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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094851/blood-transfusion-for-preventing-primary-and-secondary-stroke-in-people-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Patricia M Fortin, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Winfred C Wang
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is one of the commonest severe monogenic disorders in the world, due to the inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin (beta globin) genes. Sickle cell disease can cause severe pain, significant end-organ damage, pulmonary complications, and premature death. Stroke affects around 10% of children with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS). Chronic blood transfusions may reduce the risk of vaso-occlusion and stroke by diluting the proportion of sickled cells in the circulation...
January 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087181/challenging-the-99th-percentile-a-lower-troponin-cutoff-leads-to-low-mortality-of-chest-pain-patients
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Nils Arne Sörensen, Johannes Tobias Neumann, Francisco Ojeda, Tjark Schwemer, Thomas Renné, Renate B Schnabel, Tanja Zeller, Mahir Karakas, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann
BACKGROUND: Rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction is based on consecutive measurements of cardiac troponins using the 99th percentile of the respective assay as cutoff. The new ESC guidelines alternatively offer rapid 1h algorithms with lower cutoffs than the 99th percentile for rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We aimed to compare a recently introduced 1h algorithm based on a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-TnI) cutoff of 6ng/L at 0h and 1h to the current standard of care using the 99th percentile (27ng/L) as cutoff with reference to follow-up events in a large chest pain cohort...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076734/effect-of-a-mass-media-campaign-on-ambulance-use-for-chest-pain
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Ziad Nehme, Peter A Cameron, Muhammad Akram, Harry Patsamanis, Janet E Bray, Ian T Meredith, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of comprehensive public awareness campaigns by the National Heart Foundation of Australia on emergency medical service (EMS) use by people with chest pain. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective analysis of 253428 emergency ambulance attendances for non-traumatic chest pain in Melbourne, January 2008 - December 2013. Time series analyses, adjusted for underlying trend and seasonal effects, assessed the impact of mass media campaigns on EMS use...
January 16, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063854/hospital-admissions-for-chest-pain-associated-with-cocaine-use-in-the-united-states
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Vikas Singh, Alex P Rodriguez, Badal Thakkar, Ghamshyambhai R Savani, Nileshkumar J Patel, Apurva O Badheka, Mauricio G Cohen, Carlos E Alfonso, Raul D Mitrani, Juan Viles-Gonzalez, Jeffrey J Goldberger
BACKGROUND: The outcomes related to chest pain associated with cocaine use and its burden on healthcare system are not well studied. METHODS: Data were collected from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2001 - 2012). Subjects were identified by using the ICD-9-CM codes. Primary outcome was a composite of mortality, myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiac arrest. RESULTS: We identified 363,143 admissions for cocaine induced chest pain. Mean age was 44...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042398/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-and-panic-disorder-a-comparative-study
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Shruti Srivastava, Skand Shekhar, Manjeet Singh Bhatia, Shridhar Dwivedi
OBJECTIVES: The quality of life (QOL) of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is known to be impaired. Non-cardiac chest pain referrals are often under-diagnosed and untreated, and there are hardly any studies comparing the QOL of CAD and panic disorder related (non-cardiac) chest pain referrals (PDRC). METHODS: We assessed the psychiatric morbidity and QOL of patients newly diagnosed with CAD (n = 40) at baseline and six weeks post-treatment and compared their QOL with patients with PDRC (n = 40) and age- and gender-matched healthy controls (n = 57)...
January 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031149/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-a-careful-symptom-evaluation-and-high-sensitive-troponin-in-patients-with-suspected-stable-angina-pectoris-without-prior-cardiovascular-disease
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Debbie M Madsen, Axel C P Diederichsen, Susanne E Hosbond, Oke Gerke, Hans Mickley
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Typical angina pectoris (AP) and high-sensitive troponin I (hs-TnI) are independently associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) and future cardiovascular events (CVE). This study aimed to assess the individual and combined diagnostic and prognostic impact of symptoms and hs-TnI in stable chest pain patients without prior cardiovascular disease. METHODS: During a one-year period, 487 patients with suspected stable AP underwent invasive or CT-coronary angiography (significant stenosis ≥50%)...
November 28, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025351/immediate-adverse-events-in-interventional-pain-procedures-a-multi-institutional-study
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Carrie M Carr, Christopher T Plastaras, Matthew J Pingree, Matthew Smuck, Timothy P Maus, Jennifer R Geske, Christine A El-Yahchouchi, Zachary L McCormick, David J Kennedy
SETTING: Interventional procedures directed toward sources of pain in the axial and appendicular musculoskeletal system are performed with increasing frequency. Despite the presence of evidence-based guidelines for such procedures, there are wide variations in practice. Case reports of serious complications such as spinal cord infarction or infection from spine injections lack appropriate context and create a misleading view of the risks of appropriately performed interventional pain procedures...
December 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005272/prophylactic-versus-selective-blood-transfusion-for-sickle-cell-disease-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Babasola O Okusanya, Olufemi T Oladapo
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with sickle cell disease (HbSS, HbSC and HbSβThal) may require blood transfusion to prevent severe anaemia or to manage potential medical complications. Preventive blood transfusion in the absence of complications starting from the early weeks of pregnancy or blood transfusion only for medical or obstetric indications have been used as management policies. There is currently no consensus on the blood transfusion policy that guarantees optimal clinical benefits with minimal risks for such women and their babies...
22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998631/emergency-department-cardiopulmonary-evaluation-of-low-risk-chest-pain-patients-with-self-reported-stress-and-anxiety
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Paul I Musey, Jeffrey A Kline
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a high-risk emergency department (ED) chief complaint; the majority of clinical resources are directed toward detecting and treating cardiopulmonary emergencies. However, at follow-up, 80%-95% of these patients have only a symptom-based diagnosis; a large number have undiagnosed anxiety disorders. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to measure the frequency of self-identified stress or anxiety among chest pain patients, and compare their pretest probabilities, care processes, and outcomes...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987314/risk-benefit-and-cost-thresholds-for-emergency-department-testing-a-cross-sectional-scenario-based-study
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Arjun Prasad Meka, Jonathan Douglas Porath, Rahul Iyengar, Chelsea Morrow, Angela Fagerlin, William J Meurer
INTRODUCTION: While diagnostic testing is common in the emergency department, the value of some testing is questionable. The purpose of this study was to assess how varying levels of benefit, risk, and costs influenced an individual's desire to have diagnostic testing. METHODS: A survey through Amazon Mechanical Turk presented hypothetical clinical situations: low risk chest pain and minor traumatic brain injury. Each scenario included three given variables (benefit, risk, and cost), that was independently randomly varied over four possible values (0...
December 17, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965279/sex-differences-in-prodromal-symptoms-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-patients-aged-55%C3%A2-years-or-younger
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Nadia A Khan, Stella S Daskalopoulou, Igor Karp, Mark J Eisenberg, Roxanne Pelletier, Meytal Avgil Tsadok, Kaberi Dasgupta, Colleen M Norris, Louise Pilote
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that young women are at highest risk for failing to recognise early symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). OBJECTIVES: To examine sex differences in prodromal symptoms occurring days and weeks prior to the acute presentation of ACS. We also examined health-seeking behaviours and prehospital management in young patients. METHODS: Prospective cross-sectional analysis of 1145 patients (368 women) hospitalised for ACS, aged ≤55 years, from the GENdEr and Sex DetermInantS of Cardiovascular Disease: From Bench to Beyond Premature Acute Coronary SYndrome cohort study (January 2009-April 2013)...
December 13, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958691/triple-rule-out-cardiac-ct-is-it-finally-a-reality
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Regina DE LA Mora Cervantes, Carole Dennie
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), pulmonary embolism and acute aortic syndrome are the most common causes of life threatening chest pain. The triple rule-out CT (TRO CT) has emerged as a technology that can simultaneously visualize the coronary arteries, aorta and pulmonary arteries as well as other intrathoracic structures. It has been proposed as a one-stop imaging modality in patients who present to the emergency department with low to intermediate risk of ACS in whom pulmonary embolism and/or acute aortic syndrome are also considered...
December 13, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931543/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-intensive-dose-of-rosuvastatin-40mg-day-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-at-high-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-rosuvees-2
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Chetan P Shah, Bhaskar P Shah, Sameer I Dani, B B Channa, S S Lakshmanan, N C Krishnamani, Ashwani Mehta, P Moorthy
BACKGROUND: Randomized clinical trials have established the benefits of statin therapy in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) via their pleiotropic effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: This was a 12-week, open-label, multicenter, postmarketing observational study evaluating the efficacy and safety of rosuvastatin 40 mg/day in very high-risk or high-risk Indian patients according to NCEP ATP III guidelines. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and sixty two patients (age: 30 to 69 years) with evidence of coronary artery disease, hospitalized with chest pain with/without electrocardiogram changes and with non-ST segment elevation ACS and ST segment elevation ACS who received optimal reperfusion therapy were enrolled...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926497/coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-for-patients-with-low-to-intermediate-risk-chest-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Yu Chen, Yuqi Fan, Zhaofang Yin, Huili Zhang, Yang Zhang, Zhihua Han, Changqian Wang
Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) can image the coronary vasculature rapidly and detect the presence and severity of luminal stenosis accurately. However, whether CCTA based care strategy could gain more benefits than conventional strategy with functional tests for patients with low-to-intermediate risk chest pain remains unknown. In this study we performed a meta-analysis to compare the clinical efficacy of CCTA versus conventional strategy. Eight randomized controlled trials with 14749 patients were finally included in this review after database searching...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923390/the-rapid-ctca-trial-rapid-assessment-of-potential-ischaemic-heart-disease-with-ctca-a-multicentre-parallel-group-randomised-trial-to-compare-early-computerised-tomography-coronary-angiography-versus-standard-care-in-patients-presenting-with-suspected-or-confirmed
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Alasdair J Gray, Carl Roobottom, Jason E Smith, Steve Goodacre, Katherine Oatey, Rachel O'Brien, Robert F Storey, Lumine Na, Steff C Lewis, Praveen Thokala, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Emergency department attendances with chest pain requiring assessment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are a major global health issue. Standard assessment includes history, examination, electrocardiogram (ECG) and serial troponin testing. Computerised tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) enables additional anatomical assessment of patients for coronary artery disease (CAD) but has only been studied in very low-risk patients. This trial aims to investigate the effect of early CTCA upon interventions, event rates and health care costs in patients with suspected/confirmed ACS who are at intermediate risk...
December 7, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919865/shared-decision-making-in-patients-with-low-risk-chest-pain-prospective-randomized-pragmatic-trial
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Erik P Hess, Judd E Hollander, Jason T Schaffer, Jeffrey A Kline, Carlos A Torres, Deborah B Diercks, Russell Jones, Kelly P Owen, Zachary F Meisel, Michel Demers, Annie Leblanc, Nilay D Shah, Jonathan Inselman, Jeph Herrin, Ana Castaneda-Guarderas, Victor M Montori
OBJECTIVE:  To compare the effectiveness of shared decision making with usual care in choice of admission for observation and further cardiac testing or for referral for outpatient evaluation in patients with possible acute coronary syndrome. DESIGN:  Multicenter pragmatic parallel randomized controlled trial. SETTING:  Six emergency departments in the United States. PARTICIPANTS:  898 adults (aged >17 years) with a primary complaint of chest pain who were being considered for admission to an observation unit for cardiac testing (451 were allocated to the decision aid and 447 to usual care), and 361 emergency clinicians (emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) caring for patients with chest pain...
December 5, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919348/hdl-function-is-impaired-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-independent-of-plasma-hdl-cholesterol-levels
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Wijtske Annema, Hendrik M Willemsen, Jan Freark de Boer, Arne Dikkers, Markus van der Giet, Wybe Nieuwland, Anneke C Muller Kobold, L Joost van Pelt, Riemer H J A Slart, Iwan C C van der Horst, Robin P F Dullaart, René A Tio, Uwe J F Tietge
BACKGROUND: High-density lipoproteins (HDLs) protect against the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. HDL function represents an emerging concept in cardiovascular research. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the association between HDL functionality and acute myocardial infarction (MI) independent of HDL-cholesterol plasma levels. METHODS: Participants (non-ST-segment elevation MI, non-STEMI, n = 41; STEMI, n = 37; non-MI patients, n = 33) from a prospective follow-up study enrolling patients with acute chest pain were matched for age and plasma HDL cholesterol...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896227/stress-first-single-photon-emission-computed-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
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C I Aquino, M Scarano, F Squame, G Casaburi, S L Nori, L Pace
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission tomography (SPET) is widely used in coronary artery disease evaluation. Recently major dosimetric concerns have arisen. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a pre-test scoring system could predict the results of stress SPET MPI, thus avoiding two radionuclide injections. METHODS: All consecutive patients (n=309) undergoing SPET MPI during the first 6 months of 2014 constituted the study group...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885658/early-skin-to-skin-contact-for-mothers-and-their-healthy-newborn-infants
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REVIEW
Elizabeth R Moore, Nils Bergman, Gene C Anderson, Nancy Medley
BACKGROUND: Mother-infant separation post birth is common. In standard hospital care, newborn infants are held wrapped or dressed in their mother's arms, placed in open cribs or under radiant warmers. Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) begins ideally at birth and should last continually until the end of the first breastfeeding. SSC involves placing the dried, naked baby prone on the mother's bare chest, often covered with a warm blanket. According to mammalian neuroscience, the intimate contact inherent in this place (habitat) evokes neuro-behaviors ensuring fulfillment of basic biological needs...
25, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865485/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-stress-echocardiography-versus-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-low-risk-chest-pain
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Rhian Davies, Guodong Liu, Christopher Sciamanna, William R Davidson, Douglas L Leslie, Andrew J Foy
The aim of this study was to compare clinically relevant cardiovascular outcomes and downstream resource utilization associated with stress echocardiography (SE) and myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in emergency department patients with low-risk chest pain. This was a retrospective analysis of health insurance claims data for a national sample of privately insured patients over the period January 1 to December 31, 2011. Subjects were selected who presented to the emergency department with a primary or secondary diagnosis of chest pain and underwent either SE or MPI...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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