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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922567/validity-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology-s-psychosocial-screening-interview-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-the-thoresci-study
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Eveline van Montfort, Johan Denollet, Jos Widdershoven, Nina Kupper
AIM: To examine the validity of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) psychosocial screening instrument. METHOD: 508 acute (67%) or elective (33%) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients (mean age=63 years, SD=10; 81% male) completed the ESC screening interview and established questionnaires for psychosocial risk markers, i.e., depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7), Type D personality (DS14), hostility (CMHS-7), and marital/work stress (MMQ-6, ERI) during or close after hospital admission...
December 2, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917140/can-illness-perceptions-predict-lower-heart-rate-variability-following-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Mary Princip, Marco Scholz, Rebecca E Meister-Langraf, Jürgen Barth, Ulrich Schnyder, Hansjörg Znoj, Jean-Paul Schmid, Julian F Thayer, Roland von Känel
Objective: Decreased heart rate variability (HRV) has been reported to be a predictor of mortality after myocardial infarction (MI). Patients' beliefs and perceptions concerning their illness may play a role in decreased HRV. This study investigated if illness perceptions predict HRV at 3 months following acute MI. Methods: 130 patients referred to a tertiary cardiology center, were examined within 48 h and 3 months following acute MI. At admission, patients' cognitive representations of their MI were assessed using the German version of the self-rated Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912162/serotonin-2a-receptor-5-ht2a-gene-promoter-variant-interacts-with-chronic-perceived-stress-to-modulate-resting-parasympathetic-activity-in-humans
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Chuan-Chia Chang, Wen-Hui Fang, Hsin-An Chang, Tieh-Ching Chang, Jia-Fwa Shyu, San-Yuan Huang
Decreased resting vagal (parasympathetic) tone is implicated in the development of stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression. Chronic stress elevates the expression of serotonin 2A receptors (5-HT2A), while activation of 5-HT2A leads to inhibition of parasympathetic synaptic transmission. The T allele of the promoter variant, rs6311 (C>T), of the 5-HT2A gene has been shown to increase the 5-HT2A expression in vitro and to be associated with anxiety and depressive disorders. We thus hypothesized that the 5-HT2A functional polymorphism may influence resting vagal activity among persons with chronically high levels of perceived stress...
November 16, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911380/method-for-identifying-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-protein-protein-interaction-between-hcn1-and-trip8b
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Ye Han, Kyle A Lyman, Matt Clutter, Gary E Schiltz, Quratul-Ain Ismail, Xiangying Cheng, Chi-Hao Luan, Dane M Chetkovich
Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are expressed ubiquitously throughout the brain, where they function to regulate the excitability of neurons. The subcellular distribution of these channels in pyramidal neurons of hippocampal area CA1 is regulated by tetratricopeptide repeat-containing Rab8b interacting protein (TRIP8b), an auxiliary subunit. Genetic knockout of HCN pore forming subunits or TRIP8b, both lead to an increase in antidepressant-like behavior, suggesting that limiting the function of HCN channels may be useful as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911316/risk-factors-for-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-german-primary-care-practices
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Louis Jacob, Jens Bohlken, Karel Kostev
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a common mental disorder affecting around 16% of elderly people without dementia. MCI is considered an intermediate state between normal cognition and dementia. OBJECTIVE: To analyze risk factors for the development of MCI in German primary care practices. METHODS: In total, 3,604 MCI patients and 3,604 controls without MCI were included between January 2010 and December 2015. Several disorders potentially associated with MCI were determined...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908913/comfrey-herbal-remedy-causing-second-degree-heart-block-do-not-be-outfoxed-by-digitalis
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Mathew Kurian Vithayathil, Matthew Edwards
A previously well woman aged 63 years presents to the emergency department with vomiting, palpitations and 3 presyncopal episodes. She had no previous medical or cardiac history, with the patient stating that she tried a herbal remedy of boiled comfrey leaves for insomnia 18 hours before arrival to the department. Her ECG showed multiple abnormalities, including bradycardia, second-degree atrioventricular node block, Mobitz Type 2, a shortened QT interval, downsloping ST depression and presence of U waves...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908896/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-depscreen-info-randomised-clinical-trial
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Bernd Löwe, Stefan Blankenberg, Karl Wegscheider, Hans-Helmut König, Dirk Walter, Alexandra M Murray, Benjamin Gierk, Sebastian Kohlmann
BACKGROUND: International guidelines advocate depression screening in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and other chronic illnesses, but evidence is lacking. AIMS: To test the differential efficacy of written patient-targeted feedback v. no written patient feedback after depression screening. METHOD: Patients with CHD or hypertension from three cardiology settings were randomised and screened for depression (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01879111)...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906972/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-ssri-antidepressants-in-pregnancy-and-congenital-anomalies-analysis-of-linked-databases-in-wales-norway-and-funen-denmark
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Sue Jordan, Joan K Morris, Gareth I Davies, David Tucker, Daniel S Thayer, Johannes M Luteijn, Margery Morgan, Ester Garne, Anne V Hansen, Kari Klungsøyr, Anders Engeland, Breidge Boyle, Helen Dolk
BACKGROUND: Hypothesised associations between in utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and congenital anomalies, particularly congenital heart defects (CHD), remain controversial. We investigated the putative teratogenicity of SSRI prescription in the 91 days either side of first day of last menstrual period (LMP). METHODS AND FINDINGS: Three population-based EUROCAT congenital anomaly registries- Norway (2004-2010), Wales (2000-2010) and Funen, Denmark (2000-2010)-were linked to the electronic healthcare databases holding prospectively collected prescription information for all pregnancies in the timeframes available...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903513/the-maximum-heart-rate-in-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-fario-is-not-limited-by-firing-rate-of-pacemaker-cells
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Jaakko Haverinen, Denis V Abramochkin, Andre Kamkin, Matti Vornanen
Temperature-induced changes in cardiac output (Q) in fish are largely dependent on thermal modulation of heart rate (fH) and at high temperatures Q collapses due to heat-dependent depression of fH This study tests the hypothesis that firing rate of sinoatrial pacemaker cells sets the upper thermal limit of fH in vivo. To this end temperature-dependence of action potential (AP) frequency of enzymatically isolated pacemaker cells (pacemaker rate, fPM), spontaneous beating rate of isolated sinoatrial preparations (fSA) and in vivo heart rate (fH) of the cold-acclimated (4°C) brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) were compared under acute thermal challenges...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900748/-effects-of-different-genres-of-music-on-the-psycho-physiological-responses-of-undergraduates
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Hsin-Ping Lee, Yu-Chen Liu, Mei-Feng Lin
BACKGROUND: Undergraduate students face tremendous stressors from learning, interpersonal relationships, and life. Stress may cause adaptation exhaustion and stress-related disorders. While the results of recent clinical studies indicate that music interventions may alleviate stress, there is a dearth of research exploring the discrete effects of various genres of music on psycho-physiological status. PURPOSE: To explore the effects of listening to different genres of music on the psycho-physiological responses of undergraduates...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899860/leptin-attenuates-the-contractile-function-of-adult-rat-cardiomyocytes-involved-in-oxidative-stress-and-autophagy
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Liu-Jin Luo, Ying-Ping Liu, Xun Yuan, Gui-Ping Zhang, Ning Hou, Xiao-Qian Wu, Jian-Dong Luo, Gen-Shui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Leptin has been identified as an important protein involved in obesity. As a chronic metabolic disorder, obesity is associated with a high risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including heart failure. The aim of this paper was to investigate the effects and the mechanism of leptin on the contractile function of cardiomyocytes in the adult rat. METHODS: Isolated adult rat cardiomyocytes were exposed to leptin (1, 10, and 100 nmol/L) for 1 hour...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895505/evaluating-increased-resource-use-in-fibromyalgia-using-electronic-health-records
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Jay M Margolis, Elizabeth T Masters, Joseph C Cappelleri, David M Smith, Steven Faulkner
OBJECTIVE: The management of fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic musculoskeletal disease, remains challenging, and patients with FM are often characterized by high health care resource utilization. This study sought to explore potential drivers of all-cause health care resource utilization and other factors associated with high resource use, using a large electronic health records (EHR) database to explore data from patients diagnosed with FM. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of de-identified EHR data from the Humedica database...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895432/prevalence-of-depression-and-anxiety-in-patients-with-chronic-digestive-system-diseases-a-multicenter-epidemiological-study
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An-Zhong Zhang, Qing-Cai Wang, Kun-Ming Huang, Jia-Guo Huang, Chang-Hong Zhou, Fu-Qiang Sun, Su-Wen Wang, Feng-Ting Wu
AIM: To investigate the prevalence of depression and anxiety in patients with chronic digestive system diseases. METHODS: A total of 1736 patients with chronic digestive system diseases were included in this cross-sectional study, including 871 outpatients and 865 in-patients. A self-designed General Information for Patients of the Department of Gastroenterology of General Hospitals questionnaire was used to collect each patient's general information, which included demographic data (including age, sex, marital status, and education) and disease characteristics (including major diseases, disease duration, principal symptoms, chronic pain, sleep disorder, and limited daily activities)...
November 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895069/association-between-poorer-cognitive-function-and-reduced-objectively-monitored-medication-adherence-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Mary A Dolansky, Misty A W Hawkins, Julie T Schaefer, Abdus Sattar, John Gunstad, Joseph D Redle, Richard Josephson, Shirley M Moore, Joel W Hughes
BACKGROUND: Subclinical cognitive impairment is prevalent in heart failure (HF); however, its role in important clinical outcomes, such as HF treatment adherence, is unclear. Given the complex polypharmacy in HF treatment, cognitive deficits may be important in predicting medication management. Thus, the objective of the current study was to examine the impact of cognitive function on medication adherence among community-dwelling patients with HF using objective assessments. METHODS AND RESULTS: A prospective observational cohort design of 309 community-dwelling patients with HF (59...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894465/is-denial-a-maladaptive-coping-mechanism-which-prolongs-pre-hospital-delay-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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X Y Fang, L Albarqouni, A F von Eisenhart Rothe, S Hoschar, J Ronel, K-H Ladwig
OBJECTIVE: During an acute myocardial infarction, patients often use denial as a coping mechanism which may provide positive mood regulating effects but may also prolong prehospital delay time (PHD). However, empirical evidences are still sparse. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 533 ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients from the Munich Examination of Delay in Patients Experiencing Acute Myocardial Infarction (MEDEA) study. Data on sociodemographic, clinical and psycho-behavioral characteristics were collected at bedside...
December 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894460/the-mediation-effect-of-health-literacy-between-subjective-social-status-and-depressive-symptoms-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Huijing Zou, Yuxia Chen, Wenjie Fang, Yanting Zhang, Xiuzhen Fan
OBJECTIVES: Depressive symptoms are prevalent and cause adverse outcomes in heart failure. Previous studies have linked depressive symptoms with socioeconomic status. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying this relationship. This study aimed to evaluate the association between socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms, and to examine whether access to healthcare, health literacy and social support mediated this relationship in patients with heart failure. METHODS: Cross-sectional design was used to study 321 patients with heart failure recruited from a general hospital...
December 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887031/job-mobility-and-health-in-the-danish-workforce
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Charlotte Ørsted Hougaard, Else Nygaard, Astrid Ledgaard Holm, Karsten Thielen, Finn Diderichsen
AIMS: The globalized economy has stimulated mobility in the labour market in many countries and Denmark has one of the highest rates of mobility between workplaces among the OECD countries. This raises the question of the potential health effects of mobility and the effect of disease on mobility. METHODS: This study was register-based with a longitudinal design using data on the entire Danish population in 1992-2006. The data included mobility between employers and workplaces and seven different diseases based on admissions to hospital and drug prescriptions...
November 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886849/prevalence-and-burden-of-comorbidities-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Alexandru Corlateanu, Serghei Covantev, Alexander G Mathioudakis, Victor Botnaru, Nikolaos Siafakas
The classical definition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as a lung condition characterized by irreversible airway obstruction is outdated. The systemic involvement in patients with COPD, as well as the interactions between COPD and its comorbidities, justify the description of chronic systemic inflammatory syndrome. The pathogenesis of COPD is closely linked with aging, as well as with cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, renal, and gastrointestinal pathologies, decreasing the quality of life of patients with COPD and, furthermore, complicating the management of the disease...
November 2016: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886135/soy-and-health-update-evaluation-of-the-clinical-and-epidemiologic-literature
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REVIEW
Mark Messina
Soyfoods have long been recognized as sources of high-quality protein and healthful fat, but over the past 25 years these foods have been rigorously investigated for their role in chronic disease prevention and treatment. There is evidence, for example, that they reduce risk of coronary heart disease and breast and prostate cancer. In addition, soy alleviates hot flashes and may favorably affect renal function, alleviate depressive symptoms and improve skin health. Much of the focus on soyfoods is because they are uniquely-rich sources of isoflavones...
November 24, 2016: Nutrients
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