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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537937/dexmedetomidine-the-new-all-in-one-drug-in-paediatric-anaesthesia
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Cedric E Sottas, Brian J Anderson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dexmedetomidine is a drug with sedative, anxiolytic, sympatholytic and analgesic properties, which is finding widespread practice in paediatric anaesthesia and related practices. The present review summarizes its pharmacology and current experience with the drug. RECENT FINDINGS: Dexmedetomidine is proving useful in many diverse areas in paediatric anaesthesia where its sedative properties are useful for premedication, fibreoptic intubation and radiologic procedures...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530215/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-after-intravenous-epinephrine-administration-following-cardiac-arrest-provoked-by-pneumoperitoneum-a-case-report
#2
Waldemar Elikowski, Malgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Jacek Karoń, Maria Mrozińska, Alina Baszko, Karolina Horbacka
In stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) high levels of catecholamines, including epinephrine, may be detected in blood. On the other hand, administration of exogenous epinephrine may occasionally result in TC. A CASE REPORT: The authors describe a case of a 58-year-old, otherwise healthy female, with TC which occurred after intravenous injection of 1 mg of epinephrine against cardiac arrest provoked by pneumoperitoneum performed before planned laparoscopic cholecystectomy. She was admitted 3 days earlier due to biliary colic following a dietary mistake...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525514/perineural-dexmedetomidine-is-more-effective-than-clonidine-when-added-to-local-anesthetic-for-supraclavicular-brachial-plexus-block-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kariem El-Boghdadly, Richard Brull, Herman Sehmbi, Faraj W Abdallah
BACKGROUND: Clonidine, an α-2 agonist, has long been used as a local anesthetic adjunct with proven efficacy to prolong peripheral nerve block duration. Dexmedetomidine, a newer α-2 agonist, has a more favorable pharmacodynamic and safety profile; however, data comparing its efficacy as an adjunct to that of clonidine are inconsistent. We sought to compare the clinical efficacy of these 2 α-2 agonists by examining their effects on peripheral nerve block characteristics for upper extremity surgery...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506502/autonomic-dysreflexia-after-spinal-cord-injury-systemic-pathophysiology-and-methods-of-management
#4
REVIEW
Khalid C Eldahan, Alexander G Rabchevsky
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has widespread physiological effects beyond the disruption of sensory and motor function, notably the loss of normal autonomic and cardiovascular control. Injury at or above the sixth thoracic spinal cord segment segregates critical spinal sympathetic neurons from supraspinal modulation which can result in a syndrome known as autonomic dysreflexia (AD). AD is defined as episodic hypertension and concomitant baroreflex-mediated bradycardia initiated by unmodulated sympathetic reflexes in the decentralized cord...
May 8, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506112/resting-bradycardia-enhanced-postexercise-heart-rate-recovery-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-recreational-ballroom-dancers
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Carlos Janssen Gomes da Cruz, Guilherme Eckhardt Molina, Luiz Guilherme Grossi Porto, Luiz Fernando Junqueira
PURPOSE: In a cross-sectional study design, we evaluated the resting heart rate (HRbaseline) and exercise and postexercise stress test-related chronotropic responses in male practitioners of recreational ballroom dancing (BD; n = 25, Mage = 26.6 ± 6.1 years) compared to a control group of insufficiently active nondancers (CG; n = 25, Mage = 25.9 ± 4.5 years). METHOD: All participants underwent a submaximal exercise test. At 85% of the maximal predicted HR, the recovery protocol was started, and heart rate recovery (HRR) was recorded during 1-min intervals for 5 min...
May 16, 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501797/predictors-of-procedural-complications-in-adult-fontan-patients-undergoing-non-cardiac-procedures
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Alexander C Egbe, Arooj R Khan, Naser M Ammash, David W Barbara, William C Oliver, Sameh M Said, Emmanuel Akintoye, Carole A Warnes, Heidi M Connolly
OBJECTIVE: Limited data exist regarding the outcomes of non-cardiac procedures (NCPs) in adult patients after Fontan operations (Fontan patients). METHODS: To compare procedural outcomes after NCPs in Fontan patients with outcomes for two matched control groups: patients with repaired congenital heart disease and biventricular circulation (CHD-BiV) and patients with no heart disease (NHD). We defined cyanosis as oxygen saturation <90% and procedural hypoxia as saturation <80% or a decrease in saturation >10% from baseline...
May 13, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472748/in%C3%A2-vivo-cardiovascular-toxicity-induced-by-acetochlor-in-zebrafish-larvae
#7
Hongcui Liu, Tianyi Chu, Lili Chen, Wenjun Gui, Guonian Zhu
The risk of acetochlor to human health is still unclear, prompting concern over its risk, especially to pesticide suicides population, occupational population (farmers, retailers and pharmaceutical workers), and special population (young children and infants, pregnant women, older people, and those with compromised immune systems). This study was to explore the toxic effect and the possible mechanism of toxic action of acetochlor using zebrafish larvae whose toxicity profiles have been confirmed to be strikingly similar with mammalian...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465117/a-novel-splice-site-hcn4-gene-mutation-c-1737-1-g-t-causes-familial-bradycardia-reduced-heart-rate-response-impaired-chronotropic-competence-and-increased-short-term-heart-rate-variability
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Lidia Hategan, Beáta Csányi, Balázs Ördög, Kornél Kákonyi, Annamária Tringer, Orsolya Kiss, Andrea Orosz, László Sághy, István Nagy, Zoltán Hegedűs, László Rudas, Márta Széll, András Varró, Tamás Forster, Róbert Sepp
BACKGROUND: The most important molecular determinant of heart rate regulation in sino-atrial pacemaker cells includes hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels, the major isoform of which is encoded by the HCN4 gene. Mutations affecting the HCN4 gene are associated primarily with sick sinus syndrome. METHODS AND RESULTS: A novel c.1737+1 G>T 'splice-site' HCN4 mutation was identified in a large family with familial bradycardia which co-segregated with the disease providing a two-point LOD score of 4...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458554/patient-characteristics-associated-with-false-arrhythmia-alarms-in-intensive-care
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Patricia R Harris, Jessica K Zègre-Hemsey, Daniel Schindler, Yong Bai, Michele M Pelter, Xiao Hu
INTRODUCTION: A high rate of false arrhythmia alarms in the intensive care unit (ICU) leads to alarm fatigue, the condition of desensitization and potentially inappropriate silencing of alarms due to frequent invalid and nonactionable alarms, often referred to as false alarms. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify patient characteristics, such as gender, age, body mass index, and diagnosis associated with frequent false arrhythmia alarms in the ICU. METHODS: This descriptive, observational study prospectively enrolled patients who were consecutively admitted to one of five adult ICUs (77 beds) at an urban medical center over a period of 31 days in 2013...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458438/chronic-lithium-intoxication-varying-electrocardiogram-manifestations
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Raja Naga Mahesh Maddala, A J Ashwal, M Sudhakar Rao, R Padmakumar
Lithium is a commonly used drug in psychiatric practice. It is used in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. It has a narrow therapeutic index with documented adverse effects even near therapeutic levels. It has myriad of manifestations at toxic levels. The cardiovascular effects range from relatively benign ST-T wave changes to fatal arrhythmias. We describe a case of lithium toxicity which presented as a junctional rhythm and later showed a variety of manifestations such as complete heart block, atrial fibrillation, sinus bradycardia, and finally reverted to sinus rhythm at par with serum lithium levels...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454527/effect-of-ivabradine-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-stable-angina-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Hayelom Gebrekirstos Mengesha, Berhe Weldearegawi, Pammala Petrucka, Tadese Bekele, Mala George Otieno, Abraha Hailu
BACKGROUND: Although there are established drugs for treatment of cardiovascular diseases, due to adverse effects these drugs may not be clinically applicable to all patients. Recent trends have seen the emergence of drugs which act on funny current channels to induce selective heart rate reduction. Ivabradine is one such drug developed for coronary artery disease and heart failure. There is inconsistent evidence about the effect of this selective inhibitor in reduction of cardiovascular related mortality and morbidity...
April 28, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452098/impact-of-bradycardia-or-asystole-on-neonatal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-at-birth
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Vasantha H S Kumar, Annie Skrobacz, Changxing Ma
BACKGROUND: Fetal hypoxia from intrapartum events can lead to absent heart rate (HR) or bradycardia (BC) at birth requiring aggressive neonatal resuscitation. Neonatal resuscitation guidelines do not differentiate infants with bradycardia (HR<100/min) from absent HR at birth. As HR is the primary determinant of resuscitation, we hypothesize that infants with no HR at 1 minute would require more extensive resuscitation with worse clinical outcomes compared to infants with bradycardia at 1minute...
April 28, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439158/trigemino-cardiac-reflex-a-phenomenon-neglected-in-maxillofacial-surgery
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Udupikrishna M Joshi, Ashwini Munnangi, Kundan Shah, Satishkumar G Patil, Nitin Thakur
BACKGROUND: Trigemino-cardiac reflex is a physiologic response of the body to pressure effects in the region of distribution of the trigeminal nerve. Oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures can induce the development of this reflex, which leads to significant changes in the heart rate and sinus rhythms. This study intends to evaluate the effects of this reflex in patients with facial fractures and its subsequent management. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of thirty-seven patients with facial fractures who reported to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Basaveswar Teaching and General Hospital, Gulbarga during a period from July 2015-March 2016 were considered for the study...
June 2017: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428483/a-retrospective-study-of-anesthesia-for-subcutaneous-ureteral-bypass-placement-in-cats-27-cases
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Geneviève C Luca, Beatriz P Monteiro, Marilyn Dunn, Paulo Vm Steagall
The goals of this retrospective clinical case series study were to describe the management of anesthesia, and to report perioperative complications in cats undergoing subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) placement due to ureteral obstruction. Medical records of client-owned cats with ureteral obstruction and anesthetized for SUB placement between 2012 and 2015 in a veterinary teaching hospital were reviewed. Twenty-seven cases were identified. Duration of anesthesia and surgery (mean ± standard deviation) were 215 ± 42 min and 148 ± 36 min, respectively...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427082/perioperative-outcomes-and-safety-of-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-in-octogenarians-a-retrospective-study-and-review-of-the-benefits-of-rhythm-control
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Stephanie Hakimian, Juan C Camacho, Edwin Grajeda Silvestri, Farid AbdelMalak, Elie Donath, Robert Chait
OBJECTIVES: Catheter ablation for rhythm control has emerged as a successful therapeutic option for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), though it has not been well studied in octogenarians. This study evaluates its safety in octogenarians in a community hospital and reviews the benefits of rhythm control. METHODS: Among 1,592 patients undergoing AF ablation, 84 octogenarian were identified. The primary outcome was normal sinus rhythm (NSR) on electrocardiogram at discharge...
April 21, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424310/heart-rate-regulation-in-diving-sea-lions-the-vagus-nerve-rules
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REVIEW
Paul J Ponganis, Birgitte I McDonald, Michael S Tift, Cassondra L Williams
Recent publications have emphasized the potential generation of morbid cardiac arrhythmias secondary to autonomic conflict in diving marine mammals. Such conflict, as typified by cardiovascular responses to cold water immersion in humans, has been proposed to result from exercise-related activation of cardiac sympathetic fibers to increase heart rate, combined with depth-related changes in parasympathetic tone to decrease heart rate. After reviewing the marine mammal literature and evaluating heart rate profiles of diving California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), we present an alternative interpretation of heart rate regulation that de-emphasizes the concept of autonomic conflict and the risk of morbid arrhythmias in marine mammals...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420580/comparative-pharmacodynamic-analysis-of-imidazoline-compounds-using-rat-model-of-ocular-mydriasis-with-a-test-of-quantitative-structure-activity-relationships
#17
Joanna Raczak-Gutknecht, Antoni Nasal, Teresa Frąckowiak, Anita Kornicka, Franciszek Sączewski, Renata Wawrzyniak, Łukasz Kubik, Roman Kaliszan
Imidazol(in)e derivatives, having the chemical structure similar to clonidine, exert diverse pharmacological activities connected with their interactions with alpha2-adrenergic receptors, e.g. hypotension, bradycardia, sedation as well as antinociceptive, anxiolytic, antiarrhythmic, muscle relaxant and mydriatic effects. The mechanism of pupillary dilation observed after systemic administration of imidazol(in)es to rats, mice and cats depends on the stimulation of postsynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors within the brain...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400936/clinical-profile-and-management-of-poisoning-with-suicide-tree-an-observational-study
#18
M Suraj Menon, Prasantha Kumar, C I Jayachandran
INTRODUCTION: The clinical features, management, and the associations of dosage in poisoning with the cardiotoxic plant Cerbera odollam (suicide tree), responsible for more than half of plant poisoning deaths in the South Indian State of Kerala alone, have not been evaluated. There are only few studies on its clinical features and none on the usage of cardiac pacing in its management, given its rarity in the Western world. We depend on data for similar toxins to form our management protocols...
October 2016: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386925/vagus-nerve-stimulation-surgical-technique-of-implantation-and-revision-and-related-morbidity
#19
Flavio Giordano, Anna Zicca, Carmen Barba, Renzo Guerrini, Lorenzo Genitori
Indications for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy include focal, multifocal epilepsy, drop attacks (tonic/atonic seizures), Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-related multifocal epilepsy, and unsuccessful resective surgery. Surgical outcome is about 50-60% for seizures control, and may also improve mood, cognition, and memory. On this basis, VNS has also been proposed for the treatment of major depression and Alzheimer's' disease. The vagus nerve stimulator must be implanted with blunt technique on the left side to avoid cardiac side effects through the classic approach for anterior cervical discectomy...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381749/systemic-air-embolism-following-diagnostic-bronchoscopy
#20
Taisuke Tsuji, Shoko Sonobe, Taro Koba, Toshiya Maekura, Naoko Takeuchi, Kazunobu Tachibana
A 51-year-old man was admitted to have a nodule evaluated using chest computed tomography (CT). Shortly after curetting and transbronchial biopsies via bronchoscopy, hypotension, bradycardia, unconsciousness, and left hemiplegia appeared and resolved within one hour. Head CT showed cerebral air embolism. The following day, lower left quadrant pain developed. Pneumatosis intestinalis on abdominal CT and elevation of creatine kinase and troponin T levels indicated air embolism in the mesenteric and coronary arteries...
2017: Internal Medicine
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