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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106572/training-in-positivity-for-stroke-a-qualitative-study-of-acceptability-of-use-of-positive-mental-training-posmt-as-a-tool-to-assist-stroke-survivors-with-post-stroke-psychological-problems-and-in-coping-with-rehabilitation
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Nahal Mavaddat, Sheila Ross, Alastair Dobbin, Kate Williams, Jonathan Graffy, Jonathan Mant
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke psychological problems predict poor recovery, while positive affect enables patients to focus on rehabilitation and may improve functional outcomes. Positive Mental Training (PosMT), a guided self-help audio shows promise as a tool in promoting positivity, optimism and resilience. OBJECTIVE: To assess acceptability of training in positivity with PosMT for prevention and management of post-stroke psychological problems and to help with coping with rehabilitation...
January 18, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106485/management-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Peysh A Patel, Noman Ali, Andrew Hogarth, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia, affecting 10% of those aged over 80 years. Despite multiple treatment options, it remains an independent prognostic marker of mortality due to its association with clinical sequelae, particularly cerebrovascular events. Management can be broadly divided into treatment of the arrhythmia, via rhythm or rate control, and stroke thromboprophylaxis via anticoagulation. Traditional options for pharmacotherapy include negatively chronotropic drugs such as β-blockers, and/or arrhythmia-modifying drugs such as amiodarone...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106016/gender-related-differences-in-presentation-and-treatment-of-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-ramses-study
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Volkan Doğan, Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, İsmail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
OBJECTIVE: Gender is an important feature in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study investigated gender-related differences in patients with AF in Turkey. METHODS: As a part of RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey, NCT02344901) study, information of the patients with AF who successively applied to the hospital was analyzed. This cross-sectional, multicenter, nationwide observational study enrolled 6264 non-valvular AF (NVAF) outpatients (55...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105135/takayasu-s-arteritis-presenting-with-common-carotid-artery-dissection-a-rare-case-report
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Ruonan Hao, Jie Zhang, Zhicheng Ma, Ming Xiao, Lei Zhou, Nan Kang, Xiaoyu Liang, Fuxin Li
Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare, idiopathic, chronic inflammatory disease associated with cell-mediated inflammation and involving predominantly the aorta and its primary branches. TA results in stenosis, occlusion or aneurysmal degeneration of large arteries pathologically. However, the incidence of dissection in arteries is low. As one of the primary causes of aortic dissection-associated ischemic stroke in young adults, only a limited number of TA cases presenting with aortic dissection have been published to date...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103824/management-prognosis-and-predictors-of-unfavourable-outcomes-in-patients-newly-hospitalized-for-transient-ischemic-attack-a-real-world-investigation-from-italy
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Giovanni Corrao, Federico Rea, Luca Merlino, Paolo Mazzola, Federico Annoni, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: Understanding the gap between evidence-based recommendations and real-world management is important to inform priority setting and health service planning. METHODS: The 7,776 residents in the Italian Lombardy Region who were newly hospitalized for transient ischemic attack (TIA) during 2008-2009 entered into the cohort and were followed until 2012. Exposure to medical care including selected drugs, diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests was recorded...
January 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102522/present-and-future-of-interventional-treatment-of-resistant-hypertension
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REVIEW
Ayhan Yoruk, Sinan S Tankut, John P Gassler, John D Bisognano
The increasing prevalence of hypertension, a significant cause of disability and premature death throughout the world, is a major public health concern. This is especially true for the subset of patients who suffer from resistant hypertension, which is associated with a fourfold greater risk of cardiovascular events as compared to those hypertensive patients able to achieve target blood pressure. Though quite daunting in number and ill effect, hypertension remains the most common and the most important modifiable risk factor for coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease...
January 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100562/healthcare-organisation-and-delivery-for-people-with-dementia-and-comorbidity-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-views-of-patients-carers-and-professionals
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Frances Bunn, Anne-Marie Burn, Louise Robinson, Marie Poole, Greta Rait, Carol Brayne, Johan Schoeman, Sam Norton, Claire Goodman
OBJECTIVES: People living with dementia (PLWD) have a high prevalence of comorbidty. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of dementia on access to non-dementia services and identify ways of improving service delivery for this population. DESIGN: Qualitative study involving interviews and focus groups. Thematic content analysis was informed by theories of continuity of care and access to care. SETTING: Primary and secondary care in the South and North East of England...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100208/access-to-primary-health-care-for-acute-vascular-events-in-rural-low-income-settings-a-mixed-methods-study
#8
Shyfuddin Ahmed, Muhammad Ashique Haider Chowdhury, Md Alfazal Khan, Nafisa Lira Huq, Aliya Naheed
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of global mortality. Among the CVDs, acute vascular events (AVE) mainly ischemic heart diseases and stroke are the largest contributors. To achieve 25% reduction in preventable deaths from CVDs by 2025, health systems need to be equipped with extended service coverage in order to provide person-centered care. The overall goal of this proposed study is to assess access to health care in-terms of service availability, care seeking patterns and barriers to access care after AVE in rural Bangladesh...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099563/brazilian-guidelines-for-endovascular-treatment-of-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Octávio Marques Pontes-Neto, Pedro Cougo, Sheila Cristina Ouriques Martins, Daniel G Abud, Raul G Nogueira, Maramélia Miranda, Luiz Henrique de Castro-Afonso, Leticia C Rebello, José Guilherme M Pereira Caldas, Rodrigo Bazan, Daniel C Bezerra, Marco Tulio Rezende, Gabriel R de Freitas, Alexandre Longo, Pedro Magalhães, João José Freitas de Carvalho, Francisco José Montalverne, Fabricio Oliveira Lima, Gustavo H V Andrade, Ayrton R Massaro, Jamary Oliveira-Filho, Rubens Gagliardi, Gisele Sampaio Silva
These guidelines are the result of a joint effort from writing groups of the Brazilian Stroke Society, the Scientific Department of Cerebrovascular Diseases of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, the Brazilian Stroke Network and the Brazilian Society of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Neuroradiology. Members from these groups participated in web-based discussion forums with predefined themes, followed by videoconference meetings in which controversies and position statements were discussed, leading to a consensus...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097014/development-and-evaluation-of-a-formula-for-predicting-introduction-of-medication-self-management-in-stroke-patients-in-the-kaifukuki-rehabilitation-ward
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Hisato Fujihara, Mari Kogo, Isao Saito, Nobuyuki Kawate, Masazumi Mizuma, Hiroko Suzuki, Jun-Ichiro Murayama, Tadanori Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Medication self-management in stroke patients is important to prevent further progression of disease and incidence of side effects. The purpose of this study was to create a formula for predicting medication self-management introduction in stroke patients using functional independence measure items and patient data, including medication-related information. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of 104 patients (cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage) discharged from the Kaifukuki rehabilitation ward at Showa University Fujigaoka Rehabilitation Hospital from January to December 2012...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096032/creation-of-an-intensive-care-unit-and-organizational-changes-in-an-adult-emergency-department-impact-on-acute-stroke-management
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Laurent Puy, Chantal Lamy, Sandrine Canaple, Audrey Arnoux, Nicolas Laine, Ella Iacob, Jean-Marc Constans, Olivier Godefroy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following the reorganization of a University Medical Center onto a single campus, an Intensive Care Unit was created within the adult Emergency Department (ED ICU). We assessed the effects of these organizational changes on acute stroke management and the intravenous administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV rtPA), as characterized by the thrombolysis rate, door-to-needle time (DNT) and outcome at 3months. METHODS: Between October 2013 and September 2015, we performed a retrospective, observational, single-center, comparative study of patients admitted for ischemic stroke and treated with IV rtPA during two 321-day periods (before and after the creation of the ED ICU)...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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/28094089/use-of-emergency-medical-transport-and-impact-on-time-to-care-in-patients-with-ischaemic-stroke
#13
A Olascoaga Arrate, M M Freijo Guerrero, C Fernández Maiztegi, I Azkune Calle, R Silvariño Fernández, M Fernández Rodríguez, P Vazquez Naveira, A Anievas Elena, I Iturraspe González, Y Pérez Díez, R Ruiz Fernández
INTRODUCTION: According to numerous studies, using emergency medical services (EMS) to transport stroke patients to hospitals decreases diagnostic and treatment delays. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of use of EMS by stroke patients in Bizkaia (Spain), analyse the factors associated with using EMS, and study the impact of EMS on time to care. METHODS: We gathered data from 545 patients hospitalised for acute ischaemic stroke and recruited consecutively...
January 13, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093732/long-term-hormone-therapy-for-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-women
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REVIEW
Jane Marjoribanks, Cindy Farquhar, Helen Roberts, Anne Lethaby, Jasmine Lee
BACKGROUND: Hormone therapy (HT) is widely provided for control of menopausal symptoms and has been used for the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and dementia in older women. This is an updated version of a Cochrane review first published in 2005. OBJECTIVES: To assess effects of long-term HT (at least 1 year's duration) on mortality, cardiovascular outcomes, cancer, gallbladder disease, fracture and cognition in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women during and after cessation of treatment...
January 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092990/in-hospital-statin-underutilization-among-high-risk-patients-delayed-uptake-of-the-2013-cholesterol-guidelines-in-a-u-s-cohort
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Subeer K Wadia, Mark Belkin, Kelsey Chow, Jonathan Nattiv, Andrew Appis, Steven B Feinstein, Kim Allan Williams
OBJECTIVES: Clinician utilization of the 2013 cholesterol lowering guidelines remains variable and unknown. We sought to examine statin prescribing patterns and compare rates among specialists who treat high-risk cardiovascular patients admitted to the hospital. METHODS: We retrospectively (via chart review) examined four specialty groups: (i) Cardiology, (ii) Cardiovascular or Vascular (CV) Surgery, (iii) Neurology, and (iv) Internal Medicine. Adult patients were included based on a discharge diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, carotid endarterectomy, acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or high-risk chest pain...
January 17, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089562/sequential-multiple-assignment-randomized-trials-an-opportunity-for-improved-design-of-stroke-reperfusion-trials
#16
William J Meurer, Nicholas J Seewald, Kelley Kidwell
BACKGROUND: Modern clinical trials in stroke reperfusion fall into 2 categories: alternative systemic pharmacological regimens to alteplase and "rescue" endovascular approaches using targeted thrombectomy devices and/or medications delivered directly for persistently occluded vessels. Clinical trials in stroke have not evaluated how initial pharmacological thrombolytic management might influence subsequent rescue strategy. A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) is a novel trial design that can test these dynamic treatment regimens and lead to treatment guidelines that more closely mimic practice...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089197/long-term-follow-up-analysis-of-microsurgical-clip-ligation-and-endovascular-coil-embolization-for-dorsal-wall-blister-aneurysms-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
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Mason A Brown, Cristian F Guandique, Jonathan Parish, Aubrey C McMillan, Stephen Lehnert, Nassir Mansour, Michael Tu, Bradley N Bohnstedt, Troy D Payner, Thomas J Leipzig, Andrew J DeNardo, John A Scott, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol
: Blister aneurysms at non-branching sites of the dorsal internal carotid artery (dICA) are fragile, rare, and often difficult to treat. The purpose of this study is to address the demographics, treatment modalities, and long-term outcome of patients treated for dICA blister aneurysms. A retrospective review of medical records identified all consecutive patients who presented with a blister aneurysm from 2002 to 2011 at our institution. Eighteen patients (M=7, F=11; mean age: 48.4±15...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088910/sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-sglt2i-their-role-in-cardiometabolic-risk-management
#18
Niki Katsiki, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Michael J Theodorakis
BACKGROUND: Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) are a novel category of oral antidiabetic drugs that inhibit renal glucose reabsorption and increase renal glucose excretion, thus lowering plasma glucose levels. This unique mechanism of SGLT2i action is insulin independent, thus improving glycemic control without promoting hypoglycemia in the absence of exogenously administered insulin. METHODS: The present narrative review addresses the putative associations between SGLT2i and several cardiovascular (CV) and microvascular risk factors, as well as their effects on cardiac and renal function...
January 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088349/stroke-biomarkers-in-clinical-practice-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Geelyn J L Ng, Amy M L Quek, Christine Cheung, Thiruma V Arumugam, Raymond C S Seet
Biomarkers provide critical mechanistic insights to key biologic processes that occur during cerebral ischemia which, when carefully applied, can improve clinical decision-making in acute stroke management. The translation of a blood-based biomarker in ischemic stroke to clinical practice is challenging, in part, due to the complexity of ischemic stroke pathogenesis and the presence of a blood-brain barrier that restricts the release of brain-specific markers into the circulation. The pathologic and clinical aspects of ischemic stroke are described in this review, where a non-exhaustive list of biomarkers that interrogate different aspects of ischemic stroke such as oxidative damage, inflammation, thrombus formation, cardiac function and brain injury are described...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086887/patients-and-physicians-perceptions-and-attitudes-about-oral-anticoagulation-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-qualitative-systematic-review
#20
Gemma Mas Dalmau, Elisenda Sant Arderiu, María Belén Enfedaque Montes, Ivan Solà, Sandra Pequeño Saco, Pablo Alonso Coello
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulant therapy reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, but many patients are still not prescribed this therapy. The causes of underuse of vitamin K antagonists oral anticoagulants are not clear but could be related, in part, to patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of this treatment. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate and synthesize patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of vitamin K antagonist, in order to explore potential factors related with its underuse...
January 13, 2017: BMC Family Practice
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