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Ana Belkin, Zeala Gazit, Nathan Keller, Ronen Ben-Ami, Anat Wieder-Finesod, Ana Novikov, Galia Rahav, Tal Brosh-Nissimov
A patient transferred from South Africa to Israel acquired a Candida auris infection. Phylogenetic analysis showed resemblance of C. auris to isolates from South Africa but not Israel, suggesting travel-associated infection. C. auris infection occurred weeks later in another patient at the same hospital, suggesting prolonged environmental persistence.
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Hairong Fu, Xiaoshan Li, Jiahua Tan
The main method for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is percutaneous coronary intervention; however percutaneous coronary intervention will induce ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury, resulting in the loss of cardiac function and cardiomyocyte death. An effective drug to target this condition is necessary. N-isopropylacrylamide and methacrylic acid were used to synthesize drug delivery nanoparticles (NP) containing the natural compound visnagin for IR injury treatment. It was demonstrated that NP containing fluorescein isothiocyanate localized to the site of myocardial IR, and that NP-visnagin treatment induced cardioprotection, reducing the size of the MI and ameliorating cardiac dysfunction through the induction of autophagy and the inhibition of apoptosis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Hae Chang Jeong, Joon Ho Ahn, Min Chul Kim, Doo Sun Sim, Keun Ho Park, Young Joon Hong, Ju Han Kim, Myung Ho Jeong, Ki-Bae Seung, Kiyuk Chang, Youngkeun Ahn
Background/Aims: The optimal percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) strategy in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with multivessel disease (MVD) is uncertain. This study was designed to develop a novel and simple tool for assessing an individualized and optimized PCI strategy in AMI patients with MVD. Methods: In total, 5,025 patients with AMI from nine centers at two universities were enrolled in the prospective Convergent Registry of Catholic and Chonnam University for Acute Myocardial Infarction (COREA-AMI) registry from January 2004 through December 2009...
March 20, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hilmi Alnsasra, Binyamin Ben-Avraham, Shmuel Gottlieb, Merav Ben-Avraham, Ran Kronowski, Zaza Iakobishvili, Ilan Goldenberg, Boris Strasberg, Moti Haim
High-grade atrioventricular block (HAVB) is a frequent complication of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. We aimed to evaluate the incidence, predictors, and prognostic significance of HAVB in a contemporary cohort of patients with AMI, in the recent era of early reperfusion. Patients with acute coronary syndromes (n=11,487) during the years 2000-2010 were included. Patients were divided into two groups: with HAVB (n=308, 2.7%) and without HAVB (n=11,179, 97...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Rasool Mohammadi, Hamid Soori, Abbas Alipour, Ehsan Bitaraf, Soheila Khodakarim
While the effect of temperature on risk of cardiovascular events is well documented, few studies report evidence from the Middle East. In this study, we investigate the short-term effect of ambient temperature on admissions for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Tehran, Iran. We used a case-crossover design combined with a distributed lag non-linear model to examine nonlinear and delayed associations between ambient temperature and AMI admissions from 2013 to 2016. We also examined hot and cold effects on AMI admission by gender and age categories (≤ 65 years old and > 65 years old)...
April 2018: Journal of Thermal Biology
Gustavo S Oderich, Rodrigo Macedo, David H Stone, Edward Y Woo, Jean M Panneton, Timothy Resch, Nuno V Dias, Björn Sonesson, Marc L Schermerhorn, Jason T Lee, Manju Kalra, Randall R DeMartino, Giuliano de A Sandri, Emanuel J Ramos Tenorio
OBJECTIVE: Retrograde open mesenteric stenting (ROMS) through laparotomy was introduced as an alternative to surgical bypass in patients with acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the indications and outcomes of ROMS for treatment of AMI and chronic mesenteric ischemia. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical data and outcomes of all consecutive patients treated by ROMS in seven academic centers from 2001 to 2013. ROMS was performed through laparotomy with retrograde access into the target mesenteric artery and stent placement using a retrograde or antegrade approach...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Yih-Ru Chen, Fang-I Hsieh, Chi-Ching Chang, Nai-Fang Chi, Hsin-Chiao Wu, Hung-Yi Chiou
There are still debates on the association of increased cardiovascular risk with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because of inconsistent results. Therefore, our study aims to evaluate the transient effects of selective and nonselective NSAIDs on the risk of stroke and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with RA. We conducted a case-crossover study of 5,921 stroke or AMI patients with co-morbidity of RA. All cases were identified from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2011, according to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision and Clinical Modification diagnosis codes from inpatient claims...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Kei Yamamoto, Kenichi Sakakura, Naoyuki Akashi, Yusuke Watanabe, Masamitsu Noguchi, Yousuke Taniguchi, Yusuke Ugata, Hiroshi Wada, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
BACKGROUND: A risk classification of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) linked to a rehabilitation program has not been established. METHODS: We allocated 292 patients with AMI into the low- (L) (n=108), intermediate- (I) (n=72), and high- (H) (n=112) risk groups according to our original risk classification. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE), defined as the composite of cardiac death, non-fatal AMI, stent thrombosis, and ischemia-driven target vessel revascularization...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Hadas Urca, Frida Ben-Ami
The microsporidian parasite Hamiltosporidium tvaerminnensis can infect Daphnia magna both horizontally (through environmental spores) and vertically (through parthenogenetic and sexually produced eggs). The spores of H. tvaerminnensis come in three distinguishable morphologies, which are thought to have different roles in the transmission of the parasite. In this study, we examined the role of the two most common spore morphologies (i.e. oval-shaped spores and pear-shaped spores) in horizontal transmission of H...
March 16, 2018: Parasitology
Asim Shuja, Amie Deutch
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February 20, 2018: Digestive and Liver Disease
David J Tester, Leonie C H Wong, Pritha Chanana, Amie Jaye, Jared M Evans, David R FitzPatrick, Margaret J Evans, Peter Fleming, Iona Jeffrey, Marta C Cohen, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Michael A Simpson, Elijah R Behr, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a leading cause of postneonatal mortality. Genetic heart diseases (GHDs) underlie some cases of SIDS. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the spectrum and prevalence of GHD-associated mutations as a potential monogenic basis for SIDS. METHODS: A cohort of 419 unrelated SIDS cases (257 male; average age 2.7 ± 1.9 months) underwent whole exome sequencing and a targeted analysis of 90 GHD-susceptibility genes...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Alexander R Opotowsky, Jonathan Rhodes, Michael J Landzberg, Ami B Bhatt, Keri M Shafer, Doreen DeFaria Yeh, Scott E Crouter, Ana Ubeda Tikkanen
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves exercise capacity and quality of life while reducing mortality in adults with acquired heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation has not been extensively studied in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS: We performed a prospective, randomized controlled trial (NCT01822769) of a 12-week clinical CR program compared with standard of care (SOC). Participants were ≥16 years old, had moderate or severe CHD, had O2 saturation ≥92%, and had peak O2 consumption ([Formula: see text]) < 80% predicted...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Giuseppe La Torre, Rosella Saulle, Francesca Di Murro, Roberta Siliquini, Alberto Firenze, Massimo Maurici, Alice Mannocci, Vittoria Colamesta, Francesco Barillà, Fabio Ferrante, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Western countries. The possible synergistic effect of poor adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MD) and other risk factors for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) such as hypertension, cholesterol, ever smoker, BMI> 25, diabetes, has not been deeply studied. DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Patients with first AMI and controls from four tertiary referral Italian centers were screened for enrolment...
2018: PloS One
Paula Chatterjee, Karen E Joynt Maddox
Importance: Hospitals in the United States have been subject to mandatory public reporting of mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF) since 2007 and to value-based payment programs for these conditions since 2011. However, whether hospitals with initially poor baseline performance have improved relative to other hospitals under these programs, and whether patterns of improvement differ by condition, is unknown. Understanding trends within public reporting and value-based payment can inform future efforts in these areas...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Simone de Campos Neitzke Winter, Rafael Michel de Macedo, Júlio Cesar Francisco, Paula Costa Santos, Ana Paula Sarraff Lopes, Leanderson Franco de Meira, Katherine A Teixeira de Carvalho, José Rocha Faria Neto, Ana Carolina Brandt de Macedo, Luiz César Guarita-Souza
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise should be part of the treatment of post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of two training prescription models (continuous x interval) and its impact on ventricular function in rats after AMI with normal ventricular function. METHODS: Forty Wistar rats were evaluated by echocardiography 21 days after the AMI. Those with LVEF = 50% (n = 29) were included in the study and randomized to control group (CG n = 10), continuous training group (CTG n = 9) or interval training group (ITG, n = 10)...
March 12, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Arjun K Venkatesh, Changqin Wang, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha Altaf, Susannah M Bernheim, Leora Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); however, the implications of emergency department (ED) visits following hospital discharge on readmissions are uncertain. We describe the frequency, diagnoses, and hospital-level variation in ED visitation following hospital discharge, including the relationship between risk-standardized ED visitation and readmission rates. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, and pneumonia between July 2011 and June 2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Young Hee Nam, Colleen M Brensinger, Warren B Bilker, Charles E Leonard, Scott E Kasner, Tilo Grosser, Xuanwen Li, Sean Hennessy
OBJECTIVE: To examine the comparative safety of individual NSAIDs when given concomitantly with clopidogrel. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using Medicaid claims from five US states during 1999-2010, supplemented with Medicare claims for dual-enrollees. The exposure of interest was the first concomitant use of clopidogrel and one of the 10 selected NSAIDs after a 1-year baseline period. The outcomes were: all-cause mortality; acute myocardial infarction (AMI)/ischemic stroke; and gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB)/intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)...
2018: PloS One
Ryungsa Kim, Ami Kawai, Megumi Wakisaka, Yuri Funaoka, Yui Nishida, Naomi Yasuda, Koji Arihiro
Advances in surgical and anesthetic techniques have allowed for outpatient treatment of breast cancer. We evaluated the feasibility, safety, efficacy, and surgical outcomes of outpatient surgery in 370 patients with breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS)/axillar lymph node (ALN) management. There were no deaths or severe intraoperative complications, but 41 complications were observed and disease recurrence occurred in 18 patients. The cumulative overall survival rate was 95.2%. Outpatient surgery was well tolerated, feasible, and safe in patients receiving BCS/ALN management...
March 14, 2018: Breast Journal
I Indurawa, E Amis, N Hannon, K Khadjooi
Background Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischaemic stroke. We investigated whether active screening for atrial fibrillation in secondary care, followed by careful evaluation of risk factors and communication to general practitioners from stroke specialists, could increase appropriate anticoagulation prescription. Methods Between 1/9/14 and 28/2/15 all acute medical admissions were screened for atrial fibrillation at Cambridge University Hospital. Individualised letters were sent to the general practitioners of patients who it was felt would benefit from anticoagulation...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Shuo Yang, Tao Fan, Qi Hu, Weipan Xu, Jian Yang, Changwu Xu, Bofang Zhang, Jing Chen, Hong Jiang
MicroRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) was indicated to suppress the formation of blood vessels, which is associated with cardiac function after myocardial infarction. In this study, the relationship between miR-17-5p and cardiac function was researched. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were infected with adenoviruses. Apoptosis was determined by Annexin V-7AAD/PI. Real-time RT-PCR was used to evaluate miR-17-5p and ERK levels. Western blotting was used to determine the levels of ERK, the anti-apoptosis protein bcl-2 and apoptosis proteins, including bax, caspase 3, and caspase 9...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
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