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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218217/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-system-for-stroke-prevention-in-chinese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-prospective-observational-study
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Wei-Ping Huang, Yong-Hua Zhang, Lei He, Xi Su, Xin-Wei Yang, Zai-Xiong Guo
BACKGROUND: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), embolic stroke is thought to be associated with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. The WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device has been shown to be noninferior to conventional oral anticoagulation with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF. This study aimed to evaluate the procedural feasibility, safety and 12-month outcomes of the WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device in NVAF patients with high risk for stroke in China...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217390/management-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Giovanni Grasso, Concetta Alafaci, R Loch Macdonald
BACKGROUND: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) accounts for 5% of strokes and carries a poor prognosis. It affects around 6 cases per 100,000 patient years occurring at a relatively young age. METHODS: Common risk factors are the same as for stroke, and only in a minority of the cases, genetic factors can be found. The overall mortality ranges from 32% to 67%, with 10-20% of patients with long-term dependence due to brain damage. An explosive headache is the most common reported symptom, although a wide spectrum of clinical disturbances can be the presenting symptoms...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203558/cerebral-monitoring-during-carotid-endarterectomy-by-transcranial-doppler-ultrasonography
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Woo-Sung Yun
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of cerebral monitoring by transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) for the detection of cerebral ischemia during carotid endarterectomy (CEA). METHODS: From August 2004 to December 2013, 159 CEAs were performed in a tertiary hospital. All procedures were performed under general anesthesia. Intraoperative TCD was routinely used to detect cerebral ischemia. Of the 159 patients, 102 patients were included in this study, excluding 27 patients who had a poor transtemporal isonation window and 30 patients who used additional cerebral monitoring systems such as electroencephalography or somatosensory evoked potentials...
February 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202699/association-of-multiple-infarctions-and-icas-with-outcomes-of-minor-stroke-and-tia
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Yuesong Pan, Xia Meng, Jing Jing, Hao Li, Xingquan Zhao, Liping Liu, David Wang, S Claiborne Johnston, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association of different patterns of infarction and intracranial arterial stenosis (ICAS) with the prognosis of acute minor ischemic stroke and TIA. METHODS: We derived data from the Clopidogrel in High-risk Patients with Acute Nondisabling Cerebrovascular Events (CHANCE) trial. A total of 1,089 patients from 45 of 114 participating sites of the trial undergoing baseline MRI/angiography were included in this subgroup analysis. Patterns of infarction and ICAS were recorded for each individual...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198520/twelve-month-follow-up-of-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-amplatzer-amulet
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Caroline Kleinecke, Jai-Wun Park, Martin Gödde, Konstantin Zintl, Steffen Schnupp, Johannes Brachmann
BACKGROUND: The Amplatzer Amulet (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA) is a second generation Amplatzer device for left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. This research sought to assess the clinical performance of the Amplatzer Amulet device and in follow up for 12 months. METHODS: In this single-center registry patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindication to oral anticoagulation underwent left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Amplatzer Amulet device...
February 15, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191858/impact-of-the-pde4d-gene-polymorphism-and-additional-snp-snp-and-gene-smoking-interaction-on-ischemic-stroke-risk-in-chinese-han-population
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Xianxiang Wang, Zhongwu Sun, Yiquan Zhang, Xuefeng Tian, Qingxin Li, Jing Luo
AIMS: To investigate the association between phosphodiesterase 4D gene (PDE4D) gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and ischemic stroke (IS) risk, and impact of additional SNP- SNP and gene- smoking interaction on IS risk in Chinese population. METHODS: A total of 1228 subjects (666 males, 562 females) were selected, including 610 IS patients and 618 control subjects. Logistic regression model was used to examine the association between SNPs in PDE4D gene and IS risk...
February 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190826/leukoaraiosis-is-associated-with-worse-short-term-functional-and-cognitive-recovery-after-minor-stroke
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Zheng Zhang, Wenwei Ren, Bei Shao, Huiqin Xu, Jianhua Cheng, Qiongzhang Wang, Yingying Gu, Beilei Zhu, Jincai He
Whether leukoaraiosis burden retards short-term recovery after minor stroke is unclear. We investigated the association between leukoaraiosis and early recovery of neurological function after a first minor ischemic stroke in 217 acute stroke patients (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score ≤5). Leukoaraiosis severity was graded according to the Fazekas scale and categorized into none to mild (0-2; n = 143) or severe (3-6; n = 74) groups. NIHSS and Minimum Mental State Examination (MMSE) were assessed at baseline and at 30 days...
February 10, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176973/changes-in-ischaemic-ecg-abnormalities-and-subsequent-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Takeshi Sawai, Hironori Imano, Isao Muraki, Mina Hayama-Terada, Yuji Shimizu, Renzhe Cui, Akihiko Kitamura, Masahiko Kiyama, Takeo Okada, Tetsuya Ohira, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Mitsumasa Umesawa, Tomoko Sankai, Hiroyasu Iso
OBJECTIVE: The prognostic importance of changes in ischaemic ECG abnormalities over time (especially ST-T abnormalities) among Asians has not been fully investigated. We examined the associations between changes in ischaemic abnormalities upon serial ECG (improvement, persistence, deterioration) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. METHODS: A prospective study cohort was conducted with 9374 men and women aged 40-69 years in four communities. Participants had multiple ECGs at study entry and during the next 10 years, and were followed up for a median period of 23...
2017: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176157/barriers-and-strategies-for-recruitment-of-racial-and-ethnic-minorities-perspectives-from-neurological-clinical-research-coordinators
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Sean J Haley, Lauren E Southwick, Nina S Parikh, Jazmin Rivera, Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Bernadette Boden-Albala
INTRODUCTION: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard within evidence-based research. Low participant accrual rates, especially of underrepresented groups (e.g., racial-ethnic minorities), may jeopardize clinical studies' viability and strength of findings. Research has begun to unweave clinical trial mechanics, including the roles of clinical research coordinators, to improve trial participation rates. METHODS: Two semi-structured focus groups were conducted with a purposive sample of 29 clinical research coordinators (CRCs) at consecutive international stroke conferences in 2013 and 2014 to gain in-depth understanding of coordinator-level barriers to racial-ethnic minority recruitment and retention into neurological trials...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161565/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-bleeding-after-carotid-endarterectomy-results-of-a-prospective-study
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Giulio Illuminati, Fabrice Schneider, Giulia Pizzardi, Federica Masci, Francesco G Calio, Jean-Baptiste Ricco
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the risk of bleeding and other postoperative complications of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2015, 188 consecutive patients undergoing CEA and receiving DAPT (aspirin 100 mg + clopidogrel 75 mg) were enrolled in a prospective study. All of them underwent coronary artery stenting with drug-eluting stents during the 6 months preceding CEA...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151434/detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-episodes-using-a-wristband-device
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Valentina D A Corino, Rita Laureanti, Lorenzo Ferranti, Giorgio Scarpini, Federico Lombardi, Luca Mainardi
Undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) patients are at high risk of cardioembolic stroke or other complications. The aim of this study was to analyze the blood volume pulse (BVP) signals obtained from a wristband device and develop an algorithm for discriminating AF from normal sinus rhythm (NSR) or from other arrhythmias (ARR). Thirty patients with AF, 9 with ARR and 31 in NSR were included in the study. The recordings were obtained at rest from Empatica E4 wristband device and lasted 10 minutes. The analysis, on a two-minute segment, included spectral, variability and irregularity analysis performed on the inter-diastolic interval series, and similarity analysis performed on the BVP signal...
February 2, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134053/what-is-the-value-of-conducting-a-trial-of-r-tpa-for-the-treatment-of-mild-stroke-patients
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Gregory F Guzauskas, Er Chen, Deepa Lalla, Elaine Yu, Darren Tayama, David L Veenstra
Background The Phase IIIb, Double-Blind, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Alteplase in Patients With Mild Stroke: Rapidly Improving Symptoms and Minor Neurologic Deficits (PRISMS) trial will assess r-tPA in ischemic stroke patients who present with mild deficits (i.e. mild stroke). Aims To assess PRISMS's societal value in clarifying the optimal care for patients with mild ischemic stroke. Methods A value of information (VOI) decision model was developed to compare the outcomes of mild stroke patients treated vs...
February 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130625/endovascular-thrombectomy-and-post-procedural-headache
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Sabrina Khan, Faisal Mohammad Amin, Markus Holtmannspötter, Klaus Hansen, Anna Maria Florescu, Zainab Fakhril-Din, Julie Falkenberg Petersen, Hashmat Ghanizada, Cenk Ayata, David Gaist, Messoud Ashina
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence of post-procedural headache in patients who have undergone thrombectomy for ischemic stroke, and correlated history of migraine with risk of peri-procedural complications. A total of 314 patients underwent thrombectomy at the Danish National Hospital from January 2012 to December 2014. Eligible subjects were phone-interviewed using a purpose-developed semi-structured questionnaire according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders 3, beta version criteria...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128883/early-canadian-multi-center-experience-with-watchman-for-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Jacqueline Saw, Peter Fahmy, Lorenzo Azzalini, Jean-Francois Marquis, Benjamin Hibbert, Carlos Morillo, Aldo Carrizo, Reda Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: There is limited data with WATCHMAN for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and contraindications to anticoagulation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of WATCHMAN in our early Canadian experience. METHODS: We report our pooled consecutive series of patients who underwent WATCHMAN implantation at 4 major Canadian centers. Indications for LAA closure were CHADS2 ≥ 1 or CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥ 2, and contraindication/intolerance to or failure on anticoagulation...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121027/psychosocial-function-in-the-first-year-after-childhood-stroke
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Mardee Greenham, Vicki Anderson, Stephen Hearps, Michael Ditchfield, Lee Coleman, Mark T Mackay, Paul Monagle, Anne L Gordon
AIM: Childhood stroke disrupts brain development and emerging neural networks. Motor, cognitive, and language deficits are well recognized, yet little is known about psychosocial function after childhood stroke. This study aims to describe psychosocial function within the first year after childhood stroke, and to identify factors associated with outcome. METHOD: Thirty-seven children were involved in a prospective, longitudinal study investigating recovery over the first year after childhood stroke...
January 25, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120326/thrombolytic-treatment-for-ischaemic-stroke-could-the-crisis-of-confidence-have-been-avoided-by-better-analysis-of-trial-data
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REVIEW
David Barer, Eivind Berge
In many countries, thrombolysis with intravenous alteplase has become a central part of acute stroke care in recent years, requiring radical restructuring of services. However, a significant minority of emergency and stroke physicians have always had serious doubts about the safety and efficacy of thrombolytic treatment, and in 2015 these prompted a major review of the licensing status of alteplase by the UK regulatory authorities. Subsequent dramatic headlines and media stories have called into question the integrity of researchers and clinicians and undermined public faith in medical research...
January 24, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119406/closing-the-gap-in-paediatric-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-with-the-berlin-heart-excor%C3%A2-15-ml-pump%C3%A2
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Fabrizio De Rita, Massimo Griselli, Eugen Sandica, Oliver Miera, Ann Karimova, Yves d'Udekem, Ranny Goldwasser, Katarzyna Januszewska, Antonio Amodeo, Nadine Jurrmann, Simon Ersel, Ares K Menon
OBJECTIVES: The Berlin Heart EXCOR(®) (EXCOR) paediatric ventricular assist device is used worldwide for mechanical support of infants and small children with end-stage heart failure. A clinically important gap between the smallest EXCOR blood pump (10 ml) and the next larger size (25 ml) limited the choice of pump size in patients with a body surface area (BSA) between 0.33 and 0.5 m(2) We present the first clinical experience from the early product surveillance (EPS) of the new EXCOR 15-ml blood pump...
January 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117916/comparison-of-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-apixaban-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-severe-renal-impairment
#18
Brooke E Stanton, Naomi S Barasch, Katie B Tellor
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The United States Food and Drug Administration approval of apixaban in patients with a creatinine clearance (CrCl) less than 15 mL/minute or those receiving dialysis is based only on pharmacokinetic data as clinical trials of apixaban excluded patients with a CrCl less than 25 mL/minute or a serum creatinine concentration (SCr) greater than 2.5 mg/dL. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of apixaban versus warfarin in patients with severe renal impairment...
January 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100343/-effect-of-stenting-for-the-proximal-atherosclerotic-extracranial-vertebral-artery-stenosis
#19
W Q Che, X J Jiang, H Dong, M Peng, Y B Zou, L Song, H M Zhang, H L Xiong, H Y Wu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of stenting for proximal atherosclerotic extracranial vertebral artery stenosis. Methods: A total of 204 proximal atherosclerotic extracranial vertebral artery stenosis patients underwent stent implantation at Fuwai Hospital were enrolled consecutively between August 2007 and June 2014 prospectively. Medical records were collected and the clinical results were obtained through outpatient and telephone follow up. Results: (1) The patients were (64.1±7.9) years old, and 179 were male (87...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096478/demographic-procedural-and-30-day-safety-results-from-the-web-intra-saccular-therapy-study-web-it
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David Fiorella, Andrew Molyneux, Alexander Coon, Istvan Szikora, Isil Saatci, Feyyaz Baltacioglu, Ali Sultan, Adam Arthur
INTRODUCTION: The Woven EndoBridge (WEB) represents a novel intrasaccular therapeutic option for the treatment of intracranial wide-necked bifurcation aneurysms (WNBAs). The WEB-IT Study is a pivotal Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study to determine the safety and effectiveness of the WEB device for the treatment of WNBAs located in the anterior and posterior intracranial circulations. We present the patient demographics, procedural characteristics, and 30-day adverse event data for the US WEB-IT study...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
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