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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741859/inpatient-palliative-care-referral-and-9-month-hospital-readmission-in-patients-with-congestive-heart-failure-a-linked-nationwide-analysis
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Katie Wiskar, Leo Anthony Celi, Keith R Walley, Clark Fruhstorpher, Barret Rush
OBJECTIVE: End-stage heart failure (HF) is characterized by high symptom burden and frequent hospitalization. Palliative Care (PC) is recommended for advanced HF, and there is some evidence in other diseases that this may reduce readmission rates. We attempted examine the association of an inpatient PC visit on hospital readmission for patients admitted with HF. METHODS: Retrospective linked nationwide analysis from 2013 with 9-month follow-up for all hospital readmissions for patients admitted with HF exacerbations using the Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740585/testosterone-and-the-heart
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Travis Goodale, Archana Sadhu, Steven Petak, Richard Robbins
Testosterone (T) has a number of important effects on the cardiovascular system. In men, T levels begin to decrease after age 40, and this decrease has been associated with an increase in all-cause mortality and cardiovascular (CV) risk. Low T levels in men may increase their risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD), metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Reduced T levels in men with congestive heart failure (CHF) portends a poor prognosis and is associated with increased mortality. Studies have reported a reduced CV risk with higher endogenous T concentration, improvement of known CV risk factors with T therapy, and reduced mortality in T-deficient men who underwent T replacement therapy versus untreated men...
April 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739634/management-of-severe-hypertension-in-the-newborn
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REVIEW
Janis M Dionne, Joseph T Flynn
Blood pressure is considered a vital sign, as values too low or too high can be related with serious morbidity and mortality. In neonates, normal blood pressure values undergo rapid changes, especially in premature infants, making the recognition of abnormal blood pressures more challenging. Severe hypertension can occur in neonates and infants and is a medical emergency, often manifesting with congestive heart failure or other life-threatening complications. The cause or risk factors for the hypertension can usually be identified and may guide management...
July 24, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739036/meta-analysis-of-the-effect-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-on-cardiovascular-events-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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REVIEW
Yingke Zhao, Branda Yee-Man Yu, Yanfei Liu, Yue Liu
Increasing evidence proved that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with a variety of diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. This study systematically reviewed the existing publications to assess the influence of OSA on cardiovascular survival among patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention. Eleven eligible publications, including 3,008 participants, were finally evaluated. Eight studies conducted adjustment of risk ratio for potential cardiovascular risk factors, 5 studies defined OSA groups as AHI (apnea hypopnea index) ≥15/hour, whereas the remaining eligible studies used AHI ≥5/hour, AHI ≥10/hour, or AHI ≥30/hour as the criteria...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737647/risk-factors-for-30-day-hospital-readmission-for-diverticular-hemorrhage
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Jonah N Rubin, Daniel Shoag, John N Gaetano, Dejan Micic, Neil Sengupta
INTRODUCTION: The 2010 Affordable Care Act introduced the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to reduce health care utilization. Diverticular disease and its complications remain a leading cause of hospitalization among gastrointestinal disease. We sought to determine risk factors for 30-day hospital readmissions after hospitalization for diverticular bleeding. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We utilized the 2013 National Readmission Database sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality focusing on hospitalizations with the primary or secondary discharge diagnosis of diverticular hemorrhage or diverticulitis with hemorrhage...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737513/loss-of-function-mutations-in-co-chaperone-bag3-destabilize-small-hsps-and-cause-cardiomyopathy
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Xi Fang, Julius Bogomolovas, Tongbin Wu, Wei Zhang, Canzhao Liu, Jennifer Veevers, Matthew J Stroud, Zhiyuan Zhang, Xiaolong Ma, Yongxin Mu, Dieu-Hung Lao, Nancy D Dalton, Yusu Gu, Celine Wang, Michael Wang, Yan Liang, Stephan Lange, Kunfu Ouyang, Kirk L Peterson, Sylvia M Evans, Ju Chen
Defective protein quality control (PQC) systems are implicated in multiple diseases. Molecular chaperones and co-chaperones play a central role in functioning PQC. Constant mechanical and metabolic stress in cardiomyocytes places great demand on the PQC system. Mutation and downregulation of the co-chaperone protein BCL-2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) are associated with cardiac myopathy and heart failure, and a BAG3 E455K mutation leads to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, the role of BAG3 in the heart and the mechanisms by which the E455K mutation leads to DCM remain obscure...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736061/short-term-reconsultation-hospitalisation-and-death-rates-after-discharge-from-the-emergency-department-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-and-analysis-of-the-associated-factors-the-altur-ica-study
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Òscar Miró, Víctor Gil, Francisco Javier Martín-Sánchez, Pablo Herrero, Javier Jacob, Carolina Sánchez, Carolina Xipell, Sira Aguiló, Pere Llorens
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to define the following in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) discharged directly from accident and emergency (A&E): rates of reconsultation to A&E and hospitalisation for AHF, and all-cause death at 30 days, rate of combined event at 7 days and the factors associated with these rates. PATIENTS AND METHOD: The study included patients consecutively diagnosed with AHF during 2 months in 27 Spanish A&E departments who were discharged from A&E without hospitalisation...
July 20, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735924/obstructive-sleep-apnea-effect-of-comorbidities-and-positive-airway-pressure-on-all-cause-mortality
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Poul Jennum, Philip Tønnesen, Rikke Ibsen, Jakob Kjellberg
OBJECTIVE: Most studies have used cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) end-points to measure the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but pre-diagnostic morbidities involve a range of comorbidities that may influence the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We therefore aimed to evaluate all-cause total mortality after a diagnosis of OSA, the effect of CPAP in women and men, and the potential effect of major comorbidities. METHODS: We used national registry data as a historical cohort and included 22,135 OSA patients aged 20 years or more with comorbidity data three years before diagnosis and follow-up morbidity and mortality over a period of 17 years...
August 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735783/myocardial-viability-state-of-the-art-is-it-still-relevant-and-how-to-best-assess-it-with-imaging
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REVIEW
Hena Patel, Wojciech Mazur, Kim Allan Williams, Dinesh K Kalra
Despite major advances, ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) remains a significant cause of death and disability worldwide, with coronary artery disease (CAD) the leading cause of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction. Coronary revascularization may improve LV function, heart failure symptoms and cardiovascular outcomes in high-risk patients with myocardial viability. Multiple imaging modalities have been utilized to detect viable myocardium and predict functional recovery following revascularization. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE), nuclear imaging and cardiac MRI (CMR) are frequently used to assess viability...
July 10, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735461/pneumonia-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccine
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REVIEW
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seung-Han Seon, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lung, responsible for high morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microorganisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a gram-positive bacterium with over 90 serotypes, is the most common causative agent. Moreover, comorbid factors including heart failure, renal disease, and pulmonary disease could increase the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Since the advent of the pneumococcal vaccine in the 1980s, the incidence of pneumonia has decreased significantly...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735291/subclinical-atherosclerosis-cardiac-and-kidney-function-heart-failure-and-dementia-in-the-very-elderly
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Lewis H Kuller, Oscar L Lopez, John S Gottdiener, Dalane W Kitzman, James T Becker, Yuefang Chang, Anne B Newman
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) and dementia are major causes of disability and death among older individuals. Risk factors and biomarkers of HF may be determinants of dementia in the elderly. We evaluated the relationship between biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and HF and risk of dementia and death. Three hypotheses were tested: (1) higher levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, N-terminal of prohormone brain natriuretic peptide, and cystatin C predict risk of death, cardiovascular disease, HF, and dementia; (2) higher levels of cardiovascular disease biomarkers are associated with increased risk of HF and then secondary increased risk of dementia; and (3) risk of dementia is lower among participants with a combination of lower coronary artery calcium, atherosclerosis, and lower high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (myocardial injury)...
July 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734595/arrhythmias-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-incidence-and-management
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REVIEW
Anis J Kadado, Joseph G Akar, James P Hummel
The use of mechanical circulatory support has become an increasingly common practice in patients with heart failure, whether used as bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy. The last couple of decades has seen a drastic change in the functioning of the left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), changing from the first generation devices running on pulsatile flow to the current continuous flow devices. Atrial and ventricular arrhythmias are common among heart failure patients, and though the systematic circulation is well supported in patients on mechanical circulatory support, these arrhythmias can still be the cause of detrimental symptoms and lead to potentially fatal outcomes...
July 10, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734440/use-of-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-isolated-right-heart-failure-a-bridge-to-transplantation
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Daniel J Beissel, Brian F Birnbaum, Aliessa P Barnes, James E O'Brien, Elizabeth M Turk, James D St Louis
Acute myocarditis may lead to left ventricular dysfunction and subsequent need for cardiac transplantation. We describe a 15-month-old child who presented with right heart failure of unclear cause. Echocardiography showed normal left ventricular function; however, right ventricular function was markedly reduced. The patient required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation followed by placement of a right-sided Berlin EXCOR ventricular assist device. There was little recovery, and the child underwent cardiac transplantation...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734025/dual-site-right-ventricular-pacing-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-results-of-a-multicentre-propensity-matched-analysis
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Rui Providencia, Sergio Barra, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Adam Ioannou, Dominic Rogers, Tanakal Wongwarawipat, Debbie Falconer, Rudolf Duehmke, Martina Colicchia, Girish Babu, Oliver R Segal, Simon Sporton, Mehul Dhinoja, Syed Ahsan, Vivienne Ezzat, Edward Rowland, Martin Lowe, Pier D Lambiase, Sharad Agarwal, Anthony W Chow
BACKGROUND: Dual RV has been proposed as an alternative for patients with heart failure undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with a failure to deliver a coronary sinus (CS) lead. Only short-term haemodynamic and echocardiographic results of Dual RV are available. We aimed to assess the long-term results of Dual-site right ventricular pacing (Dual RV) and its impact on survival. METHODS: Multicentre retrospective assessment of all CRT implants during a 12-year period...
July 21, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733546/increased-risk-for-diabetes-mellitus-in-patients-with-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
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Chien-Cheng Huang, Chung-Han Ho, Yi-Chen Chen, Hung-Jung Lin, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Shih-Bin Su, How-Ran Guo
Carbon monoxide poisoning (COP) causes hypoxic injury and inflammatory and immunological reactions in the brain and local organs including the pancreas. Therefore, it is plausible that COP may increase the risk for developing diabetes mellitus (DM), but studies on this possible association are limited. We conducted a nationwide study in Taiwan to fill the data gap. We used the Nationwide Poisoning Database and the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 to identify all COP patients diagnosed between 1999 and 2012 (the study cohort) and then construct a comparison cohort of patients without COP through matching at 1:3 by the index date and age...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733467/acromegaly-at-diagnosis-in-3173-patients-from-the-li%C3%A3-ge-acromegaly-survey-las-database
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Patrick Petrossians, Adrian F Daly, Emil Natchev, Luigi Maione, Karin Blijdorp, Mouna Sahnoun Fathallah, Renata Auriemma, Alpha M Diallo, Anna-Lena Hulting, Diego Ferone, Vaclav Hana, Silvia Filipponi, Caroline Sievers, Claudia Nogueira, Carmen Fajardo Montañana, Davide M C Carvalho, Vaclav Hana, Günter K Stalla, Marie-Lise Jaffrain-Réa, Brigitte Delemer, Annamaria A L Colao, Thierry Brue, Sebastian J C M M Neggers, Sabina Zacharieva, Philippe Chanson, Albert Beckers
Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly characteristics over time. The Liège Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database, a relational database, is designed to assess the profile of acromegaly patients at diagnosis and during long-term follow-up at multiple treatment centers. The study population consisted of 3173 acromegaly patients from ten countries; 54.5% were female...
July 21, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733448/pathophysiology-of-cardiorenal-syndrome-in-patients-with-heart-failure-potential-therapeutic-targets
#17
Hiroyuki Takahama, Masafumi Kitakaze
Despite the development of pharmacological inventions and new non-pharamacological techniques to prevent and treat HF, the mortality rate in patients with symptomatic HF remains high. To conquer these difficulties, the pathophysiology of HF should be considered within a wide range of views. Given the diverse mechanisms of HF pathophysiology, renal and cardiac functions have close and complementary interconnections. Recent studies suggest that communication between kidney and heart through bidirectional pathways causes significant pathological changes...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733446/how-does-pressure-overload-cause-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-dysfunction-high-ouabain-affinity-cardiac-na-pumps-are-crucial
#18
Mordecai P Blaustein
Left ventricular hypertrophy is frequently observed in hypertensive patients, and is believed to be due to the pressure overload and cardiomyocyte stretch. Three recent reports on mice with genetically-engineered Na(+) pumps, however, demonstrate that cardiac ouabain-sensitive α2 Na(+) pumps play a key role in the pathogenesis of trans-aortic constriction (TAC)-induced hypertrophy. Hypertrophy was delayed/attenuated in mice with mutant, ouabain-resistant α2 Na(+) pumps and in mice with cardiac-selective knockout (KO) or transgenic overexpression (TG) of α2 Na(+) pumps...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733435/different-implications-of-heart-failure-ischemic-stroke-and-mortality-between-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter-a-view-from-a-national-cohort-study
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Yu-Sheng Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Ching-Chi Chi, Ming-Shyan Lin, Tao-Hsin Tung, Chi-Hung Liu, Yung-Lung Chen, Mien-Cheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Atrial flutter (AFL) has been identified to be equivalent to atrial fibrillation (AF) in terms of preventing ischemic stroke, although differences exist in atrial rate, substrate, and electrophysiological mechanisms. This study aimed to investigate differences in clinical outcomes between nonvalvular AF and AFL. METHODS AND RESULTS: AF and AFL patients without any prescribed anticoagulation were enrolled from a 13-year national cohort database. Under series exclusion criteria, ischemic stroke, heart failure hospitalization, and all-cause mortality were compared between the groups in real-world conditions and after propensity score matching...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732077/mutations-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-required-for-mitochondrial-trna-modification-cause-similar-electron-transport-chain-defects-but-different-nuclear-responses
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Carmen Navarro-González, Ismaïl Moukadiri, Magda Villarroya, Ernesto López-Pascual, Simon Tuck, M-Eugenia Armengod
Several oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) diseases are caused by defects in the post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial tRNAs (mt-tRNAs). Mutations in MTO1 or GTPBP3 impair the modification of the wobble uridine at position 5 of the pyrimidine ring and cause heart failure. Mutations in TRMU affect modification at position 2 and cause liver disease. Presently, the molecular basis of the diseases and why mutations in the different genes lead to such different clinical symptoms is poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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