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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543624/areas-for-quality-improvements-in-heart-failure-care-quality-of-care-from-the-family-members-perspective
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Karin Hellström Ängerud, Kurt Boman, Margareta Brännström
BACKGROUND: The complex needs of people with chronic heart failure (HF) place great demands on their family members, and it is important to ask family members about their perspectives on the quality of HF care. OBJECTIVE: To describe family members' perceptions of quality of HF care in an outpatient setting. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using a short form of the Quality from Patients' Perspective (QPP) questionnaire for data collection...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543099/evidence-of-altered-mitochondrial-protein-expression-after-chronic-ethanol-consumption-in-the-aged-estrogen-deficient-female-rat-heart
#2
Alexandra M Garvin, J L Miller-Lee, D R Sharda, G M Kanski, J C Hunter, Donna H Korzick
BACKGROUND: Estrogen loss has been implicated to increase the risk of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in post-menopausal women. The purpose of this study was to identify novel mitochondrial protein targets for the treatment of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in aged women using a state-of-the-art proteomics approach. We hypothesized that chronic ethanol (EtOH) ingestion exacerbates maladaptive mitochondrial protein expression in the aged female heart METHODS: Adult (3 mo) and aged (18 mo) F344 ovary-intact or ovariectomized (OVX) rats were randomly assigned an EtOH or control Lieber-DeCarli 'all liquid' diet for 20 wks...
May 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542926/effect-of-spironolactone-on-exercise-tolerance-and-arterial-function-in-older-adults-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#3
Bharathi Upadhya, William G Hundley, Peter H Brubaker, Timothy M Morgan, Kathryn P Stewart, Dalane W Kitzman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of an aldosterone antagonist on exercise intolerance in older adults with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. SETTING: Academic medical center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. PARTICIPANTS: Older adults (N = 80, aged 71 ± 1; 80% female) with stable compensated HFpEF and controlled blood pressure (BP)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541811/future-drug-discovery-in-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-intervention
#4
Maria Tamargo, Juan Tamargo
Renin-angiotensin- aldosterone system inhibitors (RAASIs), including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin AT1 receptor blockers and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs), are the cornerstone for the treatment of cardiovascular and renal diseases. Areas covered: The authors searched MEDLINE, PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov to identify eligible full-text English language papers. Herein, the authors discuss AT2-receptor agonists and ACE2/angiotensin-(1- 7)/Mas-receptor axis modulators, direct renin inhibitors, brain aminopeptidase A inhibitors, biased AT1R blockers, chymase inhibitors, multitargeted drugs, vaccines and aldosterone receptor antagonists as well as aldosterone synthase inhibitors...
May 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541598/pediatric-melody-mitral-valve-replacement-in-acute-endocarditis-alternative-surgical-hybrid-technique
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Ireneusz Haponiuk, Maciej Chojnicki, Radosław Jaworski, Mariusz Steffens, Konrad Paczkowski, Aneta Szofer-Sendrowska, Marta Paśko-Majewska, Katarzyna Gierat-Haponiuk, Anna Romanowicz, Wiktor Szymanowicz
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Acute endocarditis (AE) is still rare disease in pediatric population, nevertheless the children suffering from AE usually need heart valves repair or replacement in emergency settings. METHODS: We present a case of emergency mitral valve replacement with the use of Melody balloon expandable stented bioprosthesis in a 2-years-old patient with acute endocarditis, subsequent mitral (bicuspid) valve incompetence after aggressive infective destruction with the symptoms of critical multiorgan failure...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541595/how-does-ivabradine-effect-erectile-dysfunction-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Fatih Aydın, Serkan Bektur, Yasin Taşdelen, Yüksel Kıvrak, Ayşe Hüseyinoglu Aydın
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability or insufficiensy of penile erection that causes dissatisfaction during sexual intercourse. ED is seen in patients with heart failure (HF) ranging from %56-81 depending on the severity. Patients usually blame their cardiovascular medications for their ED. Ivabradine is used for antianginal effects and to improve exercise intolerance and decrease mortality in patients with HF. Most beta-blockers are known to cause ED but unlike beta-blockers the effect of ivabradine over ED has never been evaluated...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541594/interatrial-shunt-device-iasd%C3%A2-implantation-a-novel-treatment-method-for-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Michał Kosowski, Piotr Kübler, Adam Kołodziej, Bartosz Krakowiak, Dorota Kustrzycka-Kratochwil, Janusz Sławin, Mateusz Sokolski, Jan Biegus, Robert Zymliński, Waldemar Banasiak, Piotr Ponikowski, Krzysztof Reczuch
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a condition with complex pathophysiology and clinical profile. No treatment has been proven to reduce mortality or reduce morbidity in a meaningful way. In the era of percutaneous cardiac interventions, a novel method of reducing left atrial pressure by creating an iatrogenic interatrial shunt has been introduced. We present a report of implantation of InterAtrial Shunt Device (IASD®) in three consecutive patients.
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540483/early-treatment-with-tolvaptan-improves-diuretic-response-in-acute-heart-failure-with-renal-dysfunction
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Yuya Matsue, Jozine M Ter Maaten, Makoto Suzuki, Sho Torii, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Seiji Fukamizu, Yuichi Ono, Hiroyuki Fujii, Takeshi Kitai, Toshihiko Nishioka, Kaoru Sugi, Yuko Onishi, Makoto Noda, Nobuyuki Kagiyama, Yasuhiro Satoh, Kazuki Yoshida, Peter van der Meer, Kevin Damman, Adriaan A Voors, Steven R Goldsmith
BACKGROUND: Poor response to diuretics is associated with worse prognosis in patients with acute heart failure (AHF). We hypothesized that treatment with tolvaptan improves diuretic response in patients with AHF. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of the AQUAMARINE open-label randomized study in which a total of 217 AHF patients with renal impairment (eGFR < 60 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) were randomized to either tolvaptan or conventional treatment. We evaluated diuretic response to 40 mg furosemide or its equivalent based on two different parameters: change in body weight and net fluid loss within 48 h...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539827/traditional-chinese-medication-qiliqiangxin-protects-against-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Hui Wang, Xiaomin Zhang, Pujiao Yu, Qiulian Zhou, Jialiang Zhang, Haifeng Zhang, Hongsheng Zhu, Chenlin Zhang, Wenming Yao, Lin Che, Jiahong Xu, Yihua Bei, Xinli Li
Qiliqiangxin (QLQX), a traditional Chinese herbs medication, exerted protective effect in chronic heart failure patients in a multicenter randomized double-blind study. QLQX has also been found to improve cardiac function and reduce cardiac fibrosis in spontaneously hypertension animal model. However, the effect of longterm treatment with QLQX in such a condition and the related molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In the present study, thirteen-week-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) were treated by daily intragastric administration of QLQX or saline for one year...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539565/successful-treatment-of-congestive-heart-failure-due-to-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis-with-low-dose-tolvaptan-in-elderly-patients
#10
Kiyoshi Takasu, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Kanako Negoro, Shoichiro Yatsu, Megumi Shimizu, Azusa Murata, Takao Kato, Shoko Suda, Masaru Hiki, Takatoshi Kasai, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Daida
Medical therapy for severe aortic valve stenosis (AS) is necessary for inoperable patients due to comorbid conditions. Tolvaptan (TLV), unlike other diuretics, resulted in modest changes in filling pressures associated with an increase in urine output, suggesting that TLV improves congestive heart failure (CHF) due to severe AS without hemodynamic instability.We retrospectively investigated 14 consecutive patients ≥ 80 years of age admitted due to decompensated CHF with severe AS at Juntendo University Hospital from April 2014 to November 2015...
May 23, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539541/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-heart-failure%C3%A3-a-therapeutic-dilemma
#11
Nobuhiko Haruki, John S Floras
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) occurs in approximately 50% of patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction receiving contemporary heart failure (HF) therapies. Obstructive (OSA) and central sleep apneas (CSA) interrupt breathing by different mechanisms but impose qualitatively similar autonomic, chemical, mechanical, and inflammatory burdens on the heart and circulation. Because contemporary evidence-based drug and device HF therapies have little or no mitigating effect on the acute or long-term consequences of such stimuli, there is a sound mechanistic rationale for targeting SDB to reduce cardiovascular event rates and prolong life...
May 23, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536852/the-role-of-sglt-2-inhibitors-as-part-of-optimal-medical-therapy-in-improving-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-diabetes-and-coronary-artery-disease
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Wassim Mosleh, Abhinav Sharma, Mandeep S Sidhu, Brian Page, Umesh C Sharma, Michael E Farkouh
The optimal treatment approach to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), including those with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), has been extensively evaluated. Several trials of stable ischemic heart disease including patients with T2DM have demonstrated that medical management is comparable to revascularization in terms of mortality and rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). There has been a growing appreciation for optimal medical therapy's (OMT) role in improving clinical outcomes. It is vital to target T2DM patients to prevent or delay MACE events through advanced OMT, ultimately delaying if not avoiding the need for revascularization...
May 24, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536695/cardiac-protection-of-valsartan-on-juvenile-rats-with-heart-failure-by-inhibiting-activity-of-camkii-via-attenuating-phosphorylation
#13
Yao Wu, Feifei Si, Xiaojuan Ji, Kunfeng Jiang, Sijie Song, Qijian Yi
Background. This study was undertaken to determine relative contributions of phosphorylation and oxidation to the increased activity of calcium/calmodulin-stimulated protein kinase II (CaMKII) in juveniles with cardiac myocyte dysfunction due to increased pressure overload. Methods. Juvenile rats underwent abdominal aortic constriction to induce heart failure. Four weeks after surgery, rats were then randomly divided into two groups: one group given valsartan (HF + Val) and the other group given placebo (HF + PBO)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536660/sorafenib-associated-heart-failure-complicated-by-cardiogenic-shock-after-treatment-of-advanced-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-clinical-case-discussion
#14
Candace Wu, Kamal Shemisa
Background. Sorafenib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), targets multiple tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) involved in angiogenesis and tumor growth. Studies suggest that inhibition of TKR impacts cardiomyocyte survival. Inhibition of VEGF signaling interrupts angiogenesis and is associated with the development of hypertension and compensatory hypertrophy. Compensated hypertrophy ultimately leads to heart failure. Case Description. A 76-year-old man with a past medical history of systolic heart failure due to ischemic cardiomyopathy and stage IIIC hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) presented with symptoms of decompensated heart failure...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536296/papers-of-note-in-science-translational-medicine9-390
#15
Leslie K Ferrarelli
This week's articles describe new treatments for heart failure and its associated symptoms and a sequential gene delivery system to regenerate fractured bone.
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536251/concurrent-use-of-long-acting-bronchodilators-in-copd-and-the-risk-of-adverse-cardiovascular-events
#16
Samy Suissa, Sophie Dell'Aniello, Pierre Ernst
The cardiovascular risk of concurrently using long-acting β2-agonists (LABAs) and anticholinergics (LAMAs) in COPD is uncertain. We assessed the comparative cardiovascular and cerebrovascular safety of adding a second long-acting bronchodilator in patients with COPD.We identified a cohort of COPD patients, new users of LABA or the LAMA tiotropium during 2002-2012, from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Using high-dimensional propensity scores, each patient adding a second bronchodilator was matched with a patient who remained on monotherapy...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535761/the-emerging-role-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-evaluation-of-hypertensive-heart-disease
#17
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Vasiliki Katsi, Vasiliki Vartela, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou, Athanasios Manolis
BACKGROUND: Arterial hypertension is the commonest cause of cardiovascular death. It may lead to hypertensive heart disease (HHD), including heart failure (HF), ischemic heart disease (IHD) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). MAIN BODY: According to the 2007 ESH/ESC guidelines, the recommended imaging technique is echocardiography (echo), when a more sensitive detection of LVH than that provided by ECG, is needed. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR), a non-invasive, non-radiating technique, offers the following advantages, beyond echo: a) more reliable and reproducible measurements of cardiac parameters such as volumes, ejection fraction and cardiac mass b) more accurate differentiation of LVH etiology by providing information about tissue characterisation c) more accurate evaluation of myocardial ischemia, specifically if small vessels disease is present d) technique of choice for diagnosis of renovascular, aortic tree/branches lesions and quantification of aortic valve regurgitation e) technique of choice for treatment evaluation in clinical trials...
May 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534866/-a-comparison-of-methods-for-modeling-factors-associated-with-hospital-admissions-in-incident-cases-of-heart-failure
#18
Francisco Javier Prado-Galbarro, Isabel Del-Cura-González, Sofía Garrido-Elustondo, Ana Estela Gamiño-Arroyo, Carlos Sánchez-Piedra, Antonio Sarriá Santamera
OBJECTIVE: Heart failure (HF) is an important public health problem due to its increasing prevalence, and the decompensation associated with hospital admission represents an increased risk of death. The objective of this study was to compare several methods to model the variable hospitalizations and to determine the effect of factors associated with hospital admissions in incident cases of HF. METHODS: Study of a retrospective cohort of patients with information extracted from electronic medical records of PC was performed...
May 24, 2017: Revista Española de Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533838/-predictive-factors-of-medication-adherence-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-morocco-s-experience
#19
Yassine Ragbaoui, Imad Nouamou, Ayoub El Hammiri, Rachida Habbal
Medication adherence in patients with chronic heart failure is recognized as one of the major issues in the management of this pathology. Demographic status and socioeconomic conditions in African countries may have an impact on chronic heart failure treatment adherence. We conducted a cross-sectional study of patients with heart failure treated in the center of heart failure in the Department of Cardiology at the IBN ROCHD University Hospital (Morocco) from September 2014 to January 2015. The extent of medication adherence was based on a questionary: CARDIA-Questionary...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533303/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-adults-and-children-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
#20
REVIEW
Mary Ann Peberdy, Jason A Gluck, Joseph P Ornato, Christian A Bermudez, Russell E Griffin, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Richard E Kerber, Eldrin F Lewis, Mark S Link, Corinne Miller, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Ravi Thiagarajan, Robert M Weiss, Brian O'Neil
Cardiac arrest in patients on mechanical support is a new phenomenon brought about by the increased use of this therapy in patients with end-stage heart failure. This American Heart Association scientific statement highlights the recognition and treatment of cardiovascular collapse or cardiopulmonary arrest in an adult or pediatric patient who has a ventricular assist device or total artificial heart. Specific, expert consensus recommendations are provided for the role of external chest compressions in such patients...
May 22, 2017: Circulation
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