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Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820545/assessment-and-management-of-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#2
Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Ehud Raanani, Ram Sharony, Ludmila Tzatskin, Eli Peleg, Alex Blatt, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: Acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is a serious medical condition. Whilst clear guidelines exist regarding the management of chronic MR, acute severe MR is usually treated on an individual basis. Currently, few data exist regarding acute MR in the era of primary coronary interventions (PCI). The present study included patients admitted to the Department of Cardiology during recent years with acute severe MR of different etiologies, and an analysis of these data in the light of previous investigations...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820303/rapid-ventricular-pacing-for-clip-reconstruction-of-complex-unruptured-intracranial-aneurysms-results-of-an-interdisciplinary-prospective-trial
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Juergen Konczalla, Johannes Platz, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Haitham Mutlak, Ulrich Strouhal, Volker Seifert
OBJECTIVE To date, treatment of complex unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) remains challenging. Therefore, advanced techniques are required to achieve an optimal result in treating these patients safely. In this study, the safety and efficacy of rapid ventricular pacing (RVP) to facilitate microsurgical clip reconstruction was investigated prospectively in a joined neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and cardiology study. METHODS Patients with complex UIAs were prospectively enrolled. Both the safety and efficacy of RVP were evaluated by recording cardiovascular events and outcomes of patients as well as the amount of aneurysm occlusion after the surgical clip reconstruction procedure...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819836/management-of-contralateral-breast-following-mastectomy-and-breast-reconstruction-using-a-mirror-adjustment-with-crescent-mastopexy-technique
#4
A Cogliandro, B Brunetti, Mauro Barone, G Favia, P Persichetti
INTRODUCTION: Heterologous breast reconstruction after mastectomy sometimes requires the management of the contralateral breast to achieve symmetric long lasting aesthetic results. Some techniques could be used for the symmetrization of contralateral breast with or without implants as breast augmentation, reduction mammoplasty, mastopexy, with T inverted, J, vertical, periareolar, semi-circular, or axillary scars. The aim of this study is to present the use of crescent mastopexy technique with implants in contralateral adjustment following monolateral breast reconstruction compared with a control group in which patients underwent other contralateral procedures...
August 17, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819539/-plastic-repair-of-tricuspid-valve-carpentier-s-ring-annuloplasty-versus-de-vega-technique
#5
Salma Charfeddine, Rania Hammami, Faten Triki, Leila Abid, Mourad Hentati, Imed Frikha, Samir Kammoun
Tricuspid valve disease has been neglected for a long time by cardiologists and surgeons, but for some years now leakage of tricuspid valve has been demonstrated as a prognostic factor in the evolution of patients with left heart valve disease undergoing surgery. Several techniques for plastic repair of tricuspid valve have been developed and the published studies differ on the results of these techniques; we conducted this study to assess the results of plastic repair of tricuspid valve in a population of patients with a high prevalence of rheumatic disease and to compare Carpentier's ring annuloplasty techniques with DEVEGA plasty...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817947/mortality-and-health-service-use-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-among-persons-with-hiv-a-population-based-study
#6
Caroline Jeon, Cindy Lau, Claire E Kendall, Ann N Burchell, Ahmed M Bayoumi, Mona Loutfy, Sean Rourke, Tony Antoniou
Background People with HIV have higher rates of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than HIV-negative individuals. We compared mortality risk and health service use following AMI among people with and without HIV between January 1, 2002 and March 31, 2015. Methods We conducted a population-based study using Ontario's administrative databases. Our primary outcomes were risk of inpatient death and death at 30 days following hospital discharge. In secondary analyses, we compared use of revascularization procedures within 90 days of AMI, as well as readmission or emergency department visits for heart disease and cardiology follow-up within 90 days of discharge...
August 17, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816063/acute-cardiovascular-care-association-position-paper-on-intensive-cardiovascular-care-units-an-update-on-their-definition-structure-organisation-and-function
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Eric Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Hector Bueno, Gianni Casella, Elia De Maria, Donna Fitzsimons, Sigrun Halvorsen, Christian Hassager, Zaza Iakobishvili, Ahmed Magdy, Toomas Marandi, Jorge Mimoso, Alexander Parkhomenko, Susana Price, Richard Rokyta, Francois Roubille, Pranas Serpytis, Avi Shimony, Janina Stepinska, Diana Tint, Elina Trendafilova, Marco Tubaro, Christiaan Vrints, David Walker, Doron Zahger, Endre Zima, Robert Zuckerman, Maddalena Lettino
Acute cardiovascular care has progressed considerably since the last position paper was published 10 years ago. It is now a well-defined, complex field with demanding multidisciplinary teamworking. The Acute Cardiovascular Care Association has provided this update of the 2005 position paper on acute cardiovascular care organisation, using a multinational working group. The patient population has changed, and intensive cardiovascular care units now manage a large range of conditions from those simply requiring specialised monitoring, to critical cardiovascular diseases with associated multi-organ failure...
August 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811871/do-all-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-need-long-term-anticoagulation
#8
Munish Sharma, Rohit Masih, Daniel A N Mascarenhas
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia worldwide with an estimated number of 2.7-6.1 million cases in the United States (US) alone. The incidence of AF is expected to increase 2.5 fold over the next 50 years in the US. The management of AF is complex and includes mainly three aspects; restoration of sinus rhythm, control of ventricular rate and prevention of systemic thromboembolism. AF as a cause of systemic embolization has been well known for many years, and majority of patients are on oral anticoagulants (OACs) to prevent this...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
#10
Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808507/cyp2c19-genetic-variation-and-individualized-clopidogrel-prescription-in-a-cardiology-clinic
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Seyed Abbas Mirabbasi, Koroush Khalighi, Yin Wu, Stanley Walker, Bahar Khalighi, Wuqiang Fan, Archana Kodali, Gang Cheng
Background: Clopidogrel (Plavix) is an antiplatelet medication that is routinely used in patients with cardiovascular disease. Cytochrome P2C19 enzymes play a major role in its metabolism, which determines its varied therapeutic level and its effectiveness. Objectives: To customize clopidogrel therapy and evaluate its efficacy by using CYP2C19 genotypic and phenotypic information to improve clinical outcomes in patients. Methods: A total of 465 patients with underlying cardiovascular disease were selected from our out-patient cardiology clinic...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807405/initiation-of-a-multidisciplinary-rapid-response-team-to-massive-and-submassive-pulmonary-embolism
#12
Brett J Carroll, Heather Pemberton, Kenneth A Bauer, Louis M Chu, Jeffrey L Weinstein, Barbara L Levarge, Duane S Pinto
Pulmonary embolism (PE) can result in rapid clinical decompensation in many patients. With increasing patient complexity and advanced treatment options for PE, multidisciplinary, rapid response teams can optimize risk stratification and expedite management strategies. The Massive And Submassive Clot On-call Team (MASCOT) was created at our institution, which comprised specialists from cardiology, pulmonology, hematology, interventional radiology, and cardiac surgery. MASCOT offers rapid consultation 24 hours a day with a web-based conference call to review patient data and discuss management of patients with high-risk PE...
July 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806775/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-the-cost-effectiveness-of-depscreen-info
#13
Christian Brettschneider, Sebastian Kohlmann, Benjamin Gierk, Bernd Löwe, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Although depression is common in patients with heart disease, screening for depression is much debated. DEPSCREEN-INFO showed that a patient-targeted feedback in addition to screening results in lower depression level six months after screening. The purpose of this analysis was to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of DEPSCREEN-INFO. METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension were included. Participants in both groups were screened for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806444/eliminating-creatine-kinase-myocardial-band-testing-in-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-value-based-quality-improvement
#14
Matthew D Alvin, Allan S Jaffe, Roy C Ziegelstein, Jeffrey C Trost
Cardiac biomarker testing is estimated to occur in nearly 30 million emergency department visits nationwide each year in the United States. The American College of Cardiology/European Society of Cardiology indicate that cardiac troponin is the biomarker of choice owing to its nearly absolute myocardial tissue specificity and high clinical sensitivity for myocardial injury. Multiple academic medical centers have implemented interventions to eliminate the routine ordering of creatine kinase-myocardial band tests, with published patient safety outcomes data; however, creatine kinase-myocardial band testing is still ordered in many hospitals and emergency departments...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803515/protocol-driven-remote-monitoring-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-as-part-of-a-heart-failure-disease-management-strategy
#15
Christophe J P Smeets, Frederik H Verbrugge, Julie Vranken, Jo Van der Auwera, Wilfried Mullens, Matthias Dupont, Lars Grieten, Hélène De Cannière, Dorien Lanssens, Thijs Vandenberk, Valerie Storms, Inge M Thijs, Pieter Vandervoort
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction. CRT devices are equipped with remote monitoring functions, which are pivotal in the detection of device problems, but may also facilitate disease management. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive overview of the clinical interventions taken based on remote monitoring. METHODS: This is a single centre observational study of consecutive CRT patients (n = 192) participating in protocol-driven remote follow-up...
August 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803378/qt-interval-prolongation-in-hospitalized-patients-on-cardiology-wards-a-prospective-observational-study
#16
Qasim Khan, Mohammad Ismail, Iqbal Haider, Inam Ul Haq, Sidra Noor
PURPOSE: Prolonged QT interval may lead to a lethal form of arrhythmia, torsades de pointes (TdP), which is associated with cardiovascular mortality. Therefore, we aimed to identify prevalence of QT interval prolongation, compare clinical characteristics of patients with normal and prolonged QT interval, and identify predictors of QT interval prolongation. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in cardiology wards of two teaching hospitals in Pakistan...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797470/balancing-primary-prevention-and-statin-induced-diabetes-mellitus-prevention
#17
REVIEW
Yogita Rochlani, Ajoe John Kattoor, Naga Venkata Pothineni, Raga Deepak Reddy Palagiri, Francesco Romeo, Jawahar L Mehta
Diabetes mellitus (DM), a modern-day epidemic, is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is believed that statins elevate the risk of incident DM. Multiple trials were suggestive of the hyperglycemic effect of long-term statin use. This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to include the risk of DM in the product label of statins. New-onset DM with statin use is biologically plausible and can be explained based on the multiple pathways in glucose metabolism affected by statins. Most pivotal clinical trials on statins were not powered to adequately assess the risk of incident DM with statin use, and the results from multiple meta-analyses are mixed...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797417/implications-of-coronary-artery-calcium%C3%A2-testing-for-treatment-decisions-among-statin-candidates-according-to%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-acc-aha-cholesterol-management%C3%A2-guidelines-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#18
REVIEW
Jonathan C Hong, Ron Blankstein, Leslee J Shaw, William V Padula, Alejandro Arrieta, Jonathan A Fialkow, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Harlan M Krumholz, Khurram Nasir
This review evaluates the cost-effectiveness of using coronary artery calcium (CAC) to guide long-term statin therapy compared with treating all patients eligible for statins according to 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol management guidelines for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The authors used a microsimulation model to compare costs and effectiveness from a societal perspective over a lifetime horizon. Both strategies resulted in similar costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796563/indirect-costs-of-diabetes-and-its-impact-on-the-public-finance-the-case-of-poland
#19
Andrzej Torój, Aneta Mela
BACKGROUND: Growing public and private expenditure on healthcare results i.a. from the spreading of chronic diseases. Diabetes belongs to the most frequent ones, beyond neoplasms and cardiological diseases, and hence generates a significant burden for the public finance in terms of the direct costs, leading e.g. to the occurrence of opportunity cost of missed public investment. However, the economy suffers also from the indirect cost of diabetes that manifests itself in the loss in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and general government revenues...
August 10, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795108/data-for-the-oxford-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-study-international-survey-of-vascular-surgery-professionals
#20
Regent Lee, Amy Jones, Felicity Woodgate, Nicholas Killough, Kirthi Bellamkonda, Matthew Williams, Katherine Hurst, Lucy Fulford-Smith, Ismail Cassimjee, Ashok Handa
As part of the Oxford Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (OxAAA) Study, we conducted an international survey of vascular surgery professionals. One aspect of the survey is as published in the International Journal of Cardiology: "International Opinion on Priorities in Research for Small Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and the Potential Path for Research to Impact Clinical Management". This Data-in-Brief article contains a detailed method for the conduct of this survey and additional original data. In this survey, we also provided vascular surgery colleagues with contemporary epidemiologic and surgical outcome data...
October 2017: Data in Brief
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