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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772108/did-the-great-recession-affect-mortality-rates-in-the-metropolitan-united-states-effects-on-mortality-by-age-gender-and-cause-of-death
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Erin C Strumpf, Thomas J Charters, Sam Harper, Arijit Nandi
OBJECTIVES: Mortality rates generally decline during economic recessions in high-income countries, however gaps remain in our understanding of the underlying mechanisms. This study estimates the impacts of increases in unemployment rates on both all-cause and cause-specific mortality across U.S. metropolitan regions during the Great Recession. METHODS: We estimate the effects of economic conditions during the recent and severe recessionary period on mortality, including differences by age and gender subgroups, using fixed effects regression models...
July 21, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761679/the-safety-efficacy-and-cost-effectiveness-of-stress-echocardiography-in-patients-with-high-pretest-probability-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Alexandros Papachristidis, Daniela Cassar Demarco, Damian Roper, Ioannis Tsironis, Michael Papitsas, Jonathan Byrne, Khaled Alfakih, Mark J Monaghan
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of stress echocardiography (SE), as well as the place of SE in patients with high pretest probability (PTP) of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We investigated 257 patients with no history of CAD, who underwent SE, and they had a PTP risk score >61% (high PTP). According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance (NICE CG95, 2010), these patients should be investigated directly with an invasive coronary angiogram (ICA)...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754565/impact-of-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-from-the-national-inpatient-sample-database
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Ayman Elbadawi, Gbolahan O Ogunbayo, Islam Y Elgendy, Odunayo Olorunfemi, Marwan Saad, Le Dung Ha, Erfan Alotaki, Basarat Baig, A S Abuzaid, Hend I Shahin, Abrar Shah, Mohan Rao
Left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion is performed by some surgeons in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the available evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of this procedure remains mixed. We queried the Nationwide Inpatient Survey Database for the 10-year period from 2004 to 2013. Using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification diagnosis codes, we identified patients who had a diagnosis of AF and underwent a primary procedure of CABG with or without LAA exclusion...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738327/updated-concepts-on-treatment-outcomes-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Victor Certal, Robson Capasso
Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly prevalent and poorly understood condition that not only leads to significant individual patient health damage, but carries a large societal cost secondary to excessive healthcare utilization, motor-vehicle accidents, and work absenteeism. While a significant fund of knowledge about its damaging effects on the cardiovascular system and neural pathways has been gathered over the past few decades, the translation to direct patient care still presents numerous challenges. With the exception of clear issues such as socially unacceptable snoring and breathing irregularities, the exact cause and effect relationship between airway narrowing, hypoxemia, and sleep fragmentation with subjective sleep-related complaints and neurocognitive symptoms is less clear...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716041/potentially-inappropriate-home-medications-among-older-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-admitted-to-a-cardiology-service-in-usa
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Marwan Sheikh-Taha, Hani Dimassi
BACKGROUND: The use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) may pose more risks than benefits to patients and is a major factor contributing to the likelihood of serious adverse drug reactions and negative health outcomes among older patients. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted in a tertiary care center in USA where home medications of the older patients were reviewed and analyzed upon hospital admission over three months, from March till May 2016...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714336/specific-plasma-oxylipins-increase-the-odds-of-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-events-in-patients-with-peripheral-artery-disease
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Stephanie P B Caligiuri, Harold M Aukema, Amir Ravandi, Renée Lavallée, Randy Guzman, Grant N Pierce
Oxylipins and fatty acids may be novel therapeutic targets for cardiovascular disease. The objective was to determine if plasma oxylipins or fatty acids can influence the odds of cardiovascular/cerebrovascular events. In 98 patients (25 female, 73 male) with peripheral artery disease, the prevalence of transient ischemic attacks, cerebrovascular accidents, stable angina, and acute coronary syndrome was n = 16, 10, 16, and 24, respectively. Risk factors such as being male, diagnosed hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidemia were not associated with events...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713428/clinically-apparent-arterial-thrombosis-in-persons-with-systemic-vasculitis
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Alexander Tsoukas, Sasha Bernatsky, Lawrence Joseph, David L Buckeridge, Patrick Bélisle, Christian A Pineau
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incidence rate of clinically apparent arterial thrombotic events and associated comorbidities in patients with primary systemic vasculitis. METHODS: Using large cohort administrative data from Quebec, Canada, we identified patients with vasculitis, including polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Incident acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) after the diagnosis of vasculitis were ascertained in the PAN and GPA group via billing and hospitalization data...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702074/an-exercise-health-simulation-method-based-on-integrated-human-thermophysiological-model
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Nan Jia, Xiaohui Chen, Liang Yu, Ruomei Wang, Kaixing Yang, Xiaonan Luo
Research of healthy exercise has garnered a keen research for the past few years. It is known that participation in a regular exercise program can help improve various aspects of cardiovascular function and reduce the risk of suffering from illness. But some exercise accidents like dehydration, exertional heatstroke, and even sudden death need to be brought to attention. If these exercise accidents can be analyzed and predicted before they happened, it will be beneficial to alleviate or avoid disease or mortality...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697774/the-impact-of-dpp-4-inhibitors-on-long-term-survival-among-diabetic-patients-after-first-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Mei-Tzu Wang, Sheng-Che Lin, Pei-Ling Tang, Wang-Ting Hung, Chin-Chang Cheng, Jin-Shiou Yang, Hong-Tai Chang, Chun-Peng Liu, Guang-Yuan Mar, Wei-Chun Huang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies regarding the cardioprotective effects of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors have not provided sufficient evidence of a relationship between DPP-4 inhibition and actual cardiovascular outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of DPP-4 inhibitors on the survival of diabetic patients after first acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: This was a nationwide, propensity score-matched, case-control study of 186,112 first AMI patients, 72,924 of whom had diabetes...
July 11, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686985/somatic-health-care-utilization-by-patients-treated-for-substance-use-disorders
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Gerdien H de Weert-van Oene, Fabian Termorshuizen, Victor J A Buwalda, Eibert R Heerdink
INTRODUCTION: Patients with substance use disorder (SUD) are frequently suffering from co-occurring somatic disorders, increasing the risk of mortality. Somatic health care utilization (sHCU) often remains unknown to the physician during SUD treatment. This paper analyses sHCU and associated costs among patients in SUD treatment compared to matched, non-substance dependent controls. METHODS: Health care utilization data on 4972 SUD patients were matched to 19,846 controls by gender, birth year and ethnic origin...
June 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668802/anticyclic-citrullinated-peptide-antibodies-and-rheumatoid-factor-as-risk-factors-for-10-year-cardiovascular-morbidity-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-large-inception-cohort-study
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Mike L T Berendsen, Marissa C van Maaren, Elke E A Arts, Alfons A den Broeder, Calin D Popa, Jaap Fransen
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP) and rheumatoid factor (RF) are risk factors for 10-year cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Analyses were performed using data from the Nijmegen early RA inception cohort, in which patients with newly diagnosed RA, consecutively included since 1985, were regularly followed up. Anti-CCP and RF were determined at baseline (diagnosis)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657697/vascular-risk-factors-in-older-patients-with-depression-outcome-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-versus-medication
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Harm-Pieter Spaans, Rob M Kok, Filip Bouckaert, Julia F Van Den Berg, Orlaith C Tunney, Pascal Sienaert, Esmée Verwijk, King H Kho, Max L Stek
OBJECTIVE: Research suggests that in depression, vascular burden predicts a lower efficacy for medication (MED) and a more favourable outcome for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Therefore, we investigated the influence of the following vascular risk factors (VRF): hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and cerebral vascular accident/transient ischemic attack, on remission from major depression after ECT versus MED. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 81 inpatients with a DSM-IV unipolar major depression diagnosis (mean age 72...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651365/cathepsin-k-inhibitors-for-osteoporosis-biology-potential-clinical-utility-and-lessons-learned
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Matthew T Drake, Bart L Clarke, Merry Jo Oursler, Sundeep Khosla
Cathepsin K is a cysteine protease member of the cathepsin lysosomal protease family. While cathepsin K is highly expressed in osteoclasts, lower levels of cathepsin K are also found in a variety of other tissues. Secretion of cathepsin K from the osteoclast into the sealed osteoclast-bone cell interface results in efficient degradation of type I collagen. The absence of cathepsin K activity in humans results in pycnodysostosis, characterized by increased bone mineral density and fractures. Pharmacological cathepsin K inhibition leads to continuous increases in BMD for up to five years of treatment and improves bone strength at the spine and hip...
June 23, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634771/off-pump-versus-on-pump-coronary-surgery-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Yushu Wang, Sui Zhu, Peijuan Gao, Juteng Zhou, Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have worse adverse cardiovascular outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the adverse cardiovascular outcomes between off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) versus on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (ONCAB) in these patients have been a subject of debate. METHODS: We undertook a comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library database to identify all relevant studies comparing techniques between OPCAB and ONCAB in CKD patients...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611866/association-of-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-on-3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coa-reductase-inhibitors
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Satyajeet Roy, Joshua Louis Weinstock, Allyse Sachiko Ishino, Jefferson Felix Benites, Samantha Rachel Pop, Christopher David Perez, Edvard Adrian Gumbs, Jennifer Ann Rosenbaum, Mary Kate Roccato, Hely Shah, Gabriela Contino, Krystal Hunter
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. A reduction in cholesterol with 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors (statin) significantly reduces mortality and morbidity. Statins may be associated with cognitive impairment or dementia. Our aim was to study the association of cognitive impairment or dementia in patients who were on a statin. METHODS: Electronic medical records of 3,500 adult patients in our suburban internal medicine office were reviewed...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610436/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-in-diabetes-does-it-matter
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Abd A Tahrani
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very common in patients with Type 2 diabetes (T2D), which is not surprising considering that obesity is a common risk factor for both conditions. In general population studies, OSA has been shown to be associated with several comorbidities including increased risk of road traffic accidents, T2D, hypertension and lack of nocturnal dipping of blood pressure, hyperlipidaemia, increased inflammation, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality, increased risk of atrial fibrillation, worse quality of life, and erectile dysfunction...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596199/mediastinal-seminoma-presenting-with-superior-vena-cava-syndrome
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Amanda Wanous, Ian R McPhail, J Fernando Quevedo, Nicole P Sandhu
We present a rare cause of superior vena cava syndrome (SVC) in a previously healthy male aged 31 years. Malignancy was suspected due to unintentional weight loss and childhood exposure to radioactive fallout from a nuclear facility accident. A very large anterior mediastinal mass was identified and demonstrated to be an extragonadal seminoma. Extragonadal germ cell tumours are rare tumours with a high potential for cardiovascular, pulmonary and vascular sequelae. Studies have documented an increased risk of developing seminoma in patients with radioactive exposure...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591852/morbidity-and-mortality-in-opioid-dependent-patients-after-entering-an-opioid-pharmacotherapy-compared-with-a-cohort-of-non-dependent-controls
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Erin Kelty, Gary Hulse
Aims: To compare morbidity and mortality in opioid dependence patients following the commencement of treatment with the general population. Methods: Morbidity and mortality in all patients treated with methadone, buprenorphine or implant naltrexone for opioid dependence for the first time between 2001 and 2010 in Western Australia was compared to a cohort of age and gender matched controls using state health records. Results: Compared to community controls rates of all-cause mortality, hospital admissions and Emergency Department attendances are significantly elevated in opioid dependent persons following the commencement of their first treatment...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581687/adverse-life-events-cardiovascular-responses-and-sports-performance-under-pressure
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Lee J Moore, Tom Young, Paul Freeman, Mustafa Sarkar
Research suggests that experiencing a moderate number of adverse life events can benefit future stress responses. This study explored the relationship between adverse life (i.e., non-sport) events and cardiovascular responses to, and performance during, a pressurized sporting task. One hundred participants (64 men, 36 women; Mage = 21.94 years, SDage = 4.98) reported the number of adverse life events (e.g., serious accident or injury) they had encountered before completing a pressurized dart-throwing task during which performance was recorded...
June 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542008/radiation-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-in-the-cohort-of-russian-emergency-workers-of-the-chernobyl-accident
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V V Kashcheev, S Yu Chekin, S V Karpenko, M A Maksioutov, A N Menyaylo, K A Tumanov, E V Kochergina, P V Kashcheeva, A I Gorsky, N V Shchukina, S S Lovachev, O K Vlasov, V K Ivanov
This paper continues a series of publications that analyze the impact of radiation on incidence of circulatory system diseases in the cohort of Russian recovery operation workers (liquidators) and presents the results of the analysis of cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence. The studied cohort consists of 53,772 liquidators who arrived in the Chernobyl accident zone within the first year after the accident (26 April 1986 to 26 April 1987). The individual doses varied from 0.0001 Gy to 1.42 Gy, and the mean external whole body dose in the cohort was 0...
July 2017: Health Physics
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