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diabetes, cardiac, hypertension, stroke

Yuequan Zhu, Raja Anand, Xiaokun Geng, Yuchuan Ding
Vascular diseases refer to medical conditions that narrow blood vessels. Narrowed cardiac or cerebral arteries can lead to myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Risk factors including atherosclerosis, hypertension, and diabetes may induce either cardiovascular or cerebral complications. Based on current research, garlic favorably affects atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes, and helps decrease the risk of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. Garlic has been utilized for hundreds of years as a natural health remedy...
March 20, 2018: Neurological Research
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Evan D Muse, Nathan E Wineinger, Emily G Spencer, Melissa Peters, Riley Henderson, Yunyue Zhang, Paddy M Barrett, Steven P Rivera, Jay G Wohlgemuth, James J Devlin, Dov Shiffman, Eric J Topol
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly encountered arrhythmia and is associated with an elevated risk of stroke. Improving the identification of patients with the highest risk for AF to enable appropriate surveillance and treatment, if necessary, is critical to reducing AF-associated morbidity and mortality. Multiple common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are unequivocally associated with the lifetime risk of AF. In the current study we aimed to prospectively validate an AF genetic risk score (GRS) in previously undiagnosed patients at risk for AF...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Mayowa O Owolabi, Fred Sarfo, Rufus Akinyemi, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Onoja Akpa, Albert Akpalu, Kolawole Wahab, Reginald Obiako, Lukman Owolabi, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest incidence, prevalence, and fatality from stroke globally. Yet, only little information about context-specific risk factors for prioritising interventions to reduce the stroke burden in sub-Saharan Africa is available. We aimed to identify and characterise the effect of the top modifiable risk factors for stroke in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: The Stroke Investigative Research and Educational Network (SIREN) study is a multicentre, case-control study done at 15 sites in Nigeria and Ghana...
February 26, 2018: Lancet Global Health
Rosanna Iacona, Vito Bonomo, Mariaconcetta Di Piazza, Angela Sansone, Manuela Usala, Salvatore Novo, Carlo Pavone
OBJECTIVE: Testosterone levels play a role in cardiac and vascular pathology. In the present study we investigated the prognostic significance of this hormone for cardiovascular outcome, in a 5-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our cohort included 802 adult subjects, from 40 to 80 years. Patients were excluded if they had a past history of peripheral or coronary artery disease, and revascularization. A blood sample was drawn to valuate testosterone level, and we considered normal testosterone levels 300 ng/dl...
December 31, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Mohinder Vindhyal, Shravani R Vindhyal, Travis Haneke, Paul M Ndunda, Freidy Eid, K James Kallail
Introduction Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affects approximately 2.3 million patients in the United States, costing around $26 billion. Atrial fibrillation is associated with a two- to seven-fold increased risk of stroke, one of the most serious complications. Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 13% of the US population and has been associated with higher rates of AF than the general population. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of stroke increases as the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decreases, especially in CKD stages three and four...
December 11, 2017: Curēus
Alina Gabriela Dumitrescu, Liliana Voinea, Ioana Anca Badarau, Vanessa Andrada Paun, Marilena Schowe, Radu Ciuluvica
Retinal vessels are the only blood vessels that can be viewed directly, in vivo, repetitively and non-invasively. Retinal vessel caliber is influenced by physiological (age, sex, race, blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index) and pathological (atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, smoking) determinants. There are studies on large population groups that demonstrate the associations between retinal vasculature and subclinical or clinical changes in systemic diseases (hypertension, diabetes, stroke, renal or cardiac diseases)...
July 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
Hyun Woong Park, Min Gyu Kang, Kyehwan Kim, Jin Sin Koh, Jeong Rang Park, Young Hoon Jeong, Jong Hwa Ahn, Jeong Yoon Jang, Choong Hwan Kwak, Yongwhi Park, Myung Ho Jeong, Young Jo Kim, Myeong Chan Cho, Chong Jin Kim, Jin Yong Hwang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: After the first acute myocardial infarction (AMI), a considerable proportion of patients are newly diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM). However, in AMI, controversy remains regarding the disparity in prognosis between previously diagnosed DM (known-DM) and newly diagnosed DM (new-DM). METHODS: The study included 10,455 patients with AMI (non-DM, 6,236; new-DM, 659; known-DM, 3,560) admitted to one of 15 participating centers in Korea between November 2011 and January 2016 (average follow-up, 523 days)...
February 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
Ekta Yogeshkumar Pandya, Elizabeth Anderson, Clara Chow, Yishen Wang, Beata Bajorek
Background: To document antithrombotic utilization in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), particularly, recently approved NOACs (nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants) and warfarin; and identify factors predicting the use of NOACs versus warfarin. Methods: A retrospective audit was conducted in an Australian hospital. Data pertaining to inpatients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) admitted between January and December 2014 were extracted...
February 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Takafumi Inoue, Yoshihiro Suematsu
OBJECTIVES: The adverse effects of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure have not yet been evaluated. This study aimed to prove the safety and low invasiveness of LAA resection through our thoracoscopic stand-alone left atrial appendectomy experience. METHODS: Eighty-seven patients [mean age 68 ± 9 years, 68 men (78%), mean congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack to thromboembolism, vascular disease, age 65-74 years and sex category (CHA2DS2-VASc) score 2...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Patricia N Apenteng, Haiyan Gao, Fd Richard Hobbs, David A Fitzmaurice
OBJECTIVE: To investigate evolving patterns in antithrombotic treatment in UK patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). DESIGN: Prospective, multicentre, international registry. SETTING: 186 primary care practices in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: 3482 participants prospectively enrolled in four sequential cohorts (cohort 2 (C2) n=830, diagnosed September 2011 to April 2013; cohort 3 (C3) n=902, diagnosed April 2013 to June 2014; cohort 4 (C4) n=850, diagnosed July 2014 to June 2015; cohort 5 (C5) n=900, diagnosed June 2015 to July 2016)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Konstantinos Maniatis, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Eleni Kokkou, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Marina Zaromitidou, Alexis Antonopoulos, Manolis Vavuranakis, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness and vascular calcification significantly contribute to coronary atherosclerosis progression. The prognostic value of increased arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in subjects with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) after percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) is currently under question. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We randomly enrolled 262 patients with stable CAD one month after successful PCI. Carotid femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) was measured as a well-established index of central aortic stiffness...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Teng C Lee, Zachary Kon, Faisal H Cheema, Maria V Grau-Sepulveda, Brian Englum, Sunghee Kim, Paramita S Chaudhuri, Vinod H Thourani, Gorav Ailawadi, G Chad Hughes, Matthew L Williams, J Matthew Brennan, Lars Svensson, James S Gammie
PURPOSE: Management of acute type A aortic dissection (AAAD) is challenging and operative strategies are varied. We used the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (STS ACSD) to describe contemporary surgical strategies and outcomes for AAAD. METHODS: Between July 2011 and September 2012, 2982 patients with AAAD underwent operations at 640 centers in North America. RESULTS: In this cohort, median age was 60 years old, 66% were male, and 80% had hypertension...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Navdeep Gupta, Yu Guo, Joshua A Beckman, Sripal Bangalore, Jeffrey S Berger
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular risk factors are prevalent in the population undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Changes in perioperative cardiovascular risk factor profiles over time are unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate national trends in cardiovascular risk factors and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) among patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. METHODS: Adults aged ≥45 years old who underwent non-cardiac surgery were identified using the US National Inpatient Sample from 2004 to 2013...
January 5, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Yoonjee Park, Byoung Geol Choi, Seung-Woon Rha, Man Jong Baek, Yang Gi Ryu, Se Yeon Choi, Jae Kyeong Byun, Min Suk Shim, Ahmed Mashaly, Hu Li, Won Young Jang, Woohyeun Kim, Jun Hyuk Kang, Jah Yeon Choi, Eun Jin Park, Sung Hun Park, Sunki Lee, Jin Oh Na, Cheol Ung Choi, Hong Euy Lim, Eung Ju Kim, Chang Gyu Park, Hong Seog Seo, Dong Joo Oh
BACKGROUND: Although ß-blockers are known to increase new-onset diabetes mellitus (DM), previous evidence have been controversial. It has been suggested that newer vasodilatory ß-blockers yield better glycemic control than older nonselective agents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diabetogenicity of currently used newer ß-blockers based on ß1 receptor selectivity in a series of Asian population. METHODS: We investigated a total of 65,686 hypertensive patients without DM from 2004 to 2014...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Gabriel Torrealba-Acosta, Kenneth Carazo-Céspedes, Sy Han Chiou, Anthony Terrence O'Brien, Huberth Fernández-Morales
BACKGROUND: Limited data on stroke exist for Costa Rica. Therefore, we created a stroke registry out of patients with stroke seen in the Acute Stroke Unit of the Hospital Calderon Guardia. METHODS: We analyzed 1319 patients enrolled over a 7-year period, which incorporated demographic, clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging data. RESULTS: The mean age of patients with stroke was 68.0 ± 15.5 years. Seven hundred twenty-five were men and the age range was 13-104 years...
December 25, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Tammy Slater, Julie Stanik-Hutt, Patricia Davidson
BACKGROUND: Strokes following adult cardiac surgery contribute to burdensome neurocognitive complications, which are often difficult to detect during the perioperative period. Fluctuations in regional cerebral perfusion and co-morbid conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, prior stroke, symptomatic carotid stenosis, aortic atherosclerotic disease, and peripheral vascular disease are associated with perioperative strokes. Approaches to achieve optimal cerebral perfusion remain elusive and traditional strategies for perioperative monitoring are not always sufficiently sensitive to detect acute changes in cerebral perfusion...
December 28, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Alaa Badawi, Seung Gwan Ryoo, Danitsa Vasileva, Sahar Yaghoubi
BACKGROUND: Epidemiologic evidence suggests that patients with chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection may be at risk of severe disease complications when they also have comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes, cardiac diseases, and/or asthma. However, the prevalence of these co-existing medical conditions in severe CHIKV cases has not been systematically reported. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to describe the prevalence of chronic comorbidities in CHIKV and evaluate their possible contributions to disease severity...
December 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Hanaa Dakour Aridi, Nawar Paracha, Besma Nejim, Satinderjit Locham, Mahmoud B Malas
OBJECTIVE: Studies on the safety of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) under different anesthetic techniques are sometimes contradictory. The aim of this study was to compare real-world outcomes of CEA under general anesthesia (GA) vs regional or local anesthesia (RA/LA). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the Vascular Quality Initiative database (2003-2017) was performed. Primary outcomes included perioperative stroke, death, and myocardial infarction (MI) occurring during the hospital stay...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Paula Moreira da Costa, Arthur Fernandes Cortez, Fabio de Souza, Gabriel de Souza Mares, Bruno Dussoni Moreira Dos Santos, Elizabeth Silaid Muxfeldt
Moderately increased albuminuria, defined as urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER) between 30 and 300-mg/24-h is a well-known cardiovascular risk factor, especially in diabetic and hypertensive patients. This study aim to analyze the prognostic value of baseline UAER in a still understudied group, patients with resistant hypertension (RHT). This is a prospective observational study, which had enrolled 1048 outpatients with RHT, who were submitted to a clinical-laboratory assessment and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) during the follow-up...
February 2018: Journal of Human Hypertension
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