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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549916/utility-of-carotid-ultrasonography-in-management-of-an-atypical-high-vascular-risk-patient-with-recurrent-calcified-cerebral-embolic-stroke
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John W Liang, Jesse Weinberger, Aaron Tansy
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of recurrent calcified cerebral emboli (CCE)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and the diagnostic utility of plaque morphology characterization on carotid ultrasound. BACKGROUND: CCE are a rare cause of AIS. CCE-related AIS has been previously reported only in high vascular-risk patients such as those with severe carotid stenosis, widespread atheromatous disease, or cardiac valvular disease. CCE-related AIS from a carotid origin has not been reported in patients without carotid stenosis...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549013/effect-of-preoperative-diabetes-management-on-glycemic-control-and-clinical-outcomes-after-elective-surgery
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Rajesh Garg, Brooke Schuman, Angela Bader, Shelley Hurwitz, Alexander Turchin, Patricia Underwood, Cheyenne Metzger, Raquel Rein, Meghan Lortie
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether preoperative diabetes management can improve glycemic control and clinical outcomes after elective surgery. BACKGROUND: There is lack of data on the importance of diabetes treatment before elective surgery. Diabetes is often ignored before surgery and aggressively treated afterwards. METHODS: Patients with diabetes were identified and treated proactively before their scheduled surgeries...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546326/regional-pediatric-acute-stroke-protocol-initial-experience-during-3-years-and-13-recanalization-treatments-in-children
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Laurence Tabone, Nicolas Mediamolle, Celine Bellesme, Fabrice Lesage, David Grevent, Augustin Ozanne, Olivier Naggara, Beatrice Husson, Isabelle Desguerre, Catherine Lamy, Christian Denier, Manoelle Kossorotoff
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To evaluate hyperacute management of pediatric arterial ischemic stroke, setting up dedicated management pathways is the first recommended step to prove the feasibility and safety of such treatments. A regional pediatric stroke alert protocol including 2 centers in the Paris-Ile-de-France area, France, was established. METHODS: Consecutive pediatric patients (28 days-18 years) with confirmed arterial ischemic stroke who had acute recanalization treatment (intravenous r-tPA [recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator], endovascular procedure, or both) according to the regional pediatric stroke alert were retrospectively reviewed during a 40-month period...
May 25, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546325/reciprocal-interaction-of-24-hour-blood-pressure-variability-and-systolic-blood-pressure-on-outcome-in-stroke-thrombolysis
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Lars Kellert, Christian Hametner, Niaz Ahmed, Geraldine Rauch, Mary J MacLeod, Francesco Perini, Kennedy R Lees, Peter A Ringleb
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Significance and management of blood pressure (BP) changes in acute stroke care are unclear. Here, we aimed to investigate the impact of 24-hour BP variability (BPV) on outcome in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis. METHODS: From the Safe Implementation of Treatment in Stroke International Stroke Thrombolysis registry, 28 976 patients with documented pre-treatment systolic BP at 2 and 24 hours were analyzed...
May 25, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546322/poststroke-fatigue-emerging-evidence-and-approaches-to-management-a-scientific-statement-for-healthcare-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association
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Janice L Hinkle, Kyra J Becker, Jong S Kim, Smi Choi-Kwon, Karen L Saban, Norma McNair, Gillian E Mead
At least half of all stroke survivors experience fatigue; thus, it is a common cause of concern for patients, caregivers, and clinicians after stroke. This scientific statement provides an international perspective on the emerging evidence surrounding the incidence, prevalence, quality of life, and complex pathogenesis of poststroke fatigue. Evidence for pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions for management are reviewed, as well as the effects of poststroke fatigue on both stroke survivors and caregivers...
May 25, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545782/autoimmune-encephalopathy-for-psychiatrists-when-to-suspect-autoimmunity-and-what-to-do-next
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REVIEW
Mark Oldham
OBJECTIVE: To provide a critical review of autoimmune encephalopathy-broadly defined as neuropsychiatric features directly related to an autoimmune process-relevant for psychiatric practice. METHODS: We consulted rheumatology textbooks to define the scope of autoimmune conditions and identified recent reviews of rheumatic conditions, autoimmune vasculitis, and autoimmune encephalitis. We integrated these with primary reports to provide a clinically relevant overview of autoimmune encephalopathy...
May 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545542/recognition-and-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-an-important-component-of-chronic-disease-management
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REVIEW
Peter C Farrell, Glenn Richards
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a highly prevalent condition, and is associated with many debilitating chronic diseases. The role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in arterial hypertension has been recognized in international guidelines. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with clinically-relevant reductions in blood pressure. In heart failure (HF), SDB is associated with worse prognosis and increased mortality. Major HF guidelines recommend that patients should be treated for sleep apnea to improve their HF status...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543401/oral-anticoagulation-management-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-implantation
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Eric Black-Maier, Sunghee Kim, Benjamin A Steinberg, Gregg C Fonarow, James V Freeman, Peter R Kowey, Jack Ansell, Bernard J Gersh, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Gerald Naccarelli, Elaine M Hylek, Alan S Go, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy is associated with increased periprocedural risks after cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation. Patterns of anticoagulation management involving non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have not been characterized. HYPOTHESIS: Anticoagulation strategies and outcomes differ by anticoagulant type in patients undergoing CIED implantation. METHODS: Using the nationwide Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, we assessed how atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing CIED implantation were cared for and their subsequent outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543102/low-flow-low-gradient-aortic-stenosis-still-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
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REVIEW
Anja Vogelgesang, Gerd Hasenfuss, Claudius Jacobshagen
Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most frequently observed valvular heart disease. During the symptomatic stage, the rate of death increases dramatically, so that a precise diagnostic approach is taken to guide therapeutic options. Of patients with severe AS, 30% to 50% present with low-flow/low-gradient AS (LF/LGAS) status. This review focuses on LF/LGAS and the best diagnostic and therapeutic management in either classic LF/LGAS with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) or paradoxical LF/LGAS with preserved LVEF...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542281/gait-asymmetry-ankle-spasticity-and-depression-as-independent-predictors-of-falls-in-ambulatory-stroke-patients
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Ta-Sen Wei, Peng-Ta Liu, Liang-Wey Chang, Sen-Yung Liu
BACKGROUND: Falls are the leading cause of injury in stroke patients. However, the cause of a fall is complicated, and several types of risk factors are involved. Therefore, a comprehensive model to predict falls with high sensitivity and specificity is needed. METHODS: This study was a prospective study of 112 inpatients in a rehabilitation ward with follow-up interviews in patients' homes. Evaluations were performed 1 month after stroke and included the following factors: (1) status of cognition, depression, fear of fall and limb spasticity; (2) functional assessments [walking velocity and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM)]; and (3) objective, computerized gait and balance analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541901/changes-of-shoulder-elbow-and-wrist-stiffness-matrix-post-stroke
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Li-Qun Zhang, Jongsang Son, Hyung-Soon Park, Sang Hoon Kang, Yunju Lee, Yupeng Ren
Stroke affects multiple joints in the arm with stereotypical patterns of arm deformity involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and with disrupted coordination of multiple joints in active movements. However, there is a lack of systematic methods to evaluate multi-joints and multi-degree of freedoms (DOF) neuromechanical changes, especially for complex systems with three or more joints/DOFs involved. This study used a novel systematic method to characterize dynamics and control of the shoulder, elbow and wrist of the human arm individually and simultaneously, including the couplings across the multiple joints during controlled movements...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541396/prospective-disability-in-different-combinations-of-somatic-and-mental-multimorbidity
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Ana R Quiñones, Sheila Markwardt, Stephen Thielke, Ola Rostant, Elizabeth Vásquez, Anda Botoseneanu
BACKGROUND.: Multimorbidity (multiple co-occurring chronic conditions) may be an important contributor to disability and poor health-related quality of life. The functional consequences of specific combinations of somatic and mental health conditions are unclear. METHODS.: Nationally-representative prospective cohort study using the National Health and Aging Trends Study data of Medicare beneficiaries. We included 4,017 participants aged 65 years or older interviewed in 2013 and 2014...
May 24, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540781/haemodynamic-changes-during-hyperthermic-intra-thoracic-chemotherapy-for-pseudomyxoma-peritonei
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Nina Ashraf-Kashani, John Bell
PURPOSE: Hyperthermic intra-thoracic chemotherapy (HITOC) combined with cytoreductive surgery (CRS) is a novel approach in the management of pseuodmyxoma peritonei with thoracic extension. The haemodynamic effects of hyperthermic chemotherapy present an anaesthetic challenge. Here, we describe the haemodynamic changes seen during HITOC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective case note review of adult patients undergoing CRS with HITOC from 2009 to 2016. Intra-operative haemodynamics were measured using the LIDCOrapid(TM) brand of invasive cardiac output (CO) monitor...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540489/endoscopy-in-patients-on-antiplatelet-agents-and-anticoagulants
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REVIEW
Andrew M Veitch
Management of patients on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy undergoing endoscopy presents a balance of risks between haemorrhage due to the procedure, and thrombosis due to discontinuation of antithrombotic therapy. Haemorrhage is usually controllable endoscopically, but thrombosis could, on occasion, result in myocardial infarction or stroke, with permanent disability or death. For elective procedures, there is adequate time to plan best management of antithrombotic therapy. International guidelines have been published, but recommendations are based on limited evidence and consultation with appropriate medical specialists, and the patient is important...
May 25, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539213/medical-management-of-asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis
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REVIEW
Aaron W Aday, Joshua A Beckman
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for both stroke and cardiovascular disease. Appropriate management of asymptomatic patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) remains unclear. Although several randomized clinical trials support revascularization in asymptomatic patients with severe CAS to reduce stroke risk, the participants in these trials did not receive optimal medical therapy (OMT) by today's standards. For many individuals, medical therapy may provide excellent risk reduction without the periprocedural risk of endarterectomy or stenting...
May 21, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538440/neurologic-injury-in-adults-supported-with-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-respiratory-failure-findings-from-the-extracorporeal-life-support-organization-database
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Roberto Lorusso, Sandro Gelsomino, Orlando Parise, Michele Di Mauro, Fabio Barili, Gijs Geskes, Enrico Vizzardi, Peter T Rycus, Raf Muellenbach, Thomas Mueller, Antonio Pesenti, Alain Combes, Giles Peek, Bjorn Frenckner, Matteo Di Nardo, Justyna Swol, Jos Maessen, Ravi R Thiagarajan
OBJECTIVES: To assess in-hospital neurologic (CNS) complications in adult patients undergoing veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory failure. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization's data registry. SETTING: Data reported to Extracorporeal Life Support Organization from 350 international extracorporeal membrane oxygenation centers during 1992-2015. PATIENTS: Adults (≥ 18 yr old) supported with veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory failure...
May 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537517/sepsis-current-definition-pathophysiology-diagnosis-and-management
#18
Abdalsamih M Taeb, Michael H Hooper, Paul E Marik
Sepsis is a clinical syndrome that results from the dysregulated inflammatory response to infection that leads to organ dysfunction. The resulting losses to society in terms of financial burden, morbidity, and mortality are enormous. We provide a review of sepsis, its underlying pathophysiology, and guidance for diagnosis and management of this common disease. Current established treatments include appropriate antimicrobial agents to target the underlying infection, optimization of intravascular volume to improve stroke volume, vasopressors to counteract vasoplegic shock, and high-quality supportive care...
June 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537509/maugeri-centre-for-telehealth-and-telecare-a-real-life-integrated-experience-in-chronic-patients
#19
Simonetta Scalvini, Palmira Bernocchi, Emanuela Zanelli, Laura Comini, Michele Vitacca
Management of chronic diseases in a progressively aging population is a major issue in western industrialized countries and telehealth is one way to ensure the continuity of care in chronic illness. We describe here our personal experience in a telehealth and telecare centre in Italy. Between January 2000 and December 2015, 1635 elderly patients (71% male) with one or more comorbidities have undergone a telehealth program tailored to their specific disease: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/chronic respiratory insufficiency; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/neuromuscular diseases; chronic heart failure (CHF); post-stroke; and post-cardiac surgery patients discharged from hospital after an acute event...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537343/practice-patterns-for-spasticity-management-with-phenol-neurolysis
#20
Jay Karri, Manuel F Mas, Gerard E Francisco, Sheng Li
OBJECTIVE: To present practice patterns for phenol neurolysis procedures conducted for spasticity management. DESIGN: A retrospective review of 185 persons with spasticity who underwent phenol neurolysis procedures (n = 293) at an academic rehabilitation hospital and clinic. Patient demographics, concomitant spasticity treatments, and procedure relevant information were collected. RESULTS: The cohort included 71.9% males and 61.6% inpatient procedures...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
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