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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914506/use-of-high-intensity-statins-for-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-veterans-affairs-health-system-practice-impact-of-the-new-cholesterol-guidelines
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Fatima Rodriguez, Shoutzu Lin, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Paul A Heidenreich
BACKGROUND: The November 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statins for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). We sought to determine how these guidelines are being adopted at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System and identify treatment gaps. METHODS: We examined administrative data from the VA 12 months prior to the index dates of April 1, 2013, and after April 1, 2014, to identify patients ≤75 years of age with ≥2 codes for ASCVD...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914505/temporal-trends-and-factors-associated-with-diabetes-mellitus-among-patients-hospitalized-with-heart-failure-findings-from-get-with-the-guidelines-heart-failure-registry
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Justin B Echouffo-Tcheugui, Haolin Xu, Adam D DeVore, Phillip J Schulte, Javed Butler, Clyde W Yancy, Deepak L Bhatt, Adrian F Hernandez, Paul A Heidenreich, Gregg C Fonarow
BACKGROUND: The contribution of diabetes to the burden of heart failure (HF) remains largely undescribed. Assessing diabetes temporal trends among US patients hospitalized with HF and their relation with quality measures in real-world practice can help to define this burden. METHODS: Using data from the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure registry, we assessed temporal trends in diabetes prevalence among patients with HF and in subgroups with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF; EF < 40%), borderline EF (HFbEF; 40%≤EF <50%), or preserved EF (HFpEF; EF ≥ 50%), hospitalized between 2005 and 2015...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
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Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914167/statistical-considerations-for-reporting-and-planning-heart-rate-variability-case-control-studies
#4
Daniel S Quintana
The calculation of heart rate variability (HRV) is a popular tool used to investigate differences in cardiac autonomic control between population samples. When interpreting effect sizes to quantify the magnitude of group differences, researchers typically use Cohen's guidelines of small (0.2), medium (0.5), and large (0.8) effects. However, these guidelines were originally proposed as a fallback for when the effect size distribution (ESD) was unknown. Despite the availability of effect sizes from hundreds of HRV studies, researchers still largely rely on Cohen's guidelines to interpret effect sizes and to perform power analyses to calculate required sample sizes for future research...
December 3, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912902/evolution-of-the-clinical-profile-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-treated-in-spanish-emergency-departments
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R Escoda, Ò Miró, F J Martín-Sánchez, J Jacob, P Herrero, V Gil, J M Garrido, M J Pérez-Durá, M Fuentes, P Llorens
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the changes in epidemiology, outpatient and emergency department clinical care, and outcomes of patients treated for acute heart failure (AHF) in Spanish hospital emergency departments (HEDs) between 2007 and 2014. METHOD: A multicentre cohort study was conducted that consecutively included patients with AHF diagnosed in 9HEDs during 4 periods (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014). The study analysed the changes observed in 20 variables corresponding to baseline data, outpatient care and emergency care data and outcome data...
November 29, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912890/persistence-of-123-i-mibg-prognostic-capability-in-relation-to-medical-therapy-in-heart-failure-from-the-admire-hf-trial
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Ileana L Piña, Peter Carson, JoAnn Lindenfeld, W Tad Archambault, Arnold F Jacobson
(123)I-mIBG imaging has been evaluated to assess sympathetic function and prognosis in heart failure (HF). However, the effect of combined HF medical therapies on (123)I-mIBG uptake and its prognostic significance has not been previously examined. This analysis examined the relation between the intensity of guideline-directed HF medical therapy and global (123)I-mIBG cardiac uptake in the AdreView Myocardial Imaging for Risk Evaluation in Heart Failure (ADMIRE-HF) database. A second objective was to investigate whether this guideline-based therapy, measured by total medication doses, had the expected effect on outcome, that is, that patients with higher (123)I-mIBG cardiac uptake and more intensive medical therapy had the fewest outcome events...
October 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910296/the-year-since-the-guidelines-a-concise-update-on-recent-advances-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#7
Abhishek Mishra, Maninder Singh, Edo Kaluski
Since the updated pulmonary hypertension (PH) guidelines published in 2015, two major landmark trials have provided additional insight regarding therapeutic algorithms of PH. In this review, we concisely summarized the key findings of peer‑reviewed studies published in the last one year in the field of PH. These studies have enhanced our therapeutic abilities by introducing a new potent agent, selexipag, and by demonstrating the advantage of upfront combination therapy (endothelin receptor antagonist and phosphodiesterase‑5 inhibitor) versus single agent therapy in group 1 PH...
February 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909694/2015-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-management-of-dyslipidemia-in-the-philippines-executive-summary-dyslipidemia-guidelines-2015
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Adriel E Guerrero
The Philippine Heart Association, the Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society, and the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, collaborated to develop the 2015 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Dyslipidemia in the Philippines (2015 CPG). These guidelines are meant to update the 2005 Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Dyslipidemia in the Philippines (2005 CPG). A panel of experts in the fields of dyslipidemia, cardiology, endocrinology and epidemiology were assembled to comprise the technical research committee (TRC) tasked to review available clinical evidence on dyslipidemia management...
October 2016: ASEAN Heart Journal: Official Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908910/hospital-variation-in-time-to-epinephrine-for-non-shockable-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Rohan Khera, Paul S Chan, Michael W Donnino, Saket Girotra
BACKGROUND: -For patients with in-hospital cardiac arrests due to non-shockable rhythms, delays in epinephrine administration beyond 5 minutes is associated with worse survival. However, the extent of hospital variation in delayed epinephrine administration and its impact on hospital-level outcomes is unknown. METHODS: -Within Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation, we identified 103,932 adult patients (≥18 years) at 548 hospitals with an in-hospital cardiac arrest due to a non-shockable rhythm who received at least 1 dose of epinephrine between 2000 to 2014...
December 1, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908896/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-depscreen-info-randomised-clinical-trial
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Bernd Löwe, Stefan Blankenberg, Karl Wegscheider, Hans-Helmut König, Dirk Walter, Alexandra M Murray, Benjamin Gierk, Sebastian Kohlmann
BACKGROUND: International guidelines advocate depression screening in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and other chronic illnesses, but evidence is lacking. AIMS: To test the differential efficacy of written patient-targeted feedback v. no written patient feedback after depression screening. METHOD: Patients with CHD or hypertension from three cardiology settings were randomised and screened for depression (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01879111)...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908393/association-of-30-day-readmission-metric%C3%A2-for-heart-failure-under-the-hospital%C3%A2-readmissions-reduction-program%C3%A2-with-quality-of-care-and%C3%A2-outcomes
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Haolin Xu, Adam D DeVore, Roland Matsouaka, Michael Pencina, Dharam J Kumbhani, Adrian F Hernandez, Deepak L Bhatt, Paul A Heidenreich, Clyde W Yancy, James A de Lemos, Gregg C Fonarow
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether processes of care and long-term clinical outcomes for heart failure (HF) admissions across Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) program participating centers differ according to HF-specific risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR]) as determined by the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). BACKGROUND: HRRP penalizes hospitals with higher than expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (ERR >1) for common conditions including HF...
December 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908353/the-risk-continuum-of-atherosclerosis-and%C3%A2-its-implications-for-defining-chd-by%C3%A2-coronary-angiography
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Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Valentin Fuster
Patients undergoing coronary angiography for suspected coronary heart disease who are found to have coronary atherosclerotic disease with <50% diameter stenosis may carry a risk of adverse cardiac events similar to that in patients with single-vessel obstructive disease. Yet clinical practice guidelines offer no direction for managing symptomatic patients with nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis because current diagnostic criteria for coronary heart disease are not met. Accordingly, secondary preventive measures are not endorsed, and their role is not defined in this setting...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908250/hypoglycemia-and-cardiac-arrhythmia-mechanisms-evidence-base-and-current-recommendations
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Sitara Gulrukh Khan, Mohammed Shahriar Huda
BACKGROUND: With the use of intensive insulin therapy and insulin secretagogues to optimize glycemic control in diabetes, hypoglycemia continues to present a clinical challenge. Hypoglycemia has been implicated in nocturnal sudden death in type 1 diabetes, and the mechanism underlying this is postulated to be cardiac arrhythmia. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the evidence surrounding hypoglycemia and cardiac arrhythmia. METHODS: A structured search of the Pubmed bibliographic database was undertaken, and relevant peer-reviewed articles on the topic were included in the review...
December 1, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907967/modern-approach-to-brain-death
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Panayiotis N Varelas, Ariane Lewis
People die either when their heart and respiration stop or when their brain irreversibly stops functioning. This latter mode of death by neurologic criteria (also called brain death) emerged after the development of ventilators and intensive care units in the late 1950s and 1960s. Brain death is universally accepted as a modern entity, but the complex process for declaring a patient brain dead is not uniformly followed across country and state lines or even hospital policies, creating unacceptable variability and risks for falsely pronouncing a patient dead...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906755/optimal-blood-pressure-target-in-stroke-prevention
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Alexandra Yannoutsos, Céline Dreyfuss Tubiana, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A generalized single blood pressure (BP) goal may appear not suitable to achieve an optimal stroke prevention at the individual level. The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized BP goal according to patient's age, comorbidities and established cerebrovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Observational and interventional data support heterogeneity in target organ prevention in that lower BP values than recommended by hypertension guidelines are associated with further stroke risk reduction...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906717/spectrum-of-postoperative-complications-in-pulmonary-hypertension-and-obesity-hypoventilation-syndrome
#16
Roop K Kaw
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to identify chronic pulmonary conditions which may often not be recognized preoperatively especially before elective noncardiac surgery and which carry the highest risk of perioperative morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: This review discusses some of the most recent studies that highlight the perioperative complications, and their prevention and management strategies. SUMMARY: Pulmonary hypertension is a well recognized risk factor for postoperative complications after cardiac surgery but the literature surrounding noncardiac surgery is sparse...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905006/guidelines-on-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-a-critical-appraisal
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Giorgio Costantino, Gian Marco Podda, Lorenzo Falsetti, Primiano Iannone, Ana Lages, Alberto M Marra, Maristella Masala, Olaug Marie Reiakvam, Florentia Savva, Jan Schovanek, Sjoerd van Bree, Inês João da Silva Chora, Graziella Privitera, Silvio Ragozzino, Matthias von Rotz, Lycke Woittiez, Christopher Davidson, Nicola Montano
Several guidelines often exist on the same topic, sometimes offering divergent recommendations. For the clinician, it can be difficult to understand the reasons for this divergence and how to select the right recommendations. The aim of this study is to compare different guidelines on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and provide practical and affordable advice on its management in the acute setting. A PubMed search was performed in May 2014 to identify the three most recent and cited published guidelines on AF...
November 30, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903565/improving-care-for-heart-failure-patients-in-primary-care-gps-perceptions-a-qualitative-evidence-synthesis
#18
Miek Smeets, Sara Van Roy, Bert Aertgeerts, Mieke Vermandere, Bert Vaes
OBJECTIVES: General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in heart failure (HF) management. Despite multiple guidelines, the management of patients with HF in primary care is suboptimal. Therefore, all the qualitative evidence concerning GPs' perceptions of managing HF in primary care was synthesised to identify barriers and facilitators for optimal care, and ideas for improvement. DESIGN: Qualitative evidence synthesis. METHODS: Searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science and CINAHL databases up to 20/12/2015 were conducted...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903390/-current-status-of-antiarrhythmic-drug-use-and-safety-assessment-in-chinese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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R He, X Du, S W Liu, L J Sun, Y Li, H Zeng, Y Y Li, C Sun, Y Zhang, C S Ma, W Gao
Objective: To investigate the current status of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) use in Chinese patients with atrial fibrillation(AF) and assess the safety of AADs in this patient cohort. Methods: From January 2011 to December 2013, a total of 4 008 AF patients treated with AADs was enrolled in this study and patients were followed up for 24 months. Detailed information of prescribed drug, the causes of drug discontinuation and side effects were recorded. Results: Amiodarone was prescribed to 64.3%(2 579 cases) and propafenone to 31...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903027/-esc-guidelines-2015-pulmonary-hypertension-diagnosis-and-treatment
#20
Christian Opitz, Stephan Rosenkranz, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Ekkehard Grünig, Hans Klose, Horst Olschewski, Marius Hoeper
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is characterized by an increase in PAPmean > 25 mmHg associated with a reduced life expectancy. Recent advances in the management of these patients provided the basis for the updated recommendations of the 2015 joint guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. The updated version includes important modifications with regards to hemodynamic definitions, clinical classification and diagnostic assessment of patients with PH...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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