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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936187/stroke-as-the-first-manifestation-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Jussi Jaakkola, Pirjo Mustonen, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Juha E K Hartikainen, Antti Palomäki, Päivi Hartikainen, Ilpo Nuotio, Antti Ylitalo, K E Juhani Airaksinen
Atrial fibrillation may remain undiagnosed until an ischemic stroke occurs. In this retrospective cohort study we assessed the prevalence of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack as the first manifestation of atrial fibrillation in 3,623 patients treated for their first ever stroke or transient ischemic attack during 2003-2012. Two groups were formed: patients with a history of atrial fibrillation and patients with new atrial fibrillation diagnosed during hospitalization for stroke or transient ischemic attack...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935926/hyponatremia-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia
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L Karki, B Thapa, M K Sah
INTRODUCTION: Community acquired pneumonia is one the frequent cause of hospital admissions. Whereas, hyponatremia is a common electrolyte abnormality in hospitalized patients and has been shown to be associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. We aim to studyt the association of hyponatremia with community acquired pneumonia in terms of morbidity and mortality. METHODS: A prospective observational hospital based study was conducted in a hospital for a year...
April 2016: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933568/healthcare-costs-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-comparison-of-costs-between-matched-decedent-and-survivor-cohorts
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Engels N Obi, Jason P Swindle, Stuart J Turner, Patricia A Russo, Aylin Altan
INTRODUCTION: Prior research suggests increased costs during the final months of life, yet little is known about healthcare cost differences between patients with heart failure (HF) who die or survive. METHODS: A retrospective claims study from a large US health plan [commercial and Medicare Advantage with Part D (MAPD)] was conducted. Patients were ≥18 years old with two non-inpatient or one inpatient claim(s) with HF diagnosis code(s). The earliest HF claim date during 1 January 2010-31 December 2011 was the index date...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933194/contribution-of-the-long-term-care-insurance-certificate-for-predicting-1-year-all-cause-readmission-compared-with-validated-risk-scores-in-elderly-patients-with-heart-failure
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Kayo Takahashi, Makoto Saito, Shinji Inaba, Toru Morofuji, Hiroe Aisu, Takumi Sumimoto, Akiyoshi Ogimoto, Shuntaro Ikeda, Jitsuo Higaki
OBJECTIVES: Readmission is a common and serious problem associated with heart failure (HF). Unfortunately, conventional risk models have limited predictive value for predicting readmission. The recipients of long-term care insurance (LTCI) are frail and have mental and physical impairments. We hypothesised that adjustment of the conventional risk score with an LTCI certificate enables a more accurate appreciation of readmission for HF. METHODS: We investigated 452 patients with HF who were followed up for 1 year to determine all-cause readmission...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932871/efficacy-and-safety-outcomes-of-fractional-flow-reserve-in-guiding-clinical-therapy-of-non-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-compared-with-angiography-alone-in-elderly-chinese-patients
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Zhao Zhang, Ke Li, Jinwen Tian
OBJECTIVE: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an innovative method for evaluating the physiological significance of a coronary stenosis, but its validity is less certain in patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). It is important to assess whether FFR is effective and safe in patients, especially elderly Chinese patients, with NSTEMI. As the first one in China, the purpose of this study was to establish the efficacy and safety outcomes of FFR in guiding clinical therapy of NSTEMI compared with angiography alone in elderly Chinese patients...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932426/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-hemodynamic-support-of-ventricular-tachycardia-ablation
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Francesca Baratto, Federico Pappalardo, Teresa Oloriz, Caterina Bisceglia, Pasquale Vergara, John Silberbauer, Nicolò Albanese, Manuela Cireddu, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Ambra Licia Di Prima, Fabrizio Monaco, Gabriele Paglino, Andrea Radinovic, Damiano Regazzoli, Simona Silvetti, Nicola Trevisi, Alberto Zangrillo, Paolo Della Bella
BACKGROUND: We report the experience in a cohort of consecutive patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation during catheter ablation of unstable ventricular tachycardia (VT) at our center. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2010 to 2015, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was initiated in 64 patients (average age: 63±15 years; left ventricular ejection fraction in 27±9%; cardiogenic shock in 23%, and electrical storm in 62% of patients) undergoing 74 unstable VT catheter ablation procedures...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932271/deactivation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-differing-perspectives-of-cardiology-and-hospice-palliative-medicine-clinicians
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Colleen K McIlvennan, Sara E Wordingham, Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Jacqueline Jones, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Beliefs around deactivation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) vary substantially between clinicians, institutions, and patients. Therefore, we sought to understand perspectives regarding LVAD deactivation among cardiology and hospice/palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a 41-item survey via electronic mail to members of 3 cardiology and 1 HPM professional societies. A convergent parallel mixed methods design was used...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932137/quality-of-life-according-to-urgency-status-in-de-novo-heart-transplant-recipients
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B Díaz-Molina, J L Lambert, F G Vílchez, F Cadenas, M J Bernardo, E Velasco, M Martín, C Morís
INTRODUCTION: Elective heart transplantation (HTX) aims to improve physical ability, increase survival, and improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with chronic heart failure. Nevertheless, most patients who undergo urgent HTX are previously healthy, and a transplant could be perceived as a limitation. The aim of this study is to compare HRQoL between elective and urgent heart transplant recipients. METHODS: Cohort study including patients undergoing heart transplantation between January 1998 and March 2012 in a single center...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931654/the-response-of-the-microcirculation-to-mechanical-support-of-the-heart-in-critical-illness
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REVIEW
Sakir Akin, Atila Kara, Corstiaan A den Uil, Can Ince
Critical illness associated with cardiac pump failure results in reduced tissue perfusion in all organs and occurs in various conditions such as sepsis, cardiogenic shock, and heart failure. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices can be used to maintain organ perfusion in patients with cardiogenic shock and decompensated chronic heart failure. However, correction of global hemodynamic parameters by MCS does not always cause a parallel improvement in microcirculatory perfusion and oxygenation of the organ systems, a condition referred to as a loss of hemodynamic coherence between macro- and microcirculation (MC)...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931607/causes-of-death-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Antonio Gómez-Outes, Julián Lagunar-Ruíz, Ana-Isabel Terleira-Fernández, Gonzalo Calvo-Rojas, Maria Luisa Suárez-Gea, Emilio Vargas-Castrillón
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation reduces the risk of mortality in atrial fibrillation (AF), but examination of the causes of death is essential to design new strategies to further reduce the high mortality rates observed in this population. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to analyze and compare causes of death in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) or warfarin for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in AF. METHODS: The authors systematically searched for randomized trials of DOAC versus warfarin for prevention of stroke/SE in AF...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931605/bariatric-surgery-and-the-risk-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-swedish%C3%A2-obese-subjects
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Shabbar Jamaly, Lena Carlsson, Markku Peltonen, Peter Jacobson, Lars Sjöström, Kristjan Karason
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, which in turn is associated with stroke, heart failure, and increased all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVES: The authors investigated whether weight loss through bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation. METHODS: SOS (Swedish Obese Subjects) is a prospective matched cohort study conducted at 25 surgical departments and 480 primary healthcare centers in Sweden...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931201/probable-clozapine-induced-parenchymal-lung-disease-and-perimyocarditis-a-case-report
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Erlend Bugge, Trygve Nissen, Rolf Wynn
BACKGROUND: Clozapine is the archetypical atypical antipsychotic, its primary indication being treatment resistant schizophrenia. Severe side effects caused by clozapine, including leukopenia, agranulocytosis, and myocarditis, are well known. A rarely described side effect is concurrent perimyocarditis and parenchymal lung disease. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously physically healthy 23-year-old male Caucasian that suffered from schizophrenia presented with flu-like symptoms 1 week after starting clozapine treatment...
December 8, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931027/anthracycline-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-young-cancer-patients-the-role-of-carnitine
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Saro H Armenian
While the increased rates of survival in childhood cancers have increased progressively in recent decades, many childhood cancer survivors will have at least one chronic health condition within 40 years of age. In this regard, cardiovascular complications have emerged as a leading cause of long-term morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors of childhood cancer, likely due to exposure to anthracycline chemotherapy, and outcomes in patients with anthracycline-related cardiomyopathy remain poor. Some progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms at the basis of anthracycline-related cardiomyopathy, which appear to involve generation of reactive oxygen species, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, followed by myocyte apoptosis and maladaptive left ventricular remodeling...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928263/a-36-year-old-woman-with-coronary-artery-dissection-two-weeks-after-abortion
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Arsalan Salari, Mahboobe Gholipur, Maedeh Rezaeidanesh, Anoosh Barzigar, Shahram Rahmani, Mohadeseh Pursadeghi, Hannan Ebrahimi
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a rare cause of acute coronary syndrome and sudden cardiac death. We report coronary artery dissection in a 36-year-old woman with retrosternal chest pain 2 weeks after abortion. Electrocardiography showed ST elevation in leads V2-V4 and ST depression in the inferior leads. Lab data were normal. Cardiac catheterization showed a suspicious thrombotic lesion at the proximal portion of the left anterior descending artery with a smooth contour consistent with distal haziness and dissection site...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928262/non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-presenting-as-constrictive-pericarditis-a-rare-case-report
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Maryam Nabati, Keyvan Yosofnezhad, Morteza Taghavi, Ali Abbasi, Ali Ghaemian
Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is an uncommon post inflammatory disorder. It is described as pericardial thickening, myocardial constriction, and impaired diastolic filling. The most common etiologies are idiopathy, mediastinal radiotherapy, and prior cardiac surgery. Less common etiologies include viral infections, collagen vascular disorders, renal failure, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and blunt chest trauma. CP can less commonly be caused by malignancy. We report a very rare case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) presenting twice with attacks of decompensated heart failure...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927840/%C3%AE-blockers-heart-disease-and-copd-current-controversies-and-uncertainties
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Jillian G Baker, Robert G Wilcox
Treating people with cardiovascular disease and COPD causes significant clinician anxiety. β-Blockers save lives in people with heart disease, specifically postinfarction and heart failure. COPD and heart disease frequently coexist and people with both disorders have particularly high cardiovascular mortality. There are concerns about giving β-blockers to people with concomitant COPD that include reduced basal lung function, diminished effectiveness of emergency β-agonist treatments, reduced benefit of long-acting β-agonist treatment and difficulty in discriminating between asthma and COPD...
December 7, 2016: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927839/does-medicare-advantage-reduce-racial-disparity-in-30-day-rehospitalization-for-medicare-beneficiaries
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Yue Li, Xi Cen, Xueya Cai, Dongliang Wang, Caroline Pinto Thirukumaran, Laurent G Glance
This study determined potential racial and ethnic disparities in risk for all-cause 30-day readmission among traditional Medicare (TM) and Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries initially hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia. Our analyses of New York State hospital administrative data between 2009 and 2012 found that overall 30-day readmission rate declined from 22.0% in 2009 to 20.7% in 2012 for TM beneficiaries, and from 20.2% in 2009 to 17.9% in 2012 for MA beneficiaries...
December 6, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927755/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-myocarditis-listed-for-heart-transplantation
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Chantal A ElAmm, Sadeer G Al-Kindi, Guilherme H Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Myocarditis can cause dilated cardiomyopathy resulting in end-stage heart failure requiring advanced therapies. There is little contemporary information on the clinical progression, need for mechanical circulatory support, and outcomes of orthotopic heart transplantation of these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We queried the UNOS database (United Network for Organ Sharing) for all adults listed for orthotopic heart transplantation (2000-2015) with a listed diagnosis of myocarditis...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927712/nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-c-suppresses-camp-formation-in-human-heart-failure
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Issam H Abu-Taha, Jordi Heijman, Hans-Jörg Hippe, Nadine M Wolf, Ali El-Armouche, Viacheslav O Nikolaev, Marina Schäfer, Christina Würtz, Stefan Neef, Niels Voigt, István Baczkó, András Varró, Marion Müller, Benjamin Meder, Hugo A Katus, Katharina Spiger, Christiane Vettel, Lorenz H Lehmann, Johannes Backs, Edward Y Skolnik, Susanne Lutz, Dobromir Dobrev, Thomas Wieland
BACKGROUND: -Chronic heart failure (HF) is associated with altered signal transduction via β-adrenoceptors and G proteins, and with reduced cAMP formation. Nucleoside diphosphate kinases (NDPKs) are enriched at the plasma membrane of end-stage HF patients, but the functional consequences of this are largely unknown, particularly for NDPK-C. Here, we investigated the potential role of NDPK-C in cardiac cAMP formation and contractility. METHODS: -Real-time PCR, (Far) Western blot, immunoprecipitation, and immunocytochemistry were used to study the expression, interaction with G proteins, and localization of NDPKs...
December 7, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927604/factors-predicting-failure-of-noninvasive-ventilation-assist-for-preventing-reintubation-among-medical-critically-ill-patients
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Preecha Thomrongpairoj, Surat Tongyoo, Withaya Tragulmongkol, Chairat Permpikul
PURPOSE: Reintubation after failed extubation is associated with high mortality. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has been used to prevent reintubation, but the results have been inconclusive. We investigated the factors predicting failure of NIV-assisted extubation among medical critically ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study enrolled patients who were admitted to medical intensive care units at Siriraj Hospital between March 2012 and August 2015 who required more than 48 hours of mechanical ventilation and who received NIV after endotracheal extubation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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