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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932603/poststroke-depression-a-scientific-statement-for-healthcare-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association-american-stroke-association
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Amytis Towfighi, Bruce Ovbiagele, Nada El Husseini, Maree L Hackett, Ricardo E Jorge, Brett M Kissela, Pamela H Mitchell, Lesli E Skolarus, Mary A Whooley, Linda S Williams
Poststroke depression (PSD) is common, affecting approximately one third of stroke survivors at any one time after stroke. Individuals with PSD are at a higher risk for suboptimal recovery, recurrent vascular events, poor quality of life, and mortality. Although PSD is prevalent, uncertainty remains regarding predisposing risk factors and optimal strategies for prevention and treatment. This is the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association on the topic of PSD. Members of the writing group were appointed by the American Heart Association Stroke Council's Scientific Statements Oversight Committee and the American Heart Association's Manuscript Oversight Committee...
December 8, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932513/improving-incidence-of-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-after-cardiac-surgery-using-simplified-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Amr S Omar, Hesham Ewila, Mahmoud Allam, Sameh Aboulnagah, Samy Hanoura, Praveen C Sivadasan, Ousama Bilal, Abdul Rasheed A Pattath, Abdulaziz AlKhulaifi
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) remains a major risk after cardiac surgery. Twelve percent patients admitted to this unit postcardiac surgery experienced POAF, which led to hemodynamic instability, increased risk of stroke, and increased length of postoperative intensive care unit stay. Our aim was to decrease the incidence of POAF in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit by the end of April 2014. METHODS: Design-Retrospective data analysis...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930356/impact-of-insurance-status-on-outcomes-and-use-of-rehabilitation-services-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-findings-from-get-with-the-guidelines-stroke
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Laura N Medford-Davis, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Haolin Xu, Eric E Smith, Robert Suter, Eric D Peterson, Ying Xian, Roland A Matsouaka, Lee H Schwamm
BACKGROUND: Insurance status affects access to care, which may affect health outcomes. The objective was to determine whether patients without insurance or with government-sponsored insurance had worse quality of care or in-hospital outcomes in acute ischemic stroke. METHODS AND RESULTS: Multivariable logistic regressions with generalized estimating equations stratified by age under or at least 65 years were adjusted for patient demographics and comorbidities, presenting factors, and hospital characteristics to determine differences in in-hospital mortality and postdischarge destination...
November 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927939/have-clinicians-adopted-the-use-of-brain-mri-for-patients-with-tia-and-minor-stroke
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Seemant Chaturvedi, Susan Ofner, Fitsum Baye, Laura J Myers, Mike Phipps, Jason J Sico, Teresa Damush, Edward Miech, Mat Reeves, Jason Johanning, Linda S Williams, Greg Arling, Eric Cheng, Zhangsheng Yu, Dawn Bravata
BACKGROUND: Use of MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can identify infarcts in 30%-50% of patients with TIA. Previous guidelines have indicated that MRI-DWI is the preferred imaging modality for patients with TIA. We assessed the frequency of MRI utilization and predictors of MRI performance. METHODS: A review of TIA and minor stroke patients evaluated at Veterans Affairs hospitals was conducted with regard to medical history, use of diagnostic imaging within 2 days of presentation, and in-hospital care variables...
December 7, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927932/ethical-clinical-translation-of-stem-cell-interventions-for-neurologic-disease
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David J Cote, Annelien L Bredenoord, Timothy R Smith, Mario Ammirati, Jannick Brennum, Ivar Mendez, Ahmed S Ammar, Naci Balak, Gene Bolles, Ignatius Ngene Esene, Tiit Mathiesen, Marike L Broekman
The application of stem cell transplants in clinical practice has increased in frequency in recent years. Many of the stem cell transplants in neurologic diseases, including stroke, Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury, and demyelinating diseases, are unproven-they have not been tested in prospective, controlled clinical trials and have not become accepted therapies. Stem cell transplant procedures currently being carried out have therapeutic aims, but are frequently experimental and unregulated, and could potentially put patients at risk...
December 7, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922588/does-the-addition-of-ezetimibe-to-statins-reduce-cardiovascular-risk
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Francisca I Araya, Bruno Grassi
Statins are the mainstay of lipid-lowering therapy nowadays, since they reduce cardiovascular risk when used as primary or secondary prevention. However, only one third of the patients reach the goals established in several guidelines, and even if they do, they keep a risk higher than healthy controls. One of the new lipid-lowering agents is ezetimibe. Searching in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases, we identified nine systematic reviews comprising 67 trials overall...
December 5, 2016: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919826/should-blood-pressure-goal-be-individualized-in-hypertensive-patients
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REVIEW
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Rania Kheder-Elfekih, Jean-Michel Halimi, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized blood pressure (BP) goal under treatment in hypertensive patients according to their age, comorbidities or established cardiovascular (CV) disease. Evidence from large-scale randomized trials to support a lower BP goal, as initially recommended by guidelines in high-risk hypertensive patients, were lacking. Recently, the randomized intervention SPRINT trial studied two treatment targets for systolic BP (120mm Hg versus 140mm Hg in the intensive and standard treatment group, respectively) among high-risk hypertensive patients, without diabetes and without a history of prior stroke...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919279/height-correlates-with-dyslipidemia-in-non-overweight-middle-aged-japanese-men
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Yuji Shimizu, Hiroyuki Yoshimine, Mako Nagayoshi, Koichiro Kadota, Kensuke Takahashi, Kiyohiro Izumino, Kenichiro Inoue, Takahiro Maeda
BACKGROUND: Our previous study showed that height is inversely associated with the risk of stroke in middle-aged Japanese men, particularly in those with a low body mass index (BMI). Since height is regarded as a surrogate maker of childhood social and physical condition, while BMI may reflect primarily on the current physical condition, a detailed analysis of those with a lower BMI may elucidate the effects of childhood conditions. On the other hand, dyslipidemia is recognized as a prominent risk factor for cardiovascular disease...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
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Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912776/improving-stroke-prevention-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial
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Theresa M Lee, Noah M Ivers, Sacha Bhatia, Debra A Butt, Paul Dorian, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Kori Leblanc, Dan Legge, Dante Morra, Alissia Valentinis, Laura Wing, Jacqueline Young, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing as the population ages, and at least 15% of ischemic strokes are attributed to AF. However, many high-risk AF patients are not offered guideline-recommended stroke prevention therapy due to a variety of system, provider, and patient-level barriers. METHODS: We will conduct a pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial randomizing primary care clinics to test a "toolkit" of quality improvement interventions in primary care...
December 3, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
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REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909542/which-factors-influence-resident-physicians-to-prescribe-noacs-to-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Zardasht Oqab Md Frcpc, William F McIntyre Md Frcpc, Wilma M Hopman Ma, Adrian Baranchuk Md Facc Frcp
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Cardiology recommend the use of non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC) in preference to warfarin for stroke prevention in most patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to identify factors that predict selection of a NOAC by resident physicians when faced with patients with non-valvular AF. A web-based survey was distributed to residents across Canada to learn the attitudes and behaviours regarding stroke, bleeding risk and choices of therapy in different clinical scenarios involving the same patient and one additional co-morbidity...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909516/the-role-of-noacs-in-atrial-fibrillation-management-a-qualitative-study
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Katherine Kirley Md Ms, Goutham Rao Md, Victoria Bauer Bs, Christopher Masi Md PhD
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) benefit from anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk. However, 30-60% of patients with AF are not anticoagulated. This study explored physicians' reasons for under-treatment of AF, focusing on the role of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). We interviewed primary care physicians and cardiologists involved in AF management in a variety of practice settings. We conducted interviews using a semi-structured format and analyzed the data using the Framework Method. Four themes emerged...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906755/optimal-blood-pressure-target-in-stroke-prevention
#14
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Céline Dreyfuss Tubiana, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A generalized single blood pressure (BP) goal may appear not suitable to achieve an optimal stroke prevention at the individual level. The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized BP goal according to patient's age, comorbidities and established cerebrovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Observational and interventional data support heterogeneity in target organ prevention in that lower BP values than recommended by hypertension guidelines are associated with further stroke risk reduction...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906754/management-of-acute-stroke-in-patients-on-oral-anticoagulants
#15
Jan C Purrucker, Thorsten Steiner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An increasing number of patients are receiving oral anticoagulants. Since non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) were approved, primary prevention of ischemic stroke has become simpler. However, managing ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage while on oral anticoagulation (OAC) has become more complex. This review covers the latest developments in managing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in patients receiving vitamin K antagonists (VKA) and NOACs...
December 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902693/the-long-term-benefits-of-increased-aspirin-use-by-at-risk-americans-aged-50-and-older
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David B Agus, Étienne Gaudette, Dana P Goldman, Andrew Messali
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of aspirin to defend against cardiovascular disease in both primary and secondary settings is well recognized by the medical profession. Multiple studies also have found that daily aspirin significantly reduces cancer incidence and mortality. Despite these proven health benefits, aspirin use remains low among populations targeted by cardiovascular prevention guidelines. This article seeks to determine the long-term economic and population-health impact of broader use of aspirin by older Americans at higher risk for cardiovascular disease...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902588/short-term-hypertension-management-in-community-is-associated-with-long-term-risk-of-stroke-and-total-death-in-china-a-community-controlled-trial
#17
Zengwu Wang, Guang Hao, Xin Wang, Wen Wang, Weiwei Chen, Manlu Zhu
BACKGROUND: It is not fully clear whether the effect of short-term management in community can reduce the long-term risk of stroke OBJECTIVES:: To evaluate whether short-term hypertension management is associated with long-term incidence of stroke and total death in community health centers in China. DESIGN: Community controlled trail. PARTICIPANTS: Six community health centers (4 active, 2 control) in China, patients with hypertension. CONTROL ARM: Patients were treated with normally therapy method...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901325/asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis-who-should-be-screened-who-should-be-treated-and-how-should-we-treat-them
#18
Djurre D DE Waard, Dylan Morris, Gert J DE Borst, Richard Bulbulia, Alison Halliday
Although stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure and reducing lipid levels will reduce global stroke risk and cardiovascular mortality, these remain leading causes of death and disability especially in ageing populations. Further prevention strategies are needed and, in the first part of this review, we explore the potential benefits of appropriate screening for carotid artery disease to reduce stroke and identify those who may have related cardiac disease. Although whole-population carotid screening is an inefficient and costly means of identifying candidates with tight carotid stenosis who might warrant intervention, it can identify many people with lower levels of stenosis who may benefit from cardiovascular risk reducing medications...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901323/safety-of-carotid-revascularization-within-48-hours-of-symptomatic-presentation
#19
Kosmas I Paraskevas, Ian M Loftus
In the last few years, there has been a gradual shift in the recommendations of carotid guidelines towards performance of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) earlier in patients with >70% carotid artery stenosis suffering an ipsilateral transient ischemic attack (TIA)/minor stroke episode. The "6-month" threshold in the early guidelines was subsequently replaced with a "14-day" target. More recently, an even earlier intervention (i.e. "within 48 hours") gains support as the optimal timing for the performance of CEA in patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899517/endovascular-management-of-cerebral-septic-embolism-three-recent-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Eugene L Scharf, Tia Chakraborty, Alejandro Rabinstein, Amrendra S Miranpuri
Endovascular management of acute ischemic stroke secondary to septic emboli from bacterial endocarditis is case-specific and outside established guidelines. We report three new cases of an acute ischemic stroke secondary to septic embolus from two different centers. All cases reported here were large vessel occlusions of the middle cerebral artery in anticoagulated patients. In one case the embolus was noted to be firm and aspiration thrombectomy was attempted in lieu of stent retrieval. Thrombolysis in Cerebral Ischemia (TICI) 3 recanalization was achieved and the patient experienced a good outcome with resolution of deficits...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
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