex metabolic effects, particularly on the cardiovascular system. Treatment of these conditions is universally suggested by international guidelines. Subclinical hyperthyroidism, defined by reduced or suppressed TSH levels in the presence of normal free thyroxine and free triiodothyronine values, is common in the general population and progressively increases with aging, being as high as 15.4% in subjects more than 75 years old and more frequent in subjects with nodular goiter...
September 15, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914077/decision-algorithms-for-direct-oral-anticoagulant-use-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-practical-guide-for-neurologists
#16
Isabella Canavero, Giuseppe Micieli, Maurizio Paciaroni
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are valid alternative options to vitamin K antagonists due to their limited interactions with drugs or food and the fact that they do not require regular coagulation monitoring. To this regard, recent practice guidelines recommend that DOACs should be considered as first-line anticoagulant therapy for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). This review (1) outlines current international guidelines for the management of DOACs to prevent stroke in patients with NVAF, (2) outlines indications for elderly patients as well as specific settings including acute coronary syndromes and intracranial hemorrhage, and (3) offers a practical guide for the use of DOACs in neurological settings...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912212/risk-stratification-using-the-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-takotsubo-syndrome-data-from-the-takotsubo-italian-network
#17
Guido Parodi, Fernando Scudiero, Rodolfo Citro, Angelo Silverio, Benedetta Bellandi, Concetta Zito, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Fausto Rigo, Chiara Zocchi, Eduardo Bossone, Jorge Salerno-Uriarte, Federico Piscione, Carlo Di Mario
BACKGROUND: The CHA2DS2-VASc score predicts stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and has been reported to have a prognostic role even in acute coronary syndrome patients. The Takotsubo syndrome is a condition that mimics acute coronary syndrome and may present several complications including stroke. We sought to assess the ability of CHA2DS2-VASc score to predict adverse events in Takotsubo syndrome patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Overall, 371 Takotsubo syndrome patients were enrolled in a prospective registry...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912200/development-and-validation-of-electronic-quality-measures-to-assess-care-for-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attack-and-minor-ischemic-stroke
#18
Dawn M Bravata, Laura J Myers, Eric Cheng, Mathew Reeves, Fitsum Baye, Zhangsheng Yu, Teresa Damush, Edward J Miech, Jason Sico, Michael Phipps, Alan Zillich, Jason Johanning, Seemant Chaturvedi, Curt Austin, Jared Ferguson, Bailey Maryfield, Kathy Snow, Susan Ofner, Glenn Graham, Rachel Rhude, Linda S Williams, Greg Arling
BACKGROUND: Despite interest in using electronic health record (EHR) data to assess quality of care, the accuracy of such data is largely unknown. We sought to develop and validate transient ischemic attack and minor ischemic stroke electronic quality measures (eQMs) using EHR data. METHODS AND RESULTS: A random sample of patients with transient ischemic attack or minor ischemic stroke, cared for in Veterans Health Administration facilities (fiscal year 2011), was identified...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911508/relationship-of-pcsk9-and-urinary%C3%A2-thromboxane-excretion-to%C3%A2-cardiovascular-events-in-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Daniele Pastori, Cristina Nocella, Alessio Farcomeni, Simona Bartimoccia, Maria Santulli, Fortunata Vasaturo, Roberto Carnevale, Danilo Menichelli, Francesco Violi, Pasquale Pignatelli
BACKGROUND: Soluble proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) has been shown to be predictive of cardiovascular events (CVEs) in patients who are at high cardiovascular risk. No data on the effect of PCSK9 levels in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are available. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the association between PCSK9 and CVEs in AF as well as the relationship between PCSK9 and urinary 11-dehydro-thromboxane B2 (11-dh-TxB2), a marker of platelet activation...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911189/long-working-hours-as-a-risk-factor-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-multi-cohort-study
#20
Mika Kivimäki, Solja T Nyberg, G David Batty, Ichiro Kawachi, Markus Jokela, Lars Alfredsson, Jakob B Bjorner, Marianne Borritz, Hermann Burr, Nico Dragano, Eleonor I Fransson, Katriina Heikkilä, Anders Knutsson, Markku Koskenvuo, Meena Kumari, Ida E H Madsen, Martin L Nielsen, Maria Nordin, Tuula Oksanen, Jan H Pejtersen, Jaana Pentti, Reiner Rugulies, Paula Salo, Martin J Shipley, Sakari Suominen, Töres Theorell, Jussi Vahtera, Peter Westerholm, Hugo Westerlund, Andrew Steptoe, Archana Singh-Manoux, Mark Hamer, Jane E Ferrie, Marianna Virtanen, Adam G Tabak
Aims: Studies suggest that people who work long hours are at increased risk of stroke, but the association of long working hours with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a risk factor for stroke, is unknown. We examined the risk of atrial fibrillation in individuals working long hours (≥55 per week) and those working standard 35-40 h/week. Methods and results: In this prospective multi-cohort study from the Individual-Participant-Data Meta-analysis in Working Populations (IPD-Work) Consortium, the study population was 85 494 working men and women (mean age 43...
September 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
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