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Lai Heng Lee
The group of new oral anticoagulants or NOACs, now termed direct oral anticoagulants or DOACs, with their favourable results from large scale phase III clinical trials, represent a major advancement and expanded armamentarium in antithrombotic therapy. Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are now in clinical routine use for prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombotic diseases as addressed in their clinical trials. Usage of the DOACs is expected to increase as clinicians gain more experience and reassurance with data from the real world studies which are generally consistent with that from clinical trials...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Daniel Omersa, Mitja Lainscak, Ivan Erzen, Jerneja Farkas
BACKGROUND: In heart failure (HF), comorbidity burden and prognostic risks increase with age. Studies investigating outcome in elderly patients from large datasets are lacking, particularly in central and eastern European countries. We analyzed the Slovenian data on mortality and readmissions after first HF hospitalization in patients aged 65 years or over. METHODS: In this observational epidemiological study, the Slovenian national hospitalization database was searched for HF patients aged ≥65 years with first HF hospitalization between 2008 and 2012...
October 19, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Shotaro Sakka, Koji Kawai, Ippei Tsujimoto, Masahiro Kurobe, Daishi Ichioka, Shuya Kantori, Takahiro Kojima, Takahiro Suetomi, Akira Jouraku, Jun Miyazaki, Tomoya Hoshi, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
A 37-year-old man presented at our hospital. Pathological examination of a right orchiectomy specimen, radiographic examination, and tumor marker profile resulted in a diagnosis of retroperitoneal nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (intermediate risk according to IGCC classification). Laboratory testing revealed mild elevation of low density lipoprotein cholesterol. Induction chemotherapy with bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin (BEP) was started, but he complained of chest pain on day 10 of the second cycle of BEP...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
T S Liu, B T Chen, R Dong, Y Li, Y Zhao, K Hua
Objective: To discuss the clinical safety and efficacy about off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) in octogenarians. Methods: From June 2005 to July 2014, 252 patients (male 208, female 44, with a mean age of 81.7 years old) underwent OPCABG in Beijing Anzhen Hospital who were aged 80 years or older were enrolled. Results: Eight (3.2%) patients were diagnosed as single vessel coronary artery disease (CAD), 29 cases (11.5%) were diagnosed as bifurcation vessel CAD, and 215 cases (85.3%) were multivessel CAD...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Sahan P Semasinghe Bandaralage, Selvanayagam Nirthanan, Selvanayagam Niranjan
Despite proven effectiveness in treating tachyarrhythmias, sotalol is proarrhythmic and can cause torsades de pointes. Given the emergence of studies that show no benefit from rhythm control strategies in managing atrial fibrillation, as well as the introduction of nonpharmacological approaches to treating arrhythmias, we felt it necessary to ascertain if there was any role for sotalol given its side effects. Review of the literature regarding sotalol use in the prevention and treatment of supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias seems to show that more effective and safer agents and nonpharmacological alternatives are currently available...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
C Michael White, Elaine Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To review the limitations of current antiarrhythmic drugs in atrial fibrillation (AF) and discuss the rationale and clinical trials supporting the use of ranolazine in AF. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE was searched from 1980 to September 2016 using the terms ranolazine, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery bypass grafting, and valve surgery STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies and reviews assessing antiarrhythmic drugs, including ranolazine, were incorporated...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Guang-Ming Tan, Bryan P Yan
Colchicine is a well-established drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention and treatment of gout. It processes unique anti-inflammatory properties. Interests in the usage of colchicine in cardiovascular medicine have been rekindled recently with several large trials been carried out to investigate its efficacy in treatment of various cardiac conditions including pericarditis, postpericardiotomy syndrome, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. In this review, the basic pharmacological properties of colchicine will be discussed, and the evidences of its benefits for different applications in cardiovascular medicine will be reviewed...
October 13, 2016: Current Cardiology Reviews
Giovanni Filardo, Gorav Ailawadi, Benjamin D Pollock, Briget da Graca, Danielle M Sass, Teresa K Phan, Debbie E Montenegro, Vinod Thourani, Ralph Damiano
BACKGROUND: New-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is associated with increased morbidity and poorer long-term survival. Although many studies show differences in outcome in women versus men after CABG, little is known about the sex-specific incidence and characteristics of post-CABG AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Overall, 11 236 consecutive patients without preoperative AF underwent isolated CABG from 2002 to 2010 at 4 US academic medical centers and 1 high-volume specialty cardiac hospital...
October 18, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Ömer Erküner, Roy Claessen, Ron Pisters, Germaine Schulmer, Roos Ramaekers, Laura Sonneveld, Elton Dudink, Theo Lankveld, Ione Limantoro, Bob Weijs, Laurent Pison, Yuri Blaauw, Cees B de Vos, Harry Jgm Crijns
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing elective electrical cardioversion (ECV) for atrial fibrillation have a temporarily increased risk of thromboembolism. Current guidelines recommend adequate anticoagulation for ≥3 consecutive weeks precardioversion, i.e. consecutive INR values 2.0-3.0 in patients with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence and impact of subtherapeutic INRs precardioversion and to study factors associated with these unwanted fluctuations. METHODS: We recruited 346 consecutive patients undergoing elective ECV in the Maastricht University Medical Centre between 2008 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Sergio E Masnaghetti, Simona Sarzi Braga, Raffaella Vaninetti, Paola Baiardi, Roberto F E Pedretti
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hospitalized patients after acute cardiovascular events have poorer prognosis if glucose regulation is diagnosed as abnormal. We compared the short and long-term outcome of patients with newly diagnosed altered fasting glycemia (AFG) to that of known diabetic patients and patients with normal glucose regulation (NGR) after admission to cardiac rehabilitation. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2490 consecutive patients. Three groups were identified: known diabetes mellitus (n = 540, 22%), fasting glycemia above 110 mg/dl (AFG, n = 269, 11%), and fasting glycemia 110 mg/dl or less (NGR, n = 1681, 67%)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Jürgen Bohlender, Jürg Nussberger, Beate Bohlender
OBJECTIVE: In elderly hypertensive patients, systolic blood pressure (sBP) goals recommended by US and European guidelines (ESH) for the initiation of treatment are more liberal than in younger patients because of an increased risk of treatment-associated side-effects and hypotension. Carotid stenosis increases with age and poses a risk of brain ischemia if hypotension occurs. Its relevance for the routine care of elderly hypertensives, however, remains unclear. We analyzed data on precerebral artery morphology and BP evolution from a survey of aged hospitalized patients...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sang-Geon Cho, Zeenat Jabin, Ki Seong Park, Jahae Kim, Sae-Ryung Kang, Seong Young Kwon, Geum-Cheol Jeong, Minchul Song, Jong Sang Kim, Jae Yeong Cho, Hyun Kuk Kim, Ho-Chun Song, Jung-Joon Min, Hee-Seung Bom
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of additional evaluation of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) by gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (GMPS) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and multivessel disease. METHODS: One hundred and nine acute MI patients with >50 % stenosis in at least one non-culprit artery who underwent GMPS within 2 weeks were enrolled. All patients underwent successful revascularization of the culprit arteries...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Cheng Sun, Heng Zhang, Zhe Zheng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The efficacy and safety of β-blockers in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure, have been well established for decades. In this article, we review the current opinions on the application of β-blockers for secondary prevention in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: As the average age of patients treated surgically for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing, it is not uncommon to have candidates for CABG presenting with concomitant atrial fibrillation, heart failure or hypertension, most of which were caused by excessive activation of the adrenergic nervous system...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Ahmed M Selim, Nitasha Sarswat, Iosif Kelesidis, Muhammad Iqbal, Ramesh Chandra, Ronald Zolty
BACKGROUND: The relationship between heart failure (HF) and the serotonergic system has been established in animal studies. However, data on human plasma serotonin level in HF and its significance over the course of the disease is lacking. METHODS: Serotonin levels were measured in 173 patients (108 males, 65 females), 116 were stable HF and 40 were acute decompensated HF patients. The normal control group included 17 healthy volunteers with no known medical or psychiatric conditions...
September 17, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Lars Folkestad, Jannie Dahl Hald, Jeppe Gram, Bente L Langdahl, Anne Pernille Hermann, Axel Cp Diederichsen, Bo Abrahamsen, Kim Brixen
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a hereditary connective tissue disease often due to mutations in genes coding for type 1 collagen. Collagen type 1 is important in the development of the heart and vasculature. Little is known about the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in OI. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk of symptomatic CVD in OI. DESIGN: A Danish nationwide, population-based and register-based longitudinal open cohort study...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jianlei Zheng, Jingyang Lin, Naiji Shen, Baiming Qu
BACKGROUND: It is well known that cardiologists empirically judge the culprit lesion of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) according to the corresponding electrocardiographic leads. However, In addition to the obstruction of left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery, rare cases with the occlusion of proximal right coronary artery (RCA) and/or isolated right ventricular (RV) branch showed the ST-segment elevation in precordial leads V1-V3 as well. CASE SUMMARY: We reported a patient complaining of acute chest pain and suffering ventricular fibrillation (VF) on admission...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ngai-Yin Chan, Chi-Chung Choy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of community screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) using a smartphone-based wireless single-lead ECG (SL-ECG) and to generate epidemiological data on the prevalence and risk factors of AF in Hong Kong. METHODS: In the period between 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015, 13 122 Hong Kong citizens consented and voluntarily participated in a territory-wide community-based AF screening programme. RESULTS: 56 (0...
October 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Naotaka Hashiguchi, Takashi Kurita, Shunichi Miyazaki
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October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou, Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Panagiotis Dedeilias, Michalis Argiriou, Christos Charitos
A hybrid strategy, firstly performed in the 1990s, is a combination of tools available only in the catheterization laboratory with those available only in the operating room in order to minimize surgical morbidity and face with any cardiovascular lesion. The continuous evolution of stent technology along with the adoption of minimally invasive surgical approaches, make hybrid approaches an attractive alternative to standard surgical or transcatheter techniques for any given set of cardiovascular lesions. Examples include hybrid coronary revascularization, when an open surgical anastomosis of the left internal mammary artery to the left anterior descending coronary artery is performed along with stent implantation in non-left anterior descending coronary vessels, open heart valve surgery combined with percutaneous coronary interventions to coronary lesions, hybrid aortic arch debranching combined with endovascular grafting for thoracic aortic aneurysms, hybrid endocardial and epicardial atrial fibrillation procedures, and carotid artery stenting along with coronary artery bypass grafting...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
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