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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738140/high-prevalence-of-subclinical-cerebral-infarction-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Rebecca J Cogswell, Faye L Norby, Rebecca F Gottesman, Lin Y Chen, Scott Solomon, Amil Shah, Alvaro Alonso
AIMS: Undetected atrial fibrillation (AF) may be common in the heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) population, and failure to detect this may lead to the missing of opportunities to prevent associated subclinical cerebral infarctions (SCIs) and cognitive decline. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 1527 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, who underwent echocardiography, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and detailed cognitive assessment during 2011-13...
July 24, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737102/comparative-effectiveness-of-rivaroxaban-in-the-treatment-of-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#2
Faye L Norby, Alvaro Alonso
Rivaroxaban is a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) approved for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, a common arrhythmia. In this review, we summarize the effectiveness of rivaroxaban versus warfarin and the DOACs dabigatran, apixaban and edoxaban. The primary focus is on primary evidence from clinical trials, indirect comparison studies and real-world studies. While there are gaps in the literature, the evidence thus far indicates that rivaroxaban is superior to warfarin and similar to dabigatran, apixaban and edoxaban for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, although rivaroxaban may be associated with an elevated bleeding risk compared with other DOACs...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732813/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-on-the-anti-haemostatic-effects-of-curcuma-longa-angelica-sinensis-and-panax-ginseng
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Foon Yin Fung, Wan Hui Wong, Seng Kok Ang, Hwee Ling Koh, Mei Ching Kun, Lai Heng Lee, Xiaomei Li, Heng Joo Ng, Chuen Wen Tan, Yan Zhao, Yeh Ching Linn
PURPOSE: Herbs with "blood-activating" properties by traditional medicine theory often raise concerns for their possible anti-platelet or anticoagulation effects based on reports from in vitro studies. Such herbs have been implicated for bleeding manifestations based on only anecdotal reports. In particular, the combination of such herbs with anti-platelet agents is often empirically advised against despite lack of good clinical evidence. Here we studied 3 commonly used herbal preparations Curcuma longa, Angelica sinensis and Panax ginseng on their respective anti-platelet and anticoagulation effect, alone and in combination with aspirin...
August 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730501/the-pseudo-sah-sign-an-imaging-pitfall-in-postmortem-computed-tomography
#4
Go Shirota, Wataru Gonoi, Masako Ikemura, Masanori Ishida, Yukako Shintani, Hiroyuki Abe, Masashi Fukayama, Tomohiko Higashida, Hidemi Okuma, Osamu Abe
Postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) of the brain has an important role in detection of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), which has a high mortality rate. However, a phenomenon known as "pseudo-SAH," or high-attenuation areas along the cisterns mimicking SAH, may be seen on CT. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of brain PMCT for SAH and to identify the characteristics of pseudo-SAH. Findings on PMCT (sulcal effacement, asymmetry, maximum thickness of SAH signs, presence of acute/subacute intraventricular/intraparenchymal hemorrhage) and clinical history (left ventricular assist device [LVAD] implantation, anticoagulation therapy/coagulation disorder, global ischemia) were compared between subjects with true SAH and those with pseudo-SAH...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727732/incidence-of-thromboembolic-events-in-asymptomatic-carriers-of-iga-anti-%C3%A3-2-glycoprotein-i-antibodies
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Carlos Tortosa, Oscar Cabrera-Marante, Manuel Serrano, José A Martínez-Flores, Dolores Pérez, David Lora, Luis Morillas, Estela Paz-Artal, José M Morales, Daniel Pleguezuelo, Antonio Serrano
BACKGROUND: The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is defined by simultaneous presence of vascular clinical events and antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). The aPL considered as diagnostics are lupus anticoagulant and antibodies anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-ß2 glycoprotein-I (aB2GP1). During recent years, IgA aB2GP1 antibodies have been associated with thrombotic events both in patients positive, and mainly negative for other aPL, however its value as a pro-thrombotic risk-factor in asymptomatic patients has not been well defined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727314/transperitoneal-rectus-sheath-block-and-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-for-laparoscopic-inguinal-hernia-repair-a-novel-approach
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Jun Nagata, Jun Watanabe, Masato Nagata, Yusuke Sawatsubashi, Masaki Akiyama, Takehide Tajima, Koichi Arase, Noritaka Minagawa, Takayuki Torigoe, Yoshifumi Nakayama, Reiko Horishita, Kentaro Kida, Kotaro Hamada, Keiji Hirata
INTRODUCTION: A laparoscopic approach for inguinal hernia repair is now considered the gold standard. Laparoscopic surgery is associated with a significant reduction in postoperative pain. Epidural analgesia cannot be used in patients with perioperative anticoagulant therapy because of complications such as epidural hematoma. As such, regional anesthetic techniques, such as ultrasound-guided rectus sheath block and transversus abdominis plane block, have become increasingly popular. However, even these anesthetic techniques have potential complications, such as rectus sheath hematoma, if vessels are damaged...
August 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725275/ash-meeting-2016-developments-in-hemostaseology
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Clemens Feistritzer, Birgit Mosheimer
During the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Diego/California, novel developments in the field of hemostaseology were presented. Alternative treatment strategies besides factor replacement were discussed for patients with hemophilia. One of the highlights of the meeting in this year's plenary session was the presentation of successful adeno-associated virus mediated gene transfer in patients with hemophilia B leading to sustained elevation of factor IX:C (FIX:c). Other alternative treatment approaches in patients with hemophilia A may include bispecific antibodies mimicking factor VIIIa (FVIIIa) activity or disrupting anticoagulant proteins...
2017: Memo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725249/two-years-results-of-electronic-brachytherapy-for-basal-cell-carcinoma
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Rosa Ballester-Sánchez, Olga Pons-Llanas, Cristian Candela-Juan, Blanca de Unamuno-Bustos, Francisco Javier Celada-Alvarez, Alejandro Tormo-Mico, Jose Perez-Calatayud, Rafael Botella-Estrada
PURPOSE: The use of radiation therapy (RT) for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) has been changing throughout the last century. Over the last decades, the use of radiotherapy has surged with the development of new techniques, applicators, and devices. In recent years, electronic brachytherapy (eBT) devices that use small x-ray sources have been introduced as alternative to radionuclide dependence. Nowadays, several devices have been incorporated, with a few series reported, and with a short follow-up, due to the recent introduction of these systems...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724655/sex-differences-in-the-use-of-oral-anticoagulants-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-ncdr-%C3%A2-pinnacle-registry
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Lauren E Thompson, Thomas M Maddox, Lanyu Lei, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Pamela N Peterson, Frederick A Masoudi, Alexander Turchin, Yang Song, Gheorghe Doros, Melinda B Davis, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Despite higher thromboembolism risk, women with atrial fibrillation have lower oral anticoagulation (OAC) use compared to men. The influence of the CHA2DS2-VASc score or the introduction of non-vitamin K OACs on this relationship is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the PINNACLE National Cardiovascular Data Registry from 2008 to 2014, we compared the association of sex with OAC use (warfarin or non-vitamin K OACs) overall and by CHA2DS2-VASc score and examined temporal trends in OAC use by sex...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721832/biomarkers-associated-with-bleeding-risk-in-the-setting-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Skevos Sideris, Stefanos Archontakis, George Latsios, George Lazaros, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Background Prevention of thromboembolic disease, mainly stroke, with oral anticoagulants remains a major therapeutic goal in patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, despite the high efficacy, anticoagulant therapy is associated with a significant risk of, frequently catastrophic, hemorrhagic complications. Among different clinical and laboratory parameters related to an increased risk of bleeding, several biological markers have been recognized and various risk scores for bleeding have been developed...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719459/coagulation-management-in-patients-undergoing-neurosurgical-procedures
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Chiara Robba, Rita Bertuetti, Frank Rasulo, Alessando Bertuccio, Basil Matta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Management of coagulation in neurosurgical procedures is challenging. In this contest, it is imperative to avoid further intracranial bleeding. Perioperative bleeding can be associated with a number of factors, including anticoagulant drugs and coagulation status but is also linked to the characteristic and the site of the intracranial disorder. The aim of this review will be to focus primarily on the new evidence regarding the management of coagulation in patients undergoing craniotomy for neurosurgical procedures...
July 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719441/fourteen-day-in-vivo-testing-of-a-compliant-thoracic-artificial-lung
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David J Skoog, Joshua R Pohlmann, David S Demos, Christopher N Scipione, Amit Iyengar, Rebecca E Schewe, Ahmed B Suhaib, Kelly L Koch, Keith E Cook
The compliant thoracic artificial lung (cTAL) has been studied in acute in vivo and in vitro experiments. The cTAL's long-term function and potential use as a bridge to lung transplantation are assessed presently. The cTAL without anticoagulant coatings was attached to sheep (n = 5) via the pulmonary artery and left atrium for 14 days. Systemic heparin anticoagulation was used. Compliant thoracic artificial lung resistance, cTAL gas exchange, hematologic parameters, and organ function were recorded. Two sheep were euthanized for nondevice-related issues...
July 14, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719079/associations-between-drugs-and-small-bowel-mucosal-bleeding-a-multicenter-capsule-endoscopy-study
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Ryota Niikura, Atsuo Yamada, Koutarou Maki, Masanao Nakamura, Hirotsugu Watabe, Mitsuhiro Fujishiro, Shiro Oka, Motohiro Esaki, Shunji Fujimori, Atsushi Nakajima, Naoki Ohmiya, Takayuki Matsumoto, Shinji Tanaka, Kazuhiko Koike, Choitsu Sakamoto
OBJECTIVES: Although several drugs may induce small-bowel mucosal injuries, it is unclear whether these injuries contribute to overt small-bowel bleeding. This study was designed to evaluate the associations between drug use and small-bowel mucosal injury and between these mucosal injuries and overt bleeding in a disease-relevant population. METHODS: We retrospectively studied patients with suspected small-bowel diseases who underwent capsule endoscopy between 2010 and 2013...
July 18, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711993/clinical-risk-assessment-in-the-antiphospholipid-syndrome-current-landscape-and-emerging-biomarkers
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Shruti Chaturvedi, Keith R McCrae
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Laboratory criteria for the classification of antiphospholipid syndrome include the detection of a lupus anticoagulant and/or anticardiolipin and anti-β2-glycoprotein I antibodies. However, the majority of patients who test positive in these assays do not have thrombosis. Current risk-stratification tools are largely limited to the antiphospholipid antibody profile and traditional thrombotic risk factors. RECENT FINDINGS: Novel biomarkers that correlate with disease activity and potentially provide insight into future clinical events include domain 1 specific anti-β2GPI antibodies, antibodies to other phospholipids or phospholipid/protein antigens (such as anti-PS/PT), and functional/biological assays such as thrombin generation, complement activation, levels of circulating microparticles, and annexin A5 resistance...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710306/ruxolitinib-treatment-in-an-infant-with-jak2-polycythaemia-vera-associated-budd-chiari-syndrome
#15
Mehmet Enes Coskun, Sue Height, Anil Dhawan, Nedim Hadzic
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is caused by hepatic venous outflow obstruction commonly seen with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Polycythaemia vera (PV) is a very rare MPN in childhood. This is the youngest reported patient diagnosed with PV and BCS secondary to JAK V617F mutation.A 26-month-old girl was admitted with a 5-month history of abdominal distension, hepatosplenomegaly and ascites. Imaging studies revealed occlusion of the right hepatic vein and marked attenuation of the middle and left hepatic veins...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709762/prevalence-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-population-assessed-by-continuous-24-hour-monitoring
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João Primo, Helena Gonçalves, Ana Macedo, Paula Russo, Telma Monteiro, João Guimarães, Ovídio Costa
INTRODUCTION: A trial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice and a major cause of morbidity, due to the associated risk of stroke. However, since it is often paroxysmal, it is commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in patients aged 40 and above in a population who underwent continuous 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring...
July 11, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709756/postoperative-outcomes-associated-with-neuraxial-vs-general-anesthesia-following-bilateral-total-knee-arthroplasty
#17
Jeffrey B Walker, Patrick L Nguyen, Ulrich H Schmidt, Rodney A Gabriel
BACKGROUND: There is sparse evidence on the benefit of neuraxial (NA) vs general anesthesia (GA) as the primary anesthetic in postoperative outcomes following bilateral total knee arthroplasty. We sought to elucidate differences in outcomes in this surgical population using a national database. METHODS: We used data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program from 2007 to 2013 and compared rates of various postoperative outcomes in propensity-matched cohorts (NA vs GA)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708034/ultrasound-guided-percutaneous-common-carotid-artery-access-in-piglets-for-intracoronary-stem-cell-infusion
#18
Jason H Anderson, Nathaniel W Taggart, Sarah L Edgerton, Susana Cantero Peral, Kimberly A Holst, Frank Cetta
In pigs, the deep location of the common carotid artery and overlying sternomastoideus muscle in the neck has led to the recommendation for a surgical cutdown for common carotid access, as opposed to minimally invasive techniques for vascular access. We sought to determine if direct percutaneous common carotid artery access in piglets is attainable. Seventeen piglets were anesthetized and intubated. Under two-dimensional and color flow Doppler ultrasound guidance, a 21 gauge needle was utilized to access the right common carotid artery...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707135/secondary-stroke-prevention-in-cryptogenic-stroke-and-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-esus
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REVIEW
Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703020/epidemiology-and-clinical-outcomes-of-snakebite-in-the-elderly-a-toxic-database-study
#20
Meghan B Spyres, Anne-Michelle Ruha, Kurt Kleinschmidt, Rais Vohra, Eric Smith, Angela Padilla-Jones
INTRODUCTION: Epidemiologic studies of snakebites in the United States report typical victims to be young men. Little is known regarding other demographics including children and the elderly. The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of snake bite in elderly patients reported to the ToxIC (Toxicology Investigators Consortium) North American Snakebite Registry (NASBR) Methods: This was a multicenter analysis of a prospectively collected cohort of patients with snakebite reported to the ToxIC NASBR between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2015...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
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