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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340049/cardiac-troponin-i-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-patients-with-first-episode-acute-atrial-fibrillation
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Mohammad E Naffaa, Roni Nasser, Elias Manassa, Maha Younis, Zaher S Azzam, Doron Aronson
Background: Recent-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent cause for presentation to the emergency department. Recent studies proposed that the addition of biomarker information might improve the prediction of clinical outcomes by enabling identification of patients at high risk. Aim: We aimed to examine the role of cardiac troponin I as a predictor of clinical outcome in patients with first episode acute atrial fibrillation. Design: : Patients, 18 years or older, presenting to our hospital with a primary diagnosis of first episode acute atrial fibrillation were included in this retrospective study...
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
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/28338937/association-of-blood-pressure-trajectory-with-mortality-incident-cardiovascular-disease-and-heart-failure-in-the-cardiovascular-health-study
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Christopher C Smitson, Rebecca Scherzer, Michael G Shlipak, Bruce M Psaty, Anne B Newman, Mark J Sarnak, Michelle C Odden, Carmen A Peralta
BACKGROUND: Common blood pressure (BP) trajectories are not well established in elderly persons, and their association with clinical outcomes is uncertain. METHODS: We used hierarchical cluster analysis to identify discrete BP trajectories among 4,067 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study using repeated BP measures from years 0 to 7. We then evaluated associations of each BP trajectory cluster with all-cause mortality, incident cardiovascular disease (CVD, defined as stroke or myocardial infarction) (N = 2,837), and incident congestive heart failure (HF) (N = 3,633) using Cox proportional hazard models...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338862/family-aggregation-of-cardiovascular-disease-mortality-a-register-based-prospective-study-of-pooled-nordic-twin-cohorts
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Karri Silventoinen, Jacob Hjelmborg, Sören Möller, Samuli Ripatti, Axel Skythe, Emmi Tikkanen, Nancy L Pedersen, Patrik Ke Magnusson, Kaare Christensen, Jaakko Kaprio
Background: Familial factors play an important role in the variation of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but less is known about how they affect the risk of death from CVD. We estimated familial aggregation of CVD mortality for twins offering the maximum level of risk due to genetic and other familial factors. Methods: Altogether, 132 771 twin individuals, including 65 196 complete pairs from Denmark, Finland and Sweden born in 1958 or earlier, participated in this study...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338788/hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation-an-intimate-association-of-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-outcomes
#5
Mikhail S Dzeshka, Farhan Shahid, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia found in clinical practice. AF rarely exists as a single entity but rather as part of a diverse clinical spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, related to structural and electrical remodeling within the left atrium, leading to AF onset, perpetuation, and progression. Due to the high overall prevalence within the AF population arterial hypertension plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of AF and its complications. Fibroblast proliferation, apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, gap junction remodeling, accumulation of collagen both in atrial and ventricular myocardium all accompany ageing-related structural remodeling with impact on electrical activity...
February 18, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338281/cardiovascular-safety-of-vildagliptin-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-european-multi-database-non-interventional-post-authorization-safety-study
#6
R Williams, F de Vries, W Kothny, C Serban, S Lopez-Leon, C Chu, R Schlienger
This non-interventional, multi-database, analytical cohort study assessed the cardiovascular (CV) safety of vildagliptin vs. other non-insulin antidiabetic drugs (NIADs) using real-world data from five European electronic healthcare databases. Patients with type 2 diabetes aged ≥18 years on NIAD treatment were enrolled. Adjusted incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) for the outcomes of interest (myocardial infarction [MI], acute coronary syndrome [ACS], stroke, congestive heart failure [CHF], individually and as a composite) were estimated using negative binomial regression...
March 24, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337466/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-approaches-to-evaluate-next-generation-tobacco-and-non-tobacco-products-on-human-blood-platelets
#7
Sherry L Spinelli, Katie L Lannan, Shannon G Loelius, Richard P Phipps
Human blood platelets are major hemostatic regulators in the circulation and important in the mediation of chronic inflammation and immunomodulation. They are key elements that promote cardiovascular pathogenesis that leads to atherosclerosis, thrombosis, myocardial infarction, and stroke. New information on tobacco use and platelet dysregulation shows that these highly understudied vascular cells are dysregulated by tobacco smoke. Thus, platelet function studies should be an important consideration for the evaluation of existing and next-generation tobacco and non-tobacco products...
March 1, 2017: Appl In Vitro Toxicol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336788/transcatheter-treatment-of-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-with-the-edge-to-edge-mitraclip-technique
#8
Georg Nickenig, Marek Kowalski, Jörg Hausleiter, Daniel Braun, Joachim Schofer, Ermela Yzeiraj, Volker Rudolph, Kai Friedrichs, Francesco Maisano, Maurizio Taramasso, Neil P Fam, Giovanni Bianchi, Francesco Bedogni, Paolo Denti, Ottavio Alfieri, Azeem Latib, Antonio Colombo, Christoph Hammerstingl, Robert Schueler
Background -Current surgical and medical treatment options for severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) are limited and additional interventional approaches are required. In the present observational study, the safety and feasibility of transcatheter repair of chronic severe TR with the MitraClip system were evaluated. In addition, the effects on clinical symptoms were assessed. Methods -Patients with heart failure symptoms and severe TR on optimal medical treatment were treated with the MitraClip system. Safety, defined as periprocedural adverse events such as death, myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiac tamponade, and feasibility, defined as successful implantation of one or more MitraClip devices and reduction of TR by at least one grade, were evaluated before discharge and after 30 days...
March 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335706/transcarotid-artery-revascularization-with-flow-reversal
#9
Alper Alpaslan, Max Wintermark, László Pintér, Sumaira Macdonald, Richard Ruedy, Ralf Kolvenbach
PURPOSE: To report a study evaluating the safety and efficacy of stenting via direct carotid access with flow reversal using the ENROUTE Transcarotid Neuroprotection System. METHODS: Between March 2009 and June 2012, 75 patients (mean age 72.6 years; 45 men) underwent carotid artery stenting with the ENROUTE System; the majority of patients (63, 84%) were asymptomatic. The primary safety endpoint was the composite of major stroke, myocardial infarction, or death at 30 days...
April 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334718/sex-differences-do-not-exist-in-outcomes-among-stroke-patients-with-intracranial-atherosclerosis-in-china-subgroup-analysis-from-the-chinese-intracranial-atherosclerosis-study
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Yuehua Pu, Na Wei, Dandan Yu, Yilong Wang, Xinying Zou, Yannie O Y Soo, Yuesong Pan, Thomas W H Leung, Lawrence K S Wong, Yongjun Wang, Liping Liu
BACKGROUND: To date, sex difference in outcomes among patients with intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS) has rarely been discussed in China as well as in the world. This study aimed to estimate the sex difference in outcomes among patients with ICAS in Chinese cerebral ischemia patients. METHODS: We analyzed 1,335 men and women with ICAS who were enrolled in the Chinese Intracranial Atherosclerosis study. They were followed-up for ischemic stroke recurrence, any cause of death, cerebral vascular events (including transient ischemic attack, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke), combined end points (including cerebral vascular events, angina or myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, peripheral vascular events), and unfavorable outcome (modified Rankin scale score of 3-6) at 1 year...
March 24, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333214/-forever-young-%C3%A2-testosterone-replacement-therapy-a-blockbuster-drug-despite-flabby-evidence-and-broken-promises
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Andrea Busnelli, Edgardo Somigliana, Paolo Vercellini
In the last decade, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been increasingly prescribed to treat a controversial condition known as 'late-onset hypogonadism (LOH)'. This syndrome is diagnosed in men who, for no discernible reason other than older age, obesity or ill health have serum testosterone concentrations below the normal range for healthy young men and report one or more of the following symptoms: muscle weakness or wasting, mood, behaviour and cognition-related symptoms and sexual function or libido impairment...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332500/cardiovascular-effects-of-electronic-cigarettes
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Neal L Benowitz, Joseph B Fraiman
Cardiovascular safety is an important consideration in the debate on the benefits versus the risks of electronic cigarette (EC) use. EC emissions that might have adverse effects on cardiovascular health include nicotine, oxidants, aldehydes, particulates, and flavourants. To date, most of the cardiovascular effects of ECs demonstrated in humans are consistent with the known effects of nicotine. Pharmacological and toxicological studies support the biological plausibility that nicotine contributes to acute cardiovascular events and accelerated atherogenesis...
March 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331015/association-between-clinically-recorded-alcohol-consumption-and-initial-presentation-of-12-cardiovascular-diseases-population-based-cohort-study-using-linked-health-records
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Steven Bell, Marina Daskalopoulou, Eleni Rapsomaniki, Julie George, Annie Britton, Martin Bobak, Juan P Casas, Caroline E Dale, Spiros Denaxas, Anoop D Shah, Harry Hemingway
Objectives To investigate the association between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease at higher resolution by examining the initial lifetime presentation of 12 cardiac, cerebrovascular, abdominal, or peripheral vascular diseases among five categories of consumption.Design Population based cohort study of linked electronic health records covering primary care, hospital admissions, and mortality in 1997-2010 (median follow-up six years).Setting CALIBER (ClinicAl research using LInked Bespoke studies and Electronic health Records)...
March 22, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330394/changes-in-cardiovascular-risk-factors-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
#14
Tetsuya Ohira, Hironori Nakano, Masato Nagai, Yui Yumiya, Wen Zhang, Mayu Uemura, Akira Sakai, Shigeatsu Hashimoto
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, and was followed by a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The government ordered a mandatory evacuation from the high radioactive concentration area in Fukushima. This evacuation may have forced many evacuees to change specific aspects of their lifestyles such as diet and physical activity, which in turn may lead to future incidence of lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). To address this concern, the association between the evacuation and changes in CVD risk factors before and after the disaster was examined in the Fukushima Health Management Survey...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330386/the-effects-of-dual-therapy-intensification-with-insulin-or-dipeptidylpeptidase-4-inhibitor-on-cardiovascular-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#15
Mamza Jil, Mehta Rajnikant, Donnelly Richard, Idris Iskandar
PURPOSE: To compare time to a composite endpoint of non-fatal acute myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke or all-cause mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who had their treatment intensified with a dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitor or insulin following dual-therapy (metformin plus sulfonylurea) failure. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on 5238 patients newly treated with either a dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitor or insulin following dual-therapy failure (2007-2014)...
March 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329389/radial-versus-femoral-access-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-with-or-without-st-segment-elevation-a-pre-specified-analysis-from-the-randomized-minimizing-adverse-haemorrhagic-events-by-transradial-access-site-and-systemic-implementation-of-angiox
#16
Pascal Vranckx, Enrico Frigoli, Martina Rothenbühler, Francesco Tomassini, Stefano Garducci, Giuseppe Andò, Andrea Picchi, Paolo Sganzerla, Anita Paggi, Fabrizio Ugo, Arturo Ausiello, Gennaro Sardella, Nicoletta Franco, Marco Nazzaro, Nicoletta de Cesare, Paolo Tosi, Camillo Falcone, Carlo Vigna, Pietro Mazzarotto, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Claudio Moretti, Gianluca Campo, Carlo Penzo, Giampaolo Pasquetto, Dik Heg, Peter Jüni, Stephan Windecker, Marco Valgimigli
Aims: To assess whether radial compared with femoral access is associated with consistent outcomes in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). Methods and results: In the Minimizing Adverse Haemorrhagic Events by TRansradial Access Site and Systemic Implementation of angioX (MATRIX) programme patients were randomized to radial or femoral access, stratified by STEMI (2001 radial, 2009 femoral) and NSTE-ACS (2196 radial, 2198 femoral)...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329300/personalising-the-decision-for-prolonged-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-development-validation-and-potential-impact-of-prognostic-models-for-cardiovascular-events-and-bleeding-in-myocardial-infarction-survivors
#17
Laura Pasea, Sheng-Chia Chung, Mar Pujades-Rodriguez, Alireza Moayyeri, Spiros Denaxas, Keith A A Fox, Lars Wallentin, Stuart J Pocock, Adam Timmis, Amitava Banerjee, Riyaz Patel, Harry Hemingway
Aims: The aim of this study is to develop models to aid the decision to prolong dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) that requires balancing an individual patient's potential benefits and harms. Methods and results: Using population-based electronic health records (EHRs) (CALIBER, England, 2000-10), of patients evaluated 1 year after acute myocardial infarction (MI), we developed (n = 12 694 patients) and validated (n = 5613) prognostic models for cardiovascular (cardiovascular death, MI or stroke) events and three different bleeding endpoints...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329291/coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-versus-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-for-high-surgical-risk-patients-with-left-main-or-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease
#18
Mineok Chang, Cheol Whan Lee, Jung-Min Ahn, Rafael Cavalcante, Yohei Sotomi, Yoshinobu Onuma, Duk-Woo Park, Soo-Jin Kang, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Seong-Wook Park, Patrick W Serruys, Seung-Jung Park
OBJECTIVES: There are limited data comparing long-term outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with high surgical risk. We evaluated 5-year outcomes following CABG versus PCI with DES in 598 patients with left main or multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and a high surgical risk [EuroSCORE (European system for cardiac operative risk evaluation) ≥ 6]. METHODS: Databases were merged from the BEST, PRECOMBAT and SYNTAX trials...
December 20, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329215/triple-antithrombotic-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-viewpoint
#19
Jennifer C V Gwyn, Mark R Thomas, Paulus Kirchhof
Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are treated with dual antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of subsequent myocardial infarction (MI) and stent thrombosis. Approximately 5-10% of patients undergoing PCI also have atrial fibrillation (AF). Patients with AF have an additional requirement for anticoagulation, as dual antiplatelet therapy alone is insufficient to adequately reduce the risk of stroke in patients with AF. However, it is now well established that combining anticoagulants with dual antiplatelet therapy also causes a significant increase in the risk of bleeding...
March 13, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329095/congestive-heart-failure-more-common-as-well-as-an-important-cardiovascular-outcome
#20
Anil Pareek
Hydroxychloroquine, due to its multifaceted pleiotropic benefits including anti-inflammatory effects has great potential in reducing cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. CV outcome data of hydroxychloroquine is available through 2 retrospective studies in rheumatoid arthritis patients, both of which have not considered congestive heart failure (CHF) as an outcome measure. CHF is an important CV outcome and is more common than myocardial infarction and stroke; and increased age is associated with increased risk of CHF...
December 20, 2016: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
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