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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181874/using-a-statewide-survey-methodology-to-prioritize-pediatric-cardiology-core-content
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Ashley E Neal, Elizabeth Lehto, Karen Hughes Miller, Craig Ziegler, Erin Davis
OBJECTIVE: Although pediatrician-reported relevance of Canadian cardiology-specific objectives has been studied, similar data are not available for the 2016 American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) cardiology-specific objectives. This study asked Kentucky trainees, pediatricians, and pediatric cardiologists to identify "most important" content within these objectives. DESIGN, METHODS, OUTCOME MEASURES: This cross-sectional study used an original, online survey instrument based on the 2016 ABP cardiology-specific objectives...
November 27, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157229/computer-model-for-the-cardiovascular-system-development-of-an-e-learning-tool-for-teaching-of-medical-students
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David Roy Warriner, Martin Bayley, Yubing Shi, Patricia Victoria Lawford, Andrew Narracott, John Fenner
BACKGROUND: This study combined themes in cardiovascular modelling, clinical cardiology and e-learning to create an on-line environment that would assist undergraduate medical students in understanding key physiological and pathophysiological processes in the cardiovascular system. METHODS: An interactive on-line environment was developed incorporating a lumped-parameter mathematical model of the human cardiovascular system. The model outputs were used to characterise the progression of key disease processes and allowed students to classify disease severity with the aim of improving their understanding of abnormal physiology in a clinical context...
November 21, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144534/building-and-strengthening-capacity-for-cardiovascular-research-in-africa-through-technical-training-workshops-a-report-of-the-joint-course-on-health-research-methods-by-the-clinical-research-education-networking-and-consultancy-and-the-ivorian-society-of-cardiology
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Bonaventure Suiru Dzekem, Jean Baptiste Kacou, Martin Abanda, Euloge Kramoh, Yves Yapobi, Samuel Kingue, Andre Pascal Kengne, Anastase Dzudie
Africa bears a quarter of the global burden of disease but contributes less than 2% of the global research publications on health, partially due to a lack of expertise and skills to carry out scientific research. We report on a short course on research methods organised by the Clinical Research Education Networking and Consultancy (CRENC) during the third international congress of the Ivorian Cardiac Society (SICARD) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Results from the pre- and post-test evaluation during this course showed that African researchers could contribute more to scientific research and publications, provided adequate support and investment is geared towards the identification and training of motivated early-career scientists...
September 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123346/estimation-of-need-for-palliative-care-among-noncancer-patients-attending-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Parvathy Prasad, Sonali Sarkar, Biswajit Dubashi, S Adinarayanan
Context: Palliative care services, until recently, were mainly restricted to cancer patients with incurable diseases. Hence, evaluative studies of palliative care are sparse in areas other than oncology. Aims: To estimate what proportion of patients attending the Departments of Neurology, Cardiology, and Nephrology of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, required palliative care and to identify the palliative care needs of those patients...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106452/acute-aortic-syndromes-diagnosis-and-management-an-update
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Eduardo Bossone, Troy M LaBounty, Kim A Eagle
Acute aortic syndromes (AAS) encompass a constellation of life-threatening medical conditions including classic acute aortic dissection (AAD), intramural haematoma, and penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulcer. Given the non-specific symptoms and physical signs, a high clinical index of suspicion is necessary to detect the disease before irreversible lethal complications occur. In order to reduce the diagnostic time delay, a comprehensive flowchart for decision-making based on pre-test sensitivity of AAS has been designed by the European Society of Cardiology guidelines on aortic diseases and should be thus applied in the emergency scenario...
June 30, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105550/adherence-to-guidelines-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-health-care
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Maaike Giezeman, Mats Arne, Kersti Theander
OBJECTIVE: To describe adherence to international guidelines for chronic heart failure (CHF) management concerning diagnostics, pharmacological treatment and self-care behaviour in primary health care. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive study of patients with CHF, using data obtained from medical records and a postal questionnaire. SETTING: Three primary health care centres in Sweden. SUBJECTS: Patients with a CHF diagnosis registered in their medical record...
November 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103310/comparison-of-adherence-to-the-2013-acc-aha-cholesterol-guideline-in-a-teaching-versus-nonteaching-outpatient-clinic
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Angela Cheng-Lai, Jessica Snead, Christina Ng, Caroline Verges, Philip Chung
BACKGROUND: Little information is available regarding prescribers' adherence rate to the 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) cholesterol guideline, especially that from a teaching versus a nonteaching setting. OBJECTIVES: We aim to evaluate adherence rates to the 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guideline in a teaching versus a nonteaching practice site. In addition, the impact of a pharmacist-led seminar on adherence rate to the guideline was assessed...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102451/autonomic-dysfunction-in-cardiology-pathophysiology-investigation-and-management
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Amy C Arnold, Jessica Ng, Lucy Lei, Satish R Raj
Presyncope and syncope are common medical findings, with a > 40% estimated lifetime prevalence. These conditions are often elicited by postural stress and can be recurrent and accompanied by debilitating symptoms of cerebral hypoperfusion. Therefore, it is critical for physicians to become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of common underlying causes of presyncope and syncope. In some patients, altered postural hemodynamic responses result from a failure of compensatory autonomic nervous system reflex mechanisms...
September 14, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100640/risk-aversion-and-public-reporting-part-2-mitigation-strategies
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REVIEW
David M Shahian, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Vinay Badhwar, Richard S D'Agostino, Joseph E Bavaria, Richard L Prager
Part 1 of this review summarizes the consequences of risk aversion and the observational studies and surveys relevant to this phenomenon, almost all of which are derived from cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. In Part 2, we describe the root cause of risk aversion-the belief by providers that current risk adjustment is inadequate to account for the severity of their highest-risk patients, thereby prejudicing their publicly reported performance scores. Evidence supporting the robustness of current risk adjustment is presented, as well as nine potential strategies to further mitigate risk aversion: optimization of data source, risk models, and performance measures; exclusion of high-risk patients; exclusion of non-procedure-related end points; separate reporting of high-risk patients; reporting by condition or diagnosis rather than by procedures; reporting at the hospital or program level rather than the physician level; collaborative, cross-disciplinary decision making; active surveillance for risk aversion; and improved stakeholder education...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075387/high-value-consults-a-curriculum-to-promote-point-of-care-evidence-based-recommendations
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Deepa Rani Nandiwada, Amar Kohli, Megan McNamara, Kenneth J Smith, Shanta Zimmer, Melissa McNeil, Carla Spagnoletti, Doris Rubio, Kathryn Berlacher
BACKGROUND : In an era when value-based care is paramount, teaching trainees to explicitly communicate the evidence behind recommendations fosters high-value care (HVC) in the consultation process. OBJECTIVE : To implement an HVC consult curriculum highlighting the need for clear consult questions, evidence-based recommendations to improve consult teaching, clinical decision-making, and the educational value of consults. METHODS : A pilot curriculum was implemented for residents on cardiology consult electives utilizing faculty and fellows as evidence-based medicine (EBM) coaches...
October 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060434/a-comparative-study-of-electronic-stethoscopes-for-cardiac-auscultation
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C Pinto, D Pereira, J Ferreira-Coimbra, J Portugues, V Gama, M Coimbra
There are several electronic stethoscopes available on the market today, with a very high potential for healthcare namely telemedicine, assisted decision and education. However, there are no recent comparatives studies published about the recording quality of auscultation sounds. In this study we aim to: a) define a ranking, according to experts opinion of 6 of the most relevant electronic stethoscopes on the market today; b) verify if there are any relations between a stethoscope's performance and the type of pathology present; c) analyze if some pathologies are more easily identified than others when using electronic auscultation...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058074/acute-coronary-syndrome-in-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-results-of-an-austrian-prospective-pilot-study
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Duygu Gündüz, Anita Lesjak, Angela Wiedemann, Marion Avanzini, Walther-Benedikt Winkler, Hadice Ucar-Altenberger, Claudia Stöllberger, Franz Weidinger
BACKGROUND: There are indications that immigrant patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) differ in demographic characteristics and clinical presentation from non-immigrant patients. The aim of this prospective pilot study was to gather clinical and sociodemographic data from patients with ACS and to compare immigrants with non-immigrants. METHODS: Included were consecutive patients who underwent acute coronary angiography in one cardiological department for ACS from September 2011 to September 2013...
December 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049043/challenges-of-healthcare-administration-optimizing-quality-and-value-at-an-affordable-cost-in-pediatric-cardiology
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Mitchell I Cohen, Patricio A Frias
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to explore the paradigm shift in healthcare delivery that will need to take place over the next few years away from an emphasis on supply-driven health care to better quality transparent-driven health care whose focus is on the consumer's best interest. RECENT FINDINGS: The current healthcare system is fragmented and costs continue to rise. The best way to contain costs is to improve quality to the consumer, the patient...
October 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049005/beliefs-attitudes-and-activities-of-healthcare-personnel-about-influenza-and-pneumococcal-vaccines
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Fatma Çiftci, Elif Şen, Nalan Demir, Orçun Çiftci, Serhat Erol, Oya Kayacan
OBJECTIVES: Vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) is an effective measure for preventing the spread of influenza among at-risk patients. This study was conducted to determine influenza vaccination rates and activities among HCP working at a tertiary healthcare setting. METHODS: This study included 470 HCP (85 physicians, 134 nurses, 53 healthcare assistants, 44 paramedics, 47 medical secretaries, and 107 auxillary staff members) working at the emergency, cardiology, chest diseases, and internal medicine departments with the largest volume of patients with vaccination indication of two large university hospitals with similar medical practices and work environment...
October 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040548/european-society-of-cardiology-smartphone-and-tablet-applications-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-their-health-care-providers
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Dipak Kotecha, Winnie W L Chua, Larissa Fabritz, Jeroen Hendriks, Barbara Casadei, Ulrich Schotten, Panos Vardas, Hein Heidbuchel, Veronica Dean, Paulus Kirchhof
We are in the midst of a digital revolution in health care, although the application of new and useful technology in routine clinical practice is variable. The Characterizing Atrial fibrillation by Translating its Causes into Health Modifiers in the Elderly (CATCH ME) Consortium, in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), has funded the creation of two applications (apps) in atrial fibrillation (AF) for use in smartphones and tablets. The patient app aims to enhance patient education, improve communication between patients and health care professionals, and encourage active patient involvement in the management of their condition...
October 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023346/influenza-vaccination-rate-and-reasons-for-nonvaccination-in-children-with-cardiac-disease
#16
Gilat Livni, Alina Wainstein, Einat Birk, Gabriel Chodick, Itzhak Levy
BACKGROUND: Influenza is a major cause of respiratory morbidity worldwide. It poses a risk of complications in children with cardiac disease. Influenza vaccine is considered the most effective and safe means of preventing the disease. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of influenza vaccination in children with cardiac disease and to identify the reasons for failure to vaccinate in this patient population. METHODS: The study group included 186 children and their parents who attended the cardiology institute of a tertiary pediatric medical center between September and October 2012...
November 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975608/inappropriate-prescribing-in-older-hospitalized-adults-a-comparison-of-medical-specialties
#17
Ana Carmen Dos Santos Ribeiro Simoes Juliano, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Jéssica Teixeira Santos da Silva, Letícia Gomes Santos, Jéssica Borges Taranto Nunes, Guilherme Cortes Fernandes, Giancarlo Lucchetti
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence and number of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in hospitalized older adults, comparing prescription patterns of medical specialties. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary general hospital. PARTICIPANTS: All older adults hospitalized from January through May 2015 (N = 1,900). MEASUREMENTS: Information on medications prescribed during the first and last days of hospitalization was collected and evaluated regarding PIMs using Beers and Screening Tool of Older People's Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria...
October 4, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974521/update-to-practice-standards-for-electrocardiographic-monitoring-in-hospital-settings-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
#18
REVIEW
Kristin E Sandau, Marjorie Funk, Andrew Auerbach, Gregory W Barsness, Kay Blum, Maria Cvach, Rachel Lampert, Jeanine L May, George M McDaniel, Marco V Perez, Sue Sendelbach, Claire E Sommargren, Paul J Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This scientific statement provides an interprofessional, comprehensive review of evidence and recommendations for indications, duration, and implementation of continuous electro cardiographic monitoring of hospitalized patients. Since the original practice standards were published in 2004, new issues have emerged that need to be addressed: overuse of arrhythmia monitoring among a variety of patient populations, appropriate use of ischemia and QT-interval monitoring among select populations, alarm management, and documentation in electronic health records...
November 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971649/-rambam-where-medicine-technology-and-humanity-intertwine
#19
Rafael Beyar
In this issue, we present a series of articles written by Rambam's physicians, which reflect the scope of research that takes place in the hospital. This incorporates physicians, nurses and related professions, and progress in health care attained through research and technology-based medicine. A central part of our values is a combination of medicine, technology and humanity. Thanks to our unique location in close proximity to the Technion's Baruch and Ruth Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, our commitment to the combination of research and medicine has a unique impact...
September 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935205/-usefulness-of-patient-education-in-antihypertensive-treatment-compliance-in-black-africans
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J Koffi, C Konin, A Gnaba, Y NGoran, N Mottoh, M K Guikahue
AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the compliance for antihypertensive treatment and to assess the effects of patient education as tool to improve the compliance in hypertensive patients. METHODS: We include prospectively all hypertensive patients followed in consultation in the cardiology department of the national police hospital in Ivory Coast. Compliance evaluation was made with the Girerd scale. After evaluation, all the patients benefit from an individual and/or collective education sessions...
September 18, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
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