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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104974/rare-manifestation-of-digoxin-toxicity-right-bundle-branch-block
#1
Dalvir Gill, Samana Zaidi
A 76-year-old female, with medical history significant for systolic congestive heart failure, who presented to the emergency department with lethargy and abdominal pain with diarrhea for the past 3 weeks. Due to hypotension, the patient received multiple boluses of isotonic saline and was started on norepinephrine. Laboratories were significant for severe digoxin toxicity (29 ng/mL), in setting of acute kidney injury. Electrocardiogram (EKG) revealed a new right bundle branch block (RBBB). She was given Digibind and her repeat digoxin level was 20 ng/mL...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101033/maximizing-the-benefit-cost-ratio-of-anthracyclines-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-case-report-of-a-patient-with-a-complete-response-to-high-dose-doxorubicin
#2
Kevin Shee, Alan T Kono, Susan P D'Anna, Mark A Seltzer, Xiaoying Lu, Todd W Miller, Mary D Chamberlin
Despite the clinical efficacy of anthracycline agents such as doxorubicin, dose-limiting cardiac toxicities significantly limit their long-term use. Here, we present the case of a 33-year-old female patient with extensive metastatic ER+/PR+/HER2- mucinous adenocarcinoma of the breast, who was started on doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide therapy after progressing on paclitaxel and ovarian suppressor goserelin with aromatase inhibitor exemestane. The patient was comanaged by cardiology, who carefully monitored measures of cardiac function, including EKGs, serial echocardiograms, and profiling of lipids, troponin, and pro-BNP every 2 months...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095934/the-effect-of-ambulance-staffing-models-in-a-metropolitan-fire-based-ems-system
#3
Eric J Cortez, Ashish R Panchal, James E Davis, David P Keseg
: Introduction The staffing of ambulances with different levels of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers is a difficult decision with evidence being mixed on the benefit of each model. Hypothesis/Problem The objective of this study was to describe a pilot program evaluating alternative staffing on two ambulances utilizing the paramedic-basic (PB) model (staffed with one paramedic and one emergency medical technician[EMT]). METHODS: This was a retrospective study conducted from September 17, 2013 through December 31, 2013...
January 18, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040387/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-miller-fisher-syndrome
#4
Dalvir Gill, Kan Liu
51-year-old female who presented with progressive paresthesia, numbness of the lower extremities, double vision, and trouble walking. Physical exam was remarkable for areflexia, and ptosis. Her initial EKG showed nonspecific ST segment changes and her Troponin T was elevated to 0.41ng/mL which peaked at 0.66ng/mL. Echocardiogram showed a depressed left ventricular ejection fraction to 35% with severely hypokinetic anterior wall and left ventricular apex was severely hypokinetic. EMG nerve conduction study showed severely decreased conduction velocity and prolonged distal latency in all nerves consistent with demyelinating disease...
December 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028584/the-prognostic-significance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-function-insights-from-karen-a-prospective-and-multicenter-study
#5
Christian Bosseau, Erwan Donal, Lars H Lund, Emmanuel Oger, Camilla Hage, Geneviève Mulak, Jean-Claude Daubert, Cecilia Linde
The prognostic value of atrial fibrillation (AF) in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) remains controversial. We sought to study the prognostic value of AF in a prospective cohort and to characterize the HFPEF patients with AF. KaRen was a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study intended to characterize HFPEF; 538 patients presenting with an acute decompensated cardiac failure and a left ventricular EF > 45% were included. EKG and echocardiogram performed 4-8 week following the index hospitalization were analyzed in core centers...
December 27, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012712/unintended-consequences-of-adjusting-citalopram-prescriptions-following-the-2011-fda-warning
#6
Lauren B Gerlach, Helen C Kales, Donovan T Maust, Claire Chiang, Claire Stano, Hae Mi Choe, Kara Zivin
OBJECTIVES: In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement cautioning providers against prescribing citalopram above 40 mg per day given concerns for QT prolongation. We assessed the impact of a health system quality improvement initiative to identify patients taking higher than the recommended dose of citalopram. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nine primary care clinics within the University of Michigan from March 2012 to February 2013...
November 18, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978784/correlation-between-decreased-parasympathetic-activity-and-reduced-cerebrovascular-reactivity-in-patients-with-lacunar-infarct
#7
Kannakorn Intharakham, Kesorn Suwanprasert, Sombat Muengtaweepongsa
Reduced cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) was found in patients with recent lacunar infarct. However, its mechanisms were controversial. The breath holding maneuver as vasodilatory stimulus is clinically useful for an estimation of cerebrovasomotor reactivity in well co-operative patients. Patients with lacunar infarct have no higher cortical dysfunction and remain well co-operation. The breath holding maneuver is feasible and safe to perform in patients with lacunar infarct. Autonomic nervous system regulates systemic vascular activity...
13, 2016: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939476/differences-in-cardiovascular-function-comparing-prior-preeclamptics-with-nulliparous-controls
#8
Ira M Bernstein, Sarah A Hale, Gary J Badger, Carole A McBride
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the current study was to evaluate cardiovascular function; including blood pressure, cardiac output, pulse wave velocity and vascular compliance in nonpregnant nulliparous women compared to women with a history of preterm preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: This was a case control study. Blood pressure was measured using the Finapres Pro. Baseline cardiac output was determined by echocardiography. Pulse wave velocity was estimated using simultaneous electrocardiographic tracings and ultrasound determined arterial flow waveforms and calculated as estimated distance divided by the time interval between EKG r-wave peak and ultrasound derived peak popliteal artery flow...
October 2016: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927211/genetic-variations-of-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-and-alcohol-dehydrogenase-1b-are-associated-with-the-etiology-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-japanese
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Yukiko Nakano, Hidenori Ochi, Yuko Onohara, Akinori Sairaku, Takehito Tokuyama, Hiroya Matsumura, Shunsuke Tomomori, Michitaka Amioka, Naoya Hironomobe, Chikaaki Motoda, Nozomu Oda, Kazuaki Chayama, Che-Hong Chen, Eric R Gross, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption and oxidative stress are well-known risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH1B) and aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) genes encoding enzymes of alcohol and reactive aldehyde metabolism, respectively, are prevalent among East Asians. Here, we examined whether these SNPs were associated with AF in Japanese patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five hundred seventy-seven Japanese patients with AF undergoing catheter ablation and 1935 controls at Hiroshima University Hospital were studied...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920726/hrvanalysis-a-free-software-for-analyzing-cardiac-autonomic-activity
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Vincent Pichot, Frédéric Roche, Sébastien Celle, Jean-Claude Barthélémy, Florian Chouchou
Since the pioneering studies of the 1960s, heart rate variability (HRV) has become an increasingly used non-invasive tool for examining cardiac autonomic functions and dysfunctions in various populations and conditions. Many calculation methods have been developed to address these issues, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Although, its interpretation may remain difficult, this technique provides, from a non-invasive approach, reliable physiological information that was previously inaccessible, in many fields including death and health prediction, training and overtraining, cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation, sleep-disordered breathing, large cohort follow-ups, children's autonomic status, anesthesia, or neurophysiological studies...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914889/ventricular-tachycardia-and-prolonged-qt-interval-presenting-as-seizure-like-activity-a-case-report
#11
Max Wentlandt, Stephen C Morris, Steven H Mitchell
Seizures can be difficult to distinguish from other causes of transient cerebral hypoxia in the emergency room. We present a case of seizure activity in a woman in whom EKG led to a diagnosis of intermittent monomorphic and polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (torsades de pointes), highlighting the need for careful consideration of alternative causes of seizures, even in patients with known epilepsy.
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889211/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-epinephrine-use-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#12
Salik Nazir, Saroj Lohani, Niranjan Tachamo, Sushil Ghimire, Dilli Ram Poudel, Anthony Donato
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a syndrome of transient cardiac dysfunction that is frequently associated with sudden emotional or physical stress. Epinephrine use has been implicated in precipitating Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in multiple case reports and case series. We sought to systematically review the current English literature on this association. METHODS: We searched relevant articles on Takotsubo cardiomyopathy associated with epinephrine administration and extracted data on demographic characteristics, clinical features, investigations and clinical outcomes...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875636/evaluation-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-potential-liver-transplant-recipients
#13
REVIEW
Brian J Hogan, Enoka Gonsalkorala, Michael A Heneghan
Improvements in the management of patients undergoing Liver Transplantation (LT) have resulted in a significant increase in survival over recent years. Cardiac disease is now the leading cause of early mortality and the stress of major surgery, haemodynamic shifts, the possibility of haemorrhage or reperfusion syndrome require the recipient to have good baseline cardiac function. The prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing in liver transplant candidates, especially in those with Non-Alcohol related Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)...
November 22, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813028/the-role-of-serial-fdg-pet-for-assessing-therapeutic-response-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
#14
Pei-Ing Lee, Gang Cheng, Abass Alavi
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of serial quantitative 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) to monitor the response of cardiac sarcoidosis to treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 38 PET scan intervals (54 PET scans) were obtained in 16 patients with cardiac sarcoidosis who underwent serial FDG PET during treatment. FDG-avid lesions of the heart were interpreted quantitatively using 4 PET parameters: maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), partial volume corrected mean standardized uptake value (SUVmean), partial volume corrected metabolic volume product (MVP), and global metabolic volume product (gMVP)...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805591/transthoracic-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-for-the-quantitative-assessment-of-left-ventricular-myocardial-deformation
#15
Kai O Hensel, Lucia Wilke, Andreas Heusch
The value of conventional echocardiography is limited by differences in inter-individual image interpretation and therefore largely dependent on the examiners' expertise. Speckle tracking Echocardiography (STE) is a promising but technically challenging method that can be used to quantitatively assess regional and global systolic and diastolic myocardial performance. Myocardial strain and strain rate can be measured in all three dimensions - radial, circumferential, longitudinal - of myocardial deformation...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804168/the-fifth-takotsubo-variant
#16
Paul G Bridgman, Christina W Chan
We document the fifth pattern of takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which the mid-LV is hyperdynamic but the apex and base are akinetic or hypokinetic. This is a reverse mid-ventricular takotsubo. The patient is a 79-year-old woman admitted with chest pain and initially a normal EKG. Her troponin I rose to 5.4 μg/L (0.02-0.03 μg/L) and she developed QT prolongation and widespread T-wave inversion. Coronary angiography showed only very mild atheroma. Follow-up echocardiogram six weeks later showed normal left ventricular function...
November 2, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801921/a-case-of-ileus-and-st-segment-elevation
#17
Osama Siddique, Somwail Rasla, Seth Clark, Aravind Kokkirala
ST segment elevation is associated with non-cardiac pathologies but is not as well reported as myocardial infarction. We present a case of a 63-year-old man who was admitted for an overdose on cyclobenzaprine with signs of anti-cholinergic toxicity. He developed signs of ileus on imaging and became progressively obtunded. He was noted to have ST segment elevations on electrocardiogram (EKG) with no troponin elevation. Patient required urgent catheterization which showed normal coronary arteries. His bowel was decompressed subsequently resulting in resolution of the ST segment changes...
November 1, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756556/silent-atrial-fibrillation-and-cryptogenic-strokes
#18
REVIEW
James E Dalen, Joseph S Alpert
A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is "silent atrial fibrillation." Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients with a recent stroke found that 7.7% had new atrial fibrillation on their admitting electrocardiogram. In 3 weeks during and after hospitalization, another 16...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754006/js-ish-esh-2-update-on-the-detection-and-follow-up-of-early-hypertensive-heart-disease
#19
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742420/acute-myocarditis-and-st-segment-elevation
#20
Muhammad Shahid, Edward Hoey, Sandeep Basavarajaiah
We report a case of focal myocarditis in a young boy mimicking acute ST-segment elevation MI. He presented with chest pain and the EKG changes were consistent with infero-laeral ST-segment elevation MI. Coronary angiogram revealed smooth arteries with no obstruction. Troponin was significantly elevated and the echocardiogram exhibited mildly impaired LV function with hypokinetic inferior and lateral walls. Subsequently performed cardiac magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis of myocarditis by exhibiting classic features of delayed gadolinium enhancement in the epi and mid-myocardial regions of the lateral wall sparing the sub-endocardial region...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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