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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101622/-use-of-vasopressors-and-inotropics-in-cardiogenic-shock
#1
H Lemm, S Dietz, M Janusch, M Buerke
Vasoactive drugs and inotropic agents are important for the hemodynamic management of cardiogenic shock. In this article the use of different vasoactive and ionotropic drugs in cardiogenic shock is presented. Hemodynamic management during cardiogenic shock occurs after initial moderate volume delivery by dobutamine to increase inotropism. If adequate perfusion pressures are not achieved norepinephrine is administered. If a sufficient increase in cardiac performance can still not be achieved by the treatment, administration of levosimendan or phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors may be necessary...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090305/resolution-of-myelofibrosis-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Saadia A Faiz, Cezar Iliescu, Juan Lopez-Mattei, Bela Patel, Lara Bashoura, Uday Popat
We present the case of a 62-year-old man with myelofibrosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with subsequent resolution of disease and PAH. Right heart catheterization was used to guide PAH therapy before and after transplantation. Drug interactions, adverse effects, and renal insufficiency posed clinical challenges for the management of PAH-specific medications after transplantation. PAH improved soon after transplantation, and vasoactive medications were tapered off...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069789/hypotension-induced-by-the-concomitant-use-of-a-calcium-channel-blocker-and-clarithromycin
#3
Sayako Takeuchi, Yuki Kotani, Toshihide Tsujimoto
In the elderly, calcium-channel blockers are the first-line treatment for hypertension, and macrolides are commonly prescribed antibiotics. Here we report a 78-year-old man taking nifedipine, diltiazem and carvedilol who presented with persistent hypotension and bradycardia after clarithromycin was prescribed. He was diagnosed with drug-induced hypotension and treated with fluid resuscitation and vasoactive agents. His symptoms gradually improved. He was transferred out of the intensive care unit 3 days after hospitalisation...
January 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058720/an-observational-study-of-community-acquired-severe-sepsis-comparing-intensive-care-and-non-intensive-care-patients
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S T Nygård, S Skrede, N Langeland, H K Flaatten
BACKGROUND: Most studies of sepsis are from intensive care units (ICUs). We aimed to investigate community-acquired severe sepsis in a broader population, in order to compare patients treated in or outside an ICU . METHODS: We performed a 1-year prospective observational study with enrollment of patients from three units; a general ICU, a combined ICU/non-ICU and a medical ward with limited surveillance facilities. Hospital survivors were followed up for 5 years...
January 6, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053559/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-links-risks-and-management-strategies
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Tselios, Dafna D Gladman, Murray B Urowitz
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by the second highest prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), after systemic sclerosis, among the connective tissue diseases. SLE-associated PAH is hemodynamically defined by increased mean pulmonary artery pressure at rest (≥25 mmHg) with normal pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (≤15 mmHg) and increased pulmonary vascular resistance. Estimated prevalence ranges from 0.5% to 17.5% depending on the diagnostic method used and the threshold of right ventricular systolic pressure in studies using transthoracic echocardiogram...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052623/prevention-and-treatment-of-variceal-haemorrhage-in-2017
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REVIEW
Felix Brunner, Annalisa Berzigotti, Jaime Bosch
Variceal haemorrhage is a major complication of portal hypertension that still causes high mortality in patients with cirrhosis. Improved knowledge of the pathophysiology of portal hypertension has recently led to a more comprehensive approach to prevent all the complications of this condition. Thus, optimal treatment of portal hypertension requires a strategy that takes into account the clinical stage of the disease and all the major variables that affect the risk of progression to the next stage and death...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052382/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-vasoactive-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-hepatorenal-syndrome-type-1
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REVIEW
F J Gifford, J R Morling, J A Fallowfield
BACKGROUND: Hepatorenal syndrome type 1 (HRS1) is a functional, rapidly progressive, potentially reversible form of acute kidney injury occurring in patients with cirrhosis. Characterised by intense renal arterial vasoconstriction, it carries a very poor prognosis. There is a significant unmet need for a widely approved, safe and effective pharmacological treatment. AIM: To re-evaluate efficacy and safety of pharmacological treatments for HRS1, in the light of recently published randomised controlled trials (RCTs)...
January 4, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045780/cardiovascular-responsiveness-to-vasopressin-and-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptor-agonists-after-burn-injury
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Ann E Evans, P Geoff Vana, Heather M LaPorte, Richard H Kennedy, Richard L Gamelli, Matthias Majetschak
The effects of burn injury on cardiovascular responsiveness to vasoactive agents are not well understood. The aims of this study were to determine whether burn injury alters cardiovascular reactivity to vasoactive drugs in vivo and intrinsic function of isolated mesenteric resistance arteries. Anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to sham procedure or 30% TBSA dorsal scald burn, followed by crystalloid resuscitation (Parkland Formula). At 24, 72, 96, and 168 hours post burn, rats were reanesthetized, and the mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) responses to various doses of the α1-adrenergic receptor agonist phenylephrine and arginine vasopressin were tested...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043661/use-of-noninvasive-and-invasive-mechanical-ventilation-in-cardiogenic-shock-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Mari Hongisto, Johan Lassus, Tuukka Tarvasmaki, Alessandro Sionis, Heli Tolppanen, Matias Greve Lindholm, Marek Banaszewski, John Parissis, Jindrich Spinar, Jose Silva-Cardoso, Valentina Carubelli, Salvatore Di Somma, Josep Masip, Veli-Pekka Harjola
BACKGROUND: Despite scarce data, invasive mechanical ventilation (MV) is widely recommended over non-invasive ventilation (NIV) for ventilatory support in cardiogenic shock (CS). We assessed the real-life use of different ventilation strategies in CS and their influence on outcome focusing on the use of NIV and MV. METHODS: 219 CS patients were categorized by the maximum intensity of ventilatory support they needed during the first 24h into MV (n=137; 63%) , NIV (n=26; 12%), and supplementary oxygen (n=56; 26%) groups...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038897/herbal-supplements-association-with-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-a-case-report
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Isabel Costa, Marcelo D Mendonça, Vera Cruz E Silva, Sofia Calado, Miguel Viana-Baptista
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a clinico-radiologic syndrome characterized by thunderclap headache and reversible multifocal arterial constrictions that resolves within 3 months. RCVS can be either spontaneous or related to a trigger; vasoactive drugs including over-the-counter medicine are common culprits. Nevertheless, there are sparse data on the association of herbal supplements in the genesis of unexplained RCVS. METHODS: We describe a case of RCVS with a temporal association with the consumption of a diet pill composed of green tea, L-carnitine, and conjugated linoleic acid...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004291/sacubitril-valsartan-lcz696-in-heart-failure
#11
Yasser Khder, Victor Shi, John J V McMurray, Martin P Lefkowitz
It has been known since the 1990s that long-term morbidity and mortality is improved in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) by treatments that target the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). It has also long been thought that enhancement of the activity of natriuretic peptides (NPs) could potentially benefit patients with HFrEF, but multiple attempts to realize this benefit had failed over the years - until 2014, when a large, phase III, randomized, controlled clinical trial (PARADIGM-HF) was completed comparing sacubitril/valsartan with enalapril, a well-established treatment for HFrEF...
December 22, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000153/non-essential-blood-tests-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-observational-study
#12
Michael Mikhaeil, Andrew G Day, Roy Ilan
PURPOSE: Non-essential blood testing in the acute care setting can be a prominent source of morbidity, patient discomfort, increased workload for the healthcare provider, and wasteful spending. The magnitude of such non-essential blood testing has not been well described. We aimed to measure the extent of unnecessary blood testing in a 33-bed intensive care unit (ICU) at a tertiary-care teaching hospital in Ontario, Canada. METHODS: Over a period of four weeks, all ICU attending physicians were asked to select, from a comprehensive list, blood tests that they deemed essential to the appropriate care for each of their patients on the following day...
December 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996318/brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-a-biomarker-of-asymptomatic-clozapine-related-heart-dysfunction-a-criterion-for-a-more-cautious-administration
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Vincenzo Prisco, Petrosino Monica, Germano Fiore, Annamaria Tridente, Antonietta La Rocca, Francesco Catapano, Michele Fabrazzo
Clozapine-related pericarditis is a rare side effect of the drug. We reported the clinical cases of two women, aged 22 and 28 years, affected by schizophrenia with pericarditis symptoms related to clozapine treatment of 200 mg/day. Clozapine was discontinued in both patients, resulting in normalization of the ECG changes, and echocardiography confirmed the progressive disappearance of the pericardial effusion. Interestingly, while inflammatory indices and pro-brain natriuretic peptide (pro-BNP) plasma levels were high in both patients, only one of them showed tachycardia, subjective chest pain, shortness of breath and dyspnea, with a clinical symptomatology suggesting a cardiac involvement...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988055/role-of-first-line-noninvasive-ventilation-in-non-copd-subjects-with-pneumonia
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Gemma Rialp, Catalina Forteza, Daniel Muñiz, Maria Romero
INTRODUCTION: The use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in non-COPD patients with pneumonia is controversial due to its high rate of failure and the potentially harmful effects when NIV fails. The purpose of the study was to evaluate outcomes of the first ventilatory treatment applied, NIV or invasive mechanical ventilation (MV), and to identify predictors of NIV failure. METHODS: Historical cohort study of 159 non-COPD patients with pneumonia admitted to the ICU with ventilatory support...
December 14, 2016: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984229/sedation-after-cardiac-surgery-is-one-drug-better-than-another
#15
Hong Liu, Fuhai Ji, Ke Peng, Richard L Applegate, Neal Fleming
The classic high-dose narcotic-based cardiac anesthetic has been modified to facilitate a fast-track, rapid recovery in the intensive care unit (ICU). Postoperative sedation is consequently now an essential component in recovery of the patient undergoing cardiac surgery. It must facilitate the patient's unawareness of the environment as well as reduce the discomfort and anxiety caused by surgery, intubation, mechanical ventilation, suction, and physiotherapy. Benzodiazepines seem well suited for this role, but propofol, opioids, and dexmedetomidine are among other agents commonly used for sedation in the ICU...
December 15, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922344/predictors-of-mortality-in-a-paediatric-intensive-care-unit-in-kigali-rwanda
#16
Rosine Nyirasafari, Mark H Corden, Angélique Charlie Karambizi, Jean Claude Kabayiza, Jean Damascene Makuza, Rex Wong, Michael F Canarie
BACKGROUND: The enormous burden of critical illness in resource-limited settings has led to a growing interest in paediatric critical care in these regions. However, published data on the practice of critical care and patient outcomes in these settings are scant. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify risk factors associated with mortality in the newly established Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Kigali University Teaching Hospital (KUTH) in Rwanda and test the predictive ability of a newly devised mortality risk score, the modified PRISM (MP) score...
December 6, 2016: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920128/forward-and-backward-pressure-waveform-morphology-in-hypertension
#17
Ye Li, Haotian Gu, Henry Fok, Jordi Alastruey, Philip Chowienczyk
We tested the hypothesis that increased pulse wave reflection and altered backward waveform morphology contribute to increased pulse pressure in subjects with higher pulse pressure compared with lower pulse pressure and to actions of vasoactive drugs to increase pulse pressure. We examined the relationship of backward to forward wave morphology in 158 subjects who were evaluated for hypertension (including some normotensive subjects) divided into 3 groups by central pulse pressure: group 1, 33±6.5 mm Hg; group 2, 45±4...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919443/importance-of-endogenous-compensatory-vasoactive-peptides-in-broadening-the-effects-of-inhibitors-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure
#18
REVIEW
Milton Packer, John J V McMurray
The magnitude of the clinical benefits produced by inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system in heart failure has been modest, possibly because of the ability of renin-angiotensin activity to escape from suppression during long-term treatment. Efforts to intensify pharmacological blockade by use of dual inhibitors that interfere with the renin-angiotensin system at multiple sites have not yielded consistent incremental clinical benefits, but have been associated with serious adverse reactions. By contrast, potentiation of endogenous compensatory vasoactive peptides can act to enhance the survival effects of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system, as evidenced by trials that have compared angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors with drugs that inhibit both the renin-angiotensin system and neprilysin...
December 2, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903339/-effect-of-goal-directed-haemodynamic-management-on-the-postoperative-outcome-in-elderly-patients-with-fragile-cardiac-function-undergoing-abdominal-surgery
#19
L S Zheng, E W Gu, X H Peng, L Zhang, Y Y Cao
Objective: To investigate the effect of goal-directed haemodynamic management based on stroke volume variation (SVV), cardiac index (CI) and mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) on the postoperative outcome in elderly patients with fragile cardiac function undergoing gastrointestinal surgery. Methods: Ninety patients with fragile cardiac function, aged 65-90 years old, ASAⅡ or Ⅲ, NYHA Ⅱor Ⅲ, scheduled for abdominal surgery were enrolled in this study.The patients were randomly assigned to two groups: Experience anesthesia group (group E, n=45) and goal-directed hemodynamic management group (G group, n=45)...
November 22, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888135/antihypertensive-effects-of-androgens-in-conscious-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#20
Mercedes Perusquía, Nieves Herrera, Mercedes Ferrer, John N Stallone
Androgens are vasoactive steroids that induce acute vasodilation in a number of isolated vascular beds from different species, but the effects of these hormones on systemic blood pressure (BP) have been studied little. Although it has been reported that androgens exert systemic hypotensive effects through peripheral vasodilation in normotensive rats, there have not been any reports of systemic hypotensive effects of androgens in animals with hypertension. This study was designed to evaluate the acute effects of testosterone (TES) and its 5-reduced metabolites on systemic BP in hypertensive rats and to test the hypothesis that hypotestosteronemia may be involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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