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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211060/shifting-gears-an-inpatient-medical-record-audit-and-post-discharge-survey-of-return-to-driving-following-stroke-transient-ischaemic-attack
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Janet Frith, Helen Warren-Forward, Isobel Hubbard, Carole James
BACKGROUND/AIM: In Australia, all stroke survivors should not drive for four weeks and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) survivors should not drive for two weeks. This study investigates the provision of return-to-driving education in the acute hospital setting and the use of this education by a cohort of Australian patients who have experienced a mild stroke or TIA and who are discharged directly home from their acute hospital admission. METHODS: A medical record audit was conducted of stroke patients discharged home from a regional hospital in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210935/the-effect-of-fluid-resuscitation-on-the-effective-circulating-volume-in-patients-undergoing-liver-surgery-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jaap Jan Vos, A F Kalmar, H G D Hendriks, J Bakker, T W L Scheeren
To assess the significance of an analogue of the mean systemic filling pressure (Pmsa) and its derived variables, in providing a physiology based discrimination between responders and non-responders to fluid resuscitation during liver surgery. A post-hoc analysis of data from 30 patients undergoing major hepatic surgery was performed. Patients received 15 ml kg(-1) fluid in 30 min. Fluid responsiveness (FR) was defined as an increase of 20% or greater in cardiac index, measured by FloTrac-Vigileo(®). Dynamic preload variables (pulse pressure variation and stroke volume variation: PPV, SVV) were recorded additionally...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151036/the-cost-of-warfarin-treatment-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-russia-from-a-collective-perspective
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J B Briere, K Bowrin, R Wood, J Roberts, B Tatarsky
AIMS: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are used for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) but necessitate regular monitoring of prothrombin time via international normalized ratio (INR) testing. This study explores the economic burden of VKA therapy for Russian patients with NVAF. METHOD: Cardiologists provided clinical characteristics and healthcare resource use data relating to the patient's first year of treatment. Data were used to quantify direct medical costs (INR testing, consultations, drug costs)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131346/improving-access-to-stroke-care-in-the-rural-setting-the-journey-to-acute-stroke-ready-designation
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Andrea Slivinski, Robin Jones, Hollis Whitehead, Vallire Hooper
: Stroke is the fifth highest cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. North Carolina has one of the highest death rates from stroke in the nation. Access to acute stroke care in rural western North Carolina is limited, with only one primary stroke center within an 18-county region. Angel Medical Center, located in rural western North Carolina, sought to pursue The Joint Commission's disease-specific certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital in an effort to improve stroke care and outcomes across the region...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127491/sterile-neuroinflammation-and-strategies-for-therapeutic-intervention
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Manoj Banjara, Chaitali Ghosh
Sterile neuroinflammation is essential for the proper brain development and tissue repair. However, uncontrolled neuroinflammation plays a major role in the pathogenesis of various disease processes. The endogenous intracellular molecules so called damage-associated molecular patterns or alarmins or damage signals that are released by activated or necrotic cells are thought to play a crucial role in initiating an immune response. Sterile inflammatory response that occurs in Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), stroke, hemorrhage, epilepsy, or traumatic brain injury (TBI) creates a vicious cycle of unrestrained inflammation, driving progressive neurodegeneration...
2017: International Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122851/intradialytic-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-cardiovascular-responses-in-a-short-term-trial-of-hemodiafiltration-and-hemodialysis
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Charlotte Buchanan, Azharuddin Mohammed, Eleanor Cox, Katrin Köhler, Bernard Canaud, Maarten W Taal, Nicholas M Selby, Susan Francis, Chris W McIntyre
Hemodynamic stress during hemodialysis (HD) results in recurrent segmental ischemic injury (myocardial stunning) that drives cumulative cardiac damage. We performed a fully comprehensive study of the cardiovascular effect of dialysis sessions using intradialytic cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the comparative acute effects of standard HD versus hemodiafiltration (HDF) in stable patients. We randomly allocated 12 patients on HD (ages 32-72 years old) to either HD or HDF. Patients were stabilized on a modality for 2 weeks before undergoing serial cardiac MRI assessment during dialysis...
November 10, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115703/complementary-roles-of-gasotransmitters-co-and-h2s-in-sleep-apnea
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Ying-Jie Peng, Xiuli Zhang, Anna Gridina, Irina Chupikova, David L McCormick, Robert J Thomas, Thomas E Scammell, Gene Kim, Chirag Vasavda, Jayasri Nanduri, Ganesh K Kumar, Gregg L Semenza, Solomon H Snyder, Nanduri R Prabhakar
Sleep apnea, which is the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep, is a major health problem affecting over 10 million people in the United States and is associated with several sequelae, including hypertension and stroke. Clinical studies suggest that abnormal carotid body (CB) activity may be a driver of sleep apnea. Because gaseous molecules are important determinants of CB activity, aberrations in their signaling could lead to sleep apnea. Here, we report that mice deficient in heme oxygenase-2 (HO-2), which generates the gaseous molecule carbon monoxide (CO), exhibit sleep apnea characterized by high apnea and hypopnea indices during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107890/affective-impairment-in-chronic-low-blood-pressure
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Stefan Duschek, Alexandra Hoffmann, Gustavo A Reyes Del Paso
OBJECTIVE: Physical complaints such as faintness, dizziness, cold limbs and headaches have been well-established in chronic low blood pressure (hypotension). This study investigated the occurrence of adverse emotional states and the symptoms of depression in this condition. As autonomic dysregulation, particularly diminished sympathetic tone, is believed to be involved in the etiology of hypotension, the impact of different facets of autonomic cardiovascular control on mood and depressive symptoms was also explored...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104245/assessing-kinematics-and-kinetics-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing
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Adina E Draghici, Glen Picard, J Andrew Taylor, Sandra J Shefelbine
Hybrid functional electrical stimulation (FES) rowing has positive effects on cardiovascular fitness, producing significantly greater aerobic power than either upper body or FES exercise alone. However, there is minimal information on the kinematics, kinetics, and mechanical efficiency of FES-rowing in the spinal cord injured (SCI) population. This study examined the biomechanics of FES-rowing to determine how motions, forces, and aerobic demand change with increasing intensity. Six individuals with SCI and six able-bodied subjects performed a progressive aerobic capacity rowing test...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098559/lattice-boltzmann-simulations-of-the-bead-spring-microswimmer-with-a-responsive-stroke-from-an-individual-to-swarms
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Kristina Pickl, Jayant Pande, Harald Köstler, Ulrich Rüde, Ana-Sunčana Smith
Propulsion at low Reynolds numbers is often studied by defining artificial microswimmers which exhibit a particular stroke. The disadvantage of such an approach is that the stroke does not adjust to the environment, in particular the fluid flow, which can diminish the effect of hydrodynamic interactions. To overcome this limitation, we simulate a microswimmer consisting of three beads connected by springs and dampers, using the self-developed waLBerla and [Formula: see text] framework based on the lattice Boltzmann method and the discrete element method...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079976/maresin-1-induces-a-novel-pro-resolving-phenotype-in-human-platelets
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Katie L Lannan, Sherry L Spinelli, Neil Blumberg, Richard P Phipps
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet therapy is a cornerstone of modern medical practice and is routinely employed to reduce the likelihood of myocardial infarction, thrombosis, and stroke. However, current antiplatelet therapies, such as aspirin, often have adverse side effects, including increased risk of bleeding, and some patients are relatively "aspirin-resistant". Platelets are intimately involved in hemostasis and inflammation, and clinical consequences are associated with excessive or insufficient platelet activation...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077661/characterizing-differential-post-stroke-corticomotor-drive-to-the-dorsi-and-plantarflexor-muscles-during-resting-and-volitional-muscle-activation
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Jacqueline Ann Palmer, Ryan Zarzycki, Susanne M Morton, Trisha M Kesar, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
Imbalance of corticomotor excitability between the paretic and nonparetic limbs has been associated with the extent of upper extremity motor recovery post-stroke, is greatly influenced by specific testing conditions such as the presence or absence of volitional muscle activation, and may vary across muscle groups. However, despite its clinical importance, post-stroke corticomotor drive to lower extremity muscles has not been thoroughly investigated. Additionally, while conventional gait rehabilitation strategies for stroke survivors focus on paretic limb foot drop and dorsiflexion impairments, most contemporary literature has indicated that paretic limb propulsion and plantarflexion impairments are the most significant limiters to post-stroke walking function...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055233/assessment-of-patients-medical-fitness-to-drive-by-primary-care-physicians-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ghassan A Alkharboush, Faisal A Al Rashed, Ahmed H Saleem, Ibrahim S Alnajashi, Aljohara S Almeneessier, Awad H Olaish, Junaid A Bhatti, Ahmed S BaHammam
OBJECTIVES: Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) are a significant health burden in Saudi Arabia. The literature has consistently indicated that chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obstructive sleep apnea, and neurodevelopmental disorders, increase the risk of MVCs. Therefore, assessment of driver fitness by primary care physicians (PCPs) remains a major health intervention that might reduce MVCs. We studied the practices of PCPs in assessing medical fitness-to-drive in at-risk patients...
January 5, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041720/atrial-fibrillation-is-a-major-cause-of-stroke-in-apneic-patients-a-prospective-study
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M Poli, P Philip, J Taillard, S Debruxelles, P Renou, J M Orgogozo, F Rouanet, I Sibon
OBJECTIVES: Large prospective studies have established that sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Heterogeneous results have been published about SDB and ischaemic stroke mechanism. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between poststroke apneic syndrome and stroke aetiologies according to the ASCO classification. METHODS: A total of 134 patients with acute ischaemic cerebrovascular events were prospectively included...
March 4, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025542/impact-of-spinal-manipulation-on-cortical-drive-to-upper-and-lower-limb-muscles
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Heidi Haavik, Imran Khan Niazi, Mads Jochumsen, Diane Sherwin, Stanley Flavel, Kemal S Türker
This study investigates whether spinal manipulation leads to changes in motor control by measuring the recruitment pattern of motor units in both an upper and lower limb muscle and to see whether such changes may at least in part occur at the cortical level by recording movement related cortical potential (MRCP) amplitudes. In experiment one, transcranial magnetic stimulation input-output (TMS I/O) curves for an upper limb muscle (abductor pollicus brevis; APB) were recorded, along with F waves before and after either spinal manipulation or a control intervention for the same subjects on two different days...
December 23, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008280/thicker-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-increased-plasma-vegf-levels-suffered-by-post-acute-thrombotic-stroke-patients
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Yuyun Yueniwati, Ni Komang Darmiastini, Eko Arisetijono
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Atherosclerosis causes reduction of the oxygen supply to structures in the far arterial wall, provoking the release of factors that drive angiogenesis of vasa vasorum, including VEGF. Other studies have revealed the inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and the role of platelet factor 4 (PF4) as an anti-angiogenic chemokine through the inhibition of VEGF. This cross-sectional study aims at measuring the effect of atherosclerosis assessed through carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) against plasma VEGF levels in patients with post-acute thrombotic stroke...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988257/parametric-characterization-of-neural-activity-in-the-locus-coeruleus-in-response-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation
#17
Daniel R Hulsey, Jonathan R Riley, Kristofer W Loerwald, Robert L Rennaker, Michael P Kilgard, Seth A Hays
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has emerged as a therapy to treat a wide range of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, depression, stroke, and tinnitus. Activation of neurons in the locus coeruleus (LC) is believed to mediate many of the effects of VNS in the central nervous system. Despite the importance of the LC, there is a dearth of direct evidence characterizing neural activity in response to VNS. A detailed understanding of the brain activity evoked by VNS across a range of stimulation parameters may guide selection of stimulation regimens for therapeutic use...
March 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976926/experiences-of-using-information-and-communication-technology-within-the-first-year-after-stroke-a-grounded-theory-study
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Martha Gustavsson, Charlotte Ytterberg, Mille Nabsen Marwaa, Kerstin Tham, Susanne Guidetti
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify how people 6-12 months after stroke were using and integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in their everyday lives. METHOD: To capture the participants' experiences, one focus group and 14 individual interviews were carried out in Sweden and Denmark regarding the use of ICT in everyday life. The participants comprised 11 men and seven women aged 41-79 years. A grounded theory approach was used throughout the study and a constant comparative method was used in the analysis...
December 15, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965972/a-hybrid-signal-processing-of-rr-intervals-from-qtc-variation-searching-arrhythmia-and-improving-heart-rate-variability-assessment-in-acute-large-artery-ischemic-stroke
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S Rangsungnoen, P Chanbenjapipu, N Mathuradavong, K Suwanprasert
Sudden death caused by abnormal QTc and atrial fibrillation (AF) has been reported in stroke. Heart rate variability (HRV) is reduced with missing beats of RRI during arrhythmic episode and abnormal QTc variation during acute stroke. In this study, we develop a hybrid signal processing by Pan Tompkins QRS detection and Kalman filter estimator for meaningful missing beats and searching AF with prolonged QTc. We use this hybrid model to investigate RRIs of Lead II ECG in thirty acute stroke patients with long QTc and AF (LQTc-AF) and normal QTc without AF (NQTc-nonAF) and then assess them by HRV...
2016: Journal of Medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957701/autonomic-cardiovascular-control-and-executive-function-in-chronic-hypotension
#20
Stefan Duschek, Alexandra Hoffmann, Gustavo A Reyes Del Paso, Ulrich Ettinger
BACKGROUND: Chronic low blood pressure (hypotension) is characterized by complaints such as fatigue, reduced drive, dizziness, and cold limbs. Additionally, deficits in attention and memory have been observed. Autonomic dysregulation is considered to be involved in the origin of this condition. PURPOSE: The study explored autonomic cardiovascular control in the context of higher cognitive processing (executive function) in hypotension. METHODS: Hemodynamic recordings were performed in 40 hypotensive and 40 normotensive participants during execution of four classical executive function tasks (number-letter task, n-back task, continuous performance test, and flanker task)...
December 12, 2016: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
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