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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339992/rheumatoid-arthritis-specific-cardiovascular-risk-scores-are-not-superior-to-general-risk-scores-a-validation-analysis-of-patients-from-seven-countries
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Cynthia S Crowson, Sherine E Gabriel, Anne Grete Semb, Piet L C M van Riel, George Karpouzas, Patrick H Dessein, Carol Hitchon, Virginia Pascual-Ramos, George D Kitas
Objectives.: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk calculators developed for the general population do not accurately predict CVD events in patients with RA. We sought to externally validate risk calculators recommended for use in patients with RA including the EULAR 1.5 multiplier, the Expanded Cardiovascular Risk Prediction Score for RA (ERS-RA) and QRISK2. Methods.: Seven RA cohorts from UK, Norway, Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Canada and Mexico were combined...
March 8, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330726/provision-of-physiological-data-and-reference-values-in-awake-and-anaesthetized-female-sheep-aged-6-12-months
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Tim Kampmeier, Philip Arnemann, Michael Heßler, Sebastian Rehberg, Andrea Morelli, Martin Westphal, Matthias Lange, Hugo Van Aken, Christian Ertmer
OBJECTIVE: To provide physiological data and reference values in awake and anaesthetized sheep aged 6-12 months. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. ANIMALS: Data from 260 female sheep of the species Ovis orientalis aries aged 6-12 months were extracted from 10 experimental trials. METHODS: Data from pulmonary arterial thermodilution in awake (cohort 1; n = 109) and anaesthetized animals (cohort 2; n = 81), and transpulmonary thermodilution in anaesthetized animals (cohort 3; n = 70) were analysed...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330631/clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-prior-stroke-comparing-the-fushimi-and-darlington-af-registries
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Hisashi Ogawa, Keitaro Senoo, Yoshimori An, Alena Shantsila, Eduard Shantsila, Deirdre A Lane, Andreas Wolff, Masaharu Akao, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Ethnic differences in clinical characteristics, stroke risk profiles and outcomes among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients may exist. We therefore compared AF patients with previous stroke from Japan and the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: We compared clinical characteristics, stroke risk and outcomes among AF patients from the Fushimi AF registry who had experienced a previous stroke (Japan; n=688; 19.7%) and the Darlington AF registry (UK; n=428; 19.0%)...
March 16, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328002/endovascular-treatment-of-middle-cerebral-artery-m2-occlusion-strokes-clinical-and-procedural-predictors-of-outcomes
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Maxim Mokin, Christopher T Primiani, Zeguang Ren, Peter Kan, Edward Duckworth, Raymond D Turner, Aquilla S Turk, Kyle M Fargen, Guilherme Dabus, Italo Linfante, Travis M Dumont, Leonardo B C Brasiliense, Hussain Shallwani, Kenneth V Snyder, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy
BACKGROUND: Patients with strokes from M2 segment middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion have been underrepresented in recent randomized trials of endovascular therapy. OBJECTIVE: To better understand the clinical, imaging, and procedural predictors of successful recanalization and clinical outcomes in this population of patients. METHODS: We performed a multicenter retrospective analysis of consecutive patients with acute MCA M2 segment occlusion who underwent thrombectomy with stent retrievers or primary aspiration thrombectomy (including A Direct Aspiration First Pass Technique approach)...
March 10, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324981/hemodynamic-determinants-and-ventriculo-arterial-coupling-are-sex-associated-in-heart-failure-patients
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Peter L Kerkhof, Guy R Heyndrickx, John K-J Li
End-systolic volume (ESV) and end-diastolic volume (EDV) are key parameters in the analysis of left ventricular (LV) function, and the study of cardiac remodeling. The volume regulation graph (VRG) relates these fundamental determinants, and permits convenient stratification for clinically relevant covariates. This contribution analyzes sex-associated differences in hemodynamic parameters for 197 heart failure (HF) patients, evaluated by biplane ventriculography, in combination with arterial pressure. We calculated LV parameters such as stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), ESV, EDV, ejection fraction (EF), end-systolic elastance (Emax), besides arterial parameters: effective arterial elastance (Ea), elastance ratio (the coupling index k), peripheral resistance (Rs), pulse pressure (PP), and arterial compliance (C), all normalized for body surface area when appropriate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322423/uptake-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anti-coagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Matylda Zimny, Steffen Blum, Peter Ammann, Paul Erne, Giorgio Moschovitis, Marcello Di Valentino, Dipen Shah, Jürg Schläpfer, Cyrill Vogt, Alexandra Tabord, Michael Kühne, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, David Conen
AIMS: We aimed to assess the uptake of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) among patients with atrial fibrillation between 2010 and 2015 in Switzerland. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational cohort study. At the baseline examination and during yearly follow-ups, we used questionnaires to obtain information about clinical characteristics and antithrombotic treatment. Stroke risk was assessed using the CHA2DS2-VASc score. RESULTS: 1545 patients were enrolled across seven centres in Switzerland...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321415/assessment-of-longitudinal-reproducibility-of-mice-lv-function-parameters-at-11-7%C3%A2-t-derived-from-self-gated-cine-mri
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Zhi Zuo, Anne Subgang, Alireza Abaei, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Detlef Stiller, Genshan Ma, Volker Rasche
The objective of this work was the assessment of the reproducibility of self-gated cardiac MRI in mice at ultra-high-field strength. A group of adult mice (n = 5) was followed over 360 days with a standardized MR protocol including reproducible animal position and standardized planning of the scan planes. From the resulting CINE MRI data, global left ventricular (LV) function parameters including end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), stroke volume (SV), ejection fraction (EF), and left ventricular mass (LVM) were quantified...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321414/medical-and-interventional-therapy-for-spontaneous-vertebral-artery-dissection-in-the-craniocervical-segment
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Guiyun Zhang, Zuoquan Chen
Background and Purpose. Spontaneous vertebral artery dissection (SVAD) is an important reason for posterior-circulation-ischemic stroke in the young and middle-aged population. Although some previous reports reveal a favorable outcome with conservative therapy, it is still controversial in the treatment of SVAD in some specific patients. Herein, we present our 10 years of clinical experience for SVAD at this location. Material and Methods. 20 patients with 20 SVADs in V2 and V3 segments were retrospectively studied...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321002/five-year-outcomes-of-the-first-pivotal-clinical-trial-of-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-japan-prevail-japan
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Yoshiki Sawa, Morimasa Takayama, Tsuyoshi Goto, Shuichiro Takanashi, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Tetsuya Tobaru, Koichi Maeda, Toru Kuratani, Yasushi Sakata
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been an alternative less invasive therapy for high-surgical risk/inoperable patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) in Japan. We report 5-year outcomes of the first pivotal clinical trial of TAVR in Japan (PREVAIL JAPAN).Methods and Results:A total of 64 patients with AS who were considered unsuitable candidates for surgery were enrolled at 3 centers in Japan (mean age: 84.3±6.1 years, female: 65.6%, STS score: 9.0±4...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317274/quality-of-warfarin-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-bleeding-and-mortality-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-nationwide-finwaf-registry
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Mika Lehto, Jussi Niiranen, Pasi Korhonen, Juha Mehtälä, Houssem Khanfir, Fabian Hoti, Riitta Lassila, Pekka Raatikainen
PURPOSE: The most important management strategy in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is preventing stroke with oral anticoagulants. Warfarin is still used as a first-line anticoagulant, although non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are currently recommended to manage AF. Using a large, unselected national sample of AF patients, we evaluated the relationships between quality of warfarin therapy and the risks of thromboembolism, bleeding complications, and mortality. METHODS: The nationwide FinWAF study included 54 568 AF patients taking warfarin...
March 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317235/astrocyte-specific-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-gene-transfer-in-aging-female-rats-improves-stroke-outcomes
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Andre K Okoreeh, Shameena Bake, Farida Sohrabji
Middle aged female rats sustain larger stroke infarction and disability than younger female rats. This older group also shows age-related reduction of insulin like growth factor (IGF)-1 in serum and in astrocytes, a cell type necessary for poststroke recovery. To determine the impact of astrocytic IGF-1 for ischemic stroke, these studies tested the hypothesis that gene transfer of IGF-1 to astrocytes will improve stroke outcomes in middle aged female rats. Middle aged (10-12 month old), acyclic female rats were injected with recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5) packaged with the coding sequence of the human (h)IGF-1 gene downstream of an astrocyte-specific promoter glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (AAV5-GFP-hIGF-1) into the striatum and cortex...
March 20, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315622/subclinical-atherosclerosis-statin-eligibility-and-outcomes-in-african-american-individuals-the-jackson-heart-study
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Ravi V Shah, Aferdita Spahillari, Stanford Mwasongwe, J Jeffrey Carr, James G Terry, Robert J Mentz, Daniel Addison, Udo Hoffmann, Jared Reis, Jane E Freedman, Joao A C Lima, Adolfo Correa, Venkatesh L Murthy
Importance: Modern prevention guidelines substantially increase the number of individuals who are eligible for treatment with statins. Efforts to refine statin eligibility via coronary calcification have been studied in white populations but not, to our knowledge, in large African American populations. Objective: To compare the relative accuracy of US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) recommendations in identifying African American individuals with subclinical and clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD)...
March 18, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314138/depression-and-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-in-individuals-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Shruti Chaturvedi, Marianne Clancy, Nicole Schaefer, Olalekan Oluwole, Keith R McCrae
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is characterized by frequent severe bleeding, particularly epistaxis, and life-threatening complications including stroke, brain abscess and heart failure. The psychological impact of HHT is not known. We conducted this cross sectional study to determine the prevalence of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to HHT. METHODS: A survey tool comprising demographic and clinical information and two validated self-administered questionnaires, the PTSD checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) and Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), was distributed to individuals with HHT...
March 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304200/advance-an-effective-and-feasible-technique-in-acute-stroke-treatment
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Erdem Gurkas, Cetin Kursad Akpinar, Emrah Aytac
Background and purpose Different techniques regarding efficient utilization of thrombectomy devices have been reported. Here, we described a novel technique named ADVANCE that is based on advancing a distal access catheter over the stent retriever. In this study, we aimed to report our initial results with this novel thrombectomy technique. Methods and results Sixty-seven consecutive acute anterior circulation ischemic stroke patients (35 male, 32 female) between January 2015 and January 2016 who were treated by mechanical thrombectomy were included in this prospective study...
April 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302915/sex-differences-in-ischaemic-stroke-potential-cellular-mechanisms
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Anjali Chauhan, Hope Moser, Louise D McCullough
Stroke remains a leading cause of mortality and disability worldwide. More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer. Women have poorer functional outcomes, are more likely to need nursing home care and have higher rates of recurrent stroke compared with men. Despite continued advancements in primary prevention, innovative acute therapies and ongoing developments in neurorehabilitation, stroke incidence and mortality continue to increase due to the aging of the U.S. POPULATION: Sex chromosomes (XX compared with XY), sex hormones (oestrogen and androgen), epigenetic regulation and environmental factors all contribute to sex differences...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302651/electrocardiographic-abnormalities-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-type-1-diabetes-the-epidemiology-of-diabetes-interventions-and-complications-edic-study
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Elsayed Z Soliman, Jye-Yu C Backlund, Ionut Bebu, Trevor J Orchard, Bernard Zinman, John M Lachin
OBJECTIVE: We examined the association between the prevalence and incidence of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with type 1 diabetes, among whom these ECG abnormalities are common. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A longitudinal cohort study involving 1,306 patients with type 1 diabetes (mean age 35.5 ± 6.9 years; 47.7% female) from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) Study...
March 16, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302552/exploring-overlaps-between-the-genomic-and-environmental-determinants-of-lvh-and-stroke-a-multicenter-study-in-west-africa
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Abiodun M Adeoye, Bruce Ovbiagele, Philip Kolo, Lambert Appiah, Akinyemi Aje, Oladimeji Adebayo, Fred Sarfo, Joshua Akinyemi, Gregory Adekunle, Francis Agyekum, Vincent Shidali, Okechukwu Ogah, Dan Lackland, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Donna Arnett, Hemant K Tiwari, Rufus Akinyemi, Ojo Olakanmi Olagoke, Ayodipupo Sikiru Oguntade, Taiwo Olunuga, Kelechi Uwanruochi, Carolyn Jenkins, Patrick Adadey, Henry Iheonye, Lukman Owolabi, Reginald Obiako, Samuel Akinjopo, Kevin Armstrong, Albert Akpalu, Adekunle Fakunle, Raelle Saulson, Mayowa Aridegbe, Paul Olowoyo, Godwin Osaigbovo, Josephine Akpalu, Bimbo Fawale, Philip Adebayo, Oyedunni Arulogun, Philip Ibinaiye, Atinuke Agunloye, Naser Ishaq, Kolawole Wahab, Onoja Akpa, Omisore Adeleye, Andrew Bock-Oruma, Godwin Ogbole, Sylvia Melikam, Joseph Yaria, Luqman Ogunjimi, Abdul Salaam, Taofiki Sunmonu, Akintomiwa Makanjuola, Temitope Farombi, Ruth Laryea, Ezinne Uvere, Salaam Kehinde, Innocent Chukwuonye, Paschal Azuh, Morenikeji Komolafe, Adeseye Akintunde, Olugbo Obiabo, Olusegun Areo, Issa Kehinde, Adeniyi G Amusa, Mayowa Owolabi
BACKGROUND: Whether left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is determined by similar genomic and environmental risk factors with stroke, or is simply an intermediate stroke marker, is unknown. OBJECTIVES: We present a research plan and preliminary findings to explore the overlap in the genomic and environmental determinants of LVH and stroke among Africans participating in the SIREN (Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network) study. METHODS: SIREN is a transnational, multicenter study involving acute stroke patients and age-, ethnicity-, and sex-matched control subjects recruited from 9 sites in Ghana and Nigeria...
March 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301912/potential-causes-and-implications-of-low-target-therapeutic-ratio-in-warfarin-treated-patients-for-thrombosis-prophylaxis
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Halil Atas, Ahmet Anıl Sahin, Dilek Barutçu Atas, Murat Sunbul, Alper Kepez, Mehmet Agirbasli
Time in therapeutic range (TTR) of international normalized ratio is crucial for the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation with warfarin and it is influenced by many factors. There are limited data about the quality of warfarin therapy and its effects on clinical outcomes in Turkey. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the quality of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin and evaluate the parameters that affect the quality of warfarin therapy. A total of 170 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF; mean age: 62...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301907/drug-adherence-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-turkey
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Sadık Volkan Emren, Oktay Şenöz, Murat Bilgin, Osman Beton, Abdullah Aslan, Uğur Taşkin, Gönül Açiksari, Lale Dinç Asarcikli, Hakan Çakir, Lütfü Bekar, İsmail Bolat, Çağrı Yayla, Barış Çelebi, Onur Dalgiç, Oğuzhan Çelik, Özgen Şafak, Serdar Akyel, Hasan Güngör, Barış Düzel, Mehdi Zoghi
Adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is an important factor for ensuring efficacy and safety in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). There are controversial results regarding NOAC adherence in real-world data and there are no data about NOAC adherence in Turkish population. This study investigated the NOAC adherence based on self-report, factors affecting nonadherence, and the relation of the adherence level with efficacy and safety outcomes. This multicenter cross-sectional study included 2738 patients (59% female) using NOAC (dabigatran, apixaban, and rivaroxaban) due to NVAF for more than 3 months with >30 days of supply between September 1, 2015, and February 28, 2016...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300429/leptin-predicts-short-term-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Veli-Pekka Puurunen, Antti Kiviniemi, Samuli Lepojärvi, Olli-Pekka Piira, Pirjo Hedberg, Juhani Junttila, Olavi Ukkola, Heikki Huikuri
INTRODUCTION: Leptin is an adipose tissue-derived hormone associated with cardiovascular risk factors. We examined whether leptin predicts major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. METHODS: Fasting plasma leptin levels were measured in 1327 male and 619 female CAD patients. The patients were followed up for two years. The primary endpoint (MACE) was the composite of a hospitalisation for congestive heart failure (CHF) or a cardiac death...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Medicine
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