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Cerebrovascular diseases

Hyeri Seok, Cheol-In Kang, Kyungmin Huh, Sun Young Cho, Young Eun Ha, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran Peck
BACKGROUND: Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics commonly used in the treatment of infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. However, rates of fluoroquinolone resistance are increasing with their frequent use. We designed this study to verify current fluoroquinolone resistance rates and risk factors for community-onset pneumococcal pneumonia. METHODS: A retrospective case-control study was conducted in a tertiary referral hospital. The study population comprised patients admitted for pneumococcal pneumonia between January 2011 and May 2017...
March 22, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Saeideh Ghaffarifar, Manouchehr Khoshbaten, Fattaneh Dordaei, Maryam Zareh Nahandi, Reza Javad-Rashid, Tahereh Shahnazi
Aim: This study was intended to explore the effect of various drugs used to treat fatty liver on intimal-media thickness in patients with NAFLD. Background: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an indicator of a broad spectrum of pathologic disorders, which is characterized with macro vesicular steatosis in the absent of alcohol use. It has a wide range of laboratory, clinical and pathological presentations such as simple steatosis to the diseases like non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Andrea Negro, Angela Koverech, Paolo Martelletti
Migraine is an important socioeconomic burden and is ranked the sixth cause of years of life lost because of disability in the general population and the third cause of years of life lost in people younger than 50 years. The cornerstone of pharmacological treatment is represented by the acute therapy. The serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) receptor subtype 1B /1D agonists, called triptans, are nowadays the first-line acute therapy for patients who experience moderate-to-severe migraine attacks. Unfortunately, a high percentage of patients are not satisfied with this acute treatment, either for lack of response or side effects...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Ting-Chao Lin, Tse-Min Lu, Feng-Chyn Huang, Pai-Feng Hsu, Chun-Che Shih, Shing-Jong Lin, Chiao-Po Hsu
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has emerged as an alternative treatment to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery disease (ULMCAD). However, the optimal treatment for ULMCAD concomitant with chronic kidney disease (CKD) was rarely addressed. Herein, we compare the long-term outcomes of these patients treated with CABG or PCI.From January 2004 to December 2010, 185 patients with ULMCAD and CKD undergoing PCI (n = 84) or CABG (n = 101) were matched for the selection criteria...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Gabor Erdoes, Dominik E Uehlinger, Beatrice Kobel, Monika P Stucki, Roland Wiest, Frank Stueber, Niklaus Fankhauser, Stephan M Jakob, Joerg C Schefold
BACKGROUND: Microembolism is a frequent pathological event during extracorporeal renal replacement therapy (RRT). Some previous data indicate that microemboli are generated in patients who are undergoing RRT and that these may contribute to increased cerebrovascular and neurocognitive morbidity in patients with end-stage renal disease. The current trial aims to quantify the microembolic load and respective qualitative composition that effectively reaches the intracerebral circulation in critically ill patients treated with different RRT modalities for acute kidney injury (AKI)...
March 21, 2018: Trials
Li Dong, Yi-Kun Kang, Xiang-Guang An
BACKGROUND: Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) is one of the standard treatments for coronary artery disease (CAD) while hybrid coronary revascularization (HCR) represents an evolving revascularization strategy. However, the difference in outcomes between them remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: We performed a meta-analysis to compare the short-term and mid-term outcomes of HCR versus OPCAB for the treatment of multivessel or left main CAD. METHODS: We searched the PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and Cochrane databases to identify related studies and a routine meta-analysis was conducted...
March 19, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Ronald Trejo, Karen-Leigh Edward, Wendy Cross
BACKGROUND: secondary prevention programmes help manage risk factors, prevent progression of disease, minimise complications and reduce readmissions to hospitals. Referrals to these programmes are suboptimal even though they improve survival and quality of life. AIM: to explore referral of individuals with a primary diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, cerebrovascular disease or peripheral vascular disease to secondary prevention programmes. METHODS: a non-experimental descriptive retrospective design was used to analyse 176 patient records from a tertiary referral hospital in Melbourne, Australia...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Aung Naing Lin, Kyawzaw Lin, Htoo Kyaw, Joseph Abboud
Despite advancements in diagnostic tools, physical signs such as xanthelasmata, arcus corneae, facial wrinkles, and gray hair are useful indicators of underlying diseases. The presence of bilateral diagonal earlobe creases (DELCs), also known as Frank's sign, correlates with a myriad of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease. The use of Frank's sign as a bedside predictor of underlying coronary artery disease is controversial among clinicians...
January 17, 2018: Curēus
Lei Liu, Yaqin Wang, Zhongyang Hu, Pinting Yang, Xia Cao, Ting Yuan, Guilian Wang, Zhiheng Chen
To explore the correlation between cerebrovascular hemodynamic index (CVHI)accumulative score and subclinical arteriosclerosis indicators.
 Methods: A total of 27 184 cases were collected from the Health Management Center, the Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. Linear regression analysis was carried out to confirm the correlations between CVHI accumulative score and the modified Framingham stroke profile (FSP), as well as between CVHI accumulative score and cerebrovascular diseases (ICVD) scale...
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Agnes Bosch, Johannes B Scheppach, Joanna M Harazny, Ulrike Raff, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Roland E Schmieder, Markus P Schneider
RATIONALE: Premature cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In animal models CKD has been shown to cause renal and extrarenal vascular remodeling and capillary rarefaction, but data in humans with CKD are sparse. Retinal arteriolar wall-to-lumen ratio (WLR) is an established marker of early end-organ damage and there is evidence that arteriolar and capillary changes in the retinal circulation mirror those in the general and in particular the cerebrovascular microcirculation...
March 17, 2018: Microvascular Research
Tianqi Chen, Hua Liao
Solid fuels, such as coal, straw, and firewood are wildly used for cooking and heating in China, with the negative side effects of indoor air pollution and residential health problems. This article investigates the current and historical trend of China's disease burden caused by indoor air pollution (IAP) at the provincial level. The Global Burden Disease data set and national/provincial yearbooks are used. The results show the following: (1) In recent years, the burden of disease caused by IAP is decreasing; (2) in all health aspects, eastern coastal regions performed better than inland regions; (3) health risk is extremely severe in Henan, Sichuan, and Guizhou provinces; (4) IAP gives rise to serious diseases, including chronic obstructive respiratory diseases and cerebrovascular diseases...
March 1, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Satoru Ueno, Yasuhide Kitagawa, Mizuki Onozawa, Shiro Hinotsu, Hideyuki Akaza, Atsushi Mizokami, Mikio Namiki
Background: This prospective observational study elucidated the usefulness of hormonal therapy for localized prostate cancer. Background factors and the health-related quality of life in patients who initially underwent radical prostatectomy (RP) or primary androgen deprivation therapy (PADT) for localized prostate cancer are summarized. Materials and methods: Patients aged 67-76 years with clinical stage T1c or T2 localized prostate cancer treated with PADT or RP, a prostate-specific antigen concentration of <20 ng/mL, and Gleason score of ≤7 were included...
March 2018: Prostate International
Ruifang Dong, Zhiling Dong, Hongmei Liu, Fangkun Shi, Junfeng Du
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is known to increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease (CVD), and patients with CVD have high incidence of OSA. The study aimed to systematically evaluate the prevalence of OSA in patients with CVD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medline, Embase, Science Citation Index, Wanfang, CNKI, and Wiley Online Library were thoroughly searched to identify relevant studies. Random-effects models were used to calculate the pooled rate estimates...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Todd R Vogel, Robin L Kruse, Ryan J Kim, Viktor Y Dombrovskiy
BACKGROUND: Race has been associated with inferior outcomes after multiple procedures, but the association of socioeconomic status with procedures for cerebrovascular disease is not well established. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Elective carotid artery stenting (CAS) and carotid endarterectomy (CEA) procedures were identified in the National Inpatient Sample, 2012 to 2014. Median household income was estimated from patient ZIP codes. Chi-square and multivariable logistic regression analysis evaluated outcomes, accounting for age, race, gender, comorbidities, procedure, income, insurance, and hospital characteristics...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Brandon J Wang, Felicia L Carter, Kenneth W Altman
There is a high prevalence of dysphagia among patients with neuromuscular diseases and cerebrovascular diseases, and its consequences can be profound. However, the correlation between dysarthria and oral-oropharyngeal dysphagia remains unclear. We conducted a literature review to define the clinical presentation of both dysarthria and dysphagia in patients with neuromuscular and cerebrovascular diseases. We performed a systematic PubMed search of the English-language literature since 1995. Objective and subjective outcomes instruments were identified for both dysarthria and dysphagia...
March 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Marco Ellis, Lisa Hwang, Ni-Ka Ford, Konstantin Slavin
BACKGROUND: Full-thickness scalp defects pose a reconstructive problem, especially in the setting of infection, chemotherapy/radiation, and underlying cranial defects. Current options include dermal matrices, skin grafts, and local flaps. Local flaps often fail, requiring subsequent microvascular free flap reconstruction. OBJECTIVE: To describe the visor flap, a novel bipedicled advancement flap design, and its role in reconstruction of scalp defects. METHODS: A retrospective review of 21 adult patients who developed scalp defects reconstructed using the visor flap from 2013 to 2017...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Lenard Conradi, Michael Hilker, Jörg Kempfert, Jochen Börgermann, Hendrik Treede, David M Holzhey, Holger Schröfel, Won-Keun Kim, Ulrich Schaefer, Thomas Walther
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the safety and efficacy of a novel low-profile, 22-Fr transapical delivery system together with the ACURATE neo™ resheathable transcatheter heart valve. METHODS: This prospective, single-arm, multicentre study enrolled 60 patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and high surgical risk ineligible for transfemoral access. Primary end points were 6-month mortality and procedural success. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 79...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Nicola Moscufo, Dorothy B Wakefield, Dominik S Meier, Michele Cavallari, Charles R G Guttmann, William B White, Leslie Wolfson
Mobility impairment in older persons is associated with brain white matter hyperintensities (WMH), a common finding in magnetic resonance images and one established imaging biomarker of small vessel disease. The contribution of possible microstructural abnormalities within normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) to mobility, however, remains unclear. We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures, i.e. fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD), radial diffusivity (RD), to assess microstructural changes within supratentorial NAWM and WMH sub-compartments, and to investigate their association with changes in mobility performance, i...
2018: PloS One
Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi
BACKGROUND: In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guidelines. METHODS: For this clinical audit, we used simple random sampling to select files of patients admitted with the diagnosis of ischaemic stroke to the Al-Shifa Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Toscane C Noordhoff, Jan Groen, Jeroen R Scheepe, Bertil F M Blok
CONTEXT: Surgical treatment of anatomic bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) may be indicated in males with neurogenic bladder dysfunction. A bothersome complication after surgery is urinary incontinence. OBJECTIVE: To identify the optimal practice in the surgical treatment of anatomic BOO in males with neurogenic bladder dysfunction, due to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury (SCI), spina bifida, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA). EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) statement...
March 15, 2018: European Urology Focus
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