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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532693/a-prospective-national-survey-of-coronary-ct-angiography-radiation-doses-in-the-united-kingdom
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Isabel A Castellano, Edward D Nicol, Russell K Bull, Carl A Roobottom, Michelle C Williams, Stephen P Harden
BACKGROUND: Little real-world radiation dose data exist for the majority of cardiovascular CT. Some data have been published for coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) specifically, but they invariably arise from high-volume centres with access to the most recent technology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to document real-world radiation doses for coronary CTA in the United Kingdom, and to establish their relationship to clinical protocol selection, acquisition heart rate, and scanner technology...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532189/non-selective-beta-blocker-treatment-does-not-impact-on-kidney-function-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-varices
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Bernhard Scheiner, Diego Parada-Rodriguez, Theresa Bucsics, Philipp Schwabl, Mattias Mandorfer, Nikolaus Pfisterer, Florian Riedl, Wolfgang Sieghart, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Michael Trauner, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Thomas Reiberger
GOALS AND BACKGROUND: Non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs) are used for bleeding prophylaxis in cirrhotic patients with gastroesophageal varices (GEVs). Recent data suggested that NSBB treatment might increase the risk of renal dysfunction in patients with refractory ascites due to an impaired response to acute haemodynamic stress. STUDY: Retrospective longitudinal assessment of kidney function in a cohort of cirrhotic patients with GEVs with vs. without NSBB therapy...
May 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531239/current-trends-of-hypertension-treatment-in-the-united-states
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Shreya J Shah, Randall S Stafford
BACKGROUND: To examine current patterns of hypertension (HTN) treatment in the United States, including blood pressure (BP) control, prevalence of different antihypertensive agents, and variations in treatment associated with patient and physician characteristics. METHODS: We used data from the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI), a nationally representative physician survey produced by QuintilesIMS. We selected patients with a diagnosis of HTN and identified those prescribed antihypertensive therapies...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527884/adjuvant-medications-that-improve-survival-after-locoregional-therapy
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F Edward Boas, Etay Ziv, Hooman Yarmohammadi, Karen T Brown, Joseph P Erinjeri, Constantinos T Sofocleous, James J Harding, Stephen B Solomon
PURPOSE: To determine if outpatient medications taken at the time of liver tumor embolization or ablation affect survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was done of 2,032 liver tumor embolization, radioembolization, and ablation procedures performed in 1,092 patients from June 2009 to April 2016. Pathology, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) stage (American Joint Committee on Cancer), neuroendocrine tumor (NET) grade, initial locoregional therapy, overall survival after initial locoregional therapy, Child-Pugh score, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, Charlson Comorbidity Index, and outpatient medications taken at the time of locoregional therapy were analyzed for each patient...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527058/headache-and-arterial-hypertension
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Cinzia Finocchi, Davide Sassos
Elevated blood pressure (BP) and headache have long been linked in the medical literature. Headache associated with arterial hypertension is a main concern in emergency department. It is believed that headache may be a symptom attributed to arterial hypertension only if the BP values are very high or rise quickly. Many studies support the hypothesis that migraine patients have an increased risk of developing hypertension, while hypertensive subjects do not seem to have an increased risk of migraine or other types of headache...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525411/beta-blockers-and-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-eastern-association-for-the-surgery-of-trauma-guideline
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Aziz S Alali, Kaushik Mukherjee, Victoria A McCredie, Eyal Golan, Prakesh S Shah, James M Bardes, Susan E Hamblin, Elliott R Haut, James C Jackson, Kosar Khwaja, Nimitt J Patel, Satish R Raj, Laura D Wilson, Avery B Nathens, Mayur B Patel
OBJECTIVE: To determine if beta-(β)-blockers improve outcomes after acute traumatic brain injury (TBI). BACKGROUND: There have been no new inpatient pharmacologic therapies to improve TBI outcomes in a half-century. Treatment of TBI patients with β-blockers offers a potentially beneficial approach. METHODS: Using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CENTRAL databases, eligible articles for our systematic review and meta-analysis (PROSPERO CRD42016048547) included adult (age ≥ 16 years) blunt trauma patients admitted with TBI...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524139/-ocular-hypotensive-effect-of-systemic-beta-blockers-in-patients-with-primary-glaucoma-and-arterial-hypertension
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A L Onishchenko, A V Kolbasko, A V Zakharova, E G Onishchenko, N M Zhilina
AIM: to evaluate the ocular hypotensive efficacy of systemic beta-blockers in primary glaucoma patients suffering from arterial hypertension (AH). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 29 patients with POAG (58 eyes) aged from 47 to 83 years. Patients with stage I-III POAG received instillations of prostaglandin analogs and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. All POAG patients also suffered from arterial hypertension and were prescribed selective beta-blockers (metoprolol, bisoprolol, or nebivalol) as monotherapy or as part of combination therapy (if the target arterial pressure had not been achieved under the initial treatment)...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524136/-clinical-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-cholinesterase-inhibition-with-neuromidin-in-the-treatment-of-primary-glaucoma-patients
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I A Zakharova, R V Avdeev, V A Pristavka, S N Surnin, V Yu Makhmutov, I I Savrasova
AIM: to investigate neuromidin effectiveness in the treatment of patients with primary glaucoma and compensated intraocular pressure (IOP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 40 patients (80 eyes) were examined. Of them, 10 eyes with early glaucoma, 36 eyes with moderate-stage glaucoma, 33 eyes with advanced glaucoma, and 1 eye with end-stage glaucoma. In 19 eyes, IOP was controlled through beta-blockers, in 11 eyes - through carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, in 10 eyes - through prostaglandin analogues, and in 39 eyes - through combination drugs...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520849/beta-blockers-and-improved-progression-free-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-her2-negative-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-rose-trio-012-study
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G Spera, R Fresco, H Fung, J R B Dyck, E Pituskin, I Paterson, J R Mackey
Background: Recent retrospective studies suggest that beta-adrenergic blocking drugs (BB) are associated with improved outcomes in people with a range of cancers. Although limited and discordant data suggest that BB may increase overall survival (OS) of patients with localized breast cancer (BC), there is no information on the effects of BB in women with advanced BC. Patients and Methods: To explore the association between BB use and BC outcomes, we retrospectively reviewed the ROSE/TRIO-012, a double-blinded, multinational phase III trial that randomized 1,144 patients with HER2-negative advanced BC to first-line docetaxel in combination with ramucirumab or placebo...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520538/treatment-strategies-for-paradoxical-hypertension-following-surgical-correction-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta-in-children
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Peter P Roeleveld, Eline G Zwijsen
BACKGROUND: Paradoxical hypertension after repair of coarctation of the aorta is a well-known phenomenon. The pathogenesis involves the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (first phase) and renin-angiotensin system (second phase). Only a limited number of different treatment strategies have been published in the literature, without any comparative studies. METHODS: Our aim was to describe the current international practice variation surrounding pharmacological treatment currently being employed to treat paradoxical hypertension following the repair of coarctation of the aorta in children...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520326/-bipressil%C3%A2-first-single-pill-combination-of-bisoprolol-and-perindopril-arginine
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O Gach, B Falque, A Canivet, F Krzesinski, J-M Krzesinski, P Lancellotti
In patients suffering from systemic arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, or heart failure, beta-blockers and angiotensin-convertase enzyme inhibitors play a major therapeutic and preventive role. Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of mortality in industrialized countries. Unless adapted preventive strategy, notably pharmacological interventions, cardiovascular events in these patients remain high. One reason for this relative failure is represented by non-adherence to treatment. A treatment consisting in an association in one pill of several different molecules should confer a higher treatment compliance and thus efficacy...
May 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518001/propranolol-effects-on-decompression-sickness-in-a-simulated-dissub-rescue-in-swine
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Angela S Forbes, David P Regis, Aaron A Hall, Richard T Mahon, William A Cronin
INTRODUCTION: Disabled submarine (DISSUB) survivors may face elevated CO2 levels and inert gas saturation, putting them at risk for CO2 toxicity and decompression sickness (DCS). Propranolol was shown to reduce CO2 production in an experimental DISSUB model in humans but its effects on DCS in a DISSUB rescue scenario are unknown. A 100% oxygen prebreathe (OPB) reduces DCS incidence and severity and is incorporated into some DISSUB rescue protocols. We used a swine model of DISSUB rescue to study the effect of propranolol on DCS incidence and mortality with and without an OPB...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515958/attitudes-and-preferences-for-the-clinical-management-of-hypertension-and-hypertension-related-cerebrovascular-disease-in-the-general-practice-results-of-the-italian-hypertension-and-brain-survey
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Giuliano Tocci, Arrigo F Cicero, Massimo Salvetti, Maria Beatrice Musumeci, Andrea Ferrucci, Claudio Borghi, Massimo Volpe
BACKGROUND: The aim of this survey was to evaluate attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of hypertension and hypertension-related cerebrovascular diseases (CVD) in Italy. METHODS: A predefined 16-item survey questionnaire was anonymously administered to a large community sample of general practitioners (GPs), trained by specialized physicians (SPs), who have been included in an educational program between January and November 2015. RESULTS: A total of 591 physicians, among whom 48 (8%) training SPs and 543 (92%) trained GPs, provided 12,258 valid answers to the survey questionnaire...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515853/qt-prolongation-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-in-end-stage-liver-disease
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Sun Moon Kim, Bennet George, Diego Alcivar-Franco, Charles L Campbell, Richard Charnigo, Brian Delisle, Jonathan Hundley, Yousef Darrat, Gustavo Morales, Samy-Claude Elayi, Alison L Bailey
AIM: To determine the prevalence of QT prolongation in a large series of end stage liver disease (ESLD) patients and its association to clinical variables and mortality. METHODS: The QT interval was measured and corrected for heart rate for each patient, with a prolonged QT cutoff defined as QT > 450 ms for males and QT > 470 ms for females. Multiple clinical variables were evaluated including sex, age, serum sodium, international normalized ratio, creatinine, total bilirubin, beta-blocker use, Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD), MELD-Na, and etiology of liver disease...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513286/azelnidipine-is-a-useful-medication-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Shunsuke Kiuchi, Shinji Hisatake, Takayuki Kabuki, Takashi Oka, Shintaro Dobashi, Takahiro Fujii, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: The optimal therapy in patients with heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and hypertension (HT) has not been revealed. The beta blocker (BB) and the renin angiotensin aldosterone system inhibitor (RAAS-I) are recommend as class IIa in patients with HFpEF. The calcium channel blocker (CCB), a major anti-hypertensive drugs in Japan, is also recommend as class IIa in patients with HFpEF. However, the difference between azelnidipine, an L type CCB, and cilnidipine, an N type CCB, is unclear...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510644/temporal-trends-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-presentation-and-association-with-use-of-cardioprotective-drugs-a-nationwide-registry-based-study
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Laerke Smedegaard, Mette Gitz Charlot, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Peter Riis Hansen
AIM: The present study aimed to investigate temporal trends in myocardial infarction (MI) presentation with or without ST-segment elevation (STE) and the association with use of cardioprotective drugs prior to admission. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using individual-level linkage of data from Danish nationwide registries, we identified all patients 30 years or older admitted with a first-time MI in the period 2003-2012, and their use of cardioprotective drugs 6 months prior to admission...
May 16, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508503/expanding-analytical-options-in-sports-drug-testing-mass-spectrometric-detection-of-prohibited-substances-in-exhaled-breath
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Mario Thevis, Oliver Krug, Hans Geyer, Wilhelm Schänzer
RATIONALE: Continuously refining and advancing the strategies and methods employed in sports drug testing is critical for efficient doping controls. Besides improving and expanding the spectrum of target analytes, alternative test matrices have warranted in-depth evaluation as they commonly allow for minimal-/non-invasive and non-intrusive sample collection. In this study, the potential of exhaled breath (EB) as doping control specimen was assessed. METHODS: EB collection devices employing a non-woven electret-based air filter unit were used to generate test specimens, simulating a potential future application in doping controls...
May 16, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506549/impact-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-on-in-hospital-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-treated-by-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#18
Răzvan Constantin Șerban, Laszlo Hadadi, Ioana Șuș, Eva Katalin Lakatos, Zoltan Demjen, Alina Scridon
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are less likely to beneficiate of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI), and have poorer prognosis. We aimed to evaluate the impact of COPD on the in-hospital outcomes of pPCI-treated STEMI patients. METHODS: Data were collected from 418 STEMI patients treated by pPCI. Inotropics and diuretics usage, cardiogenic shock, asystole, kidney dysfunction, and left ventricular ejection fraction were used as markers of hemodynamic complications...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499220/effects-of-preadmission-beta-blockers-on-neurogenic-stunned-myocardium-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-meta-analysis
#19
Hai Luo, Wei-Xin Song, Jin-Wen Jiang, Jian-Lan Zhao, Wei-Lin Rong, Mei-Hua Li
OBJECTIVE: Spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage is mostly caused by the rupture of an aneurysm. Neurogenic stunned myocardium (NSM) is one of the most frequent complications caused by aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). The possible pathogenesis of NSM may be that the catecholamine peak resulting from aSAH leads to subendocardial ischemia or coronary artery spasm. We designed this meta-analysis to find out whether beta-blockers (BB) can significantly reduce the incidence of NSM and improve the outcomes of aSAH...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496924/atrial-fibrillation-triggered-by-drug-induced-bradycardia
#20
Gokhan Altunbas, Suleyman Ercan, Murat Sucu, Vedat Davutoglu
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently observed arrhythmia in clinical practice. Many causative factors have been identified from well-known structural heart disease to less understood triggers. Both sympathetic and parasympathetic (vagal) stimuli are able to trigger paroxysms of AF. Vagally mediated AF is especially observed in young healthy subjects and especially during nights when the heart rate is considerably slow. Tachycardia induced AF is demonstrated and the possible mechanisms are explained...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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