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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716521/update-on-quality-of-care-in-hispanics-and-other-racial-ethnic-groups-in-the-united-states-discharged-with-the-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-2013
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Tomás Romero, Kristina L Greenwood, Dale Glaser
BACKGROUND: Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) care and outcomes have been frequently reported in racial-ethnic minorities in the U.S. Some studies have attributed disparities in Hispanics and other minorities to lower quality of services at hospitals where they seek care. Current information from hospitals with large Hispanic representations and updated quality resources is needed. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of 839 AMI patients discharged in 2013 from three Southern California Hospitals (A, B, C) with tertiary cardiac care level...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695464/improving-adherence-to-treatment-and-reducing-economic-costs-of-hypertension-the-role-of-olmesartan-based-treatment
#2
Francesco Vittorio Costa
Poor adherence to antihypertensive treatment is the single most important factor of unsatisfactory blood pressure (BP) control. This review focuses on therapy-related factors affecting adherence and suggests how to improve it with a wise choice of treatment schedule. Complex drug treatment schemes, poor tolerability and drug substitutions are frequent causes of poor adherence which, in turn, causes insufficient BP control, greater incidence of cardiovascular events and, finally, higher global health costs...
July 10, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670984/-adherence-to-medication-after-myocardial-infarction-and-its-impact-on-outcome-a-registry-based-analysis-from-the-hungarian-myocardial-infarction-registry
#3
András Jánosi, Péter Ofner, Zoltán Kiss, Levente Kiss, Róbert Gábor Kiss, József Dinnyés, Zoltán Járai, Gergely Nagy, Gábor Veress, Tamás Ferenci
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: The aim was to study the patients' adherence to some evidence-based medication (statins, beta blockers, platelet and RAS inhibitors) after suffering a myocardial infarction, and its impact on the outcome. METHOD: Retrospective observational cohort study was carried out from the data of the Hungarian Myocardial Infarction Registry between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014. 14,843 patients were alive at the end of hospital treatment, from them, those who had no myocardial infarction or death until 180 days were followed for one year...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666408/effects-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-on-cardiovascular-events-and-residual-renal-function-in-dialysis-patients-a-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
#4
Youxia Liu, Xinxin Ma, Jie Zheng, Junya Jia, Tiekun Yan
BACKGROUND: The role of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) reducing risk of cardiovascular events (CVEs) and preserving kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease is well-documented. However, the efficacy and safety of these agents in dialysis patients is still a controversial issue. METHODS: We systematically searched MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library and Wanfang for randomized trials. The relative risk (RR) reductions were calculated with a random-effects model...
June 30, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648396/25-years-of-serving-the-community-with-ribosomal-rna-gene-reference-databases-and-tools
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Frank Oliver Glöckner, Pelin Yilmaz, Christian Quast, Jan Gerken, Alan Beccati, Andreea Ciuprina, Gerrit Bruns, Pablo Yarza, Jörg Peplies, Ralf Westram, Wolfgang Ludwig
SILVA (lat. forest) is a comprehensive web resource, providing services around up to date, high-quality datasets of aligned ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequences from the Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryota domains. SILVA dates back to the year 1991 when Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig from the Technical University Munich started the integrated software workbench ARB (lat. tree) to support high-quality phylogenetic inference and taxonomy based on the SSU and LSU rDNA marker genes. At that time, the ARB project maintained both, the sequence reference datasets and the software package for data analysis...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623899/renin-angiotensin-system-blockers-and-residual-kidney-function-loss-in-patients-initiating-peritoneal-dialysis-an-observational-cohort-study
#6
Jenny I Shen, Anjali B Saxena, Sitaram Vangala, Satvinder K Dhaliwal, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer
BACKGROUND: Although angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin-II receptor blockers (ARB) have been shown to preserve residual kidney function in a select group of Asian patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (PD) in two small randomized clinical trials, the effectiveness of these drugs has yet to be demonstrated in a more diverse population of patients with multiple comorbid conditions. We investigated the association between ACEI/ARB use and development of recorded anuria in a cohort of patients initiating PD in the U...
June 17, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619367/the-vasoprotective-axes-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-physiological-relevance-and-therapeutic-implications-in-cardiovascular-hypertensive-and-kidney-diseases
#7
REVIEW
Xiao C Li, Jianfeng Zhang, Jia L Zhuo
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is undisputedly one of the most prominent endocrine (tissue-to-tissue), paracrine (cell-to-cell) and intracrine (intracellular/nuclear) vasoactive systems in the physiological regulation of neural, cardiovascular, blood pressure, and kidney function. The importance of the RAS in the development and pathogenesis of cardiovascular, hypertensive and kidney diseases has now been firmly established in clinical trials and practice using renin inhibitors, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, type 1 (AT1) angiotensin II (ANG II) receptor blockers (ARBs), or aldosterone receptor antagonists as major therapeutic drugs...
June 12, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614094/plasma-renin-activity-to-plasma-aldosterone-concentration-ratio-correlates-with-night-time-and-pulse-pressures-in-essential-hypertensive-patients-treated-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-at1-blockers
#8
Francesco Spannella, Federico Giulietti, Paolo Balietti, Elisabetta Borioni, Francesca E Lombardi, Maddalena Ricci, Guido Cocci, Laura Landi, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVES: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and AT1 blockers (ARB) are commonly used antihypertensive drugs, but several factors may affect their effectiveness. We evaluated the associations between ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring (ABPM) parameters and plasma renin activity (PRA)-to-plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) ratio (RAR) to test renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibition in essential hypertensive patients treated with ACE-I or ARB for at least 12 months...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614052/safety-of-the-neprilysin-renin-angiotensin-system-inhibitor-lcz696
#9
REVIEW
Bo Li, Yunhe Zhao, Bo Yin, Mengfei Helian, Xinmei Wang, Feng Chen, Hongxia Zhang, Hui Sun, Bin Meng, Fengshuang An
OBJECTIVES: The combined neprilysin/rennin-angiotensin system inhibitor sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) has shown its superiority over ACEI/ARB therapy. In view of the existing concern of its adverse effects, we aimed to provide evidence of the safety of the new drug. RESULTS: A total of 6 randomized trials with 11,821 subjects were included in this analysis. No significant differences were found in any adverse effects between LCZ696 and ACEI/ARB or placebo groups...
May 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611863/effect-of-azilsartan-on-day-to-day-variability-in-home-blood-pressure-a-prospective-multicenter-clinical-trial
#10
Toru Miyoshi, Ryoji Suetsuna, Naoto Tokunaga, Masayasu Kusaka, Ryuichiro Tsuzaki, Kazuya Koten, Kohno Kunihisa, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: The blood pressure variability (BPV) such as visit-to-visit, day-by-day, and ambulatory BPV has been also shown to be a risk of future cardiovascular events. However, the effects of antihypertensive therapy on BPV remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of azilsartan after switching from another angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) on day-to-day BPV in home BP monitoring. METHODS: This prospective, multicenter, open-labeled, single-arm study included 28 patients undergoing treatment with an ARB, which was switched to azilsartan after enrollment...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576855/sodium-balance-circadian-bp-rhythm-heart-rate-variability-and-intrarenal-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-and-dopaminergic-systems-in-acute-phase-of-arb-therapy
#11
Yukako Isobe-Sasaki, Michio Fukuda, Yoshiaki Ogiyama, Ryo Sato, Toshiyuki Miura, Daisuke Fuwa, Masashi Mizuno, Tetsuhei Matsuoka, Hiroko Shibata, Hiroyuki Ito, Minamo Ono, Sumiko Abe-Dohmae, Ken Kiyono, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kobori, Makoto Michikawa, Junichiro Hayano, Nobuyuki Ohte
We have revealed that even in humans, activated intrarenal renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) enhances tubular sodium reabsorption to facilitate salt sensitivity and nondipper rhythm of blood pressure (BP), and that angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) could increase daytime urinary sodium excretion rate (UNaV) to produce lower sodium balance and restore nondipper rhythm. However, the sympathetic nervous system and intrarenal dopaminergic system can also contribute to renal sodium handling. A total of 20 patients with chronic kidney disease (61 ± 15 years) underwent 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring before and during two-day treatment with ARB, azilsartan...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561275/screening-for-biosurfactant-production-by-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene-transforming-bacteria
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H Avila-Arias, H Avellaneda, V Garzón, G Rodríguez, Z Arbeli, E Garcia-Bonilla, M Villegas-Plazas, F Roldan
AIMS: To isolate and identify TNT-transforming cultures from explosive-contaminated soils with the ability to produce biosurfactants. METHODS AND RESULTS: Bacteria (pure and mixed cultures) were selected based on their ability to transform TNT in minimum media with TNT as the sole nitrogen source and an additional carbon source. TNT-transforming bacteria were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. TNT transformation rates were significantly lower when no additional carbon or nitrogen sources were added...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549325/graphene-oxide-in-the-water-environment-could-affect-tetracycline-antibiotic-resistance
#13
Mei-Ting Guo, Guo-Sheng Zhang
In recent years, the influence of new materials like nanoparticles in the water environment on biological substances has been widely studied. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) represent a new type of pollutant in the environment. Graphene oxide (GO), as a nano material, because of its unique structure, may have an impact on antibiotic resistance bacteria (ARB) and ARGs; however the research in this area is rarely reported. Therefore, this study mainly investigated the effects of GO on bacterial antibiotic resistance...
May 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532455/a-retrospective-study-of-treatment-persistence-and-adherence-to-%C3%AE-blocker-plus-antimuscarinic-combination-therapies-in-men-with-luts-bph-in-the-netherlands
#14
Marcus J Drake, Sally Bowditch, Emilio Arbe, Zalmai Hakimi, Florent Guelfucci, Ikbel Amri, Jameel Nazir
BACKGROUND: To assess treatment persistence and adherence in men ≥45 years of age with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), using prescription records from the Netherlands IMS Lifelink™ LRx database. METHODS: In this retrospective, observational cohort study, we identified men who received combination therapy with an α-blocker plus an antimuscarinic (e.g. solifenacin or tolterodine) between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2014...
May 22, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531239/current-trends-of-hypertension-treatment-in-the-united-states
#15
Shreya J Shah, Randall S Stafford
BACKGROUND: To examine current patterns of hypertension (HTN) treatment in the United States, including blood pressure (BP) control, prevalence of different antihypertensive agents, and variations in treatment associated with patient and physician characteristics. METHODS: We used data from the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI), a nationally representative physician survey produced by QuintilesIMS. We selected patients with a diagnosis of HTN and identified those prescribed antihypertensive therapies...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509129/successful-long-term-effects-of-direct-renin-inhibitor-aliskiren-in-a-patient-with-atherosclerotic-renovascular-hypertension
#16
Norihiko Morisawa, Naoki Sugano, Takafumi Yamakawa, Satoru Kuriyama, Takashi Yokoo
A 64-year-old man visited our hospital with complaints of misty vision and ophthalmalgia. On admission, his blood pressure (BP) was high at 220/135 mmHg with no past history of hypertension, and he had choked discs. He was tentatively diagnosed as having idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and was later found to have atherosclerotic unilateral renovascular hypertension (RVH) based upon the extremely high plasma renin activity together with the radiological image tests. On day 3, combined antihypertensive therapies consisting of oral angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and Ca channel blocker (CCB) along with intravenous CCB induced an abrupt BP lowering which led to deterioration of his renal function, progressing into acute kidney injury (AKI)...
May 2017: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505194/comparative-effectiveness-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-versus-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-for-major-renal-outcomes-in-patients-with-diabetes-a-15-year-cohort-study
#17
Hon-Yen Wu, Chiao-Ling Peng, Pei-Chun Chen, Chih-Kang Chiang, Chee-Jen Chang, Jenq-Wen Huang, Yu-Sen Peng, Yu-Kang Tu, Tzong-Shinn Chu, Kuan-Yu Hung, Kuo-Liong Chien
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) are considered to have similar renoprotective effects; so far there has been no consensus about their priorities. This study aimed to compare ACEIs and ARBs for major renal outcomes and survival in a 15-year cohort of adults with diabetes. METHODS: This study utilized Taiwan's medical and pharmacy claims data in the Longitudinal Cohort of Diabetes Patients. The primary outcome was long-term dialysis, and secondary outcomes were hospitalization for acute kidney injury, hospitalization for hyperkalemia, all-cause death, cardiovascular death, and non-cardiovascular death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496022/comparison-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-azilsartan-and-olmesartan-in-patients-with-essential-hypertension
#18
Yuhei Shiga, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Kota Motozato, Kenji Norimatsu, Masaya Yano, Yuka Hitaka, Sen Adachi, Takashi Kuwano, Ken Inoue, Asao Inoue, Kazuaki Fujisawa, Tetsuro Shirotani, Takaaki Kusumoto, Munehito Ideishi, Keijiro Saku
Many patients still have high blood pressure (BP) after treatment with angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor blockers (ARBs). We compared the efficacy and safety of azilsartan to those of olmesartan in a prospective randomized clinical trial. Sixty-four hypertensive patients who were treated with ARBs other than azilsartan and olmesartan were enrolled in this study. We randomly assigned patients to changeover from their prior ARBs to either azilsartan or olmesartan, and followed the patients for 3 months. Systolic BP (SBP) in the azilsartan group was significantly decreased at 3 months, and diastolic BP (DBP) and pulse rate (PR) in the olmesartan group showed significant reductions after 3 months...
May 12, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484118/effects-of-tolvaptan-with-or-without-the-pre-administration-of-renin-angiotensin-system-blockers-in-hospitalized-patients-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
#19
Sen Adachi, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Yuhei Shiga, Tadaaki Arimura, Joji Morii, Takashi Kuwano, Ken Kitajima, Atsushi Iwata, Natsumi Morito, Kanta Fujimi, Eiji Yahiro, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Keijiro Saku
We examined whether tolvaptan combined with an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) is more effective than tolvaptan alone in the treatment of patients with heart failure (HF). Sixty-five hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HF were included in this study. They were divided into 2 groups; an ARB/ACE-I group (n = 44, who received ARB or ACE-I before the use of tolvaptan) and a non-ARB/ACE-I group (n = 21). There were no significant differences in patient characteristics including medications at baseline between the non-ARB/ACE-I and ARB/ACE-I groups with the exception of the percentages of hypertension and ischemic heart disease...
May 8, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473134/underuse-of-prevention-and-lifestyle%C3%A2-counseling-in-patients-with-peripheral-artery-disease
#20
Jeffrey S Berger, Joseph A Ladapo
BACKGROUND: Little is known about patterns of medication use and lifestyle counseling in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the United States. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to evaluate trends in both medical therapy and lifestyle counseling for PAD patients in the United States from 2005 through 2012. METHODS: Data from 1,982 outpatient visits among patients with PAD were obtained from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a nationally representative assessment of office-based and hospital outpatient department practice...
May 9, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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