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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822828/targeted-lowering-of-central-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-hypertension-baseline-recruitment-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-low-cbp-study
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James E Sharman, Tony Stanton, Christopher M Reid, Anthony Keech, Philip Roberts-Thomson, Simon Stewart, Robert Greenough, Michael Stowasser, Walter P Abhayaratna
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (BP) is the most common modifiable cause of death from cardiovascular disease. Lowering BP with medication improves patient outcomes, but even in populations with normal upper arm (brachial) BP there remains considerable residual risk for cardiovascular disease and this may be due to persistently elevated central BP. There has never been a trial to determine the value of targeted central BP lowering among patients with hypertension, and this was the aim of this study...
August 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822511/comparison-of-different-cardiovascular-risk-score-calculators-for-cardiovascular-risk-prediction-and-guideline-recommended-statin-uses
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Naveen Garg, Subrat K Muduli, Aditya Kapoor, Satyendra Tewari, Sudeep Kumar, Roopali Khanna, Pravin Kumar Goel
OBJECTIVE: The accuracy of various 10-year cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk calculators in Indians may not be the same as in other populations. Present study was conducted to compare the various calculators for CVD risk assessment and statin eligibility according to different guidelines. METHODS: Consecutive 1110 patients who presented after their first myocardial infarction were included. Their CVD risk was calculated using Framingham Risk score- Coronary heart disease (FRS-CHD), Framingham Risk Score- Cardiovascular Disease (FRS-CVD), QRISK2, Joint British Society risk calculator 3 (JBS3), American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and WHO risk charts, assuming that they had presented one day before cardiac event for risk assessment...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822077/increased-serum-levels-of-fetuin-b-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Kefu Zhu, Yuming Wang, Pengqin Shu, Qinyi Zhou, Jinzhou Zhu, Wenjing Zhou, Changqing Du, Chenkai Xu, Xiaowei Liu, Lijiang Tang
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence indicates a pivotal role for fetuin B, one of the cystatin superfamily of cysteine protease inhibitors, in the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases. This study investigated whether serum fetuin B levels are associated with the presence of coronary artery disease. METHODS: Serum fetuin B levels were assessed in 87 patients with coronary artery disease (41 with acute coronary syndromes and 46 with stable angina pectoris) and 87 healthy controls using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
August 19, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821977/-cardiovascular-rehabilitation-and-prevention-guideline-update
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Thomas Berger
The recent update of the ESC guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention are in total the sixth review of these recommendations. This manuscript summarizes the newest adaptations and will provide an overview of the major issues regarding cardiovascular disease prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. There are some new aspects according screening, cardiovascular risk assessment and preventive interventions on individual and population basis.
August 18, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821350/frequency-and-prognostic-significance-of-abnormal-liver-function-tests-in-patients-with-cardiogenic-shock
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Toni Jäntti, Tuukka Tarvasmäki, Veli-Pekka Harjola, John Parissis, Kari Pulkki, Alessandro Sionis, Jose Silva-Cardoso, Lars Køber, Marek Banaszewski, Jindrich Spinar, Valentin Fuhrmann, Jukka Tolonen, Valentina Carubelli, Salvatore diSomma, Alexandre Mebazaa, Johan Lassus
Cardiogenic shock (CS) is a cardiac emergency often leading to multiple organ failure and death. Assessing organ dysfunction and appropriate risk stratification are central for the optimal management of these patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of abnormal liver function tests (LFTs), as well as early changes of LFTs and their impact on outcome in CS. We measured LFTs in 178 patients in CS from serial blood samples taken at 0 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours. The associations of LFT abnormalities and their early changes with all-cause 90-day mortality were estimated using Fisher's exact test and Cox proportional hazards regression analysis...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819983/an-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-a-risk-based-monitoring-approach-implemented-with-clinical-trials-involving-implantable-cardiac-medical-devices
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Christopher A Diani, Angie Rock, Phil Moll
Background Risk-based monitoring is a concept endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration to improve clinical trial data quality by focusing monitoring efforts on critical data elements and higher risk investigator sites. BIOTRONIK approached this by implementing a comprehensive strategy that assesses risk and data quality through a combination of operational controls and data surveillance. This publication demonstrates the effectiveness of a data-driven risk assessment methodology when used in conjunction with a tailored monitoring plan...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819776/tongxinluo-capsule-for-cardiac-syndrome-x-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hui-Min Mao, Mi Liu, Hua Qu, Li-Qiong Wang, Da-Zhuo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tongxinluo Capsule (, TXL) for patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX). METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding TXL in the treatment of CSX were searched in Chinese Biomedicine Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Scientific Journal Database, Wanfang Database, PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial, websites of the Chinese and International Clinical Trial Registry platform up to June 30, 2015...
August 17, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818347/use-of-supplemental-long-chain-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-risk-for-cardiac-death-an-updated-meta-analysis-and-review-of-research-gaps
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Kevin C Maki, Orsolya M Palacios, Marjorie Bell, Peter P Toth
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing use of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-OM3), primarily eicosapentaenoic acid, and/or docosahexaenoic acid have shown mixed results. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the study were to update and further explore the available RCT data regarding LC-OM3 supplementation and risk for cardiac death and to propose testable hypotheses for the mixed results obtained in RCTs regarding supplemental LC-OM3 use and cardiac risk...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818338/spinal-anesthesia-for-pediatric-urological-surgery-reducing-the-theoretic-neurotoxic-effects-of-general-anesthesia
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Emmett E Whitaker, Brianne Z Wiemann, Daniel G DaJusta, Seth A Alpert, Christina B Ching, Daryl J McLeod, Joseph D Tobias, Venkata R Jayanthi
BACKGROUND: Spinal anesthesia (SA) is an effective technique that has been used in children for years. With growing concern with regard to the risks of general anesthesia (GA), we developed a SA program to provide an alternative option. We present our initial experience with this program. OBJECTIVE: To implement a SA program at a large tertiary care pediatric center and assess the safety and efficacy of the technique as an alternative to GA for urologic surgery...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817814/cardiac-computed-tomography-angiographic-findings-as-predictors-of-late-heart-failure-in-an-asymptomatic-diabetic-cohort-an-8-year-prospective-follow-up-study
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David A Halon, Jubran Ayman, Ronen Rubinshtein, Barak Zafrir, Mali Azencot, Basil S Lewis
OBJECTIVES: Predictive models for heart failure (HF) in heterogeneous populations have had limited success. We examined cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) predictors of HF or cardiovascular death (HF-CVD) in a prospective study of asymptomatic diabetics undergoing baseline assessment by CTA. METHODS: The subjects (n = 735, aged 55-74 years, 51.2% women) had no clinical history of cardiovascular disease at study entry. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, CTA-defined coronary atherosclerosis, cardiac chamber volumes, and clinical data were collected and late outcome events recorded over 8...
August 18, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816101/measurement-of-total-hemoglobin-reduces-red-cell-transfusion-in-hospitalized-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-database-analysis
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Christopher Craver, Kathy W Belk, Gerard J Myers
INTRODUCTION: Historically, perioperative hemoglobin monitoring has relied on calculated saturation, using blood gas devices that measure plasma hematocrit (Hct). Co-oximetry, which measures total hemoglobin (tHb), yields a more comprehensive assessment of hemodilution. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of tHb measurement by co-oximetry and Hct, using conductivity with red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, length of stay (LOS) and inpatient costs in patients having major cardiac surgery...
August 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815291/prognostic-value-of-atherosclerotic-burden-and-coronary-vascular-function-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Roberta Assante, Wanda Acampa, Emilia Zampella, Parthiban Arumugam, Carmela Nappi, Valeria Gaudieri, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Mariarosaria Panico, Mario Magliulo, Christine M Tonge, Mario Petretta, Alberto Cuocolo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the prognostic value of coronary atherosclerotic burden, assessed by coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, and coronary vascular function, assessed by coronary flow reserve (CFR) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We studied 436 patients undergoing hybrid (82)Rb positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging. CAC score was measured according to the Agatston method, and patients were categorized into three groups (0, <400, and ≥400)...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814663/parasympathetic-dysfunction-and-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-following-myocardial-infarction
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Marmar Vaseghi, Siamak Salavatian, Pradeep S Rajendran, Daigo Yagishita, William R Woodward, David Hamon, Kentaro Yamakawa, Tadanobu Irie, Beth A Habecker, Kalyanam Shivkumar
Myocardial infarction causes sympathetic activation and parasympathetic dysfunction, which increase risk of sudden death due to ventricular arrhythmias. Mechanisms underlying parasympathetic dysfunction are unclear. The aim of this study was to delineate consequences of myocardial infarction on parasympathetic myocardial neurotransmitter levels and the function of parasympathetic cardiac ganglia neurons, and to assess electrophysiological effects of vagal nerve stimulation on ventricular arrhythmias in a chronic porcine infarct model...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814492/influence-of-arterial-stiffness-on-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-without-high-blood-pressure
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Keishi Ichikawa, Satoru Sakuragi, Takahiro Nishihara, Masahiro Tsuji, Atsushi Mori, Fumi Yokohama, Tadashi Wada, Daiji Hasegawa, Kenji Kawamoto, Machiko Tanakaya, Yusuke Katayama, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Although blood pressure (BP) is a major determinant of arterial stiffness, whether high pulse wave velocity (PWV) adversely influences cardiac parameters and cardiovascular (CV) outcome in patients without high BP remains unclear. METHODS: Outpatients without high BP (n=320), defined as systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg, were enrolled in this retrospective study. At baseline, all patients underwent echocardiography and multidetector CT to determine the coronary artery calcification (CAC) score...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814306/blood-acid-base-status-in-impala-aepyceros-melampus-immobilised-and-maintained-under-total-intravenous-anaesthesia-using-two-different-drug-protocols
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Gareth E Zeiler, Leith C R Meyer
BACKGROUND: In mammals, homeostasis and survival are dependent on effective trans-membrane movement of ions and enzyme function, which are labile to extreme acid-base changes, but operate efficiently within a narrow regulated pH range. Research in patients demonstrating a pH shifts outside the narrow regulated range decreased the cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance and altered the oxygen binding to haemoglobin. These cardiopulmonary observations may be applicable to the risks associated with anaesthesia and performance of wildlife ungulates on game farms...
August 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813218/five-year-outcomes-after-on-pump-and-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass
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A Laurie Shroyer, Brack Hattler, Todd H Wagner, Joseph F Collins, Janet H Baltz, Jacquelyn A Quin, G Hossein Almassi, Elizabeth Kozora, Faisal Bakaeen, Joseph C Cleveland, Muath Bishawi, Frederick L Grover
Background Coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may be performed either with cardiopulmonary bypass (on pump) or without cardiopulmonary bypass (off pump). We report the 5-year clinical outcomes in patients who had been included in the Veterans Affairs trial of on-pump versus off-pump CABG. Methods From February 2002 through June 2007, we randomly assigned 2203 patients at 18 medical centers to undergo either on-pump or off-pump CABG, with 1-year assessments completed by May 2008. The two primary 5-year outcomes were death from any cause and a composite outcome of major adverse cardiovascular events, defined as death from any cause, repeat revascularization (CABG or percutaneous coronary intervention), or nonfatal myocardial infarction...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812208/genetic-testing-in-inherited-heart-diseases-practical-considerations-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Melanie Care, Vijay Chauhan, Danna Spears
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genetic testing has become an important element in the care of patients with inherited cardiac conditions (ICCs). The purpose of this review is to provide clinicians with insights into the utility of genetic testing as well as challenges associated with interpreting results. RECENT FINDINGS: Genetic testing may be indicated for individuals who are affected with or who have family histories of various ICCs. Various testing options are available and determining the most appropriate test for any given clinical scenario is key when interpreting results...
August 16, 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810640/in-hospital-and-long-term-outcomes-of-congestive-heart-failure-predictive-value-of-b-type-and-amino-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptides-and-their-ratio
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Yuxiang Dai, Jun Yang, Atsutoshi Takagi, Hakuoh Konishi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Hiroshi Masuda, Kazunori Shimada, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Daida
Relative changes in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and amino terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) levels may help to assess the risk of congestive heart failure (CHF). However, whether these levels at the time of admission enable the prediction of outcomes with acute exacerbation remains unknown. The current study determined the abilities of BNP, NT-proBNP and their ratio to predict in-hospital and long-term outcomes of patients with CHF. Patients who were admitted to the cardiac care unit of Juntendo University Hospital (Tokyo, Japan) with acute CHF onset were consecutively enrolled into the present observational study...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810622/oral-n-acetylcysteine-for-prophylaxis-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-following-coronary-angioplasty-a-meta-analysis
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Jing-Xiu Li, En-Ze Jin, Long-Hao Yu, Yang Li, Nan-Nan Liu, Yu-Mei Dong, Xin Li, Xue-Qi Li
It is acknowledged that contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a common cause of acute renal insufficiency after cardiac catheterization and affects mortality and morbidity. To date, it is unknown whether oral N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is able to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients undergoing coronary angioplasty. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was performed to assess the effects of NAC in the prevention of CIN in patients following coronary angioplasty. A total of 19 studies published prior to January 2015 that investigated the efficacy of oral NAC for the prevention of CIN were collected from Medline, Cochrane and Embase databases and conference proceedings from cardiology and nephrology meetings...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808939/comparison-of-left-ventricular-shape-by-gated-spect-imaging-in-diabetic-and-nondiabetic-patients-with-normal-myocardial-perfusion-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Carmela Nappi, Valeria Gaudieri, Wanda Acampa, Roberta Assante, Emilia Zampella, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Mario Petretta, Guido Germano, Alberto Cuocolo
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus induces structural and functional cardiac alterations that can result in heart failure. Left ventricular (LV) shape is a dynamic component of cardiac geometry influencing its contractile function. However, few data are available comparing LV shape index in diabetic and nondiabetic patients without overt coronary artery disease after balancing for coronary risk factors. METHODS: We studied 1168 patients with normal myocardial perfusion and normal LV ejection fraction on stress gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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