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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087508/international-variation-in-outcomes-among-people-with-cardiovascular-disease-or-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-impaired-glucose-tolerance-insights-from-the-navigator-trial
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Marilia Harumi Higuchi Dos Santos, Abhinav Sharma, Jie-Lena Sun, Karen Pieper, John J V McMurray, Rury R Holman, Renato D Lopes
BACKGROUND: Regional differences in risk of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular outcomes in people with impaired glucose tolerance are poorly characterized. Our objective was to evaluate regional variation in risk of new-onset diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular outcomes, and treatment effects in participants from the NAVIGATOR (Nateglinide and Valsartan in Impaired Glucose Tolerance Outcomes Research) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: NAVIGATOR randomized people with impaired glucose tolerance and cardiovascular risk factors or with established cardiovascular disease to valsartan (or placebo) and to nateglinide (or placebo) with a median 5-year follow-up...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079400/dysphagia-therapy-post-stroke-an-exploration-of-the-practices-and-clinical-decision-making-of-speech-language-pathologists-in-australia
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Olivia Jones, Jade Cartwright, Anne Whitworth, Naomi Cocks
PURPOSE: A variety of dysphagia management options are available for the treatment of dysphagia following a stroke, however, it is unknown which of these approaches are most commonly utilised by Australian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and whether particular factors influence decision-making. METHOD: The aim of this study was to investigate, through an online survey, the treatment practices of SLPs in Australia for the treatment of dysphagia post-stroke and identify the factors influencing treatment decisions...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070883/pilot-of-a-computerised-antithrombotic-risk-assessment-tool-version-2-caratv2-0-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Yishen Wang, Beata Bajorek
BACKGROUND: The decision-making process for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) requires a comprehensive assessment of risk vs. benefit and an appropriate selection of antithrombotic agents (e.g., warfarin, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants [NOACs]). The aim of this pilot-test was to examine the impact of a customised decision support tool - the Computerised Antithrombotic Risk Assessment Tool (CARATV2.0) using antithrombotic therapy on a cohort of patients with AF...
January 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068791/the-utilization-of-antithrombotic-therapy-in-older-patients-in-aged-care-facilities-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Bridget Frain, Ronald Castelino, Luke R Bereznicki
Oral anticoagulants are essential drugs for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Anticoagulants are, however, commonly withheld in older people due to the risk and fear of hemorrhage. Although the underutilization of anticoagulants in patients with AF has been demonstrated internationally, few studies have been conducted among aged care residents. The aim of this study was to determine the utilization of anticoagulants among people with AF residing in aged care facilities...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042264/the-effect-of-education-on-oral-health-students-attitudes-in-australia-and-new-zealand
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Liyana Tanny, Takashi Komabayashi, D Leann Long, Yoshio Yahata, Susan M Moffat, Helen Tãne
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the oral health attitudes and behavior of students in the oral health curriculum in Australia and New Zealand. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Hiroshima University - Dental Behavioral Inventory was administered to students in the first (year 1) and final years (year 3) of the oral health curriculum at Charles Sturt University in Australia and the University of Otago in New Zealand. A total of fifty-two year 1 students and forty-five year 3 students completed English version of the questionnaire in 2013...
October 2016: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993487/the-use-of-telehealth-to-reduce-inequalities-in-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-australia-and-new-zealand-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Victoria Wade, Nigel Stocks
Telehealth, the delivery of health care services at a distance using information and communications technology, is one means of redressing inequalities in cardiovascular outcomes for disadvantaged groups in Australia. This critical review argues that there is sufficient evidence to move to larger-scale implementation of telehealth for acute cardiac, acute stroke, and cardiac rehabilitation services. For cardiovascular chronic disease and risk factor management, telehealth-based services can deliver value but the evidence is less compelling, as the outcomes of these programs are variable and depend upon the context of their implementation...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981339/climate-change-heat-and-mortality-in-the-tropical-urban-area-of-san-juan-puerto-rico
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Pablo A Méndez-Lázaro, Cynthia M Pérez-Cardona, Ernesto Rodríguez, Odalys Martínez, Mariela Taboas, Arelis Bocanegra, Rafael Méndez-Tejeda
Extreme heat episodes are becoming more common worldwide, including in tropical areas of Australia, India, and Puerto Rico. Higher frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme heat episodes are triggering public health issues in most mid-latitude and continental cities. With urbanization, land use and land cover have affected local climate directly and indirectly encouraging the Urban Heat Island effect with potential impacts on heat-related morbidity and mortality among urban populations. However, this association is not completely understood in tropical islands such as Puerto Rico...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936969/the-impact-of-stroke-on-female-sexuality
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Sandra Lever, Julie Pryor
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of stroke on female sexuality from the perspective of women who have had a stroke. METHOD: A descriptive qualitative study. Nine female stroke survivors living in metropolitan and surrounding districts of Sydney, Australia took part in semi-structured conversational interviews. The mean length of time from stroke onset to interview was around 6 years and 2 months (range 1 year, 2 months to 15 years, 9 months)...
December 9, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892421/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-during-influenza-vaccinations-by-primary-care-nurses-using-a-smartphone-electrocardiograph-iecg-a-feasibility-study
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Jessica Orchard, Nicole Lowres, S Ben Freedman, Laila Ladak, William Lee, Nicholas Zwar, David Peiris, Yasith Kamaladasa, Jialin Li, Lis Neubeck
BACKGROUND: People with unknown atrial fibrillation (AF), who are often asymptomatic, have a substantially increased risk of stroke. Although recommended in European guidelines, AF screening is not routinely performed. Screening at the time of influenza vaccination presents an ideal opportunity to detect AF in large numbers in a primary care medical setting, with an existing annual recall system for patients aged ≥65 years. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pilot study of handheld smartphone electrocardiogram (iECG) screening to identify unknown AF...
October 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887976/the-establishment-of-a-telestroke-service-using-multimodal-ct-imaging-decision-assistance-turning-on-the-fog-lights
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REVIEW
Jelle Demeestere, Claire Sewell, Jennifer Rudd, Timothy Ang, Louise Jordan, James Wills, Carlos Garcia-Esperon, Ferdinand Miteff, Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Neil Spratt, Longting Lin, Andrew Bivard, Mark Parsons, Christopher Levi
Telestroke services have been shown to increase stroke therapy access in rural areas. The implementation of advanced CT imaging for patient assessment may improve patient selection and detection of stroke mimics in conjunction with telestroke. We implemented a telestroke service supported by multimodal CT imaging in a rural hospital in Australia. Over 21months we conducted an evaluation of service activation, thrombolysis rates and use of multimodal imaging to assess the feasibility of the service. Rates of symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage and 90-day modified Rankin Score were used as safety outcomes...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887782/ambient-particulate-matter-landscape-fire-smoke-and-emergency-ambulance-dispatches-in-sydney-australia
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Farhad Salimi, Sarah B Henderson, Geoffrey G Morgan, Bin Jalaludin, Fay H Johnston
BACKGROUND: Emergency ambulance dispatches (EAD) are a novel outcome for evaluating the public health impacts of air pollution. We assessed the relationships between ambient particulate matter (PM) from all sources, PM from landscape fire smoke (LFS), and EADs likely to be associated with cardiorespiratory problems in the Sydney greater metropolitan region for an 11-year period from 2004 to 2015. METHODS: EAD codes are assigned at the time of the call to emergency services using standard computer assisted algorithms...
November 22, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871298/socioeconomic-variation-in-incidence-of-primary-and-secondary-major-cardiovascular-disease-events-an-australian-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Rosemary J Korda, Kay Soga, Grace Joshy, Bianca Calabria, John Attia, Deborah Wong, Emily Banks
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) disproportionately affects disadvantaged people, but reliable quantitative evidence on socioeconomic variation in CVD incidence in Australia is lacking. This study aimed to quantify socioeconomic variation in rates of primary and secondary CVD events in mid-age and older Australians. METHODS: Baseline data (2006-2009) from the 45 and Up Study, an Australian cohort involving 267,153 men and women aged ≥ 45, were linked to hospital and death data (to December 2013)...
November 21, 2016: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852724/opportunistic-screening-to-detect-atrial-fibrillation-in-aboriginal-adults-in-australia
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Kylie Gwynne, Yvonne Flaskas, Ciaran O'Brien, Thomas Lee Jeffries, Debbie McCowen, Heather Finlayson, Tanya Martin, Lis Neubeck, Ben Freedman
INTRODUCTION: There is a 10-year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The leading cause of death for Aboriginal Australians is cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke. Although atrial fibrillation (AF) is a known precursor to stroke there are no published studies about the prevalence of AF for Aboriginal people and limited evidence about AF in indigenous populations globally. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This mixed methods study will recruit and train Aboriginal health workers to use an iECG device attached to a smartphone to consecutively screen 1500 Aboriginal people aged 45 years and older...
November 15, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852529/seasonal-variation-in-cervical-artery-dissection-in-the-hunter-new-england-region-new-south-wales-australia-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Lucy C Thomas, Andrew P Makaroff, Chris Oldmeadow, John R Attia, Christopher R Levi
BACKGROUND: Cervical artery dissection (CAD) is a leading cause of ischemic stroke among middle aged adults, yet the aetiology remains poorly understood. There are reports from colder northern hemisphere sites of a seasonal pattern in the incidence of CAD. Seasonality may suggest some transient putative pro-inflammatory mechanism but it is unknown whether this also exists in temperate climates. AIMS: To investigate the seasonal variation in incidence of CAD in the xx Region, Australia, and to compare seasonal incidence and selected clinical features between cases of carotid and vertebral artery dissection...
October 20, 2016: Manual Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799453/exploring-the-benefits-of-a-stroke-telemedicine-programme-an-organisational-and-societal-perspective
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Kathleen L Bagot, Christopher F Bladin, Michelle Vu, Joosup Kim, Peter J Hand, Bruce Campbell, Alison Walker, Geoffrey A Donnan, Helen M Dewey, Dominique A Cadilhac
We undertook a qualitative analysis to identify the broader benefits of a state-wide acute stroke telemedicine service beyond the patient-clinician consultation. Since 2010, the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) programme has provided a clinical service for regional hospitals in Victoria, Australia. The benefits of the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine programme were identified through document analysis of governance activities, including communications logs and reports from hospital co-ordinators of the programme...
December 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794138/global-stroke-statistics
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Amanda G Thrift, Tharshanah Thayabaranathan, George Howard, Virginia J Howard, Peter M Rothwell, Valery L Feigin, Bo Norrving, Geoffrey A Donnan, Dominique A Cadilhac
Background Up to date data on incidence, mortality, and case-fatality for stroke are important for setting the agenda for prevention and healthcare. Aims and/or hypothesis We aim to update the most current incidence and mortality data on stroke available by country, and to expand the scope to case-fatality and explore how registry data might be complementary. Methods Data were compiled using two approaches: (1) an updated literature review building from our previous review and (2) direct acquisition and analysis of stroke events in the World Health Organization (WHO) mortality database for each country providing these data...
January 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777020/neurological-manifestations-of-autosomal-dominant-familial-alzheimer-s-disease-a-comparison-of-the-published-literature-with-the-dominantly-inherited-alzheimer-network-observational-study-dian-obs
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Mengxuan Tang, Davis C Ryman, Eric McDade, Mateusz S Jasielec, Virginia D Buckles, Nigel J Cairns, Anne M Fagan, Alison Goate, Daniel S Marcus, Chengjie Xiong, Ricardo F Allegri, Jasmeer P Chhatwal, Adrian Danek, Martin R Farlow, Nick C Fox, Bernardino Ghetti, Neill R Graff-Radford, Christopher Laske, Ralph N Martins, Colin L Masters, Richard P Mayeux, John M Ringman, Martin N Rossor, Stephen P Salloway, Peter R Schofield, John C Morris, Randall J Bateman
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant familial Alzheimer's disease (ADAD) is a rare disorder with non-amnestic neurological symptoms in some clinical presentations. We aimed to compile and compare data from symptomatic participants in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network observational study (DIAN-OBS) with those reported in the literature to estimate the prevalences of non-amnestic neurological symptoms in participants with ADAD. METHODS: We prospectively collected data from the DIAN-OBS database, which recruited participants from study centres in the USA, Europe, and Australia, between Feb 29, 2008, and July 1, 2014...
December 2016: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774838/tranexamic-acid-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-surgery
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Paul S Myles, Julian A Smith, Andrew Forbes, Brendan Silbert, Mohandas Jayarajah, Thomas Painter, D James Cooper, Silvana Marasco, John McNeil, Jean S Bussières, Shay McGuinness, Kelly Byrne, Matthew T V Chan, Giovanni Landoni, Sophie Wallace
Background Tranexamic acid reduces the risk of bleeding among patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but it is unclear whether this leads to improved outcomes. Furthermore, there are concerns that tranexamic acid may have prothrombotic and proconvulsant effects. Methods In a trial with a 2-by-2 factorial design, we randomly assigned patients who were scheduled to undergo coronary-artery surgery and were at risk for perioperative complications to receive aspirin or placebo and tranexamic acid or placebo. The results of the tranexamic acid comparison are reported here...
12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774702/risk-factors-incidence-consequences-and-prevention-strategies-for-falls-and-fall-injury-within-older-indigenous-populations-a-systematic-review
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Caroline Lukaszyk, Lara Harvey, Cathie Sherrington, Lisa Keay, Anne Tiedemann, Julieann Coombes, Lindy Clemson, Rebecca Ivers
OBJECTIVE: To examine the risk factors, incidence, consequences and existing prevention strategies for falls and fall-related injury in older indigenous people. METHODS: Relevant literature was identified through searching 14 electronic databases, a range of institutional websites, online search engines and government databases, using search terms pertaining to indigenous status, injury and ageing. RESULTS: Thirteen studies from Australia, the United States, Central America and Canada were identified...
December 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753975/os-12-02-sleep-apnea-cardiovascular-endpoints-save-study-an-international-randomised-controlled-trial-to-determine-whether-continuous-positive-airways-pressure-treatment-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-patients-with-cv-disease-prevents-secondary-cardiovascular
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Craig Anderson, Doug McEvoy, Jiguang Wang
OBJECTIVE: There is uncertainty over whether treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can prevent serious cardiovascular (CV) events. DESIGN AND METHOD: SAVE (NCT00738179; ACTRN12608000409370) was designed to determine whether treatment of OSA with CPAP reduces the risk of serious CV events in patients with established CV disease. Participants were centrally randomised to CPAP treatment or usual care between 2008 and 2013,with follow-up completed late 2015 and the results will be announced in August 2016...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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