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American Stroke Association

Maria Celeste Buompadre, Kathleen Andres, Lee-Anne Slater, Hadi Mohseni-Bod, Anne-Marie Guerguerian, Helen Branson, Suzanne Laughlin, Derek Armstrong, Mahendranath Moharir, Gabrielle deVeber, Tilman Humpl, Osami Honjo, Shaf Keshavjee, Rebecca Ichord, Vitor Pereira, Nomazulu Dlamini
The updated American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines include recommendation for thrombectomy in certain adult stroke cases. The safety and efficacy of thrombectomy in children are unknown. An 8-year-old girl experienced acute stroke symptoms on two occasions while therapeutically anticoagulated on Novalung. Computed tomography scans showed proximal vessel thrombi, which were retrieved using a Trevo device without hemorrhagic complications. Postprocedural assessment found respective decreases in the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score from 10 to 4 and 12 to 7...
September 14, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Sami Al Kasab, Michael J Lynn, Tanya N Turan, Colin P Derdeyn, David Fiorella, Bethany F Lane, L Scott Janis, Marc I Chimowitz
BACKGROUND: An American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) writing committee has recently recommended that tissue evidence of cerebral infarction associated with temporary symptoms (CITS) lasting <24 hours should be considered a stroke. We analyzed the impact of considering CITS as equivalent to stroke on the results of the Stenting and Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Intracranial Stenosis (SAMMPRIS) trial. METHODS: We compared outcomes in the medical (n = 227) and stenting (n = 224) groups in SAMMPRIS using the following primary end point (new components in bold): any stroke, CITS, or death within 30 days after enrollment or within 30 days after a revascularization procedure for the qualifying lesion during follow-up; or ischemic stroke or CITS in the territory of the qualifying artery beyond 30 days...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Rachel S Bronheim, Eric K Oermann, Samuel K Cho, John M Caridi
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To identify associations between abnormal coagulation profile and postoperative morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The literature suggests that abnormal coagulation profile is associated with postoperative complications, notably the need for blood transfusion. However, there is little research that directly addresses the influence of coagulation profile on postoperative complications following PLF...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Hiroshi Itoh
Many hypertension guidelines have been published mainly from Western countries to standardize the management of hypertension all over the world, however, the significance of hypertension, along with other cardio-metabolic risks, such as obesity, diabetes or dyslipidemia should differ among different races. This paper compares the relevance of hypertension, one of the most important cardio-metabolic risk factors, in Asian and Western societies.1) Low target level of blood pressure control for diabetic hypertensives in JapanIn the Japanese Society of Hypertension Guidelines for the management of Hypertension (JSH2014), the target of blood pressure (BP) control in hypertensive patients with diabetes was set as < 130/80 mmHg...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kazuomi Kario, Deepak Bhatt, Sandeep Brar, George Bakris
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic changes in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (BP) are associated with basal autonomic function and cardiovascular risk. We examined the influence of ethnicity on these parameters by comparing ambulatory BP dynamics in Japanese, African American (AA), and white populations with treatment-resistant hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: Both HTN-Japan (N = 41) and SYMPLICITY HTN-3 (N = 384 white and 140 AA) enrolled patients with office systolic BP ≥ 160 mmHg and 24-hour ambulatory systolic BP ≥ 135 mmHg while on ≥3 antihypertensive medications...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Walter R Wilson, Thomas C Bower, Mark A Creager, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Patrick T O'Gara, Peter B Lockhart, Rabih O Darouiche, Basel Ramlawi, Colin P Derdeyn, Ann F Bolger, Matthew E Levison, Kathryn A Taubert, Robert S Baltimore, Larry M Baddour
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October 13, 2016: Circulation
Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Nancy R Cook, Paul M Ridker
The latest guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, released in fall 2013, provide a long-anticipated update to the recommendations of the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). The guidelines incorporate a new risk score for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease that includes stroke as well as coronary heart disease. After publication, the new pooled cohort equations (PCEs) were evaluated in 15 studies from the United States and Europe, most of which used cohorts that were more contemporary than those used in developing the guidelines...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Shawna Cutting, Elizabeth Regan, Vivien H Lee, Shyam Prabhakaran
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following transient ischemic attack (TIA), there is increased risk for ischemic stroke. The American Heart Association recommends admission of patients with ABCD2 scores ≥3 for observation, rapid performance of diagnostic tests, and potential acute intervention. We aimed to determine if there is a relationship between ABCD2 scores, in-hospital ischemic events, and in-hospital treatments after TIA admission. METHODS: We reviewed consecutive patients admitted between 2006 and 2011 following a TIA, defined as transient focal neurological symptoms attributed to a specific vascular distribution and lasting <24 h...
October 8, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Gabrielle M Harris, Janice Collins-McNeil, Qing Yang, Vu Q C Nguyen, Mark A Hirsch, Charles F Rhoads, Tami Guerrier, J George Thomas, Terrence M Pugh, Deanna Hamm, Carol Pereira, Janet Prvu Bettger
PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of poststroke depression (PSD) among African American stroke survivors and the association of depression with functional status at inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) discharge. METHODS: Secondary data analysis was conducted of a patient cohort who received care at 3 IRFs in the United States from 2009 to 2011. Functional status was measured by the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Multiple linear regression models were used to examine associations of PSD and FIM motor and cognitive scores...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Sara B Seidelmann, Brian Claggett, Paco E Bravo, Ankur Gupta, Hoshang Farhad, Barbara E Klein, Ronald Klein, Marcelo F Di Carli, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: -Narrower retinal arterioles and wider retinal venules have been associated with negative cardiovascular outcomes. We investigated whether retinal vessel calibers are associated with cardiovascular outcomes in long-term follow-up and provide incremental value over the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association pooled cohort equations (PCE) in predicting Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Events (ASCVE). METHODS: -10,470 men and women without prior ASCVE or heart failure (HF) in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study underwent retinal photography at visit 3 (1993-1995)...
September 28, 2016: Circulation
Carolyn Weaver Swenson, Neil S Kamdar, Helen Levy, Darrell A Campbell, Daniel M Morgan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between primary insurance type and major complications after hysterectomy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on women with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance who underwent hysterectomy from January 1, 2012, to July 1, 2014, and were included in the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative. Major complications within 30 days of surgery included the following: deep/organ space surgical site infection, deep venous and pulmonary thromboembolism, myocardial infarction or stroke, pneumonia or sepsis, blood transfusion, readmission, and death...
September 26, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Anastasia Hudgins, Kristin L Rising
Patients' existential fears of unknowns associated with illness and unusual bodily signs and symptoms are common, but unexamined drivers to the emergency department (ED). This paper examines a May 2015 case study of a 51-year-old low-income, recently insured, African American man in Philadelphia (USA) who had two recent ED visits for evaluation of frequent headaches and described fear of being at risk for a stroke. Through ethnographic methods and anthropological analyses we find that fear of failing to fulfill social roles due to a potentially debilitating illness, and fear of burdening family members with medical bills resulting from doctor's visits affect this man's patterns of health-seeking behaviors...
September 20, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Michael W Rich, Deborah A Chyun, Adam H Skolnick, Karen P Alexander, Daniel E Forman, Dalane W Kitzman, Mathew S Maurer, James B McClurken, Barbara M Resnick, Win K Shen, David L Tirschwell
The incidence and prevalence of most cardiovascular disorders increase with age, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and major disability in adults aged 75 and older. Despite the effect of CVD on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality in older adults, individuals aged 75 and older have been markedly underrepresented in most major cardiovascular trials, and virtually all trials have excluded older adults with complex comorbidities, significant physical or cognitive disabilities, frailty, or residence in nursing homes and assisted living facilities...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Seema Mital, Kiran Musunuru, Vidu Garg, Mark W Russell, David E Lanfear, Rajat M Gupta, Kathleen T Hickey, Michael J Ackerman, Marco V Perez, Dan M Roden, Daniel Woo, Caroline S Fox, Stephanie Ware
Advances in genomics are enhancing our understanding of the genetic basis of cardiovascular diseases, both congenital and acquired, and stroke. These advances include finding genes that cause or increase the risk for childhood and adult-onset diseases, finding genes that influence how patients respond to medications, and the development of genetics-guided therapies for diseases. However, the ability of cardiovascular and stroke clinicians to fully understand and apply this knowledge to the care of their patients has lagged...
September 26, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
Seokchun Lim, Louanne M Carabini, Robert D Kim, Ryan Khanna, Nader S Dahdaleh, Zachary A Smith
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Higher ASA classification is a known predictor of postoperative complication in diverse surgical settings. However, its predictive value is not established in single-level elective anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (SLE-ACDF). PURPOSE: To evaluate the predictive value of American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) classification system on 30-day morbidity following SLE-ACDF STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Patients who underwent SLE-ACDF between 2011-2013 were selected from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database...
September 23, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Jennifer L Gordon, Jacqueline Johnson, Samantha Nau, Beth Mechlin, Susan S Girdler
OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of psychosocial factors in mediating the relationship between African American (AA) race and both increased pain sensitivity and blunted stress reactivity. METHODS: Participants included 133 AA and non-Hispanic white (nHW) individuals (mean [SD] age, 37 [9]) matched for age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Participants underwent mental stress testing (Trier Social Stress Test) while cardiovascular, hemodynamic, and neuroendocrine reactivity were measured...
September 23, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Catherine Wolff, Amelia K Boehme, Karen C Albright, Tzu-Ching Wu, Michael T Mullen, Charles C Branas, James C Grotta, Sean I Savitz, Brendan G Carr
BACKGROUND: Women have more frequent and severe ischemic strokes than men, and are less likely to receive treatment for acute stroke. Primary stroke centers (PSCs) have been shown to utilize treatment more frequently. Further, as telemedicine (TM) has expanded access to acute stroke care we sought to investigate the association between PSC, TM and access to acute stroke care in the state of Texas. METHODS: Texas hospitals and resources were identified from the 2009 American Hospital Association Annual Survey...
2016: Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
Elvira O Gosmanova, Margit K Mikkelsen, Miklos Z Molnar, Jun L Lu, Lenar T Yessayan, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Csaba P Kovesdy
BACKGROUND: Intraindividual blood pressure (BP) fluctuates dynamically over time. Previous studies suggested an adverse link between greater visit-to-visit variability in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and various outcomes. However, these studies have significant limitations, such as a small size, inclusion of selected populations, and restricted outcomes. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the association of increased visit-to-visit variability and all-cause mortality, cardiovascular events, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in a large cohort of U...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Michael A Grandner, Devin Brown, Molly B Conroy, Girardin Jean-Louis, Michael Coons, Deepak L Bhatt
Sleep is increasingly recognized as an important lifestyle contributor to health. However, this has not always been the case, and an increasing number of Americans choose to curtail sleep in favor of other social, leisure, or work-related activities. This has resulted in a decline in average sleep duration over time. Sleep duration, mostly short sleep, and sleep disorders have emerged as being related to adverse cardiometabolic risk, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease...
September 19, 2016: Circulation
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