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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645891/health-app-use-among-individuals-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-a-survey-study-with-thematic-coding
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Caryn Kseniya Rubanovich, David C Mohr, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Researchers have largely turned to commercial app stores, randomized trials, and systematic reviews to make sense of the mHealth landscape. Few studies have approached understanding by collecting information from target end users. The end user perspective is critical as end user interest in and use of mHealth technologies will ultimately drive the efficacy of these tools. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain information from end users of mHealth technologies to better understand the physical and mental health apps people use and for what purposes...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645834/left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-for-destination-therapy-is-less-invasive-surgery-a-safe-alternative
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Sebastian V Rojas, Jasmin S Hanke, Murat Avsar, Philipp R Ahrens, Ove Deutschmann, Kirstin A Tümler, Aitor Uribarri, Sara Rojas-Hernández, Pedro L Sánchez, José M González-Santos, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The number of older patients with congestive heart failure has dramatically increased. Because of stagnating cardiac transplantation, there is a need for an alternative therapy, which would solve the problem of insufficient donor organ supply. Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have recently become more commonly used as destination therapy (DT). Assuming that older patients show a higher risk-profile for LVAD surgery, it is expected that the increasing use of less invasive surgery (LIS) LVAD implantation will improve postoperative outcomes...
June 20, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645796/preclinical-testing-of-frequency-tunable-capacitive-micromachined-ultrasonic-transducer-probe-prototypes
#3
Martin Pekař, Alexander F Kolen, Harm Belt, Frank van Heesch, Nenad Mihajlović, Imo E Hoefer, Tamas Szili-Török, Hendrik J Vos, Johan G Bosch, Gijs van Soest, Antonius F W van der Steen
In intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) it may be beneficial to generate ultrasound images acquired at multiple frequencies, having the possibility of high penetration or high-resolution imaging in a single device. The objective of the presented work is to test two frequency-tunable probe prototypes in a preclinical setting: a rigid probe having a diameter of 11 mm and a new flexible and steerable 12-Fr ICE catheter. Both probes feature a forward-looking 32-element capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer array (aperture of 2 × 2 mm(2)) operated in collapse mode, which allows for frequency tuning in the 6-MHz-18-MHz range...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645730/the-relation-of-digital-vascular-function-to-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-african-americans-using-digital-tonometry-the-jackson-heart-study
#4
Eric E McClendon, Solomon K Musani, Tandaw E Samdarshi, Sushant Khaire, Donny Stokes, Naomi M Hamburg, Koby Sheffy, Gary F Mitchell, Herman R Taylor, Emelia J Benjamin, Ervin R Fox
Digital vascular tone and function, as measured by peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), are associated with cardiovascular risk and events in non-Hispanic whites. There are limited data on relations between PAT and cardiovascular risk in African-Americans. PAT was performed on a subset of Jackson Heart Study participants using a fingertip tonometry device. Resting digital vascular tone was assessed as baseline pulse amplitude. Hyperemic vascular response to 5 minutes of ischemia was expressed as the PAT ratio (hyperemic/baseline amplitude ratio)...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644591/a-heart-for-travel-travel-health-considerations-for-patients-with-heart-disease-and-cardiac-devices
#5
G Flaherty, S De Freitas
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in adult international travellers. Patients living with heart disease should receive specific, individualised pre-travel health advice. The purpose of this article is to provide evidence-based advice to physicians who are consulted by travellers with cardiovascular disease. Fitness-to-travel evaluation will often be conducted by the general practitioner but other medical specialists may also be consulted for advice. Patients with chronic medical conditions should purchase travel health insurance...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643428/mechanical-circulatory-support-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-heart-failure
#6
Amanda W Cai, Sabrina Islam, Shelley R Hankins, Wade Fischer, Howard J Eisen
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart failure (HF) remains a pervasive condition with high morbidity and mortality, affecting 5.8 million people in the United States (US) and 23 million worldwide. For patients with refractory end-stage HF, heart transplantation is the gold standard for definitive treatment. However, the demand for heart transplantation has consistently exceeded the availability of donor hearts, with approximately 2,331 orthotopic heart transplantations performed in the US in 2015 despite an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class IIIB or IV symptoms that are refractory to medical treatment and potential transplant candidates...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639873/anesthetic-management-of-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-endocardial-and-epicardial-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
#8
Zeena Husain, Payam Safavi-Naeini, Abdi Rasekh, Mehdi Razavi, Charles D Collard, James M Anton, Daniel A Tolpin
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in adults affecting almost 6 million adults in the United States. The 2 most common comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation are heart failure and thromboembolic events. Heart failure symptoms may be treated with rate control, antiarrhythmic medications or by catheter ablation. Unfortunately, despite optimal medical management, thromboembolic events still occur. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest and innovation in finding an alternative to chronic anticoagulation...
June 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639668/a-strategy-for-fabrication-of-controllable-3d-pattern-containing-clusters-and-nanoparticles-inside-a-solid-material
#9
Qiuqun Chen, Hui Song, Fangteng Zhang, Hang Zhang, Yongze Yu, Zhi Chen, Rongfei Wei, Ye Dai, Jianrong Qiu
Directly controlling the growth process of clusters and nanoparticles is an effective way to tune their specific properties, which has been considered as a significant issue lying at the heart of nanotechnology. For technological applications, great strides have been made in the assembly of clusters and nanoparticles. However, controllable synthesis of clusters and nanoparticles inside a bulk solid-state medium remains a tremendous challenge, which is important for integrated devices. Here we report a strategy for space-selective control of elemental tellurium (Te) precipitation as clusters or nanoparticles in glass by femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638156/goal-directed-perfusion-methodology-for-determining-oxygenator-performance-during-clinical-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#10
Alfred H Stammers, Randi Miller, Stephen G Francis, Laszlo Fuzesi, Anthony Nostro, Eric Tesdahl
New generation oxygenators incorporate arterial line filtration either sequential to, or directly in, the gas exchange module. This unique design may affect gas exchange performance by altering the operational characteristics of the device. The present study was designed to evaluate three oxygenators in a clinical setting using a goal-directed perfusion algorithm during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). After institutional review board approval, 60 adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery for acquired heart disease were matched for disease state and body size into three groups based on oxygenator type: Terumo SX18(™) (n = 20), Terumo FX15(™) (n = 20), and LivaNova Inspire6F(™) 6 Dual (n = 20)...
June 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637736/transcatheter-closure-mini-invasive-closure-and-open-heart-surgical-repair-for-treatment-of-perimembranous-ventricular-septal-defects-in-children-a-protocol-for-a-network-meta-analysis
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Tao You, Kang Yi, Zhao-Hong Ding, Xiao-Dong Hou, Xing-Guang Liu, Xin-Kuan Wang, Long Ge, Jin-Hui Tian
INTRODUCTION: Both transcatheter device closure and surgical repair are effective treatments with excellent midterm outcomes for perimembranous ventricular septal defects (pmVSDs) in children. The mini-invasive periventricular device occlusion technique has become prevalent in research and application, but evidence is limited for the assessment of transcatheter closure, mini-invasive closure and open-heart surgical repair. This study comprehensively compares the efficacy, safety and costs of transcatheter closure, mini-invasive closure and open-heart surgical repair for treatment of pmVSDs in children using Bayesian network meta-analysis...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636525/prognostic-significance-of-improvement-in-right-ventricular-systolic-function-during-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Frederik Helsen, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Mathias Claeys, Els Troost, Gábor Vörös, Rik Willems, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Werner Budts
Objectives There is conflicting evidence concerning the role of right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction in the long-term clinical outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Therefore we aimed to assess evolution of RV systolic function during CRT, covariates associated with its improvement, and its impact on outcome. Methods and results All CRT device implantations (Jan 2009-Dec 2011) in our institution were reviewed. Records of 69 patients (25% female, mean age 62.8 ± 9.2 years, mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction 27 ± 8%) were analyzed...
March 31, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634863/high-tech-acupuncture-for-prevention-of-lifestyle-diseases-a-sino-austrian-cooperation-research-protocol-on-heart-rate-variability
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Feng-Xia Liang, Ze-Bin Chen, Song Wu, Jian-Min Liu, Jing-Zhi Wang, Ji-Dong Lu, Lu-Shan Wang, Li Chen, Qing Shu, Daniela Litscher, Lu Wang, Hua Wang, Gerhard Litscher
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture can not only be used for well-known diseases, but also for so-called modern lifestyle-related diseases. Using innovative methods like e.g. new analyses of heart rate variability (HRV), it is also possible to investigate diseases like burnout syndrome, ie., qi defificiency in Chinese medicine (CM). OBJECTIVE: The main object of this research protocol is to perform research on the relationship of burnout syndrome and heart rate (HR) and HRV...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634456/absolute-and-relative-training-load-and-its-relation-to-fatigue-in-football
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Unai Zurutuza, Julen Castellano, Ibon Echeazarra, David Casamichana
The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of external and internal training load (TL) indicators with the objective and subjective fatigue experienced by 15 semi-professional football players, over eight complete weeks of the competition period in the 2015-2016 season, which covered microcycles from 34th to 41st. The maximum heart rate (HRmax) and maximum speed (Vmax) of all the players were previously measured in specific tests. The TL was monitored via questionnaires on rating of perceived exertion (RPE), pulsometers and GPS devices, registering the variables: total distance (TD), player load 2D (PL2D), TD at >80% of the Vmax (TD80), TD in deceleration at < -2 m⋅sec-2 (TDD <-2), TD in acceleration >2 m⋅sec(-2) (TDA >2), Edwards (ED), time spent at between 50 and 80% (50-80% HRmax), 80-90% (80-90% HRmax), and >90% of the HRmax (>90% HRmax), and RPE both respiratory/thoracic (RPEres) and leg/muscular (RPEmus)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634001/the-effect-of-preoperative-cognitive-behavior-and-exercise-therapy-for-patient-with-implanted-lvad-in-korea-case-presentation
#15
Yong Gon Seo, Won Hah Park, Eun Seok Jeon, Ji Dong Sung, Mi Ja Jang
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used in patients with progressive heart failure symptoms to provide circulatory support. Patients with LVADs are referred to inpatient cardiac rehabilitation to prevent postoperative complications and improve aerobic capacity and quality of life (QOL). Preoperative exercise therapy for cardiac patients is an emerging treatment modality, and several studies have reported that it improves postoperative outcomes such as length of hospital stay and postoperative complications...
June 17, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633398/a-novel-system-for-the-treatment-of-aortic-annular-dilation-an-ex-vivo-investigation
#16
Pallav Shah, Claudia Romagnoni, Michal Jaworek, Federico Lucherini, Monica Contino, Alan Menkis, Guido Gelpi, Gianfranco B Fiore, Carlo Antona, Riccardo Vismara
OBJECTIVES: The main reason for aortic repair failures is recurrent annular dilatation. The fibrous portion of left ventricular outflow tract dilates. A novel device was designed to tackle this problem. METHODS: The device consists of an internal ring applied at the aortic annulus plus an external flexible band at the level of the aortic root. The internal ring has a semi-rigid portion (40%, placed at ventriculo-arterial junction) and a flexible portion to allow it to conform along the curves of the non-coronary/right coronary leaflet and right coronary/left coronary leaflet commissures...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#17
EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629937/the-multi-mode-modulator-a-versatile-fluidic-device-for-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography
#18
John V Seeley, Nicolaas E Schimmel, Stacy K Seeley
A fluidic device called the multi-mode modulator (MMM) has been developed for use as a comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC x GC) modulator. The MMM can be employed in a wide range of capacities including as a traditional heart-cutting device, a low duty cycle GC x GC modulator, and a full transfer GC x GC modulator. The MMM is capable of producing narrow component pulses (widths <50ms) while operating at flows compatible with high resolution chromatography. The sample path of modulated components is confined to the interior of a joining capillary...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629640/is-physical-activity-a-modifier-of-the-association-between-air-pollution-and-arterial-stiffness-in-older-adults-the-sapaldia-cohort-study
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Simon Endes, Emmanuel Schaffner, Seraina Caviezel, Julia Dratva, Daiana Stolz, Christian Schindler, Nino Künzli, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss, Nicole Probst-Hensch
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Air pollution and insufficient physical activity have been associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, molecular mechanisms linked to arterial stiffness and cardiovascular disease. There are no studies on how physical activity modifies the association between air pollution and arterial stiffness. We examined whether the adverse cardiovascular effects of air pollution were modified by individual physical activity levels in 2823 adults aged 50-81 years from the well-characterized Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases (SAPALDIA)...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629375/diagnostic-performance-of-multi-organ-ultrasound-with-pocket-sized-device-in-the-management-of-acute-dyspnea
#20
Alfonso Sforza, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Viviana Carlino, Agostino Buonauro, Marco Barozzi, Giuseppe Romano, Sossio Serra, Giovanni de Simone
BACKGROUND: The availability of ultra-miniaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. Information on accuracy of ultrasound with handheld units in immediate differential diagnosis in emergency department (ED) is poor. The aim of this study is to test the usefulness and accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) alone or combined with ultrasound of the heart and inferior vena cava (IVC) using a PUD for the differential diagnosis of acute dyspnea (AD)...
June 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
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