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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909142/disease-activity-and-increased-risk-of-cardiovascular-death-among-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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Kristina Juneblad, Solbritt Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Gerd-Marie Alenius
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies indicate increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but results are inconsistent. This prompted our investigation of the mortality rate, cause of death, and incidence of acute CV events in patients from northern Sweden with PsA. METHODS: Patients with established PsA (464) were included. To calculate standardized mortality ratio (SMR) and standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for CV events, data were extracted from the National Causes of Death Register and the National Inpatient Care Register in Sweden, and compared with the general population...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908391/prevalence-profile-and-prognosis-of-severe-obesity-in-contemporary-hospitalized-heart-failure-trial-populations
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Emer Joyce, Anuradha Lala, Susanna R Stevens, Lauren B Cooper, Omar F AbouEzzeddine, John D Groarke, Justin L Grodin, Eugene Braunwald, Kevin J Anstrom, Margaret M Redfield, Lynne W Stevenson
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the prevalence, profile, and prognosis of severe obesity in a large contemporary acute heart failure (AHF) population. BACKGROUND: Better prognosis has been reported for obese heart failure (HF) patients than nonobese HF patients, but in other cardiovascular populations, this effect has not been demonstrated for severely obese patients. METHODS: A cohort of 795 participants with body mass index (BMI) measured at time of admission and complete follow-up were identified from enrollment in 3 contemporary AHF trials (DOSE [Diuretic Strategies Optimization Evaluation], CARRESS-HF [Cardiorenal Rescue Study in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure], and ROSE [Renal Optimization Strategies Evaluation in Acute Heart Failure])...
December 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907878/ultrasound-in-cardiac-trauma
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Theodosios Saranteas, Andreas F Mavrogenis, Christina Mandila, John Poularas, Fotios Panou
In the perioperative period, the emergency department or the intensive care unit accurate assessment of variable chest pain requires meticulous knowledge, diagnostic skills, and suitable usage of various diagnostic modalities. In addition, in polytrauma patients, cardiac injury including aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, acute myocardial infarction, and pericardial effusion should be immediately revealed and treated. In these patients, arrhythmias, mainly tachycardia, cardiac murmurs, or hypotension must alert physicians to suspect cardiovascular trauma, which would potentially be life threatening...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901208/gastric-and-renal-effects-of-cox-2-selective-and-non-selective-nsaids-in-rats-receiving-low-dose-aspirin-therapy
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Marcella Goetz Moro, Paula Katherine Vargas Sanchez, Mayara Vitorino Gevert, Emeline Maria Baller, Ana Flávia Tostes, Ana Caroline Lupepsa, Sinvaldo Baglie, Gilson Cesar Nobre Franco
The consumption of low-dose aspirin (LDA) to prevent cardiovascular disease continues to increase worldwide. Consequently, the number of chronic LDA users seeking dental procedures that require complementary acute anti-inflammatory medication has also grown. Considering the lack of literature evaluating this interaction, we analyzed the gastric and renal effects caused by a selective COX-2 inhibitor (etoricoxib) and a non-selective COX-2 inhibitor (ibuprofen) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in rats receiving chronic LDA therapy...
November 28, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898168/the-association-between-t-pa-administration-and-in-hospital-mortality-following-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-puerto-rican-patients
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Kevin Shah, Samuel Kohrman, Suehyb Alkhatib, Juan González, Fernando Santiago, Marcia Varella, Juan Zevallos
OBJECTIVE: Despite being the standard of care, thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) is currently administered to only 5% of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients in the United States. Published scientific information regarding both the use of t-PA for AIS in Hispanic patients and its impact on short-term mortality is scarce. The objectives of this study are to investigate, among Puerto Rican patients hospitalized with AIS, the rate of t-PA administration, and the risk of in-hospital mortality in patients who received t-PA vs...
December 2016: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896468/evaluation-of-major-trauma-in-elderly-patients-a%C3%A2-single-trauma-center-analysis
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Samo Kocuvan, Drago Brilej, Domen Stropnik, Rolf Lefering, Radko Komadina
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to gather information about elderly major trauma patients admitted to one particular Slovenian trauma centre in Celje and examine this group of polytrauma patients, specifically with respect to mechanisms of injury, injury severity and distribution of injuries. Further on, to identify morbidity and mortality rates and compare these to the younger population and, finally, to determine the factors that have the most impact on treatment results...
November 28, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886815/antiplatelet-therapy-for-secondary-prevention-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Ilaria Cavallari, Marc P Bonaca
Patients with prior myocardial infarction (MI) are at long-term heightened risk for recurrent ischemic events. Several large randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the benefit of more intensive antiplatelet strategies for long-term secondary prevention of cardiovascular death, recurrent MI, and stroke in patients with a history of MI at a cost of increased bleeding. The bleeding risk associated with long-term intensive antiplatelet strategies requires careful patient selection and involvement of patients in shared decision making regarding risks and benefits of therapy...
January 2017: Interventional cardiology clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886161/cardiac-ct-in-the-emergency-department-in-the-era-of-highly-sensitive-troponins-is-there-still-a-role
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Admir Dedic, Koen Nieman, Udo Hoffmann, Maros Ferencik
INTRODUCTION: Physicians practicing cardiovascular medicine are every day confronted with patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Over the years, there have been substantial technical advances, such as the introduction of new non-invasive imaging techniques and the introduction of new highly sensitive cardiac biomarkers. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION AND SYNTHESIS: Physicians have adopted these new assets and have become more experienced with them thus improving medical care...
November 25, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884251/complicated-pericarditis-understanding-risk-factors-and-pathophysiology-to%C3%A2-inform%C3%A2-imaging-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Paul C Cremer, Arnav Kumar, Apostolos Kontzias, Carmela D Tan, E Rene Rodriguez, Massimo Imazio, Allan L Klein
Most patients with acute pericarditis have a benign course and a good prognosis. However, a minority of patients develop complicated pericarditis, and the care of these patients is the focus of this review. Specifically, we address risk factors, multimodality imaging, pathophysiology, and novel treatments. The authors conclude that: 1) early high-dose corticosteroids, a lack of colchicine, and an elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein are associated with the development of complicated pericarditis; 2) in select cases, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging may aid in the assessment of pericardial inflammation and constriction; 3) given phenotypic similarities between recurrent idiopathic pericarditis and periodic fever syndromes, disorders of the inflammasome may contribute to relapsing attacks; and 4) therapies that target the inflammasome may lead to more durable remission and resolution...
November 29, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869899/-patients-with-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-managed-without-coronary-revascularization-an-undertreated-population
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Alberto Menozzi, Leonardo De Luca, Zoran Olivari, Roberta Rossini, Marco Ferlini, Daniela Lina, Maurizio Giuseppe Abrignani, Piera Capranzano, Nazario Carrabba, Marcello Galvani, Alfredo Marchese, Gianfranco Mazzotta, Luciano Moretti, Nicola Signore, Massimo Uguccioni, Stefano De Servi
Non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) represent one of the most common clinical presentations of ischemic heart disease. Patients with NSTE-ACS are a heterogeneous population, with different clinical features and prognosis. A significant proportion of this population is medically managed, without any revascularization. In the Italian EYESHOT and French FAST-MI registries, patients managed with a conservative strategy were 40% and 35%, respectively. NSTE-ACS patients not undergoing coronary revascularization are at higher risk of adverse cardiovascular events and have a worse prognosis, including short- and long-term mortality, compared with those receiving revascularization...
October 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867438/total-sleep-deprivation-and-pain-perception-during-cold-noxious-stimuli-in-humans
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Robert A Larson, Jason R Carter
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A substantial portion of the population suffers from chronic pain leading to significant health care costs and lost productivity. Loss of sleep duration and quality are widely reported in patients suffering from a variety of acute or chronic pain conditions. Conversely, sleep loss has been known to elevate pain perception; thus a potential bi-directional relationship exists between sleep deprivation and pain. To date, the majority of studies examining the relationship between experimentally induced pain and sleep loss have focused on the measurement of pain threshold...
October 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865197/efficacy-and-safety-of-ticagrelor-versus-clopidogrel-with-different-dosage-in-high-risk-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Yan-Guo Xin, Hai-Shan Zhang, Yu-Ze Li, Qi-Gang Guan, Liang Guo, Yuan Gao, Hai-Jie Yu, Xin-Gang Zhang, Feng Xu, Yue-Lan Zhang, Da-Lin Jia, Ying-Xian Sun, Guo-Xian Qi, Wen Tian
BACKGROUND: Dual antiplatelet therapy is recommended as a standard antiplatelet strategy in acute coronary syndrome. For those with reduced pharmacologic response to clopidogrel, strengthening antiplatelet therapy (clopidogrel 150mg daily) may reduce adverse clinical events. Ticagrelor is a direct-acting inhibitor of the adenosine diphosphate receptor P2Y12 that has a more rapid onset and offset than clopidogrel. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we compared ticagrelor (180mg loading dose 90mg twice daily thereafter), clopidogrel (300mg loading dose, 75mg or 150mg daily thereafter) for the prevention of cardiovascular events in 273 high-risk patients admitted to coronary care unit with acute coronary syndrome...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864247/impact-of-a-pharmacist-delivered-discharge-and-follow-up-intervention-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-qatar-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Amani Zidan, Ahmed Awaisu, Nadir Kheir, Ziyad Mahfoud, Rasha Kaddoura, Sumaya AlYafei, Maguy Saffouh El Hajj
INTRODUCTION: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Secondary cardiovascular risk reduction therapy (consisting of an aspirin, a β-blocker, an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker and a statin) is needed for all patients with ACS. Less than 80% of patients with ACS in Qatar use this combination after discharge. This study is aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical pharmacist-delivered intervention at discharge and tailored follow-up postdischarge on decreasing hospital readmissions, emergency department (ED) visits and mortality among patients with ACS...
November 18, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864163/developing-a-web-based-weight-management-program-for-childhood-cancer-survivors-rationale-and-methods
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Fang Fang Zhang, Susan Meagher, Michael Scheurer, Sara Folta, Emily Finnan, Kerry Criss, Christina Economos, ZoAnn Dreyer, Michael Kelly
BACKGROUND: Due to advances in the field of oncology, survival rates for children with cancer have improved significantly. However, these childhood cancer survivors are at a higher risk for obesity and cardiovascular diseases and for developing these conditions at an earlier age. OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we describe the rationale, conceptual framework, development process, novel components, and delivery plan of a behavioral intervention program for preventing unhealthy weight gain in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...
November 18, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862246/a-retrospective-analysis-of-mortality-in-captive-pygmy-hippopotamus-choeropsis-liberiensis-from-1912-to-2014
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Gabriella L Flacke, Suzana Tkalčić, Beatrice Steck, Kristin Warren, Graeme B Martin
The pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) is an IUCN Red List Endangered species (CITES Appendix II) that has been housed in zoological collections since 1912. As wild populations continue to decline throughout the species' range, successful ex situ breeding and management, including an understanding of morbidity and mortality, are of utmost importance. This study is the first comprehensive review of mortality data from the captive population since 1982 and significantly expands on previous analyses. We solicited necropsy reports from 129/187 zoological institutions worldwide that currently or previously held pygmy hippos and received data for 404 animals (177 ♂, 220 ♀, 7 undermined sex), representing 43% of pygmy hippos that have died in captivity...
November 2016: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852651/emergency-procedures-for-patients-with-a-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Juliane Vierecke, Martin Schweiger, David Feldman, Evgenij Potapov, Friedrich Kaufmann, Lorenzo Germinario, Roland Hetzer, Volkmar Falk, Thomas Krabatsch
The number of ventricular assist devices (VADs) being implanted for terminal heart failure is rising at an exponential rate. These implanted patients have a decreased mortality, but still have significant morbidities, as the prevalence of these patients increases in the community. When VAD patients are discharged to home, they will very likely require emergency medical services (EMSs) and emergency medical doctors (EDs) with their future care. The interface of these patients with the community would suggest an increasing prevalence of encounters requiring the need for acute medical care...
November 15, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843912/are-intensive-cares-worthwhile-for-breast-cancer-patients-the-experience-of-an-oncological-icu
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Virginie Destrebecq, Ameye Lieveke, Thierry Berghmans, Marianne Paesmans, Jean-Paul Sculier, Anne-Pascale Meert
PURPOSE: One among seven women will present with breast cancer for which major therapeutic advances led to a significant increase in survival and cure rates. During or after cancer treatment, severe complications may occur requiring admission in intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists could be reluctant for accepting cancer patients in the ICU, and there are very few data about causes of admission and prognosis of patients with breast cancer admitted in the ICU for an acute complication...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829716/association-of-hyponatremia-with-in-hospital-outcomes-in-infective-endocarditis-a-5-year-review-from-an-indian-intensive-care-unit
#18
Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Muralidhar D Varma, Shashaank Vallabhajosyula, Saarwaani Vallabhajosyula
Hyponatremia is commonly noted with cardiovascular disorders, but its role in infective endocarditis (IE) is limited to being a marker of increased morbidity in IE patients with intravenous drug use. This was a 5-year retrospective review from an Indian Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients >18 years with IE and available serum sodium levels were included in the study. Pediatric and pregnant patients were excluded from the study. Hyponatremia was defined as admission sodium <135 mmol/L. Detailed data were abstracted from the medical records...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825182/practical-aspects-of-monitoring-of-antiplatelet-therapy
#19
Ljubica Jovanovic, Nebojsa Antonijevic, Tina Novakovic, Nebojsa Savic, Branka Terzic, Ivana Zivkovic, Nebojsa Radovanovic, Milika Asanin
Despite the application of new antiplatelet drugs (prasugrel and ticagrelor), dual antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel and aspirin remains the standard for patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, especially in countries of low socioeconomic status. Regardless of the proven benefits, numerous studies have shown that certain groups of patients who receive standard doses of clopidogrel and aspirin do not respond adequately, and many of them also exhibit adverse cardiovascular events...
November 8, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824270/clinical-characterization-and-treatment-patterns-for-the-frequent-exacerbator-phenotype-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-severe-or-very-severe-airflow-limitation
#20
Francesco Blasi, Luca Neri, Stefano Centanni, Franco Falcone, Giuseppe Di Maria
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients experiencing several episodes of acute clinical derangement suffer from increased morbidity, mortality, and accelerated decline in lung function. Nevertheless, the relationship between co-morbidity profile and exacerbation rates in the frequent exacerbator phenotype is poorly characterized, and evidence-based management guidelines are lacking. We sought to evaluate the co-morbidity profile and treatment patterns of "frequent exacerbators" with severe or very severe airflow limitation...
November 8, 2016: COPD
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