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reduced heart rate variability and mortality

Thomas Schwartz, Louise Pyndt Diederichsen, Ingrid E Lundberg, Ivar Sjaastad, Helga Sanner
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) include the main subgroups polymyositis (PM), dermatomyositis (DM), inclusion body myositis (IBM) and juvenile DM (JDM). The mentioned subgroups are characterised by inflammation of skeletal muscles leading to muscle weakness and other organs can also be affected as well. Even though clinically significant heart involvement is uncommon, heart disease is one of the major causes of death in IIM. Recent studies show an increased prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors in JDM and DM/PM, which need attention...
2016: RMD Open
Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sarah M Perman, Emily Stanton, Jasmeet Soar, Robert A Berg, Michael W Donnino, Mark E Mikkelsen, Dana P Edelson, Matthew M Churpek, Lin Yang, Raina M Merchant
BACKGROUND: In-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) is a major public health problem with significant mortality. A better understanding of where IHCA occurs in hospitals (intensive care unit [ICU] versus monitored ward [telemetry] versus unmonitored ward) could inform strategies for reducing preventable deaths. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective study of adult IHCA events in the Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation database from January 2003 to September 2010...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Batric Popovic, Nicolas Girerd, Patrick Rossignol, Nelly Agrinier, Edoardo Camenzind, Renaud Fay, Bertram Pitt, Faiez Zannad
The Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) risk score remains a robust prediction tool for short-term and midterm outcome in the patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the validity of this risk score in patients with STEMI with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) remains unclear. A total of 2,854 patients with STEMI with early coronary revascularization participating in the randomized EPHESUS (Epleronone Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction Heart Failure Efficacy and Survival Study) trial were analyzed...
August 22, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Alessandra M Campos, Andrea Placido-Sposito, Wladimir M Freitas, Filipe A Moura, Maria Elena Guariento, Wilson Nadruz, Emilio H Moriguchi, Andrei C Sposito
BACKGROUND: Despite the high incidence and mortality of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) among the very elderly, risk markers for this condition remain poorly defined. This study was designed to identify independent markers of STEMI among individuals carefully selected for being healthy or manifesting STEMI in < 24 h. METHODS: We enrolled participants aged 80 years or older of whom 50 were STEMI patients and 207 had never manifested cardiovascular diseases...
December 2016: BBA Clinical
Christian McNeely, Stephen Markwell, Christina M Vassileva
BACKGROUND: Since year 2000, reducing hospital readmissions has become a public health priority. In addition, there have been major changes in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) during this period. METHODS: The cohort consisted of 3,250,194 patients admitted for PCI from January 2000 through November 2012. RESULTS: Overall, 30-day readmission was 15.8%. Readmission rates declined from 16.1% in 2000 to 15.4% in 2012 (adjusted odds ratio for readmission 1...
September 2016: American Heart Journal
Jonathan W Waks, Larisa G Tereshchenko, Rulan S Parekh
Patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis experience a high incidence of cardiovascular mortality, and sudden cardiac death (SCD) accounts for approximately 25% of all deaths in this patient population. Despite this high risk of SCD, many non-invasive SCD risk stratification tools that are frequently applied to other patient populations (such as those with prior myocardial infarction and reduced left ventricular systolic function) may be less useful markers of increased SCD risk in ESRD. Improved SCD risk stratification tools for use specifically in patients on hemodialysis are therefore necessary to optimally target use of primary prevention interventions aimed at decreasing SCD incidence...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Isaac B Rhea, Kathleen Morris, Stephen Sawada, Harvey Feigenbaum
AIMS: Reduced global longitudinal systolic strain (GLS) is a common finding in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with normal ejection fraction (EF), and GLS is a stronger predictor of mortality than EF. We sought to determine what factors may be responsible for the decreased strain in this population. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study group was comprised of 139 renal transplant candidates with a normal EF who had echocardiography with assessment of GLS and basal longitudinal systolic strain (BLS)...
August 20, 2016: Echocardiography
Ainara Garde, Guohai Zhou, Shahreen Raihana, Dustin Dunsmuir, Walter Karlen, Parastoo Dekhordi, Tanvir Huda, Shams El Arifeen, Charles Larson, Niranjan Kissoon, Guy A Dumont, J Mark Ansermino
OBJECTIVE: Hypoxaemia is a strong predictor of mortality in children. Early detection of deteriorating condition is vital to timely intervention. We hypothesise that measures of pulse oximetry dynamics may identify children requiring hospitalisation. Our aim was to develop a predictive tool using only objective data derived from pulse oximetry and observed respiratory rate to identify children at increased risk of hospital admission. SETTING: Tertiary-level hospital emergency department in Bangladesh...
2016: BMJ Open
Hassan Alkhawam, Raef Madanieh, Mohammed El-Hunjul, Abed Madanieh, Umer Syed, Sumair Ahmad, Joseph J Lieber, Timothy J Vittorio
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in heart failure (HF) patients comprise a major health and economic burden, especially when readmission rate and length of stay (LOS) are considered. With increasing average life expectancy, HF prevalence continues to rise. Diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and ischemic heart disease continue to be the leading causes of HF. Current data suggest that HF is the most common cause for hospital admission in patients older than 65 years...
August 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Hojung Lee, Tae-Hun Kim, Jungtae Leem
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been used for treating heart failure mainly in combination with conventional treatments, but evidence for its effectiveness and safety has not been well established. Our aim was to review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on acupuncture for heart failure and assess the clinical evidence. METHODS: Electronic databases such as Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and certain Chinese & Korean databases were searched until October 2015...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
J Biernawska, K Kotfis, M Kaczmarczyk, W Błaszczyk, E Barnik, M Żukowski
BACKGROUND: The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in heart function regulation. One of the most acknowledged methods for noninvasive measurement of autonomic system activity is to determine heart rate variability (HRV). Reduced HRV parameters-heart rate rigidity/stiffness-are an independent prognostic factor of sudden cardiac death risk because of arrhythmia. Renal transplantation is an important factor in HRV changes because of hemodynamic and ion disturbances. The main purpose of this study was to determine the influence of HRV disturbances during renal transplantation procedures on long-term mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Ijeoma Isiadinso, Leslee J Shaw
Although mortality rates for cardiovascular disease are on the decline, it remains the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. Until recently, more women died of heart disease every year than men. Significant effort has been focused on increasing the awareness of cardiovascular disease among women, but ethnic disparities in awareness still exist. Early symptom recognition, risk assessment, and diagnosis of CAD are paramount in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in women...
October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Christopher M Murtaugh, Partha Deb, Carolyn Zhu, Timothy R Peng, Yolanda Barrón, Shivani Shah, Stanley M Moore, Kathryn H Bowles, Jill Kalman, Penny H Feldman, Albert L Siu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of two "treatments"-early, intensive home health nursing and physician follow-up within a week-versus less intense and later postacute care in reducing readmissions among heart failure (HF) patients discharged to home health care. DATA SOURCES: National Medicare administrative, claims, and patient assessment data. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with a full week of potential exposure to the treatments were followed for 30 days to determine exposure status, 30-day all-cause hospital readmission, other health care use, and mortality...
July 28, 2016: Health Services Research
Shebl E Salem, Chris J Proudman, Debra C Archer
BACKGROUND: Perioperative lidocaine treatment is commonly used in horses that undergo surgical treatment of colic, to prevent or treat postoperative ileus and reduce the effects of intestinal ischaemia-reperfusion injury. However, its clinical efficacy has not been evaluated in a large population of horses undergoing small intestinal surgery. The aim of the current study was to evaluate whether systemic lidocaine administration reduced the prevalence, volume and duration of postoperative reflux and improved rates of survival following surgical treatment of small intestinal lesions...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Lucía Núñez, María G Crespo-Leiro, Grecia M Marrón-Liñares, Natalia Suarez-Fuentetaja, Eduardo Barge-Caballero, María Jesús Paniagua-Martín, Raquel Marzoa-Rivas, Zulaika Grille-Cancela, Javier Muñiz-García, Jose Manuel Vazquez-Rodriguez, Manuel Hermida-Prieto
BACKGROUND: Ivabradine, a selective bradycardic drug, inhibits the If. In patients with heart failure (HF), ivabradine reduces the risk of rehospitalization and mortality. The average heart rate (HR) reduction is 8-10 beats, although clinical trials reveal interindividual variability. The aim of the study is to identify variants associated with HR reduction produced by ivabradine in genes involved in the drug metabolism (CYP3A4) or related to the drug target (HCN4). METHODS: In an exploratory cohort (n = 11), patients started on ivabradine were genotyped and the HR reduction was studied...
July 21, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Stuart Mealing, Beth Woods, Neil Hawkins, Martin R Cowie, Christopher J Plummer, William T Abraham, John F Beshai, Helmut Klein, Mark Sculpher
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps) and combination therapy (CRT-D) in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction based on a range of clinical characteristics. METHODS: Individual patient data from 13 randomised trials were used to inform a decision analytical model. A series of regression equations were used to predict baseline all-cause mortality, hospitalisation rates and health-related quality of life and device-related treatment effects...
July 13, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Esben Laugesen, Pernille Høyem, Jesper Fleischer, Indumathi Kumarathas, Søren T Knudsen, Klavs W Hansen, Jens Sandahl Christiansen, Troels K Hansen, Per L Poulsen
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiological perturbations underlying the unfavorable cardiovascular prognosis in women with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) remain elusive. Low subendocardial viability ratio (SEVR), an index of myocardial oxygen supply and demand, has been associated with intermediate cardiovascular risk markers and cardiovascular mortality in various populations. However, whether SEVR is associated with sex and cardiovascular risk markers in patients with T2DM remains to be clarified. METHODS: We examined 86 T2DM patients (mean age 59±10 years, 47% women, median diabetes duration 1...
October 2016: American Journal of Hypertension
Konstantinos D Rizas, Wolfgang Hamm, Stefan Kääb, Georg Schmidt, Axel Bauer
Periodic repolarisation dynamics (PRD) refers to low-frequency (≤0.1Hz) modulations of cardiac repolarisation instability. Spontaneous PRD can be assessed non-invasively from 3D high-resolution resting ECGs. Physiological and experimental studies have indicated that PRD correlates with efferent sympathetic nerve activity, which clusters in low-frequency bursts. PRD is increased by physiological provocations that lead to an enhancement of sympathetic activity, whereas it is suppressed by pharmacological β-blockade...
May 2016: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Bernt Johan von Scholten, Christian Stevns Hansen, Philip Hasbak, Andreas Kjaer, Peter Rossing, Tine Willum Hansen
Cardiac autonomic dysfunction and cardiac microvascular dysfunction are diabetic complications associated with increased mortality, but the association between these has been difficult to assess. We applied new and sensitive methods to assess this in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In a cross-sectional design, coronary flow reserve (CFR) assessed by cardiac (82)Rb-positron emission tomography/computed tomography, cardiac autonomic reflex tests, and heart rate variability indices were performed in 55 patients with T2DM, without cardiovascular disease, and in 28 control subjects...
October 2016: Diabetes
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