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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330453/a-systematic-review-of-primary-care-models-for-non-communicable-disease-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen, Sumeet Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease prevalence still outweighs that of non-communicable disease (NCDs), rates of NCDs are rapidly rising and evidence for primary healthcare approaches for these emerging NCDs is needed. METHODS: A systematic review and evidence synthesis of primary care approaches for chronic disease in SSA...
March 23, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329355/international-recommendations-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
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Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan A Drezner, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural, or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320437/anemia-and-blood-transfusion-in-the-critically-ill-patient-with-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Annemarie B Docherty, Timothy S Walsh
This article is one of ten reviews selected from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2017. Other selected articles can be found online at http://ccforum.com/series/annualupdate2017 . Further information about the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is available from http://www.springer.com/series/8901 .
March 21, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314706/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-heart-failure-related-hospitalization-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Nidhal Ben Moussa, Clement Karsenty, Florence Pontnau, Sophie Malekzadeh-Milani, Younes Boudjemline, Antoine Legendre, Damien Bonnet, Laurence Iserin, Magalie Ladouceur
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is the main cause of death in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). AIMS: We aimed to characterize HF-related hospitalization of patients with ACHD, and to determine HF risk factors and prognosis in this population. METHODS: We prospectively included 471 patients with ACHD admitted to our unit over 24 months. Clinical and biological data and HF management were recorded. Major cardiovascular events were recorded for ACHD with HF...
March 14, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302750/the-clinical-frailty-scale-upgrade-your-eyeball-test
#6
Jonathan Afilalo
With the emergence of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as a therapeutic option to treat high-risk older adults suffering from aortic stenosis, the geriatric concept of frailty has assumed mainstream relevance for cardiovascular practitioners. We have eagerly adopted tools to objectify the definition of frailty and accordingly discern good and bad candidates among a pool of complex octogenarians with multiple chronic conditions - a daunting yet mission-critical task. Initial studies published during the first half of this decade revealed that frailty status was one of the top predictors of mid-term mortality and incident disability after TAVR1, leading to its integration in clinical care pathways and predictive risk models...
March 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302739/changing-landscape-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Berto J Bouma, Barbara J M Mulder
Congenital heart disease is the most frequently occurring congenital disorder affecting ≈0.8% of live births. Thanks to great efforts and technical improvements, including the development of cardiopulmonary bypass in the 1950s, large-scale repair in these patients became possible, with subsequent dramatic reduction in morbidity and mortality. The ongoing search for progress and the growing understanding of the cardiovascular system and its pathophysiology refined all aspects of care for these patients. As a consequence, survival further increased over the past decades, and a new group of patients, those who survived congenital heart disease into adulthood, emerged...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296374/-protocol-for-the-care-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-emergency-c%C3%A3-digo-infarto-the-infarction-code
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Gabriela Borrayo-Sánchez, Gilberto Pérez-Rodríguez, Olga Georgina Martínez-Montañez, Eduardo Almeida-Gutiérrez, Erick Ramírez-Arias, Joel Estrada-Gallegos, Norma Magdalena Palacios-Jiménez, Martín Rosas-Peralta, Efraín Arizmendi-Uribe, Jesús Arriaga-Dávila
Cardiovascular diseases are a major public health problem because of their they impact on more than 30% of all deaths worldwide. In our country and in the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) are also the leading cause of death and the main cause of lost of healthy life years due to disability or premature death. 50% of deaths are premature; most of them are due to acute myocardial infarct. However, the investment for cardiovascular health is poor and there are no comprehensive cares programs focused on the treatment of this diseases or the control of their risk factors...
March 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294866/-treatment-of-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-in-real-clinical-practice-in-russia-the-choice-2-program
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G Glezer M, On Behalf Of The Choice-Study Participants On Behalf Of The Choice-Study Participants
OBJECTIVE: in the framework of an open post-marketing observational national program CHOICE-2 to assess correspondence between recommendations for management of patients with stable angina and actual clinical practice, as well as to assess effect of treatment with cytoprotector trimetazidine on clinical course of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Participating physicians (n=185 from 46 regions of Russian Federation) recruited 896 patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD)...
May 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286697/prevalence-of-hypertension-among-patients-attending-mobile-medical-clinics-in-the-philippines-after-typhoon-haiyan
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Linda Meta Mobula, Mary Lou Fisher, Nathan Lau, Abi Estelle, Tom Wood, William Plyler
INTRODUCTION: On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, causing a humanitarian emergency. According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are the leading cause of death and disability around the world. NCDs kill 38 million people each year.  Sixteen million NCD deaths occur before the age of 70; 82% of which occurred in low- and middle-income countries.  NCDs are further exacerbated during a crisis, and addressing them should be a concern of any medical disaster response...
December 20, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284460/the-impact-of-prolonged-waiting-time-for-coronary-care-unit-admission-on-patients-with-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Chien-Chih Chen, I-Min Chiu, Fu-Jen Cheng, Kuan-Han Wu, Chao-Jui Li
BACKGROUND: The boarding of patients in the emergency department consumes nursing and physician resources, and may delay the evaluation of new patients. It may also contribute to poor cardiovascular outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This study analyzed the relationship between the delay in coronary care unit (CCU) admission and the clinical outcomes of patients with ACS with non-ST-segment elevation (NSTE-ACS). METHODS: Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the CCU waiting time (<12h and >12h)...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283918/at-the-heart-of-the-pregnancy-what-prenatal-and-cardiovascular-genetic-counselors-need-to-know-about-maternal-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Morales, Dawn C Allain, Patricia Arscott, Emily James, Gretchen MacCarrick, Brittney Murray, Crystal Tichnell, Amy R Shikany, Sara Spencer, Sara M Fitzgerald-Butt, Jessica D Kushner, Christi Munn, Emily Smith, Katherine G Spoonamore, Harikrishna S Tandri, W Aaron Kay
In the last decade, an increasing number of cardiac conditions have been shown to have a genetic basis. Cardiovascular genetic counseling has emerged as a subspecialty aiming to identify unaffected at-risk individuals. An important sector of this at-risk population also includes expectant mothers, in whom unique clinical challenges may arise. Genetic counselors, especially those in cardiovascular and prenatal settings, have an opportunity to identify and assist women who may benefit from cardiovascular care during pregnancy...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281491/status-epilepticus-refractory-and-super-refractory
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REVIEW
Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita, Usha K Misra
Status epilepticus (SE) is an important neurological emergency. It is defined as seizures lasting for 5 minutes or more or recurrent seizures without recovery of consciousness to baseline between the attacks. Refractory SE (RSE) is defined as SE persisting despite sufficient dose of benzodiazepines and at least one antiepileptic drug (AED), irrespective of time. Super refractory SE (SRSE) is defined as SE that continues for 24 hours or more after the use of anesthetic therapy, including cases that recur on weaning of the anesthestic agent...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279420/how-to-develop-a-cardio-oncology-clinic
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REVIEW
David Snipelisky, Jae Yoon Park, Amir Lerman, Sharon Mulvagh, Grace Lin, Naveen Pereira, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel, Hector R Villarraga, Joerg Herrmann
Cardiovascular demands to the care of cancer patients are common and important given the implications for morbidity and mortality. As a consequence, interactions with cardiovascular disease specialists have intensified to the point of the development of a new discipline termed cardio-oncology. As an additional consequence, so-called cardio-oncology clinics have emerged, in most cases staffed by cardiologists with an interest in the field. This article addresses this gap and summarizes key points in the development of a cardio-oncology clinic...
April 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279386/trials-of-quality-improvement-in-imaging
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REVIEW
Kavitha M Chinnaiyan, Rory B Weiner
Cardiovascular imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Recently, increased emphasis has been placed on quality in cardiovascular imaging, and it is becoming a central priority for various stakeholders, including patients, physicians, and payers. The changing health care landscape and associated challenges imposed on cardiac imagers, including reductions in reimbursement and growing need for pre-authorization, have also helped bring quality metrics to the forefront...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273502/ruptured-berry-aneurysm-with-minimal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#16
Tyler J Gardner, Joseph A Prahlow
Cerebral artery aneurysm rupture is usually associated with significant subarachnoid hemorrhage; however, there are rare cases where there is a lack of hemorrhage into the subarachnoid space. While subdural hemorrhage can occur with ruptured aneurysms, isolated subdural hemorrhage is more often associated with trauma. In this case, a 51-year-old obese woman, who recently visited an Urgent Care Center for elevated blood pressure, was found dead roughly a month later. She had been complaining of headaches, and received medication for her blood pressure at the visit...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273426/a-primer-on-current-progress-in-cardiac-fibrosis
#17
Danah Al Hattab, Michael Paul Czubryt
Cardiac fibrosis is a significant global health problem that is closely associated with multiple forms of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy and diabetes. Fibrosis increases myocardial wall stiffness due to excessive extracellular matrix deposition, causing impaired systolic and diastolic function and facilitating arrhythmogenesis. As a result, patient morbidity and mortality are often dramatically elevated compared to those with cardiovascular disease but without overt fibrosis, demonstrating that fibrosis itself is both a pathologic response to existing disease and a significant risk factor for exacerbation of the underlying condition...
March 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267474/results-of-a-curtailed-randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-azimilide-in-patients-with-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-the-shield-2-trial
#18
Victoria M Robinson, David B Bharucha, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Paul Dorian, Peter R Kowey
BACKGROUND: Frequent hospital attendances in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) result in significant morbidity and health care costs. Current drugs to reduce ICD shocks and hospital visits have limited efficacy and considerable toxicity. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of azimilide, a novel oral class III antiarrhythmic, for use in ICD patients. METHODS: A total of 240 patients were enrolled in a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of oral azimilide 75 mg daily in ICD patients with previously documented ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, and a left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40%...
March 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261758/the-impact-of-severe-obesity-on-healthcare-resource-utilisation-in-spain
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Olga Espallardo, Rafael Busutil, Antonio Torres, Néboa Zozaya, Renata Villoro, Álvaro Hidalgo-Vega
BACKGROUND: Obesity is not only a health problem but also a source of increased monetary expenditures. The objectives of this study were to analyse the use of healthcare resources in the Spanish adult population with class II obesity and above (BMI ≥35 kg/m(2)) and to compare it with other BMI groups. METHOD: We used the Spanish National Health Survey, a longitudinal population-based survey (n = 18,682), to analyse healthcare resource utilisation by BMI groups...
March 6, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260911/increased-risk-of-endotracheal-intubation-and-heart-failure-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-urolithiasis-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#20
Shun-Ku Lin, Jui-Ming Liu, Ying-Hsu Chang, Yuan-Tien Ting, See-Tong Pang, Ren-Jun Hsu, Po-Hung Lin
BACKGROUND: Urolithiasis is a common urinary tract disease worldwide. It has been connected to systemic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate the relationship between urolithiasis and the complications of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 of the National Health Insurance Research Database...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
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