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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244073/incidence-of-infective-endocarditis-among-patients-considered-at-high-risk
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Lauge Østergaard, Nana Valeur, Nikolaj Ihlemann, Henning Bundgaard, Gunnar Gislason, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Niels Eske Bruun, Lars Søndergaard, Lars Køber, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl
Aims: Patients with prior infective endocarditis (IE), a prosthetic heart valve, or a cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD) are considered to be at high risk of IE by guidelines. However, knowledge is sparse on the relative risk of IE between these three groups and compared controls. Methods and results: Using Danish nationwide registries (1996-2015), we identified all patients with prior IE, a prosthetic heart valve, or a complex CHD (defined as tetralogy of Fallot, truncus arteriosus, and transposition of great arteries) as well as matched control populations...
December 12, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243510/health-related-quality-of-life-and-risk-of-composite-coronary-heart-disease-and-cerebrovascular-events-in-the-moli-sani-study-cohort
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Marialaura Bonaccio, Augusto Di Castelnuovo, Simona Costanzo, Mariarosaria Persichillo, Amalia De Curtis, Chiara Cerletti, Maria Benedetta Donati, Giovanni de Gaetano, Licia Iacoviello
Background To assess the association between health-related quality of life (HRQL) and a composite outcome including incident coronary heart disease (CHD) and cerebrovascular events in a large general population-based cohort. Design Prospective analysis on 17,102 men and women (mean age 53 ± 11) free from cardiovascular disease at time of enrolment in the Moli-sani cohort (2005-2010). Methods HRQL was assessed by the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey. Hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated using multivariable Cox-proportional hazard models...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243213/accuracy-of-co-morbidity-data-in-patients-undergoing-abdominal-wall-hernia-repair-a-retrospective-study
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S Hajibandeh, S Hajibandeh, R Deering, D McEleney, J Guirguis, S Dix, A Sreh, E Toner, A El Muntasar, A Kausar, G Sheikh, D OShea, A Shafiq, A Kelly, A Khan, D Arumugam, A Evans
OBJECTIVES: To determine the baseline accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of routinely collected co-morbidity data in patients undergoing abdominal wall hernia repair. METHODS: All patients aged > 18 who underwent umbilical, para-umbilical, inguinal or incisional hernia repair between 1 January 2015 and 1 November 2016 were identified. All parts of the clinical notes were searched for co-morbidities by two authors independently...
December 14, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241770/total-cholesterol-and-stroke-mortality-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Sang-Wook Yi, Dae-Hee Shin, Hyeyun Kim, Jee-Jeon Yi, Heechoul Ohrr
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The association between cholesterol and stroke has been inconsistent. This study aimed to examine the association between total cholesterol (TC) and mortality from total stroke and stroke subtypes. METHODS: 503,340 Korean adults aged 40-80 years without a history of heart disease or stroke participated in routine health examinations in 2002 and 2003, and were followed up until 2013. Adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for stroke (I60-I69) mortality were calculated...
December 6, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241641/the-systemic-sclerosis-questionnaire-sysq-validation-of-the-translation-of-the-original-german-version-into-spanish-and-its-relationship-to-the-disease-and-to-quality-of-life
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Maria Pilar Cruz-Domínguez, Moisés Casarrubias-Ramírez, Victor Gasca-Martínez, Cindy Maldonado García, Rosa Angélica Carranza-Muleiro, Gabriela Medina, Grettel García-Collinot, Daniel Hector Montes-Cortes
OBJECTIVE: Translation, transculturation and validity of the self-administered questionnaire for functionality (Systemic Sclerosis Questionnaires [SySQ]) for use in Spanish patients with systemic sclerosis and its relationship to the severity of the disease and to quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted an observational analytical study to perform a cross-cultural validation of the self-administered questionnaire on functionality in scleroderma. The validity of the form and content was evaluated by an expert panel...
December 11, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240516/association-between-duration-of-reproductive-years-and-metabolic-syndrome
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Yon Chul Park, Tae Sic Lee, Hee-Taik Kang, Eun Suk Cho, Jai Soon Kim, Yoo Jung Hwang, Jong-Koo Kim
BACKGROUND: The incidence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) has gradually increased in recent years. MetS has been associated with age at menarche and menopause; however, the association between MetS and the reproductive span remains unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study examined MetS and the reproductive span among 1,214 participants of the 2014 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, a stratified, complex, multistage, probability cluster survey conducted by the Division of Chronic Disease Surveillance of the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention since 1998...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239807/an-objective-measurement-of-lacunar-infarct-location-from-the-middle-cerebral-artery-stem
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Shanal S Kumar, Bradford A Moffat, Simon Salinas, Leonid Churilov, Bernard Yan
BACKGROUND: There is emerging interest in the relationship between neuroimaging location of lacunar infarcts and underlying stroke risk factors. Recent methods used for localization of lacunar infarcts are affected by high inter-rater variability. We used a novel algorithm-driven method that provided quantitative assessment of the distance of the lacunar infarct from the origins of the lenticulostriate arteries. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients who presented with lacunar infarcts between 2007 and 2011...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238360/impact-of-chronic-kidney-disease-on-mortality-in-older-adults-treated-with-pacemaker-implantation
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Fabio Fabbian, Alfredo De Giorgi, Matteo Guarino, Michele Malagù, Matteo Bertini
Objective: To investigate whether chronic kidney disease could negatively impact survival in older adults needing pacemaker implantation after admission for bradyarrhythmias. Methods: This retrospective observational study considered 538 older adults consecutively admitted, who had been followed-up for 31 ± 20 months. Subjects with poor short-term prognosis were excluded. Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was calculated, along with the independent relationship between all-cause mortality and clinical data...
October 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237468/left-ventricular-synchrony-torsion-and-recoil-mechanics-in-ebstein-s-anomaly-insights-from-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Michael Steinmetz, Simon Usenbenz, Johannes Tammo Kowallick, Olga Hösch, Wieland Staab, Torben Lange, Shelby Kutty, Joachim Lotz, Gerd Hasenfuß, Thomas Paul, Andreas Schuster
BACKGROUND: Disease progression and heart failure development in Ebstein's Anomaly (EA) of the tricuspid valve is characterized by both right and left ventricular (LV) deterioration. The mechanisms underlying LV dysfunction and their role in heart failure development are incompletely understood. We hypothesized that LV dyssynchrony and impaired torsion and recoil mechanics induced by paradoxical movement of the basal septum may play a role in heart failure development. METHODS: 31 EA patients and 31 matched controls underwent prospective cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236912/cardiorespiratory-performance-of-coronary-artery-disease-patients-on-land-versus-underwater-treadmill-tests-a-comparative-study
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Mauricio Koprowski Garcia, Limanara Rizzo, Paulo Yazbek-Júnior, Daniela Yutiyama, Fabiola Jomar da Silva, Denise Matheus, Luiz Eduardo Mastrocolla, Eduardo Massad
OBJECTIVE: To compare responses to a cardiopulmonary exercise test on land versus on an underwater treadmill, to assess the cardiorespiratory performance of coronary artery disease patients while immersed in warm water and to compare with the performance of healthy individuals. METHODS: The sample population consisted of 40 subjects, which included 20 coronary artery disease patients aged 63.7±8.89 years old, functional class I and II, according to the New York Hearth Association, and 20 healthy subjects aged 64...
November 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233497/early-and-late-survival-of-on-pump-cardiac-surgery-patients-formerly-affected-by-lymphoma
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Giuseppe Gatti, Oscar Maraldo, Bernardo Benussi, Rossana Bussani, Gianluca Castaldi, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo
BACKGROUND: Survival after cardiac surgery of patients formerly affected by lymphoma has not been well defined. METHODS: Forty-five consecutive patients having prior Hodgkin's (HL patients, n=26) or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (non-HL patients, n=19) underwent on-pump cardiac surgery at the authors' institution (2001-2016). Ischaemic, valvular, and ischaemic plus valvular heart disease were present in 14, 13, and 18 patients, respectively. Concomitant aortic disease was treated in three cases...
November 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232024/myocardial-perfusion-reserve-index-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease
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Richard M Friesen, Michal Schäfer, Pei-Ni Jone, Nana Appiawiah, Daniel Vargas, Brian Fonseca, Michael V DiMaria, Uyen Truong, LaDonna Malone, Lorna P Browne
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery lesions in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) can impair myocardial perfusion, yet evaluation of perfusion defects by cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) in children is often qualitative. PURPOSE: In this study we aimed to use a quantitative method of myocardial perfusion using stress cardiac MR-derived myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) in children with KD and compare MPRI with ventricular mechanical performance evaluated by cardiac MR strain analysis...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229372/invasive-and-noninvasive-hemodynamic-assessment-in-adults-with-fontan-palliation
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Alexander C Egbe, Heidi M Connolly, Nathaniel W Taggart, Mohamad Al-Otaibi, Barry A Borlaug
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Although echocardiographic-Doppler cardiac index (CI) assessment is widely used to guide heart failure management in patients with biventricular circulation, this application has not been studied in the Fontan population. The objective of this study was to: (1) determine the correlation between Doppler and cardiac catheterization CI calculation; (2) determine the association between Doppler CI and the occurrence of Fontan failure. METHODS: Retrospective review of adult Fontan patients followed at Mayo Clinic Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, 1994-2015...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229092/predictors-of-smoking-cessation-a-longitudinal-study-in-a-large-cohort-of-smokers
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Mathias Holm, Linus Schiöler, Eva Andersson, Bertil Forsberg, Thorarinn Gislason, Christer Janson, Rain Jogi, Vivi Schlünssen, Cecilie Svanes, Kjell Torén
BACKGROUND: There are few studies on predictors of smoking cessation in general populations. We studied the smoking cessation rate in relation to several potential predictors, with special focus on respiratory and cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Smokers (n = 4636) from seven centres in Northern Europe, born between 1945 and 1973, who answered a questionnaire in 1999-2001 (the RHINE study) were followed up with a new questionnaire in 2010-2012. Altogether 2564 answered the questionnaire and provided complete data on smoking...
November 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226819/adherence-to-mediterranean-diet-and-all-cause-mortality-after-an-episode-of%C3%A2-acute-heart-failure-results-of-the%C3%A2-medit-ahf%C3%A2-study
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Òscar Miró, Ramon Estruch, Francisco J Martín-Sánchez, Víctor Gil, Javier Jacob, Pablo Herrero-Puente, Sergio Herrera Mateo, Alfons Aguirre, Juan A Andueza, Pere Llorens
OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to evaluate clinical outcomes of patients after an episode of acute heart failure (AHF) according to their adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet). BACKGROUND: It has been proved that MedDiet is a useful tool in primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, it is unknown whether adherence to MedDiet is associated with better outcomes in patients who have already experienced an episode of AHF. METHODS: We designed a prospective study that included consecutive patients diagnosed with AHF in 7 Spanish emergency departments (EDs)...
November 27, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226214/the-legacy-of-slavery-and-contemporary-declines-in-heart-disease-mortality-in-the-u-s-south
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Michael R Kramer, Nyesha C Black, Stephen A Matthews, Sherman A James
Background: This study aims to characterize the role of county-specific legacy of slavery in patterning temporal (i.e., 1968-2014), and geographic (i.e., Southern counties) declines in heart disease mortality. In this context, the U.S. has witnessed dramatic declines in heart disease mortality since the 1960's, which have benefitted place and race groups unevenly, with slower declines in the South, especially for the Black population. Methods: Age-adjusted race- and county-specific mortality rates from 1968-2014 for all diseases of the heart were calculated for all Southern U...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224678/atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Sara Croca, Anisur Rahman
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), comprising coronary heart disease and stroke, is one of the most important causes of death in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The risks of developing both clinical CVD and sub-clinical atherosclerosis are increased in patients with SLE. This increase is not fully explained by traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, hypertension and elevated cholesterol, and it is believed that immune dysfunction also contributes to CVD risk in SLE. In particular, recent studies have shown that abnormalities in both serum lipid profile and the autoantibody and T lymphocyte response to lipids may play a role in development of atherosclerosis...
June 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223429/predicting-risk-of-cardiac-events-among-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-conservatively-managed-non-infarct-related-artery-coronary-artery-disease-an-analysis-of-the-duke-databank-for-cardiovascular-disease
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sameer A Hirji, Susanna R Stevens, Linda K Shaw, Erin C Campbell, Christopher B Granger, Manesh R Patel, Michael H Sketch, Tracy Y Wang, E Magnus Ohman, Eric D Peterson, J Matthew Brennan
BACKGROUND: Recent randomized evidence has demonstrated benefit with complete revascularization during the index hospitalization for multivessel coronary artery disease ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients; however, this benefit likely depends on the risk of future major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). METHODS: Using data from Duke University Medical Center (2003-2012), we identified those at high risk for 1-year MACE among 664 STEMI patients with conservatively managed non-infarct-related artery (non-IRA) lesions...
December 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222289/what-is-the-role-of-screening-for-pulmonary-hypertension-in-adults-and-children-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Shaina M Willen, Mark T Gladwin
Patient case: An 18-year-old male patient with homozygous hemoglobin SS disease was evaluated for progressive dyspnea and elevated tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity (TRV) on echocardiography. The patient's case is described in detail in Lancet1 He had been treated with regular transfusions since childhood for stroke, had rare episodes of vaso-occlusive pain episodes, and did not take narcotic pain medications. He presented with progressive severe dyspnea on exertion and lower extremity edema. His laboratory tests were notable for a total hemoglobin level of 11...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221195/quantification-of-contractile-mechanics-in-the-rat-heart-from-ventricular-pressure-alone
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Chih-Hsien Wang, Ru-Wen Chang, Chun-Yi Chang, Ming-Shiou Wu, Hsien-Li Kao, Liang-Chuan Lai, Tai-Horng Young, Hsi-Yu Yu, Yih-Sharng Chen, Kuo-Chu Chang
To quantitate the contractile mechanics of the heart, the ventricle is considered an elastic chamber with known end-systolic elastance (Ees ). Ees can be calculated from a single pressure-ejected volume curve, which requires simultaneous records of left ventricular (LV) pressure and the aortic flow (Qm). In clinical settings, it is helpful to evaluate patients' cardiac contractile status by using a minimally invasive approach to physiological signal monitoring, wherever possible, such as by using LV pressure alone...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
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