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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820885/diagnostic-efficacy-of-noninvasive-liver-fibrosis-indexes-in-predicting-portal-hypertension-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Le Wang, Yuemin Feng, Xiaowen Ma, Guangchuan Wang, Hao Wu, Xiaoyu Xie, Chunqing Zhang, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes could be useful for predicting esophageal varices (EV) in cirrhotic patients. However, thus far, the diagnostic efficacy of these indexes in predicting portal hypertension (PH) in cirrhotic patients has been poorly evaluated. AIMS: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes in the diagnosis of PH. METHODS: A total of 238 cirrhotic patients underwent hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) evaluation and relevant serum tests to analyze the variables associated with PH grade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820870/controversies-in-the-identification-and-management-of-acute-pulmonary-hypertension-in-preterm-neonates
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REVIEW
Regan E Giesinger, Kiran More, Jodie Odame, Amish Jain, Robert P Jankov, Patrick J McNamara
It is increasingly recognized that the abnormal physiologic consequences of pulmonary hypertension (PH) may contribute to poor cardiopulmonary health in premature babies. Conflicting literature has led to clinical uncertainty, pathological misinterpretation and variability in treatment approaches among practitioners. There are several disorders with overlapping and interrelated presentations and other disorders with a similar clinical phenotype but diverse pathophysiological contributors. In this review, we provide a diagnostic approach for acute HRF in the preterm neonate, outline the pathophysiological conditions that may present as acute PH and discuss the implications of high pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) on the cardiovascular system...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820855/resistance-exercise-order-does-not-affect-the-magnitude-and-duration-of-post-exercise-blood-pressure-in-older-women
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Crisieli M Tomeleri, João Pedro Nunes, Mariana F Souza, Aline Gerage, Alexandre Marcori, Kessi Cassiane Iarosz, Crivaldo Gomes Cardoso-Júnior, Edilson S Cyrino
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of two resistance exercise order on post-exercise blood pressure (BP) in trained, non-hypertensive older women. Sixteen women (68.3 ± 3.3 years, 63.5 ± 11.6 kg, 157.5 ± 5.1 cm) performed two sessions witheight exercises (3 sets of 8-12 repetitions) in distinct orders (from multi- to single-joint exercises [MS] or from single- to multi-joint exercises [SM]) and a control session, without exercise. Blood pressure and heart rate were obtained pre and post-sessions (60 min)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820783/epidemiology-of-obesity-in-the-hispanic-adult-population-in-the-united-states
#4
Kimberly Y Z Forrest, Marcy J Leeds, Alexander C Ufelle
Obesity is a major health concern in Hispanic populations. This study evaluated the epidemiology of obesity and associated factors among Hispanics using the data from the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Among the 1241 participants (20 years of age or older), the prevalence rates were as follows: overweight, 77.1%; obesity, 42.4%; and central obesity, 57.0%. These rates were consistent throughout most age groups. Significantly, more females than males were obese. Higher obesity rates were seen among those with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, and arthritis...
October 2017: Family & Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820677/comparing-measures-of-general-and-abdominal-adiposity-as-predictors-of-blood-pressure-in-college-students
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Demetrius A Abshire, Gia Mudd-Martin, Debra K Moser, Terry A Lennie
OBJECTIVE: To compare anthropometric measures of body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR), and sagittal abdominal diameter (SAD) as predictors of blood pressure in college students. PARTICIPANTS: Students (N = 116) were recruited from November 2012 through May 2014 at an urban university and rural community colleges. METHODS: Students underwent a brief physical examination during which anthropometric measures were obtained and blood pressure was measured...
August 18, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
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Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820545/assessment-and-management-of-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Ehud Raanani, Ram Sharony, Ludmila Tzatskin, Eli Peleg, Alex Blatt, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: Acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is a serious medical condition. Whilst clear guidelines exist regarding the management of chronic MR, acute severe MR is usually treated on an individual basis. Currently, few data exist regarding acute MR in the era of primary coronary interventions (PCI). The present study included patients admitted to the Department of Cardiology during recent years with acute severe MR of different etiologies, and an analysis of these data in the light of previous investigations...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820539/a-survey-of-non-communicable-diseases-and-their-risk-factors-among-university-employees-a-single-institutional-study
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Emmanuel I Agaba, Maxwell O Akanbi, Patricia A Agaba, Amaka N Ocheke, Zumnan M Gimba, Steve Daniyam, Edith N Okeke
BACKGROUND: The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rising globally, with its attendant morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries. This study evaluated the prevalence of NCDs and their risk factors among members of a university community. METHODS: All employees of the university were invited to the University health clinic for screening, using the World Health Organisation's STEPwise approach to NCDs. RESULTS: A total of 883 (521; 59...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820410/-changing-of-stillbirth-risks-in-different-options-of-its-registration
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S Mamedova
Purpose of the study - comparing of stillbirth rates and some of its risk factors in different options (after 22 and 28 completed weeks of gestation) of its registration. This study was conducted on the basis of a regional prenatal centre. Monitoring was conducted retrospectively with continuous coverage of all cases of completed pregnancy after 22 completed weeks of gestation. Stillbirth coefficient was calculated based on body weight (500 grams or more - I option, and a 1000 grams - II option) based on 100 of all birth cases (corresponding to 500 grams body weight or more, and 1,000 grams or more)...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820409/-the-role-of-angiogenic-factors-in-the-diagnostics-of-pregnancy-complicated-with-preeclampsia
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I Tagiyeva, S Aliyeva, S Bagirova, N Shamsadinskaya, K Agaeva
The pathophysiology of preeclampsia remains largely unknown. It has been hypothesized that placental ischemia is an early event, leading to placental production of a soluble factor or factors that cause maternal endothelial dysfunction, resulting in the clinical findings of hypertension, proteinuria, and edema. Here, we confirm that placental soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1), an antagonist of vascular growth factor (VEGF) and placental growth factor (PIGF), is upregulated in preeclampsia, leading to increased systemic levels of sFlt1...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820397/long-term-feeding-with-bioactive-tripeptides-in-aged-hypertensive-and-normotensive-rats-special-focus-on-blood-pressure-and-bradykinin-induced-vascular-reactivity
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A Siltari, J Roivanen, R Korpela, H Vapaatalo
Bradykinin is the main player of the kallikrein-kinin system. Bradykinin-induced vasodilatation is age-dependent; this is believed to be associated with the level of expression of the two bradykinin receptors (BR1 and BR2) in the vasculature. The aim of this study was to clarify bradykinin-induced vascular reactivity of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and age-matched Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) after 6 weeks' consumption of a drink containing bioactive tripeptides (Ile-Pro-Pro, Val-Pro-Pro and Leu-Pro-Pro)...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820309/advanced-cone-beam-ct-venous-angiographic-imaging
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Visish M Srinivasan, Gouthami Chintalapani, Edward A M Duckworth, Peter Kan
OBJECTIVE The evaluation of the venous neurovasculature, especially the dural venous sinuses, is most often performed using MR or CT venography. For further assessment, diagnostic cerebral angiography may be performed. Three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA) can be applied to the venous system, producing 3D rotational venography (3D-RV) and cross-sectional reconstructions, which function as an adjunct to traditional 2D digital subtraction angiography. METHODS After querying the database of Baylor St...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820225/bilateral-thalamic-edema-from-coexisting-choroid-plexus-arteriovenous-malformation-and-sinus-thrombosis-case-report
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Ryan B Kochanski, Andrew K Johnson, Roham Moftakhar
Bilateral thalamic dysfunction secondary to venous congestion may result from either venous sinus thrombosis or high flow arteriovenous malformations or a combination of both. We present a case of bilateral thalamic edema resulting from concomitant choroid plexus arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and straight sinus thrombosis and describe our treatment approach. The patient presented with several weeks of progressive confusion and memory deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging and venography (MRI/ MRV) showed bilateral thalamic T2 hyperintensities and straight sinus thrombosis...
2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820061/renin-angiotensin-system-and-cytokines-in-chronic-kidney-disease-clinical-and-experimental-evidence
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Ariadna Andrade Saldanha Silva, Beranardo Bahia Finotti, Amanda Oliveira Lauar, Thiago Ruiz Rodrigues Prestes, Ana Cristina Simões E Silva
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become a major public health problem in Brazil and worldwide. There are many causes of CKD, being the congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract and the glomerular diseases very common in pediatric patients, while diabetic nephropathy, CKD due to chronic arterial hypertension and glomerular diseases are predominant in adult patients. Many endogenous mediators have been related to the pathophysiology of CKD, being relevant the effects of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and the immune-inflammatory mediators including cytokines...
August 18, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820057/impact-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-angiotensin-receptors-blockers-on-mortality-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-the-middle-east-observations-from-the-gulf-acute-heart-failure-registry-gulf-care
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Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Kadhim Sulaiman, Jawad A Al-Lawati, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali, Prashanth Panduranga, Khalid F AlHabib, Jassim Al Suwaidi, Wael Al-Mahmeed, Hussam AlFaleh, Abdelfatah Elasfar, Ahmed Al-Motarreb, Mustafa Ridha, Bassam Bulbanat, Mohammed Al-Jarallah, Nooshin Bazargani, Nidal Asaad, Haitham Amin
AIMS: To evaluate the impact of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs)/angiotensin receptors blockers (ARBs) on in-hospital, 3- and 12-month all-cause mortality in acute heart failure (AHF) patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction in 7 countries of the Middle East. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data was analysed from 2,683 consecutive patients admitted with AHF and low ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (<40%) from 47 hospitals from February to November, 2012...
August 17, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820007/a-12-week-pilot-study-of-acceptance-of-a-computer-based-chronic-disease-self-monitoring-system-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-or-hypertension
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Mian Yan, Calvin Or
This study tested a structural model examining the effects of perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, health consciousness, and application-specific self-efficacy on the acceptance (i.e. behavioral intention and actual usage) of a computer-based chronic disease self-monitoring system among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and/or hypertension. The model was tested using partial least squares structural equation modeling, with 119 observations that were obtained by pooling data across three time points over a 12-week period...
August 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819824/-update-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-definitions-diagnosis-therapy
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N Sommer, M J Richter, K Tello, F Grimminger, W Seeger, H A Ghofrani, H Gall
The term pulmonary arterial hypertension comprises a group of pulmonary vascular diseases of different etiologies that are characterized by similar precapillary vascular remodeling processes and result in exertional dyspnea and right heart insufficiency. The specific pharmacological treatment approach considers the risk of mortality and phenotypical properties and includes treatment with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor antagonists and prostanoids, as well as with more novel substances, such as a soluble guanylyl cyclase stimulator and an oral prostacyclin receptor agonist...
August 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819713/plasma-growth-differentiation-factor-15-is-a-potential-biomarker-for-pediatric-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Gang Li, Yan Li, Xiao-Qiu Tan, Peng Jia, Jian Zhao, Dong Liu, Ting Wang, Bin Liu
We aimed to investigate plasma growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) levels in pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension secondary to congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD), and assess the association with hemodynamic parameters. Plasma GDF-15 levels were measured in children with PAH-CHD (n = 46) and compared to children with CHD without PAH (n = 39). Normal individuals (n = 30) served as health control group. Plasma GDF-15 levels were significantly elevated in patients with PAH-CHD compared with those with CHD without PAH (median 1415 ng/L, interquartile range [IQR] 926...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819576/pitfall-in-the-diagnosis-of-diabetes-insipidus-and-pregnancy
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Melissa Sum, Jessica B Fleischer, Alexander G Khandji, Sharon L Wardlaw
Diabetes insipidus (DI) during pregnancy and the perinatal period is an uncommon medical problem characterized by polyuria and excessive thirst. Diagnosis of DI may be overlooked in the setting of pregnancy, a time when increased water intake and urine output are commonly reported. We report two cases: one of transient DI in a young woman during her third trimester of twin pregnancy in association with acute fatty liver and hypertension and one of postpartum DI secondary to Sheehan syndrome from rupture of a splenic artery aneurysm...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819568/nebivolol-attenuates-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-a-marker-of-subclinical-inflammation-in-hypertensive-patients
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Mazhar Hussain, Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Zafar Majeed Babar, Moazzam Ali Atif, Lubna Akhtar
BACKGROUND: High value of neutrophil lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a strong independent predictor and biomarker of ongoing vascular inflammation in various cardiovascular disorders. OBJECTIVE: The main focus of the study is to investigate the effect of nebivolol on NLR in mild to moderate hypertensive patients in comparison with metoprolol. In addition, BMI, blood pressure, TLC count, blood sugar, and lipid profile were also assayed before and after treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this 12-week prospective double-blinded randomized study, 120 patients with mild to moderate hypertension were randomly divided into two groups to prescribed daily dose of tab nebivolol 5-10 mg and metoprolol 50-100 mg, respectively, for 12 weeks...
2017: International Journal of Hypertension
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