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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087911/-aortic-stiffness-and-its-influencing-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Binxian Ye, Li Zhao, Wei Shen, Yan Ren, Bo Lin, Maosheng Chen, Junda Tang, Xinxin Jiang, Yiwen Li, Qiang He
Objective: To investigate the changes of aortic stiffness and its influencing factors in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Methods: Eightyfour patients with CKD from Department of Nephrology, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital were divided into the dialysis group (CKD stage 5, n=48) and non-dialysis group (CKD stage 3-5, n=36). Clinical data, biochemical parameters and echocardiography findings were collected. SphygmoCor pulse wave analysis system was used to obtain pulse wave analysis (PWA) parameters including central aortic systolic blood pressure (CSP), central pulse pressure (CPP), augmented pressure (AP), augmentation index (AIX), and heart rate 75-adjusted augmentation index (HR75AIX)...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086813/information-exchange-networks-of-health-care-providers-and-evidence-based-cardiovascular-risk-management-an-observational-study
#2
Naomi Heijmans, Jan van Lieshout, Michel Wensing
BACKGROUND: Although a wide range of preventive and clinical interventions has targeted cardiovascular risk management (CVRM), outcomes remain suboptimal. Therefore, the question is what additional determinants of CVRM and outcomes can be identified and addressed to optimize CVRM. In this study, we aimed to identify new perspectives for improving healthcare delivery and explored associations between information exchange networks of health care providers and evidence-based CVRM. METHODS: This observational study was performed parallel to a randomized clinical trial which aimed to improve professional performance of practice nurses in the Netherlands...
January 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086778/diabetes-does-not-impact-the-diagnostic-performance-of-contrast-based-fractional-flow-reserve-insights-from-the-contrast-study
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Eugenio Stabile, Marco Ferrone, Emanuele Barbato, Frederik M Zimmermann, Julien Adjedj, Barry Hennigan, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Nils P Johnson, William F Fearon, Allen Jeremias, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni Esposito
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-free coronary pressure wire metrics have been proposed to test the functional significance of coronary artery lesions, but it is unexplored whether their diagnostic performance might be altered in patients with diabetes. METHODS: We performed a post-hoc analysis of the CONTRAST study, which prospectively enrolled an international cohort of patients undergoing routine fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment for standard indications. Paired, repeated measurements of all physiology metrics (Pd/Pa, iFR, contrast-based FFR, and FFR) were made...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081326/the-effect-of-deep-sclerectomy-on-ocular-blood-flow-a-6-month-clinical-trial
#4
Arzu Özsoy, Murat Sinan Sarıcaoğlu, Mehtap Çavuşoğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: To investigate the effect of deep sclerectomy on retrobulbar blood flow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 20 eyes of 20 patients with open angle glaucoma. Color Doppler imaging (CDI) examinations were performed before and 2, 12, and 24 weeks after deep sclerectomy. Peak systolic velocity (PSV), end diastolic velocity (EDV), and resistance index (RI) were measured for the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA), and temporal and nasal short posterior ciliary arteries (SPCAs) at each examination and the results were compared...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081172/influence-of-corneal-opacity-on-intraocular-pressure-assessment-in-patients-with-lysosomal-storage-diseases
#5
Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Giuseppe Politino, Irene Schmidtmann, Katrin Lorenz, Katharina Bell, Norbert Pfeiffer, Susanne Pitz
AIMS: To investigate an influence of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)- and Morbus Fabry-associated corneal opacities on intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements and to evaluate the concordance of the different tonometry methods. METHODS: 25 MPS patients with or without corneal clouding, 25 Fabry patients with cornea verticillata ≥ grade 2 and 25 healthy age matched controls were prospectively included into this study. Outcome measures: Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT); palpatory assessment of IOP; Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure (IOPg), corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOPcc), corneal resistance factor (CRF) and corneal hysteresis (CH) assessed by Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA); central corneal thickness (CCT) and density assessed with Pentacam...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081171/a-higher-proportion-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-chinese-subjects-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-a-case-control-study-based-on-electrocardiogram-derived-sleep-analysis
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Ping-Huei Tseng, Pei-Lin Lee, Wei-Chung Hsu, Yan Ma, Yi-Chia Lee, Han-Mo Chiu, Yi-Lwun Ho, Ming-Fong Chen, Ming-Shiang Wu, Chung-Kang Peng
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) has increased rapidly in Taiwan and worldwide. We aim to determine the association between sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and MS in a Chinese general population. METHODS: This case-control study recruited subjects who have undergone a prospective electrocardiogram-based cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC) sleep spectrogram as part of the periodic health check-ups at the National Taiwan University Hospital. Comprehensive anthropometrics, blood biochemistry, prevalence of MS and its individual components were compared with Bonferroni correction between 40 subjects with SDB, defined as the CPC-derived apnea-hypopnea index (CPC-AHI) >5 event/hour and 80 age- and sex-matched controls, defined as CPC-AHI <1 event/hour...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079557/dobutamine-aggravates-haemodynamic-deterioration-induced-by-pleural-effusion-a-randomised-controlled-porcine-study
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Kristian B Wemmelund, Anders H Sørensen, Viktor K Ringgård, Erik Sloth, Peter Juhl-Olsen
BACKGROUND: Pleural effusion is a common finding in critically ill patients and may contribute to circulatory instability and the need for inotropic support. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that dobutamine would affect the physiological determinants preload, afterload, contractility and changes of inferior vena cava characteristics during experimental pleural effusion. DESIGN: A randomised, controlled laboratory study. SETTING: Animal laboratory, conducted from March 2013 to May 2013...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077859/benefits-of-whole-body-vibration-training-on-arterial-function-and-muscle-strength-in-young-overweight-obese-women
#8
Stacey Alvarez-Alvarado, Salvador J Jaime, Michael J Ormsbee, Jeremiah C Campbell, Joy Post, Jacob Pacilio, Arturo Figueroa
The early arterial dysfunction linked with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle heightens the likelihood of suffering from future cardiovascular events. Whole-body vibration training (WBVT) may improve systemic arterial stiffness (brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV)) and muscle strength in pre- and post-menopausal women. However, the effectiveness of WBVT to impact the arterial segments included in baPWV is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of WBVT on aortic and leg arterial stiffness in young sedentary overweight/obese women...
January 12, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077421/aortic-wave-reflection-during-orthostatic-challenges-influence-of-body-position-and-venous-pooling
#9
William E Hughes, Darren P Casey
BACKGROUND: Aortic wave reflection (augmentation index; AIx) decreases during orthostatic challenges despite increased peripheral resistance, which is thought to be due to venous pooling. The purpose of this study was to examine if the decrease in AIx during an orthostatic challenge is due to venous pooling alone or body position manipulation. METHODS: Twenty-three young, healthy adults (11F/12M) participated in 3 separate orthostatic challenges (5 minutes each); 60° head-up tilt (HUT), 60° HUT with bilateral rhythmic blood pressure (BP) cuff inflation on calves (75 mm Hg) to minimize venous pooling, and lower body negative pressure (LBNP; -30 mm Hg) for venous pooling independent of body position...
February 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076633/statins-for-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Luciana Thiago, Selma Rumiko Tsuji, Jonathan Nyong, Maria Eduarda Dos Santos Puga, Aécio Flávio Teixeira de Góis, Cristiane Rufino Macedo, Orsine Valente, Álvaro Nagib Atallah
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve stenosis is the most common type of valvular heart disease in the USA and Europe. Aortic valve stenosis is considered similar to atherosclerotic disease. Some studies have evaluated statins for aortic valve stenosis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of statins in aortic valve stenosis. METHODS: Search methods: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS - IBECS, Web of Science and CINAHL Plus...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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REVIEW
Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070902/a-modified-lvad-technique-to-augment-caval-and-pulmonary-arterial-blood-flow-in-the-failing-fontan-circulation
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Michael F Swartz, Louis DiVincenti, Karen Smith, Robin Westcott, Kevin Belmont, William Harris, Francisco Gensini, George M Alfieris
BACKGROUND: There are minimal circulatory support options for patients with a failing Fontan. The Heartmate II (HMII) left ventricular assist device (Thoratec, Bedford, MA) in its packaged state cannot augment caval/pulmonary arterial blood flow. AIM: We hypothesized that a modified HMII pump could augment caval and pulmonary arterial blood flow. METHODS: A bifurcated ringed Gore-Tex graft (W. L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, AZ) was sewn to the HMII inflow, and the outflow graft transected and tapered from 16 mm to 8 mm in diameter...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070712/microdialysis-monitoring-in-clinical-traumatic-brain-injury-and-its-role-in-neuroprotective-drug-development
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Eric Peter Thelin, Keri L H Carpenter, Peter J Hutchinson, Adel Helmy
Injuries to the central nervous system continue to be vast contributors to morbidity and mortality; specifically, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common cause of death during the first four decades of life. Several modalities are used to monitor patients suffering from TBI in order to prevent detrimental secondary injuries. The microdialysis (MD) technique, introduced during the 1990s, presents the treating physician with a robust monitoring tool for brain chemistry in addition to conventional intracranial pressure monitoring...
January 9, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070304/an-exception-to-the-matched-filter-hypothesis-a-mismatch-of-male-call-frequency-and-female-best-hearing-frequency-in-a-torrent-frog
#14
Longhui Zhao, Jichao Wang, Yue Yang, Bicheng Zhu, Steven E Brauth, Yezhong Tang, Jianguo Cui
The matched filter hypothesis proposes that the tuning of auditory sensitivity and the spectral character of calls will match in order to maximize auditory processing efficiency during courtship. In this study, we analyzed the acoustic structure of male calls and both male and female hearing sensitivities in the little torrent frog (Amolops torrentis), an anuran species who transmits acoustic signals across streams. The results were in striking contradiction to the matched filter hypothesis. Auditory brainstem response results showed that the best hearing range was 1...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068950/corneal-hysteresis-in-patients-with-glaucoma-like-optic-discs-ocular-hypertension-and-glaucoma
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Melissa L Murphy, Olya Pokrovskaya, Marie Galligan, Colm O'Brien
BACKGROUND: To compare corneal hysteresis (CH) measurements between patients with glaucoma, ocular hypertension (OHT) and glaucoma-like optic discs (GLD)- defined as a cup to disc ratio greater than or equal to 0.6 with normal intraocular pressure (IOP) and visual fields. The secondary aim was to investigate whether corneal resistance factor (CRF) and central corneal thickness (CCT) differ between patient groups. METHODS: In this cross sectional study a total of 123 patients (one eye each) were recruited from a glaucoma outpatient department to undergo ocular response analyser (ORA) testing and ultrasound pachymetry as well as clinical examination...
January 10, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068365/tonographic-effect-of-ocular-response-analyzer-in-comparison-to-goldmann-applanation-tonometry
#16
Martin Zimmermann, Susanne Pitz, Irene Schmidtmann, Norbert Pfeiffer, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik
AIMS: The tonographic effect is a phenomenon of intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction following repeated tonometry. This study examines whether the tonographic effect occurs following IOP measurement performed with Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA). METHODS: Both eyes of 31 glaucoma patients and 35 healthy controls underwent nine IOP-measurements performed with GAT and ORA. The number of GAT and ORA measurements performed on each eye differed depending on the randomly allocated investigation scheme...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067724/acute-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-factors-influencing-episode-duration
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Alejandra Daruich, Alexandre Matet, Laetitia Marchionno, Jean-Dominique De Azevedo, Aude Ambresin, Irmela Mantel, Francine Behar-Cohen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of clinical and multimodal imaging parameters on the duration of acute central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) episodes. METHODS: Consecutive patients with first, treatment-naïve central serous chorioretinopathy episodes presenting within 20 days of symptoms onset were prospectively included. They were reevaluated 15 days to 20 days later, followed by monthly evaluation for 6 months. Subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT), fluorescein leakage intensity on fluorescein angiography, elevation of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) lesions at leakage sites, focal/multifocal pattern of indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) at baseline, time-dependent pattern of subretinal fluid (SRF) resorption on OCT using volume segmentation, history of corticosteroid intake and mean blood pressure were evaluated using univariate (Log rank test) and multivariate (Cox proportional hazard regression) survival analysis...
January 6, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066104/impact-of-oral-contraceptive-pills-on-central-corneal-thickness-in-young-women
#18
Bengi Ece Kurtul, Besime Inal, Pinar Altiaylik Ozer, Emrah Utku Kabatas
OBJECTIVES: Hormonal changes during oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use may affect central corneal thickness (CCT) values. We aimed to evaluate the impact of OCP use on CCT values in healthy young women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty women subjects who use OCP for contraception (Group 1) and forty control subjects (Group 2) who do not use OCP were included in this prospective study. None of the patients had any history of systemic or ocular diseases. The CCT values measured by ultrasonic pachymeter (Nidek US-4000 Echoscan, Japan) and the intraocular pressure (IOP) values were measured by noncontact tonometer (Reichert 7 CR Corneal Response Technology, USA) at the time of admission to our clinic...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065687/restless-legs-syndrome-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-research-roadmap
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REVIEW
Daniel J Gottlieb, Virend K Somers, Naresh M Punjabi, John W Winkelman
In this paper, we first critically appraise the epidemiologic literature examining the association of restless legs syndrome (RLS) with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and then consider whether lessons learned from the study of cardiovascular consequences of other sleep disorders might inform a research agenda to examine the potential mechanisms of cardiovascular morbidity of RLS. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies are both mixed as to whether there is a meaningful association of RLS and CVD. On the other hand, numerous cross-sectional and longitudinal observational studies have shown a strong association of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with CVD risk...
October 27, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065586/estimation-of-central-venous-pressure-using-the-ratio-of-short-to-long-diameter-from-cross-sectional-images-of-the-inferior-vena-cava
#20
Yoshihiro Seo, Noriko Iida, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Tomoko Machino-Ohtsuka, Tomoko Ishizu, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Long-axis images of the inferior vena cava (IVC) have limitations as surrogates for IVC morphology in grading central venous pressure (CVP) by two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE), because of the various cross-sectional morphologies and the translational motion of the IVC induced by sniffing. On the basis of the relationship between venous pressure and compliance, it was hypothesized that the cross-sectional morphology of the IVC, which was obtained using three-dimensional echocardiography, might estimate CVP more accurately compared with standard grading by 2DE...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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