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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197269/measuring-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-from-capillary-blood-or-venous-sample-is-it-the-same
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Renato De Vecchis, Carmelina Ariano
BACKGROUND: In recent years, several systems have been implemented to achieve quick and non-invasive measurements of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP). Among them, Alere(TM) Heart Check (AHC) BNP test represents the most recent advancement. It is a rapid point-of-care (POC) immunoassay, projected for measuring BNP directly from a capillary whole blood sample. This study aimed at comparing the analytical and clinical performances of this new POC to our reference method (Abbott Architect System)...
April 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196523/does-improvement-in-self-management-skills-predict-improvement-in-quality-of-life-and-depressive-symptoms-a-prospective-study-in-patients-with-heart-failure-up-to-one-year-after-self-management-education
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Gunda Musekamp, Michael Schuler, Bettina Seekatz, Jürgen Bengel, Hermann Faller, Karin Meng
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) patient education aims to foster patients' self-management skills. These are assumed to bring about, in turn, improvements in distal outcomes such as quality of life. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that change in self-reported self-management skills observed after participation in self-management education predicts changes in physical and mental quality of life and depressive symptoms up to one year thereafter. METHODS: The sample comprised 342 patients with chronic heart failure, treated in inpatient rehabilitation clinics, who received a heart failure self-management education program...
February 15, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186921/emotions-and-encounters-with-healthcare-professionals-as-predictors-for-the-self-estimated-ability-to-return-to-work-a-cross-sectional-study-of-people-with-heart-failure
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Lena Nordgren, Anne Söderlund
OBJECTIVES: To live with heart failure means that life is delimited. Still, people with heart failure can have a desire to stay active in working life as long as possible. Although a number of factors affect sick leave and rehabilitation processes, little is known about sick leave and vocational rehabilitation concerning people with heart failure. This study aimed to identify emotions and encounters with healthcare professionals as possible predictors for the self-estimated ability to return to work in people on sick leave due to heart failure...
November 9, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169556/blood-pressure-dynamics-during-exercise-rehabilitation-in-heart-failure-patients
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Idan Hecht, Michael Arad, Dov Freimark, Robert Klempfner
Background Patients suffering from heart failure (HF) may demonstrate an abnormal blood pressure response to exercise (ABPRE), which may revert to a normal one following medical treatment. It is assumed that this change correlates positively with prognosis and functional aspects. The aim of this study was to characterize patients with ABPRE and assess ABPRE normalization and the correlation with clinical and functional outcomes. Methods In the study, 651 patients with HF who underwent cardiac rehabilitation (CR) were examined...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150485/obesity-and-cardiovascular-diseases
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Sergey Kachur, Carl J Lavie, Alban DE Schutter, Richard V Milani, Hector O Ventura
Obesity is increasingly more common in post-industrial societies, and the burden of childhood obesity is increasing. The major effects of obesity on cardiovascular (CV) health are mediated through the risk of metabolic syndrome (insulin-resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension), such that an absence of these risk factors in obese individuals may not be associated with increased mortality risk. In individuals already diagnosed with chronic CV disease (CVD), the overweight and class I obese have significant associations with improved survival...
February 1, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126509/-cardiac-rehabilitation-for-children-and-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Pascal Amedro, Arthur Gavotto, Charlène Bredy, Sophie Guillaumont
Advances in heart surgery over the past 30 years have significantly improved the prognosis of congenital heart diseases (CHD). Therefore, the epidemiology of CHD has changed dramatically with a shift of mortality from pediatrics to adulthood and an increased prevalence of complex CHD. Today, caregivers and patients focus their interests to new perspectives: improving the quality of life, practicing sports, improving psychosocial care. Cardiac rehabilitation is completely integrated in these new therapeutic strategies...
January 23, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121172/cost-utility-analysis-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-after-conventional-heart-valve-surgery-versus-usual-care
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Tina Birgitte Hansen, Ann Dorthe Zwisler, Selina Kikkenborg Berg, Kirstine Lærum Sibilitz, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Jakob Kjellberg, Patrick Doherty, Neil Oldridge, Rikke Søgaard
Background While cardiac rehabilitation in patients with ischaemic heart disease and heart failure is considered cost-effective, this evidence may not be transferable to heart valve surgery patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the cost-effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation following heart valve surgery. Design We conducted a cost-utility analysis based on a randomised controlled trial of 147 patients who had undergone heart valve surgery and were followed for 6 months. Methods Patients were randomised to cardiac rehabilitation consisting of 12 weeks of physical exercise training and monthly psycho-educational consultations or to usual care...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119204/effect-of-walking-speed-in-heart-failure-patients-and-heart-transplant-patients
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Renata L Bona, Artur Bonezi, Paula Figueiredo da Silva, Carlo M Biancardi, Flávio Antônio de Souza Castro, Nadine Oliveira Clausel
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure patients present higher cost of transport and some changes in pattern of walking, but the same aspects have not yet been investigated in heart transplant patients. METHODS: The aim of this study was to investigate both metabolic and mechanicals parameters, at five different walking speeds on treadmill, in chronic heart failure and heart transplant patients. Twelve chronic heart failure patients, twelve healthy controls and five heart transplant patients participated in the study...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094639/chronic-heart-failure-part-1-pathophysiology-signs-and-symptoms
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Rebecca Brake, Ian David Jones
Chronic heart failure is a common and complex clinical syndrome that results from impaired cardiac relaxation or contraction. Patients with chronic heart failure may experience multiple debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and peripheral oedema. However, breathlessness may be considered the most debilitating symptom. This is the first of two articles on chronic heart failure, and outlines the pathophysiology of the condition, its causes, assessment, and signs and symptoms. Part 2 will discuss the treatment and management of the condition, including pharmacological strategies, device implantation, lifestyle modification, cardiac rehabilitation and palliative care...
January 4, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089145/effect-of-exercise-training-on-endothelial-function-in-heart-failure-patients-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis
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M J Pearson, N A Smart
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial dysfunction contributes to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease and heart failure (HF) and is associated with an increased risk of mortality. Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) is widely utilised to assess endothelial function and is improved with exercise training in heart failure patients. The aim of this meta-analysis is to quantify the effect of exercise training in patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: A large number of studies now exist that have examined endothelial function in patients with heart failure...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075423/effects-of-device%C3%A2-guided-slow-breathing-training-on-exercise-capacity-cardiac-function-and-respiratory-patterns-during-sleep-in-male-and-female-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Grzegorz Bilo, Tomasz Drożdż, Dorota Dębicka-Dąbrowska, Grzegorz Kiełbasa, Gabriella Malfatto, Katarzyna Styczkiewicz, Carolina Lombardi, Agnieszka Bednarek, Sabrina Salerno, Danuta Czarnecka, Gianfranco Parati
INTRODUCTION Slow breathing training (SBT) has been proposed as a new nonpharmacologic treatment in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the effects of SBT on exercise capacity, hemodynamic parameters, and sleep respiratory patterns in a relatively large sample of CHF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS A crossover open study was conducted. Patients completed, in a random order, 10- to 12‑week SBT, with 2 15‑minute sessions of device‑guided SBT each day, reaching 6 breaths/ min, and a 10- to 12‑week follow‑up under standard care...
January 10, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075307/chronic-heart-failure-part-2-treatment-and-management
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Rebecca Brake, Ian David Jones
Chronic heart failure is a common and complex clinical syndrome that results from impaired cardiac relaxation or contraction. There have been considerable advances in the management of chronic heart failure; however, the mortality rate remains high. Patients with chronic heart failure may experience multiple debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and peripheral oedema. However, breathlessness may be considered the most debilitating symptom. The management of chronic heart failure aims to improve the patient's quality of life by reducing symptoms and supporting the patient to manage their condition...
January 11, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069851/less-intense-postacute-care-better-outcomes-for-enrollees-in-medicare-advantage-than-those-in-fee-for-service
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Peter J Huckfeldt, José J Escarce, Brendan Rabideau, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Neeraj Sood
Traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare's prospective payment systems for postacute care provide little incentive to coordinate care or control costs. In contrast, Medicare Advantage plans pay for postacute care out of monthly capitated payments and thus have stronger incentives to use it efficiently. We compared the use of postacute care in skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities by enrollees in Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare after hospital discharge for three high-volume conditions: lower extremity joint replacement, stroke, and heart failure...
January 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043273/-clinical-application-study-of-non-invasive-ventilation-in-the-treatment-of-the-pneumoconiosis-patients-with-chronic-type-%C3%A2-respiratory-failure
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F H Gao, Z G Tian, Y Y Guo, Y Zhao, G J Wang
Objective: To observe the effect of early intervention and intermittent application of bi level positive air-way pressure ventilation (BiPAP) in patients with pneumoconiosis combined with chronic respiratory failure. Methods: Will meet the diagnostic criteria of pneumoconiosis in GBZ70-2009< >, the blood gas analysis in patients with chronic type II re-spiratory failure in 62 cases were randomly divided into rehabilitation treatment group 32 cases, control group of 30 cases. Pa-tients in the observation group were treated by on-invasive ventilation, while the control group were treated by the convention-al treatment...
November 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033163/a-retrospective-comparison-of-home-telehealth-and-nursing-care-with-or-without-rehabilitation-therapy-on-rehospitalization-rates-of-individuals-with-heart-failure
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Stacy Martin, Bill Anderson, Jennifer L Vincenzo, Sajid Yousuf Zai
PURPOSE: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the most common reason for rehospitalization among the aging population, accounting for one-fifth of all hospital admissions. To date, there is no research comparing the rehospitalization rates between patients with CHF (PWCHF) who receive telehealth and home health nursing care versus a multidisciplinary team consisting of telehealth, home nursing, physical therapy (PT), and/or occupational therapy (OT). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed with 132 Medicare Part A home health patients discharged from an inpatient setting with a primary or secondary diagnosis of CHF receiving daily telehealth over the course of 1 year...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018439/phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-presenting-with-developmental-delays-and-facial-dysmorphisms
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Yoon-Myung Kim, In-Hee Choi, Jun Suk Kim, Ja Hye Kim, Ja Hyang Cho, Beom Hee Lee, Gu-Hwan Kim, Jin-Ho Choi, Eul-Ju Seo, Han-Wook Yoo
Phelan-McDermid syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by the terminal or interstitial deletion of the chromosome 22q13.3. Patients with this syndrome usually have global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delays. Several putative genes such as the SHANK3, RAB, RABL2B, and IB2 are responsible for the neurological features. This study describes the clinical features and outcomes of Korean patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Two patients showing global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delay were diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid syndrome via chromosome analysis, fluorescent in situ hybridization, and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017276/patient-journey-in-decompensated-heart-failure-an-analysis-in-departments-of-cardiology-and-geriatrics-in-the-greater-paris-university-hospitals
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Florent Laveau, Nadjib Hammoudi, Emmanuelle Berthelot, Joël Belmin, Patrick Assayag, Ariel Cohen, Thibaud Damy, Denis Duboc, Olivier Dubourg, Albert Hagege, Olivier Hanon, Richard Isnard, Guillaume Jondeau, Florian Labouree, Damien Logeart, Nicolas Mansencal, Christophe Meune, Eric Pautas, Yves Wolmark, Michel Komajda
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization for worsening/acute heart failure is increasing in France, and limited data are available on referral/discharge modalities. AIM: To evaluate patients' journeys before and after hospitalization for this condition. METHODS: On 1 day per week, between October 2014 and February 2015, this observational study enrolled 260 consecutive patients with acute/worsening heart failure in all 10 departments of cardiology and four of the departments of geriatrics in the Greater Paris University Hospitals...
January 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010875/achievements-and-limitations-of-a-strategy-of-rehabilitation-of-native-pulmonary-vessels-in-pulmonary-atresia-ventricular-septal-defect-and-major-aortopulmonary-collateral-arteries
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Jerome Soquet, Matthew Liava'a, Lucas Eastaugh, Igor E Konstantinov, Johann Brink, Christian P Brizard, Yves d'Udekem
BACKGROUND: A strategy of rehabilitation for pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect, and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (PA/VSD/MAPCAs) comprises repetitive shunting and patching procedures of the central pulmonary arteries. We wanted to determine the feasibility and limitations of a strategy of rehabilitation. METHODS: The outcomes of 37 consecutive patients operated from June 2003 to December 2014 for PA/VSD/MAPCAs were reviewed. The patients were directed to a rehabilitation strategy, except when they presented in heart failure with very large collaterals...
December 20, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005679/predictors-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-initiation-and-adherence-in-a-multiracial-urban-population
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Lili Zhang, Maria Sobolev, Ileana L Piña, David Z Prince, Cynthia C Taub
BACKGROUND: Lack of initiation and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) remains a persistent problem. We sought to examine predictors of initiation, adherence, and completion of CR in a unique, minority predominant, urban population. METHODS: We included all patients who were first-time referred to the outpatient CR program at Montefiore Medical Center between 1997 and 2010. The indications for referral included acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stable angina, and valvular heart disease...
January 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989691/aquatic-exercise-training-is-effective-in-maintaining-exercise-performance-in-trained-heart-failure-patients-a-randomised-crossover-pilot-trial
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Julie Adsett, Norman Morris, Suzanne Kuys, Rita Hwang, Robert Mullins, Mohsina Khatun, Jennifer Paratz, Alison Mudge
BACKGROUND: Providing flexible models and a variety of exercise options are fundamental to supporting long-term exercise participation for patients with heart failure (HF). The aim of this pilot study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of aquatic exercise training during a maintenance phase for a clinical heart failure population. METHODS: In this 2 x 2 crossover design trial, individuals who had previously completed HF rehabilitation were randomised into either a land-based or aquatic training program once per week for six weeks, after which time they changed to the alternate exercise training protocol for an additional six weeks...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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