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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737070/%C3%AE-blockers-on-discharge-from-acute-atrial-fibrillation-are-associated-with-decreased-mortality-and-lower-cerebrovascular-accidents-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#1
Charbel Abi Khalil, Mohammad Zubaid, Nidal Asaad, Wafa A Rashed, Adel Khalifa Hamad, Rajvir Singh, Jassim Al Suwaidi
The benefits of β-blockers in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are controversial. The Gulf Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Events was a prospective, multinational, observational registry of consecutive patients with AF recruited from the emergency department (ED). We studied the incidence of 6- and 12-month mortality, hospitalization for HF or AF, and stroke/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients with HFrEF, in relation to β-blockers on discharge from the ED or the subsequent hospital stay...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731930/early-life-exposure-to-chinese-famine-modifies-the-association-between-hypertension-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Zumin Shi, Stephen J Nicholls, Anne W Taylor, Dianna J Magliano, Sarah Appleton, Paul Zimmet
OBJECTIVE: Studies have shown that famine exposure during early life may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, and diabetes during adulthood. We aimed to assess whether exposure to the Chinese famine (1959-1961) modifies the association between hypertension and CVD. METHODS: We investigated data of 5772 adults born between 1954 and 1964 from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. CVD was based on self-reported doctor's diagnosis of heart problems (heart attack, coronary heart disease, angina, congestive heart failure, or other heart problems) and stroke...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727668/comprehensive-cardiac-rehabilitation-for-secondary-prevention-after-transient-ischemic-attack-or-mild-stroke-psychological-profile-and-outcomes
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Peter L Prior, Vladimir Hachinski, Richard Chan, Karen Unsworth, Sharon Mytka, Michael Harnadek, Christina OʼCallaghan, Neville Suskin
PURPOSE: Having previously reported that comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CCR) is effective for secondary prevention post-transient ischemic attack (TIA)/mild nondisabling stroke (MNDS), we present psychometric findings for the same sample that elucidate subacute TIA/MNDS psychological outcomes and test whether CCR would be independently associated with psychological improvements. METHODS: In this prospective cohort trial patients with ≥1 risk factor, recruited from a stroke prevention clinic within 12 months (mean = 11...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720631/accrued-cost-savings-of-a-free-clinic-using-quality-adjusted-life-years-saved-and-return-on-investment
#4
Jim Sanders, Marcus Lacey, Clare E Guse
INTRODUCTION: Savings garnered through the provision of preventive services is a form of profit for health systems. Free clinics have been using this logic to demonstrate their cost-savings. The Community-Based Chronic Disease Management (CCDM) clinic treats hypertension using nurse-led teams, clinical protocols, and community-based settings. METHODS: We calculated CCDM's cost-effectiveness from 2007 to 2013 using 2 metrics: Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) saved and return on investment (ROI)...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717801/mimicking-arterial-thrombosis-in-a-3d-printed-microfluidic-in-vitro-vascular-model-based-on-computed-tomography-angiography-data
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Pedro F Costa, Hugo J Albers, John E A Linssen, Heleen H T Middelkamp, Linda van der Hout, Robert Passier, Albert van den Berg, Jos Malda, Andries D van der Meer
Arterial thrombosis is the main instigating factor of heart attacks and strokes, which result in over 14 million deaths worldwide every year. The mechanism of thrombosis involves factors from the blood and the vessel wall, and it also relies strongly on 3D vessel geometry and local blood flow patterns. Microfluidic chip-based vascular models allow controlled in vitro studies of the interaction between vessel wall and blood in thrombosis, but until now, they could not fully recapitulate the 3D geometry and blood flow patterns of real-life healthy or diseased arteries...
July 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717584/pulse-wave-analysis-with-diffusing-wave-spectroscopy
#6
Markus Belau, Wolfgang Scheffer, Georg Maret
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and thus at the origin of many deaths by e.g. heart attack or stroke. Hypertension is caused by many factors including an increase in arterial stiffness which leads to changes in pulse wave velocity and wave reflections. Those often result in an increased left ventricular load which may result in heart failure as well as an increased pulsatile pressure in the microcirculation l to damage to blood vessels. In order to specifically treat the different causes of hypertension it is desirable to perform a pulse wave analysis as a complement to measurements of systolic and diastolic pressure by brachial cuff sphygmomanometry...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716216/1-4-times-increase-in-atrial-fibrillation-related-ischemic-stroke-and-tia-over-12years-in-a-stroke-center
#7
Qiong Yang, Leonid Churilov, Dongsheng Fan, Stephen Davis, Bernard Yan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has quadrupled in the past 50years in the general population. However, there is uncertainty regarding prevalence of AF over time in ischemic stroke patients given the aging population and enhanced surveillance of AF. We aimed to explore the changing prevalence of AF as well as other risk factors, stroke subtypes, investigations and pre-stroke medications among ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from a prospective database of consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and TIA from 2004 to 2015...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711451/atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-mid-range-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#8
Ulrik Sartipy, Ulf Dahlström, Michael Fu, Lars H Lund
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to assess the independent risk factors for, consequences of, and outcomes with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR) in heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) versus HF with mid-range ejection fraction (HFmrEF) versus HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). BACKGROUND: AF is common in HF, but most data are from HFrEF. The importance of AF in HFpEF and MFmrEF is less well known. METHODS: In patients from 2000 to 2012 in the SwedeHF (Swedish Heart Failure Registry) registry, enriched with patient-level data from national health care registries, the authors assessed prevalence of, associations with and prognostic impact of AF in HFpEF versus HFmrEF versus HFrEF...
July 6, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709650/anticoagulation-control-in-warfarin-treated-patients-undergoing-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-edoxaban-versus-enoxaparin-warfarin-in-patients-undergoing-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-trial
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Gregory Y H Lip, Naab Al-Saady, James Jin, Ming Sun, Michael Melino, Shannon M Winters, Dmitry Zamoryakhin, Andreas Goette
In the Edoxaban Versus Enoxaparin-Warfarin in Patients Undergoing Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation (ENSURE-AF) study (NCT 02072434), edoxaban was compared with enoxaparin-warfarin in 2,199 patients undergoing electrical cardioversion of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). In this multicenter prospective randomized open blinded end-point trial, we analyzed patients randomized to enoxaparin-warfarin. We determined time to achieve therapeutic range (TtTR); time in therapeutic range (TiTR); their clinical determinants; relation to sex, age, medical history, treatment, tobacco use, race risk (SAMe-TT2R2) score; and impact on primary end points (composite of stroke, systemic embolic event[SEE], myocardial infarction [MI], and cardiovascular death [CVD] and composite of major + clinically relevant nonmajor bleeding)...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707864/oxidative-stress-antioxidants-and-lipid-profile-in-the-serum-and-saliva-of-individuals-with-coronary-heart-disease-is-there-a-link-with-periodontal-health
#10
Natheer H Al-Rawi, Alaa M Shahid
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stresses and dyslipidemia are an important risk factor in the development of coronary atherosclerotic complications like angina pectoris and myocardial infarction. The aim of this study was to find the relationship between the salivary lipid profile, lipid peroxidation and antioxidants and the periodontal health status of patients with acute coronary heart disease. METHODS: Forty s who had experienced a recent attack of angina pectoris or myocardial infarction and another 40 noncardiac patients matched for age, sex and residence (control) were recruited...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Stomatologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704074/quantifying-the-relative-importance-to-patients-of-avoiding-symptoms-and-outcomes-of-heart-failure
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A Brett Hauber, Engels N Obi, Mark A Price, Diane Whalley, Chun-Lan Chang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate heart failure (HF) patients' disease knowledge and preferences for avoiding different disease outcomes. METHODS: An online survey was administered to 400 individuals with a self-reported diagnosis of HF to elicit relative importance weights (RIWs) for avoiding 11 potential HF symptoms and outcomes using best-worst scaling. The survey also included questions about individuals' HF knowledge, and demographic and disease-experience characteristics...
July 13, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702747/management-of-supine-hypertension-complicating-neurogenic-orthostatic-hypotension
#12
Jacquie Baker, Kurt Kimpinski
Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH) can be present in a number of disorders, including synucleinopathies, autoimmune disorders, and various genetic disorders. All are characterized by defective norepinephrine release from sympathetic terminals upon standing, resulting in impaired vasoconstriction. NOH is defined as a drop in systolic blood pressure ≥20 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥10 mmHg, or both, within 3 minutes of standing or head up-tilt at a minimum of 60°. However, approximately 50% of patients have associated supine hypertension, which greatly complicates treatment...
July 12, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702423/food-ingredients-that-inhibit-cholesterol-absorption
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Elliot D Jesch, Timothy P Carr
Cholesterol is a vital component of the human body. It stabilizes cell membranes and is the precursor of bile acids, vitamin D and steroid hormones. However, cholesterol accumulation in the bloodstream (hypercholesterolemia) can cause atherosclerotic plaques within artery walls, leading to heart attacks and strokes. The efficiency of cholesterol absorption in the small intestine is of great interest because human and animal studies have linked cholesterol absorption with plasma concentration of total and low density lipoprotein cholesterol...
June 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700299/chronic-health-conditions-and-key-health-indicators-among-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-older-us-adults-2013-2014
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Karen I Fredriksen-Goldsen, Hyun-Jun Kim, Chengshi Shui, Amanda E B Bryan
OBJECTIVES: To examine disparities in chronic conditions and health indicators among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults aged 50 years or older in the United States. METHODS: We used data from the 2013 and 2014 National Health Interview Survey to compare disparities in chronic conditions, health outcomes and behaviors, health care access, and preventive health care by sexual orientation and gender. RESULTS: LGB older adults were significantly more likely than heterosexual older adults to have a weakened immune system and low back or neck pain...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694237/phase-transitions-during-compression-and-decompression-of-clots-from-platelet-poor-plasma-platelet-rich-plasma-and-whole-blood
#15
Xiaojun Liang, Irina Chernysh, Prashant K Purohit, John W Weisel
Blood clots are required to stem bleeding and are subject to a variety of stresses, but they can also block blood vessels and cause heart attacks and ischemic strokes. We measured the compressive response of human platelet-poor plasma (PPP) clots, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) clots and whole blood clots and correlated these measurements with confocal and scanning electron microscopy to track changes in clot structure. Stress-strain curves revealed four characteristic regions, for compression-decompression: (1) linear elastic region; (2) upper plateau or softening region; (3) non-linear elastic region or re-stretching of the network; (4) lower plateau in which dissociation of some newly made connections occurs...
July 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680543/a-population-based-cohort-of-adults-with-asthma-mortality-and-participation-in-a-long-term-follow-up
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Helena Backman, Linnea Hedman, Caroline Stridsman, Sven-Arne Jansson, Anne Lindberg, Bo Lundbäck, Eva Rönmark
Background and objective: Asthma is a major public health concern. The aim of this study was to characterize a large population-based cohort of adults with asthma, and to study factors associated with all-cause mortality and non-participation in a long-term follow-up. Design: Random and stratified samples from five population-based cohorts were clinically examined during 1986-2001, and all subjects with asthma were included in the study (n = 2055, age 19-72 years, 55% women). Independent associations between different risk factors and (i) mortality and (ii) non-participation in a clinical follow-up in 2012-2014 were estimated...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680156/miniature-probe-for-mapping-mechanical-properties-of-vascular-lesions-using-acoustic-radiation-force-optical-coherence-elastography
#17
Yueqiao Qu, Teng Ma, Youmin He, Mingyue Yu, Jiang Zhu, Yusi Miao, Cuixia Dai, Pranav Patel, K Kirk Shung, Qifa Zhou, Zhongping Chen
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of fatalities in the United States. Atherosclerotic plaques are one of the primary complications that can lead to strokes and heart attacks if left untreated. It is essential to diagnose the disease early and distinguish vulnerable plaques from harmless ones. Many methods focus on the structural or molecular properties of plaques. Mechanical properties have been shown to change drastically when abnormalities develop in arterial tissue. We report the development of an acoustic radiation force optical coherence elastography (ARF-OCE) system that uses an integrated miniature ultrasound and optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe to map the relative elasticity of vascular tissues...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680021/potential-of-lipoproteins-as-biomarkers-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
#18
Haseeb Ahmad Khan, Aishah Ekhzaimy, Isra Khan, Meena Kishore Sakharkar
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as heart attack, is a medical emergency that is potentially fatal if not promptly and properly managed. The early diagnosis of AMI is critically important for the timely institution of pharmacotherapy to prevent myocardial damage and preserve cardiac function. Ischemic insults during AMI cause myocardial tissue damage, releasing the cardiac muscle protein troponin T into the blood stream. Therefore, serum troponin T levels are used as a sensitive and specific indicator of myocardial injury for diagnosing AMI...
July 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679072/long-term-associations-of-morbidity-with-air-pollution-a-catalogue-and-synthesis
#19
Frederick W Lipfert
I searched the NIH Medline database through January 2017 for long-term studies of morbidity and air pollution and cataloged them with respect to cardiovascular, respiratory, cancer, diabetes, hospitalization, neurological, and pregnancy-birth endpoints. The catalogue is presented as an online appendix. Associations with PM2.5, PM10, and NO2 were evaluated most frequently among the 417 ambient air quality studies identified. Associations with TSP, carbon, ozone, sulfur, vehicular traffic, radon, and indoor air quality were also reported...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677404/risk-of-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-events-in-copd-patients-treated-with-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonist-combined-with-a-long-acting-muscarinic-or-inhaled-corticosteroid
#20
Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
BACKGROUND: The recent approval of several fixed-dose combination long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) products has increased the use of dual bronchodilators in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Understanding the comparative safety of this combination is important for informing treatment decisions. OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular (CCV) events associated with LABA/LAMA compared with a combination of LABA and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
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