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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334591/crossing-the-communication-chasm-challenges-and-opportunities-in-transitions-of-care-from-the-hospital-to-the-primary-care-clinic
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Nicholas A Rattray, Jason J Sico, LeeAnn M Cox, Alissa L Russ, Marianne S Matthias, Richard M Frankel
BACKGROUND: Transitions of care from specialty and acute settings to primary care abound. Compared to the continuity in end-of-shift handoffs, care transitions involve provider communication between practices and facilities with their own cultures and bureaucracies. Using the transition from acute care to outpatient primary care for stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients as a case study, this qualitative research explored communication practices and institutional arrangements among clinical providers responsible for longitudinal management of hypertension...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334417/pharmacovigilance-database-search-discloses-clc-k-channels-as-a-novel-target-of-the-at1-receptor-blockers-valsartan-and-olmesartan
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Paola Imbrici, Domenico Tricarico, Giuseppe Felice Mangiatordi, Orazio Nicolotti, Marcello Diego Lograno, Diana Conte, Antonella Liantonio
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human ClC-K chloride channels are highly attractive targets for drug discovery for their physiological role and association with genetic disorders. These channels are pivotal in the kidney as they control chloride reabsorption and water diuresis. In addition, loss-of-function mutations of CLCKNB and BSND genes cause Bartter's syndrome (BS), whereas CLCNKA and CLCKNB gain-of-function polymorphisms predispose to a rare form of salt sensitive hypertension. Both disorders lack a personalized therapy that is in most cases only symptomatic...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333551/effect-of-a-group-behavioural-management-program-on-emotional-regulation-of-food-choices-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Danuta Southgate, Michelle Greiver, Greg Hubka, Kori Kostka, Rahim Moineddin, Marjan Moienedin, James Pencharz, Heather Bogetta, Claudia Mazariegos, Jo-Anne Guindon, Andrea Petroff
PURPOSE: In Ontario, group programs to increase mindfulness of food choices are provided in Family Health Teams (FHTs), but evaluation is limited. We targeted patients with chronic conditions that could benefit from intensified management and evaluated an existing program. METHODS: We included 3 FHTs. Patients were randomized to immediate participation in the intervention (n = 16) or to wait-list control (n = 14). Eligible participants were between 40 and 70 years old, living with diabetes and/or hypertension and had at least 2 of: elevated cholesterol (LDL >4 if hypertension or LDL >2 mmol/L if diabetes), blood sugar (A1c >7...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333380/smooth-muscle-ion-channels-and-regulation-of-vascular-tone-in-resistance-arteries-and-arterioles
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Nathan R Tykocki, Erika M Boerman, William F Jackson
Vascular tone of resistance arteries and arterioles determines peripheral vascular resistance, contributing to the regulation of blood pressure and blood flow to, and within the body's tissues and organs. Ion channels in the plasma membrane and endoplasmic reticulum of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in these blood vessels importantly contribute to the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ concentration, the primary determinant of SMC contractile activity and vascular tone. Ion channels provide the main source of activator Ca2+ that determines vascular tone, and strongly contribute to setting and regulating membrane potential, which, in turn, regulates the open-state-probability of voltage gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs), the primary source of Ca2+ in resistance artery and arteriolar SMCs...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332881/an-individualized-approach-to-the-evaluation-and-management-of-primary-aldosteronism
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Anand Vaidya, Carl D Malchoff, Richard J Auchus
OBJECTIVE: With the increased emphasis on personalized and individualized medicine, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Adrenal Scientific Committee has developed a series of articles to update members on personalized medicine as it applies to adrenal diseases. METHODS: Synthesis of literature review, guidelines from professional societies, and personal experience. RESULTS: Since Conn described primary aldosteronism (PA) over 60 years ago, debate has raged about the prevalence of PA in the hypertensive population, the wisdom of broadly screening for PA, and prudent approach to the evaluation and management of these patients...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332877/pentraxin-3-as-a-new-cardiovascular-marker-in-adrenal-adenomas
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Muhammed Kizilgul, Selvihan Beysel, Ozgur Ozcelik, Seyfullah Kan, Mahmut Apaydin, Mustafa Caliskan, Bekir Ucan, Erkam Sencar, Seyda Ozdemir, Erman Cakal
BACKGROUND: Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an acute-phase glycoprotein, which is increased in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and considered as a predictor of CVD in the general population. Both functional and nonfunctional adrenal tumors are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. We aimed to investigate plasma PTX3 levels in patients with functioning and nonfunctioning adrenal tumors and to determine its relationship with cardiovascular risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with functional adrenal tumors (11 pheochromocytomas, 9 Cushing's Syndrome and 1 primary hyperaldosteronism), 28 patients with non-functional adrenal incidentilomas, and 40 healthy controls were enrolled in the study...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332303/measure-accurately-act-rapidly-and-partner-with-patients-an-intuitive-and-practical-three-part-framework-to-guide-efforts-to-improve-hypertension-control
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Romsai T Boonyasai, Michael K Rakotz, Lisa H Lubomski, Donna M Daniel, Jill A Marsteller, Kathryn S Taylor, Lisa A Cooper, Omar Hasan, Matthew K Wynia
Hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease in the United States and worldwide. It also provides a useful model for team-based chronic disease management. This article describes the M.A.P. checklists: a framework to help practice teams summarize best practices for providing coordinated, evidence-based care to patients with hypertension. Consisting of three domains-Measure Accurately; Act Rapidly; and Partner With Patients, Families, and Communities-the checklists were developed by a team of clinicians, hypertension experts, and quality improvement experts through a multistep process that combined literature review, iterative feedback from a panel of internationally recognized experts, and pilot testing among a convenience sample of primary care practices in two states...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331456/primary-care-practice-reengineering-and-associations-with-patient-portal-use-service-utilization-and-disease-control-among-patients-with-hypertension-and-or-diabetes
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Eboni G Price-Haywood, Qingyang Luo
BACKGROUND: We describe the role of primary care reengineering in the Ochsner Health System (OHS) patient portal implementation strategy and compare subsequent trends in service utilization and disease control among portal users vs nonusers within this context. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study includes 101,019 patients with hypertension or diabetes who saw an OHS primary care provider (PCP) between 2012 and 2014. Inverse probability treatment weighting was used to reduce case-mix differences between study groups...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331214/antihypertensive-medications-and-the-risk-of-kidney-stones-in-older-adults-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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R Todd Alexander, Eric McArthur, Racquel Jandoc, Blayne Welk, Jade S Hayward, Arsh K Jain, Branko Braam, Veit Flockerzi, Amit X Garg, Robert Ross Quinn
Antihypertensives are widely prescribed and could influence kidney stone risk by altering urinary calcium excretion. However, the impact of different classes of antihypertensives on kidney stone risk is unknown. To assess this impact, we conducted a retrospective, population-based cohort study using linked health administrative databases. Individuals aged >65 years who initiated one of the four antihypertensive classes (that is, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis)/angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers or thiazide diuretics) were included...
March 23, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330437/long-term-outcomes-of-fistula-first-initiative-in-an-urban-university-hospital-is-it-still-relevant
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Jacques Greenberg, Senthil Jayarajan, Sridhar Reddy, Frank A Schmieder, Andrew B Roberts, Paul S van Bemmelen, Jean Lee, Eric T Choi
PURPOSE: Dialysis access failure is a major cause of morbidity in patients with end-stage renal disease. The Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative (FFBI) dictates arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs) should be preferred over arteriovenous grafts (AVGs) as first line for surgically placed accesses. The purpose of this study was to compare patency rates of surgical dialysis accesses in our mature, urban population after the FFBI. METHODS: Current dialysis patients with accesses placed between 2006 and 2011 were included...
April 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329340/baseline-characteristics-of-participants-in-the-aspree-aspirin-in-reducing-events-in-the-elderly-study
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John J McNeil, Robyn L Woods, Mark R Nelson, Anne M Murray, Christopher M Reid, Brenda Kirpach, Elsdon Storey, Raj C Shah, Rory S Wolfe, Andrew M Tonkin, Anne B Newman, Jeff D Williamson, Jessica E Lockery, Karen L Margolis, Michael E Ernst, Walter P Abhayaratna, Nigel Stocks, Sharyn M Fitzgerald, Ruth E Trevaks, Suzanne G Orchard, Lawrence J Beilin, Geoffrey A Donnan, Peter Gibbs, Colin I Johnston, Richard H Grimm
Background: There are no primary prevention trials of aspirin with relevant geriatric outcomes in elderly people. ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) is a placebo-controlled trial of low-dose aspirin that will determine whether 5 years of daily 100-mg enteric-coated aspirin extends disability-free and dementia-free life in a healthy elderly population and whether these benefits outweigh the risks. Methods: Set in primary care, this randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial has a composite primary endpoint of death, incident dementia or persistent physical disability...
January 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329315/seraphin-haemodynamic-sub-study-the-effect-of-the-dual-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-macitentan-on-haemodynamic-parameters-and-nt-probnp-levels-and-their-association-with-disease-progression-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nazzareno Galiè, Pavel Jansa, Tomás Pulido, Richard N Channick, Marion Delcroix, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Franck-Olivier Le Brun, Sanjay Mehta, Loïc Perchenet, Lewis J Rubin, B K S Sastry, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Rogério Souza, Adam Torbicki
Aims: The effect of macitentan on haemodynamic parameters and NT-proBNP levels was evaluated in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients in the SERAPHIN study. Association between these parameters and disease progression, assessed by the primary endpoint (time to first morbidity/mortality event), was explored. Methods and results: Of the 742 randomized patients, 187 with right heart catheterization at baseline and month 6 participated in a haemodynamic sub-study...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329066/impact-of-donor-comorbidities-on-heart-transplant-outcomes-in-the-modern-era
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Julien Guihaire, Pierre Emmanuel Noly, Amandine Martin, Mathilde Rojo, Marie Aymami, Anne Ingels, Bernard Lelong, Céline Chabanne, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Erwan Flécher
OBJECTIVES: The use of marginal donors with cardiovascular risk factors is increasing due to organ shortage but remains controversial in heart transplantation (HTx). We sought to investigate post-transplant outcomes in the recent era taking into account donor characteristics. METHODS: We reviewed 261 HTx performed in our hospital between January 1996 and March 2013. Donor characteristics were obtained from the national database. The incidence of primary graft dysfunction (PGD) and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) and overall survival were compared in 2 groups of HTx recipients: those receiving transplants from 1996 to 2004 (Group A, n =  120) and from 2005 to 2013 (Group B, n =  141)...
February 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327934/pazopanib-or-placebo-in-completely-resected-stage-i-nsclc-patients-results-of-the-phase-ii-ifct-0703-trial
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B Besse, J Mazières, L Ribassin-Majed, F Barlesi, J Bennouna, R Gervais, L Moreau, H Berard, D Debieuvre, O Molinier, D Moro-Sibilot, P J Souquet, S Jacquot, L Petit, H Lena, J P Pignon, B Lacas, F Morin, B Milleron, G Zalcman, J C Soria
Background: Adjuvant treatment in resected stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is generally not recommended. Pazopanib is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor of VEGFR-1/2/3 and PDGFR-α/β. We explored the feasibility and efficacy of adjuvant pazopanib in this population. Patients and methods: In this double-blind phase II/III trial, patients with resected stage I NSCLC were randomized to placebo or pazopanib 800 mg/d (P800) for 6 months with a two-step Fleming design...
February 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327875/compliance-with-the-prescription-of-antihypertensive-medications-and-blood-pressure-control-in-primary-care
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Mayra Faria Novello, Maria Luiza Garcia Rosa, Ranier Tagarro Ferreira, Icaro Gusmão Nunes, Antonio José Lagoeiro Jorge, Dayse Mary da Silva Correia, Wolney de Andrade Martins, Evandro Tinoco Mesquita
Background: Hypertension is the most prevalent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and its proper control can prevent the high morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. Objective: To assess the degree of compliance of antihypertensive prescriptions with the VI Brazilian Guidelines on Hypertension and the blood pressure control rate in primary care. Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted between August 2011 and November 2012, including 332 adults ≥ 45 years registered in the Family Doctor Program in Niteroi and selected randomly...
February 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327686/thyroid-hormone-profile-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-single-centre-study
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S Singh, A Verma, G Aryal, S Thapa, S Khakurel, K Shrestha
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global burden and now recognized as a major public health problem worldwide. Patients with CKD have alteration in thyroid hormone metabolism. This study aims to evaluate the status of thyroid hormone profile in different stages of CKD. METHODS: The cross-sectional study included 103 CKD patients attending Nephrology and Dialysis unit of KIST Medical College Teaching Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal. Serum creatinine, free triiodothyronine (fT3), free thyroxine (fT4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325753/mouse-model-for-inherited-renal-fibrosis-associated-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Sian E Piret, Eric Olinger, Anita A C Reed, M Andrew Nesbit, Tertius A Hough, Liz Bentley, Olivier Devuyst, Roger Cox, Rajesh V Thakker
Renal fibrosis is a common feature of renal failure resulting from multiple aetiologies, including diabetic nephropathy, hypertension and inherited renal disorders. However, the mechanisms of renal fibrosis are incompletely understood and we therefore explored these by establishing a mouse model for a renal tubular disorder, referred to as autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD) due to missense uromodulin (UMOD) mutations (ADTKD-UMOD). ADTKD-UMOD, which is associated with retention of mutant uromodulin in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of renal thick ascending limb cells, is characterized by hyperuricemia, interstitial fibrosis, inflammation, and renal failure, and we used targeted homologous recombination to generate a knock-in mouse model with an ADTKD-causing missense cysteine to arginine uromodulin mutation (C125R)...
March 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325552/unplanned-readmissions-after-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-korean-patients-rate-causes-and-risk-factors
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Seon Woo Lee, Kiran Kumar Gn, Tae Kyun Kim
BACKGROUND: Unplanned hospital readmissions are indicators of the quality and performance of a health care system, but data on early readmission after primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in the Asian population are limited. The purpose of this study was to determine the causes, risk factors, and rate of unplanned readmission after primary TKA at a single institution in Korea. METHODS: We analyzed all primary TKAs from 2004 to 2013 using the data from our institutional electronic database...
March 18, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325353/renal-artery-stenosis-when-to-revascularize-in-2017
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Jose D Tafur, Christopher J White
Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is the leading cause of secondary hypertension; it can also cause progressive renal insufficiency and cardiovascular complications such as refractory heart failure and flash pulmonary edema. Medical therapy including risk factor modification, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system antagonists, lipid lowering agents, and antiplatelet therapy is the first line of treatment in all patients. Patients with uncontrolled renovascular hypertension despite optimal medical therapy, ischemic nephropathy, and cardiac destabilization syndromes who have severe renal artery stenosis are likely to benefit from renal artery revascularization...
April 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324597/the-burden-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-care-in-italy
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Carlo Piccinni, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Monica Simonetti, Marco Giovanni Mennuni, Damiano Parretti, Claudio Cricelli, Delia Colombo, Mihaela Nica, Iacopo Cricelli, Francesco Lapi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major public health concern. From a public health perspective, the epidemiology of CHF needs to be distinguished from that of its related acute form. Data stemming from primary care are crucial to better know and update the prevalence and incidence rates of CHF. AIM: To update the epidemiology of CHF in an Italian primary care setting and to describe socio-demographic, lifestyle, and clinical characteristics of these patients...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
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