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Heart cardiology

Aleksandar N Neskovic, Henry Skinner, Susanna Price, Gabriele Via, Stefan De Hert, Ivan Stankovic, Maurizio Galderisi, Erwan Donal, Denisa Muraru, Erik Sloth, Luna Gargani, Nuno Cardim, Alexandros Stefanidis, Matteo Cameli, Gilbert Habib, Bernard Cosyns, Patrizio Lancellotti, Thor Edvardsen, Bogdan A Popescu
There is a growing trend of using ultrasound examination of the heart as a first-line diagnostic tool for initial patient evaluation in acute settings. Focus cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) is a standardized but restricted cardiac ultrasound examination that may be undertaken by a range of medical professionals with diverse backgrounds. The intention of this core curriculum and syllabus is to define a unifying framework for educational and training processes/programmes that should result in competence in FoCUS for various medical professionals dealing with diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Takashi Kuragaichi, Yuma Kurozumi, Shogo Ohishi, Yasuo Sugano, Akihiro Sakashita, Norihiko Kotooka, Makoto Suzuki, Taiki Higo, Dai Yumino, Yasuko Takada, Seiko Maeda, Saori Yamabe, Koichi Washida, Tomonori Takahashi, Tomohito Ohtani, Yasushi Sakata, Yukihito Sato
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for heart failure (HF) patients is recommended in Western guidelines, so this study aimed to clarify the current status of palliative care for HF patients in Japan.Methods and Results:A survey was sent to all Japanese Circulation Society-authorized cardiology training hospitals (n=1,004) in August 2016. A total of 544 institutions (54%) returned the questionnaire. Of them, 527 (98%) answered that palliative care is necessary for patients with HF. A total of 227 (42%) institutions held a palliative care conference for patients with HF, and 79% of the institutions had <10 cases per year...
March 10, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Subir Bhatia, Shilpkumar Arora, Sravya M Bhatia, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Yogesh N V Reddy, Parshva Patel, Charanjit S Rihal, Bernard J Gersh, Abhishek Deshmukh
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. CKD complicates referral for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients because of the risk for acute kidney injury and the need for dialysis, with American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines underscoring the limited data on these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the National Inpatient Sample to analyze hospitalizations in the United States from 2004 to 2014, we sought to assess PCI utilization and in-hospital outcomes in NSTEMI admissions with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Robert A Phillips, Jiaqiong Xu, Leif E Peterson, Ryan M Arnold, Joseph A Diamond, Adam E Schussheim
BACKGROUND: The lower rate of primary outcome events in the intensive treatment group in SPRINT (Systolic Pressure Intervention Trial) was associated with increased clinically significant serious adverse events (SAEs). In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association issued risk-based blood pressure treatment guidelines. The authors hypothesized that stratification of the SPRINT population by degree of future cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk might identify a group which could benefit the most from intensive treatment...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Petar M Seferović, Mark C Petrie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Stefan D Anker, Giuseppe Rosano, Johann Bauersachs, Walter J Paulus, Michel Komajda, Francesco Cosentino, Rudolf A de Boer, Dimitrios Farmakis, Wolfram Doehner, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Yuri Lopatin, Massimo F Piepoli, Michael J Theodorakis, Henrik Wiggers, John Lekakis, Alexandre Mebazaa, Mamas A Mamas, Carsten Tschöpe, Arno W Hoes, Jelena P Seferović, Jennifer Logue, Theresa McDonagh, Jillian P Riley, Ivan Milinković, Marija Polovina, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Mitja Lainscak, Aldo P Maggioni, Frank Ruschitzka, John J V McMurray
The coexistence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and heart failure (HF), either with reduced (HFrEF) or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), is frequent (30-40% of patients) and associated with a higher risk of HF hospitalization, all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality. The most important causes of HF in T2DM are coronary artery disease, arterial hypertension and a direct detrimental effect of T2DM on the myocardium. T2DM is often unrecognized in HF patients, and vice versa, which emphasizes the importance of an active search for both disorders in the clinical practice...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Carlos D Davila, James E Udelson
Among all patients referred for stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), a substantial proportion in contemporary practice cannot exercise. Another group of patients are those who are thought to be able to achieve an adequate workload with treadmill (or bicycle) exercise but do not achieve at least 85% of maximum predicted heart rate without developing symptoms. There has been substantial interest and literature on the adjunctive use of vasodilator stress during the same visit to generate best-quality results for patients who do not exercise adequately...
March 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Yochai Schonmann, Oz Bleich, Andre Matalon, Hanny Yeshua
Aims The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) cholesterol recommendations in a contemporary non-US cohort. Methods and results This is a historical cohort analysis of electronic records from Israel's largest health provider. All patients in the Tel Aviv district eligible for primary cardiovascular prevention were followed between January 2005 and December 2015. Risk was estimated by the pooled cohort equations. Statin eligibility was determined by USPSTF and American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) recommendations...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
S Klischies
The annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is the largest medical congress in Europe for this area of research and took place this year in Barcelona, Spain. The ESC Congress 2017 gathered more than 30,000 registered participants from over 140 countries together to share their knowledge in all cardiovascular fields, from basic science to management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The congress comprised 5 days of science and education with over 11,000 abstracts submitted, 500 expert sessions and over 200 exhibiting companies, making it the prime meeting platform for the profession...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
Jarle Jortveit, Jakob Klcovansky, Leif Eskedal, Sigurd Birkeland, Gaute Døhlen, Henrik Holmstrøm
OBJECTIVES: Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defects worldwide and are an important cause of morbidity and early death. A significant number of deaths occur among patients with infections. CHDs predispose to the development of infective endocarditis (IE) and represent a risk factor for increased mortality due to IE. The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence and outcomes of IE in children and adolescents with CHDs. METHODS: Data on all children with CHD and IE born in Norway between 1994 and 2016 were retrieved from the Oslo University Hospital's Clinical Registry for Congenital Heart Defects...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Rizwan A Tahir, Lauren E Rotman, Matthew C Davis, Esther B Dupépé, Maximillian K Kole, Mahnaz Rehman, Celeste T Williams, Salpy V Pamboukian, Michael Bazydlo, Beverly C Walters
BACKGROUND: There is a dearth of literature regarding the management and outcomes of patients who develop intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for advanced heart failure. Therefore, we conducted a multi-centered case series highlighting patient outcomes and prognostic factors to help clinicians better understand and care for these high-risk patients. METHODS: A case series from 2 large-volume institutions (defined as large by the Nationwide Inpatient Sample [NIS] hospital size, i...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Metin Celiker, Yuksel Cicek, Suat Tezi, Abdulkadir Ozgur, Hatice Beyazal Polat, Engin Dursun
BACKGROUND: Nasal septum deformities (NSD) are one of the most common causes of upper airway obstruction. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a physiologic parameter that is affected by the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic tonus. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a septoplasty operation on HRV parameters as assessed by 24 hours ambulatory Holter recordings in patients with NSD. METHODS: The prospective study involved 54 consecutive patients (16 women and 38 men) who underwent septoplasty due to a marked C- or S-shaped NSD...
March 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Iacopo Olivotto, Gherardo Finocchiaro, Niccolò Maurizi, Lia Crotti
Ventricular or supraventricular ectopic beats or atrial fibrillation may be the first presentation of uncommon cardiac disease, both acquired and genetically determined. In some patients, these manifestations can be the first sign of the underlying cardiac disorder. In others, however, they are also important as prognostic indicators, reflecting electrical instability and risk. Most cardiology clinics are busy environments where the implementation of complex diagnostic algorithms is not feasible. However, it is equally impossible to reach a final diagnosis, among the thousands of rare diseases that involve the heart, moving from a first line clinical and instrumental examination...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Alessia Pepe, Maria R Gamberini, Massimiliano Missere, Laura Pistoia, Maurizio Mangione, Liana Cuccia, Anna Spasiano, Silvia Maffei, Christian Cadeddu, Massimo Midiri, Caterina Borgna, Antonella Meloni
We assessed whether male gender was associated with a higher risk of cardiac iron accumulation and fibrosis, heart dysfunction and complications in a large, multicentre cohort of thalassaemia major (TM) patients, in order to optimize the timing in cardiac follow-up. We considered 1711 TM patients (899 females, 31·09 ± 9·08 years), enrolled in the Myocardial Iron Overload in Thalassaemia Network. Clinical/instrumental data are recorded from birth to the first Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan...
March 2018: British Journal of Haematology
Aref A Bin Abdulhak, Mary Vaughan-Sarrzin, Peter Kaboli, Phillip A Horwitz, Hilary Mosher, Gardar Sigurdsson, Nicholas E Walker, Robert Wallace, Jennifer G Robinson
BACKGROUND: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association blood cholesterol guideline recommends high-intensity statin therapy among certain groups of patients, but full implementation of the guideline has not yet been satisfactory. We aimed to investigate the temporal trends and predictors of high-intensity statin therapy among veterans who had been treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and followed up by cardiologists within the Veterans Health Administrative system...
March 4, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Fenton H McCarthy, Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Zhuokai Li, Vinod Thourani, Roland A Matsouaka, Nimesh D Desai, Ajay Kirtane, Saif Anwaruddin, Matthew L Williams, Jay Giri, Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Robert H Li, Howard C Herrmann, Joseph E Bavaria, Wilson Y Szeto
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) severity with outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: We analyzed data from 34,576 patients who underwent TAVR at 365 US hospitals from November 2011 through March 2015 submitted to The Society of Thoracic Surgeon/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry. We examined unadjusted mortality and heart failure readmission stratified by degree of preoperative TR and used multivariable models for 1-year mortality and heart failure readmission...
March 2, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Vamsi Kodumuri, Senthil Balasubramanian, Aviral Vij, Sisir Siddamsetti, Ankur Sethi, Rommy Khalafallah, Sandeep Khosla
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the preferred revascularization strategy for unprotected left main disease (UPLMD). Multiple small-scale trials and registry data showed that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) is a noninferior strategy with a Class IIa American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association recommendation in patients with high surgical risk and favorable anatomy. However, 2 recent large-scale randomized trials showed conflicting evidence. We conducted a meta-analysis of the existing data to compare outcomes of PCI with DES versus CABG for UPLMD...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Yan C Duarte Vera, Silvia V Cáceres Vinueza, Jorge E Daher Nader, Joffre F Lara Terán
INTRODUCTION: A review is presented on the evolution of the pharmacological treatment of heart failure (HF) in the last 25 years, from the concept of treatment with vasodilators to the blocking or inhibition of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system. Beta-adrenergic inhibition and its important contribution in the reduction of morbidity and mortality due to HF will be discussed along with the role of the natriuretic peptides. One of the most important studies in the cardiology area, and specifically in the management of HF, is presented, in which an approach is demonstrated of the modulator of the neurohumoral systems that are activated in these patients...
February 28, 2018: Archivos de Cardiología de México
Marcello Arca, David Ansell, Maurizio Averna, Francesca Fanelli, Katherine Gorcyca, Şerban R Iorga, Aldo P Maggioni, Georges Paizis, Radovan Tomic, Alberico L Catapano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Statin utilization and lipid goal achievement were estimated in a large sample of Italian patients at high/very-high cardiovascular (CV) risk. METHODS: Patients aged ≥18 years with a valid low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) measurement in 2015 were selected from the IMS Health Real World Data database; non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) was assessed in those with available total cholesterol measurements. Index dates were defined as the last valid lipid measurement in 2015...
February 17, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Songul Ozyurt, Savas Ozsu, Muge Erbay, Funda Oztuna, Aziz Gumus, Unal Sahin
INTRODUCTION: Syncope is infrequent in pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) yet might be indicative of haemodynamic instability. The prognostic role of syncope in PTE has not been well documented. OBJECTIVES: In this study, the association between risk classification of the European Society of Cardiology and syncope was investigated in the normotensive PTE patients. METHODS: We retrospectively screened electronic medical records of patients who were admitted in two tertiary care hospital and diagnosis of PTE with computed tomography pulmonary angiography...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Lane M Smith, Chadwick D Miller
Acute aortic dissection (AAD) sits at the intersection of rare, deadly, and expensive to diagnose conditions. It is a disease that every emergency physician (EP) considers on a daily basis, but encounters only a handful during a career. Considerable attention has been given to this disease after the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and 10 cosponsoring professional societies published the 2010 thoracic aortic disease guidelines to improve the missed or delayed treatment of AAD (1)...
March 2, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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