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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883332/effect-of-signal-acquisition-method-on-the-fetal-heart-rate-analysis-with-phase-rectified-signal-averaging
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J A M van Scheepen, M P H Koster, B Vasak, C Redman, A Franx, A Georgieva
Phase rectified signal averaging (PRSA) is increasingly used for fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring, both with traces acquired with external Doppler cardiotocography (D-FHR), and with transabdominal fetal electrocardiography (ta-FHR). However, it is unclear to what extend the acquisition method influences the PRSA analysis, whether results from using one acquisition method are comparable to those based on FHR acquired by the other method, and if not, which should be the preferred method. To address these questions, we applied PRSA analysis to 28 antepartum synchronous recordings of the FHR using simultaneously D-FHR and ta-FHR...
November 24, 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854382/the-truffle-study-fetal-monitoring-indications-for-delivery-in-310-iugr-infants-with-2-year-s-outcome-delivered-before-32-weeks-of-gestation
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Gerard H A Visser, C M Bilardo, J B Derks, E Ferrazzi, N Fratelli, T Frusca, W Ganzevoort, C Lees, R Napolitano, T Todros, H Wolf, K Hecher, N Marlow, B Arabin, C Brezinka, A Diemert, J J Duvekot, P Martinelli, E Ostermayer, A T Papageorghiou, D Schlembach, Ktm Schneider, B Thilaganathan, A Valcamonico
OBJECTIVE: In the TRUFFLE study on outcome of early fetal growth restriction women were allocated to three timing of delivery plans according to antenatal monitoring strategies based on reduced computerized cardiotocographic heart rate short term variation (c-CTG STV) , early Ductus Venosus (DV p95) or late DV (DV noA) changes. However, many infants were per protocol delivered because of 'safety net' criteria, or for maternal indications, or 'other fetal indications' or after 32 weeks of gestation when the protocol was not applied anymore...
November 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831546/diurnal-variations-of-short-term-variation-and-the-impact-of-multiple-recordings-on-measurement-accuracy
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G Seliger, D Petroff, S Seeger, D Hoyer, M Tchirikov, U Schneider
OBJECTIVE: Short-term variation (STV) from computerized cardiotocogram heart rate analysis is a parameter that complements decision making, regarding the delivery of fetuses in several high-risk situations. Although studies on the effects of gestational age and fetal pathology are convincing, there is a lack of data exploring diurnal variation and the adequacy of a single measurement. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective observational study, fetal STV was monitored with the AN24 fetal ECG monitor (Monica Healthcare) each hour for at least 10 h in total, beginning at different times...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822432/standard-external-doppler-fetal-heart-tracings-versus-external-fetal-electrocardiogram-in-very-preterm-gestation-a-pilot-study
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Gary Fruhman, Jeffrey A Gavard, Kristina McCormick, Judy Wilson-Griffin, Erol Amon, Gilad A Gross
Introduction Very preterm babies can be difficult to monitor using standard external Doppler fetal heart tracings (eFHR). External fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) is a potential alternative. Methods This was a prospective observational pilot study of hospitalized patients at 24 to 28 weeks' gestation. A total of 30 women were traced for up to 2 hours using eFHR followed by up to 2 hours using fECG. The percentage of time the fetal heart rate was traced during the 2-hour window for each modality was calculated...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811482/quality-predictors-of-abdominal-fetal-electrocardiography-recording-in-antenatal-ambulatory-and-bedside-settings
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Evelyn A Huhn, Maren I Müller, Andrea H Meyer, Gwendolin Manegold-Brauer, Wolfgang Holzgreve, Irene Hoesli, Frank H Wilhelm
BACKGROUND: Fetal electrocardiography using an abdominal monitor (Monica AN24™) could increase the diagnostic use of fetal heart rate (fHR) variability measurements. However, signal quality may depend on factors such as maternal physical activity, posture, and bedside versus ambulatory setting. METHODS: Sixty-three healthy women wore the monitor at home and 42 women during a hospital stay. All women underwent a posture experiment, and all home and 13 hospital participants wore the monitor during daytime and nighttime...
November 4, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775930/fetal-motion-estimation-from-noninvasive-cardiac-signal-recordings
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Hadis Biglari, Reza Sameni
Fetal motility is a widely accepted indicator of the well-being of a fetus. In previous research, it has be shown that fetal motion (FM) is coherent with fetal heart rate accelerations and an indicator for active/rest cycles of the fetus. The most common approach for FM and fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment is by Doppler ultrasound (DUS). While DUS is the most common approach for studying the mechanical activities of the heart, noninvasive fetal electrocardiogram (ECG) and magnetocardiogram (MCG) recording and processing techniques have been considered as a possible competitor (or complement) for the DUS...
November 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756155/effect-of-tocolytic-drugs-on-fetal-heart-rate-variability-a-systematic-review
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Kim M J Verdurmen, Alexandra D J Hulsenboom, Judith O E H van Laar, S Guid Oei
INTRODUCTION: Tocolytics may cause changes in fetal heart rate (HR) pattern, while fetal heart rate variability (HRV) is an important marker of fetal well-being. We aim to systematically review the literature on how tocolytic drugs affect fetal HRV. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, PubMed and EMBASE up to June 2016. Studies published in English, using computerized or visual analysis to describe the effect of tocolytics on HRV in human fetuses were included...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754163/sy-11-3-hypertension-in-women-more-dangerous-than-in-men
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Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751795/the-limits-of-electronic-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-in-the-prevention-of-neonatal-metabolic-acidemia
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Steven L Clark, Emily Hamilton, Thomas J Garite, Audra Timmins, Philip A Warrick, Samuel Smith
BACKGROUND: Despite intensive efforts directed at initial training in fetal heart rate interpretation, continuing medical education, board certification/recertification, team training and the development of specific protocols for the management of abnormal fetal heart rate patterns, the goals of consistently preventing hypoxia-induced fetal metabolic acidemia and neurologic injury remain elusive. OBJECTIVE: To validate a recently published algorithm for the management of category II fetal heart rate tracings , examine reasons for the birth of infants with significant metabolic acidemia despite the use of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring and critically examine the limits of EFHRM in the prevention of neonatal metabolic acidemia...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734746/why-stan-might-not-be-dead
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Serena Xodo, Gabriele Saccone, Ewoud Schuit, Isis Amer-Wåhlin, Vincenzo Berghella
Recently, a meta-analysis, including 26,526 laboring vertex singletons at term, summarized all available level-1 data from six high-quality randomized clinical trials on the use of ST analysis (STAN) during labor as an adjunct to conventional intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring. The meta-analysis showed that STAN did not improve perinatal outcomes or decrease cesarean deliveries. Nonetheless there are still reasons to believe STAN may have a role in the future research on intrapartum fetal monitoring. Out of six trials included in the meta-analysis, two included all cephalic singletons in labor, and four enrolled only high-risk pregnant women...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643118/sy-11-3-hypertension-in-women-more-dangerous-than-in-men
#11
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642802/telemedicine-to-improve-access-to-specialist-care-in-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-analysis-of-17-years-of-tocomat-network-clinical-activity
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Salvatore Tagliaferri, Francesca Giovanna Esposito, Adelaide Ippolito, Flavia Mereghini, Giovanni Magenes, Pasquale Martinelli, Marta Campanile, Maria Gabriella Signorini
BACKGROUND: The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the clinical experience of our telemedicine network (TOCOMAT) for fetal well-being assessment through computerized Cardiotocography (cCTG), analyzing cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental conditions of pregnant women and its economic sustainability over time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the central data store, including all cCTG records collected in Campania region (Italy) during 17 years of activity...
September 19, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27627565/fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-using-maternal-abdominal-surface-electrodes-in-third-trimester-can-we-obtain-additional-information-other-than-ctg-trace
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Tomasz Fuchs, Krzysztof Grobelak, Michał Pomorski, Mariusz Zimmer
BACKGROUND: Cardiotocography (CTG) is the most widely used procedure despite its low specificity for fetal acidosis and poor perinatal outcome. Fetal electrocardiography (fECG) with transabdominal electrodes is a new, non-invasive and promising method with greater potential for detecting impairment of fetal circulation. This study is the first that attempts to assess the usefulness of fECG in comparison to CTG during antepartum period. OBJECTIVES: To determine if a single fECG examination along with CTG tracing and Doppler flow measurement in the fetal vessels has any additional clinical value in normal and intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) fetuses...
March 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596360/recombinant-human-relaxin-versus-placebo-for-cervical-ripening-a-double-blind-randomised-trial-in-pregnant-women-scheduled-for-induction-of-labour
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Gerson Weiss, Sam Teichman, Dennis Stewart, David Nader, Susan Wood, Peter Breining, Elaine Unemori
BACKGROUND: Nonclinical studies indicate that the hormone relaxin is a good candidate for a safe cervical ripening agent that does not cause uterine contractions. METHODS: This Phase II study (conducted November 2, 2005-October 20, 2006) was a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial testing 24-h intravenous infusion of serelaxin (recombinant human relaxin) or placebo for cervical ripening in 72 healthy, primiparous women. Eligible subjects had a singleton pregnancy ≥40 weeks, were planned for elective induction, had vertex presentation of the fetus, intact membranes and a Bishop score at screening ≤4...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595008/circadian-changes-and-sex-related-differences-in-fetal-heart-rate-parameters
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Habiba Kapaya, Fiona Broughton Pipkin, Barrie Hayes-Gill, Pamela V Loughna
BACKGROUND: Previous researchers have studied circadian changes in the fetal heart rate (FHR) on small sample sizes and in a strictly controlled environment. This study was undertaken to investigate these changes during the late second and third trimesters, using a portable fetal electrocardiogram recording device (Monica AN24) in pregnant women in home and hospital environments with unrestricted mobility. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of 54 pregnant women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies between 25 and 40 weeks gestation...
2016: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585242/nuchal-cord-is-it-really-the-silent-risk-of-pregnancy
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Hatice Akkaya, Barış Büke, Meryem Kuru Pekcan, Kıvanç Şahin, Gülsüm Uysal, Gülin Feykan Yeğin, Ayşe Filiz Avşar, Fulya Çağlı
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between entanglement of umbilical cord around the fetal neck and adverse perinatal outcomes. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, perinatal outcomes of 218 pregnancies complicated with nuchal cord (NC) (study group) were compared with 190 uncomplicated pregnancies (control group). Main outcome measures were umbilical cord pH values, APGAR scores and cesarean section (C/S) rates. Fetal distress was stated as an abnormal heart rate pattern on electronic fetal heart monitorization...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581467/incidence-of-intrapartum-stillbirth-and-associated-risk-factors-in-tertiary-care-setting-of-nepal-a-case-control-study
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Ashish Kc, Johan Wrammert, Uwe Ewald, Robert B Clark, Jageshwor Gautam, Gehanath Baral, Kedar P Baral, Mats Målqvist
BACKGROUND: Each year, 1.2 million intrapartum stillbirths occur globally. In Nepal, about 50 % of the total number of stillbirths occur during the intrapartum period. An understanding of the risk factors associated with intrapartum stillbirth will facilitate the development of preventative strategies to reduce the associated burden of death. This study was conducted in a tertiary-care setting with the aim to identify risk factors associated with intrapartum stillbirth. METHODS: A case-control study was completed from July 2012 to September 2013...
2016: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555144/prone-position-craniotomy-in-pregnancy-without-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring
#18
Jean Jacob, Ashish Alexander, Shoba Philip, Anoop Thomas
A pregnant patient in second trimester scheduled for posterior fossa craniotomy in prone position is a challenge for the anesthesiologist. Things to consider are physiological changes during pregnancy, non-obstetric surgery in pregnant patients, neuroanesthetic principles, effects of prone positioning, and need for fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring. We have described the anesthetic management of this case and discussed intra-operative FHR monitoring including controversies about its role, indications, and various options available as per fetal gestational age...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543442/labor-and-birth-care-satisfaction-associated-with-medical-interventions-and-accompaniment-during-labor-among-chilean-women
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Fiona Weeks, Loreto Pantoja, Jovita Ortiz, Jennifer Foster, Gabriel Cavada, Lorena Binfa
INTRODUCTION: Satisfaction with care during labor and birth has been associated with various obstetric variables. The purpose of this study was to determine which labor and birth procedures are significant predictors of maternal patient satisfaction in a large cross-sectional sample. METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional study of 1660 women giving birth in Chilean public hospital facilities was conducted from 2012 to 2013. Data were collected from 9 different hospitals in 8 regions of Chile using 2 instruments, including the American College of Nurse-Midwives Intrapartum Care Data Set and a locally validated measure of maternal well-being...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27542350/inadequate-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-and-poor-use-of-partogram-associated-with-intrapartum-stillbirth-a-case-referent-study-in-nepal
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Ashish Kc, Johan Wrammert, Robert B Clark, Uwe Ewald, Mats Målqvist
BACKGROUND: Newborns are at the greatest risk for dying during the intrapartum period, including labor and delivery, and the first day of life. Fetal heart rate monitoring (FHRM) and partogram use to track labor progress are evidence-based techniques that can help to identify maternal and fetal risk factors so that these can be addressed early. The objective of this study was to assess health worker adherence to protocols for FHRM and partogram use during the intrapartum period, and to assess the association between adherence and intrapartum stillbirth in a tertiary hospital of Nepal...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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