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Bhavik N Modi, Kalpa De Silva, Ronak Rajani, Nick Curzen, Divaka Perera
Importance: Ischemia-guided revascularization is the cornerstone of contemporary management of coronary artery disease and has evolved from noninvasive functional evaluation to real-time assessment with invasive physiological indices during diagnostic catheterization. However, serial/diffuse disease is common, and revascularization decisions often need to be made about individual lesions within the same vessel. It is unclear whether current physiological techniques, such as fractional flow reserve, can be reliably used to discern the individual contribution of lesions within a serially diseased vessel with erroneous measurements, potentially leading to suboptimal revascularization decisions...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Keir McCutcheon, Andreas S Triantafyllis, Thomas Marynissen, Tom Adriaenssens, Johan Bennett, Christophe Dubois, Peter R Sinnaeve, Walter Desmet
BACKGROUND: The optimal therapeutic strategy for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients found to have multi-vessel disease (MVD) is controversial but recent data support complete revascularisation (CR). Whether CR should be completed during the index admission or during a second staged admission remains unclear. Our main objective was to measure rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) during the waiting period in STEMI patients selected for staged revascularisation (SR), in order to determine the safety of delaying CR...
March 21, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Likun Cui, Yanshuo Han, Shuai Zhang, Xun Liu, Jian Zhang
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: A meta-analysis of recently published randomised controlled trials (RCTs) was performed to evaluate the safety of carotid artery stenting (CAS) versus carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for asymptomatic carotid stenosis with average risk. METHODS: The MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched for RCTs that compared CAS with CEA for asymptomatic carotid stenosis. These publications reported clinical outcomes after revascularisation in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis during their primary intervention...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Hiroki Kitakata, Takashi Kohno, Shun Kohsaka, Junko Fujino, Naomi Nakano, Ryoma Fukuoka, Shinsuke Yuasa, Yuichiro Maekawa, Keiichi Fukuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient perspectives on secondary lifestyle modification and knowledge of 'heart attack' after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for coronary artery disease (CAD). DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional study. SETTING: A single university-based hospital centre in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: In total, 236 consecutive patients with CAD who underwent PCI completed a questionnaire (age, 67.4±10.1 years; women, 14...
March 16, 2018: BMJ Open
Jun Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Jin-Ping Zhang, Ju Han
The optimal treatment for patients with chronic symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) total occlusion is not well established. In addition to medical therapy, vessel recanalisation with stenting has shown much promise, especially for patients with recurrent ischemic symptoms. Nevertheless, the incidence of symptomatic in-stent restenosis (ISR) is high, and is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. Drug coated balloons (DCBs) have been proven to be effective in treating and preventing ISR. However, the feasibility of DCBs for de novo intracranial atherothrombotic stenosis has not been previously described, especially for total occlusion lesions...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
M Snaterse, J W Deckers, M J Lenzen, H T Jorstad, D De Bacquer, R J G Peters, C Jennings, K Kotseva, W J M Scholte Op Reimer
OBJECTIVE: We investigated smoking cessation rates in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients throughout Europe; current and as compared to earlier EUROASPIRE surveys, and we studied characteristics of successful quitters. METHODS: Analyses were done on 7998 patients from the EUROASPIRE-IV survey admitted for myocardial infarction, unstable angina and coronary revascularisation. Self-reported smoking status was validated by measuring carbon monoxide in exhaled air...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Małgorzata Pupek, Dorota Krzyżanowska-Gołąb, Daniel Kotschy, Wojciech Witkiewicz, Wiesława Kwiatkowska, Maria Kotschy, Iwona Kątnik-Prastowska
Fibronectin (FN) may be involved in time- and stage-dependent and inter-related controlled processes of inflammation, coagulation, and wound healing accompanying peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In the present study, FN and FN-containing extra-domain A (EDA-FN), macromolecular FN-fibrin complexes, and FN monomer were analysed in the plasma of 142 PAD patients, including 37 patients with restenosis, for 37 months after revascularisation. FN concentration increased significantly in the plasma of PAD patients within 7 to 12 months after revascularisation, whereas the high concentration of EDA-FN was maintained up to 24 months, significantly higher in the group 7 to 12 months after revascularisation with recurrence of stenosis and lower in the PAD groups 1 to 3 months and 4 to 6 months after revascularisation with comorbid diabetes and ulceration, respectively...
March 13, 2018: International Wound Journal
Fadilah S Abdul Wahid, Nor Azimah Ismail, Wan Fariza Wan Jamaluddin, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Mohamad Mohamad Azim Mohamad Idris, Nai Ming Lai
BACKGROUND: Revascularisation therapy is the curent gold standard of care for critical limb ischaemia (CLI), although a significant proportion of patients with CLI either are not fit for or do not respond well to this procedure. Recently, novel angiogeneic therapies such as the use of autologous cell-based therapy (CBT) have been examined, but the results of individual trials were inconsistent. OBJECTIVE: To pool all published studies that compared the safety and efficacy of autologous CBT derived from different sources and phenotypes with non cell-based therapy (NCT) in CLI patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
David R Dobies, Kimberly R Barber
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) provides clinicians with beneficial information. Nonetheless, study findings are often arbitrary, speculative or provisional. The current state of misleading evidence exists in all applications, including those for guideline recommendations. We conductedan appraisal of the American College of Cardiologyand European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for revascularisation of complex coronary anatomy to determine the veracity of the evidence that recommendations were based on. Study-specific critical appraisals were conducted by the authors on the 5-year Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with Taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) and future revascularisation evaluation in patients with diabetes mellitus: optimal management of multivessel disease (FREEDOM) Trials...
2018: Open Heart
Ralph A H Stewart, Dominika Szalewska, Amanda Stebbins, Hussein R Al-Khalidi, John G H Cleland, Andrzej Rynkiewicz, Mark H Drazner, Harvey D White, Daniel B Mark, Ambuj Roy, Dragana Kosevic, Miroslaw Rajda, Marek Jasinski, Chua Yeow Leng, Wiwun Tungsubutra, Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, Eric J Velazquez, Mark C Petrie
Background: In patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) may decrease mortality, but it is not known whether CABG improves functional capacity. Objective: To determine whether CABG compared with medical therapy alone (MED) increases 6 min walk distance in patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction and coronary artery disease amenable to revascularisation. Methods: The Surgical Treatment in Ischemic Heart disease trial randomised 1212 patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction to CABG or MED...
2018: Open Heart
Tom Kai Ming Wang, Kok-Lam Chow, Aaron Lin, Alexei Chataline, Harvey White, Matthew Dawes, Greg Gamble, Chris Ellis
AIMS: To review the number, characteristics and clinical management of suspected ACS patients admitted to cardiology and non-cardiology services at Auckland City Hospital, to assess differences between these services and to assess the number who would potentially be enrolled in the All New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Quality Improvement Programme (ANZACS-QI) database. METHODS: Auckland City Hospital patient data was extracted from the Australia and New Zealand ACS 'SNAPSHOT' audit, performed over 14 days in May 2012...
March 9, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
Farzin Fakhry, Hugo Jp Fokkenrood, Sandra Spronk, Joep Aw Teijink, Ellen V Rouwet, M G Myriam Hunink
BACKGROUND: Intermittent claudication (IC) is the classic symptomatic form of peripheral arterial disease affecting an estimated 4.5% of the general population aged 40 years and older. Patients with IC experience limitations in their ambulatory function resulting in functional disability and impaired quality of life (QoL). Endovascular revascularisation has been proposed as an effective treatment for patients with IC and is increasingly performed. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this systematic review is to summarise the (added) effects of endovascular revascularisation on functional performance and QoL in the management of IC...
March 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sean C Maguire, Christina A Fleming, Gavin O'Brien, Gerald McGreal
BACKGROUND: Lumbar sympthectomy (LS) was traditionally performed for intermittent claudication but is now eclipsed by revascularisation for that indication. However, it retains a role in the management of critical limb ischaemia and other conditions causing lower limb pain with or without ischaemia. We report the role of LS in modern surgical practice when revascularisation and pain management options have been exhausted. METHODS: A medical chart review was performed on all patients who underwent LS in our unit from 2005 to 2016 (inclusive)...
March 7, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Jun-Jie Zhang, Xiao-Fei Gao, Ya-Ling Han, Jing Kan, Ling Tao, Zhen Ge, Damras Tresukosol, Shu Lu, Li-Kun Ma, Feng Li, Song Yang, Jun Zhang, Muhammad Munawar, Li Li, Rui-Yan Zhang, He-Song Zeng, Teguh Santoso, Ping Xie, Ze-Ning Jin, Leng Han, Wei-Hsian Yin, Xue-Song Qian, Qi-Hua Li, Lang Hong, Chotnoparatpat Paiboon, Yan Wang, Li-Jun Liu, Lei Zhou, Xue-Ming Wu, Shang-Yu Wen, Qing-Hua Lu, Jun-Qiang Yuan, Liang-Long Chen, Francesco Lavarra, Alfredo E Rodríguez, Li-Min Zhou, Shi-Qin Ding, Kitigon Vichairuangthum, Yuan-Sheng Zhu, Meng-Yue Yu, Chan Chen, Imad Sheiban, Yong Xia, Yu-Long Tian, Zheng-Lu Shang, Qing Jiang, Yong-Hong Zhen, Xin Wang, Fei Ye, Nai-Liang Tian, Song Lin, Zhi-Zhong Liu, Shao-Liang Chen
INTRODUCTION: Provisional stenting (PS) for simple coronary bifurcation lesions is the mainstay of treatment. A systematic two-stent approach is widely used for complex bifurcation lesions (CBLs). However, a randomised comparison of PS and two-stent techniques for CBLs has never been studied. Accordingly, the present study is designed to elucidate the benefits of two-stent treatment over PS in patients with CBLs. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This DEFINITION II study is a prospective, multinational, randomised, endpoint-driven trial to compare the benefits of the two-stent technique with PS for CBLs...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
Romeo Martini
In this review 14 studies were identified reporting the treatment strategy in 4891 patients with Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) with the aim to investigate if the strategy of treatment of the first episode of CLI has changed during the last 15-20 years. A computer research has been performed on PubMed and Scopus databases on November 2016. The used terms for the investigation about studies evaluating the strategy of treatment of CLI at the first-time presentation, have been "critical leg ischemia", "critical limb ischemia", "critical lower limb ischemia" along with the terms "placebo", "medical treatment" and/or "conservative" revascularisation, surgical revascularisation, endovascular revascularisation, hybrid revascularisation and primary amputation...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Nivethitha Ilangkovan, Christian Backer Mogensen, Hans Mickley, Annmarie Touborg Lassen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Niels Peter Ronnow Sand, Rasmus Albiniussen, Jørgen Byg, Flemming Hald, Mette Hjortdal Grønhøj, Axel Diederichsen
OBJECTIVES: To examine and compare the prevalence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and the frequency of cardiac events in a background population and a cohort of patients with non-specific chest pain (NSCP) who present to an emergency or cardiology department and are discharged without an obvious reason for their symptom. DESIGN: A double-blinded, prospective, observational cohort study that measures both CT-determined CAC scores and cardiac events after 1 year of follow-up...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Munira Essat, Ahmed Aber, Patrick Phillips, Edith Poku, Helen Buckley Woods, Aoife Howard, Simon Palfreyman, Eva Kaltenthaler, Georgina Jones, Jonathan Michaels
OBJECTIVE: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) provide a way to measure the impact of a disease and its associated treatments on the quality of life from the patients' perspective. The aim of this review was to identify PROMs that have been developed and/or validated in patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) undergoing revascularisation and to assess their psychometric properties and examine suitability for research and clinical use. METHODS: Eight electronic databases including MEDLINE and CINAHL were searched using a two-stage search approach to identify studies reporting the development and/or validation of relevant PROMs in patients with CAS undergoing revascularisation...
February 28, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Maxim Roy, Alexandre Todorov, Monique Ruel, Stéphane Elkouri, Jean-François Hardy
BACKGROUND: No clear recommendations exist regarding the optimal dosing of unfractionated heparin (UFH) during vascular surgery. Moreover, little is known about the effect of the UFH bolus downstream of the arterial clamp, where stasis and inflammation can possibly alter the anticoagulation obtained. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to assess anticoagulation below the arterial clamp and its clinical impact on the quality of revascularisation. DESIGN: Prospective observational study SETTINGS: Our study was performed in a tertiary academic center, from September 2015 to December 2015...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Rustem Dautov, Luiz Fernando Ybarra, Can Manh Nguyen, Claire Gibrat, Dominique Joyal, Stéphane Rinfret
OBJECTIVES: We examined the incidence of periprocedural cardiac enzyme rise (PCER) [troponin T (TnT) or high-sensivity (hs)TnT >5× the upper limit of normal (ULN)] and periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI), predictors of PCER and impact of PCER on the longer-term major adverse cardiac events (MACE) following hybrid chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: PCER and PMI after CTO PCI, risk factors for PCER and its impact on longer-term MACE are not fully understood...
February 26, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Pei Gee Chew, Fredrick Frost, Liam Mullen, Michael Fisher, Heidar Zadeh, Ruth Grainger, Khaled Albouaini, James Dodd, Bilal Patel, Periaswamy Velavan, Babu Kunadian, Anju Rawat, Toba Obafemi, Sarah Tong, Julia Jones, Aleem Khand
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that a single high sensitivity troponin at limits of detection (LOD HSTnT) (<5 ng/l) combined with a presentation non-ischaemic electrocardiogram is superior to low-risk Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) (<75), Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) (≤1) and History, ECG, Age, Risk factors and Troponin (HEART) score (≤3) as an aid to early, safe discharge for suspected acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, risk scores were computed in consecutive patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome presenting to the Emergency Room of a large English hospital...
February 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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