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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320636/the-significance-of-equivocal-exercise-treadmill-ecg-for-intermediate-risk-chest-pain-assessment-insight-from-coronary-ct-angiography-data
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Gary T E Lau, Henry Wei, Jo Wickham, Andrew C Y To
BACKGROUND: Exercise treadmill test (ETT) is commonly the first-line investigation in troponin-negative chest pain patients. Inconclusive results are common and often lead to repeated functional testings. Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) has excellent negative predictive value for coronary artery disease detection and may play an important role in their diagnostic workup. We aim to analyse ETT and CCTA findings to understand their modern roles in intermediate risk chest pain population with inconclusive ETT...
March 1, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288889/cardiac-stress-testing-during-workup-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-is-not-associated-with-improved-patient-outcomes
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Benjamin S Brooke, Mark R Sarfati, Yingying Zhang, Yue Zhang, Angela P Presson, Tom H Greene, Larry W Kraiss
BACKGROUND: Cardiac stress testing (CST) is commonly used to help determine whether patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are better candidates for open vs. endovascular repair, although it is unknown whether use of CST achieves its goal of optimizing patient selection and postoperative outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 3,635 patients in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) database (2010- 2012) with an AAA ≥ 5.0cm who were candidates for either open or endovascular AAA repair...
March 10, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275421/treating-a-structural-heart-disease-using-a-non-structural-approach-role-of-cardiac-pacing-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Bernard Benjamin P Albano, Erdie C Fadreguilan, Jeffrey M Chua, James Ho, Ana Beatriz Medrano
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic cardiovascular disease characterized by a thickened non-dilated ventricle in the absence of another cardiac or systemic condition. Its most important hemodynamic consequence is left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction. The primary management strategy of this condition is surgical septal myectomy, but an acceptable alternative treatment in patients who are not suitable for (or who refuse) surgery is alcohol septal ablation (ASA). However, in patients with unfavorable coronary anatomy which precludes ASA (i...
February 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275420/non-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-incidental-findings-in-patients-who-underwent-transaortic-valve-implantation-procedure
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Ahmed Fathala, Mnahi Bin Saeedan, Ali Zulfiqar, Hani Al Sergani
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a new treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis. Pre-TAVI procedure workup includes computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the heart and aorta from aortic annulus to the iliofemoral arteries. Frequently, there are a number of incidental non-cardiac findings (INCFs) in pre-TAVI CTA. However, the frequency and clinical significance of these INCFs are unknown. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of INCFs and their clinical significance...
February 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259551/diagnostic-yield-of-device-interrogation-in-the-evaluation-of-syncope-in-an-elderly-population
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Robert N D'Angelo, Christopher C Pickett
BACKGROUND: Device interrogation has become a standard part of the syncope evaluation for patients admitted with permanent pacemakers (PPM) or implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD), although few studies have shown interrogation yields clinically useful data. The purpose of this study is to determine the diagnostic yield of device interrogation as well as other commonly performed tests in the workup of unexplained syncope in patients with previously implanted PPMs or ICDs. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 88 patients admitted to our medical center for syncope with previously implanted pacemakers between January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2015 using ICD-9 billing data...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257538/multidisciplinary-approach-to-complicated-pregnancy
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Josip Andelo Borovac, Josko Bozic, Tina Ticinovic Kurir, Nikola Zaja, Kresimir Kolic, Vedran Hrboka
A nulliparous pregnant woman in her mid-20s and in the 32nd week of gestation presented to the emergency department with severe headache and vomiting. She had an uneventful medical history; however, the physical examination upon hospital admission revealed a hypertensive emergency, papilledema, and 2+ dipstick proteinuria. Upon establishing the diagnosis of preeclampsia, aggressive therapy with corticosteroids, antihypertensive medication, and seizure prophylaxis was initiated. Hemodynamic stability was achieved within 24 hours and the patient remained in the observation unit located within the gynecology clinic...
March 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256404/panic-disorder-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-chest-pain-prevalence-and-presenting-symptoms
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Jaimi H Greenslade, Tracey Hawkins, William Parsonage, Louise Cullen
BACKGROUND: Patients with panic disorder experience symptoms such as palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, and breathlessness. Consequently, they may attend the Emergency Department (ED) to be assessed for possible emergency medical conditions. Recognition of panic disorder within the ED is low. We sought to establish the prevalence of panic disorder in patients presenting to the for ED investigation of potential acute coronary syndrome. We also sought to characterise the cohort of patients with panic disorder in terms of presenting symptoms, risk factors, medical history and major adverse cardiac events (MACE)...
February 16, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
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José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
March 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196622/non-cardiac-chest-pain-a-review-for-the-consultation-liaison-psychiatrist
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Kirsti A Campbell, Elizabeth N Madva, Ana C Villegas, Eleanor E Beale, Scott R Beach, Jason H Wasfy, Ariana M Albanese, Jeff C Huffman
BACKGROUND: Patients presenting with chest pain to general practice or emergency providers represent a unique challenge, as the differential is broad and varies widely in acuity. Importantly, most cases of chest pain in both acute and general practice settings are ultimately found to be non-cardiac in origin, and a substantial proportion of patients experiencing non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) suffer significant disability. In light of emerging evidence that mental health providers can serve a key role in the care of patients with NCCP, knowledge of the differential diagnosis, psychiatric co-morbidities, and therapeutic techniques for NCCP would be of great use to both consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists and other mental health providers...
December 9, 2016: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177278/does-spontaneous-remission-occur-in-polyarteritis-nodosa-%C3%A2
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Simon Beyaert, Menno Pruijm, Salah Dine Qanadli, Peter Vollenweider, Matthieu Halfon
BACKGROUND: Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a systemic vasculitis involving mainly medium-sized arteries and, rarely, small-sized arteries. The diagnosis is principally based on clinical exams, biopsy of an affected organ, and/or arteriography of renal or mesenteric arteries. Once diagnosed, immunosuppressive agents, such as glucocorticoids and cyclophosphamide, are generally introduced as soon as possible. Whether spontaneous remission of PAN occurs is therefore largely unknown. PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 51-year-old woman who presented with a 4-day-history of intense pain in her left flank, hypertension, fever, microscopic hematuria, and acute renal failure...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123762/percutaneous-pfo-closure-for-cryptogenic-stroke-in-the-setting-of-a-systematic-cardiac-and-neurological-screening-and-a-standardised-follow-up-protocol
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Stéphane Noble, Robert F Bonvini, Fabio Rigamonti, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren, Philippe Meyer, Hajo Müller, Marco Roffi
BACKGROUND: There are no uniform workup and follow-up (FU) protocols for patients presenting with cryptogenic embolism (CE) who undergo percutaneous closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). METHODS: We prospectively performed a systematic cardiac and neurological FU protocol in all patients who underwent percutaneous PFO closure in order to assess the incidence of subsequent cardiac and neurological adverse events. All patients received dual antiplatelet therapy for 6 months and were systematically included in a 12-month standardised FU protocol including: clinical evaluation-transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography, 24-hour Holter monitoring and/or 1-week R-test, and transcranial Doppler...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100570/a-rare-cause-of-constrictive-pericarditis
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Shane Patrick Flood, Omar Ayah, Satoshi Furukawa, Robert B Norris
A 67-year-old man presented with 3 months of exertional dyspnoea and 1 week of oedema. Examination revealed elevated neck veins, pulsus paradoxus, muffled heart sounds, decreased breath sounds and pedal oedema. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) demonstrated cardiac tamponade, and chest X-ray showed pleural effusion. Pericardiocentesis, thoracocentesis, laboratory investigations and CT did not elucidate an underlying aetiology. Three weeks later, he presented with recurrent cardiac tamponade and pleural effusion...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069729/systematic-review-on-the-predictive-ability-of-frailty-assessment-measures-in-cardiac-surgery
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Yusuf S Abdullahi, Leonidas V Athanasopoulos, Roberto P Casula, Marco Moscarelli, Mark Bagnall, Hutan Ashrafian, Thanos Athanasiou
OBJECTIVES: Patient frailty is increasingly recognised as contributing to adverse postoperative outcomes in cardiothoracic surgery. The goal of this review is to evaluate the predictive ability of frailty scoring systems and their limitations in risk assessment of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: Frailty studies were identified by searching electronic databases. Studies in which the measuring instrument was defined as a multidimensional tool focusing on a population undergoing cardiac operations were included...
January 9, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056866/case-report-whole-exome-sequencing-of-primary-cardiac-angiosarcoma-highlights-potential-for-targeted-therapies
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Leah Zhrebker, Irene Cherni, Lara M Gross, Margaret M Hinshelwood, Merrick Reese, Jessica Aldrich, Joseph M Guileyardo, William C Roberts, David Craig, Daniel D Von Hoff, Robert G Mennel, John D Carpten
BACKGROUND: Primary cardiac angiosarcomas are rare, but they are the most aggressive type of primary cardiac neoplasms. When patients do present, it is with advanced pulmonary and/or cardiac symptoms. Therefore, many times the correct diagnosis is not made at the time of initial presentation. These patients have metastatic disease and the vast majority of these patients die within a few months after diagnosis. Currently the treatment choices are limited and there are no targeted therapies available...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045863/postoperative-hemorrhagic-occlusive-retinal-vasculitis-a-forme-fruste-variant
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Roger A Goldberg, Courtney Crawford, Jeffrey S Heier
PURPOSE: To present a forme fruste variant of hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis (HORV) after uncomplicated cataract surgery performed with vancomycin in the irrigating solution. METHODS: A report of a single patient who developed HORV; the clinical features and course are described and compared with previously reported cases. RESULTS: Ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography demonstrated an occlusive vasculitis in both eyes 1 week after uncomplicated cataract surgery in which vancomycin was added to the irrigating solution...
December 29, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024941/orthostatic-hypotension-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-a-patient-with-longstanding-diabetes-mellitus
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Derek S Chew, Brett H Shaw, Debra L Isaac, Jonathan G Howlett, Satish R Raj
A continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) benefits patients with advanced heart failure as a bridge to cardiac transplantation. However, unanticipated complications may occur. We report a patient with end-stage heart failure and longstanding diabetes who experienced functionally debilitating orthostatic hypotension from autonomic insufficiency after CF-LVAD implantation. This case demonstrates a role for comprehensive autonomic function testing in the workup of orthostatic hypotension after LVAD implantation...
October 28, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995825/treatment-initiation-in-paediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-insights-from-a-multinational-registry
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Tilman Humpl, Rolf M F Berger, Eric D Austin, Margrit S Fasnacht Boillat, Damien Bonnet, Dunbar D Ivy, Malgorzata Zuk, Maurice Beghetti, Ingram Schulze-Neick
Different treatment options for pulmonary hypertension have emerged in recent years, and evidence-based management strategies have improved quality of life and survival in adults. In children with pulmonary vascular disease, therapeutic algorithms are not so clearly defined; this study determined current treatment initiation in children with pulmonary hypertension in participating centres of a registry. Through the multinational Tracking Outcomes and Practice in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension registry, patient demographics, diagnosis, and treatment as judged and executed by the local physician were collected...
December 20, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976548/percutaneous-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-carcinoid-pulmonary-valve-stenosis
#18
Vibeke Guldbrand Rasmussen, Helle Lynge Kanstrup, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk
More than half of patients with carcinoid syndrome develop carcinoid valve disease. Both the tricuspid and pulmonary valve are often involved. Symptoms of carcinoid syndrome with flushing, diarrhea, and bronchospasm often precedes cardiac symptoms. We report a case of carcinoid initially presenting with rapid development of right heart failure due to severe pulmonary valve stenosis. In untreated carcinoid, there is a risk of carcinoid crisis with anesthesia and surgery. In local anesthesia, we performed a sub-acute balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty...
December 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941401/new-standards-of-care-in-ischemic-stroke
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Bree K Chancellor, Koto Ishida
BACKGROUND: Ischemic arterial strokes of the ophthalmic artery and its branches and posterior cerebral artery are common causes of visual disability. Etiologies of stroke affecting the retina, optic nerve, optic radiation, and visual cortex overlap with other types of ischemic strokes. Stenosis of the internal carotid is the most common cause of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO). One-fourth of patients with CRAO have cerebral strokes. We report recent developments in the acute treatment and secondary prevention of ischemic stroke of relevance to clinicians who encounter patients with acute vision loss...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920693/capecitabine-induced-coronary-vasospasm
#20
Danish Henry, Francine Rudzik, Allison Butts, Aju Mathew
Capecitabine, an oral prodrug of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), is approved for early-stage and advanced colorectal cancer and metastatic breast cancer. Cardiotoxicity of 5-FU is well described in the literature. However, cardiac adverse effects of capecitabine are poorly described. We report a case of coronary vasospasm induced by capecitabine. A 41-year-old female with metastatic breast cancer presented with chest pain 3 days after starting capecitabine. The chest pain was relieved by rest and exacerbated by exertion...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
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