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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823072/prevalence-and-predictors-of-digoxin-utilization-among-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-qatar
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Alaa Abdullah Rahhal, Ahmed Awaisu, Kawthar M Tawengi, Safae AbuYousef, Lylia Mekideche
Background Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is recommended by clinical practice guidelines to be used in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who still have persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy. However, this recommendation is based on limited and old trial data. Moreover, pharmacoepidemiologic studies are important in determining the prevalence of digoxin use and factors influencing this. Objective This study aimed to determine the prevalence and the predictors of digoxin utilization among patients with HFrEF with or without atrial fibrillation (AF) in Qatar...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822833/complete-knockout-of-estrogen-receptor-alpha-is-not-directly-protective-in-murine-lupus
#2
Jennifer L Scott, Jena R Wirth, Jackie Eudaly, Phil Ruiz, Melissa A Cunningham
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic and potentially severe autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects women. Despite a known role for hormonal factors impacting autoimmunity and disease pathogenesis, the specific mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Our laboratory previously backcrossed "estrogen receptor alpha knockout (ERαKO)" mice onto the NZM2410 lupus prone background to generate NZM/ERαKO mice. This original ERαKO mouse, developed in the mid-1990s and utilized in hundreds of published studies, is not in fact ERα null...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822806/pericardial-adipose-and-aromatase-a-new-translational-target-for-aging-obesity-and-arrhythmogenesis
#3
Gabriel B Bernasochi, Wah Chin Boon, Claire L Curl, Upasna Varma, Salvatore Pepe, Marianne Tare, Laura J Parry, Evdokia Dimitriadis, Stephen B Harrap, Chrishan J Nalliah, Jonathan M Kalman, Lea M D Delbridge, James R Bell
A correlation exists between the extent of pericardial adipose and atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, though the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Selected adipose depots express high levels of aromatase, capable of converting androgens to estrogens - no studies have investigated aromatase occurrence/expression regulation in pericardial adipose. The Women's Health Initiative reported that estrogen-only therapy in women elevated AF incidence, indicating augmented estrogenic influence may exacerbate cardiac vulnerability...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822561/comparison-of-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-among-employed-versus-unemployed-from-the-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-study
#4
Elsayed Z Soliman, Zhu-Ming Zhang, Suzanne Judd, Virginia J Howard, George Howard
Involuntary unemployment due to job loss has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. Whether it also is associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently unknown. Therefore, we examined this association in 8,812 participants residing mainly in the Southeastern United States (mean age 58.1 ± 7.8 years; 63.2%; women; 43.2% black) with data on employment status who were enrolled in the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke study between 2003 and 2007 after excluding those with voluntary unemployment (retiree, homemakers, and students)...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822519/high-sensitive-c-reactive-protein-and-interleukin-6-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis-from-indian-cohort
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Gautam Sharma, Sudhir Shetkar, Ashu Bhasin, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, Rajnish Juneja, Nitish Naik, Ambuj Roy, Sivasubramanian Ramakrishnan, Balram Bhargava, Vinay Kumar Bahl
INTRODUCTION: Presence of chronic low grade inflammation has often been implicated in the etiology of atrial fibrillation (AF). Whether pre-existing inflammatory state promotes AF or initiation of AF activates inflammation is a dilemma among clinicians. This study investigates the role of high sensitive C reactive protein (hs-CRP) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) in AF with rheumatic mitral stenosis (Rh-MS) as markers of chronic inflammation. METHODS: This case control cohort included sixty five (n=65) Rh-MS patients having other valve lesions as trivial to mild...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822436/-development-of-anterior-fontanelle-in-chinese-children-in-2015
#6
Y Liu, H Li, Y Q Zhang, X N Zong
Objective: To observe the development of the anterior fontanel (AF) in healthy Chinese children from 1 to 36 months, and to assess the relationship between the closure of the AF and physical development in Chinese children. Method: This was a cross-sectional evaluation of the AF in a series of 104 147 healthy children between June 2015 and October 2015 from nine cities in China. The size and closure of AF of the children were measured and recorded, and the age for the closure of AF was calculated using probit analysis...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822239/ischemic-stroke-rates-decline-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-as-anticoagulants-uptake-improves-a-swedish-cohort-study
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Natalia Mochalina, Nazim Isma, Peter J Svensson, Anders Själander, Maj Carlsson, Tord Juhlin, Mattias Wieloch
INTRODUCTION: The impact of the increased anticoagulants uptake on incidence rate of ischemic stroke is largely unknown. We assessed time trends in rates of ischemic stroke in patients with incident atrial fibrillation (AF) diagnosed between 2011 and 2013. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Population-based retrospective registry study of all 11,500 adults diagnosed with incident non-valvular atrial fibrillation in 2011-2013 in primary and secondary care and receiving oral anticoagulants (n=4847), aspirin (n=2850) or no treatment (n=3766) in Skåne County, Sweden...
August 11, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821351/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-%C3%A2-65-years-using-an-automatic-blood-pressure-monitor-in-a-skilled-nursing-facility
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Joseph Wiesel, Thomas J Salomone
Early detection of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) provides an opportunity to treat patients to reduce their risk of stroke. Long-term residents of skilled nursing facilities frequently have multiple risk factors for strokes due to AF and may benefit from screening for AF. Patients in a skilled nursing facility 65 years and older, without a history of AF and without a pacemaker or defibrillator, were evaluated using a Microlife WatchBP Home A automatic blood pressure monitor that can detect AF when set to a triple reading mode...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
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Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820847/effectiveness-of-a-16-week-high-intensity-cardioresistance-training-program-in-adults
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Tina A Greenlee, Daniel R Greene, Nathan J Ward, Ginger E Reeser, Courtney M Allen, Nicholas W Baumgartner, Neal J Cohen, Arthur F Kramer, Charles H Hillman, Aron K Barbey
Greenlee, TA, Greene, DR, Ward, NJ, Reeser, GE, Allen, CM, Baumgartner, NW, Cohen, NJ, Kramer, AF, Hillman, CH, and Barbey, AK. Effectiveness of a 16-week high-intensity cardioresistance training program in adults. J Strength Cond Res 31(9): 2528-2541, 2017-The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a novel, 16-week high-intensity cardioresistance training (HICRT) program on measures of aerobic fitness, agility, aerobic power, muscular endurance, lower-body explosive power, and self-reported activity level...
September 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820544/use-of-adjuncts-reduces-cardiopulmonary-bypass-time-during-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement
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Alice Wang, Sharon L McCartney, Judson B Williams, Asvin Ganapathi, Donald D Glower, Alina Nicoara, Jeffrey G Gaca
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) through a mini-thoracotomy is comparable to AVR through a sternotomy, but may have increased surgical times. The development of adjuncts such as the automatic knot fastener and percutaneous coronary sinus (CS) catheter may reduce this disadvantage. METHODS: A retrospective review conducted between 2002 and 2015 at a single institution revealed 78 patients who underwent MIAVR with adjuncts. The automatic knot fastener was used on all patients, and a successful CS catheter was placed and confirmed by echocardiography in 67 patients (86%)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820543/minimally-invasive-versus-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-propensity-matched-study
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Matthew D Terwelp, Vinod H Thourani, Yelin Zhao, Prakash Balan, Catalin Loghin, Daniel Ocazionez, Anthony Estrera, Carson T Hoffmann, Vasilis C Babaliaros, Joseph Lamelas, Tom C Nguyen
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of options exist for the treatment of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. The study aim was to compare short-term outcomes in patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 2,571 patients undergoing SAVR (n = 842), MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 699) and TAVR (n = 1,030) between 2011 and 2014 was conducted...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820183/technique-of-retinal-gene-therapy-delivery-of-viral-vector-into-the-subretinal-space
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K Xue, M Groppe, A P Salvetti, R E MacLaren
PurposeSafe and reproducible delivery of gene therapy vector into the subretinal space is essential for successful targeting of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors. The success of surgery is critical for the clinical efficacy of retinal gene therapy. Iatrogenic detachment of the degenerate (often adherent) retina in patients with hereditary retinal degenerations and small volume (eg, 0.1 ml) subretinal injections pose new surgical challenges.MethodsOur subretinal gene therapy technique involved pre-operative planning with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence (AF) imaging, 23 G pars plana vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane staining with Membrane Blue Dual (DORC BV, Zuidland, Netherlands), a two-step subretinal injection using a 41 G Teflon tipped cannula (DORC) first with normal saline to create a parafoveal bleb followed by slow infusion of viral vector via the same self-sealing retinotomy...
August 18, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818746/patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-coronary-artery-disease-double-trouble
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Ewelina Michniewicz, Elżbieta Mlodawska, Paulina Lopatowska, Anna Tomaszuk-Kazberuk, Jolanta Malyszko
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cardiovascular disease while atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Both diseases share associated risk factors - hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, obesity and smoking. Moreover, inflammation plays a causative role in both diseases. The prevalence of CAD in patients with AF is from 17% to 46.5% while the prevalence of AF among patients with CAD is low and it is estimated from 0.2% to 5%. AF is a well-established factor of poor short- and long-term prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is associated with a marked increase in overall mortality...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818351/recent-trends-in-management-and-outcome-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Leonardo De Luca, Gianni Casella, Andrea Rubboli, Lucio Gonzini, Donata Lucci, Alessandro Boccanelli, Francesco Chiarella, Antonio Di Chiara, Stefano De Servi, Andrea Di Lenarda, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Stefano Savonitto
AIMS: To describe the clinical characteristics, contemporary trends of in-hospital management and outcome of patients admitted for an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with associated atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We analyzed data from four Italian nationwide prospective registries, conducted between 2001 and 2014, including consecutive ACS patients. RESULTS: Out of 16,803 ACS patients, 1019 (6.1%) presented with concomitant AF: 668 with non-ST elevation (NSTE)-ACS and 351 with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817657/metaproteomics-analysis-of-the-functional-insights-into-microbial-communities-of-combined-hydrogen-and-methane-production-by-anaerobic-fermentation-from-reed-straw
#17
Xuan Jia, Bei-Dou Xi, Ming-Xiao Li, Yang Yang, Yong Wang
A metaproteomic approach was used to analyse the proteins expressed and provide functional evidence of key metabolic pathways in the combined production of hydrogen and methane by anaerobic fermentation (CHMP-AF) for reed straw utilisation. The functions and structures of bacteria and archaea populations show significant succession in the CHMP-AF process. There are many kinds of bacterial functional proteins, mainly belonging to phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes, that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism, energy metabolism, lipid metabolism, and amino acid metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
#18
Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817420/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-for-the-detection-of-secondary-choroidal-neovascularization-in-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Martin Stattin, Daniel Ahmed, Carl Glittenberg, Ilse Krebs, Siamak Ansari-Shahrezaei
PURPOSE: Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is used to assess vascular abnormality in advanced stage vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD2). METHODS: Multimodal imaging including spectral domain (SD) OCT, autofluorescence (AF), fluorescein (FA) and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) as well as optical coherence tomography angiography were performed. PATIENTS: Two eyes in one young patient with diagnosed vitelliform macular dystrophy were investigated for progressive visual dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816946/prognostic-factors-of-clinical-endpoints-in-elderly-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-during-a-2-year-follow-up-in-china-an-observational-cohort-study
#20
Hao Wang, Hai-Jun Wang, Ya-Dong Chen, Tao Tao, Yu-Tao Guo, Xiao-Ning Zhao, Hong-Bin Liu, Yu-Tang Wang
This study aimed to reveal the incidence of clinical endpoints in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) during a 2-year follow-up and evaluate the related prognostic factors of these endpoints.In total, 200 elderly patients with AF and 400 age- and sex-matched patients without AF were enrolled in this prospective observational cohort study. The incidence of clinical endpoints, including thromboembolism, hemorrhage, and all-cause death, during the 2-year follow-up was analyzed. Other follow-up data, including disease history, laboratory examinations, medication status, and other clinical endpoints, were collected...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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