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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098104/evaluation-of-arterial-stiffness-in-nondiabetic-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Bodanapu Mastanvalli, Kolla Praveen Kumar, Desai Madhav, P L Venkata Pakki Reddy, Shaik Mahaboob Vali
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing problem worldwide. Clinical and epidemiologic studies have shown that structural and functional changes that occur in major arteries are a major contributing factor to the high mortality in uremic patients. Recent studies have shown a stepwise increase of the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) from CKD Stage 1 to Stage 5. We evaluated the cfPWV and augmentation index (AIx), as indirect markers of arterial stiffness in patients with nondiabetic CKD and compared the values with normal population; we also evaluated the relationship between various stages of CKD and arterial stiffness markers...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097824/mechanisms-of-metabolic-memory-and-renal-hypoxia-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Yosuke Hirakawa, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Masaomi Nangaku
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a worldwide public health problem. The definition of DKD is being under discussion. Although the term DKD was originally defined as "kidney disease specific to diabetes", DKD frequently means chronic kidney disease (CKD) with diabetes mellitus and includes not only classical diabetic nephropathy, but also kidney dysfunction due to nephrosclerosis and other causes. Metabolic memory plays a crucial role in the progression of various complications of diabetes, including DKD. The mechanisms of metabolic memory in DKD are supposed to include advanced glycation end products, DNA methylation, histone modifications, and non-coding RNA including microRNA...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097177/spirituality-a-panacea-for-patients-coping-with-heart-failure
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Parvin Mangolian Shahrbabaki, Esmat Nouhi, Majid Kazemi, Fazlollah Ahmadi
BACKGROUND: Many patients with heart failure grapple with related problems that threaten their feeling of well-being and quality of life. Patients look for ways to cope with the new situation. The present study aimed to explore religious coping from the perspective of patients with heart failure. METHODS: This qualitative study used the content analysis of the semi-structured interviews. The data were collected from 18 participants referring to training hospitals in Kerman University of Medical Sciences in southeastern Iran...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095154/radiation-induced-heart-disease-after-breast-cancer-treatment-how-big-a-problem-and-how-much-can-and-should-we-try-to-reduce-it
#4
Abram Recht
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January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095063/early-primary-care-follow-up-after-ed-and-hospital-discharge-does-it-affect-readmissions
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Sanjai Sinha, Joanna Seirup, Amanda Carmel
OBJECTIVES: After hospitalization, timely discharge follow-up has been linked to reduced readmissions in the heart failure population, but data from general inpatients has been mixed. The objective of this study was to determine if there was an association between completed follow-up appointments within 14 days of hospital discharge and 30-day readmission amongst primary care patients at an urban academic medical center. Index discharges included both inpatient and emergency room settings...
January 17, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093494/exercise-dynamics-in-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-pathophysiology-and-therapeutic-implications
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Philippe B Bertrand, Ehud Schwammenthal, Robert A Levine, Pieter M Vandervoort
Secondary mitral valve regurgitation (MR) remains a challenging problem in the diagnostic workup and treatment of patients with heart failure. Although secondary MR is characteristically dynamic in nature and sensitive to changes in ventricular geometry and loading, current therapy is mainly focused on resting conditions. An exercise-induced increase in secondary MR, however, is associated with impaired exercise capacity and increased mortality. In an era where a multitude of percutaneous solutions are emerging for the treatment of patients with heart failure, it becomes important to address the dynamic component of secondary MR during exercise as well...
January 17, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092931/the-criteria-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-national-health-checkup-and-education-system-in-japan
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Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroyasu Iso
Two major definitions of metabolic syndrome have been proposed. One focuses on accumulation of risk factors such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) criteria; and the other focuses on abdominal obesity such as the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Japanese criteria. The latter consider waist circumference as an obligatory component, whereas the former does not. In 2009, the IDF, NHLBI, AHA and the other organizations attempted to unify these criteria, and waist circumference is no longer an obligatory component...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092289/the-impact-of-obesity-on-heart-failure
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Alexander B Zhai, Haissam Haddad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity, a growing global health problem, contributes to the development of heart failure. However, increased BMI seems protective for those with established disease, a phenomenon known as the 'obesity paradox'. In this review, we outline the mechanism through which obesity can contribute to the development of heart failure, explore the concept of obesity paradox, and highlight the challenges that obesity presents for advanced heart failure therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Although the mechanism underlying the obesity paradox is complex, meta-analysis shows that intentional weight loss through bariatric surgery can indeed improve cardiac structure and function...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087173/at-the-heart-of-the-problem-a-person-centred-developmental-perspective-on-the-link-between-alcohol-consumption-and-cardio-vascular-events
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Valéria Lima Passos, Sven Klijn, Kevin van Zandvoort, Latifa Abidi, Paul Lemmens
INTRODUCTION: The cardio-protective effect of alcohol has been the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Emerging evidence remains equivocal, as the validity of the dose-dependent J-shape association is tainted by conceptual, theoretical and methodological problems. A major impediment for a resolution on the matter is the lack of a life-long developmental approach to pinpoint alcohol's specific impact on the risk for cardio-vascular events (CVE). OBJECTIVE: Using retrospective and prospective individual-level data of alcohol consumption (AC) we applied a model-based clustering technique to uncover life-course trajectories of AC and explored their links to CVE...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086762/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-live-births-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey-in-shaanxi-province-northwestern-china
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Leilei Pei, Yijun Kang, Yaling Zhao, Hong Yan
BACKGROUND: Nearly half of the population of Northwest China live in Shaanxi province, but population-based data on the epidemiologic characteristics of congenital heart defects (CHD) in this population is limited. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and epidemiologic characteristics of the CHD among infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province. METHODS: Infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province were surveyed using a stratified multi-stage sampling method...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077762/inverse-problems-in-reduced-order-models-of-cardiovascular-haemodynamics-aspects-of-data-assimilation-and-heart-rate-variability
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Sanjay Pant, Chiara Corsini, Catriona Baker, Tain-Yen Hsia, Giancarlo Pennati, Irene E Vignon-Clementel
Inverse problems in cardiovascular modelling have become increasingly important to assess each patient individually. These problems entail estimation of patient-specific model parameters from uncertain measurements acquired in the clinic. In recent years, the method of data assimilation, especially the unscented Kalman filter, has gained popularity to address computational efficiency and uncertainty consideration in such problems. This work highlights and presents solutions to several challenges of this method pertinent to models of cardiovascular haemodynamics...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077429/composite-end-points-in-clinical-trials-of-heart-failure-therapy-how-do-we-measure-the-effect-size
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Paul M Brown, Justin A Ezekowitz
Composite end points are popular outcomes in clinical trials of heart failure therapies. For example, a global rank composite is typically analyzed using a Mann-Whitney U test, and the results are summarized by the mean of ranks and a corresponding P value. The mean of ranks is uninformative, and a clinically meaningful estimate of the treatment effect is needed to communicate study results and facilitate an assessment of heterogeneity (the consistency of the effect across outcomes). The probability index is intuitive for clinicians, easy to calculate, and may be applied to various composites...
January 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075223/the-statistical-crisis-in-science-how-is-it-relevant-to-clinical-neuropsychology
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Andrew Gelman, Hilde M Geurts
There is currently increased attention to the statistical (and replication) crisis in science. Biomedicine and social psychology have been at the heart of this crisis, but similar problems are evident in a wide range of fields. We discuss three examples of replication challenges from the field of social psychology and some proposed solutions, and then consider the applicability of these ideas to clinical neuropsychology. In addition to procedural developments such as preregistration and open data and criticism, we recommend that data be collected and analyzed with more recognition that each new study is a part of a learning process...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074820/airway-management-of-the-cardiac-surgical-patients-current-perspective
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REVIEW
Arindam Choudhury, Nishkarsh Gupta, Rohan Magoon, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
The difficult airway (DA) is a common problem encountered in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. However, the challenge is not only just establishment of airway but also maintaining a definitive airway for the safe conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass from initiation to weaning after surgical correction or palliation, de-airing of cardiac chambers. This review describes the management of the DA in a cardiac theater environment. The primary aims are recognition of DA both anatomical and physiological, necessary preparations for (and management of) difficult intubation and extubation...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072626/acquired-coronary-artery-disease-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-a-true-or-a-false-problem
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Alessandro Giamberti, Mauro Lo Rito, Erika Conforti, Alessandro Varrica, Mario Carminati, Alessandro Frigiola, Lorenzo Menicanti, Massimo Chessa
BACKGROUND: The population of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is increasing and aging, and a large percentage of this population is now over 65 years of age. For this reason, it is probable that acquired coronary artery disease (CAD) will become an important issue that needs to be addressed also in these patients. We retrospectively analyzed all ACHD patients who underwent surgery in our Institution with the aim to investigate the incidence of associated CAD and the results of surgical treatment...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071960/community-based-prevalence-study-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-rural-ethiopia
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Tadesse Gemechu, Hani Mahmoud, Eldryd Ho Parry, David Iw Phillips, Magdi H Yacoub
Background Chronic Rheumatic Heart disease (RHD) continues to be a health problem in many low and middle income countries and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Echocardiography has shown that the disease is far more widespread than may be detected by clinical assessment, but data are lacking on the prevalence and epidemiological features in rural Africa. Design Community-based prevalence survey Methods We used transthoracic echocardiography to carry out a population-based study of RHD in a rural area of Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068786/topical-and-low-dose-intravenous-tranexamic-acid-in-cyanotic-cardiac-surgery
#17
Jigar Patel, Mrugesh Prajapati, Hardik Patel, Hemang Gandhi, Shilpa Deodhar, Himani Pandya
Background Coagulopathy is a major problem in surgery for cyanotic congenital heart disease. Tranexamic acid has been used both topically and systemically and plays a vital role in pediatric cardiac surgery by reducing blood loss and blood product requirement. We aimed to determine the anti-fibrinolytic effectiveness of low-dose systemic or topical tranexamic acid or a combination of both. Methods Seventy-five patients were divided in 3 groups of 25. Group A patients were given tranexamic acid 20 mg kg(-1) intravenously after sternotomy and 20 mg kg(-1) after heparin reversal...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068279/identifying-predictors-of-central-sleep-apnea-cheyne-stokes-breathing-in-chronic-heart-failure-a-pathophysiological-approach
#18
Aneliya I Draganova, Kiril V Terziyski, Stefan S Kostianev
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major health problem associated with increased mortality, despite modern treatment options. Central sleep apnea (CSA)/Cheyne-Stokes breathing (CSB) is a common and yet largely under-diagnosed co-morbidity, adding significantly to the poor prognosis in CHF because of a number of acute and chronic effects, including intermittent hypoxia, sympathetic overactivation, disturbed sleep architecture and impaired physical tolerance. It is characterized by repetitive periods of crescendo-decrescendo ventilatory pattern, alternating with central apneas and hypopneas...
December 1, 2016: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063409/tinospora-cordifolia-extract-attenuates-cadmium-induced-biochemical-and-histological-alterations-in-the-heart-of-male-wistar-rats
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Lohanathan Bharathi Priya, Rathinasamy Baskaran, Pitchai Elangovan, Velumani Dhivya, Chih-Yang Huang, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma
Persistence of cadmium (Cd) in the environment causes serious ecological problems. Tinospora cordifolia is a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda for treating various metabolic disorders and toxic conditions. The present study investigates the protective effect of T. cordifolia stem methanolic extract (TCME) on a heavy metal, Cd-induced cardiotoxicity in male Wistar rats. Male albino Wistar rats were divided into four groups (n=6). The animals after treatment for 28days with Cd and TCME were analysed for biochemical and histological changes in the serum and heart tissues...
January 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063261/isolated-heart-models-for-studying-cardiac-electrophysiology-a-historical-perspective-and-recent-advances
#20
Jie Ming Yeo, Vivian Tse, Judy Kung, Hiu Yu Lin, Yee Ting Lee, Joseph Kwan, Bryan P Yan, Gary Tse
Experimental models used in cardiovascular research range from cellular to whole heart preparations. Isolated whole hearts show higher levels of structural and functional integration than lower level models such as tissues or cellular fragments. Cardiovascular diseases are multi-factorial problems that are dependent on highly organized structures rather than on molecular or cellular components alone. This article first provides a general introduction on the animal models of cardiovascular diseases. It is followed by a detailed overview and a historical perspective of the different isolated heart systems with a particular focus on the Langendorff perfusion method for the study of cardiac arrhythmias...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
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