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Gian Marco Rosa, Daniele Bianco, Alberto Valbusa, Laura Massobrio, Francesco Chiarella, Claudio Brunelli
After acute coronary syndromes (ACS), the so-called dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), which usually consists of low-dose of aspirin in combination with a thienopyridine (clopidogrel, prasugrel) or with a cyclopentyltriazolopyrimidine (ticagrelor), reduces the risk of ischemic events. Ticagrelor, un particular, is an effective drug as it isn' a prodrug, doesn't require metabolic activation and demonstrates a rapid onset and faster offset of action. Areas covered: This article evaluates the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety and tolerability of ticagrelor during DAPT after ACS and its potential use beyond the canonical twelve months after PCI...
October 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Zach Rozenbaum, Avishay Elis, Mony Shuvy, Dina Vorobeichik, Nir Shlomo, Meital Shlezinger, Ilan Goldenberg, Oded Kimhi, David Pereg
BACKGROUND: The CHA2DS2-VASc score has been recommended for the assessment of thromboembolic risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. HYPOTHESIS: The CHA2DS2-VASc score may be associated with adverse outcomes in patients with ACS. METHODS: Included were patients with ACS enrolled in the Acute Coronary Syndrome Israeli biennial Surveys (ACSIS) during 2000-2013. Patients were divided into 4 groups according to their CHA2DS2-VASc score (0 or 1, 2 or 3, 4 or 5, and >5)...
October 1, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Benjamin Eithun, Ankush Gosain
BACKGROUND: Trauma activation and/or leveling criteria are designed to balance the potential harm to individual patients from undertriage (UT) of severe injuries versus overutilization of resources from overtriage (OT) of lesser injuries. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recommends an acceptable UT rate ≤5% and OT 25%-50%. To improve UT or OT, an intervention was performed to (1) improve accuracy in following established leveling criteria and (2) modify activation criteria in an evidence-based manner to better identify severely injured children...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
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The incidence of cervical cancer in the United States has decreased more than 50% in the past 30 years because of widespread screening. In 1975, the rate was 14.8 per 100,000 women. By 2011, it decreased to 6.7 per 100,000 women. Mortality from the disease has undergone a similar decrease from 5.55 per 100,000 women in 1975 to 2.3 per 100,000 women in 2011 (1). The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States in 2015, with 4,100 deaths from the disease (2)...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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The incidence of cervical cancer in the United States has decreased more than 50% in the past 30 years because of widespread screening. In 1975, the rate was 14.8 per 100,000 women. By 2011, it decreased to 6.7 per 100,000 women. Mortality from the disease has undergone a similar decrease from 5.55 per 100,000 women in 1975 to 2.3 per 100,000 women in 2011 (1). The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States in 2015, with 4,100 deaths from the disease (2)...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mithilesh Dronavalli, Manavi M Bhagwat, Sandy Hamilton, Marisa Gilles, Jacquie Garton-Smith, Sandra C Thompson
Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) require ongoing treatment and support from their primary care provider to modify cardiovascular risk factors (including diet, exercise and mood), to receive evidence-based pharmacotherapies and be properly monitored and to ensure their take-up and completion of cardiac rehabilitation (CR). This study assesses adherence to National Heart Foundation guidelines for ACS in primary care in a regional centre in Western Australia. Patients discharged from hospital after a coronary event (unstable angina or myocardial infarction) or a coronary procedure (stent or coronary artery bypass graft) were identified through general practice electronic medical records...
September 20, 2016: Australian Journal of Primary Health
A John Camm, Gabriele Accetta, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Dan Atar, Jean-Pierre Bassand, Eivind Berge, Frank Cools, David A Fitzmaurice, Samuel Z Goldhaber, Shinya Goto, Sylvia Haas, Gloria Kayani, Yukihiro Koretsune, Lorenzo G Mantovani, Frank Misselwitz, Seil Oh, Alexander G G Turpie, Freek W A Verheugt, Ajay K Kakkar
OBJECTIVE: We studied evolving antithrombotic therapy patterns in patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and ≥1 additional stroke risk factor between 2010 and 2015. METHODS: 39 670 patients were prospectively enrolled in four sequential cohorts in the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF): cohort C1 (2010-2011), n=5500; C2 (2011-2013), n=11 662; C3 (2013-2014), n=11 462; C4 (2014-2015), n=11 046...
September 19, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
T Pincez, L Calamy, Z Germont, A Lemoine, A-A Lopes, A Massiot, J Tencer, C Thivent, A Hadchouel
Acute and chronic pulmonary complications are frequent in sickle cell disease (SCD), with different spectrum and characteristics in children and adults. Chronic hypoxia is frequent and plays a role in several respiratory complications in SCD. Furthermore, hypoxia has been associated with a higher risk of cerebral ischemia. Despite differing oxygen affinity between hemoglobin A and S, standard pulse oximetry was shown to be accurate in diagnosing hypoxia in SCD patients. Whereas acute hypoxia management is similar to non-SCD patients, chronic hypoxia treatment is mainly based on a transfusion program rather than long-term oxygen therapy...
October 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Anthony W A Wassef, Hadi Khafaji, Ishba Syed, Andrew T Yan, Jacob A Udell, Shaun G Goodman, Asim N Cheema, Akshay Bagai
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend 12 months of dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. Whether the duration of DAPT can be safely shortened with use of second-generation DESs is unclear. METHODS: We conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing short duration (SD) (3-6 months) with standard longer duration (LD) (≥12 months) DAPT in patients treated with primarily second-generation DES implantation...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Isabella Canavero, Anna Cavallini, Lucia Sacchi, Silvana Quaglini, Natale Arnò, Patrizia Perrone, Maria Luisa DeLodovici, Simona Marcheselli, Giuseppe Micieli
BACKGROUND: It has been widely reported that anticoagulants (ACs) are underused for primary and secondary prevention of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Furthermore, precise evidence-based guidelines about the best timing for AC initiation after acute stroke are currently lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this retrospective, observational study, we analyzed prescription trends in AFib patients with acute ischemic stroke who were hospitalized in four neurologic stroke units of our region (Lombardia, Italy)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Matias B Yudi, David J Clark, David Tsang, Michael Jelinek, Katie Kalten, Subodh Joshi, Khoa Phan, Arthur Nasis, John Amerena, Sandeep Arunothayaraj, Chris Reid, Omar Farouque
BACKGROUND: There are well-documented treatment gaps in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and no clear guidelines to assist early physical activity after acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Smartphone technology may provide an innovative platform to close these gaps. This paper describes the study design of a randomized controlled trial assessing whether a smartphone-based secondary prevention program can facilitate early physical activity and improve cardiovascular health in patients with ACS...
September 5, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
E L McGoldrick, T Crawford, J A Brown, K M Groom, C A Crowther
BACKGROUND: Active participation of consumers in health care decision making, policy and clinical research is increasingly encouraged by governments, influential bodies and funders. Identifying the best way to achieve this is difficult due to the paucity of evidence. Consumers have mixed feelings towards clinical practice guidelines (CPG) demonstrating scepticism towards their purpose and applicability to their needs. There is no information pertaining to consumers' views and attitudes on the receipt of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS)...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Yongchen Hao, Jing Liu, Jun Liu, Sidney C Smith, Yong Huo, Gregg C Fonarow, Changsheng Ma, Junbo Ge, Kathryn A Taubert, Louise Morgan, Yang Guo, Qian Zhang, Wei Wang, Dong Zhao
BACKGROUND: A sizeable gap exists between guideline recommendations for treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and application of these recommendations in clinical practice. The CCC-ACS project is a novel national quality enhancement registry designed to help medical care providers bridge this gap, thereby improving clinical outcomes for ACS patients in China. METHODS AND RESULTS: The CCC-ACS project uses data collection, analysis, feedback, rapid-cycle improvement, and performance recognition to extend the use of evidence-based guidelines throughout the health care system and improve cardiovascular health...
September 2016: American Heart Journal
Benjamin L Solomon, Todd Whitman, Marie E Wood
BACKGROUND: Family history is important for identifying candidates for high risk cancer screening and referral for genetic counseling. We sought to determine the percentage of individuals who would be eligible for high risk cancer screening or genetic referral and testing if family history includes an extended (vs limited) family history. METHODS: Family histories were obtained from 626 women at UVMMC associated mammography centers from 2001 to 2002. ACS guidelines were used to determine eligibility for high risk breast or colon cancer screening...
2016: BMC Family Practice
Erik A Badings, Wouter S Remkes, Salem H K The, Jan-Henk E Dambrink, Geert Tjeerdsma, Saman Rasoul, Jorik R Timmer, Marloes L J van der Wielen, Dirk J A Lok, Rik Hermanides, Jan van Wijngaarden, Harry Suryapranata, Arnoud W J van 't Hof
OBJECTIVES: To investigate incidence and patient characteristics of transient ST-segment elevation (TSTE) ACS and to compare outcome of early versus late invasive treatment. BACKGROUND: Optimal timing of treatment in TSTE-ACS patients is not outlined in current guidelines and no prospective randomized trials have been done so far. METHODS: Post hoc subgroup analysis of patients with TSTE randomized in the ELISA 3 trial. This study compared early (<12 h) versus late (>48 h) angiography and revascularization in 542 patients with high-risk NSTE-ACS...
August 27, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Maria Dorobantu, Stefan Bogdan
With the ageing of the general population, clinicians are facing with increased frequency the challenge of administering parenteral anti-coagulation therapy in the elderly, the main indications being venous thromboembolism (VTE), acute coronary syndromes (ACS), atrial fibrillation and bridging therapy. Assessing the risk/benefit ratio is always difficult in this category of patients, because of the higher risk for hemorrhagic events, although in most cases the benefit outweighs the risk, especially in the setting of VTE...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
James Gunton, Trent Hartshorne, Jeremy Langrish, Anthony Chuang, Derek Chew
Current guidelines recommend initiation of a P2Y12 inhibitor for all patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) at the time of diagnosis (pre-treatment); however, there are no randomized trials directly comparing pre-treatment with initiation at the time of angiography to support this practice. We explore clinical and institutional parameters potentially associated with benefit with this strategy in a decision-analytic model based on available evidence from randomised trials. A decision analysis model was constructed comparing three P2Y12 inhibitors in addition to aspirin in patients with NSTE-ACS...
2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Yu-Wen Chi, Chi-Chang Hu, Hsiao-Hsuan Shen, Kun-Ping Huang
Integrating various devices to achieve high-performance energy storage systems to satisfy various demands in modern societies become more and more important. Electrical double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), one kind of the electrochemical capacitors, generally provide the merits of high charge-discharge rates, extremely long cycle life, and high efficiency in electricity capture/storage, leading to a desirable device of electricity management from portable electronics to hybrid vehicles or even smart grid application...
September 14, 2016: Nano Letters
Anders Sahlén, Christoph Varenhorst, Bo Lagerqvist, Henrik Renlund, Lars Wallentin, Stefan K James, Tomas Jernberg
AIMS: The platelet inhibitor ticagrelor is strongly recommended during 12 months post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in European guidelines. We analysed clinical characteristics of patients given ticagrelor for ACS in the real world. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied the use of ticagrelor in patients admitted for ACS in Sweden between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013 who were enrolled in the Swedish Web system for Enhancement and Development of Evidence-based care in Heart disease Evaluated According to Recommended Therapies (SWEDEHEART)...
January 2016: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
J Wouter Jukema, Maddalena Lettino, Petr Widimský, Nicolas Danchin, Alfredo Bardaji, Jose A Barrabes, Angel Cequier, Marc J Claeys, Leonardo De Luca, Jakob Dörler, David Erlinge, Paul Erne, Patrick Goldstein, Sasha M Koul, Gilles Lemesle, Thomas F Lüscher, Christian M Matter, Gilles Montalescot, Dragana Radovanovic, Jose Lopez-Sendón, Petr Tousek, Franz Weidinger, Clive F M Weston, Azfar Zaman, Uwe Zeymer
Patient registries that document real-world clinical experience play an important role in cardiology as they complement the data from randomized controlled trials, provide valuable information on drug use and clinical outcomes, and evaluate to what extent guidelines are followed in practice. The Platelet Inhibition Registry in ACS EvalUation Study (PIRAEUS) project is an initiative of registry holders who are managing national or international registries observing patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS)...
October 2015: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
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