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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445305/a-case-report-of-painless-type-a-aortic-dissection-with-intermittent-convulsive-syncope-as-initial-presentation
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Chun-Hsien Chen, Kuan-Ting Liu
RATIONALE: The initial presenting symptoms and signs of acute aortic dissection are so diverse that it makes early and accurate diagnosis arduous. Painless and convulsive syncope due to cardiac arrhythmia were not typical presentations of acute aortic dissection. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 61-year-old male presenting with transient consciousness loss and suspected seizure attack was sent to emergency room (ER) by ambulance. Consciousness loss accompanying with upward gaze and limb convulsion was noted in ER, and electrocardiogram monitor recorded a transient cardiac asystole then spontaneous recovery of sinus rhythm...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437795/effect-of-using-the-heart-score-in-patients-with-chest-pain-in-the-emergency-department-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomized-trial
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Judith M Poldervaart, Johannes B Reitsma, Barbra E Backus, Hendrik Koffijberg, Rolf F Veldkamp, Monique E Ten Haaf, Yolande Appelman, Herman F J Mannaerts, Jan-Melle van Dantzig, Madelon van den Heuvel, Mohamed El Farissi, Bernard J W M Rensing, Nicolette M S K J Ernst, Ineke M C Dekker, Frank R den Hartog, Thomas Oosterhof, Ghizelda R Lagerweij, Eugene M Buijs, Maarten W J van Hessen, Marcel A J Landman, Roland R J van Kimmenade, Luc Cozijnsen, Jeroen J J Bucx, Clara E E van Ofwegen-Hanekamp, Maarten-Jan Cramer, A Jacob Six, Pieter A Doevendans, Arno W Hoes
Background: The HEART (History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors, and initial Troponin) score is an easy-to-apply instrument to stratify patients with chest pain according to their short-term risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), but its effect on daily practice is unknown. Objective: To measure the effect of use of the HEART score on patient outcomes and use of health care resources. Design: Stepped-wedge, cluster randomized trial...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427736/interactions-between-reciprocal-st-segment-downsloping-during-st-elevated-myocardial-infarction-and-global-cardiac-perfusion-and-functional-abnormalities
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Riccardo Liga, Enrico Orsini, Paolo Caravelli, Marco De Carlo, Anna Sonia Petronio, Mario Marzilli
Reciprocal ST-segment downsloping on electrocardiogram is a frequent finding during ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), but its etiology is still disputed. We sought to evaluate the relation between reciprocal ST-segment downsloping during STEMI and major cardiac perfusion and functional parameters. One hundred eighty-five patients with STEMI underwent emergency coronary angiography. The presence of reciprocal ST-segment downsloping was assessed. At coronary angiography, the corrected TIMI frame count (cTFC) was computed both on culprit and remote vessels and the occurrence of "no/slow reflow" phenomenon after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) identified...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427082/perioperative-outcomes-and-safety-of-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-in-octogenarians-a-retrospective-study-and-review-of-the-benefits-of-rhythm-control
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Stephanie Hakimian, Juan C Camacho, Edwin Grajeda Silvestri, Farid AbdelMalak, Elie Donath, Robert Chait
OBJECTIVES: Catheter ablation for rhythm control has emerged as a successful therapeutic option for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), though it has not been well studied in octogenarians. This study evaluates its safety in octogenarians in a community hospital and reviews the benefits of rhythm control. METHODS: Among 1,592 patients undergoing AF ablation, 84 octogenarian were identified. The primary outcome was normal sinus rhythm (NSR) on electrocardiogram at discharge...
April 21, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420263/an-unusual-cause-of-frequent-sudden-transient-unexplained-falls-and-new-onset-status-epilepticus-case-report-and-mini-review
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Dinesh Singh, Alford Dyer, Sherry Gu, Patrick McCarville, Annie Hess, Olugbenga Akingbola, Jane El-Dahr, Stephen Nelson
We report a 14-year old adolescent Caucasian female, who presented with frequent, sudden, transient, and unexplained falls leading to multiple serious injuries to her head and extremities requiring several visits to the emergency department. She was evaluated numerous times and imaging studies, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, and electroencephalogram studies were all normal. She eventually presented to outside emergency department with dystonic posturing and status epilepticus and was transferred to our pediatric intensive care unit for further management...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419650/cardiovascular-safety-in-refractory-incontinent-patients-with-overactive-bladder-receiving-add-on-mirabegron-therapy-to-solifenacin-beside
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Marcus J Drake, Scott MacDiarmid, Christopher R Chapple, Adil Esen, Stavros Athanasiou, Javier Cambronero Santos, David Mitcheson, Sender Herschorn, Emad Siddiqui, Moses Huang, Matthias Stoelzel
AIMS/OBJECTIVES: In the BESIDE study, combination therapy (antimuscarinic [solifenacin] and β3 -adrenoceptor agonist [mirabegron]) improved efficacy over solifenacin monotherapy without exacerbating anticholinergic side effects in overactive bladder (OAB) patients; however, a potential synergistic effect on the cardiovascular (CV) system requires investigation. METHODS: OAB patients remaining incontinent despite daily solifenacin 5 mg during 4-week single-blind run-in, were randomised 1:1:1 to double-blind daily combination (solifenacin 5 mg/mirabegron 25 mg, increasing to 50 mg after week 4), solifenacin 5 or 10 mg for 12 weeks...
April 16, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418520/rapid-rule-out-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-with-a-single-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-measurement-below-the-limit-of-detection-a-collaborative-meta-analysis
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John W Pickering, Martin P Than, Louise Cullen, Sally Aldous, Ewoud Ter Avest, Richard Body, Edward W Carlton, Paul Collinson, Anne Marie Dupuy, Ulf Ekelund, Kai M Eggers, Christopher M Florkowski, Yonathan Freund, Peter George, Steve Goodacre, Jaimi H Greenslade, Allan S Jaffe, Sarah J Lord, Arash Mokhtari, Christian Mueller, Andrew Munro, Sebbane Mustapha, William Parsonage, W Frank Peacock, Christopher Pemberton, A Mark Richards, Juan Sanchis, Lukas P Staub, Richard Troughton, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Joanna Young
Background: High-sensitivity assays for cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) are sometimes used to rapidly rule out acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Purpose: To estimate the ability of a single hs-cTnT concentration below the limit of detection (<0.005 µg/L) and a nonischemic electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out AMI in adults presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain. Data Sources: EMBASE and MEDLINE without language restrictions (1 January 2008 to 14 December 2016)...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414664/gonococcal-endocarditis-the-gift-that-stops-giving-an-uncommon-presentation-of-a-common-disease
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G Olayemi, M Oferczak, A Elagizi, I El-Abbassi, M Eschete, J Crowe
INTRODUCTION: Gonorrhea is the 2nd most common sexually transmitted disease in the US with 800,000 cases of gonorrhea each year. Disseminated gonorrhea infection occurs in 0.5 percent - 3 percent of these patients and is more frequent in woman younger than 40 years of age. CASE: A 36 year old woman with a history of polysubstance abuse presented with 10 day history of feeling generally unwell. At presentation, vitals were remarkable for tachycardia and hypotension...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412760/left-ventricular-aneurysm-may-not-manifest-as-persistent-st-elevation-on-electrocardiogram
#9
Olatunde Ola, Carissa Dumancas, Tuoyo Omasan Mene-Afejuku, Adedoyin Akinlonu, Mohammed Al-Juboori, Ferdinand Visco, Savi Mushiyev, Gerald Pekler
BACKGROUND Electrocardiographic presentations of left ventricle aneurysms are diverse; however, a persistent ST segment elevation post myocardial infarction is most commonly reported. CASE REPORT The authors present a case of a 67-year-old man who presented to the emergency department after three days of chest pain and was found to have an acute myocardial infarction with an incidental finding of a left ventricular aneurysm. His surface electrocardiogram, however, demonstrated only inverted T waves in the precordial leads...
April 16, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402139/long-term-open-label-safety-study-of-edivoxetine-monotherapy-in-children-and-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Emel Serap Monkul Nery, Mark Bangs, Peng Liu, Jonna Ahl, David Perahia
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term safety and tolerability of edivoxetine, a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, which was being developed as monotherapy in pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: This was an open-label study of edivoxetine once daily dosing (0.1-0.3 mg/kg) as treatment for ADHD in children (6-11 years) and adolescents (12-17 years) to assess safety for up to 5 years. The safety assessments included the incidence of adverse events, vital signs, electrocardiograms, laboratory tests, percentile changes in weight, height, and body mass index, and Tanner staging...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402006/virus-myocarditis-in-a-1-month-old-boy-presenting-as-two-types-of-paroxysmal-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Shuhei Fujita, Takeshi Futatani, Tatsuya Kubo, Masae Itamochi, Yusuke Yachi, Hidenori Iwasaki, Ayako Shimao, Shihomi Ina, Hiroyuki Higashiyama, Noboru Igarashi, Kiyoshi Hatasaki
Herein we describe the case of a 1-month-old boy with acute viral myocarditis, who presented with two kinds of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, and who was cured after medical treatment. He was brought to the emergency room with poor feeding due to fever. On the third day of hospitalization, a narrow QRS tachycardia (180-200 beats/min) was detected. Echocardiography showed a high echoic area at the atrial septum around the atrioventricular node. The patient was clinically diagnosed with acute myocarditis...
April 12, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390330/prevalence-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-a-semi-urban-population-in-southern-sri-lanka
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J B Jayawardene, G D Samarutilake, M H Zackie, P V De Silva, A Karunanayake, M A Weerasooriya
Introduction: Prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is on the rise in Sri Lanka resulting in high hospital mortality rates. Because of paucity of community based data on CAD we carried out this study to assess prevalence of CAD and associated factors in a suburban population in Southern Sri Lanka. Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among community living adults aged 30 years or more in Bope-Poddala Medical Officer of Health (MOH) area...
March 31, 2017: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372709/tachyarrhythmias-and-bradyarrhythmias-differential-diagnosis-and-initial-management-in%C3%A2-the-primary-care-office
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Timothy Joseph Byrnes, Otto Costantini
Tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias are often seen in the outpatient setting. Patients can present minimally symptomatic or in extremis. Accurate diagnosis of the rhythm, plus a detailed clinical history, are critical for best management and optimal outcome. A 12-lead electrocardiogram is the cornerstone for diagnosis. Practitioners must identify patients who need immediate transport to an emergency department versus those who can safely wait for an outpatient specialty referral. This article reviews how to accurately diagnose and differentiate the most common tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias, the associated symptoms, and important concepts for the initial steps in the office management of such arrhythmias...
May 2017: Medical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365092/cardiac-injury-after-convulsive-status-epilepticus-in-children
#14
Doaa El Amrousy, Maher Abd El-Hafez, Mohamed Nashat, Hossam Hodeib
OBJECTIVE: Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is a medical emergency with high mortality that usually occurs within 30 days following the seizure activity. One of the potential mechanisms contributing to mortality in this period following CSE is cardiac injury. The aim of the present study was to evaluate cardiac injury after CSE in children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty children presented with CSE were enrolled in this study. Thirty healthy children with matched age and sex were taken as a control...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363616/an-end-user-s-guide-to-the-heart-score-and-pathway
#15
Brit Long, Joshua Oliver, Matthew Streitz, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Chest pain accounts for a significant percentage of emergency department (ED) presentations. The HEART score and pathway have demonstrated an ability to appropriately risk stratify and discharge from the ED a significant proportion of patients. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates vital components of the HEART score and pathway, while discussing important considerations for current and future use. DISCUSSION: Chest pain is a common ED presentation, and several conditions associated with chest pain result in patient morbidity and mortality...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350720/pulmonary-embolism-mimicking-infectious-pleuritis
#16
Kenichi Tetsuhara, Satoshi Tsuji, Satoko Uematsu, Koichi Kamei
The diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism (PE) is often delayed because it is usually misdiagnosed as pneumonia or deep vein thrombosis. We report an unusual case of PE misdiagnosed as viral pleuritis on the first arrival at the emergency department (ED) in our hospital. A 14-year-old girl with no previous significant medical history was referred to the ED with pleuritic and chest pain with low-grade fever 4 days before admission.Echography showed a small amount of left pleural effusion. A 12-lead electrocardiogram was normal...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344141/single-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-to-rule-out-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Yader Sandoval, Stephen W Smith, Sara A Love, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Fred S Apple
PURPOSE: Examine the performance of single high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) measurement strategies to rule-out acute myocardial infarction. METHODS: Prospective, observational study of consecutive patients presenting to the emergency department (n=1,631) in whom cTnI measurements where obtained using an investigational hs-cTnI assay. Negative predictive value (NPV) and sensitivity for the a) diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, type 1 myocardial infarction, and type 2 myocardial infarction and b) safety outcome of acute myocardial infarction or cardiac death at 30 days using hs-cTnI less than the limit of detection (LoD) (<1...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343051/tolerability-of-cariprazine-in-the-treatment-of-acute-bipolar-i-mania-a-pooled-post-hoc-analysis-of-3-phase-ii-iii-studies
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Willie Earley, Suresh Durgam, Kaifeng Lu, Marc Debelle, István Laszlovszky, Eduard Vieta, Lakshmi N Yatham
BACKGROUND: Atypical antipsychotics have broad-spectrum efficacy against core symptoms of acute mania/mixed states in bipolar disorder; however, they are associated with clinically significant adverse effects (AEs). METHODS: This post hoc analysis evaluated the safety and tolerability of the atypical antipsychotic cariprazine in the treatment of adult patients with acute manic/mixed episodes of bipolar I disorder. Data were taken from three 3-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, flexible-dose trials of cariprazine 3-12mg/d...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340603/blunt-cardiac-injury-due-to-trauma-associated-with-snowboarding-a-case-report
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Fuminori Yamaji, Hideshi Okada, Yasuhiro Nakajima, Kodai Suzuki, Takahiro Yoshida, Yosuke Mizuno, Haruka Okamoto, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Taku Tanaka, Shiho Nakano, Sho Nachi, Tomoaki Doi, Keisuke Kumada, Shozo Yoshida, Narihiro Ishida, Katsuya Shimabukuro, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Izumi Toyoda, Kiyoshi Doi, Shinji Ogura
BACKGROUND: Cardiac trauma is associated with a much higher mortality rate than injuries to other organ systems, even though cardiac trauma is identified in less than 10% of all trauma admissions. Here we report blunt trauma of the left atrium due to snowboarding trauma. CASE PRESENTATION: A 45-year-old Asian man collided with a tree while he was snowboarding and drinking. He lost consciousness temporarily. An air ambulance was requested and he was transported to an advanced critical care center...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#20
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
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