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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040548/european-society-of-cardiology-smartphone-and-tablet-applications-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-their-health-care-providers
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
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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...
October 3, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971649/-rambam-where-medicine-technology-and-humanity-intertwine
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930764/when-listening-is-better-than-reading-performance-gains-on-cardiac-auscultation-test-questions
#7
Kathleen Short, S Deniz Bucak, Francine Rosenthal, Mark R Raymond
PURPOSE: In 2007, the United States Medical Licensing Examination embedded multimedia simulations of heart sounds into multiple-choice questions. This study investigated changes in item difficulty as determined by examinee performance over time. The data reflect outcomes obtained following initial use of multimedia items from 2007 through 2012, after which an interface change occurred. METHOD: A total of 233,157 examinees responded to 1,306 cardiology test items over the six-year period; 138 items included multimedia simulations of heart sounds, while 1,168 text-based items without multimedia served as controls...
September 14, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912201/race-and-socioeconomic-differences-associated-with-changes-in-statin-eligibility-under-the-2013-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-cholesterol-guidelines
#8
Amol A Verma, Marcia P Jimenez, S V Subramanian, Allan D Sniderman, Fahad Razak
BACKGROUND: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines expanded eligibility criteria for statins. We examined race and socioeconomic differences associated with these changes. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was an observational study of adults between 40 and 75 years of age using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys between 2005 and 2012. Change in eligibility for statins was assessed based on the third adult treatment panel criteria and the 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906542/illuminating-the-pathway-for-the-next-generation-of-cardiovascular-medicine-practitioners-and-researchers-highlights-of-the-joint-pascar-scc-clinical-symposium-on-hypertension-and-heart-failure-cameroon
#9
Martin H Abanda, Anastase Dzudie, Ba Hamadou, Yves Monkam, Henry Luma, Marie Solange Douala, Loryane Nganhyim, Bonaventure S Dzekem, Theophile N Nana, George Nel, Ana O Mocumbi, Simon Stewart, Karen Sliwa, Eugene Belley Priso
The Pan-African Society of Cardiology roadmap aims to achieve a 25% control of hypertension by the year 2025. Whether this is attainable or not depends largely on the capacity of healthcare providers and policy makers to address the rising prevalence of hypertension and its complications, including heart failure. Task sharing is fundamental in optimising hypertension control. The Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC) engaged with the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and the Cameroon Cardiac Society (SCC) in a joint hypertension and heart failure symposium at the Douala General Hospital in 2016...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885933/a-qualitative-study-of-participation-in-cardiac-rehabilitation-programs-in-an-integrated-health-care-system
#10
Nathalie McIntosh, Gemmae M Fix, Kelly Allsup, Martin Charns, Sarah McDannold, Kenneth Manning, Daniel E Forman
INTRODUCTION: Despite strong incentives to use cardiac rehabilitation (CR), patient participation is low in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This is paradoxical given that VHA is an integrated health care system that offers a range of CR programs which should logically reduce barriers to access to CR participation. The purpose of this study was to better understand the contextual factors that influence patient participation in CR and how patients consider factors together when making decisions about CR participation...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883713/patients-knowledge-of-heart-failure-and-their-perception-of-the-disease
#11
Anna Płotka, Edyta Prokop, Jacek Migaj, Ewa Straburzyńska-Migaj, Stefan Grajek
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to gain a deeper insight into patients' perception of chronic heart failure (CHF) symptoms by analyzing their compliance with nonpharmacological recommendations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective, single-center survey-based registry. Patients included in this study were hospitalized between December 2014 and January 2016 at the 1(st) Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Lord's Transfiguration, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, and had been diagnosed with CHF at least 3 months prior to inclusion...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883224/time-trend-in-interest-and-satisfaction-towards-clinical-training-and-academic-activities-among-early-career-cardiologists%C3%A3-the-japanese-circulation-society-post-graduate-training-survey
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Takashi Kohno, Shun Kohsaka, Yasuyoshi Takei, Keiichi Fukuda, Yukio Ozaki, Akira Yamashina
BACKGROUND: Satisfaction among early-career cardiologists is a key performance metric for cardiovascular (CV) educational programs. To assess the time trend in the interest and activities of early-career cardiologists regarding their training, we conducted web-based surveys in 2011 and 2015.Methods and Results:Early-career cardiologists were defined as physicians who planned to attend Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) annual meetings within 10 years of graduation. A total of 272 and 177 participants completed the survey for the years 2011 and 2015, respectively...
September 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871622/-heartfailurematters-org-an-educational-website-for-patients-and-carers-from-the-heart-failure-association-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology-objectives-use-and-future-directions
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Kim P Wagenaar, Frans H Rutten, Leonie Klompstra, Yusuf Bhana, Floor Sieverink, Frank Ruschitzka, Petar M Seferovic, Mitja Lainscak, Massimo F Piepoli, Berna D L Broekhuizen, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma, Arno W Hoes, Kenneth Dickstein
AIMS: In 2007, the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) launched the information website heartfailurematters.org (HFM site) with the aim of creating a practical tool through which to provide advice and guidelines for living with heart failure to patients, their carers, health care professionals and the general public worldwide. The website is managed by the ESC at the European Heart House and is currently available in nine languages. The aim of this study is to describe the background, objectives, use, lessons learned and future directions of the HFM site...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870437/preliminary-interpretations-of-transthoracic-echocardiograms-by-cardiology-fellows
#14
Selma Carlson, Kathleen Kearney, Song Li, Michelle Fujioka, Becky Schwaegler, James N Kirkpatrick
BACKGROUND: Echocardiograms are often obtained after business hours on an urgent or emergent basis to assist in the care of patients with complex presentations. Considerable variation exists among academic medical centers with regard to who performs and interprets these studies, with different levels of cardiology fellow involvement in scanning and/or interpreting. On-call echocardiographic interpretation can be educationally valuable for cardiologists in training but may come at the expense of patient care...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867640/development-and-validation-of-a-teaching-module-for-echocardiographic-scoring-of-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
#15
Nathan Stehouwer, Emmy Okello, Vedant Gupta, Alison L Bailey, Richard Josephson, Sri Krishna Madan Mohan, Mohammed N Osman, Chris T Longenecker
BACKGROUND: The Wilkins score and commissural calcification scores predict outcomes after percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty. However, many cardiologists are inadequately trained in their application-both in the United States where the incidence of rheumatic heart disease has fallen and in rheumatic heart disease endemic countries where training infrastructure is weak. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to develop a computer-based educational module teaching 2 scoring systems for rheumatic mitral stenosis and to validate the module among cardiology fellows in the United States and Uganda...
August 31, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854072/acclimating-to-the-increase-in-statin-use-in-accountable-care-organizations-based-on-changes-in-quality-measures-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
#16
Leah Bensimon, Genevieve Hale
The Accountable Care Organization Research Network, Services, and Education (ACORN SEED), founded by faculty members at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, is a group of pharmacists that provides unique pharmacy services to accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes, and management services organizations to help maximize shared savings and target medication-related issues, while promoting the pharmacy profession and unique learning experiences for pharmacy students within these settings...
September 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832093/-heart-without-smoke-educational-campaign-the-role-of-patient-education-in-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#17
Zbigniew Siudak, Agata Krawczyk-Ożóg, Iwona Twarda, Iwona Franczak, Renata Rajtar-Salwa, Stanisław Bartuś, Jacek Godlewski, Dariusz Dudek
BACKGROUND: Nicotine addiction is the strongest factor in the increase of the risk of recurrent ischemic events. AIM: The aim of the study was to analyze the effectiveness of smoking cessation educational program in the population of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction within the "Heart without smoke" campaign. METHODS: In this study, we included 100 consecutive patients, active smokers, hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (STEMI or NSTEMI) at the Center for Invasive Cardiology, Angiology and Electrotherapy in Pińczów, Poland in the period from January to December 2015 (12 months)...
August 23, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817241/association-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-heart-failure-risk-in-the-elderly
#18
Catarina Magalhães Porto, Vanessa De Lima Silva, João Soares Brito da Luz, Brivaldo Markman Filho, Vera Magalhães da Silveira
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of heart failure in elderly patients of cardiology outpatient clinics. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cross-sectional study with an analytical approach was employed. Clinical data were collected from the elderly from August 2015 to February 2016. The dependent variable was the risk of heart failure; the independent variable was vitamin D deficiency; and intervening factors were age, gender, education, ethnicity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, renal failure, dementia, stroke, dyslipidaemia, depression, smoking, alcoholism, obesity, andropause, and cardiac arrhythmia...
August 17, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794122/organizational-structure-staffing-resources-and-educational-initiatives-in-cardiac-intensive-care-units-in-the-united-states-an-american-heart-association-acute-cardiac-care-committee-and-american-college-of-cardiology-critical-care-cardiology-working-group
#19
Sean van Diepen, Christopher B Fordyce, Zachary K Wegermann, Christopher B Granger, Amanda Stebbins, David A Morrow, Michael A Solomon, Jeffrey Soble, Timothy D Henry, Ian C Gilchrist, Jason N Katz, Mauricio G Cohen, L Kristin Newby
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August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790541/critical-carotid-artery-stenosis-in-coronary-and-non-coronary-patients-frequency-of-risk-factors
#20
Haris Vranic, Amel Hadzimehmedagic, Ilirijana Haxibeqiri-Karabdic, Ermina Mujacic, Muhamed Djedovic
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is one of the largest socio medical problems of modern times. In addition to the third leading cause of death, it is the first cause of non-trauma disability. Numerous studies show a correlation of risk factors and arteriosclerotic lesions in the coronary arteries and carotid arteries. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Study was conducted at the Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Clinic for Cardiology surgery, methodologically cross-sectional study and partly manipulative and clinical prevention study, conducted on a representative sample of 100 patients...
April 2017: Medical Archives
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