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Thrombolytic therapy

Wen Yea Hwong, Michiel L Bots, Sharmini Selvarajah, L Jaap Kappelle, Zariah Abdul Aziz, Norsima Nazifah Sidek, Ilonca Vaartjes
BACKGROUND: A shortage of computed tomographic (CT) machines in low and middle income countries often results in delayed CT imaging for patients suspected of a stroke. Yet, time constraint is one of the most important aspects for patients with an ischemic stroke to benefit from thrombolytic therapy. We set out to assess whether application of the Siriraj Stroke Score is able to assist physicians in prioritizing patients with a high probability of having an ischemic stroke for urgent CT imaging...
2016: PloS One
Ahmad Separham, Samad Ghaffari, Hossein Najafi, Reza Ghaffari, Mojtaba Ziaee, Hossein Babaei
Allopurinol may have protective effects over ischemic reperfusion injury and reduce infarct size. In this randomized study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of allopurinol in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing thrombolytic therapy. Overall, 140 patients with STEMI were randomly assigned to receive 400 mg of allopurinol or placebo before treating with streptokinase. Then, study group received 100 mg of allopurinol daily for 28 days and placebo group received placebo for the same period...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Zixiao Li, Chunjuan Wang, Xingquan Zhao, Liping Liu, Chunxue Wang, Hao Li, Haipeng Shen, Li Liang, Janet Bettger, Qing Yang, David Wang, Anxin Wang, Yuesong Pan, Yong Jiang, Xiaomeng Yang, Changqing Zhang, Gregg C Fonarow, Lee H Schwamm, Bo Hu, Eric D Peterson, Ying Xian, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke is a leading cause of death in China. Yet the adherence to guideline-recommended ischemic stroke performance metrics in the past decade has been previously shown to be suboptimal. Since then, several nationwide stroke quality management initiatives have been conducted in China. We sought to determine whether adherence had improved since then. METHODS: Data were obtained from the 2 phases of China National Stroke Registries, which included 131 hospitals (12 173 patients with acute ischemic stroke) in China National Stroke Registries phase 1 from 2007 to 2008 versus 219 hospitals (19 604 patients) in China National Stroke Registries phase 2 from 2012 to 2013...
October 6, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Varun Kumar, Santosh Sinha, Prakash Kumar, Mohammed Razi, Chandra Mohan Verma, Ramesh Thakur, Umeshwar Pandey, Rajpal Singh Bhardwaj, Mohammed Ahmad, R K Bansal, Shalini Gupta
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the complications, particularly conduction blocks, subsequent morbidity and mortality, and effect of thrombolytic therapy in Indian patients with inferior wall myocardial infarction (IWMI). METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, single-center study conducted at LPS Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur, from December 2011 to May 2014. Patients who presented with typical chest pain and were subsequently diagnosed by standardized diagnostic criteria as having IWMI were enrolled...
October 12, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Gregory M Weiner, Rafey Feroze, David M Panczykowski, Amin Aghaebrahim, William Ares, Nitin Agarwal, John Enis, Xiao Zhu, Andrew F Ducruet
INTRODUCTION: Tandem occlusion resulting in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is associated with high morbidity and mortality and a poor response to thrombolytic therapy. The use of endovascular strategies for tandem stroke cases results in an improved outcome for this subgroup of patients. We present two cases with a pattern of tandem occlusion consisting of proximal obstruction at the origin of the common carotid artery (CCA) with concomitant intracranial occlusion treated by endovascular techniques...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Debabrata Bandyopadhyay, Tanmay S Panchabhai, Navkaranbir S Bajaj, Pradnya D Patil, Matthew C Bunte
BACKGROUND: Primary pulmonary artery sarcoma (PPAS) is a rare tumor that mimics pulmonary thromboembolism (PE). Similarities to PE can delay the diagnosis and misguide the treatment of PPAS. This study aimed to evaluate tumor characteristics and outcome predictors among those diagnosed with PPAS and misdiagnosed as PE. METHODS: From 1991-2010, 10 PPAS cases were available from the Cleveland Clinic (CC) institutional database and another 381 cases were reported in the literature...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Xiaodong Zhang, Shasha Jing, Peiyi Gao, Jing Xue, Lu Su, Weiping Li, Lijie Ren, Qingmao Hu
Segmentation of infarcts at hyperacute stage is challenging as they exhibit substantial variability which may even be hard for experts to delineate manually. In this paper, a sparse representation based classification method is explored. For each patient, four volumetric data items including three volumes of diffusion weighted imaging and a computed asymmetry map are employed to extract patch features which are then fed to dictionary learning and classification based on sparse representation. Elastic net is adopted to replace the traditional L0-norm/L1-norm constraints on sparse representation to stabilize sparse code...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Trinath Kumar Mishra, Biswajit Das
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is rising in epidemic proportions with India not being an exception. CAD in Indian scenario has its onset at a younger age with multitude of risk factors. OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to obtain complete information about demographic profile, risk factors, clinical scenario, therapeutic modalities, natural course, outcome and changing profile of acute ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 45,122 acute STEMI patients admitted 1st March 1990 to 1st March 2014...
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
T A Polyakova, A V Arablinsky, O S Levin
The role of the cerebral microbleeds (CMB) as a potential predictor of hemorrhagic complications of thrombolytic therapy is discussed. CMB are small perivascular hemosiderin deposits in the brain detected by magnetic resonance imaging in gradient echo T2* or SWI sequences. They are associated (along with leukoaraiosis or lacunes) with cerebral microangiopathies. Most often CMB are associated with hypertensive arteriopathy (the main cause of CMB localization) or cerebral amyloid angiopathy (the main cause of cerebral CMB)...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Hsin-Fu Lee, Yi-Hsin Chan, Chun-Li Wang
A 77-year-old male with subacute right foot ischemia was treated with endovascular therapy to relieve total thrombosis of the pedal arch extending from the dorsalis pedis of the anterior tibial artery into the posterior tibial artery, plantar segment. Because the procedure was only partially successful, rivaroxaban was used for thrombolytic treatment resulting in improvement of the patient's ischemic pain and avoidance of gangrenous progression and surgical amputation. This is the first report describing successful recanalization of pedal arch arterial thrombosis using rivaroxaban in a patient after suboptimal results of endovascular therapy...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Maurizio Paciaroni, Leonardo Pantoni
The administration of thrombolytic therapy in elderly patients with dementia and acute ischemic stroke may be controversial, because the reported risk of rt-PA associated intracerebral hemorrhage in these patients is higher compared with that of patients without dementia and because these patients are already disabled. Moreover, there are known risk factors for hemorrhagic transformation in patients with dementia: amyloid angiopathy, leukoaraiosis and the presence of microbleeds. In this review, we describe the impact of dementia on functional outcome following thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke and discuss some of the issues related to the use of this therapy in this specific patient's population...
October 3, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Yogender Pal Khasa
Cardiovascular disorders are on the rise worldwide due to alcohol abuse, obesity, hypertension, raised blood lipids, diabetes and age-related risks. The use of classical antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies combined with surgical intervention helped to clear blood clots during the inceptive years. However, the discovery of streptokinase and urokinase ushered the way of using these enzymes as thrombolytic agents to degrade the fibrin network with an issue of systemic hemorrhage. The development of second generation plasminogen activators like anistreplase and tissue plasminogen activator partially controlled this problem...
October 3, 2016: Bioengineered
J Fluss, M Dinomais, M Kossotoroff, C Vuillerot, S Darteyre, S Chabrier
Over the last decade considerable advances have been made in the identification, understanding and management of pediatric arterial ischemic stroke. Such increasing knowledge has also brought new perspectives and interrogations in the current acute and rehabilitative care of these patients. Areas covered: In developed countries, focal cerebral arteriopathy is one of the most common causes of arterial ischemic stroke in childhood and imaging features are well characterized. However, there are ongoing debates regarding its underlying mechanisms, natural evolution and proper management...
October 12, 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Sari Numminen, Anna-Maija Korpijaakko-Huuhka, Anna-Kaisa Parkkila, Teija Kulkas, Heikki Numminen, Prasun Dastidar, Mervi Jehkonen
OBJECTIVE: This prospective follow-up study aimed to identify sociodemographic and clinical factors that may affect the quality of life (QoL) of patients with acute ischemic stroke during a 6-month follow-up. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the acute phase, sociodemographic and clinical data were collected using the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, Barthel Index, and modified Rankin Scale. QoL was assessed with the Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale-39 6 months after stroke...
September 30, 2016: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Benjamin S Misemer, Timothy F Platts-Mills, Christopher W Jones
BACKGROUND: Citation bias occurs when positive trials involving a medical intervention receive more citations than neutral or negative trials of similar quality. Several large clinical trials have studied the use of thrombolytic agents for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke with differing results, thereby presenting an opportunity to assess these trials for evidence of citation bias. We compared citation rates among positive, neutral, and negative trials of alteplase (tPA) and other thrombolytic agents for stroke...
September 28, 2016: Trials
X Y Liu, Y Zhang, M W Li, X P Wang, D D Qi, P Y Hao, H Zhang, Q Q Cheng, L S Zhao, C Y Gao, D Y Hu
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous thrombolytic therapy using reteplase in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Method: A total of 73 hospitals from Henan province took part in this clinical trials during October 2012 to October 2014, 1 226 cases (1 014 male (82.7%), mean age 59.0 (51.0, 66.0) years) with acute STEMI received reteplase as thrombolytic agent.Reperfusion rate was judged according to the clinical symptoms, electrocardiogram, myocardial enzymes and heart rhythm, and the rate of cardiovascular events and bleeding events during hospitalization was also observed...
September 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Timothy J Fuller, Christopher M Paprzycki, Muhammad H Zubair, Lala R Hussain, Brian A Kuhn, Matthew H Recht, Patrick E Muck
BACKGROUND: Interventional strategies for massive and submassive Pulmonary Embolism (smPE) have historically included either systematic intravenous thrombolytic alteplase (IV TPA) or surgical embolectomy, both of which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. However, with the advent of endovascular techniques, recent studies have suggested that an endovascular approach to the treatment of acute smPE may be both safe and effective with excellent outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients who have undergone catheter directed thrombolysis (CDT) for smPE at our institution in an effort to determine the safety of the procedure...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Ahmet Yigit Goktay, Cagin Senturk
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a common disorder with a significant mortality rate. Successful endovascular treatment of acute DVT is most likely to be achieved in patients with recently formed thrombus, (<10-14 days) with acute iliofemoral DVT. Endovascular treatment options include: Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT), pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis (PCDT), percutaneous aspiration thrombectomy (PAT), vena cava filter protection, venous balloon dilatation and venous stent implantation...
September 24, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Konstantinos G Moulakakis, Spyridon N Mylonas, Andreas Lazaris, Georgios Tsivgoulis, John Kakisis, Giorgos S Sfyroeras, Constantine N Antonopoulos, Elias N Brountzos, Spyridon N Vasdekis
Acute carotid stent thrombosis (ACST) is a rare complication that can lead to dramatic and catastrophic consequences. A rapid diagnosis and prompt recanalization of the internal carotid artery are needed to minimize the ischemic insult and the reperfusion injury. We reviewed the current literature on this devastating complication of CAS with the intention of investigating the potential causative factors and to define the appropriate management. According to our study discontinuation of antiplatelet therapy, resistance to antiplatelet agents and inherent or acquired thrombotic disorders are the main causes of thrombosis...
October 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Myron D Ginsberg
This review surveys the efforts taken to achieve clinically efficacious protection of the ischemic brain and underscores the necessity of expanding our purview to include the essential role of cerebral perfusion and the collateral circulation. We consider the development of quantitative strategies to measure cerebral perfusion at the regional and local levels and the application of these methods to elucidate flow-related thresholds of ischemic viability and to characterize the ischemic penumbra. We stress that the modern concept of neuroprotection must consider perfusion, the necessary substrate upon which ischemic brain survival depends...
September 13, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
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