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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926618/does-sensory-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-prevent-pneumonia-in-the-acute-stage-of-stroke-a-preliminary-study
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Satoshi Hamada, Hirofumi Yamaguchi, Hiroyoshi Hara
Acute stroke patients with dysphagia are at risk of developing pulmonary infection, which increases the risk of death. Therefore, optimal management of dysphagia is essential; however, available evidence supporting the effectiveness of dysphagia treatments is limited. Surface electrical stimulation (e-stim) has been developed as a new treatment modality for dysphagia. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of surface sensory e-stim therapy in preventing pulmonary infection in 53 acute stroke patients with dysphagia...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926617/robotic-approaches-for-the-rehabilitation-of-upper-limb-recovery-after-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
Chao Zhang, Cecilia W P Li-Tsang, Ricky K C Au
This systematic review with a meta-analysis of studies was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of robotic training (RT) and conventional training (CT) in improving the motor recovery of paretic upper limbs in stroke patients. Numerous electronic databases were searched from January 2000 to May 2016. Finally, 13 randomized-controlled trials fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included in the three meta-analyses. The first meta-analysis carried out for those studies using RT for stroke patients indicated a significant improvement in the RT groups...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926465/freestyle-stentless-bioprosthesis-for-aortic-valve-therapy-17-year-clinical-results
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Juergen Ennker, Markus Meilwes, Joern Pons-Kuehnemann, Bernd Niemann, Philippe Grieshaber, Ina C Ennker, Andreas Boening
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve replacement with stentless bioprostheses has been shown to produce lower aortic gradients than stented bioprostheses, thus facilitating left ventricular mass regression and preventing heart failure. We sought to determine the long-term results of stentless biological aortic valve replacement over a 17-year follow-up. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2012, 2551 patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a stentless prosthesis (Medtronic Freestyle) at a single center...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
#4
T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926448/increasing-self-directed-training-in-neurorehabilitation-patients-through-competition
#5
B Studer, H Van Dijk, R Handermann, S Knecht
This proof-of-concept study aimed to test whether competition could be a useful tool to increase intensity and amount of self-directed training in neurorehabilitation. Stroke patients undergoing inpatient neurorehabilitation (n=93) conducted self-directed endurance training on a (wheelchair-compatible) bicycle trainer under three experimental conditions: a "Competition" condition and two noncompetition control conditions (repeated randomized within-subject design). Training performance and perceived exertion were recorded and statistically analyzed...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926447/motivation-and-attention-following-hemispheric-stroke
#6
E Olgiati, C Russell, D Soto, P Malhotra
Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. Although a number of behavioral and pharmacological therapies have been developed, none of these appears to be applicable to all patients with SN or has proved unequivocally successful in clinical trials...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925894/prevention-of-herpes-zoster-and-its-complications-from-clinical-evidence-to-real-life-experience
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Giovanni Gabutti, Paolo Bonanni, Michele Conversano, Guido Fanelli, Elisabetta Franco, Donato Greco, Giancarlo Icardi, Marzia Lazzari, Alessandro Rossi, Silvestro Scotti, Antonio Volpi
Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute viral illness characterized by a vesicular rash with unilateral distribution, which can also result in severe complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), ophthalmic zoster, stroke or other neurological complications. The estimate incidence in Europe ranges between 2.0 and 4.6 cases per 1,000 person-years, with a sharp increase in >50 year-old subjects. Currently, treatment options for HZ are only partially effective in limiting the acute phase, while the management of complications is complex and often unsatisfactory...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925526/only-half-of-stroke-services-have-enough-nurses
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People who have had a stroke are missing out on the best possible care due to a critical shortage of nurses and consultants, a major audit has concluded.
December 7, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925337/complication-rates-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-aged-%C3%A2-75-years-versus-75-years-results-from-the-german-ablation-registry
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J Moser, S Willems, D Andresen, J Brachmann, L Eckardt, E Hoffmann, K H Kuck, T Lewalter, B Schumacher, S G Spitzer, M Hochadel, J Senges, B A Hoffmann
INTRODUCTION: Despite a rising demand for catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) in an elderly population, complication and success rates are not fully elucidated. We sought to compare complication rates of CA of AF in patients ≥ 75 versus < 75 years of age. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory AF were prospectively enrolled from January 2007 to 2010 in this multicenter study. A total of 4449 patients, group 1 ≥ 75 years and group 2 < 75 years (n = 227, age 77...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925333/glycaemic-control-and-excess-risk-of-ischaemic-and-haemorrhagic-stroke-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-a-cohort-study-of-33-453-patients
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C Hedén Ståhl, M Lind, A-M Svensson, S Gudbjörnsdottir, A Mårtensson, A Rosengren
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the excess risk of stroke in relation to glycaemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes. METHODS: In this prospective, matched cohort study, we identified patients with type 1 diabetes, aged ≥18 years, who were registered in the Swedish National Diabetes Register from 1998-2011 and five control subjects for each case from the general population, matched for age, sex and county of residence. The risks of all strokes, ischaemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke were estimated using Cox hazard regression...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925332/left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-the-new-occlutech%C3%A2-device-first-in-man-experience-and-neurological-outcome
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Barbara Bellmann, Steffen Schnupp, Peter Kühnlein, Christian Javernik, Caroline Kleinecke, Andreas Rillig, Ulf Landmesser, Johannes Brachmann, Jai-Wun Park
AIMS: Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is a valuable treatment option for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation and a HAS-BLED-Score ≥ 3. Determinants of procedural safety events and neurological outcome of the patients with the Occlutech Device (OD) are not established yet. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2012 and 2016, 30 patients underwent LAAC using the OD. This is a prospective, study. Neurological examination and transesophageal echocardiography was performed directly before and after the procedure and after 1, 3 and 12 months...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925310/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-stemi-undergoing-primary-pci-in-the-clopidogrel-era-role-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-at-admission-and-the-smoking-paradox-on-long-term-outcome
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Giovanni Ciccarelli, Emanuele Barbato, Marco Golino, Giovanni Cimmino, Jozef Bartunek, Luigi Di Serafino, Domenico Di Girolamo, Bernard De Bruyne, William Wijns, Paolo Golino
BACKGROUND: Several clinical and laboratory variables have an impact on the prognosis of STEMI patients undergoing PPCI; however, little is known about the role of ongoing DAPT at the time of the event and the smoking status as prognostic factors affecting the outcome of these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven-hundred and thirteen consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI, admitted to the S. Anna and S. Sebastiano Hospital (Caserta, Italy) and to the OLV Clinic (Aalst, Belgium), between March 2009 and December 2011, were retrospectively enrolled...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925041/wake-up-stroke-clinical-characteristics-sedentary-lifestyle-and-daytime-sleepiness
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Deborath Lucia de Oliveira Diniz, Pedro Rodrigues Barreto, Pedro Felipe Carvalhedo de Bruin, Veralice Meireles Sales de Bruin
Objective: Wake-up stroke (WUS) is defined when the exact time of the beginning of the symptoms cannot be determined, for the deficits are perceived upon awakening. Sleep alterations are important risk factors for stroke and cardiovascular diseases. This study evaluates the characteristics of patients with and without WUS, the presence of daytime sleepiness, and associated risk factors. Method: Patients with ischemic stroke were investigated about the presence of WUS...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925016/association-between-neurological-injury-and-the-severity-of-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-after-stroke
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Danielle Martins Otto, Marlise de Castro Ribeiro, Liselotte Menke Barea, Renata Mancopes, Sheila Tamanini de Almeida
Purpose: To associate the degree of biomechanical impairment in the swallowing process with the severity (National Institute of Health Stroke Scale - NIHSS) and type of neurological injury in patients post stroke. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study conducted with 42 patients (22 females), aged 65.7 years on average diagnosed with stroke. All patients underwent clinical neurological evaluation and application of the NIHSS in the first 48 hours after stroke...
December 1, 2016: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924805/water-striders-adjust-leg-movement-speed-to-optimize-takeoff-velocity-for-their-morphology
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Eunjin Yang, Jae Hak Son, Sang-Im Lee, Piotr G Jablonski, Ho-Young Kim
Water striders are water-walking insects that can jump upwards from the water surface. Quick jumps allow striders to avoid sudden dangers such as predators' attacks, and therefore their jumping is expected to be shaped by natural selection for optimal performance. Related species with different morphological constraints could require different jumping mechanics to successfully avoid predation. Here we show that jumping striders tune their leg rotation speed to reach the maximum jumping speed that water surface allows...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924797/acupuncture-for-blood-pressure-control-in-stroke-patients-case-reports
#16
Haizhen Zheng, Xiaofeng Zhao, Yuzheng Du, Xuemin Shi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 8, 2016: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924720/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-subclinical-brain-damage-in-the-general-population
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Hazel I Zonneveld, M Arfan Ikram, Albert Hofman, Wiro J Niessen, Aad van der Lugt, Gabriel P Krestin, Oscar H Franco, Meike W Vernooij
Purpose To investigate the association between N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), which is a marker of heart disease, and markers of subclinical brain damage on magnetic resonance (MR) images in community-dwelling middle-aged and elderly subjects without dementia and without a clinical diagnosis of heart disease. Materials and Methods This prospective population-based cohort study was approved by a medical ethics committee overseen by the national government, and all participants gave written informed consent...
December 7, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924633/direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-cardiovascular-prevention-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Francisco Marín, Manuel Pablo Anguita Sánchez, Marcelo Sanmartín Fernández
Patients with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk for stroke, systemic embolism and cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death. However, the majority of studies that have analyzed the efficacy of anticoagulants have been focused only on their effects on the risk of stroke. Areas covered: The available evidence about the association between atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular disease as well as the effects of oral anticoagulation on cardiovascular death and myocardial infarction, with a particular focus on direct oral anticoagulants, was updated in this review...
December 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924429/cyp2c19-lof-and-gof-guided-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#19
Minghuan Jiang, Joyce H S You
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of CYP2C19 loss-of-function and gain-of-function allele guided (LOF/GOF-guided) antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A life-long decision-analytic model was designed to simulate outcomes of three strategies: universal clopidogrel (75 mg daily), universal alternative P2Y12 inhibitor (prasugrel 10 mg daily or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily), and LOF/GOF-guided therapy (LOF/GOF allele carriers receiving alternative P2Y12 inhibitor, wild-type patients receiving clopidogrel)...
December 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924216/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-older-heart-failure-patients-a-complex-clinical-problem
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Giovanni Pulignano, Donatella Del Sindaco, Maria Denitza Tinti, Stefano Tolone, Giovanni Minardi, Antonio Lax, Massimo Uguccioni
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), two problems of growing prevalence as a consequence of the ageing population, are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. AF and HF also share common risk factors and pathophysiologic processes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and valvular heart disease often occur together. Although elderly patients with both HF and AF are affected by worse symptoms and poorer prognosis, there is a paucity of data on appropriate management of these patients...
January 2016: Heart International
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