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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141052/association-between-urinary-manganese-and-blood-pressure-results-from-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-nhanes-2011-2014
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Cynthia Wu, Jessica G Woo, Nanhua Zhang
Manganese is a trace mineral required for metabolism, growth and tissue formation, and reproduction. It is mainly obtained through food and water, as well as through occupational exposure. This study used data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, combining the 2011-12 and 2013-14 cycles. We conducted linear regression analyses on urinary manganese and blood pressure. Significant negative associations (p<0.01) between urinary manganese and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure existed after adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, race/ethnicity, and status of taking antihypertensive medication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140801/validation-of-the-microlife-bp-a3-pc-upper-arm-blood-pressure-monitor-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-according-to-the-ansi-aami-iso-81060-2-2013-protocol
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Beate Beime, Ralf Krüger, Gertrud Hammel, Peter Bramlage, Cornelia Deutsch
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to validate the blood pressure (BP) measurement device, Microlife BP A3 PC, in patients with diabetes mellitus, according to the ANSI/AAMI/ISO 81060-2:2013 protocol. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 85 individuals aged 56-88 years, with predefined criteria for diabetes mellitus, BP measurements on the upper arm were performed alternately using the Microlife BP A3 PC and a standard mercury reference sphygmomanometer. A total of 333 comparisons were included for analysis...
November 14, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140556/withdrawn-transcendental-meditation-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Louise Hartley, Angelique Mavrodaris, Nadine Flowers, Edzard Ernst, Karen Rees
BACKGROUND: A major determinant in cardiovascular disease (CVD) is stress. As transcendental meditation (TM) is thought to help in lowering negative stress indicators, it may be a beneficial strategy for the primary prevention of CVD. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of TM for the primary prevention of CVD. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following electronic databases: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (2013, Issue 10); MEDLINE (Ovid) (1946 to week three November 2013); EMBASE Classic and EMBASE (Ovid) (1947 to week 48 2013); ISI Web of Science (1970 to 28 November 2013); and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) and Health Technology Assessment Database and Health Economics Evaluations Database (November 2013)...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139550/long-term-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes-of-mitraclip-therapy-in-patients-non-responders-to-cardiac-resynchronization
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Valerio L Giaimo, Paolo Zappulla, Arianna Cirasa, Donatella Tempio, Maria Sanfilippo, Giulia Rapisarda, Danilo Trovato, Angelo Di Grazia, Claudio Liotta, Carmelo Grasso, Davide Capodanno, Corrado Tamburino, Valeria Calvi
OBJECTIVES: This study deals clinical and echocardiographic outcomes in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) non-responders patients undergoing Mitraclip procedure. BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) occurs in approximately one-third of heart failure (HF) patients. Resynchronization therapy may correct FMR in patients with HF, however significant FMR persists in 20-25% of CRT patients. METHODS: All patients included were previously treated with CRT for at least 6 months and remained classified as New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class III or IV despite optimal medical therapy; the echocardiographic assessment showed lack of decrease of the left ventricular end systolic volume (LVESV) of at least 10% and residual moderate-to-severe or severe FMR...
November 15, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139301/design-of-a-24-week-trial-of-empagliflozin-once-daily-in-hypertensive-black-african-american-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Keith C Ferdinand, Leo Seman, Afshin Salsali
OBJECTIVE: Black/African American patients have higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), diabetes-related complications, and hypertension, but they are often underrepresented in clinical trials. The sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor, empagliflozin, was associated with significant improvements in glucose control (via hemoglobin [Hb] A1c) and reductions in blood pressure (BP; via office and ambulatory BP monitoring) in a primarily white population with T2DM and hypertension...
November 15, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138942/calculation-of-left-ventricular-volumes-and-ejection-fraction-from-dynamic-cardiac-gated-15-o-water-pet-ct-5d-pet
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Jonny Nordström, Tanja Kero, Hendrik Johannes Harms, Charles Widström, Frank A Flachskampf, Jens Sörensen, Mark Lubberink
BACKGROUND: Quantitative measurement of myocardial blood flow (MBF) is of increasing interest in the clinical assessment of patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). (15)O-water positron emission tomography (PET) is considered the gold standard for non-invasive MBF measurements. However, calculation of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF) is not possible from standard (15)O-water uptake images. The purpose of the present work was to investigate the possibility of calculating LV volumes and LVEF from cardiac-gated parametric blood volume (V B) (15)O-water images and from first pass (FP) images...
November 14, 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138737/diabetes-mellitus-among-adults-in-herat-afghanistan-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Khwaja Mir Islam Saeed
Introduction: Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in Afghanistan. This study identifies the risk factors associated with diabetes in Herat City, Afghanistan, and explores the prevalence of previously undiagnosed diabetes. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using multistage cluster sampling by adopting the World Health Organization's (WHO) STEPwise approach to Surveillance (STEPS). We enrolled 1129 participants aged 25-70 years between May and June of 2015 (47...
2017: Central Asian Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138648/vascular-hyperreactivity-in-black-cameroonian-hypertensive-and-normotensive-patients-a-comparative-study
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Sylvie Ndongo Amougou, Dieudonné Danwe, Hamadou Ba, Bonaventure Jemea, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Christian Ngongang Ouankou, Jingi Musa Ahmadou, Samuel Kingue
Introduction: Vascular hyperreactivity is a risk factor and a factor predicting hypertension (high blood pressure). Unlike other continents where several studies were carried out, it has rarely been studied in black Africa in general and in Cameroon in particular. Methods: Vascular reactivity was measured by the cold test. Vascular hyperreactivity was defined as an increase in blood pressure > 20 mmHg for systolic and/or > 15 mmHg for diastolic. Khi(2), Man-Withney, Wilcoxon's signed ranks and logistic regression tests were used for statistical analysis...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138534/vitamin-d-levels-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Lin An, Ming-Hui Sun, Feng Chen, Jin-Ran Li
Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the association between vitamin D and systemic sclerosis (SSc) by meta-analysis. Methods: A comprehensive search was performed through June 12, 2017. Pooled standardized mean difference (SMD) was used to estimate the mean vitamin D difference between case and control groups (or between diffused- and limited-type SSc). Pooled risk ratios (RRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to assess the impact of vitamin D level on clinical characteristics of SSc patients...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138230/head-to-head-comparison-of-global-and-regional-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-strain-versus-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-tagging-in-a-multicenter-validation-study
#10
Mihaela Silvia Amzulescu, Hélène Langet, Eric Saloux, Alain Manrique, Laurianne Boileau, Alisson Slimani, Pascal Allain, Clotilde Roy, Christophe de Meester, Agnès Pasquet, Mathieu De Craene, David Vancraeynest, Anne-Catherine Pouleur, Jean-Louis J Vanoverschelde, Bernhard L Gerber
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread use to characterize and refine prognosis, validation data of two-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking (2DST) echocardiography myocardial strain measurement remain scarce. METHODS AND RESULTS: Global and regional subendocardial peak-systolic Lagrangian longitudinal (LS) and circumferential strain (CS) by 2DST and 2D-tagged (2DTagg) cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were compared against sonomicrometry in a dynamic heart phantom and among each other in 136 patients included prospectively at 2 centers...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138179/association-between-leukocyte-telomere-length-and-the-risk-of-incident-atrial-fibrillation-the-framingham-heart-study
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Laila Staerk, Biqi Wang, Kathryn L Lunetta, Robert H Helm, Darae Ko, Jason A Sherer, Patrick T Ellinor, Steven A Lubitz, David D McManus, Ramachandran S Vasan, Emelia J Benjamin, Ludovic Trinquart
BACKGROUND: Advancing age is a prominent risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). Shorter telomere length is a biomarker of biological aging, but the link between shorter telomere length and increased risk of AF remains unclear. We examined the association between shorter leukocyte telomere length (LTL) and incident AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included AF-free participants from the observational Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort from 1995 to 1998, who had LTL measurements...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137886/diesel-exhaust-inhalation-exposure-induces-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-mice
#12
Jing Liu, Xiaoqing Ye, Dapeng Ji, Xiaofei Zhou, Cong Qiu, Weiping Liu, Luyang Yu
Diesel exhaust (DE) is one of the main sources of urban air pollution. An increasing number of evidence showed the association of air pollution with cardiovascular diseases. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is one of the most disastrous vascular diseases, which results in right ventricular failure and death. However, the relationship of DE inhalation exposure with PAH is still unknown. In this study, male adult mice were exposed by inhalation to filtered ambient air (negative control), 10% O2 hypoxia (PAH-phenotype positive control), 350 μg/m(3) particulate matter whole DE, or the combination of DE and hypoxic condition...
November 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137850/the-importance-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-blood-pressure-pattern-in-asymptomatic-type-2-diabetic-patients-the-diagnostic-and-prognostic-significance-of-tissue-doppler-parameters-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-and-nighttime
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Angelina Stevanovic, Milica Dekleva
The primary aims of this study have been to explore the diagnostic and prognostic significance of Tissue Doppler parameters (TDI), global longitudinal strain (GLS), and blood pressure (BP) pattern in normotensive diabetic patients. METHODS: The study consisted of 121 diabetic patients and 41 healthy subjects. Conventional and TDI echocardiography were performed on all patients, including E/Em (ratio of diastolic velocities). GLS was derived from two-dimensional speckle-tracking. Ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) was obtained over 24h...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137843/-blood-pressure-in-a-native-tzotzil-population-from-the-state-of-chiapas-mexico
#14
Enrique Villarreal-García, Lourdes Verónica Villarreal-García
OBJECTIVE: To determine the blood pressure in a native Tzotzil population from the state of Chiapas, Mexico. METHODOLOGY: Cross-sectional study on a Chenalho Tzotzil population from Chiapas, Mexico, from August to December 2015, aged between 20 to 60 years-old. Patients with diabetes mellitus and hypertension were excluded, as well as pregnant patients. The sample size was 205, using as sample basis, the list of patients that went to the healthy patient wellness clinic...
November 11, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137464/zero-and-five-end-digit-preference-and-blood-pressure-quality-of-care-revisited
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Mehdi Yaseri, Mohsen Afarideh, Mostafa Hosseini, Mahmoud Yousefifard, Ali Rafei, Jalil Koohpayehzadeh, Fereshteh Asgari, Koorosh Etemad, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, Sina Noshad, Mohsen Bagheri, Neamatollah Ataei
BACKGROUND: To determine the rate of zero and five end-digit preference (EDP) for systolic and diastolic blood pressures (SBP and DBP, respectively) and risk factors amongst a representative sample of Iranian adults in the year 2011. METHODS: Data gathered from 7997 Iranian adults aged 25-70 were extracted from the database of the sixth Survey of Surveillance of Risk Factors of Non-communicable Diseases, which surveyed a total of 11,864 individuals aged 6 to 70 years...
October 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137319/effects-of-growth-hormone-on-cardiac-remodeling-and-soleus-muscle-in-rats-with-aortic-stenosis-induced-heart-failure
#16
Aline R R Lima, Luana U Pagan, Ricardo L Damatto, Marcelo D M Cezar, Camila Bonomo, Mariana J Gomes, Paula F Martinez, Daniele M Guizoni, Dijon H S Campos, Felipe C Damatto, Katashi Okoshi, Marina P Okoshi
Background: Skeletal muscle wasting is often observed in heart failure (HF). The growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis is impaired in HF. In this study, we evaluated the effects of GH on soleus muscle and cardiac remodeling in rats with aortic stenosis (AS)-induced HF. Methods: AS was created by placing a stainless-steel clip on the ascending aorta. After clinically detecting HF, GH (2 mg/kg/day) was subcutaneously injected for 14 days (AS-GH group)...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137197/effect-of-age-on-glasgow-coma-scale-in-patients-with-moderate-and-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-an-approach-with-propensity-score-matched-population
#17
Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Yi-Chun Chen, Peng-Chen Chien, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Pao-Jen Kuo, Ching-Hua Hsieh
Background: The most widely used methods of describing traumatic brain injury (TBI) are the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS). Recent evidence suggests that presenting GCS in older patients may be higher than that in younger patients for an equivalent anatomical severity of TBI. This study aimed to assess these observations with a propensity-score matching approach using the data from Trauma Registry System in a Level I trauma center. Methods: We included all adult patients (aged ≥20 years old) with moderate to severe TBI from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2016...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137093/an-incidental-encounter-of-a-rare-high-take-off-right-coronary-artery-a-case-report
#18
Xicheng Deng, Peng Huang, Wenjuan Chen, Xiaohui Yang, Qianjun Liu, Yunbin Xiao, Cheng He
RATIONALE: High take-off of the coronary arteries is a rare cardiac anatomic anomaly, which may occur independently or with other congenital heart defects. In the clinical setting, it is noteworthy as a cause of sudden cardiac death. Further, it is vital to identify such anomalies to avoid intraoperative catastrophes in surgeries for congenital heart defects. PATIENT CONCERNS: A II/6 systolic heart murmur on physical examination was incidentally found in a 9-year-old boy; he was confirmed to have a secundum-type atrial septal defect on echocardiography...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137055/efficacy-of-tai-chi-and-qigong-for-the-prevention-of-stroke-and-stroke-risk-factors-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
#19
Romy Lauche, Wenbo Peng, Caleb Ferguson, Holger Cramer, Jane Frawley, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt
BACKGROUND: This review aims to summarize the evidence of Tai Chi and qigong interventions for the primary prevention of stroke, including the effects on populations with major stroke risk factors. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted on January 16, 2017 using the PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane Library, and CINAHL databases. Randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of Tai Chi or qigong for stroke prevention and stroke risk factors were included...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136747/-association-between-biomarkers-and-activities-of-daily-living-in-the-elderly-%C3%A2-65-years-old-from-longevity-areas-in-china
#20
J S Luo, Y B Lyu, Z X Yin, W H Shi, J Zhang, L Q Su, J L Fang, X M Shi
Objective: To explore the association between biomarkers and activities of daily living (ADL) in the elderly over 65 years old from longevity areas in China. Methods: A total of 2 439 people from 8 longevity areas were included in our baseline survey in 2012. Using questionnaires, body measurements, and blood biochemical examinations, information on demographics characteristic, life style, ADL, blood pressure and biomarkers were collected. Based on these six items of ADL (bathing, dressing, indoor activities, toileting, eating, bowel and bladder control), we constructed a dichotomous indicator for ADL...
November 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
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