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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545542/recognition-and-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-an-important-component-of-chronic-disease-management
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Peter C Farrell, Glenn Richards
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a highly prevalent condition, and is associated with many debilitating chronic diseases. The role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in arterial hypertension has been recognized in international guidelines. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with clinically-relevant reductions in blood pressure. In heart failure (HF), SDB is associated with worse prognosis and increased mortality. Major HF guidelines recommend that patients should be treated for sleep apnea to improve their HF status...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545407/cryoballoon-vs-open-irrigated-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-freezeaf-outcomes
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Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser, Claus Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy for electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Herein, we provide long-term data regarding the efficacy of CB ablation in comparison to RF. METHODS: FreezeAF was a randomised non-inferiority study comparing CB ablation with RF ablation for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541499/hypertension-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-executive-summary-of-a-consensus-document-from-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-ehra-and-esc-council-on-hypertension-endorsed-by-the-heart-rhythm-society-hrs-asia-pacific-heart-rhythm-society-aphrs-and-sociedad-latinoamericana
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Gregory Y H Lip, Antonio Coca, Thomas Kahan, Giuseppe Boriani, Antonis S Manolis, Michael Hecht Olsen, Ali Oto, Tatjana S Potpara, Jan Steffel, Francisco Marín, Márcio Jansen de Oliveira Figueiredo, Giovanni de Simone, Wendy S Tzou, Chern En Chiang, Bryan Williams
Hypertension (HTN) is a common cardiovascular risk factor leading to heart failure (HF), coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, peripheral artery disease and chronic renal failure. Hypertensive heart disease can manifest as many types of cardiac arrhythmias, most commonly being atrial fibrillation (AF). Both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias may occur in HTN patients, especially in those with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), CAD or HF. In addition, high doses of thiazide diuretics commonly used to treat hypertension, may result in electrolyte abnormalities (eg...
May 25, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536104/development-and-validation-of-qrisk3-risk-prediction-algorithms-to-estimate-future-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-prospective-cohort-study
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Julia Hippisley-Cox, Carol Coupland, Peter Brindle
Objectives To develop and validate updated QRISK3 prediction algorithms to estimate the 10 year risk of cardiovascular disease in women and men accounting for potential new risk factors.Design Prospective open cohort study.Setting General practices in England providing data for the QResearch database.Participants 1309 QResearch general practices in England: 981 practices were used to develop the scores and a separate set of 328 practices were used to validate the scores. 7.89 million patients aged 25-84 years were in the derivation cohort and 2...
May 23, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535119/comparison-of-effectiveness-and-safety-of-treatment-with-apixaban-vs-other-oral-anticoagulants-among-elderly-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Steven Deitelzweig, Xuemei Luo, Kiran Gupta, Jeffrey Trocio, Jack Mardekian, Tammy Curtice, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Brandy Menges, Jay Lin
OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of stroke/systemic embolism (S/SE) and major bleeding (MB) of elderly (≥65 years of age) nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients initiating apixaban vs. rivaroxaban, dabigatran, or warfarin. METHODS: NVAF patients with Medicare Advantage coverage in the US initiating oral anticoagulants (OACs, index event) were identified from the Humana database (1/1/2013-9/30/2015) and grouped into cohorts depending on OAC initiated. Propensity score matching (PSM), 1:1, was conducted among patients treated with apixaban vs...
May 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532651/suboptimal-anticoagulant-management-in-japanese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-receiving-warfarin-for-stroke-prevention
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Teruyuki Hirano, Hirokazu Kaneko, Sari Mishina, Feng Wang, Satoshi Morita
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, with increasing prevalence in Japan. Although prothrombin time-international normalized ratio (PT-INR) targets for monitoring warfarin therapy in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF) are well defined, real-world patient characteristics and PT-INR levels remain unknown among Japanese patients with NVAF who initiate and continue warfarin (warfarin maintainers) versus those who switch from warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; warfarin switchers)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531882/%C3%AE-thromboglobulin-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-risk-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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Yasuhiko Kubota, Alvaro Alonso, Aaron R Folsom
INTRODUCTION: Although it has been suggested that increased concentrations of activated platelet biomarkers are associated with increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population, evidence for this association is still controversial. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that activated platelets, measured by higher concentrations of β-thromboglobulin, are associated with increased risk of incident CVD (coronary heart disease, heart failure ischemic stroke, and atrial fibrillation)...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530526/warfarin-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-within-an-integrated-health-care-system
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JaeJin An, Fang Niu, Chengyi Zheng, Nazia Rashid, Robert A Mendes, Diana Dills, Lien Vo, Prianka Singh, Amanda Bruno, Daniel T Lang, Paul T Le, Kristin P Jazdzewski, Gustavus Aranda
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is a common treatment option to manage patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in clinical practice. Understanding current pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic management patterns and associated outcomes is important for quality improvement; however, currently little evidence associating outcomes with management patterns exists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe warfarin management patterns and (b) evaluate associations between warfarin treatment and clinical outcomes for patients with NVAF in an integrated health care system...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526763/self-reported-stroke-risk-stratification-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-study
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George Howard, Leslie A McClure, Claudia S Moy, Virginia J Howard, Suzanne E Judd, Ya Yuan, D Leann Long, Paul Muntner, Monika M Safford, Dawn O Kleindorfer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The standard for stroke risk stratification is the Framingham Stroke Risk Function (FSRF), an equation requiring an examination for blood pressure assessment, venipuncture for glucose assessment, and ECG to determine atrial fibrillation and heart disease. We assess a self-reported stroke risk function (SRSRF) to stratify stroke risk in comparison to the FSRF. METHODS: Participants from the REGARDS study (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) were evaluated at baseline and followed for incident stroke...
May 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524005/rivaroxaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interactions
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Tomas Kvasnicka, Ivana Malikova, Zuzana Zenahlikova, Karolína Kettnerova, Radka Brzezkova, Tomas Zima, Jan Ulrych, Jan Briza, Ivan Netuka, Jan Kvasnicka
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban represents a selective direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X (FXa) having peroral bioavailability and prompt onset of action. OBJECTIVE: The absorbtion of rivaroxaban is quick, reaching maximum plasma concentration 2-4 hours following its administration. Peroral bioavailability is high (80-100 %) and pharmacokinetic variability is considered to be moderate (coefficient of variation 30-40 %). This review discusses the properties, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics and clinical indications of rivaroxaban...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516318/effect-of-apixaban-on-all-cause-death-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-based-on-imputed-placebo-effect
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Patrícia O Guimarães, Renato D Lopes, Daniel M Wojdyla, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Stuart J Connolly, Greg C Flaker, Junyuan Wang, Michael Hanna, Christopher B Granger, Lars Wallentin, Kennedy R Lees, John H Alexander, John J V McMurray
PURPOSE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are the standard of care for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF); therefore, there is not equipoise when comparing newer oral anticoagulants with placebo in this setting. METHODS: To explore the effect of apixaban on mortality in patients with AF, we performed a meta-analysis of apixaban versus placebo using a putative placebo analysis based on randomized controlled clinical trials that compared warfarin, aspirin, and no antithrombotic control...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512699/an-open-label-crossover-study-of-the-pharmacokinetics-of-the-60-mg-edoxaban-tablet-crushed-and-administered-either-by-a-nasogastric-tube-or-in-apple-puree-in-healthy-adults
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Kenneth Duchin, Anil Duggal, George J Atiee, Motonori Kidokoro, Tadanobu Takatani, Nicole Lazarus Shipitofsky, Ling He, George Zhang, Tarundeep Kakkar
BACKGROUND: Edoxaban is an orally active, direct factor Xa inhibitor indicated to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of the edoxaban 60-mg tablet crushed and administered via a nasogastric tube in a water suspension or orally mixed in apple puree. METHODS: This phase 1, open-label, crossover study randomized 30 healthy adults to receive three edoxaban treatment regimens (oral 60-mg edoxaban tablet, or 60-mg edoxaban tablet crushed and administered via a nasogastric tube or orally in apple puree) in one of six treatment sequences...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511486/a-review-on-detection-and-treatment-methods-of-sleep-apnea
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REVIEW
Rajeswari Jayaraj, Jagannath Mohan, Adalarasu Kanagasabai
This paper presents a review on detection and treatment methods of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is the most common type of breathing-related sleep disorder. It manifests in a variety of behaviours from teeth grinding to night terrors as involuntary night-time events. The most common sleep disorders are narcolepsy, hypersomnia, sleep talking, sleep walking, and bedwetting. Sleep apnea (somnipathy) is a serious sleep disorder that pauses breathing while sleeping. Breathing pauses occur 30 times or more during sleep and it lasts for few seconds to minutes, when normal breathing starts after this pause...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506981/contemporary-trends-in-oral-anticoagulant-prescription-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-at-low-to-moderate-risk-of-stroke-after-guideline-recommended-change-in-use-of-the-chads2-to-the-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-thromboembolic-risk-assessment-analysis-from-the-national
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David F Katz, Thomas M Maddox, Mintu Turakhia, Anil Gehi, Emily C O'Brien, Steven A Lubitz, Alexander Turchin, Gheorghe Doros, Lanyu Lei, Paul Varosy, Lucas Marzec, Jonathan C Hsu
BACKGROUND: Use of the CHA2DS2-VASc score instead of the CHADS2 score for thromboembolic risk stratification and initiation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) was recommended in the 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society atrial fibrillation (AF) guidelines. We sought to define the proportion of patients with AF qualifying for and receiving OAC in contemporary practice by applying the CHA2DS2-VASc score to patients with a low CHADS2 score. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among patients with AF enrolled in the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry's outpatient Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence registry (2008-2014) CHADS2 score of 0 or 1, we calculated the impact of adoption of the CHA2DS2-VASc score on the proportion of patients with an indication for OAC...
May 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504982/characteristics-in-hospital-management-and-outcome-of-late-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-presenters
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Enrico Cerrato, Davide Forno, Silvia Ferro, Alessandra Chinaglia
BACKGROUND: Patients with delayed presentation of acute myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation (STEMI) frequently have a poor prognosis but literature about acute complications in intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) and in-hospital outcome are still limited. METHODS: All STEMI patients admitted to our institution between June 2007 and December 2013 were divided into patients presenting more than 12 h after symptom onset (lateSTEMI) and within 12 h (STEMI)...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502847/the-role-for-cardiologists-in-stroke-intervention
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REVIEW
Richard R Heuser
Even though cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the leading cause of death in the United States, stroke is the second leading of global cause of death behind CVD . In the 21st Century, less than 40% of overall stroke patients are discharged to home and almost 25% of Medicare beneficiaries do not survive 90days. In spite of the fact that tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) has been approved for stroke care for 20years, only .75% of annual strokes are actually treated with intravenous (IV) TPA. Similar to how interventional cardiologists evolved from IV to catheter mechanical treatment for acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) over 30years ago, over the last few years, neurointerventionists now perform endovascular stroke therapy in many of these patients using stent retrievers...
May 11, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501873/comparisons-of-risk-factors-for-intracerebral-hemorrhage-versus-ischemic-stroke-in-chinese-patients
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Chung-Fen Tsai, Jiann-Shing Jeng, Niall Anderson, Cathie L M Sudlow
BACKGROUND: Chinese populations have a higher stroke incidence, a higher proportion of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), and a lower proportion of ischemic stroke (IS) as compared with white populations. The reasons are not fully understood. METHODS: To evaluate the differences of major risk factors between ICH and IS in Chinese stroke patients, we analysed acute ICH and IS patients consecutively recruited in National Taiwan University Hospital Stroke Registry from 2006 to 2011...
May 13, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499672/association-of-elevated-pulmonary-artery-systolic-pressure-with-stroke-and-systemic-embolic-events-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Keigo Kanbayashi, Yuichiro Minami, Shintaro Haruki, Ryozo Maeda, Ryosuke Itani, Kyomi Ashihara, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographically estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) is a non-invasive widely available method that is used to estimate pulmonary arterial pressure. Although elevated PASP predicts mortality in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the relationship between PASP and embolic events is unclear. This study aimed to determine whether elevated PASP is associated with stroke and systemic embolic events in a tertiary referral HCM cohort. METHODS: This study included 374 clinically diagnosed patients with HCM...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497379/-choosing-wisely-recommendations-in-cardiology
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REVIEW
K Werdan, S Baldus, N Frey, U Nixdorff, K-H Kuck, H Katus
This article describes controversially discussed Choosing wisely recommendations presented by the German Cardiac Society: anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation and "only" moderate stroke risk, on the one hand, and goal-directed low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol-lowering, on the other. Presuming an adequate regime, patients with atrial fibrillation and only moderate risk of stroke (CHA2DS2-VASc Score of 1 in men and of 2 in women) also benefit from anticoagulation therapy, even in elderly patients...
May 11, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496431/sex-differences-in-outcomes-among-stroke-survivors-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-china
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Yan Hong, Xun Yang, Wenjuan Zhao, Xianghui Zhang, Junli Zhao, Yuanju Yang, Xianjia Ning, Jinghua Wang, Zhongping An
Atrial fibrillation (AF) significantly increases the risk of stroke and disease burden and is an established predictor of poor outcomes after stroke. However, data regarding sex differences in long-term outcomes following stroke in patients with AF are scarce. We thus aimed to assess these differences. We recruited 951 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) treated at three hospitals in Tianjin, China, from January 2006 to September 2014. Information regarding stroke subtype, severity, risk factors, and outcomes (mortality, dependency, and recurrence) at 3, 12, and 36 months after stroke was recorded...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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